A curated list of what I've been up to lately: places, people, books, podcasts, music, links & more for your weekend downtime.
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photo from my week
Man, I love weddings, and we were lucky to be invited to celebrate with this precious couple and their families this weekend. We used to live across the street from each other in the best little town in the Southern Tier of NY.
They were more than our neighbors, but also our friends, class and teammates, students, and first doors to knock on when we needed anything. In those days Brian and I were barely figuring out how to care for our kids, our home, and our jobs. These neighbors welcomed us and made us part of a tight-knit community. We literally walked through floods and fire together.
In all of our moves since 2008 we’ve never had better neighbors. We haven’t seen each other for about a decade but it felt like no time at all.
God bless you, Chelsea and Jeffrey. You’ve got pretty great people surrounding you, and we’re really proud to know you. If you ever need us, we’d be honored to return all the favors your family’s given us all those years ago. ♥️
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reminders of the life-changing power of good neighbors
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links to help us celebrate and thank indigenous peoples on October 14
Being Native American in the US via Mark Charles
The head of National Museum of the American Indian on what we should all know via Washington Post
What reconciliation is and what it is not via Working Effectively With Indigenous Peoples Blog
Buy this book! Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery by Mark Charles & Soong-Chan Rah
Find Publishers Weekly’s review here.
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important words about the justice required for true reconciliation
Let’s not ask Botham Jean’s family to choose forgiveness over justice by Shane Claiborne via RNS
Botham Jean’s Brother’s Offer of Forgiveness Went Viral. His Mother’s Calls for Justice Should Too. by Dorena Williamson via CT
Reparations is a spiritual issue by Nibs Stroupe via The Christian Century
Racial Reconciliation: No Handholding Kumbaya by Rev. Dr. Brian A. Tillman via ReThink Church
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Sitting beside, eating with, and listening to people with different life experiences has completely reshaped my worldview. People’s stories - stories drastically unlike my own - deconstructed how I see the problems in this world and especially the people dealing with them. What about you?! #seekthepeace #listen #learn #peaceistheway
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posts from same week, different years (the archives)
2011 - Inner Beauty For Our Heads
2010 - Top 10 When Company's Coming
8 years ago
During our first autumn in Austin both my daughters chose to homeschool in order to give themselves time to acclimate to our new city. Here Kendra’s reading Shakespeare to Natalie, and my heart kind of explodes whenever I look back on this hard but beautiful season.
You can read more of our adventures here: Homeschool Daybook
May your weekend include some rest and some fun with friends and family. Peace...
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