We've had a lot of new visitors to The Blue Room lately, so by way of orientation: every Friday I post a variety of links to items that interested me over the last week, most of which require little commentary. We cover everything from art to faith to brain chemistry. Some weeks it's lighthearted stuff, some weeks not.
And now, for all your Friday procrastination needs... Link Love:
Creative Dad Takes Crazy Photos of Daughters -- Jason Lee
Fun with Photoshop. Lots more at the above link.
Motherhood Mantras: It's Good Enough -- Theresa Cho
Theresa is a rockstar in Presbyterian world. (Yes, I realize the cognitive dissonance there. Work with me, people.) She's also a righteous babe.
In my ninth week of pregnancy, I had the most vivid dream. My family and I were vacationing in a cabin. While my son and I were hanging out in the backyard, a black panther appeared and began to circle around us. I screamed for my husband to save us, but he couldn’t come. That dream haunted me for months after I found out I miscarried.
After several months had past and I had experienced another miscarriage, I decided to see a therapist for a completely different reason than the miscarriages. But somehow that dream entered into our conversation. After telling her about the dream, she asked me to close my eyes and have a conversation with the panther. Are you kidding me? Talk to the panther? I decided to humor her. The conversation went something like this...
Read the rest. It took my breath away.
This article is part of a series by Mihee Kim-Kort, who is also a righteous babe. I've been pondering my own motherhood mantra and hope to participate in this great project at some point.
Fifteen Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy -- Purpose Fairy
Blame, complaining, the luxury of criticism... what do you think? What makes your list of impediments to happiness?
A Teacher, A Student and a 39-Year Lesson in Forgiveness -- Oregon Live
When he was 12 years old, the boy did something he only later realized probably hurt his seventh-grade teacher. It was minor -- he was, after all, a kid -- but in time, when he was older and wiser, he wanted to find this teacher and apologize.
But the teacher seemed to have vanished. Over the decades, the man occasionally turned to the Internet, typing the teacher's name into the search box. He never found anything. He never quit looking. A few months ago -- by now nearly 39 years after this happened -- he got a hit.
It's not too late. Interesting to read this article in conversation with the one on forgiving and forgetting earlier this week.
A Thin Toy is a Happy Toy! -- Jana Riess
You guys know I write about body image stuff. A lot. Check out this post about how kids' toys (e.g. Strawberry Shortcake) have gotten thinner over the years. What the heck?
Oh and Jana Riess? Also a righteous babe.
Just for fun: Jesus Tap-Dancing Christ: The Greatest Craigslist Car Ad Ever -- Jalopnik
The owner, Joe, who seems to either have some decent design skills or an easily conned friend with said skills, is offering a 1995 Pontiac Grand Am GT for the low price of $700, marked down from the expected price of $199,999. His hyperbolic rhetoric about the car has an intoxicating effect, and I'm actually feeling like I want– no, I need– this Clinton-era example of what Americans can build at their absolute unfettered best.
We tried calling Joe, but of course his line was busy. Duh. There's probably a line around his block of people hoping to look at the car, or maybe just lick the oil pan to cure cancer or have their baby breathe some holy exhaust. We'll update if he gets in touch with us before he's raptured to Heaven.
He did get in touch with them, and there's now an interview up at this site. Silly post, silly ad. A bit PG-13. Don't send me letters.
And the obligatory posts from my favorite art site, Colossal:
A Wall of Shattered Glass Floods a Benedictine Monastery:
and Ridiculously Imaginative Playgrounds by Monstrum. I can't possibly choose my favorite, but how awesome would it be for a church playground to feature one of these:
Jonah... go to Sunday School...
"No way, God! I'd rather be in the belly of the whale!"
Have a good weekend, wherever you may find yourself.