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"Butterfly Landing"~GREEN Inspirations~April 25, 2011

Butterflies are attracted to water but only if it's shallow...Recycle an old Frisbee(R) weighted down with flat stones or some marbles as landing pads...Place the Frisbee(R) in your garden or flower bed (no mowing around it!) then fill with water and wait for the butterflies to land.

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on April 25, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Updated Freesources.

Hello 48ers!


Happy Monday to you.


Carrie is enjoying her new MAC, working away on the website.  Enjoy some Freesources.


-Derek and Carrie.

Added by Derek Olsen on April 25, 2011 at 8:12am — No Comments

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The Shell Identity

I had an amazing weekend with the family. Watching the kids hunt for eggs brings back so many childhood memories. It’s amazing to watch children play and do make-believe things. There’s not a care in the world for a child, and in their world anything can happen; anything is possible, and every moment appears to be brand new for them. Nothing seems to get old for them – and I say that very loosely – as we’ve heard the cries of a kid not getting their way…


Added by Rob Clinton on April 25, 2011 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

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In My Dreams I Can Dance

Stretched out on a hospital bed at age four, diagnosed with a rare medical condition, little Annie Foster sang praises to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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And while some of her childhood memories include being wrapped in a… Continue

Added by Joel Boggess on April 25, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments

Pencil It In

I recently attended the "Write to the Bank" event. Of course, I came home super excited, and I still am. WTTB was awesome and exceeded my expectations. I decided it's now or never to work on the "work" I love. I'm have an abundance of gifts that need to be shared with the world. However, I only have 168 hours in the week like everyone else. I'm sorry but even in this high tech age, you can not buy, borrow or rent anymore time. We all get the same amount. When I…


Added by Bernice Coles on April 24, 2011 at 6:41pm — No Comments

One Step Closer to Peace

Life can get pretty overwhelming at times. We all have those periods where you feel like everything seems to be going wrong. You may get a little depressed. You may feel a tightness in your chest due to the constant pressure and stress closing in on you. And often, during times like this, it's nearly impossible to clear your mind enough to figure out how to start moving beyond the stress and chaos.

If I could go back in time and give myself some advice during a time of major stress…


Added by Scott Milford on April 24, 2011 at 3:56pm — 2 Comments

happy Sunday morning!


Added by Rose Gauss on April 24, 2011 at 9:03am — No Comments

"Butterfly Buffet"~GREEN Inspirations~April 24, 2011

If you want to attract butterflies to your garden/yard, place overripe fruit on an old plate, up off the ground...Or a platform type bird feeder will work, too...Place an assortment of banana, watermelon or apple slices out and try to change the fruit every day or two...The fruit that you're rotating out can go into your compost bin.

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on April 24, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Unofficially Retired or Re-tired

What Does It Mean To Be Re-tired?

Most people would view retirement as a slowing down period but most who have retired find out it means having a bunch of new bosses needing your "free" services.


I kind of like the idea that a company like Firestone or the tire center at Walmart have for their customers, not their employees, that re-tirement is adding the potential for a lot more miles by getting new tires for your…


Added by Paul Slater on April 24, 2011 at 8:38am — No Comments

Will You Join My Gang?


Of Fourth Grade Gangs and Princess Dreams



Added by Brenda Dunagan on April 23, 2011 at 12:05pm — No Comments

"Eco-Friendly Grass"~GREEN Inspirations~April 23, 2011

When you're filling the Easter baskets and run out of the "grass" to place in the bottom of the basket, here's a cheap alternative to the plastic "grass"...If you still have one of those older model paper shredders that shreds in strips, simply run old, wrinkled gift wrap, colorful junk mail or used colored printer paper through it to make your own "eco-friendly" filler...And when Easter… Continue

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on April 23, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

To crucify or not

I went to church tonight already in a somber mood from the day. While praying during the silent, non-responsive times, a wooden cross was brought out. As I watched them bringing it down the isle my day flashed before me. I am serving on a jury that will soon decide the fate of other people. What would I do if I vote they are guilty and send innocent people to be locked up? Or what if I vote they are innocent and free them when they are guilty? What about the victims? What about their… Continue

Added by Tracy Sullivan on April 22, 2011 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Toyota and the outside enviroment

When a company becomes as large as Toyota they need to try to predict and create plans for outside forces.  With the earthquake in Japan and the radiation leaks, Toyota has been forced to close one of its major parts manufacturing plants.  This has caused them to put all of their American production plants on a three day production run. 


Large companies need to be…


Added by David Catlin on April 22, 2011 at 8:14pm — No Comments

Android tracks you

A few days ago it was discovered that Apple's iPhone 4 tracks its users and that using an internet based program, a user could see where they have been for several months.  This of course raises several issues about privacy.  This is day three after the discovery and Apple has yet to comment.  Google although came out and said that its Android based phones due the same.  Google states that this information is anonymous and is only collected… Continue

Added by David Catlin on April 22, 2011 at 7:32pm — No Comments

Stay on Target

Stay on Target


Entry #67

Mark: Saturday January 2nd 2010, Susan, her kids and I were on our way down to Tennessee. I drove the first half and then gave way to Susan. We made the trip in good time even with stopping to see family in southern Michigan.

Sunday morning we went to church at The River; service time had changed and we were about half hour late and missed praise and worship.  We were just in time for the lesson. It felt…


Added by Mark Ryan on April 22, 2011 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Who is Teaching Who?

So yesterday was my daughter’s 4th birthday, which we are celebrating today, and I am forced to include the cliché mantra all parents know and say… “Man how time flies!”  I am reminded of the hours spent in delivery 4 years ago (although we all know I had the easy job) and the brutally magnificent reality that from that moment on I am and always will be a father.  


The lessons I have learned as a father have been extremely valuable, and not always easy to learn. …


Added by Nathan Logsdon on April 22, 2011 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

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What We Can Give

Our possessions are things we earned or we are still paying for because we wanted them. When we leave this earth, none of these things will go with us. Our rewards in heaven will be earned by the things we do on earth not by the things we have on earth. It’s time we looked at what we have done rather than what we have. It’s time for us to make a change to make a difference. Rather than looking at what else we can get, let's look at what we can give.

Added by Frances Copeland Lucas on April 22, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

"Deer Deterrent"~GREEN Inspirations~April 22, 2011

If the deer are foraging your favorite flowers/plants/trees/vegetables, here are some "safe" methods to deter them without harm...Hang bars of deodorant soap placed in smelly old tube socks/knee high stockings on/near the trees/shrubs that they take a liking to (I've read that "Original" Irish Spring works great)...Anything with a human scent like hair (from your local barber/hairdresser… Continue

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on April 22, 2011 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

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Think GIFT and Don’t be Selfish

Don’t be afraid of the impossible. You know that the impossible is what we all want deep down, but we need that as our vision regardless. This gives us direction, a place to achieve, or aim for. What matters is how we are approaching that target today; or what’s realistic now. Typically, you’ll find that the further you approach your vision along the way, the more possible it appears to become.


Knowing the impossible, we can make “possibles” happen right…


Added by Rob Clinton on April 22, 2011 at 8:17am — 3 Comments

Being Innovative

So my competition is tomorrow and I'm still not doing much about it.

I just spent the past 30 minutes surfing and talking to myself trying to practice on my presentation style.

I believe that our product that my team and I are gonna compete with is completely innovative and fun!

But we're all afraid that our presentation will pull us down and as a result, we won't be able to win the competition.

Anyway, It's Good Friday and I gave Church a miss today.



Added by Derrick Lee on April 22, 2011 at 6:07am — No Comments

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