Suggestion Saturday: June 23, 2012

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

The Link Between Reading and Being Thin. Interesting stuff.

35 Lifechanging Ways to Use Everyday Objects. My favourite was the can opener trick.

21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity. I don’t normally post multiple links from the same site but I could decide between this link and the one above it! As much of a cliche as this is to say there is so much good in the world if you go looking for it.

All the Angels Are Smiling with Bob. I didn’t know Bob personally but this was a fantastic online eulogy for someone who sounds like an incredible human being. Non-theists, don’t worry – despite the title it’s not a religious piece.

From Why We Shouldn’t Judge People of the Past with Our Knowledge of the Future:

We often believe that in our own worst moments that we will be our best selves. So we create an infallible righteousness persona and time travel inside of our minds to a different era. We state hypotheticals…It is easy to be an armchair revolutionary.

Canadian readers have no doubt heard of this book already but As for Me and My House is an  eerily accurate look at what it feels like to be closely related to a pastor. Mrs. Bentley, the narrator, is the wife of a Protestant minister living in a small prairie town during the Great Depression.

As a former preacher’s kid I know exactly what it’s like to live with the impossibly high expectations placed on the wives and kids of ministers, to grow accustomed to the loneliness that comes with being a good example and to be the unwitting target of small town gossip. Mrs. Bentley and I may be separated by six decades but some things never change.

To my international readers, you may not be able to find this book at your local library, but this is something that’s well worth purchasing online or at a bookstore.

What have you been reading?

 

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