Larry the Cucumber

Larry the Cucumber is going to talking with Garrett on Shine Afternoons between 4-5pm today on the New Shine.FM.  Do you or your kiddos have any questions for Larry?

De-Clutter: 10 items a Day for a Month!

A woman in Boulder, CO has a great way to de-clutter her home, by getting rid of 10 items everyday. She calls it project 3650…..and the Positive Morning Crew like the idea, it’s just a little wild to think about doing it for a whole year. SO…..Garrett and Happy are going to try to get rid of 10 things every day for the next 30-days! Would you be willing to try with us and help de-clutter your house this Spring? Or have you got another way to de-clutter? Tell the Positive Morning Crew about it this morning at 877-859-9737 .

Not A Gym Rat? No Worries!

Do you have a love/hate relationship with the gym that leans more towards the latter?  Don’t worry about it!  In Lisa’s Home School, check out a new study that shows how everyday activities can be just as beneficial as hitting the treadmill or doing your circuit training routine-minus the cash, sweat and annoying machine hoggers.  Victory!

Good News: Terminally Ill Man Wins Marathon With Daughter

32-year-old Iram was diagnosed with brain cancer in November 2010, and doctors hope he’ll still be alive at age 40. His brain tumor has forced him to make lots of adjustments. He can’t drive, work or even play contact sports. But he can still run.  So, in order to spend some quality time with his 4-year-old daughter, Kiana, he started training with her for races.  A few weeks ago, Iram won the Gusher Marathon in Beaumont, Texas.  As Iram puts it, he finished only 2nd to his daughter!  Read this inspiring moment here.

Some New Stats On Tech And Your Teen

Some new stats are out on tech and your teen.

A new study has found that 78% of American teens have a cell phones, and nearly half of those own a smartphone.  The research was done by the Pew Internet and American Life Project

According to, The study also found that 93% of teens have access to a computer at home, and 1 out of 4 have a tablet computer.

As for accessing the Internet, 74% reported surfing on a smartphone or tablet at least occasionally.  About a quarter of those kids say they mostly browse the web using their smartphone.

Meanwhile, the most popular website among teens is YouTube.  Over 90% of teens between the ages of 13 and 18 check the video-sharing site at least once weekly—compared to 65% who check Facebook weekly.

Researchers also found that teens will hop online no matter what they’re doing in the physical world. About 56% of them admitted to plugging into the Internet while doing homework or attending church.

Twenty-five percent of kids say they usually visited their first online site within five minutes of waking up in the morning, and all of the teens polled said they were on the Internet more than an hour daily.

As for YouTube’s traffic overall, two weeks ago company officials announced that the site recently logged a billion views in a month for the first time.

If you’ve got teenagers at home, stats like these demonstrate how important it is to provide your kids with regular guidance about the use of technology.  The bible has some solid advice for all of us in Philippians chapter 4, verse 8:

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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