Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
From: Pump It Up
Monday, March 28, 2011
Side note: Houston has a meetup group if any one is interested
ps. I don't want to create a debate on here, but I have quite a few thoughts on the theory.
From: Cato Institute
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in cooperation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
The General Assembly,
Proclaims this Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
- Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
- No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
- Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State.
- Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
- Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
- This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
- Everyone has the right to a nationality.
- No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
- Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
- Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
- The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
- Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
- No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
- Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
- No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
- Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
- Everyone has the right to equal access to public service in his country.
- The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.
- Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
- Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
- Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
- Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.
- Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
- Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
- Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
- Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
- Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
- Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
- Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.
- Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
- In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
- These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Here is a link to a relatively local blogger who has a good list of Walgreens and CVS link ups: http://www.savingwithshellie.com/
Almost all the bloggers post about doing drug store deals. If you haven't heard of them yet, then do a google search. On any giving day, I will turn to Money Saving Mom or Couponing to Disney for matchups. Check out a few to see who you prefer.
I look at the ads usually on Sundays with the rest of the paper. I then pull out the match ups I wanna do, and then I try to go as soon as possible since the stores might sell out of the freebies.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I suggest visiting the Texas State Parks web site every few months as the seasons change to learn about what is going on within driving distance.
There aren't many national parks nearby, but there are tons of state and local parks. You can find links to local parks in my archives (The Woodlands and Spring).
Reminder to everyone, think safety when stopping on a roadside.
If anyone knows the names of flowers, please take a picture and post where you spotted them and the name of the flowers so we all can learn.
From: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Subject: The Spring 2011 Edition of State Parks Getaways is Here!
Wildflowers on Parade
5,000! That's the number of wildflower species in Texas. And if it's springtime in Texas, it's time to go scope them out, so pack a picnic and grab your camera. While winter cold snaps and rainfall (or lack thereof) influence their appearance, experience tells us that yes, there really will be wildflowers.
Meanwhile you can celebrate wildflowers by enjoying a visual bouquet or download a Texas wildflower image for your desktop background.
Wildflower lovers can find 700,000 acres along Texas highways to indulge their passion. Find safe stops to admire, photograph and smell the flowers at more than 90 state parks. Some of the most prolific wildflower crops traditionally are found in rolling, verdant Washington County along twisting rural roads and at places like Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park. Before taking the family for a drive to view the wildflowers, encourage your kids to learn what they may see on their next road trip.
Many Texas State Parks will host spring nature walks, such as Dinosaur Valley State Park's Two-Step Across Texas Wildflower Walks in March and April. Check the events calendar for these and other hiking and plant walk opportunities that will take you up close and personal to Texas' native blossoms.
Monday, March 14, 2011
From: Conroe's Incredible Pizza
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Spring Cleaning with Machar Hadassah
Posted: 13 Mar 2011 01:51 PM PDTJust a reminder to give away to a charity any stuff that you don't want/need. Now that the weather is nice, I am doing my spring cleaning. Here is an example of a group that will pick up for you. You can also post you stuff on craigslist.org or freecycle.org in order to cut out the middle man.
Now, to attack the trunk of my car. Those of you who know me, know what an ordeal I have. I think it will be fun to go down memory lane.---------- Forwarded message ----------
From:Machar HadassahMarch 13, 2011 at 9:07am
Subject: Donate to Hadassah's Closet FundraiserThis year, the Machar group will be hosting our 2nd Annual Hadassah's Closet at the JCC Merfish Center on April 10, 2011. We are asking our friends to help make this fundraiser a success by donating new or gently used items to our sale. We are looking for clothes (women, men, & baby), shoes, purses, jewelry and any other item that you think would sell well.
We all have unwanted items in our houses that we no longer need and now is a great time of year to clean out our closets to get rid of clutter. You can get your spring cleaning done and help a great cause at the same time by donating new or gently used items to our sale. All donations to the fundraiser for Machar are tax deductable. A form can be provided to those who donate.
We are happy to arrange for someone to pick up the items from your home or you may drop off your items starting at the Hadassah Office located at 4654 Beechnut.
What are y'all doing for Spring Break?
What are your ideas on how to maximize your fun while at the same time minimizing the money spent? I am sure many readers of this blog would like to know.
One thing I am doing is cleaning up the house and revisiting all the fun things that we already have to play with.
We even have things that are opened that we bought with the idea that one day we will want to play with this item. I am trying to clean up the house so the more we play with things, the more we can move on past them and clean them out. I feel like my life is going through a restructuring and I want to go into it with minimal weight from the past. We'll see if it works.
Yay, Don't Mess with Texas Campaign!
From: Great American Cookies
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Now, to attack the trunk of my car. Those of you who know me, know what an ordeal I have. I think it will be fun to go down memory lane.
From:Machar HadassahMarch 13, 2011 at 9:07am
Thursday, March 10, 2011
From: Chabad Lubavitch of Texas
New Chabad Center opens in The Woodlands
Chabad Lubavitch of Texas, directed by Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff, has announced the opening of a new Chabad center in The Woodlands; servicing Spring, Conroe, Tomball and the surrounding areas. The new center will be directed by Rabbi Mendel and Leah Blecher.
With their welcoming and non-judgmental approach, the Blecher's are eager to share the joy and inspiration of Judaism with others, enhancing Jewish life in The Woodlands. "Since 1972, Chabad Lubavitch of Texas has been servicing the Jewish needs of individuals of every walk of life, wherever they may be, while facilitating the enhancement of every local Jewish organization, with love, truth and a caring heart", says Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff. "In an effort to continue to reach every Jew, this center will be the ninth location in the Houston metropolitan area and the twenty first in Texas".
"We have been received quite warmly by the various individuals that we've met as well as the existing communal organizations," reports Rabbi Blecher. "I believe that with a spirit of unity, there is much that can be accomplished for the betterment of Jewish life in The Woodlands, Spring and the surrounding areas."
Rabbi Blecher grew up in Melbourne, Australia and graduated with honors from Yeshivah College in both secular and Hebrew studies. He spent the next few years studying in rabbinical colleges in Israel and the USA. He received his rabbinical ordination in Melbourne, Australia from the renowned halachic author Rabbi Feitel Levin, and subsequently was involved in the research and development of a cutting-edge Judaic curriculum for Jewish day-schools.
Rabbi Mendel has had extensive experience in outreach. From Purim in Tasmania, to voluntarily spending summers visiting Jews in Oregon and Germany, or leading services and classes across the USA. Rabbi Mendel's pleasant demeanor and listening ear ensures an amiable encounter.
Leah Blecher grew up in Winnipeg, Canada as a child of emissaries of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. After graduating the Beth Chomesh School for girls in Toronto, Leah received her diploma in education from Machon Shoshana seminary in Jerusalem. She then spent a year directing extra-curricular programs in the Chabad high school of Los Angeles. Enduring relationships were formed with the students, through her warm, outgoing approach.
Leah then turned to what would become her true passion, teaching. She has taught a wide range of ages in day-schools and Hebrew-schools. Her devotion to the students, coupled with a profound insight into a child's mind, has earned the admiration of parents and students. Leah has also directed summer camps in the USA and Canada, including a successful overnight bat mitzvah camp.
The Blecher's are hosting a Purim celebration, offering a great opportunity to greet and meet them, on Sunday, March 20th at 6 Rockridge Drive in The Woodlands, 77381 at 4 PM. For further information visit www.jewishwoodlands.com or call 832-510-6079.
Chabad of The Woodlands is an affiliate of Chabad Lubavitch of Texas, serving the greater Houston Community with nine branches and twelve Rabbis, offering an array of Jewish outreach, education and social services. For more information visit www.ChabadTexas.org and www.ChabadHouston.com.
About Chabad of Texas
Texas is home to over 100,000 Jews, the majority of whom have felt the positive influence of the state's twenty Chabad-Lubavitch institutions. For many Jews in Texas, Chabad-Lubavitch is the only place they can learn about their Jewish tradition.
Our Mission Statement
Twenty-one centers in Austin , College Station , Dallas , El Paso , Fort Worth , Houston , S. Antonio and now The Woodlands service their respective communities with schools, synagogues, day camps, mikvaot and a growing variety of classes for all ages.
Chabad Lubavitch worldwide is dedicated to serving Jews of all ages with Ahavat Yisroel regardless of religious background or affiliation.
Comprising multiple organizations and programs. Chabad Lubavitch of Texas provides the education and means to promote Jewish awareness, knowledge and practice through outreach, education and social services ensuring Jewish continuity.
Chabad encourages positive action on the part of every Jew and facilitates the efforts of every organization or group to increase Jewish knowledge and observance.
|CHABAD LUBAVITCH CENTER - TEXAS REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS|
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Let's help each other !
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I just had a conversation with one of the most insecure people I have ever met. She kept going on and on about how much she cared about what other people think.
I don't really care. I do believe in being honest and providing good quality service in my personal and business dealings. I guess I learned a long time ago about finding the right fit and do the best you can with what you have.
That might explain my tendency not to take action. I love gaining more knowledge. Until I see the big picture, I have fear about making the wrong decision or getting rejected.
How do I help myself and help others at the same time. I don't want to hurt someone who is already hurting by telling her that she is hurting herself the most by thinking that people aren't so selfish or so busy to spend all this time thinking about her. Her response will be that I am wrong and she is right, of course.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Do y'all think I have the makings of a stand up comedian? I have always admired them for their courage, now I think it is just a matter of what working on my delivery and I will have enough courage to do it myself.
I am finally mastering my fear of rejection. (by accepting myself as is)
From: RadioShack Coupon
RadioShack Coupon has left a new comment on your post "Money Saving Tip: Don't go shopping":
I like the first and fourth point that are always try to buy essentials things and use online coupons to save money.All ten points are useful for us but some points are quite funny such as Don't leave the house if you want to save your money.
My meshugas family (aka crazy in yiddish)
My lovely home
This fabulous weather
freedom of speech and the technology to help
Friday, March 4, 2011
My favorite sandwich is the spicy mcchicken sandwich. It's the mayo that gets me.
So, if you can order water and resist the fries, I suggest going for 2 $1 Spicy mcchickens instead for lunch! That is only $2 oop without coupons! They have a few other choices, now, you get the idea of economizing.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
"Live at Night" at Waterway Square, the popular free fountain-side concert series, begins this Saturday night, March 5 and continues every Saturday through March 26 from 6 – 9 pm. Enjoy live music amid the spectacular setting of the Fountains at Waterway Square, featuring multiple water features accented with colored lights at night and choreographed to music. This Saturday's featured performance is Maximus with Special Guest Kollin Bauer. It's a pop rock happening that's sure to please music lovers! Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome.
For more information about the "Live at Night" Concert Series including parking locations, visit www.visitthewoodlands.com.
The Woodlands Township's annual Concert-in-the-Park series every Sunday evening beginning this Sunday, March 6 through April 17 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Northshore Park. Featured this Sunday is jazz performer Gary-Michael Dahl. Bring a blanket, picnic dinner and lawn chairs to enjoy leisure time in the park with your family. All bands are family-friendly.
For the complete line-up of performances, visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov and click on Recreation or call 281-210-3900.
There are a quite a few ways to do this.
Here are my ideas:
1. Leave the house with only enough money to buy the essentials.
2. Let someone else do the shopping
3. Go with them, but lock your purse in the trunk.
4. Only bring in the coupons so you don't have cash to spend
5. Give yourself permission to spend some trivial amount like $5. You can then go crazy using coupons and rewards, just not with "real" money.
6. Don't leave the house
7. Go shopping less times per week
8. Only go to the stores that you have to go to, not the stores you want to: or the opposite.
9. Learn to be creative
10. Make challenges with yourself or friends (or bets) and
Look who is giving the lectures! I sure would learn a lot from them!
They are starting to give more and more of these lectures. Plus, they are free! Take advantage while you can!
Community Information - Upcoming Environmental Lectures
The Woodlands Township Environmental services department has two upcoming lectures scheduled. The first is
Going Green: What's Green About The Woodlands
Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m.
South County Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Drive
Presented by Bob Bruce, Landscape Architect for The Woodlands Development Company
The Woodlands is known for its leadership in environmentally sustainable lifestyle practices. Bob Bruce, landscape architect, will talk about how the real world green concepts are an important part of these practices and how all residents can incorporate these into their own residential landscaping.
Knock on Wood: Woodpeckers of Texas
A Walk in The Woods Nature Lecture
Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
L.G.I. Lecture Hall at McCullough Jr. High School
3800 S. Panther Creek Drive
From sparrow-sized backyard visitors to reclusive endangered species, woodpeckers fascinate and entertain. Cliff Shackelford, ornithologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, shares a close-up view of the eight species of woodpeckers that occur in East Texas.
Lectures will resume in Fall 2011. For more information, visit www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov or call Environmental Services at 281-210-3900.
PJ Library Story Time
Sunday, March 20, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Celebrate Purim with your PJ Library friends! Join us at Barnes & Noble Booksellers on Holcombe for our next PJ Library Story Time. We will learn about Purim through stories, crafts, snacks, and songs. Be sure to wear your best Purim costume!! Bring your friends and family for a fun-filled morning!
Hey Woodlandsers, we need to pressure our book stores to do the same. I know they want to if we express enough interest.
From: SUBWAY(R) Restaurants <
From: Buca di Beppo
*Present a printed copy of the certificate at time of purchase to receive discount off your total purchase. The Buca di Beppo free Baked Ziti offer is valid thru March 31, 2011. To receive a free single portion of the Baked Ziti, guests must purchase any pasta, baked pasta or entrée. The free Baked Ziti is not valid on Buca To Go orders, but may be boxed and taken home by dine-in guests. While supplies last. May be combined with other offers. Expires 3/31/11. eZiti.
19075 I-45 South
Conroe, TX 77385
1. this is a great time of year to go.
2. I dunno if it is religious in nature
3. I dunno how much religion
4. I dunno how busy it will be.
5. the busiest time will be at 11am-12pm.
6. egg hunt poised before lunch tme on purpose?
7. Best time to go is probably at 1:30pm.
8. The mass of people is probably clearing out.
9. Lots of kids will go home for nap time
10. Not food time.
11. Before end of free time over.
12. Apr 16 is a Saturday
Fwd from owners:
FREE EGG HUNT: 6th Annual Egg Hunt with Bunny Photos, Kids Park, Rides & more.
April 16th 10am-2pm (Egg Hunt 10-11am)
7 Acre Wood & Carrie's Coffee Mill
4401 N. Frazier St
Conroe, TX 777303
HEY KIDS! I'm Grace the Bunny, and I want to invite YOU to come to An Egg Hunt with all of my barnyard friends at 7 Acre Wood! We're going to have over 9,000 eggs!!! Wow! This is so exciting... you can visit the petting zoo and see me, play mini-golf, play in the Old Town West, zip down the zip-line, play on the playground, watch & listen to the musicians & dance teams, and oh my, I'll just leave the rest up to you!!!
This is one of 3 free annual community events that 7 Acre Wood & Carrie's Coffee Mill does. All of the following are free: admission, egg hunt, petting zoo, mini golf, zip lines, Old Town West, many other play areas, & live music. Tickets may be purchased for pictures with the Easter Bunny, pony rides, hayrides, the barrel car train, face-painting, food, and more. Family Fun park admission before 10am and after 2pm is $6/person.
I love doing crafts. The older I get, the cooler I think they are, too. I am always impressed by a creative idea.
It is about making the ordinary extra ordinary (ahem, extraordinary! )
Ps. I am adding some more humor to this blog. Let me know if it is like lead balloons as my dad says of ir you think it is funny. I am feeling insecure so please please please comment or mail me!
From: Hip2Save <
In celebration of National Craft Month, Michaels is hosting several free Make-It take-It Events…
Also, I am going to take this opportunity to say that I am overwhelmingly pleased with all of kids meal prizes that I have received over the years. They are awesome. I also think it is brilliant to offer the trade in your prize for an ice cream deal. We love it! Some how it seems we are doing way bettter getting it free than paying a $0.25 at McDs.
From: Coupon Saving Game
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Like TUTS.com, I get daily inspirational emails from Chabad. Tzvi Freeman is one of my favorite writers.
From: Chabad.org <subscriptions
Adar I 26, 5771 · March 2, 2011
By Tzvi Freeman
The very fact you know about someone who is in trouble means that in some way you are able to help. Otherwise, why would this knowledge have entered your world?