Thursday, March 31, 2011

Facebook Depression

Add "Facebook depression" to potential harms linked with social media, an influential doctors' group warns, referring to a condition it says may affect troubled teens who obsess over the online site.  Read more here:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Keeping Your Kids Safe and Healthy During the Sports Season

Dr. David Martin is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the Director of Sports Medicine for the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons.  He joined the Morning Show today to talk about kids and sports injuries.  Dr. Martin said there are lots of resources available for more information, including this helpful website:

You can also contact the professionals at WFBMC by phone (336) 716-WAKE or online at

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New App for Dog Owners!

PawTrotter is a new app for your iPod/iPhone that will help you find pet-friendly hotels, beaches and parks along with vets, boarding, pet sitters, groomers etc.  Check it out!

Divorced Families Vacationing Together?

Some divorced families are choosing to take vacations together.  Do you think this is a good idea?

Monday, March 28, 2011

And a Child Will Lead Them--Pray for Japan Magnets

1 Timothy 4:12
Don't let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. (NLT ©2007)

We are all so inspired by the beautiful heart of 3 year old Claire Harris.  Claire is the daughter of Ken and Kim Harris.  She is of Japanese descent, and when she saw images of the devastation in Japan on the news she was deeply moved to do something to help.  Her mom explained that there was no way that they could travel to Japan at this time to help, but they could definitely pray for the people and nation.  In addition, Mom, Dad and Claire, with help from a special aunt, decided to make and sell beautiful magnets, with all of the proceeds going towards the relief efforts in Japan.

If you would like to order a magnet , please email Ken at this address: . There are a limited number of magnets available for a donation of at least $1 per magnet.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The 5th Quarter

Thanks to Maryann Abbate for taking time to talk with us this week about  "The 5th Quarter" a new movie based on her family.

The 5th Quarter is a true story of faith, family, football, and triumph over tragedy. You may remember the story - Luke Abbate was a 15 year old who in his untimely death was able to give the gift of life as an organ donor. Luke's life inspired his brother Jon to lead Wake Forest University to their first ever championship football season

Triad Theaters Showing "The 5th Quarter"

•Greensboro Grande Stadium 16, Greensboro

•Grand 18 Four Seasons,Greensboro

•Palladium Stadium 14, High Point

•Countryside Cinemas, Kernersville

•Cinema 8, Lexington

•Carmike 10, Winston-Salem

•Grand 18, Winston-Salem

•Wynnsong 12, Winston-Salem

For more info about the movie, visit

Also, the Winston-Salem Journal ran a great article today about the movie and the many sites in the Triad where scenes for the 5th Quarter were filmed:

Monday, March 21, 2011

New Car Seat Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics has changed their car seat safety guidelines.  A couple of the changes include keeping babies in rear-facing seats until they turn two, and keeping older kids in booster seats until their height reaches 4'9" (in which case, my almost 50 year old sister-in-law would still be in a booster seat). 

For more info, visit the AAP website here:

Friday, March 18, 2011

Conquer Clutter!

Clutter happens.  It just does.  It doesn't matter how good of a housekeeper you are, stacks of stuff will sneak their way into your home and before you know it you find yourself wading through an overstuffed junk drawer looking for birthday candles.

How do you deal with it?  Here are a few suggestions...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Who is this St. Patrick We're Celebrating Today???

Today is March 17th…St. Patty’s Day.
Traditionally, St Patty's Day is a day to wear green
and love all things Irish. But, did you know that St. Patrick
was the first Christian missionary to Ireland?

Learn more about the ‘real’ St Patrick:

-This article is adapted from "Enjoying Missions Throughout the Year" from Ann's book,

The Mission-Minded Family - Releasing Your Family to God's Destiny. Ann is an international minister alongside her husband, Jon Dunagan (with Harvest Ministry) and a homeschooling mother of seven kids (ages 9 to 23).

-William Federer - “St. Patrick: The Real History of His Life, From Tragedy to Triumph”

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Prom Dresses for Girls in Need

Several orginizations are accepting donations of prom dresses to be distributed to girls who cannot easily afford a new dress.  If you have a dress to donate, or need one for the prom this year, here are a few places that can help:
(Thanks to the Winston-Salem Journal and "Ask SAM" for the info)
Get a dress, feed the hungry… bring a can of food and get a FREE dress!

Where: Union Ridge United Methodist Church
3620 Old Lexington Road
W-S, NC 27107

When: Wednesday, March 2nd 3:00pm-6:00pm
Wednesday, March 16th 3:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday, April 2nd 9:00am-12:00noon

REQUIRED: girls must be a student in a WSFCS high school and be accompanied by one adult female who will stay while you select a dress.


We gladly accept gently used prom dresses!

Directions: on the corner of Old Lexington Road and Clemmonsville Road exit, turn left, from Highway 52 north, take Clemmonsville Road exit and turn right, the brick church is less than one mile on the right.

Enchanted Prom

The YWCA will hold its ninth annual Enchanted Prom Memories dress giveaway March 19 and March 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at Hanes Mall on the upper level next to Sears. Last year, 600 dresses were distributed. The program is still accepting donations of dresses, wraps, purses, jewelry, makeup and shoes, anything that a young girl would need for the prom.
Donations can be dropped off at the YWCA, 1300 Main St., and at the YWCA Best Choice Center, 1031 Highland Ave.

Girls who want to attend the giveaway need to pre-register and pay a fee of $1 at the door. They must have a high school ID and an adult guardian with them. To pre-register, contact Wallace at To find out more, go to, click on "Best Choice Center" and select "Enchanted Prom."

For details about volunteering or donating, call (336) 722-0597.

Gown Girls
This group, with members from local high schools, is accepting donations of new and used dresses and accessories that will be sold at low cost to raise money for the International Justice Mission, which combats human trafficking.

Dresses will be priced from $10 to $30. The dress sale will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 26 at 1255 Creekshire Way in the Shoppes on Little Creek shopping center along Hanes Mall Boulevard. For more information, contact Anna Gazmarian, one of the organizers, at (336) 480-4084.

Camille's Magic Closet

Who: Camille's Magic Closet is dedicated to collecting new and almost new formal dresses, shoes and accessories in order to provide them free of charge to Guilford County's high school students who would otherwise be unable to afford them.

What: We provide students with "shopping" experiences and volunteers to help them find their dream dress in a safe and caring environment.

Where: Dresses, shoes and accessories may be dropped off at the following locations:

Greensboro Youth Council: 501 Yanceyville St.
Monday-Thursday 10 am - 6 pm; Friday 10 am - 5 pm
Cheshire Center: 2500 North Church St.
Monday-Thursday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm; Friday 8:30 am - 5 pm

When: Dresses may be donated from March 7 through April 1
Closet Opening: April 9
For more information or to receive a dress, call 336-373-2734 or 336-373-2740.

8 College Classes Everyone Should Take--and Why

Yahoo! Shine asked a panel of experts which classes all college students should take, here's how they responded.

Do you agree with the list?  Are there any classes that you did not take in college that you wish you would have?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Catching Your ZZZZZZZZ's

The time change can be especially hard for folks like me and Verne who have jobs that require waking up well before dawn.  But, for some people, losing an hour of sleep is no big deal.  A gene has been identified in people who function well on very little sleep.  Here's the story from CNN:

If you're like the rest of us and need 8, 9 or even 10 hours per night, here are some tips from Good Housekeeping for getting a better night's sleep:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Church Safety Seminar

When I go to church, the last thing I'm thinking about is my personal safety.  But, there have been numerous situations where violence and tragedy have entered sanctuaries at churches around the nation.  What can you do to prevent this from happening at your church?

Applied Crime Prevention is hosting a day-long Church Safety Seminar in April to address this issue and give your church leadership the tools they need to implement effective safety procedures. 

For more information, visit: or email

Starting a Small Business

Thomas Byun from Yahoo! Small Business says that now is a great time to start a small business...and you DON'T have to leave your current job to do it!

Here's a link to some tips on getting started:

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The Fable of the Porcupine

It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together. They were covered and protected, but the quills of each wounded the c...losest companion. After a while, they decided to distance themselves, and they began to die, alone and frozen.

So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.. Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds that were caused by their close relationships because the most important part was the heat that came from the others. They were able to survive.

The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but the one that forms when individuals learn to live with the imperfections and admire the good qualities of others.

Happiest States

A recent Gallup Poll supposedly ranks the states according to their level of happiness.  Do you agree?

Monday, March 07, 2011

Gettin' Fit With Allen

Here are some steps to take to get ready for spring/summer swimsuit season:

-Buy a pair of good shoes!

-Set a realistic goal based on your current fitness level (ie-lose 5 lbs, run a mile, etc)

-Spend some time getting fit before you start a hard-core running routine

-Develop a plan and start sloooowly
-Get your nutrition plan in line (you can't out-train bad nutrition)

-Focus on slow and steady when you do your strength training instead of trying to do lots and lots of reps

For more information, visit the all new Fitness One website: or email Allen:

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Networking for Your Next Job

Thanks to Randy Wooden from the Wooden Group for coming in today to talk about the importance of knowing how to network well when you are looking for a job. 

Randy is hosting a webinar at noon today about networking.  You'll find it here:
access code: 3311GH

Also, Randy has an internet TV show starting this Monday.  It's called Get Hired: 11@11 and it will air every weekday at 11:00 AM.  You can access it here:
access code: GETHIRED
Here is the rest of Randy's contact info:

Randy Wooden

Wooden Group, Inc.
(O) 336.793.8040 (M) 336.403.0188
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