A collection of links I love, sites I like, and sometimes something to do. 

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A favorite recent instagram of mine!

American Idle, by Allison Glouck for Southern Living's The Daily South.  Love it.  Love her.  If you read this (and I think you must!), you will hear the cry of my youth.  And what I want for my own babies.  How can you not love an article that begins "I am a lizard."?  You can't not!



Lori Harris is one of my favorite new bloggers, our acquaintance made through Bloom.  Read her post Community, Coffee and Cultivating Hope and she might become a favorite of yours.


Why Christians Should Read More Fiction by Paul Anderson.  "I’d like to make a case for the imagined stories, the ones that can throttle our hearts and challenge our biases, and for the fictional characters who, if we get close enough, can become real."   A pursuit of beauty and empathy.


10 Words That You're Probably Misusing by Tyler Vendetti.  I used to consider myself quite the wordsmith; not after learning just how illiterate I am (although I'm ABSOLUTELY a fan of imaginary words like #7).


Depression Part Two by Allie Brosh.   I discovered Allie's off humor and brilliance right before her blog went silent, and then once I realized she wasn't posting, I stalked her looking answers, fearing something really bad had happened; her struggle with depression was well documented.  She quit talking to work towards recovery, and her return-post (after 18 months away) has 5000 comments for a reason: she paints a vivid portrait of depression that apparently describes it so well, those who share her suffering roared ovation.  Her words are dark and profane at times, but her wit and unconventional style are original, intelligent and unqiue.  


20 Things the Rich Do Everyday by Dave Ramsey.  The best part of having more money is having more money to give to those who need it.  


You're Not Perfect, And That's Okay! by Denise Salceda.  Updated last week, Denise originally posted this piece in 2011.  It's every bit as relevant today.  Read it and you'll feel better about yourself.


Another favorite blogger?  Jennifer Dukes Lee.  If you feel like a mom-fail for all the things you planned but didn't do this summer, read this.


Did you hear the one about the golfer who had a two-stroke lead going into the final round of a major golf tourny, in essence walking away from $1 million, in order to be present for the birth of his first baby who decided to arrive three weeks early?  I've crushed Hunter Mahan since his Golf Boys days, but I respect him now.  Which is way better. 


And, oh-my-ever-lovin'-word–if you follow entertainment news and you don't live under a rock buried in the waters of the North Atlantic beneath the Titantic, you've heard how Miley Cyrus has been making waves of late.  What with her provocative, 100 million-views-We-Can't-Stop-video, her much-discussed-and-analyzed haircut, and that are-they-or-aren't-they-engagement to Liam Hemsworth of Hunger Games fame.  

I have no idea what prompted my memory today, but suddenly I remembered the Open Letter to Mylie Cyrus I wrote five years ago…!  "I pray that you'll continue to be a role model and inspire little girls everywhere.  That you won't get married one minute, then divorced, then married, then divorced, and have children in between, and and shave your head and party til the cows come home…."  Um, yeah.  I wrote that.

(Waaay before you were quite done, thank-you-very-much, with Open Letters to People Who Don't Care.)

I guess she never received it because she sure didn't take my advice; and I definitely called that one wrong.  I guess she explains it in a recent New York Post piece:

"That's why I think some people kind of fall off and they end up going crazy because you don't give yourself time to go crazy," she said. "That's what you're supposed to do; you are 20, you are supposed to be a mess because you haven't figured it out yet, and 10 years from now I am supposed to have it all together." (source)

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