Tuesday, November 22, 2016

100th Birthday Party Ideas for Active Seniors

Here are some ideas for 100th birthday parties for seniors that are still active and in good health. Celebrating your 100th birthday party is an amazing way to celebrate a century of life.

There are so many ideas for celebrating a 100th birthday party, so lets get started.


100th Birthday Party Idea for Active Seniors #1: Board Game Party


A board game party is a fun way to celebrate a birthday party for active seniors. You can use any board game that they enjoy playing. This is also a fun time to introduce current board games than are gaining popularity, have fun playing popular games from the past, and simply have some fun.


Be sure the games do not take hours to play, like monopoly. In place of that game, try setting up different games at each table. Have a Connect Four Table, a Checkers table, and so forth.


Be sure to have birthday party favors and prizes for the winners! Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a hit at any age!


100th Birthday Party Idea for Active Seniors #2: Sing Along


Why not have a party where you sing all your favorite songs from the present and past. For a special treat hire a piano player to make this feel like a piano bar party!


Cocktails (or Mocktails) can be served in fun martini style glasses and fun finger foods will complete the effect.


The great music will be a fun back drop for good conversation and birthday party fun if no one feels like singing along the whole item.


Be sure to discuss ahead of time with the pianist some of the birthday party girl or boy’s favorite songs! This ill make them feel special! Of course Happy Birthday must be played.


100th Birthday Party Idea for Active Seniors #3: Art Class


Finally, why not use this fun social gathering as a time to create some fun objects, learn something new, and interact with others.


Fun ideas would be to teach cake decorating. Each part guest can have their own mini cake or cupcake to decorate. They can use icing tips, pastry bags, and more to learn the art of cake decorating! Plus, they get to eat their treat at the end of decorating it!


Any class will do for this idea, so try to find out what your active senior wants to learn or make at their birthday party! Get creative and the whole group will love it!


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101 Dishes You Should Eat Before You Die by Stefan Gates

I love books about food and especially those that explore interesting dishes. So when you set something out before me that says its full of fantastic things you should eat before you die I get pretty excited. But then I read the book, and I was note quite as excited anymore.

This book was broken into several sections. They include Perfect, Spectacular, Expensive, Restaurant Classics, International Classics, Comfort Foods, Wild, From the Sea, From the Field, and Afters. Obviously these titles make it hard to tell what exactly the chapters are about for the most part. These sections can include several different things. For example the perfect are just dishes that the author really seems to like and are generally simple in nature such as Tokyo Sushi. When moving on to Spectacular such dishes as Pig’s Feet might be on the menu. Expensive includes things like fancy Tuna and gold wrapped food (no taste but it is decadent). International Classics one can pretty much guess, Tandoori Chicken rates high. Comfort food has your classic mac and cheese. The most interesting part of the book is the chapter Wild. Here are some strange things like Cane Rat and a Yak’s “insert anatomy part I can’t type on here). From the Sea is of course all about seafood while From the Field is all about vegetables. And then comes dessert in afters.


Each chapter is accompanied by a general overview of all the food, plus in some cases the recipe and a brief description of each dish. He tells you why he thinks it should be in the book and where/when/what/who/etc. he ate it with. He also suggests an alcohol pairing with each and every dish. Now normally when a book includes recipes, I hate to review it until I’ve tried some of them out. But in this case I bought the book not expecting it to be a cookbook, and a good 3/4 of the recipes are way too expensive or unobtainable for me to make. Should I ever decide to test my culinary skills on this book though, rest assured I will note my experience here.


The reason I think this book is so average is that half of these dishes I really couldn’t figure out why they were there. Some of them are so general (Mac & Cheese, sushi, etc) that while I think everybody should appreciate the yumminess of them, it just doesn’t seem like one of those 101 things that you should eat before you die. I expected it to be a more unique book and the only chapter that really takes that leap is the Wild chapter. That whole chapter is kind of what I thought the book should be like.


Not a bad book, and its got some well done pictures. It’s an interesting read but I’d take it out from the library before I would buy it again. I don’t think its one of those books deserving of a permanent position on the home bookshelf.


101 Dishes to Eat Before You Die
Copyright 2009
255 pages


Review by M. Reynard 2011


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101 Middle School Vocabulary Words from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Why Write 101 Middle School Vocabulary Words from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?

With the tsunami that is the Harry Potter book craze subsiding, I thought it was time to take a look at one of the critiques of the J.K. Rowling series.


In various places on the web, I have read that HP books are not literature, and what a shame it is that our kids are reading these books instead of more classic children’s literature.


I started reading the HP series because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I have read my share of books – good and bad, classic literature, and dime store novels. I have also read a large number of books that are considered to be “classics” in children’s literature.


In my initial response to the HP naysayers, I wrote Keep a Child Reading: The Post-Harry Potter Book List.


In addition, I would like to share with parents, educators, and homeschoolers a list of 100 stellar vocabulary words drawn directly from the pages of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.


These vocabulary words include strong action verbs, descriptive adjectives, and some words that are just useful to know.


Kids can use their favorite dictionary, online or off, to look up the meanings of these words. Homeschooling parents and educators could use them in lessons.


The main reason I compiled this list is because I have enjoyed a long, intimate love affair with words. As a writer and a reader, I keep lists of words that strike me. Here is my list from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.


Note: please forgive the fact that I did not include page numbers, as I did not originally compile the list for publication, but for my own use.


101 Middle School Vocabulary Words from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


The 101 words are broken down into lists of 10, with one bonus word at the end. Each list of 10 could be used one vocabulary lesson.


1-10 Middle School Vocabulary Words from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


admonitions
affably
amicably
amidst
awed
baubles
besotted
bespectacled
bellowed
billowing


11-20 Middle School Vocabulary Words from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


brandishing/brandished
bravado
brooded
brusquely
bustled
chortled
contemptuous
convulsively
copse
crestfallen


21-30 Middle School Vocabulary Words from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


culminating
dawdled
deluded
delved/delve
dejected
detained
derisive
disentangling
disgruntled
disquiet


31-40 Middle School Vocabulary Words from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


dodgy
doss
enfolded
enigmatic
enmity
extricated
flamboyant
furtively
genial
gleaned


41-50 Middle School Vocabulary Words from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


glowered
grudgingly/grudging
guffawing
guttering
hoisted
hurtled
impassive
incautious
incensed
indignation


51-60 Middle School Vocabulary Words from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


inseparable
inkling
inscrutable
jeered
jiggered
jostling
lavishly
lurking
mead
miniscule


61-70 Middle School Vocabulary Words from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


motley
mullioned
mutinous
mutter
nicked
notorious
oblige
onerous
prat
quivering


71-80 Middle School Vocabulary Words from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


rallied
regaling
reminiscently
remonstrated
rummaging
sallow
scowling
seething
severed
singed


81-90 Middle School Vocabulary Words from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


snarling
snigger/sniggered
sopping
splutter
squalid
stupefied
succumbed
surly
surreptitiously
swilled


91-100 Middle School Vocabulary Words from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


tarnished
throttle
topple
transfigured
twittering
unfathomable
warbling
wreaked
writhing
wryly


Word 101:


zoomed


Students can also look for these words while reading the book.


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10,000 Maniacs at Penn State

The first concert I ever went to was Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs. They came to Penn State April of 1993. The funny part is that I was actually still listening to their tapes. Yes, I said tapes it was a long time ago so give me a break. I was really excited to actually have the opportunity to see them in concert. It was held at the Recreation Hall, which was one of the smaller stadiums on campus.

I remember going to the concert with a few of my friends. They did not set up any seats so it was a free-for-all push to the front. This unfortunately did not work out well for me since I began to feel faint from all the people and heat of the stadium. So, we had to move to the back of the room where we were able to get some fresh air. This in fact ended up being a good thing since there was room in the back to dance and enjoy the music. Natalie Merchant sang the crowd favorite “Because The Night” along with a bunch of other songs.


I honestly don’t remember what the cost of the ticket was but I am sure that it was affordable since most students don’t have much money. You know that most college kids are broke so the tickets must have been cheap.


It was great to say that I actually went to a concert for the first time in my life. So what if I was eighteen years old and most people have seen many concerts by this time. That was okay with me since I got to see a band that I really enjoyed and it was a smaller setting so I got to enjoy the music.


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100th Day of School? Have Fun!

Coming back to school after Christmas break can be so deflating to a child or teen’s attitude. They won’t be able to stay up late and play video games or go out with a friend. No, now they have to get up early and do homework, which is such a drag, but hey.. maybe the teachers could make learning just a tad bit enjoyable when the students come back to school.


When I was younger, our teacher did something that we the students believe was incredibly fun. She made us get into a group and build any type of game board, such as a Monopoly replicate. The catch was you had to make educational questions for the player to answer before they could move their game piece to the next level. Being students, we didn’t see this as work, we saw this as “We have no work to do! We can just make and play a game!” Woohoo!


Another way teachers could grasp the student’s attention is having some sort of Jeopardy-like game. I know that sounds boring, so add incentives! I know teachers don’t have the greatest salary, but all they have to buy is candy or small toys and the kids are bought. Students are suckers for anything free, but what they don’t know is that they are testing their knowledge and even gaining knowledge!


You know how must students believe their teachers are “lame” or “can’t teach?” As a teacher, put students in groups and give them a topic to teach the class. Let them get a taste of what teaching is like. As a student, they will want to compete and beat the other groups. While they are competing, they are learning! Group with the highest grade gets extra credit for an upcoming test. Let the competition begin!


There can be multiple things the teachers can do to celebrate the 100th day of school, but the main focus is to continue teaching the students. Teach the students without teaching per say by making what you do entertaining or competitive. The students will stop saying the teachers are bad and start saying the teachers are cool! Try them out!


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1031 Exchange Closing Expenses - What You Need to Know

One of the basic rules of a 1031 exchange is that you are supposed to shift all of your equity into the replacement property that was purchased. All of the net proceeds from the sale of the old property have to be re-invested into the replacement property. Try to usurp this rule and you could fall into the Garcia trap. Mr. Garcia was a taxpayer who refinanced his relinquished property in anticipation of the 1031 exchange. Quite simply, he siphoned off his equity through the refinance and the IRS took exception. The IRS litigated and the court ruled that what Garcia did was tantamount to taking the money from the closing table. The only difference was that Garcia took the money two days before the closing. How can you avoid the Garcia trap and still profit from a 1031 exchange? Read on.

There are some expenses that come with any real estate transaction that will not be reinvested into the new property. The costs of the deed recording and real estate agent’s commission have to be paid at closing and will not be reinvested. What you have to be cautious about are the other so-called oddball expenses that do not fall into the typical real estate closing statement.


The first of these expenses is rent pro-ration and security deposits on the sale of relinquished property. The proper way to handle this is for the 1031 exchanger to transfer to the buyer, the rents that have already been collected by the exchanger. Have the exchanger write a check from his/her operating account for the remaining days that the exchanger has collected rents for. The 1031 exchanger may want to debit off the closing statement the amount of rents owed, along with the agent’s commission and the deed recording cost. In effect, reduce the amount of proceeds that go to the Qualified Intermediary. Do not do this. It’s the Garcia situation – diverting money that should have been reinvested into the replacement property.


A second expense to look out for is security deposits. Landlords often want to show a debit on the closing statement for the security deposits that need to be paid to the buyer. Deducting the amount from the closing statement is again, reducing the amount of 1031 proceeds and reducing the money that is reinvested into the replacement property. What the landlord should do is empty out the bank account that holds the security deposits, and pay those monies to the purchaser.


One more thing to be aware of is the cost of acquiring new debt on the replacement property. Expenses such as the loan origination fees, underwriting fees and loan processing fees should be paid out of the taxpayers’ pocket, and not from the 1031 proceeds. Use your own money or apply the earnest money that was put down towards these new debt costs.


Parties that attempt to reduce the above expenses from the closing statement are going against the basic 1031 principle that the tax should be deferred, as long as the equity is being moved from one property to the next. Stay in line with the above guidelines and you can avoid the Garcia pitfall.


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101 Ways of Saying I Love You in Different Language

Afrikaans – Ek is lief vir jou


Albanian – te dua


Arabic – Ana Ahebak / Ana Bahibak


Arabic (to the female) – Bahebbek


Arabic (to the male) – Bahebbak


Armenian – yes kez shat em siroom


Assyr – Az tha hijthmekem


Bahasa Malayu (Malaysia) – Saya cinta mu


Bangla – Ami tomakay bala basi


Bavarian – tuI mog di


Bosnian – Ja te volim (formally) or volim-te Turkish seni seviyorum


Bulgarian – Obicham te


Cambodian (to the male) – oun saleng bon


Cambodian (to the female) – bon saleng oun


Cantonese – Ngo oi ney


Croatia – Volim te


Czech – Miluji Te


Danish – Jeg elsker dig


Dutch – Ik hou van jou


English – I love you


Esperanto – Mi amas vim


Estonian – Ma armastan sind / Mina armastan sind (formal)


Ethiopia – afekereshe alhu


Finnish – Minä rakastan sinua


Flemish (Ghent) – ‘k’ou van ui


French – Je t’aime


Gaelic – Tá mé i ngrá leat


Georgian – Miquar shen


German – Ich liebe Dich


Greek – agapo se


Greek – S’agapo


Gujarati – oo tane prem karu chu


Hawaiian – Aloha au ia’oe


Hebrew – Ani ohevet ota


Hebrew fem Plural – Ani ohav etkhen


Hebrew fem sing – Ani ohav otakh


Hebrew masc or mixed plural – Ani ohav etkhem


Hebrew masc sing – Ani ohaw otkha


Hindi – Main tumsey pyaar karta hoon / Maine Pyar Kiya


Hungarian – Szeretlek


Icelandic – Eg elska thig


Indonesian – Aku Cinta Kamu


Indonesian – Saya cinta padamu


Italian – Ti amo/Ti voglio bene


Japanese – Anata wa, dai suki desu


Japanese – Sukiyo Javanese (formal) – Kulo tresno marang panjenengan


Javanese (informal) – aku terno kowe


Kenya (Kalenjin) – Achamin


Kenya (Kiswahili) – Ninakupenda


Korean – SA LANG HAE / Na No Sa Lan Hei


Kurdish – Khoshtm Auyt


Laos – Chanrackkun


Latin – Te amo


Latvian – Es mîlu Tevi


Lebanese – Bahibak


Lithuanian – As Myliu Tave


Macedonian – Jas Te Sakam


Malay – Saya cintakan mu / Saya cinta mu


Maltese – Inhobbok hafna


Mandarin – Wo ai ni


Nigeria (Hausa) – Ina sonki


Nigeria (Yoruba langauge) – Mo fe ran re


Norwegian – Jeg elsker deg


Pakistan (Urdu) – May tum say pyar karta hun


Persian – Tora Doost Darem


Pig Latin – I-yea Ove-lea Ou-yea


Polish – Kocham Cie


Portuguese (Brazilian) – Eu te amo


Portuguese (Continental) – Eu amo-te


Punjabi – me tumse pyar ker ta hu’


Romanian – Te iubesc


Russian – Ya tyebya lyublyu


Scottish Gaelic – ‘S tough leam ort


Serbian (accent ‘O’) – Volim te


Serbo-Croatian – Volim te


Sign language – Spread hand out so no fingers are touching. Bring in middle & ring fingers and touch then to the palm of your hand.


Slovak – Lubim ta


Slovenian – ljubim te


South Sotho – Ke o Rata


Spanish – Te quiero / te amo / yo amor


Sri Lanka – Mama oyata aadareyi


Swahili – Naku panda


Swedish – Jag älskar dig


Swiss German – Ch-ha di garn


Tagalong – Mahal Kita / Iniibig kita


Tamil – Naan Unnai Khadalikkeren


Telugu – Nenu Ninnu Premisthunnanu


Thai – Khao Raak Thoe / chun raak ter


Thai (affectionate, sweet, loving) – Khao raak thoe


Thailand – chun luk ter


Turkish – Seni Seviyorum


Ukrainian – Yalleh blutebeh / ya tebe kohayu


Urdu (to a girl) – Mea tum se pyaar karta hu


Urdu (to a boy) – Mea tum se pyar karti hu


Vietnamese – Toi yeu em


Vietnamese (Females) – Em yeu Anh


Vietnamese (Males) – Anh yeu Em


Welsh – Rwy’n dy garu di


Zambia (Chibemba) – Nali ku temwa


Zimbabwe – Ndinokuda


Zulu – Mina funani wean


Afrikaans – Ek is lief vir jou


Albanian – te dua


Arabic – Ana Ahebak / Ana Bahibak


Arabic (to the female) – Bahebbek


Arabic (to the male) – Bahebbak


Armenian – yes kez shat em siroom


Assyr – Az tha hijthmekem


Bahasa Malayu (Malaysia) – Saya cinta mu


Bangla – Ami tomakay bala basi


Bavarian – tuI mog di


Bosnian – Ja te volim (formally) or volim-te Turkish seni seviyorum


Bulgarian – Obicham te


Cambodian (to the male) – oun saleng bon


Cambodian (to the female) – bon saleng oun


Cantonese – Ngo oi ney


Croatia – Volim te


Czech – Miluji Te


Danish – Jeg elsker dig


Dutch – Ik hou van jou


English – I love you


Esperanto – Mi amas vim


Estonian – Ma armastan sind / Mina armastan sind (formal)


Ethiopia – afekereshe alhu


Finnish – Minä rakastan sinua


Flemish (Ghent) – ‘k’ou van ui


French – Je t’aime


Gaelic – Tá mé i ngrá leat


Georgian – Miquar shen


German – Ich liebe Dich


Greek – agapo se


Greek – S’agapo


Gujarati – oo tane prem karu chu


Hawaiian – Aloha au ia’oe


Hebrew – Ani ohevet ota


Hebrew fem Plural – Ani ohav etkhen


Hebrew fem sing – Ani ohav otakh


Hebrew masc or mixed plural – Ani ohav etkhem


Hebrew masc sing – Ani ohaw otkha


Hindi – Main tumsey pyaar karta hoon / Maine Pyar Kiya


Hungarian – Szeretlek


Icelandic – Eg elska thig


Indonesian – Aku Cinta Kamu


Indonesian – Saya cinta padamu


Italian – Ti amo/Ti voglio bene


Japanese – Anata wa, dai suki desu


Japanese – Sukiyo Javanese (formal) – Kulo tresno marang panjenengan


Javanese (informal) – aku terno kowe


Kenya (Kalenjin) – Achamin


Kenya (Kiswahili) – Ninakupenda


Korean – SA LANG HAE / Na No Sa Lan Hei


Kurdish – Khoshtm Auyt


Laos – Chanrackkun


Latin – Te amo


Latvian – Es mîlu Tevi


Lebanese – Bahibak


Lithuanian – As Myliu Tave


Macedonian – Jas Te Sakam


Malay – Saya cintakan mu / Saya cinta mu


Maltese – Inhobbok hafna


Mandarin – Wo ai ni


Nigeria (Hausa) – Ina sonki


Nigeria (Yoruba langauge) – Mo fe ran re


Norwegian – Jeg elsker deg


Pakistan (Urdu) – May tum say pyar karta hun


Persian – Tora Doost Darem


Pig Latin – I-yea Ove-lea Ou-yea


Polish – Kocham Cie


Portuguese (Brazilian) – Eu te amo


Portuguese (Continental) – Eu amo-te


Punjabi – me tumse pyar ker ta hu’


Romanian – Te iubesc


Russian – Ya tyebya lyublyu


Scottish Gaelic – ‘S tough leam ort


Serbian (accent ‘O’) – Volim te


Serbo-Croatian – Volim te


Sign language – Spread hand out so no fingers are touching. Bring in middle & ring fingers and touch then to the palm of your hand.


Slovak – Lubim ta


Slovenian – ljubim te


South Sotho – Ke o Rata


Spanish – Te quiero / te amo / yo amor


Sri Lanka – Mama oyata aadareyi


Swahili – Naku panda


Swedish – Jag älskar dig


Swiss German – Ch-ha di garn


Tagalong – Mahal Kita / Iniibig kita


Tamil – Naan Unnai Khadalikkeren


Telugu – Nenu Ninnu Premisthunnanu


Thai – Khao Raak Thoe / chun raak ter


Thai (affectionate, sweet, loving) – Khao raak thoe


Thailand – chun luk ter


Turkish – Seni Seviyorum


Ukrainian – Yalleh blutebeh / ya tebe kohayuAfrikaans – Ek is lief vir jou


Albanian – te dua


Arabic – Ana Ahebak / Ana Bahibak


Arabic (to the female) – Bahebbek


Arabic (to the male) – Bahebbak


Armenian – yes kez shat em siroom


Assyr – Az tha hijthmekem


Bahasa Malayu (Malaysia) – Saya cinta mu


Bangla – Ami tomakay bala basi


Bavarian – tuI mog di


Bosnian – Ja te volim (formally) or volim-te Turkish seni seviyorum


Bulgarian – Obicham te


Cambodian (to the male) – oun saleng bon


Cambodian (to the female) – bon saleng oun


Cantonese – Ngo oi ney


Croatia – Volim te


Czech – Miluji Te


Danish – Jeg elsker dig


Dutch – Ik hou van jou


English – I love you


Esperanto – Mi amas vim


Estonian – Ma armastan sind / Mina armastan sind (formal)


Ethiopia – afekereshe alhu


Finnish – Minä rakastan sinua


Flemish (Ghent) – ‘k’ou van ui


French – Je t’aime


Gaelic – Tá mé i ngrá leat


Georgian – Miquar shen


German – Ich liebe Dich


Greek – agapo se


Greek – S’agapo


Gujarati – oo tane prem karu chu


Hawaiian – Aloha au ia’oe


Hebrew – Ani ohevet ota


Hebrew fem Plural – Ani ohav etkhen


Hebrew fem sing – Ani ohav otakh


Hebrew masc or mixed plural – Ani ohav etkhem


Hebrew masc sing – Ani ohaw otkha


Hindi – Main tumsey pyaar karta hoon / Maine Pyar Kiya


Hungarian – Szeretlek


Icelandic – Eg elska thig


Indonesian – Aku Cinta Kamu


Indonesian – Saya cinta padamu


Italian – Ti amo/Ti voglio bene


Japanese – Anata wa, dai suki desu


Japanese – Sukiyo Javanese (formal) – Kulo tresno marang panjenengan


Javanese (informal) – aku terno kowe


Kenya (Kalenjin) – Achamin


Kenya (Kiswahili) – Ninakupenda


Korean – SA LANG HAE / Na No Sa Lan Hei


Kurdish – Khoshtm Auyt


Laos – Chanrackkun


Latin – Te amo


Latvian – Es mîlu Tevi


Lebanese – Bahibak


Lithuanian – As Myliu Tave


Macedonian – Jas Te Sakam


Malay – Saya cintakan mu / Saya cinta mu


Maltese – Inhobbok hafna


Mandarin – Wo ai ni


Nigeria (Hausa) – Ina sonki


Nigeria (Yoruba langauge) – Mo fe ran re


Norwegian – Jeg elsker deg


Pakistan (Urdu) – May tum say pyar karta hun


Persian – Tora Doost Darem


Pig Latin – I-yea Ove-lea Ou-yea


Polish – Kocham Cie


Portuguese (Brazilian) – Eu te amo


Portuguese (Continental) – Eu amo-te


Punjabi – me tumse pyar ker ta hu’


Romanian – Te iubesc


Russian – Ya tyebya lyublyu


Scottish Gaelic – ‘S tough leam ort


Serbian (accent ‘O’) – Volim te


Serbo-Croatian – Volim te


Sign language – Spread hand out so no fingers are touching. Bring in middle & ring fingers and touch then to the palm of your hand.


Slovak – Lubim ta


Slovenian – ljubim te


South Sotho – Ke o Rata


Spanish – Te quiero / te amo / yo amor


Sri Lanka – Mama oyata aadareyi


Swahili – Naku panda


Swedish – Jag älskar dig


Swiss German – Ch-ha di garn


Tagalong – Mahal Kita / Iniibig kita


Tamil – Naan Unnai Khadalikkeren


Telugu – Nenu Ninnu Premisthunnanu


Thai – Khao Raak Thoe / chun raak ter


Thai (affectionate, sweet, loving) – Khao raak thoe


Thailand – chun luk ter


Turkish – Seni Seviyorum


Ukrainian – Yalleh blutebeh / ya tebe kohayu


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100,000 Page Views & 100 Articles Written for Associated Content: What I Have Learned

I have been writing articles at Associated Content for over one year now. I have written 100 plus articles and over that time I have gained experience and insight. I want to share some tips for writing at Associated Content (AC).

I came to Associated Content to get paid more for my time and for my writing. I was over at Squidoo making lenses and not getting much payout. I had read all about AC and the earnings potential. I already had many articles written before AC and Squidoo so I brought several of them over with me to AC. I made more at Associated Content than at Squidoo so I began writing for AC on a steadier basis.


Associated Content is not a get rich scheme or a scam, as some people would have you believe. AC requires work, time, effort and research. If you want to get to Clout 10 then you have to write. I see many newbies posting in the forums asking how long will it take to make a certain amount of money. Then you look at their profile and they have not even written one article yet, and many of them never will.


I have learned that you must keep submitting articles, everyday if you can. Or at least publish several articles a week. I learned that Associated Content alone may not ever earn anyone a full time income, but it could earn you a very nice part time income. It all depends on how much you get paid up-front for your articles and how many articles you have along with page views and your clout level. Setting monthly goals for your writing is extremely important also.


I know not to put all of my eggs in one basket. Unfortunately my AC basket has more eggs than my other “baskets” because I like the way they are set up and the ease of writing here. The payout at Associated Content seems to be higher than many other writing sites – for now.


I have learned to promote my writing a little. Article promotion may or may not be necessary. If your articles get indexed in the search engines that may be all you will need to get clicks on your article and more page views. I also try at times to comment on other AC writers’ articles. Often times though, I have to forgo commenting because I am highly distractible and would end up spending all day reading other writers articles.


I have learned that I am not the best writer in the world, but that is not going to stop me. Some of the books being published today are certainly not ever going to be classic literature and some are not well written at all. I have learned that certain article types get more page views and clicks than others. Some of the highest page view articles on Associated Content are: News articles, Celebrity News, Craft articles, events and holidays.


I plan to continue writing for Associated Content for at least another year and possibly beyond. I hope that my writing skills will improve and I will reach all of my goals. If you are just starting out writing for content sites like Associated Content and Helium, do learn what you can from the top writers and try not to make the same mistakes they have.


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"101 Days: A Baghdad Journal" is a One Day Read!

Asne Seierstad spent 101 days in Baghdad before, during and after the commencement of George W. Bush’s Gulf War, covering the action as a journalist in March of 2003. A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal is Ms. Seierstad’s eye-opening account of her time in Baghdad. The articles that are sent back to her news agency are what she calls “glimpses of the war” and provide tiny, inside glances at how the Iraqi people lived through the initial stages of the war.

Initially, Ms. Seierstad describes the battles that she and her fellow journalists had to wage against the Ministry of Information. There were constant struggles to get the proper passes and permission to talk with certain people and to go to certain parts of the city of Baghdad as well as certain parts of Iraq. Certain parts of Iraq continued to remain off limits to international journalists, regardless of how much bribery and political schmoozing occurred. The story of Asne’s time in Iraq progresses to her sneaking away from her “minder” (also known as her translator), to be with child psychologists who are interviewing Iraqi children regarding the effects of war on their psyche. The story then progresses through the war and liberation of Iraq by the Americans.


I really enjoyed Ms. Seierstad’s account of her little over three months in Iraq. It was simple, straightforward, succinct and subtle; however it was also a very telling and powerful eyewitness account of the devastation that the Iraqi people, cities and countryside underwent as a result of the United States’ invasion and liberation. I particularly enjoyed Ms. Seierstad’s discussions with local Iraqi people – the conversations that occurred without her minders. A lot of them were not as candid as one would hope that they could be as the people that she spoke with were rightfully afraid of retribution being meted out upon them and their loved ones. However, they were beautiful and a lesson in and of themselves with regards to the Iraqi people. Those conversations served to remind me, the reader, that war and politics are very, very complicated matters; they are matters that cannot be simplified regardless of how much we would like to just simplify it and everyone is going to see that experience differently, through the lens of their own life.


All in all, I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in current political events and/or memoirs.


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10K Marathon Training App

If you are in the market for a personal running coach, you may want to first check out the new 10K running App just launched. According to news reporter Keith McCord of KSLTV , the App was designed for the iPhone by former Olympian Jeff Galloway. The App comes with all the benefits of your very own personal coach without spending mega dollars on a human coach. The 5k App was introduced in March 2011.

The new iPhone App was released into the market through Apple platform with the help of a Utah based local company in Salt Lake City, Lolo Fitness. The new App is gaining momentum quickly in the capital city and hoping to reach potential market overseas in a mega way with countries like Japan and England.


With over 130 marathons under his belt, Galloway conducts training classes for thousands of runners around the world. His new iPhone App only increases his reach potential worldwide. His ‘Running doesn’t have to be painful’ method is catching on fast with avid runners world wide.


Highlights:


The App with beat-sync technology perfectly matches the tempo of your music to your running pace. The unique run- walk- run training program sets the perfect speed and intervals to help every runner reach their goal in just 13 weeks. The additional ten week program helps experienced runners further improve on their 10K race time.


This savvy App also includes a program that keeps your personal record at hand so one can actually track your progress as you follow the course. Another great feature is that every training regimen changes on a daily basis, helping the trainee to meet specific goals, while always focusing on proper technique. A runner can use the App on a treadmill with as much ease as when running out doors, a convenience a trainee may well want to adhere to.


The App is totally interactive, which means you can change your workout at anytime and your coach and music will respond accordingly. A great feature that adds to the pizazz of the App is the option to push harder or go easier on pnes self. GPS tracking is included on some supported devices at no extra charge. The runner also has access to download up to fifteen tracks of high energy fitness music for free.


The App includes GPS tracking on iPhone 3G and iPhone 4.


Sources
KSL TV News
Apple




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10/10/10 - The Most Popular Wedding Date of This Year!

Weddings are one of the most precious times in a persons life. Why not pick a date that is easy to remember and also has some fun facts about it as well? Below are some ideas you could use to make your wedding day special and unique. Have fun!

First of all, some fun facts about the date. Sunday, 10/10/10 is the day before Columbus Day! In binary, 101010 adds up to 42, the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything in the Hitch hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy1. The biggest significance is that it only comes once per Millennium. Las Vegas is already filling up with reservations for the special day. They have theme packages, traditional packages, and even Elvis packages.


Here are some neat ideas that you can copy or use partially to create your own unique wedding. Have 10 people in the bridal party, in the vows put the top 10 reasons you love him/her, put 10 love songs on a CD as a favor gift with your picture on the cover, place 10 roses on each table, and maybe even get married at 10:10 AM or 10:10 PM.


So, once again, if you are lucky enough to be able to pick this unique date in time, have a blast with it and use some or all of these ideas. There are plenty more ideas out there as well in Cyber world.


1bexyk1010 New York/ Bucks County PA
http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/october-10-2010


Roxanna Regan
Freelance Writer


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11 and 0 and Five to Go; Who Will Be Left Standing?

Just five games remain in the NFL regular season, and yet we stand here today with two teams still undefeated, a feat that has never before been accomplished in the NFL. Throw the arguments about parity in the NFL out the window for a minute and ask yourself this question:

“How amazing would it be for both the Colts and the Saints to join New England as the only teams to finish a regular season at 16-0?!”


Better yet, ask yourself how cool it would be for both teams to come into the Super Bowl undefeated, knowing one will carry the glory and one will fall short, just as those same Patriots did.


Both the Colts and the Saints have survived tough tests and scares against both the best and worst the NFL has to offer, another trait they hold in common with the 2007 Patriots. Still, both of these teams are hitting their strides, and have a realistic chance of finishing the regular season unblemished. Let’s take a look at the remaining Schedule for both squads going into the final weeks and see who has the more realistic chance.


Indianapolis Colts – Remaining Schedule


Tennessee Titans 5-6


Denver Broncos 7-4


Jacksonville Jaguars 6-5


New York Jets 5-6


Buffalo Bills 4-7


Combined 27-28


As you can see from the table above, the Colts have two major hurdles to overcome in their quest to stay undefeated. Most notable among their remaining opponents are the resurgent Titans, who the Colts play next week, and the Broncos come to town the following week, with both games being played in Indy. The Titans have won five in a row after making a change at Quarterback from Kerry Collins to Vince Young, but in all likelihood, don’t have the kind of defense to shut down the Colts offense. The Broncos have the defense to get the job done, and they play the type of offense that could control the clock and keep the Indy offense off the field, which gives them as much a chance as any team to make it happen. After that, match-ups with the Jags, Jets, and Bills don’t appear to offer much of a challenge for Indianapolis.


New Orleans Saints


Washington Redskins 3-8


Atlanta Falcons 6-5


Dallas Cowboys 8-3


Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-10


Carolina Panthers 4-7


Combined 22-33


The Saints have a much easier road to glory to travel, as their remaining opponents exhibit a combined winning percentage of .400. Still, like the Colts, they have two real tests ahead of them in a week 14 match-up with the Falcons and a game at home against the Cowboys the following week. The Atlanta game is a real head-scratcher though, as they are a completely different team with Matt Ryan on the bench. He’s only supposed to miss one week, which means he should be on the field for the New Orleans game, but how effective he will be is to be decided. Then we have the Cowboys. Dallas is a team that could hang with the Saints offensively, and also give them fits with constant pressure on Brees. However, they are also a team that could not show up at all and get blown off the scoreboard. Aside from those two, there is the possibility of a trap game against Carolina, who could grind out the clock on the Saints using their tandom running backs. However, as evidenced this past week, Carolina also lacks leadership at quarterback and is prone to turnovers.


So in the end, both teams have a fairly open road to travel if they want to finish the regular season undefeated. In comparison, the Saints have the easier one to navigate although the Colts remaining schedule is misconstrued by a couple of teams who had early season success only to fall back. Five games for each with five chances. The only question left is who has enough left in the tank to get them there.


Sources:


NFL Standings, NFL.com


Saints Schedule, NFL.com


Colts Schedule, NFL.com


Two 11-0 Teams in NFL, WikiAnswers.com


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10/2011 Player Profile: Felix Jones

Although he is a very explosive player who is a terrific pass-catcher, I am really not a big fan of Felix Jones as a player. I think he is an average running back at best, and the Cowboys need to get a new feature back to help out Romo . His RB Efficiency score last year was a below-average 46.6, but he is still a more than capable number two back in this league.

It may seem like I’m hating on Jones right now, but it’s just that I don’t think he is a consistent enough rusher. There is no doubt that Felix Jones is one of the most explosive backs in this league, but that really doesn’t mean much if you can’t consistently help your team get yards on the ground. He’s good enough that opposing defenses definitely have to account for him on every play, but he’s not the guy who strikes fear into opposing defenses. They know that they can leave six men in the box and can still survive the encounter.


That’s not to say that Felix Jones is a bad player by any means, but people who believe that he is a capable feature back in the NFL think too highly of him. While he is a good option out of the backfield- his receiving skills are huge- pure runners are the only running backs with legit value in the league today with all the passing going on. Jones has value, but he obviously doesn’t command the respect that a guy like Jonathan Stewart does.


For as elusive as he is, Felix Jones won’t be a star back in my eyes until he can consistently churn out results. For now, he is a good back who is an excellent number two running back for a team who needs that extra dimension. The Cowboys need to find more of workhouse back so that Jones can be a more effective player.


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11/22/63: A Love Story

I’ve had little time to read lately, much less write. It took me weeks to complete 109 East Palace, the subject of my last review, which is extraordinary. Especially with such a compelling story; normally, I would finish that in days.


The subject of today’s entry, however, took me a mere three days to read. Even in the midst of loading and unloading trucks, installing shower doors, and painting walls, this particular book held my attention so thoroughly that I read into the wee hours each night (and woke the following morning groggy and surly… but I digress).


The book that so engaged me was Stephen King’s magnum opus, 11/22/63. I do not use that term loosely; I truly believe that this may well be King’s best work. I’ve read many of King’s books, and although I’m not a huge fan, I’ve enjoyed several of his books. My favorites, in order of personal preference, are The Stand (1990), The Green Mile (1996), The Talisman (1984), and the ongoing Dark Tower series. I’ve read several others, although by no means all. Their absence from my list of favorites does not mean I didn’t like them (though, to be honest, there were a few that just didn’t trip my trigger); it just means that I didn’t like them AS MUCH.


This latest offering, however – simply incredible. If you are at all a fan of Stephen King, this is truly a must read.


Those of you who haven’t read it, proceed into the remainder of this post with caution; I will try not to give much of the story away, but the nature of this blog does require that I share some details you would perhaps prefer to discover for yourself……


The book starts out, as many of King’s do, rather strangely. King is, after all, a past master of strange. As you read, however, you discover that the soul of the thing is actually a love story. A compelling, heartfelt, ultimately bittersweet love story. Who would ever have guessed that the same imagination that churned out such blood-soaked pages as those found in, for example, Cell, could produce such an exquisite love story?


As anyone who has read the plot summary knows, the story line revolves around time travel. More specifically, it revolves around the protagonist’s attempt to return to the day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and his ensuing efforts to prevent it. One of the truly incredible things about this book is that, by the time he succeeds in doing that very thing, you barely care anymore. It is almost beside the point; nearly anticlimactic. If it sounds like that would leave you feeling dissatisfied with the story, let me hasten to assure you – that is very far from the truth. By the time Jake manages to save Kennedy, you’re so invested in Jake’s story, and his love for Grace, that it almost doesn’t matter to you if he succeeds. You do hope he does, simply because he has worked so hard and sacrificed so much, but mostly you just want him to end up with the girl.


Amazing, isn’t it?


In the end, saving Kennedy does not make the future (our present) the utopia Jake and his mentor believed it would. Even worse, Jake loses the girl. Sort of.


You’ll have to read it for yourself. Believe me, it is worth it. This is a hefty book (though far from his longest), but even at twice the length it would be time well spent. This is King at his best. Deep, complex characterization; minute attention to detail and depiction of emotion; realistic settings and an emphasis on contemporary problems (yes, even that, despite the whole time travel thing)… all the earmarks of King’s greatest stories.


If you’re at all familiar with King’s own story, you’ll be aware that he was hit by a van and seriously injured in 1999. In 2002, much to the consternation of his fans, King announced that he was retiring. Some sources have speculated that chronic pain resulting from his injuries, which made sitting for long periods very painful, was the primary motivation behind his decision to stop writing. Since 2002, he has resumed writing, but at a much slower pace. He’s published several pieces since then, but this is the first I’ve read, and I must say that, if this exemplifies his recent work, a decline in quantity has most certainly not resulted in a decline in quality.


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10-Month-Old Lauryn Dickens Still Missing in Memphis; Police Focus on Father

Memphis Police are now directing their attention at the father of 10-month-old Lauryn Dickens as the search for the missing child nears its third week. ABC 24 in Memphis reported Monday that police think the father might know where the child could be, but details regarding why authorities were so inclined was not disclosed. The father has been incarcerated since Lauryn Dickens went missing on September 7.

Investigators are also curious as to why the child’s mother, Shakara Dickens, waited ten days before reporting to the authorities that her child was missing. When Dickens finally did report the child missing, she told authorities that she had given the 10-month-old girl to a woman she did not know, a white woman who had told her she was a friend of the child’s father.


The father has maintained that he knows nothing about a white woman picking up or helping care for the child.


Memphis Police issued a “City Watch Alert” for Lauryn Dickens on Friday. No Amber Alert has been issued because authorities have as yet been unable to determine that the child was abducted or that the child is in any imminent danger. That the mother admitted to voluntarily handing over the child to the unknown woman also complicates matters.


Several Memphis news sources have reported that neighbors of Shakara Dickens are upset that she waited so long to report her child missing. One neighbor, Kathey Smith, said Dickens had told her about her missing child. “She’s a cute baby,” she told My Eyewitness News, “she doesn’t need to be missing. This sounds suspicious. It’s kind of far-fetched.”


Police note that Lauryn Dickens may be in the company of an older white woman, perhaps in her 40s or 50s. She may wear glasses. According to Shakara Dickens, the woman had shoulder length gray hair, wore a white blouse, khaki pants, and sandals.


But does the older white woman even exist? Or has Shakara Dickens told nothing but the truth? If so, why did she wait so long to go to authorities to inform them her 10-month-old child was missing? Most important: Where is Lauryn Dickens?


While Memphis Police attempt to sort out the varying stories, anyone having information that might help authorities locate the missing child is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.


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Source:


MyEyewitnessNews.com


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10/2011 Player Profile: Sedrick Ellis

The New Orleans Saints have the luxury of being four-deep at defensive tackle with Aubrayo Franklin , Shaun Rogers , Sedrick Ellis , and Tom Johnson . The problem for the Saints is that for as good as the interior of their defensive line is, the team struggles on a whole against the run due to the utter incompetence from the linebackers (most namely the overrated Johnathan Vilma ).

While Ellis is a pretty good defensive tackle, he is inconsistent and can get blown off of plays in run defense. He also isn’t good at pressuring the quarterback, and thus he is the most overrated of the team’s defensive tackles. So while he was a solid (but nothing more) contributor against the run, Sedrick Ellis has not been an effective pass rusher since his insane and unattainable (for him) rookie season. He still has a chance to be a productive interior pass-rushing presence instead of a very poor one, but that really doesn’t seem very likely at this point. He does show flashes in that department at times, but he earns his starting keep on reputation and his rookie year.


The biggest problem with Sedrick Ellis is the fact that he looks disinterested at times and basically does nothing positive. This contributes to the “legend” of him being among the most inconsistent defensive linemen in the league, and that’s a problem because while he is talented, he’s no Kris Jenkins . If you are going to take some plays off, the only excuse is that you better be really good when you don’t. With Ellis, being decent doesn’t cut it when you put forth this general lack of consistency.


On the bright side, even though the sample-size is extremely small, Sedrick Ellis has been playing very well as a pass rusher this season. Much to the happiness and surprise of Saints’ fans everywhere, Sedrick Ellis is actually making life difficult for opposing quarterbacks on a regular basis this year.


An interesting thing to note is that Ellis is a scheme player who would probably struggle outside of a defense run similarly to whatGregg Williams does in New Orleans. That being said, Ellis is explosive enough to blow up plays and make highlight-reel moments. Another thing to note is that he does struggle as a pass rusher when he doesn’t get the first step because of his low work rate (at times). It’s his explosiveness that enables him to be a dangerous pass rusher when he does exert effort- such as this season.


As his ability to rush the passer went down, so did his ability to stop the run. He hasn’t been productive against the run, and this is easy to see when you look at how poor the Saints run defense is. While it is true that the linebackers are responsible for most of this, the overrated Sedrick Ellis hasn’t been helping out either.


Even though Sedrick Ellis has started off strong, I don’t know if he can keep this up. If he does, then great; I finally won’t be baffled by why the Saints always give him playing time. If he continues to struggle and the Saints keep playing him, it will be a recurring theme from the past two seasons of watching this team.


To tell you the truth, for as critical as I have been of Sedrick Ellis throughout this post; I think he can keep it up. Before the draft and as a rookie, Sedrick Ellis showed he had the talent to be an elite tackle. I think the past two seasons were bumps in the road, and he should shed his “overrated” tag by the end of the season and become the good defensive tackle he was supposed to be.


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102-Year-Old Woman's Identity Stolen

How low can you go? In Virginia, a man has been accused of identity theft, forgery, and obtaining money by false pretenses.

The 25-year-old accused claims, “I know I’m not guilty of any of theses charges…The day that it aired people were calling me and texting me and asking me what have I done and I was like what are you talking about? I thought I was being pranked.”


He is, however, on probation for similar charges, but he swears that he’s no longer a criminal, though he was six years ago. Well, all right then, I guess he must be innocent!


According to detectives, in one scam he used counterfeit checks to make purchases at various stores, and then returned his purchases to different stores in exchange for cash.


One of his identity theft victims is a 102-year-old woman who recently graduated from the city’s citizen police academy, the oldest person ever to do so. “I don’t know how they got my identity,” she said.


How cool is she? But how difficult must it be to recover from identity theft at 102 years old?


Observing a few basic security precautions to protect your identity may help you avoid such a chore.


Consumers should also consider investing in an identity theft protection product that offer daily credit monitoring, proactive identity surveillance, lost wallet protection, and alerts when suspicious activity is detected on your accounts. McAfee Identity Protection includes all these features, as well as live access to fraud resolution agents in the event that your identity is ever compromised.


For additional tips, visit CounterIdentityTheft.com.


Robert Siciliano is a McAfee consultant and identity theft expert. See him discuss identity theft victims on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. (Disclosures)


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