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08 December 2018

Christmas Tradition : The Gifts of the Magi

The presentation of the gifts of the Magi is an integral part of the story of the birth of Jesus.

Every year during the month of December, many people direct their minds to the story about the birth of Jesus, revered by faithful Christians as the Savior of the world. Although the nativity scene always shows the three wise men (also called the three kings) adoring a newborn baby and bearing gifts, the biblical account indicates that their visitation did not occur on the night that Mary gave birth. It was a few years later. 

Yet the erroneous tradition persists. There is also a question or debate as to whether or not there were three men at all. Because three gifts are mentioned, the assumption was made that there was one wise man bringing one gift. 3 gifts must equal 3 gift-bearers. The fact is that the number of men from the East who were led by the Star of Bethlehem was not recorded in the scriptures. Though one can question the total number of men that comprise what we refer to as “The Magi”, everybody accepts that there were 3 gifts and these offerings were gold, frankincense and myrrh.




  • Trivia: What were the names of the three kings (wise men or magi)?  The 12 days of Christmas ends with the Feast of the Epiphany.  (Don't check the Bible story.  The answer is not in there.)
Gold: one of the first precious metals known to mankind; a symbol of great wealth; often presented as a donation to a king's treasury in exchange for his goodwill.

Frankincense: a useful gift for a holy man, as it was often used by those who served in a temple or other place designated as a worship center.

Myrrh: an ingredient in anointing oil but also used for embalming to prepare a body for burial. An “anointing” is when a person is set apart to perform a specific task or mission. A mixture of myrrh and aloes was used by those who wrapped the body of Jesus and laid Him to rest in the tomb. Each one of these gifts was very costly. But there is nothing in the gospel accounts to indicate that Jesus or his parents, a humble carpenter and his wife, lived an extravagant lavish lifestyle. Do suppose they took the gold and frankincense and gave it to those in charge of the temple treasury?  After all, they were very devout Jews. Do you ever wonder if Mary, the mother of Jesus, saved the gift of myrrh to be used for her Son's burial?  It seems like something a loving mother would do; especially if she knows, in advance, what will happen to her child.


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Original content 1st published at Daily Two Cents, Dec 7, 2016.
That site shut down Aug 2018.


25 September 2018

Entertainment : Films to Inspire You to Travel

Used to travel on official government business when I was a civil servant. Because my kids were young and my husband worked for himself, it was easy to arrange my work travel around the summer time when the kids were not in school.  Part of me misses the fun and excitement of seeing new places when traveling.


 
Another part of me is glad to stay at home since many things have happened to not make traveling "safe" and there is an added layer of stress.  Also, there are no funds allotted for travel in my budget.

But if you can't afford to travel, there are definitely other ways to satisfy your wanderlust or vacation dreams. Always looking for foreign film recommendations anyway. Found this list. It is a great list to satisfy both of my ardent desires. 




 
More links if you have a travel “itch” you need to “scratch”:


Content first appeared at Persona Paper, Jan 2016.



13 August 2018

Sites That Accept Republished Content (UPDATED)

In November 2015, I shared some information about reputable sites that accept republished content:  Republishing Previously Published Content.  This listing has been edited by its publisher but even with edits, two sites, are not included on her list:

Niume and Medium.

Sign up for Medium.                         Sign up for Niume.


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Medium was launched in 2012 by two of the founders of Twitter.

Started republishing my previously published articles and blog posts at Medium about 3 years ago.  Both sites Medium and Niume) are respected and enjoy a good online reputation.  It is a good way to make your work more visible to the search engines and build your online reputation.



What I like about Medium is that the republishing process is simplified.  You simply import your content, do a bit of editing and hit the publish button.  You can introduce your content to a new audience and connect your social media accounts for simplified sharing as well


"If you're not publishing on Medium, you're missing out on a huge potential audience for very little extra work."
(Quote source: 10 Insanely Good Reasons You Should Publish On Medium) 

Below is an alphabetical list of my articles and blog posts republished at Medium with minimal effort.

A Nation in Decline
Aesop: unclear biography, unwritten fables, timeless morals
Ancient History: Kingdoms : Lydia and Persia
Balsam: For Priests, Kings and Everyday People
Bringing White Feather From the Mountain
Countries Most Worried About the Future (Their Future)
Cyber Security to Protect Our Digital World
Dating Sites — Tips on How to Score!
Foreign Investors Buying U.S. Real Estate
Genealogy : Modern Day Arabs and Their Father Abraham
Go Your Own Way : Step by Step
Illegal Immigration in the USA: A Proposed Solution
Knight Life by Peter David
My Dysfunctional Family
Read a Self Help Book For a U.S. History Perspective
Riddle Me This. Why Do Most People Search for Atlantis and not Ophir?
Searching for Chinese Treasures
Searching for the Truth?
Smart Homes Get My Thumbs Up
Society and Culture : Veiled Women
Successful People Who Studied Abroad
Syrian Refugees Go Home! (An Opinion Piece)
The Color Blue (Humor)
The Right to a Fair Trial / myLot
Valentine’s Day Around the World
We Live in a Digital World, Not a Yellow Submarine
What is the Capital of Turkey?
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The owner of this site passed away and nobody wanted to continue the work.

Niume is based in the UK, was founded in 2012, and launched as an open platform in July 2014.

Initiated my republishing efforts at Niume in 2017. My work efforts at this site were mentioned briefly in another post - Work at Home ~ Home Biz Projects : Another Weekend! - UPDATE #1.  But that was in February 2017.  Here it is just two months later (April) and not only is my previously published content considered acceptable for publication but they have also allowed me to publish some original content.  In addition, several of my posts have been featured; what they refer to as "Staff Picked".  This goes far beyond what I expected.  Below is a quick list of my content chosen to be featured by the moderators at Niume.


  • Health : Women in Medicine : Florence Nightingale
  • Celebrities : In Memory Of : Maureen O'Hara (1920 – 2015)
  • Herb and Spice Spotlight : Capsicum (Red Pepper)
  • Women in Business: Who Invented Monopoly?
  • The Candle Was Invented When?
  • The Evolution of Tea


 

♦  If you are looking for a new home for old content, you might consider giving these sites a try.

16 February 2018

Movies and TV Series filmed in Ireland, but NOT set in Ireland : The Teeny tiny à Tout Faire (Reblog)

Well I know that I'm supposed to be tooting my own horn but why can't I toot about blogs I like as well? It's just as much fun reading other people's blogs as it is publishing my own. Re-blogging a link from a super cool entertainment blog that caught my eye.


The Teeny tiny à Tout Faire: [Irish Week] Movies and TV Series filmed in Ireland, but NOT set in Ireland



Why do I like this blog? It shares entertainment-related tidbits, fun facts, etc. that are of interest to me. I like the post categories; especially “Who Wore It Best?”   

(Loved that contrast photo of Lupita and Beyoncé.  Shared it via my Tumblr.)



I enjoy the “Movie Reviews” category because there are reviews of vintage movies. The publisher uses the word “vintage”. But sometimes we say “movie classics” or “old movies”. 

(I love all things vintage, so I'm happy with the blogger using this descriptive term in lieu of “classic” or “old”.   Shared the review of "Father Goose" via Pinterest where I collect "Everything Vintage". )

Additionally, there are recommendations regarding foreign films (i.e. non-American) and I'm always on the hunt for non-American movies or TV series.




Will you be adding this blog to your list of "Blogs I Like"?
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19 December 2017

Real Estate Investment Trusts: A Primer

2018 is fast approaching and many are assessing their current financial situation.  Most are hoping the coming year will be better.   Looking for a practical investment vehicle for the upcoming new year?  

Have you considered REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts)?


  • September 14, 2010, marked the 50th anniversary of the U.S. REIT industry.


  • President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1960 creating REITs.


The legislation combined the best attributes of real estate and stock-based investment and placed investments in large-scale income-producing real estate properties within the reach of the small investor.


This made it possible for average investors to invest in REITs in the same way they invested in other industries, i.e. through the purchase of equity-type units. The investor's ownership of real estate is divided into various "units", the value of a unit being a portion of the value of the property/properties owned by the REIT.


REITs are investment vehicles, classified as:

  • equity (EREIT - where a company buys, owns and manages income-generating properties like apartments, shopping malls, buildings with offices, etc.);

  • mortgage (MREIT - which either loan money for mortgages to real estate owners or purchase existing mortgages or MBS (mortgage-backed-securities; also known as "mortgage pass-through."); or

  • hybrid (a portfolio of equity and mortgage REITs combined).


REITs are a means of allowing investors to directly participate in the higher returns generated by real estate properties because, in essence, they own a "piece" of property/properties in the trust.



REITs can be publicly or privately held; however, typically REIT units are publicly quoted and traded, similarly to mutual funds. NAREIT, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, categorizes REITs as publicly traded, private, and non-exchange traded. Public REITs are registered with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) and traded in major stock exchanges just like shares of common stock in other companies are listed and traded. By contrast, private REITs are not registered or traded with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Non-exchange traded REITs are registered with the SEC but not traded on any of the public exchanges.


Two main IRS requirements for REITs are: (1) a company must have most of its assets and income tied to real estate investment, and (2) that company must distribute at least 90 percent of its taxable income to its shareholders yearly. If a company qualifies as a REIT, it can deduct dividends paid to its unit-holders (or shareholders) from its corporate taxable income, and consequently, owe no corporate tax. Applicable taxes will be paid by the unit-holders. Furthermore, in line with IRS treatment, most states do not require REITs to pay state income tax.


REITs may have originated in the US, but the concept has spread around the world. There are Asian and European countries with REIT legislation. The Australian REIT market is the largest in Asia. (REITs are called LPTs there.) However, the US still boasts the largest REIT market.


Regardless of the host of issues adversely impacting the real estate market currently, REITs are still an easy convenient means for the average investor to invest in high-value income-producing property and other areas of real estate that would otherwise be totally inaccessible to them, because they simply do not have the funds to buy and sell properties in their own. REITs, as a sub-component of the financial industry, have become and will likely remain an integral segment of the economy.


REIT shares clearly can benefit most investors, whether value-driven or growth-oriented, individual or institutional. They offer the benefits of ongoing current income, with the potential for long-term capital appreciation that historically has met or exceeded inflation.


They are equities that derive a large part of their value from tangible, hard assets and the effective management of those assets.


They have been proven to bring the benefits of balance, diversification and greater risk/reward efficiency to a broad range of investment portfolios."


REITs Still Serve Their Legislative Intent
- Whether the real estate market is in crisis or stable, REITs serve their legislative intent, i.e. they are a means or method for the small investor aka "Joe the plumber", to invest in commercial real estate.

This article is just an introduction; a primer. NAREIT®, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts®, the "voice for REITs" continues to supply significant news and reports affecting the real estate investment world, and more specifically REIT investors.


TreathylFOX (Cmoneyspinner) · Published 3 years ago via Yahoo Answers

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26 August 2017

Movie Review : The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

For fans of Jake Gyllenhaal. Not sure how old he was when he starred in this film. Looked like a teenager. When this movie was released, remember listening to a review by one of the critics that made me laugh. Not his exact words but basically he said:

“This is a typical storyline. Something devastating or catastrophic is going to happen on earth. And of course, the one who knows what it is, what to do, and tries to warn others is the very person that nobody listens to!!



So! What's going to happen is there is going to be a drastic change in the weather and there will be freezing cold temperatures; so low that people will die. Or, if you believe in cryogenics, they'll be instantly frozen, not die and perhaps they can be thawed out later. If the earth still exists, that is.

(Watch the movie trailer.)

Watched this movie and don't want to spoil it for those who may not have seen it. (Although you might guess through the "hints" woven in between the lines of this discussion.)

For me, there was only one memorable scene in the movie. Naturally, I would remember it because “I Heart Libraries”. There is a group of people in a room in a library. It's getting really cold! They have to do something to stay warm. They're in a library! So! They start burning books. They're not discriminating. They're just grabbing any book within their reach and throwing it in the fireplace. They get ready to grab this one book and the man holding it to refuses to let it go!

He goes: “You're not burning this book!” Then he spills out his various reasons why “The Book” must not be destroyed.

While some are debating with him and about to struggle to take the book away from him, someone else yells out that they have found an alternative set of books that no doubt everybody (at least every American) would love to burn! This is not one book. It is a set and has volumes upon volumes upon volumes. The group consensus is: "Yeah! Let's burn those!!"

To me, that scene was hilarious and very realistic. You could almost visualize that scenario actually happening in real life. Particularly if you're a U.S. taxpayer, you know the thought of burning the U.S. Tax Code has probably crossed your mind at least once.

My Unofficial Rating:  3.5 out of 5 stars.  I'm being generous.


Published at MyLot, September 21, 2015 12:42pm CST

14 July 2017

Black Madonna and Child in Art | BAIA

Black Madonnas are found throughout the world. In sculptures, paintings, frescoes, etc. The image below is a fresco of a black Madonna and her child, Jesus, in Axum Cathedral, Ethiopia.


A fresco of a black Madonna and Jesus in Axum ...
A fresco of a black Madonna and Jesus in Axum Cathedral, Ethiopia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many believe the Templars brought the Black Madonna from Ethiopia. No doubt there are several other fascinating stories and legends circulating. There’s even a cult. If interested here are two suggested books for additional reading:

Black Madonna and Child by Joe Cauchi

There were two men named Joe Cauchi who were both 20th century African-American artists. Very little biographical information is available about either of them. But it has been confirmed that the Black Madonna and Child pictured to the left was produced by Joseph M. Cauchi (born in 1918). The other Cauchi was born in 1905.



The exquisite painting below is by an artist I fancy but I know only by the name Ballenger.  Wish I could say more but like Cauchi, there doesn't seem to be much information about him or her or it (???) on the Internet.  Maybe I'm just not looking in the right places.  Nevertheless the artwork is quite lovely and evokes a mood of serenity and calmness.




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Original source link: Black Madonna and Child in Art | Black Art in America Posted by Treathyl FOX on April 11, 2013





28 April 2017

My Medium Round Up ~ Article Contributions

"Medium is an online publishing platform developed by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, and launched in August 2012. It is legally owned by A Medium Corporation. The platform is an example of social journalism, having a hybrid collection of amateur and professional people and publications, or exclusive blogs or publishers on Medium and is regularly regarded as a blog host."  (Source: Wikipedia)


 
I'm an "amateur".  Started publishing content at Medium.com a few years back.  Haven't been banned yet!  😂   They are gracious enough to not only allow my republished content, but it's OK if I leave comments.  The articles are very enlightening, on a wide rang of topics from science and technology to religion and philosophy to books and music and more.  One of the "professional people" even asked if they could publish one of my articles in their publication.  I was so honored.

My article "Successful People Who Studied Abroad" was published in Higher Education Revolution.

Below is a alpha listing of my other contributions.


♦ A Nation in Decline

♦ Ancient History: Kingdoms : Lydia and Persia

♦ Balsam: For Priests, Kings and Everyday People

♦ Bringing White Feather From the Mountain

♦ Countries Most Worried About the Future (Their Future)

♦ Cyber Security to Protect Our Digital World

♦ Foreign Investors Buying U.S. Real Estate

♦ Go Your Own Way : Step by Step

♦ Illegal Immigration in the USA: A Proposed Solution

♦ Knight Life by Peter David

♦ My Dysfunctional Family

♦ Read a Self Help Book For a U.S. History Perspective

♦ Riddle Me This. Why Do Most People Search for Atlantis and not Ophir?

♦ Searching for the Truth?

♦ Smart Homes Get My Thumbs Up

♦ Society and Culture : Veiled Women

♦ Successful People Who Studied Abroad

♦ Syrian Refugees Go Home! (An Opinion Piece)

♦ The Right to a Fair Trial / myLot

♦ Valentine’s Day Around the World

♦ What is the Capital of Turkey?

07 April 2017

Vanessa L. Williams : The Right Stuff (1988)

Remember Vanessa Williams? 1st African-American Miss America who had to give up her crown like the next day to the 1st runner up who also conveniently happened to be an African-American. 

Ms. Williams was Miss New York and the other girl whose name nobody really remembers was Miss New Jersey. Ms. Williams had to relinquish her crown when nude photos of her were published in Penthouse. Booo! Booo!! Whatever! That contest was rigged anyway. That's my opinion and you're not going to change it with facts. 

Anyway … after all the brew ha ha died down, the young lady had gotten married and her husband … at the time … was instrumental in helping her get an album released. Here is one of the most popular songs. Sharing the YouTube video because today is Throwback Thursday. Enjoy!!




Content first published at myLot.com, Thursday 6 Aug 15

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14 February 2017

Be My Valentine? Did You Say "My Religion is Love"?

Not your usual Valentine, I know.

But I think it's a perfect valentine.



So who was it that said “My religion is love”? Wasn’t it one of the sons of Bob Marley?

Ooops!  Looked it up.  My bad.  It was the title and song lyrics by Ziggy Marley that said "Love Is My Religion".  Close enough!

It was the late Bob Marley himself who said: "Overcome the devils with a thing called love."

I believe in giving credit where credit is due, but they were both just rewording the wisdom of Jesus.

No matter who you want to give the credit to, you would all be hard-pressed to say that it isn't a golden rule to live by!


SIDE NOTE:


~ Born: February 6, 1945, Nine Mile, Jamaica ~ Died: May 11, 1981, Miami, FL. Had he lived to see this day, the legendary reggae artist, Bob Marley would have been 70+ years old.  He and his music live on through his children.  They make sure of that!
Happy belated birthday, Mr. Marley!

Birthday confetti:  glitter-graphics.com

(*Blue Sacred Heart)




  • NOTE: Republished content. Blog post published at my other blog "My Next 50 Years" which is no longer available online.  (Keep getting a "bad gateway" message.  I don't know why! (O.o))

05 January 2017

Niume Promises to Help You Promote Your Blog

Post UPDATED January 30th, 2017: UPDATE #1

Niume is a collaborative blogging platform, established in 2014 with the goal of assisting bloggers with blog promotion and monetization efforts.


 


Have you heard about the newest kid on the block in the wonderful of social blogging communities? (The site was started in 2014 and a site that's 2 years old is still practically brand spanking new! 👶)  According to ZDNet, Niume, a new collaborative blogging platform “is taking the web by storm”. The goal of this platform is to help bloggers successfully promote and monetize their blog VERSUS struggling to maintain a stand alone blog which will likely drown in the ocean of over 250 million other blogs that are out there, along with you, trying to swim to the top and stay afloat.

Niume is a content syndication site and the owners actually pay you to syndicate your blog posts at their site. (Read more: mostblogging.com)  


Real Wire describes this site as “All the pleasure of blogging but with instant reach”.


Do I have an opinion?  
But of course!  Published it via Quora.



Read Treathyl Fox's answer to What is your opinion of Niume.com (blogging platform)? on Quora

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11 November 2015

Republishing Previously Published Content

Information for those who used to contribute to YAHOO Voices before that network was shut down. What many of us liked about the YCN (YAHOO Contributor Network) was that it accepted “previously published articles”. What was really great was that payment was actually received for articles that had been sitting at another site for well over a year with almost nothing to show for it! (That's my experience. Can't speak for others.)

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When YCN closed its doors, never bothered looking for other sites that were similar. Haven't decided whether or not try again, but in case anybody else might be looking, here is a link of interest.


Susan Maccarelli, publisher of Beyond Your Blog recommends:
Make your existing posts work for you by republishing them on other sites.
 

Sites That Accept Previously Published Writing | Beyond Your Blog




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