Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sitting on top of the world

Having re-tired my car at the start of this season, I am impressed at the difference it makes in handling the snow.

For those of you with cars, what measures have you taken to have an easier and safer drive this winter season?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2010

If you had $2,010, you would say "two thousand ten".

But, I hear the broadcasters talking about the new year as "twenty ten". Are they just trying to save a syllable?

Any explanations?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The publishing industry in 2009

This year, 2009, was a tough year economically for many. The publishing industry was hit especially hard, nation-wide.

How has this year's economy impacted your community?

Monday, December 28, 2009

Sledding in the flatlands

We have one man-made hill here in Champaign-Urbana. Sunday's four-inch snowfall brought many families out to Centennial Park's hill for sledding.

Growing up in Chicago I have wonderful childhood memories of Dad taking a carload of us with our friends to Gompers Park for sledding.

What winter childhood memories do you have?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

A snowy Sunday in the Midwest







Don't worry; there's dry firewood in the house.

Sump pumps keep basements dry


A weird sight around here; days of heavy rain followed by snow. The sump pump has been humming and spewing water, which quickly turns to ice. The basement remains dry!

Writing for children's magazines

Most of my writing this past year has been financial and business. I'd like to do more writing for children, specifically for children's magazines.

I think Highlights Magazine is a very cool magazine and has been around for a very long time.

Any ideas of topics I might write about?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas with the American Family

He & his longtime girlfriend hosting:

his sister, her daughter & her new fiance

her son, daughter, her former sister-in-law, and her daughter (niece)

and everyone is glued to the wide-screen TV set

Welcome to the American family!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Dreaming of a wet Christmas

I peeked out the window early this morn. No snow, just lots of heavy rain. It's been raining here in central Illinois for several days.

I listened for the sound of sleigh bells, but all I hear is the humming of the sump pump in the basement. The good news is that the basement is still dry.

And, tonight is the Jewish Shabbat.

It just doesn't feel like Christmas here this year.

How will you spend this holiday?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Yoga at the Mettler Center

I've been doing yoga lately, and I had forgotten how wonderful it is. There are many different kinds of yoga.

Which kind of yoga do you prefer?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

University High School Madiigal Singers

I had the pleasure of hearing a concert by the Uni High Madrigal Singers. I enjoy a wide variety of music, but especially love madrigal singing. For many yeas, Rick Murphy has been the choral director at Uni and has led the Madrigal Singers. Kudos to the fine music program at Uni.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Busiest mail day

Why did I pick yesterday to go to the post office to buy a few stamps? Did I forget that this was the busiest day of the year for mailing Christmas packages?

Given that I do so much online that I use very few stamps, this was not my usual well-thought out effort.

Has your use of postage stamps also reduced in the past few years? Do you do more online?

Monday, December 21, 2009

The longest day

December 21. Winter begins. I am already longing for spring.

But the good news is that we start seeing more minutes of sunlight each day.

What is your favorite season?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

School counselors

I have great respect and admiration for school counselors. I don't remember schools having counselors when I was in elementary school in the late 1950s or in middle school in the 1960s. I believe that we had school counselors in high school in the late 1960s, though I never met with any of them.

Today, these people are present in all grade levels and they work very hard. They are available to help with personal and family situations of students, work with interpersonal relations (along with school social workers) between students, and increasingly they do grief counseling such as when a classmate dies.

School psychologists are more involved with testing and are especially involved with special education students.

What responsibilities do the counselors have in your school district?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Pacified teens

Several times, I have seen middle school and high school students sucking on a pacifier, the same kinds that infants use. I thought this looked rather silly.

I starting asking people and doing some Internet research.

Apparently, certain recreational drugs, specifically ecstasy, causes dry mouth, and consequently, the pacifier seems to help.

I find this rather sad. Curiously, I wonder if some of these young people may just be using the pacifier to give the illusion that they are drug users.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Being in a happy state

A recent study came out indicating that the happiest people in the United States lived in some of the southern states.

I was quite surprised to see Louisiana as number 1 in happiness. I was equally surprised not to see Wisconsin or Minnesota on the list.

I really wonder what research techniques were used to gather such data.

Does anyone know about this?

Litterbugs

Littering seems to be a growing problem around here. It drives me nuts! I often walk around the neighborhood and pick up trash.

Is this a problem in your community?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Food and drug interaction

Food and drug interaction is important to be aware of. I was surprised to learn that grapefruit juice must not be used if you take certain blood pressure or cholesterol medications.

Licorice is contraindicated if you are on blood pressure medicine, as is any cold medicine that ends in the suffix "-fed".

Be sure to read the labels and instructions that come with your prescription.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cheating

Cheating is a lose-lose situation. People just don't seem to understand that.

This is finals week in our schools. I am always amazed that the students who cheat are usually the students with the lowest grades. But, guess who they cheat from; they get test answers from other students with lower grades. Who wins?

And, shame on you Tiger Woods. What were you thinking?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tax planning

This is the time of year to do your last minute tax planning for 2009.

Additionally, the IRS offers some new and enticing opportunities in 2010 for converting your traditional IRA into a Roth IRA.

Take some time. Crunch some numbers.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Movie to see: Everybody's Fine

Everybody's Fine is an excellent movie.

Pack some tissue for the sad parts and see this film!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Duct tape and plantars warts

Here's little tidbit that I stumbled upon while playing on the Internet. A well-publicized 2002 study concluded that duct tape, (that big roll of gray tape that patches just about anything at home, and never seems to get used up), when put on a plantars wart for several days, will remove the plantars wart.

What experience has anyone had with this home remedy?

A clean Lexus

Washing the car has its own culture. On a given warm sunny Saturday morning, millions of Americans are having their cars washed.

Car dealers such as Lexus have turned this into an extravaganza. The Lexus dealer in Glenview in north suburban Chicago, for example, serves a generous buffet of lox and bagels and other savory goodies to enjoy as your car becomes clean and beautiful again. Friends meet friends at the Lexus dealer each Saturday morn.

A frugal, do-it-yourselfer, I take my car in the driveway and use the garden hose and liquid detergent to beautify my Honda Civic. Then I head into my own kitchen for some home-made delicacies.

If you have a car, how do you keep it clean?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Penny wise but pound foolish?

I love school bake sales. It feels good to support a club while eating yummy sweets. Helping the drama club pay for a trip to Scotland, for example, is a noble cause.

But, I was a bit baffled by this one. The eco-club was trying to raise $150 with their recent bake sale to pay for sensor lights in the school that would help the school "go green".

What's wrong with this picture?

Friday, December 11, 2009

School photos

Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s, I attended Green School for K - 3 grade. The school building, now used for offices rather than a school, was named after William Green. Doing a Google search, I was not sure who Green was.

The school photos of the 1950s have a distinct look. They were in black and white and the entire class was lined up. We little girls always sat in the front row.

I still have all my old school pix. I was absent for the Kindergarten photo. In the first grade photo, by ruffled petticoat showed way below my pretty plaid skirt. Embarrassment! The second grade picture showed little Debbie with a perm gone awry, truly a bad hair semester.

Today, they take individual color photos of school children, but I don't know of any school that still takes the group picture. What a shame.

Do you still have your old school photos?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Nightly Business Report

I am not much of a TV watcher, but I do enjoy the Nightly Business Report on PBS. We see it at 5:30 PM Central time.

The reporting is excellent and thorough.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wintery weather

Brrrrrrr.

Very windy, cold, and trying to snow here in Champaign-Urbana.

Winter has truly arrived.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Baking challah


Challah is a Jewish braided bread, eaten on Shabbat (the Jewish sabbath) while saying a special prayer. The secret ingredient is egg, not used in most other yeasted breads.

Up to the challenge, I tried baking some challah this morning, and much to my surprise it looks decent and tastes fabulous. I topped it with poppy seeds, but you can top it with sesame seeds or make it plain.

Earthquakes in Illinois

Here in Champaign-Urbana, the central part of Illinois, the major bad weather we get is tornadoes in April.

But in my many years living here, I remember two earthquakes. At 4.37 am, April 18, 2008, we experienced an earthquake, 5.4 on the Richter scale. I had been asleep in my second floor bedroom, and was startled, thinking that my then-101 year old house had collapsed and that my bed and I would end up in the bedroom. The morning news set me straight on the facts.

In the early 1990s, my pre-teen son was playing ball on the front porch one June day. In the kitchen cooking dinner, I felt the entire house shake and scolded my son, telling him to play ball in the backyard instead. That turned out to be an earthquake, also.

What interesting weather stories do you have to share?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Clothing labels

When did it become fashionable to wear clothing labels on the OUTSIDE?

I think it is a real cheesy way to advertise.

Your thoughts?

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Champaign-Urbana Ballet

The Nutcracker Ballet performed at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts was totally awesome. The scenery, costume and performance were top notch. Tears filled my eyes during the snowflake scene at the end of Act I.

I really love hearing the harp and all the strings.

Kudos to the Champaign-Urbana Ballet Company.

Is there a ballet that you especially enjoy?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Champaign Holiday Parade

People lined the streets of downtown Champaign last night as the annual holiday parade went by, with decorated floats, music, carolling,high school marching bands, and candy. Though, I have been to most every Champaign-Urbana Freedom Celebration each July 4th since 1974 (I missed 1989 & 1998), I have never been to the night-time Christmas celebration downtown as it typically conflicts with our symphony tickets.

Wow, what an entertaining event!

How does your town celebrate the holiday season?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Charitable contributions

I love the time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love the music, the parties, cards and letters from out of town friends.

But, I am tired of unsolicited calls and letters of organizations asking for my donation. It makes me NOT want to give them any money.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

ABCs

I'm a reasonable typist, not super speedy, but fast enough. My fingers instinctively know where to find the keys.

But, the other day, I typed on a keyboard which also had Hebrew symbols and it really messed up my brain.

Have you used a keyboard in another language? I'd like to hear people's experiences.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The waiting room

Sitting in the waiting room of a small local car repair shop, I was intrigued by the other people waiting, an odd mix of people, telling their private business to perfect strangers. The lady sitting beside me told me all about her recent drug-free six months since rehab and about her son in jail; The minister in the auto waiting room insisted that he doesn't need to go to the seminary to become clergy. And there was also a former local TV news anchorwoman.

Bartenders and hair stylists must find themselves in this position of "cheap therapist" every day.I never really watched the TV show Cheers, but I am guessing that was the premise of the show.

Can you think of other places where this strange phenomena exists?

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Who's talking?

Got the bejeebers
All the way to Timbuktu
Got the wilies

Where did these expressions come from? And who uses them now?

Can you think of others?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Spelling bee

An excellent speller, I have never been in a spelling bee. I find the idea of spelling bees to be intriguing. There have even been some movies about them in recent years.

What experiences have YOU had with spelling bees?

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Making rustic furniture

Yesterday, as the Urbana Farmer's Market (which is now indoors at Lincoln Square Mall), I was attracted to the booth of the Woodlanders who make rustic furniture. These folks make furniture, ornaments, art, etc from twigs and pieces of wood. Dan Mack has written several books about this.

I also love looking at chain saw art and sculptures.

Maybe I need to spread my wings and dabble in this. The national Woodlanders group holds several workshops, including one in Wisconsin (a four hour drive from here)with a weekend of hands-on experience to learn how to make things.

Has anyone done this?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Black Friday

Getting to the stores at 4:00 am to get holiday gifts makes no sense to me. Sure, I get up early (check the times on my blog postings), and yes, I am frugal, but, my time is worth something. And so is my safety.

How did the Friday after Thanksgiving get this name? (Retailers being "in the black" after all that shopping?)

I did my shopping online. I found a great science lab for kids through Amazon.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Birthday

I started this blog the Friday after Thanksgiving 2008, and here we are a year later, with approximately 330 postings by me. So, I have kept up almost daily.

My intention was to use the blog to promote my published writing (averaging 3-4 per month), and to provide commentary on live music performances, food, books to read, gardening and sustainable living, and miscellaneous chatter about quirks and observations about life and about my days.

I hope I have succeeded and kept people interested.

Onward!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Giving thanks

Excellent health, loving and supportive family and friends, a comfortable home, yard and community, venues to hear fine quality live music, engaging hobbies, audiences that appreciate my writing, healthy food, good water and clean air, opportunities to teach and mentor children and adults.

What do YOU have to be thankful for this year?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

White erase boards

What is the intrigue of white erase boards and markers? Kids love them.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sarah Culberson - a true princess

I had the pleasure of attending a presentation at school by
Sarah Culberson. She is the sister of one of the teachers at Carrie Busey Elementary School. Adopted shortly after birth here in Central Illinois, Sarah sought info about her birth family, only to discover that she was part of royalty in Sierra Leone. Her book was published this past summer. She is quite a dynamic speaker.

Passionate about genealogical research, I was intrigued by her story.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The holiday season

Many of my friends feel that the holiday season may be highly over-rated. The holidays remind people of what they DO NOT have, instead of being appreciative of what they do have.

How do you enjoy the holiday season?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Driving in winter

As a child, growing up in Chicago, with its tough winters, I remember people changing to snow tires, putting chains on their tires, and warming up their cars.

It's been years since I've heard of anyone doing any of these things to prepare for driving in winter.

Do they?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sense about scents

My sensitive nose cannot handle strong perfume. It is especially challenging in a car, office or other small enclosed place.

Do these people just not smell how strong their scent is?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Strange sights

Yesterday, it was raining hard. While driving, I spotted a man face down on the sidewalk. Worried that he had fallen and was injured, I pulled over and stopped. Apparently he had not fallen at all; before I could get out of the car, I noticed that this guy doing push-ups. Hmm. Seemed odd.

While on the highway, I passed a pick up truck with a trailer; on the trailer was a helicopter. A strange sight indeed.

What unusual sights have you spotted while out and about?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Friday the 13th

Last week was Friday the 13th. The day went by without mention.

How and when did the number thirteen get to be unlucky? Anyone...

( I think it's funny that hotels do not have a floor numbered "13".)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lightning Strikes the Colonies- a book to read

I know author C.L.Fagan, of Lightning Strikes the Colonies, and she has worked very diligently writing this book. Amazon.com sells Lightning Strikes the Colonies. I read several 5-star ratings that predict that Fagan's book will be a bestseller.

Check it out!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Alfred Hitchcock Frenzy

I love watching Alfred Hitchcock movies. They are so incredibly well done. but, in my opinion, they must be in black and white to be enjoyable.

The other day, I brought home 'Frenzy'. It was in color, and I couldn't bring myself to watch it.

What to do?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Onlne College and scholarships - Young Money

Check out my latest article, Finding Free Funds for your Online College Degree on www.youngmoney.com.

http://www.youngmoney.com/financial_aid/finding-free-funds-for-your-online-college-degree/

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Re-tiring this week!

Well, the verdict is in; My car needs new tires. I'm good with that. It's a 6 year old car & knowing the cost of the new tires, I calculate that it cost me $4 per month to have tires. A nominal amount.

So, here's the tricky part. I am NOT a wasteful person. The tire dealers routinely charge to dispose of the old tires. I'm okay with that, also.

But it occurred to me that there may be some use (in the yard, perhaps) for the old tires.

I welcome your suggestions.

Lady bugs

They're EVERYWHERE!!! Some seasons we get huge numbers of lady bugs, outdoors and in. Other autumns we don't see many of them.

Does anyone have an explanation for this?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Gutter mutter

In the gutter again: an Ode to Fallen Leaves

The leaves are down, the trees are bare,
The air is still and dry.
Time to clean the gutters;
There's to better way to try.

So up I went through the bedroom window,
Got onto the roof carefully.
My leaf-stuffed gutters are now
Just as clean as they can be!

Password

The first time I encountered the word "Password" was the game show in the 1960s. Out cousin was on that show back then. I think the game show is still on TV, but I don't know.

Today, all of us have many many passwords for just about everything we do online and off.

i am generally a very organized person, but I have no clue how to keep track of all my passwords, especially since I periodically change them. Some require numbers, some letters, some both. And it's a good idea NOT to write them all down somewhere.

How do YOU suggest a person keep track of their many passwords?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Dear Grandmother

We used to call our grandmothers "Grandma Jones", for example. We used their LAST name My little grandson calls me "Grandma Debbie". His big sister just calls me "Debbie".

Grannie? Grandmother? Grandma? Oma? Bubbie?

What do you call your grandmother? What do your grandchildren call you?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Initial reaction

A message from Debra L. Karplus, MS, OTR/L (registered and licensed occupational therapist with a Master's Degree)

Many people have initials after their name. Most of the time, I don't know what they stand for.

What's up with this.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Elderhostel

Elderhostel has many affordable travel opportunities.

I'd like to hear people's experiences, good or bad, travelling via Elderhostel.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

H1N1

Disease or hype?

What do YOU think?

And, by the way, I am curious. WHAT is "H1N1" the abbreviation of?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Smoking around children

I find it so sad when young children at school smell like cigarettes. What a share that they need to be subjected to the risks without having any choice, at such a young age.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Detector rejecter

A caring friend gave me a carbon monoxide detector for a gift. I plugged it into a strategic location near the stove. Its green light shone. It remained quiet, a good sign, so I appropriately ignored it.

One day, I came home to hear it buzzing. Its red light was on. I unplugged it and put it in a new location. The buzzing persisted. I moved it again. I became disgusted with my new high tech device and tossed it aside.

Then it occurred to me. Perhaps I have a carbon monoxide leak. I restored the detector to its original position and it buzzed once again.

I didn’t know what to do so I phoned the power company. They came to my house quickly and alerted me to the fact that I did, in fact, have a carbon monoxide leak in my oven. They disconnected my oven and left quickly.

I learned to treat my technology with respect and never again be a detector rejecter.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Gift giving

Some people are good at gift giving. This is a skill that I have never mastered. And the holiday season is quickly approaching.

My friend Jack used to send me his homemade fruitcake. Jack died last March 25, and though I miss Jack often, I don't miss the fruitcake.


For many years a client in St. Louis used to mail homemade fudge to me each holiday season. Several years ago, a box from her arrived, but the box cover said "Parquetry Blocks". Though we occupational therapists find these blocks useful with some of our patients with fine motor and perceptual motor dysfunction, I was a bit disappointed not to have fudge. Hurriedly, I tossed the unopened box in our game closet with monopoly, Scrabble and the others.

Last year my friend Diana came over with her five year old son. He seemed bored, so I showed him the game closet. Confused, he brought the opened Parquetry blocks box to me. What was fudge (now, quite aged) doing in this box. Did I ever feel silly!

What gift giving stories can you share?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Obesity

Obesity is a growing problem in this country. I feel very lucky to have good genes and good eating habits such that I can maintain 110 pounds on a 5 foot 2 inch frame.

But, on TV, when they frequently have stories about obesity, they always show real (headless) obese people walking down the street.

I guess they don't need their permission to air these shots. I just think it would feel awful to be watching a story about obesity on TV and see YOUR large body on the screen.

Hmmm...

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Be a subject in medical research?

There are some interesting studies that pay subjects to participate in medical research. I find this very interesting.

Some of the sleep studies pay as much as $9000. That's more than just pocket change, but I wonder what they put you through for that kind of dough.

What experiences have you had as a subject in a study?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Physical Education

Physical education classes are required for all grades K-12 in Ilinois. But growing up in the 1950s in Chicago, I don't remember ever taking PE until I was in a 6th grade junior high school in the suburbs.

Has PE always been a required class?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Kohl's Children's Museum in Glenview, IL

We brought four generations and spent Halloween at this fabulous interactive museum. It was especially fun seeing all the other children there in costumes.

What is your favorite museum?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Bottled water

Perhaps I'm spoiled by good drinking water here in Champaign-Urbana, or perhaps I'm just clueless, but I just don't understand the bottled water craze.

Why pay for something that you can get for free?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Substitute Teachers

http://www.galleryofwriting.org/writing/1501325

My newest published article: How to Keep Substitute Teachers Happy in Your School

http://www.galleryofwriting.org

search article # 1501325

Friday, October 30, 2009

Patrol boys

Growing up in the city of Chicago, I remember depending on the patrol boys, kids that were 5th grade or older, to get us across busy streets safely as we walked to and from school.

I have no memories of patrol boys when we lived in the suburbs, but I rode the yellow school bus for school transportation, so I may had just had no dealings with them.

Today, they call them safety patrol, as they have included girls as safety 'officers' in this age of equality.

Do they have safety patrol where you live?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Champaign Central High School's drama department

Excellent performance of Sweeney Todd. The acting, singing, dancing, choral work, orchestra, set and sound was all over the top.

Nice job, Central!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Superior Camp Experience

Check out my latest published article on the National Gallery of Writing at:

http://www.galleryofwriting.org

search Travel writers, Illinois, United States

or use the link on this blog.

Enjoy!

Faculty Lounge

What's in the faculty lounge at your school?

coffee?
donuts or healthy snacks?
free books to take?
other free stuff?
a microwave oven?
a TV?
a phone?
magazines to browse?
a sofa for resting?
a computer?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Leave the leaves

Leaves, leaves everywhere. Autumn in Central Illinois is breathtaking, but there sure are a lot of leaves to deal with when you have a yard with three very large old maple trees, four fruit trees, and some bushes. Plus, most of the neighbors don't deal with their leaves, so I have some of them on my lawn also.

My goal is to never pick up a rake. I do this by faithfully using my mulching mower ever few days.

It is illegal to burn leaves here. I have wonderful childhood memories of raking and burning leaves, and I used to do that here in Champaign until they made it illegal.

What ideas do you have for dealing with autumn leaves that isn't tough on an old lady's back?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Sticky situation

I walked into the 5th grade classroom. The chairs were upside down on the students' desks so that the custodian could sweep. I noticed petrified chewing gum under several of the seats. I don't think that gum under chairs ever gets removed.

My children went to school there 1981 - 1988. Had they been gum chewers, I might have suspected that this was their gum.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

National Gallery of Writing

http://www.galleryofwriting.org

This is a very cool web site! You definitely do NOT need to be an experienced or published writer to get on board. Nor do you need to live in the state where you want you short or longer piece of work in the writing "museum".

Be sure to check out the site and submit some sample of writing.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Tired or retired?

When making an appointment for a tire rotation, my service place (which happens to sell tires), insisted that a car with 46,000 miles must need new tires.

Being a skeptic and a cheapskate, I went online to find out how you can tell if when to buy new tires. I thought I'd find something rather technical. Instead, I found this:

Take a penny. Stick it upside down into the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, you need new tires.

Mr. Lincoln would be so pleased to know how his image is being used.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Strings teacher

Dream job: being the strings teacher at high school and middle school. Spending the day working with highly motivated students with an interest in playing classical music.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Coffee on the go

People used to drink morning coffee at home, and coffee at work, but when and how did coffee-on-the-go become so popular?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Big man on campus

Help wanted: University of Illinois is looking for a few good men, or women. We need a Chancellor, President & Provost. I never really knew what any of these do, but right now we have several vacancies.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Incinerators

As a child, I was intrigued by the incinerator in my grandma's apartment building. It seemed like you could throw any and all garbage into the incinerator.

Do they still use incinerators today? Are there restrictions as to what trash can go into an incinerator? It seems that there would be some environmental concerns.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Six year olds in the news

A 6 year old boy in the Denver area "disappears' in a weather balloon, only to be found hiding in the garage.

A different six year old boy near the East Coast gets suspended from school for 45 days because he's brought a Swiss army utensil for show-and-tell.

The world makes less sense to me every day.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Disability Resource Expo 2009

The annual Disability Resource Expo doesn't sound like a cool event, but let me tell you, they had the corridors of the mall filled with fascinating and useful booths and exhibits, and a huge number of people visiting the Expo.

The only reason that I was there, is that I sing in Parkland College Chorus, and we were invited to provides some of the entertainment for the Expo.

As an occupational therapist, I have heard this statistic many times, that one in seven of us will have a disability at some point in our lives. That is a number worth acknowledging!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Baseball caps

When did baseball caps become a necessary fashion accessory for young, and some older balding, men?

My neighbor moved in about two months ago, and I have never seen him 'hat-less'. At least he wears it with the brim facing toward the front!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Multi tasking

This morning I was on hold for a long time while trying to talk with a company who "values me as a customer". I know that because their recoded message mentioned that at least 25 times, as I waited.

I accomplished much while on hold including performing some computer tasks, and preparing my seven-course breakfast.

What experiences have you had while being on hold on the phone?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Xray vision at the airport?

I heard on the news that airport screening techniques will become far more high tech. Maybe I will be able postpone go the expensive biannual bone density test and instead get a cheap air ticket to anywhere. This could actually save me money and be much more fun!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

aha Moments

Mutual of Omaha is running an aha Moments program. Check it out.

What aha Moments have you had?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bullies

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/opinions/letters/2009/10/13/bullies_in_all_forms_need_to_knock_it

Read my editorial in today's edition of the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette,

www.news-gazette.com

Click on local news, then click on opinions.

Tell me what you think.

Perfect homemade autumn lunch

whole wheat dill bread - homemade
steamed squash, spinach and Swiss chard - from my garden
potato-onion soup -- homemade
salad with kale from my garden and sprouts grown in my kitchen
yogurt - homemade
soy milk - homemade

enjoy!

Monday, October 12, 2009

I-Pan Steel Drum Band

We walked to the Champaign Public Library yesterday, a perfect crisp autumn day with leaves turning beautiful colors.

Lucky us! The University of Illinois Steel Drum Band was performing there! How can you not feel good listening to the music of steel drums! After the show, I talked to the performers and was able to try the drums. Very cool! The band is open to new members; if you can read music (which I can), you learn as you go. Hmmm.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Listening to the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra at Krannert Center last night was a welcomed treat, quite different from my usual fare.

I have never learned to appreciate jazz. What can others share with me about their love of jazz?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Homecoming

Champaign-Urbana is a big football town, especially for the University of Illinois and for the local high school teams.

This weekend is homecoming for UI and for Champaign Central High School. Yesterday, I attended Central's Pep Rally. Cheerleading has changed much since I was at New Trier West High School in the late 1960s; the cheering has become more dance-like and much more provocative.

I have never been much of a spectator sports fan.

What is your favorite sport?

Friday, October 9, 2009

Pack rats and hoarders

Oprah has had several shows which featured pack rats and hoarders. I know several people who hoard things and have homes that are barely habitable, as a result.

I am the opposite. I am ruthless about getting rid of unused stuff and have an aversion to clutter.

Which type of person are you?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hiccups

What makes you get the hiccups? For me it's bread, especially dry bread.

How do you get rid of the hiccups?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Bucket List

Several years ago, I enjoyed the Jack Nicholson movie The Bucket List.

I don't have too much in my bucket list; I've actually done quite a bit already. Learning to play steel drums is in my bucket list.

What is in your bucket list?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Bundle of joy



Not exactly how your birthplace looked October 6, 1976

Today, it''s the Beckman Research Center on campus

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Hardy's Reindeer Ranch





We spent a lovely afternoon at Hardy's Reindeer Ranch, just outside Rantoul. The reindeer were cute & we got lost in the corn maze.

A farce

We enjoyed the play at Parkland College, Lend Me a Tenor. But, I have to admit, I've never really learned to appreciate the farce.

What forms of comedy do you prefer?

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Peanut allergies

Growing up in the 1950s, I don't remember hearing about anyone being allergic to peanuts. In fact, I don't remember people being allergic to much of anything; at least they didn't talk about it.

how is it that allergies, especially peanut allergies have become so prevalent and serious in the past ten years or so?

Friday, October 2, 2009

If I knew then...

I was interviewed by a national web site for an article. If I knew then...what would I do differently.

Very thought provoking.

How might you answer this question?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sifting through old stuff

Cleaning out a kitchen drawer, I found my old flour sifter. Frankly, I don't rememberever using it.

Do people sift flour anymore? What does sifting accomplish? What tools and appliances do you have lurking in your home that you no longer use?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fasting

Jewish people fast from sunset to sunset on Yom Kippur each fall to atone for sins. Other religions fast for other reasons. Some people fast for health reasons.

What experience have you had with fasting?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Changing of the seasons

I absolutely love the changing of the seasons here in Central Illinois. Though I am not a big fan of winter or of cold weather, I enjoy getting the house and yard ready for it.

Fall may have begun September 21, or after Labor Day in the eyes of some, but here the season changed at about 2:00 am when gusty winds turned our balmy 75 degree days much cooler.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Capitol Steps

Saw these folks, the Capitol Steps, at the Virginia Theater last night. Very very funny stuff!!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Longfellow genealogy

I met someone today who said she is a descendant of the famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who was born 1807 and died 1882. I am a big genealogy hobbyist.

Does anyone know anything about Longfellow's descendants? I know he had a son Charles born 1844 who may not have had children, and a son Ernest, born 1845, who probably is the ancestor of the person I met today. Longfellow's other four children were girls.

Anyone?

Classical music for all ages

I enjoy classical music and many of the live performances I attend are symphonies. No matter how many times I hear the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2 performed, it is always wonderful!

But, few people under fifty years old can be seen at the performances.

How do we get younger people interested in the classics?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

School librarian

One of the best jobs to have would be school librarian. You get to read stories to kids, preview and order books, and work in a generally relaxed environment.

What ideal jobs do you know?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Archaic adages

Like a broken record
Clockwise
Cheesecloth
Thimble

Adults all know what these are, most kids don't.

Can you think of more words or expressions that have lost their meaning over time?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bugged

I'm not sure if they are gnats or fruit flies or some other pesty insect, but large swarms of them are everywhere and they land on your clothes and skin and bite you. I have never experienced this before.

Could unusual weather be the cause?

Monday, September 21, 2009

Beer bellies

Are they really from drinking too much beer?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Guiding Light

It's been big news this week. The soap opera Guiding Light went off the air after 70 or so years. I've never watched it, or any other daytime TV. Seems like an incredible waste of time.

The closest I was to being hooked on a soap opera was Knot's Landing, a spinoff of the show Dallas, in the early 1990s. Looking back, I can't think about what drove me to waste my Thursday night's watching Val and Gary and the rest of the Ewings and neighbors often up to no good.

Today, I seldom watch TV. We don't have cable TV here and the only TV we have is about 9 inches in diameter. Since the digital switch this past June, we are limited to approximately 5 channels on a good day.

What is your favorite TV show?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

In the beginning

Before there was texting, there was Hebrew, a language that solely depends on 32 consonants (symbols), no vowels.

L'shana tova, to those who celebrate.

These are the best of times, they are the worst of times -- a joyful celebratory holiday, but sad that even in a small community such as this, tight police protection is required at places of worship.

Happy Jewish New Year!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Time to turn the garden

Soon it will be time to turn the garden. I do it twice a year, spring and autumn.

When you live somewhere without changing seasons, and you grow crops ongoing, WHEN do YOU turn the garden?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wrinkle remover

I nearly stopped when I spotted a sign saying "wrinkle remover". I thought I could have a younger appearance.

Then I noticed the place was a laundromat and that they removed wrinkles from clothing not faces.

Maybe I need my eyes examined

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Obama Health Reform

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ani Difranco plays at Krannert

Her concert was fabulous. I had never heard of Ani before, but obviously she has many fans who know her music. I gained a new appreciation for acoustic guitar.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Prairie Ensemble begins a new season

The Mozart piece was lovely.

Patrons walked in with a surprised look on their faces as they stepped into the Opera House for the receptions and performance. Few knew that the Opera House even existed and it is a real treasure of a building.

It turns out we have several old Opera Houses here in Champaign-Urbana that have been renovated as offices and housing.

What old opera houses exist in your town?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fighting Illini fans

I had forgotten that this was the opening home football game and had forgotten about traffic near Memorial Stadium.

Despite the evening kickoff time, there were tailgate parties all afternoon, making driving on the south part of town literally impossible all day and night.

This is about the only traffic issue we have here in Champaign-Urbana, other than what they call 'rush minute' at around 5 pm each weekday.

How is the traffic in your town?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Accumulating autographs

As a kid I accumulated a few autographs. I have them stashed away here, not sure where. But the autograph that I do remember is from Col. Sanders, the fried chicken guy.

We were on a family vacation, stopping in Arizona, Phoenix or Tucson, and there at breakfast at the Holiday Inn, we spotted the old colonel.

As an adult, I have never been particularly star-struck. I've been in close proximity to various celebrities, and they are just regular people like you and me, who just happen to have high profile jobs.

I've been on an airplane with Wilt Chamberlain, who needed the leg room way more than I did. Mom and I were on the Amtrak and had breakfast with George McGovern when he was campaigning in the early 1980s. I've been at a party with Garrison Keillor. But, I didn't chase after autographs of any of these folks.

What encounters have you have with celebrities and what autographs do you have?

Friday, September 11, 2009

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Krannert Center is one of the best reasons to live in Champaign-Urbana, home of the University of Illinois. Krannert has four indoor theaters plus one outdoors. The Krannert gift (Promenade) is lovely, and Intermezzo is a great place to have a delicious quality meal before or after the concert.

Last night was the annual Opening Night Party and we had a terrific time. The event was well attended and lasted well into the night.

What opportunities exist in your town for top notch entertainment, symphony, theater, dance and more?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

All aboard

I love trains. Sleeping with the windows open most nights, and living within a few blocks of the famous Amtrak City of New Orleans train and an east-west freight train, I find the sound of the train whistles to be calming.

I have fond memories of family trips on the Santa Fe and Zephyr.

What memories do you have of riding the train?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Background checks for new employees

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Lads & lasses with eyeglasses

When I see small children, and especially babies, who wear eyeglasses, I always wonder HOW the optician tested their eyes. It's not like they can read any of the letters on the eye chart. I have always been curious about this.

Anyone?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Feeling peachy


Prairie Gardens had fruit trees on sale for 60% off. So, I now have a new member in the family -- my new dwarf peach tree. It comes with a one-year guarantee. I am excited to see how well it does here. I planted it near a pear tree that produces well in that part of my yard.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Planting fruit & nut dwarf trees in Zone 5

I'd love to expand my backyard orchard.

What good or bad experiences have people in Zone 5 had with planting and growing peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and nuts?

Accolades for Andrae's Harley Davidson in Urbana

Kudos to the Harley Davidson folks for again hosting the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon here in C-U.

The Harley people here, and around the country are a good, generous, charitable community. Though I can't imagine I would ever ride a motorcycle, I have great admiration for the HDI Company.

Jerry Lewis is 84 and looking a bit worn down. I wonder how many more years he will be hosting this annual MDA event.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Advice on vase vice?

Labor Day weekend is good for a few activities, one of which is cleaning out the pantry cupboards. So what did I discover?

Over the past 30 years, I have collected over 22 flower vases. Why I, someone who is surprised by an occasional flower delivery has collected this many vases may be the 8th wonder of the world.

So, I need some ideas on uses for this gallery of odd sized and colored vases.

Anyone?

Downtown delight

Living near downtown of a college town is a real joy. There is something wonderful about being able to easily walk to fine entertainment and restaurants. Being near most bus routes is also a plus, especially in snowy weather.

What is the biggest advantage of your locations?

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Books about self sufficiency and sustainable living?

I'm ready to take sustainable living and self sufficiency to the next level.

What books can you recommend?

Honda Civic

I love my Honda Civic. This is the third one I've owned. It's amazing all the stuff I've been able to haul in the trunk over the years, mainly firewood, but also miscellaneous home improvement supplies from places like Menard's, Home Depot and Lowe's.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Teaching driver's education

Teaching driver's ed seems like a death wish to me. But I know several people who have been teaching behind-the-wheel for a long time and seem to love doing it.

I think the pay is crummy; but the teachers find it satisfying as they feel they can really make a difference and indirectly save lives.

The lab techs who do mammograms seem to feel that way, also.

What jobs can you think of that people like because they help save lives?

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Cucumber crunch

I was out in the garden picking big ripe tomatoes. I stepped on something crunchy.

It was a cucumber; I have many growing in the garden.

Who knew?

I love my Maytag

I have had my Maytag washing machine, longer than forever. It works great. but, it is noisy during the last cycle when the water is draining out.

Hearing that a Cash for Clunkers program for appliances might occur this fall, I visited the nearby locally owned appliance store to see what new washers are on the market.

The salesman/owner was very nice but would not/could not sell me a new appliance. He said that nothing I bought today would be as dependable and long-running as my Maytag.

Was he being lazy or honest?

I've decided to keep my current Maytag running until it decides to quit.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Food versus candy

A new law went into effect that puts a 'sin tax' on candy and soft drinks and other bad-for-you stuff. But, the way I understand it, anything that has flour in it, such as certain candy bars, are considered to be food. I thought I heard that yogurt is in the candy category.

This all seems rather strange to me.

Your thoughts?

Monday, August 31, 2009

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Thunderstorms

We had a whopper of a storm last night. Thunder and lightning that no one could possibly sleep through, plus very heavy rain.

I have family who have lived in the Denver area and also in Southern California who say that these intense rainstorms do not occur in those places.

Are these types of storms unique to the Midwest?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Brown bag lunch

I was nearly in a state of shock when during lunchtime, someone at work said to me "What are you eating? That looks good".

It was a cold salad I made of cooked kasha buckwheat groats), dill, lemon juice, and wheat grass. It was yummy and satisfying.

I am not particularly handy in the kitchen, and packing a healthy lunch for work has always been a challenge, especially since I am a chicken vegetarian.

I welcome your suggestions for healthy veggie lunches that can be eaten cold. I cannot count on having a microwave to use, plus, the lunch period is approximately 30 minutes.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Garage sales

Occasionally I find something useful at a garage sale, My best purchase was a sailboat that I used for many years before I sold it for much more that I paid for it.

Typically, I'm intrigued by the junk I see at these sales.

Garage sales are a great place for people watching. I had a garage sale in my yard in the mid 1990s. One of the items for sale was a recorder (similar to a flute). I was amazed at all the people who put it into their mouth and tried to play it. When my sale had ended, the recorder was one of the remaining unsold items.

What deals have you found at garage sales?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

It takes two to tango

Tango is big here. We have several people teaching tango and a variety of classes. I've tried it. It's fun and challenging. And the music is terrific.

Last night was a show of live music and performers from a group in Chicago. Four hundred people filled the theater. It was a wonderful evening of entertainment.

Is tango popular where you live?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Extreme Home Makeover

Even heard of Philo, Illinois? Of course not; Most people haven't. It's a little town just south of Champaign-Urbana.

Things are buzzing around here, literally, as ABC TV's Extreme Home Makeover is here in East Central Illinois doing their magic.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Special effects at the movies

Last night, I thought it was so cool the way the birds flying around in the film looked so 3-D. Then I realized there were bats in the theater.

We seem to have more bats around here lately, and especially more bats coming indoors.

Can anyone explain this phenomena?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Edible flowers

I like the idea of having a colorful garden. I seldom grow flowers. But I am learning that nasturtiums and the flowers on pumpkin plants are safe and tasty.

Any suggestions on good flowers to plant that are edible?

Penpals

When I was very little, I had a best friend. Her family moved when we were both 4 years old.

After a family visit at age 7, we were now old enough to write letters using our best printing, so we became pen pals. By third grade, we were corresponding using cursive writing.

Through college and marriage we maintained our communication with occasional visits in 1976 and 1977. But in the 1980s we lost track of each other.

But our mothers were in touch, and in the 1990s 'J' and I started writing again. Fifty years later, we are still corresponding, but now we use email.

What experience have you had with pen pals?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sustainable living

I am fascinated with the idea of sustainable living.

I already make my own yogurt and soy milk, grow my own sprouts, eat from my garden, heat my house almost exclusively with wood. I've even had several articles published in national magazines about this.

I am ready to take it to the next level.

Any ideas?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Government Forgiveness Loans

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Bats in the belfry

My neighbor told me that he caught a bat flying around in his living room. My friend around the corner has had similar experiences.

How do you keep bats out of the house? I want to stay proactive on this and I need your ideas.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Twitter

I am clueless. I attended a very informative seminar at the Champaign Public Library about Twitter. Perhaps I am old fashioned, but I just don't 'get it'.

What are some reasons to use Twitter?

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Meryl Streep movie

WOW. Definitely two thumbs up for the new Julia Child movie.

Go see it. We loved it!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Cash for clunkers

I ran into a colleague who told me that he tried to take advantage of the cash for clunkers program, but his 1994 3-speed was not good enough for the program. We both found humor in that.

Do you know anyone else whose car was rejected for the cash for clunkers program?

The Virginia Theater

We are lucky to have this glorious historic theater, The Virginia in historic downtown Champaign. Sometimes old movies, sometimes live music, other times musicals and plays.

Last night we saw the fabulous community production of Annie Get Your Gun.

Do you have an old theater in your town? How is it used?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Debbie's winery - coming soon!



I planted a spindly little grapevine May 13. It is looking healthy today. Grapes soon? Maybe next season.

How long does it take to get grapes?

Cant elope?



Last summer, I ate lots of cantaloupe. I put the seeds in the compost. Now look what's growing in my garden. I didn't plant them!

What volunteers do you have growing in your garden?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Heating with wood - kindling storage?

For 31 years I have been heating my home with wood, and I have mastered most of the steps to this process. The part that is still tricky for me is how to store kindling. I am a rather tidy person, so I am looking for something INEXPENSIVE that I can fabricate, preferably from scrap material. I have looked online with no results.

Any ideas?

Taboo on tattoo?

When did tattoos get to be so popular? I don't have any, nor does anyone I know, unless they keep their 'artwork' in private places.

I wonder if 20 years from now, people will have regrets about the tattoo(s) they have????

Any opinions out there about all this body artwork???

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Customer service extraordinaire

I love Central Illinois Bank; it has a wonderful small town feel.

I was surprised to get a call on my birthday wishing me the best.

What excellent customer service have you received from some store or business?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Not so cheery cherry tree


Planted in 1978, the semi-dwarf cherry tree in my backyard appears to be ill. Some of the leaves look translucent, many of the large branches have white blotchy stuff on them, and some of the branches including a few large ones have dried up and fallen to the ground. What to do?

So, I took some photos, threw some of the sick fallen branches in the trunk of my car, and headed over to the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension office where I was greeted by a knowledgeable Master Gardener who helped diagnosis the problem.

I felt like I was at the veterinarian's office with a sick puppy; in the waiting room were other people holding assorted branches and plants and things.

The Master Gardener program is wonderful. Several of my friends have gone through that program. I have hopes of someday being a Master Gardener of Master Naturalist.

What ideas or solutions do you have for rescuing my cherry tree?

Friday, July 31, 2009

Lawn boys

Little boys, little toys, big boys, big toys. Heard that expression?

People here have small lawns, yet there is an abundance of riding lawnmowers in this town. I find this amusing.

Is this just a local phenomena, or do people use riding lawnmowers on small lawns in your area? I am curious.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Happy Hour

I love eating and drinking at Steak n Shake. We have three of them here in Champaign-Urbana, but I don't think Steak n Shake is all over the US, is it?

I especially love SNS now that they have their drinks for half price from 2 - 4 each weekday afternoon.

What better way to get calcium and protein than with a reduced-price chocolate malt!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I scream you scream

Sitting in my living room yesterday afternoon, I was jolted by the jingle of an ice cream truck outside my house. I can't remember the last time I saw an ice cream truck around here. But when it started playing the second movement of Dvorak's New World Symphony (Largo), I knew I was hooked; so I bought a fudgesicle. Yum.

It brought back wonderful childhood memories o waiting in line with neighbors at the Good Humor truck each night after dinner.

What memories do you have of the ice cream truck of your childhood?

Monday, July 27, 2009

Shop til you chop




One of Champaign-Urbana's treasures is the Landscape Recycling Center.A mega-outdoor 'supermarket",one can buy cut firewood, mulch, rock, and so on, but you can also get large and not-so-large chunks of firewood for FREE. Being a bit of a squirrel, I am 'stocking up' for winter. It is amazing what will fit in the trunk of a Honda Civic!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Be fruitful



How exciting to see that my three pear trees are bearing fruit gain this season.

Thank goodness for my juicing machine. Last summer I had enough extra pears to share them with good friends and neighbors.

What is your favorite thing to grow?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Get cookin'

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Grass Roots




Grass Roots Revival is a wonderful blue grass band here in CU. Tonight's outdoor concert at West Side Park with perfect calm, sunny weather made the evening spectacular.

We live a block from this park. I mentioned it in a blog in June. The band shell was recently re-built. Teddy Roosevelt stood in that very spot in 1912 in the original band shell.

Our dog Harold loved jumping in the fountain in the center of the park. Apparently, he could not read the sign that prohibited going in the water.

Sadly, wild storms a few weeks ago, knocked down a few of the big trees there. I took some pix of the damage.

Familiarity

Vacations, sabbaticals, changes of pace and scenery are essential, but I crave what's familiar.

Since I have been back in town, I have been at an outside concert, the farmer's market, and a party and it feels wonderful to be amongst people I've known for many years.

Is this just a quirk of mine, or do others crave what's familiar, also? I'd love your input on this.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Learning to become more appreciative

The best way to learn to appreciate what we have is to have it taken away for awhile. Whether it is our ability and access to communicate to family and friends that we love and cherish or freedom of speech and thought.

Welcome back to my blog. I will try to keep in interesting and current.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Sabbatical on sabbatical

Thank you for being patient with my lack of postings recently.My sabbatical is over and I am back!

More postings soon. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Being a Therapist

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

W4

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Hot Type: 150 Years of the Best ... - Google Books

Hot Type: 150 Years of the Best ... - Google Books

That's the cool Teddy Roosevelt photo, a block away from my house, but in 1912, on page 59.

Sabbaticals

Leviticus Chapter 25 talks about taking a sabbatical every seven years for spiritual renewal. For me this process is best accomplished with vacations, some working vacations, of various lengths.

Have you taken a sabbatical lately? How have you recharged your emotional batteries?

Fountain of youth

Walking through downtown Champaign's West Side Park made me feel nostalgic. In the 1980s, our family spent much time at the playground, and our dog Harold especially chasing water in the fountain that is situated in the park's center.

There is a new bandstand in the park this summer. Actually it is an old bandstand totally rebuilt. There is a famous local photo of Teddy Roosevelt speaking from that bandstand as the park was filled with spectators. Whenever I leave town, I always miss West Side Park.

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What favorite place do you have in your home town?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dirty Dancing

I enjoyed the modern dance concert I attended this evening. It was very well choreographed and the little girls were absolutely adorable. But why do they have to do dancing that looks so risque wearing very provocative costumes.

Am I just old fashioned, or is this offensive to other people?

Beyond Student Loans

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Look who's talking

Who is the chattiest person you know? Is it your dentist while you are in the dentist's chair? It's great that he takes an interest in his patients, but does he really expect you to tell him about your summer plans while he has his hands in your mouth? I love my dentist, but what is up with this mode of conversation?

Do all dentists do this?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Our farmer's market

Having lived in town for a very long time, I have watched the Urbana Farmer's Market grow to a fabulous array of local produce, baked goods, and crafts. There is now live music and booths about community groups and causes. And, if you want to run into many of people you know, the Saturday market is the place to be.

What is your farmer's market like?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Inside out

Middle school students are a special breed. They find humor in gross things that no one else sees as funny. And they can be mean and rude at times.

Last week, I spent a day in the 7th grade science classes. It was generally an enjoyable experience.

During the last period of the day, a rather crass girl said to me "Your shirt is inside out."

Being wise and experienced with this age group and knowing their "tricks", I didn't even flinch when I replied "I like to wear it that way."

After she left I looked down and, sure enough, my shirt was on inside out. I had spent the entire day with preteens with the shirt tags and seams showing.

What embarrassing thing have you done lately?

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Outrageous online shopping

My friend just bought a car on Ebay. It's a beautiful convertible with few miles that cost $4500. He bought a $68 air ticket to Florida, then drove the car back here. It looks like he got a pretty good deal.

I once bought a boat at a garage sale that I used for several years before I sold it.

What have you bought online beyond books or medication or an air ticket?

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Knee jerk reaction

Approximately 4 weeks ago, my knee was hit hard as I cut a piece of firewood. Riding my bicycle seemed to exacerbate the pain, so I exercised discipline to stay off my bike. Applying Ben Gay also seemed to make things much worse also. I was certain I had done some serious damage and might require medical attention. And I am typically one who stays away from doctors whenever possible!

Last week, there sat a small amount of wood that needed cutting. Since my knee already hurt so bad and there wasn't much wood to cut, I attempted the task anyway. Shame on me,I thought. I'll regret this.

Much to my shock, my knee was instantly healed. Now, as an occupational therapist, I have studied physiology, anatomy and kinesiology, but I cannot make any sense out of this speedy recovery after cutting wood. I need your input on this, fellow bloggers.

And, by the way, who was Ben Gay?

Friday, June 5, 2009

Pollen counts

Achoo! I love working in the yard, gardening, weeding, mowing, but the spring allergies can become uncomfortable.

What over-the-counter products have you found that help with spring allergies?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ode to summer vacation: An end and a beginning

The chalk and pencils are barely one inch long
School supplies are depleted, they’re just about gone.

The textbooks are collected, those missing, the students did find.
The yearbooks have been distributed and are already signed

We still said the Pledge of Allegiance today,
Even though the American flag is already put away.

The lockers are cleaned out and the bulletin boards are bare
Ending the school year has been handled with care.

Grades are in, some students did poorly others did well.
All that remains at school is that pungent student smell.

The teachers are smiling, they’re not feeling down
They’ve transformed the word party into a verb, from a noun.

All that glitters

Check out my latest article on Young Money about gold:

http://www.youngmoney.com/investing/investing_basics/invest-in-gold

or click on www.youngmoney.com

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Politically correct crayons

I spent the day in the art room of an elementary school. The third graders were working on self portraits. Unlike most products, Crayola Crayons look exactly the same as they did when I attended school in the 1950s.

But wait! They now also have a box of eight Multicultural Crayons. Curious, I opened a box. I found eight crayons of varying shades of brown. How interesting.

What products have you used that have a modern day spin on them?

Monday, June 1, 2009

Repelling skeeters

I love being outdoors in the summer. But, like most people, I don't appreciate the mosquitoes.

What product can you recommend that does the best job preventing mosquito bites?

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sesquecentennials

I love celebrating just about anything. I hosted a neighborhood fest when my house turned 100, and another party marking my thirty years living in the house.

Last night I attended a lively 150 year celebration rich in history, legends, storytelling and music. And or course the food and fellowship was terrific.

What have been some of your favorite celebrations?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lions and tigers and bears

I spent yesterday in a seventh grade science class. The students were great (for middle schoolers, on a toasty Friday, at the end of the semester, when their regular teacher was away), but the menagerie in the classroom freaked me out. There were three fish aquariums, some caged lizards, guinea pigs, and a bunch of other animals that I couldn't identify. They were all rattling around in their cages, scratching and making weird noises.

What experiences have you had in a classroom as a child or adult?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Forgiving loans

Check out my latest article in the digital version of Young Money on page 19.

http://www.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?m=2390&l=1

Name game

I spent yesterday with a delightful groups of first grade students. As always, I started the morning by writing my name on the chalkboard and introducing myself, pronouncing my name as "Car" and "plus". Usually the kids get it right.

I've been called Mrs. Car Pool and Mrs. Cartwheel, and some other scrambled versions of Karplus. Yesterday, I was called Mrs. Car Wash. An honest mistake!

How has your name been mispronounced?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

There's no place like home

The County Market was wonderful to me, but so was ATT who hurried my replacement modem to me.

Who has given you exceptional customer service?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Dots and dashes

Here at the County Market they have Western Union services. That surprises me.

Do people still send telegrams and wire money? It seems that in this electronic age that we live in should replace all the old Western Union services.

What's up with this?

Monday, May 25, 2009

Young musical genuis

Last night's Baroque concert was incredible, featuring young award-winning musicians.

I took piano lessons as a child, but, well, use it or lose it, as they say.

What musical instruments do you play?

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Weekend bridge

Champaign-Urbana hosts the annual regional bridge tournament each Memorial Day weekend. Though certainly no bridge expert (understatement), I help with it each year. Yesterday was fun. I know many of the local players. The "bridge culture" is rather intriguing.

What games do you enjoy?

(Today's Internet experience compliments of County Market on Glenn Park Drive)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Free WiFi

My broken modem at home has not yet been replaced by ATT.

So here I sit at the County Market supermarket. It seems like an unlikely spot for free WiFi, but hey, it works!

What unusual spot is there in your town with free WiFi?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Blogging blues

Bye bye blog
Bye bye happiness

Here I sit at the local library, as my DSL service at home is not working. Methinks it may be the modem. A new one is on order. With the holiday weekend, it could be a week before I get my new modem. Then the issue becomes: is it a broken modem or something in the system.

Be patient. More blogs coming, whenever...

Great inventions

How did we survive before 3M invented Post-Its?

Can you think of any useful inventions that made your life easier?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Love the gov

I hope you will read my article about Government Assistance for College.

http://www.youngmoney.com/financial_aid/grants_scholarships/Uncle-sam-educate-you

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Doing good and doing well

Is a person doing a good deed if it is also self serving?

I wonder.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Tommy

Last night, Tommy in Concert may have been the best performance I have ever seen. I have always loved the music and the singers/actors were fabulous.

What is your favorite show?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Maple maple everywhere


Yikes we have lots of those little seeds.


What a good excuse to try out my new Nikon Coolpix 220 and see if I can add images to my blogs.
Wow, it worked! I'm an electronics genuis!


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Big bad bikes

The city of Springfield is considering the regulation of bicycle speeds. This sounds a bit excessive to me.

What are your thoughts about giving people citations who are bicycling too fast?

Friday, May 15, 2009

In the gutter

With so many maple trees growing around here, this is the time of year when their helicopter-like seeds fall off and twirl around, covering lawns and clogging gutters. So, I did my semi-annual climb to my roof, to scoop out my gutters.

What a yukky mess!

I don't really mind going out on the roof; I actually enjoy it. But I am wondering if anyone has had any success with any of the commercial products or devices to eliminate gutter cleaning.

Anyone?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Raining cats and dogs

Sump pump-a-rama

Holy guacamole! It rained here in a big way. The yard looked like a lake. While it was pouring rain, the street looked like a river, with water up to the curb. Photos in the local newspaper of cars submerged.

The sump pump in the basement has been running non-stop. That’s a good thing, because, I’ll have a dry basement.

Crazy weather where you live?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Heard it through the grapevine

I am tired of paying a fortune for grapes, my favorite snack. So, a couple weeks ago I planted a grapevine, seedless Concords. The plant looked dead.

Well, we've had so much rain since then, and my little vine already has many green leaves on it. Hard to tell how large it will get by the end of the summer. I know it will be a few years before I can expect to see grapes growing in my yard.

What is your favorite thing to grow in your home garden?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Whodunit

Yesterday, I had to be fingerprinted for my job as part of a routine background test since I work with children. I find the concept intriguing that my prints are unique, as are everyone's.

What other jobs require background checks?

Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

My day was glorious, as perfect as a day can be.

How did you celebrate Mother's Day?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Cinderella

The performance of the ballet Cinderella last night at the historic Virginia Theater was superb. But perhaps the best part was seeing all the little girls in the audience all dressed up looking very lovely and princess-like.

I really enjoy the music of Prokofiev, and Cinderella may be his best!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Wayward goose

How strange to come out of my house at 7 am and see a goose standing on my neighbor's lawn. You usually see geese in the little pond 1/2 mile here at Lowe's, but never in the neighborhood.

What can I say?

Friday, May 8, 2009

Debbie does digital

Say Cheese!

I just ordered a digital camera, Nikon Coolpix S220 and some accessories, after lots of shopping around. It should arrive this week. I need to learn how to use it.

Stay tuned for future images on this blog.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Foraging for dandy lions

So, I’m saving lots of money and minimizing my trash by making my own soy milk, yogurt, sprouts and microwave popcorn in a paper bag. Now I know what’s next.
I had forgotten how huge my crop of dandelions in my lawn is each spring. I had always viewed it as a menace.

Now I learn that the greens make a healthful salad, and the roots can be roasted and brewed as delicious “coffee”. As they say, when ya got lemons, make lemonade.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What about this, Rabbi Kushner?

You explained to us Why Bad Things Happen to Good People.

But what about Why Good Things Happen To Bad People?

Read the lies on gravestones and other places. Some folks just never get their comeuppance. It just isn’t fair!

How do we make peace with this lack of logical consequences?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Being Money Smart

Our community hosted numerous free workshops and seminars to recognize Money Smart Week.

Has this been celebrated in your town, too?

I am working on an article about teaching kids about money. What ideas do you have about this? How do you determine how much allowance your kids get?

Monday, May 4, 2009

Counting sheep

Numerous European paintings from the mid to late 1800s are of pastures and of sheep.

What’s up with that?

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Psyched up

Yesterday, I biked to campus to be a subject in a psychology experiment. It's easy and painless and fun. Living in a college town, one can make a few bucks while helping to be part of important scientific research.

What focus groups, studies, or research have you been done?

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Enjoying Arcadia Chamber Players

What a lovely evening last night, very relaxing, being entertained in a home with a panoramic wooded view, while listening to live chamber music.

After the concert, we socialized and tasted sumptuous healthy snacks.

Kudos to Marina, Mary and Debra for the beautiful sounds.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Deciding what's important

If someone came to the door and said you must leave quickly and will never return, what one object would you take with you? That was the in-class assignment given to my sixth grade students today as a preview of studying the holocaust and Diary of Anne Frank.

Some students suggested self protective items such as guns or baseball bats. Others chose memory items such as cameras. Still, others mentioned comfort items such as a stuffed animal or special pillow. A few thought of something practical such as a Swiss army knife.
My laptop computer came to my mind both to document my story and to communicate to others.

What one item would you choose?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Home for a poem

April is National Poetry Month. I have no idea who establishes these special months/days, but it is nice that we have them.

I enjoy The Raven, Casey at the Bat, and the poetry of ee Cummings.

What are your favorite poems?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Protecting your money

FDIC is the topic of my latest Young Money article. I hope you will read it.

http://www.youngmoney.com/money_management/saving/FDIC-financial-protection

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Snacks and snakes

Spring has arrived in our twin cities at last! I had forgotten how incredibly wonderful it is to sleep with the windows open and awaken to the chirping of birds and the wonderful outdoor smells. Ah, the fresh scent of clothes dried on the clothesline instead of in front of the wood stove all winter. And, it’s nice not wearing bazillion layers of clothes in a chilly house! We begin our weekly tennis again, hopefully though October. There are hidden yummy treasures in the yard, including dandelion leaves for salad. And, I find it absolutely charming to find snakes weaving a pattern in my firewood pile.

Yes, I think spring must be my favorite season. Certainly, not winter.

What is your favorite time of year?

Monday, April 27, 2009

A Warm and WoodenTale

Here's a tale of two streets

On my daily walk, I spotted a small pile of free firewood, perhaps five pieces. Each was cut in lengths of approximately three feet.

Upon arriving home, I got my car and headed to Garfield Street to pickup the wood, but made a wrong turn and ended up on Sabin Street instead. To my wonderful surprise, I found a much larger pile in ready-to-use firewood, already cut in lengths that are perfect for my wood stove.

Yes, there’s a moral to this little tale. Sometimes you end up on a different road that you had intended, but it turns out okay. Sometimes it is just best to leave things to chance. The outcome could please you.

Please share your story about a wrong turn with a happy ending.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Everything Ebert

Thanks to Chaz and Roger Ebert for the extraordinary collections of films here in town at the 2009 Ebertfest.

It has been a fabulous week. I especially enjoyed The Fall and Sita Sings the Blues.

Way to go, hometown boy!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Spiritual singing

Last night we enjoyed the uplifting spiritual singing of Rick Recht. Amplified music with lots of group sing-a-longs. It was the perfect end to a way-too-busy week.

How do you unwind?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Earth Week

I remember he first Earth Day, many years ago.

Did you do anything special this April to honor Earth Day or Earth Week in an an effort to live more green?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Interning

My newest article on Young Money about Government Internships.

Check it out:

http://www.youngmoney.com/careers/internships_seasonal/Find-government-internship

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Flying high with Kite Runner

I have not read the book Kite Runner, so maybe I am just blowing smoke here.

A couple months ago, some parents became upset that their high school children were reading this book which contains very graphic violent scenes that apparently are a necessary part of the story. Most people felt that the book was okay reading material for high school English class, so the book remains in the curriculum.

I personally have a problem with this.

Am I being old fashioned or should kids be required to read this kind of stuff in school?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Infomercials

I love infomercials. The enthusiasm for mediocre products by the actors is infectious. How could someone NOT want to get on the phone and dial the 800 number within the next five minutes to purchase the cooker, cleaning gadget or exercise device.

I wonder if I could star in infomercials. I smile a lot, a generally enthusiastic and have sales acumen.

How do I sign up?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Planes, trains, and automobiles

As I kid, I was fascinated by the street cleaning machines. It seemed like I spent hours standing by the curb watching them do their magic.

Now that I’m grown-up, my intrigue has been transferred to bucket trucks. As a height-challenged female, I see many uses for these ultimate macho vehicles.

Ah, the things I could reach if I had my own bucket truck: gutter cleaning, painting the upper level of the house, trimming trees, and more.

What vehicle intrigues you the most?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Kudos to United & American Airlines!

My outbound trip on United was flawless. They put me on an earlier flight and flew me first class.

My inbound flight on American was even better. Since my flight was to be four hours late and I would have missed my four-hour shuttle home, they put me on a plane that got me right to me home town at no charge. Plus, I returned home even earlier!

What exemplary customer service have you had lately?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

WOW

My grandchildren are intrigued by palindromes. No, not dinosaur-like creatures, these are words that are spelled the same backwards such as mom and dad.

They pointed out that many body parts and gross words are palindromes. I don't know what to make of that!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Garden girl

Call her a squatter, call her a schnorer. In any case, planting a garden, no matter how beautiful, in the yard of a neighboring house, even if currently vacant, is not okay.

We have some interesting folks living on our block.

Any interesting stories about your neighbors?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Getting dividends

Beginners guide to dividends is my newest article in Young Money.

Check it out at: http://www.youngmoney.com/investing/investing_basics/Beginners-guide-dividend-drips

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Farmers market

Our farmers market starts in early May. Other places have them year-round depending on the weather. There is something delightful about buying organic foods directly from the farmer.

How is your farmers market?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Lost and found

The airport confiscated my sunscreen. It was old, so probably a blessing that I need to buy fresher sunscreen.

Where does the airport put all the stuff they take from people?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Extreme makeover

My grandchildren love me, but they don't love my appearance so they decided to give me a makeover. They each put bright pink fingernail polish on my not-very-long nails. They brushed and puffed out my hair and put some blue and green colors in it, then put some barrettes in my bangs. For make-up, I got pinkish eye shadow, foundation, rosy blush and lipstick. I look so California.

I am told that I now look like Fashion Girl, except that my clothes are still not appropriate. Perhaps I need to go shopping now?

Some grave words

Visit a cemetery sometime and read the stones. Beloved husband. Devoted father. How many of these statements are true? And what secrets lurk beneath?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

First class traveller

Here's a travel tip. Only use a carry-on bag and you are much more likely to get on an earlier flight, as a stand-by passenger, at no extra charge when you fly, especially when travelling alone. You may even be lucky enough to get bumped up to first class, as I did!

First class service can spoil you. Excellent food at no extra fee, and ah, those hot towels.

What flying experiences have you had?

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Spring holidays

Happy Passover and Easter to all!

How do you celebrate the spring holidays?

Friday, April 10, 2009

Rush minute

Here in our little college town, we tease that each weekday at 5:00 pm we have a rush minute, as bigger cities have a rush hour.

Today, I had some errands to run during the lunch hour. This is unusual for me. I was surprised at all the crazy drivers.

How do people drive where you live? Erratic or sane?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Anything wild

My neighbor has squirrels living in her attic. So she called the expert from Anything Wild. He set traps and comes out everyday. He will ultimately patch the hole where they get in.
The panel of his truck lists numerous animals he eradicates including bats.

I talked with owner Steve from Anything Wild. He pulled a seventy pound beaver from the back of his truck to show off to me. He bragged that his business is recession-proof and that he has clients all over the state as there isn’t much competition. I told him he needed to get rid of some of the party animals on the next block! I just put the Anything Wild magnet on my refrigerator.

What business exists in your town that gets rid of wild animals?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I've got you covered

My latest article on www.youngmoney.com.

Worried about the future? Get covered

http://www.youngmoney.com/money_management/student_insurance/Worried-About-Future

check it out!

Writing about Writing

  • Freelancewriting.com, 2014, 08/01, Magazine Writing Business
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2014, 12/01, Writing Opportunities
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 01/16, Teaching Writing Classes
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 03/01, Query letters
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 04/01, Marketing Agent
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 05/06, New Markets
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 07/20, Growing an Idea Bank
  • Freelancewriting.com, 2015, 07/20, Online Presence
  • Freelancewriting.com, 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 amazon.com

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 amazon.com: 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

  • Amazon.com, Finding Free Firewood
  • Back Home Magazine, November 2008, Scavenge for Firewood
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2009, 09, Your Kitchen: a Food Factory
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