Friday, March 30, 2012

Top 10 Best Springsteen Songs

Bruce may be a Jersey boy but Philadelphia and Delaware County has also claimed the Boss as one of our own, an honorary brother in the City of Brotherly Love.  We think he is something very special and "yo" we know what we are talking about.

Local Bruce trivia found at
A Facebook poll of favorite Bruce Spingsteen Songs.

1. I'm On Fire. my pick

2. Kitty's Back in Town from Lou

3. Born To Run Sandy picked this. It must be a good song, she could have picked Sandy a song about her : ).

4. Rosie, 10th ave freeze out, jungle land,e street shuffle, born to run, incident on 57 street, Mary's place, girls in their summer clothes, thunder road, badland, promise land, spirit in the night, growing up , fire, because the night, land of hope and dreams. Al is just about the biggest Springsteen fan I have ever met and he goes to multiple concerts when the Boss is in town.  Al has 10 favorites only because I told him he could have 10 off the top of his head.

5. Growin Up Rob's pick

6. E Street Shuffle  Rob had 2.

7. Born to Run Joanne (a three time selection)

8. Rosalita Steve says

9.  Prove it all Night Jersey Boy's selection

10. Cover Me Maple's selection

Anybody see the show? 

What was the highlight for you?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Top 10 Things To Do In The Dark

Employees at SCA, a global hygiene and paper company with U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia, have developed a list of 10 fun and educational activities individuals and their families can take part in when they are “unplugged” during Earth Hour 2012.

SCA’s “10 Things to Do in the Dark” include:
1.  Go outdoors to stargaze and look for constellations.

2.  Take a moonlit walk for exercise.

3.  Light a fireplace and “camp out” inside with family and friends; and maybe even make S’mores.

4. Curl up with a good book and read by candlelight or flashlight.

5. Take a few minutes to relieve stress through meditation. 

6.   Practice the art of storytelling and share some family history.

7.  Have a living room concert. Pull out the guitar or sit at the piano and invite others to join in.

8.  Call an old friend and catch up for an hour.

9. Play board games with family and friends, by candlelight of course.

10.   Early to bed. We could all use more sleep. Why not tonight?

Earth Hour is a global event organized by the World Wildlife Fund where households and businesses are asked to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances to take a stand against climate change. It takes place this year on Saturday, March 31, at 8:30 p.m. (local time).

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour was conceived by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, when 2.2 million residents in Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney's lead, many other cities adopted the event in 2008. By 2011, Earth Hour was being reported as ‘the World’s largest campaign for the planet’ with participation in more than 5,200 cities and towns, as well as 135 countries and territories around the world. For more information:


SCA is a global hygiene and paper company that develops and produces personal-care products, tissue, packaging solutions, publication papers and solid-wood products. Sales are conducted in 100 countries. SCA has many well-known brands, and in the U.S. sells the TENA® line of personal care products for incontinence and Tork® brand napkins, paper towels, bath tissue, wipers and dispensers. Sales in 2011 were approximately $16.5 billion. SCA has about 44,000 employees. For more information visit,

TENA® and Tork® are registered trademarks of SCA Hygiene Products.

This list was submitted by Michael Cavacini of Stargroup Communications.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Top 10 Things That Keep You Up at Night

1. Strange noises in the house.

2. Things you shouldn't have said.

3. Things other people have said.

4. Financial concerns.

5. Concern for children.

6. Health worries.

7. Work Stress

8. Making a decision.

9. Medication. That said non-drowsy, didn't it? Achoo!

10. Temperature.  It's too hot or it is too cold.

I personally can not sleep if someone sneezes, coughs, roams the house at odd hours or is not in their bed at a reasonable hour.  I am the family watchdog! And don't ask me why PIZZA makes me have the strangest dreams.  Must be the sauc.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Top 10 Favorite Chinese Fortune Cookie Sayings

1.You ingenuity and imagination will get results. On the back of the slip, learn Chinese (to wait - deng, accent over the "e"). Lucky number 55, 12, 47,28, 44, 50.  If you win I don't mind sharing : ).

2. Executive ability is prominent in your make up. (My husband has been calling me bossy since the day we married, shrug must be some truth to this one).  Daily number 5 7 8 Lucky Six 6, 25, 34, 38, 24, 31.

3. The limit to your abilities is where you place it.

4. Your mind is filled with new ideas, explore them.

5. To be mature is to accept imperfections.  Personally we all know this comes with age and experience. To be mature is to accept imperfections. I can't believe I got this twice. Is somebody trying to tell me something? Ever get a double fortune?  Does that make you more fortunate?

6. When you are not afrai todo it wrong the first time, you'll eventually get it right. Learn Chinese - Coffee (ka accent over the "a") Lucky numbers 38, 47, 18, 34, 31, 22.
7. A small gift can bring joy to the whole family.  I like this one.  Is it cookies?  Lucky numbers 25, 15, 47,32, 16, 55.

8. You are a lover of words, someday you should write a book.  Oh and the stories I could tell. Lucky numbers 42, 12, 17, 33, 28, 21.

9. To love and win is the best thing; to love and lose the next best.

10. The road to knowledge begins with the turn of the page.

No guarantee on the lucky lottery numbers but I suppose your chances are just as good as any.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Top 10 Exhibits and Different Things To Do In and Around the Area

Monday is one of the best days to plan your weekend.  Of course we all love our work but don't forget to plan a little play.  It gives you something to look forward to.

1. Who Shot Rock and Roll:  A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present. On display at the Allentown Art Museum 31 N. Fifth Street, Allentown, PA  now thru May 13th, 2012.

2. Hidden Realities - Mavis Smith at the Michener Art Museum 138 S. Pine Street, Doyleston, PA through May 20th.  Coming April 21st, Offering from the Angels:  Treasures from the Uffizi Gallery in Florene, Italy.
3. Modern Spirit -  Henry Ossawa  showing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts through April 15th.

4. Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, PA is still going on Monday March 26th through  April 1st if you missed that cool sound over the weekend check the link for more opportunities.

5. Opening Day at Franklin Square at 6th and Race Streets, Philadelphia, PA is March 29th. I have passed this park on several occasions on my visits to downtown Philadelphia and Philly Mini Golf is on my bucket list.

6. America's favorite past time, if you happen to live in the Philadelphia vicinity, The Philadelphia Phillies take the field on April 9th at 1:05 pm for the the first home opener.  You can also take a tour of Citizen Bank Park year round.  Check the the Philadelphia Phillies website for dates and times of all the special events coming up this year.  Play ball.

7. Iron Hill's Craft  Brewing event will take place on May 19th, proceeds benefit the Media Youth Center.  Check out the blog All Things Media to get updates on happenings in Media, PA.

8. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full bloom running from March 20th - April 27th.  Too far a drive to Washington, D. C.?  Take the train. This year is special.  It is the centennial celebration!  There are also various displays and celebrations of cherry trees in our direct area. Along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia is one of my favorites.

9. Asbury Park to the Promised Land The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen on display now thru September 3rd, 2012 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

10. New Castle Historic Area in New Castle, Delaware.  My recommendation start at the courthouse and stay for the tour and then visit the church behind it and then wander down to the river where William Penn first landed and end your day at Jessops's Tavern for some colonial fare.  I got the fruit and cheese platter with meat and crackers.  There was plenty to share.

Anyone of these events are welcome entertainment if you have all your chores on the honey do list complete.  Go out and enjoy the day together or phone a friend. All of these activities work rain or shine.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Top 10 Songs About Pictures

1.  Every Picture Tells A Story Rod Stewart

2. Photograph Ringo Starr

3. Camera R E M

4. Pictures of You The Cure

5. Peg (smile for the camera) Steely Dan

6. Kodachrome Paul Simon

7. Photographs and Memories Jim Croce

8. Pictures of You The Last Goodnight

9. Picture Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow

10. Photograph Nickelback

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Top 10 Reasons to Visit the Academy of Natural Sciences this Weekend

1.  The Academy of Natural Sciences celebrates the big "200" this weekend March 24-25.

Exterior shot of The Academy of Natural Sciences.
Credit: ANSP

2. It is the oldest natural history museum in the United States. The Academy was founded in 1812 "for the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences and the advancement of useful learning".

3. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia partnered with Drexel University in 2011 uniting two of Philadelphia's best research institutions.  It is now called The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

4. Several special events will take place on this bicentennial weekend.

5. This year in honor of the bicentennial, special behind the scene tours will be made available.

6. Mario the dragon from Drexel University will be on hand as well as the new Academy mascot Tyrannosaurus Rex.

7. A chance to meet re-enactors John James Audubon, Joesph Leidy, Ruth Patrick,  Lucy Say, Edward Drinker Cope and Matthew Henson.

8. Dinosaurs are everywhere!

9. Not convinced yet?  They are gonna have cake!

10.  Check out their website to discover more exciting things that are going on at Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Top 10 Reasons You Need To Get A Colonoscopy

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

10. You want to be fashionable and cleanse your colon.

9. You like drinking lots of absolutely disgusting stuff in a short amount of time.

8. You want to induce diarrhea.

7. You like your bathroom so much you want to spend most of the day there

6. You enjoy having your butt probed (while you're unconscious)

5. You have anemia (that's how mine was found, I had drastically low red blood counts)

4. You're over 50.

3. You have a history of colon cancer in your family

2. You saw blood in your stools

And the

 #1 Reason Why you need to get a colonoscopy

To find polyps before they turn into cancerous tumors and spread to your lymph nodes and other vital organs.

Today's list was submitted by, Diane McNitt, a 12-year-colon cancer survivor diagnosed with stage-two colon cancer at age 42. Stage four is the worst.  Only 5% of people get colon cancer under 50.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Top 10 Spring Cleaning and Recycle Ideas

1.Toxic and hazardous materials should not be disposed of in regular trash collections. Google “Household Hazardous Events” to find one near you. March and April are big months for these events.

2. March 24th 2012 is the first event in a series of special dates when hazardous materials will be accepted at specific locations in Pennsylvania. Come to this location 1600 Calcon Hook Road, (click on the link for a map) in Sharon Hill, PA 9AM-3PM. Computers. Printers, Fax Machines and TV’s will be accepted at this event.

3. The 2nd annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the first event or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them. Find a location near you. DEA should have an updated location list available by March 23rd. I also included unused cold and allergy medications last year and they were accepted. It is not recommended to flush unused prescription medication down the drain.

4. Saturday April 21st  is another opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at The Marple Transfer Station (click for map) but computers, printers, fax machines and TV’s will NOT be accepted at this event.

5. Preserve transforms yogurt cups into toothbrushes and those toothbrushes are sold in a recyclable self address sleeve to be returned. Check out for more information. Whole Foods in certain locations is also a drop off point.

6. Crayon Recycle. A national crayon recycle center will take your old broken crayons or you can create new ones out of old ones yourself with instruction found at “how to recycle crayons”.

7. I found a few listings that said they took old trophies to recycle but the information was outdated. If anyone knows of a location please share your knowledge. One great idea I found was to remove the name plate from the trophy/trophies and add them all to a wooden plaque and then find a recycle/donation center for the rest of the materials.

8. Old shoes check these websites Nike reuse a shoe, soles4souls.

9. Don’t forget One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Pass it on and give it a new life.

10. Visit EPA’s website for tips on “how to” and “what to” recycle along with the proper disposal technique.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Top 10 Sights and Sounds of Spring

What a beautiful weekend we were just given!

1. Birds chirping in the morning.

2.  Daffodils bulbs not only are popping but standing tall and waving in the breeze.

3. Windows are open.

4. Magnolia Trees are blooming.

5. Cherry Trees are just starting to pop.

6. Forsythia is blooming.  An insider tip, when the forsythia is in bloom you can trim back your roses.

7. Laundry is being hung out again.

8. Soccer fields are lined and luscious green.

9. Bartlett Pear trees decorate Providence Avenue in Chester and it looks like a winter wonderland but in reality, it is blossoms of new life and a sign spring has arrived.

10. Hyacinths are in bloom.  I love the smell of the hyacinths. To me, it is the first fresh whiff of spring in the air.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Top 10 Concert Alert Dave Mason Songs

Appearing at the Keswick March 24th.

Every body has their favorite picks and here are mine that I found on Youtube.  Dave Mason is also my favorite all time guitarist.  I love the way he makes it sing!

Photographs in the blog taken in the 80's, 90's and the new millennium.  I have been a long time fan.

1. Every Woman

2. Sad and Deep As You

3. Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave a chilling song. Cuts to your soul, I think.

4. Only You Know and I Know love his voice on this one and he still got it!

5. Look At You Look At Me

6. Feelin Alright  Traffic/Dave Mason 2004 Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Check out who is on stage with him.  Yeow!

7.  All Along the Watchtower I used to say Bob Dylan wrote it, Jimi Hendrix tried it and Dave Mason did it! In my humble opinion, "nobody does it better".

8. Show Me Some Affection

9. If You Got Love

10. We Just Disagree Great lyrics and many people only know this song of Dave's and I say you don't know Dave.  He has had some amazing songs far more then 10. These were merely off the top of my head.

Dave Mason will appear live at the Keswick Theater on March 24th.  If you have never seen him live this is an opportunity you do not want to pass up.

If you are a past present or future fan of Dave Mason's there are a few interviews of Youtube to checkout and also a very cool website that at times offers free downloads and an opportunity to buy Dave's stuff.  Check that out at  This week he is offering a free download of "Taking the Time To Find" from the Let It Go Let It Flow Album.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Top 10 You Know Your Irish When

1. No matter how old you are or where you were born Danny boy means something to you and you somehow know all the words.  I found a version of Danny Boy on Youtube performed by Phil Coulter, one of my parent's favorite performers.  It brings tears to my eyes. No words are necessary on this one.

2. The smell of corn beef and cabbage reeks in your home on March 17th and you are proud of the aroma.

3. Another song familiar in the Irish roots home is H A double R I G A N spells Harrigan.  My great aunt used to play it on piano and we all sang it. Ray Bolger as Harrigan can be found performing it on Youtube. Give me a couple of beers and I'll sing it. Only a few select Irish can do the River dance but if you put the music on almost all of us will get up and get jiggy with it.

4. As I have mentioned in previous blogs the Irish are a friendly and a funny people but also can be stubborn (not me) and passionate about their family and their roots.

5. You can not pass up Irish soda bread in the supermarket and when you bring it home you put on a pot of tea to dip it in and butter is essential, it enhances the flavor.

6. If you have ever been to the Emerald Isle, as I have you know where the green comes from and why green is worn on St. Patty's Day. All the countryside is green and spacious.

7. A hot toddy will cure all ills and it puts hair on your chest. Even the women find this invigorating.

8. There is a least one leprechaun lurking about in your home on the outside or in.  Mine sits on my bureau in my bedroom.

9. You fancy the shamrock because you want to have the luck of the Irish but are blessed with a sense of humor to know the luck of the Irish is not always the best.
10. You own a claddagh ring and know its meaning.  It should be worn on your right hand facing out if you are single and looking. If the heart is facing in you are in a relationship. It should be worn of your left hand facing out if you are engaged and your left hand heart facing in if you are married.
The symbols mean friendship, loyalty and love.  The hands are friendship, the crown is loyalty representing loyalty to the crown of England, this was later removed on some designs due to a tad bit of conflict of interest.  The heart of course means love.

If you are lucky enough to know an Irishman, you know how hard headed they are but you also know they are loyal friends and you can't help but love 'em and all the green that surrounds them.

On the 17th of March, my glass is raised.

Here's to the Irish!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Top 10 Reasons Ya Gotta Go See Van Gogh

1. The Philadelphia Art Museum now has Van Gogh Up Close on exhibition thru May 6th.

2. Surprisingly the lines move very quickley and we were there on a Sunday morning.  The general admission is $16 for adults and the first Sunday of the month is pay as you wish. The exhibit does have a fee of $28.50 for adults unless you are a member. It is free to members.  Check the museum's website for addition admission cost.

3.  This was my second time attending a Van Gogh exhibition the other one was in 1987 at the Metropolitain Museum of Art in New York City.  I was lucky enough to see Sunflowers and Starry Night in New York and purchased a poster that I had framed and hanging in my kitchen for many years,  I just couldn't afford an original.

4.  The next time I was expose to his art was on a field trip with one of my children's class trips.  Art is indeed an important part of education.  As an adult, I am learning that more and more. During this trip at the Philadelphia Art Museum, I came across a Van Gogh painting.  I can almost spot his work in a room or hallway, as it was.  I looked at this painting from a distance and it looked damaged to me, as if someone went down it and scratched it with their fingers and then I read the artist's name and title of the piece.  It was "Rain".  Rain is part of the exhibition but it is also a permanent resident in Philadelphia. It was donated in memory of Frances P. Mclhenny.  We (Philadelphia) are very fortunate to have this piece.  Go see it you will see why. This photograph does not do it justice. It was taken last year when it was on regular display.  You are not permitted to take photographs during an exhibition.

5. Most everyone knows Van Gogh as that crazy artist that cut off his ear.  Van Gogh's illness was never quite labeled or diagnosed but he is believed to have been bi-polar due to his extreme manic behavior.

6.  The exhibit is called "Up Close" and for the first time I did look at Van Gogh up close.  It was interesting to observe his paintings at a distance and then move closer. It looks different each way. It changes.  You can also see up close that it appears he must have dug almost sculpted the paint into the canvas to cause a certain effect.  It is very captivating to look at his paintings and the detail that went into them.

7. Included in the admission price you receive headphones and a recording box to dial up numbers that are attached to some of the paintings and they tell you a little story about them.  I always enjoy this part of the exhibition because there is much the naked eye can miss.  Truthfully, I wish there would have been more explanations but I was completely satisfied with the amount of Van Gogh's works that were displayed.

8. All of his work is not here, you will not see Starry Night but there are plenty of other surprises in store.  When would a painting of work boots look so appealing?  If you get into the mind of the man that wore those work boots out in the field that day and bought them home and painted them with the fascination that he had with where those boot went that day, you will be impressed.

9. This was no doubt he was a man who suffered with some kind of mental affliction.  I don't know the specific name of this painting but when you see it in the exhibit you will know what I am talking about it looks chaotic, yet very enchanting.

10. Most of the time I walked around admiring his work I felt peaceful.  Most of his paintings on display were of the outdoors and nature.  This was a place that Vincent Van Gogh seemed to find solace.  The audio mentioned that Vincent found work to be a pleasant distraction from all the mayhem that was going on in his mind, I would imagine. It is probably something we all practice.

Even if you do not consider yourself an artsy person, this is a good place to start to make the discovery of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  There is so much to see and do there and it really is the deal to become a member.  You will undoubtedly want to come back again and again. Do the Rocky run up those art museum steps but by all means turn around and take in one of the most breathtaking views of the city of Philadelphia. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Top 10 March Madness Picking the Winner (My Predicted Results)

1. March Madness 2012 begins today Tuesday, March 13th and ends Monday April 2nd and I follow it till the end. To me, it is basketball at its finest.

2. First, I print out the grid and look over my playing field. You can find the grid at this link.

3. Tuesday, March 13th, I predict BYU and Western Kentucky will advance.

4. Wednesday March 14, Lamar and California will advance.

5. Second Round, Thursday and Friday March 15th and 16th. In the South: Kentucky, U Conn, Wichita St., Indiana, UNLV, Baylor, Xavier, Duke. In the West: Michigan St. St. Louis, New Mexico, Louisville, Murray St. BYU, Florida, Missouri. In the East: Syracuse, Kansas St. Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida St. Gonzaga, Ohio St. In the MidWest: North Carolina, Alabama, Temple, Michigan, San Diego St. Georgetown, Purdue, Kansas.

6. Third Round, Saturday and Sunday, March 17th and 18th. Kentucky, Indiana, Baylor, Xavier. In the West: Michigan St., Louisville, Murray St., Missouri. In the East: Syracuse, Wisconsin, Florida St. Gonzaga. In the MidWest: North Carolina, Temple, Georgetown, Kansas.

7. Sweet Sixteen Thursday and Friday, March 22nd and 23rd Kentucky, Xavier, Michigan St., Missouri, Syracuse, Florida St., Temple, Kansas.

8. Elite Eight Saturday and Sunday March 24th and March 25th Kentucky, Michigan St., Syracuse and Temple.

9. Final Four Saturday March 31st Temple and Kentucky advance

10. National Championship April 2nd Temple.

Go Owls!

I do not claim to be a professional sports writer or have any true knowledge of the capabilities of any of these teams but I think that is the beauty of March Madness.  It can be any body's game.  I alsolike to follow the NBA draft because I'll remember some of the notable players and I like to see them get picked.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Top 10 Different Times, Things Your Parents Used to Say and Do

1. That came out of the blue was the old saying, the updated version to that would be, that is so random.

2. You look like something the cat dragged in out of the rain.  This for me was always a reference to my hair.  I always thought that meant there was hope if a cat was willing to rescue me. Ragamuffin was another reference to an unacceptable appearance.  What is a ragamuffin?

3.  My father could have been a spokesmen for the Energy Commission. He was always turning out the lights and never let us stand in front of the refrigerator too long with the door open.  He used to say, you are wasting electricity.  I do the same thing now.

4. My father used to say, "go ask your mother", that was a thumbs up, she never said no. However, if it was the opposite, "go ask your father", first he would ask, "what did your mother say" and eventually you caught on. If she was sending you to him, the answer was usually "no". There were a few exceptions.
5. When we were disrespectful or answered back, my father used to look you in the eye and say, "I will knock your teeth down your throat".  My father was not a boxer, nor did he ever raise anything but his voice to me, but that statement always made me stop in my tracks and wonder.  How would he be able to do that?  Would I choke?  I always marveled when he said that and laughed on the inside, but knew better to let him know I thought it was funny because he would wipe that smile right off your face. After all, little children should be seen and not heard.

6. My mother used to say, "the hair makes the face".  I always had poker straight hair, so she was always trying to permanently change mine.  Every time I got a perm, my father would walk in the house and say, "what is that stink"?  I know he was aware it was my makeover. I also refuse to have my mustache waxed because "hair makes the face" and it is part of my face. I always have a permanent disguise.

7. Both our dining room and living room chairs were wooden and my father use to say, "don't rare back on those chairs, you will ruin the legs". Rare back?  I think he meant lean back, but I never questioned him.  Did that mean the feet would get a permanent curve to it and change the chair into a rocking chair, I wondered?

8. Shoes were always an issue growing up, not that we had too many, but leaving them lying around.  It infuriated my father if he tripped over someones shoes.  He would threaten to take all the shoes and throw them in the back yard.  I got mine quick.  I had those bowling shoes looking ones as part of my school uniform and there was only one pair.  I wasn't going to fetch them the next morning in the yard all covered in dew.

9. Ever hear this one? Your face is going to freeze like that. Or get caught crossing your eyes and being told they are going to get stuck like that?

10.  I had an aunt that said, "as if" and we would always ask, as if what Aunt Sis?  She would just reply, "as if".  As if we were suppose to know.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Top 10 Disney Theme Park Songs by Robert and Richard Sherman

All of these songs have been used at the Disney Theme Park and have those infectious melodies and words that keep resounding in your head.

1. There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow for Carousel of Progress

2. Miracles from Molecules for Adventure Thru Inner Space

3. One Little Spark for Journey Into Imagination

4. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (attraction)

5. "It's A Small World (After All)" for the 1964 New York World's Fair attraction, Pepsi Presents WALT DISNEY'S "It's A Small World" - a Salute to UNICEF and the World's Children then adapted to each Disney Park installation of "It's A Small World".

6."The Astuter Computer Revue" for the 1982 premiere of the CommuniCore Exhibit at EPCOT.

7. Magic Highways for Rocket Rods

8. Makin' Memories for Magic Journeys

9. The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room for Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room

10. "We Meet the World with Love" and Meet the World for the same exhibit in Tokyo Disneyland

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Top 10 It's A Small World After All

We are all creatures of habit and products of our environment. So you would think we would want to protect it.

Around the World we all have these things in common.

1. Blue Skies

2. Green Grass

3. Flowers

4. Fields

5. Beautiful landscapes of hills and valleys

6. Traffic (modes of transportation do vary)

7. Rest Stops (some places it is merely a shady tree)

8. Traffic (How many countries is the backup caused by a cow crossing the road or a herd passing by?)

9. Laws of the Land (customs and cultures)

10. Heart and Soul

I borrow today's title from Robert B. Sherman who passed away at the age of 86, he co-wrote with his brother Richard Sherman, It's A Small World (After All). Tomorrow I will list 10 of my childhood favorites and try and dig out an scan the pictures from the Disney ride.  It is a universal song and theme. I wonder where he got his influence?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Top 10 Things to Share

1. Emotions, your phone number with a hottie, a kiss

2. Custody

3. Thoughts and Ideas

4. Information and also TMI (too much information)

5. Natural resources

6. Expenses, a restaurant check

7. Food, Donate to the poor, Breaking Bread, Gum and Mints, Popcorn at the movies.

8. A ride

9. A conversation, open dialog for the most part solves a lot of misunderstandings.

10. Stocks

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Top 10 Stories of "Monopoly" the Game Board Addition

I originally started out this list as "classic board games" and in doing the research, I never got past the history of the game of "Monopoly". I found it fascinating. I can't wait to read about the "Game of Life". It was always a struggle for me to pick my favorite between the two.

1.The history of Monopoly can be traced back to 1904 when an American woman named Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips created a game to illustrate the single tax theory of Henry George.  It was intended to illustrate the negative concepts of concentrating land in private monopolies. Her game, The Landlord's Game was commercially published in 1924.

2. In 1941, the British Secret Service had John Waddington Ltd., the licensed manufacturer of the game outside the U.S., create a special edition for World War II prisoners of war held by the Nazis.[4] Hidden inside these games were maps, compasses, real money, and other objects useful for escaping. They were distributed to prisoners by secret service-created fake charity groups.[5]

3. During the Great Depression, a time when many companies went out of business, Parker Brothers released a new board game called Monopoly. Although the company had originally rejected the game in 1934, they decided to publish it the next year.

4. The version that I thought was the original was modeled off the streets of Atlantic City, New Jersey when first published by Parker Brothers and Boardwalk was the most expensive property to own in the original United States version.

5.  According to the Hasbro website, 275 million games of Monopoly have been sold in 111 countries in 43 languages. How many versions of Monopoly are there? Check out this link at wikipedia "List of licensed and localized editions" for a conflicting number then the one on the Hasbro website but it still gives you an idea how far this game and its concept have traveled.

6. There have been various game board versions of Monopoly and the BIG name properties correlate to the countries they are being sold in. Monopoly Millionaires is the Facebook game by Playfish. 

7. Also stated on the Hasbro website, the longest Monopoly game in history lasted for 70 straight days.  I am not sure I would have that much endurance but we have left the board up overnight and have resumed the game, if not the next day soon after.

8. Parker Brothers is currently a subsidiarity of Hasbro and you can purchase a Monopoly app for your smart phone. There is even a Wii version.

9. The 2010 documentary Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story, covering the history and players of the game, won an Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2010 Anaheim International Film Festival. The film played theatrically in the US beginning in March 2011 and was released on Amazon & iTunes[36] on February 14, 2012. The film is narrated by Zachary Levi.[37][38]

10. Typically the rules were something we all learned like our times tables, it was memorized. (these instructions always came on a separate piece of paper inside the box and we always lost it, so you just had to know). It has been a while since I played, so I verified this with wikipedia.

With the original game:

Each player begins the game with his or her token on the Go square, and $1,500 (or 1,500 of a localized currency) in play money. Prior to September 2008, the money was divided as follows in the U.S. standard rules:

Since then, the US version has taken on the British version's initial cash distributions of:

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  • 2 each of:
    • $500 bills
    • $100 bills
    • $50 bills
  • 6 $20 bills
  • 5 each of:
    • $10 bills
    • $5 bills
    • $1 bills
2 × $/£500
  • 4 × $/£100
  • 1 × $/£50
  • 1 × $/£20
  • 2 × $/£10
  • 1 × $/£5
  • 5 × $/£1

and somebody always has to be the banker and responsible for doling out the money.

wikipedia sources:
google patents Game Board Lizzie J. Magie et al
Brewer, E. C. (1991) Brewer's Dictionary of 20th-Century Phrase and Fable. London: Cassell; pp. 408–09
Brian McMahon (November 29, 2007). "How board game helped free POWs". Mental floss magazine. Retrieved December 7, 2007.
Ki Mae Heussner (September 18, 2009). "Get Out of Jail Free: Monopoly's Hidden Maps". ABC News. Retrieved September 18, 2009.

How many of the game board pieces can you remember and name?  I am pretty sure the vaccum may have gobbled up a piece or two of ours.  I liked the car and the Scottish dog but I didn't always get them. If I got the old shoe I wasn't happy from the word "Go" but I still played the game and tried to overcome what I thought was a disadvantage.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Top 10 Websites to Check Out

(To clarify these are not the Top 10 Websites, just 10 that I find interesting)

1. Google It! is my homepage.  I start with google on just about everything as I am sure most people do.  I love the google doodle they put up on special occasions.

2. Wikipedia I use it a lot and you are free to reuse most of the information.

3. I have been using this for about 3 years.  I think it can be a mean tool and I am starting to hear about lawsuits from blasphemous posting but I also feel it is a great place to reconnect.

4. Twitter I was reluctant about this one at first but I must admit I like it.

5. Pinterest is an online is an online pin board like a cork board I would say where you can share your things online.  This seems to be the newest one every one is talking about.
6. StumbleUpon has some very cool stuff on it.  You can choose categories you may be interested in

7. Tumblr I am still exploring this one.

8. and free music for your listening pleasure. Upgrade with more features are available.

9. Talks ideas worth spreading

10. Hoot Me is a Facebook application that can be used as a group study and homework helper

Friday, March 2, 2012

Top 10 Funeral Songs

I am not trying to promote the activity but the comfort can be found in the lyrics of these songs if you are searching. All these songs can also be found on YouTube and purchased through the individual artists websites, ITunes, Amazon etc.
1. Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me Elton John

2. He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother The Hollies

3. Funeral In The Rain Chris Isaack

4. Bridge Over Troubled Waters Simon and Garfunkel

5. Dust In The Wind Kansas

6. 100 Years Five For Fighting

7. Angel Sarah McLachlan

8. In My Life The Beatles

9. Fountain of Sorrow Jackson Browne

10. For a Dancer Jackson Browne

I like the religious ones as well but I have always found comfort in these songs and I find that comfort today.

Rest in peace
and this song was Peggy's choice
I may not have done everything my mother told me to do, but I did listen.
I have no idea where I got that free thinking independent attitude from.
Chariot's of Fire - Theme Song by Vangelis
and to pay homage to my favorite Monkee, Davey Jones Daydream Believer. I wonder if my mother will get to meet him?

I also recommend a good support system and I am fortunate to have that I could name names but you will find a touch of them all in my daily blogs. They are all in there and they know who they are.