Proof Positivity: Gems for Kids

Maria Mady Douglas from Winsor, Canada is making a difference in the world. She created Gems for Kids for kids in local schools.

“I’ve always loved making bracelets from colourful glass beads but now instead of giving them away to family and friends, I sell them and the proceeds are used to help children.”

The proceeds go for school supplies, school breakfasts, and other items that the children need.

For further information, call Douglas at 519-972-9793.
dhall@thestar.canwest.com or 519-255-5777, ext. 408

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Proof Positivity: Speech Skills

As a journalist or any person that uses their voice to communicate there are a few things you need to learn how to do. Speaking is an art. I,
personally, am the shy quite sort but I know how to use my voice when the occasion calls for it. Here are a few tips that I picked up taking a speech class years ago and if you are a stutterer this helps too.

1. Take a deep breath. This helps you collect your thoughts and it helps with your nervousness.

2. Learn how to say Eddie, Eddie, Eddie or Toy boat, Toy Boat, Toy Boat tongue twisters help build your muscles.

3. Talk to a mirror and watch how your mouth moves.

4. Think before you speak. This is so important. Often people say things and it just doesn’t come together or make sense like it should.

5. Be confident. Your confidence or lack thereof shows in your conversation.

6. Stand up, sit up strait. Don’t slouch. This affect how you say things.

7. Talk slowly. Helps to collect your thoughts and makes it easier for people to understand you.

8. Use your hands to build interest but not too much you don’t want to look like a bird.

Proof Positivity: Jailed Man Awarded

On April 21 The Global Health council announced the 2008 winner of the Johnathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights to pediatrician Dr.Binayak Sen. “He is accused of links with Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh, one of India’s poorest states where the rebels have a strong presence. The doctor denies the charge. During a court appearance earlier this year, Dr Sen said he did not support the Maoists.” Dr. Sen was awarded the R.R. Keithan Gold Medal by The Indian Academy of Social Sciences (ISSA) on 31 December 2007. The citation describes him as “one of the most eminent scientists” of India. “The award is for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of science of Nature-Man-Society and his honest and sincere application for the improvement of quality of life of the poor, the downtrodden and the oppressed people of Chhattisgarh.”

Proof Positivity: There’s a Festival For Everything: Belly Buttons

In the middle of Japan or what’s called “The Belly Button” There’s a festival celebrating the belly button. The participants paint a face on their tummies and wrap their waist in a kimono.

The tradition began about 35 years ago to unify Furano’s people. This is intended as a funny little thing the only thing that’s taken serious is the dancing.

If you’re in Japan the festival is July 28th and 29th in downtown Furando.

Proof Positivity: A Little Free Advertising


Tim Wolski from Swarovski wrote me a few days ago “I love the idea of the blog and the content is very motivating. Nice work.” So, For this post I am going to do a little free advertising for Swarovski. Aren’t the images above gorgeous? I once worked in a gift shop where I did a lot of dusting. Swarovski was in a curio and I was terrified of breaking something they are are so delicate and bueatiful.

This site would not be Proof Positivity if all I did was advertise for a company so here is how Swarvoski is making a difference in the world:

“Swarovski, the world’s leading producer of precision-cut crystal, has partnered with SOS-Children’s Villages – USA to launch a celebrity denim jacket auction to benefit World Orphan.”
SOS Children’s Villages is the largest organization dedicated to orphaned and abandoned children with over 450 villages in 132 countries worldwide”

Proof Positivity: She Blinded Me With Science

How would it feel to be a child that studies science or math? I know how I felt as a young girl. I hated it. I was excellent at spelling, handwriting, and English. I excelled in these things. I don’t even have to study to get good grades with those things. Math and science are another thing. I could study for hours and still come out of the whole thing with a “D.” Once when I was in 6th grade the teacher would announce the kids who had grades of “B” or better. I managed to pull this off one time. The teacher announced my name. I thought I misheard her and I asked her to repeat herself because I thought it was a fluke. There is no way she could have called me. I didn’t leave my house for a week because I was studying for that test. I didn’t even know how to study I had no one to work with me. I hope to do better by my own children. I hope to inspire others through action. So, yes, once more I will ask you to make a difference in the life of a child. You don’t need money just mentor or sit down with your own children. The time you spend with them is precious and does make a difference. The time you spend with them will build their confidence.

Here are a few sites to look in to:

University of Maryland

Programs for Girls

Mickelson’s drive for math and science

Difference between girls and boys

Mentoring programs:

Mentor

Child & Family web guide

Youth mentoring program

Boys and Girls Club

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters

Girl Scouts

Boy Scouts

Free Tutoring:

Tuition Plaza

Eduwizards This one is great for high school students wanting to go to college. They tutor for SAT, ACT, GRE, state tests etc. , Languages, et al.

Proof Positivity: To Be Greatful.

126 posts I have done. On how to help or how to do more. My family is on the poverty level in the United States. I’m not upset or sad. We have food, clothing, and shelter those are the basic needs. I have a lot to be greatful for. We are getting a brand new home that we will be building from Habitat for Humanity . We have a computer which I love because my thing is creating a story and I’m able to finish typing this out and it’s published. We have a phone and a vehicle. We don’t have cable or jobs that pay $30,000. We are a family of five myself, my husband, and three children. We don’t have much but I am greatful. All of the stories I have written about people makes me wish I could do more than just blog about it. There are so many people who need so much more than my family or I do. How can one poverty stricken woman help thousands of poverty stricken people. For now blog is all I can do and it makes me sad. It might not make sense to you why I’m like this. I’m just not very self- absorbed. I used to yell at my brother because he was killing ants and worms. I don’t allow my children to kill ants and worms. I don’t spend a lot of time watching telethons for me that’s 24 hours in a state of depression because I can’t donate money. The most I’m able to do is blog and volunteer anf for now that will be enough.