“Storm Warning” Poised To Find New Audience

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Billy Graham, an iconic spiritual advisor who has preached to more people around the world than any other religious leader in history, sees warning signs in current events.

“Depression today not only describes the hard economic state of affairs sweeping our world but the human state of mind,” writes Graham. “I see this unfolding phenomenon as one of the many storm clouds hovering over a lost and dying world.”

To help people weather today’s economic and cultural climate, Graham has completely revised his book “Storm Warning” which was originally written and published in 1992, in response to the fall of Communism and the Gulf War.

“Trouble brewing in the Middle East especially heightened interest in what the Bible had to say about the end days,” Graham writes. “People began to wonder if there might really be something to the ancient prophecies spoken by God’s prophets, and confirmed by His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

This new edition of “Storm Warning” offers Graham’s perspective on the post-9/11 world. “We felt that in light of recent developments since 9/11 it might be helpful to reprint the book, bringing it up to date since the turn of the century,” writes Graham’s son, Franklin, in the book’s foreword.

The book looks at current events and how they relate to Biblical prophecy, especially a small part of the book of Revelations. “Scripture speaks of earthquakes, wars, and rumors of wars, and warns us with urgency to prepare for the storms to come,” writes Graham.

God may bring storms, Graham posits, but He also offers shelter. “Just as a laser pen helps focus attention on vital aspects of a business presentation, in this book, I hope to use God’s Word -; His laser beam — to shed light on His revealed plan to save the human race from the explosive clouds rumbling through our world.”

For more information, visit www.thomasnelson.com.

Program Helps Kids See More Clearly

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – There’s nothing quite like seeing the world through a baby’s eyes, when everything from patterned carpet to the family cat becomes new and wondrous. And there’s a reason for all that fascination. Early in life, the brain and its visual pathways mature rapidly, developing the child’s ability to process visual feedback.

Those born with eye problems need quick intervention if they are ever to experience normal vision. For example, doctors often recommend that babies born with pediatric cataracts, or opaque areas on the eye lens, receive corrective surgery before they are six weeks old.

Pediatric cataracts are rare in developed nations, affecting one to four children in every 100,000 births. Most babies born with cataracts end up with normal vision, thanks to a surgery that removes the affected lens.

But children in developing nations may be 10 times as likely to be born with cataracts, and most don’t have easy access to surgeons. Left untreated, cataracts lead to blindness, which impacts future educational opportunities and the ability to earn income. One study found that, over 10 years, the global economic loss stemming from pediatric cataracts is somewhere between $1 billion and $6 billion.

Luckily, some charitable organizations are working to help children escape lifelong impairment. For example, Lions Clubs International Foundation partnered with the Bausch + Lomb Early Vision Institute to create a new program, the Pediatric Cataract Initiative. The Pediatric Cataract Initiative will identify, fund and promote methods that will help treat pediatric cataracts in undeveloped areas.

Most cataracts are preventable or treatable. When successfully treated with surgery and proper follow-up care, most children with pediatric cataracts will need little, if any, visual correction as adults.

“Too many newborns afflicted with pediatric cataract have a lifetime of vision loss and blindness ahead of them — an untenable prospect in today’s world,” said Paul Sartori, corporate vice president, Bausch + Lomb. “With more funding and attention placed on research, prevention and treatment, we’ll be making an impact on the lives of children worldwide.”

To learn how you can help, visit www.PediatricCataract.org.

Publish a Book to Support Your Cause

It’s common for celebrities who experience tragedy and want to help others to have a book published by a traditional publisher. But now, “everyday people” can do the same thing. The power of publishing has truly gone public.

Thanks to continuing advancements in digital technology and print-on-demand resources, more people who want to make others aware of a worthy cause can have a professionally published book.

Want Your Own Business? Consider a Franchise

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Entrepreneurs hoping to become their own boss know that it can be difficult to get a leg up in the business world. But there are ways to improve the chances of success. For example, purchasing a franchise allows Americans to enjoy the freedom of business ownership with fewer risks.

United Franchise Group (www.unitedfranchisegroup.com), which encompasses successful franchises such as Signarama, EmbroidMe, Billboard Connection and Plan Ahead Events, exemplifies some of the benefits of purchasing a franchise.

* Franchises provide proven business models. With a first business, it stands to reason that your business model will need adjustments. But when you purchase a franchise, you buy a business that knows how to operate. Franchises have a track record of success.

* Franchises come with built-in name recognition. Any successful franchise has spent years building its brand name and gaining public recognition. That means that the public immediately trusts new franchise locations. Instead of spending time and energy just getting the word out, you can devote yourself to running your business.

* Franchises offer financial advantages. Franchises can buy items in bulk, reducing costs for individual locations. Additionally, banks may be more willing to provide funding for a franchise than an independent business.

* Franchises offer training and support. For example, UFG employs a group of trained support specialists who travel to stores around the world to assist in everything from basic operation to business development. UFG also uses a mentorship program to help new franchisees. The company selects highly successful franchisees to advise new stores on opening, technical questions and other issues, as well as to provide motivation.

If owning a business sounds attractive, buying a franchise might just be the way to go. But it’s important to do your research. For additional facts about UFG, visit www.unitedfranchisegroup.com.

Green Living: A Plus For Our Planet

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – How green is your world? For some of us, the inconvenient truth is this: When it comes to “greening” our home, our lifestyle, our family and our pets, we are not always sure where to begin.

Here are some easy-to-embrace, eco-friendly tips. Try some. Try them all. We and the planet may be better for them.

* One coffee cup? Two cereal bowls? Don’t put the dishwasher to work. Rinse and air dry. Run the energy-sapping dishwasher only when it’s full and on its energy-saver mode.

* Take shorter showers and consider baths a special treat. Hot water heaters are a major energy drain. Insulate your water heater. Install low-flow shower heads -; you’ll cut your water usage and water-heating costs.

* Use more energy-efficient lighting throughout your home. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have come a long way and are often 10 times more efficient than compact fluorescents.

* Choose pet products and pet health care providers who share your concern for the natural world. For example, World’s Best Cat Litter is made from all-natural ingredients with no added chemicals or perfumes, so it is totally safe for cats and the whole family. The chemical-free litter is especially suitable for people and pets with allergies and chemical sensitivities because it is silica dust-free. Also, the product is safe if ingested by pets or humans because it contains no toxins.

* Close down your computer at night. Hitting the off button is worth an average of $90 of electricity a year. The Department of Energy recommends shutting off your monitor if you aren’t going to use it for more than 20 minutes, and the whole system if you’ll be offline for more than two hours.

* One day each week, leave the car in the garage all day.

* Our parents were on to something -; when leaving a room, turn off the lights.

* Drip. Drip. Drip. A leaky faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water a day. A leaky toilet can flush an extra 200 gallons every day. Put six drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait ten minutes. If you find color in the bowl, you have a leaker.

* Planning to build a new home or add on to your existing residence? Locate contractors who participate in green building programs.

* Take a cue from our grandparents. Use natural resources to clean. Lemon juice and vinegar were powerful tools in the past.

* Get out the caulking gun, and weather strip your home.

* Walk, bike or car pool whenever possible. You’ll save energy and burn a few extra calories.

Learn How to Set a Goal

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – To paraphrase Mark Twain, “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” Setting a goal, whether it be to lose weight, earn a promotion or spend more time with your family, is easy — it’s carrying through that proves problematic.

And yet, the world’s most successful people are intensely goal-orientated. They know what they want, and they focus on achieving it every day. So what’s the difference between a top executive and everybody else?

“The fact is that successful people fail far more than unsuccessful people,” says Brian Tracy, a top management consultant, in a recent Q&A with SUCCESS Magazine. “Successful people try more things, fall down, pick themselves up and try again — over and over before they finally win.” So how can you learn to quit giving up on your goals? SUCCESS Magazine offers the following tips for more successful goal-setting:

– Write down a list of goals. Cynthia Kersey, author of “Unstoppable: 45 Powerful Stories of Perseverance and Triumph from People Just Like You,” suggests focusing on how you want to be remembered. “List the qualities, deeds and characteristics for which you would like to be remembered by your friends, spouse, children, co-workers, the community and even the world.”

– Set out a plan to accomplish your goals. Tracy suggests listing what little steps will take you to your goal, then organizing them by priority and sequence. Figure out how much time and money you will need to accomplish your goals, and revisit and revise your plan accordingly.

– Manage your mindset. Keep your focus by surrounding yourself with people who will help you accomplish your goals. Arrange your workspace and home so you’ll be reminded of your commitments. “When you form the habit of starting your productivity earlier in the day, associating with more positive people, managing the news and information you feed your mind, controlling the language you use — especially the ways in which you describe yourself — you will find it easier to succeed,” says Jim Cathcart, professional speaker and founder of the Cathcart Institute Inc. “Become the person who would achieve your goals and who would deserve them.”

For more information, visit www.SUCCESS.com.

Children Benefit From Seeing Sealife

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When it comes to entertaining a child, it’s hard to beat what nature has to offer. Most kids love taking nature walks and trips to aquariums and zoos, and parents can rest easy knowing that these sorts of trips have an educational impact.

Why should parents make sure that their kids see the natural world? Consider the following:

– Studies show that children with access to nature suffer from less depression and stress, and are less likely to develop obesity. Exposure to nature may also boost kids’ attention spans, making them better learners.

– Seeing nature makes children more interested in the outside world. According to one report, most eight-year-old kids can identify more cartoon characters than wild animals.

– When children experience wildlife firsthand, they can better understand why conservation is important and how even the actions of land-locked states can help or harm the environment.

Regardless of where you live or vacation, there are many opportunities for children to see wildlife up close. Take sea turtles for example: according to Oceana, an international organization that focuses on ocean conservation, the United States is home to six species of sea turtles, all of which are in danger of extinction.

Unlike many ocean creatures, which require a boat or scuba gear for viewing, sea turtles are easily accessible. Children in landlocked states can see them in aquariums, while children with access to coastlines may be able to see sea turtles in the wild.

Some state and national parks lead moonlit nature walks, where children can see female sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach. Female sea turtles go into trances when they lay their eggs, so under a ranger’s supervision, children can come within a few feet of a wild sea turtle. Children can also often see wild sea turtles swimming in locations like Florida, Texas and Hawaii. People of all ages are more likely to want to help save sea turtles once they’ve seen one up close.

For more information, visit www.oceana.org.

Complete Woman’s World

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See the World, Change the World

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – The global financial crisis has caused Americans to re-evaluate their lifestyles, including the ways in which they travel. More Americans are eschewing the canned double-decker bus tour in favor of interactive experiences that allow them to focus on family, self-improvement, helping the environment and social responsibility.

Increasingly, this means “voluntourism,” or giving back to the communities visited. Voluntourism trips can mean anything from religious missions to helping plant flowers, working with children, or taking human rights tours or conservation safaris. The travel industry acknowledges that voluntourism has become a major new trend — companies offering voluntourism packages are making money despite the economic downturn. Churches are hoping to generate more interest in missions.

Missionaries can be anyone from young adults to retirees. What do they share? A desire to improve the world. “Their ministry is not without hardship and sacrifice,” says Jerry Rankin, president, International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Church. “Many of them have left prominent positions of ministry and successful careers in America and embraced a different lifestyle, isolated from family and friends. They persevere and labor faithfully, compelled by a vision of seeing a lost world transformed.” To help Americans understand what missionary work involves, the International Mission Board (IMB) recently released a book, “Voices of the Faithful: Book Two, Inspiring Stories of Courage from Christians Serving Around the World.” The book shares the compelling stories of over 300 IMB missionaries.

“A willingness to go is all they have in common,” exclaims compiling editor, Kim P. Davis, speaking of her friends who are working around the world and with whom she collaborated to create this book — a collection of incredible stories of faithfulness in the face of uncertainty.

For more information about “Voices of the Faithful: Book Two, Inspiring Stories of Courage from Christians Serving Around the World,” visit www.thomasnelson.com.

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Only In a Woman’s World Comic