November 2008 Blog Posts (8)

YourHub Awards Night to Remember

This is an excerpt I just posted on my "I Am a Writer" blog:

Writing is my passion.

Over the last year, I have allowed painting to become an obstacle. Don't get me wrong, I got paid handsomely for completing a mural project and teaching some art classes, but writing is what I want to do first and foremost. I can't allow my artwork to get me so sidetracked that I fall off-course.

I started a memoir in 2005. While attending a writer's conference that… Continue

Added by Stephanie Merchant Johnson on November 19, 2008 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Journey to become a Black Belt

Written by Barb Inlow-Childress On the surface, a Black Belt is a person who possesses a finely-honed set of skills that allow him to be considered as a person not to be taken lightly in a fight. It is a symbol of several years of hard work and excellence. It is a concrete expression of a high first level of mastery in the ancient Korean martial art of TaeKwonDo.

On a much deeper and more personal level, though, the Black Belt is an Ideal. Each… Continue

Added by Jan Speights on November 16, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Stress causing you pain?

So why is everybody so stressed out?

In the majority of cases it has to do with any combination of 4 things. The big four causes of stress are; Finances, Family, Career/Job, and Physical health. So what is it about these common threads of stress that makes us irritable, angry, depressed and worried? How does our worry and stress over these areas of our lives affect us? No matter how good a steward you are, you are going to encounter stress in your life. So, what is the wise thing to… Continue

Added by Dr. Ben Sabo on November 10, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Cool! Incredible! Feel the Heat!

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Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy ( CMCA) has a team of budding rocket scientists who were recently invited by NASA to submit a proposal to build and fly a large rocket with partial funding from NASA.

You can feel the veritable heat radiating from their crania. The NASA program is called Student Launch Initiative, or SLI, and is one of the… Continue

Added by Jeff Lane on November 10, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

An attack, could it happen to me?

It was a nice autumn day. My 12-year-old daughter wanted to walk four blocks to the local elementary school to meet her girlfriend. They wanted to visit and play on their old playground. I thought, "How dangerous could that be?" After all, the two girls planned by phone to meet at the school and her friend's parents were ok with the idea as long as they only stayed an hour. It would only take 10 minutes to meet at the school. "Don't talk to… Continue

Added by Jan Speights on November 9, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed

I would like to nominate Teresa and Richard Ornelas for "Person(s) of the Week," for the way they are constantly giving to others. Whether it's transporting a friend's grandchild to daycare after school every day, welcoming people into their home when they need a place to live, or giving food to a struggling family, Teresa and Richard are more than willing to donate their time and personal resources no matter what the need is or how strained their own billfolds are.

Years ago,… Continue

Added by Stephanie Merchant Johnson on November 7, 2008 at 1:30am — No Comments

Gas Boycott Part 3

Back in July, I posted a story about how I intended to do my part to make a difference in the community, the world, and in my pocket by boycotting gas prices. Some of the ways I intended to accomplish this was to ride my bike instead of driving my car to short-distance locations, run errands on one day of the week so that I didn't have to make special trips, carpool with friends, and stay home if a trip wasn't really necessary. Overall, I wasn't filling the tank as often, which meant I was… Continue

Added by Stephanie Merchant Johnson on November 6, 2008 at 1:30am — No Comments

Mother Imparts Wisdom on Occasion of First Job

Living 1700 miles away from my 17-year-old daughter, we rely heavily on our cell phones, e-mail, and text messaging to keep in touch. A couple weeks had passed since we had last spoken, so when I received an e-mail from her announcing she landed her very first job, I was excited and proud. Here's what she wrote:

So yeah, I got a job at the AMC St. Charles Towne Theatre. My interview went so well, the guy hired me on the spot. Usually they say they'll call that day or the next to let… Continue

Added by Stephanie Merchant Johnson on November 5, 2008 at 1:30am — No Comments

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