Eloquent Finds: Weekend Podcasts, Links, and Words

By Friday, January 22, 2016 ,

Though these Eloquent Finds posts are here, it’s been a while since I’ve done one! Please bear with me as I continually tweak and figure out this blogging thing :) But I have a good round-up for you today and hope it gives you some food for thought and fun things to check out this weekend! 

First, I have some podcasts. Podcasts are excellent for your commute, run, or chore days, and the ones I have to share are a delight to listen to. 

~What Should I Read Next?
I briefly mentioned this new podcast by Anne Bogel, the talented and insightful blogger at Modern Mrs. Darcy, in my post on her 2016 Reading Challenge. I’ve tuned in for all the episodes so far and I’m loving it! If you need suggestions on what to read next, Anne is your woman. She’s a walking encyclopedia on all things books and has already read more than most of us ever will, so she’s bound to have a recommendation for you. But hey, even if you just want to listen to some good, heart-to-heart book talk, this podcast is for you too. My nerdy bookworm heart is made happy to hear intelligent books-and-reading discussion. Check it out! 

~Masterpiece Studio Podcast 
Hosted by writer and TV critic Jace Lacob, this podcast features never-before-heard discussions with the actors and producers of the latest PBS/Masterpiece dramas. It kicked off at the end of December in anticipation of The Abominable Bride, the recent special episode of Sherlock. Now, the final season of Downton Abbey is under discussion every Monday on the podcast, much to my delight. I love hearing behind-the-scenes tidbits and stories from the actors, the inspiration and opinions of the producers, and the weekly roundtable with Jace and his colleagues about the latest episode. So far on the podcast, we’ve heard from Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley), Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern (Robert and Cora Crawley), Allen Leech (Tom Branson), producer Gareth Neame, and historical advisor Alastair Bruce. All of them share favorite storylines, thoughts on their character’s development, and fun stories from behind the cameras. Any Downton fan is bound to enjoy it. 

Next, some fun links. 

~YTV’s Anne of Green Gables Trailer 
It’s been over thirty years since Megan Follows first charmed the world as Anne Shirley in Kevin Sullivan’s miniseries adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic, Anne of Green Gables. I watched all three of Sullivan’s Anne adaptations repeatedly in my younger years, but currently remain devoted to mainly just the first one. I’m now pretty firmly in the camp that holds that The Sequel was only decent and that The Continuing Story was a disaster. The first one remains the favorite among most fans and it’s certainly set the bar high, but I’m excited to see another screen take on this story. Montgomery’s granddaughter was involved in this production, and from what I’ve read on it, faithfulness to the books has seemed to be of primary importance, so I’m looking forward to seeing it. Even the first Sullivan production, lovely as it is, did still differ from the book in some ways, so I’m interested in another director’s interpretation. This new Anne actress certainly looks like she has the necessary spunk and wide-eyed wonder. 

~What Happened When I Tried to Read 100 Books in a Year
I’m inspired when I read things like this. I read fast, but I’m not yet confident I could be this fast. This girl’s list and timetable are truly impressive. It also shows that reading can be hard work, y’all. 

~On Being Matt Chandler’s Roommate
Fantastic read that hits home on a sensitive spiritual issue. Steve Bezner is honest about his struggle with envy, a difficult subject to admit and discuss. His story of battling it and eventually overcoming it is moving and encouraging. 

~24 Jane Austen Quotes that Still Ring True Today
Typical share for an Austenite, but this is a very nice collection from good old Jane. Can’t resist! 

Now for some nice words. I hope you’re touched, inspired, and tickled appropriately. 

Holy unhurry flourishes in a heart filled with hope. –Alan Falding 

It’s not right for you to cry alone. You’re married, and that means you never have to cry alone again. –Mr. Bates to Anna Bates; Downton Abbey, Season 6 

Traveling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. –Anonymous 

I’d rather be alone than with the wrong man. –Lady Mary Crawley; Downton Abbey, Season 6 

A woman can always change her mind. It’s what we’re known for. –Lady Mary Crawley; Downton Abbey, Season 6 

So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings forever in Neverland. –J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan 

I have no photograph of [Helen] that’s any good. I cannot even see her face distinctly in my imagination. Yet the odd face of some stranger seen in a crowd this morning may come before me in vivid perfection the moment I close my eyes tonight. No doubt, the explanation is simple enough. We have seen the faces of those we know best so variously, from so many angles, in so many lights, with so many expression – waking, sleeping, laughing, crying, eating, talking, thinking – that all the impressions crowd into our memory together and cancel out into a mere blur. But her voice is still vivid. The remembered voice – that can turn me at any moment to a whimpering child. –C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed (written upon the death of his wife, Helen Joy Davidman Lewis) 

O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free! 
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me! 
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love, 
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!
 –Samuel Francis; “O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus” 

Have a great weekend!

*I do not own the rights to the last three photos in this post. Photo credits below*
What Should I Read Next Podcast: Modern Mrs. Darcy
Masterpiece Studio Podcast: Facebook: Downton Abbey
YTV's Anne of Green Gables: L.M. Montgomery Online

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