5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – September 2018

What was a highlight of your August? What are you looking forward to in September? We share once a month with Leigh.

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. 10 Reasons Americans Go to Church – and 9 Reasons They Don’t
by Daniel Burke

“But this study suggests that there is an under-served group of believers who seem like they’d actually like to go to religious services — if only someone could help get them there and welcome them when they arrive.”

2. How the Other Half Eats
by Ariel Aberg-Riger

SNAP benefits add up to $1.86 per person, per meal. See what that looks like. An article in graphics.

How the Other Half Eats

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3. Ask Someone Older Than You
by Marshall Segal

Six good pieces of advice on how to get help in making an important decision.

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4. This Is How to Make Your Life Awesome: 6 Secrets from Research
by Eric Barker

Some of these you’ll already know. And some you can’t do anything about. But others? We can tweak some things.

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5. Top Dog Names 2017

How many dogs do you know with these names? I know six. I saw this on National Dog Day last week on al.com.

Top Dog Names 2017

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5 Things about Reading

1. I Hate That!” Book Design Pet Peeves
by Joel Friedlander

When you read a lot of books, you notice these things. Which of these design pet peeves bother you?

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2. Real Book Readers Stand Out

This comic made me laugh and laugh. I do take a physical book with me on airplanes (along with my Kindle). And it is more and more unusual to see.

Reading real book on airplane

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3. Bible Reading Habits
by Bible Gateway

How do your Bible reading habits compare with those in the survey? Do you read New Testament more than the Old Testament? Which book are you most likely to read? What time of day do you read?

Amount of Time Reading Bible

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4. Why Getting Lost in a Book Is So Good for You, According to Science
by Sarah DiGiulio

“‘Transportation’ — or the act of losing yourself in a book — makes you more empathetic, more creative and (hello!) it’s an escape.”


Researchers found that reading satisfies the need for human connection because it can mimic what we feel during real social interactions. Peopleimages / Getty Images

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5. Five Books I Recommend – August 2018     

All five of these books were very intriguing in different ways (4 nonfiction and 1 fiction).


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5 Things I Love

1. Birthday Fun

We enjoyed lots of birthday celebrations in August, from age 5-80.


Sandy’s birthday and Bill’s birthday

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2. I want to sleep like this!

I love watching a baby sleep, especially when it’s my grandbaby. I could stare for hours.


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3. Grandparenting is the best

Everyone said it would be. I’m glad they were right!


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4. Special friends forever

I was so surprised to run into Linda at an event a few weeks ago. She’s a one-of-a-kind sister that I treasure. Then a few days later I got to celebrate with Victoria, another dear friend, when her oldest son turned 5 years old.

special friends

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5. Breakfast bunch does dinner

For a season we all ate breakfast at Hardees every Saturday morning. I miss that. But Jeff and I enjoyed eating dinner with my sister Sandy and brother-in-law Barry as we listened to ex-baseball pro and former addict Darryl Strawberry share at the His Way event about finding his worth in Christ.


Lisa, Jeff, Sandy, Barry

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5 Things on the Blog

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

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37 thoughts on “5 Links, Books, and Things I Love – September 2018

  1. Linda Stoll

    Yeah, I laughed at the image of the guy with the book while everybody and his brother is tethered to the phone. I’m still a paper pages girl. Sorry, Kindle.

    And your grandbaby is precious indeed. These are the good old days, friend …


    1. LisaNotes Post author

      It’s always interesting to me to see reasons why people both do or don’t go to church. I know it varies from person to person, but there are general trends that are helpful to know.

  2. Megan

    I just read the bible reading habits. It is very interesting that alot of people avoid the old testament because it is hard to understand. I often have a hard time understanding the Old Testament so even though I try I often give up. I know the New Testament really well though but I know the Old Testament is an important part of the Bible.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      What’s interesting to me is that when we begin to understand more about the Old Testament, we also gain new insights in the New Testament. The Old Testament can be more of a challenge, especially if we aren’t aware of the various genres, but it is worth it.

  3. Lesley

    I love the photos, especially of your granddaughter! The reasons for going or not going to church article is interesting, and I’d already seen the Bible study habits one, but that is fascinating too. Thanks for sharing all these great links!

  4. Ashley Davis

    August was a great month! I was able to see my old roommate/best friend, Jaclyn. I was also able to celebrate Shirley’s birthday.
    September has already been great! Wedding, and spending time with you and Jeff.
    BSF also starts in September. Another busy month ahead.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      September definitely got off to a wonderful start and I’m thankful we got to begin it together, Ashley! I know you have a busy month ahead so rest up and get ready. 🙂

  5. bill (cycleguy)

    I’m with Linda. I’m still a paper pages guy. I have no desire to do Kindle. My life is a highlight reel! LOL August was super busy. September has already surpassed August. I have several highlights I’m looking forward to. The MS150 ride this coming weekend. At the end of the month I’m taking a sunday off and we are going to Ohio to watch our grandson play football. The rest of the month I have nicknamed “Zoo.”

  6. Barbara Harper

    I always enjoy your minute-a-day videos. It looked like you were on TV! Yay! I know what you mean about sleeping grandchildren. So sweet.

    I enjoyed the posts about going to church, asking someone older for advice, and Bible reading habits. I had seen the ones about getting lost in a book and design per peeves – good stuff.

    I do love paper pages, but I have grown to love my Kindle, too. That’s what I most often read from right before going to sleep, and I love it for traveling. I haven’t traveled much lately, but I used to take 4 books on almost any trip so I wouldn’t run out of things to read. 🙂 With the Kindle I have an unlimited supply. Plus I can search for names, etc., instead of having to page back through something I wanted to look up or remind myself of.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I have exactly the same feelings about my Kindle. It’s usually the last thing I read before I go to sleep and the first thing I grab in the morning. I do still have a pile of books I can grab later, but my Kindle is small and has a light and keeps all the books in one place. The convenience factor can’t be beaten. And yes, especially for traveling. The joy of never running out of books brings me peace of mind. 🙂 I use the “search” option a lot too, especially when I’m reading novels and forget what’s been revealed about a character already.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I wish I could sleep like that every night! I used to take a good night’s sleep for granted. Now when I get one, I am super grateful. 🙂 I’m glad you are able to, Yvonne.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Anita. I wish we lived closer to our grandchild too. 🙁 That’s the worst part. I’m only 3 hours away though, so at least it’s doable. I am thankful for a dependable car and a gracious husband that doesn’t mind that I am on the road a LOT these days. 🙂

  7. Beth

    Wow! So much to love about this post, Lisa! I got a good laugh out of the comic above! Yes, reading a physical book these days seems so old fashioned! I’m much more likely to read off my Kindle, but do love the feeling and ease of reading a physical book. Also, I can’t wait to enter the world of grandparenting. Our first grandchild–a boy–is due Oct. 10th! It will be so exciting to finally meet him! But only wish they lived closer! 😉

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I thought it was getting close to your grandbaby’s due date! I’m so excited for you, Beth. It really is such a special gift. We don’t live as close to our granddaughter as I wish we could, but at least we’re in the same state so I can’t complain too much. I know many people have much further distance. Technology is wonderful to help bridge that gap. Even though Riley is a baby, we do still FaceTime with her quite frequently. 🙂 I want her to see our faces and hear our voices, not to mention that we want to see and hear her too every chance we can!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I believe that baby is pretty cute too. 🙂 Hoping to see her at my house in about 2 hours!

      My TV cameo was about 2 seconds. ha. We didn’t know the prayer vigil we attended was going to get news coverage. But glad it did!

  8. Mary Geisen

    It was fun catching up with you and your August activities. I always love your 1 second for everyday videos and of course the books you read. I am intrigues by Introvert Dear. I went back and caught your video review. 🙂 Great stuff. I think I am going to try to catch her podcast first. Thank you for this glimpse into you and your family.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I’ve been waiting for some more podcasts from Introvert Dear but haven’t gotten anything lately. I may go back and listen retroactively to some of the previous episodes. Thanks for your visit, Mary!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Nice to see you, Mari-Anna. Yes, grandparenting has been as fun as I was told it would be! 🙂 I’m looking forward to spending the next several days with our grandbaby. She’s on her way to our house right now through Sunday, then I’ll go back with her until Tuesday. Fun times ahead! Hope you have a great weekend too.

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