I’m surprised the last time I shared a list of interesting links was in February. Really? Where has the time gone?
This year is rolling along, steaming ahead, moving so quickly it’s impossible to keep track of it all. And by all, I mean both the energetic maneuvers and the ongoing political nonsense.
My year of life coaching classes have ended, and I’m taking a much needed vacation from work. I’m catching up here in blog-land, and starting to work on the business aspects of life coaching. Vacation has also brought in good quality sleep, work on a paver patio in the back yard, and the attempt to squeeze in as much as possible to one week, yet never leave town. I think I’m up to the task(s)!
Link-O-Rama is a list of links that have caught my eye. Many of these appear in my Twitter feed, but that moves so quickly, they’re easy to miss. Happy Reading!
Why women of 40 and 50 are the new ‘ageless generation.’ (Well, Doh! Of course we are.)
And along the same lines, how baby boomer women remain invisible to marketers.
Literal Bohemian Rhapsody isn’t heartwarming, but at least it’s well produced and you probably know the story.
I love the “This is not normal” twitter bot. Every so often it simply tweets out “This is not normal.” It does this so often, it’s now normal to think this is not normal, and to continue on as if it is, in fact normal. What is normal, anyway? What was it before this? What is this? What is now?
Corporate Chemical Crap is a protest song. A cool school protest song by Connie Lee Marie Fisher.
Also good with nuts in the summer, not just at holidays: Oven-Baked Chex Mix Recipe
[bctt tweet=”The world is a kind of spiritual kindergarten where millions of bewildered infants are trying to spell God w/the wrong blocks. ~EA Robinson” username=”julieawallace”]
Zero Waste Isn’t Just For Hippies Anymore
I don’t think so, but a darned good read about the decline of the guitar industry: Slow Secret Death of the Electric Guitar
The History of Baking Powder, because you were probably wondering, “Gosh, I wonder what baking powder actually is…”
Ask the Sabian Symbol oracle a question, then share your result in the comments below. My August 6th reading feels right, although I’m not waiting for a prince to rescue me. I do feel like I’ve swum across a vast sea, dreaming of new ways of being me in this often chaotic world. My card was, “A mermaid has climbed to the rocky shore of a bleak coast, she awaits the prince who will bring her immortality,” and this is what it means:
This Symbol shows the desire to find a partner or a place in the world where you feel you belong and can contribute; finding a place to ‘come ashore’ in life, establish a career and a life that feels worthwhile. You will be able to make sense of your intuitive or creative thoughts as you grow and find both your feet and your voice. In finally being able to verbalize things into rational expression, you will be creating from your intuitive wisdom. However, there needs to be a caution against expecting others to verify your existence through your relationship with them. Being self reliant whilst inviting others into your life is the balance here. Coming into conscious form. New ways of being. Transformation. Emerging evolution. Finding love in difficult times. Waiting for one’s “prince” or “princess” to come. Soul mates. The Caution: Focusing on social or rational aspects before being ready. Naivety. Being thrown in the deep end. Relying on relationships too much. Looking to the other for validation of one’s existence. Co-dependent behavior. Keywords: Coming into conscious form. New ways of being. Transformation. New forms emerging out of the past. Needing, and probably expecting, recognition. Feeling different from the crowd. Learning to stand on your own two feet. Problems with feet and legs. Longing to make an impression.
Not that I need any, but if you’re curious, here are 10 Reasons I’m Not Married. Not me, specifically, but in general, yes.
For the esoteric of you, these free e-books from Bernhard Guenther are something to sink your teeth into. You’re welcome.
I’m continuing my exploration of permaculture and English Cottage Gardens. The Plants For A Future database is particularly helpful. Here’s there writing on cottage gardens.
All you need to know about comfrey.
This tweet from comedian Jeremy McLellan that expresses just how fragile our sense of self can be:
Thousands of people: You’re great
One person: You suck
Me: I guess I suck
I tweeted this article with the words, “Ahem, this is so true.” Single Workers Aren’t There To Pick Up The Slack For Married Bosses & Colleagues. Not that I’ve had to pick up the slack, but most of the other stuff: spot on.
I deliberately left out links to political stuff because you’re probably as overwhelmed as everyone else. If you’re looking for an excellent, ongoing commentary, I recommend Amy Siskind’s weekly list. It’s a heartwrenching read, but read it anyway. Her weekly #37 dated July 29. You can also follow her on Facebook, where she posts regular updates through the week.
For some reason, after reading a little of Siskind’s list, WTF, or otherwise contemplating the current state of the world, you may find London Calling appropriate. I certainly do. The Clash is almost always spot on with political rants.
London calling to the faraway towns
Now war is declared and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls
London calling, now don’t look to us
Phony Beatlemania has bitten the dust
London calling, see we ain’t got no swing
‘Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing
The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in
Meltdown expected, the wheat is growin’ thin
Engines stop running, but I have no fear
Cause London is drowning, and I, I live by the river
London calling to the imitation zone
Forget it, brother, you can go it alone
London calling to the zombies of death
Quit holding out and draw another breath
London calling and I don’t want to shout
But when we were talking I saw you nodding out
London calling, see we ain’t got no high
Except for that one with the yellowy eye
Now get this
London calling, yes, I was there, too
An’ you know what they said? Well, some of it was true!
London calling at the top of the dial
And after all this, won’t you give me a smile?
And after all that, let me give you something relaxing. There is no movement in this video, only nine hours of waves on the beach. Just close your eyes and breathe for a minute or two.