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Peggy Jo Studio Newsletter
Coming Events December 27, 2005

in this issue

New Years Resolutions.

MPSC Cards Wed Dec 28

Concert Thu Dec 29

Gayle Shield's New Years Eve Party Sat Dec 31

Bethny East New Years Eve Party

MPSC New Year's Eve Dance


New Years Resolutions.

Global Good Luck Traditions

With New Year's upon us, here's a look at some of the good luck rituals from around the world. They are believed to bring good fortune and prosperity in the coming year.

AUSTRIA - The suckling pig is the symbol for good luck for the new year. It's served on a table decorated with tiny edible pigs. Dessert often consists of green peppermint ice cream in the shape of a four-leaf clover.

ENGLAND - The British place their fortunes for the coming year in the hands of their first guest. They believe the first visitor of each year should be male and bearing gifts. Traditional gifts are coal for the fire, a loaf for the table and a drink for the master. For good luck, the guest should enter through the front door and leave through the back. Guests who are empty-handed or unwanted are not allowed to enter first.

WALES - At the first toll of midnight, the back door is opened and then shut to release the old year and lock out all of its bad luck. Then at the twelfth stroke of the clock, the front door is opened and the New Year is welcomed with all of its luck.

HAITI - In Haiti, New Year's Day is a sign of the year to come. Haitians wear new clothing and exchange gifts in the hope that it will bode well for the new year.

SICILY - An old Sicilian tradition says good luck will come to those who eat lasagna on New Year's Day, but woe if you dine on macaroni, for any other noodle will bring bad luck.

SPAIN - In Spain, when the clock strikes midnight, the Spanish eat 12 grapes, one with every toll, to bring good luck for the 12 months ahead.

PERU - The Peruvian New Year's custom is a spin on the Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes at the turn of the year. But in Peru, a 13th grape must be eaten to assure good luck.

GREECE - A special New Year's bread is baked with a coin buried in the dough. The first slice is for the Christ child, the second for the father of the household and the third slice is for the house. If the third slice holds the coin, spring will come early that year.

JAPAN - The Japanese decorate their homes in tribute to lucky gods. One tradition, kadomatsu, consists of a pine branch symbolizing longevity, a bamboo stalk symbolizing prosperity, and a plum blossom showing nobility.

CHINA - For the Chinese New Year, every front door is adorned with a fresh coat of red paint, red being a symbol of good luck and happiness. Although the whole family prepares a feast for the New Year, all knives are put away for 24 hours to keep anyone from cutting themselves, which is thought to cut the family's good luck for the next year.

UNITED STATES - The kiss shared at the stroke of midnight in the United States is derived from masked balls that have been common throughout history. As tradition has it, the masks symbolize evil spirits from the old year and the kiss is the purification into the new year.

NORWAY - Norwegians make rice pudding at New Year's and hide one whole almond within. Guaranteed wealth goes to the person whose serving holds the lucky almond.

Top 10 Most Common New Year Resolutions

  1. Lose weight
  2. Stop smoking
  3. Stick to a budget
  4. Save or earn more money
  5. Find a better job
  6. Become more organized
  7. Exercise more
  8. Be more patient at work/with others
  9. Eat better
  10. Become a better person
Now it's your turn-
Take the survey.

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Proverbs 29-11

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"Nothing is so strong as gentleness; Nothing so gentle as real Strength"

St Francis de Sales

"Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step, only he who keeps his eyes fixed on the far horizon will find his right road."

Dag Hammarskjold, 1905-1961

"Courgage is the price life exacts for granting peace."


We did not send the newsletter on Monday this week because we know most people would not be able to open it until Tuesday.

This is our New Years issue and I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Blessed New Year and a Happy Chanukah.

Peggy Jo

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If you don't have a personal firewall, get the free Kerio Firewall now. (Link below) It works full-fledged for 30-days and then reverts to Limited Mode, but still does a lot of essential protection. Sunbelt is in the process of acquiring this code, so you can expect support in the new year.

And of course tell all your users that their Anti Virus at the house has to be up-to-date and don't open any attachments, if you don't know what they are. Be especially careful if they come from some one they know! They can download the Keri firewall as well: Down load is here


Slow Down

Jack took a long look at his speedometer before slowing down: 73 in a 55 zone. Fourth time in as many months. How could a guy get caught so often?

When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over, but only partially. Let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard. Maybe some other car will tweak his backside with a mirror. The cop was stepping out of his car, the big pad in hand.

Bob? Bob from Church? Jack sunk farther into his trench coat. This was worse than the coming ticket. A cop catching a guy from his own church. A guy who happened to be a little eager to get home after a long day at the office. A guy he was about to play golf with tomorrow.

Jumping out of the car, he approached a man he saw every Sunday, a man he'd never seen in uniform.

"Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this."

"Hello, Jack." No smile.

"Guess you caught me red-handed in a rush to see my wife and kids."

"Yeah, I guess." Bob seemed uncertain. Good. "I've seen some long days at the office lately. I'm afraid I bent the rules a bit -just this once."

Jack toed at a pebble on the pavement. "Diane said something about roast beef and potatoes tonight. Know what I mean?" "I know what you mean. I also know that you have a reputation in our precinct ." Ouch. This was not going in the right direction. Time to change tactics.

"What'd you clock me at?"

"Seventy. Would you sit back in your car please?"

"Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked as soon as I saw you. I was barely nudging 65." The lie seemed to come easier with every ticket.

"Please, Jack, in the car"

Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still- open door. Slamming it shut, he stared at the dashboard. He was in no rush to open the window.

The minutes ticked by. Bob scribbled away on the pad.

Why hadn't he asked for a driver's license?

Whatever the reason, it would be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat near this cop again. A tap on the door jerked his head to the left. There was Bob, a folded paper in hand Jack rolled down the window a mere two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip.

"Thanks." Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice.

Bob returned to his police car without a word. Jack watched his retreat in the mirror. Jack unfolded the sheet of paper. How much was this one going to cost?

Wait a minute. What was this? Some kind of joke?

Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read:

"Dear Jack, Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was six when killed by a car. You guessed it- a speeding driver. A fine and three months in jail, and the man was free. Free to hug his daughters, all three of them. I only had one, and I'm going to have to wait until Heaven before I can ever hug her again.

A thousand times I've tried to forgive that man. A thousand times I thought I had. Maybe I did, but I need to do it again. Even now. Pray for me. And be careful, Jack, my son is all I have left."


Jack turned around in time to see Bob's car pull away and head down the road. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes later, he too, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for forgiveness and hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived.

Life is precious. Handle with care. This is an important message; please pass it along to your friends. Drive safely and carefully. Remember, cars are not the only things recalled by their maker..

Funny how you can send a thousand jokes through e- mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the sanctity of life, people think twice about sharing.

Funny how when you go to forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it to them.

Pass this on, you may save a life. Maybe not, but we'll never know if we don't try.

May today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. "I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

  • MPSC Cards Wed Dec 28
  • Newly Remodeled Banquet Area For Directions Only Call (586) 751-4444 Our Area is Non-Smoking We rotate tables every half hourCash Bar *A reasonably priced dinner is also available off the menu. Everyone is welcome! Crash Landing 26620 Dequindre Warren, MI Just North of I-696 in Warren from 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Member price Guest Price Reserve by 2005-12-28

  • Concert Thu Dec 29
  • Between the Holidays Special Felix Resnick , Conductor featuring Young Artist winner Emily Hudock violin Temple Beth El 14 Mile and Telegraph Bloomfield Hills, MI For Ticket information call 248-645-2276, program information 248-645-2276 from 7:00 pm

    Mini Pre-Concert Farmington Festival Orchestra Director Tracey Riggs, BBSO Viola at 6:15 PM

  • Gayle Shield's New Years Eve Party Sat Dec 31
  • Gayle Shields will be hosting her annual New Years Eve Party starting at 7:00 PM. Bring a dish to pass. There will be a pastry table so don't bring any pastry. Bring your own drinks and $10 Invite your friends

    Gayle lives at 2129 Tall Oaks in Troy there is a link to a map below.

    Here is the the map
  • Bethny East New Years Eve Party
  • Sterling Chateau 38500 Ryan Road just south of 17 Mile in Sterling Heights. (Holy Ghost Orthadox Church)

    8:30 to 1:00 AM Doors open at 8:00 PM Food Refreshments Party Favors Dance to a DJ

    Tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased by December 30. Advance Sales only. Contact Loretta 586-264-0284 or Bill at 248-543-7385

  • MPSC New Year's Eve Dance

    Many singles and singles groups will be joining together for a New Years Eve Party, Dinner & Dance to remember. Event will be hosted by the Metropolitan Single Professionals. The party will be held in the Main Ballroom at The Doubletree Hotel 27000 Sheraton Dr (Novi Road at I-96, use Exit 162). Doors open at 8:00 PM. Evening Starts with Cheese and Crackers, Vegetables with Dip and Fresh Sliced Fruit & Berries (8:30 PM). Your evening will Also include an Elaborate and Hearty Hors d’oeuvre Dinner Buffet (9:00 PM - 11:00 PM) Including: Caesar Salad, Spring Rolls, Spankopita, Polynesian Chicken Kabobs, Beef Teriyaki Brochettes, Mini Quiche, Chef’s Pasta with Assorted Sauces, Swedish Meatballs, Deluxe Coffee Station with Whipped Cream, Orange Zest, Chocolate Shavings & Cinnamon Sticks, Chef’s Dessert, Hats, Noise Makers, Party Favors, Midnight Champagne Toast, Late Night Tea & Coffee Bar and MORE... Chef’s Choice. Top 40 D.J. Cash Bar, Many Great Door Prizes.

    Admission is $55 in advance - Received by December 28. Or $65 at the door The ballroom is Non-Smoking Attire is Holiday Dressy, Coat & Tie Required for Men NYE INFORMATION (248) 544-6445

    Driving a Long way or Just don’t want to drive? *Please Note There Is a Special Hotel Room Rate. Hotel rooms are available $99 call the Doubletree at (248) 348-5000

    To RSVP in advance Mail your check to: MSP, P.O. Box 2022, Farmington Hills, MI 48333

  • GrayBay Shopping
  • We had a big jump in activity on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Probably last minute shoppers looking for ideas but on Friday shopping fell off notabley We expect it to pick up after Christmas.

    The first 100 registered users will never have to pay any fees so register before it is too late.

    This is a great training site to learn about online auctions. Register and try selling something. Clean out the garage or basement. If you have any problems contact the webmaster via email.

    Go to the auction site.

  • Florida Home on a Canal for rent
  • Newly refurbished home, granite counters and new appliances in kitchen. 2 Bedroom, 2 bath with a dock on a 25 foot deep canal in New Port Richey, Florida.. 45 minutes North of Tampa, and 1 hour 45 minutes to DisneyWorld. Rent is $1500 a month December, January February. See it here