For many of us, it's
hurricane or tornado time, or flood
or blizzard danger. Anything that threatens the family is stressful, but being
prepared reduces the danger and the anxiety. Depending on your
circumstances, here's a Safety Checklist
to help with preparations.
A "must see" video:
- Think your home is safe because you have a lock
(or locks) on your doors? Thin again. Take a look at the latest
trend in home invasion:
Recipe du Jour's
great newsletter: "U.S. Department of Homeland Security offers several
self-help emergency preparation guides. They can be found at
For those of us living in areas affected by hurricanes, FEMA can't do it all.
prepared for emergencies? Here's why you should be, and how you
can protect yourself and your family if (and when) floods, windstorms, earthquakes
and other natural disasters - or more terrorist attacks - occur.
- For women: are you or someone you love addicted
to alcohol, or legal or illegal drugs? This site may help get life back
on track: She's
- Jackie Metcalf reports on her latest
Police Explorer meeting and qualifying test.
- Jackie Metcalf turns in her
covering her second and third meetings as a new Police Explorer.
- Jackie and I have two generations between us
- one reason I can never claim to understand her way of looking at things, our
shared "bad genes" non-withstanding. Her poetry since she was about nine
years old leaves one thinking... and thinking... See
Everywhere, In Everything.
But that's what poetry should do, provoke another point of view.
If you haven't walked in another's shoes, you
cannot pretend to know how they feel. See
The Perfect Life by 10th grader Lila Dres.
From Jackie Metcalf: "Tomorrow. March 1st, is National Hug
Day. Forward this to 20 people by 12:00 tonight (or whenever you get the message!)
and you will get the greatest hug in your life tomorrow. It's not sure
who will hug you, but it is certain that will be someone that you're crushing...
and who knows, they might be crushing you too!!!!! But yo u can't send
it to the person who sent it to you - it's bad luck!!!!!!!!" Oh, well,
give it a try. If Jackie says it works, it likely will. Pass it
- Stressed over the holidays? Trying to
get everything just right? Worrying over relatives that you feel put you
down, or that intimidate you? Depressed, repressed and generally obsessed?
Put it in perspective. You must read this absolutely beautiful story
from my cousin Ginny: