Monday, August 17, 2009

Odds & Ends

  • Spent Sunday on the road to Sunset Lake Camp and back. Beautiful place. Nice weather. Long day in the car.
  • Rick Warren supposedly remarked that he doesn't use traditional church music in his church because he doesn't know anybody who listens to organ music in their car. If so, that's because he's never met me -- two of my favorite programs are The Organ Loft and With Heart and Voice, both of which can be heard Sundays on KWAX. Oregon's All Classical Radio runs a program called The Organ Trail on Sunday evenings . . . and American Public Media airs one called Pipedreams.
  • Traffic was way up this week, thanks to a link from Spectrum's Sabbath School blog. Outside the Pacific Northwest, the most popular locales for North American visitors were California, Texas, Michigan, and Ontario; worldwide, the most popular were Australia, the United Kingdom, Finland, and Brazil.
  • In her book, The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes -- and Why, Amanda Ripley points out that 75% of Hurricane Katrina's victims were over the age of 60, and 50% over the age of 75. Lack of mobility was a factor . . . but even more deadly was resistance to change. Simply put, the older you were, the less need you saw to move -- especially if you'd already survived a couple of hurricanes.
  • And I'll close with this quote from Dr. Jonas Salk: "When something is suggested or some evidence is produced, the first response is, 'It can't possibly be true.' And then, after a bit, the next response is, 'Well, if it's true, it's not very important.' And then the third response is, 'Well, we've known it all along.' "

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