Suggestion Saturday: May 19, 2012

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

From Things I Once Believed Were True:

When I was little, I asked my mom why people hated hippies. (Right after asking her what a hippie was.) She replied: “Well, people thought they were dirty, and that they slept around.”

Having no knowledge of euphemisms at such a tender age, I naturally assumed that “sleeping around” meant a person who would wake up in the morning, then go into their living room and take a nap.

Mommy, Where Do LEGO Babies Come From? Fun fact: my parents used to joke that they’d only had sex three times – once for each kid. In other news apparently Mr. and Ms. Lego had a really, really good time recently.

Rhubarb Curd. I’ve never posted a recipe on Suggestion Saturday before but this one looks incredible for those of you who aren’t vegan or allergic to milk. To be honest I don’t remember well what any dairy products taste like these days (and I enjoy not having a scarily swollen face just a little to much to remind my taste buds  😉 ), but I think yogurt is somewhat sweet? If you try it let us know what you think!

Why Should Religion Get a Free Ride? If you aren’t following Greta Christina’s blog yet you’re missing out. She posts such thought-provoking material. I have no interest in deconverting theists but I agree that the same standards should apply to everyone. Either it’s appropriate to try to talk everyone/anyone out of their (ir)religious beliefs or it isn’t.  What general-you identifies as is irrelevant.

But What About the Aliens? President Obama can neither confirm nor deny the existence of aliens.

This week’s book recommendation: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt. It follows the young adulthood of a flapper and looks like a real scrapbook – lots of pictures and souvenirs, just a few words. I found Frankie to be a little too 2012 in certain ways* given that she was born in the early 1900s and lived a pretty sheltered childhood but it was still a fantastic read.

What have you been reading?

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  1. Ohhhh, that asterisk in the penultimate paragraph is TEASING me! 😉

    • I don’t know how I missed your comment. Sorry about that.

      What I had been planning to add at the end of the post was something like this:

      While I’m not an expert on social mores of the 1920s Frankie’s attitudes toward certain groups did not seem like they would be very likely for a woman who grew up in a very small town in the early 1900s. Most young people in that place and time would have probably grown up  about those groups and it seems unlikely that one person would question _all_ of those stereotypes at once.  

      To go into any detail might spoil certain sections of the book. 🙂

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