Kickstarter Tuesdays: Our Broken Plate / New Psalms & Hymns


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This week on Kickstarter Tuesdays, let’s talk about two more Alabama Kickstarter projects that you need to support!

Our Broken Plate

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Ray Cronise has been a scientist and publishing in peer-reviewed journals in areas of biophysics, material science, neural networks, and fluid physics for over 25 years.  He began his career as a scientist at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center where he worked for 15 years. During that time, along with business partners Peter Diamandis and Byron Lichtenberg, he was at the epicenter for the birth of commercial space flight in co-founding Zero Gravity Corporation, the first FAA-approved commercial parabolic weightless experience.

After leaving NASA and 8 years of building a composites manufacturing facility, he hit a health crisis largely due to diet and the unending drive of work.  He was fat and sick and he wanted that to change.  He too had read a plethora of diet books and simply failed, but it was the contradictions that bothered him most. Since that time he has assembled a world class team of researchers from institutions like Harvard, NIH, and Vanderbilt and wants to share with you some of the puzzling discrepancies they have uncovered and perhaps some new explanations for why some old ideas were always correct.  Their first paper, Metabolic Winter Hypothesis came out in 2014 and two more will be out soon.

Our Broken Plate isn’t a textbook and doesn’t require multiple degrees to read. In fact, he wants to substantially simplify things and change the way we talk about food.  To get this book written, however, he needs your help.  It requires his full attention for the next five months, while at the same time keeping my research funded. It requires additional costly self-testing to demonstrate parts of my thesis that remain open to debate. And it requires money to fund an initial press run from an independent publisher.

As of November 10th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $55,000 of the $10,000 goal they need to be funded. And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached! This project only has 32 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $22, you will get one copy of the book.  For a pledge of $27, you will get one signed copy of the book.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/595953230/our-broken-plate

New Psalms & Hymns from Wendell Kimbrough

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Wendell Kimbrough is asking for your help in funding the recording of an album of 10-12 psalms and hymns.  This is a project for the Church.  He fully expects that those who hear this album will enjoy a great listening experience.  But these songs were written to be sung, and the aim of this project is to bring these songs to life in churches and homes and wherever people gather for worship.

To aid church music/worship leaders in learning and leading these songs, He will also be building resources to accompany the album: chord charts, YouTube videos teaching how to play the songs, and song booklets for use at small gatherings like house shows or hymn sings.  Why the Psalms?  He believes in the power of singing together. Our whole selves—body, mind, and soul—are engaged when we sing. And the songs we choose to sing form us; they shape who we are and what we love.  And because the Psalms are so honest about all of life–from joy and celebration to depths of despair–singing them shapes us into truthful, vulnerable, real people.  In other words, the Psalms help us tell the truth and stop pretending.  You can hear more of his convictions about singing the Psalms in a sermon he gave here.

As of November 10th, this Kickstarter project has raised around $9,000 of the $16,840 goal they need to be funded. And as you know in Kickstarter, a project is not funded until the fundraising goal is reached! This project only has 23 days left to raise the $16,840 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $10, you will get a digital download of the album.  For a pledge of $20, you will get one copy of the physical CD.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/247220177/new-psalms-and-hymns-from-wendell-kimbrough

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