My friends have asked me (many times) for a list of recommended reading. I’ve decided to begin with a list of some of the web resources I frequently use.
DAILY E-MAIL MESSAGES TO WHICH I SUBSCRIBE:
thebreastcancersite.com This site gives me the opportunity each day to click a button which provides funding from sponsors for organizations serving a variety of interests including breast cancer, literacy, the environment, autism, veterans, animals and more. I receive an e-mail reminder each day and it only takes a minute to click on each of the six or seven tabs. This site also give me access to a great source for gifts – a fair trade market place.
inwardoutward.org This site is hosted by The Church of the Saviour, a “scattered community” of small independent churches in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. This one provides compelling quotes each day. I think this may be my favorite one.
design-seeds.com This is my daily dose of eye candy. Each day I receive an email containing three or four beautiful photographs and an analysis of the color palette of each. I find this useful in both my card-making and quilting but also, I simply enjoy the beauty of the photos and the vibrancy of the colors. It’s a daily treat – no calories!
sojo.net/blogs/verse-and-voice This daily e-mail contains a verse from the Bible, a related quotation, and a host of resources for justice issues of all kinds. This site is sponsored by Sojourners Magazine.
philipgulley.org Gulley does not send out daily messages. He writes from personal experience as a progressive (read heretical which I think is a worthy life calling) theologian. This site provides access to his monthly column in an Indianapolis newspaper. Those articles are always worth reading. His Harmony series of fiction will be on my Recommended Reading List whenever I get around to posting that. He is a Quaker preacher and a gifted writer.
RECOMMENDED WEBSITES – These do not provide regular messages but contain essential nutrients for a centered life.
beliefnet.com This site contains a wealth of information about world religions. Two of my favorite tabs are “Inspiration” and “Inspirational Quote Search.”
spiritualityandpractice.com This site has more resources than one can humanly access. My favorite parts are recommended films and books. You can subscribe to an RSS feed (That means you receive a message each time there is an update to the site) but I have not done that. I have trouble keeping up with my e-mail as it is.) This site also offers E-Courses which are generally 40 days of daily messages on a specific topic or by a specific author. I have done these on several topics (Rumi, Native Spirituality, Creativity are ones that come to mind) but in recent years, they have gotten a bit too expensive for me. You might try one to see what you think.
blog.sciencemusings.com There is only one scientific bone in my body and I have no idea where that one is. Science is not my thing. This scientist, Chet Raymo, has explained things to me in his books in ways that I can actually understand. He is a science professor and naturalist with a gift for sharing what he knows with ordinary people. His book, Skeptics and True Believers: The Exhilerating Conversation between Science and Religion, is on my must-read list. His columns are worth reading.
hubblesite.org The night sky fascinates me and the Hubble site provides amazing photographs from outer space that take me beyond what I can see with the naked eye or with my feeble telescope. I have just now subscribed to an RSS feed from this site so will have to see what I get as a result.