Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy - Pharrell Williams (Music Video)

We watched the movie, Despicable Me 2 with the kids, and this song called, "Happy" (2013) by Pharrell Williams was featured.  It is so upbeat, and fun.  Hope you enjoy it!



Click on the arrow above, or go to the YouTube link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

Get happy!

- Angela G. Gentile

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Elfred - The Elf on the Shelf

A New Family Holiday Tradition

This year, we had a new special visitor to our home.  He is an elf, and we adopted him.  We named him "Elfred".  He is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole.  He watches the kids during the daytime to see if they are being good, and magically returns back to the North Pole every evening to report back to Santa Claus.  He returns back to us every morning.  Sometimes he gets back early, and surprises us.  We can't touch him, or else the magic may not work.  


Here is Elfred with his little girlfriend.  ♥
He had been chumming with the Nutcracker and Mistletoad 
the previous days.  He looks very happy.





Last night, Elfred wanted to do something a little special for us. 
Today (Dec. 24th) was the last day he spent with us before returning to the North Pole.  
He won't be back until next year.  He has to report back to Santa one last time
 and help him get ready for his big trip tonight.  Here he is working on a special surprise.





 He must have worked hard early this morning.  
He put toilet paper streamers and ties all over the dining room lights
 and he even put it on some appliances and door knobs!




He even coloured the milk a lovely shade of purple!





When we woke up, we found the kitchen decorated so nicely 
with toilet paper streamers and ties! What a delight! 
You can see Elfred in the top left hand corner.  
That's the empty toilet paper roll beside him.  
His clothes are hung up to dry on a line in the top right corner.



 Here are the decorations from Elfred's point of view.



We have to say good-bye to Elfred, he leaves us tonight.  
Until next year!



Have a very merry Christmas and all the best for the new year!!

- Angela G. Gentile

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Reflecting Back on the Beginning

Photo credit:  Angela Gentile
I have been writing "On the Bright Side" for over 3 and a half years.  I started out writing daily. It was a very good way to get me thinking about something positive, every day.  Now, 522 posts later, I find that it is time for me to move on to new things.  As I reflect back, I want to share with you my very first post, unedited.  It makes me remember why I started this blog in the first place.  I believe "Mission has been accomplished".

Here is my very first post that I wrote on March 25, 2010:

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Why write a blog about the bright side?

I believe there is too much negativity out there in the world. The news is full of disaster, death and grave suffering. I want to provide a place where we can go to discuss and explore the bright side of life. I myself am a born optimist. No matter how bad life can get, I always look for the positive side of things. Call me Pollyanna LOL! There is a great song, called "Always look at the bright side of life" and it was in a popular Monty Python movie called, "Life of Brian". It has a catchy tune, and the chorus persuades us to, "always look on the bright side of life...always look on the light side of life", by Eric Idle. Imagine not being affected by all the negativity in life. Wouldn't it be great to live in a world free of violence and suffering? Don't get me wrong, I know that this world if full of grief and misery, it's just that I choose to avoid it and focus on the positive. I believe that what you focus on expands, therefore, I choose to focus on happiness and joy. Health Canada reports that about 11% of men and 16% of women in Canada will experience major depression in the course of their lives. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and we have to work on keeping ourselves healthy in both body and mind. Combating negativity can only be done by focusing on the positive and my blogs are going to help us do that. I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you and look forward to hearing from you as well.


Cheerio!


Angela Gentile

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To all my beloved readers and friends,

I wish you well in all you do, and as I move on to new adventures, I leave here all my posts for you and others to enjoy.  I will still be responding and managing as required.  I may post the odd thing here or there, but it won't be on a regular basis that's for sure.

I am turning my interests towards "Aging Well for Women".  You can follow me there, on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/AgingWellforWomen.

Always look on the bright side of life!

Sincerely,

Angela G. Gentile

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Age Jokes



Q: Where can men over the age of 60 find younger, sexy women who are interested in them?
A: Try a bookstore under fiction. 

Q: What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause?
A: Keep busy. If you're handy with tools, you can finish the basement. When you're done you'll have a place to live. 

Q: Someone has told me that menopause is mentioned in the bible. Is that true?   Where can it be found?
A: Yes. Matthew 14:92: "And Mary rode Joseph's ass all the way to Egypt...." 

Q: How can you increase the heart rate of your 60-plus year old husband?
A: Tell him you're pregnant. 

Q: How can you avoid that terrible curse of the elderly wrinkles?
A: Take off your glasses. 

Q: Seriously! What can I do for these Crow's feet and all those wrinkles on my face?
A: Go braless. It will usually pull them out. 

Q: Why should 60-plus year old people use valet parking?
A: Valets don't forget where they park your car. 

Q: Is it common for 60-plus year olds to have problems with short-term memory storage?
A: Storing memory is not a problem....Retrieving it is the problem. 

Q: As people age, do they sleep more soundly?
A: Yes, but usually in the afternoon. 

Q: Where should 60-plus year olds look for eye glasses?
A: On their foreheads. 

Q: What is the most common remark made by 60-plus year olds when they enter antique stores?
A: "Gosh, I remember these!" 

SMILE, You've still got your sense of humor, RIGHT? 


(Thanks to my husband for emailing these jokes!)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Charles Schulz Philosophy



You don't have to actually answer the  questions. Just read straight through, and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
  
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. 

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Pageant.  

 4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.  

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for best actor and actress.  

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.


How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.  

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.  

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.  

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.  

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

Easier?

The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia." (Charles Schulz)

Psst:  It's not really Charles Schulz's philosophy: http://www.snopes.com/glurge/schulz.asp

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

What is Your Five-Year Plan?


Personal goal setting is a topic that I have talked about in the past.  I am the type of person that likes to have goals and I am motivated by having a meaningful purpose in my life.  On occasion, I can become overwhelmed with a lot of things going on, and I lose my focus.

Recently, I have revisited the topic of Personal Goal Setting.  I have found a great article that I will be using to help me set up my personal goals.

The article is on a website called Mind Tools and it is called, Personal Goal Setting:  Planning to Live Your Life Your Way.  It includes a very detailed description of how to go about determining goals. If you sign up for their newsletters, you will receive a free 20 page eBook called, "Goal Setting Toolkit".  It is quite detailed and motivating.

I once heard someone say their doctor asked them, "What is your 5-year plan?".  I think it's a good idea to have some direction, especially for those of us that are easily led off-track.  The types of goals that can be made are things like financial, educational, occupational, artistic, travel, relationships, etc.

I look forward to reviewing this information and formulating my 5-year plan.  I am pretty sure it will include finishing my Master of Social Work degree, travelling to Costa Rica and New York, writing a book on Aging Well and paying off all my debt.  These are also on my bucket list.

Try it for yourself and let me know how it goes.

Have an awesome day!

Angela G. Gentile

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Leading Ladies in Pop Music

The female pop music artists are competing for our affections nowadays by putting out new exciting music and powerful music videos.  I am amazed at how fierce, brave and free these women appear and how they have to go the extra mile to get our attention.  Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are three leading ladies in the world of pop music that stand out for me right now. I like their music, and I see them as role models for our younger generation.  Some may say they are not good role models, however.  What these ladies are doing is showing society that women can be strong and independent.  Sometimes I wonder what happened to the classy, feminine role models.  Madonna was the leading lady of my generation, and she had no competition.  Now the competition to get noticed in music is tougher I see none of them standing out above the other.  They are all amazing entertainers, and yes, sometimes they cross the line.  But isn't that what gets attention?

The other thing I noticed that was common for all these three ladies is that they have a tattoo on the inside of their arm.  It was applied to that very sensitive spot on the other side of the bicep.  I can only imagine how that feels to get a tattoo there.  These are some tough cookies.

Here are the three leading ladies and their music videos.  Some scenes are explicit.  Don't say I didn't warn you.

Lady Gaga - I Live for the Applause



Katy Perry - Roar



Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball



To see more information on their tattoos, check out these articles:

Miley Cyrus Tattoos - http://stealherstyle.net/tattoos/miley-cyrus-tattoos/

Katy Perry Tattoos - http://stealherstyle.net/tattoos/katy-perry-tattoos/#sanskrit

Lady Gaga Tattoos - http://stealherstyle.net/tattoos/lady-gaga-tattoos/

Have an awesome day and stay strong!

Angela G. Gentile

EDIT:  Just found this new song by Britney Spears - "Work Bitch" - Another leading lady in pop, with a strong and fierce song.  Check it out, here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/britney-spears-legendary-new-single-work-bitch-leaks?bffb