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Links to Think: 14.02.03

February 3, 2014



Don’t give my husband romance lessons, thank you  – I definitely resonate with this article’s author, as my husband and I have had quite a few laughs over some “suggested romance ideas” and caricatures of husbands and wives. I’ve  had friends tell me that once they finally put down the marriage books and got to know each other  their marriage flourished. (Of course, I know others whose marriage flourishes with romance, too.) I think the final paragraph gets at the heart of understanding and loving one another in both parenting and marriage.

“I am not an overly romantic person, and that’s good, because my husband isn’t the type, either. And that’s okay with us. If he was to sit down, at candlelight, look into my eyes, and recite poetry, we’d both end up laughing. We love candlelight, but we have never been what I would call romance lovers.”

“Romance may take work, but the effects are often fleeting and need to be conjured up again tomorrow. Romance is subjective. Consistency fosters security and trust. When a man stands before God and his family and vows to love his wife as himself, and as Christ loved the church, he’d better know a thing or two about being consistent, because “until we are parted by death,” can be a long time. A lot longer than it might take to scratch out a few lines of poetry. If a woman really wants the poetry, then, yes, her husband might want to give it a try. But not every woman wants a poem.

The suggestion to keep the romance alive in a marriage is a good one. But the best piece of advice a man could give another man, in my opinion is this: know who your wife is. If a man knows his wife well, talks to her, listens to her, and watches her, he’ll know what is romantic to her and what isn’t.

The Answer to Affordable Housing Could Lie Within a 3D Printer – Excitement surrounding the introduction of 3D printers has been present, but it’s still nowhere near the hype that comes with, say, a new iPhone release. Yet. Sometimes technology has a way of surprising us, and features like these make me wonder if 3D printers and their descendants will be the harbingers of a new era, much in the way that fifty years ago we could have never imagined the world of ubiquitous smart phones as it is today.

3d houseprinter

“Forget waiting weeks or months for your new home to be ready. Researchers from the University of Southern California created a 3D printer that can build a 2,500 square-foot house in 24 hours.

Since 2008, Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis has led a research team in the creation and development of a new layered fabrication technology using 3D printing called Contour Crafting. Instead of using thermoplastics, a common material used in 3D printing, the robot applies layer after layer of concrete to construct straight and curved walls, as well as domes.”

“The research team envisions a future where contour crafters could be used for disaster relief to build emergency housing and to create affordable housing for those who are displaced, homeless or in desperate living conditions.”

Why I don’t use doTerra, Young Living or other Multi-Marketing Brands of Essential Oils – I’m a fan of using natural remedies where possible, and so essential oils are an exciting option for many. They’re not new, but their popularity has grown in recent years. One of my huge concerns is some of the lack of education and practical safety understandings (e.g., advice to take internally, not using carrier oils, not diluting in carrier oils first), and I think this article captures those concerns. (Though, unlike the author, I’m not going so far as to dismiss MLM Essential Oil companies altogether. This misinformation, or lack thereof, is the main concern. I believe it’s entirely possible that some of the companies names in the article have well-informed reps, and know that I have personal friends and connections who are.)

“Consultants of doTerra are taught to recommend internal use of essential oils to the general public. However, this contradicts the respected advice and scope of practice recommended by Aromatherapy and Herbal associations, organizations and health care providers (including both mainstream and alternative medicines). Essential oils are quite potent. For example one drop of an essential oil is the equivalent of 75 cups of the herbal tea of the same plant. doTerra for example recommends for peppermint oil – “take one drop internally to calm indigestion or upset stomach” in their Introduction to Essential Oils. Essential oils are very powerful and there have been reported cases of poisonings and fatality due to the self-dosing of essential oils. It is not something to do lightly as I often see recommended by doTerra consultants.”

“Because essential oils are so powerful, they should always be used diluted. The recommended correct dilution for topical use is 1% for children (avoid essential oils in newborns) and pregnant women, 2% for adults and 3% for medicinal use.  While there are some essential oils that are “skin friendly” such as lavender and tea tree oil (though skin patch test is recommended), they are the exception to the rule. Essential oils in general should be properly diluted before use.”


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