Suggestion Saturday: October 9, 2010

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

Salt Shaker Hidden Safe. How to hide small valuables in plain sight. I wonder what other everyday items could be used as miniature safes?

Chart on Healthy Communities. The blogger who posted this chart was mostly focused on religious communities. It applies to all sorts of communities, though: workplaces, school, civic organizations, etc. In my experience the tone of a group can be changed for the worse by as few as one or two people. Improving it generally requires that more people actively work at it.

Masked Avengers Are Real. Or at least they are in Wisconsin. The world would be a better place if every neighbourhood had a few superheroes walking around at night!

Vag Magazine. Check out these teasers from a new comedic web series about a group of third-wave feminists who run a magazine. It was as funny to watch as it was to imagine what they will satirize next! Despite the title this is a work-safe link.

Citizens or Neighbors? On a more serious note Julie Clawson recently shared an excellent blog post about the different between being a good citizen and being a good neighbor (or neighbour here in Canada. 😉 )

Allowing the laws of the land to stand in the way of love is not what it means to live out what Jesus was encouraging in that parable. Standing by and watching a house burn down and pets be burned alive because of a $75 fee is not being a good neighbor. Nor is letting someone die because they aren’t rich enough to afford insurance. From a certain political perspective it can be justified as being a good citizen, but that is not even close to being the same thing.

What have you been reading?

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  1. teresa

    Well, you have ‘riled’ me up! Richard and I were talking about the house fire situation just this week. I can’t even imagine having the attitude that he deserves to have his house burn! I understand that thinking, but it just doesn’t seem human to me to have that much hate. To me that is what it is…hate. How you can you love your brother or sister…which is ALL humans no matter what they believe…and sit by and watch their house and pets burn down because he chose to not pay that amount? I just don’t get it. I’m sad that there are Americans that have this much self-righteousness…and they call themselves christians. Really? Nothing close…

    Now..the salt shaker one is also interesting. My first thought was…ANY crook who sees this ad on the web, will go directly to the salt shaker the next time he breaks in a house! But, I do have to say, it’s pretty ingenous. Someone is making a nice chunk of $$ on that one!

    I am a magazin junkie. I love them..I’ll admit it. I have stacks of them that I TRY to part with but just can’t seem to. It’s close to being an addiction I suppose. I’ve never heard of Vag magazine and would like to see looks interesting! I don’t suppose I’ll find it on the shelves at Kroger though!

    Thanks for blogging…it’s always fun!

    What am I reading? Well, you already know..but for those who might see this! I just finished reading Traveling With Pomegranates. I think it is my newest favorite ever read! It was life altering for me to read it and I plan to write a note about it at some point. I took notes (!!) and have to go back and re read and think more about it, but I really liked it a lot. I loved her book The Secret Life Of Bees a lot, too, and this book tells how that book came about..which I found very interesting!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t understand that attitude either, Teresa. I try to see the best in people and make allowances for other ways of looking at the world but I’m having a very hard time with this particular case. It’s the antithesis of my values and beliefs.

      You’re probably right about the salt shaker. I’m paying more attention to them now!

      Traveling with Pomegranates is in my library queue. I’ll try to remember to tell you what I think of it when I read it. If I forget, feel free to nudge me. 🙂

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