What’s on your bucket list?

My son Jesse recently crossed something off his bucket list –Climbing Mt. Fuji in Japan. I’m so proud of him! He reminded me that I need to review mine and start working on it more. What’s on your bucket list?
~Garrett from Shine Afternoons

Good News Story: Trauma Kits Pay Off

After local groups raised $36,000 for gunshot trauma kits for the Indianapolis Police Departement, the kits get put to use hours after their arrival. Here this amazing story right here.

Good News Story: Trauma Kits Pay Off

Pockets of Comfort


We had a great meal this week in Los Angeles.

Yeah, it’s just a vintage deli that hasn’t changed in years.

Just the opposite of trendy and there was something comforting about that good quality food and that old fashion place.

It was absolutely charming and so fun.

There is something about that in our own relationship, when we find those little pockets of comfort that are kind of predictable.

Yeah, the things you would almost find boring about a marriage together, yet they become the very things that connect us the most sometimes.

That’s exactly right. Friend, think about that in your own relationship. Where are those pockets of comfort that you can come to rely on like a good quality meal at and old fashion restaurant.

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Setting Traps


Well, we’ve come to call our good friend, Kevin, who lives in Kansas City, the ‘Squirrel Trapper”.

Yes we have, because he has become obsessed with getting his squirrels away from his new roof, and he’s trapping them.

Yeah, and he’s pretty humane about it. He takes them to another location and releases them. He just doesn’t want them damaging his roof. In the same way, it’s not a bad thought to think about the traps we need to set around our own house of love to protect it.

Yeah, sometimes the things that can creep in and damage it, like bitterness or resentment or even self-pity. I can be guilt of that sometimes.

Friend, think about this in your own relationship. It makes for a good conversation. What traps do you need to set around your house of love?

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Facebook and E-cigarettes


Could Facebook hurt your budding romance?  Maybe so, according to new research.

According to a study in the journal of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, the more a person in a romantic relationship uses Facebook, the more likely they are to monitor their partner’s Facebook activity closely.  That in turn, can lead to feelings of jealousy.

Russell Clayton, a researcher and doctoral student at the University of Missouri says “Our study also found that study found that excessive Facebook users are more likely to connect or reconnect with other Facebook users, including previous partners.”  He says that may lead to emotional and physical cheating.


Are teens getting hooked on “e-cigarettes?”  As you may know, e-cigarettes deliver nicotine in water vapor without any tobacco or smoke.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen experimentation with e-cigarettes has doubled in just the past year.  10% of high school students say they tried them last year.

And rather than being a preventative product or substitute for regular cigarettes, the CDC says they are actually becoming a gateway to them.

CDC Director Tom Frieden says: “The increased use of e-cigarettes by teens is deeply troubling,”. “Many teens who start with e-cigarettes may be condemned to struggling with a lifelong addiction to nicotine and conventional cigarettes.”

For some helpful information on quitting smoking and the latest on “e-cigarettes” visit cdc.gov.

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Treadmill Direction


There are times in life where you feel like you’re going in reverse, but when it comes to some exercise, it may actually be a good thing. A recent study shows benefits from moving backwards on a treadmill or elliptical machine.

When compared to forward movement, backwards walking seems to improve aerobic fitness, while developing stronger leg muscles more rapidly.

Changing directions is actually a good idea for a number of reasons. It challenges different muscles, plus improves agility and coordination. And if you exercise on a treadmill or elliptical, the variety may keep you more engaged in your routine…There you have it–you can make forward progress by going backwards.

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