Room for hope

Here’s a story about a young girl living a hard life, who finds hope in books:

The best line:

“The more you know about something the less you will fear it.”

This isn’t a new story, but it’s a good one. Here’s more to read and listen to: “Once Forbidden, Books Become A Lifeline For A Young Migrant Worker” from NPR.

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“A cure for the day”

Halloween decorations are already up in some places and the supermarket in my neighborhood started selling Halloween themed sweets in the first week of September. Too soon?

But it may not be too soon to start planning your Halloween costume, if you’re doing that this year. Here’s a short video about people who are making amazing costumes for kids with disabilities, so people see the costume and the kid, and not the disability.

Did you notice that the word “cosplay” is now part of the English language? Add that to your list of loan words from Japanese.

Here’s the website for the non-profit introduced in the video, if you want to find out more: Magic Wheelchair

They do the hard work for you

Is e-mail becoming obsolete? Some believe that, but there are e-mail newsletters that continue to do the hard work of curation for us. Here are a few I have been enjoying recently:


Everything Changes from the Awl— the theme changes, the frequency changes. You never know what to expect. This week there is a list of “tiny kindnesses” that people noticed. Here are a couple:

 

 


Make Your Point — to improve your vocabulary. I posted about this in January.


The Daily Pnut — a daily update of important news, curated for you, from sites like BBC, NYT, the Atlantic,


Elevator Grooves — the name here is still “Sweet Chili” but it’s now called “Elevator Grooves” and is from the Daily Pnut people, a weekly collection of songs you may not have heard. A couple of weeks ago I found some great Cuban music I didn’t know about thanks to them, and was reminded about how perfect for this time of year the Buena Vista Social Club is. The same day I was playing their music again, after forgetting about them for years, this documentary happened to be on TV. Kismet.