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26 Feb, 2021

Read this one thing today

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

“We can’t hold on to damaged things forever. But we can renew their purpose.” >> rebuilt: on searching for answers to the only question that matters Share the post “Read this one thing today” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedInE-mailReddit

17 Jan, 2021

Weekend reading: the January 17 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

?? Please RT! Ottawa’s women recovering from homelessness need you. Our staff are getting so excited for the Coldest Night of the Year charity walk. We‘ll be bundling up to raise needed funds for the women we serve. ? ?? Donate or sign up to walk today: https://t.co/hO4UxvKGvc pic.twitter.com/NCcuDTyx4g — Cornerstone Housing for Women (@HopeCornerstone) […]

10 Jan, 2021

Weekend reading: the January 10 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

Is #DryJanuary during the pandemic a good idea? Taking a month-long break from #alcohol can be a good test for whether you have a problem. Q+A w/ @drpselby of @CAMHResearch https://t.co/wD5aqfG8Vx via @cbcwhitecoat @NightShiftMD — André Picard (@picardonhealth) January 9, 2021 Who Gets to Breathe Clean Air in New Delhi?, nytimes.com Service Dog Wasn’t Playful […]

Mariah Carey v Wham! – who should finally get their festive No 1? https://t.co/YsekC47Qzc — The Guardian (@guardian) December 11, 2020 (Please leave your vote in the comments… ! I’m on Team Mariah, what about you?) I was a female chess champ, too – and still love the game, theglobeandmail.com ‘Emotional But Rational’: Ikea Discontinues […]

Italian singer Adriano Celentano released a song in the 70s with nonsense lyrics meant to sound like American English, apparently to prove Italians would like any English song. It was a hit, and resulted in this: THE GREATEST VIDEO I HAVE EVER SEEN. pic.twitter.com/B3mQWmQgXq — Harry (@HarrietMould) November 26, 2020 The best books to give […]


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