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Swimming with no land in sight

When she looked ahead, Florence Chadwick saw nothing but a solid wall of fog. Her body was numb. She had been swimming for nearly sixteen hours. Already she was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. Now, at age 34, her goal was to become the first woman to swim from Catalina Island to the California coast. On that Fourth of July morning in 1952, the sea was like an ice bath and the fog was so dense she could hardly see her support boats. Sharks cruised toward her lone figure, only to be driven away by rifle shots. Against the frigid grip of the sea, she struggled on - hour after hour - while millions watched on national television. Alongside Florence in one of the boats, her mother and her trainer offered encouragement. They told her it wasn't much farther. But all she could see was fog. They urged her not to quit. She never had . . . until then. With only a half mile to go, she asked to be pulled out. Still thawing her chilled body several hours later, sh

Nice Girl Blogger Awards...hand em out baby!

1. Mary is at - Life the Universe and Everything. Mary is my first real contact/friend from blog world and I love how we share in writing and life even thought we are thousands of miles apart. Cheers to you Mary! 2. Pink sneakers is at - and I met first and became blogging friends later after sharing in our love of all things Pittsburgh! Creative commentary on life and honestly the best laugh ever. Nice Girl - yien's shure is! 3.Visit Claire at - She and I have not yet met in person, as that giant ocean seems to get in the way here and there. But I love her most recent project called: " Stupid Girls Project". Not that it's stupid or that she is, but it is a call to live life to the fullest! Nice Girl Award bestowed! 4. Meet Banu at - she and I work together in a presbemerging - creative - challenging- and growing churc

Presbymergent grants?

Here is a repost from the Presbymergent website. If you have any suggestions in writing such a grant let me know as this is new to me. Here's to trying! Tara Sherry Britton in the NCD department in Louisville has asked us to share the following exciting news with all our presbymergent friends: The director of Evangelism has just found $20,000 in his budget designated for emergent churches. He would like to receive proposals for the use of the funds. Following are some additional details: * Funding is open to both churches and organizations as long as they are “PCUSA based.” * Deadline for submission of proposals is October 15th, and the award would be made in November. * They’re looking for a narrative about the program to be funded, the precise amount requested, and the expected outcome. Proposals should be mailed to Sherry Britton, 100 Witherspoon St., Louisville, KY 40202 or emailed to sbritton[at] or faxed to 502-569-8002.