Suggestion Saturday: February 6, 2016

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, jokes, comic strips, poems, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.

Freedom and Apology via Kim_Batchelor. The author of this post teaches a creative writing class in a jail, and she’s learned a lot from her students. This was such an interesting peek into a part of society I know almost nothing about.

February. I actually found this poem last spring,  but I decided to wait until February rolled around again to share it with all of you. :)

Fear and Monsters via CamelaThompson. Isn’t it wonderful to stumble across blog posts that ask questions you’ve never thought of before?

Why Birds Fluff Up. Just the thought of this makes me shiver.

Powers. This is also true for those of us who are bisexual. Haha!

Confidence Trick via Hannah_Chutzpah. Yes, exactly.

From The Jellyfish Method Of Handling Criticism:

But the problem with developing thick skin is that there’s a tendency to start deflecting anything and everything that isn’t overwhelmingly positive.  After awhile, even a well-meaning critique runs the risk of being labeled as “hater talk” and disregarded.

 

What have you been reading?

How the Common Cold Works

I’d find this fascinating even if I didn’t currently have a cold.  






Winter in Hell

Winter in Hell from Enrique Pacheco on Vimeo. What a title, eh? This is a video you can watch without listening to the background music if you’d like. It’s a collection of volcanic explosions, frozen meadows, and small icebergs bobbing up and down in the ocean. Iceland isn’t my idea of hell at all. It’s…






What Makes You Feel Refreshed?

I just arrived home from a relaxing vacation in a warm, tropical place. My pale, German skin soaked up as much sunshine as it possibly could without getting burned or otherwise damaged by UV rays. (Ha!) If  I close my eyes, I can still feel the warm sun on my skin. Even the harshest Canadian snowstorm…






Suggestion Saturday: January 30, 2016

Here is this week’s list of comic strips, lists, pictures, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. Good for You, Not For Me. I identify with this so much. Some things don’t change from one subculture to the next. Rivers. Who else is mesmerized by this? Why Wait for Spring to Walk Outside? Those of…






How to Talk to Quiet People

1. Some silence is okay. Don’t be afraid of it. 2. Ask them what they think of topic X if they haven’t spoken up yet. 3. Never comment on how quiet they are. I feel so awkward and self-conscious when people do this. 4. Give them time to respond. Sometimes it takes me a little bit to decide what…






The Squiggle

This is the kind of art I’ve never understood. What am I supposed to feel when I look at it? Is confusing what the artist was going for? What is it about a squiggle that makes it artistic? Would it be less artistic if it had fewer loops? Do the colours mean something? Is there meaning…






Tell Me What to Read Next!

I can’t believe I’ve gotten to this point after years of having far more books to read than the time with which to read them, but my list of pending titles is dwindling down to almost nothing. Longterm readers already know this, but these are the genres I love: History. Poetry. Sci-fi and Fantasy. Folklore from…






Suggestion Saturday: January 23, 2016

Here is this week’s list of essays, short stories, poems, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. The Awful Greatness of the Cherry Sisters via HorribleSanity. Who here has heard of the Cherry Sisters before? I hadn’t, but I was fascinated by their story. If only it could have had a happier ending….






Does This Come in Adamantium?

Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t shared this story on this blog yet.   Years ago someone asked me if my workplace had any adamantium pans. She wasn’t laughing when she asked. Her facial expression was completely serious. Slightly stern, even. “No,” I said. “We only have metal ones.” Disappointment flooded her face. “Do you know where I can…