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Iowa couple’s 150% tip goes viral

Sep 29, 2014 0

By Heather Long @byHeatherLong

NEW YORK (CNNMoney)
Makenzie and Steven Schultz of Cedar Rapids, Iowa hired a babysitter Saturday night and headed to a new restaurant in town to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
What happened next caught the attention of the world.

Their dining experience “sucked,” Makenzie later wrote in a Facebook post that has gone viral with over a million “likes” and 150,000 shares. It “took 20 minutes to get water, 40 minutes for an appetizer and over an hour for an entree.”

Makenzie told CNNMoney that one couple actually walked out of the restaurant and another ran up to the hostess booth to warn a friend not to eat there.

The scene was akin to something out of a bad reality TV show where the diners are duped.

But the Schultzes looked around and realized something: There was only one waiter serving 12 tables, and he was doubling as the bartender too.

“It was easy for us to say, ‘Oh my goodness it’s taking so long. I can’t believe it,'” Makenzie said. “But I just flipped that and said look, he’s working so hard. He’s doing all that he can. He just has all these tables.”

In the end, they left a $100 tip for the server on a bill of $66.65. Makenzie wrote on the bill, “We’ve both been in your shoes. Paying it forward.”

Makenzie and Steven met when they were both waiters at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in the Mall of America in Minnesota.

They know that sometimes the kitchen messes up or someone calls in sick and it’s not the waiter’s fault, but guests still blame the server, often leaving horrible tips.

“Steven and I agreed it would feel good to make this guy’s night when he would probably be getting minimal to no tips due to slow service,” she wrote in the Facebook post that displayed the bill (but omitted the name of the restaurant).

The tip worked out to 150%, a heck of a lot bigger than the usual 15% to 20% most Americans leave. CNNMoney confirmed the huge tip with the restaurant, which said they planned to add more waiters and that someone had called in sick Saturday and they couldn’t find a replacement.

“I’m just sharing this as a friendly reminder to think of the entire situation before you judge,” the Facebook post concluded. “And always always always remember where you came from.”

The Schultz family was astonished by how much attention the post received. They have heard from hundreds of people through Facebook, most complimenting them or sharing similarly inspiring stories.

As of Monday morning, they had not heard anything more from the server or the restaurant. They left without saying anything to the waiter because he was busy and they wanted it to be a surprise.

“I hope people just show more compassion for everybody,” Makenzie said. “If you can give little or give big, I think everybody’s world would be a little kinder, gentler and nicer.”

CNN Money http://money.cnn.com/2014/09/29/news/economy/iowa-couple-100-dollar-tip-poor-service/

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GA Officer Receives Life-Saving Kidney from a Stranger

Sep 29, 2014 0

By Katie Leslie

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Georgia police officer who through the power of social media received a kidney from a stranger is recovering at Emory University Hospital.

Doctors say that both Raleigh Callaway and Texas donor Chris Carroll are doing “incredibly well” following the life-saving organ transplant operation.

“I have always believed in God, and this just shows you that he is always working and is there, that he’s going to make a way for you,” Callaway, a Greensboro officer, said Sunday.

Carroll, who was discharged from Emory on Saturday, learned about Callaway’s plight in July after Kristi Callaway and her friend Brandy Angel turned to social media for help.

In the post, Callaway stood with his wife and their two young daughters who held a sign that read: “Our Daddy needs a kidney!” By that time, Callaway was in late stages of renal failure following complications of Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure.

Carroll, a health care consultant and grandfather from McKinney, Texas, said he saw the post and suddenly felt compelled to give.

“I’ve donated blood for most of my life, but I never considered giving a kidney,” said Carroll, who was discharged Saturday. “But when I saw this story I felt God calling me to do it.”

He was among hundreds who contacted Emory wanting to help. The Callaways’ original Facebook post resulted in more than 900 people contacting the hospital, said Dr. Nicole Turgeon, who performed the operations last week.

Turgeon credited the power of social media for not just saving Callaway’s life, but potentially many more. Of the hundreds who contacted Emory, more than 125 people are still being considered for transplant surgeries to other patients.

“The use of social media for these types of pleas really highlights the American spirit and shows how giving people are,” she said. “…If we can help not just Raleigh, but several others, that’s pretty amazing.”

Turgeon said without a transplant, Callaway would soon have needed dialysis treatments. That, she said, would have added complications to a potential transplant operation.

Both men are thriving following the operation, she said. Callaway is expected to be discharged from the hospital as soon as Monday.

Kristi Callaway said the incredible number of respondents prompted her and Angel to launch a nonprofit highlighting the stories of others who need a kidney donation. Her hope is that by personalizing their need through their website, CallawaysAngels.com, more people will be compelled to give.

She said the experience has strengthened her belief in others.

“I’ve have always tried to see the best in people, but there are certain things that go on every day that you can’t ignore. Sometimes you do start wondering: ‘Why can’t people be more loving and more considerate and more kind?’” she said. “This just shows me they can. They just need a reason. They need an outlet and something that speaks to them.”

Carroll said that to his surprise, he never doubted his decision.

“I believe God can change your heart and he put it on my heart to do this. I felt as strongly about getting this done as if it had been for my own dad,” he said.

Carroll and his wife, Veronica, said they felt an instant connection with the Callaways when they met earlier this month.

“We feel as blessed or more than Raleigh’s family through this, with all the outpouring of love from people,” Carroll said. “We feel that if you follow God’s plans, you never know what kind of blessings you will get.”

Courtesy of Atlanta Journal Constitution http://www.ajc.com/news/news/ga-police-officer-receives-life-saving-kidney-from/nhXTq/

 

 

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It’s Pumpkin Season!

Sep 26, 2014 0

By Connie Alsobrook

Fun Recipes, Craving Tips, Pumpkin Picking, and Pumpkin Apps

Top 10 Pumpkin Craving Tips  Check Them Out

Pumpkin Cookies Start Cooking

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Roast Them

Pumpkin Turkey Chili Stay Warm

Pumpkin Pie Angel Food Cake Bake It

Pumpkin Bread Smell It

Pumpkin Picking Find a Place Near You


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Pumpkin is the symbol of Halloween season. Let’s get ready to carve the pumpkins by gathering up some of your favorite patterns. You can get a hundred ideas & patterns of pumpkin carving from this application.

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Pumpkin muffins are made with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar and pumpkin puree. A combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar in the recipe creates a crunchy topping that contrasts with the moist, tender muffins. Pumpkin Muffin has a lot of nutritional value and tastes great. These spicy pumpkin muffins are good for a quick breakfast or to include in bag lunches. Serve these moist and flavorful muffins hot, with butter if you like, for breakfast or a snack. Learn how to make pumpkin muffins by following this easy recipe.


WHAT IS A PUMPKIN

Pumpkins, like other squash, are native to North America. Pumpkins are widely grown for commercial use, and are used both in food and recreation. Pumpkin pie, for instance, is a traditional part of Thanksgiving meals in the United States, although commercially canned pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie fillings are usually made from different kinds of winter squash than the pumpkins frequently carved as jack o’lanterns for decoration around Halloween.
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Foods To Eat During Cold and Flu Season

Sep 25, 2014 0

By Connie Alsobrook

Here are a few foods to keep you healthy during cold and flu season.

Vitamin C, this is found in citrus foods and is very refreshing. Oranges,
grapefruit, lemons, and limes.

Garlic, To get the best benefits from garlic, crush the cloves with
the flat side of a knife. Some say wait about 3 minutes
before eating or adding to your food. To get rid of some of the smell
of garlic, squeeze half a lemon in a glass of water and drink after
eating garlic.

Zinc is in chicken and other meats. This is the main reason
grandmother use to make a pot of chicken noodle soup for that flu or
common cold.

Yogurt contains probiotics, organisms such as bacteria or yeast
that are believed to improve health. Research suggests low levels
of vitamin D can be linked to a seasonal increase in colds and flu
plus a higher incidence of respiratory infections.

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ALBUM RELEASE: Tawana Lael | A Brand New Day

Sep 23, 2014 0

Sultry. Soulful. SOUL FULL. Just a few words that articulate this amazing Album Release by Tawana Lael. From the very start, a single rhythmic piano key abets the pulsing gnn-artist-tawana-lael-brand-new-daybass line in the album’s 1st track, “Taking Back My Power.” Clearly a veteran in the Indie Music industy, Tawana Lael remains true to her roots as she reveals a vulnerable piece of her heart in the beautiful paced ballad, “We Loose.”  Any listener who has faced love & its subsequent heartbreak will surely agree, “I don’t wanna go, but it’s killing me to stay… We Loose!” This glorious track fits right in place with her soulful musical list from “What It Be Like” to “A Brand New Lover.”


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Suddenly, you find yourself humming along in step with the fun lyrics in the track entitled, “Crazy Love.”
As for the album, we, at GoodNewsNotebook Magazine, give Tawana Lael and her new Release, “A Brand New” the GoodEntertainment honors of the week. Buy it on ITunes or GooglePlay today.


DISCOGRAPHY

Tawana Lael is considered a triple threat in the entertainment industry, and she is quickly claiming her place on the world’s entertainment radar. Her song, “Plan B” from her debut album ‘Journey To Love” was recognized as one of the top songs in Billboard’s 17th Annual World Song Contest. Tawana Lael’s first single “Journey To Love” released in 2010 debuted at No. 7 on Mediaguide/Radiowave Urban Satellite Radio; making Tawana the first Independent female artist to do so at that time. To date “Journey To Love” has received well over 4000 spins on Internet, Satellite, and Terrestrial radio stations. Tawana was also nominated “Best Female R&B Artist” and “Best R&B Song” in the 1st Annual Lipstick Radio Indie Awards. Her song, “In This Love” was nominated “Best R&B /Soul Song” in the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards. Tawana Lael’s sophomore album, “A BRAND NEW DAY” is available now on both ITunes or GooglePlay.

Tawana has performed at various venues around New York City such as Sweet Waters, The Waldoff Astoria and Reins. She has also appeared at the world famous Apollo Theatre, where she won first place five consecutive times. Tawana Lael currently resides in Atlanta GA, where audiences have enjoyed listening to her perform live at The Underground Atlanta during The Heritage Arts Festival, Sambuca’s Jazz Cafe, The Apache Cafe, and Centennial Park, just to name a few.

Tawana’s training has been with some of the best in the business. They include but are not limited to Ankh Ra, Making the Band 4 (Vocals); Alvin Ailey Dance School (Ballet, Tap, and Jazz), Melvada Hughes (Choreographer); George Faison (Choreographer); and Hilda Willis (Acting/Career Coach). Tawana Lael has genuine talent and is destined for a long successful career.


SOURCE: www.TawanaLael.com | http://www.tawanalael.com/main.html


 

LISTEN TO A SAMPLE OF THE ALBUM

 

 

Buy it on ITunes or GooglePlay today.

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“Gift” for Being Grateful

Sep 22, 2014

By Connie Alsobrook

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Are you grateful for the meal you just ate?  How did you show your appreciation? Well at Mary’s Gourmet Diner (MGD), she observes customers that show appreciation for their meal.  This sounds like a quick and simple task, but believe or not everyone does not do it. This may be the reason MGD gives a gift for showing you are grateful for the food you are about to receive.

On MGD twitter page, she gives a brief explanation for her restaurants GIFT.  “There’s a lot of craziness going on in regard to the 15% discount. I will not respond to all the posts. I will say that it is not a ‘policy.’  It’s a gift we give at random to customers who take a moment before their meal. This could be prayer or just a moment to breathe & push the busyness of the world away. Who you talk to or meditate on etc. is your business. I have lived in a 3rd world country, there are people starving.


We live in a country with an abundance of beautiful food. I NEVER take that for granted. It warms my heart to see people with an attitude of gratitude. Prayer, meditation or just breathing while being grateful opens the heart chakra.  It’s good for everyone!!! Thanks to my local community for your support…you know who I am.  As for all the people posting negative coents about me and my restaurant who have never met me or been to the restaurant, thanks for sharing, it’s your right to speak out, just as it is mine. Peace,love & happy eating!!!


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Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8am-2pm Fri-Sat: 8am-3pm
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Have Fun Traveling Alone

Sep 19, 2014 0

By Connie Alsobrook

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Looking back on all the trips you have taken, how many trips have you taken alone? When I say alone I mean without family or friends on purpose. You may say “I cannot go by myself, it will be boring”.  Do you understand you are calling yourself boring? If you cannot have fun with yourself, how do you expect others to enjoy you?
Taking a trip with yourself allows you to meet other people and find out what you and only you enjoy.  Explore and find out things about yourself that you never knew existed; this can be good or not so good. However, the great thing is you get to discover you and have fun doing so.

Here are a few examples:
1. Go wherever “You” want to go.
2. Wake up when “You” choose.
3. Eat when and what “You” desire.

Go ahead, take that trip so you can find and enjoy yourself.

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Healthy Aspects of Wine Part 1

Sep 16, 2014 0

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School Is Back In, Time For Mommy!!

Sep 15, 2014 0

school_bus_School Is Back In, Time For Mommy!!

Back to school is such a hectic time!
It is a new beginning for children with new classmates, classes, teachers and for some new schools. We get our kids ready for school we wear ourselves out trying to make the process smooth for them.

Parents should have a back school break?  We should breath a little better after a fun kid filled summer break and after the back to school rush.
We always make sure our kids have everything. Let’s share some ideas on “Time For Mommy” since school is back in.

Here are a few ideas below.

Kids Have Homework Time Every Night.  Moms  should consider some sort of reading, or self-enrichment time each day.

Our kids have great school and after school snacks, we like to eat too. Invest in some good yet healthy snacks for yourself!!
Sometimes we do want that candy or other junk food but it’s ok to indulge every now and then.

Our kids get new school clothes.
Buy yourself a new or even two outfits.

We buy our kids tons of new school supplies.
Do you need new office supplies or something small for the kitchen, bathroom etc.? If so buy yourself those supplies / things?

Play Dates
We book play dates and outing for our little ones
Book yourself a few play dates or get together with your friends.

Our children are now meeting new friends and building relationships at the beginning of the school year. Moms we should take notes and do the same thing, meet a few new moms at your child’s school or do some business networking.

Now is the time for our older children to talk on the phone about school, homework etc. As moms we rarely get to catch up with friends on the phone. Take some time to make a few phone calls to your friends. We too like to share good news, vent, laugh and just talk.

About Teresa Wright-Johnson: Teresa is the owner of MommyCare www.mommycare.webs.com. She is a small business coach, parent trainer, and a guru nanny / childcare provider.

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Honoring Sept. 11th… Never Forget

Sep 11, 2014 0

As we reflect on this historic date, let’s also choose to restore our faith in those who keep our Nation safe.  There is no better way to honor the memory of 09-11-01 than to honor the men and women who serve this country.  Make a commitment on this auspicious date to serve our Veterans of each of the Armed Services in a new & innovative way.

Whether they served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coastal Guard, or National Guard, our safety and protection depends on a special set of women and men have proven their willingness to give their lives for the citizens of the United States of America.  Now, it’s our turn.

Here are few ideas to serve our Veterans as we commemorate 09-11-01:

1.  Simple… Say “Thank You for Your Service.”  If you notice an Active Duty Soldier or an experienced Verteran, then nothing warms their hearts more than this simple 5 word statement.  Try it.  Let our Editor at GNN know what you discovered.  You will be amazed!

2.  Give…  Find a non-profit or charity (aka Veteran Support Service organization) who supports a specific cause.  Whether it is Wounded Warriors (www.USO.org), AMVETS (www.AMVETS.org), or little known VSO’s like Hearts for Veterans LLC in Atlanta, Georgia.

3.  Volunteer… Each of these VSO’s have events throughout the event, not just on Sept. 11th.  Perhaps, Commit to volunteer your time to Veterans Empowerment Organization by clicking this link (http://bit.ly/1lXPtUz).

 

THE MIRACLES OF 9/11

Amid the disaster, we need to NEVER FORGET that there were miracles and GoodNews that occurred as well.   Let’s take the story of the last World Trade Center survivor, Genelle Guzman-MacMillian.  Genelle tell her story in her new book, Angel in the Rubble: The Miraculous Rescue of 9/11’s Last Survivor.  The Port Authority employee and author, says that it is the ordeal of reliving how two hijacked planes 10 years ago sent the World Trade Center crumbling, burying her co-workers and herself beneath piles of rubble. As Guzman-McMillan lay buried alive for nearly 30 hours, the screams she heard in the darkness around her soon faded away. She was alone, she thought, and could think of only one thing to do – cry out to God.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Consider review the Veteran Service Organization (VSO) Directory in detail for additional opportunities.  In this official publication by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (http://www.va.gov/vso), you will find VSO’s and connect with their missions that will affect you beyond 9/11 to the ones who serves us so well… OUR ACTIVE DUTY SOLDIERS AND OUR VETERANS!

DOWNLOAD IT NOW:  The Directory of Veteran Service Organizations (VSO’s)

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Great Reasons To Keep Driving That Older Car

Sep 10, 2014 2

By Connie Alsobrook

old burnt car

Driving an older car gives the perception of not having any money to
purchase a new car. Why else would you be driving an car over 10 years
old. There are tons of reasons to drive your vintage car until, as they
“until the wheels fall off”.

Some individuals hold on to their older model cars for sentimental purposes. Automobiles are sometimes  passed down to another family member and even gifted in a will.  When this happens it makes giving up your vehicle very difficult because of all the precious memories that were experienced in that particular car.

While most of us love our old cars, and bragging rights as to who has the most miles, sometimes we do have to let go. Weigh your options and make the best decision for you and your family, not because someone else thinks you look better in a new car.

Here are a few things to consider……………………..

SAVINGS If you have had your car for more than 10 years, chances are you do not
have a car payment. Car payments minimum are about 250.00 per month, so
let say you have not made a vehicle payment for the last 5 years. You
would have saved at least 15,000. Throwing money into a new car just for the sake of having a newer model is not always the best decision. Again with a new car comes extra expenses, the up keep along is pricey.

INSURANCE The longer you have your automobile the less you pay for car insurance, and taxes. In some states if you keep your vehicle over 20 years it
is considered to be an antique and you are eligible for a tag that represents that.

MAINTENANCE When you have been driving your car for a number of years
you become very familiar with it and know immediately when there is a
problem. Parts for an older cars can be easily found at savage/junk yards.
Regular mechanic shops can service your vehicle, they are not required to visit a dealer, which will charge you twice as much for repairs.

RELIABILITY/SAFETY This is the most important thing when considering keeping your car.

  • Is your car unreliable in it’s old age?
  • Has your car left you stranded?
  • Is it unpredictable? Are there major
  • issues that need to be repaired that you cannot afford?
  • Are you locks still working?
  • Do your seat beats function properly?
  • Is it polluting the environment?
Reliability
Reliability

Here is a list of estimates for common replaced car parts to give you an idea of car payment vs repairs.

Spark Plugs $4.00 – $30.00
Alternator $120.00 – 300.00
Fuel Pump $179.00 -$226.00
Water pump $80.00 – $600.00
Clutch $15.00- $500.00
Starter $150.00 – $450.00

 

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Be advised that if you are spending too much money each month to repair your automobile you may want to consider purchasing another vehicle.

 

 

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R.I.P. Joan Rivers Charities & Foundations She Supported

Sep 4, 2014 0
By Connie Alsobrook
Joan Rivers, born Joan Alexandra Rosenberg on June 8, 1933.  Rivers was best know for her stand up comedy,  she was also an outstanding actress, producer, writer, television host and a comedic fashion critic.
In February 1983 Rivers became the first female comedian to perform at Carnegie Hall.  Rivers became a first again in 1986,  being the first woman to have her own talk show with a major network.
Another beautiful thing about Rivers was she never fell short on giving back, here is a list of charities and foundations she supported throughout her life.
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How to Attract Positive People

Sep 3, 2014 0

 By Connie Alsobrook

happy people 1.Smile. When you smile you are projecting positive energy, thus getting back what you put out.
2.Give. Giving brings on a warm and caring spirit that others feel.
3.Compliments.Everyone like to receive these, you give one and watch the smile on their face.
4.Gratitude. Say thank you as much as possible.
5.Positive. Places. Library, ice cream shop, gardens, bird watching, and charity events.
6.Love. Love freely

 

 

 

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Healthline.com picked the Positive Thinking application as one of the “10 iPhone & Android Apps for Depression Patients 2012” and “Top 12 Apps for Eating Disorder Patients 2012”.

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Are you shocked about irrelevant, mostly negative online news or too much advertisements? Would you like to read interesting and mostly good news on your phone or tablet? Positive, the only no-stress news reader with unique filtering features is your RSS reader.
Are positive thoughts and positive affirmations important for you? Do you manage your life by positive thinking? Then Positive News Reader can be a good tool for you too.
Only read what you really want to!
But please don’t mix Positive News Reader up with those apps that offer over-filtered (religious, esoteric, communist, etc.) content! It’s different. Filtering is just for you in this app. Give it a try!

Positive Quotes DOWNLOAD NOW
Today’s lifestyle has definitely become easier and more convenient, thanks to constant upgrades, advances, and improvements in technology. But all these don’t necessarily guarantee that life is happier. With so many catastrophes and bad news all over the world, not to mention the stress brought about by living life on the fast lane, it’s becoming more and more difficult to look at the bright side of life.
What the world needs is less negativity and more positivity. So bring positive vibes with you wherever you go with the Positive Quotes app by Cimaxapp! Pick-me-uppers, cheer-me-uppers, and words of wisdom from some of the world’s smartest, most famous, and most successful people — as well as well-loved fictional characters — are all packed into one neat, handy package that you can carry in your bag or tuck in your pocket.

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