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1. Kennedy Half Dollar Coins
Kennedy Half Dollar Coins
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. A shocked nation immediately entered a period of mourning. Throughout the country people wanted to commemorate the slain leader's life. Roads, schools, parks, and even one of ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:14:48
2. Violin Care: Eleven Tips That Could Save Your Violin
Violin Care: Eleven Tips That Could Save Your Violin
.Just looking at a violin, it's pretty easy to believe that violin care should be absolutely simple. A violin is essentially a wooden box, so how hard could taking care of it be? But if you think about the physics behind the way a violin, viola, or cello produces sound, you could come to believe ...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:54
3. Funny Viola Jokes - The Most Picked on Musical Instrument?
Funny Viola Jokes - The Most Picked on Musical Instrument?
Q: Why should every household have at least one viola? A: You should always keep a supply of extra firewood at hand in case of emergencies. Q: What is the best way to get all of the members of an orchestra's viola section to play in tune at the same time? A: Have them play a measure in which they...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:43:13
4. Christmas Ornaments and More for Music Lovers
Christmas Ornaments and More for Music Lovers
Christmas and Music go together like Marshmallows and Hot Chocolate. When the Holiday Season is upon us you are going to HEAR plenty of Music. If you're a musician, you're probably going to be making some Holiday Music. Why shouldn't you take the opportunity to DISPLAY Holiday Music Christmas Orn...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:13
5. Sarah Chang -- Virtuosa Violinist
Sarah Chang -- Virtuosa Violinist
I began taking violin lessons in 1963, when I entered the fourth grade. Since then I've had the pleasure to listen to many young violinists. Some of those violinists have gone on to greatness. Others have faded from the limelight almost as quickly as they entered it. One of the very best young vi...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:44:53
6. How to Tune Your Violin-Start on a Good Note
How to Tune Your Violin-Start on a Good Note
It doesn't matter how well you can play the instrument, if the violin isn't in tune when you start, the sounds you produce will be just plain awful. Playing a violin is far more than simply dragging the hair side of a bow back and forth across the violin strings while slapping your finger...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:57:00
7. Lindsey Stirling - Making Violin Fun!
Lindsey Stirling - Making Violin Fun!
If you still haven't had the opportunity to hear and see Lindsey Stirling as she performs with her violin you've really missed out! But today you're in for a treat. I think that the lady and her music are absolutely fabulous. But don't take my word for it. Look at this page for a few minutes. Wat...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:14:29
8. Fiddlesticks--A Home For Violins, Fiddles, Violinists and Fiddlers
Fiddlesticks--A Home For Violins, Fiddles, Violinists and Fiddlers
The Violin is Called the King of Strings, and rightfully so! There is almost no genre of music in which the violin (sometimes called the fiddle) doesn't play an integral role, and in which traditional or alternative-style violinists will feel right at home. Whether you are listening to Classi...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:46:54
9. Violin Rocks! Violin So Hot It's Cool!
Violin Rocks! Violin So Hot It's Cool!
There is almost no genre of music in which the violin is not comfortable...and that includes Cajun, Bluegrass, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Blues and even Rock n Roll! Whether they call it a violin or a fiddle it fits right in. The picture at the left is Mark Wood. Wood bills himself as the first Heavy Metal ...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:54
10. Peace Dollar Key Dates: Valuable Coins?
Peace Dollar Key Dates: Valuable Coins?
The Peace Dollar is one of the most beloved United States coins of the Twentieth Century. Although it was only minted for ten years, it is a favorite of many collectors for its beauty and its nostalgic value since it was the main dollar coin throughout the Great Depression and World War II. Many ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:58
11. Soccer Room Decorations - Great Gifts
Soccer Room Decorations - Great Gifts
I've been involved with soccer (what the rest of the world calls "football") since the late 1960's, having learned the game in metropolitan New York. Since then I've moved to several cities in several states. I've played, coached, and refereed all levels through college. I've helped administer a ...
Home & Garden - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:39
12. Lincoln Pennies--A Great Intro to Coin Collecting
Lincoln Pennies--A Great Intro to Coin Collecting
Reach into your pocket, scrounge around in your change purse, look between the cushions of your couch, rummage through the top drawer of your dresser or your nightstand, or perhaps look under the driver's seat of your car and you will almost undoubtedly come out with at least one Lincoln Cent, a ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:44:51
13. Souvenir Pennies-Vacation Mementoes
Souvenir Pennies-Vacation Mementoes
We've all seen the machines in zoos, planetariums, theme parks . . . heck, anywhere there are tourists you'll probably find a machine which will allow you to slip in a penny and a few other coins. In fact, chances are good you've probably put a coin into one of these machinesat some tourist locat...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:56
14. Cello Submarine: Deeply Classical turned Hot Rock
Cello Submarine: Deeply Classical turned Hot Rock
The photo at the left is a Cello which was painted by artist Julie Borden (Click Here to Visit Ms Borden's Website). It is very interesting and colorful. It is fun. Bluntly, it looks Very, Very Cool! And it is very much in the psychedelic spirit of the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine." But more about ...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:51:54
15. Buffalo Nickel: A Truly American Coin
Buffalo Nickel: A Truly American Coin
The Buffalo Nickel is one of the most widely collected coins ever produced by the United States Mint. It certainly ranks high on my list of favorites. Many beginning coin collectors gravitate to the "buff" due to its interesting design, but even the most seasoned collectors of US coins seem to ha...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:09
16. Large Cents--Big Coins--Big Value
Large Cents--Big Coins--Big Value
From the first minting of One Cent Coins in the United States until the year 1857 a one cent coin was a big deal -- quite literally! Not only would the 1794 penny pictured at the left buy more goods then (According to www.measuringworth.com a 1794 penny was worth twenty 2009 cents using the Consu...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:20:50
17. Flying Eagle Cent - A High Point in Pennies?
Flying Eagle Cent - A High Point in Pennies?
Have you ever seen a Flying Eagle Cent? Many people haven't. In fact my teenage daughter didn't believe it was real! One of the more striking coins in US Mint History, the Flying Eagle Cent, was also one of the shorter-lived coins. The government started producing Flying Eagle Cents in 1856, but ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:14:29
18. Orange Blossom Special a Great Fiddle Tune
Orange Blossom Special a Great  Fiddle Tune
Look a-yonder comin', Comin' down that railroad track. Hey, look a-yonder comin', Comin' down that railroad track. It's the Orange Blossom Special Bringin' my baby back! The Orange Blossom Special . . . a train which is a legend in railroading circles and a tune that is often seen as the aspirat...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:00:34
19. Irish Fiddle: Traditional Instrumental Music
Irish Fiddle: Traditional Instrumental Music
You'll surely be hearin' some Irish Music on March 17 (It is, after all, St. Patrick's Day), and if you're listening to traditional Irish music, you'll almost certainly hear a fiddle. St. Patrick's Day brings Irish music (and the musicians who get to play it) into the mainstream. We all listen t...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:45:40
20. Roosevelt Dime Key Dates: Rare Coins
Roosevelt Dime Key Dates: Rare Coins
The Mercury Dime (actually called the Winged Liberty Dime) had been minted for 28 years when, in 1945, the decision was made to honor President Franklin Delano Roosevelt by portraying him on a U.S. Coin. When the coin was first minted in 1946 it was immediately popular due to the public's affecti...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:51:54
21. The Quebe Sisters Band
The Quebe Sisters Band
If you have a hankerin' to hear a little Western Swing played by three purty gals from Texas, you absolutely must listen to the Quebe Sisters Band. Now before you get the wrong idea, these young women are smart, talented, and they don't sound like they just walked off the set of Gun Smoke. I fi...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:13
22. The Susan B Anthony Dollar
The Susan B Anthony Dollar
The Susan B. Anthony Dollar coin had one of the shortest production periods of all United States coins, only being minted from 1979 to 1981. After almost twenty years of being out of production, the coin was resurrected again for a single year in 1999. The front (or obverse) of the coin depicts w...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:34:05
23. Indian Head Penny: A Staple in Your Coin Collection
Indian Head Penny: A Staple in Your Coin Collection
It seems the Indian Head Penny, or (more properly) Indian Head Cent, has always been a favorite of coin collectors, especially among young boys. (But older boys, like this 59-year old, like them too.) Collecting Indian Head Cents is a wonderful way for anyone to get started collecting coins as a ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:20:50
24. Numismatic Fun -- Coin Collecting is a Great Hobby
Numismatic Fun -- Coin Collecting is a Great Hobby
People begin coin collecting for a variety of reasons. Some think that it will be profitable. Some folks want to learn about history, geography, or politics. I know people who are interested in the art depicted on the coins, or the processes used to manufacture the coins. Some people just want to...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:09
25. Bird Feeders - Backyard Fun with Nature
Bird Feeders - Backyard Fun with Nature
Whether as a result of watching a family movie about a magical nanny who's practically perfect in every way, a fascination with small creatures, or just a desire to interact with nature, millions of families enjoy watching dozens of our flying friends visit backyard bird feeders! Cardinals, blueb...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:11
26. Mercury Dimes: Collecting Sensational Silver Coins
Mercury Dimes: Collecting Sensational Silver Coins
Many people believe that the Mercury Dime is one of the most beautiful U.S. coin designs ever produced. I happen to be among those people who believe that Adolph A Weinman's design is truly exceptional! Although I started my Mercury Dime collection later in life than some of my other collections,...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:39
27. The Blue Angels
The Blue Angels
The Blue Angels, the precision flight demonstration team of the United States Navy, thrills spectators at Air Shows all over the world. The goodwill ambassadors of the Navy, the precision, professionalism, and showmanship demonstrated by these aviators make them a huge draw for any Air Show at wh...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:58
28. Mary Ellen Carter: Stan Rogers's Masterpiece
Mary Ellen Carter: Stan Rogers's Masterpiece
The Mary Ellen Carter is a song written and recorded by Canadian folk musician and songwriter Stan Rogers. It was crafted to be an inspirational, exhortative anthem about triumphing over tremendous adversity and overwhelming odds. The song tells the story of the ineptitude and disregard for ship...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:14:54
29. The Beverly Hillbillies and the War of Northern Aggression
The Beverly Hillbillies and the War of Northern Aggression
While it's not possible for me to vouch for the complete authenticity and veracity of every word on this page, it is a summation of the contents of a suitcase found at an estate sale of a mansion in Beverly Hills, California. The contents seem to indicate the existence of a band of Confederate s...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:44:54
30. Pennies: Coins That Make Cents!
Pennies: Coins That Make Cents!
Reach into your pocket and grab whatever change you find there. Look under the seats in your car. Scrounge around the dark corners of your dresser drawers. When you examine what you've found, you'll almost certainly see one or more copper-colored discs bearing the likeness of our 16th Preside...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:22:12
31. Model Trains - Great Toys for Boys (and Girls)
Model Trains - Great Toys for Boys (and Girls)
Owning a Model Train Set is almost a rite of passage for a boy in the United States. An electric train set is listed as a must-have on the lens The Boy List: 14 Things Every Boy Should Have, and almost every boy I knew while I was growing up wanted one! Those unfortunate lads who never received a...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:58
32. Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
When Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D made its debut on December 4, 1881 the critics were not kind to the composition or to the man who wrote it. One critic wrote, "The violin is no longer played; it is beaten black and blue." The reaction of the critic was probably not unexpected....
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:09
33. New Lincoln Penny: Redesigning a Standard
New Lincoln Penny: Redesigning a Standard
February 12, 2009 was the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. The year 2009 was also the 100th Anniversary of the release of the Lincoln One Cent Coin, the "Lincoln Penny." To commemorate and celebrate the occasion, the Congress and the...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:39
34. Eisenhower Dollar Coins
Eisenhower Dollar Coins
Following the retirement of the Peace Dollar, the next one dollar coin the US Mint produced was the Eisenhower Dollar. The "Ike" was issued by the United States Mint from 1971-1978. The obverse of the Eisenhower Dollar featured a likeness of Dwight David Eisenhower, who was President of the Unite...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:53
35. Old Time Candy
Old Time Candy
Whether at the movies, emptying Christmas Stockings, or as the result of a GREAT Halloween, some of my fondest memories are the candies that I ate as a kid in the 1960's. Some of these things I haven't eaten in decades, but if I just close my eyes I can see the packages I can taste the flavors I ...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:22:19
36. 5 Quick Quizzes-How Well Do You Know Your Coins?
5 Quick Quizzes-How Well Do You Know Your Coins?
Coins are something you see (and probably handle) every day, but if you are like most people you never give them a second thought. You reach into your pocket and throw a few coins onto the counter in the coffee shop to pay for the morning pick-me-up. You slip them into the slot in the vending mac...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:09
37. Battleship USS Missouri
Battleship USS Missouri
The USS Missouri (BB 63) was the last Battleship completed for the United States Navy. And she was the fourth ship in the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the U.S. state of Missouri. Launched on January 29, 1944, the USS Missouri earned eleven battle stars before she was decommissioned on March...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:14
38. German American Heritage
German American Heritage
You've heard of Black History Month. You've undoubtedly heard of Hispanic Heritage Month! But when I ask people, "When is German-American Heritage Month is?" They usually answer, "I don't know." And that is a shame! (In case the dates weren't on the tip of your tongue, you'll find the ans...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:14
39. National Park Quarters
National Park Quarters
Beginning in the year 2010 and continuing until the year 2021 the United States Mint is producing a series of coins featuring America's National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, National Recreation Areas and other historic locations. Officially named the America the Beautiful series, many collec...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:26
40. Bluegrass Guitar and Fiddle
Bluegrass Guitar and Fiddle
"Bluegrass Music is a shivering, blustery Friday night on the Ohio, at a town called Owensboro waiting to hear more... As they begin, the cold and wind vanish, and all you hear, all you feel, is the music - true and sweet. It is the campfire where we gather, listening and playing. Ordinary people...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:45:41
41. I Play Cello - The Most Perfect Instrument?
I Play Cello - The Most Perfect Instrument?
If you have ever been to a symphony orchestra concert you have undoubtedly seen them. The musicians carry large wooden instruments onto the stage. They position their instruments between their legs and place their bows on the string; and as they start to draw the bow across the strings you hear s...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:50:41
42. Steven Sharp Nelson -- Cello Fanatic!
Steven Sharp Nelson -- Cello Fanatic!
Steven Sharp Nelson may be unique among classically trained musicians. As serious as he is about the classical aspect of his music, his goal seems to be making music that the general population will truly enjoy. And if that means stepping away from tradition (or playing with instrumentalists from...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:39
43. Suzuki Violin: Learn to Play by Listening?
Suzuki Violin: Learn to Play by Listening?
Shinichi Suzuki's method of teaching a child to play a violin is not your typical instructional method, but many people say it may be the most natural. Many advocates swear by it, indicating that their children make incredible musical gains in very short periods of time. Other people are not comp...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:46:54
44. Sacagawea Dollar / Native American Dollar
Sacagawea Dollar / Native American Dollar
First minted in the year 2000, the "Sacagawea Dollar" features a portrait, inspired by the Shoshone woman Sacagawea, of a woman carrying her son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. Sacagawea was a Native American woman who became a critically important member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. She serve...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:56
45. Hilary Hahn: Virtuosa Violinist
Hilary Hahn: Virtuosa Violinist
Hilary Hahn is, without a doubt, one of the most outstanding violinists on the planet. That's not just my idea, it's the opinion of some of the most discerning violin critics around -- other virtuoso violinists. During an interview, when I asked violinist Karen Gomyo to describe Hilary Hahn in a ...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:57
46. Hot Springs National Park Quarter
Hot Springs National Park Quarter
Beginning in 2010, and continuing until the year 2021, the United States Mint is producing a series of quarters commemorating America's National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Recreation Areas, and Historic Sites. The coins in this series are known as the America the Beautiful Quarters. States and...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:00:33
47. Halloween Tunes: Scary, Spooky Songs
Halloween Tunes: Scary, Spooky Songs
Many people say Halloween is the scariest night of the year. Ghastly ghosts and ghouls prowl the streets dashing from door to door. Lurking in the shadows, then suddenly terrorizing homeowners with those terrible, terrifying words, "TRICK OR TREAT!" What could possibly add more to the mood than ...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:14
48. Silver Dollars: U.S. Coin Icons!
Silver Dollars: U.S. Coin Icons!
When people think about the hobby of coin collecting, they frequently think about the metal silver. And when folks think about silver, the coin that comes to mind most readily seems to the the "silver dollar." This phrase is so set in the mind of the public that even though it has been close to f...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:34:03
49. Two Cent Piece: More Than a Penny for Your Thoughts
Two Cent Piece: More Than a Penny for Your Thoughts
Many coin collectors, myself included, consider the Two Cent Piece one of the most fascinating examples of American coinage for several reasons. Not only was the two cent piece among the coins with the shortest production runs in U.S. History, it is also notable because the coin displays several ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:16:07
50. The Vought F4U Corsair
The Vought F4U Corsair
Unquestionably one of the most devastating fighters of World War II, the F4U Corsair was an important asset to both the United States Navy and the Marine Corps.Referred to by the Japanese as "Whistling Death," this fighter was truly distinctive due to its inverted gull wing and a huge four-bladed...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:09
51. Roosevelt Dimes: A Fallen Leader's Memorial Coin
Roosevelt Dimes: A Fallen Leader's Memorial Coin
The Roosevelt Dime commemorates the life and Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the thirty-second President of the United States, who led the nation through the Great Depression and to the brink of victory in World War II before his death in April, 1945. The Roosevelt dime was released for ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:32:49
52. Yellowstone National Park Quarter
Yellowstone National Park Quarter
When considering Yellowstone National Park, you will come to the conclusion that it is truly a park of Firsts. Yellowstone National Park was the first National Park authorized anywhere in the world! This happened in 1872. It is the largest park in the lower 48 states, larger than the states of D...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:09
53. Violin Shoulder Rest Reviews
Violin Shoulder Rest Reviews
The very title of this portion of the page may rile some violinists, because they feel that violin shoulder rests are worse than unnecessary, they actually harm the sound and are a detriment to a violinist's technique. But other violinists won't play without one, citing everything from improved s...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:10
54. Christmas Trains: Tradition, Beauty, Fun!
Christmas Trains: Tradition, Beauty, Fun!
...while you were still a kid growing up. First you and the family put up the Christmas tree. Then you got out the old Lionel Train set, put together an oval of track, attached the transformer to the track, and plugged it in. You put Engine 2048 on the track, turned the throttle, and magic happen...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:13
55. Liberty Head Nickels
Liberty Head Nickels
The Liberty Head Nickel was struck by the United States Mint from 1883 to 1912. Most of the coins were struck at the main U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, but in 1912 the Denver Mint and San Francisco Mint also produced the coins. If you are interested in collecting or investing in United States Coinag...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:44:56
56. 14 Keys to Raising Boys: The Boy List
14 Keys to Raising Boys: The Boy List
Snips and snails, and puppy-dogs' tails . . . that's what little boys are made of. At least that's what the nursery rhyme from the early 19th Century tells us. And that's what my Mother told me. So I guess it's probably not far from true! Those ingredients may be the building bl...
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:50:37
57. Jefferson Nickels: A Fitting Tribute to a Founding Father
Jefferson Nickels: A Fitting Tribute to a Founding Father
The Jefferson Nickel was introduced to the American public in 1938. The obverse (or "heads") side of he coin featured a left-facing portrait of President Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States. The reverse (or "tails") side of he coin features an image of Jefferson's beloved Monti...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:14
58. Mark Wood - Rock Violinist
Mark Wood - Rock Violinist
If you had known Mark Wood when he was a teenager, but had not seen him since, you would probably not recognize him today. I didn't! I had to look twice when I encountered him again after more than twenty years. Mark grew up on Long Island where he and his brothers were well known in classical mu...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:46:54
59. Funny Music Jokes - Melodious Mirth?
Funny Music Jokes - Melodious Mirth?
Q: What is the most common three word phrase heard when a rock guitarist shows up at someone's front door? A: Pizza Delivery Dude! Q: Why are conductors' hearts in such high demand for transplant purposes? A: Because they've never been used! Music can make us smile, and sometimes mu...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:14
60. Coin Collecting: The Hobby of Kings
Coin Collecting: The Hobby of Kings
Did you really say "Coin collecting?" Isn't that a hobby that only interests old guys who pull up their pants way too high, who always wear white socks, and who spend most of their days remembering the Herbert Hoover administration? Doesn't it involve dealing with boring subjects while wasting ho...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:50:41
61. Nativity Sets Keep Christ in Christmas
Nativity Sets Keep Christ in Christmas
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. That central truth seems to be lost to large portions of the population. Santa and "good will" seem to be the most prominent thoughts at this time of year. Parties and Presents abound. The story of the prophecy of Christ's birth and the ...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:14:54
62. Lindsey Stirling--Having Fun With Violin
Lindsey Stirling--Having Fun With Violin
People attend a violin performance to hear beautiful music. Sometimes they find excitement in the interaction between orchestra and soloist, or just the grandeur of an elegant concert hall. But many people seem to believe that violin and violinists are boring, staid, serious subjects with which a...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:10
63. The Star of Bethlehem
The Star of Bethlehem
You've heard The Nativity Story during the Christmas Season dozens (maybe hundreds) of times. Three kings in the East see a star which seems to indicate that a new King of the Jews is born. They travel to Jerusalem to find the royal child and pay their respects. Arriving in Jerusalem they go to H...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:54:16
64. Great Electric Violin Reviews
Great Electric Violin Reviews
An Electric Violin can be a wonderful addition to the sound of almost any band, and it will almost certainly instantly raise the interest level of many student violinists. What they once found boring and dull suddenly becomes fun . . . even spectacular. Once students have a grasp of basic violin ...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:46:55
65. Sixties Television - Fabulous TV Shows
Sixties Television - Fabulous TV Shows
The 1960's was the first full decade in which widespread television service was available in the United States. The first experimental station had been licensed in Illinois in 1928. Regular broadcasts began in 1928, with 48-line images. The Schenectady-based station (owned by GE) was viewable via...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:46:54
66. Gettysburg: Three Days that Shaped a Nation
Gettysburg: Three Days that Shaped a Nation
It would be three long days before General Lewis Armistead, CSA, would shout those words to his troops during a bold, daring, but ultimately hopeless charge across the fields before the Union lines. Armistead probably never imagined what the next three days would bring, and probably dreamed of re...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:09
67. Walking Liberty Half Dollar: An American Numismatic Gem
Walking Liberty Half Dollar: An American Numismatic Gem
The Walking Liberty Half Dollar, according to many people, is the most beautiful coin ever produced by the United States Mint. In my opinion, if the "Walker" is not the prettiest U.S. coin of all time, it surely is among the top five! If you show a mixed collection of U.S. coins to a group of peo...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:50:37
68. White Mountain National Forest Quarter
White Mountain National Forest Quarter
The United States Mint continued its multi-year America the Beautiful--National Park Quarters series in 2013 The year's first coin commemorated The White Mountain National Forest, in New Hampshire. Numerous designs were considered to represent the park. You can see the finalists for the design a ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:43:19
69. Peace Dollar: Commemorating War's End With a Silver Coin
Peace Dollar: Commemorating War's End With a Silver Coin
The Peace Dollar was produced by the United States Mint from 1921 to 1928. 1934 saw the resumption of production of the Peace Dollar for a two year period. The coin was minted again briefly in 1965 (bearing the date 1964), but no examples of this issue were ever released to the public. The entire...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:35:00
70. In God We Trust
In God We Trust
Here in the United States we've all seen the words on our coins, as well on the paper currency that we use in everyday commerce. "In God We Trust," are the words that we read. But what do you know about those words? Who decided to put them there? Why? Have they always been on our money? With the ...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:16:07
71. Barber Half Dollars
Barber Half Dollars
With all of the controversy and struggle that the Barber Half Dollar faced before it was ever produced, it is amazing that the coin ever saw the light of day.James P. Kimball was the Director of the United States Mint in 1887. That year, in his annual report to Congress, Kimball requested a chang...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:32:14
72. General Robert E Lee
General Robert E Lee
Many historians consider Robert E. Lee the greatest battlefield commander the United States of America has ever produced. A master at getting the very best from his troops, Lee was possibly the most popular General officer among his troops of all time . . . even in defeat. And the respect shown b...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:44:59
73. Bird Feeder: Nature in Your Back Yard
Bird Feeder: Nature in Your Back Yard
Whether as a result of watching a family movie about a nanny who is "practically perfect in every way," a fascination with watching small creatures, or just a desire to interact with nature, millions of families enjoy watching the daily visits to a backyard bird feeder from dozens of our feathere...
Pets & Animals - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:14:33
74. Puns: Do You Laugh or Groan?
Puns: Do You Laugh or Groan?
The Pun has been described as lowest form of humor in high style. The pun, a play on words, can either be seen as hilariously funny, or can draw the wrath and ire of listeners due to the mental stretching that they need to do to make the pun work in their heads. But whether listeners claim to en...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:13
75. Bible 3:16--More Than Just One Verse
Bible 3:16--More Than Just One Verse
We've all seen those folks with the signs. Whether you are watching an NFL Football Game, attending a parade, or doing almost anything in a public place, we see folks with signs, wearing T-Shirts, sporting Bumper Stickers, and all sorts of items saying "John 3:16." What is this John 3:16 thing? W...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:39
76. Dump the Dollar? Does it Make Sense?
Dump the Dollar? Does it Make Sense?
In this time of Cost Cutting and Budget Negotiations, some members of Congress have proposed that the United States Mint end the Presidential Dollar program. The Presidential Dollar is one of two Dollar Coin programs the US Mint is currently running. In addition to the Presidential Dollar, the M...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:57
77. Franklin Half Dollar Coins Silver Fifty Cent Pieces
Franklin Half Dollar Coins  Silver Fifty Cent Pieces
The Franklin Half Dollar is the fifty-cent coin produced by the United States Mint from 1948 to 1963. It featured a bust of Benjamin Franklin in profile on the obverse (heads) side of the coin, the word "Liberty," the inscription "In God We Trust," and the year the coin was minted. The coin's...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:04:20
78. The Liberty Bell: Telling and Tolling Freedom
The Liberty Bell: Telling and Tolling Freedom
The Liberty Bell is one of the most recognized symbols of the American Revolutionary War. Currently located in Philadelphia, PA, the bell was rung to announce the opening of the First Continental Congress, and in 1774, the Battles of Lexington and Concord. It is said that it was also rung on July...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:45:46
79. The Great Bridge -- From Brooklyn to New York
The Great Bridge -- From Brooklyn to New York
If you have any interest whatsoever in New York City, bridges, constructing things, the management ability of women, innovative thought, incredible challenges, or the management of large projects in the face of adversity, The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:59
80. Lionel FasTrack
Lionel FasTrack
It'a almost a "right" for a boy in the United States to have a model train set. Although many families don't feel they have the room for a "real" layout, and resort to smaller scale trains like HO, N, or Z, others feel that the only "real" model trains are those produced by Lionel. Traditionally...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:10
81. Christmas Train Handcars
Christmas Train Handcars
Everyone loves a Christmas scene involving model trains. Passers-by or guests pause for a moment to gaze at a bucolic rural scene and sigh. But the scenes that generate real smiles and enthusiasm are those which contain characters...human beings or otherwise. And if there is movement, the scene b...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:10
82. Charles Barber's Dime
Charles Barber's Dime
The Liberty Head Dime, which is often called the "Barber Dime," received its nickname from its the name of its designer, Charles E. Barber, who was Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint from 1879 to 1917. The Barber Dime (along with the Barber Quarter and Barber Half Dollar), was one of several coins c...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:10
83. 9 Questions for a Beginning Coin Collector
9 Questions for a Beginning Coin Collector
Called "The Hobby of Kings," coin collecting is one of the most popular hobbies all around the world. It can be started as easily as reaching into your pocket, and taking out whatever coins you find there. Whether you place them into a large jar, into a dark blue folder with slots designated for ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:44:58
84. New York Rangers Hockey
New York Rangers Hockey
Whether you call them the Blueshirts, the Broadway Blueshirts, or their official name, the New York Rangers . . . if you're from the New York City Metropolitan Area, you know that the Rangers are "the team" when it comes to New York hockey. Sure, the Islanders are from just outside New York. And...
Sports & Recreation - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:10
85. Wallets, Billfolds, and Money Clips
Wallets, Billfolds, and Money Clips
No matter who we are, we all have a need to carry money...and just leaving money, credit cards, and identification loose in our pockets is confusing and not very secure. The solution? A holder of some sort! But the question is...should I use a Wallet, a Billfold or a Money Clip? What are the adv...
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:22:17
86. String Quartets
String Quartets
A very wise individual once said that listening to a String Quartet is like hearing a conversation between four very intelligent people. Someone else once defined a string quartet as a great violinist, a good violinist, a failed violinist, and somebody who hates violinists -- all complaining abo...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:22:19
87. Perry's Victory National Park Quarter
Perry's Victory National Park Quarter
The America the Beautiful, National Park Quarters series which was begun by the US Mint in 2010 continues, with the second design being issued in 2013 celebrating the Perry's Victory and Internatioinal Peace Memorial in Ohio. While not a National Park, the memorial is a dedicated to honor those w...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:27
88. Half Dollars -- An Introduction
Half Dollars -- An Introduction
Half Dollar coins minted in the United States are some of the most interesting coins in the world! Whether the image be a fallen President, Lady Liberty herself, or a renowned statesman/philosopher/scientist, the minted image is striking. Whether you are using the half dollar as an introduction t...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:10
89. Double Eagle Gold Coin: A Gorgeous Investment
Double Eagle Gold Coin: A Gorgeous Investment
The Double Eagle Gold Coin is one of the most popular coins among coin collectors as well as people interested in investing in gold as a commodity. If you attend a coin show you'll see Double Eagles on almost every table. If you listen to talk radio you'll often hear advertisements soliciting you...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:13
90. The Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge
Growing up on Long Island, one of the great adventures that I regularly participated in was a trip into "The City." For those of us in the New York Metropolitan area there was only one "City," New York. Living on Long Island's South Shore, we often took the Brooklyn Bridge to get to Manhattan whe...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:59
91. Coin Books: Know the Coin Before You Buy It
Coin Books: Know the Coin Before You Buy It
Read the Book Before You Buy the Coin. It's an axiom in the world of Coins. The more knowledge you have about a coin before you try to purchase it the better your chances of making a good decision. Finding out what it is that adds value to a coin (or which drives a coin down in value) can really ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:57
92. Shield Nickels
Shield Nickels
The Shield Nickel was America's first true Five Cent Nickel. Its introduction right after the Civil War (1866) signaled a major modification in United States coinage that dramatically altered the make-up of the change that average Americans would find in their pocket. Although the change was a b...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:50:41
93. C.S. Lewis: The Creator of Narnia
C.S. Lewis: The Creator of Narnia
Clive Staples Lewis . . . a writer of incredible importance. Perhaps best known for his seven part Chronicles of Narnia series, kids all over the world list C. S. Lewis among their favorite authors. Millions upon millions have read the books, and many who have not had the pleasure of reading the ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:44:56
94. Gifts for Violin Lovers
Gifts for Violin Lovers
For musicians, and music lovers in general, gifts involving their preferred instrument can be wonderful! They truly appreciate the fact that you've taken into account their preferences and actually chosen something related to their passion, and you can see their eyes light up with joy when they o...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:26
95. Advent Calendars
Advent Calendars
One of the most beloved traditions in many Christian homes is the display and daily use of an Advent Calendar. An Advent Calendar is a special calendar (whether in the form of an actual calendar hanging on the wall or some sort of device which sits on a table or counter top) which is used to cou...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:57
96. United States Half Cents
United States Half Cents
"Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat. Please put a penny in the old man's hat. If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do, If you haven't got a ha'penny then God bless you!" That's the way the old nursery rhyme, "Christmas is Coming" goes. The rhyme became ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:14
97. Lincoln Silver Dollar
Lincoln Silver Dollar
February 12, 2009 was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth President of the United States. Lincoln has become one of the most beloved Chief Executives in the nation's history due to his character, his leadership, and his role in the elminiation of slavery. The U.S....
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:13
98. Standing Liberty Quarters
Standing Liberty Quarters
The Standing Liberty Quarter was at once a breath of fresh air in American coinage, while being viewed as somewhat scandalous in its subject matter. In fact, the original design of the quarter was, according to some, so shocking that the design was changed in its second year of production! The S...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:45:47
99. Morgan Silver Dollars
Morgan Silver Dollars
From 1878 to 1904, and then again in 1921 (for one year only), the United States Mint produced one of the most popular coins of all time . . . the Morgan Silver Dollar. Every serious collector of US coins has several examples of the Morgan in his collection, with even most casual amateur collecto...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:50:41
100. Presidential Dollars-An Important Series
Presidential Dollars-An Important Series
The Presidential Dollar coins produced by the US Mint began appearing in 2007. Although this new series is the same denomination as the Sacagawea Dollar (or Native American Dollar) it was minted in addition to the "Sac" rather than replacing it in circulation. Presidential Dollar coins are the sa...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:59
101. Mercury Dime Key Dates for Collectors
Mercury Dime Key Dates for Collectors
The Mercury Dime, properly called the "Winged Liberty Dime," is one of the most popular, most collectible coins ever produced by the United States Mint. Designed by noted sculptor Adolph A. Weinman, the coin is almost always listed as one of the most beautiful in United States Coinage. A collect...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:26
102. The Book of Revelation
The Book of Revelation
Whether you call the book "Revelation", "Revelations", or "The Apocalypse", it is one of the books of the Bible that almost everyone knows about, but that almost nobody claims to understand fully. That being said, almost everyone is interested in the subject matter and has an opinion of what they...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:26
103. Squidoo Lens Traffic Secrets
Squidoo Lens Traffic Secrets
One of the keys to succeeding with any website, blog, or even a Squidoo lens is to attract as many visitors as possible . . . to generate traffic to your pages. This is especially important with Squidoo, since lensrank, and payout for Google Adsense is somewhat related to the number of people who...
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:26
104. What's My Coin Worth?
What's My Coin Worth?
Whether someone has an extensive coin collection with specimens meticulously organized, carefully stored, and beautifully displayed; or he just found an interesting, old coin on the street, one of the first questions that comes to mind is ... What's My Coin Worth?Several factors are involved in f...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:57
105. Three Cent Nickel 19th Century Masterpiece
Three Cent Nickel  19th Century Masterpiece
The United States Mint produced Three Cent Pieces starting in 1851 and continued making the coin until the year 1889. Over the thirty-nine years the Three Cent Piece was produced the design, the size, the weight, and even the metal content were changed! So the 1851 Three Cent Piece and the 1889 ...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:44:56
106. Dallas Stars Hockey--Cool Team in a Hot Place
Dallas Stars Hockey--Cool Team in a Hot Place
Dallas is definitely a warm-weather city. In fact, during the Summer it is downright HOT! But once the NHL season begins, thousands of North Texans forget the heat and flock to the American Airlines Center in Dallas to watch their hockey team, THE DALLAS STARS, take on invaders from the North in ...
Sports & Recreation - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:58
107. An Easy Way to Promote Your Business
An Easy Way to Promote Your Business
Most entrepreneurs are looking for better ways to establish more credibility, create or increase recognition of a brand, strengthen customer loyalty, and effectively promote their business without having to spend large sums of money or massive amounts of time doing so. Many of these people are ov...
Business & Work - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:45:00
108. Reduce the Phone Radiation Threat
Reduce the Phone Radiation Threat
The World Health Organization (hereafter referred to as WHO) has indicated that according to studies there may be a link between cell phone use and Brain Cancer in Human Beings. The organization's statement was based on evidence in published studies that intensive use of mobile phones could lead ...
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:44:58
109. Square Dancing-Make Friends, Get Healthy, Have Fun
Square Dancing-Make Friends, Get Healthy, Have Fun
Square Dancing is an activity that can dramatically improve your overall satisfaction and health . . . at least that's my contention. No, I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but my wife and I have participated in this wonderful activity and had a fabulous time. We made a lot of friends. W...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:54:16
110. Doris Miller - American Hero
Doris Miller - American Hero
Doris "Dorie" Miller, was one of the true U.S. heroes of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. He was awarded the Navy Cross, the third highest honor awarded by the US Navy at the time, and was the first African American serviceman to ever receive that honor. The commendation made...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:39
111. Crock Pot Entertaining
Crock Pot Entertaining
Many people have crock pots, or slow cookers, and have come to love them for their ease of use in preparing food, for the tasty food that they can prepare, and for the ease of cleaning up when the meal is done. Crock pots are often used for family cooking, but people often forget what a wonderful...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:51:56
112. Gettysburg National Park Quarter
Gettysburg National Park Quarter
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. July 1 to July 3, 1863. Approximately 75,000 Confederate troops faced about 90,000 Union troops in what many people consider the single most important battle in the American Civil War, as Robert E. Lee brought his army north in an attempt to dramatically change public op...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:14
113. Yosemite National Park Quarter
Yosemite National Park Quarter
The Third Coin in the US Mint's America the Beautiful, National Park Quarters series celebrates the pride of California, Yosemite National Park. Yosemite National Park, which was one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:50:43
114. Chaco Culture National Park Quarter
Chaco Culture National Park Quarter
One of the more interesting (and newest) offerings of the United States Mint is the America the Beautiful Quarters series. The Mint started releasing these "National Park Quarters" in 2010, and will continue to do so until the final release in 2021. The coins commemorate the nation's National Par...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:15
115. John Adams a Wonderful Biography
John Adams a Wonderful Biography
In his book John Adams David McCullough, a master author in the field of narrative history, takes on one of the most fascinating of our nation's founding fathers. Is the book successful? In my opinion, McCullough creates a benchmark for all Adams biographers, setting a high standard for all aspir...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:15
116. Slope Gliders
Slope Gliders
Piloting Slope Gliders is a popular, growing recreational hobby. Not only do participants get to spend a great deal of time outdoors (frequently in places of significant natural beauty), they get a good amount of exercise as they pilot and retrieve their radio controlled models, and they learn ab...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:27
117. Under a Flaming Sky
Under a Flaming Sky
When most people think about great fires, the first thing that comes to mind is the infamous Chicago Fire of October 8-10, 1871. If asked to consider fires in less urban areas, the forest fires in America's west, or even in Texas are mentioned. But chances are good that if you ask about the date ...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:10
118. Resurrection Day - Happy Easter
Resurrection Day - Happy Easter
People all over the world celebrate a holiday early in the year. In the Northern Hemisphere many people think of it as the commemoration of the return of good weather since it comes just about the time that Winter weather starts passing into the more mild Spring. Some people see it as a time to g...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:26
119. Chocolate Bunnies
Chocolate Bunnies
One of the highlights of my Easter mornings when I was growing up in the 1960's was the Easter Basket that I always found on the dining room table. Colored Easter Eggs had been hidden throughout the rooms in that part of the house. Jelly beans were always there (the black ones were my favorite). ...
Holidays & Celebrations - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:27
120. Antonio Stradivari and his Violins
Antonio Stradivari and his Violins
Ask the average man on the street to name the best violin craftsman who ever walked the planet and you will most likely hear the name "Stradivarius." And when a serious violinist or luthier hears that answer, he'll probably smile slightly in amusement and almost imperceptibly shake his head. "B...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:10
121. Violin Strings
Violin Strings
While most people understand that the quality of a violin is a major contributor to a the tone produced, many people don't realize that the violin strings the musician chooses are one of the most important factors in the sound produced. In fact, if you talk to folks who don't play stringed instru...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:15
122. Great Basin National Park Quarter
Great Basin National Park Quarter
The Great Basin National Park Quarter is the eighteenth in the America the Beautiful Quarters series. It continues the line which began in 2010 in which five coins per year would be released, one from each state and an additional six from US Territories. This coins celebrates Nevada's Great Basin...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:41
123. Chess Gifts
Chess Gifts
One of the best Christmas presents I ever received was a chess set! I was in seventh grade, and several of my friends played the game. I however had never been introduced to chess. My gift was an interactive set in which Bobby Fischer taught the basic moves. I was fascinated. Chess seemed roman...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:58
124. Lionel Trains - Your Own Railroad!
Lionel Trains - Your Own Railroad!
Lionel is a name that has probably crossed the lips of more model train enthusiasts than any other name in the industry. The O-Scale and O-27 Scale trains produced by Lionel have probably run around Christmas trees in more homes worldwide than any other company's. Considering the simple wirin...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:15
125. Art Haule: Renaissance Man or Out of Step?
Art Haule: Renaissance Man or Out of Step?
Arthur William Haule, III. Most folks call me "Art," but I've had many appellations throughout my life. Some people have called me a "Renaissance Man" due to my varied interests, but that's not something I have ever applied to myself. I've been called "Artie" by many folks, and some have called m...
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:41
126. Civil War Coins
Civil War Coins
From the time the United States was first established, one of its goals was to create a single, identifiable system of coinage. This goal was severely threatened by the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861. With the possibility of the nation splitting into two, there was considerable though...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:27
127. Books for History Lovers
Books for History Lovers
My Sister-In-Law figured me out pretty quickly. When it came to buying gifts for me things were not very complicated. A book about American History would always be welcome. Sometimes the best-seller showed up under the tree. Sometimes tearing off the wrapping paper revealed something obscure that...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:59
128. The Denali National Park Quarter
The Denali National Park Quarter
The United States Mint's final America the Beautiful National Park Quarter offering for 2012 features the Denali National Park and Preserve. The official release date of the quarter was November 5, 2012.
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:41
129. Online Auction Tips: Best Practices and Mistakes
Online Auction Tips: Best Practices and Mistakes
Many people believe that online auctions, including eBay, are a great way to get wonderful products at outstanding prices. And those products can include collectibles such as coins and stamps, as well as products like acoustic instruments which most experts believe require close examination befor...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:15
130. Back to School!
Back to School!
That's the jubilant cry of many parents when Summer begins to draw to an end. It's time for life to get back to a normal routine...both for the parents and the children. While many parents obviously celebrate, I think a lot of kids are glad to be stepping back into school again as well. Re-conne...
Parenting & Kids - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:41
131. Coin Symbols
Coin Symbols
There is hardly a day that goes by that most of us do not handle one or more coins. Whether we are paying for a meal at the local burger joint, cleaning out our couch, or deciding who kicks off at the weekly football game we hold a metal disc in our hand fairly frequently. But if you ask most peo...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:45:03
132. Quest of the Keys - Journey to Success
Quest of the Keys - Journey to Success
Enter into a world of seemingly endless dark shadows and little or no hope. It seems as though this world bears no resemblance to our own, but in the back of your mind you sense something disturbingly familiar! Situations you seem to recognize. People you almost know. And ideas you are tempted to...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:41
133. Mount Hood National Park Quarter
Mount Hood National Park Quarter
Mount Hood National Forest is home to some of the many natural wonders in the state of Oregon. The area of the state of Oregon known as Mount Hood National Forest was first protected as the Cascade Range Forest Preserve in 1893. It took on its current name in 1924. The area contains over one mil...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:42
134. The Thunderbirds
The Thunderbirds
The Thunderbirds are the flight demonstration squadron of the United States Air Force. The team is based at Nellis Air Force Base, in Las Vegas, Nevada. They have the distinction of being the fastest flying (multiple jet) flight demonstration team in the world, and have been seen by more than 325...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:59
135. A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas
I still remember the first time I saw "A Charlie Brown Christmas." I'm old enough that I can tell you that I saw it the first year it came out! December 9, 1965 was the Thursday after my first Boy Scout camping trip. I was in Mr. Bromberg's sixth grade class at the Seaford Harbor School, in Seaf...
Entertainment & Media - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:27
136. T-Shirts of Note
T-Shirts of Note
"Are you really going to wear that shirt?" my daughter asked. "Of course," I replied. "Why wouldn't I?" "Dad, it's got a violin on it." "That's the whole point, hon! Classical Music is as cool as it gets!" I've not yet managed to convince my daughter of that simple truth, but I'm working on it. ...
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:15
137. Louis Braille Commemorative Silver Dollar
Louis Braille Commemorative Silver Dollar
The Louis Braille Commemorative Silver Dollar, of 2009, has the distinction of being the very first United States Coin with readable Braille lettering minted onto the surface of the coin! The coin, released in 2009 to mark the 200th anniversary of Louis Braille's birth, was authorized by Congres...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:58
138. Julia Fischer
Julia Fischer
German Violinist Julia Fischer is universally acclaimed as being one of the world's most technically gifted music talents. She regularly performs before sold out concert halls around the world, and has produced some of the most stunning audio and video recordings in the classical music world. Jul...
Music - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:41
139. Squidoo Lens Checklist
Squidoo Lens Checklist
Nobody ever said that developing fabulous SQUIDOO lenses is easy. A truly great lens takes time, thought, and skill. And there are some things that you can do to make sure that the lenses you produce are well above average in quality. And quality lenses are often those that seem to get the most v...
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:15
140. Olympic National Park Quarter
Olympic National Park Quarter
The United States Mint released the eighth coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters series on June 14, 2011. This release featured Olympic National Park in Washington. The "Olympic National Park Quarter" is the eighth in the America the Beautiful Quarters series and the third member of the ser...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:54:59
141. Squidoo New Year's Resolutions
Squidoo New Year's Resolutions
As one year comes to an end and another begins it is time to look to the past to see how we have done, meditate on the results our activity has produced, and choose things that we would like to start, to change, or to keep so that the coming year will be even better than the last. While that's a...
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:42
142. Coffee Elixir of the Gods
Coffee Elixir of the Gods
No matter what you call coffee, chances are pretty good that if you're over eighteen years old you've had at least one cup of the popular beverage during the last twenty four hours! And chances are just as good that you will have another during the next twenty four hours. It seems that coffee mig...
Food & Cooking - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:27
143. Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter
Chickasaw National Recreation Area Quarter
Beginning in 2010, and continuing through the year 2021, the United States Mint is producing a series of quarters which celebrate America's National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries, National Recreation Areas, and other sites of historical interest. The coins in this series are known as the America t...
Hobbies, Games & Toys - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:15
144. Break That Habit!
Break That Habit!
The power of a habit can be incredible. Whether it is something now is the time for all good men to come now is the time for all good men to come now is the time for all good men to come ime for all good men to come now is the time for all good men to come now is the time for all good men to come
Healthy Living - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:15
145. USS Lexington - CV16 The Blue Ghost
USS Lexington - CV16 The Blue Ghost
One of the most gallant ships of the Second World War, the USS Lexington CV16, was commissioned in February, 1943. She served in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, receiving the Presidential Unit Citation and 11 battle stars for World War II service. The USS Lexington was th...
Culture & Society - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:00:27
146. Soccer Rules
Soccer Rules
They say it is the most popular game in the world. It is almost certainly played in more countries than any other! But here in the United States it is a game that is misunderstood by many of the people who don't watch on a regular basis. The vocabulary is different from other sports. Many of the...
Sports & Recreation - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:55:42

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