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My most recent newsletter (click to subscribe) outlines a little bit about my reasons for being quiet around these parts lately. I’m restructuring some priorities, to put it mildly.

It’s no wonder then that the links in my inbox that catch my eye talk about change and restlessness and anxiety (also, that’s just pretty much the nature of my inbox in general, but I digress).

The words that have resonated recently:

  1. What if the work we see to do isn’t a burden but the way we were meant to be in the world? What If by Austin Channing Brown.
  2. Jenny Lawson is one of my favorite people on the planet. This post makes me out-of-my-mind happy. I want this so bad for her (and the rest of us).
  3. Maybe you’re going through (or thinking about initiating) a major life change. Adjustment disorder is not so rare. Consider talking to someone about it.
  4. The only business plan that matters? Keep going – from Over the Rhine.
  5. Wil Gafney’s sermon on Michal is exactly what I needed to hear. Maybe you do, too.

24in48 is coming up next weekend, so I’ll see you again then, if not before. I hope you’ve had a great weekend!

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It’s National Donut Day, so that tells you everything you need to know about how my ability to focus is going to go this afternoon. Here are some things from the intrawebs I loved this week.

  1. I think I want Reimagining the Ignatian Examen. Examen is part of my nightly ritual, and I am interested in Thibodeaux’s perspective on it.
  2. “That’s the thing with my important life moments, they always seem to emerge slowly, like a Polaroid picture. I suspect few people have instant-capture aha moments. Especially those of us ensconced in the nebulous realm of anxiety where discernible lines between normal and neurotic cease, at some point, to exist.” I love this excerpt by Sarah Wilson, and I think I’m going to like the book.
  3. “We ask for wild dreams, for places to be our fullest selves, for the courage to walk outside of our fears and expectations of who we are, moving always towards what lies ahead. We keep going even when we can’t quite see the road.” From Ask Relentlessly by Hilary Yancey.
  4. I love this idea! Jen Hatmaker’s recap of the ceremony where graduating seniors honored their teachers. I defy you to read some of the things they said and not get a little teary. Then write a note to your favorite teacher.
  5. Literary quotes celebrating friendship from Book Riot. My favorites –
    “I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.” —A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
    “Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don’t have to say anything.” —Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

I’m looking forward to a weekend at the farm with the folks. Hope your weekend is relaxing, too!

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At UNT, it’s close-down day and graduation day and block party and we’re tired. So here are some comforting things from the internet. I know I need them. Do you?

  1. Joy the Baker’s strawberry pie bars. These sound delicious. I bet you could make them with blueberries, too.
  2. RED PANDAS ARE THE CUTEST.
  3. Long-suffering animal moms.
  4. Bookshop with a coffee shop and a piano. Pretty much what I imagine Heaven looks like.
  5. And finally – the way I would like any pun delivered to me. Via Husky:6.26.16-Bad-Pun-Husky4

Hope you’re having a good day!

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Friday Five 4

Welcome to Friday, everyone. You did it! You survived the week. Hopefully it wasn’t too difficult.

I love these things:

Hope the rest of your Friday goes smoothly and you enjoy your weekend!

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Friday Five 4

Drive-by posting after a long week. Here are some fun things from the intrawebs this week:

  1. 50 Mums, 50 Kids, 1 Extra Chromosome. I defy you to watch this and not get sniffly.
  2. Save your mascara wands to save wildlife. There’s an address at the end of the video.
  3. The music lessons your parents forced you to take did good things for you. The thing missing from this list? They gave you music.
  4. I have long been skeptical about microwaved mug brownies. Leigh Kramer proved me wrong. This brownie is awesome.
  5. And I know it’s not for a while, but APRIL 5 IS NATIONAL CARAMEL DAY AND BETH MARIE’S IS DOING A THING.

This weekend, I’m going to rest and read and probably watch The Wire. Have a good weekend, everyone!

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YAY IT’S FRIDAY! And not just any Friday but the Friday before Spring Break, which means that (while we don’t get a full week off) even staff still get a three-day weekend. I’m taking full advantage of the free Monday to go to the goth club for old school night on Sunday.

Today’s list is a rich collection of things I’m excited to see and make and do and think about.

  1. UNT (and SFT, the building where I used to work) alum Bola Ogun’s short “Are We Good Parents?” is at SXSW. It was awesome to read her interview here.
  2. Lin-Manuel Miranda is a delight. I love watching him watch Weird Al’s Hamilton polka. I am also very excited about Mary Poppins Returns!
  3. That embarrassing moment when your dentist calls you out on the internet for breaking your retainer, followed closely by the amazing moment the person you broke it over offers to pay for it.
  4. Some reminders that I needed that self-awareness is harder work than it seems and that there is a way to get news that does not break your soul.
  5. Have I mentioned (this month) how much I love Joy the Baker? Her weekly Let it be Sunday! posts are gems. This week’s post has me craving parmesan pecorino biscuits.

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope your day has been great and your weekend is even greater!

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I started off the week with a fever (even though that seems like 42 days ago), and it didn’t get a lot easier from there. I think it might have been a rough week for a lot of people. So here’s a little rough with a lot of levity.

  1. I went through every damn emotion reading Rachel Denhollander’s testimony. Be advised – it’s super intense.
  2. This post is sad in that their dogs passed, but I want to give this company all my money, which doesn’t make sense because I have no pets. Who has a pet I can buy stuff for?
  3. Up until this moment in time, Pun Husky was my favorite famous husky. Now this little nugget gives P.H. a run for his/her money.
  4. I have a hard time picking my favorite animal re-names. I’m torn between Judgmental Tree Frog and Regular Boring Normal Turtle.
  5. Jason Momoa is joy personified.

This weekend, you’ll be hearing a lot from me as I embark on my second 24in48 Readathon. It’s not too late to join (in your own house).

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