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God vs the Scientist

God was sitting in heaven one day when a scientist said to Him, “God, we don’t need you anymore. Science has finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing – in other words, we can now do what you did in the beginning.”

“Oh, is that so? Explain…” replies God. 

“Well,” says the scientist, “we can take … Read more

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Do We Have Truth Yet?

Are We There Yet?

If you have kids, you have heard “Are we there yet?” a million times from the back seat.

If you live in the Midwest during tornado season, or on the coast during hurricane season, you have heard “Do we have electricity back yet?” more times than you can count.

Anyone else frustrated when you bring up … Read more

Facts About Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

22 Interesting Facts About Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)

Here Are Top 22 Interesting Facts About Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS):

#1 It is one of several conditions, known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, which results from alcohol exposure during the mother’s pregnancy.

#2 Individuals with FAS may have problems with their hearing, memory, vision, attention span, and capabilities to communicate and learn. This can happen due to the fact that alcohol in the mother’s blood passes to her developing fetus through the placenta.

#3 The amount of alcohol ingested during pregnancy to cause the syndrome is still unknown, however, women should completely avoid alcoholic beverages during pregnancy.

Settlers of Catan

Settlers of Catan: Two Thumbs Up!

I love games, but I'm one of those stick-in-the-muds that has to warm up to playing. Earlier this week, my daughter and son-in-law warmed me up to a game I had never heard of, called "Settlers of Catan." Apparently, I've been missing out, because this board game is beyond trending. Well, now, I'm hooked. We played till midnight last night (a work night!), and while I lost for the fourth time, and I'm not a very kind loser, I'm starting to get the hang of it. 

Guy Kawasaki

Evangelize Your Faith, Not Your Hipster Brand

I bump into tech folks often these days who have the word "Evangelist" in their title, or even "Chief Evangelist." Yeah, I get it. "Evangelize" had that cool factor, ever since Guy Kawasaki coined it over two decades ago to promote the Apple brand. Since leaving Apple, among other endeavors (Google, etc.), he's now the Chief Evangelist for Canva, a design software firm – same hat, different cattle. 

Guy was, and is one of the modern technology sector's greatest minds. He coined, and defined Evangelization Marketing for technology, brilliantly borrowing a word from the Christian faith at a time when Christians weren't all that excited about spreading the good word. In a world chock-full of young turks all too eager to spend Sunday mornings hacking vs. praying, evangelizing tech became an instant hit with Gen-Xers from Silicon Valley to Boston Harbor. But that was then. This is now.

OK Guy, you had your turn. Can we have our word back now?

Hostmanship: The Art of Creating a Welcoming Culture

If you’re in business, a non-profit organization, membership association or any group that cares about creating an authentically welcoming culture, you’re going to love this introductory video from Jan Gunnarsson, author and speaker. Thank you to friend Sarah Watz, for referring this to me to share with others.

Black and Blue

Why Is It So Hard To See Black And Blue? Salvation Army’s Powerful Campaign To Fight Abuse Against Women and Children

Someone was thinking, when they created this powerful image on behalf of Carehaven, a program operated by the Salvation Army in Capetown, South Africa. The infamous “black and blue, or is it gold and white” dress was featured by the Salvation Army in this hard-hitting campaign.

Domestic abuse affects many women in South Africa. One in every four women is … Read more

Paris in China

China’s Little-Known Clone of Paris

Another One of China's Empty Cities: This is Just Weird. 

Paris, China? Someone in China thought it was a great idea to clone Paris, France. So, they built its nearly identical twin city, at nearly full scale. Seriously! Check out this video. They also built the world's largest shopping center which opened in 2011, and promptly failed. So, what do you do when the streets of Faux Paris are empty, and the Mall of More Air-ica go belly up?

Oprah Winfrey on BBC: In order for racism to go away, people have to die.

Oprah on Racists: “They Have To Die”

A wise person once said, "Hate the sin, not the sinner." I don't think Oprah Winfrey was following that line of thinking when she sat down for this trainwreck BBC interview. Oprah lets her inner Macheavelli hang out. She did realize the red light was lit up on the camera, didn't she? 

Shame on Subaru of Witchita

How To Turn a Labor Dispute Into a Marketing Opportunity

When there was a local labor dispute going on at Witchita Subaru dealership, the protestors brought out the big guns, with this sign:

Shame on Subaru of Witchita

It reads: "Shame on Subaru of Witchita."

 

Smeone cooked up a clever response, placing it alongside the original sign, with the same font, coloring, and size:

For having unbeatable prices

 

Theirs reads: "For Having Unbeatable Prices."

 

The result?

FARM:shop Opens In East London

Conceived and created by the social design practice Something & Son, FARM:shop opened in March 2011, transforming a previously derelict shop in Dalston Lane into a fertile centre for food production and allowing city dwellers to catch a whiff of the countryside in East London. It is run as an urban farming hub that houses an Aquaponic for fish farming, a hightech indoor allotment, a rooftop chicken coop and a polytunnel used as a greenhouse.

We challenge Coca-Cola to truly solve the obesity problem first.

Coca-Cola’s Own Weight Problem Won’t Go Away.

We challenge Coca-Cola to truly solve the obesity problem first.
Coca-Cola’s recent ad campaign is trending on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, and it’s no wonder why. The mixing of “It’s the real thing” campaign of the 1970s resonates in their new series of messages, which get intertwined with political messages, written in the tone of “perfect harmony;” but they hit on divisive issues, sparking controversy. 

The backlash sure … Read more

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