I Know What Angels Look Like Now

Angel

I know what angels look like now.

They glow in private ways

They look like us and act like us

And no one ever says

“Hey, there’s an angel!”

‘Cause they don’t know

The work is done in secret

The angels are among us

They glow in private ways

But if you’ve ever known one

You know for all your days

That you have to be an angel now

Whenever you can be

 

You don’t get a golden pair of wings

You aren’t issued a golden horn

Your just another slob down here

Just trying to stay warm

 

But the time will come and you will know

It’s time

Your time to be an angel

And it’s never that sublime

 

Someone needs a flashlight

Or someone needs a tow

Or someone’s lost like you were

And needs a place to go

 

I know what angels look like now

They look like me and you

They shine the light that no one sees

Until it shines on you

And then you are an angel, too

For you have taken good

And need to pass it on again

The way an angel should

 

No, you don’t get golden wings my friend

Or bask in misty clouds

The angel glows in private ways

That face among the crowd

 

When you see one only nod

And smile because you know

Another angel is among us

And adding to the glow

 

I found this image on the Facebook page of my friend Jupiter Jim and then wrote this poem.  If you like this sort of thing, visit him.

Camp Stove Charges Smart Phone

Photo of campstove that charges phonesImagine being able to burn twigs and leaves in a stove to and use the power to charge your smart phone?  

I wish I could link to the BioLite Campstove on Amazon as an affiliate, because this camp stove charger unit is a really neat product.  Click on the photos to check out the product web site.

The BioLite Campstove uses the heat from burning wood to generate an electrical charge.

The BioLite Campstove uses thermoelectric technology to convert heat to electricity that powers a fan to make the fire ultra-efficient.  Tap the electric generator with a USB port, extra electricity charges small electronics such as mobile phones and LED lights.Camp stove charges smart phone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the video of the BioLite Campstove and see the prototype of the BioLite home stove being developed for use in developing countries.  Millions die early due to lung disease caused by inhaling partially combusted smoke from open cookfires.

Warning:  If you buy the BioLite Campstove from outside the United States, the shipping cost is extra and, according to reviewers, pretty hefty.

BioLite camp stove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you go camping or hiking, need to charge your cell phone, and want to support a company that is pioneering a new technology, buy a BioLite Campstove! (BlogsNewsReviews has no affiliation).  

Technical Specs:  The BioLite is 5 inches in diameter, weighs 33 ounces, heats a liter of water in 4.5 minutes, using 1.6oz of wood.   iPhone 4S (2G): 20 minutes of charging equals 60 minutes of talk time. Charging times vary by device and by strength of fire.  Click on the photo for all specs.

BioLite stove

Click here to read BioLite Campstove stories from actual users.

BioLite campstove

 

All photo credits Biolite.

Another kind of phone charger that doesn’t use fire.

Walt Disney Biography

The Life of Walt Disney

Photo of Walt Disney ambulance driverWalt Disney turned entertaining children into a billion dollar business but barely had a childhood. As a kid, Disney woke up at 3:00 in the morning and went to work delivering papers for no pay, then napped before school. The boy who grew up without leisure made a business, a Magic Kingdom, and a career devoted to engineering joy for others.

Born in 1901, Disney grew up alongside the American heyday of the train, the automobile, and the airplane but died in 1966, too young to see Americans land on the Moon.

Disney quit high school to join the Army, told he was too young to fight, and drove an ambulance at the end of World War I, a mechanized nightmare so horrible that most assumed it would end war forever. He returned from war torn France to draw cartoons of funny animals.

Disney had his creations taken from him, failed in business, lost everything. And yet he looked toward the future with cheery optimism and gambled everything he had on one dream after another.

A teacher slapped Walt Disney the boy when he brought a mouse to school.
Walt Disney the man took a mouse around the world.

Photo Credit: Walt Disney before his cartoon-decorated Red Cross ambulance http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Walt01.jpg

Walt Disney’s Biggest Problem: Money

Born to a life of scrimping and working for pennies, Walt Disney amassed a fortune. But he cared little for money except for what it could build.

Disney considered money the biggest problem in his life. “From the very start it was a problem,” said Disney. “Getting the money to open Disneyland. About seventeen million it took. And we had everything mortgaged including my personal insurance.” His brother and studios business partner, Roy Disney, refused to help finance Disneyland.

Even as Disney gambled everything to build the Happiest Place on Earth, he was expected to fail.
“We did it (Disneyland), in the knowledge that most of the people I talked to thought it would be a financial disaster – closed and forgotten within the first year.”

Even Disneyland’s first scorching day, known as Black Sunday was a disaster.  When plumbing problems meant closing the drinking fountains to run the toilets, Disney was accused of manufacturing the problem to sell soft drinks.

The Magic Kingdom began modestly, its tallest structure being the Rocket to the Moon until construction of the Matterhorn. Disney saw the park as a perpetually unfinished work. Disney said of Disneyland, “It’s something that will never be finished.”

When the film Mary Poppins became the #1 moneymaker of 1965, earning a net profit of $28.5 million, Disney plowed the proceeds into planning and building new Disneyland attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion.

Neal Gabler’s meticulously researched biography (Gabler is the first writer to gain complete access to the Disney archives).

“It is astonishing that Walt Disney was always–and I do mean always–in dire financial straits until the opening of Disneyland,” says author Neal Gabler. “But even as they were making money, the studio was losing money because Walt was constitutionally incapable of cutting corners, enforcing economies, laying off staff. The only thing about which Walt Disney cared was quality.”