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With All Your Heart
The heart is the connecting point, the meeting place between any two persons. The kind of deep soul intimacy we crave with God and with others can be experienced only from the heart. I know a man who took his daughter to dinner; she was surprised, delighted. For years she had been hoping he would pursue her. When they had been seated, he pulled out his Day Timer and began to review the goals he had set for her that year. “I wanted to burst into tears and run out of the restaurant,” she said. We don’t want to be someone’s project; we want to be the desire of their heart. Gerald May laments, “By worshiping efficiency, the human race has achieved the highest level of efficiency in history, but how much have we grown in love?” We’ve done the same to our relationship with God. Christians have spent their whole lives mastering all sorts of principles, done
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their duty, carried on the programs of their church . . . and never known God intimately, heart to heart. The point is not an efficient life of activity—the point is intimacy with God. “You will find me,” God says, “when you seek me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13). As Oswald Chambers said, “So that is what faith is—God perceived by the heart.” What more can be said, what greater case could be made than this: to find God, you must look with all your heart. To remain present to God, you must remain present to your heart. To hear his voice, you must listen with your heart. To love him, you must love with all your heart. You cannot be the person God meant you to be, and you cannot live the life he meant you to live, unless you live from the heart. Sourced from: Ransomed Heart Ministries
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Shrimp Creole Made With Love
Ingredients: • 4 oz (1 stick) unsalted butter • 2 cups chopped onions • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper • 1 cup chopped celery • 1 tsp salt • ½ tsp cayenne pepper • 2 bay leaves
• 1 can diced tomatoes (14½ oz) • 1 Tbsp chopped garlic • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce • 1 Tbsp hot sauce,or to taste • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour • 1 cup water • 1 cup shrimp stock
• 2½ lbs large shrimp
(peeled and deveined)
• 1 Tbsp Creole Seasoning • ½ cup chopped green onions • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley • 4 cups cooked long-grain
To Make: • In a large sauce pan, over medium heat, melt the butter. • Add the onions, peppers, and celery to the pan. • Season the vegetables with salt and cayenne and sauté the vegetables until they are wilted, about 6 to 8 minutes. • Stir in the bay leaves, tomatoes, and garlic. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer; continue to cook for 15 minutes. • In a small bowl, whisk the flour and water together and add the mixture to the tomatoes. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes. • Add the shrimp stock, Worcestershire and hot sauce and continue to cook for 10 minutes longer. • Season the shrimp with Essence and add them to the pot. Cook the shrimp until they are pink and cooked through, about 6 to 7 minutes. • Stir in the green onions and parsley. • Serve with white rice.
* Fall Into Health & Beauty
Beauty When fall finally hits home, it’s so long bikini and hello pumpkin spiced lattes! There’s also a switch from bright and light makeup trends to warmer, deeper colors. Here is a sampling of this year’s up-and-coming makeup trends and tips.
Let’s Get Hairy
Darker foundations and warmer shades of blush give the appearance of a fresh tan from the beach. The key here is to blend your makeup well enough to make your face look natural. That’s right; 365 days of a South Beach glow and without the UV rays! Using a damp beauty blender after you’ve applied your foundation will give the finishing touch to this all natural look. Tip: Keep the sponge damp. That way it won’t absorb any of the makeup you just applied to your face.
Dark lipstick is always a fad in the fall and winter months, but this year, try layering a black lipstick with a bright red or berry. Blend it in with your finger, and you will have a dark, stained wine look. Muah!
People tend to run straight for the curling iron and hair straightener. This fall, why not stick to a more natural look? Shape your hair to work for you by cutting it in ways that will bring out your natural beauty. If you have fine or thin hair, try a short bob with some layers for that recently blow-dried look. Can you say posh? For thicker hair, we recommend long layers with tapered bangs and a middle part. Bangs will grow nicely with the layers, and a middle part elongates your face.
Orange You Glad You Wore Eye Shadow? Believe it or not, orange is really flattering on the eyes! Blending it with pinks and reds will give you that “sunset” look. Make sure to stay with colors that go well with your skin tone. If you’re lighter skinned, stick with lighter shades of orange. If your skin is darker, you can play with darker tones, such as a burnt orange.
IN THE NUDE Nude colored nails or even bare nails are becoming more popular. This fall, we thought we’d spice it up a bit with a matte top coat. Try shades of taupe, tan or cream.
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Travel & Destinations
Bora Bora Island From its name alone, Bora Bora Island enchants. Once described as “a tiny emerald in a setting of turquoise, encircled by a sheltering necklace of sparkling pearls,” this almost mythical, mystical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is without a doubt one of the beautiful islands of the world. For over 40 years, Bora Bora has been frequented by tourists from all over the world. Hailed to be the most beautiful island in the world, the living in Bora Bora is so relaxing, as there is always something for everyone in Bora Bora. According to the history of Bora Bora, the United States Military Base closed on June 2, 1946, officially, after the war but many Americans refused to leave the island because it became close to their hearts. Some Americans were even forcibly asked to leave due to complaints of their families from the mainland. This previously used base became French Polynesia’s only international airport. But later on, Faa’a International Airport was opened in the year 1962 in Papeete, Tahiti. Today the Island of Bora Bora relies largely on tourism and because of this seven luxurious resorts were built over the past few years. Hotel Bora Bora was the first to build
bungalows that stand over the water using stilts. And today, over-the-water bungalows are a given of every resort on the island because these bungalows provide spectacular sites of lagoons and mountains. Bora Bora Island is popular for snorkeling and especially for scuba diving. Tourists can explore the lagoons and can find different species of sharks and manta rays. The island’s foremost attraction is its tranquil lagoon of dazzling clear water that offers different nautical activities like shark and stingray feeding excursion. Also, a very interesting activity is the land excursion. In land excursions, tourists can take a ride on 4x4 trucks that climb up the hills to view old World War II cannons that is very much a part of the history of Bora Bora. The main languages that are spoken by people in Bora Bora Island are French and Tahitian although most inhabitants that interact with visitors have a good comprehension of the English language. Most tourists that visit the island are Americans, Japanese and Europeans. The history of Bora Bora is very interesting and what better way to discover and relive it than to visit the villages and explore the island.
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by Marelia Rocasco He leans back in his chair, hands folded across his chest, a big bear of a man with gentle piercing eyes under the guise of a black cap labeled “kickin back”—a phrase contradicting the driven, hard working, wild ride that has marked the events of his life, but a phrase that’s true to the spirit he’s lived it in. Larry Black was born in South Dakota, but raised in Missouri, Alabama and Florida. Maybe having that roving start in life is what made traveling for the next 30 years easy. As a preacher’s kid, Larry learned early the value of family loyalty. Mom and dad protected him from the life in a fishbowl that so many pastor’s kids experience, and let him learn from living in different states that every area had their own rules, even within the same denomination. In one state, he was safe swimming in the local pool, while in another, being in a creek with everyone was NOT okay. “The rules were different,” Larry recalls, “and I saw that if you were in Florida, something as unthinkable as two piece bathing suits were okay.” These early lessons on knowing how to negotiate his place within the context of the current culture, went far to help him succeed later in life. Even though he was the pudgy kid to an incredibly gifted brother—both athletically and musically—Larry learned about loyalty from him too. Richard always insisted that Larry got picked when it was time for the boys to play ball. Without that, Larry would doubtless have been the last one—and unchosen.
The brothers both sang and played the piano, though each one took on a different horn: Larry on trombone and Richard touting the trumpet. These instruments seemed to represent the brothers. According to music blog The Vault, “Many who are familiar with brass instruments believe that since the trumpet requires a more focused embouchure (the way the mouth fits on the mouthpiece) than the trombone, the trumpet requires more strength to play. This is false, as the trumpet simply requires a different kind of strength.” Time would show this to be true of Larry, who eventually became a force in the radio and television industry. “We were so different—had different interests, but we never argued. We got along great—he always stood up for me--and he even took a spanking for me. I deserved it, but by the time we got home, I was sick, so Richard told Dad, ”I’ll take that for him.” Encountering the constancy and caring from his brother and parents deeply influenced Larry, like all our childhood and early experiences do. Being backed up by family from birth, his life naturally continued this loyalty, demonstrated in 50 years of marriage to his wife Luann. It also has been heartening to see in his own sons as they willingly stepped in the gap for their dad when life would later take some hard turns. Before then, Larry’s life was radio. He will tell you that he has been in radio forever. Starting out at age 18 as a rock and roll DJ,
Larry moved 12 times, sometimes across the country for a $10/ week raise in those early days. He and Luann had no kids then so he was able to easily make his way through gigs in Mobile, Charlotte and Hartford. It was there that Pat Roberson had 5 FM stations called CBN. Pat had been given a tape of Larry’s and asked him to be a DJ in Ithaca at the new Christian radio station there. In 1969, making $300/week take-home pay in Hartford was big money. Pat was offering $150 a week. Larry believes that God had a purpose beyond a job—so he took another offer. He packed Luann and their Pekignese in his little VW and went to Ithaca for 3 years, where he ended up building life-long relationships. Also it was in Ithaca that his son Ian was born to their family. While in Ithaca CBN began producing the Scott Ross Show. Larry ultimately put the show on 250 Rock and Roll stations. Feeling that he had accomplished everything he came there to do, Larry headed back to Hartford, Connecticut and wrote jingles for commercials. Then it was back to upstate NY to do mornings at WAXC. In Rochester, his other two sons were born. He built a small recording studio with Bob Whyley (“tremendous engineer”--who later ended up as the audio director for the Jay Leno show). The studio was the only studio downtown, and it was near the Xerox towers and Kodak, who both did a majority of their commercials there. Though Larry owned the studio and did some voiceover work, he let someone else run it.
Meanwhile, Scott did not want to continue with the Scott Ross Show and ask Larry if he would move his family back to Ithaca and host the show. In 1978 the family moved to Nashville while the show ran syndicated for seven more years, as the Larry Black Show. By now his boys were enrolled in a local private Nashville college prep school. 18 months after the Larry Black Show, he got a call to do what ended up being a successful radio spot for a car dealership (“The Team That Can’t Be Beat”). Then Larry was called for TV spots. “I really thought my appearance would work against me, being a big guy” recalls Larry, but it sold in 30 cities. He was now busy and getting paid well, doing modeling for the Big and Tall ads. “They told me it was my face—it needed to be friendly—but didn’t have to be pretty!” Once that finished, he sought out his dear friend and mentor Bob McKenzie who urged him to go back to what he did well— and that was radio. He applied at WSM and worked weekends at Opryland Park. There, filling in for vacations, the morning person was let go because “Papa Gaylord didn’t like Blue material in the morning.” They asked Larry to be the replacement and hired him for 5am-9am run after doing a nationwide search. “I had fun!” Larry remembers. Believing that he was a good DJ, Larry approached them about increasing his $5/hr wage, but they said no. Larry said okay and went on to audition for a part in “Ernest Goes to Camp”. He drove to Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson and filmed.
Everyone soon learned that Larry’s morning man role at WSM was significant, and finally doubled the hourly rate and offered him the job. Larry agreed under the condition that they make it retroactive—surprisingly, they did! “That was the best Christmas ever—my boys got everything they were dreaming about.” WSM now brought in Liz White, who together with Larry did Black and White in the Morning. The show worked well and for over 2 years they met in the middle and drew a loyal following: Larry the older one, Liz the younger. But when she was offered a job in New York City, the team ended. Larry started doing auditions for the TV series The Heat of the Night in Atlanta. From there, he went to Florida to play the part of the manager of Cape Canaveral in The Cape, a show about astronauts, filming 22 episodes. Still traveling, Larry went to LA for pilot work, back home for an HBO special, and continued to be offered spots—“somehow I just kept showing up in the ratings” so WSM hired him back. Eventually getting into TV production, Larry worked several shows, including Road Test magazine and You Can Be A Star. By this time two of his sons were getting married within 6 months of each other and once he and Luann happily negotiated that task, Larry wanted to do something special for her. He felt like she had stood by him through hard times and much travel. They decided to head out west. Charles Kuralt had said that the most beautiful drive in America was the Bear Tooth Highway, located just outside of Yellowstone National Park. So off to Montana they went with side trips to the Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore. It was more than either of them imagined. Smitten with the million dollar view, they couldn’t afford to buy the 40 acres they wanted. So Larry started Country’s Family Reunion—which was supposed to be a one-time deal, but he produced it, sold it, and was able to pay investors with a 29% return—which bought that majestic view for Luann.
They built their dream home there. The Country’s Family Reunion was still going strong, and Larry decided to venture into Larry’s Country Diner. “There was no reason for me to retire—I loved what I was doing.” His family, his dream home, his career—all of it was at its height—until he and his friend Randy ended up underneath a 1500-lb ATV on his property. That accident broke his back and ribs, collapsed a lung, and left him with a flailed chest. Luann was called and arrived within minutes to find Larry at the bottom of the hill, alert and talkative. As Larry tells it, “I was trapped and my friend was in shock and bleeding profusely. A medical helicopter was flying over at the time, saw the accident, and took Randy to Billings. After the jaws of life cut me out, the ambulance took me to the Red Lodge emergency room. When they couldn’t stabilize me, the decision was made to transport me by ambulance to Billings.” He spent 6 days in the ICU and 33 days in the hospital. It was in this valley that Larry’s sons stepped in to help with their dad’s business ventures. Larry is deeply moved as he talks about them. They stayed the course and still work with him to this day. “You know there’s a verse: Man charts his course but God directs His steps. The assumption is that the man is moving.” Larry Black is a man who has been moving all his life—be it through success or failure. “You can’t just stagnate—at 73, I still have the effects of that accident, but a boat sitting in a dock is useless—get it in motion and then just a gentle turn will get it going in a different direction.” Having done everything he set out to do, one thing remains on his bucket list: being able to finish construction on Larry’s Country Diner. He glances down at the ring he and Luann bought after his accident. It depicts the Tetons, with their massive heights and deep valleys, apt symbols of the life he’s lived so far. What is most important to him is the family that has been on that journey with him. Like those Tetons, their unyielding loyalty brings the height and depth of his experience into perspective.
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When Joan, and her husband Harold, both in their 80’s pictured their golden years, they thought they would remain in their home of 43 years in Columbus, Ohio. They never dreamed they would uproot from friends and family and move almost 400 miles to Nashville to begin a new life. They now reside in an independent living community surrounded by more than 130 seniors who enjoy: playing bridge, movie nights, morning workouts and themed parties. This story illustrates how a family can work together to find the right balance between independence and targeted, flexible caregiving to enable everyone to live their best life. by Elizabeth Moss, Caregivers by WholeCare
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Several years ago, Harold developed mobility problems with his hips and back. He needed help with some activities of daily living. It came to the point where Joan knew she needed to do more for Harold but didn’t know where to turn. Their daughter, Pam Cherry, was flying back and forth from Nashville to Columbus to attend to her parents’ care. Her mother ‘a real go-getter’ was use to exercising, volunteering, and keeping up the lawn care. As her husband’s mobility continued to decline, he needed more help than she could provide. Pam explains, “In life, if you live long enough, you’re either going to be a caregiver or someone is going to be caring for you. The stress of wondering how things were going for my parents long distance was taking a toll on all of us.” Pam started researching and touring assisted living and retirement communities in Nashville. None seemed to be the right fit. Joan says of the experience, “It was so shocking to try and picture moving into one of these care facilities. Many residents were wheel chair bound, and unable to function independently. It was depressing and we couldn’t picture going from living independently to having to sign in and out just to go to the grocery store.” They decided to visit The St. Paul independent living community in Green Hills for lunch and were pleasantly surprised. “There’s no place like The St Paul in Columbus,” says Joan. “At The St. Paul, the apartments are large, very comfortable, our Chef fixes tasty meals and you can select to pay for lunch, dinner or both. You do have to be able to walk in on your own accord, but you can age in place at The St. Paul as your needs change.”
After they moved in, Joan needed help to improve Harold’s mobility. She was referred to Caregivers by WholeCare, a partner of The St. Paul. WholeCare met with the family and created a customized care plan to meet Harold’s needs. His caregiver, Renee, visits him one hour a day Monday – Thursday to get him moving. She guides Harold in a daily exercise regimen for 60 minutes including biking, walking and stretching exercises to improve strength and flexibility. His hard work is paying off. “He has changed so much through the care he has received from Renee,” says Joan. “He was on a walker when we moved here and now he uses a cane for balance. It’s been wonderful for Harold both physically and mentally. Our friends in the St. Paul, and our family, have all noticed the changes in Harold and we’re so happy for this gift of improved health.” The family credits the versatility of WholeCare to provide inhome care for only one hour per day as the key to affordable care. Pam elaborates, “There’s a clear difference that a caregiver (versus a sitter) can offer when you’re trying to follow a physical therapy rehab plan. It’s the flexibility we like with WholeCare to do a share plan with other families at St. Paul that makes it affordable.” Harold doesn’t have any plans to slow down. When the weekend rolls around he’s quick to remind himself to exercise on his own. Now, that’s a positive turn for the better.
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Tips for Car Travel with Pets Hitting the road with your pet for the holidays, a vacation, or just a quick getaway doesn't have to be a stressful endeavor. Here are some great tips for taking your pet along on your next car ride. First things first! Should Your Pet Travel? Your pet’s safety is of utmost impor tance. If your pet is ill, undergoing treatment or has a temperament that does not allow him or her to travel comfor table it is always best to leave your pet behind with a trusted caregiver. Must Do’s for Safe Travel • Healthy Start: Make sure your pet is up to date will all necessary vaccinations. Get a health cer tificate from your veterinarian for travel. This way if you need to seek veterinary attention while you are on your trip you have evidence your animal is vaccinated and under the care of a veterinarian. It is recommended to travel with this cer tificate if you are crossing state lines.
• What to Pack: An ample supply of your pet's food is recommended; don’t rely on the fact they may have your pets diet where you are traveling. Introducing your pet to a new diet while on your adventure may cause stomach upset and undo stress. Pet first-aid kit, water bowls, toys, extra towels, and any necessary medications. Make sure you pack enough supplies in case your trip is delayed for some reason. • Frequent Pit Stops: It is always best to provide potty breaks and exercise breaks. • Pet Friendly Accommodations: Make sure your destination has pet friendly accommodations. This will reduce the stress of having to find another place to stay at the last minute. Call in advance to know the policy of the place you are staying. Don’ts For Safe Travel
• No Heads Out the Window: Most Pets love to stick their heads out of the windows this is not safe. Your pet could be • Plan for Restraint: One of the most impor tant elements injured by road debris. NEVER allow your pet to ride in the of pet travel is having a proper carrier or restraint for your pet. back of a pick-up truck restrained or not. Some states have This cannot be stressed enough. Hundreds of pets are injured laws restricting this type of travel and is it always dangerous. or even killed each year because they are allowed free reign in cars, trucks, RVs, and SUVs. Pets can also be a distraction • Never, Never Leave Them Alone Never leave your to the driver and cause an accident. Consider getting the pet unattended in a parked vehicle. Even on a cool day your following: Vehicle pet barriers, pet seat belts, pet car seats, vehicle will warm up to temperatures that are harmful to your and pet travel crates. Make sure they are large enough for pets. On warm days, the temperature in your vehicle can rise your pet to be able to turn around in. to 120 degrees in just minutes, even with the windows slightly open. • Identification: ID tags or microchips are very impor tant if you travel with your pet. In the unfor tunate event that your pet • Make sure you have a leash or restraint when stopping runs off while you're traveling, they may help you get your pet for breaks A unrestrained pet can run or fly away if star tled. back. A temporary identification tag, along with a photo of your Make sure that you are always in control when you are out of pet will help ensure their safe return. A current photo of your your vehicle. pet will help others identify your pet if it gets lost.
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