Toby Keith - Don’t Let the Old Man In

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From his debut No. 1 single “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” to the smash “As Good As I Once Was,” many of singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith’s biggest hits have been inspired by casual conversations and accidental one-liners. But only one of Keith’s songs is born of a chat with Clint Eastwood.

Keith’s December 7 single release “Don’t Let The Old Man In” isn’t just another fortuitous exercise in turning life into music, however. The song will also be featured during the end scene and closing credits of Eastwood’s upcoming film “The Mule.” The story of an older man who becomes an unwitting drug courier, the movie is the first Eastwood will star in and direct since 2009’s acclaimed “Gran Torino.”

The connection began in May when Keith attended Eastwood’s golf tournament in Carmel, CA, and the two shared a cart. Toby asked Clint what he was doing next, to which Clint replied, “Funny you should ask, I am leaving tomorrow to shoot a movie for three months called The Mule.” Clint told him the storyline and Toby asked, “How do you do it, man?” Clint said, “I just don’t let the old man in.” With the movie in mind and the line Eastwood told him, Keith wrote the song and sent it to Clint, who loved it and decided to roll credits with it.

Written solely by Keith, “Don’t Let The Old Man In” is a wearily resolute rebuke to Father Time:

When he rides up on his horse

And you feel that cold bitter wind

Look out your window and smile

Don’t let the old man in

Recorded at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studio, the song will be available at all digital retailers on Dec. 7.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Heartbreaking Footage Shows Missing Dog Chasing After His Owner’s Car After Being Abandoned

A dog left alone in an unfamiliar place, wondering where his owner is going — it’s a scene Pippa Jackson unfortunately knows too well.

Jackson is the founder of and executive director of Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi (ARF), one the state’s largest no-kill animal shelters. She started the shelter in 2005 to help the countless animals affected by Hurricane Katrina. Today, one specific dog is keeping her up at night.—More….

By News on the Net - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Trotline Bait

Trotline Bait
On his Mississippi Delta farm, my father built a commissary store. Between its front porch and the only paved road running through that remote corner of the county stood a huge sycamore tree. Its limbs were broad enough to hold my pal Lamar and me on summer nights when we threw hard, green sycamore balls at passing cars.

By Jimmy Reed - Thursday, January 10, 2019

Francis: It’s better to be atheist than a daily church-goer

Francis: It's better to be atheist than a daily church-goer
Pope Francis who has often said that we should never judge has unleashed one of his most brutal judgments against regular church-goers. During his General Audience of January 2, he condemned Catholics who go to church every day but who “go on hating” their fellow man. He said it “is better” that they not go.

“How many times have we witnessed the scandal of those who go to church and spend all day there or attend every day, and later go on hating others or speaking ill of people. This is a scandal,” the pontiff said.

By David Martin - Friday, January 4, 2019

Getting yeast to make artificial sweets

Researchers devise a way to produce large quantities of stevia by using yeast.
The holiday season can be a time of excess, but low- or no-calorie sweeteners could help merry-makers stay trim. Stevia is a zero-calorie sweetener that is sometimes called “natural” because it is extracted from the leaves of a South American plant. Now, a report in ACS Synthetic Biology describes a way to prepare large quantities of stevia using yeast, which would cut out the plant middleman and could lead to a better tasting product.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Serve Others — Serve God

Serve Others — Serve God
Because long years of farming permanently set my circadian cycle, I rarely sleep past four o’clock, which provides time to take early-morning walks during which any worthwhile thoughts I have that day are likely to be formulated.

Out walking one late December morning years ago, I began ruminating about how I could turn past failures into future successes. Few things relieve, and delude, the human mind more than those annual promises to oneself: New Year’s Resolutions.

By Jimmy Reed - Wednesday, December 26, 2018

A Clear, Cold Night

A Clear, Cold Night, Christmas
For me, Christmas has always been a clear, cold night.

I grew up in a small Midwestern town during the 50s and 60s. There was never a better place or time to grow up. Of that I was certain. And my perfect childhood was never more perfect than at Christmas. I had a Peter Billingsley, Christmas Story Christmas every year.

I was that chubby little kid with the horn rimmed glasses and nerdy clothes with the three-buckle snow boots who wished for and got the Red Ryder BB gun on his ninth Christmas. My Mom always told me that “being poor” was the best thing she and Dad ever did for my brother and me.

By William Kevin Stoos - Tuesday, December 25, 2018

How kimchi gets its kick (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON — Kimchi, the fermented cabbage dish beloved in Korea and around the world, has a signature pungent, sour tang. Those unique flavors come from not only salt and spices but also fermentation by friendly microbes. In this video, Reactions explores the chemistry of why kimchi is so delicious and even tries to make a batch.

By American Chemical Society - Monday, December 24, 2018

The Christ Timeline

The Christ Timeline
Time is subjective.

No physics, relativity, quantum mechanics, or string theory will be found here because, honestly, they aren’t part of this vernacular.

All the chalkboards of the world filled with equations characterizing energy and mass reflect society’s penchant for defining and classifying what it sees and experiences to fit its limited perspective. That’s right, humanity limits the universe even while trying to imagine a bigger box that scientists believe they are “thinking outside.” No matter how you look at it, it’s still a box. A box that contains light and time. Except God, who created light and time, can’t be contained.

By A. Dru Kristenev - Sunday, December 23, 2018

One More Year of Santa

One More Year of Santa
There is one in every class. You know—that one 6 year old smart aleck who takes sadistic pleasure in being the first to announce to his naïve classmates that “There is no Santa!” Sometimes, unfortunately, it is the teacher who decides to burst their bubble and announce the secret. It is apparently politically incorrect nowadays to believe in the jolly old elf who travels the world delivering presents to young children. But then, why not? What is the harm in perpetuating the myth of Santa and allowing innocent little children to believe in such a wonderful myth just a little longer before they grow up and join the real world?

By William Kevin Stoos - Friday, December 21, 2018

What is Christmas Without Christ?

What is Christmas Without Christ?
What have Frosty the Snowman, roasting chestnuts, hippos, hula hoops, and barking dogs got to do with Christmas? 

They may bring warmth to our hearts.  They may bring a smile to our lips.  Or they may make us groan.  Whatever they do to each of us what they all have in common is that they’re glued to Christmas like barnacles to the hull of the good ship lollipop.  They’re the accumulated cultural baggage that increasingly obscures the real meaning of a revolutionary blessed event under the camouflage of a socially acceptable winter break.

By Dr. Robert R. Owens - Thursday, December 20, 2018

America’s Got Talent and It’s All Around Us

Henry Wingate
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‘Recently, I found my son-in-law in his driveway with his van jacked up. “What’ up, Mike?” I asked.

“Just changing the brake pads.”

“Good grief. You can do that? Really?”

“It’s not that hard. Saves a lot of money.”


By Intellectual Takeout -- Jeff Minick- Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Humble Origins of ‘Silent Night’

The Humble Origins of ‘Silent Night’
One of the world’s most famous Christmas carols, “Silent Night,” celebrates its 200th anniversary this year.

Over the centuries, hundreds of Christmas carols have been composed. Many fall quickly into obscurity.

Not “Silent Night.”

By Intellectual Takeout -- Sarah Eyerly- Thursday, December 20, 2018

Israeli startup makes Peter Rabbit hop out of the book

Israeli startup makes Peter Rabbit hop out of the book
Children will be able to interact with beloved characters such as Peter Rabbit, thanks to a pioneering Bookful platform from Israeli virtual and augmented reality (AR) company Inception VR.

By ISRAEL21c - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Burglar Breaks Into Home, Steals Dog, Christmas Presents

A burglar broke into a home through a bedroom window in Dallas Friday and stole jewelry, Christmas presents and the homeowner’s dog, police say.

The incident happened between 8 a.m. and 4:40 p.m., according to Dallas police, while the homeowner said she was at work.—More…

By News on the Net NBC- Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Brimming with Christmas Spirit

I met recently a young couple giddy with the jubilant spirit of Christmas. It was a rare encounter as Christmas traditions are under assault and condemned on the altar of progressivism and Islam. He wore a red and green elf vest and a Santa hat over his regular clothes and a big smile of good cheer. His lovely wife had donned a beautiful red dress with sparkling tinsel on the left collar. He told me how much he enjoyed Christmas and decorating trees which he left up every year late into January, even past the Russian Orthodox Christmas on January 6

We started talking and I told them about our Christmas celebration and our fir tree, thin and puny on branches and ornaments, but high on spirits. They listened politely but then I realized from the expression on their faces and the look in their eyes that neither one could relate to the description that followed.  They were millennial young and recently married

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Gift Of Honesty

The Gift Of Honesty
In Hollandale, a town near my father’s Mississippi Delta farm, Purlene and Ug Upton owned a mom-and-pop store, and paid top dollar for pecans.

One look explained Ug’s nickname: A mule kicked him on the cheek, and his jaws no longer matched, giving his face an ugly twist. The blow also affected one eye, which focused momentarily and then roamed.

By Jimmy Reed - Sunday, December 16, 2018

Pet Chihuahua Tries To Protect Owner In Pennsylvania Bear Attack

MUNCY CREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS/AP) — A Pennsylvania woman and her dog — ironically named Bear — are recovering after a bear attacked the woman outsider of her home and dragged her more than 80 yards.

The attack happened Wednesday in Muncy Creek Township, which is located about 16 miles east of Williamsport.—More….

By News on the Net -- CBS- Friday, December 14, 2018

Horse sense

Do animals think, do they sense our cares, do the feel the anguish and hopelessness of abuse? Maybe we don’t pay enough attention.

By News on the Net - Friday, December 14, 2018

The Human Face of God, The Holy Veil of Manoppello

The Holy Veil of Manoppello: The Human Face of GodJust one look—one glimpse—at the compelling Holy Face of Jesus imprinted on the Image of the Veil of Manoppello is enough to bring a pervading Peace flooding into the ever-yearning human soul.

Best-selling journalist, author, historian Paul Badde, who lives in Rome and works for EWTN, wrote the book ‘The Face of God’: ‘The Rediscovery of the True Face of Jesus’ in 2010.  He has returned to the subject in 2018 with more information in ‘The Human Face of God:’the Holy Veil of Manoppello’ whose many pictures once seen are impossible to forget.

It was one long winter night in 2011 that I randomly Googled ‘Face of God’ to discover Badde’s first book with its iconic cover picture, both to remain in my life ever since.

No ancient master’s brush strokes; no human hand created this image, which is believed be a miraculous picture of Our Lord imprinted on a cloth covering His Face at the moment of His Resurrection.

Book is available at:
Sophia Institute Press:The Holy Veil of Manoppello: The Human Face of God
Amazon: The Holy Veil of Manoppello: The Human Face of God

Other Books by Paul Badde
Face of God: Ignatius Press
The True Icon: Ignatius Press


By Canada Free Press - Thursday, December 13, 2018

Live Nativity Comes to DC

Live Nativity Comes to DC
WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Police officers will stop traffic as camels, sheep and a donkey accompany Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus, the Three Wise Men and shepherds dressed in first century attire as they proceed around the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.

By Liberty Counsel - Monday, December 10, 2018

Mission Impossible: Fallout – a wild 4K ride with inconsistent video

Mission Impossible: Fallout
Tom Cruise’ Mission Impossible movies are kind of like cotton candy.

Huh, you say? Well, the MI movies are a bit like the kind of empty but fun calories (fun, unless you have a beard!) you get from an order of cotton candy – fun while it lasts but not particularly nourishing.

That isn’t really being completely fair to Mission Impossible: Fallout, however, because, while we’re here for the stunts and the action scenes (stuff that’s traditionally top shelf in this franchise), there’s actually a modern, believable plot on hand as well. It just kind of gets lost in the action.

By Jim Bray - Friday, December 7, 2018

The Greatest Gift Of All

The Greatest Gift Of All
[Author’s Note: Kaitlin Childress, Macey Clarkson, Irene Fondren, John Harkins, Eulita Mack, Michael Parker, Lonna Pearl, Miranda Satchell, Jacob Surrette, and Abby Williams, students in Reed’s Creative Writing class, wrote this story.]

While sipping a cup of coffee at the top of the stairs, I heard little feet pitter-pattering into the living room where a Christmas tree was surrounded by beautifully wrapped gifts. Dawn was just breaking and my grandson Corey was already up. I sat quietly, watching his excitement. The scene reminded me of a Christmas morning, long ago.

By Jimmy Reed - Thursday, December 6, 2018

Authenticating the geographic origin of hazelnuts

Authenticating the geographic origin of hazelnuts
Hazelnuts, like olive oil, cheese and other agricultural products, differ in flavor depending on their geographic origin. Because consumers and processors are willing to pay more for better nuts — especially in fine chocolates and other delicacies — testing methods are needed to reliably authenticate the nuts’ country of origin. Researchers now report in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that NMR analysis could fill the bill.

By American Chemical Society - Friday, November 30, 2018

Donkey Discovered In Muddy Field With Hooves So Long He Could Barely Stand Up

Donkey Discovered In Muddy Field With Hooves So Long He Could Barely Stand Up
No one knows exactly how long a donkey abandoned in a muddy field in Ireland suffered pain just from standing on his own four feet, but from the look of his twisted and overgrown hooves it must have been many months, if not years.

It was just after Christmas last year when Echo’s saviors brought him to The Donkey Sanctuary’s rescue center Ireland. Here, the abandoned donkey was given a full medical exam.—More…

By News on the Net - Thursday, November 29, 2018

Kindling The Flame That Is God

Kindling The Flame That Is God
When my boyhood best friend and mentor Jaybird, a master teacher, intended to plant life lessons indelibly in my mind, he often clarified the unfamiliar by discussing the familiar. Once when I asked how I could serve God as well as he did, he pointed to flames flickering in his fireplace and began a lesson that made the unfamiliar familiar.

“Imagine a little flame inside you wanting to join the big flame from which it came: God Himself. Even if a man ignores his conscience — God’s voice — for so long that only a tiny spark of that little flame remains, even then it yearns to burst into a roaring blaze, signifying a loving bond with the Divine Flame that is God, the light of the universe.”

By Jimmy Reed - Monday, November 26, 2018

Questions We’re Often Asked: Horticulturalist

Questions We're Often Asked: Horticulturalist
Why are some people regarded as horticulturalists and others as gardeners? The smart explanation is that the former is merely a gardener with a panel van. Cute, but . . .

Go back far enough and it is suggested that gardening is the oldest occupation. (Occupation, please note; a pair of professions have been claimed to be the most ancient . . .). As with a surprising amount of the English language, horticulture finds its roots in Latin, the ancient Romans knowing more than a thing or two about the subject. Hortus then is a garden coupled with cultura or cultivation. So here we have, by extension, explanation for both horticulturalist and gardener—and are no further ahead.

By Wes Porter - Saturday, November 24, 2018

I’m Blessed

I’m Blessed When asked by the Barna Group, “Do we have a personal responsibility to share our faith with others?” a majority of Christians answered in the affirmative.

100% of Evangelicals and 73% of born again Christians said yes. When this conviction is put into practice however, the numbers shift downward. Only 69% of Evangelicals and 52% of born again Christians say they actually did share the Gospel at least once this past year to someone with different beliefs in the hope that they might accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.

By Dr. Robert R. Owens - Tuesday, November 20, 2018