A Brief Vacation

ktadmin Posted in Announcements & Press Releases
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I will be traveling for a few days and out of town for about a week and a half.  If I find a connection and some time I will post, if not stay tuned I’ll be back shortly.

No this wasn’t a stupid idea, the house is well guarded.  To quote an old show…’I pity the fool‘!

Feel free to comment on who I’m quoting and perhaps you will win a prize!!

Happy Boxing Day!

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays
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What is Boxing Day?
The day after Christmas Day, December 26, is known as Boxing Day in Britain. It was also known as the Feast of St Stephen, when in olden days church alms-boxes were opened and the contents given to the poor. This custom turned into the giving of Christmas boxes, which were gifts of food, money or other items to household servants and then to public tradesmen, such as postmen and dustmen (garbage collectors). In many parts of Britain these traditions live on, with gifts of food, clothing or money from local churches being given to the poor or needy, and many people still give small gifts to their favorite trades people. Boxing Day is a public holiday in Britain. Banks and most shops

Perhaps Boxing actually refers to all the unboxing we have to do after Christmas day!

Merry Christmas!

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays
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May you and your family find peace and joy in this blessed Christmas season!

 

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Merry Christmas to all our readers from around the world!

Christmas Eve Anticipation

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays
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May the Joys of the Season fill your heart and Life

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Meditation Point #107

ktadmin Posted in A Zen Thing
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You cannot make someone like you.

— Chinese Fortune Cookie

This is just plain common sense or so I thought at first… Obviously this is good advice for people who are always trying to please others in the hopes that they will be their friends. But could it possibly mean even more? Could there be a hidden meaning?? Could the Chinese fortune cookie writer decided to hide an even more important message in this seeming simple phrase… Perhaps the Chinese Fortune cookie writer was trying to tell us that everyone is different and that no matter how we try we cannot (nor should we) try to make them act or be just like us. We need to respect the different personalities of others and realize that while we may think we are the greatest variety is the spice of life! Just a thought but the whole you can’t make someone be your friend thing works too.

Coconut Balls with Chocolate Drizzle

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays, Recipes and Health Facts
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Another Holiday classic!

These take a little bit of work but are more then worth it!  And don’t forget that Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.  Classified as a “functional food” you can read more about it’s health benefits here.  But in this case please remember, it’s still a cookie!

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1 package (3oz) cream cheese softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons orange juice
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt (I use less)
3 3/4 cups sweetened coconut flakes (leave 3/4 cups aside for later)

Beat butter, cream cheese and sugar in bowl until blended. Add egg yolk, orange juice and almond extract. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt and gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Stir in 3 cups coconut. Cover refrigerate 1 hour.

Heat oven to 350. Shape dough into 1 inch balls, then roll the balls in remaining 3/4 cup coconut. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 10-12 minutes (check after 10). Cool for about a minute or so before taking them off the cookie sheet or they’ll fall apart.

Once done take some melting chocolate and drizzle on top.

Say Thanks You

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays, For Kids, News
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Something cool that Xerox is doing by showing they are committed to helping people across the nation express their gratitude to our troops overseas. To do this they have setup the web site, www.letssaythanks.com , where you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and send it to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq. You do not get to pick who gets the card, but it will go to some member of the Armed Services.

www.letssaythanks.com

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! This would make a great assignment for the kids in your Dojo to do as a community activity. This is a great site. This is a great program.

Please send a card today, it is FREE and it only takes a second.

Chuck Norris, Politics and Endorsements

ktadmin Posted in Fun Stuff, News, OffTopic, Video
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One of my readers sent this to me a while ago but I’ve been so busy I just got a chance to watch it today… I can’t believe I hadn’t seen this, but it was a definite fit, so thank you Rebecca! The Video is a political ad for Mike Huckabee who I really don’t know much about but this was a great idea on his staffs part! Enjoy….



While I try to keep the blogs content centric the above video got me thinking I should give some “air-time” to the only candidate I support, Fred Thompson. I have followed his political career for a long time now and he is a very principled man who does what he says he is going to do. I’m not trying to convert or convince anyone, you have to make your own choices but perhaps I will give you pause to give Fred some consideration. Regardless is turns out he also has a great sense of humor! In a recent Ad in typical Fred Thompson fashion he shunned the mainstream media and released this video directly to YouTube in response to a challenge from Michael “the rich fat slob who pretends to know our problems to make more money” Moore.



I can see why Fred Thompson doesn’t like the media but I like the fact that they included a clip of Moore expressing his love for America. If you missed it you’ll have to watch it again. In typical fashion the news media cut the beginning of the video which makes it lose something, here is the complete 38 second version of the video:



If you want to know more about Fred Thompson and where he stands on the issues this is a good clip to start with. Yes I said stand on the issues not spin, he actually states his stance but more importantly explains his plan on how to make his approach a reality. Haven’t heard talk like that since Ronald Reagan ran for office. And yes, I mean that as a compliment!



This is perhaps one of the best explanations of Federalism and why it is such a healthy and incredible form of government I’ve ever heard. If this isn’t a breath of fresh air then what is?!



Feel free to post comments as I would like to know what you think, other resources, links and opinions. Look forward to hearing from you…

An Appropriate Reaction

ktadmin Posted in Articles of Interest, Entertainment, Self-Defense, Video
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This is old news but a great talking point so I am drawing some attention to it. In the video Burt Reynolds slaps a reporter…GASP, the horror! So why would Burt Reynolds do such a thing? Well, Burt Reynolds slapped the CBS reporter at premier of film “The Longest Yard” when the reporter admits he never saw the original. Sounds reasonable to me!

Burt Reynolds is a man’s man and has never worried about what people think but he also has never shown himself to be mean spirited, quite the opposite. In the video Burt is clearly smacking the “guy” upside the head for being an idiot. Now if it was a female reporter then perhaps Burt’s move would have been inappropriate but in a man’s world body contact like this is normal behavior. Guys give each other a hard time for being idiots and yes a smack in the head is appropriate sometimes.

What is really interesting is the way CBS chose to report the story. CBS uses language to mislead and inflame the situation for the public to try and maximize the news worthiness of this non-news item. Using language like CBS Producer to neuter the reporter and insinuate the report was a woman. Then they make the offense sound more violent stating Burt Reynolds “Hitting” a CBS Producer. Most people will only hear or remember the sound bite and then draw their own conclusions. In my opinion more people should slap reporters for bad reporting…strike that, for out right lying about events to make them more sensational. Way to go Burt!



Coconut Custard Pie

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays, Recipes and Health Facts
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Christmas is almost here and if you haven’t started cooking… well you better get busy! A recent addition to our Family Christmas dessert line-up is this Coconut Custard Pie.Coconut Custard Pie

    Ingredients List

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together butter, sugar and eggs. Blend in flour and milk a half cup of milk at a time. Add one cup coconut and vanilla and mix well. Pour filing into unbaked pie shell. Lightly sprinkle with nutmeg and then top with additional coconut. Bake 40-50 minutes or until set.

Yum! No this is not part of any special Holiday diet! If you can’t relax once in a while and enjoy this type of homemade dessert then you should seek therapy. 😉 Trust me this is WAY better then therapy! I even prefer this delicious dessert to…lunges!!

Eat responsibly and let us know how it comes out…in other words say thank you with a comment!