Suggestion Saturday: December 21, 2013

Photo by Technohell. It has nothing to do with today's post, I just find it fascinating!
Photo by Technohell. It has nothing to do with today’s post, I just find it fascinating!

Other than next week’s Suggestion Saturday link roundup this is the last new post here at On the Other Hand until 2014.  I will be republishing a few favourite posts from 2013 in the meantime.  I hope all of my readers have a safe and wonderful holiday season, and I will be back on January 2nd with the next instalment of After the Storm.

Is Santa Real? What do you think?

Bleak Midwinter via JexShinigami. I know I say this every time I promote this author’s work, but everything I want to say about this story will give you spoilers. Just go read it!

A Good Men’s Rights Movement Is Hard To Find. This article succinctly explains many of the issues in the Men’s Rights Movement.

We Grew Up in the Same Building. Every entry on Humans in New York is fantastic, but this one is the perfect place to start if you hadn’t heard of this site yet. Most photographs are accompanied by a very short (generally 3-4 sentence) interview with subjects from every walk of life you can imagine.

Hazing Funeral Interns via CalebWilde. If I had the money to pursue more education I’d seriously consider becoming a funeral director. This blog post is the funniest thing I’ve read this week, but  it does make me reconsider my interest in this profession!

23 and You. How using a commercial DNA test can reveal long-buried family secrets.

From Our Daughters:

Because we do not approve of you having sex with our high school daughters, we have equipped their vaginas with automatic intrusion alarms. Once triggered, these alarms will screech out at unbearable volumes, transmit emergency GPS information to the nearest security forces, and instantly alert the Purity Apps on our phones and phablets.

 


Sheepish describes what it’s like to operate a sheep farm. The author and her partner had virtually no experience with sheep before buying their current farm, and their steep learning curve provided me with a ton of laughs.

I loved how Catherine described the rural community she and her partner have made their own. Too often books about returning to the land either romanticize or vilify small town life. The real world is rarely that black and white, though, and it was refreshing to read this author’s honest thoughts about the benefits and drawbacks of living in such a rural setting.

This is the perfect book to bring with you on a holiday trip. It’s lighthearted, funny, and endearing without ever slipping into sugary prose. You can slip into and out of it again without worrying too much about forgetting a character’s name. Most of their sheep don’t actually have names (for reasons that are hilariously described in the first chapter), so once you figure out the name of Catherine’s wife you’re all set.

I can’t recommend this story highly enough. It was a great one.

What have you been reading?

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