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493rd Friday Blog Roundup

I have developed an intense Picmonkey addiction.  To the point where my dreams have text floating across opaque banners.  The thing I love most about Picmonkey: no one taught me how to use it.  It’s that intuitive.

I avoided it at first because it felt like one more piece of software to learn.  But then one day, I needed to add words to an image like so.


Then I realized that I could give myself a snowman lover.


And finally, it fulfills all my drooling blood needs without me needing to actually get blood pooling on my chin.


Apologies in advance for the slew of zombified photos coming down the pike.


I am having a reading renaissance.  I was in a valley, taking weeks to finish a book.  Which meant I wasn’t reading many books overall when I looked at my year.  I couldn’t complete one of the numerous reading challenges floating around the Internet because I was too slow.

And then suddenly, I started reading a lot.  Finishing books in a few days.

Here is the odd thing: I didn’t gain more time or trade reading for something else.  I just started going through books at a faster pace.  Non-fiction, literary fiction, young adult novels.  In paper.  On the iPad.  It didn’t matter the content or the medium: I just started reading faster.

Thank you, eyes.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

Persnickety Chickadee has a post that resonated with me about mild depression.  She tells an interesting fact about how stress affects serotonin levels that made sense.  The post moves in anything but aimless circles.  Contemplative circles, yes.  Aimless, no.

On a weekend that contains Mother’s Day, I want to highlight Bionic Mamas post about six months out from losing her mother.  She writes, “Six months in, everything about having a dead mother is still awful. In case you were wondering. Someone remarked today that there is no proper timeline, take as long as you need, but I think the truth might be that there is no timeline at all, that this just continues to suck, world without end.”  Holding her in my heart on a very hard weekend.

Lastly, The Road Less Travelled has a post about seeing her freshman year roommate on the street, but walking past without stopping.  The story of their friendship unfolds in the post, and it’s both familiar and unique at the same time.  I love friendship stories, so perhaps that’s what drew me to the post.

The roundup to the Roundup: I have a Picmonkey addiction.  Reading a lot.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between May 2nd and May 9th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.

One last one.  Truman graduating from elementary school. (He’s like 11 in human years.)




1 Melissa { 05.09.14 at 12:08 pm }



I ran across two blog post today from Where the *bleep* is Our Stork and I was really moved by both! I read her love post that you mentioned and it was great! She’s started a project now asking readers/writers to submit a love story of their own… to show the diversity of love. And her post to infertile on Mom’s day was just inspirational. I admire courage and strength; and she has it!

2 Tiara { 05.09.14 at 1:49 pm }

Not only does Picmonkey look amazing, I am very tempted to pay for the Royale membership!

3 Lori Lavender Luz { 05.09.14 at 5:50 pm }

You crack me up.


4 Elisha { 05.09.14 at 7:34 pm }

Thousands of women who struggle with infertility will intentionally avoid going to church this Mother’s Day. While I strongly believe the church should continue to appreciate mothers, I don’t think it should be done at the cost of the hearts of the childless. so what can your church do to celebrate mother’s but also make it more inviting for those who are hurting? What can be done so that instead of leaving in the middle of the service in tears, they leave at the end filled with hope for their future?

5 loribeth { 05.09.14 at 7:51 pm }

Thanks for the shout-out, Mel. 🙂 I should have mentioned in the post that it was inspired by a recent post by Mali (No Kidding in NZ) about friendship: http://nokiddinginnz.blogspot.ca/2014/05/friendship-101.html

6 Aerotropolitan Comitissa { 05.10.14 at 1:29 am }

Picmonkey. It’s the best. Any money they make they thoroughly deserve. Fiendishly, the free part of the product is so good you just end up wanting to pay them money because they deserve it.

I want to know how you just started reading faster. That sounds like a useful skill.

7 Infertile Girl { 05.15.14 at 11:23 pm }

Hopefully I’m not too late to sneak one more in for the roundup but I just read Jane Allen’s post about the controversy around gender selection. I think she is an amazing person with super human strength to have handled her situation so gracefully! http://minetocommand.blogspot.ca/2014/05/gender-benders.html?m=1

8 Battynurse { 05.16.14 at 4:57 am }

I’ve had a difficult time reading for a while now which frustrates me to no end. Except Harry Potter which I seem to have no problem reading over and over. I think because I know I can put it down as I already know what happens next. I’m blaming it on school. Whenever I start trying to read Or thinking I might start a book, I start thinking about the homework I should be doing.

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