Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Victoria (Tori) Rose Mallory was born in Cloquet on 28 December. What a queen. She came into this world at 10:53am weighing 7 lbs and 6ozs. She was 20 inches long.
Her older sister tells me she is very, glad to have a sister and NOT another brother. I do know however, that she loves her brother dearly. Thank You Tammie for another wonderful family addition.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
As, you may have noticed, my recent posting has been scarce. I have been having a lot of computer problems. I managed to make a few posts here and there, including this one. It is difficult, as I usually get booted off in the middle of my entries. So, for the most part I haven't posted anything but, rather worked extensively on diagnostics. I thought it was cured one time only to find out I still had problems.
A while back I got very tired of Internet Explorer and finally switched to Firefox. I am now seriously considering a switch to the Macintosh system. Does anyone have any extensive experience with Apple. I would sure like to hear some pros and cons, esp. as it compares to the pc.
In the mean time my posts will be limited, as I continue to work on my technical difficulties. I hope to be up to full swing soon.
Monday, December 11, 2006
From what song does the following come from -
Then the piper will lead us to reason
And who can give the verse which follows?
Found on Led Zeppelin's fourth album, which was released in 1971, many consider 'Stairway To Heaven' to be the greatest song of all time. This amazing song was never released as a single. After all it is eight minutes long. It went platinum numerous times and is the biggest selling sheet music in rock history.
There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she's buying a stairway to heaven.
There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.
There's a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who standing looking.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.
And it's whispered that soon if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter.
If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,
It's just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on.
And it makes me wonder.
Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know,
The piper's calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind.
And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.
And she's buying a stairway to heaven.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
One afternoon, deputy Hidrent was heading home at the end of his shift, when he saw two men eating grass by the road side. He pulled over and got out to investigate. "Why are you eating grass?" he asked one man.
"We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied.
"Oh, come along with me then," instructed the deputy.
"But, sir, I have a wife and two children!"
"Bring them along!" replied Hidrent. He then turned to the other man and said, "You can come with us, too"
"But sir, I have a wife and six children!" the second man answered.
"Bring them as well, they to are welcome!" answered the deputy.
The adults climbed into the car and the children followed behind on foot, as they could not all fit in the vehicle. Deputy Hidrent kindly drove real slow, so as not to lose any of the children. After a couple of miles, one of the poor fellows says, "Officer, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you."
Deputy Hidrent replied, "No problem sir, the grass at my house is almost a foot tall."
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Wow. First the experts tell me that Pluto is no longer a planet and now they tell me my mother was wrong!
For years my mother reminded my siblings and I to sit up straight. We heard this from our teachers, too. This was supposed to be good for our bones and I received many scoldings over this. To this day I am constantly having to remind myself to correct my posture, especially while sitting at my desk. Now it seems my mother was a liar.
A new study done by researchers at Woodend Hospital in Aberdeen, Scotland has shown that a more laid back posture (ha, mom) is actually better for us. The best posture, they say, is actually at a 135-degree angle and not the bolt-upright position that I have learned to loath. This would be somewhat of a sprawl which is halfway between being upright and prone. It seems that despite my repeated attempts to follow mothers advice I was sitting correctly more often than not, all along. Researchers concluded that the 135-degree position, I most often defaulted to, put the least amount of strain on the discs, muscles, and tendons.
Using the correct posture is still important. It is only our belief in what the 'correct posture' is that has changed. "Sitting in a sound anatomic position is essential, since the strain put on the spine and its associated ligaments over time can lead to pain, deformity and chronic illness," said WaseemAmir Bashir, lead author of the study.
Bashir isn't alone in these beliefs. Other experts and doctors agree. Gunnar Andersson, the chairman of orthopedics at Rush University in Chicago discovered 30 years ago that a 135-degree angle was optimal. Other ergonomics specialists from office furniture makers such as Herman Miller and Steelcase, also agree. They've been incorporating reclining positions into their products for years.
It simply comes back to listening to your own body. If it doesn't feel comfortable, it's probably not good for you. Personally, I am elated with these findings and feel that there should be a recliner behind every desk. Now if the experts would just tell me my mother was wrong about my vegetables.