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June 21, 2009

Newsletter 06/21/2009 Father’s Day

Filed under: newsletter — seniorgeek @ 8:48 pm

First, Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers out there and all the good work you do for your family.

The idea of Father’s Day was conceived exactly a century ago, by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration — June 19, 1910, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of Smart’s birth. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

Did you know that the most collect calls are on Father’s Day?

I missed a couple of issues because I needed a little time of to accomplish some much needed tasks and update some other web sites. So back to the newsletter.

I have posted a few things on the blog that I didn’t send via the newsletter. A bit about police radars, an opinion on our countries financial situation and comments from past people regarding the same, and finally an article on oil in the US that most of you probably haven’t seen.

Father’s Day, usually brings out the BBQ so to try to keep father and the rest of the family healthy, I present the following list of the ‘world’s healthiest foods’ as listed by The George Mateljan Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation with no commercial interest. There goal is to be a new force for change to help make a healthier you and a healthier world. I was surprised to see some of the food that I eat regularly on the list but it is missing one very important food, ‘chocolate’. At least honey and maple syrup made the list.
http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php

Since the George Mateljan Foundation didn’t pay tribute to the best food group on earth, I feel that I must do my part in educating people on the benefits of chocolate. First as you all know I am not an expert on anything but do feel I know where to find the experts opinion on most things, and WebMD.com is a leading source for all things medical, so you must check out their opinion on chocolate.
http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20030827/dark-chocolate-is-healthy-chocolate

Now that we have established the benefits of chocolate, lets indulge a bit. I know moderation is the best practice but with all the fabulous things chocolate related, it is really hard to keep control. So why not just go to chocolate.com and bask in all of chocolates’ greatness.
http://www.chocolate.com

Now that I have had my chocolate, on to business at hand.

I am sure you have all heard the CPI or Consumer Price Index. It always seems to go in the wrong direction at the wrong time. I know that my price index keeps getting higher and higher. I‘ll bet your does too. So what does the government know about it? This site covers the CPI in detail and may provide some insight to helping you really know what it means. The link is to the database, charts, and calculators section of the CPI.
http://www.bls.gov/data

Actually I like the explanation of the CPI and the information related to the CPI that is found at Investopedia.com. This has been one of my top sites for all things related to investing, finance, stocks, bonds, etc. The explanations are very easy to understand for us common folks plus the wealth of information that is available on this site is phenomenal. It is a must bookmark.
http://www.investopedia.com/university/releases/cpi.asp

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