Suggestion Saturday: November 1, 2014

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

I Was Young via i_am_MattNorton. What this poet learned while working in a bookstore.

I Know a Girl via FaithSimone2011. This is really good.

The Beginning of Fall via everettpoetry. There is definitely something melancholy about autumn, but I usually don’t feel it in the air until November when the trees begin to go bare and the temperatures take a nosedive. Daylight Savings Time ending doesn’t help matters either.

The Walking Dread. Confession: I’m one of those fast walkers who gets annoyed with people who meander in large groups. By all means take a leisurely stroll, but please don’t block the entire sidewalk or hallway while doing it.

Do You Know About Jian. Jian Ghomeshi is a Canadian celebrity who has been accused of sexually and physically abusing multiple women. This was written by someone who knew him.

We Regret To Announce That Your Request Of “Gotta Hear Both Sides” Has Been Denied. I love this kind of humour.

Candy is everywhere this time of year. Halloween has just ended, and many more festivities are around the corner.

With all of these sweets comes people who moralize the eating of them. Good people – and especially good parents – don’t eat it. Or they eat it rarely. Or, at the very least, they talk about all of the healthy things they eat regularly in order to feel less guilty about eating something sugary.

How adults talk about food matters quite a bit. One of the things I appreciate the most about my upbringing is that my parents did a pretty good job avoiding this attitude. We didn’t eat candy or other sweet stuff regularly, but there were no guilt trips about cavities or diabetes when we did.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who has ever given or listened to a lecture about how terrible food X is for you. This is a great look at how damaging those kinds of conversations are for everyone involved in them.

What have you been reading?

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