Saturday, October 31, 2009

Three Cups of Tea Author Greg Mortenson Spoke at BYU

Incredible!  Profound!  Motivational!
 I took notes because I was so moved...Enjoy some tidbits!

Greg said the title is in honor of Korphe Village Chief Haji Ali. Ali taught the importance of building relationships.
Three Cups of Tea
The 1st Cup means you're a stranger
2nd Cup means you're a friend 
3rd Cup means you're family 

A mere 25% of American children talk with their elders about history.
An astounding 90-95% of Pakistani children talk history with their elders.

 African Proverb
If you educate a boy,
You educate an individual.

If you educate a girl,
You educate a community.

The 1st chapter is titled "Failure" because we all fail, we all make mistakes.

Persian Proverb
When it is dark
You can see the stars.

To solve poverty we must
taste it
smell it
be it
touch it
(The only way to make a change)

Good News: 8.5 children attend school (2.5 million females)
Bad News: In the last two years, the Taliban has bombed over 800 schools

The ink of a scholar is more powerful than the blood of a sword.

Chief had two books: Pakistan Poetry and the Koran.
Greg asked Chief why he cried when he read.
"My life's greatest sadness is never learning to read or write," Chief said.
Chief's greatest wish was for all children to be taught to read and write.

When Greg worked to sell/hook Middle Eastern leaders into the schools and curriculum,
all they wanted was to play on the playgrounds. They put down their weapons and went on to play.
Greg said "Don't you want to see the school and curriculum?"
They replied, "No, you can have your school."
They were gypped as kids!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

the colors of fall...

i love the colors of fall and this picture captures them well.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

lazy meditation vs. meditaiton

“There are different species of laziness: Eastern and Western. The Eastern style is like the one practised in India. It consists of hanging out all day in the sun, doing nothing, avoiding any kind of work or useful activity, drinking cups of tea, listening to Hindi film music blaring on the radio, and gossiping with friends.

Western laziness is quite different. It consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so there is no time at all to confront the real issues. This form of laziness lies in our failure to choose worthwhile applications for our energy.”

– Sogyal Rinpiche

Amen Sogyal! Even if this doesn't describe the East versus West, it sure describes two kinds of people!
Rather thought-provoking, don't you think?

"farmin' all day, farmin' all nite, cuz that is just the farmin' way"

another knee slapper...

my sister's freshmen friends made this rap here at BYU. you ask, "what's with all this hoopla?" this be a parody of FarmVille, the largest and fasting growing social game in history, with more than 11 million daily active users. (click here to read a press release about farmville)

welcome to king burger, where we can do it your way, but don't get CRA-Say

i can't stop laughing over this video. it gets funnier day after day.

Friday, October 23, 2009

beez neez = top of the line; of highest quality

When something is so awesome that normal nerdography can't describe it. It's so fire that it's not just Beez, it's straight Beez Neez. 
 who knew? beez neez needs to come to pass in language more often!

Stop to Savor Fall

you've got to admit, these pictures are worth a thousand words.
colors of fall = phenomenal

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

girl power

The Girl Effect, n. The powerful social and economic change brought about when girls have the opportunity to participate in their society.

This says to me, "We can all make a change! Even if it's small."

Thursday, October 15, 2009

80s mood

i know i was born at the end of the 80s, but i know these. probably cuz they lasted into the early to mid 90s, and my parents played them. can always enjoy a good 80s kick.
hilarious...always thought it was "do it like a lady." learn something everyday "dude looks like a lady!"


today was hard, but this cd is great. i'm listening to it now.
peace to the soul.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

austrailian music artist: alisa fedele

i randomly found her site while looking up some graphic design information. check out her site to listen. "take off" is a cool one. the jazz elements are great. reminds me to kick-back and relax.

Monday, October 12, 2009

My sister texted this statement to me: "I'm asking that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight," Gordon B. Hinckley. Isn't it profound? I really needed it. Thanks sis.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

i have a life...

i was telling someone today that it seems like the older i get, the busier i am.

they replied it's because you actually have a life.

their statement caused me to pause for a moment from my frazzled state.

huh, i thought. i have a life.

kinda has a nice ring to it.