Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
- Thirumei arrives little before 8:00 AM (Joshua and Anu are bringing HG to church).
- The congregation stands in the large parking lot near to Church.
- Kids hold lighted candles forming a parallel line.
- Parents stand behind the kids.
- As thirumeni advances, towards the church (through the parallel line formed by the kids and parents), rest of us follow.
- Pandal, Flags etc (if there are adequate members).
- Achen gives a lit candle to Thirumeni at the entrance of Church.
- Thirumeni takes the lit candle and lights the candle on the Altar.
- Namaskaram (Morning prayers) begins.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Today my job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.
Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.
Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.
Today I can feel sad that I don't have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.
Today I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.
Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new friends.
Today I can wail because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.
Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.
Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can feel honored because the Lord has entrusted treasures into my care.
Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.
Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of day I will have!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Few hours ago, a small plane in Santa Barbara ran out of fuel, made an emergency landing onto a highway and hit 3 cars (here).
Since most of you start driving pretty soon, here is another driving tip:
Monitor your fuel gauge frequently; especially if it is showing low fuel, or if the fuel indicator light is on. Once you notice your fuel is low, fill it up at the earliest. Chances are, there could be a leak in your gas tank, or in the fuel system, or you have a faulty gauge. You could be stuck on the road after running out of gas.
The risk factor gets exponentially high if you are on a highway, if it is after sunset, or if the weather is not favorable. You are not only putting yourself into trouble, but also other motorists.
Once you are stuck on the road, the headache of getting gas into your empty vehicle and continuing your journey is quite high. Even after getting gas, starting a car that ran completely out of gas takes a while.
If you are driving and notice that you are low on gas, apart from praying, “Lord, help me thru this, next time I will fill it up early”, there are few things you can do.
Turn off your a/c or heater.
Roll up your windows – open windows cause drag on the car.
Make use of the tachometer - it is one of the least noticed or seldom used instruments in an automatic transmission car. Most people pay no attention to it. Tachometer is the instrument with numbers 1 thru 10 with a X1000 RPM scale. This tells us the revolutions of engine in thousands. For instance, if the reading is 3, then the engine is rotating at 3000 revolutions per minute. On manual transmissions, it is one of the most useful instruments to indicate when to shift a gear.
The tachometer gives us a feel for how the engine is performing, by providing visual cue that goes along with the sound of the engine. Since most of us drive automatic cars, tachometer can be used to conserve gas, by keeping the following principle in mind: higher the rpm, higher the gas consumption.
So, while running low on gas, or to conserve gas, pay attention to the tacho on your dashboard. It comes handy while on long trips, or when you play with cruise control.
Remember to carry a cellphone that has battery charge to call for some help.
Quiz: Let's say, your car is stuck on an interstate highway in the middle of a forest. How do you tell someone where you are?
News Credit: NPR