Do you remember Luther Vandross’ slow jam, “Here and Now?” Lately I’ve been strolling down “Memory Lane,” listening to many of the popular love songs from back in the day. I was reminded that many of those old-school jams hold the secret to true romance. In those songs, there was an element of mystery, innuendos, and implications. Today in our microwave society, we no longer take the time to romance our spouses and sweethearts.
Change is in the air! Can you smell it? Many of us are still high off of one of the biggest changes we will ever experience: Barack Obama’s inauguration. I wasn’t able to attend the inaugural events, but as I sat glued to my television screen I felt an energy that I knew would have been 10 times greater if I had been there. Inspired by one man’s accomplishment, millions of people descended upon Washington D.C. motivated to be a part of history, and many went through great lengths to be there. There were reports of people who slept in office buildings, participated in contests, traveled cross country by bus or car. People did whatever they needed to get to Washington, DC.
I can hardly believe it, but December marked my 18th year of marriage. It feels like only yesterday when my husband, Lonnie, and I met on the campus of Michigan State University. Now, 18 years, three kids, and seven moves later, we still like each other. At the time that I met my husband, I was dating someone else, but I thought Lonnie was such a good friend because he was so easy to talk to and so much fun. I even confessed to a girlfriend, “I wish that boyfriends could be like real friends.”
[caption id="attachment_5810" align="alignleft" width="200"]Steven Hurd[/caption]In a few short years, Stephen Hurd has become one of the frontline praise and worship leaders in the gospel music world. His songs such as “Undignified”, “Great Praise” and “Zion is Calling” have become staples in Sunday morning church services. His new CD Times of Refreshing (Integrity Music/ $13.98 List Price) promises to make the same impact. The up-tempo lead single “Amazing” is catching on at radio nationwide and also underscores just how large a role faith has played in Hurd’s life and career. The CD released in stores nationwide on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009.
Right now you may be in the midst of putting away all of your holiday decorations; taking down the lights, the wreaths, the tree ornaments. Well I have decided to leave mine up a while longer. The festive décor will help to keep things a bit brighter during the shorter winter days. Besides, right now I am preparing for a much more important event: clearance shopping season.
[caption id="attachment_5775" align="alignleft" width="300"]Lexus LS 600h L Sedan[/caption]DETROIT, MI – The Lexus LS 600h L sedan is a 5,000 lb contradiction.
It’s a hybrid; that’s what the h signifies. And as a hybrid it is meant to be easy on gasoline. But the car I test drove had a base price of $104,900. Add on extras, and there weren’t many, and the sticker rose to $116,759. My point is that somebody who can afford the LS 600h L you’d think really isn’t too concerned about the price of gasoline or how much of the stuff the car is burning.