November 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
Instead of several Facebook posts sharing these videos as I lately came across them, here they are in one go…
The city of Paris as seen from the back of a white-tailed eagle when he jumps off the Eiffel Tower:
Aerial sunrise views of Cape Town, South Africa, and the sharks below:
And lastly, the coup de grâce, the bide-ride to end (or inspire) all bike-rides! The scenery alone is astounding.
I think I got an adrenalin rush just from watching that one!
June 29, 2013 § Leave a comment
Regarding the SCOTUS decision: “His majesty and person define what the word good means, and His majesty as expressed in creation defines what nature means. This requires that it also defines what against nature means.”
Regarding the Statue of Liberty. It was 128 years ago last week that Lady Liberty took up her post, light of freedom ablaze in her hand at the front door to the country. I wonder, if she were able to look over her shoulder and see America today, would she be tempted to lower that torch a little?
Regarding what a man really is:
Regarding one of my favorite things, adventures in etymology:
June 25, 2013 § Leave a comment
Two articles I’ve read this week speak powerfully to two related issues: Reclaiming and teaching to the upcoming generations both inner fortitude and a healthy level of detachment from the screens to which we devote so much of our time.
From the second article:
“Louv tells of interviewing thousands of children in the course of previous research. At one point, he received this candid comment from a fourth-grade boy in San Diego: “I like to play indoors better, ’cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.’”
“A Nation of Wimps”: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200411/nation-wimps
“Nature Deficit Disorder”: http://www.albertmohler.com/2013/06/25/nature-deficit-disorder-is-your-child-at-risk/
September 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
Marathon training has begun!! During training for the 2012 race, I did nothing additional to the running itself. This time my goal is not only a better race time, but to take better advantage of the whole effort through healthier food choices, smaller portions and supplemental workouts.
So far it’s working: in two weeks my average pace has gone down by a minute per mile, and I’ve lost 6lbs. I’m super excited about 3/3/2013!
Even if you’ve thought you could never run a marathon, you probably can. Start with something small and build up to it, it’s possible! 🙂
May 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
This astounding trio let loose quite a performance as I left the building after Bible study tonight. I listened for a long time and caught the last 50 seconds for you, enjoy!
May 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
At the youth hostel where we stayed one night near Maktesh Ramon in Israel, I went out for a walk in the early morning. The freshly risen sun on the Negev desert was so lovely.
A loud cracking noise caught my attention. Following it, I noticed two large ibex just outside the gate having quite a row! They knocked their horns together and leapt at each other over and over, wrestling when horns interlocked.
From the photos I took, I later counted over twenty bumps on each horn so they were both older than I was.
Later that day we repelled a little way down into the Ramon craters, and I discovered how much fun it is to drop over the edge of a cliff! With a rope.
Two great memories from one of my favorite days in Israel…
May 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
On March 4 of this year I ran my first full marathon. It was, I hope, the first of many! My time wasn’t bad, but I think I can do better =)
To train for and finish a 26.2 mile run…for me, it took a lot of self-talk and self-motivation. As I continually completed longer distances than I’d thought possible, the sheer excitement of the prospective accomplishment was enough to motivate the final few months of 6am runs every Saturday. On the morning of our final long training run of 20 miles, it was drizzly and 18 degrees!
Training year-round is a great way to keep oneself comfortably in shape and feeling energetic! Currently I’m not feeling either of those due to lack of running the last few weeks, but this laziness (and weird fatigue) shall soon end! I sincerely hope so anyway.
The point is, I highly recommend distance running if it is at all within the scope of your abilities. I thought it wasn’t within mine until I actually went out and DID it. Funny how that works, eh? Try it!
Enjoy some photos from my big day!
March 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
It’s long past bedtime but I want to quickly share with you all some of the exciting things we saw and heard this evening at UALR. Got to have dinner at a table where Rwanda, Iraq, Chile, and South Korea were all represented, surrounded by many many more. Loved meeting Valens, Yassir, Anita, Sami, and reconnecting with Claire from France.
If I can get this to work, enjoy!