Category Archives: Suggestion Saturday

Suggestion Saturday: November 17, 2018

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

The B Word via bloggerbythesea. This was an interesting blog post about what it’s like to live with chronic back pain.

Pocosin. It’s been a while since I shared a science fiction story with you all, but this was a good one. It was also the inspiration for the picture included in today’s post.

Managing Holidays When Relationships Are Complicated (Part 1) via FindingGracie. When part 2 of this series comes out, I’ll give you all a heads up. It’s sure gotten off to a good start.

Why Walkable Cities Are Good for the Economy. As someone who was lucky enough to spend various parts of my childhood in rural, suburban, and (somewhat) urban areas, I have to say that walkable neighbourhoods will always be my favourite places to live. At one point, my family lived in such a rural area that we had to drive for an hour to get to the nearest mall! I can’t tell you all how many times I’ve been grateful to live close to lots of shops now that I’m an adult. It makes life so much easier.

Why Doesn’t Ancient Fiction Talk About Feelings? Wow, this was a good read.

Guest Blogging: Dos and Don’ts via alisonverhalen. The social norms surrounding guest blogging are still being solidified from what I’ve observed, but I’d argue that these rules are a good place to start.

From The Healthiest People in the World Don’t Go to the Gym:

Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without even thinking about it. This means that they grow gardens, walk throughout the day, and minimize mechanical conveniences for house and yard work.

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Suggestion Saturday: November 10, 2018

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

Cats Don’t Work Without Internet. Could it also be argued that the Internet doesn’t work without cats? I’d say yes.

The Room via SDJackson85. . This one is for a certain sibling of mine who reads this blog and loves doing construction projects on his home. May he never stumble across anything like this during a future project. Ha!

Books I Want to Read via bjornlarssen. My new friend, Bjorn, wrote this last week in response to something I wrote at the end of October. How cool is that? He included a link to my post at the end of his, so I didn’t feel the need to do it again here. Definitely go check out his post, though. He has excellent taste in books.

The First 10 Thoughts I Had: USA via Fushiee_. If you live in the United States or have ever travelled there, this is a must-read.

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read. Honestly, this is something that has mildly irritated me for a long time. It’s nice to know I’m not the only person who forgets most of the novels I read.

From A Brain Scientist Who Studies Alzheimer’s Explains How She Stays Mentally Fit:

And she realized early on that puzzles and games weren’t the answer because they tend to focus on one very narrow task. The result is like exercising just one muscle in your body, Langbaum says. That muscle will get stronger, but your overall fitness isn’t going to change.

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Suggestion Saturday: November 3, 2018

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, articles, and other links from my favourite corners of the web. There were a lot of news articles this week because I kept stumbling across great ones.

The Not so Invisible Problem via tjtherien. This post is several years old, but the problem it talks about still hasn’t been solved. This issue definitely isn’t unique to Toronto. A lot of places struggle with it, and I hope we find better solutions for it soon.

Regency Era Etiquette for the Sick. Honestly, a lot of this is good advice for 2018, too.

Views from the Road: The Kindness of Strangers via marieannbailey. What a tear-jerker. I always appreciate hearing stories about humans going out of their way to help strangers without any expectation of being rewarded for it.

What I Learned from Turning My Notifications Off via bamblingsofnafy. How many of you have turned your notifications off? I don’t think this is something I’d be able to do permanently or regularly, but I am intrigued by the idea of it in general.

Acting Like an Extravert Has Benefits, But Not for Introverts. Honestly, this should be common sense, but I’m still glad to see research being done on it.

The EU Is Right – 2018 Should Be the Last Time the Clocks Go Back. Agreed. Now to get this idea so much exposure that every country ends daylight savings time.

No Such Thing As Too Much Exercise, Study Finds. I found this a little surprising. What do you all think can or should be done to encourage people to exercise more in whatever ways they’re able to?

Microplastics Found in 90 of Table Salt. Wow, this is gross. The good news is, they haven’t found any health effects from it so far.

Finally, I have a call for submissions and guest posts to share with all of you.

If you can’t click on that link, here’s an embedded version of what they’re looking for:

And here is a summarized version of the text for anyone who needs it:

Ginger Nuts is a horror blog that is looking for LGBT+ authors as well as authors who write LGBT+ characters to be featured on their site through interviews, guest posts, short stories throughout the month of January 2019. Email them at jimmcleod @ gingernutsofhorror DOT com for more information or to recommend people you know who might be interested in this opportunity.

I can’t wait to see what kinds of stories, interviews, and other features they publish in a few months. How cool.

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Suggestion Saturday: October 27, 2018

Happy Halloween! Here is this week’s gigantic list of blog posts, comic strips, stories, and other links from the scariest corners of the web. I’ve labelled the links that include gory content. If you have other questions about what a specific link contains, feel free to ask.

Imagine the Sound of This, but in the Night. Some people truly don’t like Halloween or the feeling of being frightened. If this applies to you, this link is the most innocent approach to “horror” I can imagine and should be 100% safe for all age groups.

Still an Elf via ‪laura_perras‬. The author of this post was undergoing treatment for cancer during the Halloween season a few years ago. I loved seeing how she found a way to celebrate that acknowledged her health struggles.

Halloween Costumes 101 via CandyKorman. I couldn’t agree with these recommendations more.

Humaine Holidays According to Cat. Are you prepared for  “forbidden chocolotes & doorbell night”? Yes, all of these words were misspelled on purpose. Click on the link to find out why.

Come Play With Us. If you’ve seen The Shining, you might be amused by what could have happened if Danny had decided to go play with the twin ghost girls he met in a hallway one day. Don’t worry, this isn’t a gory link. I would have warned you if it were.

100 Best Horror Novels and Stories. There were a lot of classic novels on this list. That was a nice surprise.

These Screaming Heads in Ontario Are a Must-Visit This Fall. No, there’s nothing gory about this link. It’s an outdoor art exhibit in Burk’s Falls.


Want to Binge Horror Movies This Halloween? Start with These Short Films on Youtube 
via audendj. Ooh, these were good. The only film on this list that had any gory ( implied or actually shown) was The Thing in the Apartment. I’m trying to straddle the line here between avoiding spoilers and warning readers about content they might be trying to avoid. If anyone needs more details than that, I’ll happily provide them.

Trees – A Halloween Short via SophiaWhitte. Go read this if you want to shudder.

Green Tea. Special thanks to Berthold Gambrel‬ for recommending this spooky story to me last month. It was delightful.

The Worst Halloween Candy, and the Best, Too. Do you agree with this list?

Smoke and Mirrors via SDJackson85. When I was a teenager, I was a little jealous of this gorgeous, antique mirror my mother had inherited from a relative. It was so large that you could stand in front of it and see your whole outfit.  The wooden frame for it was beautiful, too. That mirror came to mind again as I read this story.

Missed Connection: Knocking, Rattling. The spookiest missed connection ever.

Five Most Terrifying Ghost Stories in Ireland. Don’t you wonder how people come up with this stuff? I sure do. Be warned – some of these stories are a little grisly.

Spooky. You’ll be seeing more links from this site occasionally  in the future. I recently discovered it and enjoy its unusual sense of humour.

From Stoning Our Neighbours to Death Makes the Corn Grow High, and Elitist Liberals Should Stop Attacking This Traditional Value:

Lotteries and ritual stoning are integral parts of American life. Whether or not the lottery actually increases the yearly harvest, rural working class Americans think it does.

Suggestion Saturday: October 20, 2018

Here is this week’s list of poems and other links from my favourite corners of the web.

Ode to a Head Cold. I don’t remember ever seeing a poem dedicated to the common cold before, but this was a lot of fun to read.

Being Shy – What It’s Really Like and What to Do About It via bloggerbythesea. Go read this if you’re not shy and you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be this way.

Halloween Is Coming. Who else identifies with this feeling?

Autumn Colours. Now I’m craving pie.

Remember When via AbeLopezAuthor. Ooh, this was a good post. I can’t imagine spending this much time focusing on such a short period in your life, but it does happen.

Life Lessons from Playing Chess via eralbertson. I keep flirting with the idea of learning how to play chess. This post might push me to finally doing it.

Finally, this Harry Potter Homecoming Assembly performance is every bit as cool as it sounds.

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Suggestion Saturday: October 13, 2018

Here is this week’s list of blog posts and other links from my favourite corners of the web. National Coming Out Day. This is a good read. Why Your Kid’s Sniffles Make Me Sweat. Cold and flu season is quickly sneaking up on us again. While I’m still young and healthy enough to only be annoyed… Read More

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Suggestion Saturday: October 6, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, Canadian readers! May your meals this weekend be immensely satisfying. Here is this week’s list of Thanksgiving-related blog posts and other links from my favourite corners of the web. Are Potatoes Good for You? Thanksgiving is one of those meals when I don’t worry about the nutritional content of my dinner in any way.… Read More

Suggestion Saturday: September 29, 2018

Here is this week’s list of links from my favourite corners of the web. Anxious Always via JamesPackWriter. If you’ve never had anxiety, go read this. It’s a wonderful explanation of what it feels like. How Mars Will Be Policed. I sure hope someone writes a story about this soon. There’s so much material here waiting… Read More

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Suggestion Saturday: September 22, 2018

Happy Autumn! If you live in a part of the world that isn’t about to erupt into dozens of various shades of reds, yellows, and oranges, this is a taste of what we’ll have here in Ontario soon. Here is this week’s list of links from my favourite corners of the web. Herbs and Gardens –… Read More

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Suggestion Saturday: September 15, 2018

Here is this week’s list of links from my favourite corners of the web. I Used Every Pumpkin Spice Product I Could Find for a Week. Now My Armpits Smell Like Nutmeg. I can’t stop giggling at this article. Whether you love or hate pumpkin spice, you should really go read this. At Least There’s Potatoes… Read More

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