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To our constantly growing eyeballs and those attached - Thanks... Gracias... Xiexie...etc.


Thank you in Afrikaans (South Africa)

Dankie (dahn-kee)

Thank you in Arabic (Middle East)

Shukran (shoe-krahn)

Thank you in Cantonese (Southeast Asia – Hong Kong)

Do je (daw-dyeh)

Thank you in Croatian (Europe – Croatia)

Hvala (H-vah-lah)

Thank you in Czech (Central Europe)

Dìkuji (deh-ku-yih)

Thank you in Danish (Europe – Denmark)

Tak (tahg)

Thank you in Estonian (Estonia - Europe)

Aitäh (ie-tehkh)

Thank you in Fijian (Pacific Islands)

Vinaka (Bvi’-nah-kah)

Thank you in Filipino (East Asia – The Philippines)

Salamat (sa-la-mat)



Those leaves are turning shades of yellow, red and orange, then will soon be falling, our days are shorter, and apples are ripening for pies and cider.

Soon the winter weather will be here and hopefully a new spring will soon follow. Therefore, now is the time to plan for spring colors with beautiful bulbs.

Whether you want the early spring excitement blooming through the melting snow, the formal look of tulips in mass planting, or fragrant hyacinths, now is the time to plant these wonders.



Last week and 150 years ago at Gettysburg, Lincoln spoke two minutes. Edward Everett, the keynote speaker, spoke two hours. Lincoln read the 271 words written on a sheet of paper. On this Baptismal Sunday and the Bible Study I wish I could deliver a two minute sermon. Actually we are struck by God’s grace, not listening to a long sermon but just one biblical passage somewhere! St. Paul quotes one verse from Habakkuk: “The one who is righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1:17) That’s the key passage of his entire letter.



It can be used as an adverb, a noun, or even a preposition.

Preposition: With the exception of; except; save:
No one replied but me.

Noun: Buts, reservations or objections:
You'll do as you're told, no buts about it.

Adverb: Only; just:
There is but one God.

This three letter word holds the power to change everything and lie to ourselves.

Trump campaign is raising cash. How's it spending it? via @nbcnews

This Week in Her and History


This Week in History, Mar 16 - Mar 22

Mar 16, 1802
U.S. Military Academy established. The United States Military Academy--the first military school in the United States--is founded by Congress for the purpose of educating and training young men in the theory and practice of military science. Located at West Point, New York, the U.S. Military Academy is often simply known as West Point. Located on the high west bank of New York's Hudson River, West Point was the site of a Revolutionary-era fort built to protect the Hudson River Valley from British attack. In 1780, Patriot General Benedict Arnold, the commander of the fort, agreed to surrender West Point to the British in exchange for 6,000 pounds. However, the plot was uncovered before it fell into British hands, and Arnold fled to the British for protection.

Mar 17, 461
Saint Patrick dies. On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland. Much of what is known about Patrick's legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, probably in Scotland, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was captured and enslaved at age 16 by Irish marauders. For the next six years, he worked as a herder in Ireland, turning to a deepening religious faith for comfort. Following the counsel of a voice he heard in a dream one night, he escaped and found passage on a ship to Britain, where he was eventually reunited with his family. According to the Confessio, in Britain Patrick had another dream, in which an individual named Victoricus gave him a letter, entitled "The Voice of the Irish." As he read it, Patrick seemed to hear the voices of Irishmen pleading him to return to their country and walk among them once more. After studying for the priesthood, Patrick was ordained a bishop. He arrived in Ireland in 433 and began preaching the Gospel, converting many thousands of Irish and building churches around the country. After 40 years of living in poverty, teaching, traveling and working tirelessly, Patrick died on March 17, 461 in Saul, where he had built his first church.



A group made up of news media organizations based in NY including WABC TV 7 Eyewitness News, Channel 4 News/WNBC and WCBS-TV 2 have sent a letter to the New York Police Department protesting media access issues and the way in which police deal with reporters.

Fathers Day Countdown


When my MoM, DaD, two older brothers and I came to America, we enjoyed watching a new TV show called MY THREE SONS. I identified with this comedy on many levels. We were three boys and very close to our parents.

Those were the good old days and while enjoying these episodes I always wondered if I would have three children and would they turn out healthy, wealthy, and with a special emphasis on wise. As it turns that the answer is most certainly... Yes, sireeee Bob, seguro que si, 确实是的.

I <3 NY




Nominations for the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards have been announced by NATAS National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, at a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center in New York City.

The event will be attended by more than 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists. Emmy® Awards will be presented in 43 categories, including the first-ever categories reserved for news & documentary programming in Spanish.

Traveling road warriors


There is an artistic act of neatness in which we pack bags, then there are those cool apps downloaded to speed check-in, and the privileges we take for granted that make long distance travel easy, efficient, smooth, comfortable. Every time we leave home, we continually gain expertise about where to go to find the best foods and the finest places to enjoy, where locals prefer to go. It's all very pleasant but never ever overlook what really matters, sharing time with family is the very best part of traveling.



The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.