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The Georgia Guidestones

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 posted by Joan
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The Georgia Guidestones is a granite monument in Elbert County, Georgia, USA. It consist of six granite slabs, one main pillar, four large, standing engraved stones that fan out from the center and a capstone.

The capstone is engraved on all four of its sides in four different ancient languages.  When translated, these engravings all say the same, “Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason.”  The major stones are each engraved on both sides in eight modern languages containing ten guidelines. A few feet to the west of the monument, a granite slab has been set in the ground.  This tablet identifies the structure and the languages used on it, lists various facts about the size, weight and astronomical features of the stones, the date it was installed and the sponsors of the project. It also mentions a time capsule that is buried under the tablet.

The Georgia Guidelines is one of the United States biggest mystery.  Who designed and funded the project which are thought to be guidelines for rebuilding our civilization?

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How To Stay Motivated?

Monday, October 14, 2013 posted by Joan
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How can you stay motivated to accomplish one goal after another?  These strategies will help you stay on task:

Find the purpose for the task.
You must have a reason for doing something to stay with the task.  If you’re having difficulty completing a goal, find the reason that it’s important for you to stay on task.

Make it enjoyable.
For example, some people listen to their favorite music while cleaning the house.  Others, watch TV while exercising.  Find out what works best for you.

Re-think your strategy.
There is always more than one way to accomplish something.  If your strategy is not working, think about what you could do differently.

Celebrate your progress.
Break your tasks into smaller chunks that are easier to achieve.  Track your progress so you can  celebrate your results as you go along.

Remember to reward yourself.
Starting is often the most difficult.  Reward yourself frequently as you achieve certain benchmarks. For example, when you start a weight loss program, give yourself one or two inspirational stones to keep you focused.  When you loose your first 5 pounds, go to the movies with a friend.


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Who Will Make It To The 2014 Super Bowl?

Saturday, October 12, 2013 posted by Martin
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Before the season starts every fan hopes that his/her team will be in the Superbowl.  With a quarter of the games in the books, we have an early look at the likely teams. Here are my predictions for the division winners, conference title contenders and who will be in the Supe Bowl.  Check back on February 1, 2014 to see how well I did.  No trophy please.  Just send some engraved polished stones.

American Conference winners:

East – New England

South – Indinanapolis

North – Cincinnati

West – Denver

National Conference winners:

East – Dallas

South – New Orleans

North – Green Bay

West –  Seattle

Barring some major injuries, a wild card team will not go far in 2013.  The American Conference Title game will feature the Broncos and the Colts. I like the Broncos to move on.  The National Conference Title game will feature the Seahawks and the Saints.  I like the Saints  to move on.  Now here is the rub.  Both quarterbacks play better in a dome.  This game could be played on a cold, windy and rainy day.  If the weather is bad, I like the Saints because of their defense.


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Celebrating Halloween With Your Kids

Thursday, October 10, 2013 posted by Joan
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Halloween can be a scary time for young children.  Make this exciting holiday special for your kids by engaging in meaningful and fun activities.  Some suggestions are:

Create a Family Pumpkin Patch
Have your kids help you choose a pumpkin for each member of the family.  You can even include your pets.  Write the family member’s name on the back of the pumpkin. Using markers, yarn and fabric create a face for each pumpkin.  You can even add Dad’s favorite hat to his pumpkin and draw earrings on Mom’s pumpkin.

Halloween Home Decorations
Make a series of jack-o-lanters and/or friendly ghosts.  Punch a hole through each and string them around a room and over windows and doors.

Collect Rocks and Leaves
Take a nature walk with your children to collect colorful leaves and stones of different sizes and shapes.  Paint  the stones in autumn colors.  Add your motivational stones to your Halloween pumpkin patch, together the leaves that you collected. Also, let your children choose a few mum plants to include.

Happy Halloween!


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Why Are Engraved Stones Better Than Greeting Cards?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 posted by Joan
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Instead of sending greeting cards for holidays and occasions, consider sending you greetings on engraved stones like Greeting Stones.  Here are some reasons why:

  • Stone is permanent while greeting cards are read quickly and thrown away.  Your message will last forever when you give a greeting in stone.
  • The recipient will display your greeting in a prominent place at home or work. They will smile every time they look at their stone and think of you.
  • An engraved stone is a perfect as a paperweight or decorative object. Many people love to display their engraved stones in a bowl.
  • Written in stone means permanent or not subject to change.  When your good wishes are engraved in stone, they are intended for many years.
  • Because stones are made my Mother Nature, they are environmentally friendly helping to reduce waste.
  • Each stone is truly unique having its own history of thousands of years.
  • You may choose to re-gift your engraved stone to keep good wishes coming.
  • Many folks like to keep their Greeting Stones in their pocket or purse for good luck.


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Things I like About Golf

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 posted by Joan
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Why is golf such a great game?  There are a variety of reasons none of which have to do with your score.  Here are eight good ones:

  • You can forget all of the bad shots and just remember the pars, birdies and when you holed it in from 40 yards out.
  • It is relaxing.  Even if you are playing alone (not recommended) you can always talk to the trees and rocks.
  • You can hide out on the course and no one will find you if you turn off your cell phone.
  • You can wear whatever you like, even loud attire, but on many courses, be sure to tuck in your shirt tail.
  • Golf carts are fun.  Just make sure that you don’t lose power on the 14th hole.
  • Golfing is a great way to get a tan.  However make sure to wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • You can trade up your lost ball for a better one that someone else lost.
  • You just can’t beat the 19th hole.  It is refreshing and there are always folks to trade stories and golf jokes with and trade personalized friendship gifts.


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Is Rosetta Stone an Engraved Stone?

Sunday, October 6, 2013 posted by Martin
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Most everyone has heard of Rosetta Stone because of their large advertising budget. But are you aware of the origin of “the Rosetta Stone”?

The Rosetta Stone is an ancient Egyptian stone inscribed with a decree in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The decree appears in three different scripts. Because it presents essentially the same text in three scripts (Egyptian hieroglyphs, Egyptian demotic and Greek) it provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs. This enabled scholars to translate and understand the ancient language.

This engraved stone was moved during the early Christian period and was rediscovered in the Nile Delta during 1799 by a soldier. Had this decree been on a parchment or other vulnerable material, it probably would have been lost forever. Because it is a personalized stone etching, it is preserved for thousands of years. Now you know why the company probably calls its translation system Rosetta Stone.

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Review of ‘Soul Doctor’

Friday, October 4, 2013 posted by Martin
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Last night, we saw the show Soul Doctor.   Some of the critics reviews were bland.  Were we ever surprised.  Soul Doctor appears at the Circle in the Square on 50th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue in Manhattan.   The story is based on the life of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach who is brought up as an orthodox Jew and becomes very progressive as he seeks to bring love and joy to the world.   He becomes distant from his family and his roots as he crosses the line to make a difference to those in need through his music. Some of his followers are more into being stoned than into stone engraving.

Don’t believe the critics.  The audience loved the show as evidenced by the standing ovation.  The audience is heavily involved in the show as the actors dance through the isles and we clapped with the music. We  laughed at the Rabbi as he continues to move left and energizes the audience.  It is the best show I’ve seen all of 2013 and I highly recommed it.  Discount tickets are often available at the half price booth on 47th and Broadway.   Don’t miss it.

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Corporate Gifts

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 posted by Martin
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Thank You Business Stone

Many corporations like to provide small gifts to associates and clients to promote their name and  tag line to reinforce their image and  business model.  They want the recipient to always remember where the gift came from and to ensure that it will be retained, they are often personalized.  The idea is not to spend lots of money on this, but to provide a salient remembrance of recognition for their help or their business.  Expensive gifts are often taboo because of the conflict of interest policies embraced by many corporations.

So the question is what kind of personalized engraved corporate gifts are appropriate?  Some companies prefer key chains, calculators or paperweights.  More expensive gifts include clocks, silver cups and picture frames.  There is no absolutely correct answer as each company and client must be evaluated on its own merit.  Engraved plaques or framed awards are usually appropriate.  Paperweights are very popular because they reach a wide price range, are seen every day by the recipient and they don’t expire.

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What is a Petroglyph?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 posted by Joan


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A petroglyph (also called rock engraving) is an engraving or carving into rock. Petroglyphs are found world-wide and are often associated with ancient civilizations.  The highest concentration of petroglyphs has been found in Africa, Scandinavia, Siberia, North America and Australia.  They were used for communication from approximately 10,000 BCE to modern times.  However, some engraved stones,,that are estimated to be as old as 40,000 years, have been found in Australia.

According to the experts, there are various purposes for these pre-historic rock carvings. Some may be maps, markers or other forms of written communication, while others are associated with religious and cultural rituals. Prehistoric cultures created these rock engravings to record their history and important events. A mystery associated with these carvings is that some of the same symbols are found on rocks in different parts of the world at different time periods. How can this be explained?  Is it coincidence or did different people migrate from a common location? If you visit an area where petroglyphs have been discovered, they are certainly interesting to see.  It’s a wonderful opportunity for you to connect with the past.

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