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So, how were the holidays for you? Everything was pretty normal around here at the station: nuts, fruitcakes, hot dogs, turkeys – just our regular station personnel.


I won’t be satisfied with technology until I can download food.


In the movies, how does the aerosol can know to explode once the microwave counts down to zero?




[Jesus said,] “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. — John 16:33


For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age… — Titus 2:11-12


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! — 2 Corinthians 5:17




(From VerseOfTheDay.com)

O LORD, … be not silent. Do not be far from me, O Lord. Awake, and rise to my defense! Contend for me, my God and Lord. — Psalm 35:22-23


Thought: God sometimes seems to be distant and not to be listening to us. Think of the hundreds of years Israel was in bondage praying for God’s promised Deliverer. “Isn’t God listening?” they must have repeatedly wondered. Yet at the right time, God sent his Son and brought deliverance. Thankfully, God doesn’t ask us to pretend that everything is okay when it isn’t. He filled the Psalms with cries for deliverance and help. You may find yourself in a position where these words are yours. If you are, realize that thousands of Today’s Verse participants are praying today for God’s immediate and powerful deliverance of you.


Prayer: Almighty God, may your name be revered in all the earth just as it is among the angels of heaven. Show the power and might of your Kingdom in our day. Deliver your Church and your children from the hands of the evil one. Bring deliverance to your children who are crying for your help with spiritual, family, health, or financial problems they are having. May our lives be lived to your glory, now and forevermore. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.


The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.




The chapter and verse corresponds to the month and the day!

James 1:4 NIV = Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.




(NOTE: Some holidays may be duplicated due to various calendars reporting conflicting dates)


Today is DIMPLED CHAD DAY, commemorating all the dimpled chads left over from various contested elections.  ***MARLAR: And that’s sad, because up until the 2000 election, dimples were actually cute. As were guys named Chad.


Today is EAT AN OREO COOKIE, LOOK AT YOUR TEETH, AND REMEMBER TO FLOSS DAY.  ***MARLAR: Not much needed regarding an explanation on this one, is there?


From the “Do Not Try This At Home” files… it’s APPENDECTOMY DAY! In 1885, Dr. William Grant of Davenport, Iowa, performed the first appendectomy.


Today is SHORT PEOPLE DAY, marking the birthday of General Tom Thumb on this day in 1838. ***MARLAR: A small celebration is expected. (audio clip)




Blue Monday (the most depression day of the year)

Divorce Monday

National Weigh-In Day

Pop Music Chart Day

“Thank God It’s Monday” Day

Tom Thumb Day

Trivia Day

World Braille Day

World Hypnotism Day





Bird Day



Epiphany (Twelvth Night, or Twelfth Day of Christmas)

Three Kings Day



Harlem Globetrotters Day

I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore Day

International Programmers’ Day

Orthodox Christmas

National Bobblehead Day

National Tempura Day



Argyle Day

Bubble Bath Day

Earth’s Rotation Day

National English Toffee Day

Midwife’s Day

Women’s Day

National Bubble Bath Day

National Joy Germ Day

Show And Tell Day at Work

War on Poverty Day



Balloon Ascension Day

National Cassoulet Day

National Static Electricity Day

Panama’s Martyr Day



League of Nations Day

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

No Pants Subway Ride Day

Stephen Foster Day



Cigarettes Are Hazardous To Your Health Day

Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day

National Clean Off Your Desk Day

National Human Traffic Awareness Day




1493: Christopher Columbus returned to Europe from what he thought was India with six native Americans that he called “Indians.”


1863: James Plimpton of New York City patented 4-wheeled roller skates with one wheel at each corner of the skate. Previous skates had wheels in a line.


1954: Elvis Presley paid Sun Records $4.00 to record two songs for his mother: “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.” The session took ten minutes. Then, he went back to work at the machine shop.


1965: CBS bought the Fender Guitar Company from Leo Fender for $13 million.


1974: President Nixon refused to release any more documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.


1976: By attaching electrodes to a glass bowl, Ontario neurologist Dr. Adrian Upton discovered that wave activity created by vibrating lime Jell-O is identical to that of the human brain.


1977: Leroy beat Quenemo 83 to 1 in a girls’ high school basketball game in Kansas. Dee Dee Neil was high scorer for Quenemo with one.


1981: The Broadway show “Frankenstein” opened and closed on the same night at a reported loss of $2 million.


1987: TV evangelist Oral Roberts said God would strike him down unless donations improved. The money poured in at first, then dropped off, and within two years Roberts had to sell much of his property in Tulsa.


1994: The 104th Congress convened, the first Republican Congress since the Eisenhower era. Newt Gingrich was elected speaker of the House.


1999: Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt bought dinner for 140 members of Ohio’s Defiance High School band, who were trapped in California following the Rose Bowl Parade because bad weather shut down airports back home. Others provided free meals, amusement park tickets, and tour buses to help the band endure its 4-day entrapment.


1999: Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura took the oath of office as Minnesota’s 37th governor.


2002: A passer-by told police that two men, wearing ski masks and carrying rifles, were loitering outside a Bank One branch in Elkhart, Indiana. But the men finally figured out the branch only offered drive-through service and the doors were locked. Before police arrived, the would-be bandits gave up and left. Police found their stolen getaway car abandoned a few blocks away.




(None today)




  • actor (Mark Hogan on “The Hogan Family”, played the little boy, Anthony, in the Twilight Zone movie) Jeremy Licht is 45 (
  • Actress (Legends of the Fall, First Knight) Julia Ormond, 51
  • Actor (“NewsRadio”, “Kids In The Hall”) Dave Foley, 53 (
  • Actress (“Ally McBeal”, ex-wife of Cary Grant, and now an evangelist in Hollywood) Dyan Cannon, 79 (




(Music Artist Birthdays From SongFacts.com)

1933 : Ray Starling

1943 : John McLaughlin

1944 : Volker Hemback (Tangerine Dream)

1946 : Arthur Conley

1956 : Bernard Sumner (New Order)

1957 : Patty Loveless

1960 : Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)

1962 : Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins)

1965 : David Glasper (Breathe)

1965 : Beth Gibbons (Portishead)

1966 : Deana Carter




Why do we use “in the long run” to mean the final outcome?

The reference is to a race, best illustrated in the story of the hare that was ahead for a while but lost out to the tortoise “in the long run.”




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Tenth Avenue North’s Mike Donehey: Modern culture sees happiness as life “going well.” Ancient culture saw happiness as a life “lived well.”


Comedian Bob Smiley: Huge thanks to the makers of the board game Monopoly for helping me determine which of my 3 kids has an anger issue.


Matt Maher shared a portion of his families conversation while watching the Sound of Music.

“why aren’t those nuns allowed to the wedding?”

“they’re cloistered”

“ah-they’re not the free range ones”


Casting Crowns Megan Garrett: 3 words that will change your life: Flushable. Kitty. Litter.


The Thought Of The Day from Crowder: Why do they put Braille on the keypad at the drive-thru?


“I’m a time traveler” “But I can only travel forward” “One second at a time.” — Casting Crowns’ Jaun Devevo


From Third Day’s Mac Powell: BBQ makes us happy! Can I get an “amen!”?


The Thought Of The Day from Crowder: Why is there an expiration date on SOUR cream?


Casting Crowns’ Megan Garrett says the bologna sandwich should be one of the 5 love languages. She tweeted: that’s the one I identify with the most.


Thought For Today from Crowder: If Wile E. Coyote had enough money for all that Acme stuff, why didn’t he just buy dinner?


A thought from Rush of Fools’ Kevin Huguley: Sometimes I wish trees could talk.




(No news on the weekends. Audio clips are only valid for a few days before being removed from our servers.)



The new US Air Force stealth bombers will cost more than half a billion dollars each.  *** But the full-sized in-flight restrooms are totally worth it.


A guy in China attempted to rob some automated teller machines by using a method he’d seen in movies. The guy tried to short-circuit the ATMs by pouring beverages into them. He was caught and is charged with causing over $20,000 in damage to three ATMs.  ***And for serving alcohol to underage ATMs.


A study by the National Institutes of Health says obese children who cut back on their sugar intake see improvements in their blood pressure, cholesterol readings and other markers of health after just 10 days.  ***So you cut back on sugar and your health gets better.  How did we not know this before?  Oh, wait… we did.


An employee at Boston’s Logan Airport caused an American Airlines airplane to be taken out of service after he attempted to take an “ultimate selfie” on the plane’s wing. Out of precaution, American decided to pull the aircraft from service for inspection following the incident, as the act of jumping on the wing could have potentially damaged it.  *** They didn’t take the incident seriously at first though, as it was first reported that there’s was something on the wing by William Shatner.




According to a recent study, kids who are musicians develop better social skills. ***For example, when on tour they always ask permission before trashing their hotel room.


Soon you’ll be able to take a pill to erase those bad memories!  A widely available blood pressure pill could one day help people erase bad memories, perhaps treating some anxiety disorders and phobias. The drug was shown to significantly weaken people’s fearful memories of spiders and other creepy things.  ***MARLAR: My high blood pressure is caused by the memory of seeing myself in the mirror coming out of the shower.  Can it get rid of THAT memory?


According to a recent study, more doctors are starting to make house calls again. ***Here’s what you do: Have the doctor arrive at your home at noon then make him wait in the living room with old magazines until three.


Forget about creams and serums for glowing skin, shinier hair and brighter eyes – there is a cheaper and more natural way to be beautiful!  Lisa Drayer, author of The Beauty Diet, tells us to eat some salmon, sweet potatoes and spinach and get ready for the beauty to shine from the inside out. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce stress, fights depression, and boost mood. She says this will go a long way to help us look and feel better.  ***MARLAR: Sounds kind of fishy to me.












OPEN: And now, FancyMonkey.com, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you As the Jungle Turns!   When last we left the jungle, all of the animals were scared after finding what appeared to be five giant footprints from an unknown creature! They all began thinking it was a terrible, nasty, filthy, dangerous creature – maybe even a creature who’s favorite food is MONKEYS!


CLOSE: Wow… an “everything must go” sale! Brilliant! It’s going to be a lot easier to run away from a terrifying giant-footed monster if you don’t have to carry all your belongings with you while you’re running! Come to think of it… you can advertise here on the radio station. Just call 555/555-1212… ask for (local Sales Manager)… and we’ll get you started! Oh yeah… and tune in next time, for As the Jungle Turns!






OPEN: And now, FancyMonkey.com, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you As the Jungle Turns! Last time, Louis the lion, a very young lion, was having a hard time dealing with his new responsibilities of being king of the jungle. In fact, he couldn’t make any decisions at all for the animals – but they were counting on him to make decisions on just about everything!


CLOSE: If Louis sneaks off to find someone else to be king, who will he find? And what will the animals do in the meantime? Tune in again to find out, As the Jungle Turns!


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Going to the wrong address can be disastrous for your career.

In March of 2006, a wrecking crew in New York City began demolishing a three-story building in Queens. With one swing of the wrecking ball, they punched a 10-foot hole in the building. It would have been a good start had workers not started demolishing the wrong building. Startled tenants were forced to evacuate and the foundation had to be repaired before the tenants could return.






  1. Arbitrator \ar’-bi-tray-ter\: A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at McDonald’s.


  1. Eyedropper \i’-drop-ur\: a clumsy ophthalmologist.


  1. Paradox \par’-u-doks\: two physicians


  1. Primate \pri’-mat\: removing your spouse from in front of the TV.


  1. Sudafed \sood’-a-fed\: bringing litigation against a government official.


  1. Avoidable \uh-voy’-duh-buhl\: What a bullfighter tries to do.


  1. Control \kon-trol’\: A short, ugly inmate.


  1. Parasites \par’-uh-sites\: what you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower.


  1. Polarize \po’-lur-ize\: what penguins see with.


  1. Counterfeiters \kown-ter-fit-ers \: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets




We have a new rage just in time for post-Christmas shopping… SHOPPING CART RAGE!


FILE #1: Twenty-one year old Gregory M. Croteau of Eliot, Maine, is the first person to experience “shopping cart rage.”  Who needs a car when you can ram a shopping cart into parked cars and toss one onto the roof of a parked car?  That’s what Gregory did.  Apparently he was mad about something.  Police arrested him and hauled him away before they found out who owned the parked cars.  They expect to hear from a few angry drivers in the next few days.


FILE #2: In Dedham, Massachusetts, 38-year-old burglary suspect James Miller had allegedly planned a great escape with his girlfriend. The idea was to free himself using a handcuff key the girlfriend would pass to him during either a hug or a kiss while in court. Unfortunately James made one crucial mistake. It seems he allegedly discussed the plot with girlfriend Theresa Fougere during phone calls from jail. Those, of course, are monitored by the Norfolk County sheriff’s department and inmates are warned that their phone conversations are not private. James was already facing charges of heroin possession and was a suspect in several store burglaries. He now has been charged with attempted escape and conspiracy. His girlfriend, Theresa was also arrested and charged with attempting to aid a felon to escape.


FILE #3: What’s the world’s record for the fastest arrest of a bank robber?  This has got to be the winner.  Adam Grennan passed a note to a Boston bank teller, demanding money – meanwhile, directly behind him a uniformed police officer was watching and pulled his weapon to arrest him.  Now that’s fast.


STRANGE LAW: In Idaho it is prohibited for pedestrians and motorists to display frowns, grimaces, scowls, threatening and glowing looks that reflect unfavorably upon the state’s reputation.




If you’re going to traffic drugs, it’s best to remain inconspicuous. One man apparently didn’t understand that concept.

Here’s a bit of advice for aspiring drug traffickers.  When carrying illegal narcotics, it’s never a good idea to draw attention to yourself by getting into a fight with another person over money and getting yourself arrested.  That was a lesson learned the hard way by Portland, Maine’s Nicholas Foley.  Foley might have gotten away with this little faux pas, but just as police were preparing to release him, he became sick and puked up 31 bags of heroin.  Upon further investigation, police found another nine bags of heroin hidden in a pack of cigarettes in the possession of the now re-incarcerated Foley.




Gee it’s only been about two weeks, but it’s about this time when those cute toys from Christmas become extremely irritating. What toy is it at YOUR house that makes an irritating annoying noise? Call in and play your “Toys That Annoy!”




QUESTION: To whom did the Lord say, “No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I have been with Moses, I will also be with you”?
ANSWER: Joshua, just after the death of Moses (Joshua 1:5)




QUESTION: What is the difference between an American 7-Eleven Slurpee and a Canadian 7-Eleven Slurpee?

ANSWER: The American Slurpee is injected with air. Canadian Slurpee is not. (Source: Slurpee.com)




Pay attention! If our next player doesn’t answer all ten T/F questions correctly we start all over from question #1! First person to answer question #10 correctly is our winner!

  1. Katherine Hepburn is the only actor to have starred in two of the top ten films in the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Movies of all time list. (False… only Marlon Brando can make that claim for “The Godfather” and “On The Waterfront”)


  1. More people live in the state of New York than in all of Afghanistan. (False… but it’s close. Afghanistan has about 20 million people, New York state just over 18 million)


  1. Pittsburgh is the only city in America where all the professional sports teams wear the same colors. (True… black & gold)


  1. Sears and Roebuck was the first store in America to ever advertise the slogan, “Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back.” (False… actually it was Mongtomery Ward in 1874)


  1. Model T Fords came in only two colors, either black or brown. (False… there were almost 16 million made and sold, every single one of them black)


  1. If you added up the distance of all 70 of Mark McGuire’s season record homeruns, it’s the same as if he hit one ball over Mount Everest. (True)


  1. In addition to its five sides, the Pentagon building also has 5 stories. (True)


  1. Relative to its size, the strongest muscle in the human body is the nostril. (False, it’s the tongue)


  1. Double Dutch, Hot Pepper and High Water, Low Water are variations of the game Hopscotch. (False, Jump Rope)


  1. Robert Redford played baseball for the New York Knights in the movie, “The Rookie.” (False, it was “The Natural”)




You have to match the blank in the tabloid headline with the word or phrase that has been removed!


The Titanic sunk on April 15, 1912.  On the one hundred year anniversary… the fateful voyage will  be repeated.

2,000 Titanic enthusiasts will mark the centenary of the maritime disaster by sailing on a large cruise ship to commemorate the sinking on the very spot of the tragedy in 1912.

Descendants of some of the survivors will be on board.   Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are considering taking the trip as well.

A British company has almost sold out two cruises for people to mark the anniversary on 15 April by following the route of the Titanic to where it struck an iceberg. The booming demand for Titanic-related travel has led to another travel company offering the chance to explore the wreckage of the ill-fated vessel in a Russian-built submarine next summer at a cost of $59,000 per person.





A first-time father was taking a turn at feeding the baby some strained peas. Naturally, there were traces of the food everywhere, especially on the infant.  His wife comes in, looks at the infant, then at her husband staring into space, then says, “What in the world are you doing?”
He replied, “I’m waiting for the first coat to dry, so I can put on another.”



The garbage man came early. Karen heard his truck from inside the house so she threw on her robe and ran outside to catch him.

He was pulling away from the neighbors curb when he saw her running waiving her arms.

“Hey! Wait!” Karen said catching up to him. “Am I too late for the garbage?”

He looked her up and down and said, “No, jump in.”



An elderly couple are both lying in bed one morning, having just awaken from a good nights sleep. He takes her hand and she responds, “Don’t touch me”.

“Why not,” he asks.

She answers back, “Because I’m dead.”

The husband says to her, “What are you talking about? We’re both lying here in bed together and talking to one another.”

The wife says, “No, I’m definitely dead.”

Her husband insists, “You’re not dead. What in the world makes you think you’re dead?”

His wife answers, “I know I’m dead, because I woke up this morning and nothing hurts.”




Scientists are now hoping to create a source of stem cells by fusing human cells with rabbit eggs to create embryos that are mostly human but part rabbit.  ***MARLAR: Oh yeah, that’ll solve the problem of stem cells being controversial.  After all, nobody could possibly have moral objections to them creating a Frankenbunny.


A man in Norway living in public-funded housing is refusing to take a bath and vows to take his fight all the way to the Supreme Court!  ***MARLAR: What’s he fighting for?  He already has cheap housing.





Fred and his wife were at his high school reunion.  As he looked around, Fred noticed the other men in their expensive suits…and their bulging  stomachs.  Proud of the fact that he weighed just five pounds more than he did when he was in high school, the result of trying to beat a living out of a rocky hillside farm, Fred said to his wife, “I’m the only guy here who can still wear the suit he wore when he graduated.”

She glanced at the prosperous crowd, then back at him, and said, “You’re the only one who has to.”





A police speed trap catches… a road running llama!

A circus llama in Hamburg escaped from its owner – but it ran straight into the police. In fact, in ran into a police speed trap. The animal was with its owner in a local marketplace when it escaped and ran down a nearby road. Police say the animal overtook several cars as officers clocked it running at over 10mph. They caught the animal and gave it back to its owner.





Fear makes you fumble. When you are afraid, you have a tendency to not do well. The pressure is so great that it causes you to mess up. It’s like the guy who was out of money. He decided to rob the bank because he couldn’t think of any other way to get the money. He didn’t know anything about robbing banks so he practiced what he would say over and over. He got a revolver and a sack for the money. Then he practiced sticking the sack over the counter and pointing the gun in someone’s face saying, “Don’t mess with me, this is a stick up.” When it came time for the real thing, he was really nervous but he was confident he had it down pat. However, when he got in the bank, fear took over and he handed the lady the revolver, pointed the sack at her, and said, “Don’t stick with me, this is a mess up.” Fear makes you fumble.




And the Lord said, “Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?” One suggested this, and another that.  – (1 Kings 22:20)

There are few times we get a glimpse of what goes on in Heaven.  Here is one instance when the angels were conferring with the Lord about the judgment of King Ahab for his sin and who was going to set up Ahab for this judgment.

If God wanted to use you to impact your world for Jesus Christ, what circumstances would have to be created in order for you to respond to His call? Would prospering you materially encourage you to this end? Would a major change in what you are presently doing be necessary? What would your response be should God and the angels conclude that the only way to move you into a position of fulfilling God’s purposes was to remove some things that might be very dear to you? Would you agree with their plan if you knew this would be the only way you would achieve the purposes for which God made you? Hard questions, aren’t they?
This is the very thing God does in many who have been called for a special mission. Moses had to be stripped of his royal position in the family of Egypt and sit in the desert for 40 years. The apostle Paul had to be knocked off his horse, blinded, and receive a personal visitation from Jesus. The 12 disciples had to leave their jobs for three years to follow Christ. Imagine what kind of disruption this had on their lives. There are many examples of God bringing major upheaval in the lives of those He called for His purposes. Why?
The reason is that we do not seek God with a whole heart in times of prosperity and comfort. Prosperity and comfort tend to breed complacency and satisfaction. It is rare to find the man or woman who seeks God with a whole heart who does so simply from a grateful heart. We often must have pain or crisis to motivate us.

Eventually, that crisis bridges us to a new calling, and we embrace that calling if we are open to the Holy Spirit’s work in us. We can actually thank God for the change that was required to get us to this place, but it is not without anguish of heart.




Ever heard of “maggot medicine?”

Doctors have long known that maggots can help with healing wounds by eating dead tissue. But doctors at England’s University of Bradford discovered that their secretions also contain an enzyme that speeds healing. They said it might be possible to heal a person’s wounds just by applying bandages soaked in fluids secreted by maggots.




Apparently, cleanliness is NOT next to godliness!

Some experts say Americans are obsessively clean with our use of anti-bacterial’s. So clean, that it might be counterproductive. The problem is that all that scrubbing and sponging may be weakening our immune systems, killing helpful germs and spurring the growth of mutant strains of super bacteria. Stuart Levy, a Tufts University geneticist, says Americans are being swayed by advertising campaigns to be so clean and use so much anti-bacterial products. Levy says, “Sometimes, bacteria are the good guys, strengthening our bodies’ defenses and warding off germs”. Levy said research has proved that overuse of anti-bacterial’s, like antibiotics, will create stronger, more dangerous strains of bacteria.  ***MARLAR: So, parents… give the kid a break.  If he doesn’t want to take a bath for two weeks, just consider it an alternate health plan.





A woman is fined $35 for throwing an envelope in the trash!

East London’s government has threatened a woman with a fine of about $35 for putting two old envelopes from her handbag into … the rubbish bin, of all places. Apparently, it’s against the law to take your own personal trash from home and dump it into a public waste container… but we’re talking about two old envelopes here. No matter, the government hired people to sort through the trash looking for a clue as to who this notorious criminal may be. They discovered that it was Lisa, of Hackney, East London. And, after spending several man hours trying to discover who she was, they’ve now hit her with a fine of a whopping $35. ***MARLAR: Heck, I’d pay $70 instead – just to watch them go through this all over again.





  • The stockings you hung were bought at Big and Tall.
  • The CEO of American Express has added you to his AOL buddy list.
  • The massage cushion you purchased came with a live massage therapist.
  • Fed Ex built a landing strip for their planes in your driveway.
  • Your credit card statement weights twelve pounds.
  • The mall reserved a parking spot in front with your name on it.
  • In addition to getting your friends Christmas presents, you also got them something for Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and the Chinese New Year.





Whatever your profession, ladies, there will be times when you feel like pulling your hair out or shouting at the top of your voice.  Here are five suggestions that will help you to reduce stress. From shopping and facials to diet tips and a healthier lifestyle.

  • Join a gym: Exercise is a proven stress buster. It can improve your mind – body relationship and reduce physiological factors such as high blood pressure (a sign of stress) and body weight, as well as increasing alertness and self-esteem.
  • Eat less fat: If you’re overweight this small change can help you reduce your body fat to a more desirable level. Weight loss will not only reduce the stress placed upon your heart (so tasks feel easier), it will also reduce your blood pressure – so your less likely to feel uptight.
  • Have a massage: A skilled masseur will literally push out any negative vibes and allow you half an hour of complete abandonment.
  • Get a facial: A great way to wake up your pours and your face! There are two main ways to experience a facial.  You can experience one at the hands of a professional, or you can buy yourself a facial kit and apply it at home.  Whichever method you experience, allowing some time for self-pampering is a positive experience and a great way to de-stress at the end of a busy day.
  • Go shopping: Never underestimate the relaxing properties of retail therapy. We all know that spending a little of our hard earned cash on No.1 once in a while will cheer us up. Without fail. Once we are happy we are more likely to feel relaxed.




New research suggests one promising strategy for getting your picky eaters to try new foods is teaching them to cook. According to a report recently published by the CDC, kids who take cooking classes or spend time preparing family meals showed measurable improvements in their eating habits. The study found kids who cook generally began to consume more fruits and vegetables and had a more positive attitude about trying new foods. Bringing kids into the kitchen lets them interact with the food in a way that makes them more comfortable with all the colors, textures, and scents of a well-balanced diet. They feel a little more in control of the culinary experience and relax a bit.



A new Gallup poll finds that conservatives outnumber liberals in 47 of the 50 states. When respondents were asked to identify whether they are conservative, moderate, or liberal, liberals outnumbered conservatives in only three states. They were Massachusetts, Vermont, and Hawaii. Meanwhile, the three most conservative states were Mississippi, Alabama, and Wyoming.



A suggestion from “GPS For The Soul” on sleeping better. Representatives say it’s important to unplug before you go to bed by creating a buffer zone between wake and sleep. Their suggestion is setting a go to sleep alarm. We use one when we wake up so why not give yourself a similar reminder to put aside your work chores and devices before you go to bed. GPS for the Soul suggests setting two alarms. The first is a cue to wind down while the other, set 30 minutes later is a reminder to let you know that it’s time to go to bed.




There are two types of people in this world. One is people who never finish their thoughts.




(Updated as it comes available. The Way WE Work is written by Mark Elfstrand from 1160Hope.com in Chicago.)


The Moskovitz Method


Dustin Moskovitz is listed as one of “America’s Richest Entrepreneurs under 40” by Forbes. In fact, he’s number 2 at $9.4 billion as of 12/26/15. He’s 31 years old.

Like Mark Zuckerberg, he dropped out of Harvard after two years. Then he joined Zuckerberg in Palo Alto to develop Facebook. In 2008, Moskovitz left Facebook to start Asana, a software firm where he now serves as co-founder and CEO. A wise young man, he held on to most of his Facebook stock.

Dustin and wife Cari have created a philanthropic foundation called Good Ventures, which has given away millions. Dustin is also a member of Bill Gates’s and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge. Sharing and caring are apparently two of his core values.

As for personal notes, Moskovitz bikes to work. He flies commercial. You’ll find him regularly attending the rewnowned Burning Man desert festival events.

He also blogs. One blog posted in 2015 should be required reading for any serious employer or captain of industry. It’s titled, “Work Hard, Live Well.” I’m including a good portion of his comments below. https://medium.com/building-asana/work-hard-live-well-ead679cb506d#.7ycv3adci

Those who follow business stories know that in the last twelve months, several stories surfaced about the work culture at Amazon. At fortune.com, the headline back in August read, “Dear Amazon: Your work culture really is terrible.” http://fortune.com/2015/08/19/amazon-work-culture/

That article followed the New York Times piece “Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace.” From that we learned, “At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are ‘unreasonably high.’ The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others.” Lovely. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/technology/inside-amazon-wrestling-big-ideas-in-a-bruising-workplace.html?_r=2

Dustin Moskovitz offers a refreshingly different perspective. It begins with a startling admission of his early missteps. Dustin writes…

“Last week, I spoke to an ambitious group of high school students…Several of them asked me about things I wish I had done or learned earlier in life, or regrets I had from earlier in my career. Again and again, I came back to the idea that I wish I had lived my life differently.

2006 was one of the best years for Facebook, and one of the worst years for me as a human.

I wish I had slept more hours, and exercised regularly. I wish I had made better decisions about what to eat or drink — at times I consumed more soda and energy drinks than water. I wish I had made more time for other experiences that helped me grow incredibly quickly once I gave them a chance.”

Early regrets. Hmmm. And he’s 31! After a few students questioned whether those changes would have reduced his success, he added…

“Actually, I believe I would have been more effective: a better leader and a more focused employee. I would have had fewer panic attacks, and acute health problems — like throwing out my back regularly in my early 20s. I would have picked fewer petty fights with my peers in the organization, because I would have been generally more centered and self-reflective. I would have been less frustrated and resentful when things went wrong, and required me to put in even more hours to deal with a local crisis. In short, I would have had more energy and spent it in smarter ways… AND I would have been happier. That’s why this is a true regret for me: I don’t feel like I chose between two worthy outcomes. No, I made a foolish sacrifice on both sides.” Wow.

It is then that Moskovitz addresses the concerns that are raised by the Amazon working conditions — freely noting that the tech industry has plenty of like minded drivers. He was told by one job candidate that the team at the other company started their dinners at 8:30 p.m. to encourage people to stay late!

Dustin also briefly outlines the proven productivity that comes with fewer hours and less demanding lifestyles. And then he asks…
“Why are companies doing this? It must be some combination of 1) not knowing the research 2) believing the research is somehow flawed or doesn’t apply to them (they’re wrong) or 3) understanding that many people see these cultural artifacts as a signal about the intensity and passion of the team.”

Part of his solution is based on simply two words: rest matters. We should all be so wisely reminded. Rest…matters. (Read Psalm 127:2)

Of course, this is not new. In His earliest commands, God instructed His people to work six days. Then…rest. He offered up several other instructions for rest periods as well. Obviously, our Creator knows our limitations.

While the world goes full bore into 2016 with new resolutions on how to strive for new accomplishments, tell a few friends you’re committed to the Moskovitz Model: rest more! Stress less.

And for more work success tips, try reading the Bible in 2016. It will make for a happier New Year.

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Marie Asner has been reviewing films for over 30 years. Her outlets include radio, print and Internet. For more in-depth movie reviews of the following films, visit www.Tollbooth.org. Ratings from 1 (Low) to 5 (High).


DECEMBER 23-31, 2015…


Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip—Here come the singing animated Chipmunks and their fan club awaits (you know who you are).  This story concerns their manager (Jason Lee) and the guy wants to get married…but will he leave the group? Hmm. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” is rated PG. No rating.


Concussion—Will Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who was one of the first medical people to study the effects of concussions on football players.  He is a pathologist. David Morse steals the film as a football player whose mind is going and he doesn’t know why. The NFL tries to suppress the doctor’s findings. “Concussion” is rated R. Rating of 3.


Daddy’s House—Will Ferrell has married and now has step-children he is quite fond of. However, here comes their vagrant father, Mark Wahlberg, and the contest between the men begins with the kids in the middle. “Daddy’s House” is rated PG 13. Rating of 2.


Joy—Jennifer Lawrence leaves “The Hunger Games” behind to take on the role of the woman, Joy Mancuso, who invited the Miracle Mop. This is done here as a comedy in which on one believes in her. Robert DeNiro as her father, steals his scenes. “Joy” is rated PG 13. Rating of 3 for fans of the stars.


Point Break—The first film of this title starred Patrick Swayze as the villain who leads a group of thieves in a daring robbery.  Now, in this remake Luke Bracey is the hero and Edgar Ramirez, the villain, with plenty of airborne stunts as the team plans the big heist. “Point Break” is rated R. Rating of 2.


Snowden (opening in select cities)—Based on the life of Edward Snowden who leaked U.S. government secrets to “The Guardian” newspaper, it is directed by Oliver Stone. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Snowden.  Others in the cast include Zachary Quinto and Shailene Woodley. “Snowden” is rated PG 13. No rating.


Macbeth (opening in select cities)—Michael Fassbinder takes on the role of this king, who, with his wife Lady Macbeth (Marion Cottaild) uses murder to gain the throne of Scotland. This Shakespeare play is always a popular one and it uses the theme, of  “is it worth it?” Well photographed. “Macbeth” is rated R. Rating of 2.


The Big Short—A look at the banking situation in 2008 with a humorous take on greed. Brad Pitt, Steve Carell (steals the film) and Ryan Gosling are part of a group that decides to go with the man who figured out how to bet on failing mortgages. Christian Bale plays Dr. Michael Burry, the Pied Piper who leads everyone down the path. “The Big Short” is rated R. Rating of 3 for fans.


Youth—A beautifully photographed film with quite a catch at the end.  Michael Caine and Harvey Kietel are in their 80’s in this film, and looking back at their lives with it’s good things and bad things. Rachel Weicz is Caine’s daughter. Lovely soundtrack. “Youth” is rated R. Rating of 3 for fans.


Legend—Supposedly this film is finally being released and stars Tom Hardy as twin brothers, Ron and Reggie Kray, who ruled London gangland in the 1980’s. Quite a performance for Hardy who also shines in “The Revenant” as the villain there. In “Legend,” the East Side of London stays with its own. “Legend” is rated R. Rating of 3 for fans.


Revenant—A brutally photographed film of one man’s survival in winter, in the northland about 1830. Leonardo DiCaprio is this man, who was mauled by a bear and left for dead by his traveling companions. One of which, knew he was still alive. A study in the brutality of man. “Revenant” means someone who comes back.  The film “Revenant” is rated a strong R. Rating of 3 for fans.


The Hateful Eight—Quentin Tarentino’s film of eight people, in the 19th century, who wait out a blizzard.  One is a sheriff, another the prisoner, and so on. The eight personalities begin to get on each others nerves.  Stars include Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Roth. “The Hateful Eight” is rated R. No rating.


Where To Invade Next (opening in select cities)—This is a tongue-in-cheek documentary by Michael Moore in which he visits countries around the world and tries to learn something that he could bring back to America.  These include a different view of the prison system and free college education, also more paid vacation time. “Where To Invade Next” is rated PG 13. Rating of 2.


DECMEBER 30, 2015…


Anomalisa (opening in select cities)—From the director who did “Being John Malkovich” (Charlie Kaufman) is a new film starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and David Thewlis.  The premise is about a guy who is somewhat sad and meets the girl of his dreams. Story told with animation, also. “Anomalisa” is rated R. No rating. And this ends the year.


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