Recommended Reading / 46.

Every Monday, words to start the week. 

This week, via Medium: moving portraits of Syrian and Afghan refugees, and a look inside their carefully-packed bags. This little boy is six years old and from Damascus; his belongings include a toothbrush, bandages, and a bag of marshmallows, his favorite treat. Read more, here. (Plus: two ways to help: 12).

Photos by Tyler Jump for the International Rescue Committee.

Three more links, just because:
-This tweet made me laugh.
-Japanese straw monsters. (Thanks, Mom.)
-The history of color. (Did you know that the pigments in emerald green were poisonous? That anise blue was made when someone "mixed up the recipe for magenta"?)

More recommended reading, here. Have a wonderful Monday.


  1. So heartbreaking the refugee crisis, I'm ashamed that I live in a Country that restricts access too :(

  2. Apologies for sharing the negative but Washington Post today quotes former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister and candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election, speaking about the refugees: “Are they really escaping tyranny, are they escaping poverty, or are they really just coming because we’ve got cable TV?”

  3. It's difficult to know how to help when one is so far removed from the tragedy that is currently taking place in the lives of refugees. Thanks so much for sharing that article, and for the links to resources.

    On another note, wishing that I could have seen those straw monsters this past week!



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