Dress-Down Friday for June 7, 2019

I’ve got some fun links to share today:

I read Austin Kleon’s book “Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad” and really enjoyed it. It came at a good time for me where I feel that my creativity has been languishing and as a friend told me recently, creativity is my oxygen. I like how Kleon gives some very simple and actionable ideas for helping keep these pieces alive. I found it a lot like his other books, which I also enjoyed, full of good quotes, great pictures, and things that make me slow down and think. 

Stephen Colbert’s recent interviewabout the power of comedy in the face of politics and how faith and morality play into his making sense of the world today.

Here are a few great podcasts to share:

Southern Reach Triology by John VanderMeer

If you’re into Science-Fiction, or are just looking for a good series of books to read over the summer, I cannot recommend enough the Southern Reach Trilogy by John Vandemeer.

Thanks to a friend who recently mailed me a copy of Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet.” I’ve been hearing about it for years but have never read it. Since I received it in the mail, I’ve been reading it every morning, trying my best to soak in every word. Here’s one line from my reading today that stood out to me.

Don’t you see that everything that happens becomes a beginning again and again? Could it not be [God’s] beginning, since a beginning in itself is always so beautiful.

App recommendation for the week:

I’ve been using Drafts of iOS and MacOSlike a maniac. I love this app! It is great for taking quick notes and hitting down ideas. Learn about Drafts in this great review from Rosemary Orchard.

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...is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. Wess has a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and is the father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with friends, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.