Links, Books, and Other Things I Love – July 2016

Once a month we share articles, books, and things we love at Leigh Kramer’s What I’m Into.

Here are some of my favorites from June and what I’m looking forward to in July.

1 Second Everyday 

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Around the Web

Giving Up the Right to Be Right
“The truth is, whether justified or not, my grandfather’s decision has affected our family for two generations. Right or wrong, it was a loss for the whole family. . . . Unforgiveness that is unresolved, never made right and never gotten over reaches far beyond the original offense,” says Laura Acuña.

How Is Your Phone Changing You?

How Is Your Phone Changing You

The Ten Pleasures
An interesting reframing by David Murray of the Ten Commandments. “The Ten Commandments are framed mainly in the negative. But each negative also implies a positive, and each prohibition of vice enjoins a pleasure in virtue.”

Psychologists Recommend Children Be Bored in the Summer
“There’s no problem with being bored,” says Lyn Fry. “It’s not a sin, is it? I think children need to learn how to be bored in order to motivate themselves to get things done. Being bored is a way to make children self-reliant.”

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On Reading, Writing, and Blogging

Read Like a Reader, Not a Student by Ryan Higginbottom
“Reading like a student is limiting. It’s like restricting yourself to one kind of pie. Apple is great, but wouldn’t life be better with cherry or pecan on the menu too?”

• Should You Start a Blog? by Darren Rowse
Here are 22 questions to ask yourself if you’re thinking about starting a blog.

Can Reading Make You Happier? by Ceridwen Dovey
Yes, there is such a thing as a “bibliotherapist” now. Not a bad idea. We avid readers would agree that the right book can really change your life.

Six Books I Recommend


Currently Reading

  • I Am Malala
    The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
    by Malala Yousafzai
  • Paperboy
    by Vince Vawter
  • Entering the Castle
    An Inner Path to God and Your Soul
    by Caroline Myss
  • The Happiness Dare
    Pursuing Your Heart’s Deepest, Holiest, and Most Vulnerable Desire
    by Jennifer Dukes Lee

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Things I Love

Ah, the beach
Jeff and I took a quick trip to Panama City Beach last weekend. This is one of our favorite things to do:


Barry’s Show
My brother-in-law Barry is now in the top 4! He entered the “Kickstart Your Career” contest with a local sports radio station, and if he wins, he’ll be the host of his own radio talk show once a week.


Final 4! Anthony, Drew, Barry, Justin

We’ve had such fun gathering at The Furniture Factory each Tuesday night this month to eat together and watch Barry and the other contestants.


Our Auburn section with Cole Cubelic, a judge for the contest and former AU offensive lineman, 1996-2001 (you can guess which one is Cole, right?)


Group winners

The door prize winners this week were all from our group, no matter how many times they would draw!

Wedding Planning
has been fun. . . especially since we’ve successfully avoided this so far: The Problem with the Pinterest Dream Wedding.

Since Jenna got engaged May 30, I’ve enjoyed the extra time together and seeing how excited she is to spend the rest of her life with Trey. They began premarital counseling with their pastor last Sunday and are off to a great start.

Book Club
A few of my family and friends are reading Entering the Castle together. We met a few weeks ago at my sister Sandy’s house for our first discussion. It’s a challenging book for spiritual growth, but knowing we’re in it together is helpful.

NY’s Gain
We’ll be soon losing a great ministry and prayer warrior here in Alabama. I’m sad. But New York, look out because Ginger is on her way to be a blessing to you!


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On the Blog

Three Reasons to Let Go of Perfectionism
Sometimes it’s a win-win when we do something imperfectly (like face painting?) instead of just saying no altogether.

Declutter Your Spiritual Junk Drawer, Too
Clutter builds up in our spiritual spaces, too, and can use a cleaning out.

3 Words to Silence Your Worries
When I start to worry too much, these three words make a difference for me.

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What was one of your highlights in June? What are you looking forward to in July? Please share in the comments.

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33 thoughts on “Links, Books, and Other Things I Love – July 2016

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Brooke. It’s been such fun watching my b-i-l do something he enjoys (and something SO different from his day job—he’s an aerospace engineer, ha).

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I remember loving having freedom in the summer to be bored and do nothing (although in my case, I’d just read more books, ha). I’m sad to see many kids who no longer have that luxury. It is possible to learn a lot from boredom! 🙂 Thanks for stopping in, Dianne.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      You’re welcome, Laura! Your words really spoke to me, so I’m glad to share them with others. We all have areas where we cling to our right to be right, and they usually harm more than help.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      The 1 Second video is super easy to do. I use the 1 Second Everyday app and it links together all the videos for the month. I’ve really enjoyed using it!

  1. Rachel @ Never Enough Novels

    What do you think of Outlander?? I’m always curious to find out what other people thought. Also can’t wait to read that Pinterest wedding article. I’m just starting wedding planning and it’s extremely easy to get caught up in Pinterest craziness!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      So far I’m enjoying Outlander. I’m about 1/3 in it now. It was a little slow to me at first, but now I don’t want to put it down. I can’t imagine a happy ending though! But I need to read more to find out the possibilities. 🙂 The article on weddings is a good one! Happy wedding planning.

    2. LisaNotes Post author

      Had to come back to reply that I’m not really liking Outlander very much anymore. ha. I’m still not even halfway through, but the writing has taken a turn I’m not comfortable with….

  2. floyd

    Wow. Busy summer! I think you cheated on the “one second” at the beach… I saw three… !

    I’m excited for you and Jenna. Another summer…

    To steal a phrase from “Meet Joe Black”, “doesn’t it go by in a blink”.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      You’re observant, Floyd! We spent Thursday-Sunday at the beach so there was more than one clip there. 🙂 Yes, it definitely goes by in a blink. Hope you’re enjoying your summer, too, with your expanding family!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      The beach is my favorite place to go to see God. Love it there. This was just a weekend trip, but still so worth it. Hope you get a chance to go sometimes soon!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      The One Second videos have been so fun to do! I’ve actually done it for a whole year now; I never thought that would happen. ha. But it’s so easy, so why not? 🙂

  3. Dr. Diana Hardy

    I love to read blogging stuff from Darren Rowse’s blog. He is a best blogger according to me. I have increased so many followers and traffic with the tips and tricks shared by him. I will follow other blogging links you’ve shared in above post.

    ~Dr. Diana

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I love Darren Rowe’s stuff too. I listen to his podcast faithfully. I don’t always do the things he suggests (he suggests so much!) but occasionally he’ll have a tip that is useful to me. Glad you follow him too!

  4. Sharon

    I love the things you love!

    The book on letting go of perfectionism sounds very interesting. That’s one of my difficulties – struggling to be and do all things perfect. Maybe it’s part of the reason I worry so much?!


    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I’m glad we love the same things, Sharon. 🙂 You may be on to something about our worrying and perfectionism being tied together….I’ll have to think more about that! But not worry about it. ha.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Barbie! It’s always fun to compile these kind of posts (although I end up spending more time online than I intend to, once I get started, ha).

  5. Jean Wise

    late in commenting but love this list as usual. That video about smart phones is unsettling. wow. and some great articles here to stimulate the heart and head. Thanks for sharing this each month, Lisa

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Sometimes I don’t even want to hear any more bad things about smartphones because I do love mine so much. ha. But that’s probably why I DO need to listen. Sigh. Thanks for stopping by, Jean.

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