Good Links (The Haitian Edition)

It's been a crazy week here at the Haines house. On Monday, my tiniest buddy, an eight pound Yorkie-Poo rescue named Lucy, headed for the hills. She was in the back yard with my son and found a gap in the fence line. Seeing a squirrel on the other side, she squeezed her way through, and like a shot, she was off! Amber called, panicking, and asked me to come home. She told me that Lucy had squeezed through the fence gap, had disappeared in a flash. Our dog had run away. I sped home and scoured the neighborhood, searching all its nooks and crannies. There was no sign of my best little dog, so I did what all good dog-lovers are supposed to do when their mutt heads for the hills. I made flyers titled "LOST DOG," and plastered them on every stop sign in a 2 mile radius.

A friend saw the flyer, suggested I post it on Facebook. I figured the odd were low that the finder of my dog (assuming there was one) would see the Facebook posting, but when you're desperate, you'll do just about anything. Here's where the story gets crazy. I am Facebook friends with the local weatherman's wife. She saw the posting, and went to said local weatherman's Facebook fan page and reposted it. I woke up the next morning to a message saying that one of his many fans had found my Lucy!

Now, for those of you who've been following my blog, you know that I've been pushing back against the internet a little. I've been writing some words on staging a coup against the power this electronic medium wields over us, about staging some great Analog Resistance. But here's the truth: social media ain't all that bad. In fact, sometimes it's a Godsend.

Let's round up some of the good links this week. What do you say?


Kelley Nikondeha is a gem, and one peach of a writer to boot. This month, she has opened up the "Transit Lounge" (follow the link for more details) wherein she and a few friends (yours truly included) will be reading Walter Brueggemann's book, Sabbath as Resistance. This book has a shotgun start, and is a quick little read that will reconstruct the way you think about the fourth commandment in this modern age. Brueggemann describes his book as being written

"to those who are 'weary and heavy laden,' made so by the insatiable requirements of our society--in its taxation for the sake of imperialism, in its social conformity that urges doing more and having more (now perniciously embodied in 'teaching to test'), in its frightened intent that there should be no 'free lunch' for anyone, in its assumption that there is a technological resolution of every human problem, in its pathologies of greed and control."

I think this is a timely read for the many who feel the grinding of life, the endless do, do, do, that grinds your soul down to a nub. Join us in the Transit Lounge!


This weekend, Amber will be heading to Haiti with the grand people of Help One Now. She'll be rolling with some of my favorites: Sarah Bessey, Erika Morrison, Sarah Markley, Mike Rusch, and Scott Wade (hello, Lion-man!). Today's links are dedicated to these fine folks who'll be serving their guts out and writing good stories to boot.

Read more:

Amber Haines - On Broken Parts in Regular Towns: Alabama, Arkansas, and Haiti.

Sarah Bessey - In Which I'm Looking for Subversive Hope.

Sarah Markley - What is Possible

Erika Morrison (a/k/a E-$) - i always make it personal.


My friend Tim Willard (and his inimitable cohort, Jason Locy), are ready to launch their second book into the world. If it's anything like their first book, Veneer, you won't want to miss it. Check out the trailer for Home Behind the Sun: Connect With God in the Brilliance of the Everyday (pre-order now).


I've been continuing this process of recovery (ain't that a loaded word?), and it's been, at times, brutal. I've found a few things that help the urge to drink. Good prayer, good quiet, and good music. This week, I created a second playlist entitled "Recovery 2." Check it out.


Thanks for stopping in this week! Have a brilliant weekend!