It’s new this year to the 167th Ohio State Fair! A waffle bomb is a chocolate-covered jumbo strawberry deep fried in waffle batter. Just one of the many new treats…or $30 meals…take your pick. Some of my other discoveries:
the Alfredo-stuffed turkey leg from Hickory Tree BBQ, right beside the Main Street Stage
July 20th is the 53rd anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moon walk. July 20, 1969 was the day when Wapakoneta’s favorite son walked on the surface of the moon – “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
We’re doing a unique concert giveaway next week on The Morning Thing for the August 1st Zach Williams/We The Kingdom concert at the Ohio State Fair. Keep listening for more details…the contest is called 5-4-3-2-1!
Here are some ‘who knews’ on July 4th travel this year:
AAA is reporting that more than 47.9 million Americans, including a record 2.2 million Ohioans, will travel this Independence Day holiday weekend (June 30 – July 4). This is an increase of 3.7% nationally, and 3.8% for Ohio. While national travel numbers are expected to fall just shy of 2019, AAA expects Ohio travel will build on the record travel numbers set in 2021 to reach a new high this Independence Day.
Despite historically high gas prices, a record number of people are planning a holiday road trip, with 42 million Americans (nearly 2.1 million Ohioans) hitting the road this Independence Day travel period.
AAA predicts Independence Day holiday air travel will grow by 1.5% nationally with 3.55 million Americans flying during the holiday travel period. Ohio air travel numbers will fall 1.2% compared to last Independence Day, with just over 70,000 Ohioans flying during the five-day holiday period. Higher flight costs, recent issues with air travel and ongoing concerns of cancelations and delays may be pushing more people to drive this year.
What about parking? It’s available at the Centerburg High School just west of town. Free school bus shuttles will be offered on Friday evening and all-day Saturday from after the parade till after the fireworks. Handicapped parking will be available in the park as well as for vendors and entertainers. Anyone who wishes may find alternate parking in town and use the sidewalk or trail to walk to the park from there.
There is motorcycle parking available in the lot near the water tower, right across from the park entrance. Only motorcycles are allowed to use this lot!
Today we shared Brogan’s conversation with Rev. Dave Matos, Chaplain for Hospice of North Central Ohio. Dave shared about plans for this year’s Camp Hope. You can listen to the conversation here at our SoundCloud link.
World Ego Awareness Day is referenced as, ” an opportunity to spend some time in self-reflection exploring our ego, while simultaneously exploring our experiences with those around us to determine how much of their perceived ego is our own coming into conflict with others.”
The first Ego Awareness Day came into existence in 2018 with the intent of helping those who suffer from an advanced case of egoism learn to deal with the world from a more humble perspective. Egoism has some rather significant effects, including leading to abusive behavior, a blindness to the reality of situations around them, and generally a skewed experience regarding their interactions with other people.
But what does EGO really mean? Is it, as Oxford defines, “a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance?” Or does it go deeper?
In their book, Lead Like Jesus, Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges talk about the two versions of EGO, as an acronym. The self-serving leader and the servant leader both deal with EGO, but in a different way
The self-serving leader’s EGO stands for Edging God Out
This EGO happens when you put something else in God’s place, trust someone other than God, and value opinions other than God’s
This EGO leads to false pride and fear
The servant leader’s EGO stands for Exalting God Only
This EGO happens when you worship God only, depend on God completely, exalt God as your only audience and authority, and know that God is watching you
In this EGO, false pride and fear are replaced by humility with God-grounded confidence
National Mental Health Awareness Month in May focuses on bringing tools, resources, and education to the general public.
Each year Mental Health America, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and other mental health organizations across the country organize events, webinars, and more to improve mental health access across the country.
Mental health is a hot topic. This is good news. It means the stigma for mental health issues is slowly going away. Mental health issues are finally getting the attention they deserve. Healthcare workers and individuals feel they can discuss mental health more openly. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still work to do, however.
As a whole, we often misunderstand mental health because it is hard to define. Additionally, mental health includes several areas. These areas involve one’s social, emotional, and psychological well-being. Mental health affects thoughts, feelings, and actions. When one has positive mental health, they are better equipped to handle stress, be more productive, and realize their full potential.
While we focus on our physical wellbeing, the food we eat, exercise, and getting regular check-ups for vision and dental care, we often forget to take stock of our emotional and spiritual needs. Everyday demands take their toll.
I am…Irving Berlin. Congratulations to Linda from Gambier, who guessed correctly and wins the WNZR drawstring backpack and Our Daily Bread devotionals.