FALL Newsletter

News Just For The Fun of It! FALL 2014

This, Too, Will Pass

A student was studying to be a stone mason. He was working on his masterpiece, a statue that had taken him more than six months so far. He was just on the finishing strokes when his chisel slipped and he broke off the nose of the statue. In tears of frustration he went to his teacher who was quietly smoothing some stone in the garden.

“It’s no use,” cried the student. “I’ve failed. My life is over. I’ll never graduate in time. What am I going to do?”

The master mason paused and looked kindly at the distraught student.

Then he said, “This will pass. By this time next year, you will be someone else, doing something else. This moment will be a memory. Move on.”

Another year went by, and the student had completed yet another statue. This time he was able to finish it without error, and he was justifiably proud of his work. He went to his master, who was again in the garden polishing stone.

“I have created something that I never thought I could. Because I failed before, I have become even better than I would have. Isn’t it wonderful?”

His teacher smiled at the young man for a moment before returning to his work, saying only, “This, too, will pass.”

I’m reminded by this story to always keep a balanced view of life!

I can resist everything except temptation. ~ Oscar Wilde

Fun Facts About Fall

In 2014, the fall season starts in the Northern Hemisphere on September 22 at 10:29 pm EDT. This is the autumnal equinox, when day and night are each about 12 hours long. At this point, temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter.

The word equinox comes from the Latin words for "equal night." However, you would be hard-pressed to actually be able to measure an equal day and night.

That’s because, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the day begins when the upper edge of the sun reaches the horizon, and it doesn't end until the entire sun has set. The sun is actually visible when it is below the horizon, as Earth's atmosphere refracts the sun's rays and bends them in an arc over the horizon. According to astronomer George Greenstein, "If the Sun were to shrink to a star-like point and we lived in a world without air, the spring and fall equinoxes would truly have 'equal nights.'"

A common question about fall: The autumn leaves seem to be staying longer than usual in my neck of the woods. Is this an indication of winter weather to come?

Answer: There's an old weather proverb that states, "If autumn leaves are slow to fall, prepare for a cold winter." But look on the bright side—you get to look at the beautiful autumn foliage for a little bit longer!

Flexible Electronics Are Coming

Flexible electronics coming to the marketplace, in the form of such things as roll-up keyboards, clothes that monitor an athlete’s heart, a hoodie that recharges an iPod, electronic sensors wrapped around a catheter to track patient’s vital signs during an angioplasty.

As reported by the website Talking Points Memo, a Cambridge, Massachusetts start-up is in the process of developing semiconductor applications for a wide array of products, as companies in Tokyo and France are pursuing similar research. One prototype is a flexible sensor designed to stretch around prosthetic limbs to enhance movement.

The Nautical Origins Of Rummage Sales

Whether you call it a garage sale, rummage sale, or yard sale, you are doing the same thing...selling your unwanted possessions for small change.

You may not know that yard and garage sales really got their start in shipyards in the early 1800’s with “rummage" or "rommage" sales, where shipping companies would sell unclaimed cargo at a discount.

The word rummage comes from the Middle French word arrumage, which meant the "arrangement of cargo in a shop's hold." The associated verb was arrumer "to stow goods in the hold of a ship."

In the 1600's, the term came to mean "to closely search the hold of a ship, especially by moving things about."

Then in the 1800's ships began to hold popular "rummage/rommage" sales, though by now the cargo was unloaded from the hold before the sale. (The words rommage and rummage are phonetic differences, like po-tay-to/po-tah-to.)

In the late 1800’s, the sales moved to community centers like churches. Then in the 1950's and 1960's, they became what we know them as today...rummage, yard, and garage sales.

Preventing Alzheimer’s

Recent studies have found several factors that help limit or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. People who are physically active, or play games or music have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s.

The less active were three times more likely to have Alzheimer’s than those who were active. Activities like gardening, exercising and playing board games or a musical instrument were part of the lifestyle in those less likely to develop the disease.

Being active especially between the ages of 40 and 60 seems to reduce incidences of Alzheimer’s—regardless of income, gender and education.

Another key factor is diet. By eating less, in fact eating sparingly, we tend to sharpen our wits, perhaps by limiting the toxins, inflammatory foods, and other wastes our bodies must battle.

  • A surprising result is people who stave off Alzheimer’s tend to have more faith or spirituality. By engaging in a regular practice of meditation, and deep introspection, the brain remains at peace and electrically stable, removing chemicals like cortisol that result from stress.
  • The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, because there was no
    longer anyone to remember with. It felt like losing your co-rememberer meant losing
    the memory itself, as if the things we'd done were less real and important than they
    had been hours before. ~ John Green,
    The Fault in Our Stars

Second best July on record for Barrie & District home sales

Residential property sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. numbered 509 units in July 2014. This was an increase of two per cent from last July.

Within the City of Barrie sales activity rose seven per cent from a year earlier. The City of Barrie saw 296 residential sales in July. A year-over-year decline of four per cent was recorded in surrounding areas, where sales activity totaled 213 units.

“Home sales were running at very strong levels in July 2014, marking just the second time in history that activity in the month of July has topped the 500 mark,” said Jerry Hay, President of the Barrie and District Association of REALTORS®. “As has been the case with much of Southern Ontario and cottage country this year, a big part of the recent strength of sales probably reflects the fact that a harsh winter meant many properties were not listed until late spring and so are only selling now. In other words, the strong summer reflects sales that otherwise may have happened earlier this year had the properties been on the market at that time.”

The year-to-date average price for all homes sold via the Association’s MLS® System in July 2014 was $341,097, up seven per cent from July 2013.

The year-to-date average price figure for homes sold within the City of Barrie was $320,007. This was a six per cent increase compared to the average selling price at the same time in 2013. The year-to-date average price figure for the surrounding areas was $371,510, an increase of eight per cent.

Overall supply remains below levels seen in most of the past decade but has ticked higher in recent months. Active residential listings on the Association’s MLS® System numbered 1,555 units at the end of July 2014, down two per cent from year-ago levels.

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