Archive for the ‘Out there’ Category
Here’s a picture from many, many years ago. My grandpa died while my family was were overseas – I must have been around 12 or 13 years old. Before that I remember seeing him a couple of times, but that’s it. We didn’t live close to where they were.
The stories of him and his family, though, are legendary. He had an impact on a lot of people, and apparently had this smile all the time.
As for me, I think I look a bit mischevious. Look at those cachetes! Chale. And that shirt. Geesh… where can I find one of those now?
Check out this fantastically interesting article about a family that left for the Siberian forest to stay away from the harm of World War II… and they never came out (until they were discovered by some geologists doing research:
This story is crazy awesome… !
For over 20 years I’ve been intrigued by the story of Dr. William Beaumont. I heard this story when I was in middle school and I’m sure I was on the edge of my seat when I watched the movie in class. I think this was the beginning of my awe of the discovery of modern medicine… how did we figure this stuff out?
So I don’t spend another 20 years trying to remember the name or details, here are two resources:
The wikipedia page of William Beaumont (aka, the Father of Gastric Physiology)
A two minute video with the story in a nutshell (this is the best I could find):
Pretty cool story, huh?
This is so awesome… here’s the post from LifeBuzz: 10 Life Lessons From A Navy Seal. I Will Always Remember #4.
Here’s the video:
Check out this ridiculous headline:
Oh. My. Gosh.
The study was apparently funded by the American Beverage Association. Shame on University of Colorado for entertaining this study and taking that money.
There are plenty of articles about the horrid affects of the chemicals in diet sodas… is that worth losing a few pounds? By the way, here’s the logo for this study:
Here’s a cool tribute to Wooley Macey I saw on Facebook. This is my mother-in-law’s uncle. He was a very cool guy:
Charity is a funny word.
In the U.S. our culture has us define charity as giving something (money, clothes, food) to people in need. No one wants to be a “charity case.” People want to give charity, but only when it is safe. For example, many people at church give money to people in need (usually considered to be giving charity), but when a person in need shows up, what do they do? In this article you can see that giving charity in an envelope is easier than being kind, Christ-like, etc. when a person in need is in front of you: ‘The congregation was besides themselves’: Mormon bishop dresses as homeless man to teach flock a lesson
I’m not saying that people should have flocked to him, opened their wallets, or hugged him all day long… remember, this is the same area where Elizabeth Smart was abducted by a homeless person. Coming from an FBI family I have been taught to be skeptical, etc. What I’m saying is that “charity,” especially this worldly, traditional definition, is a lot more complex than it seems. Especially with articles like this: Undercover video shows panhandler turn donations into drugs
Contrast all that skeptacism with the idea that we are supposed to be charitable… so what does that mean, and why? How do we do it without being conned, or supporting things we don’t agree with (or can’t afford ourselves)?
In LDS scripture you can read what Mormons are taught about “charity” (reference):
That’s pretty good stuff, huh? How is this put into action? Here’s a wonderful quote from someone who works in the humanitarian offices of the LDS church. Aside from the definition from scriptures above, and the idea of charity as giving things to othesr, she goes to the heart of WHY (reference):
I love the “it emphasizes…” part. Charity is not just about a bite to eat or clothes to wear, although those can be lifesaving and critical. Charity emphasizes:
- human worth
- and helping people “contribute something of value.”
This list of whys is really quite empowering to the human soul. Empowering one human can touch so many lives.
I love what I’m learning about charity, both as a “pure love of Christ,” to the core of who I am, and as a “giving” to empower people. What a great list of reasons to give.
Four minutes is usually too long for me to look at a funny video, but I kept seeing reference to this Youtube video and it was flat out brilliant (and worth the time to watch it):
One thing they under-showed was “multi-tasking.” I’ve been in the room with people on conference calls where they were there but they weren’t there… know what I mean?