Inspirational Quotes

One of the features of this site in the past was a series of inspirational quotes. Over time, the list became long, and short posts fell out of favor on blogs when 140 characters on Twitter was the way to go. I’ve recently started to put my attention back in to my blog and have now consolidated these in one place an will continue to add to it in the future.

“If you don’t do it this year, you will be one year older when you do.”
–Warren Miller

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”
-Albert Einstein

“There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat;
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose the ventures before us.”
-William Shakespeare, Julius Ceasar

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.”
-Bo Jackson

“What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.”
– from “Leisure,” by W.H. Davies

“Success and Motivation – You only have to be right once!”
– Mark Cuban

“Lost time is never found again.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“But there’s some stuff in our industry that we wouldn’t be proud to ship. And we just can’t do it. We can’t ship junk. There are thresholds we can’t cross because of who we are.”
– Steve Jobs

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
— Mark Twain

“He that can have patience can have what he will.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
— Oliver Goldsmith

“A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves.”
— Harvey Mackay

Halloween Party Ideas

You can almost feel the electricity of excitement as they enter the Harvest or Halloween party area that you’ve prepared. Whether they’re in first grade or fifth, they bolt in with wide eyes, darting from corner to corner, to see what decorations, games and treats you’ve brought for them. It’s Halloween party time!

With thirteen years of classroom party coordinating, I am no expert. I still scramble to email other creative friends for fresh ideas, or search the web for easy and fun games. What did we ever do without Pinterest? What I do know is that the kids just want it to feel like a Halloween party and not like a classroom.

In my opinion, the best parties include getting the kids out of their seats and onto the floor, into a hallway, gym, or better yet, outside the school building! As a general rule of thumb, if it requires a long list of instructions on exactly “how” to have fun, it’s not very fun. Just keep it simple.

Below are a few common and successful party games. Most are relays and require you to divide students into groups or teams.

Kindergarten: Ghost Tower

Supplies: large white marshmallows, sharpie marker or googly eyes

Before the game starts draw ghost faces on the marshmallows. Race to see how many “ghosts” they can stack before their tower falls.

1st grade: Pumpkin Bowling

Supplies: various sized pumpkins and empty milk jugs or plastic pop bottles painted to look like ghosts

Set up the painted ghosts as the bowling pins and uses the pumpkins as bowling balls. Play

2nd grade: Mummy Wrap

Supplies: LOTS of toilet paper

Divide into pairs. Wrap your partner like a mummy during this timed race. The kids like to wrap their teacher up as a mummy too!

3rd grade: Eyeball Race

Supplies: ping pong balls, sharpie marker, plastic spoons

In advance draw bloodshot eyeballs on the ping pong balls. Place eyeball on the spoon and race to other end. Pass the spoon to a teammate who races back, or they can drop the “eye” into a plastic pumpkin or freshly carved pumpkin and race back.

4th grade: Costume Dress Up Relay

Supplies: funny costume separates

The students must race to get dressed up and then race to the other end, remove costume items and tag teammate. Try to gather funny items that are similar for two teams, like a hat for each team, 2 wigs, glasses or mask, vests or jackets, skirts/tutus, capes etc. The sillier they look, the more fun they will have.

5th grade: What’s In The Box | Brain Search

Supplies: decorated shoe box or cooked spaghetti noodles + halloween items to find

This is a timed game. Place small, interesting or gross items in the “brain.” The kids must feel around for as many items as they can find. The “brain” is held above eye level. They may not peek and may not pull items out. They try to guess the items and remember what they felt. They will then race to write as many items on a given list. Whoever has guessed the most, wins. This is a home made version of the store bought game, “What’s in Ned’s Head.”

6th grade: Monster Mash

Supplies: balloons, markers or self stick foam pieces, string

Each student blows up their balloon and decorates their monster. Tie one end of string onto balloon and other end to shoe or ankle. When the game begins, each student needs to try to step on or sit on someone’s balloon monster, while protecting their own (without hiding it or holding it). Whoever survives the “monster mashing” moves onto the final round. Best if done in smaller groups to avoid chaos and to allow kids to watch this crazy activity.

Don’t assume they’re too old for games. If you bring it, they will make it, play it and eat it. Even the kids who think they’re “too cool for school” will enjoy the break.

What are YOUR favorite games, treats, music and decorations for a classroom Halloween party? I’m still looking for those fresh ideas!

Games with Paper and Pencils

With all the technology in the world at our hands today, it is easy to forget where we came from with games. Pencil and Paper Games is at your service.

Many games are listed – including sorts by type and popularity. A dedicated page is available for each game along with instructions. Dots and Boxes was a favorite of my childhood.

Guess I might have to put down the iPhone or the shiny new Super Nintendo Classic console for a bit and give my kids some old school gaming knowledge.

21 Geo-Social Media Domains You Can Register Today

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some unregistered domains your can get your grubby little domaining mitts on.

Here’s 21 {geo} domains you can register today:

Have at ’em.

Chicken Stew & Dumplings

chicken and dumplings1.25 lbs chicken breast (2 large halves)

2 cups chicken stock
1 10oz jar turkey gravy (or 1.25 cups homemade gravy)
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 large potatoes 1″ diced
1 onion diced
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup frozen peas
3-4 carrots 1″ chop or 1/2 bag baby carrots, halved
1 can Grands Biscuits
4 bay leaves

Step 1 can be skipped and the breasts cooked in the slow cooker, but avoid the taste test in step 7. I like to poach the chicken first so it is falling apart tender at serving time.

    1. Add chicken breasts, 2 bay leaves, 1/4 of the onion to a deep pan. Cover to top of chicken with water, bring to a boil and poach for 15-20 minutes until chicken cooked through.
    1. While the chicken is poaching, dice the vegetables and add to slow-cooker.
    1. When the chicken is cooked. Shred or 1″ dice and add to slow-cooker.
    1. Add remaining bay leaves.
    1. Add turkey gravy, cream of chicken soup, chicken stock and butter.
    1. Set slow cooker to low and cook for 6-8 hours.
    1. After 3 hours in cooker, taste the sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.
    1. 45 minutes prior to serving. open the can of biscuits, tear or cut in pieces and add to stew.

Emails From Tom: Moms Birthday

(This guy keeps emailing me thinking he is sending this to someone else, so until he stops, I publish, details scrubbed of course.)

Moms Birthday

Thanks to all of you for loving Mom yesterday. She had a wonderful day and was blessed to spend time with each of you either in person or on the phone. FYI: Stephen and Emily have another item to add to their wedding gift list (phone voice lessons). Between their giggles, laughing and false starts we had a good laugh when they called and sang to Mom. We returned home last night about 9:00 or so and after a couple of phone calls went to bed. She mentioned more than once and again as well fell asleep how much she felt loved, what a great day she had and what a wonderful job she had as a mother.

Keep Shining,

I Love you all dearly



Kindle Fire Jailbreak

Amazon launched the Kindle Fire today. Who will be the first to have a Kindle Fire Jailbreak?

It is a pretty slick little tablet. I can totally see a world where it compliments my iPad. Thus, I preordered the Amazon Kindle Fire. I wonder how much attention it will get from the jailbreak community? At first glance, should be pretty straight-forward as an Android device.

Kindle Fire Jailbreak

Happy New Year

What are your resolutions in 2011?

Me, I really need to flex my writing muscles again. The demands of kids and work have cut in to my time, but that shouldn’t be an excuse.

So, since I publish on five separate sites, I’m looking to generate at least 365 new posts in 2011 with Clicks&Bits serving as the repository and pointer list. I need to check, but in 2010, I’m guessing I was more along the lines of about one post every couple weeks over the five sites. I suppose Twitter was the biggest reason I stopped posting, much easier to through a thought out in 140 characters. If you want to follow me: @shartley for my personal stuff & @shawnhartley for my AdPulp-related audience.

How about other resolutions? I’ve never been big using the New Year to make resolutions, instead striving to improve throughout the year, but in the spirit of generating content and putting out some things to keep me focused:

  • Lose weight. Doesn’t everyone list this? I’ve put on about 40lbs the last 3 years. I’d like to lose that to get me back to something I’m comfortable with, but could stand to double that loss (and get me back to my before-the-turn-of-the-century days.
  • Get back on the mountain bike again. Before kids, and back-in-the-day I used to ride over 150 miles a week.
  • Spend more time outdoors. Used to hike and camp, haven’t done that since I got married. I really need to get back in touch with nature.
  • Disconnect from the machines (laptop, smartphone, email). Not sure if this is a symptom of the above or a cause of it. I don’t seem to have any issues unplugging for a few days here and there, but I do have a problem turning to the machines out of boredom.
  • Get back to doing some design work. I’ve slacked quite a bit on both design and CSS development. Managing, business development and focusing on strategy have sucked away my design time. Need to get back to that, if at least to keep my knowledge level in check.
  • Domain Names. I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve slimmed my holdings. I’m not *planning* on growing this out again, but I do need to keep my eyes open for opportunities.

One down, 365 to go, eh.

25 Tourism .ORG Domains

I like tourism sites. Often times, a quick development process with a small bit of research can result in site that has a relatively low-effort revenue stream or site that is easily flippable on the developed site market. .Org sites are often lucrative in this market as many states and tourist destinations have based “official” sites off of the .org extension.

Here are 25 sites currently available for registration including 15 State sites. Go get ’em: