Suggestion Saturday: July 21, 2012

Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey earlier this month. Wow, I ended up with almost twice as many participants as I did last year. That’s amazing.

Stay tuned – the second blogiverary post goes live on Monday, July 30 and survey results will be shared on Thursday, August 2.

In the meantime here is this week’s list of blog posts, quotes, photos, threads and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.

“The cure for boredom is curiosity.  There is no cure for curiosity.”

— ellen parr

From Why I Am Always Unlucky But You Are Always Careless:

When my wife can’t find her keys, I assume it is because she is careless. When I can’t find my keys I naturally put it down to bad luck. The curious thing is that she always assumes the opposite – that she’s the one with the bad luck, and I’m the careless one.

The Regret Index. A searchable collection of regrets. Browse through it or add your own regret(s).

There’s a great thread over at Reddit about random acts of kindness.

10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America via Undercover Nun. . In no way do I want to bash the U.S. I care about my citizenship, family and heritage very much but as an expatriate (and a dual American/Canadian citizen) I cannot agree with this list more.  If only there was an easy way to show Americans what’s it’s really like to live in other countries. I cannot count the number of times I’ve been told that universal health care/gay marriage/*insert controversial difference between the U.S. and Canada here* doesn’t work by people who a) have never lived in Canada, b) have no idea how our system actually works, and c) blatantly ignore all of the good things I have to say as someone who has actually lived here.

Yawn. Lion vs. butterfly. Spoiler alert: I think the butterfly is winning!

28: Stories of AIDS in Africa highlighted how little I know about modern life for people living with HIV and AIDS in any of the countries in Africa. It’s one thing to rattle off statistics about infection or death rates or what happens to those left behind. It’s quite another to listen to the stories of individuals living with this disease. Regine is 74 years old and is raising over a dozen grandchildren after several of her children died of AIDS. Tigist has been taking care of her younger brother since their parents died from AIDS-related infections when she was ten and he was six. Noe’s wife and daughter died of AIDS and he’s been writing a  book for his older daughter so she will know how much she is loved if he isn’t around to see her grow up.

What have you been reading?

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  1.  In line with the random acts of kindness line, you (and your readers) may be interested in Heroic Stories mailing list (www.heroicstories.org/subscribe.html) where one such story is posted periodically (I forgot how often) and it is good for reminding me of how we can be heroes in our everyday life.

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