Wednesday, April 29, 2009



6-9 a.m. Monday thru Friday


Today is Hairstylist Appreciation Day.

Today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day.

Today is Love Your Lawn Day.

Today is International Walk Day, a day to walk wherever you go, for the exercise and just to enjoy the outdoors.

George Washington was sworn in as the first president of the U.S. on this day in 1789

. George was 57 years old when he was elected. You could tell George's age by counting the rings in his teeth. Since he couldn't tell a lie, the speech was canceled.

Today is National Honesty Day. a day to celebrate honesty and to honor honest people everywhere

On this day in 1973 Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president in history to admit he was not a crook. And later he proved it by becoming the first U.S.
president in history to receive an official pardon for not being a crook.

On this date in 1939 public television began operation in the U.S. I really think people are beginning to finally notice.

1938: That wascally wabbit Bugs Bunny first appeared on screen in the cartoon "Porky's Hare Hunt," directed by "Bugs" Hardaway for Warner Brothers. Mel Blanc, who did Bugs’ voice, was allergic to carrots.

1952: The first toy was advertised on television—Mr. Potato Head.

2005: Jennifer Wilbanks, missing from Georgia, turned up in Albuquerque. She had claimed she was abducted, but then admitted she was a ''runaway bride.''


A great new way to let your kids have a pet, but not too long. It’s a hamster turnover program where you hook up with 5 to 8 other families with kids and rotate hamster ownership every 6 weeks. It allows enough time for an enjoyable experience and probably enough time to get tired of the experience as well. A hamster works because you can transport it’s entire “world” so to speak with since it’s living quarters are all intact. I would love Brody to have a fish because he loves watching fish swim around in a fish tank, but his parents say “no”…maybe this is something that might work and make Nana a super hero again! Although I wouldn’t try this with homing pigeons.

At our house we have had dogs, cats, fish, turtles, birds and my least favorite of all…a guinea pig!

Finally! Scientists claim to have cloned glowing dogs. South Korean scientists say they have engineered four beagles that glow red using cloning techniques that could help develop cures for human diseases. The four dogs, all named “Ruppy” — a combination of the words “ruby” and “puppy” — look like typical beagles by daylight. But they glow red under ultraviolet light. The glowing dogs show that it is possible to successfully insert genes with a specific trait, which could lead to implanting other, non-fluorescent genes that could help treat specific diseases. I know what I’ll be seeing on this year’s Christmas gift list. Here are some benefits to having a dog that glows:

*your kids can have a roving nightlight in the house
*easier to spot during the 2 am bathroom break outside
*saying your dog “just ain’t that bright” is no longer true

Tinker Bell has been reunited with her owners after a 70-mph gust of wind picked up the six-pound Chihuahua and tossed her out of sight.

Dorothy and Lavern Utley went to a wooded area nearly a mile from where 8-month-old Tinker Bell had been last seen. The brown long-haired dog was dirty and hungry but otherwise OK. The Utleys, of Rochester, had set up an outdoor display Saturday at a flea market in Waterford Township, 25 miles northwest of Detroit. Tinker Bell was standing on their platform trailer when she was swept away. Dorothy Utley tells The Detroit News that her cherished pet “just went wild” upon seeing her. Can you imagine being a simple bystander and seeing a Chihuahua flying overhead?

A study shows overweight people contribute more to global warming than thin people. At first I thought this was silly then I got to thinking about all the times in the summer when I am outside working in the yard…the heat friction that comes off my thighs through my double-knit shorts is probably enough heat to create some sort of an issue.


Obama Day 100
Yesterday marked President Obama's 100th day in office. In that time, he's spent more than $6 trillion... making this the most bold presidency ever or just the sequel to "Brewster's Millions."

WHO Alert Level Raised
They’ve traced the swine flu’s origin to one little piggy who went to the market when he should have stayed home.

Remember the good ol’ days when we thought the only bad pork was in the federal budget?

Investigators now have proof that the swine flu virus has come into the United States from Mexico. The sick pigs apparently huffed, puffed, and blew our border down.

The World Health Organization has raised its alert level in response to the swine flu virus spreading from Mexico. The only thing more dangerous than getting the swine flu from Mexico is... living in Mexico.

I think it might be a good idea to take down the border wall and replaced it with a giant sneeze guard.

Swine Flu Airlines
The swine flu outbreak is hurting the already strapped U.S. travel industry. Most U.S. airlines are now charging travellers a special $25 surcharge if they don't want to be seated next to someone from Mexico.

With all this Swine Flu talk, here’s a list of fruits that will boost your immune system. Hey! Wash your hands first: pomegranates, acai berry, avocado, blueberry, cranberry, kiwi, and some other with crazy names, but check this out about the Acai Berry - touted by Oprah as a ’super food,’ grows in South American rainforests. This dark berry has been shown to have twice the antioxidants found in blueberries, as well as omega fatty acids, protein and fiber. It’s so powerful; some studies have shown it kills off cancer cells in a lab setting.

Citi Bonuses

Citigroup is asking the Treasury for permission to pay special bonuses to many key employees... like the guy who makes out all the pink slips every month.

Specter Reaction
Most Republicans are saying that they're happy that Senator Arlen Specter is leaving their party... mostly because he's showing flu-like symptoms.

A Chicago alderman said he doesn't mind that a businessman plans to open a hot dog stand in his ward and hire former convicts to work there, but he does object to the stand's crime-linked theme.

Alderman Bob Fioretti said his Second Ward on the city's West Side has major crime problems, so he thinks the stand's name, Felony Franks, is simply not in good taste.

He also objected to several slogans, including: 'Food so good, it's criminal,' and 'Home of the misdemeanor wiener.'

Here are a few other items on the menu:
• Cell Mate Dog,
• Custody Dog,
• Chain Gang Chili Dog,
• Burglar Beef,
• Bail Bond BBQ beef,
• Lawbreaker Meatball Sandwich,
• Mobster Mozzarella Sticks, and
• Prison Jalapeno Poppers.

Stand owner Jim Andrews, though, said he thinks the tongue-in-cheek name and a menu that features such items as 'burglar beef' and 'chain gang chili dog' will help to erase some of the stigma that being a former convict carries."

What is the problem? They are just trying to make a living...with a smile.

A British vacationer is being hailed a hero after he thwarted gun-toting pirates attacking a cruise ship — by throwing a deck chair at them.

Wyn Rowlands was celebrating his 62nd birthday with a dream cruise onboard the MSC Melody near the Seychelle Islands when he spotted armed pirates in a speedboat trying to clamber on to the vessel.

Quick-thinking Wyn, a retired engineer from Bangor-on-Dee, picked up a deck-chair and flung it down at the gang before raising the alarm.

The ship’s captain, Ciro Pinto, was then able to out-manoeuvre the pirates to prevent them boarding the cruise ship.

The MSC Melody and its 1,000 passengers and 500 crew were 600 miles off the coast of Somalia — notorious for pirate attacks — when the incident happenedon Sunday evening.
New online jobs site! lists salaries and reviews of companies around the world. It also features interview listings where users can submit their experience anonymously for access to other people’s stories. It’s become a source of revealing strange, but true job interview questions like…

*What would the inside of my car look like if we were to go look inside of it right now?

*When is it OK to lie?

*What would you do with 100 Christmas trees in July?

*If you were a cereal, what kind would you be?

The question about cereal was posed in an interview for a financial analyst at Cisco Systems, and the query about Christmas trees arose in a marketing interview at Visa Inc. So…what cereal WOULD you be?

Sunday, April 26, 2009



On this day in 1972 the Apollo-16 astronauts returned to Earth after 11 days on the moon. They brought back 200 pounds of moon rocks, a dozen T-shirts, and a set of lunar salt-and-pepper shakers.

-Today is Tell A Story Day. I’m doing that with the IRS right now.

-National Prime Rib Day! Where’s the best prime rib place in your town?

-Walter Lantz’s Birthday! He created Woody Woodpecker. How I do miss the classics. Remember Grape Ape? H.R. Puffenstuff? Fat Albert! How I miss him.

4977 B.C. - According to German astronomer Johannes Kepler the universe was created on this date.

1956 - Rocky Marciano retired as undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion.


This is Jefferson City’s Spring Clean Up Week. You know that time of year you drag all your junk out to the curb and the city will come by and pick it up for you.
So I am finding a bunch of junk while cleaning out the garage and it’s a bunch of junk my sons are NOW declaring they desperately need. They haven’t seen this stuff in years, but they insist they’ll probably need it in the future. What? Oh things like a broken remote control car, headless action figures, a bike seat with no bike attached to it. You know, really important stuff.



From Missouri:
Jeremy Maclin is going to the Philadelphia Eagles. (Round 1)
Ziggy Hood is going to the Pittsburgh Steelers (Round 1)
William Moore is going to the Falcons (Round 2)
Chase Coffman is going to the Cincinatti Bengals ( Round 3)
Colin Brown is going to the KC Chiefs (Round 5)
Stryker Sulak is going to the LA Raiders (Round 6)

Bernie Madoff’s wife, Ruth, is saying she has her own money. She says she has $62 million in savings. She says it’s not swindle money; it’s not fraud money; it’s money she made from yard sales.

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” is returning to prime time. Due to the recession, it’s been renamed “Who Wants Five Bucks and a Taco.”

The Washington Times reports that PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA will soon get a new, high-tech, super-secure BlackBerry to use in and around the White House and during his travels. The BlackBerry 8830 is in the final stages of development by the National Security Agency, and could be given to the president within the next few months.
The NSA still has to test out the device's encryption software to make sure it meets federal security standards. First Lady MICHELE OBAMA and top White House aides will get the same devices.

And each model will include a super-secret, government-approved version of solitaire as well. (Okay we just made that part up!)

As PRESIDENT OBAMA's 100th day in office nears, the folks at Time magazine have posted some great, "behind the scenes" photos taken of the president, his family and staff since Inauguration Day. It's a neat slide show and reminder that important stuff actually takes place in the White House away from the media pool, the daily briefings and staged photo-ops.

Might as well have this information ready since it’s all over the news - The U.S. declared a public health emergency Sunday to deal with the emerging new swine flu, much like the government does to prepare for approaching hurricanes. Priority will be given to the five states with known cases so far: California, Texas, New York, Ohio and Kansas. Here are some basic questions answered by the World Health Organization:

Q. What is swine flu?
Swine flu is a highly contagious acute respiratory disease normally found in pigs. It spreads through tiny particles in the air or by direct contact. According to WHO it tends to infect large numbers of a given pig population, killing between 1 and 4 percent of those affected. Not every animal infected displays symptoms.

Q. How do humans contract the virus?
A. People usually become infected through contact with pigs, though some cases of LIMITED human-to-human transmission have been reported.

Q. Is it safe to eat pork products?
A.WHO says properly handled and prepared pork products are safe to eat. The swine flu virus dies when cooked at temperatures of 160 F/70 C or higher.

Q. Does a vaccine exist?
A. Pigs in North America are routinely vaccinated for swine flu, but no vaccine exists for humans. In any case, the flu virus evolves quickly, meaning that vaccines are soon obsolete. Health officials say there is no suggestion that the vaccine prepared for seasonal flu will protect against swine flu.

What would you give up first, air conditioning or your cell phone?
In tough economic times with people looking to cut costs many Americans said a cell phone or computer are must-have items and regard a clothes dryers, air conditioner and microwave as less of a necessity, according to survey by the Pew Research Center. Fun discussion with your listeners as to which one would they choose and why. The A.C. issue depends, of course, where you live. There is no way I would go without A.C. in the summer in Oklahoma. I’d lose sleep, perpetually perspire, become irritable, no one would want to talk with me att that point, so a cell phone would be obsolete.

From your Good News file - Somebody’s anonymously donating millions of dollars to colleges across the country. Nobody knows who’s doing it and why. The only common thread among all the schools is that every one of them is headed by a woman. Some people have speculated that Oprah is the donor, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The gifts, ranging from $1 million to perhaps $10 million, and totaling up to $68.5 million so far, have arrived over the past seven weeks in similarly secretive fashion at colleges around the country, including Purdue in Indiana, Montclair State in New Jersey, and the University of Southern Mississippi. All were contacted by a law firm or other intermediary and given a highly unusual condition: College officials had to promise - in writing, in some cases - not to try to find out the donor’s identity. I think I might change my name to Dartmouth or Purdue and keep an eye on the mail box.

Classic School Prank - Probers are trying to get to the bottom of who sprinkled itching powder on the seats of teachers and students at a Brooklyn elementary school, the Daily News has learned.

A few teacher and student victims of the prank at East New York’s Public School 345 were scratching their heads - as well as other places - after Wednesday’s incident, sources said.

The city Department of Environmental Protection is still running tests to identify the substance.

“The itching was terrible,” said one victim. “When I sat down, I could feel it through my pants. It was very itchy.

“It got intense. When it became uncontrollable, I had to stop what I was doing. … It stopped me in my tracks.” The powder, which looked like tiny, prickly hairs, was found on teachers’ chairs after the itching started. Kind of like that pink insulation stuff. It was non-hazardous. Reminds me of simpler times. We have a candy store in the mall that has bubble gum that turns black when chewed, super hot candy, bugs in ice cubes, whoopee cushions, etc. Just like the itchy powder, I haven’t heard of them being used in quite a while.

A man in northern Idaho says he has seen a massive hand of God in his life, and he is willing to share it with the highest bidder. Paul Grayhek, 52, listed the rock formation he dubbed the “Hand of God Rock Wall” on the online auction Web site eBay. The highest bid was $250 early Sunday, with three days left to go in the auction.
The hand-like formation, approximately 9 feet tall and 4 feet wide, appeared in Grayhek’s backyard after a rockfall during Lent on March 8, he said. The Coeur d’Alene resident said he faced tough times after losing his job, and believed the rock was a sign. “I prayed between licking my wounds and looking for a job,” he said. “We rarely get rockfalls and this formation is 20 feet from my house. It’s definitely a symbol of the hand of God in my life.” However, the winning bidder on eBay should not start clearing out his backyard. Grayhek is not planning to part with the formation. The buyer will “basically be buying the rights, complete and exclusive rights” to the rock, including literary and movie rights, according to Grayhek. Grayhek said he plans to use the money from the sale to pursue an unpaid internship in counseling when he graduates with a master’s degree in social work in two years. “People think I’m some holier-than-thou person trying to get rich. I’m not,” Grayhek said. “The purpose is to spread the story of God and eBay is just a vehicle.

Toddlers Terrorize! ANDERSON, S.C. — Two young brothers caused an uproar in Anderson on Friday morning when they wandered away from their home and into a neighbor’s home. Neighbors and public safety officers launched an intense search after John and Matthew Farrar disappeared from their home. The boy’s mother called to report the 2- and 3-year-olds missing at about 9:45 a.m. About 100 city and county emergency workers scrambled into the neighborhood to search for the boys. Little did they know the toddlers were next door, in the home of a sleeping neighbor, playing out their own version of Goldilocks gone bad. Angie Lovorn was sound asleep on the other side of the house after working a third shift and had no idea the boys were in her house. While she slept, the toddlers ransacked her cupboards, munching on Teddy Grahams and marshmallows and chips. They also got on the top bunk to retrieve some stuffed animals. From the looks of it, they had a pretty good time before the brothers were returned to their family. Ever lose track of your kids, even in your own home?

HELP! I forgot my PC password. What can I do to start my computer? If you have Windows XP Home Edition do this:

1) Turn on your computer.
2) Immediately press the F8 button at the top of your keyboard.
3) Select “Safe Mode”.

Go into your User account and change or simply write down your password.

Did you do a Yard Sale this past weekend? Here are some Dos and Don’ts from Womans Day Magazine:

DON’T sell on Sundays. People think items are picked over. Saturdays are best.

DO stick close to traffic. Move tables to your lawn’s edge and display large, unusual signs.

DON’T skimp on used books, CDs and DVDs. Charge up to $2. They’re cash cows.

DO apply price stickers. And get ready to haggle.

DON’T be greedy. At most, charge $2 to $4 for every $10 you spent, even if the item is new.

DO say that you’re open to offers and want to sell it all–it gets folks in a buying mood.

Read an article from a mom who said that her 16 year old son won’t get his full license until he’s 17 and a half. And it’s HER choice. She figures that if he can’t remember to wear his bicycle helmet every time, maybe he’s just as inclined to forget turn signals, seat belts and speed limits. There’s no rule that says an American teen must have a license in his pocket. Not to mention that scientific studies show that the teen brain is, well, only half-baked. The prefrontal cortex, the part that controls judgement, values, long-term control, doesn’t finish ramping up until long after age 16–not until around 25 as a matter of fact. (No wonder the leading cause of loss of life among teens are car crashes, especially in the first year a teen is licensed.) What do you think? Let the debate begin!

Upcoming Summer Movies! Most have yet to be rated…

Star Trek (May 8) Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, and brief sexual content.

Terminator Salvation (May 21) going for a PG-13 rating

UP (May 29) 3-D animated film about a floating house

Land of the Lost (June 5)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June 26)

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Aug 7)

I’m all after Land of the Lost with Will Ferrel! The TV show from 1974 to ’76 was the most wonderful, cheesy display of claymation dinosaurs, weird hissing,
humanoid/lizard creatures called Sleestak, monkey people and more!

With swimsuit shopping season here, enjoy this poem from Kathy Downey (altered a bit for decency sake)

As summer approaches, the weather gets hot,
and women face something that we’d rather not.
Yes…wearing a swimsuit, because as we know,
the body we’ve been hiding will all have to show.
I do some weeping, and gnashing my teeth,
but it does not provide very much relief,
So I head to the mall to begin my quest
for that one perfect suit that will make me look best.
As I search through the racks, I mutter and sigh,
“How can swimsuits so tiny have prices so high?”
A bikini won’t do, I am too old for that.
Ah, here is a one piece, this might hide my fat.
I squeeze into the suit and suck in my gut,
while attempting to stretch the cloth over my butt.
I look like a sausage link, latex encased,
a visual image I would like to erase.
When a voice rings out loudly,
a woman shrieks, “NO!”
“Pay that much to look like this, I don’t think so!”
Dead silence follows for one moment or two,
until someone else shouts, “Honey, I’m with you!”
Then the whole place erupts into cheers and applause,
as women emerge from the dressing rooms jaws.
Trampling the suits that we sling to the floor,
we dance and scream as we cause an uproar.
Someone starts to chant and we all sing along,
sharing our strength in the words of our song.
“We are women with curves, please heed our cry.
Make swimsuits that fit us or we will not buy.”
“T-shirts and gym shorts will be our swim wear.
Bathing suit makers had better beware.
Your profit margins will feel the bite.
We are women, united, and ready to fight.”
Pumping our fists and slapping high fives,
we are ready to take control of our lives.
Giddy with power, a loud happy bunch,
we decide to get dressed and go out for lunch!


Agatha Christie was a painfully shy girl, so her mom homeschooled her even though her two older siblings attended private school.

Pearl S. Buck was born in West Virginia, but her family moved to China when she was just three months old. She was homeschooled by a Confucian scholar and learned English as a second language from her mom.

Alexander Graham Bell was homeschooled by his mother until he was about 10. It was at this point that she started to go deaf and didn't feel she could properly educate him any more. Her deafness inspired Bell to study acoustics and sound later in life.

If Thomas Edison were around today, he would probably be diagnosed with ADD -- he left public school after only three months because his mind wouldn't stop wandering.
His mom homeschooled him after that, and he credited her with the success of his education: "My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint." Mental Floss: Jefferson vs. Adams and the birth of negative campaigning

Ansel Adams was homeschooled at the age of 12 after his "wild laughter and undisguised contempt for the inept ramblings of his teachers" disrupted the classroom. His father took on his education from that point forward.

Robert Frost hated school so much he would get physically ill at the thought of going. He was homeschooled until his high school years.

Woodrow Wilson studied under his dad, one of the founders of the Southern Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS).

He didn't learn to read until he was about 12. He took a few classes at a school in Augusta, Georgia, to supplement his father's teachings, and ended up spending a year at Davidson College before transferring to Princeton. Mental Floss: 8 tuition-free colleges

Mozart was educated by his dad as the Mozart family toured Europe from 1763-1766.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was homeschooled until her parents finally settled in De Smet in what was then Dakota Territory. She started teaching school herself when she was only 15 years old.

Louisa May Alcott studied mostly with her dad, but had a few lessons from family friends Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Can you imagine?

Thursday, April 23, 2009



Karen Dye Ministries invites you to attend the Women of Faith Conference to be held in St. Louis, Mo. June 26-27, 2009. The featured guest speakers this year will be: Steven Curtis Chapman, "American Idol" finalist Mandisa, Nicole C. Mullen, Sandi Patty, Lisa Whelchel (from TV's "The Facts of Life"), Sheila Walsh, Patsy Clairmont, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll and more! During the event you'll hear fabulous music, watch stirring drama, listen to hilarious and heart-tugging stories and join thousands of women in worship.

To place a reservation please print off the reservation form and return it along with your payment in full. Forties seats are available on this trip and will be sold on a first come/first serve basis.****Please note - Women of Faith is changing the way they promote the Conference this year. They want everyone to attend the full two-day event, not just Friday evening Saturday. This means we will be leaving very early Friday morning.

The cost of the trip includes :

Ticket into event ($79-non-refundable) Standard Upper Level Seating

Deluxe Motor Coach transportation to and from St. Louis, with pickups in Camdenton, Jefferson City and Columbia.

One Night Hotel Stay at the Drury Inn

Full Hot Breakfast at the Hotel on Saturday Morning

All tips and Gratuities

Snacks, Games, Fellowship and Fabulous Prizes on the trip to St. Louis

Pre-Conference Presentation From Karen Dye of Spirit FM’s Morning Show


Double-Occupancy $185.00

Triple Occupancy $166.00

Quad-Occupancy $158.00


Karen Dye Ministries
C/O Spirit FM Radio
P.O. Box 800
Camdenton, Mo. 65020


The only other money needed would be for meals going to and from the conference and if you want to purchase books, music, etc. at the conference.

What if I make my reservation and send in my money then cannot attend is my money refundable?

The WOF ticket is not refundable. However, it is not our desire to keep your money if something arises and you are not able to go. If we have someone that can replace you, it is entirely refundable. If we cannot replace you, all but $79.00 will be refundable.
For more information about the conference visit the Women of Faith website:

Tickets are still available, but limited so don’t delay!

Women of Faith says it like this "Do you ever feel something's not quite right in your life? Discover the joy and freedom in releasing the burdens of your past and waking up to a new you". The theme for this year's conference is "A GRAND NEW DAY" based on Lamentations 3:22-23 “The Lord's love never ends; His mercies never stop .”
Bring your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors—any woman you know who needs a new perspective . . . a new enthusiasm!

Please print off this form and send in with your payment.-----------------------------------


St. Louis, Mo.
June 26-27, 2009




PHONE NUMBER: (Day & Evening Number Please)




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P.O. Box 800
Camdenton, Mo. 65020

Tuesday, April 21, 2009



Earth Day is today. And petroleum-based grocery bags hit the checkout aisle back in 1977. Presented as a revolutionary idea, they are now recognized as an environmental hazard. Just like bottled water, plastic bags are made from crude oil, contributing to global warming.

The numbers:
—1000: Estimated years for a plastic bag to decompose.
—1460: Plastic bags used in a year by an average family of four in the U.S.
—12 million: Barrels of oil used to make the plastic bags that the U.S. consumes annually.
—Less than 1%: Percentage of all plastic bags that get recycled in the U.S.
—88.5 billion: Plastic bags consumed in the U.S. last year.
—500 billion: Estimated plastic bags sold worldwide each year.

Meanwhile, JoAnn Fabric Stores’ e-mail to crafters is offering crafts using "plarn" —plastic bags cut into strips that can then be used for knitting, crocheting and even weaving. The store advises, "One method for making plarn is to cut plastic shopping bags crosswise in strips that form long loops. The loops are interlocked to create a chain — essentially forming a double-thick strand of plarn. Another method has you cut the bag in a spiral from the top to the bottom."

Ironically, the e-mail suggests using plarn to craft reusable shopping bags, but anyone handy with a chubby crochet hook can use it to create other household items like rugs, placements, coasters, dish scrubbers and doormats.


Professional Administrators Day

Earth Day
Today is Earth Day, honoring the planet Earth, one of our most beloved planets. I know it's certainly my favorite.
Congressmen will be celebrating Earth Day buy selling themselves “dirt cheap”.

1864 - “In God We Trust” was placed on U.S. coins
The phrase "In God We Trust" was stamped on all U.S. coins for the first time on this date in 1864. Coming in a close second was the liberal choice ... "Whatever." I think it is time Democrats and Republicans alike trust God….since they seriously can’t trust each other.


Mitchell's Accusation
Former astronaut Edgar Mitchell insists that extraterrestrial life exists, and that the truth is being concealed by the U.S. government... mostly because Washington doesn't want us to know just how much money we've spent to bail out the entire Martian banking system.

Morgan Stanley Banks
Morgan Stanley executives are considering buying smaller banks across the U.S. in hopes of diversifying the business, getting into consumer lending, and having a really good place to hide their excessive bonuses.

Consumer Reports says people routinely send in letters complaining about small items arriving in way too much packaging. To check the problem, Consumer Reports ordered small items from 13 companies, including Avon, Staples,, Oriental Trading Company, and Best Buy. Consumer Reports was really surprised to find that so many tiny items came in boxes that were way too big.Avon arrived with just one lip balm as well. Inside a box from the Oriental Trading Company—just one small vial of beads. And a box from Staples—it could easily fit 200 pencils but contains…just one. Less packaging could make a real difference. If Americans cut back the use of cardboard from 100 tons to 90, it would save more than 5,300 pounds of waste…20,000 gallons of wastewater…and more than 34,000 pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent. Some companies, such as Avon, Staples, and Lands End, told Consumer Reports that they recycle thousands of tons of cardboard a

You call this camping? Yellowstone completed a wireless communications plan this month after taking public comment on a proposal released last fall. The plan includes a limited expansion of cell phone service, restrictions on wireless Internet at historic lodges and rules for new scientific monitoring stations. “Not all potential services are appropriate in all areas,” park spokesman Al Nash said Monday. “It really is about an expectation that visitors have of a certain experience in Yellowstone, whether it’s in historic lodging or in the backcountry. This plan recognizes technological change but works to protect the experience people seek in Yellowstone.” Good time to discuss just exactly what IS camping? What must you have and what must you NOT have to consider it camping?

When’s the last time you had a pillow fight? - The man police say organized an impromptu pillow fight in front of a Vermont mall is being dragged into court to face charges. Darin Cassler, 21, of South Burlington, Vt., was charged Friday by city police after he allegedly incited a pillow fight at the town center on Church Street. Police said his actions warranted a disorderly conduct charge. The feathery fracas was organized by Cassler, police say, and included about 50 participants. A video of the pillow pounding appears on several Internet sites and shows about a two-minute scrum that began and ended with a whistle being blown. The pillow fight was organized on the social networking site Facebook, which listed the following rules:

1. Bring a pillow and a container in which to conceal it.
2. Assemble on the street as if you were loitering, do not acknowledge anyone else participating.
3. Our host will shout ‘pillow fight’ and we will all spontaneously break into a big miasma of feathers and pillows.
4. Soft pillows only!
5. Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once.
6. Do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras.
7. Remove glasses beforehand!
8.The event is free and appropriate for all ages.
9. Wait until the signal to begin.
10.This event is more fun with feathers!

It’s Soccer Season! Let the stories begin…The parents of a traveling Maryland 13 year old girls soccer team were forced to watch their kids play from 100 yards away Sunday as a punishment for their behavior at a previous game, the Washington Post reported. The Washington Area Girls Soccer League banned the parents from the sidelines for two games after a parent from the Bethesda Legacy travel team approached an assistant referee following a call at the end of last season. After several snide remarks and a parent starting to “raise his voice,” another Bethesda parent reportedly yelled at the referee’s daughter, “Your father should be fired!” according to minutes of a disciplinary hearing. The league’s disciplinary committee ruled the parents violated the league’s code of conduct, the Post reported. I remember a Little League Coach forcing his players to do push ups right then and there, during the game, when a team mate messed up. All the while I couldn’t help but think that the coach probably couldn’t do 2 push ups without passing out. The kids didn’t look like they were having a good time , even with extra orange slices.

Hawaii is the least-stressed state in the nation. The Aloha State had the nation’s lowest rate of frequent mental distress, or FMD, for adults. Hawaii’s rate of 6.6 percent was lower than the national average of 9.4 percent, according to a study to be published in the June issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. South Dakota and Nebraska were among the lowest, while Kentucky was the most stressed state at 14.4 percent, the report said. The study concluded that where people live could affect their state of mind. Well, YEAH!!! Hawaii? The only stress I could think of if I lived there would be in trying to decide which SPF to choose. What makes your state most of least stressful?

OOPS! The monument that marks the only area in the U.S. where four states meet, is apparently in the wrong spot. The Four Corners monument marks the intersection where new Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah meet, and it’s a popular tourist stop.
But according to readings by the National Geodetic Survey, the real four corners is actually 2-point-5 miles east of the monument. Surveyors say they used satellite maps and gps units to track down the right location. The current four corners monument is on land owned by the Navajo Nation. Federal officials say it’s up to the Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Indian Tribe to decide if they want to move the monument to the correct spot. Makes you wonder what else we might have gotten wrong.

Most motorists in the USA — 78% — call aggressive driving a serious concern yet nearly half admit speeding on major highways in the past 30 days, according to a survey and analysis of research made public today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers also confessed to recently speeding on residential streets, speeding up to beat yellow lights, honking at other drivers and tailgating. Here are some warning signs to find out if you might be an aggressive driver:

• Turn signals aren’t for signaling a lane change; they’re just clues as to your next move in “road battle.”
• You believe the faster you drive through a red light, the smaller the chance you have of getting hit.
• Braking is to be done as hard and as late as possible to insure that your antilock braking system kicks in to give you a nice relaxing foot massage as the brake pedal pulsates.
• You believe that if another driver comes in eye contact with you…you instantly have the right of way.

Pet Airways is the first pet-only airline to take to the skies, starting in July. The first five cities to be served are Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. A one-way flight costs around $149, and Pet Airways is now accepting reservations for its first New York to Los Angeles flight, scheduled for July 14. Right now the website for Pet Airways is over capacity but they are encouraging folks to check out their Facebook Fan Page, follow them on Twitter (@petairways) and inquire about reservations by e-mail at:

Here’s a fun and yet serious topic - Can painful, unwanted memories be altered or even eradicated? That’s the provocative question being raised by the emerging science of forgetting. Visit for the whole story. Too long and ‘sciencey’, but the question is intriguing. What are your thoughts? If you could erase that painful memory would you, or has it made you into a better person? Without the bad can we truly grow and mature? The ability to recall pain can sometime prevent future pain, yes? I’ll stop here.

Thursday, April 16, 2009




Today is Toothbrush Appreciation Day, a day to wonder how life would taste without your toothbrush.

Today is Ellis Island Family History Day, marking this date in 1907 when 11,747 immigrants were processed through the island, more than any other day in history
Today is National Cheeseball Day.

Today is Daffy Duck Day. Daffy appeared in his first cartoon, "Porky's Duck Hunt," on April 17, 1937. He didn't get his name until he appeared in the 1938 short, "Daffy Duck and Egghead." In 1999, the U.S. Postal Service issued a new Daffy Duck stamp on his birthday.

Today is International Ford Mustang Day 1964 - The Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new Mustang model at the New York World’s Fair on April 17, 1964. The Mustang was championed by Ford Division general manager Lee Iacocca, with a suggested retail price of $2,368. The car was a great success and sold over one million cars in its first 18 months.

Today is Blah Blah Blah Day, a day to stop smoking, take out the trash, lose weight, empty the cat litter, get a job, quit a job, or whatever.

1970 - Apollo 13, the U.S. lunar spacecraft that suffered oxygen tank No. 2 blowing up in the spacecraft on its journey to the moon, safely returns to Earth landing in the Pacific Ocean. What’s your latest “Houston, we have a problem” moment? Mine…washing machine breaks, flood ensues, family room wet, me angry.

1521 - Martin Luther excommunicated from the Roman Catholic church.
1985: The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its new 22-cent "Love" stamp. Showing the set of TV’s The Love Boat as a backdrop, the stamp became one of the postal service’s biggest sellers.


Owners of the Columbia and Jefferson City Malls file for bankruptcy
Joe Biden Visited Mid-Missouri Thursday – I wonder if he was here to collect all the tea bags?

Despite making $1.2 million from 2000 to 2004, Barack and Michelle Obama gave less than 1% of their earnings to charity in that time. But they were selfless and giving enough during that period to by a GM car.

President Obama should get a big refund this year. He has a lot of dependants. AIG, Citibank, Morgan Stanley . . .
President Obama has lifted the travel ban to Cuba. I want to remind people that if they do travel to Cuba, don’t forget to set your watch back 50 years
Biden Charity

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife gave just 0.7% of their income to charity in 2008. Biden says he shows true kindness to poor people by staying out of their neighborhoods.

In Hong Kong, a group of billionaires have built a life-size replica of Noah’s ark. It is big enough to hold 150 animals or almost all of the Octo-Mom’s kids.

"In a week, Susan Boyle has gone from karaoke and her local church choir to global fame and an invitation to the Oprah Winfrey show.

The frumpy 47-year-old, who says she's never been kissed, has gained celebrity fans and millions of admirers - including a fair number of men - since she wowed judges on the TV show 'Britain's Got Talent.'

Her fame has been fueled by new technology, with a clip of her performance viewed more than 12 million times on YouTube.

'Susan can't help herself, she just sings whenever she can sing,' said Jackie Russell, the manager of the Happy Valley Hotel in Blackburn, Scotland, where Boyle occasionally sings karaoke. 'We weren't surprised by her talent, but we were surprised by the reaction around the world.'"

"John Madden is retiring from football announcing, where his enthusiastic, down-to-earth style made him one of sports' most popular broadcasters for three decades. The Hall of Fame coach spent the last three seasons on NBC's 'Sunday Night Football.' His final telecast was the Super Bowl in February."

We wish him well. Speaking of retirement:

When is the best time to start thinking about your retirement?

Before your boss does.

A Saudi man divorced his wife by text message. In Saudi Arabia, if a man says "I divorce you" three times, it's legal. But you have to be careful. Some cell phone texting plans include unlimited divorcing -- others only allow divorcing evenings and weekends.

NADYA SULEMAN may not like the name, "Octomom," but she's filed an application to trademark the word so she can license products to make money. However, People magazine says she may not get the rights because a Houston-based novelty company filed for the rights a month earlier. Her attorney is already on the case, though, claiming the firm has no rights to claim the name and that they have no permission from Nadya. He says there's a bunch of doll manufacturers and clothing designers who want to distribute product lines with the bame.

Meanwhile, the Hollywood Reporter says although several online columns have already reported Nadya has a reality TV show, there's nothing signed yet. However, she apparently is in negotiations with a British-based production house. The problem is apparently finding a network which would run the show. The show biz trade says TLC, which already runs "Jon and Kate Plus 8," "18 and Counting" and "Table for 12," backed out of a deal after meeting Nadya in person. And a spokesperson for Bravo says they're not interested as well.

Yes, Virginia, there will be a "Ghostbusters 3" movie. Ain't It Cool News says DAN AYKROYD, BILL MURRAY, HAROLD RAMIS and ERNIE HUDSON have all signed on for the sequel, and now Ackroyd is trying to convince SIGOURNEY WEAVER to join the cast as well. The movie is scheduled to be in theatres in 2011.

While eating some Girl Scouts Sugar Free Chocolate Chip cookies I noticed a warning, ever so small, on the box that read “excess consumption may have a laxative effect.” I was surprised by that! Someone called and gave me an answer as to why. I asked her how she knew why and her answer is, “because I’m a life time dieter” in case you want to fit that question in the proper spot.

Legendary football coach and broadcaster John Madden is retiring, he announced Thursday. It’s been such a great ride … the NFL has been my life for more than 40 years, it has been my passion — it still is,” he said in a statement released by NBC Sports. Madden, 73, was a Hall of Fame coach for the Oakland Raiders, but is best known to millions as an ebullient football commentator. He won 16 Emmy awards for outstanding sports analyst/personality, NBC said. I bet he’ll come back and play for the Jets, just watch. Who has held down a job the longest in your community? I talked to a guy this morning who hasn’t missed a Tulsa Driller’s baseball game in 20 years!

A quick ironic headline for you from CNN – “Endangered Turtles Race To Save Their Futures” One problem: they’re turtles. The largest turtles on Earth, leatherbacks once were plentiful in every ocean but the Arctic and Antarctic. While their population in the Atlantic Ocean is believed to be stable, other populations, including those in the Pacific, are dwindling dramatically.

Hazing in high school - Authors of an ambitious survey of hazing in colleges and universities have turned their attention to high schools and discovered that many freshmen arrive on campus with experience — with 47 percent reporting getting hazed in high school. They are finding that it’s getting out of hand. Hazing in the 70’s and 80’s was wearing a kick me sign on the back of your shirt or getting an innocent ‘swirlie’, but no one ever ended up getting physically hurt. Hazing eventually ended up in friendship or just faded away, unlike bullying today which is really what hazing has become. What’s the hazing scenario in your high schools?
Females get along fine without males - in the world of tropical ants. A type of tropical ant has dispensed with males altogether, according to scientists, and only the female of the species exists. Experts have discovered a South American species that is exclusively female and reproduces by cloning the queen. The Mycocepurus smithii is the first known type of ant to be a male-free species. The phenomenon takes the stress out of finding a mate and may help keep the peace in colonies, the scientists believe. Do you hear the sound of women cheering or is that…just…know, forget it.

Can’t go into the weekend without another food recall! Union International Food Co. is expanding a spice recall to include all Lian How brand and Uncle Chen brand sauces, oil and oil blends in various size packages because the products may be contaminated with salmonella. For more details visit

Want your kid to be happy? Let them eat fries!
A new study published recently in the Journal of Happiness Studies took a hard look at kids and their relationship with fast food.

At first the findings, according to a Los Angeles Times report, are what you’d expect:

– Kids ages 2 to 12 who regularly consume fast food and soft drinks are more likely to be overweight.
– Moms who turn to fast food are more likely to have kids who turn to fast food.
– Kids in cities are more likely to consume fast food than kids in small towns.
– Greater fast food consumption is linked to greater soft drink consumption.
– Kids eat more fast food and guzzle more soft drinks as they get older.
But then there’s this:
– Kids who regularly scarf down fast food and soft drinks are less likely to be unhappy than kids who don’t. More likely to be overweight, yes, but less likely to be unhappy. Like LA Times health blogger Tami Denis’ colleague put it: There’s a reason they’re called “Happy Meals.”

This is National Playground Safety Week. Playground safety tips.
*The monkey bars can be fun, and if it’s hot enough you can sit on them and they’ll leave really cool grill marks.
*The slide is always going to be really hot or really wet.
*Getting really dizzy on the merry-go-round after eating a bowl of Cheerios will only be funny to other people.
*Regardless of whether the playground is grass or gravel, when it comes to your gum, it’s always a good idea to back the “five second rule” off to a “two second rule”.

Kind of a strange topic, but one we will all be a part of one way or another: What song will you play at your funeral? While hymns and classics may have been traditional favorites, pop songs now account for more than half of the music chosen as people’s final soundtrack, according to the poll of over 30,000 funerals. Here are some of the top pieces of music chosen, according to the poll commissioned by Co-operative Funeral Care.

- Top 5 popular songs:
1. “My Way” - Frank Sinatra/Shirley Bassey.
2. “Wind Beneath My Wings” - Bette Midler/Celine Dion.
3. “Time To Say Goodbye” - Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli.
4. “Angels” - Robbie Williams.
5. “Over The Rainbow” - Eva Cassidy.
- Top 5 hymns:
1. “The Lord Is My Shepherd”.
2. “Abide With Me”.
3. “All Things Bright And Beautiful”.
4. “Old Rugged Cross”.
“Amazing Grace”.

From our format, I would go with Hold Me Jesus from Rich Mullins, When All Is Said And Done from Geoff Moore, I Will Rise from Chris Tomlin OR…a party song…Fields of Grace from Big Daddy Weave or Gone from Switchfoot. reported a 192% increase in the value of coupons printed from its site in March, compared with a year ago. The total value of the coupons was $57 million.”Consumers printed a record amount of savings in March, almost tripling the amount printed last year,” Coupons CEO Steven R. Boal. Coupons have been the second-most-visited category on the internet — behind jobs — for about a year. Man, I feel like it’s money waiting to be used up, but I just can’t get myself to use coupons! Ask for some coupon users to offer tips for the novice coupon clan out there. I guess there are websites solely devoted to coupons and coupon trading!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


The Morning Show With Jim & Karen
on Spirit FM!


This is National Coin Week, for obvious reasons. After you pay your income tax, all you have left is a few coins. Apparently that is the change the government speaks of us getting!

Wilbur Wright was born on this day in 1867. Wilbur was the second man in history to fly an airplane. He could have been the first, but somebody had to stay on the ground and lose the luggage. The challenge of an airplane is to keep it up—the challenge of airplane food is to keep it down.

The world's first air conditioned hat was patented on this day in 1889. It was a derby with ventilation ducts on four sides and a wind-up exhaust fan in the top. But you had to be careful: if you wound the spring too tight -- well, that's when the hair hit the fan.

On this day in 1978, over 50,000 runners competed in the Milan, Italy, Marathon -- the largest race ever. Some called it a stampede, but it wasn't. A "stampede" is what happens when there are 535 members of Congress and only one bribe.

The Book of the Month Club was founded on this day in1926. Instead of joining the Book of the Month Club, Here’s your money-saving tip for today…Instead of joining a book-of-the-month club I saved money by buying a dictionary. I have all the same words, though not necessarily in the same order.


American Sea Captian Richard Phillips and his crew were reunited and are now back in the United States.

Pirate Attack
Another U.s. cargo ship has been attacked by Somali pirates. It's not clear if the attack was revenge for the killing of three Somali pirates on Saturday or if this was just another one of those anti-tax day protests.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Somali pirates were all untrained teenagers with heavy weapons — which we call rap stars in this country.

Top Ten Questions To Ask Yourself Before Becoming A Somali Pirate
10. Is piracy a recession-proof industry?
9. How am I at ducking sniper fire?
8. Is there enough swash in my buckle?
7. Before committing, should I temp as a pirate?
6. Am I doing this just to get babes?
5. Is there an all-inclusive meal plan?
4. Will I get to meet Johnny Depp?
3. Will I get along with Ross Ohlendorf? (Sorry, that's a question to ask yourself before becoming a Pittsburgh Pirate)
2. Is there more opportunity for advancement in al-Qaida?
1. How's the commute fromMissouri?

President Obama is receiving high marks for the way he handled the pirate situation. But with all the problems we have right now, who would have guessed our new president would have to deal with pirates? What’s next, dragons?

Post Office Tax Day
Post offices across the country stayed open late last night so Americans can file their taxes on time... there was still only one person waiting on customers at each office, but they were open late!

Back at work: The co-pilot of the USAir jet that landed in New York's Hudson River is back behind the controls. JEFF SKILES resumed flying yesterday, the first member of the crew to return to work since the incident.

No Uniforms at Graduation
The El Paso, Texas school board has decided to bar a high school senior who has enlisted in the army from wearing his military uniform to his graduation. What do you think? Should he be allowed to wear his uniform to his high school graduation?

GM Recall
GM is recalling 1.5 million cars that are susceptible to engine fires. In fact the only thing that GM burns through faster than those engines is government bailout money. Fortunately the cars have been able to recall and locate because they are all still in the show rooms.

A northeast Missouri farming couple knows the government won't be giving them a bailout like so many big companies are getting, so they issued their own. Dennis and Janet Garlock (GAHR'-lahk) of rural Adair County have placed a large hay bale at the end of their driveway with a sign proclaiming: "I got my bale out!" The stunt has their neighbors talking and a lot of heads turning. Some of the Amish in the area apparently are confused by the sign. One inquired whether the sign means the bale is for sale.

WANT FREE PIZZA FROM PIZZA HUT? Do whatever you can to make friends with anybody named JOHN or SARAH CONNOR before May 21st of next month. Dayton Daily News reports Pizza Hut will give free pizzas to anyone with either of those names on that day. It's a promotional tie-in with the "Terminator Salvation" movie releasing at the same time, based of course on main characters John and Sarah Connor. To claim your pizza pie, you'll need to have a valid and legal ID.

Cities where Americans are relocating:
Rising jobless rates, tight credit and consumers holding onto their money means few of us are moving to new digs. But some cities saw population growth in 2008. What do they have in common? According to Forbes magazine, more business opportunities, better weather and more affordable housing. (Maiman)
The top 10:
10. Denver
9. Atlanta
8. New Orleans
7. Houston
6. San Antonio
5. Dallas
4. Phoenix
3. Charlotte, NC
2. Austin, TX
1. Raleigh, NC

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich has made a deal to star in NBC's upcoming summer reality show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here, the network confirms.
"Rod Blagojevich will be a participant on the show pending the court's approval," said NBC in a statement.

NBC has been looking for household names for its version of the U.K. hit, which launches June 1. With NBC taking the unusually intensive step of airing the show four nights a week at 8 p.m. for nearly a month, a successful launch could help fuel the network's entire summer schedule.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Blagojevich's attorney told a federal judge Tuesday that he will file a request to loosen his client's travel restrictions to participate in the show, which will be shot in Costa Rica. Blago was indicted April 1 on 16 counts -- 11 counts of wire fraud, three of extortion, one of racketeering and one of lying to federal investigators. He has plead not guilty.

Given Blagojevich's notoriety following his arrest on federal corruption charges, he's bound to garner some curiosity tune-in for the network. Celebrity is produced by Granada, which signed Blagojevich for the show (provided the court rules the ex-governor facing multiple federal counts isn't a flight risk and permits him to leave the country to participate in a reality show).

Official Celebrity description: "Ten celebrities of various backgrounds will be dropped into the heart of the Costa Rican jungle to face challenges designed to test their skills in adapting to the wilderness and to raise money for their favorite charities."

St. Louis — After wowing the immense crowd at a campaign rally under the
Gateway Arch last fall, Barack Obama found himself wowed by the pizza his staff
ordered from the Delmar Loop.

Now that he's the big cheese in Washington, he's calling for seconds.

Pi, which opened in St. Louis just over a year ago, is expanding its political
circumference all the way to Pennsylvania Avenue, where later this week the
proprietors will prepare a pizza feast for Obama and his family.

It's a rare honor for anyone other than the president's personal staff to cook
at the White House kitchen, especially for an establishment that offers
recycled cardboard to-go boxes instead of fine dining.

But Obama, whose culinary tastes lean more toward comfort food than gourmet
cuisine, enjoys pizza enough that he's calling across the country to get a

And the staff at Pi is thrilled to deliver.

"What can you say?" said Pi partner Ryan Mangialardo. "It's incredible."

Mangialardo, 27, hopes to carry his own dough — enough for 20 pizzas — on the
plane with him to Washington. Getting a cooler full of ingredients past airport
security could be difficult, though, even if it is for the commander-in-chief.

Even if something gets confiscated, Mangialardo — who started in the pizza
business as a teenager — should be well equipped once he reaches the White
House. At his disposal will be a full-service commercial kitchen built to
prepare dinner for 140 and hors d'oeuvres for more than 1,000.

Two-thirds of college graduates leave school nearly $20,000 in debt,
according to the National Postsecondary Student Aid study. With mounting job
losses and unemployment at a 25-year high, those considering changing
careers and pursuing passions must weigh the risk of a pay cut. But now
some students can reduce - or even wipe out their debt - just by following
their calling. More liberal loan forgiveness programs are adding a financial
incentive to working in traditionally low-paying fields.

Under certain circumstances, the federal government will reduce payments,
and ultimately forgive all or part of an educational loan for those who
choose a career in the military, volunteering, teaching or practicing law or
medicine in low-income communities. And some may even be able to reduce
their payments, based solely on their income and family size.

To apply for either the programs you can call the US Department of Education at 1-800-557-7392. Have we placed the pursuit of a degree and masters to ensure you make more money in your career over the simple idea of doing what you love? And then following the logic that if what you really want to do with your life requires college then go for it, but if not, don’t go tens of thousands of dollars in debt when a trade school or apprenticeship would suffice. I’m off my soapbox now.

Susan Boyle. She’s the latest hit on Youtube and the Internet.
Unassuming, 47 year old, lady who shocked Simon Cowell and the other judges on Britain’s Got Talent with her singing. She doesn’t fit the package.
Thought you should know it’s the latest water cooler topic. What talent do you have that takes people by surprise?

Football Widows, the 2009 NFL schedule has been released. I’m sorry.
Possibly the AFC’s two best teams of 2008 will kickoff the 2009 season as
the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Tennessee Titans. The Titans were the No.
1 seed in the AFC playoffs, but the Steelers one-upped them by winning the
Super Bowl. The two teams will play Thursday Sept. 10. The always-popular
Dallas Cowboys lead all teams with six scheduled nationally televised games,
even without Terrell Owens. The Cowboys will open their new $1.1 billion
stadium in a nationally televised Sunday night game against the New York
Giants on Sept. 20.

So what indulgences have you given up due to the recession? I don’t buy Starburst Jelly Beans anymore. Had to say goodbye to them. Withdrawal symptoms were horrible.

Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22nd, instead of confusing your four year-old son with talk of his or her “carbon footprint,” why not mark the day by sharing the four age-appropriate “Green Start” board books from Innovative Kids.

They feature soy-based ink illustrations that seem to pop off the thick brown pages that are made almost entirely from recycled materials. Basically, they’re cool, colorful, tough, toddler books. Each Green Start kids’ book covers a different topic, like One Tree, which teaches why a single tree is so important to living creatures, or Baby Animals, which allows kids to have a ball searching for the different babies in their habitats. But the books’ eco-friendly teachings don’t end with the story — each title includes ways parents can bring the lessons to life. Find all four Green Start board books, Baby Animals, One Tree, In the Garden and The Five Senses, at Amazon.

Sweet! Ben & Jerry’s has some new ice cream flavors that include Chocolate Macadamia, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough and Mission to Marzipan which is sweet cream ice cream with almond cookies and Marzipan Swirl. You’re right, I have know idea what Marzipan is. I’m gonna ask our listeners. By the way, Tuesday, April 21st is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s. Check your local store for details.

A new workout option for the Wii. Following up on the success of Wii Fitness, there is now the Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout. However, keep in mind a computer game workout is not exactly the same as a real-life workout. Here’s my thoughts:

1. You leave your real life workout, sweaty and buff. You finish your Wii workout with thumb pain and slight blurriness of vision.
2. Potential problems could occur when you put the wrong Wii game in the machine and end up in the dark mystical land of Zworn the headless swordsman of the apocalyptic under earth minion sanctuary (and you end up dueling with Marnia the powerful myth mistress of Vilman).
3. One sweaty hand, one slippery Wii controller, third new TV this week!

Things To Do With Flour! You can clean playing cards with it. Just put the cards in a plastic bag with a half-cup of flour. Shake for a minute. Remove cards, and shuffle the deck a few times over the sink to clear.

You can also un-stick a lid. Have a plastic container that closes a little too tightly for your taste? Dip the container edged in flour to prevent sticking. Flour also works great for spot cleaning white fabrics, linens, leather and such. Just rub flour into the dirt lines and then brush clean. And of course we can’t forget…CLAY! When’s the last time you did this? Knead together 1 cup water, 3 cups flour and 1 tsp vegetable oil. Add food color. To store, moisten and wrap it in plastic, then place in fridge.

Did you know that it’s illegal to drop cell phones into the trash in California? More states are expected to follow. So, why not send them to Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit that accepts all models and resells them to a recycling company. Proceeds buy calling cards for U.S. soldiers abroad to call their families–27 million minutes have been provided so far. Mail your phone to: Cell Phones for Soldiers, 2555 Bishop Circle West, Dexter, MI 48130-9916. You can also visit

Fat Cat. Felines are twice as likely as canines to be obese, according to APOP. Apparantly, cats should be exercised just like dogs are. Get out the laser pointer or whatever and get that corpulant cat movin’! O.K., here are some signs to help you know if your cat is fat:

1. Your cat has 9 lives and 10 chins.
2. Enormous belly keeps your hardwood floors freshly buffed.
3. He only catches mice that get trapped in his gravitational pull.


Fingerprints! Everywhere!! Our windows have more fingerprints then the FBI. Constant infiltration of kids in our home and they all MUST touch glass windows. Don’t know why, they just do it. Anyway, I read from Women’s Day that you can repel fingerprints by first cleaning your windows and glass doors with rubbing alcohol, then use a clean, soft cloth to rub on a dab of polymer car wax. The wax will fend off fingerprints and make the glass easier to clean the next time around.

You can tell it’s Prom season, so many teenage girls are walkin’ around with fresh “tans from a can.” Answer me this, why don’t guys do that? Is it simply because of the dresses the ladies end up wearing? TIME Magazine had an article a while ago that pointed out an estimated 2.3 million teens go to a tanning parlor at least once a year. It’s a $5 billion dollar or more industry! Heads up though, dermatologists say ANY change in skin color, whether a golden tan or a beet-red sunburn, is a sign of UV damage. So much for the idea a base tan is a form of protection.

Monday, April 13, 2009




Is faith really faith if it is never tested?

How easy it is for us to say we believe when things are going well in our lives. But when things become difficult often times we blame God and stop believing in His promises.

I have been guilty of this myself. I will be dealing with a certain struggle or situation and when my human mind and flesh has had enough all of the sudden I lash out and start wondering if God really does love me and care. If I don’t get my answer or my breakthrough right away…or within my time frame, then I throw up my hands and give up. Is that true faith?

True faith comes through the trials and tribulations in life. God does not bring these things upon us, but He does use them to strengthen us if we allow Him to do so.
So the next time you feel yourself caving in, ready to give up, ready to stop believing, don’t do it! Go to God’s Word and read it again. Spendf time and prayer even if you don’t feel like it. Ask your Christian brothers and sisters to talk it through with you and praying for you. You’ll come to see that God has been with you all along, His promises are true and everlasting and your faith will grow and you will find the next time you are not so willing to give up.


1865 : President Lincoln is shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. He died the next day

1912 : The RMS Titanic struck an iceberg just before midnight on 14th April.

1956 : Ampex Corp. demonstrated its first commercial videotape recorder the VR-1000, which was the first of Ampex’s line of 2 inch Quadruplex videotape recorders. CBS was one of the early TV companies to adopt the technology which allowed a one hour long program to be recorded on one reel of tape. One reel of tape cost $300, equivalent to $2,000 in 2000. A recorder cost about $75,000 to $100,000, about a half a million dollars today. Seems like everyone remembers that first family in the neighborhood who got the first VCR. Man, we thought they were millionaires. We never had one, just drew pictures on an Etch-A-Sketch and narrated short stories with it.

1914 – We got the first auto turn signal. It was a guy named Jerry. Kidding. Actually, it was an illuminated pointer finger mounted on the front of the car that would point left, right or straight.

This is life:

My teenage son made enough money last year to pay taxes. It’s his first encounter with our wonderful system as his confusion and general sense of unfairness would dictate. So, I found a website to educate the young lad. Visit


An engineer says within five years you'll be watching TV on special contact lenses. Kind of adds a new meaning to the expression -- "My TV is on the blink".

Women older than 55 make up the fastest-growing age group on Facebook. Expert says the site has hit a “tipping point,” causing older people to join. Some older family members use the site to get in touch with younger generations. One mother says Facebook has become her family’s “living room”.

A 65 year old Grandma says she has family members who live nearby, but says she’s found a way to communicate with them in their own language through Facebook. “Let’s face it, kids that age aren’t really interested in talking to people my age very much. It’s more, ‘Hi grandma how are ya? … Bye!’ ” she said with a laugh. “That’s basically what I get from my grandkids, so if I can engage them through just a little bit of chit-chat [online], it’s a lot more than I can get over the phone.”

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - Josh and Anna Duggar are following in the family tradition.

The eldest of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar’s 18 kids, Josh announced Monday that he and new bride Anna were about to start their own brood. The couple, who’s been married since September, said Anna Duggar is due Oct. 18. The Duggars live in northwest Arkansas and are featured on the cable TV show, “18 Kids and Counting.”

Michelle Duggar most recently gave birth in December, to Jordyn-Grace. The couple has 10 sons and eight daughters, whose names all start with the letter J. Josh, who is 21, and Anna, who is 20, live in Springdale, where he works at a car dealership.

It sounds like the stuff of teenage nightmares: super strong, freakishly
clever, mutant acne. But dermatologists say the bacteria that causes acne
is increasingly developing resistance to some commonly prescribed
antibiotics, including tetracycline and erythromycin. Apparantly acnes
bacterium is capable of rebelling against drugs and developing superpowers.
It’s acne gone wild.

Do You Need a Marriage Checkup? (I really liked these)
You have an annual exam with a doctor to make sure your physical health is
in order, but what about your marital health? Asking these 2 questions may
help you recognize some areas to work on. Found this from the book

The Marriage Checkup by Dr. James Cordova:

Are we curious about each other - and do we express it?

“No matter how long you’ve been together, you don’t ever totally know your
partner. Recognizing that wakes a couple up to the opportunity to
reconnect,” says Cordova. “Let yourself embrace your partner’s mystery. Then you’ll start paying attention and asking questions.” The areas to explore
are endless: What makes your partner happy? What values does he hold most dear? “Even asking him, ‘What did you do today?’ is powerfully enhancing to
intimacy,” says Cordova.

Do we each understand when the other needs advice versus simply needing support?
“This is a frequent area of miscommunication between couples,” says Cordova. “When one partner vents the day’s frustrations, the other will often suggest solutions, but usually the first partner just wants empathy. It’s hard to
fault your partner for trying to help, but it doesn’t always feel good - you
want support, not the feeling that someone is taking away your power to
solve problems.” Next time you catch yourself slipping into problem-solving
mode, practice active listening instead: Try to empathize with what your
partner is saying and express understanding of what he’s going through.

Check it out! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked aimlessly around the toy store aisles trying to find just the right birthday gift for one of my son’s friends. And just when I think I’ve found the perfect one – the price tag indicates otherwise. Fortunately two brilliant moms, Lisa Fielding & Stefanie Katz-Rothman, started Gift Hero which not only makes spot-on recommendations for children’s gifts sorted by gender, age and price, but they sell them right there on the site.

Have you seen any Larpers in your neck of the woods? LARPing is Live Action Role Playing. If you’ve ever passed a park and seen men and some women dressed up like medieval elves, trolls, and warriors battling with nerf swords, maces, axes and the like, then you’ve seen a Larper. Actually, it’s pretty entertaining. I want to start my own Larping club based on Bible characters. Since it’s my club I get to be God and am able to smite you with my nerf lightning bolts.

These are funny - More Wacky Warning Labels from Fox News:
You’re not supposed to use birthday candles as earplugs “or for any other function that involves insertion into a body cavity like your nose”. It says so right on the box. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know you shouldn’t use your power tool as a dental drill .. but just in case, it’s right there in the manual.
1. A Cell Phone Manual Warns: Don’t Try to Dry Your Phone in a Microwave Oven
2. A Hair Dryer Warns: Never Use While Sleeping
3. A Curling Iron Warns: Do Not Use While Bathing or in Shower
4. A Watercraft Warns: Never Use Lit Match or Open Flame to Check Fuel Level
5. Two-Pronged Fishing Hook Warns: Harmful If Swallowed
6. iPod Shuffle Warns: Do Not Eat iPod Shuffle
7. Children’s Dimetapp Warns: Be Careful When Driving a Motor Vehicle
8. Razor Scooter Warns: This Product Moves When Used
9. Washing Machine Warns: Do Not Put Any Person in This Washer
A Vanishing Fabric Marker Warns: Should Not Be Used as a Writing Instrument for Signing Checks or Any Legal Documents

American Idol fans! There is talk of Simon leaving once his contract is up next year. I say they’ll pay him more and he’ll stay, but let’s say he does leave. No one could replace him, right? You need a Simon Cowell for the show, but only Simon can provide that. Any other replacement would seem like a wannabe. Who could fill in Simon’s shoes? Judge Judy? Al Sharpton?

DID YOU KNOW? More than 5 billion crayons are produced each year?
More than 100 billion crayons have been produced so far. The first crayons consisted of a mixture of charcoal and oil. In the early 1900s, cousins Edwin Binney and Harold Smith developed a nontoxic wax crayon. Binney’s wife, Alice, attached the French word for chalk, craie, with “ola,” from oily, to form the Crayola name. Their first box of Crayola crayons were sold for a nickel in 1903.

The first Crayola crayons came in a box of eight colours: black, blue, brown, green, orange, purple, red and yellow. By 1957, 40 new colours were introduced. Today there are more than 120 crayon colours, including Atomic Tangerine, Blizzard Blue, Mango Tango, Outrageous Orange, Laser Lemon, Screamin’ Green and Shocking Pink. Over 5 billion crayons are produced each year. From my understanding, that familiar crayon fragrance is due in part to beef fat. Crayons still taste bad, though.

From Womans Day Magazine - 1 in 4 women lose their lives from heart disease, but you can help change those odds. Just go to the Sister to Sister Foundation website and sign up for their Screen 4 Challenge. Pledge to get a heart disease screening and enter the e-mail addresses of at least three other women whom you want to do the same. If three or more of your friends sign up, Sister to Sister will donate a free screening to a woman in need–up to 1,000 free screenings. By the way, a screening includes getting cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, and waist circumference measured, as well as discussing family heart-health history with your doc.

Honda Unveils Dog-Friendly Car!
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dog-crazy Americans will soon be able to buy a pet-friendly car with a cushioned dog bed in the trunk, fitted with a built-in water bowl and fan and a ramp to help less agile dogs climb in.
With the help of a rescue dog named Sammy, Japanese car maker Honda Motor Co unveiled the pet friendly version of its Element utility vehicle at the New York Auto Show.

It features easy-wash seat covers, a fitted dog bed with restraints to keep Sammy safe in the event of a crash, and a paw logo on the side. Honda said the car would go on sale across the United States from the fall of this year.
Honda spokesman Sage Marie said it was designed with both safety and comfort in mind. "(It's) a car we think is of interest to many of today's dog-crazy consumers," he said.

Senior product planner James Jenkins said Americans spend $41 billion a year on their pets, a figure forecast to rise to $52 billion in two years, indicating a big market for the car.

"Pets have become more like family, more important to households than ever before," Jenkins said.

The current model of the Element starts at a little over $20,000 and Honda has yet to determine how much the pet friendly features will add on to the price tag, Jenkins said.

Students Encouraged to Stay Home From School on Friday
A national coalition of pro-family groups are urging parents to keep their students home this coming Friday in protest of the annual "Day of Silence," when students vow silence to bring attention to the discrimination of gay students.

Over 20 Christian-based conservative groups have called for the massive walkout from middle and high schools participating the April 17 event, arguing that the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)'s sponsored event politicizes the classroom to support the belief that homosexuality is moral. They include state chapters of American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, Illinois Family Institute, Liberty Council and Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays.

"This day is not about 'tolerance' as it claims, but about forcing propaganda and acceptance of high-risk behavior into the schools with no opposing views allowed," said Linda Harvey of Mission America, which also supports the walkout.

The groups have encouraged parents and teens who are not willing to risk teacher retribution or missing school to send a letter to schools officials expressing their objections to Day of Silence.

The coalition has also called attention to a resolution sitting before Congress that would urge the federal government and public schools to officially recognize and celebrate Day of Silence. The legislation also requests that "the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe the National Day of Silence with appropriate ceremonies, programs, and activities."

House Concurrent Resolution 92 was introduced on April 1 and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

One Christian professor, however, has come against the walkout, saying it's not very productive.

"How can we get anything accomplished if we leave the field?" Dr. Warren Throckmorton, professor of Psychology at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, wrote last week on his blog on

The expert in mental health and sexuality issues contends that students taking part in Day of Silence have a point, saying he has spoken with Christian students who have admitted to bullying or harassing gay students.

Throckmorton has created an alternative response to Day of Silence, asking Christians to take The Golden Rule Pledge and show up at school to live out the teaching of Christ to treat others as they want to be treated.

When Day of Silence students hand out cards asking, "What will you do to help end the silence?" Christian students should respond: "This is what I am going to do. I pledge to treat others the way I want to be treated. 'Do to others as you would have them do to you.'"

Meanwhile, several other Christian-based conservative groups are promoting the Day of Truth on April 20, the following Monday, as a direct response to Day of Silence. According to Day of Truth's Web site, it was established to "counter the promotion of the homosexual agenda and express an opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective."

Alliance Defense Fund and Exodus International, the promoters of Day of Truth, are encouraging students to speak the "truth in love" and engage in conversation about homosexuality.

Participants are also asked to hand out cards reading: "I'm speaking the Truth to break the silence. True tolerance means that people with differing - even opposing - viewpoints can freely exchange ideas and respectfully listen to each other. It's time for an honest conversation about homosexuality. There's freedom to change if you want to. Let's talk."

SoulWow.Com is a HUGE hit on the web!
NEW YORK – Sinners, take heed: There's a product available now in parts of New York that will leave you with that "almost baptized feeling."

It's called SoulWow — with the cleansing power of confession.

In a YouTube parody of the popular ads for ShamWow absorbent towels, a priestly pitchman named Father Vic calls on Roman Catholics in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island to partake. As Father Vic says, "Nothing soothes the soul like a true confession."

The ad campaign was launched before Palm Sunday by the dioceses of Brooklyn and Rockville Centre in an effort to increase the number of people who confess during Holy Week.

Church officials say they've seen an upsurge of followers seeking absolution.

Nicer IRS
In light of the economic downturn, the IRS is telling all of its agents to be "nicer and friendlier.

Interesting Things That Have Been Taxed
• Bachelors (England in 1695 A.D., and Missouri in 1820 A.D.)
• Beards (Russia, 1702 A.D.)
• Cooking Oil (Ancient Egypt, approximately 2000 B.C.)
• Souls (Russia, approximately 1682 A.D.)
Besides taxing beards and souls, Peter the Great of Russia also taxed: hats, boots, beehives, basements, chimneys, food, clothing, birth, marriage, and burial.

Thursday, April 9, 2009




Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1

I have heard many sya lately they are looking forward to the sunrise services this Easter Sunday. They all say how much they are looking forward to seeing the beautiful sunrise on Resurrection Sunday. I get the opportunity to see the sunrise almost every single day because of my schedule. When I see the sunrise it is always a reminder to me of how BIG or God is. It helps me to recognize that I serve a mighty and awesome God.

As I was thinking about this it also came to my mind that we go to bed every night believeing and expecting that the sun will rise again the next morning. At the most basic level, every human being exercises faith every day in trusting that the sun will rise again.

This Easter let me encourage you to take that same bit of trust and put it into the God who created the sunrise. The God who son did rise…on the third day…for you and for me. Though we cannot see him we can have faith in him and what he did for us out of love.

Jesus came to give his life for ours. Though we cannot see him, we know that he is here with us now, alive and risen. Though we cannot physically feel his touch, our lives have Jesus’ fingerprints all over them. Since Jesus rose again, we can hope for the sunrise even after the sun sets.


Today is Dust the Ceiling Fan Day, a day for those who finished their spring cleaning, but forgot to dust the blades on the ceiling fan.

Today is National Siblings Day.

Today is National Teach Children to Save Day.

Today is National Cinnamon Crescent Day.

Walter Hunt of New York City invented the safety pin on this day in 1849. Within three hours, Hunt conceived the idea, made the prototype, registered the patent, and sold the patent for $100. I'd say he got stuck. Just think before the invention of the safety pin, babies had to hold up their diapers with their hands. Which made it very difficult to play "Patty Cake."

On this day in 787 an organ was installed in a church in Compeigne, France -- the first church to have an organ. My church back home had an organ almost that old. An organist, too. At my church the organ and the choir sounded great together. The organ drowned out the choir and the choir drowned out the organ.


That Somali hostage situation has been changing constantly ever since news broke yesterday that Somali pirates an American flagship off the coast of Somalia.

The latest word was that the crew of around 20 had retaken the ship by brute force but the pirates were still holding the ship's captain (in a lifeboat, no less) and negotiations were underway. It's the first act of piracy against American citizens in a modern history. The White House has been mum so far but US warships are now in the area. The ship's cargo: food bound for Somalia and Uganda.

KARIN von HIPPEL, a senior fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who worked in Somalia in the late 1990s for the United Nations and European Union, tells USA Today that it's unlikely the hijackers were targeting the US. "They just go for what they can get," she says. "The risks are not that high, actually, and the rewards are very high."

Now I realize this might be a tad crass, but would anyone really lose any sleep if the next time these pirates came near a US boat, they were greeted with a steady stream of machine gun fire and maybe a shoulder-launched grenade or two? Seriously, does anyone think this will ever stop without the pirates thinking for just a moment that they'll be blown away? What's the shipping industry waiting for, the United Nations? The closest the United Nations gets to shipping is when they haul out that boatload of bologna at every general assembly.

Immigration Laws
President Obama is pushing for new immigration laws that will make it easier for foreigners to become citizens... especially if they agree to buy our overpriced homes at a special "Welcome to America!" 15% mortgage rate.

A Romanian groom is trying to pay for his marriage by selling advertising space on his wedding tie. The man is from Sibiu, Romania, and has set up a website for bidders - and thinks he'll easily pay for the ceremony and some special presents. Companies can pay for a slot near the top of his tie, for one in the middle or have their name at the bottom of the tie. The website - - keeps a running total of all bids

Singer Marie Osmond says she's writing her autobiography. The book will come with a special pull-out chart -- explaining how she’s a little bit country and Donny’s is a little bit rock n roll.

Mom Reduces Family Debt By $100,000 in Just Six Months By Making Her Own Cleaning Products

Angela Coffman is the metro area "Frugal Mom" who got her family out of a $100,000 debt in just 6 months.

Last week, KMBC's Dion Lim showed you how she made her own cleaning products for just pennies. She's back with more cleaning techniques that are practically free.

Coffman not only needed to save money, but she needed ways to keep her home clean and her five children safe.

"With traditional cleaners they do work, but my hands burned and I had to use gloves," said Coffman. "My children are in here and the fumes are overpowering."
She looked for natural, homemade alternatives. After some research, her number one rule was, don't use any cleaning products at all.

Coffman found ways to "do a lot with plain water and a plain cloth."

For example, the inside of her microwave was caked with dried-up food. Coffman fills up a glass bowl with water and adds a dash of salt. Coffman explained the purpose of the salt: "This will keep you from having exploding water syndrome when you heat it too hot."

She heats the water for a few minutes, and lets the steam loosen the dried food.
For tougher messes, like oven pans or oven hoods, Angela makes a scrubbing solution out of dish detergent and baking soda. That recipe costs her just about 3 cents.

Coffman also said it's okay to use store-bought cleaning products, just use less and stretch the dollars.

Coffman has many more tips on her website

YONKERS, N.Y. – A consumer test found you could save over $100 a year by switching your toilet paper to two generic brands that have similar softness and strength.
Consumer Reports pitted Costco’s Kirkland Signature, and Wal-Mart’s White Cloud against the pricier Charmin, Quilted Northern, and Cottenelle brands.

All of the brands landed within a few points of each other in their overall ratings.
Quilted Northern Ultra Plush won first place by a few points but is priced about double the Costco and Wal-Mart runners-up.

For a family of three, the publication estimates that would save about $130 per year.
Consumer Reports says that strength and softness of Quilted Northern Ultra Plush could tax your plumbing system if you have “paper-crazy kids or a septic system.”
The paper was “ultra-slow to break apart” in the Consumer Reports tests.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Imagine being able to try it before you buy it.

Now Wal-Mart is making it happen, even if you are not a loyal customer.

The retail giant is offering free samples of select products through its web site.

The deals change frequently, but right now you can get samples of infant formula, diapers, dog food and the popular stop smoking NicoDerm system.

The site requires your name and address and it promises to send the samples to your door in about four weeks.

Once you are on the site, hit the refresh button on your web browser to see new freebies offered on the site.

An Easter Sunrise Service At the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC

DOVE AWARD WINNER, SUE DODGE As seen on the Gaither Homecoming Videos
Sunrise Service Time: 6:30 – 7:30am
Sunrise Service Place: Lincoln Memorial
Worship Service Time: 10:30 – 11:30am
Worship Service Place: Capital Church

In late March of 1979 and I was irresistibly drawn to the welcome sunshine on the National Mall for a noontime prayer walk. At the reflecting pool, the thought came, “What a great spot for an Easter Sunrise Service!”

Friends said we would “never be able to get permission for such a service” (Easter always has a doubting Thomas).

And, they added, “if you did, only a handful would come at 6:30 in the morning…and what do you do if it rains?”

Well on Easter Sunday morning, April 15th, 1979 as the sun rose over the United States Capitol building, a band of believers gathered at the Reflecting Pool singing “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” and “He is Lord, He is risen from the dead, He is Lord”.

The rest, as they say, “is history.”

Looking for a Job….Do You Like Big Shoes?????
Maybe it’s time to join the circus!!

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Unemployment hit 8.5 percent and jobs are disappearing across the country but at least one industry is looking for new talent -- the circus.
About two dozen hopefuls sporting big noses, brightly colored hair, baggy pants and oversized shoes did their best to fulfill a childhood ambition when they auditioned to become a clown with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

"It's been a life-long dream," said Kyle Barker, a 27-year-old from Chicago who already looked the part with a curly wig and painted face.

He's had several jobs, including being a customer service representative, but Barker said nothing could compare to being a clown.

HAMMER TIME FOR TEEN’S CELL PHONE 20,000 TXTS AND A $5,000 Bill….Dad wasn’t too happy!

(AP) A cell phone used by a Wyoming 13-year-old to run up a nearly $5,000 phone bill will text no more thanks to her angry father and his hammer. Dena Christoffersen of Cheyenne sent or received about 20,000 text messages over about a month, and her parents' phone plan didn't cover texting.

Gregg Christoffersen told KUSA-TV of Denver this week that he thought texting had been disabled on her daughter's phone, which he smashed hours after getting a phone bill for more than $4,750.

The family said Verizon has been willing to knock the bill down to a reasonable level.

Dena has been grounded until the end of school. She said she feels bad and has learned her lesson.


Mom fined for stalking son and calling him up to 47 times a day.

VIENNA (Reuters) - An Austrian woman who bombarded her son with phone calls over a two-and-a-half year period was fined by a court for stalking him, Austrian media reported on Thursday.

The 73-year-old woman, who phoned her son up to 49 times a day was fined 360 euros ($478) by the court in the southern city of Klagenfurt.

"I just wanted to talk to him," the woman told the court, according to Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung. "I can't talk to my son, nor my daughter. I've never seen my grandchild -- who is already 15-years-old," she said.

The case was brought by the son. The court did not release their names