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Organizing Household Resources In An Address Book

Posted by infinitygoods on January 1, 2008

wfmwbluebanner.jpgI once read about a bride who was raving about a wedding gift her grandmother had given her. Over the years, I’ve created my own, and created others for family and friends, and I can tell you firsthand that it not only has worked for all of us, but it has been an invaluable and time-tested resource.

The bride had received an address book, but it wasn’t just any blank address book. The grandmother had filled the book with information from all the businesses she had used and recommended over the years such as doctors, painters, insurance agents, craft stores, bookstores, etc.. The grandmother annotated each listing with the name of the contact person, when and why that business was used and why that business was so great.

Now my grandmother didn’t live in my area, and my husband and I at the time were both brand new to the area with no family and no friends yet, so I immediately saw the value of such a great resource. I started my own by keeping my ears wide open for when people raved about someone, and I also asked lots of people lots of questions.

For example, when you casually poll 100 neighbors, co-workers, etc. on where to get the best pizza in town, you quickly get a top 2 or 3. And I found that many people would also volunteer more information like where to get the best Chinese food.

Pretty soon, some of these people would also become favorite resources because their recommendations were always right on the mark. Likewise, a few people were no longer asked because their advice was not valuable to us.

We learned by trial and error, but over the years we’ve collected excellent resources which I also keep in a separate household address book with business cards tucked in when available.

I also cross-reference to find things easily. For example, Joe’s Roofing is recorded under Joe, but it’s also recorded under Roofing. Like the grandmother had done, I also annotate to help my husband if he’s looking through the book and to jog my own memory if I’m the one recommending the business to someone.

It’s become a very valuable address book for us, as it had for that granddaughter, and I’m sure it would work for you or your children. For more participants in this week’s Works For Me Wednesday, be sure to visit Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer.

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Baptism Important to Russell Crowe, Will Receive Sacrament This Year In His Family Chapel

Posted by infinitygoods on November 8, 2007

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Outside of Russell Crow’s Family ChapelInside of Russell Crow’s Family Chapel — Photos courtesy Oprah Winfrey Show

Russell Crowe, 43, Academy Award Winner, told Men’s Journal in the upcoming December 2007 issue that he wants to be baptized this year at the same time as his 1-year-old son, Tennyson, in the Byzantine chapel he built on his Australian ranch for personal contemplation and expanded in 2003 for his wedding to actress-singer Danielle Spencer.

“I’d like to do it this year. If I believe it is important to baptize my kids, why not me?” he says.

Crow, who starred in “Gladiator,” “Beautiful Mind” and currently “American Gangster” with Denzel Washington, has shown deep spirituality and romance when he first built a small wooden chapel on his ranch because he felt the need for a sacred place for personal contemplation. His brother was married in the wooden chapel.

“I do believe there are more important things than what is in the mind of man. There is something much bigger that drives us all. I’m willing to take that leap of faith.”

Later he would add on a 26-foot dome, inspired by the Roman skyline and his visits to Paris, for his bride-to-be. In an interview for the Oprah Show in 2003, he said, hinting at the future, “This is a great place. … Now we can host christenings and other marriages. Maybe my son’s wedding. That would be interesting.”

The circular portion of the chapel, circular to “create a circle of friends,” is made of stone with stained glass windows ,and on the floor is a mosaic from the second century A.D. Crow says the chapel has been consecrated. His wedding was officiated by a bishop, and his oldest son, Charlie, 3, has already been baptized in the chapel.

“I remember standing in the chapel, and just as the bishop started talking, the afternoon sun hit the center of that stained glass window and just ran up Daniel’s dress in golds and reds and blues. … It was gorgeous,” he said on Oprah’s television show.

Crowe told Men’s Journal that his parents had not baptized him because they had wanted their children to make their own decisions regarding the sacrament and God.

Although speaking of faith and God could be particularly damaging in the liberal, atheistic, Hollywood mind-set, Crowe has taken a Christian stand that he does believe in God, that baptism matters to him and that he is not afraid to let the world know about his spirituality.

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