Showing posts with label Inspirational Messages. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Inspirational Messages. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Miracle By Opportunity

It is a “true story” about how I met my boyfriend on a dating site on the Internet.



15 YEARS AGO: 



I used to hang out at a country bar called the “Club Palomino.” I loved listening to good bands there, and dancing to their country rock music. I used to drag my friend out to see my favourite band playing called “Cheyenne,” who were amazing and always packed the place. My friend and I used to get up and dance to their songs.

I was interested in the rhythm guitar player in the band, to me, he was the best looking one, and I loved his voice along with his rhythm guitar sound. Yes, I had the “hots” for him and would goggle eye him playing his guitar/singing while I was on the dance floor, or just standing at the bar listening and staring. I’ve always had this thing for bands, as I play guitar too, and always wanted to play in a band.

They played there for a long time and were the best band at the “Club Palomino.” I would go there as much as I could just to hear them play, and of course, always watching my favourite player. The sad part about it was I used to see him with a short blonde girl, not knowing if she was his girlfriend or wife. 



After seeing them playing there for a long time, the Club Palomino closed down. Yes, the club had been sold. Wouldn’t you know it, a huge townhouse sub-division was put up and the club was gone. So were all the bands and my favourite band, “Cheyenne.”

When I first found out about the club closing down, I wanted to approach “Cheyenne,” particularly the rhythm guitar player, and ask where they would be playing in the future. But I didn’t have enough courage to do that. I guess things happen for a reason.



15 YEARS LATER: 



As time went on I met someone and got married. That was a mistake. Eventually we got a divorce. I starting going out to bars, again, got tired of it and not meeting anyone decent enough. I wasn’t crazy about the bands playing at other bars either. Later, a friend told me to join a particular dating site on the Internet, which I thought I would never do. But, I thought I would check it out for fun as I heard so much about it through people even meeting their soul mates from that site.

Surprisingly enough, I had a few dates, meeting in public places, but just didn’t find the right one and thought I never would from a dating site. I sort of gave up on it until one night. After getting home from a bar, which I hated, I went on my computer. For some reason I logged into that site again, which I was really glad I did. I got an interesting email from a guy and liked his picture. I was also touched by his email and that he was also interested in my picture and profile.

From then on we started emailing each other quite a lot from that site. We seemed to have so much in common through our emails. We continued writing and eventually got on MSN, and chatted for quite some time. He was Bulgarian and I was Hungarian, how common was that! We discovered from our MSN chats that we had so much in common. It was really amazing. Our families even lived in the same town of all places.

We chatted every night as often as we could. 

And then, a miracle happened! We started chatting on our computers about music. Wow… we also liked all the same music and we both wrote songs. I told him I liked country music and used to frequent a particular bar about 15 years ago, which had closed down. Of course he asked me the name of the bar back then. I told him the “Club Palomino.” He was really surprised and told me he used to play there. I wasn’t sure whether to believe him or not! He said he would send me a picture of his band that played there. I thought, “yeah right” to myself as I waited patiently in front of my computer for the picture.

Low and behold, a huge picture came up on my screen, “CHEYENNE” - “CLUB PALOMINO.” I freaked! I couldn’t believe it! It was him in the picture with “Cheyenne.” The guy I was interested in, who was the rhythm guitar player in my favourite band. I was so shocked that I went crazy seeing this picture! It was just unbelievable! Like a miracle happened suddenly! Like a fairy tale!

We carried on chatting every moment we had for some time, and eventually he gave me his phone number. We started talking on the phone every night. It was just amazing all the things we had in common about everything! Yes, it was too good to be true!



After about 3 weeks of talking on the phone every night, chatting on the computer and exchanging pictures, we decided to meet. I was brave enough for him to pick me up at my mother’s place as I developed this trust in him, by his voice and his honesty. I met him downstairs in front of my mother’s apartment building. He got out of his car, and the first thing we did was look at each other and start laughing, and laughing like crazy, and couldn’t stop laughing!

He took me to the local Canadian Legion where we talked, had a drink together (still laughing) and we got more acquainted. Eventually we went into another room and sat down at a table. After a while, he asked me if I didn’t mind if he got up on stage to do a solo. Hey, a man singing with his guitar was like being in heaven. He got up on stage and started playing his guitar and singing in front of an audience. That did it for me. I was hooked! And the guy I admired 15 years ago was performing in front of my eyes, and, was my date! I was in heaven! 



We dated for about two years and it was absolutely wonderful. Eventually we bought a condo and have been living together for 2 ½ years now. Then, the final surprise! After moving into our condo, we looked out the window and to our astonishment what did we see? The office building of the dating site we joined, of all things! What a coincidence that was!

In March of 2008, it will be five years being together, playing music, and still laughing! We are just two peas in a pod!



He met my friend who I was with at the Club Palomino 15 years ago, and he also remembered seeing us dancing while his band “Cheyenne” played. He also remembered me standing at the bar at times. I used to watch him go to the bar for his coffee and I know our eyes met each other’s at that time.

It sure is strange crossing one another’s paths some 15 years ago - and now, being together in a different time in the future, and remembering!



And, by the way, that short blonde girl he was with at the Club Palomino, was the girl he eventually married which lasted 8 years. He went through a brutal divorce. He did tell me that when I first saw him at the Club Palomino 15 years ago, that I should have approached him and told him “she was bad news.”

It’s funny how life is – it just wasn’t meant to be back then. Fate brought us together. We met our “soul mates”! 

Thanks to that Dating Site!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mistake committed by single women

10 Mistakes Committed by Single Women When Dealing with Men

1. Being too easy to love

Women who are too quick to fall in love with men who they don't know well, tend to have relationships that don't last long. It is because they don't evaluate the men first, deserve them or not. Furthermore, because some women are too desperate to find the right men, they become too easy to get. In the end, men will have less respect for them and you know what, it makes them stand in a weak position, easy to be intimidated and threatened.

2. Being too picky

Like when you're choosing clothes at a shopping centre, you have a hard time choosing clothes that you like. You go to a store and find a nice dress, but you prefer to go to other stores because you think you will find a better dress. In the end, you've just wasted a lot of your time but still can't decide which one to buy. Likewise, when you're choosing a man, you find a man who makes you comfortable, but you prefer to wait because you think there will be a better man who knocks on your door. And the final result, you don't get anyone...

3. Being too cool

You're attracted to a man who approach you, but you don't give a signal that you're attracted. Usually it makes a man step back slowly for fear of bothering you or getting bad reaction from you.

4. Don't need a man

You may have bad experiences with men and it makes you say, "I don't need a man!". Of course if you don't regard every man is unique, then you will be a single woman for entire life. It's true that your happiness doesn't depend on others, but if you want to have a life partner, you have to start changing the way you think.

5. Don't care about appearance

For men, a woman's appearance is an important assessment. Wearing a bad dress when attending a party or hanging out with friends, messy hair, being over or under weight, will give a bad impression on men. Don't always say "Don't judge a book by its cover" as an excuse, because the book cover remains an important factor to increase sales, right?

6. Talking bad about men

In the era of social media like Facebook and Twitter, many women write something bad about men in their pages. They don't realize if social media is seen by many people. This habit will backfire against them and make men stay away from them.

7. Setting standards too high

It's legitimate to set criteria for a guy, but if you set it too high such as he has to be a famous man, a wealthy man, or has to own a company when you yourself are just an ordinary woman. Then you will have trouble finding a man who meet the criteria.

8. Talking bad about ex

You always bring up bad things about your ex. It will make him think you are immature, haven't been able to forget your past relationship and not ready to develop a new relationship.

9. Mingling with female friends constantly

If you only hang out with your female friends and never spend time with a man, then of course you will find it hard to get a life partner. You need to give men opportunities to know you more closely.

10. Not ready to establish love

You're looking for a man as a life partner but you still too busy with works or still have problems with your past. When you've said that you want to find a man, then you have to free up your time for him and open your heart.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Little Baby seeks N400,000 to save her sight

Save my daughter!  This is the cry of  Faith Akarikor, 22, mother of three-month old Miracle Akarikor to Nigerians to save her daughter’s sight.

According to Faith: “At birth, a swelling was discovered at the back of the baby’s head. She was born at the General Hospital, Epe via SVD.

“The swelling that was assumed to be a boil at first, gradually progressed in size until it became a turmoil that comes with fever.

“After the examination, we were given a referral letter to University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan for proper treatment. The doctor that attended to us earlier made it clear that, the case is better handled at the UCH, otherwise, the child would be transferred abroad. “Currently my baby’s health is deteriorating. The medical report recommended  surgery  estimated at N400,000. “I am helpless, I want people to save my baby’s life. According to the referral letter from the UCH’, “On examination, the swelling measures 10cm x 9cm cystic.

Account details; First Bank PLC, Akarikor Miracle Abosede 3113042602,

or

Call, 07082287734, 08175414149, 08109185782

(VANGUARD)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pick Up Your Call

During the burial of a young man, another young man was crying out his heart. He wept uncontrollably that many people kept wondering what is wrong with him.

The MASTER OF CEREMONY (MC) dropped the microphone and went and took this weeping young man to a corner, calmed him down and he started to explain.

He was with the guy that died the day he met his death. He drove off first and on getting to a particular spot, he noticed that some armed robbers were getting ready to block the road and resume operation.

He managed to escape. He started calling his friend to tell him what he saw, that he should remain where he was. This friend would not pick his call. To him: “why is he calling?

He should know that I am driving right behind him”. He refused to pick the call as this guy kept calling and calling. Finally, he drove into the now ready armed robbers and they pumped countless bullets on him.

He died on the spot and armed robbers stole his car. This man was crying because he knew his friend killed himself. Many of us are just like this.

Are you the one buying the credit for him or her? Pick your call when your phone rings and know why you are being​ called. If the phone rings twenty times in one minute, pick in all occasions. He was saving credit for his friend because I am driving straight to where he is, he met his death.

Many people will not pick the calls of their family because they are close to the house, probably they are calling to tell u not to go into that house because there is a danger waiting right in there.

You are in an occasion and you are calling someone you are looking at because you want to pass a crucial information, he ignores the call and is walking up to you instead, even when you are making sign that he should pick the call.

It is possible that this caller didn’t want you to come near him because he wanted to code something. Pick your call and say hello. Some people will not pick calls from numbers they don’t know and I wonder:
HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU KNOW ON PLANET EARTH? DO YOU EVER THINK THAT THOSE PEOPLE YOU KNOW ARE ALL YOU NEED IN LIFE?

Note:
There is no one individual that knows up to 1% of the world population. Is it not insanity for you to restrict your life to just 1% of global population? What of the remaining 99%? Many people have missed life saving opportunities because they refused to pick a particular call.
PICK YOUR PHONE WHEN IT RINGS AS LONG AS YOU ARE AVAILABLE.

How to be safe from kidnapping as the trend is on the rise

It's good to have a sense of security and safety.

Below are 14 point to avoid in life to safe you, your family, your neighbors, your friends and relatives from the hands of kidnappers.

1. Never use car stickers that says where you work, especially if you have a prestigious job, don't let show off kill you.

2. Avoid making your financial status public, don't be the one that jumps to front of the church to make donations or the one pastor raves about.

3. When you attend parties, don't let the band get you so high that you start spraying money like no man's business, use an envelope.

4. Don't be the one that tries to empty the ATM machine by making large withdrawals ...You don't need 50k in your wallet to feel like a man.

5. Always delete your bank transaction notifications, especially SMS...you really can memorize your bank balance....Shred ur POS/ATM receipts.

6. Don't go jogging while it's dark, you really should be smarter than that. If you can, get someone trusted as company.

7. Always lock your doors, even if you're only going out to switch off your generator.

8. NEVER EVER, NEVER EVER WEAR YOUR ID outside your work place. No one needs to know you work with FIRST BANK, don't be stupid.

9. Be accountable to your spouse or parents, let someone know where you are at every point, don't branch to Oworo when u should be in Ikeja.

10. As much as you can avoid it, don't send kids on errand outside your house, they are soft targets.

11. Don't try to form richest dude in the neighborhood by making large donations in your estate meetings, learn modesty.

12. When you give, give with modesty and privately, learn to say "I can't spare that amount now". Stop doing Baba Olowo for the boys dem.

13.  Don't stay late in your office long after closing hours. That deadline work can be done at home.

14. Make safety the number one factor in your decision always!
God will keep and protect you as you also apply discretion.

-Stay SAFE all the time..... don't take your security for granted.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

harsh words

I ran into a stranger as he passed by, 
"Oh excuse me please" was my reply. 
He said, "Please excuse me too; 
I wasn't watching for you."

We were very polite, this stranger and I. 
We went on our way and we said good-bye. 
But at home a different story is told, 
How we treat our loved ones, young and old.

Later that day, cooking the evening meal, 
My son stood beside me very still. 
When I turned, I nearly knocked him down. 
"Move out of the way," I said with a frown. 
He walked away, his little heart broken. 
I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.

While I lay awake in bed, 
God's still small voice came to me and said, 
"While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use, 
but the children you love, you seem to abuse. 
Go and look on the kitchen floor, 
You'll find some flowers there by the door.

Those are the flowers he brought for you. 
He picked them himself: pink, yellow and blue. 
He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise, 
you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes."

By this time, I felt very small, 
And now my tears began to fall. 
I quietly went and knelt by his bed; 
"Wake up, little one, wake up," I said.

"Are these the flowers you picked for me?" 
He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree. 
I picked 'em because they're pretty like you. 
I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."

I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today; 
I shouldn't have yelled at you that way." 
He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay. 
I love you anyway."

I said, "Son, I love you too, 
and I do like the flowers, especially the blue."

Inspire21

A friend

Where do they come from
Ones who just appear in life
Some finer than rum
Others closer than man an'wife

They may not be old
without them, what was before
Their warmth, on days' cold
Their presence we seek but more
 
How we want many
Yet we find so very few
treasured like a new penny
Their value great, one will do

When found, never let go
Too many years may pass, you see
Before God allows to flow
The gift of a friend like thee.

Inspire21

Forgive me, Lord

Forgive me, Lord, when I overlook ---
The beauty of a sunset
The beauty in a human soul
The beauty all around me.
 
Forgive me, Lord, when I don't appreciate ---
The goodness which You show me
The goodness found in others
The goodness of Your world itself.
 
Forgive me, Lord, when I ignore ---
The signals that You send me
The signs and wonders that You show me
The life in Christ I have.
 
Forgive me, Lord, when I depend ---
Upon myself instead of You
Upon others instead of Christ
Upon opinions instead of Spirit.
 
Forgive me, Lord, when I hide in fear ---
From those You choose to love me
From those You send to help me
From those who come in Your Name.
 
Let me recognize in everything ---
Your Hand at work through human hands
Your Love at work through human hearts
Your Will at work through human deeds.
 
Lord, as I go forward in the life You have for me
Let me always remember that FORGIVENESS is the key
To unlock all the prison doors, and set the captives free
And help me to do likewise - As You have forgiven me.

Dorothy Womack

Monday, February 6, 2017

What a bad influence?

Some years ago, an elderly couple came to see a PASTOR for counseling. It had been a long time the PASTOR saw elderly people cry like that.

The PASTOR could only pray consolation prayers for them because their story was a heart-breaking. The couple married late, and it took them some time to have a child.

Eventually, God bless them with a boy. The boy grew up well trained and got admission into a university. For some strange reason, he joined a cult on campus. One day, he had a fight with another boy from another campus cult.

The boy accused him of snatching his girlfriend. The fight got messy, the other cult group caught him, tied his hands and legs and threw him into the river. It took three days for the fishermen to fish his body out of water.

WHAT WAS THE CAUSE OF THIS MESS? Oh! It was a bad influence.

Ojabe Emmanuel

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bill gate advice to mankind

To anyone with kids, of any age, or anyone who has ever been a kid, here's some advice Bill Gates dished out at a high school speech about 11 things they did not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good politically correct teachings created a full generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it.

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone, until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping - they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So, before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life (nor are video games). In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

By, BILL GATE
Inspire21

Please, hear the music

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word "refrigeration" mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, "How about going to lunch in a half hour?" She would gas up and stammer, "I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain." And my personal favorite: "It's Monday." She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches... We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Stevie toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of "I'm going to," "I plan on," and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit."

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now... go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to do... not something on your ‘SHOULD DO’ list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask "How are you?" Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, "We'll do it tomorrow." And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say "Hi"?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift... Thrown away... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

Inspire21

He love butterfly

When a man was a small boy, he had loved butterflies. Oh, not to net and mount them, but to wonder at their designs and habits.

Now a grown man with his first son to be born in a few weeks, he found himself once again fascinated with a cocoon. He had found it at the side of the park path. Somehow the twig had been knocked from the tree and the cocoon had survived undamaged and still woven to the branch.

As he had seen his mother do, he gently protected it by wrapping it in his handkerchief and carried it home. The cocoon found a temporary home in a wide-top mason jar with holes in the lid. The jar was placed on the mantle for easy viewing and protection from their curious cat who would delight in volleying the sticky silk between her paws.

The man watched. His wife's interest lasted only a moment, but he studied the silky envelope. Almost imperceptibly at first, the cocoon moved. He watched more closely and soon the cocoon was trembling with activity. Nothing else happened. The cocoon remained tightly glued to the twig and there was no sign of wings.

Finally the shaking became so intense, the man thought the butterfly would die from the struggle. He removed the lid on the jar, took a sharp pen knife from his desk drawer, and carefully made a tiny slit in the side of the cocoon. Almost immediately, one wing appeared and then outstretched the other. The butterfly was free!

It seemed to enjoy its freedom and walked along the edge of the mason jar and along the edge of the mantle. But it didn't fly. At first the man thought the wings needed time to dry, but time passed and still the butterfly did not take off.

The man was worried and called up his neighbor who taught high school science. He told the neighbor how he had found the cocoon, placed it in the mason jar, and the terrible trembling as the butterfly struggled to get out. When he described how he had carefully made a small slit in the cocoon, the teacher stopped him. "Oh, that is the reason. You see, the struggle is what gives the butterfly the strength to fly."

And so it is with us. Sometimes it's the struggles in life that strengthen us the most.

Inspire21

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Oh! Bad Company

A farmer who had a beautiful parrot. This particular parrot was very talkative.

It became an integral member of the family and so, they no longer caged it. One day, some birds came to raid the farm of its master, and as they were marauding, the parrot spotted them, but instead of staying in her corner, she joined the birds to have fun.

The farmer also spotted the birds and ran inside his house, fetched his gun and then fired at the birds.

Many of the birds died while others flee away, but the parrot was hurt with a broken leg. When the farmer got nearer, to his surprised, he discovered that his parrot affected with a broken leg during the shooting of gun, and all the children of the farmer gathered to sympathize with the parrot.

The children of the farmer asked the parrot what happened and it said, "Oh! Bad company, bad company". The parrot joined the bad company and she suffered the punishment.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Flying with no hands

Oxford and Cambridge have now decided to remove the words CAN'T and IMPOSSIBLE from their dictionary. Jessica Cox, 25, a girl born without arms, stands inside an aircraft. The girl from Tucson , Arizona got the Sport Pilot certificate lately and became the first pilot licensed to fly using only her feet.  Jessica Cox of Tucson was born without arms, but that has only stopped her from doing one thing: using the word "can't."

Her latest flight into the seemingly impossible is becoming the first pilot licensed to fly using only her feet.

With one foot manning the controls and the other delicately guiding the steering column, Cox, 25, soared to achieve a Sport Pilot certificate Her certificate qualifies her to fly a light-sport aircraft to altitudes of 10,000 feet.

She's a good pilot. She's rock solid," said Parrish Traweek, 42, the flying instructor at San Manuel's Ray Blair Airport .    Parrish Traweek runs PC Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Services and has trained many pilots, some of whom didn't come close to Cox's abilities.

When she came up here driving a car," Traweek recalled, "I knew she'd have no problem flying a plane."

Doctors never learned why she was born without arms, but she figured out early on that she didn't want to use prosthetic devices.    So, the next time you are ready to tell yourself, "I can't possibly..." remember this amazing young woman and change your vocabulary.

(Inspire21)

microwaving water

A 26 year old man decided to have a cup of coffee. He took a cup of water and put it in the microwave to heat it up (something that he had done numerous times before). I am not sure how long he set the timer for, but he wanted to bring the water to a boil. When the timer shut the oven off, he removed the cup from the oven. As he looked into the cup, he noted that the water was not boiling, but suddenly the water in the cup 'blew up' into his face. The cup remained intact until he threw it out of his hand, but all the water had flown out into his face due to the build up of energy. His whole face is blistered and he has 1st and 2nd degree burns to his face which may leave scarring.

He also may have lost partial sight in his left eye. While at the hospital, the doctor who was attending to him stated that this is a fairly common occurrence and water (alone) should never be heated in a microwave oven. If water is heated in this manner, something should be placed in the cup to diffuse the energy such as a wooden stir stick, tea bag, etc... but nothing metal.

Thanks for contacting us, I will be happy to assist you. The e-mail that you received is correct.  Microwaved water and other liquids do not always bubble when they reach the boiling point. They can actually get 'superheated' and not bubble at all. The superheated liquid will bubble up out of the cup when it is moved or when something like a spoon or tea bag is put into it.

Here is what our local science teacher had to say on the matter: 'Thanks for the microwave warning.' I have seen this happen before. It is caused by a phenomenon known as 'super heating.' It can occur anytime water is heated and will particularly occur if the vessel that the water is heated in is new, or when heating a small amount of water (less than half a cup).

What happens is that the water heats faster than the vapor bubbles can form. If the cup is very new then it is unlikely to have small surface scratches inside it that provide a place for the bubbles to form. As the bubbles cannot form and release some of the heat has built up, the liquid does not boil, and the liquid continues to heat up well past its boiling point.

What then usually happens is that the liquid is bumped or jarred, which is just enough of a shock to cause the bubbles to rapidly form and expel the hot liquid. The rapid formation of bubbles is also why a carbonated beverage spews when opened after having been shaken.

(Inspire21)

Dog treats with chicken

Bella became suddenly ill ,and now hospitalized with her life threatened due to Smoke House Chicken Tenders.I recently purchased at Pet Smart. It doesn't matter where you purchase them, just don't purchase them.

This was the first time I bought the Smoke House treats. Having read the label, it was listed as all natural, no additives, dyes etc. The treats were purchased on or about August 17. She loved them and I was happy because she typically only likes one treat. By August 23 she vomited bile, and again on August 24. Her personality began to change becoming lethargic, wanting to stay in her bed, loss of appetite. excessive drinking, urinating frequently in excessive amounts. urine became orange like in color. By August 28 she was severely dehydrated and lost one of her three pounds.

Sugar was found in her urine which would typically indicate diabetes. Bella was put on IV and given an antibiotic to take while tests were being done over Labor Day weekend.

Test results showed "irregularity in the lower part of her kidney. Possibly a hole in the kidney because of the malfunction.

By today Sept 7, she was no better and very low on energy and interest in being around anyone. I brought the package of Smoke House Chicken Tenders with me to the vet because it was the only thing that was different in her diet.

My wonderful vet, a graduate of Cornell University searched the Cornell Veterinarian site where veterinarians report unusual cases which are tracked. The search was done by symptoms. A second search by chicken treats. There were numerous cases on the Cornell University Veterinarian web site, all with the same symptoms, test results and yes, related to chicken tender treats made in China. Never did it cross my mind that this product was made in China. When Dr. didn't find complete listing of ingredients on the package he called the number listed on the back of the package identifying himself and asked for ingredients to help understand what was happening to my pet. The only thing the person on the phone with a strong Chinese accent was "all natural, all natural". Sure enough looking at the small print on the bottom back of the package is "product of China", the same source of other products that have been killing our pets. I sat beside my vet and read along with him.

Following are primary repeated findings:
-severe damage to the kidney often resulting in complete renal failure and death
-numerous reports in the past four to five weeks, a larger number on the East Coast
-chicken and beef treats promoted as all natural
-it does not matter what the label is, if it is a product of China
-if caught early enough, hospitalized on IV hydrating and flushing the kidney over days with nutrients may help the kidney heal itself and the pet could then live with the damaged kidney
-if not caught early complete renal failure is expected
-most cases reported are related to small dogs
-initial symptoms indicate diabetes
-mold is often found when flushing the kidney (found in Bella)

I have been in touch with Pet Smart requesting them to help get the ingredients. Time is lost analyzing the food. Today a vet at Cornell purchased a bag after reading the report my Vet posted on Bella. He then contacted my vet to say the bag he bought had mold in it despite an expiration date one year from now. I was asked to look closely at whatever was left in my bag, but saw none.

After Bella was admitted to the vet I went directly to Pet Smart in Nanuet NY, told the Manager what happened and asked her to assist getting the ingredients identified. I was met with a hostile attitude. She was only interested in getting my name because she felt I was going to file a complaint. The person at PS headquarters responsible for knowing food ingredients at Pet Smart headquarters is trying to help.

The information available to vets on the Cornell web site is not public information. No one seems to be aware of this. Dogs are misdiagnosed

Allan and I are hoping and praying.

(Inspire21)

Beware of plastic bottle bombs

Be careful of plastic bottles lying in your yard...
Be careful!! This has been verified by Snopes.

Pay attention to this.

1. a plastic bottle with a cap.
2. a little Drano.
3. a little water.
4. a small piece of foil.
5. Disturb it by moving it; and BOOM!!
6. No fingers left and other serious damage to your face, eyes, etc..

People are finding these bombs in mailboxes and in their yards, just waiting for you to pick it up intending to put it in the trash. But, you'll never make it!!! It takes about 30 seconds to blow after you move the thing.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

God is so faithful to mankind

In the country of Armenia, in 1988, Samuel and Danielle sent their young son, Armand, off to school. Samuel squatted before his son and looked him in the eye. "Have a good day at school, and remember, no matter what, I’ll always be there for you." They hugged and the boy ran off to school.

Hours later, a powerful earthquake rocked the area. In the midst of the pandemonium, Samuel and Danielle tried to discover what happened to their son but they couldn’t get any information. The radio announced that there were thousands of casualties.  Samuel then grabbed his coat and headed for the schoolyard. When he reached the area, what he saw brought tears to his eyes. Armand’s school was a pile of debris. Other parents were standing around crying.

Samuel found the place where Armand’s classroom used to be and began pulling a broken beam off the pile of rubble.  He then grabbed a rock and put it to the side, and then grabbed another one.

One of the parents looking on asked, "What are you doing?"   "Digging for my son," Samuel answered. The man then said, "You’re just going to make things worse! The building is unstable," and tried to pull Samuel away from his work.

Samuel just kept working. As time wore on, one by one, the other parents left. Then a worker tried to pull Samuel away from the rubble.  Samuel looked at him and said, "Won’t you help me?"   The worker left and Samuel kept digging.

All through the night and into the next day, Samuel continued digging.  Parents placed flowers and pictures of their children on the ruins.  But, Samuel just kept working.  He picked up a beam and pushed it out of the way when he heard a faint cry. "Help! Help!"  Samuel listened but didn’t hear anything again.  Then he heard a muffled voice, "Papa?"

Samuel began to dig furiously.  Finally he could see his son.  "Come on out, son!" he said with relief.
"No," Armand said.  "Let the other kids come out first because I know you’ll get me."  Child after child emerged until, finally, little Armand appeared.  Samuel took him in his arms and Armand said, "I told the other kids not to worry because you told me that you’d always be there for me!"

Fourteen children were saved that day because one father was faithful.

How much more faithful is our heavenly Father!  Whether trapped by fallen debris or ensnared by life’s hardships and struggles, we are never cut off from God’s faithfulness.  He is true to His character.  He is reliable and trustworthy and can always be counted on.

Singer, Harrysong was arrested and released by police

Pop singer Harrison Tare Okiri popularly called Harrysong was reportedly arrested yesterday in Lagos, by men of the Nigeria Police Force in connection with the lingering face off between him and his former management,Five Star Music owned by Kcee and his younger brother, e-money.
According to reports, Harrysong was picked up by mobile policemen yesterday morning at his residence. He was said to have been arrested  for alleged breach of contract, fraud among other issues.

However, at  press time, the “Better Pikin” crooner  could not be reached as his cell phone was switched off. But his publicist, Desmond Ika who was uncomfortable when Saturday Vanguard  reached him on the telephone  promised to get back to us. He never did. But our source later confirmed that he has been released. Meanwhile, when contacted, Acting Public Relation Officer, Lagos State Police, ASP Famous-Cole Olarinde said, they were not aware  of the arrest. It  would be recalled that, the Delta State-born singer who announced his exit from Five Star Music last November, to set up his own record label, Alterplate, has been embroiled in a cold war with the record label over the breach of contract. But Harrysong severally had denied, having any issues with his former label owners, claiming that the quest to express himself in a new platform informed his decision to part ways with his former management. Speaking after he parted ways with the label, Harrysong said, “My contract with Five Star Music has expired and I decided to unveil my own record label. I have learned a lot after I left Question Mark, the first record label I worked with before I moved to Five Star Music. And when the contract expired, I aspired to grow and to express myself in another platform. That’s why I set up the Alterplate and you would see that it is not just a record label, but also a lot of things. This is a dream I have nurtured for many years now. I am very grateful to God that it has become a reality.” Explaining further, the “Better Pikin” crooner said, I will always respect Five Star Music where I learnt the ropes. I can still do some stuffs for them such as writing songs or anything they want me to do for them.

Friday, January 27, 2017

A fence in your mind

I have watched the movie Chicken Run at least a half-dozen times. Just beneath the surface of its simplistic look and story line lie a number of wonderful messages told through the eyes of a bunch of Claymation chickens trying to break out of their chicken-wire world to escape their fate at the chopping block. Their freedom leader, a feisty little hen named Ginger, comments profoundly in one scene: "the fences are all in your mind." She reminds her fellow chickens (and us), that a bigger obstacle than the physical fences they're surrounded by are the mental fences that hold them captive.

It's been a good reminder for me on those occasions when I've been dealing with my own mental fences...those created by self-doubt, uncertainty, fear. Can you relate? Where have you fenced yourself in mentally in recent days or weeks? Perhaps your mental fence is procrastination, a deadening habit that keeps you stuck. Maybe yours, like mine, is related to self-doubt, and the on-going internal noise it produces that keeps you immobilized. Perhaps yours is the belief that you don't deserve success, so you sabotage yourself to avoid having to find out how successful you could be. There are a million variations of the theme, but the result is still the same: we stay stuck like the chickens in the movie.

One of the key questions in the Best Year Yet program is: "How do I limit myself and how can I stop?" Those limitations are never external. They always live inside us. The antidote to being trapped by our mental fences is to create a compelling enough vision that, like Ginger and her flock of chicken friends, we're willing to resort to amazing measures to break out. The formula:

I challenge you to take some bold, even outrageous steps to break free of your mental fences. If it's procrastination, declare a "freedom day" and take action on everything you've been putting off: from cleaning your office to making phone calls or responding to emails you've avoided.

If it's self-doubt, sit down and write out everything you value and why it's important. Then challenge yourself to eliminate anything that doesn't absolutely reflect your values, or add something that is a profound statement of who you are.

Recognize that your mental fences can only keep you stuck as long as you're looking at them. They can only contain you as long as you're not taking actions consistent with your vision. Go ahead, take the action you've avoided and leap into a future filled with possibilities. And remember, the fences are all in your mind!

(Inspire21)

Vacancy: Director General/Chief Executive Officer needed by Ministry of Mineral Development

The Ministry of Solid Minerals Development is an agency set up to unlock the economic potentials of the solid minerals sub-sector in Nigeria...