Wave Photographs by Kenji Croman -- Colossal
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Many more at the link...
Cross Country Runner Saves Life, Finishes Race -- KnoxNews
The young man is a trained lifeguard. He came upon a fellow runner in medical distress and stopped to help:
In the midst of this, a woman named Jessica Chandler ran up. She's the mother of another Germantown runner and had known the fallen runner for years.
"Honestly, I was in shock," she said. "But this guy was taking complete control. He was like, 'You — call 911. You — go get some ice.' He turned him on his side. I thought he was a parent or an EMT."
At this point, the victim was shaking, his body seizing again and again.
"This is normal," said Goldstein. "I've seen this before."
Note: Goldstein had actually never seen this before. But he didn't see the point in panicking. He was calm, reassuring everyone involved.
Many parables of non-anxious leadership in that bolded statement.
If you ask him, Goldstein will tell you it's the slowest race he's ever run. It's also his personal best.
Everyone knows that cell-phones work because of radio waves. Sure it's complicated and, in general, few of us really get it. But we all know that cellphones work because the natural world is built in simultaneously subtle and complicated ways.
What is remarkable about the fundamentalist perspective, however, is an unwillingness to see spiritual life in the same light. Instead of seeing subtlety and complication that require a lifetime of intense dedicated effort — a genuine personal investigation of the world — to understand, everything is reduced to magic-marker outlines with unwavering, absolute answers....
While writing on science and religion, however, I have met lots of really amazing folks who are quite serious about their spiritual lives. They have come from a diversity of faith backgrounds: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and more. Some of these people were highly educated, some where not. What struck an atheist like me about these folks was their dedication to the investigation.
Fighting back with nuance in a sloganeering world...
Why Women Should Stop Trying to Be Perfect -- Newsweek
Yes, yes, yes. A worthy follow-up to Anne-Marie Slaughter's recent tour de force, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All." Debora Spar writes:
So what, then, are we to do? One possibility, of course, is simply to give up; to acknowledge women’s destinies as something different from men’s and stop complaining about it. This, however, hardly seems fair, either to the generations who fought so hard for women’s freedoms, or to those who have not yet had the opportunity to give these freedoms a try. A second possibility, trumpeted most recently in The Atlantic by Anne-Marie Slaughter in her examination of why women still can’t have it all, is to keep fighting the proverbial fights—for better day care, better family leaves, more flex time at work and co-parenting at home. These are all important goals. Yet they will never be sufficient to address the underlying issues.
The Tricky Art of the Children's Sermon -- United Methodist Reporter
A good point/counterpoint on the efficacy of children's sermons in worship. Most forward-thinking pastors I know have already done away with them or would dearly like to. I get the impulse. But I still do them. I try to avoid interactive questions that set kids up to be entertaining*. My approach is to tell the biblical story so that they're ready to go upstairs to the Upper Room for the remainder of worship, or to Sunday School, where they engage the story they just read. It's a way of setting up the rest of the morning's experience for them.
What a treasure trove of wisdom. I've watched a few of the shorter ones, and others I've seen before, but I might make it a goal to watch the others during my time away for CREDO. I leave in a week and will spend a few days with my BFF before it starts. Squee.
Here's a specific vid I liked, about the importance of constraints in fostering creativity:
I've had two different people recently ask me to help them think about the process of writing a book. One of their concerns is how to get it done with everything else going on in life. I've tried to explain how that busyness can benefit them. Assuming you have enough motivation to start, of course--if you're lukewarm about doing it, the rest of life will conspire against you. But if you just have to write that book, you will find a way. And the limitations will help you. At the end of the process you will have an imperfect thing on paper, rather than a perfect thing in your brain and nowhere else.
*My favorite children's sermon story: I was talking about Jesus' parable of the yeast and I'd brought some yeast from home. I showed it to the kids and said, "What is yeast used to make?" One of them piped up, "BEER!"
Yes, that was my child.