Jan

06

Catfishing Made Easy: Effective Catfishing for All

It is easy to catch catfish if you follow certain basic methods. Remember that there are methods geared for different types of waters for catfishing made easy. This is because there are specific techniques and baiting lures for various fishes targeted.

Listed below are a few simple methods that have proven highly successful in use and lead to catfishing made easy.

Rigging
Depending on the bait you have used, you could hang the holder of the bait from a fishing line to a desired distance for catfishing made easy. Movement of the bait will make your catch difficult, so use a weight to cause the rig to remain inert. An optimal distance would be 18 feet by 24 feet.

As in the preceding method, you might also try using a slipweight to stabilize your bait. Any weight will do as long as it can slide in the fishing line. The fish will be unaware of the weight and by the time it realizes that the bait is phony, it will have been too late for it, to enable your catfishing made easy.

Multibait techniques enable you catfishing made easy by netting several catches at the same time. You just need keep a triple-way swivel along your line. This attracts more hits and so is an excellent mode of snaring many catfish all at once.

Choosing Your Bait
Veterans prefer using a shrimp or chicken liver as the bait to enjoy catfishing made easy. The skin and tail of the shrimp must first be removed, and its body should be large enough to roll along a number 6 hook. This is easier than the chicken liver, which entails your using pantyhose. After you enclose the chicken in pantyhose, with a protruding end, fasten it to the triple hook. While considering the choice of bait to use, you can opt for any of such excellent baits as dead or living smaller fishes, dough, minnows, paste of catfish, night crawlers, snails or blood worms. Bear in mind that baits produced by nature prove the most irresistible baits.

Chumming
This technique helps fishermen to experience catfishing made easy and gets them to reap a big haul of fish. It involves throwing balls of compounds of suitable recipes in the fishing territory. A huge number of catfish are attracted, provided they can feed on the thrown stuff easily. You ought to employ the same recipe as the bait on the hook. If you add a powerful smelling flavor to your bait, you can draw more fishes to it for further catfishing made easy.

Tackling
You should keep the grip secure. After the fish has been caught, remove the hooks by pliers, taking care to avoid the fins as some of them contain poison. You can easily get the fish off the hook by moving your hand up its belly from the tail, and clasping its body between your fingers. Employ the above tips for catfishing made easy and an enjoyable and rich catch of catfish!…

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Jan

05

Wii Sports: A Homerun of Success

In case you didn't know, the Nintendo Wii is a new console created by Nintendo, one of the largest video game companies in the world.

Wii Sports is a complimentary game that comes with the Nintendo Wii upon purchase at no extra charge. Usually freebies are cheap, and tossed to the side, but Wii Sports caught my attention. Wii Sports is a compilation of five different sports– Baseball, Bowling, Boxing, Golf, and Tennis. Each game for these sports are unique, and there are extra games created for each sport as well such as Power Bowling, and much more.

Let me give you a run down of each individual sport on Wii Sports.

Baseball

Baseball is a game in which you only hit on single player, but if there are two players you alternate between pitcher and hitter. There is no running involved, the computer does all of that for you. For the pitcher there are four different kinds of pitches: No Buttons = Fastball, A Button = Screwball, B Button = Curveball, A +B Buttons = Splitter. In order to hit you hold the Wii remote like a bat, vertically, and swing. In order to pitch you throw overhand, the faster the sensor moves across the screen, the faster the pitch will be. However, in two player mode it is not best to always throw fast. Mix it up a bit with slow and fast pitches, and variate in type of pitches as well. I think there's 3 innings altogether.

Bowling

Bowling is my favorite game by far. In bowling there can be up to four players. Obviously, each person goes individually. When throwing the ball, you hold the B Button to make your character walk up to the throw line, while also bringing the controller back at the same time as if you were really bowling. In order to release the ball you must let go of the B Button, and raise the Wii remote as if you were really bowling. In order to make the ball spin turn the remote to the left or right, depending on which way you want the ball to spin. You can also turn your character somewhat by hitting the A Button before you throw, and select a new angle at which you would like to throw the ball. Like a real bowling game, there are the full amount of frames. Once you hit 1,000 points, you reach the Pro status and gain access to a new ball. The best side game, in my opinion, is the bowling Power Bowling game in which you get ten throws. As each throw goes on you get to a new lane, and the quantity of pins increases dramatically till there are about 90-100 pins on screen on the last throw. When gaining a strike on any lane, the score doubles for that throw. Usually the formula for that game is 1 Pin = 1 Point.

Boxing

Boxing is the only Wii Sports game that you need the Nunchuk portion of the controller for. Boxing is a single or two player game. In order to throw a right punch you use the Wii Remote, to throw a left punch you use the Nunchuk portion that connects to the bottom of the Wii Remote. Hold the remote and the nunchuk as if you were really boxing for blocking. When playing there are circle health meters to show the amount of health left for you, and the other player. Counter hits usually deal the most damage. When a player or computer is knocked down, there is a chance that they may get up after some time. In order to move out of the way, or dodge an attack, lean the controll and nunchuk in the way you would like your character to move.

Golf

Golf is a game in which up to four people can play. There are several courses for Golf in Wii Sports. In order to start playing Golf on Wii Sports, hold your remote as if you were seriously playing golf outside of the Wii. When swinging you hold the A Button to get close to the ball to actually swing. Not holding the A Button will result in a practice swing where you don't even hit the ball. In order to choose the power of each hit there is a power meter on the left hand side of the screen. The power meter correlates with the distance the ball will go. For example, if you hit the ball at 50% on the power meter, it will go 50% of the way the line shows on the map, which is located on the bottom right hand side of the screen. When you max out the power meter, the ball drifts either to the left or the right also. In order to change clubs use the Directional Pad by pressing left or right. For putting it is the same deal as if you were hitting regularly, except don't swing the Wii Remote as much, and do it a steady speed in order to get the ball into the hole to score.

Tennis

Tennis is the last sport I am going to talk about. In order to play tennis, hole the Wii Remote as if you were really holding a tennis racket. The timing of your stroke shows where the ball is going to go in the tennis court. Up to four people can play tennis at the same time. In order to serve you swing the Wii Remote overhead, and for the forehand and backhand you swing the Wii Remote as if you were really swinging a tennis racket. There are no buttons to press really, it's all about swinging the Wii Remote as if it were a real tennis racket.

Wii Fitness

Wii Fitness is a compilation of a few sports– tennis, baseball, and bowling. For each portion there are different tasks. For tennis you hit 50 balls, for baseball you try to hit homeruns, and bowling you keep bowling and trying to pick up spares that are specifically set up. After you are done completing all of the specified tasks the Wii takes a minute and figures out your "age". Your Wii age basically means how well you did, 20 being the best, 80 being the worst.

Training

The training portion of Wii Sports is basically a compilation of games for each individual sport. There are three additional games for each individual sport in Wii Sports. In order to gain access to these you must play them in chronological order. I will go into the Training in Wii Sports more in depth in a seperate article since it contains so much in depth information.

Overall, Wii Sports was a great hit, and the best part is that it was FREE. For a good time when it comes to video games, and you don't feel like playing Halo again, I suggest setting up your Nintendo Wii and playing some Wii Sports.…

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Jan

04

10 Top Sports Songs

Sports songs pump you up and get the adrenaline going. It adds to the mood and gets the crowd watching, it celebrates a moment or it is so closely associated with a particular sport we hear one and think of the other. Then there’s others that can apply to many sports. Music is life – and sports are certainly a part of life!

We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions – Queen made this into a stadium anthem not only for their concerts but for sporting events everywhere. It was the song to play as the Black Hawk East Community College Warriors chased a state basketball title to the semi-finals and it’s been sung in a wide range of sporting events since.

“And The Crowd Goes Wild” opens with a NASCAR story and has a chorus of “you’re shining like a superstar baby”. It is applicable to concerts and sporting events alike and Mark Wills still performs the crowd favorite in concert.

“Run for the Roses” was Dan Fogelberg’s tribute to the once in a lifetime chance to stamp destiny. The foals grow in western Kentucky and on one day as a three year old there is a chance to win one of the most famous of races, the “most exciting two minutes in sports” – the Kentucky Derby. It doesn’t matter what they do the week before or after – that first Saturday in May stamps their name in the sport’s champions forever.

“All My Rowdy Friends Are coming over tonight” is Hank Williams Jr’s most famous song, arguably. But the opening strains of the keyboards say “FOOTBALL” before the first word is sung. As the theme for the Monday Night Football it’s firmly stamped as a sports song.

“Jump” is Van Halen’s contribution to the sports music lineup. Hearing the opening strains of it gets the blood pumping whether it’s for a soccer game or a bull ride.

“Another One Bites The Dust” is another Queen anthem fans have sung when a player is pulled from a game or, for some in a star season at the end of a winning game.

Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” has long been a rallying cry sung when someone strikes out, fouls out or is pulled from the game. Rival teams use it in the last minutes of a game also when they are winning easily over an opponent.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game has lasted since 1908 and seems it’s always been a baseball song. For 101 years the chorus has been sung. So popular has that been the rest of the lyric is largely forgotten.

“Centerfield” – John Fogerty gave baseball a new cry with “put me in coach!” which could be used for many sports but only one pays homage to Joe Dimaggio and the spring ode to baseball.

There’s been sad ones such as “The Blind Man in the Bleachers” and others too – but these represent sports either for a particular sport or for all.…

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Jan

02

Recreation Therapy- What is It?

A Recreation Therapist, or also called a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, can work in a huge variety of settings. Individuals can become certified as a recreation therapist through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification. They will then use the letters CTRS, for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

All this is great, and earning letters to put after your name is cool, but what does a CTRS do?
A CTRS uses recreation as a therapeutic intervention to help a person meet his or her goals, and be able to live the fullest life possible. A CTRS can work in community recreation, rehabilitation centers, hospitals, correctional facilities, drug and alcohol rehab, nursing homes, schools and many other locations.

A CTRS meets with the individuals and assesses their needs, strengths, and interests. From that assessment the CTRS will formulate a plan which will include goals and interventions. The CTRS will work with other members of the treatment team to meet overall goals for the individual through the goals each member is working on. An example of this overall goal maybe for the person to return home and be independent. Each part of the team is working towards that goal in different ways. A Recreation therapist will work with the person towards independence at home by using recreation and leisure activities the individual enjoys. An example could be using card games to increase problem solving skills and cognition.

Each goal is dependent on the individual and their needs and strengths. The possibilities are endless. One day a recreation therapist may be taking a patient on a fishing trip, the next day helping someone knit, play golf or sing. A recreation therapist can work with people from birth to death. With the greying of america, the role of recreation therapist in long term care will be growing a great deal.

For more information on this exciting field check out ATRA, the American Therapeutic Recreation Association or NCTRC, the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification.…

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Dec

21

Overfishing

Many people today enjoy fish regularly in their lives, but with many of them, problems like overfishing are completely overlooked. Recently, fishing in many areas has become hard to control and people are bringing in more fish than allowed to make a better living, even without a price. Putting stricter bans, larger fines and more enforcement behind these bans we would be able to gain a stronger hold on illegal fishing. This fishing harms the ecosystem, encourages species extinction and even if a person was to get caught he or she could sell the fish for much more than the fine. Why is there no one to stop these over fishers?

You may have heard of animals becoming extinct because of poaching for their fur or bones or other parts of their body but now we are starting to harm the marine ecosystem by exploiting the fishes of the ocean. Overfishing can severely harm the marine ecosystem by removing or bending links in the food chain. If one type of fish becomes less abundant than whatever eats that fish will start to die of hunger and whatever that fish ate will start to become overpopulated and it will be hard to control the species that are overpopulated.

Putting stricter bans on fishing will help control the overfishing problems but these bans are only as good as the enforcers. Without proper enforcement of these bans they are completely useless. One thing that these bans cannot help with, but other laws can is the problems with trawler fishing. A trawler works by deploying large nets and hoping fish of the type that they need swims into the nets. However this is a good means for producing a lot of fish, the other fish that swim into the net are trapped there as well. For every fish that a trawler catches there are ten other fish that get thrown out. This is huge waste of fish and over fishes the precariously balanced ecosystem.

Now in many places around the world fishing bans are poorly enforced or not enforced at all. And also in many places the benefits of violating these bans outweigh the cost of the fine. In Japan an Australian Blue fin tuna can sell for as much as fifteen thousand dollars. Many Japanese fishers fish these tuna illegally because the fine is not as much as a good tuna can sell for in the market. And so this leads to overfishing. And with overfishing comes an eco-disaster.

One sixth of the world’s population relies on fish for a food source and the number is growing at more than 1% a year. Most of the people who rely on fish are in developing countries. When the fish is depleted these developing countries will have to fight with larger countries like the United States or Japan for the fish. This means higher sea food prices and more tax money being sent to wars around the world. Imagine today’s economy and wars multiplied by ten. This is what it would be like for people in the future if we cannot control overfishing. Our economies would be ravaged and the world would start to slide down a slippery slope away from economic stability.

People have overlooked this problem of overfishing for many years, now is the time to control this problem. Overfishing harms marine ecosystems by tipping the balanced scales of predator and prey. Companies are throwing away totally good fish and fishing bans are not being enforced. This is a problem of a breakdown between law and the common people. Now is the time for us as a nation and as a world to bring to a halt our overfishing problems and help restore the beauty and health of the marine ecosystem.…

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Dec

17

Book Review: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

This is a classic that has been read by generations of readers. It is the beginning of Laura Ingalls Wilder's tales of frontier life. Set in the "Big Woods" of Wisconsin in the 1870s, the story is told from the point of view of five-year-old Laura, the middle sister of three, who lives with her parents in a log cabin where her father earns his living as a trapper.

Wilder describes life in the 1870s in painstaking detail that keeps the story interesting without ever bogging down the pacing. The story takes the reader through a year in the life of the family, from the harvest and storing of food for the winter, through the Christmas celebrations, and the playful days of summer.

All of the family's work and play is described, with the occasional tall tale from Pa Ingalls, often told with a lesson in mind for the girls. The cycle of the year forms the structure and plot of the story, although the central conflict involves Laura's struggle with her jealous feelings toward her older sister.

There is humor and tenderness spread throughout the story, as well as a constant subtle tension as the reader is reminded of how fragile life on the frontier can be. The family has only themselves to rely on. Neighbors and relatives are distant, and the nearest town is far enough away that they only make one trip to town in a year. The story does not dance around the realities of hunting and raising animals for food. In fact, the first chapter is devoted mostly to the butchering of the family's hog.

Wilder's talent for description makes this an educational story, but her considerable skills as a storyteller give us characters that we care about as they live their lives in the Big Woods.…

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Dec

14

How Can We Prevent Overfishing?

Imagine that the sun is rising on beautiful day in our not-so-distant future. A myriad of colors are glimmering on the soft ripples of the ocean. Although the day seems near perfect, the sea is suffering. Several fish species have gone extinct and most fishermen are out of work. Economies that once depended on seafood are collapsing, or already collapsed, and many people are wishing they had acted before it became too late.

Overfishing is an environmental problem that we face today, and if steps are not taken to correct this problem, species such as tuna and swordfish will become extinct. Deep-sea fishing accounts for most of the world's seafood resource. Today's fishing methods are so efficient that many ships catch almost every fish in one single area at one time. Trawl bags are used to catch fish that live near the bottom of the ocean, drift nets catch middle-dwelling fishes, and purse seines catch fish such as tuna, which swim near the surface (Berg & Hager, 2006-2007).

Overfishing has already begun to affect our economy. When 230 United States fisheries were assessed, over fifty fish species were marked as overfished. The state of many more species are as yet unknown. In New England in the early 1990s, thousands of jobs were lost when a cod fishery went under. Many more thousands of jobs were lost just because of the dying salmon population in the Pacific Northwest (Environmental Defense Fund, 2007).

Some of the techniques that are used in marine fishing are incredibly harmful to other species and to the environment: "bottom gears-such as dredges and trawls-as well as midwater gillnets, inflict the highest level of damage to habitat and marine vertebrates and invertebrates (Science Daily, 2003)." Corals and other bottom dwelling creatures are at a high risk of being damaged by this kind of fishing gear. Overfishing is not the only issue here. Environmental damage is taking its toll, and so are the genetic effects on fish species.

Certain government subsidies encourage and aid these incredibly efficient ways of harvesting fish, which only makes this problem worse. There are no limits on the harvest taken from international waters, which also exacerbates the issue. Fish that are targeted by fishing fleets are not the only species that suffer from overfishing. Bycatch, the accidental harvesting of creatures such as whales, sea turtles, birds and dolphins, is seriously endangering these species.

Jeremy Jackson, a scientist from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, believes that the best idea is to mark off "no fishing" zones for a period of time so that the endangered fish species can replenish their numbers (Declining Fish Stock VLR, 2007). Although this plan would certainly aid the fish, it may not have a good effect on the economies of many countries. A commercial fisherman named Pete Dupuis points out that many people would be out of jobs. He also reminds us that commercial fishing helps support our economy and that such a move would have serious repercussions.

In order to totally understand the issue of overfishing, one must examine all aspects of the problem. Scientists and fishery managers have worked to answer an important question: why does it take so long for fish populations to replenish themselves?

In order to answer this question, scientists looked at what particular fish are being targeted more often than others. Fisheries seek out larger fish and bigger catches. What effect does this have on the environment? Scientists have dubbed this problem the Darwinian Debt (Science Daily, 2006). Researchers from Stony Brook University conducted a controlled experiment where they harvested captive Atlantic Silverside, a marine fish. They found that the largest and oldest fish were most important to the survival of the species.

When the largest, strongest fish are removed from a population, the smaller fish breed together. Genetics encourages the creation of more small fishes. In other words, the Darwinian Debt refers to a genetic process; the fish that remain in a given population become smaller and smaller as they breed, which also encourages other negative genetic factors, such as smaller and fewer eggs with a lower likelihood for survival. The genetic effect also damages foraging skills and other traits, causing the survival rate to go down. Fisheries are removing the largest fish from their ocean habitats, which has a major effect on the future of the species.

We must find a way to balance what types and sizes of fish are harvested, and we must also do it in a way that is environmentally sound. Although there are extreme solutions-such as Jeremy Jackson's idea of setting up no-fishing zones-we must find a way to balance our solution with the economy. Setting up no-fishing zones may cost many fishermen their jobs. This negative outcome would be almost guaranteed, especially since so many jobs have already been lost by the collapse of various fisheries due to overfishing.

The solution would seem to be to limit the number of larger fish that are caught. If larger, older fish are the fish that help support the populations due to their genetics, then these fish should be targeted for conservation efforts. This would require a more specialized form of harvesting. It may take more time and be less efficient than the techniques that are now in use, but it would be beneficial in encouraging fish species to replenish their numbers.

Of course, this would not be the only part of the plan. The second part would be to develop "catch shares." Steven Gaines, a scientist, conducted a study by evaluating 11,000 fisheries records and how they are managed (Environmental Defense Fund, 2009). Gaines came to the conclusion that the best way to get rid of the overfishing problem is to change the way the market operates.

In the video mentioned earlier, Pete Dupuis insists that creating no-fishing zones would not actually solve the problem; it would only "stall" it a little. He says that it would be like "fixing a leak in your sink by having a plumber cut off the water to the entire street. The leak is fixed, but there's no water." Steven Gaines appears to have the solution to this problem. Rather than "fix the leak" by cutting off access to the resource, it makes more sense to target the "sink." In other words, it would be more beneficial to both humans and fish if we were to start solving this problem by changing the way the market works.

A successful catch share program is better for the environment because it reduces fishing techniques that are damaging or wasteful. Both safety and profits are improved. In order to repair the damage that we have inflicted on the ocean environment, I believe that two things must occur:

Number one: A plan to protect larger and older fish from various species should be instituted. This plan also involves the designing of new, more efficient and less damaging fishing gear. If too many large fish are caught, they should be protected and thrown back. They should be handled carefully so as not to be damaged.

Number two: Catch shares and incentive-based programs should be instituted at every fishery. This allows fishermen to concentrate on careful fishing, rather than the fast-paced, overly efficient and environmentally damaging techniques they are currently using, techniques that are the result of competition with other fisheries.

First of all, it is up to the scientists to get the government to pass some kind of a bill that limits the number of larger fish that can be harvested. Some forms of captivity have protected whales and dolphins in the past. A number of larger and older fish should be captured by scientists and kept in an enclosed offshore area, much like the cages used in aquaculture. The scientists would use open-ocean circulation to reduce waste. Raising more fish from the eldest and strongest of the species would help replenish numbers that would be more likely to flourish in the wild, and keeping them very close to their own habitats would raise their likelihood of survival.

Thousands of catch share programs have already been set up all over the world. The goal is to encourage every fishery accept a catch share incentive program. The government should get involved by assigning various task forces to the issue, involving both scientists and economists. The scientists and economists should work together to talk to fishery managers and explain to them why operating with catch shares is better for everyone.

The most difficult part of the task will be changing things in developing countries. But, the more fisheries that change their habits, the better. America is the biggest consumer of seafood in the world, followed by Japan and China (Environmental Defense Fund, 2007). Once the government and scientists get the majority of these fisheries to switch to a catch share program, others will be more likely to follow when they see the positive benefits of the change.

Because catch share programs involve being more environmentally conscious, fishing practices would no longer be as wasteful, which would also help fish species in that it would be easier for fishermen to limit the number of large fish caught.

This plan would most certainly be successful, but the difficulty lies in ensuring that fishermen would stick to the rules. It is tempting to catch all the large fish at one time, because most people would assume that this would raise their profits. Once a sustainability plan is enforced, there will be some people who will go against the plan. There will be some people who illegally harvest all of the larger fish, …

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Dec

10

Price's Sports Cards a Home Run for Milwaukee-area Collectors

A few weeks ago, I visited Price's Sports Cards and Collectibles. Located in Southridge Mall, Wisconsin's largest mall at 5300 South 76th Street in Greendale, Price's is a well-known name among Milwaukee-area sports card and memorabilia dealers.

A visit there is always a treat. Not only is the inventory massive, spanning across many decades, brands, etc., but the shop's employees are honest, friendly, and very knowledgeable. One can easily tell that the employees are genuinely passionate about what they do. Once in a while, if they know a customer is making a sizeable purchase, they'll cut some deals, not just on cards and memorabilia, but on supplies, as well.

As a young kid, I had quite an extensive sports card collection, mostly in baseball, my first love. Now 28 years old, my card collection is significantly slimmed down compared to its glory days, but I still collect once in a while, and visit Price's at least once every couple of months or so.

For those in my age group who remember the stars of our childhood, Price's has us covered. The shop has an extensive inventory of unopened boxes, sets, individual packs, and single cards from the 1980s and 1990s, not only in baseball, but football, basketball, and some hockey, as well.

When I purchase cards these days, I still mostly stay with my old childhood favorites because, not only do I already know them well, but many of them are now either Hall of Famers or are most certainly headed there one of these days. If I can get a good deal on them, I'll also purchase stars from the 1970s whose careers I'm familiar with.

On this particular visit a few weeks back, my latest, I left with what I would argue is a small gold mine. I happened to stop in when a big sale was going on in order to make room for new inventory.

Near the cash register on the counter sat a large box of single cards in baseball, football, and basketball. Each card was individually priced. Most of them were priced around $5, but there were also a good number of cards priced in the $10-12 range, as well. They spanned from the 1970s through present-day. I was told that any card in that box would be just $1 each.

I walked out of the shop that day with numerous duplicates of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder rookie cards, both stars with the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. I walked away with numerous rookie cards of Green Bay Packers stars, including B.J. Raji, A.J. Hawk, and Greg Jennings. Having just won Super Bowl XLV a week ago makes this particular purchase that much more fun and exciting.

In addition to these cards, however, I also walked away with eight rookie cards of pitching great Randy Johnson (1989), and a lot of cards from the 1970s and early 1980s of baseball greats like Tom Seaver, Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Pete Rose, Dave Winfield, Rod Carew, Nolan Ryan, Don Sutton, and Phil Niekro.

On top of all that, I also scored nice deals on early 1990s unopened baseball, basketball, and football boxes. Pulling 20-year-old Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Joe Montana, John Elway, Cal Ripken, Roger Clemens, Tony Gwynn, Nolan Ryan, and Ryne Sandberg cards fresh from the pack in mint condition is, for this collector, almost the equivalent of paradise on earth.

All in all, for a purchase of just under $200, I walked out of Price's that day with at least $500 worth of sports cards…but also many priceless childhood memories relived.

Price's Sports Cards and Collectibles
5300 South 76th Street (Southridge Mall)
Greendale, Wisconsin 53219
414.855.0711
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Dec

01

Recreation Grants

Playgrounds and recreation areas are an important part of communities and they add value to the community also. These public recreation places are designed and created to help people get encouraged to be physically active. This persuades the youth and adults to use their energy in positive way. There are many organizations along with government that provide recreation grants that are helpful in creating and maintaining playgrounds and recreation areas. These grants can be applied by anyone who is interested in the overall development of the society and is working for the betterment of it.

If you are a member of some club or you wish to create a new sports field, redevelop or restart a playground that has been run down or you want to introduce new equipments to a park, you need not worry because there are many organizations that are ready to help you accomplish your desire. These grants are either offered to institutions or non-profit organizations that work in this regard or to the society or community organizations. Some of the grants are specific and are offered by foundations and private businesses to promote typical games or playground equipments.

Recreation grants are very helpful and they provide free financial assistance for the betterment of the society. Watch the deadlines for the grants that you want to apply and then follow the instructions and guidelines while applying for that grants. You can look for these grants on Internet and if you find that you or your organization qualify for that, you can apply for the grant program. Prepare a good and persuasive grant proposal so that the panel finds that you are the most deserving one for the fund as well as facing utmost financial need right now.

Grants are free financial aids and so numbers of applications are on increase. Remember, the competition is tough and so you need to prepare well and then apply for the recreation grants successfully. You can find plenty of resources for the funding of your playground and recreation areas if you invest some time and do proper research in the right direction.…

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Nov

20

Book Review: House Rules, by Jodi Picoult

As an avid reader and Jodi Picoult fan, I opened her latest novel – House Rules, expecting to be wowed. While I wasn't bowled over by the turn of events, I was not let down either. Jodi's insight into the world of Asperger's and the familial emotions tied to Jacob (a boy with autism) gave me much to think about. And, as always, with a Picoult novel, I had to ask myself – what would I do?

The premise is this: Emma, a single mother, is working hard to raise two boys. Jacob, her oldest, has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a condition that she has fitted her life around. Theo, her youngest, is striving to be a "normal" child with a "normal" family in a home that is anything but "normal." In order to survive in this household, Emma has instituted rules for the boys to live by; rules, that by all accounts, are inherent to a non-autistic household.

While Theo strikes out against the conformity of his mother's rules – never truly breaking them, but bending them to his will, Emma holds tight to Jacob and her ideals as a parent. Keeping Jacob's meltdowns to a minimum has always been a priority, even when it means pushing aside Theo's needs or her own. Meanwhile Jacob becomes more enthralled with the world of forensic science, an odd but worthwhile subject for him to study, memorize, and recreate.

Then the unthinkable happens. Jacob's tutor is found dead. All clues – however bizarre – point to Jacob. Because he is unable to cope with social situations, is known to have meltdowns, and cannot always communicate effectively, he is the accused. Admittedly, he was the last to see her, he did argue with her, and he did "arrange" the evidence and document it.

But who did, in fact, kill Jessica? If a person on trial cannot look you in the eye are they guilty? If they fidget? If they do not cry? And, if I were Jacob's mom, what would I do?

This book is enthralling to the end. A wonderful tale of loyalty, insight into a condition that I otherwise would not have understood, and the undeniable love of a family.…

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