Friday Five

What a week.

1. Parks and Recreation, one of my favorite shows, has ended. There are countless articles, etc. on the end of a show like this. One theme I’ve noticed is the fact that Parks & Rec was so joyful. I love what this article says, “In the end, it is one of the best comedies TV has ever seen, and one that stands out from so much of the great shows of this new Golden Age of Television because its default emotion was joy when so many of this era’s great shows are defined by darkness, and its default philosophy was one of optimism at a time when even the best comedies today tend towards ironic detachment.” I also loved this article.

2. A Prayer for When You Barely Have Time to Eat. Amen.


4. How’s everyone feeling about the snow? Laura and I (but mostly Laura) wrote this journal entry about going without coffee/being trapped by ice and snow. 

5. Finally, #thedress. The Internet is a bizarre place, y’all. Here’s the dress in question:

the dress

I only see this is blue and black. However, I know some of you see it as gold and white and somehow this came to the Internet’s attention and people were freaking.out. about it. There are several articles dealing with the science of it that, frankly, bored me. I did skim them enough to know that it has to do with how the cones in your eyes handle light and overexposure or something like that. But I thought it was fascinating that everyone was really bothered by this. And I liked what Mindy Kaling said:

the dress Mindy

I think this is why everyone was freaking out. What they knew, what they believed was undoubtable, was now being brought into question. They were beginning to doubt. 

I don’t really have any link to go with that, I just found it fascinating and it’s all over twitter. Sometimes it’s nice to remember what was The Biggest Deal Ever after we’ve forgotten about it. 


Friday Five

1. Watching “Saturday Night Live” in the Time of ISIS. I don’t know if this article completely reflects my thoughts on this, but it’s something that I’m figuring out. It is hard to live in the whiplash, to know how to react, to know—seriously—what to tweet. I appreciate Tyler Huckabee’s perspective. 

2. Holy Writ. This is a long article, but if you appreciate writing and the art of the comma, you’ll find it interesting. (via Megan)

3. You may have seen this by now, but I love a good mashup. 

4. Counting Marriage as Loss. Love, love this from Lore. It is exactly where I am in so many ways. I am always thankful for writers who say, “Me too.”

5. “Parks and Recreation” is another of my favorite shows coming to an end this season. I really like this article on what Parks and Rec can teach us about faithfully living as a local.



Friday Five

1. Are y’all tired of this song yet? Because I’m not. (thanks, Laura!)

2. How to Get Along with an Introvert. I agree with most of this. Especially points 1, 3, and 4. 

3. Present Spray. 

4. How One Stuped Tweet Ruined Justine Sacco’s Life. A fascinating look at reckless words and public shaming. 

5. I LOVE this song. He sings it every year at Behold the Lamb and ends it with a hymn and everyone sings along and it fills me with so much Nashville pride I can hardly stand it. #native 



Friday Five

1. Stephen King’s 20 Rules for Writing. I recently finished On Writing and cannot recommend it enough to writers. Glad to have all his rules here in one place. 

2. On the off-chance you haven’t seen this yet, here are Lennon & Maisy singing “Boom, Clap.” Remember this moment when, 2 months from now, your aunt posts this video on facebook.*

3. The History of “Loving” to Read. Interesting. (via Popcast)

4. Old/New, a cool little short film by someone about whom I say, “I know him … I mean, we’ve met like twice and follow each other on twitter” when asked who all I’m sitting with at the comedy show.*


5. Dear Facebook, You Make Me Sad. While I didn’t have entirely the same experience as Lauren, I did a purge a year or so ago and haven’t looked back. Recommend. 

BONUS: How to Make Friends as an Adult

BONUS DOS: Jimmy Fallon was killing it this week:



*Based on true events.


Friday Five

So, funny story. My blog was hacked last week and since it was an attack with the server, I ended up switching servers. My hosts were great and moved everything for me, but due to the hacking, they weren’t able to save my latest posts. This probably doesn’t bother any of you like it does me, but I wanted to note it here. That way, when I look back at my post history, I will have on record that I did not skip any Friday Fives. (There were also some great guest posts—Bachelor Recaps by Someone Who Doesn’t Watch The Bachelor. Just FYI, future self.)

Okay, now for your regularly scheduled programming:

1. I’ve been listening to this music all week. Piano versions of classic and current hits. It is so perfect for reading/writing/editing. 

2. j/k. I decided I didn’t like this. 

3. I love this NEEDTOBREATHE song (of course) and they made a new version with Gavin DeGraw. It’s just fun. 

4. The Post About Beth Moore Thinking My Mom Was a Drug Dealer. This is just funny. 

5. Ohmygoodness. Parenthood. Y’all, I’m still not over it. But neither is showrunner Jason Katims. This article made me cry (this is your tissue warning) and it has some minor spoilers. But I just love those Bravermans. 


Friday Five

1. Made any New Year’s Resolutions? Here are 25 Easy Resolutions to Transform Your Health

2. You may have already seen this. I know our local news did a 5 minute spot on it on NYE. #Nashville But, it’s too good not to post (also, check out the rest of her channel. She has some other great mashups.)

3. The Sad Internet: 2014 in Review. This is fantastic.  

4. That Thing You Do

5. The Boston Globe’s Big Picture Year in Review is always a great look back at the year. Here’s Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3



Friday Five

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! 

1. Keeping in the Christmas spirit for a little while longer, here’s a post on Christmas that I loved. 

2. And here’s some Celebrity Christmas Cheer 

3. It’s time for end of the year lists, videos, and mashups. First up, 2014 Photos of the Year.

4. And DJ Earworm’s remix, United State of Pop. 

5. And the Google Year in Searches: 

Here’s to the last week of 2014. Make it good, y’all. 


Friday Five

1. 10 Lessons I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Blogging. I appreciate how practical this advice is for anyone thinking about or trying out blogging. 

2. Feliz Navidad – cinco people, uno guitar style. 

3. Confessions of a First-Time Sketchnoter. I am always so jealous of people who can sketchnote well. This blogger gives some tips and links to several other helpful articles on learning how to sketchnote (I just learned from this article that it’s like a whole thing. I didn’t realize!). 

4. Speed Dating in the 19th Century. This is such a great idea and my friends and I may be reviving this practice on New Year’s Day this year. 

5. Hope Is Alive. Love this Christmas song by Ellie Holcomb. “He is right here among us. Our God is with us tonight. Into our aching, into our breaking, into our longing to be made whole, Your arms are reaching, your love is holding us close. Into our suffering, into our weeping, into this need we have to be known, Your arms are reaching, your love is holding us close.” That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. 



Friday Five

1. 100 Years of Beauty in One Minute. 

2. When Singleness Feels Like a Mess

3. I’m pretty sure someone tweeted this video, but I can’t remember who. Anyway, so good.

4. Spotify’s Year in Music. This is fascinating. You can also see your own year in music. Apparently I like a lot of “acoustic pop” and “shimmer pop.” 

5. Speaking of years in music, here’s a fun video of the hit songs of 2014, all smashed together (I believe the kids call it a mashup [I also call it a mashup. I'm not sure why I called it smashed together earlier or why I feel the need to explain all of this or why I'm still typing.])


Because this is where you come for all your Lennon and Maisy news and they have a cute Christmas video out:





Friday Five

1. This is interesting: The Universal Typeface

2. Here are 10 British Christmas Traditions that may be worth incorporating into your own celebrations.

3. Two articles about Advent (y’all know how much I love Advent, right?) I read this week: 1) Advent Antidote by Micah Fries. “We need to sit at the feet of Jesus every day, drinking in the reminders of his coming.” 2) Arrival by Jessie Buttram. “Jesus, God’s Word, became human, yes, but sometimes I forget how He grew into a man. Years and years removed from the comfort and authority of Heaven so He could walk and laugh and grieve and tire among us, His beloveds, His creation.”

4. A mash-up of The Greatest Christmas Films of All Time

5. Finally, I would be remiss to not talk about what’s happening in America in reaction to Mike Brown and Eric Garner. I don’t have words for this situation, so I’m just going to link to those who do. The common thread is Romans 12:15b, “Weep with those who weep.” Here are some powerful thoughts, words, and music from Trip Lee, Trevin Wax, Dr. Moore, Propaganda (Part 2).