Friday Fuel: White Space, Talking to Strangers and Finding a Retreat

June 6, 2014

It’s the end of another week.

Summer has officially started, of course. After a couple of weeks of summer school art classes, I’m actually going to leave school for a little while. I’ll be gone for the next week and a half, on retreat in the peaceful Sawtooth Ridge region of Idaho. Cheri and I going to do a lot of resting. We’re going to look at mountains and walk around lakes and streams. I’m going to do a lot of writing. We will probably eat some potatoes. It’s going to be wonderful.

Before I leave, here’s some cool stuff that’s been really great for me this week.

On My Bookshelf9780800721794_alt2

The funny thing is, I don’t actually have time to read this book.

This book is so well timed for me, it’s unbelievable. One of my blog-friends, Bonnie Gray has just released Finding Spiritual Whitespace. You know how most books you read are some kind of a to-do list? Not this one. It would be ironic if it was, because this book is about laying down the false god of being busy and giving our souls the rest and space they need to thrive. It’s about finding peace. It’s about finding shalom. It’s about stopping, which is a good thing sometimes.

Yeah, I don’t have time to read this book. That is the point. 

Go find this book and read it next to the pool, at the park, or during your own retreat this summer.

In My Art Room

The last two weeks have been spent on summer art camp, an amazing, intensive time when we get to do stuff that just doesn’t work with a full classroom of students. Check out my Instagram feed to see what we made.

In My Blog Reader

Interestingly, there were several great blogs that popped up in my reader this week that were about writing, something that as bloggers and authors, we all struggle with. There is no romanticized reality when it comes to writing. It’s hard. There’s never a perfect time or place to get it done. (That’s why just getting started is one of the biggest hurdles for writers.) KC Proctor shared how he struggles not with writer’s block but writer’s doubt. And Birgitte Rasine share some practical points on The Write Practice on how to write through duress.

On the subject of practical living, there were also a couple of great blogs. Jeremy Statton laid out the five elements of a great ten year plan. And The Art of Manliness, one of my perennial favorites, discussed the virtues of and how tos of one of my most dreaded activities, (and something we were all told not to do), talking to strangers.

There weren’t a whole lot of religious-type blogs this week. But, Zack Hunt of The American Jesus took advantage in the pause to ask a question about the importance of almighty “truth.” Is our faith simply a list of propositional statements?

That’s it for me.  I’ll see you in a couple of weeks!

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