Do you ever wonder how much time you spend on social media or attached to a mobile device in your typical day? Have you ever been out to dinner with the family and looked around just to observe how many people were either on a telephone call or flipping through their phone while they sit waiting for their food to arrive? Today, I want to share with you my own observations and self-realizations about how I have come to understand that it is necessary to step back, unplug and unwind.
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The other day, my middle child came to me and expressed her interest in trying out for the cheerleading squad for the upcoming football season. Just to give you a little background, she is a 16-year-old teenager who just moved to this school and is one of the �new kids�. At her prior school, she had three years of cheerleading and the fourth year she tried out, she didn�t make it; and it devastated her.
So many teenagers are swallowed up by social media. For some it�s such an addiction that they have a hard time functioning without their devices and apps.
�I�m not afraid of heights. Have you seen my shoes?� If you�re a Carrie Bradshaw fan, you�re probably familiar with that quote. What Carrie doesn�t mention, though, is that high heels are more harmful to the health of regular wearers than one may think.
When his senior year came to an end, my oldest son, Ryan, decided he would go to WVU to fulfill his dream of becoming an anesthesiologist. However, coming from a very close knit family posed some problems for Ryan. When he got to college, he was lost. He didn�t know how to handle being out in the big wide world, let alone at one of the most reputable party universities. Needless to say, he did not fare well with the college life. Although he made it through one year of school, he decided he didn�t want to attend a university or go away from home for school. So, he went to WVNCC. Now, as a parent, I had very mixed feelings about this decision. I was excited he would be back in our home, but in the same breath, I knew he needed to learn to be on his own. When I found out about half way through the first semester at WVNCC that he was skipping classes and was failing, I sat him down and had a little talk with him. My speech basically consisted of something along these lines:
Summer classes, or �summer school,� often receive a bad rep. Since I was in elementary school, talk of summer school was everyone�s worst nightmare. Generally speaking, I feel as if it is fair to say that this stigma continued on throughout high school and even college. What no one talks about is the potential to reach goals in a much shorter period of time by adding summer classes every summer. Taking on summer classes is also a great way to keep busy; I know many people that are constantly complaining of being bored in the summer! Take that boredom and make great strides toward your future success.
Those of us who are dog lovers are ready to hang a person who kills a pet from the nearest tree. How bad would you feel if you accidentally poisoned your own dog? The many commonplace foods which are toxic to dogs makes it easy to do just that. Let's start with the one we all know:
As many of us start heading outdoors as warm weather approaches for ballgames, picnics, hikes, camping, etc., we need to be mindful of some of the risks that come with it. One that most of us would not give a thought to is Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is contracted when you are bit by a deer tick. Deer ticks are very tiny in size and most often undetected at the time of the bite. There are a reported 300,000 new cases each year. If untreated, this can become a very debilitating illness, not only for humans, but animals also. Lyme Disease can be very treatable with antibiotics if caught early, but can have very serious, irreversible affects if its not caught and treated. If you are among the avid outdoorsmen, please watch for any of these common symptoms:
It�s a do or die situation for the Pittsburgh Penguins in tonight�s playoff contest against the Washington Capitals. It is the best of seven games, and when the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. it won�t be long until we know which team will advance to the next round - one step closer to the Stanley Cup.
I recently had the chance to visit wine country in the Lake Erie area with my friends. We had a wonderful host, Doug, who let us stay in an old boat house that he had renovated into a charming cottage situated directly on Chautauqua Lake. Chautauqua Lake is an 18-mile long, 2-mile wide lake in western New York near Lake Erie. It is beautiful, and you could not beat the view from our cottage as we could literally see the lake out of almost every room.