Suggestion Saturday: August 23, 2014

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

Trinity Bellwood Park Loses White Squirrel. Most of my readers aren’t from Ontario, so I thought you all might enjoy a little taste of our local news. The comment section is especially entertaining.

What Happens When Evangelical Virgin Men Get Married? This Secular Female Sociologist Found Out.  A long but good read.

How to Be Polite via donttrythis. This has popped up into my twitter stream over and over again this past week. I thought I’d pass it onto any of my readers who aren’t on Twitter or otherwise haven’t seen it yet. It’s truly excellent.

Raspberry Time Travel via ourvalley. It’s funny to see how special places change when you revisit them as an adult. I thought of my grandparents’ farm while reading this post.

From Friend to –Stranger?  Sometimes these things happen. I liked how this blogger described the awkwardness of running into someone you once knew so well.

From Memories of Irresistible Toys via joshuamneff:

& if you think about it
the meaning of

a poem nailed to a door with
an umbrella

Unnatural Selection wasn’t an easy book to read. Sex-selective abortions over the past generation have created a massive surplus in young men and in countries like China. Some communities are so imbalanced that there are roughly two boys for every one girl.

How will this affect the future? The latest research has shown a spike in sex trafficking and people buying brides for their sons. It looks like the crime rate may also be on the rise. I’ll admit that some of the author’s projections don’t have a great deal of data to support them (yet), but the picture they paint of what could happen based on similar occurrences in the past is grim.

I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in sociology, history, or predictions about what the future might hold.

What have you been reading?

Good-bye, Bruce

I first met Bruce Gerencser (and his family) six or seven summers ago while visiting family in Ohio. Since then I’ve followed him through several incarnations of his blog, The Way Forward. He’d step away from it when his health worsened and try again a few weeks or months later when things had stabilized. (Or, in many cases,…


A talented woman named Megan McShane made this short film. I absolutely loved the ending.    

More Beautiful Ordinary Things

A few years ago I challenged my readers and myself to find Beauty in Three Ordinary Things. As this summer is winding down, I thought I’d return to this challenge. It’s been weird here in Toronto over the past two months as far as the weather is concerned. One week it feels like autumn, the next we’re boiling hot….

Suggestion Saturday: August 16, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, paintings, rants, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. The American Room. My family lived in all kinds of places while I was growing up: an apartment; a (fairly) modern, cookie-cutter, suburban house;  multiple old, drafty farmhouses; a trailer; and, my favourite, a century-old house…

There’s Such a Thing as Too Much Simplicity

Many visitors are surprised by how little my husband and I own. We live simply in a very small apartment. We don’t own a car, couch,  dishwasher, washer, dryer, table, chairs, or a lot of the other stuff that most people have in their homes. I’m happy with what we do own. It’s enough to cover all…

Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou

This is fantastic. Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou from Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou on Vimeo.

My Response to “My Dad Is a Right-Wing Asshole”

I’m writing because I just can’t deal with my father anymore. He’s a 65-year-old super right-wing conservative who has basically turned into a total asshole intent on ruining our relationship and our planet with his politics. This is the beginning of a letter to a columnist named Andrew that I came across today. My post will…

Suggestion Saturday: August 9, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, short stories, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. The Envelope via iamwidowbabe. What amazed me the most about this link was how easy it was for me to slip into the perspective of this blogger even though I have no experience with this…

Silence Is a Punctuation Mark

If I were a turtle, this is the face I’d make when there are too many words. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not that I don’t like people. I love being social, there just comes a time when I need a break from all of the words tumbling around me. Sometimes there are a lot of…