John on August 12th, 2010
Here his wife is injured and the condition is fatal.
She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road.
Here he brought her food and attended to her with love and compassion.
He brought her food again but was shocked to find her dead.
He tried to move her….a rarely-seen effort for swallows!
Aware that his sweetheart is dead and will never come back to him again,
he cries with adoring love.
He stood beside her, saddened of her death.
Finally aware that she would never return to him, he
stood beside her body with sadness and sorrow.
Millions of people cried after watching this picture in
America and Europe and even in Asia . It is said that the
photographer sold these pictures for a nominal fee to the
most famous newspaper in France .  All copies of that
newspaper were sold out on the day these pictures were published.
And many people think animals don’t have a brain or feelings?????

Here his mate is injured and the condition is fatal.
She was hit by a car as she swooped low across the road.

Here he brought her food and attended to her with love and compassion.

He brought her food again but was shocked to find her dead.
He tried to move her….a rarely-seen effort for swallows!

Aware that his sweetheart is dead and will never come back to him again,
he cries with adoring love.


He stood beside her, saddened of her death.

Finally aware that she would never return to him, he
stood beside her body with sadness and sorrow.


And many people think animals don’t have a brain or feelings?????

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John on August 12th, 2010

I recently received a Gift Basket from a friend. It contained 2 bottles of wine, assorted cheeses, crackers and some golf balls and golf tees. It was such a thoughtful gift!

There are a number of very good reasons why sending a gift basket to someone special is such a good idea!

With the increase in confidence with ordering on line and improved websites, ordering and sending gift baskets is a very time saving and effortless procedure.

Gift Baskets come in a variety of sizes and price ranges which is ideal for the budget conscious shopper.

They provide excellent value and can be tailored to particular occasions or persons. Themed baskets provide the sender with the ability to send a very thoughtful and personal gift. There are so many different types of themes you can start with including baby gift basket, Christmas gift basket, mothers day gift basket, fathers day gift basket, dog lover gift basket, cat lover gift basket, golf gift basket, tennis gift basket, housewarming gift basket, lovers gift basket… the list is endless.

Choosing a basket on line means you can shop from the comfort of your home. No driving, no parking, no standing in line. Shipping is a very safe and efficient way to send gifts and fees are quite reasonable and sometimes free.

The recipient is often pleasantly surprised and happy (like I was when I received my recent basket). Gift Baskets convey the feelings of the sender in a way that is unique and personal.

Most of all, gift baskets are fun to send and receive!


Note: The preceding was a paid review.

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John on August 9th, 2010

I just tried a new program, Blog Copy, which secretly tracks what readers are copying from my blogs and website(s). The program is Free, is very easy to install, and provided statistics almost instantly. I was extremely interested to see what text and images in my blogs were copied and shared. The data displayed in the Dashboard is fascinating. I believe the information will help me to understand what readers like about my posts and hopefully help me write better posts and gain more visits and page views. This program really is a A Blogger’s Secret Weapon!

Note: The preceding was a paid review.

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About the Challenge

GE’s Ecomagination Challenge is a $200 million call to action for businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators, and students to share their best ideas and come together to take on one of the world’s toughest challenges – building the next-generation power grid to meet the needs of the 21st century.

http://challenge.ecomagination.com/ideas

Power outages and power quality disruptions cost US businesses $100 billion per year or more. Smart grid technologies have the potential to improve grid connections and reduce power disturbances more than 75% by 2020, saving customers in excess of $50 billion from a reduction in outages.

GE is looking at improving grid efficiency by three means: reducing losses, reducing voltage and improving system reliability.

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John on August 5th, 2010
Character

Character - Destiny

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John on August 5th, 2010

The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read the e-mail straight through, and you’ll get the point..

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Contest.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.

6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. They are not second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2.. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special..

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier?

The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are NOT the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones who care.

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John on August 4th, 2010

believe

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As the global economy recovers, America’s trade activity has picked up. But imports once again grew more than exports last quarter, presenting a net drag on growth.

Gross domestic product, a broad measure of the total value of goods and services produced in a given economy, has been expanding for the last year, leading many economists to believe the recession  that began in December 2007 is technically over.

Still, G.D.P growth in the last quarter of 2009 — at an annual rate of 5 percent — was much more robust than it has been this year. This slowdown, coupled with disappointing job creation, has led to worries that the recovery is losing steam. The nation’s unemployment rate continues to linger just below 10 percent.

Here’s a HUGE reason why there is a slowdown and unemployment is so high:

E m m a   M a e r s k

The Emma Maersk, part of a Danish shipping line
chartered to Wal Mart, is shown in this photos essay.

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What a ship….no wonder ‘Made in China ‘ is displacing North American made goods big time.
This monster transports goods across the Pacific in just 5 days!! This is one of three ships
presently in service, with another two ships commissioned to be completed in 2012.

What a ship….no wonder ‘Made in China ‘ is displacing North American made goods big time.
This monster transports goods across the Pacific in just 5 days!! This is one of three ships

presently in service, with another two ships commissioned to be completed in 2012.

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These ships were commissioned by Wal-Mart to get all their goods and stuff from China . They hold

an incredible 15,000 cartons and have a 207 foot deck beam!!  The full crew is just 13 people on a ship


longer than a US Aircraft Carrier (which has a crew of 5,000)

With it’s 207′ beam it is too big to fit through the Panama or Suez Canals ..


It is strictly transpacific. Cruise speed: 31 knots.

The goods arrive 4 days before the typical container ship (18-20 knots) on
a China -to-
California  run. 91% of Walmart products are made in China .

So this behemoth is hugely competitive even when carrying perishable goods.

The ship was built in five sections. The sections floated together and then welded.


The command bridge is higher than a 10-story building and has 11 cargo crane rigs

that can operate simultaneously unloading the entire ship in less than two hours.

Additional info:

Country of origin – Denmark


Length – 1,302 ft
Width – 207 ft
Net cargo – 123,200 tons
Engine – 14 cylinders in-line diesel engine (110,000 BHP)
Cruise Speed – 31 knots

Cargo capacity – 15,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20 cubic feet)
Crew – 13 people !
First Trip – Sept. 08, 2006
Construction cost – US $145,000,000+

Silicone painting applied to the ship bottom reduces water
resistance and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel per year.

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Editorial Comment!


A recent documentary in late March, 2010 on the History Channel noted that
all of these containers are shipped back to China , EMPTY. Yep, that’s right.
We send nothing back on these ships. What does that tell you about
the current financial state of this country? Just keep buying those imported
goods (mostly gadgets) until you run out of money.

Then you may wonder what the cause of unemployment (maybe even your job)
in the U.S. and Canada  might be????

This message, if any, surely deserves forwarding, doesn’t it ?

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John on July 28th, 2010
Doormats With A Difference


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John on July 28th, 2010

When an old man died in a geriatric ward, it was believed that he left nothing of any value. Later, when the nurses were going  through his meager possessions, they found this  poem. Its quality and content so impressed the  staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her  copy to Missouri .

When  an old man died in the geriatric ward of a  nursing home in North Platte , Nebraska , it was  believed that he had nothing left of any  value.
Later, when the nurses were going  through his meager possessions, they found this  poem. Its quality and content so impressed the  staff that copies were made and distributed to  every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her  copy to Missouri .
The  old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since  appeared in the Christmas edition of the News  Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental  Health. A slide presentation has also been made  based on his simple, but eloquent,  poem.
And this little old man, with  nothing left to give to the world, is now the  author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across  the Internet.
Crabby  Old Man
What  do you see nurses? . . . .. . What do you  see?
What are you thinking . . . . . when  you’re looking at me?
A crabby old man . . .  . . not very wise,
Uncertain of habit . . . .  . with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his  food . . . . . and makes no reply.
When you  say in a loud voice . . . . . ‘I do wish you’d  try!’
Who seems not to notice . . . . . the  things that you do.
And forever is losing . .  . . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or  not . . . . . lets you do as you will,
With  bathing and feeding . . . . . The long day to  fill?
Is that what you’re thinking? . . . . .  Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes,  nurse . . . . . you’re not looking at  me.
I’ll tell you who I am. . . . . . As  I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding,  . . . . . as I eat at your will.
I’m a small  child of Ten . . . . . with a father and  mother,
Brothers and sisters . . . . . who  love one another.
A young boy of Sixteen  . . . . with wings on his feet.
Dreaming that  soon now . . . . . a lover he’ll meet.
A  groom soon at Twenty . . . . . my heart gives a  leap.
Remembering, the vows . . . . . that I  promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . .  . . . I have young of my own.
Who need me to  guide . . . . . And a secure happy home.
A  man of Thirty . . . . . My young now grown  fast,
Bound to each other . . . . . With ties  that should last.
At Forty, my young sons  . . . . . have grown and are gone,
But my  woman’s beside me . . . . . to see I don’t  mourn.
At Fifty, once more, babies play  ’round my knee,
Again, we know children . . .  . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are  upon me . . . . . my wife is now dead.
I look  at the future . . . . . shudder with  dread.
For my young are all rearing . . . . .  young of their own.
And I think of the years  . . . . . and the love that I’ve  known.
I’m now an old man . . . . . and  nature is cruel.
Tis jest to make old age . .  . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles  . . . . . grace and vigor, depart.
There is  now a stone . . . . where I once had a  heart.
But inside this old carcass . . .  . . a young guy still dwells,
And now and  again . . . . . my battered heart swells.
I  remember the joys . . . . . I remember the  pain.
And I’m loving and living . . . . .  life over again.
I think of the years,  all too few . . . . . gone too fast.
And  accept the stark fact . . . . that nothing can  last.
So open your eyes, people . . . . .  open and see.
Not a crabby old man . . . Look  closer . . . see ME!!
Remember  this poem when you next meet  an  older person who you might brush  aside  without  looking at the young soul within.
We  will all, one day, be there, too!
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The best and  most beautiful things of  this  world can’t be seen or touched.


The  old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since  appeared in the Christmas edition of the News  Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental  Health. A slide presentation has also been made  based on his simple, but eloquent,  poem.

And this little old man, with  nothing left to give to the world, is now the  author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across  the Internet.

Crabby  Old Man

What  do you see nurses? . . . .. . What do you  see?

What are you thinking . . . . . when  you’re looking at me?

A crabby old man . . .  . . not very wise,

Uncertain of habit . . . .  . with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his  food . . . . . and makes no reply.

When you  say in a loud voice . . . . . ‘I do wish you’d  try!’

Who seems not to notice . . . . . the  things that you do.

And forever is losing . .  . . . A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or  not . . . . . lets you do as you will,

With  bathing and feeding . . . . . The long day to  fill?

Is that what you’re thinking? . . . . .  Is that what you see?

Then open your eyes,  nurse . . . . . you’re not looking at  me.

I’ll tell you who I am. . . . . . As  I sit here so still,

As I do at your bidding,  . . . . . as I eat at your will.

I’m a small  child of Ten . . . . . with a father and  mother,

Brothers and sisters . . . . . who  love one another.

A young boy of Sixteen  . . . . with wings on his feet.

Dreaming that  soon now . . . . . a lover he’ll meet.

A  groom soon at Twenty . . . . . my heart gives a  leap.

Remembering, the vows . . . . . that I  promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now . .  . . . I have young of my own.

Who need me to  guide . . . . . And a secure happy home.

A  man of Thirty . . . . . My young now grown  fast,

Bound to each other . . . . . With ties  that should last.

At Forty, my young sons  . . . . . have grown and are gone,

But my  woman’s beside me . . . . . to see I don’t  mourn.

At Fifty, once more, babies play  ’round my knee,

Again, we know children . . .  . . My loved one and me.

Dark days are  upon me . . . . . my wife is now dead.

I look  at the future . . . . . shudder with  dread.

For my young are all rearing . . . . .  young of their own.

And I think of the years  . . . . . and the love that I’ve  known.

I’m now an old man . . . . . and  nature is cruel.

Tis jest to make old age . .  . . . look like a fool.

The body, it crumbles  . . . . . grace and vigor, depart.

There is  now a stone . . . . where I once had a  heart.

But inside this old carcass . . .  . . a young guy still dwells,

And now and  again . . . . . my battered heart swells.

I  remember the joys . . . . . I remember the  pain.

And I’m loving and living . . . . .  life over again.

I think of the years,  all too few . . . . . gone too fast.

And  accept the stark fact . . . . that nothing can  last.

So open your eyes, people . . . . .  open and see.

Not a crabby old man . . . Look  closer . . . see ME!!


Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within.

We  will all, one day, be there, too!

PLEASE  SHARE THIS POEM

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