a few of my favorite links

My favorite OCD blogs:

http://bringingalongocd.blogspot.com | Tina is so real and honest and brings you right into the experience of OCD, always with a hopeful message.
http://ocdtalk.wordpress.com | Janet is so knowledgeable about OCD; she introduces the most fascinating OCD-related articles and topics on her blog.
http://71sunny.blogspot.com | Sunny is pure loveliness and discusses OCD through a Christian lens.
http://www.lollyshope.com | Lolly finds or creates the most wonderful OCD- and anxiety-related graphics!

My favorite other blogs:

http://howtotalkevangelical.addiezierman.com | Here, Addie’s goal is to “reclaim and redefine a faith that has been oversimplified, jammed into a specific set of terms and phrases.”
http://judithhougen.blogspot.com | Judy blogs about the intersections of  faith, beauty, creativity, and culture.
http://inksplotchlearningtowrite.wordpress.com | At Inksplotch, Elyse writes about reading and writing.
http://lovesoradical.wordpress.com | Mary tackles poetry and faith with a heart so mature you’ll forget she’s in high school.
http://musingsfromawardrobe.wordpress.com | I just wish Stacey would post more often!

My favorite YouTubers:

http://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers | John Green, one of my favorite authors, and his brother Hank vlog Tuesdays and Fridays, and every single video is brilliant and funny.
http://www.youtube.com/user/mirandasings08 | “Miranda” is a great singer, so “haters, back off!”
http://www.youtube.com/user/wheezywaiter | Craig is the ultimate entertainer; watch for a couple weeks and you’ll find yourself in on about 50 inside jokes.
http://www.youtube.com/user/MrArturoTrejo | Get to know Arturo, Nancy, and Jose Luis, and you’ll fall in love with them all.
http://www.youtube.com/user/nerimon | Alex Day is essentially a cheeky bastard, and I adore him.

My most used sites:
http://www.weheartit.com | For my blog graphics!
http://www.fotoflexer.com | To manipulate blog graphics!
http://www.picmonkey.com | To create blog collages!
http://www.barnesandnoble.com | I basically live on this site, and since I’m a member and get free shipping, I purchase entirely too often (if that was even possible when you’re talking about books!).
http://www.etsy.com | Love this site … it’s like a crafty/homemade Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com | Ahhh, and here’s the original!

What are your favorite websites, blogs, and vlogs?


Reblogged: All the Single Ladies

My friend Kristin is like a sage to me.  We were friends in college; then, my senior year, she was my supervisor in the campus writing center.  She left Minnesota for grad school– first out to LA, then to Chicago– before coming back to teach English at our alma mater, where I work in the admissions office.  It was during round two of her life in Minnesota that I really got to bond with her.  She knows scripture so well, and she is unbelievably wise.  And really gracious.  She is someone whom I can talk to about all my weird, really-out-there ideas without judgment.  Instead, she pours wisdom into my life.

She has been living in Nairobi, Kenya, for the last year and a half, and she recently blogged about an issue that I am really feeling at this time of the year.  I hope you’ll hop over to her blog to read it.

Here’s the first little bit:

All the Single Ladies: Facebook Holiday Survival Guide

Sometimes, it feels as if facebook is trying to tell me something. This morning, for instance, posts and links accumulated such that I felt like a detective at the end of a mystery novel—all the pieces were falling into place. 
Post One: “He asked. I said yes.”
I’m not usually overly sentimental about such things, but this friend, who is about ten years older than I am, has been a particular influence on my life for the past couple years. This is often the case when you are a single adult woman and you know other single adult women who are older than you–especially happy, balanced single women who just like you don’t want to always be single but still manage to be, well, happy and balanced in their singleness. At some point, the age differentiation becomes very important–after this point, when people younger than you get married, you get angsty (why don’t they just wait their turn, for Pete’s sake?); when people older than you get married, you get hopeful (see? it’s possible!). Selfish, yes, but also true.
For the rest of her holiday survival guide, click here!