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A La Carte (11/22)

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This is the most normal of weeks in Canada, yet it’s one of the most special weeks in the United States. I think Canadians are always a little bit surprised at the fuss Americans make about Thanksgiving. For us it’s quite a minor holiday; for Americans it’s one of the biggest days on the calendar. Strange that. It’s the same holiday with many of the same traditions, but with entirely different levels of importance attached.

National Geographic’s Photography Contest 2010 – has a look at some of the photos being considered for National Geographic’s annual photography contest. Needless to say, many of them are absolutely stunning. (Note: one of the final photographs is a non-explicit shot of a naked, elderly woman)

CBMW Responds to NIV 2011 – CBMW has put together an initial response to the new translation of the NIV. It seems to me that they do quite a good job of drawing out both the strengths and the weaknesses.

Stats on Internet Pornography – Here’s an infographic sharing some of the rather shocking statistics on Internet pornography. (And if you really like infographics, you may like this one as well: TSA Gone Wild. It shows how airport security has changed over the years)

Meals That Change Your Life – Be sure to read this article by Adam McHugh as he writes about meals that change your life. “The meal that changed my life featured an oversized helping of pre-packaged lasagna. Truth be told, I don’t like lasagna. But 15 years ago, lasagna became for me the very embodiment of hospitality, to the point that I can’t see a piece of lasagna without being taken back to that meal.”

I Left My Heart There – Here’s a blog post that will bring tears to your eyes. It shares pictures of an orphanage in Ukraine and all the children who are there, sitting in cribs all day every day, waiting for someone to adopt them.

Why Palin Shouldn’t Run – Palin is enough of a polarizing figure that I don’t often mention her around here, but I think this article is good enough to merit a link. “By telling Barbara Walters that she thinks she can defeat President Obama, Sarah Palin has dimmed hopes cherished by sensible Republicans that she might decide against a run for the White House in 2012. Here are just some of the reasons she should not run…”

Flip – The Flip HD video camera is a popular wish list item this Christmas, and Amazon’s got it on sale today only.

Christmas Flash Mob – Here’s another Hallelujah Chorus flash mob. This one took place here in Canada.

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.

—George Muller

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