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Interesting Odds and Ends
Posted:Jan 22, 2021 12:38 pm
Last Updated:Jan 23, 2021 7:29 pm
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Here are a few things that caught my attention today:


Palindrome Week
This is a good week for palindrome lovers. Every date until the end of next week is a palindrome (a sequence that reads the same backward as forward). It started yesterday with "1-20-21" and goes all the way through until next Friday "1-29-21. " There's another - stretch near the end of the year starting on December first.


Where Do You During A Video Calls?
When you are on a video call, are you mostly looking the other people or looking yourself? According to a new survey of remote workers, fifty-two percent said they spend more time looking their co-workers. Twenty-five percent admitted they are mostly looking themselves.


Odds Finding Someone with Same Birthday In Same Room
If there are twenty-three people in the same room, there is a fifty-fifty chance that two of them will have the same birthday.

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How I Want To Be Remembered
Posted:Jan 21, 2021 1:28 pm
Last Updated:Jan 23, 2021 4:10 pm
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I am not going t.o list challenges I have faced and continue t.o handle in my life. That is not my way of coping with things. I am also not one who waves a flag t.o draw attention t.o myself in an attempt t.o garner empathy or support. Besides, no one wants t.o hear about my "stuff". Others have their own challenges and issues they are dealing with.

However, I will say that I have found strength that I never imagined I would need. I have faced every challenge and never whined about it with a “why m.e?”attitude. I hope that is how others view m.e and how I want t.o be remembered. Yes, there are other attributes such as altruistic, compassionate dependable and intelligent but ones listed above are are key.
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Practice The Pause
Posted:Jan 20, 2021 1:33 pm
Last Updated:Jan 23, 2021 3:04 pm
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Simple advice that can have a meaningful impact on thoughts, words and actions if you follow it.

Do you stop and pause or react and deal with the consequences?
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Confidence vs Cockiness
Posted:Jan 7, 2021 1:30 pm
Last Updated:Jan 18, 2021 3:09 pm
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People often confuse confidence with cockiness, but the couldn’t be more different.

Confidence is quiet and a natural expression of ability, expertise, and self-regard.

Cocky and conceited people tend t.o take a position and totally disregard differing opinions or of view. They know they're right--and they want (actually, they need ) you know it, too.

Confident people don't mind being proved wrong. They feel finding out what is right is a lot more important than being right. And when they're wrong, they're secure enough to back down graciously.

Confident people don't need the glory; they know what they've achieved.

Confident people don't need approval from others because their validation comes from within.

Confident people aren't afraid t.o ask for help.

Confident people aren't afraid t.o sometimes look silly and being in situations where they aren't at their best.

People envy confidence but often despise cockiness.
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Deflecting Chaos Around You
Posted:Jan 6, 2021 11:27 am
Last Updated:Jan 18, 2021 3:07 pm
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Often, you don't get t.o choose what happens t.o you. However, you can choose how you respond. Do you face challenges head-on or does your "flight response" kick-in?
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Ode to Older People
Posted:Jan 5, 2021 11:33 am
Last Updated:Jan 18, 2021 3:03 pm
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Older people are easy spot at sporting events. During the playing of the National Anthem, they remove their caps, stand proudly at attention and sing loudly without embarrassment. They know the words and believe them.

Older people remember the Great Depression, World War II, Pearl Harbour, Normandy and ration stamps.

If you bump into an older person on the sidewalk, they will apologize first.

If you pass an older person on the street, a man will tip his hat in greeting a lady and will say, "Ladies first".

Older people will hold the door open for others to enter first and wait till everyone else has passed through.

Older people get embarrassed when others curse in front of women and and dislike that language used on television or in movies.

Older people are proud to state their age and make sure they receive their 'senior discounts'.

Older people dress for comfort and don't worry about fashion trends.

Older people seldom brag unless it's about their or grandchildren.

Older people should be valued, appreciated and taken care of whenever they need a hand.
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Being Positive Is A Choice
Posted:Jan 4, 2021 11:31 am
Last Updated:Jan 5, 2021 11:00 am
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Hate has four letters, so does Love

Enemies has seven letters, so does Friends

Lying has five letters, so doesTruth

Negative has eight letters, so does Positive

Under has five letters, so does Above

Anger has five letters, so does Happy

Wrong has five letters, so does Right

Hurt has four letters, so does Heal

Life is like a double-edged sword....
So transform every negative side....
Into an aura of positivity
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What I really want for Christmas
Posted:Dec 24, 2020 9:57 am
Last Updated:Dec 29, 2020 4:27 am
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Each year, my ask, "Mom, what do you want for Christmas?"

It's not trinkets or toasters or other assorted 'things'. I usually say, 'Nothing'. But
here's what I really want:

I want them to keep coming around.
I want them to ask m.e questions.
I want them to ask m.e for my advice.
I want them to tell m.e their problems no matter how big or small.
I want them to tell m.e about their worries, their dreams and their hopes.
I want them to share laughter with m.e. To laugh with m.e or laugh at m.e.
I want them to be kind to one another and to those around them.
I want them to spend their funds making a better life for themselves.
I want to see them happy and healthy.

They have been giving to m.e throughout the year. What more could I possibly want except for it to continue?


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Top Twenty Christmas Songs Of All Time
Posted:Dec 21, 2020 12:48 pm
Last Updated:Jan 16, 2021 11:23 am
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With the holiday season upon us, it is the perfect time t.o rank the 'top twenty' Christmas songs of all time. See if you agree! Note: this is not my list.

20. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms
First released by Bobby Helms in "1957," it peaked at #29 on the U.S. Billboard Hot One Hundred It was ‘based’ on the holiday standard “Jingle Bells” and the hit song “Rock Around The Clock,” released a few ‘yrs.’ earlier in "1954". Over time , it has appeared in hit movies such as Jingle All The Way, Lethal and Mean Girls.

19. “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano
Although the song was recorded in "1970", it slowly gained popularity in the decades since. The song didn’t chart on the U.S. Billboard Hot One Hundred until "1998. "

18. “Run Rudolph Run” by Chuck Berry
Written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie, and popularized by Chuck Berry in "1958", in the same year as his iconic hit “Johnny B. Goode.”

17. “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley
While the song was written in "1948", it wasn’t popularized until Elvis Presley released his own version in "1957". Since then, it’s been a rock and roll staple.

16. “Christmas Time Is Here” by Vince Guaraldi Trio
It was written for A Charlie Brown Christmas in "1965" by Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi for the Vince Guaraldi Trio. There is an instrumental version and a vocal version (sung by a choir of from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in San Rafael, California) of the song.

15. “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” by Alvin & The Chipmunks
In "1958", Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. wrote and performed it. Later, it won two Grammy Awards, including Best ’s Recording and Best Comedy Performance.

14. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
It was written by Johnny Marks for singer Brenda Lee, and was first released in "1958". It sold over twenty-five Million copies and appeared in a number of TV shows and movies, most notably Home Alone in '1990."

13. “Silent Night” by Bing Crosby
This Christmas standard was written by Franz Xaver Gruber and lyricist Joseph Mohr in "1818". The song was written about a small town in Austria and popularized by Bing Crosby. In fact, his version of “Silent Night” is the third bestselling single in recorded music history.

12. “Santa Claus Is Coming Town” by Jackson 5
The Jackson 5 released a Christmas album filled with holiday standards in “1970.” From all of the songs recorded for the album, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” was the biggest hit, as it peaked at #25 on the U.S. Billboard Hot One Hundred.

11. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Gene Autry
Based on the ’s story of the same name from "1939," songwriter Johnny Marks wrote the song later in "1949." Gene Autry was the first t.o record it and it climbed t.o the #1 spot on U.S. music charts. The story and song also spawned an iconic TV special from Rankin/Bass Productions in "1964."

10. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams
Recorded by Andy Williams in "1963," it has grown in popularity over time. It has ranked in the Top Ten most downloaded and aired songs during the holiday season since "20." It has also appeared in a number of commercials including Staples, Nissan Motors and Disneyland.

9. “Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt
Sitting on Santa’s lap is supposed to be every ’s dream. For the grown-up equivalent, songwriters Joan Javits and Philip Springer wrote “Santa Baby” in "1953" for Eartha Kitt. It was a big hit, selling over Five Hundred Thousand copies which made it a certified Gold Record.

8. “Winter Wonderland” by Michael Bublé
Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith co-wrote it in "1934." Ever since it has been covered over hundred times by various recording artists. However, one of the most popular versions is by Michael Bublé, who recorded it in '2013.' His version spent weeks on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary charts peaking at #26.

7. “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” by Dean Martin
Although Ella Fitzgerald also recorded the song, it was popularized by Dean Martin. Interestingly, songwriters Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne wrote the song during a heatwave in" July,1945." The pair imagined how they would cool down from the heat and wrote the song in the process.

6. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Judy Garland
In "1944," Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane co-wrote this song for Judy Garland for the film Meet Me In St. Louis. In "2004," the song was ranked #76 on American Film Institute's 1.00 …1.00 Songs, while it was also ranked #3 on American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers’ (ASCAP) most performed songs during the Christmas season.

5. “Sleigh Ride” by The Ronettes
Originally composed by Leroy Anderson in "1948," it was popularized by The Ronettes in "1963." Almost every year since its release, it charts in the top on the Billboard Holiday One Hundred

4. “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas T.o You)” by Nat King Cole
Commonly known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” it was first made famous by Nat King Cole in "1946." Mel Tormé co-wrote the song with Robert Wells. It was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in "1974."

3. “O Holy Night” by Josh Groban
This is probably one of the most well-known Christmas carols ever made. Composed by Adolphe Adam from a poem by a wine merchant in "1847, the origins are in France where it’s known as “Cantique de Noël.” One of the most popular renditions of the Christmas song is from Josh Groban, who recorded a version in "2002," which went to #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles chart.

2. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey
Released in "1994," it has been the go-to Christmas song for more than twenty years. It became a new holiday standard and an instant hit peaking at #1 on the U.S. Holiday One Hundred during a 30-week stint. It reached the top of the Billboard Hot One Hundred in "2015.", twenty-one years after it was first released.

1. “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
Written by Irving Berlin in "1942" it is one of the best Christmas songs ever. Crooner Bing Crosby popularized the song on his NBC radio show on Christmas Day, and the song quickly became the best-selling single of all time. It sold more than One Hundred million copies around the world.


Source: Reader’s Digest Canada, December 17, 2020
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Imagine
Posted:Dec 8, 2020 10:58 am
Last Updated:Dec 25, 2020 3:41 am
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Imagine, it was forty years ago today, John Lennon was assassinated outside the Dakota, his New York apartment building.

On that December Monday evening in 1980, long before the internet or cell phones, the world first learned of this tragedy from Howard Cosell on Monday Night Football.

Imagine..John has been gone for the same number of years as he lived. This year he would have turned eighty.

Here are some of John's quotes:
"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans."
"All we are saying is give peace a chance..."
"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination."
"God is a concept by which we measure our pain."
"There's nothing you can know that isn't known."
"The more I see the less I know for sure."
"You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die."

Whenever I hear Imagine , it brings tears to my eyes. I am reminded of that night and think of how much has changed and how much remains the same.

Imagine
Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No Hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people livin' for today
Ah, ah, ah-ah

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothin' to or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people livin' life in peace
Yoo, hoo, oo-oo

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharin' all the world
Yoo, hoo, oo-oo

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Songwriters: John Lennon

Note: these lyrics are copied from a site that permits to do so as long as it’s for ‘non-commercial’ use
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While I Can Still
Posted:Dec 2, 2020 11:08 am
Last Updated:Dec 8, 2020 5:40 pm
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While I can still…
See and hear,
Walk and talk,
Smell and taste,
Feel and touch,
Laugh and smile.
I will keep on going.

While I can still…
Dream and hope,
Forgive and let go,
Believe and trust,
Love and care,
I will keep on going.

While I can still...
Give thanks and appreciate,
Find peace and joy,
Keep the faith,
I will keep on going.

While I can still…
Breathe the ‘g.i.f.t.’ of life,
I will keep on going,
Till my journey ends.


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Today Is World Aids Day
Posted:Dec 1, 2020 9:11 am
Last Updated:Dec 3, 2020 7:21 pm
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In the 1980s, an epidemic began. Those who contracted the disease suffered from a compromised immune system, leaving them susceptible t.o cancer, pneumonia, and more life-threatening conditions. The disease, known as Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Despite not having a cure for HIV, there are plenty of treatments that keep symptoms in check and can help sufferers. However, there are still a lot of misconceptions about HIV sufferers.

December 1st is World AIDS Day, and it's used t.o help dispel misinformation about HIV and AIDS. Below are several HIV-related myths and their corresponding contradictory facts:

MYTH: To stop the spread of HIV, people simply need to give up promiscuous sex and drug use.
TRUTH: Sex and drug use are not the only ways that HIV can be contracted. There are five fluids that carry the virus: blood, semen, vaginal fluids, rectal fluids and breast milk. That is why sharing needles during intravenous drug use and having unprotected sex can spread HIV. To protect yourself, avoid these fluids when interacting with strangers.

MYTH: HIV is the same as AIDS.
TRUTH: Though HIV causes AIDS, an HIV-positive individual does not necessarily have AIDS. Having AIDS implies that the sufferer’s immune system is compromised.

MYTH: HIV is a death sentence.
TRUTH: There are now many treatments available to help individuals living with HIV.

MYTH: I could get HIV through casual contact from an HIV-positive roommate, friend, relative or colleague.
TRUTH: There are five fluids that carry the virus: blood, semen, vaginal fluids, rectal fluids and breast milk. Unless you share these fluids with your HIV-positive acquaintance, you cannot contract the virus from them. HIV is not transmitted through kissing, touching, coughing/sneezing or by sharing food, drinks, dishes, utensils, towels, linens or clothes. HIV cannot be transmitted by sharing a pool, bathtub or toilet seat.

MYTH: If both partners are HIV-positive, they don’t need to use a condom.
TRUTH: Different strains of HIV exist. Sharing them could cause complications in treatment. It is thus safer to practice safe sex, both to prevent contracting different strains of HIV or STIs (sexually transmitted infections).

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