Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Our Mission
The American Council on Exercise® is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching quality of life through safe and effective exercise and physical activity. As America’s Authority on Fitness, ACE protects all segments of society against ineffective fitness products, programs and trends through its ongoing public education, outreach and research. ACE further protects the public by setting certification and continuing education standards for fitness professionals.

Who We Are

Founded in 1985, the American Council on Exercise® (ACE ®) is a nonprofit organization committed to America’s health and wellbeing. Over the past 25 years, we have become an established resource for both fitness professionals and consumers, providing comprehensive, unbiased, scientific research impacting the fitness industry and validating ourselves as the country’s trusted authority on fitness.
Today, ACE is the largest nonprofit fitness certification, education and training organization in the world with nearly 50,000 certified professionals who hold more than 55,000 ACE certifications. With a long heritage in certification, education, training and public outreach, we are among the most respected fitness organizations in the industry and a resource consumers have come to trust for health and fitness education.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Alcatraz History - was designed to help introduce you to the rich history of Alcatraz during the penitentiary years and many of the inmates who called "the Rock" home. From the mid 1930's until the mid 1960's, Alcatraz was America 's premier maximum-security prison, the final stop for the nation's most incorrigible inmates. Today, Alcatraz is a place of contradictions, with a grim past and an enduring future as one of San Francisco 's most prominent landmarks and tourist attractions. explores this history through brief narratives and photos, and serves as an excellent reference for researchers seeking a basic collection of information.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Toy and Product Recall Finder

We hear about recalls so often, but the term itself can be a bit confusing. So, what is a recall? It's the notification that a product poses a potential hazard and either needs to be removed from use, have its use limited, requires a replacement part, requires repair or otherwise has to have the safety issue addressed. A recall can begin a number of ways, but often follows a complaint from a consumer (or many consumers) who has experienced a problem. That complaint typically is lodged with the manufacturer, although thousands of complaints are filed with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC); and starting in 2011 a database of the consumer complaints became available for searching on the website. Companies are obligated under federal law to report a potential product defect or hazard to the CPSC. The CPSC then determines whether the problem requires notification of the public. If it does, the agency then negotiates with the company about how to resolve the matter, and whether the product needs to be removed from homes, repaired, or provide a warning about its use. Depending on the company and the situation, the process can drag out for weeks, even months. In theory, the greater the risk, the quicker the recall moves. But this process involves lawyers and lines of products and therefore can cost tens of millions of dollars. "If CPSC has taken the action to recall a product, it means [the product] presents a real risk of injury or harm," says Nancy Cowles, executive director of the safety advocacy group Kids In Danger. "If you miss the recall when it is first announced, in all likelihood, that product, with its dangers, will remain in use for many years." It is rare for the government to recall a product on its own, although it can when a company won't come to an agreement with CPSC or if the company has gone out of business. Typically, when you hear about a recall, it is an announcement from the agency of the agreed-upon terms. Recalls can start in other ways. Sometimes a company will discover a problem on its own. The most responsible companies report an issue immediately, when no injuries or incidents were involved.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

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National Puppy Day - March 23



National Puppy Day is a special day to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. But more importantly, it's a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills. National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Celebrity Pet & Home Lifestyle Expert and Author, Colleen Paige, who is also the founder of National Dog Day and National Cat Day (among many others).

Please take the time to watch this video to see how a church in Manteca made a difference in the local community!
Grocery Story from Crossroads Community Church on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

I have been watching movies on Pureflix for about 2 weeks now. Goodby Netflix. I am tired of trying to avoid movies that push sex, violence and language. Pureflix is so enjoyable in that a person does not have to work to avoid much of the trash that is on some of the other streaming services.

My advice is check it out today and really start to enjoy film entertainment the way it is really met to be. Something to note is that some actors partipicate in the types of film I do not like because if they do not they do not work. Please tell all your friends about Pureflix.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Charlie & Me

Charlie & Me

A touching story of an eleven-year-old girl who has an extraordinarily close relationship with her grandfather and a complex relationship with her widowed father. While other kids go out on the town with their peers, Casey goes out with her grandfather Charlie, and loves every minute.

I watched this film yesterday. What a delight to see the relation ship that a young child has with their Grandfather. This is a delightful and uplifting film. It stars one of my favorite actors Tom Bosly

The King's Messengers is a mini-series about two refugees surviving in the fictional war-torn contry of Zanora. Anwaar and David must learn to overcome their differences and work together to outsmart the dangerous Resistance Army. Along the way they learn to go deeper in their own faith journey

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Joni and Friends Brings Awareness to the Mobility Crisis During March with Wheelchair Collection Month

Donated wheelchairs are restored and gifted to people with disabilities around the world.

Joni and Friends, the leading global ministry serving people impacted by disability, has designated March as Wheelchair Collection Month to bring awareness to the mobility crisis around the world.
More than 70 million people worldwide are in need of a wheelchair, yet only 10% have access to one.* Throughout the month of March, Joni and Friends is hosting a nationwide campaign to collect wheelchairs and other mobility devices for their Wheels for the World program. Wheelchair drives are taking place across the country, culminating with an event hosted by the Joni and Friends Headquarters in Southern California on March 29th.
“The need for wheelchairs is immense,” said Jason Holden, Director of Wheels for the World at Joni and Friends. “Tens of thousands of wheelchairs are thrown out each year across the United States, while more than 70 million people around the world are in need of one. In less-resourced countries, a person with limited mobility is often relegated to a back bedroom with no access to attend school, go to work, or be part of their community. But the gift of a wheelchair changes everything – a wheelchair literally lifts someone out of the dirt and into a seat of dignity and opportunity.”
The Joni and Friends Wheels for the World program was founded by Joni Eareckson Tada in 1994. By the close of 2019, Joni and Friends will have provided more than 165,000 wheelchairs and Bibles to people impacted by disability around the globe. This month, the ministry is encouraging everyone to donate used manual wheelchairs and other mobility devices to Wheels for the World for a tax-deductible receipt. Donated items will be restored to like-new condition and distributed by a team of physical therapists to people who could otherwise never afford a wheelchair.
“We hope Wheelchair Collection Month will bring more awareness to the mobility crisis around the world. Instead of ending in a landfill, a wheelchair can be donated, restored, and given to someone in desperate need. Right in your community, you can make a difference. Get involved by bringing a wheelchair to a local wheelchair drive or join our team of volunteers to help collect wheelchairs around your community,” Holden concluded.
If you are not able to attend a wheelchair drive, Joni and Friends will gladly accept your mobility device donation at any time. For more information about wheelchair donations or to arrange a donation drop-off or pick-up, please visit or call 818-707-5664.
Joni and Friends accepts donations of the following mobility devices:
  • Manual wheelchairs
  • Aluminum walkers
  • Crutches and canes
  • Wheelchair parts such as footrests, trays, and seat cushions

About Joni and Friends: For 40 years, Joni and Friends has provided the hope of the Gospel and practical resources to people impacted by disability around the globe. Life-affirming programs include Wheels for the World, distributing restored wheelchairs in developing nations; Family Retreats, respite in a camp setting for families impacted by disability; the Christian Institute on Disability, training and policy center for issues related to disability; and church ministry training. Joni and Friends also delivers inspirational media via radio, television, and podcasts.
*Statistic from the World Health Organization

Wheelchair Collection Month

There are over 70 million people in the world who are in need of a wheelchair. Will you help us bring the gift of mobility and hope to thousands of people impacted by disability?

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Countdown - The Ten Commandments

Join us on line for messages on the Ten Commandments and how these words written thousands of years ago relate to our lives today.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

IRS Information, Filing, Questions Answered

Everything you want to know about the IRS. All the forms, frequently asked questions, bulletins, who to go to for help and much more can be found here. Just think you can file online yourself and you can even pay the IRS on this site if you owe taxes through a 3rd party for a fee.


Sunday, February 17, 2019


Observed annually on February 17th.

With St. Patrick’s Day exactly one month away, National Cabbage Day is a great day to test out some recipes with cabbage, a staple ingredient for Celtic holidays.

From the French caboche, meaning head, cabbage comes in a variety of forms.  The cabbage family is quite varied and includes Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, kohlrabi and kale.  Cabbage is an ancient food with origins in Asia Minor (Turkey today) and the eastern Mediterranean.

French explorer Jacques Cartier was the first to bring cabbage to the Americas.

When selecting a cabbage, the head should be firm and dense.  The fibrous leaves of a healthy cabbage should be shiny and crisp with no browning or bruising.

Cabbage is versatile and can be eaten raw, steamed or saut├ęd.  A popular ingredient in Asian, German, Irish and Latin recipes, it’s a culturally diverse food.

Having low calories (6 per leaf) makes cabbage a popular diet food as well.  It has no fat or cholesterol, is low in sodium and carbs, and is a good source of Vitamin C.


Get a charge out of National Battery Day!  Observed each year on February 18th, this is a day to appreciate the convenience batteries provide to our everyday lives.  
Today we would be hard-pressed to find someone in the United States who doesn’t derive a benefit from a battery.  Even those who live “off the grid” have battery operated devices such as a flashlight, radio or watch.
A battery is used to change chemical energy into electricity by bringing the different chemicals together in a specific order.  When correctly ordered the electrons will travel from one substance to another creating an electrical current.
While manufacturing of batteries for everyday personal use has only developed in the last 50-60 years, archaeologists have found evidence of a device that may have been used to electroplate gold onto silver, much like a battery would.
In 1936, during the construction of a new railway near Baghdad, a Parthian tomb was found.  Archaeologist Wilhelm Konig found a clay jar containing a copper cylinder encasing an iron rod. Konig suggested the find to be approximately 2,000 years old.
In 1748, Benjamin Franklin first coined the term “battery” to describe an array of charged glass plates.
In 1800 French scientist Alessandro Volta layered silver, cloth or paper soaked in salt or acid and zinc into what he called “voltaic piles,” which generated a limited electrical current.  He published his work, and we get the word “volt” from his name to describe electric potential.
It was William Cruickshank, an English chemist, who first designed a battery for mass production in 1802.
We can credit chemist John Daniell with developing a way to reduce corrosion when batteries aren’t being used. In 1820 he invented the Daniell Cell, which incorporated mercury, reducing the corrosion.
Gradual improvements were made by various scientists and inventors over time until in 1896 when the National Carbon Company (later known as the Eveready Battery Company) manufactured the first commercially available battery called the Columbia.  Two years later, National Carbon Company introduced the first D sized battery for the first flashlight.
The first battery operated watch was produced in 1957 by the Hamilton Watch Company.
Today batteries are available for numerous purposes.  In our modern age, portable electricity isn’t something we think about every day because it is so easily accessible.  We charge the batteries on our phones by using the batteries in our cars as we travel down the road.  We even have portable chargers that can charge our batteries where ever we are.

Saturday, February 16, 2019


February 16th is National Almond Day.   Whether you are eating them by themselves, using almond milk, pasta, flour, butter, oil or meal, almonds offer a delicious flavor along with many health benefits. Almonds are one of the most heart-healthy foods on the market, packed with vitamin E, magnesium and fiber.
  • According to a survey of 500 health professionals, almonds may be beneficial to a healthy lifestyle.
  • According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
  • Recent research from Purdue University suggests that eating almonds can help people feel satisfied for several hours, which can support weight management and counter weight gain.
  • Eighty percent of the world’s almonds are grown in California.
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Everyone knows a grouch, and some of us may even be guilty of being one.  February 16th is a call to kindness in the name of a grouch.  On National Do a Grouch a Favor Day, you can do something to make their day much better.
For some, it’s in their nature to be grouches all of the time; while others may just be having a rough day or two.  On National Do a Grouch a Favor Day, we have an opportunity to turn the grouches frown upside down!
A grouch can be called by a number of names, some of which won’t be described here. However, a few that might come in handy are curmudgeon, crank, grump, sourpuss, bellyacher, grouse, crosspatch, malcontent, crab, and grumbler. If you manage to turn their mood around they might become known as the neighborhood idealist. 
The grouch that you know might be a friend, relative,  co-worker,  boss, neighbor or that someone who lives in your house.  The favor you do on National Do a Grouch a Favor Day can be simple or elaborate.  Either way, doing them a favor is going to feel right for you!!
A grouch is a habitually irritable or complaining person, a grumbler. ~ Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Maybe February 16th would be a fun day to watch the movies Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men.
Let’s make it a better day for your favorite grouch!
Do something to make a grouch’s day better and Use #DoAGrouchAFavorDay to post on social media.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Taking place almost halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, Groundhog Day is an annual event when groundhogs are brought outside and are observed to see if they see their shadow or not. If they see their shadow, it is said that there will be six more weeks of winter. If they do not, it means the weather will be mild in the upcoming weeks, and spring will come early.
Its GroundHog day. Did Phil see his shadow.

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Candlemas is a Christian holiday that celebrates the early life of Jesus. In particular it celebrates his presentation at the Temple. Candlemas takes place forty days after the celebration of Christ's birth, because religious law said women were purified forty days after giving birth to male children, meaning the Virgin Mary would be purified on February 2, and could enter the Temple on that day. Jesus' presentation is recorded in Luke 2:22-40. In Luke 2:32, a man named Simeon, who was at the temple, calls Jesus "A light for revelation to the Gentiles." This reference to light is why the day is called Candlemas.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Chinese Food Delivery Containers

What’s so special about the design of this box

The advantage of having a container constructed using just one piece of cardboard is that it can fold out into a makeshift plate for easy access to tangled noodles and simplified post-dinner cleanup. The containers also fit easily inside one another, so can be easily stored in tall stacks before they’re filled with your favorite Chinese food.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Jesus said: "I am the way the truth and the life." He also said "Follow Me" These two words are the most important words that you can obey in your life.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Our earth seems to have been completely discovered: Humans have reached the top of Mount Everest almost 7,000 times so far. The ice deserts of Antarctica attract about 30-40,000 tourists annually. And even on Tristan da Cunha, the most remote island in the world, is home to 270 people – 2,800 kilometers from the nearest mainland. However, 70% of our oceans are still unexplored and make up two thirds of the earth’s surface. With a groundbreaking idea, an innovative team within the thyssenkrupp network wants to make the dark spots of the deep sea visible. Their goal is to develop “oXeanpedia”, the world’s largest real-time underwater database – inspired by the digital map services of the internet. For this highly ambitious mission, the company developed the oXeanseeker, an underwater vehicle that can explore underwater conditions completely autonomously. 

The oXeanseeker says “ahoy by-catch”

In addition to various and easily interchangeable sensors for different applications, the meter long and 10 kilograms light oXeanseeker is equipped with up to three high-resolution cameras. The oXeanseeker opens up the extremely interesting, and perhaps surprising market of deep-sea fishing – an industry in which there is particular pressure to work both sustainably and cost-effectively. “Despite their sonars and their experience, fish skippers still have to accept great uncertainties today because they cannot always clearly determine the exact composition of the shoal of fish among them beforehand,” says product manager Max Abildgaard, who is also the creative mind behind the idea. “As a result, there are is still an unbelievable amount of by-catch today.” By-catch, these are fish and other marine animals that end up in the trawl but are not the fisherman’s actual target.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Two Horses Rescued with Funds from Angel Animals Network

Allen and Linda Anderson are pet-experts, keynote speakers, best-selling authors, and founders of the Angel Animals Network. They help people discover and benefit from the miraculous powers of animals. Dedicated to promoting human-animal companionship, Allen and Linda donate a portion of proceeds from their work to animal rescue organizationis and do fundraising activities. The Andersons believe that whenever you connect spiritually with animals, thousands of new doors open. Through their books, newsletters, presentations, insights, and this website they will show you portals into a whole new world where animals are your guides, healers, and friends. With pets in 63% of American homes (71 million households) in 2007, it's astonishing to consider the consequences of ignoring animals as wisdom partners and the benefits of tapping into their hidden talents.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

America is big. Very big. It's big even before you account for its snowy Alaskan and tropical Hawaiian outposts. The sunny surf beaches along California give way to dusty deserts, snow-capped peaks and endless forests that reach across to the gritty East Coast cities of New York and Boston. There are distinctly American adventures to be had in all four corners of this vast land. 
There is  nowhere on earth where Mother Nature can be seen at its most dramatic than the Grand Canyon. The cavernous behemoth, which stretches 18 miles across and over a mile deep, is impressive to say the least. Don't just gawp at its beauty though. Circle overhead by helicopter, paddle along the Colorado River or pretend you're John Wayne while you gallop along the rim on horseback. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Today, December 5, 20018 we said good bye to a beloved President George Herbert Walker Bush. I was really moved by what many said at his funeral in the Washington Cathedral in Washington D.C.

There are many items that we did not know about this many who guided the United States for 4 years including the fact that he guided us during the time of the end of the cold war. I hope you enjoy this video and a small look at the history of this man, son, father, grandfather, and great grandfather as well as serving our country in many facets including the office of President of our great country.