Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The old year blows away

It has been so windy here. It makes me wonder if it isn’t just that the earth is spinning faster. It certainly feels that way for me sometimes. As 2008 blows away, I think about how lucky I have been; despite an unkind larger world, my year has been one of the best!

In 2009, I plan to keep plunking along doing what I am already doing, but perhaps at a slightly slower speed.

What do you see for yourself in 2009?

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A taxing season

Who will be your tax preparer this year?

Check out my newest article about tax preparation at

So, will you prepare your own taxes? Are you getting ready now?

Monday, December 29, 2008

Deal or no deal

I drove on icy roads to get to the Deals Store across town. Where else can you get microwave popcorn, four packets for a dollar? In fact, everything in the store is only a dollar! But, the store entrance was locked. I peeked through the window. I was devastated. The shelves were completely empty. On my way home, I noticed a huge “For Lease” sign at the Goodwill Thrift Store.

What is going on here? Aren’t these the kind of stores that do well in a troubled economy?
I might as well cut up my one credit card and become a recluse.

Where can I find bargains on food and clothing?

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Advice on ice

On Christmas Day, during my daily walk, despite moving extraordinarily slowly and carefully, I slipped on the ice and fell on my back. Thankfully, my porous bones appear to be intact. But, I knew that I badly needed advice on how to stay vertical in icy weather. What to do?

Ah ha! Rain, snow, sleep, hail, and ICE. I’ve never seen a mailman take a tumble. So, yesterday, I asked our man in uniform, and he recommended something that slips onto the bottom of shoes and sells for $20. They are actually marketed for ice fishing and sell at sporting goods stores.

Our local stores were all sold out of this amazing product, so I ordered it online. Maybe this will put a jinx on any future ice, the way washing your car seems to make it rain. I might need to pack up my fishing gear, and head north to Duluth.

I love my Yak Trax!

How do others keep from falling in slippery weather?

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Jogging Junkies

You can recognize these people by the pained look on their faces. Icy roads don’t keep them in the house, nor do 90 degree summer scorchers with 100% humidity.

I am a big fan of exercise if it’s enjoyable. That includes walking, bicycling, tennis, using my chain saw to cut up a neighbor’s old porch lumber for firewood. But jogging outdoors in adverse weather looks miserable.

Can someone please explain the joy that comes from this demented sport?

Friday, December 26, 2008

Tamale Tradition

Ho ho ho

Why bother with turkey or ham? Dare to be a little different. We made tamales on Christmas. Yum. I never knew what went into them. Lots of work, and lard.

Any unusual holiday traditions at your house?

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Holiday Travel

Happy Holidays!

If you are travelling, be sure to read my newest article on, Six Ways to Avoid Excess Baggage Charges.

What holiday travel tips would you like to share?

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Clue-less in Champaign

Miss Scarlet told me, in the kitchen, with the wall phone. Hasbro, in an effort to be in tune with the times, revamped the beloved game Clue. I’m so glad I sold my Hasbro (HAS) stock before this modernization occurred. Colonel Mustard (we now know on a first name basis as ‘Jack’) didn’t do it in the library; he did it in the spa. And, why, in today’s “going green” world, couldn’t Hasbro conserve the conservatory?

I feel a sense of grieving. I may need to find the bawl-room and have a good cry.

Why can’t people let good things remain the same? Change for the sake of change can’t possibly be good, can it?

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Last night we went to a fabulous concert of choral, madrigal and orchestral Baroque Holiday music. The walk to the event was lovely. Peaceful and calm weather and perfect for an evening walk. But during the course of the two-hour event, the temperatures must have dropped about 20 degrees and the winds stirred up in a very big way. Brrr

How are you staying warm this winter?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Lots of latkes

Happy HanukahFour Sides, Eight Nights: A New Spin on Hanukkah

Last night we lit the first of the eight candles. I may have eaten eight latkes, one for each night of Hanukah Could this be my own little tradition, perhaps?

What are your favorite holiday traditions?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Brighter Days Ahead

It’s amazing to me that after today, the days start getting longer. In a way I find that expression a bit deceptive. In this 24/7 world, there isn’t much one can’t do anymore at 3:00 am, that they can do at 3:00 pm. We still have the same 24 hours for sleep, work and play. But there is something energizing about seeing more daylight. It makes us happy and more productive.

How do you use the extra hours of daylight?

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Icy daze

It’s icy here, and in many other places also. There’s not much good about that. Cars are sliding. People are falling. Accidents. Injuries.

Turn on the news. Any time they are showing an ice storm, what do you see? There’s some guy in a tree buzzing away with a chain saw.

I have a chain saw and I have a wood burning stove, too. I already had one call friend a friend with a fallen branch in her yard. More firewood....who could refuse that with these high heating bills.

Ah, how I like to see the positive side of everything I can. What good do you see in adverse weather?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Udderly Smooth

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Winters in Illinois can be dry indoors, even when the weather is wet outdoors, especially if you live with a wood burning stove. Though I don’t have flyaway hair, nor do my socks stick together, and I never get “sparked” when I touch a light switch, I got tired of having cracked, dry fingers. Ouch, they sting much worse than paper cuts. And worse, it makes blogging really difficult. Can you imagine!!!!

My friend turned me on to Udderly Smooth. It comes in a tube and sells for $4.99 at the large discount store. According to the small writing on the container, the product was developed for dairy cows, but I don’t take offense, because, at least so far, Udderly Smooth, IT WORKS!

Does anyone have any other products to recommend for dry winter skin?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Deb on the web

I’m looking in the corners of my writing room and pondering something that’s always puzzled me. If spiders make spider webs, what makes cobwebs?

I really some need some help with this. Anyone?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


I can brag that not too many things scare me. But one terrible phobia I have is driving near those big trucks hauling eight-or-so new cars. I’ve studied them carefully. Short chains seem to hold the cars on the rack as they bounce along the highway at 65 miles per hour or more. We all know that a chain is as strong as its weakest link.

I’ve never actually heard of one of those little chains snapping, so maybe this phobia is not at all reality based. Has anyone ever heard of this happening? Maybe I don’t really want to know. I might end up needing a good shrink!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mozart or bust

Every time I tell this little anecdote, it makes me smile. I hope you will smile, too.

I was reading a short biography to teach first graders about Mozart. Pointing to the bust upon the piano, I questioned, “What can you tell me about the old days?”

One student confidently raised his hand. “People didn’t used to have arms!” he exclaimed.

I didn’t want to embarrass him when I impulsively chuckled. “Actually, Mozart had very good arms. He used them to play many musical instruments and write beautiful music.”

Monday, December 15, 2008

White Magic

I woke up at 3:00 this morning to go…well, you know. Anyway, I did what any reasonable person would do ---I went to the kitchen and decided to make yogurt from scratch. I figured I could save twenty dollars a month by making my own. Also, I wouldn’t have all those empty yogurt containers to discard.
The process is easy. You basically boil milk, add starter which is just yogurt you already have, and keep it warm for about four hours. I used my food dehydrator for that since I seldom dehydrate food. Maintaining the correct temperature is the key to success with this project.
Well, I was disappointed that my homemade yogurt is not unlike clumpy milk with a slight “bite” to it. I guess I will be making flavored “yogurt” shakes for a few days. Nutritionally, that’s really not a bad idea. I’ll admit that this is definitely not the first cooking failure I’ve had. My problem with food prep may have started in seventh grade home economics class when I mistakenly added ¼ cup instead of 1/4 teaspoon of salt to a batch of cookies. Maybe that’s when my high blood pressure started!
Does anyone have any major or minor cooking crises at their house?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Love the gov?

He doesn’t choose to live in the Governor’s Mansion, but he might end up living in the Big House. Arrogance and thinking that you are above the law can do that to a man. O.J. finally got his comeuppance, so let’s hope that happens to Rod B. I never did learn how to spell or even pronounce our governor’s name; I guess now it might not really matter. Illinois needs to start building more prisons to house its wayward politicians. But, just for the record, I did NOT vote for Rod either time.

What do people in Illinois and other states have to say about Illinois politics?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Egg shell sees day oh!

Gloria in excelcius deo. Scribble the phonetic spelling all over your choral music score and you can sing in any language: Italian, French, German and even Latin. Your audience and your friends will be impressed at your linguistic versatility, so don’t divulge this musician’s little secret.
It was an exhilarating evening being in one of the three combined choirs, approximately 120 singers, with full orchestra at the performing arts center. We performed in the Great Hall, and everything about the evening was great. We sang John Rutter’s Gloria as well as several jazzy arrangements of holiday favorites.

What to you do that gives you this feeling of exhilaration?

Friday, December 12, 2008

A new art form?

My computer crashed. No, I don’t mean the hard drive. It was the actual computer that crashed. Over 15 years of owning a laptop computer and it finally happened. I dropped my computer; I tripped on the cord and it fell off the desk onto the floor. The good news is that I’m okay and that the processor works fine, otherwise you would not be reading this blog. The bad news is that the screen is shattered, so I am working with a borrowed monitor until I purchase my own.

The screen actually looks quite beautiful, resembling a masterpiece, almost like a Picasso. Perhaps someday I could sell it at an art fair for millions of dollars!

I thought I was the only person who ever did damage to a laptop computer, but as I asked friends for input on what to do, I heard a few good stories. Several folks spilled coffee, soda or juice on their keyboard, which made their keyboard non-functional. One person had their computer in a backpack while biking to work and fell off the bike. Ouch! A teacher friend has a three year old who put her brand new notebook computer in the bathtub filled with water. Not the best way to clean a computer!

What experiences have you had with your computer or other technology?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Double Talk

If you enjoyed my ABC article in Young Money, perhaps you'll find humor in this little anecdote.

Learning student names is challenging for a substitute teacher. The day I filled in for Mrs. Kelly’s second grade was especially exhausting. Every few minutes, the adorable girl wearing the bright green dress, intent on doing her work to perfection, was at my desk seeking approval for each math problem she completed. As the morning evolved, my patience quickly waned.

Finally, lunch time arrived. As the children lined up in alphabetical order, I could hardly believe my eyes. I thought I was seeing double. I now saw TWO identical girls wearing the same bright green dress standing together in the line. It never occurred to me that there were identical twins in my classroom. How silly I felt that I did not make this realization until mid-way through the day! One plus one does equal two; But two second graders asking too many questions equals one great memorable day teaching school.

What egg-on-your-face experience would you like to share?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Know Your ABCs

Young Money Magazine has published my my article, The ABCs of Substitute Teaching, in
today's online issue. Read it at, or use the link below.

What was your first job? How did this job impact your future jobs or career choice?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Election and You

Young Money Magazine,, will be publishing my blog; The Election and You, on Thursday December 11. Check it out!

How do you think your life will change as a result of the recent presidential election?

Monday, December 8, 2008

Under a spell

I like to think that I am diligent about spelling, grammar and typing. When I’m not, it’s because I am in too much of a hurry. Signs with errors drive me nuts. I think I remember seeing along the highway en route to Chicago “Illinois, buckle up its the law”. I thought my aging eyes simply missed the apostrophe, but my younger friends noticed the omission also.

I need a good chuckle. What errors have you caught on signs?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

If you can't credit, Deb-it

This is an editorial I wrote that was published in our local newspaper in mid-November:

Curious about my credit rating, I stopped in a local bank to get a free report. Happy with the results, I was ready to return home until the banker stopped me and offered a home equity loan. I’d never considered applying for a loan, until the banker asked me some questions. Did I want to make some improvements on my house? Did I want a new car? Did I anticipate any big expenses? Tempting, sure, but I responded with “no, no and no”. My sales resistance saved me from becoming another bad loan casualty. I figured, if I can’t afford it, I probably don’t need it.
But, not everyone can escape such an inviting opportunity to make pricey new purchases.
I hope that my recent banking experience was the exception rather than the rule. I’d like to think that our community’s financial institutions are acting responsibly regarding todays’ ailing economy and are part of the solution rather than the problem.

Regarding the current economy, what do you think banks should do to be part of the solution instead of the problem?

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Biking on the Roads on a Snowy Evening

Robert Frost wrote a poem about something like that, didn’t he? I look out my living room window and admire the fortitude of those brave cyclists who place importance on the environment, economy and on exercise over personal safety. Or maybe they know something that I don’t know. Perhaps their method of transport is indeed safer than driving or walking. What do you think is the safest way of getting around when there is wind and snow and ice on the street?

Friday, December 5, 2008

Taken for a ride

Yesterday, I rode the city bus to my appointments. Riding the bus is good for the soul. The world looks different through the windows of a bus; you get to see things that you wouldn’t otherwise notice. When was the last time you rode the bus? What was your bus experience like?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Land of Plenty

Plenty Magazine plans to publish my article, Five Step toward Dumping your Garbage Service, in the Land of Plenty section of their February/March 2009 issue. In the meantime, you can read more about Plenty Magazine on their website, Our local natural foods grocery sells the magazine.  

What are some ways that you reduce trash at your house?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Feeling Corny

What is it about snow on the ground that makes you want to eat cornbread? The rest of the year, I have no interest in starch, until winter weather comes knocking on my door. Here in Central Illinois, cornfields surround us in all directions, so perhaps this particular food craving is just a local phenomenon. But I’ve never heard any of my friends begging for cornbread, so I guess it’s just one of my quirks. What to do?

So I baked. This burst of domesticity scares me. I’m a stranger in my own kitchen; I nearly forgot how to use the oven. Admittedly, I’m not happy with my recent batch of cornbread. It doesn’t look fit for company, and it doesn’t taste too great either. (It’s amazing how a big glob of butter can rescue most any food.) I am looking for a cornbread recipe that does NOT use yeast, does NOT use sugar, but DOES use molasses. Can anyone help me remedy this cornbread crisis?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Happy Cyber Tuesday

Shopping at the mall bores me. Chopping with a maul brings me joy. (Read my article in Back Home Magazine and you’ll understand.) I don’t need to be the first person in line at the Mega Store to buy Chia Pets for my loved ones. So I shopped on line this year. It’s quick and easy. When it comes to holiday shopping, what’s your preference and why?

Monday, December 1, 2008

They were the best of times, they were the worst of times.

Why am I listening to the news? The economy is acting crazy. Terrible things have happened in India. Where can a person find peace? It is so important to keep our focus and not be caught up in negative things that we cannot control. I feel lucky that I can wake up and spend most of my days in a generally satisfying way. Can you think of something positive in your own life?

Sunday, November 30, 2008

It doesn't get any better than this!

Surprise. I looked out my window at dawn. A beautiful covering of snow, the first this season. Ah yes, winter in Central Illinois. It's Sunday. A fire is blazing in the wood stove. Can you smell it? I'm sipping my favorite herbal tea. Haydn is on the radio in the background. Can you hear the symphony? And I'm here surrounded by all this beauty, working on a story at my computer. Is this not a little slice of heaven?

Writing about Writing

  •, 2014, 08/01, Magazine Writing Business
  •, 2014, 12/01, Writing Opportunities
  •, 2015, 01/16, Teaching Writing Classes
  •, 2015, 03/01, Query letters
  •, 2015, 04/01, Marketing Agent
  •, 2015, 05/06, New Markets
  •, 2015, 07/20, Growing an Idea Bank
  •, 2015, 07/20, Online Presence
  •, 2016, 07/18, SEO-Friendly Writing

History, genealogy and research articles

  • Ancestry Magazine, September 2008, Still No Bill
  • Champaign County Historical Museum Newsletter, Summer 2007, House with a Life of its Own
  • Family Chronicle Magazine, Mar/Apr 2014, Canadian Jewish Genealogy
  • Grand Magazine, Nov 9, 2012, Genealogy with your Grandchildren
  • Inside Glenview Magazine, December 2013, Genealogy Glenview Style
  • Prime Life Times, November 2013, Getting Started in Genealogy
  • Untangling your Jewish Roots, on

Writing for children or about children

  • Essay writing for a major national testing organization
  • Fun for Kidz Magazine, Friends with Disabilities, the visually impaired student at school, July 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Debbie's Secret Diary, Feb 25, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Fun in Hamilton County Indiana, Jun 11, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Fun in Hamilton County Indiana, Jun 11, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Letter Writing, Jan 23, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Mothers & Daughters, Mar 29, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Nursing Grandchild, Apr 29, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Poem for my Grandson, Feb 27, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Safety at Grandma's, Feb 25, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Volunteering, Jan 23, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Bullying, Jan 3, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Children's Museums: Jan, 3, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Creative Writing w/your Grandchildren, June 27, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Don't let your Grandchild Make you Sick, June 7, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Fun in Central Illinois w/Grandkids, July 7, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Fun things to do at Grandma's, June 4, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Genealogy with your Grandchildren, November 9, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Gift that keeps on Giving, June 26, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Girls Just Want to Have Funds, July 7, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Grand Times at the Public Library, July 7, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: Homespun Activities w/your Grandchild, June 27, 2012
  • Grand Magazine: School Pictures, Jan 4, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Substitute teaching, Feb, 20, 2013
  • Grand Magazine: Vegetarian Grandchidlren, July 13, 2012
  • on Creative Writing Class for Children

Therapy publications by Debra Karplus

  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2004, 09/06, OT Bedside Manner Could Use Improvement
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 01/16, OT: Then & Now
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 01/20, Why Occupational Therapy?
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 01/27, Yoga & OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 02/04, Wheelchair Wonders
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 02/10, Home visit safety
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 02/17, Cursive writing
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 02/21, Grandmotherly advice
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 02/28, Mainstreaming for Special Ed
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 03/10, Disability Etiquette
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 03/17, Equestrian Therapy
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 03/24, Advertising OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 03/31, Lessons Learned
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 04/08, President with a Disability
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 04/14, Wheelchair Evolution
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 04/21, Favorite Patients
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 04/28, Rural OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 05/05, Bipolar Disorder
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 05/12, Splints
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 05/19, Willard and Spackman
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 05/27, Industrial Evaluations,
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/02, Presentations to Students
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/09, Insurance rules!
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/12, Working vacation for OTs
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/16, Drivers Ed and OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/23, Male OTs
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 06/30, Recruiters
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 07/07, Tattoos
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 07/14, Eleanor Clarke Slagle
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 07/21, The ADA
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 07/28, PhD in OT?
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 08/04, Handicapped parking
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 08/11, Squeamish OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 08/18, Gardening (tomatoes)
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 08/25, Manual Muscle Test
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 09/02, Medical Marijuana
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 09/08, Defining OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 09/15, Dress code
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 09/22, OT training?
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 09/29, Travelling OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 10/06, ADHD & OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 10/13, Stigma of Little School Bus
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 10/20, Malpractice
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 10/27, Disability Resource Expo
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 11/03, Voting & disability
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 11/10, PRN work & holidays
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 11/17, Staying well at work
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2014, 11/24, Service Dogs
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 03/18, Confidentiality
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 04/09, Disability & Mr Magoo
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 05/19, OT and Wii
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 05/26, COPD & OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 06/16, Singing & OT
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 06/23, Father's Day reminder
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 06/30, Online OT?
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 07/07, Choose health career & debt
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 07/13, Lou Gehrig's Disease
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 07/20, Backpacks
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 07/28, Fishing & ADA
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 08/04, Give credit
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 08/10, Getting along
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 08/17, Mindfulness
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 08/26, Aquatics
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 08/31, Fall prevention
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 09/09, Mom's advice
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 09/16, Respecting disabled
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 09/22, Laughter Yoga
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 09/30, Bike helmets
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 10/16, Joint pain & baby boomers
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 10/27, Helmets for falls
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 10/30, ALS eliminated
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2015, 11/10, Wheelchair sports
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 01/12, English Learners
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 01/18, Therapy on wheels
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 01/26, Body mechanics
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 02/01, Chair yoga
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 02/08, Stroke & memory
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 02/17, Spinal stenosis
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 02/22, Explaining disability
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2016, 03/03, Health fairs
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2017, 01/05, OT for daily tasks
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2017, 01/09, Aging in place
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2017, 01/20, Reflections one-handed
  • Advance for OT Practitioners, 2017, 01/26, Dog OT
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1994, Older Adults with Developmental Disabilities
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June, 1989, Activites Handbook and Instructor's Guide
  • American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1994, ADL Evaluations in Long Term Care Facilities
  • Grand Magazine, June 12, 2012, Your Grandchild with ADHD
  • Grand Magazine, June 12, 2012, Your Grandchild with Asperger Syndrome
  • Grand Magazine, May 11, 2012, Your Grandchild with a Physical Disability
  • Grand Magazine, November 12, 2012, Grandchild with Developmental Disability
  • Grand Magazine, October 8, 2012, Your Grandchild & Special Education
  • Item writing for a therapy testing organization
  • Journal of Rehabilitation, July 1994, Invaluable Guide to Life after Stroke
  • Occupational Therapy Forum, April 3,1989, Wheelchair Accessibility
  • Occupational Therapy Forum, July 22,1994, Psychosocial Impact of Stroke on the Family
  • Occupational Therapy Forum, May 29,1989, The Self-Employed Occupational Therapist
  • Prime Life Times, 2014, 03, Working with an OT
  • Prime Life Times, 2016, 03, Bathroom Safety at Home
  • Prime Life Times, 2017, 02, Tasks One-handed
  • Prime Life Times, 2017, 05, Aging in Place
  • Prime Life Times, 2017, 06, Preparing for Hip Surgery
  • The Therapist in Business: an Introduction to Private Practice, a book published by Cross Country, 2005
  • writer for National Board Certifying Occupational Therapists (NBCOT)

Family, home and lifestyle articles by Debra Karplus or Lee Doppelt

  •, Finding Free Firewood
  • Back Home Magazine, November 2008, Scavenge for Firewood
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2009, 09, Your Kitchen: a Food Factory
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 02, Food plus Family plus Friends
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 03, Avoiding Layoffs
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 04, Benefits of Volunteering
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 09, Free Firewood
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 10, Dumpster Diving with Panache
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 11, Home Safe Home
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 12, Bartering
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 01,Those Who Can,Teach
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 02, Tots & Tools
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 03, IRA or Roth
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 04, Resale Shops
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 05, Get Paid for Research
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 06, Roadside Assistance Plans
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 08, Managing your Banking
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 09, Cutting Back on Tree Trimming
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 10, Should You Be Alarmed?
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 11, Non-Traditional Housing
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 11, Opting for Co-ops
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 01, Be a Smarter Patient
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 03, Save Money with a Motorcycle
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 04, Farmers Market Selling
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 05, Habitat Store
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 05, Mulching
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 06, Seven Habits of Frugal People
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 07, Magic with Molasses
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 07, Rain Gardens
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 08, Senior Discounts
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 08, Work at Home
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 09, Composting
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 10, Finding Cheap Airfares
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 10, Soybeans
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 12, Income from Direct Sales
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 02, Mattresses
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 03, Discount Airlines
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 09, Baby Toys to Make
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 10, Affordable Fences
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 10, Buying a Chainsaw
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 11, Cast Iron Cookware
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 01, Carpeting purchase
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