Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people

1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, “Move forward and let others do the same.”

2. “Be giving of yourself to others.” People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because “if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid.”

3. “Proceed calmly” in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist — gaucho Don Segundo Sombra — looks back on how he lived his life.

4. A healthy sense of leisure. The Pope said “consumerism has brought us anxiety”, and told parents to set aside time to play with their children and turn of the TV when they sit down to eat.

5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because “Sunday is for family,” he said.

6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. “We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs” and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said.

7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation “is one of the biggest challenges we have,” he said. “I think a question that we’re not asking ourselves is: ‘Isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?’”

8. Stop being negative. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, ‘I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,’” the Pope said. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy.”

9. Don’t proselytise; respect others’ beliefs. “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyses: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytising,” the Pope said.

10. Work for peace. “We are living in a time of many wars,” he said, and “the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive” and dynamic.

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Tie Knot of the Day: The Agape with an Origami Rose


Here’s how to make the rose and here’s how to tie the knot:

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Adorable Video of the Day – Big Sis Doesn’t Want Baby Brother to Grow Up

Typical struggles of a 5 year-old

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Tie Knot of the Day: The Sagard


And here’s how to tie it:

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  • After searching for the blood pressure monitor for a good ten minutes I asked DaughterGeeding if she knew where it was.  She told me it was inside her Doc McStuffins checkup center in a “duh, you should have known that” kinda tone.  All of that reminded me of this classic Ron Swanson moment.  He’s one of the best characters in the history of television, right up there with Archie Bunker.  Yup, I said it.
  • Listening to Dale Hanson and Brad Sham on BaD Radio yesterday was enlightening for us Cowboy fans that try to ignore the present and reminisce in the past.  I had no idea that Tex Schramm always wanted the number one Dallas sportscaster as providing color commentary.  Gosh, it would be great if those two would broadcast games again.
  • Buzzfeed has a lit of 27 ice cream shops around the world you need to try before you die and surprisingly a Dallas place is on the list.  This is the first I’ve heard of Carnival Barkers Ice Cream but they must have some good ice cream with a web address like this: www.DamnGoodIceCream.com.  I actually have friends that would refuse to eat at such a place because they would be offended by the name.
  • The Denton County sheriff isn’t fond on the idea of legalizing marijuana.
  • Since Jesse Ventura was a Navy SEAL I had a hard time believing Chris Kyle’s story about Ventura saying that they “should lose a few”.  As much as I appreciate Kyle’s service to the country for things I can’t even imagine, I always thought he went against the SEAL ethos/creed of “I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.”  With that said, Ventura probably should have dropped the suit after his death.
  • A touching father/son moment
  • Until this week I really didn’t know much about the Soviet involvement in WWII with Japan after the fall of Germany and how their victories were a decisive factor in Japan’s surrender.  I was always lead to believe that the bomb was the main motivating factor of surrender.
  • The best interactive calculator anyone can find if you are trying to decide if you should buy a house or rent a house/apartment.
  • Amazon launches 3-D printing store
  • 21 Disney Recipes You Can Make At Home
  • Hello Mother…Hello Father… - Kids from around the world head to North Korean summer camp
  • There’s some talk about the Raiders moving to San Antonio.  I’ll guarantee you that Jerry will do all in his power to make sure that doesn’t happen, as well as that Houston owner.
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Tie Knot of the Day – The Onassis Knot


And here’s now to tie it:

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Tie Knot of the Day – The Van Wijk Knot


This knot is claimed to have been created by the artist Lisa Van Wijk. Her purpose was to invent the tallest knot possible. Did she succeed? Well, it is a pretty tall knot, although I think my very own Krasny Hourglass and possibly the Glennie Double both end up being “taller” you could claim those are actually double knots and not a single knot… Regardless, this knot is very striking and a great addition to any knot aficionado’s tie rack.

And here’s how to tie it:

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Surely This Will Break Ratings Records

Preview: The Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover – Comic Con 2014

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15 Month Old Controls 500 Boys at Camp

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  • One of the highest honors of my life is being a trustee of a scholarship set up in memory of my friend by his mother.  Over the weekend we discovered an anonymous $5,000 deposit was made to the scholarship.  After a small bit of detective work, we found out it was made by an NFL quarterback.
  • I caught the rest of that HBO ‘Real Sports’ segment about golf, and other than the 15-inch hole there was talk of footgolf.  Basically you use your feet and a soccer ball instead of clubs and a golf ball, with a hole big enough for the soccer ball.  In tournament play you actually dress up like Payne Stewart – golf pants with argyle socks, cap, and collared shirt.  To my surprise, I found out such a course exists in the city I reside in at Lakepark Golf Club, and there’s a total of six in the area.  I tried looking for local courses with the 15-inch golf hole, and it looks like Cowboys Golf Club offers it, though I’m not sure how often.
  • I currently live in Lewisville but I grew up in Mineral Wells.  I feel like I should call Mineral Wells my hometown, but I’m not sure how to refer to Lewisville.  WifeGeeding thinks I should call Lewisville my hometown as it’s our current home and Mineral Wells as the town in which I grew up.  Thoughts, suggestions?
  • A drone was flying around our neighborhood yesterday, glad I wasn’t taking a wiz in the backyard at the time.
  • Disclaimer, I’m married to a Baylor alumnus – I tend to think Baylor folk are awfully high of themselves and their university, even more so compared to any other university.  So it cracked me up when I read the author bio of this article in which I’m sure she wrote herself:  “Monica Mollica holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Nutrition from the University of Stockholm / Karolinska Institue, Sweden. She has also done PhD level course work at renowned Baylor University, TX.”  So not only is it renowned but it is now an actual city?
  • There’s lots of talk of presidential impeachment as of late, and news of Republicans most likely taking back the Senate makes that interesting, but I’m not so sure if conservatives really want a President Biden.
  • First it was Gov Good Hair and Sean Hannity getting a photo op at the Texas/Mexico border, now it will be U.S. House Representatives Peter King and Michelle Bachmann.
  • The El Paso Times don’t seem to be big fans of Gov Perry’s border plan.
  • $9.95 a month or $99.95 for a one-year subscription – Sarah Palin begins her own online channel
  • I think Jerry Jones has gained a good 30-lbs from last season.
  • I caught a show on the History channel about outdated stuff and one of which was hotel keys, which I only have faint memories about.  For some reason I found it interesting that the show stated the key cards only cost the hotels four cents each.
  • I had a dream in which I got to flip the coin at the Super Bowl, but I went way over the top and flipped it so high and off center it took the officiating crew a good five minute to find it.  The officials asked the players and coaches to knot help because they were worried they might flip it in their favor.  The next day no one talked about the game but about the dude with the crazy coin flip top.  Instead of me giving my first interview to the ‘Today Show’ I decided to give it to Dunham and Miller on The TICKET.
  • Speaking of The TICKET and the Musers and pretty decent shtick - FOXNARD – “Open Mike” with the Musers
  • I’ve never eaten a Now and Later.
  • Dudes rejoice - Movie quote search engine with video results
  • Users can even upload their face - Cheering robots replace real fans at Korean baseball
  • Game of Thrones: Season 4 Bloopers (Comic Con)
  • A little dated but still caught my attention - Runner gets hit by lightning, finishes race 3rd
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