According to the most recent FBI data from 2010, more than 60 percent of all burglaries involved forcible entries, with over 30 percent considered ‘unlawful,’ meaning they didn’t require force to break in.
I have to say that this is great advice for every exterior door in your home, not just an apartment. I never even considered the difference in the length of screws preventing someone from kicking in the door.
I learned something today that I wanted to share with everyone. I always assumed that the boarding pass just had my name and flight information on it. But according to this article the bar code contains a lot of personal information on it – basically everything that you type in when you purchase your ticket is contained in the boarding pass.
After landing, most travelers usually throw away their boarding pass print-outs, or even leave them stuffed in the seat pocket in front of them. Flight’s over — who needs the flimsy document?
The bar code on your ticket alone, if hacked, can reveal:
Frequent flier number
So make sure that you safely dispose of the boarding pass after your flight.
This past week the Powerball was at an all time high. Many people talked about what they would do with so much money. Here is an example of someone who through hard work made that kind of money. And what is amazing is that J.K. Rowling has given away an estimated $160m – which is worth around £112m today, to charities which help women and children.
In 2005, she co-founded Children’s High Level Group (CHLG) with Baroness Emma Nicholson MEP, after reading an article about children sleeping in cages in institutions in the Czech Republic. In 2010 the charity was renamed Lumos, and works to end the systematic institutionalisation of children across Europe.
A special edition of J.K. Rowling’s book The Tales of Beedle the Bard was auctioned for CHLG in 2007, raising £1.95 million, and the following year this title was published in aid of the charity, quickly becoming the fastest-selling book of the year.
Also in 2010, the author also donated £10m to a new clinic at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland which leads research into Multiple Sclerosis. It was named Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic after her mother, who died of Multiple Sclerosis aged 45.
Her charitable trust, Volant. Supports a number of projects, mainly those which alleviate social deprivation and supports work on women’s and children’s issues.
In 2012, she was knocked off Forbes list of World’s Billionaires with the publisher claiming her “high tax rates and charitable giving” had depleted her wealth enough to push her out the league.
Both Walter Lewis and Rock the dog, are hero’s in my book. Walter woke up to get a drink of water, and noticed his bulldog was barking downstairs. He was running up and down the stairs, and apparently the dog never went upstairs.
He went downstairs to investigate and discovered the house was on fire on the first floor. Waking up his family, he got them out onto the roof. Calling for help, he finally got the courage to jump off the roof and get a ladder to help save his family.
My son inlaw has a fear of heights and I have seen him break out in a sweat just thinking about it. Facing a phobia is a hard thing to do. Thank goodness he was able to rescue the family. Tragically the dog didn’t make it out.
Like most everyday hero’s he doesn’t think that he is one. “That’s a big word to use for me when I’m not a hero. I’m just an ordinary person that would help anybody, but this happened to be the time when I helped my own family. I live to protect my family, and that’s what matters. Just like Rock, he lived to protect us.”
Great story about firefighters rescuing the dog – or at least trying to.
As the video reflected the puppy was scared and kept trying to bite them. But happily he finally figured out they were trying to save him and as he started climbing out they were able to support his hind legs so he could get all of the way out of the icy water.
One scared, freezing puppy was returned to his owners.
A tribute to Alan Rickman who died at the age of 69 from cancer. He was one of my favorite bad guys.
I first loved him in Die Hard and Robin Hood, “call off Christmas” was one of my favorite lines. The Harry Potter series was truly wonderful. He had vey complex character and taking all of the scenes on chronical order makes his character come alive in way that wasn’t apparent in the movies. It is a little long, 14 minutes, but a pleasure to watch.
This is an awesome example of how what happens to us as children gets played out in our adult lives. It shows us that no matter what bad choices and mistakes we make, we can always make a different, better choice. It also shows us, how often we misunderstand people who have deep pain in their lives as being just a bad person. The reality it they are usually the ones looking desperately for love, and how they push it away as though they are undeserving of it.
Kelly Kinkel took to social media to tell the world about a recent return she tried to make with the online retailer Zulily. Here is her story – makes me want to try them out.
Kelly says, “I sincerely hope this post goes viral, because I just hung up from one of the best customer service experiences of my life. I ordered a winter coat from Zulily a few weeks ago.” Looking at her account it is now at 65,861 likes and 37,261 shares.
Continuing the story, “When I received my order, I could see through the packaging that the coat material wasn’t going to work well with the two breeds of dogs we have. Coarse dog hair and certain materials don’t mix.”
“I called customer service and asked how to return the unopened coat for a refund. I spoke with a sweet young man named Patrick, and he let me know he would refund my money immediately. I asked again how to send it back, and he said, “Please don’t send it back. If you know someone who needs a winter coat or if you would like to donate it to a charity, that would make us very happy.”
“I honestly thought he was kidding. It took me a moment to realize he was completely serious, and then came the tears. I just don’t know other companies that do this, do you? I thought Zulily was pretty incredible before, but after today, I’m a customer for LIFE. The world needs more LOVE like that. Honest business. Honest ethics. How refreshing!”
Our prayers go out to this poor family and the tragic murder of this beautiful boy. I totally agree with Brittni Lasuramore who said, “You don’t think something like this will ever happen to your family, ever,” Brittni Lauramore said. “I don’t know one person that could ever imagine something this horrible happening.” This is the thought that I think that everyone probably has, when you lose a loved one to violence, no matter the age.
My nephew was murdered almost six years ago, so I have some experience with how long the road is ahead of them. This month is his birthday and we still constantly think of him and miss him. I wish them peace in their hearts, and hope that they can grab onto the joyful memories. I hope that since his killer is going to plead guilty, that the justice system will be swift in providing them with some sort of closure.
They are having a vigil Thursday at 6 P.M., in the church near where they found his remains. Lighting candles to guide him on his new journey.
We wanted to acknowledge the generosity of the V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services, who have offered to pay for Lonzie’s funeral. The families have known each other for years and this is something that good friends would do for each other.
But V. Todd Ferreira Funeral Services makes this offer for every child. “As long as I’ve been in business, I’ve never charged for a child. Ever,” Todd Ferreira said. “This is no different.” What a wonderful gift they have been giving to grieving families.
“What is important to us is Lonzie and his family, and that’s what we are committed to,” said Todd Ferreria. “And to giving him a special goodbye. One that he deserves.”
Ferreira is working with Lonzie’s family to plan the funeral and burial and said relatives from both sides are of Lonzie’s family are involved in the process.
Ferreira said he believes that the funeral will be open to the community, so that all the people who poured their hearts and souls into searching for the toddler will get to pay their respects and honor him
It is so amazing what technology can do. Kathy Beitz has been legally blind since she was 11 years old. She has a genetic form of macular degeneration, so I would think that these glasses would enable seniors who suffer from this to be able to see again.
They didn’t go into detail as to how much light and shadow she sees, but they did say it was the first baby she has seen. What an amazing gift to be able to see her son in detail.
“Love is the bridge between you and everything that you desire.” Rumi. We all came into this world to learn, to experience what life is about, and leave a legacy.
Tonight I saw the new Tom Hanks movie, Bridge of Spies. I found it very interesting how he was able to stick to what he knew to be right, even when it endangered his life and that of his family. He didn’t take anyone’s word for “you did what you could, cut your losses and accept what is left”.
Because he was a man of high integrity and morals, he was able to do what no one else could do. While he couldn’t prevent the guilty verdict for his client (he was guilty), he was able to maneuver the judge into a prison sentence instead of the death penalty. Then when his prediction came true about needing him for a future hostage negotiation, he was able to negotiate the return of an American pilot. And when destiny threw in a twist, he negotiated a second hostage return – a two for one, thereby freeing the innocent college student who got caught behind the Berlin Wall.
Because he was so driven to make the negotiations work, and stuck with it to force what he felt was the right thing to do, he ended up becoming a hostage negotiator with President Kennedy. He was able to free over 1,900 hostages from Cuba, during the Cuban missile crisis and Bay of Pigs.
We are all here for a purpose, some small purposes and others world changing. HIs, was a world changing purpose, as he was able to impact hundreds of lives. Our purpose may or may not impact so many lives, but I believe that each one of us has that possibility. The possibility to ask the divine why we are here. To listen to the whispers of our heart, and the calling of our soul. To hear in our dreams the secrets that tell us why we are here.
That is what the light in our heart is. It is the seed that is waiting for us to plant it. To water and nurture it as it grows into our reason for being here. To dig down into the roots of what we are growing and see the unfolding truth of our own myth.
Each morning is an opportunity to become that which you have been looking for. Stop looking and start becoming. Allow your legacy to shine out, no matter the cost. Shine the light of your heart, on the pathway of love. That is the true bridge to help both ourselves and those around us find our way home.
Joyce Meyer said “all of us have gold hidden within, but we have to dig to get it out.” When I was 4 years old I went through a trauma that said it wasn’t safe to be seen or heard. I then spent most of my adult life trying to figure out why I always seemed to have one foot on the gas, and one foot on the brake. Most of us experienced something in our early childhood, from conception through the 5th year or so, that became a unconscious program running in the background of our decision making process.
I went for professional help because I had buried the memory and could remember nothing until I went to school with the first grade. Once I uncovered the memory, I could see how this one experience had impacted my entire life.
We all have these buried treasures that we were gifted with to share with the world. They must be dug up, polished up, and shared. It is these treasures which will shift the world to a better place for all of us. I write to share my treasures with everyone. I am working very hard to help the nonprofits be able to share their treasures with the world.
Elizabeth Gilbert in her book “Big Magic” called this “strange jewels” which are buried within us, waiting to be uncovered. She went on to say, “You have extraordinary treasures hidden within you. Bringing forth those treasures takes work and faith and focus and courage and hours of devotion.”
Most of us spend our lives looking outside of ourselves for fulfillment. If we are the perfect child, the perfect student, the perfect spouse or parent, or the perfect employee, then we will be fulfilled. Nothing outside of ourselves can really provide long lasting validation, security or love. We can get temporary fixes which fail, and then we are on our way to the next partner, or job. Or we condemn ourselves as failures and stop seeking any kind of love, security or fulfillment.
The great religious leaders recognize the truth of this. Pope Francis said “We are all jars of clay, fragile and poor, yet we carry within us an immense treasure.” Joel Osteen recognized the truth that the love of ourselves is how we bring this treasure out into the world. He said, “If you don’t love yourself in the right way, you can’t love your neighbor. You can’t be as good as you are supposed to be.”
The Founder of Agape International Spiritual Center, Michael Beckwith took it a step farther when he said, “We are on the planet to …, wrap our consciousness around the divine treasure within us.”
We all have these treasure maps inside of us, which lead us to the divine treasure of love. Love of Self, Love of God and Family, Love of the World. We are all diamonds in the rough, and the journey through this divine love reveals the beauty of the diamond within us.
“I Love Us.”
Strong women know that sometimes we just need to sit with the questions until a direction is clearly revealed.
Strong women can sit with another woman in the silence without needing to say anything to break the tension.
Strong women know that when another woman is venting she doesn’t want anything to be fixed, she just needs someone there to witness the removal of the splinter that is causing her pain.
Strong women know that they must make their own light. And if as it sometimes happens that their light goes out, another sister will be there to share hers, until we are strong enough to relight our own.
Strong women know that when the light goes out, we are facing the day, when we question everything. When something so tragic happens that all of our foundations crash into dust.
This is the day when we all circle around our sister as she faces her crisis of faith and reveals the doubts which will birth a new creation. This is the day when we nurture her. When each sister holds the soul of the other and whispers the words of transformation.
This is the day of transformation which strips away the old way of being. No longer trying to be what others want us to be, we accept “us” without reservations or restrictions.
We value who we are, no matter what anyone else thinks.
We forgive ourselves completely.
We trust ourselves wholeheartedly.
We are brave enough to love ourselves just as we are, perfectly imperfect.
We empower ourselves to fully embrace our intuition.
We begin to live our life being the wonderful creation we are.