Monday, November 16, 2009

State Rankings!!

Did anyone today see the ranking for the "Top Healthiest States to Live In??" I was so glad to see three of my favorite states are among the top five!! Does it help me out naaaahhh ... I am a New Yorker!! BUT my memories are fond of my favorite states!!

Healthiest are:

1. Vermont (yea!)

2. Utah

3. Mass. (yea!)

4. Hawaii

5. New Hampshire (my favorite!! - from the ocean to the mountains!!)


46. S. Carolina

47. Louisiana

48. Alabama

49. Oklahoma (hmmmmmm)

50. Mississippi

My home state of New York was 25th! I guess half way there is OK, but I would have prefered the top ten!

The rankings are based on 22 indicators of health, everything from children receiving recommended inoculations, to obesity, smoking rates, cancer deaths, etc.

Do you think its to late to move to New Hampshire??? I can hear Portsmouth, Newburyport, Hampton Beach, New Castle Island, Sugar Hill, calling to me .... come home .... come home ..... *smile*

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterns Day

Veterans Day ~ A day to be dedicated to world peace and to give thanks for all who made the sacrifice.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gravestone Unearthed

Did you hear about the workers who were digging in NYC last week, and unearthed a tombstone!!

Workers were doing construction in Washington Square Park and they came across the grave marker of James Jackson who died on Sept. 22, 1799!!! As you can see it was very well preserved!

The stone reads, "Here lies the body of James Jackson who departed this life 22 day of September 1799 aged 28 years native of the county of Kildare Ireland."

The area in which it was found was know to be a burial plot/potters field for the poor and indigent, long before it was developed. There is claim that 20,000 people are buried below the park in that area. While construction has been going on workers have found full skeletal remains and bones of all sorts!!

I know from reading some history of NYC and watching the movie "The Gangs of New York" the lower end of NYC use to be quite a place not to live!!

It is at least rewarding to know that mystery of who James Jackson was is being unravel by the historical society, they found his address and his death records from 1799, city records list his as a watchman.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

All Souls Day

Today is All Souls Day ... and I think of the wonderful friends, the loving family, and my daughter Jodi who have left this plane to wander on yet another. I will say a pray for all of them.