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Volunteer. Take Back Your Brain! | Advertise to yourself. 38 Random Acts of Robyn. ***Due to the awesome, unexpected response since I originally posted this, I have started The Birthday Project. The website is and we have started a great community of amazing like-minded people on Facebook too (please jump over to “Like” it and say “HI!”.) Thanks! *** I mentioned a couple of weeks ago my birthday wish was to complete one Random Act of Kindness for every year of my life thus far, as well as asking friends, readers, Facebook fans and fellow Twitter-ers to each perform one Random Act of Kindness and to let me know about it throughout the day.

I planned out 38 things ahead of time just in case, but really was praying for opportunities to present themselves throughout the day. It was absolutely freezing and windy but we were not to be deterred! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38.

Jeanette: I am so glad to hear that you had an amazing birthday! Pearltrees Best. The Art of Non-Conformity. Challenging Authority Since 1978 I am a writer, traveler, and entrepreneur with the goal of visiting every country in the world while connecting with other world-changers. Continue reading about Chris Mission Accomplished!

World Domination Club. Ethical Fashion. Google glasses. Most Interesting Documentaries. Humanitarian Design. Graphics & Multimedia. Natural Phenomena. Interesting Search Engines. A Review of The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex is Too Important to Define by Lance Lawhon.

This review is a response to Jenell Williams Paris’ book, The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex is Too Important to Define. Her book is an in-depth review and critique of the sexual identity phenomenon. Here she examines its roots, how it has influenced us over the years, the failings of the church, and even suggestions about how we as the church could differently view and treat same-sex attracted (SSA) people. My goal in this article is to summarize and respond to the main points of her book. A little about Paris: She teaches Anthropology at Messiah College and has years of in-depth study on the topics of inner-city ministry and sexual identity.

She identifies as a Christian and attends a church in a mainline evangelical Protestant denomination. Let me stop here and provide a warning: the content of my article—and her book—gets personal. Parents, please read the entirety of my article before letting your children do so. Gender identity Sexual identity Reparative therapy The issue of marriage.

Downloading torrents | MacForBeginners — Mac Guides, Help & Tutorials. Small Text | Big Text Downloading torrents Using torrents, you can quickly download movies, films and other files to your Mac. A torrent is a file with the file extension .torrent. This article will explain how to download torrents on a Mac. Are torrent files legal? Torrent files are not illegal, but downloading copyrighted material is. However, there are many torrent files out there containing non-copyrighted material which is why we choose to publish this article. How torrent downloads work on the Mac Without going all geeky, we'll now try to explain how torrents work. Someone downloads a .torrent file The first thing that happens is that a user downloads a .torrent file.

Opening the torrent The next thing that happens is that the person that downloaded the file opens it with an application designed to handle this kind of file (more about these applications later). Torrent applications for the Mac There are various torrent applications available for Mac users. Transmission Get a torrent file.


Some Moralizing « Femina. Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over : Shots - Health News. People drew maps of body locations where they feel basic emotions (top row) and more complex ones (bottom row). Hot colors show regions that people say are stimulated during the emotion. Cool colors indicate deactivated areas. Image courtesy of Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari Hietanen. Hide caption toggle caption Image courtesy of Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari Hietanen. People drew maps of body locations where they feel basic emotions (top row) and more complex ones (bottom row). Image courtesy of Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari Hietanen. Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Where did you feel the love? When a team of scientists in Finland asked people to map out where they felt different emotions on their bodies, they found that the results were surprisingly consistent, even across cultures.

"Say you see a snake and you feel fear," Nummenmaa says. That idea has been known for centuries. How Julia Child and Tim Keller Schooled Me In Femininity. It was just a bridal shower. But it was my bridal shower, and it sounded horrific. Girly frenzies like that just make me squirm. My friend didn't know this, so she'd offered to (graciously, generously, thoughtfully) throw the shindig.

I was trapped. Like my mother taught me, I wanted nothing to do with those Bridezilla princess complexes from hell. During my engagement, I tensed whenever any female asked me about wedding logistics. Until I got engaged, I hadn't realized the extent of my femininity anxiety. So where did I fall on the femininity spectrum? These conflicting images left me in need of a holistic and healthy understanding of femininity. Typical of God's irony, the first conduit into my new understanding of womanhood was a tall, balding man from Manhattan.

In the series, Keller illustrates how God's purpose for marriage is tied to his purpose for two genders. Julia and Paul were the best of friends. Julia, meanwhile, admired many of Paul's manlier characteristics. Biblical Horizons » Concerning Halloween. OPEN BOOK, Views & Reviews, No. 28 Copyright (c) 1996 Biblical Horizons August, 1996 It has become routine in October for some Christian schools to send out letters warning parents about the evils of Halloween, and it has become equally routine for me to be asked questions about this matter. "Halloween" is simply a contraction for All Hallows’ Eve. The word "hallow" means "saint," in that "hallow" is just an alternative form of the word "holy" ("hallowed be Thy name"). All Saints’ Day is November 1. It is the celebration of the victory of the saints in union with Christ. The observance of various celebrations of All Saints arose in the late 300s, and these were united and fixed on November 1 in the late 700s.

In the First Covenant, the war between God’s people and God’s enemies was fought on the human level against Egyptians, Assyrians, etc. The Festival of All Saints reminds us that though Jesus has finished His work, we have not finished ours. Do Plants Think? How aware are plants? This is the central question behind a fascinating new book, “What a Plant Knows,” by Daniel Chamovitz, director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences at Tel Aviv University. A plant, he argues, can see, smell and feel. It can mount a defense when under siege, and warn its neighbors of trouble on the way. A plant can even be said to have a memory.

But does this mean that plants think — or that one can speak of a “neuroscience” of the flower? Chamovitz answered questions from Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook. 1. It had been known for decades that plants use light not only for photosynthesis, but also as a signal that changes the way plants grow. This led to the obvious question as to what these seemingly “plant-specific” genes do in people. But most amazingly, these genes also regulate responses to light in animals! This led me to realize that the genetic difference between plants and animals is not as significant as I had once naively believed. 2. 3. 3B. 4. 5.


Life Hacks. Interview and Job Advice. Creative Words, Powerful Ideas - its-wibbly: volcanize: This Explains... World Family Names. Blog | Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture. Adventures in Marriage via His and Her Blogs | Our First 100 Days. Virtually Homemade: 5 Top Ethnic Food Blogs. These are five of my favorite and most original food blogs featuring regional and global cuisine. It's completely subjective (not based on stats or Alexa scores), however I am sure you will enjoy reading and viewing each one. All the original pictures featured are taken from the blog. Sweet Life - Sweet Life, written by Vianney Rodriguez, is a captivating and unbelievable collection of Mexican recipes.

Living in San Diego, I have become extremely fond of authentic Mexican food and Vianney helps guide me to traditional yet innovative fare. Genuine and heart felt stories of her childhood and present day family are entertaining, and no matter what your culture, very relatable. This Texas girl knows how to cook and celebrate life! This beautiful blog, based on French cuisine, is authored by Béa a food writer, stylist and photographer based in Boston. Does your stir fry and and noodle dishes stand up to authentic restaurant fare? What else can I say?


Lockpicking. DIY. Bobcat Square Dance. Look Slimmer in an Instant. Kagan Mcleod Go look in a mirror: See any problems? Fix them (and look 10 pounds lighter!) Simply by using these posture-improving moves from physical therapist Bill Hartman. The Problem: Droopy Boobs A weak upper back angles your chest downward. The Fix: Face Pull Attach a rope handle to a high pulley and grasp it with both hands. The Problem: Belly Pooch Weak lower abs and a pelvis that tilts forward push your stomach outward. The Fix: Kneeling Hip-Flexor Stretch Kneel on your right knee, your left foot in front of you. The Problem: Thick Midsection Rounded shoulders compress your ribs and abdomen, making your torso appear wider than it actually is. The Fix: Lying Y Raise Lie facedown with your arms overhead in a Y position on the floor.

RELATED: How To Get a Beach Body. Stealing the Healthy Moments ... It is easy to forget what health felt like when one lives with a chronic physical illness. All too often what remains on one's mind is pain, suffering, difficulty, adjustment, frustration, anger, and sadness. There can be a lot of nostalgia as one recalls what s/he used to be able to do, and a longing for a return to those experiences. It is easy to live in the past--the what was, and to detest the present, while fearing the future. However, it is important to pay attention to those moments (sometimes big other times small) that even for just a minute are moments of health. Stealing those healthy moments...what does that mean? It can mean many and different things between people and within a single person. Perhaps a person living with a chronic physical illness has also lived with a dream. Some people may not be able to partake in such events because of their illness.

It is not easy to steal the healthy moments. Worst Things to Say to someone with a Chronic Illness | Lupie Thoughts... Sometimes people are so insensitive and say things without meaning to. It upsets you, no matter whether they meant it or not. The anger and feeling of helplessness it builds in you is tremendous. You get angry, you snap at them. Most of the times, it affects your relationship with that person. You don’t want that to happen when it is people you really love and want to keep in your life. Recently I came across various lists – Things not to say to someone with a chronic illness or variations of it. Some lists are really exhaustive while some are just pointers.

While I share this list with my loved ones, I tell them that understand that they may be sayings things like this out of love and genuine need to help. Quick list is as follows: If you are looking for a more exhaustive list, here it is! Worst Things to Say to someone with a Chronic Illness 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. Like this: Like Loading... Learn Accounting Online for Free | Swing or Nothing! » Dance Technique. Frame — which refers to a quality of flexible rigidity in one’s body while dancing — is an important concept in Lindy Hop and many other dances, especially partner dances.

Dance teachers talk about it all the time and when I started out I remember my teachers explaining it in almost mystical terms. Perfecting the feel of one’s dance frame was like the holy grail of Lindy Hop. This article is intended to shed some light on some of the mysterious aspects of this essential technical concept. Why is Frame Important? Frame is important in Lindy Hop and other lead and follow partner dances because it allows partners to communicate movement with each other and thereby execute moves.

In the historical context of Lindy Hop, frame is a relatively modern addition to the dance most likely borrowed from ballroom dances including West Coast Swing. Some purists may argue that we shouldn’t teach frame as part of the dance since it is a retroactive addition. Developing Frame 1) The Basics. Medieval Dresses - Gowns renaissance wedding faire dress. The absence of help: a Korean girl’s testimony on recovering from an eating disorder | Mapping Words. “Staring at dots on the ceiling,” photo courtesy of somethingstartedcrazy Last year, one of my good Korean friends, who I met while studying as an exchange student at the Korea National University of Arts, was tutoring a girl who was applying for art school.

My friend taught her drawing techniques and how to prepare her portfolio. Her student dreamed of studying in New York, specifically at Pratt, my alma mater. She asked me if I could edit her student’s essay. Out of three paragraphs, here is the second: I went through a tough time in my teenage years with anorexia and bulimia. Despite the occasional grammatical error, as I read this essay, I was moved by this girl’s resilience to overcome her sickness in a society that ignored it. I wonder how Korean doctors recognize eating disorders today? What are your thoughts? *Note: The writer of this essay gave me permission to post this section and generate a discussion about it. -Text by Sarah Shaw @ The Newtown Massacre and Mike Huckabee’s Offense. The massacre in Newtown, Connecticut is too awful for anyone to fully comprehend, especially from a distance.

You watch the coverage of people you don’t know and will never meet, and yet you still find yourself nearly overwhelmed as the stories of terror, of immense sorrow and loss, and of heroism are told. Particularly as a parent, you cannot help but wonder: What if it had been my child gunned down in elementary school? And then you begin to realize there’s a reason the death of a child is said to be the hardest thing for a human being to endure, the “grief surpassing all.” Just last week I wrote an acquaintance–a good and decent and gentle man–who lost his son. Like everyone else in a similar situation, I hoped there might be something I might say to assuage, even just a bit and even for just a moment, the pain. (There’s not.) I thought about that after hearing the comments of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

And here (courtesy of is what Huckabee said: Mr. bedtime calculator.