From Big Geek Daddy: These classical ladies are quite the competitive musical foursome as they perform “Summer” from The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.
PearHaven recommends this wonderful video about wolves.
How Wolves Change Rivers
From karmatube.com: ”When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir. When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent for nearly 70 years, the most remarkable “trophic cascade” occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? British environmental journalist George Monbiot explains in this video remix by Sustainable Man. – See more at: http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=4904#sthash.7mOGQ9z1.dpuf
A film by Sustainable Man.
Video from KarmaTube
Brownie was a backyard dog whose owner dumped him at the Austin Animal Shelter after he was hit by a car. The Austin Animal Center saved his leg but he has a deformed paw and permanent limp. Brownie arrived very thin, with many scars, heartworm positive, and a very bad coat but, in true doggie spirit, he quickly bonded with staff workers and became a staff favorite.Unbelievably, Brownie stayed in the shelter for almost a year!! He officially became a “Hard Luck Hound” and one of the longest stays in the shelter!! When his “time was up”, I found some very kind folks at Dog Camp who generously kept Brownie for 5 long months until my own foster dog was adopted.
Finally, I brought my boy home! He was an absolute angel in the house. We were going to keep him with my 2 other dogs when the big problem arose — Brownie started guarding us. He wouldn’t let any other male in the home.
He is NOT an aggressive dog. He’s only doing what some human, who dumped him, taught him. He loves his people deeply and wants to protect them. Sadly, this sweet, affectionate dog is not adoptable.
We have a GREAT solution to save Brownie but we need your help!
My friend, Adette, who runs I Once Was Lost Animal Advocacy (www.pawsitively.org) want to build a “sanctuary for one” for him where he can remain close to his human and canine friends.
If we can raise enough money for a small building, which, will be partitioned in half for other dogs in need of rescue, Adette’s non-profit will finish it out and fence a nice yard. Brownie will get daily walks in her 9 acre woods and plenty of love! It would be so amazing if Brownie could finally settle in here!!
Brownie is one of the saddest cases. . . He just can’t seem to catch a break . . . . Can you please help turn this sweet boy’s luck around and help give him the forever home he deserves?
By Victoria Pilate, Ph.D.
People notice everything. This is particularly true in business relationships. In addition to great job performance, having good dining etiquette helps to establish your credibility and reputation. It also helps to make you an accepted member of the business group. And if you think about it, it helps build your self confidence. It’s another skill to add to your professional repertoire.
Deciphering Table Manners Forks and knives are arranged by use from the outermost being the first used. While eating, place knife, like a hat, across top of plate horizontally. If there are two knives as part of the setting, the fish (or salad knife) will be the rightmost knife. The inner fork and knife are provided for the entree. The water goblet and/or drinking glass to the right are yours. The bread plate to the left is yours. Use the butter knife to put a butter pat on your bread plate and then use your own knife to butter the bread.
Tenets of Good Dinner Conversation: Don’t be afraid of silence. Read the paper or surf the internet beforehand to have current events topics in mind for dinner small talk. If all else fails, talk about what’s in front of you if you can’t think of anything else (e.g., the lovely decorum of the restaurant, attractive floral centerpiece on table, etc). Good Manners at Meals When deciding what to order, once you have decided, close your menu. It’s a signal to the wait staff that you’re ready to order. Wait until everyone is served before beginning to eat. Turn your cell phone off. Keep the table free of the extras like keys, portfolios and notebooks. If attending a banquet, you may keep the dinner program handy on the table. Quick Tips on “Power Lunches”
Relax. Even if the day is filled with negotiations, the expectation for meals is relaxation and small talk. Take small bites so you can converse easily without a full mouth. Relax, but remember you’re still in a business setting. If you’re the guest at a business lunch such as a meal as part of a site visit, it is understood that the host is paying for the meal. You don’t have to offer to pay; just say thanks and express appreciation. Keep it simple when ordering. Don’t try to show off by ordering the most expensive thing on the menu. Business lunches are not the best place to try something exotic and new nor to try something messy or complicated. Lobster, ribs and fajitas spell trouble. If you ordered it, eat it. It’s an insult to the host. Bring any problem with the food discreetly to the attention of the wait staff. Don’t order alcohol even if your host does. Bonus Points for Business Dining If you have to get up to get something for yourself, ask if others at the table need anything. If eating soup, the motion of the spoon should be away from you. If eating dessert the motion of the spoon is towards you. Never!!! Resting elbows on table. Brushing hair or applying makeup at table. Putting your purse on table. Blowing your nose at the table. Being rude to the wait staff. ABOUT THE BOOK: Dorm Rooms to Boardrooms By Victoria Pilate, Ph.D. Published by Crandell & Rose ISBN : 0-9759665-0-2 Price $13 References: Paisley Goes with Nothing: A Man’s Guide to Style by Hal Rubenstein. For more information: Dorm Rooms to Boardrooms by Victoria Pilate (Crandell & Rose, $13) The Art of the Business Lunch: Building Relationships Between 12 and 2 by Robin Jay (Career Press, $14.99) Don't Take the Last Donut: New Rules of Business Etiquette by Judith Bowman Never!!! Crandell & Rose presents: Dining Etiquette 101 Contact: Michele Baumgartner, Publicity Director firstname.lastname@example.org 301-523-4981 Free career downloads for students, teachers and career professionals are available from www.victoriapilate.com
Go to this link and see all the winners:
From OpenTable: The list of winners is based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.”Diners’ recommendation: Caprice Restaurant, Tiburon, CA …panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, and Angel Island.
“I picked up some potted mums and my daughter and I ding-dong-ditched and put the flowers on the doorstep of a neighbor we do not know – but appears to be going through chemo. We loved doing it and hopefully made someone smile in the process! Thank you kindness challenge!”
“A holiday road trip offers the perfect opportunity to set aside our busy routines and really bond with the people who mean the most to us,” says family travel expert, Emily Kaufman, known as “The Travel Mom.”
Read this excerpt From PostBulletin.com:
Teach Kids to “Pay It Forward”
The holiday season is an extra special time of year to teach kids to “pay it forward.” Here are a few ideas for practicing random acts of kindness along your journey:
Get more ideas at http://www.postbulletin.com/online_features/family_living/for-busy-families-holiday-travel-can-offer-the-gift-of/article_dbb07f95-3cad-5b09-b9a0-789ad34370e4.html#.Up5hrrQwo4o.wordpress
PearHaven recommends this fun article about places to take a sleigh ride:
Remember the Sound of Music…Visit the von Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont. Carole Terwilliger Meyers writes about six places for sleigh rides in her article. We have included the excerpt about the Trapp Family Lodge and their sleigh ride.
6 Places To Take Sleigh RidesBy Carole Terwilliger Meyers Trapp Family Lodge
Where: Stowe, VermontSleigh rides offered: December through FebruaryBefore you visit this Green Mountain lodge, watch The Sound of Music with the kids and tell them the von Trapp family depicted in the movie opened this mountain inn in 1950. Two Belgian horses pull the sleigh, which holds ten people, and glides for a half hour over trails through birch trees and provides expansive mountain views.Get more information:
Trapp Family Lodge