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<h1><a href="/blog/friday-roundup-112213">Friday Roundup</a></h1>

Each week, we highlight stories from our newsfeed on Prismatic. No account is required to see what we think is worth reading, so visit our profile often! We update it daily so there is usually something new to check out. Here is a sample of what we liked this week:

Why A Patient's Story Matters More Than A Computer Checklist - from NPR
As I walk to the door of my patient's house on a dirt road outside Tuscaloosa, Ala., I step gingerly. Mrs. Edgars says that she killed a rattlesnake in her flower bed last year. She is at the door, expecting my visit. Mr. Edgars sits on the couch, unable to recall that I am his doctor, or even that I am a doctor. But he is happy to see me nonetheless.

See How Food Stamp Cuts Are Hitting Across The U.S. - from NPR
When you think of Oregon and food, you probably think organic chicken, kale chips and other signs of a strong local food movement. What probably doesn't come to mind? Food stamps.  And yet, 21 percent of Oregon's population – that's one out of every five residents – relies on food stamps to get by.

The Scary and Amazing Future of Work - from LinkedIn
Cubicles with low walls, open collaboration areas, desks and computers assigned as you show up for work. If you need to hold a private meeting or make a personal phone call, you reserve a conference room in advance. This is what the offices of some companies are like today—and what most companies will be like in the future. But that’s nothing. There is much more change to come.

Death Toll Rising After Storms Explode Over Midwest - from NPR
The number of people killed by powerful storms that pummeled parts of the upper Midwest on Sunday has risen to at least eight.

Coffee Maker Cooking: Brew Up Your Next Dinner - from NPR
A few months ago, we introduced you to the wild world of dishwasher cooking. Poach salmon while cleaning dirty plates? No problem.  But some of you expressed concerns about having your sockeye sit so close to soapy water and the high energy cost of running a dishwasher.  Well, we've stumbled upon another wacky cooking method that may overcome these issues: using your coffee maker.

2013 Jubilee Ministry grant applications now accepted - from Episcopal News Service
Applications for the Episcopal Church 2013 Jubilee Ministry grants are now being accepted in two categories: Program Development Grant and Program Impact Grants.

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As we said yesterday, tornado season in the Midwest has us thinking about disaster preparedness. The Sweethome has put together a helpful list of gear for any emergency. This and its sister site, The Wirecutter, are two of my absolute favorite websites. They do in-depth reviews on a wide variety of products for the home (The Sweethome) or gadgets (The Wirecutter). They are now the first place I look for product recommendations.

Many of the products in this guide will seem like overkill to many. For others, you will know of a similar product that better meets your needs or that you already own. The value in lists like these is not as a shopping list but as a starting point for you to evaluate the kinds of emergency items you are most likely to use in a time of need. For instance, a solar gadget charger seems unnecessary until you are on day 3 without electricity and realize how dependent you are on a cell phone, as many of my friends affected by the tornado this week are now. 

Solar Charger: Luxury item or critical necessity?

Anything missing from The Sweethome's list? What are the unusual items here that you think are critical? Let us know in the comments!

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<h1><a href="/blog/tornadoes">Tornadoes in the Midwest</a></h1>

The best time to develop your disaster preparedness plan is before you need it. Review our disaster preparedness resources here.

Natural disasters are terrifying. Despite our best attempts to prepare, we are clearly at the mercy of Mother Nature. From our home parish in Indianapolis, we have had a front row seat to the destruction caused by recent storms in the Midwest. 

I'm grateful that those known to us seem to be safe, having suffered mostly damaged property as far as I know. My parents still live near Kokomo, which is under a state of emergency at the time of this writing. Our Province V representative, Maryfran Crist, is also safe, although she was required to pass part of the storm in a safe room at Walgreens!

Tornadoes are a peculiar phenomenon, appearing with little or no warning and vanishing just as quickly. Here is some footage from the weekend's storm: 

A Prayer for Victims of Recent Storms

Almighty Father, who laid the foundation of the earth and set the limit of the sea,
whose Son wept at the grave of Lazarus his friend and endured the cross for our salvation,
strengthen with your grace all victims of natural disasters, especially the victims of the recent storms.

Grant rest and peace to the dead, healing to the wounded, strength and endurance to those who rebuild.
May all who grieve know the consolation of your love, and by your grace,
help us to seek you even in the midst of things we cannot understand.

Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

-Calvary Episcopal Church, Louisville, KY

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Each week, we highlight stories from our newsfeed on Prismatic. No account is required to see what we think is worth reading, so visit our profile often! We update it daily so there is usually something new to check out. Here is a sample of what we liked this week:

Conversion story: church becomes gym - from The Deacon's Bench
Inside the former Saint-Jude Church in Montreal, personal trainers mill about where priests once did and hot-stone massages have replaced baptisms.

Can gardening save your health? - from The Telegraph
What a relief to discover I need never go to the gym again with all that pounding music, young bodies and embarrassing outfits. Swedish research, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, pronounced that for those of us in the upper age bracket, pottering about in the garden will “reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke by 27 per cent, and death from any cause by 30 per cent”. (The under sixties apparently need to keep up the gym visits.)

Science Explains Why Slacking Online Really Makes You More Productive - from Lifehacker
If you're reading this at work in between things you should be doing, or if you like to kill time at the office by heading over to Facebook, Twitter, or one of your favorite blogs, good news: That idle time—in moderation—actually makes you more productive by giving your brain a chance to reset. Here's why.

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<h1><a href="/blog/friday-roundup-111">Friday Roundup</a></h1>

Each week, we highlight stories from our newsfeed on Prismatic. No account is required to see what we think is worth reading, so visit our profile often! We update it daily so there is usually something new to check out. Here is a sample of what we liked this week:

Why do we go Trick-or-Treating on Halloween? - from Mental_Floss
Historians link trick-or-treating to a few different ancestors, some old and some new. One is the Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the transition to the new year, and the end of the harvest and beginning of the winter. The ancient Celts believed that during this short window (October 31 to November 2 in our modern calendar), the realms of the living and the dead overlapped and that spirits both good and bad could walk among the living. To confuse and ward off the evil spirits, the Celts would sometimes impersonate them with costumes of white clothing and masks or blackface. If they encountered a spirit during the feast, the costumed Celts would be mistaken for spirits and left alone.

75 Years Ago, 'War Of The Worlds' Started A Panic; Or Did It? - from NPR
We interrupt this blog to bring you a special bulletin:
Martians have invaded New Jersey!
OK, as far as we know that hasn't happened.
But we wanted to issue that faux alert because 75 years ago tonight, as our friend Korva Coleman pointed out on the NPR Newscast, Orson Welles and his troupe of radio actors interrupted the Columbia Broadcasting System's programming to "report" that our planet had been invaded.

Halloween, Ghosts and… Christianity? - from Her View from Home
In May of 2010, I decided it was time to take a much-needed break after my first year of ministry work and took off for Philadelphia to go visit my long-time friend, Lisa. As I clamored into the backseat of her husband’s SUV and got comfortable after my flight for the hour drive back to their house, we started listing off all the things that there were to do in Philadelphia. There were the typical things… the Liberty Bell, eating a Philly Cheese Steak, Independence Hall, museums… and of course, taking Ghost Tours, like out at the Eastern State Penitentiary, or going down to Gettysburg Seminary – yes, you heard me right, a haunted seminary. When I stated that hey, those ghost tours sounded cool, Lisa’s husband turned in his seat, gave me an odd look, and went, “You don’t really believe in ghosts and stuff, do you? You’re like… a pastor! You’re not supposed to believe in that kind of thing!”

Docs to parents: Limit kids' texts, tweets, online - from Yahoo News
Doctors 2 parents: Limit kids' tweeting, texting & keep smartphones, laptops out of bedrooms. #goodluckwiththat.
The recommendations are bound to prompt eye-rolling and LOLs from many teens but an influential pediatricians group says parents need to know that unrestricted media use can have serious consequences.

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