Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year Wishes

New Year Wishes Pictures, Images and Photos

May the New Year bring these Wishes to you all...

Warmth of love

Comfort of home

Joy from your children

Company and support of family & friends

A caring heart that accepts & treats all human beings equally

Enrichment of knowledge and richness of diversity

Courage to seek & speak the truth even if it means standing alone

Hopes and dreams of a just world and the desire to make it happen

A light to guide your path

Helping hands to strengthen unity

Serenity and peace within your mind, heart & soul

Food for thought & soul

A hand to hold

Author Unknown


Looking at the Sky on Friday

I stepped outside this morning while it was snowing pretty heavily (it's stopped now; accumulation maybe one inch). The sky wasn't beautiful; it was the gray you see behind the bare branches of the young tree next to my house.

As I shot pictures the people passing in cars and trucks on the main street waved at me. They either thought I was having fun or that I was crazy... It doesn't matter to me - they were smiling.

Go see Tisha of Crazy Working Mom to see other participants.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Once in a Blue Moon

~Please scroll down to Wordless Wednesday~

Blue moon to shine on New Year's Eve

December 30, 2009 8:17 a.m. EST

(CNN) -- It happens only once in a blue moon -- and scientists say a blue moon is exactly what we'll see in the skies this New Year's Eve.

This image of Earth and moon is a composite of two images sent back by the Galileo spacecraft.

Don't expect an azure glow over our lunar satellite, however. The term "blue moon" simply refers to the second full moon in a calendar month, something that hasn't happened on a New Year's Eve for nearly 20 years, NASA says.

"December 1990 ended with a blue moon, and many New Year's Eve parties were themed by the event," said Professor Philip Hiscock of the department of folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in Canada. "It was a lot of fun."

Most months have just one full moon, because the 29.5-day cycle of the moon matches up pretty well with the length of calendar months. Occasionally, there will be two full moons in a month, something that happens about every 2½ years, NASA says.

But a blue moon on December 31 is rare...

Wordless Wednesday

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Ruby Tuesday

Leora of Here in HP made this new badge for Ruby Tuesday. Thank you so much, Leora!

And as a real treat go over to Leora's for a collection of her favorite Ruby Tuesday posts for 2009.

Now for my Ruby Tuesday post:

Vinny (husband) and I went to the movies yesterday and saw
Sherlock Holmes. It was okay. How could a movie with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law be all bad? (I posted about it on Facebook). while waiting in the lobby of the theatre for our friends I saw this:


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Happy New Year 2010 Pictures, Images and Photos

and Peace and Love all the year through!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Take This Tune

Jamie posted from the musical "Scrooge" this week. She treated us to Mr. Fezziwig's Ball. A lively dancing number. But when I hear Scrooge's name these days all I can think of the Muppet's Christmas Carol and the song "Here Comes Mr. Scrooge."

And while we're at mean, stingy people who hate Christmas how about this song about The Grinch:

Here are the lyrics to the Grinch song:

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch,
You really are a heel,
You're as cuddly as a cactus,
You're as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch.
You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel!

You're a monster, Mr. Grinch,
Your heart's an empty hole,
Your brain is full of spiders,
You've got garlic in your soul, Mr. Grinch.
I wouldn't touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole!

You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch,
You have termites in your smile.
You have all the tender sweetness
Of a seasick crocodile, Mr. Grinch.
Given the choice between the two of you
I'd take the seasick crocodile!

You're a rotter, Mr. Grinch,
You're the king of sinful sots,
Your heart's a dead tomato splotched
With moldy purple spots, Mr. Grinch.
You're a three decker sauerkraut
and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce!

You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch,
With a nauseous super "naus",
You're a crooked dirty jockey
And you drive a crooked hoss, Mr. Grinch.
Your soul is an appalling dump heap
Overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of rubbish imaginable
Mangled up in tangled up knots!

You're a foul one, Mr. Grinch,
You're a nasty wasty skunk,
Your heart is full of unwashed socks,
Your soul is full of gunk, Mr. Grinch.
The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote,
"Stink, stank, stunk!"

I used to read "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" to my high school students when I taught at St. Brendan's High school in Brooklyn. I think they loved it.

Is Your Kindle Spying on You?

*Via Gizmodo

Is Your Kindle Spying On You? (Yes.)

If you don't want other people to know what you read, you probably shouldn't own an ereader. And you really shouldn't get a constantly connected Kindle or Nook, at least according to the EFF's eye-opening guide to ebook privacy.

The Kindle and Nook are tied to Amazon and Barnes & Noble's respective bookstores, meaning every purchase and every book search is recorded. Amazon's license agreement for the Kindle, for instance, notes that the Kindle's software "will provide Amazon with data about your Device and its interaction with the Service...and information related to the content on your Device and your use of it (such as automatic bookmarking of the last page read and content deletions from the Device)."

The Nook is obviously capable of phoning home in a similar manner, but it's unknown whether or not it does, at least for now. With Google Books, it's clear that what you're actually reading is logged, down to the specific page.

On the other hand, since Sony's Reader lacks 3G for a constant connection and isn't as tightly integrated with their ebook store, there's less opportunity for data collection, particularly if you stick w/ sideloaded books. Better still, says the EFF is the open-source FBReader. But you can't download books from anywhere in 3 seconds over 3G, and the experience isn't as nice.

It's the classic tradeoff: Less privacy for more convenience and a better experience, or greater privacy for a bigger hassle. What side are you on? [EFF]

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

Tracy hosts Shadow Shot Sunday at her blog Hey Harriet.

I thought I'd post some summer shadows today. I'm tired of looking at snow and overcast skies. These shadows showed up in downtown NYC this past summer.

Happy Kwanzaa!

Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States honoring universal Africankinara (candle holder).[1] It is observed from December 26 to January 1 each year, primarily in the United States.
heritage and culture, marked by participants lighting a

All the best of the holiday to all who are celebrating!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Looking at the Sky on Friday,Christmas Day

Here's wishing you all the joys of the season. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ruby Tuesday winners!

Here we go!

:drum roll: The winners of the Christmas Ruby Tuesday Giveaway are:

Coffeedoff of CoffeedOff's Coffee Break
Anni of Hootin'Anni's
Digital Flower of Digital Flower Pictures
Luna Miranda

So, winners, send me your snail mail address in my e-mail (my e-mail address in on my side bar) and I'll send you 5 bookmarks for the New Year! See them here.

Thanks so much for participating in the giveaway and thanks to everyone else!

Have a very Happy Holiday!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Ruby Tuesday Giveaway for the Holidays!

Hi all my fellow bloggers! Welcome to the Ruby Tuesday before Christmas!

What you see below are a set of 5 bookmarks that I made (my photos) to celebrate the New Year and I'd like to give away 5 sets to 5 Ruby Tuesday participants.

This giveaway will end on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at midnight EST.

One winner will be chosen randomly (using Mr. Linky numbers). Please make sure you come back on Wednesday to see who won the giveaway. If you are chosen the winner, you must respond within 48 hours with your snail mail address or an alternate winner will be chosen.

So post your Ruby Tuesday post (you must have posted for RT or you won't be eligible), sign Mr. Linky, and leave a comment.

Please VISIT your fellow bloggers, especially today to wish them the best of the season!

Seasons Howlings! Pictures, Images and Photos

Happy Winter Solstice!

Take This Tune

Jamie has posted "O Come, O Come Emmauel" a very old hymn for Advent in plain song for Take This Tune this week. I was able to find another old Advent hymn written in the 5th century and interestingly enough translated by the same person who wrote the modern lyrics for "O Come, O Come Emmauel."

The song is called "Of the Father's Love Begotten." It is a Lutheran hymn and I've posted both the Latin and the English lyrics.

Thomas Helmore, paired this hymn with the Latin plainchant Divinum Mysterium.

The theology of the hymn is here

English Lyrics:

"Of the Father's Love Begotten"
by Aurelius C. Prudentius, 413, cento
Translated by John. M. Neale, 1818-1866
and Henry W. Baker, 1821-1977

1. Of the Father's love begotten
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega,
He the Source, the Ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see
Evermore and evermore.

2. Oh, that birth forever blessed
When the Virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
Bare the Savior of our race,
And the Babe, the world's Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face
Evermore and evermore.

3. O ye heights of heaven, adore Him;
Angel hosts, His praises sing;
Powers, dominions, bow before Him
And extol our God and King.
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Every voice in concert ring
Evermore and evermore.

4. This is He whom Heaven-taught singers
Sang of old with one accord;
Whom the Scriptures of the prophets
Promised in their faithful word.
Now He shines, the Long-expected;
Let creation praise its Lord
Evermore and evermore.

5. Christ, to Thee, with God the Father,
And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
And unending praises be,
Honor, glory, and dominion,
And eternal victory
Evermore and evermore.

The Lutheran Hymnal
Hymn #98
Text: 1 Tim. 3:16
Author: Aurelius C. Prudentius, 413, cento
Translated by: John. M. Neale, 1854 and Henry W. Baker, 1861
Titled: "Corde natus ex Parentis"
Tune: "Divinum mysterium", Plain-song tune, 12th century

Latin lyrics:

Corde natus ex parentis
Ante mundi exordium
A et O cognominatus,
ipse fons et clausula
Omnium quae sunt, fuerunt,
quaeque post futura sunt.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Ipse iussit et creata,
dixit ipse et facta sunt,
Terra, caelum, fossa ponti,
trina rerum machina,
Quaeque in his vigent sub alto
solis et lunae globo.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Corporis formam caduci,
membra morti obnoxia
Induit, ne gens periret
primoplasti ex germine,
Merserat quem lex profundo
noxialis tartaro.
Saeculorum saeculis.

O beatus ortus ille,
virgo cum puerpera
Edidit nostram salutem,
feta Sancto Spiritu,
Et puer redemptor orbis
os sacratum protulit.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Psallat altitudo caeli,
psallite omnes angeli,
Quidquid est virtutis usquam
psallat in laudem Dei,
Nulla linguarum silescat,
vox et omnis consonet.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Ecce, quem vates vetustis
concinebant saeculis,
Quem prophetarum fideles
paginae spoponderant,
Emicat promissus olim;
cuncta conlaudent eum.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Macte iudex mortuorum,
macte rex viventium,
Dexter in Parentis arce
qui cluis virtutibus,
Omnium venturus inde
iustus ultor criminum.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Te senes et te iuventus,
parvulorum te chorus,
Turba matrum, virginumque,
simplices puellulae,
Voce concordes pudicis
perstrepant concentibus.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Tibi, Christe, sit cum Patre
hagioque Pneumate
Hymnus, decus, laus perennis,
gratiarum actio,
Honor, virtus, victoria,
regnum aeternaliter.
Saeculorum saeculis.

Latin text by Prudentius (b. 348)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

Tracy of Hey Harriet is the host of Shadow Shot Sunday.

I thought this house was decorated for Christmas quite elegantly!

I wish all the Shadow Shot Sunday players HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

I've loved participating with you and Tracy through out the year!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Tracking Santa

Santa Arrives at Peterson AFB for the NORAD Tracks Santa Briefing

U.S. Northern Command RSS
Courtesy Video
Date Taken: 12.17.2009
Posted: 12.17.2009 08:51
Video Location: Peterson AFB, CO, US
B-roll of Santa Claus arriving at Peterson Air Force Base on Dec. 16, for the NORAD Tracks Santa Briefing, and receiving the briefing on Dec. 17.

Just click the arrow on the video and Enjoy!