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Here is some great reading for the weekend.  Relax, enjoy some coffee or tea or whatever you fancy, and read, read, read….

One of the reasons I like to post these links to articles to read is because it helps promote the opportunity to slow down and rest.  Whether you call this sabbath or just a day off, in this article, “Here are 7 principles about Sabbath rest that I am learning. I share them in hopes they might help others fighting the battle of busyness, fatigue, and endurance.”

I’ve said it before, but in terms of wealth and comfort, most of us in the USA have far more than we need; heck, more that we want.  This is a good reminder that you are a lot wealthier than you realize.  

We all love our children more than we can even understand.  For those who want to pray more consistently for their kids, here is a nice resource.  If you don’t buy into all this faith & prayer stuff, it’s worth a quick read anyway… it can still give you some excellent ideas on how to love your kids.

Here’s an interesting article about how one family’s time living abroad gave them a different persecutive on living a simpler life with less stuff.  Thanks to my sister for pointing it out to me!

If you have a child who is getting close in age to having a cell phone, this is a great article about a contract some parents signed with their child.  It has links to several other good ones as well.  When our kids get cell phones, this is definitely something we will be doing.

Apparently iPads aren’t as screamingly popular as they one were.

 

Weekend Reads 1-24

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One of the things I enjoy most about this blog is sharing interesting, thought provoking or just humorous articles I read, or videos I see throughout the week.  There is some really gret stuff this week.  I hope you are able to grab a cup of coffee or tea or whatever you like, sit down, and spend a few minutes reading and relaxing.

One of the areas on my life that I have been consciously and purposely working on is contentment.  This is an excellent piece on the contentment habit by Leo Babauta at ZenHabits.

My Sunday evening small group is currently doing an extended study on prayer.  This is a good article from Desiring God about what to do when we’re struggling with prayer.  The author suggests, “Prayerlessness is not fundamentally a discipline problem. At root it’s a faith problem.”

“This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death. We might draw many lessons from Churchill’s life, and not all of them salutary (his views on religion, women, and alcohol come to mind). Nevertheless, Churchill was an inspiring and effective leader in a time of crisis, and it is appropriate to consider what he might teach us today about leadership.”

Tim Challies writes a very interesting piece about marriage.  He says. “I knew next to nothing about my wife on the day I married her. We had dated for a few years, we had spent countless evenings talking on the phone, we had attended church, we had organized events, and even run a business together. But despite all that, we still barely knew one another.”

Here’s another good one from Tim Challies.  He says we are God’s Tapestry.  And he asks… “Have you ever compared the front and back of a tapestry? The front of a tapestry is art…The back of a tapestry is a mess.”

And I end this week’s edition with two videos.  The first video is flat-out mind boggling.  NASA has released the largest picture ever taken, with more than 1.5 billion pixels.  It combines 411 pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of the Andromeda galaxy, which is the closest spiral galaxy to ours. It’s 40,000 light-years across and is around 2.6 million light-years away from us. And, oh yea, the photo contains 100 million stars. 100 million. This video gives us a brief look at the incomprehensible nature of creation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udAL48P5NJU

 

I’m very much a photography buff, so the second video is an interesting piece about “The Rescued Film Project.”  In this video, the author discovers and processes 31 rolls of film shot by an American WWII soldier over 70 years ago.

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Saturday is a great day to grab a cup of coffee or tea, snuggle up and enjoy some good reading.  Here are some of the most interesting articles I’ve been reading this week.

An excellent article on sloth by Christian, blogger and Mom Melissa Edgington.  She says (and I agree):  It all started with my God-given personality.  By nature I’m a “recreator,” an enjoyer of free time;  in fact, I need down time in my life, just to relax and do nothing.  I like to do fun stuff and I don’t like to do not fun stuff.  

A wonderful discussion by popular author Randy Alcorn about leaving an inheritance for our children.

Many of us want to feel like our lives our meaningful, that we live with purpose and we are living extraordinary lives.  One of my favorite bloggers Tim Challies writes about living an ordinary Christian life.

I grew up when the “hot” video games were on Atari and were Pitfall, Asteroids and Galaga.  Other than that, I’ve never had much interest in “gaming” but this article help me understand the phenomenon we see today.

A very difficult article to read about one husband and wife’s battle against her mental illness.  It’s heartbreaking and I find it almost impossible to imagine being in such a situation.

I have always loved photography; from buying my first 35mm camera at age 12, to a wonderful re-birth of digital photography about 15 years ago.  Here is a short video about the man who invented the digital camera.  Fascinating!

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The Hubble telescope has taken some truly astounding and awe-inspiring photos, perhaps none more so than the recent images of the “Pillar of Creation.”

There are some big football games this weekend, if you care about such things.  There are 4 NFL playoff games, as well as the College Championship.  Go Buckeyes!  Here’s an interesting article about whether or not most church goers would skip church for a football game.  Would you?

J.D. Greer writes about doubt.  Vice?  Virtue?  Both?

I’ve committed to living more deliberately and purposefully in 2015, and a significant part of that is reading the Bible daily.  Most days, its just 15 minutes or so.  That may not sound like a lot, but doing it consistently is the key.  And 15 minutes a day can be very impactful.

Watch and listen as a F-18 breaks the sound barrier in this fly-by.  Awesome!

 

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How would you like to be cooped up with your family, for a year, with nowhere to go, in a small apartment?  Doesn’t sound like fun, but there’s a lesson here somewhere.

What Your Tweets Tell Us About the Year’s Biggest Stories.  What America talked about in 2014, viewed through 184.5 million twitter mentions.

If you’d like to reduce the clutter in your home, here are 7 ways to work towards that goal.

Here’s an explanation of the turbulence of oil prices.  

In honor of THE Ohio State Univeristy Buckeyes football team making it to the national championship game, here is the Best Damn Band In The Land doing their Hollywood Blockbuster Show.

Do you have a lot of debt?  Credit cards?  Student loans?  Other crap?  Here’s proof you can get out of debt and build a better life for you and your family.

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This week there may well be some of the best reads I have found to date. Some really, really interesting stuff.

How science is increasingly revealing evidence of a creator of the universe.

One of my favorite writers/websites for simplicity/minimalism topics is Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist. He has written several excellent books, and this week features his most popular writing from 2014, including readers’ favorite posts, Josh’s favorites, most popular guest posts and popular links. Very, very well worth your time to take a look and a read!

When I started down the path of minimalism, simplicity and living with focus and intention, one of the best books I read was The 100 Thing Challenge by Dave Bruno. Is a very entertaiing read about an idea, a blog, and how things go “viral” in today’s interconnected social-media world. It’s one of the best reads in a while…. Its well worth your time.

As I have written before, Tim Challies is a pastor and widely read blogger; he was one of the inspirations for me to begin blogging. In some ways, I have adopted some similar content from Tim, including this idea of sharing interesting things I am reading. He wrote an excellent blog about why he started doing that.

Airline travel is cramped, crowded and not much fun.  And it’s mostly our own fault.  Here is an interesting explanation of how and why airlines fares are what they are, and why service and comfort are what they are.

You may have read that Joe Cocker died recenly at age 70 of cancer. Billy Joel paid tribute to him at his September show at Madison Square Garden, doing an uncanny song-impression.

Here is a really cool, short video that shows how airliners are built. After watching it, I started asking myself, is it not truly a miralce that these things can fly in the first place? While the physics remain simple, the complexity of the machines is truly amazing.

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The way we read, what we read, and how we get what we read has changed a great deal in the last 5 years.  Nearly 30% of Americans have read an e-book this year; this is a very interesting article about the impact that electronic books, the Kindle and Amazon have had.

A long, but fascinating article about how our Christmas trees make their way to us.  

Another interesting article about sleep.  Too many Americans are trading working for sleep and it’s literally killing us.  

We sometimes think we have challenges and feel sorry for ourselves.  We shouldn’t and here’s a great reminder why.  An inspiring interview with Dan Berlin, the first blind person to run the Grand Canyon trail.

It’s Christmas time which means most folks are out buying a whole ton of crap they don’t need.  Is there a different way?  There is:  Breaking free from the often un-noticed grip of consumerism.

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Ever hear that the brown truck UPS drivers only make right-hand turns?  Well, turns out it’s mostly true.  Read that and 18 other interesting UPS secrets.

My wife doesn’t have this problem (he, he) but for those of you married to an imperfect spouse, this article  is a pretty good read.

We probably don’t think about sleeping as much as we should.  Here’s an interesting take on sleep.

No, 50% or marriages DO NOT end in divorce.  Divorce rates are actually down over the last 2 decades.  But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still concerns.

Reuters news service showcases their top photos of 2014.  Warning:  a few of the images are graphic, showing some of the hate and violence in this world.

Sorry for some of the mildly inappropriate language, but I found this Santa Claus ecard to be really funny.

someecards santa fat bastard

Weekend Reads 2014 Thanksgiving Edition

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It’s Thanksgiving Day, a wonderful day for resting, relaxing, eating a traditional Thanksgiving meal (our tradition is Alaskan King crab, in Florida) and watching some football.

But it’s also a great day to do some reading.  And so, I present to you a Special Thanksgiving 2014 Edition of Weekend Reads.  Enjoy!

JD Grear is a well known author and blogger (who also happens to be a pastor).  Since today is Thanksgiving, on the forefront of our minds should be thankfulness, and for me generosity is linked to thankfulness.  Here is a really good read on how the Gospel can change they way we think of generosity.  

Here is a really interesting look at one aspect of simplicity and minimalism:  Why Some Successful People Wear the Same Thing Every Day.

Many of you have never read the Bible.  That’s ok.  Here’s a great place to start:  The entire Bible in 200 words.  If you have read the Bible, or want to read it more faithfully, here is a really excellent article on 9 Things Everyone Should Do When Reading the Bible.  I really enjoyed it.

Tim Challies is a very well known blogger and pastor in Oakville, Ontario Canada.  He was one of the inspirations (along with the Holy Spirit) for me to begin writing about life and faith.  He wrote and excellent article on enjoying our money titled “When Was the Last Time You Just Enjoyed Your Money?”  It reminded me a bit of Ecclesiastes 5:19 which says, “And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God.”

Lastly, a really cool video.  I am especially thankful for the men and women in our Armed Forces that protect us from harm.  Here’s a fascinating perspective from the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. 

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Enjoy these interesting (at least to me) reads and a couple videos this week too!

We all know how much time we spend using our screens.  And how much of a distraction they can be.  Don’t let them come between you and your spouse.

A very interesting article about what different foods look like in 200 calorie increments.

What kills us in 2014 vs 1900.  Hint:  The flu is down, cancer is up.

If you never saw this version of You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone, you’ll like it.  Its also called the Cups song.  And it has 3.7 million views on Youtube.

A fascinating video of what the routes of thousands of planes in the UK look like.