Thursday, October 27, 2016

20 Humorous Movie Quotes

It can be very hard to find a good list of humorous movie quotes; here are a few of my personal favorites:

20. Bernie: “Can you help me? I have lost my sense of direction.” Kermit: “Have you tried Hare Krishna?” Bernie the Agent and Kermit the Frog in The Muppet Movie

19. “Here comes tall, dark, and cyanide.” Hot Lips Barton in The Road to Rio

18. “How would you like to feel the way she looks?” Otis B. Driftwood in A Night at the Opera

17. George: “Mary, is it a boy or a girl?” Mary: “Um-hum!” George and Mary Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life

16. Kermit: “We’re going to have to catch those thieves red handed.” Beauregard: “What color are their hands now?” Kermit the Frog and Beauregard in The Great Muppet Capper

15. I really am a horse doctor. But, marry me and I promise never to look at another horse again.” Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush in A Day at the Races

14. “There’s no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?” Elaine Dickinson in Airplane!

13. “You know, you haven’t stopped talking since I came here. You must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle.” Rufus T. Firefly in Duck Soup

12. Pippen: “I feel like I’m back at the Green Dragon after a hard day’s work.” Merry: “Only you’ve never done a hard day’s work!” Pippin and Merry in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

11. Pseudolus: “She has the plague.” Lycus: “Is it contagious?” Pseudolus: “Have you ever seen a plague that wasn’t?” Pseudolus and Lycus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

10. “For a woman who has been dead for thirty years she looked very good.” Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof

9. “It won’t kill you. It just causes muscular convulsions and then a coma.” Princess Lala in The Road to Bali

8. Jonathan: “Now she’s dead!” Van Helsing: “No.” Jonathan: “She’s alive?” Van Helsing: “She is Nosferatu.” Jonathan: “She’s Italian?” Jonathan Harker and Dr. Abraham van Helsing in Dracula: Dead and Loving it

7. “Children of the night…shut up!” Count Vladimir Dracula in Love at First Bite

6. Crapgame: “Hey! I found one (a landmine)!” Big Joe: “What kind is it?” Crapgame: “The kind that blows up! How the Hell do I know what kind it is?” SSgt. Crapgame and MSgt. Big Joe in Kelly’s Heroes

5. Reporter: “How did you find America?” John: “Turned left at Greenland.” Reporter and John in A Hard Day’s Night

4.”One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I don’t know.” Captain Geoffrey T. Spaulding in Animal Crackers

3. “All me life flashed before me eyes…it was really boring!” Babs in Chicken Run

2. Striker: “Surely, you can’t be serious!” Rumack: “I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley.” Ted Striker and Dr. Rumack in Airplane!

1. “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here, this is the war room!” President Merkin Mufflery in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb


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20 Important Things You Should Know Before You Offer a Leaflet Drop Service

Plan areas carefully. Start with the furthest streets away and work towards your home. You will then not find the walking to be a chore or a bore.

Watch those fingers when placing leaflets through letterboxes – there may well be an irascible Doberman waiting inside to have your fingers for lunch!

Don’t forget the garden gate. You opened it on the way in, so be sure to show a little courtesy by closing it again on your way out.

Fear to tread (and to post leaflets) where signs such as ‘No Hawkers’ and ‘No Circulars’ are visible. They are there for a reason – and a punch on the nose always hurts!

Don’t dump the leaflets on waste ground or in someone’s front garden. You’re being paid to do a job – so do it properly.

If you drop any leaflets on the ground, pick them up. If you don’t, you could find yourself being reported and subsequently fined for littering.

Don’t be tempted to place leaflets under car windscreen wipers. Many motorists are over-protective when it comes to their vehicles, and being smacked in the eye by one such person will smart for days after!

Don’t get other people – especially children – to help. They’ll always let you down. If a job’s worth doing properly then do it yourself.

Never go leafleting during school holidays or mid-term breaks. You’ll always be hounded by kids asking for ‘free samples’ if you do. Such ‘requests’ are borne out of ‘noseyparkeritis’ and are rightly not considered effective marketing by the people or companies that hire you and pay your fees.

Never underestimate the time it takes to post leaflets. For instance, if the houses have got long driveways it could take you hours to complete your round.

Always charge more to deliver brochures and magazines. One-to-one they may not weigh much different to single (or double-sided) leaflets, but compare the weights again when you’ve a couple of thousand to carry round the streets!

Try and arrange for two or more different leaflets to be included in a combined delivery. That way you’ll be paid at least twice as much for just the one effort.

If somebody moans at you for delivering ‘junk mail’, don’t have a go back. Simply smile and walk away, taking with you the returned leaflets if need be. You’ll always find another letterbox to post them in.

Always insist on payment before delivery. There’s nothing more annoying than doing the work first and then not getting paid for it.

Don’t deliver anything contentious or obscene. Even if the subject matter has nothing to do with you, you’re the one in the firing line, so be careful.

Be reliable and you could find that your reputation brings in recommendations for repeat work again and again.

Sunny days are always better to deliver on than wet days, but professional leaflet-droppers never differentiate. If you have two working feet, are healthy and own an umbrella or a hat, there’s no reason why you should ignore inclement weather.

Keep accurate records. Leaflet dropping is an extremely workable and potentially profitable profession. Make sure you operate it like one.

Stick to familiar streets, especially if you are still delivering at dusk, and always tell somebody close (a relative, a neighbour, etc) where you are going and at what time you expect to return.

Never be tempted to post more than one copy of each different leaflet per property. For instance, if it’s a house you deliver one selection of leaflets but, if it’s a house divided into flats or apartments, count how many there are (a good idea is the amount of door bell pushes) and post the equivalent amount of leaflets. This way you’ll ensure that no adverse feedback arises from your service.

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20 Crafty Ways to Use Old Magazines

Have you collected dozens of old magazines you just can’t get rid of? Maybe you’ve had some crafty ideas you’ve wanted to try, and haven’t gotten around to. Or maybe you’ve drawn a blank, but the magazines keep piling up.

Before your stash begins to take over, try these twenty crafty ways to use up those old magazines, clear your clutter, and create some fun, new crafty items in the process:

1. Decoupage light switch and outlet covers – Customize those boring white light switch covers. Cut out appealing images from magazines – variations of a color, or patterns look best – and use ModPodge to decoupage the images to the plastic cover for a fun new look.

2. Decoupage wooden drawer or cabinet knobs – A fun way to add color or interest to an old furniture piece, without painting or purchasing new hardware, is to use ModPodge to decoupage colorful or patterned magazine pages to the old knobs.

3. Decoupage a lamp base – Got a boring lamp that could use some attention? Leave the shade neutral, but decoupage the base of the lamp with chosen pages.

4. Create beautiful rolled magazine beads – Believe it or not, the paper from those used journals can create some gorgeous beads for jewelry-making. Remove pages, then cut them into long, thin triangles (the width, length and angle of the triangle will change the appearance of each bead). Take a look at Glossy Magazine Beads here at Inna’s Creations.

Begin rolling the wider end, keeping the roll tight, but leaving enough room for a chain or string (so the bead can be used in jewelry). At the very end, add a small drop of glue before pressing down on the tip. Let the glue dry before using. These beads look amazing, and each one will look different.

5. Use as a pad for cutting or embossing – Besides creating crafty things with them, old magazines are handy for a number of functions. Try using them for a cutting surface when using an X-acto or utility knife, or for as a soft pad when embossing tin.

6. Add fun touches to handcrafted cards – Similar to scrapbooking, many crafters are into the hot trend of homemade cards. Sift through magazines for phrases, letters, pictures or simply colors and patterns that can be used in your cards.

7. Create funny or satirical artwork – Make a slapstick funny collage, by juxtaposing different images from magazines together into a new artwork (for instance, replace the head of a celebrity with another image of a pumpkin). This is a fun arts and crafts project for kids, who love making silly pictures.

8. Make personalized placements for your family – A great way to mark everyone’s place at the table – start with a 12″x18″ (or similar, medium-sized) piece of construction paper or posterboard. Find the letters of each family member’s name in magazine article titles, using letters of different sizes, colors and fonts. Glue or ModPodge each letter down (and add more decoration if you’d like), then laminate each paper to create a sealed, durable placemat.

9. Create refrigerator magnets – Such an easy craft project! Cut small pieces of cardboard or balsa wood to use as backing for your magnet. Cut images out of magazines and glue onto the wood or cardboard. Lastly, add a magnet to the back.

10. Create a kid’s educational chart – Have your kids help cut out images of colors, foods, numbers or the alphabet to make a custom educational poster for your child’s bedroom (or another custom placemat). Consider making an ABC chart using letters of different sizes, shapes and colors.

11. Create a still-life collage – Slightly more artsy than crafty, this project can still get your creative juices flowing. Look through magazines for objects that can be used in a still-life composition. Use gardening journals and seed catalogs to make a floral still life (try a vase with flowers). Or try home decorating magazines to create a collage of an interior space (try thinking of a certain season). Food magazines can also be excellent resources for collages.

12. Create a picture book for your baby – Decide on a theme and make your own homemade picture book for your infant or toddler, using pictures you’ve cut out. Try a book about foods, the alphabet, or objects your child sees every day. Read 3 Easy DIY Word Picture Books to learn how.

13. Make silly Picasso portraits with kids – If you have a stash of women’s, teen’s, parenting or fashion magazines or makeup catalogs, these are perfect for creating silly portraits. Find closeup pictures of adult, teens and children’s faces and cut out the features – eyes, noses, mouths, eyebrows and hair. Also cut out some basic plain or colored circles or ovals.

On another sheet of paper, glue down the ovals, then begin to add the features. Mix it up with different features that don’t belong together, and aim for wacky expressions. Both kids and adults will love making these!

14. Upcycle magazine pages into home decor – There are many online tutorials for folding paper and transforming those pages into woven baskets, coasters and other home decor items. Try reading Coiled Paper Basket and Weaving Magazine Coasters. Watch this helpful video to make a recycled coiled paper basket, similar to one found at Urban Outfitters.

15. Use in paper quilling – Paper quilling is an old art form, where thin paper strips are rolled on their edge, creating circular forms; when combined, these can create numerous designs. Rather than plain paper, try using magazine pages for a little variety in your quilling designs.

16. Use pages for papier-mache – If you’re making a papier-mache project and run out of newspaper (or an old phone book), try using magazine pages. Be aware, glossy pages won’t soak up the glue as easily as more matte pages, but they will work just as good. Read How to Make Papier Mache Bowls with Your Holiday Leftovers for a great tutorial on making papier-mache bowls (simply substitute magazines for holiday paper).

17. Use as wrapping paper for small gifts – Recycle those pages by using them as wrapping paper for small birthday or Christmas gifts. Put a little bow on top, and they’ll look like a stylish new form of wrapping.

18. Create recycled origami flowers – Magazine pages can be perfect for origami projects, with their random colors and patterns. Learn how to create origami flowers here with this helpful video .

19. Decoupage a picture frame or mirror – Add some pizzazz to a cheap picture frame or mirror by decoupaging magazine pages around the borders.

20. Decoupage a funky entry sign – On a simple wooden plaque, add a background from magazine images, then cut out letters to spell a welcome message to visitors. Whether it’s a name sign (for instance, “The Swanson’s), your address, a phrase (“God Bless All Who Enter”) or a simple “Welcome,” you’re sure to catch your visitor’s attention.

Looking to destash, but not in a crafty mood? Try donating your (appropriate) old magazines to a local school art teacher.

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20 Free Easy Woodworking Projects from Start to Finish

This collection of 20 free, easy woodworking projects tell you everything you need to know from start to finish. Some are truly woodworking projects in the convesional sense of the word, others involve working with wood or cheating in a smart way to avoid having to do woodworking. The collection progresses from easy woodworking projects to one’s that require little woodworking in themselves. I have built all these free, easy woodworking projects in my home, designed them myself from start to finish then did battle with the plan until the results were up to scratch. I hope you too have fun with these free, easy woodworking projects and make your home a little more homey when you’re finished.

#1. How to Build a Wooden Shoe Rack

A simple woodworking tutorial for building your own wooden, two-tiered shoe rack from inexpensive 2×4 lumber. Of all the woodworking projects I have done around the house, this is the easiest, fastest and most handy. Truly anyone can built this wooden shoe rack following this simple step-by-step tutorial.

#2. How to Build a Workshop Table

Free woodworking tutorial on how to build a heavy duty workshop table inside the room it will be used, so as to avoid size restrictions imposed by the width of the room’s doorway, as well as weight restriction. Just follow this step-by-step guide which will show you my woodworking plan and execution, including pictures of the finished workshop table.

#3. How to Build a Patio Pet Door

Create a custom-sized patio pet door for a fraction of the cost of ready-made patio pet doors, and add a simple internal locking device to keep your sliding patio door locked even with the patio pet door in place. This is a really fun woodworking project that you can build in about 2 hours. When you read this simple tutorial, be sure to check out the picture of my dog flying through the flap door.

#4. Heavy Duty Adjustable Shelf That’s Easy to Make

For narrow spaces, a heavy duty shelf that’s also an adjustable shelf can offer storage solutions in places that would otherwise remain unused. This heavy duty, hanging shelf is easy and cheap to make. Just follow this simple tutorial.

#5. How to Build Dog Stairs for Beds

It’s hard to find store-bought dog stairs high enough to help dogs up to queen-sized beds, without being too steep. Here’s how to build dog stairs with varying heights and step sizes, as well as highlighted paint for dark nights. Just follow this step-by-step tutorial to see how I built my dog stairs for my old Pomeranian.

#6. How to Build Dog Stairs Yourself

Follow this simple step-by-step tutorial for building elegant wood dog stairs to fit your exact needs, for a fraction of the cost of store-bought pet stairs. These stairs are ideal for living room sofas, where you want more elegant though lower stair elevation. Just follow the simple step-by-step article.

#7. How to Add Shelves in Kitchen Cabinets

Simple wood working tutorial for adding shelf pin holes and cabinet shelves for an affordable way to customize your kitchen cabinets to your exact needs. It’s a very easy woodworking project that added so much functionality to my kitchen cabinets. Just follow this simple step-by-step tutorial to build shelves in your kitchen.

#8. How to Build Cabinet Doors

This simple woodworking tutorial will teach you have to build cabinet doors for enclosing open shelves. See the author’s pictures of the cabinet before and after doors were installed and be inspired to do the same for your furniture. Just follow the step-by-step tutorial that will walk you through the woodworking plan and execution.

#9. How to Build a Walk-in Closet

Simple instructions for building a cheap yet customized walk-in closet with shelves, rods and shoe racks. Just follow this step-by-step tutorial in which I show my woodworking plan and execution. You can also see the pictures of my finished walk-in closet shelves.

#10. Simple Cube Bookcase Woodworking Tutorial

This tutorial will walk you step by step through the process of building a cube bookcase that measures 37x37x11. All you need is wood cut at your local home improvement store, wood pegs (dowels), screws, a drill and a hammer. Just follow the step-by-step instructions to see the woodworking plan and execution that I followed in building my cube bookcase.

#11. Deck Restoration Tutorial

Deck restoration takes advantage of the good wood remaining in your old deck and will save you thousands of dollars over replacing your old deck with a new one. Follow these steps for restoring your old deck yourself. Though restoring your deck is a big woodworking project, it is also an easy one. Just follow the steps in this article to restore your deck yourself.

#12. How to Build a Chic Coffee Table

This step-by-step tutorial will walk you through every step of building a chic coffee table for your home. No prior woodworking experience is required, and you don’t need extraordinary tools or expensive materials. Here are the step-by-step instructions.

#13. Easiest Way to Replace Door Casings Yourself

You don’t need a special saw or knowledge of how to miter corners. The easiest way to replace door casings takes advantage of pre-cut, profiled door casing you can find at your local home improvement store. Just follow this easy step-by-step tutorial to replace your old door casings with chic modern ones.

#14. How to Build a Wood Garden Gate

Add beauty to your front or backyards by building a wood garden gate to insert in a hedge or attach to a fence. Make your wood garden gate tall and private, or open and ornate, it’s entirely up to you. Just follow this simple tutorial to build a wood garden gate yourself.

#15. How to Build a Fake Fireplace to Suit Any Budget

You can build a fake fireplace in every room with candlelight and the beauty of a mantelpiece. It’s a beautiful way to decorate your home with warmth, and you can choose different mantles depending on your budget. Just follow this simple tutorial to build a fake fireplace in your home.

#16. How to Decorate a Bathroom with Beadboard Paneling

Discover how easy and glamorous decorating your bathroom with beadboard paneling can be. Hide moisture flaws or simply enhance the beauty of your bathroom walls by decorating with elegant wall panels. Just follow this simple tutorial to install traditional beadboard in your bathroom.

#17. How to Run a Cable Under Hardwood Floors and Across Doorways

Learn how to hide a cable that you have to run along hardwood floors or across open doorways. There’s little woodworking involved, but a woodworking trick will see you through. Here’s how.

#18. How to Add Patterned Window Trim to Old Windows

This patterned window trim is cheap to make and requires no special saw or woodworking skill. Just follow this easy tutorial for adding elegant window trim around your old windows. It’s an easy woodworking project that I discovered in trying to save money on wood. Just follow the step-by-step instructions to add patterned window trim to your old windows.

#19. Folding Closet Doors Repair and Makeover

Repair old folding closet doors and give them an easy makeover. Then add woodworking trim around the doors to enhance their apparent size and beauty. Just follow this simple tutorial.

#20. How to Make Wood Dollhouse Furniture with No Woodworking

Discover how to make wood doll house furniture without doing any woodworking or spending a fortune. It’s an ideal craft for grandparents and grandchildren who want to create a magical world together. Just follow this simple tutorial to build wood dollhouse furniture yourself.

And if you’re looking for more inspiration, here are 15 home decorating styles to enchant you.

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20 Reasons to See "Where the Wild Things Are" Movie

“Where The Wild Things Are” is a movie that will take your mind on an interesting journey, especially if you see it in IMAX like we did today. Max is the main character, but every character in the movie has their own story you can follow. I think people will identify with different characters as they watch the movie. Every character has a life lesson to be learned, and a new personal victory in the making. I laughed and I cried. When I left the theatre with my husband, we both said it was difficult to wrap our heads around it all. There were so many take away life lessons in the movie.

There are several thought provoking ideas that are presented in this movie. I think there are scenes that will change the course of peoples lives in a very positive way.

Here are some interesting life lessons you might take from this movie.

1. Life can be difficult no matter where you are, but keep learning, and never stop trying to make it better.
2. Be open to the possibilities of a new adventure, a new friend and a new way of looking at the world.
3. People all seem to basically want the same things. People want to love and be loved, and better their lives.
4. Sometimes it’s too late to change your mind, so don’t wait to change it.
5. Something good can come from adversity.
6. Some change can happen quickly. Some change takes a lot of time and patience.
7. Always try to see the world through someone else’s eyes if you want to understand them.
8. You can accomplish more than you ever dreamed you could.
9. It’s hard to find authentic people. Many people are not what they say they are, so beware.
10. When the terrain of life gets challenging, just keep going.
11. Don’t let fear keep you from your next big adventure.
12. Learn to laugh again. Learn to play again. In the seriousness of life, lighten up.
13. Don’t let the few negative comments outweigh the many positive comments in your life.
14. Be friends with everyone. You never know where the help you need will come from when you need it.
15. Sometimes a safe place is not exactly where you hoped it would be, but it works.
16. Be careful who you listen to in life. Ask questions. Don’t just believe everything you hear.
17. Enjoy the moment, because it may only be for a moment.
18. Do what you can, because you might be the only person who can do it. Each character has a vital role.
19. Things are always more complicated than they seem. There is always more under the surface.
20. Value everyone in your life in a different unique way. If you don’t, you will miss so many precious moments.

At the end of the movie, the theatre was silent. As the credits rolled, no one moved. The movie seemed to have an open ending, with a lot of issues still unresolved, leaving the audience to fill in the blanks. While the camera covered the story of Max returning home, your mind thought back to all of the other characters. For everyone in the story, life will presumably go on but will never be the same. Perhaps that is the question presented to the audience. Will you choose to act differently and interact with your world differently? Some problems are just too big for you, but you still have a lot of control over how you will react to them, and that feels very powerful. It kinda feels like a King.

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20 Summer Activities to Do With Senior Citizens

You need to visit Grandfather for Father’s Day, but he’s in a nursing home and it’s hard to know what to say or do when you visit. Or he lives alone, has trouble hearing, and needs someone to check in on him frequently to make sure he’s doing okay. Too often, visiting our senior relatives becomes a chore that we shirk from, unsure of how to interact with them. We remember them as strong active men and women and it saddens us to see their decline. Don’t let that stop you from creating wonderful visits and memories with your favorite senior citizen. You can adapt most of the following ideas for simple activities to fit any senior despite their health or independence level.

Fun Summer Activities to do with Seniors

Sit and watch the sunrise or sunset with them. Many seniors like to rise early, habit from long years of working. Bring some fresh coffee or fresh juice and go outside to sit and watch the sun come up.

In the evening, sit with them as the sun sets. The sounds of crickets, or frogs in the summer evening is stimulating and there are always those lightning bugs to remember from their childhoods. You might even try catching one. As it becomes dark, look up and see if they can find the Big Dipper or other familiar constellations in the night sky.

Take your senior to a children’s baseball game. There’s nothing like children to put a smile on a senior’s face. Take along comfortable safe lawn chair for them to sit in. Those bleachers can be kind of tough on we older people!

If you live close to a beach or lake, go for a walk, or wheelchair ride along the lake side. Take some bird seed to feed the ducks, and maybe even tuck in a fishing rod to just throw in the lake. Even if no fish are caught, the fun of tossing in that line will bring back memories and spark conversation.

Just sit under a shady tree on a warm sunny day and maybe take off your shoes and theirs to feel the grass underfoot. Be silly a bit, laugh and remember the first days of summer when they were a child. Talk about summer games they use to play.

Along the lines above, I use to have a small child’s wading pool that I would put in my van on visit days and I’d fill it with cool water and then we’d take off our shoes and sit with a lawn chair close to the pool and go wading! Everyone would demur at first, but before long, we’d all be sitting there, feet in the pool, laughing like little kids on a grand adventure.

Shell some peas, snap some beans, eat some fresh tomatoes from the garden. Seniors love the memory of all those gardens they worked in. These simple garden related tasks will bring back vivid memories of their own childhood helping Mom and Dad in the garden or their own gardens and their children.

Find out what their favorite book or author is and read a chapter each time you visit. Make it a exciting serial, build interest and predict what’s going to happen next. Good books for this are old favorites and classics like Heidi, Tom Sawyer, Ben Hur, The Good Earth, Robinson Crusoe or any other favorite of theirs.

Go to a summer parade; perhaps a 4th of July parade in your community. Go early, park close so they don’t have to walk far, and take along comfortable safe lawn chairs and something to shade them if in sun. Use sunscreen as needed for outdoor activities.

Visit neighborhood garage sales. My grandmother used to love doing this. She’d take five dollars and make it last all day!

Go to a family reunion or arrange one with them and invite everyone to bring all the food and surprise the senior with their own family reunion day. Invite old friends, old neighbors, everyone who knows the senior. Don’t wait until they die to gather, gather while they are alive!

Go swimming. Sometimes it’s difficult to take a senior swimming, but many YMCA’s have senior swim times and early morning hours at some pools make good swimming times for seniors before all the kids hit the pool. Our city pool has two evening swim times and they are usually quieter and no hot sun beating down on the senior. Encourage them to get in the water and just stand! It’s so therapeutic!

Find an outdoor music concert. Many cities are having these free for their citizens. Take a lawn chair. Pack a sack dinner or stop and buy it at their favorite fast food spot. Order something different! Or order a particular favorite food.

Cook fried green tomatoes. Cook elephant ears like they use to have at the fair. Make egg salad and eat it with fresh tomatoes from the garden. Let them help do the cooking!

Wash the windows together. This was really a favorite of my grandmother’s. She would stay inside and I’d go out on the ladder and she’s point out all the spots I had missed and grin at me as she did the insides to the best of her ability.

Put a flag up where they can see it for the 4th of July. Buy some fireworks and shoot them off in the night sky at their own home. Follow safety regulations for the area.

Go on a simple picnic. Make it simple. Drive through their favorite state park and find a picnic table and eat a simple brown paper bag lunch.

Whatever activity you choose, do it with love and take your time. Speak slowly, clearly and distinctly. Offer simple instructions. Don’t treat your senior like a child, but with the dignity and respect they deserve for their well lived life. Make new memories, and reinforce old ones. Talk to them and let them talk, listen to them. Let them tell you their memories and share their life through life reflection. It will make them feel wonderful and you too!

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20 Most Significan American History Events (1776-1825)

1. (1776) First Constitutional Convention: This was the first assembly for the states to start making their own constitutions. This first convention was in Pennsylvania. Many states after this started having the same type of conventions. This sparked the method in which the state constitutions were written and approved.

2. (1780) First Slave Abolition Law: The first slave abolition law was passed in Pennsylvania. This was a gradual law that slowly took away bondage. It said that all children born to slave mothers after March 1780 would be freed when they turned 28. They needed to make it gradual because slave owners would be mad if they lost their slaves instantly. It actually was more effective than expected because owners started freeing their slaves at about age 28 no matter what birth date. This was important because it started the abolition laws in the north.

3. (1786-1787) Shays Rebellion: In 1786 when Massachusetts’s farmers got mad about the debt hearings they closed down the courts. Daniel Shay who was Revolutionary War veteran led them. The Massachusetts government was unable to stop this because about one fourth of the potential soldiers for the state were involved. They also requested help from the federal government and they were granted money and soldiers. This was important because it showed the problem in the federal governments and it also showed how far they would go. This also contributed to the creation of the Constitution.

4. (1787-1788) Ratification of the Constitution: In 1787 the delegates in the Philadelphia signed the Constitution. After this it was sent out to all of the states. Many states ratified quickly but New Hampshire in 1788 was the ninth state to ratify which put the constitution into effect. This was important because it created a strong central government in the U.S. and helped fix many problems. It gave power to the Federal government, which helped them tax and raise armies.

5. (1789) Washington Becomes President: This was important because George Washington was the first president. He appointed Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson in his cabinet. He was an independent and he often listened to Hamilton and Jefferson but usually sided with Hamilton. Hamilton was a federalist, which made the federalist vision show through and made the federal government stronger.

6. (1791) Bill of Rights Ratified: This was important because it was one of the main missing things in the constitution. Without this being added the American people would be missing some of the basic rights they deserve. This was also important because some states didn’t want to ratify the constitution without those basic rights mentioned and this satisfied their wants. It also made it so the national government didn’t get too powerful and take away from the rights of the people.

7. (1791) Bank of the United States was Established: This was important because it created a central place for the federal government’s money. It also regulated state banks. It allowed wealthy Americans to put their money in the bank and benefit even more. It also encouraged growth and allowed the US to make more money and pay off debts, which was huge after the Revolutionary War.

8. (1795) Jays Treaty Created: This treaty established Great Britain as America’s primary trading partner. It was important because it allowed us not to be blockaded for trade in the Atlantic. Great Britain allowed us to trade non-military goods with France. This created much protest in America and also controversy with France. France and Britain were fighting a war and France assumed that we were siding with Britain because we had a treaty with them but we wanted to stay neutral.

9. (1797) XYZ Affair: John Adams sent three men to negotiate with France. When those three men got there, France wanted 250,000 dollars each just to talk with them and if America refused they would consider it an act of war. Adams refused and brought the three men back. This was important because it showed that America wouldn’t pay money for tribute. It also led to the Quasi War and other conflicts.

10. (1798-1800) Quasi War: This was important because it was a conflict between France and America, which complicated many things in Europe. Our Navy defeated their navy most of the time with the help of Britain’s navy also. This stopped a possible French invasion into America and also allowed America to trade freely.

11. (1798) Alien and Sedition Acts: These gave many powers to the federal government and took away some rights of the people. The Sedition act made it so people could not conspire together or opposed the government. This clearly went against the freedom of speech and freedom of the press. This made people very angry and also showed the power of the government and moved them closer to tyranny.

12. (1803) Trial of Marbury vs. Madison: This established Judicial Review. This case made it so that courts cold decide what cases they wanted to hear and what cases they didn’t want to hear. It was about how John Adams nominated William Marbury but then Jefferson’s administration did not commission it.

13. (1803-1804) Barbary Wars: This was when America was trying to trade in the Mediterranean and pirates attacked them. President Jefferson sent troops over seas to free the hostages. This was important because it was the first time that America sent troops over seas. America ended up freeing the hostages and being allowed to trade in the Mediterranean, which was a very good thing for the economy.

14. (1804) Louisiana Purchase: This was when President Jefferson bought land west of the Mississippi River. This was important because it almost doubled the size of America. It also sparked conflicts with the Indians and Great Britain. It eventually led to the War of 1812.

15. (1804-1806) The Lewis and Clark Expedition: Thomas Jefferson appointed Meriwether Lewis who brought along his friend William Clark to go explore west. This was important because they had not yet settled or explored the west since they bought Louisiana Purchase. They learned many things about the land and the Indians. They also kept many detailed maps, which helped them later.

16. (1807) The Embargo Act Passed: This was important because it didn’t allow any trade with other countries. This hurt America’s economy because the prices in America were lower than the prices that the farmers were able to charge overseas. It was also hard to enforce and it increased smuggling into Canada. It was also important because it led to Giles Enforcement Act.

17. (1812-1815) War of 1812: This was important because it was the first time that America won a war without the help of any other country. It also ended the threat of Britain’s attempt to colonize America again. It also had Britain finally leave America.

18. (1814) The Hartford Convention: This was important because it was the Federalist getting together because of their loss of power. They put forward and proposed things. Some of those included removal of the three-fifths clause and one term limit for the president. There were other proposals too. This was important because these proposals were huge amendments and they would change many things.

19. (1820) Missouri Compromise: This was important because it solved the problem of what states in the Louisiana Purchase would become slave states and which ones would become free states. It was also important because it kept a balance in the legislature. It also created a divide between the states.

20. (1823) The Monroe Doctrine: This was important because it shows the rest of the world that America is not just some small country to be taken advantage of. It also says that America will not be colonized again because they are an independent republic.

*All dates and Statistics are from the text book “American Passages”
Edward L. Ayers, David M. Ochinsky, Lewis L. Gould, Jean R. Soderlund, “American Passages”

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20 Questions for the Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates

Despite all the media hyperbole, the President has little power to make changes in Washington. As such, candidates can lie themselves silly to appease the suckers, excuse me, voters and blame the lack of pre-election promise follow through on Congress.

The president is very much at the mercy of Congress and the Senate and the relationships he or she has there. The few direct weapons they have is veto power, a black budget (¡§off the books¡¨ expenditure), unfettered access to the media and the ability to declare war.

Asking Presidential candidates about the same issues election after election proves nothing except perhaps their answers validate some people¡¦s way of thinking. Let¡¦s get real, the questions we ask, the issues we quiz them on, have become boring and irrelevant. Let¡¦s scrub this useless litany forever but before we do let¡¦s recap them quickly.

“X Abortion ¡V a personal decision about a subject that was resolved thirty years ago.
“X Personal freedoms ¡V all are guaranteed by the constitution. Next.
“X Sex ¡V none of your business what I do in the bedroom as long as it doesn¡¦t involve children. Candidates please note
that your opinions on sexual mores have no affect whatsoever on young people or anyone else.
“X Taxes ¡V Yawn!
“X Economy ¡V the economy is dependant on the business community not the White House.
“X Personal morals ¡V vaguely interesting in the same sense as my interest in the President¡¦s choice of dog.
“X Use of drugs ¡V as long as they¡¦re clean now, I don¡¦t care.
“X Religion ¡V keep it to yourself.
“X Experience ¡V just about anyone can make a good President. The Presidency is an office into which the elected official
fits not the other way around.
“X Conservative ideals ¡V see Democrat*
“X Democrat ideals ¡V see Conservative*
* Chris Rock puts it well. We are all Conservative on some issues and Liberal on others. These labels are have become meaningless except to people who use them as a stick to beat those who disagree with them. One good rule of thumb that works for me; the more vocally conservative you are, the bigger the skeleton in the closet. And I stress ‘closet.’

Now some real questions. Ground-rules: the candidate must know the answers to these. The answers have to be as direct as the question. Evasion results in a jolt of current through the genital ‘truth circuit.’ Answers must be 50 words or less. Ready?

1. Why are we in Iraq? The truth now.
2. Why isn¡¦t Iraq paying for its own ¡¥liberation?¡¦
3. How are we going to compensate the Iraqis who we have killed, wounded and displaced in our role as an
occupying force?
4. Why is the rest of the world not paying for the $3 trillion this ¡¥war¡¦ has and will cost the U.S.?
5. Who approved this expenditure of American¡¦s money?
6. Will you continue the Bush tradition of hiding visual recording and broadcast of our war casualties from the
U.S. public?
7. How long will it take to repay the debt created by the war?
8. Will you investigate punishing those who led us into Iraq under false pretences? (Rumsfeld for example)
9. As the future leader of the free world, what is your strategy to deal with the starving children of the world?
10. How about dealing with the poor and hungry here in the U.S.?
11. What will you do to reinforce and guarantee our Constitutional rights and freedoms especially those that have
been eroded since 2001?
12. Will you allow special interest groups and lobbyists to continue to exist and have access to you and congress during
your administration, keeping in mind that they didn¡¦t vote for you, we did?
13. What do you intend to do to fight corruption in Washington?
14. Will you continue to allow the use of mercenaries to support our armed forces?
15. Why not take the funds paid to private contractors and mercenaries and increase the pay of our soldiers so that they
don¡¦t have to supplement their income through food stamps?
16. What kind of transparency can we expect from your administration vs. the complete lack of same with the Bush
17. We already have universal healthcare in place as all hospitals and doctors are obliged to treat walk-ins on their own
dime. When will the Federal government repay the practitioners and health establishments for their efforts? How?
18. Will you seek Congressional approval before putting our Armed Forces in harms way?
19. Are we going to war with Iran? If so what¡¦s the budget, timeline and exit strategy?
20. How financially bankrupt is America?

Go ahead, ask. This is the only opportunity we’ll get.

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