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Managing Expectations

Submitted by Joel on Mon, 07/23/2018 - 14:52

Is it possible that we only had THREE blog posts in June (not counting movie reviews, of course)? And our plans to blog while getting to Cyprus didn't exactly pan out, either. But we're here and ready to start this new stage of our lives. Which also means becoming FULL TIME bloggers! Without the struggles and stresses of selling the house, almost all of our possessions, closing the business, and packing for the next year, we can finally get down to our real lives... even though it still feels like a dream.

Talking About Infinity

Submitted by Joel on Tue, 05/01/2018 - 11:36

If you've read my post about the concept of The Big and The Small, you know that I am fascinated by the concept of infinity and the infinitesimal. One of my favorite YouTubers, Joe Scott, posted a while ago about one of Zeno's paradoxes. The idea is that an arrow has to pass through an infinite amount of points in order to reach its mark. There is also the parable of Achilles and the turtle. The setting of this thought experiment is that Achilles and a turtle are racing. Since Achilles knows he's faster, he gives the turtle a head start.

Enjoying Life - The Big or The Small?

Submitted by Joel on Fri, 03/09/2018 - 15:35

It occurred to me while going for a walk the other day another aspect of The Big and The Small that I hadn't considered before. People can be content in life and be very happy. Bethany and I, for instance, were content. We have a house we enjoy, a life we love, and a partner that we can spend forever with. If none of this ever changes, we'd be content with life.

It's a form of happiness that is great! It's about THE SMALL things in life. And once in a while, we could go to Paris or London or Disney World and have a couple weeks every so often of THE BIG. 

7 Ways to Support Your Local Blogger

Submitted by Joel on Sun, 02/04/2018 - 16:09

The internet has something for everyone. It could be cat pictures, videos, or a blog like this one. Most of them have a way to directly support them with money, like a Patreon account or selling merchandise, but when a site like ours is just starting out, here are 7 ways you can support a site without paying a dime or wasting time (nice rhyme!) 

Don't Mind the Gap

Submitted by Bethany on Wed, 01/31/2018 - 15:04

If you ever take the time to read back through our entire blog archives, first, you deserve a cookie, and second, you'll notice a rather large gap.  My original goal in 2017 was to blog and take at least one picture daily.  I had actually done this way back in 2010, the year that I graduated from seminary, moved back to Iowa, and was working as a hospital chaplain.  Seven years later I thought it would be interesting to do again, as looking back at that original blog is a fun snapshot of my life at the time.  Probably not interesting to anyone else, but interesting to me. 

ReLaunch coming in February!

Submitted by Joel on Wed, 01/17/2018 - 19:05

I'm sure you've noticed quite a few changes already, but in February we'll be doing a relaunch! We'll have a Facebook page, more blog posts, more movie reviews and much more! We're even planning to do some YouTube videos! Exciting times for TBaTS! This definitely fits into the 'big' category!

2018 is the year for CHANGE!

Submitted by Joel on Tue, 01/02/2018 - 17:47

We've messed around with this site for a while now (over a year! Wow!) But now it's time to put some real effort into it. We're gonna do a relaunch in February with comments (yay!), more movie reviews (yay!), ads (I know, but money, yay!), and more! And in March we're gonna add even more! Stay tuned!


What is The Big and The Small?

Submitted by Joel on Mon, 01/02/2017 - 15:33

The Big and The Small is about appreciating all joys in life, both big and small. This can be operationalized by not just seeking adventure in faraway lands, but also in your backyard. On top of this, when you are doing something big, like visiting Paris, don't just look for a visit to the Eiffel Tower, but also the local bakery.