Dunedin has a fairly elderly fleet of buses, but at least they don’t burst into flames with alarming frequency as do the buses in Rome: Why do Rome’s buses keep catching fire? (BBC)
The telling of stories helps us to rewire the brain and reattach emotional significance to the memories we have. The act of being creative helps to balance the tendency to over-rely on logic as a coping mechanism. The act of doing this publicly is cathartic and enormously helpful
Mike Summerfield: The link between amygdalae and blogging
I came across an interesting little post about how to write (and edit) a blog post which is fairly realistic about how the process really happens. I’m not quite as rigorous on the editing now that I’m trying to put something out each day.
Randomly think of a thing. Let it bump around your head a bit. If the bumping gets too loud, start writing the words with the nearest writing device. See how far you get. The more words usually mean a higher degree of personal interest. Stop when it suits you.
How to Write a Blog Post by Michael Lopp (Rands)
This article about one of Facebook’s recent experiments made me seriously reconsider whether I am willing to continue using the social network when they are researching how to target people in their weakest moments: Welcome to the Next Phase of the Facebook Backlash.
A beautiful article about how a Mom put poems in her daughter’s shoes when she was going through a period of despair:
Before she went to school in the morning, I wanted her to read the poem “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver that talks about not having to be good and not having to walk on your knees for miles, repenting. As Ms. Oliver writes, “You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”
New CDC Study on Sexual Assault: Preteen Boys and Adolescent Girls are Most at Risk
Illustrator Dave DeVries started with a simple question: What would a child’s drawing look like if it were painted realistically?