June 2016. Highs and lows. More highs than lows, and I’d list them all here, but I’m flat. Two of the biggest energy-sapping, mood-destroying lows have happened since Monday, and I. Just. Can’t. Be. Up. Right. Now.
On that cheery note, let’s jump straight to the web reads I enjoyed the most this month. (Regular scheduled upbeat emhawkerblog programming to resume next week. And possibly an edit of this introduction. I promise I’m okay. Just drained.)
Family and life
This read from Bruce Devereaux at Big Family Little Income had me in stitches at the start of the month. Mostly because I relate so completely. “We know it’s not the other person’s fault, but we’re not happy, Jan, and want them to know it.”
Lucy Hone lost her daughter in a sudden, tragic accident, and wasn’t impressed with the ‘advice’ she received on grief. “Aside from informing us that grief was individual (an experience ‘as unique as your own fingerprint’) the literature we were given extensively listed the long and varied symptoms we were likely to endure, giving me the impression we were now passive participants on a long, miserable journey.”
In this article for Essential Kids, Hone weaves personal experience with studies and evidence to show that grief is not about ‘getting over’ someone, but finding your own way of living without them. And remembering them.
Anna Spargo-Ryan wrote this in 2014. But I only found it recently. And it is such an important read for those of us with clever clogses in the family, whether they’re gifted or not, and whether you call them gifted or not.
This line stands out: “Gifted is not “smartest”. It’s a way to label behavioural traits, to assist with learning development and needs analysis… Choosing not to label it doesn’t make it disappear.”
Language and writing
This is a book review. From three years ago. But it’s still a wonderful read, and it’ll have you wondering how much easier life would be in the digital age if the irony mark existed. Or perhaps a sarcasm font.
“…Irony — along with its kin, snark and sarcasm — is an art form that thrives on the spoken word, relying on intonation and body language to distinguish it from the literal, so it’s had a particularly rocky run translating into written language.”
Food for thought
The title says it all. A must-read from Rebecca Shaw for SBS Comedy. (But don’t let that fool you. It’s not funny.)
Brilliant post. This time, the title doesn’t quite say it all. But it promises an interesting read, and certainly delivers.
“With a smoother, more positive life experience than that of their own parents, Lucy’s parents raised Lucy with a sense of optimism and unbounded possibility. And they weren’t alone. Baby Boomers all around the country and world told their Gen Y kids that they could be whatever they wanted to be, instilling the special protagonist identity deep within their psyches.”
That’s what caught my eye on the interweb this month. What caught yours?