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.“