Be Food-Safe on the 4th of July

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Fireworks aren’t the only cause for concern on the 4th of July Protect your family from food poisoning by taking these four simple steps: Wash your hands and food-preparation surfaces often. Germs can survive in many places around your kitchen, including your hands, utensils and cutting boards. Rinse fresh fruit and vegetables under running water. Don’t cross-contaminate. Even after you’ve … Read More

Ace Your Life – Basic Life Skills for Everyday Living

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Ace Your Life Basic life skills for everyday living… Did you ever wonder when you were getting ready to leave home for the first time, if your parents had taught you everything you needed to know to survive on your own?  Or, are you now single after a long-term relationship and don’t know where to start? Do you know how … Read More

Are You in Your Own Way?

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Are You in Your Own Way? If so, it’s time to address this… According to “Get Out of Your Way” by Tim Shurr, people have been unconsciously programmed to fail. We are self-sabotaging ourselves every step of the way. Did you know that by the time you are eighteen years old, you’ve heard approximately 180,000 negative remarks directed toward you, … Read More

Looking for a New Career in 2016?

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Millions of people go to work every day at jobs they hate. Hopefully, you’re not one of them. But if you are, you know the negative effect it has on your personal life. Perhaps it’s time to do some real soul-searching. It is time to identify your true purpose so you can get on the road to your career happiness. … Read More

Why The 4-1-1 Books Matter

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In a recent interview I was asked why I’m writing the 4-1-1 books. Although I did answer the question with “to help those that may not be able to completely help themselves,” I’ve taken time since then to reflect on this question. The 4-1-1 on Life Skills is a book about the basic life skills needed by adults of all … Read More

The 4-1-1 on Stolen Personal Data

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Just about every transaction you make, whether it is with a credit card, posting on a social media site or collecting a paycheck, gets captured in cyberspace and stored in multiple databases operated by corporations, health care providers, government agencies and other organizations. Your data is out there for identity thieves. It’s no wonder, then, that hackers are relentless in … Read More

Saving Money Q & A

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This question came from Mary in New York: Q: I’m trying really hard to save extra money. What do you suggest? A: It is the little things in life that we do that can make the biggest difference: 1.      Save your spare change in a large container. This is something all family members can contribute to. At the end of … Read More

Ask the Author

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I’ve added a new category to my blog where readers can ask the author questions on Life Skills; Step parenting, or Surviving Teenagers. You can post questions here or email them to and they will be answered here for all to see. So, how can I help you today?

What is “Universal” to You?

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This week while on an interview with, which is an International Radio, I realized during the breaks that the music, no matter in what language, can be universal. They say love is universal. Which now has me wondering – what else is “universal” that we all can understand – no matter what language?   I believe Art, in many different … Read More

What to do after Hurricane Sandy

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There are many things to do after a Hurricane. Here are some tips to help you stay safe: When you go inside your home, there are certain things you should and should not do. Enter the home carefully and check for damage. Be aware of loose boards and slippery floors. The following items are other things to check inside your … Read More