Friday, November 20, 2015

Man On The Moon

In a day in time when we have all become much too jaded and disconnected from the world around us, sometimes the inspiration we seek can come from the most unexpected places. We are constantly bombarded with messages of buy, buy, buy. Spend, spend, spend. Spend everything you have on the material things that at the end of the day, really don't mean that much and you probably can't afford anyway.  Now at this point, I should say that I am a believer in capitalism. There is absolutely nothing wrong with making money. I would never begrudge anyone anything they can get, as long as it's legal. At some point though, you have to ask yourself, "When is enough....enough?"  This is never more evident than it is during the holidays.  Here in the United States, while those department stores, car dealers, and electronic shops are hounding us for our money, there is one department store in England that is reminding us that it doesn't have to be that way and that they do still have a soul.

 John Lewis first opened it's doors back in the mid 1800's as a drapery shop and has grown over the years to become one the Britain's premiere retailers. While their success hasn't come without it's fair share of controversy, they do one thing that you don't see many American retailers doing.  Every year during the holiday, they, for the most part, forego a substantial  portion of their normal advertising in favor of emotionally drenched messages of hope, peace, and love. Those ads are almost always tied to some charitable organization in England and are designed to make people think and motivate them to take action. These ads are some of the most creative and effective the marketing industry has ever seen.

This years campaign is called Man On The Moon and has the tag line "Show someone they're loved this Christmas."  A partnership with AGE UK, John Lewis' Man On The Moon commercial and marketing campaign is designed to raise awareness and funds to help older people who alone, lonely, depressed, and sometimes go months at a time without talking to another living soul.  It even has a Twitter hashtag #ManOnTheMoon.

Take a couple of minutes and check out the commercial. It's probably the best Christmas commercial most Americans will never see.

There is absolutely nothing anywhere that says you can't make money and do good in the world at the same time. John Lewis is a great example of that.  Maybe someday some of our high profile American companies will figure that out.

Til Next time...........................

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Dogs Love Peanut Butter, But........

Dogs and peanut butter seem like a match made in heaven.  They love the taste of it and we love to watch them eat it.  It makes for a great treat and is a godsend when it comes to masking certin medications.  However, there are several stories floating around social media and other websites about the use of "xylitol" in certain brands.  Xylitol is a sweetner that is used in sugar-free gums and supposedly harmless to humans. Now we learn that Xylitol can be deadly (in the form of liver failure) to dogs.

 Sara Sandrik of ABC30 in Fresno recently did a story with  Dr. Leah Hill, owner of the Animal Medical Center in Merced. It's well worth a watch.  Click to the story here.  

According to the website Preventive Vet, there are five companies presently known to manufacture peanut butter with Xylitol. "These are the five companies (in alphabetical order): (1) Go Nuts, Co., (2) Hank's Protein Plus Peanut Butter, (3) Krush Nutrition, (4) Nuts 'N More, and (5) P28. While these are "specialty butters" that are mostly sold in nutrition stores and online (currently), the subtle presence of xylitol in these butters definitely highlights the importance of reading ingredient labels on products you bring into your home, and especially doing so prior to sharing anything with your pets and if your pets ever get into anything they shouldn't have."  Read the rest of Preventive Vet's story here.  

Bottom line, if you love your dog like we love ours. Make sure you read the label before giving Fido that treat or use peanut butter to mask medication.  Their life may depend on it.

 Til next time.........................

Saturday, November 14, 2015

We Stand Together

In the days after 9-11 the people of France, and Paris in particular, stood squarely shoulder to shoulder with America in her hours of darkness.
Today as France, and again Paris in particular, enters into a three day period of National Mourning after yesterday's hideous terrorist attack across that nation's capitol, it is time once again for us to come together and show support for those under attack from an unspeakable evil than many continue to deny.

The Black Knights of @goarmywestpoint stand with France.
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Posted by Leilani Münter on Saturday, November 14, 2015
Today we all stand together, not as Americans and Frenchmen, but as human beings. Brothers and Sisters in the midst of a chaotic world turned upside down by an evil that again, many still want to deny. Together we will persevere. Together we will overcome. But today we stand together in spirit with thoughts, prayers, and positive energy during France's National Mourning

Til Next Time...........

Friday, November 13, 2015

Droning In Fireworks!

Wow!  Just Wow!!!! That's about all we have at this point. Just be sure to watch in HD and full screen. You won't be disappointed. We promise!!!

Til Next Time..............

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Finding Our "Way Back Home" To Music That Really Matters

 Rod Stewart has always been one of my favorites.  His stuff from the 70's  & 80's was the best.  In recent years though, I've kinda drifted away from his music. There are always too many "ooh shiny"  moments to keep me distracted. Those "trendy," "safe," and "well tested" songs will get you through today, but they typically don't stand the test of time to the point where you actually go seek out new stuff from an artist 20 years later.  No?  When did you last look for or find a new A-Ha or Dido record?  But I digress.  This week I discovered Rod Stewart's new album called Another Country.  It is a great album that warmly reminiscent  of some of his earlier work.  It has a very old school Celtic sound with a little reggae thrown in here and there.  One of the songs that really grabbed my attention was Way Back Home.  As ballads go, I'm usually not a fan.  But this one really grabbed me.  Maybe it was father-son relationship aspect in the lyrics, maybe it was the struggle for survival in WWII that got me, or maybe it was the promise of finding the way back home through out the song that got me. Whatever it was, it sure got my attention in a big way.  Since radio has chosen to pretty much chosen to ignore the album and this song in particular, I will share it with you here.  Enjoy!!!

Til Next Time............