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I‘ve had so much fun re-launching my podcast this week! Thank you, all, for your support and enthusiasm—because of you, The Simple Show made it into iTunes’ New & Noteworthy within just a few days. That’s sorta wild! I really appreciate it.

One day, when the dust settles and we have answers to many of our unknowns right now, I’ll pour you all a cup of tea and I’ll share the stories of what it’s been like for this summer, post-trip, navigating what’s next for us. Right now, we’re in the thick of it, and to be honest—that thickness mostly looks like grayish-brown goo, impossible to see through and a bit unnerving. We know it won’t last, so we’re not in despair—we’re just eager for clarity. Hopefully that’s soon.

In the meantime, I take the saged advice that’s working well these days: When you don’t know what to do, do the thing in front of you. So, I’m being a wife and mom, working on projects, and reading books. Oh, and links like these. Enjoy:

• I was raised by a low-maintenance mom; my daughter is being raised by a low-maintenance mom—so I really appreciated these words: “Beauty was never a main topic of conversation around our house. It was assumed that we would look put together, situationally appropriate, and take care of ourselves, but there was no expectation to be beautiful. …Dinner table talk revolved around what we were doing and accomplishing, who we were helping, what we were struggling with, and what was happening in the world, not what we looked like.” via Mom Explores Michigan

• I had heard of Sir Nicholas Winton a few years ago, but forgot until his recent death and his news resurfaced. What a good testimony to the power of our actions having massive ripple effects. via 60 Minutes

• The effect digital life has on our brains is fascinating to me (and sobering). Here’s a fantastic piece on how it affects our ability to read: “I cannot read books because my brain has been trained to want a constant hit of dopamine, which a digital interruption will provide.” via Hugh McGuire on Medium

• I love stuff like this—the world’s most-spoken languages (out of the 7,102) in one infographic. “Chinese is the most widely used language, but English remains the number of language currently being learned with 1,500 million English learners.” via The Mind Unleashed

• One more video news feature—this bit on Mt. Athos in Greece is fascinating, home of one of the most isolated monasteries in the world. What a cool place—I’d love to visit if I were, you know, male. via 60 Minutes

Have a good weekend, all! And don’t forget—if you’re craving a good podcast listen, I’m launching the new show with several “vault” episodes. Lots of good stuff from previous shows!

“When you don’t know what to do, do the thing in front of you.” -Elisabeth Elliot

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Happiest of July Fourths, fellow Americans! (Though I suppose it is July 4 everywhere, and I hope you all have a good one.) Enjoy your weekend—light a sparkler or three and spell your name in the night sky. Why Inside Out is the best TCK resource of the year :: Small Town Laowai Somewheres :: (read more…)

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equality

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What a week, no? Let’s get right to it. • President Obama breaks into Amazing Grace at Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral :: YouTube • What I told my children about Charleston :: HuffPo • A new hymn for Charleston :: The New Yorker • What overparenting looks like from a Stanford dean’s perspective :: Mind/Shift (read more…)

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wildflower butterfly

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Happy weekend! Last night we went to the wedding of one of my dear cousins—the last marriage celebration of my generation. I grew up near most of my cousins (I even attended high school with several of them, including last night’s bride), and gatherings like this remind me how much I appreciate the closeness of (read more…)

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bay area friends

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What a week of camping this has been. We started out in the Pacific Northwest, then ventured south to a night in northern California (where I barely slept, what with my numb toes!), hung out with friends in the Bay Area for the weekend, zipped a bit east over near Sequoia National Forest, froze again (read more…)

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