Weekend Reads

weekend-reads

Something as simple as checking and responding to emails before and after work, or when we take a “day off” can have a real impact on our health.  This study found employees reported worse sleep, higher levels of burnout and more health-related absences from work. 

Over the last year, I have been intentionally working towards simplifying my life, spending time, energy and money on things that are truly important and matter.  One of my absolute favorite blogs on this subject is Becoming Minimalist, and this is a really good article.  Don’t Just De-Clutter, De-Own.

I’m glad to see some retailers are pushing back against the trend of the last couple years of more stores opening on Thanksgiving.  I’m done buying crap I don’t need.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving at home, not at the mall.  

As I’ve mention in the past, Billy Joel is my all time favorite rock-n-roll artist.  Billy recently completed a tribute to Sir Paul McCartney.  Listen to Billy’s version of “Maybe I’m Amazed.”

You’ve probably heard that debt can be a “tool,” and that there is “smart debt.”  Is that true?  Read this article by Dave Ramsey: The Truth About Debt.

A research group at the University of Amsterdam partnered with the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester to devise a method that would definitively prove what were the catchiest songs of all time.

Weekend Reads

weekend-reads

One of my favorite blog topics is money.  Here is a really good article on some important items that should be in our budgets.
http://theartofsimple.net/3-items-i-wont-cut-from-my-budget/

For virtually my entire life, Billy Joel has been my favorite rock-n-roll artist.  I’ve seen him dozens of times in concert, all fantastic.  A new biography is out about Billy.  http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/life_and_entertainment/2014/10/30/story-of-rock-singer-survives-twists-turns.html 

As I’ve mentioned before, I am a fan of corvettes.  I like driving them, and my first corvette was a 1991 convertible.  Here’s an interesting article:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/auto-blog/why-this-one-of-a-kind-corvette-collection-disappeared-for-a-quarter-century-17363026

Are you a good parent?
http://julianfreeman.ca/family/good-parent

Living in American culture, we are used to  a very individualistic, autonomous, freedom laden existence.  That notion, however, is seen differently in the Christian paradigm.  This article is excellent for both believers and non-believers.  It challenges our thinking.

We know that part of our lives will be our death.  This article deals with one of the most basic issues in our lives:  our death.  It talks about 29-year-old Brittany Maynard who has talked about her intent to take her life by means of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon, because of a fast-growing, inoperable, fatal brain tumor.

Many in our culture believe this is our right.  Here is another way to look at “our lives” and what it means for all of us.  It will definitely stretch your thinking, whether you agree or not.  I don’t care if you disagree, just read and think.  http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/we-are-not-our-own-on-god-brittany-maynard-and-physician-assisted-suicide

Weekend Reads

weekend-reads

One of the things I want to accomplish with this blog is passing on articles on varying topics that I find interesting. They will mostly center around life issues, faith, simple and intentional living, but also feature other articles I find interesting.

My hope is to have a weekly blog post highlighting a handful or articles that you can sit down with, relax, grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, etc… and enjoy reading over the weekend.  I am generally going to try to post these sometime on Fridays.

Enjoy this first week’s edition!

How should we ask for forgiveness from those we hurt?
http://biblicalcounselingcoalition.org/blogs/2014/10/15/3-principles-for-asking-for-forgiveness/

An interesting article on video gambling and a couple of men who discovered a software bug in a popular machine. Hint…they got caught.
http://www.wired.com/2014/10/cheating-video-poker/

One of the best articles I have read on the subject, and I’ve read a lot of them. To many people, both those of Christian faith and not, opposing “same-sex marriage” seems unloving, unforgiving, and unfair. It doesn’t seem to align with the Gospel of Jesus. Read this article.
http://www.mikeleake.net/2014/10/why-opposing-same-sex-marriage-seems-anti-gospel.html

An interesting look at some folks’ retirement
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/30/business/increasingly-retirees-dump-their-possessions-and-hit-the-road.html?smid=fb-share&_r=2

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