A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Quick Hits of the Week

  • As a man who is now fascinated by personal finances, I’m always interested in hearing stories about herculean home cost-cutting. I thought my wife was doing a great job by keeping our grocery budget under $500 a month (including toiletries), but then I read Lydia Beiler’s savings tips that keeps her families groceries under $200 a month. Holy crap. I still think we do a great job, but obviously there’s room for improvement.
  • Joseph Sangl recently asked his readers what they would teach their children about money in 10 minutes or less. He had a huge response, and here he posts ten of his favorites. I’ll confess that one of those ten came from me. Can you guess which one?
  • Man, this was a rough post to read, but what a reminder. We’re responsible for raising and guiding our children, but they’re just on loan to us. They can be gone in a flash, and there could be nothing we can do to stop it. What will we teach them? I want my children to grow up to be adventurers on this rock hurtling through space, and not to live in fear of it. What about your kids?
  • It appears that Hostess is going to go bankrupt, and there doesn’t seem to be any stopping it. Funny how I remember it being an industry leader in my childhood. Those cheesy one page ads in the back of my comic books just got a lot more dated. So, given my post earlier this week, what caused this giant to fall? Scott Shackford offers up five four plausible answers, and one entertaining bit of lunacy. I think it was mainly number three, myself, but numbers one and two are making strong cases for themselves these days.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

November 29, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Quick Hits of the Week

  • It’s Summer, which means that our kids have spent a week or two at Vacation Bible School of one type or another. Churches will usually sponsor a VBS as a safe and feel good option for parents to deposit their children while school is out. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I wonder if something more community focused would be better. Over at Lenore Skenazy’s Free-Range Kids, she shares the story about a couple of moms that created a successful camp in the streets and homes of their neighborhood. It’s a great idea, and I hope to see more people (including churches) organize similar events. Also, let me just say, if you’re a pastor to children or young adults, you should be reading and incorporating the ideas introduced at Free-Range Kids. We need to take the fear out of  our parenting.
  • Short-term mission trips have exploded in the US, but that has meant a steep learning curve for the organizations who coordinate them. Dan King covers all of this ground extremely well as he explains why you shouldn’t build a house (or a well) on your next mission trip. The bottom line is that missionaries need to be improving lives in every way, but handouts seldom lead to long term improvement. A well is of no use to their community if no one knows how to fix it when it breaks.



Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

July 5, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments