Watching Sign Language on YouTube

I’m working to start teaching my 2 year old sign language. We perused YouTube to see the videos on there for kids and she really enjoyed this one. I wanted to see if she would be interested and she seemed to be.

If you know of any good links, videos etc for kids, please post in the comment area below. Thanks!!!

What can Machforms do for you?

Every morning after dropping off the kiddos at school, I pass through the tiny “downtown square” of Mercersburg and look at all the vacant shops. I can’t help but wonder if I should get studio space here or wait until we move a few towns over (in 6 months LOL). Of course I come back to reality and realize I should wait a few more months.

But as I’m thinking about getting into space and hiring people, I think about the forms I have to buy and paper that will be wasted for applicants that don’t really meet the requirements. Then a thought came in my head! MACHFORMS!! I can put the application ONLINE and there is no waste if I decided not to entertain a particular applicant! 

Just thought I would share that thought for those of you who are thinking of hiring some new people this spring and don’t want to waste a lot of money, or paper. 

Need Assistance? No time to handle it? kimtown can be commissioned to license the MachForm software, install and create any form for you for just $75! (You provide the text) You can purchase this option at

Photographs of the Zion Union Cemetery – Mercersburg PA

I live next door to a cemetery. At first it kind of freaked me out, but when I learned of the history that is there, I became intrigued by it. We are in a rental for 6 months while we build, but I’m really glad we found this place. Today my 2yr old and I noticed that a backhoe and dump truck were digging up a new grave site, possibly preparing for Mr. Stoner’s wife. Since I simply have to walk out my side gate to be in the cemetery, my 10, 8 and 2 yr old went exploring after school. The sun was preparing to set over the mountain and the haze was setting in. Made for some really fun photography. As we made our way down the hillside, we have a neighbor with horses in his yard. From what I understand, he buys old racing horses and lets them live a normal rest of their lives. He also has a slew of cats. LOL

A little history:

Zion Union Cemetery is a historic landmark dating to 1876. Several generations of Mercersburg’s African
American community, including veterans of America’s Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War,
and Vietnam are interred here. All are forebears and ancestors of Mercersburg’s contemporary African
American families.

The African American community in Mercersburg traces its roots to efforts by religious and community
leaders in the late 18th century to manumit, or free, held slaves in Pennsylvania. In addition to freedmen,
the community’s members included newly manumitted slaves and runaway slaves from Southern States. By
the first quarter of the nineteenth century, the community began to concentrate along Fayette Street with
residents beginning to own property and homes. The 1825 tax assessment lists for the town show African
Americans Patrick Adams and Sally Good each owning a house and lot. In 1839, a student at Marshall
College (present day Mercersburg Academy) wrote that there was a large African American community in
the town as well as a related community west of town known as “Africa” By 1850, the U.S. Census recorded
26 African American house-holds; the occupants of six of these owned their homes. Only five of the heads
of the community households in 1850 were born outside the state, evidence that most of the community
were from Pennsylvania. Although most of those who lived in “Africa” were farm hands or laborers in the
rural area around the Borough, there were also skilled trades people, including carpenters, quarrymen and
blacksmiths. At least one member of the community was a teacher, another an engineer.

By the start of the Civil War, the African American community was well established. African Americans were
prohibited from joining the Union Army until President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on
January 1, 1863. When given the opportunity to fight, Mercersburg’s African American men responded. At
least 88 men from the Mercersburg area enlisted in the Army; nearly half served with either the 54th or 55th
Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiments. At least 38 Civil War veterans are buried at Zion Union
Cemetery. Others were buried in the small cemetery on Park Street at the site of Mercersburg’s first school
and church for African Americans (replaced in 1892 by the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church on
West California Street).

The strength and vitality of Mercersburg’s historic African American community is unique to Southern
Pennsylvania, and it is truly a living legacy. From the many early homes in the Fayette Street neighborhood
to Bethel AME Church, and from the mountainside outpost at “Africa” to historic Zion Union Cemetery, the
symbols of this historic legacy continue to be shared by an active, vibrant community. We invite you to
witness and share in this heritage as it continues to grow and evolve.

(Information Courtesy

My photographs:

SECURITY BULLETIN – Buffer overflow issue in versions 9.0 and earlier of Adobe Reader and Acrobat

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A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9 and earlier versions. This vulnerability would cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this issue is being exploited.

Adobe is planning to release updates to Adobe Reader and Acrobat to resolve the relevant security issue. Adobe expects to make available an update for Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9 by March 11th, 2009. Adobe is planning to make updates for Adobe Reader 7 and 8, and Acrobat 7 and 8, available by March 18th. In the meantime, Adobe is in contact with anti-virus and security vendors, including McAfee, Symantec and others, on this issue in order to ensure the security of our mutual customers. More information on protection for this issue from anti-virus and security vendors is now available on the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team blog.

Reports have been published that disabling JavaScript in Adobe Reader and Acrobat can protect users from this issue. Disabling JavaScript provides protection against currently known attacks. However, the vulnerability is not in the scripting engine and, therefore, disabling JavaScript does not eliminate all risk. Should users choose to disable JavaScript, it can be accomplished following the instructions below:

  1. Launch Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
  2. Select Edit>Preferences
  3. Select the JavaScript Category
  4. Uncheck the ‘Enable Acrobat JavaScript’ option
  5. Click OK

A security bulletin will be published on as soon as product updates are available.

All documented security vulnerabilities and their solutions are distributed through the Adobe security notification service. You can sign up for the service at the following URL:


Adobe Reader 9 and earlier versions
Adobe Acrobat Standard, Pro, and Pro Extended 9 and earlier versions


Adobe categorizes this as a critical issue and recommends that users update their virus definitions and exercise caution when opening files from untrusted sources.