July 8: A Bronze Medalist’s Heart of Gold

If someone told you that an Olympic bronze medalist was selling her medal, you might assume that athlete was dissatisfied with her third-place finish.  Nothing could be further from the truth for Zofia Noceti-Klepacka from Poland.Noceti-Klepacka, who won bronze in a windsurfing competition at the 2012 Olympics, plans to sell her medal to help a five-year-old girl named Zuzia whom she’s known since birth.  The youngster has cystic fibrosis, a potentially-fatal lung disease.Noceti-Klepacka … [Read more...]

July 7: Communion on the Moon

Did you know that the first foods consumed on the moon were the communion elements from a church service?Before his Apollo 11 mission, astronaut Buzz Aldrin wondered whether it might be possible to take communion on the moon.  His pastor enthusiastically supported the idea, and arrangements were made.In 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Aldrin descended to the lunar surface, Aldrin was carrying a special container.  It held a bit of bread and tiny chalice of wine that he had brought from his … [Read more...]

July 6: Learning for Life

There are many appealing aspects to summer vacations from school, but there may also be downsides.  Educators now believe that students lose their academic edge during long summer months when classes aren’t in session.  The problem is often more acute in lower-income homes.“Unfortunately, far too many children leave the classroom for summer vacation, and also leave behind access to regular breakfast and lunch, educational materials, and technological tools,” writes Debbie Rambo, president of … [Read more...]

July 5: Faith-Filled Runners

Currently stationed at Scott Air Force Base near St, Louis, Missouri, Lieut. Col. Pat Castle wanted to combine his love of athletics with pro-life work.  In conjunction with his friend, Rich Reich from Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, he founded LIFE Runners (LIFE stands for “Living In Faith Exchange”).The group’s 154 members, located in the U.S. and abroad, participate in one half or full marathon a year.  Money raised supports women experiencing unplanned pregnancies.In addition, LIFE … [Read more...]

July 4: A Nation Under God

Some people object to the words “under God” being in the Pledge of Allegiance, but Christopher Award-winner Father Robert Barron points out that this Biblical belief is what keeps the United States a free country.He writes, “One of the most significant contributions of the Bible to politics is the placing of kings ‘under God.’  Israelite kings were not like Egyptian Pharaohs…absolute in judgment and godlike in sovereignty.  Rather, they ruled at the pleasure of God and according to God’s purp … [Read more...]

July 3: The Once-Rejected Zipper

Today you can find one on pants and dresses, even boots and backpacks.  But when Gideon Sundback introduced his zipper in 1914, people didn’t get it—or want any part of it. After all, they had buttons, hooks and clasps.Earlier versions proved to be part of the problem; they jammed and pulled apart too easily.  That’s why Sundback gets credit as the inventor of the zipper, because his device was practical and reliable.The U.S. Army used Sundback’s zipper for gear and clothing in World War … [Read more...]

July 2: An Answered Tweet

Ever want to catch for a Major League Baseball pitcher?  Try connecting on Twitter!On a day when his team wasn’t playing, Colorado Rockies pitcher Jeremy Guthrie wanted someone to catch for him—so he sent a message to his 34,000 followers on the social media website Twitter, asking, “Anybody on lunch break & up for a catch with me?”Woody Roseland, a 21-year-old stand-up comic, was the first to respond to Guthrie’s offer—and he got a positive response!  It was Roseland’s lucky day in a … [Read more...]

July 1: Forgiving the Shark

In July 2011, six-year-old Lucy Magnum was playing in one-and-a-half feet of water at Ocracoke Island, North Carolina.  Her father, Craig, and mom, Jordan, were only 10 feet away.  Suddenly, Jordan heard Lucy scream and saw blood shooting out of her leg.  She had been bitten by a shark!Craig, an emergency room doctor, stemmed the bleeding and rushed his daughter to a nearby hospital.  Though Lucy endured a severed artery and a tendon tear, there was no nerve damage so she was expected to mak … [Read more...]