Friday, November 24, 2017
It was a good start to a series. The mystery was well-thought out, and the author was good at introducing the characters and allowing you to see the quirks in their personalities that all added up at the end.
Lois Meade is a married mom of 3 kids and works as a house cleaner. She's employed by a number of families in a small village in England. Lois also has volunteered for some light police work, so when a woman is murdered, Lois develops a working relationship with a detective who wants to use her cleaning job to help her snoop.
As an American, not knowing a lot of British sayings and slang, some of the words and phrases were lost on me, but that's to be expected. I was able to figure some out though. It did give me a good impression of English life, too.
The book is slow in several parts, but by the end you get a satisfaction of how it gets resolved. I thought it was a good mystery, so I would give it 3 of 5 stars. Since there are quite a few more books in the series, I'm sure that the characters have developed more and I look forward to checking them out. - Rob
Thursday, November 23, 2017
|Equality March: Joe,Tom, Hugh, Lynn, Rob, Tom|
|Lynn, Tom, Rob|
|Tom and Rob met PA's Congressman Brian Sims|
|Family picture from March 2017|
|Rob, Ruthie, Tom|
|Rob and Tom see Nina in a theatre production|
|Corn Maze: Rob, Tom,Craig|
|Tom, Lyle, Rob - Lyle & Desiree reception|
|Tom, Desiree, Rob- Desiree & Lyle reception|
|Ghost walk- Tom, Sterl, Rob, Sean|
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
There’s a new way to classify blood pressure readings, and the biggest change is for anyone who’s been described as “prehypertensive” or “high normal.”
Millions of Americans earned those labels for having a top number of 120-139 or a bottom number of 80-89. They were encouraged to make lifestyle changes that would drop those numbers into the comfort zone of being below 120/80. Under new guidelines released Monday, the warning zone for adults, now called “elevated blood pressure,” is trimmed to 120-129 for the top number. Anyone with 130-139 on top or in the 80s on the bottom is now considered to have high blood pressure.
Monday, November 20, 2017
AMAZING ACTORS (AND 2 WHO RESEMBLED FRIENDS) Britney Coleman and Tim Rogan were amazing leads in the show (and Tim has an amazing bod). Some of the other performers resembled friends of ours so we were drawn to them: Tony Neidenbach resembled our friend Ed (who passed in 1996) and Nancy Anderson resembled our friend Sarah (who passed in 2011), so we felt like both of them were with us during the performance. What a great feeling. Of course, I watched Tony and Nancy a bit more than some of the other dancers and singers because they looked familiar, and they were both incredible, too, as were the entire cast.
ABOUT THE SHOW: The Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory is a tiptop model of efficiency — so why are things getting so steamy? It could have something to do with how hard new superintendent Sid Sorokin has fallen for Babe Williams, the trouble-making head of the union grievance committee. Sparks really start to fly when a workers’ strike pits management against labor and ignites an outrageous battle of the sexes. Packed with seductive dance numbers like “Steam Heat” and “Hernando’s Hideaway,” the best way to ensure a good night’s rest during the hectic holiday season is to play The Pajama Game
|The Sleep-Tite Factory workers go on strike|
BASED ON THE NOVEL: 7½ Cent by Richard Bissell
RUNS FROM October 27 TO December 24, 2017 On the Fichandler Stage in the Arena Stage Building
THE CAST: click to learn about them all here..
Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell
Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Directed by Alan Paul
Choreographed by Parker Esse
Music Direction by James Cunningham
VIDEO REACTIONS: https://youtu.be/4dNhaWKVboc
Sunday, November 19, 2017
5) At 2,000 years old is Christianity.
|Neptune (Roman) or Poseidon (Greek) God of the Sea|
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Groom Heroically Saves Drowning Boy During Wedding Photo ShootSource: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41391191
This heroic groom probably didn’t expect to play the role of Superman on his wedding day.
A group of kids followed the couple around while they took photos in Victoria Park, Brittany told HuffPost. Neither she nor Hatt noticed that one boy had fallen into the water until Clayton sprang into action.
|Canadian newlyweds Clayton and Brittany Cook|
Friday, November 17, 2017
|This 8 year old was murdered for "being gay."|
Although hate crimes have increased in the last year, many are still not reported. In Oct. the President said the VP would prefer to see all gay people hanged. Gay people face hate crimes DAILY and in California on Oct. 18 a trial began for a man who allegedly tortured and killed an 8-year-old for being gay.
UPDATE on Nov. 17 at 10am ET: California man has been convicted of torturing and killing his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son, driven the prosecution argued by his belief that the boy was gay. Isauro Aguirre was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in the May 2013 death of Gabriel Fernandez. A jury must now decide whether Aguirre, 37, should receive the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering Gabriel, who was declared brain dead and taken off life support two days after paramedics arrived at his home in Palmdale, California.
Trial Begins For Man Who Allegedly Tortured, Killed 8-Year-Old Boy For Being Gay
Source: link to hate crimes story
Isauro Aguirre, 37, the boyfriend of the boy’s mother, is charged with murder and facing the death penalty in the case. The mother, 32-year-old Pearl Fernandez, also is charged with capital murder and will be tried separately.
Gabriel Fernandez was found gagged and bound in a cabinet in the couple’s home in Palmdale, California, when first responders discovered him on May 22, 2013. He was declared brain dead and taken off life support two days later.
UPDATED STORY: Man Pleads Guilty of Murdering 8 Year Old
Thursday, November 16, 2017
|Point Lookout's Lighthouse|
Point Lookout State Park is located at 11175 Point Lookout Road, Scotland, MD 20687. It's part of the Maryland Park Service.
THE LIGHTHOUSE - Point Lookout Light is a lighthouse that began operation on Sept. 20,1830. It marks the entrance to the Potomac River at the southernmost tip of Maryland's western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. There were numerous lighthouse keepers and you can find the entire history here: http://www.ptlookoutlighthouse.com/overview.shtml
|Tom and Rob at the lighthouse|
ROB'S EXPERIENCES - Since the lighthouse was closed when we visited, we could only get as close as the fence that surrounded it. It was enough to make my legs feel shaky and unsteady. The energy in the house also gave me a headache (I get one when I'm around a ghost or spirit) so I knew there was a ghost or ghosts (intelligent haunt) inside. When we returned home we researched findings from paranormal teams who investigated and there was a lot of experiences.
THE LAST LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS
George Gatton, the last civilian lighthouse keeper at Point Lookout Lighthouse stated in an interview that he did not believe in ghosts. The lighthouse was tended by Raymond Hartzel until January 11, 1966, when the light was extinguished for the last time. Once the Navy and subsequently the State of Maryland took possession of the lighthouse and rehabilitated it, tenants of the lighthouse began reporting their experiences of unexplained voices, sightings and other phenomena.
NOTE FOR PARANORMAL INVESTIGATORS - For information about investigating claims of the paranormal at the lighthouse, please see the paranormal program on the PLLPS.org website at: http://www.pllps.org/nighttimeinvestigations.shtml
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
|A 1930s photo of the resort|
ABOUT THE RESORT- A popular bay-side resort once stood in the 1930s and served some of the elite.
|The 2 wheels that remain of the resort|
These wheels, one half buried, is all that remains a system that provided power in a power plant (also gone) and water (from a destroyed water treatment plant) to the former resort.
TORN DOWN - Coastal erosion was one reason the once popular beachfront resort was torn down.
The other reason was that the building was in poor condition after 60 years.
Continuing erosion on the peninsula has also swallowed up most of the land that the resort sat on.
NEXT: Point Lookout's Haunted Lighthouse!
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
WHAT WAS CAMP HOFFMAN? Point Lookout was the largest and one of the worst Union prisoner-of-war camps, established on August 1, 1863 on the Chesapeake Bay side of Point Lookout.
According to Mycivilwar.com, the conditions were pretty bad.
|The general area where Camp Hoffman was located on the Chesapeake Bay|
Monday, November 13, 2017
ABOUT THE PARK - Point Lookout State Park is a Maryland state park occupying Point Lookout, the southernmost tip of a peninsula formed by the confluence of Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River in St. Mary's County, Maryland.
|Hospital looks like spokes on a wheel|
It was completed in the spring of 1863. Hammond Hospital could handle 1,400 patients. Union casualties were transported by water on steamers.
After the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, the federal government set up a POW camp on the same peninsula. Hammond started taking in injured and sick Confederate prisoners in addition to Federal soldiers, and the hospital soon became overcrowded.
Spending A Day At Point Lookout
|A panoramic shot we took of the road to the lighthouse.|
Sunday, November 12, 2017
WHO WERE THE CREW?
Researchers found that 4 of the crew were born in Europe! Only one member of the crew is known to have married and had children; his descendants have been located. Nothing is known about the others.
THE ODD WAY THEY WERE FOUND
All 8 skeletons were found perfectly preserved at the posts inside the sub, with no damage observed to the skeletons. When the Hunley was raised in 2000, salvage experts were amazed to find the eight-man crew poised as if they had been caught completely unawares by the tragedy. All were still sitting in their posts and there was no evidence that they had attempted to flee the foundering vessel.
HOW THE CREW DIED
|Credit: US Navy|
The research was published in PLOS ONE.
SOURCE: UK Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/23/mystery-deaths-hl-hunley-submarine-crew-solved-accidentally/
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Oct. 4- Facebook Reveals Many Russian-bought, Pro-Trump Campaign Ads - A number of Russian-linked Facebook ads specifically targeted Michigan and Wisconsin, two states crucial to Donald Trump's victory last November, according to four sources with direct knowledge of the situation. Some of the Russian ads appeared highly sophisticated in their targeting of key demographic groups in areas of the states that turned out to be pivotal, two of the sources said. The ads employed a series of divisive messages aimed at breaking through the clutter of campaign ads online, including promoting anti-Muslim messages, sources said.
Oct. 20 -
Senate intelligence committee investigators have spoken with several Russians who attended a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr., a sign that the matter remains a significant focus for lawmakers looking into potential coordination between Trump associates and Kremlin-linked operatives during the presidential campaign. (CNN)
Oct. 30- Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were both ordered to home confinement Monday and ordered to surrender their passports after pleading not guilty to charges stemming from Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Oct. 31- George Papadopoulos , former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI after he lied about his interactions with foreign officials close to the Russian government -- the campaign's clearest connection so far to Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 election. In court records unsealed on Monday, the FBI said George Papadopoulos "falsely described his interactions with a certain foreign contact who discussed 'dirt' related to emails" concerning Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Records also describe an email between Trump campaign officials suggesting they were considering acting on Russian invitations to go to Russia.
Nov. 3- Jared Kushner has turned over documents in recent weeks to special counsel Robert Mueller as investigators have begun asking in witness interviews about Kushner's role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey
Nov. 1- Candidate Donald Trump did not dismiss the idea of arranging a meeting with Russia's president when it was suggested in a meeting with his campaign foreign policy advisers last year, according to a person in the room.
Nov. 8- Carter Page reveals new contacts with Trump campaign, Russians: Carter Page's six-plus hours of testimony before the House intelligence committee makes clear senior members of the Trump campaign were aware of the former Trump foreign policy adviser's July 2016 trip to Russia -- and Page may have had interactions with more Russian government officials beyond what he's previously acknowledged
Nov. 9- White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, according to sources familiar with the investigation.The interview brings the special counsel investigation into President Donald Trump's inner circle in the White House. Miller is the highest-level aide still working at the White House known to have talked to investigators.Miller's role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey was among the topics discussed during the interview as part of the probe into possible obstruction of justice, according to one of the sources.
Nov. 9- Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has expressed concern about the potential legal exposure of his son, Michael Flynn Jr., who, like his father, is under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
Nov. 10- Ex-Trump security chief testifies he rejected 2013 Russian offer of women for Trump in Moscow
AND- if you want to see which of the Trump Campaign's people were linked to Russia, here's an informative interactive from CNN.com: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/politics/trump-russia-connections/
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.