Suggestion Saturday: May 24, 2014

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

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Children and Adults via lilylayer4. Great stuff.

I Just Ate Fruit for the First Time and It Kind of Sucked. This is one of the funniest things I’ve read so far in 2014.

When Plastic People Say We’re Dead via brudburg. Isn’t this a fantastic title? As soon as I read it, I couldn’t wait to find out what it could possibly be about. I won’t spoil it for my readers  – go check it out for yourselves!

There’s No Such Thing As a Dumb Question. Or is there? This reminded me a little of all of the questions my brothers and I used to ask our parents on long road trips. Sometimes they would pay us to sit quietly and count every animal we saw alongside the road. At $0.01 per animal it was a pretty cheap way for them not to answer a million questions. 😛

From The Amish Closet – Growing Up Gay in a Closed Community via SensaNostra:

“Dad I’m gay.”

His reply?

“You had better join the church and get a wife.”


From At the Market, Very Late:

Last night in a supermarket about 3 AM, I saw a woman have a serious breakdown. She was buying some items — not a lot, maybe $35.00 worth of cheese, meat and cereal. A basic shopping list. The checkout clerk rang her up, she swiped her credit card —

— and it was declined. No good. Not accepted.

The End of Eve is the true story of the final illness of a woman who exhibited many of the classic signs of narcissism. Her daughter Ariel documents Eve’s final months and recalls painful memories from both of their childhoods.

It’s easy to grieve for someone who was good and kind. Figuring out how to make peace with someone you have mixed feelings about is much harder. The author does a wonderful job describing how and why love is sometimes mixed with anger or resentment.

This wasn’t an easy book to read. Eve made a lot of terrible choices in her lifetime and isn’t someone I would have ever wanted to meet in person. Yet Ariel’s ability to reach out to someone who has burned so many bridges is admirable. It isn’t necessary the choice I would make if I were in her shoes, but I understand why she did it.

What have you been reading?

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