Rachel Held Evans

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Credit to the New York Times for bringing my attention to Rachel Held Evans. Her story is an inspiring and tragic one.

The NYTimes Daily podcast had a featured episode on June 3rd, 2019.

To listen to it is inspiring, thought-provoking, and quite moving. It compelled me enough to want to write a blog post about her.

From Wikipedia:

Rachel Held Evans (née Rachel Grace Held; June 8, 1981 – May 4, 2019) was an American Christian columnist, blogger and author. Her book A Year of Biblical Womanhoodwas on The New York Times e-book non-fiction best-seller list[1] and Searching for Sunday made The New York Timespaperback nonfiction best-seller list.[2]

Evans was placed in a medically-induced coma in April 2019 following an allergic reaction to medication for an infection.[14][15] By May 2, “severe swelling of the brain” worsened her condition, and she died on May 4.[16][17]

Here is the link to the podcast from the NYTimes:

In a brief but prolific career, a young writer asked whether evangelical Christianity could change. In doing so, she changed it.

Here is An Evening with Rachel Held Evans

She made the most of her life. She questioned. She has left a legacy.

https://rachelheldevans.com/

 

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening today, May 31st, 2019 at the Disneyland Resort. I’ve been fortunate to already experience the immersive land. It’s really a unique experience that has so much to offer. While the Rise of the Resistance attraction is opening later this year, Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run opens today.

For a kid who grew up with Star Wars films and action figures, it’s really a childhood dream come true. Even these many years later there is still something to enjoy about a galaxy far far away.

The design, food, drink, characters, and story all come together in an interesting and though provoking way.

It does feel like the next step forward in theme park experiences.

Check it out when you can. You have to experience it for yourselves.

And May the Force the with you.

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Marco Polo

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Marco Polo is a video messaging app. It allows you to take a video and send it to your friends or loved ones. They in turn are able to watch it on their own time. It’s basically recorded video messaging.

What it affords is the chance to stay in touch more than just texting. And it also helps to avoid the challenges of scheduling phone calls.

Because it is video messaging it feels more connected and personal.

You can also change your voice, use emojis, or even write on your screen during the message.

Give it a try, I’m sure there are loved ones out there who want to hear from (and see) you.

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.happybits.marcopolo&hl=en_US

 

The Daily

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The Daily is a daily podcast by the New York Times. Available where podcasts are found. It is an apporximatley 20 minute podcast on the news of the day.

What has been fascinating, and digestible, is the fact that they often focus on one news story and go more in depth. It’s been refreshing to cut out the clutter and just have one podcast which delivers the news.

Pretty ideal for commute listening.

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The Gap – Ira Glass

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This is one of the clearest expressions I have seen regarding what it is like to create something.

From Ira Glass:

Nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish somebody had told this to me — is that all of us who do creative work … we get into it because we have good taste. But it’s like there’s a gap, that for the first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good, OK? It’s not that great. It’s really not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not quite that good. But your taste — the thing that got you into the game — your taste is still killer, and your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you, you know what I mean?

A lot of people never get past that phase. A lot of people at that point, they quit. And the thing I would just like say to you with all my heart is that most everybody I know who does interesting creative work, they went through a phase of yearswhere they had really good taste and they could tell what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be — they knew it fell short, it didn’t have the special thing that we wanted it to have.

And the thing I would say to you is everybody goes through that. And for you to go through it, if you’re going through it right now, if you’re just getting out of that phase — you gotta know it’s totally normal.

And the most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work — do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week, or every month, you know you’re going to finish one story. Because it’s only by actually going through a volume of work that you are actually going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions. It takes a while, it’s gonna take you a while — it’s normal to take a while. And you just have to fight your way through that, okay?

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iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

 

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Just recently was given both the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. And wow. Love them both.

The iPad Pro is slim and so easy to travel with. I’ve got the keyboard that doubles as the case and pencil holder.

The Apple Pencil is totally addictive. Easy to use, take notes, draw, or just scroll. It all feels so user friendly. They are probably the best on the go tech items I’ve ever had.

Just at the very beginning of discovering what they are both capable of, but it’s been so awesome.

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Shredding the Girl and Balloon – Banksy

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This recent event by Bansky is completely fascinating to me.

At a recent Sotheby’s Art Auction, Banksy had a painting up for auction. And just after it was sold for 1.4 million, it started to fall into a shredder built into the frame submitted by the artist.

It’s such a bold, clever, creative, dynamic thing to do. Ironically, it probably adds to it’s value after such a publicized event. The original owner has decided to keep the partially shredded work.

This sense of the unexpected he has created is truly awe-inspiring.

https://qz.com/quartzy/1417787/why-banksy-shredding-the-girl-with-balloon-painting-wasnt-anti-capitalist/

https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/18/17994350/banksy-painting-shred-girl-with-balloon-auction

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/banksy-video-girl-with-balloon/index.html