Friday Favorites #10

By Jessica Friedman

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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.


  • Ever wonder where police horses live? In London, they live in stables right in the heart of the city.
  • Another horsey story today: Equestrian sports tend to be dominated by white people, so I love when I see stories about programs that connect minorities in vulnerable communities with horses. I loved this article from the New York Times about a program pairing inner-city kids with horses, and why close encounters with animals has such a therapeutic affect on many people.


  • The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam staged an entertaining flash mob straight out of a 17th Century painting by Rembrandt.
  • I’m a purist when it comes to Simon and Garfunkle’s song “The Sound of Silence.” I don’t love that cover by the heavy metal artist that everyone got excited about a few years ago, but I DO love this cover played on an 18-string guitar. I didn’t even know that was a thing, but I need one now.




  • During our last Stake Conference, a counselor in our Stake Presidency shared a lovely story about Joe Fairbanks, a missionary with Down Syndrome. While serving in Welfare Square in Salt Lake, Elder Fairbanks was counseled to keep a journal during his mission. While reading and writing are difficult for him, Joe devised an impressive system of using hieroglyphics to record spiritual experiences on his mission.
  • I’ve often found myself caught in the middle between a religious culture of ultra conservatism and what I feel true Christianity means. And while I don’t agree with many liberal political beliefs, I still related to this article about an often overlooked silent minority: the Christian Left.


  • Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve discovered one of Brett‘s new favorite foods. This Indian Butter Chicken recipe is divine. Eat it. Now. You won’t regret it.

What stories have you loved this week?

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