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Mars and the Moon


(From Astronomy Photo of the Day.com)

I got this wonderful e-mail that even had photos, showing that Mars – in a once in a multi-lifetime event would appear as large as the moon, around August 11. I’ve been waiting to tell you about it until closer to the date, which is also close to the beginning of Ramadan.

When I googled it today, I learned that same e-mail has been floating around for years, updated every year, and is a fraud.

The truth is less dramatic, but equally fun, if you like astronomical events:

August 2010: Mars and Saturn make a dramatic trio with brighter Venus on August 12th. Skywatchers will enjoy seeing of the three planets closely gathered on August 8th. On the 12th and 13th look for the slender crescent moon near the trio of planets. Venus is the brightest, Saturn is the next brightest, and Mars is smaller and fainter. Mars is 185 million miles from Earth this month.

This information is from Old Town Astronomy.com

August 5, 2010 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Experiment, Lies | Leave a comment

God Loves a Cheerful Giver

“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

I’ve always thought of this verse as the secret to a wealthy life. Whatever you give, with open hands and open hearts, comes back to you multiplied. When you give cheerfully, gladly, you see the riches in your life, and you have the gift of a grateful heart.

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates know that money doesn’t buy happiness – but giving it away does. 🙂

From AOL Business Roundup

Billionaires To Donate Fortunes: The Sage of Omaha, Warren Buffett, said Wednesday he and 39 other of America’s wealthiest people have agreed to donate a bulk of their wealth to charity either during their lifetimes or upon their deaths. As DailyFinance’s Carrie Coolidge reports, the initiative, known as Giving Pledge, is a moral commitment to give, not a legal contract. “At its core, the Giving Pledge is about asking wealthy families to have important conversations about their wealth and how it will be used,” says Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A).

See full article from DailyFinance: http://srph.it/dxRFZx

August 5, 2010 Posted by | Character, Charity, Financial Issues, Leadership, Spiritual | 2 Comments