Quick Takes – 11/3/2007

Dr. Sam Lamerson reflects on the sadness of doing something for the last time. “You never do anything, knowingly, for the last time without a feeling of sadness.”

Alan Nelson shares about the pastor who tells his paid staff: If we catch you doing ministry, you may lose your job. “Imagine getting fired because you were doing ministry. But if your job is to be developing others, then yes, it makes sense.”

The Internet World Stats web site provides you with statistical Internet usage data and population figures for over 265 countries and regions of the world, consolidated from various periodic surveys, presented in a unique and practical way. (HT: The Presurfer)

Matthew Cornell challenges you to read five books a week (and tells you how to do it). “This was just the whack to the head I needed! The essential idea I forgot? I don’t need to read the whole book. D’oh!” Matt’s post includes lots of luscious links related to reading more efficiently.

14-year-old McKay Hatch founded the No Cussing Club. Here is the club’s No Cussing Challenge: “I won’t cuss, swear, use bad language, or tell dirty jokes. Clean language is the sign of intelligence and always demands respect. I will use my language to uplift, encourage and motivate. I will Leave People Better Than I Found Them!” Way to go, McKay! What a great idea!

Curt Schilling thanks the many people out front and behind the scenes who helped the Red Sox win the World Series this year. “There are a litany of people that deserve huge kudos for what just happened. From a personal standpoint it starts with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. What I have been able to experience, watch, be a part of, just adds to the already overflowing life of incredible memories I am totally undeserving of. To be able to participate in, and witness, events that millions of people around the world will never forget is pretty much indescribable.”

Jonathan Soros recommends a national primary with early voting allowed. “The only solution that treats every voter equally would be to establish a true national primary, with every state voting on the same day … Here’s one way it could work. Set a national primary date of June 30 and create a window for early voting that opens on Jan. 1. The early votes would be counted and reported at the end of each month from January through May … If we began counting and reporting the interim results in advance of a national primary, the voters who cast early ballots would play the same role as voters in Iowa and New Hampshire do now: they could signal viability or create momentum for their favored candidates. These early voters would be self-selecting, trading the opportunity to watch the campaign unfold for the ability to demonstrate early conviction.”


  1. eclexia says:

    I enjoy the variety in your “Quick Takes”. It’s like a buffet that feeds my love of all things eclectic. The “last time” sadness makes me feel understood! Some people find my capacity for sadness at the oddest things to be rather strange. It doesn’t take much to make me sad, but neither does it take much to make me happy :).

  2. Thanks very much for the pointers – Sam Lamerson’s was deep, and I love the idea of no cussing. Thanks also for the link to my post; much appreciated.

  3. Ray Fowler says:

    eclexia and Matthew,

    Thank you for your comments. I have fun putting the Quick Takes posts together each week. I mostly link to things that I found interesting during the week and am always glad when someone else finds some of it interesting too!

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