1) I've already told you about "The Last Sin Eater." Here's another faith-based film you might want to check into: Amazing Grace, about anti-slavery pioneer William Wilberforce. The trailer is stunning, and I really like what I've seen of Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd. The story is interwoven with the the story of John Newton and the timeless hymn he wrote.
2) Did you know that February 18th is "Amazing Grace Sunday"? Churches around the world are being urged to lift their voices to sing the hymn. (My church does it quite often anyway.)
3)WOW! There's juggling, and then there's juggling. This guy is amazing. (Hat/tip to Lisa Samson.)
4) Lost is back!--and in fine form. Take this quiz to find out which "Lost" character you are. I'm Sun.(hat tip to Thunderstruck.org)
5) Lisa Samson's new book, Quaker Summer, is out. I've read the first several chapters and can tell you, it's vintage Samson. Great stuff...I can't wait to read the whole book!
6) American Idol will soon start getting really interesting again. Come on, Hollywood! Let the real competition begin.
7) The Illinois Tourism Bureau wants you to vote on the Seven Wonders of Illinois. Some possibilities: the Superman statute in Metropolis, the giant catsup bottle in Collinsville, and Jane, the dinosaur fossil at Rockford's Burpee Museum of Natural History.
8) A sad note: three missionaries have been killed in an accident in Honduras.
9) Yes, I was pulling for the Bears, but I'm still really impressed by the faith and spirit of Colts' coach Tony Dungy. Here's another good article about him. An excerpt: "Notice he spoke of God. When he does, no one rolls their eyes. Because it is Tony Dungy. Because there is nothing but sincerity there and you know he will not talk of religion and several hours later go chase a few skirts as many people in his profession tend to do."
10) From the sublime to the ridiculous: As this Bears fan learned, be careful what you bet on. He will now be known as Peyton Manning.
11) Rebecca Writes is encouraging people to blog about children's poetry this month. (Scroll down to see where I did just that). Post about children's poetry, report back to Rebecca, and she'll link you.
12) Have you tried Hershey's 100 Calorie Chocolate Bars yet? I've found the dark chocolate bars and the chocolate wafers to be delicious, and just the right touch if you crave something sweet and chocolatey. Of course, you have to discipline yourself to eat just one serving...there's that. But, YUM.
13) My new grandson, Payton, was a week old yesterday! From what we hear, he is doing well (he lives in Texas and we live in Illinois. :( ) We're begging his parents for more pictures. He is a DOLL!!!
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