Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Top 10 June Activities 2011

1. Linville Orchards June 4th Strawberry Festival June 18th Rasberry Festival at Linville Orchards.  Check you mailbox they have send out coupons for their new greenhouse. Gardeners if you always wanted to try ladybugs as a pest deterrent they have them.  I was just there, the greenhouse is beautiful.

2. Ridley Creek State Park June 4th Colonial Farm Day and Militia Camp.

3.  Longwood Gardens June 4 Wine and Jazz  Festival, June 18 Wine Pairing Dinner

4. Brandywine River Museum Farm Work by Jamie Wyeth will be on exibition June 11 thru September 11th.

5. Ridley Creek State Park June 25th - 26th Camping for Beginners.

6. Tyler Arboretum events June 12, 16, 18 and 24th click on the link to see listing.

7. Rose Tree Park The Summer Festival is available online and opens on June 15th featuring the Rose Tree Pops.

8. Newlin's Grist Mill June 4th Dabbs Day and 5k Run.

9. Scott Arboretum June 11th "free" guided walking tour with the Director.

10. Pennsylvania Veterans Museum in Media, Pennsylvania is open Thursday thru Sunday 12pm - 5 pm and admission is free.  Closed on Father's Day. Admission is free.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Top 10 Things We Like To Forget

1. Forget your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th heartbreak, actually you are never immune.

2. Forget the pain you felt so deeply on the day someone you loved lost their life and part of yours was gone.

3. Forget the days you so proudly raised your hand to deliver the correct answer only to find you were incorrect. As we mature and get more experience, we question more before blurting out the answer.

4. Forget living the dream and socking all that money away in stocks for that rainy day. Little did we all know how fragile and unprotected we all were when the floor dropped out.

5. Forget, although we still live in one of the greatest countries in the world with more freedom then anyone, we cannot freely walk on to an airplane without being x-rayed, monitored and at times indecently searched as if we are criminals due to the terroristic success of one man and his followers.

6. Forget, regardless of our education, people will still be judged by their race, gender, religion, political party and sexual preference.

7. Forget, all the people, places or things that have wronged us, but never forget the lesson.

8. Forget the times you failed to take ownership for your own actions and blamed others.

9. Forget the hurt you have unintentionally caused others.

10. I don't think it is intentionally, but we forget that our freedom is not free.  The men and women of our military are out there every day defending our country. Soldiers have given their lives protecting our freedom. Today is a day to remember them and every other day is a day to be grateful to those who serve.  Thank you.

Veterans pay tribute at St. Michael's Cemetery, Chester, Pennsylvania, Memorial Day 2011.

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. - Colin Powell

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Top 10 International Language

When language is a barrier we can still communicate.

1. Smile

2. Everybody knows OK

3. Point to an object

4. Count with your fingers

5. Nod of the head ( I must admit I did this a lot and I am not exactly sure what I agreed to.)

6. Hold the door for someone

7. Red, yellow and green traffic lights are all the same.  The little green man means you can now cross in Europe. Be patient and wait, just like in America, not every one does ;-).

8. It is important to learn manners danka, merci, gracia etc.(one little word means a lot).  If you can't grasp anything else learn these words and use them, they go a long way.

9. Shaking hands also carries a lot of weight.  It can mean hello, goodbye and thank you.

10. Walk around with a camera draped around your neck.  Ah a tourist, it explains a lot.

It was funny to me, as I approached each country I wanted to see what the Dutch, the British, the German, the Italians, the Austrians, the Swiss, the French looked like.   In truth they look like you and me.  Three times I can recall though someone referencing us as Americano, not in a bad way it was just that we must not have blended as well.  Must have been the camera, I went a little crazy with it in amazement.  All of the countries I was fortunate to visit had their own unique beauty.

We may not all speak the same language but we can come to the table and share a meal together, and we all did. Best international food?  I will savor that for a blog on another day with pictures.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Top 10 Hearst Castle Highlights

The Enchanted Castle on the hill is a five mile drive from the visitor's center off the Pacific coastline in San Simeon, California. It is now maintained by the state of California, as a National Historic Landmark. It attracts approximately one million visitors a year.

The construction of the Hearst Castle began in 1919 under the direction of William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan atop a hill on the 250,000 acres of land inherited from his mother Phoebe in San Simeon, California. William used to camp in the hills as a child on the ranch and initially wanted to build a bungalow as opposed to a tent as he became older. The plans grew into the Enchanted Slope five miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. I found that he used a female architect in 1919 to be interesting.  Julia Morgan is a legend in her own right. She became the first woman licensed as an architect in California and I later found out the connection, she first worked on several significant building at the University of California funded by philanthropist Phoebe Apperson Heart, W. R. Heart’s mother.

Marion Davis, the mistress and companion of Hearst for 32 years served as hostess to greet and entertain guests.  She was said to retreat to her lavish "beach house" also designed by Julia Morgan when Mrs. Hearst came to town, a very infrequent occurrence. Mrs. Hearst chose to stay in New York and raise her family on the opposite east coast.

Neptune (Outdoor) Pool

One highlight of the estate is the outdoor Neptune Pool, located near the edge of the hilltop, which offers an expansive vista of the mountains, ocean and the main house. The Neptune Pool patio features an ancient Roman temple front, transported wholesale from Europe and reconstructed at the site. Hearst was an inveterate tinkerer, and would tear down structures and rebuild them at a whim. For example, the Neptune Pool was rebuilt three times before Hearst was satisfied. As a consequence of Hearst's persistent design changes, the estate was never completed in his lifetime.

The final version of the pool as it stands at the Castle today is 104 feet long, 58 feet wide and 95 feet wide at alcove. It is 3.5 feet deep at the west end, 10 feet at drains and holds 345,000 gallons of water. Other unique aspects of the Neptune Pool include the oil burning heating system, the light-veined Vermont marble decorating the pools and colonnades, and four 17-century Italian bas-reliefs on the sides of the colonnades.

Casa Del Sol is one of the sections that guests stayed in while visiting the Hearst estate. Invited guests were among the who's who in Hollywood. Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant and Clark Gable were frequent visitors as well as Charles Lindbergh and Winston Churchill.

Roman Pool (Indoor)

The Roman Pool is decorated from ceiling to floor with 1" square mosaic tiles. These glass tiles, called smalti, are either colored (mainly blue or orange) or are clear with fused gold inside. The intense colors and shimmering gold of the tiles combine to create a breathtaking effect. The designs created by the tiles were developed by muralist Camille Solon. The inspiration for some of these designs came from the 5th Century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.

Hearst Castle features 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms and 19 sitting rooms. The Hollywood and political elite often visited, usually flying into the estate's airfield or taking a private Hearst-owned train car from Los Angeles. Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant, the Marx Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, James Stewart, Bob Hope, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt, Dolores Del Rio, and Winston Churchill were among Hearst's A-list guests.

Tennis Court, a theater that often showcased Marion Davis films, the swimming pools, beautiful statues and artwork every where and lush, meticulously maintained gardens as well as the largest privately owned zoo in the world. The animals roamed freely on the hillsides behind fenced fields.

Casa Grande The total square footage of the castles on the estate exceeds 90,000 square feet (8,300 m²). The area of Casa Grande, the "castle", is 60,645 square feet (5,634 m²). The area of the guest houses on the property are:

Casa del Mar: 5,875 square feet (546 m²)

Casa del Monte: 2,291 square feet (213 m²)

Casa del Sol: 2,604 square feet (242 m²)

Dining Hall

Guests were often left on their own accord to enjoy the grounds during the day but every one gathered in the dining hall to share a a meal with Mr. Hearst who sat in the middle in the evening.  The newest guest sat closest and enjoyed personal conversation with Mr. Hearst.  It was said to be a reminder as you moved down the line, you had been there a while and maybe it was time to go.

Additional information can be found at Wikipedia and at hearstcastle.org.  Words can not describe its splendor.  If you are going to California, put it on your bucket list.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Top 10 Bob Dylan Turns 70 Today

My favorite Dylan songs

1. Tangled Up in Blue

2. Like a Rolling Stone

3. Things Have Changed

4. I Want You

5. Simple Twist of Fate

6. Don't Think Twice It's Alright Nick Drake covers Dylan

7. If You See Her Say Hello Jeff Buckley covers Dylan

8. Most Likely You'll Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)

9. If Not For You with George Harrison

10. Lay Lady Lay (could not find an original on youtube :-(  love this song)

 A bonus Diamonds and Rust a song written by Joan Baez about Bob Dylan, a relationship that did not last, a great song.

Clips from The Other Side of the Mirror DVD Live at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965

I saw Bob Dylan live in concert at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 80's.  We had obstructive view seats behind the stage and were pretty disappointed when we arrived at our seats.  During the concert, Bob Dylan not only acknowledged us but he played two songs facing us.  I was a fan prior to that concert and became an ever bigger fan after that admirable gesture.

Disclaimer on the language used on the youtube comments.  It's not that I don't agree with some of them but I may have phrased it differently. It's tough to find original Dylan songs. I own a lot of Dylan's music.  I am a big fan. He tells it like it is and it's poetry.

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman; May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and painter.

Happy Birthday to a classic.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Top 10 Best of Delco Top 10 Blogs

I personally have been keeping stats on delcotopten.blogspot.com for 1 year as of April 26th 2010 and here are the international results.

1. Graduation Songs most viewed in the country of Manila and the state of California. I would have thought maybe it would have been viewed close to June, the usual graduation time in the United States, yet it has been viewed all over throughout the year. My personal choices though, so I do wonder how many agreed. It has been viewed in over 34 countries. We all eventually graduate to another level.

2. The Bird Nest this one truly amazes me. My husband found a bird’s nest in our front tree while putting up Christmas lights and I decided to take pictures and looked up bird nests and created a list. It has been the most popular blog globally. Thirty-six different countries have viewed and spent some time on the page. I guess it is my Tweet since I don’t Twitter. Everybody like birds. I recently have seen and will soon be adding a swan bird's nest with eggs that I observed in Lucerne, Switzerland. We just happened by. Only one baby had been born as of May 18th.  If anyone from Lucerne happens to read this blog, I'd loved to know of any further progress and send pictures if you can. I will be adding my pictures within the next few weeks.

3. Halloween and Spooky Songs a favorite in England, however recently Rome was checking them out. Now that I have had the opportunity to visit Rome and become somewhat educated on its history I can understand why that may be so.

4. Senior Week Tips. I created that one with a friend's daughter in mind who was going to Margate, New Jersey for Senior Week last year after high school graduation. I had already gone through that trauma both my kids had previously graduated. I just wondered who is reading that. Pennsylvania seems to have the most paranoid parents in Paoli, Philadelphia and Springfield. I am many years removed from my days of senior week, closer to being a senior citizen but some things never change.

5. Songs about Winning and the Stars was created for the Oscars but it was also heavily viewed during March Madness, the NBA playoffs and also NHL playoffs. Most viewed in California, Ohio, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida. Illinois and Pennsylvania. All of these states have contestants in one of these athletic activities. I’m just sayin. Miami and Chicago are still in the playoffs in the NBA. Boston and Tampa Bay are still in the NHL finals. Of course, I was hoping the Sixers and the Flyers stayed in the running longer because I am a loyal Philadelphia fan first. I did not make any wagers this year.  Last year, I collected a dinner from a Boston hockey fan and it was a good time. He was either kinder or smarter this year to accept a challenge and so was I.

6. Why Oswald Could Not Have Shot Kennedy so far has been viewed in 12 countries, Pennsylvania was the top state followed by Texas. Almost every state viewed it at least once.

7. Things to Give Up for Lent. A lot of Christians still out there checking in on this one or are they sinners looking for last minute ideas. I am not sure. New York followed by London seem to express the most interest.

8. Temptation Songs. This one I was not quite sure if people were checking out one of the best all-time Motown groups or they were simply tempted. I checked on the keyword search. Interesting, “survey says” they were looking for the group and their songs but there were a few just looking for the temptation. Texas, New York and California had the most soul for the Motown sound.

9. Beautiful Songs was a big hit for a long time. Maybe everything isn’t beautiful anymore. The searchers came from over 25 countries United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Malaysia, Denmark, India, Philippines, Croatia, Finland, Indonesia, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Slovenia, Belgium, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates.

10. Sears and Roebuck Catalog Homes is #10. Viewed by 8 countries, 18 states in the United States.

When I originally made this list, it was intended to be a filler to ease the stress of coming up with a list right after my return from a eye opening trip of a lifetime.  I traveled along with 30 other people, including my husband plus two, our fearless leader, a Brit, Simon of Nottingham and Enzo, our driver from Naples, Italy, the only person I would have trusted my life with on some of the most congested roads in the world..  The trip was a Trafalgar bus tour through several countries.  It began in the UK and we traveled across the English channel into Calais, France to Amsterdam, on to Germany, Austria, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lucerne, Switzerland and Paris, France. It was the road built by the Romans The trip started out with 32 strangers from several countries and by the end of the 15 day trip we all knew a little something about our fellow journeymen.  There were only 6 Americans on board, the other fellow travelers came from Australia, Canada, Malaysia, and Singapore, others, although they were Canadian citizens were born in Hong Kong. It was a nice group of people. I hope we all stay in touch and I am hoping they will also help me shared the adventure; we all shared with you in the coming weeks, through many eyes and many views.

We were all on vacation or holiday but what struck me the most was how we were all in this together and I thought for once it made the world a better place. It was a great experience.  I recommend it to every one.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Top 10 Aromatherapy, Does it matter if you smell?

  1. A cup of coffee brewing in the morning makes me want to get out of bed. It entices me to get up and start my day, I am stoked. The smell is a stimulant to me.

  1. Rose oil is an ideal essential oil to have on hand. It helps with a number of illnesses and conditions, such as depression, anxiety and digestion issues. It is also helps with circulation, heart problems and respiratory conditions like asthma. It is a protector of the heart and is also good for your skin.  Take the time to stop and smell the roses.

  1. Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils. It smells great!  It is an effective in relieving stress. Lavender is a healing aid against colds, flu and migraines. I have seen and have used the fragrance in laundry detergent.  I love to use it on my sheets.

  1. Jasmine has a pleasing and uplifting effect on the mind and has been know to help depression.

  1. Patchouli helps to relieve anxiety, depression, and fatigue, curb addiction, reduces cellulite and bloating.

  1. Peppermint oil has a number of therapeutic properties. It is a cooling agent that enhances mood, sharpens focus, combats irritation and redness, alleviates symptoms of congestion, and aids in digestion.

  1. Eucalyptus is a powerful treatment against respiratory issues. In addition it is used as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, diuretic and stimulant. It also has cooling properties, which gives it deodorizing characteristics.  It helps fight migraines and fevers. This cooling capability also helps with muscle aches and pains.

  1. Lemon oil is a multifaceted essential oil. It helps with everything from skin irritation to digestion to circulation problems. It is a natural immunity booster and can even help reduce cellulite! Lemon oil helps to alleviate headaches and fever, and is a quick mood enhancer.

  1. Aphrodisiacs Clary Sage, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang

  1. Memory Boosters Basil, Cypress, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary.

Not all smells are pleasant and good for you.  We use our sense of smell to determine if something is good or foul on many occasions, especially on food in the fridge. There is also no escaping the fact that a skunk has sprayed in the area.

Before attempting to ease or cure anything first read this advice from The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy Cautions & Safety.

According to a study at the University of Maryland on Aromatherapy the following people should avoid aromatherapy.
Pregnant women, people with severe asthma, and people with a history of allergies should avoid all essential oils.
Pregnant women and people with a history of seizures should avoid hyssop oil.
People with high blood pressure should avoid stimulating essential oils such as rosemary and spike lavender.
People with estrogen-dependent tumors (such as breast or ovarian cancer) should not use oils with estrogen-like compounds such as fennel, aniseed, sage, and clary-sage.
People receiving chemotherapy should talk to their doctor before trying aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is the use of fragrances to affect or alter a person's mood or behavior. It may not be so bad if you smell. It only seems to be a problem if you stink J

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Top 10 Tips for International Travel

1. The most informative website I have found is travel.state.gov and here are some of the suggestions. Sign up and let them know you will be traveling. There are many benefits to making the connection.

2. Gather as much information about a country as you can before you go. Read and be prepared.

3. Pack light, no one needs the extra baggage. If you are traveling with a spouse or other family member split your belonging in two suitcases in the event one is lost.

4. Place your identification on the outside (luggage tag) and the inside of your suitcase. If it is lost or damaged you have identification in two places. It ups you odds of ever seeing it again. Use a tag that conceals the writing, not to flash around you identification.

5. Luggage guidelines for flying can be found on the TSA website and the airline and airport you are traveling from websites or call.

6. Never leave your baggage unattended anywhere!

7. Make sure you passport is up to date and signed. Fill in the emergency contact page with pencil. You may want to change that information at another time for another trip.

8. Contact you bank and credit card company to inform them that you will be traveling abroad to avoid red flag and suspicions of fraud on your card.

9. Make a photo copy of your passport, license and credit cards along with contact information, in the event one of these items is lost or stolen. Keep all these items in a separate place from the originals.

10. Medical insurance is no guarantee in a foreign country. Check with you insurance company before you go. My insurance card means nothing out of the country. Check on the website travel.state.gov it will list companies to contact for health insurance while you are away. It’s not that expensive and well worth the peace of mind.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Top 10 Where Did These Companies Get Their Name?

1. 3Com Network technology producer; the three coms are computer, communication, and compatibility.

2. 7-Eleven – Convenience stores; renamed from "U-Tote'm" in 1946 to reflect their newly extended hours, 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

3. Yahoo! – The word Yahoo was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver's Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and barely human. Yahoo! founders David Filo and Jerry Yang jokingly considered themselves yahoos. It's also an interjection sometimes associated with United States Southerners' and Westerners' expression of joy, as alluded to in Yahoo.com commercials that end with someone singing the word "yahoo". It is also sometime jokingly referred to by its backronym, Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.

4. Twitter - social networking and microblogging service. The name was derived from the original idea 'Twitch', which did not bring up the right imagery.

5. Oracle – Larry Ellison, Ed Oates and Bob Miner were working on a consulting project for the CIA. The code name for the project was Oracle. The project was designed to use the newly written SQL database language from IBM. The project was eventually terminated but they decided to finish what they started and bring it to the world. Later they changed the name of the company, Relational Software Inc., to the name of the product.

6. Apple – For the favorite fruit of co-founder Steve Jobs and/or for the time he worked at an apple orchard, and to distance itself from the cold, unapproachable, complicated imagery created by other computer companies at the time – which had names such as IBM, DEC, and Cincom

7. EDSElectronic Data Systems, founded in 1962 by former IBM salesman Ross Perot. According to the company history Perot chose Electronic Data Systems from potential names he scribbled on a pledge envelope during a service at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas." This one fascinated me because I didn’t kniw Perot was an IBM salesman first of all and he sold the EDS to General Motors in 1984, and founded Perot Systems in 1988. Perot Systems was bought by Dell for $3.9 billion in 2009.

8. IBM – named by Tom (Thomas John) Watson Sr, an ex-employee of National Cash Register (NCR Corporation). To one-up them in all respects, he called his company International Business Machines.

9. Pepsi – named from the digestive enzyme pepsin.

10. Sprint – from its parent company, Southern Pacific Railroad INTernal Communications. At the time, pipelines and railroad tracks were the cheapest place to lay communications lines, as the right-of-way was already leased or owned.

More company names can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_company_name_etymologies

Monday, May 16, 2011

Top 10 Where Have All The Jobs Gone

Job Sharing
1. The automated voice and voice mail replaces any live people out there today.

2. Email has replaced the every rising cost of a stamp and the mail man has less rain and sleet and snow to fight.and it’s instant. You don’t even have to wait for your bills anymore. It can be arrange for them to automatically show up in your inbox.
3. Supermarket checkouts and all those long lines, I can do this myself unless I need help, okay I always need help. Automated lady does watch you like a hawk. Please return the item to the bagging area. Which one? Can she be more specific?

4. Sales Representatives with suggestive ideas of a movie to rent still exist but are becoming a thing of the past. You may read reviews online and make a choice and have it show up in the mail. That is until the mail no longer exists.

5. Gas station attendant. I’m dating myself here and it is a vague memory but do you remember getting your windshield cleaned with a fill up. Now you have to guard your pin number and look around and make sure no one is recording anything.

6. Bank Tellers are still in existence but how many of us actually go into a bank anymore. Now you just punch in some numbers and hopefully some money comes out. Have you ever gone to an ATM that was temporarily out of service?

7. No need to stroll around the mall, you can shop online. It’s quick and convenient and saves on gas too.

8. Books will soon be a collector’s item. I love books and I have the best intentions when I purchase them usually at a yard sale because to own a brand new one is expensive, so I try to minimize the expense. How am I going to get a deal on a used Kindle download? Will we be lugging the IPAD to read the kiddies down to bed at night?

9. Will libraries become museums? All reference materials can be found online? Will we need schools? Just look it up online if you need to know anything or “everything you need to know that you should have learned in kindergarten”.

10. Who needs people anymore? If you want to chat and relate, just bring up the screen, someone is always there. You can’t get a real sense of who you are talking to, what their emotions are that typically show on a face, but hey it’s something and this is the new way we live.

How convenient are all these reductions in force and what are we truly saving? Time? So many people cry, “I don’t have the time”. Isn’t time all we truly have? Value it and the people we give you their time.

Please don't ask me to fill out a survey about my experience in your store.  The last one I filled out for Blockbuster resulted in the closing of the store two months later and I said positive things. Actually I had to do the survey over the phone with a live person because it wouldn't go through online. People sometimes have an advantage over a machime.  Now I am paranoid to say anything, least someone will lose their job.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Top 10 Superstitious and Luck Songs

1.  Superstition Stevie Wonder

2.  Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley

3.  Bad Luck Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes

4.  Some Guys Have All the Luck Rod Stewart

5.  Good Luck, Bad Luck Lynyrd Skynrd

6.  Lucky Man Emerson, Lake and Palmer

7.  Luck of the Irish John Lennon

8.  My Lucky Day Bruce Springstein

9.  With a Little Luck Paul McCartney and Wings

10.Good Luck Charm Elvis Presley

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Top 10 Fun Spring Festivals in PA 2011

South 9th Street Italian Market Festival
Philadelphia, PA
May 14-15 

Spring Gulch Folk Festival
New Holland, PA
May 19th to May 22nd
Spring Gulch Folk Festival

Taste of Pennsylvania Wine and Music Festival
York , PA
May 21st and May 22rd
Taste of PA

Music Marathon                                                                                                                       
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
Upper Darby, PA
May 21st

Quakertown, PA
May 21st

Devon Horse Show
Devon, PA
May 26 - June 5
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair - Country Fair - Booths

Memorial Day Weekend
Mayfair Festival of the Arts
Allentown, PA
May 26th to May 30th
Vendors/Performers at Mayfair Festival of the Arts

Shawnee Celtic Festival
Poconos, PA
May 28th and May 29th
Irish Music

Brandywine Strawberry Festival
Brandywine Hospital
Coatesville, PA
June 2nd to June 5th

Delaware County Summer Festival
Media, PA
June 15th-August 14th

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Top 10 Best Times to Buy and Shop

1. Computers vary in price and the new models usually come out after a big tech show or announcement. If there has not been a dramatic change “I” would buy last year's model.

2. New model cars come on the lots in September. Many times leftovers are better deals then a used or new car. Do your homework before you fall in love. I was able to haggle a little when I purchased my last car but I fear I am too transparent.

3. Television prices drop six to twelve months after a model is introduced. Technology does change but do you always have to have the latest and greatest? I do not own a flat screen yet, but that is just me. I have a Sony “big box” 32in and it just won’t die.

4. Nothing is wrong with the clearance rank. I’m a little leery about slacks because I’m sure I’ll drop a size or two by next season but sweaters, t-shirts and other tops should be relatively safe. Once upon a time I picked up a coat for $15. That was many years ago.

5. Buy appliances on holiday weekends they always lure you in with offers you can’t refuse.

6. BOGO’s Buy one get one free seems like a great deal but do you really need two? Not always.

7. Special days are designated for senior discounts. Don’t be shy, ask. Most seniors are proud to be mature.

8. Shop the advertised sales but also check the other brands and prices on the shelf. Coupons aren’t always the cheapest way to go.

9. Never food shop when you are hungry. One person does need the whole chocolate cake.

10.The best time to shop is when you have the money! Every one should know that.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Top 10 Addresses the Birther issue

1. I am amazed at such a non-issue (it would have been if it were true) stayed in the media limelight for so long. Of course we all know now, the President had more important things to do.

2. Obama had nothing to prove. Why would he produce detailed paper work of his birth if it were a “none” issue? Unfortunately that is how a pick pocket operates, create a diversion. Hasn’t that already happened enough to us?

3. C’mon The Donald ain’t got nothing better then that to fling around?

4. We need to come together as a country not as political adversaries and improve this country.

5. What exactly is Mr. Trump’s agenda, to insure the rich get richer?

6. What are his campaign promises?

7. How does he intend to make the world, starting with the USA a better place?

8. I would like to see candidates that make sense and are talking about what really matters.

9. You know I am wondering who does the Donald’s hair? I bet he pays a lot of money for that style. I personally don’t care for it but I’m just curious, where does he go to look like a million bucks. That’s important right? Let’s get on that.

10. Mr. Trump was not thrill when the President took a couple of jabs at him at the press dinner last week. Well I’d say if he wants to be President he better get used to that. It happens all the time.

Maybe Obama should go on that program that traces your roots. It is a trend a lot of famous people are getting into. I think even The Donald was on the show or am I confusing it with one of his other reality shows?

Are you more worried about Obama’s past or the future and direction this country is taking? It doesn’t take any investigating to see we are all in dire straights, unless we have the birth certificate to prove it.

Okay I went the extra mile. Here is the low down on the Donald’s family at an article on About.com. I can’t take the Lord’s name in vain due to religious beliefs but check out his grandfather’s middle name. It must be true but I wouldn’t mind seeing the proof.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Top 10 Quit Smoking

If you are not a smoker or have never smoked, this list is not for you unless you can find some sympathy for those that do struggle with addictions.

1. Smoking is a physical and psychological addiction that produces a "chain reaction" in the body. Nicotine is as addictive as heroin and cocaine according to LiveStrong.com. Withdrawal symptoms can include any of the following: dizziness (which may only last 1 to 2 days after quitting) depression, feelings of frustration, impatience, and anger, anxiety, irritability, sleep disturbances, including having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and having bad dreams or even nightmares, trouble concentrating, restlessness or boredom, headaches, tiredness, increased appetite, weight gain, constipation and gas, cough, dry mouth, sore throat, and nasal drip, chest tightness, slower heart rate. It doesn’t sound like a lot of fun or offer the comfort a cigarette does.

2. Quit Smoking Aids: There are many but it comes down to one key ingredient and that is "you". Whatever aid or help you enlist, you must be able and willing to follow through. The odds are stacked against you. Mark Twain said “Quitting smoking is easy; I have done it a thousand times”. According to The American Cancer Society, success rates in general, only about 4% to 7% of people are able to quit smoking on any given attempt without medicines or other help. Studies in medical journals have reported that between about 25% and 33% of smokers who use medicines can stay smoke-free for over 6 months. There is also early evidence that combining some medicines, may work better than using them alone. (See the section, "Help with the physical part of addiction: Prescription drugs.") Behavioral and supportive therapies may increase success rates even further, and help the person stay smoke-free. Check the package insert of any product you are using to see if the manufacturer provides free telephone-based counseling. I have read that the patches and gum can create a different addiction of their own. The American Heart Association, American Cancer Society want to help read their website for suggestion and in some cases free assistance such as smoking cessation classes and other support.

3. Positive reinforcement: Place the exact amount of money you will save from NOT purchasing cigarettes in a glass jar so you can view your progress. The price in Pennsylvania is approximately $7 a pack and the rates vary from state to state. There's more than the monetary reward to consider. Smoking cessation has immediate health benefits. It lowers your blood pressure and reduces your pulse after only 20 minutes. Within a day, the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal. Within two weeks to three months, your risk of a heart attack decreases and your lungs begin to function better. Long-term benefits include a reduced risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and other cancers. Smoking tobacco really isn’t friendly to any medical condition.

4. Weight Gain: Many worry about gaining weight if they stop smoking and it can happen especially if you replace cigarettes with food, average weight gain of 5 to 10 pounds in the first few months. The seminar I attended said 10-50lbs. That is a nightmare to me, so is getting cancer. I weigh the odds. I have witnessed a family member suffer. Cigarettes can be an appetite suppressant. It is recommended to up your calcium intake the first week, avoid carbs and drink 6-8 glasses of water you should also up your exercise routine and by all means do not become a slacker. Exercise can boost you mental and physical health. Cigarettes also mess with you blood sugar, metabolism, serotonin levels and dopamine.

5. Helpful diversions: Take a deep breath hold it for 5 seconds and release, do this 3 times. Don’t just sit there get up and do something. Drink a glass of water, lemon adds a little flavor, avoid triggers like alcohol and sweets and stressful, painful situations and they should avoid you too. ; - )

6. A link to Helpful Hints for Friends and Family Do and Don't to Helping a Smoker Quit.

7. Behavior Modification: Change the way you deal with certain situations. Boredom, have a cigarette (old behavior), boredom, do something constructive, create and carry a list with you to fill in that idle time. Eat a meal, have a cigarette (old behavior), immediately brush your teeth after a meal or use mouth wash. Head in the opposite direction of where you used to go to smoke. Reward yourself for not being a smoker. Do not punish yourself by being a smoker. You will need to stock up on a whole new set of coping skills for stress. Look out stress knows you quit and comes looking for you. You will be vulnerable at first. You will absolutely sweat the small stuff until you learn to cope. Find that inner strength.

8. Smoking is known as a feel good. Who doesn’t want that instant gratification feel good. It is a challenge and a struggle to quit and most likely you will not get that much support from friends and family. Especially, if they were never a smoker, that do not realize how difficult this addiction is to break. If they are a born again non-smoker they know how difficult it is and rarely have any sympathy for you because they hate the addiction that once trapped them. Yet they can understand your struggle.

9. “They” say day 5 and 7 are the tough ones. I waited with baited breath for day 5 to arrive and it was pretty uneventful so I knew day 7 would be bad. I was constantly looking over my shoulder that day wondering, when it was going to come, yet I survived. Day 10 was the kicker. I woke up normally went into the kitchen a few dirty dishes in the sink so I went to load them up in the dish washer only to discover HE had loaded it incorrectly, the plates were not lining up and immediately I realized after almost 25 years, I had married the wrong man, my children never have and never will listen to me, they have minds of their own and maintaining the small home that I live in is just too overwhelming for me. I emailed my good friend who also quit smoking many years ago by the same method, hypnosis. I went on the postal, nicotine deprived rant and told her just about everything in my life was wrong. Luckily she had lived through the experience and was able to talk me down. Life was back to normal in about 15 minutes.

10. I quit smoking many years ago for over 20 years and I got smacked with a few of life’s unpleasant events, the culmination ranked pretty high on the stress scale and I made a huge mistake. You can find those stress level tests on line. I picked up a cigarette again, but I have learned the hard way, I can never do that again. It was something I knew was not comforting me at all. Yet I was hooked. I recently attended a "Quit Smoking" seminar using hypnosis and I have been a non-smoker for exactly three months today. I know it doesn’t sound that impressive but I have tried for 4 years to break the habit again and I hope I continue to believe that it makes no sense to go back to it

Two commercials that appeared on national television that I always thought make a profound impact.

Like Father Like Son
Yul Brynner released  this video after his death from cancer.

Every one has stressors in their life. Make better choices on how you deal with yours.  Find the strength to support yourself and seek help when you know you can’t go it alone.

This was a personal journey, but I do hope someone reads this and finds something beneficial to help quit smoking. I am not barking like a dog in public or under anyone else's influence but my own...that I am aware of.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Top 10 Area Fundraisers May 2011

  1. Fight the Fanconi Anemia Fight, Boothwyn, PA, May 6th
    This evening event in honor of Michael Capone, held at the Ballroom at Naamans at the Ogden Fire House from 7-11 p.m., will feature a DJ, food, fun, and a silent auction. For more information, contact Barb Capone at iammrscapone@gmail.com.

  1. Elwyn Bounce 2011 May 6th 2011 Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia, PA.

  1. Luxury Male Event May 6th, 7-11pm Comcast Center 17th & JFK Blvd, Philadelphia, PA.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the Philadelphia Brotherhood Rescue Mission.

  1. PetSmart Charity Pet Walk to raise money to save the lives of homeless pets, May 7th, FDR Park, Philadelphia, PA.

  1. Relay for Life Penncrest High School May 13-14th benefits the American Cancer Society.

  1. Relay for Life Springfield High School May 13-14th benefits the American Cancer Society.

  1. Relay For Life Haverford-Agnes Irwin Schools May 14 at Haverford School benefits the American Cancer Society.

  1. Relay for Life Upper Merion High School  May 15th benefits the American Cancer Society.

  1. Shut Up and Dance a one evening special performance May 21st, 8PM by the Pennsylvania Ballet Dancers at the Forrest Theater to benefit Manna.

  1. Delaware County Fire, EMS & Police Memorial Fundraiser May 22nd,
Springfield County Club.

Online fundraising: Faceoff Against Autism NHL Teams Up with Autism Speaks.  Danny Briere is representing the Philadelphia Flyers.  We are a competitive town people. Click and donate

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Top 10 Highlights of Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts Street Fair

 The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) took place in Philadelphia April 7th - May 1st.

The 2011 theme of the festival was Paris. A replica of the Eiffel Tower could be seen at the Kimmel Center. It was spectacular outlined with light bulbs that lit up in the evening.

 The Living Vines walked on stilts as performers covered in vines performed stunts and movements that you can't even imagine were humanly possible. The crowd just watched in amazement.

 Another example of how did they do that? Intensity and concentration was all I could see.  Yet is was no easy feat, just amazing.

 Just the mere fact that you were walking on Broad Street was a thrill.  The city looked exciting and inviting. Some areas had grass sod and a park setup with sculpted greenery and a fountain were families sat and enjoyed their lunch.

Street acts walked through the crowd and unexpectedly surprised anyone not paying close attention. I saw someone texting get a bit of a jolt from the butterfly puppet operated by two performers.

A Ferris Wheel ride on Broad Street in Philadelphia.  What a glorious day!

Philadelphia Mayor Nutter takes time out to enjoy the festivities and take questions.  I would imagine on a day like today he would be proud of the City of Brotherly Love.

 The Thermals Rock Philly.

 Super heroes on Broad Street?  No just some professionals FlippenOut on a trampoline. Astonishing!

 Free wine tasting at the Kimmel. Three tasting for $5 in other areas.  We took the Philly choice.
Yo! it's free at the Kimmel.

Diblo Dibilo is one of the hottest African Soukous lead guitarists around. Follow the NPR link to hear his music.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Top 10 Citizen Kane’s 70th Anniversary

  1. Citizen Kane was Orson Welles first feature film in which he directed, produced, and co-wrote, as well as played the title role. It was to be his most important and influential work, a ground-breaking drama loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst.

  1. May 1st, 2011 marked the 70th Anniversary of the film Citizen Kane. RKO released the film which premièred in New York City in 1941. Hearst was so angry that he banned every newspaper and station in his media conglomerate from reviewing or even mentioning the movie. This struggle was turned into a movie, RKO 281. Although these efforts damaged the film's success, they ultimately failed considering that almost every reference of Hearst's life and career made today typically includes a reference to the film's parallel to it

  1. The film is often considered the greatest of all time and praised for its innovative cinematography, music and narrative base.

  1. The history behind the movie is just as fascinating. The story is revealed through the research of a newsreel reporter seeking to solve the mystery of the newspaper magnate's dying word: "Rosebud." The movie scandalized William Hearst’s name.

  1. Rosebud was reportedly the name Hearst had for his mistress, Marion Davis’s private parts.

  1. The co-writer of the film Mankiewicz was a Hearst insider.  He was friends with Marion Davis and had frequented the Hearst Castle on many occasions. Mankiewicz based his original notion on an exposé of the life of William Randolph Hearst, whom he knew socially but now hated, having once been great friends with Hearst's mistress, Marion Davies. Mankiewicz had been banished from her company because of his perpetual drunkenness. Mankiewicz was a gossip an enacted revenge with his unflattering depiction of Davies in Citizen Kane for which Welles bore most of the criticism. Welles also had a connection with Davies through his first wife, though they had never met. Mr. Welles claimed he did share an elevator ride with Mr. Hearst at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, during opening week of Citizen Kane.

  1. Hearst was not very pleased about the film, mostly because Susan Alexander, who was supposedly Marion Davis, was portrayed as a drunk, this infuriated Hearst. Welles was later to say, it was unfair to Marion Davis, her portrayal was a dirty trick.  Orson Welles wrote the forward in Marion Davis biography “The Times We Had”, her story of her life with William Randolph Hearst

  1. Orson Welles made the best picture of his entire career at 25 and ruined his credentials all with the same film. He never produced another film.

  1. Many claim the film and its main character resembled Welles, himself more so then William Hearst. Five years after the release of the film Orson Welles was considered a has-been, all showmanship, no real talent.  He never got control of another film. Orson Welles once said, “It was a mistake to stay in films, 2% was movie making and 98% was hustling, no way to spend a life”.

  1. Although it was little seen at the time of its initial release (largely due to Hearst's blacklisting of the film), and shelved until its revival in the 1950s, its critical fame skyrocketed. Many critics consider the film the best ever made; the American Film Institute ranked it #1 on its "100 Greatest Movies" list; it has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry; and the film is consistently in the top 5 on the Internet Movie Database. A link to all the awards. According to PBS  American Experience “The Battle Over Citizen Kane”, the mere mention of Welles name and Citizen Kane at the Academy Awards drew boo’s.

Welles was also notorious for fooling the audience into thinking Martians had invaded the Earth during a live radio broadcast on Halloween in 1938 in which he a version of the H. G. Welles story "The War of The Worlds. It caused quite a stir.

Acclaim of Orson Welles listed at Wikipedia. Welles was married 3 times, once to actress Rita Hayworth.

On October 10, 1985, Welles did his final interview on The Merv Griffin Show. He died two hours later of a heart attack at his home in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California. Welles' ashes were buried on the property of a long time friend, retired bullfighter Antonio Ordonez, in Ronda, Spain. The interview can be seen through the YouTube link I have outlined above .It is long but if you have the time listen to it. He is a man who made mistakes but you can’t help but like him and respect his work. It is amazing what can be found on the internet unfortunately comments are not always restricted and can ruin everything or detract from the initial purpose to educate.
Who can forget Mr. Welles with his Paul Mason commercial voice? “We will sell no wine before it’s time”. It is perhaps a lesson he learned and will never forget.

If you have never seen this film, it is time.