In part three, I mentioned about new products invented in 2017. There are a number of them presented in Time Magazine (November/December 2017 Issue). For starters, there is a shoe engineered to boost performance called, “Futurecraft 4D,” being manufactured by Adidas. The midsole of this shoe has a 3-D print process tailored to fit the needs of the wearer. The Futurecraft 4D midsoles can be printed in as little as two hours. Adidas can produce them in stores.
Another new product developed by Rihanna, is makeup shades for every skin tone. Rihanna’s line, Fenty Beauty, launched 40 shades of foundation. Rihanna believes that makeup is like a secret weapon. It can go from very subtle to a complete transformation.
The final product I’d like to mention is glasses that give sight to the blind. There are millions of people in the world that are legally blind. These individuals try to navigate in a visual world by using support canes and guide dogs, but these items cannot mimic actual vision for the blind. But, the eSight 3 can. It’s the world’s most powerful pair of glasses. Once when users put on eSight, it records high-definition video and uses magnification, contrast, and proprietary algorithms to enhance that imagery into something the legally blind can see. These glasses allow them to partake in a variety of activities, including sports that would otherwise be off-limits.
So, when it comes to the wonderful new products, one must give credit to the use of imagination. Where would our world be without it? Who’s to say that in the future, one of Tyra Wooley’s students creates a product that will change our world for the better, just like the inventions stated above? Of course, only time will tell. But, we do know for sure, that it takes imagination to create and it should be facilitated by special teachers like Tyra Wooley!
As previously mentioned in part two, Walter Isaacson, wrote an article in Time Magazine about the making of a genius. Mr. Isaacson believes that smart people are a dime a dozen. Many of them don’t amount to much. However, being a genius is different than being supersmart.
I’d have to agree with Walter Isaacson, because I’ve known a number of individuals in my life who were really smart, but didn’t do much of anything. Some of them were friends I knew in high school. They were the slackers. They never really tried to do anything outside the box. It was like they lacked the imagination to try
Imagination is definitely the key towards investing in one’s curiosity. Benjamin Franklin had little formal education, but did have a highly, developed imagination to invent a rod to tame electricity. He devised clean-burning stoves, charts of the Gulf Stream, and bifocal glasses.
Another well-known odd individual was Albert Einstein. He was slow in learning to speak as a child. However, his slow verbal development allowed him to observe the wonderment of the world he lived in. It was Einstein who revolutionized our understanding of the universe by coming up with the two pillars of contemporary physics: the theory of relativity and the quantum theory.
Of course, our society has profited from the inventions of Benjamin Franklin and in space exploration from Albert Einstein. What these two geniuses had accomplished is widely-known. But, in today’s society, we might not ever learn if there was one individual or a team when it comes to the new inventions of 2017.
Ms. Tyra Wooley has been a pre-kindergarten teacher for twenty-one years. She was inspired to become a teacher by her mother. Tyra as a young girl would observe her mother’s delight in teaching others. Ms. Wooley became involved in the teaching profession by helping her mother with grading papers and putting up bulletin boards. So, it didn’t come as any surprise that Tyra wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps to become a teacher.
Ms. Wooley truly believes that in order to plant the seeds of success in young children, one must allow them an opportunity to use their imagination. Obviously, Tyra was thrilled as being one of the recipients to obtain an Imagination Playground for her school.
The Imagination Playground is kept in the school’s gym. Classroom teachers are given a designated time to bring their class to the gym, so the students can actively engage in building and creating their architectural projects. Teachers, such as Tyra, are facilitators watching and encouraging their students to socialize, work together in small groups, build, and take chances in how their creative endeavors turn out.
According to the author, Walter Isaacson, who wrote the article, “The Making of Genius,” published in Time Magazine (November/December 2017 Issue), states that what matters is creativity, the ability to apply imagination to almost any situation.
His article gives examples of some of the most famous geniuses our world has ever known.
More in part three…
Last year, Tyra Wooley, never thought that she would win an Imagination Playground, not just for her class, but for Willoughby Elementary School in Norfolk, Virginia. This unique playground was created and manufactured by Kaboom.
Kaboom was offering a limited number of grants to schools in wanting to acquire an Imagination Playground. More specifically, Kaboom was interested in schools that had a high student population of military dependents. Willoughby Elementary School was one such school having a large student population of military dependents.
Ms.Wooley completed the two part process in becoming a grant recipient. However, since Willoughby Elementary School was going through the process of becoming only a Pre-K Center the following year, the playground would be on a smaller scale suitable for younger children. As such, Ms.Wooley joined with Sewells Point Elementary School in the celebration process, since this school would acquire a larger playground to accommodate its elementary student population.
Before Tyra Wooley completed a grant proposal to acquire an Imagination Playground for her school, she had always believed in the importance of fostering creativity in young children. She believes that students need an opportunity to make decisions, to take chances, and to learn from one’s mistakes. After all, that’s part of life.
More in part two…
Winter birds are like friends that drop in for a spell and then leave quickly. Any winter birds I see in my backyard are usually finding worms to eat in the rich soil.
One time my three children and I watched a flock of robins as they were devouring worms they had found. A few of the birds were so fat it made us wonder how they were able to fly. We refer to them as “Santa birds,” because of their fat bellies.
Well, if you like seeing birds in winter and wonder how to attract them into your backyard check out the vlog below:
As a child growing up in Plant City, Florida, I enjoyed listening to the tapping sound a woodpecker. Many times it would be a woodpecker tapping on the stovepipe attached to our roof. Mother would get upset and shoo the woodpecker away. Perhaps, Mother had a reason for doing this.
Now, that was my limited knowledge about woodpeckers. I wasn’t aware of the various species of the bird, especially one that bore small, tiny holes into wood, where they store acorns and nuts by the thousands. Maybe, that’s why Mother would make sure the woodpecker flew away from the stove pipe. Even it wasn’t the acorn woodpecker; Mother knew a woodpecker’s tapping just might cause some damage.
An amazing fact about the acorn woodpecker is that one family unit may create a winter stockpile of up to 50,000 acorns in a single tree, called a granary. One bird stands guard against possible thieves while the others focus on building their impressive cache.
The acorn woodpecker eats more than just acorns and nuts. They consume ants, flying insects, tree sap, fruit, and even lizards. Lizards??? I could certainly use them on my estate in Plant City. That place is crawling with lizards!!! Unfortunately, these birds live in western Oregon, California, and the Southwest.
To learn more about these amazing birds, check out my video below:
One of my mother’s favorite hobbies was bird watching. She would love to have traveled the world to see the different species of these remarkable animals. A species that caught my eye was revealed on the recent cover of Birds and Blooms. I’ve never seen this beautiful finch, but I’m sure my mother had as a young girl growing up in Canada. Read more to find out how I know…
The pine grosbeaks are a species of finch. They are the largest in the northern finch family. They appear tame, since they don’t fly away when startled. Therefore, they’re fun to search for while one is bird watching.
The male pine grosbeaks are beautiful in the winter time, when it’s bright pinkish-red coloring is offset by the white snow. As for the female, she’s not as colorful. This arrangement, more attractive male than female, reminds me of the cardinal.
These birds travel in large flocks. They can be found in Canada and in the northern states. The pine grosbeaks can also be found in the northern forests of Europe and Russia.
This is a very simple recipe.
Credit for this recipe is given to Dr. Berg.
Happy Holidays to Everyone…More articles coming in 2018…
For those individuals not on a Keto diet, this recipe is a great idea for those with left-over turkey. Rather than use the turkey to make sandwiches with, why not use it for making a stuffing dish.
Ingredients: 1 cup water, 1 cup chopped red sweet pepper, ½ cup uncooked long grain white rice, ½ cup of chopped onion, 1 (8oz) package of herb-seasoning stuffing mix, 3 eggs (lightly beaten), 4 cups chopped turkey, 1 (10 ¾) ounce can condensed cream of chicken soup, ½ cup sour cream, ¼ cup milk and 2 teaspoons of dry sherry.
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 3 quart baking dish; set aside. In a medium saucepan, bring the 1 cup water to boiling. Stir in sweet pepper, rice, and onion. Reduce heat to low. Cook, covered, for 15 to 18 minutes or until rice and vegetables are tender. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine stuffing mix and the 2 cups water. Stir in eggs, turkey, and half the soup. Stir in cooked rice mixture. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a small saucepan, combine the remaining soup, sour cream, and milk. Cook over low heat until heated through. Stir in cherry. Let casserole stand for 5 minutes before serving. Spoon sauce over each serving.
In Reminisce Magazine, (November/December 2017 Issue), while reading the article, “Merrily They Rolled Along Their Malted Milky Way,” written by Connie Christensen, I couldn’t help but laugh. Ms. Christensen wrote about her experience covering for a co-worker in the candy department at J.C. Penney. Connie actually worked selling luggage and greeting cards. So, it was a challenge for her to work temporarily in the candy department.
There was an accident that happened with the malted milk balls. These small pieces of candy covered the floor and Connie was doing her best to pick them up when her co-worker returned. At first, Connie wasn’t sure how her co-worker would deal with this dilemma. But, when she started laughing at the situation, Connie laughed, too. Both women actually had fun picking up the malted milk balls off the floor. Some, of course, they enjoyed eating. A few here and a few there, yum!
Ms. Christensen’s story brought back fond memories of my childhood. My mother enjoyed sharing stories of when she grew up in Montreal, Canada. One of her stories she shared was about her two older sisters working in a candy factory. Sometimes, her older sister, Gladys, would stuff chocolate candy in her blouse and bring it home for my mother to enjoy. It was one of my mother’s fondest memories, because my mother grew up during the depression. Her family didn’t have money to spend on candy. So, for her it was a much appreciated treat.