Giving Gratitude to Operating Room Nurses

Simply said, with a Doctor for a parent, nurses gained a great deal of respect from our family.  Operating Room nurses are a focused, disciplined group that basically perform as a team with the surgeon(s) and other nurses to provide the absolute safest, most efficient environment for one patient at a time. And sometimes, it can be under some pretty crazy situations.  We found this article about 2 different types of OR nurses – at a surgery clinic in a small town and the other, part of a traveling surgical team. This will give you a little more insight on what it really is like to work side-by-side other medical professionals in what can be a very stressful environment. I want to personally thank all of the wonderful OR nurses helping to keep us safe during surgery.



Happy Birthday USMC

USMC DAY – The most adaptable branch of the military protecting us from the mountains to the shores, we say Happy Birthday to you today!! You are turning 241, and have never looked better. We thank you for your continued support of Americans year after year, keeping us safe.

I found an article from two years ago, the information is still relevant, so if you are interested in additional facts please click here

A side note, Marines also get to drive some of the coolest vehicles, if you are interested in learning more about their defense vehicles then please click here




10 Elections Decided by One Vote. Sounds like something that may have happened centuries ago, maybe the early days of the U.S.   But the reality is, narrow voting margins happen more often than you’d think.  This slick site gives us a quick rundown on close elections and the manner in which ties, yes ties in the 20th and 21st centuries, were resolved.

How else would gentlemen settle a tie in Nevada?   Drawing playing cards, of course, with the high hand taking home the election spoils. In 2002, Republican Dee Honeycutt came up short, drawing a jack of diamonds to Democrat R.J. Gillum’s jack of spades for a seat on the Esmeralda County Commission. Card justice was again deployed in 2011, when Tanya Flanagan and Linda Meisenheimer tied in a North Las Vegas city council primary, and neither candidate wanted to pony up $600 for the cost of a recount. Meisenheimer ended up drawing a king to Flanagan’s five, but ended up losing the election. To which we say, $600 well-saved.

Read on (click here)

King Tut, A Man Deserving of His Own Day

It was on this day in 1922 that steps were discovered leading to a tomb that held a teen. It was learned later that the tomb belonged to King Tut, who had died by 19, after beginning his reign at age 9. Why are we so fascinated with this ruler, was it his age, the riches he was buried with, or perhaps the mystery of his death itself.

After reading quite a bit on him, there really is not a good answer. Many women liked  the looks of his snakes, and gold, and there was a movement in the 70’s surrounding that. Or we can look to the Bangles in the 80’s with, “Walk Like An Egyptian”. There have been several pop culture references, and a lot of conspiracies surrounding King Tutankhamen (better known as King Tut). Especially surrounding his death, since at one point it looked to be murder, but now they are thinking he died from an infection in his leg. All very intriguing.

I have had the privilege of seeing the museum display when it was in San Francisco, and I will say, if you have not had  the opportunity, make time the next time it is in your area. The artifacts are thousands of years old, and the condition, the detailing, it is, for lack of a better  word, amazing.

Here is a little biography on King Tut, just something short, that will either spark your interest and make you want to look into him more, or satisfy your thoughts. Either way, it truly is a remarkable part of history, and I can understand why he has a day dedicated to him.

Plan Your Epitaph Day

Is it right to actually enjoy this weird holiday each year?  Ah well, too bad because some of these epitaphs are just too funny, ironic and poignant to miss!  Besides, it’s the “last joke you’ll make”.  Ha!  Before I send you to 15 of the funniest Epitaphs according to blogger Amanda Chatel, let’s take a quick look at the spot where are these epitaphs “reside”, cemeteries.



While the photo listed above is not funny, it is most definitely memorable, this was a remarkable man. Here are a list of more humorous ones:

Some fun facts about cemeteries, including remembering some of the more elaborate. The largest cemetery in the U.S. is in Queens, New York, and is called Calvary Cemetery. It is a Roman Catholic cemetery with about 3 million burials.  It is also one of the oldest cemeteries in the U.S. and covers 365 acres (see picture below).  Where is the largest cemetery in the world you might ask?

Wadi Al-Salaam, (Valley of Peace) is an Islamic cemetery, located in the Shia holy city of Najaf, Iraq with 1,485.5 acres and containing over 5 million bodies (see picture above).


While we may not think of a cemetery as beautiful, there are actually a few. I was thinking the Taj Mahal is the most beautiful, right?  It’s a tomb for an Indian emperor’s favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.  The mausoleum sits on a stunning 42 acres and cost 32 million rupees in 1653 ($827 million) to build.  It took 10 years and employed some 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of architects.  And it’s one of the “7 Wonders of the World”.



But if your tastes run to more traditional cemeteries, there’s St. Andrew’s in Scotland and my favorite, “Cim`etire du P`ere Lachaise” in Paris, France:

Pere Lachaise Cementary in Paris, France

Pere Lachaise Cementary in Paris, France


Here are some more beautiful cemeteries:

Have you been to one not mentioned, we would love to hear about it!!

World Vegan Day

Nov 1 – National Vegan Day – Here’s a great rundown from Claire Dicarlo, “Compassion & Comedy” blogger – where she identifies, “The 7 Different Types of Vegan Diets” from the “Junk Food Vegan” – Oreos are vegan?!! to “The Starch Solution Vegan” – large orders of potatoes please. You might be surprised what you can actually eat on a Vegan diet, check out the article, and leave us a comment letting us know what you like to eat.