My wife’s Etsy shop

My wife’s Etsy shop

My wife has an Etsy shop where she sells paintings.  You can order one that you see here or she takes custom orders.  Check it out!

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

The month of April is child abuse prevention month.  It gets the blue awareness ribbon (there are too many to keep track of) and was first declared in 1983.  It was reported that in 2011 that in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, an estimated 676,596 children were victims of child abuse; and 1,545 children died as a result of abuse or neglect.

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I work with kids day in and day out that come from less than desirable home situations and live in fear of going home.  Some of them even have a past history of abuse with their families.  It is sickening.

What can you do?

-Keep an eye out for incidents, especially if you work with kids.  This website has compiled a list of numbers to call depending on your state if you suspect or want to report child abuse.

-Help spread the word.  I just found out this year that April is designated to child abuse prevention.  My local radio station is doing something crazy awesome and for a week they are broadcasting live and it is all being powered by people riding stationary bikes that provide power.  If the pedaling stops then so does the radio broadcast.  I am signed up to pedal from 8:00-9:00 PM next Thursday.  Wish me luck!

-Pray.  Pray for kids you know and pray for kids you don’t.

My radio station’s motto for this week is this: It shouldn’t hurt to be a child.  That’s so true.  Help spread the word.

-Jacob

An Idea

One of my favorite quotes from a great movie is this:

“Cobb: What is the most resilient parasite? A bacteria? A virus? An intenstinal worm? 
Arthur: Uh, what Mr. Cobb is trying to…
Cobb: An idea. Resilient, highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to iradicate. An idea that is fully formed, fully understood. That sticks, right in there somewhere.”

-Inception

Now read it again with this playing in the background to really get the full effect:

This dialogue has been playing in my head as recently an idea, a thought, has been rolling around my head for the past couple of weeks.  I cannot get the thought out of my mind.  The idea will mean big changes for my wife and I for better or worse.

You’re probably wondering what that idea is.  Unfortunately, I feel that I cannot really talk about it too publicly right now.  So why even post this?  I don’t know.  I just wanted to express in some fashion that a lot has been on my mind lately.  We are doing a lot of thinking and praying about it and as things become more real I will surely post about it.  But this thought really has consumed me lately.  Thankfully, its not an idea that is going to cause me to lay my head down on a train track but it is causing me some inner turmoil.

And, if you haven’t ever seen Inception, GO WATCH IT NOW!

-Jacob

“Zero TV” Homes

I read an article on Yahoo! the other day about the rise of “Zero TV” homes and how it has broadcasters scared.  A zero TV home is exactly what it sounds like, a house that does not own a TV because they are tired of cable companies for different reasons or they just flat out do not watch television.

I have a TV but I do not have cable.  I have an antenna which gets me about 7 channels (I get NBC & ABC so that covers a majority of what I watch anyways) and anything else I watch on Hulu.  Duck Dynasty, New Girl and The Colbert Report are all online!  The only thing so far that I’ve wanted to watch and couldn’t was History Channel’s The Bible (get on that!).  I have no need to pay for cable.  Nor would I want to.  I already pay for internet through a cable provider and have had my fair share of problems with them on the internet alone.  I can only imagine that adding cable would make things worse.  I’m technically not a zero TV home since I use an antenna, but I count myself as one…or see myself getting there one day.

Also, with Apple TV and the rise of things like it such as Samsung’s Smart TV I just continue to think that I will never have conventional cable.  Just look at how cool this looks:

What do you think?  Are you living in a Zero TV home?  Do you see yourself going that way?

-Jacob