Saturday, November 26, 2011


This is how to find your wife, even in the busiest shopping mall.  Follow these four point instructions, the technique never fails.
  1. Have a look around at the shoppers, then walk up to the prettiest girl in the store. 
  2. Say to her, 'Excuse me, can you help me?  I cannot see my wife, and I know that she is here in the shopping mall somewhere.  Can you just talk to me for a couple of minutes?'
  3. The pretty girl will ask: 'Why?'
  4. You reply: 'Because every time I talk to a beautiful woman, my wife materialises out of thin air.'

What's the best part about Black Friday?

Resting on Saturday!

All of us at DRL hope you had an amazing 
Thanksgiving filled with blessings and love!
Know we are THANKFUL for our READERS!
We will be back on Monday... 
'Til then, if you are hanging around, we are glad you are here! READ ON...
  You might find some "re-run" favorites posted throughout the weekend, until then poke around - there's certainly good stuff in archives - maybe even something you might have missed.


Barbara Ward-Finneran

Sleeping late.

Dreaming BIG.

Sharing a smile with a stranger. 

Embracing a teachable moment.

When you fall down, get up laughing.

Memories that warm your heart.

Family. Especially the family that you choose. 

Keeping the promises that you make to yourself!


Eric Severeid 1912
Charles M. Schulz 1922
Rober Goulet 1933
Rich Little 1938
Tina Turner (Anna Mae Bullock) 1938
Jean Terrell 1944
John McVie (Fleetwood Mac) 1945
Art Shell 1946
Scott Jacoby 1955
Jamie Rose 1959
Linda Davis 1962
Steve Grisaffe (Road River) 1965
Garcelle Beauvais 1966
Maia Campbell 1976
Peter Facinelli 1973 - Actor

Friday, November 25, 2011


In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn't until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

TURKEY TRIVIA... Here's to Tom Turkey! Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!

Did You Know...

At one time, the turkey and the bald eagle were each considered as the national symbol of America.

A turkey under sixteen weeks of age is called a fryer, while a young roaster is five to seven months old.

Turkeys are the only breed of poultry native to the Western Hemisphere.

Turkeys have great hearing, but no external ears. 

Turkeys can see in color, and have excellent visual acuity and a wide field of vision (about 270 degrees), which makes sneaking up on them difficult. 

Turkeys have a poor sense of smell .

Domesticated turkeys cannot fly. 

Wild turkeys, however, can fly for short distances at speeds up to 55 miles per hour. They can also reach speeds of 25 miles per hour on the ground.

Turkeys sometimes spend the night in trees.

Turkeys can have heart attacks: turkeys in fields near the Air Force test areas over which the sound barrier was broken were known to drop dead from the shock of passing jets.

The ballroom dance known as the Turkey Trot was named for the short, jerky steps a turkey makes.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. at Thanksgiving—that's one sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each year. 

Age is a determining factor in the taste of turkey. Old, large males are preferable to young toms (males) as tom meat is stringy. The opposite is true for females: old hens are tougher birds.


Knock Knock
Who's there?
Waddle who?
Waddle I do if you don’t open the door?
What did the Turkey say before it was roasted?
Boy, I'm stuffed!
Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of foul play!
Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?
The outside!
Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building?
Yes. A building can't jump at all!
Why did the turkey cross the road?
It was the chicken's day off!
What’s the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner?
The TurKey!
What sound does a space turkey make?
Hubble, Hubble, Hubble!
What’s the best dance to do on Thanksgiving?
The turkey trot!
How do you keep a turkey in suspense?
I’ll let you know next week!
Why can’t you take a turkey to Church?
Because they use such fowl language!
Why did the turkey play drums in his band?
Because he already had drumsticks!
Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving?
The turkey, because he’s already stuffed!
What did the turkey say to the turkey hunter?
“Quack, quack, quack!”
What’s blue and covered with feathers?
A turkey holding its breath!
How do you send a turkey through the mail?
Bird class mail!
Why didn’t the turkey eat dessert?
He was already stuffed!
What do you get it you cross a turkey with an octopus?
Enough drumsticks for Thanksgiving!
What are the feathers on a turkey’s wings called?
Turkey feathers!
Why did the turkey sit on the tomahawk?
To try to hatchet!
What’s the best way to stuff a turkey?
Serve him lots of pizza and ice cream!
If the Pilgrims were alive today what would they be most famous for?
Their age!
What type of music did the Pilgrims like?
Plymouth Rock!
Why did the Pilgrims eat turkey at Thanksgiving?
Because they couldn’t fit the moose in the oven!
How did the Mayflower show that it liked America?
It hugged the shore!
When the Pilgrims landed, where did they stand?
On their feet!
When did the Pilgrims first say “God bless America”?
When they first heard America sneeze!
Why did Johnny get such low grades after Thanksgiving?
Because everything is marked down after the holidays!
Where did the first corn come from?
The stalk brought it!
What’s the best thing to put into pumpkin pie?
Your teeth!
What vegetables would you like with your Thanksgiving dinner?
Beets me!
Should you have your whole family for Thanksgiving dinner?
No, you should just have the turkey!
What smells the best at a Thanksgiving dinner?
Your nose!
What always comes at the end of Thanksgiving?
The letter G!
When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary!

To All Our Troops with love from Delayed Reaction Lounge

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Troops.
We are most thankful for YOU!



Barbara Ward-Finneran
So many blessings, so many dreams, so much love... 

Celebrate the life you have - live it - love it! Be thankful for it! 

Thankfulness creates balance and enlivens a passion for purpose. 

A thankful heart recognizes the joy & beauty that abounds and moves you to all that you desire to become.

Keep the promises that you make to yourself!
©  All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


On the East Coast of America the term 'Black Friday' can be traced back to the mid 1960s.  Some say that 'Black Friday' refers to the pattern of pedestrian and vehicle traffic as seen from the air in cities such as Philadelphia, others say it's the day in the year when many shops go from being in the red to going into profit or into the black.

While Thanksgiving is an official holiday, the day after is not.  However, many workers take this Friday as a holiday making a nice four day weekend. 'Black Friday' has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Coincident with the advent of internet shopping, 'Black Friday' has gained a worldwide reputation for a spending bonanza and the time for stores to finalize their Christmas displays. We also celebrate Cyber Monday, for all the online shopping deals.

There are many traditions that have spawed from Black Friday, like families that celebrate Thanksgiving together and then all head out to the mall when it opens at Midnight. Many stores will be doing the same sales online Friday as they have in the stores.

Do you plan on going shopping on Black Friday? Or will you be waiting til Cyber Monday?


Almond Garlic String Beans



1/2 cup(s) slivered almonds
2 tsp olive oil
3 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced
8 cup(s) green snap beans, fresh, trimmed, or thawed if frozen
1/2 cup(s) canned chicken broth, or vegetable broth
1/2 tsp table salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste


  • Place almonds in a large dry skillet and place pan over medium heat. Cook until nuts are golden brown, shaking pan frequently, about 2 to 4 minutes. Remove nuts from pan; set aside.
  • Heat oil in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook , stirring, 1 minute. Add string beans and saut√© 1 minute. Add broth to pan; cover and steam until string beans are crisp-tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper; stir to coat. Remove from heat; stir in toasted almonds. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.



I actually saw a news report on that the other day!

I wish my teachers were like that guy!! I would've graduated with top honors but I'd be broke!!
Forget student loans to colleges! I'd be still owing Mr. McDonough, Mr. Schwell, Mr. Del Re, Ms. Dunbar, & a ton of others a shit load of money!!!
Did you see how the students were paying the teacher? They would take the test, then hand it in with the money paper clipped to the test!! I'm sorry but I was laughing my ass off on that one!!
What subject was this guy teaching anyway? Economics? Business?
Here's the lesson for you kiddies.... as long as you have money you can do anything you want. Our politicians have been doing that for years. 
Morals? Honesty? Loyalty? Where does that get you?
Throw away your pride. Make yourself look as foolish as you can & you'll be on TV! You'll be rich & famous. Then you can cheat, lie, & abuse anything/anyone you want. If you get caught you pay your way out of it but don't pay right away... there's more TV time when you're in trouble!!!
What the hell happened to this Country????
I am running for President. As your President I will turn the clock back to 1955 when TV only had 13 channels. There was no room for crap on TV. People took pride in their work & their bosses treated them with respect. Houses, cars, & everything else was affordable. 
The only thing I'll keep from the present day is the internet. I need my porn.

To read the entire story about Jeff Spires click the link below.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Barbara Ward-Finneran


It's  too late... 
Wondering why... 
Questioning endlessly...

Sometimes we'd give anything for another chance.  Another start.  A do over. 
However, it's more about giving everything and NOT giving up
Keep believing, one moment at a time. 

Keep the promises that you make to yourself!

Photo Courtesy of Barbara Ward-Finneran and Drawn 2 Design, LLC
©  All Rights Reserved


    The turkey you serve this Thanksgiving might just be a secret Muslim bird! According to   anti-Islam blogger Pamela Geller*, the US meat industry is not separating “halal” from “non-halal” meat. What’s the difference? Halal is the method of preparing meat according to Muslim requirements. Geller claims that American turkey suppliers like Butterball are “sneaking” halal birds onto non-Muslim tables.
"Across this great country, on Thanksgiving tables nationwide, infidel Americans are unwittingly going to be serving halal turkeys to their families this Thursday. Turkeys that are halal certified -- who wants that, especially on a day on which we are giving thanks to G-d [sic] for our freedom? I wouldn't knowingly buy a halal turkey -- would you? Halal turkey, slaughtered according to the rules of Islamic law, is just the opposite of what Thanksgiving represents: freedom and inclusiveness, neither of which is allowed for under that same Islamic law."  -Pamela Geller
Geller is calling on those who agree with her to boycott Butterball's "stealth halal turkeys" and write to the company to register their disapproval.

Geller also claims that halal slaughter methods are “torturous and painful” for the turkeys.  In my research, I learned that the halal method requires a certified “mature, pious,” Muslim slaughter man who follows a prescribed ritual while slaughtering the turkey. He must face Mecca and say the name of Allah over the bird during slaughter. The animal is not stunned before slaughter, but a sharp, clean knife is prescribed so the animal’s throat can be cut cleanly. The spinal cord is to be left intact during slaughter.  I did find some disturbing videos which supposedly document halal method of slaughter. I started to watch and couldn’t watch the whole clip. It was far too upsetting.

(You must be 18 or older and sign in to view this clip. I STRONGLY suggest you do not allow anyone under 18 to see this. It is incredibly upsetting but I feel it’s important to know exactly what halal slaughter involves.)
If this is truly the way animals are slaughtered for halal, I will be the first to start a campaign to ban it in the US! I intend to contact Butterball myself and follow up with a letter to my congressman!
Which brings me to the question: Does is matter to you if a turkey is  Halal certified? Would you choose not to buy a turkey that was slaughtered and prepared according to these rituals?  We’d like to know what you think.  If you have more detailed information on the subject, or find that what I’ve discovered in my research is not accurate, please comment!

*Pamela Geller (born 1958) is an American blogger, author, political activist, and commentator. She is known primarily for her criticisms of Islam and opposition to Muslim activities and causes, such as the proposed construction of an Islamic community center near the former site of the World Trade Center. She has described her blogging and campaigns in the United States as being against what she terms "creeping Sharia" in the country. (
FYI: From Butterball’s website
“With expertise in catering to the cultural and linguistic needs of countries all around the world, we are USDA Approved, Russian Approved, and Halal Certified. Butterball has a wide-array of product choices to serve almost any price point and market, and will work with you to meet specific product needs. With both the Butterball and Carolina Turkey brands, you will find all of the high-quality products and experience you need to make every meal a celebration.”
Joel Coleman
VP/General Manager International Sales
Phone: 919-658-6743 ext. 2320
Fax: 919-658-2381
Scott Singleton
International Sales Manager
Phone: 919-658-6743 ext. 2628
Fax: 919-658-2381
Area of responsibility: Branded, Value
Added and Whole Turkeys

WANNA LAUGH?!?!??!?!

Things That Sound Dirty on Thanksgiving Day But Aren't.......
"Talk about a huge breast!"
"Tying the legs together keeps the inside moist."
"It's Cool Whip time!"
"Whew, that's one terrific spread!"
"I'm in the mood for a little dark meat."
"Are you ready for seconds yet?"
"It's a little dry, do you still want to eat it?"
"Just wait your turn, you'll get some!"
"Don't play with your meat."
"Just spread the legs open and stuff it in."
"Do you think you'll be able to handle all these people at once?"
"I didn't expect everyone to come at once!"
"You still have a little bit on your chin."
"Use a nice smooth stroke when you whip it."
"How long will it take after you stick it in?"
"You'll know it's ready when it pops up."
"Wow, I didn't think I could handle all of that!"
"How many are coming?"
"That's the biggest one I've ever seen!"
"Just lay back and take it easy ... I'll do the rest."
"How long do I beat it before it's ready?"


This week's He Said is back to where it should be.... in the bedroom!!! YIPPEE!!
Do you ladies base your whole day around sex like men do?
I know most women won't admit but I think they do.
Is your mood reflected on whether you got some the night before? Or better yet, is your mood based on how good it was the night before?
If you get some in the morning does that put you in a good mood for the rest of the day?
I know it makes a big difference in my mood especially if it was mind blowing.
If it does improve your mood how long does the mood last before you're back to feeling the stresses of everyday life?
If you didn't get any the night before or if you did but it was bad does that put you in a bad mood? Is there even such a thing as bad sex? I think there is but I think I'll save that argument for next week's He Said!
Are you like us men who are ready for another round rather quickly? When I grow up I am going to buy an island & just be naked all the time. Who wants to come???


This is what ESPN failed to show you Monday night during the Packers/Vikings game at Lambeau Field!!
Apparently they thought their commercials were more important than showing this scene for about 5 seconds!

Think of how long it took to put that together, and only the people there saw it. What are the priorities at ESPN? It seems the almighty dollar wins out over pride in our country and gratitude to our military and veterans! Shame on you ESPN!


Recipe: Country Mashed



  • 3 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 16 fluid ounces (2 cups) half-and-half
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 6 ounces grated Parmesan


Peel and dice potatoes, making sure all are relatively the same size. Place in a large saucepan, add the salt, and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to maintain a rolling boil. Cook until potatoes fall apart when poked with a fork.
Heat the half-and-half and the garlic in a medium saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Remove from heat and set aside.
Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain off the water. Mash and add the garlic-cream mixture and Parmesan; stir to combine. Let stand for 5 minutes so that mixture thickens.


Dawn Boyle
The holidays are such a stressful time of year. There is so much running around. You never have enough time and if you are anything like me you are feeling overwhelmed by the pressure of not having everything perfect. If there is anything you take away from what I write, I hope you get something from this post.

Over the past few years I have gotten involved with giving back during the holidays. We have collected and donated food for Outreach in my church. We have donated an entire Thanksgiving feast for a needy family and helped another family with gifts for their children for Christmas. There is nothing better then the incredibly good feeling you recieve from being charitable. It has actually made the holidays have more meaning for our family. When you think of all the time and money you spend over the holiday season, this small gesture is much more rewarding than watching your kids get everything they wanted on their list from Santa.

This year more than ever people need help! Try to do something to help others and remember the true meaning of the holiday season. Below are a few links and ideas for you to get started!!

Search the Internet for soup kitchens in your area. There may be advertisements in the paper or online on sites such as Craigslist asking for people to help out on Thanksgiving and the holiday season.
  • Check or (Corporation for National Community Service) for possible volunteer opportunities in your area.
  • Other places include the Salvation Army, Rescue Mission and your local church, synagogue or other place of worship.
  • Your workplace might be organizing something. Check your internal bulletin board or leave a request on it to have others contact you if they need helpers.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Kim DelGaudio

Guardian Ad Litems advocate for abused, neglected kids

November is a month for reflection, as we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families and count our blessings. November also is National Adoption Month, a good time to reflect on children who may celebrate Thanksgiving in a foster home and dream of finding a forever family. A time for contemplating children’s rights to grow and thrive in a permanent home.

Marie Fraser is the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) for a child who has been in the foster care system for almost two years. The child was abused by a family member and has mental health issues. She has been in six placements, is on several medications and frequently lashes out at people around her. Her parents have surrendered their rights and the young teen is available for adoption.

Marie faithfully visits the child at least once a month, always checking with the doctors and therapists who work with her to make sure she is getting appropriate care. Many times when Marie visits, the child refuses to talk to her, but Marie continues her visits and advocating for the child’s rights.

Recently, Marie received a card written on pink-and-white construction paper that read: “I know I wasn’t such a good girl. But now I am and I’m sorry for treating you wrong … I just wanted you to know that now I understand you care a lot for me and I care for you too … Thanks for everything, and most of all, thanks for not giving up on me …You’re the best GAL I could ever ask for. ”

Marie hopes the girl finds a forever family soon. She will not give up.
A Guardian Ad Litem is a court-appointed advocate for children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected and are now involved in the court system. Children who have a GAL get through the system faster and with more success than children without a GAL. Brevard has 219 volunteers advocating for 630 children. Half of the GALs in Brevard are age 60 and older; half are employed.


Barbara Ward-Finneran
Why just be thankful for one day... 
Oh, the power of two little words --- "Thank you". Utter those two words and they can make all the difference in the world.  In some instances, forget to say them and you might never be forgiven.  Reflect on the blessings in your life and it can change your perspective in mere moments. Being thankful should be automatic.  Most of us were taught to say "thank you" from the time we were toddlers, yet often our interactions as adults tend to be thankless. Yes, we share polite "thank yous" all the time.  But that's not enough.  So often, we take for granted our relationships, our blessings and our freedoms.  Caught up in what we don't have, or feel that we need, or just the chaos of life, rather then focusing on what is purely the essence of having a thankful heart - being grateful for all that you "do" have in your life.  

In just days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving.  An abundance of family, friends and food meld happily with the thankfulness that we have for love, life and the Lord.  Being thankful has power.  An attitude of gratitude breeds the positive and lends strength and kindness to any relationship. On Thanksgiving everyone is thankful. On this day we remember, reflect and relish in all our blessings. But, do you share it?  Not just with a prayer around the table holding hands at dinner.  Have you taken action? Do you give from your own abundance? Allotted something for those less fortunate then you. Have you told someone why you are thankful for them?  Expressed gratitude to someone and specifically reminded them of why they are significant in your life. It's so easy to think that someone knows how you truly feel, or overlook the value in actually expressing your feelings.  So easy to assume that they will always be around to tell.  But the truth is, you can run out of time.  

Thanksgiving is a compound word; "thanks" and "giving".  This year, consider making thanking an action.  Make giving an action too. Do something to help others whether it be with kindness or generosity.  Take the time to fashion the kind words and thoughts in your heart and mind, then say it and or write it, but most importantly share it! Do whatever is in your power to make thanking an action that is purposefully done in little and big ways not just this this Thursday, but forever forward in the days ahead.  Do it.  Do it again & again! Then being thankful, generous and appreciative will become a natural and positive part of your daily interactions.  It will make for so much more to be thankful for --- your heart will be filled and the love and gratitude will be contagious and endlessly grow.  And better yet - you will reap what you sow - Now, that's something to be thankful for...!!!

"Give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love." - Psalm 107:8

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Barbara Ward-Finneran

The people whom you can never let out of your heart.

Remembering that your children only get one childhood.

Keeping the faith.

Living for today. 

Never being ashamed of tears.

Knowing trying to resist chocolate is futile.

Keeping the promises that you make to yourself!

SUNDAY TRIVIA - Is brought to you by the letter "T", for Thanksgiving

Did You Know...

Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving as an annual holiday to be held on the last Thursday in November, where as earlier the presidents used to make an annual proclamation to specify the day when Thanksgiving was to be held.

The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.  

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims  in 1621.

President George Washington issued the first national Thanksgiving Day Proclamation in the year 1789 and again in 1795.

The state of New York officially made Thanksgiving Day an annual custom in 1817. 

The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land. 

Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States. 

Turkeys are the only breed of poultry native to the Western Hemisphere.

Sarah Josepha Hale, an editor with a magazine, started a Thanksgiving campaign in 1827 and it was result of her efforts that in 1863 Thanksgiving was observed as a day for national thanksgiving and prayer. 

The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's. 

In 1941, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution making Thanksgiving Day the fourth Thursday in November rather than the last.

Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada on the second Monday in October.  

The first Thanksgiving wad celebrated in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  

The "drink" that the Puritans brought with them on the Mayflower was beer.


Actor-comedian Kaye Ballard, 86.
Actors Estelle Parsons, 84,
Veronica Hamel, 68,
Samuel E. Wright (Sebastian in “Little Mermaid”), 65,
Richard Masur (“One Day at a Time”), 63,
Bo Derek, 55,
Sean Young, 52,
Ming-Na (“ER”), 48,
Marisa Ryan (“New York Undercover”), 37,
Joshua Gomez (“Chuck”), 36,
Nadine Velazquez (“My Name is Earl”), 33,
Cody Linley (“Hannah Montana”), 22.
TV personality Richard Dawson, 79.
Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff, 65.
Comedian Dick Smothers, 73.
Singer Norman Greenbaum, 69.
Rappers Mike D of the Beastie Boys, 46,
Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, 46.
Country singers Dierks Bentley, 36,
Josh Turner, 34.
Musician Joe Walsh, 64.
Drummers Jim Brown of UB40, 54,
Todd Nance of Widespread Panic, 49.
Pianist Jim Brickman, 50.
Bassist Jared Followill of Kings of Leon, 25.