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.  


Friday Five

1. And one day, I’d like another sky by Hannah Brencher. This is a post about singleness. And it’s kind of long. She doesn’t necessarily say anything new that other bloggers haven’t said, but she just says it well. I liked this line:

Humans are just humans, they aren’t lifeboats. They aren’t bandaids. They aren’t completion. 

2. These Live Room sessions by NEEDTOBREATHE are their usual greatness. Here’s this week’s edition: 

3. The Story of You. This is just beautiful. Read it out loud. 

4. Selfies Anonymous.

5. 22 Important Life Skills You Learned as a Vacation Bible School Kid. They’re all completely accurate, but #13 made me laugh out loud. 


Friday Five

1. If you enjoyed the OKGO video last week, you’ll need to see this making of video. 

2. Now for the USA related links, because it IS our birthday. First, if you need something to drink today, please look no further than these coffee shop beverage suggestions:

3. Fourth of July, a rap. [you're welcome] 

4. Why Younger Evangelicals May Feel Uneasy in a Patriotic Church Service. I think this is a good reminder that while we need to be thankful to live in the country we do, we also need to remember our higher citizenship. 

5. And finally, your NEEDTOBREATHE video of the week: 

Oh, and Holiday Bonus: NPR recently opened up their entire archives of Tiny Desk Concerts. These little intimate shows might be the perfect background music for your barbecue prep today. 


Friday Five

1. I meant to post this last week, but I had 5 links anyway, so it doesn’t matter. Here’s a story about The 23-Year-Old Wordsmith Behind the Hip, New Voice of the Times Crossword Puzzle I found interesting. 

2. An 8-Year-Old Writes to His Mom from Summer Camp and it is cringe-worthy and hilarious. Kids. [HT: Barnabas Piper]

3. I really like The Lone Bellow. Therefore, I really like this stripped-down cover by them. [Thanks, Laura!] 

4. Stop Saving Your Stickers. I was this kid to the core, so I love what Brooke says about not saving stuff for “special occasions.”

5. Reflecting on 20 Years of The Giver. The Giver is probably in my top 20 or so favorite books. When I read it in highschool, I was the only one in my class who liked it (because everyone else thought it ended differently than I did), but I liked that I was the only one. It seemed to mean something about Lowry as a writer, and me as a reader. I can’t wait to see the movie and I enjoyed reading Lois Lowry’s thoughts on the whole thing. 

A book is such an individual and private thing. The reader brings his or her own history and beliefs and concerns, and reads in solitude, creating each scene from his own imagination as he does.

Bonus: In case you haven’t seen it yet, OK Go’s new video is mind-boggling.