Jul 06 2010

Living with HIV - Pastor Shane Stanford

He made a choice to not let being diagnosed with HIV be a "death sentence".  Pastor Shane Stanford found out he was HIV positive following a bad blood treatment when he was a teenager.  But he didn't let that "positive" diagnosis, become a negative. His life has become a story of perserverance, faith, forgiveness and God's Grace.

A Positive Life by Shane Stanford from Anthony Thaxton on Vimeo.

Jul 05 2010

Staycation Ideas

You don't have to have lots of money or time or even go far to have a great vacation.  This summer, maybe try a "staycation".  Here are some fun staycation ideas, courtesy of imom.com.  Got a great staycation idea?  Let us know ...

1) Visit a nature center, or wildlife rescue or refuge center.

2) Camp out – you can do this at a campsite in your own area, or you can even have a camp out in your backyard. 

3) Sign up for a workshop or activity you can do as a family.  Look into cooking lessons, tennis lessons, or walking tours.

4) Let your kids choose their dream destination and then go there – without leaving home.  Decorate a room in the style of that country or city.  Watch a movie shot on location.  Eat the food of that locale.  Try to learn a bit of the language.

5) If you have friends who are also taking staycations, see about trading houses with them for the weekend.

6) Enlist the help of grandparents and other relatives.  Let your children spend a few days away from home, and see if you can join them on the weekend.

7) Join a country club or community pool.  Some clubs in smaller cities offer membership for as little as $50 a month.   Consider it an investment in keeping your kids active, this summer.  Call around to see if you can find "summer only" specials.

8) Take the train.  Many railway carriers offer short trips of an hour or two.  Pack a lunch and enjoy the scenery with your kids.

9) If you have a beach, lake or river nearby, check the paper or internet for bargains on rentals.   Since fewer people are traveling this summer, you might be able to get a great deal. 

10) Visit a local art museum with your kids. Once they've seen the paintings, sculpture, photography and other creative works, give them some drawing paper, some modeling clay or a camera and let them recreate their own favorites at home. Then create a gallery in your family room, featuring their finished works of art.

Jul 04 2010

Fun on the 4th!

Fireworks, Family, Friends and Food!  More than likely you had some or all of those elements for your 4th of July celebration.  Tell us what you did this 4th of July weekend!


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Jul 02 2010

Why Are You Proud to be American?

With the 4th of July quickly approaching, share your the "Wow, America" stories of your life--moments when being an American meant the most to you.


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