AROUND THE WEB
- What to pack in shoeboxes that you send to foreign countries.
- Here’s how author Phyllis Tickle is facing death from stage IV lung cancer. I must read more from her.
- “Life off-script is just another way to live AWAKE, to remember that each person who crosses our path is a teacher.” Inspiring (and funny) advice from Glennon Doyle Melton about really connecting with people.
- If we’re willing to learn, here’s how to talk about race without being defensive.
- This is sad. Shaming the poor – “Now trending: America discovers cruel and creative ways to further strip away the dignity of its impoverished people”
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS
- An interesting leadership reading list with no business books on it (including The Boys in the Boat, already on my to-read list)
- Another interesting list: Bill Gates Beach Reading List. I got a few samples sent to my Kindle.
- On my Kindle I’m reading a wonderful yet disturbing novel by Sue Monk Kidd set during slavery in America, The Invention of Wings.
- And a beautifully-photographed hardback non-fiction book, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer. It’s a TED book (see his TED talk here) so it’s short. As God would have it, it goes well with my weekly journey in The Soul of a Pilgrim while my daughter Jenna is on her own physical pilgrimage in Guatemala.
- In my daily Bible reading, I’m up to Isaiah 31 in the Old Testament (it’s always better than I remembered) and Acts 12 in the New Testament.
- More of the books I’m reading here and on Goodreads.
- Why should kids choose their own summer reading books (from The Washington Post)
THINGS I LOVE
- The things that come from our extended family meals. This time we got into personality tests (take one here).
- Watching my older daughter Morgan help her baby sister Jenna get ready for college graduation
- Getting to spend time with my awesome godson Chris after graduation and catch up on his post-graduation life
- My new great-nephew Wallace arrived! (But I haven’t got to see him in person yet—not loving that part)
ON THE BLOG
- She’s leaving tomorrow – We train our kids to follow God but it’s still hard to let them go; Jenna leaves for Guatemala
- When racism hides – I didn’t expect to uncover this flag of racism during tornado clean-up
- Frame the moment to last – A single day can last longer when it’s framed, and how we framed these beautiful foster girls one day last fall
- A wonderful book on what we get right and wrong on aging and dying – Review of Atul Gawande’s excellent book, Being Mortal
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What are you looking forward to in June? Please share in the comments.
- Your time with God? It’s not just for you
- “When Mockingbirds Sing” – Book review