23 August 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge



1. Did you watch the solar eclipse? Your thoughts? Sun Chips, Moon Pies, Starburst candies, a Blue Moon beer, a Sunkist orange, or a Milky Way candy bar...what's your favorite eclipse related snack on this list?

No, I didn’t watch the eclipse. I saw pictures of it online. I am already going blind and decided not to rush the process because I know I would be tempted to look at the sun directly.

Of those named, I like Moon Pies and Milky Way candy bars.

2. What are you 'over the moon' about these days? What's something you enjoy doing every 'once in a blue moon'?

I don’t know about being over the moon on anything, but I have been very happy to find photos online of my mother-in-law’s ancestors, one of them being her grandmother’s grandmother.

Once in a blue moon, I enjoy going for a ride in the country. But, it is too hot to do that right now with the A/C being broken in our Zoomie.

3. Tell us about something in the realm of science that interests you. How do you feed that interest?

Fractals are something that interest me a great deal, though I haven’t spent any amount of time reading about them lately.  Who knew that anything involving math could be so beautiful?

Four Corners & Curves  ©22 May 2013 Suzanne G. McClendon


4. What are a few things you remember about going back to school as a child?

I remember we always started off the new school year with a brand new wardrobe. In elementary school, my mama always bought me the cutest little dresses. The new clothes and the chance to learn new things was all I liked about going to school.

5. I've seen several versions of this around the net so let's make one of our own...share with us five words that touch your soul and briefly tell us why.

"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5 KJV

No matter what, He is here for me.  No matter how alone I may feel, I am never alone because He will never leave me.


6.  Insert your own random thought here.

“Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.” Unknown

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22 August 2017

Book Review: Lowcountry Bonfire by Susan M. Boyer


Lowcountry Bonfire
By Susan M. Boyer


Lowcountry Bonfire is book #6 in the Liz Talbot Mystery Series by Susan M. Boyer. All of these books are great, but Lowcountry Bonfire is, I think, the most powerful one yet!

Once again, we are treated to Mama’s wonderful, drool-inducing cooking and Daddy’s antics, which aid in his favorite pastime of getting Mama riled up. Also, there is a bit of after life assistance as Liz and Nate seek to uncover the mysteries of the most recent crime on the island of Stella Maris, South Carolina. They have a few sticky moments that might cause you to hold your breath for a moment or two.

This one kept me wondering for the longest time about who did it and the answer was a definite surprise to me.  The wrap-up on this crime was a very sad one that left me on the verge of tears.  The discovery of “whodunit” was an emotional situation that was very believable. I could see it happening.  The sucker punch was enough to throw anybody over the edge.

There are some bad words in this story, one being the “f” word near the end. There are no really graphic intimate scenes. This book is pretty clean as far as that goes. I like this because when I read a crime caper mystery, it is for the mystery, not for any romance.

Lowcountry Bonfire gets all five stars. If you love a good mystery, you can’t go wrong with this one!


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Press Release: Lighthouse Guild Announces National Scholarships to Students Who Are Blind and Awards to Their Motivational Teachers

Lighthouse Guild Announces National Scholarships to Students Who Are Blind and Awards to Their Motivational Teachers



New York (August 22, 2017) – Students face many hurdles to getting accepted and paying for the college of their choice. For a student with vision loss it can be especially challenging. For this reason, Lighthouse Guild, the leading not-for-profit vision and healthcare organization, grants scholarships to students who are legally blind. The scholarships are awarded to students across the country based on strong academic accomplishment and merit.
                       
The role teacher’s play in motivating students often goes unrecognized. For students who are blind a great teacher can make all the difference. Realizing this, Lighthouse Guild offers scholarships to outstanding students who are legally blind and also recognizes their outstanding teachers. Lighthouse Guild’s teacher awards are based on nominations from the students themselves.
                       
Students and Teachers Tell Their Stories

Among those students receiving a 2017 Lighthouse Guild scholarship is Braden Flax, a resident of Merrick, New York, who will be attending Princeton University in the fall. Mr. Flax says of his teacher Neal Madnick, “Mr. Madnick has encouraged me to state clearly and honestly my thoughts and to take advantage of, and maximize, the productivity of my academic and other talents.”
                       
Mr. Madnick, who lives in Flushing, New York and teaches history at Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick, New York says, “Braden is an extraordinary student who is passionate about politics, history and helping others. He is a role model and an inspiration. I am humbled and honored to receive this award.”
                       
Scholarship recipient Cricket Bidleman, who lives in Morro Bay, California and will be attending Stanford University, says, “My high school only had 800 students, but it was still daunting for a blind person.” She speaks about how her physics teacher went above and beyond making her detailed homemade maps in Braille to help her get around the classroom.
                       
Ms. Bidleman says, “My teacher taught me that I can do physics. He inspired me to continue learning and working toward my dreams, no matter how impractical they may seem to others.”
                       
Each year, Lighthouse Guild awards scholarships of up to $10,000 to college bound high school graduates who are legally blind. The scholarships provide financial support to help students attend the college of their choice. Lighthouse Guild also provides scholarships of up to $5,000 to graduate students to help them continue their academic studies. Each recipient of the Lighthouse Guild Teacher’s Award receives $2,500.
                       
Since its inception in 2005, Lighthouse Guild’s Scholarship Program has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to outstanding students from 36 states.  This year 10 high school students and two graduate students are receiving scholarships. Two teachers are receiving awards.
                       
Dr. Alan Morse, President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild, says, “Education unlocks doors. Lighthouse Guild is pleased to help outstanding students who are legally blind advance their studies and unlock the door to a successful future. We are equally pleased to acknowledge teachers who help students realize their dreams.”
                       
“We receive hundreds of scholarship applications and essays nominating teachers from amazing students across the country,” says Gordon Rovins, Director of Special Programs at Lighthouse Guild. These students have powerful stories of personal triumph and academic achievement. We congratulate them, their teachers and their families.”
                       
In addition to Braden Flax and Cricket Bidleman, other students receiving 2017 Lighthouse Guild Scholarships are listed below with the schools they will be attending:
                       
  • Jason Willett, Greensboro, NC  (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
  • Robert Schiller, Malverne, NY  (University of Notre Dame)
  • Sophia Evangelatos, Portsmouth, RI  (Boston University)
  • Aishwarya Pai, Sunnyvale, CA (Santa Clara University)
  • Nathaniel Smith, Jupiter, FL (University of Central Florida)
  • Graham Rainsby, Brooklyn, NY  (Middlebury College)
  • Emily Eagle, Keller, TX  (University of Notre Dame)
  • Ethan Markowitz, Syosset, NY (Northwestern University)
  • Moses Babafemi, Los Angeles, CA (California State University: MA Rehab Counseling)
  • Chelsea Muth, Philipsburg, PA (Penn State University: PhD Human Development)
                       
Brilliant Careers for Past Award Recipients

Former Lighthouse Guild Scholarship recipients, have gone on to careers as attorneys, teachers, engineers, chemists, composers, musicians, neuro-scientists, social workers, business owners, investors, epidemiologists, nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, journalists and computer scientists.
                       
Dr. Skylar Covich, who received a scholarship from Lighthouse Guild in 2005, recently completed his PhD in political science and is now an adjunct professor at California State University Channel Islands. He speaks about how the Lighthouse Guild Scholarship Program helped him. “I wanted to attend a smaller liberal arts college where I would get more individualized attention as a blind person. The Lighthouse Guild Scholarship helped me attend the college of my choice and started me on the path to a productive and enjoyable career.” 


 
    
                       
About Lighthouse Guild

Lighthouse Guild, based in New York, is the leading not-for-profit vision and healthcare organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss through coordinated vision and health services.  With Lighthouse Guild, people who are at risk for, or affected by, vision loss have access to all the resources necessary to lead full, independent and productive lives.  For more information, visit www.Lighthouseguild.org.




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Book Review: Christlike: The Pursuit of Uncomplicated Obedience by Bill Hull


Christlike: The Pursuit of Uncomplicated Obedience
by Bill Hull

Have you ever read something profound and thought, “This should be obvious?”  That is what Christlike: The Pursuit of Uncomplicated Obedience by Bill Hull is like.

What should be obvious, isn’t always. Hull points out many things like that in the life of a Christian.  

Christlike is sort of like the Christian equivalent to In Search of Excellence.  In that book, readers are given what is referred to as “A Blinding Flash of The Obvious”.

Most of what Hull shares with his readers are things that we should already be familiar with and practicing. Unfortunately, it is too easy to fall into bad habits in any part of our life.  The spiritual aspect of our life is much like the other parts.  We often know what we should be doing, but don’t remember to do it.

We think you will enjoy your copy of Christlike.  We think that churches will want to create a small class to read and discuss this book as a great small group project.  It might very well help revive your church, no matter what state it is in.

We found Christlike to be an excellent read.  It is very well-written and very readable. This means that the average reader won’t be struggling to understand where Hull is coming from. We give it all five stars.

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Press Release: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

You're taking me WHERE?


                       
                       
BURLINGTON, Mass. – Tuesday is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day and PetPace, the provider of innovative health monitoring technology for pets, is encouraging cat owners to take a more active role in their pet’s health.
                       
More than half of U.S. cats do not receive preventative veterinary care each year, according to a 2013 study conducted by Bayer HealthCare and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Attributed causes for the lack of regular feline veterinary care include, public misconceptions about cat health, the self-sufficient nature of cats and the informal methods cats are commonly acquired.
                       
Additionally, a majority of cat owners reported that their cats become distressed when visiting their veterinarian, and even traveling in a carrier. Because of this, cat owners are often reluctant to take their pet to a veterinary clinic unless their cat displays signs of an illness. However, forgoing annual checkups and vaccinations can have lasting consequences on a cat’s health.
                       
“Cats are extremely good at hiding signs of illness. So, we’re encouraging cat owners to be proactive about in their cat’s health by visiting their family veterinarian this National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day,” said Dr. Asaf Dagan, chief veterinarian at PetPace.
                       
In addition to annual veterinary checkups, there are many other ways to help safeguard your cat’s health. Smart collars from PetPace allow pet owners to track their pet’s vital signs and activity, and can even alert pet owners of potential illnesses affecting their pet.
                       
Pet Pace’s Health Monitoring Solution allows pet owners to track vital signs like temperature, pulse, respiration, plus heart rate variability, activity and calories, and will send alerts to the owner through a smartphone app if any of parameters change and indicate a problem. The idea behind inventing a non-invasive health monitoring smart collar was to quickly identify impending health concerns and monitor existing medical conditions.
                       
In addition to receiving smartphone alerts of impending medical emergencies, PetPace’s mobile application provides an in-depth look into nearly every metric of a pet’s health. Recorded data is displayed in easy to understand graphical interface, making it easy to monitor specific aspects of a pet’s health and wellbeing over time. This feature is especially useful for owners caring for older or sick pets.
                       
“PetPace was designed with both cats and dogs in mind. The device is safe and easy to use right from a smart phone, even when away from home,” said Dagan.
                       
For more information about PetPace or PetPace products, please visit www.petpace.com.
                       
About PetPace
                       
PetPace creates innovative technology that delivers peace of mind to pet owners. Our smart IoT pet collar continuously monitors the wellbeing of elderly, sick, healthy, and at-risk dogs and cats, alerting caregivers remotely and immediately of changes in key health parameters. In the home or in the clinic, PetPace leverages data gathered non-intrusively from on-board passive sensors and advanced cloud-based analytics to keep all pets healthier and happier.
                       
Founded in 2012 and privately-held, PetPace is headquartered in Israel, has a U.S. headquarters in Burlington, MA, and a global sales presence. For more information, please visit www.petpace.com.


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