Thursday, January 31, 2013

Parents, Churches Urge Boy Scouts Not to Capitulate on Homosexuality | Christian Activities



Parents, Churches Urge Boy Scouts Not to Capitulate on Homosexuality

The Boy Scouts of America recently came under fire for years of silence about its quiet removal of homosexual pedophiles from Scouting through the past decades. How ironic that the organization is now considering rescinding its national policy on homosexuality.

Article at: Parents, Churches Urge Boy Scouts Not to Capitulate on Homosexuality | Christian Activities

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

'Nashville' Episode 11: Juliette Has the Last Laugh (Recap) - Yahoo!


'Nashville' Episode 11: Juliette Has the Last Laugh (Recap) - Yahoo!

As revealed in Episode 10, Rayna (Connie Britton) and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) are on tour together, but it has quickly become Rayna's show. Rayna and Liam even play off of each other on stage leaving Juliette to awkwardly make do on her own. Calista (Ming-Na Wen) tries to woo Rayna over to Countless Records...

Read more: 'Nashville' Episode 11: Juliette Has the Last Laugh (Recap) - Yahoo! Voices

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Twilight's Kellan Lutz & Ashley Greene star in GMC's 'A Warrior’s Heart' (Video) - Music & Entertainment Examiner


Twilight's Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene star in GMC's 'A Warrior’s Heart' (Video)

Twenty-seven year old Kellan Lutz and 25-year-old Ashley Greene are going back to high school again, but this time it is not in Forks. Lutz is starring in the GMC (Gospel Music Chanel) world television premiere movie "A Warrior’s Heart," a dramatic film about a hot-headed high-school lacrosse player who eventually learns the true meaning of maturity, sportsmanship and manhood.

Article at: Twilight's Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene star in GMC's 'A Warrior’s Heart' (Video) - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Also see: Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Breaking News! Part 1 Extended Edition, Part 2 coming to Blu-ray, DVD, digital, more in March

The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone - children's movie review - Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone - children's movie review

"The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone" is a new children's movie with Christian themes coming to theaters in March. The film stars Mark Dacascos ("Iron Chef," "Hawaii Five-O," "Dancing with the Stars"), Alex Kendrick ("Courageous," "Fireproof" and "Facing the Giants"), Jansen Panettiere (younger brother of actress Hayden Panettiere), Billy Unger ("Lab Rats" on Disney XD, "American Treasure," "You Again"), Sammi Hanratty ("American Girl," "A Christmas Carol"), and James Hong ("Kung Fu Panda," "Chinatown," "Blade Runner").

Read more: The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone - children's movie review - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainmen Examiner

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

LifeStride Stands Behind Their Products


If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may have picked up on the fact that between my former insurance company, their recommended "restoration" company (ServiceMaster) and various and sundry dishonest contractors (Smith, Roper, et. al.), I have somewhat lost faith in the way business is done in the 21st century.

However, I must compliment LifeStride. I purchased a pair of black vinyl LifeStride high-heeled boots a few years ago, and I never had a chance to wear them until November 27, 2012. The vinyl actually started cracking and peeling a few places the first and only time I wore them, which was to dinner with friends, walking only a few feet from my house to the car, and from the car to the restaurant and back.

After corresponding with LifeStride via phone and email, I carefully packed my boots up on Dec. 11, and I sent them back to LifeStride following their return instructions with a note explaining what happened. I wasn't terribly optimistic after the way some of these other businesses have treated me the past few years, so I took photos of the boots before I packed them and as I packed them, thinking I would have to document and argue my case, but no! Perhaps the fact the price tag was still on the bottom of one boot and still clearly legible helped, because I got a full refund in the mail today!

It is really nice when a company stands behind their product. Thank you, LifeStride for restoring some of my faith in 21st century business practices.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Leave Aging to Wine & Cheese


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Friday, January 18, 2013

Justin Bieber's mom Pattie Mallette executive producer on new film 'Crescendo' - Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner


Justin Bieber's mom Pattie Mallette executive producer on new film 'Crescendo'

 Pattie Mallette, best known to millions as Justin Bieber's mom, has signed on as the executive producer for the new short film, "Crescendo." Based on a true story, "Crescendo" takes place in the 18th century Holy Roman Empire where a series of events turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary experience that changes the life of one woman. Written and directed by Alonso Alvarez, the film stars Ali Landry, Montserrat Espalde, Patrick Nuo, Jennifer Cadena. The short movie was filmed entirely on the Universal Studios back lot.

Article at: Justin Bieber's mom Pattie Mallette executive producer on new film 'Crescendo' - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Breaking News! Part 1 Extended Edition, Part 2 coming to Blu-ray, DVD, digital, more in March



Good news, Twihards! Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and Peter Facinelli is coming out in an extended edition and Breaking Dawn Part 2 is coming to DVD and BLu-Ray!

Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 coming to Blu-ray, DVD, digital, more in March

More breaking Twilight news for Twihards! Not only was the extended edition of Twilight Breaking Dawn 1 Extended Edition just announced last week, but in a Jan. 14 press release, it was announced that the final chapter of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 will be coming out on on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), 2-disc DVD (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), Video On Demand and Digital Download on Saturday, March 2, 2013.

Article at: Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 coming to Blu-ray, DVD, digital, more in March - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Also see: 

More Bella, Edward & Jacob: Twilight Breaking Dawn 1 Extended Edition announced (Video)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fun Facts About ABC's 'Nashville' -- Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne - Yahoo!


Fun Facts About ABC's 'Nashville' -- Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne

 The extremely versatile actor, musician and comedian Charles Esten has quickly become the heartthrob on ABC's hit television show, "Nashville." With his tall, dark and handsome, quiet Southern charm, Deacon Claybourne is definitely a ladies' man.

At a recent event, I thought I was having my picture taken with Esten in the background talking to others. Right before the camera snapped, I heard a deep voice in my ear saying, "She doesn't even know..." and there he was!

Article at: Fun Facts About ABC's 'Nashville' -- Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne - Yahoo! Voices

Week ahead: Andrew Peterson, Diamond Rio, Russ Taff concerts in Nashville - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment | Examiner.com



Week ahead: Andrew Peterson, Diamond Rio, Russ Taff concerts in Nashville

The week ahead brings two exciting musical events for fans of contemporary Christian music featuring gospel artists Andrew Peterson, Diamond Rio and Russ Taff.

Article at: Week ahead: Andrew Peterson, Diamond Rio, Russ Taff concerts in Nashville - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Russ Taff concert at 3rd & Lindsley on Jan. 22 - Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner




Russ Taff concert at 3rd & Lindsley on Jan. 22

In October 2012, one of Christian music's legendary recording artists, Russ Taff, performed at Nashville's 3rd & Lindsley venue. The packed-out concert was a huge success.

Now back by demand, Russ Taff is going to bring The Alternators and his longtime friend, guitarist & Grammy award winning writer & producer James Hollihan, Jr., back to 3rd & Lindsley to do it again on Jan. 22, 2013 at 8 pm. Taff will be performing hits from his library of albums including "Walls of Glass" and "The Way Home." 2013 is the 30th anniversary of Taff's Grammy Award winning album "Walls of Glass," considered by many to be one of the top CCM albums of all time.

Article at: Russ Taff concert at 3rd & Lindsley on Jan. 22 - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Also see: Russ Taff Returns to Nashville's 3rd & Lindsley Jan. 22

Back by popular demand -- Christian artist Russ Taff to perform in Nashville this month
 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Jimmy Peña's 'PrayFit 33-Day Total Body Toning System' DVD now available -Skin, Health & Beauty Examiner

Jimmy Peña's 'PrayFit 33-Day Total Body Toning System' DVD now available

Fitness expert and best-selling author Jimmy Peña is the creator of the "Prayfit: 33-Day Total Body Challenge" DVD that debuted at No. 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in the Faith & Spirituality section. Jimmy Peña recently unveiled the latest DVD in his PrayFit series: "Prayfit 33-Day Body Toning System," a 33-day complete workout and motivational system designed to tone, tighten and sculpt the body targeting resistance training and high-intensity, interval-style cardio.

Article at:  Jimmy Peña's 'PrayFit 33-Day Total Body Toning System' DVD now available - Nashville Skin, Health & Beauty Examiner

Jason Dunn of Hawk Nelson starts 2013 with first solo album & tour - Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner



Jason Dunn of Hawk Nelson starts 2013 with first solo album & tour

Jason Dunn, former frontman of Grammy and Dove Award nominated Christian rock band Hawk Nelson, has announced that his first solo album "Abandon Progress" will release in May 2013.

Article at: Jason Dunn of Hawk Nelson starts 2013 with first solo album & tour - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

'Thirteen Days' with Kevin Costner: Recap & Movie Review - Yahoo!

'Thirteen Days' with Kevin Costner: Recap & Movie Review

"Thirteen Days" is a dramatic movie from 2000 based on events during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. The movie stars Kevin Costner ("JFK"), Bruce Greenwood ("Star Trek"), Stephanie Romanov ("Angel"), Steven Culp ("Desperate Housewives") and Charles Esten ('Nashville').

Review at: 'Thirteen Days' with Kevin Costner: Recap & Movie Review - Yahoo! Voices

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Spoilers: 'Nashville' returns to Nashville's Channel 2 on Weds. Jan 9 (Video) - Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner



Spoilers: 'Nashville' returns to Nashville's Channel 2 on Weds. Jan 9

"Nashville" returns on Wednesday, January 9 on ABC. Episodes 1 - 8 have developed the back stories of the main cast members, and Episode 8 ended with Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) saying she would consider touring with Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). If you want to know what's coming up in Episode 9, here are some sneak peaks.

Article at: Spoilers: 'Nashville' returns to Nashville's Channel 2 on Weds. Jan 9 (Video) - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Financial advisor Dave Ramsey to be honored by National Assc. of Broadcasters - Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Financial advisor Dave Ramsey to be honored by National Assc. of Broadcasters


Author, money-management guru and popular national radio personality Dave Ramsey is slated for induction into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show Radio Luncheon on Tuesday, April 9 in Las Vegas.

Article at: Financial advisor Dave Ramsey to be honored by National Assc. of Broadcasters - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

'Nashville' Episode 8: Rings of Fire (Recap) - Yahoo! Voices


'Nashville' Episode 8: Rings of Fire (Recap)


Marriages & Relationships Are Tried &  Tested While Opportunity Knocks in "Nashville"

A recap of the mid-season finale in Episode 8 of ABC's "Nashville." Episode 9 airs tomorrow night!


Article at: 'Nashville' Episode 8: Rings of Fire (Recap) - Yahoo! Voices

Monday, January 7, 2013

More Bella, Edward & Jacob: Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 Extended Edition announced - Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner


Bella Swan, Jacob Black and Edward Cullen get eight extra minutes.

More Bella, Edward & Jacob: Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 Extended Edition announced


Twilight fans who thought they had seen the last of Edward Cullen, Bella Swan and Jacob Black will be ecstatic to know that they will soon have the chance to see eight new minutes of footage of vampires, werewolves and the apparently few human residents of Forks when "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Extended Edition" comes to Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Article at: More Bella, Edward & Jacob: Twilight Breaking Dawn 1 Extended Edition announced - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner

Also see: 
Best Twilight Articles
A Christian Take on Twilight

 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

January 3 News Briefs

News you didn't really want to hear and won't hear from the mainstream media: consequences of same-sex marriage acts and more Islamist terrorism

 
Next 9/11: Iran’s death squad is here

Iran has infiltrated a team of Quds Force terrorist leaders into the United States to attack from within in 2013, according to a source.


Thomas More Society Warns Illinois Legislators About Consequences of Same-Sex Marriage Act

Today the state legislators of Illinois were warned about the documented consequences of legalizing same-sex marriage. The Thomas More Society, a public interest law firm focused on protecting constitutional rights, sent letters to each member of the Illinois General Assembly, encouraging them to oppose the "Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act."

Article at: Thomas More Society Warns Illinois Legislators About Consequences of Same-Sex Marriage Act | Christian Activities


Islamist Terrorists Slashing Throats of Nigerian-Christians | Christian Activities

This year alone Boko Haram has killed almost 800 Nigerians, most of whom are Christians. In the last three years, over 3000 have been sent to tragic deaths. Victims also include people from several other countries.

Article at: Islamist Terrorists Slashing Throats of Nigerian-Christians | Christian Activities

Are Your New Year's Resolutions Already Failing? | Christian Activities



Are Your New Year's Resolutions Already Failing?

It's a few days into the New Year. How are you doing with your New Year's Resolutions?

If you are already finding it tough to stick to your new goals, you are not alone. Here are a few tips to help you get back on track keeping your goals and resolutions for 2013:

Article at: Are Your New Year's Resolutions Already Failing? | Christian Activities
   
Also see: Happy New Year 2013! New Year's Articles, Poems, Songs, Resolutions and More!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

In Honor of J.R.R. Tolkien Born January 3, 1892

Professor, soldier, author as well as devoted son and husband, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He became best known as the author of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."

It is customary to toast Professor Tolkien each year on his birthday.

In honor of his birthday, here is a collection of articles and links related to J.R.R. Tolkien and his works:


About J.R.R. Tolkien


 A toast to J.R.R. Tolkien for his January 3 birthday - author of faith-based Lord of the Rings

The birthday of Professor J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is on January 3. Although Tolkien passed away in 1973, his birthday is traditionally celebrated by raising a toast to the beloved professor and author.

Article at: A toast to J.R.R. Tolkien for his January 3 birthday - author of faith-based Lord of the Rings - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner
 

The Fellowship of J.R.R. Tolkien

It is superfluous to point out the profound impact the world has experienced in the 50 years since Tolkien first published The Lord of the Rings (October 21, 2004, marked the fiftieth anniversary of the first U.S. publication of The Fellowship of the Ring). The timeless classic has been lauded in virtually every tongue both for the books written by J.R.R. Tolkien and more recently the movies produced by Peter Jackson. In 2009, Tolkien was named #5 on the list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities published by Forbes, earning the bard $50,000,000 that year, a clear sign of his work's continuing success.

Article at: The Fellowship of J.R.R. Tolkien | Christian Activities


How Much Money Does J.R.R. TOLKIEN Make?

J.R.R. Tolkien, author of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings," earns much more today than he did when he was alive.




Tolkien Books & Movies


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey another Middle Earth adventure - review and photos

Peter Jackson's version of "The Hobbit" begins with the almost three-hour long "An Unexpected Journey" starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, and Elijah Wood.

Review at: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey another Middle Earth adventure - review + photos - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner


'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' -- Overview, Pre-Reviews, Review & More

Far to the Wast over ranges and rivers begins the tale of Bilbo Baggins of the Shire. Filled with familiar faces including Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis as Gollum, "The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey" introduces new characters played by Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt and Ken Stott.

Article at: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' -- Overview, Pre-Reviews, Review & More - Yahoo! Voices


'The Hobbit' Movie Release Dates & Titles Announced: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' & 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again'

Great and long-expected news for fans of "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit!" The movers and shakers behind the two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" (New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM) have finally announced the titles and release dates for Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit."  

Article at: 'The Hobbit' Movie Release Dates & Titles Announced: 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' & 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again' - Yahoo! Voices


MGM to Film 'The Hobbit'

MGM has announced plans to film J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved classic The Hobbit over the next couple of years.

Article at: articles | MGM to Film 'The Hobbit' | Christian Activities


"The Children of Hurin" by J.R.R. And Christopher Tolkien - a Book Review

 With the new The Hobbit movie coming out in 2010, and another connecting movie due to follow after the to fill in the gap between The Hobbit and the blockbuster movie trilogy The Lord of the Rings, there is already speculation about another possible movie based upon The Children of Hurin. The Children of Hurin is a "prequel" of several thousand years to the story told in The Lord of the Rings

Book review at: "The Children of Hurin" by J.R.R. And Christopher Tolkien - a Book Review - Yahoo! Voices

Tolkien Journals & Other Books

Finding God in the Lord of the Rings: A Book Review

In my ongoing research I came across a reference to an intriguing title, Finding God in The Lord of the Rings. I quickly tracked down a copy at my local Christian bookstore and found a delightful series of reflections based upon quotes and concepts found in The Lord of the Rings. Written by Kurt Bruner, a vice president with Focus on the Family and Jim Ware, author of several other books, Finding God in The Lord of the Rings invites the reader to "Discover Timeless Truth Among The Hobbits." 


Book review at:  Finding God in the Lord of the Rings: A Book Review - Yahoo! Voices


Tolkien journal 'Silver Leaves' Issue 4 features art, essays, poems & dragons

 The respected Tolkien-based journal, “Silver Leaves” Issue 4, is back from the printer and ready to ship. Published in Canada by the White Tree Fund as a literary and artistic journal for Tolkien and fantasy fans, the theme of this issue is Dragons.

Article at: Tolkien journal 'Silver Leaves' Issue 4 features art, essays, poems & dragons - Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner


  'Silver Leaves' Looks at Dragons in Their Many Forms in Issue 4 'Here Be Dragons' 

Issue 4 of the esteemed literary journal "Silver Leaves" was published on September 22, 2012--also known as "Hobbit Day." The journal begins shipping in October 2012 with the title "Here Be Dragons."

Review at: 'Silver Leaves' Looks at Dragons in Their Many Forms in Issue 4 'Here Be Dragons' - Yahoo! Voices


Silver Leaves: The Journal of the White Tree Fund - a Review

 The purpose of this Tolkien journal is to educate, raise awareness, support charitable initiatives, and entertain. Issue 1, which released in 2007, is a top-notch collection of articles, academic essays, poetry, art and book and movie reviews inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Review at: Silver Leaves: The Journal of the White Tree Fund - a Review - Yahoo! Voices 


'In Fellowship' Features Nashville Writers

In Fellowship is the official Print Journal of the Gathering of the Tolkien Fellowship Community. It features essays and articles related to the works of JRR Tolkien, including scholarly works, reviews, weaponry, puzzles, and much more. On the creative side, In Fellowship includes Tolkien-inspired poems, short fiction, as well as lovely artwork which graces its pages.

Article at: 'In Fellowship' Features Nashville Writers | Christian Activities

 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013! New Year's Articles, Poems, Songs, Resolutions and More!



New Year's Articles

 
Have a Happy New Year!

It is hard not to feel a surge of excitement when someone wishes us a Happy New Year! The New Year has traditionally been a time of new beginnings and resolutions as we start the coming year with a fresh slate.


A collection of articles, photos & more at: Have a Happy New Year!--Squidoo
 


Waiting for the Ball to Drop: 2012 Year End Thoughts

New Year's Eve is here, and I am waiting with Jack the puppy for the big Waterford crystal ball to drop at Times Square. Jack and I are more than ready for a New Year.

Article at:  Waiting for the Ball to Drop: 2012 Year End Thoughts

Happy New Year, Barbie! A look at New Year-themed Barbies from the past decade (slideshow)

To ring in the New Year with Barbie, I decided to take a trip down memory lane with the plastic princess and look at the Barbie dolls that most capture a New Year's theme

Post at:Happy New Year, Barbie! A look at New Year-themed Barbies from the past decade (slideshow) - Nashville Doll Collecting Examiner


New Year's Resolutions





In 2009, several Christian music artists share their New Year's Resolutions with me. Featuring: DecembeRadio, Bob Halligan, Stephen Hinkle, Joanne Cash, Lyrycyst, Carried Away, Beloved, Kevin Levar, Mission Six, After Edmund, and Eliot Sloan (Blessid Union of Souls)

Article at: 2009 New Year's Resolutions of Gospel Artists - Yahoo! Voices

Top 5 New Year's Resolutions for health & fitness from US Government


The US Government has a list of 12 New Year's Resolutions which are popular each year. Out of those 12 New Year's Resolutions, five are directly related to health and wellness.

Article at: Top 5 New Year's Resolutions for health & fitness from US Government

Top 10 healthy New Year's resolutions

New Year's Resolutions are on a lot of people's minds with the New Year coming up, but resolutions can bring a sense of disappointment and guilt when we start breaking them.

Article at: Top 10 healthy New Year's resolutions - Nashville Skin, Health & Beauty Examiner


Making Healthy New Year's Resolutions for 2013

Need a little help making healthy New Year's Resolutions for 2013? These four articles can help with everything from weight loss and exercise to skin care and beauty. New Year New You!

Post at: Making Healthy New Year's Resolutions for 2013

 

New Year's Poems & Songs

New Year Acrostic - a Poem for the New Year
The New Year hands you a clean, fresh slate. What will you choose to write on it?

Poem at: New Year Acrostic - a Poem for the New Year - Yahoo! Voices


Top Ten Songs for New Year's

Songs from Robert Burns, U2, Barry Manilo, Relient K, Dan Fogelburg, Stacy Orrico, Ella Fitzgerald, Sir Cliff Richards and more

Article at: Top Ten Songs for New Year's - Yahoo! Voices

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