Friday, January 2, 2009

January 2, 2009 Posts from Mary Beth

I hope your New Year celebration was joyous.

There's something invigorating about opening a new calendar and starting a new year of activities. What goals have you set for yourself? Are there things you want to learn? Lose? Accomplish? A new year stretches before us, laden with possibilities. My prayer is that you will be blessed to accomplish your goals in the upcoming year.

Meanwhile, here are a few things going on in the world.

Primetime America Digest:

The first PTA Digest of the new year begins with a look back at 2008. It’s a retrospective that focuses on the persecuted church around the world. Next, with just a short time before the inauguration, Max Lucado encourages Christians to pray for the new president. And finally, John Koessler talks about leaving Paradise, from his book Stranger in the House of God. Enjoy this week’s PTA Digest. – Greg Wheatley

Listen to it at PTA Digest.

Marley's message: Sniff, sniff, whimper:

Hit any multiplex these days, and you'll know when the latest showing of "Marley & Me" has just ended--simply observe the stream of tears pouring out of the theater.

More on what Marley has to say at Chicago Tribune.

The Music Scene in New Orleans is Jumping!

There are lots of places to go for great music in New Orleans this week. Check out the venues in the New Orleans Times Picayune.

Manning named NFL MVP for third time

Speaking as a former New Orleanian, the name Manning is sort of synonymous with football. That's why seeing one of Archie's boys collecting another kudo is so neat. Read all about Peyton's big accomplishment.

By the way -- you dear reader are our MVP!

Surprise, there's a $4m Bugatti in the family!

How's this for something to find forgotten in the garage? Vintage Bugatti

Author and actor talk faith

Rev. T.D. Jakes and actor Morris Chesnut talk about the story and thoughts behind the film adaptation of the book 'Not Easily Broken'.

So what's your New Year's Good News?

Good News From Mary Jan. 2, 2009

Kids from Religion, Intact Families Fare Better, Study Says

Children living with both biological parents or adoptive parents who attend religious services regularly are less likely to exhibit problems at school or at home, a new analysis of national data shows.

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Dept-Free is the New Rich

I have a client named Johnny Filamini. His name ends in a vowel, so you know he’s a good guy. He said something to me during our last meeting that I thought was so profound. He said “debt free is the new rich.”

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Historians Battle Wal-Mart Near Civil War Site

Wal-Mart wants to build a Supercenter within a cannonshot of where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant first fought, a proposal that has preservationists rallying to protect the key Civil War site.

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'Dewey, the Small-Town Library Cat' Gets a Successor

Vicki Myron intended to wait a year or two before getting another cat.

Her best-selling book, Dewey, The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, was keeping her on the road most of the time and she didn't have time for a pet.

An orange and white kitten found on a snow-covered road changed her mind.

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Rare Bugatti Car Uncovered After 50 Years

A rare Bugatti motor car, which has been parked in a garage gathering dust for nearly 50 years, is expected to fetch millions of pounds when it is auctioned next month.

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Good News from Margaret 01/02/2009

Smoking ban leads to major drop in heart attacks

“A smoking ban in one Colorado city led to a dramatic drop in heart attack hospitalizations within three years, a sign of just how serious a health threat secondhand smoke is, government researchers said Wednesday. The study, the longest-running of its kind, showed the rate of hospitalized cases dropped 41 percent in the three years after the ban of workplace smoking in Pueblo, Colo., took effect. There was no such drop in two neighboring areas, and researchers believe it's a clear sign the ban was responsible.”

To read the rest of the Good News story....

Help kids make healthy choices when eating out

"Two-for-one deals, kids-eats-free night, complimentary appetizers or desserts ... they can all save families money, but a good value and a good meal are two
different things."

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Running is About More Than Just Winning

“When I began running about 8 years ago, I started running so that I could keep in shape, look and feel better, compete in races, and relieve stress … oh, and I also did it for my own glory. About three years ago I had a conversion, and have since began to finally live the life I was meant to, a life with and for the Lord. It is wonderful how after the Lord calls you; you begin to look differently at how you go about things in your life and with about what motivates you. Today, I still run to keep in shape, relieve stress, and to compete in races … only now, I do it for God’s glory.”

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Gardening To Do List - January in the Garden

“The catalogs have arrived and we all have grand visions of our new, improved gardens. But right now about all most of us can do is get things pruned and ready for new growth. If you live in a warmer climate, I hope you're taking advantage of the cool, wet months of winter to indulge in sweet peas and salad greens.”

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New PrintStiks Promise More Mobility (PC Magazine)

"Though we had mixed emotions about Planon's portable Printstik PS910, the fact that it can print from most BlackBerry models was an exciting pro for this unusual mobile printer. PlanOn's newest models, the PrintStik 900 and 905, take the paradigm one step further, by offering printing from any smartphone or PDA."

To read the rest of the story....

We Are Rebuilding the Website


Due to changes made by the people who host the Good News Now website we have to rebuild the site. This may take a week or two. We will be posting new stories on the blog site during that time. I have decided to run the feed every evening.

When the site is back up we will post less frequently.

Thank you,