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Thursday, February 23, 2012

The great outdoors are great for your mood. You can change your disposition simply by changing your scenery. Different natural setting evoke distinct emotions, a study in Evolutionary Psychology reports. Whether you want to relax, reflect or have more fun with friends, you've come to the right place(s).

UNWIND BY THE WATER. River, lake, ocean - any H2O scenery is "shore" to soothe. Water's aesthetic qualities, such as its rhythmic movement, may induce a calming effect on our psyche.

WONDER IN THE WOODS. Spend a little alone time off the beaten path, and suddenly you'll see the forest for the trees. Woods spark contemplation and clarity. When we're isolated from the everyday hustle and bustle, we're forced to turn inward and connect to ourselves in a deeper and more focused way.

PERK UP AT THE PARK. Parks were made for recreation, so, no surprise, they inspire happy vibes. Designed to be gathering places, parks give us a sense of togetherness, with their inherent social aspect. And spending quality time with friends and family is proven mood magic.

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SHIROIHANA 2/23/2012 10:46AM

    I had no idea how spoiled I was growing up in SoCal and having easy access to the parks every day until I moved to Philadelphia. lol. I love hiking and miss is terribly. (I am still not used to Northeast winters and am not strong enough to hike while it's under 30 degrees F.) I agree, the great outdoors are great for your mood. Thanks for bringing a piece of home in a blog.

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7356WILMA 2/23/2012 7:39AM

  The key to my heart!! Hope someone else get's some ideas from your post!! This weekend I'm going hiking!! Thanks for reminding me and getting me thru the day!!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

“Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.”

-Anne Frank

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JUDITHANNIE 2/22/2012 8:40AM

    Love it, thanks Judy emoticon

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RIKKI572 2/22/2012 6:59AM

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MAGGIE101857 2/22/2012 6:25AM

    A smile is contagious ..as is a positive attitude!!!! Happy Hump Day to you!!!

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AZMOMXTWO 2/22/2012 6:17AM

  thanks I needed that
have a great day

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The Annual Stella Awards - Unreal!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the McDonald's in New Mexico, where she purchased coffee. You remember, she took the lid off the coffee and put it between her knees while she was driving. Who would ever think one could get burned doing that, right? That's right; these are awards for the most outlandish lawsuits and verdicts in the U.S. You know the kind of cases that make you scratch your head. So keep your head scratcher handy

Here are the Stellas for this past year -- 2011


Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas was awarded $80,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store.
The store owners were understandably surprised by the verdict, considering the running toddler was her own son.

Start scratching!


Carl Truman, 19, of Los Angeles, California won $74,000 plus medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord.Apparently he didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hubcaps.

Scratch some more...


Terrence Dickson, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, who was leaving a house he had just burglarized by way of the garage. Unfortunately for Dickson, the automatic door opener malfunctioned and he could not get the garage door to open. Worse, he couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the garage to the house locked when Dickson pulled it shut.

Forced to sit for eight, count 'em, EIGHT days and survive on a case
of Pepsi and a large bag of dry dog food, he sued the homeowner's
insurance company claiming Undue Mental Anguish. Amazingly, the jury said the insurance company must pay Dickson $500,000 for his anguish. Double hand scratching after this one ..


Jerry Williams, of Little Rock, Arkansas, garnered 4th place in the Stella's when he was awarded $14,500 plus medical expenses after being bitten on the butt by his next door neighbor's beagle - even though the beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. Williams did not get as much as he asked for because the jury believed the beagle might have been provoked at the time of the butt bite because Williams had climbed over the fence into the yard and repeatedly shot the dog with a pellet gun. Pick a new spot to scratch, you're getting a bald spot ..


Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania - A jury ordered a Philadelphia restaurant to pay her $113,500 after she slipped on a spilled soft drink and broke her tailbone. The reason the soft drink was on the floor? Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument. Whatever happened to people being responsible for their own actions? Only two more so ease up on the scratching ...


Kara Walton, of Claymont, Delaware sued the owner of a night club in a nearby city because she fell from the bathroom window to the floor, knocking out her two front teeth. Even though Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the ladies room window to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge, the jury said the night club had to pay her 12,000.... oh, yeah, plus dental expenses. Go figure.

Ok. Here we go!! Drum roll ...


This year's runaway First Place Stella Award winner was: Mrs. Merv
Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who purchased new 32-foot Winnebago motor home.

On her first trip home from an OU football game, having driven onto the reeway, she set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go to the back of the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the motor home left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Also not surprisingly, Mrs. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not putting in the owners manual that she couldn't actually leave the driver's seat while the cruise control was set.

The Oklahoma jury awarded her, are you sitting down? $1,750,000 PLUS a new motor home. Winnebago actually changed their manuals as a result of this suit, just in case Mrs. Grazinski has any relatives who might also buy a motor home.

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JUDITHANNIE 2/22/2012 8:39AM

    emoticon emoticon OH BOY!!!!!!!!

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SPARKFRAN514 2/21/2012 9:06PM

    boy no wonder good honest people hate the lawyers that can convince a jury to reward stupid things people do i agree with every one who is in charge. thanks for these stories ..............

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BRENDAF761 2/21/2012 10:48AM

    We live in a crazy world!

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/21/2012 8:10AM

    Totally Unreal!

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MAYGIRL14 2/21/2012 8:07AM

    Yowzers, you have to wonder about some of those jurors making decisions like that. I know, they have to make a decision based on the law, and that makes me wonder, too!

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JENNYR0506 2/21/2012 7:58AM

    Now we know why this country is in such terrible financial shape. Talk about the inmates being in charge of the asylum!!

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7356WILMA 2/21/2012 7:13AM

  Ok the head is shaking back and forth!! Do you hear the rattling? These are good!

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Outer order contributes to inner calm.


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JUDITHANNIE 2/22/2012 8:35AM

    so true but hard for me to do!!!!!!! emoticon

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7356WILMA 2/20/2012 9:27PM

  So true, trying real hard to make this so!!

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DDOORN 2/20/2012 12:50PM

    True enough!


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PIXIESTIX6669 2/20/2012 10:01AM

    True...lol, I'm a total clean freak when it comes to my place...space is really important to me... emoticon

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AMR6665 2/20/2012 9:12AM

    and vice versa

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JUDITHANNIE 2/20/2012 8:02AM

    so true.....

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/20/2012 7:14AM

    Wow, isn't that the truth. When my house is chaotic I feel that
way inside.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Choose not to take things personally.

This one's a bit hard for me, but I am really going to try!!

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JUDITHANNIE 2/20/2012 8:04AM

    I'm pretty sensitive too but I'll try, thanks for reminding me.

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/19/2012 10:20AM

    I struggle with that one also. Being an xtra sensitive
person, it's always been a struggle.

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