“Without studying the past we become spiritual amnesiatics. The study of history makes a man or a woman age without wrinkles, infirmities, or damage. If we have any hope of knowing where we are to go we need to know where we have been.” – Dave Pafford
Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life. – Bob Marley
It is better to be an optimist and proven a fool than to be a pessimist and be proven right. – Fortune Cookie
I was once on a US military ship, having breakfast in the wardroom (officer’s lounge) when the Operations Officer (OPS) walks in. This guy was the definition of NOT a morning person; he’s still half asleep, bleary eyed… basically a zombie with a bagel.
He sits down across from me to eat his bagel and is just barely conscious. My back is to the outboard side of the ship, and the morning sun is blazing in one of the portholes putting a bright big-a** circle of light right in his barely conscious face. He’s squinting and chewing and basically just remembering how to be alive for today. It’s painful to watch.
But then zombie-OPS stops chewing, slowly picks up the phone, and dials the bridge. In his well-known I’m-still-totally-asleep voice, he says:
“Heeeey. It’s OPS. Could you… shift our barpat… yeah, on six five. Thanks.”
And then, ever so slowly, I realize that the big, blazing spot of sun has begun to slide off his zombie’s face and onto the wall behind him. After a moment it clears his face and he blinks slowly a few times and the brilliant beauty of what I’ve just witnessed begins to overwhelm me.
By order the bridge to adjust the ship’s back-and-forth patrol by about 15 degrees, he’s changed our course just enough to reposition the sun off of his face.
He’s literally just redirected thousands of tons of steel and hundreds of people so that he could get the sun out of his eyes while he eats his bagel.
I am in awe.
He slowly picks up his bagel and for a moment I’m terrified at the thought that his own genius may escape him, that he may never appreciate the epic brilliance of his laziness (since he’s not going to wake up for another hour).
But between his next bites he pauses, looks at me, and gives me the faintest, sly grin, before returning to gnaw slowly on his zombie bagel.
I’ve shared several videos and quotes from Sir Ken Robinson.
Robinson’s video Schools Kill Creativity is the most watched video on TED.
Another Robinson video, Changing Education Paradigms, is equally evocative.
Logan Laplante, a 13 year-old boy, was removed from the traditional education system by his parents to be home schooled instead. Logan’s parents were inspired by Ken Robinson’s videos.
Despite being ridiculed and harassed, Logan’s parents followed through and allowed him to tailor his education to his interests and also his style of learning, something traditional education could never offer.
“I want to praise God for the storms and the hard times. I thank Him for when you’re being beaten by the winds, your hands are torn just holding on for dear life, you’re soaked to the bone, losing items overboard and exhausted from crying out. Because, when the storm breaks, and you see blue sky, you’re stronger from weathering the beating winds. You’re more confident in your footing from riding the waves. Your hands are callused and prepared to work again. You’re washed clean and fresh. You’re life is lighter from what you left behind and you’ve earned your rest.” – Ellis Benus
A&E Television has suspended Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, according to a statement from the network obtained by several media outlets.
The suspension comes after a profile piece appeared in GQ in which Robertson told the magazine that he is against homosexuality, calling it illogical and a sin.
“Without a doubt, Ellis is one of the best and most talented web designers that I’ve had the pleasure to work with. He is detailed oriented and a great listener, which for me meant that he was able to gather my requirements during one meeting and then deliver results quickly and accurately. We had one follow-up meeting for me to provide details that I had either forgotten, or wanted changed, after first viewing my freshly built web page. I can confidently recommend Ellis Benus, Small Business Web Guru, as a ‘go-to’ web designer who delivers great value for your investment.” - Kevin Sees, Photographer of Sees the Moment Photography (http://SeesTheMoment.com).
It seems like WordPress 3.7 more or less just made its debut and with a variety of new features such as automatic updates for many themes and extensions, many users really seemed to enjoy the new system. Now WordPress 3.8 has dropped and the focus on this new version is to improve the user interface in the admin area, which can mean more customization and visual improvements for all WordPress websites. We’re going to look at some of the main changes in WordPress 3.8 and give you some screenshots of the new interface.
You may be familiar with the MP6 plug-in for WordPress and you may have used it before, this old plug-in will become the new polished look of the admin interface. It could be a bit scary at first but this really just modernizes the entire dashboard and makes it easier to use.
An interesting aspect of this new user interface is you can select your own color scheme for the dashboard. The 3.7 version of the user interface only comes with two different options but you can change things like fonts, colors and more with the new dashboard.