It Begins and Ends with Family
by Jo Ann Wentzel
A book written by parents who fostered over 75 kids, mainly teen aged boys and often eight at one time. The book relates the experiences of a foster parent and some of the discoveries made about why and how to foster.
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Of What Good is Story?
Norma Jean Lutz
Has a Story Any Practical Use?
Did you ever wonder about this? Really now. Of what good is a story? Has it any practical use? It’s not like a gadget or a gizmo that can actually do something, or can provide a useful function. One could probably successfully live and die and never read a novel, or be told a story. (Although I shudder to think of such a life, I suppose it could happen.)
Stories, I venture to say, are so ingrained in who we are and what we are, they can easily be overlooked or dismissed or disparaged. It would be the same as being oblivious to the melodic sound of a child’s laughter. Or ignoring how sunlight sparkles and shimmers on the surface of a bubbling stream.
What Is a Story?
Going back to the basics of basics – what exactly is a story? A co-worker told you a juicy bit of gossip at work this morning. Is that a story? Yes. That can be a type of story; but not story in its purest form.
Essentially, every 60-second commercial attempts to tell a story – albeit an extremely short story.
Story in it purest form must go somewhere. Something happens; then something happens next, which makes the reader (listener) want to know what happens next. Each is interconnected.
These series of events must happen TO someone. That someone will be the main character (or characters). Next, that someone must be a someone that the reader cares about. For if the reader does not care, that reader will cease reading. The story at that point is missing a key element. That key element is a character who is so real and lifelike that the reader is closely relating to that character.
What then is the function of a story? A story’s main function is to explore human emotions, values, and beliefs. A story allows us to see people and circumstances that we may deeply relate to, and yet we can stand separate and apart (objective) from them. Stories give humankind a tool, so to speak, to be used for the purpose of gaining understanding.
Albert Einstein gave us this nugget of truth about stories:
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
What is he saying here? Stories have a distinct function in the development of the human mind and psyche.
My quote would read more like this:
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read aloud to them. If you want them to be more intelligent, read aloud to them more.”
Personally, I was reading aloud to my children almost from birth. No PSA ad on television had to tell me this was beneficial. As a storyteller and story-lover, I knew it was beneficial. (I, at the time, had no idea just how beneficial!) My grandchildren have now been read to from little up and all four are avid readers. But I digress.
Exploring and Knowing Self
If the story explores human emotions, values and beliefs, and if characters come to know self through a series of events, it stands to reason that the reader will gain insight as to how to know self. Often what is revealed to the character in the process of self-discovery, can be mirrored in the mind and heart of the reader.
“Ah yes.” The reader gives an inward sigh as the book closes on the last word of the last chapter of the past page. It’s a sigh of satisfaction, yes. But it’s more. So much more.
It can be compared to listening to a concert rendered by an orchestra of great renown. At the last fading note of the last encore, something in the human soul has been fed and nurtured. A good story in the same way, feeds the human soul and makes the world a better place.
I love it when my daughter (busy homeschooling mother of three) is reading a great novel and greedily snatches moments to read. Literally, she can hardly wait to get back to the story. It lies there on the kitchen counter, or the table by the couch, wooing her with a siren song that cannot be resisted.
Of what good is story?
I guess I could say I’m in the business of manufacturing an intangible product known as a story. I have stories that also woo me with their siren song. The song I hear is different. It’s not to read the story, but to tell the story. Write the story.
It would matter not a whit to me if tomorrow someone proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that stories were of absolutely no worth to anyone on the planet.
Of what use is story?
Story makes me want to get up in the morning!
That’s enough for me!
Reboot Your Marriage
By Glen D. Kato
New Book Reveals a simple and proven system to Reboot a BLAH marriage, give it life again, and then put it back on the road to BLISS!
Author Glen Kato will publish a new book entitled Reboot Your Marriage: Go from BLAH to BLISS in 30 Days! It shows couples married between 3-20 years how to escape the BLAH Zone and renew commitments in order to avoid divorcing after 20 years of marriage! Statistics show the percentage of couples divorcing after 20+ years of marriage doubled in the past 15 years! We want to lower that percentage!
In an unprecedented move, the author is excited to donate one book to a military couple on your behalf when you pre-buy your copy before March 1, 2016 – up to 200 copies! We will inscribe the inside cover for you, “Thank you for serving our country. We would like to bless your marriage with this book. God bless you and America! [Your names]”
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GOT G.I.R.L. POWER
We've all heard the nursery rhyme about girls being made of sugar and spice and everything nice. But what exactly does that mean? I bet most young girls nowadays have no idea. Girls are constantly striving to meet unrealistic images and expectations of the media and society. They struggle with self-esteem and self-image issues at very young ages. So what happens to our girls when they look in the mirror and believe they are not made of sugar and spice; that they don’t meet the world’s expectations of everything nice?
Well…something special has been created to fortify girls against the real and perceived pressures they face every day. Introducing GOT G.I.R.L. POWER!
GOT G.I.R.L. POWER has been created to reverse the feeling of powerlessness and to remind girls that the beauty of sugar and spice and everything nice, comes from within. From one's heart.
Being a G.I.R.L. means one is Graceful, Invincible, Respectable and Loyal. A G.I.R.L. also believes she is Powerful, Outstanding, a Winner, Extraordinary and Righteous in her convictions.
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By Cindy Dinsford
We've all had those nights that we just couldn't find the comfortable part of the bed and spent hours tossing and turning till the break of dawn. Why does this happen?
Well, your desire to “toss and turn”, really isn't the result of you not being comfortable, it's the result of you not feeling relaxed. On a deeper feeling our mind wants us to relax, but most of the times we interpret the message as “find a comfortable spot on the bed.” True relaxation comes from within you, and has to be triggered by your inner thought process.
For example: You could be in a hammock on a hot summer day in Hawaii, but if you're thinking about whether the stock market will rise or fall, and you've got a 100 million dollars on the line and it's REALLY bothering you, it won't matter what position you're in that hammock, you won't relax!
If you're lying in bed and you get the urge to toss or turn, wait it out, you'll be surprised how quickly it fades! When you get the urge to toss and turn, ask yourself “How can I focus on something else right now to feel more relaxed?” As you lie there for about 15 seconds, you'll be surprised at how the urge to toss and turn simply fades, and you realize that all you really want to do is relax.
Understand that if you do start tossing and turning, it will not end with just ONE toss or turn, because of the momentum effect, you will just keep tossing and turning till the break of dawn!
Sometimes the urge to move is really intense, or maybe you really are in a very painful position on your bed. If you absolutely MUST move, do it in this way:
1) Move, but move very slowly. Remember what it feels like when you wake up in the morning and you're very sleepy, do you move very quickly then?
2) As you move very slowly, put a big bright smile on your face, and take a deep breath.
Another reason why tossing and turning keeps us awake is because we do it very quickly, and the more we do it, the more it agitates us! So do it very slowly, and make sure to smile and breath deeply, you will feel the difference :-)
Avoiding Tossing and Turning
Tossing and turning is an often experienced phenomenon for most of us. There are nights when we are just not comfortable on the bed and keep tossing and turning all over, all through the night. What bothers us?
Tossing and turning is not a feeling of discomfort, it is actually an offshoot of our mental equilibrium that is not relaxed. Irrespective of our mind wanting us to relax, our bodies want to find a more comfortable spot on the bed, a result of misinterpretation. Relaxation has to come from within you and should be a result of your thought process.
Lying in a hammock on a hot summer day, on a Hawaiian beach would sound very relaxing. If you keep thinking about millions invested on the stock market that could take a beating, if and when it crashes, the hammock will not work wonders in relaxing you.
When you feel the urge to toss and turn on the bed, give it time, wait. It will go away faster than it came. Lie there and think about focusing your mind elsewhere more relaxing than where it was and the urge to toss and turn will be out of your system in about 15 seconds. The best part of this exercise is that you will realize that you need to relax and not try finding a comfortable place on bed.
If you start tossing and turning it becomes a never ending process for the night and will not stop till the morning.
At times when you feel that the urge to toss or turn is very high and you have to move, try it the following way:
Tossing and turning keeps us awake because we tend to do it quickly and impulsively, the more quickly we do it, the more agitated we get. Try it in the way said above, you will feel the difference and probably get out of the habit in no time.
Tiptoe Through Genesis
by Nancy Reuben Greenfield
Explore relationships from the very beginning in this unique adaptation of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Not a word for word translation, nor selected quotes, this adaptation uses each page to bring forth the original poetic and powerful text, offering for each passage, two questions to easily ponder and discuss. Delightfully Different.
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By Barbara Fielding
Firstly, birds will be attracted by the geographic location of your garden.
To find out which birds are at the moment in the geographic area, you will have to consult the specialty magazines and documentations. Maybe even the whether guy can provide some information regarding this aspect although this is not always true. Libraries and book stores have books based on migration, on the roads that some bird species take to get to their summer or winter residence. Also, taking pictures of bird you see around you and confronting them with informative materials that you already have or searching for information related to them can be an option to find out if these bird are going to make a stop in the area you live in.
Birds need water. This is highly important. A bath or a pool, no matter the size or the material, would instantly attract many bird families, even wild ducks and gooses.
If you could also arrange a place where they could find some food, bird seeds, bread or anything else they might like, that would increase the chances they made an escapade in your garden. You can try, for instance with corn. Seeds of any type also hold an answer to the question related to attracting birds towards your garden. The seeds that almost all birds prefer are sun-flower seeds, extremely easy to find, and cheep also. Anyway, before buying the seeds, you should make a list with all the birds that are in the area and with every bird’s food preferences to assure you can provide food for many types of birds present.
These are the first steps that you have to make to attract birds in your garden. The second step is keeping away from the garden all the things that might scare or disturb birds. Animals from the next garden, neighbor’s dogs can scare the birds. Try and ask the neighbors to keep the dogs chained or in the house, because they are mostly scared by dogs.
Also, you must know that some birds do not agree with each other, so that a certain species might avoid your garden because there is another species in it. Some can also stay away because of the fact you have children and the noise is too loud, and others can stay away because the place doesn’t look natural enough. So, knowing their nature and customs can be a decisive factor in bringing them in our backyard.
By Eleze Thomas- McMillian
Sometimes, in order to see the path that is prepared for you in life, you must first walk it for yourself.
Lisa Thomas-McMillan has done just that. Born to a family of working poor, Thomas-McMillan knew from a young age what it was like to be hungry. She tells her early story, from growing up in rural Alabama in a family of twelve, to living as a hippy in California, all with an exciting blend of modesty and assurance that is difficult to find in an author who has not lived through similar experiences.
Somewhere during her early life, Lisa found her path and recognised that it was to ‘feed the need’ wherever it is found, particularly among the sick, the elderly and the poor.
And now, after twenty years of helping the poor and another five years of writing, Lisa’s inspirational and compelling book, Living Fulfilled – The Infectious Joy of Serving Others, is now available for you to purchase. It shows the path Lisa took, tells you how you too can take a similar path and shows that you need not be wealthy to make a difference to the lives of others.
All profits from the sales will go to help build a soup kitchen, which will provide 2500 meals per month for those less fortunate, so you will already be making a difference, just with the price for the book.
As Lisa says, she is privileged to live her dream, helping those in poverty for nothing more than their thanks and her simple philosophy is this:
If we all live for one another instead of for ourselves, no one will go hungry or have to endure the many sufferings that accompany a life of poverty.
Try it for yourself, and if you do nothing else than buy this book, then you will already have made a small difference.
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By C.E. Mroz
Carolyn offers a way to simplify your daily life by a quick-cleaning and organizing system which is what every busy adult wishes they had. Turn your home around for the better and get some very handy resources and recipes - ones that are natural, easy to make and require less than five ingredients.
Grab your copy of this new, easy system that will leave you with the luxury of time and personal enjoyment instead of the toxic stress of the mess.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your home out of the hands of CHAOS. Experience extra time for yourself. Your sanity and peace of mind will thank you later!
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How to Deal with Residential Water Damage
Nobody welcomes a flood. But even a small leak is enough to cause damage to parts of your home, if gone unchecked. The damage is not something you can just ignore ó it must be dealt with as quickly as possible.
Find the source of the flood and, if the spillage is due to a burst pipe or broken water heater, shut off your homeís main water line. Shut off the electricity and gas, while youíre at it. If the damage is severe, you may want to hire a professional to cut off your homeís water, power and gas for you. Before you begin to clean up, take pictures of the damage and write down measurements to show your insurance company. Salvage whatever valuables you can from the home before you begin to clean up.
Before anything else, you have to get rid of all standing water. Wear protective gear at all times ó rubber boots, rubber gloves and a gas mask. Standing water is often contaminated, especially from natural floods, so be sure not to let children or pets stand in it. Place the pump at the lowest point of the flooded area. If the water is deep, use a nylon rope to tie down the pump. If the flood water is shallow, you may not have to use a pump. Instead, you may be able to get away with renting and using a wet-dry vacuum to remove the water.
Clean up debris and clear all mud out of the house. Mud left behind by floods can be highly toxic, and must be handled with caution. Spray down walls and check air ducts for dried mud and clean any of it left behind, as it can be toxic once it dries. You donít want that poisoning the air that circulates through your home! Do not use any outlets or appliances. Hopefully, by now, you have turned off the power in your home. Disinfect all surfaces in the home once the water is removed. This includes floors, walls, ceilings, air vents, countertops and any wood or plastic furniture. Use a good non-ammonia-based disinfectant to get rid of all remaining toxins.
Once the water is cleared from the home, look around and identify any mold or mildew. Check the walls, but also check the ceilings, air ducts, rafters and between walls. Follow the musty scent; if you can smell the must but canít find the mold, you likely have mold growth in a hidden spot. If you canít find it, hire a professional. Act quickly, as mold grows the longer itís left untouched. Dry out the mold infected area by opening windows and placing fans if mold has not yet begun to grow. Discard of any wet carpets or furniture; take it outside to dry in the sun. Mold is very difficult to get out of carpet fibres and in many cases the affected carpet may not be worth holding onto. Use your discretion or consult a water damage repair specialist. If your mold growth is severe, consider hiring a professional to tackle this task.
These are just a few important steps to take after your home suffers a flood or severe spill. Itís important to assess the damage and make sure you can handle the task on your own. If the damage is too severe, you should always hire a water restoration professional to repair the damage for you.
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