5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – June 2019

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

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

What are you enjoying this month?

5 Links I Love June 2019

1 Second Everyday

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

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5 Things Around the Web

• 10 Ways to Spoil an Apology
Um, I’ve probably used all ten of these at some point. I’m so sorry.

What Makes a Sermon Hard to Listen to
I agree; these seven things can make me tune out to a sermon, unfortunately.

• How to Make Time Go Slower
Sometimes I wish we could actually make time go slower. But at least we can help it feel slower. Sort of. (Hint: Do something new today.)

Where Do You Park Your Car at Church?
Jeff likes to park in the most distant spot. (He’s a parking lot attendant at church, so that partially explains it). Here are some suggestions for making church more welcoming.

The Making of Paper Props for Movies
We rarely notice these hand-made paper props in movies and TV shows. But someone has to create them. This is fascinating to me.

Prop Master's Work video

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5 Things with Words/Books

People Who Read More Are Nicer?
That’s what they’re saying here. “According to research, people who read more—specifically fiction—tend to display more sociable behaviors and are more empathetic.” Maybe I need to read more novels.

What Word Does Your State Have to Look Up to Spell?
Here is each state’s top word they google “how to spell” in 2019. (English teachers will be sad.)

• Younger Parents Are Skipping Out on This Traditional Part of Parenting – Are You?
Children need to be read to AND sung too. Sing, Mama, sing.

• How to Read More Books in the Golden Age of Content
This video is a little long (for me anyway), but as a true book-lover, I got sucked in and watched it all.

 7 Books I Recommend
I finished some extraordinary books in May. Here are 7 books I recommend.

7 Books I Recommend

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5 Pictures of Things I Love

• Grandbaby #2 Growing
Our second granddaughter is cooking right along! Almost halfway there. We’re excited for her appearance mid-October.


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Hugs, Hugs, Hugs
You can never get too many hugs. These sweet kids in my life (including one of my godsons) are always good for lots of hugs.


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• Grown Kids
Morgan and Fuller came into town for a wedding over the weekend. We loved having them. And also loved that Jeff and I got to keep our sweet grandbaby.


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• Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Jenna got in on the fun, too. Her auntie game is on!


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• Baby Boomer Selfie
This meme makes me laugh. Do you get it, too?

Baby Boomer Selfie

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5 Things on the Blog

• Do Big Kids Need Their Mother, Too? Review of Doing Life with Your Adult Children
How do you do life with your adult children? This is a great new resource by Jim Burns for parents of adult kids.

• Welcome the Outsider
I’d never tried Vietnamese food. Then again, I’d never had a Vietnamese friend. God was ready to change that. Welcome the outsider.

• Only God, Only Good
I think God may be an exception to synecdoche. It is safe to credit complete goodness to him. It’s impossible to ascribe TOO much goodness to God.

• 4 Ways to Enjoy Your Peace Again
Have you lost your peace? Here are 4 ways to find and enjoy your peace again.

• When We Lose Another Author – Goodbye, Rachel Held Evans
When a favorite author like Rachel Held Evans quits writing, mourn the silence. But keep listening for God’s voice.

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What was a highlight from your May? What do you have planned for June? Please share in the comments.

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19 thoughts on “5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – June 2019

  1. ~ linda

    So much to take into my early morning brain!! I love it all. I found your 1 second video fun! And, of course, the book reviews are great for me. Thanks for packing me with a backpack full of unopened treasure for later today!!

  2. Barbara Harper

    Loved the video, as always, especially the parts with your sweet granddaughter. How fun to get a peek at the new one!

    Reading making people nicer makes sense to me – you get exposed to other people’s viewpoints and situations and spend more time on them than a quick line on FB or Twitter.

  3. nylse

    I always like reading your recap posts. I think I learned a new word: synecdoche which I googled. It is a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa, as in Cleveland won by six runs (meaning “Cleveland’s baseball team”). I’m still wrapping my brain around its usage.

  4. Bev @ Walking Well With God

    Love the “Baby Boomer Selfie” lol! North Carolina…come on people…we can’t spell beautiful? Sad! Love the sonogram of grandbaby baking in the oven!! How exciting! I always enjoy your book pics. You’ve given me some good recommendations!
    Bev xx

  5. Laurie

    Love that Baby Boomer Selfie! 🙂 And the photo of your new granddaughter…amazing and wonderful! I am not surprised to read that readers are kinder. Readers are usually thinkers and thinkers value compassion and kindness. I must read the things that make us tune out of a sermon. I admit I do that sometimes. Thanks for all the good recommendations, as always!

  6. Jerralea

    Love your one second video! I wish I could be trusted to take a video each day, lol.

    And the boomer selfie! Priceless!

    I always have to mark your posts and come back. You offer so much!


  7. Jean Wise

    love this entire list and all the neat articles to read! But the best is grandbaby #2!!! love it. Just Monday we welcomed #5, a little girl. Nothing in the entire world beats holding a newborn. what an experience!

  8. Laura Thomas

    I so enjoy your monthly recaps! ? My May included my birthday, wedding anniversary, the middle child’s Uni graduation, and the launch of my latest novel! Amazing what we can fit into a month… Blessings to you!

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