For the month of November, I’m blogging every day about what I’m thankful for. This is going to mean a lot more links each week, so hang on! (If you want to know about them when they come out, the easiest way is to do that is by doing any of the options on this page).
On the blog this week:
30 Days of gratitude. – In which I explain the project, and the rules.
Renee – Any list starts with her.
Imperfection – I was allowed to be less than perfect as a child, and that has made all the difference.
Books – I always picture heaven as some sort of library.
Freethinking – I tell a rare story about my mom.
Friends who disagree – When people who disagree with you fight hard to stay in the room with you anyway, you should appreciate those folks.
I’m not a natural music lover, but I know there is beauty there for me, so I try to listen to things that are not my usual groove of Blues, 80’s Rock and Country from before 1990. Right now I’m digging on Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz. Lots of his albums are available for streaming on Amazon if you are a Prime member, so you can check him out for free.
Work from home accessory
Like a lot of you, the last 19 months or so have found me working from home far more than normal. In the before times, I spent a lot of times in coffee shops with my headphones on my laptop, but my headphone cord was too short for my at-home setup. Last week I finally broke down and bought this set of earbuds with a 12-foot cord, and they are the best $15 I have spent in ages. I just leave them plugged in my laptop, and use my Bluetooth buds for when I’m using my phone.
A cool project I was involved with
Mississippi (where I live) has lost more than 10,100 people to COVID since the pandemic began, and some people I work with at Working Together Mississippi decided to call a Day of Mourning and Remembrance, with clergy from many different traditions present. I’m super proud to have been part of this. Here is a piece in a local paper with some pictures, and I’m quoted. (The website layout is weird, and it isn’t super obvious when the article ends. So keep scrolling.)
I’m thinking a lot about this blog post about rewilding your attention – basically, how to discover things that are not the things the big tech companies are using their algorithms to command your attention. Then this follow-up post from last week, with some suggestions on how.
Last week I asked you to consider donating to my friend Dave's GoFundMe to support his family as he went on the list for a second heart transplant. I'm happy to say they have raised over $27,000 and what's more, Dave is going into surgery for his heart transplant today!
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