The death of an American soldier in combat is painful. The agony of loss is heart-wrenching. I’ve looked at the faces of the dead, those who were beside me talking only a few moments ago. I’ve looked in the faces of their friends; for some, friends for years: through basic…
Wes Moore talks about his experiences in war and how to engage with veterans. He explains that the cliche “Thank you for your service” only addresses a small part of what a veteran has done, that a veteran’s service extends beyond a deployment.
Sebastian Junger talks about why veterans miss war after they come home. His presentation provides profound insight every veteran’s family members and friends should hear.
Rick Steves provides a look at some of the artwork and architecture of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy and Chartes Cathedral in Chartres, France.
I’m a perpetual fund raiser for nonprofits. I’m directly involved in leadership of three nonprofits, with which I play an important part in seeking donations, drafting budgets, and overseeing expenditures each year. I’m happy to say that donations to all three organizations increased last year and are on track to increase again this year, though I don’t claim this happened simply because of my involvement.
I’m also a perpetual giver to nonprofits: churches, schools, missions, civic organizations, and others. I enjoy giving to support the vision of groups I care about and goals I care about. Most importantly, I give to glorify God.
It’s great that folks are giving to support research of a particular disease, which may enable doctors to find new effective treatments for suffering patients. Unfortunately, the primary recipient of the millions that have been pouring in as a result of the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” is the ALS Association, an organization that directs some of its funds to support embryonic stem cell research. Embryonic stem cell research, of course, relies on the destruction of embryos (fertilized eggs). In other words, the ALS Association supports the taking of life in order to conduct testing so others will not die of disease. Murdering the innocent is no way to enhance life and reduce suffering.