May 15, 2016: Sunday ONAIRprep

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I just learned something pretty disturbing about the boss. I have to be really careful on the show now. Honestly, the boss has never actually fired anybody… but he has starved 10 or 12 people.




Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”  — John 10:28-30


Make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. — Colossians 4:5-6





You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers… — 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7


Thought: The cycle of faithfulness is illustrated in this passage. The Lord is our great example. People of faith model the Lord’s character and passion to us. We then live that life of faith as an example to others. In other words, the Gospel is more than words! The Gospel is the good news of Jesus taking root in the life of a person until the fruit it bears is enough of an example of the Lord that someone else sees it and begins to live it, too! The Gospel is both caught and taught!


Prayer: Holy God, thank you for making your character known both in Scripture and in human flesh through Jesus. Through your Holy Spirit, I ask that you form in me the character of Christ so that others may see Jesus in my example and live for him. In the precious name of the Savior Jesus I pray. Amen.


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




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

1 John 5:15 NIV = And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.




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


Today is FLIP YOUR MATTRESS DAY.  ***MARLAR We already did it this morning… it would’ve been nice if my wife had waited until I’d woken up first though.


Today is INTERNATIONAL WALK DAY, a day to leave the car parked and walk. ***MARLAR: Also known as, “I Can No Longer Afford To Buy Gas Day.”


This is UNIVERSAL FAMILIES WEEK, yet today is INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES. ***MARLAR: So right there we’ve gone from universal families to international families, automatically leaving out all families that don’t come from Earth.


Today is NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON THE OCEAN DAY. ***MARLAR: Why? Because it might be waving at you! Get it? Ocean, waving? (Sigh.)


Today is RELIVE YOUR PAST BY LISTENING TO THE FIRST MUSIC YOU EVER BOUGHT NO MATTER WHAT IT WAS NO EXCUSES NOW DAY. ***MARLAR: So now I’ll have the song “Rubber Ducky” stuck by Ernie on Sesame Street stuck in my head all day long. (audio clip)




Bay to Breakers Race (Oldest Footrace in America)

Hyperemesis Gravidarum Awareness Day

International Day of Families

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

International MPS Awareness Day

National Slider Day

National Tuberous Sclerosis Day

Nylon Stockings Day

Peace Officer Memorial Day

Straw Hat Day





Accounting Day

Biographer’s Day

Mimosa Day

National Piercing Day

National Sea Monkey Day



World Hypertension Day

World Information Society Day

World Telecommunications Day

World Neurofibromatosis Day



Buy a Musical Instrument Day

EMSC (Emergency Medical Services) Day

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

I Love Reeses Day

International Museum Day

Mother Whistler Day

National Employee Health & Fitness Day

National Museum Day

Turn Beauty Inside Out Day

Visit Your Relatives Day



Boys Club Day

Hummus Day

May Ray Day

National Scooter Day

National Hepatitis Testing Day

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day



Eliza Doolittle Day

Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

Endangered Species Day

International Virtual Assistants Day

O Henry Pun-of Day


National Bike To Work Day

National Defense Transportation Day

National Pizza Party Day

Weights & Measures Day



American Red Cross Founder’s Day

Armed Forces Day

Day of Vesak

Do Dah Day

End of the World (Rapture Party Day)

I Need a Patch For That Day

National Learn to Swim Day

National Heritage Breeds Day

National Wait Staff Day


Sister Maria Hummel Day

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue & Development

Victoria Day



Canadian Immigrants Day

Harvey Milk Day

Neighbor Day

International Day for Biological Diversity

National Maritime Day

U.S. Colored Troops Day

World Goth Day



International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

Declaration of the Bab Day

National Taffy Day

World Crohn’s and Colitis Day

World Turtle Day




1888: The swinging washing machine was patented. The machine was attached to a large swing, which children could swing in and power the machine.  ***MARLAR: But then came child labor laws, so they invented electric washing machines instead.


1918: Eddie Arnold was born near Hendersonville, Tennessee. Over 140 of his records made the country charts, including the 1965 crossover hit “Make the World Go Away.”


1930: Ellen Church became the first airline stewardess. Ellen was also a registered nurse. ***MARLAR: Which came in handy when passengers had the in-flight meals.


1933: The first loudspeaker in the U.S. Senate was installed. ***MARLAR: And Nancy Pelosi continues the tradition!


1940: Nylon stockings appeared on sale for the first time in the U.S. ***MARLAR: Giving you one more reason to hate getting the runs.


1942: Gasoline rationing went into effect in 17 states, limiting sales to three gallons a week for non-essential vehicles.


1957: Elvis Presley inhaled a cap from one of his teeth. He was hospitalized in Los Angeles, where surgeons removed the cap from his lung.


1970: A&M Records released Close to You, the Carpenters second album. The title song became the first of six consecutive million sellers by Karen & Richard and led to a Best New Artist Grammy for the duo.


1970: U.S. President Richard Nixon appointed America’s first two female generals.


1972: 21-year-old Arthur Bremer shot Democratic presidential candidate George Wallace four times in Laurel, Maryland. The wounds left Wallace paralyzed for life. A month earlier, Bremer had planned to assassinate President Richard Nixon in Ottawa, but changed his mind at the last minute. He wrote in a diary he wanted “to do something bold and dramatic, forceful & dynamic, a statement of my manhood for the world to see.” Bremer was sentenced to 53 years in prison. with good behavior, he could be released in 2015.


1974: Mr. & Mrs. Frank Zappa announced the birth of their third child, Ahmet Rodan. He was named after a Japanese movie monster who lived on a diet of 707 jets.


1978: Country singer Willie Nelson released Stardust, an album of pop songs. The LP stayed on the music charts for 10 years and sold over 5-million copies.


1982: 27-year-old Ricky Skaggs joined the Grand Ole Opry. He had played mandolin and sung on the Flatt & Scruggs TV show at age 7. (In 1984, 24-year-old Lorrie Morgan became the youngest artist to join the Opry.)


1988: The #1 selling non-fiction book on the New York Times list was Michael Jackson’s autobiography, Moonwalker.


1990: A Pittsburgh man sued his insurance company for canceling his health insurance after confusing his medical history with that of his dog. ***MARLAR: You’d think getting a file with the patient’s name of “Fido” would be a clue.


1992: In New York, a portion of Cruger Avenue in the Bronx was renamed Regis Philbin Avenue.


1994: Actor Gilbert Roland died at age 88. His career stretched from silent movies to his final appearance in the 1982 Willie Nelson film Barbarosa. On television he was The Cisco Kid. ***MARLAR: The series was so popular that this fall a spin-off series starring Pauly Shore will hit the airwaves called The Crisco Kid.


1997: U.S. health officials approved the first nicotine-free anti-smoking drug, Zyban, which worked on chemicals in the brain that control addiction.


2003: Country musician-comic June Carter Cash died at age 73.




1265: Poet and politician Dante Alighieri, author of “The Divine Comedy,” is born in Florence, Italy. Dante finished the epic poem just before his death, and it was quickly recognized as brilliant. His epitaph begins: “Dante the theologian, skilled in every branch of knowledge that philosophy may cherish in her illustrious bosom”


1525: Radical reformer Thomas Munzer and his followers are killed in the Battle of Frankenhausen. Though many of his beliefs were rejected by later, nonviolent Anabaptists, his emphasis on suffering discipleship, his rejection of infant baptism, and his call for judgment of the church became key teachings in the movement.


1948: Father Edward Flanagan, founder of the U.S. Home for Homeless Boys (later called Boys Town) in Omaha, Nebraska, dies. “There is no such thing as a bad boy.”


1967: Tennessee throws out its “monkey law” against the teaching of evolution which had led to the Scopes trial.


1972: US Supreme court decision says the Amish can’t be forced to attend public schools against their religious conviction.


1984: American evangelical Francis A. Schaeffer dies in Rochester, Minnesota. Many of his books, which include The God Who is There (1968) and How Should We Then Live (1976), argue that moral relativity is responsible for social ills.




  • actress (Meadow on “The Sopranos”) Jamie-Lynn DiScala 35 (audio clip)
  • actor (“Melrose Place,” “Baywatch”) David Charvet 44 (audio clip)
  • actor-writer (The Usual Suspects, Faithful, Analyze That) Chazz Palminteri 65




(Music Artist Birthdays From

1918 : Eddy Arnold

1937 : Trini Lopez

1939 : Lenny Welch

1942 : K.T. Oslin

1947 : Graham Goble (Little River Band)

1948 : Brian Eno (Roxy Music)

1948 : Gary Thain (Uriah Heep)

1951 : Dennis Fredericksen (Toto)

1953 : Mike Oldfield

1970 : Prince Be (PM Dawn)




Is it true that you shouldn’t go swimming for at least an hour after eating?

According to my mother, when we were at the beach, if the interval between sandwich and salt water were anything less than 90 minutes, it would be cramps and a watery grave for me. Mom, are you listening? There’s no scientific backing for this belief! Cramps from swimming after eating are rare and are not statistically significant in drownings. You can go in right after eating. Of course you wouldn’t want to do anything strenuous in the water right after a meal, just as you wouldn’t on land. Otherwise, to your repertoire of Australian crawl, backstroke, and dog paddle, you will add the upchuck. There is no scientific evidence proving that swimming and eating produce cramps.  Muscle cramps are caused by fatigue and chilling and have nothing to do with digestion or with the body focusing its energies on digestion and drawing blood away from the muscles. Long-distance swimmers will actually eat while in the water to avoid fatigue (and, thus, muscle cramps).




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Good advice from Jonny Diaz: When it comes to relationships…draw a circle around yourself, and work on everyone in that circle.


Casting Crowns Bass player Chris Huffman is continuing a tour tradition at home. He posted: Traditionally, Fridays are pizza night on the road with Casting Crowns, Friday nights at home are no different in that same tradition.


You may be able to relate to Kerrie Roberts. She posted: I own approximately 25 hot glue guns. I never know where they are and they only cost $4. Who’s with me?


A prayer for today from Hawk Nelson front man Jon Steingard: God let me live more selflessly, serving those in my life better, and tirelessly doing the work You set before me.


Just how dedicated is Blanca? She posted: Just spent 20 min in a chick-fil-a drive through line…That’s commitment. PS: I have a 2 year old in the back seat.


Kerrie Roberts is enjoying motherhood. She posted: I’ve had the privilege of singing around the world. I’ve sung in stadiums, to small churches, festivals, back yards and living rooms. BUT there are NO WORDS to describe what it’s like for me to sing my sweet sweet girl to sleep. I’m so thankful. Life is beautiful in this moment.


Casting Crowns Jaun Devevo is a self described portion control freak. He posted a picture of the calorie count from the back of a bag of popcorn and added…here’s my problem: is 2 cups of popcorn just when you scoop it out or can I just crush it into the cup with a mallet and then eat them one at a time?


A suggestion from Jamie Grace…I wish there was a way I could favorite certain Uber drivers and have the choice to use them again! Just had the nicest driver!


Hawk Nelson’s Jon Steingard is a big fan of bacon wrapped dates. After former Sanctus Real front man Matt Hammitt tweeted his skepticism about the new treat, Jon replied: have you not had bacon wrapped dates? They are amazing.




(No news on the weekends.)

















OPEN: Last time on As the Jungle Turns, Millard the Monkey discovered, quite by accident, that dropping a coconut on your head – while painful – also gives a mild, pleasant, buzz sensation.  So Millard kept dropping a coconut on his head.  Again, and again, and again!  Let’s find out what happens, as, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you As the Jungle Turns!


CLOSE: Should Sully try clunking just because the other animals are doing it?  And just because everyone is doing it, does that necessarily make it okay?  Tune in again next time, as, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you As the Jungle Turns!






OPEN: Last time on As the Jungle Turns, all of the jungle animals – and even the musical instruments, wouldn’t cooperate with each other at all.  Everybody insisted on doing their own solos.  It got so bad, and so noisy, that Cheetah Bonita (the one who started this whole mess) had to find some peace and quiet – and ran into a bunch of squirrels who were NOT happy with her at all…


CLOSE: Who’d have thought that wanting to be a soloist would keep you out of the land of milk and honey?  And what about Racquet – what does badminton have to do with all of this?  We’ll find out next time, as, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you another episode of As the Jungle Turns!


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The saying goes, “you get what you pay for.”  That is, unless you are Washington D.C., where you don’t.

From that hotbed of wisdom and financial responsibility that is Washington DC, comes word that the District of Columbia paid $10 million three years ago for several streetcars made in the Czech Republic. Three years later those streetcars are still in the Czech Republic. That’s because DC has yet to build tracks for the cars and there is no timetable for when a rail line will be built.






  1. How is he supposed to fill my cavity with all this duct-tape on my mouth?


  1. He routinely carves the date and time of your follow-up appointment into your left arm.


  1. He required thirty-seven x-rays of your teeth…and the lead apron he normally covers his patients with is “at the cleaners”.


  1. Your jaw doesn’t have room to accommodate your wisdom teeth, so he suggests making a few dozen apointments to remove all of the others so they’ll have room.


  1. Notches cut into the drill handle.


  1. After jamming the 6-inch needle into your jaw he responds, “No, that wasn’t the novocaine — I’m just warming up.”


  1. Insists on playing his “Soothing Sounds of the Rainforest” CD as an alternative to novacaine.


  1. It’s not the coke bottle glasses or the blood stained smock – it’s the necklace make from human teeth.


  1. He adjusts the chair so it’s comfortable, but the arm, leg, and head restraints are a little tight….


  1. Forget the drill, he uses a screwdriver




Two crooks are foiled by a fishbowl!


FILE #1: Two men attempting to rob a Winnipeg restaurant were forced to retreat when they were attacked by angry patrons. Police said the robbery went awry when one of the thieves got into a scuffle with a 74-year-old waiter. That’s when customers jumped in to help in any way they could, including a man who smashed a fish bowl over the head of one of the crooks. The robbers left without any cash, but are still on the run.


FILE #2: In Manchester, England, three armed gang members burst into a crowded gym, punched a rival gang member and threatened him with a sub-machinegun in front of shocked onlookers. It might have gone a lot more smoothly for the gang bangers if it weren’t for the uniformed police officers next room giving a talk on the dangers of gun crime. They called in an armed response unit, who caught the punks after a brief chase.


FILE #3: Airport security guards in Tampa busted illegal Peruvian immigrant Maria Riano after she had approached a Continental Airlines counter to buy a ticket to Newark, with eight bulging duffel bags behind her. Apparently new at the smuggling game, Riano froze on the standard airline-traveler question, “Did you pack your own bags?” When she snapped, “Why do you need to know that?” airport security was summoned and found about $25,000 worth of shoplifted upscale clothing in the duffel bags.


STRANGE LAW: In Texas it is illegal to milk another person’s cow.




One 26-year-old Greenfield, Wisconsin, mom has taken herself out of the running for the Mother of the Year award.

This is probably one of the most disturbing stories we’ve ever had in the “Brain on Drugs” segment.  I read this and about hit the ceiling I got so mad.  This (lucky for her) unnamed mom was busted at a restaurant for smoking. Actually, mom wasn’t the one smoking – it was her 2-year-old son. The boy’s aunt was also there and she told police that the boy often says “smoke, smoke” and sometimes takes cigarettes out of the pack and puts them in his mouth. But even worse, the aunt said mom also keeps a rolled up dollar bill in the bedroom, which her son plays with. By playing with it, she meant that he holds it up to his nose and says, “fix, fix” over and over again.  Some people just shouldn’t be parents.




If you could replay the greatest moment in your life, what would that moment be?




QUESTION: Who was struck dumb by the Lord and was then only able to speak when the Lord gave him something to say?
ANSWER: Ezekiel (Ezekiel 3:25-27)




QUESTION: On average, how much longer do right-handed people live than left-handed people?

ANSWER: Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.  ***MARLAR: Left-handed people die sooner, possibly due to right-handed scissors accidents.




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 average dinosaur lived to be over 100 years old. (True)


  1. Dale Evans’ horse was named Joey. (False, Buttermilk)


  1. The British title of nobility that is the “highest” is Duke. (True)


  1. If we refer to some as freestone and others as clingstone, we are talking about Grapes. (False, Peaches)


  1. Geico insurance company claims you’re in good hands with them. (False, Allstate does)


  1. If lovers are said to be “star-crossed,” their relationship is Doomed. (True)


  1. The group known as PETA is against the abuse of Alcohol. (False, Animals)


  1. The term “Impressionism” was prompted by an 1872 painting by Ben Franklin. (False, Claude Monet)


  1. Serotonin is a powerful vasoconstrictor found in blood serum. (True)


  1. The first fast-food chain was McDonalds. (False, White Castle)




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

DWARF _______ (EMPIRE)

A Dwarf Empire has formed in China – and they are preparing a fight to secede and form their own country.

Dwarves from all over China have come to Kunming in the southwestern part of the country.  Their mission:  to form a Dwarf Empire and – conquer the world.

In the meantime, they have to make a living… SO, twice a day the dwarves perform a variety show, including acrobatics, sports, singing and dancing – all for tourists.





A member of the U.S. Senate, known for his hot temper and acid tongue, exploded one day in mid-session and began to shout, “Half of this Senate is made up of cowards and corrupt politicians!”

All the other Senators demanded that the angry member withdraw his statement, or be removed from the remainder of the session.

After a long pause, the angry member acquiesced. “OK,” he said, “I withdraw what I said. Half of this Senate is NOT made up of cowards and corrupt politicians!”



The school of agriculture’s dean of admissions was interviewing a prospective student, “Why have you chosen this career?” he asked.

“I dream of making a million dollars in farming, like my father,” the student replied.

“Wow!  Your father made a million dollars in farming?” echoed the dean, much impressed.

“No,” replied the applicant. “But he always dreamed of it.”



A pediatrician in town always plays a game with some of his young patients to put them at ease and test their knowledge of body parts.

One day, while pointing to a little boy’s ear, the doctor asked him, “Is this your nose?”

Immediately the little boy turned to his mother and said, “Mom, I think we’d better find a new doctor!”




California leads all U.S. states in the number of turkeys raised.  ***MARLAR: And some of them, it seems, may have participated in formulating the state’s energy policies.


There may be as many chickens in the world as there are people. ***MARLAR: We don’t know for sure though because chickens have a poor response rate when it comes to the census.





An American journalist was stopped at a Russian Checkpoint in the bullet-pocked suburb of Chechnya. The Russian soldier said, “Get out of the car and open the trunk!”

The American replied, “I’m sorry, but the handbrake on the car is broken. I can’t take my foot off the brake or it’ll roll back down the hill.”

So the Russian says, “Do you take me for a FOOL?!” as he slides into the passenger seat, and stamps his big boot onto the brake pedal. “Now, go and open the trunk!”

So the journalist reluctantly complies with the soldiers request and goes and opens the trunk of the car. “Now”, shouts the Russian from inside the car, “Is there any contraband in there?”




How bad was your worst day?  Poor Justin Hill probably has you beat.

Justin Hill was turning into the driveway of his home in Rock Island, Tennessee. Unfortunately that turn took him into the path of an oncoming vehicle. When his wife heard the crash, she left the dinner cooking on the stove unattended and ran out of their trailer to see what happened. As Justin was being taken to the hospital, he watched as his dinner and home went up in flames. The day got even worse for Justin as he was ticketed in the accident for failure to yield.





Some may think spending the day with a child is doing ‘nothing much.’ Here’s why it’s the most important thing in the world. –By Tonna Canfield

After eating breakfast, my little girl says, “Mommy, will you watch this show with me?” I look at the breakfast dishes in the sink and then at her big brown eyes.
“Okay,” I say, and we snuggle together on the couch and watch her favorite show.
After the show, we put together a puzzle and I head for the kitchen to wash those dirty dishes when the phone rings. “Hi,” my friend says, “What have you been doing?”
“Well,” I say, “watching my little one’s favorite show with her and putting together a puzzle.”

“Oh,” she says, “so you’re not busy today.”
No, I think to myself, just busy making memories.
After lunch, Erica says, “Mommy, please play a game with me.” Now I am looking at not only the breakfast dishes but also the lunch dishes piled in the sink. But again, I look at those big brown eyes and I remember how special it felt when my mom played games with me when I was a little girl.
“Sounds like fun,” I answer, “but just one game.” We play her favorite game, and I can tell she is delighting in every moment.
When the game ends, she says, “Please read me a story.”
“Okay,” I say, “but just one.”
After reading her favorite story, I head for the kitchen to tackle those dishes. With the dishes now done, I start to fix supper. My willing little helper comes eagerly to the kitchen to help me with my task. I’m running behind and thinking about how much faster I could do this if my sweet little one would just go play or watch a video, but her willingness to help and her eagerness to learn how to do what her mommy is doing melts my heart, and I say, “Okay, you can help,” knowing it will probably take twice as long.
As supper is about ready, my husband comes home from work and asks, “What did you do today?”
I answer, “Let’s see, we watched her favorite show and we played a game and read a book. I did the dishes and vacuumed; then with my little helper, I fixed supper.”
“Great,” he says, “I’m glad you didn’t have a busy day today.”
But I was busy, I think to myself, busy making memories.
After supper, Erica says, “Let’s bake cookies.”
“Okay,” I say, “let’s bake cookies.”

After baking cookies, once again I am staring at a mountain of dishes from supper and cookie baking, but with the smell of warm cookies consuming the house, I pour us a glass of cold milk and fill a plate with warm cookies and take them to the table. We gather around the table eating cookies, drinking milk, talking and making memories.
No sooner have I tackled those dishes than my little sweetie comes tugging at my shirt, saying, “Could we take a walk?”

“Okay,” I say, “let’s take a walk.” The second time around the block I’m thinking about the mountain of laundry that I need to get started on and the dust encompassing our home; but I feel the warmth of her hand in mine and the sweetness of our conversation as she enjoys my undivided attention, and I decide at least once more around the block sounds like a good idea.
When we get home, my husband asks, “Where have you been?”
“We’ve been making memories,” I say.
A load in the wash and, my little girl all bathed and in her gown, the tiredness begins to creep in as she says, “Let’s fix each other’s hair.”
I’m so tired! my mind is saying, but I hear my mouth saying, “Okay, let’s brush each other’s hair.” With that task complete, she jumps up excitedly, “Let’s paint each other’s nails! Please!” So she paints my toenails, and I paint her fingernails, and we read a book while waiting for our nails to dry. I have to turn the pages, of course, because her fingernails are still drying.
We put away the book and say our prayers. My husband peeks his head in the door, “What are my girls doing?” he asks.
“Making memories,” I answer.
“Mommy,” she says, “will you lay with me until I fall asleep?”
“Yes,” I say, but inside I’m thinking, I hope she falls asleep quickly so I can get up; I have so much to do.
About that time, two precious little arms encircle my neck as she whispers, “Mommy, nobody but God loves you as much as I do.” I feel the tears roll down my cheeks as I thank God for the day we spent making memories.




Exodus 12:21-30

The Lord will . . . not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you. —Exodus 12:23

My friends Deb and Bryce were invited by some Jewish friends to attend their seder dinner. This is a celebration held by Jewish families to commemorate the first Passover in Egypt (Exodus 12:24-27). The entire family becomes involved, including the little children.

Deb and Bryce expected a somber evening, but they discovered a joyous celebration. At the beginning of the meal, a piece of bread was halved. One half was shared by the guests; the other half was hidden by the youngest family member. All the adults searched for it, to the child’s delight. When the bread was not discovered, it was ransomed by the child amid great laughter. Then followed an evening of stories and songs, and the oft-repeated phrase: “L’Chayim! To life!”

Why not a joyous celebration? The Passover marks the deliverance of Israel from slavery and the “destroyer.”

The Passover meal Jesus and His disciples shared the night before His death was a celebration too, but with serious overtones. It signaled the beginning of the events that led to His sacrifice and our redemption from sin and Satan.

From spiritual slavery to spiritual freedom. From death to life. As we celebrate our deliverance, we too can say with joy to one another, “L’Chayim! To life!”

—David C. Egner




The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that saying, “I divorce thee” three times is not valid in Maryland. A World Bank economist who moved there from Pakistan in 1985 went to the Pakistan Embassy in D.C. and used the Islamic method to divorce his wife without telling her so he could keep her from getting any of his $2 million fortune. But the Court ruled that no matter where you’re from, in Maryland, saying, “I divorce thee” three times isn’t enough.




There is one small glimmer of good news with the high gas prices.

People who bought one of those hybrids are recouping the higher cost of the vehicle in less time. While projections for breaking even had been around five years, rising gas prices have driven that down to two or three years. On the downside, increased demand for the hybrids is driving up their prices. Of course, not all hybrids are created economically equal. At current fuel prices, the Toyota Highlander hybrid takes 12.7 years to break even and the Saturn Aura takes 24.3 years. But those don’t top the list. The $106,000 Lexus LS600h hybrid, compared with the gasoline version will take you 102.6 years.





Want to stop unauthorized people from parking in handicapped spaces? Embarrass them! In one English town, people who park without a permit in handicapped parking spaces will be asked to move their cars or face the consequences of getting a ticket. But it won’t be a person telling them to do it… it will be the parking meter! It’s a special parking meter that senses when a car has arrived in the space. Once you’ve parked in the handicapped space and open your door, you’ll hear: “Welcome to Stockport Town Hall. Please note that you are parked in a disabled parking space and must be able to display a relevant badge. If you do not display a relevant badge, you will receive a parking ticket. These conditions apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” The idea is to make the person parking there feel really uncomfortable if they’re not handicapped. ***MARLAR: We need one of these things at the grocery store in the “Ten Items or Less” line!





  • Back off Barney, I’ve got a piece.
  • Want to race to the station, Sparky?
  • I know I was weaving, but I can’t find the Honeycomb Hideout!
  • Hey, wasn’t your daughter a pork queen?
  • I’m surprised you stopped me, Dunkin Donuts has a 3 for 1 special!
  • Hey, you must’ve been doing about 125mph to keep up with me! Good job!
  • Sorry, Officer, I didn’t realize my radar detector wasn’t plugged in.
  • I thought you had to be in relatively good physical condition to be a Police Officer.
  • Excuse me. Is “stick up” hyphenated?
  • You know, I was going to be cop, but I decided to finish high school instead.
  • You’re not gonna check the trunk, are you?
  • Gee, officer! That’s terrific. The police officer yesterday only gave me a warning too!
  • Aren’t you one of the Village People?






Snacks: Yes, snacks – the culprit to the crumbs that never disappear. Which would you rather have though…crumbs or hungry, crying children?


Spray Bottle: One mother said she uses a spray bottle to squirt her kids when they are fighting. It shocks them and they hate it. That’s funny.


Water: It’s always nice to have water handy, especially when rushing off to soccer games or other activities. Not to mention how much you may consume just sitting in the car.


Emergency Kit: This is a great item that may be easily overlooked. But one that would be essential if stranded somewhere. Flashlights, batteries and extra clothes could really come in handy in a sticky situation.


Hand Sanitizer: One mother said that as soon as her kids get in the car from school, the first thing they do is de-germ. She has this sitting in her console to help fight the bugs.


Baby Wipes: Whether you have a baby or not, baby wipes can help out when you hear “Mom! I just spilled!”  These are instant, handy seat-washers and sticky-finger-fixers.


Music: Kids love music and most moms agreed that music is a must. Bring music thatwon’t make you, as an adult, go crazy


Trash Bags: Wipes, tissues, half-eaten snacks and wrappers need a home, unless you want them shoved down the seat belt hole. A trash helps contain the mess. There are several that are tailored for cars.




Jameel McGee spent four years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. According to Relevant Magazein, in 2005, he was approached by a police officer named Andrew Collins and was arrested for dealing drugs—a charge that was completely fabricated. Years later, Collins was caught falsifying reports and went to prison himself, and the innocent man he’d put away was exonerated. That’s when an unlikely friendship blossomed. Both of the men ended up working at a Christian-based store and cafe called Mosaic, where Collins asked for forgiveness. McGee accepted the apology, and today, they’re close friends. McGee said that the act of forgiveness is an example of Christ’s love which he hopes will inspire others.


Hoverboards are at least a little closer to reality after recent test. According to Time, Jetski racer Franky Zapata used his invention, The Flyboard Air, to set a new world record for farthest hoverboard flight. He traveled 7,388 feet, or nearly 21 football fields. Zapata made the trip over water because it provides a softer landing service.


A half-mile-wide twister on the outskirts of Wray, Colorado gave a high school couple the prom photo of a lifetime. Charlie Bator and Ali Marintzer posed for the now viral prom photo as the tornado roared just three miles away. They say it was moving away from the small community on the eastern plains of Colorado when the photo was taken. Prom was delayed but not canceled.




“My uncle had a rabbit’s foot for thirty years. His other foot was quite normal.” –Tom Griffin




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MAY 13, 2016…


Money Monster—George Clooney is a big-time television host on financial advice, his producer is Julia Roberts.  This is what happens when a disgruntled, lost-it-all guy takes over the station and Clooney as hostage, all on air, too. The cast includes Dominic West, Dennis Boursikaria, Caitriona Balfe and Jack O’Connell as the disgruntled man. “Money Monster” is rated R. Rating of 2 for fans.


High Rise—This film was to have opened several weeks ago, and under a different title.  Tom Hiddleston (“I Saw The Light”) is a man who moves into a high rise apartment and decides he doesn’t like his neighbors so starts to do something about it. Also in the cast are Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elizabeth Moss.  “High Rise” is rated R. Rating of 2 for fans.


Kidnap—Halle Berry stars in this suspense film as a mom who is trying to find her kidnapped son. The cast includes Dana Gourier and Christopher Berry. “Kidnap” is rated PG 13. No rating.


Snowden—Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Snowden in this film showing what the circumstances were around him as he was giving government secrets away. The movie was written and directed by Oliver Stone and based on the books “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of The World’s Most Wanted Man”  by Luke Harding and “Time Of The Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena. “Snowden” is rated PG 13. Rating of 2 for fans.


MAY 20, 2016…


Free State Of Jones —Based on a true incident, Matthew McConaughey plays a small farmer in Civil War times, who decides to secede from the Confederacy. With neighbors and former slaves, he tries to hold his ground.  This was in Jones County, Miss. Also in the cast are Keri Russell and Gugu Nbatha-Raw. “Free State Of Jones” is rated R. No rating.


Sorority 2: Neighbors Rising is a continuation of the bad neighbors film, starring Zac Efron, Rose Bryne and Seth Rogen.


Angry Birds (animated) follows the adventures of these birds with voices of Peter Dinklage and Jason Sudekis.


The Nice Guys has Russell Crowe as a laughable hit man with Ryan Gosling as his friend. Set in the 1970’s.


Maggie (opening in select cities) stars Greta Gerwig as Maggie who wants to have a baby and then gets involved with a married man. Also stars Travis Fimmel


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