Archive for May 21, 2013

~Don’t Forget Your Directions!!!~

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In today’s age, directions are easy to find. Even better, you can get them from a myriad of sources. That being said.. Just this week, I was stopped downtown by an elderly woman. She was a white woman in one of the worst areas she could be lost in. (Before people have a shit fit, I’m only going by most recent news reports and murder and crime statistics in THAT area…so relax.) She was shaking, and very distraught. After learning she was lost, and trying to get to her doctor’s office, I offered to help. I told her I’d gladly take her where she was going, as it was sort of on the way to where the kids & I were going. After driving 20 miles per hour for what should have been a quick little trip, I got her parked in the office lot. She was relaxed now, and full of thanks. I wrote her directions for the trip back home, and hoped that she’d use them.

This may seem like such a simple thing for some, but many elderly people who missed the technology boom may not know how to use anything other than an “old fashioned” standard map. And with so much road construction, road name changes, and other INDOT and improvements…things on that “standard map” may have changed.

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The great part is that many online places do offer free driving directions, and many times even printable maps. They are often customizable, and sometimes you can save your most commonly used directions. How can you help with this, you wonder? By simply asking and making sure that your loved ones always know where they are going, and never end up like the lady from above. If the wrong person would stumble across an elderly person who is lost, there could be an instant disadvantage, or serious trouble.

Here are some of the free online sites to get driving directions!!! Check them out for your next trip, or scenic country drive!!

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Bing Maps-  http://www.bing.com/maps/

Map Quest –  www.mapquest.com/?le=t&saddr=&flv=1&vs=directions

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Maps.com- www.maps.com

Yahoo Maps & Driving Directions- http://maps.yahoo.com/

Volunteering: ~Herbie’s Memorial Garden~

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There are many ways that you could assist your elderly loved ones. Whether that’s helping after surgery, offering to clean their house, or take care of their yard… Taking them to the grocery, shopping, or seeing that their automobiles are in tip-top shape. Anything you offer, and do, will be greatly appreciated by your loved one. (And the good will spread back to you, too!!)

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Recently, my Grandpa passed away from cancer. My Grandma asked that my husband & I assist in creating a private, front yard sitting area for her, in memory of Herbie. We were all over this project–as my husband and I met years ago in a nursery & landscaping store… 

My Grandpa was the man on the porch, literally. When we went to design the project, my husband pulled up google earth, and pulled up the front of their house. Wouldn’t you know, after a year, he was still sitting on that patio. Waving at all the passer-by’s.

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It was a pretty big project, but that’s our favorite kind. I loved that while searching for tools we forgot to bring in the garage….I stumbled across my Grandpa’s “secrets” from years before. My old hunting bow that he helped me perfect my bow & arrow hunting methods with. From a treehouse in the backyard, aimed straight for the woods. A pile of old Winston wrappers…from his times of “secret smoking” in the garage. Not really secret, we all knew….but he was sure my Grandma didn’t!! I remember walking outside to the garage, and him waving me in quickly with one hand, while hiding the smoke rising out of his other. “Hey Jen,” in his heavy southern accent. “come on in here now & don’t let yer Grandma see us for a minute here.” The fishing rods lining the walls, and all our boat trips, fishing trips, and outdoor excitement.

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I’m very happy that I was still able to do this for them. My only wish is that my life’s obligations didn’t make it more possible for my kids to get to know him as I knew him when he was here with us. Of course I’ll be teaching them everything he ever taught me, and they’ll know what an awesome man he was!! 

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“Phoenix Rising” Rocks!!

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Recently I had to take a break from my blogging to publish a book!! My publication company, GoodTimes Publications, just published it’s first novel!!! It’s been a very exciting few months around here, and working with Skye Falcon has been fabulous!!  Phoenix Rising is her first published novel, but not her first publication. This is the first book in the Probed Saga triology. We’ll be swinging into our first marketing push soon, so please check this book out!! It’s available on Amazon.com for Kindle, and Barnes&Noble.com for Nook. Paperback is also available on Amazon.

Here’s a small part of our interview with Skye Falcon on her book, Phoenix Rising.

ECR: “When did you begin writing this story?”

Skye: “It was actually more than 10 years ago, for one of my AP high school English classes… I may have had a bit of “senior-itis,” and my super nice teacher said that if I wrote him the start of a story, he’d give me my A. I earned that A…”

ECR: “How do you develop your characters?”

Skye: “My villains are always based off of people’s personalities I’ve had issue with over the years, but no specific person, or event. My main characters often have personal growth, of some sort. And lust…and love. I Love, Love. (chuckles, and smiles) I dream vividly, and many times I’ll remember just enough of something to run with…”