Good, True, Beautiful: Week 32

To Read: Articles

How America’s most famous farmer can appeal to left, right and center // Andrew Jenner // Jakob and I listened to an interview with him several months ago, while putting together a puzzle. He was quite the joyful, intelligent, quirky, and passionate character. I was excited to see his name again when I came across this profile of him and his work on Polyface Farms.

Going Home With Wendell Berry // Amanda Petrusich // We can never be reminded enough of limits, as it relates to our flourishing.

Seasonal Food Guide // Happy researching and eating!

Broken When I Arrived, Broken When I Leave // Andrea Burke // “The promise was never that we’d be completely whole here. It was never a guarantee that this aging and cursed world was the pinnacle of being whole. The promise was that through the brokenness, through the raw edges of incurable bodies, scarred knees, wounded hearts, we’d see that he was making all things new.”

Sex Ethics After Purity Culture: What do it’s critics want? // Matthew Lee Anderson // “Ambivalence or ambiguity about Scripture’s teachings on such questions can only leave a different type of wreckage in its wake, and one that is probably more destructive.”

How the Mom Internet became a spotless, sponsored void //  Sarah Pulliam Bailey //  “…there are funny, authentic and interesting moms on those platforms, but there’s also a trendy sameness to much of the content. “How many macarons can you look at? How much latte art can you consume? How many photos of babies in the cloth diaper on the minimalist kitchen counter can you see? It’s visual Cheetos,” she says. “You can’t taste it after a while, but you keep eating it.”

Revue Newsletter — Issue 8: On Limitations // John Starke // A healthy dose of refreshing reality as far as human limits go. I appreciate the thoughtfulness and awareness of themes John sees and presents to us.

Granola Newsletter — July 2019: Roots // Gracy Olmstead // Another newsletter FULL of fascinating links. I did not read them all, though I found some time to read a couple, and I’m sure you will find something that interests you (it’s heavy on sustainability, community, and agriculture—with a dash of politics.). Plus, she’s tried some bomb looking meals I’m saving for inspiration.

To Read: Books

A Darker Shade of Magic // V.E. Schwab // audiobook // At times hard to follow, I did enjoy this adventure story, overall.

Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America // Chris Arnade // hardcover // Jakob ordered it through a local bookstore. I’m glad he did, because we had both read high praise of this photojournalism project, listened to an interview with Chris Arnade, and were pretty intrigued. The hardcover is beautiful.

To Watch

Night Moves // It was just enough quiet storytelling and suspense, though we couldn’t really believe the way in which the ending left us hanging.

To Listen: Music

Burna Boy — African Giant

BJ The Chicago Kid — 1123 

Summer Sunday — playlist by Xavier Omär 

Tyler Childers — Country Squire 

Penny and Sparrow — Finch 

French Gypsy Jazz — playlist 

Loud Harp — all the albums 

To Listen: Audio

Good Enough: Friendship with Women, with Lindsey Carlson 

Fun Sexy Bible Time 

To Make

Stuff With (Dairy-Free) Whipped Cream

Tilapia & (Pre-Made) Maple/Bourbon/Bacon Salad

Chicken Fried Rice

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls

To Cultivate

A Love Of The Place You’re In // Columbia’s local arts and local parks are great (among it’s local restaurants, music, and film communities). We went last-minute to the monthly First Friday art crawl downtown, and brought a friend to join us. I love seeing folks I recognize down there in our small-ish city. I love the eclectic art, and the music, and the free snacks, the time to decompress in the warm air in-between buildings, and the people and families out enjoying it all.

It’s also fun to visit different parks and rotate through them. There’s a couple we really enjoy, i n addition to the long Katy Trail that goes through the entire state, making it’s way through Columbia. We chose a longer trail in a park this time, and I really should go out there more often. It’s perfect for being with your own thoughts—or with another’s, talking through unfinished thoughts and life decisions. (We are halfway to seeing our little babe face to face, with an upcoming graduation, job change, and cross-country move in the coming months. So yes, walks are welcome these days.)

 

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