- Sandy’s Itinerary
- Japan Rail Pass is an economical way to travel on multiple train trips in Japan (including bullet trains). Must be purchased in advance of your trip and can be done online. A voucher will be sent to your U.S. home and then is exchanged for the actual Rail Pass in Japan. With a Rail Pass, seat reservations can be made on specific trains. Visitors can also purchase one-way/roundtrip train tickets at the train station.
- You can get involved to share a talent, such as on a church committee like Finance or Staff Relations, or to learn through book and Bible studies.
- Examples ways and places to volunteer:
- Taking treats to local service people & first responders
Spiritual Disciplines: Reading the Bible
- There are many different versions of the Bible. This might help you chose the right one for your current needs.
- We suggest you visit a Christian Bookstore or your church’s library/book store for help picking one if this is your first time reading and studying the Bible.
- Most churches offer classes and studies to help you learn the Bible in a more focused, useful way. They are usually free and you typically don’t need to be a member of the church to join in the education.
- Culture version of the Bible – example on Amazon
- YouVersion app – can switch through multiple versions of the Bible without spending money to buy each
- Daily reminder verse
- BibleGateway.com – sends email every night
- Matthew Kelly’s Best Lent ever – free daily email messages during Lent
- She reads Truth – very low cost plans tied to Christian calendar?
- Discount flight notifications for deals from your nearest airport delivered to your email nearly daily for $25/year – NextVacay.com
- Join frequent flyer programs and look for ways to double dip
- Prices often change late Monday nights so Tuesday is the best time to shop. Some advice suggests 3pm EST is the best time to shop for a fare on Tuesdays.
- At the airport:
- Research baggage prices and buy ahead – find out if the prices will increase if you wait to purchase at the airport
- Also research size requirements as weight and dimension can differ by airline
- Container store has nice small bottles for carry-on fluids
- TSA Pre-check or Global Entry are nice options for reducing your wait and streamlining your security experience; your credit company may reimburse this – look into it
- Clear is a new option in a few airports
- Global Entry is also a nice option which helps you clear customs faster when returning from out of the county; it includes TSA pre-check benefits
According to ECU, Equality challenge unit, unconscious bias refers to a bias that we are unaware of, and which happens outside of our control. It is a bias that happens automatically and is triggered by our brain making quick judgments and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences.
Implicit bias refers to the same area, but questions the level to which these biases are unconscious especially as we are being made increasingly aware of them. Once we know that biases are not always explicit, we are responsible for them. We all need to recognize and acknowledge our biases and find ways to mitigate their impact on our behavior and decisions.
(Source: Harvard’s Project Implicit) The Implicit Association Test (IAT) is commonly used to measure implicit bias in individuals. The IAT measures the strength of associations between concepts (e.g., black people, old people, or gay people) and evaluations (e.g., good or bad) or characteristics (e.g., athletic, smart, or clumsy). The IAT is based on the observation that people place two words in the same category more quickly if the words are already associated in the brain. For example, the rate at which a person can link the words “black” or “white” with “good” or “bad” indicates their implicit bias.
On an Ohio State University website they mention “Our brains are incredibly complex, and the implicit associations that we have formed can be gradually unlearned through a variety of debiasing techniques.” Some popular debiasing techniques include:
- discounting commonly held stereotypes
- using context to influence implicit responses
- changing the way an out-group member is evaluated and categorised
- using contact to change the level of threat evoked by an out-group
- using motivation to change responses to an out-group
- encouraging people to take responsibility for their implicit biases
Good overview video: https://youtu.be/OoBvzI-YZf4
Thinking fast and slow – Daniel Kahneman
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