Here are favorites from November and what I’m looking forward to in December. We share once a month at Leigh’s.
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Around the Web
• The Happiest People Don’t Let Their Minds Wander
A recent Harvard study says stray thoughts are directly related to unhappiness. Those with constantly wandering minds were less likely to be happy than those able to focus on the tasks at hand.
• How Burglars Break Into Homes
They asked 86 burglars how they broke into homes. Interesting comments on what they said were the biggest deterrents, what didn’t stop them, and how you can protect your home.
• 12 Different Gifts to Give This Year
Our friend Linda Stoll details creative and meaningful goodies for those on our shopping lists. My favorites are #4, 7, and 12.
• 2016 Word of the Year – “Xenophobia“
From Dictionary.com: This year, some of the most prominent news stories have centered around fear of the “other.” Because our users’ interest in this overarching theme emerges so starkly for one specific word in our trending lookup data, xenophobia is Dictionary.com’s 2016 Word of the Year.
Definition: “fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers.”
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• Top 20 Fiction Books of 2016 (so far)
I’ve only read one on this list, Underground Airlines, so I can’t vouch for it personally. But several of these look interesting.
• One Way To Bridge The Political Divide: Read The Book That’s Not For You
What we lack in diversity among friends, we can at least read about it.
• 10 Books Every Christian Teenager Should Read by Tim Challies
Of the seven of these ten that I’ve read myself, I also recommend them. And not just for teens.
• Ten Books I Recommend
I have read all ten of these books so I know they’re good.
• Currently Reading
- The Sparrow
by Mary Doria Russell
- Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
by Sebastian Junger
- Habit: The 95% of Behavior Marketers Ignore
by Neale Martin
- Beauty Will Save the World: Rediscovering the Allure and Mystery of Christianity
by Brian Zahnd
- The Great Spiritual Migration
by Brian D. McLaren
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Things I Love
• Meeting a Friend in Jail
Well, not really in jail. And we weren’t handcuffed. When I was a child, this small building was both the town hall and the city jail. I never went inside. But now it’s a quaint Southern restaurant. And I’ll go in. I was blessed to meet my online friend Ashley (now my real life friend!), who was spending a few days with her good friend Julie, who happens to be one of my 4 Corner friends. Ashley is an amazing young wonder on fire for God. She’s in between mission trips to the Philippines.
• Kali’s 23rd Birthday
If our daughter Kali had lived, she would have turned 23 years old this year. We never miss her any less with each passing year.
• Marking Time
The main campus of our church has outgrown its facilities. So a local unused high school building will be turned into a new church building. We met there to see the plans a few weeks ago. Each family took an octagon and wrote the story of how they came into the church family. Then placed it on the timeline. A beautiful testimony of God’s goodness through the years!
• Warm Thanksgiving
We celebrated Thanksgiving Day with my in-laws, spending much of it outside. Unusually warm, this fall has been so pleasant for people like me who are always cold otherwise. But alas, it ends this week. Brrr….
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On the Blog
• 5 Things I Learned at the Enneagram Conference
What number are you?
• No Pride in Giving, No Shame in Taking
The line Saturday morning was long and talkative. When we have, we give. And when we need, we receive. There should be no pride or shame on either end.
• Scared of the Dark…Or the Light?
When we create something, we often want to hide it. Why are we afraid of the light?
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What was one of your highlights from November? What are you looking forward to in December? Please share in the comments.
- On the Blog – November 2016
- Do You Have a Word—And An Audience?