On the Web | PGA Championship — Second-round play at Valhalla Golf Club – ESPN

PGA Championship — Second-round play at Valhalla Golf Club – ESPN.

Perhaps the standards have risen to such a level, but McIlroy’s 4-under-par effort was not the comfortable stroll around Valhalla Golf Club that he seemingly had during the opening round of the PGA Championship. But he birdied his final hole nonetheless and took the 36-hole lead.

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On the Web | 9 Reasons Why You’re a Mosquito Magnet – Yahoo Health

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Every summer I am afflicted in my own yard by the pesky Minnesota State Bird – the mosquito. Why am I the biggest target for this tiny vampire insect and seemingly nobody else?

Yahoo Health posted this article – 9 Reasons Why You’re a Mosquito Magnet:

Mosquitoes are picky creatures — unsurprising if you’re the one always ducking for cover under a swarm of bloodsuckers while your friend remains unscathed.

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On the Web | Journal As a Pathway to Joy

The Desiring God blog post opens with this:

Maybe you’ve never thought of journaling as a spiritual discipline.

It’s seemed like something only for the most narcissistic of introverts, or cute for adolescent girls, but impractical for adults. What, me? Journal? I’m much too occupied with today and tomorrow to give any more time to yesterday.

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Paul Tripp on Grace

A very good word on grace from Paul Tripp via the Desiring God blog:

So grace is a story and grace is a gift. It is God’s character and it is your only hope. Grace is a transforming tool and a state of relationship. Grace is a beautiful theology and a wonderful invitation. Grace is a life-long experience and a life-changing calling.

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Can the iPad and Mac Coexist?

There seems to be a lot of chatter online these days regarding Apple’s intentions for the future of the Mac in light of the meteoric rise of i-devices such as the iPad and the upcoming iPhone 4. Others are discussing the role the iPad might play as a notebook replacement device. I think that both of these topics miss the point that the Mac and the iPad (along with smaller siblings, iPhone and iPod Touch) both fill needs and niches. → Read the rest

China? :: Desiring God

Read this very brief article in the China Daily Chinas official English language newspaper. Its the testimony of a university student who converted to Christianity.Now if youve been following China for any length of time you might be picking your jaw up off the floor. Get this: The official and highly controlled newspaper of the Communist government is featuring a story of a religious conversion of an exceptionally bright university student who found meaninglessness in existence apart from God. 

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Repost: The problem with positive thinking

Key question then: why do smart people engage in negative thinking? Are they actually stupid?The reason, I think, is that negative thinking feels good. In its own way, we believe that negative thinking works. Negative thinking feels realistic, or soothes our pain, or eases our embarrassment. Negative thinking protects us and lowers expectations.In many ways, negative thinking is a lot more fun than positive thinking.

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