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Family Lives Without Money by Choice and Thrives


Family Lives Without Money by Choice and Thrives?
I ran across an interesting story but I believe it is filled with some misconceptions about a truth we can achieve. We can live without money or the burden society places on us. But first let me show you some excerpts of the story so you can follow along.

Family Lives Without Money—By Choice—and Thrives
By Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff


A Berlin family of three has been living on practically nothing but love and the goodwill of others for more than two years and counting—not as a victims of the rough economy, but as activists who are on a money strike to protest what they call our “excess-consumption society.”
“As consumers, we support the system, and we are all responsible for making a wasteful society,” Raphael Fellmer, 29, told Yahoo! Shine. “This strike is to inspire other people to reflect about our other possibilities.”

Fellmer, who said he’d held jobs since he was 12 years old, began his protest after years of working in hotels, bars, restaurants and various offices. In 2010, after graduating from college in the Hague as a European Studies major, he and two friends embarked upon a 15-month “journey of humanity” to raise awareness of environmental destruction and of society’s many wastes, including estimates that about one-third of all food produced worldwide (valued at about $1 trillion a year) gets wasted.
That trip involved hitchhiking from Europe to Mexico without cash, simply depending on the goodwill and excess resources of others. It carried them over more than 19,000 miles on more than 500 vehicles—including a sailboat that took the trio from the Canary Islands to Brazil in exchange for crew duties—and soon led Fellmer to meet his wife, Nieves Palmer, who became pregnant along the way.
Now the couple, along with their 18-month-old daughter Alma Lucia, are continuing to live nearly money-free in Berlin, where they do odd jobs and organizing work in exchange for living space, with roommates, in the Peace House Martin Niemöller, which contains various non-profits. (Though Fellmer uses no money, he said Palmer does use a little, mainly in the form of child support she receives from the government, which is granted to all children.) 
The article goes on to say more ( you can find the rest of the story here )
While it is true that I agree money has an ill affect on society especially on those manipulated by those who want to make money – "BUY BUY BUY" even if it’s bad for you because we need to get rich. And yes we can live without money – money is not the source of our happiness, peace or joy. But, remember ‘but’ usually means forget what I just said.
But with that said we need money, to be more exact – a form of currency. Whether we are using gold, paper or bartering we have a currency that is being used in order to buy and sell goods (services or products). I say this because I’ve been reading all these wonderful little articles about how people are living and thriving even though they do not use money – wait, but…
But what all of these articles go on to say is that thes epeople who are surviving with out cash are dependent on the kindness of others. Basically they are dependent on the people who work for money to supply all or some of their needs. There is a gentleman that is known by the nickname Solo – I mention him in my book: For Children how to become Rich Successful and do well in school.
Solo lives in the desert and has sworn off cash – he does not want to have anything to do with money and societies use of money. He lives in caves, hunts for his food and 
( wait for it…. ) Relies on the charity of family and friends. Again, if you rely on someone to provide you things that they purchased with cash – then you still need cash. Just because you didn’t earn that money and someone freely gave it to you – you still used it, were helped by … what? Say it with me: Money.
I agree, to many of us are hung up on trivial things. We have to have the $100 dollar pair of sneakers. The bigger the TV the better and every year we have to have something bigger, better and oh let’s not forget NEW! Yes, even if we don’t need it.
Don’t get me wrong – if you can afford it, by all means do as you wish. But like I said, money and things will not make you happy. All I am trying to say is that these articles about people who say they can live with no money at all – don’t believe it. Because if they could live without no money at all they wouldn’t need family and friends providing them the things they need that can only be gained by ‘paying cash’.

Funny pictures and images of my son


Funny picturs and images.... My little man,





Love you dude.

Why do I hate Valentine’s Day but love this card!

Why do I hate Valentine’s Day but love this card!

You have to admit, Valentine’s Day has a bad ugly history –the beheading of a priest, Rome telling people they can’t marry, and oh, let’s not forget that little massacre in the back ally. Let’s face it people the only reason Romeo and Juliet is considered a romantic play is because they die in the end. That is correct I said it- they die so it’s romantic because we can fantasize about all the things that could have been. When in fact, we all know the truth….
Marriage, mortgage, 2.5 kids, trips to all these places you really do not want to attend and yes – celebrating days like valentines.
I love my wife, but really, I know for a fact that my wife is not waiting for Valentine’s Day for me to show her affection. She reminds me on many occasions that she wants me not to say I love her but show her I love her (did I say she wants this ‘every day’).
It just bothers me that people want to make a big issue out of one day – when in truth that one day means nothing compared to the other 365 days of the year. But God forbid you forget to get flowers, candy and a night out as proof of one’s undying love – oh, but then they want you to take them out to dinner the next weekend too……

But I do love this Valentine Card - I wonder why?
 
Admit it, you love it too.
 

FIVE GUYS hamburger & fries: Review

Review of: Five Guys hanburgers & fries

“Five Guys – we just have to go dad, it’s the best” screams out the daughter from the back seat.

“Yeah honey I hear it’s great. We have to try it” the wife chimes in.
 
The son, he doesn’t care where we go, he just wants to eat. Me, I want to go home but why not – let’s make the family happy , spend some time together and maybe I will get a great experience I can blog about (I thought to myself).

So what happened?
How did it go?
Was it all that cracked up to be?

Well, let me start off with – it’s a good burger. I had the large (which basically means two beef patties – the small comes only with one) with sautéed onions, lettuce, tomato, and beacon with A1 sauce.  I like the idea that it is all cooked in peanut oil to help with cholesterol (considering what I am eating). The idea that you pay one price and add all the toppings you want sounds good but the price (I am sure) already factors in the topping – so I wouldn’t say you saving anything. And a large fries can cover about 3 to 4 people.
I have to say the burger was good, not the best I’ve ever had – which was a bit disappointing because as you walk in the walls are covered in promotions stating that they have been voted the best burger in 2009, 2010 and 2012. They have all these posters with quotes “best burger in Orlando” or “voted best burger in Florida by….”

So I don’t know if it was the stunning review my daughter gave me or the over kill promotions on the walls – but the burger was just good to me.  It may be more to you but for me – it was good, nothing out of this world.

If you like a messy burger, this is the place for you. The minute I unwrapped my burger it started falling apart. If greasy is your thing – this is the place for you as well. Felt bad for a couple of well dressed individuals who walked in the door (better work hard on staying clean guys).

I have to admit – I love McD’s fries, I can’t help it. So I am sorry to say that the fries jammed into a large cup and that spills into the rest of the brown common bag they give you your order in – does not impress me. I especially didn’t like when the wife said that they had no BQ sauce – I always eat my fries with BQ sauce.
The atmosphere, well – while most fast food joints are trying to look upscale, Five Guys is fine with looking like a cafeteria (see pic below). It was not a large place and finding a table to eat at, let’s just say, I got lucky.

The one thing that did suit the place and I liked above all – was the free peanuts ( free as in relatively speaking because I am sure it’s baked into the price). I walked in, got on line and grabbed a paper bowl full of peanuts, in fact, I enjoyed the peanuts more than I did the fries, check out the picture.





 
I will say this: want a good burger with the toppings you like and home-style fries with a free refill drink – Five Guys is the place for you to go. It’s a nice place, the kids might like it but don’t look to save money here. My father-in0law said he spent $30 dollars for him and his wife. I am not sure what he ordered but I spent a bit more over $30 dollars and I only order 3 drinks, 1 large fries and 4 burgers. That is more than what I spend at McDonalds.
Another tip: don’t expect a large selection of options on the current menu – hamburgers, hotdogs and cheese sandwich is all I saw.

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Would you Tattoo your face for love?

Looking at the photo below you would think that this was a cute, lovely young lady. Yeah the funny face is odd with the eyes all .... Well you know. The point being there are millions of women in the world who would die to have fare skin, blue eyes and what many would consider a pretty face.

So will someone to me the logic behind this story?



Man inks his name on girl's face the day they meet because that's love


You might think a tattoo artist who got international attention after being accused (albeit falsely) of inking 56 stars on a girl's face without her permission would be cautious about permanently marking up women. But love is stronger than logic, so that is not the case with Ruslan Toumaniantz. The Belgium-based tattoo artist is back in the spotlight after scrawling his first name across the face of his Russian girlfriend, Lesya, on the very first day they met in person, with her consent. (See the photos above.) The couple connected online and corresponded for about a month before they met. They insist the facial ink is a symbol of their enduring love. They're reportedly engaged, and Lesya has already changed her last name on Facebook. He couldn't have just given her a ring?
 
I couldn't understand it? I just couldn't wrap my mind around the whole thing. Who in their right mind would allow someone they just met in person to permanantly tattoo their name of all things on their face? I just don't get it.
But then it hit me. I saw a picture of them together and then I could understand - not alot, but just enough.
Taking a good long gander at him explains; to some degree why a young pretty woman would allow a man to permanently tattoo his name on her face.....
To each is own, all I am is saying is - I just don't get it.

SNOW STORM: Pics - man I wish I could play in it!


I just received a bunch of pictures of the snow that fell up north. My friends and family are struggling through some tough times. But I have to admit that I sort of miss the snow. It’s been about 8 to 10 years since I have really seen snow (you know, something you can play in, build a snow man with…).

While I feel bad for all of them and I am sure if I lived there I would be just as miserable as they all are but- I wish I could play in that snow……
 

The government refuses your name? What the???

A couple of years back (when she was born) I gave my daughter an interesting name, it came from a character on Star Trek Deep Space Nine. She loves her name and we laugh about it now, how we came up with her name that is. But it makes me wonder about this story.

Blaer Bjarkardottir had been identified as "Girl" because her name was regarded by Icelandic authorities as not feminine.

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — A 15-year-old Icelandic girl has been granted the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother, despite the opposition of authorities.

A court ruled Thursday that the name "Blaer" can be used. It means "gentle breeze."
The decision overturns an earlier rejection by Icelandic authorities who declared it was not a proper feminine name. Until now, Blaer Bjarkardottir had been identified simply as "Girl" in communications with officials.

Like a handful of other countries, including Germany and Denmark, Iceland has official rules about what a baby can be named. Names are supposed to fit Icelandic grammar and pronunciation rules.
Her mother, Bjork Eidsdottir, had fought for the right for the name to be recognized. Blaer told the court she had no problems with her name.

POEM: Oh I wonder our dreams (hope for future)

Oh I wonder our dreams – poem for parents for hope of children

Every Parent, every good parent wants the best for their child. Even before their child is even born, a loving caring parent is already thinking about this precious life’s future. We begin to wonder and dream of all the things they can achieve, to hunger for more as we envision them reaching for the stars. As a parent I believe it’s just natural, a given, to believe that for your child life will be awesomely fulfilling and busting at the seams. Oh the opportunities we see in our child.

yuthink poem
The future, what will it hold? My kids are the world to me and it concerns me to think that all we may be offering our children, the future – is less than what they deserve. And as I started writting this post - the words to the poem above just came out rushing onto the page.
I guess I must have been channeling Dr. Sues who said it best in his book: Oh, the Places You’ll Go.
Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

....
yuthink children future learn
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!
 

Fun Food: Cheesesteaks with Peppers and Onions

Cheesesteaks with Peppers and Onions

 
Roast the beef for these cheesesteaks in advance, then assemble with caramelized onions, peppers, and melted provolone just before your guests arrive.
 
Ingredients
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For roast beef:
  • 1 tablespoon(s) kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon(s) dried lavender or herbes de Provence
  • 2 tablespoon(s) coffee
  • 1 tablespoon(s) sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) smoked paprika
  • 1 piece(s) (2 1/2-pound) boneless beef top round
For the sandwiches:
  • 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, stemmed, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoon(s) (1/2 stick) butter, divided      
  • 6 hoagie rolls, split      
  • 6 slice(s) Provolone cheese
  • 2 cup(s) shredded iceberg lettuce (optional)
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Directions
  1. To make roast beef: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse salt and lavender together in a spice grinder or blender until finely ground; transfer to a medium bowl. Alternatively, crush the lavender together with the salt in a small bowl using your fingers or the back of a spoon. Add in coffee and both paprikas.
  2. Rub coffee mixture over entire surface of top round, then arrange on a rack in a roasting pan and roast until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the beef registers 125 degrees, about 1 hour. Let cool 1 hour, then cover and chill until completely cold, 4 hours. Slice against the grain as thinly as possible.
  3. To make sandwiches: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and just caramelized, about 15 minutes; add salt and pepper. Meanwhile, working in batches, melt about 1 teaspoon butter per roll in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown cut sides of rolls until toasted and golden, 1 to 2 minutes; transfer to a plate. Repeat with rest of butter and rolls.
  4. Return skillet to heat and melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Working in 2 batches, add sliced beef and cook, tossing occasionally, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Return all beef to skillet. Scatter onion and peppers over beef, then top with cheese and cook, without stirring, until cheese melts, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer beef mixture to rolls and top with lettuce, if using.

Potato Skins: fun healthy recipe

Potato Skins

 
Kick off football season with our fully loaded skins. They weigh in at just 120 calories per serving versus the classic's 350, and have one-fifth the saturated fat. Our secret: lighter ingredients (reduced-fat sour cream, Pecorino cheese) that packs a lot of flavor. Touchdown!
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Ingredients
  • 4 large (12 ounces each) baking (russet) potatoes, well scrubbed
  • 4 slice(s) center-cut bacon
  • 1 tablespoon(s) extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/3 cup(s) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 ounce(s) Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated
  • 1 large (10- to 12-ounce) tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon(s) snipped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoon(s) snipped fresh chives
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Directions
1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2.With fork, pierce each potato 3 times. Place potatoes on parchment paper. Microwave on High 8 minutes. Turn over; microwave on High 10 minutes longer or until tender. Cover with kitchen towel; let cool.
3.Meanwhile, in 18" by 12" jelly-roll pan, arrange bacon in single layer. Roast 10 to 12 minutes or until browned and crisp. Drain on paper towels. When cool, crumble. Discard fat from pan but do not wipe clean; set pan aside. Reset oven to 475 degrees F.
4.Cut each potato in quarters lengthwise. With spoon, scoop potato from skins, leaving about 1/4 inch of potato with skin and being careful not to break through skin. Reserve cooked potato for another use.
5.Arrange skins, skin side up, in single layer on reserved pan. Brush with oil; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper.

6.Roast 13 to 15 minutes or until browned and crisp. Transfer, skin sides down, to serving plate.

7.To assemble, spread 1 teaspoon sour cream on each skin. Top with cheese, tomato, bacon, and chives.

 
 
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