Just in Time to Review Your Year…the Facebook Timeline!

December 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is the time when we see the annual “year in review” specials and feature stories.Depending on the media outlet, you’ll find out which were the top news stories, favorite music videos or most spectacular sports moments of 2011.

I’m always surprised at how many of these moments I’ve forgotten or think they must have happened sometime in the past several years rather than past few months. It’s up for debate whether this is because of the significance of the particular event or the fog that seems to be growing in my memory.

Fortunately, the good folks at Facebook have tinkered with the popular social networking site, and now all your information is presented in the Timeline, a chronological format that ambitiously tracks your postings, pictures and play from the present all the way back to your birth. Most folks won’t find much substance (relatively speaking) dating before the last few years, but it can be entertaining to look back.

Taking my own look back, I was reminded of the snows we enjoyed both on Christmas Day and then in February. (Yes, I know the Christmas snow was technically 2010, but it was my first white Christmas, so I was still talking about it in January.)

We got Becky her iPad in March, and it’s hard to remember a time when she didn’t have it.

My family was watching both “The Event” and “V”, but apparently we were the only ones.

Weather continued to be important during the Spring, when our area was hit by the devastating tornadoes of April 27.

I actually did accomplish a few things this year. Over the summer, I played Mayor Shinn in “The Music Man” and self-published the first chapter of a comic book I’ve been working on throughout 2011.

I revisited the reactions to Steve Jobs’ death and the Casey Anthony trial. During the late summer and fall, I saw folks rail against politicians and football coaches. I relived the 25th anniversary trip Becky and I took to New York. I read again the accomplishments of my children and my friend’s kids. And I experienced again the way that people are there for each other in times of need, proving that some of the friends on Facebook are true indeed.

I expected to come away feeling like I waste a lot of time on Facebook and other trivial things, and there’s no doubt I do. But I was surprised to find I had plenty of favorite memories of times spent in actual social networking rather than the virtual kind.

If you’re on Facebook, take a look and see what you’d forgotten. Either way, here’s to making wonderful memories in 2012.

Happy New Year!

Art Shirley
Creative Director


What is the real meaning of Christmas?

December 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas and the Holiday Season. But what is the real meaning of Christmas?  Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, stockings hanging in the living room?  Is this really Christmas?

For some people, Christmas brings sadness. They may not have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Or they are forlorn at the thought of loved ones who have passed away or will not be able to come home for the holidays.

Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy for both those who are in want and those who want for nothing. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, it is a time to rejoice as we reflect on how God showed His great love for us by sending his only Son to be our Savior.  And it’s a time that we can show that same great love for all mankind in many different ways.  It can also be a time of healing and renewed strength and the beginning of new things to come.

As I was writing this article, I received this email from a dear friend, and yes, I do believe in divine intervention.

At Christmas, you always hear people talking about what they want & bought.
This is what I want:
I want people who are sick with no cure, to be cured.  I want children with no families to be adopted. I want people to never have to worry about food, shelter & heat. I want peace on earth, goodwill and love for everyone!

Now, I would like to share a very special story that is dear to my heart, of how two families from Northeast Mississippi will be celebrating the upcoming holidays with their new “gifts.”  These families have joined their hearts and lives with two very special children from Nepal; Diwas and Channing now have hope for the future with a new beginning on life, because “every child does deserve a forever family.”

The current issue of Invitation Tupelo shares their stories.
To read them click here.

Everyone at Quest would like to wish you and yours a very joyous Merry Christmas, and we challenge each of you to use your “gifts” in the upcoming New Year for the greater good of all mankind and to keep the “Christmas Spirit” in your hearts all year long.

Jennifer Noel
Quest Group

Let there be Peace on Earth…and let it begin in our living rooms.

December 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

CALM means lower-volume television commercials… During this holiday season, lawmakers have given us the gift of peace. It took an act of Congress to rule that the obnoxiously loud commercials that interrupt your viewing pleasure will soon be required to lower the volume.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, December 13, the Federal Communications Commission approved new rules to implement the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or CALM Act, which was signed into law last year. TV stations, cable companies, and others will have a year to comply.

So let’s all take pleasure in watching our favorite holiday shows and movies and enjoy those good seasonal commercials such as Santa sledding on the Norelco and the polar bear enjoying a Coke, all the while knowing this is the last year we’ll be blasted from our merry reverie by gimmicky, annoying commercials that put us out of the holiday spirit.

Happy Holidays!

Read the full story by Politico’s Brooks Boliek http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70402.html

Cindy Hodo

Quest Group Partner

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