Suggestion Saturday: December 15, 2012

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

Waiting. Trey Smith and his wife waited all day for their marriage to crumble. Click on the link to find out what happened next!

VozMe. Cold and flu season is upon us. Every time I come down with a respiratory infection I lose my voice for several days. Hopefully this doesn’t happen to my readers as well but if it does this website can speak for you while your body recovers.

From A History of Violence:

Whatever its causes, the decline of violence has profound implications. It is not a license for complacency: We enjoy the peace we find today because people in past generations were appalled by the violence in their time and worked to end it, and so we should work to end the appalling violence in our time.

The Assembly. This is quite the story. 20 years ago my mom explained AIDS to my brothers and me in such a matter-of-fact way that I barely remember the conversation. Someone we’re related to through marriage was (and is) living with this virus and she didn’t want us to be afraid. We never were.

Flexuality Test. An online sexual orientation test that’s a little more holistic than the  Kinsey Scale. I found it to be fairly accurate.

From Friendly Social Coercion is Still Coercion:

It’s nice to be wanted! It’s nice to be invited! Even an “Aw man, I was really looking forward to seeing you. Next time?” would not go awry. But it’s not nice to be badgered and coerced and then told that your explanations, if you offer them, are not good enough explanations and have your attendance (or non-attendance) treated as a referendum on the entire relationship and a reason to blame you for not caring enough.

 

How would you react if a deadly disease broke out in your community? Would you flee to safety or stay behind to nurse the sick and dying? Fever Season tells the true story of a yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee in 1878. Much of what we know about this period comes from the diaries of courageous men and women who chose to stay in the city. Some of these individuals died as a result of their decision to stay. Somehow that made this book even more poignant.

And just in case this is my last Suggestion Saturday post ever:

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. – Mark Twain

I, for one, think this is a great idea. If things start to get apocolypse-y next week let’s all meet in Cincinnati. 😛

What have you been reading?

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