GNN-i Giving Away 10 Books in 10-Day Countdown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreContinuing the celebration of Ten Years of Good News and in a 10-day countdown to our 10th Anniversary on August 31, I am giving away 10 books over the next 10 days to lucky winners from around the world. Each day, from August 21 through August 30 (New York time), I will be posting the details of a different book on the Web site. To win, all you need to do is be the first to leave a comment for me, and the book is yours! I will post these opportunities during all times of the day and night to give our international viewers an even shot at winning. Eight of the books are pictured to the right (being inspected by our Director of a-mews-ment). Watch the Web site tomorrow for your chance to win… Just another reason to value the Good News Network. It’s Seriously Good.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Royal Marine Given George Cross After Diving on Grenade

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“A Royal Marine who is to be awarded the George Cross for saving the lives of his comrades by throwing himself on top of a grenade… He was thrown into the air by the force of the explosion but survived with minor injuries as his rucksack cushioned the blow. “It was incredible. I escaped with only a nose bleed and a headache,” he said.” (London Times Online) Photo: Lance Corporal Croucher with backpack he was wearing when he jumped on a grenade Thanks to Lali W. for submitting the link! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Protect Your Phone Numbers From Unwanted Telemarketers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWith recorded telemarketing calls on the rise, make sure that your U.S. mobile phone number and home numbers are protected from unwanted solicitors with the help of the government’s Do Not Call Registry. The National Do Not Call Registry is managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.  It will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five years. You must call from the phone number you want blocked (toll-free, 888-382-1222) or you can file it online at www.DoNotCall.gov. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website. Only companies you have personally done business with, political organizations, charities and and telephone surveyors are allowed to use the number. Get more answers to questions about the registry here. Thanks to Joni Kohls for the update!  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother Helps Abused Kids at Christmas

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMy lawyer girlfriend asked, “Will you help with the holiday party for the abused kids?” “Sure, what do you want me to do?” I replied. “Oh, just be some fairytale character” she said and hung up. I sat there staring at the phone. Which character? My girlfriend was on the board of an organization, in San Francisco, that deals with child abuse and works on prevention through parental education. I grew up with loving parents and a secure home life, so I wanted to help. I’ve been a performer all of my life and had no problem with that part of her request. I just wanted to make sure I chose the right character. At first I started thinking of holiday characters like Frosty and Rudolph but they weren’t really ‘fairytale characters’ . Then I spent time considering fairy tales and nursery rhymes. I wasn’t the Pinocchio or Little Mermaid type, more like the grandmother, than Little Red Riding Hood. Then the perfect idea came twinkling in, as if by magic. Of course …Cinderella had been abused…maybe the kids would relate to The Fairy Godmother. Although I didn’t really know what she would do at the party, I drove to the College of Marin, to the drama department’s costume lab. Everyone was delighted to help me turn into ‘The Fairy Godmother.’ That was fifteen years ago. I remember ‘Fairy Godmother’s’ debut like it was yesterday…I arrived for the party in street clothes and went upstairs to change into my costume. My costume looked like Disney’s Fairy Godmother: not fancy but everything was the right color and she and I definitely have a resemblance. I put on my costume and went downstairs. The center was packed to bursting with children and parents who really needed some holiday cheer. Amazingly the children immediately knew who I was. I sat down on the floor and a little boy crawled on my lap, and I heard one of the center’s workers expressing surprise because normally he didn’t let anyone touch him. Then I felt a tug on my cape and turned to a little girl whose eyes were as big as Christmas. She beamed at me and said “I’ve seen your movie.” I realized that, to the children, I was Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother…not just someone in a costume. That first year, like all of them since, was pure magic. I thought I was there to give some cheer to kids, who had nothing. Little did I know I was there to receive the greatest gift. God gave me the pure gift of children’s love. You see children know Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and they love her unconditionally. She represented safety. That first year it was hard to hold back the tears when I saw a little boy with a black eye. I realized some of these children were there because their parents were substance abusers, like you would expect, but others were children of children who themselves had been abused. I remember a young girl, who wasn’t old enough to be out of middle school, asking if she could sit on Santa’s lap too. She held her tiny baby on her own lap. I’m better at holding back the tears now but my heart still cries. Yet, still the children have the magic to make me laugh and smile as they bless me with their childhood wonder. The party is all encompassing, like the love of Christmas. During the party I give lots of hugs, sing Bibadibobadido many, many times, along with lots of Christmas Carols. I visit Santa, play dreidal, go to the Kwanza room and face paint with the fairies. Abuse happens across all social stratums, cultures and ethnicities. It is a repetitive generational cycle that can be broken, and must be broken. Recently, out of the blue, I received a phone call from a woman wanting to know if I had created my name, Charselle. “No,” I told her in explanation, “I had a very creative mother.” She then told me she had been to my website and wanted to know about “that Fairy Godmother stuff.” I told her my story. Then she added, “I am so pleased to meet you. You are truly a realized person.” Confused I asked “why.” “Well, when the fairy tale is analyzed, The Fairy Godmother represents Cinderella’s higher self, because the answers to our problems are within.” she said. “Do you realize the meaning of your name?” she went on. “No, my name is an original, It’s not in books.” I stated. “Well, Cinderella was a charwoman right?” she stated. “Yes” I agreed. “Char just like the first part of your name and the last part of your name ‘elle’ means girl,” said the voice on the phone, “You are Cinderella’s higher self.” Magic. All my life I had searched for the meaniing of my name. Stunned the glow of gratitude flowing through me, I thanked her. More magic: At the time she called I had just pulled Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother’s garment bag from the back of the closet, readying for this year’s Christmas magic…   copyright 2008 Charselle, www.charselle.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Student’s Letter to Congress Leads to School Makeover

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Highlighted in Obama’s speech, a South Carolina teen’s plea to improve her run-down school inspired a quarter million dollar donation from local businessman. Students who had grown resigned to old, “nasty” furnishings at their dilapidated middle school were elated on Monday to find new furniture and a freshly painted cafeteria, thanks to a student’s plea, a president’s speech and a businessman’s response.  (Continue reading in USA Today) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

A Lighthouse For Those on the Street

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore I was personally inspired by these courageous men, and hope you will be as well. Life isn’t easy for any of us. We all fall down now and then, and sometimes need the compassion of others to get back in the saddle and move forward. This community is fortunate to have Randlins Homes reaching out to those whom many look away from. People like Ralph and Linda are examples of the many unsung heros that exist in cities big and small across the world. When many have told them that they can’t, they continue to prove they can.   To learn more please visit their website at RandlinHomes.org. I talked with Dennis Stephens Friday (see the video below), about the program and how it’s helped him. Dennis is an amazing person and was very honest about his life, his struggles, and his new desire to help others turn their lives around. In March they opened a thrift store here in Wausau, Wisc. to help Randlin residents learn new skills and sharpen some of the skills they already have. The community has responded, purchasing from the store, and also services like snow shoveling, lawn care, small engine repair, and a “Hot Diggity Dog” business. While visiting their store I talked with Gene Hilber about his feelings and thoughts about the program. He shared with me that it gave him a chance to reconnect with his daughters and a fresh start in life. center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore With winter just around the corner it’s even more important to remember the people who are sprawled over heat vents and looking for food in places where no human should have to look. A program in our town, The Randlin Homes, helps to provide shelter, career counseling, and emotional help to homeless Vets and ex-offenders. Co-founded by Ralph and Linda Schlitz, this lighthouse of hope first opened their doors in December of 2000 with one home. Now they operate three and are making a difference for many. We have worked with this program and have seen first hand the people who have changed their lives. The Randlin Homes have weathered all types of storms but only continue to move forward and with one mission in mind. To help people. The community has responded by helping this program envision good things for its future. They offer veterans and ex-offenders HOPE (Help Opportunity Praise Encouragement) to move forward from their present situation to a new life ahead. Many of those who have sought help at Randlin Homes have had a long history of mental illnesses, substance abuse problems, suicide attempts and other life challenges. last_img read more

The Pursuit of Happiness: What Matters Most? (Video)

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIf happiness is a state of mind, Boulder, Colorado would be its capital.Where you live, it turns out, makes a difference in the happiness level, but plenty of other factors can make up for a less than ideal hometown.The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is a 25-year in-depth study of Americans’ overall satisfaction with life. Gallup has interviewed more than a million Americans since 2008, enough to map our happiness.But the Gallup research digs deeper, beyond vague feelings of “happiness,” to gather more measurable data on 55 aspects of overall well-being – everything from emotional and physical health, to how satisfied we are with work.In terms of states, Hawaii (no surprise) is the happiest of all, but don’t assume it is just the weather. North Dakota, Wyoming, and Alaska join Colorado and Hawaii in the top five.(WATCH the Sunday Morning feature below, or READ the article at CBS) Photo by Sun StarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

AAA Is Now Providing Emergency Electric-Vehicle Charging To Stranded Drivers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIf your electric vehicle stutters to a halt while you’re cruising down the highway, call the same people who fix flats on your regular car.AAA announced this week that it is sending out EV mobile charging units in its roadside assistance operations. The organization will start with six units in select states (including California, Florida, and Washington) in August. All of the charging units will come with Level 2 chargers, which can juice up a vehicle in a matter of hours, and Level 3 chargers that can power up a car in a matter of minutes (if the car uses that technology). (READ the article in Fast Company)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Man Raises Money to Offer Busloads of Veggies to a Neighborhood Without Produce

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor folks living in West Chicago, it is hard to find fresh fruits and vegetables for sale, which is why one man took it upon himself to transport fresh produce into the neighborhood.Steve Casey bought a bus and spent four years raising the $50,000 to turn it into a produce market on wheels that travels to the people. The Fresh Moves program now visits six locations that are described as food deserts twice a week. (WATCH the Making a Difference story below from NBC News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Thousands of Firefighters Climbed Stairs Around the World to Honor NYFD on 9/11

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOn Sunday, 343 firefighters from across Texas donning their heavy coats and gear gathered in downtown Dallas to honor the lives of New York firefighters who died on 9/11.They climbed 100 flights of stairs at Dallas’s Renaissance Tower to commemorate the lives of 343 from the New York Fire Department who died saving others on that day. Each carried the name and photo of one of their department brethren.“It’s kind of an honor because he was a hero,” said Jacob Manceaux of the Port Naches,Texas Fire Department. “He went to go up and save people and he never came back. I’m doing this to finish his climb.”To commemorate the tenth anniversary, more than 16,000 firemen around the world participated in a similar climb to remember the fallen of 9/11.(WATCH the video below, or read the story from SMU-TV)VIDEO: Dallas 9/11 Firefighter Stair Climb from SMU-TV on Vimeo.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more