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My “I have a friend going to Barcelona…” list

I get emails every so often with people asking me about ‘off the beatin’ path’ types of things to do in Barcelona. I thought it would be a help to put it in a blog with some links. Favorite Restaurant – Caravelle in the neighborhood El Raval. My friends Zim and Poppy own it. They…

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Cycling and Suffering

Colombian Cyclists Dream Of Racing Out Of Poverty : NPR “If you can’t suffer, what good are you?” This quote by the 16 year old cyclist in the link above really got me thinking. I have been into bikes (read not necessarily cycling yet, but bikes) for nearly a year now, but have yet to…

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Barcelona Protests

I don’t have any commentary on this right now, but this article talks about the protests happening in Barcelona right now. The picture in the article was taken about 5 minute walk from our front door. BBC News – Barcelona: Angry crowd pursues Catalan MPs I think that these protests and the increased sightings of…

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Smoking Ban in Spain

So, it’s has actually happened. Smoking has been banned from inside of most restaurants in Spain. (Also from playgrounds in outdoor areas as well). I had heard that the ban was going to take place, but I was skeptical because the 2006 legislature didn’t really seem to be effective. Most of the press I’ve read…

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The Next Ten Hours

World Cup 2010: Spain’s success puts nationalists in the shade | World news | The Observer This is a great article that gets at some of the tension in Catalunya in regards to being a separate independent country and in whether or not to support Spain’s national futbol team. There is a long and interesting…

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Commitment to Excellence? More like: Commitment to Self.

Disgruntled Oakland Raiders fans post billboard asking owner Al Davis to hire GM – ESPN Al Davis has done a fabulous job of preparing the Raiders to establish a new legacy when he’s no longer running things. I am a not a Raider’s fan at all, but still feel for fans who’ve had to put…

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The Wrong Kind of News

Here is another bad piece of press for the Vatican…but the problem is that it is true. If this tradition of the Church is ever going to regain ground in our culture it will have to start operating with more authenticity. BBC News – Vatican ‘snubbed Ireland church abuse inquiry’

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Football (soccer) Player Given Yellow Card for…

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Manchester | Footballer puts wind up referee This is just too funny not to post…A soccer player in England was given a yellow card for ‘unsporting behaviour’, which is another way of saying that he farted while the opposing team was taking a penalty shot. The ensuing shot…

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This is what the Kingdom is all about

I had tears in my eyes as I finished this story…and usually when I read ESPN.com I’m crying because the Colts lose another playoff game. But this time it’s because I’m so thankful that I’m a part of this Kingdom… http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?section=magazine&id=3789373   thanks to Brant at Letters from Kamp Krusty for posting this…

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Facebook in a Crowd – NYTimes.com

I found this article online today and thought it made some good observations about connecting in our culture today and how Facebook plays a role in our ‘relationships’. It’s worth a read if you’re into social connectivity stuff…or just want to feel better about no one showing up at events you plan! Lives – Facebook…

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Stuff White People Like…a blog

I came across this blog a while ago and found it really funny…worth linking to at least: Stuff White People Like. I’ve not read all the content, so can’t make any sweeping guarantees. My favorite articles so far has been: #111 – Pea Coats, and #110 Frisbee Sports…and #1 – Coffee istn’ too bad either… *Paul,…

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My Other Wife

Jen went blond again today. It’s been 5 years since she was blond. So when she walks by I have to remind myself that she got her hair colored and that it’s not another woman in my house or posing as my wife! But she looks beautiful (as always) and I’m sooooo, seriously…sooooooo happy she…

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Our Friends the Slyter’s

I celebrate when I hear stories and see live of people who are loving God and doing what they love. This is the spot that I think God wants us all to be in. Our friends Tony and Tina have opened up a Grocery Outlet in Oregon and the local news put up a bit…

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How Does this Even Happen?

I came across this article on ABC today and had to reread it because I wasn’t sure if it was saying what it was saying. It was just too ludicrous. Too unbelievable. Too bone-headed. But it is true. If you read this, try and think about if there was any ‘real life’ situation where this…

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Our Last Update Letter

We just sent out a new prayer update thing…had some big and cool news in it. If you would like to see it, send me an email using the contact thing up above. I had a bit of a problem with my address book when I accidentally synced my phone’s addresses over my computer’s. Oops…so…

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Ok…it’s time to get back at this

Honestly, going back to Paris and dealing with all that had to be done while we were there sucked any extra blogging energy that I may have had out of me. But the good news is that I think that I’ve recovered…well at least I’m on the road to recovery.  To give an insiders view as…

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After a Week

Some of you have noticed that I haven’t written in a while. Some of you have even written to ask me to write….well it was my mom and mother-in-law! So I finally have a free moment that is accompanied by the energy to write… So we’re at home in Paris…well, it feels like home, but…

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Escaping Wrath with a Saw

If guaranteed eternal salvation was this easy…or maybe not…I wonder if this guy will ever end up writing his own book about living a year biblically. Mans sees ‘mark,’ cuts off hand But seriously, I do feel bad for this guy…I don’t know whether to applaud or pity him. I don’t know whether it’s ok…

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Take at least a moment…

Today there have been two separate attacks on Christian facilities and people today in Colorado. I don’t really know how I’m processing all of this…just praying for our brothers and sisters who are experiencing loss. 2 Killed at YWAM Training Center  Shooting at Colorado Church It will be interesting to see how the Church in…

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10.9 Million Reasons…

10.9 million reasons why we should consider grace a better representation of God than our take on the truth. US anti-gay church to pay $10.9m – BBC In related news, I saw a guy that had a t-shirt on today at Rubio’s that said, “God hates Westboro Baptist Church” written on the back. He said…

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The Sad State of Professional Sports

Star quarterback indicted by the FBI for dog ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS6 fighting… Leader of the Tour de France kicked off of tour under suspicion of doping… Baseball star getting ready to break all-time home record under cloud of controversy about steroid use… NBA referee a part of betting scandal on games that he officiated… What…

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New Pictures

You can probably tell by the title that there are new pictures up…They are of Maisie of course. My mom and dad talked some trash when they were here visiting about me not putting up more pictures…so here you go!

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Forgiveness

Here is a cool story…short, but cool…about a priest who was shot in South Africa. I have a feeling that this is the way it is supposed to be…as Jesus would want it. Priest Forgives Men Who Shot Him

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