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NYC Fires Employee for Surfing the Web

Web use cited as reason to fire city worker even though judge ruled that surfing at work is equivalent to reading a newspaper or talking on the phone.


Hey, see what happens when all we bloggers write such fascinating material.

Tags: web-surfing, employers, fire+employee, judge, bloggers, blogging, blog 

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Yes! Coffee Is Good For You

I usually rise first, and if it's too early, say four or five, I delay making coffee and go straight to work in our study. We prefer coffee beans and have one of those coffee makers with grinding blades and the charming ability to add water at just the right time for the perfect brewing of our morning libation.

After his partner has gone forth to tackle the world, Jerry snuggles down for an early morning snooze, sometimes even entering into a dream or two. He confesses to listening for grinding tones, and occasionally a whiff of the brew will roust him out, although his smeller has lost its keeness. When the bed has released its grasp, and Jerry has donned his robe, he staggers into the study with a thick cup of the steaming drink, and I join him for what is my first or second cup. Thus begins our day.

Not today. We're in San Diegio–Bonita, actually–where our motorhome is parked on the property of our eldest son, Steve. I spent the night alone as Jerry is off speaking at a men's retreat. When I poked through our cupboards this morning, I found no coffee. We haven't been in the motorhome much lately, and our cupboards are not well stocked, but I surely thought we had some coffee beans. None. My further prowling elicited an unopened can of Christmas brew teabags. Tea, I had this morning. Not coffee, tea.

I think I am not sophisticated enough for tea. It's all right, I suppose, and a clinky glass of iced tea on a sultry summer day is divine, but of hot tea? well, I can muster little enthusiasm. Seems too thin and weak, despite my dunking the bag up and down repeatedly, thinking of deep color, heavenly aroma,  caffeine and jolt. I drank tea this morning though, along with shortbread cookies I drew from an unopened package. Now, a different story may be told for such morsels, and with no effort I can muster enthusiasm for those babies.

Guess what? Last night as I prowled the internet, I found this story saying coffee is good for you. A new study shows coffee to be the primary source of antioxidants for Americans. A daily fix of java is good for you, the article says, adding that nothing else even comes close. Yes!

It might be neat if we have a little scuffle here over the merits of both tea and coffee. You guys fight it out. I'll be having a hard time connecting with you until Monday, although I might get a word in tomorrow. Be nice, now.

Tags: Coffee, java, antioxidants, health, tea, Christmas+blend, daily+fix, coffee+is+good+for+you 

Children Christianity/Religion Medical/Technical Uncategorized

Smoking With Youngsters In Vehicle Banned

Arkansas has passed a bill that prohibits smoking in your own vehicle if you have children–seven and under–with you. Anti-smoking activists are pursuing an "informal, unorganized and quiet movement" toward making it a criminal act to smoke around children under any circumstances, including in the parents' own homes. Proponents of this law would categorize such smoking as child abuse.

I am not a smoker, never have been, and don't plan to take up the habit. Quite a sight, would be me choosing my smoke of the day, snipping off the end (do you do that?), in my study arranging my body into a clubby position, and poking a fine stogie in my mouth. Can't you just see it? Set against book-lined walls, a blue haze circling my well aged head, an enticing aroma wafting about as I hold forth with wisdom of the day. No, afraid not, not today or tomorrow, not going to happen.

I agree with reports that cigarette smoking can be deadly, definitely contributes to lung cancer and other diseases, and that second-hand smoke may be as bad or worse for one's health. It's acknowledged to be an expensive and smelly habit, penetrating clothes, draperies, and even paint on the walls.

But, I stutter to a stop, when I consider the State telling me I cannot smoke in my car, or inside my home. I agonize for children whose parents are careless with their health, and who are non-protective of them, but somehow it doesn't seem right to venture into my home and lay down government laws that dictate my behavior there.

I'd like to hear from you about this. What are your thoughts?

Tags: Arkansas, law, cigarette, smoking, cigarette+smoking, children, government, home, Arkansas+bill

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Stunning: The Most Detailed True-Color Image of the Entire Earth to Date

Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet. This record links to full resolution versions up to 21,600 pixels across.

Please don't fail to view these incredible pictures. They are astonishing. Before you go over there, consider the following words of David taken from Psalm 8.

"O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hath set thy glory above the heavens.

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!"

Tags: God, Psalm, David, pictures+earth, satellite, scientists, earth, oceans, pixels,

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Children Christianity/Religion Medical/Technical Uncategorized

“World’s oldest person” Celebrates 128th Birthday

According to national records, Cruz Hernandez was born on May 3, 1878, in one of El Salvador's central provinces, where she gave birth to 13 children. She now has 60 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great grandchildren.


And you thought I had a big family!

We wish Cruz a happy birthday–only a few hours late.
Please remember that today is the National Day of Prayer. Let us pray for our country…and for our world.

Tags: children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, Cruz+Hernandez, aged, agedness, National+Day+of+Prayer, Birthday

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Passion and Budhia Singh

Picture by The Associated Press

Four-year-old Budhia Singh, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

Knowing I had posted about Budhia Singh yesterday, as Jerry read the morning paper, he called my attention to this little boy's picture. I flew into the netherworld, found this clip, and when I saw his running distance stated in miles, not kilometers, I was struck again at Budhia's story. Four-years-old, mind you, he ran forty miles. Forty miles! He wanted to run twenty more, but the doctor would not permit it.

I look into the somber face of this tiny lad and try for a modicum of understanding: I want to peer into his soul, to probe his mind and delve into his innermost. Reared in the slums of the eastern Indian state of Orissa, he obviously has had no advantage–at least not as we consider advantage. What is it, then? How can a four-year-old child possess the courage, strength and mind-set to run such a race?

Often, I have considered passion and have discussed it at length with my family, especially with Steve, my eldest, who is the pastor of a church in the San Diego area. I have worked closely with people for many years, and have observed the drastic difference in people's response to duty, challenge and commitment. "Passion, how can we transfer our passion to these people?" has often been Steve's cry, and mine, as we discussed church growth and its effect on the community and thus on the world. Finally, I believe we have come to the conclusion that it is near impossible to transfer passion. Perhaps passion is innate, tucked inside chromosomes and genes, as unchangeable as are the color of hair and the shape of nose.

And so, darling Budhia, with his oversized shirt, his worn tennis shoes, and a soul and head filled with passion, runs through the countryside of India and into official record books. He also, has crossed restless seas, and with sure direction, has infiltrated my heart.

Tags: Budhia Singh, children, runner, passion, run, India, 

Children Medical/Technical Uncategorized

4yr old boy runs 65km – breaks world record

At one time, his impoverished mother nearly sold her son, Budhia Singh, who is now four years old. Recently he participated in this race, and because of his incredible speed and endurance, his accomplishment was entered into the country's foremost record book. You will want to read the rest of this fascinating story.


When we cast our eyes over rows of children in church and at school and on playgrounds, it is impossible to know who they are. When we observe them as they lie asleep, vulnerable and innocent, as we watch them scale a fence or shinny a tree, or walk on barefoot summer road, we cannot reckon with who they are, or what they may become. Deep within them is talent and calling and ability. Ours is to develop, to discipline and train, to open doors. Children are important to Jesus:

"And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them,
whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me…:

And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea."

Mark 9:36, 37, 42 (portions)

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Tags: 4-year-old, race, record, world-record, India, Jesus, Bible, Mark

Medical/Technical Uncategorized

Dynamic Technology For Those with Limited Dexterity

Despite his remarkable recovery from extensive injuries he suffered in a severe automobile accident, my husband, Jerry, has great difficulty in typing. The voice recognition product Dragon has resolved his problem.

In 1994, as he stood by a disabled car, Jerry was struck by a drunk driver, and subsequently spent five months in the hospital. His multiple injuries were severe and included a broken neck with bleeding into the brain stem. Yet, defying all odds, he survived.

A residual disability is the lack of dexterity in his fingers and hands, making it difficult for him to use a computer. For his birthday in March, I bought him this voice recognition software and it has worked tremendously well for him. He spent a few days "training" the system, and now he dons the headset, speaks into the microphone, and his computer clicks away.

Nuance Communications says: "Dragon Naturally Speaking 8 is said to be the breakthrough in speech recognition you have been waiting for. A breakthrough in accuracy, delivering a 25% increase–up 99% speech to text conversion level. A breakthrough in ease-of-use, allowing completion of complex tasks with a single word. A breakthrough in flexibility turning recorded speech into text–from Pocket PCs, Palm Tungsten, Tablet PC and digital recording devices. And finally a breakthrough in affordability, with versions tailored to meet your specific needs."

Several models are available, including that specifically designed for developers and those needing customized applications.

Tags: Dragon, voice recognition, Jerry Buxton, broken neck, bleeding, brain stem, automobile accident, dexterity, medical, technical

Children Medical/Technical Uncategorized

Babies Born By Caesarean May Miss Immune System Trigger

A messy birth could be good for the baby's digestion. So say researchers in Germany, who have found evidence that baby mice squeezing through the birth canal swallow bacterial molecules that help their gut grow healthily. The finding suggests that kids born by caesarean might miss out.


I hope you will read the rest of this interesting story. All of us agree that a natural birth is preferable to a C-section, but we must keep in mind that sometimes that it just not possible. The lives of thousands of babies have been saved, because of surgical intervention.

Tags: Caesarean section, C-section, babies, birth

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