Here is this week’s list of short stories, photo essays, recipes, and other links from my favourite corners of the web.
Ogres of East Africa. This seriously needs to be a full-length book. Wow.
In Photos: The Big Five at Masai Mara Kenya via MagicalKenya. Lions, and leopards, and elephants, oh, my! I never grow tired of seeing large animals like this. How about you?
Compliments – Can You Take Them? via KarinSieger. There’s nothing trivial about this skill at all.
10 Myths and Facts About Depression via HDuggalMD. I like the fact that this was written by psychiatrist. The rest of his blog posts are excellent as well.
Microwave S’Mores. Wow, I had no idea it was possible to make s’mores in a microwave. They look pretty close to campfire s’mores, too, other than their colour. The photo I found above might be a way to warm up marshmallows in doors while still giving them that crispy, brown shell. I might just have to try one of these the next time I take a break from my low-sugar diet.
What Boredom Does to You. As someone who loves to daydream, this is excellent news.
Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them. Somehow These Teenage Girls Survived. Read this one with caution if you’re at all sensitive about violence or the death of children. It talks about some pretty dark stuff, but it was a fantastic read.
By far the best age is seven, when the summer grass grows around splayed fingers and each winter breath forms little clouds that morph into animals and pirate ships. When your older cousins watch with barely masked envy as sparks fly from your fingertips and pigtails as you spin. You show off for the little kids, their eyes wide with awe and anticipation. Seven, when the barrier between worlds is so thin you can cup the last glow of sunset in your palm and hold it up to the white walls of your bedroom.