Sports Activity Gone Wrong


Olympic athletes make it look so easy.

What sport or activity did you think looked easy, but ended up going horribly wrong?
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Dogs or Cats, 4 More Tips on Job Searching Continued, Court Closed, PluggedIn Movie Review

The Good Friends Question of the Day: Dogs or Cats?
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Part 2 How to find a job during a recession : If you are getting ready for a job search during troubled times, here are some tips from the experts. (CNN Money Careerbuilder.com)

  1. Role play: Practice your answers to interview questions — especially the one that explains why you aren’t working, recommends J.T. O’Donnell, a nationally syndicated workplace columnist. “If you were fired, or part of a layoff, you most likely are struggling to deal with this adversity. Role play with someone so you can get comfortable with your answer,” she proposes. “Confidence is key. You’ll need to be able to explain the situation in a way that is authentic and sincere without sounding bitter or defeated. Try to stay positive and share what you’ve learned from the experience — employers hire folks with good attitudes and the ability to handle adversity.”
  2. Polish your brand and market it: “How you choose to market yourself will directly impact how long it will take to find a new job,” O’Donnell declares. “Identify your strengths and put together the best possible personal brand.” You can do this with a flawless résumé, customized and compelling cover letters, and articulate and engaging networking. You should be prepared, professional and do the work for the interviewer,” Morgan says. “Don’t make them guess or imagine how you could fit in — that is your job … If you can’t make yourself relevant, your résumé will quickly be on the bottom of the pile.”
  3. Find opportunity in your current position: “New skills can come from a small part of your job that you most enjoy doing,” Morgan declares. Ask your current employer to send you to a conference, pay membership dues or join an association. You can also leverage dreaded tasks by seeking out ones that match a future interest, Morgan adds. “If you dream of running a nonprofit but are an operations manager, volunteer to run the community day for your company.
  4. Be realistic: “Get real about the time it will take to find a new job,” O’Donnell asserts. “In this current job market, I tell clients to expect it to take at least three months to find a job that pays $40,000. Add one month for every $10,000 more you want in salary. In other words, if you are looking for $80,000 a year, expect it to take at least seven months to find a new job.”

The City of Nacogdoches Municipal Court will be closed TODAY from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to attend the funeral of Nacogdoches Police Department Bailiff/Warrant Officer Kenneth Jackson.  Municipal Court will re-open at 1 p.m. for regular business.

What’s New At The Movies: Horrible Bosses & Zoo Keeper – How family-friendly are they – not so much – Bob reviews both this morning – Click to hear the latest review.

Or go to Plugged In Caution: some reviews on the Plugged In site may contain mature or graphic content.

What’s Your Budget Buster

The Good Friends Question of the Day: We are talkin’ about money wasters today… What do you have your “waste of money” list?
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10 biggest money wasters according to CNN

  1. ATM fees… Using the closest ATM, rather than the one at your own bank will typically costs you about $5. Your bank charges a fee for going out of network, and the ATM you use also charges a fee.
  2. Lottery tickets… They say you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than winning the lottery. Most people spend between $10 to $20 a week on lottery tickets. That adds up to a whopping $520 to $1,040 a year.
  3. Gourmet coffee… If you spend nearly $4 on a cup of coffee every weekday morning, costing them about $80 a month. That adds up to nearly $1,000 a year.
  4. Cigarettes… Not only are they bad for your health, cigarettes are also a cancer on your budget. Depending on your habit you could save a minimum of $280 a month by quitting.
  5. Infomercial impulse buys… Only $19.95! Call now and we’ll double your order! The infomercial industry brings in about $400 billion a year, according to the Electronic Retailing Association. But it’s no secret that many impulse purchases go unused.
  6. Brand-name groceries… While a 9-ounce box of Rice Krispies costs $4.79 at one New York City grocery store, its 12-ounce generic brethren costs only $1.99, with an identical list of ingredients. Generic items are typically 5% to 10% lower than brand-name options. Estimates say you could save at least $50 to $75 a month if you’re spending $500 to $600 a month on groceries for your family.
  7. Eating out… Eating out is one of the most expensive habits you can have. Consumers spent an average of $28.47 on each restaurant meal in 2010 and averaged 82 restaurant visits during the year — adding up to $2,341, according to Mint.com.  “It amazes me that when someone asks you for a $20 donation to charity, you think that’s too much to give, but then you don’t think twice about dropping 100 bucks on dinner,” said Tom Orecchio of Modera Wealth Management.
  8. Unused gym memberships... Automatic monthly fees are one of the easiest ways to waste money. And it’s not easy to cancel a gym membership when next week is always the week you’ll finally begin that New Year’s resolution fitness routine.
  9. Daily Internet deals… Those dancing lessons may sound like a great idea when an email entices you with 50% off for a limited time. And of course, with daily deals, you’ll need to purchase the offer now, but cash in on it later.
  10. Bundled cable or phone services… Consumers are often lured into bundled cable, Internet or phone packages because of the reduced rates offered during the first year or a limited period of time. But paying for 500 channels that you’re not watching, or unlimited text messages or airtime that you’re not using, is just a waste of money. You might be paying for the silver or gold cable package with lots of channels when you’re only watching the same 10 channels, and the same goes for cell phones — you could be paying $100 a month for your cell phone plan and only using $50.

Rest, Lessons Learned, Story Correction, Matthew West’s New Project, Story of your life

Power Thoughts
“Promise little and do much.” – Hebrew (on the conduct of life)
“What good is running when you’re on the wrong road.” – German (on planning)
“Children have more need of models than critics.”- (A Wise Man once said)

Rest: “I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord— now and always. Psalm 131:2-3

While on the woman’s retreat Michelle and her mother were talking about this scripture. As she shared it with me, my spirit and soul leaped inside as Michelle explained the meaning. When a child is not weaned he or she is looking for substance, food and comfort. Once weaned and sitting in their mother’s lap, the baby can be a rest enjoying the comfort of their mother’s love.
If you’re like me, the behind the scenes day to day at the radio station can probably be like your work or home atmosphere can stress you to the max. I know in my mind what’s going on, I not letting go and allowing God to guide the steps of the day. “So, right now, I repent of my works and fall on Your mercies God. Forgive me. May I have your peace like this child in Psalm 131. Thank you God for your rest today even while I am toiling at work or home. In Jesus Name, amen.”

Oops! Cell Phone Story Yesterday

According to Snopes the cell phone story about your number going public is false. Calling the 888 number we listed yesterday provides some but very little protection and there has never been a deadline – Once you have called the number you are good for life. (Snopes)

Recent Lesson Learned…. What are you feeding your mind?

Over the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to attend some spiritual retreats.  Each one challenging me in an intense way.  I’m sure you have probably experienced this same feeling.  You come back pumped up on love, joy peace and determined to change your life and circumstances.  sometimes it’s 2 days sometimes it’s a couple of months but you find yourself slipping back into your old stressed non full of faith self.  On my most recent journey I am analyzing what goes into my mind. If you dwell on spiritual things long enough the things of this world seem so pointless.  The question I’ve been asking myself is… Is my conversation edifying to those who are listening? Is what I’m watching building me up or tearing me down? Is the activity I’m engaged in have lasting value to me or my family?  I’m finding some surprising answers…

New Matthew West Project: Singer gives voice to the stories of thousands

West has written 11 songs based on some of the stories sent in by his fans. The result is the aptly named “The Story of Your Life,” which released last week and rose to No. 16 on the iTunes most downloaded album chart. West’s album, which tackles subjects such as sexual abuse, life with cancer, dealing with abortion, is filled with the hope. “I could just see hope at work, in different stages of these stories,” he said recently at a restaurant in his adopted hometown of Franklin. “There were people waiting for their breakthrough, waiting for their miracle.”And there were people who were standing on the other side looking back on a time when they made it through and talking about how God was faithful to them in their lives.” At one time, having read through many of the stories, West was terrified it was going to be the most depressing record anyone had ever done. He looks at the result of the past eight months and thinks this is the “most uplifting record I have ever made.” (CNN News)

Here is the story behind “The story of your life” Matthew West.

15 Things for Free, A Video Story About A Boy Who Overcame

Power Thoughts

  • “Yesterday does not equal tomorrow. Forget the past and move forward.” ~ Tony Robbins
  • “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” ~ Mother Teresa
  • “Success is dependent on effort.” ~ Sophocles

Why? If you have you ever said, “Why am I going through this?” or “I don’t deserve to go through this.” You are not alone however, realize you are blaming God for what is happening in your life. If you continue to talk this way, you’ll could eventually sever your faith connection altogether. (Hebrews 3:12).

It’s not a sin to ask God a legitimate question; it’s when you begin to question God’s goodness and ability that you get into trouble. So consider this avenue to answers. Walking in the Spirit is what defeats the flesh; so don’t allow your present circumstances to move you off of the promises of God.
You have to stop listening to the stack of bills that continually say to you, “I’m growing everyday.” Instead, tune into God’s Word for you that says, wealth and riches shall be in your house (Psalm 112:3). Instead of questioning the legitimacy of God’s Word, take authority over your situation and claim what is rightfully yours!
The scriptures encourage you with this, “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.” (1 John 5:4)

Watch Your Wallet: 15 Things You Shouldn’t Be Paying For (US News) Here are a few items on the list:

  1. Books — There’s a cool place in your town that’s renting out books for free: the library.  And if you don’t feel like getting out, visit www.paperbackswap.com and find your books there (small shipping fees apply).
  2. Water — Besides the monthly utility bill, there’s no reason to shell out $1 for every bottle of water you drink.  It’s cheaper for you and better for the environment.
  3. Credit Card — Unless you’re dead set on a particular perk that a fee card brings, skip the annual fee card and pocket that money yourself.
  4. The News — Get your news online. And for you dedicated coupon clippers, you can get most of your Sunday coupons online now too.
  5. Budgeting Tools — There are many budgeting tools (both online and desktop) that offer up the service for free.
  6. Pets — There are likely many pets down at your local animal shelter that could use just as much love as the pure-bred types. There may be a small fee due to the shelter for shots and basic care, but you’ll have your pet home without paying a mini-fortune.
  7. Shipping — If you like to buy online, you probably use coupons to get a percentage off of your purchase. Take your skills to the next level and look for coupons or promotion codes that offer free shipping.
  8. DVD Rentals — Did you know that you can rent DVDs from RedBox locations for $1 a night? And better yet, if you use one of the coupon codes from www.insideredbox.com
  9. Exercise — Skip the expensive gym memberships. Visit your local park for a walk or run. Do basic push-up and sit-up programs in your living room. Rent a workout DVD from the library. There are many free workout programs you can download online as well. You can avoid the $1 charge. Free DVD rentals! Most libraries now have free DVD rental as well.

Toddler Saves Dad’s Life A 3-year-old walks to a fire station after her father collapses in the families Manteca, California, home. Alesaundra Tafoya’s parents had been teaching her about safe places in their community pointing out such safe havens as fire stations if she ever finds herself in trouble. Doctors say the father would have died without prompt care. (Go here for CNN Video on the Story)

China’s Got Talent: Piano Played by Feet (Youtube)

Goodfriends Watercooler Conversations

No Cheese: Four states adopt ‘no-smiles’ policy for driver’s licenses (USA Today)

Commentary: How words can last a lifetime (CNN.com)

Need a Career Change: America’s Most Surprising Six-Figure Jobs (ABC News)

Forbes Slide Show: More High Paying Jobs (Forbes.com)

penned-pigsCatching Wild Pigs:

Maybe you have seen this story before. It’s was new to me and it serves as a perfect political parable for what is happening these days.  Loved it and wanted to share it with you! Al

There was a Chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class.  One day, while the class was in the lab, the Prof. noticed one of the exchange students who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what the matter was. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a communist government. In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question.  He asked,  Do you know how to catch wild pigs?’ Continue reading