1 February 2018

2018 Books - January

I read 5 books this month.

If a book makes it to this list on my blog, you can assume I enjoyed and would recommend it (unless otherwise noted) - if I'm not enjoying a book, I stop reading it and move onto the next one. Life's too short and there are too many great books in the world to waste time reading ones that I don't enjoy! (Contains affiliate links.)   


Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time by Andrew Forsthoefel


Under Italian Skies by Nicky Pellegrino


First Impressions by Charlie Lovett


City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong


Bloom: Navigating Life and Style by Estée Lalonde

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24 January 2018

Strategic Ways to Prevent Scratches on Tile

When tile is placed in a building or house, the simplest things can damage the material while objects are transported to different zones in a space. If you want to avoid scratching new or old tile, there are several strategies that you may want to consider.

Transport Heavy Objects Strategically 
Heavy items that are tough to tote can be transported to other locations by implementing sliding procedures. However, in order to effectively slide a hefty object without damaging tile surfaces, you'll need an accessory that's designed for moving routines. Many companies make sliders that glide on different kinds of tile material with ease, and you can use the different shapes to effectively relocate the heaviest objects without professional help. Once the slider pieces are placed underneath the corners of a hefty object, you can easily steer and glide the item to the new destination without a lot of effort.

Use Grout Properly 
By using grout that's made without sand, you'll keep the tile in optimum condition. Traditional grout typically damages when the particles are chipped away. Chipping and peeling happen during general renovation routines that involve heavy objects. When these hefty items are dropped on traditional grout, the impact gradually breaks the main grout elements. After there are multiple chipped pieces of grout on a tile surface, the particles can easily cause damage on the tile material.

Implement Practical Maintenance Procedures 
A vacuum can help you get rid of grime and dirt on general tile surfaces quickly. However, because vacuums are designed with strong components that effectively extract debris, you must use proper equipment that won't harm the tile material. The main component that can scratch tile is a beater bar, so you shouldn't use a gadget that's built with this accessory. Instead, you should cleanse tile surfaces with a damp mop. By using a mop, you can effectively scrub heavily soiled areas without harming the delicate tile slabs.

Scatter Hefty Objects Throughout an Environment 
Hefty objects can damage the grout that runs along the edge of tile. Most chipping occurs when the sharp corners gradually shift on grout material. This is why you must place heavy objects in practical spots throughout a space. By scattering the objects in various areas, you can easily relocate different items whenever new grout is needed. When grout is properly aligned, an unbalanced object with sharp edges can't scratch tile material.

Many solutions that can protect other areas in a space are offered by Trimaco. Multiple products that can protect different materials are available at Lowes.com too.


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19 January 2018

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17 January 2018

Beach at dusk

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1 January 2018

2017 Books - December

I read 5 books this month.

If a book makes it to this list on my blog, you can assume I enjoyed and would recommend it (unless otherwise noted) - if I'm not enjoying a book, I stop reading it and move onto the next one. Life's too short and there are too many great books in the world to waste time reading ones that I don't enjoy! (Contains affiliate links.)   


Christmas on Primrose Hill by Karen Swan


A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas


On Strike for Christmas by Sheila Roberts


The Christmas Party by Carole Matthews


Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini

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30 December 2017

So, You Want to Be a GED Teacher?


If there is one thing all great teachers have in common, it would be a passion for education. In fact, this one quality is how you differentiate between those who are truly committed to education and those who are simply looking for a paycheck.

Unfortunately, something is broken in the system and that’s why there are so many high school dropouts. It’s more than a well-intentioned “No Child Left Behind” piece of legislation; it’s about passing on knowledge so important to personal growth. While that was the underlying intention of the Act, somehow, something vitally important was left out in the translation from rhetoric to practice.

Making Up for Lost Time 

Most concerning to teachers and legislators are statistics that show we have an imbalance between the American workforce and the number of workers who have the minimum of a high school diploma. If you trace the No Child Left Behind Act back to when it was signed into legislation by George W. Bush on January 23, 2001, you can clearly see that almost a generation has gone by. The thing which may be troubling you is that the percentage of high school graduates has not improved. To make up for lost time, you are taking your passion for education to the adult student who also recognizes a need to make up for lost time. So, you want to be a GED teacher? It’s time to further your career with a graduate degree. Why not pursue a master of education in adult and continuing education degree?

Let’s Look at the Bare Facts 
In 2006, just five years after the Bill was signed into an Act of Congress, there were approximately 150 million people in the American workforce. However, in that very same year, only three million students graduated from high school. What you can conclude from this is that less than two percent of the total workforce in any given year is comprised of workers being added to the workforce with a high school diploma.

Look at this from another perspective. If you do the math, it would take as long as 50 years to build a workforce of high school graduates. A report issued by the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education warned that the United States “cannot wait [that long]” and further said that it is necessary to move a minimum of 12 million adult workers through a GED program within five years and then on to community college.

From Bad to Worse 
Furthermore, the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) reports that more than 36 million Americans cannot read and write at “the most basic level” and that more than 60 million adults in the United States have little to no working knowledge of math and computer science. Here is the most surprising and devastating statistic of all one of every three high school students drops out each and every year! If you are passionate about learning and are seeking a very real way to make a difference, you can do so with a master of education in adult and continuing education.

Demonstrate your love of learning with an advanced degree which will also place you in a position of strength when lobbying for better funding and innovations which will inspire today’s youth. Until that time, focus your passion on adult education. So, you want to be a GED teacher? Your adult students are waiting eagerly.

Get that online MEAD degree - class is in session!


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18 December 2017

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