Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Reaching Out to Others Food Banks

I've often discussed supporting each other with our creativity and I do believe in it. Supporting one another will bring success, but more importantly the comfort of understanding friends.

There are other ways to support others. Smile at someone today. Compliment a stranger. Let someone go ahead of you in a line. Say a prayer for someone suffering. Send pink energy to someone in need.

Today, I want to discuss one of the most important ways we can give comforting and nourishing aid to others and that's contributing often to your local Food Bank.

It seems like more and more people need help with food, but Food Banks are hurting. A couple years ago relatives of ours had lost their jobs and had no income for awhile. We did buy them food but we encouraged them to use the local Food Bank too.

I couldn't have been more disappointed in what they received. Outdated canned goods, lots of canned chili but not fruits or vegetables or meats, breads that were stale and/or moldy, cakes that were past their dates. One time they received a huge box of mushrooms that had sat in the warm July warehouse for who knows how long. When I told one woman about the outdated foods, she remarked, "that's good enough for them." Is it? I asked her if she'd eat it and her response was, "I don't have to."

Rarely did they receive milk or milk products or meats or much fresh items. Just before Thanksgiving they received a letter informing them that there wouldn't be enough turkeys to go around that year.

I discussed the issue of hungry children with a teacher at a less fortunate school. She said many students get one meal a day - the free breakfast or lunch provided by the school board. Now that's heartbreaking.

Although it's important for our children to get healthy food every day and a minimum of 3 meals a day, it's just as important for adults and especially seniors. Have you ever gone hungry? I grew up in an alcoholic home and I can tell you that going to school or to bed hungry is no fun.

While we're at it, let's not forget our pets and other infant necessities that many Food Banks give out when they have them on hand.

It can't hurt our budgets that much if everytime we go to the grocery store we pick up one or two non-perishable items to donate.

Today, I have a guest-post from a very dear friend of mine, Elizabeth Maginnis. Elizabeth is a children's author and an exceptional editor too.

Here is her post about college students and hunger:

My husband and I contribute to a diverse group of charitable organizations, such as animal welfare groups and those that care for the homeless. From time to time we also contribute to grocery store food bank campaigns, but not too long ago we began to contribute directly to Foodlink
, our local “umbrella” agency that distributes food to a large number of local member agencies. I did not realize how deeply hunger affects our area until recently. A local news story reporting on the frequency with which college students visit Foodlink to supplement their meal plans opened my eyes wide to the extent of the problem. We pride ourselves on the many colleges and universities in Western New York, yet why is it that students can’t afford to feed themselves? Is tuition so outrageously high that they risk going without food to pursue a degree? And how can they graduate if they’re too hungry to concentrate on their studies?
The same can be said about younger students in our area, regardless of location. Poverty reaches into the suburbs now. Chronic hunger, and its insidious effect on school performance, is no longer limited to traditional inner city neighborhoods. How will our region overcome its economic challenges if our students have no chance to succeed in school and build a future here?
Food bank contributions make an important difference in students’ lives and lay the groundwork for a better future for them and their communities. By supporting their efforts, you’re helping food banks bring fresh produce and other healthy menu choices to kids in “food desert” neighborhoods and keep their warehouses stocked so hungry college students can fill their food gap with something more nutritious than the typical selection found in dormitory snack machines.

Thank you, Elizabeth for this informative issue on our college students and their need for healthy foods.
Elizabeth has a blog at: Desert Girl Media where she tackles many of today's concerns. I encourage you to follow her.

Please help Food Banks and the hungry. Our governments tend to concentrate on the needy around the world, and there are many, and surely they have the right to eat healthy too; so let us concentrate on helping our relatives, neighbors, community children and seniors. Imagine rarely holding a fresh fruit or having a can of fruit. Imagine having non-perishable potatoes with meat and a veggie and fruit.
Feeding America

Support is the key to save our world. Unconditional love is the answer. I pray that we all may open our hearts, our minds, and our souls to guide us to those in need and help us share what we can.

One by one, one shopping day after another, one donation here or there, and there won't be anyone in need.

Love, Honor, and Respect to all, my friends.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Farewell to Being Human US

Sometimes, things happen that make me sad, and this is one of them. After 4 years, tonight in the final episode of Being Human, the US version.

I don't want to believe it. I don't want it to happen. I even wrote the SyFy channel and told them that this couldn't be. Alas, it is.

I've loved this show since the first episode and I will truly miss it. Of course, my family won't miss my 'the series starts in 40 days.' 'the series starts in 2 weeks.' 'how much longer before my show's back on?' 'what will I do with myself? This is the last episode.' 'are ya gonna watch it with me? Are ya? Huh? are ya?'

My husband has bravely sat through each week's show this season, so I thank him for dealing with me jumping up and down, yelling at the characters, screaming 'behind you!' 'Aiden, you never lose! Kill him! Kill him!' 'Josh, no, not Nora' 'Sally, you ditz, don't possess Josh!' 'Yes, a rumble! Yes!'.

To the cast and crew I send my gratitude, all wrapped up with a bow on top. You've entertained me for 4 years - not easy to do since I have so many interests.

In case you haven't seen this show, I'll warn you, there is adult content and since it deals with vampires and werewolves, there's violence and lots of blood, blood, blood. My husband can tell you, quite often my hands were over my eyes as I yelled, "Gross!" "Uck!" "Do they have to cover the entire room?"

The actors gave great performances.
Sam Witwer, the brooding vampire who only wanted to live a normal life, but lived so long that he understood more about life and people than most of us.

Sam Huntington, a gentle man bitten by a werewolf who hated and feared his werewolf side. He too just wanted a normal life so he and Aiden the vampire rent a house together.

Meaghan Rath: the ghost who lives in the rented house. Sally, Aiden and Josh become close friends and help each other in life. While she guides other ghosts to their doors, Sally missed her door to the Other Side.

Kristen Hager plays Nora, a human until she's accidentally scratched by werewolf Josh. They end up married and living in the house with Sally and Aiden.

This show has had so many wonderful actors, but I want to mention just two more.

Amy Aquino is a very powerful witch that no one should deal with, but as shows are, the 3 friends get involved with her, especially Sally. Amy Aquino is one of my favorite actresses. She's quite versatile and she totally becomes her character. Many of you may remember her as the cookie lady from Everybody Loves Raymond. Her performances in Being Human were impeccable.

Mark Pellegrino: He's done a lot of acting in various roles and has long been one of my favorite actors. In Being Human, he's Aiden's vampire father and in the early shows he is the leader of the vampires in Boston. Like Amy Aquino, his work is always perfect.

As for Sam Witwer, Sam Huntington, Meaghan Rath, and Kristen Hager, they took their work seriously and worked to make each show a success. I look forward to seeing them in other shows and hopefully all of them, all of them will have their own series again down the road.

So, with tearful eyes, I say goodbye to my favorite show and actors. I wish everyone who worked with Being Human the best of luck in the future.

This is a youtube video of when the Aiden, Josh, and Sally meet. I hope it's ok to show it.

And I thought I cried when I write sad parts in my books. sniff sniff.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Google Search or Bing

Which search engine do you use?

A search engine is defined as:  a program for the retrieval of data from a database or network, esp. the Internet.

According to eBiz, Google has an estimated 1,100,000,000 unique visitors a month. Bing has 300,000,000 unique visitors a month.

Without a doubt I do the majority of my internet searches from Google. I find it's far more efficient and gives me more choices. Right now, Google is used more often than Bing and google users like myself have no reason to switch.

Bing has made many attempts to surpass Google and as yet hasn't succeeded. Their request for you to try Bing? Yes, some have tried, but realize this. Everytime you 'try' Bing, it counts in the overall picture of which is more popular - Google or Bing. I see this as an underhanded ad attempt by Microsoft to get more more searches than Google by 'asking' you to compare.

Same thing with the ads that show the now happy people who tried Bing and won't go back to Google. I'm not saying this ad is not truthful. However, I remember a few years ago when a famous company set up at a local mall and offered people to try two concealed products. Before the cameras rolled, they told everyone that if they selected this company's brand they'd get a prize, even indicating which concealed product to choose. So of course, now, when I see any commercial like this, I can't help but wonder if the choosers are enticed by a free gift. I'm not saying that Microsoft is doing this, I'm just saying I'm skeptical.

I love Google searches. So, is there something Microsoft can offer me that would make me search on Bing daily?

I bet you were expecting me to say absolutely not.

No, I caved. Microsoft offers 'points' towards gift cards when you sign in/up and search Bing. The best part is, when you hit 500 points, Microsoft will gift you to Swagbucks if you belong to Swagbucks like I do.

Do you remember me talking about Swagbucks before? It's a site where you answer polls, buy products, watch videos, take surveys, etc and earn points towards a variety of gift cards including Paypal and Amazon.

This offer from Bing was too tempting. They hooked me easily. I now sign in to msn daily and do a variety of searches on Bing to earn those tempting points.

If you want to earn points with Bing, sign in/up and start searching. However, if you let me recommend you, I'll get extra points for doing that so please let me recommend you.

As for Swagbucks, I can recommend you there too or you can sign up and let them know I told you about them.

Both these programs are virtually free and you get rewarded. That doesn't happen often these days.

What about Google?

The majority of my searches are still on Google, way too efficient for me to use another source. Besides, I've found Google to be user friendly all the time.

Knowing me, then you know I sent a suggestion to Google to offer points too. I don't think they will. After all they're still number 1 in choice of use.

What about Yahoo? My experiences with yahoo have not been good. I've found more viruses transmitted through Yahoo than through Bing or Google. Plus, yahoo is forever sending me 'adult' notifications. No thank you.

In  conclusion, I still prefer Google searches, but I do use Bing daily to earn points, and I won't go near Yahoo.

Why don't you start earning points today? Check Bing's program out, and let me recommend you.

How Bing Points Work

How Swagbucks Points Work

LHR, my friends.