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Highlights from Thursday, Jan 03, 2013

Happy Birthday JRR!

The author of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy would have been 121 today. Jerry asked Shannon what the "RR" in his name stood for. "Ronald Reuel," she replied. But then, in a rare moment of self-doubt, she sputtered on what the "J" stood for. "I'm 99% sure it's 'John'," she said. Jerry started to Google it, but stopped when Shannon said she had come to an agreement last week with her mom to not Google things so readily, relying instead on her own memory and brain power. Sounds like a challenge for the new year. By the way, Shannon was right, Tolkien's first name was John.

Retire "Fiscal Cliff"

We shared a list of words that should be retired for 2013. At the top of that list: "Fiscal Cliff". Also on the list, "Guru," especially when it's used by a person to describe themselves. (I guess that's double-trouble for all the fiscal cliff gurus.) We asked what words you'd like to see retired in 2013.

Think On These Things

Shannon found a great new use for Mason Jars. She calls it a "Joy Jar" and suggests making notes on all the good things that happen this year and putting those notes into your Joy Jar. Then at the end of 2013 you open the jar and remember all the good things. Kind of sounds like what Paul was talking about in Philipians 4:8: "...whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think on these things."

Remember the good things this year