Weekend Daybook [September, 1]

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This week was about getting settled back into a kid-less house after everyone went back to school.  It was about realizing that summer is winding down, and remembering we now live in a place where summer doesn't last forever.  I took the opportunity to do some exploring our new area, and loved every minute of it.

And now we have a long weekend ahead, and I'm crossing my fingers we'll be able to plow through a decent list of things we need to finish in order to feel like we're completely moved into this house.

Please let me know what you've been reading, making, doing, listening and enjoying this week. I love the ideas you share here! (and if we happen to see each other in real life this week, by all means I want to talk about it all with you!)


A Tuesday morning trail walk exploring our new city (Pine creek trail)

A Tuesday morning trail walk exploring our new city (Pine creek trail)

| a little song |

Taste is a beautiful track on a new album of instrumental music just released by Sleeping At Last to help celebrate the ten year anniversary of the organization, charity:water


A TUESDAY MORNING TRAIL WALK EXPLORING OUR NEW CITY (PINE CREEK TRAIL)

A TUESDAY MORNING TRAIL WALK EXPLORING OUR NEW CITY (PINE CREEK TRAIL)

| a good poem |

September
BY DEBORAH LANDAU

Dazzling emptiness of the black green end of summer no one
running in the yard pulse pulse the absence.

Leave them not to the empty yards.

They resembled a family. Long quiet hours. Sometimes
one was angry sometimes someone called her “wife”
someone’s hair receding.

An uptick in the hormone canopy embodied a restlessness
and oh what to do with it.

(How she arrived in a hush in a looking away and not looking.)

It had been some time since richness intangible
and then they made a whole coat of it.

Meanwhile August moved toward its impervious finale.
A mood by the river. Gone. One lucid rush carrying them along.

Borderless and open the days go on—
— poetryfoundation.org

 

| a fine picture |

September Free Calendar Desktop and iPhone Wallpaper from Giants & Pilgrims blog (one of my faves!)


 

| something to make or do |

We joined with some wonderful people to pray in front of most of the schools in Bridgeport on the first day of school.

We joined with some wonderful people to pray in front of most of the schools in Bridgeport on the first day of school.


A weekend of celebrating Brian's formal installation at Church of the apostles!  Saturday night reception at the Fairfield museum

A weekend of celebrating Brian's formal installation at Church of the apostles!  Saturday night reception at the Fairfield museum

 

| a few reasonable words |

On growing grateful and why local eating won't save your soul |  My friend and bookclub leader shares some thoughts on our current read: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle ** by Barbara Kingsolver  via Liturgy of Life blog

A New School Year Brings Renewed Focus On Attendance | This isn't the first time I've shared an innovative idea about washing machines (The Kingdom of God is Like A Laundromat).  This hopefully won't be the last. via nprED blog

When this is over, you will have nothing that you want | As only someone like Garrison Keillor could say to someone like Donald Trump.  via Chicago Tribune column

from the archives:

What I Read June - August [from the book pile, 2016] | A few thoughts about some of the great books I read this summer - including titles by Kathleen Norris, Christopher Smith, Walter Brueggemann, Patrick Taylor & J. D. Vance.  What are YOU reading right now?

Parenting Unrehearsed: Your Kids Are Not Fragile | This post from the parenting series I wrote back in 2012 is especially timely during back-to-school season. It's one of the most transparent posts I've ever shared, and requires me to pray intentionally against pride, shame and fear.  The words tell the essence of our family's redemption story, authored by a most-gracious and ever-loving God. I can not be afraid.  


| ask great questions & tell good stories|

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Remember, friends: Only you can prevent small talk! Hopefully, I've given you a few things to contemplate and share in your conversations this week.  If all else fails, here's a great question to ask everyone you meet. 

You’re given a plot of land and have the financial resources to do what you please. What’s the plan?

p.s., I LOVED the stories you all shared on my facebook page from last week's question.  Click here to read (and while you're there, I'd be delighted for you to "like" the page!)


Happy labor day weekend, friends!

Happy labor day weekend, friends!

**The Amazon links in this post are affiliate links. After blogging about books for ten years, I thought it might be OK to get a little help financing my reading habit. Thank you! **