A good reminder for us “crunchy folk” during the Christmas season is that Real Food Is NOT A Savior (GNOWFGLINS). A short but thought-provoking post from one of my favorite “real food” websites. (Have you seen her recipe database? I’m drooling just thinking about it.)
The 38 Most Haunting Abandoned Places on Earth (Distractify) has some beautiful images of man-made structures around the world that have been abandoned. I was familiar with Pripyat, the city that was abandoned after the Chernobyl debacle, having read the book Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places and watched the History Channel special Life After People (History Channel). There were many other places of intrigue, though, such as the abandoned diamond mine in Siberia, an overgrown section of the Great Wall of China, and an abandoned mental hospital.
How Y’All, Youse, and You Guys Talk (NY Times) was simply fascinating; answer a variety of questions about the terms and pronunciations that they use, and they’ll tell you what region of the United States you find your linguistic roots. They managed to pinpoint fairly close to my location; the cities that they mentioned were in western NY, and I’m from central NY, but I suppose to most people that’s a toh-may-to / toh-mah-to question. Which, as a matter of fact, is one word they didn’t involve in their query.
I’d also like to direct you to a special edition of the Saturday Review of Books (Semicolon). This week, instead of a general book review link-up, it’s a link-up for book lists. Best books read in 2013, most anticipated books of 2014, favorite read-alouds, et cetera. I haven’t had a chance to read through it myself, what with new home preparations and Christmas chaos, but I’m looking forward to it!