So where were we? Ah yes, I’m terrible at this. So, how about some rather fascinating links?
1. Yes, Disney Hates Fat People (or so the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance would have you believe). Two things about this. One: Why the heck would Disney have a “Healthy Habits” ride/display/etc? I thought Disney was, you know, “fun.” Two; NAAFA? Really?
2. According to the Pew Research Center, we live hyperconnected lives. This may be a good thing. then again, it might not. But hey, squirrel!
3. Gorditas de Chile Colorado? Um, yes please! Seriously. I think I have to make these this weekend.
4. Why We Stopped Dreaming is a fascinating find by Flying With Fish. You presidents that defunded NASA? Yeah, I hate you.
5. I’m old enough to remember the Encyclopedia Britannica being a thing. And having one on the bookshelf!
And yes, that is indeed all I have for you today. My utmost of apologies.
Wow. It’s been awhile. There is really no excuse when it comes right down to it. I’ve just been neglecting you. And for that, I apologize.
So, without much further ado…a few things I think:
1. I’m still disappointed Rick Perry dropped out. Sue me.
2. Stupid shouldn’t breed.
3. I made a really awesome hanging lamp a couple weeks ago. So there’s that.
4. I’m tired of talking about birth control. Gardasil, anyone?
5. Much as I’m sad to see Wakefield go, it was time. I’m just glad he made it to 200 wins.
6. I’ve decided I want to be President, if only for all the vacations.
6. If you’re in Hampton Roads and looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Renew Conference. I’ll be there!
While many of you may not be familiar with his career, catalogue, or early death; Rich Mullins and his music had a big impact on me as a child. And as all things come full circle, I’m revisiting his music as I play it for my son.
Mullins was a bit of the cantankerous sort. He was raised a Quaker, spent his adult life at a very popular Protestant church in Wichita, KS and was contemplating a converstion to Catholicism shortly before his untimely death. He didn’t always subscribe to social norms and, in fact, spent the last year or so before his death on a Navajo reservation.
One of his quotes seems particularly apropos as I see Romney’s “Mormon Problem” play out in my twitter timeline. It seems Mullins hit on the crux of the matter. And while it is all too simple, I believe it is truly the heart of what separates us as Christians, Mormons, Episcopalians, etc. Sure, we have our own books and doctrines and I do not mean to minimize any tradition; but please, consider what Mullins has to say (emphasis mine).
“A lot of the stuff which I thought was so different between Protestants and Catholics [was] not, but at the end of going through an RCIA [Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults] course, I also realized that there are some real and significant differences. I’m not sure which side of the issues I come down on. My openness to Catholicism was very scary to me because, when you grow up in a church where they don’t even put up a cross, many things were foreign to me. I went to an older Protestant gentleman that I’ve respected for years and years, and I asked him, “When does faithfulness to Jesus call us to lay aside our biases and when does it call us to stand beside them?” His answer to me was that it is not about being Catholic or Protestant. It is about being faithful to Jesus. The issue is not about which church you go to, it is about following Jesus where He leads you.”
-Rich Mullins Radio Interview on ‘The Exchange,” April 1997
Hope everyone had a lovely weekend and managed to avoid doing any actual labor on Labor Day. Oh, the irony.
Me, I blew leaves off the driveway till I ran out of gas. And then ate steak.
- If you read NOTHING else today, read this from Cal Thomas wherein he pokes all kinds of holes in Obama’s academic theorist appointments and Krueger’s in particular.
- While I think the advice in this article is a bit out of touch in today’s tough economy, there is something to be said about loving your job.
- Follow that up with Zen Habits’ post on changing careers, and I think the universe is trying to tell me something.
- Looking to earn some extra cash? There’s this thing called social media that may offer a few opportunities.
- Some archeaologists found a gladiator school. That’s pretty awesome.
- The Christian Science Monitor is calling for another stimulus? Apparently they’ve been reading a little to much Krugman.
- I wish I took awesome photos like this one.
- Bearing Drift wonders if Cuccinelli would challenge Bolling for the Virginia GOP gubernatorial nod. I sure hope not.
- And one last pretty picture. Because I can. And because the East Coast doesn’t get lightning storms.
From our church service this morning:
Creator God, maker of heaven and earth, You provide for us all things. Everything we have is from your hand. You satisfy our hearts with food and gladness.
But, we confess that we ignore your goodness to us. We have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped vain things. Our anxieties reveal our worship of reputation, power, prestige, popularity, career, grades, achievements, security, happiness, and possessions.
Spirit of God, let us worship the true and living God. Open our eyes so that we may turn from the worship of created things.
from Psalm 130:3-4
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.
It’s Thursday. That means it is almost Friday, right? RIGHT?
- Gosh this picture is gorgeous.
- If I ever took a vacation, this is totally the auto-responder I would use.
- He doesn’t post often, but I absolutely love this EDC site.
- While I love my hoodies, @wbdnewton has some great thoughts on “Going Casual.”
- Don’t ask me why, but I was a huge Atlanta Braves fan as a child (understandable when the hometown team is the Royals). So I’m excited that Chipper got his 450th homerun. Oh, and Derek Lowe hit his first.
- At $99, the HP Touchpad is a pretty darn good deal. Now what do you do with it? Here are a few ideas (me, I’m holding out for the Amazon tablet).
- Do you use Swagbucks yet? You should be. That’s how I’m going to pay for that Amazon tablet. Sign up here.
- If you haven’t noticed, I really like pictures. This is no exception.
- Fizzy milk? Really?
Apologies, but Irene has put a crimp in most things in my life over the past few days. So, without further ado…
1. Power is pretty high on my list of must-haves. My freezer is a lost cause and I believe the same can be said for my aquarium. Rumor has it I need to investigate battery powered aerators.
2. Irene was not “over-hyped.” She did an awful lot of damage, including four deaths in Virginia. Was she as bad as expected? No. But it always pays to be prepared.
3. I’m not a particularly huge fan of living in Southeast Virginia. It’s the world’s biggest durn cul-de-sac and blocked tunnels are the bane of my existence.
4. I’m extremely grateful for family who have power and live close enough to put me up until I get power back.
5. I would occasionally like to live further away from said family. Love ya Mom!
6. This news about Google + should provide anyone pause. Tinfoil hat NOT required.
7. I absolutely love this picture.
8. Some thoughts on Steve Jobs.
9. Go buy a Gibson Guitar.