Friday, May 29, 2009

One of the craziest stories I've seen in a while

You've got to read this. It'll make you wonder about any pictures you've ever put on the internet!

"I never imagined..."

An honest, touching post by a mom reflecting on her experiences as an adoptive parent.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

21 accents

I must note that the Texas accent could use a little work, but other than that it's a great video. Here's her tutorial on how to learn accents.

via Matteo

Monday, May 25, 2009

Monks continue their tradition of preserving manuscripts in the digital age

I thought this was an interesting story about a Benedictine monk who's seeking out ancient manuscripts to preserve in digital form. Though it's a long way from hand-copying them by candlelight, it's neat to see them doing the same thing they've been doing for more than a thousand years.

The Practices of Effective Catholic Leaders

Some great points.

Dolphin stampede - wow!

Friday, May 22, 2009

"Judge not lest ye be judged"

A thought-provoking article about Christians' fearing being "judgmental":

Society only tolerates sexual sins and sins against life. And that tolerance is strictly enforced. People trudge out the "do not judge" phrase and use it like a club to silence anyone who might speak against such license. Society also rewards anyone who abides by its rules and strikes the word "sin" from his or her vocabulary...We even go so far as to give Jesus a makeover. We preach a weak, winking, desperate-to-be-liked, Jesus. This Jesus didn’t die to save us from sin; he made it so that sin doesn’t exist.

Read the rest here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The one hour BLITZ!

This is a great idea for housecleaning and organization.

via Pursuing Titus 2

Motherhood and control (or lack thereof)

Kate Wicker has a touching, honest post about how the lack of control she has over her daily life as a mom has led her to struggle with disordered eating.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Silencing Chicken Little

Elizabeth Esther offers a fascinating glimpse into life in a fundamentalist family. An excerpt:

When I was kid, we didn't have real Hollywood movie stars. But we did have our campy, quasi-horror flicks. One was called Thief In the Night and it scared me so badly that I had nightmares for years.

For a few years after that movie, I would panic every time I lost sight of my parents. I mean, most kids who lose sight of their parents in a public place assume they're lost.

I assumed the rapture had happened and I'd been left behind.

Read the whole thing here.

5 Ways to Misery

via World on Fire

In blind taste tests, people can't tell pate from dog food

I would not have been amused to have been part of this study.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Great Depression vs. 'Great Recession'

Really interesting chart showing how our current economy compares to the Great Depression.

Thursday, May 7, 2009