Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Understanding Asperger Syndrome

      Children with Asperger’s Syndrome have “neurological problems”, which causes them to “display autistic behaviors”. This neurological disorder is named after” Hans Asperger, a Viennese physician”, who discovered the disorder in “1944”.

But, it wasn’t till “1994”, when the disorder was added to the “DSM IV”, which list all mental disorders. Many parents and physicians have noticed the symptoms more in the recent years.  Usually, the children will have a “normal intelligence level or language development”.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

How to make a Floating Candle

 

candles

Would you like to save money on your Christmas list this year? Try making your friends and family their own special floating candles.

First step: You will need to gather these supplies, in order to complete the project. You can find these supplies at the local craft stores or a local Super Wal-Mart's craft section.

1-Wax
2-1/2 candle wick
3-A floater mold or Muffin tray

4-All colors of glitter (optional)
5-Food coloring
6-Fragrance and/oils
7- Metal cooking pot
8- Stove

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Rhymes of the Heart Poetry Collection



This is an uplifting and inspirational collection of poems. These rhymes come from my heart, throughout the good and bad times I experienced. I believe many of my readers and fans can relate to the poems I have written over the years.

You can learn more about me at my freelance writing website, please visit: http://imogenrayne.com


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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Down Home Wedding

Today, makes my fourth wedding anniversary and I can’t help but think about the day I finally decided to say I do. It was an ordinary day in Jacksonville, FL., but it was a day that would change my life in many ways. We have had ups and downs since then like every couple, but we have two rules that we always honor. We never let the sun go down on our anger and we call a truce when we cannot reach a conclusion we both agree on.

November 30th 2006 was my official wedding day, but it was a day that I will truly never forget. I began the day excited about our wedding plans and I worked hard to make sure everything was perfect. I didn’t want a big wedding, so I invited only my and his family to the wedding. Suddenly, I got a call that our Pastor was unable to marry us, due to being put in the hospital. I almost gave up on getting married that day, but my landlord was a notary and she performed the ceremony right in her office.
My husband and I were married, yet my sister-in-law decided to throw us an official wedding with the frills and all. I explained that I was already officially married and it did no good, because she was not taking no for an answer. We decided to get dressed in Jean and nice t-shirts, since I don’t really care for dresses. I decided to make one demand, which was to have the ceremony in my granddad’s front yard and I wanted him to give me away.  (Read more)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Does Michael Vick Deserve a Second Chance?

Lately, Michael Vick has been playing football as a quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, even though he was convicted of running a dog fighting operation. Throughout his legal troubles, he lost many fans and several endorsements. He was a spokesperson for Nike, Coca-Cola, PowerAde, and many others before the dog-fighting investigation began. However, does his punishment fit the crime he is charged with or did he get an insignificant punishment because he is a celebrity? (Read More)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

University of Phoenix: My Experience

My graduation from University of Phoenix is just a couple months away and I haven't decided if I want to continue furthering my education. I could delay paying back my school loans for another two years, if a do go for my Master's Degree. By then, I hope to be a successful content writer or columnist who makes a decent salary or I will have "real job" that allows me to further my career...I hope!

I have been attending online classes with the University of Phoenix for the past four years and I had a great experience. So far, I have earned an Associate in Arts of Business and I am currently working on a Bachelor Degree in Communication. I know I need to further my education, in order to chase my dream of being a successful columnist. It will take hard work, talent, and education are what it will take to make it a reality in my life as I continue.

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How to Choose the Right Webcam

Sometimes, people will run out a buy the first webcam they can find, instead of shopping around for information. Honestly, buying any computer equipment requires some knowledge in what your computer has in it. Do you need to make a professional video or is it just for fun and family use? Will your computer actually, be compatible with the camera and its software? Do you want it to have special features; like zoom, auto focus, or special accessories? (Read More)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Seniors Can Overcome the Holiday Blues by Volunteering

Are you experiencing the holiday blues or struggling with loneliness this year? If so, you are not alone, because many seniors feel the same around this time of year. Maybe you are mourning the loss of a spouse or a loved one. Nevertheless, if you.....(Read More)

Eyes Like Me

Staring at an image of your face,
My brother was born in first place.
Looking at the image of me,
It is my twin brother I see.

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PS: Photo of my twin brother Thomas and his little boy.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Time Marches On



 Time moves on without you here,
The world didn’t stop, as I shed a tear.
I never imagined my life without you,
Now, I have a case of the holiday blues.

I feel angry you are not here with me,
Yet, I am happy that you are finally free.
Enduring another season without you,
This will be the hardest thing I ever had to do.

Your smile is something I will always miss,
However, I know you are in heavenly bliss.
Pictures of us together race in my mind,
Our memories are all that is left behind.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Veteran's Day to All

Happy Veteran's Day to all who have and are serving our country. Your sacrifice allows all Americans to have freedom to choose what their future will hold. Your families also sacrificed their time with you, which was hard for every family member.

Unfortunately, some veterans never made it home from the war, so lets set aside time to remember them and those they love as we celebrate this holiday. Don't forget that many in your own community maybe actively serving at this time.

Please pray for them and their families, since they may need help during the upcoming holidays. Look for ways you can help a veteran and their loved ones in your own community, church, or school.


PS: This is photo of my dad who is a veteran of the United States Navy. Thank you for your service!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Poetry: The Wind

The golden leaves are blowing,
A crystal blue river is flowing,
Birds are singing just above,
As I look for the perfect love.

The wind is blowing in my ear,
Is that your gentle voice I hear?
I look around only to see,
No one is standing close to me.

The sun is shining along the river,
As cooling air makes my body shiver.
I feel your warm and loving embrace,
But, the sunlight hides your face.

Only a moment will pass,
Will the peaceful feeling last?
I feel you touch my soul again,
Are you speaking through the wind?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Saving My Childhood Home

About a year ago, my husband and I began working on an endeavor that would challenge us financially, emotionally, and spiritually in many ways that we had never dreamed were possible. We felt we did the right thing, but every now again we question if it was truly worth it to save the home I grew up in.

Personally, I am thankful that we didn’t give upon our mission to save what my grandfather had spent his life creating and building for our entire family. However, I must admit it was not an easy task to complete, yet we accomplished it with the help of many of our true friends who gave up their days to come help us clean up the property. We still have a long way to go before the inside it is completed, but we both have faith that we will accomplish what we have set out to do. (Read more)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Trick-or-Treating Safety: From Well-Lit Areas to Candy Checks

Are you planning to go trick-or-treating with you children this year? Here are some tips that will help you have a safe and enjoyable Halloween. First of all, try to get started early to avoid getting caught in the traffic congestion. Never let your child go trick-or-treating by themselves. Instead, ask a group of parents to join you. Always choose a well-lit neighborhood with sidewalks.


Don't forget to bring a couple flashlights and extra batteries, just in case you need them. Be sure you child's costume has light colors or reflective safety strips stuck on their costume. You may want to purchase some glow in the dark sticks, so your child's costume is extremely visible. Some places sell Halloween jewelry that lights up or blinks for added safety.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Note to My Readers

To My Readers,

I am sorry I haven't been writing lately. I have some how been touch by writer's block. I believe I am about to overcome this and plan to begin writing again soon. I thank everyone who has stuck by me during my writing career and look forward to serving you with my written words.

Respectfully Yours,

Crystal S. Kauffman

Friday, September 17, 2010

Rainy Day Fun for Kids and Parents

Is it raining and you can't go outside? Want to have fun and spend family time together this weekend? Do you have colored construction paper, glue, yarn, hole punch, scissors, glitter, colored markers, and tape. Each project requires these supplies and will make any weekend fun. Set up the kitchen table for everyone to have room to create in. Start your crafts by setting out all the materials you need.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010



This is an inspirational story about a teenage girl, who took a stand after watching her best friend face prejudice and school violence. Let Ana inspire you to make your own stand! Ten percent of each purchase will benefit the Laugh At Cancer Org., whose mission is to provide support and hope to those families facing cancer's touch. No one should ever fight cancer alone! http://laughatcancer.org You can learn more about me at my freelance writing experience, please visit: http://imogenrayne.com

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Social Networking: The Advantages and Disadvantages

The invention of internet has made it easier for people to connect with each other, even when they live clear across the ocean. Many families are staying in touch through thousands of social networking sites like
MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and many others. This new technology has made it even easier to stay connected with loved ones and to talk on a daily basis. As a bonus, the users can find old classmates, neighbors, and work colleagues through these popular networking sites. (Read More)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Big Red Monster

After school, I jumped off the yellow school bus and raced my brother home. I couldn't wait to go see the "Big Red Monster" sitting in grandpa's garage..


"The racecar is almost ready" stated Papa.

My granddad and my uncle were sitting at the table enjoying a cup of coffee, as I raced off to change my clothes. I ran out the front door and headed to the garage, as they followed me. As I turned the corner, I saw the scary monster looking at me, but it was different somehow. The sun was gleaming off the newly painted red monster and I noticed the number thirteen.

I heard my grandpa say, "I think it's ready to test, but first we must put the tires back on."

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Imaginary City of Pathzi

A while back, I joined a network named Land of Fantasy and began a simple story starter, which ended up becoming an amazing writing collaboration. Currently, the project has about 20 other authors that are reguarly writing with us. Learn more about our project and our writers by visiting The Imaginary City Of Pathzi. We invite you to come write with us! This collaborative writing project is a non-profit activity, which is supported by the Laugh At Cancer Org. Freelance Writing for Hope project.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

How to Solve the Struggle Between Writing and a Social Life

About three years ago, my best friend was so angry that I was tied to the computer all day and not going off with her to socialize. We had hung out together since we were young children living next to each other. She accused of being addicted to the computer; but I was going to college online, writing, and running a new non-profit organization. She didn't see the fruits of my labor, which really upset me and almost cost me my writing career......(Read more)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Think like a Professional Author



As a new freelance writer, you need to think as a professional author who is seasoned and currently knocking the publisher's boots off. Start studying everything about building a freelance writing career and take lots of notes. In addition, work on your grammar and spelling by visiting several different educational websites. Every author struggles in this area, so learn all you can about proofreading and revising your work. (Read More)

My First Kiss

Tonight I am in exotic bliss,
Since, I experienced my first kiss.
As you walked me to my door,
My lips begged for more.


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PS: This poem is included in my new poetry collection...Rhymes of The Heart!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Tiger Woods Returns to Golfing


Tiger Woods has announced that he will be playing in the Masters Golf Tournament on April 8, 2010 in but he also stated that he must still work on repairing his private life. Personally, I am not a golfing fan, but many maybe hurt by his fall from grace in the recent months. Since the November accident, several women came out claiming to have been his mistresses. The revelation devastated his marriage to wife Elin, who is the mother of his two young children...(READ MORE)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Finding Yourself

Life is like a flower that grows in the wild,
Dancing in the rain like a child.
Emotions stir as my heart awakes,
Wondering if I have made a mistake?


Flower snapping in the summer breeze,

Like a horse with broken knees.
My soul is wounded beyond repair,
There is nothing here, not even a flare.

The past has stolen my innocence away,
As a clumsy dancer, I continue to sway.
Stumbling through life without a light,
Holding on to what I feel is right.

Struggling to let my soul free,
I just want to be me!



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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rescuing Brandie

My two brothers, my mom, and I visited a local convenience store where we met a beautiful auburn-colored dog when I was turning 12. She looked to be a lab and shepherd mix, who was rather large with big beautiful brown eyes. The dog was very friendly and well-mannered, so I played with her for a moment while everyone else went into the store. She seemed to be sick and her skeleton was showing, due to being underweight. (Read More)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Warning from Local Police After an Infant is Kidnapped by an Imposter



On the heels of a recent kidnapping, the local police officers are encouraging parents to call the police, whenever any person is claiming to represent a government agency. According to Reed, Detman, & Spivey
(2010), the suspect had tricked the parents by stating that she was with the local child protection agency. Now, police are asking all parents to ask any person representing a public agency for their credentials and identification... (Read more)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Freelance Authors: Finding Short-Story Contest

Are you an aspiring author who wants to enter your short story in a contest? Is your story ready to compete against thousands of others? Then, the Internet has become a perfect tool for you to get started. First of all, you will need to research the different writing communities for legitimate contests to enter. Web sites for authors such as www.writing.com or www.fanstory.com have contest listings and community boards for aspiring writers. (Read more)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Suicidal Tendencies of Americans


No matter the race or ethnicity, there have been many suicides committed by people who may feel they are at their wits ends. The emotional pain causes someone, to think about suicide as his or her only alternative. Some do it because they feel so guilty, hurt and humiliated, or hopeless about their current situation. They feel like they would be better dead, than to experience any more pain. It does not matter what problem people face in their lives, each crisis creates emotional strife for them.(Read More)

Somer Thompson: Police Have Named a Person of Interest



There is an update in the Somer Thompson case that rocked the nation in October 2009 after she disappeared and was found slain a few days later. According to Spivey & Wax (2010), the police have finally named Jarred Mitchell Harrell, as a person of interest in the Somer Thompson’s investigation. He became a person of interest after investigators learned that in August 2009, his ex-roommates had turned his computer in to the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office. They were concerned over some questionable content, which they found on his personal computer. (Read More)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Somer Thompson: An Angel's Light Extinguished Way Too Soon.


An Orange Park, Florida neighborhood was shocked and horrified over Somer Thompson's disappearance on her way home from school on October 19, 2009. Unfortunately, she got upset and ran ahead, instead of waiting for her

siblings and the children that she was walking home with. The family became alarmed when Somer could not be found and they contacted the police for assistance. Immediately, the police and volunteers scoured the Orange Park area, searching for this beautiful little girl who had just vanished without a trace...(Read More)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Why I Chose to Self-Publish My Poetry Collection


In honor of my hero and best friend Isom Ray Plyler, who is and always was more than a grandpa to me. This year, will be the third year, since he passed away and I am a little sad he never got to see what I have accomplished as an aspiring author. However, I know he is no longer suffering and he is watching over me every day. So far, I have already written over 500 articles and poems for Helium and Associated Content, under my pen name Imogen Rayne.

Recently, I decided to self-publish a book throughLulu.com, which would allow me to place all of my poetryinto one large collection. My experience with this venture was amazingly simple and the publish program was easy to follow. Unfortunately, I had never considered self-publishing, until I saw how simple it could be. Personally, I recommend this website to any author who is interested in self-publishing their work also.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

My Experience with Lulu.com

Today, I publish my first poetry book with Lulu.com, where many new authors go to showcase their hard work. I enjoyed the experience since the publishing part was relatively easy and their format is wonderful for a self publisher. I had never published a book through this website, until today because I don’t know how simple it was to create a project. My poetry book is full of uplifting, inspirational, yet emotional poem that would touch anyone’s heart. Look for two more novels, due out in early winter which is called, “Birth of Veil” and “Ana’s Stand”. You can also follow my career at http://imogenrayne.com

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Camp Good Days and Special Times: Where Courage Can Grow



Camp Good Days & Special Times is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization based in Rochester, NY, but has other cities or states that host an extension of the camp also. Their mission for 30 years is to offer a place of courage and hope, where families can get their mind off the everyday plights and trials that have touched their life. In addition, they can have fun and meet new friends, who can brighten their world just because they care about what the camper is enduring. According to Camp Good Days (2010), the motto is courage knows no bounds and campers can help their own courage grow while exploring their new surroundings at the camp.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Anniversary of a Dream

Missing the moments we spent,
Wondering where the time went.
Time has passed without a glance,
Sometimes, I wish I took that chance.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Florida is Fighting Back: Possible Federal Ban of Nine Exotic Snake Species

"Unfortunately, the recent tragic death of toddler, by an illegally kept exotic pet snake has sparked state officials into creating a new bill that will ban the import or trade of several types of pet snake. The recent discovery of several vicious African Rock pythons living in the Florida Everglades has raised new concerns on how to fight this ever-growing nightmare. According to Flesher (2009), state officials should be focusing on eliminating the pythons that have been found growing in the wild, instead penalizing the snake owners or the exotic snake dealer. However, state officials believe that this new federal ban may help stop this nightmare from moving to other states or expanding their grip on the southern parts of the sunshine state." (Read more)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

African Rock Python: A New Threat to South Florida's Native Wildlife

A new threat has scientists worried, as a new species python has been found living in the Florida Everglades. The "African Rock Python" is considered to be meaner and more aggressive than its cousin, which is known as the Burmese Python. Florida officials scramble to save the natural habitat from the Burmese Python and the Boa Constrictors, but now they must face a new threat to the native wild life. According Reid (2009), only time will tell how many of these giant snakes actually exist in South Florida and its surrounding areas. However, scientists are arguing that there may be some hybrid offspring from the two species of python, which can add to the exotic snake nightmare facing the wildlife that calls the swamp their home. (Read more)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Scott Spiecher: A Hero is Finally Home

A day of mourning and somber spirits loomed over the First Coast, Navy Captain Scott Speicher was laid to rest on Friday, August 14, 2009. The streets of Jacksonville, FL was lined with spectators and those who wanted to pay their respects to this fallen hometown hero. The funeral precession stopped at its various spots all over the Jacksonville, FL area, as those gathered said good-bye. Many spectators did not know Scott personally, but thanks to his family and friends hard work....he was never forgotten! (Read More)