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, or maybe before you go do something fun and exciting, 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!

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Paris attacks: Eight terror suspects named so far are not refugees and have EU passports // Independent

“Refugees should not be turned into scapegoats and must not become the secondary victims of these most tragic events.”

So it turns out the the Paris attacks were not carried out by Syrian refugees. Interesting how little affect that has had on the narrative or opinions of people on whether or not to accept Syrian refugees.

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The Giver by Lois Lowry // Imperfect Happiness

It’s interesting to consider both the good and bad things we might give up for safety, especially with all of the opinions right now about whether to take in Syrian refugees or not in the wake of the Paris attacks last week.

One of my very favorite books and a must read for all young children, in my opinion anyway. It is interesting to hear their views on the story.

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100 Novels All Kids Should Read Before Leaving High School // Open Culture

The grown-ups reading teen books do so, Graham writes, because “today’s YA, we are constantly reminded, is worldly and adult-worthy.”

Speaking of books all children should read, here is a very long list of the types of books I am talking about. I am sharing for the adults too because all good children’s books have very important lessons to teach, lessons which all adults often need reminding of.

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NASA is hiring astronauts. Do you qualify? // Vox

You don’t actually need 20/20 vision to become one of NASA’s astronauts.

I’m so close! All I need is a bachelor’s degree and three years of experience flying jets and I am in!

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Introducing: Our New, High-Speed Editor // WordPress

We’re excited to unveil a faster, more streamlined way to create, share, and manage your content.

Have you used this new editor? I am not a fan! They took away they word count and they got rid of the spelling/grammar check thing-y. The put back the word count but the spelling/grammar check is still missing. I desperately need that!

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In which I tell you how your religion works // infinitefreetime

There are reasons to oppose bringing Syrian refugees to America. None of them are good reasons. Most of them are sickeningly racist. And all of them are deeply, obviously, blatantly and clearly unChristian.

All I can say is THANK YOU! The response to the Syrian refugee crisis has been sickening to me and this post lays out all the reasons why.

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Ray Bradbury Reads His Poem “If Only We Had Taller Been” in a Rare 1971 Recording // Brain Pickings

“Short man. Large dream. I send my rockets forth / between my ears, / Hoping an inch of Will is worth a pound of years.”

Ray Bradbury was an amazing writer, his Fahrenheit 451 is among my favorite books. Here is a recording of him reciting one of his unpublished poems. I encourage you to visit Brain Pickings to learn more about the recording and where it came from.

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Misunderstanding the Problem // Just Above Sunset

There is disagreement about what to do about ISIS, and everyone has an opinion, from bombing them out of existence to… bombing them out of existence. Everyone seems to have settled on that, with the Republicans screaming at Obama to bomb them more, like the French and Russians are now doing, and screaming at his pointing out that he really is bombing them more, and their saying no you’re not, and him saying yes I am, and so on and so forth. It’s exhausting.

The situation with ISIS is a very complicated one. I don’t fully understand it but I have been trying to learn as much as I can. (Here is a very, very, simplified video explaining how this all started) One thing I do know is that the solutions I am hearing about give me pause. Killing and bombing don’t sound like solutions at all and I think the general public has no idea what the situation actually is in order to support any other “solution”. Let’s learn more about the situation, if you do you will see that violence won’t stop this. Bombs do not wipe out ideas.

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The Art Of Wabi-Sabi (or Things You Will Learn Later in Your Life) // Black Coffee an Cigarettes

Slowly, very slowly, you are coming home.

I love these types of posts. Snap shots of life that are raw and heart-wrenching. So beautiful.

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Adam Gopnik — Darwin’s Pathos // On Being

The wise and lyrical writer Adam Gopnik muses on the ironies of spiritual life in a secular age through the lens of his many fascinations — from parenting, to the arts, to Darwin.

In this clip Gopnik explains why accepting evolution as a fact does not diminish the beauty or mystery of what it means to be a human being. Perfect!

Hear the rest of the talk at: www.onbeing.org/program/adam-gopn…rawing-faith/8087

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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 :)

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

    1. Me neither! I have to switch back and forth between the new-new editor and the old-old one in the admin dashboard just so I can use the spell check feature. I also can’t figure out how to access the list of old revisions of a post. I rely on these features and I can’t understand why WordPress would get rid of them???

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