Sunday March 9, 2014 Daylight Savings Time Begins In The USA & Canada


Daylight savings time starts Sunday, March 9, 2014 in the USA (except Arizona and Hawaii) along with most of Canada.

SPRING FORWARD with  your clocks 1 hour Saturday night so you won’t be late for Sunday appointments!

Daylight Savings Time will end Sunday, November 2, 2014  in America and Canada.

This is a great time to share with your customers the time changes around the world!  Find all the different dates for the world Daylight Savings changes right here.

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No matter what business product or service you are associated with digital images can be used to share current events and help your clientele stay up to date with any kinds of changes.  

Photo Tour Global Directory™ is a website  you can go to and receive FREE Stock images to create your own message with your own brand.  

Feel free to use any of our Time Change Graphics above or make your own with a free gift of stock photos from Photo Tour Global Directory™.

It’s easy to do…. download an approved photo that has space for text, add the text indicating when the time change will take place in your area, and post for the world to see.

Photo Tour Global Directory™ provides FREE digital images with a subscription to the monthly news letter  and can help with seasonal marketing plans through images.

Learn about amazing places to travel, and wonderful Global Personal Photographers™ from the newsletter who can help you with shooting your vacation or event or can guide you to the icon shot locations when you travel.   On the site you will also find information on global photography workshops and helpful travel tips. Use this information to share with your customers and have something fun to talk about!

Don’t forget to MOVE YOUR CLOCK FORWARD 1 Hour Sunday, March 9, 2014 as Daylight Savings Time Begins in the USA (except Arizona and Hawaii) and most of Canada.  

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Oscars 2014 Meryl Streep Cosmic Pick Best Actress In August: Osage County


Oscars 2014 Meryl Streep, Best Actress Oscar Cosmic Pick for August: Osage County

The 2014 Winter Olympics have closed and the world is on to the next drama hook which is the 86 Annual Oscar Awards Ceremony.  The awards can be watched on ABC Sunday, March 2, 2014.

The Red Carpet event starts at 7:00 pm EST or 4:00 pm PST and runs for an hour and a half with the Oscars commencing at 8:30 pm EST and 5:30 pm PST.

The Red Carpet is sometimes more fun and creates more buzz and tweets than the actual Oscar awards.  The financial benefits of having a specific designer mentioned by a star on the Red Carpet can mean millions for the brand. The Red Carpet is FREE MARKETING.  Advertising dollars today are fragmented so determining the best ROI (Return On Investment) for promotion the concept of people tweeting, posting, pinning and sharing with their friends in social media what happens on the Red Carpet is of extreme importance to the stars and the brands they are representing on the walk.

 This year, Kantar Media estimates that a 30 second advertising spot will cost brands an average of $1.8 million during the primetime show.  Last year the 30-second advertising spot was only $1.65 million.  The show will be watched by several hundred million in the USA and more around the world.  Will you be there?  Who is your pick for Best Actress at the 86th Annual Oscar Awards?

Get an APP for that”  and watch on your phone if you won’t be close to a television, it’s going to be a great show!



The coveted Oscars are always full of surprises and delights as we see the behavior of many different personality types.  The Cosmic pick for best actress is Meryl Streep in August: Osage County.

Meryl Streep is a woman of poise and grace who has been nominated 18 times for an Oscar and has taken home the gold statue 3 times.  Jennifer Lawrence has been nominated for 3 Oscars at the age of 23 and after the fiasco at the Golden Globes has shared that Meryl Streep is her favorite actress  The two create an interesting dynamic of the experienced and new in Hollywood with incredible acting talents!

How will Meryl Streep react if she wins the 4th Oscar for August: Osage County?  Well she be like my favorite Oscar win with Roberto Benigni in 1999 when winning for best Foreign film with “Life Is Beautiful” standing on the seat and shouting his excitement.   Or will Meryl take the win in stride as she wins her 4th Oscar tying Katharine Hepburn for most Oscars won by one actress.

Roberto Benigni 1999 Winner for  Life is Beautiful Best foreign film

The nominees for Best Actress in a Leading Role are 

  1. Amy Adams for “American Hustle”
  2. Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine”
  3. Sandra Bullock for “Gravity”
  4. Judi Dench for “Philomena”
  5. Meryl streep for “August: Osage County” 

Meryl Streep is the Cosmic pick for Best Actress for her role in August: Osage County.  

August: Osage County  shows the vulnerable raw emotions of many personality types found in families all around the world.

The film is an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony winning play by Tracy Letts.   Watching the riveting dysfunctional family yelling and degrading each other was reminiscent of watching Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”  The intensity, the reality, the total immersion into the anxiety of the situation will take you to an emotional place that either you can learn from or will be terrified because of the reality that is being portrayed.

Family mental issues sometimes seem to be the “Mothers” fault and Meryl Streep portrays is the the ultimate “mom mess” sharing absolutely no FUN with this dysfunctional family.    She says “I am truth telling and some people are antagonized by the truth.”    The dad, Sam Shepard drank and the mom, Meryl Streep, self medicated with pills to get through life with the children being collateral damage. The parents thought they were doing their best to provide for the kids and what they did was for them.

The film covers:

  • Depression
  • Prescription drug addiction
  • Suicide
  • Death
  • Alcoholism
  • Incest
  • Resentment
  • Rape
  • Adultery
  • Aging

Love it or hate it August: Osage County has a message everyone can learn from.  The viewer will find characters and situations they can relate to and might even inspire some behavior modification from.

Meryl Streep provides an Oscar winning performance for Best Actress in a Leading Role.  

See you at the 86th Annual Oscars Awards on Sunday March 2, 2014 7 pm EST and 4 pm PST.

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Valentines Cosmic Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice


Valentines Cosmic Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice are certainly conversation starters!

Good times with some Cosmic Cuisine™

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Chocolate chips

Hersey’ Kisses

Baking small candy papers

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Sliced Almonds

2 Ingredients, chocolate chips, chocolate kidsses, candy paper, marschino cherrie, 10 oz, red icing

 Take out the Cherries to sort nice round, plump bodies.

3 Dry juice off the cherries

Pat the cherries dry 

4 Gently fold the paper towel over cherrie to get off excess juice

 Dry the cherries selecting nice strong tails.  

5 set cherries out ready to dip in chocolate

Lay out the almond slices for ears.  Select matching forms so the ears look similar in shape.

6 Match your ear from the almond slices

Unwrap the Hershey kisses.

7 Take foil off the kisses to be ready to hook to the chocolate covered cherry

Melt the chocolate chips in a deep small bowl to dip the cherries in easily. 

8 melt half of the chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute use a glass small deep dish

Microwave about 1.5 minutes checking to see the consistency, stir the chocolate chips and try another minute. 

9 whip chocolate chips that have been partially melted with a fork

Dip the cherries in the melted chocolate chips using the stem to hold it.

10  dip the cherry holding the tail in the melted chocolate use the fork to drop chocolate around the stem area

Immediately press a chocolate kiss together with the cherry holding the stem and the point of the kiss. 

11 put the cherry on a foil covered plate press the candy kiss to the chocolate covered cherry

Place about 6 of the chocolate covered cherries and kisses on aluminum foil to add the ears of almond slices.

12 et set and get 2 matched ears:almonds to pres in between the kiss and the cherry

Gently slip the almond slices between the cherry body and kiss while chocolate is still soft. 

13 gently press the almonds between the kiss and the chocolate covered cherry

The chocolate mice are ready to go in the freezer to firm the chocolate.

13 a chocolate and cherry together

Cool 6 mice at a time in the freezer for 3 to 4 minutes so you can add the eyes when fully firm. 

14 place 6 mice on a foil covered plate to put in the freezer for 3 to 4 minutes to set

Add water to the icing crystals and dot on the kiss to form eyes.

15 bring out of the freezer and create the eye with a toothpick and a small amount of red icing or use heart shaped cake decortions for eyes

Place the mice in individual candy papers to serve and display.

16 put the finished Cosmic mouse in a candy paper

For Valentines day try heart cake decorations for the look of love!  Add a dot of chocolate where you want the eyes to stick.

17 Heart eyes for Valentines day

Good times and great conversations with the Cosmic Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice!  

18 finished conversation mice

Valentines day will never be the same with your Cosmic Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice.

19  Valentines day will never be the same without some Cosmic Chocolate Covered Cherry mice!

Parties are about fun food and conversations.  Once you have all the ingredients together this project takes about 30 minutes depending on how many mice you want to make!

Have fun and enjoy the laugher with Valentines Cosmic Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice!  

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No Oscar For “Saving Mr. Banks” :(

What was the Academy thinking with No Oscar nomination for “Saving Mr. Banks” as best picture or even any of the award winning actors?

First and foremost, this is a must see film IF you like movies with a deeper message and endings that make sense.   The message to mankind is riveting between the lines in the hurt that many feel with relationships gone awry.

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The big issue with the Academy is probably the “Hollywood Spin” or “Disney Touch” that was put in the storyline.  Based on a true story some of the details were modified to create a better film than the true story.  It’s what Hollywood does….. manufacturer movies that draw the viewer in and create love/hate relationships with the characters.  HELLO…. it’s Hollywood that what they do!  MAKE UP STORIES!  

The Academy shunned the message and the actors which is which is so very sad.

With a venture over to Amazon for the digital original version of “Mary Poppin”s it was interesting  to connect the dots. The first sentence is…East Wind  “If you want to find Cherry Tree Lane……..”  P.L. Travers describes the street with flowers as “pink clouds on sticks”  Disney did capture that in the film and made it look like the fairytale street she described on the opening pages of the book.

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All our lives are a story…. whether the East Winds are blowing or not. We do have the ability to “adjust our sails’ to set the course right no matter what history has been. It is a choice each day.  P. L. Travers chose to live in her book and cherished the memories she had as a child.  Walt Disney chose to shut out childhood memories to create his own world. This movie shows how human defense mechanisms kick in to  protect consciousness and the bigger lesson from watching someone else handles probelms shows how coping skills can be different for everyone based on their own thinking and backgrounds.  

Original Marry Poppins book by P. L. Travers

“Saving Mr. Banks” is about the content of the red book above “Mary Poppins” and the volatile relationship between the author and the screen rights purchased by Walt Disney.  Mary Poppins was written by Helen Lyndon Goff in 1934 with the pen name of P. L. Travers, Pamela Lyndon Goff, which is a combination of her name with her Father’s, Travers Goff.  The book was turned into a film and finally produced by Disney in 1964 as the movie “Mary Poppins.”

Walt Disney is played by Tom Hanks and P.L. Travers played by Emma Thompson.  Emma Thompson was cheated with no Oscar nomination for her award winning performance in “Saving Mr. Banks.”  She takes the viewer to a place of anxiety, love, devotion and depression in the 126 minutes of run time.  The viewer is confused with the character not knowing if you should love her or hate her in this should be oscar nomination performance.

1934 First Edition on Amazon for $898.00  is available and a more reasonable version to bid on e-bay for $29.00 if you are interested!   The kindle copy of P.L. Travers “Mary Poppins” for $4.95 worked well for comparing the original story with the movie Disney created.

The film and the journey itself was like a therapy session for both Walt Disney and P.L. Traverse.  Walt Disney finally came to realize that Pamela was struggling with letting go of “Mary Poppins” as it had been her defense mechanism for 60 years in dealing with her past. He realized that “Mary Poppins” was FAMILY to her, similar to his vision with Mickey Mouse.  A “man and his mouse” resulted in the evolution of Disneyland, the “Happiest place on earth.”  Disney’s epiphany helped him  communicate with Pamela and for her to let go so she could help others feel her wonderful “Mary Poppins” message on the big screen.

Photo by Aaron Corbeil

Photo by Aaron Corbeil

Pamela’s dad left her with ideas that made her think.  He said “This world is just an illusion. Don’t stop dreaming you can be anyone you want to be.” He had trouble with a barometer between the future, the past and today.  The movie may bring you to tears as the real story behind the song “Let’s go fly a kite”  exudes emotion that will touch the viewer in very personal places.

Disney had his issues with being a victim of child abuse but that did not stop him from creating stories that inspired and gave hope. His work was not dictated by the past which he shared with Pamela.  He told her that “George Banks will be redeemed.  It’s what we story tellers do.  We restore hope again, and again, and again.”

No Oscar for “Saving Mr. Banks” because the storyline was “sugar coated.”  Just like the  like the song in the “Mary Poppins” movie “A spoon full of Sugar helps the medicine go down”  the Disney spin, made the storyline easier to digest while addressing some serious concepts.

The film did include:

  1. Alcoholism
  2. Money
  3. Foreclosure
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Child Abuse
  6. Depression
  7. Suicide

The Best picture list included subject matter that is dark and presented with no sugar at all.  Same subjects different presentation.  Fraud, alcoholism, dementia, AIDS, death, kidnapping, slavery, political corruption are topping the Best Picture list.  “Saving Mr. Banks” covered many or those topics in a softer way.

The 2014 Oscars will be live, Sunday March2, 2014  7pm EST and 4pm PST

Disney photos by Aaron Corbiel tell the story of a man, a mouse and his dream!

Today we are in a world of “story telling” through images and social media.  “Saving Mr. Banks,” is a must see film to give courage, to inspire and tell a story!

Photo by Aaron Corbeil

Photo by Aaron Corbeil



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Super Bowl 2014 What is John Elway Saying To the Broncos?


Super Bowl Sunday is February 2,2014.  What is John Elway saying to the Broncos?

The Denver Broncos are looking for their 3rd Super Bowl WIN!   The Preseason game with the Seattle Seahawks did not go well with a 10-40 loss.  John Elway was not a happy, franchise’s executive vice president of football operations and really told the team and the coaches what they needed to do.  That pre-season chat has played well through the season and we will see on Sunday if that focus is still lined up.

John Elway, the quarterback that led the Super Bowl win for the Denver Broncos two times has the same mindset as Peyton Manning.  They see the game from the same point of view, that of a quarterback.

What quote would you write for John Elway on this meme?

What is John Elway sharing with the teams and coaches?


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Do you have some fun ideas for social media posts for Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Instragram or Tumblr?

Feel free to copy these photos and create an inspiring, funny or memorable message.  Then come back and share in the comments with a link or go to the Cosmic Cow Pie facebook page and post your creation.

Let us know what you are thinking about the game and what John Elway is saying to keep the Denver, Broncos pumped up and ready to WIN!

Do you have some favorite memorabilia,  take a shot and add it to the backgrounds below to create something that shares feelings for Super Bowl XLVIII, the Denver Broncos John Elway and Peyton Manning!

Have fun and don’t forget to come back and share your links or post on the Cosmic Cow Pie, facebook page to join the contest.

Create your own Super Bowl Message!

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This can be a lot of fun.. if you have your own Bronco or Seahawk treasures bring them out and let those creative juices flow!

Come share your creations at the Cosmic Cow Pie facebook page and join the contest!

Super Bowl 2014 is this coming Sunday, February 2, 2014 and the game starts at 4:30 pm MST.  Get your munchies ready and have some fun.

Don’t forget to come back and tell us what John Elway has been sharing with Peyton Manning, the coaches and the team as the Denver Broncos prepare to win the Super Bowl for the 3rd time!  

Leaving you with one last thought… Bubba the cat dreaming of a Bronco Super Bowl win!

Have fun.. play safe!

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