From a briefing given by an Army Chaplain about the new Inter-service Chaplain Center that is shared by the Army, Navy, and Air Force:
“We didn’t foresee the challenges that we would have with a building shared by the three services. Each service has its own customs, traditions, and even language. For example, we had to order three different signs for the restrooms – one that said ‘Latrine’ for the Army, ‘Head’ for the Navy, and ‘Powder Room’ for the Air Force.”
I’m back at the Chaplains’ School for the first time in seven years. One of my classmates for this course asked me today if I was a runner. He said that I looked like someone who passed him on a 5-K in Baghdad. We were stationed on the same base at the same time, so I guess it was me. In honor of those memories, I posted a photo of the 378th Baghdad Army Ten-Miler group. This was before the race, I’m not looking so good in the after-race picture.
Here are some very cool pictures of insects covered with droplets of dew.
The New York Times recently reported on a study published in Psychological Science suggesting that people who engage in substantive, meaningful conversations are happier than those who do not.
It appears that Mill was right — it is better to be a dissatisfied Socrates than a satisfied pig.
“Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute.” (NRSV)
According to Sojourners, 25% of U.S. adults polled attributed this quote to either Obama or the Dalai Lama. (February 2010, p. 9)