Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Awareness

We have almost made it through the first month of the year.  In case you missed it because you were glued to 24 hour news, January was also............

Stalking Awareness Month Know It Name It Stop It.  National Stalking Awareness Month "Take the Stalking Quiz". Stalking is a crime in all 50 States. What is considered stalking?

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month January 11th was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. National Human Trafficking Resource Center and BeFree Hotlines
 Call: 1-888-373-7888    |    Text: HELP to BeFree (233733)

Blood Donor Month visit the American Red Cross website for more information and to find a donation location near you. Clara Barton established the American Red Cross in Washington, D. C in 1881.

Birth Defects Prevention Month The March of Dimes non-profit organization was founded by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt January 3rd, 1938 to combat polio. The main focus of the organization now is to educate mothers and try to prevent birth defects and premature births and infant mortality.

Cervical Health Awareness  You can obtain detailed and up to date information on preventing, detecting and treating cervical cancer at the American Cancer Society website.

National Radon Action Month , you can read more in the Citizen's Guide to Radon at the EPA's website. You can view a color coded Radon Zone Map by state and contact information also at the EPA website. Read "How Does Radon Get Into a Home" at the EPA website. FYI Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.

Poverty in America Awareness Month found a very sobering website Povertyusa.org on the status of poverty in the United States. Who is living in poverty? Take the tour. You can also view the numbers at the most current census.gov.and download spreadsheets if you want to view it for yourself.

Thyroid Disease Awareness Month Get Neck Check info at epoweryourhealth.org.

National Mentoring Month Volunteering anywhere has its own special rewards, being a mentor has to qualify near the top of the list. You can make a big difference in a person's life.

National Personal Self Defense Awareness Month #1 in my opinion is Know Your Surroundings and Pay Attention. Plugging up your ears is almost the same as closing your eyes. Here is a link to attackproof.com and suggested Top 10 Best Self Defense Tips.

2016 was the warmest year in record but it is the winter of 2017.

Upcoming possible snowy conditions, so be careful out there.
Get the milk now.
As we all have seen, anything is possible.
One more day, we can all do this...together.

Monday, January 30, 2017

National Puzzle Day

January 29th was National Puzzle Day

Crossword Puzzle

Jigsaw Puzzles



Search a Word

Hidden Object

Unscramble a Word

Rubik's Cube

Find the Match

Can you name a puzzlement?
10 points

Friday, January 27, 2017

Fortune Cookie Sayings - Happy New Year Jan. 28 2017

A new environment makes all the difference.

Happiness depend upon ourselves.

Use your talents  That is what thy are intended for.

It's always worth taking the trouble to praise people.

You can depend on the trust of the collective.

What is K.M.S.? Keep Mouth Shut, the golden rule.

Minor aches today are likely to pay off handsomely tomorrow.

It is time to help a friend in need.  Give your best.

Today, some new connections will be very exciting indeed.

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we lean by doing them.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Upcoming Weekend Events Jan. 27-29 2017

Jan. 27  Our American Presidents presentation by Russell Williams " George Washington" at Middletown Free Library 2 p.m. register to sign up or call the library.

Jan. 27  Chinese New Year Celebration Midnight Lion Dance Performance at 10th and Race St. in Chinatown 11:30 p.m.

Jan. 27 Black Tie Tailgate Event at the Philadelphia Auto Show to Benefit The Division of Neurology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.7 - 11:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Jan. 28 Groundhog Festival at at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Jan. 28 Lunar New Year Celebration at Independence Seaport Museum 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jan. 28 Genealogy at Aston Library 3720 Concord Road in Aston. 11 a.m.

Jan. 28 Lecture: Winterthur 101: "A Who's Who of the duPonts" Copeland Lecture Hall, 1:00 p.m. How was P. S. du Pont of Longwood related to H. F. du Pont? What about Alfred I. of Nemours? Or the Copelands at Mt. Cuba? Join Director of Interpretation and Estate Historian Jeff Groff as he kicks off our first Winterthur 101 program, with a fascinating illustrated talk focusing on the three generations of du Ponts who lived at Winterthur as well as the expanded web of family members.  Members only. Members free. Members may bring up to two guests with guest passes. Reservations encouraged. Call 800.448.3883.

Jan. 28 - Feb. 5 Philadelphia Auto Show at the Convention Center.

Jan. 28 The 160th Anniversary of the Philadelphia Orchestra with special guest Martin Short 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Music.
Jan. 29- Feb. 3 Philadelphia Restaurant Week

Jan. 29 Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade 11 a.m. at 10th and Spring Sts. 

Jan. 29, Feb. 26, Mar. 26, and Apr. 23 at 2:00 p.m. Historian Katie Sibley and Owen Gilman, English Professor and Veteran, both of St. Joseph's University will lead this group covering program themes including: Why We Fight, Race and WWI, American Women at War, and At Home/Coming Home: The Toll of War.
Registration required at the reference desk.
World War I at Haverford Library.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Winter Fire Safety Tips from USFA

Winter fire safety tips
We've also pulled together some tips you can share in your emails, tweets, posts, and on your websites and blogs. Please use the information below to teach your public about heating their homes safely.

More fires happen in the winter months than any other time of the year. During the cold months, we spend more time indoors and use different methods to heat our homes.
It is important to keep fire safety in mind when you are heating your home.
If you are using a portable heater:
  • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off so if it tips over, it shuts off.
  • Keep anything that can burn such bedding, clothing and curtains at least 3 feet from the heater.
  • Plug portable heaters directly into wall outlets. Never use an extension cord or power strip.
  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room. 

 If you are using a fireplace:
  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out and starting a fire.
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace.
  • Before you go to sleep or leave your home put the fire out completely.
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid. Store the container outside at least 3 feet from your home.

If you are using a wood stove:
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from the stove.
  • Do not burn paper in your wood stove.
  •  Before you go to sleep or leave your home, put the fire out completely.

When heating your home, you need to be aware of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “invisible killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the U.S. die each year due to accidental CO poisoning from generators or fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fire places. Breathing CO at high levels can kill you.
Put CO alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of increasing CO levels. These alarms should be placed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
As always, make sure you have a smoke alarm on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test your alarms every month. Have a home fire escape plan and practice your plan at least twice a year. Make sure everyone knows how to escape your home if there is a fire.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Philadelphia Women's March 2017

Fact Check: Donald Trump is our President   

Fact Check: This was a wake up to what it is like to be President

Respect goes both ways and can bridge gaps.

Becoming President isn't exactly a walk in the park and not always the most popular person in the room.

It's a big job that requires diplomacy.
 Let's give The Apprentice a chance.

Are we moving back to 1913?
We have made huge strides.

Can we bring the things we agree on to the forefront 
and start from there?

We all want America and Americans to succeed.

All for one.
One Nation. 


Monday, January 23, 2017

Upcoming Events Week of Jan. 23 2017

Jan. 23 First Ladies Club presentation by Katherine Blanchard at Middletown Free Library "Elizabeth Monroe and Louisa Adams" 2 p.m. register to sign up or call the library.

Jan. 24 NASA will televise a funeral service for former astronaut Capt. Eugene Cernan 2:30 p.m. CST on NASA TV. 

Jan. 24 Nominations for the 89th Oscars to be announced.

Jan. 24 Trump's Road to the White House on Frontline

Jan. 25 NASA TV to host NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik,Paolo Nespoli of ESA and Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscocmos who are scheduled to launch in late spring to the International Space Station, conference at 2 p.m.

Jan. 25 Juggling at the Aston Library 

Jan. 26 National Drug and Alcohol Chat Day for teens, teachers and parents follow link to register to participate.

Jan. 26  World War I and American Art, presented at the Marple Library by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts at 11 a.m. register in advance. 

Jan. 26 “Year of a 1,000 Paper Cranes” Origami Workshops, part of the Middletown Free Library Community Art Project for Peace at the Middletown Free Library Inspired by the Japanese senbazuru legend and the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, the Middletown Free Library, with your help, hopes to create 1,000 origami paper cranes to be hung in the Library as a community art project. Each month we will host origami paper crane workshop where you can learn to make the paper cranes and help us to reach our goal of 1,000. You are then invited to come back each month at the designated workshop times OR any time at the Library OR work on them from home and bring them back to the Library to be hung up. 10:30 a.m.

Jan. 26 Senator Casey to discuss The Future of Climate Action in 2017 at the Academy Of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. Registration is required, doors open at 6:45 p.m. The event begins at 7:15 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. sponsored by Penn Environment.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Trump Takes Washington, Jan. 20, 2017

Blair House

St. John's

The elephant is in the room.

It's the year of the elephant in America. Let's be hopeful and see what it brings.

The Inauguration will take place at the Capitol Building at noon..

International press were already here this past Monday.
The world will be watching.

Below : Viewing Stand at the White House for the Inauguration Day Parade.

Below: Photograph from the White House Collection showing the viewing stand at a previous Inauguration Day.

Almost mid-point between the Capitol and the White House
you will find
Trump International at the corner of 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue.

I guess it can be said by hook or by crook Mr. Trump would be taking up residence on Pennsylvania Avenue. 
Below: The Presidential Ballroom is straight ahead.

One can't help but admit, he has style.  It is beautiful inside.
 Below: The Lobby.

Viewing stands along Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the National Archives.  Inauguration Day 2017 a day that will be placed in the history books.

Washington welcomes our new President of the United States

Donald Trump

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Why the White House Matters

When I was about 10 years old, I remember touring the White House with the Girl Scouts. I can not remember one thing about the interior or even who gave the tour. The fascination to me was looking out the window and Vice President Hubert Humphrey was getting off a helicopter. I was mesmerized. To visit the interior of the White House now, you have to get special tickets from your Congressman at least 21 days in advance.

The White House Visitor's Center located at 1450 Pennsylvania Avenue is free and open to the public and a must see. People have said you see more of the interior of the White House here than you do if you take an actual tour. Here is the short list....

This mahogany chair attributed to American cabinetmaker Adam Hains, may have been in the house in Philadelphia used by President George Washington (1789-97) as his official residence.
(Pennsylvania, c. 1793-97)
White House Collection

THE ELM carved tree section comes from an elm tree that was on the South Lawn of the White House planted by President John Quincey Adams (1825-29) The sick tree was removed in 1991 and First Lady Barbara Bush had planted an elm propagated from the Adams tree.

PUNCHBOWL was part of the Lincoln China Collection. First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln choose this pattern decorated in New York in her favorite color, purple.

Hiawatha's Boat I am not exactly sure what this item is suppose to be but apparently, First Lady Julia Grant loved it and acquired it from the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.  It is a little big for a gravy boat and it is said to depict Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Hiawatha's Boat.  If you can click on the picture and bring up the detail, it's quite a piece of work. The sign said when it was used as a centerpiece it was often filled with flowers.

Place setting used during a State Dinner visit with Queen Elizabeth II during America's Bicentennial Celebration in 1976. It's nice we could finally put that whole revolutionary thing behind us and share a meal.



Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Desk

Letters to the President

This last letter is the one that made me stop and pause. It may look all gala and glamorous but no one envies the person who sends or receives a letter like this. That is why the White House Matters. President in good and bad times, that is the role. Popular or unpopular, you represent all the people, all the time. We all should pray for the person in this position that they can make sound decisions. God Bless America.

I wasn't a fan of the ever increasing health care costs but I respected President Barack Obama for keeping us out of harms way.

Thank you, Mr. President