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A Coffee and Some Things Friday

A Coffee and Some Things Friday

It’s interesting how one seemingly small change can have a quickly spreading ripple effect in one’s daily routines. Take the online short story course I started a couple of weeks ago. For the past two weeks, I have had to read two short stories, participate in discussions about said stories via our Facebook group page, write a short story, and then critique the story of the other person enrolled in the course. No biggie, right?

Well, yes and no. I’m not majorly stressed out or anything, but it has been a challenge to set aside the time to get the above tasks done while keeping up with everything else. I’m finding some of the things I had decided should be a part of my daily routines probably need to be set aside or scaled back at the very least. It’s not that they were necessarily bad things to be doing. But neither were they necessary things to be doing. Does that make sense?

As I shuffle some things around and discard others, here are some good things I came across this week:

  • “As uncomfortable as it sounds,” writes Sammy Adebiyi at his blog How Much Does God Weigh?, “life does confirm what the bible does teach, which is that God obviously gives some people more talents, gifts and opportunities than others.” Read more as to why God isn’t fair and why that’s a good thing here.
  •  I tried to find a portion of Shawn Smucker’s July 2nd blog post to include here, but I almost ended up copying-and-pasting the whole thing. Suffice it to say it’s a beautiful, honest piece of writing that is good for the spirit and the soul. See for yourself what I’m going on about here.
  • Not to toot my own horn (at least not too loudly, because that feels awkward), but I had the opportunity yesterday to guest post for Andrea Ward at her blog Jesus, You, and Me. The post – Numbers and Value – was prompted by a discussion Andrea and I have been having off-and-on about blogging numbers vs. impact. Andrea is a fantastic host, and it has been a real treat getting to know her via the Interwebs.
  • And I started watching the TV show Monk on Netflix this past weekend. It originally aired on the USA Network for eight seasons, and so far is proving to be just the right mix of comedy, mystery and drama to enjoy in the evenings. Here’s the theme from season 1:

 

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