Suggestion Saturday: March 29, 2014

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

From As I Sketch Each Year via Lael_Lenehan:

As I sketch each year,
I fill the base of a jar, with a
fabricated world of dreams
ranging in realities

Why’s Enough. There’s something to be said for this.

The Elusive Happy Family via CynthiaHarriso1. The unvarnished honesty in this post is refreshing. It takes a lot of courage to talk about such personal matters, especially when everything doesn’t necessarily go according to plan.

I am Bad. I completely understand where this columnist is coming from. Unnecessary, prolonged noise  is a huge pet peeve of mine as well. There is no reason to, say, leave a TV  or radio on when no one is using it or speak loudly when a normal tone is audible. As a preacher’s kid I used to quietly slip out of the sanctuary during the loudest songs. The music was playful, it was just so loud that I could no longer hear myself think. I needed a few minutes of only moderate noise in order to reorganize my mind.

Yard Sale Madness via JamesLEtoile. A clever essay about the dark side of yard sales. I’ve never understood the appeal of driving to someone else’s home in order to haggle over a $0.25 t-shirt. At least  secondhand shops offer a wide variety items in a temperature-controlled environment. Yard sales don’t.

From Huggers Gonna Hug:

What people think about me is none of my business.

The words hit me like a sledgehammer. Such a seeming contradiction, such a paradox, but only because we have it backwards when we allow people’s opinions of us to affect us. We are who we are. Our actions and thoughts define us. How someone interprets those actions is none of our business.

 


If you’ve ever wondered what your parents or grandparents didn’t tell you about their lives before they had kids, I think you’ll love Rocket Girl.

This biography of an incredibly secretive scientist is written by her son. Mary Sherman Morgan ran away from home at 19 to escape her abusive, poverty-stricken family who never would have approved of her attending college. Little did they know that their daughter was about to become the first female rocket scientist in the U.S. or that she and a colleague would solve a problem that was threatening to completely derail manned space flights

What I liked most about this biography is how honest George D. Morgan was about his mother’s shortcomings. It’s easy to sugarcoat the life of someone you love, but he doesn’t shy away from the details of her life that don’t always put her in the best light.

What have you been reading?

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