the fact that if you rushed and tried to move too quickly and tried to skip a few lines here or there you would miss out on some of the story, some of the storylines, smile lines, botox, robots, the fact that people are creating robots and putting them in nursing homes because there is a loneliness epidemic and older people are some of the loneliest…Read More
The fact that I was only able to read 10 pages just now, the fact that I love this book so much but it makes me so tired, or did something else make me tired and I only noticed it while I was reading this book, the fact that I finished the final chapter of my book this afternoon, swoon, spoon, peanut butter spoon, the fact that I never call a spoon full of peanut butter a peanut butter spoon…Read More
The fact that I felt like I needed a nap when I got to page 32, the fact that my Coke Zero is almost gone, Cherry Coke, Diet Coke, Coke float, Hope Floats, the fact that people say Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine…Read More
I snuck back on Twitter yesterday to learn more about Andre Henry's story through his tweets and retweets. I was horrified and saddened to learn what Henry and others had experienced at RELEVANT. As the hours passed, RELEVANT's sins were splayed across the internet while more and more people came forward with their own stories about how they were treated and what they had witnessed while working there.Read More
August 28, 2019
”I miss the Civil Wars.”
“I pulled a thing in my back (or something along those lines) so I’ve been using a heating pad for several hours and I might just keep using a heating pad forever.”
August 29, 2019
”Learn from my mistake. Don’t be that person on Nextdoor who brings up food safety concerns when someone from your neighborhood is raving about the homemade cinnamon rolls being sold out of a neighbor’s kitchen.”
”Does Nextdoor count as social media?”
“I just finished reading LETTERS FROM MAX: A BOOK OF FRIENDSHIP. I liked the first part more than the last part because the letters changed a bit after they realized they were working on a book. But still, it’s a lovely, sad, and hopeful book.”
August 30, 2019
”I read this fantastic interview in Electric Literature in which Mary H.K. Choi says, "‘Instagram is Doritos… It’s a weaponized diversion in the sense that it is optimized for addiction and designed to avert satiation. And social media is a taxonomical prison.’ I feel seen.”
“Have you subscribed to Martyn Wendell Jones’s Tiny Letter about fatherhood? You should. You will be so glad. https://tinyletter.com/martynwendell”
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We are hosting our church small group at our home on Sunday night for the first time so I started thinking about where everyone would sit which made me think about moving somewhere that has a larger living area because that’s what hospitality is about—having a large space for people to gather.
Just kidding.Read More
The day I had a call with the marketing team and my editor for my upcoming book and realized for the first time that my book might be published during the 2020 election season and I kind of freaked out then I realized it will all work out because God is either in this or He isn’t in this and I have to believe He is in this.
I had cried every other time we moved to a new home. I had grieved for days. When we moved to this new home, I was smiling instead. Maybe it was because I knew we were supposed to move. For various reasons, staying where we were before was no longer an option.Read More
Alia Joy’s Glorious Weakness is a memoir about her experiences with weakness, poverty, loss, and doubt. She writes about the stories that have formed who she is now with a soul-baring honesty and vulnerability. But she also writes with her eyes looking toward hope and grace and helps her readers see both, too.Read More
I read this essay on a Friday afternoon in early spring after returning home from a lovely celebratory lunch with a dear friend at one of my favorite restaurants, The Whistling Table. I enjoyed eating their fantastic black and blue salad while we caught up on the latest and greatest going on in life and writing.Read More
I read this essay while eating gluten free herb and garlic crackers with Trader Joes’ spinach and kale Greek yogurt dip except the dip tasted too healthy and I thought it needed a bit of fat, so I added a tablespoon or so of mayonnaise to it.Read More
“A writer can fit a whole world inside a book. Really. You can go there. You can learn things while you are away. You can bring them back to the world you normally live in.” —Neil Gaiman, A Velocity of BeingRead More
I have recently exchanged a few emails with a friend (who I met via a Facebook group for a writing guild we’re both members of) about the effects of social media and whether or not we should bail from what many consider a dumpster fire situation.Read More
But while I was stuck in my favorite spot in my living room, I had an idea for a new writing project. I didn’t have a ton of energy to act on it—I was too miserable to open a new document and begin writing. But I did have enough energy to let the idea roll around in my mind. I had enough energy to take a few notes in my journal. I had enough energy to email someone I trust to see if he has any book or article recommendations on the topic.
Would I have thought of this idea if I wasn’t sick and bored? Maybe. Maybe not.Read More