Dearth (n): a scarcity, or lack of something.
Let me use it in a sentence: there has been a dearth of blog posts this January. I had no idea a month ago what this month would hold: it’s been crazy (perhaps you got hints of it from the Love Ninjas post and the near-unbelievable tale of things going wrong that time I interviewed a celebrity.)
I, for one, sure am ready for February to roll on in. Even though I’ve only written two posts, I have been reading… and here are some of my favorites from the last few weeks.
Top pick for January (if you read nothing else) – read Laura’s post He wrote it down. Just go and read it already.
I have so enjoyed the essays at Deeper Story over the years, and was sad to read that they will be closing their online doors in a month. In keeping with 4 years of wonderful writing and truth-seeking, I loved this piece from Diana Trautwein on the occasion of her 70th birthday: How To Live When The End Is Near.
Rachel Pieh Jones’ article Motherhood in an age of Terrorism is a wise, sober, excellent read on talking about faith and violence with our children. She lives in Djibouti, among Muslim neighbors and friends, and reflects on how to talk with her children about the “muslim violence” they are hearing about all around. Excellent reading.
Did you see this from Johann Hari: The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It’s Not What You Think:
So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.
Carrie Cariello’s article I Know What Causes Autism is worth reading. For sure. Yes, and amen.
This little essay from Elizabeth Strauch over at Cara Strickland’s de(tales) blog series was just lovely: Tablecloth.
This essay from Ann Bauer made for fascinating reading: Sponsored by my Husband: Why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from. I am a stay at home mom who writes on the side, but I hadn’t thought much about the inherent privilege in being able to say that. The writing I get to do is partially due to it being a preferred hobby and a small amount of discipline, but it is also subsidized by a generous family who don’t require me to work outside the home 60 hours a week (full disclosure).
You may have seen the viral post of “10 women that Christian men shouldn’t marry” (‘m purposely not linking to it)… but I really laughed at this rejoinder from Liz Boltz Ranfield: Several More Women Christian Men Shouldn’t Marry. So Funny.
There have been a spate of people recreating their childhood photos as pranks… but this is the best one I’ve seen. I laughed until I couldn’t breathe.
Speaking of funny, I loved this rendition of The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant from First Baptist Church of Marble Falls. They recorded kids telling the story, and then had adults lip-sync it. Hysterical.
And this is just BREATHTAKING: the biggest photo ever taken (Gigapixels of Andromeda)
Top of my blog this week: Who should I date (Notes from the trenches of happily ever after)
What about you? What did you love writing or reading? I’d love to hear it. Leave a comment below or on the Facebook page 🙂