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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Other


July 4th Celebration Opportunities – 2013

July 4th 2013 Celebrations


In just a couple of weeks our country will celebrate one its most cherished holiday’s – Independence Day! Our forefathers, who after much diplomacy and debate were left with a choice; either continue to submit to tyranny or fight for their freedom. They in turn drafted a Declaration of Independence that brought about a war that cost many lives but it also changed the course of history. Here are their words:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States: For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies: For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

July 4th 2013 Celebrations


July 4th 2013 Celebrations


Social Media is it Really Social?

A husband comes home from a business trip and waited at the airport for his wife to pick him up.  She never showed so he took a taxi home only to find that his wife wasn’t there either.  Thinking this was a little strange and out of the ordinary he called her on the phone and left her this voice message.  “Hey just calling to check in and let you know I arrived home safe, I guess we must have missed each other at the airport.  Anyway, I am home and can’t wait to see you.  It is a little odd that you are not here and it makes me wonder if you received the e-mail that I sent you telling you my trip went longer than planned.  Now that I think of it, when I sent you the text when I was about to board the plane you didn’t respond which was somewhat unusual   Oh well, I guess I will see you soon”.

The wife called her husband back on his cell phone while he was in the shower and she left him this voice message.  Oh that’s funny; I guess you didn’t see my recent post on Facebook where I changed my status to single and that I had moved.  Oh well, you should be receiving a Fed-Ex from my attorney soon.  I wish you all the best though.”

Could this above story be you, or someone you know? 

Is social media destroying our ability to engage and talk to each other?  How many times in my business do I hear I’m not a phone person, just send me a text or email it’s the best way to communicate with me. I am not advocating that we cease from using the technology that helps us improve our efficiency, but I do think that we should not allow it to replace our inate desire to socialize with one another.

The old fashion land phone line is becoming obsolete in many of our homes today.  Just ask yourself how many times in a week do you get a personal call from a friend or family member and not a telemarketer or a solicitor? I have heard from some people that they actually sit across the room from someone else and text or email them instead of talking to them?  That seems crazy but it happens. I know the above story about the couple is a “what if” scenario, but could this really happen?

 In my opinion how can we call it social media when it is really seems to be more anti-social?  If you rely on texting or e-mail as your only form of communication then how can you tell in reading a text or email what the emotion of the person is that is sending the text or e-mail.  I have heard of many cases where people have gotten mad at each other because of the way a text is written where the receiving end takes the text or e-mail the wrong way.

I actually heard of this scenario where a family member said to another family member; “Wow it’s really good to hear you and see your face today as it has been a very long time since we have seen one another.” The family member said; “What do you mean we text and email all the time?” I recently read an article where a 13 year old daughter texted her mom from her bedroom to tell her she wanted cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Now how’s that for room service! I have even been guilty myself of taking the time to text a message that took longer to type out than it would have to actually pick up the phone and have a conversation with the person. But let’s face it we do it all the time.

I guess I am just saying that with all of the technology that exists to make us more efficient, let’s just try to not lose sight of our basic need to socialize in a personal and real way. I think there is a real danger with someone who loses their ability to communicate with other people?  Is it possible that the young teenager of today will be so use to texting as their form of communication that when it comes time to go for a job interview and articulate why they should be the one for the job, will they struggle with the face to face communication and prefer to get a job through texting or email.

Is it all bad? Of course it isn’t.  There are times when we do not have a choice but to communicate through our personal electronic devices, but just like everything else social media should be done in moderation. This way we don’t lose sight of the things that differentiate from the machines and technologies that we have invented to help us be more efficient in order to enjoy our lives as fellow human beings.

Back in 2008 Dentyne put out a campaign called make face to face time and it went like this:

“power down. Log off. Unplug.

Have mercy on your thumbs

Browse the world wide something else.

Send some not-so instant messages,

Undo, hit cancel, Be together,

Make face time!”

I think this is a great idea!  Let’s take the media out of social media and become more social, and if you do maybe you’ll pick up a few more friends to add to your social media list.

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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Other


Remembering September 11th – Officially Known as Patriot Day

Let’s take time today to stop and remember the 2,977 people that were killed in the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks on our great nation. President Bush on September 11, 2002 proclaimed this day to always be remembered as Patriot Day.

Even though it is not a national holiday, on the direction of President Bush, our flag should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all government buildings throughout our Country.

Please take some time today to also reflect and remember the families who lost their loves one during this devastating attack on our Country.  At 8:46 a.m., (eastern daylight time) many people will hold a moment of silence, which is the time the first plane flew into the World Trade Center.

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Posted by on September 10, 2012 in Other


Microwave Oven Warning

A Warning for Microwave Oven Users

I have been reading some recent articles regarding the use of microwave ovens. This information is not new but I am afraid it is frequently ignored. Before you press that start button on your microwave consider this article:

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Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Other



It seems like every year around this time we are scurrying around to figure out what to do with or for mom on Mother’s day.

You probably will end up just taking her out to dinner on one of the busiest days of the year, or sending her a bouquet of flowers because she doesn’t live nearby.  Maybe it’s time to think of something new and different this year.  Here are some ideas:

Think about taking her to visit a special friend or relative she hasn’t seen in a while or surprise her by doing a SKYPE video call if you can’t get there.

An old fashioned picnic, barbecue or trip to the zoo with all the kids or grandkids around could be a very wonderful day of enjoyment for her.

Take her down and to a photography studio and do some fun shots with her. (Modeling shots, or old fashioned)

Take her for a full day at a spa and give her the royal treatment, massage, manicure and pedicure.

Think about all the years she cooked for you and maybe you could make a bunch of ready-made meals to put in her freezer.  This is especially a very nice one to do if your mom is alone.

Take her to an old time movie, bowling or ice or roller skating.  Bring back the memories of when she was a youngster.

Take her to another town with unique shops for just a fun day of shopping and spending time with her.

You could make her breakfast in bed and or plant flowers for her in her garden.

Whatever you decide to do make sure you call or go by and see her to give her a big kiss on the cheek if you can and make sure to tell her she is the most beautiful mom in the world and just thank her for being your mom.

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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Other


A Few of My Personal Thoughts

I just wanted to pause a moment and break from my usual real estate articles and just share a small personal note to those who read this blog:

We are facing some rather troublesome and unique world events that will clearly define the resilience of not just our country but the entire world. The immense devastation and loss of life in Japan will forever be etched in our minds as we mourn for those who have suffered such loss. In addition the political turmoil that exists in the other parts of the globe will also continue to produce additional heart ache and despair. These factors will impact all countries and all economies in one way or another from shortages to economic volatility. It is what we do while these types of challenges occur that has the potential to makes us better people and then it becomes how we learn and improve that sets a course for increased stability. There remains plenty to see and do, but in spite of these tremendous calamities; there remains hope that all of our efforts to provide help and relief will ultimately result in a better future for us all. Pray for peace and pray for the people of Japan.

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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Other