Repost: Cyberbullying

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English: Bullying on IRFE in March 5, 2007, the first class day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I feel that this is a very important topic, so I am sharing it on two of my blogs:

This is a very important topic, and one that is close to my heart; I was bullied in school, and I have compassion for young people who are being bullied. It is worse now then when I was in school; then I could go home and get away from it, but now, with all the new technologies, bullies can often, and all too easily, follow their victims home, and right into their bedrooms, and it can be difficult to put a stop to it. Awareness is the first step, as with any problem.

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I’m Adding book reviews!


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I have some exciting news for you,  lovely readers…..I will soon be adding book reviews. Here is a list of the genres I will be reviewing:

Historical Fiction
Historical Romance
Christian Fiction
Mythology & Folk Tales
Young Adult
Children’s Books
Biographies & Memoirs
Comics & Graphic Novels
Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense
Science Fiction


I am excited about this; I have wanted to do book reviews for a while, and I have been looking for opportunities.


Historical Fiction Book Talks

Historical Fiction Book Talks (Photo credit: La_FB)


Repost: The Lemon Life

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The idea for this started with a comment I made on my Facebook page:

“When life hands you lemons…”

I didn’t finish it, because everyone knows the second part; “make lemonade.”

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon.

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I made this comment on my Facebook after finding out I did not pass one of my classes, and I would have to go to college for one more semester in order to finish my degree. I decided to add a couple of classes toward a second degree, to make in more worth my while, since I had to be there anyway. That was how I planned to make lemonade out of the lemon I was handed.

A few weeks later, a good friend of mine, inspired by my post, gave me a graduation gift (I was able to walk across the stage in the ceremony on May 19, I just can’t get my diploma yet) which included a lemon. I loved it! I put it in my freezer, where it stayed for about two weeks.

I’m going through a season of uncertainty right now; I do not have a job yet, and I am getting concerned about that. My husband and I are surviving on unemployment, and a student loan, which is now dwindling fast.

So how did I make lemonade with these ingredients? I’ll tell you later.

First, a few weeks ago, after a tiring day, I decided to make some iced tea. I boil it, so it takes about twenty-four hours, but I figured it would be a nice treat for the next day; I love ice-cold tea. So I started making it, then I remembered that lemon, in my freezer. I thought, ‘that will go good in iced tea.’ I pulled it out. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to cut it up while it was still frozen, but surprisingly, it wasn’t hard to cut.

All of this time, I was thinking about lemons, and making lemonade, when all of a sudden, I had an idea.

‘Why not blog about how people have overcome difficult situations—in other words—made lemonade?’ And “Lemon Life” was born. Lemon Life is where I will write about true inspirational stories: my own and other people’s.

Right now, I have the time, because I am not working yet. So that’s how I’m making lemonade with the ingredients I have been given.

And this has been my first inspiring story! Thank you for reading it. Oh, I almost forgot—the iced tea turned out great!

Iced tea, popular throughout the U.S.

Iced tea, popular throughout the U.S. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Repost: “Love your neighbor as yourself”

I am reposting this as a reminder, to myself included, that just by smiling at and being nice to that person behind the counter just may turn their day around and give them a lemonade day. Pay it forward.

Dating and Marriage

image from fanpop.comMarriage is difficult; it seems like everyone has an opinion on marriage. I have heard all kinds of things: “go into mariage with your eyees wide open and half-closed ever after.” That one makes sense; I could paraphrase it like this: “know what you are getting yourself into before you get married and be prepared to overlook a lot afterward.”

Then again, when put that way, it doesn’t soud like such good advice after all; there are some things you don’t want to overlook–like alcoholism or a bad temper.

You might see some clues that the person you want to marry has bad tendencies, but they may not be that easy to spot; especially if you don’t know what clues to look for, or if  the person is good at hiding the signs.

It helps to know be able to recognize the warning signs, during the dating phase. Here is some information I found online:

Signs of a loser

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There are also warning signs that the other person is only interested in sex:

First date warning signals

You can read the rest of these warning signals at

Teenagers can have dating problems too; it is worse for a teenager because they often lack the maturity and life skills to know what to do in such a situation. They may feel as though they can’t talk to anyone about it. Therefore, here are some tips specifically for teen dating:

1. He Constantly Checks In on You
If your sweetie’s attentive and asks you about your life, that’s fantastic. But if he constantly calls you and expects a full report on where you’ve been and who you’ve been with, then something more sinister’s going on.

2. She Lies to You
Relationships can’t survive unless you trust each other, and if your partner abuses that trust by lying to you, it’s a relationship that isn’t worth keeping. A couple of white lies are forgivable. Lying regularly, or lying about important stuff, is absolutely not.

3. He Won’t Let You Talk to Other Guys
Don’t stand for this form of relationship abuse. You’re allowed to talk to anyone of any gender you want. If your sweetie is suspicious of something, he should have a mature conversation with you about it, but he’s not allowed to control your behavior.

Many of these sound just like “The Loser” of our first example; which just goes to show how ingrained those behavior patterns can be. You can read the rest of this list at

Repost: Getting a Diagnosis of Aspergers


This is a wonderful Lemon Life story; this family went through a lot of heartache. Unfortunately this story also shows the

flaws in the healthcare system. A friend of mine has a son with Asperger’s, so I have seen how this disease can make life

difficult for the whole family. I am glad that they finally got the diagnosis, and glad to hear that the marriage is still

together. Great story of overcoming adversity, and very well written. I present this blogger with the Lemon Life Award for

this week.

Thanks for reading.

Pitcher of lemonade in the sunshine

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