To My Kung Fu Teacher

He is a hoary lion
with hands as hard as bricks.
His laughter is as booming
as a thunder god's dirty tricks.
His presence is robust,
not one can dismiss the man.
His kindly, aged eyes,
his skin as rough as sand.
His scars are plenty,
the life he's had to lead.
But one thing we have in common
is the frequency we bleed.
His beard is sage-like,
whipping like a bear.
His generosity and love
are as thick as his hair,
white and maniacal.
He could crush our face.
But he'd rather play with children
and include us in his grace.
He was a pauper master
without an evil thought.
I will never forget the man
or the wonderful things he taught.… Read the rest

What is in a Teachers Name

With schools beginning across the country, I decided to review some of the last names of teachers that I have come across. This is not to belittle or make fun of anyone. Ninety nine percent of these individuals were excellent educators. I just wanted to provide a flashback to the days we were in school. Feel free to add to the list in the comment section.

Mrs. English, Mrs. Crabtree, Miss Purdy, Mr. Grump, Mr. Stone, Mr. Washington, Mrs. Chalk, Mr. Lunchpale, Mr. Coffy, Mrs. Carberry, Miss Shoes, Miss Hickey, Mr. Locks, Mr. Crabaze, Mrs. Wright, Dr. Drizzle, Mrs. Stern, Miss Chief, Mr. Ruyle, Mrs. Skool, Mr Hollway, Miss Pleaze, and my favorite of all time is Miss Gititwright.

Have a nice day!… Read the rest

Online Computer Programming Degree: Learn How You Can Further Your Education

Almost every business now relies on computers and internet for their operations. As a result Computer Programming is poised to be one of the fastest growing technical professions.

Scope of computer programming

In today’s economy, computer programmers are needed in almost every business in every region of the world. There will always be a need for computer programmers making the job market very strong for those with the right skills. Computer programmers tend to work in comfortable office environments and receive competitive pay.

The Benefits of A Degree

Over 50% of computer programmers today have at least a college degree, with nearly 20% holding a graduate degree. Most employers will be looking for programmers with who are fluent in a number of programming languages and tools and have experience developing and implementing applications. With a computer programming degree you greatly increase your value to employers and chances of securing competitive jobs.

What you will gain

Whether you are a professional trying to change directions or you are ready to gain the education and recognition to get a rewarding job a degree in computer programming can help. Online colleges and universities offer associate, bachelor, and master degree programs in computer programming that will allow you to develop the skills you need. Whether you want to continue your education over a longer period by taking a few classes at a time, or you want to aggressively complete a degree there are online courses ready to fit your needs.

Students in these programs will learn a variety of skills from programming, systems analysis, and design. They will most likely learn C++ and VisualBasic as well as a number of additional programming languages that will help them designed, implement, and manage systems. The coursework will help students develop and practice the necessarily skill sets to succeed in a variety of roles that exist in the workplace. With a computer programming degree you will have to foundation to continue to expand your knowledge in skills in the ever developing field of computer technologies.… Read the rest

Green Tea & Banana Protein Shake

Are you looking for a protein shake that is not so thick or filling? Here is a great green tea & banana protein shake that is smooth & light and will not be heavy on the stomach. This green tea & banana protein shake is great for a quick breakfast if you are on the go, a mid-afternoon meal replacement shake or a post workout shake. Another great benefit to this shake is that it has less than 300 calories so it is perfect for those of us trying to lose a few extra pounds before summertime.

8oz Diet green tea with ginseng and honey
1- Scoop whey protein powder
1- Banana (126g)
1- Tsp. organic honey
4-5 Ice cubes

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in blender, mix until desired smoothness. Pour in to chilled glass. Serve and enjoy

Macronutrient Breakdown:
Total calories: 284
Carbohydrates: 49g
Fat: 1g
Protein: 26g… Read the rest

Handling an Overseas Writing Business

The great thing about being a freelance writer is that you can live virtually anywhere in the world and still do the same exact job while enjoying the benefits of becoming a world traveler. If you want to start an overseas writing business, here are a few tips.

Tip #1: Use the Buddy System

If you are planning to move for a brief period of time — one year, for example — then you will want to retain the comforts of certain things from home while still handling your writing business overseas. You can accomplish this much more effectively by using the buddy system. Find a friend or a relative who can receive your mail, deposit important checks and maintain correspondence with your “home country” clients. This will cut down on your need to send IRC’s with every letter you write and will also many it easier to maintain your finances.

Tip #2: Maintain a Local Bank Account

There are a few benefits to opening a foreign bank account when managing a writing business overseas, but it is usually much easier to have a local bank account, instead. This allows you to deposit checks in your “home country” currency and prevents you from having to incur large fees for cashing a check in a foreign country. This also works out will if you’re using the aforementioned buddy system; your friend or relative can simply deposit your checks in your local bank and you can use online banking to pay your bills.

Tip #3: Get American Express

When handling a writing business overseas, it is almost always helpful to have an American Express card at your disposal. You can hang on to the Visa and MasterCard if you’d like, but American Express is accepted in most foreign countries and is actually the preferred method of payment for Americans when traveling (or moving) internationally.

Tip #4: Sign Up for Internet Faxing

Many Internet faxing services, such as eFax ( are much easier to maintain when handling a writing business overseas than using a LAN line for your faxing needs. For one thing, international lines often interrupt facsimile transmissions; for another, you’ll probably need to fax a great deal of documents to clients and editors and the fees can be enormous.

Tip #5: Get a Local Phone Number

With the advent of telephone services like Vonage, you can make telephone calls from just about anywhere in the country but maintain a local phone number, which cuts down on the fees for international calls and will enable you to itemize your bill so that you can separate business telephone expenses from personal ones. Maintaining a writing business overseas probably will mean calling your editor(s) and clients on a weekly (if not daily) basis, and telephone calls are expensive when dialed internationally.

Tip #6: Research Tax Requirements

Maintaining a writing business overseas does not exempt you from paying U.S. taxes and may require that you pay taxes to the country in which you are living, … Read the rest

A Few New Iced Tea Recipes

Chai Con Leche

If you like a milky tea drink, this one is right for you.

Steep 2 bags of any of your in 1/4 liter of hot water (> 200 degrees) for 4 minutes.
Add 1/2 liter of cold water and 1/4 liter ice. Let it cool in the fridge if it needs to.
Pour milk to taste.

Very simple, and quick if you do it right.

Tea Lemonade

For a refreshing, sweet drink, do the following:

Steep 2 bags of any of your favorite tea in 1/4 liter of hot water (> 200 degrees) for 4 minutes.
Add 1/2 liter of cold water, 1/2 liter of unsweetened lemonade, and 1/4 liter ice.
Add sugar to taste.

This works for just about any of your favorite tea, whether it be black, green, orange, red, purple, or white.

Tip: For a great alcoholic beverage, add 4 shots of your favorite flavor vodka.… Read the rest

IPads and Parenting

My parents had it easy, technologically speaking. I’m 35 years old and I remember when my parents only had to deal with the TV and the Atari games. Currently, I have to deal with my children using the iPad, TV and the DVR, the computer, video games, smartphones and social media websites. I am a fan of technology but I’m trying to find a way to have it all work together and minimize the fighting that goes on between the kids.

My children are eight, four and two. They’re all professionals at using the iPad. I didn’t have to teach any of them how to use it or where to go to find their favorite app. My oldest child knows how to read so she finds her games easily. The younger one can identify the apps by the icons. I let all of my children use the iPad or tablet frequently because I control what games or apps they download. On my iPad, most of the apps are educational with a few dress up and car games. They’re still all too young to have their own Apple IDs and passwords.

Since purchasing the iPad, the computer and video game systems have become obsolete to my children. They still watch TV but it seems off more than on. The TV keeps them in one room while the iPad enables them to move from room to room. Whenever I need to accomplish something in a different room, I prefer them to watch TV versus the iPad.

The iPad and our smartphones are patience-savers especially when you go out to a restaurant. I remember when I was pregnant with my youngest, my middle child was two, we went out to dinner as a family and all she wanted to do was to run around the restaurant. In order to get her to sit in the high chair without screaming, my husband broke out his iPad. Back then, we used to get looks of disdain from other patrons but now it’s the norm. Nowadays, almost every child has their head down playing a game or watching a move in the restaurant. iPads, tablets and smartphones are the perfect going out accessory for children of all ages.

Technology provides excellent learning tools for children. Technology has changed the way parents parent their children and its always changing. It can be hard to keep up with the new gadgets and gizmos on the market but life is always changing so adaptivity is important.… Read the rest

Writing Ideas: Events in June and July

Summer officially starts in the month of June and is going strong in July. News publications and writers across the country have many options when planning coverage for special sections and more traditional news items in June and July.

The first day of June is Marilyn Monroe's birthday. The controversies of her life, career, romances and death are still popular interests for people across the nation.

June 21, 2009, marks the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer. Though many people's summer fun started with the passage of Memorial Day, others are still making vacation plans. Summer festivals and events in communities across the country are items of interest for many readers. Avoiding sunburns, beach safety and summer fashions are also of interest.

Independence Day, July 4, is our nation's most popular day of national pride.

The second Saturday of June is the final event in thoroughbred racing's "Triple Crown." The Belmont follows The Kentucky Derby and The Preakness, both of which took place in May. Though odds are established and gambling is popular, the sport of horse racing remains unpredictable.

June 14 marks Flag Day in the United States. Readers can be taught how to properly display and dispose of the American flag. The flag's appearance changed several times through the nation's history, and many traditions are associated with it.

The third Sunday of June is time for fathers to be recognized. Father's Day coverage ideas include gifts dads want compared to what they actually receive, and good gifts for kids to give their fathers.

Students graduate in early June or late May and head off on senior trips or start summer jobs before heading to college in the fall. June and July are also popular months for weddings, which can open up an array of possible story ideas, from dresses to cakes and flowers.

The summer hurricane season also starts in June. People can be informed on staying safe and how to protect their homes from storms if they live near the coast. In other parts of the country, hurricanes send heavy rain across the states. Hurricane history, especially since the tragic storms in the Gulf Coast and Louisiana, are also of interest.

In sports Major League Baseball is well underway. Traditional stories about players and statistics can be paired with other feature stories on items like hosting a baseball party. The All-Star Game takes place July 14.

George H. W. Bush was born on June 12, 1924; Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872; George W. Bush was born on July 6, 1946; John Quincy Adams was born on July 11, 1767; and Gerald Ford was born on July 14, 1913.… Read the rest