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The Naming of One’s New Baby

Something that I have always had fun doing is reading what the Top 100 Baby Girl Names and Top 100 Baby Boy Names are for the year. Some names seem to always be in the top 20 or so I’ve noticed and they are usually very religious based names at that, not surprising really, considering we are basically a God fearing nation. A co-worker is expecting her first baby and we are putting together a baby shower which we are hoping will be a surprise, if certain people can keep their mouths closed, which can be a challenge for a work place full of females that have worked together for years and years. But I do love it there and we have fun.

I figured that I would go online and shop around for a baby gift when I stumbled on to a site with a lot of good gift ideas that I had a blast looking at, and I spent more time on the site than I thought I would have but I get such a kick out of all of the gadgets that they have now a days and I get lost in it all.

Of course like all websites, there are other links to tempt you and this one is no different and that is how I got on the subject of the top 100 names as I was alluding to earlier. I have to admit that the lists are not much different than the year(s) before but I find myself still looking at them all these years for some reason.

A Good Book

I just love reading books about the numerous Native American histories, my bookcase is full of ones that I’ve already read and am always looking for new ones to read. I was lucky and found one today at my favorite used book store called “Black Elk Speaks” as told through John G. Neihardt (Flaming Rainbow) by Nicholas Black Elk.

It is named one of the ten best spiritual books of the twentieth century. It is the story of the famous Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) and his people during the momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century. I’m looking forward to reading it starting tomorrow.

Bookstores are Closing

The news has featured a lot of big businesses that are closing due to this bad economy. I don’t think anyone expected the recession to last over 6 years and still no end in sight.

I was sad to see all the Hollywood Video and Blockbuster Video stores close. But now they are talking about the bookstores closing. The bookstores are blaming both Amazon and the new electronic readers, like Kindle.

I don’t know anyone who has a Kindle. I guess if the bookstores are all closing we will have no choice but to go buy a Kindle so we can still read.

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education is a wonderful program for schools to be involved with, it is a good way to add the much needed revenue that is needed for most schools these days. You can find these Box Top coupons on hundreds of grocery items that are at the store, you just clip them and send them to your kid’s school, or to your favorite place of learning, if you don’t have any school aged children in the house.

Last year my brother’s daughter’s English teacher sent an email to all of the parents advising them that extra credit will be given to the students that bring in these very popular coupons, and my niece certainly could use the extra credit. So I am sending an email to all my friends and family asking them to start clipping and start sending these valuable coupons to me in hopes that I can help the entire school as well.

You can go to Boxtops4education.com for further information, if you so desire, to check this program out for your use


School Lockers aren’t something that many of us think about after leaving high school. But I went to see one of my younger cousins in a summer school play that was held at one of the local middle schools last night and noticed how the Lockers have changed since my days in school. I know that I got bigger so things like that should look smaller, but my goodness these Lockers where tiny. I can’t imagine how these kids cram all the things that they need into these small areas. I mean during the winter you have a coat, boots, scarfs, etc. not to mention the book bag and all of the books and supplies that are needed to be stored in there.

We used to have Wood Lockers as our Gym Locker, now they were small, but you didn’t have to keep much in those. Good thing because they didn’t smell very good, but they served their purpose. I don’t think that kids even use those Gym Lockers anymore, they don’t have to dress out like we did, nor do they require them to shower after gym. What’s up with that? I’ll bet these middle schools don’t smell very good, I feel sorry the teachers that have to smell those hormonal monsters each and every day. Especially right after gym.