June 30, 2013

EquityLock Protector Giveaway (reprint)

(from Our Daily Green) 
EquityLock Protector Giveaway
(via www.ourdailygreenlife.blogspot.com)
In a world of the 3Rs of reduce, reuse, recycle, there is also a 4th R to consider. Repair. But how many times do we cringe when the repair bill can exceed the price of replacement? For some folks, it's reached the point of not even attempting to fix…

June 27, 2013

The gift of encouragement

One of my favorite ways to spend my time is encouraging others. I don't know if that's a function of my essential laziness, that I would rather goad others into fulfilling their potential so I don't have to? Perhaps lazy isn't the right word, but rather efficient. I figure it's more productive to encourage 10 folks to do something than me try to do the work of 10. But the seeds of encouragement were planted  when I was still in high school, by a very special classmate.

In high school, I dated a wonderful boy. He was so smart, so talented, and his heart was huge. We went to the Sadie Hawkins dance together, although I admit I asked him as a buddy. He was so crestfallen when I asked and it wasn't romantic. Teenagers are masters of mixed signals. Typical J. Geils song stuff. He liked me, but I liked another, and someone else liked someone else. I don't even remember it all. I'm rapidly getting off track. The boy agreed to go to the dance with me and he pulled out all the romantic stops to change my friendly invite to a romantic one. I admit, it worked, and what started as a friendship turned into a sweetheart thing.

Anyway, one morning, he got my locker combination from someone and I got to school to find my locker stuffed with candy, a little figurine and a letter. Believe it or not, I saved the letter and ceramic figurine. It was about ENCOURAGEMENT. (when I share some of its contents, you'll understand why I've held onto it.)

from William Barclay: One of the highest of human duties is the duty of encouragement. It is easy to laugh at men's ideals, it is easy to pour cold water on their enthusiasm; it is easy to discourage others. The world is full of discouragers. We have a Christian duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the man who speaks such a word. 
RIP Petehis own words: Sun shines where love grows. Change is often desirable, frequently necessary and always inevitable. All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. All the wonders you seek are within yourself. Celebrate life one day at a time. Never let yesterday use up today. Remember yesterday, dream about tomorrow, but live for today. May your day be filled to overflowing with all that makes you happiest. To love someone is to always show them new ways to grow. 

We broke up but remained friends, distantly. I don't remember how or why we broke up. He was light years ahead of me at 17 and I didn't get the maturity of his words or thoughts.

His second year of college, he committed suicide. I can only guess the reasons, as we had not stayed in touch. I wish I could ask him. I wish he could tell me why he no longer believed in how amazing he was. One of the biggest stresses in his life was what direction to go. He was that brilliant that he had perfect scores on everything. He was on a full ride scholarship and he had no idea what direction to take.

I don't know why but it still breaks my heart. I found his letter recently when I moved my office downstairs. I realized how much his words shaped my life. I suppose a piece of him lives in me. I like to think so, anyway. He may never know how much his words changed how I approached the world, but they did. I'll always remember him.

Thanks, Pete.

June 21, 2013

Jack the Giant Slayer on DVD Blu-Ray

When I was a kid, I absolutely loved my fairy tales. Fairy tales are actually a simple way to work through some of the most complex human problems, from coming of age to finding one's purpose in life. They are part of our collective human unconscious. Lately, there has a been a resurgent interest in retelling our childhood stories, in movies and television. A recent offering is a new twist on the old tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.

In cooperation with Warner Bros., we are happy to offer one lucky reader the a Jack the Giant Slayer Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Ultraviolet). 

To enter, we would like to know via a blog comment your favorite fairy tale. Please respond by July 04, 2013 at midnight EST to qualify.

About Jack the Giant Slayer:

Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing Jack (Nicholas Hoult), into the battle of this life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom and its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend... and gets the chance to become a legend himself! Directed by Brian Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns)
Starring: Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy), Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Moulin Rouge!), and Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones).

June 14, 2013


The legend of the Dragonfly tells of its role as a spirit guide. Many tales tell of people, troubled with inner conflicts and doubts, being guided, and helped by dragonflies. The most important instrument to have, the dragonfly teaches, is a flower. 

Nature puts them out there for us to find. A flower brings joy and love to your heart, and makes it strong. Whenever you feel disconnected, find a flower. It will connect you to the Earth and to yourself. 

I wanted to share a few of the dragonfly photos I've taken over the years. 

Today felt like that sort of day. 

Corolla NC

silk flower

June 7, 2013

Rent textbooks to save money

Campus Book RentalsAs my daughter approaches high school graduation, one of the overriding concerns is the cost of textbooks, especially for university requirements that are not in her major field of study. It seems crazy to spend hundreds of dollars for a book that will never be opened past the semester it is used.

College students around the nation are picking up some of their requirements with a summer school class and find themselves also concerned about the cost of a text book. Fresh Daily Bread is proud to partner with CampusBookRentals and share their special summer rental sale. They offer textbooks for a rental fee of only $29.99 for the summer. Click the banner for more information and don't worry about having a bookcase textbooks that cannot be re-sold, are never re-read and only helped fulfill some core required courses.

Trust me on this one, unless it's in your major field of study, you'll never open that book again after you get your credit hours.

June 5, 2013

Test your Civil War knowledge trivia and qualify to win!

The Civil War has been a source of fascination for people around the nation. Some personal friends of mine regularly participate in Civil War re-enactments. In fact, the dad has actually grown Civil War era lampchop sideburns to authenticate his role. The regional chapter sets up a large display at our county fair and participates in demonstrations around the area to bring that era to life. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, on June28th, the film Copperhead, starring Peter Fonda, Billy Campbell and Angus MacFayden premiers in theaters around the nation. 

If you're fascinated by this slice of American history, Fresh Daily Bread is proud to offer a Copperhead Prize Package: 
  • Official Copperhead Movie Poster hand signed by Director/Producer Ron Maxwell (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals) (27 X 40)
  • The Copperhead Official Companion Book [Author: Harold Frederic]
  • Movie Theater Cash [Valid for 1 Movie Admission]

“Copperhead is a glowing, luxuriant tale of love and conflict – a Romeo and Juliet for the American Civil War, where loyalty and liberty tear a small town and two families to pieces. Here is the Civil War as it was fought, not on the battlefields, but in the hearts of the American people. Gorgeously filmed, a pastoral idyll.”
− Allen Guelzo, author of "Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War" and Director, Civil War Studies Program, Gettysburg College
To qualify, simply leave a comment indicating your score. A winner will be drawn on June 15th at midnight EST from the comments. 

A special thank you to Copperhead for this great promotion


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