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Kids (and Pets) in Hot Cars- The Preventable Tragedy

A very important reminder! Don’t leave kids or pets in cars, please!

Rumpydog

Today is Heat Stroke Prevention Day. It’s designed to remind people of the danger of leaving children in cars.

I know, we talk this subject to death. And yet death is the result for 19 kids so far this year. The adults responsible include a hospital CEO and a foster father. And who knows HOW many animals have died?

As I've said before, Rumpy loves to lie out in the hot sun. I stay out with him and make him come in after a few minutes. As I’ve said before, Rumpy loves to lie out in the hot sun. I stay out with him and make him come in after a few minutes.

So why DO people leave kids in cars?

A study of the phenomenon found that: 

51% – child “forgotten” by caregiver

29% – child playing in unattended vehicle

18% – child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (yes, they knew what they were doing, but didn’t think anything would happen)

1% – circumstances unknown

With animals, it’s almost always an intentional choice.

I, personally…

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Free e-book e-book

Free download of a book to help publish e-books. Might be useful. At least it’s free.

J. Giambrone

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There’s an offer through BookBaby. Free download. 

Let me know how it works out.

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Putting things off

On the radio morning show this morning, they did a phone survey asking what things you’ve been meaning to do/need to do but have been putting off. That got me thinking, and I was a bit surprised by how many things there are:

I’ve slipped a little on my daily word count goal. But that’s not really putting off.

I’d been putting off getting a new car, but I took care of that over the weekend.

I’ve been intending to get out and socialize more, but had been putting it off (one reason being the beat-up old car I’d been using).

I’ve been intending to start going to church again, but have been putting that off, too.

I’ve been intending to get new glasses but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

My hair could probably use a trim, but I’ve been putting it off because I’ve been thinking of growing it out.

I have a group of short stories I’ve been thinking of compiling together and putting out on Amazon, but haven’t done it yet.

Going through clothes in my closet.

Sorting through the stuff I took out of my old car before I traded it in.

Exercising.

 

 

So, what sort of things have you been putting off doing lately?

 

 


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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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Wow! Another award! Thank you very much to Grady P. Brown for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award nomination. I am very honored.

 

The rules are:

1.) The nominee shall display the Very Inspiring Blogger Award logo on his/her blog they got nominated from.

2.) The nominee shall nominate fifteen (15) bloggers he/she admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about it.

3.) Write three things that inspired you the most this week.

 

 

My nominations:

1. Top of JC’s Mind

2.fabricating fiction

3.Miss Lou Acquiring Lore

4.fisticuffsandshenanigans

5.Mindful Digressions

6.Katzenworld

7.Bdhesse

8.Eric Conover

9.writingfordesire

10.Phoenix-The Rebirth of My Life

11.lindaghill

12.trying to make things right

13.Rumpydog

14.J. Giambrone

15.Project Light to Life

 

Three things that inspired me this week:

1. Getting my “new” vehicle.  (After making this big change, maybe I can start making some more changes)

2. The beautiful weather all week.

3. The gorgeous sunrise this morning


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Dragon Advice – One-liner Wednesday

“Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.”

(not sure of the origin, but I’ve seen in on t-shirts and bumper stickers for years. it may be a derivative of a Tolkien quote, though.)

 

 

 

 

This post is part of One-liner Wednesday:

http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/one-liner-wednesday-april-13-2004/


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The story of my life lately

 

 

Ah, yeah. Seems like that’s been my life lately: a victim of procrastination again.  Hope to fix it soon.  Didn’t make my word count goal today. Only made it about halfway.

 


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Benefit of Writing Contests and Book Awards

There are a few good tips here

Savvy Writers & e-Books online

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Writing-Contests

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How to Get More Readers from an Award
Publicity around a book award will boost your book sales. Contests are a great way to hone your craft and show the world how much better you are than other writers. Winning a book award for your self-published fiction or nonfiction book is a great way to gain recognition and approval. You will not only see an increase your book sales – if you market it well, you also can add the award sticker to your cover and mention the achievement on your back cover, in your books’ description, and in all your marketing and promotions – online or offline. Most awards call for entries every year, so if the competition is closed for this year, mark your calender for next years’ contest call.

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Here are a few of the most popular book contests:

http://www.narrativemagazine.com/node/249923

http://www.independentpublisher.com/ipland/ipawards.php (IPPY awards)

http://www.usabooknews.com/2014usabestbookawards.html

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