January 24, 2016: Sunday ONAIRprep

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We regret to inform you that because of a humor shortage we must ration the laughs. If you live at an odd-numbered address you can laugh at the jokes today. But if you live at an even-numbered address, you must wait until tomorrow to laugh. Thank you for your cooperation.


(For my friends in Illinois.) Shower drain is clogged so I had to go to Walmart this morning. Let me see if I understand this correctly. You don’t require me to prove my identity when it’s time to vote for laws or for the future leaders who will control the direction of our country, but you do require me to prove my identity in order to buy Drano? Seriously?




“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”  — Colossians 3:12-13


“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” — Matthew 7:7-8




(From VerseOfTheDay.com)

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. — 2 Corinthians 5:14-15


Thought: What motivates you to do what you do? What drives you to accomplish, to achieve, and to pursue even more? Paul said that love was his compelling force. What would happen in our lives if love was truly THE compelling factor in our motivation and behavior? What if our desire to love those who do not know Jesus’ saving grace became our all-consuming concern out of love? He died so that it would be! Let’s not disappoint him.


Prayer: God of eternity, please be with me as I seek to allow love to be my primary compelling motivation in life. I want to show Jesus my love and appreciation for all that he has done to save me. I want to live for Jesus so others know he is Lord of my life. I want my words and life to show his love to others so they can truly experience it and come to know him. Please bless me as I pursue this goal. In Jesus’ name 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!

2 Corinthians 1:24 NIV = Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.




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


Today is SOCIAL SIPPING AND NIBBLING REHEARSAL DAY, a time to practice cutting a piece of cake with a plastic fork on a paper plate while holding a cup of punch, a napkin, and some mints. Memorize something clever to say if you drop it all on the carpet.


This is NATIONAL TAKE BACK YOUR TIME WEEK.  *** That way you’ll have enough time to rehearse eating cake and mints.


Today is BELLY LAUGH DAY, a day to celebrate the great gift of laughter. At 1:24 p.m. (local time) smile, throw your arms in the air, and laugh out loud!  (audio clip)


Today is NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER DAY.  *** If ever there was something to smile and throw your arms in the air about, it’s peanut butter! Of course, if you were truly celebrating, it’d sound more like, “Thuday ith Nathunal Pheanuth Buthah Thay.”


Today is NATIONAL COMPLIMENT DAY.  Not sure what to say? Here are a few compliments to choose from.


You…have a great way with words.

You…are a terrific leader.

You…make working on a project a joy.

You…are very creative.

You…are a good provider.

You…are fun to be with.

You…have a great reputation.

You…are cleaver.

You…make a house feel like a home.

You…have a good eye for decorating.

You…are a good driver.

You…can do anything you set your mind to.

You…are capable of accomplishing whatever you believe.

You…are a good listener.

You…are very cheerful.

You…warm my heart.

You…sing like an angel.

You…are very handsome/beautiful.

You…are important to me.

You…have a terrific outlook on life.

You…are very intelligent.

You…are kind.

You…are a good role model.

You…are very alert.

You…are funny.

You…always motivate me.

You…are unique.

You…are very strong.

You…are a picture of good health.

You…are courageous.

You…are very loving.

You…bring out the best in me.

You…make me want to be a better person.

You…make me smile.

You…are a wonderful cook.

You…make hot dogs taste like a gourmet meal.

You…are a wonderful caregiver.

You…make me feel special.

You…make me feel I can do anything.

You…are fun to be with.

You…are the wind beneath my wings.

You…are the light of my life.




Belly Laugh Day

Beer Can Day

National Bible Sunday

National Compliment Day

National Peanut Butter Day

Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day

Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day





A Room of One’s Own Day

Macintosh Computer Day

National Irish Coffee Day

Opposite Day

Robert Burns Day

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day



Lotus 1-2-3 Day

National Peanut Brittle Day

Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement



Holocaust Memorial Day

International Mobile Phone Recycling Day

National Geographic Day

Thomas Crapper Day

Viet Nam Peace Day



Data Privacy Day

National Kazoo Day

Thank a Plugin Developer Day



Curmudgeons Day

Fun at Work Day

Freethinkers Day

National Pre-school Fitness Day

National Puzzle Day

Seeing Eye Dog Day

Thomas Paine Day



Croissant Day

Inane Answering Machine Message Day

National Seed Swap Day



Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day

Inspire your Heart with Art Day

Street Children Day

World Leprosy Day



Car Insurance Day

Change Your Password Day

Decorating With Candy Day

G.I. Joe Day

Hula in the Coola Day

International Face & Body Art Day

Freedom Day

Robinson Crusoe Day

Serpent Day

Spunky Old Broads Day




1848: James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill in northern California, a discovery that led to the gold rush of ’49.


1908: The first Boy Scout troop was organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell.


1922: Christian K. Nelson patented the Eskimo Pie.


1939: Ray Stevens was born in Clarksdale, Georgia. Possibly the only musician proficient with every known modern musical instrument, his biggest hits have been “Ahab the Arab,” “Everything Is Beautiful,” and “The Streak.”


1952: The NFL New York Yankees turned up in Texas as the Dallas Texans, to become history’s worst pro football team. They were run out of Dallas after only four games and had to play eight games on the road, finishing 1-11.


1955: Major-league baseball announced that during the new season the rule requiring a pitcher to deliver the ball within 20 seconds after he received it would be strictly enforced. It’s still the rule, but is never enforced. ***MARLAR: Sounds like campaign finance rules, doesn’t it?


1957: Elvis Presley recorded “Teddy Bear.”


1960: Singer Johnny Preston hit #1 with “Running Bear.” The song was written by the Big Bopper, J.P Richardson. The Sonny James version had stayed at #1 on the country charts for three weeks the previous June.


1962: Brian Epstein signed to manage the Beatles, swapping their leather jackets for matching suits and a smarter stage show.


1989: The world’s oldest sheep died in England a week before her 29th birthday. She had given birth to her 40th lamb only months before.


1996: The fat substitute Olestra was approved for sale by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. ***MARLAR: A fat substitute… so how do I go about making an exchange?


1999: A British road safety official found an effective way to make motorists reduce their speed on the street past his house. He put up a large poster of Czech supermodel Eva Herzigova, taking off her shirt. Drivers slowed down immediately.


2002: Singer Freddy Fender underwent a kidney transplant.


2003: The new Department of Homeland Security officially opened as its director, Tom Ridge, was sworn in.


2003: A U.S. government program got underway to vaccinate 500,000 front-line healthcare workers in case of bio-terrorist attack.


2004: A hiking magazine apologized after it published a route plan that would have sent hikers striding into thin air off the north face of Scotland’s largest mountain, Ben Nevis. Anyone following the magazine’s directions would have plunged down a sheer cliff into nearby Gardyloo Gully. No one did.




1076: Germany’s Henry IV convenes the Synod of Worms to secure the deposition of Pope Gregory VII. The Synod charged the pope with serious crimes, called upon Rome to depose him, and issued other anti-papal statements. The pope quickly excommunicated Henry. One year later, Henry traveled to Canossa, Italy, and stood three days in the snow in an attempt to gain Gregory’s forgiveness. Gregory granted it, but the two men soon fought again; Henry set up an antipope in Gregory’s place.


1573: English poet and preacher John Donne, dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, is born. One of the most prominent preachers of his day and one of the greatest English poets, he is known for such famous lines as “No man is an island,” “For whom does the bell toll? It tolls for thee,” and “Death be not proud.”


1722: Edward Wigglesworth becomes the first Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard, probably America’s first divinity professor.


1990: “The Bible has come!” yelled the 5,000 men gathered for the big celebration in the Moni tribe in the highlands of Iran Jaya, Indonesia. Bill and Grace Cutts, missionaries under the Christian Missionary Alliance had spent their lives learning the language, preaching the gospel, and translating the Bible in the Moni language. The work of evangelizing this 25,000-people tribe had been long and difficult, but very worthwhile. A huge feast was planned and when the plane landed with the books, their was great rejoicing.




  • actress (Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) Tatyana Ali 37 (audio clip)
  • Actor (Without A Paddle, Scream, Scooby Doo movies) Matthew Lillard, 46
  • Former Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton, 48
  • Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff, 65




(Music Artist Birthdays From SongFacts.com)

1829 : William Mason

1933 : Zeke Carey (The Flamingos)

1934 : Ann Cole

1936 : Jack Scott

1939 : Doug Kershaw

1939 : Ray Stevens

1941 : Neil Leslie Diamond in Brooklyn, New York.

1941 : Aaron Neville

1941 : Neil Diamond

1947 : Warren Zevon

1949 : John Belushi (The Blues Brothers)

1953 : Matthew Wilder

1955 : Jools Holland (Squeeze)




Are all “555” phone numbers in TV and movies fake?

Most telephone numbers we see in the US television shows, movies, and fiction literary start with 555. These are fictitious numbers used to prevent prank calls to real people as there are many cases of people calling the numbers seen in the movies.  A demonstrative example of this situation is with the film Bruce Almighty. The makers of the movie chose not to use the prefix, and people whose phone numbers matched one mentioned in the film received many calls from callers asking for “God”.  There are real numbers with prefix 555, but numbers 555-0100 through 555-0199 were specifically reserved for fictional use some years ago. Recent films, however, do not always heed the limits, and some producers even acquire actual telephone numbers solely for the purpose of using them in the movie or on TV.




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The members of Audio Adrenaline were looking for the best Chicago pizza during a day off in the windy city this week. One company went above and beyond the call of duty to get the band in their restaurant. Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria saw their twitter post and invited the band to join them for dinner. They said: We promise you won’t be disappointed!  ***MARLAR: I’m in the Chicagoland area – and I have to agree they would not be disappointed!


Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips is gearing up for the band’s tour with the Rock and Worship Roadshow. For Duncan that means getting his spinning drum platform in top shape. This week members of his team were replacing the stands for his spinning drums.



Another groaner from Citizenway. They tweeted a picture of a Koala with with text: What do you mean I’m not a bear. I have all the Koalifications.



Ken is a driver for the rental car company Enterprise. Recently he had the chance to pick up one of his favorite bands, for King and Country, and a simple drive turned into his own personal concert. When the members of the band found that Ken was a big fan and also an aspiring artist they invited him to join them for a rendition of their song fix my eyes, even giving him his own solo part. Check out the impromptu song…

https://www.facebook.com/enterpriserentacar/videos/10153313532852555/ http://nrt.cc/fKCRentalCar


Jamie Grace loves food. That’s why she made food the topic of her latest Jamie Grace show video. However, the topic isn’t the food she likes, it’s the food she doesn’t eat. Jamie says that, even though she’s a total foodie, I’m a SUPER picky eater. Watch her humorous look at those foods.



Chris and Jodi, from Love and the Outcome, recently were part of a late night song writing session with Lincoln Brewster. The three were still up at 2am working on the new music but Jodi said she was able to go so late thanks to one important thing. She shared a picture of a table full of food and said food is everything, at least when you’re pregnant.





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CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TODAY’S EPISODE… Michelle Krajecki, “Unmedicated Silent Birth”




OPEN: And now, FancyMonkey.com, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you As the Jungle Turns!

Last time, Gruffy Bear and Sully the Aardvark were just sitting down to play checkers… something they both looked forward to very much every week.  As Sully was getting the lemonade ready, there was a knock at the door from a lost grizzly bear, and Gruffy was trying to give him directions…


CLOSE: Oh boy… not only has Gruffy left Sully without playing checkers, but now Gruffy’s new friend the grizzly bear  – I can’t seem to remember his name right now – is sinking in quick sand!  Will Gruffy be able to save him?  Tune in next time to find out – As the Jungle Turns!






OPEN: And now, FancyMonkey.com, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you As the Jungle Turns!  Last time, the new king of the jungle, Louis the lion, decided he didn’t want to be king anymore because he was too little and didn’t know what to do.  So he (and the rest of the animals) went out to find someone new to be king… but now they’re in a really dark and scary part of the jungle…


CLOSE: Maybe Louis has a point, maybe the animals DO need someone else to be king of the jungle!  Someone big, strong, and more importantly – brave!  What will Louis do?  Find out next time, As the Jungle Turns!


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Milk DUHD?

15-year-old Luke Porto is a freshman at Father Lopez High School in Port Orange, Florida. He bit a Milk Dud in half and then made a decision that may affect the rest of his life. He threw the remaining half out the window of his mother’s moving car, hoping to get a chuckle out of his 4-year-old brother. That spawned a chain of events that has landed him in juvenile court. Diane Berring claims the Dud hit her windshield, cracked it and caused $250 in damage. At first, she offered to accept $12 for a car wash and an apology from the teen. But after he displayed a “bad attitude,” she decided to press full charges. Diane said, “I didn’t want money, I wanted a little remorse.” Now Luke’s going to court where he could be required to pay for damages, write a letter of apology and perform community service.





  1. Hey! It’s my turn to sit in the front pew.
  2. I was so enthralled, I never noticed your sermon went 25 minutes over time.
  3. Personally I find witnessing much more enjoyable than golf.
  4. I’ve decided to give our church the $500 a month I used to send to TV evangelists.
  5. I volunteer to be the permanent teacher for the Junior High Sunday School class.
  6. Forget the denominational minimum salary, let’s pay our pastor so he can live like we do.
  7. I love it when we sing songs I’ve never heard before!
  8. Since we’re all here, let’s start the service early.
  9. Pastor, we’d like to send you to this Bible seminar in the Bahamas.
  10. Nothing inspires me and strengthens my commitment like our annual stewardship campaign!




The car was intrepid; the driver was not.


FILE #1: Florida’s Jose Dones was on his way into Manhattan behind the wheel of a Dodge Intrepid. He might have made it had the temporary registration tag on the car’s rear window not have been expired. Jose might have overcome that little obstacle had he had some sort of proof that he actually owned the vehicle or had he not been using stolen license plates. Those are little matters you might want to take care of if you’re using that car to transport $6 million in cocaine. Dones was busted for drug possession and resisting arrest.


FILE #2: Two men in ski masks with handguns walked into Palomas Restaurant & Cantina in Bluffton, South Carolina, late Friday and took $170 as employees were cleaning up. The men fired their guns, which along with a waitress’ scream alerted a man at the adjacent bar. He attempted to sneak outside and lock the robbers in. When that didn’t work, he chased the robbers into the woods. An owner, employees and customers followed, some carrying pool cues. When one of the robbers stopped and tried to fight his pursuers, they began beating the 6-foot-3-inch man with the pool cues and tree branches. Deputies conducting a traffic stop nearby were waved down and arrested Anthony Tyrone Baker. Most of the stolen money had been dropped on the restaurant floor and in the woods.


FILE #3: A man in Germany broke into a shop to steal a karaoke set by ripping open his down jacket and stuffing the goods inside. However, the crime spree didn’t take flight, as he failed to notice that after ripping open his coat, feathers began leaking out. A witness notified police, who followed the trail of feathers to his home. The man was said to be astonished when police came knocking at his door shortly afterwards to arrest him.  ***MARLAR: And now he has the feathers of a jailbird!


STRANGE LAW: In Denver, Colorado, it is illegal to loan your vacuum cleaner to your neighbor.




A drunk driver calls a wrong number to get help changing his flat tire.

A drunk driver was arrested in Germany after he accidentally rang the police instead of a breakdown service when he had a flat tire.  Before he realized who he was speaking to, the 31-year-old let it slip that he had no license and was driving under the influence.  The man, who lost his license eight years ago, had a blow out while driving a car borrowed from a friend.  He had a blood alcohol level that was seven times the legal limit, and when he tried to call the German equivalent of AAA he became confused and dialed the emergency number for the police.  The drunken man phoned and said: “My car is broken and I need you to come and fix it. You better be quick because I’m really pretty drunk and I don’t have a license so it wouldn’t be good if the cops drove past.”  A police spokesman said: “He wanted us to come quickly, so we did.”




This is National Take Back Your Time Week.  If you could find a way to take back some time, what would you use that newly-found time for?




QUESTION: What in the Bible is described as “clear as crystal?”
ANSWER: The river of water of life. (Revelation 22:1)




QUESTION: What animal is responsible for the most human deaths worldwide?

ANSWER: Mosquitoes




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. The ad slogan for the Lava Lamp was “An Emotion For Every Emotion.” (True)


  1. Actor John Travolta, a Scientologist in 2001, enrolled in a seminary when he was 14. (False, Tom Cruise)


  1. The birthstone for September is the sapphire. (True)


  1. In the NFL for more than 80 years, the NY Giants have had many nicknames, one of which is “G-Men.” (True)


  1. There are more TV sets in America than there are people in Japan. (Sad, but TRUE)


  1. At this point, only 3% of us who made a New Year’s resolution to lose eight are still biding by that resolution. (True)


  1. Female armadillos have exactly two babies at a time. (False – they have four babies at a time.)


  1. The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 minutes! (False… it only lasted 13 seconds!)


  1. The electric chair was invented by a dentist! (True… that explains a lot, doesn’t it?)


  1. The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its’ heads enables it to see all four of it’s feet at the same time. (True)




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


ITALY – Costa Concordia cruise ship Captain, Francesco Schettino (Captain Coward) is reportedly being haunted by Titanic Captain, Edward John Smith.

They call him Captain Coward – the skipper who had no intention of going down with his ship. While the passengers of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise liner were caught up in the confusion after the ship ran aground, witnesses have told how Captain Francesco Schettino and many of his crew headed for the lifeboats.

One couple, French military officer Ophelie Gondelle and police officer David Du Pays, said they saw the captain in a lifeboat, covered by a blanket, well before all the passengers were off the ship.

Asked about the suggestion that the captain had abandoned ship, senior prosecutor Francesco Verusio said: “Unfortunately, I must confirm that circumstance.”

NOW, there are reports that Schettino, 52, who is in custody with Italian authorities, is being haunted by the brave Titanic captain, Edward John  Smith.





One day a lady decided to call a pastor who had his own show on the radio.  The pastor was a wise, grandfatherly gentleman who has that calm reassuring voice that can melt all fear. The lady, who was obviously crying, said, “Pastor, I was born blind, and I’ve been blind all my life. I don’t mind being blind but I have some well meaning friends who tell me that if I had more faith I could be healed.”

The pastor asked her, “Tell me, do you carry one of those white canes?”

“Yes I do,” she replied.

“Then the next time someone says that hit them over the head with the cane,” He said. “Then tell them, ‘If you had more faith that wouldn’t hurt!'”



The warden, addressing the three instigators of a failed prison riot, said, “I would like to know two things. First: Why did you revolt? Second: How did you get out of your cell?”

One of the three men stepped forward, “Warden, we rebelled because the food is awful.”

“I see. And what did you use to break the bars?” The warden asked.

Replied the spokesman, “French Toast…”



A couple had been married for 45 years and had raised a brood of 11 children and were blessed with 22 grandchildren. When asked the secret for staying together all that time, the wife replies, “Many years ago we made a promise to each other: the first one to pack up and leave has to take all the kids.”




Whether you tend to sit or stand may make a difference of up to 350 calories a day, researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, report. Overweight people in the study spend about two and a half extra hours daily chair bound than did their lean counterparts. Give up your seat on the bus or rise when you answer the phone; it may mean a more fit you.  ***MARLAR: Eat those cookies while standing and it’s like you never ate them at all!


A recent study suggests that kids are getting fatter because lack of sleep is changing their metabolism.  ***MARLAR: So, kids are getting fat because they’re just not lazy enough!





At the company water cooler, John bragged about his children’s world travels: one son was teaching in Bolivia, another was working in southern Italy, and his daughter was completing a yearlong research project in India. One co-worker’s quip, however, stopped John short.  “What is it about you,” he asked, “that makes your kids want to get so far away?”




If you write a bad check to pay for your car insurance, should you still be covered if you get into an accident?  West Virginia’s Supreme Court says YES!

Back in 2001, Stephanie Conley gave an agent for West Virginia National insurance company a $174 check on August 15 for automobile coverage. She then received the “issued” policy on Aug. 30 with the effective coverage starting August 15, and on August 31 was involved in a collision resulting from her negligence. However, by then her $174 check had bounced, and the company considered the policy null and void. But, the West Virginia Supreme Court just ruled that Miss Conley was nonetheless covered on August 31 because the company had not given her 10 days’ cancellation notice.  ***MARLAR: Isn’t our judicial system wonderful?




During the waning years of the Depression in a small southeastern Idaho community, I used to stop by Brother Miller’s roadside stand for farm-fresh produce as the season made it available. Food and money were still extremely scarce and bartering was used extensively.

One particular day Brother Miller was bagging some early potatoes for me. I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas. I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas.

I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn’t help overhearing the conversation between Brother Miller and the ragged boy next to me.

“Hello Barry, how are you today?”

“H’lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus’ admirin’ the peas… sure look good.”

“They are good, Barry. How’s your Ma?”

“Fine. Gittin’ stronger alla’ time.”

“Good. Anything I can help you with?”

“No, Sir. Jus’ admirin’ them peas.”

“Would you like to take some home?”

“No, Sir. Got nuthin’ to pay for ’em with.”

“Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?”

“All I got’s my prize marble here.”

“Is that right? Let me see it.”

“Here ’tis. She’s a dandy.”

“I can see that. Hmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?”

“Not ‘zackley… but, almost.”

“Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble.”

“Sure will. Thanks, Mr. Miller.”

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said: “There are two other boys like him in our community. All three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes or whatever. When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn’t like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, perhaps.”

I left the stand, smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Utah but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys and their bartering.

Several years went by each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Brother Miller had died.

They were having his viewing that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. Upon our arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.

Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts… very professional looking.

They approached Mrs. Miller, standing smiling and composed, by her husband’s casket. Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket.

Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one, each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary, awkwardly wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and mentioned the story she had told me about the marbles. Eyes glistening she took my hand and led me to the casket.

“Those three young men that just left were the boys I told you about. They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim “traded” them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size… they came to pay their debt.

“We’ve never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,” she confided, “but, right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho.”

With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three, magnificently shiny, red marbles.




Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. – Luke 4:1-2

Part of our human experience involves temptation. Many have said that in order for Jesus to truly be our savior, he had to experience all of our human emotions and feelings. Temptation is one of those human experiences Jesus had to experience.

The problem is that there are simply too many temptations in life. Here are a few of them: Mae West says that whenever she had to choose between two evils, she picked the one she hadn’t tried yet.

“If you’re going to do something tonight that you’ll be sorry for tomorrow morning,” said one, “sleep late.”

A lawyer and his client are sitting in the law office and the client says to the lawyer, “The question of right and wrong is very clear. I want you to cloud it up for me.”

Yes, there is temptation all around us, but we don’t have to give in to it.

Forgiving God, help me to not be led into temptation, but help me to live a holy life for you. Amen.

–Author Unknown





It looked like a job to die for – literally…

…Nick Lovegrove was hunting for a job in the classified ads when he ran across an opening that had a unique requirement. You had to be dead! The description on the card was very vague and didn’t say where the job was, how long for or what the pay was – just that you had to be dead! Lovegrove confessed, “I’d go to almost any lengths to get my foot on the career ladder but I would have to draw the line at this.” The ad actually wasn’t looking for a dead person, rather it was just a typo. The ad meant to refer to a training opportunity for disabled people. It contained the initials “DEAD”, when it should have just read “DEA” – standing for “disability employment advisors”.





No employer in the history of the world ever asked an employee, “Would you like a raise?”  If they did, we’d all drop dead.  No, we have to ask, fight, connive, back stab to get a raise.  And there are always lists that tell you how to ask for one.  But, just as importantly, is how NOT to ask.  And that’s what we’re here for.

  • Don’t Threaten to Quit.  You may just have given your boss the opening to fire you that he’s been looking for.
  • Don’t Say You Should Be Paid the Same as Good Old Bob.  He may have education and experience that you don’t.
  • Don’t Go For Overkill.  You’re meeting with the boss to have a conversation about your pay, not to make a power-point presentation. Simply sock it to him and move on.
  • Don’t Tell The Boss Why You Need More Money.  Everyone has unexpected expenses, and saying things like “Man, the price of an Extra Value Meal has just sky rocketed” sounds hollow.
  • Don’t Stamp Your Feet, Pound the Desk or Cry.  I tried that.  It flat does not work.
  • Don’t Get PersonalSaying things like, “If you ever want to see your dog again you’ll give me a salary increase” likely isn’t going to work.





In Germany you have to pass a written test and show your skills at driving to get a license! Can you believe that?!?  Oh… did I mention this is for a GOLF license?

Before you’re allowed to tee off in Germany, you must first pass a written test and then show your skills in putting, chipping, and driving! Supposedly, this is Germany’s way of keeping slow playing beginners off of the courses. ***MARLAR: If you’re not allowed on the course as a beginner, how are you supposed to get any better so you can qualify to get on the course?





  • “I love the Monkees” written in the dust of your coffee table
  • The dust mites have unionized
  • Several homeless people have complained about the filth and moved out
  • Instead of vacuuming, at this point it probably makes more sense to rake your rug
  • Even the cockroaches offer to help





  • Stop Ordering Specialty Drinks: Latte lovers listen up: CBS MoneyWatch points out that a daily $4 latte adds up to roughly $28 a week, which is the equivalent of about $120 a month and $1,460 a year. Think of all the things you could do with that cash. Making the switch to a simple cup of brewed coffee can cut your spending by nearly half.
  • Order a Smaller Size: Reduce your spending further by ordering a smaller serving size. You’ll still get your caffeine fix but save roughly 50 to 75 cents a day, depending on prices at your local coffee shop.
  • Use Your Own Cup: Many coffee shops, from large chains to local independents, are strutting their environmental bona fides these days. And cutting down on disposable cups is a good way to reduce waste. Starbucks, for one, encourages customers to use their own travel mug by offering a 10-cent discount — an easy way to offset that 10-cent price hike.
  • Make Your Own: Making coffee at home is an even better way to save money. Need proof? An analysis conducted by Daily Finance that pitted a $2.29 Starbucks “grande” (medium) regular coffee against the (approximate) 17-cent cost of brewing a cup at home found the annual savings amounted to $835.85.
  • Quit the Habit Altogether:  If you’re really serious about saving, forget all these suggestions on how to cut coffee costs. The best way to curb spending is to quit coffee for good.  ***MARLAR: Pfft… yeah, right!!





This cold and flu season, your kids can bless someone in a simple way. According to Focus on the Family’s Club House Jr., they can created a bless you box. The box is simply a tissue box decorated by the child by magazine officials say it can help encourage your kids to share and to reach out to others.





YouTube prankster Dawson of Big Daws TV recently tried something different. He conducted a social experiment by dressing up as a homeless person to see whether people would be willing to help him out or not. But those who gave to him received a surprise. Their gift was returned along with an extra twenty dollars. Watch the video to see the response from those he met, including several people who were homeless themselves.




A new study shows people’s bodies react to the same foods in very different ways. The study adds to a growing body of research that suggests people may be better able to achieve weight loss if their diet was tailored to them, rather than following general advice about foods to eat and avoid. According to Time, In the new study a team of Israeli researchers found that blood sugar levels varied widely among people after they ate, and these levels were highly variable even when the researchers had the people eat the exact same meal.




A southeastern Japan town of 1,700 people is on target to produce zero waste. According to a documentary produced by the Seeker Network, the town adopted a mandatory sanitation program in 2003. As part of the program, all residents now wash, clean and sort their trash into 34 categories. The intensive process has ensured that 80 percent of all waste gets recycled, reused or composted, and 20 percent is sent to landfills. But by 2020, Kamikatsu plans on having no use for landfills.




Love is blind, but not for much longer. According to yahoo news, a Minnesota man who lost his eyesight to a degenerative retinal disease got to see his wife of nearly 50 years for the first time in a decade — thanks to a bionic eye. Allen Zderad is not able to see the details and facial features and so on. But upon getting the new technology, Allen said: just being able to acknowledge [my family’s] presence, not only by sound but also the image I get, is pretty exciting,”




Brek Nebel lives in Marysville, Washington. He’s a field service technician who works on aircraft and has a preschool-aged son. But according to the Huffington Post, he also happens to be a frying pan genius whose pancake art will amaze you. His pancake creations range from sharks to dinosaurs and Brek says he makes different designs for his son each week. Check out some of his pancake creations at http://darrenmarlar.com/2015/01/22/pancake-art/.




Yesterday I saw one of those truck weigh-in stations on the highway – with a back-up of trucks waiting in line.  You know, I think that if I were a truck driver, during one of my vacations I would fill my trailer with helium balloons and drive around looking for one of those police truck inspections, just to see the look on their faces when they put THAT baby on the scales. And then they’d want to open up the doors, and I’d beg and plead them not to do so – which, of course, would make them want to open it even more… and then I’d panic when they opened the doors, watch the balloons fly into the air, and then start screaming about how they’re going to make me lose my job.




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).


JANUARY 22, 2016…


The 5th Wave—Aliens have attacked many times and Earth is about to give up.  Chloe Grace Moretz is one of the fighters who thinks there is still a chance with a secret weapon. Also in the cast are Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maria Bello and Live Schreiber. “The 5th Wave” is rated R. Rating of 2.


Ride Along 2—It had to happen, a sequel.  In this story, Kevin Hart has gone through the police academy and has a job following a crook (Benjamin Bratt) to Miama. Of course, his future father-in-law, Ice Cube, comes along. Tika Sumpter plays Kevin’s girlfriend. ”Ride Along 2 is rated PG 13. Rating of 2 for fans.


Mojave (opening in select cities)—In this drama, Garrett Hedlund is lost in the desert and meets Oscar Isaac.  The men end up chasing each other and all against this desert climate. “Mojave” is rated R. No rating.


Synchronicity (opening in select cities)—This is a time travel film about a man who has art work stolen from him and has to go into time to find the thief. Stars Michael Ironside and Brianne Davis. “Synchronicity” is rated PG 13. No rating.


JANUARY 29, 2016…


The Finest Hours is about a real life drama on the sea in 1950 with a dramatic rescue by the Coast Guard. Stars Chris Pine and Casey Affleck.


Here we go again and a new opening date—Jane Got Her Gun is set in the Old West about a woman defending her property against outlaws.


Kung Fu Panda 3 and this time he is being maneuvered into an arranged marriage. Voice of Jack Black.


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