Suggestion Saturday: July 14, 2012

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

Before we get started I wanted to remind everyone that the survey closes on Monday. If you haven’t filled it out yet you still have a few days left!

An Invisible Option in the Aftermath of Slaughter’s “Why Women Can’t Have It All.” This link was written in response to an article published lately about the tension between having kids and a career for some women. While I agree that it should be more socially acceptable to not have children for those of us who don’t want them I don’t think anyone should have to choose between being a parent and having a meaningful career. This doesn’t mean you have to do both simultaneously, though. My mom had three kids, went back to school when we were a little older and began working full-time when I was a teenager. If anything I think we should be encouraging people to explore all of their options: kids, no kids, kids and career at the same time, kids then career, career then kids. There’s no one right answer here.

I Would Ride That. This is one of the most creative uses of fruit I’ve ever seen.

If They Only Knew. Love it.

HIV and Black America. I’ve been watching this documentary bit by bit this week. I don’t have specific thoughts on it at the moment other than to say it’s well worth your time.

Life is Too Short… This link gives me mixed feelings. Of course it’s acceptable to set boundaries with others and allow them to feel the consequences of their actions. Life is messy, though. Everyone has rough patches. I wonder how the author of this piece differentiates between people who need support and those from whom it’s ok to distance yourself?

 

Suburban Gnome Invasion is one of the best short stories I’ve read in 2012. Imagine how you would react if a family of gnomes invaded your backyard. Now imagine that your little visitors are destructive and relelentless rather than being cute fairy tale characters.

What have you been reading?

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