Suggestion Saturday: February 1, 2014

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

From They Sent a Knight to Save You Once:

they sent a knight to save you once and found you curled up with the dragon crown askew, skirt singed.

Has America Progressed? This is the first time I’ve ever linked to an ESPN article on any blog I’ve ever written in my entire life because I’m not really interested in athletics. Not to mention that the types of exercise I have learned to like generally aren’t competitive enough to be featured on sports sites. But this is a fantastic essay about how far America has come in learning acceptance as well as how far they still have to go, and I think everyone – amateur athletes and otherwise – will love it as much as I did.

The Race to Save a Language  – and Its People. My grandparents generation grew up speaking German, but their descendants do not. This isn’t quite the same thing as what is discussed in the article, of course, but I do think there are a few similarities between the two. It’s interesting (and a little sad)  to see how or if a culture is preserved over the course of a few generations.

That Depends on What the Meaning of ‘Is’ is (or What Is the Definition of Person). This is the beginning of a great series by someone I’ve known online for a few years now. Click here for the second and final part of it.

The Untold Tale of Pow!, the Fourth Rice Krispie Elf. I’d never heard of this elf before. What a fun article!

Wilderness Women. This is a great essay about a competition women in Alaska (ironically) participate in when they’re looking for a husband. The pictures that accompany it are almost as good as the words themselves!

I used to love poetry, but for many years now I’ve struggled to find new collections that ignite my imagination. Our Andromeda is the first book of poetry in a long time that has reminded me of the way things used to be. I will admit to not finishing every poem in this book, but the ones that I finished I really loved. The home-like imagery in “Streetlamps” sent a shiver down my spine, and the spacefaring in”Nemesis” made me wish it was a novel instead.

What have you been reading?

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