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The Adventures and Risks of Geocaching

Geocaching, letterboxing, treasure hunting, caches

The Adventures and Risks of Geocaching
By Kym Gordon Moore

Have you ever gone treasure hunting? Do you remember playing hide and seek growing up? While on vacation, do you enjoy sightseeing, but sometimes like doing it independently instead of the being held hostage by the constraints of tour groups? An old game called letterboxing has influenced a modern, digitized and mobile game, using GPS-enabled devices, called geocaching.

Geocaching, a recreational outdoor activity gives participants the ability to use their mobile and other GPS-enabled devices to hunt for geocaches. Geocaches, or caches (waterproof containers) can be placed anywhere around the globe. These caches can contain a logbook and writing instrument, allowing the seeker to sign the log and return the container exactly as it was found. Sometimes these boxes contain items that can be used for trading. The geocacher, the person participating in geocaching, enters the date they found the cache and by using an established code name, signs the log. There are several types of geocaches depending on whether or not you want something traditional or daring. The different types include a multiple locations cache, an event cache with multiple participants, or an initiative involving a geocaching community, just to name few.

This techie-driven adventure can introduce unique experiences, while exploring new and exciting destinations. There are also risks involved that geocachers must be aware of. In light of local and national security, law enforcement officials find the placement of certain caches problematic. They may be placed in hidden spaces where the container looks suspicious or threatening. Depending on locations, other risks tag searchers appearing to look a little shady especially if they are seeking around buildings, structures, residential areas or near schools. Placement of these containers could also be considered in some situations as littering. Precautions must be taken when placing these containers in designated areas so that geocachers are not encouraged to trespass or find themselves in harm’s way (near high voltage or risky locations).

Could geocaching become the new modern-day tour guide? Clues are used to reference landmarks and other caches. For the independent, recreational tourist this will certainly introduce them to a new adventure, by discovering unique destinations locally and around the world.

Kym Gordon Moore, author of “Diversities of Gifts: Same Spirit” and “Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry” is an award winning poet, author, speaker, philanthropist, certified email marketing specialist and an authority in strategic marketing communications. http://www.kymgmoore.com She was selected as a World Book Night Volunteer Book Giver for three consecutive years and is a contributing author for “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom.” https://frombehindthepen.wordpress.com/

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Celebrating 106 years of Boy Scouts of America

Today we celebrate Boy Scouts Day, the 106th anniversary celebration of this famed youth organization. Did you know that approximately 181 astronauts have been a part of the Boy Scouts of America program?

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations, with more than 2.4 million youth members. Founded on February 8, 1910, the BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. The founders are William D. Boyce, Ernest Thompson Seton and Daniel Carter Beard.

For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. Boy Scouts learn to use the ideals spelled out in the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Outdoor Code, the Scout motto (“Be prepared”), and the Scout slogan (“Do a good turn daily”). The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

The BSA is divided into four regions: Western, Central, Southern and Northeast. Each region is then subdivided into areas. For more information about membership, sponsorship and other scouting sources, visit the BSA website http://www.scouting.org/.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2016 in Mentoring/Volunteering, News

 

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Let the Good Times Roll for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Laissez les bons temps rouler Laissez les bons temps rouler (Let the good times roll) is the essence behind many Mardi Gras revelers! Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the last day of the Carnival season which always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent – 47 days before Easter). The carnival season refers to the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras, which officially begins on January 6 every year. This year Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday February 9, 2016.

The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of “Boeuf Gras,” or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies. If you’re going to Mardi Gras in New Orleans or celebrating the occasion locally, here are a few terms to whisk you into the holiday spirit.

Tableaux cars: Dazzling floats.
A Throw: A bauble tossed from the floats to onlookers yelling “Throw me something Mister!” It can be beads, cups or doubloons.
Doubloon: An aluminum coin embossed with the insignia of the parade krewe on one side and the theme of the parade on the other side.
Krewe: The carnival organization staging the parade and the Carnival Ball.
Flambeaux: Torches commonly used before the advent of electric street lights and carried in many more traditional parades.
Lundi Gras: The day before Mardi Gras when King Rex and Kin Zulu arrive in New Orleans by way of a steamboat.
Second Line: A street dance performed with umbrellas and handkerchiefs by anyone who can walk behind the leader.
Boeuf Gras: A French word for fatted bull, symbolizing the last meat eaten before the beginning of Lent.

Be sure to check out another story about a part of Mardi Gras you don’t hear about as often…the Mardi Gras Indians. Click here for a post we featured a couple of years ago about the famed Mardi Gras Indians. Some of the authentic Mardi Gras foods include New Orleans seafood gumbo, creole jambalaya, crab-ctuffed catfish fillets with Cajun rémoulade, crab-and-shrimp Étouffée, shrimp and grits, beignets and of course the amazing traditional King Cake. So let the good times roll and celebrate this “green-gold-purple” festival in the Big Easy!

 
 

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Super Bowl 50 Showdown: Panthers vs. Broncos

SuperBowl 50, Carolina Panthers, Football, Denver Broncos

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This year’s NFL Super Bowl is a historical landmark in football championship history. This year marks the golden anniversary celebration of the Super Bowl…Super Bowl 50. The two teams who will be gracing the football field in Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, California), on Sunday February 7, are the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos.

While you may not be rooting for either team because you are not a football fan, or if your favorite team didn’t get to this leg of the race for the championship, this is without a doubt going to be a sweet taste of victory as the winning team brings the Lombardy Trophy back to their city. The Bay City area in California is abuzz with lots of excitement this week and fans are certainly having fun, while rooting for their favorite team.

All the best to both teams, although only one will walk away with the coveted Lombardi Trophy. Who do you think it will be? Will it be Peyton “The Sheriff” Manning and the Denver Broncos? Or will it be Cam “Superman” Newton and the Carolina Panthers?

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Events, Sports/Athletics

 

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Time to Write about National Embroidery Month

National Embroidery Month, Stitches, Embroidery

Embroidery, the art of decorating fabric or other materials with a needle and thread or yarn has gone back as far as the 5th to 3rd century BC. February is National Embroidery Month. Stitches remain the fundamental techniques of hand embroidery. Elaborately embroidered clothing, religious objects, and household items often were seen as a mark of wealth and status. Chain stitches, blanket stitches, running stitches, satin stitches and cross stitches remain fundamental techniques used in hand embroidery today.

There are some wonderful books written about the history, embroidery needlework, embroidery techniques and designs that cover practically every question and interest you have about this type of sewing. You can find these books at your local bookstore, or from one of your online book stores like Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

To make embroidery more dazzling and fashionable, elements such as pearls, beads, sequins or metal strips can be incorporated with the traditional stitches. Nowadays, computerized embroidery machines use designs and patterns digitized with embroidery software. You can find an array of embroidery sewing machines at great prices based on the extent of features you want and compatibility. Do you embroider? Do you hand stitch or do you use an embroidery machine? There are also many embroidery entrepreneurs who have made a lucrative business out of their passion.

If you’re interested in an organization who foster the art of needlework and associated art, check out The Embroiderers’ Guild of America (EGA).

Happy National Embroidery Month!

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2016 in News

 

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For the Health of It: Have a Heart

Women's Heart Health Month, American Heart Month, American Heart AssociationThroughout the month of January, we observed National Staying Healthy Month. If you are still holding fast to your healthy lifestyle goals as we enter the second month of 2016, HOORAY for you and congratulations! Keep making healthy lifestyle changes for your body, mind and spirit.

During the month of February, we move to heart awareness topics that’s critical to our overall health and well-being. February is Women’s Heart Health Month and American Heart Month. Friday February 5, 2016 is the 13th annual celebration of National Wear Red Day for women. It’s no secret that one in three women die of heart disease and strokes every year. In fact, although we think breast cancer is the primary killer of women, it is actually heart disease that is the #1 killer of women.

The heart, a muscular organ in the body pumps blood through the blood vessels of the circulatory system. The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Learn more about the causes, resources and prevention guidelines of heart disease and how you can play a major role in the fight against heart disease, heart failure and strokes. Visit the American Heart Association’s website www.heart.org.

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2016 in Health

 

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Comic-Con, Mad Square and the World of Comics

Comic-Con, Mad Square Enterprises, Comic Books, ComicsGrowing up, I always loved the comics I read in the Sunday paper like Charles Shultz’s Peanuts, Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy, Mort Walker’s Beetle Bailey, Johnny Hart’s B.C. or Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy. Of course who could ever forget those classic animated Saturday morning cartoons like Popeye, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Bull Winkle or practically anything that was Hanna-Barbera and Looney Tunes! Practically every kid, boy or girl and even a few adults were mesmerized by comic books like Bat Man, The Adventures of Mighty Mouse, Flash, Archie or Superman.

Today, comics have transcended to new levels of imagination. Superheroes supersede heroic fantasy films that are not going out of style any time soon.

For all comic book enthusiasts, mark your calendar for the 2016 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) to be held July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center in California. As a reminder, don’t forget that the deadline for entries is February 1, 2016. Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

Comic Books, Mad Square, Mad Square Enterprises

Image credit: Mad Square Enterprises

Recently, I overheard a conversation by a group of friends sitting in the food court discussing diversity in the comic book arena. They kept throwing out accolades about a particular site they referred to as the Mad Square Movement. Of course I was a little nosy from my eavesdropping and asked them about it. One of the young men gave me the link to the website and I looked it up on my phone before I left the area. After checking out the site, I noticed that the comic books offered by Mad Square Enterprises indeed offered a refreshing and interesting twist to the diversity and recognition in this popular industry. When I spoke to James K. Gordon, the CEO and founder of Mad Square Enterprises, he shared this statement with me,

“The world of comics has a huge diverse audience and they hunger for superheroes and storylines they can connect to and enjoy. These audiences want to be entertained with action figures that bring something different to the table, which feeds their adventurous appetites and makes them hunger for more. The increasing popularity of comics among comic book enthusiasts is definitely sending a message to authors, publishers and promoters. At Mad Square Enterprises, we are doing our best to listen to our audience and respond to their requests. We sincerely thank and appreciate all of our followers and patrons. Stay tuned for more from the Mad Square Movement.”

Digital technology is providing greater opportunity for comic book authors and publishers to develop creative dimensions that surpass the ceiling of imagination, which touches the pulse of the human spirit. The sky is the limit for diversification stemming from many voices emerging from the depths of traditional expectations that comics once provided.

For more information about the 2016 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, check out their website: www.comic-con.org. To learn more about Mad Square Comics check out their website: http://madsquareonline.com/. You can also follow Mad Square on the following social media channels:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madsquareenterprises/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madsquareonline/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/madsquareonline

The mystery and mystique of looking at comics through a different lens is tapping into the psyche and behavior of a new generation of diverse comic book lovers. Galactic domination, action-figure heroes, fantasy and explosive storylines are getting some interesting makeovers with imagination that is out of this world, for the kid in all of us.

 
 

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