Around About by Robin Dance

A collection of links I love, sites I like & interesting reads


I’ve been relatively quiet on the internets lately, and that’s for a few good reasons. For starters, I’m coordinating content for Bloom book club right now, featuring my good friend, Jessica Turner’s, The Fringe Hours. Between writing and managing the posts, uploading the videos and chatting with readers in comments, my creative blog writing capacity is pretty low. Couple that with my work for GO GROUND, the firm that manages all ground transportation for NCAA championships, and it’s not a stretch to say this is a busy season. The past several weeks have seen me working with Division II and III men’s basketball, and tonight I’ll begin working with Division I teams. Let’s just say I’ve learned why this month is called March Madness–fast, furious and I love it!

And that doesn’t take into account personal stuff – spending part of my daughter’s last collegiate spring break together, watching my son’s last high school soccer matches, hosting a birthday lunch for a friend…and honestly needing space from the noise on the worldwideweb. Sometimes it’s deafening.

It’s time for a little link-love, and since I’m sharing so few, I hope you’ll get a chance to read – and comment to – all of these. 

The Grace of a Guest Room. G u l p…When I saw my sweet friend, Shelly Wildman, guest posting for Grace Table, I didn’t expect it to be a tear-tugger! Shelly and I share a similar stage of life, though her oldest daughter is a year older than mine; and both of our babies are graduating high school this year. Read this excellent post about thriving exactly where you are, and living by looking forward. I just loved it.

10 Things Germans Do Better Than Americans. I LOVED this! After living there most of 2012, I agree with every one of these points, with the exception of #10 (my husband is an engineer).

Synonyms for the 96 most commonly used words in English. If you’re a writer, you need to bookmark this one.

A Teachable Moment: How OU Failed Transformation 101. A fantastic response to a fraternity getting kicked of campus/students being expelled for stupidly and drunkenly singing a racist chant that was videoed, shared on the internet…and quickly gone viral. I’ll confess these weren’t my first thoughts but I appreciate them as second thoughts.

Still Life by Liz Curtis Higgs for incourage. If you’ve ever struggled with your age, has Liz got a word for YOU. Liz’s tagline is “An Encourager” and I’m here to tell you that’s EXACTLY how I’d describe her. She’s wise and engaging and six shades of wonderful and I hope you’ll pop over to her personal blog and introduce yourself. Tell her I sent you.

Six Ways to Banish FOMO. Two in a row from incourage, this IMPORTANT one by my good friend Sarah Markley. If I had published an Around/About last weekend, this one would’ve been on the list. If you’ve ever struggled with feeling left out and like “everyone” is doing fun stuff except for you, you will not want to miss this. A great one to share with your teenagers, too.

Won’t you celebrate with another dear friend of mine? Kristen Strong just announced news about her forthcoming book, Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You Through Life’s Transitions. Kristen and I have had several conversations about starting over and how hard it can be to make new friends, and I know she has incredible insight into life-change. After you pre-order her book, why not pop over to her blog and let her know you did? THAT is the kind of thing that speaks VOLUMES of encouragement to a first-time author!!

Your turn: please share the best things you’ve read (or written) lately! Since my head is in the sand, it’s helpful to have a curated list.





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