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.
- Novelist Jacqui Rose shares a story about how horses changed her life, and it’s simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming.
- Many of us who live in more rural areas take for granted the many opportunities we have to enjoy nature, but the millions of people who live in cities aren’t so lucky. That’s why REI launched the Rewilding Project, designed to increase access to the outdoors for people from all walks of life.
- When I was in Newcastle, I volunteered a couple of times at Stepney Bank Stables, a horse stable in the middle of the city. They used their tiny space pretty creatively—but maybe not as creatively as these high rise horse barns do.
- The news media would have us believe that the Boy Scouts chartered the first female troops in its 107 year history just last month, but the truth is that the first female scout troop in the US was formed almost 50 years ago.
- A researcher who is herself a survivor of breast cancer is embarking on a new study to determine the impact of equine-assisted therapy on cancer patients.
- Photographer Beth Moon is on a mission to document the oldest trees in the world.
- Last week, I said that Chey Rasmussen was your perfect artistic cheerleader. Well, he’s at it again, with two great posts: Stick to What You Start and Great Art is a Numbers Game.
- Artist’s Network also has two great posts designed to inspire your creativity: 8 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Creative Breakthroughs! 10 Prompts to Spark Your Artistic Ingenuity.
- Artist Lisa Lloyd has a brilliant collection of birds and insects crafted out of paper.
- I love this cute animation about a couple who has grown a little distant over the years.
- Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a National Geographic Explorer? Well, ask and ye shall receive.
- When I was a kid, I loved sitting on the porch swing with my mom and watching storms. Sometimes, the sky would turn a funny shade of green and it would start to hail, and that’s when my parents would turn on the radio or TV to listen for tornado warnings. Now, engineers at Oklahoma State University are developing technology that can help predict tornadoes based on sound waves.
- Libraries are important all year round, but especially in the summer. They can help prevent “the summer slide” (when kids experience a drop in their reading level over the summer months) and some even provide meals for kids who depend on school lunches during the school year.
- I am head over heels in love with the concept for this British preschool that’s operated completely outdoors.
- I was craaaaaazy about stickers when I was a child, so this video of the only sticker factory in the US is super nostalgic for me.
- The talk “Bearing One Another’s Burdens” by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was exactly what I needed this week.
- I love this sweet testimony from an adoptive father about knowing his kids’ real dad.
- Here is a lovely story about a family choosing to serve where the Lord needs them most.
- If there’s one thing I love about Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, it’s his unending optimism and enthusiasm for life.
- Between 1992 and 2012, 31 million acres of agricultural land were lost to development. Why is that a problem? Because, as my mother succinctly puts it, “You can’t eat houses.”
- A recent study has discovered that not only is high seas fishing dangerous and destructive to important ecosystems, it’s also unprofitable.
- Here’s some biotech I can get behind: a team of scientists has developed a non-toxic, biodegradable pest deterrent that keeps bugs away without killing them.
- Science has determined that it’s not always “survival of the fittest.” In fact, genetic diversity in plants actually helps protect them from disease.
- Science has also determined that crop rotation helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
- Lots of things about reducing plastic pollution this week, like this powerful cover from National Geographic, this article about fishermen in India gathering ocean plastic to turn into roads, these tips for reducing plastic use as a family, and this video from Zooey Deschanel about plastic in the seafood we eat.
- In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, please enjoy this Holderness Family parody, “Who’s DAD?“
- I am in love with the beautiful patterns on the stationery and housewares designed by Sophia Mulheran—especially because her company is dedicated to cleaning up trash, planting trees, eliminating plastic, and other eco-friendly initiatives. She’s getting ready to launch a crowdfunding campaign to clean up 1 million pieces of trash and plant 500 trees, and she’s looking for input on the gifts she’ll give donors of different levels. Answer a quick, 4-question survey for a chance to win one of her gorgeous mandala plates!
What stories have you loved this week?