Monday, September 3, 2007

Let the Games Begin -- National Games Week Set for Thanksgiving Week

Let the Games Begin -- National Games Week Set for Thanksgiving Week

Now in its third year, National Games Week is the annual celebration that identifies the week of Thanksgiving as a time when families and friends reserve quality time for one another by playing traditional, non-electronic games together.

Broomfield, CO (PRWEB) November 18, 2006

After the turkey dinner is cleared from the table, let the games begin.

MSM, the official organizers of National Games Week, have put the stuffing back into family time with a weeklong focus that is perfectly timed when families and friends are together.

Thanksgiving is the top travel time of the year. "Depending on your job situation, it is almost always guaranteed to be a 4-day weekend. That is enough time to make a trip to see relatives and friends," according to Mark Simmons, founder of National Games Week. "It was a natural selection to have National Games Week take place when people are gathered together."

Now in its third year, National Games Week is the annual celebration that identifies the week of Thanksgiving as a time when families and friends reserve quality time for one another by playing traditional, non-electronic games together.

Simmons, whose MSM company is also publisher of Games Quarterly Magazine and organizer of Games Expo 2007, a huge exposition and trade show for games, explained, "Playing games, especially board games and card games, is a perfect, social forum where families and friends can enjoy each others company. The games available today a far superior to what adults might recall from their youth. Friendly competition creates a great, memorable experience for everyone. People are really looking for ways to have good, wholesome fun. Watching TV and playing video games can not bring about the social interaction that board, card and party games can."

It seems to be true. Last year, National Games Week tracked 4,437 game events across the country, and the 2006 Games Week is already bigger and better given the early statistics compiling on the National Games Week website, www. nationalgamesweek. net. The site is taking registrations from individuals, families, schools, community organizations, singles groups, senior centers, and lots of associations who want to officially take part in the fun. "Each year we add to the web site. People tell us their favorite games, uploading pictures of their events, and game retailers are posting dates and times in a public calendar of events so that people can attend, " Simmons explained. "The website has free resources for downloads, including Tell-A-Friend and e-invites. One of my favorite results is a list of the Top 100 Games played during National Games Week."

The weeklong celebration has dozens of game publisher sponsors that have embraced the quality time and good-natured theme. The sponsors are listed on the web site.

About MSM

MSM is a 15 year-old marketing and publishing company with the mission of promoting games as positive, social, educational entertainment. MSM publishes the standard reference Games Quarterly Catalog plus industry leader Games Quarterly Magazine. MSM founded and manages National Games Week, a worldwide celebration of games. Now MSM is launching Games Expo 2007, a massive trade show to bring together all types of socially interactive games. This means mostly non-electronic games, including board, card, trivia, miniatures, role playing, family, party, classic, gift and educational games. MSM is owned and managed by Mark Simmons, a 30-year industry veteran. For more info go to www. GamesQuarterly. net, www. NationalGamesWeek. net, and www. GamesExpo2007.net

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Book Review of "Real World Guide to Happiness" by Mary Jesse

Book Review of "Real World Guide to Happiness" by Mary Jesse

Description: Advice from a dear friend

(PRWEB) December 4, 2003

How many people can you go to with your troubles, and they always seem to have the right answers? These people have a bright attitude about life, and their thoughts are a ray of light on your overcast day. ItÂ’s not like they got a degree in psychology, but they have earned wisdom from their life experiences. Now what happens during the times, when you really need their advice, but you are not able to reach them. If only they could publish the basic points of their wisdom, then you could pick a piece of their sunshine at your leisure.

“Real World Guide to Happiness” is like that printed piece of wisdom from a dear friend. Consider the text as “small nuggets collected over time”(pg 9) from someone who has probably experienced a few troubles, and learned how to find the ray of happiness in spite of them. The chapters Behavior, Ancillary Factors, Tidbits, and Happy Habits briefly cover many of the trials that everyone faces once in awhile, with give real world solutions. There’s “Having a positive outlook can definitely improve even the most difficult situation.” (pg 41) And, “Charity is an essential element of happiness.” (pg 58) Someone has probably shed these beams of thought on you before, but oftentimes we need a gentle reminder.

Mary Jesse is a wife and mother of three sons, and has a degree in Electrical Engineering. “Real World Guide to Happiness” is her labor of love from her passionate belief in everyone’s ability to live a happy, fulfilled, and successful life. I like how she writes about generic problems, such as giving yourself a break, family, and travel. She touches a wide variety people, because we all have more of the same experiences, than differences. Although we don’t learn about her personal life events, which gave her this wisdom, I still enjoyed her thoughts on happiness. I recommend “Real World Guide to Happiness” for those who don’t have a shoulder to cry on, and need some immediate TLC.

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Reviewed by: Judine Slaughter