Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pinterest-You've Got to Try It!

This is such a fun thing to get involved with! I have learned a lot about special places to go on the Internet through Pinterest.



Here is how they describe themselves:

"Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. It lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. To get started, request an invite.

Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests."


You can repin things to your "boards" so you will have them within easy reach. I have had more fun with this than anything I've tried on the Internet for some time. Here is the link to our blog's Pinerest boards, and then a link to a another Pinerest enthusiast that I really like:

http://pinterest.com/SavvySeniors/

This lady is a retired librarian and has some wonderful ideas:

http://pinterest.com/suziholler/

Here is the Pinterest home page:

http://pinterest.com/

This is a great place to be creative and take advantage of other people's treasures.

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." ~Carl Jung

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Angels Explained By Children

Bill Witcher will be sharing words of encouragement, inspiration and hope with you each Sunday.


My sister-in-law Libby sent me this post. Angels are a mystery to all of us, but as usual children have a practical take on this subject like most things.

Smile while reading!!

I only know the names of two angels, Hark and Harold.
Gregory, age 5

Everybody's got it all wrong. Angels don't wear halos anymore. I forget why, but scientists are working on it.
-Olive, age 9

It's not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go to Heaven, and then there's still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes.
-Matthew, age 9

Angels work for God and watch over kids when God has to go do something else.
-Mitchell, age 7

My guardian angel helps me with math, but he's not much good for science.
-Henry, age 8

Angels don't eat, but they drink milk from Holy Cows!!!
-Jack, age 6

Angels talk all the way while they're flying you up to heaven. The main subject is where you went wrong before you got dead.
Daniel, age 9

When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath again, somewhere there's a tornado.
-Reagan, age 10

Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold, angels go south for the winter.
-Sara, age 6



Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son, who's a very good carpenter.
-Jared, age 8

All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys didn't go for it.
-Antonio, age 9

My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got a big head start on helping me while she was still down here on earth.

-Ashley, age 9

Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don't make the animals get better, they help the child get over it.
-Vicki, age 8



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Is Your Computer Cranky?

I had some great teachers when I went back to school at my local community college here in Dallas at age 55 to learn about the computer. Here is a tip from one of the very best of those dedicated people!


Hold on--don't be so quick to reboot your Windows PC. Rebooting is the go-to solution when a program won't shut down or the system starts dragging or acting unstable. There is, however, another way. The Windows Task Manager is a powerful tool for troubleshooting and resolving issues in Windows.

Task Manager shows you the programs, processes, and services that are currently running on your computer. You can use Task Manager to monitor your computer’s performance or to close a program that is not responding.What is the fastest way to get to Windows Task Manager? Many of you probably use the shortcut key combination Ctrl + Alt + Delete. Did you know that there is an even faster way to launch Windows Task Manager that will bypass the Ctrl + Alt + Delete menu?

The next time your computer is being cantankerous try this shortcut key combination: Ctrl + Shift + Esc. Your computer will load Windows Task Manager and allow you to instantly use the troubleshooting tools available in Task Manager. After all, Windows Task Manager is about resolving your Windows issues and getting you back to the task at hand!

Here is a very interesting link for you to use where you can get more computer tips, social networking information and even an English lesson...it is written by three of the teachers from the department I studied in at the college...

http://www.rlc6.dcccd.edu/boss/

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Irish Blessings to You in 2012

My husband and I have many Irish relatives and I have always been fascinated by that culture. That is especially the case with Ireland's peotry and blessings. Here are just a few:

An Old Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

An Irish Prayer

May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

Bless This House

Bless this house, o Lord, we pray.
Make it safe by night and day.
Bless these walls so firm and stout,
Keeping want and trouble out.
Bless the roof and chimney tall,
Let thy peace lie over all.
Bless the doors that they may prove
Ever open to joy and love.
Bless the windows shining bright,
Letting in God's heavenly light.
Bless the hearth a-blazing there,
With smoke ascending like a prayer.
Bless the people here within...
Keep them pure and free from sin.
Bless us all, that one day, we
May be fit, O lord, to dwell with Thee.

May neighbours respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Be Careful Out There!

Microsoft has some wonderful information on their website. Here is an example of that.

Seniors Stay Safer on the Internet

This information came from a brochure that Microsoft has online. It is called Defending Your Computer. They have a number of these out there that you can download as PDF files.

So, when you have time, I recommend this website: http://www.microsoft.com/security/resources/brochures.aspx

Here is information from one of those brochures:

1.Defend your computer.

  • Keep all software (including your web browser) current with automatic updating. Install legitimate antivirus and antispyware software. Protect your wireless router with a password, and use flash drives cautiously. Microsoft can help: microsoft.com/security/pypc.aspx.

2. Guard email and other accounts with strong passwords.

  • Make them long (phrases or sentences) that mix uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. (Learn how: aka.ms/passwords-create.)
  • Avoid using the same password everywhere. If it is stolen, all the accounts it protects are at risk. It’s okay to store passwords on a well-protected piece of paper away from your computer.

3. Use email more safely.

Spot signs of fraud:
  • Watch out for surprise messages that you have "won a lottery," need to send money to your "grandchild," or help a distant stranger "transfer funds." Other clues include notices of account closure, misspellings, and grammatical errors.

Think before you respond to an email:

  • Don’t trust the sender’s name. It can be faked.
  • Be cautious about clicking links to video or opening photos, songs, or other files — even if you know the sender. Check with him or her first.
  • Be wary of visiting a website or calling the number in a suspect message. They could be phony. Instead, contact the company using info you find yourself.
  • Be careful what you put in email. It’s as insecure 
    Make sure you’re at the correct site — for example, at your bank’s website, not a fake.
    Look for a web address with https ("s" stands for secure) and a closed padlock beside it. (The lock might also be in the lower right of the window.) as a postcard.

4. Browse more safely.

Look for signs that a webpage is secure:

  • Make sure you’re at the correct site — for example, at your bank’s website, not a fake.
  • Look for a web address with https ("s" stands for secure) and a closed padlock beside it. (The lock might also be in the lower right of the window.)

Don't type sensitive information in pop-up windows.

5. Use social networks more safely

Decide how public you want your profile or blog to be.

When using a social network website like Facebook or Eons or posting opinions on your own webpages (blogging), consider that some sites automatically make what you post open to anyone on the Internet.

Look for Settings or Options to manage who can see your profile, photos, and friends, how people can search for you, who can comment, and how to block unwanted access.

Think before you post

Before you post anything online, remember that the site may archive what you post, friends may give it out, or hackers and security lapses may expose it.

  • Don’t post anything — especially sensitive information like your address or birth date — you would ordinarily say only to a close friend.
  • Use caution when sharing feelings — whether you are happy, sad, angry, or have money worries— because predators may exploit your emotions.

This website is an excellent resource for all of us, but especially for beginners!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday's Munchies

Many of us are wonderful cooks and generous about sharing our recipes. Mondays are for "make it happen" people. What could be a better way to encourage each other and create than to share what is going on in our kitchens.



Here is another gem from the kitchen of Patti Berry.

Patti told us that, "This is a very old recipe given to me by my Italian mother-in-law 35 years ago. I made them recently and someone told me “these cookies SCREAM Spring!!” They are very moist and the frosting is fantastic…I could eat it by itself! Make them much easier by using jarred baby food carrots!"

CARROT COOKIES
(or bars…see ** below)

1 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup cooked, mashed carrot (I use jars of baby food carrots!)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp lemon extract
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking power
1/2 tsp salt

Cream shortening and sugar, add egg and beat well. Blend in carrots. Add vanilla and lemon extract. Add the dry ingredients and mix well.

Drop onto greased cookies sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes @ 350 °. Cool and frost with frosting below.

** if desired, spread the dough in bottom of 9x13 pan and bake, frost and then slice into bars.

Frosting

2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp melted margarine or butter
3 Tbsp orange juice
2 tbsp grated orange peel

Add more orange juice if needed to reach desired consistency.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Inspiring Words

Bill Witcher, co-founder of Computer School for Seniors will be sharing words of encouragement, inspiration and hope with you each Sunday.


“The Thoughts in Your Mind Will Always be More Important Than the Things in Your Life"

In a golf tournament a while back, one of the seasoned Pros only needed to get down in two from 12 feet away to qualify for the Fed EX Cup Championship. For a professional golfer, that’s no big deal. Twelve feet, 2 putts. No problem. Four putts later, his ball was in the cup and he was out of the finals of the championship. His terrible putting cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars.
When asked what happened, he admitted that the 12 feet on the green was not the problem. The six inches between his ears is where the problem occurred. He lost his concentration and allowed negative thinking to ruin a great opportunity.

John Maxwell says in his book, Today Matters, that your attititude can give you a winner’s perspective or it can make you a loser. It’s our choice. Our actions will follow our thoughts.

On June 28, 1939, Joe Louis defended his heavyweight boxing title against Tony “Tow-Ton” Galento in Yankee Stadium. Galento wasn’t a particularly talented fighter, but he could take a punch and he was a big hitter. In the second round, Louis knocked Galento down and seemed to be controlling the fight. But in the third round, Galento knocked the champ down.

Louis immediately jumped back to his feet and went after his opponent. When Louis went to his corner, his trainer chastised him: “You know you’re supposed to take the full count when you go down. Why didn’t you stay down for nine?”

“What!” answered Louis, “and give him a chance to rest?” Louis pummeled Gelento so badly in the fourth round that the referee stopped the fight.

In today’s competitive culture , everybody is looking for an edge. Top athletes and top businesspeople alike know that—all things being equal—attitude wins. But this is also true: All things not being equal, attitude sometimes still wins. Possessing a great attitude is like having a secret weapon.

Your Attitude—Not Your Achievements—
Gives You Happiness

Samuel Johnson, the eighteenth-century poet and critic, stated, “He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief which he purposes to remove.” He understood that contentment was generated internally, based on attitude.

The thoughts in your mind will always be more important than the things in your life. Fame and fortune are fleeting. The satisfaction that comes from achievement is momentary. The author of the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes observed, “He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase.”

You cannot buy or win happiness. You must choose it.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Google Privacy Settings

Our last two posts concerning the Internet have been on Google searching. This week we are going to talk about dealing with your Privacy Settings on Google.

In January, on Google's blog they announced that they were "updating their privacy policies and terms of service" which caused some concern and confusion. Here are a couple of tips you can use to manage your privacy settings:

1. Your History:

Brandon Goyette of the NY Daily news says, "With Google's new privacy policy in effect,
users’ data from 60 separate Google services is now collected in one profile. Does this leave you feeling a bit overexposed? You might want to delete your web browsing history and prevent that data from being associated with your Google account in the future.

Here's how, as explained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation:"

1. Go to www.google.com/history
2. Sign in
3. Click on the button that says Remove web history (see Fig. 1 below).



A quick and easy solution. Another option you have is to use...


2. Your Google Dashboard:

1. Go to www.google.com/dashboard
2. Notice there is a Google video you can view on this page (see image below)
3. Sign in to get to your Dashboard


Love it or hate it, Google is a powerhouse! I did a quotation search on Google about Google which was interesting. Here are a few quotes it offered:

"The Google algorithm was a significant development. I've had thank-you emails from people whose lives have been saved by information on a medical website or who have found the love of their life on a dating website." Tim Berners-Lee

"Google's not a real company. It's a house of cards." Steve Ballmer

"The only thing Google has failed to do, so far, is fail". John Battelle

"The thing that people seem to miss about not just Google, but also our competitors, Yahoo, eBay and so forth, is that there's an awful lot of communities that have never been served by traditional media. Eric Schmidt

Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday's Munchies

Many of us are wonderful cooks and generous about sharing our recipes. Mondays are for "make it happen" people. What could be a better way to encourage each other and create than to share what is going on in our kitchens.



A Real Treat!

Here is another gem from the kitchen of Patti Berry. A little something to bake that will stick to your ribs!



RASPBERRY CREAM CHEESE CAKE

This is a delicious cake that isn’t too sweet, but it is very pretty with the ribbons of raspberry jello and real raspberries throughout! YUM! You can make it in a sheet cake so it is easy to cut into 24 servings or make it in a bundt pan for a pretty presentation! If you are looking for a lighter cake, use the powdered sugar dusting…but I say GO FOR IT and enjoy the cream cheese frosting (good on almost everything in my opinion!!)

1 package yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1+1/2 cups raspberries, fresh or frozen
1 T bsp flour
1 pkg raspberry jello
Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, milk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Beat on low speed for one minute and then on medium for another minute. Add the cream cheese and beat on medium for two minutes. Put the raspberries in another bowl and toss with the flour until coated. Drop the raspberries and the jello mix onto the cake batter and gently fold them into the batter, do not mix completely, it should appear marbled in the bowl. Pour the batter into a greased and floured bundt pan or a 13x9 cake pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until it tests done. If using bundt pan, cool in pan 10 minutes and then turn out onto serving platter, dust with powdered sugar. If using 13x9 sheet pan, frost with cream cheese frosting or dust with powdered sugar for a lighter cake.

Frost with a cream cheese frosting, or you can simply dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 tsp vanilla3 3/4 - 4 cups powdered sugar

Mix together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the vanilla and then the powdered sugar, one cup at a time until it reaches the desired consistency…perhaps a little more or less than called for here.

Our special thanks to Patti Berry for this delicious munchie idea!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Internet Magic

Jane Booras is the Editor of numerous newsletters. From time to time, she will
be sharing how you can find whatever you need - photos, clipart, information,
maps, phone numbers - on the Internet.



So one evening you’re watching the classic movie channel and enjoying one of your favorite old black and white movies. “Who is that actor?” you say to your wife (or husband). “Oh, I know who that is, but I can't think of his/her name!” Sound familiar? So we play a guessing game. We rack our brains and throw out a few names. My husband is apt to say, “Oh, yeah! That’s ‘what’s his name’.”

So you wait for the credits to roll. Then one of two things happens. One, since there were no commercials, you have to head for the restroom as soon as you see “The End” come up on the screen. (Ever notice that the new movies don’t say “The End” anymore?) Or, two, the credits run alright, but they are so teeny tiny that you can’t read them – even if you get up and put your nose right up to the screen. Well, darn. How will you ever know who that actor was?

GOOGLE! Just go to your computer and Google the name of the movie. Say, “State Fair” made in 1945. Try it and identify the picture below.


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Or, “Slattery’s Hurricane” made in 1949. Same thing. Google it.

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My sister and I flew to Cancun, Mexico for a 5-day vacation on the Yucatan Peninsula. It was wonderful. One day on the way to a snorkeling adventure, the van driver stopped suddenly on a back road. There along the road in the underbrush were several raccoons, along with another animal that looked like a raccoon, but had a long tail like a monkey. The van driver told us what it was, but with his accent, we couldn’t quite get the name. Then my sister remembered that she often googles answers to crossword puzzles when she gets “stuck.”

When we got back to our hotel, we went to the business center where free Internet service is offered and googled “Mexican raccoon-like animal.” Google took us to this web site: http://www.brandywinezoo.org/coati.html. Click on the link and see the results for yourself.

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Now mind you, my sister only googles answers after she has exhausted all other options – her brain and her precious crossword dictionary. But when things “niggle” at you for just so long, you have to know! That’s when you Google.

I wonder what ever happened to Encyclopedias. I suppose they are on the Internet now. Let’s google it and see what happens!