Sunday, December 21, 2014

A. S. A. P.

Jesus.

Read at least the first two lines....Never thought of it! 
  
Jesus died over 2000 years ago. 
Nobody has ever referred to HIM as the late Jesus, 
Not even the heathens. 
Nowhere in history. 
Nowhere has HE ever been referred to in the past tense 
HE 'is' the Living God!
 

97% OF YOU WON'T FORWARD THIS MESSAGE. 
When Jesus died on the cross HE was thinking of you! 
If you are one of the 3% who will stand up for HIM, forward this. "May God Smile on You Today."


10 Things About December Solstice

December 21, 2014 is the shortest day of the year 
in the Northern Hemisphere. 


Here are 10 things about the December Solstice you might not know:

1. It's Also Called Summer Solstice
The December Solstice is also known as the Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, where it marks the longest day of the year in terms of sunlight. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is the shortest day of the year in terms of sunlight and is known as the Winter Solstice.


2. It's the Second Solstice of the Year
Solstices happen twice a year - once around June 21 and then again around December 21. On the June Solstice, the Sun is directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere, while on the December Solstice, the Sun directly shines over the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere. The June Solstice is also known as the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.


3. It Happens at a Specific Time
Most people celebrate the whole day as the December Solstice. In reality, however, the Solstice occurs at a specific time - when the Sun is exactly overhead the Tropic of Capricorn. In 2014, this will happen on December 21, at 23:03 (11:03 pm) UTC. For locations that are ahead of UTC, this event will occur on December 22. This is because of time zones difference.


4. The Solstice's Date Varies
The December Solstice can happen on December 20, 21, 22 or 23, though December 20 or 23 solstices are rare. The last December 23 solstice was in 1903 and will not happen again until 2303.


5. The Sun Stands Still
The term solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium, meaning the Sun stands still. This is because on this day, the Sun reaches its southern-most (or northern-most during the June Solstice) position as seen from the Earth. It seems to stand still at the Tropic of Capricorn (and Tropic of Cancer during the June Solstice) and then reverses its direction.


6. It's the First Day of Astronomical Winter
In the Northern Hemisphere, astronomers and scientists use the December Solstice as the start of the winter season, which ends on the March Equinox. For meteorologists, on the other hand, winter began three weeks ago on December 1.


7. The Earth isn't Farthest From the Sun
During the Northern Hemisphere winter the Earth actually makes its closest approach to the Sun. Seasons have little to do with the Earth's distance to the Sun, but with how it spins around its own axis. As the earth revolves around the sun, it also rotates around its axis, which is tilted at an angle of 23.5 degrees.

The direction of the tilt of the earth does not change as the Earth moves around the Sun - the two hemispheres point towards the same position in space at all times. What changes as the Earth orbits around the Sun is the position of the hemispheres in relation to the Sun - the Northern Hemisphere faces away from the Sun during the December Solstice, while the Southern Hemisphere tilts towards the Sun. The opposite happens around the June Solstice, when the Southern Hemisphere faces away from the Sun during the December Solstice, while the Northern Hemisphere tilts towards the Sun. This is why people in the Northern Hemisphere experience winter around December Solstice and summer during the June Solstice.

In fact, the Earth is on its Perihelion - the point on the Earth's orbit closest to the Sun - a few weeks after the December Solstice.


8. Earliest Sunset Does Not Happen on This Day
Most places in the Northern Hemisphere see their earliest sunset a few days before the Solstice and their latest sunrise a few days after the Solstice. This happens because of the difference between how we measure time using watches and the time measured by a sundial.


9. Daylight Hours Increase Faster at Northern Latitudes
If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, the increase rate of daylight hours depends on your location's latitude - in more northern latitudes you will see a rapid increase in daylight hours compared to if you're in the more southern latitudes.


10. It's Celebrated Around the World

Many cultures around the world hold feasts and celebrate festivals and holidays to celebrate the December Solstice.

http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/winter-solstice.html

Saturday, December 20, 2014

10 Important Things You Should Let Go of Before the New Year

The New Year is almost upon us and we, like many out there, love the idea of starting the new year fresh. And in order to do that, we think it’s smart to take a leaf out of Elsa’s book (get it?) and let go of those things we don’t need anymore. So, in the 12 days leading up to Christmas, we thought we’d give you 12 things that you should consider ditching before starting anew in 2015.

Let go of your fear of failure. Get out there, take some chances, learn from your “failure” and move toward success.

Let go of fear in general. Here’ what JK Rowling has to say on the subject:

I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.

Let go of the ridiculous cost of your monthly bills. Do yourself a favor before the New Year and make these 5 phone calls today to save yourself hundreds.

Let go of clothing you haven’t worn in over a year. The end of the year is a great time to analyze your closet and get rid of the things you haven’t worn since 2013.

Let go of old magazines you haven’t looked at or touched all year.

Let go of all of that all of that clutter that’s just taking up unnecessary space in your home.

Let go of your bad habits and put some 7 Important Habits of Frugal People into practice.

Let go of your negativity and choose gratitude instead.

Let go of your debt. Chances are you won’t be able to get rid of it completely before the new year, but you can get off to a great start.

Let go of old electronics and other potential money makers in your home.

What are some things you’d like to let go of before the new year?


Friday, December 19, 2014

A Trip to Italy

A young New York woman was so depressed that she decided to end her life by throwing herself into the ocean, but just before she could throw herself from the docks, a handsome young man stopped her. 

"You have so much to live for," said the man. "I'm a sailor, and we are off to Italy tomorrow. I can stow you away on my ship. I'll take care of you, bring you food every day and keep you happy." 
  
With nothing to lose, combined with the fact that she had always wanted to go to Italy, the woman accepted. That night the sailor brought her aboard and hid her in a small but comfortable compartment in the hold.  

From then on, every night he would bring her three sandwiches, a bottle of red wine, and make love to her until dawn. Three weeks later she was discovered by the captain during a routine inspection. 
  
"What are you doing here?" asked the captain. 

"I have an arrangement with one of the sailors," she replied. 
"He brings me food and I get a free trip to Italy." 

"I see," the captain says. 

Her conscience got the best of her and she added, 
"Plus, he's screwing me."

"He certainly is," replied the captain. 
"This is the Staten Island Ferry." 



Thursday, December 18, 2014

Old Golfers

A foursome of golfers, all in their 40's, discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Hooters because the waitresses were young, good looking, had big chests and wore short-shorts.

Ten years later, in their 50's, the golfing buddies once again discussed where they should meet for lunch.  Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Hooters because the food and service was good, they had many televisions to watch the games on, and the beer selection was excellent.

Ten years later, in their 60's, the foursome again discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Hooters because there was plenty of parking, they could dine in peace, and it was good value for the money.

Ten years later, in their 70's, they discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Hooters because the restaurant was wheelchair accessible and had a toilet for the disabled.

Ten years later, in their 80's, the friends discussed where they should meet for lunch. Finally it was agreed that they would meet at Hooters because they had never been there before.