Something to talk about

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If you are looking for things to talk about around the water cooler or at dinner, here are a few options.

National Geographic – Is Iceland Really Green and Greenland Really Icy?
That whole Iceland/Greenland name thing so people wouldn’t attack either isn’t a factual thing. The truth is, as it generally is, much richer and more interesting. And the photo of the houses at the end is just gorgeous! I love the colors.

National Geographic – What a Toilet Shows About Life During the American Revolution
Fascinating! Pretty sure our toilet won’t help future archeologists learn a whole lot about us. But isn’t it great how much we can learn from these ones?

NPR – The People Vs. Coloring Books: The Verdict Is In
Iddo got some coloring books for her birthday and is in heaven. I myself love to color pre-drawn pictures. But I, and Iddo too, love to draw my own pictures as well. I recall last summer drawing pictures on our back wall using sidewalk chalk with Iddo. The scene had three suns, left, center, and right. They were all happy. I realized while drawing that for her that I almost always, probably 99% of the time, draw my sun on the left. I kind of liked the one in the center best and have tried to mix it up where the sun is ever since. When (not if, because I know it will happen) our kids come home from school with worksheets that have a coloring element I’ll encourage them to be creative with colors and use the lines as mere suggestions. :)

NPR – Personality Can Change Over A Lifetime, And Usually For The Better
One of my big beefs, and I have several, with personality tests is the requirement that you answer how you would have as a child in order to determine your “true” personality. Bull! I’ve known ever since people started giving me personality tests that my personality is not the same as it was when I was a child. I’m glad the science is finally catching up with what I’ve always just intuitively known.

And for a little bit of beauty, check out this lovely Rose is Rose comic strip – “To dance is to dream in motion.

3 shared thoughts about Something to talk about

  1. Brett says:
    Giggle

    Describing my personality with a color never really intrigued me as much as it did some people anyway. I think I was something like a red-yellow-blue-white mix, just like everyone else. :brett:

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  2. HeidiAphrodite says:
    Giggle

    My psych classes taught me that there is no One True Personality Test. That being said, I went from an ENFP to an INFJ on the Myers/Briggs in 6 months; it had a lot to do with coming out of a major depressive episode, but it sure was interesting to study!

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  3. Giggle

    I think personality tests can be an interesting way to learn something about yourself, but as Heidi suggested, there is no One True Test, and you shouldn’t base your entire identity around them. Especially if we learn something about ourselves that we want to change!

    Also, I love that cartoon.

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