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What Makes You Nervous?

Friday, October 31, 2014 posted by Joan
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A radio program here in south Florida had folks call in to discuss things that make them nervous. I heard things such as escalators, glass elevators, high rise patios, winding roads and bugs.  What makes you nervous? Is it swimming in a lake or ocean?  Is it airplanes? Are you afraid of heights? How about loose animals such as dogs and cats?

I get nervous around loud young  people that are looking for a fight.  What about lions and tigers?  I love to look at them close up as long as there is a partition between the cats and me.  However, I get nervous when I need to climb a ladder to get to the roof of my home.  I thought that I would be nervous in a hot air balloon, but for some strange reason, I was perfectly calm.

When you decide to get clever birthday greetings for a friend, make sure it is not something that makes them nervous.

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Engraved Gemstones

Thursday, October 30, 2014 posted by Martin
Merry Christmas Engraved Stones

Merry Christmas Engraved Stones

Gemstones have been popular for thousands of years. It helped to make humans more attractive and to feel very special. However engraved stones are a different matter. The art of carving small stones and cylinders (glyptics) is a special skill popular in the western hemisphere. Craftsmen learned how to cut and embellish semi-precious gemstones. Cameos are an excellent example of this art.

Gems were cut using an abrasive powder from harder stones. Emery is an excellent example of this. Think of emery paper which is used to sand glass, hard woods and other hard surfaces. Hand drills were developed to gear up for high speed cutting. Given that these tools were primitive as compared to modern cutting tools, it is amazing how carvers were able to produce the excellent reliefs that we still admire today. Hand cuts do not allow such fine detail.

Do you have any engraved gemstones? They are affordable. Pick one up and admire this ancient craft


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Safe Following Distance

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 posted by Martin
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Unless you have taken the AARP Driver Safety Course, you are probable unaware of how close you should be to the car in front of you. The typical answer is one car length for every ten miles per hour of speed you are doing.  That was the standard many years ago, but there are flaws with that answer.  How long is a car length and how do you measure the gap?  Also, while it is easy to remember, it is wrong. 1,000 inches or 500 engraved rocks are also wrong.

The correct answer is three seconds. It works at any speed.  Suppose you are traveling at 50 MPH.  Look for a measuring point such as a road shadow, a mile marker or a billboard.  When the car in front of you passes that point, count seconds to yourself.  Say 1001, 1002, 1003.  If you pass that same marker before you get to 1003, you are too close.  This system automatically adjusts for reaction time and breaking distance. Try it.

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Thanksgiving Business Gifts

Monday, October 27, 2014 posted by Joan
Thank You Engraved Stone

Thank You Engraved Stone

Many professionals and businesses prefer to give gifts for Thanksgiving rather than Christmas. It’s the perfect time to say thank you to your employees, clients and friends.  The recipients of your engraved business gifts will remember the name of your company every time they see it or think about the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are some tips for gift giving:

  • Get to know your employees to help you make the best choice.
  • Useful gifts are a good choice.
  • Most people enjoy receiving chocolate and candy. Wrap them in an attractive mug with the name of your company.
  • A gift basket of food is always popular. It can be enjoyed by members of their family or staff.
  • A tray of home baked cookies or muffins will be enjoyed by everyone.
  • A bouquet of fall flowers will perk up their home or office.
  • A potted plant will keep them remembering your business for a long time.
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Safe Driving Tips

Saturday, October 25, 2014 posted by Martin
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No doubt you consider yourself a good driver. Few of us would never admit to being less than good.  I am an AARP Driver Safety Instructor, and I would like to share some tips with you that could make you a safer driver.  Writing these tips on message stones will help you remember them. If you like these ideas, consider taking the AARP Driver Safety course.  The cost is $20 or less and you will save more than that on your automobile insurance.

When you drive, expect the unexpected. That means that a pedestrian or some other driver will do something wrong.  Even if you are in the right, the last thing you need is an accident.  If you assume that another car will change lanes without signaling or will run a red light or a stop sign, you are expecting the unexpected.  If you assume that a pedestrian will cross in the middle of the street or open a car door without looking, you are better prepared and you will automatically drive a little slower

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How To Cook Split Pea Soup

Thursday, October 23, 2014 posted by Joan
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This low sodium, low fat, vegan recipe is just delicious. It can be prepared ahead of time and frozen.  A good luck stone is not necessary for hearty and flavorful results.  Just follow these simple directions.


 1 lb. green split peas
2 quarts defated chicken broth
1 large onion – finely chopped
1 large potato or 2 small potatoes cut in quarters
1/2 tsp. dill
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. oregano
½ tsp. thyme
½ tsp. sage
¼ – ½ tsp. pepper
3 bay leaves
1 ½ cups carrots – thinly sliced
1 cup celery thinly sliced


In a large deep pot, combine peas, chicken broth, onion and seasonings bringing to a boil. Simmer uncovered on a low heat for 1 ½ hours.  Stir in potatoes, carrots and celery.  Simmer uncovered again for 2 – 2 ½ hours.  Remove 2 cups of split peas and potatoes in broth and puree.  Add the puree back into the pot. Cut the remaining potatoes into small pieces and cook everything together for another ½ hour uncovered.

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8 Facts About Hanukkah

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 posted by Joan
Happy Hanukkah Engraved Stones

Happy Hanukkah Engraved Stones

Hanukkah (or the Festival of Lights) is a minor Jewish holiday. It celebrates the victory of the Maccabees (Israelites) over the Greek-Syrian ruler about two thousand years ago.

Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, and is celebrated for 8 days.

The celebration begins at sundown on the night before the first day and ends at sunset on the last day.

Hannukah greetings include Happy Hanukkah or chag sameach which means happy holiday.

Hanukkah can be spelled many different ways, and each way is correct since it is a transliteration of  the Hebrew.

Lighting the Hanukkah menorah is the major activity associated with this holiday. The menorah has 8 candles plus another candle (shamash) that is used to light each candle. On the first day, you light one candle using the shamash candle starting on the right. Each night, another candle is added.

Children play with a dreidle, which is a 4-sided top with Hebrew letters.

Fried foods are traditionally eaten on Hanukkah. Potato latkes (pancakes) and donuts are favorites.

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Ebola Virus

Sunday, October 19, 2014 posted by Martin
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Feel Good Inspirational Stones

Probably, the topic of greatest interest in the US during October, 2014 is the Ebola virus. We are concerned about other major news stories such as ISIS, the economy and the IRS, but Ebola kills. Everything else pales in comparison to losing your life. In my opinion, the questions are:

  • Visitors arriving in the US by plane or boat with the virus
  • Folks sneaking into the US through our porous borders afer being in close contact with other illegals
  • The difficulty in getting accurate information from people who were exposed to the virus but choose to lie about it.

As I see it, the great risk is if just one or two people sneak into the country and expose other illegals who are afraid to go to a hospital, the disease could spread quickly. What will they do? Will they throw pocket stones at it? I don’t understand the government’s plan if that should happen. I think we should do everything within our power to protect the masses.

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National Pumpkin Month

Friday, October 17, 2014 posted by Martin
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More pumpkins are sold during October than during any other month of the year. We carve them, decorate them and create scrumptious pumpkin dishes from soup to breads and desserts. We post images of pumpkins both inside and outside the house right through to Halloween. We stack them and create pumpkin displays that range from one simple pumpkin to dozens of them with engraved river stones in varying sizes.

So why isn’t October National Pumpkin Month? I think we should all write our legislators and the greeting card companies and demand an end to this oversight. True, October 26 2014 is National Pumpkin Day ((last Sunday in October) but I have been speaking with the pumpkins about this for more than a week now and they demand recognition. If everyone who reads this writes to the President, the Vice President and the Governors of our states, we might get somewhere. Pumpkins of the world, Unite!


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The Freemont Troll

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 posted by Joan
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Inspirational Stones

I recently visited my daughter and her family who had moved to Seattle. While driving around her neighborhood, Freemont, we visited the Freemont Troll. It quickly became one of my favorite engraved stones.

The Troll, under the north end of the Aurora Bridge, was sculpted by four Seattle area artists in 1990. The purpose of building the statue was to rehabilitate the area under the bridge which had been occupied by drug dealers.. The idea of a troll living under a bridge was borrowed from the fairytale, The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

The giant sculpture is 18 feet, 13,000 pounds and is made of concrete, steel rebars and wires. The Troll looks at you through his shiny metal eye, a hubcap. In his left hand, he crushes a Volkswagen Beetle with a California license plate as if he had just swiped it from the bridge above him.  Make sure to pose with the troll since he enjoys visitors.

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