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Monday, April 14, 2014

Interest Compounded Daily

Our friendship
is like a bank account -
growing in proportions
to the amount of interest we pay

A mutual fund, 
we might call it - 
both of us enriched
by our investment
in one another.

Our assets include:
compassion and caring, 
love and laughter,
giving and gratitude.

We are wealthy
beyond our wildest dreams. 
We know that
the best things in Life
aren't things.

Video about and poem ("Interest Compounded Daily") from the book "The Family We Choose for Ourselves" by BJ Gallagher. 

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Slow Dance – A Timely Reminder


Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round

Or listened to rain slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight

Or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don't dance so fast,

Time is short, the music won't last.


Do you run through each day on the fly?

When you ask, "How are you?" do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don't dance so fast,

Time is short, the music won't last.


Ever told your child, "We'll do it tomorrow,"

And in your haste not seen his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die,

'Cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don't dance so fast,

Time is short, the music won't last.


When you run so fast to get somewhere,

You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,

It's like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life is not a race, so take it slower,

Hear the music before your song is over.


~ David L. Weatherford


(Shared by Jay Martin)


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011


                     + Agape Love

                  + Brotherly Kindness

               + Godliness

            + Patience

         + Temperance

      + Knowledge

   + Virtue



Stepping Stones to Christian Living

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend, and It's Healthy




Nov. 3, 2011


Daylight saving time finally ends this Sunday at 2 a.m. -- remember to set your clocks back one hour when you go to bed Saturday night -- and for many of us, that's depressing. The day seems to fly by. It's dark before it's time to start thinking about dinner.


But many doctors say the return to standard time -- and the extra hour of sleep you get in the morning -- can be healthy.


"Generally, it is always easier to stay up an hour later than to go to sleep an hour earlier, so most people have relatively little problem setting the clocks back in the fall," said Dr. Steven Feinsilver, director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, in an email. "This is because our basic circadian rhythm (the 'body clock') actually seems to be programmed for a longer than 24 hour day. It runs a little slow."


"The circadian clock does not change to the social change," said chronobiology researcher Till Roenneberg of Ludwig Maximilans University in Munich, Germany. "During the winter, there is a beautiful tracking of dawn in human sleep behavior, which is completely and immediately interrupted when daylight saving time is introduced in March."


Roenneberg, lead researcher for a study of the effects of time shifts, said that humans' biological clocks are stronger than the clocks set by Congress.


"When you change clocks to daylight saving time, you don't change anything related to sun time," Roenneberg said. "This is one of those human arrogances, that we can do whatever we want as long as we are disciplined. We forget that there is a biological clock that is as old as living organisms, a clock that cannot be fooled. The pure social change of time cannot fool the clock."


Though individuals may see their biological clocks reset, and will get an "extra hour" of sleep or rest over the weekend, researchers say that the stress caused by time changes can be bad for the body.


Researchers in Sweden published a report in 2008 in the New England Journal of Medicine reporting that the number of heart attacks jumps during the period immediately following time changes, and that those vulnerable to sleep deprivation should be extra careful.


"More than 1.5 billion men and women are exposed to the transitions involved in daylight saving time: turning clocks forward by an hour in the spring and backward by an hour in the autumn," wrote Imre Janszky and Rickard Ljung, health and welfare researchers in Sweden. "These transitions can disrupt chronobiologic rhythms and influence the duration and quality of sleep, and the effect lasts for several days after the shifts."


Janszky and Ljung said that sleep deprivation can affect the cardiovascular system, leading the vulnerable to have heart problems in the days following Daylight Saving time changes.


Does Daylight Saving Equal Energy Savings?


The seven-month period of daylight saving time is mandated by governments -- not biological clocks -- which began implementing the time switch during World Wars I and II to save energy and resources for the war effort. From World War II until recently, daylight saving in the U.S. ran from April until mid-October.


But in 2007, Congress adjusted daylight saving time to begin three weeks earlier and end one week later, a move they hoped would help save energy. At the time, they pointed to the fact that longer daylight in the evening hours reduced people's need to turn on lights in their homes at night.


Critics of the policy questioned the government's decision, wondering whether people would simply turn on as many lights in the morning hours instead. In response, the Department of Energy studied the energy savings in 2008. They found that during daylight saving time, U.S. electricity use decreased by 0.5 percent per day, which added up to 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours, enough to power about 122,000 average U.S. homes for a year.


Now, as daylight saving time comes to its November close, energy use will tick up again as the sun sets earlier in the evening.


In the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 6, the clocks will be set back an hour, from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. For an individual who goes to bed at 10 p.m. on Saturday night and awakens eight hours later, they will wake up at 5 a.m. on Sunday morning. It will still be dark, of course, but the sun will come earlier than normal, at 6:30 a.m.


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Thursday, October 27, 2011




Lately, the spiders in my neighborhood have gotten out of control. First of all, they're the size of silver dollars, and they're everywhere! Just in time for Halloween, I suppose. You don't see them much during the day, but they're often hanging out at night and in the wee hours of the morning. Frankly, they creep me out.

One morning I was walking my dog and noticed the increase of spider webs along my block. It seemed like out of nowhere these things just popped up. And that wouldn't be strange normally, but I'm not talking about a little string dangling from a corner. I'm talking about huge, elaborate webs that stretch between trees. They're massive as though they're out of a movie. I thought, Who has time to build something like this? I mean, I know they don't have jobs, but come on! I never see these spiders move, and over night, they've taken over.

I felt the Lord say, “Yes, it's interesting what can be accomplished in the midnight hours.”

Of course! While we are all sleeping, these guys are slowly weaving their homes. Strand by strand, these little web-slingers work diligently even though we never see it. It's no wonder they are part of God's creation.

I praise you, LORD, for being my guide. “Even in the darkest night, your teachings fill my mind.” - Psalm 16:7 (CEV)

You see where I'm going with this, because you may also be in your midnight hour. You've been at work when no one else noticed, building up your faith in the dark. It doesn't look like you've got anything - certainly not anything sturdy enough to hang on to. However, God wants you to keep working. Keep praying. Keep believing. Keep speaking those things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17).

Dawn is coming, and when the sun hits the dew on your web just right, you'll see a beautiful masterpiece in the morning light. People will stop and stare in amazement. They will marvel at what faith created and be encouraged by all that can be done in the darkness.


(Excerpt from “Spider Webs” by Jennifer E. Jones, http://m.cbn.com/sites/default/files/story_images/spiderweb_md.jpg?127437322)


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

5 Things To Do Every Day For Success

5 Things To Do Every Day For Success

FC Expert Blog

BY FC Expert Blogger Dayna SteeleTue Mar 1, 2011


From FC Expert Blog:  This blog is written by a member of our expert blogging community and expresses that expert's views alone.


"You get up at what time?"


I hear that a lot, along with "You are so lucky." So, I'm going to help out here and let you in on the secrets of my success. Well, not all of them--but enough to show you the foundation I build on every day.


1.    Wake up early. For the next week, get up a half an hour earlier that you normally do--and get going. If you get a few more things done, then get up even earlier the next week. Early in the morning is a great time to get work done because most of your associates have not started emailing, tweeting, IMing, or posting yet.


2.    Read the headlines and watch the news. Not only should you know what is going on in the world, you will also be the first to recognize opportunities (if you followed #1) for you and your business--long before the competition has even had their first cup of coffee.


3.    Send something to one person who can hire you or buy your product--something you promised to follow-up with, a quick email with a link to something relevant or a "Hey, just checking in to see how thing are going" email.


4.    Touch base with an old friend or associate you haven't talked to in ages. Ask how they are, what are they working on and ask or suggest how you might help. You'll make their day.


5.    Write a handwritten note to someone. Seriously. It is a lost art and makes quite an impression. There is always someone you can send a thank you note to--or you aren't doing things correctly.



A simple yet highly effective list. Try all five every weekday for a month. Then, tell me I'm right. If I'm wrong, I'll buy you a cup of coffee. When you finally wake up ...



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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Today, as I was continuing my ongoing employment search, I encountered the following question on the online application submission and responded as noted below.



Tell us what you associate with each one of our 5 values (Passion, Intellectual Curiosity, Courage, Trust and Integrity).


PASSION - Passion is the driving source of energy for accomplishing excellence in any field.

INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY - This is the compelling desire to truly know and understand the underlying reasons for what you do; it is not merely to accept the status quo but to seek out whether there is a better way to accomplish the desired goal.

COURAGE - Courage is the ability to accept a challenge in the face of adversity.

TRUST - Trust is (a) accepting what you are told without reservation from somone in whom you have confidence and (b) the confidence you engender in others by proving yourself reliable to them over time.

INTEGRITY - Integrity is developed by consistent display of honesty, making the right decisions, and demonstration of commitment to a high set of values.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

In My Seat - by Peter Scheibner
The 10th anniversary of that fateful day of September 11, 2001 has now come and gone.  My friend John Watkins forwarded the following YouTube link to me that relates the story of the pilot who was scheduled for American Airlines Flight 11.  The message is compelling every day of the year.  You can access it by clicking here:  In My Seat
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011


(The following was shared with me by my friend John Watkins – and I share it with you…  See associated pictures on my Facebook page at 9/11/01 Album.)


You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news On September 11, 2001. Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say 'Good-Bye.' I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, 'Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK..I am ready to go.'

I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she
tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn't coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. 'I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!' I said. 'Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now.'

I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them.

I was in Texas , Virginia , California , Michigan , Afghanistan. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name - though not all knew Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor.

Some sought Me with their last breath. Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; 'Come to Me... this way... take my hand.' Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do. However, if you were
there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are 'ready to go.'

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.



During the next 60 seconds, stop whatever you are doing, and take this opportunity. (Literally it
is only 1 minute.) All I’m asking you to do is the following:

Stop and think and appreciate God's power in your life, for doing what you know is pleasing to Him. If you are not ashamed to do this, follow the instructions. Jesus said, 'If you are ashamed of Me, I will be ashamed of you before My Father.'

I am sharing this message that was shared with me... because 'Yes, I love my God. He is my
fountain of Life and My Savior. He Keeps me going day and night. Without Him, I am no one. But with Him, I can do everything. Christ is my strength.'

If you look closely at the picture of the Marines, you will see that they are bowing their heads. That's because they're praying.

GOD Bless Our Warriors,
May God Bless America ,
One Nation Under GOD!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Cup of Tea

(shared with me by Barbara McClellan)

One day my Gramma was out, and my Grampa was in charge of me.

I was maybe 2 1/2 years old. Someone had given me a little 'tea set' as a gift, and it was one of my favorite toys.

Grampa was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought him a little cup of 'tea', which was just water. After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Gramma came home.

My Grampa made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea, because it was 'just the cutest thing!' Gramma waited, and sure enough, here I came down the hall with a cup of tea for Grampa, and she watched him drink it up.

Then she said, (as only a gramma would know), "'Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?"

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Lee Holliday, CEBS, SPHR, DTM