Bananagrams

15 Jul 19
ALTITUDE1705

28/06/19 After mum and I were cranking up the tunes in the car on the way to Edinburgh in the heatwave, we said our goodbyes and most of the families left us waiting in the bag-check queue. Unfortunately, some bloody legal issues meant that anyone under 18 (so like, half our party) was not able […]

14 Jul 19
security camera ny

It’s perfect for (almost) all ages, and is incredible fun for up to eight players! View Entire Post › from BuzzFeed – Latest https://ift.tt/2XX8PAP

12 Jul 19
Moon Township Public Library

Come in out of the heat for a bit on July 16 between 1-3 PM and drop by our Sky Room to have some cold drinks, snacks, and play a few rounds of Scrabble and other fun word games.  We’ll have traditional Scrabble, Upwords, Bananagrams, and other wordy wonders for you to try out.  Stay […]

12 Jul 19
Fixtures Close Up

Life must be tough in this neighborhood as this Daily Cocktail Pouched Merchandising Spinner was nearly sold out. From a distance it appeared well stocked, but close up inspection revealed most facings were but 1 item deep. Better grab yours fast, then relax at home with a quilting cocktail. Gusset Pouch packaging means there is […]

11 Jul 19
Adventures Abroad

Oh, Norway.  You’re a beaut.  You’re a bit high maintenance with your ridiculously expensive prices, but you’re worth it. We arrived in Olso on Sunday and checked into our centrally located AirBnB.  Even though it was a tight fit with us (and our giant bags!), we made it work. The Royal Palace was a few […]

11 Jul 19
Cafe Games

Huh, it feels like so long since last Cafe Games! What have you been up to? Played any interesting new games? Are you going to bring them along to Cafe Games? 😉

09 Jul 19
The Irish Sun
JOHANNA KONTA is gunning to end 42 years of hurt for women’s tennis in Britain “empowered” by her boyfriend and with a killer instinct she has held since childhood. Not since Virgina Wade won Wimbledon in 1977 has the UK had a female player in the final – but Konta is now just two victories away from breaking that long run of disappointment. [iframe src=”%3Ciframe%20src%3D%22https%3A%2F%2F2019.wimbledon.com%2Fen_GB%2Fsyndicated%2Fthesun%2Findex.html%22%3E%3C%2Fiframe%3E%0A%0A” /] Jo Konta says boyfriend Jackson Ward empowers her to deliver her best on court She takes on Barbora Strycova today with the country willing her to finally clinch a Grand Slam title having reached the semi-finals at the All-England club two years ago. And behind the scenes she will be gaining that extra belief needed to be star from her partner of two years, photographer Jackson Wade. Konta says the support she receives from her boyfriend has helped her to thrive in the lonely world of tennis, where triumph comes as much from having mental strength to overcome as it does talent. The 28-year-old said: “My boyfriend empowers me. “He encourages me to trust my own decisions and be who I am, because he says I’m awesome – so therefore I should believe it too.” There are sure to be nerves in the locker room before she ventures onto Centre Court knowing she is the favourite to come through against her Czech opponent. But she will not shut herself away listening to music in the hours before the match starts – instead she will be playing a board game with her pals. Konta added: “I don’t really listen to music before I go on court. Jo Konta is aiming to become the first British woman since 1977 to win the Ladies Singles at Wimbledon Konta and photographer Jackson Ward have been together for two years “Recently I’ve been playing a lot of Bananagrams with my team. We have to leave enough time before I go on court and the last Bananagrams because things get intense. I need to calm down after that. “It’s like Scrabble. Once you’ve used up your tiles, you say ‘peel’.” The man who discovered her when she was a six-year-old growing up in Australia is confident the golden girl has got what it takes to win. Coach Les Hegyessy said last night: “She has the killer instinct, she will want to win.” The Hungarian was giving lessons to Johanna’s mum in 1997 when her daughter picked up a racket one day and showed her natural talent. Les, 76, who lives in Sydney, fondly recalls: “I can remember her forehand and her follow-through were awesome and to get the grip right at that age . . . most children hold the racket in a hammer grip but she held it very sure after a few lessons. “She has the killer instinct. She hated losing and would bounce the ball in the same spot to get it right.” Konta always had a competitive streak, one her sister felt the brunt of when they were children. Jo Konta is three matches away from making British tennis history Jo playing tennis as a teenager She has said: “I made my older sister cry playing Monopoly once. “I wanted the two blue ones. It was Mayfair and Park Lane. She was like, ‘Please don’t buy Park Lane! Please don’t buy Park Lane!’ So, obviously, I bought Park Lane.” While Jo enjoyed her lessons with Les, it was not until she entered a tournament against other kids that she really caught the tennis bug. She said: “That’s when my real love for it came. There was never a time when I thought it was just for fun.” Tennis guru Les Hegyessy discovered Wimbledon star Johanna Konta saying she showed a killer instinct to win from the age of six The tennis ace admits she has always had a competitive streak The 28-year-old credits her success on a visualisation technique – playing each point in her mind before tossing the ball in the air Johanna credits her recent success to a visualisation technique, in which she plays each point in her mind before serving. It also helps her manage her defeats. She said: “I get quite stroppy if I lose but I’ve developed skills with a mind coach to help deal with the highs and lows of tennis at this level.” That mind coach was sports psychologist Juan Coto, who took his own life in 2017 after battling depression. [quote]There was never a time when I thought tennis was just for fun [/quote] The Spaniard began working with Jo in 2014 and oversaw her remarkable rise from world No146 to the top ten in just 16 months. Speaking two years ago, Konta, she said: “Juan was a tremendous influence. That went beyond my tennis career. It was more about me as a human being. “He did a tremendous job in working on my happiness as a person, dealing with life in general. In turn, he helped me enjoy something I’ve loved since I was a little girl, and to try to be the best at that.” Jo was born in Sydney to Hungarian parents — dad Gabor, a hotelier, and mum Gabriella, a dentist. She was part of the Australian tennis development scheme but, in 2004, had her funding cut because she was regarded as lacking the requisite talent and potential. Jo suffered tragedy three years ago when mind coach Juan Coto was found dead after battling depression The tennis ace was dropped by an Australian tennis development scheme in 2004 as she was seen to be lacking talent and potential A young Johanna with her grandma Sister Eva and partner, mum Gabriella, dad Gabor, Jo’s then boyfriend Kether and Jo Soon after, the Kontas moved to Europe, with Johanna training at the acclaimed Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, before settling in England. After becoming a UK citizen in 2012, she said: “It made me feel more settled. I wanted GBR next to my name for a very long time.” Jo was home-schooled so she could remain focused on her game. Weybridge Tennis Academy coach Justin Sherring, who taught Johanna for two years at the Surrey-based club from 2010, spoke of her commitment, saying: “We spent two sessions a day outside because we could not get an indoor court. It was minus five degrees. “We had six layers on and we were out practising hard. That showed her dedication. She was really exciting, very energetic, very bubbly, very vivacious.” Justin immediately realised he had a special talent on his hands. He said: “I remember saying to her dad that she was top 20 material. She just had to believe it.” Johanna also spent a year at the Sutton Tennis Academy in Surrey but the experience ended with academy founder Keith Sohl having to pursue her parents in court for up to £4,000 in unpaid fees. [article-rail-topic title=”Latest Wimbledon 2019 news” term_id=”14178″ posts_number=”6″ /] But Keith bears no hard feelings towards the family, saying: “The parents came to us with the hope of having a sponsor, so we continued to train her, although money was owed. It was resolved and, unfortunately, these things happen. “I don’t blame Jo at all. She was very pleasant and easy to get on with. Everyone liked her.” She soon started competing for Great Britain and in 2014 switched her training base to Gijon in Spain — although home is a London apartment with a view of the Thames which she bought herself. Father Gabor, front left, sits alongside Jackson Ward, analyst Adam Snook and coach Dimitri Zavialoff. Agents Joseph Cohen and Lawrence Frankopan sit in the rear [bc_video video_id=”6056717794001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Wimbledon 2019 tennis highlights – Watch action from day seven as Nadal, Djokovic, Konta and Serena Williams all progress into the quarter finals but Coco Gauff is knocked out”]
09 Jul 19
The Sun
JOHANNA KONTA is gunning to end 42 years of hurt for women’s tennis in Britain “empowered” by her boyfriend and with a killer instinct she has held since childhood. Not since Virgina Wade won Wimbledon in 1977 has the UK had a female player in the final – but Konta is now just two victories away from breaking that long run of disappointment. [iframe src=”%3Ciframe%20src%3D%22https%3A%2F%2F2019.wimbledon.com%2Fen_GB%2Fsyndicated%2Fthesun%2Findex.html%22%3E%3C%2Fiframe%3E%0A%0A” /] Jo Konta says boyfriend Jackson Ward empowers her to deliver her best on court She takes on Barbora Strycova today with the country willing her to finally clinch a Grand Slam title having reached the semi-finals at the All-England club two years ago. And behind the scenes she will be gaining that extra belief needed to be star from her partner of two years, photographer Jackson Wade. Konta says the support she receives from her boyfriend has helped her to thrive in the lonely world of tennis, where triumph comes as much from having mental strength to overcome as it does talent. The 28-year-old said: “My boyfriend empowers me. “He encourages me to trust my own decisions and be who I am, because he says I’m awesome – so therefore I should believe it too.” There are sure to be nerves in the locker room before she ventures onto Centre Court knowing she is the favourite to come through against her Czech opponent. But she will not shut herself away listening to music in the hours before the match starts – instead she will be playing a board game with her pals. Konta added: “I don’t really listen to music before I go on court. Jo Konta is aiming to become the first British woman since 1977 to win the Ladies Singles at Wimbledon Konta and photographer Jackson Ward have been together for two years “Recently I’ve been playing a lot of Bananagrams with my team. We have to leave enough time before I go on court and the last Bananagrams because things get intense. I need to calm down after that. “It’s like Scrabble. Once you’ve used up your tiles, you say ‘peel’.” The man who discovered her when she was a six-year-old growing up in Australia is confident the golden girl has got what it takes to win. Coach Les Hegyessy said last night: “She has the killer instinct, she will want to win.” The Hungarian was giving lessons to Johanna’s mum in 1997 when her daughter picked up a racket one day and showed her natural talent. Les, 76, who lives in Sydney, fondly recalls: “I can remember her forehand and her follow-through were awesome and to get the grip right at that age . . . most children hold the racket in a hammer grip but she held it very sure after a few lessons. “She has the killer instinct. She hated losing and would bounce the ball in the same spot to get it right.” Konta always had a competitive streak, one her sister felt the brunt of when they were children. Jo Konta is three matches away from making British tennis history Jo playing tennis as a teenager She has said: “I made my older sister cry playing Monopoly once. “I wanted the two blue ones. It was Mayfair and Park Lane. She was like, ‘Please don’t buy Park Lane! Please don’t buy Park Lane!’ So, obviously, I bought Park Lane.” While Jo enjoyed her lessons with Les, it was not until she entered a tournament against other kids that she really caught the tennis bug. She said: “That’s when my real love for it came. There was never a time when I thought it was just for fun.” Tennis guru Les Hegyessy discovered Wimbledon star Johanna Konta saying she showed a killer instinct to win from the age of six The tennis ace admits she has always had a competitive streak The 28-year-old credits her success on a visualisation technique – playing each point in her mind before tossing the ball in the air Johanna credits her recent success to a visualisation technique, in which she plays each point in her mind before serving. It also helps her manage her defeats. She said: “I get quite stroppy if I lose but I’ve developed skills with a mind coach to help deal with the highs and lows of tennis at this level.” That mind coach was sports psychologist Juan Coto, who took his own life in 2017 after battling depression. [quote]There was never a time when I thought tennis was just for fun [/quote] The Spaniard began working with Jo in 2014 and oversaw her remarkable rise from world No146 to the top ten in just 16 months. Speaking two years ago, Konta, she said: “Juan was a tremendous influence. That went beyond my tennis career. It was more about me as a human being. “He did a tremendous job in working on my happiness as a person, dealing with life in general. In turn, he helped me enjoy something I’ve loved since I was a little girl, and to try to be the best at that.” Jo was born in Sydney to Hungarian parents — dad Gabor, a hotelier, and mum Gabriella, a dentist. She was part of the Australian tennis development scheme but, in 2004, had her funding cut because she was regarded as lacking the requisite talent and potential. Jo suffered tragedy three years ago when mind coach Juan Coto was found dead after battling depression The tennis ace was dropped by an Australian tennis development scheme in 2004 as she was seen to be lacking talent and potential A young Johanna with her grandma Sister Eva and partner, mum Gabriella, dad Gabor, Jo’s then boyfriend Kether and Jo Soon after, the Kontas moved to Europe, with Johanna training at the acclaimed Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, before settling in England. After becoming a UK citizen in 2012, she said: “It made me feel more settled. I wanted GBR next to my name for a very long time.” Jo was home-schooled so she could remain focused on her game. Weybridge Tennis Academy coach Justin Sherring, who taught Johanna for two years at the Surrey-based club from 2010, spoke of her commitment, saying: “We spent two sessions a day outside because we could not get an indoor court. It was minus five degrees. “We had six layers on and we were out practising hard. That showed her dedication. She was really exciting, very energetic, very bubbly, very vivacious.” Justin immediately realised he had a special talent on his hands. He said: “I remember saying to her dad that she was top 20 material. She just had to believe it.” Johanna also spent a year at the Sutton Tennis Academy in Surrey but the experience ended with academy founder Keith Sohl having to pursue her parents in court for up to £4,000 in unpaid fees. [article-rail-topic title=”Latest Wimbledon 2019 news” term_id=”14178″ posts_number=”6″ /] But Keith bears no hard feelings towards the family, saying: “The parents came to us with the hope of having a sponsor, so we continued to train her, although money was owed. It was resolved and, unfortunately, these things happen. “I don’t blame Jo at all. She was very pleasant and easy to get on with. Everyone liked her.” She soon started competing for Great Britain and in 2014 switched her training base to Gijon in Spain — although home is a London apartment with a view of the Thames which she bought herself. Father Gabor, front left, sits alongside Jackson Ward, analyst Adam Snook and coach Dimitri Zavialoff. Agents Joseph Cohen and Lawrence Frankopan sit in the rear [bc_video video_id=”6056717794001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Wimbledon 2019 tennis highlights – Watch action from day seven as Nadal, Djokovic, Konta and Serena Williams all progress into the quarter finals but Coco Gauff is knocked out”]
09 Jul 19
The Scottish Sun
JOHANNA KONTA is gunning to end 42 years of hurt for women’s tennis in Britain “empowered” by her boyfriend and with a killer instinct she has held since childhood. Not since Virgina Wade won Wimbledon in 1977 has the UK had a female player in the final – but Konta is now just two victories away from breaking that long run of disappointment. [iframe src=”%3Ciframe%20src%3D%22https%3A%2F%2F2019.wimbledon.com%2Fen_GB%2Fsyndicated%2Fthesun%2Findex.html%22%3E%3C%2Fiframe%3E%0A%0A” /] Jo Konta says boyfriend Jackson Ward empowers her to deliver her best on court She takes on Barbora Strycova today with the country willing her to finally clinch a Grand Slam title having reached the semi-finals at the All-England club two years ago. And behind the scenes she will be gaining that extra belief needed to be star from her partner of two years, photographer Jackson Wade. Konta says the support she receives from her boyfriend has helped her to thrive in the lonely world of tennis, where triumph comes as much from having mental strength to overcome as it does talent. The 28-year-old said: “My boyfriend empowers me. “He encourages me to trust my own decisions and be who I am, because he says I’m awesome – so therefore I should believe it too.” There are sure to be nerves in the locker room before she ventures onto Centre Court knowing she is the favourite to come through against her Czech opponent. But she will not shut herself away listening to music in the hours before the match starts – instead she will be playing a board game with her pals. Konta added: “I don’t really listen to music before I go on court. Jo Konta is aiming to become the first British woman since 1977 to win the Ladies Singles at Wimbledon Konta and photographer Jackson Ward have been together for two years “Recently I’ve been playing a lot of Bananagrams with my team. We have to leave enough time before I go on court and the last Bananagrams because things get intense. I need to calm down after that. “It’s like Scrabble. Once you’ve used up your tiles, you say ‘peel’.” The man who discovered her when she was a six-year-old growing up in Australia is confident the golden girl has got what it takes to win. Coach Les Hegyessy said last night: “She has the killer instinct, she will want to win.” The Hungarian was giving lessons to Johanna’s mum in 1997 when her daughter picked up a racket one day and showed her natural talent. Les, 76, who lives in Sydney, fondly recalls: “I can remember her forehand and her follow-through were awesome and to get the grip right at that age . . . most children hold the racket in a hammer grip but she held it very sure after a few lessons. “She has the killer instinct. She hated losing and would bounce the ball in the same spot to get it right.” Konta always had a competitive streak, one her sister felt the brunt of when they were children. Jo Konta is three matches away from making British tennis history Jo playing tennis as a teenager She has said: “I made my older sister cry playing Monopoly once. “I wanted the two blue ones. It was Mayfair and Park Lane. She was like, ‘Please don’t buy Park Lane! Please don’t buy Park Lane!’ So, obviously, I bought Park Lane.” While Jo enjoyed her lessons with Les, it was not until she entered a tournament against other kids that she really caught the tennis bug. She said: “That’s when my real love for it came. There was never a time when I thought it was just for fun.” Tennis guru Les Hegyessy discovered Wimbledon star Johanna Konta saying she showed a killer instinct to win from the age of six The tennis ace admits she has always had a competitive streak The 28-year-old credits her success on a visualisation technique – playing each point in her mind before tossing the ball in the air Johanna credits her recent success to a visualisation technique, in which she plays each point in her mind before serving. It also helps her manage her defeats. She said: “I get quite stroppy if I lose but I’ve developed skills with a mind coach to help deal with the highs and lows of tennis at this level.” That mind coach was sports psychologist Juan Coto, who took his own life in 2017 after battling depression. [quote]There was never a time when I thought tennis was just for fun [/quote] The Spaniard began working with Jo in 2014 and oversaw her remarkable rise from world No146 to the top ten in just 16 months. Speaking two years ago, Konta, she said: “Juan was a tremendous influence. That went beyond my tennis career. It was more about me as a human being. “He did a tremendous job in working on my happiness as a person, dealing with life in general. In turn, he helped me enjoy something I’ve loved since I was a little girl, and to try to be the best at that.” Jo was born in Sydney to Hungarian parents — dad Gabor, a hotelier, and mum Gabriella, a dentist. She was part of the Australian tennis development scheme but, in 2004, had her funding cut because she was regarded as lacking the requisite talent and potential. Jo suffered tragedy three years ago when mind coach Juan Coto was found dead after battling depression The tennis ace was dropped by an Australian tennis development scheme in 2004 as she was seen to be lacking talent and potential A young Johanna with her grandma Sister Eva and partner, mum Gabriella, dad Gabor, Jo’s then boyfriend Kether and Jo Soon after, the Kontas moved to Europe, with Johanna training at the acclaimed Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, before settling in England. After becoming a UK citizen in 2012, she said: “It made me feel more settled. I wanted GBR next to my name for a very long time.” Jo was home-schooled so she could remain focused on her game. Weybridge Tennis Academy coach Justin Sherring, who taught Johanna for two years at the Surrey-based club from 2010, spoke of her commitment, saying: “We spent two sessions a day outside because we could not get an indoor court. It was minus five degrees. “We had six layers on and we were out practising hard. That showed her dedication. She was really exciting, very energetic, very bubbly, very vivacious.” Justin immediately realised he had a special talent on his hands. He said: “I remember saying to her dad that she was top 20 material. She just had to believe it.” Johanna also spent a year at the Sutton Tennis Academy in Surrey but the experience ended with academy founder Keith Sohl having to pursue her parents in court for up to £4,000 in unpaid fees. [article-rail-topic title=”Latest Wimbledon 2019 news” term_id=”14178″ posts_number=”6″ /] But Keith bears no hard feelings towards the family, saying: “The parents came to us with the hope of having a sponsor, so we continued to train her, although money was owed. It was resolved and, unfortunately, these things happen. “I don’t blame Jo at all. She was very pleasant and easy to get on with. Everyone liked her.” She soon started competing for Great Britain and in 2014 switched her training base to Gijon in Spain — although home is a London apartment with a view of the Thames which she bought herself. Father Gabor, front left, sits alongside Jackson Ward, analyst Adam Snook and coach Dimitri Zavialoff. Agents Joseph Cohen and Lawrence Frankopan sit in the rear [bc_video video_id=”6056717794001″ account_id=”5067014667001″ player_id=”default” embed=”in-page” padding_top=”56%” autoplay=”” min_width=”0px” max_width=”640px” width=”100%” height=”100%” caption=”Wimbledon 2019 tennis highlights – Watch action from day seven as Nadal, Djokovic, Konta and Serena Williams all progress into the quarter finals but Coco Gauff is knocked out”]
09 Jul 19
Panza Llena, Corazón Contento

Things to do in Cochrane: -check email/look at Bahamas stuff, picture of bird -check facebook once (chat mom & dad) -check date of Emy’s wedding (Jan 4th) -tumbl a few pictures/email gatita pics -charge laptop, phone, camera, ipod -mail letters -look at blog, look at bank account -check how the soccer team is doing -look […]

08 Jul 19
Kosovo Communiqués

I did it! I got through all of my planned Peace Corps stuff for the summer and now am fully immersed in being on leave. I am really proud of everything I managed to get done in the time between school ending and leaving for travel. I definitely overestimated my ability to keep my energy […]

08 Jul 19
Cast Your Net

One of the highest privileges I’ve received is that of serving as Pastor for the community of The First U.P. Church of Crafton Heights for the past 26 years.  In 2010, this group granted me a four-month Sabbatical from my ministry for a time of recharging and renewal.  In 2019, they extended that offer again – so […]

07 Jul 19
Lachie & Kirst's adventure

Here is a very average, minimally edited video that gives you a taste of our month. It doesnt capture our “insightful” wine inspired dinner chats or have any evidence that i’m (kirst) one game up in the bananagrams tally, but we hope you enjoy it anyway! (It should have sound, so if its not working […]

07 Jul 19
LYNX & LEROUX REVIEW

Let the syrup cool because, if you don’t, you’ll melt your ice. Duh. #sciencebish