Florida Minimum wage workers get 1.85% hourly raise



Minimum wage workers get 1.85% hourly raise

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Ringo Starr and Barry Gibb Knighted



Recording artist Ringo Starr performs with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in support of his new album "Give More Love" on October 20, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Recording artist Ringo Starr performs with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in support of his new album “Give More Love” on October 20, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Updated: December 30, 2017 10:40 AM ET

Beatle Ringo Starr and Bee Gees member Barry Gibb are among the newly knighted.

The two musicians weren’t the only ones on the Queen’s 2018 New Year honors list.

Fellow Beatle Paul McCartney, who was knighted 21 years ago, celebrated Starr’s honor on Twitter.

“Huge congrats Sir Ringo! Sir Richard Starkey has a nice ring to it. Best drummer best pal! X Paul,” McCartney tweeted.

Knighthood or damehood reflect the highest honor, while a CBE, or a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, follows. An OBE, or Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, comes next and is followed by an MBE, or Member of the Order of the British Empire.

All four members of the Beatles — McCartney, Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison — were honored with MBEs in 1965, BBC reported. McCartney and Starr are the only members to be knighted.

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Darcey Bussell, former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet turned judge for the British reality show Strictly Come Dancing, was also made a dame. Actor Hugh Laurie, of House fame, was appointed to CBE. Former British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, who was at the helm for 25 years, was also made a CBE.

“Trust in the LORD”

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1 (A Psalm of David.) Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. Psalm 25:1

8 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Psalm 143:8

7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. Jeremiah 17:7

15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. Psalm 34:15

3Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Jeremiah 33:3

22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22

7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth…

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(Spiritual Poem) Thunder The Memories And The Light



4:30 In the morning listening to the rain outside

Quiet massaging thunder rumbling to distill the night

Do we consider the thunder as the fury of God or His love

O’ listen to the somber drum roll fading off into the night

Thunder the voice of an Angel singing, or a warning of might



The flash of light it can and will change your life from that time

A near miss, a near that didn’t, you tend to remember the pain

Is it a wondrous thing that you got lit up and yet you survived

In the rumbles deep and low you wonder why you’re still alive

Did the Lord steer the light so we could see our own darkness inside

To The Scepter Above do we humbly and meekly bow even now



Is it guilt, shame or pride, do we hear the Devil laughing at us now

Our final tally sheet, did we end up doing more good than harm

Something as simple as choking on one’s own spit we can die

None knows if once again we will hear the thunder role then light

Thunder the last thing we hear tonight, or is it forever goodbye

(Philosophy Poem) To Live In Peace



O to live in peace

Why does this have such a majestic ring

Isn’t this something that all sane people wish to be

Why does so many in peace name seem to die each week

It has never been since Adam that God’s peace was free



Strength and prayer, the armor that keeps a free people free

Forsake either one and in this world we will soon cease to be

Is this the year that to God Himself, all leaders bow their knee

To live in peace with freedom should be a world motto for thee

Simple mathematics, no peace, no freedom, leaves only tyranny

(Spiritual Poem) Praise And Vanity



We praise who we are, not what we ought to be

Are we pleased with the mirror, the selfie we see

So vain, or just honesty, not really vanity at all

What we wish for most we worship, this we are

A beautiful bum, Silver Shadow in our garage

What we praise is who we be, who we really are



Put someone else first, you are an odd one this I see

DC-10, hitch us a ride onto the next large rock barge

Clone us but don’t donate a thing when were dead

So many a plastic neon star self-proclaimed as we are

Through personal praise and ego, a star we know we are



To whom or what is worthy, that we should ever bow or pray

We know we are so cool, yet we’re one heartbeat from the flame

Wake up dead with Hell’s heat licking our heartless shell of shame

To who is it now that listens to our prayers as we endure the pain

While we’re still breathing, our heart, mind, and Soul, decides today

Careful what we pray for, without humility we show the world our shame


(Spiritual Poem) Kodak Moment Of The Soul



Snap shot of our Souls taken this moment in our time

Picture taken, was it by the Angel of Death, or of life

People scan our chips so they say that they know us

Smiling eyes hiding in the shadows blade firmly in hand

Having a phony acidic smile pasted on their soulless grin



We have all chosen to be breathing in this time and space

Our future is now, last breath taken is now historically placed

Tomorrow is grace filled if inside ourselves we choose it to be

Take your mirror, look close, it shows our Souls hiding place



Ever been ashamed to your bones for things you’ve done

This point in time, this is the only guarantee that we have

Tomorrow, will we have respect or shame for our today

Will this snap shot of today define or end our tomorrows

X-ray of our Soul, will it be posted with a Halo of a Flame

Change the World


Somehow, the horror of the Las Vegas shootings sparked me to turn a corner in my faith life, in a way that I haven’t felt before.

More than ever, my eyes are opened to seeing a world filled with emptiness and confusion …allowing Satan to work through hearts without solid faith in Jesus and the protection of the Holy Spirit.

I am hearing and seeing pure hatred spewing from many mouths, from many different directions.  This hatred is revealed through despair, bitterness, deception, immorality, and the inability or downright refusal to accept love, forgiveness, and the mercy of God.  I am seeing much arrogance, pride and greed…which opens doors to the evil one.

No matter what laws are changed, or what the “experts” suggest we should do to stop the carnage, the hatred and evil seem to be exponentially growing.

Do you know why?  Because the government, the thought police…

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How coming to faith brings a peace like no other

It's a God thing...

When people come to faith in Jesus they often say they feel a peace they’ve never felt before.

This verse in Isaiah talks about such peace, adding that “quietness and confidence” will also characterise the life of a Christian.

That doesn’t mean the Christian life is stress-free (ha!), but when we put our trust in Jesus we are putting our trust in someone who can guarantee our eternal future.

We can look forward to making our home with him beyond the grave, in a new heaven and new earth.

This hope brings such perspective to the here-and-now.

God gives a quietness and confidence that he is with us always, and that everything is going to work out in the end.

God gives us himself, in a world where ‘self’ is king.

And God gives a promising pathway forward, one baby step at a time.

Thank you God, for all you…

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Give thanks! God is good! His love lasts forever!

It's a God thing...

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he isgood. His love endures forever.”

This verse from 1 Chronicles 16 reminds us to give thanks. Because God is good. And his love endures forever.

(Wow, that was a hard one to unpack!)

But seriously, how amazing are these words? How true it is that no matter what is going on for us, we can rest in the knowledge that God is good.

Our situation may be far from good or hope-filled – but HE is good, and his goodness shines like a bright flame in a dark room.

And this verse calls us to give thanks for that… To offer gratitude for the fact that even in the midst of your valley, God’s goodness sustains you.

His goodness is a sure thing in an uncertain world.

And one day, all of this mess will be made right.

What a…

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