5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – February 2020

Every month I share my list of favorite 5’s.

5 Things I Love Feb 2020

  • 5 interesting things online
  • 5 articles about words, books, or podcasts
  • 5 pictures of things I love
  • 5 things on the blog

What are you enjoying this month?

1 Second Everyday

[If you can’t see the 1 Second Everyday video, click here]

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5 Things Around the Web

It’s 2020 and We’re in the Future

Does 2020 sound futuristic to you, too? See these fascinating timelines. It puts time into perspective. “When World War 2 started, the Civil War felt as far away to Americans as WW2 feels to us now. If World War 2 were starting today, World War 1 would feel about as far back to us as 9/11.”

For the Love of Faith

In her latest For the Love Podcast Series 24, Jen Hatmaker interviews favorite faith leaders over the years. I love hearing their combined wisdom and love for Jesus. This week’s episode 5 is with Eugene Cho, the founder of Quest Church and the non-profit One Day’s Wages.

The Economics of All-You-Can-Eat Buffets

Do you get your money’s worth when you eat at a buffet? Interesting article on how to out-eat the price (I don’t recommend trying it), and how restaurants make money with buffets.

Why Killer Whalesโ€”and Humansโ€”Evolved Menopause

Now that I’m a grandma, my body understands why God didn’t intend for us to keep having our own babies at this age. “Menopause meant a reduction in competition for resources between grandmas and their daughters.”

A Personal Hair Loss Story

Do you know anyone with alopecia? I love the vulnerability and courage of Rep. Ayanna Pressley in this video as she reveals, for the first time, her gorgeous bald head as a result of alopecia.

Rep Ayanna Pressley's Hair Loss Story

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5 Things with Words and Books

The Most Checked-Out Books of All Time from the New York Public Library

How many of these books have you checked out or read? Not from the New York Public Library, but I’ve checked out (or bought) all 10 of these books, too.

More Americans Visited the Library in 2019 Than the Movies

As an avid library lover, this makes me happy to hear. “Visiting the library remains the most common cultural activity Americans engage in, by far.” The average was 10.5 trips. Did you visit the library more or less times? (Definitely more for me.)

The 6 Must-Read Nonfiction Books of Winter 2020

I actually have one of these books on my nightstand right now from my library, You’re Not Listening. These books are the winter finalists for the Next Big Idea Club.

The Most Loved and Hated Classic Novels According to Goodreads Users

I’d definitely keep Heart of Darkness on the bad list. Would you change anything on this list?

How to Read More Than One Book at a Time + 6 Books I Recommend

If you read multiple books at a time, you’ll understand where I’m coming from. Plus I share 6 books I recommend from what I finished reading in January.

Books I Recommend January 2020

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5 Things I Love

#Write28Days Challenge

Anita Ojeda is doing her annual blogging (or Instagram) challenge again this February. It’s not too late to sign up if you’re interested. It pushes me to be so consistent in my writing (this year I’m writing about 20 Ways to Practice the Enneagram). I enjoy discovering new bloggers along the way and things they write about.

Co-Hosting a Link-Up

I absolutely love participating in link-ups, but I’ve never hosted one. Beginning Friday, February 14, I’m joining the lovely team of Grace & Truth to co-host their weekly link-up here at my blog. I hope you’ll join me here if you’re a blogger, too. It’s a great way to make friends in the Christian blogging community and see how God is working in each other’s lives.

She’s Already 2?!!!

We’ve now been grandparents for two years. Unbelievable how quick and how much fun it’s been. The most-loved gift at the party? The singing card.

And Already 3 Months?

If you know how to stop time, please let me know. Our youngest granddaughter is already rolling over and chatting with us.

Homeschool Moms

As a retired homeschool mom of pre-K through high school, I relate. This makes me laugh.

Homeschool Moms

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5 Things on the Blog

Put Your Body in Position 

I wanted to pray for my friend. But did I have to go up front to do it? Sometimes you have to put your body where your heart is. 

5 Scriptures for Making Decisions

You need to make a decision, but you’re stuck. What next? Here are five principles from scripture to help.

Your Personality Isn’t a Box. It’s a Gift (Introduction to Enneagram Series)

Your personality type isnโ€™t a box that binds you. Learn how to use it as a gift from God.

4 Things You Can Give Away Outside the Church Walls

What can you give away? Here are 4 things you can give outside of your church for intentional spiritual growth.

Should You Stop Moving On? Linger a Bit

Is faster always better? Or do we need to stop moving so quickly? Linger a bit instead. Here are two ways to slow down in 2020.

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What was a highlight from your January? What are you looking forward to in February? Please share in the comments.

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24 thoughts on “5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – February 2020

  1. Linda Stoll

    2 of the 5 Things with Words and Books posts you shared are 2 posts i had lined up to share in my next Bookbag post, Lisa.

    i love how we resonate! too fun …


    enjoy your weekend. wow, are you busy these days!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Glad we’re thinking alike, Linda! You’d think with so many things available online that no two people would ever read the same things, but I’m glad we do indeed enjoy many of the same articles and books. I count it as a sisterhood thing from God. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Barbara Harper

    How can your granddaughter be two already? And the little one 3 months? I understand the love of musical cards–Timothy loves those, too.

    Of the most checked-out books list, I know I have read five, maybe six (I can’t remember with Charlotte’s Web whether I actually read it. I think so!)

    Congratulations on being a host for Grace and Truth!

    Funny about the homeschool mom progression.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I know; time has gone by so fast. ๐Ÿ™ I try not to lament that, because she’s at such a fun age now too. I remember how shocked I am everytime I see pictures of Timothy. Seems like he should still be a baby in NICU. God has been very gracious in allowing us these grandkids! I’m so thankful for it.

  3. floyd

    Boat load of content!

    I’m shocked that the library got more visits than the movies. Crazy, but good.

    I can’t believe your first grand baby is two! Time is flying! She is adorable! So is your number two!

    Glad you got to put your toes in the sand and ocean… it’s grounding action.

  4. Laurie

    I always love reading your list of fives, Lisa. I used to have a student with alopecia. It took courage for a 16-year-old girl to come to high school bald, but she was an exceptional person.

    I have to read the all-you-can-eat link. we once went to an all-you-can-eat sushi place with friends of ours. Bill calculated how much we would have to eat to get our money’s worth. We ate so much sushi, we practically had to roll out of the restaurant! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yes, that alarm was very startling! It came through the speakers in our hotel room too (I didn’t know there were speakers in there, yikes). The only positive thing was it made you WANT to get out of the hotel and evacuate to get away from the noise. In the end it was just a false alarm, thankfully.

  5. April

    Judging by your second-day video, you had an amazing January. I had the flu and an injured foot. lol. No beach trips here. It wasn’t all bad though. There were plenty of hilarious moments. I have seen several people make those videos. Is it an app that you use to make it? I totally want to make one.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Ugh the flu. Hope you’re better now and found funny moments in it! My daughter just texted me that she may be coming down with the flu. Her husband had it last week. Which means I may get it next week. ha. (but not funny….) The One Second Everyday is an app. It was free when I got it, but there is a paid version as well I think. I still use the free version and love it so much! Super fun if you decide to do it!

  6. Anita Ojeda

    What a beautiful granddaughter you have! Thank you for the #write28days challenge shout-out. I’m bookmarking your series because I recently took the test and I need to figure out what to do with the results ;).

  7. Joanne

    That meme made me laugh as I just was cursing out our Chemistry book (mostly in my head) last week saying over and over how much I hate it! I do not remember chemistry being that hard when I was in high school; it was one of my favorite subjects but our book is really confusing me this year and I feel like we are doing a lousy job with what could have been a fun subject.

  8. Lois Flowers

    I’m so excited to read that you will be hosting Grace & Truth, Lisa! I’m going to have to go back and read the article about menopause and killer whales … I’ve never seen those two in a headline before! And your granddaughters are so adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Joanne Viola

    Lisa, I have no idea how to stop time but if I figure it out, I will surely let you know ๐Ÿ™‚ and please do the same for me! I had only heard of the Grace & Truth link up recently and now will look forward to joining you ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Patsy Burnette

    Lisa, I’m so excited that you’re going to be co-hosting the Grace & Truth Link-up! And that grandbaby is precious!!! THIS โ€”> “More Americans Visited the Library in 2019 Than the Movies” may just be the most exciting thing I’ve read today. Actually, it probably doesn’t mean people are reading more, although I’d like to think that. They are probably just streaming more. *cry cry cry* Reading is such a privilege!

    Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragements!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Oh, you make a valid point, Patsy. It may not mean that library visits are up; just that movie visits are down (which I do find believable). But it’s still nice to imagine a lot of library visitors. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Michele Morin

    Ha! I know where I fall on the homeschool mum continuum!
    And I’ll be watching for you at Grace and Truth! So glad you’ve decided to host. You’ll be a huge blessing to the bloggers there.

  12. Suger

    Lots of great stuff there! I’ve opened a few more windows in my browser and can’t wait to take a look. I was especially looking for book recommendations, so thank you.

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