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Most Expensive Schools – I’m proud that a school from my town of Oakville placed 3rd on this list of the most expensive private schools in the world. Quite needless to say, my kids do not go there. Nor will they. Ever.

Amazon’s Gold Box – Amazon’s gold box deal of the day is a good one: AA or AAA Energizer batteries in large quantities for low cost. I’m always amazed at how many batteries we go through around here.

Animal Magic – This is a great photo collection from TIME. Meanwhile, The Big Picture asks if weather is becoming more extreme (in the form of a photo essay).

This 8-Year Old – Be sure to read the news story John Knight links to in this blog post. “I loved how an eight-year-old boy helped his mother see the truth in the midst of her grief about the news that her unborn child had Down syndrome.”

Ex-Gay Friend – This is a really interesting article from the New York Times. In it, a writer goes to visit an old friend of his who used to be homosexual but then became a Christian.

Walmart vs Amazon – It’s the 21st century retail showdown in this infographic.

Ethics – An interesting article from Wired on how the big digital businesses make no mention of ethics in any of their business plans.

The Best Fears – Russell Moore’s column from Touchstone is worth a read. “Somebody please help me. I’m really, really depressed, and I don’t know what to do. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know I was depressed until a new study came out, and I’m at high, high risk. An article by Vanderbilt and Florida State sociology professors, based on data from the National Survey of Families and Households, has concluded that parents are more susceptible to depression than non-parents.”

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

—Abraham Lincoln

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