Suggestion Saturday: January 26, 2013

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

60 Insane Cloud Formations From Around the World via Ken Kaminesky. Number nineteen is the best.

From Awakening:

At that moment, Campbell realized that something had happened to her during her appendectomy, something that changed her forever. After several years of investigation, she figured it out: she had woken up on the table.

This experience is called “intraoperative recall” or “anesthesia awareness,” and it’s more common than you might think.

Introvert Fairy Tales: Sleeping Beauty. It was hard to pick just one post from this blog. All of the tales are good but Sleeping Beauty is the most imaginative retelling of a classic fairy tale.

Nottaway. In what ways do you stereotype the elderly?  I, for example, have the tendency to assume that my older relatives should be sheltered from certain things. Because they’ve been alive 70, 80, 90 years I think they will never understand my sexual orientation, (lack of) religious beliefs or choice to remain childless. I also assume they have no interest in modern pop culture. In no way am I proud of this…but that doesn’t stop me from hesitating when the conversation flows into “dangerous” territory.

Getting What She Gave. A poem about what happens when the past no longer is an excuse for someone’s present behaviour.

Good advice on toxic people:

The most despicably selfish people are often, upon close inspection, feral — they’re consumed by self-preservation, and don’t have the courage or even the capacity to take the emotional risks that are the hallmark of civilized behavior….This isn’t to say that you should handle the feral without gloves. Sometimes the best thing to do is to have nothing to do with them.

What would you do with your remaining years if all of your friends and family members were dead? Is it better to be alone and safe or in the company of others when there’s a high risk of dying from an airborne AIDS-like illness? Dogs Stars is the best book I’ve read so far in 2013. I only hope I’ll never have to make the same choices faced by the narrator.

What have you been reading?


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2 Responses to Suggestion Saturday: January 26, 2013

  1. I rather agree with the video you posted. It seems that love works — at least sometimes — to change the world, while hatred and anger tend to breed only more hatred and anger.

    In regard to the elderly, my mother turns 95 this year and she has for the past decade or so increasingly lost interest in most new things. Instead, she seems to want now only to hear what is familiar to her. Still, she enjoys our conversations — despite that each time we cover more or less the same topics over and over in more or less the same ways.

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