A look back over the week. What I’ve listened to, read, watched. And what I’m learning along the way.
Podcastery: Podcasts from this week that taught me something I didn't know, or encouraged me, or made me think.
The Movie Proposal—Episode 27: Thor: Ragnarok
TED Talks Daily—Activism needs introverts | Sarah Corbett
OnBeing—Greg Boyd - The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship
Inside Appalachia—4 Surprising Ways Appalachians are Changing Their Economy
Left, Right & Center—We're Grateful
The Popcast with Knox and Jamie—Bad Opinion Judgment Day
For the Love with Jen Hatmaker Podcast—of Food Eps.5: The Tribe at the Table
Bookery: Books on my desk and by my reading chair and on my nightstand.
Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World, by Kelley Nikondeha
The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling
Every Moment Holy, by Douglas McKelvey
On the Webbery: Articles and Videos. What made me laugh, made me cry, made me better because it made me think.
Learning Themery: My friend, June Ann, used to ask whenever we visited, “What’s God been teaching you?”
Lots of reflection this week. Reflecting on 24 years of marriage. On notes I took in counseling. On Zaccheus trying to see who Jesus was, and Jesus announcing to Zaccheus in front of everyone that Jesus would eat at the house of a sinner. On the risks of vulnerability. On gratitude and lament. On the Native Americans who once occupied this area of Colorado. On what it means to admit fault, to seek repair, to continue growing. On belonging. On what it means when someone tells another that they should be ashamed. On what Jesus says to me about my shame. On the ways that I hide behind a false self. On ways that my fears keep me from being a welcoming space for my son. On the freedom that comes from acknowledging that I blew it.
I found beauty in the red and yellow leaves that fell by my back stoop, in the way the clouds pressed down, in a long heavy strip, on top of the mountains as the sun went away for the day. The Great British Baking Show continues to show me that people can be different and in competition and still be kind and generous.