Proof Positivity: Calling Out To Me

Proof Positivity has been calling out to me like a ghost in the wind.  The little voice in my head keeps whispering don’t abandon Proof Positivity.  I, sadly, admit a whole lot of guilt over leaving this blog go stale.  Two years ago it was unique and now positive blogs similar to this one are popping up everywhere.   I would almost bet my page rank is gone too.  I am not going to make guarantees that this blog is back for today, it’s back.

You may be  wondering what has consumed my time so much that I would neglect this blog.  I have taken up homeschooling my children.  It’s not a particularly easy road my husband and I have chosen but it’s easier than the road to public school.  What has come out of my first year experience is a greater knowledge of science.  Hopefully it will help me stay on top of  science and technology news.

In past month (and I know it’s old news) we dealt with oil conglomerate  BP  and the mess created due to an explosion.   Meanwhile, senators from Ohio, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania called upon President Obama “requesting that he fully utilize the Corporation for National and Community Service.  as part of a “National Call to Service,” aimed at engaging volunteers to assist in recovery efforts of the Gulf Coast oil spill.”

I am all for community involvement but lets be frank here, the stuff is toxic and it needs those experienced with oil.  Most of those involved with NCS are kids.   NCS puts out this statement,   “The complex nature of oil cleanup, coupled with health and safety concerns, restricts the role of volunteers. The Deepwater Unified Area Command under the direction of Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen has specified that volunteers or unpaid individuals are not allowed to perform hands-on hazardous waste remediation.

Find an appropriate volunteer opportunity by typing in your zip code or register to volunteer with one of the Gulf Coast state service commissions listed below. Volunteers are also encouraged to support disaster relief organizations responding to the spill and to volunteer with human service agencies and nonprofits in the region that are experiencing increased demand due to the effects of the oil spill.”

Thank goodness the thing is finally corked!    The positive in the whole situation are the organizations that are helping like the International Bird Rescue Research Center.  Truly, these people deserve huge kudos for the work they’ve done to try to persevere the wildlife.

The past few weeks has been all about actor/ director Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva.  On that thing I will say it’s all alleged.  No one knows what really happened except those two.   The reason I mention it here is because it does involve a subject that I advocate about, domestic violence.

Firstly, anyone who beats their wife, husband, children, parents, etc needs to seek help now.  If you are on the other end of it please call the domestic violence hot line in your phone book.   If you are a concerned citizen here are a few things you can do to help:

You can donate your old cell phone

You can volunteer for Stand! Against Domestic Violence

You can be an ear that listens.  Sometimes when you lend an ear it gives another the power to stand.

Proof Positivity: Proof Positivity

Fire Safety and Prevention

‘Tis the season for a little fire safety and some prevention tips.

“Fire safety education is the first line of defense in reducing the number of fire related incidents. Targeting our school age children will hopefully instill key fire prevention behaviors that will carry over to future generations,” stated  Missouri state Fire Marshal Cole.”

The Home Safety Council offers these tips:

-Always stay in the kitchen while cooking.

-Keep things that can burn, such as dishtowels, paper or plastic bags, and curtains at least three feet away from the range top.

-Before cooking, roll up sleeves and use oven mitts. Loose-fitting clothes can touch a hot burner and catch on fire.

-Many young children are badly burned or die playing with matches and lighters.  Put them out of your child’s reach.

-If you must keep matches or lighters in your jacket or purse, put them in a place where children cannot see or touch them.

-Only light candles when an adult is in the room. Do not allow children to keep candles or incense in their rooms.

-Blow out candles when adults leave the room.

There are a few sites out there to promote fire safety to your children:

FireSafety.gov for kids

Kids room for New York

Fire Safety For Kids

SmokeyBear.com

Kid Tips

Arthur’s Safety Tips

Proof Positivity: On The Science Beat

My Little Runaway

Reporting in the current edition of the Journal of Research on Adolescence, Norweeta G. Milburn, a research psychologist in the department of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and colleagues found that most homeless young people actually return home soon after they leave and, in terms of development as adolescents, are possibly less chronically troubled than their reputation may indicate.”

Apparently, the key to returning a runaway home is support.  Friends in school that are close just someone to talk to in general.  More than two- thirds of the runaways return home.  One- third of those who run away does have to do with some form of abuse in the home.

“Parents of adolescents who become long-term homeless often have a history of substance use and physical abuse that lessens their ability to parent effectively and increases the propensity for conflict,”

The mother of these children play an important role.   Support from the mother seems to urge homeless children back home.  This is a very good reason to build a strong relationship with your child when he/ she is young.

If you or someone you know is a runaway here is a site for you National Runaway Switchboard and their phone number  1-800-786-2929.

Proof Positivity: A Positive Editorial

In The News Today

I began my day watching the news.   Just because I work with the positive doesn’t mean I’m blind to the world around me.  Anyhow, death and mayhem were main topics.  My children were watching what was on the TV.   I said to myself   “I can’t allow my kids  to view this.  The news just isn’t child appropriate.  If I allow them to watch this I may as well allow them to watch Desperate Housewives too.

The things on this site come from various sources press releases, interviews, and even the news.  I generally watch NBC’s Making a difference series online because of the violence the regular news has.

So, there you have it.  This is the main reason I produce this site,  the news is not child friendly.    It offers no solution to any problem.  If anything it is an open door leading to depression.   It helps no one unless they are highlighting a service for other people and that will never be breaking news.

Here the good stuff is always welcome.  Want to pat someone on the back feel free.  Congrats again Benny and Kelly.  If you have missed the string of online magazine posts and social media sites, Kelly and Benny are getting married.   Hmmm… that would be an awesome Valentine’s day post.

I need to stop rambling and get on with this weeks blog posts.  So, enjoy!  🙂

Proof Positivity: Turkey Day Safety

Have A Safe Thanksgiving

From my family to yours I am hoping you have a safe holiday.  This holiday we will be putting up ornaments, eating, putting up more ornaments and getting ready for the Christmas holiday.

—  Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking.  Most fires in the kitchen
occur because food is left unattended. If you must leave the kitchen
briefly, carry an oven mitt with you as a reminder that something is
cooking.

—  Do not try to hold your child in one arm while cooking with the other.
Holding a child while cooking is an invitation for a burn. Keep the
cooking area clear of clutter and keep your child out of the kitchen
while you’re cooking.

—  Keep your range top free of clutter. Don’t overload a range top with
too many pots and pans. Trying to cook all dishes at once could cause
grease to accidentally spill onto a range top and cause a fire. Only
cook with as many pots and pans as there are burners.  Also, never use
the oven cavity for storage.

—  Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know
how to use it. Make sure the fire extinguisher is rated for grease
fires and electrical fires and read the directions carefully. The
acronym P.A.S.S. can help make sure you use it properly.

—  Pull the pin; Aim the spray nozzle low at the base of the fire;
Squeeze the nozzle to spray the contents; Sweep back and forth as
you spray the base of the fire.

—  Keep smoke alarms connected while cooking. It can be tempting to
disable smoke detectors, especially if they are triggered easily.
However, smoke alarms can save lives. Make sure smoke alarms are
installed and working.

—  Never put a glass casserole or lid on the stove or over a burner. If
the glass gets hot and explodes, it will send shards of glass in all
directions, which can result in severe injury.

—  Be extremely cautious if using a turkey fryer. Turkey fryers are not
safety-certified because they pose a number of distinct safety
concerns, including burn and fire hazards. If you do decide to use a
turkey fryer this Thanksgiving, be extremely cautious.

Tips from UL

Proof Positivity: This Week In History

November 23- 28

November 23, 1848     Female Medical Educational Society forms in Boston
November 24, 1869     American Woman’s Suffrage Association forms (Cleveland)
November 25, 1715     1st English patent granted to an American, for processing corn
November 26, 1789     1st national Thanksgiving
November 27, 1870     New York Times dubs baseball “The National Game”
November 28, 1943     FDR, Churchill and Stalin met at Tehran to map out strategy
November 29, 1877     Thomas Edison demonstrates hand-cranked phonograph

Proof Positivity: Craft Corner

Bird feeders

Need:
Pine cones
Peanut Butter
Bird seed
Yarn

Place a knot in a piece of yarn to form a loop and wrap it around the pine cone.  Put peanut butter around the pine cone.
Then, roll the pine cone in bird seed and hang outside.