Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fun facts Leonardo Da Vinci

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  • Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452 and died on May 2, 1519. He was Italian.
  • Different to a typical surname you might think of today, "da Vinci" simply means "of Vinci", the Tuscan town where he was born.
  • He lived during the Renaissance, a cultural movement that led to important developments in areas such as art and science.
  • Leonardo d Vinci is perhaps best known as a painter, with his legendary works including the Mona Lisa, the Vitruvian Man and the Last Supper, among others.
  • Leonardo da Vinci wasn't just an incredible artist, he was an inventor, scientist, mathematician, engineer, writer, musician and much more. Talk about talented!
  • His conceptual drawings included plans for musical instruments, war machines, calculators, boats and other ideas. Many of these plans were limited by the level of technology at the time.
  • Flight was of particular interest to da Vinci. He studied the flight of birds and created plans for flying machines that resemble hang gliders and helicopters.
  • Many of Leonardo da Vinci’s machines have since been built and tested, to varying levels of success.
  • He became an expert in the anatomy of the human body, studying it in detail and creating hundreds of drawings to help explain his thoughts.
  • The Vitruvian Man is a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci that describes the relationship between human proportions and geometry.
  • Da Vinci wrote in the opposite direction to what is normal, meaning you’d need a mirror to read it properly.
  • The Mona Lisa is perhaps the most well known painting in the world. It is a half-length portrait of a woman who, along with the composition, background and other details, has been the subject of much speculation and discussion. It is believed that Leonardo da Vinci began painting the Mona Lisa around 1503. It has been on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris for over 200 years.
  • In 1994 Microsoft founder Bill Gates purchased perhaps Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous scientific writings, the ‘Codex Leicester’. It contains explanations of water movement, fossils and the moon among other things.
  • Famous Leonardo da Vinci quotes include:  "He who thinks little, errs much."
  • "Movement will cease before we are weary of being useful."
  • "What is fair in men, passes away, but not so in art."
  • "Drawing is based upon perspective, which is nothing else than a thorough knowledge of the function of the eye."
  • "Good culture is born of a good disposition; and since the cause is more to be praised than the effect, I will rather praise a good disposition without culture, than good culture without the disposition."
  • "I know that many will call this useless work."

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Irving Berlin brought joy throughout the years

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Irving Berlin once said that, "a patriotic song is an emotion and you must not embarrass an audience with it, or they will hate your guts." This philosophy made him one of America's most outstanding writers of patriotic songs from World War I through World War II.
Berlin was born Israel Baline in Eastern Russia on May 11, 1888. He was one of eight children born to Leah and Moses Baline. His father was a shochet (one who kills kosher animals as prescribed by Jewish religious laws) who was also the cantor in the synagogue. His family moved to New York in 1893 to escape the pogroms in Russia. At the age of eight, he took to the streets of the Lower East Side of New York City to help support his mother and family after his father had died. In the early 1900s he worked as a singing waiter in many restaurants and started writing songs. His first published hit was "Marie From Sunny Italy." His successes continued through two years.
Berlin was married for only a year to Dorothy Goetz, who died from typhoid contracted while on their honeymoon in Cuba in 1913. He married Ellin Mackay in 1926. She was the daughter of Clarence Mckay, president of Postal Telegraph Company, a leading Catholic layman who opposed the wedding. The Berlins had three daughters.
In World War I, he wrote the musical Yip, Yip, Yaphank, which was produced by the men of Camp Upton. In this musical, the big hit song was "Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning," which reflected Berlin's aversion to rising early. This musical raised more than $150,000 to build a service center at Camp Upton.
On Armistice Day, 1938, he introduced "God Bless America," which was sung by Kate Smith. This song threatened to replace the national anthem because of its patriotism and popularity.
In World War II, he wrote the musical This is the Army, which raised $10 million for the Army Emergency Relief. His hits in this musical were "This is the Army, Mr Jones" and I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen." He also wrote other patriotic songs such as "Any Bonds Today?," "Arms for the Love of America," and "Angels of Mercy" for the American Red Cross.
Berlin was prolific: He wrote more than 900 songs, 19 musicals and the scores of 18 movies. Some of his songs that have become classics include "There's No Business Like Show Business," "Easter Parade," and "White Christmas." He is the top money maker among songwriters in America. In 1924, songwriter Jerome Kern observed "Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music."
Berlin supported Jewish charities and organizations and donated many dollars to worthwhile causes. He was honored in 1944 by the National Conference of Christians and Jews for "advancing the aims of the conference to eliminate religious and racial conflict." Five years later, he was honored by the New York YMHA as one of "12 outstanding Americans of the Jewish faith." On February 18, 1955, President Eisenhower presented him with a gold medal in recognition of his services in composing many patriotic songs for the country. Earlier, Berlin  assigned the copyright for "God Bless America" to the God Bless America Fund, which has raised millions of dollars for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Berlin's World War I doughboy uniform and many of his original patriotic scores are on display in the Jewish War Veterans Museum in Washington, D.C.
Irving Berlin died on September 22, 1989, at the age of 101.
Following a gala 100th birthday celebration concert at Carnegie Hall, Morton Gould, president of ASCAP, said that "Irving Berlin's music will last not for just an hour, not for just a day, not for just a year, but always." Not bad for a poor immigrant who had only two years of formal schooling and who never learned to read or write music!

Sources: Jewish Heroes and Heroines in America from Jewish Heroes & Heroines of America : 150 True Stories of American Jewish Heroism, © 1996, written by Seymour "Sy" Brody of Delray Beach, Florida, illustrated by Art Seiden of Woodmere, New York, and published by Lifetime Books, Inc., Hollywood, FL. Also, the Jewish-American Hall of Fame - Jewish Museum in Cyberspace. 


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fragrance Day is March 21


Don't put up a stink about March 21. It  is Fragrance Day. It is a great smelling day. The olfactory nerves in your nose, will enjoy this special day. Ladies in particular, will enjoy today because they just love perfumes. And guys, you've gotta admit that your gal's perfume attracts you to her.

Perfumes have been in use for hundreds of years. In ancient times, they were used to hide body odors. At the time, baths were infrequent. After a few days, things began to smell less than ideal. Perfumes played an important role in making the atmosphere more palatable. Today, the daily shower eliminates the bad odors. But, we still like the smell and attraction of perfume. 

Celebrate today by buying some perfume or cologne for yourself, or  as a gift for someone. Make sure to put on just the right amount of perfume or cologne. Overpowering perfume ruins the value of the fragrance to the "sniffer".
Also, check your room deodorizers, and replace them with a new fragrance, if needed.



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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Quotes by famous women

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National Women's Day is on March 11. Here are some quotes you can use to spark some great discussions

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• Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Amelia Earhart
• Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person
at the bottom. Sandra Day O’Connor
• Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds  occupied by the needs of others.
Barbara Bush
Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. Marilyn Monroe
• I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day, but I don't think there is anything such as complete happiness. Rosa Parks
• I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door -- or I'll make a door. Something
terrific will come, no matter how dark the present. Joan Rivers
• If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation. Abigail Adams
• If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased. Katherine Hepburn
• In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death. Anne Frank
Independence is happiness. Susan B. Anthony
• Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa
• Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. Grandma Moses
• No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt
• Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Marie Curie
• One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself. Lucille Ball
• Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. Beatrix Potter
• The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them. Queen Victoria
• When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been
opened for us. Helen Keller
• Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. Gloria Steinem 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Easy basketball trivia


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  • James Naismith, a teacher at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, is credited with inventing basketball in 1891.




  • The first “hoops” were actually just peach baskets and the first backboards were made of wire.



  • The game became an official Olympic event at the Summer Games in Berlin, Germany in 1936.



  • Two leagues called the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Basketball Association of America (BAA) merged after the 1948-49 season to become today's National Basketball Association (NBA)



  • The Boston Celtics have won the most NBA championships (17), including seven straight from 1960 to 1966.


  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who played 20 seasons in the NBA, holds the record for most points scored in a career with 38,387.




  • On March 2, 1962, Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game against New York. That is the most one player has ever scored in one game.




  • Current Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens has won more basketball games than any other coach.




  • The American Basketball Association (ABA) was a 10-team rival league to the NBA that began play in the 1967-68 season and folded nine years later after the 1975-76 season. Four current NBA teams – Indiana, Denver, New York, and San Antonio – originated in the ABA.




  • The NBA instituted the three-pointer before the 1979-80 season, an idea it borrowed from the ABA.




  • The Chicago Bulls have won all six NBA Finals in which they've appeared.




  • Michael Jordan, who retired in January 1999 but returned to the league in 2001, has scored more points (5,987) in the playoffs than any other player.




  • The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Springfield, Mass.





  • Sunday, March 5, 2017

    Limericks for those with dementia (Part 2)


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    Here are some limerick suggestions


    The first two are baseball limericks

    Baseball

    If pitching a shutout is one of your goals
    Show batters your pinpoint ______
    Finesse them ________
    But whatever you do
    Don’t hang a curveball _______


    Baseball Caps

    Baseball caps are meant for _______
    When after fly balls you're _______.
    But worn ______
    Only by ________
    And those who lack an _________.

    There once was a pauper named Meg
    Who accidentally broke her _______.
    She slipped on the ______.
    Not once, but ______
    Take no pity on her, I __________.

    The artist who's working in wood
    Must be certain her handtools are ____
    For if those knives be ____
    It's certain she'll ____
    Over blood spilled for her ______.

    Describe a librarian's day?
    Peaceful and quiet, you___
    There is one thing it ____
    Back there in the stacks____
    And that thing is more decent ____.

    The secret of love is the power
    To weather the sweet and the _____
    Your joy will not _____
    With love as your ______
    Through sunshine and through _______.

    Friday, March 3, 2017

    Lets laugh with someone who has dementia


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    Laughter is the best medicine

    Here is a mind stimulating activity about limericks

    What are limericks and how can people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias write them?

    A limerick is meant to be funny. Therefore they are sure to bring a smile to the faces of the folks with or without dementia in your audience.

    Limeriks are five-line poems where lines 1,2 and 5 rhyme, and lines 3 and 4 rhyme. It is said that the limerick was invented by soldiers returning from France to the Irish town of Limerick in the 1700’s.

    In order to make this a successful activity, you may have to have most of the limerick written except for the last word in the sentence.

    You can think of rhyming words with the group members after you read the unfinished limerick to them.

    Why do this activity? You ask

    It is a fun way to stimulate the mind and have a good laugh

    Come back tomrrow for a senerio of this

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Activities for dementia care: unlocking what remains; Observing Montessori-based principles in action at an Alzheimer's unit

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    As the rapidly falling snow swirls and blows around the courtyard outside the activities room at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood, Ohio, the atmosphere inside is warm and inviting on this cold December day. The weather outside might be frightful, but in here, there's a party going on
    Rose is sorting small, colorful pom-poms and placing them into the painted compartments of an ice-cube tray that match them. Milton is hard at work with a screwdriver, concentrating on driving screws into four holes that have been drilled in a smooth piece of wood, while Sadie places pegs of graduated sizes into their respective holes in a long wooden block.
    Madeline, the most verbally expressive member of this group of residents, is adeptly--and with noticeable pride--sorting a large container of brightly colored, plastic alphabet letters into piles. Besides being pleased by her accomplishment, she also enjoys the fact that she's doing a mitzvah--an act of helping someone else. She is sorting the letters to be used in an activity other residents will enjoy later.
    Another woman is putting together simple two-piece puzzles made from magazine photos that have been cut out and laminated.