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Wearing Red on Friday for a GREAT CAUSE! Friday Feb 4th is Go Red for Women Day (also known as “Wear Red Day”). What is that? It’s a day set aside by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease in women across the United States. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the country, though most people are not aware of that fact. Actor Jennie Garth is the spokesperson for the campaign. Women on live television shows Friday are wearing red to help raise awareness.

 

This year’s campaign centers around a project called “Tell 5 and Save Lives.” The project asks women to each tell five of their friends, family members, or colleagues that heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the U.S. Each of those women is then encouraged to tell five more, and so on.

 

Women on television wearing red Friday include The Today Show’s hosts such as Ann Curry, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb.

 

Barbara Walters takes the campaign even further by airing a special on heart disease Friday night at 10 p.m. in ABC’s 20/20 timeslot. It is called A Barbara Walters Special: A Matter of Life and Death and features several well-known people from television and film (Ms. Walters is the only woman on the special) who have undergone open heart surgery. Ms. Walters’s guests are Regis Philbin, David Letterman, Robin Williams, Charlie Rose and former President Bill Clinton.

 

As we make our way into the second month of the year, I am proud of my growing list of personal training clients. I am currently at 10 and the progress of adding 3 more next week. My current clients are showing an AWESOME improvement not only in their physical appearance, but also in self confidence levels. They look and FEEL GOOD!  I have some looking to lose, some to gain MASS, some to cut, and others to just get healthy. I am proud of all of my clients and am enjoying their progress.

 

I am still accepting clients!!!

 

In 2011 I will be getting my personal training certificate and am seeking clients. I will work with YOUR schedule, and offer competitive rates while I am completing my certification. Utilize my FIRST HAND KNOWLEDGE of what works and how to achieve your goals. If you are interested in this service, or want to schedule your personalized appointments e-mail sosaudio@yahoo.com.

 

I hope this finds you warm and with power your power on. I gotta say in the midst of trying to stay positive and be upbeat…it has been a challenge, I am NOT a fan of winter and the cold. The grey sky and cold breezes are more than a lil disheartening. The upside? Well we get to prove AL GORE wrong on his Global Warming farce (in an attempt to win an Academy Award-and for a few extra speaking engagements!)

 

I just fell on the ice on an already sore knee. Question if you are supposed to ice a swollen extremity, then why does your knee swell WHEN YOU FALL ON THE ICE!?!?!?

 

If you have not done so…please check on your neighbors, call or knock on a door, in this weather and with power going in-out all over the Midwest, please just make sure those you know are safe and warm…and it does not have to be related to the above, some people get really down this time of the year!

 

I too get like that, however work hard DAILY to overcome-I refuse to get down, or at the very least…stay down! One of these ways is going tanning, I know it is a lil cheesy, but I need some sunlight to function. The downside? Well I stayed in the bed a lil too long and my bald head and furry a** are peeling!!!

 

Just when you think your life sucks because the weather outside is only 19 degrees and as if it couldn’t get any worse, remember the Egyptians who are back in Cairo, Alexandria and many more locations trying to protect what few possessions they own with sticks. I’m proud of the people that are standing strong in the face of growing violence against them, hoping for a government that will actually serve them for the first time. I sit here praying for PEACEFULL solutions to this conflict and that the unstable peace between Egypt and Israel will remain and grow stronger.

 

Continue to enjoy this week with positive thoughts of a early spring, as the Rodents in Pennsylvania and Ohio did not see there Shadows. Thank you Puxatony Phil, and Buckeye Chuck. Not only for the early Spring…but also because I was gonna blow my diet if you saw your shadow. How? I made a pledge to eat “Ground Chuck” NON Stop to get back at those Ground Hogs/Wood Chucks and their lil families for any more winter!!!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjGwusHrOtk

 

It is also the first week of the “Year of The Rabbit”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLdKU4JCYqg (my favorite Bugs Cartoon of all time-and the only appearance of Gosimer Monster! Have an “INN-Teresting year” of the Rabbit)


A placid year, very much welcomed and needed after the ferocious year of the Tiger. We should go off to some quiet spot to lick our wounds and get some rest after all the battles of the previous year.


Good taste and refinement will shine on everything and people will acknowledge that persuasion is better than force. A congenial time in which diplomacy, international relations and politics will be given a front seat again. We will act with discretion and make reasonable concessions without too much difficulty.


A time to watch out that we do not become too indulgent. The influence of the Rabbit tends to spoil those who like too much comfort and thus impair their effectiveness and sense of duty.


Law and order will be lax; rules and regulations will not be rigidly enforced. No one seems very inclined to bother with these unpleasant realities. They are busy enjoying themselves, entertaining others or simply taking it easy. The scene is quiet and calm, even deteriorating to the point of somnolence. We will all have a tendency to put off disagreeable tasks as long as possible


Money can be made without too much labor. Our life style will be languid and leisurely as we allow ourselves the luxuries we have always craved for. A temperate year with unhurried pace. For once, it may seem possible for us to be carefree and happy without too many annoyances.



THE RABBIT PERSONALITY


A person born in the year of the Rabbit possesses one of the most fortunate of the twelve animal signs. The Rabbit, or Hare as he is referred to in Chinese mythology, is the emblem of longevity and is said to derive his essence from the Moon.


When a Westerner gazes at the Moon, he may joke that it is a ball of cheese or tell a child the story of the Man in the Moon. When a Chinese looks at the Moon, he sees the Moon Hare standing near a rock under a Cassia tree and holding the Elixir of Immortality in his hands.


During the Chinese mid-Autumn festival when the Moon is supposed to be at its loveliest, Chinese children still carry lighted paper lanterns made in the image of a Rabbit and climb the hills to observe the Moon and admire the Moon Hare.


The Rabbit symbolizes graciousness, good manners, sound counsel kindness and sensitivity to beauty. His soft speech and graceful and nimble ways embody all the desirable traits of a successful diplomat or seasoned politician.


Likewise, a person born under this sign will lead a tranquil life, enjoying peace, quiet and a congenial environment. He is reserved and artistic and possesses good judgment. His thoroughness will also make him a good scholar. He will shine in the fields of law, politics and government.


But he is also inclined to be moody; at such times he appears detached from his environment or indifferent to people.


The Rabbit is extremely lucky in business and monetary transactions. Astute at striking bargains, he can always pop up with a suitable proposal or alternative to benefit himself. His sharp business acumen, coupled with his knack for negotiation, will ensure him a fast rise in any career.


Although the Rabbit may assume an outer air of indifference to the opinions of others, he actually withers under criticism. His “rather switch than fight” technique can be deceiving and he can be diabolically cunning when he puts his mind to it. So while the Rabbit person is tender and obliging to his loved ones, he can be superficial and even ruthless in his dealings with outsiders. Suave and self-indulgent, he enjoys his creature comforts and likes to put his own wishes first. It irks him terribly to be inconvenienced for he is a considerate, modest and thoughtful person and he would like others to be the same. He sincerely believes it costs people nothing to be nice to each other and he will always make an effort to be civil, even to his worst enemy. He abhors brawling and any sort of overt animosity.


For all his quiet and misleadingly docile nature, a Rabbit person possesses a strong will and an almost narcissistic self-assurance. He pursues his objectives with methodical precision but always in an unobtrusive manner. If there is anything he isn’t going to be accused of, it is that he is an obvious or thick-skinned person. He won’t make waves. The special trait that makes the Rabbit person a formidable negotiator is his inscrutability. It is difficult ever to assess his thoughts correctly.


The Rabbit usually has impeccable manners. He seldom uses harsh words and will never resort to foul language or vulgarisms to bring home a point. There is little need to anyway, as he has his own techniques. The Rabbit could hide under this cloak of decency to undermine his opponents. His credentials are usually flawless or at least in good order. He will wine and dine you in the best places and cater to your every whim when he is after something. Then, when you have eaten your fill and are puffing away contentedly at that expensive cigar, he will pull out the contract for you to sign. Before you know it, he has cut you off at the knees. He was so deft, you didn’t even feel any pain. It was all over with the stroke of a pen. My sympathies are with you, friend. You are just another victim of the incomparable Hare. Now do you understand why Bugs Bunny always gets his carrots in all those cartoon strips?


The Rabbit may appear a bit slow or overly deliberate at times, but this is due to his inborn sense of caution and discretion. One can be sure he is going to read the fine print before signing any document. Because of his ability to assess people and situations, the Rabbit can afford to be conceited–which, by the way, he is.


The demure Ms. Rabbit is very considerate and understanding with her friends: a great gal to work with, shop with or just tell stories with. She is delightfully warm and witty and her company is always relaxing. She has a lot of energy for the things she likes to do and can tirelessly track down antique shops or plan a friend’s wedding to the last detail. But when she feels she has had enough of all that rigmarole, well, you can expect her to drop whatever she is doing, prop up her dainty feet and go all limp. That is the philosophical part of the Rabbit. Do you know why she can keep so serene with all that frantic action going on? The secret is to know when your batteries need recharging, and no one has better knowledge or timing on this than the Rabbit.


While everyone is killing himself in a mad rush to get somewhere, the Rabbit knows that the world will still be here tomorrow. So, what’s the big hurry? Why don’t you sit down, too? She will probably make you a nice cup of tea and help you forget all about that crazy rat race outside.


In any situation, you can always rely on the Rabbit to be in control of herself. She will notice the license number of the getaway car or remember that the driver was wearing camel-colored trousers or elevator shoes. And while you are at the police station filing that report, she will calmly recall all the details and help you answer all those irritating questions.


All in all, the Rabbit is one who really knows how to live. What’s more, he or she is more than willing to let live. Not a spoilsport or disciplinarian with an ever-watchful eye, the Rabbit knows when to refrain from criticism. He never likes to embarrass anyone in public. He is adept at the art of saving face, both yours and his, and if there is any way he can spare your feelings, he will.


Have no doubt–he makes mental notes of your mistakes or progress. But if things are not serious or beyond redemption, he will goodheartedly let you pass. For this trait, he is well-liked and popular. An advantage of this philosophy is that the Rabbit makes few enemies and thus rarely gets into trouble. People respond by being generous to him and letting him pass, too.


No one has a more sympathetic ear to lend you than the Rabbit (except the Sheep) should you need one. But while he is an excellent soother and compassionate listener, he will only take the role of a passive advisor. He is, above all, an intellectual, a realist and a pacifist. Do not expect him to go out with all colors flying and do battle for you. That would be asking too much of him. Let’s face it, the Rabbit will never elect to trudge up Mount Calvary with you, no matter what great buddies you two claim to be. He’ll lend you the money for the lawyer or bail you out of jail if he can afford it, but that’s about all. And if you are getting to be too much of a nuisance, you can count on his making a quick but graceful exit from your life.


The comely and refined Miss Rabbit will not be adverse to marrying a good old-fashioned millionaire instead of a handsome but penniless swain. The former will be able to provide her with the advantages and luxuries she demands as necessities. Her man must be powerful enough to protect and support her in style, and sensitive enough to politely disappear when she is in a sullen mood and wishes to remain undisturbed.


When given the choice, the Rabbit will vote for the easy and good life every time. He or she will wear loose comfortable clothing of superb cut and fabric. Cashmere sweaters, pure silk blouses and durable linens and tweeds. A mink or chinchilla carelessly thrown over the shoulder in a calculated air of nonchalance could also identify the elegant Rabbit native. Flashy, geometric or shocking designs offend the Rabbit’s sense of conformity and balance.


While gracious to friends and coworkers, the Rabbit person may be somewhat distant from his own family or simply bored by domestic routine and duties. He or she hates too close associations; he will shake off an encroachment on his privacy or clinging parasitic friends with no regret. He can be bureaucratic and hedgy over difficult issues. As he is one who hates binding commitments or over-involvement, he can also be an expert at passing the buck.


Mr. Rabbit is singularly debonair. He moves with grace, charm and gentlemanliness, in spite of the fact that while he was singing your praises, he was also drinking all your best wine. Yes, the Rabbit gravitates toward the cream of society and gentlemanly leisure. On second thought, the cream of high society could well be made up of poised and genial Hares.


At his best, the Rabbit is admired for his suaveness and intelligence and sought after for his sensible advice. At his worst, he is too imaginative, oversensitive or just acidly indifferent. He avoids coming into contact with human suffering or misery, as though it were some highly contagious disease.


The Rabbit is not at all easy to trap. He can also become very repressive in his predilection for secrecy or privacy. When the Rabbit person feels threatened, his subtle brooding or concealed antagonism could be expressed by the use of subversive tactics. Joseph Stalin and Fidel Castro and South Africa’s Johannes Vorster are Rabbits. It is also worth noting that Thailand’s King Bhumibol, admired and well-loved by his subjects for his exemplary life and devotion to music, art and domestic harmony, was born in the year of the Rabbit. So were King Olav V of Norway, Queen Victoria, Albert Einstein, David Rockefeller and David Frost.


For all his positive qualities, a native of this sign will still value himself above all else. When pushed too far, he will discard anything or anyone who dares upset the calm of his existence. His beliefs are known to be flexible and he has the knack of playing both sides for insurance. Security could be an obsession to the weaker types of this specimen; you rarely find a Rabbit in areas of high risk.


This love of ease coupled with his distaste for conflict may give the Rabbit a reputation for being weak, opportunistic and self-indulgent. Unlike the Dragon, Dog, Tiger, or Rooster, who all enjoy a hearty fight now and then, and may even thrive on it, the Rabbit has no relish for combat. He was not born to be a warrior. He is more effective working behind the scenes. Do not be concerned about the Rabbit’s well-being. He is agile and sagacious and armed with the good sense to keep out of harm’s way. Unlike other signs, who may pursue lofty ideals, the Rabbit’s main objective in life is simply self-preservation.


The Rabbit year is said to bring peace or at least a respite from conflict or war. Likewise, its native will do everything in his power to restore harmony or he will leave the scene.


The Rabbit person makes a good entertainer and is a wonderful host. Pleasant and warm company, he has a good word to say of everyone. But don’t let that fool you. He knows more than he will say and you can easily recognize him by his finesse. He will be the best of friends so long as you take care not to ask too much of him.


The well-groomed Rabbit is most compatible with those born in the Sheep year. They will share the same good taste and love of material comforts. Equally well suited will be a relationship with the Dog person or the honest, unimposing Roar native. The Rat, Dragon, Monkey, Ox, Snake and Rabbit will make good secondary matches for him. But he will not be able to tolerate the vanity or criticism of the Rooster, is unimpressed by the dramatics of the Tiger and unappreciative of the quick-tempered and mercurial ways of the Horse.


To sum it up, the Hare simply leaps over obstacles in his path and recovers from calamities with remarkable resilience. No matter how he is tossed, he lands on his feet. He may not be close to his family but will make every effort to provide them with the best of everything. His soft, vulnerable-looking exterior is protected by an armor of cautiousness and sagacity. In life, the Rabbit will avoid being drawn into conflict at any cost, unless, of course, it affects him directly, at which time he will take the appropriate measures to protect his interests.


There is no great inner struggle in the Rabbit’s heart between the forces of good and evil. He believes in his own ability to survive, relies on his own judgment and is at peace with himself. His is the sign most apt to find happiness and contentment.


THE RABBIT CHILD


A child born in the Rabbit’s year will have a sweet disposition. Even-tempered and obedient, he will be sensitive to the moods of his parents and act accordingly. He may or may not be talkative, but he won’t be rowdy or offensive. He can sit quietly and concentrate on one toy or game at a time.


Usually he is a light sleeper and may fret a lot when he is sick. He will be easy to discipline and should have little trouble fitting in at school. He learns his lessons well and with ease. But although he has better than average manners, this does not mean he will not be argumentative in his own soft-spoken way. He can grasp both sides of a question quickly and debate his point with intelligence.


At times, it will be difficult to decipher his thoughts or deeds. Smooth at masking his feelings, the Rabbit will only say what he knows will please you and thus maneuver you to his way of thinking without your even noticing it.


He will be able to fend for himself and protect his possessions. Remarkably observant, he can calculate his chances for getting his way. Instead of directly resisting rules, the subtle Rabbit will carefully devise ways around them. In short, this polite little angel is going to bargain for a better deal every time.


He can take reproach with a defiant or philosophical sort of indifference. Shrugging off his setbacks, the Rabbit will patiently start again from square one. Helpful at home, conforming in school and well-tuned to his environment, this child will know his way around people and problems. Rest assured he will be well-liked and accepted in all circles.

 

 

One last jab…did you know at one point 49 States had Ice/Snow, and the most recent storm front expanded over 2000 miles WIDE?!?!? At lease Al Gore created the Internet so I could get that info!

 

Stay warm, be safe, and feel free to bring me some soup! (and fire wood), this weather is not fit for Penguins!

 


THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK:

The thoughts you are thinking, the words you are speaking and the actions you are taking NOW are the most important things you are doing to create a successful future for yourself and your family. – Keith Cameron Smith

Talent is God-given, be humble. Fame is man-given, be grateful. Conceit is self-given, be careful ~John Wooden

 

“God may send you into the battle, but he will never send you without armor.”

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark; professionals built the Titanic.

 

VALENTINES DAY IS ONLYA WEEK AWAY:

…and Love is in the air

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khEPc_0MpgY

 


QUESTION OF THE WEEK:

Do you have any regrets in life?

Are some greater than others?

Are you doing anything to overcome or fix those regrets?

Are you paying it forward to teach or show someone else your own past so they will not have the same regrets?

 

 

SONG FOR THE WEEK:

Sitting here for MANY hours of the day, alone…not know what is going on or where to go, but, even though my own “Elisabeth”(s) are no longer here, I find myself thinking about her constantly. My nightly dreams and daily slumbers produce a dream and a wish

 

“i woke up in pieces and elisabeth had disappeared again…
well i wish you were inside of me
i hope that you’re ok
i hope your resting quietly
i just wanted to say…”

HOLY SH*T! I guess I gotta post the whole song…these lyrics while ambiguous are hauntingly part of my daily existence…

i was wasted in the afternoon
waiting on a train
i woke up in pieces and elisabeth had disappeared again
well i wish you were inside of me
i hope that you’re ok
i hope your resting quietly
i just wanted to say

good, goodnight elisabeth,
goodnight elisabeth
goodnight elisabeth
goodnight

we couldn’t all be cowboys
some of us are clowns
and some of us are dancers on the midway
we roam from town to town
i hope that everybody can find a little flame
me, i say my prayers
then i just light myself on fire
and i walk out on the wire once again
and i say

good, goodnight elisabeth,
goodnight elisabeth
goodnight elisabeth
goodnight

i will wait for you in Baton Rouge
i’ll miss you down in New Orleans
i’ll wait for you while she slips in something comfortable
and i’ll miss you when i’m slipping in between
if you wrap yourself in daffodills
i will wrap myself in pain
and if you’re the queen of California
baby i am the king of the rain
and i say

good, goodnight elisabeth,
goodnight elisabeth
goodnight elisabeth
goodnight
the moon’s a satellite yeah
now wont you fall down
on me now
wont you fall down on me
come fall down
on me now
wont you fall down on me
’till im all alone
you aint coming home
you just settle down down down into bones
i said im all alone
you aint coming home
you just settle down down down into bones

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HBiDpJWRLM

 

In honor of the RODDENT not seeing his shadow on Weds, (song was in Caddyshack with the Groundhog/Gopher dancing), AND I am really down right now with the winter blues-but I’M ALRIGHT!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WQNMWBSGUQ

BUT IT IS STILL A HAZY SHADE OF WINTER (yes I know this is a remake-but it has more angst than original)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG9PVucS9aw

At this point in the grey chill Ohio air…not sure if this song makes me feel better, or make that urge to get “back out there” even stronger. I am going nuts here, but…there is some tranquility in the lyrics, steel drum, and THE IMAGES OF THE OCEAN. “I still can manage a smile…it just takes a while.” “Feel like I’ve drowned…but I WON’T WEAR A FROWN!!!”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPYNL5ioo8E&feature=related

 


THOUGHT FOR NEW YEAR:

Quality of life is a result of many small actions. It’s not New Year resolutions, nor big promises that make or break life, it’s the innumerable small actions you take every hour that compound into a life well lived. Look at how you are living moment to moment to know whether at the end of your life you will be looking back with pride or sorrow.

Great resolution and words of encouragement from Joel Osteen. Today, get ready for increase. Get prepared for promotion. This year is the year to step into blessings you can’t even imagine. Keep believing, keep obeying His Word and keep your heart and mind open to what He has for you because you haven’t seen anything yet!

 


HELP:

I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. ~Stephen Grellet

 


SAVINGS!:

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DROID:

iPhone 5 Rumors Rundown: Read This Before Buying A Verizon iPhone

As the Verizon iPhone 4 pre-orders open to existing VZW subscribers and then to the rest of the public come February 9th (reservations), many consumers must be contemplating whether to spring for the highly awaited Verizon iPhone 4, or wait for theApple iPhone 5 which is expected to debut sometime in July.

iPhone 5 rumors list: What you should know before buying a Verizon iPhone

While there is no concrete list of specs available for the iPhone 5, there is no doubt that it will launch mid-2011 and be better specked than its outgoing counterpart.

So before you decide to go with the Verizon iPhone 4, or even perhaps the white iPhone 4 which is also expected to launch very soon (Spring), check out the rundown of the top iPhone 5 rumors first:

Dual-core processor: All signs point to the iPhone 5 packing a dual-core processor just like the new generation of Android smartphones. This would equate to a significant performance boost.

Larger display: The iPhone 5 may pack a slightly larger display (currently 3.5-inches, rumors suggest 3.7-inches like the GoogleNexus One).

Improved antenna design: Consumer Reports won’t give the iPhone 5 a “don’t buy” rating like the iPhone 4, as the new iPhone is expected to have a redesigned antenna and finally say goodbye to the dreaded “death grip” issue.

1080p video recording: As the majority of smartphones we saw at CES take the leap to 1080p video recording, the iPhone 5 will most likely do the same. Look for an 8-megapixel camera as well.

NFC support: With Near-field communication technology, your iPhone 5 will behave like a credit card. You may very well be able to scan it like a Visa Wave once the technology is widely adopted by retailers.

4G LTE speeds: Verizon Wireless and AT&T are both working on expanding their 4G LTE coverage market so it comes as no surprise that the iPhone 5 may in fact be 4G LTE compatible. Furthermore, this could also mean that the next-generation iPhone will not be called iPhone 5 but instead iPhone 4G (similar to how the original iPhone was updated to an iPhone 3G when it released with 3G compatibility).

Now that you know what the iPhone 5 may be capable of, you can decide whether you should spring for the Verizon iPhone or wait a couple more months for the iPhone 5. After all, you don’t want to feel any buyer’s remorse when left standing with an outgoing model while the masses begin to line up for the new iPhone come June or July.

 


HMMMM:

Coast Guard rescues Canadian from Lake Erie ice floe

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has rescued a snowmobiler who floated into Lake Erie from Canada after he fell into the water and climbed onto a loose piece of ice about the size of a football field.

 

Jim Turton of Colchester, Ontario, was rescued at about 8:30 a.m. today — his 45th birthday — by crew members of an ice-breaking tug temporarily assigned to the Great Lakes from New London, Conn. Officials say Turton was one of four snowmobilers who fell through ice near Colchester around 11:25 p.m. yesterday. The others climbed onto ice connected to shore.

 

Following the rescue, he was transferred to a Canadian coast guard ship.

 

The officer who helped Turton climb onto the cutter had recently attended an ice rescue training school in Essexville, Mich.The Old Year has gone.  Let the dead past bury its own dead.  The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time.  All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!

 


IRONY:

While at The Bridal Show last Sunday I was located between a personal training company, and Graeter’s Ice Cream.

 


BIRTHDAY:

Reagan legacy weighed amid 100th birthday events

Ronald Reagan’s name is enshrined on an airport, an aircraft carrier, belt buckles and highways. His likeness — with that sunny smile — appears on drink coasters, statues, talking dolls and a Rose Bowl Parade float.

 

Conservatives make the pilgrimage to his presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif. — a showcase of all things Reagan. Presidential candidates debate there, hoping to be dubbed heir to the Reagan legacy. Even President Barack Obama invokes his name.

 

As the 100th anniversary of his birth approaches on Feb. 6, and a generation after he left the White House, the nation’s 40th president is held in higher esteem now than when he was in office. Still, the popular image of “The Gipper” — resolute, square-shouldered, unfailingly optimistic — overlooks a more complicated presidency — and person.

 

Do Americans, less than a decade after his death, have a clear idea of who he was?

 

“No,” says historian Kevin Starr.

 

How did a former radio announcer, middling actor and union leader in Hollywood become a titanic figure in American history?

 

Even with his reputation as the Great Communicator, “there remains something opaque, something … even mysterious in Ronald Reagan,” Starr says.

 

This week the nation will celebrate Reagan’s life, with tributes from a video to be shown at the Super Bowl in Dallas to a Beach Boys concert in California. Senators will pay tribute in floor speeches in Washington, and Sarah Palin will address a banquet on Friday night in Reagan’s honor in Santa Barbara, near his beloved ranch.

 

Long a Republican hero, Reagan was praised for his role ending the Cold War, kick-starting an ailing economy and coaxing Americans out of a collective funk. At turns revered on the right and reviled on the left in his 1980s heyday, Americans now rank him among their most admired presidents.

 

But the Reagan myth can obscure Reagan the man.

 

The president’s 52-year-old son, Ron, says he sometimes doesn’t recognize the pop culture-version of his father, the man held up as a patriarch of Republican politics. And he thinks attempts to idolize his father, known for his modesty, miss the point.

 

“When we are electing presidents we are electing human beings and all human beings have flaws,” Reagan tells The Associated Press.

 

In his recently published book, “My Father at 100,” Reagan describes his father as “warm yet remote” and “easy to love yet hard to know.”

 

“You may think you know Ronald Reagan, or at least the 90 percent or so that was so long and frequently on public display,” he writes. “However, even to those of us who were closest to him, that hidden 10 percent remains a considerable mystery.”

 

Perhaps not surprising for a former actor, Reagan is often remembered for his best lines: “Trust, but verify,” his warning about Soviet relations; “Our enemy is no longer Red Coats, but red ink” and other jeremiads about big government and spending; and references to the “shining city upon a hill,” which recalls a 17th-century sermon.

 

But Reagan is sometimes misunderstood, adopted for causes or ideas that don’t dovetail neatly with his record in office.

 

Reagan is seen as an apostle of lower taxes, but he supported what was then the largest tax increase in California history when he served as governor, from 1967 to 1975.

 

Cutting deals with Democratic leaders in Congress, he slashed and raised taxes during his White House days.

 

The debt held by the public climbed on his watch — from $712 billion in 1980 to $2 trillion in 1988, and he never presented a balanced budget to Congress during his eight years in office.

 

The president remembered for a massive military buildup also proposed abolishing nuclear weapons.

 

Known for traditional, Christian values, he was divorced and remarried and, according to his son’s book, received a D-grade in a college course on Christ’s life.

 

He’s often embraced by conservatives who want to see Social Security privatized, yet Reagan blessed a 1982 Social Security commission’s blueprint for solvency that generated almost three decades of surpluses.

 

Conservative bristle at proposals to provide amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, but a 1986 law signed by Reagan established a one-year amnesty program for illegal immigrants who’d been in the United States at least four years. An estimated 2.7 million people took advantage.

 

Talk radio and cable TV are thick with praise for Reagan, yet the president was a pragmatic politician who compromised with Democrats and counted House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill among his friends.

 

In some cases, “he didn’t do exactly what people are crediting him with, particularly on the right,” Reagan biographer Lou Cannon says.

 

Reagan was born Feb. 6, 1911, in tiny Tampico, Ill., and attended Eureka College roughly 100 miles away. He worked in Iowa as a radio broadcaster before relocating to Los Angeles, where he began a career in acting. A one-time Democrat, he changed his registration in 1962.

 

As Reagan’s reputation grew in recent years, it has overshadowed troubled periods of his presidency, including the Iran-Contra arms scandal and the fight over the “Star Wars” missile defense initiative.

 

On Sunday, a 3-minute video tribute to Reagan will air during the Super Bowl, a film that commemorates his birth and could further burnish his legacy.

 

Since he left office, conservatives have worked to build his stature, making him for Republicans what President John F. Kennedy is for generations of Democrats. Last year, a congressman proposed replacing Ulysses S. Grant’s portrait with Reagan’s on the $50 bill.

 

For Americans, Reagan as president keeps looking better.

 

“He’s passed on into mythology now,” says former Reagan speechwriter and adviser Peter Hannaford, who worked on Reagan’s 1976 and 1980 campaigns. With the passage of time “the positives get stronger and stronger, and the details of what worked well and what didn’t work so well fall away, particularly the things that didn’t.”

 

About two years after he left the White House, he logged a 54 percent approval rating, according to the Gallup poll, with 44 percent disapproving. By November 2010, he notched a 74 percent approval rating in a Gallup survey, second only to Kennedy’s 85 percent. About a quarter said they disapproved of the way Reagan handled his presidency in that poll.

 

Charles Tixier, an oil engineer from New Orleans, is among the admirers.

 

Tixier, 59, walked the exhibits of the newly renovated Reagan library last month, moving past the Air Force One the president used, a slab of the Berlin Wall and other glimpses of Reagan-era Washington.

 

Reagan “inspired you to believe again,” he says. “We’ve lived off his ideas.“

 

Cannon credits Reagan for leaving the world a safer place, and says his deficits pale in comparison to those of his successors.

 

He says Reagan’s rising stature is due partly to the presidents he is measured against. He succeeded Jimmy Carter, a one-term president, and was followed by another one-termer, George H.W. Bush. Bill Clinton’s tenure was marred by a sex scandal, and George W. Bush left the nation two wars and a devastated economy.

 

“Reagan didn’t have a hard act to follow and he was followed by acts that weren’t wonderful either,” Cannon says. “I think he deserves to be recognized, if he’s not always recognized for the right reason.”

 

Nearly seven years after his death, much of the fine print of the Reagan story remains in boxes below the hilltop museum. There are 60 million pages of documents, most of which are from his presidency.

 

Only about a quarter of those records can be seen today, and it could take 30 years before the trove of material is fully reviewed, organized and made accessible to the public. A team of archivists cleared 1.5 million pages last year for release.

 

In the meantime, history awaits.

 

Reagan’s tenure “is glossed over. Image has become so important. People remember ‘Morning in America,”’ a campaign slogan, says presidential scholar Robert Dallek, whose books include “Ronald Reagan: The Politics of Symbolism.”

 

“The big question is when historians will be able to read the records in sufficient numbers to make a closer assessment of what his presidency was really like.”

So grab a Jelly Belly or 2 and toast to “The Gipper”

 


FUNNY:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnPINGavPP0&feature=player_embedded

 


ENTERTAINMENT:

Grand piano on Biscayne Bay sandbar:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f3CY9MyNg

 


MUSIC:

The White Stripes announced February 2nd, 2011, their band has officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live. Looks like Ohio State football and the Buckeye Bounce drove them to retirement. (for those who don’t know…the new OSU Anthem played at events is a song by the White Stripes)

 


BOOKS:

‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’-Dale Carnegie

 

THIS IS A CLASSIC…that is still relevant

 

This grandfather of all people-skills books was first published in 1937. It was an overnight hit, eventually selling 15 million copies. How to Win Friends and Influence People is just as useful today as it was when it was first published, because Dale Carnegie had an understanding of human nature that will never be outdated. Financial success, Carnegie believed, is due 15 percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to “the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people.” He teaches these skills through underlying principles of dealing with people so that they feel important and appreciated. He also emphasizes fundamental techniques for handling people without making them feel manipulated. Carnegie says you can make someone want to do what you want them to by seeing the situation from the other person’s point of view and “arousing in the other person an eager want.” You learn how to make people like you, win people over to your way of thinking, and change people without causing offense or arousing resentment. For instance, “let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers,” and “talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.” Carnegie illustrates his points with anecdotes of historical figures, leaders of the business world, and everyday folks.

 


POLITICS:

‎”Have you heard about the new Obama Happy Meal for kids at McDonalds? It comes with a promise that they’ll get a toy someday.”

 


MILITARY:

At 90 years old…soldier reports for duty

 

Veterans Sends Pottery to Deployed Troops

 

Decades after leaving the military, one World War II veteran is still doing his part.

 

He sends pottery to troops currently deployed.

 

Ninety-year-old Henry Stupakewicz is a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

 

“My job in World War II was a bomb disposal. In the other two wars, it was explosive ordinance disposal,” says Stupakewicz.

 

Henry’s been retired for a few years now. He used to own a pottery shop in Dover and he’s still using his wheel, strictly for enjoyment.

 

“What I make is not good enough to sell, but good enough to give away,” says Stupakewicz.

That’s just what he’s doing; sending love and hope to those currently deployed, including his nephew, Major Scott Bager.

 

“He had already been to Afghanistan. When he went to Iraq, I gave him a couple of mugs to take with him,” says Stupakewicz.

 

The mugs were a big hit with the soldiers in the unit. Henry’s nephew asked him if he could make eight mugs using the unit’s colors, sand and orange. Like every good soldier, Henry reported for duty. The mugs are made and ready to be shipped.

 

“That’s a man sized mug and soldiers like a man-sized mug. I’ve never seen any of them who want a little teacup,” says Stupakewicz.

 

They may not want a teacup, but Henry says he knows from experience, what soldiers do want, is to know people are thinking of them while they’re away at war.

 

“This is another little taste of home and it’s not important in itself, but the idea that someone thought to send it to you is important and that’s why I want to make the guys feel that we still remember them at home,” says Stupakewicz.

 


BUISNESS/PRODUCT OF WEEK:

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YOU DA MAN:

Buckeye Firearms Association
Defending Your Firearm Rights

More residents say they’re keeping guns for home security

A series of home invasions in Ohio’s Scioto County have turned out very badly for the perpetrators, and more residents say they are keeping guns loaded and ready for home security, saying it’s either shoot or be shot.

In the first case, a man broke into the home of a former Scioto County Sheriff. From The Portsmouth Daily-Times:

The Portsmouth Police Department is investigating a break-in at the home of former Scioto County Sheriff James Sutterfield.

About 1:02 p.m. Thursday, police say an intruder entered Sutterfield’s home, where he was shot and then fled the residence.

Police say the intruder was found and transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center for treatment.

The identity of the intruder had not been released Thursday afternoon, pending notification of family members.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Sutterfield, 64, served as Scioto County Sheriff from 1993-1997.

One of the suspects from two other home invasions is also now nursing serious gun shot wound.

From WSAZ, Huntington, WV’s NBC affiliate, in a report entitled “Man Shot During Home Invasion; Names Released”:

They looked like ninja assassins — all in black, wearing masks and toting guns.

It’s the second time this week we’ve heard that description after another home invasion in Scioto County.
Also, another victim shot an armed intruder. We’re learning more and more people have guns, loaded and ready for home security, saying it’s either shoot or be shot.

Monday’s home invasion was in the city of Portsmouth, while Friday morning’s violent encounter was way out in the country. Again, pain pills were the invaders’ target.

Bart Stevens told us the door shot open, and there were two guns in his face. He said it was about 3:30 a.m. when the two masked men burst into his mother’s home along Mercer-Cox Road.

He says the intruders held six people in the home at gunpoint, and went straight for the powerful fentanyl and oxycodone prescribed to terminally ill cancer patient Chester Spradlin.

“They were here to get my father-in-law’s medicine,” Stevens said.

Stevens says as the two men were hauling out a makeshift safe, he grabbed this hidden shotgun and told them to stop, then, the one with the pistol turned, and he fired.

Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini thinks the injured suspect, Mark Vandyke, who’s 40 and from Piketon, Ohio, may lose his leg.

Donini says after the shooting, the second intruder, Mark Cox, ran away. And he says the getaway car driver must also have heard the shot because he drove away without taking anyone with him.

A few hours later, reports of a man walking down Ohio Route 348 with a rifle prompted deputies to follow snowy footprints and arrest Cox, who’s 30 and from the area.

Stevens says after shooting the intruder, he pulled off his mask and saw it was a longtime bar room acquaintance. Donini says they’re either drug users or dealers, but they’re hitting people that they know and using weapons.

Vandyke is a patient at Grant Hospital in Columbus, while Cox is in the Scioto County Jail.

Portsmouth Police say two men wearing all black with guns and masks invaded a home along Walnut Street on Monday.

Are they the same? The two departments are still comparing notes.

Donini has solid leads on getting the getaway car driver.

The report concludes by noting that all of the suspects will be charged with aggravated armed robbery.

Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, who represents parts of Scioto County, is a long-time friend of Buckeye Firearms Association. Schmidt recently told The Cincinnati Enquirer, which reported that she and her husband, took their concealed carry class in October 2005, that “You just never know if I’m packing or not packing.”

Under Ohio’s Castle Doctrine law, if someone unlawfully enters an occupied home or temporary habitation, or occupied car, citizens have an initial presumption that they may act in self defense, and will not be second-guessed by the State

 

WHAT THE HE**?

Airport Security Officials Successfully Disarm Toy Soldier

 

Is it better or worse to know that airport security in other countries can be as stupid as ours? I can’t decide.

 

A Canadian couple that visited the Royal Signals Museum during a trip to the UK said that officials at Gatwick Airport disarmed the souvenir figurine (a soldier with a radio and rifle) they bought at the museum and made them mail the figurine’s weapon home separately. The couple said officials became concerned after scanning the box and saw what they apparently thought was a tiny terrorist hiding inside. According to Ken Lloyd, the antenna of the figure’s radio set “was individually scanned as suspect” and when the officer conducting the search saw the figure was carrying what she described as a “firearm,” she contacted her supervisor.

 

Officials refused to let the Lloyds travel with the three-inch weapon, so Mrs. Lloyd brazenly carried it through the airport to a store where she was able to buy a padded envelope to mail the item back to Canada. Mr. Lloyd found it remarkable that his wife was able to move through the terminal at will despite openly carrying a firearm. “The numerous security people sitting around the concourse didn’t leap to their feet as she passed,” he noticed. The airport’s customer-service department agreed to mail the item for them, after x-raying the envelope.

 

A museum spokesman quoted in the report said that the museum “takes security very seriously” but that this did seem “more than a little excessive.” “It’s probably just as well we didn’t sell her a toy tank,” he said.

 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME:

 

http://www.myfox28columbus.com/shared/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wtte_vid_8945.shtml

 

Reports of People Drugged at Arena Dist., Short North Bars Piling Up

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — More and more recent reports of people being drugged at bars in Columbus’ popular Arena District and Short North area and then sexually violated have the Columbus Division of Police on alert, ABC6/FOX28 News has learned.

 

The most recent incident, ABC6/FOX28 News’ Terri Sullivan reports, happened in the trendy Short North area, known for its highly trafficked bars, boutiques and bistros. The reports reach far back into the summer months, police said.

 

Authorities say the attacks seem to be escalating, too. Sullivan approached the venues named in the police reports for their responses to the reports. None wanted to comment.

 

One of the reported incidents happened at Union Café, located on N. High Street, last November. Havana, located just down the street, is also named in the report made by two sexual assault victims.

 

Police say both victims said they had drinks at Union and Havana, felt foggy and “woke up” hours later with their clothing off. Both said they’d been sexually assaulted. They told police they suspect something had been slipped into their drinks.

 

Back in October, another man reported feeling funny after a drink at the Union Café. He says he blacked out and woke up in an unfamiliar apartment with a man sexually assaulting him, biting him and scratching him.

 

He told police that he blacked out again and was later found in his car wearing nothing but his underwear.

 

In another instance, a young woman reported feeling foggy after a drink at Havana. She says it was like she’d taken Nyquil. She then got sick. Her brother took her to the emergency room.

 

And, there are similar reports of incidents happening just down the block in Columbus’ popular Arena District. Two friends told police they became disoriented after a drink at the Park Street Cantina. One was later found lying in the street. The other couldn’t remember his address and said his credit cards had been stolen.

 

A look at store surveillance video shows a woman later in the night using those credit cards.

 

Finally, two more reports of people feeling out of sorts after a drink in the Arena District. They called the night a complete blank. In one case, a woman said she woke up with a naked man on top of her. She said she didn’t remember leaving the Park Street Cantina, where she was or what had happened.

 

SPORTS:

It is the “Big Game” with Steeler Nation taking on The “Cheese Heads.” I am a BUNGLES fan, and have seen more CLOWNS and Steelers games than those of the Orange and Black. Even though Green Bay has Buckeye HERO and Local Boy, AJ Hawk, I will be sipping on an “Iron City Light” (YUCK) and rooting for the Blue Collar hero’s wearing ‘Black & Yellow.’


BUCKEYES:

Before I begin, you should know that I have enjoyed watching Ohio State football on television for many years, but I never knew what a buckeye was. I always assumed it was a common name for a species of a little known but dangerous wild animal. I recently learned that it is just a tree. At first glance, it appears to be useless: the wood doesn’t burn well, the bark smells, and the meat of the nut is bitter and mildly toxic. Yet it grows where others cannot, it is difficult to kill, and adapts to its circumstances. So much for first impressions.-Chris Reeve from his 2003 Commencement speech at Ohio State (this brings tears to my eyes EVERY TIME!)

RELIGION:

John 3:16 Super Bowl Ad Rejected

Plenty of potential Super Bowl ads are seemingly made to be rejected. Why? 30-second spots during the broadcast are going for $3 million, and once an ad is nixed it gets plenty of free publicity (See: “Is Doritos Mocking Christians?”). But usually, as Politics Daily’s David Gibson observes, the majority of ads being waved away are done so for inappropriate or racy content. The latest spot to be rejected by Fox broadcasting was done so for “advancing particular beliefs or practices,” which is against company policy.

The ad, which was produced by the Fixed Point Foundation, showcases a group of guys who wouldn’t be out of place in a beer commercial gathered around a big screen yelling at the TV during a football game. After a close-up of John 3:16 is flashed onscreen, they wonder what the verse means and use a smart phone to look it up. That’s it. Gibson explains that Fox likely blocked the ad to avoid “the wrong kind of controversy,” but hedges by noting “it’s hard to see how a commercial whose only religious reference is a brief shot of a player’s eye black and ‘John 3:16’ could offend an audience of sports fans.”

Here’s the 3:16 ad and, for reference, the Doritos spot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRCZkGshQGc

 

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It’s the Super Bowl – let’s get social!
More advertisers for the big game add Twitter, Facebook to campaigns

The Super Bowl is an advertiser’s dream because it’s the rare occasion when Americans gather together, in front of a live television event, to actually watch commercials (and a football game, of course).
But this is 2011, so it’s no longer enough to just create a gag that people can snicker over while munching on chips and dip.

The explosion over the past few years of Facebook, Twitter and other sharing sites has pushed even the most venerable and traditional brands to dip their toe into the world of social media. That push is expected to be especially apparent during the Super Bowl, with many major advertisers trying different tricks to get users to go from traditional TV ad to Facebook page or Twitter feed.

“Very few people buy a Super Bowl ad just because they want 30 seconds of attention on the game,” said Tim Calkins, a clinical professor of marketing at Northwestern University and an expert on Super Bowl advertising. “People buy a Super Bowl spot because they want to participate in all the frenzy that surrounds it.”

Still, while even the most stalwart companies are starting to accept that they need a social media presence, many are still struggling with how to do it.

“The intent is there, and now we’re seeing the dollars to back it,” said Amy Martin, founder of Digital Royalty, which develops social media strategies for corporations and athletes. “The execution is really what (needs) to be evaluated, in my opinion.”

It’s a risky proposition for companies. A social media campaign has the potential to make your loyal customers even bigger fans, or draw in new customers. But companies also have to be prepared for the fact that they can’t control what people will write or tweet about them, positive or negative.

“That’s the great challenge as well as the great promise of social communication,” said Jay Baer, president of the social media strategy consulting firm Convince & Convert.

In another break from Super Bowl tradition — and attempt to get more out of their multimillion-dollar ad buy — some companies have already begun previewing details of their Super Bowl campaigns.

Bud Light’s Unlock the Spot campaign invites Facebook fans to guess what its Super Bowl ads will be about based on an image. Once the plots have been correctly identified, it’s going to “unlock” a new commercial.

Vacation rental company HomeAway is using videos and its website to build interest in its fictional Ministry of Detourism, and the company promises more social media elements as time goes on.

Audi began showing “companion ads” to its Super Bowl spots during playoff games, playing on the theme of old and new luxury. The company said it also plans to launch a social media element related to that theme, utilizing Twitter and Facebook.

Others companies are pushing the social media element most heavily ahead of the game.

Frito-Lay is expanding its “Crash the Super Bowl” campaign, which for the past few years has invited consumers to submit their own Doritos commercials, to include fan-generated Pepsi Max ads. Fans vote for their favorite ads on the company’s website, and the top picks air during the Super Bowl.

Mercedes-Benz, a first-time Super Bowl advertiser, is launching a “Tweet Race” in which four teams use Mercedes vehicles to race to Dallas. The teams are “fueled” by how many times fans tweet using a hashtag from their favorite team.

The upscale automakers’ campaign has generated a lot of attention, but it’s also led to some criticism and confusion among fans who didn’t understand it or couldn’t get it to work. That’s something Steve Cannon, the carmaker’s vice president of marketing, said the company has to be comfortable with if they are going to run a social media campaign.

“You’ve got to be open for experimentation,” Cannon said. “You’ve got to be open to allow folks to have a bit more control of your brand.”

Mercedes-Benz’s foray into social media and the Super Bowl is less about selling cars tomorrow than about reaching a broader audience, including younger drivers, ahead of the launch of a slate of new vehicles in 2013. To do that, the company felt like it had be more approachable to those users.

“We are a very aspirational brand, and for some folks, they don’t even consider us because they put us up on the Mount Olympus of brands,” Cannon said.

But Cannon said the early effort is also about testing techniques.

“For me, it’s essential to get off the sidelines and kind of understand what works inside of social media (and) what doesn’t work inside of social media,” he said.

 

“And I really believe that the only way to do that is to dive in.”

Jay Baer, of Convince & Convert, thinks the Mercedes-Benz campaign has taken people off guard because the company dove in so aggressively after showing very little interest in social media before now. But he also said the nature of the campaign itself seems a bit at odds with the company’s normally reserved, controlled brand.

“It just feels a little down-market for their brand, in my opinion,” Baer said.
On the other hand, Baer said Doritos’ Crash the Super Bowl campaign makes sense because their young, male demographic is very likely to want to try to make their own ad, and comment on one another’s efforts. Another company could see that attempt fall flat.

Although his job is to focus on social media, Baer thinks it’s ludicrous to suggest that social media will completely replace TV ads and more traditional advertising .
That’s because that type of advertising – especially at a big event such as the Super Bowl – puts your brand in front of such a wide swath of people. That’s likely one reason the Super Bowl ad space sold out despite the weak economy and increasing use of social media.

On the other hand, Baer said a potential customer needs to seek out a Facebook page or a Twitter feed.

“Social media is almost always preaching to the choir, whereas traditional (advertising) is almost always not preaching to the choir,” he said.
Still, that doesn’t mean that companies these days can – or should – avoid social media.

Martin, of Digital Royalty, said that’s partly because their competitors are busy building their social media presence and you risk getting left out. It’s also because people will talk about your brand via social media whether you want them to or not.

Still, even companies that have a social media effort can’t expect to completely manage how people talk about them. For example, oil giant BP has a Twitter feed of its own, @BP_America, it has often been upstaged by the fake feed, @BPGlobalPR.

“You spark the conversation, but you can’t control the content,” Calkins said.
And even if a social media campaign does the job of drawing in fans and generating buzz, companies face another challenge: Judging whether all those Twitter followers or YouTube viewings are actually translating into dollars.

“It’s one thing to get a discussion going, but it’s another thing to actually get sales and revenue from the discussion,” Calkins said.

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HEALTH:

Prevent the five most common running injuries

 

I am now incorporating these exercises to my knee injuries, and have found they are helping.

It doesn’t matter if you’re just beginning to run or you’re a marathon veteran: running injuries can happen to anyone. And when a runner gets hurt, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), shinsplints, or runner’s knee usually is the diagnosis. Allison Lind, a physical therapist in New York City, developed an exercise program that will make you less vulnerable to these five injuries. Do them together as a prerun routine.

 

1. Prevent ILIOTIBIAL BAND SYNDROME with side-leg raisers  Prevent ITBS by strengthening the gluteus medius muscle near the hip. When it’s weak, another upper-leg muscle overcompensates and pulls on the ITB, causing pain along the outside of the leg, down to the knee.

Lie on your side with your hips and legs stacked. Lift your top leg up, keeping it straight, but point your toes inward and toward the ground to isolate the gluteus medius. Hold for 30 seconds, then release. Roll over so your opposite leg is on top, and repeat. Do three sets on each leg, working up to one minute per set.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Y-X0bGzd1I&feature=player_embedded

 

 

2. Prevent SHINSPLINTS with heel walking and big-toe raisers  Prevent shinsplints by strengthening the muscles that attach to the shinbone.  A. Walk in place barefoot for one minute with your forefeet off the ground. Do three sets. B. Lift the big toe of one foot as high as you can, lower, repeat 10 times. Switch feet. Do three sets.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLYkpJjg3n0&feature=player_embedded


 

3. Prevent RUNNER’S KNEE with half-squats on a downward slope  Prevent runner’s knee, or patellofemoral pain syndrome, by strengthening the quads to keep the kneecap aligned. Stand facing down a hill or on a decline board. Squat halfway between the start position (straight leg) and a full squat (90 degrees). Do three sets of 10. Too easy? Try single-leg squats.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYt4AC9cn7c&feature=player_embedded


 

4. Prevent ACHILLES TENDINITIS with calf drops  Prevent Achilles tendinitis by strengthening the calves.Stand barefoot with the balls of your feet on a step. Rise up on your toes with both feet. Shift your weight to one foot; lower down on that foot. Rise up on both, lower on one. Do three sets of 10 on each side.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlqzlt9Qzzs&feature=player_embedded

 

 

5. Prevent PLANTAR FASCIITIS with arch raisers Prevent plantar fasciitis by strengthening foot muscles. Stand barefoot on one leg. Imagine your foot is a tripod and place even pressure on your big toe, pinkie toe, and heel. Ground these three points as you “scrunch up” your arch. Hold for 30 seconds; repeat three times.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnkvddaGwag&feature=player_embedded

 

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SUCCESS:

suc·cess

[suhk-ses]  Show IPA

–noun

1.

the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors.

2.

the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.

3.

a successful  performance or achievement: The play was an instant success.

4.

a person or thing that is successful: She was a great success on the talk show.

5.

Obsolete . outcome.

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Origin:

1530–40;  < Latin successus,  equivalent to succēd-,  stem of succēdere  to succeed  + -tus  suffix of v. action, with dt  > ss

 

—Related forms

suc·cess·less, adjective

suc·cess·less·ly, adverb

suc·cess·less·ness, noun

non·suc·cess, noun

pre·suc·cess, noun

sem·i·suc·cess, adjective, noun

 

—Synonyms

 

2.  achievement, fame, triumph.

 


INSPIRATION:

Others can be a huge source of support or sabotage when it come to achieving your goals. So, your ability to voice your thoughts & feelings is critical. Many take for granted that our needs are obvious, THEY AREN’T. Start telling people what you need & how to help you, calmly. Give them the tools & empower them to understand you & do right by you. You’ll be AMAZED at the dramatic impact this action can have in your life.~Jillian Michaels

 

“One must initiate great change to have any change at all.”- Joey Spycer

 

‎”What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” ~Zig Ziglar

Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit. –Unknown

if you work hard to get where you are it feels good in the hot spot light _Kenny Chesney

 


QUOTES:

As Joel Osteen puts it in today’s word.. If something good happens in your life, don’t think it’s because you are so awesome yourself… Instead read this and let it sink in, powerful words..We need to always remember that every blessing in our life is from Him. That promotion, good break, healing or new opportunity — that was God’s doing. Scripture says that every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above.

 

Stand up, shut up, and start moving. Nothing is just given to you, you have to start the process for others to notice and help!~Katie Lusetti

“Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.” – Thomas Carlyle

“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

We exalt in our tribulations knowing that tribulation brings perseverance; perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope.

 


CLOSING:

Live as if everything you do will eventually be known. – Hugh Prather

 

There is one thing certain about this crazy thing called life…NO one makes it out alive…so live regret free, take chances, and BE HAPPY!

 

Why tip toe thru life to arrive safely at death?

 


TO DO:

FRIDAY:
Umphrey’s McGee    Lifestyle Communities Pavilion


SATURDAY:
Get The Led Out – Trib. To Led Zeppelin    Midland Theatre (Newark)


FUNNIES
ALL WEEKEND:

Former Drill Seargent, EARTHQUAKE, is at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Easton


MORE TO TO:
SATURDAY:

Winter Safari Tours at The Wilds. For more info www.thewilds.org

56th Annual Touchdown Club Banquet at THE LC, Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. For more info www.promowestlive.com

IN THEATERS:
Leighton Meester, and “The sexiest woman alive” (People Magazine) Minka Kelly star in the “Single White Female RIP OFF… ‘The Roommate’

DVD:
‘Let Me’ rated “PG-13.” Cloe Moretz is not only an amazing actor but also a prodigy considering how old she is. Her talents prevail in this flick, however I did find myself “yucky” after it was over…this movie has many overtones that would make Truman Copote blush.

ON THE MUSIC SHELVES:
Coming to town with Jason Aldean…the JaneDear girls release “ the JaneDear girls

COMING SOON PUBLIC EVENTS:

Schedule to be released soon

 

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