Saturday, December 21, 2013

Hardwood Heroes--a great company


More floors have been done--Hardwood Heroes Kenny Scarbrough

My new buddy Kenny Scarbrough with Hardwood Heroes has been here for two days installing hardwood 
flooring in my living room and hallway. Kenny does an outstanding job; very professional and great work
ethic. Floors are incredible.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Toni Erin Penery, acupuncturist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Toni Penery Accepts Appointment as Acupuncturist in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


For Immediate Release

From: Valir Health
700 NW 7th Street
Oklahoma City, OK

Valir Health Adds Acupuncturist to Staff

Toni Penery (my daughter) to Head Department of Alternative Medicine

CEO Tom Tucker announced today that Valir Health will begin providing the services of acupuncturist Toni Penery. “We are fortunate to have found Ms. Penery. She comes to us as a graduate of the University of Tennessee’s Department of Anthropology which includes the world-renowned Body Farm.

Penery holds a 2006 B.S. Degree with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Pre-med. She is also a 2013 graduate of the 3 year program from the Academy of the Five Elements of Acupuncture in Gainesville, Florida.

Tucker said, "Everyone is moving toward trying out the more natural ways of taking care of themselves and we at Valir Health believe that this movement is due to fact that these 'natural' alternatives to healthcare work for millions of people each year. We are proud to be offering acupuncture to Oklahoma City and we think that people will be pleasantly surprised at the results that they can get from this safe and effective form of treatment."

Penery will begin taking patients on Dec 9th. Appointments will be available from 9am-6pm Monday through Friday at the new offices on the first floor of the Valir Rehabilitation Hospital. The location is quiet and easily accessible and is a place in which people can relax and have a whole-body treatment for what ails them.

Penery explains, “Acupuncture is an effective treatment for all kinds of pain, infertility, sports injury, migraines/headaches, stress, anxiety, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Acupuncture/ Chinese Medicine do not aim to treat the migraine, but aims to treat the person with the migraine in order to correct the issue causing migraines to begin with. This results not only in migraines becoming less frequent or intense, but also a provides the patient with a sense of well-being, better sleep, better digestion, and less stress."

Penery comes from a traditionally Western Medicine background so no one was more surprised than her when she found herself looking to acupuncture for pain relief. "I had neck and shoulder pain so bad that my arms and hands would go numb, I had terrible headaches all the time, my ears were constantly ringing. I was a hot mess when I went in for the first treatment. I had no idea what to expect, and I hate needles so I was pretty freaked out. After that first visit, I was pleasantly surprised. It was like someone had taken all the pressure off or let the steam escape. I felt renewed. I was sold."

Shortly after her first acupuncture experience she began to ask more in-depth questions to her acupuncturist who encouraged her first by recommending books and then by suggesting that she go to acupuncture school. "It's weird how life works out,“ she said. “I never in a 1000 years thought that I would want to get acupuncture and it was the very thing that completely transformed my life."

Penery has always wanted to work in a field in which she helps people, "I am excited to serve the Oklahoma City community. She said, “People are my passion. I adore that you can always find something to admire or respect in someone. My goal is to help people get well and stay well in order to enjoy happy, healthy lives," she said.

"Acupuncture is 1000s of years old and is widely accepted as the oldest continually practiced medicine in the world. It works by inserting very thin sterile, stainless steel needles into certain points on the body in order to gently coax the person back to balance and thus back into health."

"People always ask, ‘Does it hurt?’ and my answer is, "Occasionally people have an intense sensation but acupuncture rarely hurts when practiced by a skilled and well-educated practitioner. In acupuncture school, needling technique is a major focus of the education. We knew we were getting good when we could insert needles into balloons without bursting them. I'm basically immune to the sound of popping balloons at this point, Penery said.

Visit
www.valir.com for more information.


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Ignorant and Apathetic or Do Not Know and Do Not Care

There is an old joke about a professor and an unruly student having an argument. At one point, after angry word play back and forth between the two, the professor says to the young man, “Sir, you are both ignorant and apathetic.” The students replies, “No, professor, it is just that I do not know and I do not care.”

Has that joke come true for voting in Knoxville?

Only 2% of registered voters or 4,000 turned out for the recent Knoxville City Elections.

Most voters probably did not even know there was an election. What was at stake? Four City Council seats?

Who won? Duane Grieve in District 2 with 382 votes or 92% of the total; Brenda Palmer in District 3 with 144 votes or 100% of the total; Nick Volpe, who currently holds the seat in District 4, with 412 votes or 63% verses Rick Staples with 232 votes or 32%; Daniel Brown in District 1 with 276 votes or 84% verses Pete Drew with 52 votes of 15%. Remember Daniel T. Brown, he served as mayor at one point. Only Brown and Volpe even faced a challenger.

Knox County Election Commission Administrator Cliff Rodgers said that he was not surprised with the results. “Four years ago we had five contested races and 7,985 voters.”

With fewer seats up for grab, it makes sense that fewer come out to vote.

What does your City Council do?

City Council, the legislative body for the City of Knoxville, meets every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building, 400 Main Street, in downtown Knoxville. The business before the body is to administer the city charter and ordinances and to vote on how city tax dollars are spent.
 The  Agenda for the meeting is available on-line Friday before the meeting. The Meeting Minutes indicating the action taken by City Council on each item is available on-line Thursday following the meeting.

The Vice Mayor is selected by City Council from its membership for a two-year term. Council Member Nick Pavlis is currently Vice Mayor.

Composed of nine members, City Council has six representatives elected from districts and three elected 'at-large' representing the entire city. Each council member is elected to serve a four year term.

 

 

 

 

Friday, December 6, 2013

ALERT from Arbor Terrace--Beware of Strangers


I just wanted to share with my professional friends an issue that we recently had at Arbor Terrace. We had a “family” of 3 people to drop by Arbor on the pretense that they wanted to tour for a family member. Our Executive Director was having them fill out some information because I was on my way back in from my car. When I came in, she directed me to where they were sitting, which was in 3 chairs in our living room, just outside of the entrance area to the administrative offices. I introduced myself and they were all very friendly. They asked me if they could just wait there for a few minutes because they had two other family members that planned to join them for the tour. I told them yes. I excused myself and went to the ladies room. When I returned they were not sitting in that area any longer. I asked the executive director where they were and she said she had not seen them leave the building….so we searched the building since they were nowhere in sight. Apparently, they had left Arbor while Joy was busy with a family member at front desk. It was not until the next day that Joy received a call from her credit card company that she had over $2,000 charged to her acct at Best Buy, another $695 at Foot Locker, another $200 + at Dick’s and had tried several other places. Joy immediately stopped the credit card charges. They ended up having 2 different cards and have charged well over $6,000 on her cards. We have them on tape and so does Best Buy. We just thought that you needed to have “heads up” that this is happening in your back door, because it happened in our front door. If you have had any issues, or question marks about any recent “tours” that really were not legitimate, please call us. The Knoxville Police Dept definitely feel that this is probably a “ring” of professionals. They stole her driver’s license also.
Kathy M. Coffey
Senior Care Counselor/Marketing Director
Arbor Terrace Assisted Living
9051 Cross Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37923
(865)670-4111

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Kenneth Scarbrough of Hardwood Heroes

Kenneth does an excellent job of refinished historic hardwood floors and his price is reasonable.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

My daughter took a job in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

From Toni Erin Penery (my daughter)
This appeared in the newsletter for the Five Element Academy of Acupuncture in Gainesville, Florida:

I am the Director of the new Acupuncture Department at Valir Health in Oklahoma City, OK. I’m starting this department from the ground up, working with physicians and other primary care providers as well as running an outpatient Acupuncture clinic at the hospital and start-up clinics in their 13 outpatient facilities. Valir is dedicated to utilizing all forms of effect treatment in an effort to meet their patients needs. I am super excited because I get to meld Eastern and Western medicine! I credit AFEA for this opportunity. Even after you graduate you are still part of the family and I love that.

Toni Penery
Class 28

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Calorie Count for Thanksgiving Dinner

Calorie Count for Thanksgiving Dinner

Time for some realism:
4 ounces baked turkey-118
1 cup green beans-40
l/2 cup cranberry sauce-132
Gravy-1 to 2 ounces-50 calories
Yeast roll-100 for small sized roll
1 tablespoon real butter-100
Mashed potatoes-l/2 cup serving 100
Pumpkin pie-320

EQUALS 960

Does not consider second helpings or other foods
Such as macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, etc.

Mayor Rob Ford Has Given Me Lots of Laughs

Robert Ford , the sixty-fourth and current Mayor of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has big problems. Ford was accused months ago of using illegal drugs, consorting with prostitutes in the mayor’s office, driving while drunk, smoking pot while on duty in the mayor’s office, making inappropriate comments containing sexual content to female staff members and hanging out with drug dealers. Ford had denied these allegations until this week when he was called in front of the Toronto City Council for questioning.

During an investigation by the Toronto Police Service a cell phone belonging to an individual who had been killed in a drug deal gone bad was discovered to contain video of the mayor using crack cocaine.

While being questioned by the Council, the mayor admitted he did use crack cocaine saying it was"probably in one of my drunken stupors". The mayor added that he is not addicted to drugs.

Ford was elected mayor in 2010 taking office on December first of that year. He was able to get elected by campaigning on environmental issues, promising to plant more trees.

On November 15, 2013 Toronto City Council voted to remove certain mayoral powers from Ford and grant them to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly for the remainder of Ford's term.

Mayor Ford said that the Council had no legal authority to remove him from office and he will not resign.

The husky-built mayor is often seen in public with rolls of fat from his belly showing as his shirt flaps outside of his pants. He has also appeared to be under the influence of alcohol as he walked directly into a camera on one occasion nearly knocking himself out.

The mayor is often seen wearing a purple and white jersey in support of the Toronto Argonauts, a team in the Canadian Football League. Members of the team have recently said that this is an embarrassment to them.

Since the episode began the mayor has been followed by a phalanx of reporters and photographers stopping on several occasions to give comments. It was during one of these brief interview sessions when the mayor made several totally inappropriate remarks referring to graphic sex acts.

Strangely, the mayor’s approval ratings have gone up 5 points during this ordeal leading the mayor to confirm that he will not resign and will seek a second term in 2014.

Vowing to continue to work for Toronto, the mayor said, "I understand the embarrassment that I've caused every resident in this city. I'm humiliated by it but I can't change the past."


Christmas Creep

Christmas Creep M. Woodward

The day after Halloween I entered into a local store that sells things like dishwashing liquid, vegetable oil, fingernail polish, colas, paper, pens and scissors.

As I walked through the store, I could not help but notice that the isles, shelves and walls were loaded with Christmas decorations and lights. It was not that the store had a few holiday decorations sitting in the corners waiting to be used, but the entire place was aglow with 100% Christmas finery.

I momentarily went into shock. It’s November first. Where did Thanksgiving go? What about autumn leaves falling gently to the ground? As I shopped, a loud argument between myself and the store began in my mind.

The Store: It’s Christmas.

Me: It’s November first.

The Store: It’s Christmas.

Me: It’s November first.

The Store: It’s Christmas.

Me: It’s November first.

Apparently I am not the only person who feels this way as more and more people are speaking out against the early bombardment of Christmas regalia. The idea that retailers are pushing back the date for the official beginning of the Christmas shopping season from the first Friday after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, has been defined as Christmas Creep. (From Wikipedia: Christmas creep is defined as a
merchandising phenomenon in which merchants and retailers exploit the commercialized status of Christmas by moving up the start of the holiday shopping season. The term was first used in the mid-1980s. The Christmas season begins with Advent between November 27 and December 3 and lasts through Christmastide, which officially starts December 25 and lasts 12 days.)

Did you know that this idea began with Sam’s Club and Wal-mart? Target and J.C. Penney soon followed turning what is supposed to be a religious celebration into a few more days for corporate greed to run amuck

Frankly, I am against Christmas Creep. I do not and will not support it. I suggest that more and more families do what our family does. Once my children became adults, we agreed to celebrate the holidays by getting together for a nice meal and a fun activity like a day trip or going to a movie. We exchange small gifts and have set a limit for spending. We pass around a list of our needs and wants a few days before Christmas and everyone gets something they can use. I have one daughter who enjoys decorating her house and my house, so she does. My son might hang lights outside, but just as well might not. My other daughter enjoys traveling so she is generally out of town on Christmas Day. We have found that our plan has eliminated the seasonal stress factor. We also save money while enjoying ourselves as a family. Isn’t that the best gift you can give on Christmas?

As far as Christmas Creep, stores need to beware because the creep that is coming is digital. The one thing they will need to do is to be sure they have spiced up their websites. According to SOASTA, a leader in on-line testing, the results for 2013’s Holiday Retails Readiness Survey shows that 86% of Americans plan to shop online for the holidays this year, with the Northeast ranking first (89%) followed by the Western states (86%), South (85%) and the Midwest (83%). Will we see a day when the retail store is a thing of the past? Possibly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Talk of the Town for week of Sept. 30

The Fall 2013 East Tennessee Plant Swap will be held at
New Harvest Park
4775 New Harvest Lane, Knoxville, TN 37918
on Saturday, October 5, 2013

Setup will begin at 9:30am
Swapping starts at 10:00am
Lunch will be at 11:30am or noon



The cruise liner Costa Concordia, that capsized nearly two years ago on the rocky shore of the Tuscan island of Giglio killing 32 people, was finally raised from the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Although the ship will be dismantled and sold for scrap, it was placed upright by a feat of engineering marvel. It was lifted by several huge cranes using metal ropes and placed on a make-shift barge. The ship was towed away. There has been no mention of finding the bodies of those who died in the accident.

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On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma,

(Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia:

"In Russia live like Russians.
Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws.

If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim's then we advise them to go to those

places where that's the state law.
Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell 'discrimination'.

We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture.

We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. The muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways Sharia Law and Muslims. When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not Russians,” said Putin.

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Breaking Bad, the television show on AMC that finished season 5 on Sunday night, thus ending production of the program, went out with a bang. Although millions of viewers could not watch the show because the protagonists (the characters who should be the good guys) happen to be manufacturers of meth. One of the quirks of this unique premise is that the antagonists (the characters who should be the bad guys) are DEA agents and law enforcements in general.

All in all, it is a quirky show that required the audience to take major leaps of faith in order to believe the action. Are drug dealers really that lucky? Are law enforcement officials really that dumb? However, it was voted as the best television show in a drama series at the recent Emmy Awards.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Something Spooky at the Sunsphere---Martha's new book

"Something Spooky at the Sunsphere" is a book that will put students in the mood for Halloween or for any other time of the year they would enjoy being scared. Using fun rhymes,the author takes the reader through the most famous building in Knoxville,Tennessee that just happens to also be haunted.

A ghost is in the Sunsphere and it might be coming after children of all ages. What does it look like? When will it arrive? Readers must keep turning the pages to find out.

But, be careful what you say and be careful what you do. The Sunsphere ghost may be coming to get you.

Just in time for Halloween

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New Book by Martha Rose Woodward Something Spooky at the Sunsphere

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Flaws With Breaking Bad by Martha Rose Woodward 9-17-2013


Yes, I am a fan of Breaking Bad, however, there are major flaws in the story that just have to be addressed. Here are a few:
l. Walt Jr. is far too cooperative for a 16 year old boy. When asked to do chores, he always says, "Sure, Mom!" like he is soooo happy. Most 16 year olds are sassy, self-centered, sleep all day-up all night, talk back, spend 99% of time with friends, NEVER do housework, and more. His grades would tank, too, if his dad was as much trouble as Walt Senior.
2. Jesse's teeth are too perfect. A heavy meth user's teeth ground away with the constant use and gums are red, bloody, soft. Other users on the show have bad teeth, but not Jesse. NOT believeable.
3. There is hardly any mention of DNA. At all murder scenes in which Walt just walks away, his DNA would be everywhere. BOTH their DNA and fingerprints were all over Uncle Tio's house--case over.
4. At Tio's when Tuko throws Jesse and Walt's phones into the back yard, police would have found them, found their fingerprints and case over.
5. Jesse is not that attractive that super hot chicks would be after him. The actresses chosen to play his love interests are way too pretty for a guy who is a big loser. They are also too tall and too big for him. He seems overpowered by them.
6. The theft of lab equipment would have been noticed. Other teachers would have complained that things were missing. Schools keep up with stuff better than that. Each teacher uses the equipment, so someone would have noticed. There is always a bitchy woman/man on the staff who keeps up with stuff right down to pencils and erasers.
7. No one ever seems to be looking out a window to see murders and kidnappings. Just not realistic.
8. Mike would have immediately killed Walt when Walt killed Gus. Mike would know he had to get to Walt before Walt got to him.
9. Killing 9 in prisons? Come on!! Prisons have cameras everywhere. Someone would have seen something. NOT believeable.
10. When Hank was driving by the laundry, he would have seen Walt's car. We cannot believe that a skilled detective would rely on one person to drive him by that place only one time. He would have driven by at all hours of the day and night.
11. Walt would have spent his money all along for basic household needs. They were barely getting by, so he would have been buying groceries, new shoes for Walt, Jr., baby clothes, gas, etc. He would have always had a pocket full of cash, to make Skyler's life smoother. She would have liked that and he could have eased her along better.
12. Why did Walt make a pass at the principal? Does not make sense for him logically. We are to believe he does all things out of logic. This would only harm him.
13. We are told over and over how he does this for his family. All right-----we get it. You do not have to remind us....enough already.
14. Jesse throwing money away would not happen. He would be doing his best to show that he is a winner to his parents. He would have been buying things for his parents, sending his mom flowers on all occasions, and spending the cash on the girlfriends for diamonds, clothes, etc.
15. Jesse would not drive a beat up car. He would have a Lexus or Mercedes. All drug dealers drive the best cars in town. The local car dealers rely on them to spend their cash and everyone turns a blind eye.
16. Someone with the DEA would be on Walt and Jesse's side. The money is just too much of a temptation. They could have paid off their own informant.
17. Jesse and Walt's DNA would be in the UHaul Truck that did the magnet thing. The magnets would get traced back to the junk yard and case closed. A building used by police would have better security, too.
18. All junk yards have to give account for cars that are smashed. Even though they got rid of the RV, there would be enough left for DNA, even fingerprints. Case closed at that point. The title has to be on file. Someone would have seen it at Jesse's. It was parked there for many days.
19. Someone would notice that Walt was visiting Jesse in the hospital. Case closed.
20. The mask found in the desert would have had fingerprints or DNA from Walt. Case closed. It did lead them back to the school. DEA would have put in cameras and found Walt stealing more property. Most schools have cameras inside anyway. Case closed.
21. Once Walt gets all that money, women would be after him.
22. There are not enough female characters in this show. Women are always around where money is being made. Walt would have been tempted with plenty of 15 to 20 year olds. Hot chicks can sniff out cash.
23. Walt would have been using cough drops with all that coughing.
24. There is a mouth wash that cancer doctors prescribe for lung patients because of the dry mouth and odors. Walt would constantly be using mouthwash and cough drops.
25. NO one with lung disease can run up and down steps. He would be on oxygen therapy with the air tanks needed at all times. Uncle Tio has them and he is sitting. Walt would not be that active with real lung cancer. Lungs determine all movement of the body. He would not be able to move like he does. Even driving a car is difficult with lung cancer and chemo.
26. Nothing is said about the raids on Gus's delivery trucks. Law enforcement would have been involved, this would lead to Gus; case over. Even if it was not reported, someone would see bullet holes in the trucks. We are to believe that cardboard boxes saved Mike from automatic weapon fire???
27. Ted would not be all goo goo over a 40 year old pregnant woman. He would have a long line of 20 year olds in his bed.
28. Once Skylar found problems with Ted's books, he would have fired her. Men do not like bad news.
29. They can pay $800,000 for a car wash????? How is that money laundering????
30. Walt would have been traveling to the Caymen islands or other sites that will launder money for him. He could afford to hire a private plane.
31. Walt would have an alternate plan of escape. With 80 million he would have many options.
32. He would have been sending the family on long vacations, as in Europe or Australia. People with new money travel. He would keep them out of town and out of his way and out of harm.
33. Most people who live in the West do speak Spanish. A person with Walt's intelligence would pick it up easily.
34. Walt would buy diamonds and expensive shoes for Skylar. Woman can be bought off. Logically, he would appeal to her ego. As Ron White says, "Diamonds, that will shut her up."
35. The baby does not seem to grow very fast. Most children will not fit into a bassinet at age 6 to 9 months. Is that a real baby? Looks fake. Why is it always wearing a hat? In New Mexicto with heat in the 100's to 110's?
36. Skylar would have followed Walt to the laundry. case closed.
37. Friends of Crazy 8 would have gone to see Jesse as he was last seen with him.
38. The police are portrayed as bunbling fools. Not so. They are generally very thorough. Not believeable that no police officer can put two and two together.
39. There would have been a police report filed when Walt crashed the new car he bought for Walt Jr. No one gets away with that kind of damage without someone noticing. cash closed
40. Hank has plenty of chances to bug Walt's home or car. He would have put a bug there just to find out the truth, then, he could have built his case.
41. Gus's operation was way to big for him to rely on one person to cook. He would have had cooks all over the place. He could have set up labs in his trucks. He was too smart to put all his eggs in one basket.
42. Tio would not pee in a pool in front of the Don--never happen. Pee on flowers or people, but not the pool where gals are gonna be swimming.
43. Walt Jr. never changes. A kid at age 16 changes in many ways. His hair style is not modern. His clothes are like circa 1995. He is obviously not a teenage; poor choice for actor to play a teenager.
44. Jesse's shirts never get dirty. The white stays the whitest. He sleeps in clothes, but they do not wrinkle and he does not smell. Not believeable.
45. Hospitals film all visitors. Hank would have reviewed the tapes to see who was visiting Jesse. case closed
46.No one is going to take a loaded gun and put it on their own forehead and tell a drug addict to fire. This was so stupid. It shows that Gilligan does not know about REAL guns. He writes about guns like he has seen on TV, but the real ones. A loaded gun can misfire. SAFETY is the first lesson for gun owners. They respect the guns.
47. All the bullets get fired and no one gets hit? Or they get grazed? Would not happen. Even shooters who are bad shots would kill anyone in sight with those kinds of heavy automatic weapons.
48. Train robbery---totally NOT believeable.

 All in all, too many things just are not believeable. Police are not that bad at their jobs and criminals are not that lucky.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Watermelon for Everyone video on YOUTUBE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2MKAjtj76k&feature=youtu.be

Music by Stephen Hunley

Watermelon for Everyone--what people are saying about this book; Great Reviews!!!!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!!, September 3, 2013
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Bailey (Knoxville, TN) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Watermelon for Everyone (Paperback)
"Watermelon for Everyone" contains 36 pages of lively illustrations while describing the life cycle of watermelon. The book is set up into 3 sections: Section One is the basic manuscript of the book that gives facts and information about watermelon. Section Two contains non-cook recipes for fun things the family can do together. Section Three contains lesson plans written many years ago by Woodward and used in her classrooms. "I know the lesson plans work really well," said Woodward, "since I used them year after year with hundreds of children." Woodward's lesson plans also list the skills taught with each lesson. This book would be great for all teachers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my kid loves this book, September 3, 2013
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Its very educational and my children love reading it to each other. Ive used some of the recipes and they are wonderful. A must get for any child of any age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, for everyone!, September 2, 2013
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Nearly everyone likes watermelon, and I think that most anyone will enjoy this book. How interesting to read about the square-shaped melons grown in Japan! I look forward to tasting some of creative recipes, like the one for watermelon pie! It will make a lovely gift. 5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have a copy of "Watermelon for Everyone.", September 2, 2013
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Ms. Woodward is a well-known fixture to the writing scene in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her book "Knoxville's Sunsphere: Biography of a Landmark," is a one-of-a-kind source of research about Knoxville's iconic building and now she has done it again with the topic of watermelon. As is typical of her method, she did exhaustive research into one of the world's most popular foods. You can't go wrong with this book. It will bring knowledge to your brain and a smile to your face. The book also includes recipes and lesson plans-truly something for everyone.

5.0 out of 5 stars We love "Watermelon for Everyone!", September 2, 2013
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As a school teacher and as a parent, I found "Watermelon for Everyone" to be a wonderful addition to my daughter's collection of books. She has truly enjoyed the colorful illustrations and she has told everyone about square watermelons.

It is certainly obvious that Ms. Woodward comes from an educational background (she's a retired school teacher) since the book has lesson plans and several non-cook recipes for students of all ages. These projects are great for those rainy days when children are cranky.

5.0 out of 5 stars Leave to a retired school teacher to make a great book!, September 1, 2013
This review is from: Watermelon for Everyone (Paperback)
Co-workers at the Knoxville Journal Newspaper, Martha Rose Woodward, writer, and Pat Griffeth, production manager and graphic artist, teamed up to create a delightful book. Releasing "Watermelon for Everyone" has been the culmination of a journey that began with a conversation they had one day at work. Griffeth was explaining to Woodward how she had always wanted to illustrate a book and Woodward said she had always wanted to write one. It was kind of like that old commercial when chocolate and peanut butter meet and make a new candy bar.

We can be glad they did make this book; it is colorful, a fun read and has history along with recipes. I love books of all kinds and this is one I am happy to own.

5.0 out of 5 stars "Watermelon for Everyone", September 1, 2013
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"Watermelon for Everyone" contains 38 pages and is divided into sections that contain history, recipes and lesson plans. It was written by a retired school teacher from Knoxville, Tennessee and it would have been fun to be in her classroom with lessons that end with: "Each student may now eat the watermelon."

The Northside Kiwanis Club selected this book to give to a local school's library.

This book would make a nice gift for birthdays and Christmas, too. It is colorful and informative, while teaching many skills, but not with an "in-your-face" style.

5.0 out of 5 stars VERY UNIQUE READING---Watermelon for Everyone, September 1, 2013
This review is from: Watermelon for Everyone (Paperback)
The author of this great book took the best of all the worlds...fun,educational, recipes,history, pop quizes, practical uses and how to's and turned this book into a wonderful fun book on watermelons. She has to be a teacher to put it all together like this. It is one of the first books that I have seen that encompasses everything to get one's attention. A MUST READ for everyone whether you like watermelons or not. A Watermelon Smoothie??? WOW!!Who would ever have thought of this? A great read for all ages from 8 up!!!

5.0 out of 5 stars Really Great Book - Grandchildren loved it!, September 1, 2013
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Ann Walden (Lenoir City, TN, US) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Watermelon for Everyone (Paperback)
I bought several copies of the "Watermelon for Everyone" to give to my grandchildren. But, I believe I enjoyed it just as much as them. It was full of interesting information that I did not know about watermelons. And since watermelons are one of my favorite fruits, I liked knowing their history. I would give an A+ to Woodward for a well written book. It would be a good book for schools to have in their library or even have as suggested reading to help motivate children to enjoy reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars watermelon for everyone, December 2, 2011
This review is from: Watermelon for Everyone (Paperback)
A father of four and grandfather of three I found the book "Watermelon for Everyone" the most ideal book for their development and pleasure. I highly reccomend this book for anyone seeking to educate and entertain children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book, September 1, 2013
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This review is from: Watermelon for Everyone (Paperback)
Makes me hungry just thumbing through the pages of this delightful book. Watermelon is for everyone. Rarely does anybody say they do not just love watermelon.

Thanks to Martha and Patricia for producing something positive and sweet in a world torn with too much negativity.

You can certainly tell a school teacher had something to do with this book. It is well-organized, has fun activities for students of all ages and it teaches us a thing or two about watermelon. I especially enjoyed making Watermelon Lemonade--what a great treat!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Educational & Fun, September 1, 2013
This review is from: Watermelon for Everyone (Paperback)
Woodward said that when she was working on this book, she wanted it to be something that could be used as a teaching tool by parents and teachers. She met this goal and more as this book begins with colorful photos of the various kinds of watermelons and takes children through the life cycle of watermelon as it goes from tiny seeds to plants that develop into something wonderful to eat.

"Watermelon for Everyone" contains 36 pages and is divided into 3 sections: Section One is the basic manuscript of the book that gives facts and information about watermelon. Section Two contains non-cook recipes for fun things the family can do together. Section Three contains lesson plans written many years ago by Woodward and used in her classrooms. Martha says she knows the lesson plans work really well since she used them year after year with hundreds of children.

This book will make a lovely gift for that special person.
 
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and educational, December 9, 2011
This review is from: Angela: Watermelon for Everyone (Paperback)
Children will enjoy this book as well as grown ups who read it to younger children. Great book and illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute book!, December 2, 2011
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This review is from: Watermelon for Everyone (Paperback)
Cute book! This book would be a great addition to any collection. Also great for teachers! I think it was even written by a teacher! Buy one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone!, November 22, 2011
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S. Loy "The Dad" (The Southeast) -
This review is from: Watermelon for Everyone (Paperback)
Fun book! Full of fun facts, recipes, lesson plans, something for everyone! This is an awesome book for kids and parents....and teachers!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!, November 22, 2011
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Lisa A. Jagod (Franklin, Tennessee United States) -
This review is from: Watermelon for Everyone (Paperback)
These two ladies have created a wonderful and enjoyable book for children. It is not only for parents but for teachers too.
5.0 out of 5 stars From seed to fruit, September 6, 2013
This review is from: Watermelon for Everyone (Paperback)
This beautiful, non-fiction book explains the entire life cycle of a watermelon from seed to fruit. It includes a section of non-cooked and cooked watermelon recipes. It also includes lesson plans for teachers and parents listing watermelon-themed activities for students and children-perfect for a rainy day or any time.

5.0 out of 5 stars We love Watermelon for Everyone!, September 6, 2013
This review is from: Watermelon for Everyone (Paperback)
Our family has always loved watermelon, and now we love Watermelon for Everyone! Great writing and wonderful art - all ages will enjoy this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars What the Angels Eat . . ., September 4, 2013
This review is from: Watermelon for Everyone (Paperback)
Mark Twain once said, "When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat." It is true and after reading "Watermelon for Everyone", it is easy to understand why. In this delightful book, Martha Woodward lovingly shares all kinds of useful and entertaining information about all aspects of the watermelon. What a joyful read. Like the watermelon, this book is for everyone.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Watermelon for Everyone--2013 contestant for Best in the World by Gourmand Magazine in Madrid, Spain

Martha Rose Woodward, writer

Watermelon for Everyone ---teachers and children love this book


Watermelon growing in the fields of Butler's Farm in Blount County, Tennessee

Watermelon for Everyone--Woodward's book receives honor in Spain


Gourmand Magazine Sends Request for "Watermelon for Everyone" to Enter World Cookbook Award

Martha Rose Woodward, writer and Patricia Griffeth ,illustrator, received word this week about the entry of their book “Watermelon for Everyone” into the 2013 World Cookbook Awards Contest sponsored by Gourmand Magazine in Madrid, Spain.

“Watermelon for Everyone” has been selected to compete in the 2013 World Cookbook Awards as one of the best books in the world on the topic of watermelon.

The selection of Woodward’s book came from Edouard Cointreau, President and Founder of Gourmand Magazine. Headquarters for Gourmand Magazine is Madrid, Spain. Mr. Cointreau spends a major portion of each year in China as well.

Mr. Cointreau wrote to Ms. Woodward:

“Please send your book “Watermelon for Everyone” , for the Gourmand Awards .

It is very special, and it might qualify for a Special Award.

We have a special focus on watermelon this year.

Now I am in Beijing, for its BIBF Book Fair next week.

I visited their huge Watermelon Museum. It is really well done. Your book should be there in Chinese.

Participating in our awards will give international exposure to your book.

You will find an entry form in the attached document,

Thank you

Edouard Cointreau

GOURMAND INTERNATIONAL
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, President and Founder
China Food Television, President of Honour
Paris Cookbook Fair, President

WFWF-TV, World Association of Food TV Producers, President
www.cookbookfair.com

Paris Cookbookfair Video on youtube.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRGgLOaGadc



www.gourmand-magazine.com

Thursday, September 5, 2013

"Watermelon for Everyone" honored with entry in world-wide contest

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Knoxville, TN

September 2013

Book About Watermelon in Knoxville, Tennessee Nominated in Spain



Martha Rose Woodward, writer and Patricia Griffeth ,illustrator, received word this week about the entry of their book “Watermelon for Everyone” into the 2013 World Cookbook Awards Contest sponsored by Gourmand Magazine in Madrid, Spain.
“Watermelon for Everyone” has been selected to compete in the 2013 World Cookbook Awards as one of the best books in the world on the topic of watermelon.
The 38 page, lively book is a delightful look at the life cycle of watermelon. The colorful illustrations capture the attention of students of all ages with fun facts, interesting details and recipes-both non-cook and cooked- about the popular and tasty fruit.
The selection of Woodward’s book came from Edouard Cointreau, President and Founder of Gourmand Magazine, President of China Food Television, President of the Paris Cookbook Fair, and President of WFWF-TV, World Association of Food TV Producers. Headquarters for Gourmand Magazine is Madrid, Spain. Mr. Cointreau spends a major portion of each year in China as well.

Mr. Cointreau wrote to Ms. Woodward:

“Please send your book “Watermelon for Everyone” , for the Gourmand Awards .

It is very special, and it might qualify for a Special Award.

We have a special focus on watermelon this year.

Now I am in Beijing, for its BIBF Book Fair next week.

I visited their huge Watermelon Museum. It is really well done. Your book should be there in Chinese.

Participating in our awards will give international exposure to your book.

You will find an entry form in the attached document,

Thank you

Edouard Cointreau
GOURMAND INTERNATIONAL

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, President and Founder

China Food Television, President of Honour

Paris Cookbook Fair, President

WFWF-TV, World Association of Food TV Producers, President
www.cookbookfair.com

Paris Cookbookfair Video on youtube.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRGgLOaGadc

www.gourmand-magazine.com
Woodward, a retired school teacher, says she has had the book in mind for several years, but needed an illustrator. “It was a conversation with Pat about how she reads books to her grandchildren that led us to a discussion about my manuscript,” said Woodward. “It popped into my mind to ask Pat to come on board as the illustrator. It was like that commercial when peanut butter meets chocolate and makes Reese's Cups. Our skills blended together really well. Little did I know that Pat had been dreaming about illustrating a book.”

Watermelon for Everyone is an informational book that can be used as an instructional tool for parents and teachers. Woodward says she wanted children to know that a melon begins as a seed. “I think boys and girls need to understand where food comes from,” said Woodward. “I wanted them to know that a tiny seed holds the beginning of life. I hope they will become interested in gardening. I wanted everyone to know that watermelon can be used in recipes as both a sweet and a savory.”

The book is published by Amazon CreateSpace and is available at www .amazon.com The book cost $12.00 at area book stores or from the internet. An autographed copy can be purchased from the author by sending an e mail to Sunspherebook @aol.com or phoning 865 951 0319..

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Friday, July 19, 2013

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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12:00 Noon Martha Rose Woodward, Author
Topic: Running a business in the home and redefining yourself after your career ends

Martha Rose Woodward will speak about her experiences of Redefining Yourself After One Career Ends. Listing 17 Truths About the Way Life Works, Woodward will teach attendees what to do when one career ends. Woodward will keep you entertained using humor and her own quirky way of teaching the truths about getting jobs and navigating your way through the world of work. Examples of truths she will discuss: Truth #7 Losing a job may be the best thing that ever happened to you. Truth #1 All jobs boil down to selling. Truth #17 Nobody will do it your way except Burger King; get over yourself. Truth #9 Look for your friends in low places (or high ones). Your next job will come from someone you know.