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Friday, August 5, 2016

Let The Games Begin!!

Games of the XXXI Olympiad
 The logo for the 2016 Summer Olympics represents three figures, in the yellow, green, and blue of the Brazilian flag, joined at the arms and in a triple embrace, with the overall shape reflecting that of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Motto – A new world

Nations participating    208

Athletes participating   11,000

Events  306 in 28 sports

The 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro will be the first Olympics for a South American country.

The two new sports for 2016 Olympic Games are golf and rugby sevens.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Interesting facts about long and longest living people.

11.  The oldest verified woman ever was Jeanne Calment (1875-1997) of France, who is also the oldest verified person ever and who died at the age of 122 years, 164 days.

22.  There are eight verified living supercentenarians, (over 110 years of age) the oldest of whom is Italian woman Emma Morano, aged 116 years, 226 days.  All eight are women.  The oldest man in the world is Israel Kristal of Israel, who is 112.

33.   Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world's oldest person, died in New York on May 14, 2016.  She was 116.  Jones attributed her longevity to sleep, clean living and positive energy.  Jones was the last American born in the 1800s
44.   Brit Gladys Hooper, who died at the age of 113, broke the Guinness World Record when she became the oldest person in the world to have a hip operation – at 112.

55.    Ages of supercentenarians have been validated by an international body that specifically deals in longevity research, such as the Gerontology Research Group (GRG) or Guinness World Records (GWR), and others who have otherwise been reliably sourced.

66.    The oldest man in the Bible, outliving all the rest, is a man named Methuselah, who lived 969 years (Genesis 5:27)

77.   According to the book "100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith," by Sonia Arrison, some babies born today may be able to live to be 150 years old.

88.   Sardinia, Italy is home to more male centenarians than anywhere else on earth; the world's longest- lived women come from Okinawa, Japan; and in Nicoya, Costa Rica, compared to Americans, people are more than twice as likely to reach the age of 90.

99.    Monaco – the second smallest country in the world boasts the highest life expectancy, with citizens living an average of 89.73 years.

110.  People who live past 95 don't have healthier habits than you or I do — in fact, Clement smoked until she was 117.  These people just have amazing genes.

“Being happy is a requisite for longevity.” 
Chidi Prosper Agbugba

Saturday, June 18, 2016

July 2nd,July 4th or August 2nd!!!!!

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence declaring the United States independent from Great Britain rule.  After voting for independence,  Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.
Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.
Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on the holiday. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only U.S. President to have been born on Independence Day.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

"Oh! My Pa-pa" the song that always makes me cry!

“Oh!  My Pa-pa” – always makes me cry!

I never knew that this beautiful song was actually a German song (“O mein Papa”) as related by a young woman remembering her beloved, once famous clown father.    It was written by Swiss composer Paul Burkhard in 1939 for the musical Der schwarze Hecht.

Eddie Fischer’s recording became number 1 on the USA Billboard Chart in 1954. 
Here are the words.
Oh, my Papa, to me he was so wonderful,
Oh, my Papa, to me he was so good.
No one could be so gentle and so lovable,
Oh, my Papa, he always understood.
Oh, my Papa, so funny, so adorable,
Always the clown so funny in his way.
Oh, my Papa, to me he was so wonderful,
Deep in my heart I miss him so today.
Gone are the days when he could take me on his knee
And with a smile he'd change my tears to laughter.
If you have never the song, take a minute to listen to Eddie Fischer’s version.  It has recorded by numerous other artists including Jim Nabors for the TV show Gomer Pyle.

Happy Father’s Day (June 19th) to all the pa-pas of today and yesterday!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Montana - Credit for Caring Act

Senator Jon Tester was in Billings on Wednesday, announcing new legislation that would give financial support to those taking care of aging loved ones.
Testers bill, the Credit for Caring Act, would create a non-refundable tax credit of up to $3,000 for certain individuals.  To qualify, individuals must spend more than $2,000 on care giving expenses. The bill is designed to help families pay for things like home modification, medical supplies, and also to help cover some wages lost when a family caregiver has to take unpaid time-off to provide care.
According to AARP, more than 100,000 Montanans serve as family caregivers, and provide $1.4 billion in uncompensated care every year.
"Well we are an aging state, and the demand for caregivers is going up and will continue to go up, and to do nothing is not an option. So this is a step in the right direction, I believe, to be able to help keep elderly people in particular in their own homes and allow their family members to give them care...which is the best way to do it in my opinion," said Senator Jon Tester.
The bill has gained bipartisan support.
Senator Tester says this is not all that is needed, but it would be a good place to start.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What do you know about Memorial Day?
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May.   It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon.  It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.  The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
The National Memorial Day Concert takes place on the west lawn of the United States Capitol.  Music is performed, and respect is paid to the men and women who gave their lives for their country.
For many Americans, the central event is attending one of the thousands of parades held on Memorial Day in large and small cities all over the country. Most of these feature marching bands and an overall military theme with the National Guard and other servicemen participating along with veterans and military vehicles from various wars.
One of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, an auto race which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.  It runs on the Sunday preceding the Memorial Day holiday. 
In 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act, asking people to stop and remember at 3:00 P.M.

How do we honor the 1.8 million that gave their life for America since 1775?  How do we thank them for their sacrifice?   Memorial Day is one way and one day to remember

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Like many, I am a product of a horrific, tragic war - World War II.  

At the end of the war, my mom was a young Austrian girl living just outside of Salzburg under the Untersberg Mountain.  The American liberators occupied the area and in some instances they did not have places to live.  So they paid the Austrians so they could live temporarily in their homes. It was a good deal for both sides.  Four Americans moved into my mother’s home!

You have probably already guessed that my mom fell in love with one of them (even though her parents had sternly warned her and her sister to stay away from the soldiers.)  After the war, instead of going home, my father stayed in Austria and joined the United Nations Rehabilitation Organization.  

He married my mom. Then, I was born.  When his stay was over, the three of us came to live in the United States.

This is a very brief summary of a much more detailed, involved and to me fascinating story.  Would I be here if not for that war – NO.   So I like to think that maybe something good came out of it all.  

I also know that as a product of such evil and devastation, I have a duty and hopefully desire to better the lives of others.

Thank you to all the military Americans who have gone into foreign countries and fought for causes that are much bigger than themselves. 

I would like to thank all of our U.S. servicemen for all the sacrifices they have bestowed on us.
The Untersberg

Monday, April 11, 2016

Millie and her Snuggle Buddy

Most people buy snuggle buddies for their babies or toddlers.  They are so soft, adorable and durable.  Little ones love them.  My mom bought one for her dog (at that time she had a dachshund, Brandy).  Brandy loved the snuggle buddy but Brandy was older and unfortunately passed away.   When mother got Millie she found the snuggle buddy and she loves it too.  This little snuggle buddy has been chewed on, drug all over, played with and washed hundreds of times.  Hmmm.... she looks exactly like when she was new!!!!!  So

Have fun Millie!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

This is Leap Year!!!!  

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Leap years have 366 days, not 365.

When Is the Next Leap Year?

Next leap day is February 29, 2016.

Why Add Leap Years?

Leap years are needed to keep our modern dayGregorian calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun.
It takes the Earth approximately 365.242189 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds – to circle once around the Sun. This is called atropical year.
However, the Gregorian calendar has only 365 days in a year, so if we didn't add a leap day on February 29 nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours off our calendar every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by around 24 days!

Is There a Perfect Calendar?

Exactly Which Years Are Leap Years?

We add a Leap Day on February 29, almost every four years. The leap day is an extra, or intercalary, day and we add it to the shortest month of the year, February.
In the Gregorian calendar three criteria must be taken into account to identify leap years:
  • The year can be evenly divided by 4;
  • If the year can be evenly divided by 100, it is NOT a leap year, unless;
  • The year is also evenly divisible by 400. Then it is a leap year.
This means that in the Gregorian calendar, the years 2000 and 2400 are leap years, while 1800,1900210022002300 and 2500 are NOT leap years.