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I n t ro d u c t i o n
Pronunciation: \truh-dish-uhn\ Handing down meaningful beliefs or customs from one generation to the next to convey values, love, faith, etc. through word or practice.
Synonym: ceremony, culture, custom, inheritance, wisdom As autumn’s splendor transitions to winter’s glistening crown, her tranquil beauty beckons us—draw close to that which is dear— family, friends and faith. These are the true gifts of this season and though it may be cold outside, your heart can be warm as you count your blessings and enjoy the traditions of the season.
Traditions are personal experiences and memories from childhood given to share with the next generation. Finding joy together through the little things—baking cookies, decorating, reading the Christmas Story on Christmas eve, cutting down a tree, quietly sitting in the dark in front of the tree, listening to songs of the season, wrapping surprise gifts for strangers, praying together, the milk and cookies, shopping, crafting, playing games, caroling and so much more... these are traditions and memories to savor now and worthy of future generations. But let there be new traditions, too, ones that last all year long! Let there be kindness and laughter and peace and love that exude from our hearts as we enjoy just being together. Out of the simplest things the most amazing traditions can be born—you are only limited by your imagination as you build your memories. The sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season are quite nostalgic and if we allow ourselves, they are the perfect time to reflect on what really matters in life. I have discovered as one year fades into the next; unadorned moments can become glorious riches carried in our hearts always. Is it mere happenstance that Thanksgiving and Christmas should occur during the winter season? Perhaps it is a gift bestowed to us in perfect timing as the winter’s chill, brings us home, at least in our hearts. Treasure the season by staying in the moment, soaking in the laughter, the joy, the blessings—the traditions—these are your gifts to pay forward everyday! Linda King | Executive Editor & Art Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Traditions capture seasons past through the photographs in
our mind, enabling us to preserve, relive and enjoy the memories for future generations. –Linda King
Camilla Smith Camilla’s fondness for words is evident in her talents as a lettering artist and painter. Her passion for art and other subjects will be featured in One Groovy Planet magazine through stories and live interviews to be showcased on GPTV—the official video channel on onegroovyplanet.com. More information about Camilla Smith can be found on the website.
Matt Schorr Filmmaker, photographer, writer, and evil genius. Matt is the driving force behind Lone Coyote Productions, a local film & video production group that’s already gained notoriety in Western Kentucky, as well as the states of Michigan, Tennessee, and Georgia. He also wields the cybernetic reigns of Lone Coyote Radio, an online radio station featuring independent musical artists and programming from throughout America, Canada and Europe.
Chuck Reagan Chuck Reagan has been fortunate enough to have traveled almost the entire planet, and he claims he’s had a groovy time doing it, but he always wanted to come back home. He says that the journey he is presently undertaking is more than just fulfilling his dream… he hopes that through writing about it he might inspire others.
Thomas King Thomas King is living his dream! Years of experience put him at the helm of OGP as sole producer, developer and technical advisor for GPTV, New Liberty Records and King Media Productions. His talents range from stage, sound and lights to music recording and commercial video production. Cutting edge technology and a passion for what he does have helped him to make OGP a true multi-media company.
Elizabeth Thomas In addition to earning BS and MS degrees in Advertising and Mass Communications, respectively, Elizabeth Thomas has been passionately researching and participating in the media since 1980, garnering firsthand knowledge in recent years of how today’s businesses can (and can’t) succeed through the use of Facebook Pages/Groups, Twitter, RSS, Blogs, Online Communities, and SEO.
Larry Stinson Larry’s dedication to his clients has brought the highest quality professional guidance to the western Kentucky region. His firm offers a wide range of services to his individual and business clients including accounting, consulting and tax services. His clients benefit by getting personalized, quality service that is beyond comparison.
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Th e A r t s
The best holiday movies are still the classics.
There’s a growing fear among many parents these days about the current crop of films, and Christmas films are no exception. What if it’s too raunchy? What if it’s violent? What if it’s sacrilegious? Personally, I think those fears are misplaced. They shouldn’t worry so much about whether or not this year’s holiday cinema is familyfriendly. They should just worry about whether or not the movies are any good at all. Hollywood churns out a dozen Christmas movies every year, and after more than eight decades they’ve still only given us a handful worth remembering. Anyone out there see Christmas With the Kranks? Jingle All the Way? My advice: Don’t. A lot of folks like to say the best movies are the classics, and, in this case, they’re right. Mainstream filmmakers haven’t delivered a worthwhile Christmas film in almost twenty years. It’s like they completely lost their edge after Home Alone. No films from the last few decades measure up to It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street. Heck, they don’t even measure up to The Charlie Brown Christmas Special. But let’s be fair. Even the good ole days had their fair share cinematic stinkers. A few unlucky audiences in the 1960s sat through Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, a film so bad it became fodder for Mystery Science Theater 6
3000. Even Babes in Toyland wasn’t that bad. The simple truth of the matter is good Christmas movies, like so many others out there, are few and far between. They come along once a decade or so. Otherwise, the best you can hope for is something that’s at least passable, and looking back on the previous films of 2010, I don’t have much hope for the holidays. So, with the exception of seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (and, be honest, you know you are), I say stay home this year. Forget the theaters. Avoid the long lines. Don’t bother with the horrific January film previews. Instead, warm up some hot cocoa, enjoy a few chocolate chip cookies, and check out a few of the classics from yesteryear.
Allow me to make a few suggestions: It’s a Wonderful Life: This is Frank Capra’s
greatest masterpiece and probably the best Christmas film ever made. Even after 64 years, it’s still considered by many as the definitive Christmas movie, and with good reason. It stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he’s touched and
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the contributions he’s made to his community. The Library of Congress has deemed the film culturally, historically and/or aesthetically significant and it’s been ranked as one of the best one hundred films ever made, but It’s a Wonderful Life was initially a critical and financial flop. It was decades before the film found its audience, which might suggest that the so-called Greatest Generation wasn’t so great at recognizing good cinema. There’s no need to buy or rent this one. NBC plays it every year on Christmas Eve.
Miracle on 34th Street: This one’s
every bit as iconic as It’s a Wonderful Life, and rightly so. Unlike Capra’s entry, George Seaton’s classic received mostly favorable reviews when it debuted in 1947.
Following the Macy ’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, people are left wondering whether or not a department store Santa might be the real thing. It stars Maureen OHara, John Payne, Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn as the jolly old elf. Miracle on 34th Street won several Academy awards and, like It’s a Wonderful Life, is ranked among the best films ever made. It was later remade with the late John Hughes as producer, but the remake never lived up to the original. It was also notable for its unique, five-minute trailer that featured the filmmakers struggling to come up with the right description to see the picture. The word they came up with? Groovy!
A Christmas Story: Even though it’s starting to get a little overexposed, A Christmas Story is still one of the better holiday-themed films out there. It’s also a glimpse back to a time when American boys were excited about BB guns and playing outdoors instead of wrapped up in Nintendo DS and YouTube.
It’s more than just a Christmas movie. It ’s also a slice of Americana many no longer remember.
A Christmas Carol Home Alone
Once again, there’s no need to buy this one. Turner Broadcasting is good enough to run it for twentyfour hours from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: (The animated version…not the atrocity starring Jim Carrey) While he was alive, Dr. Seuss reportedly never let anyone redo his classic Grinch tale because he was convinced no one could do it better than Chuck Jones did in 1966. Now, ten years after his widow granted Ron Howard permission to remake the Grinch in his own image, we can see the good doctor was right. Alongside legends like Boris Karloff (formerly known as the classic Frankenstein monster) and Thurl Ravenscroft (of Tony the Tiger fame), Jones accomplished in twenty-six minutes what Howard failed to do in almost two hours. It captures the feeling of Christmas without alienating viewers outside the Christian faith. Howard’s rendition was so homogenized, it soured folks on both side of the fence-plus, did we really need a Grinch origin story? Really? This is a simple tale. The Grinch hates Christmas. He hates WhoVille. He hates the Whos that live in WhoVille. He just hates hates hates it all! So he devises a scheme to stop it all from coming to pass, but in so doing, he learns that Christmas is more than just another holiday celebrating materialism (Are you reading this part, Mr. Howard?). Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more! ABC Family tends to play this one at some point every year, but it’s well worth picking up on DVD.
The film centers around a little town in Indiana, and it’s all about nine-year-old Ralphie Parker, who wants just one thing for Christmas: a Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. You wouldn’t think that a movie based on a Christmas wish list would end up as renowned as this one did, but director Bob Clark managed to create a classic. onegroovyplanet.com
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A M e ta p h o r F o r
Ca mill a Smith
When I learned to paint, my teacher taught me a way of preparing the surface and applying paint that was unique. As I learned to express myself artistically through painting, he gradually and clearly showed me that everything about art is a metaphor. It wasn’t until I understood the deep nuances of metaphor that I really became an artist. The first thing I understood is that the method is a metaphor. The method of painting that he taught me worked for me because it suits who I am. All of the following lessons were built into this method. Not everyone likes it or is able to work with it. He taught me to layer thin washes of acrylic paint on a textured surface in a way that achieves a depth of transparent color that is extremely beautiful. The textured surface allows for another metaphor, which he repeated over and over to me; you need to make that line as interesting as possible. Translated to real life, this means “never miss an opportunity to extract the most fascinating details that will make any situation interesting rather than mediocre or dull!” When I was troubled by a difficult area in a painting and found myself struggling to fix it, he would say leave it alone, it will take care of itself naturally. How many of us could benefit from that piece of information? How many of us worry a problem to death when
the truth is that if we stop focusing so intently on it and instead go about the business of living, the problem almost always resolves itself. As the rest of life is lived and enjoyed, problems melt away in the pattern we are weaving and become part of the interesting design! Another thing he would say as I began work on a painting alluded to the method we used, that of layering thin washes. He taught me to do it this way so that as I was starting, and the painting was taking shape, I would never move so quickly that mistakes couldn’t be easily corrected. He said to me NEVER COMMIT TOO SOON! This is something I still struggle with in my life; I tend to venture too soon into ideas, relationships, commitments and situ a t i o n s . NEVER COMMIT TOO SOON! Leave room to change course or back away if what at first seems like an excellent idea begins to show signs of being a trap. After painting happily for awhile and feeling quite proud of myself, I would suddenly find myself floundering and wondering what happened to the work that was going so smoothly. This is when he would calmly say when you start a painting all you have done is create a set of problems that now have to be solved! Sometimes he would say it ’s not called a mistake, it’s just called fighting in another direction! How true this is in life! We start things with so much enthusiasm and vigor, and suddenly find ourselves losing interest as we begin to bog down in unforeseen difficulties. So often we abandon the project and throw up our hands, whether it is raising a
child, decorating a house, buying property, or just simply living our lives. What started out as such a good idea and with so much promise suddenly seems to fall apart in front of us. The biggest lesson I learned from all this is that when the problems present themselves, the only thing to do is settle down and begin the business of problem solving. If the cute little baby you tickled on your lap begins to show signs of being a separate organism, don’t give up! Understand that bringing a child through from adorable infancy to successful adulthood is one of the most treacherous and difficult things you will ever do, and yet this piece of work is the most amazing accomplishment on earth. People have ministries, vocations, careers, dreams and adventures that all follow this path. Art is intrinsic in all of life. Problem solving! At times when I was applying layers of paint, I would move slowly and carefully, as I had been taught, but I often found myself stopping short of achieving the depth of color that was needed and he would say I can’t begin to tell you how dark that is going to have to be. I was afraid of going too far so I stopped short. I was willing to be mediocre. Together with this statement, he one time said as he watched me it’s time for boldness! He saw that I was lingering in the area of a lack of definition and contrast. I was painting in mid tones, afraid to make the jump that would take me past the point of return, and truly make the painting a masterpiece! The courage that it took in that particular case to do the bold irreversible things that were necessary was significant. How often in life do we linger in the safe area, failing to define our work or relationships completely because we fear we do not have the skill or tools to bring it to bold and dramatic conclusion? Hence we linger in the area of a lack of definition and completion. Life is a work of art! Apply the metaphors even if you don’t do painting. It’s all about life!
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A good teacher is so important if you are to reach your full potential as an artist. There are many artists with a great deal of intrinsic ability, but everyone can benefit from a teacher who sharpens them. Everyone can benefit from a mentor! Some people have a plan, but it takes an artist to have a vision and to bring that vision to life. Harvey Sadow has spent his life making artâ€Ś sculpting, painting and making pottery. However, after 35 years of being a studio artist and living all over the world, he began to get restless and feel as though he needed to give something back in the form of art education. Interestingly enough, it was at this exact time that the city of Paducah began looking for someone to head up the proposed school of art that was to be an
extension of the art program at WKCTC. What started out as a plan became the fulfillment of a far reaching vision. Harvey Sadow was hired after the city of Paducah conducted a national search. He left his home in Palm Beach County Florida and arrived in Paducah in the fall of 2007. He spent the next six months learning the community, renting a building, (at 431 E. Broadway) making a plan and hiring faculty. He conducted a national search through art publications and was able to hire an excellent staff. They came from all over the country, leaving prestigious positions and art careers, to be a part of the new art school which opened in the fall of 2008. Harvey Sadow says that many art schools open with just a handful of students, and he hoped for 60-70. However, with very little advertising the enrollment for the first semester was over 150. By the fall of 2009 the enrollment was up to 300. There are still dreams and ideas in front of him to bring to fulfillment and though the path to that goal might not be clear at this time, carving a new path is the way of the artist; creating something that was never there before. He has settled in to the community, even buying and renovating a home in Lower Town. He feels at home in Paducah and is committed to staying and making the dream come true. Harvey is very proud of the faculty that came together when he began to search. Randy Simmons came from his former position at WKCTC to be head of the drawing program. Bilan Liao came from The Herron School of Art in Michigan to run the painting program. John Hasegawah came with a long list of credentials from Kansas State University in Emporia Kansas to head up ceramics. Linda Ogden left the Johnson Atelier in New Jersey (the most important sculpture house for the production of monumental art in the United States) to teach sculpture. Linda brings with her a very impressive list of credentials as well. Michael
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Crouse, the former art department chairman at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, came to teach print making and intro to art classes. He has since become the director of the Yeiser Art Center. Laurie Fisher is from Mississippi and has taught at the University of Mississippi. She came from Chicago this year to teach art history and intro to art. Paul Aho came from West Palm Beach Florida to run the digital print making department. He was the former program director of the Palm Beach Photographic Center at Florida Atlantic University. The search for faculty was a great accomplishment and yielded the best in art teachers for the school. Liz Dodd, a Paducah resident is Harvey’s administrative assistant. Liz’s help is not to be underestimated, as she is the primary liaison between faculty, staff and students, as well as with the main campus and administration of WKCTS. Harvey has accomplished a phenomenal task, surpassing even his own expectations. “Once the school was opened we wrote the curriculum for a new degree that has never been offered in Kentucky before…Associate in Fine Arts (AFA). “Paducah School of Art is the first institution sanctioned by KCTCS Board of Regents to offer this degree” he says. Harvey has brought excellence and prestige to Paducah. Today Paducah has a thriving and exciting arts community. Over the last ten to twelve years we have watched the Lower Town community grow as artists have brought their work to Paducah. What will the next ten years hold? Harvey Sadow is a true visionary, his vision limited only by his resources, and his vision often includes the procuring of resources. Paducah will become a cultural destination as it creates its own cultural identity. Harvey envisions this happening through many artists living and working in Paducah, prominent artists from all over the country and even the world coming to town, and the presence of accessible and exciting arts programming. How big is your dream? Will people one day say Paducah in the same way they now say Paris? See the OGP website for a complete listing of the courses offered and a schedule. onegroovyplanet.com
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Steven Curtis Chapman.
How do you measure success? Could you calculate the number of albums sold, the awards won, the songs written and come up with a formula? How about the fact that success has not destroyed a marriage or made a man arrogant and rude? If any of these are a factor, then Steven Curtis Chapman is truly a success. His career as a Contemporary Christian recording artist has spanned nearly five decades and a multitude of awards. The list of accomplishments includes… hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 50 plus Dove awards hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 5 Grammys
h h h h h h h h h h h h h An American Music Award h h h h h h A star on the Music City Walk of Fame hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 2 platinum albums hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 10 gold albums hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Over 10 million total albums sold worldwide hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh 45 #1 radio hits This is the list that has numbers attached to it. There is also the fact that he is a husband and father who manages to put his family first. Fame and success have not made him ruthless and cold but rather his compassion and love for humanity have increased over and over. He and his wife write children’s books, as well working tirelessly for orphanages and adoption. 12 Nov-Dec 2010 | One Groovy Planet | Your Planetary Guide to Every Community
Steven Curtis has roots in Western Kentucky. He was born in Paducah to Herb and Judy Chapman. Herb teaches guitar and Steven Curtis grew up playing and singing. When he graduated from high school he enrolled as a pre-med student at Georgetown College in Kentucky. He eventually moved to Nashville and wound up working at Opryland USA. His first love however was music and songwriting and he abandoned the idea of a medical career. His promise as a songwriter led him to sign a contract with Sparrow records, and before long many stars were recording his songs. In 1987 he released First Hand, which reached the number two spot on the Contemporary Christian Music chart. He followed with Real Life Conversations, More to this Life, and For the Sake of the Call. In 1992 he shifted to the mainstream scene with The Great Adventure, Heaven in the Real World, Speechless, Declaration, All About Love and All Things New. He has also released three Christmas albums. Along with family and a busy music career, Steven Curtis is always at work for some charitable cause. Not the least of these is his work with adoption and orphanages. In 2008 Chapman and his wife Mary Beth endured the tragic loss of their youngest daughter Maria. He contemplated abandoning his music career but then realized that he had to go on for his daughter. He admits that the loss has changed the songs he writes and he has released an album, Beauty Will Rise as a tribute to Maria and as a way of dealing with the loss. He presently resides in Franklin, TN with his wife Mary Beth. They are the parents of 5 children, Caleb, Emily, Will, Shaohannah and Stevie Joy. Steven Curtis Chapman is an inspiration and a role model. Check out his music if you haven’t already. Let it be the music of the Holiday Season, and remember what it means to succeed! For more information, visit onegroovyplanet.com
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There is nothing in as music is ” “ the world so much like prayer – William P. Merrill
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Th e Pa l at e
Recipe Provided by Camilla Smith This traditional Italian egg bread with candied citrus peel takes about a day to prepare. Bake bread in a 2 lb coffee can, 2 qt charlotte mold or round-high casserole dish. Makes one 1½ lb Loaf Ingredients Pre-Mixture • 1 tsp Active Dry Yeast • ½ cup Warm Water (105°) • ½ cup All-Purpose Flour (unbleached) 1st Dough • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter (room temperature) • 4 tsp Sugar • 1 Egg • Pre-Mixture • 2/3 cup All-Purpose Flower (unbleached) 2nd Dough • 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter (room temperature) • ¼ cup Sugar • 1 Egg • 2 Egg Yolks • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract • 2 tsp Honey
• Dash of Salt • Zest of 1 Orange • Zest of 1 Lemon • 2 tbsp Candied Orange Rind* (chopped) • 2 tbsp Candied Lemon Rind* (chopped) • ½ cup Raisins (soaked in hot water for 30 min and drained) • 1 – 1½ cup All-Purpose Flower (unbleached) Additional Ingredients: • Flour for kneading and coating greased mold • Olive Oil to coat bowl • Unsalted Butter to grease mold • Parchment paper to cover bottom of mold Pre-Mixture: Begin with making the premixture by stirring yeast into warm water in a small bowl. Add flour and mix 5 min until a smooth batter forms. Keep in an airtight container at room temperature approximately 30 min – 1 hour or until doubled in size. 1st Dough: After pre-mixture has doubled in size, begin preparing the 1st dough. Combine butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat approximately 2 min or until light and fluffy. Beat in egg until completely mixed-in. Beat-in Pre-Mixture (dough will deflate) until smooth. Stir-in flour gradually and mix for 3 – 4 min until dough becomes stretchy and tacky. Keep in an airtight container at room temperature approximately 3 – 5 hours or until doubled in size. Once risen, put 1st dough into a large mixing bowl (dough will deflate). 2nd Dough: After 1st Dough has doubled in size, combine butter and sugar in a small bowl and mix with a handheld mixer on medium speed for 2 min until fluffy. Beat-in egg and yolks until combined. Next, evenly mix in vanilla, honey, salt and zests. Beat
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into 1st Dough until smooth. Thoroughly mix-in candied citrus rinds and raisins. Mix in 1-cup flour. Next, turn dough onto a clean surface that has been lightly floured. Knead while slowly adding flour for approximately 5 – 7 min until softly elastic dough is formed, and make into a ball shape. Put dough into an olive oil coated bowl and turn until evenly coated. Cover bowl tightly and allow dough to rise approximately 3 – 5 hours or until tripled in size. Once dough has risen, prepare mold by greasing with butter and lightly dusting with flour. Cover bottom of mold with a circular sheet of parchment paper, cut to exact size. Punch into dough, being careful not to press out all the air, and fold in edges into center until dough is a smooth ball, and place into mold. Cut a ½” deep “X” all the way to the edges into top of the dough using a sharp knife. Cover mold with a damp towel and allow dough to rise approximately 2½ – 4 hours or until doubled in size. Baking: After dough has risen, cut another “X” in the same “X” cut before. Bake for 10 min at 400°. Bring down temperature to 350° and bake for 40 min or until a testing skewer comes out dry. Once baked, transfer to a wire rack and cool for 30 min. After cooling, slowly slip bread from mold, turn on side and rotate ¼ turn every 10 – 15 min until completely cool. Panettone is now ready to share with family and friends! *Candied citrus rind can be made by sautéing orange or citrus rind in a saucepan with sugar and a little water.
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Mind • Body • Spirit
Pearls n. highly regarded for beauty and value
by Linda King
Dive into a sea of thought and find there pearls beyond the price.
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The more of you
that you give away, the bigger the blessing you will enjoy each day.
The most precious gifts
you will ever give or receive are free—peace, joy, hope and love.
celebrate your family and friends! Let laughter, kindness, generosity and love make it a day to remember.
Live each day
to make it a better day for someone and you will make it a better day for yourself.
Living with purpose
is to laugh merrily, live joyfully, give generously, forgive freely, love always.
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I still remember the moment when I first saw him. He was everything I had ever dreamed of. He was tall, well-muscled, and had a red coat that rivaled the brightest flame. In addition to his dashing good looks, he was the most gentle of giants. I was sure that I would never again in my lifetime see such a fine horse at such a price. To put it bluntly, it was love at first sight. I brought him home and marveled at how easily he unloaded from the trailer and entered into his new pen. There was no balking, no fear at the strange new sights and sounds; in fact, he seemed to be enjoying this new adventure. Then it happened. As I was petting him in the field, I reached up to rub between his ears. Strider’s gentle, brown eyes widened, his nostrils flared, and he began to rear. Terrified, I leapt back, barely escaping his flailing hooves. By the time he settled down, we were both terrified and Strider immediately lowered his head, burying it into my chest.
Why had a seemingly gentle and loving horse reacted in such a dangerous way? Fear. I later found that Strider’s previous owners had twisted his ears and bent them forward, forcing his head down into the bridle. Instead of being effective, their heavy-handed methods had turned Strider into an extremely head-shy horse. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a little disheartened at this point. Earning the trust of an animal that has been abused is a very difficult, if not impossible, task. What if he never trusted me?
The next morning and every morning after that for the next several months, I went out into the field with him. If I knew one thing for sure, it was this: his fears hadn’t been formed in one day and his trust wasn’t going to be earned in one either. Instead of rushing things, I would just love on him: petting him, talking to him, getting to know him. Strider proved very receptive to my attention, even breaking from the herd when he saw me coming. He
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wanted my company, though my other horses only came for treats. Very slowly I began to work my petting up his neck and closer to his ears. At first he would jerk his head up and look down at me with fear radiating out of those big, brown eyes of his. But he was no longer rearing and I counted this as progress. I used the yielding and release method as I worked with him. As soon as he yielded to my touch by relaxing his head and body, I would immediately withdraw my hands to a location that he wasn’t afraid of. With this knowledge, Strider began to yield more and more quickly because he knew that as soon as he did, I would release. But we couldn’t stop here and, though it would be difficult, I had to ask him for more. If I was ever going to put a bridle on him, we would have to overcome his fear about his ears. Remember that it was from his ears that his fears ultimately stemmed. So instead of stopping at his face, I now moved my hands all the way up to his ears. At first this was a real struggle, for no matter how much he enjoyed our time together, he still had that same, paralyzing fear. But I was patient and it really wasn’t long before he let me not only touch his ears, but bend them forward as I would do when it came time to bridle him. Instead of this making him shy of our daily meetings, he would now push his head into my chest and rub all over me. More time passed and he now showed little to no reaction when I touched his head and ears. This kind of trust took time and wisdom to build and it wasn’t at all an easy task. The more I asked of Strider, the more he had to yield, and yielding was a decision that I couldn’t force him into. He had to take ownership of his part in order for us to make any progress. In the end, because I was willing to release him and because he was willing to yield to produce that release, we were able to build a lasting trust.
God taught me that our relationship, His and mine, is like this. When the Lord purchases us out of our old way of life, we sometimes still carry fears from our past. In order to overcome
these fears and build a trusting relationship, we must yield to the Lord’s touch. How do we yield to His touch? We do this by relaxing our hold on our fears, by surrendering them completely to Him. The more we get to know the Savior who purchased us—not with mere money, but with His own blood—the more we will be willing to yield our lives to His gentle touch. There will never be a time in our lives when the Lord is not asking us to yield something; as a matter of fact, the Lord requires that we surrender everything. Do our lives reflect this sort of trust-filled surrender? I know it’s difficult to trust sometimes, especially when all we can see is the thing that’s taken us captive but this is where we must change our focus. The only way to do this is to trustingly take our eyes off of our fears and look to Him.
Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:29-30)
Brittany Valentine is twenty-two years old and lives on a forty-acre farm in southern Illinois. She enjoys straining, riding, and just spending time with her eight horses.
Giving Thanks “Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.” ~Estonian Proverb • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
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“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” ~Jean Baptiste Massieu (18th Century French Priest)
you are only using olives to decorate your party snacks, you might want to dig deeper into this wonderful fruit. Olives have been cultivated for over 6,000 years; the wealth of some ancient cultures was based on olives, so valuable was this beneficial oil. Olive oil is the basis of the Mediterranean diet as well as many other ethnic cuisines and the oil is used in many religious cultures as well. Olive oil was used to anoint the early kings of the Greeks and the Jews; the prophet Muhammad also advocated the ceremonial use of olive oil to his followers. Athens is named for the goddess Athena who, according to mythology, brought the olive to the Greeks as a gift. You can use olive oil to cure diaper rash, condition leather, soften cuticles, polish your shoes, remove paint from your skin, and remove makeup. You can add some to cat food to prevent hairballs. You can free a stuck zipper, use it as a lubricant for shaving (who wants all that nasty white aerosol stuff anyway?) and as a wood and furniture polish. Oh my, I wonder if I missed anything. You can use it to anoint your son when he is ready to assume the throne, if you are a king and your son is a prince! The uses are only limited by your imagination, or which commercial product you find that you’ve run out of! I forgot to mention eating it! Cook with olive oil; it will enhance anything you eat! There is a ton of information available about the benefits of olive oil. “To extend an olive branch” means an offer of peace or reconciliation. This term has Biblical origins, coming from the section of the Old
Testament, which deals with the flood; the sign that the flood was over is an olive branch brought back to the Ark by Noah’s dove. Olive branches w e r e also symbols of peace in Ancient Greece and Rome, and they continue to be used in various works of art which are meant to suggest peace. The Hebrew people i n a n c i e n t Pa l e s t i n e cultivated olives and used the oil for many purposes. The olive tree and its oil had even greater cultural importance as religious elements. The word ‘mashach’ - from the same root word for ‘messiah’ in Hebrew-means ‘to be anointed with olive oil.’ Priests, kings and prophets were anointed with olive oil, indicating that they were gifted and called by God, so it was understood that the anticipated Messiah would be specially anointed with olive oil. One of the interesting pieces of their cultural lore explains the spiritual applications of olive oil. In order to understand this we need to look at how olive oil is gathered. The olive grove had a huge stone press in the middle of the garden for the pressing of the olives. The olives were ground and placed in the press and tremendous pressure was applied to separate the oil from the pulp. There are a number of grades of olive oil, according to the different pressings. Today there are officially nine grades. You will see terms like stone ground, cold pressed, first pressed, raw, unfiltered, organic, premium, and estate or estate blend. However, for the purposes of the example I am giving, there were five grades, or pressings. The highest
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quality is derived from the first pressing and is what is now called extra extra virgin. The second pressing yields extra virgin and from there the quality of the oil diminishes, until the fifth pressing yields the oil used for the making of soap. The first pressing was used for the offerings. The finest quality oil was mixed with the meal for the offering, and this shows us that Christ was our offering, pure and undefiled. The Meal Offering is a type of Christ in His humanity, full of the Holy Spirit, passing through death, burial and resurrection both for God’s satisfaction and to be our offering. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Isa 53:10 The second pressing yielded oil that was used for consumption. The people were allowed to use this quality of oil as food, and this typified the fact that Jesus gave his body and blood for our consumption, so that through Him we might be fed and have life. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake [it], and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Luke 22:19 He is “The bread of God who gives life to the world” John 6:33 Oil from the third pressing was for the temple lights. The fact that the temple lights were never to go out showed that God was fulfilling his covenant with man, that they were in an eternal covenant with Him, and he never forgets His covenants! Jesus is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD! The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all [men] through him might believe. John 1:7 The fourth pressing was for the household lamps and for anointing. When the people selected an animal for sacrifice it was to be onegroovyplanet.com
without blemish. Oil was used for cleaning and inspecting the animal to make sure it met the standard of perfection. The oil was used for anointing the sick and anointing the dead. Jesus was the anointed one and through Him we can have the anointing of God’s presence, the Holy Spirit. Messiah is the transliteration of the Old Testament Hebrew word pronounced maw-shakh, meaning Anointed One, which when translated into the New Testament Greek is Christos-the Christ. The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. Luke 4:18 Jesus is the Lamb of God and he is the Anointed One. Behold the Lamb of God that, taketh away the sin of the world. John 1:29 Through Him our imperfections are blotted out and we are made clean. The last pressing was not fit for consumption and was used in the making of soap. The huge stones of the press weighed down with a final pressure to extract the last drops of oil from the fruit. When Jesus was awaiting his crucifixion, he prayed alone in an olive grove, known as the Garden of Gethsemane. The word “Gesthemane” literally means “press.” Here he was in the press; the weight of the world was laid upon him and the Bible states that as he prayed he sweat great drops of blood. This was the nature of the pressing. From this pressing comes the blood that cleanses us, that sets us free and delivers us. In a season of rejoicing over our freedom and giving of gifts, let us remember that the blood of Jesus cleanses us! The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 -Camilla Smith Continued on page 32...
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Local H o li day Happenings City sidewalks are dressed
Hopkinsville, Murray, Crofton, Paducah and Mayfield are just some of the areas holding local artisan sales, where handmade gifts can be acquired. Bundle up the family and take a drive to a light display in Grand Rivers, Murray, or Paducah. See a show or give the gift of tickets at the Carson Center. Travel to Bethlehem and witness the night of the birth of Jesus Christ at Walk through Bethlehem in Mayfield. Gather a group of friends and skate over to the Paducah Ice Rink. The kids will want to see Santa, who will be making appearances in Hopkinsville, Hardin and Paducah. More than 30 local and regional event listings can be found on OneGroovyPlanet.com. The holidays go by fast; soon it
will be Christmas day!
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in holiday style all over western Kentucky. With so much going on, itâ€™s difficult to know where each jovial event can be found. One Groovy Planet has researched and compiled some of the merriest festivities happening right here in this region.
Join the city of Paducah as a parade of lights, floats, music moves through Broadway. The Ice House Artisan’s Sale December 10 - 11 Mayfield/Graves County Art Guild 120 North 8th Street, Mayfield (270) 247-6971 www.icehousearts.org Local artists will be selling uniquely handcrafted items such as jewelry and pottery. Christmas Tree Lighting December 11, 6:00 p.m. 9th & Bethel Street, Hopkinsville (270) 885-9096 www.visithopkinsville.com Little River Park will be aglow with festivities, music and fun. Paducah Symphony Orchestra: Spectacular! December 11, 7:00 p.m. Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah (270) 450-4444 www.thecarsoncenter.org Performing everyone’s favorite holiday classics. Santa’s Visit to Kenlake December 12 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Kenlake State Resort Park 542 Kenlake Road, Hardin (270) 474-2211 parks.ky.gov Join us for photos, cookies and punch.
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Holiday Parade December 4, 5:00 p.m. 17th & Broadway, Paducah (270) 444-8508 www.paducah.travel
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If you’ve always wanted a bright, glowing, g roov y Christmas tree, this is the year to be bold! Groovy Christmas is instyle and One Groovy Planet knows exactly how to swing it! Here are a few suggestions on trimming the perfect Groovy Christmas tree. Get creative and allow your imagination to explore the Groovy side of Christmas!
Select a Tree
I f y o u’ re looking for some traditionalism, a green tree will look great. If you really want to brighten a room, try white, pink, fiber-optic or another bright color; stores now carry trees in a wide array of hues.
String with Lights
Lights are essential when decorating your tree. White lights offer a bright, yet neutral backdrop for the colors of your ornaments. Colored lights create depth and rich hues. If you’re using a fiber-optic tree, consider stringing additional lights to highlight the colors of your decorations.
Hang Glass Balls
Here is an opportunity to really begin adding color. Imagine a tree with glimmering pinks, oranges, greens and blues sprinkled across tapered branches. Shiny silver and disco-style glitter balls will reflect neighboring colors. Find some with texture, sequins, painted patterns and use different sizes for more depth.
Adorn with Ribbon
Find bright, shiny ribbon and tie into large bows. Taper long stretches up and around the tree. Use a large, cascading bow for the topper, giving your tree the appearance of one groovy gift!
This is to be the signature touch on your groovy tree – the element that makes this your own unique expression while making a fun activity for kids and family. Here are a few supplies to begin: Glitter & Sequins – Embellish ornaments with a coating of bright, glimmering colors. Clear glass ornaments – These offer a blank-canvas for painting and glittering your groovy designs. Cardboard – Cereal boxes and thicker cardboard are your foundation for drawing and cutting out designs like peace symbols, doves and hearts. Scissors, Glue & Fishing Line – Sharp scissors and strong hands are helpful when cutting out cardboard designs (have an adult assist). Clear-drying craft glue will work to fasten glitter and sequins. String fishing line through ornaments for hanging.
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Bright Paint & brushes – Paint-on patterns, designs and groovy words (like Peace, Love and Funky) with water-based acrylic and tempera. Old costume jewelry – Hang old necklaces, long earrings and bracelets from tree branches. You can also use beads from broken or unwanted jewelry to glue on ornaments.
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Winterizing You r H om e Have a professional assess energy performance. Even energy-efficient homes are vulnerable to heat-loss. Find and seal where warm air could be leaking out of your house. Use weatherstripping, caulking and spray foam to seal off cracks and gaps in windows, doors and walls. Set back the thermostat at least 5°. This can reduce your bill up to 10% every year. Give it a try – you may not even notice a difference. Insulate your water heater with a jacket and wrap exposed water pipes. Your local hardware store will carry jackets and pipe insulation wrap or foam pipe sleeves. Service your heating system; change-out the air filter regularly and have air-ducts cleaned. This will assist not only in energy efficiency, but will also reduce allergens. Replace older windows with double-pane windows. Though this can be expensive, you’ll save money in the long run, and you’ll improve the value of your home. Check and fill in your insulation in gaps, voids and thin places. Much of your home’s heat can be lost through your attic and walls, if not properly insulated. Prepare your home’s exterior for the winter: detach and drain garden hoses, bring in potted plants, cover your grill and patio furniture and clean your gutters. Clean and inspect your fireplace. Close off your fireplace when not in use; this can prevent air leaks. Plan winter activities for the family; a game of Scrabble or working on a puzzle might be fun alternatives to watching TV. 26 Nov-Dec 2010 | One Groovy Planet | Your Planetary Guide to Every Community
Christ mas Memories Our Family
I’ve known no greater blessing than the first Christmas I embraced my beautiful daughters close to my heart. It was pure love sent from heaven— an amazing gift beyond compare, just for us to share! ~ Linda King
Every Christmas eve, our family would read the poem “The Night Before Christmas.” On Christmas morning, we would gather again to hear my Grandfather read the story of Christ’s birth from the Bible, the real reason for celebrating Christmas. ~ Thomas King
I loved waking up to the sound of Christmas caroling, I remember stars of the east outside my bedroom window. It was so cold I could hear the singers shivering as they sang. ~ Camilla Smith
I always enjoy spending every Christmas with family and friends. Whether cooking, traveling, visiting, laughing together or opening gifts, each memory shares an adventure and has a warm place in my heart. ~ Elizabeth Abanathy
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Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world. James 1:27
For Steven Curtis Chapman, a funny thing happened on the
way to living his dream. Something took root in the hearts of Steven Curtis and his wife Mary Beth that they had never expected, and today they are the adoptive parents of three babies from China. When their oldest daughter was eleven, she visited Haiti with her mother as part of a church mission trip. Both of them were very moved by their first exposure to orphans and orphanages, but it was Emily who couldn’t let it go. When they returned home she announced that she felt that the family was supposed to adopt a baby sister for her. The Chapmans smiled fondly at their daughter and expected her to drop the idea, but Emily had other plans. She announced that she thought the family should pray about it and that she was going to start to pray. Not content with praying, she began writing letters to her parents and leaving notes on her pillow. “My wife was the most reluctant one…I knew the added pressure it would put on her and I wanted her to be really sure she was ready for it. She had to be ok with it and it had to be something she was really called to do,” says Steven Curtis. “I watched my wife make this amazing journey of faith, from saying “NO WAY” to saying “I think this is really something that God is wanting us to do.” In March, 2000 the Chapmans found themselves in China. “It wasn’t as though China was anywhere on our radar. The best way we know how to explain it is that it is where our three daughters were going to be born so it only made sense that God would take us to China to find them there.” They adopted Shaohanna at that time. Mary Beth says that the moment the little girl was put into her arms it was the clearest that she had ever heard the voice of God. It wasn’t audible, but in her heart that she heard God say, “This is what I have done for you!” For many years she had struggled with the concept of God’s grace, wondering how God could love her. But here God was saying, “This is the gospel, this little girl who had no name, no future, no inheritance, who had no hope, you took her in and this miracle is happening; now she has a name, she has a future and she has a hope. This is how I have “We have our natural children and we have our supernatural children”
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loved you, though even greater! This is just a little picture so you can understand.” This experience lit a fire of passion in the hearts of the Chapmans to help as many orphans and adoptive parents as possible. They soon found that there are many families eager to adopt the 140,000,000 orphaned children around the world but they are unable to afford the cost. They found that there is no national organization to help such families, only local organizations, such as churches. Today, Show Hope has helped families adopt children from over 45 countries, and grants have been provided for over 2500 families. The children in China are especially close to the hearts of the Chapmans and they began to dream about special needs orphans, especially in China. They partnered with a couple there who have what they call special needs units where they take the sickest of the sick ones and give them medical attention and help them to heal, with the hopes of getting them into the system to be adopted. Together they built Maria’s Big House of Hope in Hunan province. It’s a 60,000 square foot 6 story facility that has a full surgical operating room and floors for physical therapy. “It’s just an amazing thing that we’ve had the privilege of being a part of,” says Steven Curtis. The Chapmans say without reservation that adopting was the best thing they have ever done for their biological children. “Our children are so much more aware of onegroovyplanet.com
what really matters. These children would have never had anyone to help them even celebrate their birthday. My sons have become better men and they will be better fathers because of it. Even though dark times have come into our lives since we adopted, we think of all we would have missed if we had stayed with our safe plan.” Besides Maria’s Big House of Hope, they also help fund work in three other places in China where they are given a floor in a state-run orphanage. They can put in a special care unit where once again they help the sickest of the sick. There are times that a child is put in a room called the dying room and a few days later the body is taken out. Steven Curtis and Mary Beth held one little boy who was dying and were moved by the experience of holding him as he drew his last breath. Without their love he would have been left in a corner to die alone, with no one to even cry over his passing. Continued on page 33...
“Preach the gospel always… use words if necessary!”
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has been fortunate enough to have traveled almost the entire planet, and he claims he’s had a groovy time doing it, but he always wanted to come back home. He says that the journey he is presently undertaking is more than just fulfilling his dream…he hopes that through writing about it he might inspire others. Even though Chuck and his wife Mary are crossing the country in a covered wagon, he says a motorcycle or car will do just fine! Even a bicycle will do if you’re especially energetic. He wants other people to do what he has done… discover the back roads and byways of this great country. Chuck lost a leg in a motorcycle accident twenty years ago and some people might use this as an excuse to retire from life and stop meeting challenges. Not Chuck! As Chuck and Mary roll across the country, they take the time to read historical markers, visit national parks and natural wonders. Beyond this, however they are meeting the people of this great country. It is always the people who make the greatest impression. He has always seen the interstate system as a cement monster, each off-ramp a carbon copy of the last, all lined by the same gas stations, burger joints and chain motels. Chuck and Mary spent nearly a week in Mayfield and they have agreed to be our correspondents, reporting from the road as they make their journey. We will tell their story here. Follow their adventures. You can be sure Chuck will always be seeing and doing the unusual!
My wife Mary and I, along with our dog Pete,
two mules, Pearle and Pauline, my horse Dan and our dogs Pete and Junior are traveling across the country in our 1910 Owensboro covered wagon. (How groovy is that?) Our travels will be taking us through an almost forgotten part of America, that being small-town America. As we travel we will be writing about the small towns and the many fine people we meet there. We started our trip May 20, 2010, from Crab Orchard, KY, and our destination is Paradise, CA, in Butte County. After leaving Mayfield we got to Hickman, Kentucky a few days later and crossed the Mississippi River at Hickman Ferry. Thomas King and Camilla Smith were there to document the crossing on video. Our first night in Missouri we camped about ten miles outside of East Prairie. When we arrived in town, were we in for a surprise! We were given directions to the Grace Inn, a very nice motel owned by Gerry and Theresa Hancock who put us up for the night in one of their best cabins. After a short interview with the local newspaper and a visit by a school bus load of kids, Gerry loaned me his pickup truck so
that we could do a little shopping. Two days later we arrived in New Madrid, Missouri, where we were invited to camp at the home of Sally Ann, a school-teacher in New Madrid and were invited to a barbeque by some of her very nice neighbors. In Parma, Missouri we spent the weekend at the home of Travis and Joyce Stewart. We made our way through Clarkton and Kennett, where we camped at the Fairgrounds. The state of Missouri is called the “Show-Me” State and I have to tell you that everyone me met there went out of their way to show Mary and me a really great time. On September 23 we crossed the St. Francis River into Clay County, Arkansas. The first town we came to was Rector. We stopped just inside the city limits to rest the mules and as we were sitting there, Butch French, a member of the Rector Saddle Club pulled up and invited us to camp at the Rector Saddle Club Arena. Butch told us the Saddle Club was sponsoring a rodeo over the weekend and that early the next morning the 3-D Rodeo Company would be arriving with all the stock for the rodeo. I climbed out of bed and lent a hand unloading the bulls, sheep and bucking horses. September 24th was my birthday and with the rodeo being Friday and Saturday night, we decided to stay and take in the show. They put on a nice family-oriented rodeo that has something for all ages to compete in. I had free run of the arena and bucking chute to take pictures and video. Both nights were filled with excitement. We had a great time on those two nights. We hit Pocahontas, Arkansas on October 9th. We met a lot of really good people in Rector and almost hated leaving there, but we have many more small towns and friendly faces to meet along our trip across America.
Since we began our trip I have been asked many times by reporters for small town local newspapers what has been the highlight of our trip? Geez! How do you answer such a question! With each new day and each mile we travel, bend in the road or top of a hill, we see something new and different. A deer runs across the road in front of us, a small herd of horses in a pasture gallop up to the fence to see the strange contraption rolling past. Each night we camp somewhere different in a field or at the home of a new friend. We are meeting so many people that we can’t keep track of all the names. Our grocery supply is constantly being replenished from the cupboards of so many good and caring people. We want for nothing. As for the question as what has been the highlight of our trip, as of Sunday, October 3rd I can answer that question. Sunday afternoon I met a very charming and pretty six year old girl. Because of an auto accident that took her father from her, she is now living life in a wheel chair. Is she angry and disillusioned? NO WAY! Sadie is upbeat and full of life, ready to take on the world. She had always wanted to go horseback riding and is looking forward to the day when she has a horse of her own. I met Sadie just outside of Weiner, Arkansas. Mary and I were camped at her grandparent’s home. I was told about Sadie and her condition. CHUCK TO THE RESCUE! With the assistance of my sidekick and favorite horse, Dan we went in search of Sadie. We found her waiting on the porch with her Grandma Kate. Continued on page 34...
Olive Oil Continued from page 21... Given below is the amount of nutrients present in 100 gm olive oil: • • • • •
Energy - 900 cal Saturated Fats - 15.6 gm Unsaturated Fats - 73.4 gm Poly-saturated Fats - 9.5 gm Vitamin E - 19.4 mg
Health Nutrition Benefits of Olives/Olive Oil • The mono-saturated fats present in olives/ olive oil, when combined with the antioxidant protection offered by vitamin E, lower the risk of damage and inflammation. • Olive/olive oil contains active phytonutrient compounds, including polyphenols and flavonoids, which have been found to have significant anti-inflammatory properties. • The vitamin E present in olives/olive oil has been known to offer cellular protection against free radicals present in the body.
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• Olives/olive oil prevents the oxidation of cholesterol in the body and thus, helps reduce the risk of having heart attack or stroke. • Since they help the body in neutralizing free radicals, the nutrients in olives/olive oil also lead to prevention of colon cancer. • Olives/olive oil are said to be effective in reducing the frequency and/or intensity of hot flashes in women, who are going through menopause. • Regular consumption of olive oil has been associated with decrease in systolic (maximum) as well as diastolic (minimum) blood pressure.
• Those who consume olives/olive oil are at a lesser risk of developing diabetes at later stages in life. • Good quality olive/olive oil contains a natural chemical that acts like a painkiller. Olive/olive oil has been known to be beneficial for people suffering from the following ailments: • Asthma • Osteoarthritis • Rheumatoid Arthritis • Arteriosclerosis • Stomach Problems • Constipation • Diabetes (NA)
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fall from Heaven’s land softly and tenderly out of God’s hand, covering the earth with color so white, creating beauty so pretty and bright. – Linda King
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Steven Curtis Chapman Continued from page 29... Steven Curtis readily admits that the whole experience has deeply affected the music he has written in the years since. “It’s deeply redefined the song’s I’ve written. If I have a mission statement, it’s to know God, and to make God known. It has definitely had a huge impact on the music that I’ve written.” Even though it is impossible to go into China under the banner of the Christian faith, it has been remarkable the way they have been allowed to share their love for God and how it has been received by the Chinese people. We’ve seen another miracle of how God works…through what he says is true religion. Even though the system is very flawed, the Chinese people at their core are like parents anywhere; they want to take care of these children, so when we come and we say we want to care for them, they ask us ‘what’s in it for you?’ And we are able to say, ‘there’s nothing in it for us…we’re doing this out of love and we believe this is important, we believe this is what we were put here to do.’ When they see that, the door is opened for them to ask us to tell them more about our God. What kind of a God would compel us to do something like that? So it’s been incredible the way the door has been opened G S J D T O Y S K E O I P A V X E N U T C R A C K E R H E V M T up for us to share our faith, even in V O L G D R L F E X N A K D I Y J W K D C O S N S L A Q P A S C C R B E T H L E H E M H E W T D a place like China.” This miracle is A V R C H I E S J X E P M L L W R N D E R G I F T S N T J P E R happening now! ` O R N M T P G T E J T Y O R T E
L O R B E N H L J O L L Y S O A I N B E R F A E P R P E A C E T N O I R U D O L F D P S H K Y H G R B D A T U F R O S T K P S H
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Mary Ann Doran I believe in: God! The creator of all
things. The Alpha and the Omega! He is the beginning and the end. He spoke the world into existence. He created man in HIS own image. He loves me no matter what I have done. He has forgiven me. I shall be eternally grateful.
He is the reason I draw breath and each and everyone of them are precious to HIM. And I live my life the best I can beginning each day asking HIM for strength to touch at least one person each day. To offer a smile where there is none, to give a hand where it is needed. When the day is done I thank HIM for it and for the blessings it held. I desire to be HIS reflection in this world.
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America Found Continued from page 31... Without no fear and a lot of enthusiasm, Sadie and me were mounted atop of Dan and on our way around the farm. As we rode she told me that her birthday is coming up on November 11th and that she is having a cowgirl party, complete with pony rides. Until Sunday, riding had only been a dream for this little lady. I’m not sure who got more out of the ride that day, Sadie or me. The look on her face and the fun that she had has got to be not only the highlight of this trip for me, but most likely of my life up ‘til now. When we were done with the ride we thanked each other. Some days out here on the road I question myself as to what I’m doing out here. If I can have few more days like Sunday, I’ll stay out here on the road in this covered wagon for a long time to come! On our travels so far, we have met so many good people! We have always found a place
to camp each night, many times having to turn down offers. Do you know that within two hundred miles of just about any front door in America there are all sorts of state and national parks, natural wonders and historical sites just waiting for you to visit? We roll along the back roads of America, meeting groovy folks like you. So if you’re planning a vacation to some theme park or overpriced resort designed only to empty your wallet and load up your credit cards, stop for just one minute and think about joining us. Stop, read the historical markers, try out a natural site or state park. Instead of a hotel with a pool, go swimming in a lake or stream, pitch a tent and watch the lightening bugs and listen for the sound of the crickets or an owl and sometimes a coyote. That’s all for now, and you can follow more of our travels and adventures at AmericaFoundBestOfTheFreeLife.com and GPTV. `
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$50,000). Any additional expenses above the $5,000 limit must be amortized over a period of 180 months on a straight-line basis, beginning with the month the business actually starts.
J. Larry Stinson, CPA
While the concept of deducting start-up expenses might be easily understood, the practice of reporting the expenses correctly can be tricky. Simply remember that start-up expenses can’t necessarily be deducted in the year when they are incurred, and no deductions are allowed until the business becomes active.
Start-up Business Costs: What’s Deductible?
So you’re thinking about starting up a new business? You’ll incur a number of expenses before you ever open the door to the new business, such as accounting fees, legal fees, travel, research, equipment purchases, and so on. How do you claim these business expenses that you incurred prior to actually opening and operating the business? Essentially, start-up expenses include those expenses that would have been deductible as a business expense if they had been incurred by an active trade or business. In this sense, the term “active” means open for business and actually operating. For those start-up expenses, the taxpayer can elect to deduct a certain amount and amortize the remaining amount. The limit is $5,000 worth of qualifying expenses that can be immediately deducted (with some restrictions if the total start-up expenses are greater than
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“The snow fell softly all the night
It made a blanket soft and white. It covered houses, flowers and ground, But it didn’t make a single sound! ”
~ Author unknown from The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Word by Linda LaTourelle