Photograph of the Week: We all need miracles in our lives
This is the cover of the first in a series of books that has helped many Israeli children learn about real life. The Author A.D. Erving is now sharing his stories with the rest of the world and has contributed an article in today's edition of Magic City Morning Star.
|Book One in the Series by A.D. Erving|
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:02:29 AM
Down the Road
Down the Road a Piece That black ice
The accidents are bad enough, sometimes deadly. But what always annoyed me are the hassles insurance companies cause. I've never had an insurance-company class accident from ice, black or otherwise, but I've had a couple from people who have run into me. One Massachusetts guy hit me from behind, while I was sitting at a red light in South Paris, which is generally how you're supposed to act when it is red. He apologized and said he didn't know Maine had any red lights.
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:27:00 AM
The United Nations, Iran and Israel.
The United Nations Organisation as a title seems to certainly be oxymoronic, and it certainly seems to be a case of "the lunatics are running the asylum." This article was first published in November of 2005. That's eight (8) years ago. And nothing has changed. Recently I was sent a video link to a piece presented by Pat Condell who asks "Why does the US allow the UN to remain on its soil?" and describes one good friend of The United States as the source of all terror and the 'absolute moral anus of the universe.'
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:25:00 AM
What Part Of The Word "Minimum" Do Minimum Wage Workers Not Understand?
The numbers, which Sherk acquired from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, just don't support the claim and most minimum wage earners are just what we think they are, school kids, working part time while still living with Mommy and Daddy. Even those in their mid-20's, according to Sherk are usually part timers going to school, few are bread winners, and only about 22% live at or below the poverty line. More than half are teenagers. Only 5% are even married.
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:23:44 AM
The Maine Pine Tree
The little tree didn't really know how he had come to be, he just was. He looked all around him and all he could see was tall, green grass for miles and miles. Why, he really wasn't as tall as the grass and he only had three small branches growing on his trunk.
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:20:45 AM
What's in the Book Basket this Week?
Three books with a historical focus are listed in the basket of books this week which we have not been able to review. They are "Folk History of the San Gabriel and Inland Valley: The Settlement Years 1542-1878" by Paul McClure, PhD -- "Jerusalem's Brothers" By Ronald Hera (Historical fiction Walking in the footsteps of the early Christians) - and - "Four Score and Even More" by LaVera Edick about her own American Ancestors. But wait, there's more. We have harvested a big crop of articles from various authors this week and additionally have provided a number of book reviews for those who like such things.
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:17:38 AM
A.D.Erving: Professional Basketball Player to Coach to Children's Books Writer
What I tried to bring to my book is my own experiences as a player who tried to be successful. In a way, I may say today that through these books I have established my dream. I was lucky and honored to enjoy a lot of success with my books in Israel, enjoyed tens of thousands of readers (Israel is a small country), an independent fan club that has thousands of members and a buzz that can be noticed easily on Facebook if your Hebrew permits. All the fans talk about how these books touch their souls because the stories relate to their life experiences.
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:15:23 AM
Who were the Prophets and what did they say? No 1: Amos
An Overview of the Prophet Amos during the reign of King Uzziah, prior to Assyrian incursions into Syria, Israel and Judah. The prophecies take place about 35-40 years prior to the destruction of the Northern Kingdom Israel and the exile of its people, and less than 200 years before King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon took the Southern Kingdom of Judah into exile in Babylon and destroyed King Solomon's Temple.
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:13:31 AM
Archbishop Kurtz responds to ACLU's Lawsuit
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called a suit by the American Civil Liberties Union against the U.S. bishops for their "Ethical and Religious Directives" (ERDs) "misguided" and promised to defend Catholic teachings "in season and out."
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:10:12 AM
Alcoholics don't deserve forgiveness
My Da used to say: 'Give me a penny for a man's failed good intentions and I'd be a wealthy man'. Forgiving someone for something of course is not the same as excusing them for doing it, and nor does it mean that we continually put up with them doing it. But in the way of God, 'forgiveness' is a way to life eternal.
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:07:09 AM
Milt Gross Movie Review: "Water for Elephants," directed by Barry Levinson
In this sad comedy, Jacob Jankowski, played by Robert Pattinson, is forced to leave Cornell, where he has all but graduated as a veterinarian. His father passes away, leaving him penniless. He couldn't finish paying his college expenses, so became a wanderer. The end is happy, scenes of many years of happiness, and a conclusion to make you happy you've watched it. Amazon.com sells it for $5.49 or Netflix will rent it to you.
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:05:41 AM
Today in History
December 8 - Today in History
Today is December 8. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:00:00 AM
Helping Children Face Life's Realities
Israeli A.D. Erving played professional basketball for four years before turning to coaching children. He told me that he spent a lot of time as a professional, sitting on the bench just waiting for a chance to get out there and play. He told me that basketball is a team sport which means not everyone gets a chance to star in the spotlight, and that this is sometimes a hard lesson for children to learn. Tomorrow I will publish a small article Amir wrote specifically on that topic.
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:53:11 AM
10,000 book donation goal for Youth Exploration Society co-founders
Travels with Gannon & Wyatt team has launched a one-for-one campaign. For every book sold, they will donate a book to a child. Their goal is to donate 10,000 books across the United States. The book series currently includes, Botswana (June 2013), Great Bear Rainforest (Oct 2013) and Egypt (Jan 2014). Future adventures in the series will take place in Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Tanzania, and the American West. With each expedition, young readers will discover new things about the world--and their place in it--that will stay with them for years to come.
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:50:14 AM
IBHS Offers Freezing Weather Guidance to Reduce Risks
As a large portion of the U.S. from California to Kentucky is blanketed with snow and freezing temperatures, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a national research and communications organization, offers severe winter weather guidance for home and business owners in those areas. Find out how you can reduce damage to your property from freezing weather
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:47:14 AM
Pope's Decision To Establish Commission for Protection of Minors
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, welcomed the decision of Pope Francis to establish a commission on the protection of minors. The move was urged by the Council of Cardinals, an advisory group to the pope that met at the Vatican, December 3-5. Archbishop Kurtz praised the effort in a December 5 statement.
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:45:47 AM
CNN: Big Tech Scrambles for Israeli Firms
Mexican billionaire, Carlos Slim: "The Slim Group will take part in additional investments in Israel. We like to have our finger on the pulse of new technologies, and Israel is a world leader in this field. We are interested in Israeli technology developments." Earlier this month, Slim's America Movil SAB de CV participated in a $60MN round of private placement by Israel's Mobli, which developed a mobile social network photo and video-sharing platform (Globes, Nov. 28)
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:42:33 AM
Engaging Outraged Stakeholders
Engaging Outraged Stakeholders is the first book of its kind, giving readers an exhaustive manual concerning stakeholder engagement. It features detailed examples of this work through true success stories, as well as some sobering, frank words on the potential for failure. However, by following the steps the authors outline for successful engagement, and heeding the many wise words of advice, readers will feel that nearly any conflict can be successfully mediated. Whether that conflict is in the boardroom, the office, or between friends or family, readers will be inspired to follow the authors' sage counsel and work through it to find common ground and, hopefully, progress for the good of all parties involved.
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:40:31 AM
Today in History
December 7 - Today in History
Today is December 7. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:00:00 AM
Open Letter to Michael Chong, MP Ottawa
But, I would like to take this much further by proposing that there should be programmes on TV in which Canadian politicians can discuss the pros and cons of the role that government should play in the daily lives of the citizenry. I often watch CROSSFIRE on CNN and have come to understand better the role that any government should play while in office.
Dec 6, 2013 - 12:39:12 AM
5 Ways to Battle Seasonal Anxiety
If you are feeling like the Grinch who stole Christmas, you are not alone but there is no need to be sucked into the misery loves company whirlpool. In fact, you may have noticed that the more you wallow, the worse you feel. Here are some simple steps that may help you to keep your spirits up during a most stressful time of the year.
Dec 6, 2013 - 12:37:02 AM
Process for Complex VA Claims Examined at House Hearing
WASHINGTON, DC -- The House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a hearing today to examine the VA's process for adjudicating complex disability claims. While the VA has reduced the claims backlog by 34 percent since March 2013, the VA Inspector General continues to find issues with the current process for handling complicated claims. Today's hearing explored options to increase the efficiency and accuracy of the adjudication process.
Dec 6, 2013 - 12:33:25 AM
Think again: Why WoW's radical leaders matter
Early this month, journalist Rachel Avraham posted a story on Jerusalem Online, the English-language website of Channel 2 News, detailing the connections between WoW vice-chairwoman Batya Kallus and chairwoman Anat Hoffman, and various anti-Israel groups. Could it be that WoW is a useful vehicle for advancing an anti-Israel narrative that leaves Israel increasingly isolated internationally? Is concealing that agenda the reason why WoW tried to suppress the story of its leaders' ties to fringe anti-Israel NGOs?
Dec 6, 2013 - 12:30:34 AM
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "How Are You, Mother Earth?" by Gordon Hunter
I was amazed at what I didn't know about our beautiful planet and I kept rereading pages and reciting the science data to my very interested husband. Gordon Hunter is an award-winning professor of biology with forty-two years of experience in the sciences as a radar instructor in the US Air Force, a public school general science teacher, and a science teaching consultant for public school teachers.
Dec 6, 2013 - 12:27:28 AM
$3.4 Million to Aid Dioceses in Recovery from Natural Disasters
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions awarded nearly $3.4 million in grants to six dioceses and two archdioceses that have been severely impacted by natural disasters in the U.S. The grants were awarded at the Subcommittee's meeting in Baltimore on November 12.
Dec 6, 2013 - 12:25:25 AM
Today in History
December 6 - Today in History
Today is December 6. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 6, 2013 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
December 5 - Today in History
Today is December 5. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 5, 2013 - 12:00:00 AM
A short story by Michael Wright: Lost in Teen - Part 1
After putting his books back in his locker, Mark found his way to the exit doors where Jeff and Matt were waiting for him. They walked quietly from school to Jeff's house. It was good to feel the warmth of the sun on them this unusually warm fall day. The color of the leaves was growing bright. This made it more enjoyable to all of them as they walked through the historic small town.
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:30:07 AM
December 28 Outreach in downtown Washington DC
These guests receive a warm breakfast and instruction in preparation for the caravanned Journey to downtown Washington DC (at a park 3 blocks away from the White House) to feed, counsel and assist hundreds of homeless individuals and families. Hundreds of those that are socially conscious through social media are expected to attend.
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:27:26 AM
How to Share the Spirit of the Holidays When You Have Lost Someone Dear
Last year, at the beginning of December, Jo Ann watched anxiously and with deep devotion over her husband, Fred, as he lay dying of Alzheimer's disease. Concerned for their mother, her four adult daughters came to comfort her and prepare the family home for the holidays. She was unaware of the activity going on around her. It was late in January when Fred died. This year, Jo Ann is once again decorating her home herself and preparing a festive dinner for her entire family. "I have found myself," she says. "I have found Jo Ann, again."
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:25:28 AM
The Shamrak Report 2000 year old coin proves Israeli sovereignty
Bennett held up a coin which, he pointed out, was "used by Jews 2,000 years ago in the state of Israel ." Amanpour tried to interrupt Bennett by saying that "occupied West Bank " was "an international term" but Bennett continued, "I don't accept it. This coin, which says in Hebrew 'freedom of Zion' was used by Jews 2,000 years ago in the state of Israel, in what you call 'occupied'". "One cannot occupy his own home," stressed Bennett.
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:23:37 AM
How Many Psychopaths Do You Know? Far More Than You Think
In short, psychopaths are predators, and we are prey, and they feel as much compassion and empathy for others as wolves feel for sheep. They lie, manipulate, bully, and seduce to get what they want, caring nothing for those they trample in the process. Given these characteristics, it's no wonder that even non-violent psychopaths leave a trail of shattered lives in their wakes. They are the unscrupulous coworker who plays the boss, takes credit for your work, and stabs you in the back with a smile. The charmer who moves in with a girlfriend, sucks her dry financially, and then cruelly spits her out and moves on.
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:20:34 AM
Republicans and Democrats Agree: America is Not Safer Today
But Feinstein and Rogers were steadfast in their report to the CNN host. And they are in a position to know: Feinstein is the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Rogers is the chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Moreover, they backed up their assertion with facts. They pointed out that terrorist attacks and fatalities from terror attacks are "up worldwide" and our enemies are hard at work building more powerful, harder to detect bombs with which to attack us. In addition, there are more Jihadist terrorist organizations today than ever before and Al Qaeda is evolving into a broader, worldwide organization focused on carrying out more numerous, smaller attacks, as opposed to the big event, such as September 11th.
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:17:41 AM
Are You a Push Over?
Being nice is a wonderful virtue and it is a quality that sustains relationships, but being too nice means that you are a pushover with no boundaries. In this case, you will get nowhere in life. Most people who are too nice have a fear-based approach to life accompanied by low self-esteem. They have learned to survive by placating those they fear, and they can have a fear for everyone. You are too nice if you fear people will dislike you if you are not 100% cooperative, if you fear you will be seen as overbearing, domineering or bitchy, and if you are saying yes when you want to be saying no.
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:15:28 AM
Be a Calculated Gift Giver this Holiday Season
With careful planning, consumers can make the most of their holidays without straining their budgets. Better Business Bureau and ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions are encouraging consumers to be "calculated gift givers" this holiday season. Here are five tips to help you be more calculated in your holiday planning:
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:13:15 AM
M. Stevens-David Review of Books by Rabbi Kenneth Ian Segel
As a writer of stories for children myself, I thoroughly enjoyed reading another writer's work. I found the story 'The Amazing Sparkey' about a family's dog, to be both charming and well-illustrated. Again, I found the story charmingly written with a lesson in giving and kindness and beautifully illustrated also. I would recommend this to others as well. Thank you Rabbi Segel for allowing me to read it.
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:10:01 AM
Today in History
December 4 - Today in History
Today is December 4. Here's what happened on this date in history.
Dec 4, 2013 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
December 3 - Today in History
Today is December 3. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Dec 3, 2013 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
December 2 - Today in History
Today is December 2. Here's what happened on this date in history.
Dec 2, 2013 - 12:00:00 AM
Excerpts from 'Insula - Island of Hope' (Latvian refugees in Germany WWII)
It has been my pleasure to publish at Magic City quite a number of articles in which are provided stories and photographs provided by the Editors of 'Insula - Island of Hope' and today I am taking the opportunity to publish this particular article which I published at Kingscalendar some weeks ago. Having personally known some people who spent time in concentration camps and then refugee camps in Germany, I know that these stories are valuable in educating young people in the realities of life, most particularly in the areas of politics, war and compassion. If you enjoy these small excerpts from the book, then you can go to the link provided underneath the photograph of the front cover of 'Insula - Island of Hope' and proceed to purchase a copy.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:27:46 AM
Down the Road
Those wonderful graveyards
A grave marker I'll probably never forget was in a tiny cemetery over in western Maine between Weld Corner on Route 142 and Coos Canyon in Byron on Route 17. The gravel road was called the Byron Road. On our way to climb Tumbledown Mountain, my father, mother, and I noticed a tiny graveyard on the north side of the road. We stopped and wandered through several people's final resting place.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:25:08 AM
Tha Huntin Trip
Nineteen fifty-five had been a good year for Dad. The potatoes that he'd so lovingly and patiently nursed along all year had been dug and the yield had been better than expected. And now that the bulk of the harvest had been sold, Dad could breathe a sigh of relief and take a little time off. These breaks were few and far between and he was due for a rest. He always looked forward to a few good fishin trips each year in the early spring before the potatoes demanded all of his attention and now that the first mark of fall was on the trees, Dad's blood stirred with the long anticipated annual hunting trip up to Musquacook with his boys, Walt and Jake.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:22:29 AM
Why Your Teenager Doesn't Respect You - And what you can do to fix it
When we go to the doctor's office, we inevitably hear the words, "This may hurt a little." You are about to read some things may hurt a little, but I'm hopeful that like a tetanus shot, it will hurt initially and leave you better off in the end.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:20:02 AM
I had to write a book!
In thinking about it, God has a history of using common men. As you well know, He called a trio of common fishermen, a couple of common tax collectors, a common little Judean shepherd boy, a common carpenter and his virgin fiance, etc, etc, etc. Even God's own Son became a common man in order to reach common sinners. He was born in a common stable rather than a palace and chose a common donkey rather than a chariot to ride triumphantly into Jerusalem to die a common criminal's death.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:17:26 AM
Idols in Ministry No 8: The 'Bible'
When we listen to people quoting Scripture - chapter and verse - at the drop of the hat, we can be forgiven for thinking that such people 'know God'. The reality might just be that they 'just know the Scriptures' - the written word of God as opposed to the 'Living Word of God'.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:15:23 AM
But, Rouhani is expected to comply with agreements...
Contrary to conventional "wisdom," Iran considers the US and the Arab oil-producing Gulf States -- not Israel -- the primary target for its nuclear capabilities. Iran pursues mega (nuclear) capabilities in order to advance its mega goal (domination of the Gulf and Sunni Islam), by removing the mega obstacle (US power projection), irrespective of Israel's existence and policies, the Arab-Israeli conflict or the Palestinian issue.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:13:40 AM
For the Love of God and Children
Far be it from me to be able to make a true and accurate judgment of the goings on in anyone's household or marriage, or to self righteously condemn or condone anyone's divorce, but saint's preserve us, how is it possible for parents to put their own ill feelings and needs above the right of a child to a full and happy life?
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:10:43 AM
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "How Blue are the Ridges" by Ken Ollis
I was very excited to receive this book and looked forward to reading it. It is a very comprehensive tome detailing a family's close interaction with the whiskey "bootleg" industry and the "mafia" interaction in the south during the great depression in the United States.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:07:16 AM
Milt Gross Movie Review: "Wag the Dog (Bite the Bullet)", directed by Barry Levinson
At the beginning, not the biblical "in the beginning," is the sex scandal, which the White House crew knows needs a distraction since the President's reelection bid is two weeks away. The spinmaster is aided in the distraction plot by Hollywood producer Stanley Motss, played by Dustin Hoffman.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:05:36 AM
Photographs of the Week: The Maine Sky
These images were provided by Martha Stevens-David and were taken in her local area in Maine.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:02:14 AM