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- Most of you know that I worked at Philmont Scout Ranch for eight seasons. I love this beautiful video another staffer made about why Philmont is home to so many of us.
- And speaking of Philmont, one of my Phil-friends, Dani, and her husband are quite a pair of adventurers. They’ve completed (and blogged about) several incredible bike tours, and now they’re chronicling their recent crosscountry skiing trek. I want to be them when I grow up.
- Have you ever heard the saying, “God made dirt; dirt don’t hurt?” Turns out, it’s true.
- I love love love love love this video about eventing. Can you see why it’s my favorite sport?
- I heard this story about the Norwegian art of chopping and stacking wood on NPR, and it had me laughing so hard I was in tears.
- I inspired a love for Monet’s work from my mother. We see a lot of his paintings of the gardens at Giverny, France, but here are some lovely pictures of the artist in his garden studio.
- I have been fascinated by automata since I read The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. I love these fun automata designed and built by artist Kazuaki Harada.
- Brett recently shared the poem Ode by Arthur O’Shaughnessy with me, and I am in love. (With Brett, of course.)
- Last week, Brett and I went to the the Idaho State University spring choir concert, which featured the world premier of this piece by one of Brett’s friends, Bradley Korth.
- This photo of barber pole lightning by photographer Roger Hill is stunning.
- If you like space as much as I do, you’re going to love this incredible star map and these photos of nebulas by our good friend Hubble.
- Ever wonder how birds get oxygen inside eggs? I hadn’t either, but I’m sure glad I know now because it is pretty stinking cool.
- This talk by linguist Lera Boroditsky on how language shapes the way we think is one of the most fascinating things I’ve ever watched.
- A few years ago, I started following Our Vie, a couple who spent a year living in an RV with their cat and traveling to each of the National Parks. They’ve completed that mission, but they continue to blog as their travels take them farther afield, including their recent trip to Ghana Make A Difference House, an orphanage in Ghana that is doing some incredible work.
- This quote popped up on my newsfeed this week and it hit me right where I needed it.
- I’ll admit it: I’m a fan of Fixer Upper. One of the things I love about the show is the relationships in the Gaines family. I also love that they are outspoken Christians, and this video about Joanna’s relationship with God is really poignant for me.
- Fun fact: I have a journal made out of elephant poop. Now, a group of scientist is trying to get the world on board with the idea that utilizing elephant and cow manure to make paper can be more sustainable than traditional methods of papermaking.
- China gives us an interesting example of what happens when you accidentally order too many bikes for your bikeshare program.
- Sweden has installed the world’s first electrified road.
- I love this great TED talk about considering thrift in our manufacturing processes.
- Just in case you need the reminder: