They’re BACK!!!! Jump for joy! It’s the Pick of the Clicks!
Curated for your joy, entertainment, and stimulation, here are my best-of-the-web suggestions for your weekend:
Tanya Marlow on Church, Disabled People and Awkwardness. Read this. A snippet:
Offers of prayer and alternative medicine come with two big assumptions: that I can be changed (which, outside of a miracle, is unlikely to happen) and that I need to be un-disabled to be okay.
Imagine if someone came up to you when you were at church and said, ‘hi – I’ve noticed you are not reaching your beauty potential. Have you tried a face lift?’ or ‘hi – I’ve noticed you are intellectually inferior to others. Have you tried playing chess daily?’ Imagine hearing this sort of question from someone different every time you went in a public place.
Brilliant: Maciej Ceglowski (aka Idlewords) on Web Design, the first 100 years of the internet. Don’t be put off by the title, which you think you are not interested in. You really shouldn’t miss this: a REALLY funny, well illustrated look at the history of airplanes along side the history of the development of the web. It is insightful, helpful, interesting.. and did I mention, funny? (For example, he talks about competing visions of what the internet is for. Vision 1? Connect knowledge, people, and cats. His comment? “This is the correct vision.”)
A fun Tumblr account: 2 Kinds of People. Check it out. For example:
Wonderful: Esther Emery with The God Who Sees:
Turns out, the most dangerous things I say aren’t the mean ones. Mean is everywhere. Mean is a red herring. No, the most dangerous work I do is the work of visibility. When something becomes visible, such that the natural compassion of the heart makes reparative action absolutely necessary? That’s when walls crumble. That’s when systems alter, hearts are changed.
THIS, from DL Mayfield: her reflections on being a a girl, and a parent of a girl, in a world where we are told to “be nice, and polite”, in a world where there are Bill Cosbys: Focus on the Family:
I was told for so many years to focus on my family, to make it good and strong and holy. But now all I ever want to tell my daughter is that it is sometimes those who speak the loudest about morality and spirituality who are all bluster and bluff.
I am very grateful that my husband has never been critical of how I spend my day, but I thought these observations were right on point: Samantha Rodman on Why Men Criticize Their SAHM Wives.
I loved this from Ashley Hales, on marriage in the midst of mayhem and motherhood: Losing Us and Finding Us as Lovers.
Nora Calhoun’s essay Learning from Bodies is excellent: her experiences in being with people in birth and in death have taught her about the value of physical life in a way that academia could not – and it is an education available to all of us:
We stand to gain so much by learning those lessons. Having a big family, or living with our grandparents, or working in hospice, or being a doula or doctor or what have you, is not necessarily everyone’s calling—but the corporal works of mercy are open to us all. We need to draw on the experience of spending our time and energy on the care of other people’s bodies. If we confine ourselves to ideas that are best suited to legislation, picket signs, and the combox, we will lose the richest vocabulary of human dignity, one better expressed in embraces and diaper changes than in words. If we let bodies speak to us in their own language, by being present to them and offering the gifts of touch and physical care, we can learn what is truly at stake and why it matters.
I am currently reading Deb Hirsch’s excellent book Redeeming Sex. Here’s a glimpse of her thesis that our sexuality does not compete with our spirituality – it completes it: The Church’s Sex Problem. This is someone I WANT to talk to about sexuality.
This is a few short minutes you should pay attention to. Watch through to the end. I plan to watch this with my kids in a few years.
My first review up at Books & Culture on Karen Dabaghian’s Travelogue of the Interior. Think of Book Reviews like a well made film trailer: just a short glimpse highlighting the film, and yet entertaining in its own right. Now you want to read it, don’t you?