I’m always curious what social media, websites, etc. others are interested in, so I thought I’d share a bit of how I spend my internet time these days (especially because 0% of it is spent on Facebook and I still can’t get over how much I love that).
So, a little link love for your clicking pleasure …
Why wouldn’t I read blog by a Canadian, homeschooling Mom of three teenagers? We clearly have SO MUCH in common. Ha! I actually sought out Renee’s site a number of years ago when her entire family thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. I’ve stuck with her since then because I really appreciate her thoughtful and honest writing – particularly about faith and identity. And, she has recently become acquainted with the Enneagram and is a Type 6, as am I, so I find that she puts words to a lot of things I’ve been thinking or feeling. While I’ve done some reading on the Enneagram, I appreciate hearing how others interpret this concept and what it means for their realities.
Truly my main squeeze with regard to news sources. Sometimes I hop on over to the BBC if I’m feeling bold and worldly, but mostly I like my little MPR: decent reporting on important international and national events, but also local ones too.
Oh man. I can’t say enough about this blog. I’ve laughed out loud whilst reading Rachel’s humorous, but well-researched, thought-provoking, and intelligent pieces on faith and culture so many times. But I have also returned to this site for solace and comfort after a number of national and global tragedies, when I’m convinced that there can’t possibly be any good left in the world and we should all just throw in the towel. (Er, I guess “towels” would be proper here, right? Since in this metaphor, we all probably have our own, individual towels to throw?). She is blogging less these days than in recent years, I believe because of other commitments, but like I mentioned – every piece is thorough and well-researched and I’m always impressed by her comprehensive grasp of Biblical texts.
One more plug for Rachel, because she is not afraid to write on controversial topics and so there is a likelihood that you’ll disagree with some things she says (I know I have): she is kind. (And you know I’m a glutton for kindness.) SO MANY writers all over this troll-filled internet who claim to be people of faith are absolute asshats. (Oops, that wasn’t a very kind term, I suppose.) It seems like some act as though it’s their “cross to bear” to throw around typically incomplete – but easily regurgitated – rhetoric to slam “the other” or make “they” and “them” seem unintelligent and not worth respect, so as to bolster said writer’s own opinion. Not so with Rachel – she has challenged me with the kindness and dignity she shows to those who think differently than her – even when those same people do not return this decency.
This American Life (podcast)
I had been hearing a couple of my friends talk for years about their podcast queues and their love for This American Life, but it took me until just this summer to hop on board. I had a long solo drive a couple of months ago, so I downloaded the first season of Serial and was instantly hooked. I’ve since completed the second season of Serial and now subscribe to This American Life. I like how the podcast episodes are short and segmented – so they’ve proven to be the perfect length to accompany me while I’m cooking a meal, doing dishes, or folding laundry.
This is my “in another life” blog: a homeschooling, homesteading, knitting, canning, writing mom of five living on umpteen acres in picturesque Maine. Her photos are gorgeous and I really like the balance she’s struck with sharing meaningful thoughts on her blog, but not oversharing too much about her children and personal matters all over the internet.
There you have it – a sneak peak into my google search history. Feel free to share yours – no judgment here!