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Guns & Ammo
 love this pic of Miranda Lambert from http://www.facebook.com/cma?sk=wall#!/cma?sk=wall
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What is in a name?

Last week almost 300 women in India changed there names. 
No, they didn't change their names because they got married. 
They did so because of the meaning...the meaning their names
had in Hindu.  Each of the girls had been given a name by their
parents that meant "unwanted".  From the time they were born
the message was clear to them.  They were not what their parents
hoped for or wanted.  

I know a lot of people today, regardless of their name, who feel 
that they were unwanted.  It wasn't so much that their parents told
them that they were unwanted, but they were made to feel that way. 
What about you?  What would you say that your name means? 
What is the meaning behind your life?

Regardless of what you or your parents think...you are wanted and
needed on earth.  God designed you with careful precision.  Some
of you reading this may not need to change your name, but you
definately need to change the meaning you have given to it.  In fact,
you need to realize that you have meaning.    

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Scotty McCreery

Well I knew it would happen!  Scotty McCreery did a great job singing the National Anthem last night, but before game one of the World Series was over the critics were blogging and broadcasting.  They were talking about him forgetting to turn on his microphone and flubbing a line. 

Well let me address the first "flub" for you.  I'm guessing that he was told that he would get a cue as to when to start singing.  Therefore, he likely thought the stadium's sound folks were going to turn on his microphone.  When it comes to his tongue tied moment...Billboard reports, "The notoriously tough song did trip him up once, when he appeared to swap "O say does that star-spangled…" with "No Jose does that…"  Okay, so that obviously didn't come out right, but you have to admit he still sounded good singing it!  If you are one of the haters then I want you to consider something.  This time last year Scotty was playing baseball in high school.  And last night he stood and sang in front of nearly 50,000 screaming fans inside the stadium and another 12 million or so watching on television.  It is safe to say that few of us could stand up and speak one clear sentence in those conditions, much less sing on key. 

We should also consider that this young guy's people probably have him on a horrendous schedule, and he is likely getting less sleep than Charlie Sheen on a bender in Vegas!  Hey, y'all know that I enjoy being slightly sarcastic in these situations, but not this time.  Scotty sang one of the most important and difficult songs to sing, and I was impressed.  Yes, I still want to know who Jose is and why the Star Spangled Banner doesn't wave for him, but that will have to remain a mystery.   

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Happy Hump Day
Well is it Wednesday...meaning you may likely be beining to struggle with that diet you started or habit you stopped on Monday.  Hang in there...you can do it!
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Tuesday
I'm sorry but I really don't like Tuesdays!  Seriously think about what a horrible day Tuesday is in relationship to the other days.  Monday is the first day of the week so at least we feel a little rested.  And Wednesday is the middle and called humpday to remind us we are almost to Friday.  Thursday isn't great but at least it is the day before Friday.  And then of course Saturday and Sunday are great days.  Well, Sunday is great until around 3:00 and then you start dreading Monday.  Do you hear the problem with my thinking?  The problem is work.  If I didn't have to work then all the days would be the same...great! 
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Sexy or Not?

Who is the sexiest man in Country Music?

Who do you think the sexiest country artist in America is today?  That is the question Country Weekly is asking.  You can see the list they are giving you to vote on below.  Don't worry if your favorite is not listed, because you can submit your choice under "other". 

Personally, I am voting for either Jamie Johnson or Eddie Montgomery just so they will at least get one vote!  I almost didn't recognize Lee Brice without his signature backwards cap.  And I'm not sure they picked the best picture to represent Joe Don Rooney.  He looks like an ugly woman!  I'm actually not familiar with a few of the selections, and secretly wonder if they copied and pasted their picture from GQ Magazine.  I will go ahead and give you my prediction.  In fact, I would be willing to bet a large sum of money on it if you want to contact me.  I'm saying our young buck Scotty McCreery will take this one with ease.  He already has a fan base that could seriouly take over a small country.  I know this because they all hate me due to a blog post I made a last week.  I still have security in front of my house!

 

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Footloose & Fancy Free
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Share The Wealth

Not long ago I was meeting with a couple who began to use the dreaded phrases HIS money and HER money.  At one point the wife said they went on vacation and that she was upset because SHE paid for all of it.  This upset her because HE was suppossed to pay for the gas, but failed to do so.  I chose to play along and brought it to her attention that he gave HER $600 every two weeks.  She then informed me that was just for the house payment and utilities (not including the cable...he had to pay for that out of HIS money).  I hear that type of story more often than some may believe, but it is usually the man complaining about his wife not pulling her weight.    

In my home there is OUR money.  We have separate accounts for some of OUR money, but both of OUR names are on all of the accounts.  Why?  Because we are married!  We have a partnership and I am not my wifes daddy, boss, or financial manager.  And my wife is not my employee, daughter, or maid.  I realize that for some couples there may need to be more than one account because one or the other can't and refuses to manage money.  I'm just saying it is not a good idea to use words like allowances, my money/your money or my account/your account.  I know this isn't popular with some people, but I'm not writing this to be popular. 

You need to determine whether you are going to be roommates or husband and wife.  I am a big believer in financial responsibility and budgets, but not putting a spouse on an allowance.  You know who puts someone on an allowance?  Parents!  Treat your spouse like a child and you will get less sex than a 95 year-old man in an all male nursing home.  I suggest buying "The Total Money Makeover" by Dave Ramsey and forming a partnership instead of a parent/child relationship. 

Every day I'm Snufflin,

Tony Russell 
www.Snufflin.com

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Get Busy
 
My family and I went to Pacific City, OR last weekend. It was our first trip there, but it definitely won’t be our last. The beach was absolutely amazing and the food at the Pelican Pub & Brewery was incredible. The people of the town are friendly and there are plenty of beach homes and condos to rent at a reasonable price.   
We stayed in a beach house that had a visitor’s book for everyone to sign. In the beginning of the book there was a greeting from the owners of the home. I am paraphrasing, but it basically said that they had enjoyed the home and made some amazing memories, but due to the busyness of life they didn’t get to visit very often. They appeared to be saying that they no longer had the time to visit on a regular basis and that is why they were renting it out. Throughout the home there were beautiful pictures of the owners and their little girls. And I couldn’t help but wonder, what has made this family so busy that they would put off coming to their beach house? What could possibly be more important than spending weekends together as a family and making more memories? Please don’t think that I am judging them for being too busy. It was simply a reminder to ME that I am too busy. After all, I don’t need a beach house to be able to begin making memories. Although I would sure like to have one! 
You and I may not have a beach house or even a tent for that matter, but we all have the opportunity to get busy. We can get busy being busy or get busy making good memories with our children. I don’t know about you, but I am spending too much time away from my family. I spend too much time focused on things that may actually make memories, but they won’t be good ones! So let’s all decide to refocus our attention on the things that matter the most…on those that matter most.     
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Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery's debut album is now available and ready for you to love it This Big!  I am going to be honest from the start and say that while I am a big fan of Scotty the young man...I haven't been a huge fan of his style of singing.  Meaning, I don't enjoy listening to artists who have that big deep voice.  So I had to take a step back and attempt to listen to his new album Clear as Day through the ears of the ten million females that will likely buy it!  And when you do that and remember that he is only 18 years-old then you can't help but be impressed.  I was extremely impressed with the song writing and selections for this album.  It was a perfectly produced album for Scotty.  

He often says that he owes this huge break to God, and I couldn't agree with him more.  I'm not saying that Scotty would never belong on the big stage that he is now on, but it is a miracle that he is on it this early in his career.  Now again, I know that sounds like I am being negative, but I am just being honest.  At best it would have been years before he signed with a major record label, but thanks to American Idol and God he is up and running.  And as long as he keeps giving credit where credit is due then I believe the future is bright for him.     
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Yet another new website
I have designed yet another blog/website!  Yes I know, this is like my 100th one this year, but I think this one has potential.  Check it out and let me know your thoughts.  Go to www.Snufflin.com
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