AROUND THE WEB
- Half of American whites don’t even see racism. Can we open our eyes a little wider?
- Do you memorize phone numbers anymore? How the internet may be ruining your memory
- Go forth and be a little jacked up from Glennon Doyle Melton at Momastery. This is my philosophy, too: Be messy and complicated and afraid. And show up anyway.
- 10 things photographers hate with a passion
- The newest annoying restaurant trend. #1stworldproblems
- 12 behind-the-scenes secrets of airports. Interesting tidbits you might not have known.
- Podcast with President Obama in Marc Maron’s garage. Nice interview of the human side of the President. And this follow-up podcast, “The President Was Here,” of how the interview came to be was also fun to hear (language warning in this one).
BOOKS WORTH READING
- Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better by Brant Hansen.
No offense, but a lot of us need this book. We’re too easily offended, too sensitive (I know I am). Brant Hansen is laying it down that God doesn’t want us to be that way.
- Some of My Best Friends are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America by Tanner Colby.
There is still MUCH more to learn about the history and present position of integration in our schools, our neighborhoods, our businesses. Or lack thereof. Interesting and informative book.
- To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink.
Like it or not (and I don’t, by nature), we all are salesmen of some sort as we go through life. Daniel Pink makes this subject intriguing.
- In my daily Bible reading, I just finished Jeremiah 10 in the Old Testament, and Acts 16 in the New Testament.
- Reviews of books I finished in June are here.
- My current Goodreads list is here.
THINGS I LOVE
12 unusual ideas for Evernote from Michael Hyatt. Even though I don’t utilize Evernote as well as I should, I love shoving stuff into it, knowing it’ll be there when I want it.
- 1 Second Everyday
Have you heard about this video app? Record one second a day (I’m doing it for the month of July), and then mash it all together into a video. Listen to founder Cesar Kuriyama explain it on NPR or watch his TED talk here:
- 70s & 80s music
Jeff and I saw Boston—one of my favorite groups from years ago—(and Starship, formerly Jefferson Starship, formerly Jefferson Airplane) in concert a few weeks ago. It was both fun and funny to see basically the same crowd that came 40 years ago, plus a few youngsters who heard about them from their parents, I suppose.
- Scripture Typer
If you memorize Bible verses, Scripture Typer is one of the handiest tools. I use it again and again to learn new verses and to retain older ones. There’s also a phone app but I use it mostly on my laptop.
- Patience metaphor
I saw this beautiful illustration on Jean Wise’s blog about waiting patiently. Artwork by Melanie Weidner, based on the saying by LaoTzu, “Do you have the patience to wait until the mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving until the right action rises by itself?”
ON THE BLOG
- It’s getting ugly out there. Would you rather win the argument or keep the relationship?
- When I am embarrassed to be white. This elderly African-American lady set us straight on race.
- What if you believed all the good things are true?
- Are you justified in your anger? Excerpt from Brant Hansen’s Unoffendable
LOOKING FORWARD TO
- July 4th with Morgan
We always celebrate the 4th of July and our wonderful America on the lake with my in-laws. I’m thankful our oldest daughter Morgan is coming!
- Jenna is coming home!
Then later Saturday night, our youngest daughter Jenna returns home from Guatemala! Thanks for all those who have been praying for her as she ministered in the orphanage at Casa Shalom and who have been reading along in Jesus Calling with us these past 6 weeks.
- The last one!
Before Jenna left, she gave me this jar of candy—one Junior Mint for every day she’d be gone (and a jar of Spree’s for Jeff). I’ve been eating one daily, marking the time. I’ll eat the last one tomorrow! (I will miss the candy, can’t deny that, but I’ll be ecstatic to have her home!)
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What are you looking forward to in July? Please share in the comments.
- Begin again
- Be today who you want to be forever