Friday, January 30, 2009
Here’s what you need to do to qualify:
· Enter your name, email address, and your fondest marriage memory.
· Each day we will draw a memory and that couple will receive a CD, DVD or book from Celebrate Your Marriage and Jay & Laura Laffoon, and will qualify for the Grand Prize!
· The Grand Prize, to be given away during the Morning Show with Mike Shelley on February 16, will be conference registration for one couple and one free hotel accommodation package for Celebrate Your Marriage at The Grove Park Inn on April 19-20.
Tell us and your fondest marriage memory and celebrate your marriage! From your friends at Toccoa Falls Radio and Celebrate Your Marriage!
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Thursday, January 29, 2009
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Bonus Video: Sara Groves shares the story behind "Love is Still a Worthy Cause"
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Blood flows down
Flowing from the hands of the Healer
Death is bound
Death is bound
It’s broken in the hands of the Healer
So beautiful Your love
Glory to the Lamb of sacrifice
Beautiful and broken
Holiness and love
Glorious the wounded hands of God
How precious are the hands of the Healer
So beautiful Your love
Glory to the Lamb of sacrifice
Beautiful and broken
Holiness and love
Glorious the wounded hands of God
So beautiful the hands of love
So powerful, oh so powerful
So powerful the hands of love
Written by Eddie Kirkland © 2007 Eddie Kirkland Music
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Classical Conversations offers practicums for students, transcript services, and testing services.
Information meetings will be held at the Royston Public Library, on Saturday, February 21 at 10am and at the Jefferson Public Library, on Saturday, February 21 at 2pm.
Classes are held each Tuesday morning in Maysville at Grove Level Baptist church, near the Tanger Outlet Center.
Please see their website: http://www.classicalconversations.com/ to learn more, or call Jennifer Schaefer 706-367-9726, email georgiaschaefers (at) gmail.com
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Monday, January 26, 2009
Congratulations to Pastor Rev. Parker Benson and the entire congregation on the award.
Click here to see sermon videos from Rev. Parker.
Lynn wrote to us and said; "The members of my church are warm, loving, and friendly. We search for ways to reach out in love to people in our community and even other parts of the world. Our staff is strong, faithful, and totally committed to serving our Lord."
Sunday, January 25, 2009
As mentioned by Kathy Nicholson on January 25,2009
Study: Women less able to suppress hunger than men
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Faced with their favorite foods, women are less able than men to suppress their hunger, a discovery that may help explain the higher obesity rate for females, a new study suggests. Researchers trying to understand the brain's mechanisms for controlling food intake were surprised at the difference between the sexes in brain response.
Gene-Jack Wang of Brookhaven National Laboratory and colleagues were trying to figure out why some people overeat and gain weight while others don't.
They performed brain scans on 13 women and 10 men, who had fasted overnight, to determine how their brains responded to the sight of their favorite foods. They report their findings in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"There is something going on in the female," Wang said in a telephone interview, "the signal is so much different."
In the study, participants were quizzed about their favorite foods, which ranged from pizza to cinnamon buns and burgers to chocolate cake, and then were asked to fast overnight.
The next day they underwent brain scans while being presented with their favorite foods. In addition, they used a technique called cognitive inhibition, which they had been taught, to suppress thoughts of hunger and eating.
While both men and women said the inhibition technique decreased their hunger, the brain scans showed that men's brain activity actually decreased, while the part of women's brains that responds to food remained active.
"Even though the women said they were less hungry when trying to inhibit their response to the food, their brains were still firing away in the regions that control the drive to eat," Wang said.
Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Addiction and a co-author of the paper, said the gender difference was a surprise and may be because of different nutritional needs for men and women, although she stressed that idea is speculative.
Because the traditional role of the female is to provide nutrition to children, the female brain may be hard-wired to eat when foods are available, she said. The next step is to see if female hormones are reacting directly with those specific parts of the brain.
"In our society we are being constantly being bombarded by food stimulus," she said in a telephone interview, so understanding the brain's response can help in developing ways to resist that stimulus.
Eric Stice, an expert on eating disorders at the Oregon Research Institute, called the findings provocative.
"I think it is very possible that the differences in hunger suppression may contribute to gender differences in eating disorders and that they are likely linked to gender differences in estrogen and related hormones," said Stice, who was not part of Wang's research team.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35.3 percent of American women and 33.3 percent of men were considered obese in 2006.
Rosalyn Weller, a professor of psychology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, said she was surprised by the results and "thought the dissociation between subjective reports of hunger and brain activation in women but not men was very interesting."
The results suggest that training in reducing food desires or in reacting to food cues could be effective treatments to combat obesity, said Weller, who was not part of the research team.
Weller was a co-author of a recent paper in the journal NeuroImage that studied women's brains when participants were shown pictures of food. They found that obese women had a much stronger reaction than normal-weight women in brain regions related to reward.
Wang noted that behavioral studies have shown that women have a higher tendency than men to overeat when presented with tasty food or under emotional distress.
This may result from differences in sex hormones, he said, and further research is planned to see if that is the case.
Alice H. Lichtenstein, an expert in eating behavior at Tufts University, called Wang's research "very interesting ... I hope to see more like it."
But, she added, a lot of different factors figure in what and when we eat.
"As we learn more about the different factors that go into making that decision we'll be better at helping people regulate" their eating, said Lichtenstein, who was not part of the research team.
Obesity has been increasing and Wang also suggested that another part of the reason is changes in society.
While food choices were seasonal and more limited for our ancestors, choices today are wider and the food is so tempting, he said.
"You go to the buffet, you see the food, you want it," Wang went on. "Some people go to the buffet, they don't eat so much, some do. There is something different in the people."
The study was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and by the General Clinical Research Center of Stony Brook University.
On the Net:
These dolls just went on the market from Ty Beanie Babies as part of the TyGirlz Collection. Spokesperson claims they are not meant to portray Barack Obama's daughters....uh huh.
This collection of dolls which began in 2007 includes these names as well:
Brittany, Paris, Lindsay, Jenna, Hillary, but surprisingly no Laura or Barbara.
ASAP - As Soon As Possible
BBL - Be Back Later
BF - Boy Friend
BRB - Be Right Back
BTW - By the Way
BWL - Bursting with Laughter
CYA - See ya
FYI - For Your Information
GF - Girl Friend
GFN - Gone for Now
GMTA - Great Minds Think Alike
H&K - Hug and Kiss
HHIS - Hanging Head in Shame
IC - I See
JMO - Just My Opinion
KIT - Keep in Touch
KOC - Kiss on Cheek
KOTC - Kiss on the Cheek
L8R - Later
LHM - Lord Help Me
LOL - Laughing Out Loud
LTNS - Long Time No See
PM - Private Message
Poof - Has Left the Chat Room
RL - Real Life
RT - Real Time
ROFL - Rolling On Floor Laughing
SETE - Smiling Ear to Ear
SHID - Slaps Head in Disgust; Egads... I could have had a V-8
SWAK - Sealed with a Kiss
SYS - See You Soon
TTFN - Ta Ta for Now
TTYL - Talk to You Later
WB - Welcome Back
PIR - Parents in Room
PAC - Parents are Coming
TOS - Teacher over Shoulder
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Karen Peck & New River - "All You Need When You Need It."
Israel Houghton - "My Tribute."
Avalon - "Still My God."
Lamont Hiebert - "Together."
Booth Brothers - "Stand."
Don Moen - "Be Lifted Up."
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Bonus Video: "Fragile" by Ten Shekel Shirt - video sketch and description by Lamont Hiebert
Thursday, January 22, 2009
By James D. Davis Religion Editor - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
FORT LAUDERDALE - When officials of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church asked him to consider becoming their next pastor, the Rev. Tullian Tchividjian made one point clear: It was him and his church or not at all.
"I said, 'I'm flattered, but God put me at New City Church,'" the Margate-based minister said of that first meeting last spring. "We talked informally about a merger last summer, but I thought neither church was ready." More>>>
Monday, January 19, 2009
Cheri tells WRAF; "It's not a big church in size, but a big church in heart! Giving souls, winning souls comes to mind when describing the little light house on the hill.
I am a fairly new comer to Central Heights, never considered myself a "baptist", but at our church, it doesn't matter, we are going to learn, to hear the word of the Lord, to embrace his principals and be a disciple.
Pastor Wayne and Kathy gently care for each person and have a genuine love for each person and the gifts God has given them. It is refreshing and a blessing to be a part of this ministry and I thank God for leading us here for this season in our lives."
Nominate your church now >>> to be the next WRAF "Church of the Week."
Sunday, January 18, 2009
mentioned by Kathy Nicholson of Southern Hospitality
2 blocks cream cheese
2 small cans Rotel Tomatoes and Chilies
1 package Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage
Brown sausage in small crumbles. Add sausage and other ingredients to small
crock pot. Set on low. Serve with tortilla chips. (I like TORITOES SCOOPABLES)
optional: add chopped cooked spinach
Franklin D. Roosevelt had campaigned against Herbert Hoover in the 1932 presidential election by saying as little as possible about what he might do if elected. Through even the closest working relationships, none of the president-elect’s most intimate associates felt they knew him well, with the exception perhaps of his wife, Eleanor. The affable, witty Roosevelt used his great personal charm to keep most people at a distance. In campaign speeches, he favored a buoyant, optimistic, gently paternal tone spiced with humor. But his first inaugural address took on an unusually solemn, religious quality. And for good reason—by 1933 the depression had reached its depth. Roosevelt’s first inaugural address outlined in broad terms how he hoped to govern and reminded Americans that the nation’s “common difficulties” concerned “only material things.”
Please note that the audio is an excerpt from the full address.
I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our people impel. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.
In such a spirit on my part and on yours we face our common difficulties. They concern, thank God, only material things. Values have shrunken to fantastic levels; taxes have risen; our ability to pay has fallen; government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income; the means of exchange are frozen in the currents of trade; the withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side; farmers find no markets for their produce; the savings of many years in thousands of families are gone.
More important, a host of unemployed citizens face the grim problem of existence, and an equally great number toil with little return. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.
Yet our distress comes from no failure of substance. We are stricken by no plague of locusts. Compared with the perils which our forefathers conquered because they believed and were not afraid, we have still much to be thankful for. Nature still offers her bounty and human efforts have multiplied it. Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. Primarily this is because the rulers of the exchange of mankind’s goods have failed, through their own stubbornness and their own incompetence, have admitted their failure, and abdicated. Practices of the unscrupulous money changers stand indicted in the court of public opinion, rejected by the hearts and minds of men.
True they have tried, but their efforts have been cast in the pattern of an outworn tradition. Faced by failure of credit they have proposed only the lending of more money. Stripped of the lure of profit by which to induce our people to follow their false leadership, they have resorted to exhortations, pleading tearfully for restored confidence. They know only the rules of a generation of self-seekers. They have no vision, and when there is no vision the people perish.
The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit.
Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.
Recognition of the falsity of material wealth as the standard of success goes hand in hand with the abandonment of the false belief that public office and high political position are to be valued only by the standards of pride of place and personal profit; and there must be an end to a conduct in banking and in business which too often has given to a sacred trust the likeness of callous and selfish wrongdoing. Small wonder that confidence languishes, for it thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, on unselfish performance; without them it cannot live.
Restoration calls, however, not for changes in ethics alone. This Nation asks for action, and action now.
Our greatest primary task is to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously. It can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the Government itself, treating the task as we would treat the emergency of a war, but at the same time, through this employment, accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our natural resources.
Hand in hand with this we must frankly recognize the overbalance of population in our industrial centers and, by engaging on a national scale in a redistribution, endeavor to provide a better use of the land for those best fitted for the land. The task can be helped by definite efforts to raise the values of agricultural products and with this the power to purchase the output of our cities. It can be helped by preventing realistically the tragedy of the growing loss through foreclosure of our small homes and our farms. It can be helped by insistence that the Federal, State, and local governments act forthwith on the demand that their cost be drastically reduced. It can be helped by the unifying of relief activities which today are often scattered, uneconomical, and unequal. It can be helped by national planning for and supervision of all forms of transportation and of communications and other utilities which have a definitely public character. There are many ways in which it can be helped, but it can never be helped merely by talking about it. We must act and act quickly.
Finally, in our progress toward a resumption of work we require two safeguards against a return of the evils of the old order; there must be a strict supervision of all banking and credits and investments; there must be an end to speculation with other people’s money, and there must be provision for an adequate but sound currency.
There are the lines of attack. I shall presently urge upon a new Congress in special session detailed measures for their fulfillment, and I shall seek the immediate assistance of the several States.
Through this program of action we address ourselves to putting our own national house in order and making income balance outgo. Our international trade relations, though vastly important, are in point of time and necessity secondary to the establishment of a sound national economy. I favor as a practical policy the putting of first things first. I shall spare no effort to restore world trade by international economic readjustment, but the emergency at home cannot wait on that accomplishment.
The basic thought that guides these specific means of national recovery is not narrowly nationalistic. It is the insistence, as a first consideration, upon the interdependence of the various elements in all parts of the United States—a recognition of the old and permanently important manifestation of the American spirit of the pioneer. It is the way to recovery. It is the immediate way. It is the strongest assurance that the recovery will endure.
In the field of world policy I would dedicate this Nation to the policy of the good neighbor—the neighbor who resolutely respects himself and, because he does so, respects the rights of others—the neighbor who respects his obligations and respects the sanctity of his agreements in and with a world of neighbors.
If I read the temper of our people correctly, we now realize as we have never realized before our interdependence on each other; that we can not merely take but we must give as well; that if we are to go forward, we must move as a trained and loyal army willing to sacrifice for the good of a common discipline, because without such discipline no progress is made, no leadership becomes effective. We are, I know, ready and willing to submit our lives and property to such discipline, because it makes possible a leadership which aims at a larger good. This I propose to offer, pledging that the larger purposes will bind upon us all as a sacred obligation with a unity of duty hitherto evoked only in time of armed strife.
With this pledge taken, I assume unhesitatingly the leadership of this great army of our people dedicated to a disciplined attack upon our common problems.
Action in this image and to this end is feasible under the form of government which we have inherited from our ancestors. Our Constitution is so simple and practical that it is possible always to meet extraordinary needs by changes in emphasis and arrangement without loss of essential form. That is why our constitutional system has proved itself the most superbly enduring political mechanism the modern world has produced. It has met every stress of vast expansion of territory, of foreign wars, of bitter internal strife, of world relations.
It is to be hoped that the normal balance of executive and legislative authority may be wholly adequate to meet the unprecedented task before us. But it may be that an unprecedented demand and need for undelayed action may call for temporary departure from that normal balance of public procedure.
I am prepared under my constitutional duty to recommend the measures that a stricken nation in the midst of a stricken world may require. These measures, or such other measures as the Congress may build out of its experience and wisdom, I shall seek, within my constitutional authority, to bring to speedy adoption.
But in the event that the Congress shall fail to take one of these two courses, and in the event that the national emergency is still critical, I shall not evade the clear course of duty that will then confront me. I shall ask the Congress for the one remaining instrument to meet the crisis—broad Executive power to wage a war against the emergency, as great as the power that would be given to me if we were in fact invaded by a foreign foe.
For the trust reposed in me I will return the courage and the devotion that befit the time. I can do no less.
We face the arduous days that lie before us in the warm courage of the national unity; with the clear consciousness of seeking old and precious moral values; with the clean satisfaction that comes from the stern performance of duty by old and young alike. We aim at the assurance of a rounded and permanent national life.
We do not distrust the future of essential democracy. The people of the United States have not failed. In their need they have registered a mandate that they want direct, vigorous action. They have asked for discipline and direction under leadership. They have made me the present instrument of their wishes. In the spirit of the gift I take it.
In this dedication of a Nation we humbly ask the blessing of God. May He protect each and every one of us. May He guide me in the days to come.
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933, as published in Samuel Rosenman, ed., The Public Papers of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Volume Two: The Year of Crisis, 1933 (New York: Random House, 1938), 11–16.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
WRAF wants to thank all of the city and volunteer fire departments that responded to the fire.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Denise tells us, "We have a very active and growing church. We have many ministries that would appeal to all members of the family. Nursery Dept and Childrens Mininstry Dept that allows are childeren to participate in classroom and outings that help them to grow in the Lord.
Our Alien Youth ministries particpates in community outreach programs to help the elderly or people in need with home projects, and our annual community outreach REMIX which brings together the youth in our county through music, speakers and dramas.
Our BAD "Blessed and Delivered" Drama Team is an outreach that touches many lives through dance and music. Our Senior Citizens program helps to join the lives of our seniors to unite a close bond through outings, dinners and special programs to teach the younger generation. Our Women's/Men's Ministry helps to unite our men/ women through conferences, retreats and monthly meetings to uphold each other in our daily lives.
Our Pastor Bishop Wayne Hall, has recently joined our church. We are very excited and feel that the Lord has blessed us with a wonderful shepherd that is ready to lead us to a great future.
We also recently celebrated our 50th Anniversary on Sept 21, 2008, Remembering the Past, Uniting the Present and Conquering the Future. We feel that we have come a long distance with learning and building our foundation through our forefathers, and anticpating a glorious future to conquer our community for the kingdom of our Lord."
Gate Cottage is located at the entrance of Toccoa Falls, houses a gift shop, and classroom space for the TFC School of Counseling.
Check back for additional updates throughout the day.
Update #1: All classes for Monday January 12, 2009 have been canceled.
We are shocked and saddened by the loss of Gate Cottage, one of our historic buildings. It burned down about 2:30 a.m. last night. Originally built around 1939 it withstood the flood in 1977. It housed our School of Counseling, Gate Cottage Restaurant, and falls gift shop. We are awaiting word as to the cause of the fire.
Please pray for the students, faculty, and administration as we work to ensure that all needs are met.
The Fire Department has now asked the campus to be closed today because of the ongoing work of their personnel on the campus. This includes all employees to remain off campus today – no access is allowed at either entrance.
Update #4 - from John Gailer - Director of Public Relations:
The campus of Toccoa Falls College is shocked and saddened at the loss of one of its most historic buildings. Gate Cottage, originally built around 1939, was destroyed by fire around 2:30 a.m. this morning. Fire crews from the surrounding area worked through the night, but were unable to save the building. The building housed the School of Counseling, Gate Cottage Restaurant, and the Toccoa Falls Gift Shop. The college family is grateful that there was no loss of life or injury suffered in the building as it was unoccupied at the time. No word has been received as to the cause of the fire.
The campus is closed today as firefighting crews continue their work. The college is tremendously appreciative of the many calls, emails, and gestures of support already received. Dr. Wayne Gardner, President of the College, expressed his appreciation for the intense prayer support the college is receiving during this time.
Update #5 from Pastor Jeff Gangle
We are calling for a time of prayer and fasting for Toccoa Falls College to be held in Williams Chapel on Tuesday, January 13 at 12:30pm. Today’s event (the fire at Gate Cottage) reminds us how dependent we are on God’s protection and provision. At times like this it is important for us to gather as a community of believers to express our praise to God for His faithfulness in the midst of the storm and to call on Him for His encouragement, comfort and grace.
All faculty, staff and students are invited and encouraged to attend this time of praise and prayer.
From the TFC Website:
Gate Cottage was first built in 1920 as a small cabin to be used as a staff residence. The building served this purpose until 1939 when it was destroyed by fire. In the summer of 1939 students began to build the present building using stone from the area. Over the years the building has served many different functions. In the 40’s it served as the home economics department for the young women. In the 50’s it served as the kitchen and dining room for the school. The second floor of the building was also used for a variety of functions including married student housing, offices for alumni and advancement and is currently being used for offices for the School of Counseling. During World War II many women were trained there as secretaries and later were hired by the government.
The building was the first building on campus to be hit with the flood waters when the earthen dam above the falls broke in the early morning hours in November of 1977. Much damage was done to the inside of the building, but the structure still stood.
In recent years, the main floor was used as a restaurant. This area has been expanded to accommodate many more diners. The gift shop, which was on the lower level, has been moved to the main level. It has also been expanded and will include many new items for sale.
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Sunday, January 11, 2009
as heard from Kathy Nicholson on Sunday January 11, 2009 on WRAF.
By: Allrecipes Staff
Soups make delicious, nourishing, low-fat meals.
While most Americans view soup as a quick lunch item or long-simmered main course, soups are easy to make and are terrific first courses for people trying to lose weight. Broth-based soups fill you up without being high in calories or fat.
Here are a few tricks for upping the flavor of your soups while lowering their fat content:
If your recipe calls for pre-cooked vegetables--such as onions, celery, or carrots--use a very small quantity of oil or cooking spray. If the vegetables start to stick to the pan, add a tablespoon or so of water, wine or broth to keep them from burning.
Brown meats in a separate pan. Discard fat, and pat meat dry before adding to your stock pot.
Miso--fermented soybean paste--adds savor to soup stocks, especially vegetarian broths. Add a tablespoon or so per quart of water, or to taste.
Fry your spices for a minute or so over medium heat before adding them to your soup. Add dried herbs at the beginning of the cooking time, and fresh herbs right before serving.
If your recipe calls for a heavy cream, use pureed cooked potatoes instead. Or remove about two cups of your cooked soup and blend until smooth. (Use a stick hand blender for best results, or puree it one cup at a time in a blender. Hold the lid on tight with a kitchen towel to protect yourself from burns.) Stir the puree back into the soup to thicken it.
To add real cream flavor, stir in a few tablespoons of heavy cream when the recipe calls for 1 cup--a little cream will go a long way.
Note: because cream is an emulsion, it doesn't "break" or curdle--like milk or sour cream can do--if the soup starts to boil. Use the real thing, but in small amounts, if you're watching your saturated fat intake.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
reported from accessnorthga.com
Goody's closing the remainder of its stores
By The Associated Press
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Discount clothing chain Goody's Family Clothing will begin liquidating its remaining stores Friday - including six in northeast Georgia. The retailer, thus, becomes one of the year's first victims of the worsening economy.
The stores in Athens, Blue Ridge, Commerce, East Ellijay, Toccoa and Winder are among 40 Goody's has remaining in Georgia. The Gainesville store closed about a year ago.
The move, which comes less than four months after the privately held retailer emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, affects the Knoxville, Tenn.-based chain's 287 stores scattered throughout 20 Midwestern and Southern states, said Cathy Hershcopf, a partner at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP.
It's uncertain what will happen to the company's 9,800 workers after the liquidation — being handled by a joint venture between Gordon Brothers Retail Partners LLC and Hilco Merchant Resources LLC — is completed by the end of March. But without a last minute buyer or an investor to purchase high-performing stores, their job outlook is grim.
"I think every retailer experienced a great deal of pressure this holiday season because of the lack of consumer confidence," Hershcopf said. "But undercapitalized companies like Goody's experienced more pressure from their lenders and from their vendors."
Goody's filed for bankruptcy protection in June, saying at the time that the move would help it address "pressures from tightening credit markets, strain on merchandise flow and a sizable but isolated number of underperforming stores in the chain."
As part of its reorganization plan, the company closed and liquidated dozens of underperforming stores, shuttered a distribution center in Arkansas and a corporate office in New York. It also cut operating and corporate costs, ended its e-commerce business and an associated distribution center in Tennessee.
But that proved to be inadequate as shoppers tightened their belts amid the ongoing recession, causing a downright dismal holiday shopping period for retailers that usually bank on the Christmas spending to boost profits.
The 59-year-old retailer has now sought bankruptcy protection for a second time and executives with the company are speaking with competitors about whether they would like to purchase some of the chain's stores.
Goody's is owned by PGDYS Lending, which is managed by Prentice Capital Management.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Bonus Video - Brandon Heath - "Love Never Fails" Live Version
The conference will feature nationally known speakers including Norman Geisler, D. G. Hart, Clifton Taulbert, Barry Hankins, Robin Klay, Reginald McLelland, and Darwin Smith, as well as professors and students from Toccoa Falls College.
Speakers and attendees will explore the changes that have occurred in the world and the evangelical movement in the last quarter-century in order to reevaluate evangelicalism today. Carson Clark, president of the History Society and Philosophy Club of Toccoa Falls College and American Evangelicalism's organizer relates, “The purpose of this interdisciplinary conference is three-fold: one, to encourage evangelical Christians to exercise discernment as they think seriously about the issues confronting the Church today; two, to figure out how Evangelicalism should adapt to tangibly engage these issues; three, to exhort a unity within the Body of Christ that overcomes denominational, institutional, racial, and cultural boundaries."
The American Evangelicalism Conference is open to the public. Early registration, which ends February 13, is $15 for full-time students and $20 for non-students. For more information on registration, accommodations, and the full conference schedule please go to www.tfc.edu/conference.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Congratulations to pastor Mike Franklin and all of the church's members.
David nominated his church and he tells us that; "The Torch is special because everyone is made to feel loved and welcomed as soon as you arrive at church. This goes for members and especially visitors alike. We love and welcome everyone to visit and see all that God has in store for them.
We have a tremendous children's ministry for every age group. The Girls Club helps support the Children's Home in Tennessee as well as all the other fun stuff they get to do. The Boys Club goes camping, builds rockets,and other fun ideas, but the main thing is they learn about Jesus. We have an awesome teen ministry who do mission work everywhere. In addition to Teen Talent competition, Bible memory, they have a great praise and worship time in their own Teen Center.
We do local outreach through Operation Care, where we help supply food to those in need or with repairs on their homes, as well as supplying used furniture when needed. Pastor Mike preaches the Word so all can understand it. On Wednesday night he goes verse by verse in a real learning of God's Word.
The plans for January include an 8 am service with old hymns, 9 am and 11 am contemporary and the 3:33 pm ultra contemporary service. We invite all to come and see what's going on at the Torch."
Nominate your church now >>> to be the next WRAF "Church of the Week."
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Research: Statistics on new year's resolutions
40 to 45% of American adult make one or more resolutions each year.
Among the top new years resolutions are resolutions about weight loss, exercise, and stopping to smoke. Also popular are resolutions dealing with better money management / debt reduction.
The following shows how many of these resolutions are maintained as time goes on:
- past the first week: 75%
- past 2 weeks: 71%
- after one month: 64%
- after 6 months: 46%
While a lot of people who make new years resolutions do break them, research shows that making resolutions is useful. People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions:
As mentioned by Kathy Nicholson on Sunday January 4, 2009
Prep: 15 min., Cook: 30 min. It's important to turn the cutlets every two minutes for even browning.
Makes 4 servings
1 cup red wine vinegar
5 tablespoons seedless blackberry preserves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound pork tenderloin
3/4 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
2 teaspoons rubbed sage
2 large eggs, beaten
4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
Fresh spinach leaves (optional)
Garnish: fresh blackberries
1. Bring vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and cook 6 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in blackberry preserves, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in salt.
2. Remove silver skin from pork tenderloin, leaving a thin layer of fat covering meat. Cut pork into 8 slices. Place pork between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, and flatten to a 1/4-inch thickness, using a rolling pin or flat side of a meat mallet.
3. Stir together breadcrumbs, pecans, and sage in a shallow bowl.
4. Dredge pork in breadcrumb mixture, dip in beaten eggs, and dredge again in breadcrumb mixture.
5. Cook 4 pork slices in 2 tsp. hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 minutes or until done, turning every 2 minutes. Repeat procedure with remaining pork and oil. Serve pork over fresh spinach, if desired. Drizzle with vinegar mixture; garnish, if desired.
Note: Nutritional analysis does not include spinach or garnish.
Calories:452 (0.0% from fat)
Fat:22.4g (sat 3.9g,mono 11.1g,poly 4.4g)
Camilla Saulsbury, Bloomington, Indiana, Southern Living, NOVEMBER 2007
mentioned by Kathy Nicholson Sunday, January 4, 2009 on WRAF
Forgive Your Way to Better Health
Fred Luskin, PhD
Stanford University Forgiveness Project
Special from Bottom Line/Health
May 1, 2009
We all know that hostility increases risk for heart disease. But new research shows that forgiveness can moderate these dangerous effects on the heart. People who blame others for their problems have a higher incidence of chronic pain, cardiovascular disease and other ailments.
Why is forgiveness good for you? There are two primary reasons…
Forgiveness reduces chronic stress. Self-generated, chronic stress triggers negative physical changes, including increased blood pressure and heart rate and decreased immune function, all of which eventually lead to disease.
Forgiveness increases one’s sense of control. Feeling in control is crucial to health. It moderates the stress response because one is less likely to panic and overreact to situations. Feeling helpless can make you ill. When you learn how to forgive, you develop the emotional confidence to “get over” any difficulty.
Being forgiving does not require you to be an emotional doormat. You don’t have to condone an unkindness…forget that something painful happened…excuse poor behavior...and/or deny or minimize your hurt.
Nor does forgiveness mean that you must reconcile with an offender. Forgiveness is for you, not the offender. It prevents you from wasting energy by being trapped in anger. What then is forgiveness? It is the feeling of peace that you experience when you understand and accept that life doesn’t always give you what you want…that you don’t have to take a hurt so personally…that bad things need not ruin your present, even if they spoiled a part of your past.
HOW TO FORGIVE
Forgiveness is a skill. As with any skill, it requires practice to learn. Use these techniques to master forgiving…
Change the channel. First, take responsibility for how you feel. Even though you are hurt, try to appreciate the good in your life. Rather than rehashing your grievances, focus on gratitude, love and appreciation of beauty.
Imagine that what you see in your mind is being viewed on a TV screen. Perhaps you are stuck on the Grievance Channel. Reprogram your remote control to…
Gratitude Channel. As you wake up in the morning, give thanks for your breath and the gift of your life.
Love Channel. Look for people who are in love, and smile at their happiness. Call up a few close friends, and tell them you care about them.
Beauty Channel. Find a favorite spot in nature. In times of stress, remember what that spot looks and feels like.
Calm down. Learn to maintain your sense of peace in any situation, no matter how upsetting. A 45-second technique called Positive Emotion Refocusing Technique can calm you whenever you feel angry, hurt, depressed or bitter about an unresolved grievance or a relationship problem…
1. Bring your attention fully to your stomach as you slowly inhale and exhale for two deep breaths. As you inhale, allow the air to gently push your belly out. As you exhale, consciously relax your belly so that it feels soft.
2. On the third deep inhalation, bring to your mind’s eye an image of someone you love or a beautiful nature scene that fills you with awe or wonder.
3. Focus on the image and the resulting warm feelings, and notice that your belly is still slowly moving in and out.
4. When you feel relaxed, see if the part of you that is calm can allow you to see the situation differently.
Challenge your unenforceable rules. An “unenforceable rule” is a desire that you think must come true, but that you don’t have control over. This combination can make you feel helpless, mad, hurt and frustrated. You can eventually become bitter and hopeless.
Bottom Line/Health interviewed Fred Luskin, PhD, director and cofounder of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project in Stanford, California. He is the author of Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness (HarperSanFrancisco).
Saturday, January 3, 2009
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