The next round of edits for Improvising with God is due on Friday, so I've got just a few to share this week in lightning-quick fashion: 1. This quote from George Saunders, shared by my friend Sharon Core on Facebook last week:
So here's something I know to be true, although it's a little corny, and I don't quite know what to do with it: What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering and I responded ... sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
2. This image posted by Rachel Hackenberg on Instagram:
This is #lifegoals.
3. Pinhole Camera Made from 32,000 Drinking Straws. Because people are fascinating.
4. Ana Marie Cox's New Podcast on Crooked Media called With Friends Like These. I haven't listened yet, but here's part of the description:
Ana will talk to liberals and conservatives, religious leaders, writers, activists, and people you should know for a show that’s about listening instead of arguing. And this isn’t just about figuring out why some dude in Michigan voted for Trump. Though that’s part of it. We should figure that out. It’s about actually exploring division instead of putting it in side-by-side boxes on television, whether it’s a conversation about politics or religion, race or gender, or belief itself. Ana has accrued a bunch of unlikely friends in politics, and she has strong disagreements with those friends, like this one guy whose name rhymes with “whoa far borough” for example.
The first episode is with a Wisconsin pastor who talks about how his community voted for Obama… before voting for Trump. Now doesn't that sound interesting? And maybe even a little healing to listen to?
A little Lone Star braggin', but this entry relates to the previous one, actually. Consider #5:
5. When New Hope’s mayor, Jess Herbst, came out as transgender and the extremely conservative town of 600 was like *shrug*.
I heard Ana Marie Cox interviewed about her new podcast, and she talked about the disconnect between how mean we can be to one another online v. how much we take care of one another in our physical communities, even across political divides. Certainly there are exceptions to this, but I've found it to be generally true. She said, if we were as nasty to one another face to face as we were online, maybe there'd be no hope for us. But we're not. So there is hope.
What has inspired you this week?