Perspective – May 31.2011

There’s a story told about an elderly lady in Arkansas. The state voted to increase welfare payments to indigents. Hoping for a tear-jerker story, a television interviewer went into the back hills where many welfare recipients lived.The old woman he chose to interview lived in a one-room shack: draughty in winter; stifling in summer. Her…

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Life’s Embroidery – May 27.2011

When I was a little boy, my mother used to embroider a great deal. I would sit at her knee and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering. I told her that it looked like a mess from where I was. As from the…

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Gifts From The Heart – May 26.2011

According to legend, a young man roaming the desert came across a spring of delicious crystal-clear water. The water was so sweet, he filled his leather canteen so he could bring some back to a tribal elder who had been his teacher. After a four-day journey he presented the water to the old man, who…

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Believe What You Feel – May 25.2011

Believe What You Feel – excerpt from “Tuesday’s With Morrie” by Mitch Albom On this day, Morrie says that he has an exercise for us to try. We are to stand, facing away from our classmates, and fall backward, relying on another student to catch us. Most of us are uncomfortable with this, and we…

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A Bigger Frying Pan! – May 24.2011

Two men went fishing. One man was an experienced fisherman, the other wasn’t. Every time the experienced fisherman caught a big fish, he put it in his ice chest to keep it fresh. Whenever the inexperienced fisherman caught a big fish, he threw it back. The experienced fisherman watched this go on all day and…

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SET YOUR AMBITIONS HIGH – May 23.2011

You know the story of the farmer who in his backyard had chicken, and then he had a chicken that was a little odd looking but he was a chicken. it behaved like a chicken. it was pecking away like other chickens. it didn’t know that there was a blue sky overheard and a glorious…

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Big Feet, Big Heart – May 20.2011

It was an unseasonably hot day. Everybody it seemed, was looking for some kind of relief, so an ice cream store was a natural place to stop. A little girl, clutching her money tightly, entered the store. Before she could say a word, the store clerk sharply told her to get outside and read the…

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Star News From Nashville – May 20.2011

As of Monday, Kelly Clarkson’s reign as the #1 selling “American Idol” officially came to an end. That title now belongs to Carrie Underwood…whose album sales have topped over 12 million since winning “Idol” six years ago. Meanwhile Carrie will make her first-ever trip to Australia in mid-June to promote the deluxe edition of her…

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Events This Weekend! – May 19.2011

  Salem After Five at Salem Farmers Market is featuring the Key West band tomorrow with proceeds benefiting the Salem/Roanoke Food Pantry. Starts at 5:30pm, cost is $5. 2011 Relay For Life of Montgomery County, VA May 20, 2011 at Christiansburg High School. I will be there to help kick things off tomorrow starting at 6pm…

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Don’t Worry! – May 19.2011

Excerpt from “What, Me Worry?” – Guidepost Magazine 2008  1. Visualize a good day. Each night, review 10 succusses. “Worriers tend to remember their failures rather than their successes. Acknowledge success.” 2. Make a list of your worries. Allow yourself a short period each day to stress. When the time is up, quit worrying and…

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