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I had a terrible, nerve-shattering experience on the way to work this morning. I thought I was going to be early!


A cable study says you can indeed become more violent by watching violence on TV. So does that mean if you watch too many campaign commercials you become a pathological liar?




Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. –John 15:4,5 NIV


God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. — Hebrews 6:10





Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. — Psalm 141:3


Thought: How important is our speech? Jesus said it revealed what was going on in our hearts. Proverbs repeatedly tells us that our words can wound or heal. The apostle Paul tells us to speak only what will benefit those who hear us. In light of these Scriptures, this prayer of David is very appropriate. Only God can help us tame the tongue and use its power to bless. Let’s invite him into our world of speech and ask him to take control of it as he does our hearts!


Prayer: Most holy and righteous Father, I don’t want my language to ever betray you or wound your children. Please help me redeem my speech and use it to glorify you, bless your children, and speak of salvation to those who do not know your Son. 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




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

Ephesians 5:19 NIV = Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord…




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


Today is NATIONAL DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE DAY.  ***MARLAR: Can you still consider yourself a good Christian if you crave devil’s food cake?




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



Brothers Day

International Tiara Day

Morse Code Day



Cookie Monster’s Birthday

National Missing Children’s Day

National Tap Dance Day

National Senior Health & Fitness Day

Nerd Pride Day

Geek Pride Day

Towel Day

World MS Day



Eat More Fruits & Vegetables Day

Red Nose Day
World Lindy Hop Day




1310: Shoes were designed specifically for the right and left foot for the first time since the fall of the Roman Empire.


1886: Eliza Donnithorne died in Sydney, Australia, 30 years after her fiancé left her waiting at the altar. In 30 years she never left her home and was still wearing her wedding dress when she died.


1896: The U.S. government issued patent #560,351 to Martin Goetz for the Dimple Maker. It was a standard brace-and-bit with a rounded tip on the bit to massage the spot round-and-round where you wanted to make the dimple.


1973: Singer Tanya Tucker got her first #1 country hit with “What’s Your Mama’s Name, Child?”


1977: Jean and Nicolette Besnard and their 3-year-old son left Montreal. They made the 2,800 miles to Vancouver in three months on a bicycle built for two.


1987: The movie “Ishtar,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty, premiered throughout the U.S. to quickly become a national joke as one of Hollywood’s least exciting epics.


1991: A 31-year-old Cleveland skydiver survived a two-mile fall after her parachute failed to open. Jill Shields suffered spine and pelvic injuries when she landed in a swamp.


1992: U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the CBS sitcom “Murphy Brown” for having its title character decide to bear a child out of wedlock. (audio clip)


1994: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died from cancer at age 64.


1995: Balamurali Ambati was graduated from Mount Sinai Medical School to become the world’s youngest doctor at age 17.


1996: CBS aired the final episode of “Murder, She Wrote,” starring Angela Lansbury. The show ran 12 seasons. (audio clip)


1997: In Rostock, Germany, Oskar the Stork took flight just one day after being fitted with an artificial leg. Five weeks earlier Oskar had landed in Rostock with one leg missing. The town adopted him, and the local prosthesis shop constructed a bright orange stork leg.


1997: Longtime couple Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker were married.


1999: Beckley, West Virginia, police arrested a 32-year-old man for stealing the same tools he had been convicted of stealing two years before. The tools had not been claimed, so the police planted them in a vehicle stake-out, and the suspect stole them again.


2004: Two men threw purple flour at British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the House of Commons.


2005: The film “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” grossed $50-million in opening day box office sales.




804: Alcuin of York, an English scholar who became an adviser to Charlemagne and the most prominent figure in the Carolingian Renaissance (the rebirth of classical learning under Charlemagne), dies. He also devised a handwriting system using both small and capital letters for easier reading.


1805: Joshua V. Himes, best known for promoting William Miller’s Second Advent movement, is born. Miller predicted the Second Coming between 1843 and 1844. When this did not happen, many followers deserted; others reorganized themselves as Seventh-day Adventists


1971: The musical Godspell, based on Matthew’s gospel, opens at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York.




  • Singer/model/actress Grace Jones, 64
  • Former TV host (“Good Morning America”) David Hartman, 81
  • TV journalist (PBS) Jim Lehrer, 82




(Music Artist Birthdays From

1940 : Mickey Newbury

1945 : Pete Townshend (The Who)

1947 : Jerry Hyman (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

1947 : Steve Currie (T-Rex)

1949 : Dusty Hill (ZZ Top)

1951 : Joey Ramone (Ramones), (born Jeffrey Ross Hyman)

1952 : Grace Jones

1952 : Barbara Joyce Lomas (B.T. Express)

1954 : Phil Rudd (AC/DC), (born Phillip Hugh Norman Witschke Rudzevecuis). Drummer

1962 : Iain Harvie (Del Amitri)

1972 : Jenny Berggren (Ace Of Base)




Why should anything fit “to a T?”

If you were having clothes custom made for you, you might want them fit to a “U.” But what about a T? Could it be the way the letter looks, like a stick figure of a person standing with their arms hanging down, waiting to try on something? The origin of the expression *is* graphic, but the letter does not depict a person. The image evoked is that of a T-square, a piece of equipment that draftsmen (most were male) used to use with a drawing board, before computers, to make technical drawings. The T-square was simply two pieces of wood joined to form a right angle in the shape of the letter “T.” Placed against the edge of the drawing board and used to guide the pencil, it permitted one to draw exactly straight and perpendicular lines by hand. From which we get fitting to a T, or exactly.




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Tickets for the DC Talk Cruise are now available. The cruise of the Bahamas will talk place July 11 through 15 of next year and will include all three members of DC Talk, Tobymac, Kevin Max, and Michael Tait, on stage together. Also in attendance will be Michael Tait’s band, the Newsboys, and several other groups. Check out more about the cruise at


Love and the Outcome needs a new ride. Chris and Jodi posted a picture of their van on the tow truck this week and added: After 10 good years Jo finally had enough. Farewell old friend, you’ve been good to us!


Kutless member James Mead is asking for prayers for the Kiesel Guitars family. He says the company that custom built several of the guitars he plays on stage was robbed earlier this week. Theives took 16 guitars worth about $40,000!


Building 429 front man Jason Roy is encouraging those who follow the band to make a stand. Jason recorded a short video this week encouraging their fans to tell others why they are unashamed of the gospel and share the Building 429 live video of their performance of the song Unashamed.


Natalie Grant is featured on the May and June edition of the magazine More to Life. However, the focus isn’t Natalie’s music. The article talks about her new Faith Girlz book series.




(No news on the weekends.)



First they made self parking cars. Now they have self parking chairs. Nissan has released a video showing their new line of office chairs. They look like normal chairs but, when you clap your hands, they return to their location at the table on their own. ***Sure that’s cool… but what kind of mileage do they get?


Some Facebook users may enjoy collecting hundreds of virtual friends, but it turns out that those online relationships can cause a lot of stress. That’s what researchers (at Edinburgh Napier University) discovered after conducting a survey of 200 students who regularly use Facebook. Among the students who were surveyed, 12 percent said they actually dislike receiving friend requests. More than one out of every 10 users said that the site made them anxious.  ***If you have a problem with people wanting to be your friend, you have more problems than Facebook anxiety.


Researches say drinking a 12-pack of soda a day — 12 12-ounce cans — can do nearly as much harm as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.  ***And a huge thanks to the folks at DUH LABS for this incredibly insightful study.


A 43-year-old Cleveland man asked to use his 72-year-old neighbor’s phone, then stripped naked and sat on her couch. The woman eventually got the guy to put his clothes back on, and he walked out of the apartment. On the way he grabbed a couple of her walking canes. He’s in court later this month.  *** Whether or  not he’ll dress for it is still up for debate.


The oldest living person in the world is Emma Morano of Verbania, Italy. She’s 116 years and 172 days old (as of May 18). She attributes her long life to eating three eggs a day.  ***If Cadburys count I’m good to go!


Beer and pizza make for one the the best food combinations humanity has ever developed. Now, a Pizza Hut in the United Kingdom is bringing the two together. Beer-infused pizza is being given a trial run this week at a London Pizza Hut.  *** Why no officer, I haven’t been drinking – but I did stuff myself with a large pan pepperoni pizza!




Road rage is a guy thing, right? Not so fast… it turns out that more of the rage on the road comes from women. A CareerBuilder survey discovered 61% of women experience road rage, compared to 56% of men.  ***MARLAR: No wonder my GPS always sounds ticked off at me.  It’s because it’s ticked off at me.


Outer space may be soundless, but it’s apparently not odorless. According to a 2009 interview with NASA astronaut Kevin Ford — who did some space walks — space has a metallic odor that Ford describes as having the “aroma of seared steak, hot metal, and welding fumes.” ***MARLAR: Yep – space smells like Battlestar Galactica’s mess hall.


Scientists are discussing the idea of creating a “space elevator”. It would be a huge cable — one end attached to the earth, and the other end attached to a satellite. Cargo and astronauts would ride up the cable into space, and unbelievably it would be cheaper and safer than rockets.  ***MARLAR: The downside to this plan is that you’re stuck in an elevator for twelve hours listening to the instrumental version of Elton John’s “Rocket Man”.


Teenagers are smoking coffee rather than drinking it and posting videos of the practice online. Only problem: It seems unsafe, with users reporting hallucinations, vomiting, dizziness, and trouble breathing. One Reddit user who puffed coffee a couple years back called it the “stupid idea of the week.”  ***MARLAR: Because the only thing better than coffee, is the possibility of lung cancer!








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OPEN: And now,, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you As the Jungle Turns!  When last we left the jungle, Millard the Monkey had encouraged all of the jungle animals to keep dropping coconuts on their heads.  He called it “clunking”.  And while all of the animals were doing it, Sully would not – but now Sully is angry, because he found his nephew clunking – because he saw Millard do it!


CLOSE: Banning clunking?  Is that really the answer?  Is clunking truly as bad as Sully is making it out to be?  Tune in again next time for another exciting episode of As the Jungle Turns!






OPEN: Last time on As the Jungle Turns, Cheetah Bonita’s new song – which was nothing but a solo – had everyone in the jungle deciding not to cooperate with each other – and the only peaceful place, the land of milk and honey which is occupied by the squirrels is off-limits to Cheetah Bonita because she was the reason the jungle was so noisy everywhere else.  Sad, she walked into the jungle – and met up with Racquet the Skunk.


CLOSE: What will Cheetah Bonita and Racquet the Skunk find in the swamp?  Find out next time, as, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you As the Jungle Turns!


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Climbing through your true love’s bedroom is only romantic in the movies.  In real life it could be the start of a Moment of Duh!

18-year-old Jesse Laboiteaux, of Sycamore Township, Ohio, climbed through a window of his girlfriend’s bedroom.  Bad news, the girl wasn’t there.  Worse news, her dad was.  The girl’s father heard the noise coming from his daughter’s room. When dad went to check it out, he found Jesse and delivered a smackdown. For his trouble, Jesse got two black eyes, along with burglary and assault charges.





  1. Hop like a kangaroo – that will make a scene.
  2. Lick people.
  3. Blow on the back of their necks.
  4. Random Hugging.
  5. Sing the Barney theme song… twice… three times… keep going.
  6. Borrow sleeves in place of the tissues you forgot to bring with you.
  7. Fumble with blueprints, look lost and mumble a lot of directions and the words “air duct”.
  8. Show off your “sane” stamp that they gave you when you left the asylum.
  9. Ask, “Can I be your friend?” to everyone.
  10. Two words: Water gun.




Getting out of jury duty is not only a no-no… it can land you in the files of Law & Disorder!


FILE #1: It’s something that none of us look forward too, but are responsible for as citizens – jury duty. And many of us seem to look for ways to get out of it once we are summoned. Like Charles Vaughn, a Boston investment adviser. He was chosen to serve on a civil jury, but had business in New Jersey so he phoned the court claiming illness when he was actually calling from New Jersey on his cellular phone. When he returned to Massachusetts he was charged with contempt of court and fined $2000.


FILE #2: A carjacker in Boca Raton, Florida, got so lost, he called 911 to turn himself in so that the police could find him and rescue him.


FILE #3: Problems of Postmodern Policework: Flamboyant cross-dresser Donald Ray Johnson was arrested in Baton Rouge, La., in September on theft charges after police found him hiding in a closet. According to an Associated Press report, Johnson did not resist arrest, but he did ask police if they could wait a couple of minutes for him to fix his hair.


STRANGE LAW: If your house catches on fire in Connecticut, good luck. Fire trucks are restricted from exceeding 25 MPH… and that includes responding to a fire alarm.




In Bloomfield Township, Michigan, 23-year-old Joshua Campbell was convicted of driving drunk.  But for some reason he has now filed  a lawsuit against the driver he hit – police officer Gary Davis! 

He’s actually asking the police department to pay him for the “humiliation,” “embarrassment” and physical injuries he received.  His argument is that Officer Davis unsafely turned around on Interstate 75 after making a routine traffic stop, and that it was this improper turnaround that caused the accident.  Couldn’t of course have anything to do with the fact that Joshua registered a 0.17 blood alcohol level and was going 90 miles per hour at the time.  Also, Officer Davis says the fact that there were patrol cars on the scene with flashing lights should have been a signal to Joshua to slow down just a bit.




The Vatican now says you can be a Christian and believe in extra-terrestrials without conflict.  What do you think – is there room within Christianity to believe in aliens from other planets?




QUESTION: Who were Eliab, Abinadab, and Shammah?

ANSWER: David’s brothers (1 Samuel 16:6-13)




QUESTION: How fast, in miles per hour, does the fastest roller coaster in the U.S. go?

ANSWER: 128 mph, the “Kingda Ka” in Jackson, New Jersey.




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. An undecagon has 30 sides to it. (False, only 11 sides)


  1. Almost $400 million of Lipstick is sold every year, and experts say it’s because people are addicted to it. (False, Chapstick)


  1. “Terminator 3” features the T-1000, a liquid metal, shape changing, killing machine. (False – that’d be Terminator 2)


  1. Marion Crane was on the run in the movie “Psycho” because of a drug charge. (False, Stolen Money)


  1. The World’s longest dogsled race is called the Zitrod. (False, the Iditarod)


  1. “Hat trick” is a term typically used in the sport of golf. (False, Hockey)


  1. Mars, Pennsylvania is the city they call Chocolate Town. (False, it’s Hershey)


  1. It takes more than an hour to completely soft-boil an ostrich egg. (False, about 40 minutes)


  1. There are only 10 countries world-wide in which people drive on the left-hand side of the road. (False, around 50)


  1. There are 24 ways to make change for a United States dollar. (False, 293)




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


A 20 foot crocodile that had eaten up to nine pet dogs has been hauled out of a river in Australia.

The rogue croc was trapped at Daly River community, some 225 kilometers south of Darwin, where it was terrorizing residents and animals, the Northern Territory News said.

Community police officer Mark Casey told the newspaper his office had nine reports of dogs being taken by a crocodile, believed to be the animal caught, in a month.

“Crocs are an ever-present danger but you don’t see them,” he said.

“They can sit for days on end on the other side of the river and watch you go fishing off the same log or rock — that’s how they hunt.

“Next thing you know, bang, the dog’s gone.”





The congregation liked their new clergyman, but were somewhat puzzled by his speaking style. His first sermon ran only 8 minutes; the second Sunday he spoke for 45 minutes; the third week he rattled on for an hour and a half. That was enough for the Board to summon him for a little chat. To their relief, Wilkerson had a ready explanation. “The Saturday before the first sermon, I had my teeth pulled and my mouth was still terribly sore. But, by the time a week had gone by, I’d gotten used to my new dentures.” Here the minister paused, and blushed deeply. “And as for last Sunday well, I’m afraid that I picked up my wife’s set of teeth by mistake!”



A man walking along the beach one day finds a bottle. He rubs it and, sure enough, out popped a genie. “I will grant you three wishes,” said the genie. “But there is a catch.”

“What catch?” the man asked.

The genie replied, “Every time you make a wish, every lawyer in the world will receive double the wish you were granted.”

“Well, I suppose I can live with that,” replied the elated man.

“What is your first wish?” asked the genie.

“Well, I’ve always wanted a Ferrari!”

Wham! A Ferrari appeared in front of the man. “Now every lawyer in the world has two new Ferraris,” said the genie.

“Next wish?”

“I’d love a million dollars,” replied the man.

Wham! One million dollars appeared at his feet. “Now every lawyer in the world has two million dollars,” said the genie.

“Well, that’s okay, as long as I’ve got my million,” replied the man.

“What is your third and final wish?”

The man thought long and hard, and finally said, “Well, you know, I’ve always wanted to donate a kidney.”



A young man joins an order of monks and takes a vow of silence. However, he’s promised by the head monk that he can speak two words per year.  After the first year the head monk asks him his two words for the year. He replies, “More blankets.”

After his second year the head monk asks him again his two words for the year.  He replies, “More food.”

After the third year the head monk asks him his two words for the year.  He replies, “I’m leaving.”

The head monk says, “Thank goodness… you’ve done nothing but complain since you got here!”




A Wisconsin man was arrested for stealing 19 containers of deodorant! He said he had a good reason for it, too. And no it had nothing to do with body odor! He told the police that the next day was his birthday and he planned on selling the deodorant to buy stuff for his birthday party. ***MARLAR: Really?  And what’s the black market value of Ban Roll On?


A study sponsored by Travelodge found that 60% of workers sleep lousy on Sunday night.  ***MARLAR: Because they know they have to get up on Monday morning!





Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions. How old are you?  “I’m four and a half!”   You’re never 36 and a half – you’re four and a half going on five!

That’s the key. You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number. How old are you? “I’m gonna be 16.” You could be 12, but you’re gonna be 16.

And then the greatest day of your life happens, you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony, you BECOME 21 – YES!!!

But then you turn 30.  Ooohhh what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk.  He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now. What’s wrong?? What changed??

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40.  Stay over there, it’s all slipping away…

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, you’re PUSHING 40, you REACH 50 – and your dreams are gone.

Then you MAKE IT to 60.  You didn’t think you’d make it!!!!

So you BECOME 21, you TURN 30, you’re PUSHING 40, you REACH 50, you MAKE IT to 60, then you build up so much speed you HIT 70!

After that, it’s a day by day thing. After that, you HIT Wednesday.  You get into your 80’s, you HIT lunch. My grandmother won’t even buy green bananas – it’s an investment you know, and maybe a bad one.

And it doesn’t end there.  Into the 90’s you start going backwards.  I was JUST 92…

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again.  “I’m 100 and a half!”




What was prehistoric dentistry like?

Even with all of the modern devices, equipment, and pain-killers today – going to the dentist is not something that anyone other than the dentist himself looks forward to (and I’m not even sure about the dentist). We think of dentistry as a fairly modern medicine, but now there’s evidence that it was happening in Asia 8,000 years ago! Back then, dentists (likely named Ogg) used stone-tipped drills to repair teeth. To prevent bacteria after drilling, the prehistoric dentist used plants to fill the cavities. ***MARLAR: The worst part was the wooly mammoth flavored fluoride treatments.




Jesus soon saw a great crowd of people climbing the hill, looking for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Philip, where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, “It would take a small fortune to feed them!” Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. . . .” John 6:5-9

Are you a disciple of Philip or a disciple of Andrew? There were obvious differences in their answers when Jesus asked both of them what they should do about the hungry multitude. His question was merely a test of their faith. Philip saw the facts. His whole perspective was intellectual and negative, without any regard for spiritual vision. Anyone can rehearse the facts to God, but the facts aren’t important to Him—He made the facts! Like Philip, the Israelites tested God’s patience on their journey through the wilderness (Psalm 106:14). They could see only the facts: no food, no water, and no meat. But Jesus was there all the time, ready to provide for whatever needs they had. Andrew, on the other hand, saw the vision. He had a spiritual and positive perspective that allowed God to work miracles. Jesus is with you in the wilderness, and you, like Andrew, can believe in Him for miracles. He already knows what wonders He wants to perform on your behalf. Will you be a disciple of Philip or of Andrew?


Read: 2 Kings 20:1-7

I have heard your prayer . . . ; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord. —2 Kings 20:5

A runner at a school track meet crossed the finish line just ahead of his nearest rival. A bystander, noticing that the winner’s lips were moving during the last couple of laps, wondered what he was saying. So he asked him about it. “I was praying,” the runner answered. Pointing to his feet, he said, “I was saying, ‘You pick ’em up, Lord, and I’ll put ’em down.'” That athlete prayed for God’s help, but he also did what he could to answer his own prayer.

When we ask God for help, we must be willing to do whatever we can, using whatever means He gives. When Hezekiah heard that he was going to die, he prayed for a miracle, and God promised to extend his life 15 years. Then Isaiah gave instructions to place a lump of figs on the troublesome boil (2 Kings 20:5-7). God did the healing, but He used human effort and natural means.

A couple of children were walking to school one morning when it suddenly dawned on them that unless they really hurried they were going to be late. One of them suggested that they stop and pray that they wouldn’t be tardy. “No,” the other replied, “let’s pray while we run as fast as we can.”


When we ask the Lord to do something, we must also be ready to do our part. —Richard De Haan


Points To Ponder
How does the truth of today’s article apply to illness?
To receiving a job promotion? To social evils?
To final exams? To increasing faith?


Pray as if everything depends on God; work as if everything depends on you.




Frog jumping is cancelled in one New Hampshire town… why?

The town of Rye, New Hampshire, will have one less activity at their annual Fourth of July celebration. Town officials voted to 2-1 to cancel their frog jumping contest, because they think it’s cruel to frogs!? The contest, based on the 1865 Mark Twain short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, has been a town tradition since 1975. One of the people against the competition, Jane Holway, said, “This may go back to Mark Twain, but so did cockfighting. We teach children not to step on a caterpillar, not to touch a bird’s nest. This is no different.”  ***MARLAR: Really? I seem to remember that frogs regularly (and naturally) jump! I understand that’s what they do. Oh well, since when did someone with a cause want to hear logic?





June, or “Weddings Month,” is only a couple of weeks away and the times are a changing for modern brides and grooms.  “Although couples may think they’re bucking tradition, they’re actually collectively creating new wedding rules,” says Christa Vagnozzi, senior editor of “Asking their best guy friend to be a man of honor, deciding to keep their last name and registering for their honeymoon are becoming more mainstream as brides and grooms strive to incorporate their personal style.” Here are the four new wedding traditions for the 21st century:

  • Gender-Bending Rituals — Man of honor? Best woman? Brides and grooms are no longer dismissing their best friends of the opposite sex when it comes to their wedding. In fact, according to a poll, 63% of brides said that if their best friend were a guy, they would definitely ask him to be a bridesman or man of honor.
  • A Friend as the Officiate — According to a poll, 59% of couples would be interested in having a friend or family member officiate.
  • The Name Game — Don’t make any assumptions when it comes to the bride’s last name. According to the Real Weddings Survey 2007 by The Knot Wedding Network, 12% of brides don’t plan on taking their spouse’s name upon marriage.
  • Alternative Wedding Registries — China and crystal are so yesterday. Brides and grooms are ditching traditional registries or augmenting them with such unusual gifts as horseback riding lessons, the honeymoon, a hi-definition plasma-screen TV and even donations to their favorite charity.




In 1963 a unique bag with a plastic zipper seal was introduced at a packaging trade show… the Ziplog Bag.  Most recently, the seal’s strength was demonstrated at a Riverton, Wyoming, school, where eighth-grade students discovered an uneaten sandwich in a Ziploc bag at the bottom of a locker. It had been there for months. Students were so impressed with the bag’s ability to seal in the odor (and mold growth) that they actually sent a thank-you letter (along with the sandwich) to the manufacturer, SC Johnson. In a letter back to the students, H. Fisk Johnson, the company chairman, called the locker “one of the toughest product test sites we’ve ever discovered.”



  • Knead dough. Place dough in a Ziploc bag so your fingers don’t get sticky. Or slip your hand into the bag and wear it like a glove.
  • Store panty hose. Nude, Tan, Nearly Naked — they look the same out of the package. Tear off the corner of the package listing the brand, size, and color, then slip it into a bag. Store each pair in its own bag to keep hose organized and prevent snags.
  • Remove chewing gum or candle wax from a tablecloth, a couch, or carpeting. Gently rub gum or wax with a Ziploc bag filled with ice cubes until the substance hardens. Shatter gum with a blunt object, then vacuum up the chips. Carefully peel off frozen wax with a plastic spatula.
  • Pipe frosting. Snip off a tiny corner to use a Ziploc as a pastry bag.
  • Store homemade soup. Fill up bags, then lay them flat in the freezer. When the bags of soup freeze flat, you’ll be able to pile them up like stacked books for easy, space-saving storage.
  • Protect precious cargo. No bubble wrap? Slip a straw into the top of a nearly closed Ziploc bag and inflate. Remove the straw and seal to make a cushion. (Heirlooms, however, should wait for that bubble wrap.)
  • Break up graham crackers or vanilla wafers to make a piecrust. Fill a bag with the cookies, then roll a rolling pin over it.
  • Prevent a handbag from turning into a snow globe. Store pressed powder and other compacts in Ziploc bags.
  • Gather herbs from the garden. Before winter frost sets in, wash, pat dry, and freeze the herbs in Ziploc bags.
  • Ice an injury. Fill a bag with ice cubes to create a cold compress.





Studies have shown that a person’s name can alter how they feel about themselves. It can have both positive and negative effects. So a name can be an important factor in one’s life. The next time you think you hate your name, just have a look at this list of real names from

  • John Portsmouth Football Club Westwood
  • Thursday October Christian
  • Yahoo Serious
  • World B. Free
  • Ten Million
  • Adolf Lu Hitler Marak
  • Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache
  • Byron Low Tax Looper
  • Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116
  • James Dr No From Russia with Love Goldfinger Thunderball You Only Live Twice On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Diamonds Are Forever Live and Let Die The Man with the Golden Gun The Spy Who Loved Me Moonraker For Your Eyes Only Octopussy A View to a Kill The Living Daylights License to Kill Golden Eye Tomorrow Never Dies The World Is Not Enough Die Another Day Casino Royale Bond





As I was checking my 401(k) account and thinking about retirement, I saw an article about nursing and retirement homes are.  Then it hit me.  No nursing home for me!  Here is my plan: I’m checking into the Holiday Inn.  With the average cost for a nursing home reaching $188 per day, there is a better way when we get old and feeble.  I have already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn.  For a combined long-term stay discount and senior discount, it’s $49.23 per night.  That leaves $138.77 a day for breakfast, lunch, dinner in any restaurant I want, or room service.  It also will leave enough for laundry, gratuities, and special TV movies.  Plus, I’ll get a swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge, and washer and dryer.  I’ll also get free toothpaste, razors, shampoo and soap.  And I’ll be treated like a customer, not a patient.  Five dollars worth of tips a day will have the entire staff scrambling.  There is a city bus stop out front, and seniors ride free.  The handicap bus will also pick me up if I fake a decent limp.  Ride the church bus free on Sundays.  For a change of scenery, take the airport shuttle bus and eat at one of the nice restaurants there.  While you’re at the airport, fly somewhere.  Meanwhile, the cash keeps building up.  It takes months to get into decent nursing homes.  On the other hand, Holiday Inn will take your reservation today.  And you are not stuck in one place forever — you can move from Inn to Inn, or even from city to city.  Want to see Hawaii?  They have a Holiday Inn there, too.  TV broken?  Light bulbs need changing?  Need a mattress replaced?  No problem.  They fix everything and apologize for the inconvenience.  The Inn has a night security person and daily room service. The maid checks if you are OK.  If not, they will call the undertaker or an ambulance.  If you fall and break a hip, Medicare will pay for the hip, and Holiday Inn will upgrade you to a suite for the rest of your life.  And no worries about visits from family.  They will always be glad to visit you, and probably check in for a mini-vacation.  The grandkids can use the pool.  What more can you ask for?  When I discussed my plan with friends, they came up with even more benefits that Holiday Inn provides retirees.  Most standard rooms have coffee makers, reclining chairs, and satellite TV — all you need to enjoy a cozy afternoon.  After a movie and a good nap, you can check on your children (free local phone calls), then take a stroll to the lounge or restaurant where you meet new and exotic people every day.  Many Holiday Inns even feature live entertainment on the weekends.  Often they have special offers, too, like the Kids Eat Free program.  You can invite your grandkids over after school to have a free dinner with you.  Just tell them not to bring more than three friends.  Pick a Holiday Inn where they allow pets, and your best friend can keep you company as well.  If you want to travel, but are a bit skittish about unfamiliar surroundings, you’ll always feel at home because wherever you go, the rooms all look the same.  And if you’re getting a little absent-minded in your old days, you never have to worry about not finding your room — your electronic key fits only one door and the helpful bellman or desk clerk is on duty 24/7.  Being natural skeptics, we called a Holiday Inn to check out the feasibility of my plan.  I’m happy to report that they were positively giddy at the idea of us checking in for a year or more.  They even offered to negotiate the rate.  We could have easily knocked them down to $40 a night!  So, when I reach the golden age I’ll face it with a grin.  Just forward all your emails to the Holiday Inn!




Going to church can help women be healthier, live longer. According to, a study from JAMA Internal Medicine finds that women who attend religious services more than once a week have a 33 percent lower risk of death than women who never attend. Officials looked at data from 74,534 women between 1996 to 2012. Overall, frequent churchgoers were 33 percent less likely to die than their non churchgoing peers. Women who attended church more than once a week were 27 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 21 percent less likely to die from cancer compared to women who never went to church. Study representatives say “Church attendance didn’t prevent the incidence of cancer or cardiovascular disease, but once you had it, you fared better.”


The Iowa Supreme Court ruled this month that a child not yet born at the time of a parent’s death can still be awarded damages for wrongful loss of parental companionship. According to World Magazine, On May 24, 2010, Paul Gray, a founding member and bassist for the heavy metal band Slipknot, was found dead in a Johnston, Iowa, hotel room. In February 2014 his wife, Brenna, who was 3 to 4 months pregnant at the time, sued her husband’s physician and other medical providers, claiming they failed to monitor her husband’s drug addiction treatment properly. Gray claimed a parental consortium injury, which includes the loss of parental “support, companionship, aid, affection, comfort, and guidance.”


In what’s being hailed as a victory for the Little Sisters of the Poor, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ordered lower courts to once again review a case involving Obamacare’s contraception mandate. According to CBN, the mandate in question requires religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions. Becket Fund attorney Stephanie Barclay says: “The Supreme Court said that the Little Sisters are protected from having to pay these massive government fines or choose to violate their religious beliefs, and the Supreme Court accepted the admission from the government that the government can modify to be more respectful of religious liberty. This is a win-win decision that everybody should be able to get behind.”




People who do lots of work make lots of mistakes.  People who do less work make less mistakes.   People who do no work make no mistakes.  People who make no mistakes get promoted.  That’s why I spend most of my time sending e-mails & playing games at work.  I need a promotion.




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  Ratings from 1 (Low) to 5 (High).


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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