Tuesday, March 31, 2009

So what's all this about a Conficker worm?

and other stuff to tell you...

Apparently it's no April Fool's joke--and it's not one of those pesky e-mail hoaxes.

A nasty computer worm called Conficker is supposed to be unleashed on unprotected PC's everywhere tomorrow, April 1st.

If you use a Mac, no worries for you. Otherwise, experts are saying it's better to be safe than sorry.

Here's a CBS story about Conficker and how to protect your computer from it.

Other stuff to tell you...

--It's been a tough year for my favorite American Idol contestant, Danny Gokey. Of course there was the death of Danny's wife earlier this year (and subject of an internet backlash by Danny-haters who accused him of using it to get sympathy votes). Well, this blogger from Danny's church says Danny's grandfather passed away and he attended the funeral in Milwaukee over the weekend.

Meantime, for whatever reason, Danny has been slipping in some internet power rankings. But not with Chuck Harvey of One21music.com, which has been following the Christian contestants on AI:

Danny Gokey has been consistently, consistently, consistently good. Michael Jackson, Motown, Grand Ole’ Opry, Danny has delivered every week with every genre. There continues to be a DannyGokey backlash on the Internet but that will not derail his American Idol train. The biggest challenge he has is the success that keeps him at number one in the power rankings. American Idol winners tend to have improvements throughout the season usually have a breakthrough moment (Jordan Sparks with “I (Who Have Nothing)” and David Cook with “Music of the Night”). Danny needs to find a performance to shock people, in a good way.

Read more of Chuck's thoughts here and here.

By the way,those who DVR take note: American Idol will be 20 minutes longer than usual tonight, ending at 9:20 EDT/8:30 CDT.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Happy birthday, Jonathan!

Without a doubt, one of the happiest days of my life was 29 years ago today, when I gave birth to my oldest child, Jonathan.

I can't tell you how proud I am of Jonathan. He has truly grown and matured into a fine man...a wonderful husband, father, and servant of Christ.

Jonathan has brought me a lot of joy and laughter down through the years with his wit and intelligence. Also, he's the one who got me started on "Lost"!

I love you so much, Jonathan! I'm glad you were born...happy birthday!

Friday, March 20, 2009

It's the Ultimate Blog Party 2009! Welcome to My Blog

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

It's that time again--the Ultimate Blog Party, hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom!

This is a great chance to spread the word about your own blog, attract new readers, and check out other blogs yourself.

If this is your first visit to Notes in the Key of Life, welcome! I'm Cindy Swanson, and I blog about faith, family, fiction, entertainment, and whatever else piques my interest.

Here's what you need to know:

Cindy Swanson is a radio personality at 101QFL and Radio 91 in Rockford, IL, and a free-lance voice-over artist. Married for 30 years to the love of her life, Doug, she has three grown children and is the proud grandma of a 2-year-old boy named Payton (pictures here!).

The child of missionary parents, Cindy spent part of her early life in Beirut, Lebanon, and still dreams of traveling to places like Ireland and Scotland.

An avid reader (especially of Christian fiction), Cindy sometimes amazes friends and family with her vast knowledge of current events, pop culture and what she calls "useless trivia." She often shares her book reviews and author interviews here on her blog.

After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2007, Cindy has lost 30 pounds, for a total of over 50 pounds lost since she was at her heaviest. Her fitness journey continues, and has become an integral part of daily part of her life. (See a before-and-after here.)

A one-woman crusader against e-mail spam and internet hoaxes, Cindy battles rumors and urban legends on the radio in her "Cindy Swanson, CyberSnoop" mode, and she shares that on her blog--here's an example.

Cindy says her Christian faith defines her, and she can't imagine living life without a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe.

She brings all these aspects into her blog, Notes in the Key of Life, which has been described as "positive, personal and uplifting."

Please stick around and check out some of my older posts...and do come back! The welcome mat is always here.

And if you're interested here is a video post I did last fall as part of a video-blogging event.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Stuff to Tell You

Good-bye, Natasha Richardson...what's up with "Lost"?...and good news for Christian fiction

--For me, Natasha Richardson will forever be the lovely mom in Disney's "The Parent Trap." I've noticed on Facebook that the most heartfelt condolences are coming from people who know what it's like to lose a loved one.

Christian singer Tammy Trent's husband died in a drowning accident shortly before 9/11. Her Facebook status this morning: "...woke up continuing to pray for Liam Neeson and his family. The road ahead is very long and painful....there is healing...there is hope. Peace like a river!"

Another person responded: "I thought about Liam Neeson all day yesterday, having lost my husband to a tragic accident, I know only too well the sadness that envelopes us, but I also know that God is good and is redeeming. I pray for the Neeson family that they will find peace in our God and in the hope of eternity."

--So, I didn't know quite what to think of "Lost" last night. I'm not really liking our Losties being stuck in Dharmaville. Or in 1977. I did like just about everything Hurley (Jorge Garcia) said...his comments and personality always just bring everything back down to earth.

But right now, I'm kind of getting the same feeling I had when Jack, Kate and Sawyer were stuck on that other island in Season 3...claustrophobic and a little frustrated.

Big questions: Why didn't Sun land in 1977 too? When will she and Jin be re-united? And when will the ones stuck in the 70s get back to the future (where's a flux capacitor when you need it!?!)

Even on a not-so-stellar night, "Lost" is better than most anything else on TV...but I hope next week's episode will be better. Any comments?

--A bit of bright economic news: Christian fiction continues to thrive during this recession (hat tip to Brandilyn Collins)

--If you're a Danny Gokey fan, here is the consummate website.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I talk with Mandisa!

She's rooting for Danny!

I had the privilege today of interviewing one of the loveliest, most talented and most gracious ladies ever to come out of American Idol...Mandisa!

Mandisa was the ninth-place finalist in the fifth season of American Idol, the one that was eventually won by Taylor Hicks.

But being ninth-place hasn't hampered Mandisa's success in the Christian music field. Her first album, "True Beauty," debuted at #1 on the Top Christian Albums charts, making it the first time a new female artist has debuted at #1 in the charts 27 year history. It also debuted at #43 on the Billboard 200, an unusually high debut on that chart for a Christian artist.(from Wikipedia)

Her sophomore album, "Freedom," is the follow-up to "True Beauty."

She likes Danny!

Mandisa confirmed to me that she is following this season's American Idol, and that Danny Gokey is her favorite. Listen here.

She's lost 75 pounds...

When Mandisa first entered the American Idol competition, she endured snide comments--from Simon Cowell in particular--about her weight. She has since lost some 75 pounds, and hopes to lose a total of 100. Mandisa tells me she has accomplished this by changing her attitude about food with the help of the Lord.

I asked Mandisa about her weight loss here.

Although Mandisa hasn't been asked to sing on Idol this season, she tells me she'll be in the audience in a couple of weeks, and then she plans to be back for the finale.

You can listen to the entire interview here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

...these are a few of my favorite Irish-related things...

"Ireland is a land of poets, story-weavers and dreamers -- all of which I can relate to. The tiny island has gifted us with writers like Jonathan Swift, W.B. Yeats and Maeve Binchy; musicians like U2, Van Morrison and the Chieftains; actors like Daniel Day-Lewis, Pierce Brosnan and Richard Harris; and a host of noted Americans of Irish descent, from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan. Thanks to my husband, I have a Swedish surname, but the green in my eyes reflects the green in my soul. I'm proud of whatever Irish flows in my blood."--Cindy Swanson (my quote that was included in a 2004 St. Patrick's Day feature in the Rockford Register Star)

Maeve Binchy...B.J. Hoff...Frank Delaney's "Ireland"

It took me years to realize that a lot of people use St. Paddy's Day as an excuse to party and get drunk. The day still has happy connotations for me of being a kid in school and making sure I was wearing my green so I wouldn't get pinched. Just in case you forgot to wear green, though, you could also pin on a green construction-paper shamrock!

Now, I use it as an excuse to reflect on my Irish heritage, dream about visiting Ireland someday, and think about some of my favorite Irish-related things.

Scroll down for my review of a wonderful book about Ireland...

Maeve Binchy
Favorite Irish author: Maeve Binchy
I believe I've read all of Binchy's books to date, and there's not one I haven't enjoyed. Her breezy, humorous and casual style gives the reader the feeling that you're chatting with a good friend, but don't be fooled--her storytelling ability is impeccable. Among my favorites: Circle of Friends, Tara Road, and Light a Penny Candle.

B.J. Hoff
Favorite author who writes about the Irish: B.J. Hoff
It's no secret to anyone who reads this blog that I'm a major B. J. Hoff fan. Her Emerald Ballad series hooked me, and I've continued to be impressed by her absorbing tales which often feature Irish immigrants. When asked why, B. J. replied, "Well, who’s more interesting than the Irish, after all? There’s no danger of ever running out of stories about them!

"Seriously, I love writing about the people who built our nation—our ancestors—and there’s really no way to do that without writing about immigrants. And since the Irish immigrants played such a hugely important role in settling America—and since my own family tree is exceedingly 'green—' I chose years ago to focus on Irish characters."

You can now by all of BJ's American Anthem series in one beautiful volume.

(Click on the titles to read my reviews of B. J.'s Prelude and Cadence.)

Also, check out B.J.'s All Things Irish page on her website for some interesting facts.

Book that started my fascination with the Irish:

The Red Knights from Hy Brasil, by Christine Savery. I blogged about finding this beloved childhood book recently. I fell in love with mysterious and charismatic Shane O'Coghlin, one of the book's main characters, and in fact the book began my lifelong love affair with all things Irish.

My review of Ireland, by Frank Delaney

I've been saying most of my life that I love Ireland, but the truth is, I've had only a rudimentary knowledge of that nation's history. Now, after having read Frank Delaney's Ireland, A Novel, I can say that I learned a great deal about Ireland's history while enjoying an absorbing fictional tale at the same time.

The story begins when a traveling Storyteller--perhaps the last of a long Irish tradition of "seanchais"-- comes to the home of 9-year-old Ronan O'Mara in 1951. As he weaves his tales of ancient Ireland, Ronan feels convinced that he and the Storyteller are somehow connected. When the Storyteller is evicted by Ronan's cold and distant mother, Ronan devotes the next several years of his life to trying to find him.

As we follow Ronan's life during the next few years--his successes and heartaches and the startling revelations he eventually faces--we are treated to more stories, as one reviewer says, "seamlesssly interwoven" into the novel. The stories reach Ronan in various ways--through radio, television, even letters from the Storyteller himself, never signed or with a return address.

I found myself thoroughly enjoying the stories even as Ronan's own story propelled me forward. Tales of St. Patrick, of Brendan the Navigator, Conor of Ulster, the legendary Finn MacCool,the Battle of the Boyne, all the way up to 1916 when the Easter Rising led by men like James Connolly and Michael Collins set the stage for the eventual formation of the Irish Republic.

If you have a yen for all things Irish, I definitely recommend this book. It's a rich, fanciful, imaginative retelling of Irish stories, as charming and appealing as the Irish themselves.

By the way, I kept thinking all along that this would make a wonderful movie. It would have to be sized down, of course, and all of the stories probably wouldn't be included. But I picture it along the lines of The Big Fish...a series of fanciful tales linked together by an ongoing contemporary story.

Gabriel Byrne

I can really picture Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, with a bit of age make-up, as the Storyteller. (They would have to get a younger actor to play the Storyteller as a young man.) And there would be choice roles for actors to play Ronan, his father, his aunt and his mother, and many characters in the tales. Hey, I have it all planned. Is anybody listening?

Have a happy St. Paddy's Day, everyone!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Keeping up with The Worthington Wire

I told you yesterday about The Mother of All Conservatives political blog, of which she is a "Founding Mothah."

Well, I have to give more props to uber-blogger and lovely conservative Christian mom Allison Worthington (aka Mrs Fussypants). Apparently she is a powerhouse of dynamic energy and entrepreneurship as well.

I first happened on Alli in her Mrs Fussypants role. Her crazily fun re-caps of "Lost" (I'm not sure she's doing those anymore--bummer!) and her "Fight the Frump Fridays" had me at hello.

Then she goes and expands. Suddenly she has this online magazine called Blissfully Domestic. And then I notice one of her latest ventures, The Worthington Wire--kind of a distaff version of The Drudge Report.

As a radio personality, I'm constantly on the look-out for things that will keep my finger on the pulse of relevance and newsworthiness, and it looks like I might have hit the mother-lode with The Worthington Wire.

Alli herself explains on her site:

How did I think of this? I love the Drudge Report. I check it many times a day. It's simple: a few pictures and links. You can stay on his page or click over for more info. I needed a "Drudge for Chicks" for all that I found noteworthy. So Worthy Wire was born.

The Worthington Wire has categories for everything from politics, pop culture and healthy living, to recipes, family and inspiration...and a lot of stuff in between.

Basically, it's links. Organized links to information that Alli calls "everything you need to stay in the know."

One caveat: follow "Pop Culture" categories at your own risk--some of them can be a bit non-family-friendly.

But for the most part, The Worthington Wire gets a big thumbs-up from me.

Just who is this amazing woman? She sums herself up this way: "I am a goofball. I have 5 sons. I love chocolate."

This from her bio:

She is nicknamed the “Trifecta of Evil” because she is a proud Southern Christian Conservative. She loves talk radio, Charles Krauthammer and the National Review. Allison is powered by lots of coffee and unmerited grace.

Well, she definitely has my attention and my admiration. Allison Worthington, you're amazing!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Stuff to Tell You!

--A new conservative blog that's sure to be unique has launched: The Mother of All Conservatives.

--During this bicentennial of President Lincoln's birthday, all Illinoisans are being encouraged to read a book about him.

--Here's a cool story: an atheist who donated a kidney ended up finding God.

--The radio station where I work, 101QFL, now has a Facebook page. Be our friend! Just search for Positive Hits Wqfl.

--As I've mentioned, I have a very definite favorite in American Idol this year: Danny Gokey. The best pro-Danny website I've found is I Heart Danny Gokey.com. It's a virtual plethora of all things Danny.

I haven't been posting AI updates, but there are several people who do a great job of it.

One21music is particularly following the Christian contestants on AI this year. There are several, including Danny. Chuck live blogs most of the shows, and posts re-caps.

Chuck also tells me that One21 will be covering the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX, this coming week. He posts: "At One21music we cover the full spectrum of Christian music, including the vibrant Underground Chrsitian music scene. We will be focusing on 20 Christian music artists performing at SXSW." South by Southwest is the largest music industry gathering in the world.

Back to American Idol--I was happy to find out that BooMama hosts a round-up of blogs who post AI re-caps. All of the blogs I looked at in this round-up were family-friendly and lacking in mean-spiritedness, but they were engaging, and some of them were truly hilarious. Check them out for yourself.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cindy Swanson, CyberSnoop: The Case of the Drug-Soaked Business Card

Are criminals in the United States using businesses cards soaked with a drug called burundanga to incapacitate female victims?

No. My sources tell me that this is another false one.

The e-mail I received just the other day comes with the subject line “Serious incident in Katy Texas…read this and be careful.”

I guess they're banking on the fact that YOU won't check this out?

An interesting note: the e-mail I received actually starts with the sentence, “I checked this out on Snopes” and actually provides a link to Snopes.com…that takes you to the very page that refutes it! Go figure.

It goes on to claim that it’s from a woman named Angelique Cole whose ex-husband is a detective for the Dallas police department. Supposedly he and his cop friends are trying to spread the word about this danger.

The e-mails start in various ways, but they pretty much all tell the story of a man coming over and offering his services as a painter to a woman putting gas in her car. She says no, but accepts his business card…and almost immediately she starts to get dizzy and and can’t catch her breath. She realizes that fumes she’s smelling are coming from the business card.

According to the e-mail, the substance on the card is a drug called burundanga that is used to incapacitate a victim to steal from or take advantage of them.

Yes, there is such a thing as burundanga

What IS true is that there IS such a drug as burundanga…it IS extremely dangerous, but actual cases of it being used seem to be confined to regions in and around Colombia, South America. The U-S government has warned travelers to South America about such drugs for years.

However, our sources say there have been no known cases of the drug showing up in the United States.

By the way, burundanga doesn’t have an odor, so you wouldn’t be noticing strong fumes. Typically the drug is NOT put on a business card, but slipped into a drink or some food.

Clearing up another Internet rumor, this is Cindy Swanson, CyberSnoop...reminding you to check it out BEFORE you hit that "send" button!

NOTE: This feature is now airing as "Cindy Swanson, CyberSleuth" on the radio in Canada! I share my internet sleuthing to de-bunk or confirm e-mail rumors with Beth Warden on ShineFM.com

Monday, March 09, 2009

Thoughts on Sunday's tragic shooting

It's hard to know how to even write about the tragic shooting of Pastor Fred Winters in Maryville, IL on Sunday. Along with many people across the nation, I'm shocked and saddened.

Jeremiah Beck of WIBI radio is a Facebook friend of mine. He responded to my comment that the church and community are in my prayers:

"Thank you Cindy. This is a senseless tragedy. The only meaning that can be found in it will have to come from Jesus. His promise to turn that which was intended for evil to good will be the foundation for building a future. I keep thinking of the last time I had dinner with Fred. He and his wife were so excited about what God was doing in their community and what God was doing at WIBI (they are supporters.) I asked about his new building (it is beautiful) - and he said 'the building isn't who we are. We are a church working to reach people.'"

Jeremiah asks for continued prayers, particularly for the pastor's two daughters.

Losing Our Religion

Fewer Americans are Christians, and more Americans say they have no religion at all.

This news is not really surprising, given the condition of our world and our nation today. But I think those of us who call ourselves Christians have to take a long, hard look at ourselves in the mirror. What's wrong with this picture?

Obviously we are not being the salt and light that God wants us to be, and that saddens and convicts me.

I've been hearing a lot of Keith Green lately. My daughter has recently been introduced to his music, and my son gave her a CD for her birthday.

Keith Green was still in his twenties when he died in a plane crash in 1982, and he had only been a Christian for some six years. His zeal for God was so avid it was sometimes overwhelming, even to fellow Christians. To some, he was a little too tactless and harsh in his indictments of modern Christianity. But Green's heart cry was palpable in lyrics like these, from "Asleep in the Light":

Do you see, do you see
All the people sinking down
Don't you care, don't you care
Are you gonna let them drown

How can you be so numb
Not to care if they come
You close your eyes
And pretend the job's done

"Oh bless me Lord, bless me Lord"
You know it's all I ever hear
No one aches, no one hurts
No one even sheds one tear

But He cries, He weeps, He bleeds
And He cares for your needs
And you just lay back
And keep soaking it in,
Oh, can't you see it's such a sin?

You can hear Keith Green sing "Asleep in the Light" here.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Some thoughts on "Lost"

Since we have to wait TWO weeks for a new episode of "Lost," I thought I would take some time to post some thoughts on the March 4th episode. WARNING: Spoilers if you haven't watched the episode yet!

(Also WARNING! If you think people talking about fictional characters as if they're real is silly, you'll think this post is all kinds of goofy.)


See this picture of Josh Holloway? I posted it for a reason: we got to see a lot more of those dimples in "LaFleur." Sawyer (yes, he will always be SAWYER to me, not James or Jim) seemed happier than ever.

Interestingly, he seems to really have come into his own as part of the Dharma Initiative. And he seems to be genuinely happy in a relationship with Juliet. I think a lot of us saw that coming; they were thrown together a lot as "Lostie left-behinders." But maybe we didn't foresee it being such an evidently solid and domesticated relationship?

I saw a lot of comments on "Lost" discussion boards from people who didn't think they would like Sawyer being with Juliet, but who really liked this pairing.

Ann-Marie of The Left-handed Rabbit wrote on Facebook:

I think Sawyer is just SO much better matched with Juliet than Kate. I mean, Juliet "has his back." (Was that not the cutest scene on the dock EVER? Or what?) Kate is so fickle! I hope Juliet is sincere. Three years is a long time to fake loving someone. However I'd love to see Kate and Juliet square off over Sawyer. Who would win? Methinks, Juliet. Kate would be running off yelling, "Jack! Jack! She's hitting me!" :-) Yeah, obviously not a Kate fan!

Well, I've always wanted Kate and Jack to be together, so if Sawyer has found happiness with Juliet, so be it. And someone pointed out, he's been with Juliet for three years? That's a whole lot longer than the three months he spent with Kate--although it seemed a looooot longer to us as viewers.

But I did have to let Ann-Marie know that a lot of Lost fans still don't trust Juliet. Some of them believe that even if she's not evil, she knows a lot more than she's letting on. After all, she lived with the "Others" for three years--and even though they weren't the Dharma Initiative, they had to know a lot about them.

And when Sawyer saw Kate, all that talk about "three years is plenty of time to get over someone" flew right out the window. The play of emotions on Josh Holloway's face at that moment showed what a really good, under-rated actor he is.

More questions

As always, "Lost" raises more questions than it answers. Yes, we saw at least the backside of the mysterious four-toed statue, but got no more clues on what it really is (lots of commenters are speculating on its Eyptian-ness--maybe the island was the home of an ancient culture at some point?).

And wqw that little red-haired girl really Charlotte as a child? Daniel seemed to think so, but we were told earlier that Charlotte was born in 1979...this was Dharma circa 1974. Continuity error, or was it just wishful thinking on Daniel's part?

Speaking of Daniel...poor guy. Where was he during that episode? And are we ever going to see a sane, rational Daniel again?

Oh...and about the baby that was born. Speculations are flying wildly about the baby's identity, with most people convinced it's someone we know. Miles? Hello...Miles is Asian; these parents decidely weren't. Desmond? Sawyer?!? Now that would be really strange, but this is "Lost," so I guess anything is possible.

And best line of the night, by popular agreement? Sawyer referring to Richard Alpert as "your buddy with the eyeliner." (The guy who plays Alpert, Nestor Carbonell, insists he doesn't wear eyeliner...he just has really, really dark eyelases. Lucky. And yes, I'm jealous, much.)

Missing some favorites

Like a lot of people, I'm wondering where Sun and Sayid ended up when the plane crashed. Can't wait to see a Jin and Sun reunion--but something tells me it may not play out as we might expect, because again, this is "Lost."

And I really miss Hurley (Jorge Garcia.) As I've mentioned, I think he's an integral part of the show. Hopefully next week...I mean, week after next.

You can go here to watch an amusing recap, "Lost Untangled."

If you're a Lost fan, let me know what you think about what's going on. Theories? Comments?

Thursday, March 05, 2009

13 things I loved in the 70's

Note: I'm feeling lousy today, so bear with me as I resurrect another Thursday Thirteen that I've run in the past!

My high school and college years took place in the 70's, as did my courtship and marriage. Bear in mind, I led a pretty sheltered life, and the things I enjoyed were pretty much all wholesome and family-friendly. Here are 13 of them, in no particular order.

1. Charlie's Angels--especially Farrah. I don't know of very many women my age who didn't want to look like her in those days! Every other girl did their hair in a Farrah flip-back, including me.

2. Saturday Night Live--Featuring the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players, it was a new style of humor, and it cracked us up! Who didn't toss the phrase "I'm a wild and craaazy guy!" around at least once or twice?

3. Andrae Crouch and the Disciples--I still love many of the songs from his "Best Of" project. Below, "Soon and Very Soon."

Soon and Very Soon - Andrae Crouch and The Disciples

4. The Midnight Special--the 70's precursor to music television

5. The Stylistics, the Spinners, the Chi-Lites, and all the other great R and B acts

6. Evie--for those who loved Christian music, she was an icon--and so cute! If this 1976 doesn't take you back, I don't know what will:

7. Victoria Holt novels--I think I read everything she wrote under that pseudonym, as well as all of her novels as Phillipa Carr and some of her Jean Plaidy novels

8. Rocky--I still think the first one was the best

9. Star Wars--we were so blown away by the special effects! :)

10. The Carol Burnett Show--her show--along with the next two on this list--were Saturday night "must see TV" of the 70's

11. The Mary Tyler Moore Show

12. The Bob Newhart Show

13. The Fonz--looking at the very mature Henry Winkler today, it's hard to believe, but I actually had kind of a crush on him!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Julian Smith's "25 Things I Hate About Facebook"

OK, I'm guilty of one of these. I'm one of the Old People on Facebook. Also, I don't hate the birthday greetings--I love them! Other than that, I pretty much agree with these.

Especially people who update their status WAY too frequently. We do not need to know every minute detail of your day. There are a few people that I'm expecting to announce their bathroom details any minute now.

If you're on Facebook, you WILL relate to this on some level. Enjoy:

Monday, March 02, 2009

I talk with Rhonda Rhea

“Rhonda’s a hoot! She’s relevant, relational, and right on!”

Patsy Clairmont
Author/Women of Faith speaker

Rhonda Rhea doesn't think God made a mistake when he included a funny bone in our physical make-up. This lovely, energetic lady uses humor all the time to address all kinds of issues facing women today.

Since Rhonda is going to be speaking in my area this coming week-end, I took the opportunity to do a phone interview with her.

She is a radio personality, speaker, humor columnist and author of several books--including High Heels in High Places: Walking Worthy in Way Cute Shoes and The Purse-uit of Holiness: Learning to Imitate the Master Designer. OK, how can you not love someone who comes up with titles like that? Clearly, she understands women!

Click here to listen to a 3-minute condensation of my interview with Rhonda.

For those of you living in northern Illinois/southern Wisconsin, Rhonda Rhea will be speaking this Saturday, March 7th at the First Baptist Church in Machesney Park, IL. You can call call the church at 815-633-2740 for details.
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