Monday, March 7, 2016

"Weekend" State of Mind

So, yes. Normal bloggers post these lists on weekends. (They're some of my favorite posts to read! Curate the internet for me? Yes, please.)

But "normal" bloggers probably didn't spend last night watching Dateline coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial, eating dark chocolate covered salted cashews, and drinking mysteriously-clearanced Melon Pomelo La Croix like the Duchess of Gloucester. In the scheme of all that matters, who's normal now???

I love putting linky lists together. It's important to me to share just a slice of the good work my cyber-colleagues create. Only problem is, I'm not much in the way of an organized scheduler anymore. I lost that life-skill somewhere right around the time I tried to potty-train my youngest/my oldest was being sent to prison/I accidentally skipped eating salsa for ten straight days.

{Say it with me, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit!"}

Where was I??

Ah, yes. I end up hoarding links for weeks, then dump fifteen of them on you. On a Monday.

I'll give you tomorrow off so you have an extra day to make it through them. (Holy cow, I'm the best boss ever! Which is ironic because from 8-3 every day, I'm the big, bad boss of the worst employee in the history of the five-day work-week. Hint: she relentlessly wears an old-man sweater the color of...despair. Hint: she has knobby knees, lackluster hair, and botched lunch today, but her family still ate it (sob!). Hint: She bought "waffle" flavored English muffins because they were BOGO and because her foodiest son was with her and now she's filled with self-loathing. Hint: she has claw hands, and suffers sporadic, global insubordination.)


It's Monday morning, so get to work, pals! (This kind of work, not the other kind you were doing before I interrupted you.)


With each passing day, I feel the need to apologize to my Hispanic, Muslim, and Black neighbors for Trump’s brand of politics. - See more at: http://sethhaines.com/uncategorized/trump-white-fear-and-the-death-of-the-first-amendment/#sthash.lhPhJ6Rf.dpuf
::  Drop everything you're doing and read this, by Seth Haines. Trump, White Fear, and the Death of the First Amendment. 
With each passing day, I feel the need to apologize to my Hispanic, Muslim, and Black neighbors for Trump’s brand of politics. - See more at: http://sethhaines.com/uncategorized/trump-white-fear-and-the-death-of-the-first-amendment/#sthash.lhPhJ6Rf.dpuf
With each passing day, I feel the need to apologize to my Hispanic, Muslim, and Black neighbors for Trump’s brand of politics. - See more at: http://sethhaines.com/uncategorized/trump-white-fear-and-the-death-of-the-first-amendment/#sthash.lhPhJ6Rf.dpuf
With each passing day, I feel the need to apologize to my Hispanic, Muslim, and Black neighbors for Trump’s brand of politics. - See more at: http://sethhaines.com/uncategorized/trump-white-fear-and-the-death-of-the-first-amendment/#sthash.lhPhJ6Rf.dpuf

::  What Not to Say to Prospective Adoptive Parents. And What to Say Back by Jillian Lauren
"We ask that you live in the moment, with all of its uncomfortable uncertainty, along with us."

::  Osheta Moore of Shalom in the City, invited me on her Shalom Sessions podcast. We basically had a party! I even told a ridiculous story from back when we lived on the farm. Have a listen! (Scroll down to my pic and click the little triangle.)

::  D.L. Mayfield wrote a fun listicle about Instagram for Aleteia. (I gasped a little when I saw my name at the end!) 11 Instagramers With a Different View of the World

::  For All Who Hurt With Nothing Left by Alia Joy Hagenbach for Grace Table
"I want to tell you of the ways I’ve opened my home and set the table and pulled down the wine glasses and lit the good candles and said come. But I’ve done none of this lately. I would have to stretch my story so far back to tell you of the girl who did. I’ve barely managed myself most days."

::  Sean Lowe, a past Bachelor on ABC's most relentless dating show, offers some interesting advice to his predecessor. (Need I remind you of my affection for this show?)

::  Oh, and speaking of my love for that ridiculous show, my friend Emily Maynard Johnson just wrote a book called I Said Yes and I can't wait to read it. I sat across the table from her in Ethiopia over two years ago (Oh, life, you're so rad!), just as she was on the cusp of a husband and more babies. She asked the best questions, an I'll never forget that feeling I had bubbling up inside me - she is a woman intent on stewarding well God's grace in her life.
"I was oddly grateful for the boring coverage. Here are grown ups committed to their serious work. There was no ticker at the bottom. There were no glamorous reporters from NASA delivering interesting tidbits of information about asteroids or space travel or the moon...If we want to watch? Fine. But they are going about their business whether we watch or not. They have astronauts to bring home."

::  My fiction-writing buddy just published the second book in her latest series, Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh.

::  Meg Duerksen talks real about parenting 4 teenagers (and a tween!)
"sometimes no matter how loving, how wonderful,  how kind or how much fun you are… they still may not make the right choice. and that part truly sucks." 

::  Why Millennials are Trending Toward Minimalism by Joshua Becker
"As younger generations migrate toward smaller dwellings in walkable communities with shared amenities, consumer consumption will continue to slow."

::  I've gotten several emails from folks asking specifics about how to write to their newly-sponsored Compassion child. Ashley gives us all the details in her post Paper Treasures: I Got It All Wrong.

TGIM, homies! If we can muster up some love for today, the rest of the week will be downhill. Uphill? I'm almost 40 and still can't figure out which way is right. Questions for God...

15 comments:

  1. Hi, I'm new to your blog, but so far I really love it. Thanks for the list.

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    1. Thank you, Johnna! Hope it's sunny wherever you are today.

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  2. Do you read Sean's sister Shay's blog? (Say that 10 times fast!) I think you would love it! She's an adoptive mom like us, and she loves to cook. She even just released two cookbooks! It's called Mix and Match Mama

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  3. Didn't sign up for political views. I'm out.

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    1. This has become a justice issue, not just a political issue. I've become largely non-political in the past few years, but I loved how Seth called attention to the broader problem with this election. Having said that, you're of course free to move on. Wish you all the best!

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    2. Your response to this comment was so gracious... It's your blog and you can link up to anything. You'd didn't even say what to think about the link, you just said to read it. I am happy to read all the things you tell me to. I follow Design Mom and always get so much out of her Friday list of things. Some I click on, not all, but usually learn something that shifts my thinking, even a bit. Love your blog always.

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  4. The Jillian Lauren link takes you to a different post about sponsoring kids in Equador- which I'm down with, just wanted to read what she had to say 😉

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    1. Hey! Yep, just realized the first two links were wrong. (BLERG.)
      Both are fixed now. You will LOVE Jillian's post!
      xo

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  5. I can usually follow the bouncing ball but I am having trouble following this post. I'll try to check out some of the links, maybe it'll help ;)

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    1. Ha! Yes. Just stick to the links and ignore the rest. :)

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  6. You can curate the internet for me any day!

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  7. Thanks, Shannan. I think you're right. I've been writing for a long time, and can't remember writing about the world of politics until recently. You are right--this has become a justice issue, not a political one.

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    1. Totally agree! Thanks so much for sharing that first link Shannon

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  8. La CROIX! I LOVE it! Sometimes Aldi has it and sometime our discount Amish store has it! Wish I could share one with you on your couch. Great links. Thanks for them.

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  9. Ooh, the list posts are always my favorite. I've been coming back to this one and reading the links as I can. I'd "sign up" to be your friend again and again. ;)

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