SiriusXM Patriot Channel125 (Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 @ 9pm EST)

SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125

Be sure to tune in to SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 at 9pm EST on Thursday, 18 Apr 2013 to hear General Michel on the David Webb Show speaking live about his new venture,  You'll also hear from the site's Associate Curator and Lead Blogging Coach, Catie Hargrove. This is a great opportunity to listen and call in with your questions--see you live Thursday night at 9pm Eastern!

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Make Hope a Habit

Make Hope a Habit -

A famous 50-year-long study of nuns produced a remarkable finding. Namely, the nuns who possessed a more hopeful, optimistic outlook on life lived on average, 10 years longer than those who had more pessimistic or negative outlook.

Several years later, Dr. Charles R. Snyder of the University of Kansas sought to examine the significance of hope in young people. Assessing 3,920 college students, he found that a freshman’s level of hope was a more accurate predictor of their college grades than either their SAT scores or their high school grade-point average.

What both of these studies confirm is that hope plays a surprisingly potent role in giving people measurable advantages in realms as diverse as professions, academic achievement, and in virtually every element of our lives. So much so, in fact, that psychological research shows people who choose to adopt a more optimistic, hopeful outlook more effectively cope with difficult jobs, handle tragic illness and painful losses, and avoid the paralyzing influence of depression and other potentially debilitating disorders.

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The Enemy Inside

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     The Great Wall of China was built over a 2,200 year period. It was started in the 5th century BC and was not completed until early in the 17th century AD.  This amazing structure was originally designed to protect the various reigning dynasties of the era from raids by outside invaders and for hundreds of years stood as a symbol of strength and resolve. To this day, the Great Wall remains the world's longest man-made structure, stretching over a formidable 3,948 miles.

     Over the span of fifteen hundred years this Great Wall stood unconquered.  However all that changed one day when a solitary sentry who had been entrusted to guard his section of the wall, decided to accept a bribe from a harmless-looking shepherd.  All the sentry had to do to earn his ill-gotten reward was to abandon his post for a few moments. Within minutes of abdicating his responsibility and leaving his position unprotected, hordes of barbarians began pouring through the unprotected gate.

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Fainting Goats

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"Do what you feel in your heart to be right--for you'll be criticized anyway."
Eleanor Roosevelt

     Goats are interesting creatures.  But those afflicted with myotonia congenital are especially fascinating.

     I suspect you are likely unfamiliar with the medical term, but you may well have seen the videos. The so-called “fainting goats” are an internet sensation. When frightened or startled, these goats don’t run away.  They simply seize up and fall over. It’s a genetic condition that is generally harmless to goats living in captivity and humorous for their owners. But it’s conversely a potentially lethal malady for goats living among predators.

     Folklore traces the origin of the fainting goat to the 1880's in Marshall County, Tennessee. It’s believed that a man by the name of Tinsley came to town bringing along a few “special” goats and a single "sacred" cow. As the story goes he stayed around long enough to marry a local woman, and to help a farmer with the harvest. But eventually he sold his goats to a man by the name of R. Goode and then departed the community. It’s believed he took the cow with him but left his poor wife behind.

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