Pick of the Clicks 4/22/2016

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My friend Corrie drew this for Poetry month in November to illustrate Jeanne Murray Walker’s “Staying Power”. Last week I got to meet the poet and showed her this sketch: VERY COOL to share art with an inspirational artist! Read the poem at http://bronlea.com/2015/11/17/staying-power-jeanne-murray-walker/

Hello dear readers,

I’ve been absent from internet reading for several weeks, but am slowly getting back into reading and writing after a long hiatus. Here are some of my favorite things from the internets I couldn’t wait to share with you:

This, from Julia Baird, was fascinating: How to explain mansplaining:

So here is the conundrum: Including women is not the same as hearing women. As the Princeton and Brigham Young study noted, “having a seat at the table is very different than having a voice.”

Carrie Pierce Kuba’s piece on how, after twenty years, she has made her way back to the swimming pool, is beautiful and redemptive: Swim.

This was my favorite comedy-doing-the-best-work piece on the internet: Be an Exegete, from Adam4D.

This wins an award as being the MOST AWFUL gift I can imagine anyone giving my kids. please, just don’t. I will have to unfriend you: A Frozen Songbook FOR THE RECORDER! Do you wanna kill a snowman? It doesn’t have to be a snowman….

Chris Boeskool’s words should be noted by everyone: When you’re accustomed to Privilege, Equality feels like Oppression:

Equality can feel like oppression. But it’s not. What you’re feeling is just the discomfort of losing a little bit of your privilege — the same discomfort that an only child feels when she goes to preschool and discovers that there are other kids who want to play with the same toys as she does.

It’s like an old man being used to having a community pool all to himself, having that pool actually opened up to everyone in the community, and then that old man yelling, “But what about MY right to swim in a pool all by myself?!”

LOVE this from Jen Wilkin: Why Hospitality Beats Entertaining.

Entertaining obsesses over what went wrong. Hospitality savors what was shared.

Entertaining, exhausted, says “It was nothing, really!” Hospitality thinks it was nothing. Really.

Entertaining seeks to impress. Hospitality seeks to bless.

From Jane Chung: What Do You Say to Someone Who Murdered Your Dad? (oh gosh. SO MANY TEARS on this one.)

And from me? It’s been a while since I listed what I’ve written so here are the titles since the last Pick of the Clicks:

Something I learned recently: it’s possible to have that terrible feeling that you’re missing out on all the fun (and what to do about it) –When you have FOMO, even when you’re there

Thoughts on the upcoming election season and how we face it as Christians: Voting for Nero

And two things on parenting:

Why I don’t want my kids to be fearless, and

Why I won’t paint my sons toenails (or let him wear a dress in public)

That’s all for this week, friends. Happy clicking and reading!