Saturday, August 18, 2012

Good Stuff Saturday 8-18

Poems and Pictures

Pictures of Poverty - A Child of God deeply loved 

DRGT: Just Wondering - Paying attention: A Prayer with Photos 

Articles you should read because they are awesome

DRGT: Just Wondering - An African Journal Post One: Beneath the Surface  - We had traveled far to be in that van on a sunny Monday morning: California to Brooklyn by car, Brooklyn to Capetown by freighter, Capetown north through Rhodesia in a van to be shared with other missionaries, yet to be met.  We were on our way to Zambia, a land completely unknown to us, a land that would be our home for the next two years

The Daily Mail - Lou Xiaoying: The truly inspiring story of the Chinese rubbish collector that who saved and raised THIRTY babies abandoned at the roadside - She and her late husband Li Zin, who died 17 years ago, kept four of the children and passed the others onto friends and family to start new lives.
Her youngest son Zhang Qilin - now aged just seven - was found in a dustbin by Lou when she was 82.
'Even though I was already getting old I could not simply ignore the baby and leave him to die in the trash. He looked so sweet and so needy. I had to take him home with me,' she said.

Read more:

The Rabbit Room - We all come from somewhere, part 1: Throwing Bibles and Rocking People  - What bugs me most about that tweet is how much effort I spent qualifying something I genuinely wanted to do. “I may or may not…,” “Don’t Judge Me…” Insinuating that if I go, it’s for nostalgia. Why did I feel the need to distance myself from going to see the one band who has probably received more of my money and bedroom wall space than any other in the history of the whammy bar?

Church of No People - The only kind of speech that needs to be protected  - The fundamental problem with our cushy, modern culture is not that we’re too sensitive or too easily offended.
It’s that we aren’t sensitive and offended at the right things.
Most of us lead lives of relative comfort and safety.  If you are reading this, it means you have access to the internet, which means you don’t have a million little disadvantages that others do.

I'd Laugh, But This All Happened to Me - Throwback Thursday: Southern Cross  - I spent 9 months in 1986 working and as the regional director of  youth ministry and religious education for the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, travelling a 6 state area training local church workers and planning events. Why only 9 months?  Read on in this vintage post from November of 2009.   

Compassion - Remember why you're here  - The catastrophe was in the news daily, but I didn’t have much time to pay close attention. Building a career, remodeling an older home, and wrangling three pre-school children kept me busy — and insulated — from the events happening an ocean away.
Then the photo broke into my space.

Courtesy of Compassion International:

The View from Here - El Dia de la Madre, the real Mother's Day  - Yesterday was el Día de la Madre, or Mother's Day, in Costa Rica. Since moving here nearly ten years ago our family hasn't quite decided which of the two Mother's Days to focus on. For Michelle and I Mother's day is the second Sunday in May. That's when it's always been and that's the proper day to celebrate, right?

The thing is, Michelle has three sons who know nothing about Mother's Day in the United States. 
Goins, Writer -The Writing Class You Never Had  - Call this your first introduction to the true craft of writing. Not talking about writing or theorizing about words. Just writing. Let’s get started.
There are three parts to writing anything:
  • The beginning
  • The middle
  • The end

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