I am on Facebook a lot. Especially recently. When I am scrolling through my feed, I often don't have time to read articles properly, or my connection isn't fast enough to open video clips, or even lots of pictures. Then, when I do have time and speed, I've forgotten what it is I want to see. I know I should "share" to my timeline for later watching, but I don't want to do that - what if it's not great, and I've inflicted it on all my besties?
So, I thought, what about a collection for when you are sitting in bed on a Saturday morning? Your husband has brought your favourite morning beverage, and the kids are not yet awake to claim their share of slow internet. I call that a happy Saturday.
This is my recent "best of"s - interesting articles, good songs, funny comics and clips that are worth sharing and keeping.
It isn't in any particular order.
And this post has nothing to do with the fact that this week I learned how to post a picture on my blog, so that if you "click on the picture" you go straight to the article. Flipping awesome, isn't it?
So here is the best of the social media feeds I've seen recently...all in one place.
It's a pleasure.
Before we begin - don't forget about that most amazing of things - the back button on your browser. Because if you get the "Click on the link/picture" thing right, it will take you to the article/page where I found it. The back button will bring you right back so that you can see the rest of the spectacular links I've gleaned for you.
1 . We commence with light, good reading. This is on writing (a new passion of mine). By Mia Botha, who did a course I went on. This is humorous, and will help you write better - love it, but sadly no picture link. (We will get there.) Three tips for writers who eavesdrop - an article on eavesdropping and writing. (Click the underlined text.)
2. One of the funniest things I read last week was the 12 comics that nail the reality of parenthood. This is just one - just click on the picture and you'll follow the link - Voila!
3. Still on the topic of children, but now for the serious. Robyn Wolfson Vorster wrote this brilliant article - Cry the beloved children - on adoption in SA. It is thought provoking, and if you didn't read it the first time, read it. Now. Before you scroll down. It's not Youth Day for another whole year.
4. I love this catchy song, that thanks to a daughter's phone alarm setting, we all wake up to and sing all morning. It's called Honey I'm good. You need to watch it. Loud. Often. See the arrow in the centre? Click.
I was fascinated to read Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook COO), not least because her husband was one of her biggest fans and supporters. Tragically, he passed away, and her tribute to him is one of the most beautiful things I've read. It includes the gems: “Let me not die while I am still alive.” and “There is no end to grief . . . and there is no end to love. I love you, Dave." Sad, heartfelt and worth a read. You know the drill - click the pic...SaveSave
10. Lastly. I never thought I'd do it. My excuse - I need to keep this clip in a place where I can find it. Since I saw it, I have thought about it often. And it has even influenced me to *takes a deep breath* - Change the way I tie my scarf. Can you believe it? Ok, I can only remember one new way - my brain is that small. That's why it is here - so I can be inspired. Men, I see your eye-roll. But just imagine how you can impress the woman/man in your life with this skill that s/he would so not expect. Oh, apparently the music is quite porno - I wouldn't know (two reasons) - I watched with the sound off, and therefore I still don't know what porno music sounds like. Enjoy.
Many ways to wear the scarf -
8. I nearly missed this one. It's brilliant. An ad campaign for Ikea that rips off Apple. It could also be used by those who hate e-books and love the real thing (books, that is). Very very clever. And not too long either.
9. It's nearly Wimbledon. Woohoo! For those other Nadal supporters, it may be a sad time. I'm thinking to support Djokovic, not least of all because he is so funny when he rips off Kournikova. This is short, and good.
Ten of the Best #2 and Ten of the Best #3
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Thanks Bev, very entertaining -as usual. I enjoyed this!
The post about Sandberg reminded me of this. One of the most romantic things I have read.
I love my wife. My wife is dead.
In June of 1945, Arline Feynman — high-school sweetheart and wife of the hugely influential physicist, Richard Feynman — passed away after succumbing to tuberculosis. She was 25-years-old. 16 months later, in October of 1946, Richard wrote his late wife the following love letter and sealed it in an envelope. It remained unopened until after his death in 1988.
(Source: Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman; Image: Richard Feynman, via.)
October 17, 1946
I adore you, sweetheart.
I know how much you like to hear that — but I don't only write it because you like it — I write it because it makes me warm all over inside to write it to you.
It is such a terribly long time since I last wrote to you — almost two years but I know you'll excuse me because you understand how I am, stubborn and realistic; and I thought there was no sense to writing.
But now I know my darling wife that it is right to do what I have delayed in doing, and that I have done so much in the past. I want to tell you I love you. I want to love you. I always will love you.
I find it hard to understand in my mind what it means to love you after you are dead — but I still want to comfort and take care of you — and I want you to love me and care for me. I want to have problems to discuss with you — I want to do little projects with you. I never thought until just now that we can do that. What should we do. We started to learn to make clothes together — or learn Chinese — or getting a movie projector. Can't I do something now? No. I am alone without you and you were the "idea-woman" and general instigator of all our wild adventures.
When you were sick you worried because you could not give me something that you wanted to and thought I needed. You needn’t have worried. Just as I told you then there was no real need because I loved you in so many ways so much. And now it is clearly even more true — you can give me nothing now yet I love you so that you stand in my way of loving anyone else — but I want you to stand there. You, dead, are so much better than anyone else alive.
I know you will assure me that I am foolish and that you want me to have full happiness and don't want to be in my way. I'll bet you are surprised that I don't even have a girlfriend (except you, sweetheart) after two years. But you can't help it, darling, nor can I — I don't understand it, for I have met many girls and very nice ones and I don't want to remain alone — but in two or three meetings they all seem ashes. You only are left to me. You are real.
My darling wife, I do adore you.
I love my wife. My wife is dead.
PS Please excuse my not mailing this — but I don't know your new address.
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