The average American has a life expectancy of 78.5 years. Assuming that this “average American” eats three meals a day, that is roughly 86,000 meals–and let’s face it, many of us don’t eat breakfast. Moreover, as a child, you don’t get to pick your meals. I could continue to let this imaginary number dwindle down, but you get the idea. Read more
My wife, Palmer, sent me this video a few days ago. She warned me to prepare for tears. So I don’t know why I decided to wait to watch it until I was sitting in a full law library.
Regardless, I think you’ll enjoy this video that has gone viral, made by the patients and staff at University of Minnesota’s Children’s Hospital.
As I was watching it, I couldn’t help but think back to this quote from Gandalf in last winter’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I’ve found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness, and love.”
Last year, we did one of our first Roundtables discussing all things Halloween – costumes for the young and old, movies, etc. This year, we got our growing group of friends together to give us their thoughts on funny/creative costume idea suggestions for this year, your favorite costume you’ve worn, your costumes that you think are overplayed, favorite scary movies, favorite candy to receive trick-or-treating, worst candy to receive, funny stories from past Halloweens, etc. Enjoy!
Review: Jason Aldean w. Jake Owen at FedExForum, Memphis, TN – October 24, 2013
(And a list of reasons you should go to a big time country music concert ASAP.)
I won tickets to see Jason Aldean a month or so ago, and honestly I’m not that big of a fan of his. But my wife is and I know some of his songs and it was free, so it only made sense for us to go to his concert.
And it was a GREAT DECISION! Read more
Many in the auditorium cheered as the Navy SEAL team took down the final three pirates at the movie’s climax, yet I sat silent. I know I was supposed to cheer at the superiority of our military (of whom I am incredibly proud, because HOLY COW they are good!), yet the moment felt somehow different than a similar scene in Zero Dark Thirty when SEALs took down Osama Bin Laden. It wasn’t as if the United States was wrong to kill the Somali pirates holding Captain Phillips hostage. In fact, the young men were committing one of the oldest and most contemptible international crimes. Yet, while grateful for the U.S. military and our incredible Navy SEALs who keep innocents like Captain Phillips and ourselves safe and free every day, I simultaneously mourned for those slain pirates. Not particularly the moment of their death, but instead the tragic inevitability of their life that led them to that moment.
If you were to make a bet with me on who the best songwriter is right now, in terms of being a storyteller, I’d gladly give you the field and take Jason Isbell for myself. He’s that damn good. Unfortunately, his opening gig for Dawes at Minglewood Hall in Memphis was entirely too short. He played for about 30 minutes, maybe seven songs, and that was it. I don’t know what the contractual obligations were, but judging by how the crowd shrank a decent amount after the opener was done, I’d say it’s safe to say that the people wanted more Jason Isbell and less Dawes. I would be in that camp. Read more
[This post comes to us from friend of The Wise Guise, John Nesbitt. John Nesbitt is a rare guest contributor and team owner of a jungernaut Survivor Team. He just returned from a two week trip to India for work. He has previously written about his adventures in the Middle East.]
Shangri-La in India
The land of Maharajas and Mughals.
A land of people and trash.
A land of treasures and trash.
The juxtaposition is overwhelming
This juxtaposition makes the experience