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Maleficent with Angelina Jolie Opens Friday, May 30th

Wow! Tomorow is the Big Day when the world gets to see the gorgeous Angelina Jolie as Sleeping Beauty's evil stepmother and starring in Maleficent!! Taking Walt Disney's Classic and perhaps The Most Popular Princess, Aurora's story, but as seen from the twisted view of her evil stepmother.


Angelina Jolie arrives at the World Premiere Of Disney's "Maleficent" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 28, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

The reviews are fantastic! Here is one from Reuters:

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Angelina Jolie, in taking her first major acting role in years, wanted something "crazy and silly" to counter the more serious parts of her life and her idea of fun was to play a baddie who looks pretty darn scary to children.

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Farewell to a Beloved Lady, Poet, Author, American - Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928. She grew up in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. She was an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist. She was best known for her autobiographical books: Mom & Me & Mom (Random House, 2013); Letter to My Daughter (2008);All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes (1986); The Heart of a Woman (1981); Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas (1976); Gather Together in My Name (1974); and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), which was nominated for the National Book Award.

Among her volumes of poetry are A Brave and Startling Truth (Random House, 1995); ...  Read More

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Popular 'Cartoons' Showing The REAL Reasons to Celebrate Memorial Day


Preparing for Memorial Day- - 
 
 
 
God Bless Our Veterans, Our Military and Their Loved Ones! 
 
 
 
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Have a Safe and Fun Memorial Day Weekend! #FlandersField #Poppies

Memorial Day, the official Launching of S U M M E R!!!! Whoo Hoo! BBQ, Sun, Surf, Boating, Friends & Family ~ CELEBRATE!!

Please remember to take a few minutes at least to honor those in whose names this Memorial Holiday was created -- the heroic Service Men and Women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us, our country and our freedoms - The US Military!

Memorial Day 2014 HD Wallpapers

Thank you to all Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine, National Guard Active Duty and Veterans for your great, great, great services! You are our Heroes and we will never be able to thank you enough!  God Bless you and your loved ones! 

Memorial Day Wallpapers

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Art Invigorates the Senses!

If you are ever in a slump, and who isn't, just stop what you are doing and enjoy some ART!

It will take you away from the current dilemma or stalemate and let you return refreshed and more creatively able to tackle whatever the glitch is!

If you are at work, just take a virtual tour of your favorite museum. This site gives you an array of ideas for Los Angeles: Discover The Arts in LA

We chose The Craft & Folk Art Museum, with a cuurent exhibition called: A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar.



May 18th - August 24th

This retrospective of American woodturner Stoney Lamar presents over 30 works made between 1987 to the present. Lamar’s sculptures are constructed through a unique approach to multi-axial lathe work, giving his pieces a distinct sense of line and movement that draws from figurative and architectural influences. This...  Read More

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Spotlight on new Kiva Loan Recipients

Wow! We just got repaid on some previous loans, so reinvested in new people and projects. It takes a nano-second to do and truly does help other enterprising entrepreneurs in our global community.

Please meet the Amigas de Lucciola from Santa Ana, Ecuador:

In this Group: Luz Aurora, Laura Celeste, Valeria Sabina, Gabriela Del Rocio, Idalis Nereise, Martha Isabel, Magdalena Florentina, Carlos Armando*, Ana Moncerrate, Jose Rigoberto*, Rosa Linda, Mónica Dolores
* not pictured

They want a loan to to purchase feed and medicine for the chickens and pigs. 

Every fifteen days, the members of the “Grupo De Crédito Amigas De Lucciola” [Friends of Lucciola Loan Group] meet in Santa Ana, a city known for its beautiful landscapes and freshwater spas that are frequently visited by the tourists. 

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Newport News Shipbuilding Dedicates 12th Habitat for Humanity Home - Globe News Wire

GlobeNewswire 



12th Habitat For Humanity House Dedicated
 

 Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division joined elected officials and business and community leaders Tuesday to dedicate the 12th home shipyard volunteers have constructed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg.

Among the well-wishers who welcomed Jeremiah and Crystal Lamberty and their children to their new home were Rep. Bobby Scott; State Sen. John Miller; Cathy McQuade, president-elect, Habitat for Humanity board of directors; Karen Joyner, CEO, Virginia Peninsula Food Bank; and Michael Lee, vice president, United Steelworkers Local 8888.

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U.S Broadband Access is Terrible; Fixing It Could Be Worse - The Fiscal Times

The Fiscal Times 





At any given moment in the U.S., an untold number of citizens sits, seething in impotent rage, staring at computer or television screens that have stopped displaying the content they want because the data their device needs is “buffering.” 

 

Some blame their Internet Service Providers for purposefully slowing down their connection, and in certain cases, they might be true. Others blame the fact that they don’t have access to state-of-the-art fiber optic connections with lightning-fast data transfer speeds – something that, from a purely technical standpoint, is no longer that difficult to provide. 

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Details emerge about new Harry Potter ride -AP

Associated Press



The centerpiece of the new Harry Potter-themed area at Universal Orlando Resort will take visitors into Gringotts bank to help retrieve a magical object and re-create a scene from the wildly popular book and movie series.

 

Universal executives announced Tuesday that the ride will be called "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts." It re-creates a scene from the final Harry Potter book and film.

"It takes you into one of the great moments of the fiction," said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative.

The ride and the themed area — called the Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley — will open in the summer. It will double the size of the Harry Potter landscape in the park.

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First prosthetic arm wired to muscles approved by the FDA - ars Technica

by Megan Geuss

Company run by Segway inventor received $40 million from DARPA to create it.

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On Friday May 9th, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the sale and marketing of a prosthetic arm called the DEKA Arm System, which uses electronic signals from the wearer's muscles to induce up to 10 different movements in the prosthetic.

Electrodes attached to the arm above the prosthesis detect muscle contractions and send those signals to a processor, which translates the contractions into movements that the arm should execute. The prosthetic weighs the same as an adult arm, and its design is modular so that it can be fitted to accommodate many different needs. Specifically, the FDA notes that the prosthetic can be used for “limb loss occurring at the shoulder joint, mid-upper arm, or mid-lower arm. It cannot be configured for limb loss at the elbow or wrist joint.” ...more

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