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The Introverted Mother
Eowyn Stoddard writes about the challenges of being naturally introverted and a mom. I think many of us empathize with her.
- With five little people in my life, my waking hours were filled with non-stop questions, noise, chaos, mess, and needs. It went against my quiet, peace-loving, introspective, ordered grain. I loved my children dearly, but I often plotted ways to get away from them. I felt torn between my children’s need for me and my own need for being alone.
It’s redemptive and helpful. Read more.
Why Getting Popcultured is no bad thing:
Over at Quaerentia, Mark Meynell writes about Steve Turner’s new book, Popcultured. It looks good.
- What I love about his commentary is that it shows a contact between writer and reader. The fact that Mark O’Connell then wrote about his feelings added to the discussion. I also love the fact that he sees her prose style as a product of her vision and can see the harmony between the world, the way she reports on the world and the insights she brings to bear on the world she sees. “Robinson’s moral wisdom,” she wrote, “seems inseparable from her gifts as a prose writer.”
Work Is a Glorious Thing
John Piper writes about the right place of work in a believer’s life.
- God is the primal worker, and we are created to go on working. His primal work was to create out of nothing. Our ongoing work is to create out of his creation. This is a glorious thing.
This is such a good reminder. Read more.
Why David McCullough Still Uses a Typewriter
- I write on an old Royal typewriter, a beauty! I bought it secondhand in 1964, before I started The Johnstown Flood, and I’ve written all my books on it. It was made about 1941 and it works perfectly.
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Modeling Consistent Creativity
Andrew Mackay started out the week talking about kids and creativity.
- There are days when I don’t do the thing I know I want to do because I believe on some cosmic level I’m incapable of it that day, for myriad reasons. My children don’t need to be actively programmed out of that. Instead, they need to have positive creativity on exhibit, and they need to not fall for the lies we often tell about creativity as they get older.
Building from Ground Zero
Julie Silander launched a series of community interactions with the work of acclaimed artist, speaker and writer Makoto Fujimura.
- For the next four Wednesdays, we’ll post a link to one of Mako’s (online) essays. Take a few minutes to read and consider. We’ll pose a few questions as fodder for conversation. You’re invited to do the same. The hope is that folks would reflect on the ideas presented and engage in discussion.
Sticking it to God: Rebellious Stories as a Cliche to Play Against
S. D. Smith talks about how common a theme rebellion has become and where it fits for Believers.
- We live in an era where rebellion has been mainstreamed. Rebellion is, ironically, very conventional. Pedestrian even. The pervasiveness of rebellion extends to literature and media for children, driving the stories most kids are exposed to every day. I’ll go on record and say this is mostly horrible.
Something to Try with Your Kids:
Kate at AnEveryDayStory described how she drew her kids into creating fall art. It’s great! Read more.
And Something Fun to Watch
I have no doubt that it says something about me that this is my favorite of all the Pixar shorts. But if your kids have somehow missed it, they need to see it.
Thanks for reading! We’re on your side.