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Posted by infinitygoods on February 19, 2008
With this week-end’s meat recall, 143 million pounds of beef, the largest recall in history, comes an even more disturbing possibility. A video has surfaced that shows inhumane conditions may have occurred since 1993. That’s 15 years!! Did the government do anything to safeguard that consumers eat healthy food? Did the greedy big business slaughterhouse have the least thought about the public school children who would eat tainted meat? Are California cows happy cows as the advertising slogan claims? You decide.
Check out Tad Cronn’s article and look at the video he posted.
Posted in America, blog, blogging, Blogroll, boycott, consumers, Cooking, Cuisine, culture, Documentary, education, Family, farmer's markets, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, food products, government agencies, greed, Home, homeschool, homeschooling, Household Tip, Household Tips, How To, howto, infamous, Infinity Goods, infinitygoods.com, Internet, Journalism, life, manufacturers, Media, movies, Nation, natural foods, nature, News, Photography, Photojournalism, profit, publishing, sales, savings, Science Experiments, Shopping, U.S., Uncategorized, United States, United States Department of Agriculture, USA, USDA, Website, writing | Tagged: bad meat, Barbecue, beef, cattle, Children, consumer safety, consumers, eat, eating, Family, FDA, Federal, Food, Food and Drug Aministration, government, government agencies, hamburger, Home, Humane Society, inhumane, inhumane conditions, kids, largest recall in history, meat, News, public schools, recall, ribs, safety, slaughter, slaughterhouse, steak, Tad Cronn, tadcronn.wordpress.com, tainted meat, television, TV, TV news, Video, YouTube | 4 Comments »
Posted by infinitygoods on January 20, 2008
Would you rather be singing too?
Posted in African American, America, American History, art, Black, blog, blogging, Blogroll, celebrities, Childhood Memories, Children, choir, Christian, Christianity, Church, culture, education, Faith, Family, Famous Speeches, Flickr, Freedom, Friendship, God, history, Home, homeschool, homeschooling, Household Tip, Household Tips, How To, howto, Infinity Goods, infinitygoods.com, Internet, Israel, Jewish, Journalism, Judaism, Legacy, life, Martin Luther King Jr., Media, Memories, murder, Music, Nation, Negro, Negro Spiritual, New Year, News, nonbelievers, Obituary, Organizing, Photography, Photojournalism, politics, Race, Racism, religion, Republic, Resolution, singing, Slavery, Slaves, Speech, Spiritual, spirituality, Tradition, U.S., Uncategorized, United States, USA, Website, writing | Tagged: African Americans, American History, Americans, art, assasinated, assasination, Atlanta, blacks, Catholics, Children, choir, Christianity, Christians, Church, color, creed, culture, D.C., day off, Declaration of Independence, Doctor, Faith, famous quote, famous speech, Free At Last, Freedom, Gentiles, Georgia, God, heritage, history, Holiday, I have a dream, inalienable rights, Jews, Journalism, killed, Legacy, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Martin Luther King Jr., men, men of color, murder, Music, Nation, Negro, Negro Spiritual, people, people of color, Photography, Photojournalism, promise, Protestants, quote, Race, Racism, religion, religious, Republic, Reverend, Roman Catholics, singing, Slavery, Slaves, South, Southern States, Speech, Spiritual, Thank God, Washington, Washington D.C. | 2 Comments »
Posted by infinitygoods on January 18, 2008
The United States Library of Congress pilot program launched on Flickr just two days ago has Web viewers entranced with its display of 3,115 images from the library’s extensive photo collection and clamoring for more.
Last night’s statistics from just one day on Flickr reveals the following:
• 392,000 views on the photostream;
• 650,000 views of photos;
• Adding in set and collection page views, there were about 1.1 million total views on their account;
• All 3,100+ photos have been viewed;
• 420 of the photos have comments;
• 1,200 of the photos have been favorited.
The Library has struck a chord with the people of the Internet. Matt Raymond, the author of the Library’s 9 month old blog and director of communications says, “The response to the Library’s pilot project with Flickr has been nothing short of astounding. You always hope for a positive reaction to something like this, but it has been utterly off the charts—from the Flickr community, from the blogosphere, from the news media—it is nothing short of amazing.”
And we all want more photos. The most frequently asked question on both the Flickr and the blog comments is asking when the library will upload even more photos. There are more than 1 million photos on the library’s Web site and some are easily viewable as sample images, but the great majority of these images can only be accessed through search words. If you want to see the images in say their Daguerreotype collection you have to type in specific search words, and there my friends is where the Library of Congress’ Web site went totally wrong and where the Flickr project went totally right, because if you don’t know what to search for or you just want to see what’s available, you are facing a computer screen full of daunting type and not one single beautiful image; no eye candy, no mesmerizing piece of history, no emotionally stirring art.
If you like history or photography, or better yet, like me you like both, you will be spending hours pouring over your LOC Flickr screen, so be forewarned, this may be a whole new addiction which might even spawn further interests you will just HAVE to research.
- A note on the high quality of these historical photographs: “The scans are not color corrected or adjusted to create an optimized view of the photographic scene, rather they represent the qualities of the images as they exist in the collection at the time they are scanned.”
For an article about Pie Town, New Mexico and Russell Lee, the photographer who chronicled its homesteaders, visit this Smithsonian article
Posted in America, American History, art, Arts and Crafts, blog, blogging, Blogroll, crafts, Cuisine, culture, education, eggs, Family, film, Flickr, government agencies, history, Home, homeschool, homeschooling, Infinity Goods, infinitygoods.com, Internet, Journalism, Library Of Congress, life, manufacturers, nature, News, reading, technology, Tips, Tradition, U.S., Uncategorized, USA, writing | Tagged: Aircraft, America, Barn, Bomber, Building, California, Canned Goods, Chicken, Chicken Barn, Church, Construction, Douglas Aircraft Company, film, Flickr, Flight Instructor, Fort Worth, Garage, Gas Pump, Girl, history, Homemade, Homestead, Homesteader, Kodak, Library Of Congress, LOC, Long Beach, Matt Raymond, Meacham Field, New Mexico, Photographer, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Pie Town, Pilot Program, Russell Lee, Student Pilots, Tennesse, Texas, Trampas, U.S., United States, United States of America, USA, Visual History, War, Wartime, Wartime Workers, women, Women At Work, Women Doing Men's Work, workers, World War II | 2 Comments »
Posted by infinitygoods on January 1, 2008
It’s easy to write a thank-you note if you keep it short and simple. It doesn’t need to be long. It could even just be a small card preprinted with the words “Thank You” that you simply sign and mail. These days so few people send thank-you notes that you’ll really make someone’s day. Just keep it simple and keep it sincere, and it’s never too early to teach children to send a thank-you because even a newborn can draw a scribble.
Here are some samples:
- Thank you! I love it!
- Thank you for (fill in the blank). It was such a pleasant surprise on Christmas morning.
- You made my day! Thank you for the (fill in the blank).
- So sweet of you to remember that I like _____ . Thank you!
- Thank you for thinking of me. You are such a thoughtful person.
- Thank you for _____ . It will be so useful for _____ .
- I’m so lucky to have a friend like you. The _____ is fantastic. Thank you so much.
- Thank you doesn’t seem enough for a (fill in extravagant gift), but you leave me speechless.
- Thank you so much! You are great!
- Thank you for being so nice. I love the _____ .
- You couldn’t have picked better. Thank you.
- Thank you for _____ .
- Thank you so much!
- Sweets from a sweet person like you are twice as nice. Thank you for remembering me on (fill in occasion).
- Enjoyed your homemade treats. Thank you for taking the time to make (fudge, toffee, etc. fill in the blank).
- Thank you for thinking of me this Christmas (or appropriate occasion).
- I always love your gifts. Thank you for being such a special (fill in the blank, friend, mom, sister, etc.).
- Thank you. You’re the best.
- I will have so much fun (reading, eating, etc. fill in the blank appropriately). Thank you!
- Love it! Love you! Thank you!
- Thank you!
Pay It Forward With A Letter will give you more details on the lost art of letter writing. For more on why you should resolve to write thank you notes, see Time For The New Year And Thank Yous.
Posted in Cards, Caring, Children, culture, education, Family, Friendship, Home, homeschool, homeschooling, Household Tip, Household Tips, How To, Infinity Goods, infinitygoods.com, Letter Writing, life, Mail, New Year, Tips, writing | Tagged: card, Caring, correspondence, Family, Friendship, Letter Writing, letters, note, Pay It Forward, thank you, thank you cards, thank you notes, thank yous | 7 Comments »
Posted by infinitygoods on December 2, 2007
Today is the first Sunday of Advent. If you forgot to buy an Advent Calendar or if you’re simply looking for a super easy craft for your children to make, you can show them how to make an Advent Calendar Chain.
It will save you from hearing all month long, sometimes even several times a day, “How many more days until Christmas?” It will help your children get a sense of the passage of time and days, and it will help them with small motor skills by cutting, gluing and perhaps even drawing.
All you need are paper, scissors, glue and if coloring either pencils or markers. You can also get more elaborate by adding ribbons, stickers, beads, or whatever strikes your children’s fancy.
Good paper choices include Christmas scrapbook sheets, Christmas wrapping paper, origami paper, colored construction paper or if your children are coloring their own, then plain white paper or brown shopping bags for a more country look.
The size of each strip can vary. About half an inch to 2 inches by 5 to 7 inches works well. The narrower strips will look more dainty. The younger the child, the longer the loop should be so they don’t get frustrated trying to get their inexperienced fingers to work the loops.
You’ll need 25 strips. If you use craft scissors with waves or zigzags, it will add some interest to your chain. Your children should number the strips 1 through 25.
You have the choice of going by the calendar year (Dec. 1) or the church year (1st. Sunday which this year is Dec. 2). If your child is too young to write, you can do it for them or give them numbered stickers to place on. This helps with early math sense as well.
Show your children how to cut the strips and how to glue them into interconnecting loops. Most children will use too much glue so show them that a little goes a long way. Explain to them that each day they will be removing one loop from the chain to represent one less day until Christmas.
Two good ways to display the chain are across the mantle or hanging down vertically on a wall. You can even use a Christmas stocking hook. If you hang the chain on the wall, you can have your children draw a picture of the nativity or use a Christmas card of a nativity to place at the top. You could also cutout a large paper Christmas star for the top of your chain.
If you turn on the Christmas lights on the tree, turn on the Christmas music, maybe even sing along, and help your children in a relaxed manner, then you will not only be creating pleasant family memories, but creating traditions that your children will treasure so much they will want to recreate them with their own children.
Don’t forget to praise your children and to take lots of photos. Your children will never be this age again, so enjoy each stage and every step of the way.
Posted in Advent, Arts and Crafts, Christianity, Christmas, crafts, culture, education, Faith, Family, God, Holidays, Home, homeschool, homeschooling, Household Tip, Household Tips, How To, Infinity Goods, infinitygoods.com, life, religion, spirituality, Tips | Tagged: Advent, Advent calendar, Advent calendar chain, Advent craft, Arts and Crafts, Children, children's craft, Christmas, Christmas countdown, Christmas craft, Christmas memories, Christmas season, Christmas tradition, countdown, craft, December 1, December 2, first Sunday of Advent, Holiday, How To, kids, kids' craft, paper chain, paper craft, Tradition | 2 Comments »
Posted by infinitygoods on November 18, 2007
Super Simple Spiritual Sunday is a carnival list of blogs, posts or websites which are spiritually encouraging. To join in or to find other participants, visit Heart of Wisdom.
I’d like to share with you a blog I just discovered yesterday, but found to be a real blessing.
Training Hearts is a blog written by a Christian homeschooling mom named Tamara. Her blog oozes with thoughtfulness, generosity and Christian love. You’ll find lots of encouragement, Bible verses, household tips, homeschooling resources and ideas, prayers, and lots more.
Her readers love her and reward her with lots of comments.
You’ll want to visit again and again because her blog will give you a nice warm and cozy feeling. You even get to pick what her blog looks like with the theme picker.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
- Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.
- Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.
Posted in blog, blogging, Blogroll, carnival, Christianity, education, Faith, Family, Friendship, God, Home, homeschool, homeschooling, Household Tip, Infinity Goods, infinitygoods.com, Internet, life, NaBloPoMo, NaNoWriMo, National Blog Post Month, National Novel Writing Month, novel, novel in 30 days, religion, spirituality, Tips, Website, writing | Tagged: , Children, Christian blog, encouragement, Family, Heart of Wisdom blog, homeschool, homeschooling, homeschooling resources, http://traininghearts.com/blog, NaBloPoMo, NaNoWriMo, National Blog Post Month, National Novel Writing Month, Super Simple Spiritual Sunday, Training Hearts | Leave a Comment »
Posted by infinitygoods on November 17, 2007
I meander through blogs one click at a time and I found what seems to be a great Web site for all of us bookworms. I periodically lighten the load on my bookshelves by taking lots of boxes to my local charity and start the process all over again by filling up those shelves quicker than my wallet appreciates. I know all of you fellow bookworms can identify.
Well, I’ll still give to charity of course, but I’m going to give Paper Back Swap a try and see if I can’t give my wallet something to cheer about for once.
Basically you sign up your unloved books (hardbacks too) for adoption at Paper Back Swap. When a fellow PBS member wants to adopt your book, you mail it to them and you can adopt someone’s unloved book. It’s an even trade book for book. The site is free. Even with postage, which PBS tells us is $1.59 for a paperback, that’s still cheaper than buying from a used bookstore.
They claim their members are the best part about their club.
Co-founder Robert Swarthout says, “What started as a trading system has turned into a social community of readers that share so much more than books. Our members transcend miles and become best friends through club communications, discussion forums and coffee-time chat rooms.”
There’s also a writer’s corner called The Eclectic Pen and a recipe corner, too. They claim to have a large selection of homeschooling books.
They have almost 2 million books available and have been recommended by Good Housekeeping, Wired, Real Simple, Martha Stewart.com, The Today Show, CNN, Nasdaq’s Marshall Loeb, ABC News, and numerous more media sources across the country, so they should be a reliable site.
I’m going to give it a try, and if you already have tried them, please let me and my readers know what you think.
- Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.
- Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.
Posted in America, blog, blogging, Blogroll, book, books, Cookbook, Cookbooks, Home, homeschool, homeschooling, Household Tip, Infinity Goods, infinitygoods.com, Internet, life, NaBloPoMo, NaNoWriMo, National Blog Post Month, National Novel Writing Month, News, novel, novel in 30 days, reading, Recipe, Recycle, Reuse, U.S., Uncategorized, USA, Website, writing | Tagged: autobiographies, avid readers, biographies, book, book club, book exchange, book swap, books, fiction, free, free book club, genre, hard cover book, hard cover books, hardback, hardbacks, hardcover book, hardcover books, homeschool, homeschooling, homeschooling curriculum, literature, NaBloPoMo, NaNoWriMo, National Blog Post Month, National Novel Writing Month, non-fiction, novel, Novels, paper back, Paper Back Swap, paper backs, paperback, paperbacks, paperbackswap.com, readers, reading, Recipe, recipes, Recycle, Reuse, Robert Swarthout, The Eclectic Pen | Leave a Comment »