Consciously Curated: Barbie, Narnia, Diapers & Trump

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Photo by Nirzar Pangarkar
Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

Sports Illustrated: http://www.si.com/swim-daily/2016/11/16/ashley-graham-barbie-doll-no-thigh-gap?xid=socialflow_facebook_si

“We need to work together to redefine the global image of beauty and continue to push for a more inclusive world,” Ashley said in a statement. “I’m thrilled Barbie has not only evolved their product, but also has continued to honor women who are pushing boundaries. It’s an honor to be immortalized in plastic.”

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Happy Birthday Baby Boy: Thoughts On Your Future

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Photo by Nico Beard

This weekend, our family and friends celebrated the second birthday of my youngest son, Caldwell. We asked his guests for their hopes and dreams for him when he’s their age. We got an intergenerational perspective on what they want for him, and our country, going forward.

We’ll share a fuller complement of the comments soon, but for the time being here’s a snippet. Lean-in, lean-back and enjoy!

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Suite Talk: Election Reflections 

 

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Looking past Election 2016, one father looks beyond the horizon and speaks through the chatter to expresses his hopes and fears for our children and country.

“I am charged with nurturing my sons into emotionally mature, intellectually curious and self-confident men … [in a country] their potential is only limited by their imagination and ability to make it a reality.”

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Thoughts on America, on this day

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Photo by Edewaa Fosterhttp://iipixphotography.com

My oldest son, Middleton, was born on July 4th in Washington DC. A few hours, later fireworks erupted in celebration across our nation—I’d like to think in honor of him.

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Google, Gutenberg & Good Reads: A (Brief) Conversation with Lance Watson Jr.

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Photo by William Iven

Here is a snippet from an upcoming Suite Talk podcast with one of our collaborators, Lance Watson, Jr. In addition to being a good and knowledgeable guy, Lance, is the Digital Content Manager for The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church of Richmond VA, a 10,000 member congregation.

Lance, the father of two children – and a divorcee,  is a proud social-media socialite, avid self-improvement book reader and graphical presentation guru.

Longer excerpts from our conversation with Lance will be released in the coming days. In the meantime, lean in, lean back and enjoy. Oh yeah, please comment, like and share. Enjoy!

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Conduct Your Own Symphony

Photo by Radek Grzybowski
Photo by Radek Grzybowski

On the inaugural Suite Talk podcast we are joined by Dr. Jay Speights, Vice President of the New Seminary. Dr. Speights gives us some practical insights on how to begin each day with purpose and focus, with an eye to setting the tone, tenor and tempo. We will hear from Dr. Speights in the near future. In the meantime, lean-in, lean-back and enjoy!

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Mountain Meditations

 

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Photo By Cameron Kirby
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September 2003, I was in the midst of 20-day backpacking trip traversing the John Muir Trail, which follows the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. In the months leading up to this trek I prepared physically and mentally. Although, I had some experience camping and completed many day hikes but never before had I been in a situation where all life sustaining material would be carried in a 40-pound backpack so far away from civilization.

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