Suggestion Saturday: May 3, 2014

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

put an egg on your table / / if it doesn’t shake you may be safe or –  via cmschoenfeld. I know I’ve been sharing a lot of poetry on Suggestion Saturday lately, but I keep running into such great ones. The imagery in this poem is fantastic.

This Little House of Mine. This a series of short essays about the difference between Laura Ingalls Wilder’s real life and stories she included in the Little House books. I was such a big fan of her work as a child that my parents set aside an entire day out of one of our family vacations to visit her house/museum in Missouri. Reading about how much certain aspects of her life were tamed down, omitted, barely hinted at, and possibly even fabricated altogether makes me want to reread all of her books. It would be interesting to experience her adventures again as an adult whose knowledge of late 19th century history is much broader than it was my first time through them.

Who Were the First Teenagers? I really enjoy this kind of historical analysis.

What’s the Evidence on Using Rational Argument to Change People’s Minds? via lilithsaintcrow. There’s some really fascinating information about how all of us behave in this essay. It’s important to acknowledge that no one is immune from these things.

I Did a Bad, Bad Thing via dlboonstra. A touching post about the importance of having compassion for yourself.

From The Only Black Guy at the Indie Rock Show:

When you’re young, you emulate people you think are cool (particularly, people who look like you), and this game of pretend ultimately shapes your aesthetic and values, if you find a shape that fits.


Combat Doctor is the memoir of an ER doctor’s experiences working for the Canadian military in Kandahar. It’s a highly stressful job due to the large volume of patients and the horrific injuries both soldiers and civilians suffer.

One of the most memorable stories involves an extended family that suffers terrible injuries when they stopped to get a drink while travelling together in what they thought was a safe area. It’s hard to say much more about what happens to them without giving away spoilers, but I really enjoyed the detailed descriptions of what it takes to keep a badly wounded person alive. This is not for the faint-hearted, but it is something I’d recommend to anyone who likes reading about what goes on behind the scenes in medical settings.

What have you been reading?

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