Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Shot of the Day for February 26, 2009

Beauchille View (Scotland)

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Good News for February 25 (posted by Mary Beth)

Procter & Gamble and World Vision Equip and Empower Zimbabweans in Fight against Cholera

"As Zimbabwe continues to confront a cholera epidemic tied to failing water and sanitation infrastructure, a new World Vision project supported by the Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program is underway, providing Zimbabweans with the tools and training necessary to protect themselves, their families and their communities."

Read all about it here.

A Living Epistle: Oswald Chambers

"Many of us have read and re-read the best-selling devotional book of the 20th century, Oswald Chamber’s classic, My Utmost for His Highest. But it might surprise you to realize that Chambers never sat down to write this devotional classic."

Mark Earley's commentary awaits you here.

Save the Children in India CEO Tells the Truth About "Slumdog Millionaire" and Child Poverty

"Does the Oscar Award-winning film 'Slumdog Millionaire,' tell the truth about child poverty in India? Thomas Chandy, CEO of Save the Children in India, answers the question posted on Feb.17, 2009 in an e-mail exchange with National Geographic's Marc Silver."

Get the answers here.

Chicago's Shedd Aquarium's most popular sights to return in May

"Shedd Aquarium's celebrated collection of marine mammals, missing in action since the aquarium shut down the Oceanarium in September to recoat its whale and dolphin pools, will be back on display beginning May 22."

More on the return of the collection is here.

February 25, 2009 Good News From Mary

How to Build a Stronger Prayer Connection

When you pray, do you sense God listening to you, or do your prayers seem to just float off into the air unheard? Do you hear what God has to say, or do you struggle to discern any message from Him? Do you pray frequently because you love to do so? Or do you often neglect to pray because you’re discouraged or worried that you’re somehow not praying correctly?

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Trusting God to Work Things Together for Good

I have concluded that I have very little ability to discern what is valuable in life and what isn't.

I don't always see clearly which experiences are blessings and which ones do me harm. In fact, it's probably safe to say that I really don't even know — with complete certainty — what I truly want. That being the case, one of the most exciting steps I can take is to pray and ask God for things. I neither know which requests He'll grant, nor have the slightest insight into how He'll work through circumstances in granting those requests He does. But, in my experience, it's often been in the most improbable and unexpected ways.

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Forget low-fat — calories count more in dieting

Low-fat, low-carb or high-protein? The kind of diet doesn’t matter, scientists say. All that really counts is cutting calories and sticking with it, according to a federal study that followed people for two years.

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The Barriers Fell, One Year, One Step at a Time

Ted Corbitt knew all about barriers in sports. One of America’s greatest distance runners, Mr. Corbitt, born in 1919, grew up in an era when, as a black athlete, he sometimes was not even allowed to compete in races.

So when Gail Kislevitz, a runner and author, interviewed Mr. Corbitt shortly before his death on Dec. 12, 2007, she thought she could guess what he would say to one of her questions. What, she asked him, surprised him most about the evolution of running over the years?

His answer was not what she expected. The biggest surprise, he said, was how women had taken to the sport.

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Dying Wishes: Weddings to Helping Homeless

The bride was dressed in ruffled white and wore a tiara. The groom pledged to be her best friend forever. They exchanged rings, and the lucky North Texas couple swooned as they danced to their favorite song -- "Love Bug" by the Jonas Brothers.

They may be a tender age -- Jayla Cooper is 9 and the groom, Jose Griggs, is 7 -- but their parents were behind them all the way.

For Jayla, who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia and who, according to her doctors, may only have weeks to live, the "wedding" was less a dream come true than a last wish.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Good News Stories (Margaret)

Starting a Vegetable Garden

"If you’ve never vegetable gardened before, you are in for a treat on many levels. Fortunately, growing vegetables is pretty easy. People have been doing it forever. Growing great tasting vegetables and staying ahead of problems does take a little knowledge and effort, but the following lessons will get you comfortably up and running in no time. The rest you’ll learn as you go, which is the real thrill of gardening; overcoming unexpected obstacles and ending the season with a hearty harvest. You literally get to eat the fruits of your labor. I warn you, it’s addictive."

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Catholic tradition of almsgiving gets special emphasis during Lent

"Almsgiving is a practice in generosity expected from all Catholics, but the focus of it is even stronger during the season of Lent."

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Like Father, Like Son: Author Stresses the Importance of Leaving Behind a Spiritual Inheritance

"Born and raised in Korea and transplanted to the United States in 1982, New York resident Daniel Kyuyong Lee recognizes the importance of words between a father and son--in any language."

Click here to read more about the author and his book.