One. Do you remember that Seinfeld episode when Jerry and Elaine travel to the ‘burbs to visit a couple and their newborn? Confronted with a very ugly baby, they are at a loss for compliments that would not ring false. We have all found ourselves in the “ugly baby” situation, when we knew we should say something kind or pay a compliment and we don’t quite know what to say without being untruthful. Here is a primer (via Austin Kleon).
Two. If you are sitting on the beach next to your better half, here is an excellent questionnaire to pass the time. In fact, these are questions we should all ask ourselves, regardless of whether we belong to a couple or not – they might reveal more about ourselves than we would want. Thanks to Bonnie for reminding me of this.
Three. Sofagirl and I, early on in our friendship, were close to a person who committed suicide, someone we had invited to join us on the Sunday he killed himself. Once the shock and the sadness were gone, we were left to wonder why we hadn’t seen it coming. When Sue sent me this cartoon, it made me think of JB and made me wish I had known more about suicide then. Amani Omejer is a brave girl who worked things out by drawing.
Four. If you have ever rescued a dog, none of this will be new to you. If you never have and are considering it, this might nudge you in the right direction. When I look at Ottie and Portia I can’t help thinking they were the best financial investment I ever made.
Five. Winner of the week.(compliments of sofagirl)