Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Christmas Wrapping Paper

To embellish gifts, you want to choose a simple print on the Christmas wrapping paper such as simple snowflakes, plaids or stars. Sometimes the wrapping paper can go overboard and you don’t want your added embellishments to clash or compete with the paper pattern. The Christmas wrapping paper may look boring at the store when you purchase it, but adding ornaments, jingle bells, candy canes and bows will make that simple Christmas wrapping paper look like something that was wrapped by a professional.

You can even personalize the actual paper by making your own Christmas wrapping paper. To make your own paper, you will need a roll of packing or mailing paper. It is that brown or white kraft paper that you see in craft stores and often in super stores around the mail supply aisles. This paper generally costs less than three dollars per roll and you get quite a bit, especially compared to your usual Christmas wrapping paper that you purchase.

All you need in addition to this paper is a supply of paint or stamping materials. You can get quite creative while making your own Christmas wrapping paper and you will most likely save money while impressing your gift recipients!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Christmas Decorating Ideas

There is nothing as beautiful, for some people, as a white Christmas. There is something serene and calming about fresh fallen snow glistening in the sunlight on Christmas morning. If you are tired of the same old tired lights and tinsel, you should look around Christmas decorating ideas.

Christmas decorating ideas are everywhere you look, and what you choose will greatly depend on your personal style.

You can find Christmas decorating ideas in home magazines. These include most women’s magazines, as well as those devoted to the home only. They often have great Christmas decorating ideas in their articles, and you may find some by looking at their advertisements.

You can also find Christmas decorating ideas on television. Channels like HGTV or TLC will have many ideas from which to choose, or you can find Christmas decorating ideas by watching your favorite shows.

You can also find Christmas decorating ideas from your local store. No matter what your budget, your store may have ideas for you. While I try to avoid Wal-Mart, you have to admire their color coordinated Christmas decorating ideas. If you want something truly unique, visit stores like Pier One for Christmas decorating ideas.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Christmas Songs

Christmas songs have come a long way and at the same time have endured. Well, think about whatever comes to mind when someone says the two simple words, Christmas songs. !)—you likely think of songs such as “I’ll be Home for Christmas.”

From the free domain songs that are still absolutely moving, like “O Holy Night” and “Little Drummer Boy,” sung by kids in itchy Christmas pageants or pious choirs once a year without fail and simple ditties about food and presents and figgy pudding and nog, Christmas songs have gone into penetrating, challenging, bonding, and spiritually elevating realms.

John Lennon, I think, started the trend of a Christmas song with a higher consciousness—with “And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?” and “And so this is Christmas (war is over), for weak and for strong (if you want it), the rich and the poor ones, the road is so long….” Imagine (or remember) how those frolicky, campy, or solemn and religious Christmas songs now had the words “war” and “fight” directly stated rather than implied? Stunning.

And then came the unusual duo or unlikely star remake trends for Christmas songs, which were, really, equally moving: Bing Crosby joined David Bowie to remake “The Little Drummer Boy.” Do Christmas classics. Elvis’s “Blue Christmas” is resuscitated.

Merry Christmas Everyone

Christmas is the most highly anticipated and marketed religious holiday in the Western world. Meaning 'Christ's Mass', Christmas is an important Christian holiday celebrating birth of Jesus Christ.

The holiday of Christmas itself is celebrated in many different ways around the world.

While celebrated in masse by any country with a significant Christian population, Christmas is also celebrated by many countries as a secular holiday, observing the tradition of gift giving without the emphasis on the more religious aspects of the event.

Exact records of when the holiday became an important part of the Christian tradition are not available, but all indications of its roots point back to the Roman Empire of the 4th century AD.

Historians today generally agree that Christmas was chosen to be celebrated on the 25th of December as a way to help unite the preexisting Pagan religions of the time with the newly adopted religion of Christianity. For centuries prior, the Romans had worshiped the god Saturn, with a holiday they referred to as Saturnalia, a seven day event beginning on the 17th of December and ending with the winter solstice, which at the time was celebrated on the 25th of December. The event was characterized by the same kinds of gift giving traditions popular with Christmas today.

Christmas Flower

The image that comes to mind when most people think about the traditional Christmas flower is a pot of red poinsettias. During the holiday season, you are likely to see this Christmas flower everywhere you go, from the fake displays in department store windows, to the real ones scattered throughout people’s homes. This plant with its brilliant red flowers is the ultimate Christmas foliage.

The problem with poinsettias is that they can be toxic if ingested by people and animals. I’ve seen children eat anything from money to dust balls on the floor, so thinking that they won’t eat a plant is a little unlikely.

Though poinsettias are traditionally red in color, there are now hybrids that come in white also. This color is not traditionally thought of as a Christmas flower, but looks nice when you have a large display of poinsettias and want to mix some different colored blooms in with the usual red. I’ve seen beautiful displays of poinsettias in the mall at Christmastime that incorporate both the red and white variety of flowering plant to create a gorgeous display of Christmas blooms.

When you think of winter flowers, not many variations come to mind. After all, flowers are more of a spring thing.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Money to Invest

The future is always uncertain, and it is in your best interest to set aside some money to invest for future emergencies and for retirement. You may also wish to invest in your children by putting aside money for their college education. Sometimes, it is not a matter of wanting to invest in the future; it’s a matter of finding the money to invest in the first place. For many families, money is tight, and squeezing out savings is hard.

If you have a hard time making ends meet, you may laugh when someone suggests you need to save some money from each paycheck to put towards savings or investments. The secret to saving money is to save it before you can spend it. Many people save money to invest in the future by asking to have it taken from their check before they get it. If you don’t have a lot of money to invest, you can start with just five dollars.

You can take this money and put it into an interest earning account and leave it there. If you continue to save, you should have a good amount of money to invest in bigger ventures after five years.

When you have larger amounts of money to invest, you should visit with a financial consultant to discuss and review your options.

When choosing someone to help you with your money, you want someone who wants to help, not someone who wants a high commission.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Real Estate Secrets

How do you plan to make a sufficient retirement? Are you a whiz with money and investments, or do you fail miserably at saving a mere buck?

What are the best real estate secrets? If you didn't already know, people do this all the time. Him and my stepmother purchased a nice home in north east Iowa about seven years back for around 250 grand, and now a professional tells them it's worth around 800,000. That's one hell of a great investment if you ask me. Not too shabby for beginners. Do you have any wondrous real estate secrets up your sleeve? Trust me; they could earn you a load of profit if you approach the situation correctly. . It's all about location, location, location. It's essential never to forget that. Too many people get caught up in the aesthetics of the home itself.

It doesn't matter if it cost 400 grand to build. Families are interested in safety, school districts and amenities. This is one of the major real estate secrets. If you are interested in attaining more knowledge concerning real estate secrets, then it's time to get connected with Google.com.

Lucid Dreaming

The purpose of dreaming has been explored since the early days of man. The spiritual aspects of dreaming have been an important aspect of the belief systems of many cultures.

The phenomenon of lucid dreaming may be best described as conscious dreaming. While in a state of lucid dreaming one is aware that they are in a dream. This awareness raises some interesting questions about how the brain works and the purpose of dreaming. If one can be aware that they are dreaming, can they then control what happens in the dream? If a dreamer in a state of lucid dreaming cannot control the dream's events, then questions arise concerning the role of dreaming. Dreaming appears to be a natural function of the brain.

Many people do not usually remember their dreams. For these people, it is much more difficult to experience a lucid dream. For those who wish to experience lucid dreaming, there are several ideas on how they may reach that state. Getting into the practice of writing down any dreams you remember may train your brain to view dreams as important and make you more likely to remember them.

Several questions about the purpose of dreaming most likely will never be answered unequivocally. Where do we go when we dream? Are dreams a product of the brain working through and processing a vast amount of information? Are dreams really representations of our inner thoughts and feelings? I think it is likely that a majority of brain functions will remain mysterious, including lucid dreaming.

Tarot Readings

Tarot readings are very popular activities on the Internet. To get more out of your tarot readings, you should know a little about the cards you see. Each site or tarot reader has their own interpretation of what each card means, and many decks of tarot cards have different cards, but the basic meanings remain the same. As a starting point, you might want to visit your local library or bookstore, and pick up a book about tarot readings and cards.

Many people get upset when the get the death card in tarot readings. The ultimate meaning can be found in the other cards in your tarot reading. They determine if the death card change will be a positive or negative one.

You can do your own tarot card readings, but this is really hard to do. Many online tarot card readings have you choose your own cards, they give you the meaning behind the cards, but the final interpretation is up to you.

Tarot readings are fun, but don’t let them rule your day-to-day life. Don’t panic when you get what you think is a negative card or reading. If you are really interested in tarot readings, go have one done in person. Use your intuition when visiting someone for tarot readings.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Internet Addict?

Internet addiction can be harmful for those who delve into the darker side of the web, such as online gambling, cybersex, online affairs, and online gaming. But how do you know when you or someone you love is addicted to the Internet? When is it time to pull the plug and seek treatment?

Here's a list of common symptoms to watch out for:

1. Lying about how much time is spent online.
2. General decrease of physical activity and social life.
3. Neglecting obligations at home, work, or school to spend time online.
4. Spending too much money on computer equipment or Internet activities.
5. Feeling a constant desire to be online when they're away from the computer.
6. Going online to escape real world problems.
7. Disregarding the emotional or physical consequences of being in front of a computer all day.
8. Denial of the problem.

Taken from Tech News

Monday, October 30, 2006

All Soul's Day

All Soul's Day (sometimes called the "Day of the Dead") is always November 2 (November 3rd if the 2nd falls on a Sunday).

All Soul's Day is a Roman Catholic day of remembrance for friends and loved ones who have passed away. This comes from the ancient Pagan Festival of the Dead, which celebrated the Pagan belief that the souls of the dead would return for a meal with the family. Candles in the window would guide the souls back home, and another place was set at the table. Children would come through the village, asking for food to be offered symbolically to the dead, then donated to feed the hungry.

The day purposely follows All Saint's Day in order to shift the focus from those in heaven to those in purgatory. It is celebrated with masses and festivities in honor of the dead. While the Feast of All Saints is a day to remember the glories of Heaven and those there, the Feast of All Souls reminds us of our obligations to live holy lives and that there will be purification of the souls of those destined for Heaven.

The Christian holiday of All Soul's Day pays respect and remembers the souls of all friends and loved ones who have died and gone to heaven. The living pray on behalf of Christians who are in purgatory, the state in the afterlife where souls are purified before proceeding to heaven. Souls in purgatory, who are members of the church just like living Christians, must suffer so that they can be purged of their sins. It is a time to pray for their souls that they may be received into heaven.

Upon death, it is believed that souls have not yet been cleansed of sin. Praying for souls of loved ones helps to remove the stain of sin, and allow the souls to enter the pearly gates of heaven. Through prayer and good works, living members of the church may help their departed friends and family. There are three Requiem Masses that are said by the clergy to assist the souls from Purgatory to Heaven: one for the celebrant, one for the departed, and one for the pope.

The traditions of the Feast of All Souls began independently of the Feast of All Saints. The Feast of All Souls owes its beginning to seventh century monks who decided to offer the mass on the day after Pentecost for their deceased community members. In the late tenth century, the Benedictine monastery in Cluny chose to move their mass for their dead to November 2, the day after the Feast of all Saints. This custom spread and in the thirteenth century, Rome put the feast on the calendar of the entire Church. The date remained November 2 so that all in the Communion of the Saints might be celebrated together.

Many customs are associated with The Day of the Dead celebration. In the home an altar is made with an offering of food upon it. It is believed that the dead partake of the food in spirit and the living eat it later. The ofrendas (offerings) are beautifully arranged with flowers such as marigolds (zempasuchitl), which are the traditional flower of the dead. There is a candle placed for each dead soul, and they are adorned in some manner. Incense is also often used, and mementos, photos, and other remembrances of the dead also adorn the ofrenda.

It is also traditional in some areas to see the play Don Juan Tenorio. Paper mache and sugar skulls are popular, as are cardboard coffins from which a skeleton can be made to jump out. Special masks are also worn, allowing a person to achieve a facial expression for which they feel they are inadequate to achieve.

Traditional Catholics still honor customs related to the relief of the souls suffering in purgatory. One custom is for persons to pray six Our Fathers, Hail Mary's and Glory Be's for the intentions of the Pope in a church, and thereby, receive a plenary indulgence for a soul in purgatory. This action may be repeated for another soul, by leaving the church and re-entering it to repeat the prayers.

All Soul's Day lives on today, particularly in Mexico, where All Hallows' Eve, All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day are collectively observed as "Los Dias de los Muertos" (The Days of the Dead). First and foremost, the Days of the Dead is a time when families fondly remember the deceased. But it is also a time marked by festivities, including spectacular parades of skeletons and ghouls. In one notable tradition, revelers lead a mock funeral procession with a live person inside a coffin.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Caffeine Heats Up

That morning jolt. You need it. Every morning you turn to the coffee pot or your neighborhood barista in hopes of adding a little pep to your step. Caffeine fuels our days and is a necessity for those of us stuck in meetings or locked in lecture halls.

However, all this caffeine consumption could come at a cost. A recent study showed abuse of caffeine pills among youngsters trying to keep their eyes open in class. The dark side of dark roast? Here are a few soy lattes and ranked the top caffeinated beverages in Search...

1. Coca Cola
2. Pepsi
3. Coffee
4. Red Bull
5. Dr. Pepper
6. Mountain Dew
7. Monster Energy Drink
8. Espresso
9. Cappuccino
10. Black Tea
11. Rockstar Energy Drink
12. Chai Tea
13. Frappuccino
14. Latte
15. Mocha
16. Full Throttle
17. Macchiato
18. Bawls
19. Tab Energy Drink
20. Cafe au Lait

Taken from Health News

Blinded by BEAUTY

It's an axiom of evolutionary psychology that beautiful people are healthier too. New evidence suggests that that's a lovely fiction. In fact, beauty may actually blind us to the real state of physical health.

S. Michael Kalick, Ph.D., of the University of Massachusetts, set out to look for truth in beauty. He asked 32 judges to rate the attractiveness of 333 faces by photograph. Then he compared the ratings with the actual, indisputable health records of the people pictured. Kalick found that the ones judged attractive were no healthier than their homelier peers. Kalick then had a second group look at the photographs, this time to indicate which people they thought were physically healthy. The raters' guesses were surprisingly accurate--except when the face was especially good-looking or especially ugly.

Attractive faces were almost always labeled healthy, while unattractive ones were usually thought to be unhealthy. This was so, even when there seemed to be other, more trustworthy cues to the contrary

Though Kalick isn't sure how they do it, it seems that people do know how to judge health from appearance--but they ignore this knowledge when presented with faces that fall at either extreme of attractiveness.

Biologically justified or not, beauty will remain important in picking a mate.

Taken from Health news

Saturday, October 21, 2006

All about ROSE

A ROSE is a flowering shrub of the genus Rosa, and the flower of this shrub. ROSES are ancient symbols of love and beauty. The rose was sacred to a number of goddesses (including Isis and Aphrodite), and is often used as a symbol of the Virgin Mary. Roses are so important that the word means pink or red in a variety of languages (such as Romance languages, Greek, and Polish).

According to the Victorian "Language of flowers", different coloured roses each have their own symbolic meaning:

* Red: love
* Pink: grace, gentle feelings of love
* Dark Pink: gratitude
* Light Pink: admiration, sympathy
* White: innocence, purity, secrecy, friendship, reverence and humility.
* Yellow: Yellow roses generally mean dying love or platonic love. In German-speaking countries, however, they can mean jealousy and infidelity.
* Yellow with red tips: Friendship, falling in love
* Orange: passion
* Burgundy: beauty
* Blue: mystery or attaining the impossible. They are believed to be able to grant the owner youth or grant wishes.
* Green: calm
* Black: slavish devotion (as a true black rose is impossible to produce)
* Purple: protection (paternal/maternal love)

Friday, October 20, 2006

More than 101 different ways of saying 'I love you'

The English dictionary describes love as deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.

Here 'I love you' as defined in relationships between people, with translations from many different languages and dialects.

1. Afrikaans - Ek is lief vir jou
2. Albanian - te dua
3. Alentejano (Portugal) - Gosto De Ti, Porra!
4. Alsacien (Elsass) - Ich hoan dich gear
5. Amharic (Aethio.) - Afekrishalehou
6. Arabic - Ana Ahebak / Ana Bahibak
7. Armenian - yes kez shat em siroom
8. Assamese - Moi tomak bhal pau
9. Assyr - Az tha hijthmekem
10. Bahasa Malayu (Malaysia) - Saya cinta mu
11. Bambara - M'bi fe
12. Bangla - Ami tomakay bala basi
13. Bangladeschi - Ami tomake walobashi
14. Basque - Nere maitea
15. Batak - Holong rohangku di ho
16. Bavarian - tuI mog di
17. Belarusian - Ya tabe kahayu
18. Bengali - Ami tomake bhalobashi
19. Berber - Lakh tirikh
20. Bicol - Namumutan ta ka
21. Bisaya - Nahigugma ako kanimo
22. Bolivian Quechua - Qanta munani
23. Bosnian - Ja te volim (formally) or volim-te Turkish seni seviyorum
24. Bulgarian - As te obicham
25. Bulgarian - Obicham te
26. Burmese - chit pa de
27. Cambodian (to the female) - bon saleng oun
28. Cambodian (to the male) - oun saleng bon
29. Canadian French - Je t'adore ("I love you")
30. Canadian French - Je t'aime ("I like you")
31. Catalan - T'estim (mallorcan)
32. Cebuano - Gihigugma ko ikaw
33. Chamoru (or Chamorro) - Hu guaiya hao
34. Cherokee - Tsi ge yu i 35. Cheyenne - Ne mohotatse
36. Chichewa - Ndimakukonda
37. Chickasaw - Chiholloli (first 'i' nasalized)
38. Chinese - Ngo oi ney a (Cantonese)
39. Chinese - Wuo ai nee (Mandarin)
40. Corsican - Ti tengu cara (to female)
41. Corsican - Ti tengu caru (to male)
42. Creol - Mi aime jou
43. Croatian - Volim te (used in common speech)
44. Czech - Miluji Te
45. Danish - Jeg elsker dig
46. Dutch - Ik hou van jou
47. Dutch - Jeg elsker dig
48. Ecuador Quechua - Canda munani
49. English - I love thee (used only in Christian context)
50. English - I love you
51. Eskimo - Nagligivaget
52. Esperanto - Mi amas vim
53. Estonian - Ma armastan sind / Mina armastan sind (formal)
54. Ethiopia - afekereshe alhu
55. Faroese - Eg elski teg
56. Farsi - Tora dost daram
57. Filipino - Mahal ka ta
58. Finnish (Minä) rakastan sinua
59. Flemish (Ghent) - 'k'ou van ui
60. French (formal) - Je vous aime
61. Friesian - Ik hald fan dei
62. Gaelic - Tá mé i ngrá leat
63. Galician - Querote (or) Amote
64. Georgian - Miquar shen
65. German - Ich liebe Dich
66. Ghanaian - Me dor wo
67. Greek - agapo se 68. Greek - S'agapo
69. Greenlandic - Asavakit
70. Gronings - Ik hol van die
71. Gujarati - oo tane prem karu chu
72. Hausa - Ina sonki 73. Hawaiian - Aloha au ia`oe
74. Hebrew - Ani ohevet ota
75. Hiligaynon - Guina higugma ko ikaw
76. Hindi - Main tumsey pyaar karta hoon / Maine Pyar Kiya
77. Hmong - Kuv hlub koj
78. Hokkien - Wa ai lu
79. Hopi - Nu' umi unangwa'ta
80. Hungarian - Szeretlek te'ged
81. Icelandic - Eg elska thig
82. Ilocano - Ay ayating ka
83. Indi - Mai Tujhe Pyaar Kartha Ho
84. Indonesian - Saya cinta padamu ('Saya', commonly used)
85. Inuit - Negligevapse
86. Iranian - Mahn doostaht doh-rahm
87. Irish - taim i' ngra leat
88. Italian - Ti amo/Ti voglio bene
89. Japanese - Anata wa, dai suki desu
90. Javanese (formal) - Kulo tresno marang panjenengan
91. Javanese (informal) - aku terno kowe
92. Kannada - Naanu ninna preetisuttene
93. Kapampangan - Kaluguran daka
94. Kenya (Kalenjin) - Achamin
95. Kenya (Kiswahili) - Ninakupenda
96. Kikongo - Mono ke zola nge (mono ke' zola nge')
97. Kiswahili - Nakupenda
98. Konkani - Tu magel moga cho
99. Korean - SA LANG HAE / Na No Sa Lan Hei 100. Kurdish - Khoshtm Auyt
101. Laos - Chanrackkun
102. Latin - Te amo
103. Latvian - Es mîlu Tevi
104. Lebanese - Bahibak
105. Lingala - Nalingi yo
106. Lithuanian - As Myliu Tave
107. Lojban - mi do prami
108. Luo - Aheri
109. Luxembourgeois - Ech hun dech gäer
110. Macedonian - Jas Te Sakam
111. Madrid - lingo Me molas, tronca
112. Maiese - Wa wa
113. Malay - Saya cintakan mu / Saya cinta mu
114. Maltese - Inhobbok hafna
115. Marathi - Me tula prem karto
116. Mohawk - Kanbhik
117. Moroccan - Ana moajaba bik
118. Nahuatl - Ni mits neki
119. Navaho - Ayor anosh'ni 1
20. Ndebele - Niyakutanda
121. Nigeria (Hausa) - Ina sonki
122. Nigeria (Yoruba langauge) - Mo fe ran re
23. Norwegian - Jeg elsker deg
124. Osetian - Aez dae warzyn
125. Pakistan (Urdu) - May tum say pyar karta hun
126. Pandacan - Syota na kita!!
127. Pangasinan - Inaru Taka
128. Papiamento - Mi ta stimabo
129. Persian - Tora Doost Darem
130. Pig Latin - I-yea Ove-lea Ou-yea
131. Polish - Kocham Cie
132. Portuguese (Brazilian) - Eu te amo
133. Punjabi - me tumse pyar ker ta hu'
134. Quenya - Tye-mela'ne
135. Romanian - Te ador (stronger)
136. Romanian - Te iubesc
137. Russian - Ya tyebya lyublyu
138. Samoan - Ou te alofa outou
139. Sanskrit - tvayi snihyaami
140. Scottish Gaelic - Tha gra\dh agam ort
141. Serbo-Croatian - Volim te
142. Setswana - Ke a go rata
143. Shona - Ndinokuda
144. Sign language - Spread hand out so no fingers are touching. Bring in middle & ring fingers and touch then to the palm of your hand.
145. Sindhi - Maa tokhe pyar kendo ahyan
146. Singhalese - Mama oyaata aadareyi
147. Slovenian - ljubim te
148. South Sotho - Ke o Rata
149. Spanish - Te quiero / te amo / yo amor
150. Sri Lanka - mame adhare
151. Surinam - Mi lobi joe
152. Swahili - Naku penda
153. Swedish - Jag älskar dig
154. Swiss-German - Ch-ha di gärn
155. Tagalong - Mahal Kita / Iniibig kita
156. Tahitian - Ua here au ia oe
157. Taiwanese - Wa ga ei li
158. Tamil - Naan Unnai Khadalikkeren
159. Telugu - Nenu Ninnu Premisthunnanu
160. Thailand - Khao Raak Thoe / chun raak ter
161. Tunisian - Ha eh bak
162. Turkish - Seni Seviyorum
163. Ukrainian - Yalleh blutebeh / ya tebe kohayu
164. Urdu - Mea tum se pyaar karta hu (to a girl)
165. Urdu - Mea tum se pyar karti hu (to a boy)
166. Vietnamese (Females) - Em yeu Anh
167. Vietnamese (Males) - Anh yeu Em
168. Vlaams - Ik hue van ye
169. Vulcan - Wani ra yana ro aisha
170. Welsh - Rwy'n dy garu di
171. Wolof - Da ma la nope
172. Yiddish - Ich han dich lib
173. Yoruba - Mo ni fe
174. Yucatec Maya - 'in k'aatech (the love of lovers)
175. Yugoslavian - Ya te volim
176. Zambia (Chibemba) - Nali ku temwa
177. Zazi - Ezhele hezdege (sp?)
178. Zimbabwe - Ndinokuda
179. Zulu - Mina funani wena

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Bibliophilia is the love of books; a Bibliophile is a lover of books.

The classic bibliophile, exemplified by Samuel Pepys, is one who loves to read, admire and collect books, often nurturing a large and specialised collection. Bibliophiles do not necessarily want to possess the books they love; an alternative would be to admire them in old libraries. However, the bibliophile is usually an avid book collector, sometimes pursuing scholarship in the collection, sometimes putting form above content with an emphasis on old, rare, and expensive books, first editions, books with special or unusual bindings, autographed copies, etc.

is one who spends much time reading or studying. A person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit or someone who spends a great deal of time reading.

Saturday, October 07, 2006


Hey! can you guess some of the riddles in here?

1.) You are in a cold house in the winter. It is dark. You have one match. There is a candle and there is a wood burning stove. Which do you light first?

2.) A man was found murdered on Sunday morning. His wife immediately called the police. The police questioned

the wife and staff and got these alibis:
The Wife said she was sleeping.
The Cook was cooking breakfast.
The Gardener was picking vegetables.
The Maid was getting the mail.
The Butler was cleaning the closet.

The police instantly arrested the murderer. Who did it and how did they know?

3.) What is greater than God, more evil than the devil, the poor have it, the rich need it, and if you eat you will die. What am I?

4.) I'm not an airplane, but I can fly through the sky. I'm not a river, but I'm full of water. What am I?

5.) Soldiers line up spaced with pride, Two long rows lined side by side. One sole unit can decide, If the rows will unite or divide. Tell me, tell me, scream it out. What's the thing I talk about?

6.) What english word has three consecutive double letters?

Friday, October 06, 2006

Time for Halloween

is an observance celebrated on the night of October 31, most notably by children dressing in costumes and going door-to-door collecting sweets.

The term Halloween, and its older spelling Hallowe'en, is shortened from All-hallow-even, as it is the evening before "All Hallows' Day"[1] (also known as "All Saints' Day"). In Ireland, the name was All Hallows' Eve (often shortened to Hallow Eve), and though seldomly used today, it is still a well accepted label. Halloween was also sometimes called All Saints' Eve. The holiday was a day of religious festivities in various northern European pagan traditions, until it was appropriated by Christian missionaries and given a Christian interpretation. Halloween is also called Pooky Night in some parts of Ireland, presumably named after the púca, a mischievous spirit. In Australia it is sometimes referred to as "mischief night", by locals.

A jack-o'-lantern is a pumpkin whose top and stem have been cut out and interior removed, leaving a hollow shell that is then decoratively carved. Jack-o'-lanterns are associated with the holiday Halloween.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Let's Talk about WORDS in ENGLISH

Here is some trivias about english words to ponder. See for youself!

List of word without vowel

What else you have in mind of those word without a vowel?

The longest word in any major English language dictionary is pneumono­ultra­micro­scopic­silico­volcano­coniosis, a 45-letter word supposed to refer to a lung disease, but research has discovered that this word was originally intended as a hoax. It has since been used in a close approximation of its originally intended meaning, lending at least some degree of validity to its claim. Awesome, right?

Are you a text fanatic? There are various single letter words used as abbreviations in text-speak and related uses:

* a – "eh" (a popular Canadian phrase)
* b – "be" or "bee"
* c – "sea" or "see"
* f – "fat"
* I – "eye"
* k – "okay"
* n – "in" or "and"
* o – "oh"
* p – "pea" (small green vegetable) or "pee" (to urinate)
* q – "cue" or "queue"
* r – "are"
* t – "tea" or less commonly "tee"
* u – "you"
* v – "very"
* w – "with"
* x – part of the phrase "x out"
* y – "why"

Various digits have also been pressed into service in this manner:

* 1 – "won"
* 2 – "to", "too". Can also be used as part of a word. Example: 2moro (tomorrow).
* 4 – "for" – Can also be used as part of a word. Examples: a4d, 4cast, 4give, 4got, 4m, 4mer, 4milk, 4most, 4t, 4tell, and b4 (before).
* 8 – "ate" – Can also be used as part of a word. Examples: l8r, navig8, m8, sk8, veget8, w8, and copul8.

What you think? Amazing isn't it? there are lots of word which we use to communicate with our love ones but in our entire life we hadn't use all words available of today. What I mean is that there are also word which we haven't known that are existing, am I right? Well this are a few things I would like to share about regarding trivias in word.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Words in Word

Love to play games? how about word plays?
here is an example:

From my name VERNA JILL you can create different words out of it.

There is about 84 words you can create from atleast 4 letters,
37 words from atleast 5 letters,
13 words from atleast 6 letters,
1 word from atleast 7 letters

Can you guess it?

Internet Forum..hop in!

An Internet forum is a facility on the World Wide Web for holding discussions, or the web application software used to provide the facility. Web-based forums, which date from around 1995, perform a similar function as the dial-up bulletin boards and Internet newsgroups that were numerous in the 1980s and 1990s. A sense of virtual community often develops around forums that have regular users. Technology, computer games, and politics are popular areas for forum themes, but there are forums for a huge number of different topics.

Internet forums are also commonly referred to as web forums, message boards, discussion boards, discussion forums, discussion groups, bulletin boards (but see also dial-up bulletin boards), fora (the Latin plural) or simply forums.

A forum is essentially a website composed of a number of member-written threads. Each thread entails a discussion or conversation in the form of a series of member-written posts. These threads remain saved on the forum website for future reading indefinitely or until deletion by a moderator. However, forum software can be considerably more advanced.

Monday, September 25, 2006


Teamwork is the concept of people working together cooperatively. Cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause.

Sandra Day O'Connor:

We don't accomplish anything in this world alone ... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Online Advertising

Online advertising is advertising on the Internet. This particular form of advertising is a source of revenue for an increasing number of websites and companies.

There are two sides to online advertising, a legitimate one and an illegitimate one. The legitimate side of online advertising includes search engine advertising, advertising networks and opt-in e-mail advertising. The illegitimate side is dominated by spamming.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

What is advertising?

Advertisement is a notice, such as a poster or a paid announcement in the print, broadcast, or electronic media, designed to attract public attention or patronage.

is the business of drawing public attention to goods and services, and performed through a variety of media.It is an important part of an overall promotional strategy. Other components of the promotional mix include publicity, public relations, personal selling, and sales promotion.

There are ways of advertising also I have known like free advertising, online advertising, outdoor advertising, print advertising, radio advertising and tv advertising.

And also John Wanamaker is the Father of Modern Advertising and Father of the Department Store. Was a Unite States bussinessman, civic and political figure.


A proverb is a saying popularly known and repeated, usually expressing simply and concretely, though often metaphorically; a truth based on common sense or the practical experience of mankind. A proverb that describes a basic rule of conduct may also be known as a maxim. If a proverb is distinguished by particularly good style, it may be known as an

Some famous Proverbs:

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

"Actions speak louder than words."

"A friend in need is a friend indeed."

"You never know what you've got till it's gone."

"A good beginning makes a good ending."

"A jack of all trades is master of none."

"A picture is worth a thousand words."

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

"It's better to be silent and thought a fool, then to speak up and remove all doubt."

"Self trust is the first secret of success."

"The best things come in small packages."

Monday, September 18, 2006

Love and Friendship

Love is not finding someone perfect,
but finding someone imperfect and
loving them perfectly.

"Love is the magician, the enchanter,
that changes worthless things toJoy,
and makes royal kings and queens of common clay.
It is the perfumeof that wondrous flower,
the heart, and without that sacred passion,
that divine swoon, we are less than beasts;
but with it, earth is heaven,
and we are gods." ~ Robert G. Ingersoll

A friend is one,
To whom one may pour out all,
The contents of one's heart
Chaff and grain, together,
Knowing that the gentlest of hands
Will take and sift it,
Keep what's worth keeping
And blow the rest away.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Gambling with Numbers

Do you love numbers? Heres a test for you....

Familiar with this? Sum of 15s
There are nine boxes....3 row and 3 columns.... each row and columns whether horizontally or vertically or even diagonally must have a sum of 15..you only have to use numbers 1 to 9...



Here's another one......

Rightfully put the numbers in the box using the numbers
1 to 8 only. Rules are the numbers 1 to 8 must not be beside each other randomly horizontally, vertically and diagonally.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Always Give My Best Shot!

I was once told and adviced that in everything I do I have to always give my best shot!? Well, I told myself who cares about this? duh! I know my talent, capabilities, abilities and limitations....this is myself and I know myself better than any of you guys... And here comes the intimate trial I have to face on...work...work...and work....a thing that its impossible to be done by one person but I can't do anything about it but to accept the challenge..

The thing is there is too much pressure coming along the way...everyone wanted to help and some felt pity and have nothing to do about it just encouraging me that I can do it and give my best shot....I was greatful I knew who my real friends are......

Time goes on and there is for a fact a time frame for me and can't hardly get a few minutes for myself alone, I am lossing hope now....and honestly I lost the game...sad to say buts its true...

Thats okey for me because I wanted to get out of that thing..its a Horrible experienced but knowledgeable... What I have learned is that you have to find ways how your limitation will break and expand to a new craze. You can't discover your new ability if you won't put yourself to a new situation and fight for it....yes I lost but one thing is for sure I have discover a big new me! and life must go on... and I waited..............

Then the challenge gets back to me as if its really finding me...and face it again...the good thing is I am striving to win the game up to now and trying hard not to loss again and always give my best shot....!!!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Surmise ??

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Walk beside me that we may be as one."