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An Open Letter to Boy Scouts of America

My son is 10 years old. My father was Boy Scout and service leader as a young man and my grandfather was an Eagle Scout.

When I was a child, being a wheelchair user, I was excluded from scouting. At that time most of the world wasn't very accessible and my local scout troop encouraged my parents to keep me away.

Scouting was a big part of childhood when I was growing up, and I felt slighted and excluded.

Scouting is less prominent, but more important today than ever.

Unfortunately, I chose to keep my son out of scouting for only one reason. I'm appalled that Boy Scouts of America does not allow fathers who are gay to participate.

It makes it clear to young men that being gay is not acceptable to the Boy Scouts, and it discourages kids from scouting even if they aren't sure about their own sexuality.

This exclusionary attitude should have died decades ago, and I'm glad to see that Boy Scouts are feeling pressure, albeit too late, to change policy.

Groups that exclude a…

Ecosystem in a Bottle

One of my favorite Facebook pages is "I F---ing Love Science". Here's a post that's too cool not to share.




Garden in a bottle, anyone?

This miniature ecosystem has been thriving in an almost completely isolated state for more than forty years. It has been watered just once in that time.

The original single spiderwort plant has grown and multiplied, putting out seedlings. As it has access to light, it continues to photosynthesize. The water builds up on the inside of the bottle and then rains back down on the plants in a miniature version of the water cycle.

As leaves die, they fall off and rot at the bottom producing the carbon dioxide and nutrients required for more plants to grow.
Sources: bnps.co.uk via I Fucking Love Science

Teeth Like Pearls

Setting up a MyFonts Affiliate Program

I'm a big fan of MyFonts.  I've been using them for several years to get exactly the right font for graphic designs.  It's amazing how much a good quality font in a graphic can make a difference, even for a blogger.  Unfortunately, the affiliate program requires a strange link that is a little unfriendly for Blogger users, so I'm making this generic blog post so my site can be verified.

Originally I was going to verify it, then delete it, which you can do too.  Then I realized a few of my readers might like learning how to make a few extra pennies with Blogger.  I'm going to post a detailed "How To" article on my business blog, www.jasonsmillion.com.

So check it out:  How to Set Up a MyFonts Affiliate Program on Blogger

If you love typography like I do, click the little box on any of my websites before you buy a font.  I earn maybe a whole nickle if you do!