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Peculiar Treasures: All The World’s A Stage

By Kellie Purcill

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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 sharing the stage with her son and a whole lot of surprise. A fabulous quote by Brené Brown on facing our inner critic in our own arena is wonderfully put to pen and picture by the incredible Zen Pencils.

It’s all in the emphasis! A wide range of notables argue how best to emphasise the line “to be or not to be…” with hilarious results and guest appearances. All hail the comma in pacing and emphasis, with personal input on the glorious punctuation mark from the New Yorker’s Comma Queen.

Shine spotlight here… Omid Safi visited Salt Lake City while giving talks, and considers the power in spotlighting the good people and communities do, instead of highlighting the bad. If you’re waiting with baited breath, or need a break from a plague on both your houses, use this flowchart to suggest which shiny Shakespeare play is best for you to watch right now.

Open air theatres. A huge coral reef been discovered at the mouth of the Amazon river, and here’s 10 more ideas to get kids to get outside. This interactive photo display of numerous theatres of war show beach landings, French towns and cathedrals – where the 1944 snapshots fade away to show the same places today.

First Draft Poetry this week is by Lara.

Sometimes we stay hidden
for generations,
for hours,
silty rivers camouflage what’s really
going on, flowing by.

And we emerge,
seen suddenly,
a new species in a
plume of clarity,
the poverty of sediment

washing our reef-selves,
and we are

About Kellie Purcill

lives way on the other side of the planet in her native Australia and gives thanks for the internet regularly. She loves books, her boys, panna cotta, collecting words, being a redhead and not putting things in order of importance when listing items. She credits writing as a major contributing factor to surviving her life with sanity mostly intact, though her (in)sanity level is subject to change without warning.

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