That Morning Cup of Coffee by Dwayne Leon Rankin Somewhat bitter, somewhat sweet, Meant to keep me on my feet. With a scent to wake me up, When it's poured there in my cup. Dark and rich this brew of mine, Always tasting mighty fine. This cup of Jo is truly good Tasting always like it should. T'is very nice here in the morn. When the day is newly born. When there's just a hint of chill Then I sit and drink my fill. Peace and quiet time for me, All alone in harmony. With my cup for me to sip, This coffee on my tongue and lip. Source: http://www.voicesnet.org/displayonepoem.aspx?poemid=173334
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@SUGARPAPERDESIGNS Luciana is the proud owner of Sugar Paper Designs, founded 6 months ago in LA. She had always loved stationery, paper goods and writing letters. Her love of coffee in this photo is what wakes her up and gets her inspired! For the past 2 years she's been obsessed with washi tape! How fun are they? And you can find all sorts of fun patterns via her website. http://instagram.com/sugarpaperdesigns
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My boys are back to basketball and with the summer in full swing they have been enjoying some great basketball camps. We've been to the beach and made giant holes in the earth and watched the sunset. Saw a few fun movies at the theater and celebrated several birthdays. Happy Summer Birthdays to all who have been recently celebrating! We've officially completed 30 issues of The Heartbeat Magazine! It's been such a pleasure working with my mother-in-law, Cheryl Flothe, as the Editor and so many of my sweet friends all who have contributed to make these issues happen. My nephew Austin has transferred to Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. He has started Rehab to help with his spinal injuries and mobility issues. We are so blessed that he is at a Rehab facility that works to improve his ability to heal and recover versus just getting him ready to go home with his current disabilities. This month's giveaway is from BelieveAustin.com, one t-shirt, one wristband, and one 8x10 Stairway from Heaven print. Please make sure to visit the Giveaway section on our website for more details.
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This month's cover is my friend Angie Meister and a sweet girl from Destiny Village in Haiti. She recently visited and has a wonderful story to share about her mission to Haiti. Their smiles captured my heart for the e cover of The Heartbeat Magazine! Read more about Angie in the Giving Hope story on page 9.
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Check out specific boards to follow by going to a personal profile of a friend or business; or follow all boards by a person or business. You can see the updates on your newsfeed when you log onto Pinterest each time, or visit the boards you'd like to see specific photos of! If you find an image of something you'd like to purchase, you can click on it to be re-directed to the website of the item! (Or make a new board for yourself, possibly even name it "wishlist/birthday ideas.") Use the SEARCH to find specific items or businesses. Scroll through your feed when first opening Pinterest each time and see the new pins by the people you follow. I suggest grouping the items you want to wear together, and even creating a secret board so your outfit stays private!
The Children's Fashion Blog Outfit and Kids Style Will it rain again today? Oh no, come on! I want to go out and play with my friends!! My mom today felt like neutral colors, so she chose this blouse by ANG Baby and the gray sweater. But we can't forget a touch of color…so here it is, this fluo belt. The Glam side? The striped trousers. The timeless and romantic detail? My wonderful sandals by Naturino…What do you say? Will my little friends like it? I like it a lot! ;-) - Fiammisday.com
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by Cheryl Flothe
Reflecting back, our 2002 trip to Paris seems like a dream! We always planned to go sometime in the future, but after 9/11 air travel was cheap. Virgin Atlantic offered a great price for a nine day air and land package to Paris & London. Air, hotel, breakfasts, and transfers included. On March 2nd, Virgin Atlantic‘s 747, the English Rose, transported us on the start of our magical mystery tour. After we touched down in London we had a couple of scones and coffee for breakfast, then took a small plane over the English Channel to Paris. We’d finally arrived in the famed City of Light! For six exciting days, our Paris guide book was always with us, with facts about each site and how to get there. Our multi-day passes for transportation and museums were a convenient savings. We could go wherever we wanted by just showing our passes. Trains, busses, and subways took us everywhere with ease. We could hop on the subway (the Metro) and be at our destination in minutes. Everywhere we went, there was an iconic place or structure we’d only read about or seen on TV and films. From the top of the Eiffel Tower we had a 45 mile view of Paris and beyond! We could see the Arc de Triomphe, an arch designed by Napolean in the early 1800’s. And we saw the famous Seine, the river that’s transported kings, conquerers, and others for centuries. The Seine threads its way throughout the city and beyond and is crossed by many old bridges, one dating back to the 1500’s!
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Me on a Paris street, my travel guide in hand. Make sure you have one if you go.
The Louvre Museum started as a fortress in 1190 to protect the king against Viking Raids. It was continually added on to and remodeled until 1989.
Here we are by the Eiffel Tower. The viewing of the gallery on top is 899' above the ground!
Did you know there are stairs to the top of the Arc de Triomphe? The view's fantastic!
At the Louvre Museum we were surprised that Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was much smaller than we’d envisioned. The Venus de Milo seemed like a giant! Then we had to walk the most famous street in the world, the Champs-Elysees. The Tour de France ends on this great boulevard each year and the Arc de Triomphe is there. Luxury shops, expensive clothing stores, and businesses line the street; as well as fine restaurants, and the fanciest McDonalds we’ve ever seen (there were even headsets to listen to music). When we visited the Rodin Museum we were amazed to see his most famous statue, The Thinker, on display in the gardens! One day, we took the Metro to see the 800 year old Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the largest and most famous in the world. The gargoyles, flying buttresses (exterior supports) and magnificent stained glass windows are amazing. Inside the immense interior with its innovative architecture and religious icons, it’s impossible not to be in awe of the history---coronations, royal weddings, royal funerals and burials, and major political and religious events. A short train trip took us to the Palace of Versailles, the largest palace in Europe (7 buildings and 700 rooms), where Louis XVI and
The Thinker, one of Auguste Rodin's most famous Works, is on display in the gardens outside the Musee Rodin.
The Palace de Versailles started out as his father's Hunting cabin in 1668, Louis IV built it into the largest palace in Europe. It housed 20,000 people at a time! No
The Notre Dame Cathedral was built between 1153 and 1330---170 years!
Marie Antoinette lived (until they were overthrown). Although the town of Versailles and McDonald’s are right across the street from the palace, it was thrilling to cross the huge cobblestoned court yard in front and pass through the golden gate onto the impressive grounds. The gardens, pools, and lake are grand---we could imagine the courtiers and royalty passing by in their finery. Inside we toured the king and queen’s luxurious private apartments, stood in the doorway of the ornate private chapel of the King of France, and walked the length of the magnificent Hall of Mirrors. One of the last evenings we were in Paris we took the Metro to the Moulin Rouge, famed birthplace of the can-can dance, and most famous cabaret in the world dating back to the late 1800’s. The show was magnificent, flashy, and exciting---more than we ever dreamed it would be.
wonder the Revolution soon followed!
Until we left Paris for London on March 9th we saw as many sites as we could, but there’s so much more to see and do, we’ll have to go back. I encourage you to go to Paris---it will be one of the most memorable trips you ever take! The August issue of Heartbeat Connection Magazine Out and About will feature the rest of our trip as we continue to London.
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The famed Hall of Mirrors in the Palace de Versailles was where the Treaty of Versailles that ended WWI was signed in 1919.
The book comes from Brenda's own struggles with her daughter Katie. She talks about her daughter wanting to move out and other families shared about their kids' drug and alcohol problems. One section in the book was about Wrong Motives For Parents. When you make yourself the primary issue, you are reacting from wrong motives instead of considering what is best for your child. Your wrong motives might include some of the following:
by Nicole Flothe I have three children and I always look for books that provide parenting tips or stories of how others handled a situation with their kids. This book looked very interesting because, just like the title, I've had to love my kids, no matter what. Each child of mine has their unique way of making choices. I know that my husband and I are an influence on their decisions at this point, but we've had our fair share of decisions we don't agree on. The author, Brenda Garrison, wrote this book with insights from her daughter Katie. I was intrigued by how she shared her struggles and than her daughter would discuss her thoughts.
Our hearts should be open toward our children so we can do whatever we are called upon to do for their benefit--whatever says to them, "I love you no matter what."
*Pride--you want to keep your reputation and your child's reputation intact. *Your expectations--you want your dreams for your child fulfilled, especially since you know best. *Your needs--you want everything to stay the same so your needs will continue to be met through your relationship with your child. *Selfishness--you want to parent the way you always have. You don't want to find new ways to effectively reach your child. *Comfort--you don't want your child to venture where you yourself are uncomfortable. Have you found yourself having any of these wrong motives? The nice thing about reviewing these is that I can reflect on how I am parenting. If I find myself coming from a state of selfishness, then I can work on that and figure out a better way to make my request known. Brenda shares that our stress is amplified when we try to look at our new situation through the old glasses. Our new situation--one in which our child is making decisions we don't agree with--requires a new paradigm. Our "normal life" is no
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longer what it once was. We have a different life--not the one we expected, but one that God knew was coming. If we are to be effective in it, enjoy it, and move ahead with our children, we must adjust our thinking. But that is the essence of life, isn't it? We never know what's coming next. Many of the parents tips were very helpful. It's very important in my family to establish our ground rules and to stay involved with our kids. One of my favorite suggestions was to fill your kids with love. Brenda's daughter Katie shared how once she was at a restaurant with her college friends and there was a family celebrating a birthday party. Several of Katie's friends said that they had never had a birthday party and missed that experience. Katie's parents always had birthday parties and deposited love in her heart.
Know that the love you deposited in your child's heart is still there, and they know it. For families that struggle with their children's drug and alcohol problems, the book suggested finding a support group. Teen challenge was recommended and it helped the families find counselors and a place for their child to learn ways to make better choices. Brenda Garrision is an enthusiastic and authentic speaker and author. She ministers to women in all stages of life but especially to moms--encouraging them by keeping it real and based on God's Word. Visit her website at www.brendagarrison.com
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Health & Wellness Q: Which Vitamins are good for my skin?
by Nicole Flothe Have you ever read about the difference between synthetic supplements vs Natural supplements? The other day I was at my kids' basketball game and my daughter loves to visit with Coach George. He asked her how her summer was going and if she was taking her vitamins. He has been kind and shared with us the Mannatech vitamins, my kids truly enjoyed them, but we had been out for some time. We got the generic Flintstone vitamin gummies and she told him we were taking them now. He gave me a brochure that explained the difference between synthetic supplements and natural supplements. As a Nurse, I am well aware of the need for vitamins, whether we get them from our daily diet, from sunshine, or from store bought capsules or liquids. Vitamin deficiencies lead to a wide range of problems, like organ malfunction, depression and fatigue. However, after reading the article I was informed that not all vitamins are created equal. Some vitamins can hurt us with the chemicals they are synthetically made with. I found a great article about the debate on Global Healing Center.com. Did you know... 1. We might not always get what we're expecting with synthetics.
A: Vitamins for Healthy Skin. Vitamin C - In green veggies and citrus. Is a powerful antioxidant that defends against sun damage. Vitamin B - In whole grains, meats, potatoes and bananas. Vital for overall skin health. Vitamin E - In sunflower seeds, oils, sweet potatoes and spinach. Protects against skin damage, produces smooth skin. For more information visit www.healthylivingconcierge.com
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2. Fat soluble vitamins in their synthetic form are especially dangerous because they can build up in your fatty tissues and cause toxicity. 3. Some common derivatives in synthetic supplements are coal tar, petroleum, and rocks. Look for clues on your vitamin's label into the origin of the vitamin. A plant-sourced supplement is in a natural form and would be a great choice. At organicconsumers.org they are teaching how to understand the benefits of "naturally occurring" vitamins, botanicals, and supplements. Do your own research!
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They have a generator on the property so we had electricity in the morning for a little bit and again at night for a little while. We were able to take showers. Of course there was no air conditioning, but we were able to have fans on for a little while when we slept. We slept at the orphanage in bunk beds above the kitchen. We had no phone service, but occasionally we had a connection allowing us to get on Facebook, which is how we communicated with our families!
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I have been friends with our cover girl, Angie Meister, for many years and recently read her inspiring story of her trip to Haiti to visit Destiny Village, an orphanage that helps support the care for so many. Here is a recap of Angie's experience... Where do I begin??? Talk about a life changing journey. An experience that seems too difficult to put into words. Words that would never be able to properly do it justice. But certainly I will give it a try!!! We were blessed to go on this trip with Pastor Greg and Bobbie Ball who began Destiny Village Orphanage 13 years ago and are raising these children to help change their nation of Haiti. I was joined by their daughter, Destiny (13), my sister Josi, my niece Alyssa (10), and Kennedy, a wonderful college student with the Set Apart group. Day one: Flew into Port-au-Prince and had a 1.5 hour drive to Pierre Payen. The drive was incredibly overwhelming. All around the horizon is breathtaking mountains and beautiful ocean views while right in front of you is poverty to a level I never thought possible. There were tents and shacks all around that served as peoples’ homes. Garbage filled the sides of the streets and many were bathing in the same water in which they drank. There was sadness that filled me initially. As soon as we arrived at Destiny Village orphanage, I was filled with joy as the kids ran up to greet us. The rest of the evening was filled with laughter as we played on the swings, played a soccer game, and goofed around with the amazing 42 children that call the orphanage their home. Before we settled in for the night, the children did their nightly Praise and Worship and Devotions. During this time we could see how much they loved the Lord and how grateful they were for everything they had. The older children let the little ones fall asleep on their laps and took care of them when they cried.
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Day two: We woke up and were able to Skype with Mrs. Jennifer Crossan’s 2nd grade classroom at First Baptist Academy. The two 2nd grade classrooms there had gathered up a lot of school supplies, clothes, toiletries and toys for the orphanage before we left. The kids at the orphanage were so grateful for all the items they received and were able to tell the kids on Skype! What a neat experience for all the kids! We then drove into St. Marc’s to fill up all of the jugs of water (which is done every 2 days). After that we went to another orphanage, that is the home for 39 children and run by one tremendous women named Dina who has difficulties providing for all of them. 13 of them are under the age of 2. We picked up a little boy named Jose’ (18 mo. old) whose mother had dropped him off in August significantly malnourished. We were happy to see him making some progress, but needed to take him to the doctors for some follow up. After picking up some formula and food for Jose, he started to perk up and smile. It was amazing to watch. We took Jose and a young girl named Tess to St. Marc’s hospital. Tess was born with an umbilical hernia that should have closed on its own between the ages of 2-5. Tess is now 9 and still has the hernia, causing her pain and digestive problems. She will need to have surgery to repair this. We had to take her to the hospital to have an official diagnosis in writing and to try and begin the process of getting her surgery. The hope is to have Tess’ surgery done in America. Unfortunately the last time they had a child from the orphanage require surgery in Haiti, he died in the operating room. While at the hospital we were able to visit the different areas. The pediatrician practices outside with a desk and very limited tools. The mothers with babies line up on benches to see him. In the labor and delivery unit, mothers are given an IV bag of saline, but there are no monitors and no medicines. 8 hours after having the baby they have to go home. Remember there is no air conditioning in the hospital or anywhere you go. So you can imagine how hot it gets having your baby! We next watched them transfer a man who had trauma to his leg. They put him on a stretcher in the back of a truck with people crowded on top of him and his pain medicine was a small bottle of whiskey in his hand. After leaving the hospital we stayed in St. Marc’s and visited the YWAM (Youth With A Mission) compound. This is run by a man named Teri Snow and his family. Josi actually had visited there 18 years ago when she had done a mission trip with a youth team. It was wonderful to see how much they have grown and the
incredible work they are doing in Haiti. We headed back to the orphanage later that evening to spend time with the kids. They just can’t wait to hug you and hold your hand. They are so sweet and well behaved. They speak Creole, French and English so communicating with the kids was no problem. At devotions that evening we heard a lot of the kid’s testimonies and where they had come from. Sadly many of them had parents who died while others had parents who could not care for them. Yet they were so happy to be part of Destiny Village and had grown so much spiritually since they had been there. They will be the hope of a hurting nation as they grow up and they will be able to make a difference. Day 3: The third day was the day that brought the greatest impact on me. We started the day by making a journey up high into the mountains to visit Dr. Volte and to bring Jose there. Dr. Volte is an amazing man. He leaves his family in Port-au-Prince from Wednesday through Saturday and volunteers his time at the clinic. On Saturday evening he returns to his family and on Monday and Tuesday he works a paid job at the hospital. His resources and equipment are extremely limited. With the help of a few of the doctors and PA’s I work with in the ER, Jeff Panozzo, Pia Myers, Peter Alario and Leslie Rose, I was able to bring him some supplies and equipment. When I handed him an otoscope (used to examine inner ears), it was like I gave him a million dollars. He had been practicing without one for a long time and he was overjoyed to have it. He showed me around the small clinic and pharmacy area. It was heartbreaking to see what little he had to work with. After the tour, we made peanut butter sandwiches for those waiting in line to see him and for the children in the surrounding villages. When we passed out the bread to the children, they fought for it. They pushed and shoved others out of the way just to get a small piece of bread to eat. The hunger and desperation in their eyes will never leave my mind. With the amount of wealth we have in American, it is hard to think that there are still starving children in this world, but sadly there are. After leaving the clinic we took Jose back to his orphanage. We were able to bring them oil, charcoal, toiletries, toys, bread, peanut butter, rice and beans, shoes and clothes. It was hard to leave Jose, we had grown a bond with him, especially Bobbie. Day 4: We got to go through the last of the bins we brought and give away some things to the children and store some things so they can ration it for later and for birthdays. After packing up we headed out to a fishing village in the mountains. We passed out food, candy and cars to the kids. They were so excited. We then prayed over the village and laid hands on the sick. We returned to Destiny Village and loaded up the truck with all of our
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belongings and the children. On the way to the airport we dropped most of the kids off at school. School is not free and not required. It is a privilege to go to school in Haiti. It was tough to say goodbye, especially to my little buddy, Wadley. We drove about 2 hours to the airport. Driving is very different in Haiti!! There are no stop lights or stop signs. You stand or sit in the back of the truck heading down the road about 70 mph and playing chicken with the cars coming the other direction. The drive alone will get you closer to God!!! We were blessed to have amazing drivers. We met very selfless people, including Heather, who after a mission trip almost 4 years ago, moved there to help out with the children. Her husband, Maxin, drove us around and translated for us. Stephen and his wife also take care of the children at Destiny Village and were very kind and gracious to us. We finally returned home after 11 pm that evening. We are incredibly grateful to Pastor Greg and Bobbie Ball for taking us on this journey. The work they are doing with Destiny Village is amazing. They are currently taking care of and raising 42 children at the orphanage. The cost to run the orphanage and take care of over 50 people living there is about $10,000 per month. They have the capacity to house 100 children, but unfortunately not the funds. The truck they took us out in, to be able to do all the work we did, is also on its last leg, and they will need to purchase a new truck. If you would like to make a donation to help out with this great cause please visit our site at www.ProjectOutreachNaples.com and click on the Paypal for donations. This is tax deductible. In the comments for your donation write Destiny Village. Or if you have items you wish to donate such as medical supplies, equipment or medicine, please email me at ProjectOutreach@comcast.net. More than anything, please pray for the mission and the children. God Bless!! Matthew 25:35 For I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. To get more information on the orphanage go to www.DestinyVillage.org
the fish warm in 175 degree oven if frying more; and add more oil to fryer, if necessary. I use a cookie sheet rather than a plate to put the fish on if I’m cooking a big batch. This way I can spread out the fish so it doesn’t get soft on the sides that touch each other while keeping warm in the oven. Beer-Battered Halibut
by Cheryl Flothe
Photo from The Old Hen Bed & Breakfast.
Glenn & friends with their recent halibut catch.
BEER BATTERED HALIBUT We’ve lived in Alaska for over fifty years and look forward to fishing in the summer. Most of our fishing is for salmon on the Kenai River near where we live in Cooper Landing, AK. Also, my husband often takes a charter with friends to get halibut for the freezer. I’ve used various recipes for cooking halibut including: chowder, grilled, baked, boiled, broiled, and barbequed. Our family’s favorite is beer battered halibut. When I looked online for recipes I came across a great site, Alaska Fish Recipes, that’s more than a recipe site. It also gives information about each of the Alaskan fish, buying seafood, fishing news, fish counts in Alaska, cooking tips, healthy eating, cooking wild game, and other recipes. To see this wonderful site go to: http://www.alaskafishingrecipe.com/. I have an excellent book, Cleaning and Cooking Fish, that gives a few tips for preparing deep fried halibut: Chill fish in refrigerator before deep frying; pat dry with paper towels; use at least 2-3 inches of oil heated to 375 degrees in fryer; place paper towels or newspaper under the batter bowl and fryer to absorb splatters; don’t crowd fish when cooking so each side cooks completely and so the oil won’t cool; drain fish on a plate lined with paper towels; keep
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1 cup beer (Alaskan Amber, Bud, Miller, your choice) 1 cup flour 1 egg 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 Tbsp mustard 3/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper
Instructions After fish is cut and oil is hot, dredge pieces of fish in flour a few at a time, shake off excess flour, and drop in batter. Using a pair of tongs, transfer each piece into the hot oil. Hold each piece in the oil, swishing it back and forth a few times before letting go. This allows each piece to develop a skin before it hits the bottom of the pot and will help keep them from sticking. Cook fish until golden brown, but “golden brown” can mean anything from barely crisp to nearly burned. Also, if your batter contains yellow mustard, it’s a different color anyway. If you’re unsure whether it’s fully cooked or not, break a piece open to check for doneness. Since all the pieces are the same size, you can cook them to color from then on.
Tartar Sauce 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup sour cream 1/4 cup minced dill pickles 3 Tbsp minced onion 1 tsp minced garlic 1 Tbsp capers, minced into mush 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1/4 tsp Tabasco 1/8 tsp ground celery seed Mix all together and chill. (Recipe from Alaska Fish Recipes online.) Note: To make the tartar sauce lighter, you can substitute ¼ cup sour cream for half of the mayonnaise. You can also use seafood sauce or ketchup as a dip.
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still taste just as good!
Nature continues to amaze me! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve known about halibut, largest of all flatfish in the flounder family (known as the right-eyed flounder) for years. Growing up in Alaska, they are a popular fish to catch and are great eating. Of course, you either need an ocean going vessel or go out on a charter to catch them. The smallest halibut range from 20-35 pounds, while the largest ever caught was over eight feet long and 730 pounds. Males mature when they are 7-8 years old, and females when they are 8-12. The females lay 2-3 million eggs each year, depending on their age. The older and bigger females lay more than the younger, smaller halibut. Males have been seen to live to 27, while the oldest female found was 42. So, although most people want to catch as big a halibut as possible, we are saving the species for future generations if we catch smaller halibut---and they
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So, enough about age, weight, and size---you are probably dying to know about the halibut (and flounders in general) slight of eye trick! Around 15 days after the eggs hatch, their larvae start to float around on the tides for several hundred miles, gradually starting to look like tiny little upright swimming fishes with an eye on each side. One side of the fish is white, the other a dark gray color. Now hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the trick: at around 6 months, the left eye moves to the right side of the fish, the side of the fish that had the left eye on it darkens so both eyes are on the dark side (which becomes the top) and the bottom side stays white. The halibut then swims like all flat fish and moves to the bottom of the ocean to feed for the rest of their lives. They do sometimes go up and down to feed, but they are mostly bottom feeders that blend in with the sand at the ocean floor. Amazing!
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Into Tomorrow's Travel healthy thanks to your Tech... by Beth Gatrell Summer months bring lots of travelers, and knowing what medical needs, recommendations and precautions for their destination is key to having a healthy trip. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) has a site with tools to help you know what vaccines and other important health information you need to know depending on your destination and circumstances, including traveling with children, extended stays and more. MD Travel Heath provides links to recommendations for travel to other countries that contains information on local hospitals and physicians, food and water precautions, safety information for special needs and the list goes on. Downloading apps like Mango Health can help you identify foods, drinks and items that may react dangerously with your current medications as well as reminders to take your medicine. Another cool app to try on the go is Travel Health which specializes in assisting with medical problems that may arise from travel and what to do with them. Wherever your destination, we wish you safe travelsâ&#x20AC;Ś "Into Tomorrow."
I love being able to find new apps on my phone, once a month I look for the latest and greatest. Some of my recent favorites are Repix, Over, InstaRepost, and Repost for photography. Minion Rush, Mickey?, Crazy Dentist, SwimMeet, and Strawberry Shortcake Designer are sweet games. Lastly, to increase my brian power, I found Quotes Folio, Team Stream, and Word Search. Enjoy!
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Featured Foundation We are all born with great potential. Shouldn't we all have the chance to achieve it? by Nicole Flothe My nephew Austin is making progress at his new rehab, Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Kennedy Krieger Institute is an internationally recognized institution dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system through: Patient Care, Research and Professional Training, Special Education and Community life. During his stay he's used a pediatric tilt table that goes from horizontal to a vertical postion to help put pressure throughout his body. He's met new friends and had some sweet visitors. Austin has had a few infections and has been blessed with having the John Hopkins hospital located right next door to the facility.
Here is Austin at his first day of rehab doing school work and electrical stimulation on his arms and hands. Kennedy Krieger Institute was founded in 1937, they believe that early identification and treatment of disabilities are key to maximizing the potential of all children with special needs. My brother, Hunter, and his wife, Tina, have only been at the Rehab for a short time and are experiencing so many new ways Austin can begin to heal with this amazing support. They update on Facebook to let families know of news and events. Just recently I read that they have a monthly spinal cord injury support group meeting, with this months topic, "Regeneration Generation," discussing what to expect when going back to work or school after an injury.
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We are continuing to pray and believe for Austin and thank the Kennedy Krieger Institute for being an integral part of his healing process! www.kennedykrieger.org
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Hi, I'm Austin Ervin and I'm recovering from a car accident I had in Alaska. I was diagnosed with Atlanto-Occipital Dislocation. I had to have spinal surgery at Seattle Children's Hospital and now am at Kennedy Krieger Institute for Rehab. I'm on a breathing tube and have to get assistance with moving. My Mommy & Daddy are raising money to help support my care now and in the future. Your donations help with: extra expenses, extra therapies, and so much more. Visit www.believeaustin.com
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