Saturday, March 16, 2013

Good Stuff Saturday 3-16

Photos, a video, a list, and a prayer

Super Amazing Pictures of libraries on a Polish website 

National Geographic Photo of the Day - Methane Bubbles, Alaska 

The Story Project - Video Blog: You're a Daughter 

Aerogramme Writers' Studio - Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling 

I'd Laugh, But It All Happened To Me - The Prayer of Saint Francis 

Stuff Worth Reading - Overcoming Obstacles  - We have allowed the culture of ease and comfort to determine the will of God for us.In this same way we have caved to the pressure from culture which tells us we must become spiritual superheroes. This same culture influences our view on endurance.
Will we pioneer any new things that can stand the test of time and difficulties?
The Ramblings of Denise Dilley - Motivational Monday  - After thinking about it today, here's my conclusion. If you want motivation, you have to create it.Motivation is similar to turning a manic Monday into a beautiful one. You have to choose it. It doesn't just appear out of thin air. Motivation is simply a choice.

The Daily Gallen - Daylight Saving Time Makes No Sense  - Arizona is permanently on Mountain Standard Time, we never spring forward to Mountain Daylight Time. Despite our lack of participation in the foolhardy practice, we are still affected by it. Because we don’t abide by DST, essentially we are on Pacific Daylight Time through the summers, meaning our clock hands point at the same numbers as those in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Idaho.
Every time I try to wrap my head around the asinine practice of daylight saving time I end up curled up in a fetal position and drooling on the floor. It makes zero sense to me.

This Time Around - In Search of Balance  - For as a blogger in particular, the temptation can arise to share every mistake, every struggle in an attempt to be “real” and “transparent”. But there are some things better left unsaid and kept off the Internet. Relationships and privacy should not be sacrificed for page views or building a platform. But one doesn’t want to go too far the other way, either, and present a heavily edited version of “you” where you have nothing but questions with answers and life neatly sorted into a five-step plan.

Wall Street Journal - 'Go and Repair My House', Heard the Saint of Assisi  - He loves the poor and not in an abstract way. He gave the cardinal's palace in Buenos Aires to a missionary order with no money. He lives in an apartment, cooks his own food, rides the bus. He rejects pomposity. He does not feel superior. He is a fellow soul. He had booked a flight back to Argentina when the conclave ended.

But these two traits—his embrace of the church's doctrines and his characterological tenderness toward the poor—are very powerful together, and can create a powerful fusion. He could bridge the gap or close some of the distance between social justice Catholics and traditional, doctrinal Catholics. That would be a relief.

This Time Around - Some Thoughts on Friendship  - I had been struggling lately (and not for the first time) with friendships, wondering why some friends are now more acquaintances, how people keep lifelong friends, and why some friendships didn’t progress in the way I had hoped. Even after 41 years on this spinning sphere, friendships are not one of my strong suits. It feels weird and a bit sad to say that, but it’s true. I’ve made a lot of mistakes.

She is Fierce - Who Says a 6 Year Old Caravan Isn't Luxary  - "Are you talking about the little girl in the purple tank top?".  (I resisted the urge, at this point, to say things like 'the one NOT disturbingly dressed in hotpants and a completely functionless sportsbra like most of the others'.  Because that was not the point, that was only my judgement.)

And when they said yes, I simply followed up with this.

"She's actually 7.  And I believe in the same grade as your little girl."
101 Books - Study Says Creative People Are a Little Crazy  -It’s a trade off to some degree, says the lead researcher, as some of the qualities of these mental illnesses can actually have a beneficial effect. For instance, “the restrictive and intense interests of someone with autism and the manic drive of a person with bipolar disorder might provide the necessary focus and determination for genius and creativity. Similarly, the disordered thoughts associated with schizophrenia might spark the all-important originality element of a masterpiece.”

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