Tuesday, January 6, 2015

My Annual Sweepstakes WIN Post

Here are my wins for 2014

January

* Snicker's bar
* 6 pack of Zevia soda

February

* What You Leave Behind (Book Win)
* The Joshua Effect (Book Win)
* It's Not About Sex (Book Win)
* Lost City (Book Win)
* Ten Women (Book Win)

March

* Between Heaven and Earth: Understanding Eternity and Why It Matters Today (Book Win)
* Team Seven (Book Win)
* A Match Made in Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas, #6) (Book Win)
* The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps (Book Win)
* Breath of Spring (Book Win)
* Eternal Vern (Book Win)
* Catching Fire (DVD)

April

* The Director (Book Win)
* Cheap Shot (Book Win)
* The Way Life Should Be (Book Win)
* Beyond the Clearing (Book Win)
* Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War (Book Win)
* Jack Daniels Music T-shirt (Text Win)
* Plato Blinked (Book Win)

May

* Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization (Book Win)
* Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health (Book Win)
* Rocket Ship (Book Win)
* Retribution (Book Win)
* Last Witness (Book Win)
* BearWallow (Book Win)
* Busy Buddy Twist ‘n Treat dispenser by Premier.

June

* The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls (Book Win)
* $1,000 check from Miller Light (Twitter contest)
* $6 “Movies At Home Cash”
* 4 tickets to IMAX movie & $25 Visa Gift Card
* Monday, Monday (book win)
* Sacred Light Spirit Eagle: My Visionary Life and Near Death Experience (book win)
* Away (book win)
* $25 iTunes Gift Card (Instagram)
* $25 7-Eleven Gift Card (Instagram)

July

* Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World? (book win)
* Everybody Freaks Out! But It's Going To Be Okay (book win)
* Can't Look Away (book win)
* Mumfie’s Quest: The Movie DVD

August

* Patina Outdoor Fire Pit ($225)
* Ride Around Shining (book win)
* R5 Louder CD
* $25 Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Card (text win)
* Mountain Dew Soccer Ball.

September

* $1 Off Value Basket
* Walk in Their Shoes (book win)
* BOGO Culver’s Bacon Deluxe coupon

October

* FREE Hulu Plus for 1 month from McDonald's
* Small Frappe from McDonalds
* A One-Day Redbox Rental
* One FREE Fries Code from McDonalds
* Breakfast Sandwich (excludes McMuffin®), ARV: $2.89
* A One-Day Redbox Rental
* * One FREE Code from McDonalds for Medium Fries from McDonalds ARV: $1.80
* A One-Day Redbox Rental
* * One FREE Code from McDonalds for Medium Fries from McDonalds ARV: $1.80
* One FREE Code from McDonalds for Breakfast Sandwich (excludes McMuffin®), from McDonalds ARV: $2.89
* One Free Frappe or Smoothie from McDonalds
* * One FREE Code from McDonalds for Medium Fries from McDonalds ARV: $1.80
* One FREE Code from McDonalds for Breakfast Sandwich (excludes McMuffin®), from McDonalds ARV: $2.89
* * One FREE Code from McDonalds for Medium Fries from McDonalds ARV: $1.80
* One FREE Code from McDonalds for Regular McFlurry from McDonalds ($2.58)
* One FREE Code from McDonalds for Medium Fries from McDonalds ARV: $1.80
* One Free Frappe or Smoothie from McDonalds
* A One-Day Redbox Rental
* FREE Hulu Plus for 1 month from McDonald's
* One FREE Code from McDonalds for Medium Fries from McDonalds
* One Free Frappe or Smoothie from McDonalds
* 50 MCR points from McDonalds
* One FREE Code from McDonalds for Regular McFlurry from McDonalds ($2.58)
* One Free Frappe or Smoothie from McDonalds
* *One FREE Code from McDonalds for Medium Fries from McDonalds ARV: $1.80
* Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3 "Papi" plush and a Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3 "Rosa" plush ("First Prize"). USD $18.74
* Favorite Team Prize consisting of four (4) tickets to a 2014 regular-season game of winner’s choice for the Favorite Team selected at the time of Entry. Approximate retail value is up to $1,600.00.
* A One-Day Redbox Rental
* One FREE Code from McDonalds for Quarter Pounder with Cheese $3.96
* A One-Day Redbox Rental
* A One-Day Redbox Rental
* Four tickets to see the Washington Redskins play from Bud Light ($1,600)
* Two Participant passes in Houston's One Tough Mudder from Dos EXIS ($250)

NOVEMBER

* A Royal Christmas Rescue (The Royal Heirs Book 2) (book win)
* People Who Hate America (book win)
* Gale Gand's Lunch by Gale Gand (book win)
* Ouija barrel sling duffel bag, Ouija tee shirt, Dracula untold temporary tattoos, Ouija Pendant,
* Dead or Alive. Craig Simpson (book win)
* Presumption of Guilt (book win)
* $25 McArch Card from MyCokeRewards
* $50 Gas Card (Text sweepstakes)
* Good Loving: How Christian Couples Can Discover Sexual Intimacy, Pleasure and Fulfillment (Book win)

DECEMBER

* $100 Dallas Cowboy GC (second chance lottery ticket)
* $25 iTunes Card
* Sarah & Katy and the Imagination Blankets (book win)
* 6 pack of Zevia soda
* Daily Wisdom for Women 2015 Devotional Collection (book win)
* One (1) Kevin Harvick’s Red, White and Blue car
* Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar
* 6 pack of Zevia soda

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Fernbank Museum Rings in the New Year with Noon Year’s Eve



ATLANTA, December 17, 2014 – Fernbank Museum of Natural History (fernbankmuseum.org) announces a New Year’s celebration appropriate for the entire family. On Wednesday, December 31 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fernbank will host games, a craft, a resolution station, DJ Willy Wow and a balloon drop. The event, celebrated at noon instead of midnight, caters to youngsters who cannot always celebrate past their bedtime.

At noon, guests will be invited to toast to the Noon Year with their very own “mocktail” made from GoGo Squeeze Applesauce as over 2,000 balloons cascade from the ceiling of Fernbank’s Great Hall. DJ Willy Wow will lead the countdown to the Noon Year, along with hosting games and dancing throughout the event.

It would not be a proper New Year’s celebration without party hats, and guests will be able to craft their very own using cups, tinsel and twine. As guests celebrate the Noon Year, they will also be invited to learn about New Year’s traditions from around the world through a special matching game. The event will also include a festive New Year’s Eve-themed dinosaur photo-stop.

To round out the event, families will have the opportunity to share their resolutions at a special “resolution station,” where they will be encouraged to take a selfie to share on social media using #FernbankMuseum.

Museum tickets, which also include special exhibitions Winter Wonderland and Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear, are $18 for adults, $17 for students and seniors, $16 for children ages 3-12 and free for children aged 2 and under. Value Pass tickets, which include Museum admission and one IMAX film, are $26 for adults, $24 for students and seniors, $22 for children ages 3-12, free for children aged 2 and under and $8 for members. The Museum is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Parking is free. For tickets, call 404.929.6400 or visit www.fernbankmuseum.org.

About Fernbank

Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, inspires life-long learning of natural history through immersive programming and unmatched experiences to encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants.  The Museum is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Parking is free. For tickets, call 404.929.6400 or visit www.fernbankmuseum.org.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Empress Michelle Doesn't Work Here



















A few years ago I had a student in my class who saw racism behind every corner.  His seat was on the aisle which meant he was a row leader.  Row leaders were responsible for passing papers and other material down the row to his team mates.  Row leaders were also responsible for making sure all material was handed back at the end class so I could collect these things in an organized fashion. 

When I would hand things to the row leaders I would say "Please hand this down to your team mates."  At the end of class I would thank the row leaders for their help.  I always used please and thank you to model appropriate behavior and respect.

When I would ask this particular student to hand things down to his team mates he would say, "You just asking me to do this cause you're racist."  If he didn't have a pencil or a pen, he'd say, "I don't got nothing to write with cause this racist school is oppressing me.  School is supposed to be free you know."  I would always provide him or anyone else with free pens or pencils but still I'd have to hear his spiel.  It seemed he was looking for attention and hoping to get some laughs from his classmates with his comments.

 At first, I ignored him.  I felt he was trying to get my goat and I was trying to extinguish the behavior by ignoring it.  After a week or two it finally got to me.  So one day after I handed out the material for that particular class I knelt near his desk and asked him to step into the hall.  

He looked at me with this big smile and then sauntered out of the classroom.  "SQUEEZE me I think  she wants to see me." he said to his classmates in attempt to bring attention to himself.
Once out in the hall I told him that I was sorry.  This kind of threw him.  It was probably the last thing he expected and he certainly couldn't figure out why I was sorry. 

I told him that I liked him but I was concerned because I was obviously saying or doing something to make it appear as though I didn't like him because my actions appear racist. 

Now he seemed really confused.  "Ms Cope," he said "I like you too.  You don't treat me bad or nothing."    

"I don't?"  I replied.  Then I'm really confused because you have let me know on several occasions that your role of row leader has some racist aspects and if that's so I want to change this.  I don't want you to feel uncomfortable coming to my class."

He looked down for a second and said, "I don't Ms. Cope.  I'm just saying.  You know Whites are racist but you awl right."  



I put out my hand for him to shake and said, "Please let me know if I ever say anything or do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable OK?"  

For the most part the chants of "That's Racist" stopped.  Every now and then he'd say it but then immediately say "Just kidding Ms. Cope.  You know I love you."

Memories of this young man came rushing back to me recently when I heard Michelle Obama cite an alleged example of racism at a Target Store.  Empress Michelle recants how a "RACIST" woman asked her to help  get something down off a shelf because the woman supposedly believed that Michelle worked there.  (What gave it away the Secret Service guys talking into their wrists?)  Obviously the ONLY reason SHE was asked to help get that item off a high shelf was because SHE is BLACK.  

Great story, unless you happen to remember when she first told this story back in 2013.  In this recounting of the story, a woman asked Michelle for help because Michelle was taller and thus able to reach the item in the detergent aisle.  The woman also used the words "EXCUSE ME" before asking Michelle to do her a favor.  

This incident must have been a milestone in the Empress' life.  I suppose now that she has had time to think it over she realized that her act of kindness was actually her submissive reaction to overt racism.  It truly amazes me that Michelle can play the victim from a simple request for help.




Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Not So Social Media

Another day another stupid social media comment made by someone who should know better.  This time a police officer who decides to reference the Eric Garner incident in his tweet.



Lest we not forget the recent rant from a former Duncanville High School teacher who sent the following tweet out into the tweet-o-sphere telling "crackers" to kill themselves if they disagree with her opinion on recent events in Ferguson.

Vinita, don't hold back.  Tell us how you really feel.



On second though Vinita you might want to ramp some of this back

Not to be shown up by a mere teacher, an assistant high school principal from Norfok, Virginia , Amy Strickland decided to post her version of  every white girl's father's worst nightmare.  

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Sadly these are all post from GROWN-UPs who are educated and supposedly know better.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Taliban Terrorists Attack School



The evil cowardice of the "religion of peace" has shown itself again as an hours-long siege took place at the Army Public School and Degree College today in Peshawar.

When the siege ended early Tuesday evening, at least 141 people — 132 children plus nine school staff members — were dead. More than 100 were injured, many with gunshot wounds.

According to NBC News there were at least 10 attackers wearing police uniforms and suicide vests. They burnt a teacher in front of the students in a classroom.  Let me repeat that. “They literally set the teacher on fire with gasoline and made the kids watch.” 

The Principal of the school was also burned alive.  Her crime?  She was the wife of an Army Officer.  

Terrorists seen to love the soft targets, whether it is a school full of children, a mall full of shoppers, or a busy cafĂ©.

Sometimes a crime is so horrifying you are at a loss of what to say.  Sending love and prayers to the those who are the victims of this horrendous tragedy. 

O GOD of mercy, bless all who live in the face of acts of terrorism.  Grant them courage to go about their daily living.  Give them hope that one day the hostility will cease.  Guard the defenseless, especially the children and the elderly, the infirm and the weak.  Bring peace to their homes and faith into their hearts.  Amen. 





Thursday, November 27, 2014



Due to popular demand, the captivating giant screen film Jerusalem, presented by National Geographic Entertainment, returned to Fernbank’s IMAX® Theatre on November 21. Jerusalem has now surpassed $7 million in box office sales worldwide. This success is due in part to the film’s success at Fernbank, as the Museum has remained a top 10 grossing theatre worldwide. This special film is showing in conjunction with Fernbank’s Winter Wonderland exhibition, making the Museum the perfect place to spend the holidays.

Jerusalem is a place like no other: sacred to half the people on earth; fought over more than any other site in history; conquered and destroyed, rebuilt and reinvented repeatedly over 5,000 years. Now, for the first-time ever, a new giant screen film adventure presented by National Geographic Entertainment immerses audiences in a spectacular cinematic journey—soaring high above the Holy Land and plunging deep into the vibrant Old City—so they can experience as never before the iconic sites cherished by billions.

Jerusalem, now showing at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s IMAX Theatre through February 12, is a breathtaking new film that explores on a grand scale the intersection of science, history and religion in this ancient, enigmatic place.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch ("Star Trek into the Darkness," PBS’s "Sherlock"), Jerusalem gives audiences a rare glimpse of the storied city, as well as exclusive access to iconic holy sites—including the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and the mountain fortress of Masada—and to little-known parts of the region.

Special access is one of the unique aspects of the film. Filmmakers were granted permission to capture aerial images over the Old City of Jerusalem, and throughout the Holy Land. A strict no-fly zone has existed over the region for many years, restricting low-altitude filming. Once secured, the filmmakers launched a major campaign in both Hebrew and Arabic to notify the public weeks before filming began.
 “Jerusalem embodies National Geographic’s commitment to tell visually compelling stories that foster greater understanding and appreciation of world cultures, history, science and geography,” said Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Entertainment, the film’s distributor.

"Through the unrivaled beauty, visceral nature and incredible technology of giant screen cameras, we were able to compose the images and move the camera in a way that makes you feel as if you are experiencing Jerusalem first-hand," said Daniel Ferguson, Writer/Director. "We were thrilled with the opportunity to provide audiences with the story of the Old City on this grand scale, and offer unique perspectives, aerials and access to this part of the world in a way you could never get in any other format."

Jerusalem presents the story from many perspectives—interviewing a prominent archaeologist and following real-life inhabitants of the ancient city to explore the enduring appeal of this unique crossroads of civilization.

With thousands of archaeological sites, Jerusalem is one of the most excavated cities on the planet, with so much more waiting to be discovered. Since 2010, the Jerusalem production team has followed several of the most impressive excavations in and around Jerusalem, documenting their progress as well as the tools used to uncover and understand the past.

The film features renowned archaeologist and religious studies professor Dr. Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who explains the many layers that chronicle this important crossroads of civilizations.  In the film, Dr. Magness leads a group of students through an ancient water tunnel beneath the biblical-era city of Jerusalem, which conveyed water from the Gihon Spring outside the city walls to the residents of the city in the event of a siege by an invading army. She also gives audiences a tour of excavations around the Western Wall, marveling at one of the greatest feats of engineering in the ancient world.

Audiences will also meet three teenagers who call Jerusalem home—Farah Ammouri, Revital Zacharie, and Nadia Tadros—from each of the three major world religions that share the Old City.  From the Damascus Gate and the Dome of the Rock, to the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the girls each reveal the Holy City from their own perspective.

For those of the Jewish faith, Jerusalem represents their homeland.  Every synagogue in the world faces Jerusalem, and three times a day, Jews pray towards the temples that once stood here above “the Kotel” or Western Wall. They believe prayers pass through the Kotel to God.

For Christians, Jerusalem is the place where Jesus was arrested and sentenced to death nearby in the Garden of Gethsemane. The Via Dolorosa, or ‘Way of Sorrows,’ is said to be the path Jesus took on his way to crucifixion.

For Muslims, Jerusalem is the city of the prophets. Muslims believe that Mohammed was taken on a miraculous journey from Mecca to Jerusalem where he ascended to Heaven on a ladder of light, which they associate with the “Dome of the Rock."

Using the highest resolution cinematography in the world, Jerusalem captures each of these beloved places and takes audiences there as never before. For thousands of years, people of different faiths have been drawn to this Holy City. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Jerusalem.

The 43-minute large format film was executive produced by the late Jake Eberts, legendary producer of movies such as “Gandhi,” “Chariots of Fire,” and “Dances with Wolves”; produced by Taran Davies, George Duffield and Daniel Ferguson; and written and directed by Daniel Ferguson. Large format industry veteran Reed Smoot, ASC, is Director of Photography
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Jerusalem will show daily at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s IMAX® Theatre from November 21, 2014 until February 12, 2015. IMAX tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $11 for children 12 and younger, and $8 for Museum members. Upgrade to a Value Pass (includes IMAX and Museum admission) to see Winter Wonderland and enjoy two great global experiences with one visit. (See Value Pass prices at fernbankmuseum.org).

Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the 5-story-tall Rankin M. Smith Sr. IMAX Theatre are located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Tickets and visitor information are available at www.fernbankmuseum.orghttp://www.fernbankmuseum.org">www.fernbankmuseum.org
> and 404.929.6300.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Fernbank Museum Announces 75-Acre Expansion to Visitor Experience

Today, Fernbank Museum of Natural History is announcing significant expansion plans, which include 75 acres of outdoor experiences. The announcement largely focuses on 10 acres of all-new outdoor experiences, environments and activities, set to open in summer 2016 along with expanded access to Fernbank Forest.

The new outdoor adventure experience will occupy the 10 acres of mature woodlands behind the Museum’s terrace overlook. Fernbank’s expansion will allow visitors to experience the same level of immersive, fun and engaging programming Fernbank is already known for in a new, outdoor setting.

The outdoor expansion will offer incredible new experiences for all ages as visitors explore extraordinary landscapes along with a five-story change in elevation—from dramatic vantage points high in the trees to footpaths winding through rugged, ever-changing terrain. Experiences will include dramatic tree pods, imaginative play areas, immersive ground trails, unique sensory stations, elevated adventure nets, hands-on water cycle activities, a restored wetland, and “floating” walkways.

“We are thrilled to expand our offerings with this new outdoor attraction. This is a rare opportunity to connect our visitors with a truly authentic nature experience, right here inside the city," said Susan Neugent, Fernbank president and CEO. "This is the most significant development at Fernbank since the Museum opened, and we can’t wait for our visitors to experience this fun and invigorating encounter with nature."

The new permanent feature highlights Fernbank’s extraordinary environmental legacy, which began 75 years ago when Trustees organized to preserve Fernbank Forest, one of America’s largest old-growth urban forests.

The outdoor adventure area will open in conjunction with increased access to the 65-acre forest. Construction for the outdoor adventure will not impact Fernbank Forest, where the Museum is currently leading a research-based restoration that includes removal of more than 45 harmful invasive species and restoration of many native species that have largely disappeared.

Fernbank’s outdoor expansion will be included with museum admission at no extra charge and will be free for Museum Members. To learn more about the Fernbank Forest restoration and the upcoming experience, visit www.fernbankmuseum.org.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Directions and other visitor information can be found at fernbankmuseum.org.