Posted by Rick Gary on December 06, 2011

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me.

What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear
tree have to do with Christmas?

This week, I found out.

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.

It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke &

-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the
Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy
Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the
Apostles’ Creed.

So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I
found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song
became a Christmas Carol…

Save The Date!

Posted by Big Mike on November 07, 2011

It’s amazing for me to think that my 30th (yes, I said thirtieth!!!) annual LIVE Christmas broadcast is coming up.  It will be on Wednesday morning, December 21, at Driver’s Village. Doors open at 6AM, the show begins at 6:30.  We’ll have school and community choruses and some of our best singers and musicians. You can hear it on Sunny 102, but we’d love to have you in the audience. Plenty of parking, there’ll be breakfast treats available, and the admission is F-R-E-E!  And YOU are invited! Please join us. Put it on you calendar … go ahead, do it now, I’ll wait  … thank you.

Delicious Pumpkin Muffins

Posted by Lauren the Web Girl on October 10, 2011

I made the most amazing pumpkin muffins over the weekend. They were too good not to share the recipe on here . Speaking of the recipe, it tells me that each muffin is only  77 calories. The muffins are so good that I don’t know how that could possibly be true, but I guess it makes sense. The ingredients are an egg white, water, canned pumpkin, and spice cake mix. No oil, no butter, etc. Here’s the link to the full recipe. Thanks to Courtney at for sharing it. I promise you that even if you always burn or ruin baked goods you will be able to do these muffins. They take about 15 minutes to bake and 5 minutes to prepare. Easy, fast and healthy. Let’s take a look at some pictures, shall we?

Here are the only ingredients you’ll need to make tasty, amazing muffins:

Mix all these ingredients together like so:

Then bake. I baked mine for about 16 minutes. The recipe says 12-18 minutes. The finished product looks like this:

So light and fluffy. Extra points if you burn a pumpkin spice candle in the background while you eat them like I did.

You can also ruin some of the healthiness of the simple muffin recipe by adding cream cheese frosting. It’s worth it because they are SO GOOD this way:

I will definitely be making this recipe again. Perfect for October. Are you guys going to try it? Do you have any other pumpkin recipes that I should try?

Happy Fall

Posted by Melissa Midgley on October 02, 2011

This is my absolute favorite time of year. All of the beautiful colors that we can see in nature, the crisp cool fall air, baseball playoffs (Go St. Louis), the mouth watering smells of home cooked meals and the introduction of fleece and flannel for cuddle times on my couch. I love sitting on my couch under the warm knitted blanket that my mom made for me with a good book, warm cup of vanilla almond tea, Mira and Max. However, with fall comes some major food temptations for me. I love sweets and comfort foods this time of year. Warm baked apples, anything with pumpkin, pasta, homemade soups with warm Italian crusty bread, I am going to need some strong will power to not give into my cravings and stay strong on my new healthy eating lifestyle! To help curb my daily temptations I have made a few new goals for myself: get to a total weight loss of 50 pounds (only 5 pounds away) and to slowly begin to train for a race next spring. I NEVER thought the words run in a race would ever be something I would want to do or something I was driven to accomplish, but here we are.  Paige’s Butterfly Run, which is held in June as part of the Taste of Syracuse, is the race I hope to get in shape for. I am clueless on how to being the process of training for something like this, but I am lucky to have some co-workers and friends who are experts in this area!  My goal will be just to finish and as the years go on I hope to continue to race and beat my previous time.  Hopefully setting both of these goals will keep me on track to avoid the yummy treats that tempt all of us from now until January! Enjoy this beautiful season everyone!

Active Rest

Posted by Big Mike on September 24, 2011

New research from Stanford University found multi-tasking doesn’t save time – we actually lose
focus and concentration when juggling more than one job at a time. “Studies
show that our brain can’t keep attention on many things at once,” psychologist
Dr Suzy Green says.  She adds that the opposite of multi-tasking,  concentrating on one thing at a time
has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce heart rate. “We may be great at
multi-tasking, but it isn’t always beneficial. The ability to focus on one thing in the present is good for
your mental health.”

Well, if focusing on one thing is good, maybe focusing on nothing
could even be better! Clear the mind …. Reboot your brain!

So what should you do?

Active Rest … athletes do this during training to physically recover from the stresses of training and
competing.  It’s easy, low-intensity exercise that is actually a part of many training plans.  Well, how about “active rest” for your brain?

Complete Active Rest allows you to rejuvenate.

Turn off your cell phone, the computer, the internet, facebook, twitter and everything that requires mental activity. Take a nap,
watch a mindless game show (like The Price Is Right), lie on the couch, listen to music (Sunny102), sit on a park bench,
people watch, meditate. Can you do that for an entire day?  Or an entire weekend??

I work with people who are stressed doing a few jobs at once.  I always thought it could be bad for their mental health, but now it seems not so good for their overall health either.

Take it easy, relax,  rest ……