Fashion Photographer Turns Lens to Christ

October 11th, 2009

photo: The Journey Project

photo: The Journey Project

Highly acclaimed fashion photographer Michael Belk has turned his lens to Jesus Christ to visually tell the tale of many of the gospel stories as set in modern times in his project, “Journeys With the Messiah“. I actually heard about this project during the pastor’s sermon at mass today, as he recalled the popular photo entitled “Quandary” which depicts today’s gospel reading with a man who has the best car, a beautiful wife, two kids and all the marks of “success” in our modern world – asking a 1st century Jesus what else must he do beyond keeping the commandments in order to inherit eternal life? Mark 10:21-22

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,
“You are lacking in one thing.
Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor
and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”
At that statement his face fell,
and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Philosophy of Liberty video

April 26th, 2009

This is my favorite and perhaps the best youtube video ever! I can’t believe I’ve never shared it here before! This educational video eloquently defines what “Liberty” is in the political sense in a principled way that is so easy to comprehend that I think every child above 1st grade should see it. =) Hopefully this video gets you thinking and provides some principled stability to your reasoning on politics and justice. If you have any further insights and thoughts on it, please share. I hope you enjoy, and remember… love thy neighbor!

Counting by Points on Digits (how to count for kids)

October 26th, 2007

counting digits (jpg) In kindergarten I learned how to count. I actually learned in an interesting way it seems, and apparently not everyone was blessed like I was with a counting education from Mrs. Elworth! I was taught that there are these “points” or “dots” along the digits that one uses to count the digit! See the example at the left or in (pdf).

This is SO rudimentary of course, but I’ve just learned that some children have great difficulty with counting (e.g. counting on their fingers in middle school!) and I think it’s probably because they never learned this trick! Here’s how it works:

  1. Write down the digits 1-9 and notice the placement of the dots on each digit
  2. As you count up to the value of the digit, point your pen or pencil on each dot as you count in order to keep track.

So next time, instead of counting on your fingers, you can use the dots on the digits! This should be helpful for the very ‘tactile’ learners. Hopefully some math teachers can use this trick to teach their wee little ones how to count. =) This is such a great trick, that I sometimes find that I still use it today!

Update 2008.11.10: I’ve found that another name for this is “Touch Point Math“, see here or here. I knew this must be taught elsewhere, I just couldn’t find any place online earlier!