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Peculiar Treasures: Do You See What I See?

By Kellie Purcill


“The problem with quotes on the internet is that it is difficult to verify their authenticity” – Abraham Lincoln. Having just turned 207, Abraham Lincoln sure is knowledgable, just like those other quotes by Ghandi and Mother Theresa and… Where do we get these fake religious memes? Not necessarily from the person attributed, that’s for sure.

“Everybody wants to believe they can trust their heart.” – BYUTV’s Generation Project searches out family history answers to see if a woman’s impressions about her ancestors are correct – including interest in what a forefather smelled like!

“Write your biggest regret:” – a chalkboard is filled, read and considered in the middle of New York City for one day.

“I’m a lexicographer. I make dictionaries and my job… is not to decide what a word is, that is your job.” Erin McKean encourages us all in her TED talk to make up new words and gives 6 tips for doing so (bonus Scrabble points and Segullah interview to whomever of us gets a word into the dictionary!)

“It’s broken. I need another one that’s fixed.” – is not what you’d expect to hear about a little 7 year old girl’s lunch.  Here’s a lovely example of service and understanding by a restaurant’s staff, in the shape of a cheeseburger.

“With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees” – an inscription to an invisible woman, and her goal to make sure only one person sees her life’s efforts.

“People have been noticing these strange creatures appear on the sidewalks around Ann Arbor Michigan…” – some whimsical, incredible street art drawn with chalk, charcoal and a whole lot of cute, featuring mice reading and rescuing puppies, a sunken goldfish, and assorted awesomes.

“Caroline’s Cart can be a game-changer for families, and we’re excited to offer this for our guests across the country…” – Let the happy dancing commence, with Target’s announcement that Caroline’s Cart, specially made shopping carts for special needs kids, to be in Targets nationwide in the USA!

“Put your makeup on/get your nails done/curl you hair/run the extra mile keep it slim so they like you/do they like you? Get your sexy on/don’t be shy girl/ take it off this is what you want to belong so they like you… do you like you?” Colbie Caillat’s response to being repeatedly photoshopped is this song, and incredible anti-makeover video clip. The lyrics just keep getting better and better, as do the smiles.

“Be quiet,” he said. “Keep reading.” – When parenting and magnificence comes from recognising the differences between you both, and showing love across the divide.

“This is one of the most satisfying mysteries we’ve ever resolved. You’ll see.” – How a train ticket for a 3 year old’s journey from a New York orphanage to Ohio opened up all sorts of discoveries and even explained a previous DNA result.

“Ultimately, whether your loved ones are believers or nonbelievers, chances are that you still share far more similarities than differences when it comes to truth, beauty and goodness.” – examining the hard truths of the gospel, people leaving the church, and loving regardless using an ancient framework of truth, beauty and goodness.

First Draft Poetry this week is by Teresa TL Bruce, inspired largely by the invisible woman post.


The language I choose (not to use)

Confessional ears (inviting oral tears)

The faith I avow (from then, past now)

My love of reading (a yearning, needing)

The clutter I keep (around which I sweep)

A slightly snarky, humorous mind (but hers always kind)

I see her hands, reaching (and in gestures as I’m teaching)

Curiosity, questions, learning (“Why?” sets research churning)


My mother wrote her essence—

her quirks, her loves—in

visible lines

in me.

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.

4 thoughts on “Peculiar Treasures: Do You See What I See?”

  1. I really, really dislike the video about "The Invisible Woman" not because I think we need to trumpet our accomplishments as women all over, but because it is this kind of sentiment that gives people permission to continue to treat women, and especially mothers, as if their work is invisible. When you do so, you often have very little gratitude for those actions of that person. That's the kind of thinking that kept women's work and efforts hidden in history and leads to demeaning mothers.


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