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10 Things That Change Once You’ve Lived Overseas

Originally posted on Taking Route:

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The rewarding experiences one gains from living life overseas can sometimes be crowded out by the inevitable struggles that come with the full, expat-life package. But it’s through those struggles and challenges that you discover more about yourself and the world around you. You embrace lessons learned and broaden your horizons. If you’ve ever lived for an extended amount of time somewhere other than your home country, then you’ve probably experienced some if not all of these changes while living abroad.

1. You are constantly learning and unlearning language. I’m no expert on the brain, but I have a suspicious feeling that my brain regularly shuts the door on certain native-tongue-vocabulary words so that my search will lead me to the word I’m looking for in my newly acquired language. That’s all fine and dandy; that is, unless I was really hoping to find the word in my native language. It’s…

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If I Have Gay Children: Four Promises From A Christian Pastor/Parent

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:

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Sometimes I wonder if I’ll have gay children.

I’m not sure if other parents think about this, but I do; quite often.

Maybe it’s because I have many gay people in my family and circle of friends. It’s in my genes and in my tribe.
Maybe it’s because, as a pastor of students, I’ve seen and heard the horror stories of gay Christian kids, from both inside and outside of the closet, trying to be part of the Church.
Maybe it’s because, as a Christian, I interact with so many people who find homosexuality to be the most repulsive thing imaginable, and who make that abundantly clear at every conceivable opportunity.

For whatever reason, it’s something that I ponder frequently. As a pastor and a parent, I wanted to make some promises to you, and to my two kids right now…

1) If I have gay children, you’ll all know it.

My children won’t…

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The Facebook Experiment: the ‘why’ questions…

Originally posted on Paul Bernal's Blog:

Facebook question markA great deal has been written about the Facebook experiment – what did they actually do, how did they do it, what was the effect, was it ethical, was it legal, will it be challenged and so forth – but I think we need to step back a little and ask two further questions. Why did they do the experiment, and why did they publish it in this ‘academic’ form.

What Facebook tell us about their motivations for the experiment should be taken with a distinct pinch of salt: we need to look further. What Facebook does, it generally does for one simple reason: to benefit Facebook’s bottom line. They do things to build their business, and to make more money. That may involve getting more subscribers, or making those subscribers stay online for longer, or, most crucially and most directly, by getting more money from its advertisers. Subscribers are…

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Chicago Gay Pride 2014 Photos Galore!

Originally posted on Le Café Witteveen:

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Every year I’ve lived in Chicago and I’m available to do so, I shoot the gay pride parade.

This year Bill and I went out together with a portable Chimera beauty dish, my Canon 5D Mark 3, a 50mm 1.4 attached with a polarizer. I don’t have a ND filter for it right now. We shot everything at f2 and it was SOOOO much fun. We got great stuff with beautiful people.

Should we have run into any protestors, I would have loved to have photographed them with the Chimera. It would have been the best light they’ve ever been seen in. :)

I remember the first year I shot it, I was still a little more country than I realized, and I was more or less horrified and intrigued. I produced some videos with some footage, and when I showed my family, I’m pretty sure their shock was all…

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The Real Reason You Should Be Worried About That Facebook Experiment

Originally posted on TIME:

People are up in arms about the recent revelation that Facebook manipulated its users during a psychological study. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and conducted by researchers at Cornell University and Facebook (full disclosure: I know the authors and the article’s editor), showed that people who saw more happy messages in their News Feed were more likely to post happy messages too. The researchers interpreted this as support for the theory of “emotional contagion”: that emotions can spread through online posts and interactions.

Unfortunately for the researchers, the explosive response to their study over social media confirms their findings. Negative emotion can easily go viral.

Why is this study is so controversial? Psychologists have known for years that individuals’ emotions can be influenced by their social surroundings. Sociologists have also shown that people act like their friends or other people around them…

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Oakland County Sheriff: Ax-Wielding Teen Chased Mom After She Flushed His Pot Down The Toilet

Originally posted on CBS Detroit:

PONTIAC (WWJ) – A Pontiac teen has been arrested after police say he chased his mother with an ax when she confiscated his marijuana plant and flushed it down the toilet.

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said the mom was able to get away from her 17-year-old son by lock herself in the bathroom at her home on Blaine, near Cesar Chavez.

“He had kicked the door, he’d smashed the door with the ax and was yelling very agitated vulgar verbiage at his own mother,”  Bouchard told WWJ’s Newsradio 950’s Zahra Huber.

“And as soon as she dialed 911 he stopped hitting the door,” Bouchard said. “She wasn’t sure where he had gone after that, so she stayed locked in the bathroom until we arrived on scene.”

Deputies found the teen on foot about a block away from home. He’d left the ax back at the house, officials said, and it was taken as…

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19-Year-Old Prostitute Accused Of Choking Man To Death After Not Paying For Sex

Originally posted on CBS Tampa:

LAKE WORTH, Flo. (CBS Tampa) – A 19-year-old prostitute allegedly chocked a man to death after he did not pay for sexual services.

Andrea Alvira is facing a second-degree murder charge for killing Brandon Day Jan. 15, the Sun Sentinel reported. The woman told Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office that she met Day in a park and that he offered to give her a ride after a john stood her up.

Alvira told investigators that she attacked the 22-year-old man after he pushed her to the ground, raped her, and took off running after robbing her. But police said there was no evidence to back up her claims against Day.

Investigators determined that Alvira agreed to providing sexual services for a fee and that they had arranged to meet at the community clubhouse.

Day tried to escape without paying her for her services, but the woman chased him into a…

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