So, did you deep fry your turkey and NOT burn your house down? Well congrats on both fronts! And now comes exciting news for you environmentally friendly deep frying foodies! This year a sanitary district down in the East Bay’s Contra Costa County collected fryer grease from Thanksgiving cooking. It’s a pilot program at Ironhouse Sanitary District where they’re hoping to recycle all of that grease into bio-diesel for use in school buses! This is a win- win situation, because big quantities of grease, when dumped improperly, can clog pipes and cause sewers to overflow. Yes, now even this Thanksgiving leftover – fryer grease – can have another use!
Don’t you wish you had invented “Post It's”, or dental floss? Well, here’s another new idea that should have come from my brain, but did not. They’re called Echo Touch Gloves. Yes, just in time for the holidays come gloves that have touch screen sensitive finger tips, so you can use your I-Phone in cold weather without having to take your gloves off – brilliant! Reasonably priced at around $30, the gloves have little conductive metallic patches on the index fingers and thumbs. For folks who live in super cold climates – or for folks like me who snow ski and would love to answer my cell phone on a chair lift without having my hands freeze – this is yet another, “Why didn’t I think of this” moment!
Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll is known for his unconventional sermons to get the followers of his flock behind his, well, unconventional Christian sermons. As the leader of the highly successful Seattle-based mega-church, Driscoll finds his "demons" lurking about everywhere, from Avatars and bumper stickers to stay-at-home dads. His latest target – yoga! Driscoll argues that yoga is "absolute paganism" and its practitioners are "opening to demonism." Hey!!!! Driscoll writes that there is "nothing wrong with stretching, exercising, or regulating one's stress through breath." His line of reasoning equates yoga with a "worship act to sprit beings other than the God of the Bible." Driscoll goes on to review the roots and history of various yogic practices but says that "Christians must reject yoga" although he does allow for some “yoga-like movement.” "Feel free in Christian liberty to stretch however you'd like, participate in exercise, calm your nerves through breathing, and even contemplate the Scriptures in silence. But do so in a way that does not identify with yoga and non-Christian mysticism." Really???