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Posted 8/15/14 at 3:14 PM | Barry Bowen |
New cell phone apps are giving parents greater control over their children's cell phones. With apps like My Mobile Watchdog and Phone Sheriff, parents can set time limits on cell phones and restrict adult websites.
When her children failed to respond to her calls and texts, Sharon Standifird collaborated with a software developer to make the app Ignore No More. Standifird told KTRK, "It takes away texting, it takes away the gaming, it takes away calling their friends. The child will always be able to call 911."
With a single tap a parent can restrict their child's contact list. Then the child calls mom or dad to obtain the cell phone password.
The app DinnerTime allows parents to lock cell phones for a specific amount of time. Parents can block calls during dinner or at night when they want they children to sleep.
Top Ten Reviews has selected its favorite parental phone control apps. Not all of the apps are available for iPhone or Android.
Posted 8/11/14 at 10:18 PM | Barry Bowen |
My Facebook feed is filled with comments about and photos of Robin Williams. According to press accounts, the 63-year-old actor committed suicide. Some of my friends in the entertainment industry are sharing stories of sadness about the funny comedian that inspired them.
When suicide occurs, people close to the death often struggle with no sense of closure.
Four years ago one of my favorite actresses committed suicide. Shayne Kohout appeared in the movies Mandie and the Secret Tunnel and Mandie and the Cherokee Treasure. Shayne also performed on the stage where her talents could shine.
I was a production assistant on the TV Series 7th Street Theater when Shayne auditioned for a new role. Anyone that has viewed numerous audition reels would recognize her as a natural talent. Shayne acted in 23 episodes. FULL POST
Posted 8/11/14 at 7:49 PM | Barry Bowen |
Shaneen Allen hurt no one when she entered the state of New Jersey with a handgun. The mother from Pennsylania is the latest face of victimless crime.
After being pulled over for "unsafe lane change", a police officer asked if she had a gun. Allen informed the officer that she had a gun and was arrested because New Jersey does not recognize gun permits from other states.
Defense attorney Evan Nappen told Fox affiliate WWOR, "She made an honest mistake." Allen has never been arrested. The gun was purchased after Allen was the victim of two robberies.
According to WWOR, Allen could receive a 11.5 year sentence if she were convicted and the court imposed the maximum sentence. "Ten years for possession of a weapon and another 18 months for possession of the bullets." FULL POST
Posted 8/8/14 at 3:18 PM | Barry Bowen |
Today is National Lighthouse Day.
These once popular structures assisted boats and ships in getting to their destinations and in avoiding dangerous reefs and beachfronts. Some lighthouses are now vacation destinations where tourists can spend the night.
Recently I became fascinated with these buildings and have spent hours reading about them and viewing pictures of them on the internet. Considering the growing popularity of the tiny house movement, I wonder what it would be like to live in a lighthouse. My home could light up the world at night.
Light is often used as a metaphor in the Bible. In Matthew 5:14 Jesus said, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden." FULL POST
Posted 8/4/14 at 3:44 PM | Barry Bowen |
Last week Connecticut Democrat Rosa DeLauro introduced House bill H.R.5279. According to the Library of Congress, this bill would "amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, to dedicate the revenues from such tax to the prevention, treatment, and research of diet-related health conditions in priority populations, and for other purposes."
DeLauro's bill has three co-sponsors of which all are Democrats: James P. Moran, Eleanor Holmes Norton and Bobby L. Rush.
The actual text of the bill is not yet available at the Library of Congress. However, CNS News reports, "Even though the manufacturers’ of the sweet drinks are targeted to pay the tax, the text of the bill itself notes that the goal is to reduce public consumption through a price increase." FULL POST
Posted 7/31/14 at 4:40 PM | Barry Bowen |
In the summer of 1979 I saw a Christian film and thought, "I could become a Christian filmmaker." That summer my church showed a Christian film each Sunday night by pioneer filmmaker Ken Anderson.
Twenty five years later I got a job working on the TV series 7th Street Theater. Producer and Director Dave Christiano developed the series about a group of actors at a community theater performing skits to share their faith.
Production began in November 2004. The final day of shooting was July 31, 2009. We shot three seasons and a total of 64 episodes which aired on the religious TV networks.
All of the episodes were shot in a warehouse in Arden, North Carolina. The sets included theater seats, theater stage, green room, prop construction room and secretary's office.
Our actors worked part-time on the TV series. We had to shoot around their schedules. Since 7th Street Theater was a nonunion production, the crew gained experience working in a variety of different roles. I worked as production assistant, dolly grip, occasionally operated a boom microphone, read lines to actors off-screen and closed caption the episodes. FULL POST
Posted 7/31/14 at 12:05 PM | Barry Bowen |
When I was a child, my mom used a quote from the Bible to warn me about sinning: " ... be sure your sin will find you out." - Numbers 32:23
My mom was right.
Jerrod Christian may have finally learned this lesson too. A tornado struck Kingsport, Tennessee, while Jerrod was in jail. According to ABC News, his neighbors discovered their stolen property around Jerrod's home. Jerrod was charged with multiple counts of burglary and theft.
Among the allegedly stolen items discovered were an air compressor, Lincoln welder, and weed trimmer.
There might be another Bible lesson that applies to this situation. Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
Posted 7/30/14 at 6:12 PM | Barry Bowen
Christians are using the Arabic letter ن (nun) to show support for Iraqi Christians persecuted for their faith. Besides appearing in Facebook and Twitter profiles, the letter has been used on protest signs in France.
France 24 has posted a slideshow of French Christians supporting Iraqi refugees that recently fled the city of Mosul, Iraq.
Islamic State (IS) soldiers marked the homes of Iraqi Christians with the letter. Some of the homes are featured in this Universal Free Press photo collection.
USA Today reported, "Earlier this month, Muslim extremists who had captured the city ordered all Christians to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face execution. They later revoked the tax as an option." FULL POST
Posted 7/30/14 at 2:39 PM | Barry Bowen |
Twenty-six years ago I was preparing for my senior year of high school. The future looked so bright and I mistakenly assumed I was ready for adulthood.
There were many wasted opportunities during my time as a student. If time machines existed, I would go back to 1988 and give myself the following advice:
Posted 7/29/14 at 4:09 PM | Barry Bowen
Dr. Mary Ruwart, a pharmaceutical researcher that develeped new medicines and author of Healing Our World in an Age of Aggression, estimates that more than 4 million Americans died prematurely because of the 1962 Kefauver Harris Amendment. Congress amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to protect consumers from dangerous drugs. The new legislation added 10 years to the testing of drugs.
The Food and Drug Administration reported, "Before marketing a drug, firms now had to prove not only safety, but also provide substantial evidence of effectiveness for the product's intended use."