A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Quick Hits of the Week

  • I set an annual goal of reading, on average, two non-fiction books every month. It usually ends up being 25 to 30 books every year when I’m done. Harry Truman said, “Not every reader is a leader, but all leaders are readers.” Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones said, “You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.” If you are seeking to influence the people around you, you need to be reading books that will grow you into the leader that you want to become. I just recently finished Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which is a little poignant since he died a couple of days later.  The world needs more leaders like Covey.
  • Ever since we began planting and growing our food, we’ve been tinkering with it. Gregor Mendel is considered the father of modern genetics, and he did most of his research by modifying pea plants. Apples are no exception. What we eat today has been modified through natural gene exchange that occurred as a part of the process of millennia of agriculture. Today we have a company that has modified apples by introducing a synthetic version of a gene already found in the fruit. They simply want to grow apples that are resistant to browning caused by cuts and bruises. This will allow more of the apple crop to make it to market (because grocers will reject bruised fruit) and could increase apple consumption (which has fallen by 20% in recent decades). I don’t see the problem with it, but then again I’m one of those freaks who think that people should be able to consume raw milk, too.
  • Everyone knows that they need to be saving and investing for their future. We need savings to protect us against the unexpected. We need investments to provide us with options, and allow us to finish our lives strong. The problem is that most of us do neither consistently. We don’t make it a priority. That has to change. Seek out strategies for saving money, so you can build a foundation to grow wealth from. Don’t guess when it comes to investing, instead follow the habits of successful investors. You can’t put it off any longer.

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.

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Quick Hits of the Week

  • We recently went through the pain of reworking our investments. It’s important to get familiar with investing and growing wealth for the future, even if you never plan to retire. It gives you options. Also, it means that you aren’t counting on an inheritance or a handout to take care of you when you need it. You need get in good financial shape so you’ll be able to take care of your own future. Start today.
  • What every home needs. You can assemble one using just PVC pipes, a can of compressed air, and various hardware. Then you just need to find some spiders to load it up with. Alright, so it just sucks the spiders up for easy removal from your home, which is almost as good. If I were trying to fend off a home invader, though, I’d want a rifle that actually shoots spiders. It beats the hell out of the marshmallow gun.
  • This is an important issue to me, given that I love and support friends who feed and care for the homeless as a part of their ministry. More and more cities and communities are making it a crime to feed the homeless in parks and public places. Some cities have made it illegal to donate food to shelters. Baylen Linnekin of Keep Food Legal covers some of the recent outrages, and explains why such laws are Unconstitutional, not to mention horrible and in direct contradiction to what Christians are commanded to do. Don’t let your community become the next place where the least among us are forced out of sight.
  • However, if you’re going to feed the poor and homeless, don’t feed them organic food. It makes people into jerks. Science says so.
  • Finally, I don’t know if I should classify this as an awesome creation of the Interwebs, or if it’s just a case of some schmo having too much time on his or her hands. I couldn’t stop playing with it, though, and it kept making me laugh, so I share it with you. The Pointer Pointer.

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.

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