You Can Teach an Old Dog New Trix

Each of us are born with a set of circumstances and upbringing that help to shape our worldview. It's almost like we are born with a predetermined cookie-cutter. If we are star cookie-cutters, we'll cut shapes of stars. If we are heart cookie-cutters, we'll cut shapes of hearts. In other words, whatever we look for in life, we will find. This is so predictable! How to live life with more surprises? I think it is important to do uncomfortable things every once in awhile. I never thought I could learn 3D printing. The correct term is rapid prototyping. It is so hard, I keep thinking to myself. It is so easy to buy readymade cookie-cutters and take the short cut. I tried to learn from the proto

The Girl Who Made Pearl Buck Extraordinary

Not a lot of people knew that Pearl Buck had a severely disable daughter named Carol. Her daughter was diagnosed with PKU, which made her body unable to break down protein or amino acids. Her brain stopped growing as early as one year old. The diagnosis wasn’t discovered until Carol was in her thirties. By then, it was too late to change her diet to make any difference. It was hard to give up hope for her daughter. She kept trying to teach her to write her name and to appreciate music. But at one point, she felt how sweaty Carol’s hand was and knew she was stressed out from trying to please her mom. Medical expenses were too great to settle her daughter at a permanent home. Pearl wrote, the 

Teach Kids Concept of Perimeter with Homemade Cookie-Cutters

In the age we live in, we can purchase everything. We could find cookie-cutters of all shapes and sizes. But I miss the handmade quality of homemade goods. You can teach your kids to make their own cookie-cutters, so they can take ownership of their work and learn about perimeters at the same time. Ingredients Aluminum Sheets can be purchased at hardware stores Scissors are used to cut the aluminum sheets. Strings to find the perimeter of your drawing Ruler to measure the length of the string Scotch Tape to close the cookie-cutter Drawing the shape that you want your cookie cutter to be Needle Nose Pliers (Optional) to bend the aluminum in a precise way 3rd Grade CA Common Core Math Standard

Smelly Socks Dog Biscuits (Peanut Butter Flavor)

Toby is a rescue dog who resides at Pomona Humane Society. He was abandoned by his owners because the medical expenses were too great. Toby is not ready for adoption yet. He is suffering from a skin condition and infection in the eyes. Toby was probably an outside dog guarding a business all his life. He is street smart and can answer some of life's toughest questions. Q: Toby, What do I do when people who don't like me? A: Every 10 or 20 years in human or dog years, you will meet someone who really resonates with you. Meanwhile, there will be others who might not like you for no reason at all...... Instead of shortchanging yourself to please people who don't like you for no reason, or even

Broken Hearted: An Occasion to be Celebrated

"You have a new love now," said the brother of the girl. "What do you mean by that," wondered the girl. How can my brother say something so insensitive, she thought to herself. "I mean the dog," the brother chimed in as though he could read her mind like I do. I guess they were referring to me. I was only 3 months old at the time. Broken Hearts Doggie Biscuits 3 cups of flour 1/3 c. low sodium bouillon powder 1 teaspoon Red Food Coloring 1 cup warm water 2 eggs Use the broken heart cookie-cutter provided with my cookbook. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine all the dry ingredients. Slowly add in the wet ingredients. Roll dough on a floured surface. Roll dough to 1/4" thickness. Cut doug

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