Friday, April 30, 2010

Vow of silence

I have talked with people who have taken a vow of silence, some as long as a week, for religious or other reasons.

Others have fasted.

I have fasted for as long as a day, but never silence any longer than during the night, and possibly not even then.

Have you ever taken a vow of silence? How long? What were your reasons?

Have you ever fasted? How long? What were your reasons?

I think these are important rituals to practice.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Illinois Marathon in Champaign Saturday May 1

Approximately 15,000 people will be running and many more will be watching this Saturday.

If you are in or near Champaign, Illinois, come to the marathon Saturday May 1.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Song Sung Blue - a film to see!!!

We were so fortunate to be able to see at the Evertfest today the film
entitled Song Sung Blue which chronicles the ups and downs of Lightning and Thunder, a singing duo from Milwaukee.

This 2008 documentary film is one you will definitely NOT want to miss. I cried, I laughed.

Check it out!

Changing course

The Balloon Garden: A Fantasy for Young and Old
By Debra L. Karplus

It was June and the flowers were in full bloom. Jupiter Grade School was closed for the summer. The children had gone home and would not return until September. The principal’s office was lifeless. The hallways were silent. All the classrooms were dark and empty. The bulletin boards were barren. The chalkboards were a dull green with no evidence of homework assignments. The desks were arranged in tidy straight rows and were free of textbooks and papers and pencils. No Little Mermaid backpacks or Star Wars lunch boxes could be found in the cloak room. No school buses could be seen anywhere near Jupiter Grade School. The teachers from Jupiter Grade School complained that they were bored and had nothing to do.

Then, Mrs. Path, the science teacher, burst out with an idea. “Perhaps all the teachers from Jupiter Grade School should go on a field trip?” she suggested.

Mrs. Tripp, who loved teaching social studies seemed to relish the idea but questioned, “Where shall we go?”

Mr. Hite, who taught math, summated “I think we should all go visit the moon. None of us has ever been there.”

“Could we go there is a space ship?” chimed in Mr. Ayres, the music teacher.

“That’s a superb idea”, interjected Mrs. Path.

Mr. Widget, the school custodian, constructed the space ship from supplies in the janitor’s closet. Miss Frame, the art teacher created parts of the space ship with paper mache, pipe cleaners, and crepe paper. She painted it with bright yellow acrylics, and decorated the back with fancy black racing stripes. Mr. Steer, the school bus driver, agreed to pilot the space ship.

So, the teachers from Jupiter Grade School prepared for their field trip. They packed all the clothes they would need. They also collected some of their books. Mrs. Tripp’s navy canvas briefcase contained an assortment of necessary maps so that they would not make any wrong turns. Mrs. Path carried her laminated chart of the solar system so that they could find their way. Mr. Hite stored a scientific calculator in his powder blue colored shirt pocket, so that they could measure the number of miles they had traveled. And, Mr. Ayres packed a boom box and gathered some of his favorite CDs to share while they traveled, including Frank Sinatra singing “Fly Me to the Moon”, Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”, and the Beatles “Ticket to Ride”. Miss Rice, the lunchroom lady, made ready sloppy Joes on whole wheat sesame seed buns and potato chips and small cups of chocolate pudding with tiny flat wooden spoon-like utensils so that the teachers on the space ship would feel nourished.

The teachers met on the playground at Jupiter Grade School. The students from Jupiter Grade School gathered nearby and waved good-bye to their teachers, as the students happily frolicked on the swings and slides. The teachers stood tall and proud as they promenaded onto the space ship.

Mrs. Stay, the second grade teacher, could not participate in the field trip because she had forgotten to bring her signed permission slip. Mr. Ride, Jupiter Grade School’s well-respected principal, took attendance to make sure all the other teacher’s were aboard the space ship and were properly wearing their seat belts.

The space ship carrying the teachers from Jupiter Grade School shut its doors and departed from the school. As the space ship left the earth, the teachers peered out its tiny windows in awe. Mrs. Path pulled out a spiral notebook from her khaki backpack and began to take notes as the space ship sped through layers of clouds and traveled far beyond the planets and the stars.

The teachers from Jupiter Grade School were so animated and were feeling joyful. They agreed that they had stowed all the necessary articles for their long awaited field trip to the moon. Mrs. Tripp’s maps were extremely helpful to prevent them from making any wrong turns. Mrs. Path’s laminated chart of the solar system was also very useful for aiding the teachers to find their way. Mr. Hite’s scientific calculator was beneficial, too, for measuring the miles they had traveled. And Mr. Ayres certainly kept his promise of providing appropriate entertainment for the journey with his eclectic assortment of CDs.

The teachers from Jupiter Grade School were finding great pleasure in the music from the CDs as they soared through the skies at great speed in their space ship. They began to harmonize to the music. They clapped and they danced. It seemed they were no longer even paying attention to the maps that Mrs. Tripp had carried onto the space ship. They were no longer studying Mrs. Path’s laminated chart of the solar system. And, they were no longer making use of the figures on Mr. Hite’s scientific calculator. Much time had passed. Many miles had already been traveled.

And then, rather spontaneously, the teachers made the deduction that they had, in fact, made a turn in the wrong place and had veered off in the wrong direction. As they looked out the tiny space ship windows they now noticed that nothing looked familiar. It seems they were no longer headed toward the moon. This realization caused a hush amongst the teachers from Jupiter Grade School as they pondered, with an unexpected seriousness, what they should do.

They decided to hold an assembly to make some decisions about what to do. Mrs. Path, the science teacher, thought they should experiment by continuing in a new direction. Mrs. Tripp, who loved teaching social studies, suggested they go back to where they started and get back on their intended route. Mr. Hite, who taught math, thought they should travel along the hypotenuse since it would be shorter than the sum total of the routes.

Then, Mr. Ayres, the music teacher, had a look of astonishment appear on his wrinkled brow as he peered out the tiny space ship window. In the distance he spotted something. Initially, he was unable to determine what he was looking at. First, he noticed shapes. Then, he spotted colors.

As they traveled further he could see that there were miles and miles of many bright colors. It seemed to be a huge bountiful garden of many colors, but then he concluded that what he saw were not flowers at all.

And they were moving. Not really moving, but bouncing. No, not really bouncing, but bobbing. “What could all those colors be?” asked Mr. Ayres to Miss Frame in wonderment.

The space ship continued to soar beyond the planets and the stars. As the space ship approached the garden-like colors, Mrs. Tripp made the discovery of what they were all really looking at. “A balloon garden. That’s what this is, a balloon garden. Those colors we see are balloons. Millions of balloons! They are all the balloons that boys and girls from all over the world have lost.” Mrs. Tripp wisely acknowledged. “From birthday parties. From carnivals. From Afghanistan. From Monticello. From Anywhere. From Everywhere. All the lost balloons must end up here!” she remarked with strong conviction. Some of the balloons were red. Some of the balloons were purple. Some of the balloons were yellow. Some of the balloons were twisted into funny animal shapes. Some of the balloons looked like flags from faraway countries. One of the orange balloons had “Go Illini” printed on it in large blues letters and was shaped like a football.

Some of the balloons were attached to long white strings. Some of the balloons were attached to colorful curly ribbons. And some of the balloons strings were attached to each other in a loose knot.

The space ship neared the place where all the colorful balloons were floating. The space ship gradually slowed down and then finally came to a halt and became silent. The teachers from Jupiter Grade School felt a bit wobbly as they marched off the space ship with curiosity.

As the teachers from Jupiter Grade School approached the millions of balloons, they reached out. And then they carefully transported each and every balloon one by one onto their space ship. Much time had passed before they had gathered all the balloons.

And then, the teachers of Jupiter Grade School embarked onto their space ship. And this time they actually used the maps that Mrs. Tripp, the social studies teacher, had brought. And, they actually used the laminated chart of the solar system that Mrs. Path, the science teacher had brought. And, they actually used the scientific calculator that Mr. Hite, the math teacher had brought. And, they joyfully listened to the CDs in the boom box that belonged to Mr. Ayres, the music teacher. And, they successfully navigated their way back to earth.

And, when the teachers of Jupiter Grade School returned to earth, they distributed each and every balloon one by one to the boys and girls all over the world who had lost balloons.

The teachers had big smiles across their faces. Their summer field trip had never taken them to the moon as they had planned. But they were able to bring happiness to all the boys and girls from all over the world who had lost balloons.

And so, to all students of life, your homework from the teachers of Jupiter Grade School is to remember that even if you are not on the path that you had intended to travel, life often takes you to a much better destination.

Autism Awareness

About Autism

April is National Autism Awareness Month. This disability is more common than one might imagine.

That child who appears smart, yet socially different and sometimes has language deficits, may be someone with Autism.

If you suspect Autism in a young child, ask your pediatrician or some other professional who understands Autism.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Petals & Paintings exhibit at Krannert Art Museum

The Krannert Art Museum featured an exhibit, Petals & Painting, where floral designers created pieces to match paintings of different styles and eras. Very cool!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

National Volunteer Week

This is National Volunteer Week. I have been very busy this week attending events that recognize and honor those of us who help with events.

The most recent article I had published was in Dollar Stretcher, Benefits of Volunteering.

But, it didn't really impact me, until I started reorganizing my T-shirt drawer, or should I say, drawers. (There are now TWO of them!)

I am not sure what to do with all those T-shirts. Most carry with them, many fine memories of volunteering experiences.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ebertfest in Champaign

The annual movie festival of favorite overlooked films of Roger Ebert is this week and the town is buzzing.

Follow the fest on twitter and on the Ebertfest website.

Be careful on the Internet!

I love Dick's Sporting Goods here in Champaign. They have many useful items at good prices. That's the reason I attempted to use their web site.

But, by mistake, I failed to type in the entire store name, only the first word.

Oh my goodness. Wrong site!

Be careful!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Earth Day

This week is Earth Day and, in many states, Arbor Day.

What are some ways that you can help the planet?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Strawberry plants need straw

As the garden evolves this spring, I am adding to it daily.

Yesterday, I found a large bag of straw that a neighbor was giving away. It's perfect for my new strawberry plants that I put in a few weeks ago. They really seem to be thriving.

Shircago

We enjoyed hearing Shircago, an a capella quartet from Chicago, in concert last night.

Do you enjoy a capella singing?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Grow soybeans in your garden

I'd love to grow soybeans in my backyard garden.

Has anyone done this successfully?

I need some advice.

Champaign Mayor Jerry

Wow, Jerry. Nearly 5000 hits on YouTube.com in one day! You are making Champaign a famous place.

Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC4LBdSnhkE

Friday, April 16, 2010

My Favorite Mile - Los Angeles Marathon

I have much respect for people who can run marathons. The Los Angeles Marathon was last month and has an intriguing web site, www.myfavoritemile.com, My Favorite Mile.

Check it out!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

How to Grow Garlic

Well, thanks to Uncle Larry's good advice, I now have garlic growing in the yard.

I bought some garlic at the grocery, and put the separate cloves into the soil. Three weeks later, I have plants about a foot tall. Amazing!!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Grapevine support


Being a scavenger and quite frugal, I was determined to build something free and functional and reasonably attractive, to support my grapevine.

Voila! At the News-Gazette, where I frequently pick up free pallets (skids). Saturday, they had some really fancy pallets, so I put a bunch in the back seat of the Honda Civic, brought them to my garden and erected the perfect grapevine trellis. I am quite pleased with the results. Before long, I will be opening a winery. (Grin.)

Notice some of the extremely tidy firewood pile in the background and the tomato fences awaiting the May 1 tomato planting.

Pajama Game - musical at Champaign Centennial High School this weekend

WOW!!! I was lucky enough to get to see the previews of The Pajama Game, a musical production, and boy, is it ever gpod!!!!

Local folks, be sure to get tickets.

Remembering Mable Thomas of Champaign

How surprising and sad that we have lost Mable Thomas. The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette has the details about Mable. She was a hard worker and a good person. She will be missed.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Grape trelliss

I need ideas to support the grapevine that I planted in my garden. This is its second season and the plant looks robust.

Anyone?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Most kids movies are difficullt for grownups to sit through,but Diary of a Wimpy Kid was extremely well done. I recommend it!

Read Diary of a Wimpy Kid and compare it to the movie.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Earthquake in Baja Mexico

Folks in Los Angeles just felt this 6.9 earthquake.

Did you feel it?

How far away were the quakes felt?

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Republican versus Democrat

When a seven year old asks, how do you explain the difference between Republicans and Democrats? The question really took me by surprise from such a young person!

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, March, 2014, Working with an OT
  • Prime Life Times, March, 2016, Bathroom Safety at Home
  • 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
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 02, Food plus Family plus Friends
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 03, Avoiding Layoffs
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 04, Benefits of Volunteering
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 09, Free Firewood
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 10, Dumpster Diving with Panache
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 11, Home Safe Home
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2010, 12, Bartering
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 01,Those Who Can,Teach
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 02, Tots & Tools
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 03, IRA or Roth
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 04, Resale Shops
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 05, Get Paid for Research
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 06, Roadside Assistance Plans
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 08, Managing your Banking
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 09, Cutting Back on Tree Trimming
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 10, Should You Be Alarmed?
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 11, Non-Traditional Housing
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2011, 11, Opting for Co-ops
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 01, Be a Smarter Patient
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 03, Save Money with a Motorcycle
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 04, Farmers Market Selling
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 05, Habitat Store
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 05, Mulching
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 06, Seven Habits of Frugal People
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 07, Magic with Molasses
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 07, Rain Gardens
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 08, Senior Discounts
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 08, Work at Home
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 09, Composting
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 10, Finding Cheap Airfares
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 10, Soybeans
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2012, 12, Income from Direct Sales
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 02, Mattresses
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 03, Discount Airlines
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 09, Baby Toys to Make
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 10, Affordable Fences
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 10, Buying a Chainsaw
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2013, 11, Cast Iron Cookware
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 01, Carpeting purchase
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 02, Community College
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 02, Home Safety Improvements
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 03, Income Tax Preparation
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 03, Kale
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 04, Lawn mower purchase
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 05, Pet Sitters
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 06, Car Rental Free
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 06, Care Management for Elderly Parents
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 07, Selling Stuff Online
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 08, Services at Reduced Cost
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 08, Zoo & Garden Membership
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 09, Washing Machines
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 10, Catering Cheap
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2014, 12, Flowers sent
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 01, Auto loans
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 03, Buying smart
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 03, String trimmers
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 06, Wedding out of town
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 06, Who pays?
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 07, Driveways
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 08, Lottery playing
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 09, Rent-free living
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 10, Frugal or cheap?
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 10, Winter clothes
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 12, Dental scams
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2015, 12, Housing for adult kids
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2016, 01, Frugal not Poor
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2016, 02, Free college
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2016, 02, Retirement employment
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2016, 04, Self employment
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2016, 09, Lottery
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2016, 09, Moving experience
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2016, 11, Drapes & Curtains
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2017, 02, House for sale
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2017, 03, Garden labor-free
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2017, 03, House purchase
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2017, 04, Bicycle Maintenance
  • Dollar Stretcher Magazine, 2017, 04, Refrigerators
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2009, 12, Simplify Your Financial Life
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2010, 06, Special Breaks for Aspiring Teachers
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2011, 05/11, Essential Appliances
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2011, 07/04, Water Problems
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2011, 08/22, Vegetarian Diet
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2011, 11,11, Gutter Cleaning
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 01/10, Buying Tires
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 01/10, Wood Heat
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 02/06, Nursing Home Insurance
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 05/07, Uses for Palletts
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 09/03, Wedding Planners
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 10/22, Reading Cheap
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 11/18, Mystery Shopping
  • Dollar Stretcher, 2012, 11/23, Make Money by Blogging
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