Starbucks and Bath and Body Works think it’s autumn, and from time to time in the past few weeks I’ve noticed the temperatures beginning to reflect the fact. So let’s head into the flaming out of the year and see what is to come.
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Time-Management to Keep Up: The Secret to Fresh Starts Moving Forward
Anne Voskamp points us to a reset.
- It was the one visual that moved me in the days after Labor Day, that days that kind of feel the relief of a second New Years, reset days, and, I guess, I was literally moved just because of the way she moved.
All summer long, she’d been the wisp of a girl who wrangled and wrestled and wistfully begged me if she could come with me too. Come bike the rocky, steep trail with me, straight through the corn fields, then back along the fringe of the field, only to wind the wild, serpentine path, snaking through the woods, then turn on to the gravel lane through the leafy maple limbs, toward the beckoning farm pond, and its neighbouring, meandering river — nearly a full mile away.
But her legs are short.
Population Picture Books
Our friends at Redeemed Reader review If the World Were 100 People and We Are a Garden
- Two high-concept picture books present stories of people and movements in a way even small children can grasp.
Teaching Our Kids How to Worship, Not Memorize
When you make faith about more than facts, God changes hearts.
- Have you ever thought about how scary it must be to be a baby? Imagine everyone around you as a giant, speaking a language you don’t know. They are always in your face with some new, shiny, flashy, noisy gadget whose intent is to introduce you to your new world but instead leaves you with so many questions you have no way to express. Everyone is always making decisions for you, always knowing what absolute best for you is.
Looking the World Back to Grace
Jonathan Rogers is about to start a class called Writing with Anne of Green Gables, and shares a bit of what he loves about Anne in this post.
- If you’ve read Anne of Green Gables, you probably remember that scene near the beginning when Matthew Cuthbert is driving Anne Shirley from the train station to Green Gables for the first time. Anne chatters away almost without a pause, and Matthew listens, replying only when asked a direct question, and then only briefly.
Everything Anne sees is a marvel to her.
Around the Warren
Dillon Mee tells a story of his grandparents’ house.
- My grandparent’s house has been pink for about as long as I can remember. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, only a few doors down from a church with a bell. The house had a palm tree in the front yard and a giant evergreen near the garage that seemed perennially a home to an owl. I always used the back door. In fact, anyone who was there for more than delivering a package or asking for candy on Halloween (which coincidentally is my grandmother’s birthday) –anyone who should actually come inside would go up the driveway and come up the stairs to the backdoor. This was so established that my childhood self was confused by this. Surely the door most used is the front door, no matter which one faces the street.
Reviewing the Do Great Things for God series
Théa Rosenberg reviews a series that tells the stories of heroes of the faith.
- One of the bits of writing advice I absorbed during college was “Show, don’t tell.” Show me the character gnashing her teeth; don’t tell me she was angry. Show me the geriatric cat holding his ground against a pit-bull; don’t tell me he still had spunk. It’s good advice for writers, but I find that “show, don’t tell” is essential advice for the Christian life as well.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Looking for printables to make coloring exciting? Try these fun autumn-themed ones.
Something to Watch
My friend, poet Andrew Roycroft, has started a YouTube channel where he reads some of his favorite poetry and puts together videos to go with it. This one, of “On Another’s Sorrow” by William Blake, is a beautiful video.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team