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Loads we share

A local family will receive an "Extreme Makeover" home this week. Today work on the home and filming began in Poolesville, MD, not far from here.

Thursday, from 7:30 - 10:30 pm, Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, in Maryland, will host a benefit gospel concert for Felicia Jackson and her family of 15, this week's recipients of an "Extreme Makeover" home.

GPC's Praise Team will open the evening that will feature area gospel groups. An ABC film crew will capture the event. Organizers hope to raise $50,000 to help defray expenses associated with an "Extreme Makeover" home.

The Jackson family' episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will air in September as the two-part season premiere.

Sunday morning, Ty Pennington and his television crew surprised the Jackson family with the news.

Once ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" made the announcement on Sunday, news spread among local leaders and to the community. Now plans are …

A local family will receive an Extreme Makeover home this week

Today, in a press release, ABC announced a local family will receive an Extreme Makeover Home:

ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Says “Good Morning” to a Montgomery County Family

Classic Homes of Maryland Joins ABC to Build Family Dream Home in Poolesville.

Rockville, Md. – June 22, 2008 – The lives of Felicia Jackson and her fourteen children will be forever changed as they awoke this morning to Ty Pennington’s “Good Morning” wake-up call. The unsuspecting family was surprised by Ty Pennington and the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team this morning when they learned they had been selected to receive the home makeover. Classic Homes of Maryland will join Ty’s team in making a family’s dream into a reality.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a race against the clock. The EMHE team, Classic Homes of Maryland and all of their designers, contractors and several hundred volunteers will work together to design a new home for the Jackson family, demolish their existing home, and build the…

Article: Rejecting Rejection by James Scott Bell

Rejecting Rejection

By James Scott Bell

The writer Barnaby Conrad tells the story of a matador, all decked out in his "suit of lights," talking to a group of reporters outside the arena. One reporter asks, "How did you happen to become a bullfighter?"The matador replied, "I took up bullfighting because of the uncertainty of being a writer."

Truth be told, many of us would rather face the horns of an angry bull than another rejection letter. At least we can run away from the bull!

But for a writer, rejection goes with the territory. There is no way we can avoid it. There are ways, however, to keep it from becoming a poison, something that makes us want to curl up and quit. Here are a few things to keep in mind about rejection:

1. Rejection is not personal

Rejection of your manuscript is not a rejection of you as a person, or as a writer. It is only a rejection of a piece of writing you have turned out.

That makes a difference. You can always grow as a writer. Alw…

Life is fragile

Life is fragile. I'm reminded again how easily life as we know it can be snatched away or dramatically changed.

Yesterday I began reading 90 Minutes in Heaven, by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey. We arrived an hour early for a concert by the Montgomery Philharmonic Orchestra at our church, Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church. I saw the book in the library. I'd been meaning to read it and there it was.

By the time the concert started, I was hooked and speeding through the story of Don Piper's collision with a semi and his brief experience of heaven. One moment Don was dead and 90 minutes later, Don was alive again singing with a pastor who was praying, crying and singing over Don's dead mangled body in the wreckage of his car.

Spirit-led prayer, God's mysterious purposes brought Don back to life. But it wasn't an easy journey to recovery. Don began the grueling recovery process and felt unbelievable pain. He wanted to die. He wanted to return to a pain-free joyous place …

Parenting has no end dates

The children are adults now but I still worry and pray for them.

When they pocketed driver's licenses and drove away to other homes, a part of me went also.

Where ever they go, a part of me goes also. And even when they bunk in a dusty tent in Iraq or work on a tan on a sunny beach in Belize or clean a window in a humid subdivision in Indianapolis or commute through busy Philadelphia streets or look for career opportunities close to Lancaster fields and businesses, my children are close to my heart. They are often in my thoughts. They are often in my prayers.

Parenting has no end dates.

Love crosses boundaries of time and space, keeping connections and memories alive and strong.

Love spans the chasms of time and territory to build connections with electronic messages, digital photos, phone chats, video streaming and visits -- whatever is possible. Separations are temporary. In God, love is eternal.

There is always a bit of a let down after a visit with family. It is exciting to see them…