Mar 20 2012

Happy Spring!

For winter's rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins; And time remembered is grief forgotten, And frosts are slain and flowers begotten, And in green underwood and cover Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

~ Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909)

 

Is happiness secret of success?
 
The greatest advantage in the economy is a happy workforce, argues Shawn Achor.  Scientifically, happiness is a choice. It is a choice about where your single processor brain will devote its finite resources as you process the world. If you scan for the negative first, your brain literally has no resources left over to see the things you are grateful for or the meaning embedded in your work. But if you scan the world for the positive, you start to reap an amazing advantage.
 
In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn challenges readers to do one brief positive exercise every day for 21 days. Only through behavioral change can information become transformation.
 
• Write down three new things you are grateful for each day;
• Write for two minutes a day describing one positive experience you had over the past 24 hours;
• Exercise for 10 minutes a day;
• Pray

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Mar 19 2012

Are you ready for Spring?

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Mar 16 2012

True Story of St. Patrick

True Story of St. Patrick

It may surprise you to learn that the real Saint Patrick was not actually Irish—yet his robust faith changed the Emerald Isle forever.

Patrick was born in Roman Britain to a middle-class family in about A.D. 390. When Patrick was a teenager, marauding Irish raiders attacked his home. Patrick was captured, taken to Ireland, and sold to an Irish king, who put him to work as a shepherd.
 “The work of such slave-shepherds was bitterly isolated, months at a time spent alone in the hills.”
Patrick had been raised in a Christian home, but he didn’t really believe in God. But now—hungry, lonely, frightened, and bitterly cold—Patrick began seeking out a relationship with his heavenly Father. As he wrote in his Confessions, “I would pray constantly during the daylight hours” and “the love of God . . . surrounded me more and more.”

Six years after his capture, God spoke to Patrick in a dream, saying, “Your hungers are rewarded. You are going home. Look—your ship is ready.”  Finally—thirty years after God had led Patrick away from Ireland—He called him back to the Emerald Isle as a missionary.

 

American Idol - Colton Dixon

Colton Dixon is one of the remaining contestants on "American Idol" and he producers have warned him that talking about his faith could hurt his chances on the show. His response...... "I am not going to hide it, and I am not going to stray away from it just because I am on a TV show."

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Mar 15 2012

Great little spelling champ!

The Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee is always fun to watch, but this year will be a bit more interesting....check out this article!

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Allowance

We have been discussing weekly allowance for our kids. What about yours - allowance or no allowance? Here are the averages we found:

Age   Average Weekly Allowance
 
4       $2.85
5       $3.15
6       $3.85
7       $4.10
8       $4.32
9       $5.52
10     $7.18
11     $7.92
12     $9.58
13     $9.52
14     $13.47
15     $15.57
16     $17.84
17     $30.66
18     $40.10

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