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Back to School Study Tips

August 30, 2011 --

by Erika Weisensee, Oregon Mom

These days, it is not uncommon for grade schoolers to have several hours of homework per week. As a student’s age increases, so does the workload and the number of extra-curricular activities he or she may be involved in. Learning how to manage multiple responsibilities and do all of them well is a challenge for adults. Needless to say, it can be overwhelming for children.

Faced with a myriad of modern distractions, kids may not even know where to begin when it comes to time management. Parents, however, can provide the structure and the guidance to help their busy students thrive and still enjoy life.

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Steps to a Fresh Start for Fall

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11 Steps to a Fresh Start
by Shannon Ables
The Simply Luxurious Life

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” ~ Leon J. Suenes

While the January is often accepted as the time of year to make a fresh start, I also immediately equate the beginning of school in the fall, or simply the ending of summer as a great opportunity to make positive changes.

However, while there may be changes we want, that doesn’t mean they will just magically appear. Changes aren’t like Santa Claus when we were younger, wishing doesn’t just make it happen, but writing our wishes down certainly is a start in the right direction.

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Have you ever felt alone in a crowded Facebook room?

August 29, 2011 --

Have you ever felt alone in a crowded Facebook room?
Guest Opinion

I think one of the genius ideas of Facebook is that it has given people an automatic social connection wether they have earned it or not. In many ways it can be a fake social connection with just computer programs dishing out other people’s mail as an automatic routine. Some users get surprised when they find out that they say something important and are shocked that no one bothered to read what they had to say when they made a verbal inquiry. They assume just because they say something on Facebook or twitter that people are reading it. I guess it doesn’t matter if people read your comments. Just consider a person with 75 friends and no one is paying attention or acting like a friend. This is a new virtual version of being alone in a crowded (social media) room. But here they do not even know it.

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Junk food ads using power of nagging to submit parents

August 28, 2011 --

Cartoon Characters Prod Kids to Nag for Unhealthy Foods
— Study finds TV ads key element in why young children whine for sugary treats.
By Serena Gordon
HealthDay News

HealthDay News — If you’re a parent, you’ve no doubt heard plaintive wails from your child as you traverse the treat-filled aisles of the grocery store. And, you may have wondered, what makes even preschoolers yearn so desperately for the character-shaped marshmallow cereal? Or the prepackaged frozen meal in the brightly colored box? New research suggests one culprit: those cutesy cartoon characters used to sell foods in TV ads.

“The purpose of this study was to explore the mechanism behind an interesting problem we face in the U.S. Since 3- to 5-year-old children aren’t shopping, how do low-nutritional food and beverages get into the house? It’s the ‘nag factor.’ It’s how 3- to 5-year-olds get their parents to get them foods they might not otherwise want to purchase,” explained the study’s co-author, Dina Borzekowski, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

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Say something nice video goes viral

August 27, 2011 --

This video has made the second most watched video on You Tube this month.
It is worth it. Pass it on.

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Concerns over the Alzheimer music tour of Glen Campell

August 26, 2011 --

Concerns over the Alzheimer music tour of Glen Campbell
By Evergreen,
Oregon writer

Watching this news video about country star Glenn Campbell doing a final music tour despite being diagnosed with Alzheimer has me really concerned. Just watch the video and you will notice that the Alzheimer’s effect has already started. Campbell forgets what he is talking about, forgets his age and how he met his wife. It is painful to watch. Now he is going on tour. Is this the best idea? The family says music is key therapy tool for Alzheimers. It may be, but this tour could be a disaster and make things worse. The family stated previously they wanted to go public about the Alzheimer’s in case he stumbled in concert. I defer the final decision to the family, but I worry that the may be real trouble ahead.

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Sometimes I don’t want to talk to my kids

August 25, 2011 --

by Jen Rouse
The Short Years

Let’s have a little confession time here: you know how family dinners are supposed to be the holy grail of parenting? How you all sit around and share about your day and laugh together around the dinner table, and doing so is supposed to raise your kids’ IQ and make them less likely to do drugs and just make them into all-around good people?

Well, here comes the brutal honesty: sometimes talking to my kids while we eat is boring, and I don’t want to do it.

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Social Networking Mistakes Can Cost You

August 24, 2011 --

By Erika Weisensee
Milwaukie Writing Mom

Social networking began as a young person’s phenomenon. Initially, high school and college students dominated Facebook and MySpace, creating profiles as a way to interact with their old and new friends. The social networking craze has now spread well beyond the younger generation, with people of all ages recognizing the benefits of joining online communities.

Indeed, socially networking has many attributes: Facebook is a great way to stay connected with family and friends; the professional site Linked In helps people network with contacts; Facebook and Twitter allow businesses large and small to connect to their customers like never before. However, by nature social networking sites encourage the instantaneous sharing of uncensored information. Such a medium is not without problems.

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A modern lady knows the art of discretion

August 23, 2011 --

Why Not . . . Be Discreet?
by Shannon Ables
The Simply Luxurious Life

The epitome of a chic, classy, modern lady is her ability to always be mysterious which–due to this behavior–provokes even more curiosity in those that are around her. But, as one of my readers pointed out to me recently, while many of us respect the decision to be mysterious, it is much more difficult to actually be mysterious and opt for discretion rather than the alternative.

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Tether your vine for growth with purpose

August 22, 2011 --

Tether Your Life By Writing Your Own Obituary
by Kari Patterson
Sacred Mundane

“You’re writing your obituary?!” Their husbands thought they we were crazy.

They could blame it on me, their crazy-mentor-girl who made them do it.
But the 20-foot vine was proof. We have to know where we’re going.

The idea actually came from Regi Campbell, but the vine burned it in my heart. Running along, thinking: Priorities, how to spend my time, where to invest my energy. Needing clarity, discipline. I heaved prayers between breaths, halfway through my run.

And just then turned the corner and saw the vine.

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