Top 10 Cities for a Happy marriage in the U.S.

The results are in and RealAge.com has announced it's top 10 U.S cities for happy marriages.  It looks like North Carolina is a happy marriage state with two locations in the top 10.  Not only did Raleigh, recently get the award for best place to live in the U.S, but it also comes in at number 6 on the happy marriage list!

Here is the list from RealAge.com:

1. Salt Lake City, UT — Did you know that at the peak of the wedding season, there are roughly 80 marriage ceremonies a day at Temple Square?  Wow.

2. Greenville, SC — With a name like Greenville, of course it made the list!

3. Knoxville, TN — Maybe it's the Bleak House where many couples get married.  Maybe it's just something else :)

4. Cincinnati, OH — The Cincinnati Art Museum is a popular choice for weddings.

5. Charlotte, NC — The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is listed as one of HGTV's top "20 Great Gardens".  What a great place to say "I do" :)

6. Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC - Low unemployment and education make this area a great place for marriage.

7. Hartford, CT — Just a lot of good vibes in this city

8. Kansas City, KS — The Loretto chapel is a popular spot to get married.  Spiritual and romantic :)

9. Grand Rapids, MI — Beautiful parks, gardens, and nature trails bring this location in at #9!

10. Minneapolis, MN - Almost 6,000 couples have tied the knot at the Mall of America!

While the list is fun and can make you smile especially if you live in one of the listed places, a happy marriage can occur anywhere.  Enjoy your life wherever makes you happy.  At the end of the day, your happiness and love matter the most!  Don't you just love good news? :)

Peace & Love,

Jon

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Alaskans find Japanese teen's soccerball washed in after tsunami

RETRIEVING a lost soccerball is standard fare for many teenagers, but one Japanese schoolboy is getting his ball back all the way from Alaska, where it drifted following last year's tsunami.

Misaki Murakami, 16, lost his house and all its contents when the massive waves of last March crushed his hometown of Rikuzentakata in Japan's northeast.

But now, thanks to an observant beachcomber in the Gulf of Alaska, he is set to have his football returned to him, identified by the "good luck" messages scrawled on it by former schoolmates.

"I'm very grateful as I've so far found nothing that I'd owned," the youngster told broadcaster TBS.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the observant beachcomber, identified as 51-year-old David Baxter, had spotted the ball on a beach on Middleton Island.

"A school name is stenciled on the soccer ball, and his (Japanese) wife was able to translate the writing to trace it to a school," the agency said.

 

"This may be one of the first opportunities since the March 2011 tsunami that a remnant washed away from Japan has been identified and could actually be returned to its previous owner," NOAA added.

Earlier this year the US coastguard scuttled a 65-metre (210-foot) fishing boat that had slipped its moorings in the tsunami and was spotted floating off the North American coast.

 

 

AP. "Alaskans find Japanese teen's soccerball washed in after tsunami". The Australian. 23 April 2012. Web. 

View original article at theaustralian.com.au:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/japan-tsunami/alaskans-find-japanese-teens-soccerball-washed-in-after-tsunami/story-fn84naht-1226336277886

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Carpenter builds incredible secret tree house on public land

It took months to find the right tree to build on, and when he did the spot was on public land looking down on a row of multi-million dollar homes.

But that didn't stop Joel Allen - he just built this incredible egg-shaped treehouse in Canada anyway, without telling anyone.

The computer technician-turned-carpenter started off by creating a scale model of his design to test its strength and durability, before beginning the months-long quest to find the perfect tree.

 

Joel Allen has built this incredible treehouse in Hemlocks, Whistler, western Canada

Joel Allen has built this incredible treehouse in Hemlocks, Whistler, western Canada

 
Joel took years to construct the treehouse. At this point he was working on the base

Joel took years to construct the treehouse. At this point he was working on the base

Without the money to buy property, he decided to do it on Crown land in the forests of Whistler.

'Finding that perfect spot on Crown land wasn't so easy,' he said. 'I had an informal checklist of requirements, the most important ones being that it within a reasonable distance to a road, yet out of sight and out of earshot of human traffic.

 

 
 

 

'The other requirement was hard to qualify, but was of prime importance: the shape of the egg would need to suit the environment and be proportionate to the tree. I couldn't explain exactly what that was but I figured I would know it when I saw it.'

Mr Allen found it in a patch of old growth near a development of multi-million dollar homes, then began secretly constructing it. The process took years, thousands of dollars, and many free items found on Craigslist.

Finally, he created the HemLoft.

 
Without the money to buy property, Joel decided to do it on Crown land in the forests of Whistler

Without the money to buy property, Joel decided to do it on Crown land in the forests of Whistler

 
 
 

Mr Allen found the perfect spot in a patch of old growth near a development of multi-million dollar home

 

 
Hidden: The treehouse in Hemlocks was built in a forest away from view of nearby homes

Hidden: The treehouse in Hemlocks was built in a forest away from view of nearby homes

 

 
Admiring the view: Joel Allen in the treehouse he built using items from Craigslist

Admiring the view: Joel Allen in the treehouse he built using items from Craigslist

 

Asked by a friend why he did it, Mr Allen said: 'I found myself grasping for some sort of rationalisation that would make me seem less crazy.

'She said "no, why did you really build it?" For the first time in my life, I was forced to face the truth about it. I said "I guess… I just wanted to build something cool".'

'Since the treehouse was built on crown land, I don't technically own it, and so its fate is uncertain.

 
Joel said: 'The shape of the egg would need to suit the environment and be proportionate to the tree. I couldn't explain exactly what that was but I figured I would know it when I saw it.'

Joel said: 'The shape of the egg would need to suit the environment and be proportionate to the tree. I couldn't explain exactly what that was but I figured I would know it when I saw it.'

 
The computer technician-turned-carpenter started off by creating a scale model of his design

The computer technician-turned-carpenter started off by creating a scale model of his design

 

 
It took Joel months to find the right tree to build on before he settled on the spot

It took Joel months to find the right tree to build on before he settled on the spot

 

 
The perfect egg-shaped treehouse was built on a tree over a slope on the mountain

The perfect egg-shaped treehouse was built on a tree over a slope on the mountain

For three years I kept the HemLoft secret, but now that I'm finished, I've found myself wanting to share it…Coming out of the bush about the HemLoft is fun, however it poses a few problems; if people know about it, they might try to find it. And if the wrong people find it, they may make me take it down.

'It took a lot of work to build it, and I'd rather not take it down, just yet. So I've been thinking of ways to expose the HemLoft, while somehow making it legal.

'To the best of my knowledge, Squatting on Whistler Mountain, beneath some of Western Canada's most luxurious mega-homes would not be looked favourably upon.'

 
 
Joel Allen said: 'It took a lot of work to build it, and I'd rather not take it down, just yet.'
Joel Allen said: 'It took a lot of work to build it, and I'd rather not take it down, just yet.'
 

Joel Allen said: 'It took a lot of work to build it, and I'd rather not take it down, just yet.'

 

 
Joel Allen's construction was conducted in secret until he finally went public

Joel Allen's construction was conducted in secret until he finally went public

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Watson, Leon. "'Squatter' secretly builds incredible (but thoroughly illegal) treehouse hidden in Canada's Whistler forest just yards from multi-million homes". DailyMail.co.uk. 23 April 2012. Web. 

View original article at dailymail.co.uk:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2133977/Carpenter-builds-incredible-egg-shaped-treehouse-hidden-view-Crown-land-just-yards-multi-million-homes.html

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