Thursday, December 31, 2009


Top British scientists tell us to start New Year with a “glass of bubbly,” to keep strokes and heart attacks away, like two glasses of red wine is recommended for as well.  According to Dr. Jeremy Spencer of Reading University, who asked the Daily Mail, “a couple of glasses a day has a beneficial effect on the walls of blood vessels—which suggests champagne has the potential to reduce strokes and heart disease.”  Other types of sparkling wines can help, and perhaps a mug of hot cocoa, though Dr Spencer said, “While the benefit is the same, it doesn’t seem as much fun somehow.”  We leave the choice up to the readership!

Saturday, December 19, 2009


A guy named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night. His 4-year-old daughter, Barbara, sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bobs wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer. Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dads eyes and asked, "Why isn't Mommy just like everybody else's Mommy?" Bob's jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob's life. Life always had to be different for Bob. Being small when he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he'd rather not remember.

From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in. Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn's bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938. Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn't even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn't buy a gift, he was determined a make
one - a storybook!

Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal's story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling. Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose.

Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on
Christmas Day. But the story doesn't end there. The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book. In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter.

But the story doesn't end there either. Bob's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing
Crosby and Dinah Shore , it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of "White Christmas." The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn't so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing!

Friday, December 11, 2009


With 3 performances coming up, you don’t want to miss the international cast of champion pairs an soloists, colorful costumes and exciting music, electrifying jumps, lifts and spins and enchanting vocals.  Olympic Bronze medalist and 2-time European Champion Jozef (“Jumpin’ Joe) Sabovcik will WOW us with his skating performance.  Performances are Friday, December 18th at 8 pm; Saturday, December 19th at 2pm and 8pm; Sunday, December 20th at 2 pm and 7 pm.   

Tickets are $42 and can be ordered online at or by calling 561-243-7922, ext 1.  The Crest Theatre is located at Old School square, 51 No. Winton Avenue, Delray Beach.   

Come early with the elementary school (and pre-school) children who can ride the Carousel.  Carousel hours are 5-9 pm weekdays and 1-9 pm weekends and during school break.  Rides are $2 each.

Monday, December 07, 2009


Visit the Panther Ridge Conservation Center in Wellington to see the lifetime home for abandoned, abused or unwanted captive, exotic felines.  Here you can learn about the challenges these animals face in the wild, medical care, nutrition and the problems related to private ownership.  The animals roam within a 3-acre pen.   

The Center is located at 14755 Palm Beach Point Boulevard in Wellington, FL 33414 - Phone: 561-795-8914.  Group and Individual Tours can be arranged. 

The Center survives as a non-profit organization thanks to contributions from corporations, individual patrons and veterinary facilities.   

Come on over on December 13th for hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, raffle prizes and take a photo with a baby jaguar at their fund raising event from 12-3 pm at LoLa Restaurant and Ultria Lounge, 16950 Jog Road, Delray Beach.  561-496-5652.