Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Mistletoe

When winter nights grow long,
And winds without blow cold,
We sit in a ring round the warm wood-fire,
And listen to stories old!
And we try to look grave, as maids should be,
When the men bring in boughs of the Laurel-tree.
O the Laurel, the evergreen tree!
The poets have laurels, and why not we?

How pleasant, when night falls down
And hides the wintry sun,
To see them come in to the blazing fire,
And know that their work is done;
Whilst many bring in, with a laugh or rhyme,
Green branches of Holly for Christmas time!
O the Holly, the bright green Holly,
It tells like a tongue that the times are jolly!

Sometimes in our grave house,
Observe, this happeneth not;
But, at times, the evergreen laurel boughs
And the holly are all forgot!
And then! what then? why, the men laugh low
And hang up a branch of the Mistletoe!
O brave is the Laurel! and brave is the Holly!
But the Mistletoe banisheth melancholy!
Ah, nobody knows, nor ever shall know,
What is done under the Mistletoe.

By Barry Cornwall

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Legendary American Astronaut John Glenn Dead at 95

Legendary American Astronaut John Glenn Dead at 95
John Herschel Glenn Jr. (July 18, 1921 – December 8, 2016)

John H. Glenn Jr, the first American to orbit the Earth passed away in Columbus, Ohio on December 8, 2016 at the age 95. America has lost one of its greatest pioneers.

Glenn was an aviator, engineer at NASA, astronaut, politician, and recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. He was an officer in the US Marine Corps and a war hero who served his country as a fighter pilot in the Pacific during WWII and during the Korean War. 

In 1962 he became the first American to orbit the Earth. he flew the Friendship 7 mission and was also a backup pilot to Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom, on the Freedom 7 and Liberty Bell 7 respectively.

In 1974 he won elections for the US Senate and became a congressman representing the State of Ohio for a quarter of a century.

A legend and a true here, he will be missed by many.

Godspeed, John Glenn!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Introducing Liza, the Magnet Queen

We have known Liza Juliette DeCamp for many years now. Together with her husband Brian she runs a successful magnet company based in Nashville, TN, the MagnetQueen.

Liza and Brian are New Yorkers who have been making high quality magnets for eighteen years.

As the name of their company implies, they reign like a queen in their chosen business field and their magnets are second to none. They have an amazing range of products including:
  • save the date
  • wedding photos
  • favors
  • anniversaries
  • baby showers
  • baby announcements
  • baptism
  • first communion
  • bar and bat mitzvahs
  • birthdays
  • family or friends reunions
  • graduation 
  • magnet calendars
  • inspirational quotes
  • vacation photos
  • pet photos
to name only a few. 

Liza's and Brian's creativity has no end and they come up with ever new ideas. They can turn your child's artwork into attractive magnets, or make a magnet calendar that you can keep visible on your fridge, in your office, or anywhere where magnets can be attached. 

The company makes magnets in different sizes that can also be used to advertise your own business. The quality is superb whether you are using your own design or have Liza and Brian design one for you.

The Nashville based company proudly uses 100% USA made materials. There is a special loyalty program for returning customers called the "QUEEN'S Club." You can create an account and start earning points. When you refer a friend you will receive 500 points. Each purchase is translated to points as well and when you accumulate sufficient amount you will receive a substantial discount on your order. With every $10.00 spent you will get one point. 1500 points, for instance, will secure a discount of $10.00. 2500 points equal to $25.00! Points accumulate quickly, especially if you are ordering a "save the date" magnets or want to turn your vacations photos into lasting memories.

I believe that local, family based businesses deserve all the support they can get. Quality, value for money, and a friendly and efficient service are more important than ever. To see the difference you have to go and find out it for yourself. Place an order and you will be amazed.

By Dominique Allmon

To visit Liza's website please click here

To contact MagnetQUEEN write to: or call 800.248.5605.

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P.S. This is an unsolicited review of a small business I support. I believe that in today's world artists, artisans and small businesses need support and  recognition.