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Ravi Zacharias on Postmodern Architecture(via @_MichaelKelley) File this under A for “awwwww snap.”

He said, “This is America’s first postmodern building.”

I was startled for a moment and I said, “What is a postmodern building?”

He said, “Well, the architect said that he designed this building with no design in mind. When the architect was asked, ‘Why?’ he said, ‘If life itself is capricious, why should our buildings have any design and any meaning?’ So he has pillars that have no purpose. He has stairways that go nowhere. He has a senseless building built and somebody has paid for it.”

Who Would Be Surprised? (via @thisissethsblog) If you’re a leader (of employees, of volunteers, of guests, of your family), what are you doing to deliver the goods?

Surprise comes from defying expectations. Sometimes, we have the negative surprises that come from missing those expectations, but in fact, those negative surprises are part of the process of exceeding them… if you’re not prepared to live with a disappointment, you can’t be in the business of seeking delight.

Dad pre-writes over 800 daily notes for his daughter because he’s not going to make it(via @22words) I dare you to make it through this without weeping.

Statistically speaking, Garth has about an 8% chance of surviving another five years. This means the odds of him seeing his daughter Emma graduate from high school are very low.

But he’s not going to let that keep him from being with her through those years…

Since Emma was in second grade, Garth has been writing her little notes for her lunchbox. Whether it’s an encouraging comment or an inspiring quote, Emma always opens her lunch to find her napkin contains a special thought from dad.

And now, since he almost certainly won’t be able continue this tradition with Emma for as long as he’d hoped, Garth has pre-written enough Napkin Notes to get his little girl through high school…