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5 Gifts to Ensure Happy, Healthy Dogs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 15 February 2013 11:43

Today’s modern world shows how much our relationship with animals has changed, says animal chiropractic consultant Dr. Rod Block.

“Back before the mechanical wonders of industrialization, we relied upon animals to carry the brunt of our work; essentially, their purpose was to haul loads, plow fields and chase down prey,” says Block, author of “Like Chiropractic for Elephants,” (www.drrodblock.com) a book in part about his experience treating elephants and other animals for chiropractic problems.

“Today, tractors and other marvels of the post-industrial era have largely replaced the duties of the working animal. In a world where humans distance themselves more and more from one another, these animals have become our companions, family members and closest confidantes.”

More friends and custodians of animals – including dogs, horses and, yes, elephants – realize that they too suffer from spinal irregularities, he says.

“Of course, any living creature with a spine is vulnerable to injury, which can incur years of suffering and even death,” he says.

With that in mind, he offers gift ideas for the furry family member that cannot tell you with language what it needs:

• Dog harnesses: For those who haven’t already noticed, collars and choke chains hurt dogs that have a habit of pulling during walks. Collars centralize stress on their neck. Ideally, you should train your dog to not pull -- there are how-to books and programs that can help. In the meantime, and even after successful training, a dog harness works best on that rare occasion when, for example, a squirrel piques their interest. Harnesses appropriately distribute weight throughout a canine’s torso. They’re also appropriate for cats on leashes.

• Need a chiropractor? … Some animals go many years before their caretakers realize they have a significant mobility problem, or that there is an affordable solution to the problem. Many simply do not consider alternative health measures for their horse, dog or cat; they think their only options are expensive, invasive surgery, or nothing. To spot problems early, always monitor how they walk or run, and how they hold their head. “Pay attention to their movements, and how they respond to touch,” he says.

• Don’t overfeed!: An overfed dog or cat, just like an obese human, experiences damaging health consequences. Excess weight puts stress on the skeleton and joints, and obese cats and dogs can get diabetes. Feed them the appropriate amount of pet food, and do not give them scrap from the dinner table. If your dog has grown accustomed to begging at meal times, put him in another room when you sit down at the table. Our pets do not have the right digestion system for many human foods.

• Dog beds: Know your dog. You wouldn’t give a child’s bed to a large adult; consider what’s appropriate for your dog’s length, weight and sleeping style. This knowledge will help you when confronted with the many styles of beds: bagel, doughnut and bolster beds; cuddler or nest beds; dog couches; round, rectangle or square beds; or elevated beds with frames. Also, consider manufacturer differences. Each may have its own definition of “large dog,” for example.

• Holistic options: As health-care avenues have expanded for humans, so too have they for pets. Often, the answer for human and animal well-being is not an overload of prescription medication. Acupuncture is a valid option with no adverse side affects that has shown positive results, especially for large animals like horses. In general, use common sense; an overstressed environment is not good for any living thing. Consider researching the latest alternative-health options for your animal.

About Dr. Rod Block

Dr. Rod Block (www.drrodblock.com) serves as a chiropractic consultant to numerous veterinary practices in Southern California and is an international lecturer on animal chiropractic. He is board certified in animal chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, is a member of the International Association of Elephant Managers and serves as an equine chiropractic consultant to Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Block is the equine chiropractor for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mounted Police Unit, a lecturer at Western State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a lecturer at University of California Irvine (Pre-Veterinary Program). He completed his undergraduate studies at UCLA and later received his Doctorate in Chiropractic.

 
Love and Logic Parenting Parenting Made Fun!!! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Lannoo   
Friday, 15 February 2013 11:30

America's Most Practical & Entertaining Parent Instruction

For parents and caregivers of children 0-10 yrs.

 

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the QC

Thursday evenings at 6-7:30pm in the Lounge

March 14, 21 & 28 and April 4 & 11

Childcare Provided!

 

Anyone can register but class size is limited!

Registration for Church Members (Before Feb. 14):

$25 per person-$35 per couple

 

Registration for Non-Church Members &

Church Members after Feb. 14th:

$30 per person-$40 per couple

 

Registration Deadline: March 1st

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Would you like to feel more confident as a parent?

Would you like to have more fun parenting?

Would you like to feel more relaxed at the end of the day?

 

Parents will learn to:

 

· Show their tots that whining and arguing do not pay.

 

· Put an end to misbehavior in public.

 

· Smooth out mornings and bedtimes.

 

· Take the battle out of meal times, tooth brushing, bathing, etc

 

· Teach respect, responsibility, and self-discipline.

 

· And much, much more!

 

On a personal note: My husband, Dane, and I participated in this class when it was offered in 2007 and it really improved our confidence as parents and taught us patience which relieved so much of the stress involved in parenting. It also taught us how to bedisciplinarians with out being 'the bad guys' as it's based off of naturalconsequences. It's like a mental chess game with kids and it's your time to win, stress free!

 

See attached registration form.

Contact Sarah Moulton at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 563-323-5749.

 
Diane Rehm to be honored as Arab American of Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lana Mini   
Friday, 15 February 2013 11:28

DEARBORN, Mich. – Renowned journalist Diane Rehm has been named Arab American of the Year for 2013, ACCESS announced today. She will be honored at the prestigious 42nd Annual ACCESS Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, April 27, at the Marriott Detroit Renaissance Center.

As Arab American of the Year, Rehm will take her place a distinguished group of past honorees that includes former White House correspondent Helen Thomas; U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham; entertainers Casey Kasem and Tony Shalhoub; U.A.W. International President Stephen Yokich; U.S. Congressman Nick Rahall; the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee; and St. Jude Hospital.

The daughter of Arab immigrants, Rehm was born and raised in Washington, D.C. For more than 30 years she has been host of The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU in the nation’s capital. The program is distributed nationally by National Public Radio with more than 2.4 million listeners. Rehm has interviewed notables including then-Sen. Barack Obama, former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, and many others. In 2000, she became the first radio talk show host to interview a sitting president (Clinton) in the Oval Office.
Last year, she was featured in Arab Americans, a series of profiles broadcast on PBS stations nationwide.
The Diane Rehm Show was named to the Top 10 list of the most powerful programs in public radio for 2007 and 2008, based on its ability to draw listeners to public radio stations. In 2010, she won a Peabody award (widely considered one of the most prestigious and selective honors in electronic media) for her more than 30 years in public broadcasting

Rehm has been named “Washingtonian of the Year,” one of Washington’s “100 Most Powerful Women,” and one of the “150 Most Influential People in Washington” by Washingtonian magazine. She has been included several times on the magazine's list of the "100 Most Powerful Women," most recently in 2011. She is the author of three autobiographical books: Finding My Voice (Knopf, 1999), in which she describes her childhood, marriage, career, and voice disorder; Toward Commitment: A Dialogue about Marriage (Knopf, 2002), a deeply personal book co-authored by her husband, John; and her most recent book written about her beloved dog, Life With Maxie (Gibbs Smith, 2010).
She was named a Fellow by the Society of Professional Journalists — the highest honor the society bestows on a journalist. In 2011, she received the Excellence in Journalism Award from the American News Women's Club.

She is a director emerita of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and a trustee emerita of McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. She has been awarded honorary degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary, Washington College, McDaniel College, and Shepherd University. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, John, and their 6-year-old long-haired Chihuahua, Maxie (short for Maximillian.) The couple has four grandchildren.

 
‘How I Met the Man of My Dreams’ Focuses on a Woman’s Self-Acceptance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Thursday, 14 February 2013 16:27
New-Age Love Veteran Says Finding Mr. Right is All About Attitude

Finding Mr. Right may seem as unlikely to some women as winning the lottery, but Debbianne DeRose’s new book, “How I Met the Man of My Dreams: a Guide to MANifesting Yours,” is a new-age-y and practical guide to having it all.

“Whether you’re new to the Woo – metaphysical or beyond ego-brain perception – or a veteran looking for a breakthrough, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more practical, fresh (or fresh-mouthed) look at the MANifestation process,” DeRose says. “So much more than just the metaphysical mechanics of rustlin’ up a mate, it’s about who you become in the undertaking.”

Years of single-womanhood can leave a gal wondering if she’ll ever find a bona fide SuperLove, says DeRose, who also came to doubt that finding Mr. Right was possible.

Negative feelings and thoughts are all that stand between a woman and the man of her dreams, she says. He’s there. Be sure you’re ready to recognize him by focusing on self-love, acceptance, appreciation and amusement.

“That’s where the MANifesting gets really interesting: believing is not a requirement,” she says.  “When my Dreamboat sailed into the harbor, I was so inspired that I decided to ‘reverse-engineer’ the Law of Attraction for the single sisterhood, with humor and tough love.”

DeRose is the author of other New Age books that focus on self-acceptance and self-empowerment. Fans love both her message and her style.

“Debbianne has a delightful sense of humor and is quite gifted in the art of descriptive prose,’’ writes K.S., an Amazon reviewer.

S.C. writes, “I love her chutzpah and independent, clear-thinking mind.”

This guide to finding Mr. Right includes DeRose’s true-love story, told in part to prime the imagination of her readers, she says.

“Those ladies who read the book and actually give the advice a chance should prepare to laugh, take an honest look within and, best of all, be ready to be taken off the market!”

About Debbianne DeRose

Debbianne DeRose specializes in honest, humorous explorations of all things “woo-woo” – that is, metaphysical, mystical, spiritual, paranormal or New Age-y. She’s the author of a hilarious memoir, “What I Did On My Midlife Crisis Vacation.” Formally trained in the conservative arts of engineering and economics, she has worked as an “enginerd,” database geek, non-profiteer, college instructor, bricolage artist and house flipper before diving headlong into the world of woo-woo wordsmithery. DeRose resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with the man of her dreams.

 
AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE AND ISED VENTURES PROVIDE FREE TAX ASSISTANCE AND PREPARATION PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Swearinger   
Thursday, 14 February 2013 16:25

(Des Moines, IA) – This year, AARP Foundation and ISED Ventures are again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and the ISED tax assistance program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 46th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.

ISED is an asset development organization with the mission of creating opportunities for low and moderate income Iowans to increase income and achieve financial stability.

Attached is an updated and expanded list of locations where low income or elderly Iowans can receive assistance preparing their income taxes. These sites are all staffed by trained and qualified volunteers.  They are organized by a network of non-profits and AARP Tax-Aide whose goal is to help people file their taxes and assure they receive their Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and Child Tax Credits. Taxpayers are never solicited for advance refund loans.

For more information or to locate an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide or call 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669).  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is a program of AARP Foundation, offered in cooperation with the IRS.

In 2012, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s 36,000 volunteers at nearly 6,000 sites provided over 2.5 million people with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $233 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs).


About AARP Foundation

AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people, work more efficiently and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity. Learn more at www.aarpfoundation.org

 
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