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

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

  • 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?

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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 Things Black Brothers and Sisters Most Need to Hear from the Church

A great article by our fellow blogging friend Nylse Esahc. Read what she most deeply desires to hear from brothers and sisters in the church. 

Five Ways Churches Will Have Changed One Year From Now 

Nobody can predict, but it will be interesting to see what our churches look like 1 year from now, 5 years from now. Early indicators predict at least 20% of pre-COVID attendees won’t return to church.

COVID-19 Etiquette: 6 Common Conundrums (And A Printable Pocket Guide)

How do you politely ask someone to follow COVID-19 guidelines? This addresses several situations we’re encountering.

How to Comfort Someone When Something Bad Happens to Them

Our response will vary depending on the state of distress that someone is in. This gives helpful strategies for 4 different states of distress.

The Most Important Mail You’ll Ever Send: A Ballot

Are you going to vote in November by mail or in person? If by mail, here’s a handy guide.

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5 Things to Make You Smile

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covid comfort zone

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potato quiz

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5 Things About Words and Books

An Elegy for the Landline in Literature

In the future, what will readers think when they read, “The telephone rang. It was an unusual hour for it to ring.”

“Hispanic” vs. “Latino”: When To Use Each Term

As with most things, if you have a friend to ask, ask their personal preference. But this article helps explain the differences in general.

“Karen” vs. “Becky” vs. “Stacy”: How Different Are These Slang Terms?

And while we’re looking at terms, do you know the difference between these names for white women who appear racist and vocal with their complaints? Apologies to my friends who are legitimately named Karen, Becky, and Stacy. 

Want Quick Knowledge? Visit the Children’s Section

I might have shared this before, but it’s worth repeating. If you want to understand a complex subject better, read a children’s book about it.

5 Books I Recommend

Here are short summaries of five wonderful books I finished reading in August. 

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5 Things I Love

The Grands are grand

What can I say? Grandkids live up to their hype. I’m all in.

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Vow renewal and family picture

We rarely get a picture with everybody in it at once, so this is very special to me. My daughter and husband had a beautiful, small vow renewal ceremony in their front yard last month.

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The Grands come to Granna’s House

Then the following week, we kept the two granddaughters at our house. We had the best time! We weren’t even too exhausted afterward like I expected to be. 

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Turtle eggs

This was fun until we cracked one of the eggs. The baby turtle inside was a bloody mess. It didn’t bother my granddaughter, but it did me. We hid the other eggs after that. 

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Feeding the fish or ducks or whoever wants it

Actually, I think she eats more bread than she throws. But it’s fun either way.

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5 Things on the Blog

It’s Time to Linger in His Words—Invitation to Memorize Matthew 7

Linger in his words. Sign up now to memorize Matthew 7:1-14 for the Fall 2020 Bible Memory challenge with Do Not Depart.

Don’t Hate Her—She’s Been Good to You

Our bodies do so many good things for us. Why do we talk bad about them? How do you keep a healthy body image?

Stop the Name Calling

I don’t like being called names. You don’t either. Let’s stop the name calling among Republicans and Democrats and everyone in between.

Don’t Lose Hope. God Is Still Good.

Don’t lose hope. God is still good. Here are 3 ways to find his goodness again.

Say It or Not? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Tell It All

Say it or not? Here are 3 questions to ask yourself before you tell it all.


What did you enjoy in August? What are you looking forward to in September? Please share in the comments.

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16 thoughts on “5 Links, Books, and Things I Love—September 2020

  1. blankPatti

    What a beautiful family you have!! All the pictures are gorgeous, but the one at the top of your husband with one of the girls is beyond precious. I will have to take your word on how wonderful grandparenthood is. Everyone says it is even better than parenthood, but I can’t imagine that to be true. My daughter and son-in-law are thinking next year for a baby, so I will have to wait a bit longer to discover if those words are really true. Thank you for the links to some very interesting-sounding articles.

    Blessings on your day,
    Patti

  2. blankBarbara Harper

    Your granddaughters are growing so much! How fun to have a whole week with them.

    I enjoyed the COVID etiquette article. My husband has complained to store managers about stock people not wearing masks. They always apologize and say they’ll talk to them. I guess they figure they’re dealing with items rather than people–but people are going to handle those items plus pass the stockers in the aisles.

    What’s frustrating is when people don’t acknowledge any need to wear masks or distance at all. A neighbor told my husband he thought all this COVID stuff was “made up”; others on FB think it’s just blown out of proportion. I’m not going to argue with them–that just gets too heated. But those mindsets are why I’m still mainly staying in.

    Funny about the landline in literature and how it often brings suspense. I guess future readers will look back on phones in literature like we do telegrams. So often in books or shows, telegrams were Really Bad News–though occasionally they were really good news, too. I was just thinking this morning about how, before cell phones and caller ID and the ability to leave messages, I felt guilty if I didn’t answer the phone. But we also used to call each other more frequently–odd since it could be such an unexpected interruption. I can remember talking on the phone for 30-60 minutes with friends as a young married woman. I can’t imagine that now. Ha! I also don’t feel guilty not answering my phone any more since people can leave a message. In fact, if it’s a business or doctor’s office, I prefer if they leave a message so I don’t forget what they said or have to scurry for a pen and paper.

    I had heard of Karen, but not the other two names. That all actually bothers me, that society would turn a perfectly legitimate name into a negative term. Seems like people could have come up with a different word.

    I didn’t read the one about getting knowledge from the children’s section, but I found it interesting that one of the Jeopardy champions with the greatest number of records for earnings in a day said that’s where he did most of his studying for the show.

  3. blankJean Wise

    What joy seeing those grandchildren and love your lists as usual. I do appreciate how you find such great articles to read too. I learn, I grow, I am stretched, Thank you for sharing.

  4. blankBettieG

    I love seeing your beautiful memory posts, Lisa. Sharing love with each other is such a gift these days! I feel like so much that we have taken for granted has now become so very precious. Blessings to you in September!

  5. blankLaurie

    The photos of your granddaughters when they spent the week at your house are just adorable! So glad you weren’t too tired when the week was over. We kept 2 of our grandsons for just a few days, and I needed (wanted) a glass of wine when they went home! 🙂

    Thanks for the smiles with the memes and the vote by mail information. Both much appreciated!

  6. blankDonna Reidland

    I love the memes, too. But my favorite thought was this simple one, “Don’t Lose Hope. God Is Still Good.” This is so important to remember these days.

    Your grandbabies are adorable. They are the best, aren’t they!

  7. blankLois Flowers

    Hi Lisa … I just shared the meme about thinking (men and women) with my husband and he said, “Boy, you’ve got that right!” So yeah … 🙂 I love your pics and thoughts about your grandchildren, and yes, the memes made me laugh out loud. Lovely thing to read on a lazy Saturday afternoon!

  8. blankLesley

    A great selection of links and memes as always! The one about church changing over the next year is interesting and there’s a lot of truth in the meme about women and men thinking! I love the family photos too and I’m glad you got to enjoy time with your grandchildren.

  9. blankMarielle

    Hey Lisa! This is such a fun way to present a ton of great content. I love the book suggestions, and the 1 second each day video is a great snapshot! Thanks for sharing! (Visiting today from the Anything Goes link up!) Have a great week!

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