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Friday, September 13, 2019

Why Attend a Funeral or Memorial Service?

No one likes to make funeral arrangements or attend a funeral, but there may be some time in your life that you will. Have you considered the reason that you attend a friend or coworker’s funeral? You may have numerous reasons, but there are a few that I can think of.

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Sometimes you may not be able to attend the funeral, but the body may be ready for viewing at the Funeral Parlor several days before the funeral.

1. Drive Through Funerals

Did you know that a funeral home in Saginaw, Michigan offers drive through viewing, according to CBS This Morning? This occurred after an elderly woman was unable to get physically inside to attend her husbands funeral. Will this become the wave of the future? What are your feelings about this?


2. Console

This is a time that your friend or coworker may not be thinking clearly, possibly feeling grief, anger, loss, or even guilt. This is a good time to console the family. Let the family know that they are not alone and that you are there for them during their time of need. I recall a family member that passed away and was not a member of the church. The funeral was at the funeral home. Members from my church came to my house and offered to make the programs which is something I did not think about. My nephew who is very talented played the organ during the funeral. These are things I had not even thought about. It just meant so much when people offered to help.



3. Ask

Ask the family is there anything that you can do. We all have special gifts and talents that we can offer.




4. Laughter

Someone said the other day that laughter is good for you. He said, “Ha,Ha,Ha.” I could not agree more. Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Think of memorable or even funny moments that you may have shared with the decease. Share this with the family. The family is grieving and to hear something funny can lighten their mood.



5. Positive

Stay positive. Give the family positive and encouraging words. They need to hear that. I remember when someone close to me passed away. I was able to truly share that he had nothing but good things to say about his family before passing away.  He spoke highly of his father;  saying that his father taught him and his siblings to hunt, fish, and basically took time with them.  I shared this during his funeral.  His family needed to hear this.    Time is so important to everyone.


6. Physical Presence

Did you know that your physical presence means a lot to the family? If you are not there, then you cannot hug the family. You will be surprised what a hug can do.


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There was a time that black clothing was always worn to a funeral. Now I have seen different colors and several times "all white." The white to represent the deceased home-going to the Lord. In fact I recall a funeral where all the immediate family wore all white. It was a lovely site to see.  Will you take time to attend a friend's funeral?



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Thursday, September 5, 2019

College Is Not Everything

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Although college can be good and valuable for increasing knowledge, technical skills can be useful also. Some go to college in hopes of finding a higher paying job, some are looking for Mr. Right, and others have no clue: trying to find themselves not knowing what they want to do in life. Some people have college degrees, but no common sense. Some have no wisdom; knowing when to speak and when not to speak. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Every child is unique. Observe your child because there is something that your child is naturally good at. Your child may have not just one talent, but many talents.


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Do you have a backup plan in the event college does not work out for you? Are you that person that already knows college is not for you? There are other alternatives. Also remember God gives creativeness in our spirit. There are so many possibilities that you already. Have you considered learning a skill. 



Have You Considered Learning any of the following skills?

1. Cosmetology

I always remember my grandmother saying,”Always have a plan B; if you are good at hair-styling that is something you can always fall back on to use if needed.” You might decide to open your own business because you enjoy doing customer’s hair. I know of one beautician that is so good she has her own shop in her house and it looks fabulous like another home. Anyway she even teaches cosmetology at one one the colleges. I know of another beautician, Kendra, she is just awesome, besides the fact she creates awesome hairstyles, she always comes to work with her hair done in different styles. I can appreciate that, because I remember telling her, “I want my hair done in the style that you have today.”

2. Manicurist

Did you know that there is money to be made as a manicurist? There are so many that own their own shops too. According to Marieclaire.com ancient Babylonian men manicured and colored their nails as far back as 3500 B.C. They further add that in 1300 B.C. Cleopatra, Queen of Nefertiti, had her nails painted a blood red hue, equating the bolder the color the more power that you had.



3. President Obama

Although Obama was our previous President, this man has an awesome voice. When I first heard him singing I thought, “He sounds better than Al Greene.” Now could he have become a great record artist of this time? I don’t know, but he sure has the voice for it.

4. Mechanic

Did you know that there are women mechanics? Some women were taught by their fathers about car repairs. If that is something you like to do then go for it. Cars will always need to be repaired.



5. Truck Driver

Have you ever considered becoming a truck driver? According to Money-Wise.com no college is necessary, but you must pass state testing requirements and have a good driving record.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Intriguing Parenting Tips

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Have You made mistakes in parenting? Are you parenting a teen or a young child? If your answer is no to making mistakes in parenting, you are a rare one, because everyone has made mistakes including myself.

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Whether you are parenting younger children or teens all situations may not be the same. Note that each child is different and there is no one size fits all.


Romans 3:10, As it is written, There is none righteous, no, no one. You may wish that you were perfect and attempt to parent perfectly, but because you are imperfect you may make mistakes. Even with all the vast amounts of parenting books that are available parenting is trial and error, because every parent and every family is different.

1. Material Things

Material things are great. I believe adults like material things just as much as children do. I recall several adults saying that they wanted to give their children all of the things that they never had. Well that is great, but sometimes can be dangerous, because when children get everything they may not appreciate it. Moderation and balance is so important.


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I recall one time forgetting to pick my child up from school. I thought to myself, “How could you forget your own child?” It never happened again, but just the idea that it happened bothered me for a long time.

2. Fixing It

Are you always attempting to fix your children’s problems or do you allow them to find possible solutions? Do you discuss the problems and ask your children to consider possible alternatives?


3. Entitled

Does your child feel entitled? Are your children walking around with an attitude that you owe them something? Do your children feel the money that you have worked hard for is their money? Does your child show appreciation or even gratitude? I recall working with a teenager whose father was a CEO of a company. He was upset because he had to make his lunch for work. His attitude was, “Why should my parents have all that money if I can’t spend it?” The only problem with his attitude was that it was his parent’s money and he had no idea how hard his parent’s worked to earn what they had.
Take time to talk to your children about earnings, goals, and savings.


4. Danish Way of Parenting

Did you know that according to Danishway.com the UN’s World Happiness Report Denmark is one of the happiest countries in the world? They further add that parenting is a gift to be valued and nurtured.

5. Valuable

Do you let your children know that they are valuable and that they have worth? Do you let your children know that they matter? Are you aware of issues or problems that are going on with your children? It is of utmost importance to keep the communication open. You may think you are doing an awesome job parenting, whereas your children may think otherwise.



Relax and be the best parent that you can be. Quit beating yourself up. Take the time to love your children, because they will grow up before you know it.

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Bloggers Meet and Greet 2019 Labor Day

Labor Day is Monday, September 2, 2019. Do you know who created Labor Day? Do you know when Labor Day was started? What will you do this Labor Day?

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Did you know that President Grover Cleveland signed Labor Day into law on June 28, 1894? This was done to repair ties with American workers, according to History.com. They further add that in the 1800’s in some states children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines only earning a small portion of their adult counterparts’ wages.

I just could not imagine that.


Well Labor Day also has a significant meaning for me, because my first born was on Labor Day. I really wanted to eat barbecue, but my Labor had started. The doctor suggested not to eat once labor starts so as to possibly have an easier delivery. Well I was not in labor long. Soon as I arrived at the hospital my first born was delivered in 20 minutes. She was anxious to get here and has been running a fast pace every since.


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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Are You a Good Influence on Your Children?

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Did you know that there are all types of influencers? The best influence is the top influence that you have on your children. That can be long lasting.

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Whether you realize it or not you may be the top influencer on your children. Your children may watch you and purpose that they want to be or not be like you. You are special. Remember your children are watching you.

1. Texting while driving

There is a law now that you may not text and drive. How many adults adhere to that law? Are you guilty of texting and driving? When your children are in the car with you they are definitely watching and learning what you are doing? Why not be a good example and pull off the road when you need to text or answer a cellphone call? Remember there was a time when cellphones did not exist. What did you do then?


2. Cursing

Have you ever cursed to yourself aloud? Have you cursed someone else in front of your child? This is a bad influence on your child. I am guilty of this. I used to have a foul mouth. In fact, it was more like diarrhea of the mouth. One day my adolescent daughter had a confrontation while outside with one of her friends. The words I heard come out of her mouth was an eye opener for me. I wanted to get mad, but realized she was doing what she had heard me do. Cursing can become a habit. You can change and make it your lifestyle to replace those curse words. Just be intentional that you are going to stop cursing. Like anything else it may take more time with you than with others to transform. As I watched the Steve Harvey show, this young girl's wish was for Steve Harvey to stop cursing. This young girl was watching Steve.



Take time to observe. I recall in a grocery store every word out of this toddler's mouth was foul. She sat in the shopping cart spewing out all kinds of profanity. and the mother looked so embarrassed.


3. In the Store

Have you ever gone to the store and receive too much change back? Did your child witness this? Did you promptly give the cashier the over payment, or did you keep it and say to yourself, “She should learn how to count.” You knew keeping the money was wrong, but you did it anyway, knowing the cashier’s register would come up short at the end of the day.

4. Gratitude

Do you practice gratitude? Be sure that your children see you practicing gratitude. Circumstances may get very bad, but if you look hard enough you can find something that you are thankful for. How many things do you take for granted? I have a grandson that amazes me. He shows gratitude for the smallest of things and he is quite humble. The humility that he shows is unbelievable.


5. Empathy

Putting yourself in someone else circumstance. There may be times you have said, “I do not see how she could do that?” Well maybe if you just imagine or view yourself in that same circumstance you could see it, because in reality we never really know what we might or might not do.

6. Kindness

Showing kindness is something that is contagious. Your actions, your words, or your encouragement can show kindness to others. Sometimes just a smile or a hug, especially when you do not know what to say.



7. Thankfulness

Are you thankful? Do you tell others thank you? I remember a woman holding the door open for my husband who is a Veteran. My husband told her, “Thank You.” She said, “No, thank you for your service.” Thanking others let’s them know that you appreciate them. There should never be a shortage of “thank you's.”

8. Caring

Children know when you care about them. That is something that you cannot fake. Everyone wants to know that someone cares about them. It does not take a lot to show someone that you care for them. Your actions tell it all. Sometimes just listening to others let’s them know that you care enough to take the time to listen. How many teachers do you know that go beyond what is necessary in the classroom, because they care for the children. They care and want their children to be successful in life. I recall a young lady that received a promotion. She would be training the person that would take over her present job. She was very concerned that she pick the right fit for the job, because she wanted the children to continue to thrive and learn. Parents your children know whether you care for them. It shows in your actions.

Tips:

Choose your battles carefully

Display the type of behavior that you want your child to emulate.

Know that you have the power to influence your child for the good.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Is Your Relative Challenged with Alzheimer’s Disease?

Chances are that you may know someone that has Alzheimer disease. Possibly a relative or a friend has it. Did you know that there are not a lot of nursing homes for Alzheimer patients? Unfortunately, it is sad to see this occur. Did you know there are different stages of Alzheimer?

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The first time that I really learned about Alzheimer's disease was when my mother-in-law was diagnosed with it. She was in the beginning stages of it. My mother-in-law was kind and yet and outspoken woman. I remember during her beginning stages she would just keep us laughing.

1. What It Is?

The Mayo Clinic defines Alzheimer's disease as a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. They further add that with the progression the brain cells degenerate and die.



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I recall one incident when one of the caregivers was returning from the store with my mother-in-law. We laugh about the incident now, although we were not laughing at the time. The caregiver called my daughter and explained that my mother-in-law forgot who she was and was saying, “This White woman is kidnapping me.” My mother-in-law knew the caregiver, but in a matter of minutes forgot who she was. The caregiver called my daughter. My daughter then talked to my mother-in-law over the phone and told her, “That lady is helping you, you need to stay in the car, she is bringing you home. Thank goodness my mother-in-law listened to my daughter and obeyed her.

Because of the memory loss is it utmost important that an Alzheimer patient be watched if there is the possibility of the patient walking away. I hate to hear over the news of elderly patient's walking off and going unnoticed. I also recall another incident my daughter and I were talking. A bell was always kept on the door, so if my mother-in-law attempted to walk off unnoticed we could hear the bell. As my daughter and I talked all of a sudden we heard the bell. My mother-in-law was out and walking very fast. We literally had to run to catch her. I had not idea an elderly Alzheimer person could walk that fast. That was definitely a learning experience for me. As her stages progressed my daughter was able to find an alzheimer nursing home for her. 


2. Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

Did you know there are several stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. The 7 stages of Alzheimer's Disease are normal Outward behavior, very mild changes, mild decline, moderate decline, moderately sever decline, severe decline, and very severe decline according to Web,M.D.



3. Communication With Alzheimer's Patient

My daughter, who had training with Alzheimer patient's, told me one day as I was talking to my mother-in-law, “Mama you can't talk to her like that.” “That can agitate her.” I was not aware of that at the time. According to the Alzheimer's Association.Orgs., they emphasize not to make assumptions about the patient’s ability to communicate.

4. Symptoms of Alzheimer's

If you have a relative or friend that exhibits some of the following symptoms, you might want to take them to the doctor for a diagnosis: frequently forgets conversations, can no longer manage checkbook or problem solving, cannot remember how to get home, or experience rapid mood swings. These are just a few of the possible symptoms according to Helpguide.org.

5. Can Alzheimer’s disease be Prevented?

According to Helpguide.org., researchers have found you may be able to prevent or delay Alzheimer’s by following 6 pillars in your daily life. They are as follows: regular exercise, social engagement, healthy diet, mental stimulation, quality sleep, and stress management. To me it sounds like your lifestyle plays a very important role.

You may be able to reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease by 70 to 80% according to Dr. Neal Barnard in an Abcnews article. He emphasizes the importance of vegetables, legumes, fruits, and whole grains as part of your diet. He further suggests cooking with stainless steel or cast iron cookware. I love my whole grains and my cast iron skillets. I can honestly say I even fill the difference in my body when I eat whole grain. So although there is no guarantee of prevention of Alzheimer's there are a few things you can do and I call these things (preventative maintenance).

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Thank You to My Blog Followers

I want to take the time to say thank you to my blog followers and fellow bloggers. Your comments and your likes are so much appreciated. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read my blog. I am so grateful for you. I want to let you know that you have not gone unrecognized or unnoticed. I am constantly learning something new from my fellow bloggers. I do appreciate that you share your knowledge. I really cannot thank you enough. You may not realize it, but you have done so much for me.



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