Awaiting the Light - Luke: excerpt from "In the Spirit of Elijah"
"Well, Lord, how shall I begin? What should I speak of, or on, that could aid my brother? How should I write of our beloved John, your cousin? I'm not the apostle that I have known him; and yet his life has had a marked effect on your Church. I have been with Paul many years and see incredible things you do through him; but John? How should I write? What should I write? Why should I write? What should I call this manuscript, that will speak of so great a servant?"
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:30:40 AM
Rockets, Borders, and "Proportionality"
During January terrorists ambushed a train, kidnapped 18 innocent civilians, and ruthlessly murdered them in cold blood. They followed this atrocity several weeks later when 1500 of them again breached the border and staged another brutal attack, sacking a city, leaving another 19 dead in the street... these events actually occurred during January 1916. The leader was Pancho Villa. The Government was the United States of America, the massacre took place in Columbus, New Mexico. And The contingent of 6000 troops was commanded by General John Pershing.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:27:00 AM
Unions Putting the Squeeze on Home Health Care Workers
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) likes to present itself as the champion of the little guy. But officials of SEIU Healthcare -- "the fastest-growing union of healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers in the Midwest" -- aren't averse to a little high-living. For example, in FY 2013 officials of SEIU's Illinois-Indiana healthcare division (SEIU-HCII) chalked up more than $1.1 million in travel expenses -- $13,000 of it on D.C. hotel expenses rung up at President Obama's second inaugural.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:25:26 AM
Michaud Statement on Appeals Courts' Healthcare Rulings
WASHINGTON, DC -- Two different appeals courts have issued conflicting rulings related to a provision of the Affordable Care Act which allows consumers to receive subsidies for healthcare plans purchased on exchanges established by the federal government. The first ruling, from a panel on the District of Columbia's Circuit Court, invalidated an IRS regulation regarding the ability of qualifying low- and middle-income consumers to receive subsidies for insurance plans purchased on a federally run exchange. The second ruling reached the opposite conclusion, and upheld the provision of subsidies on federal exchanges. Maine currently operates on a federally established healthcare insurance exchange.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:23:39 AM
The Shamrak Report: Hamas Makes No Mistakes
Hamas rocket hit the power line that supplies electricity to seventy thousand Gazans from Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah. It's not clear when Israel Electric Company workers will be able to repair the system. The PA currently owes the Israel Electric Company NIS 1.5 billion ($525 million) in unpaid bills for electricity. The Mukhtar (Islamic religious leader) of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher praised Israel for defending the city - and particularly the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount - from Hamas rockets. Hamadan said that Hamas' seemingly careless firing of missiles endangered Muslim holy places, as well as Arabs, who live and work in all parts of the country.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:20:04 AM
Scammers Pose as E-ZPass to Collect 'Unpaid Tolls'
Marlborough, MA - Using E-ZPass this summer? Watch out. Scammers are posing as E-ZPass in emails and claiming to collect unpaid tolls. The emails carry viruses that infect your computer and can open you up to identity theft.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:17:24 AM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Tormented Prison" by Sky Gram
This is a very difficult story to read because it is about a small child who is a victim from the very day of her birth. As a mother myself, I found some of "Sky's" story too graphic to even read but as the old saying goes, "fore warned is fore armed." Would I recommend this story to others? YES!
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:15:33 AM
Prayers and Action for Peace in Middle East, Ukraine, Africa, Central America
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has asked the U.S. bishops to join with him in prayer and action for peace in world trouble spots, including the Middle East, Ukraine, Africa and Central America. He also urged the bishops to express solidarity with Pope Francis in a July 22 letter, which follows.
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:13:30 AM
Today in History
July 23 - Today in History
Today is July 23. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Jul 23, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "One Chance, One Moment: Book One - The Mandy Story" by Judith Kohnen
I found myself hurrying to get my household work completed so that I could resume the story again and that sadly, from all the books I review, doesn't happen very often. As the author noted in her "press release" this book was first written in 1986 and revisions were made several times over the ensuing years but I can now state, the "wait" and the reworking were well-worth it. Would I recommend this book to others? ABSOLUTELY! Wondeful work, wonderful presentation and am waiting for the next!
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:22:23 AM
The Healing Power of Story-Telling
I'm so glad that I had that experience. Going to that school for a few months and especially that one afternoon at my friend's house saved me. They saved me from a closed mind that would have really limited my thinking, my understanding, and my whole life. I'm so thankful for that....If we could learn how to both share our own stories and with neither judgment nor defensiveness, listen to those of others, we would grow in wisdom at a rate I don't think we even believe is possible.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:20:05 AM
USCCB Chairmen Respond to 'Unprecedented and Extreme' Executive Order
WASHINGTON--The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees responded with great concern to President Obama's July 21 executive order to prohibit federal government contractors from what the Administration deems "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" discrimination and to forbid "gender identity" discrimination in the employment of federal employees. The problems the bishops identify in the order relate both to the flaws in its core prohibitions, and to its lack of religious freedom protection.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:17:11 AM
Christian Book Basket Magic City (11)
Today in the Christian Book Basket Magic City we have six books listed. They are: "Intelligent Design or Non-Intelligent Design?" by Keith Ericson; "Unleash Your Potential" by Dr. Darlington Ndubuike; "Saved by Grace" by April Uphold; "Laughing Crying Naked" By Adrienne R.C. Carpenter; "Quenched: Christ's Living Water for a Thirsty Soul" by Donna Pyle; and "In the Spirit of Elijah" by Trevor Payne
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:14:11 AM
Regret is an ugly and stupid word
Another common regret was being scared to try something new. I thought that waking up in the morning was trying something new. Why does trying something different have to be grandiose? Why can't it be something like eating asparagus or taking a walk in a park or down a new beach? One doen't have to regret they never started a corporation, jumping off a cliff, or even writing a book? Now that one could turn into a regret but as I stated before what is done is done.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:12:24 AM
Is it Drowning, or Electric Shock Drowning?
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 21, 2014 -- While standing at the end of your boat dock, you see a person struggling in the water. Do you recognize that the person is drowning, or is something else going on? And what should you do? Doing the right thing could help save someone else's life, and might keep you from losing yours.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:10:37 AM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Scotch Rising" by S.J. Garland
This very interesting story set in the 1700's, begins with a young man, Esmond Clyde-Dalton, who comes from a very wealthy English family and tells of his trials and tribulations as he makes his life in his own way. Edmond has to make a decision that will ultimately change the rest of his life. I found this story to be very interesting and well done.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:07:31 AM
Pursue an Israel-Hamas Ceasefire and Work for Lasting Peace
WASHINGTON--The United States should seek an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, provide humanitarian relief to the vulnerable people of Gaza, and return to the challenge of pursuing a just and lasting peace, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. The July 21 letter addressed Hamas' rocket attacks and the Israeli response.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:05:14 AM
Today in History
July 22 - Today in History
Today is July 22. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
July 21 - Today in History
Today is July 21. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Jul 21, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Down the Road
I also feel old when people hold doors open for me at stores and restaurants. I explain to them that this is why I carry the walking stick. Not that I need it, but it gets people to open doors for me. They understand and chuckle, but I see in their eyes they're glad they're not getting old. What a surprise they have coming!
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:27:04 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Greyhound Therapy" by J.R. Conway
The story tells of the trials and tribulation that Sheriff Craig Spence faces on a daily basis and how the Sheriff's Department in a small town in Wyoming, deals with the inhabitants, the drug problems and just trying to live in a very unbalanced world.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:25:33 AM
Bespectacled, Bewildered...Be Careful!
They say every time a bell rings that means an angel got his wings. Not true. Every time a bell rings, it's a cash register, and some optician just paid off his mortgage thanks to another poor, unsuspecting schmuck who has become the newest victim of these torturous little demons known as progressive lenses.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:22:30 AM
Hamas rockets found hidden in United Nations school in Gaza
About 20 rockets suspected of being stashed by Islamist terrorists in Gaza were discovered inside of a United Nations-run school located in the Gaza Strip, according to Middle Eastern news reports. The facility is run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which admitted in a press statement that the rockets, suspected of belonging to Hamas, were discovered during a routine building inspection.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:20:28 AM
R.P. BenDedek Review: "The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights" by Geoff Logan
Travelling far and wide and caught up in everything from Arthurian legends, the Crusades and the murder of a Pope, William McBride's journey is really one of deep spiritual self-discovery during a period of great turmoil in Europe's history. Topics covered for which background material was required included: the political differences between Scotland, England, France, Spain and the Vatican; the Crusades; the history of the Templar knights; the history of the Celts, Druids, Christians and Muslims and of course the religious history, legends, superstitions and eschatology of those religions. I heartily recommend "The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights" to anyone interested in historical tales or ancient Celtic legends and the like.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:17:09 AM
The Palestinian issue in perspective
Putting the Palestinian issue in its proper intra-Arab perspective is a prerequisite for a realistic Middle East policy (focusing on "smothering sandstorms," not on "tumbleweeds"), for any progress in the "peace process," and for the survival of Jordan and other pro-US Arab regimes, which face clear and present Islamic terrorist danger. They realize that the outcome of the Hamas-Israel war may either embolden or deter their mortal enemies.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:15:56 AM
Life is a culmination of choices
During my law enforcement career with the Birmingham, Alabama Police Department, I served as an Officer, Detective, Supervisor, and Administrator. As I got closer to retirement, I began to reflect on my empirical view on how the family, which is the cornerstone of this country, is fading fast because of bad choices made by selfish parents and a few incorrigible children.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:12:20 AM
What's in the Book Basket This Week? The Full Spectrum
This week we have six (6) author contributions and five (5) book reviews submitted by three different reviewers. We feature this week the promotional material for 15 books some of which are not yet available and one of which has no book cover photo. These books are: "Fireflies" by Coleen Murtagh Paratore; "Ouija" by A. Martin; "The Divine One" by Danielle R. Mani; "Everything You Need to Know About Rush Limbaugh "CONSERVATISM" by Elmer Lightman; "The Chicago Syncopator" by Philip Nemec; "Rescuing Oricito: The Almost True Story of a South American Street Dog" by Marty Kingsbury; "Raising Children That Other People Like to Be Around" by Richard Greenberg; "Truth and Love" by Grace Ruto; "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" By William Brinn; "Debridement" By Sean Dow; "High Notes" by Richard Loren; "Leadership: It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint" by Gordon Tredgold; "Revolutionize Your Child's Life" by Peggy Caruso; "The Carpathian Assignment" by Chip Wagar and "Interpreting Body Psychology" By Cris Cotone
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:10:11 AM
A fictional tale about John the Baptist
Drop in on the many conversations that occurred. Behold the terror and devastation of the Prison that becomes his greatest victory. The confusion when God is silent or chooses not to reveal His depth of meaning. The opposition of those who think they serve God but don't. And the darkness of God's love for His servant, as He outworks His perfect will for him.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:07:11 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Thomas Paine and the Promise of America" by Harvey J. Kaye
The book states that, "Though elites denied Paine a place in 'official' commemorations of the Revolution, Americans never actually forgot his memory...." Much of the book reviews those who quoted Paine and praised him as the one whose words helped bring about the U.S. One such figure, William Sylvis, who, "Reflecting the influence of Common Sense, he drafted the manifesto of the National Labor Union in the fashion of the Declaration of Independence."
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:05:19 AM
Today in History
July 20 - Today in History
Today is July 20. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Jul 20, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
July 19 - Today in History
Today is July 19. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Jul 19, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
His given name was "Kenneth" but, everyone who knew him, always called him "Macaroni." He was what some people might call the "town" character. Folks loved to play jokes on him and he was never one to let them down. He was blessed with a cheerful nature and would submit to whatever indignity done to him without a word of complaint. When you first laid eyes on him, you got the distinct impression that he was "simple," but if you looked closer, it was easy to see that there was a keen intelligence lurking somewhere just behind his eyes.
Jul 18, 2014 - 2:52:17 AM
Preface for "In the Spirit of Elijah"
I know that the first few times I sat down to write, my hair would stand on end or I would get goose-bumps. I felt I was NOT writing a story but history!? It was scary. I remember praying about what John's prison cell loooked like and being given a picture that was not what I thought it should be; so I drew it. Then later I discovered that that was precisely what the cells were at Herod's palace of Machaerus – pits with a heavy wooden grid over them.
Jul 18, 2014 - 2:50:40 AM
Michaud Urges Increased Efforts to Protect Access to Women's Health Clinics
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is asking for increased enforcement of a federal law meant to ensure safe access to women's health clinics, following a recent Supreme Court decision striking down a buffer zone in Massachusetts and the ensuing decision by the Portland City Council to repeal a buffer zone at the city's Planned Parenthood clinic. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Michaud called on Holder to increase Department of Justice (DOJ) efforts related to the enforcement of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which makes it a crime for individuals to use force or physical obstruction to prevent others from providing or obtaining reproductive health services.
Jul 18, 2014 - 2:47:37 AM
BBB Warns of IRS Phone Threats
Marlborough, MA - Tax season may be over but that has not stopped scammers from continuing to pose as IRS officials and making calls threatening jail time and loss of property. Thousands of calls have been made to individuals across the country with total losses around one million dollars.
Jul 18, 2014 - 2:45:35 AM
The Simoni Lift
Beverly Hills, CA- Some women turn to make-up and learn to contour in an effort to define their cheekbones. Others may turn to rare and extreme procedures like cheek implants, running the risk of looking freakish like Maleficent. Anyway you slice it, women want defined cheekbones like Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss and Karlie Kloss.
Jul 18, 2014 - 2:43:20 AM
The Shamrak Report BBC upset over fake war photos
A 38 year-old man was assaulted in Malmo, Sweden, a week ago - for the sole crime of hanging an Israeli flag in his window. The assailants broke the man's window first, than ten people chased the man from his building, wielding iron pipes. He managed to narrowly escape his attackers and was taken to hospital with serious injuries....The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) published a short report last Tuesday in which it warned that many of the graphic images that are being shared on social media, purporting to show destruction that the IDF is wreaking in Gaza, are not in fact photos from Operation Protective Edge
Jul 18, 2014 - 2:40:32 AM
Today in History
July 18 - Today in History
Today is July 18. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Jul 18, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
July 17 - Today in History
Today is July 17. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Jul 17, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Let Me Tell You a Story" Charles Keith Hardman
"Let Me Tell You a Story" by Charles Keith Hardman contains 12 short stories that I found very interesting about topics that I normally do not choose to read. And these stories certainly make one think about all the things they have been told from their very birth.
Jul 16, 2014 - 7:18:10 PM
Self-Confidence Begins in the Home
A child's sense of self is shaped by every interaction he or she has, but is shaped most powerfully by how they are loved and parented in their home. How a child sees themselves will influence every aspect of their life from their education, relationships and over-all well-being. Life is about feeling good enough, competent, loved, successful and happy and the outer world doesn't always reflect this, so the unconditional love and acceptance at home is the catalyst for their greatness.
Jul 16, 2014 - 7:09:00 PM
The New York Times and the Ceasefire Crowd
So the question remains, will Israel again accede to the pious exhortations of the International community, or finally take into account the longterm safety of its citizenry and finally finish Hamas off? Only time will tell. The only certainty I have is my uncle was correct, fish do taste better when wrapped in the New York Times.
Jul 16, 2014 - 7:00:19 PM
USCCB Comments Pre and Post S. 2578 vote
The following are two articles from the Conference of Catholic Bishops discussing their opposition to S. 2578. The first article arrived before the vote and the second after the vote.
Jul 16, 2014 - 6:52:31 PM
For "lousy service" try Norton Internet Security.
So I called them and naturally was transferred to someone and while waiting waiting waiting waiting waiting for someone to answer, I got the automated advices on how to fix problems. OBVIOUSLY the Norton product has lots and lots of problems - although I had never encountered any in the past.
Jul 16, 2014 - 6:50:02 PM
Michaud Votes to Pass Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud voted in favor of legislation that will temporarily fund the Highway Trust Fund, which was otherwise projected to become insolvent by the end of this month. H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, reauthorizes the Highway Trust Fund through May 31, 2015. The bill passed the House of Representatives this evening by a 367-55 vote. Michaud is continuing to call on Republican leadership in the House to address a longer-term funding mechanism and reauthorization of transportation programs, to avoid another funding crisis in less than a year -- when this current bill would expire.
Jul 16, 2014 - 6:47:15 PM
Between the Settlers and the Unsettlers, the One-State Solution Is on Our Doorstep
Over time, West Bank Arabs may embrace Israeli citizenship--when it is offered--as firmly as their counterparts inside the Green Line. The so-called apartheid issue is a canard. Israeli Arabs lived under martial law between the end of the War of Independence in 1949 and 1966, and no one spoke of apartheid. Israel's most pressing problem in the near future may be Arab refugees trying to get in...Events have shown that the PA cannot rule without Hamas, and it cannot rule with Hamas; it can neither support nor suppress terrorism on the West Bank. The inability of the Palestine Authority to govern, the inability of Hamas to distance itself from its patron in Tehran, and the collapse of the surrounding states eventually will require Israel to assume control over the West Bank. This time the Israelis will stay.
Jul 16, 2014 - 6:45:34 PM
$5 Million in Catholic Church Grants to East and Central Europe
WASHINGTON--The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on Aid to the Church in Central and Eastern Europe approved 211 grants for a total of $4,998,428 in aid to finance pastoral, educational, and construction projects in Central and Eastern Europe. The subcommittee evaluated and approved grant proposals for 2014 during the bishops' annual spring General Assembly on June 10, in New Orleans.
Jul 16, 2014 - 6:42:44 PM
Obama wants $4 billion for the illegal aliens
Jul 16, 2014 - 12:02:30 AM
Today in History
July 16 - Today in History
Today is July 16. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Jul 16, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
July 15 - Today in History
Today is July 15. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Jul 15, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM