Friday Round Up: are we still sane?

Some things worth sharing this week.

Hey everybody, 

Hope you’re staying sane and experiencing some grace and peace in these troubling times. Here are some things I thought worth sharing this week:

1. Trying to lean into Wisdom greater than my own these days. I wrote a piece about the death of our daughter, True Wisdom, and Coronavirus. 

2. Stuck at home with the kid’s? We’ve been enjoying this art YouTube channel. Speaking of art, here’s why the world needs your art.

3. For writer’s, a little inspiration from Jerry Seinfeld on productive writing. 

4. Watching: I’ve been enjoying the Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, deep emotionally, which surprised me. Watched the classic 80s film, Stand By Me, and wondered why we don’t have more coming of age books/movies. It still holds up. Shia LaBeouf has made two incredible films: Peanut Butter Falcon and Honey Boy, very moving.

5. Listening: My soundtrack for life is always varying and vast, here are a couple samples. Digging these classic rock acoustic songs. For a more worshipful playlist, check out Austin Stone Live. If you’re 35 or older, this 90s playlist is fantastic. Jamming on Ray Charles, and you always have to mix in some jazz.  Podcast: if you want to get political news, and not waste tons of time, NPR has a good podcast

6. Reading: trying to step up my Bible meditation and prayer game, a great book for the journey. Here’s another by Eugene Peterson. Some fiction: I’m reading American Dirt, and a great coming of age novel by S. E. Hinton.  For the writer, how to write a mystery on the weekends. 

7. David Brooks on why compassion is often lacking in pandemics. 

8. Dallas Willard on why Jesus is the Smartest Human, and why it matters. 

9. If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, I made a course for how to do it in 45 days, seriously. 

10. How Italy and China are healing themselves because of COVID-19?

Thanks for reading! These are strange times, and hope this newsletter can be a hint of hope, and some grace for the journey. Please share this newsletter with others if you find it helpful. 

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Grace + Peace,

Ryan