Archive for December 2007

One Week’s Worth of Food Around Our Planet

December 28, 2007


Click here to look at what families from around the world eat in one week.

Each picture tells a story. The first thing I was struck by was the obvious contrast in volume between all of the other pictures and the last picture of the family from Chad. I also looked carefully at the amount of foods that were packaged as opposed to fresh and local.

All kinds of thoughts and questions are running through my mind from these images…

1. What might we learn about others by what they eat?
Food is a window into getting to know others – their customs, values and traditions. I would like to begin inviting others from my community who are racially and ethnically different than my family to involve us in some of their meal customs, so we can learn about their lives and build friendship.

2. What would my family’s week worth of food look like?
Would it reflect good stewardship or overabundance?
Would it show a commitment to health, wholeness and local economy?
How could we share what we have with people in our community?

3. What can we learn from those who have less?
How can we help families locally and globally who struggle to provide food for their family?
What groups can I contribute to that help those in need?

When you look at these photos, what do you notice?
Which of those families food would you most enjoy? Which would you not enjoy?
What thoughts and questions come to your mind?

I would love to hear your responses!!

(Hit to Jay)


Pancakes from Santa…

December 21, 2007


My wife took my son Angelo to play with some of his friends at the mall’s “kids zone” a few days ago. It is an indoor playground with foam flooring and objects for them to climb on. When they saw Santa there the other kids really wanted to talk to him, so Angelo got his first visit with a “Mall Santa.”

When Santa asked him what he wanted for Christmas, Angelo said, “pancakes!”

In fact, he continues to tell people he wants pancakes for Christmas! My son may be the funniest two year old on the planet. He is the only toddler I’ve met that has true comedic timing! …but the pancake request is not a joke… he loves them!!

I am guessing this is the last year he asks for just pancakes for Christmas. I wish we could keep that kind of simplicity in our lives. This year we’ve made some huge changes in the gifts we give and the emphasis they take in our celebration of Christmas. We are trying to move to giving relational gifts of meaning. More on that soon.

Bye the way, I took Angelo out for pancakes this past weekend. Ummmm. He loved it!!

The Tipping Point… or the Point of Tipping…?!

December 17, 2007

This is a captivating commercial.

They obviously take fun seriously!
I love how the townspeople celebrate and marvel at the unfolding sport they’ve created.

Good things do come to those who wait…

(hit to Jim)

Windows users… it’s time for a change.

December 7, 2007


I am not trying to be pushy or condescending… but if you are still using a Windows based computer (and you have a choice in the matter) it is time for you to make a change. Life is better on the Mac side, trust me. I bristle a little at people getting macs “to look cool” or because it is trendy. Get one because you want a better experience and it will help you be more creative and productive.

If you need more information, read this article from USA today. It is honest and helpful to those considering making the switch. It does not paint Macs to be perfect (which they are not), but it identifies the differences and why people choose Mac.

I appreciate this analogy from the article, which I think sums up the article well, “Windows users tolerate their computers to get stuff done. The Mac crowd enjoys its machines…” True that.