19 April 2018

Book Review: PowerPoint Basics In 30 Minutes: How to make effective PowerPoint presentations using a PC, Mac, PowerPoint Online, or the PowerPoint app by Angela Rose

PowerPoint Basics In 30 Minutes: How to make effective PowerPoint presentations using a PC, Mac, PowerPoint Online, or the PowerPoint app by Angela Rose

Our kids hate it when we say, “It is what it is.” In this case, that phrase works. The name says it all, BASICs. PowerPoint Basics In 30 Minutes: How to make effective PowerPoint presentations using a PC, Mac, PowerPoint Online, or the PowerPoint app by Angela Rose is really designed for the person who is somewhat computer savvy, but just does not have much experience with PowerPoint.

The author assumes the reader knows some basic concepts like how to drag a file.

This book is well-written and has some basic illustrations. Some less experienced Office users may find themselves still confused once they read the book. However, once they sit down at the computer and actually follow the steps, most readers will find that they actually can make a basic PowerPoint presentation.

We use PowerPoint all the time. We have found it to be a great tool for editing videos as well as making slide presentations. It also makes a pretty good photo editor.

We give PowerPoint Basics all five stars with the caveat that the reader should be a little familiar with Microsoft Office before they use this book to learn PowerPoint.

Good luck with your presentations.

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Book Review: Texit: Why and How Texas Will Leave the Union by Daniel Miller

Texit : Why and How Texas Will Leave the Union by Daniel Miller

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,  

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

By now you know that, just like the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America says, it has become necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which connect us to the United States of America.

We just finished reading a media copy of the book Texit: Why and How Texas Will Leave the Union by Daniel Miller. This book will be available 21 April 2018.

We have to say that Miller answers most, if not all, of the questions we had regarding what will happen when we Texans decide to vote to leave the union of states. Not “IF”, “WHEN”.

Texit is very well-written and very well-researched. Miller is right there in the middle of the debate and has heard the inevitable questions that one asks themselves regarding Texit and how it will work.

No matter which side, if either, of the issue of Texit one falls on, they owe it to themselves to read this book to learn more about what is going on in Texas.

Texit is easy to read and well thought out. It is a good source for talking points and answers a lot of the questions of why?

Most Texans would love to have the Ten Commandments back on the court house grounds. We could put them back after a Texit.

We were told we had to allow TSA agents to pat us down and take liberties no one should take with any other person. We actually proposed a law here in Texas that made it illegal for strip searches and pat downs by TSA. The U. S. government then informed us there would be no flights into or out of Texas if that law were passed. I am really surprised we didn’t pass it anyway.

There are so many reasons for Texas to leave the union and no good reasons to stay. No matter what you believe on the issue of Texit, you need to buy yourself a copy of Texit.

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18 April 2018

Book Review: Thriving in the Gig Economy by Marion McGovern

Thriving in the Gig Economy by Marion McGovern

If you work on your own, or are thinking about striking out into the world of self-employment, even if just on a part-time basis, you need to read Thriving in the Gig Economy by Marion McGovern.

Once upon a time when a person said, “I am a consultant” or “I freelance”, that really meant “I am out of work with no hope of finding a job.”

This is not true in our new economy. The author explains how this world has evolved and some of the possible changes that might be made in the future based upon changes in the political environment.

We give Thriving in the Gig Economy all five stars. This book is very well-written. The author has years of experiences dating back to before there was such a term as “gig”.

Everyone who intends to earn enough money to make ends meet in the future should seriously think about the gig economy. This book will help you to know more about it.


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Wednesday Hodgepodge


The Questions and the Answers
  1. Three things on your spring bucket list? If you don't have an actual list that's fine, pretend you do.
Ok, here are three things from my pretend bucket list:

Take the ultimate spring wildflower photograph for National Geographic and/or Texas Highways magazines. This would be just totally awesome, but is third in this list of priorities.

Move way out into the boonies and have a very prolific garden. This one would be the best for my health overall.

Find my maternal-maternal-maternal 2nd great-grandmother’s maiden name. She had three daughters that survived to adulthood. I’ve never seen the obituary for the middle girl, and the obituaries of the older and younger daughters have different maiden names listed for this grandmother. This has been on my list the longest.
  1. Where do you find rest? What restores your soul? When was the last time you did whatever it was you answered here?
There are two places that are usually restful for me, at least mentally. One is my bird watching spot between the carport and the patio. A cemetery is the other place. The last time I sat in my bird watching spot was yesterday evening, though it wasn’t for as long as I would have liked. I can’t remember the last time I had a leisurely stroll through a cemetery. Connecting with the ancestors, feeling like I’m in a huge family hug, is very restful for me mentally and emotionally.
  1. April is National Celery Month. Who knew? Do you like celery? What's your favorite dish made with celery? On a veggie and dip platter which would you reach for first-carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumbers or cherry tomatoes?
I like all of the veggies named. I think my granny’s dressing had celery in it, so I’ll pick that as my favorite dish made with celery. On the veggie platter, I would likely go for the tomatoes first.
  1. I read here eight things to do before 8 am to make your day less hectic-Start one load of laundry, drink water, empty the dishwasher, read your Bible, know what you're having for dinner, get dressed, brain dump (two lists-one what you're thankful for and one what's weighing on your mind), and after the brain dump make your to-list for the day
How many of these are you currently doing? Which one do you think would help the most if you added it to your early morning routine?

I don’t have a dishwasher, so I can strike that one off the list. I put drinking water off as long as possible, so strike that one, too. The last few days I’ve gotten my Bible read before 6am and the same for a load of laundry. I know what we’re having for dinner, and I’m as dressed as I plan to be for the day.

So, I guess that leaves a thankful list, weighing on my mind list, and to-do list (which generally becomes a didn’t get done list!). Add the daily thankful list would probably be the most beneficial.
  1. Describe the view from your window.
I see the patio, with food & water platforms and feeders for the birds. The squirrels enjoy the bounty, too.
  1. Insert your own random thought here.
Twenty-five years ago started the worst three months of my life. My precious grandma passed away, alone in a nursing home, 18 April 1993. I was supposed to visit with her that morning, but had stayed up all night doing laundry and chatting with a neighbor. I was too tired to go visit Grandma, 45 miles away. I remember my aunt’s phone call like it was yesterday. I was in the kitchen stirring spaghetti. Three months and three days later, our baby Dorian went to Heaven to be with Grandma. Those three months seem forever ago, a lifetime ago, but like yesterday. Folks say time heals all wounds. I think those folks have never lost a loved one. But, I know that I will see them and hold them again someday. They are safe and no hurt can ever touch them again. Who could I possibly ever choose as a better babysitter than Jesus and Grandma?


Have a blessed day, y’all!





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17 April 2018

Press Release: Best Friends Overcome Parental Criticism and Chase Their Dreams

Best Friends Overcome Parental Criticism and Chase Their Dreams
 Author Sabrina Depina Graham shares the power of friendship and following one’s heart

DALLAS (March 12, 2018) – As adults, we expect to encounter obstacles and struggles on the way to fulfilling our goals. Unfortunately, as children are beginning to form their own visions for their future, they may not account for unexpected hindrances. Children’s author Sabrina Depina Graham introduces youngsters to this challenge with “Breanna & Amber: Help Each Other Achieve Their Dreams.”

“Breanna & Amber” introduces readers to two determined dreamers. Breanna is a talented dancer, singer and actress. Amber, wants to become an Olympic athlete. Neither girl has the support of their families as they pursue their passions. With the help of a lovable pet named Bunny, the girls set out on a quest to accomplish their ambitions and convince their parents to endorse their goals. 

“I wrote Breanna & Amber to let children know that there is nothing more important than having a dream and dedicating yourself to this idea” Graham said. “These two ambitious girls are not looking for their Romeo, but something bigger and more fulfilling in life. Their dream is to the best versions of themselves, so they can accomplish all they set out to do”

Breanna & Amber is an inspirational children’s book that encourages kids to believe in themselves, never give up and to always chase after their aspirations. Graham features life-long lessons, making it a must-read for kids of all ages.

“Breanna & Amber: Help Each Other Achieve Their Dreams”
By Sabrina Depina Graham
ISBN: 9781453500439 (hardcover), 9781453500422 (softcover), 9781453500446 (e-book)
Available at  Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Xlibris

About the author
After earning her master’s in elementary education, Sabrina Depina Graham went on to become a teacher for 10 years. She has also performed in several off-Broadway productions in New York City. Graham is married to her husband, Dr. Andre Graham. Together they have four children.


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15 April 2018

Guest Post: Do's & Don't of Online Safety: Are You Unintentionally Putting Your Child at Risk?

Do’s & Don’ts of Online Safety: Are You Unintentionally Putting Your Child At Risk?

We all want our kids to stay safe online but with new technology emerging daily, it can be a bit difficult to know when you may unintentionally be putting your child in harm’s way. The dangers of online predators are growing; according to the FBI, “online predators are everywhere online” (Kempf, 2012).
I’m going to let you in on a secret.  Here are some of the most common mistakes parents make online that put their kids at risk  and tips for how to avoid them.
Take a moment to learn from these mistakes, and discover some new tips about how you can proactively play a role in your kid’s internet safety.

Mistake #1: Posting Pictures of Your Child Online

This is one of the top mistakes parents make (and can be even more harmful if made in combination with other mistakes on the list). “Posting photos of your kids creates a digital footprinta kind of electronic paper trailthat forms their identities in a world they haven’t chosen to enter” (Common Sense Media, n.d.). Even if your child is older and has already established an online identity, it could still pose a threat.

Mistake #2: Disclosing Identifying Information

Posting information about your child and yourself online can leave you vulnerable to identity theft. Ensure that you are careful what personal information you choose to disclose; “A thief could piece together what might appear to be random bits of disparate information and use it to impersonate your child” (Hardy, n.d.). Even using your child’s real name could create vulnerability, so it may be wise to think about choosing a nickname for your child to use online.

Mistake #3: Not Adjusting Privacy Settings

Many social media sites offer privacy settings for the primary reason of keeping their users safe. Check out your accounts to ensure that only people you know and trust can see the information you post to the web. Some platforms, such as Facebook, even allow you to create specific groups within your privacy settings. This expands your options on who can see what your posting.

Mistake #4: Leaving Location Settings On

Did you know that on some social media sites such as Instagram may be sharing your location with strangers as well when you share a post? If you leave your location settings on, there’s a location tag and you can hit it and the majority of people add their photos at home so you can pretty much guess where they live (Carty, 2015). Before making any more posts on social media, you may want to make sure you turn off your location first, which can usually be found under the account settings option of any platform you’re using.

Mistake #5: Expressing Feelings of Vulnerability Online

Experts agree online behaviors that give, “an appearance of vulnerability-sadness, loneliness or anger-could invite unwanted contact from strangers” (Hardy, n.d.). You may want to refrain from revealing too much personal information about your child and family’s emotional state online. Avoid the risk of your child being contacted by online predators by using personal family information.

Mistake #6: Choosing a Simple Password

To avoid hackers, try to keep your passwords as complex as possible by avoiding including personal information and complete words. “One of the most basic hacker tactics is known as a ‘dictionary attack,’ where an automated program will attempt the words of the dictionary” (Hardy, n.d.). Get creative with your password by combining multiple words as well as adding numbers and special characters. Keeping your passwords secure will keep your kids safe and keep strangers away from your account, which may contain photos and other personal information about your child that you have only chosen to share with a limited number of people.
With the right privacy settings and knowledge of online safety, it is possible to share photos and experiences of your children with family and friends. If you’re ever unsure about whether an online action may be unsafe, always err on the side of caution and don’t follow through.
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