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Saturday, July 31, 2010

An amazing recipe with apples



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Apple Butter
3 1/2 cups apple sauce,
sugar, (the formula is: sugar equal to half the amount of applesauce) Use sugar substitute for folks who are diabetic
A heaping tablespoon of cinnamon,
Half a teaspoon of cloves ( optional)
Cook it on low all day in a
crock pot!

This is especially good to make on a cold fall day. The aroma of it cooking is a true sensory experience.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Gratitude Quotations

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Gratitude is the sign of noble souls --Aesop


The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it --Richard Bach


Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some. --Charles Dickens


Life is a paradise for those who love many things with a passion. --Leo Buscaglia


Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines. --Leroy (Satchel) Paige


Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies. Charles E. Jefferson


Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. --Cicero


Take full account of what excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not. --Marcus Aurelius Antonius


Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate or value into your life. --Christiane Northrup


I thank God for my handicaps for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God. --Helen Keller


Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. --Denis Waitley


I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. --Gilbert Keith Chesterton


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. --Melody Beattie


Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend... when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present -- love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure -- the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth. --Sarah Ban Breathnach


O Lord, who lends me life, lend me a heart replete with thankfulness. --William Shakespeare


For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude. --Clarence E. Hodges


Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. The more we seek gratitude, the more reason the angels will give us for gratitude and joy to exist in our lives. --Terry Lynn Taylor


In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy. --Albert Clarke


[The most fortunate are those who] have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy. --Abraham Maslow


Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. --Sam N. Hampton


In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy. --Albert Clarke


There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. --Albert Einstein


Whenever we are appreciative, we are filled with a sense of well-being and swept up by the feeling of joy. --M.J. Ryan


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy--they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. --Marcel Proust


All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child. --Madame Marie Curie


You have no cause for anything but gratitude and joy. --The Buddha


Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty. --Doris Day


Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all --William Faulkner


There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from. --Elisabeth Kubler-Ross


If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. --Meister Eckhart

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Everyday Positive Thinking

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Everyday Psitive Thinking is a book that list positive thoughts that make your day better and your residents day better.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Positive Thinking: Obstacles Teaches Us Something New in Life

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To be prepared for obstacles is to remain cheerful under all circumstances. Generally there is always a wish not to have to face any obstacles. When we begin something new we usually have a thought to have things going perfectly well. So when obstacles do come we are not prepared and we experience dissatisfaction and sorrow. Whenever we start something new we need to prepare our mind that we are sure to be faced with obstacles. Along with it we also need to understand that these obstacles actually teach us something new and it is only with such situations we can learn and progress. When we have such thoughts we will be able to remain cheerful under all circumstances.


~ Brahma Kumaris, Mt Abu

This book teaches us a lot about positive thinking

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Circus Movies

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Gail Kavanagh

TRAPEZE (1956) terific circus drama filmed at the famed Cirque d'Hiver (The Winter Circus) in Paris. The Cirque d'Hiver was an ancient, roach-ridden, damp indoor circus venue, but it had incredible atmosphere and was home to the great French Circus Bouglione. "Papa" Bouglione, the 60s patriach, is played by an actor called Thomas Gomez, and the likeness is quite uncanny. The story is a love triangle on the surface. Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster play two flyers in love with the ambitious Lola, who just wants to be famous and wear fabulous costumes. But beneath the surface is a tale of ambitious young performers and the older artists who mentor them...and then must give way to the rising star. It's marvellous stuff. The characters are spot on. You will meet people like this on any circus.

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952)

CIRCUS WORLD (1964)

A big surprise, this one. Made 12 years after the Charlton Heston three ring spectacular above, with John Wayne as the grizzled circus boss, it looked like a rehash. But under all the glitz there is a very lovely story and its worth seeing if you can get a hold of it these days. Lovely Toni Alfredo (played by 60s babe Claudia Cardinale) wants to be a flyer, but Big John won't have a bar of it. Then his old flame and one time flyer, Lili, reappears and she's Toni's mum, wouldn't you know? The story is how these two gals put together a killer aerial act.

THE CIRCUS (1928) A little pearl by the greatest clown of all time, Charlie Chaplin. Charlie stumbles into a job at the circus and falls in love with a bareback rider

LA STRADA (1954) Directed by Italy's Federico Fellini, with Anthony Quinn, this was the story of a brutish strongman who buys a simple minded girl to be his assistant. It all ends tragically, but it touched circus people. The haunting theme music was used by the German Renz wirewalking act. Later it was the inspiration for a music video by Irish band U2 for their song All I Need Is You. It is one of those films that you never forget.

THE MARX BROTHERS AT THE CIRCUS (1938) One of my favorite Marx Bros films and a real comedy classic. When a circus starts to go bankrupt, the brothers bring their brand of lunacy to the rescue. The movie inspired a Spanish circus act, Los Dominis, who performed as the Marx Brothers on the uneven bars in the 60s.

INTO THE WEST (1993) OK, so it isn't about circus people, it is about travelers, but it is such a lovely, funny, touching little Irish movie that I had to include it.

You can still get some of these movies if you scout around video sales...I picxked up the Great Wallendas this way. Or watch the reruns on TV... Have a your own mini circus movie festival!



Read more at Suite101: BEST CIRCUS MOVIE LIST http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/circus_circus/57118/2#ixzz0sHXl6gF1

Monday, July 5, 2010

A circus story starter idea

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A circus story starter

I have always wanted to be part of the circus. Today the
circus came to town, and I…
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Of course you can start the story any way you want. Have a brief discussion first to get some ideas

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Animal Riddles

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Animal Riddles:
•What does a cat have that no other animal has?
- Kittens.

•What has two heads, four eyes, six legs, and a tail?
- A cowboy riding his horse.


•What always sleeps with its shoes on?
- A Horse.


•What is as big as an elephant, but weighs nothing at all?
- The shadow of an elephant.


•What fur do we get from a Tiger?
- As fur away as possible! -


•Why do dragons sleep all day?
- They like to hunt Knights.


•What can honk without a horn?
- A goose.


•What has a horn but does not honk?
- A rhinoceros.


•What is the greatest worldwide use of cowhide?
- To cover cows.


•What two keys can't open any doors?
- A Donkey, and a Monkey.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Top ten activities to celebrate July 4 with those who have dementia

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10. Arrange flowers real of fake. You can use red, white and blue flowers to make the bouquet or centerpiece look patriotic.

9. Plan a picnic or a party from beginning to end

8. Have a picnic perhaps using the ideas from your plans. If the person with dementia does not want to go outside, no problem, have the picnic inside.

7. Go to the beach or the park. Go at off times to avoid the crowd. You can always go on different day. Again if you fear a negative reaction to going to the beach, bring the beach to your home. Get some sand, sea shells and other beach paraphernalia.

6 Have a small get together at home. Hire or have someone to assist the ADRD person.

5. Draw some patriotic pictures. You can use paints, magic markers or crayons. Fireworks are easy to draw.

4. Read a........more of the Top ten, 4th of July, activities for those with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias