Suggestion Saturday: January 18, 2014

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

January 26, 1966 via CoyoteSings. This is such a great post.

From Jackalope Wives:

Now, it happened there was a young man in town who had a touch of magic on him. It had come down to him on his mother’s side, as happens now and again, and it was worse than useless.

A little magic is worse than none, for it draws the wrong sort of attention. It gave this young man feverish eyes and made him sullen. His grandmother used to tell him that it was a miracle he hadn’t been drowned as a child, and for her he’d laugh, but not for anyone else.

He was tall and slim and had dark hair and young women found him fascinating.

This sort of thing happens often enough, even with boys as mortal as dirt. There’s always one who learned how to brood early and often, and always girls who think they can heal him.

From Life and Death, Rich and Poor:

While we’re going through this life, I think one of the greatest gifts we can give to the world is simply leaving no pain in our wake as we go through our days. The world we live in can be cold. People can be selfish and pursue their dreams with a cruel disregard for what that pursuit may mean to other people. It seems that, more and more, we live in a world in which people care little for the happiness and well-being of others. There is still tremendous good in the world, and there are times when we get to see that good clearly demonstrated in acts of selflessness which remind us that we are all connected and we’re all in this together.

 Men Are 32x More Likely to Be Killed By Lightning than Falsely Accused of Rape. Charles Clymer always has interesting things to say. This article is especially worth reading.

Death on Roller Skates via Sarcastiker. I’ve never seen the personification of death drawn this way before. Interesting stuff.

What Lies Below the Surface via everettepoetry. My father used to say that still waters run deep. He never did say what was swimming underneath it, though. 😉

Always Look on the Bright Side is the perfect book to only read part of.

It’s a collection of quotes about all sorts of topics – death, love, the seasons, graduations, and holidays to name just a few. What I liked most about it was that the quotes aren’t cloying or sentimental. Longterm readers know that I have little patience for that sort of thing, and it’s nice to have a book full of less flowery material.

You officially have my permission to skim, skip, and cherry pick the contents of this collection. Ha!

What have you been reading?

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