Posted 3/23/17 at 2:56 AM | Mark John
Office parties can be a boom or a bust, and unfortunately, many of us have suffered through more than a few busts. It is a challenging and delicate balance to get colleagues together in an enjoyable social capacity, but it can be done.
Here are 5 considerations for throwing your next office party to ensure your next event is a boom!
1. Determine the objective—and make it clear
When planning your next office social event, make sure the goal and objective of the event is clear to those attending. Don’t leave your colleagues wondering:
● Is it a closed-invitation, employees-only party?
● Are plus-ones invited?
● Should I leave the kids at home?
● Is this event strictly social, or are we forming a brain trust for the next annual conference?
● Is attendance optional or mandatory?
● Am I expected to present an update or pitch?
● Will there be team-building exercises?
● How long will the party be?
● What is the attire?
The party invitation should make the objective clear and answer all of the above questions. That way, attendees can make informed decisions and can arrive feeling certain about their role and the expectations of the event. FULL POST
Posted 3/13/17 at 1:37 PM | Robert Hoffman
Christmas can be something kids enjoy the whole year round with the availability of free Christmas apps downloadable any day of every month. If you are looking for ways to entertain your kids, here are some top free apps you can install on your phone:
Boost your child's creativity and thinking skills while keeping him entertained with this jigsaw puzzle. Made especially for kids, the puzzle has five different levels of difficulty multiplied by 8 Christmas-inspired images. Made for kids less than 5 years of age, the game is beautifully colored and mashed with entertaining pops and music for a very enjoyable activity.
Santa needs help in his shop! This Wombi Christmas Toy app lets your kid be part of the magic of Christmas by giving him the 'elf' role in Santa's North Pole operation. Using this app, kids can assemble toys, design them, and have them ready for delivery to all the nice boys and girls of the world. A truly interactive game with lots of possible combinations, Wombi Christmas Toys should leave kids entertained for hours at a time. FULL POST
Posted 2/20/17 at 1:50 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
Actress Alexa PenaVega can’t believe what happened when a group of prayer warriors gathered around her grandmother’s bedside as she began to go the way of all the earth.
“This past week has been a struggle for my family as our beautiful abuelita (grandma) was on life support,” PenaVega said on an Instagram post.
The actress said watching her grandmother’s decline was a “bittersweet experience,” partly because she led such a full and beautiful life.
PenaVega’s grandmother has 12 children, more than 50 grandchildren, and 10 great grand children. She is “just the most incredible little Colombian woman inside and out.”
But she was facing steep odds against reaching the age of 94. “This week her lungs collapsed, her heart started failing and her stomach stopped working and she fell into a coma,” PenaVega shared.
As PenaVega and her family gathered to say goodbye, they were joined by local church members who came to her grandmother’s side and prayed for five hours. FULL POST
Posted 2/15/17 at 7:43 AM | Joy Mali
Traveling is always fun! But, what if we say that you can really add to your traveling experience with the smart use of some out-of-the-box and cool gadgets? Yes, these smart tools would definitely change the way you travel, all due to the smart usage of technology which adds extra convenience wherever you go.
Without beating around the bush, let’s have a quick look on a few cool travel gadgets we’re already drooling upon!
1. A cute and mini travel steam iron
Are you one of those who would never step out of their home without perfectly ironed clothes? Then, why adjust with this habit while traveling? Look picture perfect with the world’s smallest travel steam iron which is not only very easy and handy to carry wherever you travel, but also provides wrinkle-free clothes on the go!
This travel steam iron is very compact in size and is mainly intended to take along while traveling. It has a 420-watt motor and three heating levels. Compare its size with the mouse of a computer which makes it an excellent pick to pack in your travel bag. Sounds cool, no?
Q: As someone who has been performing in public schools for over two decades, what changes have you seen take place in children in attitude, character or other traits?
A: I don't know that there has been a dramatic change in elementary age children—as far as their response to my shows. Kids love to laugh. Some parents like to laugh—but many have forgotten how. Since the beginning of my school events, creating a connection between parents and kids has been a huge joy for me. Many parents don't see their children "belly laugh" very often—except for the occasional TV show or movie. Children are (mostly) honest and loving. Since the start of my career performing for families, I have seen children with hard hearts. Many times, I've seen those hearts melt through the fun and laughter. Since the beginning, I've been honored to take on a sort of "crazy uncle" role. Unfortunately, many kids don't see their dad in a loving, fun, role. It seems sometimes when a man becomes a father his psyche changes—and now as provider—he is scared just to be himself with his children. It may be difficult for some men to be a bit vulnerable, open and honest. As a father myself, I have to remind myself often just how much my kids adore me, and my role in guiding, nurturing and directing them is vastly important. FULL POST
Posted 2/11/17 at 12:48 PM | Emelie Hyde
Regular churchgoers know that attending church should focus more on worship and sharingfaith rather than socializing, but it can lift your spiritual energy when your community is more tightly knit. Church members feel more comfortable attending your congregation when they know they’ll be welcomed and made a part of the larger community.
It improves the worship experience and makes your congregation better able to bring lost sheep into the fold.As an ecclesiastical leader who’s looking to improve fellowship and the camaraderie of your church, you should regard community involvement as one potentially of your most powerful tools.
Use some of the following ideas to bring your congregation closer together.
1. Activate a Mass Notification System
Keeping people on the same page is vital for community awareness. When an event or emergency demands immediate attention, religious organizations once employed the calling tree. Essential news was passed by word of mouth through the grapevine.
But this system wasn’t always accurate, and it didn’t necessarily guarantee that everyone got the message. Now we have technology that makes the challenge of notifying everyone in your parish quick and easy with voice broadcasting or SMS messaging systems. FULL POST
Posted 2/6/17 at 4:30 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
At this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, Lady Gaga avoided major political controversies, but also made a powerful cultural statement by singing her megahit “Born This Way,” which implies that homosexuality is genetically fixed at birth and can not be changed.
However, at least eight major studies of identical twins in Australia, the U.S., and Scandinavia during the last several decades all arrive at the same conclusion: gays were not born that way.
“At best genetics is a minor factor,” says Dr. Neil Whitehead, PhD. Whitehead has worked for the New Zealand government as a scientific researcher for 24 years, as well as the U.N. and International Atomic Energy Agency. His PhD is in biochemistry and statistics.
Identical twins have the same genes or DNA. They are nurtured in equal prenatal conditions. If homosexuality is caused by genetics or prenatal conditions and one twin is gay, the co-twin should also be gay. FULL POST
Posted 2/2/17 at 8:13 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
With his prowess as an NFL quarterback, movie star looks, and marriage to a supermodel, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is either deeply admired or the subject of loathsome envy that borders on hate by others.
Like his coach, Bill Belichick, he tends to reveal little about his inner thoughts and feelings. But over the last few years he’s mentioned an unusual book that guides his life, written by a New Age shaman from Mexico named Don Miguel Ruiz.
The book, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom is “kind of a mantra for my life,” Brady told a Boston radio interviewer last year. He said the book helped him face the challenges associated with “Deflategate,” when he was accused of under-inflating footballs to gain a competitive advantage over other teams.
“I take everything from it (the book),” he told the Wall Street Journal. “There isn’t a wrong word in that book. I read it every couple of years just to refresh.” FULL POST
Posted 1/31/17 at 3:24 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese spoke at Fuller Seminary recently after a private screening of his new film Silence, the formidable saga of Jesuit missionaries in 17th-century Japan based on the novel by Shusaku Endo.
At the screening, Scorsese reflected on his years-long struggle to make the film and its impact on his Christian faith.
“Where do I go to find the meaning of existence and the meaning of life? For me, it’s Christianity,” Scorsese told Brehm Center Director Mako Fujimura (who served as a consultant to the film) and Kutter Callaway, an asst. professor of theology and culture at Fuller.
Without the love and compassion inherent in Christianity, there is little hope for humanity, he said. “This is the real saving grace of our world, of our species, really,” he declared.
Scorsese has been thinking about the book and the film project since 1989. “Reading over the last 20 years I’ve found authors apologizing for a Christian attitude, another one saying, ‘This seems disturbingly Christian.’” FULL POST
Posted 1/25/17 at 2:11 PM | Biru Singh
Embark on a journey of never ending excitement and fun when 2017 is already here. The online fighting games have successfully carved out a community of passionate gamers in recent times. With enhanced graphics and better gaming consoles, the contemporary video games are proving to be the hot flavor these days. These developments in the online gaming domain have led to a sharp upsurge in terms of demands from the gamers. As a result of this the gaming industry has become a multi-billion dollar industry around the world.
As far as 2017 is concerned, the gaming fanatics are not going to be disappointed to say the least. Though the World Wide Web has already been flooded by countless games that are played online, but there are few that are developed to capture our attention. In 2017 also the online fighting games remain at the forefront of those games that require advanced graphics, endless amount of gaming skills and ability to overcome the challenges. This year also brings up an opportunity for the gamers to test their skills by playing fighting games at muchgames.com.
Thus the following games clearly emerge as the ones that will drive the gaming experience to the next level. Here they are: FULL POST