Links of the Week – July 3, 2015

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* Me After Every Day At The Office

* When Someone Asks Me Substantive Questions Of What I Do

* 10 Things You Can’t Do While Following Jesus

* 10 POLITICAL Things You Can’t Do While Following Jesus

* 10 Things You Need To Be Okay With If You Want A Happy Relationship

* 27 Pictures The Perfectly Sum Up Your Life
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* Zack Hunt : A Word Of Warning To My Fellow Christians About Same-Sex Marriage

* Star Trek Uglydolls – (WANT!)
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* Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America – (Absolutely.)

* Extra Tiny Customized Pet Portrait Fiber Friends

* Hawks Unveil Plan To Win By Damaging Opponents’ Retinas

* How To Change The World From Your Couch – (One person CAN change the world!)
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* Mini Peanut Butter And Chocolate Baked Doughnuts

* “Night Burgers” – Bob’s Burgers – ( ❤ ❤ ❤ )

* Joseph Michael: Luminosity

* It Doesn’t Matter That We Don’t Speak Or Read Japanese

* Researchers Say Virgin Mary Actually God’s Second Choice To Bear Son – (“There came a time, the parchment suggests, when God confided to Erica that He couldn’t ‘wait around forever…'”)

* Julia: Super Special Summer Family Togetherness

* This Dude Challenged Himself To Wear Heels All Day And Wanted To Die – (Women too, y’all. We’re just dumb enough to keep doing it.)

* Transgender Swimmer Given Choice Of Harvard’s Men’s Or Women’s Teams

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“We are all important, but not for the reasons we think.”
– Anonymous

“I am trying to do what I can to love, today. Can anything else be more important?”
– Anonymous

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Links of the Week – May 29, 2015

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* Star Trek Garden Gnomes

* The One Way You Should Be Making Pancakes

* Zack Hunt: The Treasonous Love Of Jesus

* Addiction Is As American As Apple Pie

* 5 Obscure Looney Tunes Cartoons

* PostSecret: Children At The Beach

* PostSecret: Bother Losing Weight – (Yep.)

* Cannes Reportedly Turned Away Women For Not Wearing Heels
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* The Media’s Sickening Sanders Double Standard: How The Socialist Brings Out Their True Colors – (Fascinating stats tax rates through the years in the US)

* Funfetti Monkey Bread Muffins

* The Pioneer Woman: Peach Salsa

* Healthy Personal Boundaries And How To Establish Them

* Five Crucial Truths About Love Addiction – (Oh look. Someone wrote an article about me. #shame)
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* Backstage At The Fox 1929: Projection – (I shit you not, we were using some of this same equipment at Emory in 1995.)

* California Mother Appeals For Support For Transgender Teens After Losing Son To Suicide

* When My Mom Says It’s Dinner Time – (Cute dog alert!)

* Bob’s Burgers Meets Star Trek TNG

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“According to most of these groups [Gnostics], the material world we live in was not the creation of the one true God. It came about as a result of a disaster in the realm, in which one of the (many) divine beings was for some mysterious reason excluded from the heavenly places; as a result of her fall from divinity the material world came to be created by a lesser deity, who captured her and imprisoned her in human bodies here on earth.”

“The pagan critic Celsus particularly mocked Christians on this point, tying the claim that Jesus was a “woodworker” into the fact that he was crucified (on a stake of wood) and the Christian belief in the “tree” of life.

And everywhere they speak in their writings of the tree of life….I imagine because their master was nailed to a cross and was a carpenter by trade. So that if he happened to be thrown off a cliff or pushed into a pit or suffocated by strangling, or if he had been a cobbler or stonemason or blacksmith, there would have been a cliff of life above the heavens, or a pit of resurrection, or a rope of immortality, or a blessed stone, or an iron of love, or a holy hide of leather. Would not an old woman who sings a story to lull a little child to sleep have been ashamed to whisper tales such as these? (Against Celsus 6, 34)”

Misquoting Jesus, Bart D. Ehrman

“Having Louisa [an au pair] to help me, and being the undisputed head of the household, coming home from work to find dinner on the table and my children excited to see me, their homework done, is a far greater source of freedom and pleasure to me than I ever dared dream of when Dennis lived here. I can depend on Louisa to do what I need her to do without any fuss, whereas having him around was like having a third, half-grown child who demanded sex as well as every other form of attention.”

The Epicure’s Lament, Kate Christensen

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Links of the Week – May 15, 2015

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* My Conflicted Relationship With Female Beauty

* Pranksters Plant Tree On Baseball Field

* Why Do Some Trans Women Conform To Societal Stereotypes Of Femininity?

* People Have Misconceptions About Miscarriage, And That Can Hurt

* Zombie Wordplay

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* My Paralyzing Perfectionism

* The 35 Best Things That Ever Happened In A Yearbook

* Adventure Time Bracelet – ( ❤ ❤ ❤ )

* When Couples Are Out Of Sync About Sex

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* Millennials Leaving Church In Droves, Study Finds

* Wingnuts Have Weaponized Jesus: How The Religious Right Hijacked Christianity

* I’m Christian And Happy That Atheism Is On The Rise: America’s Right-Wing Theocracy Needs To Chill

* Zack Hunt: A Faith Worth Believing And A Church Worth Belonging To – (He got every bit of this right!)

* Scribbles & Crumbs: 7 Ways To Support Others During Tough Times

* Fox News Host Doesn’t See Great Need For Title IX Protections Because “Girls Are Better At Fundraising”
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* 23 Pictures That Are Way Too Real For Every Girl

* 12 Things Sigmund Freud Got Right

* The Forgiveness Myth – (THIS!)
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* Quarterback Fulfills 4th Grade Promise, Asks Childhood Friend With Down Syndrome To The Prom

* Biloxi Shuckers Cap – (Best cap of the year!)

* The Homeless Shuckers

* Baltimore ‘Looting’ Tweets Show The Importance Of Quick And Easy Image Checks

* Department Of Sidesplitting Signs

* The Curious World Of Baseball Re-Enactors

* You Think You Attract The Wrong Men, But You Don’t

* How To Find A Man: Relationships With Broken Men

* 7 Things You Can Never Change About Someone

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“A great sorrow, and one I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are….

How do we know what’s right for us? Every shrink, every career counselor, every Disney princess knows the answer: ‘Be yourself.’ ‘Follow your heart.’

Only here’s what I really, really want someone to explain to me. What if one happens to be possessed of a heart that can’t be trusted—? What if the heart, for its own unfathomable reasons, leads one willfully and in a cloud of unspeakable radiance away from health, domesticity, civic responsibility and strong social connections and all the blandly-held common virtues and instead straight towards a beautiful flare of ruin, self-immolation, disaster?”

– Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

“She considered her clothes with the same weighing of possible external dangers as she had the new day which had entered through her closed windows and doors.
Believing in the danger which sprang from objects as well as people, which dress, which shoes, which coat demanded less of her panicked heart and body? For a costume was a challenge too, a discipline, a trap which once adopted could influence the actor….

She selected her cape which seemed more protective, more enveloping.
Also the cape held within its folds something of what she imagined was a quality possessed exclusively by man: some dash, some audacity, some swagger of freedom denied to woman.”

– Anais Nin, A Spy In The House Of Love

“The beauty of your arm is exactly like that of your body. If I didn’t know your body I would want it, just from seeing the shape of your arm.”

– Anais Nin, A Spy In The House Of Love

“People cry at weddings for the same reason they cry at happy endings: because they so desperately want to believe in something they know is not credible.”

– Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

“The enemy of love is never outside, it’s not a man or woman, it’s what we lack in ourselves.”

– Anais Nin, A Spy In the House Of Love

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Links of the Week – May 1, 2015

* Is Rejection Worse Than Death?

* Anxiety Always Comes With Shallow Breathing

* A Boy And Her Dog: Dysphoria, Body Image, And Self-Consciousness At The Beach – (Post Of The Week!)

* Scribbles & Crumbs: 7 Ways To Remember Hurting Mothers This Mothers’ Day

* Avocado Egg Salad

* Bigfoot Cake! – (I MUST do this!)

* Raising My Rainbow: My Sons’ Reaction To Bruce Jenner

* 33 Of The Funniest Things To Ever Happen On Yik Yak – (“My GPA is so low it’s got boots with the fur.”)

* A Straight Guy Asked His Gay Friend To Prom And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever

* R2-D2 Is A Droid With A Lot Going On Inside

* Tech Ministry: The Importance Of Prayer – (THIS! “Matthew 21:13 says, “‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer’…” Did you catch that? It’s not to be a house of moving lights and slick videos.”)

* Beware Of Falling Monkeys – (I can’t seem to get past the embarrassment. ” It’s ok to fail!!  Ok to make a mistake.  Sometimes, the way we learn best is by doing something wrong the first time.  We learn how NOT to do something.  Unfortunately, many times we don’t even TRY new things for fear of not being good enough, or making a mistake or getting embarrassed.”)

* How To Stop Overthinking Everything: 9 Simple Habits

* #RedFlag: Mental Illness Meets Social Media – (Watch this Tuesday at 9pm on HLN. It’ll give you a little idea of what my life feels like when things are bottomed out.)

* 10 Situations Where Christian Bakers Should Refuse To Bake Wedding Cakes – (Yes, ma’am! 😀 )

* Frolicking Sumo Wrestlers

* 24 Hour Cable News? Stop Fooling Yourself

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* 11 Thoughts Every Runner Has After Finishing A Marathon

* Justice And Judgement: From Stonewall To Baltimore

* Furkids Adoptable Cats – (I got my boys there! Get you one!)

* Karl Barth Meets Billy Graham

* The Skit Guys: Grace – (What if I accepted this forgiveness and forgave myself as well? What if I finally let all my wrongs go? It’s not that I can’t talk theologically about grace. But believing and accepting aren’t the same thing. This video felt like a pardon.)

* Kill The Messenger: NASA Orbiter Crashes Into Mercury

* NPR: The Bus Station – (Gorgeous photojournalism!)

* Dear White Facebook Friends: I Need You To Respect What Black America Is Feeling Right Now – (Stop thinking you know what Black Lives are like if you’re not living a black life.)

* The Simple “Secret” To Making A Woman Orgasm No One Understands

* Transgender Teen Leelah Alcorn’s Death Ruled A Suicide – Mother Threw Away Handwritten Note

* Baddest Mother Ever: In Baltimore, You Hear What You Expect To Hear

* When I Ask My Mom Why I Have Trouble Meeting Decent Guys

* Local Man’s Apartment Located In Sex Desert – (Mine too! 😀 )

* Prayer Call Center Checking Facebook Posts Against Actual Prayers

* 13 Compelling Arguments For Why You Should Have A Cat In Your Home

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Rhett Butler: You know, I’m sorry for you, Scarlett.
Scarlett Butler: Sorry for me?
Rhett Butler: Yes, because you’re throwing away happiness with both hands and reaching out for something that’ll never make you happy.

– Gone With The Wind

“I was irritated at how I felt. To sit around ‘heartbroken’ (the first word, unfortunately, that came to mind) was foolish, it was maudlin and contemptible and weak – oh boo hoo, she’s in London, she’s with someone else, go pick up some wine, fuck Carole Lombard, get over it. But the thought of her gave me such continual anguish that I could no more forget her than an aching tooth. It was involuntary, hopeless, compulsive. For years she had been the first thing I remembered when I woke up, the last thing that drifted through my mind as I went to sleep, and during the day she came to me obtrusively, obsessively, always with a painful shock…”

– Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch

“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.”

– David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest – (Best book I’ve ever read. What a mindfuck!)

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

– Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)”

– Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.”

– Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“Without revelation and reframing, life can seem like an endless desert of danger with scratchy sand in your shoes, and yet if we remember or are reminded to pay attention, we find so many sources of hidden water, so many bits and chips and washes of color, in a weed or the gravel or a sunrise.”

– Anne Lamott, Help, Thanks, Wow

“A nun I know once told me she kept begging God to take her character defects away from her. After years of this prayer, God finally got back to her: I’m not going to take anything away from you, you have to give it to Me.”

– Anne Lamott, Help, Thanks, Wow

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