Friday, September 30, 2016

Disability Hero: Jake Olson

When he was an eight month old baby, Jake Olson was diagnosed with a cancer named Retinoblastoma. He was 12 years old when he lost his vision in his other eye making him totally blind. At the time, he decided to continue playing football which is his passion. He is now in college and playing football at USC as a regular player. In high school, Jake even played varsity golf. He even coauthored a book named Open Your Eyes: 10 Uncommon Lessons to Discover a Happier Life.


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Courts and Life

One of the biggest things is that I hear is a faith within the court system to do right by individuals when it comes to justice. It can be a great disappointment when it does not go our way in life when we believe that we are right on the matter. I recommend before going to court is to do your homework on your case by yourself because it will leave no surprises. It has gotten easier to find information on the court system since the internet got started. Always remember, your best defense in court is to be prepared for the hearing including doing your homework on the court case.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Encouraging More Reading?

It seems like every day that there is a push to encourage our children to read more. It comes from the television, the government, schools, and more. What can we do as parents? It can be complicated when your child's reading level does not match their grade level. You do not always need to pay for a tutor at times to help out. What can we do to make it more fun for our kids?
  • Check with your child's teacher to see if they recommend any books for your child on their reading level. I know your child's teacher is busy. However, they do love to encourage good reading habits in their students to last a lifetime.
  • If you are on a budget, your local public library has an excellent selection of children's books. If they do not have a particular book, you can order it, and it will be sent to your local public library at no cost to you.
  • Take advantage of audio books or movies based on books. This can sometimes spark their interest in a particular book.
  • There are computer reading games out there, and these games can make reading or learning fun for your child.
  • Take turns reading with your child. You could read one paragraph, and they could read the next paragraph.
  • When your child reads, pick up a book and read yourself. Set a time when both of you can do it at the same time. Children learn by your actions and your words.
I know that homework can be a chore at times for both you and your child. However, there are ways to make it less of a chore for both of you.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Author Profile: Charcle Patrice Fordham

Life can be interesting and challenging at times. Living with Epilepsy can make it even more challenging at times. Charice Patrice Fordham shares both her childhood and adult life stories in her book named Growing up with a Disability BUT I'm not Disabled.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Author Profile: Dawn N. Sanchez

Life can be interesting at times, and it becomes more interesting when you are a military wife. At times, there are times when you are worried or concerned about your spouse and family. Dawn N. Sanchez shares her life experiences, faith, advice, and personal life in her book Call to Duty.

Source: PRWeb.com Refreshing New Xulon Book Encourages Military Spouses To Recognize The Importance Of Their Role And Provides The Keys To A Successful Military Marriage

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Recipe Idea: Spicy Thai PB&J Sandwich

2 slices of your favorite bread
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
3 tablespoons peanut butter or your favorite peanut butter substitute
1 teaspoon Sriracha
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
3 pieces fresh basil
1 tablespoon butter or oil

Directions
Heat the butter or oil in a pan on medium-high heat. 
Spread the peanut butter onto one slice of bread and the orange marmalade onto the other. Then sprinkle the curry powder onto either piece of bread. Squeeze the Sriracha onto the peanut butter slice, spread it out, and top it with fresh basil. 
Once the oil is heated enough, place one slice of bread on top of the other and grill the sandwich on each side until golden brown and crunchy. 
Cut in half and serve!

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Are you Prepared for Winter?

I know that autumn has just begun. However, it is never too early to prepare for the cold season or winter for your family. If you wait too long, weatherizing products might not be in stock at your local stores. Here are some low cost ideas:
  • Install a door sweep on your exterior doors along with the basement door.
  • Close the damper on your chimney when not in use.
  • Add attic insulation or replace old attic insulation if older than a couple years old.
  • Replace your furnace filters on a monthly basis because they can get dirty, and your heater can become less effective.
  • Lower your hot water heater temperature.
  • Use caulk to plug holes around the outside of your windows and door frames.
  • Set ceiling fan on winter setting since it can help keep the heat from rising.
Have a nice winter!


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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Reserved Seating Blues

Travel is frustrating enough at times. It becomes worse when someone takes your reserved seat and refuses to move. This recently happened to two British ladies making a three hour journey by train. They tried to complain to the company about the seat problem, but they could not locate someone on the packed train. After a hour into the journey, they located an empty seat, but the hour was painful for the one woman suffering from a painful condition. They did post a picture and complain about the experience on social media.

Source: DailyMail.co.uk 'I'm sure their wives and mothers would be proud': Disabled woman accuses fellow train passengers on Facebook after they 'refused to move from her reserved seats'

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Disability Hero: Becca Blant

Becca started losing her hearing slowly when she was 4 years old, and she is now using Cochlear implants to hear. She recently saw a news story about a Nebraska teen who was being bullied, and his Cochlear Implants thrown into the toilet. She could sympathize with him since she was bullied in school for being different in life due to being deaf. As a result, she sent a strong message of support to the Nebraska teen.


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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Recipe Idea: Baked Bell Pepper Tacos

4 large bell peppers
1 pound cooked hamburger
1 package of your favorite taco seasoning
3/4 cup your favorite shredded cheese
3/4 cup chopped tomato
3/4 cup chopped lettuce
1 cup sour cream, optional

Directions
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Cook until meat is browned and seasoned to your preference . Slice each bell pepper in half. Hollow out each pepper, removing stem and seeds. Lay peppers on a baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes until al-dente or for 10-15 minutes for softer peppers.
Fill each pepper to the top with your taco filling and top with cheese. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, then top with all your taco toppings.
Serve.

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