Four-Legged Veterans Special The Dogs!

Four-Legged Veterans Special The Dogs!
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Four-Legged Veterans Special The Dogs!This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, and on Sunday we celebrate and honor those who have fallen for our country during all wars, foreign and domestic, by paying respects during Veterans Day.

I like to think that I’m patriotic – a voice of the constitution, an honorable citizen, a supporter of our troops. But it is all too easy to revel in the freedoms we share without giving enough pause to those who have served to protect our freedoms and way of life. Read more “Four-Legged Veterans Special The Dogs!”

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Mans Best Friend! Dogs and Prepping

Mans Best Friend! Dogs and Prepping
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Mans Best Friend! Dogs and Prepping

There’s a saying out there that a dog is a man’s best friend. It’s also a woman’s, and a child’s, and a family’s best friend. Dogs have been a part of my life and upbringing for as long as I can remember. For those of us who hold our K-9 companions dear, we have the added benefit of a selfless defender of the home and the added responsibility of caring for this member of the family in a disaster.

If you don’t have dogs but are considering an addition to your family, have you put enough considerations into the type, size, behavior and skill set inherent with the dog you are looking into? All too often, the Read more “Mans Best Friend! Dogs and Prepping”

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Reducing Fear by Increasing Security

Reducing Fear by Increasing Security
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Reducing Fear by Increasing SecurityWith Halloween fast approaching, little ones are getting primed for masked adventures. This time of year was always one of my favorites growing up – being able to hide in plain sight, to blend with the crowds, to become invisible. I remember lurking around, testing my costume, pining for booty come Halloween night.

Now, as a parent, I realize how things have changed. Neighborhoods shut down. Lights out mean “move along, stranger” and entire streets opt out of the old tradition. Read more “Reducing Fear by Increasing Security”

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Water Witch Hunt!

Water Witch Hunt
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We are on a witch hunt this week, but not the way you think.Water Witch Hunt
We’re not after Supreme Court Justices, or witches of Salem long past.
We are hunting for witches who defy nature’s laws
Skilled at seeking out water by dowsing with divining rods!

I’ve never really been into witchcraft or wizardry other than what I’ve seen on the big screen. But after a few strange encounters with co-workers and friends, I’ve come to realize that not everything can be backed by scientific proof or logical explanation. And for some reason, this strange sorcery has always been a curiosity of mine. Read more “Water Witch Hunt!”

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It’s alive! ALIVE! “Maintenance”

It’s alive! ALIVE! “Maintenance”
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It’s alive! ALIVE! "Maintenance"We barely escaped zombies last week, but now we’re faced with a new terror on the horizon: the Frankenstein in the garage. This week on The Next Generation Show, we will be going over the power of bringing things to life and the importance of redundancy and refurbishing in the home and on the homestead. Part of this challenge is being able to understand the principles of mechanics and the preventative measures we need to take to keep them alive. Read more “It’s alive! ALIVE! “Maintenance””

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Zombies Attack!

Zombies Attack!
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Zombies Attack!I watched too many scary movies as a kid. I remember sitting in the dark, wielding whatever kind of kid weaponry I had on hand – ninja swords, nunchucks, rubber band guns or the old standby: my Old Timer pocket knife, hoping that I had enough to fend off whatever monsters would be lurking in the dark. What I didn’t realize then that I am coming to realize now is the power fear has over us and how it can in some ways lead toward a greater level of preparedness. Read more “Zombies Attack!”

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Who you know Connections!

Who you know Connections
Kid Communities Part 4
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Who you know ConnectionsI’ve learned through the years that it’s not so much what you know – it’s who you know. As an adult, I find it difficult to explain this at times to the younger generations. Everything from job seeking to skill building to survival hinges on our ability to serve others and receive help in times of need. But it all begins with a connection. Whether it be family connections or acquaintances or complete strangers who hold a similar value system, a community of like-minded individuals will be able to weather storms and stresses of life and help each other in the process. Read more “Who you know Connections!”

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Kids Communities and 4H

Kids Communities and 4H
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Kids Communities and 4HA single strand of rope can be broken easily. Two strands is a little tougher to break. But weaving three or four strands together you will find how strong a tightly knit community can truly be. Just like rope that is intertwined, the people in a community serve to strengthen the whole. Mainstays of a healthy body, healthy heart, strong hands, and strong mind are deeply seated in the meaning of this show and 4H. Read more “Kids Communities and 4H”

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Kids Communities – Part 2: The Pack

Kids Communities – Part 2: The Pack
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Kids Communities – Part 2: The PackKid communities are a critical part of growing up and learning to survive. Having a network of friends was and still is a critical part of how you can identify with a group, what you can contribute, and where you fit in.

I moved around a lot as a kid, which was vastly different from most people I knew growing up. This constant change of environments, personalities, and friends brought me to a specific conclusion by the end of high school that has helped me through life by establishing a simple value system, work ethic, and sense of responsibility. Read more “Kids Communities – Part 2: The Pack”

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Kids Communities!

Kids Communities!
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Kids CommunitiesGrowing up, the kids we ran with set the stage for who we would grow up to be. We had our own Sandlot and Platoon and Mission Impossible teams. But even in our little groups there was a sense of understanding that one of us could do things better than another. We learned through play fighting, street games, races and the like who was the best at pinning down an opponent, outsmarting the person who was “it,” and who could sprint distances without the slightest sense of exhaustion. Read more “Kids Communities!”

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Home Security for Kids!

Home Security for Kids
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Home Security for KidsGrowing up in a typical American suburb, I remember our threats outside the front door were very different compared to today. There were some outside threats that are similar today, but not nearly as many. We could do simple, everyday things to prevent wolves from crossing the threshold and causing harm. I was raised on the cusp of the latchkey generation where both parents worked and kids were expected to fend for themselves after school until either parents got home. This came with a specific set of rules to be followed and not questioned. Read more “Home Security for Kids!”

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Handling loss and suffering!

Handling loss and suffering!
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Handling loss and sufferingA child’s first exposure to the idea of loss and suffering often comes through the death of a family member or family pet, divorce, separation. The world as they know it comes to an end. This fixture, once a permanent part of their life, is gone forever.

But coaching kids through loss and suffering is no less important than it is for us as adults and as parents. As generations pass and life goes on, how we handle our emotions and push through to regain normalcy are the behaviors they will inadvertently learn. Read more “Handling loss and suffering!”

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Skill sets, Entrepreneurs and Shop Class!

Skill sets, Entrepreneurs and Shop Class!
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Skill sets, Entrepreneurs and Shop ClassThere is much to be said about the benefits of early skills training, like wood shop, metal shop and even home economics. The skills learned in these classes were designed to help the youth better serve themselves and each other in small communities across America.

What’s that? Your child isn’t enrolled in shop class? Your school district doesn’t offer metal working? Or home economics – known today as the “American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences”? Read more “Skill sets, Entrepreneurs and Shop Class!”

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