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Tuesday Tips

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OMW! It’s been so long since I’ve written a blog post. It’s been so long since I’ve written a recommendation list. What have I been doing? I don’t know. Things got crazy. Easter came and went. And it’s been raining for something like eight weeks. Well, maybe I’m exaggerating. But, seriously, a little sun for us SAD people.

The most FAQ I get is “what are you reading/listening/watching”? So here’s my latest list of things that are making me THINK!

Books:

I am reading Bored and Brillant by Manoush Zomorodi. You can also listen to her podcast called Note to Self. Manoush is charming and brilliant. The book deals with how technology is stripping us of our natural brilliance and problem-solving skills. If you’ve read Seven by Jen Hatmaker, then think of this as the same for technology.

I recently finished Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (audiobook) by Lori Gottlieb. The audiobook was read by the author and she did a fabulous job. I laughed and cried at her memoir about being a psychologist and seeing a psychologist. It’s poignant and will make you do some soulsearching.

Podcasts:

I have discovered some new podcasts and might be addicted. The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman is inspiring. If you struggle to make decisions, then this is the podcast for you. If you are a deliberative in the Strength Finders world (you know who you are), then you absolutely need to give it a listen. Freeman has recently released a book by the same title. I have not read it, but it’s on my list.

For all you Malcolm Gladwell fans, the fourth season of Revisionist History is coming in about one month. I am geeked and ready to binge listen. He is also co-hosting a new podcast called, Solvable. It’s about ideas and topics that have previously been considered unsolvable, but new breakthroughs are proving us wrong. Episode one discussed two cities who have conquered chronic homelessness.

Tools:

The most recent tool I have discovered is a calendar app called, Team Up. It is free and great for small churches, businesses, groups, etc. You create a calendar online, then download the app and enter the link. It allows us to coordinate several schedules at once. It has been most helpful for us in coordinating building usage. In addition, I can give different permission levels to different people. Our congregation has a “view only” permission that allows them to see if a date is available before they request a room.

Watching:

I’m not much of a TV or movie person. But I do get on a kick from time to time and then binge watch on a Sunday night. Hulu has me re-watching the show, Lie to Me. It’s about reading people’s micro-expressions to see if they are telling the truth. It’s a fictional show about real science. Basically, a crime-drama which is my go-to.

I also finished watching season one of A Million Little Things. It’s on Hulu and, good news, it’s coming back for a second season. Bad news…it’s a serious tear-jerker, not the stuff I usually watch.

Other Stuff:

It’s probably a good time to plug my own podcast, This is Her Story. We are also available on iTunes and GooglePlay now. I am editing the latest episode where I interview professor and seminary president, Dr. Barbara Brown Zikmund. It was so great meeting her that we talked for almost two hours. It might need to be a two-part episode.

Well, that’s all I have for you now. Please share what is making you think right now in the comments. What are you reading, listening to, watching? New tools and resources? I would love to hear from you.

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