March 1, 2011

Dear Neighbor and Friend,
Enclosed is the March issue of my monthly newsletter.

Spring arrives on March 20 and for some, thoughts of spring cleaning arrive, as well. If you’d like to
mix some humor in with your housework, check out the article on page four.

Did you know that you can test your smoke detector, and it will beep at you – but it still may not be
working? Learn about the average life of a smoke detector and other important safety facts in the
article on page fve.

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Inside This Issue...
• Help For The Terminally Tardy
• Housework Humor
• Which Door Are You Looking At?
• Bullying: What Parents Can Do
• Don’t Become A Smoke Detector
• Time To Change The Time
• When Is “Generic” Good?
• High Stress = Slow Healing
• What Do Your Words Say About
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The House Of 1,000 Mirrors
Long ago in a faraway village, there was a place known as the House of
1,000 Mirrors.

A happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he ar-
rived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He
looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging
as fast as it could. To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1,000
other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled
a great smile, and was answered with 1,000 great smiles just as warm and
friendly. As he left the house, he thought to himself, “This is a wonderful
place. I will come back and visit it often.”

Another little dog, who was not happy like the frst one, decided to visit
the House. He slowly climbed the stairs, his head hung low as he looked
through the doorway. When he saw the 1,000 unfriendly looking dogs star-
ing back at him, he growled at them, and was horrifed to see 1,000 little
dogs growling back at him. As he quickly backed away from the door, he
thought to himself, “This a horrible place, and I will never go back there
All the faces in the world are mirrors. What refections do we see in the
faces of the people we meet?
Help For The
Terminally Tardy
Are you always running late? Maybe you’re legitimately busy, but sometimes
chronic lateness springs from other factors. The danger is that being late all
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Take better control of your time by considering these psychological causes for
being constantly behind schedule:

Adrenalin. For some people, rushing to every meeting and event provides
excitement. If you’re enjoying the chase too much, look for other activities to
fll your need for thrills. Skydiving, maybe?

Control. Making other people wait for you – instead of the other way around
– is one way to feel you’re the one in control. The problem is, important peo-
ple like family, friends, customers and the boss don’t like it. Remind yourself
that other people’s time is important, too.

Validation. Being busy can be one measure of success: “Look at all my cus-
tomers/projects/places to go/people to see!” But if you overextend yourself,
you’ll burn out. Could you consider measuring “success” by standards other
than how “busy” you are?

Anger. Sometimes we “punish” people by forcing them to waste time waiting
for us. This rarely solves any problems and may exacerbate them. If you’ve
got an issue, talk it out openly. You’ll both save a lot of time.

Bullying: What Parents Can Do
Bullying can be a serious problem for children. But often it’s not obvious to
their parents, and even when it becomes clear, stopping it isn’t easy. Here’s
what to look for, and what to do about it:

What To Look For:

• Decline in school performance.
• Reluctance to go to school.
• Unexplained bruises or torn clothing.
Which Door Are You
Looking At?
When one door of happiness closes, an-
other opens; but often we look so long at
the closed door that we do not see the
one which has opened for us.
— Helen Keller
Time To Change The
Daylight Saving Time begins March 13
and most of us “spring forward” – that
is, turn our clocks ahead one hour. You’ll
get that hour back on November 6, when
we “fall back.
High Stress = Slow
A recent study at Ohio State University
found that high stress levels slow heal-
ing. Students with small surface wounds
needed 40 percent more time to heal
during final exams compared to those
with similar wounds who weren’t under
pressure. “This is news to keep in mind
if you’re heading in for elective surgery,”
says Dr. Phillip Marucha. “Trying to get
too much done beforehand could height-
en stress and thereby slow recovery.”
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• Diffculty sleeping.
• Complaints of headaches, stomach aches,
or other physical problems.
• Excessive moodiness or depression.
• Lack of friends or social activities.

What To Do:

First, talk to your child. Maintain open lines of communication by asking
what happened at school that day and showing interest in his or her activities.
Encourage your child to open up when something seems wrong. Listen at-
tentively, and don’t downplay real concerns. Ask for details – what happened,
who was involved, who else saw it, and so on.

Talk to the school. Contact your child’s teacher and principal if you believe
bullying is going on. Because bullying frequently takes place out of adults’
sight, they may not know what’s happening. Explain the situation and ask for
their help. In many cases they’ll be able to help resolve things.

Teach children how to respond. Don’t suggest retaliation, but do talk over
some coping strategies, such as telling the bully “I don’t like this,” and walking
away, or yelling “No!” or “Stop!” and then going to an adult for help. Role-
play some of the most common scenarios with your child to help him or her get
comfortable with the response.

Do what you can to boost your child’s self-confdence. That might mean
giving them the opportunity to join a club or sports team outside of school;
taking lessons in something they really enjoy and want to excel at, like painting
or skateboarding; and reminding your child that you’re in their corner. Being
more confdent can help a child avoid being chosen as a victim.
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Housework Humor
Spring begins on March 20, and around
this time the thoughts of some turn to
spring cleaning. But not everyone, as you’ll
see from these quotes:

Housework is something you do that no-
body notices until you don’t do it.
— Evan Esar

Nature abhors a vacuum. And so do I.
— Anne Gibbons

Cleaning your house while your kids are still
growing is like shoveling the walk before it
stops snowing. — Phyllis Diller

Cleanliness is not next to godliness. It isn’t
even in the same neighborhood. No one
has ever gotten a religious experience out
of removing burned-on cheese from the
grill of the toaster oven.
— Erma Bombeck

My idea of housework is to sweep the room
with a glance. — Anonymous

Always keep several get well cards on the
mantle, so if unexpected guests arrive,
they’ll think you’ve been sick and unable to
clean. — Maxine

When Is “Generic” Good?
The word “generic” has something of a bad reputation; many people think of
it as synonymous with bland, boring, ordinary. But at the grocery store and
pharmacy, “generic” can mean saving money without giving up on quality.
Here are some generic products that the consumer fnance Web site WalletPop
counsels shoppers to embrace:

• Medicine. Pharmaceutical makers are required to include the same ingre-
dients in generic medications that are used in name brands, making them just
as effective and safe – and less expensive.

• Cereal. Generic breakfast cereal generally runs about 25 to 50 percent less
than the name brand, and it frequently has the same taste and comes in larger

• Basic cooking staples. Flour, salt, sugar, and other pantry items are exactly
the same no matter what name is on the package, making generic four, for
example, more economical than a name brand.

• Electronic cables. Your brand-new big screen plasma TV doesn’t really
need the most expensive brand of cables on the market. Salespeople may
suggest a particular manufacturer, but you’ll get the same signal transfer with
a generic.

• Cosmetics. Makeup and other beauty products aren’t patented, so drug-
stores and manufacturers can offer duplicates at about half the price.
What Do Words Say About You?
The words you use say a lot about you. A strong vocabulary doesn’t depend
on your ability to slip words like “obstreperous” or “conterminous” into ca-
sual conversation, but simply using language that fully expresses what you’re
trying to say. Here are some tips for building a good vocabulary:

Read widely. The best way to learn new words is to expose yourself to them
as much as possible. Don’t limit yourself to industry journals and popular
novels. Read magazines from outside your industry and books that challenge
you with their language.

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Use the dictionary. When you run across an unfamiliar word, look it up
promptly. These days you can fnd the meanings of unfamiliar words easily
on the Internet instead of paging through that massive edition of Webster’s
sitting on your bookshelf.

Practice new words. Don’t just read them silently; speak new words out loud
so you’re comfortable with them and can pronounce them correctly. Then
look for opportunities to use them in conversation – not to draw attention to
yourself, but to get into the habit of expanding your vocabulary.

Play word games. Take the occasional vocabulary quiz; work on crossword
puzzles; play Scrabble or Boggle or any other word game you can fnd. You’ll
think about words differently and learn new ones as you go.
Don’t Be A Smoke Detector Statistic
Are you checking your smoke detector at least once every six months, if not
more frequently? Although the average life of a smoke detector can span as
long as 10 to 15 years, the devices can go on the blink, and you wouldn’t know
it. About 30 percent of smoke detectors fail after 10 years, according to a re-
cent report, and about 50 percent of them shut down after 15 years. Though
your smoke detectors might emit a sound when you test them, that doesn’t
necessarily mean the devices are working and will alert you to smoke or fre.

And if your smoke detectors aren’t battery operated or don’t have a battery
backup – replace them. Detectors hard-wired into your electrical system won’t
work during a power outage, and we all know that can happen anytime.

Taking just a few minutes to test your smoke detectors and replace the batter-
ies will help prevent you from becoming one of these statistics: 40 percent of
home fre deaths happen in homes with no smoke detectors, and another 23
percent happen in homes with detectors that don’t work.
Housework Humor (cont’d.)
I’m not going to vacuum ‘til Sears makes
one you can ride on. — Roseanne Barr

I hate housework. You make the beds, you
wash the dishes and six months later you
have to start all over again.
— Joan Rivers

Housework is a treadmill from futility to
oblivion with stop-offs at tedium and coun-
terproductivity. — Erma Bombeck

Conran’s rule of housework: It expands
to fill the time available plus half an hour.
— Shirley Conran

When it comes to housework the one thing
no book of household management can
ever tell you is how to begin. Or maybe I
mean why. — Katharine Whitehorn

If your house is really a mess and a strang-
er comes to the door, greet him with, “Who
could have done this? We have no ene-
mies.” — Phyllis Diller

Dust is a protective cover. — Anonymous
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