Saturday, February 28, 2009

MONDAY - MARCH 2, 2009

The Spirit FM Morning Show




During the month of March our Spirit FM listening family is invited to help make a difference in the lives of our United States Troops serving their country in various locations around the world.

Please write a card or letter of thanks and encouragement to a US soldier. Your card can be homemade or store-bought, it doesn’t matter, just send it with love and appreciation. You can send in one card or hundred cards, get your family involved, your co-workers, your Bible study or church group, even your school, and once you have your cards and letters ready send them to Spirit FM P.O. Box 800 Camdenton, Missouri 65020. We’ll see that all of these cards and letters of appreciation and encouragement will be sent to our troops “with love” from the Spirit FM listeners!
If you want to do something a little bit extra, include a long distance phone card for the soldier as well!

Spirit FM is also working with our record companies and will be sending lots of Christian music CDs along with your cards and letters!!

So get busy and start writing and then send those best wishes for our troops to Spirit FM P.O. Box 800 Camdenton, Mo. 65020. More information is also available on our website at
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------FOR OUR SOLDIERS

It’s time for March For Our Troops and that means if you are serving in the US Military Spirit FM wants to especially bless and recognize you throughout the next few weeks!

Be listening throughout the month of March for a series of interviews with Dr. David Stoop of New Life Ministries. Dr Stoop is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of California. He also has his Masters in Theology and is the founder and director of The Center for Family Therapy in Newport Beach, California, where he has his counseling practice. Dr. Stoop has written over 25 books, including his latest book, Ten Minutes Together with God: A Devotional for Couples.

Dr. Stoop will be sharing with us information for military families including how to maintain a loving and faithful marriage while serving your country. Recognizing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. How to forgive and move on, as well as, a variety of other topics of interest to soldiers and their families.

These interviews will also be posted on our webpage for listening to later or downloading to your MP3 player! Plus, New Life Ministries has been kind enough to send us three gifts to give away this month, including Every Soldier’s Battle Kit which includes Every Man's Battle, Every Man's Battle Workbook, Every Man's Bible, Every Day for Every Man Devotional, and Being God's Man facing Tough Times Bible Study. So if you are a member of our military, thank you, and stay tuned, this month is all about you and helping you discover the love the Lord Jesus has for you, as well as the love your Spirit FM listening family feels for you as well!



Love Intercedes

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2

You cannot change your spouse. As much as you may want to, you cannot play God and reach into their hearts and mold them into what you want them to be. But that’s what most couples spend a large part of their time trying to do, change their mate.
There is no guarantee that anything in the Love Dare Book will change your spouse.

But that’s not what the book is about. It’s about YOU daring to love. Have you ever wondered why God give you overwhleming insight into your spouse’s hidden faults? Do you really think it is so you can become a better nagger? No, it is for effective kneeling. No one knows better how to pray for your mate than you! One of the most loving things you can do for your spouse is pray for them.

TODAY’S DARE: Begin praying today for your spouse’s hearth. Pray for three specific areas where you desire for God to work in your spouse’s life and in your marriage.

ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: Have you experienced the power of prayer in the past? Was it easy for you, or did it feel foreign to you to pray for your spouse?


Today is Dr. Seuss Day. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2,1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted."

The National Education Agency sponsors Read Across America Day on Dr. Seuss's birthday. Every child should read a book today!

Today is Peace Corps Day. President John Kennedy founded the Peace Corps on March 2, 1961.

This is National Aardvark Week, honoring the aardvark, an ugly animal that eats ants. The aardvark also eats uncles -- but only the uncles of ants.

March is National Welding Month, so be sure to take the time to stop and hug a welder. Just make sure his torch is pointed the other direction. Talk about hot flashes!

1933: The film "King Kong," starring Fay Wray, premiered in New York City.

1965: The popular film "The Sound of Music" premiered in New York City.

1977: A young comedian named Jay Leno first appeared as a guest on "The Tonight Show."

In The News…..

Citi-Government Deal

The U.S. government is taking a 40% stake in Citigroup. But between the government's office hours and banker's hours, Citi will be open only for about 15 minutes a day.With the government now in control of Citigroup, customers can expect 10 ATM's at each branch... but only two of them will be working at any given time.

Iraq Pullout

President Obama says he will pull all combat troops out of Iraq by August 1, 2010. That 18 month waiting period should ease the transition for the returning soldiers, because by then most of America will look about as bad as downtown Fallujah.

Romney Robbed

More than a dozen pieces of jewelry were stolen from former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Utah home. The thieves insist they were just trying to collect advance taxes on someone earning more than $250,000 per year.

GM's Ad Budget Slash

GM says it will cut its advertising and endorsement budget by $800 million this year. Experts found that GM could use that money more effectively by paying 800 Americans $1 million each to buy a car from GM.

George W. Bush is doing pretty well for a retiree. He will hit the lecture circuit next month for a reported 150,000 per speech. Actually it’s $150,000 per speech and an extra 25 grand if you want to throw shoes at him.

Scientists in Belarus say they have come up with a way to jump-start their credit-crunched economy - breeding edible frogs. Officials say that exporting the local delicacy could turn the former Soviet state into an agriculture super-power. The government is looking into it. This was MY idea…I knew it and I kept saying it and no body would listen to me. I “TOAD” you so! I Toad ya’! We could’ve been rich!!

A man in the UK suspected a worm virus when his computer crashed - but was shocked to learn the problem was a real worm. Mark Taylor of Somerset called out a repairmen who found a five inch earthworm inside his laptop. It had crawled into his computer through an air vent and wrapped itself around the internal fan, leading to a total breakdown. Mr Taylor suspects the culprits were his two cats who are in the habit of pouncing on earthworms outside and bringing them into the house.

The Muzak company filed for bankruptcy. For me, this is bad news. When the world economy collapses -- when the environment turns to poison -- when disease and famine plague the Earth - I was kind of hoping those things would happen with soothing background music.

"Wheel of Fortune" will be airing its 5,000th episode today.USA Today says the show has had over 15,000 contestants, and nearly 5 million fans belong to the Wheel Watchers Club, an online viewer loyalty program.

Entertainer Ed McMahon has been hospitalized for more than three weeks with pneumonia and other medical problems, his spokesman said Friday. Doctors say McMahon is in serious condition, said the spokesman, Howard Bragman.
"Ed's a big, strong, hearty guy and his family and I are hopeful and optimistic about his prognosis," he said.
McMahon is 85. He will turn 86 on March 6.
Bragman and McMahon's family are "praying and hoping for the best and are appreciative of everyone's thoughts and prayers," Bragman said.
He declined to say where McMahon is hospitalized.
McMahon gained fame as Johnny Carson's sidekick on "The Tonight Show."

Dr. James Dobson Steps Down

Conservative evangelical leader James Dobson has resigned as chairman of Focus on the Family but will continue to play a prominent role at the organization he founded more than three decades ago, The Associated Press has learned.

Dobson notified the board of his decision Wednesday, and the 950 employees of the Colorado Springs, Colo.-based ministry were informed Friday morning at a monthly worship service, said Jim Daly, the group's president and chief executive officer.
Dobson, 72, will continue to host Focus on the Family's flagship radio program, write a monthly newsletter and speak out on moral issues, Daly said.

Dobson's resignation as board chairman "lessens his administrative burden" and is the latest step in a succession plan, the group said. Dobson began relinquishing control six years ago by stepping down as president and CEO.

"One of the common errors of founder-presidents is to hold to the reins of leadership too long, thereby preventing the next generation from being prepared for executive authority," Dobson said in a statement. "... Though letting go is difficult after three decades of intensive labor, it is the wise thing to do."

While Focus on the Family emphasizes that it devotes most of its resources to offering parenting and marriage advice, it is best known for promoting conservative moral stands in politics.

Daly said there is no timetable for Dobson to leave the radio program, and the group will "look for the next voice for the next generation" while Dobson remains on the air.

That will likely mean not one person behind the microphone but several speaking on their respective areas of expertise, Daly said. The organization, anticipating a post-Dobson era, for several years has tried out different voices on the broadcast and in giving media interviews on hot-button social issues.

Dobson's wife, Shirley, also resigned from the Focus board. The new board chairman is retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Patrick P. Caruana, a longtime board member and a former executive with defense contractor Northrup Grumman.

The Eye Of God

The bright blue pupil and the white of the eye are fringed by flesh-coloured eyelids - but this eye is so big that it light takes two and a half years to cross from one side to the other.

The object is actually a shell of gas and dust that has been blown off by a faint central star. Our own solar system will meet a similar fate five billion years in the future.

It lies around 700 light-years away in the constellation of Aquarius, and can be dimly seen in small backyard telescopes by amateur astronomers who call it the Helix nebula. It covers an area of sky around a quarter the size of the full moon.

The photo was taken with a giant telescope at the European Southern Observatory, high on a mountaintop at La Silla in Chile. It is so detailed that a close-up reveals distant galaxies within the central eyeball.


You”ve Heard of Kosher Salt…Now There’s Christian Salt

You've heard of kosher salt? Now there's a Christian variety.

Retired barber Joe Godlewski says that when television chefs recommended kosher salt in recipes, he wondered, "What the heck's the matter with Christian salt?"

By next week, his trademarked Blessed Christians Salt will be available from seasonings manufacturer Ingredients Corporation of America. It's sea salt that's been blessed by an Episcopal priest.

The company's president hopes to market the salt through Christian bookstores.
Rabbi Sholem Fishbane, kosher administrator for the Chicago Rabbinical Council, says all salt is inherently kosher because it occurs naturally and requires little or no processing.

He says coarse-grained kosher salt is named for the way in which it was traditionally used -- to draw blood from freshly butchered meat, because Jewish law prohibits consuming blood.

Obama Administration Set To Rescind Abortion Ruling

President Barack Obama plans to repeal a Bush administration rule that has become a flash point in the debate over a doctor's right not to participate in abortions. The regulation, instituted in the last days of the Bush administration, strengthened job protections for doctors and nurses who refuse to provide a medical service because of moral qualms.

A Health and Human Services official said Friday the administration will publish notice of its intentions early next week, opening a 30-day comment period for advocates on both sides, medical groups and the public.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the notice has not been completed.

The Bush administration rule was quickly challenged in federal court by several states and medical organizations. As a candidate, President Barack Obama criticized the regulation and campaign aides promised that if elected, he would review it.

The news that he was doing so drew praise from abortion-rights supporters and condemnation from groups opposed to abortion.

MARCH 10th. Pro-Life Action Day at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 3rd. Floor Rotunda. Then at noon Jill Stanek will be speaking at Selinger Center at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Jill has taken a stand for Life in the Naitonal Spotlight. She is the nurse in Chicago that spoke out against live birth abortions that were occurring and then the babies being thrown out with the dirty linens. WEAR RED FOR LIFE THAT DAY IF YOU ATTEND!

Wondering If Your Teen Will Be Able to Find A Summer Job? They’re Out There and Here’s Where to Look:

Summer may be months away, but for teens hoping to find jobs, the time to start looking is now.

Seasonal employers are seeing a larger influx of applicants this year, especially from laid-off workers who are overqualified but willing to take entry-level positions.

That said, there are jobs out there, say career experts. Here are some suggestions on where to look:

Summer may be months away, but for teens hoping to find jobs, the time to start looking is now.

Seasonal employers are seeing a larger influx of applicants this year, especially from laid-off workers who are overqualified but willing to take entry-level positions.
That said, there are jobs out there, say career experts. Here are some suggestions on where to look:

U.S. theme parks will hire close to 500,000 employees for the summer, according to David Mandt, spokesman for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. That's about the same number as last year, but there has been a dramatic increase in the number of applications, particularly from older workers.
Mandt advises students to be flexible and consider opportunities in less visible departments, such as merchandise, the call center and landscaping and security. He said job seekers need to be friendly and outgoing.
Find opportunities at the parks' Web sites.

The demand for part-time baby sitters will probably increase this summer because parents are cutting back on full-time caregivers and summer camps, says Genevieve Thiers, CEO of, which connects parents and caregivers.
Thiers said baby sitters should have experience working with children, good references and a clean record.
"If you drive that's good too. If you do other things like light housework, dog sitting, cooking, that will definitely get you a little more attention," she said.
She recommends that teens find ways to safely display their baby-sitting information, either via online communities, free posting sites, or baby-sitting chat boards, and include information about their skills and experience.

Golf is holding strong even with the bad economy, says Dennis Cone, founder and CEO of the Professional Caddies Association.
"The baby boomers are now starting to play and they said, 'We want to walk,'" he said. "So I see a bigger future for the caddie comeback ... as long as the resorts can attract folks with great deals."
Danny Cline, general manager and chief operating officer for Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City, Okla., said his club is looking for caddies and people to work in the golf shop, maintain the grounds and organize tournaments and events.
Check out to find out more.

There is more competition for camp counseling positions this summer, say camp directors.
YMCA of Greater New York started recruiting in November, says Wheaton Griffin, executive director of New York YMCA Camp, which runs a day camp and three sleepaway camps. He's planning to hire 200 counselors for the summer and has seen more applications early on.
Griffin said he is looking for young adults who have leadership skills and experience working with children, whether through coaching or Big Brothers Big Sisters. Students must be able to pass a background check and provide three non-relative references.
Tony Oyenarte, director of the residential Camp Crystal Lake in Starke, Fla., recommends students become certified in life guarding, CPR and First Aid. He said a special skill like sailing or water skiing is also a plus.
Find opportunities at or

Americans may be eating out less, but business is flourishing at McDonald's. The fast food chain said its same-store sales in January rose 7.1 percent worldwide and 5.4 percent in the U.S.

Tough economic times means people are more value-conscious, says Paul Facella, author of "Everything I Know About Business I Learned at McDonald's." Families who were eating at a place like T.G.I. Friday's may take it down a notch to a fast food restaurant, he said.

Facella said fast food positions are generally entry level, which make them ideal for teens. There is also turnover, so opportunities are available, he said.
Russ Bendel, president and CEO of The Habit Burger Grill in California said locations near the beach will increase staff 10 percent for the summer.
"We're looking for people that have an upbeat kind of personality," he said. "They're somewhat outgoing and assertive. They understand what hospitality is. They like to function in a team environment."

You don't need medical training as a doctor or nurse to work in health care, says Shawn Boyer, CEO of

Places such as Walgreens hire pharmacy technicians to assist licensed pharmacists, with many providing on-the-job training, he said.
He said some home health care companies are looking for people to run errands, do light housekeeping and provide companionship to sick people.
Students can also work as valet parking attendants at health care facilities or in hospital gift shops, he said.

Ice cream shop owners don't think the cheap treat to beat the heat will take a hit.
"I think people treat themselves a little more because they may not be doing some of the bigger things they normally do," said Bob Turner, owner of Dairy Corner in Urbana, Ohio, who is anticipating a busier summer than last.

Vince Giordano, owner of Sno Top in Manlius, N.Y., is hiring close to the same number of seasonal employees this year. His shop opens on weekends in mid-March and daily in April.

Giordano says he is looking for teens who are pleasant, enthusiastic and involved in school activities, whether athletics or the National Honor Society. He said involved students generally make better employees than ones who are non-active.

There is always a need for lifeguards, says Michelle Jantz of the American Red Cross, adding that she hasn't heard of any aquatic centers not opening because of funding.

Many cities are pushing to have their staff hired, trained and ready to go for the big Memorial Day weekend, she said.

Jantz recommends teens (ages 15 and older) contact their local Red Cross to find out about lifeguard training programs in their area. (Lifeguards must pass a swim test before training). The 28-hour course includes CPR/AED and First Aid, water rescue and surveillance skills.

Lifeguards need to be professionals (it's not all fun in the sun, she said) with good communication and customer service skills, she said.

Find your local Red Cross at For beach lifeguards, check the bulletin board on

So far, 2009 is off to a strong start. Overall revenues for movie ticket sales nationally stand at a $1.5 billion for the year and are running 22.4 percent ahead of 2008 figures, according to box-office tracker Media By Numbers.
Steve Mason, box office analyst and theater owner, predicts summer sequels and franchises, such as "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," "Terminator Salvation" and "Star Trek" will bolster sales.

"We will absolutely be hiring," said Mason, president of Flagship Theatre Corp in California. "There is always high turnover in service industry jobs, so we are always looking for the right people, but this summer movie theaters will be jammed and that means a lot of opportunities for high school- and college-aged kids."

Cooking With Clara- She’s in her 90s and she knows how to cook tasty and cheap! A New web hit!

• The world is full of cooking experts, but there's only one Clara Cannucciari. The 93-year-old chef has become a Web sensation thanks to her Web series, "Depression Cooking With Clara."

Ms. Cannucciari was recently profiled on "Good Morning America," and searches on the suddenly famous foodie rose like soufflé on steroids. Folks want to know more about her, as well as where they can see the chef strut her stuff. Lookups on "clara cannucciari videos" are through the roof, and related queries on "clara cannucciari biography" are also on the rise.

According to the interview with "GMA," Ms. Cannucciari learned her style of cooking from her mother during the Great Depression. Her mother was an expert at making tasty and healthy meals for not much money, and that's the kind of knowledge Ms. Cannucciari imparts to her audience. These days, such tips especially come in handy. For those looking to stretch their budget she recommends pasta, and lots of it.
The cooking sensation is currently working on a DVD that compiles all her videos with some help from her grandson. In the meantime, you can check out her delightful recipe for pasta and peas. As Clara puts it, "It's a very simple dish, but it's very tasty and good for you." Bon appétit!


Celebrity Chef Sends Woman New Cookware

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) -- Chef Emeril Lagasse says he felt so bad when he heard a woman lost one of his trademark pans while warding off home intruders that he's replacing the item. Lagasse is sending 70-year-old Ellen Basinski a whole new set of his signature cookware.

She used her favorite pan to fight the intruders at her home west of Cleveland on Tuesday. Police then took it from her to be used as evidence.
Basinski was on the phone with her husband when the teens pushed their way into her home.

Her husband, Lorain County Judge David Basinski, overheard the scuffle, called 911 and raced home. Meanwhile, his wife says she grabbed the 5-quart saucepan and hit one teen, who was going through her purse.

The four were arrested. The judge said his wife was upset that her pan was seized by police.

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