Greetings! I’m writing from Lakeside Chautauqua, Ohio, where I’m speaking all week as part of their Faith for Living series. It’s a serene, restful place, where I’ll be reading, writing, and running when I’m not in session.
Here’s some stuff that’s been interesting me lately:
1. Your daily dose of #WorldsOkayest: living a mediocre life.
2. Millenials rooming with Catholic nuns. Love the ways community and family get formed. Nuns and nones!
3. Our brains really, really need silence. (I’m working on it.)
4. If you haven’t read Kate Bowler’s book Everything Happens for a Reason—And Other Lies I’ve Loved, or even if you have, here’s her TED Talk. Kate is a priceless treasure.
5. A reflection on depression, despair, loss, and hope, a year after Anthony Bourdain’s death.
6. What do you do when you don’t know something? The comic ‘strip’ XKCD has a proposal.
7. Your professional decline is coming much sooner than you think. This inspired much discussion in a writers’ group I’m in.
8. How to parent like an improv actor. Yep!
9. I wrote a review for Englewood Review of Books, of a fine book on reading the Old Testament as a Christian, by friend Melissa Florer-Bixler.
10. And finally, this man dresses up as mannequins while his wife shops. Brilliant: