Category: Five Awesome Things I Read This Week

The 2014 Pink-Briefcase Top Five

Setting aside the ridiculous number of hits from Tupperware sales-ladies on this post and the constant stream of support and awesome comments you provided during October’s 31 Days in the Pink-Briefcase Kitchen series, the following five posts were the most popular posts on the site this year.

2014 Wrap Up Five Things

This Year’s Pink-Briefcase Top Five

When I started reviewing the statistics to build this list for you, I wasn’t sure if the results would be either helpful or interesting.  I quickly discovered that the five most popular posts on the blog were among those of which I am most proud.  Here they are:

1.  I started off 2014 right with no more waiting.

2.  I said some things I’d never said before in This is about religion.  Sorry, not sorry.

3.  I told you how I felt about this year’s big professional risk in Living the Dream.

4.  I shared my silly obsession with the first Outlander book in Not Guilty Pleasures.  (True story: I still haven’t made it even half-way through the second book.  Hot fires burn quickly!)

5.  And, I said goodbye to a community I loved and wrote about healthy relationships and bridge building in Begin Real Reconciliation with a Conversation.

This year has been a lot of things — beautiful and exciting and hard and, well, a little weird.  Week by week, I’ve loved sharing this space with you. Thanks for a great year!  Here’s to many more.




Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 12.12.2014

Five Things New


It’s been a while, my friends.  Here are five awesome things for your weekend reading.

  1. Austin Channing with Break the Silence.  And basically anything written by Austin Channing the last few weeks.  I’ve been reading and re-reading her words and soaking them in.
  2. Caris Adel with Where White People Should Start.
  3. Esther Emery’s 10 Ways a White Person Can Be Interrupted by the Ferguson Movement.
  4. The Daily Muse Editor for Mashable with 35 Things You Should Do for your Career By the Time You’re 35.
  5. The Comment Section of How to Turn Off Work Mode, from Corporette.

That’s my five!  What awesome things have you been reading?  

Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 11.15.2014

Five Things New

One day late but still just as awesome.  

Five Awesome Links

1. Kelley Nikondeha with The Rebel for Justice.  MUST READ.

2. Elizabeth of Ellie’s Aviary guest posting for Accidental Devotional with Learning to Swear: A Spiritual Discipline.

3. The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase’s Worst Nightmare, by Matt Taibbi for Rolling Stone.

4. Jonathon from Ponder Anew with 15 Reasons Why We Should Still Be Using Hymnals.  (This is an older article but I just stumbled across it this week and found the tone and discussion interesting and polite.  Rare, I know.)

5. Charles Barnitz, a historical fiction writer enjoyed by the writers of The Volokh Conspiracy (a law blog), provided a series of posts on writing historical fiction there which are interesting and educational.  If you’re a historical fiction fan like I am, or if you are considering writing historical fiction in the future, check them out: Choosing a Historical Period // Inventing a Plot // Creating a Character // Doing the Research // Platitudes and Problems.


That’s it!  What awesome things did you read this week?  

Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 11.07.2014

Five Things New


Five Awesome Links

Too Much Peacemaking? Esther Emery for SheLoves Magazine.  Must Read of the Week.

Six Stretches for People who Sit at Desks from A Cup of Jo.  (Would you judge me if you saw me doing these in my office?)

What Makes a Great Book Club Novel? from Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy.  Related — do you finish books even if you don’t like them?  How far do you read before you give up?  Check out this article and tell me if you agree of disagree.  (I disagree.  As Henry David Thoreau once said, we must “[r]ead the best books first, or [we] may not have a chance to read them at all.” Or, as modern HDT would say:  “Prioritize, people.”)

My friend Elizabeth Hyndman with How to Find, Follow, and Friend People on Twitter.

And finally, this essay by Andrea Levendusky, who is one of my new favorite artists:  A Blur of Delight. (for some reason this link is showing up as spam.  try andreaglevendusky(dot)com.)



Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 10.31.2014

Five Things New

Five Awesome Links

Abby Norman with When You are Scared and Doing It Anyway.

Eleven Reasons People who Followed All the Rules as Teenagers Have the Most Fun as Adults, from

Tanya Marlow for SheLoves with What’s Her Name?  — On Disability and the Church.

How Do You Know if You’re Wasting Your Life? by Jennifer Gresham for Everyday Bright.

New Poll finds Evangelicals’ Favorite Heresies, from Christianity Today.


Five Awesome Links for your Kitchen

First of all, squash is everywhere this week.  Squash Toasts with Ricotta and Cider Vinegar from the Smitten Kitchen; Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas and Kale from Love and Lemons; Curry Roasted Acorn Squash from Joy the Baker.

Soft-Batch Pumpkin Spice Cookies (vegan + gf), from Edible Perspective.

Iconic Movies and their Food Pairings, cupcakes and cashmere.

The Antioxidant (a cocktail), from Love & Olive Oil.

Buttermilk Apple Cake from Brooklyn Supper (I love one-layer cakes!)


This post is number 31 (yes the very end!!) of my #write31days project 31 Days in the Pink-Briefcase Kitchen. You can follow along with the series each day in October. An archive of posts is available here, or just click on that big button on the right sidebar.

Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 10.24.2014

Five Things New

Five Awesome Links

Before the Law.  A boy was accused of taking a backpack.  The courts took the next three years of his life.   Jennifer Gonnerman for the New York Times.  Must Read.

5 Reasons We Need to Stop Thinking of Skinny-Shaming as ‘Reverse Discrimination.’  A great discussion of why reverse discrimination is not the same as discrimination.

When I Go Out, I Want to Go Out Like Elijah, by D.L. Mayfield.  I absolutely loved this.  It made me feel sentimental (which is kind of rare, just being honest).

On Not Firepitting Our Marriage, by Kristen Howerton.  I needed to read this.  And I absolutely agree with the sentiment.  (And I share the love of the fire pit.)

I’ve also been loving the WE ARE THE OTHER synchroblog at SheLovesMagazine.  This post by my friend Esther is my favorite so far.


Five Awesome Links for your Kitchen

Super Simple Brownie Tart with Salted Caramel from The Sugar Hit.  My takeaway from this recipe?  I should try baking a brownie mix in my tart pan.

On-the-Go Breakfast: an Entire Week of Oatmeal in your Freezer!  A post by Edible Perspective blogger Ashley over on

Learn how to make your own Healthy Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte.  This recipe is AWESOME and created by Brittany Mullins of Eating Bird Food.  (I think I’ll add a milk frother to my Christmas List!)

Breakfast Cereal Popcorn Balls from ABM.  This maybe seems like a lame recipe to you guys, but to me?  THIS IS AWESOME.  I love rice krispy treats and I LOVE breakfast cereal and I LOVE popcorn.  This practically mixes these all together.

Breakfast Cookies sound like a great idea — Check out these Flourless Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies from Oh She Glows.


This post is number 24 of my #write31days project 31 Days in the Pink-Briefcase Kitchen. You can follow along with the series each day in October. An archive of posts is available here, or just click on that big button on the right sidebar.

Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 10.17.2014

Five Things New

Five Awesome Links

Patience (Church in the Woods Day 15) by Esther Emery.

Women must ask for pay raises if we are to close the pay gap, by Catherine Rampell for the Washington Post.  This is in response to comments by Microsoft CEO [Mr.] Satya Nadella at the Grace Hooper Celebration of Women in Computing.  Mr. Nadella said, in shorthand, not to ask for a raise because the system will give qualified women raises.  To which women everywhere say:  Nope, nope, noppity nope.

Let’s Be Very Clear about the Goal, by Elizabeth Foss from In the Heart of my Home.  Elizabeth is running for her mental health and overall happiness and this is something I’ve been thinking about a lot, so it’s nice hearing someone else’s experience.  (Tip of the hat to Modern Mrs. Darcy.)

12 Words Even Smart People Get Wrong, from Joanna Goddard at Cup of Jo.

Challenge Yourself to be Positive [about your career], by Megan Graninetti for the Above the Law Career Files.  This seems forced and weird but it was also interesting to me.  I’m still forming an opinion.  (Tip of the Hat to CapHillStyle.)


Five Awesome Links for your Kitchen

Joy the Baker’s Favorite Autumn Bakes.  (Be sure to click-through because the photos are gorgeous.)

Here’s A Cozy Kitchen’s Classic Apple Pie.  But to be honest I do not enjoy apple pie.

This is beautiful but also seems a good resource:  Love and Lemons’ Produce Tips for Cleaning, Storing, & Using.

Sea Salt Cream Iced Coffee from White on Rice Couple.  They have a weird name but their blog is pretty.

Easy Almond Pear Tart with Shortbread Crust, by Angela Roberts at Spinach Tiger.  Any recipe that says “perfect dessert for a wine and cheese party” in the title is a winner.  I really want to try this.