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Even in a time of vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.  —Garrison Keillor

Contents 5 July Fun Facts 6 Parent to Parent 7 Savings Made Sweet 8 Happy Birthday, America 10 Trips on a tank – Billie Swamp Safari 16 NEW Family Health 16 Rays rally for kids with cancer 2 • July 2010

17 The Rally Story 18 About Childhood Cancer 18 Safer Fun in the Sun 20 Q&A with Dr. Jay 21 The Healthy Smile 22 Breathing Easier 24 Heart Gallery 25 Jokes for the Month 26 All Pro Dad Top 10

27 Family Night Coupons 28 Family of the Month 30 Destination Dinner 32 Kids in the Kitchen 34 Species Spotlight 35 Teacher of the Month 36 July Calendar of Events 39 CSI: Fingerprinting at Home 40 Summer Camp Directory

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44 Protect Your Family 45 Building Blocks 46 iMOM: Laughter Promotes Joy 49 The Young and the Young at Heart 50 Family Focus with James Dobson 52 School Guide 54 Independence Day Quiz

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Happy Birthday NASA On July 29, 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower signed his name to the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating the National Aeronautics and Space Agency, more commonly known as NASA. Over the past 52 years the agency has had some very monumental scientific achievements which cannot be overlooked. It has given us dust busters, cochlear implants, ultrasonically welded swimsuits, Tang, and freezedried food - not to mention, it has taken man to the moon, sent satellites and landers to distant planets, given us the Hubble Telescope, helped build the International Space Station, and created the amazing shuttle program. This fall, NASA will conduct its final two shuttle missions from the Kennedy Space Center here in Florida. So if watching a shuttle launch has been on your to-do list, you need to start planning now. The shuttle Discovery is scheduled to blast off on September 16 with the shuttle Endeavor following in mid-November.

July 23rd National Hotdog Day The hot dog is one of America’s favorite summer sandwiches and, for that reason, July is National Hot Dog month. Hot dogs are center stage on the grill, at the ballpark, and at picnics all across America. In fact, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans will consume hundreds of millions of hot dogs on the Fourth of July alone. So have a couple of hot dogs for lunch or dinner and enjoy National Hot Dog month to the fullest.

225 years ago,

on the 6th of July, 1785, the dollar was recommended as the new currency of the United States. While several other monetary systems were also proposed for the young republic, the dollar was eventually approved by congress in 1792 as the official currency of the U.S., making the United States the first nation in history to adopt a decimal coinage system. The early currency of the U.S. did not exhibit faces of presidents, as is the custom now. In 2007, the United States Mint began honoring our nation’s presidents by issuing $1 circulating coins featuring their images in the order that they served. This year the Mint will be releasing the $1 coins honoring presidents Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan and Lincoln. So if you have a chance this July, pick up some Presidential coins at your local bank and, in the process, you can help teach your kids about our great country.

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Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But this year, it will also mark the 50 year anniversary of the 50-star national flag, giving us all the more reason to fly the American flag with pride and honor.

70 years ago,

a confident “Bugs Bunny” made his debut appearance in A Wild Hare, directed by Tex Avery and released on July 27, 1940. It is considered the first appearance of both Elmer and Bugs in their fully developed forms, and it was in this cartoon that Bugs first emerged from his rabbit hole to ask Elmer Fudd, “What’s up, Doc?” Today, Bugs Bunny is undoubtedly one of the most popular and most recognizable cartoon characters in the world. Happy Birthday, Bugs! And that’s all, folks!

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you!” It turns out, they are playing house, and Hanna is the “mom.” Or if Haylee is being the mom, she walks around calling Hanna “sweetie.” They’ve enjoyed having tea parties, setting up a restaurant, and most recently, pretending to be frogs jumping across the living room on pillows, a.k.a. lily pads.

Now that Haylee has “started playing more in

My youngest daughter, Haylee, just turned three this month, and in the past few weeks, I’ve noticed a significant change in the way she plays. Where most two-year-olds, including Haylee just a few weeks ago, tend to play near, but not with other kids, now she is really enjoying interacting and “pretend playing,” especially with her older sister, Hanna. I can’t tell you how many times in the last few weeks I’ve heard Haylee yell out, “Mom!” Then when I answer, she turns to me and shouts, “I’m not talking ‘a’

her style, summer vacation hasn’t been that lonely for Hanna after all!

Hanna really seems to enjoy this new side of her sister since, at age six, she is still in the “pretend” play stage herself. It’s nice that it has coincided with the end of school, because Hanna was really dreading summer vacation with its lack of play time with her friends at school! Now that Haylee has started playing more in her style, summer vacation hasn’t been that lonely for Hanna after all! For some strange reason, life always seems calmer when my children are getting along. So for that reason alone, I love watching my two girls play so well together. It also gives me a little break because

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I don’t get called in to participate in quite as many “pretend” situations as I used to. I still get invited to the tea parties, and I was a diner at the restaurant. But I no longer have to pretend to be a puppy dog’s master or participate in the frog jumping, because Haylee can fill in for me now. Unfortunately, I’m getting a little old to be hopping around the living room for too long.


I know it won’t last forever. Eventually, Hanna will start thinking that she’s too old to play with such a “baby” – I remember thinking in the third grade that I was too old to play with my sister who was in the second grade. But for now, it is a lot of fun to watch, and I intend to enjoy it for as long as it lasts! Until next time,


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Searching for coupons can be a fun and addicting hobby once you know what to look for. I am always on the lookout for coupons, and yes, that includes digging through the recycling bins on occasion for sweet coupon finds! Here is a list of some of the best places to search for coupons. You may be quite surprised where you can find a deal lurking about! Sunday Coupon Inserts – found inside your Sunday newspaper. Some weeks there may be only one insert, while other weeks there may be 2-3! On most Sundays, I typically will buy 6-8 newspapers, just for the coupons! The 50 cents that I spend per newspaper converts to hundreds in savings! Online Printable Coupon Sites – Aside from Sunday inserts, my next favorite sources are websites with printable coupons. You can get some really great coupons for everyday items at sites like:,, and to name a few. Store Coupons – Did you know that stores like Publix, Target, CVS and Walgreens offer store coupons? These store coupons are often found in booklets, store fliers, and online. Here’s the best part - on most occasions, they can be paired with manufacturer’s coupons (this is what we call “stacking”) to maximize your savings! For example, Publix recently had the new Schick Hydro 3 Razor on sale for $5.99. There was a $5 off manufacturer’s coupon in the Sunday paper¸ and there was a Publix store coupon for $1 off. In the end, the razor was FREE with both coupons! I find that stacking coupons is one of the sweetest ways that I can get the most out of my money! Magazines – The next time you receive a magazine in the mail, don’t throw it out! Skim through it to make sure that you are not missing out on coupons. I have found some great offers in magazines.

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Our adventure began with a thrilling ride through the swamp waterways on an airboat. Our smallest adventurers had to sit this one out though – children

must be at least four years old to ride the airboat. As we sometimes raced, sometimes meandered through the airboat trail, we watched deer, water buffalo, bison, raccoons, hogs, turtles, dozens of fish, hundreds of birds, and about a dozen alligators. Our guide, Raymond, was experienced and knowledgeable about all of the wildlife we encountered, and we learned a lot during our twenty minutes with him. David (age 13) and Daniel (age 9) both thought that the airboat ride was the best part of the whole trip.

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They especially liked getting almost within touching distance of a 14-foot long alligator! The highlight for the rest of the family came next as we boarded a swamp buggy for the hour long eco-tour above the untamed Everglades. Here, our driver Janet took us through the 2,200 acres of beautiful swampland, again pointing out the abundant animal and plant life, and giving us a lesson on the history of the Seminole tribe as well. Our young adventurers, Hanna (age 6) and Haylee (age 3) loved meeting Rosie the raccoon who loves to beg for treats whenever Janet drives by. Other highlights of the journey included seeing some

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Lunch at the Swamp Water Café was also a treat. Here, guests can enjoy traditional Seminole fry bread, other Seminole delicacies such as catfish, frog legs, and gator tail, or American dishes like burgers, chicken fingers, and fries. Our final activity of the day was the Snake and Alligator show where Colin educated and entertained us with snakes, both venomous and harmless, and a baby alligator. Thankfully, the show is held indoors, so we were sheltered from the brief afternoon thunderstorm that is quite common this time of year!

Billie Swamp Safari offers fun for all ages. Whether you spend a few hours, a full day, or even two days exploring, it promises to be an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

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One of the fun activities that we’ve recently attempted to help inspire our children, is a “photo safari” -- and our kids loved it!! Our children love to point and click, so instead of fighting over the family camera, we provided them each with their own camera that they could take on family trips. We then challenged them to a photo safari and frankly, we were amazed at some of the shots they came back with. So for your next family adventure, try letting your children loose with a camera. Not only will your little ones have fun, but you might also find it fun to look at the world through a child’s eye view.

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Rays Rally for Kids with Cancer This past month, the Rally Foundation emarked on a 35 day tour across the country taking cancer patients and their families to visit 14 Major League ballparks, concluding at the All-Star Game in Anaheim. The goal of the Rally Fantasy Baseball Tour is to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research, as well as provide children currently battling cancer with the hope and determination to fight another day.

On June 23, on a game night at Tropicanna Field, the Rally Fantasy Baseball Tour visited the St. Petersburg area. Four local “Rally Kids” -- children who have fought or are fighting cancer -- and their families had the opportunity to meet the Rays at batting practice before the team’s game against the San Diego Padres and then attend the game as guests of Rays pitcher Dan Wheeler.

childhood cancer researchers and hand out goody bags to children in the pediatric cancer unit.

“Rally is very happy to be in the Tampa Bay area promoting the Rally Fantasy Baseball Tour. Getting to meet Dan and the other players has been great for the kids and our continuing goal to raise awareness about the need for more childhood cancer research,“ said Dean Crowe, Founder and CEO of Rally.

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It all started in a driveway. Nothing pulls a community together more than when a child gets sick. William Olson was that child, and when his brain cancer returned after an 18-month remission, more than 100 friends gathered in the Olson’s driveway to pray. A group of moms continued to meet in the Olson’s driveway every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning to keep praying for the Olsons as they faced an incredibly tough battle.

Nancy knew Dean was serious and asked for her help in redirecting funds to support childhood cancer research. Nancy shared, “All that parents with children suffering from cancer really want is better treatment with fewer long-term debilitating side-effects. The only way this will happen is if childhood cancer research is better funded.” She further explained that childhood cancer is very different than adult cancer: Children and adults get different kinds of cancers, and therefore, they have to be researched One evening, Dean Crowe, one of the and treated differently. Prayer Circle moms, and her husband, Reid, went to visit William in the hos- When Dean set out to help Nancy, she pital. At the time of the visit, William discovered that funding simply wasn’t had zero white blood cells and was very available to redirect for childhood cansick. The couple started asking ques- cer research. However, she knew that tions about the treatments available for she and others desperately wanted to William. They were surprised at how help. The pediatric cancer community at any given time is 10 million strong, and limited his options were. Dean knew that this community would Dean asked William’s mom, Nancy, a sim- rally to help raise money for research. ple question, “What can we do to help?”

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skin (except eyelids), including ears and feet. Be extra careful around and just above the eyes. “Stick” preparations may be easier for this area. A hat with a wide brim provides added protection. An SPF 30 can turn into an SPF 3 if you don’t apply enough sunscreen! Older children and adults should use two ounces of sunscreen for each application— that’s ¼ of an 8-ounce bottle). Younger children won’t need quite as much. Give the sunscreen a chance to be absorbed into the skin before putting on a shirt or getting in the car. Sometimes a child has a skin reaction that may be a particular sunscreen ingredient. Let your child’s doctor know if this happens, and ask the doctor to suggest a different sunscreen product.

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4 month old son pediatrician’s office. Fortunately, most seems to get this bump in his diaper scratches heal very well and the eye will area off and on. It can get as big as have no complications. a chestnut and then disappear. What could it be?

Dr. Jay:  This may be a hernia. It often presents in the region below the belly button and above their upper thigh. The reason that it comes and goes is because a part of abdominal contents is slipping in and out of a hole in the abdominal wall muscle. The contents may sometimes just be fluid or sometimes part of intestines. Even if this is not present at the time of a doctor’s visit, this should be evaluated and treated as a potential hernia. If this bump is painless and can easily be pushed back into place, we call this a reducible hernia and can be operated on electively (at a future time). If the bump is very painful and cannot be pushed back, we call this a possible incarcerated hernia and you must take your child to the emergency room. Either a general surgeon or a urologist can perform this surgery and many surgeons are using laparoscopic surgery to correct this.


Question:  My 6 year old daughter was playing with our puppy and some how, her eye was injured. It keeps watering, and is starting to become red. She says she sees okay, but that it hurts. What should we do? Dr. Jay:  Your daughter needs to be evaluated at a place which can detect a possible scratched cornea. This involves placing a special dye in her eye and then examining it under a special lamp. The scratch can be detected and your child will have an antibiotic drop placed in it. They will place a patch over the eye and it will remain covered until an ophthalmologist can have a follow up exam. If a scratch is not detected, then a follow up appointment can be made at your

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our delivery, the doctor said that our baby was jaundiced and they put him under a lamp for several hours both days we were there. Now that we are home, is this something I should be concerned about? What are the signs of a jaundiced child and what should we do if it shows up again?

Dr. Jay:  If your newborn has had to be treated for jaundice (usually by phototherapy), the doctor will not discharge your baby until they see that the baby’s bilirubin will not increase to a dangerous level while off of phototherapy. It is very common for the baby, while at home, to become slightly jaundiced and their eyes become slightly yellow. But, if they are eating well, and they are having good urine output and good bowel movements, the jaundice will usually resolve in a few days. If your baby is jaundiced and eating poorly, it is imperative that you contact your pediatrician for advice. If your baby is slightly jaundiced but acting healthy, you can put the baby in the sunlight for a few minutes (less than 10 minutes) a couple times a day, and this will help the jaundice improve. You can do this through a window so you don’t need to be directly outside. You should follow up with your pediatrician within 48 hours after discharge.

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When Orthodontic treatment changes looks, outlooks change, too! Healthy, beautiful, dynamic smiles are only the most obvious benefits of orthodontics. Another outcome, increased self-confidence, may be less evident. But orthodontics can be credited for dramatic improvements in the careers and personal relationships of millions of people in the United States, according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Orthodontic patients come from all walks of life, and their personal stories are uniquely compelling. Today, many are grateful they don’t get a second glance on the street; before orthodontic treatment, they drew stares. These are people who didn’t want to smile. They were very self-conscious.

self-esteem is so low they are afraid to investigate the possibilities of changing their smile thinking they will waste the doctor’s time. But, once they finally decide to see an orthodontist, they learn it is never too late to experience the miracle of a new smile. Perhaps the thought of braces conjures up images of a metal mouth or wildly colored appliance on the teeth of your children or grandchildren. Today, new technology is making orthodontic treatment faster, more comfortable, and more discrete as remarkable aesthetic results are achieved. Our adults refer to their newly aligned, fully wider smiles and more mid-face support as “the bracelift” facelift.

No matter what your line of work or how public or private it is, your smile is an essential part of who you are and how others see you. One of our patients, a pastor, realized he could be more effective with his congregation if he didn’t feel so conspicuous about his smile. Now, following fifteen months in braces, he has such an improved appearance that “it doesn’t bother me if people don’t notice my teeth. From the middle ages to the mid That means they’re normal.”

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For some small children, adenoidectomy alone may be sufficient to alleviate the symptoms. However, in most cases, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy is the treatment of choice. There are several methods under which this is done. Your doctor will choose the method best suited for your child to make the best recovery possible. I thought they were not removing Tonsils any longer? Although many parents will hear from friends and physicians alike that tonsils are no longer being removed, it is still one of the most common procedures in children in the U.S. According to the recent government numbers available, 300-400,000 tonsillectomies are performed every year in children and adolescents.

The tonsils produce antibodies that are helpful to fighting infection in the first two years of life. However, after 2 years, they serve as part of the larger lymph system and are only 2 of 300 lymph nodes in the head and neck area. That is why studies have proven removal of the tonsils and/or adenoid presents no long term detriment to the child.

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The next day the principal called the boy’s father. “I think I have cured your son of gambling,” he said.

“‘All right,’ I replied. ‘I’ll take your bet. Now pull it and see.’ Of course, my beard is real,” said the principal. “He had to pay me five dollars, so I’m sure that will cure him of gambling.” “Oh, no!!” groaned the father. “Last night he bet me ten dollars that you’d let him pull your beard!”

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1  Know how much you love them: Too many men have a hard time saying “I love you” out loud. Is that you? If so, deal with it. The people who lose are the ones you say you love – so quit hiding behind your false sense of machismo and love out loud already. Is that clear enough? 2  Know that you believe in them: Too many parents sabotage independence by hovering offering help when it’s not asked for, assuming their children lack the skills to survive. That posture easily becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. 3  Know how to take care of themselves: Boys and girls alike need to know how to cook, clean, do laundry, sew on a button, balance a check book.

6  Know how to assess their own medical needs: Have they learned to read their own bodies, take their own temperature, treat a cold or the flu? Do they know when to go to the walk-in clinic and when to stay in bed? 7  Know where their moral compass is located: Do they know how to make hard choices? Do they have a grounded sense of right and wrong? Have they had experience in making tough calls by themselves? Do they know what they believe?

8  Know where to turn to for help: Mom and Dad might not always be there. Are your kids confident in finding or building community? Beyond the yellow pages, what kind of support system do they already have in place 4  Know the meaning of “financial other than home? freedom”: Do our children “get” the distinction between “liberty” and “license”? Do they understand how easy it is to place most 9  Know the ins and outs of official of their freedom in the hands of others and documents: Can they file their own taxes? with little to show for the exchange other than Get a drivers’ license? Apply for a passport? consumer goods they will still be paying for Buy an airplane ticket? Look for a job? Vote? long after the stuff has gone? If your child is 16 and still needs your help in these areas, then it’s time to take an active 5  Know how to use a credit card: We’ve interest. listed this separately because credit has the potential to literally ruin young lives before they get started. Begin when the kids are old 10  Know how to locate your papers, your enough to have a pre-paid debit card, and will and carry out what “arrangements” train from there. By the time your child leaves you have made: None of us are immortal, home they MUST understand the relationship and our children need to have the confidence between credit and the real money that’s nec- to act in the event of our untimely demise. essary to back it up. Failure here will lead to Have you talked about it? Do they understand more heartache and financial ruin than any your wishes? Has anything important been other area of independent life. left unsaid?

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Congratulations to Walter, Keosha and little Alaylah Simmons on being selected the July “Family of the Month”. With sweet dispositions and infectious smiles, the Simmons seem to bring joy to all of those around them. “We love it here in Pinellas,” the Simmons told us. “We enjoy our community, our church, and the family friendly environment Pinellas County has to offer.”

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burg. In his spare time, Walter stays very busy presenting health and nutrition seminars while also teaching proper use of a state of the art nutritional cooking system - Salad Master. Keosha is an Elementary school teacher for Imagine School in St. Petersburg and this past school year she was selected as “Teacher of the Year” for the school. Keosha has a true passion for kids and the community she works in. “My goal is to positively impact every child I come in contact with,” Keosha told us. “I love sharing my passion for education. I want each child to know their dreams are obtainable, because I truly believe that with a firm educational foundation anything is possible.” While they both have many responsibilities with their careers, the responsibility they both cherish the most is that of raising their little princess. “Parenting is a lot of hard work,” the Simmons told us. “But it is well worth the time and effort. We have been blessed with a phenomenal little girl. She has an amazing spirit and she always keeps a smile on her face. We cannot imagine our lives with out her!” The Simmons are a very sweet and loving family and that is why they are our July “Family of the Month.”

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Hungry Family Moulin Rouge The Hungry Family has wandered the world through the tables of local restaurants, and this month was no exception. Our gracious hosts were the staff at Moulin Rouge, where we joined them for Sunday Brunch. Moulin Rouge is a French Brasserie style restaurant and lounge, recently renamed and renewed by Chef/owner Olivier and his gracious wife. Evenings feature adult events, but Thursday and Sunday mornings offer a family-friendly opportunity to sample genuine French food along with French-American fusion offerings. Every Thursday from 7:30 to 10:30 am, the chefs present fresh home-

made French pastries and bread. Sundays offer a spread of offerings in a Sunday buffet, but by far, the Hungry Family recommends the pastries. Really, one can taste the expertise of the three classically trained French chefs in the pain au chocolate or the specialty raisin-pastries. Eat salad only for a week before you visit, because turning down the croissant or the made-to-order crepe would be a true shame. The buffet also offers crab legs, various salads, meats, and cheeses, and a chef is also preparing waffles to order, along with omelettes. The littlest Hungry was happy with his two glasses of fresh-squeezed orange juice, but his M&Ms filled crepe

made his week. The older Hungry kids enjoyed chatting with the chefs and sampling the pastries, while the Hungry Dad tasted his first oyster. The owners greet each table, welcoming guests and offering personal service. The chefs are friendly and we’re quite sure their accents bring out the best in their food! Moulin Rouge manages to feel like an old-world restaurant that is still welcoming to families, and the Sunday brunch is a perfect opportunity to get a varied tasting of many offerings. As the owners say, “It’s a little bit of Paris in Pinellas Park...” so consider making it your field trip this month! (And for more information on private parties and events, the staff, and the menu, visit their website at

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July 4 (continued) July 4th Celebration – Gulfport Get up, have your coffee early and bring the kids to the Kid’s Fishing Derby, at the Recreation Center seawall, from 8 A.M. to 11 A.M. (Registration for the derby will start at 7:30 A.M.) followed by a Free Family Sandcastle Contest, sponsored by the Gulfport Recreation Division, on Gulfport Beach, from 10 A.M. to Noon) At 9 P.M. an always amazing fireworks display will offer a phenomenal closing to the day’s festivities. For more information regarding the day’s events, please email or call 727-893-1118.

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July 2010 Events Calendar (continued) July 25 Robin Mark & Band from Belfast, Ireland in concert at St. Paul United Methodist Church One of the world’s premier Christian Praise & Worship leaders, Robin Mark is perhaps best known as a songwriter. His songs “Days of Elijah”, “Revival”, “All for Jesus”, “The Wonderful Cross” and “Not by Might” are performed in contemporary worship services worldwide. For information concerning the concert call (727) 584-8165 or go online to www. . July 29 National Lasagna Day

July 30 Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo Summer Safari Night presented by Foresters - from 5-8:30 p.m. The Zoo stays open late with FREE unlimited rides after 5 p.m., special animal encounters, and great food and drink. Beat the heat and catch a glimpse of exciting nocturnal animals who are active in the evening. Extended hours are included with Zoo admission.

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727-593-8791 Tuition K-6 $2,675 per year 7-12 $3,850 per year

12685 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33774 727-593-8791 38 • July 2010

Tickets are available in the church office. For more information call (727) 584-8165 or go online to

One of the world’s premier Christian Praise & Worship leaders, Robin Mark is perhaps best known as a songwriter. His songs “Days of Elijah”, “Revival”, “All for Jesus”, “The Wonderful Cross” and “Not by Might” are performed in contemporary worship services worldwide. Robin has published 13 albums with sales of over 2 million and has won the Gospel Music Association’s International Award.

Join us for a rare opportunity to worship and praise God with

Robin Mark & Band St. Paul United Methodist Church

1199 Highland Avenue, Largo, Florida 33770 St. Paul is located at the corner of Highland Avenue & Rosery Road

Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper

This month at MOSI marks the arrival of a new traveling exhibit called CSI: The Experience. The interactive exhibit, based on the hit TV show “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” gives visitors the chance to play the role of crime scene investigator as they use forensic science in a state-of-the-art laboratory to solve a crime scene mystery. You and your young ones can learn the basics of crime solving techniques by starting with one of the oldest—and most fun—forensic techniques around: fingerprinting. Fingerprints have been the standard way of identifying people for over 100 years. In fact, more criminals are identified by their fingerprints than any other method. The reason they are such a valuable tool is that out of the billions and billions of fingerprints that have been recorded, no two have ever been found to be the same. Even identical twins have different fingerprints. Your fingerprints develop before you are born, and will stay the same throughout your entire life. No matter how old you get and how much your looks change, your fingerprints are always the same. Humans have oils in their skin, causing us to leave fingerprints on nearly everything we touch. Even if

Fun facts about fingerprints:

you can’t see them, if you have touched something your prints are there. Special UV lights, super glue fumes and electronic scanning are some of the • Koalas have fingerprints that can sometimes be methods used to find fingerprints that aren’t vismistaken for human fingerprints ible just by looking at them, but using finger print • Police can take fingerprints from a piece of paper “dust” is perhaps the easiest way to find them. that was under water • Fingerprints provide friction and help us to grasp You can do your own fingerprint dusting and things, and scientists think they enhance our sense identifying with a few simple tools: some type of of touch smooth glass surface, some talcum powder, a roll • The same way that every human has different finof wide clear tape, some black paper and a magnigerprints, every dog has a different nose print fying glass. 1. First, press your thumb firmly against the glass. 2. Then gently shake some talcum powder over your sweaty thumbprint and blow off the excess, being careful not to blow any powder into your eyes. 3. Now smooth a piece of the tape over the thumbprint and peel it off carefully. 4. Stick the piece of tape onto the black paper, and the fingerprint is now visible. In addition, you can use black ink pads (with washable ink) to transfer prints over to a white sheet of paper and create a fingerprint record chart. With this you can examine the prints from the glass to try to match them up with the owner.

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Summer Camp Directory

Clearwater Christian College Summer Sports Camps 3400 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater Here is a listing of some fantastic summer camps for children here in Pinellas County (727) 726-1153 and the surrounding Tampa Bay area. Included in our summer camp directory are arts and drama camps, theme camps, sports camps, preschool camps and many more. All of these camps are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Clearwater Ice Arena Summer Camp 13940 Icot Blvd., Clearwater So reserve your spot soon.

AC Kids Campus of Seminole Summer Camp 9259 Park Blvd., Seminole (727) 399-2483

Camp Gilead 1444 Camp Gilead Dr., Polk City (863) 984-1353

Camp Kadima 1775 S Highland Ave., Clearwater All Star Baseball & Softball Summer Camp (727) 736-1494 3199 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg (727) 528-3186 Camp SonRise 1199 Highland Ave. NE, Largo Bardmoor Aquatics Team summer Camp (727) 584-8165 8001 Cumberland Rd., Largo Camp Sonshine: Grace Lutheran 4301 16th St. N, St. Petersburg Bravo Centre for the Arts Musical & (727) 526-8212 Comedy Summer Theater Camp 13400 Park Blvd., Seminole Center Academy Summer Program (727) 528-3177 6710 86th Ave. N, Pinellas Park (727) 541-5716 Bright Beginnings Summer Camp 2811 Belcher Rd., Dunedin Champion Tae Kwon Do Summer Camp (727) 799-5437 7590 Starkey Rd., Seminole (727) 399-2999 Busch Gardens Adventure Camp 10001 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa City of Largo Summer Camps (877) 248-2267 (727) 518-3125

(727) 536-5843

Clearwater Marine Aquarium Summer Camps 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater (727) 441-1790 x252 Country Day School Summer Camp 11499 Vonn Rd., Largo (727) 596-1902 Delphi Summer of Fun + Academics 1831 Drew St., Clearwater (727) 447-6385 Dunedin Fine Art Center Summer Art Camps 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin (727) 298-3322

Global Community Tennis Summer Camp 1000 Edenville, Clearwater; 6150 Augusta blvd, Seminole (727) 744-3966 Great Explorations Children’s Museum Summer Camp 1925 4th St. N, St. Petersburg (727) 821-8992 Gulf Coast Christian Schools Agents in Action Summer Camp 6355 38th Ave. N, St. Petersburg (727) 345-3448 Heritage Village Living History Summer Adventures 11909 125th St. N, Largo (727) 582-2426 IRCS Summer Sports Camp 12685 Ulmerton Rd., Largo (727) 596-7192

First Baptist Preschool Summer Camp 5495 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park (727) 544-9465

Innishbrook Resort and Golf Club: Junior Golf, Tennis, And Swim Camps 36750 U.S. Highway 19 N, Innisbrook (727) 942-5283

Future Flipz Summer Camp Days 1701 Coachman Plaza Drive, Clearwater (727) 796-3547

JMAC Kids Summer Camp 2177 NE Coachman Rd., Clearwater (727) 430-3902

Loraine’s Academy Inc. One Week Summer Day Camp

July8:30–3:30 12–16 M–F Have fun exploring the wonderful world of hair, skin, nails, and massage 1012 58th St. N St. Petersburg 727-347-4247 x100

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Ages 8–13. Limited to 12 per session. $99 Sizzling Summer Special Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper

Keswick Summer Sports Camp 10101 54th Ave. N, St. Petersburg (727) 393-9100 Largo Recreation, Parks & Arts Summer Camps City of Largo (727) 518-3016, (727) 518-3125 LCC Day School L.E.A.P. Program 4400 Chancellor St. NE, St. Petersburg (727) 522-8331 Lowry Park Zoo Summer Camps 1101 W. Sligh Ave., Tampa (813) 935-8552 x268

Looking for something exciting to do this summer?


Put your detective skills to the test at this limited engagement exhibition. Based on the hit TV show, this family-friendly exhibition encourages guests of all ages to solve the crime using the most advanced scientific techniques.

MOSI Summer Science Camp 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa (813) 987-6000 Northside Christian School Paradise Camp 7777 62nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg (727) 647-0349

9259 Park Boulevard

Summer Camp

For children who have completed K–2nd grade

June 10th – August 20th 7:00am – 6:00pm (Closed July 5th & Care based on a 10 hour day)

$25 Registration, $100 /week Breakfast, Lunch & Snack Included

CSI After Dark Friday and Saturday nights extended hours and special admission pricing. Some restrictions apply. Visit

SATURDAY, JULY 10 • 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 P.M.

A F.Y.I. with CSI at MOSI FBI Special Agent Charlotte Braziel will speak about Forensics and Evidence Recovery. Event is FREE with paid MOSI admission and FREE to MOSI members.

Kids In Charge! SaTuRday, July 10

Now ShowiNg

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Follow the crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis as they make the final repairs to the Hubble telescope.

Kids in Charge! 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This year’s birthday party celebrates the five senses in true MOSI style – by making science real.

Event is FREE with paid MOSI admission and FREE to MOSI members.

Mom & Dad, No need to worry the fun starts here and stays here! All activities are on site. Literacy/Math Enriched Program Physical Fitness Cooking Arts & Crafts Exciting planned events by child entertainment/community professionals (magicians, musicians, SPCA, Wildlife Rescue, etc.)

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Oak Tree Summer Camp 1625 N Belcher Rd., Clearwater (727) 725-9596

Skycrest Christian School Summer Camps 129 N Belcher Rd., Clearwater (727) 797-1186

Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation Summer Camps 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor (727) 771-6000

Soaring Eagles Summer Camp 6355 38 Ave. N, St. Petersburg (727) 345-3448

Rainbow Preschool Summer Camp 13400 Park Blvd., Seminole (727) 397-5759 Rise and Shine Performing Arts Summer Camp 11000 110th Ave. N, Largo (727) 420-3890

Word of Life Florida Youth Camp 13247 Word of Life Dr, Hudson (877) 412-8687

YMCA Summer Camps 2469 Enterprise Rd., Clearwater (727) 467-9622


Sonny Days Camp St. Petersburg Christian School 2021 62 Ave. N, St. Petersburg (727) 522-3000

for an interactive map of over 130 camps in Pinellas County. STARKEY ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH Our camp directory contains detailed camp information, links to presents camp web sites and printable directions.

St Pete Creative Kids: A Creative Arts Summer Camp for Children & Teens 460 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg (727) 257-0261

Saddle Up Riding Club 6080 94th Ave., Pinellas Park (727) 520-3132

St. Petersburg College: College for Kids Summer Safari PO Box 13489, St. Petersburg (727) 341-3196

Science Center of Pinellas Camp 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg (727) 384-0027

Summer Marine Adventures 800 2nd Ave. NE, Suite 2001, St. Petersburg (727) 895-7437

Shadycreek Preschool Summer Program 2095 Belleair Rd., Clearwater (727) 535-8512

Suncoast Water Works Summer Camp 13120 Vonn Rd., Largo (727) 669-4115

Shorecrest Preparatory Summer Camp 5101 1st St. N, St. Petersburg (727) 409-1668

Temple B’Nai Israel Early Childhood Center Summer Camp 1685 S. Belcher Rd., Clearwater (727) 532-3829

2 Timothy 4:7-8

SPORTS CAMP Date: June 21 - 25, 2010 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Place: Starkey Road Baptist Church 8800 Starkey Road, Seminole (727) 397-1654 Cost: $60.00 if preregistered $65.00 on day of camp

1– 7th Grade: Soccer, Basketball, & Cheerleading 4 & 5 Year Olds: Team 45 COACHES PROVIDED BY UW (UNCHARTED WATERS) SPORTS MINISTRY


Summer Camps 10 weeks of exciting athletic, fine arts, academic, and recreational camps

Oak Tree Summer Camp 5–12 year olds

Basketball, Baseball, Cheerleading, Soccer, Volleyball, Football, Music, Biology, Math, Spanish, Art, and More! Camps available for Kindergarten – High School

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Field trips included

1625 N. Belcher Rd. Clearwater, FL

June 14 – Aug. 20 Tel: 725-9596

7:00 am – 5:30 pm $110.00 per week $25.00 registration fee Spaces limited!

Educating Body, Mind and Spirit Free Vacation Bible School!

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K-8th Grade


Travel with us through Egyptian time, following Joseph’s amazing and exciting adventures.


Call today: 727-391-4060 for informa�on or a private tour or visit our website at:

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This is COMPLETELY FREE but please remember, space is limited so please register early by calling 727-824-7741.

Mon.–Fri. August 9–13 6 pm–8 pm (no supper will be served, only a snack and a drink)

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Certified Tae Kwon Do Masters/Instructors Traditional & Olympic Style Training Character Development Program


Family Classes Adult Classes

register at or call 1.877.412.8687

Childrens Classes


Week 1: June 19 – 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rob Phillips Student Week 2: June 26 – July 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Woods Student Week 3: July 5 – 10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dave Ferguson Juniors Week 4: July 10 – 17 . . . . . . . . . . Mike Calhoun Student – TI Week Week 5: July 17 – 24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ric Garland Student Week 6: July 24 – 31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chris Finchum Student Week 7: August 2 – 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rich Andrews Juniors Week 8: August 8 – 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Josh Ely Juniors Junior Camp $250 per week (ages 6–12) Student Camp $298 per week (ages 13–18)

After School Tae Kwon Do Program

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To advertise, call 727-612-0783

OH’S TAE KWON DO CENTER 7520 Seminole Blvd. 727-393-4567 July 2010 • 43

Protect Your Family

by Attorney G. Alan Tripp, Jr.

PROTECT YOUR FAMILY as you celebrate the Fourth of July

Legal or not, fireworks are too risky for amateurs!

It is no secret that everyone associates fireworks with Independence Day celebrations. It is so easy to become enamored with the sights and sounds and consequently to be tempted to stop at one of the many roadside stands and buy a few to recreate your own show; however, it is important to remember that fireworks can be extremely dangerous causing se-

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rious burns and significant personal injuries. Each year over 8,000 people are injured using consumer fireworks. Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, can reach temperatures of more than 1,000° F! You can prevent firework-related injuries. I suggest that you leave the fireworks to the professionals and do not use consumer fireworks; however, if you choose to use consumer fireworks please follow the following fireworks safety tips:

• Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks • Read and follow all warnings and instructions • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks • Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from houses, dry leaves and other flammable materials • Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned • Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher nearby in case of a malfunction or fire Legal or not, fireworks are too risky for amateurs! If you don’t believe me, listen to some of the experts in the field. The non-profit group National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) urges everyone to treat fireworks, whether legal or illegal for consumers, as suitable only for use by trained professionals. According to the NFPA, amateur fireworks use endangers not only the users but also bystanders and surrounding property and structures. The NFPA goes on to remind us that “pyrotechnic devices ranging from sparklers

to aerial rockets cause thousands of fires and serious injuries each year.” Some experts are even more resolute in their analysis. “Safe and sane fireworks don’t exist,” says Dr. John Hall, NFPA’s Division Manager of Fire Analysis and Research. “When things go wrong with fireworks, they go very wrong, very fast, far faster than any fire protection provisions can reliably respond.” “Fireworks are dangerous and unpredictable, especially in the hands of amateurs,” says Judy Comoletti, NFPA’s Division Manager of Public Education. “The few seconds of pleasure those fireworks may bring are not worth the risk of injury, permanent scarring, or even death.” We hope you will protect your family this summer and Fourth of July holiday by leaving fireworks to the professionals.

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.

DISCLAIMER - Nothing in this informational public service article should be construed as giving legal advice and should not be acted upon without first consulting an attorney. Also, this article should not be construed as creating an attorney-client relationship.

Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper

Smiling Is Contagious! By Joseph Mitsch

The world needs your smile! ☺ Most everyone appreciates the person who can generate a smile from us. A smile reaches down inside of us and pulls to the surface reasons for rejoicing in our lives. This is a gift we can pass on to everyone we meet, a gift we can pass on to ourselves, family and friends; a gift that costs us only the effort of giving. Coming home and giving my 16 month old daughter a smile and in return receiving

a smile is priceless. Sitting at the dinner Here are 8 Unique Ways to table and saying something to make our families smile and laugh is contagious. Make Someone Smile Giving our spouse a funny look just for 1. Write an Encouraging Note - Write the purpose to make them smile, or tickan encouraging note to others who ling and playing with our children brings need encouragement. harmony and unity into the family. 2. Take a Friend Out to Lunch - Take A smile can be triggered by a thought, a friend out to lunch or invite her to an idea, or remembrance of happy times your home for a meal. past. We can allow the effect of that 3. Give an Inspirational Book. The smile to permeate our being, warming us recipient will think of you each time it and reminding us to be happy and relax. is read. A smile is contagious! There may not be any visible signs of acknowledgement of a smile, but something within us will tell us we’ve been given a gift. Although there may be times when it is inappropriate to giggle or laugh aloud, a genuine smile is never out of place. When you feel full of joy everything about and around you changes for the better. Remember! Wear a smile and have friends, wear a frown and have wrinkles!

4. Take Care of Kids - Ask a friend or relative if you can take care of their kid(s) for a day or evening. 5. Deliver a Meal - Deliver a meal to someone you know who is sick or having a rough time. 6. Volunteer - every minute you dedicate to a church or charity will cause many smiles. 7. Thank Everyone - Thank everyone who supports you throughout the day. 8. Smile - Reveal a genuine smile to everyone you meet. You will experience how easy it is to get others to smile!

Love God … Love People … Serve the World …

Joseph Mitsch is the Senior Pastor at A Touch of God Ministries.

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Laughter Promotes Joy

Gulf Coast Christian Schools

by Susan Alexander Yates Not too long ago we got a new Golden Retriever puppy. Upon seeing the dog, Susy cried out, “But Mommy, I wanted an elephant.” Children say the funniest things, and they naturally bring humor into young families. One of the greatest medicines in the world is laughter. In our homes we desperately need to laugh.

Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.

As moms, we need to develop the quality of being able to laugh at our situations. Some people are more One of the qualities I pray for regularly in my children naturally gifted with a sense of humor than others. In is that they have a sense of humor. Laughter can cover some it must be cultivated. a multitude of mistakes. It can ease the pain of many failures, and it can cut through a tense moment turning Sometimes doing silly skits and playing practical jokes it from potential hurt and restoring a threatened rela- can add a dimension of humor. We have to carefully pick tionship. A home marked by joy is a home where we our practical jokes. This year I dressed up in a costume learn to laugh at ourselves and our situations. Humor and went to my son’s junior high Halloween dance. He can bring perspective back into a situation that has got- didn’t recognize me for the longest time, and when one of ten far too serious. To be able to laugh at oneself is a his girlfriends did, it was so funny. Now I’d never do that great trait. As we attempt to laugh at ourselves we will to my high-schooler. It would embarrass her to death. create a lightheartedness in the family. Once, Johnny and I went disguised as very old people to a retirement party for a close friend. Our kids helped us get ready, and it was a great joke for all.

Psalm 127:3

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One word of caution is in order, though. Humor that is sarcastic is rarely helpful. Indeed, it can be biting and destructive. There is much that is funny that is wholesome. Sarcasm is not necessary for entertainment.

1199 Highland Ave. N.E. Largo, Florida 33770

Do you need help dealing with your hurts, habits, or hang ups? We have groups for men and women focused on chemical dependency and/or co-dependency. Childcare is available.

TUESDAYS First Christian Church of Dunedin 6:30pm 1400 San Christopher Dr., Dunedin (727) 512-7593 •

Providing an innovative educational program for high functioning physically and intellectually challenged children, Grades K-12.

727-528-6484 • Two Locations:

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FRIDAYS Harborside Christian Church 6:15pm 2200 Marshall St., Safety Harbor

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SUNDAYS First Christian Church of Clearwater 5:30pm 2299 Drew St., Clearwater (727) 799-0612 •

A couple of years ago we went on a trip out West. We met a farmer in a small Kansas town of 300. He told us that he had gotten fed up with that town because it was getting too big, so he was moving to the country. On

Piano Instruction for All Ages

A.P.P.L.E. Accredited • Free VPK program

Park Blvd

Theory Techniques

13400 Park Blvd., Seminole • 727-397-5759

Composing Improvisation Performance

Isaiah 55:7

Psalms and Hymns Sight Reading

For more information or to make an appointment to begin your lessons:

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Meets every Friday, 7 p.m.

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Westside Christian School offers a high-quality education for children in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Westside Church of the Nazarene believes every family should be able to afford a private school. We supply an excellent education for thousands less than most other private schools. Westside Christian School Please check us out; you will be 11633 137th St. N., Largo pleasantly surprised. 727.517.2153

Join us for Summer Camp June 14 – July 9!

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Classical Studies

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by Joy and Jerry Lancaster I took a stroll down memory lane recently – not intentionally, but just in my daily activities. I was driving through Gulfport and drove past Boca Ciega, the school I attended back in the 60’s. To my surprise, the main building of the school is no longer there. I was sitting in that building in 10th grade English the day that President Kennedy was shot. Our principal came over the public address speaker and asked the students to bow in silent prayer for our country. Is the missing building a sign of progress? Maybe so, but it is still hard to say goodbye to memories! A few weeks ago, Kristen, our middle daughter celebrated her birth-

day. She and her husband, Andrew (and daughter SaraRose) wanted to celebrate at the Roaring Twenties Pizza and Pipes in Ellenton. Our youngest daughter and her family were visiting, so we all joined together for the celebration. We totally enjoyed the evening, with delicious Italian food and an amazing concert of requests at the mighty Wurlitzer organ. Imagine our surprise when we were told that the venue would be closing for good the following weekend! Little SaraRose had danced the night away with her Daddy, and her little cousins were swept up in the majestic playing of the organ—especially the Chattanooga Choo Choo!

It made me start thinking of “redeeming the time” with my grandchildren, and taking them to places that have been important in could be the “spark” that will ignite our lives. “Grampy” proposed to great accomplishments in the next me on the pier at the end of Pass- generation. a-Grille beach, and I can remember when “the Don” was just the empty Grandparent's Tip pink building on the beach—how Spend a special day with each neat to tell the story of its restoragrandchild and take them to tion! some of your favorite places from the past. There is a great A close friend recently gave us an little museum at the Pier, with open letter to his grandchildren to get all sorts of “artifacts” from our opinion about it. What a treasure early St. Petersburg—even a to leave for your grandchildren—just menu from Triplett’s Drive In! thoughts on life—finances, friendRide the Looper trolley through ships, dating. How I would love to downtown and let them hear have my granddad’s words left to me some of the history of our on paper! Thoughts that we as grandhometown—it’s a great ride! parents may think are unimportant

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by Dr. James Dobson Dr. James Dobson is founder and Chairman Emeritus of Focus on the Family, a nonprofit organization that produces his nationally syndicated radio programs. He was for 14 years an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, and served for 17 years on the Attending Staff of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in the Division of Child Development and Medical Genetics. He has an earned Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in the field of child development. His first book for parents and teachers, Dare To Discipline, has now sold over two million copies. His subsequent eleven books for the family are also best sellers. Dr. Dobson is married and the father of two grown children.

QUESTION: As a father, what should I be trying to accomplish with my son in these teen years? DR. DOBSON: Someone has said, “Link a boy to the right man and he seldom goes wrong.” I believe that is true. If a dad and his son can develop hobbies together or other common interest, the rebellious years can pass in relative tranquility. What they experience may be remembered for a lifetime. I recall a song, written by Dan Fogelberg, which told about a father who shared his love of music with his son. It is called “Leader of the Band,” and its message touches something deep within me. The son talks of a father who “earned his love through discipline, a thundering, velvet hand.” The father’s “song is in my soul.” The son himself has become a “living legacy to the leader of the band.”

Can’t you see this man going to visit his aged father today, with a lifetime of love passing between them? That must have been what God had in mind when he gave dads to boys.

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Let me address your question directly: what common ground are you cultivating with your impressionable son? Some fathers build or repair cars with them; some construct small models or make things in a woodshop. My dad and I hunted and fished together. There is no way to describe what those days meant to me as we entered the woods in the early hours of the morning. How could I get angry at

this man who took time to be with me? We had wonderful talks while coming home from a day of laughter and fun in the country. I tried to maintain that kind of contact with my son. Opportunities to communicate openly and build the father-son relationship have to be created. It’s a goal that’s worth whatever it takes to achieve. QUESTION: Our twenty-fourmonth-old son is not yet toilet trained, although my mother-in-law feels he should be under control now. Should we spank him for using his pants instead of the potty? DR. DOBSON: No. Suggest that your mother-in-law cool down a bit. It is entirely possible that your child can’t control himself at this age. The last thing you want to do is punish a child of any age for an offense which he can’t com-

prehend. If I had to err on this matter, it would be in the direction of being too late, rather than too early. Furthermore, the best approach to potty training is with rewards and encouragement rather than with punishment. Give him a sucker (or sugarless candy) for performing his duty. When you’ve proved that he can comply, then you can hold him responsible in the future. QUESTION: I’m twenty-two years old and am still living at home. It’s driving me nuts. My folks are in my face every day. They want me to get a full-time job ‘cause I only work parttime at a convenience store. Why can’t they get off my case and leave me alone? DR. DOBSON: With all respect, I think it’s time for you to pack. Many young adults like you continue to hang around the house because they don’t know what to do next. That is a recipe for trouble. Your mother and father can’t help “parenting” you if you remain under their noses. To them, it seems like only yesterday since you were born. They find it difficult to think of you as an adult. The way you live probably irritates them, too. They hate your messy room, which would require a tetanus shot just to walk through. They don’t like your music. They go to bed early and arise with the sun; you keep the same hours as hamsters. You drive the family car

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QUESTION: I’ve heard that we forget more than 80 percent of what we learn. When you consider the cost of getting an education, I wonder why we put all that effort into examinations, textbooks, homework and years spent in boring classrooms. Is education really worth what we invest in it? DR. DOBSON: In fact, it is. There are many valid reasons for learning, even if forgetting will take its usual toll. First, one of the important functions of the learning process is the self-discipline and self-control that it fosters. Good students learn to follow directions, carry out assignments, and channel their mental faculties. Second, even if the facts and concepts can’t be recalled, the individual knows they exist and where to find them. He or she can retrieve the information if needed. Third, old learning makes new learning easier. Each mental exer-

cise gives us more associative cues with which to link future ideas and concepts, and we are changed for having been through the process of learning. Fourth, we don’t really forget everything that is beyond the reach of our memories. The information is stored in the brain and will return to consciousness when properly stimulated. And fifth, we are shaped by the influence of intelligent and charismatic people who taught us. I wish there were an easier, more efficient process for shaping human minds than the slow and painful experience of education. But until a “learning pill” is developed, the old-fashioned approach will have to do. QUESTION: Whether it be on dramatic shows or the evening news, the TV seems to showcase death more than ever before. What do you think it will do to us to continue watching extreme violence night after night?

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Independence Day Quiz

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On July Fourth we typically celebrate by spending time with loved ones, eating hamburgers and watermelon, and watching fireworks light up the night sky. This year, before you and your family head out, test your family’s knowledge of our Country with our Independence Day Quiz.

1. Who was the first signer of the Declaration of Independence? A. George Washington B. Patrick Henry C. John Hancock D. Thomas Jefferson E. John Adams

6. What notable event occurred on July 4, 1848? A. Boston’s First Fireworks Display B. The State of New York Emancipates its slaves C. Construction begins on the Washington Monument D. Centennial celebrations are held in the United States E. The first public Fourth of July reception at the White House

7. Only one president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on the Fourth of July. Three presidents died on that date. Who were they? A. George Washington, Chester Arthur and James Monroe 2. Which of our Founding Fathers created the blueprint for B. Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Richard M. Nixon our Fourth of July celebrations by suggesting that the day be C. Zachary Taylor, Ulysses Grant and Warren Harding celebrated with “bonfires and illuminations from one end of D. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe this continent to the other” by succeeding generations of AmeriE. Harry Truman, Franklin Pierce and John Tyler cans? A. George Washington B. John Adams C. Thomas Jefferson 8. Which of the following was not one of the thirteen original D. John Hancock E. Benjamin Franklin colonies? A. Georgia B. Virginia C. Vermont 3. About how many people were living in the colonies in July 1776? D. Massachusetts E. Rhode Island A. 1.5 million B. 2.5 million C. 5.5 million D. 12 million E. 15 million 9. Which of the following European powers did not fight on the side of the colonists in the Revolutionary War? 4. What American president said, “We dare not forget that we A. Spain B. France C. The Netherlands are the heirs of that first revolution”? D. Germany E. They all fought against England A. George Washington B. Abraham Lincoln C. John F. Kennedy D. Franklin Roosevelt E. George Bush 10. Which of the following did not sign the Declaration of Independence? 5. When Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled A. Samuel Adams B. Benjamin Franklin C. John Hancock Banner” in 1814, it immediately became popular with D. Caesar Rodney E. George Washington the public. When was it adopted as our national anthem? A. 1798 B. 1812 C. 1954 D. 1865 E. 1931 Bonus: What do the colors of the U.S. Flag represent?

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6. C - In Washington, D.C. in 1848, the laying of the cornerstone of the Washington Monument takes place with the President James Madison, First Lady Dolly Madison and other VIPs in attendance.

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7. D - Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth. 8. C - Vermont was not one of the thirteen original colonies. It joined the Union on March 4, 1791. 9. D – Spain, France and the Netherlands all fought against Great Britain in the Revolutionary War. Hessian soldiers from Germany fought with the British.

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