Here are favorites from January and what I’m looking forward to in February. We share once a month at Leigh’s.
1 Second Everyday
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Around the Web
• 25 Words Turning 25 in 2017
by Erika Okrent of MentalFloss
“If you were born in 1992, not only are you as old as the Mall of America, the nicotine patch, and Super Mario Kart, you got to grow up with these words.”
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• 25 ways to be politically active (whether you lean left or right)
By AJ Willingham, CNN
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• 7 Ways Smartphones Can Enhance Your Spiritual Life
by Joe Carter
“We should not overlook the ways that smartphones can be useful for spiritual formation.”
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Where do you get your news? I try to stay near the center. I’d prefer it best if I could get only the facts, no spin either direction. But everything has a spin. Likely, even this graphic…. But it is a starting point.
“Books can be our greatest mentor, of sorts, challenging us to become a more loving spouse, parent and leader.”
“The British writer, A.N. Wilson, recommends books that have helped him understand what Christianity means and to truly believe.”
• 8 Books I Recommend
These are books I really liked from my January reading.
• Currently Reading
- When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi
- Idiot Brain
What your Head Is Really Up To
by Dean Burnett
- Letters to a Young Muslim
by Omar Said Ghobash
- Seeking the Light of God’s Comforter
When Challenges Dim Our Hope
by Lynn L. Severance
- You Can’t Touch My Hair
And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
by Phoebe Robinson
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Things I Love
• New Tuesday Freedom Group
My daughter Jenna is co-leading a ladies’ small group through her church and invited me to join! I’m so excited to watch her in action and also become friends with sisters I didn’t know before.
• Two Year Olds
One of our godsons turned 2-years-old in January. And the next day, one of our great nieces also turned 2.
• Love My Siblings
Family birthday parties for kids are also fun times with the adults, too. Here we are with my youngest sister and brother and spouses.
• 100 Days of School
Jenna let me and her cousin Danielle come to school last week to help her kids celebrate 100 days of school. It’s as much an accomplishment for teachers as for students.
• You, too?
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On the Blog
• Unfollow a Friend to Keep a Friend?
Have you ever unfollowed a friend on Facebook to keep a friend in real life?
• Slow But Forward – 10 Minutes a Day
I’m taking 10 minutes a day to organize my digital pictures. Whatever you’re trying to accomplish this year, remember small steps in the right direction will add up.
• Do We Talk about Suicide?
“Every forty seconds, someone in the world dies by suicide.” Can we afford not to talk about it?
• When You’re a Book Person, You Do This
We learn a lot about a person by the books they choose. Who they are. And who they want to be.
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What was one of your highlights from January? What are you looking forward to in February? Please share in the comments.
- On the Blog – January 2017
- Together We Fill Gaps