Friday Fuel: Secret Lives, Faulty Stars and Preparing for Africa

January 10, 2014

To say I’m “fueled” right now is an understatement.

There is just so much good stuff happening right now, I can barely soak it up.

It’s definitely food for the soul.  The year is off to a good start. Here’s a few great things that fueled me this week.

In My Theaterimages

I offer an elective class to my high schoolers on short stories, one of my favorite hours of the week.  And it just so happens that “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” was near the top of my list of stories to read.  So naturally, I’ve been excited about the movie for months.  Then I was extremely concerned when the poor reviews started rushing in.  But I can honestly say – and I don’t say this often – that I think the critics have been too hard on the movie.  It’s not perfect, but it’s still a great movie that makes you want to go on an adventure and live your life.

On My Bookshelf


I hardly read any novels.  I know, maybe that makes me a caveman.  (That’s why short stories are more my speed.)  But apparently after nearly eight years of marriage, my wife knows when I’ll enjoy a novel.  I know I’m a bit late to the party, but I read The Fault In Our Stars over the course of just a few days and could not have been more satisfied.  It’s existential.  It’s deep.  It’s sad.  It’s funny.  It’s…everything.

In My Blog Reader

Most importantly for me, next week I’m heading to Uganda for the first time with an amazing group of people to see what World Help is doing over there (and hopefully raise awareness for their Infant Rescue Homes initiative.)  The bloggers I’m traveling with have been writing some top notch material that is shaping my heart and mind for this trip.

First, Dan King tells us why this isn’t going to be another sob story.  We have enough sad stories.  You don’t need us to travel around the world to give you another tearjerker.

Noel Yeatts, our group leader discusses shifting the conversation from what we can’t do to what we can.  We all know that the world’s problems are way too big for us, and can’t ever be solved, blah, blah, blah.

Finally, Emily Wierenga opened my eyes to how we see poverty as Americans and how pity is not what third-world people need.

I hope you’ll follow our stories over the next couple of weeks.  That’s what fueled me in this new year.  What about you?

One response to Friday Fuel: Secret Lives, Faulty Stars and Preparing for Africa

  1. nice! thanks for the shout-out! and that walter mitty movie looks really interesting to me. as for me… i just took my son to see The Hobbit… good flick. books… oh man, a few good ones going right now, but mostly work strategy related right now.

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