Archive for November, 2012

I found this today, wonderfully written by an Alyssa Newcomb-a short short about a Grinch and Santa and  children’s belief systems. I think every child should believe in Santa until at least the age of 7. If their belief is destroyed or discouraged before that age, I’m sure there are consequences later-such as a grouchy kid. I encouraged the belief. What are your thoughts on this?

A real-life Grinch was arrested after he spoiled the holiday cheer at a parade, telling children that Santa isn’t real.The unidentified 24-year-old man, who had his hair gelled to look as though devil horns were protruding from his head, was arrested by police in the Canadian town of Kingston last week during the annual Santa Claus parade, authorities said in statement.The St. Nicholas naysayer faces criminal charges of causing a disturbance by being drunk and breach of probation.“It was pretty despicable that someone, during this time of the year, would tell kids Santa isn’t real — which of course we would argue,” Const. Steve Koopman told the Toronto Star.It was not known how the man, who has surely landed on Santa’s naughty list, pleaded to the charges.

And so it went. I will always want children to believe.





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Daily Prompt

Today’s daily prompt invited us to open the nearest book to page 82, find the 3rd sentence down and write on it. I just happened to have a copy of the Describer’s dictionary handy and my page 82 has a quote from E.L. Doctorow’s World Fair.The miniature world demonstrated how everything was planned, people lived in these modern streamlined curvilinear buildings , each of them accommodating the population of a small town……

Isn’t everything around us, really , a miniature world, everything hinging on everything else, just like humanity is actually all a part of each other’s humanity, never changing and always dependent on each other for love , sustenance, caring, health, ? And these streamlined buildings are actually renditions of ourselves and our lifeforms that we call bodies? I think so.

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Here’s a great article I found this a.m. while scrolling around the Internet, listening to movie renditions of werewolves. It looks like some turkeys are fighting back.

Wild turkeys have been a strange but common sight in suburban and even urban areas in metropolitan Boston for some time, but some residents of nearby Brookline say the birds are becoming more common and increasingly aggressive in their town………..Emily Spieler, a Brookline resident for eight years, told ABCnews.com that it wasn’t until around two years ago that she and her husband saw a turkey in their neighborhood………..Brookline police say complaints about wild turkeys in the town have doubled in the past two months, according to CBS Boston. One officer said he spends nearly every morning protecting students at Brookline High School from the turkeys……….Guggenheim said the birds often crowd sidewalks and both she and Spieler said the turkeys have caused several traffic jams by grouping together in the middle of busy intersections.Massachusetts has an obvious connection to the turkey. It was in the commonwealth where the Pilgrims landed and later held the first Thanksgiving. Accounts vary on whether the Pilgrims and Native Americans shared turkey that day, but species meleagris gallopavo was hunted out of existence in Massachusetts by the mid-19th century………..Experts agree that the best way to avoid a confrontation with a wild turkey is to steer clear of it if possible, to not be intimidated and spray water at the bird if available.Yahoo News.

I left out a lot, being that I know several hundred people have already read this article but I , at least, found it to be the humor that lit up my day.

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I found this receipe online and I’m going to try it-adding a talbespoon or two of my sweet potato pie mix to the pumpkin pie. Hope it works becasue last year’s pie was an absolute disaster.

Although it may not look like it, pumpkin pie is actually a custard pie. A
prebaked pie shell is filled and then baked just long enough for the sweet,
egg-enriched filling to set. We wanted to create a pumpkin pie with a velvety
smooth filling packed with pumpkin flavor and redolent of just enough fragrant
To concentrate its flavor, we cooked the canned pumpkin with
sugar and spices, then whisked in heavy cream, milk, and eggs. This improved the
pumpkin flavor and the hot filling helped the custard firm up quickly in the
oven, preventing it from soaking into the crust and making it soggy. For spices,
we chose nutmeg, cinnamon, and, surprisingly, freshly grated ginger. Sugar and
maple syrup sweetened things. Our recipe contains one secret ingredient: canned
candied yams. Believe it or not, they make the filling taste more pumpkin-y.

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Look what I found today –a baby elephant that wants company so badly he’s even trying to sound human. I read this and went awwww , this is so precious.

SEOUL, South Korea (KABC) — An elephant in a South Korean zoo is stunning scientists with his uncanny talent to imitate human speech.On Friday, an international team of scientists confirmed what the Everland Zoo has been saying for years: Their 5.5-ton tusker Koshik has an unusual and possibly unprecedented talent.The 22-year-old elephant can reproduce five Korean words by tucking his trunk inside his mouth to modulate the sound, the scientists said in a joint paper published online in Current Biology.Koshik can reproduce “annyeong” (hello), “anja” (sit down), “aniya” (no), “nuwo” (lie down) and “joa” (good), the paper says.One of the researchers said there is no conclusive evidence that Koshik understands the sounds he makes, although the elephant does respond to words like “anja.”Vocal imitation of other species has been found in mockingbirds, parrots and mynahs. But the paper says Koshik’s case represents “a wholly novel method of vocal production” because he uses his trunk to reproduce human speech.Experts say he may have started imitating human speech because he was lonely.Koshik’s chief trainer Kim Jong-gab said the elephant was shy for a male when he first came to the zoo. So, trainers slept in the same area with him. Kim says this close human contact helped the elephant. He said he has another phrase he wants to teach Koshik: “Saranghae,” which means, “I love you.”The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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WIldlife Endangered

You know what?I’ve come across 4 posts today about human’s cruelty to animals and I’m wondering what has gone wrong with this society that they feel as though they have a license to kill and maim when it comes to animals-no matter if they are large or small- humans everywhere are torturing them and it simply needs to stop. That’s all. It needs to stop. read the following post that I found earlier today. It was excellent and has photos of the dolphins that I didn’t include here.

Dolphins Being Killed Along Gulf Of Mexico-Multiple dolphins have been killed along the Gulf of Mexico, according to authorities, who have found their bodies with gunshot wounds, cuts, and missing jaws.The dolphin deaths have caused the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to issue a “heads up” directive, putting officials on alert for increased human interaction with dolphins in the waters near Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, reports CBS News.Authorities have detected cases of gunshot wounds, mutilations, and other injuries in the Gulf’s dolphins in recent months. Scientists with the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport have also responded to four dolphin strandings.Most recently, a team went to Deer Island and discovered another dolphin dead with a portion if his jaw gone. Another was found with a 9mm bullet wound near Gautier. Moby Solangi, IMMS “Animals don’t eat each other’s tails off. We think there’s someone of some group on a rampage. They not only kill them but also mutilate them.”By Melissa Stusinski

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