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Happy New Year 2009!

Paul, Laura and Brady

We want to wish you and yours a healthy, happy and prosperous 2009!

Thank you for reading and supporting

Thankful The Holidays Only Come Once A Year

Yesterday, we hosted the in-laws and out-laws for the traditional Christmas get together. For reasons known only to her, my wife volunteered for the twenty-seven members of her family to gather in our modest, humble abode.

On top of that, it rained. So there were fourteen hoodlums who were not able to go outside and play. Fortunately, when all was said and done, we did not have to call the insurance company.

We had the traditional offering of ham, casseroles, breads, cakes, and cookies. I managed to fill up on salad, and after that ate mostly popcorn. I could not afford to be full, not with a twenty-one month old son running around with all of his cousins, many whom cared less if he were to be stampeded.

After everyone had eaten and had settled down to conversation, several family members began to nod off. This led to the request for coffee, which my wife and I don't drink. So off I went to the storage closet, to try and find the coffee maker. When I returned, I did so to a round of…

It Ain't Christmas Without Mannheim Steamroller!

I have always loved Mannheim Steamroller. We have all of their Christmas music on CD and MP3, and listen to it throughout the holiday season.

I can remember the first time I heard this group. It was years ago, and a generic music video was playing on television. The song was Deck The Halls, and I thought, "Who is that?"

I soon found myself in a music store, asking a clerk if they could help me find the name of the group. I was in my twenties at the time, so this was before the days of the Internet (man I'm old). The young woman didn't know who it was, so she said, "Can you hum it for me?"

Within seconds of my humming, she replied, "That's Mannheim Steamroller!" I bought that CD and have been humming their songs ever since.

It's a good thing she didn't ask me to sing it, eh?

Merry Christmas!

Celebrating Christmas

by Chip Brogdan

Question: I would like your thoughts on the celebration of Christmas. It bothers me in my spirit, for I cannot find any scriptural basis for it. Is it me or is it the Holy Spirit telling me? What do you believe? Is it strictly a pagan celebration?Answer: I can tell you with all sincerity that the celebration of Christmas has no affect whatsoever on my spiritual life in Christ. As long as you do not bow down and worship the Christmas tree, I would not consider your celebration of Christmas to be pagan.

Spiritual life is not determined by holy days or what we do or don't do at certain times of the year. If you honor the Lord with it then it is fine; if not that is fine too.

Since most of the neighbors who don't know Jesus celebrate Christmas and they have some dim idea that it has something to do with Jesus being born, then use it to your advantage and lead them to a more accurate knowledge of Christ. But don't get fixated on this issue. There are many …

I Have A Lot For Which To Be Thankful

Yes, it's the Christmas season and I have a lot for which to be thankful. I have an awesome family and the bestest wife of all times. I am extremely grateful and do not take my responsibilities to them lightly.

As I reflect on the things I'm thankful for, I must include those of you who have made it a point to visit here regularly. Your support is much appreciated.

God has been so good to me. Merry Christmas! And happy holidays to you and yours.

3 Ingredients That Will Harm Your Fat Loss

At all costs, avoid:
High Fructose Corn Syrup - an unnatural sweetener made from fructose and corn. It's used to increase shelf life and to make food taste sweeterBleached/Enriched Flour - flour that's been bleached and stripped of fiber and vitamins. Some nutrients are added back in so it can legally be sold as foodHydrogenated Oils - trans fat is the main cause of heart disease in AmericaFoods containing these ingredients are unnatural and your body easily stores them as fat. Foods that are more natural are used more efficiently as fuel and not stored.

Some foods contain all three ingredients, so be sure to read the food labels.

Kids Make Christmas Special

Every holiday season, my mother used to tell me, "Kids make Christmas fun and special. You get to live it all over again." She desperately wanted grandchildren. My wife and I had a black Lab. What more could Mom want?

Fast forward seven years:

Saturday we took Brady, our twenty month old son, to get pictures with Santa. It was right in the middle of the day, and the holiday shoppers were out in full force. Once inside the mall, we headed straight for Santa. Walking and talking, we suddenly came to a halt. The scene was straight out of "A Christmas Story", the line circling forever. And there we were, at the end of it.

Brady was not about to stand still, of course. I did everything I could to entertain him. We even made eight trips up the escalator. What seemed like an eternity, was actually but an hour. Finally, it was our turn!

All went well. Brady did not cry like some of the other kids. He didn't attempt to wiggle out of the old man's lap. He just... stare…

Christmas Traditions

After dinner tonight, we all hopped in the van and drove around town to look at the Christmas lights.
I don't know if it's my imagination or not, but it seems like less people are decorating their houses with Christmas lights.

Anyway, we hit the mother lode tonight. Check out this house!

This is an incredible Christmas display! This picture doesn't do it justice. They even have a big screen in the front yard showing Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer! We're going to go back later and shoot a video of it all.
Brady was having such a good time, he cried when we left.
Here's a picture of our house all decked out. I love this time of year!

Research on Mice Links Fast Food to Alzheimer's

Mice are tested because their insides work so much like humans...
LONDON (Reuters) - Mice fed junk food for nine months showed signs of developing the abnormal brain tangles strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease, a Swedish researcher said.

The findings come from a series of published papers by a researcher at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet...

"On examining the brains of these mice, we found a chemical change not unlike that found in the Alzheimer brain," Susanne Akterin, a researcher at the Karolinska Institutet's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, who led the study, said in a statement...

Alzheimer's disease is incurable and is the most common form of dementia among older people. It affects the regions of the brain involving thought, memory and language. More here. Science journalist Gary Taubes hypothesizes that the excessive amounts of sugar and refined flour in American diets are contributing to Alzheimer's.

He reports increases in the in…

News Keeps Getting Worse for Vitamins

In case you're wondering if those store-bought vitamins you've been taking are really doing anything, be prepared to be disappointed:

In the New York Times, a series of studies showing the worthlessness of vitamins (90% of them) and harmful effects of many... "The best efforts of the scientific community to prove the health benefits of vitamins keep falling short.

"This week, researchers reported the disappointing results from a large clinical trial of almost 15,000 male doctors taking vitamins E and C for a decade. The study showed no meaningful effect on cancer rates.

"Another recent study found no benefit of vitamins E and C for heart disease..."

And that's just the beginning, reports the New York Times.

What's the problem?

We'd say it's because the run-of-the-mill vitamins people take are synthetic and filled with junk - like artificial colors.

"How Safe Are Your Vitamins?" tells the whole story and offers a healthy alternative.