Friars Trudge 300 Miles and Find Kindred Souls on the Way

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore After trekking along more than 300 miles of dusty Virginia country roads and suburban highways, six Franciscan friars reached Washington on Tuesday, having walked from Roanoke with only their brown robes, sandals and a belief in the kindness of strangers to feed and shelter them. (Continue reading, with photos, in Washington Post) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Google Will Mail Free Holiday Cards For You

first_img This holiday season, as a token of appreciation to their customers, Google is offering to snail-mail a free holiday postcard on your behalf. Yes, through the mail and everything. The only catch is the cards need to be mailed to U.S. addresses, and to a limited number of people (due to limited Gmail elf availability). There are also limited quantities, so be sure to request one soon at: www.gmail.com/holidaycard There are six designs, including a fold-it-yourself dreidel, snowflakes, mittens, a cartoon, and a very cute Rudolf. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEvery year around this time people start thinking about the annual holiday email they send to friends and family members and co-workers. But there are still those — who really appreciate seasonal greetings, think, grandma — who have remained in the pre-digital age of snail-mail. Normally you would go to a store, choose a card, wait in line to pay for it, go to the post office, pick up some stamps, and drop it in a mail box, but this year, you can just go online and fill out a form and ask Gmail to handle the rest.last_img read more

Afghan Villagers Build Their Own Road

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTwo years ago, residents of Kamich village in the Ghor province of Afghanistan tried to get the government to build a road so they can reach neighboring Herat province easier and more quickly. According to them, the government wasn’t able to meet their needs and so they took matters into their own hands.On Sunday they officially inaugurated the 14-kilometer road which they built themselves.(READ more in Good Afghan News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

14 Tips for Getting Better Fuel Economy

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWith higher gas prices becoming a recurring reality, you should follow these tips to help reduce the amount of gas you use. Including advice about cruise control and what kind of gas and oil you should buy, these tips can save you money1) Don’t Drive Like You Have a Dying Man in the Car Unless you DoAggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.2) Remove Excess WeightAvoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent. Your equivalent gasoline savings would be between $0.04–$0.07 per gallon. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle’s weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.3) Observe the Speed LimitThis graph shows MPG vs Speed. While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Every 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.24 per gallon for gas.4) Avoid Idling Your Motor While ParkedIdling gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines.5) Use Cruise ControlUsing cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.6) Use Overdrive GearsWhen you use overdrive gearing, your car’s engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.7) Keep Your Engine Properly TunedGet a tune-up! Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4 percent, though results vary based on the kind and quality of repair. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent.8) Keep Tires Properly InflatedYou can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 pound (per square inch) drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are also safer and prolong the life of the tires. The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver’s side door jamb or the glove box and in your owner’s manual. NOTE: Do not use the maximum pressure printed on the tire’s sidewall. 9) Change Your Oil and Use Recommended Grade of Motor OilYou can improve your gas mileage by 1–2 percent by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. For example, using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30 can lower your gas mileage by 1–2 percent. Using 5W-30 in an engine designed for 5W-20 can lower your gas mileage by 1–1.5 percent. Also, look for motor oil that says “Energy Conserving” on the API performance symbol to be sure it contains friction-reducing additives.10) Plan Ahead and Combine Your ErrandsCombining errands into one trip saves you time and money. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer multipurpose trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. Trip planning ensures that traveling is done when the engine is warmed-up and efficient, and it can reduce the distance you travel.11) Commute to Work at Off-Peak Rush HoursDrive your most fuel-efficient vehicle and consider telecommuting (working from home) if your employer permits it. Take advantage of carpools and ride-share programs. You can cut your weekly fuel costs in half and save wear on your car if you take turns driving with other commuters. Many urban areas allow vehicles with multiple passengers to use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes which are typically less congested, further improving your fuel economy.12) Avoid Driving With Items on Your Roof RackAvoid packing items on top of your car. A loaded roof rack or carrier creates wind resistance and can decrease fuel economy by five percent. Place items inside the trunk whenever possible.13) Use the Octane Level You Need Your owner’s manual recommends the most effective octane level for your car. For most cars, the recommended gasoline is regular octane. In most cases, unless your engine is knocking, using a higher octane gas than the manufacturer recommends offers no benefit and is a waste of money.14) Buy a Fuel-Efficient CarSelecting which vehicle to purchase is the most important fuel economy decision you’ll make. The difference between a car that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $880 per year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.52). That’s $4,400 extra in fuel costs over five years.For Data Sources, visit FuelEconomy.govTire photo by alvimann via MorguefileAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

When Disaster Strikes, CNN Hero Team is First on the Scene With Heavy Equipment

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore (WATCH the video below from CNN – Make a Donation to the Team) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA powerful tornado ripped through West Liberty, Kentucky, last week, making the quaint community look like “a war zone.”Fortunately, the First Response Team of America was there to help.Founded by Tad Agoglia in 2007, the team has crisscrossed the country, providing free aid to as many as 40 disaster sites.Within hours the organization arrived in West Liberty with its specialized fleet of heavy-duty disaster recovery equipment.last_img read more

Empty Stockings Prompt Outpouring of Kindness for Many Families

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFor the past month, the Charlotte Observer has run a series of stories on particular struggling families that signed up to get toys from the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas program. And dozens of readers responded to the stories with offers of cash, toys, furniture and groceries.“In one case, a couple accepted an invitation to lunch at Wendy’s, where a reader presented them with a check for $15,000 on behalf of an anonymous philanthropist.”In another, a little boy and his sister received a delivery of 100 books, after the Observer article shared that he loved his Charlie Brown book that he got last Christmas through the Empty Stockings program.One of the biggest responses from readers followed the story featuring a 58-year-old disabled woman raising two small grandchildren. The three, living in public housing and surviving on food stamps, wanted three beds, since the family had none.“After reading the story, one Huntersville man arranged to have new beds delivered to Ross’ home, along with bed linens he collected through his bridge club,” reports the Observer.He and other donors filled their home with toys on the children’s’ Christmas wish lists and a much-needed clothes dryer.(READ the story from the Observer)Photo credit: brent flanders (CC license) / Story tip from Kelly HarringtonAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Bank Robber Gets Unexpected Sentence: A Job

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Ex-convict David Potchen walked into a local small-town bank in Indiana and told the teller to give him all their money.He walked out with $1,600 and sat down to wait for the police.Potchen, who said he’d tried his best to earn a living after getting out of prison, wanted to go back to the place where he actually worked and earned money and didn’t have to sleep in the woods.When Indiana Judge Clarence Murray heard the evidence, he offered Potchen an alternative to prison. Instead of sentencing the man to 13 years, Murray asked aloud in his courtroom if anyone could give him a job.Ex-con Saves Baby on Side of Road, Plays Gospel to Calm Her A local reporter wrote a story about it, and “the owner of a nearby trucking company decided it was time to show a little faith,” reports NBC News. “David Potchen is now a full-time welder, and a good one, too.”Apparently he is about as happy and loyal as a worker could be.(WATCH the NBC video, or READ the story from NBC News -NOTE* auto playing video, adjust your speakers)– Story tip from Myra KemnaAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Canada Bans Removal of Passengers on Overbooked Planes Unless Diplomacy is Used

first_imgThe bill, which is set to pass at the start of 2018, will also require financial compensation for damaged luggage.CHECK OUT: American Airlines Worker Hailed for Saving 2 Lives in 1 Day“When Canadians buy an airline ticket they expect the airline to keep its part of the deal,” said Garneau.Airline overbooking has become a hot topic in recent months since a United Airlines passenger released cell phone footage of a man being violently dragged from a flight after he refused to give up his seat for a crew member.United has since issued new guidelines stating that crew members must arrive 60 minutes prior to the departing flight, which will hopefully help to avoid any incidents in the future.Fly This Story Over To Your Friends: Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCanada has just released a new airline passenger bill of rights that makes it illegal for passengers to be forcibly removed from overbooked domestic or international flights.The legislation, passed by the transportation minister Marc Garneau, will require airlines to offer compensation for the passenger’s ticket – if a passenger does not accept the compensation, the airline will simply be forced to raise their offering price.last_img read more

Thousands Send Rainbow Pictures to 9-Year-Old Who Lost Both His Parents

first_imgSo when Shelley passed away in May – just two weeks after her husband Robert died of an overdose – a family member was shocked to see a double rainbow stretching over Robbie’s school on the very same day. She snapped a photo with the intention of showing it to Robbie later that day.CHECK OUT: Strangers Step Up For Man With Down Syndrome Who Lost Beloved Film Collection in FireHe was so excited to see the stunning picture, he started going outside every time it rained so he could look for more rainbows.After Shelley’s sister Crystal Skawinski was given custody of the youngster, she took to social media with a plea for strangers to share their own pictures of rainbows for the days when Robbie couldn’t find any.Under the hashtag #RainbowsForRobbie, over 7,000 people from all over the world have sent in the most dazzling photos of double and single rainbows. Strangers from Romania, Australia, Budapest, Belgium, California, Spain, and the Netherlands have all submitted photos.The new family has been so excited to receive all the photos, they plan on putting together a scrapbook in order to document all of the different rainbows.If you want to send your own rainbow photo, click here.(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The Sweet News With Your Friends – OR,  (Photo by Crystal Skawinski)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis little boy believes that though his parents are gone, they are not far away – in fact, he believes that they are just over the rainbow.Robbie Ecuyer, a 9-year-old autistic boy from New York, absolutely loves rainbows. His mother Shelley, who was suffering from gastroparesis and cystic fibrosis, always used to tell him that if anything happened to her, she would be crossing a rainbow bridge into heaven.last_img read more

Watch Adorable Siblings Burst into Tears When Mom Surprises Them with Adopted Baby Sister

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis bundle of joy certainly brought a lot of joy to her new sisters – so much so, that they couldn’t help but cry with happiness. Shane and Kasi Pruitt have always been keen on adoption; only two of their four children are biologically theirs.RELATED VIDEO: Dog Starts Tickling Baby to Stop the Crying, Adorable Gigglefest EnsuesSo when the parents started readying themselves for a third adoption, the family was anticipating a lengthy legal process. After 10 months of waiting, an adoption lawyer finally paired them with a 3-week-old baby girl.Two weeks ago, the Pruitts brought the baby back to their home in Rowlett, Texas to surprise their daughters with their new sister – and their reactions are priceless.(WATCH the video below)Click To Share The Sweet News With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more