Welcome to February! Of course, by the time we get to these links, we are most of the way through the month, especially when the month is as short as February. Our mid-winter here in central Virginia has been unseasonably warm. We’ve been in the sixties enough that I’m going to be ruined when it gets cold again. I’m also contemplating just moving outside because it’s been so wonderful.
Occasionally in the evening, my husband turns on a YouTube video with the boys and we watched Drew build a personal camper that he could pull with his bicycle. Do I want one? Yes. Then one of the boys casually commented that we would need six and I did lose a little of my enthusiasm.
Cup of Jo featured this lovely article about a new mom who took up mountain biking. Apparently I’ve not biked enough this winter. Austin Kleon is always talking about biking. We’ve only been once this year and I need to just ride mine around the neighborhood once a week or something.1
Justin’s parents bought us a coffee table for the living room and I got these. I love them. They are covered in legos and army men most of the time but that’s what tables are for. I also got one for the basement at a second-hand shop in town and it’s the puzzle and game table. We are working this puzzle right now.
In 2021, I dedicatedly used the 1SE app and loved the video compilation we got from it. I didn’t do much with it last year but it half-heartedly auto-filled and I spent twenty minutes removing weird videos of the floor and it’s ok. But this year, I’m back at it. It makes me happy. Sometimes a visual reflection on life is fun and a good tool.
I wanted to tell you that I loved George Orwell’s writing style, really, I did. I made a note for this list right after I started the book. But then I finished the book. I blogged about it here.
I’m reading Good and Beautiful and Kind with a woman I mentor, and while I’m only two chapters in, he’s already challenging me. If you haven’t read The Deeply Formed Life, you should. And grab a friend to read it with while you’re at it.
Tara Beth Leach started a new podcast called The Pastor’s Table and I’ve listened every week. These episodes with Jenni Clayville were great. Jenni is actually in seminary at Fuller “with” me.
This song is one of my favorites. Is it odd? Sure. I love it.
Beth Felker Jones (who shows up on The Pastor’s Table too!) moved to Substack and this piece was great.
Austin Kleon is (most likely) the one who shared Longform. I’m not always into the episodes, but loved this one with Delia Cai.
Jeanne Oliver shared this studio tour and these sort of articles make me happy. Yes, show me your studio! Tell me about your beauty routine mixed in with your work and passions. Please show me a week’s worth of outfits.
Do you have bookoos of extra money? Why don’t you buy and renovate a CASTLE? But really, how cool is this?
Would this have helped me when I was still on social media? Matter of fact, it’s interesting how much I don’t even miss Instagram.
A friend went to the gym with me Friday morning and I got in her car at 5:45am talking about this.
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He also has this adorable puppy video. The boys loved it.
I would have actually done this Friday morning when I was editing this piece, but it was raining all day.
At one point, Scot McKnight mentioned CS Lewis and George Orwell as great examples of clean, concise writing. I've never read Orwell but now I want to. I was planning to start with Animal Farm. Have you read anything else by him, and do you have a recommended starting point?
I keep hearing good things about Rich Villodas. He's another I've never read.
Always inspired by your roundups! You read a book on neurodiversity a while back, and I can’t find the post; what was the title?