Help Does Not Come From a $700 Billion Bailout

In an “ah-ha” moment while reading through a couple Psalms the other night I realized my help does not come from a $700 billion bailout. Then, I understood that there absolutely was a reason for that pastor to have been hammering out a point in that sermon long ago or maybe not so long ago.

Hope you have a chance to visit my devotional blog where my “revelation” is posted. At the time of this writing, stocks were down 300 points…so, from that end, the news is not great. But we can find hope in something else besides a bailout.

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. – Psalms 124:8

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Just Barely Holding On

This from Barry Minkow….yes, of ZZZZ Best carpet fraud fame!

Four dollars per gallon at the pump…foreclosure crisis…the tightening of the credit policies…the strain on business… If we are honest about ourselves, even without considering these current issues, chances are many of us are just barely holding on in one or two areas of our life…

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Pizza Chain Chaplain

FEEL GOOD

This from the NY Times:

Staff Chaplain Sets a Restaurant Chain Apart
By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Midway through the dinner rush at the Loop Pizza Grill on a November night, the Rev. Becci Curtis, graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., pulled a disposable glove onto her right hand and plunged it into a container of shredded romaine. Her mission, at the moment, was to assemble a Gorgonzola salad.

As she worked, adding the croutons and cheese, Ms. Curtis chatted with the waitress beside her, April Mechler. They talked about the Thanksgiving just past, about how Ms. Mechler’s homemade mac-and-cheese had turned out. Then they talked about Ms. Mechler’s dream of becoming a journalist and her application for a summer internship at The Florida Times-Union, the daily paper in nearby Jacksonville.

Ms. Mechler stepped away from the salad station to deliver an order, and Ms. Curtis walked through the swinging door into the kitchen, spotting Richard Calalang amid the grills and deep fryers. She knew his dream, too: to move to California and work for a catering company that serviced film studios and even the Playboy Mansion. She also knew his private worry about fitting in on the West Coast: He did not know how to surf.

It was all part of Ms. Curtis’s job, the conversing and the confiding and the salad-making, too. A lifetime as an observant Christian and a top-rank education in divinity had led her, improbably or providentially or both, to being the spiritual leader of a pizza joint. She worked four hours a week for $10 an hour, plus the occasional tip, and on her flowered blouse she wore a name tag that identified her official position: chaplain.

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Just Google Me, Baby!

More of us are Googling ourselves…and “them”

Google 

Google has got to be the biggest mixed blessing in the information age. Sure, saying “just Google it” has probably been saving brain cell overload for many people, but at what cost?Google has grown into some mysterious bank of information gathering and dispensing, partly because its blazed its own territory. 

This from AP:

Study: More Americans Use Google to Dig Up Information on People

NEW YORK — More Americans are Googling themselves — and many are checking out their friends, co-workers and romantic interests, too.

In a report Sunday, the Pew Internet and American Life Project said 47 percent of U.S. adult Internet users have looked for information about themselves through Google or another search engine.

That is more than twice the 22 percent of users who did in 2002, but Pew senior research specialist Mary Madden was surprised the growth wasn’t higher.

“Yes it’s doubled, but it’s still the case that there’s a big chunk of Internet users who have never done this simple act of plugging their name with search engines,” she said. “Certainly awareness has increased, but I don’t know it’s necessarily kept pace with the amount of content we post about ourselves or what others post about us.”

About 60 percent of Internet users said they aren’t worried about the extent of information about themselves online, despite increasing concern over how that data can be used.

Americans under 50 and those with more education and income were more likely to self-Google — in some cases because their jobs demand a certain online persona…

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Lowe’s Calls Family Trees Snafu ‘Proofing Breakdown’

Scrooge Alert Level Lowered: Family Trees Really are Christmas Trees in Lowe’s Holiday Catalog

Not sure how Lowe’s can blame a “proofing” error for calling Christmas trees “Family Trees” in its Holiday Catalog, but apparently most are buying the excuse hook, line, and sinker.

The American Family Association politely accepted Lowe’s apology and sent out this email:

Following a phone call to AFA Director of Special Projects Randy Sharp this morning, Lowe’s sent the following correspondence from Chris Ahearn, Vice President, Public Relations for Lowe’s.

Randy, Thanks for taking my call this morning. Let me reiterate my apology that we had an advertising error that created a stir. Here’s a statement that we’d appreciate your posting on your web site, if possible:Lowe’s has contacted the AFA and assures us that it is proudly committed to selling Christmas trees this year, as it has done for more than 60 years. The company apologized for the confusion created in its 2007 holiday catalog when it headlined the page of Christmas trees “family trees.” The error was not caught before the publication was distributed, and Lowe’s says it is disappointed in the breakdown in its proofing process.Lowe’s assures us that they refer to trees as Christmas trees in this season’s television and magazine ads and in its advertising flyers. The company says it is redoubling its efforts to proof its catalogs in the future to prevent this issue from recurring.

We appreciate Lowe’s for listening to its customers and responding appropriately to our concerns.

I bet a Family Turkey Dinner that someone was trying to be holiday PC at Lowe’s with full editorial approval, and would have gotten away with it had it not been for organizations such as the AFA.

Proofing? Yeah…..riiiii-ght!

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Related: Christmas Lost in a Forest of ‘Family Trees’ at Lowe’s

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