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.

My top 15 moving tips

We have moved so many times that I have almost lost count! I know that I have learned and created a few tips to make it easier on not only me but the kids as well. Here are my top 15 tips.

1. As soon as you know you are going to move, weed out things you don't need or have not used in 6 months. Do you really need 200 pairs of shoes? If not, donate or sell them. There are so many pages on Facebook for Buy, Sell or Swap in almost every area of the US. There's also Craigslist, EBay and Etsy.

2. When you start to pack have a "no pack" zone. The bathroom tub or a big box in the corner of the living room. Put items you don't want packed and you want to keep close in the box. Things like that might be a spare change of clothing, toiletries, medication, lightbulbs, toilet paper, a few towels, important paperwork and pet supplies. This is the last out and first in box. It is especially important if your using a moving company and they are taking the boxes and they will not arrive for a day or so after you get to your destination. 

3. Stop shopping. No I dont mean for food or basics. I mean stop shopping for furniture, clothing, toys and such things. Save up that money for the move! You will also have less to move. And dont think of it as "I'm buying for the new place." Buy it after you move, if you still think you need it.

4. Start collecting boxes as soon as you have a move date. People are always moving an needing to get rid of the boxes after they are unpacked. That makes it your gain. Why pay for boxes when you can get them free from just about everywhere. On places like craigslist, look under FREE and call stores in the area. They have to pay to get rid of the recycled boxes and to give them away, saves them money.

5. Keep a copy of the phone book from the area you are moving from. If you need to call your old city or town this will save you time and effort. Make sure to highlight the utility companies you had for reference if you have any problems. You never know when you might need to call your old pharmacy or the kids old school.

6, Safety tip: Take all the light bulbs out of the lamps and fixtures. If they shatter, especially if they are the older bulbs, you will have one heck of a mess to clean up. It may also save you from getting cut from the broken bulb. 

7. Uncover any liquids, food, toiletries, etc., and put a layer of saran wrap oven them and then recap them. This will help prevent any spills of leaks. It would be awful if the Canola Oil leaked all over the flour or other food you take. Ick!

8. Don't forget you can use your laundry baskets and other bins and baskets for packing lighter items. 

9. Take pictures of all your valuables. This includes your tv's, appliances, computer, and anything else that you paid a fair amount for. Also inventory and get clear pictures of your jewelry.

10. If your renting, take alot of pictures before you leave the keys. This covers your butt! We took over 200 pictures when we moved out of our townhouse. Good thing too as the former landlord tried to say we left it in horrid condition. Our pictures showed a different story and the judge threw the case out!

11. Make sure you set up the utilities in you new place before you move in! If you move in on a Friday and have no electricity, you might have to wait until Monday morning to even talk to the electric company. There's no guarantee it will be turned on then either! Make sure its turned on a few days fore you get there. Same with all your other utilities. If you cant live without your cable or internet for a week or so, make sure you set it up early!

12. Make sure to let doctors offices and schools know your moving. Usually you have to sign a release so they can send your records to a new doctor. Doing it before you move can save a major headache later down the road with all the faxing and emailing of records. 

13. If your moving to another town or state and you have kids, let them host a goodbye party. This helps them deal with leaving and allows a chance for one last happy day with their friends. It also allows a chance for them to say goodbye and to share their new address so they can keep in touch. 

14. Let the kids help you pack. Letting them help pack their toys and clothing gives them a chance to keep out special things they want to keep close to them. And you can explain to them that they will see their things again in the new place. 

15. Change your address at least 2 weeks before the move. That gives plenty of time for the Post Office to make sure the mail gets forwarded and not be left sitting in your old mailbox until who knows when. That opens you up to identity theft! 

June 15, 2016

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June 14, 2016

The Death of a Sibling

Growing up you think certain people will always be around you, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends.

Then they are no longer there.

Usually it starts with grandparents. Then you spend time with your parents going to their grave sites. Leaving flowers and saying prayers.

Then your parents usually follow. You spend time with your friends and siblings at the sites and making  mini memorials. Its to be expected. Parents before children.

Then it starts. Your friends start to pass. For one reason or another they are gone.

Your siblings have been there for you through all the death, sorrow, happiness and life events. They have been your friend, your sibling, confidant, accomplice, and your connection to reality in certain times.

When death happens it can be sudden or you can watch them die slowly but, no matter how it happens, you loose a piece of yourself that you can never get back. You loose the confident that held some of your most intimate secrets, the person who no matter how much you fought with always had your back in a fight. You loose the person who could see things you didn't want to and who you went out of your for when no one else would.

There will be be a place in your heart that shuts down and doesn't want anyone else to touch. The condolences will go in your ears but they wont mean too much even tho you smile and say "Thank You." You will think back on them though and remember how it did touch you, but they didn't really understand.

Death is hard on the survivors no matter who is left behind. Its made even harder when the siblings were mad at each other when death occurs. To have spoken harsh words and not have a chance to apologize, is agony. To have ignored the last call, a hated memory. To never say "I'm sorry"  or to hug one last time.

I do know how it feels. My sister passed away last week unexpectedly. Alone in her apt while her son was out. It happened so fast. We were not on good terms. She lived a life I didn't want my kids exposed to. She was not exactly nice online in social media either. I spoke harsh words to her and never spoke to her once in the past 2 years. I loved her but I hated her. She tried to be nice and I wouldn't accept it. I'm not the only sibling that had unresolved issues with her either. But there is nothing we can do about it now except hope and pray she forgives us and knows we did love her.

Death comes in an instant sometimes. Don't live your life hating your siblings. They are your family and family is forever. Forgive often. Love always. Don't leave doors open for regret.





3 Birds...A Poem by D

3 Birds

Sitting in the early morning light
Gazing out the window
I saw a red bird land upon the sill.
A cardinal I believe.

As I watched her, she started to change
From Red to Blue
And she became a beautiful BlueBird
With a full and proud breast.

As I admired the beauty on my sill
She started to change yet again.
To the blackest of black
and became the Raven.

She looked at me
And I at her
She spread her wings
And took off in flight.

The stages of the beautiful bird
Are like the stages of our love.
Red and full, Blue and Proud.
Black and lifeless and dead.

Debra Lord

They Say. A poem by D

They Say

Those who say
What has a will has a way,
Let me say,
You can will it as you may,
But it may need a giant shove!

Debra Lord Daigle

Poetry by D

My Heart Beats On

Shattered and broken.
No longer palpating with love
and silently longing for comfort,
My heart beats on.

Laying next to you
Your touch but a memory
Listening to your breathing as you sleep
My heart beats on.

Longing for your touch.
Wanting to feel your comfort.
Wondering where it all went wrong.
My heart beats on.

I see your face.
I hear your voice.
I long for an embrace that will not come.
But, my heart beats on.

I feel broken and beaten.
Taken down by your silence.
Broken by your ignorement,
My heart beats on.

For now it beats for you.
The hope of what is lost to come home.
For now it is a comforting thought,
That my heart still beats on.

But one day
It will not beat for you.
But for myself and I
My heart will beat on.

Debra Lord Daigle




June 13, 2016

Horror in Orlando

They had an affair? Tips from a woman whose been there and survived that.

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So, you have discovered your husband or wife has been having an affair. What next? What do you do? Who do you tell? What do you say? Divorce? Forgive? Leave?

Ladies, and gents, this is some of the hardest times you will ever face in your life. The choices and decisions you make now will effect you and others for a long time.

Let me start with one big thing.......

DO NOT POST CRAP ON SOCIAL MEDIA! I have learned this myself the hard way. There will be someone with a different opinion of the situation than yours. It may be your ex, your family, their family or anyone. Don't go looking for sympathy as you may not find it. That will come as word spreads about the affair.

CHANGE YOUR LOCKS! If you have kicked them out and no longer want them there.You don't want them coming back and going through your things when you are not home. And while your at it change the passwords on all your social media accounts. You want them locked out of everything you have as a precautionary measure.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! You may not feel like showering, but do it. You may not want to eat, you have to. Take care of yourself like you would take care of another person going through the same thing.

IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN TOGETHER, DO NOT VENT TO THEM! No matter how much you want to yell and scream, don't. To them that's the other parent and they love them as much as they love you. Kids don't need to know details. They can pick up vibes on their own just fine. They know somethings going on. Don't try to pit them against the other parent. Kids are kids. Not tools to get back at your former partner.

IF YOUR HAVING A HARD TIME COPING SEE SOMEONE. No, I don't mean date. I'm saying therapy works wonders. Talking to and venting, if needed, can help you feel better, make closure and deal with all the thoughts and feeling you have been having.

OTHER IDEAS: Go out with friends, volunteer or work out at a gym. Go for long walks and make it a priority to smile at 3 people. Increase the number of people you smile at with every walk.

Ive been there. I'm still there. My husband of almost 16 years, we had been together almost 20, had a year long affair before he finally came clean. I had known for months but he kept denying it. I had my proof, he had his lies to cover it. And he had more lies to cover the lies. He had been seeing and spending nights with a co-worker. He told me he was done and wanted a divorce. I said no. I hoped and prayed he would come back.

Then I had the panic attack from hell.

And I do mean hell! I went to the Emergency Department thinking I was having a heart attack. It wasn't thank god. The doctor said he had seen this happen to other people before. Your heart is so broken and you have a panic attack. Your body is reacting to the stress and emotional trauma. I was admitted for two days and treated on the cardiac floor. It is terrifying.

It was also a blessing. Thinking I was having a heart attack made me see things I should have seen before. Thinking I could have been dying was a slap on the face.

And I do thank God for it! After that I learned to love myself. I learned to appreciate myself and others. I learned about forgiveness and that I do possess the power to forgive someone who hurt me so deeply and who wasn't sorry for their actions or behaviors. I learned I was worth better. I deserved better. I deserved to be happy and loved by someone who would love me and care for my heart as if it were their own.

I learned to smile and I learned to live. And you can too. It is hard. One of the hardest things to go through. But you can do it. Your a beautiful survivor!

Life Through Lasagna Eyes: Learning How To Turn Tragedy Into Triumph (Press Release)


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Life Through Lasagna Eyes: Learning How To Turn Tragedy Into Triumph 

Chicago, IL, June 10, 2016 – When life throws you lemons, make something delicious. Samantha Kendall, author of Life Through Lasagna Eyes: The Recipes for Life, uses her own journey of how she rebounded from heartbreak and tragedy to help others find their passion.  The book – vibrant, heartfelt, and hilarious – features recipes to live by as Sam shares her pain and humor. 

"Life is like lasagna – layers and layers,” says Kendall.  "The layers are filled with love, humor, joy, laughter, and tears … each serving its purpose in the recipes of life.”

Meet Samantha Kendall, a.k.a. the "Lasagna Lady” of Chicago and founder of Sam's Gourmet Lasagna.  Kendall's passion for keeping her family healthy resulted in a variety of recipes using the same layering technique of her children's favorite meal – lasagna.  Now the "Lasagna Lady” takes layering her family's favorite ingredients to a new level in the first of her Life Through Lasagna Eyes book series. In addition to being a talented chef, entrepreneur, and author, Kendall is also a motivational speaker.

Visit www.samsgourmetlasagna.com for more information.  

Life Through Lasagna Eyes: The Recipes for Life
By Samantha A. Kendall
PIAOTT Publishing
Available at Amazon.com   
ISBN-13:  978-0692599037

Angela, mother of a child lost to gun violence:  "I read the book and it touched my heart. I loved how [the author] compared all the different levels and ingredients to life experiences, love, friend[ship]s... how to learn how to laugh again … paying it forward in doing things for others... I really enjoyed it.”

Excerpts from reviews on Amazon.com:

"I read it once a week and always obtain meaningful nuggets that inspire me to do more; help others to do more...it's filled with layers and layers of anything is possible.”

"I highly recommend getting [book] written by Samantha "Sam the Lasagna Lady" Kendall. If you've ever suffered a major loss and need encouragement, this book is for you!”

"…Thank you, Samantha for sharing your story, your faith and your resolve. Your strength to say "Yes” to personal joys and professional success even after devastating loss is uplifting…Samantha's authentic writing style and view of life in the layers of a lasagna is warm and imaginative. In these pages are lovely thoughts; take aways for you to savor; affirmations to use daily in your own life. I do hope in her next book Samantha reveals one of her award winning lasagna recipes. Being able to "cook together” would be a fun and delicious ending to this book, or perhaps the ingredients and steps could be revealed throughout tempting us to build the delicious layers of lasagna and life.”

June 10, 2016

LUNG ASSOCIATION NAMES TOP MOST POLLUTED CITIES (Press Release)


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LUNG ASSOCIATION NAMES TOP MOST POLLUTED CITIES
Schoenwetter, LLC Explores Effects of Air Pollution & Antioxidants

San Pedro, CA – (JUNE 10, 2016) – The American Lung Association’s 2016 State of the Air Report found that 166 million Americans are at risk from unhealthy air. It’s a major source of oxidative stress and Schoenwetter, LLC is helping individuals combat those effects with the company’s RxQ Antioxidant Complex.
“Our product was designed to help combat oxidative stress caused from environmental pollution and stressful lifestyles in mind,” said Hannah Kim, Executive Vice President of Schoenwetter, LLC.
The American Lung Association’s annual report ranks major metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. on its air quality. The report found that 52 percent of Americans are living with the year-round effects of increased exposure to ozone and particle pollution. Some locales are also experiencing cyclical spikes in pollution levels resulting from weather patterns and events that include wildfires.
Free radicals are pollutants that enter the body by a variety of avenues and humans manufacture natural antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. If the number of free radicals overwhelms the body’s ability to successfully combat them, oxidative stress can occur resulting in cellular damage and the signs of aging begin to appear. *
No city is safe from some form of air pollution and the Top 5 cities with the highest levels of year-round pollutants are:
  1. Bakersfield, CA
  2. Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, CA
  3. Fresno-Madera, CA
  4. Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA
  5. El Centro, CA
The Top 5 cities with the most short-term particle pollution are:
  1. Bakersfield, CA
  2. Fresno-Madera, CA
  3. Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, CA
  4. Fairbanks, AK
  5. Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, UT
Schoenwetter, LLC’s Antioxidant Supplement is a unique formulation that combines mutually complementary ingredients that supports antioxidant properties that may help alleviate the signs of aging due to free radicals. Through extensive DNA research, the firm’s patent-pending formula provides essential amino acids and raw ingredients the body can use toward the production of glutathione, the body’s natural antioxidant.*
It’s especially significant for those over the age of 40 when a natural decline in amino acid production occurs. The supplement is equally applicable for younger individuals who are stressed, don’t get enough sleep and have ongoing health issues. All those conditions contribute to the signs of aging and the body’s inability to effectively fight free radicals from air pollution.*
Some locations experience higher levels of air pollution than others, but even relatively untouched rural areas aren’t completely free of free radicals that can adversely affect the body. RxQ Antioxidant Supplement provides an additional tool that may be effective in counteracting the effects of air pollution on the body.*

About Schoenwetter, LLC
Schoenwetter, LLC utilizes a patent pending formula for its RxQ Antioxidant Complex that utilizes advanced DNA research to provide individuals with a ground-breaking new supplement that helps fight the effects of free radicals and aids in maintaining cellular health.

June 8, 2016

Is Megalodon Still Alive? (Press Release)


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Is Megalodon Still Alive?

West Palm Beach, FL, June 8, 2016 — It was the most fearsome creature ever to inhabit the planet; a 70-foot, fifty-ton prehistoric Great White shark. Its jaws were large enough to devour an elephant whole and were filled with 7-inch razor-sharp teeth. And if that doesn't scare you, consider this – Carcharodon Megalodon may still be out there, inhabiting the unexplored deep waters of our oceans.

Most scientists would disagree. According to popular theory, a drop in sea temperatures during the last Ice Age altered whale migration patterns, affecting the giant shark's major food source. The experts back this up with a simple statement: We haven't seen or videotaped a Megalodon, therefore these monsters no longer exist.

But the author of MEG, a fictional thriller just greenlit for a major motion picture says, "not so fast!”

In Steve Alten's best-selling thriller, MEG (Viper Press, 2015), not all Megalodons died off. Faced with colder seas and a new threat which hunted along the surface in packs (Orca), navy submersible pilot-turned paleobiologist Jonas Taylor claims the creatures went deep. Some ended up in the Mariana Trench, the deepest gorge on the planet – a 1,550 mile-long, 40 mile-wide unexplored realm seven miles deep; its seismically-active sea floor warmed by large fields of hydrothermal vents. The vents superheat the water, the minerals engage the process of chemosynthesis, and suddenly you have a thriving food chain... topped by Megalodon.

Before you dismiss the author's theory – last week a new exploration into the Mariana Trench confirmed the existence of both hydrothermal vents AND sea life flourishing in these deep waters – exactly as Steve Alten wrote about in detail 20 years ago!

So... could Megalodon be the next sea creature discovered?

"You never know,” says Steve Alten, whose fifth installment of the MEG series, MEG: Nightstalkers (Tor/Forge) debuts in bookstores this week. "While most marine biologists would say it's unlikely, it's just as unlikely that Megalodon suddenly perished because the oceans grew colder. Like our modern-day Great Whites, Megalodon would have been warm-bodied, their moving muscles generating heat to their extremities in a process known as gigantothermy. And there are plenty of things in the sea to eat besides whales – which there were still a lot of. But the Orca threat was real. They would have stalked Megalodon nurseries and – attacking in large numbers – would have overwhelmed a solitary adult shark. It's precisely for this reason that Megalodon would have gone deep, out of the hunting range of these air-breathing mammals.”

Seventy percent of the Earth is covered by water, and yet only 5% of the oceans have been explored; less than 1% of the very deep. Adds Alten: "We discover new sea creatures all the time, including some very large sharks in the deep waters. Keep in mind, Megalodon was not a dinosaur that died off 70 million years ago, it was a shark that lived over most of the last 30 million years and shared the same seas as prehistoric man. As for assuming that these sharks no longer exist just because we haven't seen one – that's not science. If these monsters were living in the vast mid-waters and deep waters, there'd be no reason for them to surface... and anyway, who'd be there to see it?”

Soon we'll all be able to see a seven-foot dorsal fin cutting the surface. Warner Brothers greenlit the MEG movie, to be directed by Jon Turtletaub, starring Jason Statham as Jonas Taylor. 

Book trailers, free excerpts, and movie updates can be found at www.SteveAlten.com.  ; Steve Alten's brand new version of MEG is in bookstores and on Amazon.com. 

About the Author:

Steve Alten is the NY Times and International best-selling author of fifteen novels, including the MEG series and the DOMAIN series, about the Mayan 2012 doomsday calendar, which was #1 in Spain, Mexico, and Argentina. He is also founder and director of Adopt-an-Author, a secondary school reading program used by thousands of teachers in the U.S.

June 7, 2016

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House of Brides is now House of Bridal Disaster

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In Bangor Maine there are 4 places to get your wedding outfits and dresses that are considered classy or acceptable.

One of those, House of Brides, is now deemed the House of Bridal Disaster as they closed their doors and shut off Brides and others to the items they had ordered. Deposits that have been paid are no doubt not being returned. Dresses ordered will probably not arrive. Other local Bridal shops have stood up and offered discounts and specials to those that have been effected. This was done out of the generosity and understanding that is abundant in the Central Maine area during situations like this.

Store owner, Jill Smith, is not able to be reached for comment. The stores Facebook Page, phone, and the owners own personal cell have all been disconnected.

There is a Facebook Page that has been started for those effected by the closing. 
You can view it HERE

Getting married is one of the most stressful things a woman can go through in her life, besides childbirth and divorce. To have this happen at the almost peak of wedding season is an unfathomable sin! This is not only messing with emotions but money.

To read more, visit this article in the Bangor Daily News.

Stopping The Worry Addiction (Press Release)


Stopping The Worry Addiction By Shifting Our Perspective, Facing Our Challenges,  And Regaining Control Of Our Lives

Chapel Hill, NC, June 6, 2016 - In Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety & Worry (HCI Books—May 2016), Reid Wilson, PhD, addresses how worry can be an important asset when it forces our attention on problem-solving. But anxious worrying can cause us to unnecessarily focus on threat, to retreat and avoid, and to seek reassurance and safety—which is no way to foster a life of growth and excitement. 

Using a playlist of YouTube videos that correspond with the release of his fifth published book, Dr. Wilson offers a groundbreaking, paradoxical approach to overcoming anxiety and worry by moving away from comfort, confidence, and security and willingly moving toward uncertainty, distress and discomfort. The videos can be easily accessed at:https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqts1uGCm468oPTFWkQ4Ewb4tMUrKYqOC or through his website:http://noiseinyourhead.com/. ; Through the use of unconventional strategies, readers will learn how to confront anxiety head-on and step forward into the face of threat. Drawing on a range of sources—from firefighters and fitness instructors to Sir Isaac Newton and Muhammad Ali—Stopping the Noise in Your Head demonstrates the importance of shifting our perspective and stepping toward our challenges in order to regain control of our lives. 

Stopping the Noise in Your Head focuses on how to move into action while your mind and body are signaling you to back away. Reid encourages you to address the "noise pollution” in your head by determining if the issue is a Signal or is only Noise. A Signal is any legitimate worry that requires problem solving. Noise, on the other hand, reflects any thoughts that are irrelevant, irritating, unproductive, and repetitive. Reid's solution involves a four-stage process. Step Back refers to your ability to gain perspective in the moment of distress. The most provocative move—Want It—emphasizes your decision to voluntarily seek out what you fear. Step Forward encourages you to move toward your task with this new point of view. Finally, Be Cunning instructs you how to be as clever as your challenger, Anxiety. According to Dr. Wilson, the most important tactic is willingly moving toward the fear: "To get stronger, you must take on tasks while you simultaneously doubt that you can manage them. Want to tackle challenges; seek out the tough encounters. That's the attitude that will give you power.” 

Highlights from the book include: 

"I'm Willing to Experience This at This Moment” 
― You are accepting a situation that already exists. 
― Becoming upset about a difficult state of affairs is like moving into shock. 
― It's best to accept the present before we attempt to change it. 
― When you stop fighting the present moment, you can turn all of your attention to ways to influence the next moment. 

Choose to Become Distressed and Afraid 
― You have to voluntarily and purposely choose to generate distress if you want to learn to manage distress. 
― Go after what threatens you, welcome the discomfort, and allow the occasional punch in the gut from Anxiety. 
― Give yourself a paradoxical message similar to "I actually WANT this feeling.” 
― Choose to feel clumsy, awkward, unsure and afraid. 
― Act on the mottos, "Love the mat” and "Run towards the roar.” 

About the Author:

Reid Wilson, Ph.D., is an international expert in the treatment of anxiety disorders, with books published in nine languages. He is the author of Don't Panic, co-author of Stop Obsessing!, and co-author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents. Dr. Wilson is Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill, NC and is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He designed American Airlines' first national program for the fearful flier and served as Program Chair of the National Conferences on Anxiety Disorders for three years. He currently serves as the expert for WebMD's Panic and Anxiety Community. His website, www.anxieties.com, is the largest anxiety self-help site on the Internet. Television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The Katie Show, A&E's Hoarders, and MTV's True Life. Video clips of his presentations and his training DVDs can be viewed athttps://www.youtube.com/user/ReidWilsonPhD. 

For more information, please visit: http://noiseinyourhead.com/ 

Available wherever books are sold or to order directly from the publisher, contact: www.hcibooks.com or (800) 441-5569 
Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety & Worry 
By Reid Wilson, Ph.D. 
ISBN: 9780757319068 $16.95 – May 2016

May 4, 2016

The Duck of Justice...A Ducks Story of Fame and More on the Best Police Department Facebook Page.


 If you think cops don't have a sense of humor, you have not been reading the Bangor Maine Police Department Facebook page! 


The Police Department has 80 officers and serves Bangor Maine with an approximate population of 3400 and their Facebook page has almost 155,000 likes. But the most popular officer, isn't even a guy or gal. Its a little stuffed duck, named The Duck of Justice. 



He was stuffed by a taxidermist and rescued by Sgt. T. Cotton from a trash compactor at the district attorney’s office. It appears to be a way for the department to get residents’ attention about sometimes serious matters in a crowded social media atmosphere.

The duck appears in cop car pictures with beautiful sunsets and sunrises,
 interviews with rookie officers,
and at various events in the City of Bangor, Maine.  



He is also, when available, open to visitors at his home in the police station. 
He seems to get along well with all his coworkers!


Not only does the duck to public service, there are also items for purchase that will make you one of the cool people. They are available at winterportboot.com. (Link goes direct to D.O.J. products that are available.)
What better mascot for this Police Department could there be? Not one I can think of. He blends in with the funny and informative posts of Sgt. Cotton, who writes the posts for the department. 
About the first of the month he posts totals and incidence number with a point of humor that makes you forget how saddening the numbers can really be. And even tho cops and firefighters have an age old rivalry he still posts the furry rescue of the Bangor Fire Department saving ducklings from a storm drain with his twist of humor. 
Other features include:
Non-duck cop car selfies
Silly photos of department staff
Posts looking for misbehaving adults
and
Interviews with Rookies
If you haven't heard of or followed the Bangor Maine Police Department yet on Facebook, I suggest you do so as soon as you can! They are the best!
To be completely honest I don't know if the D.O.J. is male or female so I refer to it as a he in this post.



Bangor Police Department on Facebook

Bangor Maine Police Department Website  (They are hiring co-workers for the duck!)