AN ALASKAN CHRISTMAS STORY

first_imgBy Susan Stamper BrownAmericans need a good dose of Christmas.As a nation, we are desperately lost, emotionally broken, spiritually deprived and headed for the same fate our “unadoptable” Alaskan husky dog was before my husband and I welcomed her into our home.It’s been four years since we adopted Kenai, a skeletal ball of nerves wrapped in cinnamon colored fur with spotty white “socks.”Obviously abused, she had zero trust in humans and no confidence in herself. Animal control officers almost deemed her unadoptable.She was literally scared of her shadow, fearing door entryways and basically everything inside our home, including us. She parked herself on our new chair in the living room corner. For three months she ate, drank and napped when she wasn’t staring at us and only left her perch when we’d take her outside to walk and potty.One cold and snowy winter night with near zero visibility, we feared this one-sided love affair had come to an end when she got away and bolted up and around our mountain. The more we called, chased and searched, the deeper into the woods and higher she climbed. Though we were forced to give up our search for the night, we refused to give up hope.Miraculously, she found her way back to our yard in the wee hours of an Alaska winter morning’s deep darkness. Despite our loving calls, she was afraid to come inside until we came up with a far-fetched idea to coax her inside walking our tiny terrier nicknamed “the rabbit killer” (for reasons not worthy of this column) on a leash nearby in hopes that she would follow.She did.Although we loved Kenai deeply and wanted desperately for her to come inside, we were at a complete loss on how to effectively communicate that message. Kenai needed an intermediary. A conciliator. A go-between. In our terrier, Kenai found a canine compatriot to communicate “There’s nothing to fear, come near, welcome home” in a way she could understand.Four years later, Kenai’s doing great. She’ll always be a little quirky, and full-blown crazy sometimes if something snaps in her head and sets her off. She’s slowly learning to do normal things like eat her food on the floor and play with toys if no one is watching.She loves to go for rides, begs for us to pet her, and even dares to bark now, with the cutest, most feminine and sweet bark you’ve ever heard.We added another sled dog to our pack, a well-balanced rescue that came with an amazing story all his own that I’ll share one day when the time is right. He’s rubbing off on Kenai in all the right ways. As for our terrier, well, she’s moved on from rabbits to shrews. I guess we should be grateful.With happy ears and a look of contentment on her face, Kenai’s resting in her now-worn out leather chair as I write.I think back to that winter morning years ago and the extremely loved shell of a dog curled up in that chair. I realize I learned something big about God’s love that day. An Alaskan Christmas story all my own.God sought us before we knew Him, reached out to us before we trusted Him and loved us before we knew how to love him back. He sent someone like us… an intermediary… Jesus, to communicate his message in a way we could understand. Through Jesus’ birth, eventual death, and resurrection, we come to understand (as much as is humanly possible) that God’s love for us is so deep and wide and high that we cannot escape his notice ‒ even when we try.“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Inter Link loss but brighter outlook

first_imgCake company Inter Link Foods has announced it will not now meet market forecasts for the financial year ending 5 May, 2007.The supplier said it will make a loss after exceptional costs, but before goodwill amortisation.However, with internal restructuring complete and the new central distribution arrangements operating effectively, Inter Link said that it expected 2007/8 to be materially better than the current year.last_img

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Chester Bennington Of Linkin Park Has Died

first_imgIt is with heavy hearts that we report that Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington died today at the age of 41. Law enforcement officials stated that his death was ruled a suicide by hanging. His body was discovered in a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates, CA earlier this morning. Chester was currently married, and had 6 children from two marriages. The singer had spoken publicly about his personal demons, including years of struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.Earlier this year, when Chris Cornell committed suicide, Chester and the rest of Linkin Park paid tribute to their fallen friend with a heartfelt rendition of their track “One More Light” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. He also sang at Cornell’s funeral. Chris would have celebrated his 53rd birthday today. You can watch Chester’s haunting tribute to Cornell below:Linkin Park first achieved widespread success with their 2000 debut album Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005, selling more than 10 million copies largely thanks to the interplay between Bennington’s visceral, seething-yet-beautiful nu metal vocals and MC Mike Shinoda‘s hip hop verses. In a 2003 countdown special, MTV2 named Linkin Park the sixth-greatest band of the music video era. The band also made notable strides in crossing genres within popular music, famously collaborating with hip-hop superstar Jay Z for their 2004 mashup album Collision Course, as well as several other artists from various genres on subsequent remix albums Reanimation and Recharge.The band’s seventh original studio album, One More Light, was released this May, and they are currently in the midst of a 54-date world tour featuring opening acts like Sum 41, Snoop Dogg, Wu Tang Clan, and more. No announcement has been made yet regarding the upcoming scheduled shows, though it’s hard to imagine the band performing without Bennington’s distinctively entrancing vocals.You can watch the classic music videos for the two biggest hits from Linkin Park’s debut album, “Crawling” and “In The End,” both of which earned notably extended stints atop the TRL Top Ten video countdown, the most prestigious barometer for music videos throughout the late 90’s and early 00’s:“In The End”“Crawling”Our thought are with Bennington’s family and friends. Rest easy, Chester.[h/t – TMZ]last_img read more

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Green Resolutions

first_imgThe new year is a great time to pick up a few habits that will help build a greener future for the planet, but new habits can be hard to maintain.Whether they pertain to exercise, finances or green living, resolutions are easier to keep when they begin with small changes, said Pamela Turner, an associate professor and Cooperative Extension housing specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.“Making a large change — like going completely plastic-free — can be hard to take on because they’re such extreme changes,” Turner said. “Like anything else, the best way to build a more sustainable household is to start with small steps that you can maintain.”There are lots of small changes that a family can make to lessen their footprint on the environment. Here are 10 steps that Turner recommends:Stop buying bottled water.Make a habit of keeping your reusable bags in the car so you never end up at the store without them.Buy your family members reusable straws with cleaning brushes.Start using cloth napkins and cloth kitchen towels; save the paper towels and paper napkins.Take your own containers with you to restaurants to carry out leftovers.Bring cloth produce bags with you to the grocery store.Become a clean recycler; clean all containers before putting them in the recycling bin.Eat at home or brown bag whenever you can. Eating out generates more waste from unnecessary packaging.Borrow or rent large items and tools that you may not use very often.Swap clothes with friends or buy used clothing when you need to refresh your look.“The best thing to do is just pick two or three changes and try to stick with them,” Turner said. “The most important thing is that you move forward with what you can do and not compare yourself to others. It isn’t a competition.”For more tips of living a greener life, visit UGA Extension’s UGA Greenway at UGAgreenway.org. Other tips are available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s blog.last_img read more

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Aware of Bears

first_imgLisa Stewart is curator at  Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) in Townsend, Tenn., near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. ABR admits injured and orphaned cubs captured by wildlife officers from all over the Eastern U.S., rehabilitates them, and releases them into their home sites. The rescue has helped 100 black bears since admitting their first cub in 1996.What’s the chance of seeing a black bear in the wild during the winter? Black bears do not really hibernate in the South. We call it a winter’s nap instead. Males may be on the move all winter, while female bears den if they’re having cubs. But black bear movements do slow down in the winter, so their bodies can handle the lack of available food.How fast can a black bear run? Could I outrun one on a mountain bike? Black bears can run up to 35 miles per hour. And they can run as fast uphill as they can downhill. They’re very agile, climbing trees quickly and scaling down them like a fireman on a pole.What sort of dens do black bears establish in the Southern Appalachians? Most female black bears and their cubs will reside in trees because it’s safer. Otherwise, they’ll take to caves, abandoned dens of other animals, or dig an underground den. Male bears will go from one day bed to the next, sleeping in giant “bird’s nests” of sticks and grass. Black bears can have a feeding range up to 10 square miles that they’ll travel daily. Generally, they stick to a five-mile area surrounding their den.last_img read more

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Joe Biden’s popular vote lead is now larger than the populations of these 22 states

first_img– Advertisement – Connecticut, Utah, Iowa, Nevada, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Idaho, West Virginia, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Maine, Montana, Rhode Island, Delaware, South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming. Connecticut’s population is around 3,563,080 and Wyoming’s is around 567,025. In fact, you could take the populations of South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming, add them up and still not reach the difference in people who have preferred Joe Biden to Donald Trump.If (and when) Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States of America, the Republican Party will predictably do what they have always done for the last 40-odd years or so, and pretend that new rules of compromise exist and, most importantly, that the Democratic Party and Joe Biden does not have a mandate. However, this lie, while repeated often by GOP operatives, is still a lie. The numbers and the facts are in. The majority of the country wants new leadership and it is the Republican Party that needs to find compromises it can live with or we will be forced to go it alone.  As of right now, the list includes in descending or from largest population to smallest:Campaign Action- Advertisement –last_img read more

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The city of Vrgorac has put into operation a digital market of domestic agricultural products

first_imgFor this purpose, a mobile application “Think globally, buy locally“, Which unites local producers of fruits and vegetables, as well as the quantities of their products at their disposal. Namely, at the beginning of March, the city of Vrgorac presented a unique label “Vrgorac quality” with the aim of differentiating Vrgorac products from the competition, raising and maintaining product quality and encouraging sales in the local, regional and national markets. One of the main goals of the project is to present local products of local producers of fruits, vegetables, honey, olive oil, meat and processed products such as jams, wine, liqueurs and similar products, mostly from local family farms and crafts to local / local buyers and buyers from Makarska. Riviera, and by combining available products and quantities under the auspices of the website and Android application, we want to jointly perform in the wider market. In the digital marketplace Think globally, buy locally products from local family farms from the area of ​​the town of Vrgorac can be found. In addition to the description of each family farm, each small producer can be contacted directly. The City of Vrgorac is putting into full operation a digital market of domestic agricultural products that will be available throughout Croatia with the aim of connecting customers and domestic producers. Through the application, you can easily find domestic family farm products and contact local local family farm employees directly and place an order. “In the area of ​​the City of Vrgorac, agricultural production is highly developed, and the most important products are strawberries, prosciutto, wine, peaches, nectarines, grapes, table grapes, vegetables and honey. We are among the leading areas in Croatia in terms of vines, prosciutto, strawberries, table grapes. One way to increase mutual knowledge and value of these products is to create a recognizable brand. I invite all farmers from the area of ​​Vrgorac to register and submit data on their quantities. This will enable every citizen of Croatia who wants to buy local products to be able to reach your contacts”Pointed out Ante Pranić, the mayor of Vrgorac, and added that over 450 family farms are active in Vrgorac. Vrgorac started the entire project in April 2019 in cooperation with four agricultural associations that total over 450 family farms, and was presented to all agricultural producers.  As part of the label “Vrgorac Quality”, the official slogan was chosen -From the heart of Vrgorac, our home. ” Also, on that occasion, a digital market of domestic agricultural products from the area of ​​Vrgorac was announced, and now, in accordance with the entire emergency situation, they have accelerated development and released it online. Clusters, connectivity, quality standard, branding – this is the only real step towards the development of agriculture and tomorrow’s merger with tourism. Well done to Vrgorac, those who deal with market development are growing and developing.last_img read more

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World Toilet Day: the best loos in Gold Coast houses on the market

first_imgWhen buying a house, how important is a good loo?LOOS are often not a celebrated item but on World Toilet Day a light is shone on the ceramic bowls we spend an estimated 92 days sitting on in our lifetime.And let’s be honest, without them we’d be up “ship” creek.In celebration of World Toilet Day, which aims to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis, here are the best houses on the market with an interesting loo or two.MORE NEWS: Celebrity holiday hideaway snapped up MORE NEWS: Want to become an instant multi-millionaire? Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:08Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:08 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTimeless bathroom trends01:0826 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign IslandsYou’ll be buying the jumbo toilet paper pack for 26-33 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign Islands.The house has nine toilets.If you’re flush with cash and hate waiting in line to do your business, this $45 million mansion might be the perfect match.It has a whopping nine toilets, yes nine, which is fitting considering it’s the Gold Coast’s biggest residence.Two of the toilets are found in the main bedroom’s large ensuite so you don’t have to share with your partner.The seven-bedroom mega mansion is on the market through Alex Phillis and Monika Tu of Alex Phillis Real Estate.91 Monaco St, Broadbeach WatersThis Broadbeach Waters house tries to make using the loo a private affair.But, the privacy screen does little to help.Despite having a privacy screen, this loo might leave you feeling a little exposed.In the main bedroom’s ensuite at the luxury four-bedroom house, the screen will do little to hide you if anyone walks in.The bright Broadbeach Waters home is set to go under the hammer later this month through LJ Hooker Burleigh Heads’ Anthony Yu.2874 Springbrook Rd, SpringbrookThe toilet at this house is electrifying.An electric bidet, ladies and gentlemen.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoWhile not an uncommon household item, the bidet is also not something you come by everyday.This acreage property in Springbrook offers an electric version that will clean up after you.The property was originally a dairy farm in the 1920s before later becoming a guesthouse then a cafe in the ’60s.It is now on the market as a four-bedroom house with a $949,000 price tag. Mudgeeraba First National agent Murray Duthie is marketing the home.12 Greenlands Drive, Varsity LakesThis Varsity Lakes property bares all.It’s good to be open but how open is too open?Open ensuites are becoming a bit of a trend and this Varsity Lakes bathroom will allow you to roll out of bed, pop yourself on the toilet and even pick your clothes for the day while going about your business.With a small privacy screen separating the bed from the bath and the toilet at the edge of the closet, you won’t have far to go each morning and night.Ray White Broadbeach agent Mark Stafford has the listing and is set to take it to auction this month.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:19Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:19 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. 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Borr, Schlumberger team up to offer performance based drilling contracts

first_imgOffshore driller Borr Drilling has teamed up with Schlumberger, world’s largest oilfield services company, to offer integrated, performance-based drilling contracts in the offshore jack-up market.Borr said it would offer the service by leveraging the Schlumberger global foot print, infrastructure and technical expertise and Borr Drilling’s jack-up fleet.The driller said the combination of the Borr rigs with the Schlumberger integrated offering is “the next step in delivering safe, reliable and efficient drilling operations to our customers through commercially aligned business models.”Borr Drilling CEO Simon Johnson commented, “The collaboration with Schlumberger is a key enabler to successfully execute our strategy and deliver a truly differentiated offering to our customers, using innovative business models.”The companies will also explore opportunities to work together in areas such as training, technology projects, and performance optimization.Offshore Energy Today has reached out to Borr Drilling, seeking more info on how the intended “performance based contracts” would work.We will update the article if we get a response.last_img read more

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