– Just for fun, this Thin Mints recipe sounds absolutely delicious! I have a tendency to stockpile recipes and not use them right away, but I’m not letting this one gather dust. 🙂
– I’m all for keeping my children safe (don’t know too many moms who’d say they weren’t!) but I think children need space to learn, have new experiences, and basically learn how to make good decisions and function without my monitoring their every move. Right now we’re in the toddler stage so no one is out of my sight for long, but apparently letting older children walk home from a nearby park is enough to get you in trouble for “unsubstantiated child neglect” up in Maryland. I think this is crazy, but it’s definitely opened an interesting debate on CPS, boundaries for children and the like. What do think of all this?
– I don’t go out of my way to antagonize people or mock their sensibilities. After all, I wouldn’t want that done to me. However, banning the American flag at an American university seems like a bit much. I’ve lived overseas and had no problem with the fact that that country’s flag was flown or displayed in its public spaces. (Note: The link goes to a page that often has good news stories and commentary, but sometimes less than edifying ad images.)
– Many folks have Tweeted or otherwise linked to this article from Boundless about marriage. If you haven’t read it Carolyn McCulley’s excellent “She’s Your Collaborator, Not Your Competition” yet, you really should. And pass it on. Someday in the closer-than-I-think future, I hope to teach my son these lessons.
– Agewise, I’m caught between generations in a way. I’m from that span of about 4-5 years that runs between the Gen X-ers and the folks who are clearly Millenials. And like most of my peers, I exhibit some traits of both. Among them is having grown up in a culture where I was steeped in a very secular form of feminism. And as a Christian, I have found myself spending years reading the BIble and other books, praying, consulting wise counsel and doing a lot of listening to the whole complementarian/egalitarian debate. I’ve got friends on all sides of the issue and have discovered there’s a lot of interesting reading out there. On the complementarian side, this week I saw an article from Courtney Reissig that piqued my interest not just because she writes well, but also because I seem to have a lot in common with her in terms of background and so her perspective really resonates with me. I’d urge anyone to read this, but especially the 20s-40s crowd.
– Last but not least, here’s something I read that has do to with books. Bethany House gives hints on reviewing, many of which I personally found very helpful as a writer of reviews. It did raise an interesting question for me, though. What do you think of a publisher telling reviewers what it wants them to be writing? Do you think it helps you write good reviews or do you feel like it infringes on your ability to review independently, without influence/bias?