Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 5.10.2014

Hey y’all, welcome to Nashville! I spent last night road-tripping from AL to TN with my family — including a 10:00 p.m. dinner at Waffle House!! — and after sleeping in all morning I’ve been running errands (a.k.a. “galavantin’ around”) with my dad in his 1982 Mercedes station wagon. He’s rebuilding the engine or something involving a lot of car talk, but he promised I’d be able to drive it the next time I was home and drive it I did!



Adorably nerdy, right?

I’ve been running nonstop since Monday but I got to see my aunt and bring my grandmother flowers for mothers’ day, so all of the running around has been worth it. I’ll be back in Chicago first thing tomorrow and am excited to grab brunch with my husband, cuddle my cat, do some much needed laundry and sleep in my own bed. Whew — what a week!



  1. By Grace Alone: As sex-abuse allegations multiply, Billy Graham’s grandson is on a mission to 
persuade Protestant churches to come clean.  A long and interesting! piece by Kathryn Joyce for The American Prospect that explains why sex abuse flourishes in certain institutional power structures and what Billy Graham’s grandson is doing to help American protestants re-think church leadership and politics.
  2. Fifteen Things a Writer Should Never Do, by Zachary Petit for Writers Digest.  This was a link shared in my writing group, and stimulated a lot of good conversation.  Theme: do what works for you.  (This is also good advice for passing the bar exam, and for real life.)
  3. This is more of an awesome thing I saw on the internet, but check this out: Every Week, 2 Anonymous Students Sneak Into A Classroom And Proceed To Blow Everyone’s Mind.
  4. For the Teachers Not Appreciated, a note to all of the teachers out there in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.  This was written by my good friend Abby (who I hung out with in real life during the festival of faith and writing and is as hilarious as she seems online).  Abby is working on a book about teaching in schools that don’t get a lot of love, and she knows what she is talking about.
  5. And to finish us off, Taking it All In, a Work-Wednesday post by Belle at Capitol Hill Style.  I love this perspective, and this honesty — I feel this way sometimes because I’m a government worker too (you know, almost as bad a lawyer — the kind of job the whole world loves to hate).  Also, props to Belle for heading to law school in an economy that says PLEASE NO ONE GO TO LAW SCHOOL EVER AGAIN because it’s what she really wants.  I can support someone with that kind of direction.

 So, what awesome things have you been reading this week?  Let us know in the comments below, or link us up on twitter! 



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