Relationship, Something to think about, Uncategorized, Women's Health

Issues a hearing person sees in the Deaf Culture

Deaf Cultural Issues The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, laws, a society’s morals and values make it possible for 7.4 billion people to share this planet. Co-existing comes with its challenges; religion, war, territory, resources and power—with all these major issues commanding our attention it is easy for subcultures to slip into the shadows and go unnoticed and unaided. Ignored, misunderstood and suffering in silence, one of those subcultures belongs to the deaf individuals of…

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My problem with preschool

So, we have a meeting today with a preschool center for our son. I fell asleep thinking about it and I’ve woken up still thinking about it because the meeting is basically to try and find a way he is disadvantaged. Yup, disadvantaged. That seem odd to anyone else? Seriously… why should any child have to be disadvantaged to attend  school? I’d figured last year when I started looking into it, we’d be paying for his…

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Ascension

It’s been a week since my twentieth birthday. I lay awake before dawn staring up through the wall of raven hair that covers my face. Seven nights of tossing and turning, when I had been able to drift off the night terrors were quick to wake me. I couldn’t remember the dreams, but all my conscious thoughts were focused on the knowledge, that there was a whole world out there waiting for me, but I…

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When a Father Prays

Every now and again I’ll come across an old magazine and I can’t help but take the time to read it. The easiest way to see how much our existence has changed is to look at some old ads and read old articles. I happened across a copy of the 1933-1934-1935 Kent Country Pomona Grange No.18 Michigan Text book, in our barn shortly after moving in. I reread it this morning and “When a Father…

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Something to think about

Why Yes I am thankful for animal testing, you should be too.

This is one of those topics that never dies. I am thankful for animal testing and you are too, you just might not know it yet. Do I think we should be testing our mascara and shampoos on animals, no. Do I think that medical research on animals is okay, yup. That doesn’t mean I am happy about what an animal must sacrifice or that I like picturing these animals in their cages being observed…

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Something to think about

Failures of the American Education system

          In 1984 Sizer wrote it. In 2004 Tagg wrote it. In 2014 we are still discussing it—the failures of the American Education system. The issues written, ten, twenty, thirty years ago are still areas of concern today, impersonal, surface level learning. It is not the structure of the American educational system that causes this type of learning. The problem is the order in which students are taught materials and expectations placed on them are out…

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Garden, Home, Uncategorized

Deadly Backyard Beauty

Commonly found in many back yards is the ever popular Rhubarb. I don’t know many people who wouldn’t enjoy a fresh strawberry-Rhubarb jam but growing these bitter stalks can lead to trouble. This Asian plant’s leaves contain high levels of oxalic acid, “Which can cause weakness, difficulty breathing, gastrointestinal problems and even coma and death in rare circumstances.”  (Stewart 2009) Click here for more information.   When I hear the someone say Elderberry, I think of…

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Something to think about, Uncategorized

Just an observation

I have been trying to decide on a film for one of my papers in Abnormal Psychology. There are so many films that include mental illness. It appears all through our entertainment sources, books, movies, music, live theater. There are hundreds of millions of people suffering with “something” world wide and yet it seems mental illness is still something we consider taboo. Many Sufferers only admit it to their closest of loved ones. Some sufferers deny it, others…

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Relationship, Something to think about

Why the words “I own a dog” should never leave your mouth

  We say it all the time, I too am guilty of it, “I own two dogs.” I don’t really own them though. They could run off and leave a dozen times a week, they don’t have to stay with us. They chose to stay with us. When something has the ability to leave and choses to stay it isn’t an ownership, its a relationship. My dogs stay because they are loved, because they are apart…

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Must See, Family Friendly Shows

    I love TSO. This is a truly must experience show. Videos online do not do it justice. I have been twice now and very impressed both times. I see many families attending this show, I would recommend brining ear plugs/muffs for the younger kids. A couple hours of that level of noise could be a bit much but the lights and pyrotechnics are excellent. To view the video more clearly click on setting…

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