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September 2, 2008

C. S. Lewis Quote

In 1949 English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter:

'God, who foresaw your tribulation,
has specially armed you to go through it,
not without pain but without stain.'

Stilleto Run

In Australia a Guiness World Record was broken by women in stilletos!

. . . love this story 'cause I love bein' a woman and dressing up like one. I could handle a race in stilletos. And if some of us American women got together, we could beat the pants (I mean, skirts!) off of those Australians!!

AUSTRALIA-STILETTO SPRINT RACE
Some 265 contestants get in position at the starting line for the inaugural Stiletto Sprint race by the shores of Sydney Harbour on September 2, 2008. The group set a new world record for the most women to run an 80 metre dash wearing 75mm high heels. Here's a picture of the winner.

Taken from MediaFaxPhoto.

September 3, 2008

What Makes An Elite Runner

Taken from the site Active.com/running.

By Jeff Galloway

There is one major factor that sets world-class athletes apart from everyday runners: They chose their parents well.

In sports such as basketball, baseball, soccer, and gymnastics, the genetic gifts are evident early. But in endurance events, it is possible for someone who shows little or no talent during the first few years to improve significantly through hard, sustained work and eventually reach world-class status. While this is unlikely, this is my story.

During my first four years of running in high school I was not fast enough to compete in state championship competition. Only during my senior year did I qualify. I did not earn a college track scholarship.

When I graduated in 1967, with a draft number so low that I was certain to be drafted, I tried to join the track teams of the Army, Air Force and Marines—but did not have times that were fast enough. I enrolled in the Navy and served three years off the coast of Vietnam, as well as other duties.

After my Navy service, I applied myself to running and improved steadily, qualifying for the 1972 Olympic team. In every Olympics, there are distance runners who are too stubborn to give up, like me, and make themselves into world-class competitors.

Have you wondered what it would be like to be a world-class runner? Well, here are some of the factors:

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27 Ways To Run Better Every Day

Taken from Active.com/running
By Runner's World editors
Runner's World

Mark Covert doesn't have to think about his run today. It's a given; he's going to do it. After running for 12,480 days in a row (through September 30, 2002), Covert isn't about to miss today. Or tomorrow. Or the day after.

You, however, probably need a plan for today's workout. Without a plan, it's just too easy to skip a run. You've got pressures in the office, errands to do, classes to take, things to deal with at home.

And more. Always more. Which makes it tough to put together a consistent training program.

Yet consistency is the most essential piece of every training program. It's the one thing—perhaps the only one—that every coach, physiologist, and medical expert agrees on.

Without consistency, you aren't going anywhere. You're not going to get faster. You're not going to run farther. You're not going to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, finish that marathon, or achieve your other running goals.

With a consistent training program, on the other hand, the sky's the limit. You'll feel better and run better every day. So let's get with it. Here are 27 ways to add more consistency to your running.

1. Run with others. To make sure you do a workout, there's nothing like the social pressure of knowing someone else (or a group) is waiting for you. Bonus: It's often more fun than running alone, especially if you're doing a long run, or a speed workout on the track.

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Joe's Goals

This website, Joe's Goals helps you accomplish goals by recording your activities for free.

September 4, 2008

Andrew Murray Quote

Taken from the devotional Joy And Strength @ Back To The Bible.org.

Invest your life in helping others.

LET our temper be under the rule of the love of Jesus:
He can not alone curb it,--He can make us gentle and patient.
Let the vow,
that not an unkind word of others shall ever be heard from our lips,
be laid trustingly at His feet.
Let the gentleness that refuses to take offence,
that is always ready to excuse,
to think and hope the best,
mark our intercourse with all.
Let our life be one of self-sacrifice,
always studying the welfare of others,
finding our highest joy in blessing others.
And let us, in studying the Divine art of doing good,
yield ourselves as obedient learners to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
By His grace, the most common-place life can be transfigured with the brightness of a heavenly beauty,
as the infinite love of the Divine nature shines out through our frail humanity.

--ANDREW MURRAY

The Best Of Sarah Palin's VP Acceptance Speech

Gotta love this video . . . I agree, it's the greatest moment in a political speech I've ever seen too.
:D

Here are some more highlights of Sarah Palin's speech taken from John Hawkin's website Rightwing News.com

September 6, 2008

Walk/Run For A Drug Free Life 5K

Our family left @ 7am this morning to run a 5K. There were just three of us running this time. We had enough time to stop and pick up something to drink (Cappucino, Gatorade) from QuikTrip. It was @ LaFortune Park @ 61st and Yale in Tulsa. The sky was packed full of clouds.

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September 8, 2008

Carrot Cake

I had a slice of carrot cake in Sunday School class that tasted great. It was loaded down with carrots, raisins, pineapple and walnuts and then the icing was made from white chocolate pieces. Here's the recipe from Wilton.

Carrot Cake with White Chocolate Icing

Ingredients:
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups Sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups carrots grated
2/3 cup nuts Chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup crushed pineapple drained
1 (12 ounce) pkg White Candy Melts® or any white confectionery coating
2 (8 ounce) pkgs cream cheese softened
1 cup unsalted Butter softened
2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
Makes: Cake serves 12-14.

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray 2 nine in. round pans with vegetable spray, or use Wilton Cake Release (Click here for complete instructions on preparing baking pans.)

In large mixing bowl, beat eggs until foamy; add oil and vanilla and beat well.

Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and salt together; add to egg mixture and mix well. Fold in carrots, nuts, raisins and pineapple.

Pour into prepared pans and bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes in pans on cooling grid and invert on grid to cool.

WHITE CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE ICING
Melt Candy Melts according to directions. Allow coating to cool slightly, stirring occasionally (don't let it harden).

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese (preferably with a flat beater) until smooth and creamy.

Gradually beat in the cooled coating until blended and smooth. Beat in the butter and lemon juice.

Smooth a small amount of icing on bottom cake layer; top side up.

Top with second layer bottom side up. Frost cake with remaining icing.

Refrigerate until ready to serve; bring to room temperature 30 minutes before serving.

September 9, 2008

Study Hurricanes Site

My husband found a site that is interesting and helps you study hurricanes. It is called StormPulse.com.

September 12, 2008

Fish Philosophy

I read this philosophy of living each day in a high school Spanish classroom. The teacher had taught over ten years. She had been teacher of the year twice.

As you start your morning please choose your attitude and make today a great day. Your friends, family colleagues, customers, team members, and you yourself will be thankful. Find ways to play. We can be serious about our work without being serious about ourselves.

Stay focused in order to be there for the people you come in contact with and be a helping hand to them when they most need you.

And should you feel your energy lapsing, try this surefire remedy:
Find someone who needs a word of support, or a good ear~ and make their day!

Here's the fish philosophy website.

September 14, 2008

The Intuitive Cook

Here's a website called The Intuitive Cook by Elizabeth Yarnell. It gives good advice on keeping your body healthy.

September 15, 2008

What Is It?

Here's an item I found on Craig's List in Tulsa. The person who's selling it doesn't know what it is and wants 10 bucks for it?

Lesson Plans To Teach ESL

Here are some free lesson plans my husband found to help and English speaking person train a Spanish speaking person in English. The site is IELanguages.com

September 16, 2008

'Tis The Season: Autumn

Danny and I went for an early morning stroll today. There was a big bright full moon overhead. We brought some hot steamy coffee to sip as we walked along. We talked about the interesting and serious topic of the downturn of the stock market of yesterday. The morning air had a crisp coolness to it. There was no wind.

I loved it all. Autumn is on its way. This season is my favorite. The Fall will then usher in my other favorite time of the year, Christmas.

The weatherman said Autumn will officially arrive next week. I don't like the cold that is coming much but that's okay. Soon there will be frost to cover everything in the mornings and when the sun rises the grass will sparkle.

I hope we had enough rain during the summer to cause the trees to turn flaming and fiery colors of orange, red, and yellow. I will watch the trees on the hillsides and along the horizon as they begin to change.

In my opinion, Autumn started yesterday, when we walked in the morning and saw a big yellow moon in the pre-dawn sky. We wore jackets for the first time. For me, its the time of year to rejoice! As a Christian (like I am) ought to do anyway. I intend to set aside the worries that so easily come and make them second in line to just enjoying God's lovely creation. No need for feeling down and having a bad attitude. Everyday deserves to be filled with joy whenever possible.

September 17, 2008

Prayer For Children

Taken from Elizabeth Elliot's devotion @ Back To The Bible

Prayerful advice for children

Through life's troubled waters steer them,
Through life's bitter battle cheer them.
Father, Father, be thou near them.

~Amy Carmicheal, missionary to India

Longfellow Poem-Quote

Let us then be up and doing
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

September 21, 2008

In Christ Alone

Jesus Christ, He is my Saviour for eternity and I am a follower of Him.

Here's a meaningful song, In Christ Alone. I heard it twice today. Once on the radio when we were headed to church, 92.9 in Tulsa and then at church it was on the big screen and we sang it as a congregation. This version is by Phillips, Craig and Dean.


- Newsboys Lyrics

September 23, 2008

How do you make lessons stick?

Long Division Practice Games

CoolMath4Kids.com

Top Ten Brain Foods For Kids

I found a list of top 10 brain foods for Kids on a site called WebMD.

September 24, 2008

10 Commandments of Human Relations

Taken from Heartlight, an article written by Rubel Shelly

I used to work on an assembly line for many years. I applied all of these suggestions and they made me popular and the monotonous job was much more fun.


1. Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

2. Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

3. Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

4. Be friendly and helpful.

5. Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

6. Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

7. Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

8. Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

9. Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

10. Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Here's the full article:

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September 28, 2008

40 Developmental Assets

There is a site called Search-Institute.org where parents can learn of 40 developmental assets that will help their children succeed.

Christians Never Separate From God

Taken from BibleGateway.com

31What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

33Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.

34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

September 30, 2008

Common Sense Bailout

A 700,000 Billion bailout didn't pass in Congress and Americans are frustrated with our government using our tax dollars to bail out gigantic banks that have misused money. Our 401Ks are scary to check if we watch them too much.

Dave Ramsey, a well-trusted debt-free speaker and radio talk show host is backing a better plan. Here's his site. And here's an opportunity for main street Americans to take action by contacting our congressmen with this plan. It is called the Common Sense Fix.

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