Monday, June 08, 2009
Here is an email I received. It's so true I just had to share this.
No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, WE ARE AWESOME !!!! OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF !!!!
At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don'tread anything else, please read what he said. Very well stated, Mr. Leno.
TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn'tget tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no boosterseats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.
Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon.
We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.
We weren't overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing...that's why! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.. No one was able to reach us all day, and, we were OKAY.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Play stations, Nintendo's and X-boxes. There were no videogames, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internetand no chat rooms.
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We would get spankings with wooden spoons, yard sticks, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS! You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.
While you are at it, share it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were.
The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, andwith the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
Friday, June 05, 2009
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Our 16 year old granddaughter ran away from home in Missouri a couple of days ago. She is not alone.
- One in seven children between the ages of 10 and 18 will run away.
- Some will return within a few days; others remain on the streets never to return.
- An estimated 1.3 million youth are on the streets each day.
- Assaults, illness or suicide will take the lives of 5,000 runaway youth each year.
- The median age for the cycle of running is 14 years old.
- Most runaway youths remain away from home between one month and one year.
- Females tend to return home sooner than males.
We were very lucky. Some of our granddaughter's friends were willing to help and through text messages were able to keep track of her and let her parents know where she was and where she was headed. This enabled us to contact the authorities and our granddaughter was picked up by the state police in New York two days after running away from home in Missouri.
Now the issue is how do we get her back home to Missouri and how will her parents be able to keep her there?
I found an organization that will help out with a FREE bus ticket. It's called the Home Free Program . 1.800.RUNAWAY. There are many other organizations out there that will help in various ways, I am in the process of getting a list together and putting up a website to help people in similar situations.
If you know of any groups or organizations that help runaways or families of runaways please leave a comment or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .
A couple of valuable lessons learned here are:
- Know your children's friends and how to contact them.
- Have a recent picture of your child handy for authorities.
- Know where to go for help if something like this should happen
Much more coming soon on this subject as it is near and dear to my heart. If you have helpful info on runaways and resources please let me know.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Congratulations to Diversity, the street dancers who won "Britian's got Talent". They were good, but street dancers and singers are two different things. Diversity had some training and good choreography but Susan did it all on her own!
In a competition like this it's not necessarially the first place winner that gets the best deal. Look at Clay Aiken from American Idol for example. Anyone who gets in the top 10 is going to be recognized for their talent and I'm sure they all get tons of letters and phone calls with amazing offers.
Boyle, 48 years old, was quoted in The London Times April 20th, 2009 saying, "Maybe I'll consider a makeover later on; for now I'm happy the way I am — short and plump. I would not go in for Botox or anything like that. I'm content with the way I look. What's wrong with looking like Susan Boyle? What's the matter with that?"
So big congrats to Susan Boyle, a lady with a great voice and lots of self confidence. I'm sure we haven't seen the last of her! You go Girl!!!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I am trying to build up a list of subscribers on my new YouTube channel. Please check it out and see me play the 3 string mountain dulcimer, chromatic harmonica and guitar. If you like what you see and hear please subscribe to my channel.
Feel free to comment on my music.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
The World Health Organization said that there may be as many as two billion cases worldwide by the time the swine flu virus runs its course! That's worse then the 1918 outbreak of the Spanish Flu where an *estimated 50 to 100 million worldwide died from the disease!
So far the most cases of swine flu have been reported in Mexico, with the United States coming in 2nd. Vaccines against the new strain are being developed and could be ready as early as June 2009.
Meanwhile, frequent washing of hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand sanitizers, especially after being out in public can help to prevent infection. Social distancing may also be necessary if there is an outbreak of the epidemic in your area. This means staying at home or staying away from other people who might be infected and can include avoiding large gatherings.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
For the last month I had a bad cough and now I had been having some bad chest pains for a few days so I went to the VA Hospital, which is always an adventure! After an hour's drive we arrived at 8:30 pm. We had never been there at night before and the parking lot was closed. It took us 5 minutes to find the night time parking garage and entrance. Upon entering the hospital we arrived at a set of elevators and had no idea where to go due to no signs. I picked up emergancy phone and got directions. We had to walk about a quarter of a mile through the hospital corridors to get to the emergancy room; this took another 10 minutes.
Then we checked in and we were seen by a triage nurse who asked me some questions then sent me for xrays. After that we were told to wait in the emergancy room lobby. We waited for 3 hours and were finally seen by the doctor. We were lucky, we were called before some of the other patients because I checked in with chest pains. Some people we talked to had already been waiting 6-7 hours to be seen!!!
I appreciate what the VA does for us but they need to improve their system! There were only 5 other people in the emergancy room when we got there, it should not have taken us 3 hours. Even though I checked in with chest pains I was not given an EKG. The doctor said the xrays were fine and told me that pain was due to blood pressure medicine I have been taken. It can cause a chronic cough and chest pains. She told me to stop taking that medicine and she would talk to my regular doctor on Monday to prescribe a new medicine for BP.
Your comments are welcome.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
I didn't know what to blog about today so I figured I share a special recipe that I made last night for dinner. Actually, I never measure anything or use an actual recipe; I cook the way my Italian Grandmother taught me. When I would ask her how she made something she would always reply. "I add a pinch of this, a dash of that and a whole lot of love!"
Chicken Marinated in Greek or Italian Vinergerette Dressing
You can use any type of salad dressing you like. Just pour some dressing in a big bowl and soak chicken breasts or thighs in it, place in refrigerator covered for 2-4 hours and let it marinate. Before you put the chicken in poke some holes in each piece using a fork so the marinate will soak in.
After 2-4 hours place chicken in baking dish and pour the marinate over it so the bottom of dish has a little in it and make sure chicken is thouroughly covered with marinate. Sprinkle some spices on chicken, I always use parsely, basil, garlic salt, thyme and dill weed. Bake in oven at 350 degress 45-60 minutes. Make sure you turn chicken over at least once during the baking. It will come out nice and moist and simply delicious.
I usually make baked potatoes and a vegetable to go with this. Instead of butter on potatoes I pour a little of the marinate over the potatoes after they are baked. HHHHMMMM GOOD!
Let me know if you try this and how you liked it. Please leave a comment.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I do not understand why many redheads change their hair color? I think redheads are so beautiful! I happen to be married to a beautiful redhead and she has never dyed her hair to another color.
Take Nicole Kidman for example. I just saw the movie Australia, which was a great movie; however, she is a blond in the movie which does not do her justice. Nicole is a sexy redhead...why mess with perfection? Look at the photo below and tell me she isn't a beautiful redhead!
Leave your comments...especially if you are a redhead girl that has changed her hair color.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Here's a new way I discovered to earn a little extra money. It's called Link Bee. Just go to their site and create a link your url will be shortened like this http://linkbee.com/LN7C and you will get paid for clicks. There are different types of links available. The above link will take you to my web design website. This link Linkbee.com will take you to the Link Bee website.
Check out this site, you won't get rich quick but it is a way to add to your income stream. You can put links on your blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Please leave a comment.
Monday, March 23, 2009
This weekend our 37 year old son moved back in with us. We are happy to help him out as he makes a transition in his life. It will be good to have him around as we didn't get to see him too often the last several years.
Just curious how many other parents have revolving doors on their homes. We have had the following family members living with us from time to time over the years.
My daughter, my wife's daughter and two children, my wife's son, my brother-in-law, my wife's son and his wife and son. We love family and are happy to help out...just wish we had a bigger house.
Please leave a comment.
Friday, March 20, 2009
People ask me all the time what's the importance of having your own domain name. The answer is really quite simple. The domain name you select is your identity; it's your brand. For example http://www.coke.com/ or http://www.ibm.com/ , there is no doubt where you will go when you click on these domain names! They are short, easy to remember and identify the product or company.
The shorter the domain name the better. You want something that people can remember easily. There are lots of places you can register a domain name, I always use GoDaddy. Click on the logo above to check out what they have to offer. I have been using them for several years for domain name registration, web site hosting, email accounts and much more.
Some companys will charge you $20-$35 a year to register your domain name, but GoDaddy has great rates, as low as $7.49 a year! Check them out for all your web needs.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Anyone who has been in the military is familiar with the saying, "Hurry up and wait". Well, the Vietnam war has been over for more then 40 years now. I think it's a shame that Vietnam Vets have been forgotten about!
I have Diabetes type II which was proven to be caused by exposure to Agent Orange, a chemical which was sprayed in Vietnam to defoliate the jungles. However, since I was in the "Bluewater Navy" which meant I was on a ship and did not have "boots on soil", my claim for benefits has been held up forever!
I was a signalman on board an aircraft carrie, The Bon Homme Richard, and spent my 3 tours of duty in Vietnam above decks, exposed to the prevailing winds. I'm sure I was exposed to Agent Orange while I was there. In addition to that, we often drank and showered in sea water when we would run out of fresh water. I find it hard to believe that we were not exposed to the chemical just because we were out at sea!
The Hass vs. Nicholson case has been holding up the Agent Orange claims with the VA. I understand that the case has been resolved, but it's not good news for the "Bluewater Navy".
Due to my Diabetes, I am now disabled and legally blind in one eye with no peripheral vision in either eye. I did my duty and served my country and it's not fair that the VA and Congress should ignore my claim. I'm sure I am not alone...if there are other Vets out there reading this write to your Congressman and tell them to wake up and get a clue.
Please leave a comment.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Just ask anybody you see and I'll bet they can name at least 3 people they know who have recently been laid off from work! It's a sign of the times. I was laid off on August 31 2008. To make things worse, I no longer can drive due to health issues! Did I panic when I was laid off? Of course I did...no more pay check, no health insurance or life insurance, no 401-k, etc.
Today is March 15, 2009. "Beware the Ides of March!" Anyone who has read Shakespeare will remember the soothsayer's warning to Julius Caesar. However, today is not a day of foreboding, and neither was August 31, 2008.
Here are a few things I found out about being laid off.
1. It gives you time for yourself.
2. Once you get over the initial shock and feeling of self-pity and frustration, you will actually enjoy making your own schedule.
3. You will discover your talents and learn how to make money using these talents.
In order to survive after being laid off, the first thing you need to do is take a serious look at your financial situation. Do you have anything to fall back on? A 401-k, annuity, savings, stocks, bonds, Swiss bank account, money stuffed in your mattress? I had very little to fall back on and it was quickly used up because the monthly bills keep on coming!
The next thing you need to do is decide if you are going to look for a new job or if you will work from home or collect unemployment or retire or whatever. If the answer is look for a job, then you had better get your resume in order and start looking! You will not be the only one out there looking for that job; our economy is a mess and the competition will be tough, no matter what field of work you are searching for! Make looking for a job your new full-time job.
Everyone has some talents. Look deep inside yourself and find out what it is you are really good at and enjoy doing, then figure out a way to make money doing it! I like to design web sites, write articles and short stories, and play the guitar. All of these are marketable talents and since August 31st, 2008 they have been my only source of income.
If you are going to work from home you will need some quiet office space and a lot of discipline. It's real easy to get distracted, so get organized and get tough on yourself!
The most important thing to do is talk to everybody you come in contact with and ask them what they do and if their company is hiring or if they know where you can find a job. Networking works and you will be surprised at the results. You will have to swallow your pride and tell people that you lost your job, but if you don't you just may miss out on a great opportunity. I ended up with a telemarketing job I can do from home by talking to people about my layoff.
Don't loose touch with your former co-workers. Get their phone numbers and email addresses so you can keep up with them. They know you and they may be able to help you out in your job search.
That's it in a nutshell...no need to stress out and worry. All you have to do is keep the faith and do whatever it is you do best. Remember, God never closes a door on you without opening another!
Please leave your comments about this post.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
by: Eileen McDargh
Today's Economy DEMANDS A Critical Skill: Optimism
Global warming. Water shortages. Terrorism. Failing health care system. Wars around the globe. Gas prices. Severe economic downturn. Look at the headlines and it's enough to make you stay in bed.
But wait! There is hope. It's not the cock-eyed optimism sung about in South Pacific, the hottest show on Broadway. Rather it's what psychologists in France are calling "intelligent optimism." Such optimism does not deny the reality of today's world, but rather seeks to LEARN how to fashion a life amid such difficulties. Martin Seligman, the psychologist who had made optimism and happiness his life's work, would agree with the French: optimism can be taught.
Consider these basic steps:
(1) Focus on what you can control. Don't get carried away by circumstances you cannot change. You might not change global warming, but you can control your energy consumption. You can't stop the downsizing in your company, but you can arm yourself with marketable skills. You cannot halt the bleeding on Wall Street but you can rebalance your portfolio. You can take a hard look at expenses and determine what are necessities and what are nice-to-have items that can be dropped. At the same time, do resolve to spend some money or time on something that truly gives you pleasure and lightens your spirit. Two-for-one hamburgers at the local joint with my best friend make my heart glad and brings a smile to TWO faces.
(2) Reframe the event so that you are not a victim. There is always another way to view a situation. The flight cancellation that caused me to miss (and forfeit) a major engagement was not "planned" to "get" me. It just was. My choice is to figure out what I can do to help the current client and what I will put in place of the cancelled work. When Hurricane Katrina wiped out the home of a nurse, she told me that she focused every day on what she still had and she had her children do the same thing. Every day started with gratitude. She refused to see herself as a victim.
(3) Think "enough". When we concentrate on what we don't have, we miss all the many things we do have. The truth of the matter is that if you are reading this article, you do have enough computer power. You do have enough intelligence. You do have enough. It might not be as much as you would like but, for today, it is enough.
(4) Cultivate optimistic responses. Like a farmer tending a field, optimism will never grow unless it is watered, fed, weeded, and nourished. We all have days in which negativity can take over. And, sometimes, that is a WISE response because it keeps us grounded in reality. Just make sure it is reality and not the imagination making extraordinary leaps into conjecture. Weed out that conjecture. Ask what you can DO to see a result that gives you a sense of power. As Alexander Graham Bells stated, "Sometimes we stare so long at the closed door we fail to see the one that is opening." The 3M engineer who thought he had failed to make a glue compound that would stick discovered what we all now call Post-In Notes(tm).
(5) Remember the power of generations. Children of depressed parents are more prone to depression. Children of optimists are more prone to be optimists. What do you choose to pass along? Even if your parents were negative, you can break the cycle by stopping, freeze-framing a situation, listening to the negative self-talk, and then literally giving yourself a different message. Yes, this is a practice. A hard practice. But you can make it a habit if you work it over time.
(6) Sing. When all else fails-start singing. It is impossible to feel negative when you lift your voice in song. Music allows you to formulate words, to add nuance, and to even get your toe tapping.
(7) Refuse to watch or read anything that puts a dark pall over your day. Instead of tuning into gloom, read a book that transports you to another time and a better mood. Go play with the baby next door. And if you are one of those folks who just can't stand children, take a walk with your dog, dig in the yard, or get a bucket of balls and practice your golf swing. Better that than walking around with heart and mind weighted down.
(8) Refuse to participate in a chorus of negative conversations if the only thing you will hear is whining, complaining and moaning. Tell your group that they have three minutes to throw a hissy fit but then it must stop and the next six minutes must be devoted to either finding something positive about the situation or something that they can do.
Lastly, practice saying this mantra, "This too shall pass." It always has and it always will.
(c) 2009, McDargh Communications. Publication rights granted to all venues so long as article and by-line are reprinted intact and all links are made live.
Known as a powerful presenter and facilitator, Eileen McDargh, CSP, CPAE has been creating conversations that matter and connections that count since 1980. Executive Excellence ranks her among the top 100 thought-leaders in leadership development. Her newest book, Gifts from the Mountain, received the 2008 Ben Franklin book award. To hire Eileen to heal your company as a speaker, coach or retreat leader visit http://www.eileenmcdargh.com
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009
I found a great web site that you will love! If you can't afford TIVO and you still haven't figured out how to set your VCR to record shows then this is for you.
Hulu is a web site that features many popular TV shows and movies. It's FREE to register and you can sign up to be notified by email when the latest episode of your favorite show is available to watch.
You can select which shows to put in your queue and watch them whenever you want from your computer. There are current shows and movies and even some oldtime classics available.
Check it out...it's an awesome site.
Please leave a comment.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Things to do during Lenten Season
When I was a kid we were taught that we had to give up something every year for Lent. Of course it had to be something that you really liked; we were not allowed to give up homework or cleaning our room. More often than not I would give up chocolate, which always worked out well because at the end of Lent comes Easter and the Easter Bunny with loads of chocolate!
Lent is the time when Jesus went into the wilderness for 40 days to fast, reflect and meditate. Since I am diabetic, I can not fast; however, I am certainly able to reflect and meditate. Over the years I have discovered that giving up something for Lent wasn’t really satisfying to me so I decided to take on something new instead. Here are some examples of how you can take on something new during this Lenten season. It’s a good way to renew your soul, your body and your life; give it a try!
The theme here is quiet, peaceful time for meditating and renewing yourself.
* Try turning off your television, radio, cell phone, computer, etc. Spend some quiet time with yourself and just relax a little bit each day.
* Go for a walk or a bike ride.
* Take a nice long, hot bubble bath.
* Let go of old grudges and resentment. Forgive and forget.
* Be nice to people, smile more and be kind to everyone you meet.
* Take time to read the Bible every day and spend time praying.
* If you really want to give something up, give up fast food; your body will love you for it.
Do these things for 40 days and when Easter rolls around you will feel refreshed and better about yourself.
Your comments are welcome.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Looking for friends and students of Joan Marinaro
My sister Joan Ellen Marinaro passed away in 2003. I am working on writing a book about her which will include her poetry and some stories from friends, fellow teachers and students.
When you think of Joan, you should remember bright colors, especially purple; jewelry everywhere, fun outfits, her laughter, her love for the children she taught, gardening, her unconditional love for animals and especially her beautiful smile. If my sister touched your life, please email me at email@example.com and share your memories.
Joan was a teacher in Connecticut, Texas, Oregon, and Arizona. She also spent several years on a Navajo Reservation in Arizona teaching. If you remember Joan, please contact me.
You can read a little more about Joan Ellen Marinaro by clicking here.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Times are really tough. The economy is a big mess; people are losing their jobs and their homes! I have been laid off since Aug. 31, 2008 and I never know where my next dollar is going to come from...it's a real challange keeping up with the mortgage and all the other bills.
Somehow, I have managed to keep my head above water in these tough times but there has got to be a better way. Right now I am making telemarketing phone calls from home and designing websites. I can no longer drive, so whatever I do it has to be done from my home. If anyone has any brilliant ideas, please let me know.
I do manage to get a check from Google now and then, not every month but every couple of months. I would like to figure out how to increase that stream of income. I also get a little from Commission Junction but that too needs a lot of improvement.
The website clients are few and far between but I am grateful for every little bit of work I can get. I am open to any suggestions for working from home. Please let me know if you have found a way to survive from home in these tough times.
Face Book and other Social Networking sites has a huge following...there must be a way to make some money with those type of sights. How about sharing the secrets?
Your comments are welcome.