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Big excitement this year for the holidays. Just found out that this year my wife is going to let me carve the Christmas ham. It’ll be my first time holding a knife since the sanity hearing.




“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15


“What if we rocked the world with God’s hope, love & life? We are created by a great God to do great works.” – @MaxLucado


“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy & change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” W. Ward


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – JFK


“Life is full of give and take. Give thanks and take nothing for granted.” – Linda Poindexter

We are thankful for you! “I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly.” – Ephesians 1:16 #HappyThanksgiving


“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34 #HappyThanksgiving #ThankGod



Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. –Romans 12:10


Hebrews 3:13 = Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.


Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. — Psalm 119:18





The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. — 2 Thessalonians 3:3


Thought: The Bible repeatedly reminds us that we are in a spiritual war with forces that are strong, malicious, and evil (Ephesians 6:10-12). We should steer clear of every appearance of evil. We shouldn’t involve ourselves in anything related to Satan and his work. But we also need to remember that our Lord is greater than Satan and all of his evil angels. He is faithful. He will not abandon us to our enemy. He will strengthen us and protect us from attack if we will let him!


Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for giving me victory over Satan through the sacrifice of your Son, his resurrection from the dead, and his promised return to take me home to heaven. Please strengthen me and empower me to overcome temptation and resist the deceptive enticements of the Evil One. O Lord, it is only you that I want to worship, serve, and obey. To you belongs all glory forever, and ever, in the name of Jesus. 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!

Mark 11:23 NIV = “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.




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


Today is CAN YOU FIND YOUR OLD RUBIK’S CUBE AND STILL WORK IT DAY.  ***MARLAR: Still work it? (I never could figure it out to begin with.)




Doo Dah Day

Humane Society Anniversary Day

Mother Goose Day





Doctor Who Day

Fibonacci Day

International Day to End Impunity

International Image Consultant Day

National Espresso Day



Brownielocks Day

Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

D.B. Cooper Day



International Day For The Elimination of Violence Against women Day

International Hat Day

Blasé Day

Shopping Reminder Day

Tie One On Day



National Day of Mourning

Thanksgiving Day

Turkey-Free Thanksgiving



Black Friday

Fur Free Friday

Buy Nothing Day

Flossing Day

Maize Day

National Day of Listening

National Native American Heritage Day

Sinkie Day (Eating Over the Sink)

You’re Welcomegiving Day



International Aura Awareness Day

World Day of Giving

Small Business Saturday



Electronic Greetings Day

International Day of Solidarity With The Palistinian People

Square Dancing Day



Cider Monday

Cyber Monday

Computer Security Day

National Meth Awareness Day

Stay Home Because You’re Well Day




1919: On the first play-by-play football game radio broadcast, Texas A&M shut out the University of Texas 7-0.


1936: The cover of the first issue of Life magazine carried a photo of a doctor slapping a newborn baby and the caption, “Life begins!”


1936: In a San Antonio hotel room, blues pioneer Robert Johnson recorded his first tracks, including “Ramblin’ on My Mind.”


1958: Ronald and Nancy Reagan appeared together in the “GE Theater” production of “A Turkey for the President.”


1972: Actress Marie Wilson died at age 56. She starred as a scatterbrained “My Friend Irma” on both radio and television.


1976: Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested outside Graceland in Memphis after waving a pistol and demanding to see “the King.”


1982: Rev. Grady Nutt died at age 47. Especially known for his religious humor, he was a regular on TV’s “Hee Haw.”


1988: Grand sumo champion Chionofuji, known as “The Wolf,” became the first sumo wrestler in history to win 50 matches in a row.


1990: MTV banned Madonna’s “Justify My Love” video.


1991: Fort Lauderdale police disclosed that a 16-year-old boy had amassed a $10,000 baseball card collection by running a bookie operation at a local high school. ***MARLAR: I’m guessing he went on to major in Business.


1991: The Sacramento Kings ended the NBA’s longest road losing streak at 43 games.


1996: State Legislator Michael Burns and registered lobbyist Kimberly McCoy were married in Annapolis, Maryland. It wasn’t easy. The bride had to get state permission to buy a wedding ring for the groom, and had to spend less than $25 per guest on the reception so other legislators attending didn’t have to report it.


1996: Actor-comedian Chris Rock and Malaak Compton were married.


2000: Dot-com millionaire Jaakko Rytsola set a world record in Finland with a $71,400 speeding ticket. Traffic fines in Finland are linked to an offender’s income. The higher the income, the higher the fine, and there’s no limit. Rytsola, 27 years old at the time, was doing 40 in downtown Helsinki, a 25 mile zone. He said it’s hard to go that slow in Ferrari.


2001: The largest crowd ever to see a football game in Texas, 87,555 fans, watched the Texas Longhorns beat the Texas A&M Aggies 21-7.




1654: French mathematician Blaise Pascal, 31, underwent a profound religious conversion. He thereupon abandoned his study of science, having realized that “the Christian religion obliges us to live only for God, and to have no other aim than him.”


1729: German_born John Philip Boehm, 46, was formally ordained a pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church. Boehm had previously come to America in 1720, where he began organizing religious services among German Reformed immigrants in Pennsylvania.


1742: English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in a letter: ‘Two things I would earnestly recommend to your constant study: the book of God, and your own heart. These two, well understood, will make you an able minister of the New Testament.’


1947: E. L. Sukenik of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University first received word of the existence of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The documents, dating between 200 BC and AD 70, had been accidentally discovered the previous winter (1946-47) by two Bedouin shepherds in the vicinity of Qumran.


1970: Pope Paul VI issued a decree barring cardinals over the age of 80 from voting for a new pope.




  • actress-singer (“Hannah Montana”) Destiny Hope “Miley” Cyrus 23 (
  • actress (Victoria Hardwick on “Smallville”) Kelly Brook 36
  • actor (“Sleeper Cell”, “Charmed”, “UC: Undercover”) Oded Fehr 45
  • actress (“Eureka”, “Family Law”, “Gargoyles”) Salli Richardson 49
  • actress (The Devil and Max Devlin, “The Yellow Rose”) Susan Anspach 70




(Music Artist Birthdays From

1939 : Betty Everett

1940 : Freddie Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers)

1954 : Bruce Hornsby

1966 : Ken Block (Sister Hazel)

1966 : Charlie Grover (Sponge)

1992 : Miley Cyrus




Where did the word “boondoggle” originate?

Among Boy Scouts. The braided leather laniard worn by Boy Scouts has no real purpose. It was named a “boondoggle” by Robert H. Link of Rochester, possibly after Daniel Boone. During the depression of the ‘30’s, the name of this useless piece of equipment was transformed to the innumerable useless tasks performed by men employed on “make-work” projects of the Federal Government.




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It’s been 20 years since the DC Talk record Jesus Freak was released. In celebration of the anniversary, the web site Decent Christian Talk is out with a look back. The web site talked with some of those who had a hand in one of the biggest successes in CCM history. Check out the article here:


Seattle Seahawk fans are trying to convert Jamie Grace. Jamie is well known for her passion for the Dallas Cowboys. But this week she was showing off a custom Seahawks jersey, complete with her name on the back, sent to her by a Seattle fan.


What does Plumb have for supper when everyone else is gone. In a video this week she announced that she was the only one home and the food of choice for supper was pie. That’s right…pie for supper.


Big Daddy Weave has created seven days of devotionals based on songs from their CD Beautiful Offerings. The devotionals are available on the You Version Overflow app.


Casting Crowns Mark Hall was cheering on his son this week. He posted: My boy saved up and bought himself a bass with money that he’s made working this year. I’m proud of this big lug.


MercyMe have listed their favorite things for Christmas. The members of the band shared with Media Collective their…

…Favorite Tradition: Christmas light hunting, opening one, only one, present on Christmas Eve, Christmas Eve services, Advent calendars, telling the Christmas story and teaching their kids about the celebration of Christmas.

…Favorite Holiday Gift: Guitar amp, guitar, Dynamite 8-Track Player, first leather jacket and an Atari video game console.

…Favorite Gift Given: Pick-up truck, cedar hope chest, handmade prie-diew (prayer kneeler) and handmade guitar straps.

…Favorite Christmas Decorations: Model airplane, bird-shaped whistle, box of ornaments bought from start of marriage, Snoopy on skis and Christmas stockings.


Tenth Avenue North’s Mike Donehey is struggling with the issue of letting refuges into the USA. Mike posted his thoughts on twitter this week. He said: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.” These words are inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. As a Christian, refugees lives are more important than my safety. Mike added: I understand the conflicted feelings of letting refugees in. But I was a refugee and God died to bring me in. How could I not do the same?


Mark Schultz says his young son is growing up to fast. He tweeted: My 3 year old asked me while I was tucking him in to bed… “Daddy, will you PREPARE me some pancakes in the morning?” 3 years old…Prepare??


Mercyme is really getting in the holiday spirit. Earlier this month they announced that they’ll be playing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade. Now they say they’ll also perform at Macy’s Annual Great Tree Lighting in Atlanta. It will take place on November 22nd.






That’s a lot of coin: Mayor tries to pay $4K fine with coins
HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — Talk about some loose change. A Miami-area mayor who is feuding with his local commission tried to use 360,000 pennies and nickels — that’s 28 buckets full of coins — to pay a $4,000 ethics fine. Instead of accepting the change, the ethics commission doubled…


Woman accused of prostitution says she offered ‘free fun’
MOUNT JOY, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania woman accused of running a prostitution service out of her home says she charged only for massages, and that any sex that occurred with clients afterward was just “free fun.” Thirty-two-year-old Crystal Sweigart faces a preliminary hearing Dec. 18…
Woman reunited with dog that vanished 7 years ago in Ohio
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A Tennessee resident has been reunited with her dog that disappeared seven years ago from her old home in Ohio. Mishka was 3 years old when she vanished from the backyard of owner Paula Graff’s home in Hamilton. But Graff had an identification microchip implanted under…
‘I’ve been framed’ felon ex-mayor quips at portrait reveal    photo
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A portrait of former mayor and two-time felon Buddy Cianci was unveiled at City Hall, and Cianci couldn’t resist telling a one-liner referring to his criminal past. “It’s not the first time I’ve been framed,” Cianci cracked Thursday to an overflow crowd of cheering…
Cops: Massachusetts man hid 33 pounds of cocaine in gym bag
NATICK, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts man has been arrested with a gym bag stuffed with 33 pounds of cocaine worth $1.5 million. The MetroWest Daily News ( reports that 30-year-old Rafael R. Guzman, of Malden, was arrested Wednesday and pleaded not guilty…
Mom-to-be labors over college exam just before giving birth
MACON, Ga. (AP) — Not even labor pains could keep Tommitrise Collins from completing a college exam, and a photo of her working on the online test from her hospital bed made her a social media sensation. Media outlets report that Collins was hours away from giving birth at a Macon hospital on…
News photographer’s tripod mistaken for gun prompts 911 call
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Police were called to a central Pennsylvania office building after someone mistakenly thought a photographer’s tripod was a gun. HASH(0x1414110) The caller thought a machine gun was carried into the building, so police conducted a floor-by-floor search only to find the…
Turkey struts his stuff to get spared the Thanksgiving plate    photo
MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — He strutted, he gobbled and he puffed up his feathers like his life depended on it. And it did. The turkey’s outgoing personality and good looks helped spare him from the Thanksgiving plate. The bird, named Tom One, was chosen for a presidential pardon from a dozen…
Police: Man upset at missing birth made hospital bomb threat
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man accused of calling in a hospital bomb threat because he was upset he couldn’t attend his child’s birth is being charged in federal court. Michael Morlang was indicted Wednesday and faces up to 10 years if convicted, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah said in a…
Tamale takedown: Traveler carried 450 illegal pork tamales    photo
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The contraband was carefully wrapped in corn husks and concealed in the luggage of a traveler when authorities moved in for a tamale takedown at Los Angeles International Airport. The search by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents turned up 450 pork tamales…
Massachusetts woman wins $1M on scratch ticket for 2nd time
BOSTON (AP) — Few people are lucky enough to win $1 million in the lottery. But one Massachusetts woman has now done it twice. Constance Carpenito, of Stoneham, recently won a $1 million prize on a scratch ticket in the $10,000,000 Diamond Millionaire instant game. A spokesman for the…






High school Sex Ed teaching ‘Yes means yes’ rape prevention    photo
BELMONT, Calif. (AP) — This is the new look of high school sex ed: A roomful of teens, 14-year-olds mostly, is told that a girl and boy meet at a school dance. The boy drives her home. They kiss. What happens next, over the girl’s protests, leaves him confused and her crying, no longer a…


Nepal facing medicine shortages due to fuel crisis, blockade    photo
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Shortages of life-saving medicine because of political protests in Nepal that have blocked key roads could lead to a crisis, as hospitals have started to cut services, doctors said Thursday. Hospitals are rescheduling surgeries by weeks, and patients are finding it…
Using sight and sound to trigger dementia patients’ memories    photo
EASTON, Pa. (AP) — From the antique cast-iron stove in the kitchen to the ancient wood-paneled radio in the living room, the decor in The Easton Home comes straight out of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. Which is by design. The old-fashioned rooms are in the dementia wing of the elder-care facility…
What’s for dinner? Genetically engineered salmon OK’d by FDA    photo
WASHINGTON (AP) — What’s for dinner? Before long, it may well be genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal cleared for human consumption in the United States. Critics call it “frankenfish,” but the Food and Drug Administration granted its approval on Thursday, saying the…
UK junior doctors vote overwhelmingly to go to strike
LONDON (AP) — Thousands of junior doctors in England have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike to protest proposed government changes to their contracts. The action is expected to cause widespread disruption to the nation’s public health service, with many hospitals likely to cancel…
Lawyer: California woman weighing options after embryo loss
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California woman is evaluating her legal options after a judge ruled against her in her fight to keep five frozen embryos she created with her now ex-husband over his objections, her attorney said. Mimi Lee must abide by an agreement with her ex-husband to destroy the…
Lab-grown vocal cords offer hope of treating voice disorders    photo
WASHINGTON (AP) — From mom’s comforting croon to a shout of warning, our voices are the main way we communicate and one we take for granted unless something goes wrong. Now researchers have grown human vocal cords in the laboratory that appear capable of producing sound — in hopes of…
NIH to retire the last of government-owned research chimps    photo
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Institutes of Health is sending its last remaining research chimpanzees into retirement — as soon as a federal sanctuary has room for them. The government already had declared that the use of humans’ closest relative as a test subject was coming to an end….
Swaziland makes progress in quest to eliminate malaria
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Swaziland could eliminate malaria by the end of 2016 or in early 2017, likely making it the first mainland country in sub-Saharan Africa to get rid of the deadly disease, according to an international health expert. Namibia, Botswana and South Africa are also making…
Study: To avoid higher health law premiums, switch plans    photo
WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe an amiable gecko could help the Obama administration sell its health insurance overhaul. In the long-running auto insurance commercials, the talkative little mascot promises you can save 15 percent if you switch insurers. Now a study says the most popular health law…
House bill would limit some calorie labels
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supermarkets and pizza chains would get some relief from government calorie labeling rules under legislation approved by a House committee Wednesday. Many restaurants and other food retail outlets, such as grocery stores, will have to post the new calorie labels, starting a…




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A teenager in China new to the auto burglary profession will probably need to re-think his career. He broke into luxury vehicle and got away with some jewelry hidden in the glove box. But police quickly tracked him down because he left his phone in the car.  *** We hear these terrible stories about police brutality, and here we have a heartwarming stories of officers returning a phone to someone.  Isn’t that sweet?


A group of hackers are uniting for a good cause. The hackers known as “Anonymous” joined together to launched retaliatory attacks on suspected ISIS websites and Twitter accounts under the hash tag #OpParis. According to twitter accounts, the group says: “We… live for the sole purpose of bringing down All ISIS Propaganda ONE website and/or person at a time.”  *** I wasn’t sure what to think of Anonymous before… but I can honestly say that now I’m a fan.  (AUDIO: Anonymous message to ISIS)


For the first time in more than four decades, more Mexican immigrants are returning to their home country than coming to the United States. According to a report released last week by the Pew Research Center, from 2009 to 2014, an estimated 870,000 Mexicans came to the US while one million returned home.  ***Congrats to Barack Obama, he has found a way to deal with illegal immigration problem by making the USA less attractive to live in than Mexico!


Thanksgiving seems to be getting more and more expensive – but can you imagine spending $45,000 for that turkey dinner?  The Old Homestead Steakhouse in New York City is doing exactly that – charging $45,000 for Thanksgiving dinner.  Sort of.  Actually, it’s just a regular Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, but it also comes with a 2-carat diamond ring, and some pricey caviar and bourbon.  ***$45,000 for a Thanksgiving dinner?  I wouldn’t pay that even if it came with gold-plated giblets. (AUDIO: Old Homestead Steakhouse owner Marc Sherry)




A New York City man claims that he has come up with the world’s strongest coffee. It has 200% more caffeine.  ***MARLAR: I understand it has a nice, strong, robust crunch.


New research says that doctors cut the umbilical cord too soon.  ***MARLAR: Finally – a problem that doesn’t apply to me.  My mom didn’t cut my umbilical cord until I got married and moved out of the house.


As unbelievable as it may seem, researchers at Harvard have come to the conclusion that ketchup might actually lower your risk of getting prostate cancer. ***MARLAR: Ketchup labels will now include the warning, “for internal use only.”


According to research by the Wall Street Journal, the average 3-hour baseball game contains only 18 minutes of action. ***Which means that they’re still getting more done than Congress.












OPEN: And now,, (Show Name), and (Station Call Letters) bring you As the Jungle Turns! Last time, Marvy Snuffleson and all of the Razzleflabbins on Razzleflabbin Island were running for their lives to get away from someone they called, the Plaid Guy! They’re so scared they’ve built plaid shelters, run numerous emergency plaid drills, and hired a scout to do nothing but stay awake and look for the Plaid Guy!


CLOSE: Oh no! It looks like Marvy isn’t fast enough to stay away from the Plaid Guy! What’s going to happen? Will the plaid guy eat Marvy? Will he eat Marvy’s teddy bear? Will he make Marvy go shopping for plaid shirts? Oh, how gruesome! Tune in next time to find out what happens… As the Jungle Turns!






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CLOSE: Wow, hard to believe this entire time we’ve never had a lion – the king of the jungle – in As the Jungle Turns! Tune in next time to find out what happens!


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In Bellingham, Washington, one man may have just thrown his life away for a free pencil!

…Police arrested the 44-year-old suspect for allegedly stealing a mechanical pencil from a department store. This despite the fact that he was carrying $600 in cash on him at the time! Officers questioned the man about why he stole the pencil when he had enough money to pay for it. The suspect just responded, “I don’t know, being stupid I guess.”





U.S. Turkey production, by state:

  • North Carolina
  • Minnesota
  • Arkansas
  • Virginia,
  • Missouri
  • California
  • Indiana
  • Pennsylvania,
  • South Carolina
  • Iowa




  • It does not matter if you are heavily outnumbered in a fight involving martial arts: your enemies will wait patiently to attack you one by one, dancing around in a threatening manner until you have knocked out their predecessors.
  • Honest and hard-working policemen are traditionally gunned down three days before their retirement.
  • At least one of a pair of identical twins is born evil.
  • Most laptop computers are powerful enough to override the communications system of any invading alien society.
  • All grocery bags contain at least one stick of French bread.
  • Rather than wasting bullets, megalomaniacs prefer to kill their arch enemies using complicated machinery involving fuses, pulley systems, deadly gasses, lasers, and man-eating sharks, which will allow their captives at least a half-hour to escape.
  • You’re very likely to survive any battle in any war unless you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.
  • A man will show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating, but will wince when a woman tries to clean his wounds.
  • If a large pane of glass is visible, someone will be thrown through it before long.
  • Even when driving down a perfectly straight road, it is necessary to turn the steering wheel vigorously from left to right every few moments.




The car theft career of one Romanian man has been put in park.


FILE #1: Beniamin Todea was having trouble starting the engine of a car when two policemen happened by. Our friend thought it would be a good idea to ask the cops to help him start the car by helping to push it. However, when the policemen saw the car’s stereo on the front seat they became suspicious and thought it would be a good idea to start asking questions. The jig was up when the guy didn’t know the license number of what was supposedly his own car and he now faces up to five years in jail.


FILE #2: A bank robber in Columbia, TN, who left the motor running in his getaway car outside the bank, had to flee on foot when he found he accidentally locked the car door with the keys in the ignition. The robber entered First American Bank in Tennessee, demanded money from a teller and then dashed outside to the stolen car he had parked outside the door with its engine running. That was when he discovered the car doors were locked with the keys inside. When last seen, he was running as fast as he could from the scene.


FILE #3: In Nashville, the FBI investigated a bank holdup in which the robber pointed a “small silver object” at the teller. The robber handed her a note saying that if she did not give him the money the “bomb” would explode. The robber dropped the bomb when he escaped. The police retrieved the “bomb” with great caution. The “bomb” turned out to be a hot dog wrapped in aluminum foil.


STRANGE LAW: Under Australian Communications Authority (ACA) regulations, your modem is not supposed to pick up on the first ring. If it does the ACA permit for your modem is invalid and there’s a $12,000 fine. (Telecommunications Act 1991.)




Reporting a robbery lands the man who reported the crime behind bars!

Jose Guadalupe Flores, 35, reported 150 pounds of marijuana stolen from his home.  When police arrived there were still about 15 pounds of pot on the living room floor.  Jose had left the house to make the call to the police. But he came back while the cops were there and told them that the drugs were all his.




What is your family’s unique Thanksgiving tradition?


We’ve all pulled a “Ferris Bueller” and faked being sick to get out of going to school.  Tell us your story – how’d you fake being sick?  Hot penny under the tongue to make it appear you had a fever?  Vegetable soup in the toilet to simulate vomit?  Did you try the “clammy hands” thing just like Ferris?  And what did you do with your “sick day” once you convinced your parents to let you stay home?




QUESTION: For how many days did Israel mourn Moses’ death?

ANSWER: 30 (Deuteronomy 34:8)





We all think we know the story of the first Thanksgiving – but not necessarily.  Truth, or Turkey?

  1. The settlers at the first Thanksgiving were called Pilgrims. (TURKEY! They didn’t refer to themselves as Pilgrims, they called themselves “Saints”.)
  2. The first Thanksgiving was three days of games, gambling and target shooting with English muskets. (TRUTH! By the way, the shooting contest was a friendly warning to the Indians that the Pilgrims were prepared to defend themselves.)
  3. The first Thanksgiving took place in November. (TURKEY! It was some time between late September and the middle of October, after the harvest had been brought in.)
  4. The Pilgrims wore large hats with buckles on them. (TURKEY! Seems the 19th century artists who painted them that way did so because they associated black clothing and big buckles with being old-fashioned.)
  5. There was no turkey at the first Thanksgiving. (TRUTH! They ate deer.)
  6. The Pilgrims skipped Thanksgiving the next year. (TRUTH! The harvest was a flop in 1622, plus a whole bunch of new Pilgrims showed up, and had to be fed and housed through the winter.  They didn’t do it again for another five years!)


QUESTION: What soap was named after a bible verse?

ANSWER: Ivory Soap.  It was originally named P&G White Soap. In 1879, Harley Proctor found the new name during a reading in church of the 45th Psalm of the Bible: “All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.”


QUESTION: What mammal can starve to death, despite a plentiful supply of food?

ANSWER: The sloth – particularly if there are too many cool, cloudy days in a row. The sloth has to sun itself daily to raise its body temperature so the bacteria in its stomach is warm enough to break down the leaves it eats. It often takes up to 100 hours to digest a stomach full of food.




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 estimated weight of the Great Pyramid of Egypt is over 6-million tons. (True – it’s estimated to be 6,648,000 tons.)


  1. The Mona Lisa we all know is actually the 2nd version of the painting. (False – it’s the FOURTH version! X-ray technology has shown there are 3 different versions of the Mona Lisa under the visible one.)


  1. The first footprints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater (now Mann’s Chinese Theater), were made by accident. (True. The footprints were made by Norma Talmadge in 1927. Legend has it that she accidentally stepped in wet concrete outside the building. Since then, over 180 stars have been immortalized, along with their hands and feet and even noses – via Jimmy Durante.)


  1. The world’s largest art gallery has close to 15 miles of artwork. (TRUE. The world’s largest art gallery is the Winter Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. Visitors would have to walk 15 miles to see the 322 galleries which house nearly 3 million works of art.)


  1. Isaac Newton, Peter Tchaikovsky and Annie Lennox were all born on Thanksgiving day. (False – they were all born on December 25th – Christmas day.)


  1. Julius Caesar suffered from Epilepsy. (True – so did Napoleon Bonaparte.)


  1. More people are killed each year by donkeys than in plane crashes. (True.)


  1. If offered a new pen to write with, 97% of all people will write their own name. (True)


  1. The average American man will spend 2,965 hours shaving in his lifetime. (True)


  1. Women shoplift twice as often as men. (False – they do so four times as much.)




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


CANBERRA – President Obama, worried about the Australian threat, is deploying Marins to Australia.

With the approval of Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard,  Barack Obama announced details of a new military operation in Australia.

In recent months, there has been a lot of unrest in Australia, which came about after Gillard announced some pro-Labor economic policies.  Conservatives in Australia began protesting and seemed to be gaining in popularity.

“We can’t have conservatives getting the majority in any country,” Obama reportedly told Australians.





Thanksgiving Day was approaching and little Johnny’s family received a Thanksgiving card with a painting of a pilgrim family on their way to church. Johnny’s mother showed the card to her children. She said to the kids, “The Pilgrim children liked to go to church with their mothers and fathers.”

Oh yeah?” Little Johnny replied, “so why is their dad carrying that rifle?”



The pro football team had just finished their daily practice session when a large turkey came strutting onto the field.

While the players gazed in amazement, the turkey walked up to the head coach and demanded a tryout.

Everyone stared in silence as the turkey caught pass after pass and ran right through the defensive line.

When the turkey returned to the sidelines, the coach shouted, “You’re terrific!!! Sign up for the season, and I’ll see to it that you get a huge bonus.”

“Forget the bonus,” the turkey said, “All I want to know is, does the season go past Thanksgiving Day?”



A man was sleeping when his wife shook him and said, “Wake up, someone is breaking in!”

The man had gone through this almost every night for 20 years, and he knew that the only way he would get any rest was to go and check it out. This time, however, there was a man with a gun who entered to rob the house. As the thief was about to flee the man said, “You have to come with me and meet my wife.”

The thief said, “Why would you want me to meet your wife?”

The man replied, “Well, she’s been expecting you for 20 years.”




Moderately content people out earn very happy folks, a study in Psychological Science suggests.  ***MARLAR: Be more depressed and build wealth!


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a 5′ 10” person weighing 174 pounds has a Body Mass Index of 25, which places that person in the category of “overweight.” A 5′ 10” person weighing 209 pounds is considered “obese” by the CDC’s Body Mass Index. ***MARLAR: I’m 5’11” and 313 pounds.  I’m apparently dead.


It’s possible for potatoes to explode in the oven if you cook them without poking holes in them. ***MARLAR: So Mr. Potato Head is good to go!





Though we should all give thanks

When we are seated in our pew.

Thanksgiving will be different

If our turkeys have the flu.

The Pilgrims dined on Salmon

As a First Thanksgiving Dish.

But this year it’s inedible;

There’s Mercury in the fish.

Our corn’s been impregnated

With these toxic pesticides.

And our fruit’s been fumigated

Using poisonous bromides.

Your brother picked wild mushrooms

So you just might end up dead.

And there’s too dang many carbs

In the potatoes and the bread.

You can’t eat steak or pot roast

Cause you’ll get mad cow disease.

So there’s only one safe thing to do:

That’s go out for Chinese.




  • Near Woodlawn Cemetery: ‘Second-hand tombstone for sale. Extraordinary bargain for family named Schwarzendorfer.’
  • At a shop specializing in fireplace accessories: ‘Anything your little hearth desires.’
  • On the window of T. Ginsberg’s Delicatessen: ‘Mr. Ginsberg himself eats here.’
  • Near the busy terminal of a trucking firm in Paterson, New Jersey, a large billboard proclaimed: ‘This is a trucking company that never sleeps.’ Crayoned neatly beneath: ‘And neither do its neighbors.’




Apparently the English don’t share their condolences with grieving friends and family as the rest of us do.

How’s this for showing love and compassion – An English law firm recently had an employee of the firm commit suicide and instead of sending his wife flowers and a sympathy card, they sent her a bill for $10,000. The charges stem from “settling his affairs at the office, the cost of visiting his home in order to determine why he hadn’t shown up for work, and the cost of telling his mother that her son had died”. The English press “pressed” the law firm and they have since dropped the charges.





Mad COW Disease is scary–have you read about it? Europeans are leaving beef off their plates–some have gone to horse meat and probably NO-meat! No one wants to catch the disease of the cows–it’s deadly and you can’t blame them!

It got me thinking…for I know a “disease” just as scary–MORE scary–for it kills the body, soul AND spirit! I call it “Mad MAN Disease”–it’s contracted by close association with the enemy of your soul who’d like to damn you to hell…if you let him!

In plain English, it’s called ANGER…a “mad” that resides deep within the spirit and soul of a man, that surfaces in outbursts of rage, or may submerge into deep sadness and depression. It’s what happens when we don’t “give it to God.” It festers inside us and not only will destroy the body physically, but damage the soul spiritually–all because you’re just plain MAD!

Got a temper? You can’t afford it–and you don’t need to tolerate it any longer. It’s treatable–the place of healing is found at the foot of the Cross. Christ Jesus became MAN, became FLESH, for us–that we might become the sons and daughters of God; that we might see life through HIS eyes; that we might surrender our problems and pains to Him, the Prince of Peace.

What’s YOUR beef? Who messes up YOUR day? Don’t let any person or circumstance turn you into a “mad man or woman” today! Next time you see the devil tryin’ to sneak up on you and inflict you with that old “Mad MAN Disease,” call out to the Prince of Peace. He’s also the Great Physician, you know–and He can heal! Give it to Him–and let HIS touch heal your wounded spirit with His love, joy and peace. THAT’S what the Gospel is all about–now believe it, LAY IT DOWN, and have a MAD-FREE day!!





He who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. —Romans 14:23

In his book Illustrations of Bible Truth, H. A. Ironside tells about a man who was getting ready to attend a banquet. He wanted to put on a white shirt he had worn on a previous occasion, so he was inspecting it carefully to see if it was too dirty. His wife noticed what he was doing and called out, “Remember, dear, if it’s doubtful, don’t.” The issue was settled. The man threw the shirt into the laundry hamper.

That wife’s advice reminds me of the principle in today’s text. It’s a principle that can be applied to questionable matters of conscience. If doubtful, don’t.

The doubtful things the apostle Paul wrote about in Romans 14 had to do with meat and wine considered to be “unclean” by some but not by others (vv.14,21). He indicated that if we have doubts about whether an action is right or wrong and we do it anyway, our action is not from faith and is therefore a sin (v.23). He also pointed out that it is wrong to do anything by which a brother in Christ “stumbles or is offended or is made weak” (v.21). We must never give another Christian a reason to violate his or her conscience.

When faced with questionable practices and a troubled conscience, we would do well to make this our guideline: If it’s doubtful, don’t! —Richard De Haan


There is a treasure you can own
That’s greater than a crown or throne;
This treasure is a conscience clear
That brings the sweetest peace and cheer. —Isenhour


One little word can spare us a lot of trouble. It’s NO.





Here are some fast, simple and delicious suggestions for revitalizing cooked turkey.

  • Turkey Bruschetta. Brush slices of Italian bread with olive oil. Top with minced garlic and toast in the oven. Spoon on a combination of turkey, shredded mozzarella cheese and chopped fresh basil. Broil until cheese melts.
  • Hot and spicy turkey chili. Combine sauteed green pepper and onion with turkey, canned tomatoes, canned red kidney beans and a touch of crushed red pepper. Top with corn chips.
  • Turkey grape salad. Combine turkey with halved green grapes, toasted sliced almonds, sliced green onions, orange zest and light mayonnaise.
  • Turkey stir fry. Stir turkey into stir fried broccoli florets and red bell pepper strips. Add minced garlic, fresh ginger, soy sauce and a sprinkle of sesame oil.
  • Turkey and spinach Tetrazzini. Combine turkey with cooked spaghetti, chopped sun dried tomatoes, a thawed package of frozen creamed spinach, minced garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Bake until heated through.
  • Breaded turkey Italian style. Dip turkey slices in beaten egg, coat with fine bread crumbs and brown in melted butter. Transfer to baking dish and top with spaghetti sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, chopped mushrooms and green pepper. Bake until cheese melts.

***MARLAR: And finally, turkey flakes. Just dry some turkey flakes in the oven and sneak ’em into a box of corn flakes.





Tis the season to be frauded, fa la la la la, la la la la! (I’m not sure “frauded” is a real word, but I needed something with two syllables to make that line work.)  Anyway, scams are everywhere this time of year, and we have a list of ways to help prevent you from being a victim!

The National Fraud Center has released its Top 10 List of ways to keep from becoming a victim of consumer fraud.

  1. Never leave your card, receipts or carbons behind after a transaction.
  2. At an ATM be sure to shield others from seeing what you punch in.
  3. Be very wary of requests for you to disclose your Social Security Number.
  4. Never carry your Personal identification number in your wallet.
  5. Limit the number of credit cards you carry with you (NONE is a good number).
  6. Never give your account numbers to anyone calling you on the phone.
  7. Keep a list of all account numbers somewhere at home so you can refer to them if your wallet or purse is stolen.
  8. Never use your birth date, telephone number or other obvious number for your PIN.
  9. Do not place any bill payments in your mailbox for pickup instead go to the post office.
  10. Never allow anyone to put your store account number on a check used to make a purchase.





Don’t care for the taste of your toothpaste? Have you tried wasabi?

It’s pungent enough to clear sinuses and may help ward off cancer. Now a Japanese scientist says wasabi, the spicy green horseradish that typically accompanies sushi, also prevents tooth decay. The same chemical compounds that give the condiment its taste and aroma work to inhibit the growth of cavity-causing microbes. The garnish, made by grating the stems of the Wasabi japonica plant, has long been extolled for preventing dangerous blood clots and reducing the likelihood of cancer. Potent enough to bring tears to the eyes, it is also hailed as an anti-asthmatic. They say now all they need to do is come up with something to mask it’s pungent taste and Wasabi could be used as a form of dental care in the future.





  • Never smart off to a teacher whose eyes and ears are twitching. (Andrew, Age 9)
  • Wear a hat when feeding seagulls.  (Rocky, age 9)
  • Sleep in your clothes so you’ll be dressed in the morning.” (Stephanie, age 8)
  • Don’t flush the john when your dad’s in the shower. (Lamar, age 10)
  • Never bug a pregnant mom.  (Nicholas, age 11)
  • When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?” don’t answer him. (Heather, age 16)
  • Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.  (Joel, age 12)
  • When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she’s on the phone.  (Alyesha, age 13)
  • Never try to baptize a cat.  (Laura, age 13)
  • Never tell your little brother that you’re not going to do what your mom told you to do.  (Hank, age 2)
  • Never dare your little brother to paint the family car. (Phillip, age 13)
  • When you want something expensive, ask your grandparents.  (Matthew, age 12)





It’s the soggiest game of Monopoly ever played!

While most of us swim or play water games in the pool, a group of Norwegians decided to play a board game. Ten Norwegian divers have broken the world record for playing underwater Monopoly. They took turns to play the board game at the bottom of a tank for three days, beating the previous record by a day. The divers played in pairs for two to three hours at a time in a tank of 1,820 gallons of water. They used laminated cards, coins instead of bills, and nuts and bolts instead of plastic hotels and houses.  ***MARLAR: Playing Monopoly underwater would be perfect for me, I’m already in way over my head and drowning in debt.




(Mondays Only)

Do you believe that unions are still necessary in this country? One union doesn’t seem to think so.  And that is this week’s TOTALLY OUTRAGEOUS!

I’ve begun to believe recently that unions, for the most part, aren’t really necessary in today’s world.  There are exception to that, of course, and of course, a lot of people don’t agree with me… but now I have a testimony to back up my opinions – from a union itself! (Back in 2000) In Charleston, South Carolina longshoremen were rioting because they were upset some shipping companies were using non-union labor.  Now… get this! I’m told that the Charleston longshoremen built a new union hall. The odd thing though is that there were some non-union contractors involved in building the union hall. Do you hear what I’m saying?!? The UNION hired NON-UNION workers to build their own union hall! Why? Because it’s the union’s money and they’re trying to keep labor costs down… that’s why. If the union itself won’t hire union labor, why should the rest of the world?




If you’ve been living in America for more than a few weeks, you know that Thanksgiving is synonymous with turkey. And while we love all those side dishes, it’s the bird that takes center stage every year. For decades, if not centuries, roasting the turkey was the only acceptable way, and, indeed, the vast majority of Americans will roast their turkey this year as well. But in recent years, other methods have become trendy. In response, Yahoo Foods is stepping in to help. Their latest article features every turkey recipe you’d ever need for the perfect Thanksgiving meal.


Need some help with your Thanksgiving meal? The chefs from the Food Network are stepping in to help. They are out with a list of the 50 best Thanksgiving tips. From preparing your food in advance to making use of the leftovers, it’s all there.–50-best-thanksgiving-tips.html


30 ways to show generosity this holiday season from Revive Our Hearts. Some of them include:

Buy groceries, and donate them to a local food pantry.

Know a young mom with toddlers? Offer to take her kids out for a play date.

Volunteer at a local homeless shelter or food pantry.

Volunteer your time and creativity to help with your church’s Christmas program.

Organize a group of your friends to go caroling at a local nursing home.

Bake cookies for your neighbors and include handwritten notes.

Are there still leaves on the ground in your neighborhood? Rake and run.

Ever wanted to be a bell ringer? Find out where you can volunteer!

Offer to clean an elderly couple’s house. Or better yet, offer to spend time with them!




I wish you could have seen our cat last night. She was lit up like a Christmas tree. She ate the tree lights. I think she’ll be all right but her tail keeps flashing. –HaLife




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

Cheering for the Down and Outer

One of the disappointments over which I mildly grieve is to see a business go under. The majority of employees are unaware of the great challenges of keeping an enterprise profitable. Seeing enterprises fail means jobs are lost. Revenues for the community are diminished. And in many cases, the goodwill spread by these companies through donations or volunteer manpower vanishes.
In our own neighborhood, we said farewell to several retail operations in the last few years. We lost our local Applebee’s restaurant. A Bob Evans not so long ago. And a big disappointment came when the Barnes and Noble closed its doors. Farther away, a unique restaurant, operated by a successful business group, locked up and tore down a place called Key Wester. It had a big aquarium, a waterfall, and doors that opened in summer to overlook black swans on a small body of water. Very refreshing. But…gone.
What we don’t usually see are the tears shed by people who’ve invested a part or all of their adult life trying to make a go of their dream. We don’t see the hours agonizing over ways to save the business and keep people they care about employed. We don’t see the creditors who may not get their money back from what they loaned in trust. Pain goes along with the closing of those doors.
So I read with interest a story that gave me a light chuckle — at first — about a man desperate to save his business in Candia, New Hampshire. Kevin Dumont is a principle owner of the Liquid Planet Water Park. If you’ll excuse the expression, his water park business is going under. And he’s making a life-saving effort by chaining himself to a 30-foot waterslide to keep it afloat. *groan*
Dumont has camped out. He needs a bailout. In his words, “We’re losing everything if we can’t find a partner. We just need to save it from going to the auction block. We need an infusion of cash to pay off the debt….We’re hoping this effort will give us some offers.”
It’s not like no one is showing up. The park had 35,000-plus visitors this past season. Since 2008 when Liquid Planet opened, Dumont admits it’s been an uphill challenge. But it’s only in the past year that he’s fallen behind in his payments.
He properly does not blame the bank for his woes. But Dumont was notified in September of the bank’s plans to auction off the 44-acre property (that includes his home) on December 2nd. A bank does what they must do for their own clients’ sake.
But Dumont’s story is more painful when you learn that both his father and mother died within the last four months. Losing your parents and your business within 140 days of each other plays havoc on the human spirit. Thus…the desperate act of a desperate man to chain himself to a water slide.
Kevin Dumont claims he started the business for families. A noble purpose offers no guarantees for success. Too many forces come to bear to make a business survive.
Size does not matter. Giant airlines get bought out or cease to exist. K-Mart has Sears behind them but keeps faltering. Sears itself is making what some think are desperate moves to stay alive. And, of course, Blockbuster became a failure equal to its name.
Times change. People’s tastes do as well. Innovation opens new markets. Staying competitive is a true art in business.
Some go the route of reinvention. I’ve been reading rumors of McDonald’s demise for a couple of years now. Recently, they have started serving breakfast all day. There has been an uptick in their customer count. Who said playing this investor driven game of “staying alive” was going to be fun?
People of faith are not immune in any way to business failings. More recently, Family Christian Stores fought tooth and nail to survive. Only after large concessions have they managed to do so after $127 million in debt was erased.
Years ago, the startup company I put together came to a point where it appeared things would collapse. I decided to “give my business to God” — which sounded very dramatic. My friend Chuck Gratner looked at me over breakfast after I shared this and replied, “Maybe God doesn’t want your business.” Yeah…hadn’t quite considered that. It tanked four months later.
Spiritual lesson: Not all things are meant to be. Not all things are meant to last. Not all dreams come true. As “The Preacher” wrote in Ecclesiastes, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest….A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.” (Ecc 3:1-4, NLT)
Some sound advice. As a few wise Byrds once told me.
That’s The Way WE Work.




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).


NOVEMBER 20, 2015…


Hunger Games Mockingjay: Part Two—The end of the film series and the end of the book series. Fans will be mourning as with the “Harry Potter” film and book series. The rebels are after the wicked power in Panem and it is the final showdown between Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and President Snow (Donald Sutherland), so expect real snow in the film. The favorite stars are here including Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks and the last film of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. “Hunger Games Mockingjay: Part Two” is rated PG 13. Rating of 3 for fans.


Carol—Cate Blanchett is Carol, a wealthy woman in the 1950’s who shops at a favorite department store. Rooney Mara plays Therese, a lowly shop girl who has a crush on the wealthy Carol. The two go on a road trip and These sees how the wealthy live. “Carol” is rated R. No rating.


The Secret In Their Eyes—Julia Roberts takes on the role of an attorney whose daughter was one of the murder victims of a serial killer. Years later, the person is still loose, but Julia, along with Chiwetel Ejiofor, finds the person. Also in the cast is Nicole Kidman. “The Secret In Their Eyes” is rated R. Rating of 2 for fans.


Very Semi-Serious (documentary and opening in select cities)—Who doesn’t love cartoons, either in print or on the screen. This documentary gives us the creation and editorial process in the New Yorker magazine, with editor David Remnick and artist Roz Chast. “Very Semi-Serious” is rated PG 13. No rating.


NOVEMBER 25, 2015…


Creed is a boxing film, starring Michael B. Jordan as a young fighter and guess who is coaching him? That’s right and his initials are S.S.


The Good Dinosaur is an animated children’s film with a different viewpoint—the dinosaurs lived and have humans as pets.


The Night Before is the story of three guys who have spent Christmas Eve together since childhood. Stars Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie.


Victor Frankenstein is about the scientist and his assistant, Igor, Stars James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe.


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