Tom Walsh, Detroit Free Press business columnist, warns today that General Motors still has a lot more work to do to continue being a major player as an auto maker. The health care cost-sharing by retirees and hourly workers is just the start.
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Pastor Roy Olsen from my church, Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lansing, MI, wrote in his blog--A Servant's Heart--about some of the new twists being taken in what's being offered for kids to watch and listen to, including Harry Potter. It's thought provoking about what's being planted in your youngster's head. He leads an adult Sunday School class at our church on the whole topic of spirituality in today's post-modern world.
In an hour or so, I will leave for my wife's school for the annual Grandparent's Day. It's fun watching both the kids and the grandparents.
From Our Daily Bread by Radio Bible Class, I read the devotion today by Haddon Robinson about hatred. It was based on Psalm 97:10 which says, You who love the Lord, hate evil! Today, they also have a link to one of their online booklets on Right & Wrong, The Case for Moral Absolutes. I will probably read that a little closer this weekend.
If you're retired or close to retirement, then you want to read this story from yesterday's Wall Street Journal about the chances that your former employer might reduce your benefits or might charge you more. It's worth a read. You'll probably need to be a suscriber to read it online. You can always read it in the library.
Well, I can say that today's Lansing State Journal editorial endorsing candidates for the upcoming election to the Lansing City Council both informed me and gave me a question to ask as the trip to the polls gets closer
Read down to the endorsement of incumbent Sandy Allen for reelection to the Second Ward. It says she favors casinos for Lansing. That's first I've heard of that. How'd that happen? Am I spending too much time in the sports section of the paper?
By the way, the LSJ says her proposal is worth a look. Detroit has already tried that and look at how well that's working there.
I regularly check the Focus on the Family website and today found a great piece about what Satchel Paige, the old baseball player and what he had to say about aging and getting older. Remember, he first started pictching for the major leagues when he was in his forties and finished in his sixties.
Don't act your age, Paige emphasized. Doris Day said: “The scariest part of middle age is the knowledge that you’ll grow out of it.” Well, I've almost grown out of it.
Some of Paige's rules for staying young:
1. Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood.
2. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
3. Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move.
4. Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society -- the social ramble ain't restful.
5. Avoid running at all times. 6. And don't look back -- something might be gaining on you.
Our income is a little more fixed this year because of my early retirement, so I'm looking for ways to save money. Skyrocketing natural gas bills which are expected as we move into late fall and winter don't make it easier.
Consumers Energy, our natural gas provider, has 100 Ways to Save on Your Energy Bill that's worth a look because it might help you save a few bucks.
For instance, did you know that for every degree you turn down the heat could save you 1-3 percent in heating costs. Another one is closing heat register and turning off registers in unused rooms, basements and storage areas. You can save another 5-10 percent on heating costs.
It's a cold Thursday in this part of Michigan. I find it's so easy to be distracted from what's important. That's why I read and meditated on the online version of RBC's Our Daily Bread and then listened to three segments of its Discover the Word small group discussion.
- In today's ODB, the text for the devotion is Galatians 4:7 where our real identity is talked about. Speaking from personal experience, I know it's so easy to concentrate on my earthly father and not my Heavenly Father. My whole present and future depends on that identity and it should regulate how I act.
- In this week's Discover The Word, Haddon Robinson, Mart DeHaan and Alice Matthews talk about faith in God. They spend some time in the Old Testament book of Habukkuk which is about a prophet who has to deal with this whole faith question while his country awaits judgment from God.
Senior citizens and everybody else who might struggle with really high home heating bills this winter in Michigan should take note of rules going through the process to soften the impact and to keep the heat on. The Detroit Free Press gives a good summary of the details.
- A key point is to pay attention to whether your bill is estimated or made from an actual reading.
I've seen absolutely nothing from our state lawmakers about this. Another reason why they need to have blogs.
If you have a blog and you want it to be read, then you want it to be usable for your reader.
The Focus on the Family website changes daily and it's worth checking out for useful information for all ages.
Today, there's a story about a study from Duke University about how prayer and Bible study can benefit your health and can even have a measurable impact on your blood pressure:
- One study which showed the risk of diastolic hypertension was 40 percent lower among those who studied the Bible daily and attended church weekly.
- Another study concluded that elderly heart patients were 14 times less likely to die after surgery if they found comfort in religious faith.
Hopefully, retirees from GM and other car companies are reading the Detroit newspapers about the future of their medical benefits.
The recent cost-cutting agreement between GM and the UAW included health benefits from retired employees. Details haven't been announced yet. But, today's Detroit Free Press tells about the union going to court asking that the changes be approved. Scary stuff for those on fixed incomes.
It's so easy to lose focus in day-to-day life. That's why I've tried to be much more disciplined with my daily quiet time where I pull out my Bible and maybe some devotional material.
MY GOAL: I know God's real. It's so easy to brush that reality aside. Jesus is real too and I know that I can develop a relationship with the Triune God. It's hard to imagine that I can have access to the creator and sustainer of everything, but I can. I want to develop that relationship. I particularly want to listen to God and what he's saying to me.
Now, I don't come from the side of the world where I feel God speaks to me in an audible voice . . .
- Elvis spotted at Frandor Burger King
- U.F.O. lands at Olds Park
- Bigfoot shows up at Mayor's River Walk
- Capitol Dome levitates six feet
Open it up and the reason for the big headlines is to show how outrageous the incumbent's statements are about his challenger, Bernero. Huh? I read the paper and I get around a little bit and I've heard nothing about the mayor's race. I've seen a few signs. Now he's aroused my curiosity.
In this whole big mailing piece, there's no URL for his website. I wonder if that makes a comment about how he would use that channel of communication if elected?
Yesterday, I read the banner story in the Lansing State Journal about how there's open drug dealing on city streets. The reporter quoted drug treatment folks who blamed the problem on the economy. The dope dealers and their customers are victims, they said.
This morning in Zig Ziglar's e-newsletter, there was a column from the master speaker about making decisions and how they affect your life and then he shared a quote about those who might feel that they a victims:
- One important decision you can make even as you read these words is to think about what Thomas Sikking said: "You're not the product of a broken home, a devastated economy, a world in the upheaval of war, a minority group, a family of drunkards or a poverty-ridden neighborhood. You are the product of your own thinking processes and whatever you're thinking about today is the cornerstone of your tomorrow."
I've been fascinated by Martha Stewart, who she is, what she's done and how she got there. That's why I eagerly picked up her book, The Martha Rules, when I was at Sam's Club last week.
I'm sure she's capitalizing on her increased visibility from her Apprentice Show on Wednesday nights.
Her new book, according to the jacket, is a look at how to succeed in business and is for everyone whether you're part of a start-up or work for a large company.
A cursory, surface look of the book seems to show that her business philosophy centers around being particularly sensitive and responsive to the wants and needs of customers. I will report back as I read this short tome.
This is my first snow blower/thrower and I got it from the Sears at the Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing, MI. I purchased it with minimal knowledge, not fully knowing whether I would need a machine with one or two stages.
Getting this machine for use in our climate was probably among the best purchases I've ever made. It brought some redemption to heavy snow which has made me dream about moving to Florida.
The Sears website lists 12 snow blowers today, two of which are one stage and the rest being two stages. I'm already looking for what I want in my next machine.
The possibility that this country might be facing a killer flu carried by bird--Avian flu--is surreal. It's something straight out of a movie that might have Dustin Hoffman in it. But, the betting money is that it could come. The federal Center for Disease Control has good, easy-to-understand info on this threat.