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Peculiar Treasures: Shine On

By Kellie Purcill

A 9-year-old boy saved his pocket money to buy books to start a prison library, and while that library isn’t easily accessible, the allure of a library card is recorded through this history of public US libraries. While the closest we may come to thinking about Tupperware’s history is “Who’s idea was it to have …

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Peculiar Treasures: More Than The Mean

By Kellie Purcill

Bark Snark and Warm and Woofies: Turns out your dog doesn’t trust you when you’re angry (and other emotion-dependant behaviours), and this is a great way to deal with work-day stress! Being the Mean Girl, and Not Being The Mean Girl’s Mum/Mom: over at our little-sister site, RubyGirl, Abigail wrote frankly about being the mean …

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Peculiar Treasures: Stories In Numbers

By Kellie Purcill

A 15-year-old boy has discovered a Mayan city without leaving Canada.  This surprising find involves star maps, satellites and hidden cities! 5 writing retreats around the world to drool over. From Segullah staffer Linda: “I can personally endorse the Anam Cara Writers and Artists Retreat in Ireland. Life changing!” Congratulations to the 20 longlisted finalists …

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Peculiar Treasures: Nest and Feathers

By Kellie Purcill

From roosting in a kitchen in New Jersey to an island in Russia, read how two families were reunited over 70 years after the Holocaust that separated two brothers. If you feather your nest with books like yours truly, every now and then you may consider moulting a few bizarre titles like these. We hope …

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Peculiar Treasures: Short and Sweet

By Kellie Purcill

If you’re the competitive sort, and also the reader sort, you may like this 30 authors in 1 minute matching game. If you are in the life of someone who reads, particularly kids and teens, this article explaining why boys should read “girl books” is compelling, and not a little unsettling. Finally, a sweet little comic …

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Peculiar Treasures: All The World’s A Stage

By Kellie Purcill

On children being seen and heard: a mother’s response to seeing her 3-year-old daughter copy her morning routine of standing on scales raises some interesting questions, as does this article asking if kids should address adults as Mister and Missus. Stage or arena? Michael Bublé has his show interrupted by a mother, and ends up …

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Peculiar Treasures: Pink Herrings

By Kellie Purcill

Eating Rules! No, this isn’t a link to kale smoothies or “never eat anything bigger than your head” type wisdom, but some morsels to chew on. Like how balanced is your tech diet? Far from crying doom and catastrophe from their e-soapbox, this examines with empathy and prompting questions just what our tech diet may …

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Peculiar Treasures: Winging It

By Kellie Purcill

Forget about a bird’s eye view – the above picture, and 3 MILLION more like it, of the Earth’s surface from space have been released by NASA. Then take a look at drawing patterns on the fly, with this mesmerising zen doodle creation. Asking “how does the path of a bullet change a life” results …

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Peculiar Treasures: All Over You, Eclectic Blue

By Kellie Purcill

In unexpected patterns this week, we have couscous dancing to make pictures, and also the first official Jewish tartan. Putting your money where your sustainable energy protesting is had a very physical result for this Utahn couple, and practising being your future self has unexpected results now and (you guessed it) in the future. For …

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Peculiar Treasures: All The Light We Can/Not See

By Kellie Purcill

Welcome to another Peculiar Treasure, and we hope this past Holy Week has been one of beauty, light and vision for you. Wipe the dust from your feet, rest, and watch light and dirt reveal Light, in the form of the Easter story by Sandy Tales. The washing of feet happened on Holy Thursday, including …

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