Links, books, and other things I love – October 2015


  • We want more spiritual meat
    But what do we mean by meat? from Kathy Escobar.
  • White people need to stop snickering at black names
    “I can’t imagine why white people even expect people of color to have the same sorts of names as we do. When you pick the label by which your child will be known, you often resort to a shared cultural history.”
  • 31 Days in October
    I love discovering fresh information this time of year on any topic you could want: Inspiration & Faith; House & Home; Simplicity & Organizing: Family Life; . . .



  • I did the “One Second a Day” video again for September. I’m officially hooked now, month 3.
    [click here if you can’t see the video]

  • After years of a love/hate relationship with Outlook’s calendar, I’m debating about switching over to Fantastical 2. I live and die by my calendar so this is serious business. My family knows (sorry, fam).
  • I’m also abandoning Firefox as my browser and moving over to Safari. That means learning new shortcuts, some of my favorite things.
  • Hidden Brain is my favorite new podcast with Shankar Vedanta’s intersections of psychology, neurobiology, and everyday experiences.



* Another Encounter Night soon.
Our church periodically has a special Sunday worship night that is always powerful with God’s presence. This was last Sunday night.


* No more dove
Even smothered in cheese and wrapped in bacon, Jeff and I still didn’t like the dove he killed. Next batch goes back to my mother-in-law again like we usually do.


* They came!
If you read Monday’s post, “Admit You Don’t Know,” I mentioned a God-encounter with the Boys and Girls Club president in our area. He said he’d like to send some teens to help us volunteer delivering meals from Manna House. And he did! They came Wednesday night and were great fun and a great help. I hope they’ll come again next week.


* More time with these sweeties
I got to go on a field trip with Jenna’s Kindergarten class today to the pumpkin patch. Such fun! I look forward to seeing them again soon. (We should all sleep well tonight!)


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What are you looking forward to this month? Please share in the comments.

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8 thoughts on “Links, books, and other things I love – October 2015

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thanks, Lindsey. The only bad thing was it was SO windy and cold, which caught us off guard since it’s still been so warm down here. But other than that, it was a fabulous day, and I got to bring home a pumpkin myself. 🙂

  1. Barbara H.

    Funny that you like learning new shortcuts. I get rather curmudgeonly about technological learning curves, but once I’ve got them I am usually happy about it. 🙂

    Love the last two photos! Fun!

    I have never tried dove and don’t think I would want to. Funny how that works – I am a definite meat lover, but there are some aren’t tempting at all. I keep thinking I want to try lamb, yet am reluctant to at the same time.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Well, I have to admit I did go on a whining rampage yesterday afternoon about not being able to spend time learning all the new things I want to learn. I feel like I barely squeak by with any new gadget, learning just enough at the moment to accomplish what I want (usually by googling). So at least I can get some shortcuts under my belt and feel better about things. 🙂

      I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten lamb, but that’s okay. You can try it first.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yes, I thought it was helpful, too, Katy. We all need to learn more sensitivity to each other, regardless of our backgrounds. A little knowledge and awareness can go a long way! And lay the path for more learning ahead.

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