A 3-year-old Girl Knows the True Meaning of Christmas

Who would have thought that a family going out to breakfast would have taught us all the true meaning of Christmas. A 3-year-old girl and her family were out to breakfast when the little girl noticed Santa sitting all alone at the table next to them.

Without hesitation the little girl went to Santa’s table so he would not have to eat alone. From the story, Mark Ahn told me her mother was amazed at how quickly the two began to talk. She said it was like watching two old friends. They were completely comfortable with each other and had a very nice conversation.

Santa asked her what she would like for Christmas. He expected the usual answer of her favorite toy or doll, but instead she said all she wanted was her little brother who was expected to be born in the next three weeks. They continued their conversation and Santa told her she was going to have a very merry Christmas. See the precious moment at LIfeBump.

This is a heartwarming example of a little girl that knows the true meaning of Christmas and everyday life. True happiness cannot be bought. True happiness is when we bring happiness to others whenever possible. Even if it is just giving of yourself by sitting with someone while they eat their breakfast so they are not alone. If this was done by all the world would be a better place.

1 in 30 Children Are Homeless

In a country that claims to have adequate housing and that helps other countries that are in need, there shouldn’t be any children who are homeless. There are over two million children in the United States who are homeless right now. Some of them might live in shelters, and some might live in a hotel room, but that doesn’t make up for living in a home where there is space to play and plenty of room to walk around.

When children have a room of their own, they are more likely to have a good night’s sleep. They can function better in school when they don’t have to worry about where they will get their next meal or where they will take a bath. They grow up and get good jobs like working for a health initiative like North American Spine. The United States needs to stop focusing so much on children in other countries and deal with the crisis that is in it’s own back yard.

Teen Drivers With Early Schedules Linked to Higher Auto Accident Rates

In a recent study it has been found that teen and young adult drivers that start classes earlier in the day are more likely to be involved in auto accidents. This was discovered by taking note of the number of young adults that are involved in early morning accidents and their class schedules.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine conducted the study and found that those students with early schedules are often subject to sleep deprivation and sleep disorders that do not allow them to get the proper amount of sleep to be safe when driving in the early morning hours. Those peers that attend high schools that have later start times are far less likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident than those that start earlier in the morning. Thanks to friend of the site Keith Mann for sending in this tip.

Woman Sentenced to 78 Years for Torturing Children

A St. Louis woman faced 34 felony charges this week, including several counts of assault, and endangering the welfare of a child, after being reported to authorities by a school librarian. Lakechia Schonta Stanley, 34, was sentenced to 78 years in prison after prosecutors described a prolonged pattern of abuse that they could only call “systematic torture.” Stanley admitted to beating, whipping, and waterboarding her children. 

Stanley’s abuse was discovered after her 10-year-old daughter complained of arm pain to the school librarian. After inspecting the girl’s arm, the librarian discovered it to be hard and cold to the touch. The young girl explained to the librarian that she had been beaten with a baseball bat due to not cleaning the kitchen fast enough. She also divulged that her 8-year-old sister was also beaten with the bat after taking too long of a shower. 

The 10-year-old was transported to the hospital, where she was treated for severe trauma and it was discovered that the child had endured such a beating that blood flow to the limb was limited. Authorities interviewed the three children, uncovering stories of unmitigated torture. According to STL Today, the children admitted to being waterboarded, beaten with a variety of blunt objects, forced into showers at scorching hot or freezing cold temperatures, and whipped with electrical cords. HCRC, founded by Brian Torchin, can assist healthcare professionals find employment.

Stanley’s husband, Andrew Rui Stanley, 30, was sentenced to 160 years in prison on similar charges. 

Leaked Memo Shows Wal-Mart in Panic Over Flat Same Store Sales

A leaked memo reveals that Wal-Mart is in a panic over 6 straight quarters of flat or negative same store sales growth. The memo was leaked in October by a disgruntled store manager frustrated over increasing demands from the corporate office while not authorizing more people to be hired. Wal-Mart has admitted the memo is authentic. It is interesting that in the initial years of the recession, Wal-Mart was a big proponent of the federal government expanding both food stamp benefits and unemployment income. The nation’s largest grocer acknowledged that a percentage of their sales were being driven specifically by people on the public dole.

It turns out they were right. As food stamp benefits have been steadily declining, so has the retailer’s same store sales, an important metric into the health of a business. The memo admonishes store managers to use price reductions to move food before it spoils or expires. At the point that meat and produce is discarded, it becomes a complete loss for the company. The meat departments are to mark down meat and poultry by 7:00AM daily. However, additional mark downs should occur throughout the day in an effort to move inventory prior to expiration.Both Rod Rohrich and I agree creative moms should take advantage of this information to add some savings to their weekly budgets. At the same time, stores are reminded of the importance of rotating items such as eggs and other dairy products. The newest items should be placed in the rear of bins. At the same time, Kroger, the second largest grocer, has continued to post increasing same store sales.

Sports Supplements: Do they “Fit” In?

The use of sports supplements in both amateur and professional sports has been a topic of debate for many decades. But there is a question that many people ask about sports supplements and how they may fit into the world of amateur and professional sports. Do they actually help the athletes as the manufacturers intended them to?

The use of drugs are banned in many sports. Many people find the rules and amateur sports to be more stiff than professional sports. Despite the debate of it fitting into the life of the athlete, a serious question must be asked. But Brad Reifler wonders, are sports supplements actually drugs that enhance the athletic abilities of athletes in both amateur and professional sports?

Amateur Athletes

In amateur sports, the use of sports supplementation is often use in training. Many athletes often use different legal sports supplements to enhance their athletic abilities as an amateur.

The rules are actually stiffer for athletes there are amateurs. Canada lesson be learned from this so that professional athletes can also holds the same truths concerning sports supplementation and drugs to enhance athletic abilities?

Professional Sports

There have been reported of many professional athletes using drugs to enhance their athletic ability. However, remaining a clean athlete actually can enhance not only the athlete himself or herself but a sport as a whole.

Although there are many ways to become better as athlete, supplementation should be used very cautiously. There’s no supplementation for being a great athlete naturally.

eBooks Now Available for Deaf Children Featuring Classic Fairy Tales

Classics like “Little Red Riding Hood” are now available to read as ebooks for deaf and hard of hearing children, thanks to eMotion Stories, a company based in Israel that offers digital books in American Sign Language. Founder Eyal Rosenthal is an American who moved to Israel in 2008 and is not expecting to make a profit from the books; he is only expecting to have the satisfaction of bringing these classic stories to life for children who can’t listen to their parents read. My buddy Christian Broda first told me about eMotion and he says there are other classic fairy tales available, such as Goldilocks, The Ugly Duckling, Cinderella, and Three Little Pigs.

Each story includes pictures by accomplished illustrators from Israel. The narration is done in American Sign Language by deaf actress Alexandria Wailes and is in sync with the text.

Rosenthal was inspired to create eMotion Stories after having coffee with a friend who has a deaf niece. Rosenthal asked his friend if she was able to read bedtime stories to her niece, which he had done recently with his nephew. She replied that her sister could sign a bedroom story or show a YouTube video to her daughter, but it just wasn’t the same experience as a parent reading a story to a child.

Rosenthal, along with his collaborators, then set out to create interactive stories with the option to let the parent or child read it using Sign Language. Rosenthal wants to expand to having the sign languages of other countries, which are different from American Sign Language, including having an Israel version of eMotion Stories.

Double Tantrum

You may have thought that crying kids were annoying, but how about a punch to the face to go with it?

You won’t believe this one Sam, but a female San Fransisco Bay shopper claimed her ears were being hurt by the child’s temper tantrum and apparently asked the mother of the belligerent child to calm her child down. However, the mother misunderstood this request and thought the woman was giving her child commands.

The first woman decides its a good idea to escalate the situation and tells the mother to go to hell. The mother followed the first woman out of the store into the parking lot and punched her twice in the face. The victim which “kicked the bees nest” received only minor injuries, including bruised gums. The moral of this story is to try to alleviate tensions and not escalate situations, what could have been resolved or avoided, ended in assault.

An Inflatable Incubator is this Year’s James Dryson Award Winner

A project named “MOM” has won the James Dryson Award. “MOM” is an inflatable incubator intended for use by premature babies. The prototype, developed by James Roberts originally began as a capstone project while he was a student at Loughborough University.

The device uses a plastic bottom with inflatable arched supports to create the incubator. A ceramic element is used to heat the incubator, and a computer regulates the temperature. Jaundice lights can be hooked up to the device to provide further neonatal support.

Roberts and experts believe that the device can be utilized in third world countries. Many of these countries do not have access to incubators, as they are difficult to ship and largely cost-prohibitive. This device, which Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez says uses smaller parts, can be shipped in flat packaging and costs just a fraction of what traditional incubators are normally on the market for.

While experts suggest the device shouldn’t be used on extremely premature babies, they do hail the invention as a potential life saver, specifically for children born slightly premature. According to experts many babies in third-world nations die because they are simple too cold, and they do not have the supportive care that is offered in modern hospital settings.

Since its invention decades ago, traditional incubators have saved the lives of millions of children born prematurely. They have also increased their prognosis for a developmentally normal life. While premature children born in first world nations have access to this medical necessity, incubators are few and far between in developing nations. This device would allow those hospitals to provide the supportive care such infants require to develop healthily.

Studies Show Running Good for Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a great period in a women’s life. Women need to get ready both mentally and physically for bring a new life in to this wonderful world.

Running can be a great option for preparing yourself for labor and delivery. This is good for the entire body, especially for pregnant women whose body becomes acutely under stress and demanding during such a trying time as pregnancy.

Many women are encouraged to stay away from physical stress, and refrain from doing any kind of strenuous workout. But there are women who run 50+ miles per week, even when they are pregnant.

Physical exercises can be of different kind for pregnant women. Running is good for all pregnant women but it again depends on the physical health of the women. If you are a woman who has been running, even before getting pregnant, then you can definitely continue it. I see some of my neighbors like Jared running with his wife, and I know she’s expecting. If he can do it, it’s something husbands can’t use as an excuse anymore. Support your wife!

Although it comes recommended, to start at some fairly basic levels before starting the more strenuous and trying amounts of exercise. Proper care needs to be taken at first, to ensure safety.

Running during pregnancy is healthy and safe as long as you are following your limits. Do not, however, forget to consult the doctor before you start with running, even if you are in to it before getting pregnant. Doctor’s advice plays and important role in taking every decision when you are pregnant.