Saturday Morning Links

1. Ever heard of the Banks Peninsula? Me neither. A normal photo of what it is really doesn’t do it justice, but an overhead view from a NASA satellite photograph really makes you appreciate how it just sprouts up from nothing, this huge land mass. And the peninsula is two large shield volcanoes that were formed 8 million years ago. The header photo is from the Akaroa Harbor, which looks amazing.

Header Photo by Michael on Unsplash

2. Really kind of a neat story of a man, Hugh Wilson, who had a vision to turn the Banks Peninsula in New Zealand back into it’s native vegetation, which was old growth forest through a conservancy and purchasing land and letting the land do it’s thing. Imagine doing something with your life that you will likely never fully realize.

3. I read two really long articles while at soccer practice for Youssouf, Texas Monthly’s Skip Hollandsworth writing “The Notorious Mrs. Mossler” and D Magazine’s James Dolan writing “My Father, the Hitman”.

4. The Atlantic’s top 25 news photos of 2021.

5. Tommy Rivs Puzey is the guy that taught me how to run. He didn’t do it personally, but through i-Fit on my Nordic Track treadmill. Tommy has a rare form of cancer that affected his lungs, was in a coma from June or July through November and his weight went down to 95 pounds. I found his coma experience absolutely fascinating and hopeful and maybe a guidepost for how to live your life. Tommy wasn’t here, he was somewhere out there. He makes it clear that this was his experience, and not everyone’s experience. If you want to start at a place, start at the 49 minute mark. I cannot tell you how much I love and appreciate this experience.

The most powerful part for me, especially with my wife and her family losing her brother, was his explanation of what heaven and hell was for him. Again, this is what was in his consciousness and this was his experience and he definitely wasn’t attempting to be definitive of what your experience may be.

It’s not just darkness, it doesn’t just end. And it’s right here, it’s all happening right here, but it’s different. I remember realizing that, okay, if I become unmoored from this body, I can’t go back, and I will still be here, right here. All of this will still be happening, but I won’t have the ability to communicate with everybody who’s still in that space. And I remember thinking how agonizing that would be to see my girls and that they would still be right here, but I wouldn’t be able to communicate to them. I wouldn’t be able to let- But you would have awareness of the other dimension. But also complete awareness of all of their fear and all of their questions and all of their grief and all of their heartache and being able to see it and feel all of it, but not be able to reach across and say, but I’m still right here, just so I’m still right here. The fear of that was a huge motivator.

I remember also thinking and feeling and seeing that heaven and hell and they exist, but they exist to everybody simultaneously. And they exist in proportion to the amount of love that we give and the amount of love that we’re able to receive. And then the hell part is the recollection and the understanding of all of the love that we didn’t give and didn’t receive when we could have, and that heaven and hell exists simultaneously based off of the different relationships that we had while we had the opportunity to express those things. That there could be a sense of heaven. It’s such a big term, but a sense of peace with the way that we conducted ourselves with a certain individual and the complete opposite was an awareness of the way that we connect to ourselves with somebody else. And that it’s all connected, that it all continues.

And that, gosh, just the urgency of now and that what we continue to feel beyond this is directly linked with the way that we interact with people.

Saturday Morning Links

1. Ever heard of Ronda? Well, Brian has, but I had not. It’s a town in Spain in the Malaga province in the Southern part of Spain, not too far away from the Strait of Gibraltar. The bridge pictured above is the Puente Nuevo bridge, 390 feet above the canyon and you’ll note the “nuevo” i.e. new bridge was started in 1751 and completed in 1793 and the aforementioned canyon is the Tajo canyon.

Photo by Chris Unger on Unsplash

2. I don’t know what i was expecting when the YouTube algorithm suggested that I was this video of a bloke (yes, that’s intentional) backpacking from the north end of Britain to the southern end. Took 2 months to travel from John O’Groats to Lands End. When I clicked on the profile, I discovered a ridiculously robust wealth of video content from one Liam Brown, who has been in the British army and is now van-lifing all over the place (except when he’s not backpacking). The accent is absolutely killer, love the use of the slang that’s not something I hear often, so getting to hear things I’m not used to hearing is great.

3. I ran the Turkey Trot in Dallas, the 8-mile version with my brother-in-law. My first time to run that length and was really usure where I’d land regarding my time. The first couple of miles I ran with the crowd with 8:15 miles and then once things opened up and was able to run the rest of my miles on a sub-8 pace with my best mile being my last mile at 7:18. Overall I ran 1:03:58, which would have been 17th in my age range had I actually paid for the timing aspect of the race (which I did not). The funny part was that my BIL and I snuck into the gate (inadvertently) where the timed runners were and it was much easier to get ahead and not be packed in the first part of the run. I was really happy with my effort and proud I was able to run as fast as I did (which really isn’t all that fast, but it is fast for me).

4. This is pretty neat. The idea of mythical creatures is something that’s always been a thing. Maybe since as long as humans have been able to tell stories. Werewolves, giants, imps, etc. DeepBaltic intereviewed one of the persons that put this map together, which originated at the University in Lithuania, the students of Vilnius.

5. You can go into a deep wormhole if you want, but Wait But Why’s Tim Urban breaks down your life, the number of dumplings you have left, the time remaining on the tail end of your life (and the time that those people have left) with the end result being what’s pretty important in the grand scheme of things.

1) Living in the same place as the people you love matters. I probably have 10X the time left with the people who live in my city as I do with the people who live somewhere else.

2) Priorities matter. Your remaining face time with any person depends largely on where that person falls on your list of life priorities. Make sure this list is set by you—not by unconscious inertia.

3) Quality time matters. If you’re in your last 10% of time with someone you love, keep that fact in the front of your mind when you’re with them and treat that time as what it actually is: precious