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Thursday, 17 June 2010
Happy Father's Day 2010
The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909.
Having been raised by her father, William Jackson Smart, after her mother died. Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.
In 1926, a National Father's Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father's Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. In 1972, President Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday in June. So Father's Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day just like we honor our mothers on Mother's Day. Happy Father's Day to all of the great fathers out there!!! I am personally blessed to be celebrating Father's Day with my father on June 20th.. Just like Sonoma my father was born in June, so I on June 25th I will be celebrating my Dads birthday with him.. (He will be 87)........
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Today, June 15, is World Elder Abuse Day. On this day, communities all over the U.S. and the world will sponsor events to shed light on the growing and tragic issue of elder abuse. You need to know that the U.S. Administration on Aging estimates that as many as 5 million seniors are abused each year in the United States. Elder abuse can be financial, physical, emotional or sexual, and it also includes people who are neglected. Public awareness and education can help people learn the warning signs. Find out what you can do to join the fight against elder abuse, visit www.centeronelderabuse.org
Wednesday, 09 June 2010
At the end of a busy day, do you ever say, "It seems I never have enough time to get things done". Trying asking yourself, "Am I devoting enough time to the things I really want and need to do?" Are you wasting time on relatively unimportant activities? Try this...Start a "to do' list. In a notebook or on a computer file, write down your maintenance taks, such as laundry and bill paying, as well as the larger goals you wish to achieve, such as buy a new house. Separate and prioritize items that need to be done today, this week, and beyond. Delegate and set deadlines. Update your list frequently, and cross off tasks as you complete them. Take some time to ""smell the roses"!!!!!
Monday, 07 June 2010
You don't usually hear me get on my "soap box" about things; but I can't hold this back!! I received this from Daily Cents ...(It was titled: BP Orders: No Pictures of Dead Animals). In the 6 weeks since BP's giant offshore rig exploded near the Louisiana coast, igniting what has been the worst oil spill in U.S. history, the oil company has been accused of "iron fist" censorship of information concerning the spill. The workers who are cleaning beach areas 24/7 are forbidden to take pictures of any dead, oil-covered marine life they find. BP has quartered off the coast like its guarding a war zone and actually chased a CBS news crew from a beach in South Pass, Louisiana when they tried to film a thick coat of oil. Daily Cents' question was: Do you think BP should be allowed to suppress this information, and does the media blackout benefit anyone other than BP? ........Give us your two cents.. After reading some of the replies to their question, I decided to post a comment...My post was quite simple: "No, No, and H___No". Thanks for letting me vent...
Saturday, 05 June 2010
Are you a caregiver for a loved one? Did the role of caregiver come upon you suddenly? Did you have a plan in place to follow when you stepped into this new role? Did your plan methodically give you step by step directions on how to implement it when the time came? It would be great, if those of us that have been placed in this role, could say the plan we had in place worked exactly the way we had expected!!. And yes, some of us didn't even have a plan! When I am asked to help someone with their existing plan or to assist is creating a new one, I use the term Lifestyle Management Plan. Your customized Lifestyle plan might need to include some basic checklists that encompass some of the main areas of caregiving (personal and social data, safety issues, healthcare information, etc.). You may also need to enlist guidance for legal/estate affairs, real estate advice, insurance documentation, etc. Equipped with your own Lifestyle Management plan You will be better prepared to be able to make informed decisions when and if a concern arises .