Board Games Vs. Bored Games

Board Games Vs. Bored GamesHere’s the first thing you can expect to hear when most moms and dads pull out the ol’ Monopoly board for the first time…•Oh no!”•GROAN!”•Do we HAVE to?!”Between video games, cell phones, and our favourite TV shows, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to convince the family that, hey, spending time together can actually be kind of fun! Board games don’t let you blow space aliens to Kingdom Come, they don’t let you download the hottest new music ...
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Foster Care Or Adoption?

Foster Care Or Adoption?Adoption and foster care are two very different things. The variations between the two are small to large. When the visits to the home beforehand are through, the social worker is finished and not a necessity anymore. The adoption will be final and the child yours. It will be you and you alone deciding things. When it is time to take them to the doctor, it is you who chooses the treatments. The countless number of issues is yours to decide with no one to be looking at you every step of the way. ...
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The First Thing On Your To Do List

The First Thing On Your To Do ListMake out your Advance Directives. It is better to plan in advance then to rely on fantasies of how we think others would react to making decisions for us. Others may make decisions that may be in their own best interest not yours. Unplanned events sometimes occur in our lives that may take away the opportunity for us to make our own decisions. Why burden others with expense and timely legal problems. A living will allows you to document your wishes concerning medical treatment when you are ...
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Where Else Would You Take the Family for St. Patrick's Day?

Where Else Would You Take the Family for St. Patrick's Day?Dia dhuit, hello! •The road from Chicago to Ireland is marked in green,” they say, and the annual dying of the Chicago River emerald green is described as •right up there with the parting of the sea by Moses and the Pyramids of Egypt.” Well, what’s a little blarney, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. And how is this different from the normal murky green of the River? •The difference,” the official Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade website says, •is both ...
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Dying from the Celtic perspective

Dying from the Celtic perspectiveDeath to the Celts has always been looked on as completion of the circle of life, this circle is illustrated in Celtic crosses within in Celtic artwork, it is shown by the three connected spirals, as displayed in 5000 year old tomb at Newgrange in Ireland. symbolising birth, life, death. The Celtic world has always been fascinated by circles and they are constantly present in Irish myths and legends. Time was circular, rather than linear, winter gave way to spring, and the cycle began again. ...
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Lessons from a Dying Friend

Lessons from a Dying FriendOften, I'd asked the question as to how I would react when my 'Max' would pass away. He was our mainstay, our original family pet. Not only a dog, but one of my 'surrogate children' as well. We'd brought him home 9 years ago and I still recall the small, white sack of wrinkles chasing my son's shoe laces about the house. A guard dog to the end, he'd never permitted strangers from entering my domain and he was probably the most faithful dog I'd ever met. There were times when my other ...
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Dying

Dying Dying: A Family Rite of Passage by Maggie Vlazny, MSW When my mother lost her father it was sad, but not unexpected. He was 80 years old, had had that lingering kind of cancer that old men often get, and there was plenty of time to prepare for his death. Not that any of us ever acknowledged his demise or named the dread disease he lived with for so long. Until the day he died he spoke of getting well, would not reveal his feelings or let us tell him ours, and we all aided and abetted his ...
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