Friday, February 6, 2009

Shot of the Day for February 6, 2009

Trees of Wisdom
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Good News From Mary Feb. 6, 2009

Genes Vs. Behavior: What Makes Us Age?

Genes play a role in your appearance as you get older, but the real villains of the wrinkles of aging involve behavioral choices such as smoking, eating, and sun exposure, a new study shows.

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Christians Post Faith Messages on London Buses

Christians are soldiering on in the battle over God's existence by putting ads on London's famous red buses urging people to have faith.

The posters are a response to an atheist campaign that told people to stop worrying about religion because God probably doesn't exist.

The Christian Party has paid 15,000 pounds ($22,000) to run ads declaring: "There definitely is a God. So join the Christian Party and enjoy your life," in red, pink and orange letters.

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Cut your grocery bill now

Running into the store to pick up a gallon of milk for tomorrow's breakfast? Don't be surprised if you end up leaving with a lot more than you planned.

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Dear Amish Diary: After Floods, Made a Quilt

The Amish do not usually expose their feelings in their diaries. Instead they note down each day’s rounds of boiling pear butter, collecting duck eggs, cleaning stables, taking sleigh rides or attending church. Once in a while dramatic events are recorded, but sometimes not by the diarists themselves.

“Our Dear son Dannie died this morning at 10 minutes after 8 o’clock,” Samuel and Annie Esh wrote as the May 31, 1912, entry in their teenage son’s worn clothbound diary. The Eshes then filled out some of the rest of the year’s pages with dutiful notes on farm life in Pennsylvania.

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National Wear Red Day promotes heart disease awareness

Anita Dunham's first heart attack started with a mysterious pain in her arm -- and, suddenly, the 34-year-old felt as if she couldn't breathe. After she got dressed, she could barely speak because the pain was so great in her arms and chest.

Dunham, who had a second heart attack in 2002, wore red Friday to spread awareness about heart disease. Now 64 years old, she said she wants women everywhere to know that heart disease, the No. 1 killer for women, can affect women in all walks of life. She and others shared their stories with CNN's

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Good News for February 6 from Mary Beth

An Unlooked-For Solace: Benjamin Franklin and William Cowper

"C.S. Lewis and Jane Austen are among his admirers. Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote a poignant poem after visiting his grave. Outside of literary circles, Cowper's name (pronounced Cooper) is seldom mentioned now."

Author Kevin Belmonte recounts the story of Cowper and Franklin here.

Photography: an interview with Curt Wilkinson

"Today, we have cameras that fit in our pockets, cameras on our laptops and cameras on our phones. All this translates into lots of photographs of just about everything and everyone in our lives. But in this surplus of images, how many are worth keeping or sharing? This extended conversation with Curt Wilkinson takes a look at both why we take pictures and how to make them better."

Listen to the podcast here.

Chicago sends official Olympics bid on its way

"Students from Jesse Owens Community Academy on the South Side waved handcrafted paper stars and provided the backdrop for the symbolic send-off of Chicago's "bid book" submission for the 2016 Olympic Games."

Read more about Windy City's bid here.

Culling the Herd: Misanthropic Environmentalism

"If the planet isn't warming, why is there almost religious fervor about reducing mankind's carbon footprint? The key phrase here is 'almost religious.'"

Click here for the rest of Chuck Colson's sommentary.

Restoring New Orleans, La. coastline are Obama priorities, strategist says

"Restoring New Orleans and the fragile Gulf Coast coastline are priorities of the Obama administration, Kenner-born political strategist Donna Brazile said today, adding that she'll keep pressing President Barack Obama and his staff to ensure they don't forget."

The full story is here.

Boston's Back Bay

"A one-square mile neighborhood that is arguably one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Boston, Back Bay teems with history and affluence. Copley Square is the heart of Back Bay, featuring landmarks such as the Boston Public Library and the John Hancock Tower."

Pay a quick visit through the community snapshot here.

Adam Isaacs' faux garden

"After seeing talent agent Adam Isaacs’ bedroom terrace garden for the first time, you might think that he is blessed with a green thumb. But you would be wrong."

Take a stroll through the photoessay on this lovely, but artificial garden here.

And here's hoping you're having a Good News day!

Friday, February 6, 2009 Good News Posts from Margaret

Sustainable socks a big hit with consumers

"The first thing people say when you tell them about bamboo socks is that they imagine they would be scratchy.

They're actually soft. Almost like silk."

Click here to read more about these socks.

Peonies - Old Fashioned, Fragrant Perennials

Peonies are one of my favorites. They grow on their own without much help from me.

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InterVarsity's Greek Conference descends on North Carolina

"Yet, it's an area largely untouched by para-church organizations. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship asks this question: What if these students commited their lives to Christ? And what if these students were equipped to be Christian leaders, parents, and members of tomorrow's society?"

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Shot of the Day for February 5, 2009


By Flickr Member Cortnimarie