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Matters of Life and Death

“Nothing is certain but death and taxes.”  We all know how the adage goes.  Many a writer and poet have uttered the line declaring – decrying?  – the certainty of these grim realities, in a world in which everything else seems so horribly uncertain. This rather fatalistic and more than slightly pessimistic proverb draws on …

Nourishment of Biblical Proportions

  Have you ever heard of “Daniel’s Diet?” It’s a weight-loss program based on Daniel, a Biblical character. According to Scriptures, when King Nebuchadnezzar told his subjects to eat the “King’s choice foods,” Daniel chose “not to defile himself” and only subsisted on “vegetables to eat and water to drink.” Hence, the birth of a …

How Going Green Can Save You $2000

Going green. File photo by Ponsulak / Shutterstock   Earth Day falls on April 22 this year, and there’s no better time to appreciate the place we call home. It’s also a great time to consider ways to be better environmental stewards and evaluate our current practices and activities. In addition to being better patrons to our …

Abandoned crocodile captured at California strip mall; state game authorities seek new home

    ROSEVILLE, Calif. – This is one crocodile that didn’t want to become a handbag. Police in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville captured a 4-foot-long crocodile Wednesday near a T.J. Maxx store in a strip mall. Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther says the animal apparently escaped from a box left in front of a …

What does the Bible tell us about prayer?

As God’s children, do we really know how to pray? In our day to day living, we communicate with God. We thank, repent, and ask for His guidance and blessings. But the biggest question is: Are we praying in accordance to what was written in the Bible? Before going any further, it is important to …

Ask a Designer: Go early, bring cash, and other tips for flea market shoppers of home decor

Flea market (Wikipedia photo)   The arrival of spring means that flea markets are reopening for business around the country. Shoppers will hunt for treasures amid acres of used goods. A few will come home with just the right vintage art or quirky piece of furniture to make their home more beautiful. Jaime Rummerfield, co-founder …

TED Talks: Offering us Ideas worth spreading

 Amanda Palmer re-enacts her days as a mime, as she expounds on the Art of Asking at the TED Talks 2013 conference.  (Photo : http://amandapalmer.net/blog/20130307/)   Reality TV is all the rage on the boob tube these days; serving up everything from the brilliant, to the mundane, to the inane, to the downright insane.  I …

Life after Deaths: Surviving Haiyan

  Can you imagine a typhoon so strong and so fierce that it carried a 1000-ton cargo ship from the sea and plunked it in the middle of a town? That’s exactly what happened the morning of November 8, 2013, when super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (international name ‘Haiyan’)—equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane and reported to …

Aw jeez! Vancouver dialect coach helped ‘Fargo’ actors nail Minnesota accent

CALGARY – Aw jeez – it wouldn’t be “Fargo” without the distinctive Minnesota accents. Vancouver-based dialect coach Tony Alcantar worked with actors in the new FX television series “Fargo” – adapted from the famous 1996 Coen brothers’ film – to get the sound just right. “The Minnesota sound, in its extreme, is a more musical …

What Is The Difference Between Being Baptized In Water And Being Baptized In The Holy Spirit?

“The water does not do anything except get you wet,” says Matt, 8. “When you get baptized in the Holy Spirit, you get cleansed by God, and he will come into our hearts. Getting baptized means you’re telling the whole world that God has come into your heart.” On the baptism of the Holy Spirit, …

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