Here is this week’s list of blog posts, poems, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web. For the record, I’d be thrilled to include reader-suggested links in future Suggestion Saturday posts! Many of my favourite sites are taking summer hiatuses, and until yesterday evening my list of links for today’s post was fairly small.
All of us are called to “take charge” of our health, as if health were a wild animal and we, out of sheer smarts and willpower, might tame it. “In a recent study,” we read, this or that berry fights cancer, this blend of fish oils helps the heart pump more efficiently, this pill will make you breathe better if you’re struggling, this other pill will make you feel better if you’re sad, this set of exercises will build bone density, don’t forget to take your calcium, practice yoga to release stress (which causes cancer and heartache, both of which can lead to premature death), and remember to break a sweat at least once a day or do some type of moderate to vigorous exercise a few times a week to help fight heart disease, high blood pressure, and any number of diseases waiting in your body that might kill you.
Why Don’t We Have More Productive Conversations Online? I wonder if this is why such a small percentage of readers comment on the blog posts and articles they visit each day?
Setting Good Personal Boundaries via DaphnePurpus. One of the bravest blog posts I’ve ever read. I love how honest Daphne is about what triggers her and how committed she is to protecting herself. It can be tough to stick up for yourself when other people don’t understand why something bothers you, and I’m so glad to have her as a role model.
Adding Monsters to Thrift Store Paintings. Now this is a great way to add an eye-catching twist to what is otherwise fairly mundane art. I just hope none of the original artists are offended by other people changing their work.
In Born Weird a well-meaning grandmother gives each of her five grandchildren a special blessing at birth. Unfortunately, her blessings end up giving her grandkids powers that cause much more harm than good as they grow up.
The magical realism in this story is a great metaphor for the messiness of family life. It’s impossible to avoid the occasional misunderstanding or disagreement, and no one can raise a child without eventually regretting something.
What have you been reading?