Friday Fave Five

I’m popping in today to post a long-overdue Friday Fave Five. Today, I offer you a potpourri for writers and bloggers alike.

Photography. Is it just me or does there seem to be an increased popularity in photography of late? Even before Pinterest burst on the scene I noticed that many writers, myself no exception, have been dabbling in photography. There is a great post on Author Tech Tips this week about photo editing tools. Of the tools recommended I’ve only used PicMonkey and I’m a huge fan of the flexibility it gives me to play with my photos.

Laughter. I couldn’t help but chuckle at Rachelle Gardner’s Fun Things From Around the Web post. I especially liked the xray cartoon! Do you have a book in you waiting to get out?!

Multitasking. I’ve been thinking a lot about a woman’s (mine in particular) ability to multitask. I came across this post at the Long Ago in the Here and Now site about the perils of multitasking. Yikes! It’s enough to make me think about spending more time in the present moment, how about you?

Prairie straw. I loved this story in the Quill & Quire about a new eco-friendly paper on sale in Canada that contains 80% straw leftover from harvested wheat crops. A Canadian prairie-girl like me couldn’t help but like this–the picture of the straw bale on the package notwithstanding.

Music. Sometimes when I’m writing I like to have soft music playing in the back ground. Lately I’ve been enjoying Mary Chapin Carpenter’s Ashes and Roses and The Age of Miracles albums (do they still call them albums?).

I’m looking forward to spending time with my writing sisters tomorrow and hearing the fabulous stories they’ve been working on since we last met. What are you looking forward to this weekend? 


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Due to the high heat we’ve had the last week, my husband and I slept outside in the tent last night!

    I’m looking forward to more of ‘being a kid’ this weekend!

    1. What fun, Denise!

  2. Albums. Do they still call them albums? Love that. And you know, I’m not sure. I think “they” call them CDs – but “we” can call them whatever we want and “we” know what “we” mean.

    I’m looking forward to catching up on some writing this weekend. That’s such a luxurious way to spend 2 days, interrupted only by CBS Sunday morning tomorrow morning and a bike ride this afternoon.

  3. Tomorrow, Sunday, I’ll be meeting my garden buddies for our once-a-month gathering. We’re supposed to bring something from the garden but um, I’ve got this little problem of eating all the berries before they make it to the house. I might have to go the store. Bad me.

    I love digital photography too. The tools right on Microsoft are very helpful in terms of lightening or darkening a photo and cropping which are about the only things I do. I’ve got Picasa and Paint too but rarely use them. I love your banner photos. Definitely a strong family resemblance.

    I’m sorry I’ve been away from your blog for so long. I hope you’re having a great summer. Have fun on Pinterest!

  4. Dear Linda, I’ve been away awhile from blogging so I’m glad to see this posting of yours that introduces me to five things that are on your mind right now. That makes up for many of the posts I’ve missed.

    The living in the present and in Presence is so important and yet try as I might, I can do that only for a short time before my mind is racing backward and forward away from the present moment. Maybe today the time in the now will lengthen! Peace.

  5. Thought I’d drop by to see how you’re spending these amazing summer days. Your comment about the straw paper made me smile. I have this thing for pens. I can’t seem to have enough of them, and I’m always on the hunt for new fav.

    The simple things of life sure give it color & hue, don’t they?!!

  6. Linda, we were away a few days in your lovely (and very warm in Yakima!) state. I enjoyed your reference to “albums.” Whatever they call them today, we have license as we grow older to call things what we remember them as or want to call them. At least that’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it! Hope you had a wonderful weekend and start to the week.

    1. I’m with you Sherrey. Age has it’s privileges!

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