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October 2012


The Reward That Keeps On Giving


His name was Fleming and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to eke out a living, he heard a cry from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in muck, was a boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy that Farmer Fleming had saved.

"I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life."

"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the farmer replied, waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel.

"Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.


"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.

"I'll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll grow to a man you can be proud of."

And that he did. The farmer’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Medical School in London, and went on to become the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the nobleman's son (the one rescued from the bog) was stricken with pneumonia and was saved by Penicillin. The nobleman’s son’s name? Sir Winston Churchill.


You never know what effects you’ll have on the world tomorrow by your actions today.


- Elisa McNinch




Fall Into October


United Nations Day is celebrated internationally on October 24th for the purpose of informing the people of the world as to the aims, goals, and achievements of the UN. It commemorates the origin of the United Nations Organization on October 24, 1945 when the UN Charter was ratified by almost all permanent members of the Security Council.


World Teachers Day is celebrated every year on October 5th to commemorate teachers’ organizations throughout the world. It celebrates the essential role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels and focuses attention on teacher preparedness worldwide. It also commemorates the anniversary of the 1966 signature of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers.


Halloween (a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening) also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve, is a holiday observed around the world on October 31, the night before All Saints' Day. The Christian feast of All Hallows' Eve, according to some scholars, incorporates traditions from pagan harvest festivals and festivals of the dead, like the Celtic Samhain. Other scholars maintain that the feast originated independently of Samhain.



I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells. ~Dr. Seuss



Halloween Tongue Twisters


  • He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.

  • Creepy crawler critters crawl through creepy crawly craters.

  • Dracula digs dreary, dark dungeons.

  • Ghostly ghouls gather gleefully to golf on ghostly golf courses.

  • Gobbling gargoyles gobbled gobbling goblins

  • Horribly hoarse hoot owls hoot howls of horror in Halloween haunted houses.

  • If big black bats could blow bubbles, how big of bubbles would big black bats blow?



6 Weird Facts About Technology

  • To have your picture taken by the very first camera you would have had to sit still for 8 hours!

  • The technology contained in a single game boy unit in 2000 exceeds all the computing power that was used to put the first man on moon in 1969.

  • The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

  • Surgeons who grew up playing video games make 37 percent fewer mistakes.

  • Windmills always turn anti-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland!

  • Technically speaking, crystal glass is actually a liquid that flows very slowly.



Do you realize if it weren't for Edison we'd be watching TV by candlelight?  ~Al Boliska




The Cold Facts


Cold season is coming. Most colds begin in late August or early September, increasing slowly for a few weeks, then remaining high until March or April. The increase may be due to the opening of schools and to cold weather, which prompts people to spend more time indoors and increase the chances that viruses will spread from person to person. Also the most common cold-causing viruses survive better when humidity is low—during the colder months of the year. Cold weather also may make the nasal passages' lining drier and more vulnerable to viral infection entering the body.


Hand washing is the simplest and most effective way to keep from getting rhinovirus colds. Not touching the nose or eyes is another. Other than breathing in someone else’s sneeze—hand to face contact is the most common way of transferring the virus into your body.


Individuals with colds should always sneeze or cough into a facial tissue, and promptly throw it away. Also, because rhinoviruses can survive up to three hours outside the nasal passages on inanimate objects and skin, cleaning surfaces with a disinfectant might help if someone in the house has a cold.




Personal Productivity Trick


If you tend to procrastinate, or drag your feet getting a task done, here's a simple technique that might help: Start using a timer.


If you avoid tasks like cleaning the house, set the timer on your stove or phone for 15 minutes, then make an agreement with yourself to clean like mad for just those 15 minutes. The timer has a way of making the task more bearable because it has an end time. You can "bear" it for 15 mintutes. It's likely that you'll keep going after that 15 minutes.


Likewise, if you drag your feet finishing projects like writing an article, you can set your timer and promise to go at 100% effort for that time, then reward yourself with a break.



When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.

~Michael Leboeuf




Pumpkin Carving Tips


Transfer Your Design: Use a pumpkin template or draw your own design on a piece of paper. Affix it to the pumpkin, and trace the design by poking holes with a sharp awl, needle tool, or T-pin.


Carve the Features: Remove the template and carve along the pattern with a miniature saw or linoleum carving tool. If you want to make holes in the pumpkin for eyes, use a drill with a 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch spade bit. You can start with holes, then shape the holes into different designs


Light the Pumpkin: Use string lights (white Christmas lights) wrapped around a glass jar, and secure the wires with tape. Cut a hole in the hollowed-out pumpkin for the cord, and place jar inside. If using a candle, place it in a glass or votive holder, and cut a hole in the back of the pumpkin for ventilation (or leave the top off). Prevent exposed areas of the pumpkin's flesh from turning brown by applying a film of Vaseline.




Avoid ‘Vicarious’ Success


Success breeds more success, or so they say. But a study reported in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology seems to suggest that watching other people succeed lowers the motivation to strive for success on your own.

In an experiment, a group of test subjects watched videos of people completing a series of puzzles. Another group was shown videos where the puzzles were not solved, and a third group watched no videos at all. Then the groups were asked to complete similar puzzles themselves.

Subjects who had watched the puzzles get completed actually had the lowest rate of completion, compared with the other groups. Scientists call this “vicarious goal satiation,” explaining that watching others achieve goals can provide a sense of achievement that drains the motivation to accomplish goals on one’s own.

The lesson (with some skepticism): To prime yourself for success, focus on what you need to do, and don’t get distracted by others’ efforts, successful or not.



Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.

~Edward H. Harriman




Liking Living Alone


More people are living alone, according to sociologist Eric Klinenberg's book, "Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone." Ray Suarez and Klinenberg discuss the emerging demographic, so-called "singletons," and what he calls the "biggest unnamed social change of the last 50 years."


According to Klinenberg, “Now the most privileged people on earth use their resources to separate from one another, to buy privacy and personal space.”


Who’s living alone? Some are young professionals who are in relationships, but prefer separate living spaces. Others report that after the death or divorce of a spouse, they prefer to live alone, often purchasing a home on their own and enjoying the benefits of not having to defer to someone else about vacation plans, or other things.



Your Body Is A Laser


What if you could shoot a laser out of your body? The concept isn’t as crazy as it sounds (although it may not ever be practical for use in hand-to-hand combat). Two Harvard physicists have manipulated human cells to produce a concentrated beam of light like a laser.

The scientists took cells from a human kidney and engineered them to produce molecules of GFP (green fluorescent protein), which enables jellyfish to glow naturally. Then they positioned the cells between two very tiny mirrors, and triggered them with bursts of low-energy blue light. The little mirrors forced the light produced into a coherent beam, which is more or less the definition of a laser.

These minuscule lasers could ultimately prove useful in enabling humans to control electronic implants in their brains, the scientists say, and may end up be used to destroy cancer cells—from the inside.  






  • We never really grow up. We only learn how to act in public.

  • I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.

  • You do not need a parachute to skydive. You do need a parachute to skydive twice.

  • I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.

  • Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

  • How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

  • If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

  • I always take life with a grain of salt. Then a slice of lemon and a shot of tequila.

  • Whenever I fill out an application, on the line that says, “In case of emergency, please notify_____,” I write doctor.



May-June Trivia Quiz Answer



A guy bet his neighbor $100 dollar his dog could jump higher than a house. The neighbor took the bet and lost. Why did he lose?


Answer:    Because a house can't jump. 


Congratulations to Sam Danna!  Your name was randomly selected from all of the correct entries.  You won a $50 Target gift card. Congratulations!   



October Trivia Quiz Question


Question:  The person who makes it, sells it.  The person who buys it never uses it.  The person who uses it doesn't know it.  What is it?


Everyone who contacts Elisa via email ( or phone (832-746-7911) with the correct answer by October 15th will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Olive Garden gift card.