Saturday, December 31, 2016

10 Interesting Facts About Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera

Ron Rivera who was born on January 7, 1962 at Fort Ord, California. He is the Head Coach for the Carolina Panthers and has been playing and coaching in the NFL since 1984.



10 interesting facts about Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera



Facts#1:


Ron Rivera as a military brat grew up around the world in Panama, Germany, Washington D.C., Maryland, and California.



Facts#2:


Ron Rivera played for the University of Southern California, Berkeley. Ron was an All-American linebacker he last three years of his college career. He held the records for career tackles and all-time sacks at one time. He still holds the single season record for tackles for loss on a play.



Facts#3:


Ron Rivera was the MVP of the 1984 East-West Shrine Game and was the country’s top linemen in 1983 winning the Lombardi Award.



Facts#4:


Ron Rivera was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 2nd round, the 44th overall selection of the 1984 NFL Draft.



Facts#5:


Ron Rivera was the first Puerto Rican football player to win a Super Bowl in the FL when the Chicago Bears beat the New England Patriots 46-10 at Super Bowl XX.



Facts#6:


Ron Rivera played for only one team, the Chicago Bears for his entire nine season career which lasted from 1984 to 1992.



Facts#7:


Ron Rivera from 1993-1996 worked as a sports TV analyst covering NFL and college games in the Chicago area for SportsChannel Chicago and WGN-TV.



Facts#8:


Ron Rivera got his first job coaching in the NFL with the Chicago Bears in 1997 as a Defensive Quality Control Coach. He stayed thru the 1998 season until offered a Linebacker coaching position with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999 where he stayed thru the 2003 season. During his years at Philadelphia, the Eagles made three consecutive NFC Championship games. In 2004, Ron returned to the Chicago Bears to become their Defensive Coordinator. The 2005 Bears ranked 2nd in the NFL overall and in 2006 the Bears defense was ranked 3rd and gave up the fewest points in the league. Apparently he Bears GM and Owners upset that Ron Rivera was interviewing for head coaching positions with the San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys decided to not renew his contract for the 2007 season. Ron became the San Diego Chargers inside linebackers coach in 2007. He was promoted to defensive Coordinator in October of 2008.



Facts#9:


Ron Rivera in 2011 was named the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. He is the 4th Latino Head Coach in the NFL. Thru the 2013 season, Ron’s Panthers have compiled a 25-23 cumulative regular season record and a 0-1 playoff record. 2013 season was the first time during Ron’s tenure that the Panthers have made the playoffs, winning the NFC South.



Facts#10:


Ron Rivera nickname is “Riverboat Ron.” He was labeled that for his propensity to go for it on 4th down or to try a play that had a high risk factor.




Sources:Carolina Panthers Team Page, Pro Football Reference , Charlotte Observer , NFL , San Jose Mercury News , Coaching Roots



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10 Interesting Facts About Coffee

Drinking a cup of coffee is an “eye-opening” way for an estimated 4 out of every 5 Americans to start their day. In fact, Americans enjoy drinking a “cup of Joe” most anytime, day or night. In fact, besides Americans, the three largest consumers of coffee include the French and the Germans. Combined, these people drink about 65% of the total coffee that’s consumed in the world. Here are 10 interesting facts about coffee:

1. How Much Caffeine Does Coffee Contain?
The amount of caffeine that a cup of coffee contains depends on the type of beans that are used, how they were roasted, and even how the beverage was brewed. On the average, a small, eight-ounce cup of coffee contains anywhere from 65 milligrams of caffeine if it’s “instant”, to 115 milligrams if it’s drip brewed.


2. Coffee Has Its Own Designated Holidays
In Costa Rica, it’s September 12; the Irish celebrate it on September 19, and October 1 is designated as “Coffee Day” in Japan.


3. Where Did the Term “Cup of Joe” Come From?
Another interesting fact about coffee is that it’s long been a favorite drink among American soldiers. Soldiers in the Civil War, for example, were issued rations of coffee which they brewed in water over camp fires. During World War II, American soldiers found Maxwell® Instant Coffee in their rations. Since these soldiers were known as “G.I. Joes”, and were known to consume large amounts of coffee, the phrase “cup of Joe” was adapted to describe a cup of coffee.


4. Coffee Ranks High in the World of Commodities
When you think of the most popular commodity that’s traded across the globe, what comes to mind? If petroleum was your first guess, you’re right on the money! But, what commodity holds the number two spot? You guessed it- coffee. Coffee may be just a drink to you, but it’s actually a $60 billion dollar a year industry.


5. Who Invented Coffee?
This is probably the most interesting fact about coffee you’ll ever hear. The story goes, that many generations ago, in- what’s now – the African country of Ethiopia, a lowly goat herder noticed one day that some of his sheep were full of energy. They were giddy and, well, rather high-strung. Upon further inspection the man found out they were eating berries off a bush. The goat herder tasted the berries and he found that he had more energy as well! At first, the berries were eaten. It was later they were turned into a caffeinated beverage.


6. Is This Why Coffee Is So Pricey?
Coffee trees are not fast growers. In fact, it takes five years for a coffee tree to reach full maturity. Once it’s become mature, each tree will bear one to two pounds of coffee beans per growing season.


7. George Washington Invented Instant Coffee…
George Constant Washington, that is, an English chemist. Another interesting fact about coffee is that Washington, who was living in Guatemala in 1906, invented a product he called “Red-E-Coffee.” It was placed on the market in 1909.


8. Coffee Is Naturally a No-Calorie Beverage
Just like tea, if you prefer to drink your coffee “black”, or without sugar, milk or other additives, then it’s a no-calorie beverage. That’s why it’s a favorite drink among people who are dieting.


9. Coffee and Its Impact on Employment
An interesting fact about coffee is that this number two commodity provides jobs for about 25 million people in the world today.


10. Use Coffee to Grow Your Plants
Dump some cold coffee into ailing houseplants from time to time and it will help them turn green and healthy. Or, mix some used coffee grounds into the soil to help revitalize your plants!


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10 Inspirational Bible Verses About Joy

As the Christmas season is starting to arrive, I thought I would write about the topic of Joy. The Bible has many verses about the topic of Joy or that include the word Joy. I have picked out 10 Bible Verses that I hope to be an inspiration to those reading.


10 Inspirational Bible Verses About Joy


Inspirational Bible Verses About Joy- From the book of Psalms


Psalm 30:5


For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.


Psalm 16:11


Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fulness of joy; In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.


Psalm 126:3


The LORD has done great things for us; We are glad.


Psalm 4:7


Thou hast put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound.


Inspirational Bible Verses About Joy- From the book of Romans


Romans 14:17


for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.


Romans 15:13


Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Inspirational Bible Verses About Joy- From the book of Acts


Acts 2:28


‘Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; Thou wilt make me full of gladness with Thy presence.’


Inspirational Bible Verses About Joy- From the book of James


James 1:2


Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,


Inspiration Bible Verses About Joy- From the books of Proverbs and Hebrews


Proverbs 23:24


The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And he who begets a wise son will be glad in him.


Hebrews 12:2


fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


We receive Joy from the holy spirit that works inside of us. The Bible even tells us to give joy and rejoice in times of trial. I pray that these Bible Verses brought inspiration and joy to your hearts. Please add any other Bible Verses about Joy to the comments.


Other Bible Verse Articles


Bible Verses for Encouragement
Bible Verses for Hope
Bible Verses about Friendship


Resources:


New American Standard Bible


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10 Interesting Facts About Bill Murray

Bill Murray, who was born on September 21, 1950, is an American actor who has been in many great movies. Some of the movies that he has been in are Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and Lost in Translation.


Here are 10 interesting facts about the famous actor:


10 Interesting Facts About Bill Murray #1:
The first interesting fact is that he has been married twice. He was married to his first wife, Mickey Kelley, from January 25, 1981 to January 29, 1994. They had two children together. As for his second marriage, he married a woman, Jennifer Butler, who he was with from July 4, 1997 to June 13, 2008. They had four children together.


10 Interesting Facts About Bill Murray #2:
One random fact is that he is an owner of a minor league baseball team in Charleston, South Carolina. The name of the baseball team is the Riverdogs.


10 Interesting Facts About Bill Murray #3:
He has commented about how he has controlled his desire for wanting an Oscar. In his words, “I’m over the Oscar thing. I feel that if you really want an Oscar, you’re in trouble. It’s like wanting to be married – you’ll take anybody. If you want the Oscar really badly, it becomes a naked desire and ambition. It becomes very unattractive. I’ve seen it.”


10 Interesting Facts About Bill Murray #4:
Another interesting fact is that he was bitten by the groundhog twice during the making of the 1993 movie Groundhog Day.


10 Interesting Facts About Bill Murray #5:
One of his favorite sports is golf. He has appeared at several pro-am golf tournaments.


10 Interesting Facts About Bill Murray #6:
Another interesting fact is that he has talked about the “downsides” of having money. In his words, “There aren’t many downsides to being rich, other than paying taxes and having relatives asking for money. But being famous, that’s a 24 hour job right there.”


10 Interesting Facts About Bill Murray #7:
He could have played the role of Boon in National Lampoon’s Animal House. The role was even created solely for him. Unfortunately, he declined it because of a scheduling conflict.


10 Interesting Facts About Bill Murray #8:
Another role that he turned down was Steve Carell’s part in the 2006 movie Little Miss Sunshine. He has commented that this role was one that he regretted not taking.


10 Interesting Facts About Bill Murray #9:
Fellow comedian Dan Aykroyd gave Murray the nickname of “The Murricane” because Murray often experiences mood swings.


10 Interesting Facts About Bill Murray #10:
The last interesting fact is that he has compared the two Ghostbuster movies. In his words, “The first 45 minutes of the original Ghostbusters is some of the funniest stuff ever made. The second one was disappointing because the special-effects guys took over. I had something like two scenes – and they’re the only funny ones in the movie.”


Sources:


“Bill Murray Biography,” Biography.com.


Katla McGlynn, “Find Out What Your Favorite Bill Murray Movie Says About You! ,” The Huffington Post.


Stuart Heritage, “Bill Murray is 60! Celebrate with 60 Bill Murray Facts,” The Guardian.


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10 Ideas to Spice Up Your Marriage

All couples get into a rut from time to time. Many of the mysteries have been solved and either, or both, of you have been complacent in your marriage. Marriage is like a garden. It needs to be given attention, sun, water. A lot goes in to creating a successful garden and you have to maintain it in order for it to continue thriving. When you feel you’ve slid into a rut, try out these tips for reviving the romance.

1. Roleplaying. Don’t afraid to do something different. That’s the pitfall of many relationships in a rut – people don’t want to get out of their comfort zone. If you had to eat vanilla ice cream the rest of your life, you’d get bored too. If you always liked the look of cowboys, ask your spouse to dress up for you, or dress up for them. You might find you enjoy playing out the boss-secretary fantasy, or the schoolgirl-principal fantasy. Be creative and experiement. Figure out what you’d enjoy. Remember, you are with someone you trust completely, your husband/wife. He is not going to think you are a weird pervert if you dress up as Pocahontas for him. In fact, I guarantee that he’ll be quite enticed at your getup.


2. Take roleplaying a step farther. If you are not interested in what some call ‘cliche’ or ‘cheesy’ roleplaying, why not go out on a date with your spouse – as a different person. Create an alter ego for yourself, dress differently than you normally would. If it helps you feel more into “character”, try a wig, fall, or hairpiece. Meet him at the bar or restaurant, so that he might not recognize you when you come in. If he’s game, have him come up with a persona for himself – neither of you know this “stranger” and so, with a general background of your “character”, neither one of you is going to know what the other one is bound to say. It eliminates the predictibility of relationships. You know all about that person…but you don’t know about this person. Encourage your husband (and yourself) to allow yourself to be more free in your alter ego. It’s not you, in a way, so you can be more daring with your flirting, etc.


3. Do a striptease. Set up a chair in your bedroom, some music to dance to, and wear something a stripper would. I recommend ‘Pump Up the Volume’ by MARRS for music. When you pick something to wear, find something that flatters you and makes you feel sexy. If you have a nice chest, but a stomach you’d like to supress, try a corset.


4. Do something romantic for no reason other than you love your spouse. Surprise them with a love letter from you (handwritten) and a rose in their car. I assure you, it will make their day to go to their car after a long day at work and find your surprise. You could even include a few “love coupons” for them to use at their discretion, such as “One backrub” or “A night under the stars”.


5. Leave a note on the bathroom mirror, the computer – anywhere, basically – for your spouse to find. Everyone likes to know that they’re being thought about and it’ll boost their day just knowing that you took the time.


6. Do something thoughtful, whether its buying them something you know they wanted, or taking out the trash, or washing their hair in the shower. The little things really do count.


7. Leave a trail of rose petals leading toward the bedroom. They will get the hint to follow. Have silk sheets on the bed and champagne or wine cooling on the nightstand. Tell them what you love about them.


8. Try to avoid doing the dinner-and-a-movie date. Go to a carnival. Have fun with them. Many rides will give you opportunities to break the touch barrier and have a enjoyable, intimate time with your spouse. Pick date ideas that are fun, different, and not typical. Go-carts is recommended, too.


9. Make them a candlelight dinner with their favorite meal. It goes along way to remind your partner that you care.


10. Kiss your spouse as if they are going off to war. Many of can fall into the trip of giving quick pecks on the lips before scurrying off to work. Take the time to show them you are still very much in love with them, and very much attracted to them.


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10 Illinois State Historic Sites Open 7 Days a Week

During this bicentennial year of 16th President Abraham Lincoln’s birth, 10 Illinois state historic sites, many with Lincoln connections, will open seven days a week this month for the summer tourist season.

This follows the reversal of disgraced ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich’s closing of what he said were the least-visited state parks and state historic sites through the remainder of the fiscal year. Blagojevich cited budgetary shortages for the closings.


Governor Pat Quinn recently ordered those state parks and historic sites to be reopened. A few had been reopened separate from government action, as in the case of the Vandalia Statehouse where Lincoln served as a state lawmaker, thanks to local efforts.


Generally, the sites reopened with their budget-saving five-day-a-week schedule, closing Mondays and Tuedays which are regarded as the slowest tourist days of the week.


Sites Staying Open


According to the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the state historic sites that will now open this summer seven days a week include:


the Bjorklund Hotel, Colony Church, and Bishop Hill Museum in Bishop Hill, a town founded as a colony by Swedish religious dissenters, May 25th until September 7th


Cahokia Mounds, site of the largest prehistoric city in North America and of the astronomical site Woodhenge, in Collinsville, open now through October 31, closing Mondays only after November 1st


Fort Kaskaskia in Ellis Grove, located on a bluff overlooking the island …accessible only from the Missouri side…where the first state capital is located, until further notice


the Lewis and Clark site in Hartford, where Captains Meriwhether Lewis and William Clarke’s expedition West was launched from their winter quarters at Camp DuBois where they recruited and trained, until further notice


the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices in Springfield, the only remaining location where Lincoln maintained law offices, May 15 through September 7


the Lincoln Log Cabin in Lerna, home of Lincoln’s parents after he moved to Springfield and which he occasionally visited, through September 7


Lincoln’s New Salem in Petersburg, a magniificent recreation of the village where Lincoln was a storekeeper, through September 14


Lincoln’s Tomb in Springfield, where the former president is entombed and the site of a bizarre plot by counterfeiters to snatch the late president’s body, May 14 through September 7


the Old State Capitol in Springfield, May 15 through September 7;


and the Vandalia Statehouse in Vandalia, through September 7.


Except where noted, the sites will revert to their five-day-a-week Wednesday through Sunday schedule through the remainder of the year after the summer schedule expires.


Funding


A supplemental appropriation bill passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Pat Quinn makes the reopening possible which not only paid for the expanded summer schedule but had been responsible for reopening the closed parks and historic sites.


The Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency operates more than 60 state historic sites and memorials as well as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library located in downtown Springfield.


References


Historic Sites Across the State Have Re-Opened!, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency http://www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/sites.htm


Several States Historic Sites to Open Seven Days a Week for Summer, WandTV http://www.wandtv.com/global/story.asp?s=10291507


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10 Hot Tips for Visiting Rome

Rome is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations and with over 3.8 million residents, there are a few things that you should know before arriving. Follow these tips for a fun and safe visit to the busiest city in Italy.

Tip 1
There are two airports that service Rome. The major one is Leonardo da Vinci, also commonly known as Fiumicino. The secondary airport is the one most commonly serviced by charter flights and the average discount flight that many airlines offer from various European cities. Ciampino is the secondary airport and though it’s less serviced by major transit, it’s easy to take a CORTAL bus to the Metropolitana station which connects with a train that ends at Stazione Termini. This train leaves from Fiumicino every hour. The station is located in the heart of old Rome and is the main hub for all trains, subways, and buses in Rome. It’s also surrounded by the cheapest hotels in the city.


Tip 2
The quickest and cheapest way to get around Rome is by bus. ATAC is the main bus company servicing Rome, and two routes go directly through the historical district and the cultural center of Rome. The 64 is by far more popular, while the 40 has fewer stops but is an express and less crowded. Whenever possible, choose to ride the 40 as the 64 is famous for the professional pickpockets and shady characters constantly on board. This bus houses professional looking businessmen with suit jackets on their arms, which they use to cover their roaming hands and relieve you of your money, wallets, and anything else that might be within their reach. The 40 has fewer people and fewer tourists. Because the 64 is well-known as a popular route for visitors, it’s an easy target. Avoid the dangers of the 64 completely and take the 40 into the historic center of Rome.


Tip 3
If you’re looking to get into the historical center of Rome and the entrance to the Vatican, you’ll have to go by bus, taxi, or on foot. While Rome has a subway, called Metro, it doesn’t service the oldest parts of the city. The reasons for this are simply that too many archaeological treasures are found under the city and digging is often stopped before it really gets started. The Metro is the quickest way to get around, and since a day ticket or visitor’s pass is good on the trains or buses, you’ll be likely to use the Metro, but when heading towards the Vatican, the bus should be your travel option of choice.


Tip 4
Small fountains found along the streets of Rome, along with larger more decorative fountains are all flowing with cold, fresh water that flows down the mountain springs in the outer areas of the city. These fountains are safe to drink from unless they have a sign posted that reads “acqua non potabile” in which case the water is not safe for drinking. Although drinking is allowed from the fountains, bathing and swimming never is, so don’t dip in no matter how hot it is or how inviting the water is, unless you’re hoping to be arrested and charged at least 500 euro.


Tip 5
Since transit tickets can be used on the bus and the train your pass simply needs to be activated. There are metro ticket machines, however these only take exact change and are known to eat money and produce no tickets. Instead of using the machines, purchase your tickets at the station, from a newsstand, or a nearby tobacconist. Tickets start at 1 euro for 75 minutes of travel by bus or train. Visitor passes are available for 11 euro for three days, and a week-long travel pass is 16 euro. Make sure you have a ticket that is validated or you could face a 51 euro fine.


Tip 6
Street scammers, beggars, and thieves run abundant in the Eternal City, so make sure you’re prepared ahead of time. Always wear a money belt or secure money pouch under your clothing. Bags should have a secure zipper and if possible, a Velcro flap over the zipper as well. Never leave bags on the ground or walk away from your belongings. If you turn your head for even a moment, you may lose your belongings. Also be aware of scammers who present themselves as police and demand to know the pin numbers of your credit and debit cards. They scan your cards into a machine and then demand to know your personal identification number. These are not really police, the police would never demand your pin. As soon as possible, call your bank and report this activity to the real police. Any case of robbery should be reported immediately.


Tip 7
The most popular tourist months in Rome are between May and October, although August is usually a very quiet time. The heat is usually such that most Romans leave the city for a beach vacation and the city is far less busy and crowded. Several events still take place in August, but if you’re looking to travel with a smaller crowd, this may be the right time for you. Otherwise, the early spring to late fall months are less crowded than May and June. Winters are also mild and the build-up for Christmas is usually a great time to visit Rome.


Tip 8
No trip to Rome is complete without visiting the Vatican. This small country located within Rome is the home of the Catholic Church and a large number of historic buildings, churches, basilicas, monuments, and famous art pieces. Whatever your reasons for visiting the Vatican, keep this tip in mind. There is a dress code to the Vatican that is strictly enforced by guards outside St. Peter’s Square. For men, shorts are not allowed, nor are sleeveless tops. Slacks and t-shirts are acceptable. For women, no bare shoulders are permitted, no low-cut blouses, and slacks and skirts must cover the knees. Refrain from wearing attire that may have offensive or vulgar pictures or words. If your attire is not acceptable, you will not be permitted to enter. Several vendors outside the square have set up shop selling paper pants, shirts and shawls. However, unless you feel like purchasing these or changing in front of a crowd, make sure you’re dressed appropriately before leaving your hotel. Keeping a cover-up in a backpack isn’t a bad idea either.


Tip 9
The Vatican Post office offers an alternative to the Italian Post which many Romans have discovered is too slow and lax in its services. While the Vatican postage costs the same and the Italian, the service is usually much faster. If you’re looking to send postcards home, try this post instead. You can also tell your addressee that they’re receiving a stamp which was blessed by the Pope!


Tip 10
In order to see Rome properly try to follow Roman traditions. For example, an early morning excursion, leading to lunch, a lengthy afternoon nap, and an evening excursion will fit well with Rome’s schedule. Many shops and eateries close in the afternoon hours for their own afternoon naps, reopening later in the day for the dinner hours. Tourists are in the street, battling large crowds by 10am, so the earlier you go to some things, the better. This practice is especially observed in the hotter summer months when a break from the heat is needed. Plan your days to include an early morning, a late night, and a long nap in the afternoon.


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10 Inexpensive Ways to Prepare Your Home to Sell

When it comes time to sell your home, there are some easy cheap tips you can do to add value to the selling price.

  1. Paint – Pick a neutral color to repaint the rooms. This is one of the cheapest things you can do. It not only brightens up your rooms but gives a fresh look throughout.

  2. Professionally clean carpets. This will spruce up the carpets and remove stains that may be in there. This is not expensive to do, and will make your home show and sell better. Paint your front door a nice neutral color. Paint or re-stain garage doors, to brighten them up

  3. De-clutter: Pack up your personal items, leaving very little out for people who come to see your home. People want to be able to picture their stuff in the house, which is easier if you don’t have distractions out. You want people to look at the house, not your personal things. Less is better here.

  4. Replace knobs on cabinets, and doors. This is an overlooked item, but new knobs and handles can make an old cabinet look new again. Update the knobs for a whole new look. Replace light switches or paint them a compliment color to match your walls.

  5. Curb Appeal: Add new flowers, cut grass, and trim shrubs for instant curb appeal. Even a mailbox that needs painting can take away from the appeal of a house. Paint the house if you have to or the shutters to make the curb appeal even better. If the prospective buyer doesn’t like the look from the outside, they will never stop and come in. You only have one chance for a great first impression.

  6. Add higher wattage light bulbs. Prospective buyers want to see the house bright inside. No one wants to see a dark house.

  7. Clean – Clean out closets, pack up things you haven’t used for a long time, you want the closet to appear bigger, which it will with less things neatly stored. Clean the ceiling fans, behind the refrigerator and the oven. Make sure dishes are done, and laundry is folded and neatly put away. You want people to see your home as spotless as you possible can get it. Paying special attention to the kitchen and bathroom. Clean out cabinets, and put everything in order. Remove items from a junk drawer and store them somewhere else. People will open cabinets and drawers. Invest in a cleaning crew to come in and clean for you.

  8. Remove dark curtains, replace with lightweight drapes, allowing the sunlight to come in. Again this is to make your home appear brighter. Make sure your blinds are cleaned. The easiest way to clean blinds is to take them to a car wash, and hose them off.

  9. Replace faucets with new ones if yours look a little dingy. Make sure they sparkle.

  10. Add some soft scents around your home, potpourri placed in rooms will make a room smell great, and get people in the mood to buy. Don’t use harsh scents, use more natural scents.

Little details do not have to cost a lot of money but will go a long way. While it will take a little time and elbow grease to spruce up your home, it will pay off in the end with a quick sell with a higher profit for you.


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10 Ideas for a New Year's Celebration at Home

Quite a few people choose to celebrate New Year’s Eve at their homes. You can plan different activities for your family to partake in while you all are waiting for the clock to strike midnight and ring in the New Year. This article contains ten ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve at your home.

Name That Celebrity


Each person will need a piece of paper and writing utensil. The object if the game is to write down a resolution that you think a celebrity should make. Have everyone take turns reading the resolutions and see if the other family members can guess which celebrity the resolution was written for.


Pass the Resolution


Everyone will write down a New Year’s resolution onto a piece of paper. After all of the papers have been folded and placed into a large bowl or hat, pass them around, have each person pick a random resolution and then try to guess who wrote it.


Best of 2009


Each family member should gather together a memorable photo that was taken in 2009. Before the clock strikes midnight, share the photographs and the stories behind them with each other. A great way to remember 2009!


Video Time Capsule


Walk around the house with your video recorder and talk to everyone about the most significant moment of 2009, along with their goals for 2010. This is a terrific way to capture bits and pieces of 2009. Afterwards, copies of the video can be made for everyone.


Game On!


Have the ultimate family celebration by breaking out a variety of board games available or card games, too. Die hard board game players will most likely jump for joy if you plan a championship game for the winners of the board games.


Make a Celebration Beverage


Make a celebration beverage to toast with when 2010 arrives. Decide if you want to make a party punch, mixed drinks, or even a hot beverage. There are a variety of websites, such as What’s Cooking America, that will have a great mix of beverage recipes.


Below are kid-friendly activities:


Make a Noise Maker


This activity is super fun for kids to do while they are waiting on the arrival of the new year. Dried beans, craft beads and tiny bells can added to the inside of a toilet paper or paper towel roll. Secure one end of the rolls with aluminum foil and tape, then add the items to the roll, and close up the open end.


Have a Dance Off


The adults can be the judges of the dance off. Grab some CDs or play music from the internet for the kid’s dance off. Decide if you want to theme the dance off with a certain genre of music.


Cookie Challenge


Prepare for the kids to decorate cookies for the family. Provide an assortment of toppings for cookies, like sprinkles, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, shredded coconut, nuts and sanding sugar. After they bake, each family member should taste test the cookies and decide who chose the best combination of toppings.


Making Goals Through Art


Set up a place in your home where the kids can create artwork that portrays the type of goals that they would like to accomplish in 2010. Paper, colored pencils, markers and crayons are ideal supplies to have out for the children.


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10 Inexpensive Gifts for Women

Christmas can be a stressful time of the year trying to find the cash to buy presents for everyone on your list without breaking your budget. There are many things that you can get that will be inexpensive but women will love.

1. Gift Certificate for personal care so that she can pamper herself: These can be getting your nails done to tanning bed time. If you get a gift certificate for places like a department store more than likely it would be used on the family. Make sure you get a Gift Certificate for something that would be just for her.


2. A Journal – Everyone loves a journal to write their thoughts. Get a nice pen so that she can use to write in her journal daily. She will not only enjoy writing in the journal daily but also rereading it throughout the year. If the journal has dates in it, write on those dates so that when she gets to that date she will know that you remembered it.


3. Personal Calendar with family photos, or photos to make her smile daily. These are easy to create and she will love it. When she looks at it daily to check her schedule she will enjoy it.


4. Scrapbook starting kit. Everything that she would need to start a personal scrapbook of her life. This is a great and fun way to organize photos.


5. Bubble bath and Wine basket: Include the wine, the book and the glass so that she can relax in the tub and have some time to herself. In the gift basket you can add stuff for her to do a pedicure and a manicure. Include things that she will be able to pamper herself.


6. A CD of her favorite music. You can even make this yourself choosing only her favorite songs to include on the CD.


7. Her favorite Movie on DVD, if it’s a sad movie include tissues, you can also make this a basket, giving her wine, and wine glasses and snacks.


8. Her favorite song, poem printed out on fancy paper and framed.


9. Purse size digital camera so that she never misses those important shots that just can’t be captured with a cell phone camera.


10. A Gift Certificate for her favorite restaurant along with a coupon of someone to babysit so she can enjoy the night out with another adult.


Getting great presents doesn’t have to be expensive but they should be thoughtful enough so that the person receiving the gift enjoys it.


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Sunday, December 25, 2016

10 Must Have Apps for Moms from the Android Market

Are you are looking for the best cooking app, need something to keep your little one entertained, or simply want to have a little fun with your phone? I have compiled a list of the top ten apps that moms will enjoy.

1) Webroot Mobile Security-Basic


Cost: Free


This app protects your phone from malicious apps, phishing, and malicious websites and it stops unwanted spam. This app locates your phone using a jarring scream sound to let you know where your phone is. I do not recommend using this feature while the kids are napping; I made this mistake and woke up my toddler when she was not ready to wake up.


2) Big Oven


Cost: Free


This is the most comprehensive cooking app on the Android market. It has well over 170,000 recipes that you may choose. Best feature is that they have several great barbeque recipes for that night when the cooking falls on dad.


3) Kid Mode: Play and Learn (Formerly known as, Zoodles.)


Cost-Free (for a limited version)


This app is so popular it has won awards; awards that Kid Mode fully deserves. This is the most used app in my house. Keep your child entertained with this app that is full of exciting, educational games and videos. Create a profile for your child. Their age will be the guide to what videos and games are uploaded to their account.


4) My Days


Cost: Free


My Days, created specifically for women. With this app, you can track your period, find out when you are ovulating and know when you are fertile. It comes with a calendar and a section where you can enter personal information, like when you take “the pill”.


5) Facebook for Android


I really enjoy getting to update my Facebook account from anywhere and everywhere. Another plus is that you can enjoy reading others statuses while taking care of the kids. This app is wonderful when you need a break.


6) The Coupons


Cost: Free to $9.99/yr.


Back in the day, you would search through a pile of store ads to find the best deals and coupons. This app has changed coupon clipping it brings the coupons and deals to your phone and even tells you where the cheapest gas is.


7) Endomondo


Cost: Free/$4.06 premium


This app is a great personal trainer for runners, cyclists, and moms who enjoy their power walks. It track your time, distance, and speed. It even counts your calorie loss!


8) Easy Kid Timer


Cost: $1.00


Easy Kid Timer is a great app for any parent of a young child. It is a timer that kids that shows kids how the time actually decreases. It is great when used for teeth brushing or time outs.


8) Beauty Tips


Cost: Free


Make your day more efficient with this app. Taking care of kids’ leaves moms with little time for themselves. This app provides moms with tips from dieticians and beauty experts.


9) Grocery IQ


Cost: Free


Noted as one of the best I-phone and Android apps, this app features barcode scanning, grocery lists, product details and much more. This is very convenient for on the go moms.


10) Listen


Cost: Free


This app allows you to listen to pod cast any time. Pop some headphones on and go for a walk with your little ones while you listen to your favorite newscast, speaker, or pastor.


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10 Must-Have Wedding Dance Songs

Weddings are a fantastic opportunity for some dancing and grooving. But how can a person get all the guests out on the floor? By having the ultimate wedding playlist. At my own wedding, I had hours of music for the reception. However, there were definitely core songs that made the guests happy to boogie like none other. I can speak from personal experience that the following list contains more than enough dance-worthy jams to have everyone out and cutting the rug. They are must-haves for every dance party and especially for your wedding reception.

Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex – Recorded by a U.S. one-hit wonder band, this song is excellent for getting even reluctant dancers out on the floor. Cotton Eye Joe, recorded in 1994, is a line dance. Line dances are great because no one feels as if he or she sticks out and can relax. Besides, it will add a bit of variety to the usual dance music because it is full of the Down South sound.


September by Earth, Wind & Fire – This 1978 hit is super groovy. It sets me moving as soon as I hear it come on, every single time. Your guests, too, will try out their funkiest moves to this song.


U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer – Yes, this is a very familiar and recognizable song from 1990, but that is for good reason. It is completely ridiculous but so much fun to dance to. Everyone knows Hammer’s particular dance steps, and some wedding guest who is not especially beset by shame will be certain to try them out.


Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C & C Music Factory – Another song from 1990, this triumph of a dance hit is a must-have on your playlist. It’s right there in the lyrics: “Everybody dance now!” means that everyone needs to get up and shake it for the world to see.


Let’s Groove by Earth, Wind & Fire – Maybe I shouldn’t have included two songs recorded by the same group, but a person just can’t go wrong with Earth, Wind & Fire. I insist that this 1981 song is necessary for your dance music playlist. It’s simple but very funky and fun. Once again, its lyrics invite your guests to “let this groove get you to move.” A good beat is important, but lyrics that firmly encourage attendees to boogie just add to the sound of your reception.


Funkytown by Lipps Inc – What fantastic dance party does not include some sort of disco? “Funkytown,” from 1980, is so amazing for filling that need. The song has two distinctive sections that pull the listener into dancing. Plus, while some extreme disco tends to alienate modern listeners, this one never goes out of style.


Love Shack by The B-52’s – A person simply cannot have a dance without involving this 1989 hit somewhere in the playlist. Everyone knows the lyrics and will sing along as they dance. Trust me, they will. They simply cannot help themselves.


Move This by Technotronic – Although this is not the most famous song by the Belgian band, I personally believe that it is one of their best. Especially for getting people to rock out, 1989 style. It also will add some variety to the playlist by adding that techno, electronic sound to the other, more pop pieces.


Electric Boogie by Marcia Griffiths – This song, also from 1989, is another line dance. However, it’s so different from Cotton Eye Joe that it won’t feel overworked by your guests. Still, it has the same benefits. Most people are familiar with the steps, or can learn quickly, and they won’t feel as if they look like freaks. They can be sure that they fit in with the group as they all follow along with the line dance.


Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman – Definitely much older than the other songs on the list, this 1936 swing piece cannot possibly be left out of your dance party. People who love to dance love to show off on good swing music. While I adore a lot of modern revival swing, I tend to prefer songs from the Golden Age of swing. This piece, though, will still be familiar to many of your guests because it is such a fantastic classic.


No matter what other songs you choose to include for your wedding reception, don’t forget to include these ten must-have songs. They will ensure that you have an excellent variety of styles and genres. More importantly, though, they will make sure that all of your guests get out on the floor at some point. It’s your day, but I’m sure you will want all of your guests to enjoy themselves, as well.


All of the above songs are available from Amazon.com for $.89-$1.29.


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10 Natural Remedies for High Blood Pressure or Hypertension!

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a serious pre-curser to heart disease if left untreated. The 2010 statistics released by the American Heart Association claim that 74.5 million people in the United States alone suffer from this condition. Depending on the severity of your blood pressure you might be able to lower your blood pressure with simple changes in diet, exercise or some of the natural remedies to follow. For severe cases and/or if no positive change is recorded visit your Doctor for treatment.

To understand what constitutes normal, hypertension and severe high blood pressure, please take a look at the following numbers.


Normal blood pressure: 120/80 or lower.


Hypertension: 120 – 130 / 80-90


High blood pressure: 140 / 90


The following natural remedies are advisable for the range of hypertension only!


# 1 Dandelion!


Dandelion Leaf can be used as a tincture or in a tea. This natural diuretic which also is a natural source of potassium helps reduce blood volume which in turn helps reduce blood pressure. If you happen to grow Dandelion in your backyard you may use it for your tea, but only if it has not been sprayed with any form of pesticides.


To brew a Dandelion Tea use 1 Tablespoon of Dandelion leaf to 1 cup of boiling water. Be sure to steep for several minutes.


WARNING: Do not use Dandelion if you take any prescribed blood pressure medication!


#2 Hawthorne!


Hawthorne has been used to aid heart disease treatment via improved oxygenation since the first century. Hawthorne is a mild diuretic. The improved oxygenation caused by the intake of Hawthorne leads to increased energy, blood flow through the coronary arteries and decreased plaque build up in the arteries. According to medical studies Hawthorne is safe to use for most people. This may be used as tinctures, teas and capsules.


#3 Fish Oil!


Omega-3 fatty acids found in cold water fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, and halibut is excellent in the aid of increased immune system, thinning of blood and decreased inflammations. If you don’t like eating fish you can reap the same benefits by the intake of 500 of 1000 milligram of fish oil per day! It is recommended that you include one


Vitamin E tablet per day if taking fish oil to gain the same benefits as eating fish.


WARNING: If you already take blood thinners, do not take fish oil without a doctors approval!


#4 Garlic!


This is probably one of the widest known prevention or treatment aid for hypertension. You may intake garlic capsules or a tincture.


#5 Watermelon Seeds & khas khas


Create a mixture of equals part of well ground watermelon seeds and khas khas. Best taken as one teaspoon at bedtime or can be taken in the morning on an empty stomach.


#6 Grapefruit!


Not only is Grapefruit a wonderful aid in weight loss, but is also great as aid for toning up arteries and lowering blood pressure due to the Vitamin P contained in Grapefruit.


#7 Onion Juice and Honey!


Make a tonic of equal measures onion juice and honey. Mix well and take 2 tablespoons twice daily for a simple and natural way to lower your blood pressure.


#8 Enjoy a baked Potatoe!


Go ahead have the baked potatoe next time with your dinner, but hold the fattening toppings or at least go easy on them.


#9 Curry and Lime juice drink!


A tip from our friends in India is a juice created by seeping 25 to 30 curry leaves in a cup of water. Strain carefully and add lime juice. Drink as a breakfast drink.


#10 Cayenne Pepper!


A little stressed out and seeing an increase of blood pressure? Mix one teaspoon of cayenne pepper with a half a cup of warm water. Drink up for relieve!


You can find further information on natural cures and high blood pressure at my research sources as listed below:


I love India


Natural Home Remedies


Reduce High Blood Pressure with natural Remedies


Alt Medicine


You may also enjoy some of the related articles by these fine writers:


Carmen Walker: Simple yoga tips to decreased your blood pressure


Jamie Farris: High blood pressure causes and remedies


Bob Smithe: Natural herbs for high blood pressure


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10 Must Have Items in Your Car for Winter

Most people keep ice scrapers and brushes in their cars for winter. That is a good start, but there are several more things that you should make sure that you have in your car. These are 10 of the essential items for your car in the winter.


Kitty litter


Kitty litter may seem unusual, but if your car is sitting outside in a snow storm while you are away from home, it can be a life saver. Unused kitty litter can be placed under and around your tires to help you gain traction in the snow and ice.


Shovel


A portable or collapsible shovel will come in handy for those times that the snow is too deep for the kitty litter by itself. The shovel will likely have a sharp edge too. This can come in handy if your car gets stuck in ice.


Blankets


No one wants to imagine getting stranded, but if you get stranded, you will want to have at least one blanket in the car with you. A blanket can be used in the case of either getting stranded on the side of the road to wait out the storm or in the case of an accident.


Flares


Flares can be seen in the snow or in normal road conditions. Flares can be used to let other drivers know you either need help or are stopped on the side of the road. If your car gets stuck in an isolated area, you will want flares to help mark your location.


Flashlights and Batteries


Flashlights are always essential and should be in your car all year. A flashlight can help you see at night if something happens on the car, a tire goes flat or if your car goes off the road. Batteries go together with the flashlights. Make sure the batteries are in date and the correct size.


AAA Membership


This can be an invaluable resource. Membership in AAA will provide you with emergency roadside assistance, towing and gas. The program has trucks available on call all the time.


Gas Can and money


An empty gas can will save you time and money if you ever get stranded without gas. You will be able to travel to the nearest gas station and get a couple of gallons of gas to help you make it to a gas station where you can fill up. You will also want to have about $5 hidden in the locked glove box for just such an emergency.


Matches or a lighter


This will help if you need to build a fire or light your flares. Matches, or a lighter, can also help melt snow or ice should you be stranded in your car.


Cell Phone and Charger


This should go without saying. Never leave your house without your cell phone and a charger that works in the car. This is especially true in the winter. If you have an accident, get lost or need help, you can use your cell phone in most places to quickly call for help.


Food


A small snack or other non-perishable food item should be kept in the car in case you get stranded somewhere. A box of granola bars, or something similar, would be perfect to keep under the seat or in a box in the trunk. That way if you are hungry, but it is safer to sit on the side of the road and wait for the storm to pass, you will be able to eat something.


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10 Non-Gotcha Questions for Sarah Palin

When Katie Couric asked Sarah Palin to name the last book she’d read, she could not and later called Couric’s question a “Gotcha” question perpetrated by a sneaky, conniving journalist. While in Boston on her One Nation bus tour, a reporter asked her what she would take away from her Boston stop-over, she launched into a diatribe of Paul Revere not recorded in our nation’s history books. Later when her answer seemed whacked, Palin claimed the reporter had surprised her with a “Gotcha” question.

So I have composed 10 easy, groundball questions that Palin may be able to answer without getting stumped.


  1. What is your name?

  2. Where were you born?

  3. What is your husband’s name?

  4. What are the names of your children?

  5. How long did you serve as Governor of Alaska?

  6. Are you an America citizen?

  7. What is your favorite color?

  8. Can you drive a car?

  9. What is your favorite food?

  10. Did you finish high school?

Please note that I tried to make these as easy to answer as possible and I did not ask if she finished college. Most people would be able to answer these with one or two words, but our future President (Palin) might still find a few “Gotcha” questions on the list. She likes to change the rules to fit her own brand of political etiquette.


Wouldn’t you like to see Palin in a televised debate with Romney or some other smart, educated Republican? However, I would think it would be too painful to ever witness her in a debate with a silver-tongued orator like Barack Obama. Let’s hope that is one debate we will never have to see. (“Gotcha!”)


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10 Must See Film Noirs on Netflix Instant

Renting hard copies of DVDs is becoming less and less necessary as Netflix Instant becomes compatible with Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. Not all of the big new releases come on Netflix Instant but there is a great selection of movies. First time users might need some suggestions, like which film noir movies on Netflix Instant are must see?

Best Film Noirs on Netflix Instant: The Big Sleep
The Star: Humphrey Bogart
The Girl: Lauren Bacall
The Mystery: There are many problems surrounding the Sternwood family and they seem to all center around the disappearance of General Sternwood’s favorite employee.


Best Film Noirs on Netflix Instant: Gilda
The Star: Glenn Ford
The Girl: Rita Hayworth
The Mystery: In Gilda the mystery is the woman. Johnny Farrell is a crook that is saved from a gunman by Ballin Mundson. Mundson makes Farrell his right hand man and all is well until Mundson introduces Farrell to his wife Gilda. Little does Mundson know that Gilda and Farrell have already met.


Best Film Noirs on Netflix Instant: The Stranger
The Star: Edward G. Robinson
The Girl: Loretta Young
The Mystery: An investigator by the name of Mr. Wilson is trying to track down a Nazi fugitive by the name of Franz Kindler. The only problem is that Kindler has hidden all evidence of his past life and has a new identity now.


Best Film Noirs on Netflix Instant: Dead Reckoning
The Star: Humphrey Bogart
The Girl: Lizabeth Scott
The Mystery: Captain Murdock and Sergeant Johnny Drake are set to be given awards after their service in World War II. When Drake goes missing, Murdock tracks him down only to find he has been burned to death in a car accident.


Best Film Noirs on Netflix Instant: The Lady from Shanghai
The Star: Orson Welles
The Girl: Rita Hayworth
The Mystery: Michael O’Hara is a passenger on a boat on his way to San Francisco via the Panama Canal when a man approaches him. The man offers O’Hara $5,000 to pretend to kill him so that the man can collect the insurance money. When a private investigator learns of his plan and gets involved everything goes wrong.


Best Film Noirs on Netflix Instant: Night and the City
The Star: Richard Widmark
The Girl: Googie Withers
The Mystery: Harry Fabian is a criminal that has very little success. He thinks his latest plan is full proof though. Fabian is going to take control of the professional wrestling scene by using his father, a former pro wrestling superstar by the name of Gregorius.


Best Film Noirs on Netflix Instant: Panic in the Streets
The Star: Richard Widmark
The Girl: Barbara Bel Geddes
The Mystery: One night an illegal immigrant wins too much at a card game so a hoodlum named Blackie kills him. When the immigrant is found the next day it is found that he somehow has the pneumonic plague. Now Dr. Clint Reed must team up with a police captain to find Blackie and his gang.


Best Film Noirs on Netflix Instant: Thieves’ Highway
The Star: Richard Conte
The Girl: Valentina Cortese
The Mystery: One day truck driver Nick Garcos returns home to find that his father has been crippled by a man named Mike Figlia. On his next trip to San Francisco he runs into Figlia and must defeat him.


Best Film Noirs on Netflix Instant: The Dark Corner
The Star: Mark Stevens
The Girl: Lucille Ball
The Mystery: In the Dark Corner a private investigator by the name of Braford Galt thinks that somebody is following him and possibly trying to kill him.


Best Film Noirs on Netflix Instant: Brick
The Star: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The Girl: Nora Zehetner
The Mystery: Brick is a modern day film noir set at a high school. A student named Brendan Frye gets mysterious phone calls from a girl named Emily. Emily turns up dead and Frye must track down who killed her.


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10 Mother's Day Gifts for Moms Who Are Serious Gardeners

My Mother’s Day wish list of gardening needs is about as long as my arm. Since gardening supplies are never available in the winter for Christmas gift giving, we moms have to wait until Mother’s Day to get those wonderful gizmos, gadgets, and gardening bric-a-brac.

Garden tools and supplies have come a long way in the past 30 years, and today’s specialty gardening tools can really simplify those gardening chores. There’s really a fabulous selection of things for the garden, but these are my special picks for a Mother’s Day gift that a gardening Mom would enjoy.


Weatherproof Garden Tote


For the mother who totes her yard supplies around in an old bucket, this neoprene garden tote from the Gardener’s Supply Company (www.gardeners.com) is a classy way to store and carry small hand tools, seed packets, twine, and garden gloves. The tote measures 12″L x 6.5″ W x 10.25″H and is currently on sale at $19.99. Of course, I’d especially would be pleased if the tote came preloaded with new gloves, seed packets, and a decent garden trowel (since mine is missing, hint, hint, hint.)


Party of Pigs


Yard art really adds something to a low flower bed. These adorable party of pigs are colorful, folk art-ish hand painted steel porkers that measure 12 inches wide and 9 inches high. The complete party of pigs are $49.99 and also available online through the Gardener’s Supply company. This is one of those Mother’s Day gifts that will be enjoyed every time Mom steps out in her garden.


Hori Hori digging knife


The best gardening tool in the universe is the Hori Hori and is the one that I grab first when doing a little yard work. This Japanese digging knife is really a wicked looking 12″ knife with serrations on one side and a sharp edge on the other. The Hori Hori can be used for digging, cutting root balls and burlap, measuring, light pruning and more. The Hori Hori ranges in price from $19.99 to $34.95 and is available at all garden centers. The best of bunch however, is the Hori Hori by Joshua Roth which is currently listed on Amazon at $34.95. This is the model I own and it is really is superior to the rest.


Backpack garden sprayer


My mother-in-law received one of these 10 years ago as a Mother’s Day gift and has appreciated this item every time she has to spray her 400 plus roses. A backpack sprayer is one that straps to the back and allows Mom to spray hundreds of flowers without having to walk back and forth to the garden shed. These come in an assortment of sizes but either the two or three gallon version would probably be the best for Mom. Backpack garden sprayers are available at almost all gardening centers and seem to range in price between $25-$40.


Garden clogs


Garden clogs are slide on rubber clogs that look a little bit like those wildly popular kids crocs. These study garden shoes are easy for Mom to put on for a quick dash out to the yard when the dew is still heavy on the ground. They are also incredibly practical when stomping around flower beds and wash off clean as a whistle. Garden clogs can be found in all centering centers. Specialty nurseries seem to carry the premium brands which are priced between $30-50, with discount garden centers offering more modest lines priced between $20-30.


Rubber Irrigation boots


When I was a kid, my parents bought each of us kids a new pair of La Crosse rubber boots ever summer. These rubber irrigation boots are water tight and fabulous for working in compost heaps, turning over the vegetable garden, or walking through long, wet grass. Cabela’s offers an 18″ insulated La Crosse burly boot for $59.95. The best boot bargains however are still to be found at the old farm stores where a basic La Crosse can be purchased for $25 and less. It’s an odd little gift but one that is incredibly practical and will be very much appreciated.


Bypass pruner


For moms who have lots of roses or flowering shrubs, a bypass pruner is a professional grade pruner than can cut through branches up to one inches thick. It has high carbon, sword-steel blades, self oiling center bolt, precision spring, and grip proof handles. The bypass pruner is currently on sale for $31 at Smith & Hawken at www.smithandhawken.com.


Self watering window boxes


For those of us who like to place window boxes in hard to reach places, this 31″ waterless window box from Gardener’s Supply house has huge water reservoirs that keep the soil moist. An easy to read indicator tells you when the window box needs watering. These window boxes come in 4 different colors and are affordable priced at $34.95. I can see pairing up this gift with a bag of potting mix and several pony packs of Mom’s favorite flowers.


Vermont Garden Cart


Moms who do a lot of carrying around the yard might also appreciate a garden cart. This two wheeled tip carts are handcrafted in Vermont and can handle heavy loads with little effort. These garden carts range from $139 for the small carts and up to $209.00 for the large cart. These carts are available at cart.cartsvermont.com.


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10 Movie Quotes that Move Me, Make Me Laugh or Bring Back Memories

A good movie quote is one that stands on its own. Adding context adds to its value but movies can’t be remembered in their entirety. So, I chose 10 movie quotes that do a good job of summing up something about a movie I love that once I think of the line, the movie comes rushing back. A few of these are included on the AFI’s 100 Greatest Movie Quotes and but the majority are overlooked gems.

1.Capote
2.Lost In Translation
3.Swingers
4.Office Space
5.Sunset Blvd.
6.When Harry Met Sally
7.Rocky
8.Under the Tuscan Sun
9.Monster Squad
10.Pulp Fiction


Truman Capote: (Phillip Seymour-Hoffman):“Ever since I was a child, folks have thought they had me pegged, because of the way I am, the way I talk. And they’re always wrong.”1


Several years ago I heard a movie was being made about Truman Capote and although I knew who he was, he seemed to be one of those writers you don’t meet until college if at all. Understanding that I started to read up on his very social life, the rivalry with Gore Vidal and his fatal alcoholism. He appeared to be an archetype. An artist who struggled with his public persona and his private one. The film Capote and this quote in particular captures the period he wrote “In Cold Blood” in such a quiet and heartbreaking way that it reveals some things about him that he himself could have never said. So much of who we are remains unnoticed and hidden for a reason. It seems that Truman Capote became aware of what happens when you are confronted with the darkest side of yourself.


Bob (Bill Murray): “The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”2


Lost in Translation was, for me, a ode to those who don’t know what they want from their lives. Charlotte, played by Scarlett Johansson, is 23, married, and in Tokyo with her husband when she meets Bob, an actor going through the motions of his has-been status doing commercials. They form an almost unbelievable friendship, trading barbs and wisdom, as a way to pass the time and stave off loneliness. There is such an urgency in this world to know what you want and to always be moving that to see things slowed down, like they are in this film was refreshing. For once the characters in a film were allowed to think about what they wanted and recognize that the journey and who they meet is more important that the goal itself.


Trent (Vince Vaughn): “Vegas, baby, Vegas!”3


Trent, played by Vince Vaughn, is the best and worst kind of friend wrapped into one. He can always be trusted to get you into some kind of trouble but will stand by you until you’re out of it. The main character in Swingers played by Jon Favreau is in a romantic rut and Trent decides nothing cures ex-girlfriend blues like a trip to Las Vegas. Their trip didn’t turn out how they hoped it would be. However, that’s the lure of Las Vegas; anything is possible. Even though I yet to win the jackpot, Las Vegas will always represent that bit of escapism you need when life is becoming too stale.


Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston): “I don’t like my job, and, uh, I don’t think I’m gonna go anymore.”4


Feeling like a hamster in a wheel is a common feeling if you have ever worked the nine-to-five for an extended period of time. The bosses start to seem like your parents and routines start to feel more like psychological warfare. In Office Space after an uh, interesting hypnotist session, Peter’s work stress goes away and starts to do all the things that his job or his conscience kept him from doing. He simply stops going to work and with that the movie became a fantasy for the millions, at least myself, going to and from cubicles everyday.


Norma Desmond (Joan Crawford ): “I am big! It’s the pictures that got small.”5


Even though Sunset Blvd. was released in 1950, the characteristics of Norma Desmond, played by Joan Crawford seem so familiar. The delusions she had, the sense of entitlement, the obsession with keeping up appearances are now clichés of any once-famous performer. The theatrical quality that Joan Crawford brought to Norma only makes her more enticing to watch, almost as enticing as the scattered lives of celebrities today. Celebrity gossip is a guilty pleasure of mine and I find that this is the way I enjoy Sunset Blvd., seeing Norma in a way she would never want anyone to see her.


Customer: “I’ll have what she’s having.”6


Watching When Harry Met Sally and reaching the famous scene when Sally (Meg Ryan) fakes an orgasm in a diner is always amusing because you’ll find that Harry’s (Billy Crystal) reaction mirrors that of any men who are watching the movie with you for the first time. The otherwise awkward moment is made classic by another customer in the diner who recognizes the value of such an um, experience.


Rocky (Sylvester Stallone): “I got gaps; you got gaps; we fill each other’s gaps.”7


Most movies having to do with any sport usually feature love interests as an afterthought, fearing that it will detract from the overall goal of the film. In the movie Rocky, the love between Rocky and Adrian is tender and genuine. However, instead of detracting from Rocky’s struggle to become a boxing champ his love makes him stronger. I’I’ve always thought that the first Rocky was quite a romantic movie and the subplot gives the film more depth than a sports movie ever needed to be.


Katherine (Lindsay Duncan): “Regrets are a waste of time. They’re the past crippling you in the present.”8


Katherine, played by Lindsay Duncan, acts as muse, confidant, and sometimes a kick in the pants to Under the Tuscan Sun’s Frances (Diane Lane) who buys a house in Tuscany on a whim and struggles to find fulfillment while constantly weighing her impulsive decision. Katherine, a former actress who once was directed by Federico Fellini, is larger than life and at many times gives advice to Frances that was passed down from Fellini himself. Katherine lives her life in the present while Frances is still stuck in the past. It is not until she fully lets go that she realizes that she has everything she wants and is surrounded by people she loves.


Horace (Brent Chalem): “Wolfman’s got nards!”9


Monster Squad was my favorite movie when I was a kid. In fact any movie that featured kids following some scheme in order to save the world or just score some cash was a big hit in our house. I knew even then that the special effects were dated and the villains looked like they were dressed in stock Halloween costumes but the movie is full of great one-liners. The Wolfman was by far the scariest character but he seemed to share the same weakness as any other man and that was to be kicked in nards.


Jules (Samuel L. Jackson): “The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be a shepherd.”10


A hitman who has a change of heart was not a very common occurrence in movies before Pulp Fiction. Especially a hit man like Jules, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Hearing a bible verse before being killed is a chilling and cruel way to go and Jules delivered it in way would fill his targets with fear. But upon a near death experience, Jules decided that it was a wake up call and that he should start a new life. This is one of the themes of Pulp Fiction. There comes for many of the characters, an existential crossroads when they must choose to keep living the life they have or start out on a different path. The wisdom is in knowing when a crossroads is upon you. I have struggled with the choices I’ve made, wondering if the outcomes will be what I hope. In world of Pulp Fiction though, Jules made the right choice; he could have easily killed the two thieves trying to hold up the diner but lucky for them, he was in a “transitional period.”


1.Capote
2.Lost In Translation
3.Swingers
4.Office Space

5.Sunset Blvd.
6.When Harry Met Sally

7.Rocky (1976 film)
8.Under the Tuscan Sun
9.Monster Squad
10.Pulp Fiction


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10 Movies I Could Have Lived Without Seeing

10 of the worst movies I have ever seen

The Hulk– This was one of the biggest disappointments to me ever. I grew up watching the T.V. show which was amazing, so I had very high hopes for this movie. Unfortunately it let me down. It was boring, drawn out, and over all just painful to watch.


Abandon– I spent the whole time waiting for this movie to get off the ground, but it never did. It was un-original and frankly a little to boring for my taste.


Boogeyman– Oh my God, I was so excited about this one. I mean you have a great story that has terrorized children since forever and Barry Watson whom I have always found pretty talented. Mix this together and you would expect greatness right? Wrong, this is by far one of the worst horror movies I have seen to date. There is no excuse for a movie with such potential to turn out so bad.


The Fog– Yet another horror failure. I am a huge Tom Welling fan and the plot looked so promising, but the result was nothing short of a tragedy. Hollywood needs to learn that Horror and Romance were meant to be separated. I won’t take anything away from Tom though, this disaster was beyond his control.


Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines– They should have let this sleeping dog lie. Terminator 2: Judgment Day was one of the few sequels to surpass the original, I guess that wasn’t good enough, they had to try again. They tried and failed miserably, I had to force myself to sit through this, and I would never wish this disaster on anyone else.


Cold Creek Manor– This was the longest most un-thrilling thriller I’ve ever seen. As a matter of fact I think half way through the movie I gave up on watching and it turned into an unexpected make out movie for me lol.


Scary Movie 3- I guess when the Wayans left the project they took the humor with them. I honestly would have walked out on this one, but I paid $7 and I was there with my family. Worst comedy I have ever seen, I might have laughed a total of two or three times.


The Ring 2– This had to be the biggest disappointment for me to date. I was such a huge fan of The Ring and I had been waiting for this so when I finally saw the commercial I was beyond ecstatic. That feeling came and went rather quickly. The only decent thing about this film was Sissy Spacek’s performance. Nothing short of perfection. Too bad I can’t say that about the rest of the film.


Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life– You know the worst part about this? I knew it was going to be a disaster. But my brother talked me into going. He ended up going to sleep, I’m glad he paid, all I ended up losing was about two hours of my life.


When a Stranger Calls (2006)– T haven’t seen the original, but I have heard it was amazing. If that is the case, then I wonder what happened, because this was nowhere near amazing. Boring from start to finish, Hollywood has gotten lazy and it shows.


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10 Most Humid Weather Cities in the United States

These are the ten most humid weather cities in the United States. Three of these cities are located in Texas while the states of Washington, Louisiana and Florida have two cities each on the list and the state of Oregon has one. All of these cities are either located along or near the Gulf Coast or inland from the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Northwest part of the country.

Despite all the humidity many of these cities are very popular with tourists and travelers and the most humid weather city in the country is also home to Vampires and Werewolves.


1) Forks, Washington – 83%


Forks, Washington is the most humid weather city in the United States with an average relative humidity of 83%. That is a very high humidity level to average on a daily basis for the whole year but it’s understandable since Forks is also the 2nd wettest city in the United States as well as 3rd worst weather city in the country receiving only 33% of available sunshine yearly.


Forks, Washington is just about the most rainy, cloudy and humid city in the United States which is probably why author Stephenie Meyer chose Forks, Washington as the setting for her vampire series of books and movies called Twilight.


Forks is located in upper northwest Washington between the Pacific Ocean coast and Olympic National Park. With a population of just 3,500 Forks was relatively unknown but due to Twilight the city or really town has become something of a tourist attraction for Twilight fans.


2) Olympia, Washington – 78%


Olympia is located at the southern end of the Puget Sound at the end of Budd Inlet in northwestern Washington about 150 miles southeast of Forks as the crow flies. With a 78% average humidity reading Olympia is the 2nd most humid in city in the United States and in Washington. Olympia has a population of about 45,000 people.


3) Port Arthur, Texas – 77.5%


With an average humidity of 77.5% Port Arthur is the 3rd most humid city in the United States. Port Arthur is located along the western shores of Sabine Lake just inland from the Gulf of Mexico in southeastern Texas right across the border from Louisiana. About 60,000 people live in the major seaport city of Port Arthur.


4) Lake Charles, Louisiana – 77%


About 100 miles northwest of Port Arthur, Texas is the 4th most humid city in the country Lake Charles, Louisiana at 77% humidity. Lake Charles has a population of around 75,000 people and has a very active tourist trade centered around the casino hotels in the area especially the 26 story L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort and Hotel. Lake Charles is not too far from the Texas border and draws gamblers from Texas especially Houston along Interstate 10.


5) Apalachicola, Florida – 76.6%


At 76.6% humidity Apalachicola, Florida is the 5ht most humid weather city in the United States. Located along the Gulf of Mexico in the panhandle of Florida the city of Apalachicola is located just southeast of the great beaches and hotels located in Panama City, Florida.


6) Gainesville, Florida – 76.5%


Located in north-central Florida the city of Gainesville has a population of 125,000 people and is home to the University of Florida which keeps the hotels in the city full especially when the University of Florida Gators are playing at home.


7) Corpus Christi, Texas – 76%


Located along the Gulf of Mexico in south Texas the city of Corpus Christi is the 7th most humid weather city in the United States with an relative humidity level of 76%. Corpus Christi has a population of 290,000 and is a big tourist city in Texas located near Padre Island National Seashore.


8) Eugene, Oregon – 75.5%


Located along Interstate 5 in west-central Oregon the city of Eugene has a humidity level of 75.5% which is the 8th highest in the country. Eugene is the 2nd largest population city in Oregon with 155,000 people and is located in the Willamette Valley where the largest meteorite in the United States the Willamette Meteorite was found.


9) New Orleans, Louisiana – 75.4%


The Big Easy city of New Orleans is the 9th most humid city in the United States and 2nd most humid city in the state of Louisiana with 75.4% humidity. Like a bunch of other cities on this list New Orleans is a big tourist city filled with attractions and hotels so travelers and tourists do not seem to mind high humidity levels.


10) Houston, Texas – 75%


Houston is the largest population city in Texas and the 4th largest in the United States with 2.3 million people. With an average relative humidity level of 75% Houston rounds out the list of most humid weather cities in the United States and is the third Texas city to make the list which is no surprise to people familiar with Texas.


For more see:


Best Weather Cities in the United States


Worst Weather Cities in the United States


Hottest Weather Cities in the United States


Windiest Weather Cities in the United States


Wettest Weather Cities in the United States


Driest Weather Cities in the United States


Source:http://web2.airmail.net/danb1/usrecords.htm


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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

10 Reasons to Go Vegetarian in the New Year

A vegetarian or vegan diet is believed to be better by many, as we see the amount of people cutting out some or all animal products from their diet increasing year after year. People go vegetarian for a number of reasons – from animal rights issues to health issues to social issues. So, if you’re considering making the jump, here are 10 excellent reasons to go vegetarian in the new year:

1. To help animals. By becoming a vegetarian (or vegan), you are saving the lives of numerous animals each year that otherwise would have to suffer through an incredibly inhumane life and death.


2. To help people. To keep animals to be used for food alive, an infinite number of water and crops are used, when instead these could be use to nourish the innumerable number of starving people worldwide.


3. To lose weight. A healthy vegetarian diet is much lower in bad fats, so it is very likely that you will see a couple, or even dozens, of pounds come off after taking meat out of your daily diet.


4. To be happier. One of the best reasons to go vegetarian in the new year is that it’s likely that you will feel much happier without consuming all of the toxins found in meat products.


5. To live healthier. Many studies have shown that the chance of getting various illnesses and diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, is reduced in those who have adopted a vegetarian diet.


6. To be more eco-friendly. By now, nearly everyone knows that we need to take some crucial steps to save the earth. However, what many people don’t realize is that by supporting the meat industry, you are supporting an incredible amount of pollution being put into the earth’s atmosphere to keep the industry running.


7. To live longer. Another one of the best reasons to go vegetarian in the new year is to extend your lifespan. Many studies have shown that people who follow a healthy, vegetarian diet live years past their omnivorous counterparts.


8. To save money. With the economy still at a standstill, many people are looking for ways to save money, and with a vegetarian diet you can cut money from your monthly food bill, while upping your vitamin and nutrient intake.


9. To avoid toxic chemicals. Meat is often times loaded with toxic chemicals that are hurting our bodies and our health, so a vegetarian diet is much safer in this regard, as well.


10. To reduce the national debt. Treating diseases and illnesses related to the consumption of meat such as cancer and diabetes, has certainly contributed to the national debt, so going vegetarian in the new year will boost the economy this way, too.


Use these 10 reasons to go vegetarian in the new year to live a healthier, more eco-friendly, and cruelty-free lifestyle.


You can read more of my vegetarian articles here.


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10 Reasons Hugh Jackman was a FANTASTIC Oscar Choice

Is Hugh Jackman the BEST choice to host the Oscars? ABSOLUTELY!

1. He’s tall dark and handsome, and what a hunk and a heart-throb!. (Seen him in Kate and Leopold? Australia?)
2. Hugh’s an acclaimed singer and dancer, renowned actor (on stage and film) and a consummate entertainer. He’s delightfully fun to watch.
3. Slumdog Millionaire is a Oscar contender and Hugh sings and dances with the lot dancers from Mumbai. As tall as he is, he has great dance flexibility and dexterity and great posture.
4. Hugh has style, elegance and great sense of timing and entertainment. He sings, dances and charms the audience.
5. Hugh was named Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine in 2008, an stage eye candy
6. He’s a third time host for Tony Awards and entertaining to watch (youtube)
7. He’s a change from comedic hosts and their scripted jokes,
8. Love Hugh’s Australian accent, and I hope he falls back on that every so often at the Oscars.
9. Hugh has won Tony, Emmy and other awards and is no stranger to winning and perfect to host the Oscars.
10. He plays the tough guy in X-man, a gay in The Boy from Oz and a love interest in Australia and Kate and Leopold – he’s got the entire population covered.


For the past Oscars, I preferred to read about it or watch online clips without having to sit tediously through the entire show. However, this year for the first time, I actually thought of hosting an Oscar party to enjoy every moment of Hugh’s entertainment.


The article was submitted prior to the Oscars but it was delayed published at a later date.


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Review of Hugh Jackman as Host to the 81st Academy Awards


* 36 million watched, 4 million more than last year’s


* Opened with a musical tribute spoofing this year’s best picture nominees (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPgAQ_SW_Wk)


* New York Times praised Jackman as a “shrewd, even thrifty choice for a recession-era Oscar night – the hosting equivalent of a value meal.” Hugh is a versatile performer.


Toronto Star complimenting Jackman for providing a “vastly more entertaining [show] than it has been in years”.


* The day after reviews from various talk shows and entertainment television raved Hugh’s hosting.


Less luster review :


* New York Post said that Hugh “performed like a cheesy cruise-ship entertainer to the endless hours of awards to dull men we’ve never heard of categories we don’t care about”


* The Los Angeles Times said it did not care for ‘chorus boy spaz-out” and found it “weird” when he sat on nominee Frank Langella’s lap.’ Weird in Hollywood tongue in cheek humor?


Regardless of public opinions, I enjoyed the entire presentation and looked forward to each of his appearance. I loved the opening musical tribute http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPgAQ_SW_Wk) and his number with Beyonce http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll6defXEGoM.


Hugh Jackman http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Jackman
Hugh Jackman biography http://www.tiscali.co.uk/entertainment/film/biographies/hugh_jackman_biog.html


http://news.ninemsn.com.au/entertainment/756173/critics-unload-on-jackmans-oscar-gig


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10 Reasons to Love 'Twin Peaks'

If you’ve ever watched “Twin Peaks,” most likely you fell in love with it for its unique attributes which can’t be found anywhere else, on television or otherwise. These go beyond the sheer brilliance of the plot- a seemingly cozy town with a seedy underbelly, showing its true colors amidst the murder of a seemingly innocent girl.


Here are ten reasons why I personally loved the show, as well as some things you may not have known about David Lynch’s and Mark Frost’s creation (Possible Spoilers Below).


1. The Setting/Scenery


From the wind blowing through the Douglas firs, to the rustic look of the Great Northern, anyone who’s watched the show knows that one of its strong suits is the setting and scenery. Lynch made flickering lights, ceiling fans, traffic lights, telephones, and basic household items extremely creepy and surreal. And of course, there’re the woods, which host an often dark mythological and spiritual force, and One-Eyed Jacks, the rich-man’s whorehouse. And who can forget the Double R Diner, with Twin Peaks’ most famous staple: pie and coffee.


2. Quotes/Dialogue


“There was a fish in the percolator!”


“She’s dead…wrapped in plastic!”


“Black as midnight on a moonless night.”


“Do your palms ever itch?”


“The owls are not what they seem.”-


“Fire is the devil hiding like a coward in the smoke.”


….And there’re plenty more.


3. The Music


Composer Angelo Badalamenti did virtually all of the show’s instrumental music, with Julee Cruise singing the vocals on a few of them (namely the scenes in the Roadhouse). From Audrey’s quirky dance, to the memorable introduction, to the creepy, daunting instrumentals, “Twin Peaks” would not be what it is today without the music (IMO).


4. The Details


One of the perks of “Twin Peaks” is being able to watch it over and over, despite knowing the answer to who killed Laura Palmer. The show is packed with details that you may not catch on your first viewing, or may not think hold importance until you solve the show’s main mystery. As always with Lynch, some of these details do hold clues, not only in regards to Laura’s death, but Lynch’s overall message regarding the White Lodge and Black Lodge, whatever that may be. However, some of them were probably thrown in as simple aesthetics, confusing viewers even more so than intended.


Here are some quirky details I noticed that may or may not hold symbolic value:


– Dr. Jacoby’s coconut and glasses (one lens is red- on his right eye, one lens is blue- on his left eye)


– The ‘firm tree pitch gum’ the Log Lady chews


– The Horne brothers being named Ben & Jerry (the ice cream)- not to mention the ‘E’ on the end of ‘Horne’ (maybe a ploy on the word ‘horny’)


– In several episodes we see Cooper wearing a ring on his pinky finger; Audrey wears a ring on her middle finger


– The Bookhouse Boys’ signal is swiping the right eye; the signal used for One-Eyed Jacks is the left eye.


– There are several instances of hand motions/symbols regarding right and left-hand sides.


– The show is based in a town whose prime business is a woodmill. This mill brings out the corrupt side of several characters, and several people die as a result. In this way, to some, people’s lives are as dispensible as logs.

5. Marilyn Monroe Similarities


The show’s creators initially wanted to do a show based on the novel “Goddess” about Marilyn Monroe, but chose to do “Twin Peaks” instead when they couldn’t get the rights to the book. Laura and Marilyn share many similarities.


(For some reason, the plot here also reminded me of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams).


6. Behind the Scenes


As you may or may not have known, Lynch did not let his cast know who the real killer was till he was forced by the network to reveal the killer’s identity, episodes earlier than when he planned to. Even then, he wrote and filmed several different scripts and scenes so the ‘killers’ in question did not know they were the real killer while filming.


7. The Log Lady


Probably my favorite aspect of the show is the Log Lady. On certain channels (and on the DVD’s), the Log Lady provides telling introductions before each episode, which are essentially riddles- providing subtle clues to viewers as what to look out for in the episode to follow. You can read all of the Log Lady’s introductions here.


8. The Cast/Characters


From the sexy Twin Peaks’ ladies to the Bookhouse Boys to scary Bob, Twin Peaks contains an array of eccentric and memorable characters. Actors Billy Zane, David Duchovny and Molly Shannon also made guest appearances.


9. Soap Opera


With the insertion of the ‘Invitation to Love’ show being watched by several women in Twin Peaks, we are reminded that essentially we’re watching a soap opera. The Jade/Emerald character on the show reminds us of the duel personalities of Laura, as well as the duel nature of Twin Peaks in general.


10. Memorable Scenes


-Maddy being killed


– Leland being lowered on Laura’s Casket


-Shelley and Bobby having a party; Leo falling into the cake


– Pretty much every scene where Leland dances and sings


-Ben Horne’s war hallucinations


– Pretty much every scene in the Black Lodge/Red Room


…And there’re plenty more.




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10 Reasons to Start a Home Based Business

Relationships – Getting involved in a home based business you will have a great social network and meet people that will become great friends. You will be around like-minded people; people that are goal orientated and always strive to do and be more. Think about the people you are spending your time with. Are they a positive influence on your life? Do they have a positive attitude? Spending your time with positive people can have a huge impact on your life.

Equal Opportunity – It doesn’t matter your age, race, education background or experience, it is possible for anyone to be successful.


Low Risk – It’s an absolute no brainer, for a few hundred dollars and you can be in business. Compared to buying a franchise or starting your own business where you have high risk high reward, a home based business offers low risk, high reward.


Training – Companies help you develop your skills and their training is phenomenal.


Financial Security – I’m just going to say there is no security with social security and there isn’t such a thing as job security, not today. Business is changing!


Global – The trend is your friend, get involved with a business that is global. With technology it is easy to communicate with people all over the world. You’re not tied to your local economy, state economy or even the economy of your country. You have the opportunity to grow your business worldwide.


Recognition – You should be recognized for your efforts. In my opinion most traditional corporations drop the ball on this one. If you go above and beyond you should be rewarded for it.


Travel – You are able to operate your business from anywhere. If you ask people what they want to do when they retire most will say travel. You can travel and work as you please.


Unlimited Income Potential – Get paid what your worth.


Huge Tax Advantages – Speak with your accountant and have him explain the many benefits of having a home based business.


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