Monthly Archives: September 2008

100 historical characters part 2

51. Henry David Thoreau

52. Susan B. Anthony

53. Alexander the Great

54. Nathan Hale

55. Thomas Jefferson

56. William Carey

57. Shackleton

58. Neil Armstrong/Yuri Gagarin

59. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

60. Anne Frank

61. Douglas MacArthur

62. Homer

63. Marco Polo

64. Pocahantas/Sacagawea

65. Sir Isaac Newton

66. Louis Braille/Helen Keller

67. Thomas Edison

68. Antoine Lavoisier

69. Hippocrates

70. Genghis Khan

71. Attila the Hun

72. Hudson Taylor

73. Wright brothers, Wilbur and Orville

74. Walt Disney

75. William Wallace

76. Confucius

77. Emperor Nero

78. Spartacus

79. Bach/Mozart/Beethoven

80. Joan of Arc

81. William Tell

82. Peter the Great

83. Charlemagne

84. Queen Victoria

85. Cleopatra

86. John Wesley

87. St. Nicholas

88. King David

89. Mark Twain/Nathaniel Hawthorne

90. Ivan the Terrible

91. Harriet Tubman

92. King Nebuchadnezzar

93. King Arthur

94. Adam and Eve

95. Noah

96. Constantine

97. Queen Esther

98. John Locke

99. Shakespeare

100. Magellan



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it’s time

So I work at Wycliffe, remember. The place is rife with speakers of other languages, experts in specific cultures, and speakers of other languages, and, overall, the place has an especially a vested interest in other languages and cultures. Obviously.

So anyway, two of the guys who work in the kitchen are from Brazil and thus speak Portuguese. Today, one of the guys told me, “It’s time. You will start to learn Portuguese. Just a little bit each day.”

So, apparently, it’s time.

If only I would learn enough of one language to do some good. I can speak a poor smattering of French and write it on probably a third grade level. A smidgen of German. I remember four words of Indonesian. I’m trying to pick up as much Arabic as I can (but it’s hard!). I’m going to be a holy wreck with totally superfluous snatches of languages.


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100 historical characters

Tutoring people in history today inspired me to consider who I would put on a list of the most important people to know about throughout history.

So this is the beginning of my list, subject to revision. Not in order of importance, except for the first.

1. Jesus Christ

2. Winston Churchill

3. Oliver Cromwell

4. Elizabeth I

5. Martin Luther

6. William Bradford

7. Ronald Reagan

8. George Washington

9. Abraham Lincoln

10. Mahatma Gandhi

11. Mohammed

12. Nelson Mandela

13. Montezuma

14. Adolf Hitler

15. Benito Mussolini

16. King Nebuchadnezzar, of Babylon

17. Apostle Paul

18. King David

19. Daniel Boone

20. Richard the Lion Heart

21. Henry VIII

22. Christopher Columbus

23. George Whitefield

24. David Livingstone

25. Moses

26. Vladimir Putin

27. Martin Luther King Jr.

28. Mother Teresa

29. J.J. Pershing

30. C.S. Lewis

31. Leo Tolstoy

32. Cortez

33. Albert Einstein (at least I know one science person)

34. Leonardo di Vinci

35. Napoleon Bonaparte

36. Robert E. Lee

37. Galileo

38. Charles Darwin

39. Frederick Nietzsche

40. Voltaire

41. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle

42. Charles Dickens

43. Thomas Edison

44. Magellan

45. John Wycliffe

46. John Wesley

47. Louis Pasteur

48. Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain

49. William the Conqueror

50. St. Patrick


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After 21 years of being

I have at least one thing about life figured out. Yay. If you already have figured this out, go read someone else’s blog. My friend, Kelci, has a good one.

What I have figured out is that life is all about interactions. That is what life is about. It is what people live for; that is what we were made for.

If you know me well personally, you know that I talk about something I call, “good interpersonal interactions”.  The best thing of my entire day is usually an exceptional interaction that I had that day

Now, “interpersonal”, as you may know, simply means person-to-person. When I say I had a good interpersonal interaction, I mean that I had a great, enjoyable, exciting brush with another person. I have had all sorts of good interactions, ranging from a long conversation with a friend, catching up with an acquaintance, meeting someone new, and so on. Yes, I have even begun keeping a log of my best interaction of the day.

But when you think about this, I am right when I say that that is what life is about. What were we meant for? Communion with God (i.e. good interpersonal interactions). Why are thing bad right now? When we sinned, we lost communion with God. Most people’s biggest fear is being alone. So what do they want? Interpersonal interaction, preferably good ones.

So, beyond all the other good things that will come with getting to heaven, I am looking forward to having wonderful, unbroken, interpersonal interactions with my God and with people.


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Items of note

– I think I am getting a cold. But I’m fighting hard to not really get it.

– I have no air conditioning in my car. My compressor blew up (at least it’s a dramatic problem)

– So far, school + work hasn’t been as hard as I thought it could be.

– I am taking suggestions on a fun book to read. Something intelligent, classic, and not too long, preferred.


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Wycliffe game update

Alas, my scheme to strengthen my mind in the area of numbers is not going well.  I have found a way to evade having to number the stalls. I just remember what their visual position, and I have no idea of their numbers.

I’m going to work hard to amend my ways, though.

My goals:

– Memorize my parents’ and sibling’s phone numbers
– Memorize all of the most used extensions at work
– Memorize a handful of my football players’ jersey numbers


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