Advice for Protecting Your Homes

According to the most recent FBI data from 2010, more than 60 percent of all burglaries involved forcible entries, with over 30 percent considered ‘unlawful,’ meaning they didn’t require force to break in.

I have to say that this is great advice for every exterior door in your home, not just an apartment. I never even considered the difference in the length of screws preventing someone from kicking in the door.

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Boarding Pass Tickets

I learned something today that I wanted to share with everyone. I always assumed that the boarding pass just had my name and flight information on it. But according to this article the bar code contains a lot of personal information on it – basically everything that you type in when you purchase your ticket is contained in the boarding pass.
After landing, most travelers usually throw away their boarding pass print-outs, or even leave them stuffed in the seat pocket in front of them. Flight’s over — who needs the flimsy document?
The bar code on your ticket alone, if hacked, can reveal:
Your name
Phone number
Email id
Personal address
Frequent flier number
Flight information
So make sure that you safely dispose of the boarding pass after your flight.

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J.K. Rowling

This past week the Powerball was at an all time high. Many people talked about what they would do with so much money. Here is an example of someone who through hard work made that kind of money. And what is amazing is that J.K. Rowling has given away an estimated $160m – which is worth around £112m today, to charities which help women and children.

In 2005, she co-founded Children’s High Level Group (CHLG) with Baroness Emma Nicholson MEP, after reading an article about children sleeping in cages in institutions in the Czech Republic. In 2010 the charity was renamed Lumos, and works to end the systematic institutionalisation of children across Europe.

A special edition of J.K. Rowling’s book The Tales of Beedle the Bard was auctioned for CHLG in 2007, raising £1.95 million, and the following year this title was published in aid of the charity, quickly becoming the fastest-selling book of the year.

Also in 2010, the author also donated £10m to a new clinic at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland which leads research into Multiple Sclerosis. It was named Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic after her mother, who died of Multiple Sclerosis aged 45.

Her charitable trust, Volant. Supports a number of projects, mainly those which alleviate social deprivation and supports work on women’s and children’s issues.

In 2012, she was knocked off Forbes list of World’s Billionaires with the publisher claiming her “high tax rates and charitable giving” had depleted her wealth enough to push her out the league.

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Hero in my Book

Both Walter Lewis and Rock the dog, are hero’s in my book. Walter woke up to get a drink of water, and noticed his bulldog was barking downstairs. He was running up and down the stairs, and apparently the dog never went upstairs.

He went downstairs to investigate and discovered the house was on fire on the first floor. Waking up his family, he got them out onto the roof. Calling for help, he finally got the courage to jump off the roof and get a ladder to help save his family.

My son inlaw has a fear of heights and I have seen him break out in a sweat just thinking about it. Facing a phobia is a hard thing to do. Thank goodness he was able to rescue the family. Tragically the dog didn’t make it out.

Like most everyday hero’s he doesn’t think that he is one. “That’s a big word to use for me when I’m not a hero. I’m just an ordinary person that would help anybody, but this happened to be the time when I helped my own family. I live to protect my family, and that’s what matters. Just like Rock, he lived to protect us.”

Man Claims he is not a Hero

Rescued Dog

Great story about firefighters rescuing the dog – or at least trying to.
As the video reflected the puppy was scared and kept trying to bite them. But happily he finally figured out they were trying to save him and as he started climbing out they were able to support his hind legs so he could get all of the way out of the icy water.
One scared, freezing puppy was returned to his owners.

DOG RESCUED FROM ICY NJ POND

Alan Rickman

A tribute to Alan Rickman who died at the age of 69 from cancer. He was one of my favorite bad guys.
I first loved him in Die Hard and Robin Hood, “call off Christmas” was one of my favorite lines. The Harry Potter series was truly wonderful. He had vey complex character and taking all of the scenes on chronical order makes his character come alive in way that wasn’t apparent in the movies. It is a little long, 14 minutes, but a pleasure to watch.
This is an awesome example of how what happens to us as children gets played out in our adult lives. It shows us that no matter what bad choices and mistakes we make, we can always make a different, better choice. It also shows us, how often we misunderstand people who have deep pain in their lives as being just a bad person. The reality it they are usually the ones looking desperately for love, and how they push it away as though they are undeserving of it.
R.I.P Professor.

Severus Snape

Zulily

Kelly Kinkel took to social media to tell the world about a recent return she tried to make with the online retailer Zulily. Here is her story – makes me want to try them out.

Kelly says, “I sincerely hope this post goes viral, because I just hung up from one of the best customer service experiences of my life. I ordered a winter coat from Zulily a few weeks ago.” Looking at her account it is now at 65,861 likes and 37,261 shares.

Continuing the story, “When I received my order, I could see through the packaging that the coat material wasn’t going to work well with the two breeds of dogs we have. Coarse dog hair and certain materials don’t mix.”

“I called customer service and asked how to return the unopened coat for a refund. I spoke with a sweet young man named Patrick, and he let me know he would refund my money immediately. I asked again how to send it back, and he said, “Please don’t send it back. If you know someone who needs a winter coat or if you would like to donate it to a charity, that would make us very happy.”

“I honestly thought he was kidding. It took me a moment to realize he was completely serious, and then came the tears. I just don’t know other companies that do this, do you? I thought Zulily was pretty incredible before, but after today, I’m a customer for LIFE. The world needs more LOVE like that. Honest business. Honest ethics. How refreshing!”

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