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This is an excellent article by Jake at Mere-O. As he says, “The lesson: If you would destroy our world’s versions of Sauron and Saruman, then you must love strawberries and cream.” Read it an get the good stuff for today!

Hobbits

via Tolkien’s Holy Fools | Mere Orthodoxy.

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Division Destiny

Five minutes for why The Division is better, but Destiny is bolder.

Up At Noon Live

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Level Up

The Division

The best advice for leveling up any character build you play.

Favorite Character Builds In The Division 

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Funeral

Always Go to the Funeral : NPR.

Growing up in the South and attending a small country church, I went to my fair share of receiving friends and attending funerals. They typically had the same format, with singing, preaching, a march (occasional drive) to the graveyard for a graveside service, and then that’s it. I’ve never experience any big fight at a funeral between families, though I have seen my share of people overcome by their grief. It;s sorta awkward, but you ignore it. Their hurting. In pain. It’s human. You stand silently in respect as they finish. You honor them.

And yet you understand that in some small way, you are fulfilling a duty. A duty to honor those who have lost someone, and to in some way honor the one who is gone. But it’s more. You honor your community by showing that in the greatest need of a few, the majority comes through. Death brings us all on the same playing field. No one is exempt. And as such, it makes going to the funeral that much more important. It solidifies what may have been unspoken all along: I know you, I care for you, and I’m sorry that you have went through this loss.

Going to the funeral is not so much about you fulfilling your duty as much as it is about you representing the community to the ones who need it most.

As Sullivan notes in the article,

“Always go to the funeral” means that I have to do the right thing when I really, really don’t feel like it. I have to remind myself of it when I could make some small gesture, but I don’t really have to and I definitely don’t want to. I’m talking about those things that represent only inconvenience to me, but the world to the other guy. You know, the painfully under-attended birthday party. The hospital visit during happy hour. The Shiva call for one of my ex’s uncles. In my humdrum life, the daily battle hasn’t been good versus evil. It’s hardly so epic. Most days, my real battle is doing good versus doing nothing.”

It’s a good word and makes sense of something which people feel, even if they’re not the ones exceptionally close to the family.

Go to the funeral. Show honor to the community. Support the family. Be involved in the body of humanity.

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Power Rangers

Happy 20th Anniversary, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! – IGN.

So, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers turn 20 today, while MLK’s speech turns 50. Coincidence? Yes. Definitely a coincidence.

But, while many admire (rightly so) the speech of MLK, others will relive and remember afternoon school days sitting in front of the TV watching the Power Rangers.

Now, I must admit that I never actually got into the show. Sure, I watched a few episodes when the channel would come in (this was when satellites were as big as cars and when our home TV got about 6 channel’s, sometimes 7-8 when we hit the top of it!) At any rate, it was a show much loved by many and still going strong in some ways into our present day. In fact, I remember being in 5th grade and hearing a guy say that he couldn’t wait to get home so he could see the big reveal of the Green Ranger. He apparently set things up to be a car-rider that day so he didn’t have to wait so long on the bus! I was all like, “whatever dude, I’m watching Tale Spin when I get home.” He was not amused!

Beyond that, my cousin was totally in love with the Power Rangers and when I visited him we would always play a SNES (I’m pretty sure it was Super Nintendo) Power Rangers game. Admittedly, it was quiet fun.

So, that’s my experience with the Power Rangers. Undoubtedly many others will have different experiences, especially if they were/are big fans. So, if your interested, click the link above. There is some great content related to the Power Rangers, along with 4-5 video clips.

Enjoy!

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College Freshman

An Open Letter to College Freshmen.

I came across this article as I was perusing my regular cavalcade of blogs. Some great notes here and a good reminder for those like me who, while not freshman, can still benefit from some of the points Matt has listed. And, of course, it has some really beneficial stuff for those who are freshman.

Take some time to read it. I hope it sparks something that will stick with you in a thoughtful and engaging way!

Blessings 🙂

Dear College Freshmen,

Congratulations on getting into the university of your dreams.  And if it’s not of your dreams, congratulations anyway.  You have the opportunity before you to join the 10% of people in the world who have a college degree.  That doesn’t make you smart, at least not on its own.  But it does make you rare, and that’s something.

– See more at: http://mereorthodoxy.com/world-built-discipline-open-letter-college-freshmen/#sthash.tfFYpmL2.dpuf

Dear College Freshmen,

Congratulations on getting into the university of your dreams.  And if it’s not of your dreams, congratulations anyway.  You have the opportunity before you to join the 10% of people in the world who have a college degree.  That doesn’t make you smart, at least not on its own.  But it does make you rare, and that’s something.

– See more at: http://mereorthodoxy.com/world-built-discipline-open-letter-college-freshmen/#sthash.tfFYpmL2.dpuf

Dear College Freshmen,

Congratulations on getting into the university of your dreams.  And if it’s not of your dreams, congratulations anyway.  You have the opportunity before you to join the 10% of people in the world who have a college degree.  That doesn’t make you smart, at least not on its own.  But it does make you rare, and that’s something.

– See more at: http://mereorthodoxy.com/world-built-discipline-open-letter-college-freshmen/#sthash.tfFYpmL2.dpuf

Dear College Freshmen,

Congratulations on getting into the university of your dreams.  And if it’s not of your dreams, congratulations anyway.  You have the opportunity before you to join the 10% of people in the world who have a college degree.  That doesn’t make you smart, at least not on its own.  But it does make you rare, and that’s something.

– See more at: http://mereorthodoxy.com/world-built-discipline-open-letter-college-freshmen/#sthash.tfFYpmL2.dpuf

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Autumn 2013 Movie Preview

IGN’s Autumn 2013 Movie Preview – IGN.

Just came across this today. A three page exclusive article detailing snippets of upcoming movies for Fall 2o13!!!

There are some incredible movies coming out with some A-list actors. There are so many I want to see, from drama to sci-fi fantasy action. The list is well balanced, offering brief bio’s and video snippets of each entry.

When you have some time, check it out to see what you might be looking forward too!

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