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Peculiar Treasures: Connecting Dots

By Kellie Purcill

Welcome to another week of Segullah wonderings, starting bright eyed and bushy tailed with Peculiar Treasures. The links this week wander and wonder all over the place, with fascinating serendipities and inter-relationships.

If you had looked at Nepal’s Kathmandu recently, you may have seen what looked like a bike race equivalent – but it was actually 500 Buddhist nuns cycling to raise awareness about human trafficking. Also mountain-high, though on her own, this woman climbed the world’s highest mountains (one for each continent) to show the strength of women, dedicating the efforts to the women of her native Bangladesh.

If mountains seem a little out of your reach, what can you do with a hundredth part of a day? That’s just 15 minutes, and as this writer considers, 15 minutes into the woods is still into the woods. Maybe a hundredth part of a day could be used – with these 6 questions – to discuss with kids their Halloween costume choices. As part of raising “media-savvy” children, the questions aren’t what you’d necessarily expect.

Unless you have x-ray vision, you may not be aware of the secrets hidden behind great artworks. Happily, researches have shared their x-rayed finds with the world. It wasn’t discovered with x-rays, but the untold story of post-World War Two Japanese war brides in America is beginning to be revealed and shared. Changing a name from Hiroko to Susie was simply part of life. Also a part of life, prayer. This photographer is sharing pictures of the way Muslims pray in public, with the locations and paused activities more than stereotype or fearmongering would have us believe.

Far from bread and beans, and for some delicious reason, this post has every meal eaten by Almanzo Wilder (by Laura Ingalls Wilder “Little House on the Prairie” fame) in “Farmer Boy”. Warning: read this if you are hungry at your own risk.

Here’s to conquering whatever mountain, meal or surprise our week serves up!

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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