Friday Five

1. The Need for Silence [Thanks, Molly!] Loved this sentence: “i think He allows silence for our own good… so that we’ll learn to trust without hearing and walk without seeing…. so that we’ll learn to submit to His timing and not ours.”

2. I cannot get this song out of my head, so here, you can listen to it twice. [Thanks to Mary for both these links!]

3. If Andy Dwyer Quotes Were Motivational Posters. I’d print these out and frame them.  

4. Laura sent me this a couple of weeks ago and I just forgot to put it in the Friday Five. Classic First Lines of Novels in Emojis. I got six of them (not always the line, but the title of the book) without looking at the answers. How many did you know? 

5. I thought this was a sweet video by Jenny & Tyler:



Friday Five

1. 36 Hours in Nashville

2. I liked this article about Deciding What to Read Next. I thought it was an interesting thought about having to learn how to decide. I distinctly remember the overwhelming feeling (that I still get sometimes) of being able to read whatever I wanted after college (and grad school) and not knowing where to start. How do you decide what to read next? 

3. Speaking of books… 

4. Speaking of bookbook™, this is an interesting study on memory and books on pages vs. digital. I believe it’s 100% accurate for me. 

5. The Little Rascals got back together and had a photo shoot. Insert comment about how old we are. [Thanks, Mary!]

Finally, I need your help for next week. So far, I have like two things. Friday Two just doesn’t have the same ring to it, you know?

Help Wanted

Okay, y’all. Here’s the thing. I’m going to Hogwarts next week, so I won’t be here to scour the internet for the five best things to present you on Friday. I know. 

But, I have a plan. I’m going to crowdsource this. I know what you’re thinking, “Elizabeth, whenever you crowdsource things, no one replies.” Well, you’re right. I had the same thought. But something about persistence and achieving things and I believe in you and clear eyes and full hearts. 

Here’s what I’m asking of you, dear readers. Please send me one of your favorite things from the internet. You can either click here to send it via email or if you hate surprising people, leave a link in the comments. This doesn’t have to be a recent thing. I’m looking for that article you’re always referring to, the TED talk where you took notes and made a print from your favorite quote, the YouTube video you force people to watch at parties and family gatherings, the song you love like a hipster (because no one else seems to have heard of it), etc. The only stipulation is that this is a family-friendly blog. I ask that things be rated PG at the most. Oh, also, I need these in by this Friday (September 5). 

I’ll compose a list of five (or maybe more … we’ll see how well this goes) of my favorites as next week’s Friday Five. It will almost be like “The Best of the Internet Awards” or something. 

[This Friday (September 5) will be your regularly scheduled Friday Five.]

Thank you in advance! 


Friday Five

1. Nick Offerman contemplates deep shower thoughts from Reddit. 

2. Being a Woman in Comedy. This is an interesting look at the difference between men and women comedians and what it means for a woman to be funny. 

3. Darkness is Losing by Jefferson Bethke. 

4. What Writers Can Learn from Goodnight MoonI remember my creative writing professor talking to me about the merits of Goodnight Moon once and how Margaret Wise Brown was a genius for the poetry in it, so I enjoyed reading this article about one of my all-time favorite books. 



Friday Five

1. I like the way this impressionist says goodbye to Robin Williams.

2. 14 Books That Change With Age. I haven’t read all of these, but I definitely remember the, um, metamorphosis of my opinion of Kafka. 

3. The Many Music Video Personas of Taylor Swift [Did y'all know she came out with a new song this week?!]

4. I once got a perfect score on a hue test, so when I saw this game, I knew I needed to test my superpower. The later rounds are difficult. I got an 8.5 overall. 

5. It’s Friday. Let’s take a trip to Europe. 

Magical Europe – Timelapse from StanChang on Vimeo.


What books have changed with age for you? What score did you get on the color test? 


Friday Five

1. Everybody Likes You When You’re 29. I’m going to try to use this knowledge to my advantage.

2. Thin Places. An essay on those places and moments when heaven and earth seem a bit closer to one another. 

3. This tribute video to Robin Williams is lovely and reminded me of how much I loved the movie Jack. [I'm linking to it instead of embedding it because this website is giving money to St. Jude based on clicks on their Robin Williams posts.]

4. Hope. Jessie Buttram writes what my heart has been saying the past few weeks, but especially this week. 

5. And because we could all use Something Beautiful.


Friday Five

1. My internet friends (we met in real life once or twice and they knew my name, or at least my twitter handle, so I guess we’re at that level), Tyler and Bryan have written an ebook on how to get free vacations. They’ve both traveled a lot for free and really know their stuff. Here’s a podcast where they answer some FAQs. They’ll be offering a course in the fall for optimum learning, but you can get their free ebook here. I mean, it’s free. Why not? 

2. Some of my other friends made a music video this week. And it’s fantastic because they’re super talented. 

3. My dad sent me this article on The Bachelorette and said, “This is how you write about sports!” [Written by someone who'd never seen the show, but tuned in for the finale. That's exactly how I write about sports.]

4. This video had me laughing, per usual. 

5. 49 Signs You’re Addicted to Reading. I can identify with almost all of these. 


P.S. Tweets of the Month will be out on Monday, even though today is the 1st. Just so I’ll have a post on Monday. You know. 


Friday Five

1. Here are 41 Nashville Facts. I didn’t know some of these. [I didn't verify any of them, so take them as you will.] 

And here’s a video about the Nashville you know vs. the real Nashville. I agree with a lot of these.  

2. What I Instagrammed Vs. What Was Really Happening, Or My Entire Life Is a Lie. I love this. In fact, there may be one on this blog someday. 

3. Disney Flying Medley. Because who doesn’t want to fly? 

4. I can’t remember where I read about Leanne Brown, but I believe she devoted her dissertation or thesis or PhD project (something to do with major work in post-graduate-level education) to writing a cookbook for people who live on a foodstamps budget (about $4 a day), but want to make healthier choices. Anyone can download it for free and print it, but you can also order it and/or donate to get it printed for families who do not have a computer/access to a printer. I haven’t yet made any of the recipes, but they look delicious. As someone who sometimes eats popcorn for dinner, I’ll probably invest in one of these. 

5. Sugar + The Hi-Lows Singing Johnny Cash. This is on repeat. 

Here’s the video for Ring of Fire: 


I love this by Jenny & Tyler (feat. Sara Groves and a virtual choir)


Friday Five

This is going to start out a little English-major nerdy. I’m not apologizing; I’m just letting you know. 

1. Why Readers, Scientifically, Are the Best People to Fall in Love With. I read a lot (just saying). 

“It’s no surprise that readers are better people. Having experienced someone else’s life through abstract eyes, they’ve learned what it’s like to leave their bodies and see the world through other frames of reference.”

2. Word Crimes. [I know you've probably seen this by now, but I had to include it because three people personally messaged me to make sure I saw it. I did. And I loved it.] 

3. What I Learned About Movies from a Well-Read Dog. This is an article about Wishbone, but more than that, it’s an article about the importance of story and digesting stories in the context of relationships. 

4. Why Write? Penmanship for the 21st Century. I found this interesting on a few levels. This is why we need to teach our kids handwriting and why I often feel like I think better when actually writing. 

5. God Isn’t Good Only When You Say So. This is a topic that is dear to me and I’ve written on a few times, but I love the way Tyler Huckabee puts it, as well. 


This woman is incredible. I don’t even know how some of this stuff is humanly possible (I’ve never watched this show) and then this tiny person completes it with ease! My jaw dropped a few times.