Saturday, February 21, 2009

Good News for February 21 (posted by Mary Beth)

Being frugal is IN!

"Cecilia Dames, an expat Midwesterner who has lived in Europe for the past 17 years, noticed it when she returned to St. Louis for a recent family visit.

'Conspicuous consumption is out,' she said. 'Conspicuous frugality is in.'"

Get the lowdown on being frugal here.

Ax masters: Father-son team fixes, builds guitars for stars and the not-so-famous

"On the busy Main Street just north of Winchester Center, two huge storefront windows reveal hundreds of guitars hanging on the walls. One entire wall is devoted to basses, while Fender Stratocasters, Telecasters, Gretsch Country Gentlemen, Rickenbacker, PRS, and Gibson Les Pauls and SGs line another wall. Behind the display area, another 160 guitars wait patiently in their cases for the expert touch of luthier Jim Mouradian and his son Jon of the Mouradian Guitar Co."

Click here to read the rest of this harmonious story.

Steeling their Courage: Naming the beams for Dana Farber patients

"It has become a beloved ritual at Dana-Farber: Every day, children who come to the clinic write their names on sheets of paper and tape them to the windows of the walkway for ironworkers to see. And, every day, the ironworkers paint the names onto I-beams and hoist them into place as they add floors to the new 14-story Yawkey Center for Cancer Care."

Share this uplifting story here.

The World Revels in Mardi Gras

"Mardi Gras celebrations are not limited to New Orleans. Take a tour of the variety of ways various places observe the day."

Join the party here!

An out-of-this-world move to save Saturn

"Saturn owners (in some circles they are called fans) obviously are concerned about warranties and service for their vehicles after financially troubled General Motors announced it would phase out the product. They received some good news today, with the circulation of a letter Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak sent to owners."

More on the plan here.

6,000 inspiring miles

"This can be a bad world, full of self-interest and hard-heartedness, but every now and again something comes along that is dazzlingly generous and full of the excitement of life. Today's 'something' is a movie about a bicycle journey that three young men took across the United States to raise money for two causes - the American Diabetes Association and the Kupenda foundation for disabled children in Kenya."

Click here for more information.

Saturday, February 21, 2009 Good News Stories (Margaret)

Peanut Flour May Ease Peanut Allergy

"Eating a tiny bit of peanut flour every day may increase peanut tolerance in children who are allergic to peanuts, a new study shows.

But the scientists who conducted the study aren't recommending their strategy as a do-it-yourself treatment for peanut allergy."

Click here to read more about this study.

Ministry partners with the U.S. Navy

"Unsafe drinking water causes illness: more people have died from water-borne diseases than from war."

Click here to read how the Navy is helping.

Three Big Questions for the Frantic Family

"The vast majority of families I know —including mine —would admit that one or more of the following adjectives apply to them: reactive, scattered, frantic, chaotic, stressed. Kids who are being shuttled from school to soccer to ballet to baseball to piano lessons to birthday parties are not turning out the way their parents want. And parents who are doing all the shuttling and working and cooking and cleaning and socializing and exercising are not feeling fulfilled.

They're looking at each other and wondering, Is this how life's supposed to be? And when they see everyone else is scattered and stressed, they come to the conclusion, maybe it is.

Life is not supposed to be lived this way. Yes, it will be busy and demanding at times, but our lives should be lived with a sense of purpose that allows us to be the people we're meant be. In order to restore sanity and clarity to our family and to live with greater context and purpose, we need to answer and act upon three big simple questions:"

Click here to read more.