Monday, June 30, 2008

One Apple at a Time

When I was a little boy," wrote H. P. Barker, "I used to help my mother store away apples. Putting my arms around ever so many, I tried to carry them all at once. I managed for a step or two, but then out fell one, and then another, and two or three more, till the apples were rolling all over the floor.

"Mother laughed. Putting my tiny hands around one apple, she then suggested that I take that one and then carry the others in the same way.'

Mr. Barker made the following application: "Don't try to put your arms around a year or even a week. Rather say, 'Here is another day begun. Lord, help me to live it for You. Give me just now the help and strength that I need.'"

What good advice! Rather than anxiously projecting our selves beyond the present, we are to take one step at a time. If we try to carry all of tomorrow's burdens today, we may collapse under the load. Jesus said, "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the (lay is its own trouble" (Matt. 6:34).

How foolish it is to borrow trouble from tomorrow! We can trust God to meet our needs every day. So let's take just one "apple" at a time. -RWD

For all His children God desires
A life of calm, not flurry;
His will for every day is this:
That they should trust, not worry


Sunday, June 29, 2008

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1.   Casey STONER (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati
2.   Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Repsol Honda Team Honda
3.   Colin EDWARDS (USA) Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha
4.   Nicky HAYDEN (USA) Repsol Honda Team Honda
5.   Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA) JiR Team Scot MotoGP Honda
6.   Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha
7.   Chris VERMEULEN (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki
8.   Shinya NAKANO (JPN) San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda
9.   James TOSELAND (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha
10. Sylvain GUINTOLI (FRA) Alice Team Ducati
11. Valentino ROSSI (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha
12. Toni ELIAS (SPA) Alice Team Ducati
13 Marco MELANDRI (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati

Not classified
13 Anthony WEST (AUS) Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
14 Randy DE PUNIET (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP Honda
15 Alex DE ANGELIS (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Whatever You Ask

In the matter of prayer, the challenge for us as Christian, is nut the need for more zeal_ greater consistency. or even more faith important as these are. Rather. it is to desire above all else that God he glorified. Jesus told His disciples that the requests made in His name would he fulfilled so that "the Father mad he glorified in the Son." When that is our primary concern, we can be confident that He will answer our prayers.

In 1540. Frederick Myconius was very sick and about to die. He wrote a farewell letter to his dear friend Martin Luther. who sent back this response: "I command you in the name of God to live because I still have need of you in the work of reforming the church . . . . The Lord will never let me hear that you are dead, but will permit you to survive me. For this I am pray ing, this is my will, and may my will he done. because I seek only to glorify the name of God." Myconius. who had become too weak to talk, regained his strength and outlived Luther by 2 months.

When we ask for anything for ourselves or for others, it's always right to pray, "If what I ask will not glorify Your name, don't grant it. And if You don't. then give me the strength to glorify Your name without it." DJD

When the Spirit prompts the asking,
When the waiting heart believes,
Then we know of each petition:
"Everyone who asks receives"


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Ethics of Good News

I f a scientist discovered the cure for cancer, we would expect the discovery to be shared with the world. Basic ethics requires that good news not be kept secret.

When the king of Syria laid siege to the city of Samaria, the food supply was cut off. Four men with leprosy, deciding it would be preferable to die at the hands of the Syrians than to starve, went to surrender to the enemy. But when they came to the camp, they found it deserted. The army had fled in the night.

Food lay everywhere. The four men stuffed themselves, and they were tempted to remain silent about the good news. But then the memory of Samaria with as famished inhabitants came back to them. "We are not doing right," they said (2 Ki. 7:9). So they became evangelists bearers of good news-and told others. Ultimately, evangelism comes down to this: one starving person telling another starving person where to find food.

You and I have discovered the salvation that is found in Jesus Christ. It is a breakdown of basic integrity to keep that truth to ourselves. If we have found the cure for a guilty conscience, if we have found the food of life, we are obligated to share it with others. -HwR

The Love of Christ constraineth us
To save a world from hell.
Tp Preach and reach the uttermost
And each lost sinner tell


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Singlish vs English

  • Use Singlish. It’s so much cheaper.
  • Why do we insist on using the Queen’s English?
  • Singlish is so much more economical and effective?
  • Compare and see!

When going shopping...
Britains : I’m sorry, Sir, but we don’t seem to have the sweater you want in your size, but if you give me a moment, I can call the other outlets for you.
S’poreans: No Stock!

When returning a call...
Britains : Hello, this is Mr Bean. Did anyone page me a few moments ago?
S’poreans: Hello, who page?

When someone is in the way...
Britains : Excuse me, I’d like to get by. Would you please make way?
S’poreans: Lai, siam! Or Siam, hor! Or Skius!

When someone offers to pay...
Britains : Hey, put your wallet away, this drink is on me.
S’poreans: no need lah

When asking for permission...
Britains : Excuse me, but do you think it would be possible for me to enter through this door?
S’poreans: (while pointing at door) Can pass or Not?

When asking to be excused...
Britains : If you would excuse me for a moment, I have to go to the gents/ladies. Carry on without me, it would only take a moment.
S’poreans: Go toilet. Buay tahan ahh.....

When doubting someone...
Britains : I don’t recall you giving me the money.
S’poreans: Got meh?

When disagreeing on a topic of discussion...
Britains : Err. Tom, I have to stop you there. I understand where you’re coming from, but I really have to disagree with what you said about the policy.
S’poreans: Talk cock lah you!

When asking someone to lower their voice...
Britains : Excuse me, but could you please lower your voice, I’m trying to concentrate over here.
S’poreans: Eh, Tiam leh!

When asking someone if he/she knows you...
Britains : Excuse me, but I noticed you staring at me for some time. Do I know you?
S’poreans: See what see?! BUAY SONG AH

by: John Chia

A Mansion With Many Rooms

A elderly preacher had secretly dreaded dying and felt helpless to console others who were facing that prospect. But that all changed one day when he was packing to move away from the town where he had ministered for many years.

When all his household goods had been placed in the van. he lingered for a time in the house where his children had been born and where he had enjoyed so many hours of study and communion with the Lord. It was as if he couldn't let go of all the joyous memories of the past. Just then a close friend. who had been helping with the packing, sensed his hesitation and tapped him on the shoulder. "Pastor, your new home is better than this one." Those words struck home. With an insight born of the Holy Spirit, the pastor suddenly realized that his home in heaven would be far superior to the finest home he would ever have on earth. It was a turning point in his spiritual growth, and after that he no longer dreaded dying.

Yes, right now Jesus is preparing a special place for each of His children in that eternal mansion with its many rooms. Although we cannot fully grasp all that this mean, we need not fear death. Our new home will be so much better than am thim, we will ever base on earth. HUB

I have a home above,
From sin and sorrow free;
A mansion which eternal love
Designed and formed for me


Monday, June 23, 2008



1.   Casey STONER (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team
2.   Valentino ROSSI (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team
3.   Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Repsol Honda Team
4.   Colin EDWARDS (USA) Tech 3 Yamaha
5.   Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA) JiR Team Scot MotoGP
6.   Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team
7.   Nicky HAYDEN (USA) Repsol Honda Team
8.   Chris VERMEULEN (AUS) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
9.   Shinya NAKANO (JPN) San Carlo Honda Gresini
10. Anthony WEST (AUS) Kawasaki Racing Team
11. Toni ELIAS (SPA) Alice Team Ducati
12. Randy DE PUNIET (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP
13. Sylvain GUINTOLI (FRA) Alice Team
14. Ben SPIES (USA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
15. Alex DE ANGELIS (RSM) San Carlo Honda Gresini
16. Marco MELANDRI (ITA) Ducati Marlboro Team
17. James TOSELAND (GBR) Tech 3 Yamaha

Not classified
21 John HOPKINS (USA) Kawasaki Racing Team



1.   Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
2.   Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
3.   Jarno Trulli (ITA) Panasonic Toyota Racing
4.   Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
5.   Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1 Team
6.   Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing
7.   Nelson Piquet (BRA) ING Renault F1 Team
8.   Fernando Alonso (ESP) ING Renault F1 Team
9.   David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing
10. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
11. Timo Glock (GER) Panasonic Toyota Racing
12. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Toro Rosso
13. Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1 Team
14. Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda Racing F1 Team
15. Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) AT&T Williams
16. Nico Rosberg (GER) AT&T Williams
17. Sebastian Bourdais (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso
18. Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India F1 Team
19. Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India F1 Team

Not Classified
16 Jenson Button (GBR) Honda Racing F1 Team

Not Done Yet

A man waiting outside the church asked someone coming out, "Is the sermon done yet'?" "No," was the reply. "It's been preached, but it has yet to be done." This story from Irving Jensen's Independent Bible Study makes a good point. Bible knowledge gained in church is not complete until it is applied to life.

The apostle James was concerned about believers who heard the Word but did not let it touch their lives. The person who reads and studies the Bible needs to put it into practice. Otherwise he is like an executive who looks into a mirror on the morning of a crucial meeting, sees a big stain on his tie, then forgets that it's there and goes to the meeting.

How can we apply what we learn to life? How can we make sure we are doers of the Word'? Jensen suggests three responses:
1. Confession. Admit your sin and confess it to God.
2. Faith. Believe the truth.
3. Obedience. Do what's right even when you do not understand God's ways.

No sermon is done until we have done something about it. Then it becomes a living sermon that blesses others through us. --DCE

Lord, when i listen to Your Word
Make plain what You would have me do;
May truth and love be clearly heard,
For they alone can come from you


Sunday, June 22, 2008

Protect Your Heart

What was Israel's most prized national possession? Not the palace, that mansion of luxury where the king, resided. Not the military barracks, where generals devised strategies of defense or attack. No, it was the temple-the special place where Israel worshiped God.

The descendants of Levi were responsible for guarding this most sacred spot in Israel. Our Scripture for today names these men and gives their qualifications. Because of the importance of their task, they were to have great ability and strength (vv.6-8). They were responsible to open and close the massive temple doors, and to protect the sacred objects inside from being stolen.

In New Testament terms, we who believe in Christ are temples too (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Our spiritual center, referred to in the Bible as the heart, contains valuable treasures as well: virtue. loyalty to God. trust love, purity. The wise Solomon instructed us to keep or guard our heart with all diligence (Prov. 4:23).

How do we guard our hearts against evil? By thinking right (Prov. 4:20-23), by meditating on God's Word (Ps. 119:11). by confessing our sins ( 1John 1:9).

Be a good gatekeeper. Protect your heart! DCI

O Lord, help us protect our hearts
From evil that would enter in.
And may we guard our purity
Against the revages of sin


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Tax Dollars at Work

Springtime in Michigan is road repair time. When the weather warms, the road crews swarm as they try to get potholes patched up before they become craters. Often when we come to a road-repair detour, we see a sign that reads, YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK. In this day when we often wonder where our tax money goes, it's nice to be reassured that it is being spent for a good purpose.

During the reign of King Joash o1 Israel, the people also had an opportunity to see their money at work doing worthwhile repairs. What makes that occasion so noteworthy is that the people who handled the money could be trusted completely to use it for its intended purpose. "They
dealt faithfully," Scripture tells us (2 Ki. 12:15).

People who pay taxes or donate to Christian causes expect their money to be used for the specific purpose for which it was intended-whether that is to repair roads build a church, support missionaries, or feed the hungry So, if we are asked to handle funds for someone else-from the highest levels of government down to the dues for a youth group-honesty must be our highest priority.

The people of Joash's day have a message for all of us in the 20th centurty. Let's be sure we hear it. -JDB

Integrity is what we gain
By walking in God's light;
It's worth far more than precious gold
To do what's true and right


Friday, June 20, 2008

A Departing Blessing

The cancer-stricken believer was dying. I was in his room as his family gathered around him. One by one he spoke to his children, to their spouses. and to his young grandchildren. He gave each a loving, tender blessing. Even his warnings were spoken with gentleness. He reminded them to keep the Lord in the center of their lives. We wept together, knowing that soon he would no longer be with us. A few days later he died.

Our Savior was, doing much the same thing, when He left this earth. Rather than weep as they saw Him leave, His disciples were filled with great joy, even though they understood only dimly how they would experience His blessings. But Jesus would soon send the Holy Spirit to indwell them (Acts 1-2). He would carry on a ministry of intercession for them before the Father's throne (Rom. 8:34). And the promise of His return would comfort them (1 Thess. 4:13-18).

Let's rejoice in the blessings our Sav ior left us when He returned to His Father. And as we have occasion. let's encourage our loved ones to keep Jesus at the center of their lives. Someday we will depart from this earth, and our example and words may be the most precious blessing we can leave behind.

Your parting words. O Lord give hope,
They're filled with promise, joy, and love;
Help us to share what You have done
With spirit power from above


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thanks For Thorns

To give thanks in every situation is sometimes very difficult. When our bodies are wracked by pain, or we have just learned that we have a physical problem for which there is no cure, or we have lost our job, or a cherished relationship has been broken, we don't feel grateful. But we can learn to thank God because He gives us strength when we feel weak.

That is why the apostle Paul could say, "I take pleasure in infirmities, ... in distresses, for Christ's sake." And as believers, we can be grateful that through such experiences God is accomplishing what is best for us. Even through suffering He is working for our good (Rom. 8:28).

Scottish author and preacher George Matheson (1842-1906), who was blind, expressed this prayer: "I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my `thorn'. ... Teach me the glory of my cross; teach me the value of my `thorn.' Show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain. Show me that my tears have made my rainbow."

As we surrender ourselves to the Lord and remember that He is working in everything to accomplish our ultimate good, we can thank Him even when we are pierced by "thorns." -KwD

We can give thanks for everything
And say, "Your will be done"
For God's at work in everything
To make us like His Son


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Matter of Taste

Two cockroaches decided to visit their favorite restaurant so the story goes. While the larger of the two was eating his meal, the smaller one said, "You wouldn't have believed the house I just left. It was spotless. The lady had to be a cleanaholic. Everything was shiny-the sink, the counter, the floors. Everything was sparkling." The other roach stopped his munching, looked with some annoyance at his companion. and said, "Do you have to talk like that while I'm eating''"

That stork about roaches can apply to human nature as well. The second letter to the Corinthians shows that Paul's readers had much to learn about clean living. They needed to develop a stronger hunger and thirst for righteousness. So the apostle pleaded with them to turn away from all filthiness. He reminded them that God wants His people to separate themselves from spiritual garbage.

If "cleanness" of heart sounds unappealing, perhaps our tastes are too narrow. We need to learn to savor the flavor of godliness.

Father, forgive us for feeding the cravings of ow- sinful flesh. Help us to cultivate instead the tastes that Your Holy Spirit wants to produce in us. -`MRD

If we would love what's good and right,
We must be pure within;
But if we compromise the truth,
We lose our sense of sin


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Jesus Loves You

A Christian prison guard was assigned to duty on death row. He was so appalled at the crimes the prisoners had committed that at first he felt only contempt for them. It's not difficult to understand why. He told of one convict who joked about the fact that the 8-year-old girl he murdered looked him in the eye just as he was about to choke her and said, "Jesus loves you."

Gradually this Christian guard began to understand the full impact of the words spoken by that young girl. The Lord Jesus, who during His earthly ministry reached out to the most despised people in society, loves even men like that murderer and blasphemer. The guard also began to realize that he could not take credit for being different from these criminals. He saw that given the same circumstances he too could have been a death-row prisoner. His "I'm better than you" attitude evaporated. He still hates what they did, but now he loves them, desires their salvation, and prays for them.

Lord, deliver us from self-righteousness that leads us to despise people. Help us to see ourselves as Paul did: the chief of sinners. Enable us to love even the most unlovely person we know. -HVL

Naught have I gotten but what I received.
Grace hath bestowed it since I have believed;
Boasting exckuded, pride I abase
I'm only a sinner by grace


Monday, June 16, 2008

The Battle Line

My wife and I were driving to the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, Maryland. A neat red-brick church grabbed mv attention. I pulled the car into the church parking lot, reached for my camera, and said to Dorothy, "I've got to get a picture of this." In big white letters on the building was the name:


How typical. I thought. feeling a bit judgmental about some congregations that claim to be true to the Bible yet are so prone to infighting

Gently God', Spirit began challenging my spirit. I derided to chat with the pastor. He smiled when I told him what Caused me to stop and capture his church on film. "There are three reasons behind our name," he said. "First, it identifies our location. Second,-we want to be on the battlefield for Christ. And third. we never want this church to become a battlefield." I suddenly realized that this congregation had not lost sight of where the real action is.

There may be times when we must disagree with fellow believers and even oppose them. But we must never let that distract us from our real enemy. Satan, and where the battle line must always be drawn. -DJD

We waste out time and hurt our friends
And couse ourselves great woe
When we as Christians our sights
Away from our real foe


Sunday, June 15, 2008

Three things in life

Three things in life that, once gone, never come back
1. Time
2. Words
3. Opportunity

Three things in life that can destroy a person
1. Anger
2. Pride
3. Unforgiveness

Three things in life that you should never lose
1. Hope
2. Peace
3. Honesty

Three things in life that are most valuable
1. Love
2. Family & Friends
3. Kindness

Three things in life that are never certain
1. Fortune
2. Success
3. Dreams

Three things that make a person
1. Commitment
2. Sincerity
3. Hard work

Three things that are truly constant
Father - Son - Holy Spirit

Look at the birds

W hen you shift your mind into neutral and just let it idle, where do your thoughts go'? Do you worry about money'? We are to be careful with money, but Jesus taught that we are not to be full of care about it. If you have given yourself to God, you don't have to worry about life's necessities. God Himself has assumed responsibility for your food and clothing.

Speaking of our need for food, Jesus pointed to the birds. He said, "They neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" That doesn't mean we get what we need by doing nothing. Birds must scratch and
search for food. The point is, they don't worry about it.
Jesus instructed us to center our lives on God's kingdom. Then clothing, food, and drink will be ours as well. Look at it this way: If you center your life on money, you'll ultimately leave it or it will leave you, and you'll also lose out on God. But if you center your life on God and doing His will, all these other things are thrown in.

Does your concern for making money and keeping it overshadow your concern for doing God's will? If so, stop and look at the birds. -HwR

More secure is no one ever
Than the loved of the savior
Not yon star high abiding
Nor the bird in home-nest hiding


Saturday, June 14, 2008

One Thumb But Thankfull

Songwriter Wendell P. Loveless told of a 64-year-old woman in Illinois who had been confined to her bed for more than 16 years. She was in constant pain and unable to move her limbs. Yet she was one of the most thankful people Loveless had ever met. She rejoiced that God had left her a great blessing--the use of the thumb on her right hand. The other hand was stiff and completely useless. With a two-pronged fork fastened to a stick she could put on her glasses, feed herself, sip her tea through a tube, and turn the pages of a large Bible. Although it took great effort, everything she did was with the use of just one thumb.

She once said to a visitor, "I have so much to be thankful for." When asked why, she replied, "Now that my sins are forgiven, I can lie back and daily drink in the great love of Jesus my Savior." Asked if at times she became despondent, she replied, "I'm perfectly content to lie here as long as the Lord keeps me in this world, and I'm also ready to leave whenever He calls me."

Perhaps you are afflicted and greatly limited. Genuine contentment isn't learned all at once. But it always includes being thankful for whatever blessings we have-even if it is just one thumb. -HGB

When I think how much God's blessed me,
All life's trials lose their sting,
I am thankful for His mercies,
And my heart begis to sing


Friday, June 13, 2008

Beautiful Cave Picture (You Should See !!!)

10 Ways To Stash Cash

Inspired to save? I hope so. But maybe you're wondering where the money will come from. I put my head together with Jeff Yeager, author of The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches, to suggest ten places to start.

1. Adjust your withholding. If you get a tax refund each year, you're giving the government a free loan. Change your withholding, then save the difference in your take-home pay.
Savings: The average 2006 tax refund was $2,324 -- $194 a month spread out over a year (plus interest).

2. Limit trips to the supermarket. Every time you walk through those automatic doors, you're bombarded with opportunities for an impulse buy, and you may walk out with at least one or two things not on your list. Try to make one big trip a week.
Savings: If you make four trips a week and spend $10 extra each time, cut three to save $120 a month.

3. Coupons aren't just for groceries anymore. You can find coupons for movies, restaurants, and even clothing stores. Check out
Savings If your family dines out twice a month at $75 a meal, you'll save $180 a year with 10-percent-off coupons.

4. Use public transportation or carpool. You'll save on gas, maintenance, and even parking. Many companies take the cost of a monthly train or bus pass out of your paycheck pretax, saving you even more.
Savings: If you commute 25 miles round-trip each day, save about $100 a month by alternating driving each week with a friend.

5. Consolidate your plugs. Between 5 percent and 15 percent of the power used by electronics is consumed when they're turned off. Plug your TV, DVD player, cable box, and home entertainment system into a power strip or surge protector, then unplug it at night and when you're not home. Savings: If your electric bill runs $120 a month, you'll save up to $216 a year.

6. Lose the long-distance service. Even if you don't make a lot of lengthy calls, you're likely paying automatic billing fees each month just for having the service. Costco and Sam's Club sell prepaid calling cards for around 3 cents a minute. Or try an Internet service like Skype.
Savings: Up to $110 a year in fees.

7. Audit your bills. Call your wireless provider once a year to make sure you're on the best plan. Do the same with your cable, Internet, and (if you're not taking the advice above) long-distance providers. Bundling all three usually nets a discount.
Savings: Several hundred a year.

8. Shop health food stores. They often have bulk sections, where you can buy things like cereal and beans by the pound at big savings.
Savings: Oatmeal, for instance, is 89 cents a pound at my health food store, and $2.79 for an 18-ounce canister at the supermarket. If you buy it weekly, you save $100 a year.

9. Buy pet medicine, supplies, and food online. and offer premium brands for less.
Savings: Up to 50 percent.

10. Recognize what things really cost. Before you commit to that new car, use Edmunds's True Cost to Own calculator. Input the car's make, model, and year to find out what it will actually cost you each year.

A Reason To Do Right

We do many things because of fear. We pay the rent so we won't be evicted. We carry insurance so an illness or accident doesn't wipe us out financially. We drive within the speed limit so we don't get a ticket. And we try not to sin so God won't punish us at least according to a couple of my friends. "If I even thought about cheating on my husband," one said, "God Would strike me dead!" Another said, "If I ever stole from my company. God would take away everything I own."

Is that what the Bible teaches'? Is fear of God valid motive not to sin? Well, it was for Job. Twice our Scripture reading tells us that he feared God and shunned evil (1: 1.8). So we
can safely assume that there is a connection between fear and right behavior. But we must understand an important distinction. This "fear" is not a superstitious terror of a fickle god who zaps us the instant we do wrong. Rather, it is a deep respect and reverence for God's holy character and awesome power. It is a healthy fear. not only of sin's painful consequences but of sinning against the One who loves us and on whom we depend for our very life. And it we love Him, we will not want to offend Him.

Yes, the fear of God is a good reason to do right.

We love You, Lord, and want to do
What's pleasing in Your sight;
Help us to fear sin's consequence.
So we will do what's right


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Things That Mechanic Won't Tell About Your Car

1. "Watch out for scare tactics. Admonitions like 'I wouldn't drive this another mile' should be viewed with suspicion."

2. "Check for ASE [National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence] or AAA [American Automobile Association] certification, as well as a state license. Reputable shops are proud to display them."

3. "Ask, ask, ask. For recommendations, years in business, warranties offered, licenses, and the type of equipment used. Look for a clean garage. A floor cluttered with empty oil cans, worn tires, and dirty rags is a red flag."

4. "Never sign a blank authorization form. Always get a signed work order with a specific estimate for each job and warranties that apply."

5. "It's nuts to take a car with engine problems to a shop without a good engine analyzer and scan tool. Any mechanic who says 'I don't need fancy equipment' should be avoided."

6. "Synthetic motor oils may cost more, but you'll get a lot more miles between changes."

7. "When you go for a second opinion, don't tell the mechanic what the first diagnosis and price were."

8. "Coolant flushes and power steering flushes are very common gimmicks at quick lubes. Check your owner's manual; many cars have fluid that is designed to go 100,000 miles. And cleaning fuel injectors is a waste of time and money. There are additives on the market that do a great job."

9. "Always ask for OE [original equipment] brake pads or at least equivalent material. A $49.95 brake job will usually get you the worst friction material you can buy-it's the difference between stopping short and causing a pileup on the way to work."

10. "Ask about your new tire's 'build date.' If you're getting an unusually good deal, you might be receiving three-year-old treads, especially risky for snow tires."

11. "Lifetime mufflers? What would ever make you think a muffler will last a lifetime? Yes, they'll give you free replacements, but they'll hit you over the head for expensive pipe repairs."

12. "Consult your dealer before you have work done on a catalytic converter or emissions parts. Some of these items carry a very long warranty, and free replacement is often required by law."

13. "It's not okay for your 'check engine' light to stay on all the time. It's probably not 'a loose gas cap.'"

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Beautiful Places in America That You Should Visit

1. Red Rock Country (Sedona, Ariz.)
Ever since the early days of movies, when Hollywood has wanted to show the unique beauty of the West, it has gone to Sedona, a place that looks like nowhere else. Beginning with The Call of the Canyon in 1923, some hundred movies and TV shows have been filmed in and around town. We fell under Sedona's spell, too, and while debating our No. 1 spot kept returning to it for the same reasons Hollywood does: The area's telegenic canyons, wind-shaped buttes and dramatic sandstone towers embody the rugged character of the West -- and the central place that character holds in our national identity. There's a timelessness about these ancient rocks that fires the imagination of all who encounter them. Some 11,000 years before film cameras discovered Sedona, American Indians settled the area. Homesteaders, artists and, most recently, New Age spiritualists have followed. Many cultures and agendas abound, but there's really only one attraction: the sheer, exuberant beauty of the place. People come for inspiration and renewal, tawny cliffs rising from the buff desert floor, wind singing through box canyons, and sunsets that seem to cause the ancient buttes and spires to glow from within. We hear the canyon's call and cannot resist. For more, go to

2. Nighttime view from Mount Washington in Pittsburgh
In a nation with a wealth of stunning cities full of compelling stories, ranking Pittsburgh as the No. 2 beauty spot is perhaps our most surprising choice. But the Steel City's aesthetic appeal is undeniable, as is its very American capacity for renewal. Standing atop Mount Washington, the steep hill that rises giddily on the city's south side, sightseers enjoy the unforgettable panorama of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers flowing together to create the mighty Ohio, that waterway so essential in the nation's settlement. The rivers cup downtown's lustrous Golden Triangle, where landmark skyscrapers thrust upward like rockets. At night, lights twinkle on no fewer than 15 bridges. Almost as breathtaking as the vista itself is the urban renewal that made it possible. A century ago, a pall of smoke lay so thick over town that streetlights burned all day. As Pittsburgh continues an evolutionary course that has taken it from trading post to transportation hub to industrial goliath, we salute its reinvention into one of America's most scenic and livable communities. In the life of a city, there's nothing more beautiful, or inspiring, than a renaissance. For more, go to

3. The upper Mississippi River
For third-place honors, we turn to an area less celebrated than others, but nonetheless packed with the unique beauty our nation abounds in. Its low profile makes it all the more charming. To truly appreciate the Mississippi, we leave the familiar territory of Huck and Tom and take a spin on the Great River Road as it runs alongside Old Muddy's upper reaches through Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. One of the nation's most scenic routes, it winds over hills, atop towering bluffs and through one 19th-century river town after another. The sites along the way read like chapters in American history. Ancient Indian burial mounds punctuate rolling parkland, sidewheelers ply the river, and villages on either bank present fine examples of Steamboat Gothic, the ornate architectural style born in the heyday of river travel. In Galena, Ill., 85% of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. At Trempealeau, Wis., the Trempealeau Hotel has offered haven to watermen since 1888. The whole laid-back region's real draw is the river itself. Steady and timeless, it makes one fine traveling companion as it rolls toward the Gulf.

4. Hawaii's Na Pali Coast
At the country's extreme western edge, half a world away from the cradle of the American Revolution, we gain a flash of insight into the restlessness that drove our forebears from New England to the Pacific Ocean and beyond. They pushed west in search of paradise. Amid the coral reefs, beaches and mist-shrouded volcanic peaks of Hawaii's oldest island, they surely found it. Along the Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali coast of Kauai, verdant mountains plunge 4,000 feet into the sparkling Pacific. A short hike inland, where Hanakapi'ai Falls pours into a crystal pool and tropical flowers dapple the lush hillsides, the play of color and light creates the effect of an Impressionist painting gone native. Experience the splendor at your own risk: The hardest thing about a trip to Kauai is boarding the plane to go back home. For more, go to

5. Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
Engineering marvel, art deco icon, monument to progress: The Golden Gate Bridge does much more than connect San Francisco to Marin County. Named for the strait it spans -- the 3-mile passage between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific -- the bridge is a grand symbol of one of the world's most striking cities. Completed in 1937, the $35 million structure of concrete and steel embodied a city's unquenchable spirit -- and, by extension, the nation's. Set off by its signature orange paint job, twin 750-foot towers that seem to disappear into the heavens and spidery cables that stretch like harp strings, the Golden Gate was unlike anything else ever built. At 4,200 feet, the main suspension span was easily the world's longest. (Almost 70 years later, it ranks seventh.) Facts and figures tell only a partial story: Admired as a practical feat, the bridge is beloved as a work of art, one of the greatest the 20th century produced in any medium. For more, go to

6. Grafton, Vt.
Had the French explorer Samuel de Champlain arrived in Vermont in the autumn of 1609 instead of summer, he never would have dubbed the land "Vert Mont." In fall, the foothills of the state's namesake Green Mountains blaze red, yellow and orange. Among the choicest spots to take in nature's annual art show is Grafton, right, one of the state's prettiest hamlets and, thanks to the efforts of the non-profit Windham Foundation, arguably its best preserved. The foundation has rehabilitated more than 50 historic buildings, including the Old Tavern at Grafton, a one-time stagecoach stop. Other man-made attractions include the award-winning Grafton Village Cheese factory, a pair of graceful New England churches, a nature museum, a smattering of art galleries and the almost obligatory covered bridge. But the compact village of 600 isn't really about picturesque buildings. It's about the Yankee virtues of simplicity, modesty and saving things that matter. Past and present harmonize sweetly in this vital community. Come fall, you'd swear you can hear the brilliant hillsides singing. For more, go to

7. Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
America has older mountains than the Tetons, and higher ones. But it has none more dramatic. The jagged range was formed 6 million to 9 million years ago, when grinding pressure along the Teton Fault caused two massive sections of the Earth's crust to come unhinged. On the rift's west side, a block reared up to form the Teton range. On the east, a separate block buckled under, creating the valley known as Jackson Hole. This geologic violence is what makes the Tetons so spectacular: Forgoing the nicety of foothills, a dozen 12,000-foot peaks shoot abruptly from the valley floor, literally an eruption of granite. Amid the grandeur lies glittering Jenny Lake, left. Named for the Shoshone bride of a 19th-century trapper, the pristine, 2.5-mile-long body of water mirrors the mountains' glory. Beloved by canoeists, hikers and honeymooners, lovely Jenny is also popular with elk, moose and trumpeter swans. Small and dazzling, she is one of the true jewels of our glorious national park system. For more, go to

8. From Key Largo to Key West in Florida
So little actual land, so many associations: coral reefs, Key deer, manatees, pirates, Key lime pie, silver palms, Bogart and Bacall downing gangsters in Key Largo, Hemingway downing mojitos at Sloppy Joe's in Key West. Florida's freewheeling Keys, it has been said, is where things settle when you pick up the continent and shake it. This much is certain: In the Conch Republic, as Key West is sometimes called, a spirited sense of American individualism prevails. Skipping down the fragile, ribbon-thin 110-mile archipelago on U.S. 1, visitors see things that exist nowhere else in the country. With a peak elevation of 18 feet, the land mass can seem but an afterthought to the shimmering Atlantic on one side and the blue-green Gulf on the other. In places the only thing separating them is the roadway itself, panoptic water enchanting travelers with the deliciously disorienting sensation that they've become one with the sea. Along with famously colorful residents and fauvist sunsets, it's one more Key reason to visit this beguiling place. For more, go to

9. Clingmans Dome along the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Winding through 14 states as it makes its rugged way from Georgia to Maine, the entire Appalachian Trail ranks high on any list of scenic gems. First proposed in 1921 by hiking enthusiast Benton MacKaye, the trail came into service as a continuous footpath across the Eastern states in 1937. A monumental achievement, and one that has given countless Americans fresh appreciation for the vastness of the land, it rewards exploration of every well-trod mile. Clingmans Dome, at Tennessee's eastern edge, rises to 6,643 feet, the highest point along the 2,172-mile trail. The surrounding Smokies support more than 4,000 species of plants, 230 types of birds and some 65 mammal species. From a lookout at the summit, hikers gaze upon a fog-streaked wilderness and see the East as it existed hundreds of years ago, lush forest stretching unbroken in every direction. Among the clouds, one feels doubly awed: by our county's magnificent nature, and by our duty to steward it. For more, go to

10. The squares of Savannah, Ga.
In this charmed city, the urban and the pastoral gracefully mingle in a uniquely Southern way -- that is, with gentility and a generous dollop of mystery. Shaded by live oaks, perfumed by magnolias and surrounded by historic buildings, 22 enchanting public squares (including Columbia Square, above) beckon like secret gardens. Feasts for the eyes, balm for the soul, the vest-pocket parks serve as gathering places, serene retreats and tourist attractions all rolled into one. Spanish moss romantically drapes Pulaski Square, named for Revolutionary War hero Gen. Casimir Pulaski. At Chippewa Square, lorded over by a statue of Georgia's founder, James Oglethorpe, pay respects to the man who drew up Savannah's triumphant 18th-century street plan. Forrest Gump had the right idea: He contemplated life from a bench in Chippewa Square. For more, go to

by: USAWeekend

Who Got Us Here ?

The stories break your heart. A wife works hard for years to help her husband get through school. Then when they should be enjoying the fruits of his education, he takes off with another woman and leaves her to struggle along as a single parent. Sometimes it's a husband who sacrifices and a wife who leaves him.

Or a son comes into the family business and rises to the top. Then. when he is well-established, he cuts Dad Out of the picture, leaving him with nothing for his years of labor.

Or a leader is made Strong by the faithfulness of God-fearing, people under him. Then when his position is Secure. he forgets those who helped him prosper.

The first two situations are fictional variations on a common. modern-day theme. The third is what Rehoboam actually did as king of Judah. Early in his reign. Levites came to Jerusalem, and their devotion to God helped to Strengthen his kingdom (2 Chron. 11: 16-17). But after lie was well-established, he forsook the law of God ( 12: 1 ). betraying, those who had helped him.

Along the way, we all have people who help us. Maybe it's a spouse. or a friend. or a father. Let's thank God for them and never forget A ho Lot us here. -JDs

Consider what the Lord has done
Through those who've shown you love,
And thank Him for each faithful one
A blessing from above


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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

31 Places to Go This Summer

THERE used to be a time — oh, let’s call it 2007 — when summer was considered a time of almost limitless possibilities, a time of languorous vacations, of trips filled with the promise of discovery.

But the summer of 2008 is starting out like a cruel joke, with air travel increasingly a nightmare and with wildly escalating gas prices threatening to make the road trip all but obsolete. It’s almost enough to make you sit at home and catch up on episodes of “Gossip Girl.”

The summer vacation is still an inalienable right, however. And there is no reason to forgo it this year. It will just take a bit of creativity — and perhaps the willingness to stay a little closer to home this time around — to pull it off in 2008.

Thus, here are 31 options — from river rafting in eastern Oregon to biking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire — for a great summer vacation. Not one involves the terrifying conversion of dollars into euros, many can be enjoyed without ever getting on a plane, and the road trips are ones that actually justify filling up your tank, even if the price of gas hits $5 a gallon this summer.


Who needs Europe? The Texas Hill Country, west of Austin and north of San Antonio, might be the next best thing to crossing the Atlantic. The region is lush, colorful and, unlike much of the pancake-flat state, dotted with beautiful green hills that are evocative of Tuscany or the south of France. Moreover, the region is speckled with 22 wineries ( that buzz with food and music festivals year round. And towns like Fredericksburg offer a taste of the Old World, with German-style biergartens and schnitzelhäuser.


With 800,000 acres of rugged terrain and biking trails, the White Mountains of New Hampshire are sometimes called the Moab of the East. And while you won’t get red-rock formations or Road Runner vistas, the White Mountains do offer their own purple majesty. The Cherry Mountain Loop near Twin Mountain, not far from Bretton Woods, features remote waterfalls and thick forests. The trails around North Conway, a small, outdoorsy town near the Maine border where volunteer riders maintain more than 100 miles of downhill paths, are popular. For trail information, see the New Hampshire Trails Bureau ( and New England Mountain Bicycling Association (


The much-hyped efforts of Las Vegas to turn itself into a family destination a few years ago pretty much fizzled — there’s still plenty of sin in Sin City — but anyone looking for a pool vacation for the kids this summer might want to consider this desert spot. The pool scenes at any number of hotels (including recent expansions at Mandalay Bay and the Excalibur) are fairly over-the-top, but few can rival the 15-acre “tropical oasis” at the Flamingo Las Vegas (888-902-9929;, with four pools, a water slide, several waterfalls and a subterranean grotto that can be explored either on foot or by water. And for the adults, there’s even a swim-up blackjack table. Weekend rates for a room with two queen-size beds (suitable for a family of four) start about $140 this June and July.


There are enough history excursions in the City of Brotherly Love to fill an entire summer, including big landmarks like the National Constitution Center (215-409-6600;, with its interactive displays in which kids can be sworn in as president or cast their ballots in authentic voting booths. But there’s also plenty to do off the history track — much of it affordable for a family weekend. For starters: the new $20 million Big Cat Falls exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo (3400 West Girard Avenue; 215-243-1100;, where lions, tigers, baby pumas and snow leopards are on view. A quick trolley ride from Center City can take you to one of the nation’s oldest — and most lovely — botanical gardens, Bartram’s Garden (54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard; 215-729-5281; For local flavor, it’s worth a lunch visit to John’s Roast Pork (14 East Snyder Avenue; 215-463-1951;, where the made-to-order cheese steaks are legendary (the James Beard Foundation declared John’s one of “America’s Classics”). The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is well situated at 1200 Market Street (215-627-1200;, with occasional family packages. Rooms with two double beds start at $179.


You could join the thousands of visitors vying for a glance of the fabled Grand Canyon before retiring to cafeteria lines and dorm-size rooms (surrounded by those same throngs). Or you could opt instead to navigate a series of mind-bendingly beautiful mesas and wild canyons in the Capitol Reef National Park, in almost near solitude. En route from Las Vegas, is Bryce Canyon — shades of the Grand Canyon with a fraction of the tourists. A bit farther, in Torrey, Utah (population about 200), the Cafe Diablo on Main Street (435-425-3070;, serves rattlesnake cakes with ancho-rosemary aioli, glazed salmon, and margaritas at outdoor tables with views of the surrounding mountains. The nearby Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah (population 1850), on the edge of Escalante’s enormous slick-rock chasm, also serves food that’s strikingly good (Utah North Highway 12; 435-335-7464). Along the way, the stretch of road on Highways 89 and 12 is one of the country’s most stunning. (Information on Capitol Reef National Park, including camping permits:; 435-425-3791.)


The 55-acre Hard Rock Park (, billed as the “world’s first rock ’n’ roll theme park,” just opened in Myrtle Beach, complete with a Led Zeppelin-themed steel roller coaster and nightly fireworks set to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It may be an unlikely addition to this popular resort, best known for its golf courses, but it’s not the only reason to visit this summer. Many of the area’s hotels are offering deep discounts on their weekend rates, ranging from three-bedroom suites for $225 a night to two-bedroom golf villas starting at around $200.


It’s cheaper, less crowded and arguably even prettier than the Hamptons. And now the party scene is getting a boost, too. Montauk, the salty surfing and artists’ village at the eastern tip of Long Island, welcomed a new hotel this season, the Surf Lodge, created by the same celebrity-wrangling folks who brought you the Cain nightclub in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. The 32-room hotel is set on tranquil Fort Pond, and imports such Hamptons-like affectations as a mixologist, yoga gurus and a flip-flop-friendly restaurant helmed by the former “Top Chef” heartthrob Sam Talbot. (Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere Street; 631-238-5190;


You won’t find much evidence of George Bernard Shaw at the Shaw Festival ( this year — just “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” and the seldom-performed “Getting Married.” But there are still excellent theatrical offerings this summer, including two Stephen Sondheim musicals, “A Little Night Music” and “Follies.” But even if you never go inside a theater, Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario has plenty to offer, including a lovely setting on Lake Ontario, a clutch of charming B & Bs and some excellent wineries — particularly Peller Estates (, with a restaurant featuring creative seasonal menus from its executive chef, Jason Parsons. The historic Prince of Wales Hotel, in the center of town (6 Picton Street; 905-468-3246), is an excellent place to park yourself for the weekend. Summer rates start at about 290 Canadian dollars, about the same in United States dollars.


Downtown Scottsdale is turning into a desert version of Miami’s South Beach. No ocean of course, but plenty of late-night partying and a buzzing hotel scene. The latest arrival is the 224-room W Scottsdale (, scheduled to open in August, featuring a Bliss spa, a 1,100-square-foot fitness center, a sprawling pool area (with 13 private cabanas) and a sushi restaurant. Rates start at $449.


The calm waters of Chesapeake Bay are an idyllic setting for a summer afternoon sail. But don’t know your mast from your helm? Then check out the “Learn to Sail Package” being offered by the Tides Inn (, a resort in Irvington, Va., set on an estuary that flows into the Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake. Starting at $2,495 for two people, the package includes four nights in a suite in a part of the hotel with a private boat slip and two and a half days of expert instruction that will enable you to earn a basic keelboat certificate. More of a landlubber? Stay behind and hang out at the spa, where the treatments include a lava shell massage and a Sedona clay body wrap.


As far as foodie havens go, Portland has been better known for its vegan cafes and eco-hippie cooperatives than for restaurants with gastronomic ambitions. But an emerging locavore movement has changed that. Drawn by the city’s low rents and artsy vibe, young chefs are breaking the culinary mold and tapping into the Northwestern bounty of local fisheries, small meat purveyors and artisanal farms. Sample the heat at places like Clyde Common (Southwest 10th and Stark; 503-228-3333;, which serves novel dishes like crispy pork belly with blood orange marmalade.


You’ve seen it in countless spaghetti westerns and Marlboro ads. But the iconic red buttes and mesas of Monument Valley, in the heart of Navajo country, offers more than just postcard-ready views of the quintessential American West. The wind-scraped valley, which spreads along the Utah and Arizona border like a rock sculpture garden, also draws horseback riders, mountain bikers, river rafters and other outdoor enthusiasts. Sacred Monument Tours ( has horseback rides starting at about $57. Tours are also available at Goulding’s Lodge (, currently the only lodging in the valley, at least until the View Hotel ( opens sometime in the fall. Other services can be found through the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department (


Oregon’s Highway 101 may be a National Scenic Byway (, but that doesn’t mean you have to drive it. This coastal highway is also great for biking. Yes, there are some challenging uphill stretches, but the reward is fragrant old-growth forests, misty ocean cliffs and isolated coves that you’d miss whizzing by in a car. Plus, it’s easy to tack on a side trip to artsy little towns like Port Orford (, the nearby historic Cape Blanco Lighthouse ( and the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, which is excellent for bird-watching. For lodging, try the eco-friendly Wildspring Guest Habitat (866-333-9453;, which has cedar cabins filled with art and antiques starting at $245.


Although the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest can be reached by plane or boat, traveling by ferry will make you rethink your concept of mass transit. Although the ferries, part of the Washington State Department of Transportation (, are used mostly by commuters, these same ferries can be a leisurely (and economical) way to take in the stunning beauty of this popular tourist spot — an archipelago of more than 450 tiny islands roughly halfway between Seattle and Vancouver. In particular, the route of the Illahee, the 45-minute ride between San Juan Island and Orcas Island, has been described by a writer for the Travel section as “the most beautiful trip in the entire Washington State ferry system.”


Every summer, thousands of canoe paddlers head to the small Minnesota town of Ely to explore the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a 1.3 million-acre park that runs along the border between the United States and Canada. The frenzy sometimes gives Ely the feel of the Old West, with travelers loading up on food and liquor before heading out into the great unknown. But the sights and sounds of a boomtown are soon replaced by the lull of a canoe gliding through water and the near-absence of any other living soul. Among the many local outfitters is the Piragis Northwoods Company (, which offers four-day weekend excursions over the summer, with rates starting at $695 a person.


The city’s celebration of its 400th anniversary will mean a full summer schedule of events, including a sound and light show with 2,000-foot-long grain silos serving as projection screens for images of the city; an exhibition of 277 pieces on loan from the Louvre at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts (866-220-2150;; and — mais oui — a free concert by Celine Dion on Aug. 22 (418-648-2008;


Blame it on “Sideways.” Ever since that 2004 film uncorked central California as a discerning wine region, the boutique vineyards and wineries in Paso Robles have blossomed into the region’s next viticulture center. The number of bonded wineries has tripled to 170 in recent years, cultivating everything from cabernet sauvignon to zinfandel. Elegant hotels like the Hotel Cheval (1021 Pine Street; 866-522-6999; have sprouted. And so have delectable restaurants and artisanal shops like Pasolivo Olive Oil (8530 Vineyard Drive; 805-227-0186; For tasting maps, see the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance’s Web site,


Pristine beaches. Crystal blue waters. Zero development. Bahia Honda Key ( might be mistaken for a chic Brazilian preserve, but this 524-acre islet in the Lower Florida Keys, between Key West and Marathon, is actually a state park with beautiful beaches, amazing snorkeling and a precious biodiversity with nurse sharks and trumpet-shaped lily thorns. Even rarer are the prices. Admission is $3.50 for one person. Snorkeling rentals start at $3 for a mask. And the park has three duplex cabins, with showers and a deck, that run under $140 a night.


Cavallo Point, a retreat center devoted to environmental health and sustainability, is opening on the grounds of the century-old Fort Baker, in Marin County across the Golden Gate from San Francisco. The latest step in the Bay Area’s slow-food obsession, the complex officially opens June 14, with rotating guest chefs, a spa, adventure programs and an eagerly awaited restaurant. Units in the historic section, set in former lieutenants’ and generals’ quarters, start at $350 for a room with a view and $250 for one without a view (888-651-2003;


Sometimes called Little Switzerland, with its steep peaks, crisp streams, alpine basins and swaths of wildflowers, the ski resort of Telluride becomes a hiking mecca in the summer. Guided day trips as well as technical rock climbs can be arranged through the San Juan Outdoor School (300 South Mahoney Drive; 970-728-4101;, starting at $125 a person for a group of four or more. The three-day “adventure kids’ camp” program includes climbing, hiking and outdoor games for $325.


Snaking through the remote eastern desert of Oregon, the Owyhee River, with its deep sandstone cliffs and silty desert waters, has garnered comparisons to the Colorado River or the Salmon. But its mild white water and lazy meanderings make it manageable for those who aren’t experts but still want a classic river rafting adventure. An updated list of outfitters is available from the United States Bureau of Land Management office in Vale, Ore.; (541) 473-3144).


With nearly 200 miles of clear blue water and stark red rock, Lake Powell is a boating paradise. The lake, which straddles the Utah-Arizona border in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, is the second-largest artificial reservoir in the United States, after Lake Mead. And since you’ll also need a place to stay, why not do so on a houseboat? Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas (888-896-3829; has a large fleet that includes the 46-foot-long Voyager XL, with an outdoor grill, stargazing cushions and enough beds to sleep eight, for $2,415 for three days.


Not far from Mesa Verde National Park, in a cliff face near the La Plata River in New Mexico, sits a most bizarre — but intriguing — B.&B. option. Kokopelli’s Cave is a one-bedroom cave home carved from a 65-million-year-old sandstone formation, with Southwestern-style furniture, food-stocked kitchens, a washer and dryer — and views of the spectacular mountain ranges of the Four Corners region. The cave was blasted out in the 1980s by a geologist, Bruce Black, who planned to use it as an office. Instead, Mr. Black’s son and daughter-in-law made it their home and transformed it into a B. &B. soon after. Rates start at $240 a night depending on the number of guests. (505-326-2461;


Whether your iPhone is loaded with chamber music or Arcade Fire, Montreal is music to all ears this summer. The Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (, a new showcase for avant-garde talent, is on Aug. 3 and 4. The huge Montreal Jazz Festival ( takes over the entire city from June 26 to July 6, with 3,000 performers including Leonard Cohen and Woody Allen (yes, that one). And every Sunday, Piknic Électronik brings the rising stars of Montreal’s electronic music scene to Jean Drapeau Park. The city’s revamped Web site ( has listings, maps and a nifty planner.


For a little Brahms to go with your Brie, picnic under the stars at the Tanglewood Music Festival (, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the pastoral Massachusetts Berkshires. Under the direction of James Levine, the symphony’s opera-rich season kicks off on July 5 with a concert performance of “Les Troyens” by Berlioz and continues with weekend-long Beethoven and Mozart festivals. John Williams also returns to conduct the popular “Boston Pops: Film Night at Tanglewood” on July 26, featuring selections from his latest blockbuster with Steven Spielberg, “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”


Charles Kuralt once called it America’s most beautiful highway, 68.7 miles of high-altitude, high-adrenaline road that zigzags through the Beartooth Mountains in Montana and Wyoming. He might have been right. The two-lane Beartooth All-American Road ( climbs over 10,000 feet (Winnebago drivers: don’t bother), going from forest to alpine tundra in an hour. Dazzling sights await around every hairpin turn: 12,000-foot-plus mountains, waterfalls, glacial lakes, wildflowers and the occasional mountain goat. Besides gawking, the area offers fly-fishing, hiking, even summer skiing. Midway along the route, you’ll find affordable rooms at Top of the World Resort (2823 U.S. 212, Cody, Wyo.; 307-587-5368; starting at $55, and plenty of other options in the gateway towns of Cooke City and Red Lodge in Montana.


Amtrak’s Empire Builder delivers a greatest hits of the American landscape. Beginning in Chicago, passing through the Great Plains and the other-worldly Glacier National Park and ending in Seattle or Portland, Ore., the roughly 48-hour ride is a throwback to the golden age of train travel. Old-fashioned dining cars serve freshly cooked meals (flat iron steak, roasted game hen) on tables decked out in white tablecloths. The panoramic sightseeing lounge and sleeping compartments have a certain “North by Northwest” charm. And rangers from the National Park service are periodically on board to provide narrative along the route as a part of a Trails and Rails program. Beyond the nostalgia, the Empire Builder cars were refurbished last year. Fares and accommodations vary; a mid-level two-berth roomette for two adults from Chicago to Seattle, with meals and nonalcoholic drinks, can range be $760 to over $900 (; 800-872-7245.)


The Sunshine Coast of British Columbia certainly lives up to its name. Averaging upward of 2,400 hours of sunny skies a year, the resort area is two hours northwest of Vancouver and is dotted with scenic restaurants, hippie cafes and arty shops. Despite its popularity, the region remains pristine because the coastline is largely accessible by boat only. Kayakers will find marine life galore, including phosphorescent plankton that glow during moonlight paddles. Sunbathers will find long stretches of sandy beaches, lagoons and rocky tide pools. Lodging can be found near the town of Sechelt ( An affordable little resort called Rockwater Secret Cove (877-296-4593; has its own beach, with rooms starting at 119 Canadian dollars.


The tiny town of Jemez Springs (, about an hour north of Albuquerque, is easy to miss. Except for an 1870s bathhouse in the center of town, there’s little to tempt visitors except for several Southwestern diners, a family-run winery and a Japanese Buddhist monastery. And that’s precisely its charm. You can spend the day hiking and fishing in the recently created Valles Caldera National Preserve (, an 89,000-acre preserve inside a collapsed volcano, then spend the night soaking at the Jemez Springs Bathhouse (, which was recently restored by the town and is fed by the smelly, steaming waters from the area’s natural hot springs. An hour soak is $15, and massages start at $37.


On the surface, yoga and canoeing may seem like conflicting pastimes. Yoga involves stretching and letting your mind come to rest, while canoeing is about using force and repetitive motion. But marrying the two is exactly what Northern Soul Wilderness Adventures ( offers in the backwoods and glacial lakes outside Winnipeg, Manitoba. After paddling to a clearing in the forest, students lay down their mats and strike their yoga poses, surrounded by nothing but pine and scurrying chipmunks. The cost of the three-day trips (July 25 to 27 and Aug. 22 to 24) is 399 Canadian dollars. No prior canoeing or yoga experience is necessary. Meals are, not surprisingly, organic and vegetarian.


In the land of the midnight sun, perhaps no summer activity is more otherworldly than hiking Alaska’s majestic glaciers. Several outfitters offer guided summer excursions, including MICA Guides (800-956-6422;; $70 a person, plus entry fee into Glacier Park), which leads daytime and evening treks on Matanuska Glacier, two hours northeast of Anchorage. Midnight sun hikes on Alyeska Glacier are offered by Ascending Path (877-783-0505;; $139 a person) from June 13 to July 13, while more far-flung excursions are offered by North Star Trekking ( and Above and Beyond Alaska (

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Italy in Jeopardy After Being Routed by the Dutch

The Dutch certainly made the first surprise of the European Championship a stunner.

The Netherlands handed Italy, the defending World Cup champion, its worst loss in European tournament history, a 3-0 rout Monday in Bern, Switzerland, that left the Italians in danger of elimination in the first round.

Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wesley Sneijder scored in the first half, and the standout defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst added the third goal on a counterattack in the 79th minute.

“It was a historic feat,” Netherlands Coach Marco van Basten said. “This was Italy, the world champion. I cannot name one player who played poorly.”

Italy’s once-proud defense looked old and slow. Van Nistelrooy tore through at will. With the injured captain Fabio Cannavaro sitting on the bench, Marco Materazzi and Andrea Barzagli were picked apart by the Dutch attack.

“It was one of the ugliest games in the last 12 years,” goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said. “In the name of the entire team, I think I have to apologize to all the Italian fans.”

The victory put Netherlands in charge in its tough first-round group. The Dutch have the only win in Group C after France tied Romania, 0-0, earlier in the day.

Italy argued that Van Nistelrooy’s breakthrough goal was offside. Van Nistelrooy deflected a 20-yard shot from Van Bronckhorst past Buffon with an Italy defender off the field next to the goal. The three goals equaled the number of goals Italy yielded in the 2006 World Cup.

“We have been able to play superb football,” Sneijder said. “Now we have to continue in the same vein.”

FRANCE 0, ROMANIA 0 With games coming against the Netherlands and Italy, France could not afford a slow start. So a 0-0 draw with Romania in a Group C match in Zurich was not quite what the French had in mind.

The French, without their captain, Patrick Vieira (left thigh tear), and leading scorer, Thierry Henry (thigh strain), dominated possession but failed to solve a tough Romania defense.

The best chance for a goal fell to France striker Nicolas Anelka in the 33rd minute, but his header sailed over the crossbar.


20 Ways to Get Happy

State of Mind

Happiness is ephemeral, subject to the vagaries of everything from the weather to the size of your bank account.

We're not suggesting that you can reach a permanent state called "happiness" and remain there. But there are many ways to swerve off the path of anxiety, anger, frustration, and sadness into a state of happiness once or even several times throughout the day. Here are 20 ideas to get you started. Choose the ones that work for you. If tuning out the news or making lists will serve only to stress you further, try another approach.

1. Practice mindfulness. Be in the moment. Instead of worrying about your checkup tomorrow while you have dinner with your family, focus on the here and now -- the food, the company, the conversation.

2. Laugh out loud. Just anticipating a happy, funny event can raise levels of endorphins and other pleasure-inducing hormones and lower production of stress hormones. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, tested 16 men who all agreed they thought a certain videotape was funny. Half were told three days in advance they would watch it. They started experiencing biological changes right away. When they actually watched the video, their levels of stress hormones dropped significantly, while their endorphin levels rose 27 percent and their growth hormone levels (indicating benefit to the immune system) rose 87 percent.

3. Go to sleep. We have become a nation of sleep-deprived citizens. Taking a daily nap or getting into bed at 8 p.m. one night with a good book -- and turning the light out an hour later -- can do more for your mood and outlook on life than any number of bubble baths or massages.

4. Hum along. Music soothes more than the savage beast. Studies find music activates parts of the brain that produce happiness -- the same parts activated by food or sex. It's also relaxing. In one study older adults who listened to their choice of music during outpatient eye surgery had significantly lower heart rates, blood pressure, and cardiac workload (that is, their heart didn't have to work as hard) as those who had silent surgery.

5. Declutter. It's nearly impossible to meditate, breathe deeply, or simply relax when every surface is covered with papers and bills and magazines, your cabinets bulge, and you haven't balanced your checkbook in six months. Plus, the repetitive nature of certain cleaning tasks -- such as sweeping, wiping, and scrubbing -- can be meditative in and of itself if you focus on what you're doing.

6. Just say no. Eliminate activities that aren't necessary and that you don't enjoy. If there are enough people already to handle the church bazaar and you're feeling stressed by the thought of running the committee for yet another year, step down and let someone else handle things.

7. Make a list. There's nothing like writing down your tasks to help you organize your thoughts and calm your anxiety. Checking off each item provides a great sense of fulfillment.

8. Do one thing at a time. Edward Suarez, Ph.D., associate professor of medical psychology at Duke, found that people who multitask are more likely to have high blood pressure. Take that finding to heart. Instead of talking on the phone while you fold laundry or clean the kitchen, sit down in a comfortable chair and turn your entire attention over to the conversation. Instead of checking e-mail as you work on other projects, turn off your e-mail function until you finish the report you're writing. This is similar to the concept of mindfulness.

9. Garden. Not only will the fresh air and exercise provide their own stress reduction and feeling of well-being, but the sense of accomplishment that comes from clearing a weedy patch, watching seeds turn into flowers, or pruning out dead wood will last for hours, if not days.

10. Tune out the news. For one week go without reading the newspaper, watching the news, or scanning the headlines online. Instead, take a vacation from the misery we're exposed to every day via the media and use that time for a walk, a meditation session, or to write in your journal.

Block and Focus

11. Take a dog for a walk. There are numerous studies that attest to the stress-relieving benefits of pets. In one analysis researchers evaluated the heart health of 240 couples, half of whom owned a pet. Those couples with pets had significantly lower heart rates and blood pressure levels when exposed to stressors than the couples who did not have pets. In fact, the pets worked even better at buffering stress than the spouses did.

12. Scent the air. Research finds that the benefits of aromatherapy in relieving stress are real. In one study people exposed to rosemary had lower anxiety levels, increased alertness, and performed math computations faster. Adults exposed to lavender showed an increase in the type of brain waves that suggest increased relaxation. Today you have a variety of room-scenting methods, from plug-in air fresheners to essential oil diffusers, potpourri, and scented candles.

13. Ignore the stock market. Simply getting your quarterly 401(k) statement can be enough to send your blood pressure skyrocketing. In fact, Chinese researchers found a direct link between the daily performance of the stock market and the mental health of those who closely followed it. Astute investors know that time heals most financial wounds, so give your investments time -- and give yourself a break.

14. Visit a quiet place. Libraries, museums, gardens, and places of worship provide islands of peace and calm in today's frantic world. Find a quiet place near your house and make it your secret getaway.

15. Volunteer. Helping others enables you to put your own problems into perspective and also provides social interaction. While happy people are more likely to help others, helping others increases your happiness. One study found that volunteer work enhanced all six aspects of well-being: happiness, life satisfaction, self-esteem, sense of control over life, physical health, and depression.

16. Spend time alone. Although relationships are one of the best antidotes to stress, sometimes you need time alone to recharge and reflect. Take yourself out to lunch or to a movie, or simply spend an afternoon reading, browsing in a bookstore, or antiquing.

17. Walk mindfully. You probably already know that exercise is better than tranquilizers for relieving anxiety and stress. But what you do with your mind while you're walking can make your walk even more beneficial. In a study called the Ruth Stricker Mind/Body Study, researchers divided 135 people into five groups of walkers for 16 weeks. Group one walked briskly, group two at a slow pace, and group three at a slow pace while practicing "mindfulness," a mental technique to bring about the relaxation response, a physiological response in which the heart rate slows and blood pressure drops. This group was asked to pay attention to their footsteps, counting one, two, one, two, and to visualize the numbers in their mind. Group four practiced a form of tai chi, and group five served as the control, changing nothing about their lives. The group practicing mindfulness showed significant declines in anxiety and had fewer negative and more positive feelings about themselves. Overall they experienced the same stress-reducing effects of the brisk walkers. Better yet, the effects were evident immediately.

18. Give priority to close relationships. One study of more than 1,300 men and women of various ages found that those who had a lot of supportive friends were much more likely to have healthier blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar metabolism, and stress hormone levels than those with two or fewer close friends. Women, and to a lesser extent men, also seemed to benefit from good relationships with their parents and spouses. Studies also find that people who feel lonely, depressed, and isolated are three to five times more likely to get sick and die prematurely than those who have feelings of love, connection, and community.

19. Take care of the soul. In study after study, actively religious people are happier and cope better with crises, according to David Myers, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. For many people faith provides a support community, a sense of life's meaning, feelings of ultimate acceptance, a reason to focus beyond yourself, and a timeless perspective on life's woes. Even if you're not religious, a strong spirituality may offer similar benefits.

20. Count your blessings. People who pause each day to reflect on some positive aspect of their lives (their health, friends, family, freedom, education, etc.) experience a heightened sense of well-being.

Ready To Live or Die

John G. Paton (1824-1907) pioneered a missionary work in an area that was inhabited by cannibals. The depth of his commitment to Christ was demonstrated by his reply to what an elderly acquaintance said to him as he was making preparations to leave for the field. His friend expressed a fear that Paton might be eaten by cannibals.

Paton responded, "Mr. Dixon, you are advanced in years now, and your prospect is to be soon laid in the grave and to be eaten by worms. I confess to you that if I can but live and die serving the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by cannibals or worms."

Paton was fully committed to serving Christ in whatever way and place the Lord might choose, and how he would die was of little consequence to him. Such total and unqualified surrender to the Lord Jesus reminds me of the apostle Paul's declaration in our Scripture reading. He indicated his desire that the Lord might be magnified in his body, "whether by life or by death" (Phil. 1:20).

The hymnwriter A. C. Palmer wrote:

Ready to go, ready to stay,
Ready my place to fill;
Ready for service lowly or great,
Ready to do His will.

Do those words echo sentiments? Can you say, as did Paul, Paton, and Palmer, that you are ready to live or die dor chirst


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Manual Antivirus 2008 removal

Important Note: Although it is possible to manually remove Antivirus 2008, such activity can permanently damage your system if any mistakes are made in the process, as advanced spyware parasites are able to automatically repair themselves if not completely removed. Thus, manual spyware removal is recommended for experienced users only, such as IT specialists or highly qualified system administrators. For other users, we recommend using automatic spyware removal applications found on

Remove these Antivirus 2008 processes:

Remove these Antivirus 2008 DLL files:

Remove these Antivirus 2008 Registry files:
Microsoft\Code Store Database\Distribution Units\3BA4271E-5C1E-48E2-B432-D8BF420DD31D
HKEY_USERS\Software\antivirus 2008
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run "Antivirus"
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce "3P_UDEC"

Remove these Antivirus 2008 files:
AntiVirus 2008.lnk
Uninstall Antivirus.lnk
AntiVirus 2008.lic

Antivirus 2008 is classified as Rogue Anti-Spyware. After infecting a user’s system, it proceeds to scare its victim into buying the “product” by displaying fake security messages, stating that your computer is infected with spyware and only Antivirus 2008 can help you to remove it after you download the trial version. As soon as the victim downloads Antivirus 2008 trial version, it pretends to scan your computer and shows a grossly exaggerated amount of non-existent errors. Then, Antivirus 2008 offers to buy the full version to fix these false errors. If the user agrees, Antivirus 2008 not only does not fix the errors, but it takes the user’s money and may even install additional spyware into the victim’s computer.

Some Rogue Anti-Spyware, such as Antivirus 2008, may offer users to buy it after the victim clicks on a banner or a pop-up while surfing the internet. Usually, a Trojan is installed to a victim’s computer after clicking on the advertisement. It then proceeds to download or even install Antivirus 2008, which is another way for Rogue Anti-Spyware to spread itself.

Most of rogue Anti-Spyware, such as Antivirus 2008, is nearly impossible to remove manually.

Tips Before Apply for a Credit Card

Deciding to apply for a credit card is not a decision you should take lightly. Many stores try to get you to impulsively apply at the register, and you should never agree. Credit cards can affect your financial situation for years so you should certainly think before you act. If you want to apply for a credit card, there are a few steps you should take beforehand.


Before you apply for a credit card, you should do an evaluation of your finances. Get a free
credit report and make sure everything is accurate. You will want to know what your credit score is
so you will know which cards to look at when you apply for a credit card. If there is anything
unusual or incorrect on your credit report, deal with it immediately. Many people never look at
their credit report, and therefore have no idea what may or may not be on it. It is important to
clear up anything incorrect on your credit report before you apply for a credit card.


After getting everything strait with your credit report, you should begin researching. Research
cards that fit your credit score. Make a list of important characteristics you want in a credit
card. Look for the best deals in several areas. Before you apply for a credit card, you should make
sure you understand everything about the card and the company’s policies. Look at the interest
rates, rewards programs, and other characteristics.

Be wary of great introductory offers. When you apply for a credit card, many companies will offer
you fantastic introductory deals. It is great to take advantage of these deals, however you
should be sure that the terms won’t change unexpectedly after the introductory offer time period is
over. For example, you will need to know what the interest rate will be after the offer before you
apply for a credit card.


Once you find several credit cards with terms that you understand and like, categorize them by
your choice. Apply to one at a time. If you only need one card and apply to three, you run the
chance of getting approved for all three. This will not only reflect on your credit report, but also
give you the inconvenience of canceling two of them. So, be patient and wait for a response.

When you apply for a credit card, you are vowing that you will be responsible financially.
Deciding to apply for a credit card means that you know you will be able to pay the balance off in a
timely manner. If you are not sure of your ability to pay, you should never apply for a credit card.
Be responsible, examine, and research before applying!

God of the Hills ands Streets

The 121 st Psalm w as a favorite of my father. The Scottish people called it "The Traveler's Psalm." Whenever a family member, a guest, or a friend was leaving on a journey. this psalm was read-or more often sung at family prayers. When my father left the "old country" as a teenager to sail alone to the United States, he was bidden farewell with this psalm.

Over the years, my father enjoyed many hearty days and endured others that were dark and grim. In World War I, he carried this psalm's words with him into battle, and then out of it as he lay in a hospital for almost a year recovering from shrapnel wounds. In verse 1, the psalmist looked beyond the hills to the God who made them. My father lived in the toughest section of New York City, and though he seldom saw hills he held to the assurance that the God of the hills was the God of the dangerous streets as well.

How many goings out and comings in my father made in his 87 years! And when he went out for the last time, I believe he was singing Psalm 121 as he descended into the valley and traveled home to the other side.

How reassuring that the God of the hills and streets goes before every believer in Christ! -HWR

He will ever keep thy soul,
What would harm He will control;
In the home and by the way
He will keep thee day by day


Monday, June 9, 2008

10 Powerful Networking Tips Using Business Cards

Whether you are looking for a job or running a business, giving out business cards is crucial to marketing your skills or services. Even as a job seeker, develop the mindset of running the business of YOU, Inc. Business cards speak volumes about who you are, what you offer and how serious you are marketing YOU, Inc. as a business. Oh! So, you have a resume and don't need business cards. Can you carry 10 resumes in your wallet' Do you or can you carry your resume everywhere you go' A church bell ringing lets people know they are open for business. Your business card is your bell. Here are some proven tips using business cards to increase your chances of landing a job or creating a business opportunity.

1. Never leave home without them. Before leaving home, your checklist should be expanded to include business cards, as part of "do I have my wallet/money, house keys, driver's license'" Any 'per chance' meeting is an opportunity to give out a business card. A morning run or a quick trip to the local store could be an opportunity to network. My wife and I always ask each other 'do you have business cards', before leaving the house. Make it a habit to carry business cards.

2. Insert a business card when mailing bill payments. Bills contain advertisements. Why can't you advertise your skills or services the same way' Insert a business card with your payment. You may not think a person in South Dakota who opens your credit card bill payment can help you. Never underestimate the power of networking. A movie, entitled '6 Degrees of Separation' points out we are 6 people away from knowing someone of influence. You could be 6 people away from knowing the President of the United Sates, your favorite movie star or someone who is in a position to hire your skills or services. Each of us knows someone, who knows someone, who knows someone etc. Developing this powerful networking attitude will be a fundamental source of continued success.

3. Use proper business card etiquette. Whenever you give a business card, ask for a business card. When given a business card, don't just take it and place it in your pocket. Make the person feel important by looking at their card for a few seconds. You might see something that could be a topic of discussion. Write comments on the card such as date, location and common points of interest. These comments will prove valuable when following up with that person. This also demonstrates a sincere interest in the other person. Then place it in your wallet. This lets them know they reside in a special place with you. "Skill with People" by Les Giblin is a book that expands on this approach. Make people feel important, in order to make yourself important to them.

4. Be generous. Give business cards out to everyone, including family and friends. Don't let vanity stop you from giving out your last business card or giving 2 at a time to each person. I have met many people who have totally missed the purpose of a business card. I once asked a person for a second business card, so I could refer his services. His response was "I only have a few cards left and I need them", as he looked again at his name on the card. Hoarding your business cards only makes your wallet feel full, not your bank account.

5. Ask for referrals. When giving a business card, people feel more comfortable when you ask; 'I would appreciate a referral, if you know anyone that could use my services'. Don't make people feel like they are on the spot. This approach disarms people much better than asking them, 'is your company hiring'' People naturally like to do favors for people. Saying 'could you do me a favor by referring my services to someone'. This always places you in a better position with them. They will feel better about helping you. Give them 2 cards.

6. Maximize every "per chance" meeting. You never know when you might meet someone who can help you. Family or friends social events could produce unexpected encounters with people. Don't discount those events. So you're going to a birthday party for your friend's kid. You never know who you might meet. At a family holiday gathering last year, I met someone that has been instrumental in developing our business this year. Who would have thought this could happen by giving him a simple business card.

7. Place yourself at the right place at the right time. Have you been to a job fair or business conference and been disappointed with the networking results' Turn the tables around. Consider volunteering to help out at the job fair or other types of events. This puts you in a better strategic position for presenting your resume or business card. Company representatives might view you differently, if they know you are willing to go the extra mile in helping them make their presence easier to manage. Get involved by visiting,, or view the calendar of events for to place yourself in opportunities for giving out your business card. Volunteering for events has been a very successful resource for my business partner and I to expanding our business. Zig Ziglar, one of the most successful sales trainers in the world says "if you help enough people get what they want in life, you will get what you want in life".

8. Use "In Your Face" follow up. Did you ever have a job interview or meeting with a recruiter, potential client or employer and wonder why they never called you back' 'Out of sight, out of mind' is the operative phrase to remember. Today's economic climate dictates you might be competing with 20, 50, 100 or more other people for the same position or contract. It's quite a task for people to keep track of each individual meeting. So it's up to you to give a person a reason to call you back. Immediately after a meeting snail mail a hand written note thanking the person for their time. Insert your business card. Now you're in the driver's seat in standing out from other people. If you get no response, do it again. Patience and persistence pays off.

9. Use promotions to promote YOU, Inc. Newspapers often have stories of people being promoted to high levels in different organizations' This is an opportunity for you. Consider getting some invitation size blank greeting cards. Use the Internet's search capabilities to find out the address of the company's executive offices. Send the blank invitation type card with a hand written note sincerely congratulating a person on their promotion. Insert your business card. For the cost of a 37-cent stamp, you have just made someone's day and may create an impression that makes a person feel compelled to respond back to you. Make it a habit to do this once a week. Remember '6 Degrees of Separation'. You just never know . . . People open invitation type envelops faster than any others.

10. Brand yourself with a slogan. Print a slogan on your business card that answers the question 'Why should I hire you' Or "What makes you different from everyone else'" A catchy phrase or slogan insures people ALWAYS associate a company name with their product or services. People remember even after the commercial is over. That's called branding. Companies pay big bucks to advertising agencies to come up with these lasting slogans. Consider doing the exact same thing on your business card. This is your insurance people remember you, after you meet. Don't just put Hortence Smiley, Accountant on your business card. Add something like "Financial Services With Integrity". A slogan makes all the difference between getting hired or not, because people will remember you long after a meeting.

by: Carl E. Reid