What you wanted to know about EPA

if you've not looked up that one little thing on Wikipedia that you've been thinking about... you oughta...
here's the scoop on EPA:


KSBJ Sunday Nite.. Fiestas Patrias!

Well, the interview aired (taped) on Sunday Night in Northern California from 4p-5p. Prayerfully, young people and youth leaders will be encouraged to do what God has called you to be! I particularly want to appreciate Alicia Alanis & KSBJ for the opportunity to do what God has gifted them to be in the Body of Christ. I also want to recognize Tony Lara (Director of Youth Ministries at El Tabernaculo, Houston) and Luis Palomo (Campus Director for the Houston Area Outreach Coalition/Be S.M.A.R.T.) program. Your ministries have been a blessing to my family and I  pray for you regularly!

Fiestas Patrias? Yes, we celebrate our culture! Celebrate our homeland?... well, if you're talking about Heaven... you betcha!  [CLICK TO PLAY]


Exam Day!

Well, this day will be an overview of the Personality Types of the BCM team as discovered using the Uniquely You! method which combines the DISC & Spiritual Gifts analysis... judging from the number of 'yaaahhhhhh' and 'nnooooooooo' remarks I heard, this should be an interesting day... suffice it to say it would have been better if I would have had a Kevlar vest on when I read mine! OUCH! Some of this would have served me well over the past year to help me avoid some of the offenses I have made in serving other parts of the body of Christ!



"Motivating Our Children" Hispanic Family Conference

On September 27, 2006 the 2006 Hispanic Family Conference will be held at the Grand Plaza Hotel in Houston, Texas. The Hispanic Family Conference is designed to motivate, inspire and educate professionals who serve Hispanic families in crisis. Attendees will gain knowledge and insight into the cultural, educational and socio-economic state of Hispanic families who need assistance to overcome family crisis.

Everardo Savala, Executive Director of the Hispanic Family Initiative hosts this 3rd Annual conference featuring Keynote Speakers:
*Dennis Romero - Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
*Adam Chavarria - Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

Guest Speakers will include Educational Directors, News Anchors, City Council, Presidents and CEO's of organizations dedicated to helping Latino families.

For registration information please contact Larry Savala at everardosavala@yahoo.com or 832-549-1733. The conference fee is $105.00 but the impact is priceless.

The Luncheon Ceremonies will give occasion to present the 1st Annual Hispanic Family Initiative Award to Cynthia Clay Briggs, Executive Director of Communities in Schools Houston.
The award will be given in honor of the Savala's recently deceased son who was recently murdered in an accident.

This conference will be mentioned in an interview that is pre-recorded to play on Sunday Night on KSBJ this Sept. 17, 2006


This Sunday Night (September 17, 2006 6:00pm CST) the Sunday Night on KSBJ program will feature interviews with several Hispanic guests regarding the Fiestas Patrias celebration & the church reaction to some of that type of events.

The last half hour of the interview is with 'yours truly' regarding that issue and other things relating to Youth Ministry out of the box! Several of your dear friends and mine are mentioned lovingly in this interview, and I hope you are able to go online or listen in your car on your way to/from the Sunday Sites (like home, church, work, etc). The show is being hosted by KSBJ's own, Alicia Alanis (a fan & friend of El Tabernaculo Assembly & CrossRoad Youth). Pass the word and give a listen to the ramblings of an old veteran who desires with all his heart to serve God the best way he knows how. [that's me, not Alicia or any of the other guests :) ]


So here's two more nice things to look at...

The Best Stuff in the World!

How to make a Life Poster... for Mac iPhoto Users!! [catch up Vista!]

Good Site! or Bad Site?

There's always a pessimist around.. so how many affirmation websites are we gonna have to come up to compensate us for this? Click on the following link...
This is Broken!

Here's someone's 'glass is half-full' attempt: click on the highlighted text below...
Things are Good!

Let me hear from you on the comments section below... click on the word comments under this posting and give your feedback on which one is better...


Rudy Carrasco's articles.. take a look

Two Items

----- OUTREACH ARCHIVE: I've got a page over at the Outreach Magazine web site. It contains the columns I've written for Outreach this year (five so far). My column is called "Community Onramps." The page is here: Outreach Magazine. The archive includes my latest article, "Overlooking Anyone," from the Sept-Oct issue.

----- HISPANIC JOURNALISTS OF FAITH will gather together for the second annual weekend conference for working Hispanic journalists and journalism students. Date: November 3-5. Location: Florida International University, Miami. Details here: UrbanOnramps

Thanks for your attention.

Rudy Carrasco
Pasadena, CA


Where are you going?

I got this forward from my uncle Herb, and I haven't verified the truth of it and whether or not thiss statesman of the faith said it, but what a wonderful story... anyway, you decide.
(if anyone knows of permission required to post this story, just let me know. I'd love to give the proper credit.)


Subject: Fw: B____ G_____
Something heartwarming - nice to see this kind of mail -every now and then......

B____ G_____ is now 86 years old with Parkinson's disease.

In January 2000, leaders in Charlotte , North Carolina, invited their favorite son, B_____ G_____, to a luncheon in his honor.

B____ initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he struggles with Parkinson's disease. But the Charlotte leaders said, "We don't expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you." So he agreed.

After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. G_____ stepped to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, and said, "I'm reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century. Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his ve st pocket. He couldn't find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn't there, so he looked in his briefcase but couldn't find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn't find it.

The conductor said, "Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I'm sure you bought a ticket. Don't worry about it." Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to
move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

The conductor rushed back and said, "Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don't worry, I know who you are. No problem. You don't need a ticket. I'm sure you bought one."

Einstein looked at him and said, "Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don't know is where I'm going.'"

Having said that B____ G_____ continued, "See the suit I'm wearing? It's a brand new suit. My wife, my children, and my grandchildren are telling me I've gotten a little slovenly in my old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon and one more occasion.

You know what that occasion is? This is the suit in which I'll be buried. But when you hear I'm dead, I don't want you to immediately remember the suit I'm wearing. I want you to remember this:

I not only know who I am .. I also know where I'm going."

Full Moon?

Well, if it's not a Full Moon tonight, it's pretty close!

The random craziness of the criminal element always gets focused during that time of the lunar cycle. Suffice it to say that the last 3 days have reminded me that crime doesn't rest. I've been witness to several juvenile crime events (one more recently personal) that remind me that this is a Battle for the Spiritual well being of a generation in America that has been distanced from the Righteousness of God. Well, it's not just America, I lament this situation because it seems paradoxically difficult to restore righteousness in a country which claims to be a Nation built on Godly Principles... it seems as if the foundation is being demolished one brick at a time.

When an ancient prophet, Nehemiah, heard news that the land of his fathers had been laid waste, it grieved him. It really bothered him... and he did something about it. I look around, and a common reaction today is to build a personal life raft and set out into the ocean to save 'me and mine.' How wonderful it would be to see an Ark of Deliverance being built [spiritually AND socially] by those who actually are aware that there is a Hope. Good News has yet to be delivered to some parts of the world, and in some parts where those News Stories have become neglected, ancient history, someone has to resurrect the ancient tribal custom of story-telling.

What a wonder to look for the day when as the story is told to children who will embrace the task of coming alongside their parents in rebuilding their homes, communities, cities, nations... you can hear them say, "Hand me another brick." as they work in the light of a silvery moon.


Labor Day at Kwame's!

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Originally uploaded by rmaxt.
Kwame's Chicken clearly had a marinated advantage... good thing too! It had to run competition with steaks, zucchini & Portabello mushrooms on that grill.

Labor Day has a very special significance though... on Labor Day in 1969, I kissed a girl for the very first time! We got married 7 years later (i'll tell you that story some other time) and 37 years since that first Labor Day... Hey! This is my dream! Get your own!


Mussels on Fisherman's Wharf!

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Originally uploaded by rmaxt.
These mussels were sitting in a garlic-butter soup that was so Good! I scooped up several shells full while I was enjoying these delights.

Really good!