If you read nothing else this week, read these 1000 words from Anne Lamott (her updates alone are a good enough reason to stay on Facebook, for all its ills). This week is her birthday, and she took the opportunity to write down Everything She Knows To Be True. Every word is solid gold.
Becca at Exile Fertility wrote a stunning piece on turning thirty three (my scars are a decade old), reflecting on a near fatal accident ten years ago in light of Easter. Gorgeous, powerful writing.
Betsy Childs wrote an incredible piece last year on being content with her singleness (if I remember correctly, it was in a previous Pick of the Clicks). The day after it was published, she received an email from a reader. She writes:
I woke up one morning with no marital prospects, and I went to bed wondering about a handsome British preacher.
Everyone loves a surprise love story, and Betsy’s reflections on what has happened since then are well worth reading: One Day He Appeared: My TGC Love Story.
This article from Rachel Cusk on Raising Teenagers: The Mother of All Problems is a lengthy but very worthwhile read. It’s one which I want to keep in mind for when my kids are teens, but is also making me think seriously about the way I interact with them even now. Bookmark it.
As a South African, I shared some real pride in Trevor Noah being named as Jon Stewart’s successor for The Daily Show. I did not, however, appreciate the tweets from his history which surfaced in the days following the announcement. Michelle van Loon’s piece on this, Why we have to stop telling Jewish jokes is well worth your consideration. (And I say this knowing that Michelle is a person with a really fantastic and generous sense of humor… but not all comedy is funny.)
I am so proud to call Lesley Miller my friend: she is the real deal, and I love that she shared part of her story (of dealing with her husband’s cancer in the first year that they become parents) over at the lovely Coffee and Crumbs blog. Read it (and sigh with her) here: the most unexpected year.
William Saletan’s Slate essay Creativity for Creationists: An evolutionary scientist evangelizes to Christians about Science makes for very interesting reading. It’s brief, clear, and it made me think. I confess I have given almost zero hours of thought to this topic in over a decade, but this got my attention and I’m glad I read it.
Hardin asks atheists to be humble about what science can tell us. In his view, it can’t resolve whether God exists. But at the same time, he asks Christians to be humble about what science can’t tell us.
On the blog this week:
Natalie Nyquists’s very powerful piece Words That Melted A Glacier of Emotions, and
a post on Flaky Croissants and Hot Baked Memories. Did you know that croissants didn’t originate in France? In fact, their history is tied up to Marie Antoinette (yes! the “Let them eat cake!” one!). I had fun reflecting on how much baking and the things we eat tell stories from long ago.
Finally: your video for the week. Y’all very nearly got a dedicated blog post on this topic this week, but there were no hours to write. In the mean time, this is 1 minute of VERY important video. Please share?
Thanks for reading!