Jonah Ogles spent 12 years sponsoring a kid in Haiti named Ervenson through a Christian organization called Compassion International. He sent $35 a month, or a total of $5,000, which went towards paying for things like food, health care, books, supplies, and tuition at Christian schools. Jonah flew to Haiti to meet Ervenson, and because he was curious how much a difference his sponsorship made in Ervenson’s life. He wrote about his experience for Outside magazine.
Nineteen of 20 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died on Sunday fighting a wilderness fire in Arizona. Outside magazine’s July issue has a story about what it’s like to work as a hotshot. The story is written by Kyle Dickman, Outside’s associate editor who used to work as a hotshot full-time and embedded with a crew last summer. There is a lot of working out (“60 pull-ups, 240 push-ups, 390 sit-ups, and an afternoon spent cutting line”) a lot of dangerous work (“around 7:30 P.M., a gust sends the fire down toward the line, blowing burning leaves over the engine crews”) and not a lot of work-life balance (“Her husband, Mike Kelly, a full-time crew member, had left for a smoke-jumping job in Idaho a month earlier, and she hadn’t seen him since.”)
How do know what the tipping rules are when you’re in another country?
Our pals at Outside magazine have put together a list of 30 of the best places to work based on companies that “truly believe in work-life balance” (which is a thing I don’t have because I have more work in my days than life, but I’m okay with that for the time being).