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Steve Ford And His Beautiful Eulogy For His Mom Betty Ford In Grand Rapids

I watched all of yesterday's coverage and my favorite was when Betty Ford's son, Steve Ford spoke.  Steve was the one who got me really choked up.  He spoke from the heart and shared some of his trails with alcoholism too

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Betty Ford Funeral In Grand Rapids Is A Real Celebration Of Her Life!

Isn't it just like Betty Ford to choose a "spiritual" to start off her funeral here in Grand Rapids.  Back in the day before it was politically incorrect to use the term "negro" it was referred to as a "Negro spiritual".  Spirituals are raw, honest, bluesy, transparent, beautiful and real.  Just like Betty Ford!  It's no wonder she chose Done Made My Vow!

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Westboro Baptist Church To Protest At Betty Ford’s Funeral In Grand Rapids

Okay so I just heard, that that Westboro Baptist Church group that protests at soldiers funerals all over the country, will be coming to Grand Rapids to protest at Betty Ford's funeral. At first it made me cry, for Betty.  But then I thought, these people masquerade under the guise of religion and call themselves Christians.  People can call themselves anything they want but LOOK AT THE BEHAVIOR!  Consistent behavior will reveal everything.  Well, those people are coming to a real, true, honest to goodness city, that has more churches per capita, than anywhere else. 

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This Date In History

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1543 – King Henry VIII of England marries his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr, at Hampton Court Palace (More info)

1812 – The United States invades Canada at Windsor, Ontario (More info)

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Casey Anthony Jury Suspected The Father

Some of the jurors on the Casey Anthony trial have spoken out. They were so suspicious of Casey's father, George Anthony, that they believed that he could be covering up the crime or might have even been the killer himself! You be the judge...

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Betty Ford An Independent First Lady [VIDEO]

When it comes to First Lady's Betty Ford stood above the rest.  Yes there were fashionable First Lady's but Betty Ford was that and more.  She was vocal about women's equality, she hinted about their presidential life in the bedroom, she was instumental at saving and changing the lives of alcoholics and  drug abusers, along with the treatment of other multiple addicitons.  But more than that she was a graceful, wise, beautiful human being who did indeed leave the eart a better place simply because she lived. 

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Funeral Arrangements For Grand Rapids Shooting Victims; Dantzler’s Wife Had Plans To Leave Him

As more informations surface it appears that the wife of , Rodrick Dantzler, was making plans to leave him. Top that off with him doing cocaine and alcohol on the scene of the last house with the hostages and it spells disaster!One of the most dangerous times for a woman in an abusive relationship is when she decides to leave.  Probably best not to say you're leaving.   But there are steps than can be taken to make the leave a safe one.

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University Of Michigan Clears The Air With A Smoking Ban

As of Friday on the grounds of the University Of Michigan campus smoking will be banned. Smoking will only be allowed on perimeter sidewalks along public thoroughfares, and inside personal vehicles.  It will be enforced by voluntary compliance and peer support.

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Drunk Underage Boys Visit ER Twice As Much 4th Of July Weekend

Alcohol poisoning is the predominant reason boys visit the Emergency Room twice as much during the 4th Of July Weekend.  It appears to be a high risk period for them.  The statistics were pretty striking for the holiday weekend period studied.

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The Happiness Project On Sunday’s Faith Hope And Love Songs With Kim Carson

On this weeks Faith Hope And Love Songs I'll be talking with Gretchen Rubin, author of the #1 New York Times Best Selling Book, The Happiness Project. This was a fun read for me.  If you're already happy, somehow Gretchen Rubin can show you little ways that you can be happier.  This

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Diet Soda Can Have a Major Impact On Your Waistline

Instead of making your waistline shrink, over years, diet soda can actually make your waistline swell!  Researchers from the American Diabetes Association along with the Texas Health Science Center, have found some pretty startling research on the correlation of diet soda and larger

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Anti-Tanning PSA Shows Women Burning Themselves With Waffle Irons and Toasters [VIDEO]

“Indoor tanning is out,” says the Canadian Dermatology Association, who’ve placed tanning beds squarely in their crosshairs with a new web PSA that shows young women singing their skin with a clothes iron, toaster and waffle iron. Ouch. The CDA hopes these exaggerated examples of frying one’s skin hammers home the dangers of tanning. According to their website:

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