Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Blankets of Hope Project 2013


Blankets of Hope 2013

 By Crystal S. Kauffman

This Christmas, help me spread the joy of Christmas cheer to the patients in local nursing, which has many patients. Some patients have no family and would enjoy receiving the small gifts from someone. There are many ways you can help like you can donate signed Christmas cards, small gifts and/or, throw blankets. Items must be donated by Dec. 20, 2013, in order for the nursing home to get them before Christmas Day
Throw Blankets

The blankets are desperately needed, because the patients tend to get the chills and a fleece throw blanket would be perfect on warming the up. The must be a typical sized throw blanket, so it is easy for the patient to carry with them. The blanket will represent all of the people out here thinking about them during the holidays. Please feel free to email me for my address.
Christmas Cards

The Christmas cards should be signed with your family’s name or you may allow everyone to sign it. Children can make homemade cards or they can draw pictures. I am hoping to get enough things to give out to each patient there. Additionally, write Patient on the front and Christmas on the back of the envelope. These cards seem to brighten the patient’s day and are generally inexpensive, since money is tight in this economy.
Small Gifts

The patients love getting small gifts like figurines of any kind. I usually go to the dollar store and get some from there for cheap, but this year I cannot afford to buy them myself. So, if you would like to volunteer and help me gather up some cute small figurines like angels. Most patients love getting an angel for Christmas with a card and a blanket. This shows that there are people out in the world who do care about them, even if they have no family coming to see them.
Volunteering

You can help by donating any of these items. Patients will be thrilled and feel blessed to receive anything that you can donate. Without the kind donations of others helping, the nursing home cannot possibly give something to all of the patients. Let's make a difference together by bringing a little love and cheer. 
Collecting Donations

Currently, we have until Dec. 20th, 2013, in order to collect the donations needed to make this a day that the patients will remember. Please consider helping me bring a little joy into the life of each patient that will receive the gifts on Christmas 2013. This Christmas can be brighter and full of hope, by giving the patient something special that they can use every day.  

Care Packages
Other ways you can help is gathering up shoe boxes wrapped and marked male or female. These shoe boxes should be full of personal stuff like deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, powder, shaving supplies, brush or comb, body lotion, perfume or cologne, or other items they may need. If you can help, please contact me by email for more information about this project. 

Contact Me for Address

The Laugh at Cancer Support Community is sponsoring this project, but we are not a non-profit. We just care about those who are stuck in a nursing home or hospital during Christmas time and would like the patients to know someone does care. Thank you to all who will be taking the time help with this Blankets of Hope project. Together we can make a difference!
 

My Email 

 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Park City Baptist Church

I would like to introduce you to my church Park City Baptist Church. I started going to this church when I was young until I became an adult. I began attending another church near where I live, but it never really felt like home to me.

Once in awhile, I would visit and I would feel like I was at home again. I moved down the road from the Church and now I go whenever I can. I deal with being sick a lot, but I so thankful for the fellowship I have with the members of the church.

So, feel free to stop by and say hi!  Additionally, meet some wonderful people who also attend our church. We are located at 7410 Park City Dr. On the Westside of Jacksonville, Florida.

We are a small yet loving church that welcomes everyone with open arms and hearts. We have sermons during Sunday morning services and bible studies (open discussion) Sunday night, as well as Wednesday night. We are Bible based church, who helps the community around us with our events and fellowship.

Check out our website for more information and a map.

We also have a Spanish ministry called Park City Ministries. Take a moment to look on the website for their location and a map.

To learn more about our church, please visit our website.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Our Wedding Day, Despite the Many Setbacks

My seventh wedding anniversary is coming up Nov. 30th.
I wanted to share our wedding story with you that I wrote four years ago.
 
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.

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PS: We love everyone for making our day special, despite the setbacks we endured. 


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Donate Your Unused Gift Cards

Do you ever have unwanted gift cards after the holiday season has passed? If so, think about how many friends and family will be giving out gift cards you may not. Additionally, you may not be able to use each gift card for many different reasons, which means the gift card will expire and become worthless. During the upcoming holiday season, think about how you can change someone's life using the very gift card that you may not use or want. Many different websites will allow you to resell the gift card to them and offer you cash back for each unused card.

However, here is another idea to ponder… how about donating your cards to the military, patients in the hospital (with cancer or other illnesses), or to the less fortunate in your community? During this recession, many families may not have food or presents for Christmas. Therefore, why not take your unwanted gift cards or even gifts order to donate them to others, who will enjoy knowing that you are thinking of them. These families will enjoy the fact that you are thinking about them during this holiday season.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

My Son is Moving!!!

My Children and Me
 
 
My son DJ has been a constant jewel in my life, but he is about to set off on an adventure with his father and step-mother. I am sad but happy that he leaving to a whole new town. He will be far away from me and I will miss him so much, yet I know that his father and step-mother will love and care for him. 

Thankfully, he will be able to meet new people and enjoy going to a new school where he can make friends. DJ will also be able to find new adventures to enjoy, as he grows into a little man. I will get to see him at designated times, but it will be time well spent making new memories. We will use Skype, cell phone, and Facebook to stay in touch with each other. I pray that his father, step-mother, and DJ will make it to their destination safely. I love him and I hope he explores all possibilities that God sets in front of him.

PS: A special thank you goes out to him step-mom for loving and caring for him, as I would. Thank you for being there for both my children and thank you for being such a wonder second mother. You are the best!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Exciting New Changes are Coming to SweetAroma4U

Welcome to SweetAromas4u.com! We have an array of homemade, yet one-a-kind products that will captivate and tantalize your senses. Feel free to look around our website and check out the many different homemade products we make. SweetAromas4u.com is a family owned business that was started by Serena Gibson, who is a Certified Aromatherapist. All of our products are eco-friendly and priced to fit your families budget.

Products available:

Homemade Candles

Candle Warmers

Bath and Body Products

Aromatherapy Products

Colorful Beauty Cosmetics

Mrs. Gibson makes customize holistic aromatherapy products which may help you alleviate many different types of ailments. Aromatherapy can help with medical issues like: pain, stress, insomnia, and detoxification. The aromatherapy can help an upset stomach, memory, PMS, and water retention. Additionally, aromatherapy can also help lighten your mood or bring out your romantic side. All customized aromatherapy products are made upon customers request.

Check out our catalogs and brochures that are available on our website. When you decide what kind of products you like, please visit our Facebook page to meet Mrs. Gibson. She is offering her creative products and special orders through her Facebook page. Additionally, she is displaying her new creations through her Facebook page. Therefore, take a moment to join her page and get to know Mrs. Gibson. You may also speak with Mrs. Gibson live or schedule a one-to-one meeting with via Skype at serena.sweetaromas4u.

 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Nothing is Impossible with God

Many times we give up too fast and forget that God has given us a destiny to follow using our talents that he has given each of us. Unfortunately, we believe that the road to our dreams may be far off and impossible to obtain. Throughout life, we tend to forget that God can always open doors for us along the path he has laid out for us. However, we must have faith and belief in what God can do for us, as we pursue our dreams.

The first memory verse is: Matthew 19:26-But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (KJV)

Nothing is impossible with God, so take time to get to know him as your heavenly father and strengthen your faith in him. Additionally, begin studying the Holy Bible, which is God’s letter of love to you and your family. You can begin strengthening your faith and your relationship with your heavenly father, by taking time out to study God’s word daily. Studying allows you to learn how God has helped others he loves, as well as learning how he can help you.

Always pray to your heavenly father daily and allow God to handle your burdens, instead of trying to fix them yourself. He can guide you in the ways that will help you succeed in chasing your dreams, but don’t forget about God after you have found your success. Remember, God knows your heart and he can take your success away. Especially, if it begins to separate you from him, because you know that he is a jealous God.  

The second memory verse is: Luke 18:27-And he said, the things which are impossible for men are possible with God. (KJV)

Sometimes, you need to be reminded that God has a purpose for you, because you may lose your faith during everyday life. In addition, you tend to move away from God during the good times in our lives and run to him for help during the crisis and trials we may face in our daily lives. Remember that nothing is impossible with God on your side, so walk proud and know the he has a plan for you. Allow him to guide throughout life’s ups and downs, while following the plan that he has created just for you.

Start including God in on every decision you make, by praying first and waiting on his response to you. Knowing God can help you chase your dreams, as well as removing any obstacles which may pop up throughout your journey. Additionally, trust God to provide all that you need to make your dreams come true. No matter what dream God has given you, remember that the he promises that nothing is impossible for him.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Little Glimpse into Jean Plyler’s Life


 
Jean E. Plyler of 8048 Park City Dr. in Jacksonville, FL, died on May 29, 2013. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many. She was born on April 24, 1936 and she lived most of her life in Jacksonville, FL.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years Isom “Ray” Plyler, four sisters, and her loving parents. She grew up on a small farm where she met her loving husband, Isom “Ray” Plyler. She moved from South Carolina to Florida with her husband and two children. She loved her many wonderful neighbors and they loved her as well. She raised her children, as well as her grandchildren and enjoyed spending quality time every day with her great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Jean Plyler is survived by her sister Pat Houston, son Christopher and Margret Plyler from Green Cove Springs, FL. She also survived by her daughter Susan Sanders and her children Thomas Amon, Crystal (Amon) Kauffman, and James Amon from Jacksonville, FL. In addition, she has eight great-grandchildren, who she loved very much. Mrs. Jean Plyler will be missed by all her friends and family.

She would always hum or sing her favorite praise hymns and Christmas carols, while running errands with her granddaughter in tow. Whenever she called for you and you heard your middle name…you knew you were in trouble! She was a simple woman who loved to do word searches, crossword puzzles, and jigsaw puzzles. She was a patient and kind woman, who lived her life caring for her growing family.

She was a housewife, confidant, angel, and best friend to all who knew and loved her. She was a graceful God-fearing woman who loved God and Jesus. She was an animal lover, but she loved her dogs like they were her children. She enjoyed watching the birds and squirrels from her front porch. She will be remembered by her contagious smile and twinkling blue eyes, as well as her fun-loving personality.

Now, she is dancing with Jesus and has been be reunited with her lifelong love Isom “Ray” Plyler. She has also been reunited with her parents, her four sisters, and her lifelong friends that she has missed so much. She will be watching over all whom she dearly loved, as God’s newly born angel.  

Nothing is Impossible for God


                Many times we give up too fast and forget that God has given us a destiny to follow using our talents that he has given each of us. Unfortunately, we believe that the road to our dreams may be far off and impossible to obtain. Throughout life, we tend to forget that God can always open doors for us along the path he has laid out for us. However, we must have faith and belief in what God can do for us, as we pursue our dreams.

The first memory verse is: Matthew 19:26-But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (KJV)

Nothing is impossible with God, so take time to get to know him as your heavenly father and strengthen your faith in him. Additionally, begin studying the Holy Bible, which is God’s letter of love to you and your family. You can begin strengthening your faith and your relationship with your heavenly father, by taking time out to study God’s word daily. Studying allows you to learn how God has helped others he loves, as well as learning how he can help you.

Always pray to your heavenly father daily and allow God to handle your burdens, instead of trying to fix them yourself. He can guide you in the ways that will help you succeed in chasing your dreams, but don’t forget about God after you have found your success. Remember, God knows your heart and he can take your success away. Especially, if it begins to separate you from him, because you know that he is a jealous God.  

The second memory verse is: Luke 18:27-And he said, the things which are impossible for men are possible with God. (KJV)

Sometimes, you need to be reminded that God has a purpose for you, because you may lose your faith during everyday life. In addition, you tend to move away from God during the good times in our lives and run to him for help during the crisis and trials we may face in our daily lives. Remember that nothing is impossible with God on your side, so walk proud and know the he has a plan for you. Allow him to guide throughout life’s ups and downs, while following the plan that he has created just for you.

Start including God in on every decision you make, by praying first and waiting on his response to you. Knowing God can help you chase your dreams, as well as removing any obstacles which may pop up throughout your journey. Additionally, trust God to provide all that you need to make your dreams come true. No matter what dream God has given you, remember that the he promises that nothing is impossible for him.  

   

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Father's Day Arts and Crafts

Are looking for that unique yet sentimental gift for your dad? Do you want to make your father a special gift? If so, check out the homemade projects and ideas below that allow everyone to get involved in the fun of making that special gift. In addition, celebrate your favorite moments in pictures with your dad by displaying them in one of the projects listed below. However, if you’re a child, be sure to ask an adult to help you with each project you intended to make.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How to Make a Living as a Freelance Journalist

Are you looking for a way to make a living with your writing talent as freelance journalist? Do you have a computer with a word processor and internet access? Then, you can begin working towards making your dream into a reality. First, you will need to create a writing portfolio to send to potential employers or clients, who are interested in recruiting you for a writing project. Your portfolio should have a picture, an autobiography with writing experience added, and samples of your best articles.

Second, you will want to build an online portfolio, by submitting your work to online writing communities. This way, you can receive feedback on your articles by other authors and readers, as well as receive publishing credits at the same time. In addition, you will meet other authors, who share your passion and maybe able to assist you with improving your writing skills. However, be sure to submit your best work, in order to gain more respect in the writing world.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Staying Connected with Your College Student


College days can be scary for all students and their parents. That is why, it is important to stay in touch with each other. Most students may feel nervous and homesick at first, but with communication from their parents. Their children can quickly overcome any feelings or fears they may have, during their transition to college life. When parents choose to communicate with their children, can become a life-line to home and all they miss.

By being involved in all their college students lives, parents can help their children excel in their studies and personal lives. Even the best college student, will need their parent's guidance and mementos from home. Some students would enjoy receiving frequent care packages, with personal items and a small family picture album. This way they feel like they are still an important part of their family, even when they are away.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Stand Up Against Rappers Who Sing About Raping Women....Sign the Petiton!


WOMEN AND MEN....If you believe that date rape is wrong please read this article and sign the petition against this rapper RICK ROSS and others. He admits in the lyrics of his song "he drugged a woman with ecstasy and date raped a woman, who doesn't even know it".
Please share as well, because 200 more signatures are needed (I believe). In fairness, it could be just lyrics, but you do not want some man to do this to you, your daughter, sister, wife, or mother.
 
If a parent listens to this song, young children will be exposed to this type of lyrics on the radio or other media. Then young teens or young adults may try to copy what the lyrics say....Please Stand UP against this!

Reference:
Change.org (2013) Rick Ross, MMG, Rocko, Future: Pull song from media; issue a public apology to rape victims and women.
Retrieved on March 28, 2013 from the World Wide Web

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

My New Author's Blog


Come check out my new blog for other interesting articles and more information about me as an freelance author. Leave a comment and let me know what you think of my newest blog. Thank you to all my readers and my fans for allowing me to live my dream as a freelance author.

Respectfully yours,

Crystal S. Kauffman
laughatcancer@gmail.com

My Family's Homemade Christmas


Papa and I were heading home from the auto parts store, as I stared out the window of the car. The radio spoke of a blizzard up north, which had crippled an entire community. This seemed unusual to me, since I lived in Florida where it never snowed. The houses we passed seemed to have something that we didn't. However, my grandfather didn't seem to notice. Instead, he thought of it as another day, where one must work to earn a dollar or two just to survive.

I felt confused by the lack of Christmas spirit in my home. Nevertheless, I knew that my family didn't make a big fuss over the holidays, since I was a young girl. Yet, it began bothering me that no one spent time setting up a Christmas tree or adding decorations to it. So, as we pulled in the driveway, the house seemed cold and dreary. However, I noticed a nativity in the neighbor's yard, which seemed comforting in a strange sort of way.

I smiled at grandma, as we passed through the kitchen and headed towards the backdoor. In the backyard, I found my two brothers playing on grandpa's rusty old yellow lawn mower. It had been broken down for years, yet they were pretending to race. I always knew that my grandfather was a man of a few words, except when he was mad. However, he gave his heart to anyone that needed help and I liked that about him.

After, making it to the garage, we began working on the old red race car. I noticed that our neighbors were greeting their family members as they arrived. Suddenly, I began hoping my own family would start celebrating the holidays, since I was 13. Additionally, I wondered why my grandma didn't invite the rest of the family to visit over Christmas. Finally, I decided to ask my granddad, but I was a little nervous to ask at first.

"Why don't we Celebrate Christmas?" I asked nervously.
He answered, "It's just another day Christy! You'll figure that out when you get older. I couldn't afford the decorations and presents."
"Would you celebrate...if you could?"
"I am not sure, because I never have celebrated the holidays. My parents weren't unable to afford decorations and presents. "

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Helium Writer Biography



I met my mom and grandparents for the first time on December 31, 1974 and became the apple of my grandparents' eyes. My mom met my stepdad, and when she married him, we became Navy brats. We moved around a lot. I struggled with moving so much and losing touch with friends. After I turned eleven, my parents divorced and we moved to Jacksonville, Florida.

I lost touch with my father, and I became a stupid teenager who knew everything. I dropped out of school and began working at sixteen for anyone who would hire me. After meeting and later marrying my husband in November 1994, we moved to Fort Benning, Georgia, in order for him to pursue his career in the Army. Once he finished his two years, he decided to leave the Army and move home again.

We came back home with a surprise, and she was born in July 1995. We struggled to pay bills and keep our relationship healthy for our daughter's sake. But we ended up growing apart. Just before the birth of our son in November of 1998, we split up and I began writing poems in order to ease the pain of my divorce and loneliness. I realized how much I enjoyed writing, and I began working on becoming a freelance writer.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Diet and Behavior of Koalas



Have you ever seen a koala bear in the zoo or in the wild? If you live in Australia, chances are you have seen one in the "bush" (Columbia Encyclopedia, 2007) or forest. They are called the "Australian bear" Columbia Encyclopedia, 2007), because they are primarily found in the forest of Australia. Basically, you will find them hanging out in a tree and eating the branches from it. Most Koalas love the "eucalyptus tree" (Columbia Encyclopedia, 2007), since it has special nutrients that are essential to a koala's diet.

The "koala's habitat" (TheKoalas, 2007) varies; however they prefer to live in some type of forest. They can even be found in sub-tropical forest of Australia. This nocturnal marsupial prefers moving at night and sleeping during the day. They enjoy eating many types of leaves, which gives them the nourishment that they need daily. Koalas are very social with other koalas, but they become aggressive when provoked or threatened by a predator.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

How to Start Your Own Personal Prayer Journal



Four years ago, I founded an online support group for cancer patients and their families, which is named the Laugh at Cancer Support Community. Many times, I just listen to the members talk about their individual situation and we read the Bible together over the phone. However, I have had a few members asked me if I can teach them to pray, because most didn’t feel comfortable talking out loud to God. So, I admitted that I don’t pray out loud all the time either, instead I have kept a prayer journal for about ten years.

Use the talent that God gave you

Thankfully, a special woman named Ms. Annie gave me some helpful advice years ago about using the talent that God gave me. She encouraged me to write down my prayers to God, especially when I was a new Christian and in need of guidance. Whenever you pray, feel free play a musical instrument while praying or sing the prayer. This way, you are using your own talent to keep a close relationship with Jesus and God. Remember, that God knows your heart and you mind, so find a way to include him into your life every day in your own way.  

Write what is in your heart

Never second guess yourself, instead always go with your own gut instinct and write what you feel led to discuss with God. Sometimes, it is easier to write down your feelings and thoughts, than it is to speak them out loud. You can open up your heart and let God know exactly what you feel and ask him to help you become a better person. Keeping a prayer journal will also help you obtain a closer relationship with your heavenly father and his son Jesus. No matter what you choose to write about in your prayer journal, be sure to remember to include Jesus Christ and repentance of your sins so God will hear you.

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Learning to Manage Type 2 Diabetes



Type 2 diabetes can be life altering, I know because I have managed this disease for over ten years now. I had to research information about diabetes, so I can change my own eating habits. I am proud to say that I have learned how to control my diabetes and my A1C levels are "beautiful" according to my doctor. Here are some simple steps I learned from various sources, which can help you take control.

Step 1: What is the danger?

Proper management can actually save your life, since high glucose levels can immediately begin damaging your body. High glucose levels can damage your nerves throughout your body and small blood vessels found within the eyes. Additionally, it can cause problems with your kidneys and cause heart disease. Some patients have also lost their legs and feet, due to mismanagement of their diabetes.

Step 2: Why do I have it?

Type 2 Diabetes is the only disease that you can prevent or control by managing your food consumption and doing daily exercises. Basically, the pancreas will produce insulin, but it does not produce enough and the body cannot use the insulin correctly. Some the symptoms are: always hungry, drinking a lot, frequent urination, changes in vision, and slow wound healing.

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

My Journey to a Healthier Me

 
As a small child, I was a tall and skinny little girl with dreams of becoming a professional dancer or a famous children's author. However, as I became a teenager, I began to slowly putting weight due to the big portions served at each meal. My entire family was considered to be obese and overweight, but my family did not alter the way the food was prepared. My grandmother always made several types of southern style comfort foods, as well as fatty foods.

Wearing plus size clothing


I began to wear plus size clothing at age fourteen, which was embarrassing for me since my classmates made fun of how fat I was every day. I became extremely insecure about my weight and was being bullied, which caused me to eventually drop out of high school. My first job was at a local McDonald's in the Orange Park Mall, but the manager could not find a 2X uniform to fit me. Two months later, I had to have my manager order me a new uniform in the size 3X.

Having three children

My weight continued to go up and down, which frustrated me because I could lose weight but I could not keep it off. After giving birth to my son who weighed 11 lbs and 10 ounces, I was able to lose the weight and keep it off for a few years. Then, I got married and learned that I was pregnant with my beautiful daughter, who weighed 10 lbs and 10 ½ ounces at birth. Additionally, I learned that I had Gestational diabetes, which played a role in having my second son a month early, who was my smallest baby at 6 lbs and 10 ounces.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How to Market Your Online Articles


Many new and even seasoned freelance authors have a hard time getting steady page views online. As an online freelance author, I get a small amount of money for residual page views at certain websites like Yahoo Voices and Helium. One day, I begin wondering how I can make more money each month and raise up my page views. Here are some ideas that I want to share with you, which may help you raise your page views and boost your writing career.

What is the Secret of Success?

 Networking is the key to success with online writing, since meeting others may help you obtain steady fans and readers. First, start by advertising or marketing your articles on several social networking websites like Facebook or Twitter. Remember, that you can allure more readers, by posting on various online social networks. Once you have their attention, it will be your job to keep them coming back and wanting to read more.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Discover Orlando's Attractions




The enchanted city of Orlando has many different and amazing attractions for all ages from toddler to senior citizens. The happiest place on earth is found inside of this magical and enchanting city. You will find an adventure of a lifetime with Walt Disney World theme parks, hotels, and attractions. Bring the family or a friend with you so they can experience this magical atmosphere which can be found in Orlando, Florida. Be our guest and explore this beautiful city has to offer its special guest.

Bringing the little ones?

Discovery Cove will let tourists and families play and swim with real live dolphins, which is exciting and fun. Bring the little ones, in order to go on an adventure that your family will never forget. Stay a few days and experience an enchanting dinner with princesses or pirates at the Pirate Dinner Adventure. Furthermore, the family will enjoy witnessing all of the exhibits at Ripley's Believe It Not.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

How to Combat Depression in Aging Parents



Parents are an enormous part of a child's life, as they begin to grow into adulthood. Soon, their children begin growing up and starting their own families. This causes them to become less dependent on their parents, due to their new found responsibilities. Unfortunately, this can create loneliness in the parent, especially when they realize that they have an empty nest. Some seniors are faced with chronic medical problems that seem to rob them of their independence.

Soon, the feelings of loneliness and worthlessness will manage to invade their heart. Sometimes they will begin withdrawing from family functions and begin feeling depressed. Without immediate medical care, the depression will take over their lives and cause them to contemplate suicide. Most seniors feel like they are a burden to their family members or others who may be helping them. Each family member must look for the red flags or warning signs that will let them know how their parent feels.

Look for sudden withdrawals from normal activities, excessive anger or frustration, or feelings of wanting to die. The best way to combat the depression is to understand the symptoms and find them the proper medical help immediately. Financial issues can also lead a retired senior, into thinking that they would be better off dead. However, the only way that families can stop this silent killer, is by being supportive and recognize the signs of depression.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Post Germany after the Holocaust


Most of world identifies Germany with the Nazi regime and their persecution of the Jews in the Holocaust. Many Jews were killed, tortured or relocated as slaves, long before Hitler was born. Germans were taught that Jews were weak and inferior, a "Jewish Poison" (Gustavo, P., 2005). The Aryan Nation was born in the late 1800's and by the early 1900's the movement has spread throughout Germany gaining many new recruits. Before long, the Aryan movement had gained popularity in other countries around Germany.

However, there is more to the country than the racism and discrimination that lead to WWI and WWII. After the war, the Nazi party officials faced war crimes and the country began re-building the country. Unfortunately, political negotiations between the western and eastern allies failed. So, they built a solid concrete wall and used barbed wires, in order to separate the city of Berlin in 1961 (Burkhard, K., 2007).

West Germany was governed by the western allies "U.S. and East Germany was controlled by the U.S.S.R. Politic continued to play a role in the economy and the people once again suffered. But in 1990, the east and the west became one society. Many people saw family members and friends; for the first time in years. Sadly, some learned of their loved ones death and where they were laid to rest.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Dolphins and their complex social behaviors


Did you know that there are "26 living species", of dolphins swimming in the ocean? Have you ever heard that they are in the same family as a whale? They are actually called a "small cetaceans" or a "toothed-whales", scientists and biologists. Through their studies they found that they have advanced or complex personalities. Scientists believe that dolphins are truly remarkable and highly intelligent.

However, don't confuse them with "porpoises", which are generally "smaller" than a dolphin. Basically, dolphins are a part of the "Delphinidae" family and porpoises are a part of the "Phocoenidae" family. Also, dolphins have "conical shaped teeth" and porpoises have spaded-like shaped teeth". Another difference is that dolphins have a "distant break" in the "rostrum" and porpoises don't have one.

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Children and Medication or Generation Med.



As a parent of a child that has ADHD, I understand the frustration of a child that seems "out of control". My son was about three years old, when he became extremely hyper and strong-willed. My was unable to focus, sit still, or stop talking. I didn't mind the way he was, because I was more stubborn than he was. I couldn't keep a babysitter or leave him in day cancer, because his was always doing something to get in trouble.

So, after becoming frustrated, I choose to stay at home and keep him busy in every way I could. Basically, I filled his day with chores, play, and other stuff that he enjoyed doing. Everything that I was doing worked, until he started school. Kindergarten wasn't so bad, even though he had problems adjusting to the kids and teacher. But, First grade was horrible for both of us, he failed and I got forced to test him for ADHD.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

History of the Swastika (or the Crooked Cross)


Have you ever wondered what the swastika symbol stands for? Did you know that the swastika has been found on artifacts that are over "3000 years"? According to the American-Israeli (2007), the word swastika was used to describe the hooked cross. Would you be surprised to learn that it is a symbol of "being fortunate ", not "Anti-Semitism" (Smith, 2007)? In some cultures, they actually turned the symbol clockwise or added something to it.

Before the symbols meaning was changed, the swastika was used to represent "life, sun, power, strength, and good luck". Many cultures consider the emblem to be sacred part of their lives and faith. How did this positive symbol, become an emblem of hate that is recognized around the world? These types of crosses have been found on "artifacts" found in "Sanskrit" and "the ancient city of Troy" (American-Israeli, 2007).

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

A Mother's Prayer



The children are yelling,
My brain is swelling.
Aching for all to see,
I am going crazy.
Out of my mind,
For a moment in time.
Where there is peace,
No one is weak.
Lord, help me understand,
This is part of your plan.
 

Information about Humpback Whales



The Humpback Whale is an amazing yet majestic giant whale, which is known as the Megaptera Novaeangliae species. People travel by boat to the warm coastal waters, in order to watch the whales as the play in their normal habitat. Many companies offer an experience of inexpensive whale watching for tour groups all over the world like: Princess Monterey Whale Watching and Whale One. People enjoy being able to get up close and personal to the whales, as they play within their own habitat.

How to identify a Humpback Whale?

Did you know that a Humpback Whale is a massive mammal which weighs about 40 tons and can grow to be up to 62 feet long? This whale has a distinct hump on its back and they have largest flippers of every other animal in the sea. This majestic whale is the fifth largest mammal in the ocean and they have two blow holes, instead of one like most whales. Enchanted Learning (2012), the Humpback Whale can be four different colors, but their fluke will always have patches of white on it.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tips for Sailing with Children



So, you want to go sailing with your children this summer? First, you must ask you self a few questions, just to be sure they are ready. Has your child learned how to tread water, float, or swim? Have the learned the rules for boating safely or is this a new experience? Honestly, sailing with your children can be full of adventure and excitement. However, you must teach your children the rules of the boat and the water.

Before scheduling your sailing trip, start teaching them how to put on a life jacket. Then, make sure that they know where the life boat or raft is. Make sure that they know how to use the radio or call for help. Remind them regularly about safety rules they must follow on the boat. Also, explain that their life jacket must stay on, whenever they are on the boat. By being prepared, they will know what to do if they are in danger.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Wings of Hope Project



This year, I am collecting Thinking of You cards, in order to give them out at local nursing homes . During last year, my grandma stayed in several nursing homes and I noticed that there were many patients that didn't get visits from their family members or their friends. I decided to try and make a difference in their lives in some way. I began thinking about collecting Thinking of You greeting cards to give out to each and every patient.

Place we chose

As the Founder of The Laugh at Cancer Support Community, I called several local nursing homes and explained what I wanted to do. Finally, I found a small one that usually has about 120 patients on any given day. The nursing home facility is named Governors Creek and it is located in Green Cove Springs, Florida. My grandmother stayed in this nursing home several times, so I got to know some of the people who work there.

Why we want to help

During Christmas time, I donated fleece throw blankets and Christmas cards to this nursing home. The patients were so grateful to know that someone truly cares about them, especially the ones who have no one that visits them. So, the activities director Mrs. Rita and I spoke about possibly gathering up Thinking of You Cards about every three months. This way, together we can make a difference in the lives of those that are living at the nursing home fulltime or those who are being treated for a short time.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How to Cope with Inlaws



When dealing with in-laws that don't like you, there is one thing to do. Allow your in-laws to have their opinion and respect their views. Never try to win them over with reasoning, instead try to avoid situations that may be uncomfortable for you. Asking your in-laws, why they resent you can be a battle that you're not ready to face. Honestly, only time and respect can heal a broken relationship with in-laws.

Each person has their own opinion, right or wrong they are entitled to their feelings. So, don't take your frustrations out on your spouse, because it isn't their fault. All this will do, is cause problems in your relationship and possibly cause a break up in the marriage. If you are unsure of why his or her family doesn't like you, then you may ask your spouse. But, don't try to defend yourself, since he or she is the one with the problem.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Origin of Flag Day



What is it?

The Flag of the United States was first created in September 11, 1777, but the committee first discussed designing the flag in June 14, 1777. The Battle of Brandywine was the first battle where soldiers carried the new flag into a battle. According to the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs (2009), President Woodrow Wilson declared that June 14th as the official Flag Day. Yet, it wasn't until President Truman and Congress acted to make it an official holiday in 1949.

Why is Important?

However, today Old Glory is forgotten by so many Americans and many families have no idea that this holiday exists. Additionally, this day celebrates the immigrants, who have become new Americans who value our way of life. It is vital to celebrate the day which intertwined with America's history and growth. As Americans, we should remember the sacrifices made by our ancestors, in order to build a new colony for those who wanted to live free.

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Missing the Other Half of Me

Granny and Thomas Last Year


I miss you with each passing day,
I wish you could come home to stay.
You and I must spend birthdays apart,
But, you are always in my heart.
You are the other half me,
I can't wait till I am able to see.
You are home safe sound,
So, I will know that you are around.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Do You Deal Chronic Pain?

Pain management is a very important part of controlling the symptoms and finding lasting relief. In addition, one must learn to manage pain, in order to find any kind of relief. Some important tips to consider when managing  chronic pain with medications or alternative therapies:

Managing the Pain

It is important to find the right medications or alternative therapies, which will relieve your symptoms. If you take your medication at a certain time each day, you will stay with effective pain relief. Every minute feels like an eternity, when your symptoms began to breakthrough after you have established a regular routine. When this happens, it is usually controlled with medication or alternative treatments.

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Man's Tradtion v/s God's Word

Does everything that you have been taught about the Bible make sense? Do you ever wonder why man's creation is taught differently in our schools and churches? Is the earth truly a million years old, why are we finding dinosaur bones? Have you ever wondered why God created you and your family?
According to the Bible, we are created by God's for his pleasure only. Isn't that amazing, yet comforting to know, that we are able to please give our Heavenly Father pleasure. We all created unique by God and for one purpose. So, we aren't junk, we truly were made to please our divine creator!

Revelation 4:11 says, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."(KJV)
Why are there so many different religions in the world today? How is each religion able to believe so differently? According to some religions, mankind has only been on earth for about two thousand years. However, many scientists have estimated that the earth is a million years old. Therefore, some believe that this disproves the Bible validity.

But, The Bible tell us that God created the earth in 7 days, but 2 Peter 3:8 reminds us, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." (KJV)

Could it be possible that the earth was created in 7,000 years? Instead of seven actually days like most religions believe? Genesis 2:4 states, "These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens."(KJV)

What does the "Generations of the Heavens and Earth" mean in Genesis 2:4? Why did God rest before making Adam? Genesis Ch. 2: 5-7 states, "And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."(KJV)

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Graduation Bagpipes Senryu

Bagpipes lined the entire way.
The beautiful sound made me want to sway.
As a graduated on that amazing day.