The Joy of Giving

first_img The Anatomy of Fear Five Ways to Give with the Whole FamilyBy Simone Mets, author of Very Christmas Each year, we are teased earlier and earlier of the impending holiday season.  Then suddenly, time flies, and, as if by magic, we find ourselves right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of it all. Creating a signature family tradition of giving is not only fun, but it can be calming and deeply fulfilling.To begin, you can choose a theme for your giving tradition. My theme this year, for example, is “prizes in different sizes.” Having a theme helps to ignite imagination. Carve out some family time to brainstorm ideas, or adopt one or more of the ideas below, and find a way to make it your own.  By this time next year, you will be a pro. Write a Reverse Christmas List. Everyone knows that it’s the season for list making, and for children, those lists usually include the gifts they wish to receive. This is fun, but try encouraging your kids to make a “reverse Christmas list” after they’ve penned a list of things they’d like to ask for. A reverse Christmas list will consist of a list of things they’d like to GIVE to others this holiday, whether the recipients are family, friends, or gifts for those less fortunate than them. If you have a theme to your giving tradition, creating the reverse list can be a lot of fun.This is also an opportunity for families to reflect on things that were on previous Christmas lists. Are those things still being used? Have they been outgrown? Were they played with a time or two before being forgotten?  Make a list of those items. Ferret them out, and then pack them with care.  Add a secret note about a special memory you may have had with that toy, gadget or once favorite wearable. Stow away the note with the item. These simple steps will help your family connect to giving on a deeper level because it conjures up a living, breathing recipient. The Yard Un-Sale.  Begin by choosing a date for your “un-sale.”  You might want to recruit your neighbors or friends to participate. Collect several empty boxes, and mark each box with the name of a room in your home that you wish to de-clutter. Don’t forget to include the garage, attic or basement. Go through each room and pack anything you no longer wish to keep. Make sure that the item is in “give-able” condition. On the day of your Yard “un-sale,” organize the items by category.  If you live in an area frequented by people walking their dog, add a water station to encourage dog walkers to stop by. Enjoy the day meeting people. Watch as your customers smile when they realize that everything at your yard “un-sale” is FREE!     Invent a Family Giving Advent.  Populate twelve of your advent calendar slots as usual with simple treats or small gifts.  Populate the other twelve with notes describing a single act of giving. For example: “Give 5 heartfelt compliments today.”  Or “Give your turn to someone else today.” Or attach a $5 or $10 bill to a note asking that it be used to treat someone else. Once you have filled all twelve slots, tear an ordinary sheet of paper into twenty-four squares and mark them from 1-24.  Fold and place the numbered paper into a bowl.  Take turns with your family selecting numbers until you have gone through all of the folded paper.  The numbers on the papers you draw correspond to dates on the Giving Advent calendar.  Now, your family can experience getting and giving! If you choose a theme, you can decorate your advent calendar in that theme, or make the items in each slot adhere to your theme.  Adopt a volunteer.  Millions of people volunteer for various organizations all year. During the holiday season, many of those volunteers are a bit more visible. You may see them outside stores ringing bells. Others will spend time delivering food to the elderly.  Some will devote extended hours in hospitals, and others will be caring in animal shelters.  This year, why not adopt a volunteer? In nearly every hospital, a group of volunteers provide support services or directional help.  Create a holiday box filled with treats, magazines and other goodies to thank them for their time.  Pop in on the local animal shelter with treats for volunteers as well as the animals in their care. Offer a hot beverage to volunteers working outside in the cold. Your kindness is sure to be appreciated by people accustomed to giving!Random Acts of Kindness. This can be practiced any time of the year, but the holidays are a perfect time to get started. Encourage your children to look for opportunities to give back randomly and anonymously, and model these acts for them. It could be a simple gesture such as buying a coffee or a fast food meal for the person in line behind you. Often, people who witness this type of giving follow suit.  The holidays are filled with so many gifts. The gift of giving is one gift to truly cherish. It is the only gift that gives back a hundred fold; it is always the right fit. This year, make lasting memories with your family while paying it forward and watch as the real magic of the season unfolds before you.Simone Mets has spent her life connecting with others, whether locally or abroad, and always has her eyes peeled for opportunities to give back. Her ingenuity has served her well in her professional life as an attorney and event planner, and shines throughout her first book, Very Christmas. She is a passionate volunteer, a mentor, and an active member of SCBWI. Mets lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband and two shorthaired ginger tabbies. Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSSimone MetsThe Joy of GivingVery Christmas Previous articleA celebration of birds coming to ApopkaNext articleLittle Hats, Big Hearts Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Emery expects swift Neymar return after stalemate

first_imgPSG did finally create a decent chance shortly after the restart, as Montpellier threw away possession on the edge of their own area and Mbappe curled a tame shot straight at home goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte.The teenager, who will become the world’s second-most expensive player behind Neymar when he completes his permanent transfer from Monaco next year, should have broken the deadlock, but headed wide when unmarked from only a few yards out.Mbappe was starting to make an impact, as he raced through on goal only to scuff his shot and allow the home defence to clear.Striker Edinson Cavani, who missed a penalty last week after an argument with Neymar, had an appeal for a spot-kick waved away after going down in a heap under a potentially goal-saving tackle from defender Pedro Mendes.But last season’s runners-up were left frustrated by Montpellier’s organisation and 5-4-1 formation.Monaco had put the pressure on PSG at the summit as Radamel Falcao took his goal tally for the season to 11 with a brace in a 4-0 thrashing of Lille.The champions were barely made to sweat by their pitiful hosts, whose coach Marcelo Bielsa is now under serious pressure after a six-match winless run. Share on: WhatsApp Unai Emery: Paris Saint-Germain coachParis, France | AFP | Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery said he expects Neymar to return from injury for Tuesday’s Champions League match against Bayern Munich, after his side struggled to a 0-0 draw at Montpellier on Saturday in the Brazilian’s absence.Neymar missed the game after suffering a right foot injury, and PSG duly saw their perfect start to the Ligue 1 season come to an end in their first match without the 25-year-old since his world record move from Barcelona.“We will wait until tomorrow (Sunday) to see about his return,” Emery said.“There are three days left to prepare for the match, but I think that if everything goes normally he will be back.”The capital-city side have seen their early lead at the top of the table cut to one point this weekend after reigning champions Monaco thumped Lille on Friday.Emery wants his men to be able to break down stubborn opposition without their key playmaker.“We need all the players, when a player is missing it’s important to maintain the level and pace,” the Spaniard added, after his side mustered just one shot on target.“Others have had time to play and they’ve helped the team, but we can’t say that the match would have been different with Neymar.“We will play more matches with Neymar this season, but we also need to work (when we’re) without a player.”Rising star Kylian Mbappe had the best of the visitors’ chances at the Stade de la Mosson, but the 18-year-old was profligate in front of goal.Without Neymar pulling the strings, Paris were toothless for the first 45 minutes, with some players perhaps keeping one eye on the Bayern game.last_img read more

Off-duty FWC Officer Shot, Killed in Hendry County

first_imgAccording to the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a call that someone was shot on Sunday morning.When deputies arrived at the scene, they found 30-year-old Julian Keen Jr., who was off duty at the time, dead.Courtesy: Hendry County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook Investigators in a Florida county are questioning three suspects, after a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer (FWC) was found shot to death there. Investigators with the sheriff’s office, along with the assistance of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), are investigating the homicide.“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, members of FWC, friends and community”, said Hendry County Sheriff Steven Whidden. “We will do everything we can to bring about justice to those guilty in his shooting death.”Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (863) 674-0406.last_img read more

Alleged mastermind in carjacking ring granted bail reduction

first_imgThe ex-Policeman who was held in the carjacking probe and placed on $1 million bail was on Thursday granted a bail reduction after he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennanJason Harry, a resident of Monument Hill, at Kuru Kururu on the Linden-Soesdyke Highway, was slapped with five charges of receiving stolen cars.He was granted $200,000 bail on each charge of feloniously or unlawfully obtaining a Toyota motor car.However, a bail reduction application was made by Attorney Dexter Todd. HarryAccused carjacker: Jason Harrywas only required to pay $500,000 in bail.The defendant denied the charges detailing that between August 2017 and February 2018, at Georgetown, he committed the fraudulent acts. Police, however, allege that Harry stole Elizabeth Martin’s $2 million Fielder motor car (HC 6999); Delon Skelky’s Spacio (PVV 9742) valued $2.5 million; Saravety Narine’s Allion (PNN 1871) worth $1.7 million; Samuel Monroe’s Spacio (PMM 7517) worth $2.9 million; and Treshel Powers’ Allion (PVV 6791), valued at $2.3 million.Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore objected to Harry being placed on bail, articulating a fear that Harry, if granted bail, could tamper with another accused who was yet to be found. This objection was, however, overruled.The matter was adjourned until April 18, 2018.Harry was apprehended in February at Monument Hill, Kuru Kururu when A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) ranks swooped down on a property and discovered vehicle parts. Harry, who proclaims himself to be a taxi service owner, had on February 16 denied that, while being armed and in the company of others, he had robbed Phillip King of his Toyota Premio motor car valued $3.2 million, along with other items.Police have disclosed that Harry, when placed on an identification parade after being apprehended, was positively identified by King. Thus, Police believe that their former colleague was part of the carjacking ring.Several persons have so far being charged in connection with these matters.Shawn Archibald and Timothy Waldron have also been accused of carrying out a series of carjackings.Police ranks from the Major Crimes Investigation Unit had swooped down on premises at North Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara and found several car mirrors with plate numbers engraved on them, doors, lights, wipers and other parts for Toyota Allion, Spacio and Premio motor cars. Those premises were occupied by a 29-year-old taxi driver and his 25-year-old wife.last_img read more

BREAKING: Harmon, Greenidge, Gaskin and Roopnaraine resign

first_imgPresident David Granger has accepted the resignations of Minister of State Joseph Harmon; Business Minister Dominic Gaskin; Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge; and Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine as Members of Parliament owing to their status as dual citizens.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge These resignations came in light of mounting pressure from Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and Civil Society who have been calling the governing Ministers to resign in light of the Appeal Court’s Ruling with respect to Dual Citizenship. Harmon is a US citizen while Greenidge, Gaskin and Roopnaraine are all UK citizens.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin See the full statement, issued this morning, from the Ministry of Presidency:The Government of Guyana is committed to the upholding of the Constitution of Guyana and by virtue, the March 22, 2019 ruling of the Court of Appeal on the December 21, 2018 Motion of No Confidence, which was brought against the Government.In this regard, as of Monday, April 1, 2019, His Excellency David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, has received and accepted the resignation of all coalition Members of Parliament who are holders of dual citizenship. These members will not be returning to Parliament therefore, when it reconvenes on April 11, 2019.Minister of State Joseph Harmoncenter_img More details in the Wednesday, April 03, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.Public Service Minister Rupert Roopnarainelast_img read more

Giants’ Smith deserving of closer title

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–The Giants’ reluctance to name a closer suggests the roster remains unsettled and new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is likely considering trading from a surplus of depth in the bullpen.After embracing competition up and down the roster this spring, it didn’t come as much of a surprise when manager Bruce Bochy announced an open battle for the team’s closer job at the beginning of camp.But as they prepared to leave Arizona on Saturday, Bochy still hadn’t named …last_img read more

PIXNOR Bride Bridesmaid Girl’s Rhinestone Decorated Hairband Tiara – Sparkly and beautiful a perfect bridesmaid tiara, hairband.

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Location Scouting Tips: The Whys and Hows of Where

first_imgAside from just finding a place that looks cool, here are some practical concerns you should consider when location scouting.All images via ShutterstockThere tends to be a weird philosophy that location scouting always concerns finding an exotic oasis for your film. Those projects are pretty few and far between. Many locations scouts are just looking for cool office spaces, lobbies, coffee shops, restaurants, and downtown areas that will be pleasing to look at on screen.There’s a reason so many shows use the same locations, like the Quality Cafe, or former famous locations like the 6th Street Viaduct and the recently burned-down Sable Ranch. Those places offer the look the production needs, while also providing all the practical amenities the crew requires.Basic Production Needs: Power, Parking, and PottyThere is one thing you need on every single shoot: Power. You literally can’t operate a camera without a battery. If you are planning on being on location for quite some time, you will want plenty of batteries or a way to charge back up. Be sure to check for access to power — and even if there are a few outlets, that doesn’t necessarily mean you will have enough juice. Take into account everything that needs power, from big things like lights and monitors, down to little things like your cell phone.Image via ShutterstockOne of the next biggest concerns is transportation. From large scale shoots in the wilderness with a transportation bus, down to small shoots where each crew member has to park their own car downtown, you need to find somewhere for everyone to park. Does the location have its own lot, or will you have to use a nearby parking garage? If a parking garage — is it free? If not, what is the rate? You may have to preplan out a guest list or ticket system for the crew, or, worse, break the news that they’ll have to pay (though you really should reimburse them).You also need to provide basic necessities like food and water. So when you’re taking account of where to park vehicles, know that all the gear and supplies must make the trek to the location.Image via ShutterstockAlso, after eating and drinking — you and your crew are going to need somewhere to go when it’s time to go. There are plenty of horror stories out there about crew members not having access to a bathroom. There are even comical oversights, like Waterworld’s set in the middle of nowhere without a bathroom anywhere closer than a boat ride away.But nobody had provided bathrooms on the boats used by the crew or on the set, a 1,000-ton atoll made of steel that is supposed to serve as home for Mr. Costner and the other good guys. So when nature called, the actors and crew had to flag down a boat to take them to a barge near shore that was equipped with portable toilets. — Wall Street JournalCheck for Location Hazards, Risks, Weather, and AnnoyancesImage via ShutterstockWhen talking about on-location hazards, sure, it can mean shooting near a nuclear test site like a John Wayne picture. Realistically, your hazards will be more mundane — but you’ve got to take them seriously. Are there tricky steps in the building? Is there poison ivy nearby? Will there be a clear path to the fire escape with all the cast, crew, and gear inside?There are also small annoyances to take into account. How close is the location to the airport? Will you have to stop shooting every time a plane flies over? You will also want to consider the average weather and temperature for a location based on the time you are shooting. Is there a good chance for non-stop rain? Can you expect to see lots of snow?Location Measurements and Overall Physical StateImage via ShutterstockOnce you think you have a location in mind, you’ll want to know all the specifics of that spot. Remember, this is location scouting, so literally scout and survey the area. What direction is the location facing? Which direction will the cameras face? Make note of the cardinal directions. How much total space is there? If you are shooting in a small coffee shop, make sure you have enough room for the actors, set pieces, camera, and crew. Know the length, width, and height of the area. Take note of the overall existing lighting. Are there any windows or sunroofs that allow natural light? What is the color temperature and output of the existing lighting? Is it a dimly lit blue location, or are there plenty of bright tungsten lights? See if there is room for your own lights. Remember to check the power again. Know the number of outlets and total amps, as well as the location of the breaker box. If there is no power, determine where a power generator would have to go, and make sure to calculate how long cables need to be from the set to the generator.Finally, take a look at the physical state of the building. If you’re shooting in an abandoned warehouse, is the location safe enough to be in? Look for any cracks in the floor, or uneven ground. This may require some apple boxes to level out camera equipment, or if you are running a dolly track – well, good luck evening that out.Check for Permissions and Conflicting EventsImage via ShutterstockIf you’re shooting guerrilla-style, then odds are you are skipping this step. However, it’s something you should really consider. Let’s say you want to shoot a scene in a public park. If there are plenty of pedestrians or random people just out and about, you need to either get a model release signed by everyone there, or you need to post proper signage mentioning that you are filming in the area. Working with a city to clear permission will make things easier on the day of the shoot.You can also verify that the city doesn’t have any scheduled events on or around the day of your shoot. You may plan to shoot a nice quiet park conversation, only to find out the local food truck and music festival has taken over the location. You probably don’t want to shoot right after an event like that either, because odds are there still might be plenty of trash, an empty stage, and remnants of what was once grass all throughout the park.Find these tips helpful? Have any other advice to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

16 days agoAgent of Real Madrid midfielder Valverde: He can play with Pogba

first_imgAgent of Real Madrid midfielder Valverde: He can play with Pogbaby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde can see him playing with Paul Pogba in the future.It’s been suggested Valverde’s emergence will see Real drop their interest in the Manchester United star.”Pogba is a fantastic player. In the future they can play together, but you have to be careful,” agent Gerardo Rabajda told Radio Marca.”The future is promising but Fede must keep his feet on the ground. He knows he got this chance but he has to stay calm and keep growing. He has proved on the pitch that he has status. He knows when to talk and when to be quiet. We are talking about a future Ballon d’Or winner.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Tom Izzo Pulled Away From Yelling At Referee While Michigan State Struggles With Oakland

first_imgA closeup of Michigan State Spartans coach Tom Izzo.ST LOUIS, MO – MARCH 18: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts in the second half against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 18, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Michigan State is playing its first game without player of the year candidate Denzel Valentine, and things could be going better. The Spartans lead Oakland 80-78, but the game has been a struggle. Tom Izzo has had an interesting night as well. He has loudly disagreed with a few calls, and at one point, actually had to be pulled away from one referee.Tom Izzo is about to loose his mind after Bryn Forbes got fouled then called for a technical. What did he do? Fist pump?— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilson247) December 23, 2015Tom Izzo restrained from the official. Oakland tech shots to tie here…— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) December 23, 2015Izzo for President! #POTUS #SpartanNation— Dana (@DanaMonstah) December 23, 2015IZZO MAD— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) December 23, 2015There is less than a minute left in the game, which is live on ESPNU. We may have a great finish on our hands, involving the nation’s No. 1 team.last_img read more