10 Things I Liked Enough to Show You: August 22 – September 4

Jamie xx's "Sleep Sound": listen, watch, and read:


Daniel Dalton's "11 Things No One Tells Guys With Depression" at BuzzFeed:

You’re surrounded by lies. The hyper-masculine culture we’re raised in lies to you. It tells you that the world isn’t interested in your feelings. This culture is particularly damaging to women and minority groups, but men suffer too. No question. We suffer because we’re taught to bottle feelings up, to forget them, to believe emotions hold no value. Depression also lies. It tells you that no-one cares about you. It’s incredibly difficult to overcome these beliefs and speak up. But asking for help is not weak.

Julie Bindel's "The Village Where Men Are Banned" at The Guardian:

The village was founded in 1990 by a group of 15 women who were survivors of rape by local British soldiers. Umoja’s population has now expanded to include any women escaping child marriage, FGM (female genital mutilation), domestic violence and rape – all of which are cultural norms among the Samburu.

Ira Glass takes one minute to tell you something you need to know about your creative work: it gets better —


Aja Romano's "Adult Women Are Now the Largest Demographic In Gaming" at The Daily Dot:

Congratulations, gamer girls—you're officially at the top of the food chain when it comes to games. A new study released by the Entertainment Software Association has revealed that adult women now occupy the largest demographic in the gaming industry. Women over 18 made up a whopping 36 percent of the gaming population, followed by adult men at 35 percent.

Two great tweets:


One time, Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry of Friends fame shilled for Microsoft Windows 95. It's true:


Catie Keck's "Raising Children Without Religion May Be A Better Alternative, Suggests New Research" at Bustle:

Gone are the days of the unyielding God-fearing mother as the archetype of good parenting, suggests a recent article from the Los Angeles Times. According to multiple reports, research has shown that a secular upbringing may be healthier for children. According to a 2010 Duke University study, kids raised this way display less susceptibility to racism and peer pressure, and are “less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian, and more tolerant, on average, than religious adults.” But the list of benefits doesn’t stop there.

If you haven't seen "Duck Army", I sure hope that rock you've been living under was cozy:

And then in reverse, "Duck Army" becomes a very different story about the time when all the ducks got better:


Cameron Wolf's "Study Confirms That Wearing Black Clothing Makes You Appear More Attractive, Intelligent, and Confident" at Complex UK:

For a long time now, we've used our humble eyes to come to the easy conclusion: black is by far the best color for clothing. Now, a study has confirmed that wearing black makes you appear more attractive, intelligent, and confident, the Independent reports.

I knew I was onto something over the last 25 years. 

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

Grace in Small Things No. 945

photo credit: Adam Wilson

photo credit: Adam Wilson

  1. Aidan and I hosted our internet friend Adam Wilson overnight when he came through town, and now he's our we-met-in-regular-life friend, too. It's fantastic.
  2. I found new pillows to replace the old new pillows that turned out to be awful. Here's to the hope in new pillows!
  3. Paying off a large chunk of a credit card bill that crept up is deeply satisfying and fills me with deep feelings of adultness.
  4. I got to hang out with some old friends this weekend. I really needed it, and I'm so glad they were there with me.
  5. I heard the crunch of the first fallen leaves under my feet.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

Me and Onion Sitting On the Couch, C-U-D-D-L-I-N-G.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.