Lots of good stuff in this week’s wrap-up. Four of the picks came to me by way of Your Turn Challenge mates, either directly (their own blog posts) or indirectly (links they shared). I hope you enjoy them as much as I do:
- In Motorcade Window Shopping, Corey Bennett helped me imagine the isolation of being president of the United States.
- Jim Borden hit the nail on the head (or should I say struck the One Pin?) yet brought back a painful memory for me when he talked about an awkward first date in high school: “He Likes to Talk About Bowling.” (He even shares a high school ID photo.) I think Jim and I are beginning to be friends simply because we’re both nerds. (You’ll have to read the comments on Jim’s post to see how his story relates to me.)
- I found this rant by Kristen Lamb via Mona Karel of YTC. In many ways it sums up the profound sadness I feel about the phenomenon that is a certain book and movie that even some of my Christian sisters see nothing wrong with consuming. (I’m not stating the title here, because I don’t wish to give this piece of doodoo any more search-engine hits than it already must have. If you are breathing, you know the thing I’m talking about, anyway.) If you plan to view the movie or the book, read what Kristen has to say first. Maybe it will strike a nerve.
- Some photographers who live near LAX get together monthly to Shoot the Moon. Don’t miss it.
- I don’t love everything about Anne Lamott, as some do, but I do love her brutal honesty. (Reading her makes me want to be braver in my writing.) And because Elissa Joy Watts reminded me of Annie’s book on writing by linking to this post from Brain Pickings, her book Bird by Bird is up next on my list. (Right after I finish Stephen King’s On Writing.)
- And you knew I had to slip something about running into the mix, didn’t you? This one came to me via the Charity Miles newsletter in my inbox. (I use the Charity Miles app, which earns dollars for your favorite charity when you walk, run or bike.) Read this story about a crazy running chick who set out to run seven half-marathons on seven continents in seven days (that’s 91.7 miles on her feet and thousands of miles in the air). As of this writing, Casey had raised nearly $10,000 for Girls on the Run, but weather had thrown a wrench into the team’s plans for race #7 (Antarctica). I’m not sure how it turned out, but I’m staying tuned for the next update. (In case you wonder what charity I support through Charity Miles, it’s the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.)