Nov 122013
 

Don’t distort or gloss over what you see. You can’t ignore the seamy side of present-day culture, which you’re bound to encounter, as you already have. You don’t want to present a sanitized, goody-two-shoes version of life if that isn’t what you observe. That’s not ethically honest. Certain works of fiction, including mine, have been criticized for containing content too forthright for the Christian community, when the criticism is put charitably, but that element I can’t ethically change. I’ve never understood how a writer can depict redemption from sin if the reader doesn’t see sin in a character to begin with.

Yet in Scripture I find deception and adultery and incest and rape and rebellion and murder and every destructive act I care to imagine, up to a tent stake hammered through the head of a man by a woman who lies to him. All this I receive as instruction, without attributing it to the author, as I take instruction from the spikes driven into skin and flesh, between the bones of the hands of the one lifted up to heal me of the destruction of death.

Page: 179

Christians can seem so naive at times. Living within our little enclave rather than living a redemptive life in the world. Christ came into the world not to shelter his followers from the real world but to save sinners.

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    Nov 062013
     

    The Civil War and American Art .
    Eleanor Jones Harvey.

    Former enslaved woman Harriet Jacobs (fig. 102) noted with disgust, “The secrets of slavery are concealed like those of the Inquisition. My master was, to my knowledge, the father of eleven slaves. But did the mothers dare tell who was the father of their children? Did other slaves dare allude to it, except in whispers among themselves? No indeed!” That a man could enslave his own children struck many as one of the gross moral failings of a slave society, and one which took place with far greater frequency than anyone was comfortable believing.

    Page: 107

    Owning slaves seems so anachronistic to us today. We cannot imagine it. How much more unthinkable is it that one would father children and see them as nothing more than chattel.

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    Oct 282013
     

    Scoffing at death was the code of the “Bohemian Brigade”—the tongue-in-cheek name that Junius Browne and other Northern war correspondents had coined to describe themselves. A self-conscious romantic, Browne reveled in the idea that they were “knights of the quill,” swashbuckling poet-warriors living “a nomadic, careless, halfliterary, half-vagabondish life.” They traveled into the hell of battle and returned to tell the tale, risking their lives “purely from a love of adventure—to have the experience—which is a very natural desire of the poetico-philosophical temperament.”

    Page: 21

    The adventures of these “Knights of the Quill” stretch incredulity — yet are true. It is hard to imagine the dangers they put themselves in just to “get the story”.

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    Oct 262013
     

    2013 Mid-Columbia Conference XC Championship Zenfolio Photos (2000+ photos)
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    October 24, 2013

    Kamiakin Boys - 3A Boys District Champions

    Kamiakin Boys – 3A Boys District Champions

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    3A Boys: Kamiakin Braves      3A Girls: Kamiakin Braves
    4A Boys: Richland Bombers     4A Girls: Walla Walla Girls 
    

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    Oct 152013
     

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    October 12, 2013

    Joe Hardy - 2013 Richland Invite - Varsity Boys Division 1

    Joe Hardy – 2013 Richland Invite – Varsity Boys Division 1

    Official Team Scores
    1.  North Central  69
    2.  Nathan Hale    96
    3.  Mt Spokane    150
    4.  Henry Jackson 160
    5.  Seattle Prep  193
    
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     1.  12  Joe Hardy            14:47.66  Seattle Prep  
     2.  11  John Dressel         14:49.59  Mt Spokane  
     3.  12  Taylor (Kai) Wilmot  14:51.65  North Central  
     4.  11  Tanner Anderson      14:54.27  North Central  
     5.  11  Scott Kopczynski     15:11.52  East Valley-Spokane  
     6.  12  Nicholas Hauger      15:15.03  Shadle Park  
     7.  12  Michael Williams     15:15.94  Richland  
     8.  12  Andrew Foerder       15:16.32  Nathan Hale  
     9.  12  Max Leach            15:22.00  Nathan Hale  
    10.  12  Alejandro Cisneros   15:22.34  Hermiston
    

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    Oct 132013
     

    Grain Brain.
    David Perlmutter.

    I believe that the shift in our diet that has occurred over the past century—from high-fat, low-carb to today’s low-fat, high-carb diet, fundamentally consisting of grains and other damaging carbohydrates—is the origin of many of our modern scourges linked to the brain, including chronic headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, movement disorders, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and those senior moments that quite likely herald serious cognitive decline and full-blown, irreversible, untreatable, and incurable brain disease. I’ll reveal to you the profound effect that grains could be having on your brain right now without your even sensing it.

    Page: 9

    All of us are familiar with the obesity epidemic as well as the soaring number of kids with ADHD and seniors with dementia. Could all three of these conditions be traceable to the same root cause: a grain-based diet?

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    Oct 132013
     

    Grain Brain.
    David Perlmutter.
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    When looking for my next audiobook on the New York Times Best Seller list I saw this title on the ‘Dining’ category (whatever that is). Besides the clever title, I was to surprised to see the term ‘low-carb/high-fat’ used in the book’s description.

    The author’s credibility appears pretty substantial, being not only a board-certified, practicing neurologist but also a fellow of the American College of Nutrition. I look forward to hearing what the he has to say.

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  • Book Info

    Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers
    by David Perlmutter
    Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
    Published: 09/17/2013
    ISBN-10: 031623480X
    ISBN-13: 978-0316234801
    Started: 10/13/2013
    Finished: 11/17/2013
    Source: Amazon.com
    Format: ebook

    Publisher Synopsis

    The devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain, with a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health.

    Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our “smart genes” through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs. With a revolutionary 30-day plan, GRAIN BRAIN teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better.


    Author Info
    David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition who received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award. Dr. Perlmutter is a frequent lecturer at symposia sponsored by such medical institutions as Columbia University, the University of Arizona, Scripps Institute, and Harvard University. He has contributed extensively to the world medical literature with publications appearing in The Journal of Neurosurgery, The Southern Medical Journal, Journal of Applied Nutrition, and Archives of Neurology. He is the author of: The Better Brain Book and New York Times Bestseller, Grain Brain. He is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of nutritional influences in neurological disorders. Dr. Perlmutter has been interviewed on many nationally syndicated radio and television programs including 20/20, Larry King Live, CNN, Fox News, Fox and Friends, The Today Show, Oprah, Dr. Oz, and The CBS Early Show. In 2002 Dr. Perlmutter was the recipient of the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to neurological disorders and in addition was awarded the Denham Harmon Award for his pioneering work in the application of free radical science to clinical medicine. He is the recipient of the 2006 National Nutritional Foods Association Clinician of the Year Award. Dr. Perlmutter serves as Medical Advisor for The Dr. Oz Show.


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    Oct 132013
     
    Commissions create a short-term reward for recommending long-term solutions. I think it’s better for both the client and the advisor to have a long-term commitment. Once the commission is paid, some advisors may conclude that their work is done. For you, the key to success is setting up a long-term strategy with a high probability of success.

    Page: 55

    Paul Merriman’s opinion on why investors should use fee based advisors rather than commissioned sales people makes a lot of sense. This is not to say that commissioned investment advisors cannot serve investors well, just that commissions make it very difficult. Not only does the sales professional have to fight urges to generate unnecessary commissions, his sales manager is also incentivized to increase sales.

    The primary reason I see that justifies commissioned based investment advisors is that many people do not take the initiative to invest for themselves and must be persuaded, in other words, sold on the the need to invest for their future. Fee based advisors are usually not out soliciting first time investors.


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    Oct 132013
     

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    XCNation, part of the Runnerspace/DyeStat empire, asked to use a photo I took last year at Nike Nationals for their publication of the current National High School Coaches Association Team Rankings placing York High School, Elmhurst, IL at #1.


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    Oct 122013
     

    2013 Richland Invite Zenfolio Photos (6000+ photos)
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    October 12, 2013

    Varsity Girls Division 1 Awards - 2013 Richland Invite

    Varsity Girls Division 1 Awards – 2013 Richland Invite


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