Hosted by Ellen Bales
Group active since Thu, Oct 06, 2016

This is a group for people who love movies, any kind of movies: black and white, Technicolor, wide-screen, documentary, sci-fi, shoot-em-up, murder and mayhem, Disney. Whatever your preference, tell us all about it here. You can recommend a film, or pan it. Show a trailer if you wish. Do you like to stream movies on your TV or watch HBO and Lifetime? Those are also fair game.

It is also a group for discussing odd things like unusual holidays or bizarre trivia. If you should run across anything out there which might qualify, please do share with us!

As with any JAP group, we ask that members be kind to one another. Remember, bullying reflects back on the bully far more than it hurts the victim. So let's all be grownups!

Ellen Bales
Apr 17, 2017


Which picture appeals to you most and why?


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Ellen Bales
Apr 16, 2017


DYNGUS DAY - April 17, 2017

Date When Celebrated : Always the Monday after Easter

Dyngus Day, also spelled Dingus Day, is a fun Polish Holiday. It is very popular in Poland (also in South Bend, Indiana), and in Polish communities across America. After the long Lenten holiday, Dyngus Day is a day of fun. And, perhaps a little romantic fun. It is always celebrated on the Monday after Easter.

Dyngus Day Tradition:
There are all sort of ways for boys to meet girls. But, this one takes the cake.

Guys, on this day you get to wet the ladies down. Sprinkling or drenching with water is your goal. Chase after the ladies with squirt guns, buckets, or other containers of water. The more bold and gallant boys, may choose to use cologne. Hitting (gently, please) the ladies on the legs with switches or pussy willows is also common.

Yes ladies, you can strike back. Ladies , you get your revenge on Tuesday, when tradition has it that you throw dishes or crockery back at the boys. It has become increasingly popular for the ladies to get their revenge on Monday, tossing water back at the boys.

Note: Dyngus Day is also called Wet Easter Monday. Hmmmmm, I wonder why!?

Origin of Dyngus Day:
When exploring the roots of Dyngus Day, Historians point to the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko I in 966 A.D. Baptism with water signifies cleansing, fertility, and purification.

Somewhere along the way, the tradition of tossing water on the girls and hitting them with pussy willows evolved.

In South Bend, Indiana, the tradition of Dyngus Day is a little different. In South Bend, the day marks the official beginning to launch the year's political primary campaign season (particularly among Democrats)- often from within the West Side Democratic Club, the M.R. Falcons Club, the South Bend Firefighters' Association and local pubs and fraternal halls. Notable politicos who have celebrated Dyngus Day in South Bend include the late Robert F. Kennedy; former Governor Joe Kernan; Senator Evan Bayh; former Congressman and New York University President John Brademas; former Maryland Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; former Congressman, 9/11 Commission member and former Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer; former President Bill Clinton; the famous philanthropist Thomas A. White; and the late Aloysius J. Kromkowski, a long time elected St. Joseph County public servant, for whom the "Al Kromkowski polka" is named.

Local bars and clubs will typically be serving Polish sausage, hard-boiled eggs, and plenty of beer.

(Note: Buffalo, New York is unofficially the Dyngus Capital of America with the largest concentration of festival locations and live polka music.)

Ellen Bales
Apr 16, 2017


“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but, when we look back everything is different.”
C.S. Lewis

“What terrifies religious extremists like the Taliban are not American tanks or bombs or bullets, it’s a girl with a book.”
Masalala Yousafzai

Of all sad words of mouth or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been.”
John Greenleaf Whittier

“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”
Charles Bukowski

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
Albert Einstein

“Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.”
Benjamin Franklin

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”
Admiral Grace Hopper

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”
Arthur C. Clarke

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“Yesterday I was clever and tried to change the world. Today I am wise and try to change myself.”

“Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.”
Margaret Atwood

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”
Bill Nye

“The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.”
Gloria Steinem

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.”
H.P. Lovecraft

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”
Virginia Woolf

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”
Marie Curie

“Give a man a mask, and he will show you his true face.”
Oscar Wilde

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye hard.”
Winnie the Pooh

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Ellen Bales
Apr 16, 2017


We saw the most wonderful movie last night: "Lion," starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel. It's based on a book called "A Long Way Home" by Saroo Brierley. When Brierley was five years old he became separated from his brother in a train station and ended up almost 800 miles away, alone and confused. He looked in vain for his brother and lived on the streets of Calcutta for two years before being sent to an orphanage, where he was soon adopted by an Australian couple. They raised him lovingly to adulthood but he always wondered about his birth family and had increasingly vivid flashbacks of memory. Twenty years later, with the aid of Google Maps, he tracked down his hometown and traveled there for a bittersweet reunion with his mother and sister. This movie is guaranteed to make the tears flow!

Ellen Bales
Apr 16, 2017


May all of you have a beautiful holiday, no matter what you are celebrating!

Ellen Bales
Apr 13, 2017



You may not have known it when you awoke this morning, but today is National Peach Cobbler Day. How sweet it is!

Peaches are one of America's favorite fruits. When you put it into a cobbler recipe, you've got a treat, of which people will be asking for seconds.

Peach Cobbler is a deep dish fruit pie, made with peaches and biscuit (or it's equivalent). While it is best served hot, it is still delicious consumed cold, too.

Back in the 1800's, American settlers travelling to the west, did not have the ingredients to make a then popular suet pudding. They used peaches and dough to cobble together this tasty fruit pie.

For the record! The largest Peach Cobbler ever made, was baked at the Georgia Peach Festival in 2007. It measured 11' X 5' and 8" deep.

Origin of "National Peach Cobbler Day":
Peach Cobbler Day was created by the Georgia Peach Council in the 1950's, to promote the consumption of canned peaches. Canned peaches can be enjoyed any month of the year. This helps to answer the placement of this special day in April, when fresh peaches are not available.

This is referred to as a "National" day. However, there are no congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.

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