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Smatterings is a regular “column” here at My Pleasant Places that comments on a selection of my favorite and/or most-informative or inspiring articles read on the web during the past week.
I like to pass on to my readers good posts/articles that have helped me in some way, and I also enjoy the opportunity to “put in my two bits” on a given subject.
Even though I may have read these posts within the past week (or so) does not mean that it was posted in the past week. I’m not trying to be “cutting edge” here, but helpful.
I love how coffee has become the new “good for you” drink! I’m a believer! I can’t even remember when I started drinking coffee.
Among the many good—and maybe surprising—things mentioned about coffee Continue reading
Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project writes sometimes about things “I wish I could tell my younger self.” I am going to follow suit and write about one of the most important truths I have learned of late that I wish I had learned much, much earlier. And I am hoping this will strike a chord with some of you who are the age of “my younger self” when I could have really used this principle.
All or Nothing
I suppose I have always been an “all or nothing” kind of gal. There was rarely any in-between for me. In some ways, Continue reading
I read a lot. I read because I am hungry for knowledge, and I read for pleasure. I read for inspiration, and I read in order to develop greater expertise in the things I am most interested in. I read to broaden my perspectives, and I read to learn from the lives of others. I also read just because it is good for the old brain.
Earlier this year, I wrote Reading Faster. Since that time, I have been consciously trying to increase my reading speed, practicing much of what I learned in the research for that post—namely, using my finger as a “pacer” while I read—and I can attest that I have, indeed, become much faster. To date, I have read Continue reading
Read this post to get the background for The Living Word weekly column. In short, it is not meant to be an intellectual or theological study of the Bible; it is more like giving you a glimpse at bits and pieces of my spiritual journal and to also share Bible study tools and/or methods that I use that you might find helpful, as well.
The book of 1 John is a letter written by the Apostle John to his “dear children” in the faith. I started a new study of it several months ago thinking it would be a two or three week study (it’s only five chapters), but it turned out to be a rich study that took me several months!
Over the next few weeks, I will share some of the insights I gleaned from this most recent study of the book. Please remember as you read that these are my thoughts—some are actual “copy and paste” quotes—from my spiritual journal.
One of my favorite “tools” for studying the Bible is Continue reading
I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing…in his whole world… Proverbs 8:30-31
Fall is upon us, and where I live in Arkansas, we are nearing (if not at) the peak of the Autumn colors. It is breathtaking!
A couple of days ago, I had business in town, and on my drive back home, I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the colors. As I drove into my garage, it occurred to me that I had no deadlines to meet, the weather was pleasant, so why not go on a walk to take in the Fall colors “up close and personal”?
Quite honestly, this is very unusual thinking for me. Continue reading
Last week, Steve and I watched a DVD that came highly recommended to us: “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story.” It is the story of—you guessed it—Ben Carson, one of the world’s leading neurosurgeons. Even though the acting wasn’t the best, it was an inspirational movie, and I’m glad I watched it. It showed how making right choices and living by principle can make the difference between a productive life and a wasted one.
As it turns out, Ben Carson is a devout believer in Jesus Christ. The movie tried to show some of the spiritual pivot points in his life, times when he had genuine, life-changing encounters with God. These scenes came off as weird and stiff—acted, rather than real. I always find this disappointing. I, too, am a devout believer, but even I get weirded out by the cinematic portrayal of faith. It rarely comes across as desirable, as something that the viewer would want to experience for himself or herself.
If I feel this way watching movies that try to portray what a relationship with God looks like, Continue reading
Smatterings is a weekly digest of my selection of favorite and/or most-informative or inspiring articles read on the web during the past week or so. It’s a nice way to pass on to my readers good posts/articles that have helped me in some way and also an opportunity to put in “my two bits” on a given subject. I welcome your suggestions for good blogs to check out. Leave them in the comments.
This article is geared towards teaching children to eat “mindfully,” but the truth is, most of us adults have not yet learned that art, Continue reading