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"Waves Of Grace" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Songs for the Planet   
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:32
LITA Music’s song, “Waves of Grace” written by David Noble, continues to make “waves” by being the only song included in Nowhere But Up:  The Story Of Justin Bieber’s Mom, a new autobiography by Pattie Mallette with A.J.Gregory.  The book is currently #17 on the New Times Bestseller list.

In her book, Pattie notes the importance of that song to her son and includes those well-crafted lyrics.  LITA Music’s Justin Peters comments, “We are honored to have ‘Waves Of Grace’ included in Pattie’s book and pleased to have played a part in her son’s success.”

Nowhere But Up:  The Story Of Justin Bieber’s Mom looks at Pattie’s sexual abuse as a child as well as her own struggles with drugs and alcohol and her suicide attempt.  She discusses her decision at seventeen not to abort her baby and how she found her way with the help of a Christian counselor.  With strength and courage Pattie eventually found a place of faith and peace filled with “waves of grace” – this is truly an inspirational story for all.

Undoubtedly, Justin Bieber is one of today’s hottest artists and most watched celebs.  His rise to fame came at an early age and one of the songs that helped garner him his first record deal was the song, “Waves Of Grace.”  That song holds a special place in his heart and is often performed during his concert appearances as shown by the numerous videos posted on

Published by Revell (a division of Baker Publishing Group), the book is now available at bookstores everywhere and is being heavily promoted on shows like The View, The Today Show, Ellen, The Huckabee Show, ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Huffington Post and

“Waves of Grace”

Written by David Noble

The walls are high, the walls are strong
I’ve been locked in this castle
That I’ve built for far too long
You have surrounded me, a sea on every side
The cracks are forming and I’ve got nowhere to hide

Now I see the walls I’ve built are falling
And Your waves of grace are washing over me

Lord please reign in every part
I give my life to You, I open up my heart
I want to be like You, I want to seek Your face
O Lord please wash me in Your awesome waves of grace

(Lyrics as printed in the book)

Copyright 1995. LITA Music (ASCAP). Administered by Justin Peters/Songs for the Planet, Inc..,

P.O. Box 40251, Nashville, TN 37204.  International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved.

For Budget-Minded Moves, Try Freight Shipping PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:18
Expert Offers Tips to Save Money & Hassles

For most of our household shipping needs, the Post Office, UPS or Fed-Ex delivers. But what do you do when you want to get a motorcycle across the country – without you on it? Antiques from your grandmother’s estate? Or your whole house packed up in boxes?

“That’s where freight shipping comes in as a great, economical alternative,” says Matthew Brosious, president of (, a company that brokers freight-shipping, much like websites such as Expedia broker air travel and hotel stays.

“Freight shippers can handle anything too heavy for the standard package shippers, basically anything from 100 pounds to 8,000 pounds,” he says. “For these items, LTL shipping – which stands for Less-Than-Truckload – is the easiest and most economical way to get your big, bulky item moved.’’

Since, for many people, that might be a once- or twice-in-a-lifetime event, Brosious offers some suggestions to ensure your shipping experience is smooth sailing.

• Pack properly and label each separate package or item. Unless your freight carrier includes packaging in its service, be sure your goods are all carefully and properly packaged, crated or secured to pallets with shrink-wrap or banding. If you’ve never built a crate, there are plenty of companies that will do it for you. If you shrink-wrap your item or boxes to a wooden pallet, start at the base and pull the wrap tightly so it’s secure. Your stack should not wobble when you’re done. “If it’s not packed correctly and something gets damaged, your carrier may not be liable for that,” Brosious warns. “Sometimes, they won’t even transport it.” A sofa wrapped in plastic, for instance, is not considered “packaged.”

• Label each separate bundle or item. Attach a clear, printed label to the top of every box or item in your shipment. The label should include your name and the recipient’s, as well as addresses and telephone numbers for both of you. It should also include the bill of lading number, carrier’s name, and date shipped.

• Provide accurate information about contents, weight, etc. If you guesstimate, you may end up with a bill for more than the price you were quoted! Shipping quotes are based on the information supplied by the customer, but freight companies may choose to weigh your item. If you’re wrong – for instance, if your freight weighs more than you thought – you will likely see a bigger bill.

• Expect to pay more for residential delivery. If you’re in a non-commercial area, residential delivery fees may apply, even if you run a business out of your home. That’s because the streets are usually harder to find and navigate. Residential delivery applies to apartments, farms and houses – and sometimes to schools and churches. You can save money by having your item shipped to an airport terminal and picking it up yourself, if you have a vehicle that can transport it. If you’re having your freight delivered to a limited-access area, such as a military base or a storage unit facility, you might also incur an additional fee.

Freight-shipping is an economical way to move items, Brosious says. He advises people to shop around for quotes, or use a broker to handle that part for you.

About is a third-party freight logistics company that uses web-based tools to help businesses and individuals with their shipping needs. It has garnered numerous awards, including Best Companies to Work For (2011, Florida Trend); Service Industry of the Year (2010, Pasco Economic Development Council) and Top 10 Websites (2010, BtoB marketing news magazine.) Matthew Brosious and his father, James, co-founded American Freight Cos. – the parent company of FreightCenter – in 1998 to facilitate freight-shipping for one-time, occasional, and small-business shippers. The service enables customers to compare carriers’ rates, book online and track paperwork in one location.

TCR Screening Two Important Documentaries in October PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Theatre Cedar Rapids   
Monday, 08 October 2012 13:51

October 5, 2012 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Through a collaboration between Theatre Cedar Rapids and The Arc, the acclaimed documentary Wretches and Jabberers will be presented at TCR, 102 3rd St. SE, at 5:30pm on Tuesday, October 16.  The event is free and open to the public. The film will be followed by a panel discussion to be held in the Linge Lounge at the theatre.

Directed by Oscar winner and twice Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Geraldine Wurzburg, the 90-minute film Wretches and Jabberers chronicles the world travels of disability rights advocates, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, each of whom learned to break through their world of autism by learning to type as adults.  Tracy, Larry, and their support team, Harvey Lavoy and Pascal Cheng, visit Sri Lanka, Japan, and Finland, giving interviews and presentations and learning about the lives of people with autism in these countries.  The film's portrayal of these travels, which the duo named The World Intelligence Magnified Tour, challenges attitudes about the intelligence and abilities of people with autism.

The panel discussion following the film will feature co-presidents of the East Central Iowa Autism Society, Jennifer Bohn and Cindy Dircks, each of whom parent a child on the autism spectrum.  The panel will also include two speech-language pathologists, Liz Delasandro with the Wendell Johnson Speech Clinic at the University of Iowa, and Jenn Haeger with Virginia Gay Hospital in Vinton.  The panelists will share their experiences working with individuals on the autism spectrum, with a question and answer session to follow.


For more information go to or call the TCR box office at 319-366-8591.  This is a free event, and open to the public.

The Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences opens Bunnicula PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 15:08
Amana - Join The Old Creamery Theatre for Young Audiences for the delightful story of Bunnicula, just in time for Halloween! Bunnicula opens Saturday, Oct. 20th on the Main Stage and runs through Nov. 3.

Written by James and Deborah Howe, adapted by Jon Klein with music by Chris Jeffries, Bunnicula follows the adventures of a cute and cuddly bunny by day and something else entirely by night!

Directed by Sean McCall of Marengo, the cast of Bunnicula consists of Nicholas Hodge of South Amana, Jeff Haffner of Cleveland Ohio, Elizabeth Higbee of Tonganoxie Kansas, Vaughn Irving of Washington DC, Jackie McCall of Marengo and Max Locher and Brennan Urbi both of Cedar Rapids.

Bunnicula is rated Theatre G for all audiences. Tickets are $8 per person for reserved seating. Show times are 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, 27 and Nov. 3 and 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, Thursday, Oct. 25 and Saturday Oct. 27. Walk-ins are welcome but some weekday matinees are sold out and reservations are highly recommended for all shows.

Bunnicula is sponsored by Scheels with Kiss Country 96.5 as the media sponsor.

For tickets or more information, call the box office at 800-35-AMANA or 800-352-6262 or visit the website at

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 41 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

Manzullo, Schilling, Loebsack Statement on Thomson Prison Developments PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrea Pivarunas   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012 14:59
Congressmen Don Manzullo (IL-16), Bobby Schilling (IL-17), and Dave Loebsack (IA-02) today released the following statement on the Obama administration moving to purchase the Thomson Correctional Center from the state of Illinois:

“The bottom line is that this is a welcome development for our region, particularly those who have been struggling to find good jobs.  Thomson Correctional Center has been sitting empty for 10 years, costing the residents of Illinois millions of dollars in upkeep and keeping many Illinoisans and Iowans out of work each year.

“We have been working together towards the same goal of reaching across the divide, finding a solution, and bringing these jobs to our area without moving detainees from Guantanamo to U.S. soil.   If the Administration was willing to move on Thomson without closing Guantanamo all along, we question why they waited this long before taking action.  But as the old saying goes, ‘There’s no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.’”

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