Tuesday, August 2, 2016

100 Ways to Make Mom Feel Special on This 100th Anniversary of Mother's Day

The 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day will be celebrated on May 11, 2008. The celebration of Mother’s began in 1908 when Anna Jarvis handed out flowers at her Methodist church in honor of her late Mother. The idea of celebrating Mother’s was so popular after Anna Jarvis organized events in Grafton West Virginia, and Philadelphia Pennsylvania, that Congress made Mother’s Day official in 1914. Honor your Mother on this 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day with these ten ideas for 100 ways you can show Mom that she is special.

If Your Mom Has Passed

Build Mom’s Memorial Meadow in your backyard with 100 of your Mom’s favorite flowers. My mom especially liked tulips, roses, lilies, snapdragons, and gladiolas.

Publish a poem with 100 words that pays tribute to the best things Mom taught you.

In honor of your Mother, take 100 sugar-free candy treats and handmade cards to elderly Moms in nursing homes on Mother’s Day.

Give $100 to a needy Mom at a single Mom shelter.

Give $100 to a needy Mom and her adopted family.

If Your Mom is Still With You

Write a journal to give Mom that includes My 100 Favorite Times with Mom.

Make a scrapbook for Mom that includes My 100 Favorite Pictures of Mom.

Take Mom shopping for her 100 favorite grocery items.

Give Mom a coupon book with 100 special chores you will do for her. Mom can redeem her coupons whenever she needs your help.

Write 100 things that make your Mom special and frame it with her best picture for a Mother’s Day present.

For more ideas about unique Mother’s Day gifts visit:

Unique Ways to Make Mom Special on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Flowers with Special Meanings for Zodiac Signs

Mother’s Day Flowers with Special Meaning for Birth Months

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100 Years From Now

100 years from now…our life on earth will not exist as we know it

Our once vibrant bodies will be decomposed, and in permanence they will lifelessly somewhere sit

Most will take their irreplaceable time for granted, each and every day

Spending their precious time idly, living life with no purpose, and in the end they will surely pay

Never squander the fleeting days of your life God has decisively set

Or you will be one among the many, lying on a death bed, drowning in a pool of regret

One’s life is God’s gift so be fruitful with the time on earth He will allow

Live each day with passion, striving to mold a more joyful world to live in…100 years from now

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100 Words on a Pirate

The pirate slid silently across the precipitous edge of the couch, then swung around to the exercise machine. There he deftly slid his scimitar in its cartoon-underwear scabbard and thoughtlessly snapped off five or six reps on the elliptical.

His real focus was the dark gray tabby dozing on the easy chair across the room. He launched off the handlebars, spun onto the cushion behind the cat and pinched its head underneath his plastic hook.

The pirate then snapped his head up instinctively, his forehead wrinkled into an annoyed furrow, and hollered, “Stop looking at me dad!!!”

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100 Years...100 Movies...The Timothy Sexton Edition

100. Taxi Driver

99. Sullivan’s Travels

98. The Big House

97. The Great Race

96. Roxanne

95. The Bishop’s Wife

94. 2001: A Space Odyssey

93. The Bride of Frankenstein

92. What’s Up Doc

91. Laura

90. American Graffiti

89. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Original)

88. Planet of the Apes

87. The Big Combo

86. Kiss Me Deadly

85. They Won’t Forget

84. Annie Hall

83. Full Metal Jacket

82. Nacho Libre

81. Cat People (Original)

80. Babe (the pig)

79. Napoleon Dynamite

78. Ed Wood

77. Citizen Kane

76. Amadeus

75. I Walked with a Zombie

74. Meet Me in St. Louis

73. Smile

72. From Here to Eternity

71. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Frederic March)

70. The Thin Man

69. Little Caesar

67. Little Big Man

66. The Exorcist

65. King Kong (Original)

64. Compulsion

63. Dog Day Afternoon

62. Arsenic and Old Lace

61. Revenge of the Sith

60. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

59. The Grapes of Wrath

58. Baby Face

57. Rebecca

56. Psycho

55. Sunset Boulevard

54. West Side Story

52. Donnie Darko

51. Raiders of the Lost Ark

50. The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis)

49. Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid

48. Young Frankenstein

47. Bubble Boy

46. English Patient

45. Lady of Burlesque

44. Reds

43. The Godfather

42. The Godfather, Part II

41. Cabaret

40. Jaws

39. The Philadelphia Story

38. Bullets over Broadway

37. Paper Moon

36. The Last Temptation of Christ

35. All that Jazz

34. Raising Arizona

33. Casablanca

32. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

31. Double Indemnity

30. The Magnificent Ambersons

29. The Good Fairy

28. Diner

27. King of Comedy

26. Strangers on a Train

25. Fight Club

24. Sweet Smell of Success

23. Do The Right Thing

22. Chinatown

21. Stalag 17

20. A Christmas story

19. Scarface (Paul Muni version)

18. Touch of Evil

17. The Phantom Lady

16. A Place in the Sun

15. Manchurian Candidate

14. Shane

13. Tootsie

12. A Clockwork Orange

11. E.T.

10. Goodfellas

9. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang

8. Zelig

7. All the President’s Men

6. Lord Love A Duck

5. Some like it hot

4. Dr. Stranglove

3. The Shining

2. Schindler’s List

1. Raging Bull

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100 Workout Songs

Workout songs can make exercising a lot more fun and can help you stay focused while working out. Listening to the same workout songs over and over again though can get old quickly, so I’ve created a list of 100 workout songs that will get you moving in no time.

There are many exercises you can use these workout songs for: dancing, aerobics, jogging, cycling, or even hula hoop exercises. You’ll find all types of workout songs on this list, from 80’s to oldies to the latest R&B and Hip Hop songs, so there is a little bit of something for everyone and any music taste. You can also listen to these songs by visiting my playlist of workout songs.

Here is My List of 100 Workout Songs:
Crazy in Love — Beyonce
Do a little dance — KC and the Sunshine band
I’m Your Boogie Man — Kc And The Sunshine Band
Sabotage — The Beastie Boys
We Got The Beat — Go-Go’s
Stronger — Kanye West
I Kissed A Girl — Katy Perry
Clumsy — Fergie
London Bridge — Fergie
Spiderwebs — No Doubt
Hey Baby — No Doubt
Go — Moby
Flower — Moby
Mr Brightside — The Killers
Crazy — Gnarles Barkley
Walking on the Sun — Smashmouth
Eep Opp Ork Ah Ah (Means I Love You) — Violent Femmes
The Impression That I Get — The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Summertime — Sublime
Real Gone — Sheryl Crow
Ecstasy — Rusted Root
Yeah — Usher
Hands Up — Black Eyed Peas
I Love Rock & Roll — Joan Jett
Barracuda — Heart
Family Affair — Mary J. Blige
Smooth Criminal — Michael Jackson
I Wanna Be Your Dog — Iggy Pop & The Stooges
You Shook Me All Night Long — Ac/Dc
Steal My Sunshine — LEN
Rock Your Body — Justin Timberlake
Say It Right — Nelly Furtado
Can’t Stop — Red Hot Chili Peppers
Lose Yourself — Eminem
Hot Hot Hot — Arrow
Need A Boss — Shareefa ft Ludacris
Steady As She Goes — Raconteurs
Party Starter — Will Smith
See You Again — Miley Cyrus
Hey ya — Outkast
Do It Well — Jennifer Lopez
Fast Car — Wyclef Jean
Bulls On Parade — Man Man
One Way Or Another — Blondie
Right here right now — Fatboy Slim
It’s Tricky — Run Dmc
Criminal — Fiona Apple
Numb/Encore — Jay-Z and Linkin Park
Here I Come — The Roots
Seven Nation Army — White Stripes
It’s Too Late — Evermore
Galvanize — The Chemical Brothers
Independent Woman — Destiny’s Child
Breathe — Prodigy
Buttons — Pussycat Dolls
Go Ahead — Alicia Keys
Plowed — Sponge
Flathead — Fratellis
Crazy Train — Ozzy Osbourne
This Love — Maroon 5
Right Now — Fort Minor
Remember the Name — Fort Minor
Crazy On You — Heart
Days Go By — Dirty Vegas
Mony Mony — Billy Idol
Body On Me — Nelly
Everytime We Touch — Cascada
Head Like A Hole — Nine Inch Nails
In The Summertime — Mungo Jerry
All That She Wants — Ace of Base
Mr. Blue Sky — Elo
Pets — Porno for Pyros
I’m So Excited — Pointer Sisters
Trigger Happy Jack — Poe
I Don’t Wanna Stop — Ozzy Osbourne
Physical — Olivia Newton John
Monkey Wrench — Foo Fighters
Gonna Make You Sweat — C & C Music Factory
Missing — Everything But the Girl
Rhythm Is a Dancer — Snap
What Is Love? — Haddaway
I’ll fly with you — GiGi D’Agostino
Another Night — The Real McCoy
Boys — Britney Spears
I Go Crazy — D.H.T.
My Sharona — Knack
So Weird — Veruca Salt
Boom Boom Boom — Vengaboys
Superfly — Curtis Mayfield
Celebrity Skin — Hole
Here It Goes Again — OK Go
I See You Baby – Groove Armada
Bombs Over Bagdad — Outkast
Rock The Casbah — The Clash
Where’s Your Head At — Basement Jaxx
Turn The Beat Around — Gloria Estefan
Conga — Gloria Estefan
Tubthumping — Chumbawamba
Time Bomb — Rancid
Ruby Soho — Rancid

These 100 workout songs will surely get your body moving and make exercising a lot of fun! To listen to them, visit my playlist of 100 Workout Songs.

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100 Year Starship Symposium – What is This About?

This weekend in Houston, a unique symposium is going to be held. The Houston Chronicle reports that the 100 Year Starship symposium will be a chance for people to gather and share ideas about space travel. The attendees will range from the sober Ph.D.s from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to entertainers, so it should be an interesting session.

The Symposium emerged from a discussion between the NASA Ames Research Center and DARPA. According to their web page they held a meeting on Jan. 11 and 12 of 2011. The conclusion was to form a private group which included entrepreneurs, business leaders, and technology visionaries to provide sustained investment that would create the knowledge needed to make long­-distance space travel viable. If this sounds like science fiction, it does sound like science fiction stories such as the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov. In that series, a small group of visionaries assembled a team of scientists in the right conditions to rebuild civilization after the inevitable collapse. The 100 Year Starship effort is supposed to bring together a self-motivated collection of varied people who can produce not only the technology to travel enormous distances but the society that could make that journey successfully.

In the initial meeting, the participants talked about how to build a vehicle to go that far, but they established goals that they would like to achieve — goals such as creating the organization within five years and landing humans on Mars in less than 10. Many of them appear to be unrealistic — for instance, we are far from the technology that would allow us to land people on Mars in less than 20, or more likely 30, years. Their first public meeting was from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2011, when they had a public symposium in Orlando, Fla. Of course, all of this takes money and the Washington Post reports that DARPA has contributed $500,000 so far.

So what is the intention? Are they building a starship? Actually, no. They plan to create the conditions so that human travel beyond our solar system and to another star can happen within the next century. They do hope to use various grants, donations, and even crowdsourced funding so that they do not need government funding to continue.

This reporter will attend the event and file follow-up stories about what is discussed.

Charles Phillips has had a long career in the space field: he has worked in space operations since 1978, as an Air Force officer from 1978 until he retired in 2005 (working in space, communications, and maintenance), or as a NASA contractor, and he has been a writer all of that time. Now he finds the stories that people are interested in but might have been missed by other reporters.

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10,000 Extra Steps Towards Slim: No Fad Diet Required

I was curious about how many steps it takes to lose a pound. After looking it up I found that roughly 10,000 steps equals 5 miles with the basis that on average a persons strides equal about 2000 steps per 1 mile. At about 150 lbs a person burns about 500 calories per 5 miles walked.

To lose 1 pound a person must use 3500 calories more than they take in. It sounds like a lot but if you don’t change your diet at all that 150 lb person could walk 5 miles per day, 7 days a week to use those 3500 calories. This calculates to 1 pound lost per week.

In addition, if a person ate 500 less calories a day and walked 5 miles a day that same 150 lbs person could lose 2 lbs a week.

It’s never easy to lose weight but some common problems with this particular regime do have solutions.

1) Walking 5 miles a day requires anywhere from 1 ½ to 2 hours of time.

Solution – The idea is to walk 10,000 EXTRA steps or 5 extra miles per day. There is no need to do it all at once.

Most of us don’t have this kind of time to set aside. Not to mention 5 miles on a treadmill can get boring even if the TV is in front of you. Pick up a cheap pedometer, clip it on and wear it a few days to see what you average daily without changing your routine. After a few days start adding extra steps by parking farther from your entrances, taking stairs instead of elevators, walking to a colleagues office instead of emailing and taking sometime to walk at lunch or on breaks instead of surf the net.

Once you’ve added these extra steps figure out how many extra steps you still need and find the time to hop on a treadmill or take an after dinner walk to make up the difference.

2) Cutting out 500 calories sounds drastic.

Solution – We’ve all got little diet changes we could make to be both healthier and save ourselves calories. Just don’t deprive yourself or else you’ll binge instead of maintaining your willpower when you do indulge a little.

8 oz. of soda or fruit juice equals on average 120 calories. Only four 8 oz. serving or 32 oz. of sugary drinks need to be cut in order to save those extra 500 calories. Switch to diet drinks or even better, water when you’re thirsty.

1 medium sized bagel has about 300 calories and if you add 2 oz of cream cheese it’s an extra 200 calories, equaling our 500 calories.

Fast food meals average 1000 calories each so eating at home or bagging your lunch could save both calories and pennies.

3) NO one’s willpower or bodily nature is perfect or predictable enough to guarantee a set amount of weight loss in a concrete amount of time.

Solution – Do not call your human nature of imperfection a mistake or an excuse to quit.

If you’re losing 2 lbs a week, it’s “only” 5 weeks to lose 10 pounds, right? But it’s never that easy so don’t beat yourself up if miss your goal. In fact, even if you do meet your 5 mile goal and calorie goal but aren’t losing 2 lbs a week don’t freak out on yourself.

The number on the scale may not change but your clothes will wear different and your body will feel different after a couple weeks.

People who are more critical of themselves and focus on the negative, such as mistakes they make or the results they aren’t seeing are more likely to give up trying.

Think of it this way: If I quit all together because I had dessert last night or because I didn’t take the stairs this morning then I’ll definitely be back at the starting line. However, if I get back on track after taking that break I’m sure to keep moving toward my goal.

Set Realistic, Attainable Goals

The whole idea is for the goal to be take 10,000 extra steps a day, or eat 500 less calories a day, or even both. Do not set a concrete time concentrated goals such as 20 pounds in 10 weeks because the minute one of your days or weeks is off you’re going to stress yourself out of even trying to move forward.

Other then setting realistic goals the only other advice I can give on walking more and eating less is do it for you, not because you think you should look different or someone says you should. We can only give 100% or better when we want to, otherwise the lack of desire will sabotage us before we get started.

Besides, I’m not a doctor and the closest I have ever been was when I was a Certified Nurses Assistant. I did these calculations based on reading I’ve done. The solutions are advice I use for myself when trying to bounce back from the holiday weight gain or prepare for a big event I want to look great for. I advise anyone interested in losing a large amount of weight to consult their doctors and be careful following any advice they may receive online regarding health and weight loss.

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10/04/10 Day Four of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Since the inspiration to do this breast cancer awareness project hit me last minute, I am still in the process of trying to collect personal stories. They are slowly trickling in though. So some days the personal stories in these articles may be very short, While others have longer stories within them. I emailed everyone in my facebook contacts and the first person to respond with any personal connection to breast cancer was (Randy) theBarefoot. Below is his exact response:

My sister detected early and underwent a partial mastectomy and follow-on treatment. She’s been c-free for the last 9 years. It put a real scare in the family.

Tees for the cause -link to raise funds for the cause


I checked out the link and its a great way to support the cause. The tees are fun and cute. For every t-shirt sold, a $3.00 donation is made to the cause. Unfortunately I missed it, but the site stated that up until September 30Th, 2010, any purchase of $30.00 or more would generate a 30% of the sale to breast cancer research.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month-Susan G. Komen Foundation

Susan G. Komen Foundation is an amazing place for everything from education in breast health to support. They have also made it possible for women who cannot afford to get their breast health checked regularly to see a doctor for prevention and early detection. If you’ve ever had any problems, like a lump or other symptoms, you know how scary that is. Now add to that not being able to afford to seek help and treatment. The Susan G. Komen foundation makes it possible for any woman to receive the care they need and deserve. I can personally attest to this because when my breast issues surfaced I was uninsured. With a quick call I was given a voucher to see a breast surgeon and to receive a mammogram.

If you are uninsured or under-insured, please visit this part of Susan G. Komen Foundation’s website to find out your treatment options. You can also call 1-877 GO KOMEN and they will help you obtain the care or preventive care you need.


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10,000 Stairs

I never wanted to climb 10,000 stairs, in Taixian or Guadalupe or anywhere.
I’ll admit there’s great acoustics, but those last nine-thousand make you sick, and the groceries and the furniture are hell going through such apertures, so lock the top door, lock the gate.
I hear you climbing when it’s late.

I never wanted this hill-top zoo.
I never wanted to live this way.
I never wanted to see this view.
I never wanted to see the day.
I never wanted this armistice.
I never wanted this disarray.
I never wanted these cityscapes.
I never wanted these sour grapes.
I never wanted to compromise, but I know it’s right in your eyes.
10,000 stairs is the way I’ll rise.
I’ll step up to you in paradise.

I never wanted hedges out in front, or an iron-gate, deadbolt, or house alarm.
I’ll admit I buzz up strangers.
I can’t help but talk to neighbors, so sometimes their pain gets in.
The essential human condition: the tribe, village and city-state – take that from me, you mutilate.

I never wanted this hill-top zoo.
I never wanted to live this way.
I never wanted to see this view.
I never wanted to see the day.
I never wanted this armistice.
I never wanted this disarray.
I never wanted these cityscapes.
I never wanted these sour grapes.
I never wanted to compromise, but I know what’s right in your eyes.
10,000 stairs is the way I’ll rise.
I’ll step up to you in paradise.

I never wanted to live on this hill.
Just walking home’s impossible.
Lose your e-break and it’s overkill.
I’ll admit, the trip’s cardiovascular.
I’d probably jog if I were a bachelor, but give Muni a pass ’cause I love mass transit.
Still, work-out and work inform all my disguises since the dorm.

I never wanted this hill-top zoo.
I never wanted to live this way.
I never wanted to see this view.
I never wanted to see the day.
I never wanted this armistice.
I never wanted this disarray.
I never wanted these cityscapes.
I never wanted these sour grapes.
I never wanted to compromise, but I know it’s right in your eyes.
10,000 stairs is the way I’ll rise.
I’ll step up to you in paradise.

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"101 Dalmatians: The Musical" - Basically, Just a Dog

This is how the website (Purina Chow website on “101 Dalmatians”) discussing the play “101 Dalmatians” explains the weird costuming for the play, which recently played in Chicago at the Cadillac Theater:

“Thus, we present the humans in a heightened form of dress and scale so as to appear larger than life – as they would seem from a dog’s point of view,” says Director Jerry Zaks. As for the lovable Dalmatians, they will have “No ears, no paws – but, rather, a clever use of costumes in the black-and-white palette that will immediately set them apart from the human characters.”

All right-y, then. THAT explains why the characters of Mr. and Mrs. Dearly, who, in the whimsy of the original story, are “humans” owned by the dogs, clutz about onstage on what must be stilts concealed with long dresses with clumsy-looking artificial tripod-like feet. (No dancing for the human contingent of the cast.) I found the “whimsical” sets to simply be weird and making the leads totter around on stilts was the weirdest bit of all. I kept worrying that one of them would trip over his feet…err, stilts.

The premise in the play is that the Dalmatians Pongo and Mrs. Pongo, “own” the humans, describing them as “almost canine at times.” Mrs. Pongo was short and a bit stout. When the real Dalmatians came onstage, there wasn’t a fat one in the bunch, so why didn’t they cast a lean actress in the role of Mrs. Pongo, the Dalmatian. The best of the children playing dogs was a young black girl who could out-dance all the other children. She made a darling poodle.

The play tries to appeal to kids by having lots of kids play seven Dalmatian puppies. The “clever costumes” referenced above, however, were merely white outfits with black spots; they weren’t that clever. Neither were most of the lines, unless you are a disgruntled parent who pines for the days when you were single and not burdened with parenthood.

Here is a sampling of lines from the play to prove my point: “So you’re going to be a father. Your life is over.”

“All of that peace and quiet is over once they start running around.”

“Kids can drive you up a tree. They’ll always do just what they’re told so you don’t have to scold.”

If I didn’t know that this was supposed to be a hymn to family love and togetherness, I’d say the author of those lines had some serious misgivings about raising kids.

Cruella DaVille is the “star” of the show. Glen Close played the part on Broadway. The famous line from the play that I had heard previously was this one: “I’m going to make what I always make for dinner: reservations.”

There were a few other lines that amused slightly, such as “Behind every successful dog is a surprised cat,” “Age is what you make it,” and “One dog told me she’s been here for 2 months now…and she can’t even count!”

Cruella is collecting the dogs, including the brand-new puppies born to Mr. and Mrs. Pogo, to make a coat. They have to be rescued, of course. There is an anti-fur line in the play (“Isn’t there something ethically wrong with wearing animals to show you’re wealthy.”) I was glad I wasn’t wearing a fur coat this night.

At one point, one character gets to co-opt an Elvis line and says, “You’re nothin’ but a bunch of hound dogs, cryin’ all the time.” [Somewhat amusing, but not $120 worth].

The theater the night I attended (Saturday, Feb. 21) was less than one-third full. This was not surprising. I almost didn’t go at all, but the tickets were part of a 4-play package and who wants to blow off $120? At some point during the play, I lost one of the gloves that matched my fake-fur coat.

At that point, I decided I wished I had stayed home. I’d rather have the glove I’m missing as a fair trade for the night spent listening to unmemorable tunes (the best of the lot was “Break Out” from the children, plotting a break-out, and the one entitled “Be a Little Bit Braver” wasn’t horrible. Cruella gets all the best moments and costumes, with songs like “Cruella Always Gets Her Way/Hot Like Me” and “Hail to the Chef.”

On the bright side, my seats were good and the 8-year-old next to me (all 4′ 5″ of him) was a hoot. He ended up sitting on five cushions so he could see over the railing.

Not my favorite musical of the season.

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$1,000,000 - It's All Yours

A recent, informal survey of a small group of people led to some interesting results. We thought we would find greed and excess at the heart of the question: what would you do with $1,000,000?

The answers given surprised us. It seems that the big hearts and minds of Americans are not lost on glitter, gold and the high life. Read on for interesting and informative quips about what Americans would do with a sudden windfall. What they have to say is not what you might think.

“I’m an artist, so I know that that money would come in handy. A chunk would go into my savings account and another chunk would be invested. I believe in sharing the wealth so money would go PETA, the Red Cross, Habitat For Humanity, Greenpeace, and Amnesty International. Some of the money would go to my parents and sister. Perhaps I would save towards a house and new car. I would want to make sure that I get the donations out first, though.”

“I would pay back my student loans. This doesn’t sound typical, but no one said that I had to live out some exotic dream or guilty pleasure. I figure by the time I’m forty I can retire, sell the house move to Costa Rica and buy a bungalow on the beach and trade-up for a new, exotic wife. I would spend my days fixing a boat or fishing. My nights would consist of walking on the beach or sitting on my porch and enjoying the view.”

“I would pay off all my bills. Then I would buy land and build the house we dream of. I would give each of my children $500.00 to do what they wanted and buy the clothes they’ve only dreamed of. I would take the remaining amount and open college savings accounts for the kids and try to get a few high end CD’s together so that they will not have to struggle with things like I have had to.”

“Because of my religious beliefs, I would give 10% to the church. Then I would give another 5% as an offering for such things as benevolence funds and what not. I would then pay off bills: student loans, credit cards and the like. After the bills were paid, I would do two very selfish things: 1) See a medical doctor about health issues I haven’t had the money or health insurance to address. 2) Complete my Ph.D. which I have been working on for five years. With my Ph.D., I would be able to reach out to children that are hurting and struggling, and touch their lives in positive ways. Any remaining funds I would give to individuals that wanted to attend college but were unable to do so because they failed to qualify for financial aid.”

“Pay off all of my debts, including the mortgage. Quit my job. Then put $500,000 in a CD. This should provide nominal yearly income. Purchase a rental house for $200,000 which should provide $15,000 annually. I would take the remaining money, throw my stuff in the back of the car, and start driving. This was a vague idea that I have always had. My travels would not be burdened by worries about career, bills and the other trappings of modern living. On my one year anniversary, I would trade in my car for a motorcycle and continue on my open road adventure.”

“I would put most of the money away into savings and investments. I would not quit working. However, I would consider a career change, perhaps something part-time or even seasonal. I’ve always wanted to run my own bed and breakfast. I would sell my current home and build a slightly roomier one, and spend more time traveling with my family. At least we could afford to go somewhere. I would also give some of the money to my parents. Finally, I might buy a new car. I’ve never had a brand new one, and it would be nice to own one just for the smell of it!”

“If I were handed a million dollars my brain would most likely explode with all the possibilities I could do. The obvious thing would be to invest the money, save it for retirement and let it grow big and fat. However, I would want to do something that I know, when it turns into a memory, will plop right down in the front of my brain. Skydiving with Bill Gates, swimming with wild dolphins, digging for treasure and more.”

“I would take my entire family and travel all over the world. My children would learn in a different way and I would feel as though I were really investing in their future! I would also donate some of the money to various charities, such as the Humane Society and cancer research. Hurricane Katrina victims would also get some of my good fortune. The people deserve to have decent places to live and if I could help just some of them, it would be a blessing.”

“I would give 10% of this amount to charity. With the part of the remaining amount I would buy myself a house and a car. I would also give money to my brother to get his son’s treatment done. I would certainly not retire and invest the money suitably to get regular returns. I would buy gold jewelry. This move will serve both the purposes of wearing jewelry and investing money simultaneously. I have plans to start a business also. Since childhood, I wanted to be self employed.”

“Pay off my college loans and my parents’ debts. I am disabled and live with my parents; I cannot live alone. I would purchase a house that had some kind of in-law apartment. I would invite my sister and her husband to live with me. Other than that, I would just continue my life pretty much as is, with the lovely addition of my sister’s and brother-in-law’s company (and perhaps nieces and nephews, someday).”

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101 Dalmatians Musical Review

The 101 Dalmatians Musical, currently on tour, has all the elements people love about any good production, and more. There is spectacular singing, catchy tunes, dogs and children.

The whimsical spectacle is based on the book by Dodie Smith, not the Disney move version, which comes as a shock to some in the audience. The adaptation is a treat for the whole family and includes laughs for children as well as adults, though it does contain some not-so-Disney-friendly thematic elements.

The show involves elaborate colorful sets and clever manipulation to make the story work. The “human” characters of the story are on stilts the entire time so that the actors playing dogs can look smaller. As a result, the furniture is oversized. The puppies in the show are played by children and actual puppies. The dogs are only in it for a few scenes, including a grand finale that will leave everyone howling with glee.

Aside from the real life pups which always got thunderous applause, Rachel York really made herself shine as the star in the role of Cruella De Vil. She has a vocal range that is certainly Broadway-certified and she was absolutely perfect as the greedy villain. Everything from her outfits to her songs were over the top and her presence was a absolutely show stopping every single time.

The show was meticulously put together and had a lot of challenging elements that are not usually an issue with any other normal musicals. The choreographed dancing was excellent, despite the handicap of the stilts. The children performed flawlessly as well as the dogs, whose trainers helped them hit their mark. The story was adapted beautifully and was cleverly written to appeal to people of all ages. The songs are infectious and you’ll definitely catch yourself humming “Be a little bit braver” after you leave the theatre.

Arguably, the worst thing about the show had nothing to do with the show itself, but the theatre-going experience. Obviously, it’s a family friendly show, but parents, please keep your kids quiet. Crying babies should not be part of the soundtrack and they have no place there. Similarly, parents should keep their talkative toddlers quiet out of respect to other theatre-goers.

Whether or not you enjoyed your time at the show one thing is for certain: it’ll leave you wanting an adorable spotted puppy. Perhaps this is another reason why parents should consider leaving their kids at home.

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1,000,000 Monkeys Typing

Why “monkeys” writing?

Have you heard of the infinite monkey theorem? It is the idea that a monkey typing at random for an infinite amount of time will almost certainly result in a particular text, such as the complete works of Shakespeare. 1000000monkeys.com has tweaked the theory and is attempting to harness the literary power of one million humans typing.

Does 1,000,000 Monkeys offer opportunities for writers?

To date, 507 “monkeys” have joined the writer’s social network to contribute their own snippet to stories. Each snippet can have up to three offshoots taking the story in completely different directions. All writers are welcome to join and help mold a story, or plant a story of their own.

The longevity of a story on 1,000,000 Monkeys Typing depends on its popularity. If writers are reading the story and contributing it remains posted. Snippets and offshoots that aren’t popular will wither and die from the “planted” storyline.

The site offers writers a unique outlet to share their creative ideas and talents. Three little monkeys developed the site and hope to achieve the “Million Monkeys Typing” goal and produce some great texts along the way. In the meantime, creative writers have a place to write and a social network of their own.

Social networking is easy using the writer’s forum, Monkey Mail, and live chat. 1,000,000 Monkeys Typing is working on adding a silence feature to live chat so that writers are not interrupted during the creative writing process.

How do I get started on One Million Monkeys Writing?

One Million Monkeys is still in need of creative writers, aka “monkeys.” It is a unique place to showcase your talent, hone your writing skills, and network with other writers.

Getting started on 1,000,000 Monkeys Typing is easy. Scroll through the stories currently in the works by multiple authors. Read a few and pick a story that resonates with you. As you read through snippets contributed by various writers, find a place to add your own writing to advance the story. Once you’re finished “graft” your snippet into the story.

There is no limit to the number of “snippets” you may add. However, planting stories require a commitment to a minimum number of words, from 50 to 300. You choose the amount of writing you wish to contribute to the story.

Will my writing be rated?

Other writers can rate your writing by awarding you from one to five bananas. Others will rate your writing, as well. Members may rate a snippet only one time. 1,000,000 Monkeys has eliminated what they call “self love” by preventing authors from ranking their own work.

Will I make money as a “monkey” writer?

Currently 1,000,000 Monkeys Typing offers a percentage of Google ad earnings. You must have a Google Adsense number to collect payment. Sign up with Google Adsense to receive your account number.

If you are inexperienced with Google Adsense be forewarned. It often takes some time to begin earning money from Google Ads. If you are interested in writing for 1,000,000 Monkeys Typing I recommend joining the venture as a means to practice writing, join other writers in a social network, and participate in a multiple author experiment.

At this point, don’t go to One Million Monkeys expecting to get rich. Visit http://ift.tt/2aPr83R to be enriched.

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101 Magical Spells: Words of Wizardry from the World of Harry Potter (Part 2: D-F)

This article is the 2nd in a series of 8 articles on the magical spells of Harry’s world. The series is a Muggle’s Guide to the spells used in the first six Harry Potter books.

Word Origin:
From the Greek deleterios, from Latin delére (to erase, white out, destroy, blot out)
This is an erasure spell that is used in conjunction with the “Prior Incantato” charm (see below). Prior Incantato is used to display the last spell a wand performed; Deletrius is used to erase (end) this display.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Amos Diggory uses the Prior Incantato charm to determine whether Winky, the house elf, had used Harry’s missing wand to conjure up the Dark Mark (Voldermort’s sign). The charm causes an apparition of the spell to be displayed. Diggory then uses the Deletrius

Word Origin:
From Latin dens (tooth) and augeo (“I enlarge” or “I grow”)
This charm causes a victim’s teeth to grow very rapidly. This spell can be reversed by shrinking the teeth back to size.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Draco Malfoy casts this spell on Harry, but it misfires and hits Hermione instead, causing her front teeth to grow past her collar.

Word Origin:
From the Latin verb diffindere (to split, divide, cleave asunder)
This is the Severing Charm, a spell that causes the target object to tear or split apart.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry uses this spell to split the seam in Cedric’s bag, spilling his books. Harry does this because he urgently needs to speak with Cedric privately.

Word Origin:
From the French word engorger (to swallow greedily)
This is the Engorgement Charm. Its effect is tocause the target object to grow to several times its size.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Fred and George Weasley invent Ton Tongue Toffee – trick candy with an engorgement charm. When the toffee is eaten, the charm causes the tongue to grow long and heavy. They trick the gluttonous bully Dudley Dursley, into eating it and he soon has a 4-foot long tongue dangling from his mouth.

Word Origin:
Uncertain. Perhaps a combination of the English words “energize” and “rejuvenate”?
Purpose: A spell used to revive an unconscious person
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Professor Dumbledore cast this spell on Barty Crouch Jr. to wake him up for questioning.


Word Origin:
From theGreek Episkeyazo (to repair)
Heals minor injuries to the body.
Example: In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Nymphadora Tonks casts this spell to fix Harry’s broken nose.

Word Origin:
From the Latin evanescere (disappear, vanish)
This is the Vanishing Spell. It causes the target object to disappear.
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Professor Snape uses it to make Harry’s potions vanish from his cauldron.

Expecto Patronum!

Word Origin:
From the Latin words exspecto, meaning “to expect, to wait for, to look forward to,” and patronus, “patron, protector, defender”
Purpose: This is the Patronus Charm, a spell that is used to create a Patronus – an ethereal guardian that shields and protects the charm to make the apparition vanish. wizard/witch from Dementors and other dark creatures.
Example: In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus Lupin uses this spell against the Dementor on the train, making it disappear.

Word Origin:
From the Latin expellere (to drive out, expel), from ex- (out) + pellere (to drive), and arma (weapons, tools)
Purpose: This is the Disarming Charm, a spell that is cast to disarm a wizard/witch, causing the suject’s wand to fly out of his/her reach.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Professor Snape uses this spell in the Duelling Club, to disarm Professor Lockhart.

Word Origin:
From the Latin Fidelis (Faithful, loyal)
Purpose: “An immensely complex spell involving the magical concealment of a secret inside a single, living soul. The information is hidden inside the chosen person, or Secret-Keeper, and is henceforth impossible to find — unless, of course, the Secret-Keeper chooses to divulge it.”
In Harry Potter and thePrisoner of Azcaban, this spell is used to protect James and Lillly Potter from Voldermot. However, Peter Pettigrew was the Secret Keeper, and he betrayed their trust.

Finite Incantatem!
Word Origin: From the Latin finis (end, limit) and the Old French incantationem (art of enchanting)
This spell cancels out an active spell.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Professor Gilderoy Lockhart uses this incantation to cancel out spells in a duel between Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy’s.

Word Origin: From the Latin flagrate (a burn).
This spell enables the spell-caster to use his/her wand to “draw” flaming symbols in the air.
In Order of the Phoenix, Hermione used it to mark doors with a fiery “X” so that Harry, Ron, Ginny, Neville and Luna would know which doors they had gone through already.

Word Origin: From the Latin furnus (oven), related to furunculus (boil)
This curse makes ugly boils to break out all over the body of the victim.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Weasley twins, Fred and George tried to cheer Ginny up by covering themselves in fur and boils, then jumping out at her.

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