Sunday, October 11, 2009

Odds & Ends

  • Beautiful weather -- blue skies, cool nights, and the leaves are just beginning to turn color as you drive the Van Duzer corridor.
  • I'll be doing one of the worships for the Oregon Conference Pastors' Retreat -- anybody have any ideas on what I should say?
  • 4% of delegates to the Oregon Conference Constituency Session were under the age of 30; and 18% were over the age of 70. Hmmm . . .
  • Brian Wansink's Mindless Eating: why we eat more than we think is a fun read about a serious subject. Wansink ran a laboratory at Cornell University that did things like feed people chocolate yogurt in the dark -- and tell them it was strawberry! (Many reported it was the best strawberry yogurt they'd ever tasted.) He also gives three good reason why so many men hate tofu . . . and along the way, he explains why it's so easy to gain weight, and what we can do about it. Given today's epidemic of obesity, this is a must-read. (And it's also a great source of anecdotes for sermons.)
  • Traffic was down last week, mainly because this site didn't get it's usual "bump" in readership on Friday. And yes, most of my readers came from the usual places: Oregon, Colorado, New York, and California in the USA, plus Finland and the United Kingdom. (But I did pick up readers this week in Uganda and Kenya!)
  • And I'll close with this quote from Robert Anderson: "In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find (and continue to find) grounds for marriage."

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