Invictus ~ William Ernest Henley,

I don't recall ever being so struck to the core by a poem... Invictus ~ William Ernest Henley Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not...

Is the King James bible the word of God? Seriously?

After reading the history-based critique below, it's hard to believe the King James version of the bible could possibly be the word of God. It's this kind of historical tracing (which I first learned about in a Hellenistic Religions class in college) that began the...

How to treat heart failure with diet

This video from nutritionfacts.org provides persuasive evidence that higher levels of TMAO (Trimethylamine N-oxide) lead to higher incidence of heart attacks and heart failure. TMAO comes from byproducts of eating animal products, dairy, eggs, meat. TMAO  seems to...

Get in the boat! ~ There’s no time to explain!

I can't stop chuckling over this one... Get in the boat! There's not time to explain!
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Best angles for portrait photography

What is the best angle to photograph from when shooting a portrait? Photographer Ed Gregory puts some effort into answering that question in this video from his YouTube channel Photos in Color. While he admits he couldn't control the conditions for this portrait...

Trash Bandit in the Flowers

Too cute! A beautiful portrait of a trash bandit (raccoon) framed by purple flowers.

Video game that can add 10 years to your life ~ Jane McGonigal ~ TED

Game designer Jane McGonigal gives a fascinating TED talk on how video games can have a real, positive impact on people's lives as she compares deathbed regrets to the reported benefits of playing a simple game. In the talk, McGonigal reveals that she suffered a...

Faith is often about geography

If you were born in Israel, you'd probably be Jewish. If you were born in Saudi Arabia, you'd probably be Muslim. If you were born in India, you'd probably be Hindu. But because you were born in North American, you're Christian... Your faith is not inspired by some...

Portland Japanese Gardens

Visited Portland Japanese Gardens last spring or summer. Gorgeous grounds. Very well maintained.  

My Son Coined a New Word – “Horridable”

Driving my son to school today,  I asked how he was doing this morning, and he said, "Horridable!" I'm sure he intended to say "Horrible," but I laughed and asked him if he just made that up. He said yes, and that he has trademarked the word so I can't use it. That's...

Dallas (Matherly) Fallert ~ Obituary

My Mother's best friend, Dallas (Matherly) Fallert, passed away. Dallas was a force of nature. With all her energy and enthusiasm, it's hard to imagine her gone. Together, she and my Mom got into a lot of mischief 😉 May she rest in peace...Below is her obituary from...

Long Way Round – Stereophonics

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman used the Stereophonics song Long Way Round (and variations) for their Long Way travel series. Warning: It's an earworm. Long way Round ~ Stereophonics Remember me my love, I'm the one you're dreaming of Going for a ride, I'll keep you...

OneRepublic – Counting Stars – Video/Lyrics

Where have I been?! Totally missed this brilliant OneRepublic tune. Counting Stars - OneRepublic Lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep Dreaming about the things that we could be But, baby, I've been, I've been praying hard Said, no more counting dollars, we'll be...

BALLiSTIC – Sci-Fi | Action short film by Film Riot

BALLiSTIC is a science fiction/action short film written & directed by Ryan Connolly. Set in the near future, BALLiSTIC drops viewers into a violent episode involving a young woman (played by Hannah Ward) being pursued by a "bunch of armed bad guys." Typical...