Suggestion Saturday: July 5, 2014

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

Ten Reasons Why My Rottweiler is Better Than a Gun via jayboshea. Finding humour in unexpected places seems to be the overarching theme for this week. I thought this post was a great place to start.

Why You Are Wrong. It’s important that all of my followers know just how wrong they are every time they disagree with me. 😉

Paying the Piper via fumanchucat. I like the imagery in this poem.

Why Adam and Steve Make the Best Parents After All via PJFoxWrites. Wanting kids to stay in foster care rather than finding a loving, permanent family doesn’t make any sense to me. I’ve seen what happens when a child develops an attachment disorder from being bounced around from one shaky placement to the next. The consequences can be lifelong and severe.

From Blessed Are the Hungry:

Ten generations had come and gone since our Generation Ship left the Earth but the Prelates said we weren’t even halfway to our destination. I was born in space and I would probably die in space. In my heart I knew that I would never see our new home, Gliese 581g — a small terrestrial planet in the old constellation of Libra. I suppose neither my children nor my children’s children would reach planetfall either. But I guess that was okay, it would have been far worse to have been left behind, dying slowly and painfully in the radioactive ruins of our poor, destroyed world.

From Hospice, Inc.:

Allegations like those leveled by Maples’ family against Vitas have become increasingly common over the past decade as the hospice industry has undergone a titanic shift. What once was a collection of mostly small, religious-affiliated nonprofits is now a booming, $17 billion industry dominated by national chains.

Longterm readers of this blog know that I’m a sucker for nonfiction books about animals. As soon as I noticed Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him in the New Books section at the library I knew I had to give it a try.

Luis Carlos MontalvĂĄn is a soldier who came home with PTSD and a traumatic brain injury from his combat experiences in Iraq.  Tuesday is a service dog who doesn’t always do what he’s told. It isn’t that he’s unable to follow commands – he just gets a little distracted sometimes.

What I liked the most about this story was how brutally honest the author was about his emotional state. His flashbacks are  intense, and he hasn’t always handled himself well when he’s having a bad day. Sometimes books in this genre gloss over the flaws of the author in order to make him or her more relatable to the reader, but this isn’t one of them.

What have you been reading?

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