Saturday, September 09, 2006

World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon - A&E TV

I saw this show several years ago and images are still with me. It's different in that it's about the World Trade Center. This is must watch for adults and teens.

World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon
Saturday, September 9th at 9PM/8c

On September 11, 2001, terrorists enacted the
unthinkable when they flew two fuel-loaded jetliners
into the World Trade Center. The Twin Towers’ physical
height and symbolic stature made them the perfect
target. They were remarkable achievements in
architecture, construction, and technology. In this
2-hour profile, we look at how the WTC was constructed
and talk to representatives from the Army Corps of
Engineers, New York's Office of Emergency Management,
FEMA, and DNA experts about the aftermath of their

World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon
is a powerful one-hour documentary tracing the history
of these amazing buildings up through the devastating
events which transpired on September 11, 2001.
Providing a historical view of the engineering and
architectural concepts behind the construction of the
World Trade Center, this program will give educators
and their students a context for understanding the
full ramifications of the destruction. With historical
commentary and documentary footage, this program
offers teachers a compelling framework for discussions
of the events of September 11, 2001 and the costs and
consequences of that fateful day.

Curriculum LinksWorld Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon
would be useful for high school courses in Journalism,
Social Studies, History, Engineering, Current Events,
and Civics. It fulfills the following standards as
outlined by the National Council for History
Education: (1) Human interaction with the
environment, (2) Values, beliefs, political ideas, and
institutions, and (3) Patterns of social and political

Discussion Questions:
1. Five years later, how would you describe the costs
and consequences of the events of September 11, 2001?
2. How did watching this documentary change your view
of the World Trade Center and its history?
3. If you were to rebuild the World Trade Center, what
would be your architectural approach and goals?

Friday, September 08, 2006

Does Back to School Mean Back to Work for Your Teen? by Annette Yen

Our son has been hinting that he would like to get a job at the local grocery store. As much as I would love for him to make his own money I do get concern about how it will impact his other responsibilities. Please read Annette Yen's article for her helpful insight on the subject.

Does Back to School mean Back to Work for your Teen?
By: Annette Yen

It is back to school time and for most teens that means hitting the books and more for the next ten months. Get ready for homework, tests, sports, debate club, student council, after school meetings and everything else that life as a high school student brings.

And, since these busy high school years lead toward college, and college expenses are going up, up and up, this also means that your teen will need to start exploring and looking for some type of work to support their current activities as well as sock away for the increasing college expenses.

Are your teens looking for jobs or will they be among those who use their time, talents, brain power and abilities to start their own business instead? Why in the world would any teen want to do that? After all, isn't it easier just to fill out a job application and go work at the local movie theater or pizza joint?

Let's explore just some of the fabulous benefits of choosing to start your own business as a teen rather than take on an hourly job this school year.

** It's Flexible - With the demanding schedule that an involved high school student has, it is often extremely inconvenient to work around a typical teenage hourly job. Why not turn the tables and start a home business where your teen along with you determines which hours he can or cannot work so it fits into the sports, homework and other activities schedules.

** It's Fun - By starting his own business, your teen can work at something he would really enjoy instead of flipping greasy burgers or scooping popcorn.

** He can take it with him - If your teen starts a successful business during his high school years, he will be able to take that business with him into his college years and beyond.

** It's educational - When your teen creates a business plan from scratch and he works it to a success point he will have learned more than most people do in a lifetime. And he can add that to the college applications too. They will love it!

** The Money is nice! - When your teen owns a business of his own, he determines his pay, not someone else or the state. He will be paid much better than any hourly job out there!

So take some time before school gets into full swing and get your teen started on his own business! You and he will have fun, learn tons and make more money... and still have time for homework and having fun with his friends!

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Annette Yen is a work at home mom with two fabulous business assistants - her daughters! Find out tips on how you can get your teens started in their own business at her site:

Overcoming Objections to Telecommuting by Nell Taliercio

Nell Taliercio, Telecommuting Moms Answer Lady, has a terrific article, 'Overcoming Objections to Telecommuting'. You'll find an example of expenses that a person assumes when working outside the home versus working at home. I know for our family that we save lots of money just from not accurring a second vehicle. And we all are singing the gas blues these days.

If you or your spouse are on the fence regarding actually dollars and cents please read her article today!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

WAHM Talk Radio Show - Listen to This Week's Show

I truly enjoyed Kelly's conversation with Lisa Braithwaite, Public Speaking and Presentation Skills Coach this week. They spoke about the benefits Lisa's services can provide to direct sales reps, small and home business owners. Visit Lisa's website to sign up for her newsletter, review her services, which now include phone coaching.

I really could relate to Lisa's comments about not 'chasing the dragon' in one's life, in response to Kelly's question about providing audio products. Just do what you love and do it well. Wow! That's something that I've been focusing on these days.

Kelly also advices us that her Season Pass for the Hot Summer Seminar Series is complete and ready for sale. So go grab a copy or two.

So take a break today and listen to this week's show. Oh, and please stay tune for
Jim's Big Ego's catchy tune "Stress". Remember you can download it to your MP3 Player or listen online anytime for free.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

September is Marriage Health Month

With work, errands, and outside forces a marriage can certainly take a beating. You and your spouse have to put time into and maintain it's health. Please remember that your marriage is a living and breathing thing. Take the time because it's certainly worth it.

Some of the things Charles and I do are try to have a date night, at least once a month. We will go out to eat, maybe a movie, a walk on the beach or out for a cup of coffee and a few games of Yahtzee. We email and/or phone each other daily, just to say hello. Sometimes he sends me funny comics or sayings that put a smile on my face. I love surprising him with a visit at his work. I will bring him lunch or take him out for a bite. I enjoy watching DVDs with him. And of course, we have to watch our favorite TV show '24' together and then discuss it afterwards. Another favorite is jumping into the shower with him. Now that's a great way to start the day.

There are many online helpful resources, magazines and books. Here are a few of my favorites.

Marriage Parnership magazine - part of Christianity Today

The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands by Laura Schlessinger

Ten Stupid Things Couples Do to Mess Up Their Relationships by Laura Schlessinger Marriage site

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

It's Braces Phase Two

I took our teenage son to see the Ortho dentist today. I had braced myself for about a $4,000 to $5,000 treatment. And I was right. It seems we waited to long to have him see a Ortho specialist and there's going to extensive work needed. Our baby has inherited his mother's big, white teeth while my husband and I will be shelling over more money for him to have the best smile possible.

Oh well, like I told him, when he wins that trophy at Wimbeldon he can thank his parents for his great smile.

Telecommuting Moms Month has Launched ! Take a Listen

Visit Telecommuting Moms Month website today to listen online, to Nell Talierco speak with Phil Montero, He owns a consulting business that specializes in helping companies create and maintain their telecommuting programs. Phil discuss the character traits of a telecommuter, addressing possible employer's concerns, determining if your job is adaptable to telecommuting and much more.

While you're at the website take a moment to read the three interviews with successful telecommuting moms. You'll learn about their experiences, what they love and their suggestions when considering the option.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Today is Quaker Oats Day 1877

Celebrate Quaker Oats Day today by starting your day off with a bowl of hot oatmeal. Then take a visit to for some history on the product.

Visit Quaker Oats official site for recipes, product listings and more history.

Did you know that Quaker Oats has no connection to the Religous Society of Friends (Quakers)? The name was chosen because Quakers have a great reputation conducting business in a honest way.

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