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Peculiar Treasures: Superb All

By Kellie Purcill

Regardless of if your past weekend included watching or playing sports, salt water is still great for what ails you. This TED talk discusses an underwater museum in the ocean – and this is the artist’s website with some extraordinary photos of the same. “Surviving the White House Years” may conjure many emotions and thoughts …

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Peculiar Treasures: Worth

By Kellie Purcill

The cost of cats today could arguably be measured in memes, but as this article shows, cats were a fascination to Victorian sensibilities as well. If hashtags are your #life, or just #funnyas, may I interest you in #cuteanimaltweetoff? What’s your lunch worth? Spain has an incredibly popular “Robin Hood restaurant” where patrons’ breakfast and …

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Peculiar Treasures: The Stories of Our Lives

By Kellie Purcill

“Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich says that for Mormon women living in 19th century Utah, ‘plural marriages’ were empowering in complicated ways.” This NPR interview of Ulrich about her latest book and research is fascinating (there is both the podcast and transcript available). From lives once to lives right now, remember our contest ends …

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Peculiar Treasures: Eyes to See

By Kellie Purcill

The potential this spray-paint artist sees in a blank wall is astounding – and so is the talent to create these birds in flight. What you may see outside your window at night may be weird – even as weird as these pillars of light in Canada. If a child wants to see where reading …

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Peculiar Treasures: Sad,Happy, Coexisting

By Kellie Purcill

Welcome to the first Peculiar Treasures of 2017!  While written for the Christmas season, Ann Cannon’s thoughts on sorrow and happiness coexisting is beautiful for any time of the year, and this farewell by Alex Trebek for a contestant shares the same themes. Of course, this early in the new year, odds are you’ve been …

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Peculiar Treasures: Bookish Bonanza

By Kellie Purcill

Looking for a new Christmas movie? Segullah staffer Terresa recommends “Winter Thaw”, based on Tolstoy’s short story, “Martin the Cobbler”. A beautiful, inspiring holiday film for the whole family. Is finding the perfect gift driving you up the Christmas tree? Seems that the best gift is the one they ask for, even – especially – …

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Peculiar Treasures: Quick Bits

By Kellie Purcill

Welcome to another week of Peculiar Treasures, where we have a heart fix being knit, comedic award finalist animal pics, LDS women bloggers sharing their “Why I’m voting this way” gist, a democracy-vs-dictatorship church-vs-voting blitz, and a smashed avocado breakfast snit. First up, Bolivian traditional weaving is used to repair holes in thousands of children’s …

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Peculiar Treasures: Share the Love

By Kellie Purcill

What’s a dad to do when his daughter wants to dress up as Hans Solo for Halloween?  Put on his Princess Leia hair buns, of course!  Try asking kids a different question than “What did you do at school today”, by asking “Want to hear about what I did today?” to share the love. Have …

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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 …

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Peculiar Treasures: People In Our Neighbourhoods

By Kellie Purcill

Hospitality. It can mean an industry, a career, a trait of care, provision and welcoming. In the case of this 89-year-old man forced out of retirement to sell fruity iceblocks, a GoFundMe campaign ties them all together for his good – over $274,000 worth of good. Farmers, nurses, sanitation workers, soldiers, all working together to …

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