Saturday, August 25, 2012

West Nile Virus spreading

Map of West Nile Virus activity in the United States

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is calling on all Georgians to guard against exposure to mosquitoes. DPH has identified 21 confirmed cases of the West Nile Virus (WNV) in the state. Three cases have been fatal.

Confirmed cases are in the following counties:
7 – Dougherty (including 2 deaths),
3 – Cobb,
2 – Muscogee,
1 – Bartow,
1 – Columbia,
1 – Fulton,
1 – Forsyth,
1 – Early (including 1 death),
1 – Lee,
1 – Mitchell,
1 – Richmond,
1 – Worth.

Click here to read more and stay away from your mosquito friends for now. Use repellents to keep them away and from coming anywhere near you.

Credits: WJBF News Channel 6, CDC

Tomorrow's class

Class -

Below is something that I received in my inbox in the last hour. There was some speculation that we many not have Sunday school tomorrow due to the Bishop's arrival along with the celebrations. Well this mail clarifies it all. See you at church tomorrow, and then at Sunday school. Given the scenario, I expect tomorrow to be a brief class.


Dear teachers,

Achen suggested to have general session after the Sunday school classes, so that during general session Thirumeni can say a few words to our children.

So you can go directly to classes and when I ring the bell, please ask the students to go for general session. Also all the teachers are requested to come to the general session during the presence of Thirumeni. Also remind the kids to be well disciplined in the general session.




Space provided - Part 2

Our man from yesterday, living in the mansion realized his mistake and promptly gave Jesus the whole of his 2nd floor to use. The next morning he heard a knock on the door. Thinking that it might be Jesus calling him he ventured to open the door. Even before he could open the door wide Satan sneaked in and started playing havoc in the rooms on the ground floor. The man tried his best to rid Satan but could not. After a while he lost his patience and stormed upstairs. Everything was calm and quite upstairs.

“Lord, how could Satan come this hour of the day with you upstairs?” quizzed the man.

Jesus smiled and answered “Son you only surrendered the rooms upstairs to me - and look there is absolutely no problem here. As for the rooms downstairs, I have already told you that I never interfere in anything that is not surrendered to me.”

Saying this Jesus put his arms around the person and walked downstairs. Seeing Jesus coming down, Satan fled the scene. The man now realized what Jesus wanted him to do and promptly gave Jesus the keys to the entire mansion.

Early next morning he heard a knock at the door. This time though, even before he could answer the door, Jesus answered the door. As usual, it was Satan. The man leaned against the door of his bedroom as he overheard Satan saying “Sorry, I didn’t expect you here. How did the ownership of this building change?”

Jesus answered “The building is my property now it has been surrendered to me; I am in charge, so better get going”. The man was never troubled again by Satan.


Friday, August 24, 2012

Find the hidden tiger

Here is a Bengal tiger standing in a bamboo forest in plain sight.

Can you spot the hidden tiger?

UGA barely loses top spot

Friday evening reminds me of party time. Talking about party, based on Princeton Review's rankings our Univ of GA (Athens) lost the top spot of being a party school of of 2012. I bet many are unhappy on just being the runner up, and the earlier batch is saying, "guys, you lets us down" since they had the top spot last year.

Princeton Review, in other categories have also included the list of:

 Stone Cold Sober Schools

Most Beer Drinkers

Most Hard Liquor Drinkers

Most Potheads

Students Study the Least

Students Who Study The Most

Click here to read more

Lion not alone - Solution

Space provided

Once, a wealthy man lived in a beautiful two storied mansion with high ceilings, large rooms, double staircase walking up to a beautiful chandelier, and a pool. One day, Jesus came and knocked at the door to the entrance of his mansion. The man opened the door for Jesus and welcomed Him. He showed Him around and before long gave Him the best room on the second floor stay and said “please stay here with me”. The man now felt secure with Jesus having taken possession of his favourite room in the second floor.

Before long he heard another knock and went to open the door. Even before he could open the door properly, he felt somebody sneaking in. He was totally disturbed when he realized that it was Satan who had sneaked in. Satan made a mess of every other room in the building except the one in which Jesus stayed. All the while our man thought that Jesus would come to his aid but when Jesus did not turn up, the man, unable to stand the commotion went to Jesus and sought his help. The moment Satan saw Jesus coming out of the room he ran away.

The man asked Jesus, "Why did you not come and help me out?”

Pointing to the room in which He stayed Jesus said, “Son, you gave me only this room to stay. How do you expect me to interfere with what is happening in those other rooms?”

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Lion not alone

Okay - this image seems like a legitimate lion.  

Can you also spot another animal in here? 

Answer  posted tomorrow evening. 

Useless statistics - Cities that spoil kids

For a family making more than $100k per year, says, parents could end up spending more than half a million dollar on the kid from birth to age 18 - that is excluding buying branded clothing and high end electronic gadgets.

With child spending already breaking the bank for many, wanted to find out which cities spoil their kids the most. To do so, they examined spending by households with children at stores that sell toys, clothing and other services for tots, kids, and teens.

This appeared in an article titled, 'Cities That Spoil Their Kids the Most'. Useful to parents, but useless statistics for kids unless they want to figure out where they stack up. Wondering where out city Atlanta stands - take a peek.

Click here to read the original post

Credits:,,, Kristin Vukovic 

The secrets of iPhone and iPad

If you are and iPhone or iPad user, check out this article that appeared on Wall Street Journal.

It's with you every moment of every day. It reminds you of little things that you sometimes forget, like calling friends on their birthdays and picking up the dry cleaning. It sleeps by your side, resting when you rest and working when you work. It even talks back once in a while. But how well do you really know your iPhone?

Click here to read more.

Credits: WSJ

Committee Report

To highlight its annual picnic one year, a company rented two racing shells and challenged a rival company to a boat race. The rival company accepted.

On the day of the picnic, everyone entered into the spirit of the event. Women wore colorful summer dresses and big, floppy hats. Men wore straw skimmers and white pants. Bands played and banners waved. Finally the race began.

To the consternation of the host company, the rival team immediately moved to the front and was never headed. It won by 11 lengths. The management of the host company was embarrassed by its showing and promptly appointed a committee to place responsibility for the failure and make recommendations to improve the host team's chances in a rematch the following year. The committee appointed several task forces to study various aspects of the race. They met for three months and issued a preliminary report. In essence, the report said that the rival crew had been unfair.

"They had eight people rowing and one coxswain steering and shouting out the beat," the report said. "We had one person rowing and eight coxswains."

The chairman of the board thanked the committee and sent it away to study the matter further and make recommendations for the rematch. Four months later the committee came back with a recommendation:

"Our guy has to row faster."


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Psalms 23 for the workplace

The Lord is my real boss,
and I shall not want.
He gives me peace,
when chaos is all around me.
He gently reminds me
to pray before I speak
and to do all things without
murmuring and complaining.
He reminds me that
He is my Source
and not my job.

He restores my sanity every day
and guides my decisions
that I might honor Him
in everything I do.
Even though I face
absurd amounts of
emails, system crashes,
unrealistic deadlines,
budget cutbacks,
gossiping co-workers,
discriminating supervisors,
and an aging body
that doesn’t cooperate
every morning,
I will not stop -
for He is with me!

His presence, His peace,
and His power will see me through.
He raises me up,
even when they fail to promote me.
He claims me as His own,
Even when the company
threatens to let me go.
His faithfulness and love
are better than any bonus check.
His retirement plan beats
every 401K there is!
When it’s all said and done,
I’ll be working for Him
a whole lot longer;
and for that, I bless His name.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Our Shawn Thomas' grandfather passed away in India at the age of 91 and his mom is travelling tomorrow to attend the funeral. I just got back from a prayer meeting at their residence where nearly 50 people attended. According to the family, the grandfather led a long life which many of us cannot even dream of. In today evening's Bible reading at their residence, Psalms Chapter 90 it read, "Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures."  Regardless, the death of any family member causes us to grieve. May our prayers be with them.

Yesterday and today, I was bit occupied attending few things.  Now my workload has reduced and have some free time on hand - will set aside some time for our Sunday school class. Tomorrow (Wednesday), I plan on spending some time at the library.


Body language during interview

Body Language Mistakes That Can Cost You The Job
Interviews make people sweat most of the time. While there is no silver bullet that one can ace an interview,  there are few things we can be conscious about - especially about one's body language when it is face to face.

Here is an article that appeared in Forbes yesterday, related to interviewing and body language, authored by Jacquelyn Smith. She has done a good job putting up photos which speak louder than thousand words. Her article starts off like this:

You’ve sent in your perfectly manicured résumé and flawless cover letter. You’ve researched the company and gave brilliant responses to tough interview questions. You’re probably a strong candidate—but forget to smile, slouch in your chair or fail to make eye contact during the interview, and you could be out of the running.

Click here to read the entire article

Click here to see pictures and notes.

Credits: Forbes, Jacquelyn Smith

Few words of wisdom - continued

11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.

12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life's lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.

13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.

14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of ones will within this universe.

15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self - all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.

16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.

17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others - especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.

18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.

19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.

20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Few words of wisdom

Here are few of Native American Code Of Ethics:

1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.

2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.

3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.

5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. If it was not earned or given, it is not yours.

6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth - whether it be people or plant.

7. Honor other people's thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.

8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.

9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.

10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

What Jesus is not

This is something I came across and made me think.