in the opinion of our community group.
this was last week’s ice breaker.

– The Fountainhead
– The Art of Fielding
– Pride and Prejudice
– The Battle Cry of Freedom
– The Power Broker
– A Tale of Two Cities
– Lord of the Rings
– Mere Christianity
– Davide Copperfield
– Great Gatsby
– Mountains Beyond Mountains
– Gone with the Wind
– The Brothers Karamazov

(i recommend ‘mtns beyond mtns’  – after the ice breaker,
i ordered it on amazon and devoured it. dr paul famer &
poverty & disease in haiti and beyond)


for all interested moms:

9:30am to 1pm.
make a morning of it; bring lunch!

June 10, 17, 24: Adventure Playground
CPW and 69th or 67th/Tavern on the Green
Bathrooms at Le Pain Quotidien

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July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: River Run Playground
83rd and Riverside
Bathrooms available

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August 5, 12, 19, 26: Hippo Playground
91st and Riverside
Bathrooms available

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a prayer

18 . June . 2013

a prayer for mothers via the gospel coalition

long island vs the hamptons

13 . June . 2013

Dear Diary:

Cast: Three high schoolers and me, sitting across from them on the crosstown bus.

Time: 3:30 p.m. A Friday.

High schooler No. 1, in the middle of a conversation about the
coming weekend and their respective country houses:
“I always feel like a stupid rich kid saying we have a place in the Hamptons, you know?”

No. 2. “I never say ‘the Hamptons.’ I just say we go to Long Island.
‘The Hamptons’ sounds, you know…”

No. 3. “I LOVE saying ‘the Hamptons’!
That way people don’t think we’re so rich.
Only renters say ‘the Hamptons.’”

– susan turner pohlmann in the nytimes

keep on walking

13 . June . 2013

Flashing lights emergency,
Police cars in a row.
Ask what’s going on and hear
That no one seems to know.

Fire engines block the street;
Cars have been diverted.
Soon the press trucks will appear,
Once they have been alerted.

Just another New York day,
Though tourists stand there gawking;
Natives give a glance and then
We shrug and keep on walking.

– ilene bauer in the nytimes

…and don’t want to lose in my inbox:

100 best children’s books

on practical criticism
(both giving & receiving criticism)

my friend, jill’s, comedy

carrie’s genius – on backyard dining options:

home decorators

west elm


home depot


world market

sure-fire ways to encourage your kids to use porn

wisdom from our wise friend, c:
the love of Christ constrains us.
He died so that those who live may no longer live for themselves
but for Him who died for them and was raised again.

think on this.

awwww, cory in the newsletter:

‘At 21st Services it is our goal to provide excellent products and services to our clients.
We are very excited to announce an addition to our team that will undoubtedly help us
achieve that goal; Cory Cates joined our team April 1st and is working from our New
York office. Cory previously worked at Credit Suisse for 8 years, which included several
years as Global Head of IT for Credit Suisse’s longevity business. Cory is a quantitative
finance technologist with a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics and a M.S. in applied physics
and applied mathematics, both from Columbia University. With many years of life
settlement experience, Cory adds instant depth to our data analytic capabilities and will
play a key role in helping our clients evaluate longevity, policy and portfolio risk.’


ha! wendy is the ‘enthusiastic reader’:

on idolatry

from kristin via betsy:

one thing your daughter doesn’t need you to say

our favorite ken-david & melinda:

chelsea music festival

11 essential NYC movies

from heather b:

Irish Blessing – As you slide down the banister of life,
may the splinters never point the wrong way.

Old Irish Curse – May those that love us love us, and those that don’t love us, may God turn their hearts.
If He can’t turn their hearts, may He turn their ankles, so we’ll know them by their limping!

Six Irish men were playing poker when one of them played a bad hand and died.
The rest drew straws to see who would tell his wife. One man draws the shortest straw and goes to his friend’s house to tell the wife.
The man says to her, “Your husband lost some money in the poker game and is afraid to come home.”
The wife says, “Tell him to drop dead!” The man responds, “I’ll go tell him.”

the song britt shared with me

scratch for henry

the cult of competitiveness


16 . February . 2013

Street life in NYC leads to marriage

‘But what really makes New York New York is its street life,
the ability to leave your home or office and encounter 10,000 faces
you’ve never seen before, and will probably never see again—
the unconscious sense of cross-pollination.’