Suggestion Saturday: September 18, 2010

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

Real Life Tao – Wrestling with a Ghost. How not to be a perfect person. It was something I needed to hear this week.

Personal Philanthropy: Twenty Ways to Improve the World, Even If You’re Broke. What a great concept! Too often philanthropy is only discussed in terms of donating money.

Earlier this week my Dad emailed me these photos. The message at the beginning of the email said they were from the Buffalo Bill Dam on the Shoshoni River near Cody, Wyoming. The creatures: Ibex (or are they Bighorn Sheep? I can’t quite tell.) Click on each photo for a closer look. A discussion about  them can be found at Snopes.com and my brother Aaron found another discussion here.

The flaws we have. It is a novel in three sentences. I never thought I’d reach such a thing!

Autism’s First Child. An eye-opening article about the life of Donald Gray Triplett, the first person to ever be officially diagnosed with autism. His life was and is not what I would have necessarily imagined would be the life of someone with this disorder who lived decades before we understood it. Donald’s story also illustrates just how much of an influence a privileged background has on how people who are different are treated in their communities.

Finally, some food for thought:

Reasoning will never make a man correct an ill opinion which by reasoning he never acquired. — Jonathan Swift, “Letter to a Clergyman”

What have you been reading?

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  1. and i love the philanthropy article! Just this morning Jim and I spent 2 hours cleaning the apartment, gathering things to give away, and rearranging our closets. We have all sorts of little leftover things that we don’t need but that are still useful. There is an organization here that takes all clothing and household things and distributes them to those in the city who need them. They have a large truck parked daily at the mall near us, and the volunteers there are always helpful and happy. It speaks loudly of the quality of the organization to see that consistently positive public face.

    • It was one of the best articles I’ve read in a long time. I’m so glad that you have that organization in your area. I wish Toronto had something centralized like that!

  2. and i love the philanthropy article! Just this morning Jim and I spent 2 hours cleaning the apartment, gathering things to give away, and rearranging our closets. We have all sorts of little leftover things that we don’t need but that are still useful. There is an organization here that takes all clothing and household things and distributes them to those in the city who need them. They have a large truck parked daily at the mall near us, and the volunteers there are always helpful and happy. It speaks loudly of the quality of the organization to see that consistently positive public face.

    • It was one of the best articles I’ve read in a long time. I’m so glad that you have that organization in your area. I wish Toronto had something centralized like that!

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