The Best of September

Links I've pondered:

  • Here's a novel thought.  The church should make disciples: The "next big thing" for the progressive church: Putting the horse before the cart
  • So, "slow reading" is a thing: Read slowly to benefit your brain and cut stress
  • Infographic nerdiness: Checking out America's libraries
  • On prayer guilt: When prayer is a still small voice for our big loud problems


Recipes we've devoured:

  • Vegan pumpkin bread
  • Coconut date energy bites
  • Roasted red pepper soup


Books I've loved (or tolerated):

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  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
  • Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough
  • The Smart Swarm
  • Americanah
  • The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line
  • The 4-Hour Body
  • Eleanor & Park


Shows we're inhaling:

  • The Other Woman (meh)
  • The Switch (another meh)
  • Tiny: a fascinating look at the growing tiny house movement


Products I'm enjoying:

  • Toms Coffee

    • Yes, Toms does coffee now too!  Now that the temperatures have dropped, my coffee take is steadily increasing, which I'm not sure is a good development.
  • This notebook/organizer

    • I have an intense dislike of paper (except when it comes to thank you notes and invitations--you can't entirely take the southern girl out of me, after all!) and wish everyone would go 100 percent paperless.  Since that isn't happening any time soon, this notebook keeps the loose papers I collect from meetings organized.
  • Stitch Fix maxi dress

    • I finally broke down and tried out the subscription clothes service Stitch Fix.  It's like personal shopping made for very lazy people (ahem, me).  Five articles of clothing are shipped to your home based on your style preferences, requests, and feedback, and you can choose which (if any) to keep and return the rest with free shipping.  The advantage of the service is that stylists challenge your typical style aesthetic and that you may try on the new clothes will pieces of clothing that you already own.  I've been wanting a maxi dress for ages--they're great for travel--and Stitch Fix nailed it! (Disclaimer: the link is a referral link, which gives me a small credit should you make a purchase)
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