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As Bad as...or the Worst Since....The Great Depression...Truthfully ? - 02/28/10 06:47 PM
The first decade of the 21st Century is into the last 9 Months...comparisons to the 20th Century are being heard...comparisons to the earliest years of the 20th Century...comparisons that are being chosen according to today's agendasHistory is once again being presented as revisionistHistory is probably the most disliked class studied in schoolHistory is the avenue to discovery of who we areHistory is vital in understanding the very make-up of a Country, an area, a people To quote from Beowulf 'history is all that a man has; his-story told in actions & words; all that he is and all that he desired to be--History' In our times, we (4 comments)
MOON RIVER..via Enceladus - 02/26/10 02:37 PM
Did you catch the view today on theTV; Though the view was rotated from the one pictured here--the phenomena is the same.This is Saturn's Moon-Enceladus-as seen as eclipsing the sun; [ this was the view from March 12, 2008 via the JPL's Cassini Equinox Mission]We see here an actual Moon River.Similar to Earth's Waterfalls or the crashing of Ocean Waves--Saturn's Moon shows evidence for sub-surface water. Water also indicates carbon & energy which are some of the major ingredients for life.The Photo from Nasa allows us to see the 'icy jets' of water clearly visible against the background of space. Moon and Water reflecting onto (0 comments)
All are Present, but No-one is Here...All are Here, but No-one is Present - 02/25/10 08:14 PM
It is all in how one defines the words; It is all in ones' outlook; It can be all in one's political viewpointWhat is happening in various areas of elected Officials;...lately, it makes me wonder just what are they doing...watching could actually be a fun experiment, except that the results carry heavy potential impact. ...keeping tabs on the daily doings nationally & locally can be tryingSince our snow brigade here in Michigan has made both the Local [ch.4] and national/cable [Fox] it is time to introduce this to the blogosphere. It seems that a anti-tax group has used recent snow falls to express in a Silent, (0 comments)
Frozen FOG...Wednesday Wonders - 02/24/10 07:46 PM
Last night was a heavy on the side of Fog:Which is so much better than the "Flurries or Flakes" predicted;Tonight we are due for the Flakes [snow-flakes, that is] Can't post this to Wordless Wednesday...Because of the Words on hereThese are some photos of trees seen from our garage & driveway,Used the setting 'according to conditions' & 'Natural light-no flash' Edited in www.picnik.com and even with my eye problems especially in sun on snow, many were saved to share here
The Frozen Fog:...not dangerous to trees or electric lines...not heavy on limbs or roofs ...melts when touched...can be slick in early A.M....alters the visual world (8 comments)
Always Better to Get a Book...than to Be Booked - 02/24/10 03:04 PM
Does your Credit Card Co. send you a Paper-Hard-Copy of your yearly activities?Do you go on-line to view your CC actions?Did you acknowledge that your CC Co. was keeping these close ties with / or on you?But , when all is said & done--I would rather receive a Booklet: ...8 pages of yearly activity; everything dated & described or identified...6 pages left blank for Notes to self or family...5" X 7" in size; paper bound; easy to read.Then a notice of Legaal Actions being sought against us. In going over this 2009 record of US, we have discovered that:...we did travel - Florida (0 comments)
Y is for Yo-Yo.....Z is for Zebra - 02/23/10 09:51 PM
As we conclude this 'trip' through the last letters of the Alphabet; we come across the final two:...at least in the English speaking world's Alphabet.How do these two letters convert into items in our daily lives How does a Yo-Yo and a Zebra fit into our daily lives How to move from the 'obvious' definition to a lesson for life.Funny, you should ask;YO-YO:Everyone knows about the wooden, plastic or metal half-circles held together at the center via a small round 1/4 " dowel; and all know about the string that must be wrapped Just So around this dowel;all also understand that the Hand (0 comments)
W is for 'What's Up'...X is for 'Xtreme' items - 02/22/10 08:20 PM
Yes, we have more snow here; but Hey it is winter it is Michigan; it is only February; in fact tonight a local weather person actually stated [on the air] that we can have snow into April. March is OK, but I draw the line at snow in April. On these blogs through the last Letters to the end of the Alphabet, I present:WHAT IS; From 12 yr old Jimmy Gates in Louisville, KY to Houghton, MI's Silver Bear Co....a recent snowstorm in KY caused young Jimmy Gates to find his father's old 'snow scoop'-boxy scoop-shovel on wheels with a U-shaped large (0 comments)
Looks Like we're Going to the Cats & Dogs - 02/21/10 08:06 PM
It is Time to take a break from the Housing Market, the Mortgage ups & downs, the first-time Buyer, the tax credits, Fannie, Freddie, FHA & HUD, and concentrate on emphasis of our Pets.BEING STYLISH WITH PETS: We are seeing more articles addressing how to keep your Home looking and feeling stylish even with our special pals--our Cat and Dog "children". Most of these articles deal with choosing the fabrics, colors, furniture choices; shedding hair is THE most difficult aspect of both Cats & Dogs in the Home; choosing fabric colors, texture & sturdiness is vital to co-habitation. The majority of the (8 comments)
U is 4 Unique...V is 4 Variations...on the Trip to Z - 02/20/10 03:25 PM
On your planned trip-of-life, did you ever think your area would have TWO  major Dividers ? Here in Michigan's Tri-County, it seems that soon we will. But is this more than a Unique situation: you decideUNIQUE: The Tri-County here in Michigan has always been Wayne, Macomb & Oakland Counties;The Tri-County area has always been [S. - N.] divided by 8 Mile Road; Wayne Co.'s Northern boundarystops at 8 Mi. Rd. Always was and always is. Macomb & Oakland Co.'s Southern boundaries started at 8 Mi. Rd. Always was and always is. Heck, even a movie of the Eminem fame made Box-office notice. So, what (2 comments)
S is for Snippets..T is for Tidbits..on the Trip to Z - 02/19/10 09:47 PM
The Country needs revival: The Citizens are in an enviable position; The Choices that are made in 2010 will determine the success of the operationBefore you give of your life blood, or Before you accept a 'free-gift' ...ask questions; ...do research;...listen critically; ...carefully 'put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is'; Some points to consider,Subsidies:.. Bernanke is spelling out the 'steps' for the FED. to end / pull away extensive supports for the economy...Mortgage APR is 3.62%; only 85,000 home owners have received [taken advantage] of these funds .established one year ago. Many Home owners did attempt to take advantage of this program...Macomb Food Program received $203,000. from the (4 comments)
Words that Inspire...Thoughts that Confound - 02/18/10 09:53 PM
From where do those Words & Thoughts come? If they actually flew in on a Winged-Horse, would they be more Profound?If they were delivered via a Golden Messenger; or a Bronze-handled Globe, would they impact us Less? Some Thoughts and Words on a typical Grey February Day-turned into Night: Enjoy KNOW Thyself: From the Greek inscription at Delphi / "Nosce Te Ipsum" / The Oracle of Delphi-Pytho / a Pythia--speaking for the god Apollo; sought out by leaders for 1,000 years before and after the Birth of Christ Ancient Greek Philosophers, with Socrates, at their center, argued that mankind must 'Know Thyself'to be wise; the unexamined life is not worth living' This (0 comments)
Bright Lights.....Dim Bulbs..dah-da-da-da Life goes ON - 02/16/10 03:18 PM
Bright Lights look different: ...basically work the same ...help us seeAny problem lies in the area of "What"...homes, stores & parking lots ...plans, programs, proposals ...committees, concepts, & conclusions The consequences of 'seeing' is obvious to most; 'The Good, the Bad & the Ugly' on Parade.Some Bright ideas:...via the Minneapolis Star Tribune: "...all that is right with winter " as you read the listing, let your imaginations fly free: the Food--the Beverages--the Garb--the Fires--the Snow--the Silence--the beauty of Snowflakes --the Ice Formations--the absence of Bugs--the Outdoor chores on an-as-needed-basis....Detroit Boat Show 13 February --21, February / Cobo Center: picture the Boats--New Models--Antique Models--New boating Technology--Boating Seminars-- the Voice of MI. Boaters-[BAM]-an Association of enthusiasts, owners & (0 comments)
Happy Birthday Messrs President...Happy Birthday to You 2 - 02/15/10 02:51 PM
Today, we celebrate the date of two of Our Country's Presidents: ... it is sad that the Third Monday of February is more Important than their actual Birthday Date. Typical of us, don't your think-at least in some areas; ...combine, concise, concrete & controlled: ...who gets to be on that committee, what a job! Two ordinary men of their timesTwo men with strong beliefsTwo strong men who acted upon their beliefsandTwo men who were applauded & vilified by others of their times.If they could... ...what would they say about this USA ...would they approve of what we have become...would they desire to direct or re-direct the direction, (2 comments)
Budget presented.....proposed Battles..Michigan, my Michigan - 02/12/10 04:26 PM
Is anybody actually communicating here in Michigan: ...whether politician or resident ...whether Dem or GOP ...whether working, retired or laid off ...whether Urban or Suburbanare we not all supposed to be working toward the rescue of this State or at least make this state business small and mid sized friendly ?It is becoming more and more apparent that individual residents ARE becoming informed; they are reading [hopefully across the spectrum] articles about the business atmosphere of our state; they are listening & questioning what it is that our legislature is doing or has tried to do these past years. And, they are not into (0 comments)
Dodged the Bullet....weather, that is - 02/11/10 07:58 PM
We Dodged the Bullet, here in Macomb Twp., Macomb Co. Michigan.We did have snow: it did start Tuesday: it did come down ALL day & night; it did look bad for us in Macomb County; but it was only 7" in Macomb Twp, Macomb Co. MI.it was cold; it was windy; we had Wednesday as Shoveling day; we added Thursday as Remove the Blow-over day.But---We truly dodged that Bullet, once again, On this scale below, the listing of totals for years past'07-'08 / 75.5" = RED Zone'08- '09 / 65.6 " =ORANGE Zone'10 - '11 / to date/ varies between 28" - 30" - (6 comments)
CHOCOLATE....xocoatl..cacahuaquchtl - 02/09/10 02:14 PM
I ask that you disregard the severed head below: but did you realize that the Aztecs and their Leader- Montezuma-introduced Chocolate--the 'bitter water drink--from the cacao tree fruit.When first used as a drink, it appears to have been mixed with the Chilie plant; which, somehow, disturbs the "Chocolate dreams or desires".Did you Know:...that the Spanish conqueror Cortes took the cacao fruit home to Spain...that Hershey Co. makes 'mini-kisses' for baking-lose the other ingredients & eat...that there are over 300 chemicals found within chocolate...that chocolate contains the neurotransmitter-Serotonin--acts as a antidepressant...that chocolate can produce that sensation equated to the "runners High" experienced by joggers...that chocolate (6 comments)
As Cream Rises to the top...so do the 4,300 Volunteer Tutors of HOPE - 02/08/10 08:07 PM
When the call went out, it was Hoped that at least 2,500 Metro-area Tutors would be willing to step up and help our failing Detroit Public Schools. To Date---4,300 Tutors have signed up to join the Detroit Reading Corps. Do see: www.FREEP.com /News & Views / Sunday Feb 7,2010 / 21 A , 23 --27A / by Paul Anger--Free Press Editor & Publisher "4,300 Reasons to Hope" On these pages, you can read all the names of these great citizens.Congratulations to the Detroit Free Press, and The DPS [Detroit Public Schools] initiated this 'call to action'.No one knew just what would happen. We had the usual (0 comments)
Sunshine in February...AND in Michigan...Welcome - 02/06/10 08:13 PM
Yep, this is the truth...there are clouds in the sky, both thick and threatening;the winds are & were blowing hard and coldeverything pointed to some snow...but NO snow.This will happen soon enough, after all it is Michigan; it is Winter; it is Winter in Michigan,Oh, The temperatures are low enough, and this is the season-normally; so far we here In Michigan, at least the East side of Michigan, have been able to dodge that bullet. Not to diminish the shock of this latest storm for those of you in the 'not-usually-deep snow' part of the nation, I and some others here (2 comments)
Client Lost...?New Client ?...blog on google...Equals successful Week - 02/05/10 08:20 PM
I Am Sitting On Top Of The World---lots of Room--Join Me!How do you Explain success; ...money to time ratios...effective use of time and contacts...reaching a measurable goalIs success tallied daily,weekly, or quarterly?Is success predetermined by interests or beliefs?Is success actually Measurable?In the pursuit of Life's goals, we are taught:a. the 'targets' to reach:b. the 'techniques by which' we reach themc. the parameters by which we judge techniques & targets in our daily lives.This last week of ours, we:1. permanently Lost a listing where the Clients: ...were successful in obtaining a 'Modified Mortgage Loan'...they can be no longer upside-down in their Home...they now have a low interest 40 (2 comments)
The only problem at hand would be WHERE to put new Windmill Farms in the Lower PeninsulaI would like to Propose the following:...place those 3 winged birds of silver white color down the Medians of major roadways....plant' them in single-file down the center of the median...put LCD spot lights on each to high-lite the energy saving programBecause I am thinking generally in Macomb County, MI area, the Roadway that jumps to mind is:Hall Road--William P. Rosso (2 comments)
Look there..Up in the Sky.. - 02/04/10 02:44 PM
This is one of the follow-up images taken by the Hubble space Telescope pm 20 Jan.,2010The interesting thing here, other than the great photos, is that "X"-shaped pattern; this debris pattern indicated a head-on collision of two asteroids.On Fox Cable News this a.m.--this phenomenon is probably the same as that event that caused the wipe-out of the Dinosaurs here on our planet, 65 Million years ago. One said that '..it's too bad the Dinosaurs didn't have Hubble Space Telescope . What are we being told.We have the HubbleWe are warnedI can see the beginnings of another SyFy-type Movie to be added (3 comments)
February 03...Michigan's Governor presents SOS - 02/03/10 06:03 PM
The State of the State! our SOS??? Michigan is not too well:Michigan is having job related problemsMichigan is seeing manufacturing simply 'leaving'Michigan is offering 'tax-credits' to woe & win business from around the planetMichigan is filled with enterprising residentsMichigan is looking for ways to control the emigration of residents But, what does Michigan read in the local paper just last week:'Granholm backs Mich. constitution overhaul' / The Detroit News / Mark Hornbeck / Lansing Bureau...November's ballot Proposal 1 - establish a Constitutional Convention to launch a two-year [2 YEAR] process that is slated to overhaul the version of 1961-'62 / voted into law in 1963 ...a Constitutional Convention that " (0 comments)
A Love-Hate Affair....with Banks - 02/02/10 06:23 PM
Do you remember that:...First check book...First Bank Book--mine was Royal Blue; with all the Blank columns for Transactions...First check written--you tried to look 'experienced' but felt so awkward..Did you have a school class where you learned how to work with a Checking Account-NOPE..Did you always remember to 'write in' to whom the check was written; the amount; date..Did you carefully, daily 'Balance your check register'..When did you really discover the value of 'reading the small print'..When, if ever, did you go to the Special Desk to get answers to Your account balance & THEIRs..When you chose your Banking Institution was it the Family's (1 comments)
02 February: Punxsutawney Phil? will he or won't he? 03 February: Gov. Granholm's state of the state 06 February: qualifying for D. 500 12 Feb. - 28 Feb: Winter Olympics 07 February: Super Bowl Sunday: 14 February: the 52nd: NASCAR's 500 Race 14 February: VALENTINE DAY : you may need to choose--Hearts & flowers / Stock Cars Hearts???? Flowers????? Stock Cars???Choose wisely, Grasshopper, Choose Wisely [LOL] [ around our Home, here in our part of Macomb County, Michigan: ..we don't celebrate Valentines Day--except for the kids, when they were here so I really have zero advice for you.]As you can see, the entire month of (0 comments)
Moving Forward in Macomb Co.,& other Areas in Michigan Part II - 02/01/10 12:47 PM
ROADS & REPAIRS; The Lack of funds = the transportation agency to cut projects:Michigan State Transportation Commission has cut 243 road projects for the 2010-2014 Budget...in Macomb County--CUT: = resurfacing 11 Miles of I-94 = reconstruction of Groesbeck from Hayes to 14 Mile Rd.,,,Oakland County--CUT: = widening of Auburn Rd from Adams to Dequindre = resurfacing Dixie Highway from Telegraph to I-75...Wayne County--CUT = reconstruction of I-96 from Newburgh to Middle Belt = reconstruction of Fort from Sibley to Goddard Can you sing: "Detour"...Detour, there's a muddy road ahead.. Detour, paid no attention to what it said..well, at Car Wash businesses should find more clients come Spring time. lolDECONSTRUCTION (0 comments)
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