Web Miscellany: Compilation #17

Happy Friday, my digital friend!

I hope you’ve had a lovely and fulfilling week. Do you have anything special planned for the upcoming weekend?

Last weekend, I spent 24 hours in a remote cabin where I picked fresh blackberries and got caught outside in a downpour (in a white linen shirt, of course). My attempt at hiking, even on a short and level trail, was cut short due to severe joint pain, but it felt so good to test my limits. I’m still recovering from that fraction-of-a-mile trek, but continually reliving that special memory. My plan for this weekend: sleep, dream, and sleep some more sleep.

Here are a few interesting things from around the web. I’d love to see anything you’ve been enjoying lately in the comments below.

  1. Idea I’m pondering lately: “There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth.” – Leo Tolstoy
  2. My medication is starting to cause hair loss, meaning that I need to clean the shower drain at least once a week. This gadget is the best $13 I’ve spent in a long time, and so much easier to use than drain snakes.
  3. How can we proceed in the face of difficult decisions? Four helpful steps from Seth Godin.
  4. Findings published in the Journal of Neuroscience show conversations with adults helps children develop stronger language connections in their brains. The best part: It doesn’t matter how intelligent the adult is. You can lie about why the sky is blue and they’ll still come out ahead.
  5. From Yuval Noah Harari’s upcoming book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century: “Homo sapiens is a post-truth species, whose power depends on creating and believing fictions. Ever since the stone age, self-reinforcing myths have served to unite human collectives. Indeed, Homo sapiens conquered this planet thanks above all to the unique human ability to create and spread fictions. We are the only mammals that can cooperate with numerous strangers because only we can invent fictional stories, spread them around, and convince millions of others to believe in them. As long as everybody believes in the same fictions, we all obey the same laws, and can thereby cooperate effectively.”
  6. What I’m listening to: In My Mind by Amanda Palmer. It’s a cheerful reminder to always be okay with where I am–right here, and right now.

2 thoughts on “Web Miscellany: Compilation #17

  1. I share music with my kids every day. We often sit down on Friday or Saturday nights & have YouTube dance parties, so we can all share good music with each other. This week, The Girl showed me “James Dean” by The Wrecks and “Girlfriend” by Repeat Repeat & I happily recommend them. I have listened to 2 awesome audiobooks in the past 2 weeks, too, which I recommend: _Your Dad Stole My Rake_ by Tom Papa and _Montaigne in Barn Boots_ by Michael Perry, both read by the authors. Thanks for sharing these tidbits!


    1. That’s such a wonderful idea for spending time with family and learning about one another’s interests. So fun!! I will be checking out the the recommended songs and audio books–thank you! 🙂


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