Weekend Review: Artisanal Wood, Artisanal Water, and a Coming Clean Steal

Welcome to the first non-holiday weekend of 2016. Non-holiday weekend, I say, which means a weekend to recover from family, from travel, from the thirty-pound-a-day sugar habit that's been developing since Thanksgiving. It's time to recover from vacation, maybe take a few baby steps toward your New Year's resolutions. Today's a budget day for me, a day for running, a day for setting up that thing that I've been meaning to set up for the last six months. And as crazy as this may sound, I'm looking forward to getting back to the household grind. (Too much vacation makes you soft around the middle, see.) But before I hit the bricks, let's take a look at few good links.

A FEW GOOD WEEKEND DISTRACTIONS

Last month, Coming Clean was awarded Christianity Today's Award of Merit in the category of Spiritual Formation.  It is an honor, and a humbling one at that. And this week, you can grab an e-copy of Coming Clean for only $1.99! Take advantage of this bargain on Kindle or Nook. (If you'd like to help spread the word about this deal, click here to tweet!)

Speaking of eBooks, do you follow Modern Miss Darcy's Kindle deals? This week's selections include a few great books, including Coming Clean. While you're at her place, signup to receive her Kindle deals in your inbox.

John Blase wrote a heckuva poem this week, a poem that channels the spirit of Bill Holm, 40's tunes on the radio, and rhubarb pie. Did I say it's one heckuva a poem? Take a gander.

I love a good small-batch, artisanal hipster joke. This is one of my favorites from 2015, and I can't stop watching it. If you don't giggle, you ain't human.

And if you liked that, meet world-class water makers, the Timmy Brothers.They're putting the peninsula in your mouth without any strain on the environment.

Finally, enjoy this visual representation of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself," hosted at The Atlantic. It's one of my favorite things this week.

Thanks for reading along this week. Now, let's get to those resolutions!

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Good Links (The Welcome Wagon Edition)

Amber hopped a jet to the Caribbean last Thursday, though it's not like it sounds. She and a few friends hitched their wagons to the star that is Help One Now and made their way to Haiti for the week. It should come as no surprise to you that the boys (including this boy) get restless when Mama's away. She's brings balance to this house full of testosterone, and when she's away, things sort of go the way of the man. What is the way of the man? Let's just say that my boys have eaten more meat, imbibed more root beer, watched more action movies (appropriately rated, of course), have caught numerous fish, destroyed numerous household furnishings, and have irreparably clogged one toilet.

Yes we are well aware of our frailty, so when mama returned to save the day, the welcome wagon was ready to meet her. It went down as follows:

We're glad Amber's back.

With all my free time this week, what with raising four boys, work obligations, and a community gathering or two, rounding up good links was difficult. But such as I have, I give to you. Enjoy.

BOOKS

Late last year, I had an inkling that I needed to dive into the words of St. Francis. I put off said inkling, and instead chose to rip through three novels that were not spiritual and were certainly anything other than saintly. I digress. At the prompting of a friend, I picked up a copy of Francis and Clare: The Complete Works. Grammar aside, it's busting my chops.

Know well that in the sight of God there are certain matters which are very lofty and sublime which are sometimes considered worthless and inferior by people; while there are other things cherished and esteemed by people, which are considered worthless and inferior by God.

Grab a copy.

LINKS

Tonia Peckover is one of my favorites. She's one of the rare pearls of the internet, and has been stretching her poetry across the screen these days. She posted this piece on the Rwandan genocide memorial. Warning: take a deep breath before reading.

It's Holy Week, the week Christianity commemorates the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. Head on over to Deeper Story for John Blase's piece Happy Easter Chuck.

I've loved all the posts that have come from Haiti, but none more than those from Laura Tremaine. She's been honest with her misgivings and assumption. It been refreshing. She writes:

But how, then, were these children seeing us? As novelties? From the outside, did we look like poverty tourists? We had translators, but how can I know how we were actually presented? As the hours slipped by with children in my lap, it ceased to matter. The only person over-thinking this particular relationship between giver and receiver was me.

PHOTOS

Mike Rusch has been taking photos of the unsung heroes, those whose names you will never know.

Of this photo, he writes:

You'll never know his name but he works with Haitian government to accept children into Ferrier Village that were rescued from Human Trafficking. The world needs more heroes like this.

VIDEO:

Were you there?

MUSIC:

Did you dig into The Oh Hello's 2012 album, Through the Deep, Dark Valley? If you missed this one, here's your chance:

Thanks for stopping in this week. See you soon.