Today, known as D-Day, is the 70th anniversary of the WWII Allies’ Normandy Beach invasion in 1944. This successful landing was the turning point that allowed the Allies to push all the way to Germany and effectively end World War II. We thank all the soldiers and their families for the lives and service they have given to our country so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have.
In commemoration of all the heroic stories of WWII, I urge you to read the following book if you haven’t already:
“Unbroken” is the biography of Louis Zamperini, 1936 runner in the Berlin Olympics who finished his last lap in the 5,000 meter in 56 seconds, bringing him the attention of the world and Adolf Hitler. Louis then became a WWII bombardier who got shot down over the Pacific Ocean and drifted for 47 days…only to be captured by the enemy!! (He also set a record for the longest survival at sea.) If that wasn’t enough, he becomes the personal target of Mutsuhiro Watanabe (“The Bird”) and attempts a daring escape…but that’s not the end! A triumph of the human spirit, “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand, will keep you on the edge of your seat and cheering till the end.
It is currently also in production as a movie, being directed by Angelina Jolie, and set to release Christmas Day 2014. Take a look…
For great D-Day stories and info: http://www.army.mil/d-day/
Goldman Sachs investment banker turns toymaker…WHAT??? And not just any toys:
equisite wooden building blocks that are MAGNETIC…GENIUS!! But there’s more to the story:
Will Haughey explains it this way: “It was a combination of factors. First, I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur. Even at a young age, I’d stay up late thinking of new ideas. Second, I loved working in finance, but the prospect of making more money and rising in title, on its own, was not all that appealing to me. I was increasingly in a position to give financially to various initiatives, but I wanted to invest my time and talent, too.”
So, why toys? Chris Haughey, Will’s brother and co-founder of Tegu Toys, explains it this way…
Your purchase of these awesome blocks WILL make a difference in this world. Not only will your child love them, but you’ll help a child in Honduras go to school for a day or plant 12 trees for reforestation…your choice! (They have sets for adults as well!) http://www.tegu.com/building-sets
For the expanded interview with Will, check out this conversation with Bethany Jenkins: http://thegospelcoalition.org/article/tinkering-with-the-toy-industry
Bethany Jenkins (interview): follow on twitter @BethanyJenkins
There’s so much in all of our lives that can bring on fear. No matter who you are, you’ll experience it in your life. What happens when it comes? What do you do? There is help…there is hope.
God says, “Come to me all of you who are tired from the heavy burden you have been forced to carry. I will give you rest. Accept my teaching. Learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will be able to get some rest.” (The Bible, Matthew 11:28,29)
Check out these time lapse films from 3Strings Productions on Pinsta. They are amazing!! 3 Strings Productions is comprised of a group of climbers making commercial and documentary films. They also are contributors to National Geographic. Their photography is incredible!
For 365 days, they will be posting new time lapses from their expeditions on Instagram and Pinsta.com. Definitely worth following…check it out: