2012 National Wear Red Day for Heart Truth

2012 National Wear Red Day for Heart TruthTo raise awareness among local women that heart disease is their #1 health threat, you are asked to wear red on National Wear Red Day, Friday February 3, 2012.

This is a great opportunity to reach out to women in our community and alert them to their personal risk factors for heart disease. By joining together we can raise awareness locally about heart disease and help lead women on the path to prevention.

National Wear Red Day is a day when Americans nationwide wear red to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness.

The Heart Truth is a national awareness campaign warning women about their risk of heart disease. The campaign is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) and other organizations committed to the health and well-being of women.

About The Heart Truth

Awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women has nearly doubled in the last 12 years. However, most women fail to make the connection between heart disease risk factors and their personal risk of developing the disease. The Heart Truth is a national campaign for women about heart disease and leads the nation in a landmark heart health awareness-to-action movement that is being embraced by millions who share the common goal of better heart health for all women.

The Heart Truth created and introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wake-up call to American women. The Red Dress® reminds women of the need to protect their heart health, and inspires them to take action.

For more information about women and heart disease, including materials about women and heart disease, please visit http://www.hearttruth.gov or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301-592-8573.

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February 2012 Chamber of Commerce Highlights

February 2012 Chamber of Commerce HighlightsAmelia Island, FL – Coming up in February at the Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce:

Island Council
8:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 1
Applebee’s, 2006 S. 8th Street, Fernandina Beach
Grow your business by making and strengthening your connections with Amelia Island businesses at the Chamber’s Island Council. This business council meets at 8:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month. Optional breakfast is available for $8. Cash only.

Ribbon Cutting
5 p.m., Thursday, February 2
AmeriCare Home Health, 1699 S. 14th St. #12, Fernandina Beach
Chamber Ambassadors and Directors will welcome AmeriCare Home Health to Fernandina Beach with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Find out about the home care services offered by AmeriCare, enjoy light refreshments and join us in wishing AmeriCare success.

AmeriCare Home Health is a Medicare and ACHC Certified Home Care Agency owned by clinicians who care. AmeriCare is focused on providing its communities with the highest level of patient care and great patient outcomes. AmeriCare offers skilled services including; Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Medical Social Workers, Speech Therapy and Home Health Aides. AmeriCare also has a Private Duty Division. For more information about AmeriCare Home Health, call (904) 261-5000 or go to www.americarefl.com.

Yulee Area Council
8:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 14
Café at The Hamptons, 95742 Amelia Concourse, Yulee
Grow your business by making and strengthening your connections with Yulee businesses at the Yulee Area Council. This business council meets at 8:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of every month. Admission is free; optional breakfast is available.

Member Benefits Breakfast
8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday, February 14
Amelia River Golf Club, 4477 Buccaneer Trail, Amelia Island
Find out how to make your Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce membership work for you at the Chamber’s bi-monthly Member Benefits Breakfast. Get an overview of how to get the most out of your membership and enjoy speed networking during this fun and informative event. The Member Benefits Breakfast is an ideal introduction to the Chamber for new members and great way for existing members to get up-to-date. There is no admission charge; optional breakfast is available for $7, includes taxes and drinks. Cash only.

If you plan to attend the Member Benefits Breakfast, please contact the Chamber at (904) 261-3248 or info@aifby.com, by Friday, February 10.

Health Care Council
8 a.m. Tuesday, February 28
AIFBY Chamber, 961687 Gateway Blvd. Suite 101G, Amelia Island

The Chamber’s new Health Care Council has its first meeting. The Chamber is launching a Health Care Council as a way to help our health-related members develop personal and professional relationships and share information. Your input at this organizational meeting will help set the council’s agenda.

If you plan to attend the Health Care Council on February 28, please contact the Chamber at (904) 261-3248 or info@aifby.com, by Friday, February 24.

Events are subject to change. For more information, contact the Chamber at (904) 261-3248 or info@aifby.com.

Mission Statement:
The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association of Nassau County businesses, professional leaders and individuals working together to provide leadership which will aggressively promote and defend responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, government and excellence in education and quality of life.

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The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association of businesses, professional leaders and individuals working together to sustain a favorable business climate that enables existing and new businesses to prosper. The Chamber will provide leadership that aggressively promotes responsible economic growth, employment opportunities, responsible government, excellence in education and quality of life.

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2012 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade

2012 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Pirate ParadeFernandina Beach, FL – Applications are now being accepting for the annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade, sponsored by The Residence Inn Amelia Island, to be held Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. on Centre Street in historic downtown Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island.

Make plans now to participate in this fun and exciting event! Deadline for entry is Friday, April 16, 2012.

The theme for the 2012 Pirate Parade “Shrimping through the Years” Pick Your Favorite Decade. Entries could be a floating time capsule representing the shrimping industry in the years of choice, as one example. The 8 Flags should be historically accurate. To view footage from last year’s Pirate Parade, go to www.shrimpfestival.com and click on the Pirate Parade icon.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries in the following categories:

    1. Commercial or Commercially Sponsored Non-Profit
    2. Non-Profit or Civic Organization
    3. Walking, Performing Unit or Vintage/Unique Vehicle
    ***Plus…***Special Award*** Best Special Effects

All participants must pre-register by Friday, April 16, 2012. Parade Application packets are available online at www.shrimpfestival.com or they can be picked at The Residence Inn Amelia Island, 2301 Sadler Road, Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, 102 Centre Street (Depot) or AIFBY Chamber of Commerce in Gateway Center.

The Pre-Parade Safety meeting will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 6 pm at the Residence Inn, Amelia Island, 2301 Sadler Road. A representative of each registered entrant must attend. A late entry fee of $50 will be required for completed applications received after the deadline of Friday, April 16th.

If you have any questions, please call Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade Director Desiree Dinkel at (904) 261-7562 or (904) 415-0952 or send an email to 4info@shrimpfestival.com.

The 49th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Publix Supermarkets, will be held May 4, 5 & 6, 2012 in historic downtown Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida.

Please bookmark www.shrimpfestival.com to keep up with the latest in festival information and “Like” us on Facebook.

Editors note: To see all of SearchAmelia’s coverage of the 2011 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, visit: http://www.searchamelia.com/archives/2011-shrimp-festival.

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Buy This! Sell That!

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I've looked at the markets from both sides now.

At its most basic level, a trade takes place when a buyer is willing to buy at a certain price and a seller is willing to sell at that price. Both parties could be smart, experienced, and looking at the same data, yet somehow one party thinks it’s a good price to buy and the other thinks it’s a good price to sell.

Last week, several news items represented good examples of how investors could look at the same data and draw different conclusions.
Consider these:
1. Gross domestic product rose at a 2.8 percent pace in the October through December period.
Bullish investors say that’s up from 1.8 percent the previous quarter and the fastest pace in a year and a half.
Bearish investors say it’s less than the 3.0 percent growth expected by economists and most of the growth was due to inventory accumulation.
Source: MarketWatch
2. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut its forecast for global economic growth in 2012 and 2013.
Bullish investors say fears are overblown as private-sector economic activity in the 17-nation euro zone showed small, but unexpected, growth in January and durable-goods orders were up a strong 3.0 percent in December in the U.S. – the third straight increase.
Bearish investors say just heed the IMF’s warning, “Global growth prospects dimmed and risks sharply escalated during the fourth quarter of 2011, as the euro-area crisis entered a perilous new phase.”
Source: MarketWatch
3. Spanish and Italian bond yields dropped dramatically lately.
Bullish investors say the drop in yields and the strong demand in January’s bond auctions suggest the euro zone crisis is easing.
Bearish investors say the Portuguese bond market is now imploding, the Greek restructuring could fall apart, and the European Central Bank’s December offer of unlimited three-year loans to banks has simply delayed the inevitable day of reckoning.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
It’s differences of opinion like this that make markets. Thanks to the free market, there always seems to be a buyer for every seller – at the right price.
Like Joni Mitchell who sang, “I’ve looked at life from both sides now”, it pays to look at the markets from both the bullish and bearish sides and, ultimately, make decisions which you think will best position you to meet your long-term goals and objectives, yet still allow you to sleep well at night.

Save the Date for “Story and Song, Words and Music”

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Many famous and interesting authors at 2012 Book Festival

Amelia Island’s Annual Book Festival is just around the corner and frankly, even though I am an avid reader (and writer), I have often wondered why a little island in North East Florida even bothers with something so mundane, New Yorkish as a book festival. Surely, it can not be much of an attraction for visitors, my ignorance dictated. Until my wife and I took over the operation of the Amelia Oceanfront Bed and Breakfast and noticed in recent weeks how quickly we sold out between February 16 and 20.

Pretty much the same goes for the Amelia Island Film Festival a week later and then of course the Annual Mother of Attractions, the Concours d’Elegance, when there is no room or RV parking spot available between here and Jacksonville. Yes Amelia Island plots its widespread diversity of attractions in a remarkable way: Arts, literature, music, automobiles, water and land sports, nature, food, every aspect of the good life gets its moment in the spotlight on Amelia Island.

We are blessed this year again with some top novelists honoring us with their attendance. I am especially excited about meeting one of my top 5 favorite writers of all time: David Morell.   Even though he may be known best for his creation of John Rambo in the 1972 novel “First Blood”, that became a movie franchise sensation in the 1980s,  I truly love his historic action spy trilogy “The Brotherhood of the Rose”, his 1990 novel “the Fifth Profession” and frankly “Creepers” still keeps me out of old closed up buildings.

I’m less familiar with the works of Steve Berry, except of course the Cotton Malone series,  but hope to correct that in the near future, just as I’m looking forward to hosting playwright novelist David Matthew Barnes and learn more about his work and interests, especially sharing his crusade for women in rock. Paula McLain is another author I only know by association (The Paris Wife).

Of course these are only less than a handful of the almost forty novelists, poets, authors/illustrators/musicians/filmmakers  that are honoring us with their presence this year. Check out the list and the programs and decide how you can enjoy and benefit from learning from their lectures, educationals and socials.

The Book Festival this year has an early start with magnificent Tom Kimmel performing “Story & Song, Words & Music” this Friday evening in the Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Atlantic and 8th Street.

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Locals Night Out 2012

Locals Night Out 2012It is time for Local’s Night Out with SearchAmelia and the Amelia Hotel at the Beach. This will be our second annual event where locals stay one night at a hotel right here in our own backyard, at a discounted rate.

The conference room will be open the entire time for fun and games such as a WII bowling competition, trivia contest and a pajama contest… and those are just a few of the activities we have planned.

The date is February 18, 2012 at the Amelia Hotel at the Beach. Rooms are only $59.00 and their Lobby Lounge will be offering Happy Hour pricing all evening for Local’s Night Out participants.

Because this is the Saturday after Valentine’s Day, Locals Night Out makes a wonderful gift for your Sweetheart!

Join us, and keep up to date with the event on Facebook, or make your reservation today by calling Amelia Hotel at the Beach at (904) 206-5600.

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Rotary Club of Amelia Honored Two Paul Harris Fellows

Rotary Club of Amelia Honored Two Paul Harris Fellows

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Amelia Island, FL – The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise honored two Rotary members with the coveted Paul Harris Fellows award at their Friday morning meeting. Family members of the recipients also attended to show their support.

Rotarians, Mark Cutshaw and Larry Ogilvie, both received the significant and distinctive honor of becoming the club’s newest Paul Harris Fellows.

Individuals who have contributed more than $1000 to the Annual Program Fund, the Polio Plus Fund, or the Humanitarian Grants Program of the Rotary Foundation are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Additionally, individual Rotary clubs may from time to time honor individuals as Paul Harris Fellows. These honorees are individuals who meet high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris. Paul Harris recognition is not limited to Rotarians.

For those Sunrise Rotarians paying $200 per quarter for Rotary dues, a portion of their dues goes toward the Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) contribution. Personal additional donations can be made if a member is interested in reaching the PHF status more quickly.

For more information on Paul Harris Fellows, go online to www.rotary.or/FOUNDATION

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30am, at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please contact president, Katey Breen, at breenkatey@gmail.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.

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Change the Way You Think About Food

Change the Way You Think About Food

Change the Way You Think About Food

Changing the way our family thought about food made a big difference in getting the excess weight off. Eating is necessary. The calories you consume give you energy. You burn that energy by physical movement. We had to learn to eat for what we were about to do, not to eat for what we had done. Let me explain… you work hard all day and you come home starving. You likely have not eaten since lunch. So you eat a large dinner and do a few chores. Then you sit down to watch television, read a book or get on the computer for an hour or so before going to bed. Think about it, this is completely backwards, especially if you often eat a late dinner. You are not going to burn off all of those calories, are you? Of course not, so you start packing on the pounds.

Instead of coming home and eating a large meal, with little or no physical activity planned for the rest of your day, you need to do one of two things. You can either eat less, or squeeze a workout into your evening about an hour after dinner. Otherwise, those calories are going straight to your hips and thighs. I know you have heard this before, but you are better off consuming those extra calories in the morning, when you have the rest of the day to work them off.

It took some training, but we learned we had to eat for we were about to do, not what had already been accomplished.

Another change we had to make was more difficult, because we are “social eaters.” Food was always a huge, full-scale production. Even if friends and family were not coming to dinner, we would still make so much food we could eat off of the leftovers for days! We put a stop to having folks over for fish fries, and other large dinner parties every single weekend. We still cook out, but now the meals are healthier and reserved for special occasions.

We began using smaller plates, for a short period of time, to grasp the concept of portion control. Thanksgiving dinners and all you can eat buffets were horrible. A smorgasbord of heart stopping junk food! Eat as much as you can, get your money’s worth! At Thanksgiving, we would have seconds of stuffing and mashed potatoes while looking forward to a piece of pumpkin pie and whipped cream. It was overkill – and the ones we were killing were us!

We also learned we were eating seconds just because the food tasted so good. Now, we immediately put away the leftovers and save them for another day. If we grill eight chicken breasts, our family of four gets one each for dinner and the other four are immediately put into the fridge for lunch the next day.

Something else that was tough to overcome was the realization that we do not have to eat every morsel on our dish. As a child I was always told, “Clean your plate!” That phrase is absolutely not allowed in my home!

Change your relationship with food by understanding that it is simply fuel for your body. Food is not your friend, not your lover and not a warm blanket to comfort you when you’ve had a bad day. If you have a tendency to overeat, you must end the affair and change the way you currently think about food.

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Micah’s Place Recognizes Elaine Coats as Past Board President

Micah's Place Recognizes Elaine Coats as Past Board PresidentNassau County, FL – Sandy Shaw, President of Micah’s Place, presents a recognition award to Elaine Coats for her exceptional service as Board President from January through December 2011. The Board of Directors and the Staff thanked Ms. Coats for her dedication to Micah’s Place and her commitment to ending domestic violence in Nassau County. Ms. Coats continues to serve on Micah’s Place Board as Past President and Member at Large.

Micah’s Place is a Certified Domestic Violence Center and the only one serving Nassau County, Florida. The mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence and to provide education within the community to affect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence. Micah’s Place offers safe, confidential shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour toll-free hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups to victims of domestic violence. All services are free and confidential.

For more information, please visit www.micahsplace.org or call our administration office at 904-491-6364 or their Hotline call (800) 500-1119.

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As the Pigs are Pushing the Eurozone to the Cliffs

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German Press: ConMen in the Euro Family. Is Greece Killing our Currency? And what about Spain, Portugal and Italy?

One of the perks in our decision to accept the offer to manage Amelia Oceanfront Bed and Breakfast late last year, was interaction with our guests. Bed and Breakfast guests are often decidedly different from Resort Guests. They appreciate an informal glass of wine on the beach patio in the sunset and a good happy hour conversation
They are inquisitive, eager to immerse in local color information and on average well read and knowledgeable about many different topics. We have not been disappointed so far.

Friday afternoon we had an unscheduled walk-in from a nice Canadian couple with a successful fashion store on the shores of beautiful Lake Huron in the city of Southampton, just northwest of Toronto  and over Happy Hour with a good glass of wine we found ourselves in an interesting conversation that ranged from the Florida primaries to whatever happened to Greece and the Eurozone.
This coupled was very well traveled on both sides of the Atlantic with frequent shopping trips to the fashion capitals of the world, so it surprised me a little that even they had lost track of the ongoing Euro crisis. Truth be known so are most people here, since the media only report financial news in a classical way, which means covering extremes between the good guys and the bad guys. They’re not interested in what’s happening in the margins or in the middle, because that is not news to them, even though that’s where the telltales in society give perspective to what lies ahead of us.

And in the middle is where Europe’s problems are escalating beyond just the pigs. Northern and Western Europe have in recent decades been following the exact same path as Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Italy – “the notorious bad guys.” In the entire Eurozone (as in the USA) it’s the same story of excessive spending programs, disastrous labor laws, and widespread government interventions. No I’m not talking about socially supported entitlements. Personally I think any government that picks up a weapon to defend its citizens, should first and foremost provide healthcare as a priority for its citizens wellbeing. Both are about providing the country with welfare and protection.

When countries like the ones in Northwestern Europe spend only a relative pittance on defense, a lot of money becomes available to bring well-being to the margins. After the second World War Northern European countries for decades did not spend on the military complex and therefore amassed enough money to provide healthcare to its citizens and when the Eurozone initially became a potential opportunity for political grand standing, there was money available to embrace the southern European region into the fold of charity and entitlement. The Eurozone was ultimately going to be like the United States, the United States of Europe. That was the plan; thankfully executed ass backwards.
What did the politicians do? They gave the Eurocrats in Brussels the power to regulate, but without the power to tax, the formation of the Empire was doomed from the early days on. Just a matter of time. To create a Euro currency without the power of a European Treasury behind it, is absolutely ludicrous.

Personally I’m happy that they omitted to close the loop because it would only have lead to the formation of a European army and more meddling and there is really no telling what that would have brought to the global escalation of armed conflicts.

So here is the historical picture in a nutshell: the power to tax is an essential, defining characteristic of the nation-state, absence of which is the reason why the EuroZone initiative is collapsing.
Since WorldWar II, large amounts of economic revenues in especially North and Western European Countries have been alloted for Social Welfare, Education and occasionally rather stupid entitlements (in Holland there was a time you were paid to be a student) rather than purchasing armaments. Having witnessed the horrors of war on their own land, Europeans were not to excited about the US-USSR Cold War antics. So while the US built a military empire, western Europe built a social welfare empire. Both turned excessive with dangerous side effects of which we will see the unfolding in the next 5 to 10 years. Will we become a reflection of Europe with some country specific mutations or will we go down as an empire that could not strike a balance between conservative polarization and welfare foolishness, or will we finally learn what government is supposed to guide and protect, versus the excessive meddling into affairs that is essentially none of government’s business.

My Canadian friend, remember this story originated on our beach patio, voiced the media impression that if Greeks would simply start paying their taxes, the problem would quickly go away. Not so. Greece, in an important way the birthplace of our democracy, has many libertarian tendencies that demand small government and very limited meddling. In a perverse way, even the Junta Military Governments of the past were hardcore conservatives who preferred small government.

People is Greece are at a lunar distance from the people in Scandinavia. Nothing really makes them compare to a Norwegian or German. Not their lifestyles, not their homes, not their wardrobes, not their eating culture, not their educational, religious or culture history. Who on earth, except for idiot politicians, would ever try to force congruence into these opposites, rather than let time take its course.

The difference for Northwest Europe is, their economies have been much stronger as a result of historically different productive mentalities. Yet there is no doubt in my mind that if you’re following the same stupid policies, you should expect the same bad results. It’s logically inconsistent to assume that certain Eurozone policies are absolute failures in Greece, but magically work in France or Germany. Since becoming part of the Eurozone, Greece essentially tried to mimic Western European policies on an Eastern European budget when they became part of the Eurozone, but that doesn’t work.

The financial pressures of the Eurozone is now forcing the rest of Europe has to start walking a fine line when it comes to implementing more social programs, because the entitlement cracks are getting visible in all of Europe.

Greece is a lost case for the Eurozone and the Canary in the Coal mine where the future of the Eurozone is concerned. Italy, Spain and Portugal are next in line and obviously pro Euro politicians do not want to end up with the black eye of a failed and very costly experiment. Which is why in a last ditch effort printing presses are heating up to preserve the Euro currency (and only temporarily at best) as the European Parliament will try to secure the power to tax. Good luck with that one!

But as far as the press is concerned, some countries are racing for the cliffs and others are walking. When the first ones go over the cliff they’ll be frontpage news again; for a short while at least. Than there will be a period of anger with the politicians for having “forced” the people into the historically unnatural alliance of a Eurozone and then life will go back to affordable vacations in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and even France and a return to making nature’s best wines and cheeses instead of Airplanes and other Industrial manufacturing that requires focus and precision to the extend of OCD.

The Eurozone will vanish into the history books as another experiment in “one size fits all” mediocrity, a philosophy that wrongly assumes that what works in one location, also will work somewhere else. It assumes that the German production mentality can be injected into the Greek population with their morning cereal or Happy Hour Ouzo. It won’t work. And before some readers with Greek roots start shooting of angry emails at me, they should realize that their ancestors moved away from Greece for the reason of being different than the age old accepted culture of leisure and laissez-fair.

The Eurozone will ultimately collapse because it became a forced alliance of very different cultures being regulated
by the same “one size fits all” philosophy and with the intention to prevent future wars.

Here in America we’re on the exact same path however, gravely underlined by the fact that last Wednesday Bernanke and the Feds announced that they would keep the federal funds rate between 0 and 1/4% at least through 2014, which also translates to cranking up the printing presses again. Of course the empire called USA has the power to tax, in contrast to Europe, but much of the federal revenues in last century have been “wasted” on unprecedented military build up, instead of welfare of its citizens, like in Europe.

So here is the bright side of the equation, Europe can’t really afford an army, having spend fortunes on entitlements and social programs. America can’t really afford an arms race any longer, unless the republic accepts that we become like North Korea, where every privilege belongs to the military and the rest of its citizenry are second hand citizens.
As a lifelong peace activist I consider the bright side of all these governments being bankrupt: They spend so much on welfare and debt service that they are unable to afford much warfare… And that makes welfare and debt good things, in a perverse way. Maybe US Secretary of the Treasury Tiny Tim Geithner should keep that in mind when he pressures Europe to increase its crisis firewall and boost bailout funding. There are always at least two sides to every story.

The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody

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A Humbling View of the People that Made History

Our resident Internet Scout Rick Traum came up with another jewel he found on line to share with us. His latest discovery is this 2006 painted canvas in the style of Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band by 3 Chinese Painters, that is now digitized with the life stories of 103 historical and contemporary celebrities, some of mankind’s defining landmarks such as the Pyramids and Stonehenge, important book and cultural references and even lolkat (“Im riding in a kamel pockits”) and the Ford T model.

This painting tough truly remarkable in its execution, is even more interesting by its associations. You will find Chairman Mao, enslaver of all the Chinese people sit beside Abe Lincoln who abolished slavery in America. Dr. Jack Kevorkian shares a table with Sigmund Freud; Marilyn Monroe is surrounded by Arafat, Brando, Fidel, Lao Tzu, Goethe and Che Guavara, but none of these guys have eyes for her. Actually she is kind of hidden behind a camel’s ass, while the camel has a humorist link to a series of people who became celebrities in spite of looking like a camel.

Another more disturbing discovery is the way Robert Oppenheimer, father of the Atom Bomb, looks at Elvis the King and how Stalin has Leonardo da Vinci’s attention. George Bush junior is depicted famously off track with pointing his spyglass in the opposite direction of where Osama bin Laden is looking at a procession of 72 Virgin behind George’s back. In 2006 their history and fall from the front pages of World News had not been written yet.
As a matter of fact this painting immediately reminded me of Will Cuppy’s 1949 novel “The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody”, a book that should be in everyone’s library.

The Painting was created by 3 Taiwanese painters, whom painted themselves into the corner of this illustrious dinner party, watching from the top of the Great Wall of China with Durante degli Alighieri – Dante reading from his famous works. It is titled “Discussing The Divine Comedy With Dante”, another book that should be in your library, and seems to be a metaphor for today’s celebrity-obsessed world.

When you click on the link , a big version of the computerized painting appears. Run your cursor over the people.
The program tells you who they are – every single one of them.
Now click on a person and you obtain the individual’s life history. Fascinating… and it can keep you busy for hours! If I would home school my children, I’d have a great tool to keep them interested in learning.
But for you who need your daily shot of tabloid celebrities, don’t bother trying to find Paris Hilton or the Decline and Fall of the Kardashians; they didn’t make the cut.

Here is the list in case you can’t find one. Enjoy!

Publisher’s Note: Sorry for the fact that Sarah Palin’s face keeps coming up on the Painting Page, endorsing Newt Gingrich. Definitely a distraction from another “celebrity” who thankfully did not make the cut and another one who hopefully never will.
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1. Bill Gates, Microsoft founder
2. Homer, Greek poet
3. Cui Jian, Chinese singer
4. Vladimir Lenin, Russian revolutionary
5. Pavel Korchagin, Russian artist
6. Bill Clinton, former U.S. President
7. Peter the Great, Russian leader
8. Margaret Thatcher
9. Bruce Lee, martial arts actor
10. Winston Churchill
11. Henri Matisse, French artist
12. Genghis Khan, Mongolian warlord
13. Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader
14. Che Guevara, Marxist revolutionary
15. Fidel Castro, former Cuban leader
16. Marlon Brando, actor
17. Yasser Arafat, former Palestinian leader
18. Julius Caesar, Roman emperor
19. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault, WW II U.S. aviator
20. Luciano Pavarotti, singer
21. George W. Bush, former U.S. President
22. The Prince of Wales
23. Liu Xiang, Chinese Olympic hurdler
24. Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General
25. Zhang An, the painter
26. Mikhail Gorbachev, former Russian leader
27. Li Tiezi, the painter
28. Dante Alighieri, Florentine poet
29. Dai Dudu, the painter
30. Pele, Brazilian footballer
31. Guan Yu, Chinese warlord
32. Ramses II, Egyptian pharaoh
33. Charles De Gaulle, French general
34. Albert Nobel, Swedish chemist who founded the Nobel prizes
35. Franklin Roosevelt, former U.S. President
36. Ernest Hemingway, American novelist
37. Elvis Presley, American singer
38. Robert Oppenheimer, U.S. physicist
39. William Shakespeare, playwright
40. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer
41. Steven Spielberg, U.S. film director
42. Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter
43. Marie Curie, physicist and pioneer of radioactivity
44. Zhou Enlai, first Premier of the People’s Republic of China
45. Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, German writer
46. Laozi, Chinese philosopher
47. Marilyn Monroe, American actress
48. Salvador Dali, Spanish painter
49. Dowager Cixi, former ruler of China
50. Ariel Sharon, former Israeli Prime Minister
51. Qi Baishi, Chinese painter
52. Qin Shi Huang, former Chinese Emperor
53. Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic missionary
54. Song Qingling, Chinese politician
55. Rabindranath Tagore, Indian poet
56. Otto Von Bismarck, German statesman
57. Run Run Shaw, Chinese media mogul
58. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swiss philosopher
59. Audrey Hepburn, actress
60. Ludwig Van Beethoven, German composer
61. Adolf Hitler, Nazi leader
62. Benito Mussolini, Italian fascist leader
63. Saddam Hussein, former Iraq president
64. Maxim Gorky, Russian writer
65. Sun Yat-Sen, Chinese revolutionary
66. Den Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary
67. Alexander Pushkin, Russian author
68. Lu Xun, Chinese writer
69. Joseph Stalin, former Soviet Union leader
70. Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian painter
71. Karl Marx, German philosopher
72. Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher
73. Abraham Lincoln, former U.S. President
74. Mao Zedong, Chinese dictator
75. Charlie Chaplin, British actor
76. Henry Ford, founder of Ford motor company
77. Lei Feng, Chinese soldier
78. Norman Bethune, Canadian physician
79. Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist
80. Juan Antonio Samaranch, former International Olympic Committee president
81. Chiang Kai Shek, Chinese general
83. Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist
84. Li Bai, Chinese poet
82. The Queen
85. Corneliu Baba, Romanian painter
86. Auguste Rodin, French artist
87. Dwight Eisenhower, former U.S. President
88. Michael Jordan, U.S. basketball player
89. Hideki Tojo, former Japanese Prime Minister
90. Michelangelo, Italian Renaissance painter
91. Yi Sun-Sin, Korean naval commander
92. Mike Tyson, American boxer
93. Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister
94. Hans Christian Andersen, Danish author
95. Shirley Temple, American actress
96. Albert Einstein, German physicist
97. Moses, Hebrew religious leader
98. Confucius, Chinese philosopher
99. Ghandi, Indian spiritual leader
100. Vincent Van Gogh, Dutch painter
101. Toulouse Lautrec, French painter
102. Marcel Duchamp, French artist
(Osama bin Laden, founder of al Qaeda, is behind George W. Bush, no 21)

Real Food Real Kitchens Comes to Amelia Island

Real Food Real Kitchens Comes to Amelia IslandReal Food Real Kitchens, will be LIVE at the Amelia Island Film Festival on February 24th and 25th, 2012.

This upcoming television series enjoys going in to the kitchens of Grandmothers, Grandfathers, Mothers, Fathers and other family members to get the real, traditional recipes of the family. These are the people who run the house and cook on a daily basis. They run the hearts of their homes… the kitchen.

Real Food Real Kitchens is a show that explores the kitchens, lives and foods of people from different neighborhoods around the world. This is the opportunity to get down home family recipes straight from the person who makes them. It is a look in to the lives, traditions, and culture of people who cook and create these recipes for the people they love the most.

The show will follow them to the local market to shop, through their neighborhood giving a history of their life and culture, to home where they will cook these recipes for their families and friends. It will give the complete story of the recipe and how it is intertwined to their family, culture and life. Each show will come complete with the recipe to a family kept secret that is sure to spice up any kitchen.

I don’t know if they have already selected who is cooking in our community, but you may be interested in sending them your application.

Are you a great cook? Do you have a dish that your entire family loves? The show looks for great cooks with BIG personalities that can tell a captivating story. If this sounds like you, a family member, or a friend please write to them with the following information:

    – Describe yourself and your personality.
    – What are some of your favorite dishes or types of food to cook (Ethiopian, Indian, French, American, etc…)?
    – What is your specialty?
    – Who do you cook for (family, friends, etc…)?
    – Where do you like to shop for your food?

Please include your email address and attach pictures of yourself. Send your application to: info@realfoodrealkitchens.com.

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In Search of Me, Inc Gains 501c3 Tax Exempt Status

In Search of Me, Inc Gains 501c3 Tax Exempt StatusIn Search of Me, Inc. is pleased to announce the official IRS designation of In Search of Me, Inc. as a 501(c)3 charitable organization. This means, among many things, that contributions are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Special thanks go to attorney Pamela Brown and her team at Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP for helping us achieve this significant milestone.

In Search of Me, Inc. is the non-profit corporation that helps teens help themselves through In Search of Me Cafe website and programs.

Young people connect in a cyber café and begin the lifelong process of understanding themselves. A media-rich website combines edutainment content on life skills with a 30-minute-format TV series set in a cyber café filled with people ranging from 13 to 19 years old.

In the Café, there are flat screen monitors on walls and tables, plus mobile devices in hands. Acting as moderator, a barista leads discussions held among the group as they connect to others around the world and explore themes impacting the lives of young people everywhere.

On the In Search of Me Café website, viewers of the tv series interact with online users to share viewpoints on various topics about life. A rich social media element of the website encourages users to blog and/or stream video responses to content residing on the site. The cast from the tv series host the site, and serve as bloggers along with a panel of advisors from various walks of life.

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Porsche Winner to Appear at the Amelia Concours

Porsche Winner to Appear at the Amelia ConcoursThe Porsche 917K that won a lopsided victory in the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona will appear at the 17th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance as part of the salute honoring the Daytona 24 Hours’ 50th anniversary.

Wearing Gulf’s famous blue and orange for the first time in competition at Daytona, 1970 the potent 600 hp, 230 mph Porsche 917 coupe would become Porsche’s second Daytona 24 winner and the undisputed king of World Championship Sports car racing for two seasons.

Driven by Pedro Rodriguez, Finland’s Leo Kinnunen and 2000 Amelia Concours Honoree Brian Redman, the #2 917K Gulf Porsche dominated the first round of the 1970 International Championship of Makes winning Daytona by 45 laps – more than 171 miles! Redman was installed in the leading #2 Porsche while the 917K he shared with Swiss sports car and Formula 1 ace Jo Siffert had transmission repairs.

“They had trouble communicating with Leo Kinnunen, who didn’t speak much English,” Said Redman later, “They couldn’t make him understand that he should slow down… because they had a good lead.”

The Porsche 917K Redman shared with Siffert eventually finished second, giving Porsche a one-two finish, making Redman the first racer in history to place first and second in the same Daytona 24 Hours.

Rodriguez and Kinnunen went on to win three more World Championship races in 1970. With wins in every round of the 1970 championship season, except the 12 Hours of Sebring, Porsche won an equally lopsided championship victory over arch rival Ferrari.

The 1970 Daytona winner did not race again and was modified to Interseries specification as an open cockpit “spyder” in 1971. Kinnunen was reunited with his modified Daytona winner and raced it to the 1971 Interseries Championship. Kinnunen went on to win the Interseries Championship for three consecutive years. The 1970 Daytona 24 Hour winner was restored to Daytona-winning specification and still competes in high profile vintage and historic car races driven by its owner, Bruce Canepa of Scotts Valley, California.

Breaking News:

Al Satterwhite to be among several automobile writers attending the book signing event during Concours weekend. The book signings will take place on the afternoon of Saturday March 10th. Mr. Satterwhite will be selling and autographing his new limited edition (100 copies) book titled “the Racers”. In addition Mr. Satterwhite will have archival limited edition prints available for sale.

His book “the Racers” brings together a portfolio of award-winning photographer, Al Satterwhite’s, stunning black & white photographs of the most exciting decade of racing. From 1963-1973 the Daytona 24-Hour and Sebring 12-Hour races represented a time of profound change in racing as cars reached unheard of speeds, while advances in handling and aerodynamics forever changed the course of racing.

Al captured it all with his keen eye for action and composition and brings it to you in this exclusive collector’s limited edition book. You’ll get an intimate, never published before’ glimpse behind the scenes of drivers, action in the pits and on the circuit. Al’s work is exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and has been published in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Life, Look, Time, Newsweek, and Playboy.

About the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Now in its second decade, The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated nearly $1.8 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast. The 17th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 9-11, 2012.

For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call (904) 636-0027.

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Dissociative Disorders with Dr. Nadine Vaughan

Dissociative Disorders with Dr. Nadine VaughanDr. Nadine Vaughan will be a featured guest on Blog Talk Radio, Sunday, January 29th, to discuss Dissociative Disorders. The call in number to speak with the host is (818) 514-1174.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Vaughan is also an independent filmmaking, script writer, producer, and director. In addition, she specializes in Forensic Profiling & Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress.

Dissociative disorders are mental illnesses that involve disruptions or breakdowns of memory, consciousness or awareness, identity and/or perception—mental functions that normally operate smoothly. When one or more of these functions is disrupted, symptoms can result. These symptoms can interfere with a person’s general functioning, including social and work activities, and relationships.

We will discuss the aspects of Dissociative Disorders such as Dissociative Amnesia, Dissociative Fugue, Dissociative identity disorder (DID) and Depersonalization disorder.

No matter how much you “think” you or someone you know suffers from a Dissociative Disorder. Please do not ever try to self-diagnose this disorder; always consult a professional.

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