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Ten years on from my decision to commit to LifeNet, it remains a gift of the recession. If we hadn’t experienced the downturn that offered me time and space to commit to the project, I would not have been able to take on this work. And, as we emerged from the recession, and Spraggins Inc. has grown and diversified, I have been able to bring lessons of innovation and inspiration learned through the nonprofit world into my business. My expectations have been raised for both people and operations, and my business is better for it.
The job shaming of actor Geoffry Owens (known primarily from The Cosby Show) last week should cause all of us to pause. In case you missed it, let me catch you up on pop news. Geoffry Owens, like many actors, is a part of an industry that is not known for steady work. Geoffry took a job at Trader Joe’s to remain flexible for auditions and still provide income to support his family.
I often lay in bed at night, exhausted from the day, and think, "Isn't it amazing that God made our bodies capable of recharging as we sleep so we can get up and do the same thing again tomorrow?" We can be utterly spent in the evening and wake up refreshed in the morning. But sometimes, it's not that simple. Sometimes, life is overwhelming and we need more than just physical refreshment. Sometimes, our hearts need to be revived; we need spiritual renewal.
Strange how it keeps happening, how the greatest works of Chinese art keep getting brazenly stolen from museums around the world. Is it a conspiracy? Vengeance for treasures plundered years ago? We sent Alex W. Palmer to investigate the trail of theft and the stunning rumor: Is the Chinese government behind one of the boldest art-crime waves in history?
My apologies all the way around for what amounted to a great big tease last week when no video was embedded in the previous blog. The problem has been sorted out but the only solution is to include the link rather than the actual video. The ideas that Dr. Amy Sherman, a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research (where she directs the Center on Faith in Communities), puts forward is worthy of our consideration as we embark on vocational guilds together.