Friday, January 30, 2009

Shot of the Day for January 30, 2009

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News from Mary January 30, 2009

Ditch Your Unrealistic New Year's Resolution

How's your 2009 New Year's resolution going? Did you break it yet? We're only a few weeks into the year and most resolutions have already been forgotten. Why? Because we make promises we cannot keep, set goals that have no structure and effectively remove all likelihood of sticking with our resolutions.

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Fire station burns after cooking mishap

A blaze broke out at a fire station in Japan this week after a firefighter left a cooking stove burning as crew members left the station to respond to emergency calls.

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A Boy And His Hedgehog

Of many battles that mothers face daily, few are fraught with more passion and determination than the battle that always begins with: "Mom, can we get a …"

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Economy shrank at fastest clip since '82

The economy shrank at a 3.8 percent pace at the end of 2008, the worst showing in a quarter-century, as the deepening recession forced consumers and businesses to throttle back spending.

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Good News for January 30 posted by Mary Beth

Looking back at the week through a Christian lens: PTA Digest

"This week’s PTA Digest begins with some ideas on how to cope during the current mortgage crisis. We talked with Dale Vermillion, whose book is Navigating the Mortgage Maze. Next, Paul Butler talks with Tom Ascol and Norm Wakefield about keeping the Gospel pure. And finally, Don Jacobson visits with us about his venture Cauzal Coffee, and their recent partnership with World Vision. Enjoy the PTA Digest! – Greg Wheatley"

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Love Your Enemies: John Rucyahana Receives Wilberforce Award

"In a large open area of a Rwandan prison, Anglican Bishop John Rucyahana spoke to a crowd of killers responsible for the 1994 genocide. 'Close your eyes,' he instructed them. 'Go back in your mind to 1994. What did you see?' he asked. 'What did you smell? What did you hear?'”

Celebrate Bishop Rucyahana's ministry here.

Scholarship fund to aid Catholic students

"To help cash-strapped parents, the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Big Shoulders Fund today announced a $1 million emergency scholarship fund for Catholic school students."

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Getting peace

"You can find serenity, whether in an ocean vista or the city skyline, a favorite room or a familiar voice."

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Sutter physicians, staff volunteer respond to missionary's plea, ease baby's heart ordeal

"Zumrat Sabitahunova swayed back and forth while cuddling her 9-month-old son, Nurdin Abdyrazakov, trying all at once to comfort him, distract him from pulling the oxygen tubes out of his nose and express her gratitude."

Read more of little Nurdin's story here.

Who Is God Rooting For In The Super Bowl?

"Does God have any interest in who wins the Super Bowl? One man expresses his opinion."

See if you agree with him here...

Friday, January 30, 2009 Posts from Margaret

Growing Blueberries

I am so ready for Spring and getting out into my garden. I would like to try growing some fruits like blueberries to our little garden.

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The touch of tradition

"Nowhere in the new synagogue does the ancient meet the modern so closely as at the replica of the Western Wall.

The wall is 26 feet high and made entirely of Jerusalem stone from Israel. It's one of the most eye-catching features in the new Congregation Torat Emet in Bexley."

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Amazon stock soars on strong profit and outlook (AP)

" Inc. said Thursday that its fourth-quarter profit rose 9 percent and easily surpassed analysts' forecasts. Those results, plus an optimistic forecast, sent its shares soaring 13 percent in extended trading."

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"It was a rare privilege and one that I will always remember.

On the eve of his 100th birthday, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with one of the world’s most recognized Christian vocalists, George Beverly Shea. And I found this long-time minister of the Gospel to be as deep, warm and inviting as the bass-baritone voice that has made him so beloved around the world. "

Read more about George Beverly Shea here...