Archive for June 9th, 2008

(June 09) Today we're observing . . .  Shavuot

Monday, June 9th, 2008

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Shavuot (Jewish – began last night at sundown)
Today continues the observation of the Jewish holiday commemorating the anniversary of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai.

Also known as the Feast of the Weeks, which celebrates the harvest season in Israel. Shavuot, which means “weeks”, refers to the timing of the festival which is held exactly 7 weeks after Passover.

For more information visit our Shavuot celebration – Shavuot on the Net

A Father's Day Gift Guide: 18 Holes or Bust: Gone Golfing? Do It Greener.

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Father’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about the perfect way to show your dad just how much he means to you. If you’re planning on buying a gift for Father’s Day – don’t leave it to the last minute, or you’ll probably end up with yet another boring coffee mug or banal pinstripe tie.

Whether the dad in your life is into high-tech gadgets, grilling, or sporting gear (or all three), you’ll find the perfect gift for him with our Suggestions for Father’s Day Gifts.

18 Holes or Bust: Gone Golfing? Do It Greener.

Greener Golfing Gear, $4 – $8,000

If you Dad lives for his 8 a.m. tee time, then golfing gear is definitely in order for Father’s Day. But how do you find the right gift for the golfer who already has everything, including a full set of Titanium drivers, irons, woods and putters? How about some golf tees?? Stifle your groans because these aren’t just any golf tees, these are Eco Tees. Made from corn, Eco Tees save trees – in fact, manufacturers estimate that switching over to Eco Tees will save 50,000 US trees a year. Plus, Eco Tees last longer than conventional wood tees. $4 for a package of 15 multi-colored tees. Of course, you’ll want to pick up some Eco Golf Balls for Dad to hit off his new tees. These patented balls literally dissolve in water after just 24 hours. They’re 100% biodegradable, non-toxic and water-soluble. Dad can safely hit (err, lose) these balls in salt or fresh water, glaciers, mountains or anywhere else.

For a bigger splurge, book Dad a tee-time at one of the growing number of eco-friendly golf courses across the nation (for the location nearest you, check out this list of the Audobon International certified courses.) Or for the biggest splurge of all, you can buy Dad his very own solar-powered golf cart – like the Sun Ray Cart from Cruise Car, which comes in your choice of seven colors (Fire Engine Red or Military Camo are their biggest sellers). Eco-carts run $6,000- $8,000, but do come with an added incentive: A one-time tax credit of up to $900.

 

(Check out all our Father’s Day Gift Suggestions here).

Our Favorite Celeb Dads – Favorite Crooner Dad

Monday, June 9th, 2008

From musicians to athletes to actors, join us as we countdown to Father’s Day with the hottest celebrity pops in the business. And we’ve even got a genuine super hero dad!

Favorite Crooner Dad: Tim McGraw
Country music star Tim McGraw says he used to be selfish and cared only about his career. Then he met wife Faith Hill, become a dad to three daughters, Gracie, Maggie and Audrey, and gained a whole new perspective on life.

“You go through all those motions of being successful,” Tim told Oprah Winfrey. “Then you meet somebody to fall in love [with] and then you have children. The way you relate to everything-the way that your country’s going, the way that your world’s going, how your kids are being educated, what your kids are thinking, what influences they have on them, what you think about your God-all that stuff changes.”

Raising well-grounded kids is so important to Tim and Faith that they only tour during the summer: “With three kids, and school, and Girl Scouts, gymnastics and softball and basketball, that’s why we only tour in summer. The rest of the year we’re just taxi drivers with a credit card,” Tim quipped to the Charleston Daily Mail.

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Countdown to Father's Day 2008 (T-06): Top TV Dads

Monday, June 9th, 2008

As we countdown to Father’s Day (T-06 days) – here’s our continuing look at some of TV’s favorite fathers: From the 1950s cardigan-wearing, “Father Knows Best” types to the 21st century guys juggling dysfunctional families and questionable careers.

TV’s Top Dads (in chronological order)

Howard Cunningham (1970’s/80’s)
Ever-jolly Howard Cunningham (played by Tom Bosley) was the Midwestern TV Dad on the 1950s-style comedy Happy Days (1974-1984). Howard earned his living by running the hardware store, but always managed to find time to solve the woes of his teenage kids. And he even played surrogate dad to son Richie’s rather wayward collection of friends.

Check back each day for another TV dad (or you can cheat and check out all our TV dads here).

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