Old WordPress Update Question

I think it was a year or two ago, but I remember WordPress releasing an update or something which had a cool feature that I never got around to using. If I remember right, there was an option when drafting a post where you could quickly search for images that aren’t copyrighted or free to use. I’ve looked for about 15 minutes and I can’t find any information on this feature anywhere. I can’t find it in my dashboard, and I’m wondering if I simply remembered this wrong. I think there are some blogs that are in my reader that use this feature and that is what prompted me to start looking for it tonight. Anyways, if someone could shed light on this for me I’d appreciate it.

Advent Candles

I bought five candles at Wal Mart today. Little cheap votive candles: three purple, one rose, and one white. They even smell pretty good. I’ve never observed the Advent season before, but I will be doing so this December with my family. This all came about because we are studying traditions and holidays in Sunday school this coming month. Tomorrow kicks off Advent so I thought it would be interesting to talk about it tomorrow. Anyways, if anyone has any family traditions related to Advent, or know of some interesting links about it online please leave a comment.

Classroom Redesign Moving Along Nicely

With the re imagining our our classroom, the need for some technology was front and center. Mark and I were able to score a 32″ TV on Black Friday for only $127. I just got off the phone with my mom and they have an extra TV wall mount lying around new in the box that they never got around to returning. She’s bringing it with her tonight and I’ll bring it to the church tomorrow. I’ve already arranged for our resident carpenter to hang the TV next week and I’m just feeling really good about how quickly and cheaply this has all come together.

Last week I bought a new laptop. I have been overwhelmed with several things going on simultaneously at work. Mainly things that will require a lot of data/text entry. The additional need for a laptop for the Sunday school class drove me to the decision to buy one now. I also ordered some cables so that I can hook it up to any TV or projector and those came in the mail today. So… a week from now I will be using the new TV and laptop in class as part of our new direction we are taking. No paper resources; all digital and personal.

The only major decision left to make is what color to repaint our classroom. We’ve talked about painting a single wall an accent color, such as red. However, I took all of the wall hangings down and the walls are in horrible shape. Lots of paint scraped off and it really needs to be completely repainted. We even looked for remnants of the old paint color but couldn’t find it for touch ups. Maybe I’ll post some pictures next month once it is completely finished.

Tradition

In September my wife and I began teaching our church’s young adults Sunday school class. It is for post high school people in the 18-25 age and we are wrapping up our first and final book of study this Sunday. I’ve been spending time talking with my wife, another friend, and our associate pastor about what to do in the future in regards to curriculum for the class. We’ve decided to forgo printed books or lessons and will instead be using digital media for most of our content.

The idea is to select a theme for each month and then teach lessons that are based around that theme each Sunday. We’ve chosen the theme of “Traditions” for December. I expect we will be talking a bit about Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. As part of my preparations for teaching I will be exploring articles, sermons, and the like on the internet as part of my source material.

We have also established a Facebook group for the class. The plan is to post links every day or two about interesting articles or other things related to our theme. As an example, I’ve linked a Youtube video of our theme song for December. Here are a couple of other example links as well: link one and link two. I already have some material selected to read through, but I was hoping that anyone reading this blog might post some links to interesting and relevant material related to Christianity and tradition.

I’ll probably make posts on a weekly basis requesting links about specific topics. I would like to use the blogosphere as another avenue of gaining material for discussion. I will attempt to contribute to it as well through blogging updates as well as my personal thoughts. More soon.

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