Here is this week’s list of blog posts, poetry and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.
Paranormal Investigation of the Amargosa Hotel, Part 1. Happy Halloween! I thought I’d share Erin Pavlina’s 5-part series on a night she recently spent investigating spirits and ghosts at the Amargosa Hotel. Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5. I tend to believe that most hauntings can be explained as either mind tricks or misinterpretations of natural events. It’s an intriguing subject to explore, though.
From Somewhere In Between:
We’re not altogether as loving as we could be, but we’re concurrently not as mean-spirited or hateful as we could be either. Most of us certainly are more selfish than we might like to think, but most of us can also be very selfless, at times.
Here’s to Being Willing to Fall Down a Few Times for Our True Callings. Yes, it is incredibly hokey to tell people to follow their dreams. Many an after-school special and feel good movie of the year has been dedicated to this topic. This doesn’t make it any less true, though.
Debt and Success: Why I Said No to Graduate School. As a teen and young adult I thought I’d earn at least a Master’s degree, if not a Ph.D, in 19th century literature. I hadn’t picked a specific body of work or author to focus on yet, but I had narrowed it down (probably) to my favourite authors from that century: Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allen Poe. Ultimately the massive student loans I’d have to take out for that degree (and the low probability of finding a tenure-track position after a decade or so of intense learning) changed my mind. I still read and think about their poetry and stories, though.
Glory. A poem about the because I/God/*insert holy book here* said so aspect of religious teachings by my friend Sarah. This vaguely reminds me of another poet I once read. If only I could remember the name of the poet or his or her poems!