Late Bloomer

Whenever I post my Discoveries of the Year on the last day of December, I’m reminded that I’m a late bloomer. I list things that many have already heard about/read/saw/figured out long ago. With that in mind, here we go:

My Favorite Discoveries of 2021:

  1. Yancey Strickler and his book This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World taught me about B Companies and got my All-Church-All-The-Time brain sparking some new ministry ideas regarding money and partnerships and the future of The Church.
  2. Jennifer Senior wrote my favorite ever essay about grief which is also about memories and time and 9-11. She is one of the reasons why The Atlantic is the best magazine out there.
  3. Jason Sudeikis is a genius. Who knew this when he was Track Suit Dancing Guy on What Up With That? Seriously. Did you have any idea?
  4. Amanda Gorman. I have no words to describe her words.
  5. Michelle Zauner wrote one of the best books of 2021 especially if you are a sucker for dead mother reflections. She is also a musician.

It was also a good year to reread bell hooks and Joan Didian and Hans Kung. It was a good year to thank the people for whom Covid was not a time of cozy work-from-home scenarios with sourdough starter. It was a good year for giving money away to churches – large and small – who thrived in the midst of disruption. It was a good year if we stuck together and appreciated each other.

May 2022 be a better year.

Image of a camelia cutting in front of the last days of our 2021 Christmas tree.

2 responses to “Late Bloomer

  1. Wonderful.


  2. Pingback: Self-Care, Not Self-Control | A Church for Starving Artists

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