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Peculiar Treasures: Brain Food, Conversation Starters and the Stories We Tell

By Kellie Purcill

“”This is my favorite lyric to perform in the show every night,” says Daveed Diggs, who raps as the Marquis de Lafayette in the first act of “Hamilton”…” Find out which one he means, and see how Hamilton is literally poetry in motion with colour coded algorithmic proof.

“They’re not people in costume?” – my question to myself watching this incredible use of animation techniques and motion capture to create an imaginative dance clip.

“Then Jim, with his creative mind and enthusiastic energy, turned to Kathy and announced his grand idea…” The story behind a giant minion in rural Indiana.

“That’s a new breed we’re seeing. [In the past,] you would see the female soldiers, and sometimes it was like they were a bit burly. It was like they were fighting to not be feminine. She just proved to a whole generation that you don’t need to do that.” – spoken about Canada’s upcoming Chief of Staff of Army operations Col. Jennie Carignan, who is soon to become the highest ranking female officer from combat experienced ranks, IN THE WORLD.

“Happy Fathers’ Day!” sentiment trails away and reality continues just like any other day in the life of an involved Dad today – and here are 17 book recommendations showing Dad in positive lights.

“The father is so big because he represents the huge importance of loving parent or family member in a child’s life. And the little girl, who happens to be me, represents a child’s need for love, protection, and support.” Artist Soosh continues her tribute to the importance of involved Dads with these 13 illustrations of the father-daughter potential and need.

What’s better than getting free toilet paper to make a wedding dress? Well, how about the chance to win cash prizes of up to $10,000 and the chance to travel free of cost to New York City?” Read the efforts that went into this year’s winning entry (hint: a whole lot of toilet paper, and I’m guessing sweat and tears!)

“…few people ever consider what is a vital question – can I suffer with this person? It sounds like the beginning of another marriage joke, but it’s not. It’s a real question and one which should be explored by every dating couple.” Great reading, exceptional conversation starter regardless of marital status.

“Would I have recognized my own experience if I had been told Persephone’s story? Would it have helped me understand the threat–not rationally, but in a mythic way, in the language of image and soul?” A contemplative post on the use of myths during our difficult times.

“Dancing with Dandelions by Robin Wight” – weathervane? Wind mobile? Whatever you’d classify it as, it’s also incredible art.


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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