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Finally the end of a big week for me. Hope you had a wonderful week.

On rest

This is just what I need! Tony Schwartz Relax! You’ll be more productive

Paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less. A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.

On drugs and sport

Tracey Holmes Outrage on steroids: our obsession with drugs in sport

It’s good to see someone else asked ‘what about Netball?’, ‘what about women’s sport’ when we were told that ‘all’ codes were implicated – Wendy Harmer Don’t bring us into disrepute too

On evangelicalism

This one reminded me that I whinge too much about evangelical culture. There are lots of things to be encouraged by. Jeff Dunn What evangelicalism gets right

On Paul and ‘clever speech’

Tim Gombis Paul on worldly and cruciform uses of rhetoric

On having it all

Are we really still asking that question? If men or women are having to chose between having a family and being ‘successful,’ then that’s something we should be working to fix.

Julia Baird Powerful women held up as examples of limitations

It would be a shame if the lesson we take from the varied lives of our most powerful women is that children and career is a dichotomy. Life is complicated and our loves, families, fertility, careers, timing and desires rarely match what we plan or hope.

On the food bowl

We’ve been through this before guys. North Australia as the food bowl for Asia? See Laura Eadie Food boom will be no mining boom

On the ‘ugliest woman in the world’

Charles Wilson Dignified ending for ugly story

Her own husband called her a “bear woman.” An 1854 advertisement in The New York Times said she was the “link between mankind and the ourang-outang.” She became known in the popular imagination during the mid-19th century as “the ugliest woman in the world.”

On Valentine’s day

I don’t really do Valentine’s day – you know, consumerism, pressure, leaving out single people, all that. So my husband got me chocolates on the 13th. He’s a good egg.

Jon Acuff Surviving church as a single

You’ve got a “don’t perpetuate the cat lady stereotype,” monologue locked and loaded at all times and have already stopped reading this post so you can put it in the comments section.

xkcd Valentine dilemma xkcd On V Day

Melanie Poole Stopping violence against women

On Lent

Matt Smethurst Lent is about Jesus: Free devotional guide

Tom Wright Lent for everyone reading plan

On gender and culture

Tamie Responding to being called a ‘lazy wife’

On church music

I’ve already  written on Christian music. This video just about sums it up – how to write a worship song in 5 minutes or less

 

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