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Please Don't Give This Away
Okay. You've heard this before. And you dismissaed it as 'Those
girls were just being foolish. Their boyfreinds were jerks. But my
boyfriend really loves me." -- He loves your body. He would
never betray you. He wanted the sexy and nude photos of you so that
he could always think of your warm body and hot passion for him,
Well, the many Burrillville High School girls who sent their guys
nude photos have discovered that the very personal photos appeared
in Dropbox where many boys got to gawk at them, at you.
Never allow yourself to disrespect who you are. Whether or
not you want to hear this, you have not had enough life experiences
to know true love. In time you will be there! But not yet.
The same goes for guys at this age. - It's okay to date, now. But
nude photos and sex should not be on the table. Not yet.
By the way, you guys can be duped just as easily. So that the above
advice applies to you, as well. Heed it, please. For your own sake.
Following are a very few of the many known instances of this
problem. And they are only the tip of the iceberg.
'The Dark Side of the Sun'
So, it's beach weather, at last! And, you're ready for some serious
While it's great to get the rays, you need to be very careful no to
burn. And more than that, even tans can lead to serious problems. -
Don't believe me? Well, you could check out the American Cancer
Society that states more than half of the million new cases of skin
cancers diagnosed each year are the result of too much outdoor
tanning. Even dark skinned people can get skin cancer as a resault
of too much sun.
The following advice is from the media-acclaimed book,
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Personal hygiene matters.
Will prepare you
For only part of adult life.
And the advice of others
Will help to
fill the gap.
If you want a pet
expect your parents
To be it's primary caretaker.
WHAT PARENTS OWE YOU, AND...
By Russell Irving
Parents do 'owe you'. - A number of things, based
upon your state's (or other government entity's) laws, as well as
But, that said, there are limits. And, guidelines
that they are entitled to establish. - No different in theory, than
the limits that you set with others in your life, now, and will
continue to do in your future.
You do deserve
parental respect. - How much and when depends in part upon your
behavior. As you might disrespect a parent for ignoring you, doing
drugs, yelling, ignoring all of your requests,... They have the
right to ignore at least some of your expectations when you act out.
Or, otherwise show them and siblings, disrespect.
parents are not obligated to tolerate bad behavior. But, they should
not abuse you, as a consequence of it, either. (If you are abused,
seek help from an adult professional.)
Parents (gulp!) do not
owe you an iPad, expensive sneakers, an Android phone, a flat screen
TV in your bedroom... If they give it to you, then show
appreciation. And not simply a mumbled, 'Thank you.'
might choose to spoil you, but the rest of the world will not. So,
your folks do you little good when they give in to all of your
requests, demands, or desires.
Everyone has stress in their
life. So, as you want them to hear about your crappy day or the guy
or gal who dumped you, ignored you, threw a slushy at you,... They
might appreciate it if you cut them some slack when they had a lousy
day. (They don't have to burden you with the details.)
is stressful and worthy of your time or theirs does not have to make
sense to either one of you. But, because it is important to them or
you, it is important. Period.
If they turn down a request,
know that pouting, yelling, or otherwise throwing a temper tantrum
is not likely to make them change their mind or believe that you are
Having step-siblings might 'rot', in your mind.
But, realize that they did not choose you or your parent, either!
They might well wish for their 'old', intact family.
of treating them like dirt, try being nice. It might take a bit of
doing. Especially, if they were the ones who had to give up their
old home and neighborhood friends in order to live with you and your
Unless required by law, parents do not owe
you a free, college or vocational school education. If they do
provide one, be ever so grateful and don't blow the chance. (Unless
there are real, serious reasons to drop out. And, speak with them
about it first/ get some professional guidance.) Especially in this
economy, consider such things as getting scholarships, working
part-time (yes, non-losers do this), living at home, or going to a
less expensive college.
Think about your requests for
material goods. What might your folks have to sacrifice in order to
buy them? If they use credit cards, the item will ultimately cost
them more $ in the long run. Will they forgo clothes for themselves
or medicine or... simply so that you can have the latest high-tech
toy or outfit?
Don't think for a moment that I'm recommending
that you live a life that 'sucks'.
I simply want you to think of
your family and parents' obligations to you... And, yours to them...
In a different light than you probably have thought of them, before.
Because grasping 'reality' now and developing skills to deal with it
can serve you so well in your future life.
Breast Implants and Labia Surgery for Graduation??
What's wrong with your body? Are you too short? Too tall? Your nose
too big? How about your breasts? Even your labia?
Well, I know
that some of you will be graduating, soon, and have asked for the
gift of plastic surgery. Perhaps some of your friends have had it
done. Perhaps others have suggested it to you. Or, you simply look
at models and media stars and have decided that in order to succeed
in life, including romantically, you need to go under the knife (as
Well, I'm here to ask you to reconsider that. No one needs to remind
hat the money spent on the surgery could get you some other things
that you desire or even go toward furthering your education or that
first apartment. But there are also great risks to your life. Yes,
some have died after the surgeries. But, more often than that, the
surgery can go wrong. All you have to do is use Google, Bing, or
some other search engine to find out. YouTube has it's share of
women whose face or form appears disfigured or simply gross, Then
there is the fact that some breast implants have to be replaced
approx. every 10 years! Imagine having to go through that
financially and physically, again and again!
Allow me to share a little secret. Men don't only want a woman with
large breasts. I know! That's what a lot of teen boys will say they
want in a woman. And, maybe at that moment they think that they do.
But, the reality is that for every build, there is someone who will
desire you. I remember back in college there was a student who had
very small breasts. And, most of her friends seemed to be fairly
'well-endowed'. Yet, she was very popular with the guys. One day,
someone in our group of friends asked her if she was self-conscious
about her breasts. She quickly responded that she had been for
years. Then one day, her young brother blurted out that he knew why
they were so small: So many guys wanted to hug her that they didn't
have a chance to grow!
Now, we can laugh at that, but the reality
is that She was popular. Because of who she was. And, the fact is
that many people prefer someone who is not large. While others do.
Look at models and movie stars. You will find a large assortment of
shapes and sizes.
Now, for the labia. You would be hard-pressed to find many women who
are pleased with it's shape or size. But, other than juvenile guys,
men who are inlove could care less about how it looks. And, do you
or should you be obsessing about it? Really! And, I know that some
of you are concerned because you want to sext photos or videos of
yourself. Well, don't! It's stupid and demeaning. Plus it can be
dangerous or have serious consequences. Think of the stars and teens
whose photos that they thought would only be seen by a boyfriend,
somehow gets shared online or throughout a school. Aside from the
fact that many teens are being charged with sharing
pornography and have to register as sex offenders. All, in all, a
simply terrible idea.
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it out here.
Who Would Have Thought?
Of course, social media and competitions can be great! But, there is
also a darker and very seriously dangerous side to these, as well.
Too many teens are playing a bizarre, 'stamina activity' involving
ordinary erasers. The idea is to see if you could recite the
alphabet (or something else) while rubbing away at your skin. The
person with the biggest wound is the person who will win the
How about not giving yourself
serious, potentially life threatening wounds (that can become
greatly infected), and keep those erasers as a symbol of school life
before Delete keys could wipe away an incorrect answer?
Talent! It's Everywhere!
9AM TEEN TALENT DANCER SAMANVITA
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Incredible Boy Plays Street Piano in New Orleans
Reluctant Teen Singer Goes Viral
Break Dangers Are Many
Please Do Not Take Them Lightly
College students, nationwide, traditionally,
look forward to letting loose during that annual time known as
Now, far be it from us to want students stressed
out and unable to relax and have some fun. However, the type of fun
makes all the difference in the world.
Aside from the obvious
warnings about rape, drug & alcohol abuse, reckless driving... There
needs to be caution exercised about where one goes to vacation.
The U.S. State Department, the Texas Department of Public
Safety, and Stratfor (a global intelligence business), among others,
continue to warn Americans about the dangers of traveling to Mexico.
Yes, much of the violence appears to be tied to the drug cartels and
political power. Yet, innocent foreign travelers have not been
immune from falling victim to some of the horrors that have spoiled
much of Mexico's beauty and centers of attraction. Acapulco, Cancun,
and other tourist locales cannot be looked at as being perfectly
So please, use common sense. Wherever you choose to go.
Please Don't Make This Impulsive Decision, Possible Mistake
It's started! College decisions
arriving in the mail.
Do you open the envelope? Are you correct
in judging what thin or thick envelopes mean?
Well, for many of you, there will be a decision to make: Do you go
to that gorgeous, far-from-home campus? The one with the cute guys,
sexy girls, with a great night life... Or, commute to the local
university that can be reached by bus/subway, and means that you
won't be partying in your house?
Well, let's think about it. 4 or 6 years at an expensive/country
club-type of school or the same time at an 'okay'-sort of one?
Do you want to carry a lot of student loan debt? Think about your
career path's earning's potential. If your chosen path likely pays
$35,000 to $40,000, how long will it take you to pay off a total of
$100,000 versus $40,000?
#2 Will you earn more by going to an expensive, privae college than
an inexpensive state one? Well, studies seem to show that with few
exceptions, students of similar skill levels, motivation, and
potential, will earn approximately the same amount of money over
#3 "But the private school is giving me a scholarship whereas the
other one is not giving me much in the way of financial aide!" But,
is that aid guaranteed for the entire time that you plan to attenbd
school there? What happens if your GPA drops, or you become injured
and can no longer play sports, or you want to change your major?
#4 Will there still be a large shortfall to make up, even with the
large financial aid package?
#5 Yes, the fancy school has lots of nightlife to offer you. But do
you have the will power to ignoe it enough times so that your
studies do not suffer?
#6 Often, many or most students at expensive colleges come from
families where money is of little or no shortage. Even with
financial aid, would you be able to afford a proper room and board
situation? How about sufficient spending money to enjoy that night
life/recreational time with the others? Would you be ordering a cup
of soup while they order a 3 course meal?
#7 Are you aware of the famous people who went to state or similar,
reasonably-priced colleges? - Ones such as: Sam Shepard, the
playwright and film director. - Oprah Winfrey, the 'One-and-Only'
billionaire, TV star, movie star, and so much more! - Jim Lehrer,
network news anchor. - Billy Crystal, comedian and actor. - Debra
Reed, Chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy. - George Lucas of Star Wars
fame. - Marillyn Hewson, CEO, Chairman, and President of Lockheed
Martin. - Dr. Phil McGraw, talk show host, author, jury consultant.
- Michael Jordan, basketball star. - Eileen Collins, the first
female pilot and first female commander of a space shuttle mission.
- The list could go on and on...
Bottom-line? Think carefully when faced with this decision.
Think of all those who came before you and are living in their
parents' basement or struggling for years to pay off a great debt
that could have been avoided. Think of how many great professors and
facilities there are in less-expensive colleges. Just take a deep
breath and think long and hard before making your decision.
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Instagram's Terms of Service Policy Explained
Most adults do not understand what
websites' Terms of Service or Privacy Policies mean. In
general or for them, personally. And, they would be shocked
if they understood what they have agreed to.
So, don't be surprised by what you
might not understand, yourself, regarding these policies.
Jenny Afia, a lawyer based in
London, has decided to help Tweens and Teens to understand
at least one of the most popular website's Terms of Service.
The policy is over 5,000 words long!
Check out Ms. Afia's
explanation of these terms
how to grow long, healthy nails
Author: Donna Kelly
Let's be honest, a
beautiful set of, long, natural healthy nails looks classy and sexy.
Immaculately manicured long nails say a lot about your personal
style and confidence. We know growing long, healthy nails can be a
challenge. Our simple tips show how you too can have a beautiful set
of long natural nails.
First a quick biology
Your nails grow from the area under your cuticle called
the matrix. The matrix is the living part of the nail. Your cuticle
is the layer of skin that protects the matrix so the cuticle is very
important for nail health and growth. As new nail cells grow in the
matrix, older nail cells are pushed out toward your fingertips and
become hard and compacted. Heredity and health determine how fast
nails grow but nails typically grow about 0.1 millimeter a day,
which means that it takes a fingernail about four to six months to
fully regenerate. Healthy nails are smooth, without ridges or
grooves. They're uniform in colour and consistency and free of spots
Did you know: Nails
grow faster in the summer than in the winter, nails on your dominant
hand grow faster, and men's nails grow more quickly than women's,
except when a woman is pregnant when nail growth speeds up.
How long should my
nails be ?
This is obviously very much a matter of personal
choice but a couple of things to bear in mind:
The optimum practical
length for your nails depends on your activities and your lifestyle.
In general the nail tip should extend no further than one third of
the body of the nail.
Nails break less often
when they are all of equal length and shaped square, oval, or round.
Tips on growing, long
and healthy natural nails:
Long nails tip 1: Don't use your nails
Rather than using your nails use other parts of your
hand, or a pen, to perform tasks like dialing the phone. Don't pick,
poke or scrape with your nails and especially avoid opening soft
drink cans with your nails.
Long nails tip 2: Wear
Detergents are particularly harsh on your nails and can
cause splitting and peeling. Wear gloves when washing dishes or
cleaning. You should also wear gloves when gardening to protect your
nails from infection and prevent dryness, damage, and loss of
Long nails tip 3:
Don't bit your nails or pick at your cuticles.
Aside from the
obvious reason of biting shortening your nails these habits can
damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your nail can allow
bacteria or fungi to enter the nail bed and cause an infection.
Remember your nails grow slowly so an injured nail retains signs of
damage for several months.
Long nails tip 4: Look
after your cuticles.
The cuticle is a barrier that keeps bacteria
from the nail matrix, where new cells are generated, so it should
not be cut or trimmed. On the other hand you do want to keep
cuticles from becoming overgrown, which suffocates nail growth. If
your cuticle has grown out on to the nail plate, after sufficiently
softening your cuticles in warm water, very gently use a cuticle
pusher to push your cuticles back. As well as pushing your cuticles
back this will help to remove dead skin and debris that may have
accumulated. Hold the cuticle pusher at an angle, and use tiny
circular movements, so that you are as gentle and careful as
possible and do not damage the cuticle. When you have finished
doesn't forget to moisturize your hands.
Long nails tip 5: Look
after your nails.
Trim fingernails and clean under the nails
regularly. Use manicure scissors or clippers and a nail file to
smooth nail edges. Never pull off hangnails - doing so almost always
results in ripping living tissue. Clip hangnails off, leaving a
slight angle outward.
Long nails tip 6:
Caring for brittle nails.
Trim brittle nails after a bath, or a
15 minute hand soak in bath oil, and then apply a moisturiser. Don't
use nail polish remover more than twice a month. Instead, touch up
the nail polish. When you do need to use a nail polish remover avoid
those that use acetone, which dries out nails. Also consider using a
nail strengthener and growth formula.
Long nails tip 7: The
role of diet.
Unless your diet is deficient in protein and
vitamins dietary changes that supposedly strengthen nails won't
work. Your nails can however offer telltale signs of dietary
problems such as:
Lack of vitamin A and calcium causing dryness
Lack of protein, folic acid and vitamin C
causing hang nails
White bands across the nails caused by protein
A lack of sufficient hydrochloric acid causing
Insufficient intake of vitamin B12 leading to
excessive dryness, very rounded and curved ends and darkening of
Insufficient zinc causing development of white spots on
Red skin around your cuticles can be caused by poor
metabolism of essential fatty acids.
If you are concerned that
your diet may not be balanced and healthy you should consult a
medical or nutritional professional.
Long nails tip 8:
Moisturise your nails.
Nails need moisture just like your hands
do. Rub lotion into your nails when moisturising your hands. Be sure
to apply moisturiser each time you wash your hands
Long nails tip 9: Use
coloured nail polish.
Use coloured nail polish while you are
growing your nails. If you prefer a softer look, try a sheer shade.
Coloured nail polish helps you become more aware of your hands and
how to use them in a way that keeps your nail polish undamaged and
hence your nails protected. It also makes chips easier to spot so
that you can make immediate repairs.
natural nails take commitment and special care to grow and maintain.
Be patient, the average nail takes 3 to 6 months to grow.
My nails are weak. What can I do to strengthen them?
Unfortunately, if you have naturally weak nails then it's
probably hereditary and you can't permanently change them. You can,
however, do things to make them stronger. Try a nail strengthener
and growth formula. Many women are confused about how to use these
products, so here are a few tips:
Make sure you apply a thin
coat. Because you'll be applying it daily you don't want it to build
up too much. If you're at the very beginning stages of growing out
your nails only use a strengthener and growth formula on your nail
plate and apply it every day. Once your nails start to protrude, and
you want to apply nail polish, use the strengthener and growth
formula as a base coat and as a top coat.
Why do I have ridges
in my nails?
Ridges or corrugations (referred to as beau's lines)
in nails occur when nail growth is uneven, usually because of
illness or injury. Gentle buffing can minimize ridges. A Ridge
Filler will also help to level the nail surface, smoothing out
shallow ridges and other imperfections.
What causes my nails
to turn yellow and how can I get rid of the yellow stains?
coloured nail polish can cause a chemical reaction between the nail
polish's coloring agent and the nail plate. This can cause nails to
develop a yellowish color. While it is different for every person
this reaction can occur in a matter of days or within weeks of
wearing the nail colour. To prevent nails from yellowing always use
a base coat before applying nail polish. Not only will this prevent
staining but it can also extend the life of the nail polish. For
already yellow nails soak nails in a solution of 1/2 cup of water
and the juice of one lemon for up to 15 minutes, once a week
Why are my nails so
flaky around the cuticle beds? What causes this?
Unless you have
an allergy to something you are handling it is likely to be dryness
which is the cause. It is important to correct this since, as
mentioned, cuticles are very important for nail health. You should
regularly moisturize your cuticles, and hands.
My nails can grow, but
after a while they begin to peel and stop growing. What can I do to
Many women want long, well-shaped nails, but the
stresses of daily life and work may make them a challenge to grow.
Your nails could potentially benefit from additional protection when
they reach more vulnerable lengths. A nail strengthener and growth
formula could assist.
What causes thin nails
and what can make them stronger?
When your general health is good
and you are not handling strong chemicals that might affect the
nails, it is likely to be heredity that produces thin nails. Your
nails could also potentially benefit from a nail strengthener and
About the Author: Donna loves to write about makeup, nail care and
other personal grooming topics
that will kill your college application
Getting into college is harder than
ever! There are more
qualified applicants than ever before and U.S. colleges and
universities are seeing record numbers of international applicants.
When students apply for college, they are competing against the best
applicants from the entire world for limited spaces!
admissions officers tell us
that the strength of the college application is the only way a
school can decide between two equally qualified applicants. Students
have only the pages of the application to convince college
admissions officers why they deserve a place in the incoming
Application Training students know how to avoid 7 common mistakes
that will kill your college application:
of the personal statement as an essay, not as a "personal marketing
these 500 words are the only opportunity you have to completely
separate yourself from the rest of the competition. Think of it as a
commercial or a movie trailer. Your job is to make the college
admissions officers want to "buy" the product – You!
to highlight your personal strengths and particular areas of
students undersell their accomplishments because they don't think
the accomplishments are good enough. Or they do not want to seem
like they are bragging. Anything that you have worked hard to
achieve should be mentioned…along with your gratitude for your
to proactively address obvious weakness on your record.
College admissions officers
are looking for reasons to quickly eliminate applicants since it
makes their job easier. If you don't proactively address your
weaknesses, admissions officers will think that you don't see them
as weaknesses, or that you don't care. Either way, you will
immediately get put in the "reject" pile. By proactively addressing
a weakness, you have a chance to show personal growth and maturity.
#4: Trying to
fit yourself into a preconceived mold of a school.
College admissions officers are looking to build a diverse and
balanced freshman class. Be yourself and be honest about why you
want to attend a particular school. Remember, there is no perfect
candidate. If you try to be like everyone else at the school, why
should you be admitted? Besides, you may just have that special
something that the admissions officers are looking for. So don't
basic mistakes such as misspellings and grammar errors.
This is the easiest
rejection for college admissions officers. A student who submits an
application with mistakes must not care enough about getting in to
that school. Make sure another person proofreads your application
since computer programs often do not catch usage errors. And never
forget to sign the application!
to meet deadlines and actively manage the application process.
This includes both hard (external) deadlines for the application
itself, and soft (internal) for each part of the application, such
as requests for recommendations or transcripts. Don't wait until the
last minute to complete the applications!
creating a compelling story in your personal statement.
This writing sample is different than your school assignments. If
you structure your personal statement without a compelling "hook,"
or reason for the admissions officer to read further, you risk
getting lost in the crowd. Remember, college admissions officers
read thousands of personal statements. What is the "hook" you use to
interest the reader?
students of College Application Training have learned how to avoid 7
common mistakes that will kill your college application.
harder than ever to get into. Increase your chances for success.
Work with an expert! Receive a FREE consultation by calling
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About the Author
Chelsea M. Hackett has over 20 yrs
experience with the college application process, and is Managing
College Application Training (www.collegeapplicationtraining.com)
Sexting, Blackmail, and More...
Sexy! And, they want You!!
They approached you on social
media and things started slowly. You established a
'friendship' of sorts. Then, they asked for a photo...
Perhaps of your face. They responded about how beautiful or
handsome you are. From there, things progressed. Perhaps
they offered to send you a photo or two. Boy, were they
built! In return, they asked for some sexy photos or videos
of you. Sometimes, the request involves nudity or sex acts
of some sort.
The problem is that the person on the
other end is often no who you think they are. It's probably
an older person. Usually, but not always, a man. Then, the
blacmail begins. They might request money from you or your
parents' credit card info. Other times, they ask for more
and more inappropriate photos or videos.
is an international one. Infac, the Unied Kingdom has had
almost 1,000 reported instances of blackmail related to the
Internet. They believe that this number represents a gross
under-reporting, due to embarassment and fear of others'
reactions, especially those of family members/other loved
Sadly, there have been reports of suicide, as a result of
Be wise!! Don't exchange sexy or
other inappropriate photos, videos, or emails. It's not
If you find yourself the victim of
blackmail, let your parents or guardian know. And, inform
Finally, if you have gone ahead and trusted someone on the
net (or even in your local school) with sexy images of
yourself, just stop. And realize that negative fallout from
doing it would not be 'the end of the world'. Even if it
feels as though it were! So, don't do anything foolish.
IMPORTANT! The following videos
should be watched with your parent/guardian. It contains
very sensitive material. Produced by the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation. Viewed on YouTube over 2 million
Again, please watch with your
Sextortion of Amanda Todd - the fifth estate
Shares Sexting Story, Tells Parents 'Don't Be Naive'
Teen With Cancer Is Spreading Joy Around Hospital With Chemo
From this INSIDE EDITION
piece: When you're diagnosed with cancer, people will give
you gifts but most of them aren't very practical. "You end
up using none of it," 19-year-old Kyla Pokorny told
InsideEdition.com. "It's very nice, but I found stuff that
is a lot more helpful." So for Christmas, she wanted to put
together survival bags for young cancer sufferers. Things
that soothe the body and occupy the mind, things that she
wished someone had given to her. She has started a GoFundMe
page to help finance her holiday project.
Please watch this. And share it with
your parents/guardian/teachers/religious leaders.
THANKSGIVING MOMENTS, PLUS...
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I figure that many of you are
thinking that 'This dude is wasting my time! I know
about scholarships. But I might not be smart enough or get
enough of them.'
Well, there are a number of
colleges, albeit a small number, that offer free tuition.
And, yes, there are 'catches'. Some of them require
you to work on campus in any number of positions. And,
not only in the cafetaria. Others might require
residency in a particular area. Regardless of conditions,
these 20 colleges do offer free tuition to some
students. And, there might be others!
By the way, many students will read
about these colleges, but relatively few will probably try
to take advantage of the programs that they are offering.
So, on your mark, get set, GO!!!
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regarding how the President and Vice-President are really
Oral Sex Is Not That Safe,
So you think that you found a safe
way to have sex without risking a pregnancy? Well, you might
be trading one serious issue for another one. A deadly one!!
Oral cancer rates are not only on
the rise, but men tend to get it at a rate 3 times that of
As far back as 2005, the number of teens engaging
in oral sex was approximately 50%. Many of you see it as a
way to satisfy your sexual desires while avoiding the risk
of an unwanted pregnancy. Some of you believe that avoiding
intercourse save syou from getting a Sexually Transmitted
Unfortuantely, oral sex comes with
it's own serious and occasionally deadly risks.
spread through oral sex as well as penis-vagina intercourse.
And, not only that, but oral cancer can be a very real risk
What am I suggesting? Ideally, I
would prefer to see you wait until you were older and in a
commited relationship. Think about that option. Give it
serious consideration. Because the odds of pregnancy, an
STD, or worse from risky sexual behavior isn't
really worth a bit of fleeting pleasure. There's plenty
of time for that orgasm when you are older and an adult!
Can Oral Sex Increase Your Risk For Cancer?
The 21 Sentence Essay
By: Patrick Alexander
The 21-sentence-essay is an incredibly
useful format for formal essay writing. If you have trouble
writing essays, or are simply interested in ways to organize
thoughts efficiently, follow this easy to use rubric and you
can’t go wrong.
The idea is to write an essay in
exactly 21 sentences. Three sentences for the Introduction,
five sentences for each of the three Body paragraphs, and
three sentences for the Conclusion. This amazing structure
teaches concision and precision, and also gives a powerful
feel for how "flow" works in essay writing.
break it down. There are three parts to any formal essay:
Introduction, body, and conclusion. The 21 sentence essay
minimizes these parts down to their core essence.
introduction starts with a broad statement, something
attention grabbing. The second sentence introduces your
topic and narrows it toward the final sentence: the thesis
statement. The thesis statement is where you state the
purpose of your paper, and give three points relating to
this thesis. It is the final sentence in the introduction,
and is the narrowest of the introduction sentences.
Example Introduction: "Writing essays can be one of the most
challenging aspects of school. The 21-sentence-essay gives
one an easy rubric to follow. Using this format improves
one’s writing by providing structure, keeping relevant
information prominent, and encouraging thoughtful word
The body is where you support your thesis,
with five sentences in each paragraph. Since you have
already stated your three points in your introduction, it
should be fairly apparent what your three body paragraphs
are about. So what do the five sentences look like?
The first sentence introduces the point to be discussed. The
next three sentences are supports for that point, explaining
why and how they relate to your thesis. The final sentence
is a wrap-up and transition to the next point.
paragraphs should follow the same order as they were
introduced in the thesis statement, and they should be
presented in ascending order of impact. In other words,
leave your best points for last!
"Providing iron-clad structure improves essay writing.
Essays need structure in order for thoughts to flow
logically. When readers can’t follow a point, they are not
persuaded by an argument. When a writer has a simple format
to follow, it removes much of the anxiety surrounding
outlining. This rubric’s structure also allows a writer to
keep relevant information prominent."
is easy. It is simply your introduction in reverse. First
comes a restatement of your thesis. Second comes a broader
statement about your topic. End with a snappy final line.
Example Conclusion: The 21-sentence-essay makes writing
easy by providing a simple structure, showcasing relevant
information, and encouraging word choice. Once you master
this format, you’ll never worry about essays again! Writing
doesn’t have to be intimidating; it can also be fun!"
Remember that this format is useful even when writing
longer papers. Adding extra body paragraphs, providing
quotes and facts within the body, and dividing large
research papers into sections are all good ways to expand on
the 21-sentence-essay format.
Believe It Or Not...
IT IS NOT THE END OF THE
WORLD! Trust me on that! I've been there. And over
many years deeply understand the 'Truth' behind that opening phrase.
What am I talking about? Being dumped. When the person whom you gave
your heart, soul, and possibly your body to decides that 'it just
isn't working out'.
Well, I had my share of excruciatingly painful 'dumps'.
Sometimes the pain was so strong that I felt I could actually die
from it. And there were times when I simply wanted to curl-up and
avoid the world. There were times when I wanted to see if my former
'love of my life' was seeing someone else. If they were, I wanted
to know who it was. Even 'stalking' them occasionally entered my
mind, but that would have been kinda 'crazy', even if it was one of
several natural responses.
The reality is that rarely do we ever marry or stay forever with
our First Love. Especially when that happens when we are teens
or in our early 20's. - Dating is designed to help us determine what
we want and need in a lifelong partner. All the while that we
are growing and maturing, ourselves.
If you knew me when I was a teen and even in my early college years,
I was basically the nerd who was socially awkward. And when I went
on a rare date, I would either come on too strong or be too shy or
I was also a virgin which even back then was sort
of unusual, at least for college-age students.
During college years, I was finally given some advice by friends and
developed a stronger sense of myself. I became nore confident and
paid better attention to my appearance and mannerisms.
years I dated a modest amount. Too often 'falling in love', usually
only to be dumped. Experiencing once again the familiar pain that I
thought I had left behind in my teen years.
I eventually became known as the area's 'Singles & Relationship
Expert'. I dated more frequently and occasionally became the
Finally, I met the woman who would eventually become the 'Love of My
Life'. We have been married, faithfully, for decades.
Why do I share all of this?
you realize that it is not the
end! So, hang in there! Life does get better!!
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for Jews.
Yom Kippur in 60 Seconds
Teens Soul-Stirring Kol Nidrei Duet
Shana tova! - Happy Rosh Hashanah
To our Jewish friends, we wish a Happy and
healthy New Year.
If you do not know about Rosh Hashanah,
following are some sites that will hopefully explain what it is and
what it's importance is in the lives of Jews, worldwide. (Plus a
music video and a directory of services streaming, worldwide!)
From Bullied to Part of the 'Solution'
Natalie Hampton knows first-hand how it feels to be left out of
everyday school-life. And being bullied. You'd never know that by
looking at her because she does not fit 'the stereotype' of a
bullying victim or someone whom others would not immediately invite
to their lunch table.But this simply reinforces the reality that
there is 'no type' of victim, per se. She was attacked both in
cyberspace and in the physical world.
Well, Natalie is now a Junior at a high school where 'community' is
the norm, but not necessarily 'everything'. Anyway, she created an
app called 'Sit With Us'. (For the iPhone and iPad.) The
app allows for students to become 'Ambassadors'. They post
where they are sitting during lunch and that there is an open seat/s
that those who feel as if they were 'outcasts' can sit. Those
without a seat can use the app to find these 'Ambassadors'
and begin to become a part of a community.
Check out the app. Realize that even without the app, you can simply
invite those 'lost souls' during lunchtime.
For Succeeding In High School Chemistry
Author: Robert Bell
High school chemistry
and high school physics are two of the toughest courses students
encounter in high school. Fortunately, there is more help than ever
for students struggling with high school chemistry class. There's no
denying that high school chemistry is a hard class, but there are
several reasons students do poorly in chemistry, and many of these
reasons can be conquered.
One of the top
reasons students struggle with high school chemistry is
procrastination. Keeping up with the reading, vocabulary, and
problems is half the battle when it comes to high school chemistry.
Putting off work or reading causes students to fall behind, and it
is difficult to come from behind and do well in high school
High school chemistry
students also experience difficulty if they do not have a good
grounding in mathematics. Algebra and geometry help tremendously
with understanding high school chemistry. Unit conversions,
chemistry problems, and calculating molarity, pressure, temperature,
and other properties will be covered in high school chemistry, and
students with a better math background will have an advantage.
While practice and
preparation are essential for mastering high school chemistry, there
is danger in becoming over-reliant on study guides and help books.
Reading these books can supplement the main chemistry text used in
the class, but there is no substitute for reading and understanding
the high school chemistry textbook first.
study practice for high school chemistry students is working
practice problems. Again, using the main textbook from class is
important. Sometimes when a particular type of chemistry problem is
troublesome, extra practice from similar problems in study guides
can help. But mastering the techniques and problems presented in the
high school chemistry class is necessary first.
Part of high school
chemistry comes down to plain memorization. When students balance
chemical equations - particularly on a test - there is not time to
look up items like molecular weight for common elements like oxygen
and hydrogen. These things require memorization. Techniques used by
high school chemistry students to aid in memorization include flash
cards, having a friend or parent ask questions for practice, or
using computer software and games to test memorization skills.
While memorization is
important to learning high school chemistry, it is not the same as
understanding the reasoning and fundamentals of chemistry. There is
simply too much material, even in high school chemistry, to
memorize. Knowing what to memorize in high school chemistry is as
important as the memorization itself.
The beginning of
memorization and understanding in high school chemistry starts in
note taking. Taking notes in class and paying attention can be a
difficult balance at times, but practice improves this. Class notes,
including notes written on homework papers, are excellent memory
prompts and should be a regular part of participation in a high
school chemistry class.
Listening to the
teacher seems so obvious as to not require mentioning, but it is
vital in the hard sciences to listen to the teacher. If for no other
reason, listening to the teacher in high school chemistry will often
let students know exactly what concepts will appear on tests, and in
which forms, such as fill-in-the-blank, equations, multiple choice,
or essay questions.
Succeeding at high
school chemistry requires a multi-step approach: practice,
memorization, reading, paying attention in class and good note
taking.Need help with high school chemistry get your chemistry
questions answered for free at
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Heroes Can Be Found Anywhere,
Including During A School Crisis
Many of you are probably aware of the horrififc school stabbing
incident, in PA. - A teenage student went on a stabbing spree
through his school.
Some stuents ran away. Some hid and took 'shelter in place'.
Some saved the lives of others. There were those who called 911,
pulled a fire alarm, or took the hand of a friend as they fled the
building. Another hero was Brett Hurt who pushed his friend, Gracey
Evans, aside and took a knife wound to his back. Instead of fleeing,
Gracey in turn helped stop the bleeding of a fellow classmate who
had a major wound.
The fact that some students ran for their lives does not make them
cowards. We all react differently to a crisis. And, everyone
involved with that horrific day has had their lives altered forever.
If you or someone you know has witnessed a beating, a bullying, a
crime, and done nothing to stop it. You can still do something about
it: Talk with a counselor, your parents, clergy... Because that
would also be a heroic deed. But, as always, the choice, the
decision is yours to make.
25 Things I Wish I Knew Before Freshman Year at College♥
Risky Behavior Often Leads To Dire Consequences
Yea! You've made it! You're now officially a college freshman and
probably 18 or older. An adult in the eyes of many government laws
and in your own mind.
Few constraints exist when you are in
college. You're ofen on your own. But as a famous superhero's
guardian once said (paraphrased): With independence
comes great responsibility.
Much has been made in the news lately of sexual crimes committed
against (mostly) women. And of drinking and drugs that got out of
control. And of fatal car accidents. Abductions. Dating violence.
And, unfortunately, much more.
Also unfortunately is the slant
that these stories often take: That the victim or even the
instigator should not be responsible for their part in the
devastating situation. People like me are often accused of
'blaming the victim'. - However, there is a difference. We ask
the 'victim' to take responsibility for indulging in risky behavior.
Yes! There are risks in everything that we do! Crossing a street.
Eating dinner. SAtudying at the college library.
all risks have equal odds for dire consequences.
* Crossing the street while texting and not
observing traffic. Perhaps the driver coming your way is drunk or
texting and therefore not seeing you.
* Leaving the door to your
dorm room open with money onyour bed or a tablet/laptop resting on
your desk. No one should take it but, what's to stop them?
Leaving your drink (alcoholic or not) on a table while you make a
restroom pitstop. What would stop an a__hole from dropping adrug in
* Being drunk and going off to a bedroom with someone
you just met (same sex or otherwise). Rape is inexcusable. But
putting yourself in a dangerous position...
* Professor leaves
test answers on her desk. Yes, others might have checked them out.
But your act of cheating is on you!
* Your folks gave you a
credit/debit card. You see great bargains on clothing or technology.
So you burn through your month's food allowance. Your folks do not
owe more money for nourishment.
* You decide to go to the library
late at night by yourself. You think that you're too old to need a
'babysitter' (having a security guard) take you back and forth to
your dorm. And you get mugged or worse.
Hopefully, you get my point. Yes, you are older and
probably wiser than you were in high school. But that does not mean
that you have little if anything to learn about being a successful
Think about this... 'Nuff said!
Girls Guide: College Edition- Classy vs Trashy- Self Respect + Party
Some things to consider.
(Note: This video
expresses a very strong set of opinions. While we tend to agree with
much of what is said here,
we do not agree with everything.
Likewise, you need to draw your own conclusions.)
Guide' To College Life
Okay! You've arrived,
You're a grown-up, college student. And, boy, do you
ever expect to spread your wings. Flying off in many directions,
without your parents/guardians there to micro-manage your life. Or,
to know if you sort of, kinda, stretch your boundaries beyond
anything you have done before.
you think. You have common sense. You won't get into any tricky or
Well, I hope that you are correct! -
That said, allow me to share some real warnings about matters your
guidance counselor and other adults probably did not mention. Or, if
they did, you nodded your head and then blew them off.
have no vested interest in you personally, so my advice is based on
reality, not hypebole. After you digest it a bit, it's up to you to
#1 Freshman Weight
Gain - Most adults believe that freshmen typically gain 15
pounds during that first year. Between the meal plan which might or
might not be decent, late night pizzas, junk food, and booze, weight
gain does appear to be common. But many studies put the average
weight gain somewhere between 5 and 10 pounds. Whatever the average
is, realize that you should pay modest (not obsessive) attention to
- An all-too frequent problem among high school students, some of
you might find yourself obsessing over your weight for any number of
reasons (stress among them). If you find yourself heading down this
road, male, as well as female, get some help at the guidance center
or community health center in the town. 'Cause you don't want
to be controlled by food. Stopping is very difficult, but not
impossible. But extremely difficult without some professional
Fraternities/Sororities - There are certainly some great ones,
from what I can tell. However, hazing can not only be brutal, but
deadly. And, that is not an exaggeration. - Hazing is
about power and humiliation. It frequently involves sex acts,
real or simulated. Alcohol poisoning has truly claimed many lives.
The degradation can last a lifetime, psychologically. It seldom is
fun for the one going through it.
#4 Pregnancy -
Many a promise is made in the heat of passion, horniness, and
drunkeness. Most of the promises mean s__t! Likewise, a girl
can say that she is on the pill and not be/forgot to take it. Guys
can say that they will pull out before ejaculating, but virtually no
one has that control, and all you need is for one of those 'little
guys' to... An unwanted/unplanned-for pregnancy has ended many a
co-eds college plans. Same for the guy who must now get a real job
and support this child.
#5 Rape - It
is real. Happens much more frequently than you will ever want to
believe. - Females often face a difficult time getting either law
enforcement or the college administration to believe that the sex
was not invited/otherwise, consensual. Guys, you can be
automatically believed to be guilty in some locations. Fortunately,
there is a Federal movement underway to rectify problems in this
area. But the first and most important step involves you not
getting into dangerous situations, if you can help it. (And, you
cannot always help it... Understood.) Guys, you can also get raped.
#6 Drugs -
There are even more drugs available than there were in high school.
The problem is that they are as dangerous here, or even more so. A
lot of what is out there is not 'pure', meaning it gets mixed with
such ingredients as pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Even 'the
good stuff' has led to some students getting addicted, dropping out
due to poor grades, becoming 'junior dealers' in order to pay for
their habit, or trading sex for that next high/fix. - Don't think
this is drama or hyperbole. Trust me. I used to work in that
field and things have only become more dangerous, in many ways.
#6 Drugs, Continued
- Never leave your drink or food alone. There are those who
will slip something in it. Perhaps in order to have sex with you,
against your will. Perhaps to simply watch how you deal with it. For
'laughs'. The only thing is that the results are seldom funny for
the person taking them.
#7 Social media
stupidity - Being blunt, your Facebook, SnapChat, Twitter,
and other postings will likely be seen by not only the college
administration, but by future employers and potential spouses. -
Don't believe me? Then do a little bit of Google-ing. See the many
instances where that SnapChat sexy photo was saved and forwarded
before it was deleted. Check out the guys and gals who lost jobs
because even though they kept their Facebook page private, someone
else at the party posted photos of you with a bong or having a
threesome or vomiting from too much booze. - What is on the Internet
pretty much stays there.
#8 Sexting -
What a stupid idea! Try to think about how many people students date
before settling down for good. (Very rarely is it ever with your
college lover.) Those photos will surface, in all likelihood.
(Even movie stars such as Jennifer Lawrence is learning this the
hard way!) - By the way,
depending upon the age of the person in the photos, someone might be
charged with 'child pornography'and have to register as a sex
offender, for life.
#9 Missing classes
- Have some fun while at college, by all means. But remember that
you are there for an education that will hopefully lead to a
promising career and an income that will support you in the
lifestyle that you wish to experience.
The Counseling Center
- Almost every college has an on campus counseling center. Please
don't worry about a stigma being attached to it. Because you would
be amazed by the number of students using it. But, if you can't get
past the worry of being 'found out', then virtually every city and
college community has a health center where you can go and pay
nothing, in many instances. - Remember that it is the s'trong'
person does seeks help when they need it.
#10 Don't forget
family - Or others whose support over the years, emotionally
and financially, have helped you get to where you are, today.
Okay. Enough of this.
Now, go have a great year!
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