Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ran-Dumb: "Keep Calm...." T-shirt??

Yes, the whole "Keep Calm" thing is getting old and way over done, but thought of one that I thought would make a kicking t-shirt.  It not real yet, but it could be if enough people really wanted one?

After some of my recent experiences and situations.  I thought we as youth pastor/workers/directors need one of our own.  
Here is my idea and thought for a "Keep Calm..." Shirt!

Just some Ran-Dumb Fun!!

"News" U Can Use: JH/MS Students & the Word LOVE?

 The L Word (Love)
by Mikaela Foster
I feel love every day. I love my mom, my sisters, my brother, my step dad, my dad, my grandparents, my computer, my phone, Tumblr, my friends and the cast of “Teen Wolf.” Some things I love more than others; if I lost my mom, I’d be absolutely devastated but if I lost my favorite top, I wouldn’t care as much. There are a thousand different types of love, and one of them that I don’t understand is romantic love.

Actually, I understand it fine. What I don’t understand is how my peers feel it. Sure, we’re 13. All of us – well, SOME OF US – are completely love crazy and hormonal. The dating pool is outrageous. But can a 13-year-old really feel true love? I don’t think so.

There’s something I don’t get about a 13-year-old couple saying they love each other. In my school, I’m considered an “LG” (little girl), because not having your first kiss in eighth grade makes you immature. I’ve had a sizable amount of people ask me since moving here if I have, and my reply is always the same: why would I be dwelling over kissing someone when I could be focusing on more important things? I don’t tell them that these important things include maintaining a blog. Other kids, though, are getting into new relationships every week. I see wall posts on Facebook from couples that haven’t even been dating a full 24 hours, saying “I can’t live without you babe, I love you so much!” This is the thing that truly baffles me. How can you live without someone that you haven’t even lived with for more than a day? How can you love someone that you haven’t even been with for more than a day?

Social media is an assh**e. It makes us kids feel like we NEED to tell everyone how we’re feeling. So if a girl who’s officially been in a relationship for roughly 2 hours and 3 minutes (she’s been keeping count) sees that her friend posted on her boyfriend’s wall “I love you!”, OBVIOUSLY she has to write the same thing on her boyfriend’s wall. Because that’s what she believes.

Everyone’s tossing “love” around like it’s nothing. It may be for attention, it may be to make someone jealous, they may even think that they are in love. They don’t truly understand what love is. Isn’t love something you start to feel over time? It’s not the same thing as liking someone. They’re treating the real concept of love like nothing. Just because you’re in a relationship, it doesn’t mean you love them. I wouldn’t know anything about what it’s like to actually be in love, but it’s not something that happens overnight.
I just don’t know anything about love because I’ve never experienced it like that. The only person I’ve ever been in love with is my computer… Does that count?

Mikaela Foster is 13  and lives in Portland, OR. In her free time, she likes watching My So Called Life but lets face it - she's too busy perfecting her Hannah Montana imitation.


Resource #21: "Play as a Competetive Advantage" Report



Play is a vital human activity, as natural as dreaming and as beneficial as sleep. Its emotion al and social rewards are numerous. But in today’s fast-paced, bottom-line world, adults are pushed to age out o f play. We place a premium on productivity, and we’ve grown increasingly less apt to spare the time for pursuits that don’t have specific goals attached.

The paradox is that to compete successfully, we need to embrace purposeless activity. More people are starting to understand this and to act accordingly. Increasingly, adults will seek to balance out their myriad organized and teach based activities with more unstructured time and recreational pursuits. They’ll not only be happier and healthier butfind that they’ve gained competitive advantages.

This report looks at the varied benefits of play and outlines th e impediments to play in our always-on culture. We spotlight how companies are injecting the idea of play into the ir business models, how marketers are advocating for adult play in their messaging, and how people feel about the role of play in their lives.
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