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Walt Barrett
Pastor/shepherd/teacher, husband/father/grandfather, temporary resident of 'Planet Dirt'
Pastor/shepherd/teacher, husband/father/grandfather, temporary resident of 'Planet Dirt'

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OK, dumb question but please bear with me.  I want to add a feed to the podcast of "All about Android" on my Galaxy S-III using 'BeyondPod' and don't want to have to deal with iTunes at all.  On the All About Android site I don't see what the feed URL is.  Any help here?  Or where should I go.

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Here are my three top reads in 2013.  What are yours?
This past year has been extraordinarily busy and I've been focused on things like a new ministry, health issues, etc. So my reading has suffered significantly compared to other years. But here are my top 3 reads for this 2012:
~  "A Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry" by Paul David Tripp.
~  "Humility: True Greatness" by C.J. Mahaney 
~  "How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter" by Sherwin B. Nuland 
For my personal evaluation of these and 10-12 other books I read in 2012 this year just follow the link below. 
So what have YOU enjoyed reading this year?

Gene, still considering starting a community focused on spiritual life and missions (SLAM!) and debating the private vs. public thing.  I don't suppose it is possible to have a private discussion thread or topic (i.e. along the left column)?  Another thought I have is to have two parallel communities, one public and one private.  What I'd like to be able to do is to discuss/explore the topic publicly but then have a targeted personal/mentoring set of discussions with smaller, closed groups within that.  Any thoughts?
Best wishes for CHRISTmas for you and yours!

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I know that some get weary of the mall flash mob thing - but honestly, this is one of the things that gets me in the Christmas spirit.  Sure beats Rudolf and the Chipmunks.  Enjoy.  Smile.  Rejoice.  Sing along.  'Tis the season...

+Gene Whitehead - my primary interest is to find people in ministry who are interested in interacting with one another about the intersection of missions (or pastoral ministry) and biblical spirituality.  Peer-to-peer mentoring.  Listening to and interacting with the experiences an insights of others.  Knowing that together we are wiser and more spiritual than any of us alone.

I wonder if there is a need for a G+ community focused on that specifically?.  It is of course a bit different than the objective here (which, by the way, is great).  It might be possible to do that strictly within the context of our new mission group, To Every Tribe.  This is within the purview of my role  Or perhaps it would be better to do it broader and get cross-pollination.  Or perhaps it is not an idea that should be pursued.  I'd be interest in your thoughts and those of others here.  

Also, is this something that Google+ Communities is well suited for?

Hey Gene - let me try this again and see if it gets through this time.

I gather Communities on G+ are new?  I joined this one in part because I'm very interested to see how they work.  As you may have noticed, I'm quite inactive on G+ these days.  Not because I don't like it, but because I got discouraged with insufficient connections and and the right kind of interactions with people of mutual interests.  Instead of just broadcasting my wise or clever or inane nuggets (e.g. Twitter) or telling the world of pseudo-friends indiscriminately what I had for lunch (e.g. Facebook) I was looking for meaningful conversations on topics of mutual interest and when I tried that with circles it didn't really work. That was a year or more ago - but hat I was looking for was, I believe, what G+ communities now appear to be.  Is that your sense and experience?
When did Communities appear?  When did you begin this?

My primary interest is spiritual formation of people in ministry - especially pastoral and/or missionary ministry.  Does that fit somewhere here?

Thanks for taking this initiative, Gene.
Grace and peace!

p.s. It appears that the Android app for G+ does not support communities.  
:-{    Maybe they are too new?

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How & where to recycle old electronics (US only)

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Great idea - cross between elliptical trainer and bicycle!
Anybody want to donate one of these to a good cause (me!)?
Check out this brief clip...

Does anyone besides me find the integration of Picasa web albums with Google+ an unsatisfying experience? To me it seems a step backwards. The G+ implementation doesn't seem to have as many features as Picasa web albums (I want to do more than just view the albums), for me it freezes up, etc.
Note: it seems that (perhaps only if you're logged out of G+?) you canenter the URL: in your browser you can get the old interface.
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