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Wit & Wisdom
“I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.”—Henry Moore
“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”—Oprah Winfrey
“Achievable goals are the first step to self-improvement.”—J. K. Rowling
“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”—Confucius
“My current goal is to place a moratorium on goals.”—Jessica Savitch
“Every minute you spend in your life is either spent bringing you closer to your goals or moving you away from your goals.”—Bo Bennett
“You have to find out what’s right for you, so it’s trial and error. You are going to be all right if you accept realistic goals for yourself.”—Teri Garr
“It is always during a passing state of mind that we make lasting resolutions.”—Marcel Proust
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”—Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals—that is, goalsthat do not inspire them.”—Tony Robbins
THANK YOU for your Holiday Love! We received over 50 toy donations for “Angel’s Place.” Angel’s Place cares for terminally ill children. Thank you and bless you for blessing our little angels in need.
Hey Kids…Good Deed Friday is here!
Come into the office every Friday and share a good deed you did for the week… and receive sweet treats for sweet somethings.
Make a Money Plan This year, begin your journey to financial freedom with these helpful tips: Save what you can. It can be overwhelming to try to save a certain percentage of income. Instead of focusing on a set number each month, simply put away a little at a time. You might find that seeing your savings account grow encourages you to add more next month. I
nvest in a Roth IRA. Most funds require a minimum initial investment of $1,000 or more, according to Kiplinger.com. It might sound like a lot, but the money can be used tax-free after retirement. Aim to save $125 each month this year; next year, use that money to open a fund for your future.
Cut expenses. Grab your last three months of bank and credit card statements. List everything you spend money on, down to daily coffee or lunch out. This will open your eyes to where the money goes and, more importantly, can show you areas to cut back. If coffee costs $5 each day and lunch is $7, you could save more than $3,000 a year by cutting out these expenses.
Get automated. If your employer offers auto paycheck deposit, use it to avoid the temptation of cashing your check. Set up an investment fund through your bank account, so each month a certain amount is deposited. If the cash is making money elsewhere and not available for you to spend, you’ll be ahead of the game.
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A Solemn Oath Inauguration Day, held on Jan. 20 every four years, marks the moment when the newly elected president of the United States formally takes office. Activities include the swearing-in ceremony, the president’s inaugural address, a parade and one or more inaugural balls. Here are some facts about this longstanding American tradition:
• Until 1937, Inauguration Day was March 4, the last day of the congressional session. The 20th Amendment to the Constitution changed the date to Jan. 20.
• On March 4, 1801, Thomas Jefferson became the first president to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C.
• The shortest inaugural address was given by George Washington at his second inauguration. It contained only 135 words.
• Many famous presidential phrases came from inaugural speeches, including Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” and John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
• If Jan. 20 is on a Sunday, the president takes the oath of office in a private ceremony on that day, followed by a public ceremony the next day.
• Harry S. Truman’s inauguration was the first to be televised. Truman also reinstated the official Inaugural Ball in 1949.
• The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court traditionally administers the oath, although there have been exceptions.
Get Organized The start of a new year is the perfect time to get organized.
Instead of trying to organize your whole home, concentrate on a few small areas. Junk drawer. It might not actually contain junk, but most people have a drawer somewhere that has become a catch-all for miscellaneous items. To clean it out, start by covering a countertop or kitchen table with a towel. Empty the contents of the junk drawer onto the towel. Throw away the trash, such as expired coupons and takeout menus you don’t need. Next, remove everything that belongs somewhere else in your home.
Sort what is left into groups. Put small items, such as paper clips and rubber bands, into plastic bags that have a zippered top. Clear pencil boxes can store larger office supplies and tools. Refrigerator. Empty your refrigerator and throw away any expired or questionable food items. Thoroughly clean the inside. Group like items together as you replace them. Put condiments in the door so they are easy to find.
Vegetables belong in the crisper. If you don’t have a separate drawer to use for lunch meat and cheese, place them in a plastic bin you can slide out when you want to make a sandwich. A plastic bin will also corral individual containers of yogurt, pudding and applesauce. Designate one shelf for leftovers. Now that you have the hang of it, go organize your medicine cabinet or sock drawer!
Health and Happiness With Houseplants.
Houseplants are popular due to their aesthetic appeal and the touch of nature they bring indoors. But did you know that houseplants provide several health benefits as well?
Here are a few ways houseplants are a healthy addition to your home: Clear the air. According to a study by NASA, some houseplants actually remove harmful toxins from the air. Formaldehyde and benzene can be present in materials such as carpet, solvents and paint, and mold is a common threat in damp places such as bathrooms. Peace lilies, chrysanthemums, and several varieties of philodendron and dracaena are especially effective at removing these substances.
Breathe deeper. During photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, which we need to breathe. Flowers such as gerbera daisies and orchids release oxygen at night, so placing them in bedrooms can help you sleep better. Climate control. Plants release moisture, which is particularly important during cooler months, when we are more likely to suffer from colds, coughs and dry skin due to low humidity.
English ivy and Boston ferns are good candidates to help you avoid these weather-related issues. Improve your mood. Research has shown that plants have a calming effect and may even lower blood pressure and help combat depression and loneliness.
Mediterranean Linguine With
Basil and Tomatoes
• 1-pound box linguine pasta
• 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 2 pints grape tomatoes, cut
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic
• 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
• 1 teaspoon crushed red
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 18 to 20 basil leaves, cut in
• 3/4 cup grated Parmesan
cheese, plus additional for garnish
Cook pasta according to package directions.
While pasta cooks, heat olive oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add tomatoes and garlic. Cook and stir two minutes or until tomatoes are soft.
Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar and pepper flakes.
Drain cooked pasta. Add to skillet.
Return to heat, and stir one minute or until pasta is coated and hot. Removefrom heat. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in basil and cheese.
Serve with additional cheese, if desired.
For more recipes, go to www.Crisco.com.