Friday Favorites is a weekly round up of my favorite stories and products from around the web. See what I’ve loved in the past here.
- I have had a bit of a rough week. Actually, that’s putting it mildly. I’ve had a really rough week. But I read this post from Time Out For Women about a sister who learns to be comfortable with discomfort and it helped me feel better about life.
- This one is a bit of an oldie for me since I’ve known about it for a while, but I just rediscovered a video about an international student from China who was introduced to the gospel in Newcastle. While I didn’t meet Noah during my year there, I do know many of the people who appear in this video, and the shots of the city and university make me really “homesick.” It’s amazing to see the work progressing among the Chinese immigrants and students in Newcastle and I love that they’re taking it home to share with their families.
- The Visual Communication Guy has a fascinating look at how the top 20 churches in the US “brand” their message.
- Fun fact: Just because a potting soil is labeled organic doesn’t mean it’s allowed in organic food production. In this case, the “organic” just refers to the organic compounds that make up the potting mix, and not all of them are sustainably sourced or environmentally friendly. Modern Farmer has a great round up on what’s in your potting soil and how you can make sure you get a mix that’s good for your plants and for the planet.
- In probably the best post-fire story I have ever heard, three border collies—yep, dogs—are helping restore a Chilean forest devastated by fire last year. I think it’s absolutely brilliant.
- I really want to see Loving Vincent, the Academy Award winning animated film consisting of 65,000 hand-painted frames done in the style of Vincent van Gogh. But until I get to see it, I’ll content myself with admiring the beautiful van Gogh-inspired quill work by artist Yulia Brodskaya.
- I love using pastels, so I was super impressed by the winners of the 19th Annual Pastel 100 competition. The portrait of Yang Hui by Aurelio Rodríguez López is so good, it’s hard to believe it’s not a photograph.
- I love these whimsical illustrations by artist Emilia Dziubak on Behance.
- Also, how fun are these marbleized eggs? I’m totally making some for Easter this year.
- Did you know that parks contribute $154 BILLION to the economy and create over a million jobs? Neither did I, but the National Recreation and Park Association just released the results of a study on the economic impact of parks, and it’s awesome. Think about that the next time you go for a stroll in your local green space.
- This one was shared with me by my mom, who guessed that her nerdy daughter would love this video about using fungi to make useful things like leather, bricks, and chairs. She was right.
- And here’s another one dug up out of the dirt: one New York scientist is on a mission to find novel drugs for the ailments of humanity by digging up Central Park.
- I love this quote by Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis of the Seventy: