20 Thanksgiving Fun Facts

  1. According  to the U. S. Census Bureau, Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America.
  2. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture it’s estimated that 7.7 million pounds of cranberries will be produced for 2012
  3. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long
  4. Three towns in the U.S. take their name from the traditional Thanksgiving bird: Turkey, Texas; Turkey Creek, Louisiana; and Turkey, North Carolina
  5. Macy’s employees launched the first Thanksgiving Day Continue reading

Quote of the Day — Rumors

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.  Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. . . But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it . . .

~~ Gautama Buddha aka Siddhārtha Gautama

I was thinking about how rumors get started today, particularly since this rumor could potentially affect me.  Firstly, I don’t engage in gossip or the spreading of rumors, and if I do hear about it I’m one of the first to squash it. Secondly, if it involves me, I’m on the hunt for the person who started it so I can set them straight.

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly rumors get started and I’m always astonished at how easily people buy into them.  I really don’t understand the need for people to start rumors or gossip.  I often say that their own lives must be pretty messed up, so they start these negative rumors about others in order to: 1) make themselves feel better, 2) bring someone down to their level, 3) try and make someone else look bad or feel bad.

As Rodney King put it during the 1992 Los Angeles riots “Can’t we all just get along?”

Interview with Myself

I came across a training exercise I did when I was a technical training supervisor (almost 8 years ago).  We had to interview ourselves, which admittedly was pretty awkward.  So, I went back and answered them again just to see if any of my answers had changed. Some did and some were more positive and some were more cynical while others were completely different.

1. What would you tell you 16-year-old self?

16 can be a horrifically awkward point in your life, but it’s important to discover who you are and not let anyone try to change you. Be a leader, not a Continue reading

Quote of the Day — Angry

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I came across this quote, I had to stop and think of the powerful meaning behind this seemingly simple statement.  I thought about something that happened at work on Friday and left me seething for a good portion of the day and I had to keep reminding myself that the person who threw me under the bus has moved on, but yet I could not.  So if I go according to this than I lost about 5 or 6 hours of happiness Friday.   Now that really burns me up. 😡

But I did come up with a really good revenge plan.  👿 bahwahwah

Quote of the Day — Happiness

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.
(And speak from the heart to be heard.)”

~~ William W. Purkey

William W. Purkey is an author and professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the founder of Invitational Education and co-founder of the International Alliance of Invitational Education (IAIE), which “is dedicated to democratic principles, its mission is to enhance life-long learning, promote positive change in organizations, cultivate the personal and professional growth and satisfaction of educators and allied professionals, and enrich the lives of human beings personally and professionally.”

Quoted from International Alliance of Invitation Education website.