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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.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019





Meal train simplifies the organization of meal giving around
significant life events. We strive to simplify and promote
interpersonal relationships between friends, families and
neighbors through meals.

A Meal Train is rooted in the idea that a meal is a symbolic 
gesture of one person's willingness to help another. The meal 
is a vehicle that allows the giving party the opportunity to 
show they care, that they hope to reduce a burden, and they 
will be there for the receiving party in the future. This outreach
is the true interpersonal connection and is one that helps foster 
inter-dependence, dialog, and compassion

Sunday, February 17, 2019

NATIONAL CABBAGE DAY

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.

NATIONAL BATTERY DAY

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

NATIONAL ALMOND DAY

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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http://www.almonds.com/ 

NATIONAL DO A GROUCH A FAVOR DAY

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!
HOW TO OBSERVE
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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