Sunday, February 8, 2009



The Love Language of God – Hope for today’s Marriage Series – Part Two on Friday at 8 a.m. If you missed last Friday’s initial broadcast you can download it off our website today!

Valentine’s Day Gift Basket Giveaway. Basket is filled with delicious Dove Chocolate products compliments of Dove Chocolate and Independent Chocolatier, Michelle Sheppard. The Fireproof DVD and Love Dare Book AND an overnight stay at the gorgeous High Street Victorian bed & Breakfast in Boonville, Mo.

Send us a love letter you have written to your spouse by February 11th. We will select a winner from all of the letters we receive and read that love letter on the air on February 12th. Plus, the winning letter writer will receive the gift basket to share with their special Valentine! You can email your letter to or you can snail mail them to Spirit FM P.O. Box 800 Camdenton, Mo. 65020.


For the next forty days each morning we will feature something from the “Love Dare Book”
But receive this warning. This is a forty day journey and cannot be taken lightly. It is a challenging and difficult process, but an incredibly fulfilling one. To take this dare requires a resolute mind and a steadfast determination/ It is not meant to be sampled or briefly tested, and those who quit early will forfeit the greatest benefits. If you will commit to a day at a time for forty days, the results could change your life and your marriage.

Love is patient.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2

The first part of this dare is fairly simple. Although love is communicated in a number of ways, our words often refelct the condition of our hearts. For the next day, resolve to demonstrate patience and to say nothing negative to your spouse at all. If the temptation arises, choose not to say anything. It’s better to hold your tongue than to say something you will regret.


This is National Pay Your Bills Week. I didn’t know we only had to do this once a year!!!
International Flirting Week begins today.

Today is Read in the Bathtub Day. Read a novel a year in the bathtub. Try not to drop the book.

Today is Fish & Wildlife Day. The U.S. Fish Protection Office, the forerunner of the Fish & Wildlife Service, was established on February 9, 1871.

Just Say No to PowerPoint Week begins today, time to challenge business speakers to communicate with their audiences rather than just to read slide after boring slide.

Today is National Bagels and Lox Day.

1953: "The Adventures of Superman" debuted in television syndication. In the original episode, with destruction of the planet Krypton eminent, Jor-El and his wife Lara sent their infant son Kal-El to Earth in a small rocket, where he was discovered and reared by Eben and Sarah Kent. They named their adopted son Clark.

1964: The G.I. Joe doll debuted.

1964: In their first live American TV appearance, the Beatles drew 73.7-million viewers to The Ed Sullivan Show. They were paid $2,400 to sing "All My Loving," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There," and "I Want To Hold Your Hand." American parents thought the group was crude, outrageous, loud, and had no talent at all. In other words, they were a smash hit. As a parent today..oh how I wish the Beatles were still around.

1987: Twenty years after the first woman was admitted to the New York Stock Exchange, the Exchange Luncheon Club decided to install a ladies rest room. For 20 years the ladies had to walk downstairs to find a ladies room.

William Henry Harrison, the 9th U.S. president, was born on this day in 1841. Harrison contracted pneumonia during his inauguration The bad news….He died after serving only 32 days in office. The good news….Of all U.S. presidents, he made the fewest mistakes.


Mom of Octuplets Gives First Interview
NADYA SULEMAN, that California woman who had octuplets, reportedly, she's already had her first interview, this one with ANN CURRY of NBC's Today show. One of her hastily hired publicists says the mom was not paid for the interview and currently is staying at "an undisclosed location." The interview is a small part of the main interview, which is scheduled to air Today. "Dateline" will also air a portion on Tuesday.

The U.S. Senate
worked late through the weekend trying to make a compromise on the stimulus spending plan. Although I’m not sure sure they were really working on the stimulus plan or if President Obama made all of them double check their recent tax returns!

Speaking of…..
Last week in Washington, President Obama
took time out from his busy schedule to read a book to a group of second graders. It was a fairytale about a Cabinet nominee who once paid all his taxes.

You know what all these tax issues prove? Some love to raise taxes..they just don’t like paying them.

$500,000 of Tax Payer Money Went for a Luxury Planning Session
It came out today that the House Democratic Caucus spent $500,000 of taxpayer money for retreats at luxury resorts and spas . . . though Democrats say that the time was used for “strategic planning for the country.” Really? Then what is the Capitol building for?

Ginsburg in SurgerySupreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer. The Obama administration is monitoring the situation and desperately looking for qualified judges who have actually paid all their taxes.

Largest Fossil Discovered
Scientists have discovered the fossil of a prehistoric 42-foot-long python. They believe this is the biggest snake in the world — well, if you don’t count Bernie Madoff.

For the “Tech-Savvy” Child in Your Life…
The free new iPhone App, Doodle Kids,
has been downloaded more than 4,000 times from Apple’s iTunes Store. It allows users to draw on the screen, and clear or save the pictures, which look kind of like those rainbow scrape art things kids do through a black background. And kids would be the operative term here: Reuters reports the creator of Doodle Kids is 9-year-old LIM DING WEN of Singapore, who came up with the app to entertain his artistically-inclined pre-school-aged sisters. Little Lim is already fluent in six programming languages, and creates iPhone apps as a game inspired by his dad, who is a CTO who’s come up with a couple apps of his own. (Isn’t this basically an Etch-A-Sketch”?)

I Think I Will Just Continue My Workout At Curves Thank you!
A Croatian man has lost 160 pounds in just six months - on a diet of garlic and onions. Momir Zmiric was told by doctors he could die if he didn't lose weight. He tried several diets without success but then started living off garlic and onions - on a plain biscuit - with carrot juice. That did the trick. Doctors have warned against the radical diet and a friend of Momir's said: "He looks great - but his breath is really rancid." Now he is on a steady diet of Listerine and Tic-Tacs!!

Recession-battered employers eliminated 598,000 jobs in January, the most since the end of 1974, and catapulted the unemployment rate to 7.6 percent.

The grim figures were further proof that the nation's job climate is deteriorating at an alarming clip with no end in sight.

As people look for new jobs they must be alert to the slogans in job adds and what they really mean. Here is an example

"Competitive Salary" - We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.

"Join Our Fast Paced Company" - We have no time to train you.

"Casual Work Atmosphere" - We don't pay enough to expect that you will dress up.

"Must be Deadline Oriented" - You will be six months behind schedule on your first day.

"Some Overtime Required" - Some time each night, some time each weekend.

"Duties will Vary" - Anyone in the office can boss you around.

"Seeking Candidates with a Wide Variety of Experience" - You will need to replace three people who just left.

...and last but not least...

"Requires Team Leadership Skills" - You will have the responsibilities of a manager without the pay or respect.

What’s The Strangest Thing You Have Ever Done to Avoid A Trip To The Dentist?
A man in England pulled his own teeth out with a pair of pliers because he couldn't afford a dentist. Ian Boynton took out 13 of his teeth that were giving him severe pain. The 42-year-old, from Beverley, hadn't had his teeth checked since seeing the army dentist in 2003. In the last two years Mr Boynton has pulled out 13 top teeth including molars, incisors and canines and has only two left in the roof of his mouth. He has now finally found a dentist to take him on.

Personally, I have pulled a couple of my own teeth…and I have lived with a piece of gum crammed into a cavity hole in my mouth for several days in order to avoid going to the dentist. Sad..but true.

Seven Grocery Items To Cut From The List That Will Help You Save Money
Cut the following out and you’ll your bill down immediately:

Bagged salad — These can be a time-saver, but they can cost three times as much as buying the same amount as an ordinary head of lettuce. “Salad kits,” where you get some greens, a small bag of dressing, and a small bag of croutons — are even more expensive.

Energy or protein bars — They’re often stacked at the checkout counter for impulse buyers who grab them for a quick health fix. They are high in sugar and fat and about as “wholesome” as a candy bar. They’re also two to three times as expensive.

Spice mixes — Things like grill seasoning and rib rubs might seem like a good buy because they contain spices that you would have to buy individually. But once again, it pays to read labels. Usually the first ingredient you see is salt, followed by a few herbs and spices. Look in your own pantry; you’ll be surprised to discover just how many herbs you already have on hand.

Bottled water — This is a bad investment for many reasons. It’s expensive compared to what’s coming out of the tap, its cost to the environment is high, and it’s often no better for your health than what’s running down your drain.

Boxed rice “entree” or side-dish mixes — These consist basically of rice, salt, and spices — yet they’re priced way beyond the ingredients sold individually. Yes, there are a few flavorings included, but again, you probably have them in your pantry. Buy a bag of brown rice, measure out what you need, add your own herbs and other seasonings, and voila! You’ve just saved some money, and prepared something that likely tastes better than what you were going to buy.

Pre-formed meat patties — These are handy, but they’re more expensive than buying the ground meat in bulk and making patties yourself.

Tomato-based pasta sauces – These may run $2 to $6 a jar, while the equivalent amount of canned tomatoes is often under $1. So, try making your own sauces from canned crushed tomatoes or fresh tomatoes. Put the tomatoes into a skillet, stir in some wine or wine vinegar, your favorite herbs, and whatever chopped vegetables you like in your sauce—garlic, peppers, onions, mushrooms, even carrots—and let simmer for an hour. Easy!

Avoiding these cashtraps will make a real difference in how much you spend each week. This has an impact on you as a consumer, but what about the flip side — what does the change in grocery store habits mean to American companies?

The latest earnings reports just arrived for several large consumer product companies, including Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), and Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL). Laundry detergent, diapers, toothpaste, and other staples are all expected to suffer as consumers cut costs by avoiding cashtraps and by purchasing store brands instead of name brands where they can.

Joel Osteen Warns About Pork
Pastor Joel Osteen gives an amazing sermon about pork and shellfish. He made changes to his own diet, not just for health reasons, but also to honor God:

Here’s Some Encouraging News….Do You Know Which Six Mega Companies Were Found During Economic Hard Times?
Think a recession is a bad time to start a company? Imagine if the founders of these major corporations had thought the same...

Proctor & Gamble
General Electric
General Motors
United Technoligies

Just In Time For Valentine’s Day…CHOCOLATE TOURS!!! Yum!!
(CNN) -- Romances come and go, but many a gourmand is in it for life with that addictive cocoa concoction, chocolate.

Luxury Paris chocolate tour participants are likely to taste sweets from chocolatiers such as Jean-Charles Rochoux.

And the love affair is no secret. From Paris to San Francisco, chocolate tours are connecting visitors with delectable treats and insider information about what goes into crafting irresistible sweets.

So cave in to your cravings, take a tour and learn a thing or two about chocolate along the way.

San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate Tour

Chocoholics on this Gourmet Walks tour are likely to sample unusual infusions -- such as star anise and pink peppercorn chocolate -- at Recchiuti Confections, a small shop in San Francisco's Ferry Building showcasing exquisite hand-crafted confections.

Tour stops also include a shop that carries more than 225 chocolate bars from 15 countries and a visit to Scharffen Berger for a taste of their 70 percent bar, billed by the founders as the "perfect chocolate bar."

Gourmet Walks founder Andrea Nadel says it's best to taste on an empty stomach, using bread or crackers as a palate cleanser. Another tip: Don't store chocolate in the refrigerator or close to foods like onions or garlic.

Standard tours are offered three times a week; tickets are $49. Additional tours will be available Valentine's Day weekend, including a Chocolate for Lovers package for $150 per couple, which includes T-shirts, a bottle of port and Chocolove bars.

Boston Chocolate Trolley Tour

The first stop on this three-hour Old Town Trolley Tour has visitors perched 52 floors up at Top of the Hub in the Prudential Center for a decadent chocolate dessert and sweeping views of the city.

The tour also stops at the Omni Parker House Hotel, home of the Boston cream pie. After sampling the pie, chocoholics buckle down at the chocolate bar buffet at the Langham Hotel.
Tours are conducted on Saturdays. Tickets are $80.

Chicago Chocolate Tours

Chicago Chocolate Tours offers tasting trails in the Loop, Magnificent Mile and Andersonville neighborhoods. Started by Harvard grad Valerie Beck, "who used to practice law and is now happy," the tours will provide guests with nuggets about the history and health benefits of chocolate, as well as more treats than most people can finish, according to its Web site.

On February 13, a special Chocolate and Champagne Girls' Night Out ($50) includes visits to three sweet shops, a goody bag and a champagne toast at the Signature Room, which overlooks the city from the towering John Hancock Building.

Regular tours are available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Standard tour tickets are $40 each.

New York Chocolate Tours

From the Upper East Side's exclusive international labels to SoHo's new wave chocolatiers, this outfit offers a taste of heaven to the sophisticated chocoholic.

The three-hour Union Square tour melds the history and culture of the area with chocolate, pastry and wine pairings.

Tours are offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Upper East Side and SoHo tours are $70; the chocolate and wine tour is $80.

Paris Chocolate Adventure

This weeklong gourmet adventure, hosted by chocolate experts David Lebovitz ("The Great Book of Chocolate") and Mort Rosenblum ("Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Light and Dark") is a serious caloric and monetary splurge.

The package, including six nights in a deluxe four-star hotel with breakfast, plus four lunches, five dinners with wine and all events and transportation, runs 3,295 euros ($4,200) per person for an April 26 to May 2 stay.

The trip, limited to nine guests, is offered each year in May. This year, the organizers added the April departure.

A private tasting at La Maison du Chocolat, visits to local markets, lunches and dinners at Lebovitz and Rosenblum's favorite Parisian bistros and a delicious cruise aboard Rosenblum's houseboat on the Seine are among the week's activities.

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Papa John’s Founder Says ‘Don’t Eat Too Much Pizza”
LONDON, England (CNN) -- The founder of one of America's largest pizza chains has offered unexpected advice to his customers to limit themselves to only one or two slices.
Pizza is not normally known for its health benefits; thick, cheesy toppings push up the calorie count.

During an interview on BBC's Radio Four program in the United Kingdom, John Schnatter, said, "you can't eat five or six slices."

He was responding to a question from presenter Adam Shaw about whether he was concerned about the impact of the British government's anti-obesity drive on pizza sales.

"No. Pizza's actually healthy for you if you don't eat too much of it," Schnatter replied, adding, "You can't eat five or six slices but if you eat one or two slices it's very nutritious."
The pizza chain boss had just finished telling BBC listeners that the UK market was a "huge priority for Papa John's International."

The company has 118 outlets in the United Kingdom, its second biggest market outside the U.S. after China.

Sales in the UK jumped 60% on Monday alone after heavy snowfalls were estimated to have encouraged around one in five workers to stay at home.

Schnatter is in the United Kingdom for the annual franchisee conference, a marketing tool to encourage more small business owners to buy into the Papa John's brand.

While it's impossible to know whether his comments have dissuaded anyone from investing in the company, BBC presenter Shaw suggested shareholders might take issue with his suggestion.
"I'm not sure your investors would want to hear you tell people don't eat too much of our pizzas," he laughed before thanking Schnatter for his time.

Schnatter opened his first shop in 1985, after selling his beloved Camaro to buy his first pizza oven. There are now more than 3000 restaurants worldwide.

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