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  • Manny is nuts!!

    Posted by Bear


    Manny Ramirez is nuts. He craves attention! in this video he is only speaking Spanish although he speaks English and was raised in New York!!

  • This Is Great!! 8/31/10

    Posted by Bear

    Vernon Javes' painting of a bearded tom turkey took the top prize in the state's 2011 Wild Turkey Stamp contest. The 89-year-old Appleton man suffers from macular degeneration and is mostly blind.

    Vernon Javes' painting of a bearded tom turkey took the top prize in the state's 2011 Wild Turkey Stamp contest. The 89-year-old Appleton man suffers from macular degeneration and is mostly blind.

  • Our Children Who Choose To Serve Their Country 8/28/10

    Posted by Bear
    To All Parents with Kids Serving Our Country

    It's hard for a mom to say thanks to her kid,
    When all she remembers are frogs that he hid.
    The dirty sneakers across the clean floors,
    Are replaced now with boots that have fought in two wars.

    It's hard for a mom to say thanks to her boys
    When what comes to memory is clutter and toys,
    But the shirts and jeans with worn holes in the knees,
    Remind me to pray "Lord return them safe, please"

    It's hard to say thanks to a mama's sweet girl,
    Whose room was a mess, and who caused such turmoil,
    But now barren walls beg for her tender touch,
    At night my heart cries, "I miss her so such."

    Who knows why my kids have signed on to serve,
    Is it for our freedom they want to preserve?
    Or maybe because dad was never afraid
    To cover his heart when our anthem was played.

    Could it be cause we never burned a flag in our yard?
    And still prayed for the president; even when it was hard.
    Perhaps they saw grandpa's purple heart on display,
    And wanted to grow and be like him one day.

    I will never see what drove them to stand,
    With a rifle, a helmet and Bible in hand.
    But one thing's for sure, no matter where they may roam,
    There's no greater joy than when they return home.

    So it's thanks to my kids from this grateful mom
    Who easily forgets who's right and who's wrong,
    Cause besides all the messes and late night phone calls,
    It's not hard to say thanks to my kids who gave all.



  • What kind of bike? 8/28/10

    Posted by Bear

    I see our President is riding a bike on vacation. Don't get me wrong, I'm not slamming

    Mr. Obama, but isn't he riding a girls bike?

  • 9 Signs You're Happier Than You Think!

    Posted by Bear

    9 Signs You're Happier Than You Think

    Surprising habits and traits that signify a sunny disposition

    Are you a happy camper? Your emotional well-being isn’t just about your genes or the kind of home you were raised in. It turns out that some pretty interesting factors play a role in how joyful you feel. Scan this list to see whether your lifestyle is making you content—and then bone up on these 12 ways to lift your mood.

    You were a smiley student

    Adults who had the biggest grins in their college yearbook pictures were up to 5 times less likely to be divorced decades later than those who looked less happy, according to a new DePauw University study. A smiler’s positive disposition may attract other happy people or rub off on a spouse.

    You have a sister

    People with at least one female sibling reported better social support, more optimism, and better coping abilities, according to a study presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference. Sisters appear to encourage communication and cohesion in families.

    You're not glued to the TV

    The happiest people spend 30% less time parked in front of the tube, according to a University of Maryland study that analyzed 34 years of data from more than 45,000 Americans. They’re more likely to spend time socializing, reading, or going to religious services—habits that are linked to better moods and health.

    You keep souvenirs on display

    People who use mementos or photos to remind themselves of good times better appreciate their lives and are happier, says Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, a professor of psychology at University of California, Riverside. Good memories remind you of your “happiness potential” and promise that soon you can reach it again.

    You make exercise a priority

    People who exercise more are less likely to be stressed and more likely to be satisfied with life, according to Danish researchers. Compared with sedentary people, joggers were 70% less likely to have high stress levels and life dissatisfaction, the study found. Couch potatoes who started moderate exercise—the equivalent of 17 to 34 minutes a day—experience the greatest happiness lift.

    You have a healthy love life

    Physical intimacy is a key contributor to happiness, found a study by Dartmouth economist David Blanchflower, PhD, and Andrew Oswald, PhD, of England's University of Warwick. Married people report 30% more sex than singles, which may be one reason they also report being happier.

    You hang out with happy people

    Socializing with a cheerful person in your neighborhood increases the likelihood that you’ll be happy too, according to a new study. How often you get together matters most, say the researchers: People who live within half a mile of a buoyant buddy increase their odds of being happy by 42%. If the friend lives farther away (within a 2-mile radius) the chances drop to 22%—probably due to fewer get-togethers.

    You stay warm with hot cocoa

    Clutching a steaming beverage—coffee and tea also do the trick—can elicit a flood of positive feelings, according to a Yale University study. This may be because people associate physical warmth with emotional warmth, say the researchers. Study subjects held cups of either hot or iced coffee; those gripping warm mugs were more appreciative of friendliness in others and also felt more generous and trusting themselves.

    You have 2 best friends

    Among 654 married adults, those who said they had at least two “best friends” (not necessarily including one’s spouse) were likelier to have better mental well-being, says a study. But additional friends didn’t lead to any more happiness than just a pair.

  • What Teachers WantYou To Know. 8/24/10

    Posted by Bear

    10 things teachers want parents to know

    The relationship between teachers and parents is an extremely powerful component in student success. Yet so many parents go through the school year without communicating with the teacher or understanding what to do (or avoid) to make the most of the year.

    So we went straight to the source and spoke with a teacher willing to reveal it all. Third-grade teacher Stacey Nelson is a devoted and successful educator in Tennessee, and on behalf of teachers across the country, she shared several things teachers wish parents knew before sending their children to school.

    It boils down to three general guidelines: respect the teacher, be involved and be organized.

    Respect the Teacher

    • Remember that the teacher is on your side. Teachers truly care about your children and want them to be successful. "The child's success is our success," explains Nelson. If your child's teacher contacts you about a problem or something that happened at school, understand that the teacher is trying to work with you to resolve any conflicts that may be getting in the way of your child's success. You're all on the same team.

    • Trust in the teacher's feedback. Just because a child doesn't exhibit a particular behavior at home doesn't mean he doesn't exhibit that behavior in the classroom. So if a teacher reports a particular behavior that you haven't seen before, don't rush to say, "Well, I've never seen him do that." The classroom and home environments are quite different, and oftentimes children behave differently when forced to follow rules and work with peers. Listen to what the teacher has to say and work with him/her to find a solution.

    • Don't show up for a meeting unannounced. It's great if you want to meet with a teacher to discuss an issue or chat about your child, but don't show up at school without any warning. Instead, schedule a time to meet -- not only does this show that you respect the teacher's time, but it also gives him/her time to prepare for the meeting and provide you with everything you want to know.

    • Don't go over the teacher's head. If you're having an issue with the teacher, your child, the subject matter or the classroom in general, talk directly with the teacher before going to the principal or other administrators. "Ninety-five percent of the time, a problem can be resolved between the teacher and parent with a simple phone call," Nelson says.

    Be Involved

    • Check children's agendas and take-home folders every night. According to the National PTA, talking with your children is one of the most critical steps of healthy parenting. "Communication is key," Nelson agrees. Not only does this help you stay on top of updates and what's going on in the classroom, but it also shows your child that you are checking in.

    • Check on homework regularly -- but don't do it for the child! It's important to review your child's homework, but if she gets an answer wrong, take the time to help her understand why. "Please don't just tell her the right answer," Nelson says. "That defeats the purpose of homework!"

    • Address behavior issues at home. "Children don't enjoy getting in trouble," Nelson says. "So when they come home and tell you about how mean the teacher is, keep in mind they may be telling the story in a way that they won't get punished." If this happens, try to get to the heart of the issue and uncover the facts so you can address it.

    • Go to Open House Night. A good parent-teacher relationship leads to a good student-teacher relationship, so don't skip the open house! "In the past, I've had parents that I have honestly never met in an entire school year," Nelson says. "It's a sad fact." Use the open house as a time to get to know the teacher, ask questions, uncover expectations, address problems and find out what's going on in the classroom. tip: Ask the important questions first, in case time runs out.

    Be Organized

    • Establish a regular routine each night. This includes having children pack their backpacks the night before, to make sure they have everything they need for school the next day. "The number one thing my students tell me is, 'My homework is done, but I left it sitting on the table,'" Nelson says. A simple evening routine can prevent this and prevent children from feeling rushed or disorganized in the morning.

    • Cut down on chaos and clutter at home. If your home life is disorganized, this can carry over into the classroom and make learning more difficult for the child. "When a child walks into my classroom, I can tell by the look on his face what kind of morning he had and what kind of day it will be," Nelson says. Simple things like keeping a tidy home, an organized homework desk and a clean bedroom can help the child feel prepared and focused on the day ahead.

      Teachers...what can you add to the list?

  • New Credit Card Rules 8/23/10

    Posted by Bear
    New Credit Card Laws To Take Effect
    Monday, August 23, 2010  

    Credit card users can expect the most dramatic changes in credit terms, interest rates and fees in decades now that most major provisions of a new federal credit card law have gone into effect.

    The new normal for credit cards is more transparency and easier-to-understand terms, but at a higher upfront cost. Credit card issuers and credit industry analysts say the credit card reform law makes credit cards more costly for all users and unaccessible for low-income families and people with bad credit. The law likely means the return of routine annual fees, fewer rewards cards and the possibility that credit card bills will be payable immediately rather than after a monthlong grace period.

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  • How Facebook can cost you money! 8/20/10

    Posted by Bear

    At best, Facebook is a great, fun way to keep in touch with your friends and family. The worst thing about it is, maybe, it's a time-waster that keeps you from doing more important stuff.

    That is, unless it actually costs you money.

    According to, Facebook can actually hit you in the wallet in these ways:

    • Employment -- Employers are now using social media sites to check up on prospective new hires. If they see something they disapprove of, it could cast a negative light on you and keep you from getting a job.
    • Tax and Debt Collection -- The IRS and debt collection agencies are using new methods to hunt down people who aren't paying their fair share. If you're cheating on your taxes or trying to escape a debt, the last thing you want to do is bring attention to it online even if you think only your friends are listening.
    • Friends and Family -- When friends and family see your status update about getting a raise, they'll start looking for you to pick up the check when you're out to eat. Or worse, they'll ask you to co-sign a loan with them, which can mean big trouble for your credit if they don't pay.
    • Online Scams -- In the past, email was the preferred method of scamming people online. Now, there are Facebook viruses and people posting fake contests on Twitter everyday, and it's easy to get caught up in these scams.
  • Four things not to do your first day on the job! 8/19/10

    Posted by Bear

    Ways You Can Mess Up The First Day Of Work

    • Under Dress 
    • Arrive Late --  You still are to blame because you should have left early enough to account for all possible scenarios.
    • Forget Your New Boss's Name 
    • Make a Pass at a Co-worker -- You may be excited, thrilled about the new job and feeling super confident, but do yourself a favor and calm down.