Suggestion Saturday: February 23, 2013

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

From Heart of Glass (This post is work safe but previous entries on the site are not!):

Sometimes even just a little bit of progress takes a lot of time—way more time than we maybe think we have to spare.

Sometimes just the fact that you’re trying, reaching out, again, to say “I’m here when you’re ready, I’ve been here the whole time” is what finally makes a difference, even if the message has been rejected over and over again in the past.

25 Surprising Facts You Might Not Know via KenKaminsky. I can’t vouch for the truthfulness of any items on this list but I found #1 to be quite interesting.

Shunned. What happened to one woman after she accidentally became pregnant at 16 in 1966.

Deep Inside: A Study of 10,000 Porn Stars. Before you click on this link take a few seconds to imagine the “typical” porn star. Immediately I thought of a blonde woman with large breasts. Boy, was I wrong! It’s invigorating to learn the truth even if that means admitting you have blind spots.

What Blogs Do You Read? I picked up a few new favourites from this post. The comment section is full of even greater suggestions on a wide range of topics: LGBT, skepticism, the emerging church, humour, science, sex, and (U.S.) politics.

From Afterlife:

Mary pushed her black, dime store bifocals to the back of her nose. “Afterlife is existence after death. And you are all dead.”

The kids faded inside their seats. Their seven bodies turned translucent. Mary pointed again at her lesson. This was a disturbed group. Recalcitrants, every one of them.

A few years ago Westlake Soul suffered severe brain damage in a surfing accident. He can no longer speak or move but his mind can visit any or time place on earth, including his favourite memories. While his family debates whether to remove the feeding tube of a son they believe is in a persistant vegetative state Wes gears up for the battle of his life with the evil Dr. Quietus.

This was the best fantasy novel I’ve read so far in 2013. Wes’ thoughts are at turn funny, depressing, erotic (he’s quite, um, vividly heterosexual in his assessment of certain home health care aides), snarky and irreverent. Love him or hate him he’s the kind of guy every novel wishes it could attract.

What have you been reading?

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