Hey friend. Welcome !! So glad your here.
Been a bit of a week? Most of them are aren’t they?
Whether your sprinting in or limping – – – you’ve made it! And right here, right now rest invites you. Let’s lean on in
I hope this helps – – –
A Good Word
A Good Look
Girlfriends and fun. As good as therapy. Apply liberally
A Good Idea
from Nicole Williams
Tell Your Mind to Stay Awhile
It’s so easy to be consumed.
On the urgent, on the loud, on what looks like a need.
To have our thoughts spread out over so many different little fires.
We’re stressed out, overwhelmed, breathing hard, just trying to stay in the game.
And if truth be told, when we’re spread out like this, we’re probably not being super effective at any of it.
But it can be easier.
Tell your mind to stay awhile.
To turn and face the One who sees and knows, to stay and rest.
Every moment, every day, I have to choose to step into this.
It’s an act of my will. To tell myself to stop, to breathe, to look up.
“You will keep him (her) in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he (she) trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
A Good Read
Each installment of The Friendship Files features a conversation between The Atlantic’s Julie Beck and two or more friends, exploring the history and significance of their relationship.
This week she talks with Gabe and Andy, two friends who for more than six years have walked 30 minutes once a week to give each other a high five. The tradition started as a fun way to see each other regularly and came to mean so much more—especially when Gabe got sick with a brain infection and lost his memory. They discuss the origin of the high five, what it’s like to share something special that one friend can’t remember, and the joy that a simple routine can bring to a friendship – – – Keep reading
An easy foodie one for the weekend
(I call these chicken schnitzels and you can use chicken thighs if you prefer)
“The other night, we were out of ideas for dinner and decided to do what we’ve done at least eight thousand other times in our dinner-making lives…
We set up a dredging station (one shallow bowl of flour, one with egg, one with breadcrumbs), dredged four chicken breasts, and pan-fried them until they were just right — crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. Breaded chicken cutlets were the first thing my mom taught my dad how to make when she decided to go to law school (leaving him with three mouths to cook dinner for, three nights a week), the first thing I learned how to make when I was on my own, and one of the first real meals I convinced my onetime chicken-nugget obsessed toddlers to love. You’d think that by now, we would’ve grown out of them, but it’s almost the opposite. They get better and better, and over the years and I’ve built more meals around them than I can count. (My husband every single time: “Why don’t we make these more often?”) Here are a few of my favorites, and I hope you’ll share some ideas as well – – – keep reading
“You should smile more,” my husband, Alex, said.
My inner feminist reared up. How dare you, I thought. Next you’re going to tell me I’m shrill. Women have been told to smile for generations. I don’t owe you a smile.
I thought about whipping off my bra and burning it with the vanilla candle on the kitchen counter, but decided he’d like watching that too much. No free boobs for you, mister.
“Why don’t you make me smile. Be funnier,” I shot back. I stared at this man I’ve known for 24 years, this man who up until two seconds ago was a better feminist than I was. What was he thinking? Keep reading
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