Who am I kidding? No one's reading blogs this week! Still, here's a roundup of some interesting stuff I've seen and read in these last 48 hours:
Randy Stapilus has a roundup of 10 influential books he read this past year.
As Sharon noted on an earlier thread, the Christmas Eve morning edition of Meet the Press offered a fascinating look at the past and present role of faith in American politics. Dr. Rick Warren - one of our most enlightened evangelicals - and Jon Meacham of Newsweek magazine were the guests. I came away with a feeling that it may be possible for Americans to stop using faith as a bludgeon and start employing religious faith (and secular moral values) as a force for good. Read the transcript and see what you think.
Today's Idaho Statesman named BoDo developer Mark Rivers the Treasure Valley's most visionary person. In its first full year, BoDo emerged as a cool blend of locally owned shops and big-name retailers, with a chain multiplex theater (the Edwards 9) that - I'm sorry to say - is far more comfortable (if not as cool) than either the Flicks or the Egyptian. I'm eager to see how Rivers does with his next big idea: the Library Blocks, extending south from BoDo to the Boise River and including a "green library" and housing at all price points. If Rivers is able to help people of all income levels move downtown and stop driving as much, that would be visionary indeed.
It's the 40th anniversary of Kwanzaa, which starts today. Dig the Nguzo Saba, or seven principles, of this holiday: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and culture. To my friends, colleagues, and neighbors of African heritage, thanks for your resilience and Happy Kwanzaa.
If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this earth. ~ Roberto Clemente