Laudable Linkage and a Question


It’s been a little while since I have been able to share interesting reads found online lately, so I have a longish list. But first I have a question.

I used to save all my links on, but they’ve not been up to par for some time now – being bought by various companies, relocating, changing their url. etc., and now they’re “read only” – I can’t add new links to them. I liked that the tags were searchable: if I wanted to look up a link I had saved about the Bible, I could search for “Bible” and find all my links on that subject. Lately I have been saving new links to a draft in my gmail account since I always have that open, but sometimes either the draft itself or the content disappears (maybe when it gets too long?) So my question, or actually two questions are: Is there anything else like Delicious out there, and is there an easy way to import the links I already have over to something else? It would take ages to place all those years of links individually, so I probably just would not do that and hope the read-only version of Delicious stays up, or maybe I’d just do it for a couple of the most important categories. I’d love hearing any suggestions!

Ok, on to the most recent rewarding reads:

Hermeneutics for Parenting: Study the Word, HT to Story Warren. Though this is in the context of teaching one’s children, when it gets to the part about Bible study, it’s good basic, concise Bible study truth for anyone.

The Rise of Digital Technologies and the Decline of Reading. This is not an “abandon all technology, books are better post.” Some good tips for finding balance and adapting.

Empty Tables: Singleness and Barrenness. “I had to learn my purpose could not be put on hold until I was married. In the same way, I have to learn I am not less than, being withheld from, incomplete, or unable to learn what God has for me to learn in barrenness.”

Do I Want My Children to Be Careful or Take Risks? HT to Story Warren. This is a hard one to balance. I think I erred on the side of carefulness probably too much, but I can see the need to encourage and allow for some degree of risk-taking as well.

Millennial Motherhood: Three Traps For Young Moms.

An Ode to ‘Women of a Certain Age.’ Loved this, especially after just recently passing a “milestone” birthday. I have a lot of living left to do!

5 Practical Steps For Seeking Wisdom through Mentorship, HT to Challies.

Charlottesville, Confederate Memorials, and Southern Culture. A difficult subject, one I certainly don’t have all the answers for, but this sounds like a reasonable approach.

4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Colorblind, HT to Lisa.

Sorry, Nobody Wants Your Parents’ Stuff, Advice for Boomers Desperate to Unload Family Heirlooms, HT to Button Floozies. Also linked to the latter was this place which takes old sewing notions and the like: I don’t like the name of the place but I love the idea!

10 Elements of a Light and Bright Space, HT to Linda. This is exactly my style, except for the open shelving (too much to dust!)

Lessons from the Otter on Doing Hard Things, HT to Jessica. Randy Alcorn draws some observations from an otter afraid to go into the water and then finding it’s “what he was made for.” I’ll include the video below. I love this because this is so me! “Sometimes we need to just get our shrieks out of the way as God lowers us toward the water, finally just jump in that water, and discover the wonderful things God has for us!”

Happy Saturday!

(As always, linking to a particular site does not include 100% endorsement of that site.)


4 thoughts on “Laudable Linkage and a Question

  1. Hi, Barbara! Lots of good stuff here, as always. You surprised me with the “light and bright’ being ‘exactly my style’. 😲 I remember you liked ‘shabby chic’. Maybe I was thrown off by all of the white or maybe you have changed your style in recent years. It does look pretty in pictures, but too much white for me. I do like the farmhouse look that is so popular now.
    Glad you got to enjoy the extended family time recently. It is such a joy when EVERYONE can be together! 💕

    • Hi Carol! That’s what I always liked about shabby chic – the light look and feel – and thought this article just showed ways to achieve that. I do like the florals and cool pastels of shabby chic and wouldn’t want stark white everywhere. When we’ve painted in the past, we’ve gone to light walls but usually a just-off white – not enough to be called beige or ivory but not pure white. Our current walls are too ivory for me, but we’re not up to painting them now – because the house is so open, we couldn’t paint one of the main rooms without painting them all.

      I should also say that though I like the lighter look, I only have it in two, maybe three rooms. Our kitchen/dining area feels “heavy” to me because of all the wood – wood floors, cabinets, and table and chairs. I’m trying to decide if I am brave enough to paint the cabinets a light grey – and then I’d have to see if my husband would be willing. 🙂

      So, I’d say I do like shabby chic more than what this article incorporates, and maybe on second thought this article isn’t totally my style. But I think some of the photos in this article would blend with shabby chic.

      I’m getting a feel for what farmhouse style is. It’s kind of like I sort-of recognize it when I see it, but I am not sure what defines it. I’ve watched just a few episodes of Fixer Upper, and from what I’ve seen that seems to be the style they go towards the most, especially in their own home.

      On Sat, Sep 2, 2017 at 10:41 AM, Stray Thoughts wrote:


  2. I appreciate so many of the things you list on Laudable Linkage. Thanks for taking the time to send these. On this list I can’t get “An Ode to Women…..” To open. All the others I was interested in opened. Thanks for any help you can suggest.

    • Thanks for letting me know, Mary. I reentered the link and it seems to be working ok now. I’m not sure what was wrong with the first one, but it wouldn’t open for me, either. But it is now – let me know if you have any more problems with it.

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