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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Star Spangled Banner

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—Francis Scott Key, 1814
O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!



On Sept. 13, 1814, Francis Scott Key visited the British fleet in Chesapeake Bay to secure the release of Dr. William Beanes, who had been captured after the burning of Washington, DC. The release was secured, but Key was detained on ship overnight during the shelling of Fort McHenry, one of the forts defending Baltimore. In the morning, he was so delighted to see the American flag still flying over the fort that he began a poem to commemorate the occasion. First published under the title “Defense of Fort M'Henry,” the poem soon attained wide popularity as sung to the tune “To Anacreon in Heaven.” The origin of this tune is obscure, but it may have been written by John Stafford Smith, a British composer born in 1750. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was officially made the national anthem by Congress in 1931, although it already had been adopted as such by the army and the navy.



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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Using gratitude

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Use this information about gratitide is important and will have a positive impact on the people you serve

Gratitude is appreciation of someone who has done something desirable, helped us, and done a good deed. Giving thanks to somebody gives them a good feeling of being appreciated.
There is no need to wait until somebody does something that we want for us in order to say thank you. This wonderful and enchanting phrase, "thank you", can be used every day, to express gratitude for the wonderful world that illuminates our morning with beautiful rays of sun, gratitude for our loving and supportive family, and so on. Our awareness of the wonderful things that happen in our life will only become greater and more powerful, and enable us to continue to receive more of what we already have.

Expressing gratitude calms the emotions. Expressing gratitude brings us into harmony and is good for the heart and soul. Expressing gratitude opens many doors to happiness, serenity and good health.
Sometimes we give thanks in our heart - very quietly.
The effective way to feel a sense of gratitude is to change our focus towards the positive things around us that are already taking place in our lives.
Expressing gratitude as a way of coping with bad moods
Sometimes we feel depressed and out of sorts. The circumstances can be many and varied, and sometimes there may be no real reason, just that we "got out of bed on the wrong side".
There are many beautiful catchphrases: "it is all in our own hands", or "don`t take any notice of what they say about you, know your own value". These things are good and true, but people who are in a black mood are not capable of hearing advice from others. When they feel that their situation is dark and gloomy, it is hard to persuade them by means of such slogans.

We all experience a wide range of emotions, we all fall sometimes into the pit of anger, hatred, competitiveness, jealousy and fear. One of the strongest tools for getting out of this maelstrom and letting go of these difficult emotions is to express gratitude.

Being thankful is a practical action, with the power to heal body and soul. It has a magical power that can bring us out of our state of "emotional emergency".
We have to find time during the day to give thanks for all the good things in our lives, from our functional limbs to the external environment in which we live. Expressing gratitude works like a magic broom: if said wholeheartedly, it will free us from the shackles of sadness and discontent. After we give thanks for everything that exists in our lives, we will certainly reach a place of emotional serenity and balance.
Even if somebody has, for example, insulted and hurt me, I have to make the effort to find something positive. It always exists. Sometimes awareness helps to improve things or to understand new directions.
Expressing gratitude and appreciation opens many doors.
When we thank others for their actions, they immediately feel like doing more for us. Expressing gratitude is one of our tools for enhancing and increasing good things in our lives.
In fact, it works like a formula:

the more we give thanks, the more we will receive of the things we are asking for.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Aesop's fable: The Lion and the Mouse


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The Lion and the Mouse


Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up
and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge
paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him. "Pardon, O
King," cried the little Mouse: "forgive me this time, I shall
never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn
some of these days?" The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the
Mouse being able to help him, that he lifted up his paw and let
him go. Some time after the Lion was caught in a trap, and the
hunters who desired to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a
tree while they went in search of a wagon to carry him on. Just
then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad
plight in which the Lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed away
the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts. "Was I not right?"
said the little Mouse.

Moral:
Little friends may prove great friends.

A Memory Pie - Creating a life experience for today which will create discussion for tomorrow.

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Spark of Life

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Kristina Larsson & Pamela Morales share how residents and staff at Meath House, Trigg, discovered cooking had never been so much fun as when it included every resident in their dementia ward.

It all started outside - on a beautiful day - where the residents were enjoying picking apples off our apple tree. In a team effort, the tallest picked the apples off the highest branches and passed them to those waiting below. Then we all geared up in gloves and hairnets for pie making, and, of course, everyone looked absolutely fabulous! The atmosphere was one of a big family coming together. Can there be anything better than the smell of homemade apple pie, wafting throughout the home and the sound of laughter coming from the kitchen? It was absolutely wonderful to see the residents' pride in making that lovely, fresh apple pie. Everyone talked about it for days and many of us agreed that it was the best apple pie we'd ever tasted.

Transforming apple pie into memories

Now the residents are making their own collage with bake-up day photos, getting creative and reminiscing at the same time.

Everyone participates in the craft sessions, even if just by looking at the photos, or being encouraged to share ideas and thoughts.

Making their own collage, and then seeing it displayed, will ensure that this is one activity that will continue to prompt discussion. Whether young or old, seeing ourselves in a photo brings out the same question: "Is that really me?"

Laughter is truly the best medicine and don't we all love to have fun? We definitely do here at Meath and making that apple pie certainly put a smile on everyone's face.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Chicken Soup for the Soul and positive thinking and inspiration


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We all need to be inspired in order to accomplish something. Inspiration fuels our desire to reach for our dreams even though they may have changed. It enables us to become someone we want to be. There are different sources of inspiration and one of them is from the people we met. It's great to be inspired.

Inspire others with your words. Words are powerful tool to change a person's life. To inspire others, you need to translate your message of hope through spoken or written words.

Inspire others by your example. People pay attention to your actions without you even knowing about it. In order to inspire others, you need to be a good role model for them to follow. Inspiration comes when those around you see qualities in you that are worth emulating.

Inspire others by caring. Show the residents that you care for them by your kind words and deeds to them.

Inspire others by listening actively. Listen to what your participants are telling you. Then act on what they have told you.

Inspire others by your self-confidence. A self-confident person inspires people around him by exuding positive vibes. If you believe in yourself and in your own ability, people will notice and follow you. You will inspire them to be confident in how they are and in whatever they do.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Positive Thinking: The Power of Positive Thoughts Enables to Be Free from Worries

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The power of positive thoughts enables others to be free from their worries. When someone is going through difficult times there would be naturally worry and tension. At such times it becomes very natural for us too to come into tension. However, we don't seem to be able to help the other person in anyway when we have such thoughts. Instead we only add to the negative thoughts of that person. When we find someone who is having negative thoughts in a difficult situation, we need to remind ourselves that we are the only ones who can help them come back to his positivity. It is possible for us to do this only when our own thoughts are positive. When we train our mind in this way we will be able to maintain our own positivity which will enable the other person also to be rid of his worries.


~ Brahma Kumaris, Mt Abu

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Smile activities

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Have a smile off.

See who can smile the longest.

Sing songs about smiles.

Read or make up a poem about smiles.
Talk about other emotions and facial expressions. Remember, those with memory impairments can relate well to emotions.

Draw faces with smiles or other facial expressions.