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September 4, 2013

Checking e-mail and fighting fire

Last week I opened my email on Monday morning and found a message from Eldest with the subject line reading "the most amazing thing I've seen in a while." It had hit my inbox shortly before midnight.

Given that Eldest isn't one to check her email on a regular basis, along with the fact that the subject line could have been one of those advertisements for nasty products you can buy online, I was hesitant to open it. We all know that computer viruses frequently arrive in strange emails.

I took a chance and opened it, though, because I was powerless to ignore something professing to be from my baby. I am feeling very lucky that the email was actually from Eldest and I got to see what she was trying to share. If you have the pleasure of living with a nearly grown person, you know how infrequently they tend to reach out and share.

The email was a link (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6SzI2ZfPd4#t=215) to a video entitled "Fire with Fire." It is part of General Electric's Focus Forward initiative. According to focusforwardfilms.com, the program is "an award-winning series of 30 three-minute stories about innovators — people who are reshaping the world through act or invention — directed by the world's most celebrated documentary filmmakers."

Truthfully, don't go to that website unless you have some time to kill. The films are only three minutes each, but it is easy to get sucked in. There are some really smart people in this world with great ideas. I wonder why they don't usually appear on the evening news.

See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.

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