Showing posts from February, 2016

Kids: You can change the world one step at a time by RECYCLING

Kids, are you looking for a way to make a difference? Do you want to change the world, but you think you are too young or too busy? Well, you can make a difference in your home, your community, your state, your country, and the world by recycling. How?
Recycling is just reusing something that would otherwise be thrown away. If you live in a city that promotes recycling, you probably see recycling bins everywhere. Recycling bins make it easy to separate plastic, paper, aluminum cans, glass, magazines, newspapers, food, and other products. According to Duke University's Center for Sustainability and Commerce, 4.3 pounds of waste--garbage--is created each day by every person in the United States. Wow! That's over 220 million tons of things we throw away each year, and over half of that goes into landfills. (Landfills are places where trash is dumped, burned or allowed to deteriorate and eek into our environment) 
So how can you help? The biggest thing you can do is THINK before …

Kids: You can change the world one step at a time with COMPASSION

Kids, you have the power to change the world one step at a time. But there is more that you can do besides being kind. You can be compassionate. Compassion and kindness go hand in hand, and together they are a powerful force that can help you start to make a difference. What is compassion?
Compassion is caring for others. Similar words for compassion are love, tenderness, mercy, and sympathy. You have probably heard your parents, your teachers, your ministers, and even news commentators use one of these words in their daily conversations. However, compassion has a deeper meaning than love, tenderness, mercy, or even sympathy. It goes beyond just feeling sorry for what someone else is going through. 
For instance, when you see a friend fall down on the playground and skin his knee, you first instinct is to say, "Ouch! That hurts." 
That's a sign of sympathy for what happened. Now, if you are compassionate, seeing your friend not only makes you feel bad, but it makes you …

New Series for Kids: You can change the world one step at a time.

Kids, today you are bombarded by the world's problems. Climate change, pollution, war, hunger, and disease are common, and there is no escaping the news.  But, like I have said before--"You are our future" and you have the power to change the world one kid, one idea, one goal, one simple act, and one step at a time. You can make a difference, and our world needs you to make a difference.
This new series will outline one way each week that can help you take action no matter how old or young you are. Your willingness to make this a better place to live by protecting the environment, the animals, and the people can and will make a difference.
Today's one step toward a better world is the simple act of kindness. Kindness is a quality that many adults have forgotten. It includes friendliness, generosity, consideration, and forgiveness. It is interesting to me, at least, that a 2015 poll by NBC found that adults believe kids are a lot less kind than they were ten or fifte…

Kids: Have you read "After" by Barbara Ehrentreu? Why not?

After is a story about how one phone call can change your life.  Fifteen-year-old, Lauren Walstein is like every other teenager. She goes to school, spends time with her best friend since kindergarten, Joey, loves the Mets, and is working toward a softball scholarship. Then she gets the phone call that changes her life!
Her father has a sudden heat attack and undergoes bypass surgery. Now, her father's illness impacts everything around her. Plus, her best friend is dating her worst enemy, Amber. To make matters worse, Lauren is beginning to have feelings for Joey that are more than friendly. Is he feeling the same, or is he there just to comfort her? Will she lose her father? Will Joey see he is becoming more than a friend? You need to read this book! It's available at all ebook retailers including:Amazon
Barnes and Noble
If you're not convinced yet, here is an excerpt the author wanted to share.
Chapter One

The phone rang as the ball left the pitcher’s glove and I glan…