Archive for November, 2011

Comet the Reindeer

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Here’s a great shot of Comet the Reindeer. He really is such a character and loves having his picture taken almost as much as he loves a Christmas hug or a scratch behind the ear.

Check out the link for fabulous Christmas stories you can read on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle or computer. And it’s full of beautiful classic Christmas illustrations too!

Charlie Bears

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Here’s a great picture of Hartley from the Charlie Bears Isabella collection.
Hartley is a beautiful mohair collectible bear with oodles of character.

Christmas Stories,Rudolphs Birthday

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

@ Santa Claus and Santa’s Helpers reading a Christmas story from his selection of stories for Christmas

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Christmas Stories and Santa Claus

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Mrs Clause, my dear wife, had the brilliant idea that I should write down the history of the village and all of its inhabitants so that children could enjoy all of the wonderful stories of how we came to be as we are today. There certainly is never a dull moment here in the North Pole! You will even hear about the time Santa met the Queen of England and landed on the moon by mistake. I bet you would all like to know how I became Santa in the first place and how my village was founded.

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Get A Letter from Santa Claus

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Imagine the Joy and wonder when your child receives a personal letter from Santa Claus. Stamped from the North Pole. Plus your child added to Santa’s Nice List. You can also leave evidence of Santas magical visit. A special gift for kids of all ages. Only at

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Jerome Bettis Reads Christmas Stories To Kids

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis reads Christmas stories to children at Joseph Beth book store in the South Side Works.

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family continue in this latest “Vacation” outing, the third and most successful of the series. This time America’s most dedicated dad (Chevy Chase) is determined to stay at home to create “the most fun-filled old fashioned family Christmas ever” — but life has a particular way of throwing wet logs on Clark Griswold’s fire. Look for Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus (TV’s “Seinfeld”) in a supporting role. Written by John Hughes (“Home Alone” series). MPAA Rating: G (c) 1989 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The Ultimate Toys, Games and Gifts for the Whole Family at Christmas

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The race is on to get the very best Christmas gifts for your family, but as the big day gets ever closer it can be more and more of a nightmare figuring out what everyone is wanting this year. It’s okay, most of us leave it all to the last minute, but it needn’t stress you out too much now, thanks to the joy of the internet. So then, what are the best toys, gifts and games for the whole family this year? Here’s a selection of tips to help you with that last minute bargain hunting. These items are amongst the most wanted this Christmas, and although the shops may have sold out, the internet is alive with ways to get that ideal Christmas gift. So, without further ado, onto the gift ideas:

There are some superb tech gifts on the market to thrill and enthrall the whole family. The big ones this year include the incredible Playstation 3, the portable and engrossing Nintendo DS Lite, Apple’s latest version of the iPod nano (now with skew and augmented shuffle functions) and a wide range of home theater ideas such as widescreen HD TVs, Blu Ray players and fantastic new sound systems. For the gamer who has everything, how about a gaming chair? That way the lengthy periods spent sat at the controls won’t harm their bodies so much.

There’s some great items out for the girls, including the My Life Virtual Console, pink laptops, pink guitars and more. Traditional girls’ toys include the adorable baby Born with Magic Potty doll, the Chou Chou My First Tooth doll, some great merchandise from the High School Musical films and the wonderful Girl Gourmet Cupcake maker, that the whole family will be able to enjoy.

For the boys, some of the most wanted toys this Christmas include the Ben 10 Omnitrix replica, the Power Rangers Operation Overdrive Tracker, the hugely popular Star Wars Clone Trooper Voice Changer helmet, the Indiana Jones Whip and Hat set and the fun Catcha Beats game too.

For fans of animal toys there are some brilliant ideas on the market this year. There’s the huge Kota the Triceratops for starters, and there is a wide range of interactive animal toys from the makers of the Furreal range, with The Furreal Biscuit, My Lovin’ pup being the most popular. There are lots of other animal friends to choose from in the FurReal range too. There’s also the cute Honey, My Pony toy horse.

For younger kids, the most popular toy by far is the wonderful Elmo Live toy by Fisher price, an all singing, all dancing Elmo that will become your childrens’ best friend with his stories, songs and dances.

For the family, how about a fun board game? there are some excellent new games out there now such as Pictureka or 20q, but the old favourites are back with a vengeance New editions of Monopoly (Monopoly Here and Now World edition), Scrabble, Cluedo, Etch a Sketch and the legendary Rubik’s Cube are all available to keep everyone entertained while Christmas dinner settles. There really is something out there for everyone, so don’t delay in seeking out the best toys and gifts for Christmas. All the very best season’s greetings to you, and have a prosperous new year!

Andrew Hawnt

Winter Solstice

Monday, November 28th, 2011

We just crossed the threshold that took us over the winter solstice and under the four year march to 2012. Interest in the date 12.21.2012 is increasing exponentially and 2009 will probably see a ten fold increase in interest as more books and new movies come to our attention. So, if you’re interested take the poll to the right hand site that’s been changed as we’ve now passed the winter solstice- 2008.   <

One of the soon to be released moives is directed by Roland Emmerich, and starring John Cusack and Amanda Peet, 2012 takes the “natural disasters foretold by ancient calendar” angle. Sun storms are affecting Earth, culminating in tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanoes. The story itself appears to be standard for disaster movies – short on science, long on stories of numerous individuals, and high on amazing special effects, with a small dose of conspiracy.

Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists, and governments. “2012″ is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. This is just the first of many such movies in the theme.

But what about the realities? Are there any?

You can purchase the ebook “The Next Four Years : In Light Of The Last 50,000 Years” between Christmas and New Years form this site: 2012 Final Fantasy. We cannot get a realisitc grasp on 2012 and all that entails without knowing something about the cycles that accompany life on this planet. Many cycles are tens of thousands of years in duration like the three main Milankovitch cycles : eccentricity 100,000, obliquity 41,000, and precessional 26,000 year cycles.

Who has time for these? We should!

It’s obvious to me at least that we have taken to much of a short term view of things. Maybe it is the digital-microwave world that we live in that we want things quickly. Who cares what happened 65 million years ago, 74,000 years ago, or even 5,121 years ago? Well, we should because those are MAJOR events in the life of this planet. More and more people are interested in December 21, 2012, but when did it begin? Who knows what took place August 12, 3113 BCE when the Mayan long count calendar began?

Few!  :-(

Ernie Fitzpatrick

Sales Training – Salespeople ‘dear Santa’ Letter Wishes to Deliver

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Salespeople, what do you have to lose by writing to Santa for what you want? Since 1952 or 1953 children have been writing letters to Santa, so why not write your own Dear Santa letter? Mine would go something like this:

”Dear Santa,

You know who I am and how old I am and that I have been a good business coach this year. No matter what others say, I have been very good all around this year. (I promise!) I know it’s been a long time since I wrote you a letter, and even longer since you’ve come around to my house. As you will see by my gift list, I want to continue being of value for my prospects and clients. To make it easier for you, I’m even suggesting that you spread this out all through the year. Here are my wishes:

Let me maintain persistence. I would be grateful for another year of being organized with a system to follow up with prospects and clients so I don’t give up. I know have something worthwhile for them.

Deeper listening. Most of the time I do ask questions and listen to understand my clients better. My communication skills are great, but I excel in listening. Help me to continue to hone this introvert advantage.

Keep my enthusiasm in check. Sometimes when I lose a sale it dampens my enthusiasm. After all, who likes to lose a customer? Help me to always choose to focus on the positive no matter what.

Priority focus. You know I can get distracted with emails, so many opportunities, and online networking. I know my high-payoff activities. Help me focus on why I am selling what I am selling. Acting on what I know to focus on will help me achieve my goals sooner than later.

A top-notch coach. It’s no secret I am willing to invest time and money in myself. Every year I’ve benefited from having a coach. Help me find one this year that is just what I need for right where I am with my next level.

Belief in myself. Every once in a while those lingering limiting beliefs kick my butt. I know I have what it takes to continue to be a top performer, so let me learn to not listen to that negative self-talk.

Be a connector. Of all the wishes this one is the one I want to maintain the most. People say, “You’re the ‘go to’ person for anything.” I think this is because I can usually connect people to others. This is one of the most helpful things I can do and be.

Have a full sales pipeline. Let me maintain my energy to do what I know I need to do to always have prospects. I don’t want to get caught in any sales slump so that I will lose a sale here or there. Let me be pro-active with this.

Well Santa, my cell phone is vibrating telling me there’s a voicemail waiting for me. Maybe you are already starting to make my wishes come true. Be safe on Christmas Eve and do stop by my granddaughter’s. She’ll have cookies waiting for you.

PS – I’m sure you know this is not a complete list that will help me make this next year my best. I know you are busy so these wishes will lay a solid foundation for the rest of my unwritten list.”

When was the last time you wrote a Dear Santa letter? Decide what top salespeople characteristics you want to continue or have better command of and just write that letter today. It takes a while for it to be delivered to the North Pole.

Patricia Weber