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Catching My Attention

Here are a few posts that have caught my interest this week.

Apparently this picture has gone viral, though today is the first time I've seen it.
 This blog was posted four months ago, but the story behind the picture is worth reading. You can read it here. 

Lisa Jo Baker (of Five Minute Friday fame) guest-blogged at A Holy Experience on the subject of hospitality.  Hospitality is something I do a lot of, but honestly, some days I just don't feel like it.  For me it has more to do with tiredness and energy than with worrying about how my house will look.  But if you struggle with the whole hospitality thing, you'll find this blog encouraging.

Another thing I struggle with, but at which I'm getting better....saying "no".  Even if it makes you unpopular.  Even if people give you the guilt trip treatment.  Remember, saying "no" to one thing is saying "yes" to another thing.
 Not So Random Stuff talks about this on her blog.

We hear a lot about young people leaving the church during and after high school.  Larry Alex Taunton interviewed young atheists and asked them, "What led you to become an atheist?"  Their answers may surprise you.  This article is a great reminder to not water down what we have to offer.

Here's one for the teachers out there. A favorite book of kids has long been Where the Wild Things Are. Apparently there is a movie based on the book (released in 2009?? .... I obviously know little about movies!).  Relevant Magazine has an article on the 
movie (and by default the book) about the deeper meaning of the book.  The author writes, "It’s a good trick, but hard to learn—how to be mad without being bitter and keep your catharsis from being a crutch. ... Go ahead. Be mad. Shout your questions. Punch a wall. Color with red and black. Go to where the wild things are. But dock your boat, mark your trail and remember your own weakness. You could never be half as mad at God as He is in love with you."

I can make some basic spread sheets on Excel, just enough to help keep me organized.  I know very little about formulas, though I'd like to learn more.  But who ever thought you could make art using Excel?! Believe it or not, this picture was created in Excel!  Tatsuo Horiuchi is a 73-year old artist who had never used Excel at work, but saw others using it and thought it would be possible to create pictures in Excel.  For more examples of his art work, go to this web site.

And finally, when you were a kid did you ever spin the globe, put your finger down randomly, and say that was where you would travel?  There is now an on-line game called GeoGuessr that lets you play the game in an up-dated format.  Google Earth gives you five locations and you click on a map to indicate where you think the location is.  You get points depending on how close you are to the real location.  After five locations, you start over.  It's challenging to look for clues such as the flora of the area, the direction cars are going, style of houses, etc.  It's also addicting.

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