Share Four Somethings—October 2023
—Grace & Truth Linkup


No, this isn’t the last linkup for Grace and Truth! But it’s my final one as a co-host. Continue to linkup each week with Maree at her blog and Tammy at her blog every Friday. I’ll still be linking up, too.

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Near the end of each month at Jennifer’s linkup we share four somethings that we’re loving, reading, learning, and eating.

I also share my previous month’s One Second Everyday video . . .

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What I’m Loving


I saw a shirt with this saying on it last Sunday at our local Out of the Darkness community walk for suicide prevention: “Stay. Tomorrow needs you.” The shirt (and the event!) really moved me.

So I found a similar long-sleeve shirt online that I’m ordering because I love the message and want to pass it on.

Stay. Tomorrow needs you.

Also at the event, walkers are encouraged to bring photos of their loved ones to place on the memory wall, and write messages of hope.

Here’s our local Moms Demand Action team that came together for the walk.

Everyone is also provided with honor beads to wear according to the personal connections they have losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness.

Which beads might you wear?

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What I’m Reading


Our online book club for the Alabama chapter of Moms Demand Action had a great discussion last Monday on this book, “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker.

All the Real Indians Died Off

We all learned things that we had been taught wrong about Native Americans. I also was able to share some things I learned from our fellow blogging friend Anita Ojeda. She teaches at a small private school for Native Americans and provided me with good info from her students’ perspective.

You can see a list of all 21 myths about Native Americans from the book here. Do any of them surprise you? November is National Native American Heritage Month. 

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What I’m Learning


I’m learning about what happened in Gander, Newfoundland, on 9/11/2001, as I listen to this audiobook, The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede.

When all US airspace shut down on September 11, incoming flights already in progress to the US had to land somewhere else. 7,000 of those surprised passengers unexpectedly landed on the island of Newfoundland in Canada. The book chronicles how the townspeople responded.

The book has been on my list for awhile, but I moved it up because tonight I’m going to see Broadway’s musical “Come from Away” based on the event. I’ve heard it’s a fantastic show.

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What I’m Eating (or Drinking)


Well, actually *I AM NOT* the one drinking this. But last week when we went to see the pumpkins at Isom’s Orchard, our 2-year-old grandson got a slushie. And LOVED it. I may or may not have liked the slushie had I tried it, but I definitely love my little guy loving it. 

What is something you are loving, reading, learning, or eating/drinking this month?

Share your thoughts in the comments.

I’m linking at these blog parties


Grace & Truth Featured Post

When circumstances don’t go the way we want, we can still find hope. How? One way is by intentionally developing our integrity.

While I haven’t yet listened to the podcast episode on Integrity mentioned in this post by Deborah Rutherford, I still gained a lot simply by reading the many outtakes she shares here from her interview with Sarah Geringer. I’ve been reading Sarah’s words for years and am always encouraged by her honesty and her integrity.

Read (and/or listen) here.

Finding Hope in the Hard Days as a Woman of Integrity

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39 thoughts on “Share Four Somethings—October 2023
—Grace & Truth Linkup

  1. Joanne

    Those apple cider slushies sound yummy! None of our orchards up here have that. I LOVED reading The Day The World Came to Town; it was such an uplifting story about such a horrible and trying time. It gives me hope that with the tragedies going on in the world right now there will STILL be these uplifting stories of people helping their fellow man and trying to do the right thing in the face of great adversity.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I’m glad to hear you liked the book too, Joanne! I’m sure it’s always a good time to read it, but it feels like now is definitely a good time for me to be reading it. I need the extra encouragement that humans can indeed be kind to each other.

  2. Linda Stoll

    Blogging life just won’t be the same without you hosting, Lisa. But what a relief for you to be freed up! Thanks for your faithful presence year in and year out and commitment to building community. I think you just might be one of my longest-time blogging friends. I value that, and you, highly.

    Have a good weekend.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      You’re sweet, Linda. It’s been fun hosting, but it will be nice to have one less thing on my to-do list each week. I wish there were a quick and easy way to go back to see when we each connected with other bloggers! That would be fascinating to know. I know I’ve been reading you a long while too and I’m so thankful that I have! You’re an incredible woman.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Thank you for faithfully linking up, Donna. I’m glad you had time with some of your littles yesterday. I definitely enjoy our grandson and treasure all the time I can get with him!

  3. Jean Wise

    That shirt is really amazing and I need to read that book on Native Americans. Read the list you linked too – I bet that was quite the discussion maker in a book club!!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Both books were so interesting. I hope you get a chance to check into them, Jeanne. The book about Native Americans felt a tad academic but that was okay. The book about Gander, Newfoundland, has been a very easy read (or listen, in my case)!

  4. Marsha

    It’s so nice to meet you through Natalie, Lisa. Your grandson is adorable, and I loved the one-second videos. Thanks for mentioning books. I’m collecting titles to read this winter.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Nie to meet you too, Marsha. I have enjoyed doing the one-second videos, altho there are times where I realize that I haven’t taken a video yet near the end of the day, and my sweet husband knows my phone will come out and be pointed at him watching TV or reading a book. 🙂 Hope you find some great titles for your winter reading!

  5. Lynn

    Enjoy “Come From Away” Lisa! I read Jim Defede’s book and loved it. I didn’t get a chance to see the play, but family members did, and loved it. My niece’s significant other lived in Gander and worked as a meteorologist. He shared some wonderful (and entertaining) stories of life there. And, I do love that shirt!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I’m about halfway into the book now and am loving it. And the show last night was indeed as marvelous as I had expected it to be! We had a great time. The acting/singing was so amazing. How interesting that you have a personal connection to Gander through your niece’s significant other. It sounds like a friendly place to live. 🙂

  6. Jennifer Jones

    I also really like the message on the shirt. It’s a message we need to spread around. I also love your one second a day video. Your grandson is a cutie. I haven’t read the book but it sounds like a worthwhile read. Thanks for sharing.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yes, we all need to hear good messages come our way in whatever form they take, even shirts. 🙂 I’ve seen so many great shirts the past several years. My tshirts vastly outnumber my dress clothes. ha. Thanks for visiting!

  7. Karen

    I love those 1 second a day videos. I’ve never tried an apple cider slushie nor have I ever been to a place that has them available, that I know of. It does sound like something I would try. Those books sound interesting that I might like to read them someday. Walking is always good for our health & good for making awareness of different causes.

  8. Lory @ Entering the Enchanted Castle

    Those myths about Native Americans sound important to counteract. I recently read Killers of the Flower Moon, which is another important and very troubling story to explore. I was especially interested in that because my ancestors benefited from oil discovery in Oklahoma. All Americans need to understand and transform this history, though.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I have Killers of the Flower Moon on my to-read list. The movie adaption is in our theaters now but I hear it is 3.5 hours long with no intermission, so I may wait for it to come to streaming. And maybe after I read the book. How interesting that you have a personal connection to the story. I agree that we Americans need to face up to our past and deal with it instead of trying to brush it all away. That never works well.

  9. Trudy

    I will truly miss your hosting, Lisa, but I can imagine it must take a lot of extra time. Your grandson is so adorable. 🙂 I especially love the pic of him with the slushie. Those moments with littles are so special. Love, hugs, and blessings to you!

  10. Natalie

    Lisa, Thank you for your participation in the Weekend Coffee Share linkup. I read and enjoyed Jim DeFede’s book. I also visited Gander last summer. The museum there has an area for 9/11 and is well worth visiting.

  11. Cindy Davis

    There are things I am loving this month, like fall, that I totally forgot to put in my post, LOL! I shared all the pertinent info though. Love the shirt and the idea behind it. Have a great week!

  12. Aspyn Richard

    Thank you for sharing your ‘Four Somethings’ for October. Your reflections are a warm and inviting glimpse into your thoughts. It’s comforting to read about your experiences and the wisdom gleaned from them. Looking forward to your November share.

  13. Dianna

    Lisa, thank you for including the link to the 21 myths about Native Americans. We certainly have not been kind to them.

    Enjoyed the picture of your little guy enjoying his apple cider slushie. He’s so adorable!

  14. Astrid

    The walk for suicide prevention and the message on the shirt are much-needed. I can’t see the different beads or their meanings because I’m blind but I struggle with mental illness myself.

    That book about Native Americans sounds so intriguing. That is, if I’m assuming it correctly that it was written by someone from that community themself rather than a white researcher. I had no idea about what happened in Gander on 9/11 either. #MMBC

  15. Lisa Blair

    I enjoyed your second everyday video, Lisa! I like the T-shirt! I read several newspaper articles about New Foundland hosting such a large group of people. I’m sure the audiobook and Broadway musical are amazing.

  16. Kirstin

    Those two books sound fascinating and I love the shirt you found. I’m just now getting around to commenting from last weeks weekend coffee share posts. I always love these share four something posts.

  17. Jennifer

    That does look like some slushie love! Way too cute! I have often said pumpkin patch photos are just the cutest….I suppose the only way to make them cuter is to add an apple cider slushie:) I am curious if you like the Broadway play…Come From Away? I looked and it will not be in my area until April but it certainly sounds interesting. Happy November to you!!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yes, I loved the play Come From Away! They actors were amazing as they seamlessly switched back and forth between various roles. I don’t know how they did it (well, lots of practice and LOTS of talent!). 🙂

  18. stephanie

    Lisa, those apple slushies sound amazing! I am sure they are. I like that shirt, it has a great message. Thank you for sharing your four somethings for October with us at the Crazy Little Love Birds party.

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