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In God We Trust Pennies from Heaven

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Whether this story is fact or fiction doesn’t matter to me. It is a good story. It had a positive impact on me that continues today. Warning: the story may change your view of life every time you see a penny on the ground. You will notice a smile on my face when I find a penny or other coin on the street. I hope it works for you too; pennies from heaven.

Many believe finding a penny on the ground is good luck, a gift from the angels above, or something similar. Here’s a story that explains why some of us always pause, pick up the coin, and smile.

Not to long ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend with her husband’s employer.  My friend, Madison, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy and invited them to stay at his beautiful vacation home on the beach.

The weekend was going well, and Madison was grateful to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. Her husband’s employer was quite generous and treated her and her husband to the finest restaurants in the area. Madison was delighted for the special treatment and she was enjoying herself immensely.

As the three of them were walking to the entrance of an exclusive restaurant one evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Madison and her husband. He paused suddenly, looked down on the pavement, and bent over to pick up something.

Madison wondered if dropped something but she didn’t see anything on the sidewalk except an old penny. Her husband’s boss quickly reached down and picked up the penny.

He held it up to his eyes and a big smile came across his face. He put the penny in his pocket as if he had found a small fortune. How strange, Madison thought. What excited this wealthy man so much when he found a mere penny? Why did he even bother to stop and pick it up?

Throughout the meal, the entire penny affair nagged at Madison. Finally, she couldn’t take it any longer. She casually mentioned that her son once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he picked up on the sidewalk had some value.  Another smile came across the man’s face as he reached into his pocket and took out the penny. He gave it to her to look at. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this? 

‘Take a close look at it,’ he said. ‘Read what it says.’ She read the words on the penny ‘  United States of America .’  ‘Keep reading.’ ‘One cent?’  ‘There’s more, keep reading.’ ‘In God we Trust?’  ‘Yes, that’s it!’  ‘And?’, she asked…

The boss explained, ‘And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy to me, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I reflect on that inscription. It is minted on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it.

God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him. Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I stop briefly and pray. I pause to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as my response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God’s way of reaching out to me, starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful! ‘

When I was at the gas station the other day, I found a penny on the ground next to the pump. I paused, bent over and picked it up. At that moment I realized that I had been worrying about things I cannot change. I read the words, ‘In God We Trust,’ and had to smile. Yes, God, I get the message.

Since reading the story, it seems that I have found a lot of pennies, but then, pennies are plentiful! And, God is patient.

– Author Unknown

Garage Sale – 11025 Old Washington Hwy – Glen Allen VA 23059

Saturday – May 26 – Large Garage Sale

Huge garage – now look what’s available – a 1,200 sq. ft. garage loaded with:

  • Tables
  • Designer bathroom sink
  • Fitness equipment
  • Englander Wood Stove
  • Blinds
  • Chairs
  • Oak dining room table (round)
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lamps
  • Computer equipment
  • Pictures & Frames
  • Home decor
  • Tools
  • CD player
  • Kitchen sink
  • Garden supplies
  • Terracotta pots
  • Pottery & Glassware
  • Office Telephone System (5-line)
  • Walnut Office Desk and lots more (that’s just a sampling of the items).

Lady of the house says,

Everything must go! Come all and come early!

7:30am – Noon
Located 5 minutes from VA Center Commons Mall area.

Directions:
I-95 Atlee/Elmont exit
Take the Elmont exit
Go to Route 1, turn RIGHT (north)
LEFT at Cedar Lane (adjacent 7-11)
Go 1.5 miles and turn LEFT on Old Washington Hwy
Go 1/4 mile, Yellow Farm House on RIGHT

11025 Old Washington Hwy, Glen Allen, VA 23059

What is Cyber Monday?

The term Cyber Monday refers to the Monday immediately following Black Friday; the first Monday after Thanksgiving Day. It is considered the ceremonial kick-off of the online holiday shopping season. Whereas Black Friday is associated with traditional brick-and-mortar stores, "Cyber Monday" symbolizes one of the busiest days of the year for online retailers although the busiest online shopping day of 2005 was actually December 12.

The idea was that consumers would return to their offices after the Black Friday weekend and then make online purchases – buying all of the stuff they didn't find in their local stores.

Cyber Monday has evolved into a significant marketing event, sponsored by the National Retail Federation's Shop.org division, in which online retailers offer low prices and special "today only" promotions. Here are a few "current" examples: Continue reading

Congratulations Gators!

Proud to be a University of Florida alumni – congratulations Gators!

 

University of Florida Gators | eoecho.com

 

Job Boards Reviewed – Take this job and list it

Looking for a tech job or are you interested in providing a listing service for those seeking a new job? Pop on over to TechCrunch, they have an excellent review of the current state of affairs for job boards such as SimplyHired and job a matic.

 

iTrain on Your IPod

One more, come on you can do it! The latest twist to the iPod is iTrain, which has already received a lot of press. Other than a really annoying website, the service appears to be a sound innovation. You download exercise workouts prepared by certified personal trainers, go to the gym (or wherever) then hit play. 

Sounds like a solid idea, but I wonder if charging for the service will last long. Others will likely provide the workouts for free and include a few content related ads. Personally, I don't think you can replace the value of a personal trainer with an MP3. But if it works for you that's all that matters. 

From a marketing standpoint there are hundreds of new ways to use portable MP3 players. It's not just music anymore. Are you using your iPod or similar device in an innovative way? If so, let us know.

Hat tip to The Final Sprint for alerting us to this story. Here's an excerpt from their post:

A new addition to the iPod craze has spawned – the iTrain, it allows users to download personalized workout information straight to their MP3 player. Workout choices include: iTrain, iClimb, iTread, iCycle, and iStrength, for other options visit their website. A yearly workout package runs for $49.99, a monthly for $9.99, or if you’d like, get a sampler for under $1.00 per workout.

 

The Power of Thinking Positive

The power of thinking positive is presented in this "Free Hugs" video. It has been viewed almost 7 million times – guaranteed to please, enjoy!

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Movie Download Services Reviewed

Tired of waiting in lines at the video store? OK, who does that anymore anyway?

If you’re a movie junkie, you’ll want to read TechCrunch’s review of movie download services. Nick Gonzales provides a comprehensive review of Guba, CinemaNow, MovieLink, Amazon Unbox, and iTunes. He also provides a comparison chart for the services reviewed.

[tags] TechCrunch, Movie download, Guba, CinemaNow, MovieLink, Amazon Unbox, eoecho.com, eoecho [/tags]

Social Meter – Is Your Site Popular? Enter Your URL and Find Out

So you know your site is popular, but you would like some proof. Social meter scans the major social websites to analyze a webpage’s social popularity. Currently they scan Bloglines, Del.icio.us, Digg, Google, Rojo, Shadows,Technorati and Yahoo My Web: social meter

[tags] social meter, popular sites, eoecho.com, eoecho [/tags]

USB Chargable Batteries Are Coming

Thanks to Read/Write Web, we just learned of an incredible new battery.

Simon Daniel, the CEO of Moixa Energy, introduced his company’s new invention to an audience at DEMOfall; a battery called USBCell that charges from any USB port. There are billions of USB ports in desktops and laptops, which you can use to recharge these environmentally friendly, and very smart, batteries. To learn more about the batteries and the company behind this great invention, visit: USBCell.

TechCrunch.com has an extended write-up of the companies and products at DEMOfall.

DEMOfall is taking place in San Diego and it is one of the premier launch venues for new products, technologies and companies. DEMO has established a reputation for identifying and presenting the products most likely to have a significant impact on the marketplace and market trends in the coming year.

[tags] USBCell, USB batteries, Moixa Energy, eoecho.com, eoecho [/tags]

Site Offers FREE Sample Bus Plans | eoecho

As a volunteer business advisor for SCORE, I meet with entrepreneurs that are looking for business plan resources. Here’s one that provides “Free Sample Business Plans.” Pay particular attention to the management and marketing sections of the plans. Also, you don’t need more than 8-10 pages for your business plan; it isn’t an operational plan. Stay focused on the big picture.

The following link provides a list of 60 free sample business plans:

Sample Business Plans and Business Plan Examples – Bplans.com

[tags] free business plans, business plans, business resources, eoecho.com, eoecho [/tags]

Sharing Files – Services Compared

Sharing files with others is an everyday occurrence. Most people shuffle files via email, but there are other options.

TechCrunch does an outstanding job reviewing the concept and four file sharing services. Check it out at:

Techcrunch » Let’s Share Some Files

[tags] file sharing, techcrunch, eoecho.com, eoecho [/tags]

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