Happy National Senior Citizens Day!

In the United States of America, Senior Citizens Day is held annually on August 21st, It is a day to recogonize the contributions older people to our society. This annual national observance in the United States was initiated back in 1988 through Proclamation 5847 issued by President Ronald Reagan.

“Special Senior Citizen Day activities and poems are wonderful ways of honoring the older generation and promoting a positive outlook towards aging.”
Go on over to read the the ret of that from the web page:
Senior Citizen Day Activities and Poems by Terry Hurley.

Posted in Community, Education, Entertainment, Events, Government, History, Holidays, People, Websites | 1 Comment

Travel with your non-human family member. Vacation with your dog.

This is Boo Hansen.

ABC Store for Teachers Boo at Table 05June2015

My wife Judy and I adopted Boo as a family member back on June 17, 2013.

Boo goes everywhere with us. Sometimes, it takes a bit of planning in order for us to take Boo along with us on vacation. More and more places are pet-friendly nowadays.

Quite awhile back, Judy found a website that has been very helpful for the three of us in our travels. It is called Bring Fido.

Straight from the “About Us” page of that website, it reads, in part, “BringFido.com is a dog travel directory that provides unbiased reviews, detailed pet policy information, and online reservations at more than 25,000 pet friendly hotels through a partnership with Travelocity. Information is also available on thousands of bed & breakfasts, vacation rentals, and campgrounds that welcome pets in 150 countries worldwide.”

You might also find it helpful in travelling and vacationing with your 4-legged family member. Follow the embedded link and head on over to BringFido.com now.

As a courtesy to my readers, I am also placing an embedded link to the Google search results upon entering “Travel with your non-human family member. Vacation with your dog.” which is the name of this Roland’s Ramblings blog entry.

Incidentally, we do everything as a family, including social media. Judy has a Facebook page. I have a Facebook page. AND, Boo has a Facebook page.


Posted in Blogs, Family, Personal, Travel, Websites | Leave a comment

Happy Birthday, Adam Roland Hansen!

Here it is, July 31, 2015, the forty-second (42nd) birthday of my son, Adam Roland Hansen.

Please join me in shouting out, “Happy Birthday, Adam.”

I have said it and written it before, as I do again now. and as I do each and everyday, I think of how much I love my son, Adam Roland Hansen, and of how proud I am of Adam who constantly, consistently, and continuously strives to be the grandest version of the greatest vision of his highest self.

Birthday wishes and greetings regarding the anniversary of the birth of Adam Roland Hansen while not written annually none-the-less have been expressed here in Roland’s Ramblings before.
Adam and A Happy Birthday, July 31, 2007
Adam Hansen: Happy Birthday!, July 31, 2010
Happy Birthday, Adam!, July 31, 2011
July 31, Adam And Me., July 31, 2012
Adam Roland Hansen: Happy 40th Birthday., July 31, 2013

Posted in Encore, Events, Family, People, Personal | Leave a comment

ProPublica, Investigative Journalism

“ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

Investigative journalism is at risk. Many news organizations have increasingly come to see it as a luxury.”

“The Mission” [of ProPublica is] “To expose abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust by government, business, and other institutions, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing.”

The preceding quotes are excerts from the ‘About Us’ page of the ProPublica website.

Interested? Then head on over to the ProPublica website home page.

Posted in Communication, Community, News, Non Profits | Leave a comment

Boss vs. Leader

Boss vs Leader

Image | Posted on by | 1 Comment

In the language of diabetes, GI is short for Glycemic Index.

The glycemic index, or GI, measures how a carbohydrate-containing food raises blood glucose. Foods are ranked based on how they compare to a reference food — either glucose or white bread.
A food with a high GI raises blood glucose more than a food with a medium or low GI.
Meal planning with the GI involves choosing foods that have a low or medium GI. If eating a food with a high GI, you can combine it with low GI foods to help balance the meal.

Read more at Glycemic Index and Diabetes from the American Diabetes Association.

Some foods can make your blood sugar shoot up very fast. That’s because carbohydrates like refined sugars and bread are easier for your body to change into glucose, the sugar your body uses for energy, than more slowly digested carbs like those in vegetables and whole grains. Eat a lot of those easy carbohydrates and you’ll have a hard time controlling your blood sugar, even with insulin and diabetes medications.
The glycemic index gives you a way to tell slower-acting “good carbs” from the faster “bad carbs.” You can use it to fine-tune your carb-counting and help keep your blood sugar more steady.

Read more at How to Use the Glycemic Index from WebMD.

You may learn much more from “the ‘home of the glycemic index’ – the official website for the glycemic index and international GI database which is based in the Human Nutrition Unit, School of Molecular Bioscience, University of Sydney. The website is updated and maintained by the University’s GI Group …”

Posted in Education, Food, Health, Medicine, Non Profits, Websites | Leave a comment

Danish Inn For Sale

I have this picture from several years ago of me at the Danish Inn located in Elk Horn, Iowa.


Well, I just learned that the Danish Inn closed in March of this year and has been listed for sale.

I learned this news upon visiting the website of the Danish Inn. From that website, I followed the embedded link to Wayne Hansen Real Estate and then to its business listings where upon scrolling down to the bottom I found the listing for the Danish Inn. And from there I found this flyer entitled Danish Inn For Sale.

And, I was able to take a virtual tour of the Danish Inn via a YouTube video:

It is so tempting for me to want to purchase the Danish Inn; but, having been retired for the past 13 years and being that I am too old now and due to the minor fact that I do not know anything about the restaurant business, purchasing the Danish Inn is not in my own best interest. On the other hand, my cousin, David Hansen, spent his entire career in the restaurant business; yes, I know he is also retired now, but he has only been retired for one year and he is younger than I. David is younger by exactly two years to the day; but I retired at a much younger age. Ah, the benefits of a 30 years and out at any age with full retirement!!! Gee, I wonder if I put up the capital investment if I could get David to come out of his retirement to operate the Danish Inn for me. Hmmmmmmm……….

Posted in Blogs, Business, Danish, Encore, Family, Musing, People, Personal, Places, Restaurants, Websites | Leave a comment

Feeling Important?

The Indispensible Man
by Saxon White Kessinger

Sometime when you’re feeling important;
Sometime when your ego ‘s in bloom;
Sometime when you take it for granted,
You’re the best qualified in the room:

Sometime when you feel that your going,
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions,
And see how they humble your soul.

Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining,
Is a measure of how much you’ll be missed.

You can splash all you wish when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you’ll find that in no time,
It looks quite the same as before.

The moral of this quaint example,
Is to do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember,
There’s no indispensable man.

ref: The Indispensible ManEllen Bailey Poems, Self-Esteem Poems

Postscript: I originallly came across the above poem on the blog Masonic Thoughts – A collection of Masonic Writings originally posted on Bailey’s Buddy in the blog entry entitled Way Back Machine 10/11/12.

Posted in Blogs, Freemasonry, Musing, Philosophy, Poetry, Websites | Leave a comment

FACT: Guns make it easier to kill people.

Gun lovers and political conservatives are fond of stating that guns don’t kill people. They proclaim that people kill people, ergo, we should not “blame” the gun; and, then in a strawman argument, they try to equate that we don’t blame the car when a drunken driver causes an accident that killed people.

Well, what about this guns and killing stuff?

I have had many exchanges with people in person and via the internet on this topic; but, no matter how much I try to stick with pure simple facts, the passion with which gun lovers approach the topic always becomes emotional.

Whenever I have stated that guns were invented for the purpose of killing, the gun proponent always comes back with some kind of passionate response in favor of guns. It does not matter that I stated a simple fact and nothing more. It is not an opinion; it is not “blaming the gun” as the gun proponents often allege.

Let me give you word for word, the response I have given on Facebook and other internet paces when encountering the type of thing I wrote about in the first paragraph up above.

SIMPLE FACT: Guns were invented for the sole purpose of killing.
ANOTHER SIMPLE FACT: Cars were invented for the sole purpose of transportation.
Why argue or dispute simple facts; they are not opinions.

Yes, I know that knives and swords and axes and hammers and even cars have been instruments of death used by people in the killing of other people.


I realize there are many responsible people out there in the real world who own guns. But, there are also many looney tunes out there, as well. Indeed, in my humble opinion, I think the National Rifle Association is irresponsible in their defense of guns. I even wrote something about that all-powerful political lobbying organization on my other blog, Roland Hansen Commentary. I invite you to read it, just head on over to:
National Rifle Association: The NRA is Full of Idiots

How about some other facts about guns and killing? Or, would you rather not know facts?

For those persons interested in facts, I suggest you take a look at this:
Timeline of Worldwide School and Mass Shootings, Gun-related tragedies in the U.S. and around the world


Thoughts, anyone?

Posted in Blogs, Commentary, General, Musing, Things | 5 Comments


Today I have lots of thoughts as it concerns fathers. However, for this Roland’s Ramblings entry, I have some ramblings that I would just like to suggest you read by going to each of the following of which the embedded links will take you:

Posted in Blogs, Education, Encore, Family, Holidays, Quotations, Sociology | Leave a comment

Moses. Tell old Pharaoh, “Let my people go!”

Go down, Moses, Way down in Egypt’s land; Tell old Pharaoh To let My people go!

Shemot (Exodus):

7:15 Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river’s brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand.

7:16 And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.

ref: The Book of Shemot (Exodus): Full Text, Jewish Virtual Library.

Posted in Entertainment, History, Jewish, Religion, Websites, YWOTD (Yiddish Word Of The Day) ייִדיש | Leave a comment

Old Age Doesn’t Last Long!

I am old! I never thought I would live to be this old.

With each passing day, I am getting older and older.
With each passing day, I think it may be my last.
With each passing day, I feel fortunate to have made it to that day.
With each passing day, I am thankful for having made it through the day.

With all that in mind, I found something on the internet that I wish to share. Unfortunately, I have been unable to discover the author in order to provide the proper attribution. Now, if you are ready, the following is for you. May it put a smile on your face, and help you age gracefully.

Important facts to remember as you grow older

* Death is the number 1 killer in the world.
* Life is sexually transmitted.
* Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
* Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.
* Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.
* All of us could lake a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
* In the 60s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird. and people take Prozac to make it normal.
* Don’t worry about old age: It doesn’t last that long.

Posted in Entertainment, General, Humor, Musing | 1 Comment

Roland The Paladin

Hey, hey! Read about Roland, the hero of the medieval Charlemagne, over thisaway at Encyclopedia.com.

And, you can also read about Roland over at Myths Encyclopedia, Myths and Legends of the World.

According to Timeless Myths, Roland is “The greatest hero in the Frankish legend. He was sort of like French Heracles, Achilles, Sigurd, Cu Chulainn or Lancelot, a hero of unsurpassed strength and courage.” Read more over here.

While you’re at it, you may as well go on over to read A Book of Myths/Roland the Paladin.

One more thing, now, read the embedded link in: About Roland.

Posted in History, People, Personal | 1 Comment

The Path To Genocide.

I receved some feedback on a message thread that I had placed on Facebook.

First, I will provide you the feedback as quoted.

“The first step to genocide is cultural disrespect. Second step is for that disrespect to be socially sanctioned.” – Fred Vallongo

Now, I will share the Facebook message – make sure to open the embedded links to fully understand the entire story of the message.

This causes me to think about how Nazi Germany rallied against Jewish people resulting in the deaths of six million Jews. Can a new “Kristallnacht” be in the making – this time directed against Islam?

For those unfamiliar with Kristallnacht, you can read and learn about it in the attached linked article.


Posted in Commentary, Community, Events, History, Jewish, Musing, News, People, Public Policy, Quotations, Religion, Sociology | Leave a comment