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October 3, 2014

ICYMI — 11

John headshot Oct2013Most Fridays you’ll find me here posting links to interesting things I found while looking around the internet. I post them here just in case you missed it. Hence the title of the post. Get it?

I don’t think it’ll come as a shock to hear that people are often less than completely truthful when they post stuff on the Facebook. Well, 25 year-old Zilla van den Born took that to a whole new level recently, faking an entire trip abroad. Apparently, she did it as a social experiment to remind us how we all lie on social media. Remember, when you see someone’s Facebook page, you’re watching their carefully edited highlight reel.

Kate Shellnutt is the associate editor of Her.meneutics — Christianity Today’s site aimed at women. She recently came out with the news her husband is not, in fact, her best friend. Oddly enough, people expressed sadness and pity over this. Her article here is worth reading — especially for those couples who feel obligated to say something that isn’t (and maybe shouldn’t be) true.

Allison Slater Tate writes from an interesting perspective, expressing something I know I feel deeply. She says we’re the last generation of parents to remember what a low-tech childhood was like. I love her refusal to give in to pessimism, and her honesty. And I think we would all do ourselves (and our kids) a great service by following her lead and continuing to point out the view of the river — even if no one in the car looks up.

Is it possible that the way Americans parent is having a negative impact on the quality of marriage? That’s the premise of this piece by Danielle and Astro Teller. They say parenting has become a religion, and religions require an absolute devotion that will not tolerate any form of competition. So, what happens when our commitment to our spouse interferes with our devotion to our children? One look at the divorce rates of empty nesters is enough to answer that question.

Finally, many of you are by now familiar with Meghan Trainor’s song “All About that Bass” — but I bet you’ve never imagined it covered by a stellar jazz trio featuring Kate Davis singing and playing an actual bass like a boss!

That’s it for this week. Let me know if I missed anything.

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