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Bits and Bobs- June

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Hello, beautiful friends. How is it June already? I found some interesting things around the internet that I wanted to share with you.

  • Ambassadors recommend one book to read before visiting their country.
  • English writer Raffaella Barker tells us how not to be an invisible woman.
  • The United States of Japan: Japan’s cultural influence on the U.S.
  • “Everyone should have a museum dedicated to the worst day of their life and be forced to attend it with a bunch of tourists from Denmark.” Wow. This segment on This American Life was so powerful.
  • Apparently June 1, 2018 was a special day and I missed a golden opportunity to celebrate. The date- 1/6/18 (using European conventions)- lines up with the first four digits of the golden ratio.
  • 25 Ways To Kill The Toxic Ego That Will Ruin Your Life. While I don’t love the violent rhetoric around ego-killing, I thought this piece had some interesting advice.
  • If, like me, you’re fascinated by the Pygmalion Effect and the way expectations influence performance, you’ll enjoy The Pygmalion Effect: Proving Them Right. Fun fact, I wrote a one act play in college that was basically a retelling of the Pygmalion story. Have you heard of Pygmalion’s opposite effect, the Golem Effect? Your expectations, high or low, can have a huge impact.
  • After reading my post on Perception, my wonderful friend KKaye sent me this fascinating piece on 200 Years of Blue. Explore the “cerulean splendor from Goethe, Thoreau, Virginia Woolf, Vladimir Nabokov, Rachel Carson, Toni Morrison, and other literary masters.”

P.S. I am looking for a fast-paced, binge-worthy, gripping podcast or audiobook. Basically something that will make me want to go on more walks and runs just so I have an excuse to listen. Nothing too violent and no true crime, please. Any suggestions?

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