As you may or may not know, I spend a bit of time (minutes, really) every week going through articles, posts, and videos in my apparent quest to gather as much information as possible. Just for the heck of it.

In an effort to share and play nicely, I will be offering up a list of the best for the week (or for the time since I last posted — let’s be realistic here). It is hoped that this list will both legitimize my reading time and prove that I do have sources for my “I read somewhere…” stories. So there.

I hope you find something interesting or informative or even infuriating in one of the items I include.

Let me know what you think!

Billy Connolly: Screw it. Let’s get on with it.

I enjoy Billy Connolly’s open, realistic, quirky and kind way of looking at the world. This is an interview done by q interviewer (WHY did they rebrand to a lower case “q”? Q was better — that other guy be damned.) Tom Power where they explore unfortunate diagnoses, the end of a dear friend, and how perspective and optimism are crucial. Always truthful, always humorous, Billy Connolly really knows how to give a great interview.

Billy Connolly’s q radio interview

Syria — a mass exodus necessitated by the bad guy (all of them).

On the heals of the world’s recent eye opening with the images of little Alan Kurdi washing up on a Turkish beach — despite the media’s almost-daily coverage of the conflict for months — a cry to help Syrian refugees has finally sparked. Michael Petrou writes in Macleans this week about how complicated the Syrian conflict really is, how other images of the conflict should have grabbed focus long before those of the little boy, and how he feels the world has long failed the people of Syria.

It’s a short but very interesting read. It doesn’t offer concrete solutions but does give a primer for what has been going on over the last four plus years. It also points out a painful truth — if the world had taken notice sooner, none of these people would have to find new countries, learn new languages, and build new lives.

Michael Petrou: A refugee crisis is only half the story in Syria

Can you completely trust your memories? Science isn’t so sure.

This TED Talk by psychological researcher Elizabeth Loftus is a fascinating look at how prevalent false memories are — and how devastating they can be during eye-witness testimony. With decades of research, case studies, and stories to share, Ms. Loftus offers a new perspective on memory.

One questions I came away from it with was, “How much stock can I put into memories of situations I’m sure were the source of conflict or trauma?” If we think of our memories as at least partially fiction, then how can we use that knowledge to move forward unencumbered by the stories we live by?

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