Suggestion Saturday: December 7, 2013

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

SaritaAgerman is looking for Atheist, Agnostic, and Humanist perspectives on Christmas. Please contact her through Twitter if you’re willing to answer some questions.

Being My Friend Does Not Make You A Hero.  What a great post.

From You’ll Have to Kill a Child but at Least You’ll Look Good Doing It:

The Capitol is actually a source of pain, oppression, and fear for Katniss, her family, her friends, and the people of Panem. The Capitol are the enemy: its citizens are vapid, selfish, exploitative, narcissistic and worst of all apathetic; they don’t care about where their new dress comes from or who is making their dinner or how many children died making their new emerald necklace; they live in such excess that they purge between meals at parties while the people who sourced that food are starving in the fields; they literally place bets on the deaths of children! We really feel like we can’t drive that one home enough. Like, they just make kids kill each other on live TV and then the kids who survive grow up to be sold into sex slavery or to abuse alcohol as a coping mechanism or to be so PTSD-stricken that they can’t even talk anymore.

Inside the Safe House via jdubqca. I love J. Matthew Waters poems. If you don’t follow his blog already, go dig into it! This poem in particular catapulted me back to the endless afternoons of childhood play.

See You Later, Brother. I cried. Did you?

Why the Stupid Think They’re Smart via TBilich. Here’s another example of how the Dunning-Kruger effect works. If you haven’t heard of that phrase before, don’t worry. It is explained in the post.

Thanksgiving Candles via Jacqueline_Czel. Yes, this is a week late, but it’s still a great poem.

The Light. This photograph reminds me of the Emily Dickinson poem that starts with this stanza:

“ ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all -“

 

I sympathize with everything in No Kids: 40 Good Reasons Not to Have Kids, but I ultimately made the decision to never become a mother due to my profound lack of desire to do so. Choosing to bring another person into the world is one of the most important decisions you can make as an adult, and I don’t think it should done unless you’re 100% committed to either spending the next 18 years of your life taking care of them or finding someone else who will take on that role.

People who discover that you’re childfree tend to ask the same questions over and over again. What I like about this book is that it answers them in short, quippy passages that are as funny as they are brutally honest. Now if we could only get versions of this book for LGBT-ers, people who aren’t religious, and other commonly misunderstood groups!

What have you been reading?

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