Suggestion Saturday: February 13, 2016

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

The White Rabbit. I want a sequel to this!

I’m Going Back to Minnesota Where Sadness Makes Sense. This isn’t a feeling I’ve ever had, but I sure loved the way it was expressed.

Why Parents Should Have Child-Free Friends. I agree with this 100%. There are so many important things you can learn about life from befriending people who fall outside of the norm in some way. To give one example, I love listening to my friends who have visible and invisible disabilities/illnesses talk about what it takes for them to get through the day. It’s hard to admit this, but I know that I take my good health for granted. Talking to my friends whose lives look so different from mine in certain ways has made me so much more compassionate and understanding than I might have otherwise been.

Lost in a Fishbowl via KStuckInTraffic. This is the kind of thought experiment that blows my mind.

How Graphic Is Too Graphic? via Kathleen01930. None of my stories have been graphic yet, but this is definitely something I think about when toying with new ideas. Your reason for including violent or disturbing content matters. Some plots can be just as effective without these things, but others truly cannot.

The Great Backyard Bird Count. Every February the Cornell  Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society asks volunteers from around the world to count the birds they see and send in a short report about it. The count started yesterday and will end on the fifteenth. I think I’ll be participating. It only takes 15 minutes, although you can do it for a longer period of time if you prefer.

Valentine’s Day: Like or Dislike via SusanStovall. What surprised me the most about this post was how much I ended up agreeing with the person who wrote it. As someone who has never really celebrated Valentine’s Day, I was expecting to have a totally different reaction to something with this title. I suspect we’d get along well if we lived in the same city and every struck up a friendship.

What have you been reading?

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