5 Links, Books, and Things I Love—June 2020

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

5 Things June 2020

  • 5 interesting things online
  • 5 funny memes
  • 5 articles about words
  • 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

Church, Don’t Let Coronavirus Divide You

Resuming in-person gatherings has potential for division. How can churches move forward in unity rather than division? 

Rating 14 Summer Activities for Safety: From Camping to Dining Out

Is it safe to go to the beach? To camp? It depends. This is an informative article to help you decide what’s right for you.

15 Old Computer Sounds That Will Take You Back to the ’90s

These sounds will bring back memories (if you’re old enough). “You’ve got mail!” A modem connecting. “Goodbye!” A dot matrix printer.

‘Things Will Never Be The Same.’ How The Pandemic Has Changed Worship

I honestly don’t know what to expect next. Our church began meeting in person again on May 31 with a lot of changes. But for now I’m still just watching online. 

Celebs Are Embracing Their Gray

Me, too. I’ve been curious how much gray I would have now, left on its own. Not as much as I expected. So for now, I’m going with it. But a haircut? I hope to get one this week! 

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5 Things to Make You Smile

Here are 5 funny memes and videos because we all need to laugh to keep from crying.

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5 Things with Words and Books

If you are having trouble reading…

Austin Kleon shares 10 very simple tips for what helps him read. (I need help with #8. But I’m definitely successful with #2.)

5 Summer Books (and Other Things to Do at Home)

Bill Gates’ summer reading list is always worth watching. I’ve already checked my library for several of these. (Even The Great Influenza by John M. Barry about the 1918 pandemic, but I don’t know if I’m ready to read it yet! Too soon.) 

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Resources for Book Clubs or Self-Study on Race Reconciliation

This is a great list from Be the Bridge for creating healthy dialogues about race. “Bridge-builders are always in learning mode” is the tag line. Yes. 

Podcast Episode—I’m Sorry: How To Apologize & Why It Matters

We don’t always apologize well. But we know a bad apology when we hear one. This is a fantastic interview between Harriet Lerner and Brené Brown on the Unlocking Us podcast. I’m determined to add some Harriet Lerner books to my nightstand. 

4 Books I Recommend

I hit it rich this month. All four of these books are fantastic. 

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5 Things I Love

Mother’s Day 2020

I officially broadened my circle of touch last month to include my kids and grandkids. I was so thankful to be with them on Mother’s Day.

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Getting My Nails Done

I never officially get my nails done, but I did let my granddaughter do my nails last week with her stickers. She did a great job.

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Reciting Psalm 91 Together

I was so glad my daughter Jenna participated in our Psalm 91 memorization challenge the past 8 weeks! Here we’re saying the final two verses together at her house. (Maicy her dog has played an active role.)

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My New Photo Wall

Whew! I’m the worst at changing out photos in my house. So Jenna helped me pick out frames and current photos for a totally new look. Jeff was gracious in actually getting them on the wall.

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Back in the Swing of Things

For now anyway, I’ve returned to making frequent trips again to see the grandkids. And loving every second of it.

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5 Things on the Blog

Follow the Arrows

Do you follow the arrows for one-way aisles at Walmart? Sometimes we don’t want to give up our freedoms. But if it’s for the greater good, we do it. It benefits everyone, including ourselves.

Will You Return to Hurrying?

Don’t return to hurrying. Stay slow to gain more. Quotes from The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry.

When Prayers Outlive You

Sometimes our prayers live longer than we do. God never forgets what we ask. Keep making requests.

Stuck in the Middle? 3 Ways to Stay Strong

We are still in the middle of this pandemic. Here are 3 ways to stay strong. Studying Psalm 84.

What If You Hadn’t . . . Upstream and Downstream

What if you hadn’t stayed home? What would have happened? Think about the upstream and downstream effects.


What did you enjoy in May? What are you looking forward to in June? Please share in the comments.

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18 thoughts on “5 Links, Books, and Things I Love—June 2020

  1. blankMartha J Orlando

    Loved your funny memes and videos, Lisa. Didn’t realize how much I needed to smile! 🙂 So glad, too, that you’ve been able to be with your grand-girls and family once again. I’m hoping that we can see ours by the end of June.
    Blessings!

  2. blankBeth

    You always have so many goodies gathered for us at your place, Lisa! I’m especially intrigued by that Brene Brown podcast. I’ll have to check it out! Btw, you have a lovely family and it’s always fun to see how they are doing as well!

  3. blankBarbara Harper

    I always love your monthly videos! We’ve loosened up on visiting with the family, too. It helps that our area has not had a fast-growing number of cases.

    Our church talked about meeting in person with safe guidelines, but most people wanted to continue staying home for a bit. So we’ll probably still meet online through June. They are going to have a “Bring your own brunch” at the open-air pavilion, with everyone bringing their own lawn chairs and food, and sitting 6 feet away from other families, but still close enough to visit. I don’t know yet if we’re going–it’s up to my husband.

    I appreciated the article about summer activities. I had read earlier the one about not letting the coronavirus divide us–so good. There was a special on TV one night about celebrities trying to cut or dye their own hair or their significant others’ with a stylist via Zoom. No major disasters ensued, thankfully. 🙂

    I love your photo wall and the memes!

  4. blankJoanne

    My boys and I are getting haircuts on Friday and they are definitely more excited than I am. This is one time I have been so thankful to have long hair! My mother in law and mother never really social distanced much from us as they just couldn’t imagine going weeks without seeing their grandkids.

  5. blankBev @ Walking Well With God

    Lisa,
    I always enjoy your favorite 5. I don’t think I’d be ready to read about the Spanish flu of 1918 either??! You have a beautiful family and I’m go glad you got in some hugs and cuddles. Love Maicy (we have a beagle too). The comics were too funny, but we can all relate! Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  6. blankAnita Ojeda

    Good for you letting your hair go natural! I quit dying mine about 15 years ago when I felt my hair was getting thinner each time I dyed it. And I’m so glad you got to spend time with your family on Mother’s Day! What joy!

  7. blankLaurie

    Oh, those precious granddaughters! Isn’t it wonderful to see them again? we started seeing our local grandkids again in May – at first just to go for a socially distanced hike or walk outside but now we have them over for dinner and even a sleepover last week. I love it! I hope to visit my Colorado grandson at the end of July for his birthday.

    I need to watch the apology podcast. My apology skills could use some improvement. Thank you for the link.

  8. blankKaren Del Tatto

    Thanks for sharing! It was nice to read a lighthearted post during a very heavy time.

    Grandchildren are the best! We reintergrated with our grandchildren a couple of weeks ago and we are making up for two months of no hugs every chance we get!

  9. blankMichele Morin

    I need to check out the Bill Gates list!
    And as usual, you’ve challenged me to broaden my reading choices. You do such a great job staying aware of topics and then sharing them with your readers.

  10. blankPat

    Lisa, all those memes made me laugh and I needed to have a good laugh today. As always I will look at the book recommendations list. Glad you could see your grandkids–I have also been enjoying mine while sitting outside these days –so grateful for that!

  11. blankAmy Johnson

    Such a delightful post. I love the appliance meme. So funny. Our church opened up 3 weeks ago and we have been going, but it is different. I am enjoying worshipping as a corporate body again.

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