Celeb's Grow Old (photographs)

Don't feel so all alone .... everybody must grow old !

Boy George

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Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn 

After 31 years together, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have certainly stood the test of time in Hollywood.

 Michael Douglas
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Ukrainian Easter Egg Fun

by JR Hager
There has never been a time around my house that Mom wasn't working on a Ukrainian egg design. And we arn't even Ukrain. Friends and family members were always eager to stop by to see what Marlene was working on.

 It wouldn't take them long to say, "Wow" when they did see what she has created. And soon after I would always hear, "well, how did you do that?"

Then some people would say, "oh I could never do that." "Oh I'm not talented." "I need a recipe for everything I cook." "Never created a thing in my life." Oh I wish, but I'm not an artist."

But everybody, and I mean everybody, who sat down and gave it a try, and gave themselves patients, would eventually say with a grin, "oh my, that does look nice. I had no Idea." Or if they were too shy to say anything, their expression on their face would say, " Hey, I'm proud of myself!" 

by JR Hager

I love that. That's why I always love it when Mom and I have our classes. When I bring them their finished egg in and I see their eyes light-up. That's a joy, being instrumental in someone's joy and self discovery. It's just like it was with me. I never thought I was 'artsy-fartsy' enough to do a Ukrainian Easter egg until recently. Yes, recently. Funny, all these years that my Mom has been creating these beautiful eggs and I haven't done one till now?



the egg

The egg is very important and starts here.

One will not be able to just go to the nearest grocery store and pick up a dozen eggs and start using them. They will not hold the ink or the dye. Not to add to any conspiracy theories but these eggs are processed in a certain way that leaves a film on the egg. But the yoke of these eggs (yellow yoke) are easiest to remove from the egg because of it's less density than organically farm raised eggs. (orange yoke)

I've experimented with using vinegar and water to wash them before using them. Sometimes it works and sometimes not. You're welcome to use or try other forms of washing the egg, but I've had little success with anything. (if you find something that works please let me know)
In rural Pennsylvania here we have a farm that sells eggs and other dairy products on every street corner, it seems. And the only thing they do to their eggs is to sand them to remove the small chunks of calcium deposits, and that is all.

And this goes for brown eggs as well. And yes you can also use brown eggs for your Ukrainian Easter eggs designs. They are unique and work just fine. Here are a few we've done, to give you an idea. The egg on the bottom is a brown egg.

And yes, you can use larger eggs as well, like duck, goose and ostrich eggs. We are working with these larger eggs now, as we speak, and I will post the eggs when we've completed them.

by JR Hager

the tools

These are the few tools that we use in our classes.

A stylus, known as a pysachok, pysak, pysal'tse, or kystka (kistka), is used to adhere or write with the wax on to the egg. We offer two kinds here. The blue handled kiska, newer design, seems to hold more wax and distributes the wax more evenly on the egg.

Beeswax is used instead of regular candle wax. Candle wax usually have special scents and coloring added that disturb the natural processes of this art. Any wax that is free of these additives will work just fine. We use the candle to heat the stylus to melt the cube of beeswax. After a little puddle of wax is achieved, the stylus can be dipped into it to hold a portioned of melted wax ready to be written on to the egg.

We've added rubber-bands to the list of tools. We use them as guides. I've tied a knot to one end so it will fit smaller eggs. Without the knot the rubber-bands fit nicely over larger eggs.

the dyes

We purchaced our dyes from Amazon. I will list the links for you here. They have lasted for many years. Sometimes we do make our own from naturally dried plants, roots, bark, berries and insects. Yellow was obtained from the flowers of the woadwaxen, and gold from onion skins. Red could be extracted from logwood or cochineal, and dark green and violet from the husks of sunflower seeds and the berries and bark of the elderberry bush. Black dye was made from walnut husks. Experiment. There are many new ways to produce dyes.

the process

Pysanky is made using a wax resist method. Beeswax was heated in a small bowl on the large family stove, and the styluses were dipped into it. The molten wax was applied to the white egg with a writing motion; any bit of shell covered with wax would be sealed, and remain white. Then the egg was dyed yellow, and more wax applied, and then orange, red, purple, black. (The dye sequence is always light to dark). Whatever is covered with wax will remain that color. After the final color, usually red, brown or black, the wax was removed by heating the egg in the stove (10 minutes at 200 degrees) and gently wiping off the melted wax. Another method is to briefly dip the egg into boiling water. (I've never used this method)

the history

The art of the decorated egg in Ukraine, or the pysanka, probably dates back to ancient times. No actual ancient examples exist, as eggshells are fragile. In pre-Christian times, Dazhboh was one of the main deities in the Slavic pantheon; birds were the sun god's chosen creations, for they were the only ones who could get near him. Humans could not catch the birds, but they did manage to obtain the eggs the birds laid. Thus, the eggs were magical objects, a source of life. The egg was also honored during rite-of-Spring festivals––it represented the rebirth of the earth. The long, hard winter was over; the earth burst forth and was reborn just as the egg miraculously burst forth with life. The egg, therefore, was believed to have special powers.

With the advent of Christianity, via a process of religious syncretism, the symbolism of the egg was changed to represent, not nature's rebirth, but the rebirth of man. Christians embraced the egg symbol and likened it to the tomb from which Christ rose. With the acceptance of Christianity in 988, the decorated pysanka, in time, was adapted to play an important role in Ukrainian rituals of the new religion. Many symbols of the old sun worship survived and were adapted to represent Easter and Christ's Resurrection.

In modern times, the art of the pysanka was carried abroad by Ukrainian emigrants to North and South America, where the custom took hold, and concurrently banished in Ukraine by the Soviet regime (as a religious practice), where it was nearly forgotten. Museum collections were destroyed both by war and by Soviet cadres. Since Ukrainian Independence in 1991, there has been a rebirth of the art in its homeland.

The oldest "real" pysanka was excavated in L'viv in 2013, and was found in a rainwater collection system that dates to the 15th or 16th century. The pysanka was written on a goose egg, which was discovered largely intact, and the design is that of a wave pattern. The second oldest known pysanka was excavated in Baturyn in 2008, and dates to the end of the 17th century.

 by JR Hager

Dear Mr. Rothschild,

Sorry for the poster here, nothing personal, just using it to set the tone of this blog page. And this poster, I came across on Facebook, was what gave me the inspiration to write you. Your family net-worth is what stuck-out.

And I was going to send Bill Gates this letter/blog but I figure you could pass it on to him at your next meeting. Because after you-guys hear about this blog and the idea I have, you'll want to have a meeting. I mean, it's your World too!

The Golden Rule has always been my creed to live by. I figure it's the bases of any religion, or non-religious institutions, groups or businesses, or it should be. But as I have always treated others as I would want to be treated, there is a side-effect. I look at others and think, "what would I do In their situation." ....and I certainly wouldn't like to see my picture on a poster like this on Facebook.

My comment on the Facebook post was, 'these people could end World hunger and World pollution with a stroke of a pen.' 

Granted, it would take several years or more to actually see results, but the initial stroke of your pen would get it all started. And it wouldn't take a lot of your money or a lot of your time. It will however, and this is your side-effect, it will change the way people look at you. People will always hate you for your money, but this way they will see something different on Facebook. Like the other millionaires who have given millions to charities.

World hunger can be eradicated. A price has been set and estimated by the United Nations to solve this crisis of food shortage by focusing on agricultural development.
The cost to end world hunger is $30 billion a year. It may seem like a large sum of money, but when compared to the funds that the U.S. spends on defense - $737 billion in 2012, $30 billion seems more attainable. The $30 billion expense is manageable, especially when the U.S. would be joined by other investors in global poverty, but it has the capacity to be the leader.

More money will probably be needed for the worlds pollution. China alone will need to spend nearly 5 trillion yuan, or $817 billion, to fight air pollution, according to Fang Li, spokesman of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Environmental Protection. Fang’s startling estimate came on Sept. 23 as he released the Chinese capital’s antipollution blueprint, which promises significant improvements in air quality by 2017.

Beijing alone will have to fork out $163 billion to clear its skies, according to Fang. The Chinese capital has for many years suffered from serious air pollution, but the smog reached record levels last winter when choking haze engulfed the city for weeks. Forced into action by the ensuing public outrage, the government is now unveiling its clean-air strategy as another undoubtedly toxic winter looms.

Already there, there ! (joke)

Already there, there !

An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long," answered the Mexican.

"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.

The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full wonderful life, amigo"

The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."               

"And after that?" asked the Mexican.

"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your new huge, enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.

"And after that, amigo?"

"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the Mexican.

"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends and relatives."

"But amigo ....."

And the moral of this story is: Know where you're going in life ... You may already be there.

Queen's wardrobe edible ?

Did you ever think that the queen's outfits are edible?

Well, this one sure looks tastier and sweeter than the others she's worn, but they all look like they were made, or at least thought of, by a pastry chef. Or a wanna be. Or a person who has more of a sweet tooth and sugar taste rather than any determinable good fashion taste or sense.

This fashion statement appears that the designer couldn't get far enough away from the orange sorbet to complete their garment for her majesty. And, considering the Queen's conservatism, it is very surprising she put the 'thing' on, or got even close to doing it. It's a wonder her royal blood didn't boil after being exposed to it. Or a wonder her monarch skin didn't crawl away when it touched it. Or that her dead aristocracy didn't get out of their graves to protest, when they got word of the likes of it on their precious Elizabeth.

Maybe the Queen just wants to appear more liberal to the people this way. If you have a dress that looks more palatable, possibly her following will show a liking and like her and continue to follow suit, and to continue to like paying taxes. And to continue to like her and her family so they can keep their jobs. And yes, to keep liking her so she can continue with these tasty delectable outfits that turn the people on. Or makes their mouth water.

"The way to the people is through their stomachs, and/or taste-buds?"

Come to think of it, this could be the steps the Queen is taking to go green, and help diminish England's carbon footprint on the World. Since she only wears her outfits once, and she donates it to hang somewhere for ever; if it was edible it would be more of use. She could donate her garments to the poor so they could eat them. And the Queen wouldn't have to spend any more of the taxpayers money to have the dress / dessert washed before hand. Her royal smells would spice and flavor their meal and add to their 'chowing down' experience.

Instead of saying, "let them eat cake," she could now just say, "let them eat my dress."

Just think of all the mouths the Queen could feed with her extravaganza of editable clothes. No, it's mutton, no it's one of the Queens dresses she wore during the Olympics. There's no telling where this could lead to. It may even spread over the 'pond' to the states. All kinds of government people could follow the Queens healthful steps in the right direction. Most of them only wear their cloths once anyway. Instead of wasting them, turn them into food. And here's the best part that any 'big gov-er' will love to hear about this idea. They are sure to change their ways. They don't have to stop their war mongering around the Planet, just buy more cloths from the Queen's pastry chef recipe. Finally the poor will be fed. Imagine that.


Fetuses Masturbate !

"Fetuses masturbate? yea right!" Just when I thought it was safe to go on to another subject, after completing my very controversial blog  'Fireworks with Yourself' - I get a Christmas gift that tells me, "hold on there space monkey. Here's somethin else right down your line. You'll be known as 'Doctor Jerk-off" for sure after this."

And it is a book gift, which are my main gifts for the year. And my yearly gifts I receive are mostly books. They must be getting the idea I like books. Good. I do, and especially the unusual type books. And I'm talkin real books here, made out of wood, not plastic, '100 Things You're Not Supposed to know,' by Russ Kick. A wonderful compilation of 100 unique facts unknown to most people.Thank you Russ Kick, most of them blew me away, if I can use that vibrator, I mean vernacular. (Amazon below)

So naturally if ya have twins they'll do it together, but when they do that together after their born that means the kids would need to be 're-born' or worse 'exorcism' or worse even 'Father kills you in a rage'! But if life was better to you, or you it, and you got through all that and continue to masturbate, good for you two. 'Jerk-off be happy - Jerk-off be healthy' is my motto. Hey and just happen to think; they could pin 'incest' on those kids quite easily these days.

Oh and found another one, #51 Men have clitorises' which I'll have to get back to and find out where.
Come to think of it I think I ......

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# 56
In 1996, two ob-gyns in Itally published a letter in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecologyl. The heart of the matter was:

-We recently observed a female fetus a 32 weeks gestation touching the vulva with the fingers of the right hand. The caressing movements were centered primarily on the region of the clitoris. Movements stopped after 30 to 40 seconds and started again after a few minutes. Furthermore, these slight touches were repeated and were associated with shore, rapid movements of pelvis and legs. After another break, in addition to this behavior, the fetus contracted the muscles of the trunk and limbs, and then clonicotonic movements[ie, prolonged spasms] of the whole body followed, Finally, she relaxed and rested.
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T H I S  J U S T  I N :

vincent wade drunk naked Vincent Wade Crashes His Car, Gets Naked And Plays With Himself On The Street:
Apparently Philadelphia is now the City of Brotherly Self-Love as well.
On Monday morning, Vincent J. Wade, a 34-year-old Jersey man, allegedly got wasted and crashed his car into a Pennsylvania Crown Fried Chicken, Philly Mag first reported. Then things got a little out of hand -- or in-hand, if you think about it.