Wordless Wednesday * Hey, Save Me from This Six Foot Rabbit. Think His Name Is Harvey?

April 1, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Book Review: Autism Causes, Prevention and Treatment

March 28, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Autism Causes, Prevention and Treatment

Autism Causes, Prevention and Treatment

  • Author: John J. Cannell, M. D.
  • Genre: Adult non-fiction/medicine
  • Pages: 192
  • Publisher: Sunrise River Press (April, 2015)
  • ISBN: 9781934716465
  • SMRP: $19.95

Me, I live in a town with a documented autism cluster. Sometimes I wonder is there something unhealthy here causing it. Other times I wonder if it is because the town’s public schools excellent autism program draws people to move here from other districts. My interests in children, education, and health made me want to know more about autism. Unheard of in my early years, most certainly its diagnosis continues to grow in alarming numbers.

Many theories about autism’s causes–genetic disorder, genetic damage, vaccinations, body inflammation, autoimmune disease, mitochondrial disease, toxins, serotonin–already exist. Add to them another one namely Dr. John Cannell’s sunlight/vitamin D deficiency. Autism is a spectrum disorder now affecting 1 in 68. Describe its $2,400,000 lifetime cost and yearly 12% diagnosis increase for the last twenty years as epidemic. If antibiotic streptomycin made the cure of TB a reality, if Salk’s vaccine prevented poliomyelitis, what should the public know about Cannell’s new treatment protocol?

Brief Summary:

Dr. Cannell briefly describes autism, possible causes, his theory, lifestyle changes, vitamin D deficiency, skin color, sunscreen, the effect of supplements, safety, his recommendations then concludes that it will be years before needed research is done.

My Opinion Only:

Autism Causes, Prevention and Treatment is written for the layman. As such it is not a highly scientific technical document. Having stated that, it gives pause for the reader to think and consider. As a member of the A. M. A. Dr. Cannell is a proponent on the importance of vitamin D in health. If I were a caretaker of an autistic child, next well visit I would discuss his protocols with my physician and follow through accordingly.

Children’s Book Review: Zoology for Kids

March 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Zoology for Kids

Zoology for Kids

  • Author: Josh and Bethanie Hestermann
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction, Ages 9+
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (2015)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • ISBN: 9781613749616
  • SMRP: $18.85

Myself, my husband, and my children love animals both domesticated and wild. Certainly that is why we have had so many pets over the years–cats, dogs, hamsters, birds and fish. Certainly that is why we visited zoos both big and small including the National Zoological Park; Los Angeles Zoo, Santa Ana Zoo, San Diego Zoo, San Diego SeaWorld; Bush Gardens Tampa, Disney Animal Kingdom, Gatorland Orlando; the Indianapolis Zoo; the Audobon Zoo; Como Park; Great Adventure Safari; the Philadelphia Zoo. For this reason, I recommend Zoology for Kids to anyone who wants to know more about animals. Its readable text, introduction answering the question “What is zoology?”, time line, full color pictures, and activities provide a solid foundation for anyone interested in understanding and working with animals.

Brief Summary:

Zoology for Kids encompasses both zoology for beginners and working on the wild side (meaning zoology in real life). From basics (animals–form and function to understanding animal behavior to animals and their environment) to bringing everything together, it is a sourcebook with hands on applications that helps its readers experience animal cells, animal bones, dolphin echolocation, coloration, direction, life cycle, communications, pollination, the food chain and more. Note: Use of senses required.

My Opinion Only:

Zoology for Kids is interactive fun education. With tools like user friendly table of contents, index, and glossary built in, it is a high interest easy read.

You can learn more on the Zoology For Kids website. You can also find Zoology For Kids on social media, on Facebook and Twitter.

DVD Review: Sesame Street: The Best of Elmo 3

March 26, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Sesame Street: The Best of Elmo 3

Sesame Street, The Best of Elmo 3

  • DVD Release Date: March 3, 2015
  • Run Time: 122 min.
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: 123 Sesame Street
  • SMRP: $14.98

Brief Summary:

Every child loves this furry red monster as the hot toy frenzies of Tickle Me Elmo and Tickle Me eXtreme prove. They are in for the best of times when famous stars join Elmo and his Sesame Street friends in a celebration of song and dance.

Listing of all 21 segments:

  • “Songs” with Sugarland
  • “Let’s Go Driving” with Taye Diggs
  • “Quiero Ser Tu Amigo” with Romeo Santos
  • “The Power of Yet” with Janelle Monáe
  • “Choreographer with Melissa McCarthy
  • “Measure” with Drew Brees
  • “Include” with Mila Kunis
  • “Five By” with Train
  • “I Can Sing”
  • “Snazzy Shuffle”
  • “Elmo’s Got the Moves”
  • “Believe in Yourself” with Michael Bublé
  • “The Elmo Slide”
  • “Elmo Feels Proud”
  • “Don’t Give Up” with Bruno Mars
  • “The Addition Expedition” with LL Cool J
  • “(A Monster Went and) Ate My Red Two” with Elvis Costello
  • “Belly Breathe” with Common and Colbie Caillat
  • “Measure, Yeah, Measure”
  • “One Small Voice” (Elmo’s Music Magic performance)
  • “The Sesame Street Alphabet”

Bonus Features:

  • The Little Furry Red Monster Parade (story)
  • Elmo and Abby’s Birthday Fun (full length feature)

Only My Opinion:

The Best of Elmo 3 proves education can be fun. Tots, toddlers, and preschoolers will enjoy watching Elmo and his special guests skits and songs. What an entertaining way to learn about the alphabet, math, and self-confidence!

Weathering the First Day of Spring

March 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Castle

March 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Hubby has been away, on the road too long so I suggested rendezvousing with him outside D. C. for the weekend. Too bad the best laid plans of mice and men go astray. Along with brutal cold and my getting lost, my drive down was fraught with departure delays, a dead battery, and a tire low on air. That four hour max trip took six+ hours. Best describe it as a trip to hell without redemption until Hubby and #3 Son drove to rescue me.

The late supper, TV, and long conversations that followed made me confident the next day would be better. After breakfast in the hotel, Hubby and #3 Son were off on some errands. What better time to go shopping? Destination #1 Kohls then Destination #2 Arundel Mills Mall…didn’t happen. It snowed and snowed and snowed.   I reasoned to myself, “Who cares about shopping? My two handsome men are going to escort me to Medieval Times this evening for a show I truly relish.” Drat! Luck was against me again and it was a cold day in hell literally.

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When we drove to the mall, everything was closed or closing including our dinner and tournament. Back to our room for some game changing plans for the morrow, Hubby quickly rearranged his own schedule, suggested I postpone my departure by one more day, then proposed we attend the  show the next evening to celebrate chivalry, rivalry, revelry. Done deal.

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When we arrived at its Baltimore castle just outside D. C., we found a time machine had transported us back  a millennium in time to feudal Spain. King Carlos, Princess Catalina, the Lord Chancellor, the Royal Falconer, the Master of the Horse, the good knights and their squires were all there as was the dark Herald of the North.

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I have been to other Medieval Times before, but this time was something different. It was the best ever. After admiring the decor and a falcon close up, we went into its entrance hall. That gathering place complete with bar, dance floor, torture museum, photo and souvenir shops, set the stage for the spectacle within its arena. I toast: To honor, to bravery, to a night to remember.

DSC00503mt_1Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is a re-enaction of 11th Century complete to its period coat of mail, arms and armor costuming, combat javelin, sword, spear, and lance weaponry, equestrian showmanship, and only fingers no utensils chicken and rib banquet.

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Its strong white/gray Andalusian war horses performing elegant feats of dressage like the capriole, passeo, lassoer, piaffe and passage, and Spanish walk stop the show. Its six performing knights exhibit of horsemanship and hand-to-hand skills thrill the audience.

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On our way into the castle, I had had the opportunity to see the master falconer with her bird of prey closeup outside the castle doors.

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I had been well-assured the public was not hunting quarry and was entirely safe. That made seeing the falcon soaring overhead completely awesome and fast.

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Boo to the villain!

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Our party had the best seats in the house, first row center.  Can you imagine how thrilled this old lady was when for she caught the flower that her invincible champion Black & White Don Iafre Creu threw?

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Yes, he won the tourney.

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They say that good things come to those who wait. The Medieval Times family dinner show performance  we attended was 10 out of 10, the best ever.  Our package included crowns, framed entrance group photo, VIP seating, commemorative program, knights cheering banner, Behind the scenes” DVD –everything but alcohol.

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My daughter-in-law dared ask, “How many times can you go to Medieval Times?” My answer in one word, “Infinite.” Here’s why.  There are nine Medieval Times at present in North America. They have stood the test of time while others like Arabian Nights have failed. Their riders are expert professionals. Their casts know how to please its audience. Dinner/tournaments are unique, ever changing because their participants differ.  I go for the theatrical sports of the show not for gourmet food, but I have to admit I appreciate its ample, tasty meal.

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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is located in Arundel Mills Mall at 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover Maryland 21076.

You can also learn more on the Medieval Times website, and on social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Children’s Book Review And Giveaway – The Littlest Bunny in Ohio: An Easter Adventure

March 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

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The Littlest Bunny in Ohio: An Easter Adventure

The Littlest Bunny in Ohio, an Easter Adventure

  • Author: Lily Jacobs
  • Illustrator: Robert Dunn
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Ages 4+
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberocky (2015)
  • ISBN: 9781492611622
  • SMRP: $9.99

Brief Summary of Story:

On the day before Easter, Mary and Joe go to the pet store. There they select the smallest one and name him Flop. Now Flop has a secret. He is the Easter bunny. So that night he hops into an air balloon and flies all over the Buckeye State to deliver 9,000,020 eggs.

My Opinion Only:

To me, no Easter can be complete without an Easter egg hunt. So having one written into this children’s book makes it a sure winner. What a great way to encourage attentive reading and more! This book’s rhymed couplets are charming and read smoothly. How appropriate that it uses pastel illustrations to fit the holiday text. My only regret is that more special sights were not shown. This book’s rhymed couplets are charming and read smoothly. How appropriate that it uses pastel illustrations to fit the holiday text! Who can find its twenty Easter eggs?

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