Sorry, but this is yet another Friday Links consisting of articles that I haven't had time to read yet but want to read later and I even forgot to post it on time. DH was released from the hospital which is good but it also means while he's recovering I'm playing nurse and chaffeur taking him to doctor's appointments, for lab work, etc. Unfortunately that means no time for reading. Even though I always take a book &/or my Kindle, several of his appointments have been a good hour (more if traffic is heavy) drive each way and by the time we get there and check in, they're usually ready to see him. So I'm not getting much reading done these days.
Why I Hated Women's Ministry (I suspect I'll agree with a lot of her points and I never got much out of women's church "teas" that had an agenda, but I do like "teas" when it's with a few friends)
Books & Reading:
Amazon vs. Hachette: A Reading List to Get You Caught Up (I suspect both sides are probably being greedy and in this economy I "refuse" to pay more than $5 for an e-book so will wait for books I want to either go on sale - preferably $1.99 or less, look for low-priced used copies, or try to get them through the library, which is the best deal. =D)
Modern Mrs. Darcy is hosting a book giveaway of Katherine Reay's books. Actually she's giving away two books. The post says it's open until "Sunday, August 22 at midnight ET" but since it was announced on the 22nd, I think she must mean it's open until the 24th.
Why People Need Poetry (a TEDx talk by Stephen Burt) ~ I'm not a big poetry fan so I need to listen to this as soon as life slows down a little
Dog related: FAQs about the MDR1 gene mutation ~ if you have any kind of herding dog you need to know about the MDR1 gene mutation and Washington State University has tons of information about it since they're the ones who figured out why some dogs have adverse reactions to certain drugs that other dogs can tolerate without any problems. We had our tricolor collie tested last year - he's M/M so we have to make sure we pick vets who know about the mutation. Hopefully our new puppy will be N/N so we won't have to worry about her (we got her from a different breeder and both her sire and her dam's sire were tested and are N/N so the worst she can be is N/M). - list of affected breeds - MDR1 breeding guidelines - printable info sheet - problem drugs - The Collie Health Foundation has information, rebates on several genetic tests, etc. - The American Working Collie has a great print out you can give your vet if your dog is M/M or N/M
C & T playing. The boxes are blocking them from the main part of the living room so they can't jump on DH (the hospital sent him home with some "tubes & wires" still attached so until they're all removed....)
The Jane Austen group on GoodReads (or perhaps it's just one of many Janeite groups) is having a group reading of Mansfield Park in July. July is looking like it's going to be a very busy month for me so I'm thinking about listening to an audio version of it. I used to borrow OverDriveMedia audio books from the library when we lived in northern California (they had lots to choose from) but when I checked the library here, they don't have it available to listen to via ODM. Luckily, a book blogger I follow posted about the site she uses to listen to public domain books for free, so I'm downloading one of their versions of MP to try. (here or here)
Recently I also came across this book (sorry, I can't remember where I first saw it) that I think Austen fans will enjoy: Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom by Deborah Yaffe. I've added it to my TBR list but the library doesn't have it yet so I may be in for a long wait. Seeing how long my TBR list it though, that's okay. And if I can remember where I saw the author interviewed, I come back and link to it as well.
I've mentioned that I really liked Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman and I've started following her blog. When I checked it a few days ago she posted that she had been interviewed on a radio program called Haven Today. I hadn't ever heard of it before but was thrilled that the four audio programs (so far) of her interview are available online and I'm enjoying listening to them when I have a few spare minutes to use the computer and my daughter isn't already on it - easier said than done. =D They're mostly about her new book (Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms) but they have mentioned the first one a few times as well. Turns out Haven Today has interviewed many well known Christians and you can listen to those interviews as well. People like Stuart Townend, Scotty Smith, Keith & Kristyn Getty, Joni Eareckson Tada, Tedd Tripp, Tim Challies, Milton Vincent (his book's great, too), Michael Horton, Tim Keller, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, and many, many more. You can find their list of interviews by featured guest here. And to make it easier to find them, Gloria Furman's interviews are here: part 1, part 2, part 3 & part 4.
This video of Mark Dever talking about "creating a reading culture in your church" is one that I posted a couple years ago on our church's Facebook page. When I was listening to it again I thought it might be good to share here as well (I don't think I've ever posted it here but I'm not 100% certain).
This morning Tim Challies posted a Vimeo video about missionaries taking the gospel to the YembiYembi tribe in Papua New Guinea. What I was able to view of it looked great but our internet connection is either too slow or doesn't like Vimeo, so I searched and found this on YouTube. Not as in-depth (or as long) as the one Challies posted, but still pretty good.
When they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples and told them, “Go into the village ahead of you. As soon as you enter it, you will find a young donkey tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here right away.’” So they went and found a young donkey outside in the street, tied by a door. They untied it, and some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the donkey?” They answered them just as Jesus had said, so they let them go. Then they brought the donkey to Jesus and threw their robes on it, and He sat on it. Many people spread their robes on the road, and others spread leafy branches cut from the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed kept shouting: Hosanna ! He who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One! The coming kingdom of our father David is blessed! Hosanna in the highest heaven! ~ Mark 11:1 - 12 (HCSB)
Now, that's a dedicated letter writer. I enjoyed this story about Paul Gleason who spends a lot of time at his local Burger King writing letters to our troops. He writes three letters a day and he started writing them over 40 years ago. That's a lot of letters.
If you're interested in learning how to tune and smooth fountain pen nibs then you might be interested in this seminar and video that the Fountain Pen Geeks will be hosting next month.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all . . . . Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. (Isaiah 53:6, 10-12 ESV)
I'm not sure where to put this blog or how to classify it. This blogger is a daughter of a friend and while I'm pretty sure she's a Christian, it isn't a Christian blog, or books & reading or letter writing & mail art. It's basically about their travels so I'm putting it here for now: Jen's blog: 3toGo