It’s National Coffee Day! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!

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What a glorious day – National Coffee Day! This is a day to celebrate the drink that wakes us up in the morning, gives us a pick-up for our late afternoon meetings and is perfect as an after-dinner drink.

www.nationaldaycalendar.com gives us the inside scoop for a good cup of coffee.
According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor.
When determining the body of a coffee, the bean, the roast, and the brew are all factors. The bean affects the texture of the coffee, whether its silky, creamy, thick or thin on the tongue and throat. However, the darker the roast and how it is brewed will alter the feel of a coffee’s body, too. The region a coffee is grown determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.
Click HERE to read more about “good coffee”.

It is “National” Coffee Day, but do you know the coffee etiquette in other countries? Check out this list from www.foodpackaginglabels.net.
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Don’t throw out your coffee grounds. You can us them! Abigail Albino is a caffeine-driven writer and artist on hyperdrive. Her so-called obsession with coffee is an understatement.
She shared 5 ways to use your used coffee grounds with www.coffeerama.com

(1)    Plant Fertilizer

(2)    Exfoliant/Body Scrub
(3)    Deodorizer
(4)    Grilling Meat
(5)    Coffee Painting

Click HERE to find more information on each of these 5 ideas.

Please join The Morning Thing crew at WNZR’s 30th Anniversary Party on Saturday 10/1. We will be at Hunter Hall in downtown Mount Vernon from 6-8pm. And…GREAT NEWS, Happy Bean is giving 20% off ALL drinks during our party. YES! I would like a Venti Iced Skiny Hazelnut Macchiato with sugar-free syrup, extra shot, light ice, no whip.

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It is See You at the Pole – the global day of student prayer.

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This is the 26th anniversary for See You at the Pole, a student-initiated and student-led movement. This is the global day of student prayer!

This year’s theme is “WE CRY OUT” –A generation seeking Him!
The theme verses are Psalm 24:3-6:
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol
    or swear by a false god.

They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, God of Jacob.

This day of prayer is part of a week-long emphasis on prayer for young people.
The GLOBAL WEEK OF STUDENT PRAYER (Sunday, September 25 through Saturday, October 1) encourages students to find new and unique ways, places, and times to pray throughout the week. Whether you attend PUBLIC SCHOOL, PRIVATE SCHOOL, or HOME SCHOOL, gather your friends wherever and whenever and pray! The GLOBAL WEEK OF STUDENT PRAYER is dedicated to prayer and launching your on-campus Bible clubs, prayer strategies, and student ministries.

Reports from See You at the Pole from Knox County:
East Knox had 31 kids and adults praying together today. 25 at the high school, 16 at the elementary school.
Fredericktown had 50 kids and adults praying at the pole. They spent time praying together and then broke up into smaller groups for prayer time.
Mount Vernon reports around 100 kids and adults today. (85 kids and 15 adults). They spent time in praise and worship, group prayer and smaller group prayers.

*Please let us know what happened at YOUR school. Call 740-392-9090 and share the story of YOUR See You at the Pole experience.*

For the last 25 years, See You at the Pole has been about one simple act—prayer. SYATP is still about students uniting themselves in prayer before God interceding for their generation.

Click HERE to read more about the amazing history of See You at the Pole. It started in 1990 with a small group of teens from Burleson, Texas. The movement now connects millions of students around the globe!

Click HERE for reports from around the world.

Make sure to use #syatp on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram when posting pictures and memories from the 2016 See You at the Pole.

Spark your creativity! The Morning Thing 9/21/16

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Do you feel creative? Need a spark?
The Morning Thing shared 17 easy ways to get your creative juices flowing from www.justcreative.com

Some of our favorite ideas include:

* Read a Book

The more people read, the more their minds open up. This allows mind to think of new ideas which result in becoming more creative. All it takes is reading about a half hour before going to bed at night.

* Make a Note of Ideas

As soon as an idea forms, write it down. After it’s written down, the brain is free to form another idea.

* Listen to Sound

There are sound frequencies that have a positive result in increasing the creativity and performance of the brain. When these sounds are listened to, a person can see the positive effect it has had on their creativity and thinking.

* Anti-Oxidants

Eating blueberries will provide the richest of anti-oxidants, and a few of them should be eaten every day. They are great for raising the thinking ability of the brain.

* Be A Flexible Thinker

Flexible thinkers have the capacity to control and direct their thoughts. This way of thinking allows them to adjust to a novel way of thinking. They can also apply this to what they perceive and can focus on the situation at hand.

Our brain has the ability to rewire itself and can physically adjust to our new ways of thinking. A flexible mindset shoves away all patterns of limiting thought, and goes to a serene place of possibilities and openness to creativity.

Click HERE to see the entire article from Graphic Designer, Jacob Cass.

We also shared 7 ways to foster creativity in your kids. Click HERE to see some wonderful ideas from Christine Carter, Ph.D, a sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.
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How much do you really know about Dan Emmett? The Morning Thing 8/12/16

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The Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival is this week in downtown Mount Vernon.
2016 marks the 29th year for the event. The Festival’s mission is to “Celebrate the Legacy” of Dan Emmett. This homegrown musician, composer, and founder of minstrelsy tradition is known world-wide as the author of “Dixie.” Dan Emmett’s life and career is honored through a varied format of performing and creative artists on three stages and all along South Main Street for the enjoyment of Festival goers of all ages.

WNZR is honored to be a media partner for the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival.
Click HERE to find out more about what the Big Blue Crew will be doing this week!
Click HERE to see a complete schedule of the festival.

For our Morning Thing Fave 5 this week, we shared 5 interesting facts about Dan Emmett and how he made history

  1. Dan Emmett was born and died in Mount Vernon. He was born on 10/29/1815. He died on 6/28/1904.
  2. At age 13, Dan Emmett became an apprentice printer and enlisted in the United States Army. He became an expert fifer and drummer at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, and published his own Fifer’s and Drummer’s Guide in 1862 in cooperation with George G. Bruce. After receiving his discharge from the army on July 8, 1835, Dan Emmett joined a Cincinnati circus. In 1840–1842 he toured with Angevine and other circuses as a blackface banjoist and singer.
  3. Between 1859 and 1869, Dan Emmett composed another 25 tunes that are in manuscript at the Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, Ohio.
  4. Dan Emmett was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.
  5. A biographical film of Dan Emmett’s life was produced in 1943, titled Dixie. The film starred Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. It is a musical directed by A. Edward Sutherland.

Summer Fun and fighting allergies – The Morning Thing 6/1/16

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It’s summer and the kids are home….and bored! Today, The Morning Thing shared some great ideas on how to get crafty with your kids without using technology.
Click HERE for 10 ideas on how to have a screen-free, crafty afternoon with your kids.

Focus on the Family also has some great ideas for summer fun!

Are you ready for summer? It’s here, and with it comes wonderful opportunities to build family connections while engaging your youngsters in healthy and entertaining activities.

There are many things to do at low or no cost—in fact, your options are limited only by your imagination. But in case you’re having trouble coming up with ideas, consider these:

  • Go for a hike (take along a guidebook on birds or plants to make it educational).
  • Take the kids on a picnic, and bring a Frisbee® or ball to toss around.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Go camping for a weekend and let your children experience the great outdoors in new ways.
  • No pool? No problem! Have a lawn sprinkler party on a hot day (don’t forget the water blasters and water balloons).
  • Hang a tire swing in your yard, and teach your kids some handy knots in the process.
  • Ride bikes together.
  • Organize a neighborhood scavenger hunt.
  • Take your kids bowling. Many bowling centers allow children under a certain age to bowl up to two free games each day during the summer. Check out kidsbowlfree.com to find a participating bowling alley, or call your local bowling center.
  • Encourage your children to consider joining a community sports league.

There are many fun pursuits to keep your children active this summer. Enjoy them together as a family and you’ll all gain the rewards.

Summer also brings on allergy season. Today, The  Morning Thing shared some ways that you can allergy-proof your home. Click HERE for some tips that you can try today.

Summer is a time to enjoy spending time together. Stay connected to great family-friendly events around our community. Follow the Big Blue crew all summer long. Click HERE to see our summer calendar. If an event is listed, it is safe for your family.

Thoughts from Israel- The Morning Thing on 3/14/16

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Wesley Boston here. I recently returned from an incredible opportunity. From February 29th to March 11th I traveled across Israel and Jordan, seeing sites that brought the Bible to life and being introduced to cultures and people that were very different from me. A few things struck me as a result.

  1. The world is a lot bigger than America. Our guide, Rafi, who is seen in the above picture at the left end of the back row, reminded us that the U.S. is big- so big that we don’t need anybody else he said. Israel, to compare, is smaller than New Jersey. In the U.S. we don’t get out much, we don’t see much that is different, and we dont get out of our comfort zones. It’s good in so many ways to get into someone else’s country, culture, kitchen, history, etc.
  2. Differences in race, culture, and religion can be put aside. On this trip a Muslim man looked me, a Christian, in the eye and asked me to pray for peace in these lands. Two religions with two different Gods, but that didn’t matter. We could be united in this cause. One girl that I traveled with remarked that while watching the Jews pray at the Western “Wailing” Wall she realized that we aren’t so different. We all are simply trying to get closer to God.
  3. We believe and have faith in a God who does not operate in an abstract dimension or some Narnia -esque realm that we can’t get to or see. He works in real history, in real places, and with real people. While we can’t have definite proof and still have to trust and have faith, we can take comfort in knowing that we can see the places where the Bible tells us these things happened.
  4. History keeps going on. Rafi reminded us on the first day that since our our country is so young we have a different view of what is old. In his words, “You Americans find something that is 250 years old and you call it an antique. In Israel if something is 250 years old we don’t even look at it- it’s brand new! Come back when you have something from the 3rd or 4th century.” In that land I saw the remains of empire after empire and civilization after civilization. I stood in the ruins of palaces of mighty kings and the temples of foreign gods. History marches on and takes everything that mankind builds with it. But God remains. He is unchanged from the beginning and will still be here in another 2,000 years.
  5. We have a personal relationship but not a personal religion. By that I mean that while we are able to know God personally as our God and Savior it isn’t just about us. We are part of a worldwide community of believers that spans throughout history. Every one of us across the globe brings our own interpretations and culture and backgrounds to it but we are all one body serving the same risen Lord.
  6. We don’t have to travel around the world to be closer to God. This thought was not original with me. I was struggling with the fact that I had not had some kind of supernatural revelation or some experience where God broke through into my life in some brand new crystal clear way. Then one girl on the trip shared that she was struggling with the same issue- and then she realized that there’s a good reason for it. God is with us no matter where we are. We can be just as close to Him here in Ohio as we can in the Holy Lands. I have stood as close to the Holy of Holies as is humanly possible in 2016- but that didn’t make me any closer to God than I am right now as I write these words in Mount Vernon. God is with you and me no matter where we are and that is a great comfort.

It’s hard to sum up such an experience in one post, but these are a few of the things that God put on my heart during this journey. And yes, it was good to go- amazing to go- but it is good to be back. Hopefully the lessons I’ve learned can influence the way I live day to day.

Shalom!

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day by learning more about the history and the man. The Morning Thing 1/18/16

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Detroit Free Press photographer Tony Spina photographed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a reflective moment in March, 1968, 2 weeks before his assassination.

How much do you know about Dr. Martin Luther King Junior?
How much do you know about the history of today’s holiday?
One way that we can celebrate is to enhance our knowledge and understanding of why we celebrate on the third Monday of January.

Click HERE to see the amazing timeline of how long it took to have the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday created.

Click HERE to see 20 interesting facts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. How much do you really know about the man?

Click HERE for more interesting facts about Dr. Marin Luther King Jr., plus links to some fabulous pictures and videos of this amazing man.