Thursday, January 15, 2009

Shot of the Day for January 15, 2009

Decayed Hydrangea in Sepia

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January 15 is a Good News Day (posts from Mary Beth)

Judge won't order Obama not to use 'God' in oath

A federal judge on Thursday refused to order the words "so help me God" taken out of President-elect Barack Obama's oath of office next week or to prevent ministers from praying at the inauguration celebration.

Click here for the details of this decision.

At the Baker's Bench - an adventure in baking

For anyone who enjoys baking, a new resource is like a fine pastry - a tasty delight! At the Baker's Bench is celebrating Bake Your Own Bread as the 2009 theme. If you love the aroma of freshly baked goods or just get a kick out of reading about them, you'll enjoy At the Baker's Bench.

Under the Influence: TV and Teenage Sex

Approximately $60 billion is spent every year on television advertising. That’s $200 for every man, woman, and child. It is spent in the hopes that by seeing something on television, people will think or act in some desired fashion.

Click here to read more of Chuck Colson's commentary.

Chicago's new Web site aims to lure tourists

Mayor Richard Daley on Wednesday unveiled a new Web site to promote city tourism, an economic engine he said is even more crucial in these tough times.

The interactive site,, features audio tours, slide shows and video clips. It also highlights timely events, such as winter activities and local celebrations related to next week's inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

Click here for more.

Good News From Mary January 15, 2009

'Miracle on the Hudson'

A US Airways pilot ditched his disabled jetliner into the frigid Hudson River on Thursday afternoon after a collision with a flock of birds apparently knocked out both engines, but officials said rescuers pulled all 155 people on board into boats as the plane sank.

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Mortgage Refinancing Advice from a Founding Father

"A penny saved is a penny earned," advised Benjamin Franklin. Or to put it not quite so memorably: "Cutting expenses produces the same budgetary result as earning more money." Actually, because income today is taxable (something old Ben didn't have to worry about), cutting expenses can actually produce a better bottom-line result than earning more.

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Is conflict between God and science hardwired?

God and science are inherently at odds, or so goes the story with roots that reach back nearly 400 years to the Inquisition's trial of Galileo on suspicion of heresy.

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IRA Change Helps Retirees Ride Out the Storm

It's hard to keep up with all the legislative changes taken as the federal government grapples with the recession.

So, on occasion, I'll be writing about the new laws affecting your pocketbook. You may have already heard about the changes, but it can't hurt to confirm what you know or think you know.

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'English Galileo' maps on display

"Moon maps" created by a little-known Englishman 400 years ago are to go on display to mark the launch of the International Year of Astronomy.

Click here to read the rest of this Good News Now story.

January 15, 2009 Good News Posts from Margaret

Helping Each Other Overcome Fear

"Fear. As we go about our daily lives, it exists as an undercurrent to everything we do. It is almost palpable, fueled by daily reports of job losses, stock market fluctuations (mostly down), and business closings. No one knows where the next ax will fall and so we have all retrenched, spending less, giving less, trying to give ourselves some measure of security while the ground shifts underneath us. Yes, indeed, these are scary times."

Read more of this story here.

Your Mother Is Moving In? That’s Great

"LINDA BAKER ROBY’S life would seem to be a mathematical impossibility: she is a professor of public administration at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, as well as the chief executive of GII, her own public policy consulting firm in Springfield. She is also the mother of two, George, 6, and Gared, 4, who live in St. Louis, where her husband, George Roby, is an account manager for AT&T."

Read more of this story here.

Learning To L.A.U.G.H.

"A brand new year stretches in front of us… a fresh start; a new page to write the journey of our lives on. New opportunities and new challenges await each of us. Here are five simple steps to help keep your heart light as you navigate the road ahead. "

Read more of this story here.

A ministry sees God's fingerprints on 38 villages in Honduras

"When launched in Honduras, it was affectionately called the 'Rambo Project.' Sandy Hudson with International Aid says there's nothing but good news to share a year later about how effective the fast-moving, high-impact community transformation project turned out to be."

Read more of the story here.

Add color to brown bag

"Whether your goal is saving money, keeping more control over what you eat, or looking busier at your job so you can hang on to it, a resolution to brown-bag your lunch more often makes sense this year."

Read more of this story here.