Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Invasion of the STUDYPODS!

Something cool and smart, brilliant yet simple has just invaded my home! I just received a STUDYPOD from Genio to check out and review. This nifty little invention is long over due and something I was happy to encounter. So handy that all of my kids will want their own!

So what is a STUDYPOD? It is a simple, portable book holder that makes studying or typing a breeze. Though compact in size and able to fit in a back pack, this little gem will hold a book (of virtually any size, though if it was extremely thick it would not work), at an angle that gives your neck a rest by keeping what you’re reading at eye level.

It will be a huge help to anyone who needs to work on the computer and look at documents or books while they type. Forget being hunched over and straining your neck, you can easily stand the book near the screen and keep your eyes up and your body comfortable! Furthermore, there’s a mesh pocket inside to carry around iPods, pencils, etc. and the items won’t get lost because the STUDYPOD folds and seals securely when not being used.

It works in other ways too. For instance, if you want enjoy reading in a relaxed position, there are many ways to prop your book using the STUDEYPOD that will allow you hands-free comfort! I predict it is one of those items that your kids may just fight over if they don’t each have their own. It’s just a handy little thing that makes you wonder why you didn’t think of inventing it yourself!

Right now you can enjoy $5 off the list price of $19.95 when you enter the coupon code TOSBLOG5 at the STUDYPOD website: www.studypod.us . With three colors to choose from (black, blue and pink) you can help your kids keep track of which one is theirs.

Of course, moms and dads will find many uses for the STUDYPOD as well, from holding up a cookbook in the kitchen, to how-to manuals in the garage; you may need a “his-and-hers” set! Simple gadgets that make life and school easier are always appreciated in this busy day and age. I think you will find this a worthy purchase!

1 comment:

Cheryl Henderson said...

I can't wait to get the pink and blue studypods so that I can get my sample study pod BACK!

It's really great! Thanks for the review.

At the Intersection of Creation and Evolution: A Dream

The alliterating story below is based on a dream I had several years ago. Please contact me for permission to reproduce.

Darkness devours me.

I am enveloped in emptiness.

Are my eyes open or are they closed? I strain against this shroud of night and still see nothing.

What is this place?

An image illuminates in front of me. A large, leafy tree streaks past and vanishes.

It deserts me to the darkness again.

In a moment, more images appear. A rapid succession of snapshots and thoughts clamor before my eyes and mingle in my mind.

I see seedlings. Several supple shoots have emerged before me and then swiftly stream away.

“The first trees on earth were not seedlings”, my mind observes. “They were not created as small insignificant saplings.”

That thought is rapidly replaced with a vision of a man.

He’s maybe 30; he is muscular and needs to shave.

He fades away.

In his place I see an infant.

A tiny bundle of pink skin upon a soft blanket flickers briefly in my brain.

“Man was created with age,” is the next statement I hear. “Adam did not begin his life as a baby, he began as a grown man.”

The voice seems like my own.

The thoughts do not.

Reeling before me now is a blur of rivers, forests, mountains and even layers of the earth. It is like a movie rushing rapidly before my retina.

The soundtrack of this epic is proclaiming a peculiarly plain concept:

“The earth was created with age. Creation and evolution are not in total opposition. There is a reason that science finds the earth to be quite old: it was made that way.”

Thoughts continue to tumble through my mind; pictures parade before me. I listen in amazement to what seems to be puzzlingly profound and yet rather apparent all at once.

“Adam was created as an adult. Trees and plants were made fully grown.”

I suddenly feel quite certain that, if I were to chop down some of the trees that had been spoken into existence, I would find a range of rings running through their trunks.

“The earth was brought to life with age built into it… just like Adam. He did not begin life as an infant. The earth came into being with what it would need to sustain the life that was created. It was old when it was young. The world was
made with maturity; it was also produced with purpose.”

These thoughts are thrilling. Why had I not seen this before? It seems so simple. Obtusely obvious. Had others not observed this correlation? If they had, why wasn’t it being candidly conveyed?

In the span of thirty seconds I have been ravaged by a radical revelation. I feel the weight of its worth resting on me; it is tantamount to tangible.

I am neither a theologian nor am I a scientist. I don’t claim that the ethics of evolution are completely compatible with the Bible’s account of creation. But certainly Science can come concurrent to creation and affirm our faith with facts.

Of course, the Omnipotent Originator of the Universe is exceedingly elusive to what our mind could ever envision. Above what science could ever extensively elucidate.

Accordingly, creation is confounding too. Each diverse discovery deems it more marvelous to grasp. Many scientists have reluctantly relented to the theory of Intelligent Design.

That’s why, alongside those facts, we also need faith.

Lying inexplicably at the intersection of those two essential elements is an exceptional endowment: the intermittent insight of our dreams.