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As an AmeriCorps alum, this is just maddening

So frustrating. How do people like this climb the ladder to be something like head of AmeriCorps? “Trump appointee resigns as public face of agency that runs AmeriCorps after KFile review of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments on the radio” http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/18/politics/kfile-carl-higbie-on-the-radio/index.html

Evangelical Crisis of Faith

The 20 percent of white evangelicals who did not vote for Trump — many of whom are conservative politically and theologically — now seem to have a lot more in common with mainline Protestants. Some in my own circles have expressed a desire to leave their evangelical churches in search of a more authentic form …

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2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17 Day

With Amazon’s Prime Day and Chik-Fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day (dress up like a cow and get a free chicken sandwich… my wife is actually doing this… seriously… I’ll take pics), made-up holidays are all the new marketing rage. In a funny way, this reminds me of those commercials from my childhood in the 80’s and 90’s that …

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Echo Chamber

A friend asked recently what I thought of the Amazon Echo and whether or not I was concerned by privacy issues surrounding the platform. The friend knows we have a number of the devices in our home. The issue goes along the lines of the the Echo being able to “hear” at all times since …

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62 people own the same as half the world, reveals Oxfam Davos report 

“The Oxfam report An Economy for the 1%, shows that the wealth of the poorest half of the world’s population has fallen by a trillion dollars since 2010, a drop of 38 percent. This has occurred despite the global population increasing by around 400 million people during that period. Meanwhile, the wealth of the richest 62 …

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“Art is not like science, it’s not like mathematics…”

  “Art is not like science, it’s not like mathematics… it doesn’t improve. The work that was done in 2000 B.C. is as relevant as art today. And that’s the fascinating thing about art. That’s a conundrum. There is no new invention…This work is valid.” Early Bronze Age (Iran or Mesopotamia). Head of a ruler, ca. …

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“…things have changed”

https://embed-ssl.ted.com/talks/emilie_wapnick_why_some_of_us_don_t_have_one_true_calling.html On a personal note, I had my Ordination Council meeting yesterday. It was an intensely personal time, but it was something that I’ve been working towards for a long time. I can’t go into specifics, but one of the themes I addressed is “why” I’d want to go through this if I weren’t necessarily …

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The Picard Maneuver

Mesmerizing tick. Make it snug… via Ode To The Picard Maneuver (With Data) – YouTube.

You Need to Segment Your Email List

Building an email newsletter is a fantastic thing for your business. In fact, it’s a must. Email is still a very active and viable channel for marketing and with free/cheap tools such as MailChimp, Constant Contact or Awebber, it’s easier than ever to organize and send email newsletters. Whether your list size is 50 or …

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Visiting One Of My Favorite Places in the World

Love this place… Despite the mosquito swarm I encountered (tried my best Finn from Adventure Time to no avail). Now covered in mosquito welps welts (thanks, Elisabeth) but well worth the pain.