Suggestion Saturday: June 15, 2013

Before we begin this week’s list of recommendations, remember the Ask account I mentioned signing up for in Thursday’s post? I’m having a blast asking and answering questions every day! Click on the link above if you want to know about a few of the naughty things I did as a little girl. 😀

What If We Took Every Marriage Proposal Seriously? True story: I (jokingly) proposed to Drew before we ever met in person. We chatted on a message board called The Ooze for about six months before he came to visit me, and I liked his ideas so much that I developed a crush on him without even knowing what he looked like. A year and a day after we met in person we got married. This link is work-safe, the rest of the site is not.

Is it Time to Say Sorry? via SatyaRobyn. Why love is a more powerful motivator than shame. If only more people realized this!

From Privacy Matters:

And this brings me to the crux of this post: privacy matters. We each need the space and time to be alone with our own thoughts. We also need the space and time to express our inner most thoughts and feelings to friends, family and comrades. Where there is no real privacy, there can be no true democracy.

Hold Close. Imagine telling a story without using any words. It might be a little too short to be officially classified as a graphic novel, but this piece is not to be missed.  This link is work-safe, the rest of the site is not.

The Avant-Garde Art of Book Stacking in Stores of Japan. How cool is this? I hereby reserve the right to dedicate a room to stacking books if I ever become wealthy.

Oh Son, That’s Not How You Do Adulthood. The best part about being an adult is not having to ask permission for these things.

Alien Invasion? No, It’s Just a Massive Supercell Storm. Check out the video embedded in this link. Tornadoes have always frightened me, but even I have to admit it’s cool to watch supercell storms move across the sky.


Do you know what (not) to say to families affected by terminal illnesses? The Still Point of the Turning World describes how the author, Emily Rapp, survived emotionally after her only child was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease.

Ms. Rapp tells happy, heartbreaking, and frustrating stories about her son’s short life and explains why certain comments (“I could never do what you do,” “When God closes a door he opens a window,” “What’s wrong with your baby?”)  were so unhelpful and offensive for her family.

Few of us will ever know what it’s like to walk in her shoes, but listening is a crucial life skill. It starts by reading books on topics you will (probably) never personally experience and believing what the people who live through it have to say. This was a fantastic book, and I really hope all of my readers give it a try.

What have you been reading?


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3 Responses to Suggestion Saturday: June 15, 2013

  1. tammy

    Love your ASK answers!

    on privacy … I get patients who spend 2 weeks with us while we determine whether they were simply angry or joking when they threatened someone.

    • Thank you!

      Wow, I didn’t know your patients could be held for 2 weeks under those conditions. Interesting.

      • tammy

        3 business days to complete the 2 psych evals … so if they are admitted on Friday night of a holiday weekend, the count doesn’t start til Tuesday morning. then if the decision by the 2 docs is that they need treatment due to being dangerous to self or others, we keep them til their mental health court date. that takes about a week after the decision is filed … average stay is 2 weeks. some stay for aywar cause they are so ill and have nowhere to go. a few are released after the 3 day eval.

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