Friday, May 26, 2017

Losing a Friend to Suicide


I recently learned one of my friends killed himself a week ago. To say I was shocked to learn this is a vast understatement. This was someone who had already achieved a great deal and was  headed towards bigger and better things. He was admired, respected and loved by his peers and those he had authority over. It is inconceivable that this man would take his own life.

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Suicide Is Never Painless


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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Camkix 4in1 Phone Lens Kit with Fisheye and Zoom Review


I ordered the Camkix 4in1 Phone Lens Kit on Amazon.com after seeing a clip-on zoom lens for camera phones advertised on Instagram with terrible reviews.  The Camkix 4in1 Phone Lens had better reviews on Amazon, so I decided to give it a try. This is my review of the kit.

Positives

The customer service I received from Camkix was outstanding after there was a problem with my first order. I received fast, polite, professional service and was completely satisfied with how they resolved the situation.

The concept is great.

The case is functional, with a place for the lenses to screw in which works well. It appears to be moderately sturdy. It slipped over my iPhone 6S like a glove.

The Camkix fisheye lens is of good quality and a lot of fun to use. See photo below.



Negatives

The telephoto lens is not good It provides only moderately more zoom than the functionality of my iPhone camera does and the quality of the image is poor. See photos below.

Photo taken with basic iPhone lens

Photo taken with Camkix 4in1 Phone Telefoto Lens


Untested

I have not used the tripod yet but many other reviewers have indicated it is sub-standard. I forgot to test the wide angle lens which has to be unscrewed from the fish eye lens to be used. I don't like to have to unscrew two small lenses to use the wide angle.

The price for the three camera lenses, case and tripod was $38 plus free shipping on Amazon. I don't think I will use the telefoto lens much at all, but I do like the fisheye lens and look forward to testing the inconvenient wide angle lens and the tripod.

Overall I am moderately happy with my purchase and don't feel like it was a waste of my money.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 17 at the Top RF Party in Brentwood



We were treated to a lovely spring party on the deck of a home that overlooks the Brentwood valley.Good food,drinks, weather and friends made it a lovely evening.

My friend Donna, a Lexus driver and 6-figure income earner with Rodan + Fields, hosted a lovely spring Cocktails and Conversations at the Top party last night at her beautiful Brentwood home.

Donna's deck overlooks much of the Brentwood valley and offers a spectacular view that changes with the lighting.

From other direct marketing companies, people have the idea we try to sell them something or sign them up, but that couldn't have been further from the truth last night! We drank wine, ate appetizers, enjoyed beautiful late-spring weather and just socialized and relaxed on the deck.

We even had our own comedienne on hand who kept us entertained all night. Thanks Kari Caldwell Reidle!

Sure, the topic of skincare came up a couple of times, but there was no presentation. Just a small display guests could walk by if they were curious

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017 TN Ren Fest Jousting, Music & Fun for the Family | Christian Activities


It was Community Appreciation Weekend, formerly Family Weekend, at the Tennessee Renaissance Festival near Franklin, TN

The 32nd annual Tennessee Renaissance Festival kicked off this weekend with what looked to be possibly their biggest crowds yet on Sunday. Cars were already parked across New Castle Road on the Castle grounds around lunch time and no wonder! The weather was sunny and mild, perfect for dressing up in costume.



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2017 TN Ren Fest Jousting, Music & Fun for the Family | Christian Activities

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Friday, May 5, 2017

House Passes Historic Health Care Language that Defunds Planned Parenthood --Christian Activities

Good News for the Not-Yet-Born!
By a vote of 217-213 - the thinnest of margins - the House of Representatives voted yesterday to advance a health care provision that would defund Planned Parenthood for one year.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, stated; "We applaud this historic vote by the House of Representatives as a first step in defunding Planned Parenthood which is the largest abortion provider in the world. Every day, Planned Parenthood takes the lives of almost 900 innocent children and over 320,000 every year. The pro-life community will work passionately to see the Senate votes to defund and that this piece of legislation will end up on the desk of President Trump and be signed into law.."

Find out more about the historic vote and what Christian leaders have to say at:

House Passes Historic Health Care Language that Defunds Planned Parenthood


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Thursday, May 4, 2017

How Do Millennial Christians Make Decisions? --Christian Activities

Telois Survey Asks How Christians Make Decisions

Teleios Research conducted a survey on how Christians make decision by placing advertisements on InstaPray, a Christian Instagram account In total, 858 individuals participated, with the majority being: evangelicals (77%); college students (51%), females (67%), and 80% US residents. The average age was 23 ± 10 years.nd 80% US residents. The average age was 23 ± 10 years.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Stop Posting Chain Messages on Facebook!

I AM NOT A FAN OF CHAIN MESSAGES & POSTS ON FACEBOOK, EMAIL, ETC.

There. I said it. I hope I don't come off like I got up on the wrong side of the bed, or worse, like a prima dona, but I am getting WAY too many chain emails on social media that ask me to forward them, or post them as my status, or send them back if I like the person who sent it to me. Even more annoying are the ones that promise a blessing or curse if I do or don't forward them.

Chain emails and messages are a nuisance. They clog Messenger and show "You've got mail" when you really just have spam. One day I opened Facebook's Messenger during a lunch meeting, because I was expecting an important message from a potential customer and saw I had 5 messages. I hurried to open them only to discover they were all chain messages 5 from different people asking me to forward or post on my profile something I wasn't interested in sharing.

Forwarded messages are often a hoax. Frequently they contain information that is untrue or out of date, and no one bothers to fact check before they send it on. There is no little boy named Dakota being life-flighted on account of seizures, for instance, although another little boy went through something similar in Dec. 2016. I was asked to forward that one twice today. The Darkhorse Marine Batallion took heavy losses in 2010, not 2017. I also saw requests to forward this one from 2 different friends.  And Facebook, the American Cancer Society and other organizations don't donate money every time you annoy your friends with a chain post. Use common sense -- how would they even track it???

Check the facts before you ask your friends to pass along information that isn't true or is out of date. A good place to check on hoaxes is Snopes.com although Snopes is not always a reliable source of political information.

Chain messages are repetitive. I bet I have received 15 identical messages the past 2 weeks asking me to post a heart on Facebook for breast cancer awareness.  I will donate money or write a personal message about the causes I believe in, but I won't be posting any hearts, or superheroes, or cartoon characters to supposedly "raise awareness" for a good cause. There are much better ways to do that.

If you want to post something you believe in on your profile or send a personal message to friends about something you think is important, I respect that, but don't ask all your friends to post the same message.

Chain posts are annoying.  Imagine you are waiting for an important message and DING! In comes a message. But instead of being Important,  it's your friend Suzy Q telling you you're a pretty lady and asking you to forward it to 15 other women as well as send it back to her. No thanks. Those chain emails are not personal nor are they as genuine as a sincere compliment, and asking for it to be sent back is simply begging for a compliment. Frankly, that's just sad 😭

Next time you want to include my name in a chain message, email, or post--especially if it asks me to forward it or send it back--please stop before your hovering finger adds my name. I appreciate the friendship and kind thoughts of all my friends on Facebook, but I am growing more and more annoyed by ubiquitous chain messages and posts. They are simply another kind of spam.

Don't forget to forward this to 49 friends and post it as your status for the next 36 hours. I know who will post this and I am taking names of all of you who don't. If you forward it to 49 friends and post it as your status within the next 5 minutes, six miniature unicorns will come visit you tonight at midnight, but if you don't forward this, *I* will come visit you at midnight instead of the unicorns... and I WON'T be HAPPY!

TL;DR  Chain messages on social media are irritating, ineffective, and invasive.


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Friday, April 28, 2017

Pure Flix Movie, 'The Case for Christ,' Offers Insurmountable Evidence -- Christian Activities


Pure Flix’s new movie, The Case for Christ, is a true story about an investigative journalist, Lee Strobel, who sets out to disprove the Resurrection of Jesus. It opened in theaters April 7, and is the film reenactment of Strobel’s book by the same name.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Pro-Life Analysis of President Trump’s First 100 Days from Focus on the Family

President Donald Trump
President Trump & Abortion
How has President Donald Trump fared in his first 100 days in office from a pro-life perspective? Jim Daly of Focus on the Family takes a look at the President's track record so far.
– President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch, a strict constitutionalist and preeminent legal mind, to the Supreme Court. 
– President Trump has surrounded himself with strong pro-life advisers in his inner circle, including Vice President Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway.
– President Trump has also placed committed pro-lifers to relevant Cabinet positions, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has a 100 percent pro-life voting record.
– President Trump has faithfully enacted pro-life policies since he took the oath of office. He started by reinstating the pro-life Mexico City Policy two days after his inauguration.
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A Pro-Life Analysis of President Trump’s First 100 Days

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Craig Groeschel Speaker at Life.Church Hendersonville April 24--Christian Activities

With Craig and Amy Groeschel

I finally got to hear Pastor Craig Groeschel in person last night when he and his wife came to the Hendersonville area of Nashville to speak at the local Life.Church campus.

Craig Groeschel, the Senior Pastor of Life.Churchwas the guest speaker at a special Life.Church Hendersonville service on Monday night, April 24. 

Groeschel and his wife, Amy, are founders of the largest church in the United States with twenty=six locations in eight states. 

Based in Oklahoma City, Craig Groeschel is senior pastor of Life.Church although each separate campus also has a local pastor.


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Craig Groeschel Speaker at Life.Church Hendersonville April 24
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Craig Groeschel 4/24/17


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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Beatitudes with Stu Garrard, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Others | Christian Activities

One time guitarist with Delirious? and GRAMMY-nominated, Dove Award-winning musician/producer Stu Garrard (Stu G) teams up with respected artists including Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, Matt Maher, Martin Smith, Audrey Assad, Joel Houston, All Sons & Daughters, Jon Mark McMillan, Amanda Cook, Propaganda and others to offer different perspectives in different styles on blessings uncovered during life's broken moments.
Article at

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

MinecraftTribes – Designed by MCI Trends LLC --Coming Soon




Minecraft Tribes is a new mod coming soon for PvP players where building a civilization with your friends is as important as defending it from marauders. Experience PvP with a team that's a step up from Factions.
MinecraftTribes PvP allows you to put your creations to the test in a rigorous PvP environment. Whether you use walls, castles, or booby traps, the only rule is war.
Mining, building, architecture, farming, engineering, teamwork, and of course -- warfare -- are all important elements of  the new Tribes mod. Because of its emphasis on design, realism and planning, Minecraft Tribes should appeal to older players as well as young PvP enthusiasts of the uper-popular video game.

Designed by MCI Trends, Minecraft Tribes is coming soon. Beta Testers are needed now. Be one of the first to check it out before the new PvP mod is released.


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Texas State Student's Bigotry Against Unborn Results in Destruction of Anti-Abortion Display | Christian Activities


Footage is going viral of a Texas State University student violently attacking a Created Equal pro-life display led by ministry partners Love of Truth Ministries. Even more shocking than the student's action was the later revelation he is currently studying "nonviolent social resistance." Apparently student Ian Ramos, who is studying "nonviolent social resistance," supports the violent dismemberment of the unborn as well as using violent actions against those who oppose his views.






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Texas State Student's Bigotry Against Unborn Results in Destruction of Anti-Abortion Display | Christian Activities

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California AG Files Questionable Charges Against Daleiden, Merritt for Planned Parenthood Tapes | Christian Activities



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Monday, April 3, 2017

Stephen Baldwin Stars in Powerful New Film Production about the Thief on the Cross

Actor Steven Baldwin with singer John Schlitt


Actor Stephen Baldwin brings to life the powerful story of the thief on the cross in a new unique filmed stage adaptation, "Heaven, How I Got Here: A Night with the Thief on the Cross," available for digital download on ChristianCinema.com beginning April 4.



Read the full article at:
Stephen Baldwin Stars in New Film about the Thief on the Cross | Christian Activities

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

California AG Files Questionable Charges Against Daleiden, Merritt for Planned Parenthood Tapes | Christian Activities




Politically-Motivated Charges Filed Against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt in California Related to Planned Parenthood Whistle-Blower Recordings 


 Late yesterday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra charged pro-life investigative journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress with 15 felony counts related to secret recordings they made that provided evidence of Planned Parenthood's participation in the illegal trafficking of aborted baby remains.

 Becerra charged Daleiden and Merritt with 14 counts of eavesdropping and 1 count of conspiracy to eavesdrop. Each of the 14 counts is related to conversations Daleiden and Merritt had with Planned Parenthood and its abortion allies in which the profiteers negotiated the sale of fetal body parts in violation of state and federal law. All the conversations were recorded legally, in restaurants or at a conference with hundreds of attendees.

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California AG Files Questionable Charges Against Whistle Blowers for Planned Parenthood Tapes | Christian Activities

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bodyguard Musical at TPAC a Nostalgic Nod to Whitney Houston



The Bodyguard Musical starring Deborah Cox and Judson Mills with Douglas Baldeo, Jonathan Hadley, Jasmin Richardson and more was performed at TPAC on March 21, 2017.

Cox has a beautiful,strong voice that can definitely carry off the assortment of Houston's hits and turn them into her own. The musical deviates from the movie in numerous places while still remaining familiar. The back story for Frank Farmer is flashed out a little and there are a couple of twists. 

The musical weaves in humor with drama, song and dance to create a palatable blend that makes for an  enjoyable evening. 

There was a small cast party afterwards where guests got to meet Cox and other actors, and she was just as lovely in person as she was on stage.


However, truth be told, although I was interested in buying the soundtrack after the show, when it came right down to it, I bought a CD of Whitney Houston's greatest hits instead. No one can do it quite like Whitney did.



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Thursday, March 16, 2017

President Donald Trump Addresses Tens of Thousands in Nashville | Christian Activities



President Donald J. Trump spoke to tens of thousands of supporters gathered at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville who came to see him in person last night. However, many of us ended up watching him on YouTube outside the auditorium.

We got there at 3:30 and stood in line until almost 7 and the crowds were so HUGE that we never even made it in. The line sported a great many MAGA red, hats and there were vendors with Trump memorabilia everywhere.




We had a wonderful time, and the crowd, which wrapped around the State Capitol to Charlotte on both sides and then wound down James Robertson Parkway to the auditorium, was positive and enthusiastic. We met the nicest couple from Clarksville. Everyone around us enjoyed our wait, and as I mentioned, we ended up watching President Trump speak on YouTube while we waited outside the auditorium. 

The only downside, besides the small smattering of protesters which were like gnats that buzzed by occasionally and the cold weather, were the RUDE people who kept cutting in line. There is no doubt that we would have made it inside if hundreds of people had not broken line in front of us throughout the afternoon and evening. What a night! Wouldn't have missed it!  


Read all about Trump's visit here:

President Donald Trump Addresses Tens of Thousands in Nashville | Christian Activities

Also see:

President Trump to Appear at Nashville Rally | Christian Activities



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Sunday, March 12, 2017

President Trump to Appear at Nashville Rally | Christian Activities



The 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, is coming to Nashville on March 15!

He is expected to visit The Hermitage and speak at a rally at the Municipal Auditorium.

Details at:

President Trump to Appear at Nashville Rally | Christian Activities



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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Daniel Bashta Releases 'My Resurrection (Live)' | Christian Activities

No Life Apart from Death

There can be no life apart from death. At least that’s what singer/songwriter Daniel Bashta believes. He’s experienced both throughout his story thus far. 

Yet, in the middle of what felt like the darkest season, the light of God’s merciful resurrection showed up, changing everything. 



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Daniel Bashta Releases 'My Resurrection (Live)' | Christian Activities

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Australia Work from Home Business Opportunity for Moms, Dads & Busy Entrepreneurs | Christian Activities


An unprecedented opportunity is headed to Australia with the potential to help families in more ways than one! Founded by the doctors who created Proactiv, the dermatologists are launching their new brand of anti-aging skincare Down Under in May 2017.
RF Dermatologists will be bringing products for acne, rosacea, sun damaged skin, pigmentation problems like age spots and melasma, and treatments for wrinkles, lines and crow's feet to the internet that offer the efficacy of many prescriptions, all without the cost and inconvenience of a trip to a dermatologist and another trip to fill a prescription.
Not only will the company's "Straya" launch bring clinical skincare to small communities and remote regions via the internet, it will also offer Aussies the opportunity to partner with the doctors who created Proactiv in business as independent consultants with their own internet store to service their friends, families and neighbors.
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Skin, Health & Beauty: The Bible on Anxiety



How to Overcome Anxiety

Anxiety is a silent killer. Stress hormones wreak havoc on our immune systems, mental health and overall health. Read what the Bible has to say about anxiety and how you can overcome it here.


Skin, Health & Beauty: The Bible on Anxiety


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fun with Friends Feb. 9



I had so much fun at a wine and cheese party at Franklin City Club in Franklin, Tenn. with my RF business partners and guests on Feb. 9!



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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Study Disproves Three Myths about Cohabitation


According to a Focus on the Family article, we’re currently in the midst of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14), a yearly celebration that recognizes the importance of this most basic human institution.
We’re also living in an age where cohabitation rates are increasing, in part because our culture increasingly doesn’t value the importance of God’s sacred and foundational gift to men and women.
Too many couples simply don’t see the value in getting married. To them, “marriage is just a piece of paper.”  From their vantage point, marriage doesn’t bring any added benefits as long as they’re “secure” in their relationship. Living together, they contend, without the formal legal ties, is also liberating and better for everyone.
But what does the research say?
new study disproves three commonly held myths about cohabitation and affirms the value of marital commitment.
The 2017  World Family Map’s main essay, “The Cohabitation-Go-Round: Cohabitation and Family Instability Across the Globe,” compares the family stability of children born to cohabiting couples to those born to married couples. It spans 12 years and more than 60 countries.
The big finding is that marriage matters greatly to children because it helps provide the stability that experts agree children desperately need to thrive. 
The study also disproved three commonly held myths about cohabitation.
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