I love the week between Christmas and New Year's (and my birthday). So much end-of-the-year reflection! So many lists! (Not to mention Gate of the Year, my new workbook/playbook for you to do your own yearly review and dream about 2016. It went out this morning to my email subscribers. You can still get it here.) Here are some of my favorite lists of 2015. I'll be away from the blog until next week sometime, but here's plenty of goodness to tide you over until then.
The List of Lists: The Best of the Best of 2015
Colossal has wonderful stories about the arts. Here we have a solar system timelapse, moon lanterns, an overturned iceberg, and more.
I read only 20 books in 2015 (assuming I finish the one I'm currently working on). I'm setting the intent to read at least 26 this year--one every two weeks--and this list provides some great suggestions.
Take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly with this collection. What's your assessment of 2015?
Yes, Buzzfeed made the list of lists. There are some heartening images here. I for one needed them.
Courtesy of the Gates Foundation. America is free of rubella, Africa had a year without polio, and Neil deGrasse Tyson rocks. (Duh.)
I haven't been able to find the results of their general photo contest--maybe they haven't been announced yet--but here are their most popular travel photos of the year. Click and daydream.
UPDATE: Here are the winners of the overall contest. Hot off the presses!
A personal favorite. You don't have to be a runner to appreciate these stories--there are some lovely, inspiring pieces here. A 570-pound man ran twenty 5K races this year (as well as a 10K and half a Tough Mudder). If that doesn't get you off the couch, nothing will.
And closer to home, here were the ten most read posts here at the Blue Room. Enjoy... and see you in 2016.
Two Christians Talk Faith on Network TeeVee... with No Sky Fairy in Sight: on Stephen Colbert and Joe Biden
Three Reasons why "Because It's 2015" Is So Brilliant: thank you Justin Trudeau.
Love All: A Sermon for Advent: this sermon is five years old but it's consistently one of the top posts each year. Maybe it's linked from somewhere? I don't think it's one of my best but I'm glad it speaks to people.
Failure to Adult: this was also one of Christian Century's top posts.
A Racist Atticus and a Mess of a Book? Bring it On: true confession time, Go Set a Watchman is NOT one of the 20 books I read this year. But here's why I still hope to.
The Parable of the Pizzas: MaryAnn at her most sardonic.