Friday, February 28, 2020

Laughing - is it really good medicine??

This blog post is a random post about laughing. I hope you like it.

Don't be an agelast: one who never laughs (especially at jokes); a mirthless person.
Click HERE for an article on that.

“The best kind of laughter is laughter born of a shared memory.” -- Mindy Kaling

 And this is really good...
"Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors."
   -Norman Cousins
Click HERE to go to Cousins' website LAUGH OFF LIFE.
Cousins was known for his use of laughter to help him in his painful collagen illness. Laughter helped him amazingly.

That's all.
Look for the laughs in life. They're good for you  - and me.
So YES, laughing is good medicine!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

My thoughts on Trump and Bernie

For the record, I did not vote for Donald Trump.

When I watched him and his model wife come down the escalator to announce his candidacy for president I thought: the audacity of him, to think he can the become President of the United States. I really thought it was pompous and appalling.

Fast forward a while: Hillary is the other option.
I voted because of the Supreme Court.
I used to not have much of an opinion on abortion. I was not radically Pro Life. I could certainly understand how a person would want to get rid of an appearance of pregnancy.

Then we had our problems with being able to have children.
After 6 years of being married I contacted the Buckner adoption agency. They told me that because of the abortion rate we would not be able to get an infant for seven to eight years. That was discouraging to me, since I was 31 years old.
Long story short, we did have our own kids and when I first heard Will's heartbeat I cried with happiness... and I did with little Laura's heartbeat, too.

So I didn't vote for Trump, I voted against Hillary.


Now for my simple take on Bernie Sanders.

Two thoughts:
1. He is so convincing because he is so earnest and zealous in his delivery. He so believes what he preaches.
I majored in Speech in college. Now they call it Oral Communications, but it really is so much more than 'oral' and 'speech'.
Bernie has it down, and he is NOT faking it.
I think that is what is so persuasive about Bernie Sanders.

(Most folks listen intently to a super-dynamic speaker.)

2. Bernie has always believed in socialism big time.
And oh, it does sound good. But I believe it is WAY TOO UTOPIAN in this world where greedy people live.

I lived in Brazil and I saw government-run hospitals. Nobody we knew wanted to go there, no matter how sick they were. Dentists' offices were pristine, and privately owned and therefore competed with other dentists' offices.
You might say, well, the really poor people wouldn't go to the dentist. That is probably true, but we knew extremely poor people that said they would rather die than go to the hospital. That was pretty telling.

You might say that that is third world stuff. Brazil is hardly third world (though maybe parts of it are.)
Venezuela was so not third world. Now the folks are eating pets.

So I am for capitalism but not crony capitalism.

That's my blog post for today.

(There's really a lot more to say, but I'll stop.)

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Trivia Tuesday

In The Wizard of Oz (1939), what was used to simulate snow during the poppy scene? Asbestos.

February is named after a Latin word meaning what? February’s name stems from the Latin word “februum,” which means “purification.”

Where on Earth is the closest point to the moon? Mt. Chimborazo

What country was the first to introduce license plates? France

What is Arachibutyrophobia? If you are a fan of peanut butter, you more than likely do not suffer from this. Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the top (or roof) of your mouth.

Duran Duran was named after a mad scientist from the Jane Fonda movie Barbarella.

Lightning strikes men about seven times more often than it does women.

That is all for today.
Have a great week!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Jazzing up "Home on the Range" is a challenge!*

 These pictures of Frederic Chopin and Hank Williams will make sense in the blog post.

As you may know, I am having to play just public domain songs now in the tea room (songs written before 1925). (We've been visited at least 3 times by BMI folks to see if we are cooperating. And they have called many times.) (I know. It's crazy.)
You can read my blog post about that if you desire.

Anyway, I am being true to the antique mall and playing only antique songs. And that is only appropriate since I myself am an antique.

It has really broadened my horizons, I must say.

AND it has helped in my people-pleasing tendencies. When someone comes up and wants me to play a Hank Williams' tune I just say, "I can't do it." And then, of course, in true people-pleasing explanatory fashion I apologize and I tell them the whole schmeal. ( I need to work up a printout.)

Ah, but I'm learning to play more classical music. My favorite now is Frederic Chopin, which is a far cry from Hank Williams, but their tunes do include the same notes.  😀

Here's some interesting info I have found:
"Scarborough Fair" is public domain though it was covered by Simon and Garfunkel.
Some of Irving Berlin's songs are okay. "What'll I do" was written for a 1924 musical, so it's okay. His "Blue Skies" was written in 1926, so that is OUT.
"How Great Thou Art" is probably not public domain because the melody was written in the 1930's, though the words are really old. (I dare not play it, just in case.)

I could tell you a whole lot more, but I need to practice "Rhapsody in Blue" a whole lot more .

Come on by, if you get a hankering to hear "She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain".
(LoneStar Antiques Tea Room, 5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX. The outside is plain, but the inside is SO NOT plain.)
(I play just Fridays and Saturdays now - 11:30 - 1:30.)

*I've decided to not try to jazz up "Home on the Range." It is a futile endeavor, for me anyway.
And that is so okay.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Trivia Tuesday

Which sensation can cats not taste?


What does URL stand for?
Uniform Resource Locator


Where was the first ever coffee brewed?

What is the world's snowiest city in terms of average annual snowfall? Aomori, Japan


Lucille Ball never graduated from high school.   
Even as a teenager in 1926, Ball was determined to be a performer. So at the age of 15, she left high school in Jamestown, New York and moved to New York City to attend drama school. 


Why are traditional Venetian gondolas painted black?
To limit displays of wealth

Who is the only NBA player to play in four different decades?
Vince Carter
You can click HERE to read about him.


The Great Wall of China is approximately 3,995 miles.

That is all.
Have a great week!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Trivia Tuesday

Today we have just 2 maps.
They're different, but they're each interesting, I think.
(You can click each map to make it bigger.)

This first map tells you what is the favorite Valentine candy in each state.

This next map is this...

That's all for today.
Have a great week!!!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Happy Birthday, Mother!

Today my dear mother is 94 years and 1 day old! 

Yesterday was her birthday. I'm just now blogging about it, because I blogged about nephew John's birthday yesterday (he and Mother share that day) and well, I got home last night after celebrating Mother's big day and started blogging. I fell asleep before I could publish it. (I was too sleepy to proofread.)

Mother's had a tough time lately, mainly because of some side effects from some medicine. She is off that now, and fortunately was able to celebrate. The day before I just knew she would not be up to it. I'm glad I was wrong.

Here are some pics of her (that you may have already seen, as I put them up for her usually on her birthday).
(Some of them are not in the exact right order chronologically, but I'm not turning this in for a grade.)

(Daily Bible Reading)


Trivia Tuesday

He was nominated on five occasions but Mahatma Gandhi NEVER won the Nobel Peace Prize. Where will you find an annual hair-freezing contest? ...