Archive for July 31, 2015

Can You be Sued for Helping?

You’re at the scene of an accident and are a medical professional, or a non-medical person, or a shopper seeing a child in a closed-up car in the parking lot.  If you help, can you be arrested or sued for coming to the aid of a trapped or bleeding victim or for smashing in a window to save a child?  In some states, yes.

Some (not enough) states have “Good Samaritan Laws” which protect you.  Does your state have such a law?  Go to Safe Kids Worldwide and find out.

If your state isn’t listed, contact your governmental representatives and ask why not.

Whether a child is left on purpose or by a rushed, otherwise-good parent, there is no reason that 38 kids die each year after being left in a hot car. Our precious babies need everyone to look after their safety.

 

What a Face Shows

Today’s Thursday Thought tells the power of just looking at someone:

“To gaze into another person’s face is to do two things: to recognize their humanity and to assert your own.” —  Lawrence Hill

 

 

A New Native American Tragedy

Our government is doing it again to Native Americans.  Congress is giving away their land to a large foreign mining company.  Not just any land, though; it’s a a beautiful, forested land AND a sacred site.  The Apache tribe reveres this Oak Flat, Arizona, site–it’s holy land to them.  It will be destroyed by the upcoming copper mining.

Imagine a government deciding to ravish land that your religion considers holy.

There is still time to stop this.  Go to http://act.credoaction.com/sign/Apache_land?t=2&akid=15087.3296984.sK6NQq and sign the petition to congress that’s simple and direct:  “Repeal the Oak Flat land exchange and stop the transfer of this sacred Native American land to a foreign mining giant.”

 

 

Check Out the Update

No pop-ups or advertisers to track and use your email address.  That’s my promise to readers of my websites.

I’ve just updated my other website (http://www.jackieodonnell.net) and invite you to take a look.  There’s some of my poetry (Poetry page); some suggestions for a useful product and equipment maintenance/safety, plus some disability law, and a thoughtful quote–all for the person living with a disability himself or in his family or among her friends (Adept-Able Living page).  PLUS, for your entertainment and maybe awareness, click on the Quiz-icals page.

While you’re there, look on the Home page for a personal glimpse into my life and interests. Then go to the My Books page to learn about my paper and Ebooks.

Also, if you need any professional editing done, visit my Editing Services page.

And, as always, I welcome comments!

Thanks for reading.

Jackie

A Fridge-d Suggestion

Use up to 6% less energy by not making your fridge work so hard.  Just clean the built-up dust off the coils a couple times a year.  (They’re usually behind that panel at the bottom.)  For safety, unplug it first.

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[For more easy, money-saving, earth-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/view/7000, choose a format, and download to your computer or e-book device. Or download a free copy from your favorite e-book seller.]

 

 

Strange Wedding Traditions

Here I am, at -43 days before my son’s wedding.  I want to be helpful, but as mother of the groom, there isn’t much for me to do.  So I searched for wedding traditions that they might want to incorporate into their ceremony.  Oddly enough, my son and almost-daughter-in-law rejected all my suggestions.  See what you think.

 

 

 

Are You a Unique Strand?

Today’s Thursday Thought expresses the distinctive importance of each individual.

“EACH OF US IS A UNIQUE STRAND IN THE INTRICATE WEB OF LIFE AND HERE TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION.”  —  DEEPAK CHOPRA

Another Quirky Question

If you’re a regular reader, you know that my mind sometimes wanders into the Twilight Zone and quirky questions pop into my head.  Today’s comes from the news that brilliant Steven Hawkings is part of a 10-year, $100 million effort to find intelligent life somewhere in the universe.  Here’s my question:

If we find living beings on another planet, how will ICE handle immigration issues with them?

 

Class War or Fiscal Responsibility?

A large group of our Congress-members really want to make our country fiscally sound.  That’s a laudable goal.  But at whose expense and whose reward?  Opponents to what they want to do say this is setting up a class war, pitting those who are poor and vulnerable against the wealthy and privileged.  You be the judge:

 

 

 

 

 

Free Shade

Plant a tree. A single tree will absorb one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime. Shade provided by trees can reduce your air conditioning bill by 10-15%. Grow a fruit tree.  Then you can relax with a fresh piece of fruit in your own, free shade.

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[For more easy, money-saving, earth-friendly tips, download a FREE copy of Green Riches: Help the Earth & Your Budget. Go to www.Smashwords.com/books/view/7000, choose a format, and download to your computer or e-book device. Or download a free copy from your favorite e-book seller.]