I'm wrapping up an evening at Young Life's Woodleaf camp. Mr. Darcy is staying with his border collie BFF's, Phoenix and Appa, and we'll head back tomorrow for the long haul (until Thailand in just one month!). So, in no particular order, I present to you three shameless plugs of the white, the funny and the endearing:
*the white: whether you're white, black, brown, green, purple or pink, you will laugh upon checking out this website on our white friends. I say that knowing full well that I'm whiter than I ever thought I was, and I'd gladly add to the list what one of my black friends said she'd NEVER be caught dead doing: SCRAPBOOKING.
*the funny: one of my buddies recommended this movie, so I netflixed it (and netflix is now a verb?), and haven't laughed so hard in a while. Sons of Provo is a mock-umentary indie film on the Mormon subculture through a boy band that makes it big on the Mormon pop scene. It is hilarious, and also eerily reminiscent of different subcultures that I've found myself a part of. Also, a disclaimer: to my Mormon friends, this was written by Mormons (and according to different websites) targeting an LDS audience originally. Watch it. And laugh.
*the endearing: yesterday for the first couple of hours at Woodleaf we got to have author Paul Young of THE SHACK fame come and speak to us and engage in a little Q and A time afterwards. Wow. Regardless of one's belief system, it was incredible hearing the impact this fictional piece of literature on the Trinity has had - literally - on the WORLD. As many people know, the book was just written for his children; he never intended it to read an audience outside of Office Depot, let alone to the spot of NY Times bestseller 13 (?) weeks in a row. The book is currently being translated into Spanish, Chinese, German, Portuguese...the list goes on, via a man who is the most down to earth, authentic, unassuming person you've ever met. If you haven't already read THE SHACK, do. I am finishing a second read-through right now (which can be rare), and it is just as good the second time.