Link Of The Week- Habits?

January 31, 2017

Writing is a creative process, but a very long, drawn out one to tackle. The results sometimes takes, months or years to come to fruition. How do we get there? What process to you go through to stroke your muse? Here are 12 famous authors and what they do! Enjoy.

http://jamesclear.com/daily-routines-writersrenegadewritercap


Friday Fun Facts- What Happened??

January 27, 2017

Happy Friday, everyone! Today is January 27, 2017. Have you ever wondered if this date was special? I thought it’d be fun to check out the 27th and see how it stacks up in history. Let’s see what happened:

  1. American born sumo wrestler, Akebono Taro, was the first foreigner to be promoted to the highest rank of Yokozuna. 199320100820_qfhkkzhe
  2. Germany observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 1996
  3. Western Union discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. 2006
  4. The U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the “Trail of Tears”. Not our finest moment. 1825trailoftears
  5.  Lenigrad was liberated from Germany after 880 days. The loss? 600,000 killed. 1944
  6.  The US and North Vietnam come to a “cease fire” thus ending the longest US war and military draft. 1973
  7. 3 astronauts aboard the Apollo 1 die while still on the launch pad. They were practicing for a two week mission in space. 1967ap-1-fire-cover-color
  8. 60 countries signed The Outer Space treaty which stated that no country would place nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction into orbit around earth. If any country were to do this, no country would be safe again. 1967
  9. Michael Jackson’s hair caught on fire while he filmed a Pepsi commercial. 1984article-1199945-05b92f69000005dc-343_634x509
  10. The Red Army liberates Auschwitz in southern Poland. It was the largest of all the concentration camps and is believed that 1,000,000 people were killed there. 19451383280_1400073387745
  11. The US government conducts the first nuclear bomb tests in Nevada. 1951
  12. Coca Cola starts distribution in the Soviet Union. 12 years after Pepsi, I might add. 1985
  13. The first sorority is created- Kappa Alpha Theta. 1870
  14. After accepting the 15th Amendment, Virginia is readmitted to the Union. 1870
  15. Thomas Edison patents the first electric incandescent lamp. 1880thomas-edison1

Friday Fun Facts-UFOs

January 20, 2017

Is there life out there? Do they visit us? These are all fascinating questions. Let’s see what we can learn about unidentified flying objects!ufo-picture-cropped

  1. The term was coined in 1952 by a United States Air Force officer. They used to call them “flying saucers”.
  2. While researching today’s topic, I read through some pretty crazy stuff by some pretty crazy sounding people. There are some military documented “sightings” that give me pause to really wonder while feeling a shiver run down my back.1181448_1280x720
  3. Here’s one:On July 24, 1948, two military veterans were co-piloting a plane when they both reported having a good long look at an object flying closely beside them. It was a long cylinder with 2 stories and a double row of windows running the length of it. They radioed it in and asked if there was any experimental aircraft in the area. There wasn’t. One of the passengers in the back also reported seeing it. A man on the ground reported seeing it an hour earlier. If that’s not enough- people in the Netherlands saw the exact same vehicle, right down to the double line of windows a month earlier. The military concluded it was an unidentified flying object and no explanation was ever given.
  4. The term Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon is what’s used by investigators.
  5. 5-7% of the world have seen something up there!
  6. There is an actual law on the books since 1969 that makes it illegal for US citizens to make contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles.1947
  7. On August 15, 2013, the government finally acknowledged the existence of Area 51. It is strictly off-limits to civilians.
  8. The first photographs of a UFO were taken in 1883 by an astronomer.
  9. So far, no radar has tracked a UFO entering our atmosphere.
  10. 12,618 sighting were reported to Project Blue Book from 1947-1969.
  11. Do you want to read some wild stuff? Check this out- http://www.educatinghumanity.com/2013/06/ufos-secrets-facts-things-you-did-not-know-about.html
  12. The first country to depict flying suacers on their postage stamps was Equatorial Guinea in 1975!download

Friday Fun Facts- Inaugurations!

January 13, 2017

We all know it’s coming. No matter if you voted, or who you voted for in the U.S. presidential elections, we know it will be a moment to remember. Good or bad.

I’ll bet you didn’t know some of these wild facts about past inaugurations!

(Please. This is not for political commentary on current politics.)

  1. George Washington’s inaugural speech came in as the shortest. The brief, and I mean brief, time at the podium consisted of 135 words. Boom! He’s done.rembrandt-peale-george-washington
  2. John Quincy Adams was fashion forward. He was the first president sworn in wearing long trousers.
  3. Thomas Jefferson was the first to be inaugurated at the Capitol. He’s also been the only president to walk to and from his glory moment! (Jimmy Carter walked to it, but rode home.)
  4. Abraham Lincoln was the first to include African-Americans in his parade-1865.
  5. Women weren’t included in a parade until the 2nd inauguration of Woodrow Wilson- 1917.
  6. Harry Truman’s was the first to be televised-1949.
  7. Lyndon Johnson was the first and only president to be sworn in by a woman, US District Judge Sarah Hughes-1963.gty_air_force_one_lbj_jef_150324
  8. All presidents until 1937 were sworn in in March to avoid potential bad weather. An amendment to the Constitution changed the date to January 20th.
  9. Theodore Roosevelt has been the only president not sworn in with a Bible.
  10. In 1953 Dwight D. Eisenhower was lassoed by a cowboy who rode up to him on a horse! Bet that’ll never happen again!891353_525_350_w
  11.  No one throws a party like Old Abe!!!! His inaugural party was so wild, they had to call the police in! Whoa- now that’s a party. ballinhonorofpresidentlincoln-hires

Friday Fun Facts- Thumbs Up!

January 6, 2017

I apologize for not creating our Friday Fun Facts for several weeks. Life took over with the clean up and sale of my parents’ house, trips to New Mexico, Dallas, Nacogdoches, and Fredericksburg, Tx., Christmas, and far too much fun!

thumbs-upLet’s see what’s in store for us today about thumbs:

  1. 6,000,000 years ago hominids developed thumbs.
  2. Ancient Rome spectators decided the fate of gladiators by giving a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down. Not a good position to be in!joaquinphoenix_thumbsdown
  3. In The Middle Ages, merchants sealed business transactions with a thumbs-up.
  4. During World War II, American soldiers spread the gesture throughout Europe as a means of communication.
  5. In the Twenty-first century, thumbs turn horizontal for testing purposes.
  6. The man with the largest recorded hand is from China. His thumb measured 10.2 inches in length.
  7. “Under someone’s thumb” means to be in their control. Who knew the thumb was so powerful?!?
  8. Scientist think that one of the reasons we have moved to the top of the animal kingdom is because we have truly opposable thumbs.
  9. Thumbs only have 2 bones.pulp_thumb-christian-d

Link Of The Week- Goal Setting!

January 3, 2017

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“Beginning a new year is such a hopeful time. Whether we break out an unblemished calendar or merely scroll over to the month of January on our smart phones, there’s the sense of being given a fresh start every January 1st. We make notes, either mentally or on paper, of New Year’s resolutions we’re determined to accomplish. Yet, all too often, we stumble over the first steps of change and quietly retreat to old, unhealthy habits. Why not determine for this year to be different?”

Resolutions that aren’t written down are destined to fail quickly. So write them out, and not just anywhere. Keep your list of New Year’s goals in a place where you will see them regularly, so you can review your progress and recommit on a consistent basis.”

 

http://www.signupgenius.com/home/new-years-goal-setting-tips.cfm


Link Of The Week- Ho Ho Ho

December 20, 2016

The guy in the red suit is about to take off! Track his progress around the world with friends and family. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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https://santatracker.google.com/village.html