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Easy Flexibility Exercises You Can Do at Home

There are several easy flexibility exercises you can do at home. Before you begin, you should think of your muscles as chewing gum. When they're relaxed after no activity - still in the wrapper - they're stiff and not as prone to movement. To prepare for your stretches, you should do a brisk walk - start chewing - around your home while pumping your arms. This will soften up your muscles to make the stretches more effective. ~ Read More


Exercise Tips for Overweight People

Losing excess pounds generally tops New Years Resolution lists. Getting into shape sounded great when you added it to your goals for the year, but how do you actually go

about achieving it? Starting an exercise regimen will quickly get you off the couch and on the road to a lighter you. ~ Read More


Fire Recovery: Being Prepared

In the wake of the fires that swept Southern California in late October, I wanted to share my experiences and lessons learned when my own apartment complex went up in flames in December 2006. ~ Read More


Fire Recovery: Tips for Dealing with Your Insurance Company

Having a fire destroy your home is a devastating thing to endure. While having insurance is a blessing, the companies have the potential to make a bad situation ten times worse once they get involved. So this doesn't happen to you, I'm going to relay the lessons I learned when my apartment building went up in flames in December 2006. ~ Read More


How to Safely Remove Asbestos

Inhaling concentrated amounts of asbestos fibers can be deadly. That said, undisturbed asbestos is harmless and fire resistant. And since it's generally made of minerals, it is naturally occurring in the air we  breathe everyday.  ~ Read More


Learning How to Swim

Have you always wanted to learn how to swim? Do you stand on the side of the pool and admire the swimmers who make it look so easy? Do you wish you were one of them? Well, wish no more! With one simple drill to help you master the elements of an efficient freestyle, you'll go from cowering on the deck to zipping across the pool in no time.  ~ Read More

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Screenwriting: How to Write an Effective Set Piece

When writing screenplays, beginning screenwriters often forget to add the element of the visually unforgettable to their stories. This element is called a Set Piece. To understand what a set piece is, think about Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Remember the scene with the sword fight on a big wheel while it was rolling through the jungle? That was one of the film's set pieces. ~ Read More


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Like many, I was highly anticipating the release of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street this Christmas. The trailer looked amazing. And Johnny Depp is... well... Johnny Depp. Having no previous knowledge of Sweeney Todd, I was eager to sit back and enjoy the film. And that's what I did at an advance screening last night. ~ Read More


Ten Things New Screenwriters Do to Get Their Script Tossed

Having been a screenwriting contest reader for a number of years, many, many scripts have passed before my eyes. As any reader will tell you, we can flip through a script and tell you if it's going to be bad in about 2 seconds. Other problems come to light as we start to actually read. Here's a list of things to avoid if you want a reader to actually pay attention to the story. ~ Read More

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Analyzing the Automaker Bailout  

Unless you're completely sheltered from all news media, you've probably heard a little something about the proposed bailout Chrysler, GM and Ford have asked Congress to give them. Management from the companies known as the Big 3 and the president of the union have done the unlikely thing and teamed up to present a united front before Congress since the hearings began in mid November. They asked the lawmakers to grant them $25 billion to prevent their companies from going under which went up to $34 billion only to be reduced to $14 billion before being killed in the Senate. ~ Read More


Estelle Getty: Thank You for Being a Friend

The film and television industry mourns the loss of one of its funniest ladies. Estelle Getty passed away in her Hollywood Boulevard home on Tuesday, July 22, 2008. She's best remembered  for her portrayal of the outspoken Sophia Spirelli Petrillo-Weinstock on NBC's The Golden Girls. ~ Read More


Televangelists Under Investigation

I am disgusted! And more than a little sad. As I was leaving work two nights ago, I heard on the radio that Congress is looking into the finances of several large television ministries. Because I'd only heard a blurb, I went online to learn more about the investigation the next day. ~ Read More


The Return of the Drive-55 Law: Driving 55 MPH

The other day, I ran across an article on the Wall Street Journal's Web site called, "The Insanity of Drive-55 Laws." I learned that Senator John Warner of Virginia has suggested a return to the federal 55-mph speed limit law that was initiated during the OPEC oil crisis in 1974. As someone who has recently learned firsthand that slowing down on the freeway does indeed save gas, I was ready to dismiss Mr. Stephen Moore's OpEd piece out of hand. However, I decided to keep an open mind and gave him a shot to convince me. And he did just that. ~ Read More

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Extreme Couponing

Charitable Shopping for Free

A November 2008 report prepared by The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University titled, "Religious Giving in Uncertain Times: Insights for Congregations and Faith-Based Nonprofits" included the finding that "Donors with incomes under $50,000 may stop giving when their personal economic circumstances worsen." Chances are, this really isn't a surprising fact. If you feel that this hits a little close to home and want to know how to defy these odds, there is a very simple habit you can develop to continue your generous ways despite a downturn in your own financial situation.  ~ Read More


Decoding a Couponer's Language

Chances are you've seen her on Oprah. Or you read about her amazing stockpiles in the local paper. Perhaps you've even heard her interviewed on the radio. You know who I mean. That savvy lady who can walk into a CVS, Kroger, Meijers, Target or Walgreens and come out with hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise after only paying a few cents out of pocket.  ~ Read More


How to Roll Register Rewards at Walgreens

Walgreens is a national pharmacy chain with locations in all fifty states as well as in Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. With over 7,300 locations in operation, it is likely to find one near you. If you have a Walgreens in your neighborhood, learning how to roll register rewards can turn into a great money saver for you. ~ Read More


Shopping for Free at CVS

CVS is a chain of pharmacy drug stores that have sprung up all over the U.S. More locations are coming as they have taken over several Longs Drugs outlets. A brief visit into one of their stores may scare you as the prices seem slightly higher than their competitors. Especially, Target, K-Mart or Wal-Mart. ~ Read More

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Fremantle Prison Escapes: Brenden Abbott

The Fremantle Prison has seen its share of bold criminals come through its doors. It’s also seen quite a few sneak out. While John Boyle O'Reilly is the only prisoner to successfully stay out once he escaped, there are some other amusing attempts that are equally noteworthy. For instance, let's take a look at Brenden Abbott's attempt at freedom. Of all the escapees, this guy is my absolute favorite. ~ Read More


Fremantle Prison Escapes: John Boyle O'Reilly and the Fenians

The Fremantle Prison had its share of escapes during its 150 year history. The best one was done by John Boyle O'Reilly. This guy nearly caused a war between the U.S. and Great Britain with his little escapade. And he's the only prisoner they were never able to recapture. ~ Read More


Fremantle Prison Escapes: Moondyne Joe

The Fremantle Prison, located in Fremantle, Western Australia was built by convicts back in the 1850s. They weren't picky about the convicts they'd accept as British prisoners, local prisons, military prisoners, enemy aliens and prisoners of war all found themselves housed there. Some were housed more temporarily than others. Among those others, there were a few intent on escaping. ~ Read More


I'm Not a Mystery Shopper!!

It all began when I received a coupon in the mail for an oil change at a chain. Seeing that I'd save about $12 on that desperately needed maintenance, I happily decided to use it. The fact that every oil change received a free car wash was just icing on the cake. Having left it at a teammate's house in Orange County during the wildfires while we went to a swim meet, the car was covered in ash. ~ Read More


Taking an Inside Look at the FBI Without Getting Arrested or Shot

Have you ever wanted to get a glimpse of what the Federal Bureau of Investigation is like from the inside? You're in luck. Almost half of the 56 field Offices of the FBI host a Citizens' Academy as a part of their community outreach where you can do exactly that. ~ Read More


Worst Family Reunion Ever!

I'm sure we've all had our share of bad family reunions. I thought I'd tell you about mine.


The day started innocently enough. And well, I might add. Earlier in the year, my mom had just been told she was in remission from the cancer that was trying to claim her life. Ecstatic that she finally could kick the hospital habit for a while, she went in for one final check up. And fell and broke her hip. I'll save that story for another time, so long story short, my dad and I had just gotten her out of the nursing home. It had been rough on her to say the least, but she adored her family reunions. And there was no way she was going to miss this one. ~ Read More

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Are You Blessed and Highly Favored?

Saint 1: "How are you."

Saint 2: "Blessed and Highly Favored."

We're all familiar with the scenario.


This answer is so frequently used that it borders on cliché. There for a while I started to think something might be wrong with me if I didn't respond, "blessed and highly favored." But then I started wondering. Do people really understand what they're saying about themselves when they declare they are blessed and highly favored? It's gotta be more than just a feeling, right? So I did a little detective work. To take me deeper than the cliché and find out what it really means. This thing called Blessed and Highly Favored. ~ Read More


God's Bank and Trust

We're all familiar with how banks work on earth. You open an account and deposit money. Depending on the type of account and bank, you can earn interest on what you put in. The flip side of what goes in is what comes out. You have to be careful not to take out more than you have in the account. ~ Read More


It’s Only a Test

BWAMP! BWAMP! BWAMP!

 At some point in our lives we’ve all heard the emergency broadcast signal. It’s purpose is to announce a widespread disaster taking place in our country. We know the signal. We also know the message that immediately follows: “This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. The broadcasters in your area…” Blah, blah blah because now that we know the alarm was only a test, we’re free to get back to what we were doing in the first place. ~ Read More


Reflections on the Word: Deuteronomy 28:8

Ever notice how we get caught up in the parts of Bible verses that we like and tend to gloss over the rest? For instance, I was just looking at Deuteronomy 28:8 KJVR which says,


"The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." ~ Read More


Should Christians Play the Lottery

A while back, I was asked to give my thoughts on playing the lottery. Since I hadn't really given it much thought, I had to go to the scriptures to see what God says about it. This is what I found. ~ Read More


Speeding Ahead of God

A couple years ago, I stumbled upon a startling discovery. After commuting from Long Beach to Burbank, I've learned a thing or two about managing traffic. Still, I didn't know everything.


This miraculous breakthrough happened as a result of a flat tire I got when parked at my cousin's in-laws on New Year's Day. Talk about bad timing. Or so I thought. Since it was a holiday, I couldn't go buy a new tire anywhere. The next day I had an interview at FBI Los Angeles at 9 A.M. sharp. If ever there was a time not to be late... ~ Read More


The Extent of Good Stewardship

I received a comment on my article, "Should Christians Play the Lottery?" that really got me thinking. The gist of the comment was that to be good stewards of God's gifts we should give up a lot of the conveniences we have in favor of feeding the hungry or other ministry activities. On the surface, I'm tempted to agree with the notion. But upon deeper reflection, I just can't support the concept. It's not Biblical. ~ Read More


What’s Your Passion?

Why Should You Bother To Find Your Passion?

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. Galatians 6:7 NKJ

What are you sowing? Is it something that you’re sure you want to reap? When you don’t have a passion, it’s far too easy to just sow any old thing. If you’re cool reaping just any old thing, stop reading now. If not, keep going. ~ Read More

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Refund Anticipation Loans: Not a Sassy Move

Would you agree to accept a loan that carries 149% APR? Of course not. Any consumer who has the least bit of financial sense knows that this is a potentially devastating loan to take. Except that’s exactly what they do during tax time and they want their refund quick, fast and in a hurry. Most of the time, tax payers don’t even realize that they have taken out such a dangerous loan.  ~ Read More


High Yield Reward Checking the Sassy Saver Way

If you’re like the majority of us, every penny counts when you’re starting out in your career. Just getting the necessities can be a major day to day struggle which makes it so very easy to ignore the age old advice that you should put money aside for the future. ~ Read More


Sassy Seven Coupon Myths

For the past several years, the economy has been a hot topic for discussion. The news is filled with unemployment statistics, failing businesses and house foreclosures. The good news is; God promises believers that we’ll always have what we need. ~ Read More


Saving for a Sassy Retirement

According to U.S. News & World Report, less than one third of workers age 25 and under contribute to their employer sponsored retirement plans. That’s not a hard statistic to understand. When people are in their early twenties, many folk are still trying to figure out what the heck they’re going to do with their lives and what careers they want to pursue. Retirement is often the furthest thing from their minds. ~ Read More

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