Sunday, March 8, 2009

Shot of the Day for March 8, 2009

Rose et Rose, Flower Market Paris

By Flickr Member Catherineforbes

March 8 is a Good News Day (posted by Mary Beth)

The Legume That Lowers Cholesterol

"There's a certain bean that may have cholesterol-lowering powers. Where can you get it? Try a creamy side of hummus.

Research shows that chickpeas, the luscious legume that's pureed for hummus dips, could go a long way toward improving your cholesterol profile."

Click here to learn more about this talented bean.

The Found Poetry of Postcards

"All those baby-blue skies, all those tan sandy roads, all those quiet brick buildings, all those zippy vanishing points! Dazzling was the first word that popped into mind when I saw 'Walker Evans and the Picture Postcard' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The shimmer of repetition was so blinding that, at first, it was impossible to approach the grids of cards to study their details. Was that the way Evans saw the collection he amassed over 60 years? Unlikely."

Take an electronic visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by clicking here.

Indiana town thrives as 'orthopedic manufacturing capital'

"These days you can't count on people to buy cars, homes and other big-ticket items, not with more than 650,000 workers getting tossed out of their jobs every month.

But you can bet a bundle on this: As long as Baby Boomers keep falling apart, the orthopedic industry, much of it residing in this unpretentious little town in northern Indiana, should keep humming along nicely."

For more of this story click here.

Learning from Horses

"I am a third generation horse fanatic. My grandpa needed horses for the farm, and when they were no longer needed to work the land, he kept them for breeding and showing. Even though my mom died when I was just 19, she passed on to me her love of horses. I don't remember life without horses. One of my aunts said that when I was a baby, she would take me for a ride to rock me to sleep.

What amazes me is how often I can see parallels in my relationship with my horse and my relationship with God. Let me to give you an example."

To read the rest of this insightful article click here.

Sunday, March 8, 2009 Good News Stories (Margaret)

Microsoft to let PC users turn off IE Web browser

"A single check box deep in the guts of the next version of Windows is giving Microsoft Corp. watchers a peek at how the software maker plans to keep European antitrust regulators from marring a crucial software launch."

Click here to read more.

Uncovering Fasting

"Denying ourselves. We do it to wriggle into a wedding dress or swimsuit. We do it as we train for an athletic event. We’ll go without to achieve a promotion. We’ll put our own desires aside when a close friend has a need. When our child has the flu, we drop everything. But when fasting is the subject, denying ourselves feels too uncomfortable. We rarely consider practicing this spiritual discipline."

Click here to read more.

The Virgins and the Bridegroom

"Christians of every generation have been interested in the return of Jesus Christ to the earth. And no surprise: the second coming of Christ has been the hope of the church in every age."

Read more here.

First Impressions Are All in the Brain

"Certain brain regions are geared to pick up cues about other people on a first impression -- with just a little information and maybe a few preconceived notions, a new study shows.

Snap judgments, it turns out, aren't arbitrary at all, but are informed by what we see and know of our opinions about what certain personality traits suggest, researchers report in the journal Nature Neuroscience."

Read more here.

Want blooms? Just use gentle persuasion.

"If you are waiting for spring flowers, you can give them a head start by cutting some 1- to 3-foot branches of early blooming shrubs and trees and bringing them inside to open in a vase ahead of schedule. This is called "forcing," though garden maven Martha Stewart thinks this term sounds too violent. She likens it instead to gentle persuasion."

Read the How-to's here.

Shot of the Day for March 7, 2009

Flowers Are Not Picky

By Flickr Member Tina Lee Studio