The Week’s End – A Round-up of All Sorts of Interesting Stuff

Happy Saturday everyone! If you’re looking for some interesting reads to check out while you kick back and relax, look no further, I’ve got you covered! Every weekend I like to share with you the most interesting things I found across the great, wide web. Enjoy!

The Pep Talk Generator – Babe Vibes

Get it, girl.

– Jordan A. Smith

We all could use a good pep talk here and there and now it’s as easy as hitting a button. On days when you are feeling a bit down or inadequate head over to the Pep Talk Generator and read until you feel you can take on the world again.

It’s Still Rape – Erin Matson

We need a new conversation on rape, immediately. We need to insist upon it. We need to make corrections the moment they are due. Otherwise, we are all part of the problem.

I hate seeing news reports that don’t call rape what it is. They use terms like “underage sex” and “sexual encounter”, I don’t even like “sexual assault”. Sometimes they just use the word “sex” which is cowardly and insulting. Stop trying to lessen and down play it, rape is rape and we do the victims an injustice when we refuse to call it what it is.

Understanding Art -The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man – NerdWriter

I knew it affected me deeply, but was hard-pressed to say how when the credits rolled. The film seemed to be offering insights and generous interpretations, then yanking back on them just before they could cohere and come into their own.

I’ve become a big fan of Nerdwriter over these past few months and once again after seeing a film analysis from him I had to watch the film. A Serious Man is the kind of movie I like best. It’s quiet, it’s clever and subtle, and I’m not sure I know exactly what it was about.

Profoundness in Aisle 5 – The Chicago Files

He went on to say he always starts the day with a smile and ends it the same way. He told me it wouldn’t be right for his day to be spoiled by something that had nothing to do with him. It didn’t make sense to him. It didn’t make sense to me, either, but I’ve sure let it happen a lot.

I’m always trying to keep a positive outlook on life. I try not to let other people ruin my day but it happens, it happens to us all. This story reminded to me to stay mindful of that.

Dictionary Stories – Jez Burrows

All the stories collected here are written entirely using example sentences from the New Oxford American Dictionary, with nothing added except some punctuation to piece them together. The words that spawned each sentence are underlined.

This is one of those “I wish I would’ve thought of that” things. Writing from dictionary sentences, so simple, and yet the end product is very interesting. My favorite one is “Confessional”:

Dictionary Stories

#DRAWINGAUGUST UPDATE – Crystal Moody

I asked my kids to help me collect some things to draw….

I’ve been talking a lot about starting to draw again lately but every time I decide to do it I’m struck with severe artist’s block. I have no idea what to draw! It sound silly I know but nothing seems worthy of me making the effort to replicate on paper. Then I saw that Crystal Moody had her kids collect things from outdoors for her to draw. GENIUS!

Last night me and my girlfriend took the dog on a walk and collected 4 leaves, two pine cones, and a flowering weed for me to draw :)

Putting It All Together – Opposite Day

And then I mentioned my Lego collection.

Ahhhh Legos, who didn’t like paying with them?? Thinking about them now fills me with so much nostalgia I am half-tempted to go out and buy myself some now. Hell, playing with Legos might just be what I need to get the creative juices flowing on the days when it’s a bit harder.

5 Practical Tips To Become A Better Writer – Zanita

because it has become the primary way we communicate our ideas and document our daily life occurrences, you should learn how to express your thoughts precisely the way you want.

These are pretty basic but every once in awhile it’s nice to be reminded of the basics.

 The Case for the Participation Trophy – Zen and Pi

Participation trophies have long been a controversial thing in this country with older generations claiming that offering kids rewards for doing nothing more than showing up and trying is teaching them that entitled to something.

This one is from me (obviously). I’m getting a little tired of seeing parents be so hard on their kids just to “teach them a lesson”. Why don’t we let our kids be kids while they can be? I’d love to hear what you think.

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 :)

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

3 thoughts on “The Week’s End – A Round-up of All Sorts of Interesting Stuff”

  1. This is a nice roundup. Lots of good stuff here.

    I saw the Matson thing earlier this week, and couldn’t agree with that one more.

    If I think of anything interesting, I’ll come back and drop it here.

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  2. The second piece you shared – “It’s still rape” is something that’s been bothering me lately, too. I know we’ve all liked Jared, but let’s just admit the truth of what happened – he covered up abusing and raping children.

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