Suggestion Saturday: March 15, 2014

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

Understanding Culture and Language Ethnocide: A Native Perspective via FirstPeoples. The analogy Dr. S. Neyooxet Greymorning uses in this blog post made so much sense to me. I’d never thought about the importance of language to the preservation of a culture. So interesting!

The Man Who Destroyed America’s Ego. A long but fantastic article about the self-esteem movement and the man who questioned the validity of it.

Time Travelers: Don’t Kill Hitler – Kidnap Him. This idea just might work. If you’re ever sitting next to me when I’m in one of my very quiet moods, it’s possible I’m thinking about something like this.

A Quickie on My “Imaginary” Wife via calgarydreamer. My spouse isn’t as shy as this blogger’s wife, but it’s really nice to see how respectful he is of her decision to stay away from social media and his blog. It can be tough to write around someone who is such an important part of your life.

From Do You Suffer from IQS?:

Do you find yourself repeating meaningless platitudes about love, courage, or creativity throughout the day?  Do you attribute nearly every possible sentence in the English language to the same half dozen famous people?  Do you feel strangely moved by reading the same quote for the hundredth time on Twitter or Facebook?  Do you feel an utterance is made more profound by dividing it into lines, pasting it onto a picture of a sunset, and attributing it to a famous dead person?

Why Are They So Angry?  An excellent blog post that asks why certain people are so threatened by the existence of poor folks. I think it has a lot to do with stereotypes about poverty that are promoted in the media. Not to mention the fear of ending up in the same place.

Counting the Days Until Spring via everettpoetry. March has been a long, chilly, damp, frustrating month for me so far. I deeply identify with this poem.

“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.”― Andrew Boyd

What do you get when you combine Mormonism, Tourette’s Syndrome, and a lifelong love of reading? The World’s Strongest Librarian.

The best part of this autobiography is how effortlessly the author dives into what it feels like to be a child. Certain things that make perfect sense to adults are complete mysteries to people who are new to this world. Discovering the difference between the two adds humour and a touch of charm to what otherwise could have been a very lonely childhood.

This is a great choice for anyone in the mood for a lighthearted read, especially if you’re a fellow bookworm!

What have you been reading?

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