The Weeks End – A Round-up of Interesting Stuffs

Understanding Art | Leda and the Swan – Nerdwriter

Leda and the Swan is a story and subject in art from Greek mythology in which the god Zeus, in the form of a swan, seduces or rapes Leda, the wife of king Tyndareus of Sparta.


I vaguely remember the story of Zeus turning into a swan and seducing a woman but I can’t recall any details of it. Hearing this poem and the analysis gave me a much better understanding. The poem is tragic but as a writer I did find it beautiful too.

Of Writing Diaries – Of Opinions

Last night I wanted to tell my diary, “It’s you or my blog who gets it. Who wants to bear the burden of my misery? You decide.”

I used to journal a lot, especially when I was a teenager. As an adult it’s been on and off but I have been thinking again about picking up the habit. I found an old notebook in the basement last week and I wrote one entry on the first page, which I did enjoy doing, but the rest of the week I had no time.

I want to keep the habit up but I think I need to figure out when journal writing time should be.

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group

Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic.

I have been thinking more and more about fiction writing. One of my dreams was to write a graphic novel and I have recently rediscovered my passion for that dream. I have also decided I want to write stories for this blog too. Little short 100 – 500 word stories, some of which are true (but maybe exaggerated) and some that are outright lies.

That scares the crap out of me though so I’ve decided to join the Insecure Writer’s Support Group on Facebook. I see it as a chance to be among writer’s who are just as scared as me and yet it could also be motivating. These people are still writing now matter what their fear. I need that.

Hiroshima – The New Yorker

At exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning, on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place in the plant office and was turning her head to speak to the girl at the next desk.

This past week marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, tomorrow mark the anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing. At least 129,000 people died in those bombing, and they remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history.

It was without a doubt, a very dark time in history.

Chalk Artist Leon Keer Draws Playful Optical Illusions on the Street – Hi-Fructose Magazine

Gummy bears mourn their melting friend in Leon Keer’s new chalk drawing for Malta Street Art Festival.

Am I a Bad, Bad Blogger? – The Happy Quitter

I made a mistake yesterday and I have to say, I feel a little embarrassed. Embarrassed, because I didn’t follow the #1 blogging rule. I did not just not follow it, no, I bend it…broke it. I am a bad, bad blogger.

I am big on blogging ettiqette but I think the rules have become a little ridiculous if we can’t even disagree with or even politely correct each other. I have been lucky not to have had any nasty comments but I have had a few people express opinions that were different from mine. I don’t mind, to me that’s what a conversation is.

In the Grand Scheme of Things – Longreads

Two weeks after the pediatrician had introduced the word “albinism” to my vocabulary, my husband and I sat in the stuffy waiting room at the neurologist’s, gently rocking my daughter’s car seat. This was the man who would tell us what was going on with my perfect-imperfect daughter.

One of my good friends has albinism and we often discuss, at great length, the ignorant things people say to her, the struggles she has (mostly having to do with wearing enough sunscreen), and how her family has dealt with it. Honestly I can’t understand why people think it’s such a big deal? She just so, normal!

From Me to Me at Fourteen – ZEN AND Π

I want you to know that even though life is hard right now, that even though you feel alone and hurt, know that I love you.

This one is from me.It’s the first part of a two part series of letters to me at 14, and me at 50. I felt a little emotional writing them and was hoping for a little feedback if you have a minute. Thanks!

And that’s it for this week. Have you read, watched, heard, or written an interesting thing this week? If so, share with the class by leaving a link in the comments :)

I hate being bored. It makes me feel like a boring person.

Kait Mauro


One Reply to “The Weeks End – A Round-up of Interesting Stuffs”

  1. Great selections! And thank you for including me! I’ve been trying my best to find time myself for writing my diary, which generally has been just before I fall asleep at night, even if I feel extremely drowsy. Even if I write one line or phrase (which usually goes “unproductive day”), I am satisfied that I did it.


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