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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Unusual Way to Smile and Feel Happy

I stumbled upon this interesting video about smiling. Have you ever noticed that when you just pull your mouth into a smile it makes you feel differently, happy? Well this video shows a very unique way to achieve this whenever you need a pick me up.

Monday, November 29, 2010

What a Delightful Morning

It is the end of November and a glorious morning. At 9 am the temperature is around 0°C, no wind and sunny. I just had to go for a walk around Oat Hill Lake. As usual, I took my camera with me in case there was something that would grab my attention. And something did grab my attention. On the western side of the lake there was a small area where dead reeds were sticking out of the water where the water was frozen. I bent down low and tried to capture the ice with the open water.

Oat Hill Lake - November 2010
As I continued walking on the grass, I realized that the ground was frozen and it felt different walking on it than earlier in the year.

Once I made it home, I shrank the photo for the web and then tried my newly discovered Pixel Bender Oil Paint filter in Photoshop.

Oat Hill Lake photo as an oil painting
I feel so blessed to live in such a beautiful area.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

2012 - The Twelve - The Mayan Calendar

Mayan Day Keeper
Saturday, September 4, 2010 hurricane Earl arrived in Halifax as a category 1 storm. It went directly over the city and left us without power for about 10 hours. The evening before we watched the "movie 2012", which we thought was appropriate in light of the upcoming hurricane. The movie was great from a movie effects perspective, but nothing to crow about from the story line.

For the last 10 years I have been interested in the Mayan Calendar and so follow the steady stream of information about what we can expect in 2012, but I don't believe in all the hype. I believe that things will turn out totally different than expected.

On Sunday after the storm I went to the local Chapters bookstore and came upon a book that seemed to talk to me. It is called "The Twelve" by William Gladstone and has something to do with 2012. I am only halfway through the book and find it an enjoyable read and can't wait to find out the ending. I haven't peeked yet at the last few pages, which is what I usually do. I will report back when I have fully read the book.

Here is a summary of the book I found on

From Publishers Weekly

Gladstone's meandering debut, the latest thriller tied to the mystical date of December 12, 2012, when Mayan legend predicts the world's end, charts the life of Max Doff, starting with his conception in 1949 in Tarrytown, N.Y. After Max dies briefly at the age 15, he has a vision of 12 people. On returning to consciousness, he begins a decades-long quest to find them. His path takes him to Yale, where his radical philosophical ideas lead to his forced departure from campus. A formulation like 'A is, and is not, equal to A' as the ultimate equation in explaining how to penetrate the impenetrable intellectual domain of 'understanding understanding' is symptomatic of Max's difficulty in getting his message, whatever it actually is, across. Max then begins globe-trotting as part of the production team for a documentary on ancient astronauts. Serendipitous encounters with the twelve will strike many readers as more contrived than magical. (Sept.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

I would love to hear from others who have read the book to find out your views.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Fruit & Berries In My Neighbourhood

Where has the time gone? On my walks in my neighbourhood I am amazed at the variety of fruit and berries that grow here in Nova Scotia. There are wild one and cultivated ones.

This year the rain and sun combination was just perfect and everything is just so lush.

These rosehip are just so big and inviting. Growing up in Switzerland I used to love to have rosehip jam on my bread. I can't describe the taste. It is not very well knows in North America.
Bavarian Rosehip Jam (12 ounce) by

ornamental red currents
Next I came across an ornamental hedge and to my delight discovered that they were red currents. They are cousins to black currents. My parents had red and black current bushes in our garden and it was my chore to go pick them. Black currents are very strong tasting while red currents look like tiny bunches of red grapes and have a much milder taste.
Pioneer Valley Gourmet Red Currant Jelly

wild blackberries
The wild blackberries are only just starting to be ready for picking. They are free and organic and very yummy. When I got married in 1975 blackberries were only ripe in September here in the Canadian Maritimes. This year hubby found the first ripe blackberries at the end of July. On the street where I live about 100 m higher in elevation the season started last Wednesday, August 11/2010 and it is is not in full swing yet.
Success with Soft fruits

mountain ash berries
The neighbouring street is called Mountain Ash Court. The mountain ash tree is found all over the neighbourhood. I often find little tress that have started from seed the birds have dropped. It is a lovely tree whose berries turn bright red when ripe. The ones in the picture are just starting to ripen.
The Genus Sorbus: Mountain Ash and Other Rowans

All the photos were taken during the month of August 2010 by me.
Digital Photography For Dummies

I would like to know if you go wild berry picking in your neighbourhood? I think it is such a great teaching experience for parents.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Homemade Deodorant

After switching from shampoo to no-shampoo, ie. I use 1 heaping teaspoon backing soda in a glass of warm water and 1 teaspoon cider vinegar in half a cup of water. I was ready to tackle the deodorant.

I have been using deodorants, not anti-perspirants, all my life, but this year I noticed that they did not seem to work as well any longer. That sent me on an Internet search for recipes to make my own. After reading tons of info and searching for what they had in common, I found my recipe and I must say for the past 2 months that I have been using it, I am very happy.

Homemade Deodorant Recipe:
  • 2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
Combine and mix well. Works best by shaking in a closed container. Now put in a smaller container.

Apply with powder puff. That's where I ran into a snag, where do you get a powder puff? You make one! I crochet one that's washable and will post the instructions shortly.

Some recipes call for half baking soda and half cornstarch. I found that the baking soda portion was too strong and left red marks. So try it out and then adjust the blend.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Invention of Lying is a Delightful Movie

I don't watch movies when they first come out, I watch them when they make it to the TV screen and this is one such movie that I found absolutely delightful. It is called "the Invention of Lying". I like they way they portray a world where everybody says the truth and how one guy discovers that he can stretch the truth and everybody believes him.

The movie made me think of how much what we believe to be the truth is based on what we have been told and have blindly accepted. How often do we really try to understand if it is really true or if we just simple accepted someone else's belief. Doing that will change our world view and our life.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Memories - Folk With Jack

I tried to remember the name of the show I used to listen to in Switzerland in the early 70s on ORF3 (Austrian Radio 3). It was called something 'Folk with ?', but I could not remember the name. Then last week I suddenly remembered. It was 'Folk with Jack'.

Jack Grunsky was born in Austria, grew up in Canada when his parents moved here and then returned to Austria where I heard of him. I always liked his songs and a stroll around YouTube lead me down memory lane. When my twins were young I got a children's tape by Jack Grunsky  with the song 'Dreamcatcher' on it.

Now that my kids are all grown, I had totally lost track of Jack and to my surprise discovered that he's still producing interesting music. So I could not help but introduce him to others.

More Information about Jack:

Monday, May 24, 2010

June Bugs Are Now May Bugs

It is official, June bugs are now also May bugs in Canada. Last night they appeared and flew into my bathroom window.  They are attracted to the light. Last year I was wondering if they are turning into May bugs in Canada and now I know it is true. In Switzerland the same bugs are called May bug, because they come out in May.

chocolate May bug
Searching for some new pictures of May bugs, I came across chocolate May bugs. I had totally forgotten about them. I also came across a blog post called "Swiss are still weird" about chocolate May bugs.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The First Ducklings of the Year

On Friday's walk around Oat Hill Lake we came across the first ducklings of the season. That's why I always take my camera along on my walks. The ducklings must be very new as they still have yellow in their plumage from the egg.

first ducklings of the year

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Found Another Piece of My Dyslexia Puzzle

Talking to my mom yesterday I discovered another piece of my dyslexia puzzle. She casually mentioned that she was watching the election of Mister Switzerland and that last year's winner said that his biggest problem was spelling and that many men then wrote in and said that they had the same problem. I wonder if boys have a different learning style regarding spelling than girls? Is the teaching style geared towards girls and not boys?

Well, that brought our conversation to me and learning to read in Grade 1. My mom explained that in 1960 I was taught the whole word method and not sounding out the words. I vividly remember telling the teacher that reading sucks and that I was never going to learn to read and would not take my homework, a box with words to make sentences, home. What was the teacher to do? She found an older neighbour's girl and asked her to bring my homework home for me and tell my mom. According to my mom is jumbled the letters b and d and everybody assumed that I did not know my ABC, but that was not true. I did know my ABC but the letters like b and d that are mirror opposites confused me and made reading difficult. In 1960 nobody knew what Dyslexia was.

I also recall when I was in Grade 6 going shopping for fruit and ordering a 'pilo keaches' rather than a 'kilo peaches' and I was very embarrassed about it. I don't seem to have much trouble with letter mixups anymore, but sometimes come across mistakes when I re-read something I wrote.

One way how my dyslexia shows itself if that I find it very difficult to follow when somebody is spelling a word fast, on the other hand, I have no trouble spelling a word for somebody. The most trouble I have with following spoken numbers like telephone numbers, I really have to concentrate. Telephone banking is just about impossible. I am still on the 2nd number when the whole number has already be said, I have no trouble with online banking which is visual.

I remember when my son was learning his ABCs his teacher asked me to help him at home as he found it difficult and she didn't have the time. For about 3 months we spent about 15 minutes after lunch practicing the ABC with a Fisher Price magnetic alphabet board. I found out very quickly that he knew his ABC but when I showed him a letter he could not tell me what it was, but if all the letter were jumbled on the table and I asked him to give me an 'H' he had no problem finding it.

My conclusion is, that a cookie cutter teaching style might leave some kids behind. I notice this when I am teaching how to use the computer. I have to find the right teaching style to get the information across.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

When is too early to teach children about sex?

In today's news from Ontario, the government announced that sex ed will now start in Grade 1. Now there is a big controversy going on. I am surprised, because after all we are in the 21st century on hone hand and on the other hand we are still in the dark ages when it comes to sex ed.

Looking back over the years I have these key memories about my twins (boy & girl, now almost 32 years old) growing up. We were visiting my parents in Switzerland when they were 3 years old and happened to come across a TV show in the afternoon where a woman gave birth. My daughter was very intrigued, my son could not care less. For the next few days our daughter gave us very graphic replays of what she had seen. It was all very natural to her. Then her attention was captured by something else that was it for giving birth.

The twins went to kindergarten in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and they had sex ed. So for the next 3 months my daughter drew mommies with babies in their tummies. Then one nice Sunday morning at breakfast, the two of them must have been talking about it between themselves, they came and asked how does it feel to have sex? Well, my mouth dropped and I had to quickly think how to answer that. I was not going to lie, but I was also not going to tell them too much. So I answered, I will not answer that question as they are just too young, but I also admonished them not to try it. They looks at me with big eyes and asked why? I told them that they could hurt themselves. They accepted the answer and that was the end of it.

My conclusion about sex ed is, if the child can ask the question, he or she has the right to an answer no matter what age. Only answer the child's question, don't give long explanations, the child is not interested in a full birds and bees story. All the child wants is an answer to the specific question. That way you keep the channel of communication open.

Monday, April 12, 2010

And the Winner of the Augusta Masters 2010 is:

  1. Phil Mickelson - 272
  2. Lee Westwood - 275, 
  3. Anthony Kim - 276
  4. K. J. Choi - 277
  5. Tiger Woods - 277
  6. Fred Couples - 279

Here are the scores for April 8/2010, April 9/2010, April 10/2010
  • Fred Couples (Oct 3/59) - 66 - 75 - 68 - (209)
  • Tom Watson (Sep 4/49) - 67 - 74 -73 - (214)
  • Lee Westwood (Apr 24/73) - 67 - 69 - 68 (204)
  • Phil Mickelson - (Jun 16/70) - 67 - 71 - 67 (205)
  • K. J. Choi (May 19/70) - 67 - 71 - 70 (208)
  • Tiger Woods - (Dec 30/75) - 68 - 70 - 70 (208
My predictions for the winner was right on, read yesterday's blog post to see.

Biorhythm info on my main website.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Day 4 of the Augusta Masters

The Augusta Masters course has 18 holes, 72 par and is 7500 yards.

Here are the scores for April 8/2010, April 9/2010, April 10/2010
  • Fred Couples (Oct 3/59) - 66 - 75 - 68 - (209)
  • Tom Watson (Sep 4/49) - 67 - 74 -73 - (214)
  • Lee Westwood (Apr 24/73) - 67 - 69 - 68 (204)
  • Phil Mickelson - (Jun 16/70) - 67 - 71 - 67 (205)
  • K. J. Choi (May 19/70) - 67 - 71 - 70 (208)
  • Tiger Woods - (Dec 30/75) - 68 - 70 - 70 (208
Score Order for April 10/2010
Lee Westwood - 204, Phil Michelson - 205, K. J. Choi - 208, Tiger Woods - 208, Fred Couples - 209

Biorhythms for April 11/2010
Tiger Woods
50% c
Chad Campbell
43% c
K. J. Choi
Fred Couples
61% c
Trevor Immelman
50% c
56% c
Zach Johnson
58% c
Phil Mickelson
Tom Watson
50% c
58% c
Lee Westwood
50% c
c=critical day

After observing the player's biorhythms and their scores over the past 3 days, I realized that each player has a different way of dealing with those biorhythms. 
  • Tiger Woods - is very much an intuitional player that relies on his physical cycle as back up. What Tiger will need to win is to close the gap to Lee Westwood by playing at least 4 under par (68) or better depending on how Lee's day turns out.
  • Lee Westwood - is also very much an intutional player, but in contrast to Tiger does not depend on his physical cycle as backup. For Lee emotion and intellect take on that role. I think he has a pretty good chance of wining.
  • Phil Mickelson - is a player who's emotional and physical cycles influence how good he plays. His intellectual and intuitional cycles were low or absent the whole tournament and he did just fine. The winner will be either Phil Mickelson or Lee Westwood
  • K. J. Choi - on this last day of the tournament he is in great shape and alls cycles are high, but like Tiger Woods he has to play up at least a 4 under par or better to catch up to Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson. Between him and Tiger Woods I give Choi a better chance as Tiger Woods is in a critical phase for his intutional cycle (a cycle that gives him strength).
  • Fred Couples - is a physical and intellectual cycle player and should play a great game today, but not good enough to close the gap to Lee Westwood and Phil Mickelson. There is the possibility to catch up and surpass Tiger Woods and K. J . Choi.

Biorhythm info on my main website.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Day 3 of the Augusta Masters

It is interesting to see how each player reacts to the critical period. I also noticed that many players are playing really well when their intuitional cycles are high.

Here are the scores for April 8/2010, April 9/2010
  • Fred Couples (Oct 3/59) - 66 - 75
  • Tom Watson (Sep 4/49) - 67 - 74
  • Lee Westwood (Apr 24/73) - 67 - 69
  • Phil Mickelson - (Jun 16/70) -  67 - 71
  • K. J. Choi (May 19/70) - 67 - 71
  • Tiger Woods - (Dec 30/75) - 68 - 70
Score Order for April 9/2010
Ian Poulter - 136, Lee Westwood - 136 K. J. Choi - 138, Tiger Woods - 138, Phil Michelson - 138, Zach Johnson - 144

Biorhythms for April 10/2010
Tiger Woods
58% c
Chad Campbell
56% c
K. J. Choi
Fred Couples
50% c
Trevor Immelman
Zach Johnson
50% c
Phil Mickelson
Tom Watson
Lee Westwood
c=critical day

I am curious how Tiger Woods will be affected by his critical intuitional cycle over the next couple of days.

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Biorhythm info on my main website.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Day 2 of the Augusta Masters

Ok, that was interesting.

Chad Campbell - 79
I would count out all chances for improving for Chad. Looking at his biorhythms for the next 3 days, I don't think he will be playing very well, Saturday and Sunday may even be harder for him.

Here are the scores for yesterday April 8/2010
  • Fred Couples (Oct 3/59) - 66
  • Tom Watson (Sep 4/49) - 67
  • Lee Westwood (Apr 24/73) - 67
  • Phil Mickelson -(Jun 16/70) - 67
  • K. J. Choi (May 19/70) - 67
  • Tiger Woods - (Dec 30/75) - 68

Biorhythms for April 9/2010
Tiger Woods81%97%87%66%70
Chad Campbell0%69%15%8%68
K. J. Choi 71%90%97%66%71
Fred Couples39%98%84%34%75
Trevor Immelman71%81%45% c86%73
Zach Johnson81%13%7%42% c74
Phil Mickelson89%99%7%4% 71
Tom Watson71%99%7%73%74
Lee Westwood81%24%68%99%69
c=critical day

Biorhythm info on my main website.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Can Biorhythms Help Predict the Winner of the Augusta Masters?

Recently I have become more interested in sports from the energy psychology angle and that combined with my lifelong interest in biorhythms leads me to conduct an experiment, now that the 2010 Augusta Masters Golf Tournament is on, to see if I can predict the winner based on his biorhythms.

To start with I went to look up the birth dates of the players and then checked their biorhythms.
  • Tiger Woods - 12/30/1975 - 2005, 2002, 2001 winner
  • Chad Campbell - 5/31/1974 - 2009 winner
  • Trevor Immelman - 12/16/1979 - 2008 winner
  • Zach Johnson - 2/24/1976 - 2007 winner
  • Phil Mickelson -6/16/1970 - 2006 winner

Biorhythms for April 8/2010
Tiger Woods71%99%93%73%68
Chad Campbell1%81%9%13%79
Trevor Immelman81%90%54% c91%69
Zach Johnson71%6%12%34%70
Phil Mickelson95%98%12%8%67
c=critical day

Let's see how the day plays out.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

What I Learned from the Hairdresser

Curly Hair
Yesterday I had my hair trimmed for spring and learned something interesting from the hairdresser. I requested to only have my hair wet cut rather than washed and cut and casually mentioned that I hadn't used shampoo for a long time and didn't want to start again. I am very happy with my baking soda and apple cider vinegar system.

As the hairdresser was cutting my hair, she inquired as to why I wasn't using 'drugstore' shampoos. I mentioned that I found that my hair seemed to be coated with something and I did not like the feel of it. That's when I learned that 'drugstore' shampoos have wax in them, where as the more expensive 'salon' shampoos did not. She said, that she did not know that until she became a hairdresser herself and then could experience it first hand.

So, I stick with my inexpensive natural system rather than switch to the expensive salon system.

I would love to hear from readers about their thoughts and experiences.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Give Yourself Credit and Dream Big

Sometimes we feel sorry for ourselves and get depressed, but then somethings happens or a website appears that make you really reevaluate your situation. I have come across the guy in this video and his website a number of times recently. Well, today I just have to share this inspiring story. I am not sure I could be as upbeat as Nick in his situation.

Quotes from Nick:
  • "The day you believe that you have reached your fullest potential is the day you have not"
  • "Dream big"
  • "The only limits I have in my life are the limits I have put on myself"

3 Part Inspirational Video by Nick Vujicic
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spring Arrived Early

The last of the ice in the lake March 16/10

After a pretty nice winter, that means no huge snowfalls, spring is arriving about 1 month ahead of schedule. There could still be some more snow on the way, but it will not last as the ground is already thawing. The ice is out of most lakes and the first snowdrops are up. I wonder what this weather will mean for the rest of the year? The lack of a heavy snow cover could spell trouble for people on wells this summer.

The fishermen are out in full force already, last year on April 1st the official opening of the fishing season, there was still ice in the lake. The ducks are swimming around, maybe the ducklings will arrive early this year.

I am sorry that I haven't been able to update my blog more frequently, but I have just been swamped with work. Then this week I came across this really cute idea to say "I'm sorry" in a 'geeky' kind of way. Unfortunately, I don't remember where I saw it or snagged it.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Time Just Flies and the 5 Laws of Nature

I don't know where time goes. In a blink of an eye another weeks has passed and we are already in the 3rd month of the year. So it is high time to write another blog article. I seem to go in waves when I have lots of ideas and then suddenly .... nothing. I am finally cleaning out my todo file and came across this, I don't even remember where I got it from any more.

The five Universal Laws of Nature
  1. The law of Balance. There are two sides to everything.
  2. The law of Growth. Everything happens for a reason – evolution.
  3. The law of Connection. All things are interconnected, nothing is independent.
  4. The law of Attraction. What you appreciate grows.
  5. The law of Hierarchy. There is an force greater than the force we know. All things are humble to something.
They remind me of the saying: everything I needed to know I learnt in Kindergarten. Well, the best teacher for everything I need to learn and understand is nature.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Do You Really Love Yourself?

With Valentine's Day just around the corner I was asking myself: When I look in the mirror can I really say to myself: that I love myself? Yes, it sounds so easy, but to truly mean it and feel it is a totally different story. I once read that before we can really love another person we have to love ourselves, warts and all. The reason is that once we love ourselves, loving another person is the icing on the cake.

That's when I remembered Louise Hay's Book 'You Can Heal Your Life' where she talks about doing 'mirror work'. It is very simple and quite effective. Last night I created this card as a reminder.

Mirror Work

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pacing Yourself

How many times have we rushed only to find that we are moving slower not faster? This morning I came across this subject when I randomly picked a page in my inspiration book called "Creative Sparks" by Jim Krause. The page I picked said this:

Sometimes it's way faster
to go a little slower

I remember trying to catch a bus and walking really fast only to realize that all I did was tire myself and did not really move much faster. Then when I relaxed and just focused on getting there in time I moved more smoothly and even faster.

What I learned is that we are our own worst enemy. Rather than blaming outside circumstances, we should be blaming ourself and instead learn to relax and just go with the flow. As I always say it's the little things that make life special, it's the icing on the cake that makes the cake special.

Have a wonderful week.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Do You Know What Your First and Last Names Mean?

Wordle of all First NamesToday I came across this link in my RSS feeds from the Make Use Of website. It all had to do with First and Last Names. So after some playing around with our family's names I decided that it would make a great blog post.

The following info is from these two website:

My Maiden Name: Moser
  • South German: topographic name for someone who lived near a peat bog, Middle High German mos, or a habitational name from a place named with this word.
  • North German (Möser): metonymic occupational name for a vegetable grower or seller, from an agent noun based on Middle Low German mo-s ‘vegetable’
My Married Name: Cohen
  • Jewish: from Hebrew kohen ‘priest’. Priests are traditionally regarded as members of a hereditary caste descended from Aaron, brother of Moses. See also Kaplan.
My First Name: Marlies Gertrud
I had a hard time finding any English info as my name is Dutch, German or Swiss
  1. Dutch sequence of Maria and Elisabeth. Means 'Star of the ocean' (Latin) or 'Dedicated to God' (Hebrew)
My Middle Name: Gertrud
  • German: Adored warrior
  • First name variations: Gerta, Gerd, Gerda, Gerte, Gertie, Gerty, Gert, Jera, Jerica, Trude, Truta, Trudy, Trudie, Trudi, True
My husband's First Name: Maxwell Raymond
  • English: Capable
  • Latin: Great
  • Scottish: Mack's well
  • First name variations: Maxwel, Maxwill
    Scottish: habitational name from a place near Melrose in Roxburghshire. The place name is first recorded in 1144 in the form Mackeswell ‘Mack’s spring or stream (Old English well(a))’.
  • Irish: this surname is common in Ulster, where it has sometimes been adopted as an alternative to Miskell.
  • Jewish: arbitrary adoption of the Scottish name, or Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.
My husband's Middle Name: Raymond
  • Old English: Worthy protector
  • First name variations: Raymund, Ramon, Raimundo, Raimund, Reamonn, Rayner, Wray
  • English and French: from the Norman personal name Raimund, composed of the Germanic elements ragin ‘advice’, ‘counsel’ + mund ‘protection’.
  • Americanized spelling of German Raimund, a cognate of 1.
  • A Raymond, also called Passe-Campagne, from the Angoumois region of France is documented in La Prairie, Quebec, in 1692.
My son's First Name: Reuven Jacob
  • Hebrew: Behold, a son
  • My son's Middle Name: Jacob
  • Hebrew: The supplanter
  • First name variations: Jakob, Jacobo, Jacopo, Jacoba, Jacobson, Jacobi, Jacobine, Jacobina, Jayme, Jacques, Jacinto, Jascha, Jake, Jackob, Jakub, Jack, Jackson, Jeb, Cob, Cobb, Giacobo, Giacomo, Iago, Iacovo, Yago, Yaacov, Yacov, Yakov, Jaccob, Jachob, Jaco, Jacobb, Jacub, Jaecob, Jaicob, Jalu, Jecis, Jeks, Jeska, Jocek, Jock, Jocob, Jocobb, Jokubus
  • Jewish, English, German, Portuguese, French, Dutch, and southern Indian: derivative, via Latin Jacobus, from the Hebrew personal name ya‘aqobh (Yaakov). In the Bible, this is the name of the younger twin brother of Esau (Genesis 25:26), who took advantage of the latter’s hunger and impetuousness to persuade him to part with his birthright ‘for a mess of potage’. The name is traditionally interpreted as coming from Hebrew akev ‘heel’, and Jacob is said to have been born holding on to Esau’s heel. In English Jacob and James are now regarded as quite distinct names, but they are of identical origin (see James), and in most European languages the two names are not distinguished. It is used as a given name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. has come to be used as a surname among families from southern India.
My first daughter's First Name: Yael Lisa
  • Hebrew: Mountain goat
  • German, Old English: One who pays or produces; corner of land
My first daughter's Middle Name: Lisa
  • Hebrew: Consecrated to God
  • Greek: Bee; honey bee
  • First name variations: Lisette, Lisetta, Liza, Melicent, Mellissa, Millicent, Melisent, Melita, Melisse, Meli, Mellie, Melly, Mel, Millie, Milly, Missy, Lissa, Lis, Melissa
  • Czech: variant of Lis.
  • Italian: from a short form of Elisa (see Delisa) or Luisa (feminine form of Luisi).
My second daughter's First Name: Tova Tamar
  • Hebrew: Good
  • Hebrew: God is good
My daughter's Middle Name: Tamar
  • Hebrew: Palm tree, spice, date - fruit of the palm tree
  • First name variations: Tamarah, Tamarind, Tamika, Tamary, Tamara
My daughter-in-laws First Name: Brenda Lynne
  • Old English: Sword
  • Irish: Little raven; Feminine of Brandon; fiery hill
  • First name variations: Branda, Brynna, Bren, Brendie, Breonna, Brendah, Brendyl, Brennda, Brenndah, Brinda, Brindah, Brynnda, Brynndah
My daughter-in-law's Middle Name: Lynne
  • English: Verbose; waterfall
  • First name variations: Lyn, Lin, Linn, Lynn
  • Scottish or English: variant of Lynn.
  • Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Fhloinn and Ó Fhloinn (see Flynn).
  • Scottish: variant of Lyne 3.
  • English: habitational name from any of several places so called in Norfolk, in particular King’s Lynn, an important center of the medieval wool trade. The place name is probably from an Old Welsh word cognate with Gaelic linn ‘pool’, ‘stream’.
My grandson's First Name: Samuel Buckley
  • Hebrew: To hear
  • Hebrew: Heard God; asked God
  • German: Angel of joy
    First name variations: Sammie, Sammy, Samouel, Samuele, Samuello, Sam, Samuele, Samuelson, Samelle, Sam, Sammy, Sammie, Shemuel, Schmuel, Shem, Zamael
My grandson's Middle Name: Buckley
  • Old English: Meadow of deer
  • First name variations: Buckminster, Buck, Bucky, Buckner, Bucklee, Buckleigh, Buckly, Buclie, Buklee, Buclea, Buckli, Bucklie
  • English: habitational name from any of the many places so named, most of which are from Old English bucc ‘buck’, ‘male deer’ or bucca ‘he-goat’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Places called Buckley and Buckleigh, in Devon, are named with Old English boga ‘bow’ + clif ‘cliff’.
  • English: possibly a variant of Bulkley, from the local pronunciation.
  • Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buachalla ‘descendant of Buachaill’, a byname meaning ‘cowherd’, ‘servant’, ‘boy’.
  • Altered spelling of German Büchler (see Buechler), or of Büchle, a variant of Buechel.
My son-in-laws First Name: Brendan
  • Old English: Fiery hill
    First name variations: Branden, Brand, Bran, Brenden,Brant, Brent, Brennen, Brennan, Branford, Brandon
My son-in-laws Middle Name: James
  • Hebrew: Supplanter, substitute; the patron saint of Spain
  • First name variations: Jaymes, Jaime, Jaymie, Jamy, Jaimie, Jamesy, Jameson, Jamey, Jan, Jay, Jim, Jimmy, Jimmie, Jimbo, Diego, Giacomo, Seamus, Sheamus, Shamus, Hamish, Santiago, Jaemes, Jaimes, Jaemie, Jaemy, Jaimie, Jame, Jameyel, Jami, Jamia, Jamiah, Jamian, Jamiee, Jamme, Jammey, Jammie, Jammy, Jamye, Jameze, Jamze, Jamieson, Jamison, Jamiesen
  • English: from a personal name that has the same origin as Jacob. However, among English speakers, it is now felt to be a separate name in its own right. This is largely because in the Authorized Version of the Bible (1611) the form James is used in the New Testament as the name of two of Christ’s apostles (James the brother of John and James the brother of Andrew), whereas in the Old Testament the brother of Esau is called Jacob. The form James comes from Latin Jacobus via Late Latin Jac(o)mus, which also gave rise to Jaime, the regular form of the name in Spanish (as opposed to the learned Jacobo). See also Jack and Jackman. This is a common surname throughout the British Isles, particularly in South Wales.
My mother's First Name: Gertrud Alice
  • German: Adored warrior
  • First name variations: Gerta, Gerd, Gerda, Gerte, Gertie, Gerty, Gert, Jera, Jerica, Trude, Truta, Trudy, Trudie, Trudi, True
My mother's Middle Name: Alice
  • German: Noble
  • Greek: Truth
  • Old German: Of good cheer
  • First name variations: Addala, Adelice, Adelicia, Ailis, Aleece, Aleese, Aletta, Alexis, Alicia, Aliceie, Aliciedik, Alicija, Alicija, Aliedik, Alika, Aliki, Ali, Alina, Aline, Aletta, Alisa, Alisan, Alise, Alisen, Alisin, Alison, Alisun, Alisyn, Alissa, Alisyn, Allie, Allisan, Allisen, Allisin, Allison, Allisun, Allisyn, Allyce, Ally, Allyse, Alyssa, Aliza, Alodia, Alse, Alyce, Alys, Alyse, Elice, Elise, Elisan, Elisen, Elisin, Elison, Elisun, Elisyn, Elsje, Ilyssa
  • French Canadian: altered form of Alix.
  • Hispanic: variant of Alicea. For the etymology, compare English Allis.
My father's First Name: René Fritz
  • 1. Greek: Peaceful
  • 2. French: Born again
  • 3. Old English: Powerful one
  • 4. Latin: Reborn
    First name variations: Renee, Reene, Renne, Renata, Renay, Renelle, Reney, Reni,Renia, Renie, Renni, Rennie, Renny, Renee, Reggie, Reggy, Reg, Reynolds, Reynold, Reinwald, Regnauld, Reinald, Renault, Rinaldo, Renato, Reinhold, Raghnall, Reginald, Rennie, Renny, Renato, René, Renee
  • French (René): from a personal name (Latin Renatus ‘reborn’) borne by a 4th-century saint, and popular in France throughout the Middle Ages because of its transparent reference to Christian spiritual rebirth.
My father's Middle Name: Fritz
  • German: Peaceful ruler
  • First name variations: Frederic, Frederico, Fred, Freddie, Fredrik, Freddy, Fredderick, Fredek, Fréderick, Frédérik, Fredricks, Fredrik, Frederick, Fritts, Fritson, Frizchen, Fritzl
    German: from a pet form of Friedrich. It is also found as a surname in Denmark, Sweden, and elsewhere.
My brother's First Name: André
  • Greek: Valiant, courageous
    First name variations: Anders, Andor, Andreas, Andrae, Andrei, Andres, Andros, Andy, Aindrea, Andery, Andonis, Andru, Andrue, Audrew, Andie, Andrews, Andrzej, Drew, Andrew
  • French (André): from the personal name André, French vernacular form of Andreas, also found as a Huguenot name in England in the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • German: shortened form of Andreae.
  • Swedish: shortened form of Andree.
  • A bearer of the surname André is recorded in Quebec city in 1653; another, from Charente, is documented there in 1659. Other branches, from Normandy and Burgundy, were recorded in Montreal from 1663.

Monday, January 11, 2010

What Typeface Are You?

Today is 011110, a binary computer number day and I just discovered a post which for a fontoholic like me is right on target. This is 'the typeface personality quiz' is perfect for a font geek like me. I love collecting fonts and using them.

To take the quiz: enter your first and last name and the password 'character' and off you go answering four questions.

My answers were: emotional, assertive, progressive and relaxed and my typeface is: Cooper Black Italic.

copper black italic typeface

What do I do with all my fonts, you might ask? Well, I combine love of collecting fonts with my love of collecting quotes and combine them into 'fontplays'.

Here is a link to my latest fontplays and here to older ones like the one below.