Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ten Ways to Observe Venus and Mars

We have all said it,  have we not?  It's a guy thing. How many men have shook their head, thrown their hands up in the air, and said, Women!

The term planet is ancient, with ties to history, science, mythology, and religion

1. Venus is the second planet from the Sun, is a scientific fact.

2. One day on Venus lasts more than half a year, I believe a man from Mars said that and it could be a myth.

3. The third brightest in the sky behind the sun and the moon. you guessed it Venus! This has to be a fact.

4. Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Myth?  I think not, fact.

5. Hottest Planet in the Solar System, Venus! This  is a scientific fact.

6. Venus spins opposite of all the other planets. The sun rises in the west and sets in the east. Who is to say this is not the correct way, Mars?

7. Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second smallest planet in the Solar System.

8. Mars is named after the Roman god of war, it is often referred to as the "Red Planet" because the iron oxide on its surface gives it a reddish appearance.

9. Mars has the largest dust storms in the universe, a scientific fact.

10. In 1900, a 100,000 Franc prize was offered to anyone who could communicate with Alien life.  Mars was exempted because it was not considered a challenge to communicate with Mars. I saw this listed on a YouTube presentation 10 Fascinating Facts About Mars. I don't want to get into any trouble with the warrior but this might be true.

NASA has many scientific facts about all the planets. The book Men Are From Mars and Women are From Venus just references the two planets. 

Venus and Mars are both terrestrial planets and then, there is the book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, by author John Gray.

Here are the chapter headings with a brief portion of the contents, you can find more at wikisummaries.org/Men_Are_From_Mars,_Women_Are_From_Venus

Chapter 1: Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
It is important to remember that men and women have reciprocally different natures. Men and women need to appreciate these differences, and cease expecting each other to act and feel the way they do.

Chapter 2: Mr. Fix-It and the Home Improvement Committee
Men love to have their abilities recognized and appreciated, and hate to have them scorned or ignored; women love to have their feelings recognized and appreciated, and hate to have them scorned or ignored. 
Chapter 3: Men Go to Their Caves and Women Talk
When faced with tough problems, men become non-communicative so they can work out how best to help themselves, while women become communicative so that others can work out how best to help them. 
Chapter 4: How to Motivate the Opposite Sex
A man's instinct is to look after himself, even if it means sacrificing others; a woman's instinct is to look after others, even if it means sacrificing herself.

Chapter 5: Speaking Different Languages  
Men talk in very literal terms for the purpose of relaying information; women employ artistic license and dramatic vocabulary to fully express and relate their feelings. I can't speak for all women but this is probably true.

Chapter 6: Men Are Like Rubber Bands 
Men periodically bolt for cover when they suddenly fear that their self-sufficiency is becoming threatened.
Chapter 7: Women Are Like Waves     
Women periodically sink into a depression when they feel it is time for emotional cleansing and resolution. At these times they may become utterly negative in their outlook, dwelling on every problem which troubles them, including long-standing ones which will generally have been raised and addressed before, and if they cannot find any real issues to concentrate on, then they will find some random other things to worry about.

Chapter 8: Discovering Our Different Emotional Needs 
Men and women need to remember that the emotional needs of the opposite sex are not the same as their own. Providing our partners with the wrong type of emotional needs will not be greatly appreciated.

Chapter 9: How To Avoid Arguments 
Communication between relationship partners should be loving and respectful; verbal attacks by contrast are highly destructive. It is often not so much what is said that causes the damage, but the tone of voice and body language which accompanies it.

Chapter 10: Scoring Points with the Opposite Sex  
Men feel loved if their efforts at giving are appreciated; women feel loved according to what they receive. For women, loving someone means knowing and attending to their needs without waiting to be asked, and so a loved person should never have to ask for anything as their needs ought to be anticipated ahead of time. 

and there is more.... 

For the record, I have not read the book and there have been many who dispute its findings, and not all women. He certainly does make some valid points and I am not from Mars. There is still plenty of time to make this a must summer read.

Now we have Pluto.  
I can't wait to see who is from there. 
Stay tuned! 
Is it kids!!

Top 10 Summer Checklist

Take a Vacation

A day at the beach

Start a new novel or finally read that classic.

Visit a historical house in Delaware County (we have many). Check the Delco Times for dates and times open.

Movie Night or afternoon (check your local library) Rent cheap or watch at the library. delcolibraries.com

Go camping in the back yard ( of course there is the weather to consider and bugs and stuff). We must not have had weather or bugs when I was little, I loved camping in the back yard.

Summer concerts are everywhere or you could simply wash and wax your car in the driveway and crank up the music.  This is not a popular pastime anymore either.  Check for local concert listings, some are FREE!

I have been craving s'mores.  It could be the lineup just as you walk into the Acme but man, I could really go for one. At the very least a totally burnt marshmallow would make me smile.

Linvilla is always a great place to take the kids and wander around even if there isn't a special event but they do have a few coming up and getting a bag of Apple Cider donuts counts as a special event to me.  You can't do that every day!

Making lemonade does involve lots of sugar but you can still make lemonade water. "They" say it can help to trim you down for those of us who have not donned a bikini yet.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Top 10 Plus Things to Do Week of July 27

July 27 The Special Olympics World Games opened in Los Angeles, CA on July 25.  You can follow the games at ESPN and ESPN 2. Click here for the schedule. Closing ceremonies on August 2nd 6 p.m. PT and 9 p.m. ET

July 28 Marcus Hook Summer Music Festival  "Lights Out" a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons! The concert starts at 7 p.m. The concert is free! Designer's Touch Wooden Roses will be there along with Pure Romance, Pink Zebra, Avon and more!

July 28, 2015 Hale-Byrnes House En Plein Air Artists More Information
All artists and aspiring artists cordially invited. Come for coffee and paint all day! Contact: Emily Reed at emily.reed1@verizon.net.

July 29 Dining Under the Stars in downtown Media, PA.

July 29 - August 2 Delaware County Summer Festival at Rose Tree Park.

July 30 Penn Environment Beat the Heat Free Ice Cream Rally in Philadelphia. 
Click on the link  to register for time and location.

July 30 Toasts and Tunes Wine Tasting at Tyler Arboretum.  Wine sampling courtesy of Moore Brothers and seasonal hors-d'oeuvres along with the music of guitarist and vocalist Bob Croce 6 p.m to 8 p.m. Suitable for adults 21 and older; pre-registration required by calling Joanne Landau at 610-566-9134, ext. 215; limited capacity; first come, first served; $25 members, $30 non-members; rain or shine.

July 30 -August 2 BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia.  See a list of films.

July 31 Franklin Square 9th Birthday Celebration at Franklin Square Join Ben Franklin as he blows out the candles for the Square’s birthday celebration with some fun free activities. 11 a.m.

July 31 Paranormal Fridays at Fort Mifflin 7 p.m. to Midnight reservations required. 

July 31 Nolan Kennedy opening for Nick Kane at R P McMurphy's 2623 MacDade Blvd. 8 p.m. You can check out Nolan's music at https://www.reverbnation.com/nolankennedy or better yet see him live Friday night!. His debut album, The Honesty Theory is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-honesty-theory/id931755105

July 31 to August 2 Riverfront Blues Festival in Wilmington Delaware

August 1  American Revolution Round Table of Northern Delaware at Hale-Byrnes House in Newark, DE.   Speaker: John J. McLaughlin,"Black Loyalists in the American Revolution" $5 at the door includes coffee and  dessert 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

August 2 American Idol Tryouts in Philadelphia, PA Liacouras Center located on the Temple University campus along North Broad Street in North Philadelphia.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Top 10 Reasons to take a Vacation Day

If you measure the summer as beginning on Memorial Day and ending on Labor Day, as of last Friday the summer was half way over. Do you need a vacation?

The weather is perfect

Clear the cob webs

Take a hike

Just Because

Celebrate something special, Like You!

The Beach calls and invites you.

It's Your Birthday

Enjoy life a little

Let the day surprise you

Take a trip

Not to be confused with a "sick day" but if you have run out of "vacation days" in the middle of the summer that is "just sick".  Take it,  just don't broadcast it on Facebook.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Top 10 Things That Beep At You

It used to be only select people carried beepers. Now beepers are beeping all of us.

Car Horns


Leave a message after the...

Lock car

Open Car

Truck backing up beep beep

The Roadrunner

Crossing the street 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 beep

You crossed that line




 Kitchen Timer

Service Engine Soon

Toaster Oven

Smoke Detector

Your table is ready

Gas almost empty (don't take chances)

Pancake machine at hotels

Espresso done


You have a cell phone message
You've got mail

Bad words on prime time tv  (technically a bleep)

Security Alarms (someone didn't remove the tag)

Scanner at the supermarket

That random beeping your computer does if you keep hitting the keys when it doesn't respond.  I think it means,will you....relax.

How many times have you been beeped at today?I know I missed quite a few.