Suggestion Saturday: September 15, 2012

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

How I Lost My Fear of of Universal Health Care. This essay was written by an extremely politically conservative U.S. woman who dreaded universal health care when she first moved to Canada. She had been taught some incredibly bizarre things about how our system works up here. What I found most interesting about this piece was how readily she changed her mind once she was presented with factual information. Many people won’t or can’t do this and I applaud her for being willing to changer her opinion. It’s not easy to admit that you’ve been deceived!

Test Your Vocabulary. A fun Internet quiz that supposedly estimates the size of your vocabulary. Is it accurate? No idea. My number was, 26,200 and apparently the average adult in America knows 20,000-35,000 words.

Shtetl Days. My mom recommended this short story. Readers, I think you’ll enjoy it more if I let you discover the plot for yourselves. I’m normally someone who figures out what is happening early on but this story truly surprised me.

From Plastic Surgery Doesn’t Make You Beautiful:

To me, “beautiful” doesn’t describe someone’s face or body, but his or her personality.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are is a soul-soothing book about self-acceptance. None of us are perfect and as much of a cliche as this is to say…that’s ok. If I was independently wealthy I’d buy copies for all of my readers. That’s how much I loved this book!

What have you been reading?

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