no one talks
kicking and screaming
no ones eating…
no one talks
kicking and screaming
no ones eating…
Of all the times of my life, I most enjoy family time. When I can get away from my 9 to 5 and just be me. When I can relax and enjoy my husband and three little boys. We always have endless fun.
We might decide to play games or with their toys. We might go on a picnic or to an Amusement Park. Whatever we decide, its just great being together.
This particular day we are in the Park and the two oldest boys are romping. The baby is just learning how to walk, so my husband and I are helping him with that. Of course my two oldest need more space to play than our little cramped apartment, so they are very, very happy.
This is just what our family needs. That’s why there’s nothing better than family time.
My sister, who is single and childless, feels sorry for me. She is focused on her career and has no intentions of settling down or having a family. I tell her, “girl, you don’t know what you are missing! Just wait until you meet Mr. Right. ‘Cause once you do, its going to be on like neckbones”. She just laughs and says, “no thank you”, she is happy just the way she is. No need for any major changes in her life. But “whatever floats my boat is fine with her”.
Now don’t get me wrong, she loves her nephews. In fact, they are one of the main reasons she visits me. But she just seems to be a free spirit. So I say, “whatever floats her boat is fine with me”.
My husband laughs at our lighthearted banter. Whenever she visits it’s the same thing. We always seem to wear out the topic of her singleness. But we all love each other, so life is wonderful. God is good and He will provide.…
Americans love an underdog. At least in theory. In real life, underdog equals loser. If your legal issues have left you an underdog, you’re going to find out fast that in a tough economy, underdogs lose out. And it gets worse. Ex-cons are more likely to end up back in prison if they aren’t employed. It seems employment of any sort gives those who have served their time on the inside a chance to stay on the outside. So, what is someone who has done time supposed to do?
The competition is as fierce as it has ever been, and everyone is bringing their A-game. The trick for recently released inmates is not to bring your best game in the wrong league. Most of you won’t be employable by mainstream standards, not at first. So, look outside the mainstream. Here are a five potential sources of work that most folks would pass by, but which might be your ticket to a long life on the outside:
Don’t fall prey to the darkness of rejection. Even if it seems hopeless, you can still secure a job and earn an honest living if you are realistic about your prospects and willing to trade an honest day’s work for an honest, albeit low, wage.…
Our third child a son, whom we named Timothy, was a normal newborn with a sprinkling of red hair in January of 1992. Things went well with him until the third month of age when he got quite ill. He was admitted to our local hospital with respiratory distress. He would spend a week there most of the time in an oxygen tent.
It’s important to note that prior to going into the hospital he was on target as far as weigh and development goes. Being that he was my third child I had none of the worries that I had with my other two children. Timmy’s pregnancy went better then the first two did. So the whole experience went smoothly, until he went into the hospital at the end of his third month of life.
After he got home things started to go downhill and we were at the hospital more often then not with this tiny little boy who seemed to be very atypical of my other children or any other child I had known.
Things continued to go from bad to worse that first 2 years of his life and he spent more time in the peds unit in our local hospital. There were times we didn’t think he’d live, yes things were that critical. Ninety Nine percent of the time he was in there for respiratory distress, and once it was for the flu. He was delayed severely because he didn’t have the energy to do as he should be doing. He was also very anti- social but I think that stemmed from having too many people do medical things to him. Those things had to be done to save his life.
We were dealing with failure to thrive, as seemed to be too tired to eat, perhaps he just didn’t care. I know people will say all babies eat when you give them a bottle but Timmy would not eat, no matter what we tried. His formula was fine and did not give him gas, and sometimes he’d eat baby food but not most of the time. He screamed when people would hold him, and it didn’t matter who held him. He was very content to sit or lay next to you as long as you did not make direct eye contact or touch him.
Sometime during the middle of the third year of Timmy’s life I got tired of being told by the pediatricians that he was just slow but would catch up on his own. So I took him out of there and into family medicine at our local hospital and the first doctor a sports medicine doctor named Donald Phykitt, we seen was outstanding. He finally listened to me and a development specialist was contacted. He seen everything I was seeing and he knew Timmy needed help.
When we met with the development specialist I was floored to say the least. Some how our pediatric department missed some serious delays that I as a parent seen. An early intervention team was brought in to work with Timmy in our home. On their first visit here he was tested thoroughly and was found to be 22 months delayed on average across the board. I was floored cried for days; I questioned how God could do this as I am sure many parents do when they find out devastating news such as this do.
Then I got determined to help Timmy grow to his potential and be all that he could be. Everyday there was some sort of therapist at out home and I sat and watch them work with my son and I learned much. I used what they did and did it when they weren’t there and I did my share along with my two other children. His physical, occupational and speech therapists were excellent no doubt and they came once a week, but his general therapist Chris Little would work with him on everything and was here often. His speech therapists set a goal for him for 6 months in the future and Timmy met it in just 2 months. Within six months all the therapists except for the general therapist were gone, simply because Timmy was excelling with all the help.
When Timmy was almost 5 Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder was added to his diagnosis with a trip to a neurologist. A friend suggested I take him to see a chiropractor for the fine motor skills which were not coming …
I am the youngest of four children and one of only two alive today. I had a protective older brother and two older sisters. Life with older siblings growing up allowed me to get away with some things that an only child would not get away with, but it also taught me some things that guide me even today.
Never forget to cherish your time with a person and accept them for who they are. Before I started Kindergarten my brother was responsible for giving me a nickname that has stuck to this day (Chip). He kept me safe when I rode my tricycle down the side of the main highway we lived on even though I was not supposed to. He also was there for an argument over taking my tricycle off the back of dad’s truck. He tried to keep me from taking it off and when I succeeded my brother made sure dad got me to the Dr. quickly (dropped it on my little hand and cut it wide open). His fast action resulted in the Dr. stitching up my hand (I still have the scar). I also learned that it can be very painful to lose a brother. In 1969 I witnessed him being hit and killed by a car from the porch of our home.
It is okay to be right but is also okay to be wrong. My sister Leslie and I argued all the time but no matter who was right she had my back when it counted. Some arguments were tough to resolve but most of them were.
Try to resolve disagreements quickly and be willing to let them go. I held onto a disagreement with my sister Leslie and did not resolve it in time. Shortly after she graduated, a car accident took her from my life. Like losing a brother, it is hard to lose a sister.
There is nothing like a sibling who has your back. Today only my sister Merle remains of my siblings and she like my brother and sister when I was young has been there through some tough times. She always has my back and when she needs me I’ll try to be there for her too.
Finally, family is forever! Each of my siblings has helped to make me who I am today and I am forever changed because of each one.…
The Oscar awarded “The Departed” has recently triumphed at the star-sudden award ceremony last month, but not without causing up set for real victim’s relatives of the real Boston based mobster who terrorized so many. While the mob drama wowed moviegoers the world victim’s relatives reflect on the horrific crimes committed against their family members by the cruel mobster.
The extraordinary tale of the Irish Mobster and the Police force whose task it was to infiltrate the mob has Hollywood singing “The Departed” much praise. Director Martin Scorsese received his first in five previously nominations Oscar Award for Best Director of the critically acclaimed mob film. This Hollywood adaptation of real life Irish mob life has proven to be the highest earning film in the Scorsese filmography to date
It even saw the likes of Mark Wahlberg receive his own Oscar nomination for a superb depiction of a superior officer in the Massachusetts Police Force. The actual realty of the film is that there is a real-life Boston Irish mobster named James “Whitey” Bulger who grossly tortured his victims. The relatives of his victims are speaking out about the unpleasant and even horrifying memories “The Departed” film resonates for them.
Bulger was indicted for 19 murders, but has evaded prosecution since December 23. 1994. His disappearance was believed to be in connection with his acting as a government informer along with links to corrupt federal agents. He is listed with the likes of Osama bin Laden on the America Most Wanted. A massive manhunt has been undertaken to apprehend the fugitive who has not surfaced in several decades.
Christopher McIntyre, 47, whose brother was murdered by Bulger’s gang in 1984, said of the Bulgur characterization in the film, ” The movie gives this hero worship to this creature.” He verified that he and other relatives of Bulger’s victims were simply unable to watch the mob drama because they found it all still “very painful.” The real life fugitive mobster has scarred the relatives of his victims for life. The film version of his life has left some of these relatives with a feeling of exploitation.
“For eight hours, they strapped him in a chair and cut pieces off him. He begged for a bullet in the brain,” McIntyre said. Many are still affected by the threat and loose ends of Bulger’s gang. In 2001, McIntyre’s family filed a federal lawsuit claiming top-level FBI agents at of the Boston office knowingly shielded Bulger’s crimes from prosecuting, because they were informants against the local Italian Mafia. FBI has not responded with a comment, but did confirm that the Bulger investigation was very much on going.…
It is important to spend time with your children and do things with them besides the basic parenting tasks we all have to do like teaching our children basic hygiene, to use their manners, reading and writing, etc. We also need to do other things like play board games, outdoor sports, outings to museums, fairs, cooking and crafts to name a few. There is so much that children can learn from these activities and helps strengthen the bond between parents and their children as well as gives everyone lasting memories of these fun learning experiences.
Doing crafts at home with the kids are great family projects. It helps build children’s artistic skills, boost their creativity and some craft projects help children become more interested in science. A fun craft that also dubs as a science project is making homemade lava lamps. There are a few different formulas you can try depending on what you have around the house.
You will need:
A glass or plastic bottle with a cap
(soda pop bottles work great, make sure you clean them well)
Alka-Seltzer Tablets or Generic Brand
A glass or plastic bottle with a
A glass or plastic bottle with a
There are other formulas that you can find by searching the internet that use alcohol or vinegar. I prefer the cooking oil because there are no harsh odors when working with it.
First fill the empty bottle ¼ full of water. Next add food coloring, this will change the color of the water to whatever color you added. (An added fun step here…on the back of most food coloring boxes there is a chart that shows you how to mix the colors to make even more colors like purple, orange, lime green, etc. You can take this opportunity with your kids to learn about mixing colors and have some fun with it!)
Fill the remaining ¾ of the bottle with vegetable oil, leaving about 1″ empty from the top of the bottle. Now comes the fun part…break the Alka-Seltzer tablet into about 6 pieces and drop them into the bottle. If you are not using Alka-Seltzer tablets, drop in about a heaping teaspoon of salt or baking soda. Sit back and watch the lava lamp like display! Afterwards, put the cap on the top of the bottle and you can have fun moving the colored water around the oil or add more tablets later and watch the lava-works again!…
has lead her here. The tombs of
her ancestors greet
the carriage like lost
lovers. The rain-ruin’d stones im-
pose their hoary au-
gustness on the frail
child, pressing upon her the
greatness of her lin-
eage. She kisses
the cenotaph with linger-
ing lips, her home found. …
* 3 Lbs. of Beef Chuck
* 1 1/2 Cups White Onions, chopped
* 1 Cup Spring Onions, chopped
* 5 Spoonfuls of Paprika (DO NOT CHANGE THIS AMOUNT!)
* 1 Tea Spoon chopped Garlic
* 4 Table Spoon Tomato Paste
* 4 Table Spoon Beef Broth
* 3 Table Spoon Olive Oil
* 4 Table Spoon Butter
* Salt and Pepper, to taste
1. Cut beef into cubes, 2 inches long, 1 inch wide (3 cm x 2 cm).
2. Sprinkle beef cubes with a little bit of flour, salt and pepper.
3. In a big pot, heat butter and oil in medium heat, then add onions and cook until they are almost transparent.
4. Add paprika while stirring, and then add the beef to sauté, stirring once in a while until golden.
5. Add the beef broth, previously prepared, and finally add the tomato paste.
6. Cover the pot and leave it over low heat for approximately two hours, checking and stirring every once in a while. If the beef juices start to dry, you can add a little more beef broth.
7. Serve! It goes perfectly with white rice! Serves 6 people.…
It was in the height of this recession and something should have tipped me off in the beginning to what was going to happen. My boss was behind on his credit card payments, he kept harping on about making ends meet and then when hiring someone to work on the production line he was hoping to find someone who didn’t need medical benefits. So don’t ask me why I was shocked when on that Friday at five p.m. he told me and some other employees that he had to let us go. When I was hired, my boss was looking for a minimum wage secretary, but being a seasoned veteran, I negotiated more than that amount. I offered to take less hours at a reduced rate, but he said he couldn’t afford that. So right then and there I knew I was going to be unemployed for a while.
I left the office feeling numb, it hadn’t worked it’s way into my system yet. I left to go pick up my son and called my mother to tell her what happened. When I spoke those words… it hit me like a paddle on a fraternity pledge’s rear: I was unemployed. Right then and there I started to scream in my car on my cell phone until the police pulled me over. I handed him my registration & license, still screaming on the phone. He let me go without a ticket (probably out of pity) and when I got home I began my long, arduous search.
Much to Craigslist’s credit, they have many employers who list some great jobs… but unfortunately for me, it seemed for every one authentic job I applied to, there were two spammers. I tried the Careerbuilder route, but I’m only 24. I can’t tell you how many jobs called me to thank me for my time and inform me I was their second choice behind some old dinosaur who has been in the field since before I was born. I fought hard and despite being qualified, I was passed over dozens of times for either more experienced or cheaper candidates. I finally gave in and lowered my expectations….
I took a lower paying job, with no benefits and barely over minimum wage. It was supposed to be an office manager position, but with receptionist pay. I toughed it out and paid my dues in purgatory. I’ve never appreciated the jobs I had, because they landed in my lap with ease. I wowed my bosses with my skills and quickly worked my way up in the corporate world. After this experience, I know I’ll never take a good job for granted again.
I’ve found a new, better paying job. I finally can get benefits and respectable pay…. I start work Monday. I finally get to go back and wear my business casual suits I took for granted and turn my cell phone back on. I can play a little with my budget instead of whittling everything down to the last dime. If anything, I am grateful for this experience but disappointed it had to happen this way. I am grateful I have the work experience and references I have, and feel lucky. I’m dreading the future, but can’t wait for Monday…. or the following week for my first paycheck. I guess the future isn’t that bad but from now on like most of America, I’ll always have a plan B.…