March 25, 2017

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March 16, 2017

Debras Random Rambles is back in business and here's my newest post!


Turkey Dinner Sandwich

Turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce stuffed in between two pieces of lightly toasted wheat bread. Served with seasoned french fries, pickle slices and turkey gravy in a bowl on the side.

The sandwich was perfect. Perfectly moist and served just warmer than room temperature. Fries and gravy were both warm and delicious. Another visit is definitely in the future.

The wait staff was prompt, happy and very friendly. The bathroom, ladies room only, was clean and didnt have the nasty dirty bathroom smell.

This sweet dinner was served at the Main Street GrilleMain Street Grille is a full service restaurant and bar serving the south shore community for over a decade. They are located at 1400 Main St, South Weymouth, Massachusetts
 Its mostly a sports bar but there is also a family atmosphere that makes it the perfect place to sit and eat with the family while watching the game. 
They also offer catering.



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October 5, 2016

College Students Try To Dodge High Textbook Costs

College Students Try To Dodge
High Textbook Costs

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The sticker shock that comes when college students take a look at the latest textbook prices is leading to some creative and unusual remedies.

In California, a partnership between West Valley College and Second Harvest Food Bank lets students borrow textbooks in exchange for canned-food donations.
At Bluefield College in Virginia, students can pay one flat, discounted fee that allows them to receive all their required textbooks before classes start.

“It’s no wonder that colleges and students need to think outside the box when it comes to textbooks; they represent a staggering cost that just seems to get worse,” says Chris Manns of the price comparison websites CheapestTextbooks.com and TextbookRentals.com. Both free services help students locate the cheapest prices for millions of books.

One study by the Student Public Interest Research Groups showed that the cost for college textbooks has risen 73 percent over the last decade – more than four times the inflation rate.

“Sometimes the expenses aren’t even necessary,” Manns says. “For example, students might be required to buy a ‘book bundle’ with extra class materials that add to the cost. Often professors don’t even use some items in those bundles.”

Outside of a few innovative programs, such as that textbook-in-exchange-for-food-donation arrangement, the options for most students boil down to buying or renting.

“Renting might seem the obvious choice because of the price,” Manns says. “But that’s not always the case.  When you look a little deeper, you could find you’d be better off buying the book and selling it later.”

He says a few factors to consider when weighing rent vs. buy include:
• How soon do you want the book? Do you prefer getting your textbooks well before class starts? Then buying might be the way to go. When you rent textbooks, you need to return the book before the due date. If you rent too soon the due date will arrive before the semester ends. Hang onto the book and you’ll be charged a late fee. Most of the time, this added cost isn’t much, but it can add up if you’re really late getting the textbook back to the merchant, Manns says. 
• Do you like convenience? If so, then renting is probably the best option. You don’t have to worry about reselling the textbook after the class ends. Simply print a shipping label and send it back to the merchant. 
• Is the book all you need? Sometimes students need to have supplemental software that comes with the textbook. But most textbook-rental merchants don’t offer the supplemental software when you rent a textbook, Manns says.
Right now, most students are between the typical book-buying times. Their fall classes are already underway and they likely won’t be buying textbooks for the spring semester until early January. But Manns says it could be financially prudent to start planning now for how to get the best bargains.

“Many college students are already strapped for cash, counting out coins to pay for a meal or worrying about whether they’ll have enough gas money to get home for a holiday,” Manns says. “They need to look for ways to save everywhere, and if they can get by without a textbook or at least with a cheaper version, then so much the better.”

About Chris Manns

Chris Manns is the managing director of the price-comparison websites CheapestTextbooks.com and TextbookRentals.com. He’s been in the business of helping students find the cheapest prices for their textbooks since 2001.

September 21, 2016

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June 16, 2016

Boxing Champ Who Lived In 13 Foster Homes Says Flawed System Needs Work

Boxing Champ Who Lived In 13 Foster
Homes Says Flawed System Needs Work

Lisa P. Cohen entered the world of professional boxing at the relatively late age of 29, eventually bobbing, weaving and pounding her way to an IFBA Junior Featherweight World Title.
But Cohen engaged in even greater battles long before she donned boxing gloves. She grew up a ward of the court, living in 13 foster homes where she often witnessed or experienced abuse and neglect.
“For many years I tried to avoid even thinking about my past,” says Cohen, author of the memoir “Being Too Fierce: One Woman’s Incredible Journey from Foster Child to World Championship Boxer” (www.beingtoofierce.com).
“I marched forward trying my best to become a completely different person and chose not to feel sorry for myself.”
Now, though, she talks openly about her foster-care experiences, sharing her story to inspire today’s foster children and doing what she can to correct the flaws she sees in the system.
It’s a system that can leave bitter memories for children who live in a series of temporary homes, and rarely feel they truly belong.
“I knew that no matter how big or fancy the house we lived in was, we were still the same old malnourished, Medicaid card-toting, free lunch-eating, hand-me-down-wearing foster children we had always been,” Cohen writes in her book.
May is National Foster Care Month, but Cohen says any time is the right time to make improvements that will ensure a better life for the more than 400,000 American children in foster care.
Some fixes could require major policy changes. But Cohen says foster parents can improve the children’s lives in small ways right now.
Among her recommendations:
• Understand that trash bags are not luggage. Foster children often are shuttled from one foster home to another. When those moves take place, the children usually don’t pack their belongings in a suitcase. Instead, they are given a trash bag. “They deserve better than that,” Cohen says. “Please don’t put their clothes in a trash bag.”
• Learn the “love language” each child needs. Some children want and need “tough-love” talk. Some want to be spoken to in a more gentle way. “You have to learn the child’s love language,” Cohen says. “You have to connect to them individually.”
• Take photographs the children can keep. One of the sad realities is that many foster children grow up with little to no photographic record of their childhood. In most cases, they don’t even get the school pictures that are the norm for other children. Once after Cohen grew up she was going through her court file and stumbled upon a photograph of herself as a child. She kept the photo, one of a handful that recorded her childhood.
“One reason I like to share my story with foster children is that I want them to see that I am them and they are me,” Cohen says. “They are champions, too. They just don’t know it yet.”
About Lisa P. Cohen
Lisa P. Cohen is the author of “Being Too Fierce: One Woman’s Incredible Journey from Foster Child to World Championship Boxer” (www.beingtoofierce.com). She grew up as a ward of the court and lived in 13 foster homes. In 1996, at age 28, she began boxing and turned professional the next year, competing under the name Lisa “Too Fierce” Foster. During her career, she won the IFBA Junior Featherweight World Title.