How to Get Stronger in the New Year

1 Jan 2019

Happy New Year…

Are you looking to improve your physical status and appearance?

There are a series of articles here that can help you get started.

How to Get Stronger in the New Year – NY Times, 2019/01/01


Helping the Homeless Without Government Assistance

24 Dec 2018

How He’s Beating Homelessness Without Government Help – The Daily Signal, 2018/12/23

George Opudo used to drive for Uber. Picking up and dropping off customers at Union Station in Washington, just steps away from the U.S. Capitol, he’d look at homeless people and think: “That’d never be me.”

But in September 2017, Opudo lost his car, his job, and all of his worldly possessions. With no place to go and no food to eat, Opudo was homeless.

Walking around Union Station, he asked a woman where he could find some food.

“She said, ‘Go down to the mission,’” Opudo recalled.

So he walked a few blocks down to Central Union Mission and asked, “Can I get something to eat, please? A sandwich?”

At that point, Opudo saw a flyer advertising Central Union Mission’s ministry program.

It’s an account of a man getting his life back together, and about a ministry that helps the homeless without any government intervention.

“All government agencies have rules and regulations about who they can give money to and how that money can be used,” Mettimano explained. “Many organizations go through great lengths to make sure that the separation of church and state is something that’s enforced through the regulations. So often times, when an organization accepts government money, sometimes they have to change the way that they operate. And sometimes they have to segregate those monies to make sure that there aren’t religious activities happening with the government money that they’ve granted.”

“Everything that we do here infuses Jesus Christ, so it’s very difficult for us to be able to receive government money and obey the regulations that come along with it,” he said. “We want to make sure that we can do everything with integrity.”

Divorce Rate Falling

25 Sep 2018

Millennials Are Causing the U.S. Divorce Rate to Plummet – Bloomberg Quint, 2018/09/25

New data show younger couples are approaching relationships very differently from baby boomers, who married young, divorced, remarried and so on. Generation X and especially millennials are being pickier about who they marry, tying the knot at older ages when education, careers and finances are on track. The result is a U.S. divorce rate that dropped 18 percent from 2008 to 2016, according to an analysis by University of Maryland sociology professor Philip Cohen.

“One of the reasons for the decline is that the married population is getting older and more highly educated,” Cohen said. Fewer people are getting married, and those who do are the sort of people who are least likely to get divorced, he said. “Marriage is more and more an achievement of status, rather than something that people do regardless of how they’re doing.”

Many poorer and less educated Americans are opting not to get married at all. They’re living together, and often raising kids together, but deciding not to tie the knot. And studies have shown these cohabiting relationships are less stable than they used to be.

That’s good news. Marriage should not be taken lightly. It’s part of the structure of our culture.

Sit Up Straight…

14 Aug 2018

To Fix That Pain In Your Back, You Might Have To Change The Way You Sit – NPR, 2018/08/13

Maybe the problem, when it comes to back pain, isn’t how much Americans are sitting, but the way we’re sitting.

“Most of us do not sit well, and we’ve certainly been putting a lot more stress on our spines,” says Khan, who operates on spines at Sutters Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

If we change the way we sit, Khan says, it will help to decrease back problems.

A good article for the increasing number of us who spend more and more time sitting.

Black Unemployment Is At All Time Lows

19 Apr 2018

BET founder: Trump’s economy is bringing black workers back into the labor force CNBC, 2018/04/06

The growing U.S. economy and improving business environment is bringing black workers back into the labor force, BET founder Robert Johnson told CNBC on Friday.

In January, the Labor Department reported the unemployment rate among black workers was at its lowest since at least the early 1970s, when the government began tracking the data. The unemployment rate for black Americans spiked in January and then fell in February. The rate was unchanged in March at 6.9 percent.

“When you look at that [January report], you have to say something is going right,” said Johnson, a Democrat and founder and chairman of The RLJ Cos.

“You have to take encouragement from what’s happening in the labor force and the job market,” Johnson told “Squawk Box.” “When you look at African-American unemployment, … you’ve never had African-American unemployment this low and the spread between African-Americans and whites narrowing.”

Independence Day in the Numbers

3 Jul 2017

2017/07/03 – ‘How many hot dogs do Americans eat on the 4th of July?’ and other Independence Day numbers – Washington Examiner

Hot dogs – 150 million
Fireworks consumed – 268 million pounds
Countries the celebrate July 4th – 3

Check the link for more numbers…

Private School Invests $15,000… Nets $24 million

6 Mar 2017

Silicon Valley high school makes $24million in the Snapchat IPO five years after a parent convinced it to invest $15,000 in seed moneyUK Daily Mail

A California high school has made millions of dollars from the initial public offering of shares in Snap Inc., the company behind the Snapchat photo messaging application.

The board of the Saint Francis high school in Mountain View agreed to invest $15,000 in seed money in Snap Inc. in 2012, when the company was just getting started.

The school says they sold two-thirds of their 2.1million Class A shares at $17 each, to raise $24 million. The remaining 700,000 shares that they held onto are now worth more than $17million, after the stock closed at $24.48 a share on Thursday.

This is a private Roman Catholic school that decided to do this. The results are extreme, but modest investments could be methods to lower tuition costs for some who may not have the money to attend private schools.