Ice Bucket Challenge

Okay I took the challenge!

This is one of the craziest trends I’ve seen.  Everywhere I look on Facebook is another challenge.  I took the challenge, because I was dared, and I’m all for good causes.  However it is good to do your research before giving.

So if you are interested in ALS, check out this link for ALS research at John Paul 2 Medical Research Institute which does not use stem cells in their research.

Also speaking of causes, this is beside the point, but is urgent right now.  There’s a pressing need at the moment to help the refugees in Iraq who have been forced out of their homes.  Please consider supporting World Vision’s Rapid Response team to Iraq as well as praying for those victims.

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.  –Hebrews 3:13

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Be Alive

They had seen so much of death, that life mattered less than the moments of being alive. Wade Davis-Into the Silence

This quote was about Mallory and his expedition to Everest and how the apocalyptic Great War had influenced them.  It was one of the best history books I’ve listened to, but you can get the basic idea by listening to his lecture.  Yes, it’s long, but well worth it.  I think about these guys and the sacrifice they made, and am so grateful for the freedom and peace I have in my own life.


My Own Adventures

I might not fight in a war or climb Everest, but I enjoy taking time to enjoy small adventures of my own. The bloggers are saying we should travel more and I agree.  Travel enriches your life, educates you, brings you out of your comfort zone, etc.  That’s all awesome.  But the cheapskate that I am, travelling to other countries is expensive.  I mean, yeah, follow your passion, but people spend so much money and time following their passion, they never make any money to truly change things.  Hence the hipster scene of Portland.  Better to invest the money…

That being said, what’s the next best thing?  Backpacking in the Northwest! Continue reading »