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

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

Things I Love October 2019

  • 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?

1 Second Everyday

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

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5 Things Around the Web

1. More Good Samaritans Than Previously Thought

Old data has said that strangers aren’t likely to step in and help someone in need. But this new study says it’s not true: Strangers step in to help 90 percent of the time. I like to believe this is true.

2. Questions to Ask Before Giving Up

You are stronger than you think. Ask yourself (or someone else) these questions when they think “Everything is awful and I’m not okay.” This is from Eponis on Tumblr. You can download a pdf. See updates here.

3. How to Turn Any Vacation into a Pilgrimage

When you can’t travel to a sacred place like the Via Dolorosa in Israel or walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain, here are eight steps to have a more divine experience wherever you travel.

4. How To Be Productive When You Are Super Tired

These are simple tips that help in the short term when you’re bone tired.

5. Should We Take a Few Long Holidays, or Lots of Short Ones?

What sort of break is best? We need daily, weekly, and yearly rest. But frequent short breaks might beat the occasional elongated vacation.

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5 Things with Words and Books

1. Do You #Bookstagram?

If you’re on Instagram you may occasionally see book-related pictures that are hashtagged #bookstagram. A monthly list I follow is Commas and Ampersands. I’m not crazy about the spooky October theme, but she invites us to interpret her prompts any way we’d like. I only do a few a month anyway.

Here are samples of her prompts:

  • Oct 1: What books are you planning on reading this month?
  • Oct 2: Unread or read, which book has been in your collection for the longest?
  • Oct 3: Which author do you always look forward to reading?

Here is my October 1 #Bookstagram.


2. Why Some People Become Lifelong Readers

Why do some people continue reading into adulthood, but others stop reading? First, define what you mean by “reading.”

3. The 7 Best Nonfiction Books of Fall 2019

I always pay attention to these hand-picked nonfiction reads of the season from the curators of the Next Big Idea Club: Malcolm Gladwell, Susan Cain, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink. I’m reading one of these already, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal.

4. Book Fun


5.  5 Books I Recommend

Here are short book reviews of 5 favorite books I finished reading in September, including The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and Range by David Epstein.

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5 Pictures of Things I Love

1.  Sunflowers

One of my favorite things about fall. These plants can be invasive and aren’t always pretty when they’re growing, but they make up for it every September/October!

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2.  Daddy and Daughter

Our granddaughter already loves doing the things her daddy Fuller does. She’ll know how to do outdoor things by 2 years old that I never learned.

bow and arrow

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3.  Last Days as the Only One

Our next grandbaby will be born this month. My daughter Morgan has enjoyed these final weeks with her firstborn before the next baby gets here and invades her space.


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4.  The 4 Corners Minus 1

One of my closest friends Julie is getting ready to move (closer to us!) so Kathy and I took one last girls’ trip to her house last weekend. One of our foursome couldn’t make it but we did FaceTime with her during halftime of the Auburn game Saturday night (War Eagle, Alicia!).

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5.  One More with the Grand

I’ve loved having so much one-on-one time with this one. When the next baby arrives, we’ll make room for everybody though. (Plus continue some “just us” time, too.)

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5 Favorites from the Blog

1.  Can You Change My Mind? Can I Change Yours?

Is it reasonable to think we can change each other’s minds?

2.  Are Your Shoes On? Be Ready to Bring Peace

You have a word from the Lord: Peace. You’re meant to carry this message of hope to others. Are your shoes on?

3.  How Do You Settle Your Monkey Mind?

How do you counter monkey mind? To settle your thoughts, focus on an engaging truth. Memorizing scripture works for me.

4.  I Hope He Doesn’t Offend Y’all

Now he brings us water. When we weed out offense, we plant in holy ground. And grace grows there.

5.  Read Too Much? Unlikely, But Read More Mindfully

Is it possible to read too much? The bigger danger is not reading mindfully enough.

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

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21 thoughts on “5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – October 2019

  1. Mica

    Love the photos with your granddaughter, how fun! 🙂 Looks like you had a great month, this is a nice way to wrap it up 🙂

    Hope that your week is going well 🙂

  2. bill (cycleguy)

    Those pictures made me miss my grandson even more. hard to believe he turns 13 on the 17th of this month. I’ll have to post a picture of him. I have one on my office wall in his football uniform. My September was shortened by our cruise (I didn’t read much on it) but I did finish reading all of Jonathan Dunsky’s Adam Lapid mysteries. I’d suggest them for mindless reading, although I tried to figure out the perpetrator. I’m currently reading in preparation for the Christmas season and the sermons which go along with it so my reading is limited. HOWEVER, I would most highly recommend the one book which is impacting me to the hilt: Rachel Denhollander’s book “What’s a Girl Worth?” She exposed Larry Nasser from MSU and the USAG of sexual abuse of Rachel and a ton of other gymnasts. Read it and weep and then challenge the church.

  3. Martha J Orlando

    I know I’ve said this before, Lisa, but your granddaughter is simply precious, and I know you’ll love that new baby just as much. It’s just how grandparenting works! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your month with us.

  4. Bev @ Walking Well With God

    Love your list of Favorite Fives!! Bookstagram – how fun!! What precious pictures of your granddaughter – especially enjoyed the pic with her daddy and the pic with you!! Your post on “Monkey Mind” was written for me – I know it! It’s Oct. 2nd. and 96 degrees in NC…the pumpkins are turning to mush – Help!
    October blessings,
    Bev xx

  5. Barbara Harper

    That’s good to know about more good Samaritans than previously thought. Partying with a book is my idea of a great time. 🙂 the questions to ask before giving up were really good. My guys read a lot when they were young, and library day was a favorite. Yet two of them don’t read for pleasure as adults. Makes me so sad.

    Exciting that your next grandchild is due soon!

  6. Trudy

    I always love your 1-second everyday clips, Lisa. Sometimes I even watch it more than once or pause it on a certain scene. 🙂 You always share such a variety of books, links, etc. My kind of party is curling up with a book. 🙂 I love the photos of your adorable granddaughter. You with her is even more special. 🙂 Love and blessings to you!

  7. Jean Wise

    The cartoon and that precious granddaughter made me smile this morning. Your blog is a refreshing moment to my day. Thank you!!

  8. Horace Williams Jr

    Hello, Lisa. I love your monthly updates! What an eclectic and enjoyable website. I feel like I’ve walked into one of my favorite stores and can look around for hours;) I see your an SEC gal as well. Your Auburn Tigers are looking pretty good so far. My parents spent time at UT Austin si I’m a Longhorn “fan” at a distance. However, my heart belongs to Dabo Sweeny and Clemson. His love for the Lord is evident whenever he speaks. Anyway, so glad I got to stop by and say hello. Have a fantastic weekend, and God bless!

  9. Mother of 3

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home! That comic shows my kind of party; I love curling up with a good book over an actual party any day.

  10. Lois Flowers

    I love all those granddaughter pics, Lisa! It will be fun to see No. 2 grandchild popping up in your 1-second every day videos (which I also love)! My 30-year high school class reunion was a highlight of September, and my daughter is getting her senior pics done this month. Just doesn’t seem possible! 🙂

  11. Karen Friday

    Lisa, I always enjoy these posts. So exciting the new baby is coming soon. And love that your granddaughter is already likes the outdoors. My twin sister sent me a YouTube video that was so troubling about kids addicted to technology. My sister and I spent our childhood playing outside, riding our bikes, playing in the creek, and sometimes staying outside all day long with our friends. The video when interviewing these kids parents and grandparents, their childhood memories are similar to mine. But when they spoke to the kids, their favorite activities were games and texting and doing things on devices. So sad.

  12. Beth

    This post is so full of fun, exciting and inspiring things that I think it will burst with joy all over the Internet, Lisa! Love the video, the pics of your cutie-patootie granddaughter and congrats on the grandbaby to come!

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