Abby sent me my future husband! Isn't she the bestest?
June hasn't let me down so far. Great weather, trying new recipes compliments of my CSA box, Musicians Corner, friends here and there, sipping sangria while hanging out on a front porch swing. An excellent kick off to summer so far.
It won't be available for much longer but NPR has Glen Hansard's upcoming CD live streaming at First Listen. This new effort is different, quieter? calmer?, than his previous work but I really like it. If Glen's CD isn't there, then do yourself a favor and listen to whatever else is available at First Listen. You won't be disappointed.
We need people who sit with us in our sorrow. This piece at Tropic of Cancer made me reflect on the people who have sat with me and those with whom I have sat. Priceless gifts, both.
Reading Unladylike Manifesto made me want to shout Amen!
Great tips on how to help a friend move- other than physical labor.
I still love Gotye but this open letter to Somebody That I Used To Know cracked me up.
Addie Zierman's take on Christian Bookstores hit a nerve with commenters. It seems like we all had much to say. Given my own time working at a Christian Bookstore, I weighed in as well.
A proud mama moment for Megan of Fried Okra when her daughter discovered her blog.
How Ann Voskamp, Tim Challies, and Beth Moore taught us about the importance of earnestness. Great piece by Micha Boyett.
"When it mattered, love located me and wrote its chapter of my life itself." I needed to read this piece at Prodigal Magazine.
OK, so this is about periods. Yes, that kind of period. But it made me laugh so hard. In the spirit of solidarity, I had to share it. You've been warned.
This is technically about starting a food blog but really it's a call to creativity and using our gifts. Plus, the recipe doesn't hurt.
Jason Alexander's apology after making a "gay cricket" joke is quite nuanced and, dare I say, genuine. "In comedy, timing is everything. And when a group of people are still fighting so hard for understanding, acceptance, dignity and essential rights – the time for some kinds of laughs has not yet come." I'm impressed.
I didn't get to watch much of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee celebration but my interest in British monarchy endures. If you're like me, you'll appreciate Sarah Bessey's sentiments at Her.meneutics.
Billy Coffey on rejection. Good perspective.
On the surface, you might be leery of an article written by an undercover reporter infiltrating a Christian singles cruise. It's well done and surprisingly fascinating. (Thanks to Matthew Paul Turner for posting the article.)
If by chance you missed Rachel Held Evans's Week of Mutuality series, here's your chance to get caught up. Links to all the posts in the series, including Ask an Egalitarian (which featured a question from me!) and the Synchroblog. Such an encouraging week!
The Most Interesting Man in the World...Pastor-style. Giggling all over again.
Also making me laugh? Jen's account of wearing Ann Taylor to a rave. Sometimes you just gotta dance.
This is an old post but this real life story of loving one's neighbors, especially when it's not convenient or comfortable, hit home.
Amy Young, who's quickly becoming a new favorite, writes about being single and in ministry for Ed Cyzewski's Women in Ministry series.
Beautiful poignant piece by Shawn Smucker: Coming Back Early to See My Grandma and Finding a Map.
Because I worked with teen moms for my first year social work fieldwork placement, I wasn't surprised by this Slate article on why teen moms are poor. It all has to do with poverty and inequality.
I really don't know what to make of The Weed, a gay married Mormon therapist. His "coming out" post makes some interesting points (if you are gay, you will have to make concessions, i.e. biological family, he chose faith over sexuality). This could be a conversation changer.
What are your favorite posts that you've read or written so far this month?