Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Good Reads

I know what you're thinking . . . "Good Reads . . . on a Wednesday?"

I like to keep you on your toes.

Anyway, I've found so many great posts lately that I just had to share, so today's the day. Deal with it.

First up, Shannan. I've been stalking following Shannan for a while now, and I have to say that, although I don't do favorites, she's one of mine. This girl is an absolute gem. And I'm so sad to say that I missed her by thiiiss much at Blissdom last year. *insert sad face here* One of these days I will meet Shannan. I just know it. And I will hug her dearly for the way she makes me laugh and for the three precious babies she has adopted and for knowing just how to turn a phrase. Like this one in the post I'm highlighting today: "Life is just so much better since I learned to hunt down goodness and put the dang thing on." Don't you just love that??!! Anyway, head over there and read "Goodness is a Sweater."

I know you're not as forgetful as I am (hush, my daughters!), so you probably don't need this handy-dandy little tip, but just in case your passwords are out of control, you might want to check out this post from Life . . . Your Way. Very cool.

Have you heard all the kerfuffle about the Oxford comma? Personally, I've been kerfuffling about it for years in my class, but finally . . . FINALLY . . . somebody has listened. (Truthfully though? I didn't know there was a name for my punctuational pet peeve.)

Oh boy, did I ever resonate with this article from Relevant magazine (aside, of course, from the "s" the author put on the end of the word "mission" but that's just me): "The Missions Field of Suburbia." If you've ever felt guilty about living the suburban life or have ever felt like you're wasting your time here when you could be overseas, you have to read this one. It's also the very reason we chose to put our kids in public school--there's a lot of work to be done everywhere.

"How to Live Your Best Life" by Ann Voskamp (it wouldn't be a Good Reads post without her, would it?). This one got to me for so many reasons, but mostly because it's just. so. true.

Suzanne writes Privet and Holly, which I love. Just yesterday she posted "Behind the Scenes" that I thought was so tender and sweet. It's about loving all the people who quietly serve us day in and day out. Go read it.

Oh, and Life . . . Your Way may or may not have run a post highlighting yours truly last week. *insert big grin here*

That is all.



  1. Thank you so much for these! I especially loved the mission(s?) field of suburbia. My family recently moved to the epitome of suburbia (2 months ago). I am struggling with making peace, finding my spot, and God's will in it all. That was a blessing to me!

  2. Hi Sarah! So nice to have you here! I know what you mean about suburbia. I think it's a struggle a lot of us face, but it's a good struggle to have. Better than complacency, huh?

  3. Are you PRO and CON Oxford Comma? I just cut out an article from my local newspaper regarding this little guy.

    I am HIGHLY pro... there I said it.

  4. I love your interview at Life...My Way! (Wait - is it My Way? Your Way? Shoot. I forget.)

    Anyway. I am anti-the Oxford comma, because AP Style is ingrained so very deeply into my writing and me! That's what a decade (plus) of public relations education and work will do, I guess.

  5. Just to clarify, I am PRO Oxford comma. (Sorry, Mary.) When I teach I tell my students that you could be wrong for leaving it out, but you'll NEVER be wrong for leaving it in. I prefer to err on the side of clarity. :)

  6. What an unexpected pleasure
    to see my name amongst
    these others...thank
    you, Shelly! I am going
    to relish reading each
    of your suggestions as
    a little treat when I get
    back from chauffeuring kids
    around later. Curious to
    see what Shannen had to say
    about sweet YOU : ) Love
    her blog....and yours!
    xx Suzanne