Do You Read Books?

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Author Ray Bradburysaid, “You’ve got to love libraries. You’ve got to love books. You’ve got to love poetry. You’ve got to love everything about literature. Then, you can pick the one thing you love most and write about it.”

It’s not just about wanting to write, but about learning new things. Whatever subject you want to learn about, there are books that will help you learn.

It’s my personal philosophy to try and learn something new every day. I could live in a library or bookstore and be very happy. I have been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I have read books by Isaac Asimov to Emil Zola. I have read books of poetry, novels, short stories, mysteries, myth, religion, philosophy, physiology, zoology, phytology, botany, mammals, reptiles, etymology, and more. This is because I like all types of reading and learning things.

By reading books, you can learn about other countries, cultures, space, and many other subjects that may be of interest to you. The most powerful item in my wallet is my library card, which allows me to borrow books and read about different times, places, and times.

I have helped in literacy programs, and feel that anyone who is able to read and write should help others learning English, or those who haven’t learned to read and write, so that a new and brighter world opens before their eyes.

It’s by reading and helping people to expand their abilities that we who help, gain as much as the ones we help.

I feel that everyone should be able to read and write in their native language, which in America is American English although America has no official language.

Congress tried many times to have English declared the official language congress has never passed a bill to make it so.

Do yourself a favor, go to the library and check out a book and read it from cover to cover, you might enjoy the journey it takes you on. Remember this quote from Ray Bradbury, “I still love books. Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book. You can’t really put a book on the Internet. Three companies have offered to put books by me on the Net, and I said, ‘If you can make something that has a nice jacket, nice paper with that nice smell, then we’ll talk.’ All the computer can give you is a manuscript. People don’t want to read manuscripts. They want to read books. Books smell good. They look good. You can press it to your bosom. You can carry it in your pocket.”

Robert Medak

Published Freelance Writer, Editor, Reviewer, Marketer

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Picking up Stray Animals

Should you pick up stray animals?

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The question is, can your family afford to take care of the stray while you search for a possible owner. It would be nice if the animal had a chip, or had a collar with the information needed to get the stray back to an owner.

If there is no chip or any information about the stray, making flyers about where you found the animal and placing them near the spot, so if there is an owner, they can contact you about the animal and you can return it to them.

If no one calls about the animal, you must make the choice to keep the animal and take care of it if you can, or to call your local animal control to come and pick up the animal. This choice must be a family decision, if you choose to keep the stray, than it is up to you to care for that animal.

Taking care of a stray means taking the animal to a vet for a health check, shots, medication, or anything the stray may need after the vet gives it a .

If the stray is healthy, it is up to you to care for the animal if it needs food, water, playtime, exercise, a place to sleep, maybe even a fenced yard. It all depends on the stray.

You don’t want more animals than the regulations allow for where you live, but if you do decide to keep the animal because you can’t find an owner, remember that there is a lot to do when you’re caring for any animal.

You also want to introduce the new pet slowly to make sure that it gets along with any other pets in the house. Do this by letting them meet outside somewhere away from the backyard, or any place that the pet you have feels is theirs.

Watch for any signs that the new animal and any you may have are comfortable with each other, which may take a few days.

Enjoy pets because they will teach you many things.

Robert Medak

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How to Control Diabetes

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with either Type I or Type II diabetes, it is an individual and a family affair.

As a child everyone wants to be just like all of the other kids at school, and you may think that because, you have diabetes that you are not normal any more. This is not true; with the rise of obesity, more children will receive a diagnosis of diabetes.

What to do about diabetes

As a child, you may be required to take pills or shots. With the improvements in delivery systems for insulin, you may not need a bottle and syringes as in years past. You will however, need to listen to your doctor and your parents about monitoring your blood sugar to help maintain a healthy A1c (A blood test that tells how well diabetes is controlled. Usually a 3-month test.), which your doctor should do. From this test, your doctor can adjust your medication to the right level for you.

Your family can be sure that you get a proper diet and exercise to help control both weight and the amount of exercise to help you control your diabetes. The better the control of your diabetes equals the possibility of fewer problems in the future.

Some of the effects of less than good control of diabetes are things like neuropathy (loss of feeling due to nerve damage), cataract (a problem with the lens of the eye), retinopathy (a problem with the inner eye), kidney problems, and more. This isn’t meant to scare you, but to tell you what might happen, not what will happen. It all depends on how well the diabetes is controlled, and that is up to each individual and no one else.

Your parents can help, but it is finally up to the person diagnosed with diabetes to care for themselves. No one can make you take care of your blood sugar control, they can only help you learn how and to make sure that you test your sugar level.

On days when you are sick, your blood sugar can go up and steps need to be taken to monitor it more closely, because if it goes too high or goes too low, there can be problems and a doctor may need to be called.

This is why you need to test your blood sugar on a regular basis. It will help establish a normal range for you so that if it goes outside your normal range, you can take steps to regulate your blood sugar. You should also learn the signs of low and high blood sugar. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.

Robert Medak

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A good starter pet for young children

For children around the age of eight a good starter pet is a hamster. Some parents may not believe so since hamsters are nocturnal. Put the hamster in the child’s room so they can watch over it.

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The hamster sound be placed in the child’s room and the child should be placed in the child’s room and they should be responsible for keeping the hamster’s area clean, the animal feed, watered, and the bedding clean and fresh.

Hamsters are also a good pet because they are active and should keep the child’s attention, while other pets may not. The hamster lives in a habitat that can be expanded giving the child a project and learning about the responsibility of caring for a pet.

Caring for a pet takes time and a degree of commitment. If a child has a hamster for a pet, over time parents can determine how committed to the care and feeding of the pet a child is and will not tire of the novelty of having a pet.

Since hamsters live for a relatively short time compared to other animals, and hamsters are easier to be adopted than many other types of animals. Adult dogs and cats as an example are harder to adopt since most people want a puppy or kitten.

Having a pet means that you are making a commitment to take care of that pet for its lifetime. Pets are not something disposable that you have for a short time get tired of it and then take it to the pound not caring what happens to the animal.

Think about this, most shelters are over populated and do not have the space for the pets they have now. If they need more space for unwanted pets the ones that haven’t been adopted may be put to sleep.

Please, if you get a dog or cat be sure to neuter the pet and remember that a dog or cat may live for 15 to 20 years. I have one cat that is 17-years old.

Robert Medak

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About Writing

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With school in session, it is time to write reports, stories, and more. This is a good opportunity to gain experience in writing and to develop your writing style.

After moving from Kansas to West Virginia and taking about five weeks to get Internet access at home again, I am finally able to work on my blogs and work on my writing online again. It’s hard trying to work online from the local library. I have to drive to the library and am only able to work during certain hours while trying to unpack and organize my work area.

Everyone should work at improving their communication skills. Written communication is something that should be part of improving communication. Writing well for clear understanding is a much-needed skill.

There is a good deal to learn about written communication. I am writing a series of articles entitled Writing is Easy on my blog RJMedak at WordPress.Com. Please visit and look at Part 1 through Part 3. Part 4 will cover Tone and in the process of being written.

If only writing well were as easy as many people think. As Nathaniel Hawthorne said, “Easy reading is (darn) hard writing.” This statement is true. It does take hard work to get the words and your thoughts across for the reader to get your meaning without having to figure it out.

You should always practice your writing every chance you get from notes to letters and everything in between.

School is once chance to practice your writing skills and work at improving with every piece of writing you do from reports to letters to friends and family.

As you practice the written form of communication, you are well on your way to being a good communication after you graduate from school and join the work force or run your own business.

You should also practice your writing skills as you connect with friends by sending them e-mails and on places like Facebook or other sites you and your friend frequent.

Ask your parents to take you to the library so you can check out books on the subject of writing.

Robert J Medak

Freelance Writer/Editor/Reviewer

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Books and Magazines for Kids

Blio is a FREE eReading application that presents eBooks just like the printed version, in full color, and with all of the features you’d want from an eReader. They also have full color Kid’s books

 

Purchase National Geographic Kids Almanac at the following sites:

 Amazon     Barnes & Noble     Books-A-Million     National Geographic Store     Powell’s Books   Tattered Cover Book Store

National Geographic Little Kids Magazine: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/

 

Robert Medak

Freelance writer/Editor/Reviewer

 

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Summer Break

I hereby confess: i'm a bookaholic

Summer break is on the horizon. Do you have vacation plans?

No matter what kind of vacation plans you and your family have, are you planning to do any reading? You should think about taking a book with you if you and your family go on a trip somewhere. Your parents could even buy you a book when you reach your vacation destination.

Why read? You can’t visit places twenty-four hours a day. You could take some time to read before going to sleep.

Reading books helps prepare you for school. Reading helps you with spelling, reading, and comprehension for your classes in school. Your parents should help you with this.

When I was younger, I would read any book I could get my hands on. Today I write reviews about books I read, and have fun doing it. I get to read all kinds of newly published books free, and afterwards with the authors’ permission donate them to my local library. How much fun is that? My local library doesn’t have to pay for books that people can borrow.

There are different types of books such as business, fiction, science fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, autobiographies, and memoirs. I have even written reviews of books for children.

You might not believe it now, but reading helps to build personal character, vocabulary, and knowledge of many subjects.

Are you interested in something specific? Why not find a book about what you are interested in and learn more about it. Many different subjects have books written about it. Reading can help with everything from animals to zoology.

I hope that your parents encourage you to read.

Robert Medak

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Do Your Parents Read to You?

When you were a small child, or are too small to read for yourself, do your parents read to you?

Reading is a great pastime that should be pursued anytime you have free time. Reading books whether physical or electronic can take you on journeys into the unknown; learn about places, people, things, and even things that could be in our future.

Reading will also help you build a vocabulary; learn spelling, and even writing better.

Books are our past and our future. Reading can also be our teachers of many new and wonderful ideas.

Reading helps build character and a sense of one’s self and their relation to the world at large.

Reading helps with learning and asking questions. Learning should be a lifelong pursuit. It is fun learning new things.

Learning new things is why there is homework to do from school. Learning makes you a more rounded person than just playing video games or spending time on chat sites.

Reading books helps with being creative in other parts of your life and helping in the way you approach problems.

Sit down and read a book.

Robert Medak

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Facts About Cats and Dogs

Is your dog or cat left-handed?

Just like humans, cats and dogs can be either left or right-handed. Did you know that?

Not many people do.

This could be a chance for you to learn more about your pet. Take a toy and see which paw they use to play with it. Do they use one paw more than the other?

As you interact with your pet, you will be building a greater bond and learning more about the animal family member in the process.

Pets are also like humans in other ways besides preferring one hand over the other. Pets need stimulation to be healthy emotionally. They also need exercise for healthy muscles. Good food and water is only a small portion of what everyone needs, including your furry family members.

We all need exercise, proper rest, good food, and water to keep our bodies healthy for a longer life; your pets need the same.

Part of being a responsible pet owner is to insure they get everything they need from food to exercise and emotional stimulation.

At least once a day, weather permitting, your pet should get fresh air, exercise, and dogs should go for walks. Just as humans do, animals should not just sit on the couch and do nothing.

For optimum health and long life, humans and animals need many of the same things. While we are different in some ways, in many ways humans and animals are alike.

Love your pet as you do the rest of your family.

Robert Medak

Freelance Writer/Editor/Reviewer

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A Recommendation for a Child Safe Site

ABC Mouse.Com is a child save site with no pop-ups, no advertising, or external links.

This site is for children from Preschool through Kindergarten.

It is a pay site, but there are activities and learning possibilities for young children.

There is reading, tutorials, puzzles, coloring, math, science, and more available for children.

I don’t recommend many sites, but this is one that may be worth looking into for your young children.

There are even ways for your child to learn while playing games and completing puzzles.

I suggest you check out the site and see for yourself if ABC Mouse.Com is a worthwhile site for your child.

Robert Medak

Freelance Writer/Editor/Reviewer

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