Friday, November 30, 2012

Eat a Red Apple Day 2012

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An Apple a day, keeps the Doctor Away!

By Terry Orr
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A few months ago, one of our grocery store started carrying mini red apples – they are delicious and perfect single serving size!

Red Apple Facts:

Red apple trees bear fruit at age for or five, and can live to be 200 years old
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Benefits:
Pectin is a beneficial component of red apples; it reduces the absorption of cholesterol and fights heart disease.

Apples have a high nutritional value to keep you healthy. The peel alone contains antioxidants that help reduce damaged cells and fight some diseases. Apples are also fat, sodium, and cholesterol free!
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Did you know that there are 7,500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world? They can come in a variety of shapes, flavors, and colors including all shades of red, green, and yellow.

I love all variety apples and try to eat at least three a week.  This delicious fruit can be eaten raw, cooked, baked, or juiced. Apples are one of the few fruits that you can find fresh any time of the year.
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Go ahead - help yourself to one of nature’s true wonders!

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Stay home because you are well day


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By Diane Forrest

Wow...there has been alot going on the past few days.  First there was Thanksgiving, preparing the food, cooking, baking, and buying groceries.  Cleaning the house, having company over and spending the day entertaining.  Then Black Friday, which actually started Thanksgiving evening at some stores, rushing around with the throngs of people and waiting in lines outside in the cold damp air trying to find the best deals on items you wanted to surprise your family with at Christmas.  Next there was Cyber Monday, searching online for more holiday specials.  After all that shopping, you decide to start wrapping your gifts and decorating your home for the Christmas season.  Well, I don’t know if that’s how you spent the past week, but that sums up my experiences.
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With all that hustle and bustle. You need to take a little time off and recharge your batteries.  I think that is why this day was created.  Today is Stay home because you are well day.  Of course, if your job is so demanding that taking a day off is not an option, then we don't recommend it.  Getting fired before Christmas would be a terrible thing. However, if you have some sick time or vacation time saved up, take some time for yourself.  Refresh yourself and watch some Christmas movies, order a pizza and relax for the day.  Tomorrow the holidays start in full swing, and the stress of getting everything ready will be enough to drive you crazy...so take the day to arm yourself with a little peace and quiet before things start to get out of hand. 

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Relax, and have a great day off!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fix our Deficit and Congress

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I recently received an email with some of the below information included.  After checking with Snoops.com to verify the quote by Warren Buffett – thought it was worthwhile sharing on this Blog.

Please let us know what you think.  Thanks


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Warren Buffett said during on July 7, 2011 in interview with CNBC’s Becky Quick:

“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes.  You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election”. (Verified at Snoops.com

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The 28th Amendment concept has been around since at least 2009 and has had more than one name – though recently it has been the Congressional Reform Act (2010, 2011, 2012 and probably 2013).  I support this concept and believe it is long overdue and probably the first or second step in cleaning up the mess that has been created during the past several decades.

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Congressional Reform Act (AKA 28th Amendment, etc.)

1. No Tenure / No Pension.
A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective upon signing of the bill. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women.

Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

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If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S.) to receive the message. Don't you think it's time?

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

November is Native American Heritage Month

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By Diane Forrest

As I was preparing for this article, I seem to recall someone mentioning there was some Native American blood in my family.  I called my aunt to verify this information.  She had also heard this story, but was not sure about its origin.  She did however inform me that she had belonged to a tribe when she was in college.  They had tribes at Mississippi College, where she attended, instead of Sororities.
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There were officially 562 federally recognized tribes in the United States.  They covered every state in the country.  This means there is a good possibility that you may have some Native American in your ancestry as well.

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I live down the road from the Natchez Indian Village.  Every year they host a Powwow.  This area was once home to the Natchez Indians, and they are no longer in existence.  All that remains is the village, signs of their homes and burial grounds.  My uncle, who is a former history teacher, has become quite interested in the Natchez Indian tribe, and is currently researching more about them.  I love the culture, and history and the stories from their civilization, and when the other tribes come to the village for the powwow, I can hear their drums beating when I sit on the porch.  Each dance they perform has a certain meaning, and each beat of the drum has a different message.


To view the tribes that have settled in your current state, view this site:  http://www.native-languages.org/states.htm

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The list of Native Americans in Mississippi include:
  • The Biloxi tribe
  • The Chickasaw tribe
  • The Choctaw tribe
  • The Houma tribe
  • The Natchez tribe
  • The Ofo tribe
  • The Quapaw tribe
  • The Tunica tribe

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My aunt suggested that we have some of the Biloxi tribe in our family, however she had no confirmation.  After preparing for this article, it has peaked my curiosity, and I told her I would do some more research in this area.  November is Native American Heritage month, so if your curiosity has been peaked, ask your family members if you have any ties, or check out some online genealogy sites such as ansestry.com and learn about what tribe you could be associated.

November is National Epilepsy Month


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By Nurse Diane

A friend of mine owns a bowling center and holds a weekly league for senior adults.  A few weeks ago, one of the members began to suffer a seizure, and the people around him were uneducated on what to do, or how to help.   Most people who have never seen a seizure do not know how to respond, however, waiting until one occurs is not the time to learn.

Epilepsy affects 2.2 million people according to the Center for Disease Control.  That number is climbing among the elderly baby boomer generation.   The causes of epilepsy are not readily identifiable.  There are many factors that can result in someone having a seizure.  Some of these include:
  • Brain trauma
  • Infections
  • Tumors
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s

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Epilepsy is normally controlled with medication.  However, if you happen to be in an area and a seizure attack happens, here are the precautions you need to know:
  • Keep calm and reassure other people who may be nearby.
  • Don't hold the person down or try to stop his movements.
  • Time the seizure with your watch.
  • Clear the area around the person of anything hard or sharp.
  • Loosen ties or anything around the neck that may make breathing difficult.
  • Put something flat and soft, like a folded jacket, under the head.
  • Turn him or her gently onto one side. This will help keep the airway clear. Do not try to force the mouth open with any hard implement or with fingers. It is not true that a person having a seizure can swallow his tongue. Efforts to hold the tongue down can cause injury.
  • Don't attempt artificial respiration except in the unlikely event that a person does not start breathing again after the seizure has stopped.
  • Stay with the person until the seizure ends naturally.
  • Be friendly and reassuring as consciousness returns.
  • Offer to call a taxi, friend or relative to help the person get home if he seems confused or unable to get home by himself.

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November is National Epilepsy Month - for more information, and ways you can help with Awareness, or studies, visit this site:  http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday

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By Terry Orr


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What is Cyber Monday?
Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after Black Friday, the Friday following Thanksgiving in the United States, created by companies to persuade people to shop online. The term made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release entitled "'Cyber Monday' Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year." (Source: Wikipedia)


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Cyber Monday Online Sales
Source: comScore, Inc.

Day
Year
Sales (millions US$)
% Change
November 27
2006
$610
N/A
November 26
2007
$730
20%
December 1
2008
$846
16%
November 30
2009
$887
5%
November 29
2010
$1,028
16%
November 28
2011
$1,251
22%

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Sitting here at my desk on Sunday evening, Sunday Night Football on the TV, trying to find the best deal on a few items for the Christmas – and Sears website is not working properly (sad face).  One of my pet peeves is companies failing to do their due diligence in preparing for big events.  Home Depot has the two items I’m looking for and can deliver and install them next week – where as Sears will that at least 34 days – and is more expensive.

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One word of caution as there are some rotten eggs out there trying to steal your identity and money – shop at known companies.

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Good luck and hope you find lots of good deals!

National Historic Bridges Awareness Month



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By Terry Orr

Bridges and the design and construction thereof have always interested me from you earliest memories.  I can remember some of those old, one lane, wooden, rickety bridges that I said two prayers – one before crossing and one afterwards.  I can remember a couple bridges so high – to down would my breath away.  Remember the one in the Seattle area that swayed with the wind.  In the country side throughout America – crossing those many bridges of all sorts of construction and conditions – covered, uncovered, without guard rails – some with railroad tracks down the middle (nightmare or two about those) and those that have tunnels connected to them.  Ever been stuck in a traffic jam inside a tunnel?  If so, you are aware of the mind games that one can play.  And the last one I remember – was while crossing the country in the winter between Cheyenne and Larimer WY in a blizzard – looking ahead saw this bridge with black ice – driving probably way too fast -  too the foot of the gas and coasted across and thanking the man above.

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London Bridge is broken down,
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.

Build it up with wood and clay,
Wood and clay, wood and clay,
Build it up with wood and clay,
My fair lady.

Wood and clay will wash away,
Wash away, wash away,
Wood and clay will wash away,
My fair lady.

Build it up with bricks and mortar,
Bricks and mortar, bricks and mortar,
Build it up with bricks and mortar,
My fair lady.

Bricks and mortar will not stay,
Will not stay, will not stay,
Bricks and mortar will not stay,
My fair lady.

Build it up with iron and steel,
Iron and steel, iron and steel,
Build it up with iron and steel,
My fair lady.

Iron and steel will bend and bow,
Bend and bow, bend and bow,
Iron and steel will bend and bow,
My fair lady.

Build it up with silver and gold,
Silver and gold, silver and gold,
Build it up with silver and gold,
My fair lady.

Silver and gold will be stolen away,
Stolen away, stolen away,
Silver and gold will be stolen away,
My fair lady.

Set a man to watch all night,
Watch all night, watch all night,
Set a man to watch all night,
My fair lady.

Suppose the man should fall asleep,
Fall asleep, fall asleep,
Suppose the man should fall asleep?
My fair lady.

Give him a pipe to smoke all night,
Smoke all night, smoke all night,
Give him a pipe to smoke all night,
My fair lady.
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This is one of the oldest surviving structures across the Potomac at Washington. The present bridge was built in 1901. A series of steel plate girders and a central truss structure mark the bridge. It carries railroad traffic between Virginia and Washington and is part of the northeast corridor for Amtrak passenger service.

Huey p. Long Bridge
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This bridge crosses the Mississippi River from the East bank of Jefferson Parish to the West Bank in Bridge City. 

White's Bridge
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White's bridge is the eastern-most of three Brown-truss covered bridges near the M-21 highway between Grand Rapids and Ionia.

It is the oldest covered bridge still in use in Michigan. Built in 1869. Whites Bridge crosses the Flat River in Keene Township, Ionia County. The floor is 14 feet wide and 116.5 feet long. All of the truss members and dimension lumber are hand hewn and secured with wooden pegs. The sheeting and roof boards are fastened to the rafters with hand cut nails. The sheeting and roof boards are fastened to the rafters with hand cut nails. The abutments are made of local fieldstone. It is among the area's best-known 19th century structures.

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China has unveiled the world’s longest sea bridge, which stretches a massive 26.4 miles – five miles further than the distance between Dover and Calais and longer than a marathon.

Thannh Hoa Bridge
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Thanh Hóa Bridge, VN has an interesting history from its initial design to destruction in 1972.




15 Most Famous Bridges in the World
15. Great Belt Bridge
14. Chapel Bridge
13. Chengyang Bridge
12. Brooklyn Bridge
11. Alcántara Bridge
10. Sydney Harbour Bridge
9. Stari Most
8. Si-o-se Pol
7. Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge
6. Rialto Bridge
5. Charles Bridge
4. Tower Bridge
3. Millau Bridge
2. Golden Gate Bridge; and number one

1.   Ponte Vecchio
(Click on the touropia link below for more details on these bridges)

Here are some unique and different bridges from around the world!

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