Caine’s Arcade

Caine is a 9-year-old who spent his whole summer building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto part store.  Caine waited every day during the summer, and every weekend once he got back in school for people to come play at his arcade, but only one guy played.  But, that man used the internet to set up a surprise flash mob to come spend the day at Caine’s Arcade.   A hundred people came to play at Caine’s arcade that day.  Now, the story has gone viral, inspiring millions.  He even has a theme song and staff t-shirts you can buy, and there is a scholarship fund set up for him that is being matched dollar for dollar.  Incredible!  Just one kid with a dream of having his own arcade, and one guy who wanted to make one kid’s day.

New Year’s Resolutions That Stick

To make this year’s resolution a success, I’ve created a plan that will help you BUILD momentum as the weeks progress, rather than lose it. Unlike in Januarys past, the idea is to start off with small changes and up the ante as you start to lose weight and see results. It’s the same strategy I’ve seen many “big losers” adopt on their way to shedding hundreds of pounds…and it works. Think small and read more here.

Ready for Take-Off

Hello and welcome to Flight # 2013. We are prepared to take off into the New Year. Please make sure your Attitude and Blessings are secured and locked in an upright position. All self destructive devices should be turned off at this time. A…ll negativity, hurt and discouragement should be put away. Should we lose Altitude under pressure during the flight, reach up and pull down a Prayer. Prayers will automatically be activated by Faith. Once your Faith is activated you can assist other passengers. There will be NO BAGGAGE allowed on this flight. The Captain has cleared us for takeoff. Destination GREATNESS. Please re-post if you are taking this flight with me this year. ~ Garrett

MercyMe “The Hurt & The Healer”

Join the New Shine.FM this weekend for our Artist Spotlight as we highlight the ministry of MercyMe. We will hear stories and music from MercyMe and give you a chance to win the latest CD “The Hurt & The Healer”. To get qualified text WINMUSIC to 66937 or “like” and “share” the cover photo on the Shine.FM Facebook page.

Food Allergies & Bullying

Does your child have a food allergy?  If so, he or she could be a target of bullies at school.

According to a new study reported by Medical News Today, food allergies can pre-dispose children to being bullied at school,

Researchers looked at 251 families from a New York City food allergy clinic.  They found that nearly a third of the kids have been bullied because of their food allergy.

Most of the kids said that their classmates had threatened them with the food to which they were allergic. They would wave it in front of them, throw it at them or tell them that they would sneak it into their food when they weren’t looking.

As you might expect, the study showed that bullying is associated with reduced quality of life as well as increased stress for the children and their parents.  Parents were aware of the bullying only about half of the time.  When they knew about it, the children’s quality of life improved.

The research team says that pediatricians and parents should screen for bullying in children with food allergies.

By the way, a separate study found that food allergies are associated with anxiety and loneliness in children. In fact, one out of five allergic children don’t attend classmates’ parties.  One in four of these kids say they always bring “safe food” with them.

To learn more about the new study and how you can help your child, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics’ website at

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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