Friday, June 29, 2007
A Sign of the Times
You see the big farms around here have dwindled down to very few. The land has been sold off to developers building "Mc Mansions" with 3 car garages that start at $799,000. Decades ago in the previous housing boom the larger houses were starting for $250,000 which we thought back then, who can afford them and who will buy them? Talk about your suburban sprawl. When and where will it end?
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Get 60 - Play Everyday
In the "for kids" area they can make their own trading cards, find fun healthy recipes, and get facts about their favorite athletes, and more. The parents area has information on childhood obesity, physical activities, healthy eating, myths & facts, and how to get your kids active.
At the "Get 60" kids can register (with a parent if under 13) and track their time to strive for 60 minutes a day of physical activity:
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Laura's Travel Quilt
(Click on picture to make it bigger.)
Copyright © 2007 Deborah Sharp Loeb
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Mosquito Control and Safety
*Check your property to see if there is any standing water where they can breed.
*Yellow “Bug Lights” are not repellant but they do not attract mosquitoes like other incandescent lights.
*Mosquitoes are most active – usually dawn and dusk, so when possible plan outdoor activities at other times.
*Since they are weak flyers a fan on your deck or patio can provide an effective low-tech solution to keeping them away.
*Keep the grass cut, shrubbery and weeds trimmed to cut down on shaded areas where mosquitos rest.
*DEET, Picaridin and Oil of Lemon-Eucalyptus are proven to be the most effective. Use them properly and only as directed on the label.
For more information and tips check in here:
In many areas of the world, biting insects are not only a nuisance, but also pose a serious health threat. Sleeping under a bednet is highly recommended by the World Health Organization. "A child in Africa dies of malaria every 30 seconds. With a gift of $15 to Episcopal Relief and Development you can help prevent the spread of the disease by delivering a long-lasting insecticide-treated net, which will protect children and families while they sleep. Your support offers community-based training on how to use the nets properly, as well as supplies drug therapy and other health services to people suffering from malaria."
Click on this link to make a donation:
Monday, June 25, 2007
Tomorrow is our 30th wedding anniversary. Where did the time go? It seems to be gone in the blink of an eye. When you have kids the passages of time are marked by their milestones. Is it the same when you don’t have children? Does time pass as quickly?
Copyright © 2007 Deborah Sharp Loeb
"It was late in December, the sky turned to snow
All round the day was going down slow
Night like a river, beginning to flow
I felt the beat of my mind go drifting into Time Passages,
years go falling in the fading light
Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight.
Hear the echoes and feel yourself starting to turn
Don't know why you should feel that there's something to learn
It's just a game that you play. "
Time Passages – Al Stewart
Friday, June 22, 2007
How Many of These Movies Have You Seen?
I went down the list and think there are only about a dozen I haven't seen. How about you?
1 CITIZEN KANE
2 THE GODFATHER
4 RAGING BULL
5 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
6 GONE WITH THE WIND
7 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
8 SCHINDLER'S LIST
10 THE WIZARD OF OZ
11 CITY LIGHTS
12 THE SEARCHERS
13 STAR WARS
15 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
16 SUNSET BLVD.
17 THE GRADUATE
18 THE GENERAL
19 ON THE WATERFRONT
20 IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
22 SOME LIKE IT HOT
23 THE GRAPES OF WRATH
24 E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
25 TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
26 MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
27 HIGH NOON
28 ALL ABOUT EVE
29 DOUBLE INDEMNITY
30 APOCALYPSE NOW
31 THE MALTESE FALCON
32 THE GODFATHER PART II
33 ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
34 SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
35 ANNIE HALL
36 THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
37 THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
38 THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE
39 DR. STRANGELOVE
40 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
41 KING KONG
42 BONNIE AND CLYDE
43 MIDNIGHT COWBOY
44 THE PHILADELPHIA STORY
46 IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
47 STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
48 REAR WINDOW
50 THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
51 WEST SIDE STORY
52 TAXI DRIVER
53 THE DEER HUNTER
55 NORTH BY NORTHWEST
58 THE GOLD RUSH
60 DUCK SOUP
61 SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS
62 AMERICAN GRAFFITI
65 THE AFRICAN QUEEN
66 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
67 WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
70 CLOCKWORK ORANGE
71 SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
72 THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
73 BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID
74 THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
75 IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
76 FORREST GUMP
77 ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN
78 MODERN TIMES
79 THE WILD BUNCH
80 THE APARTMENT
84 EASY RIDER
85 NIGHT AT THE OPERA
87 12 ANGRY MEN
88 BRINGING UP BABY
89 THE SIXTH SENSE
90 SWING TIME
91 SOPHIE'S CHOICE
93 THE FRENCH CONNECTION
94 PULP FICTION
95 THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
96 DO THE RIGHT THING
97 BLADE RUNNER
98 YANKEE DOODLE DANDY
99 TOY STORY
AFI is a trademark of the American Film Institute. Copyright 2007 American Film Institute. All Rights Reserved.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Backyard Wildlife Habitat
A backyard wildlife habitat can provide a relaxing place for the whole family to view nature's wonders of birds, butterflies, and wildlife. The beautiful wildflowers and other native plants you plant will not only make your property more attractive but it will also provide a place to nuture and support wildlife all year long.
Gardening for wildlife improves the environment by reducing chemicals and conserving water.
The National Wildlife Federation will recognize your dedication to creating such a place for wildlife with several nice rewards.
To learn how to go about this go to:
The yard sign shown is from Barbara and Q's garden.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
End of an Era?
Copyright © 2007 Deborah Sharp Loeb
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
A David Moment . . .
Copyright © 2007 Deborah Sharp Loeb
Monday, June 18, 2007
How to Protect Your Teen or Young Adult From Meningitis
Meningitis is a common name for infections that take place in the membranes (called meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. An infection with meningococcal bacteria causes a serious, potentially fatal infection called meningococcal disease. It can also cause a very serious condition called sepsis (also known as blood poisoning). As deadly as meningococcal disease can be, most cases in the United States (up to 83 percent of cases in adolescents and young adults) could potentially be prevented by a single vaccination.
Another form of meningitis is caused by a virus. Viral meningitis is serious, but usually not life-threatening. Most patients with viral meningitis get better on their own in 7 to 10 days.
A person can catch meningitis by having close personal contact with a person who is sick with the disease. There are also people who can carry the bacteria in their nose and throat but never become sick. Contact with these carriers can also cause someone to become infected with meningitis.
Behaviors can put people at greater risk for getting meningitis include:
*Living in close quarters, such as college dormitories
*Being in crowded situations for prolonged periods of time
*Sharing drinking glasses, water bottles, or eating utensils
*Smoking or being exposed to smoke
*Activities that make people run-down and may weaken the immune system, such as
staying out late and having irregular sleeping patterns
You can help reduce the risk of getting meningitis by avoiding the behaviors that spread it and by getting a vaccination.
One of the things that makes meningococcal disease so potentially dangerous is that it comes on very quickly — often in a matter of hours. Many times, it seems like the flu or another common illness. Because of this, many people do not get the treatment they need until the disease has gotten much worse.
A person with meningococcal disease might not have all of these symptoms or have them all at the same time.
* Severe Headache
* High Fever
* Stiff Neck
* Nausea & vomiting
* Numbness/loss of feeling
* Light sensitivity
Treatment is with high doses of intravenous antibiotic drugs. These are not always successful in preventing the worst that meningitis can cause – death, brain damage, loss of limbs, and more.
To learn more go to:
Friday, June 15, 2007
WTC Health Registry 2006-07 Follow-up Survey
If you are enrolled in the Registry and have not received information about the follow-up survey, contact Registry staff so that they can send you the survey. You may reach Registry staff at (212) 442-1585, (866) NYC-WTCR (866-692-9827) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info go to:
You need to send away for the disability form (as a volunteer worker) by calling Albany to file w/the state: 877 632-4996 and specify to receive the form for being a volunteer. You send that along with a notarized statement form in by Aug 17 2007.
Also, click the link below to download the PDF article from the New England Journal of Medicine:
The Legacy of World Trade Center Dust
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Recycle for Life
Just visit your nearest PetSmart store and look for the PetSmart Charities recycling display to pick up a free postage paid pre-addressed envelope. Drop it in the mail and PetSmart Charities will receive a $2 -$15 donation for every cartridge or phone recycled through this program. Plus, you will help save the environment too!"
Check it out here:
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Mr. Wizard - Mr. Don Herbert
Don Herbert died yesterday June 12th, at the age of 89, not much before his 90th birthday.
Like to take a stroll down memory lane? There's also science activities, info for teachers, and more.
Go to: http://www.mrwizardstudios.com/
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Gardening Zone Finder
Just go here click on the map or put in your zipcode:
You'll get all sorts of information on the area including what trees, shrubs, and plants will do best there.
Monday, June 11, 2007
The 10 in 10 Project
Tickets of Hope™
Donations totaling $600 purchase one Ticket of Hope™ for which 10 in 10 Project is able to provide:
One Brain Injury Recovery Kit™ shipped to the individual's home,
A support program for use of the Kit through our hosting Brain Injury Association - The Brain Injury Association of New Mexico, (BIANM)
Membership to the Chartered Affiliate Brain Injury Association in the individual's state to be guided to additional resources.
Your donation can be designated to go to a specific individual or a person in the state you choose.
To learn more go to:
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Just a reminder. . .
See Monday's posting for details.
It will increase the chances of my project making it to the Top 50 if it has received a lot of high ratings, so please rate my idea before June 17th. And for every Cardmember who registers, American Express will contribute another $1 – up to $5 million.
If you don't have an American Express card, please pass it on to someone who does.
P.S. - We use our Hilton Honors American Express to stay for free at not only Hiltons, but Hampton Inns, Embassey Suites, Double Trees, and more. No annual fee by the way, and with the high cost of gas and Costco taking only American Express we rack up the old points pretty fast. Hey, free lodging for a vacation, not bad!
You can check it out at:
Friday, June 08, 2007
American Film Institute Names the Top 100 Films
Be sure watch or set your recording devices to see this special that will air on Wednesday, June 20th. Check your local lisings for time and station.
Go to the link below where you can:
1.Download an electronic copy of the actual ballot AFI delivered to the experts on the official jury, featuring key information on each film (date, synopsis, principal cast, director, producer).
2.Share your views and read what other movie-lovers have to say.
3.Hear what professionals who make the movies -- actors, writers, directors -- say when we ask them to name their #1 favorite movie.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Billboard's #1 Song
What was the #1 song on ...
- the day you were born?
- the day you graduated from high school?
- the day you were married?
- the day your child was born?
Thanks Joan for passing this one along!
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Tips on Using Your Sofa Bed
Monday, June 04, 2007
"The Members Project" by American Express
I've posted a Community Development project on 6/3/07 on this website http://www.membersproject.com/home.action
called Assisted Living Special Needs/Day Program Center .
Please register and American Express will contributed $1 to "The Members Project" and then please rate my project, hopefully with 5 stars!
On July 3rd, the Members Project Advisory Panel will name the top 50 projects and then cardmembers will will vote over a few short weeks to narrow it down.
On August 7th they'll have the winning idea.
American Express will bring the idea to life with up to 5 million dollars!
P.S. - Positive comments would be nice too. Please rate it before June 17th.
Friday, June 01, 2007
PBS Website for Preschoolers
Here you can find a TV schedule of programs, games, crafts, recipes, send an email birthday card and more.
The Good Night Show has, sign language, tells a story, yoga pose, crafts, songs, games, and activities.
This is great for grandparents to share with their grandchildren or for anyone that may be babysitting a preschooler and is stuck for an activity!