Archive for the ‘Out there’ Category

Fascinating documentary on gardening: Back to Eden

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Have you seen Back to Eden?  Are you into or interested in gardening?

You gotta check this video out … I’ve watched the first half and have it queued up to watch the whole thing.

Here’s the documentary on Vimeo.

Facebook Friends at the Funeral

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

I saw this on, of course, Facebook:

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Grandpa Alba and Me

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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?

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“WWII is over? I’m not sure I can trust you… “

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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:

For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II

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This story is crazy awesome… !

Dr. William Beaumont: The Stomach Expert

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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?

Naval Admiral William H. McRaven / Navy Seal / Commencement Speech at UT 2014

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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:

Saving Diet Soda, One Study At A Time

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Check out this ridiculous headline:

Diet soda helps weight loss, industry-funded study finds

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:

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Tribute to Woolley Macey

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

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:

Wirth Watching: Remembering those who fought for our freedom

Definition of Charity, from LDS Humanitarian Services

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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):

45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—

47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.

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):

“Charity is more than aid,” said Sharon Eubank, director of Humanitarian Services and LDS Charities. Referring to a story about the church’s humanitarian efforts after World War II, she said, “It emphasizes dignity, human worth, cooperation, unity, sacrifice and the assurance that no one is too poor or too disabled or too marginalized to contribute something of value.”

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:

  • dignity
  • human worth
  • cooperation
  • unity
  • sacrifice
  • 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.

This was funny: real life conference call

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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?