Here is this week’s list of blog posts, poems, essays, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.
My Father Repented of “Christian Spanking” Too Late. The title of this article isn’t accurate, so I’m putting a trigger warning on it. The author graphically describes physical abuse in the first few paragraphs What makes me recommend it so strongly, though, is what happens when the author grows up and sees his abuser again.
Tomyris: The Promise-Keeper. Does anyone know anything more about this time in history?
I Had a Stroke at 33. A harrowing first-person account of a woman who had a stroke but didn’t realize anything was wrong. If you like it, I highly recommend checking out the author’s blog as well. She talks about writing, single parenthood, and her recovery. Fascinating stuff.
Am I Hurting God by Having a Relationship with My Atheist Son? Be sure to click on the links in this post as well. They were well worth my time.
you created the moon
i watch your reflection
in the back of a spoon
Laughing All the Way to the Mosque is the funniest book I’ve read in a long time.
It’s the autobiography of Zarqa Nawaz, a Canadian Muslima who is as perplexed with some of the things her mother says to her as she is by certain rules in white culture (e.g. how they use the bathroom or why they eat so many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches).
There’s nothing cruel about Zarqa’s sense of humour, though. She pokes fun of all sorts of stuff: oblivious white people, teenagers who rebel by becoming more religious than their parents, film students who take their work way too seriously, and immigrants who completely misunderstand certain things about Canadian culture even after living in it for many years. She’s the kind of writer I’d love to take out to dinner someday. In the meantime, I heartily recommend this book.
What have you been reading?