Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mental Health & Debt


A NEW guide released today for those blighted with the double misery of poor
mental health and problem debt has been welcomed as a “life saver” by
growing charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP).
The booklet, written in plain English for individuals and their carers, has been produced by TV’s money expert Martin Lewis and provides clear advice for some of the UK’s most vulnerable people. It covers issues of how to reduce debt, where to get help and legal advice.
Among others, Martin Lewis lists CAP as an organisation people can contact
for caring advice to help them become debt free.

John Kirkby, founder and international director of debt counselling charity
CAP said: “We expect this guide to literally save lives. The isolation and fear of living with out-of-control debts is (Click Here to get the Free Book)
a unique kind of misery which can drive
people to the edge.
“Debts can also be caused by people whose mental health means their
dealings with their finances and bills can be erratic. There is advice in this
guide for them too.”
He recommended people with vulnerable family members also read the guide
which includes advice from consultant psychiatrist Rob Waller who trains
CAP’s staff out in the field to identify and understand the issues. Research undertaken in 2008 by leading medics and published in Psychological Medicine found: “The more debts people had, the more likely they were to have some from of mental disorder…people with six or more
separate debts had a six-fold increase in mental disorder.”

CAP offers free debt counselling for people regardless of age, gender or
beliefs through 150 church-based centres throughout the UK. Every day staff
celebrate people becoming debt free.
Not only is the advice free and face-to-face, it happens in the clients’ home
making it ideal for anyone feeling unwell, fearful or unable to cope with life.
For debt help ring 0800 328 0006 or visit to find out more.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

LitWorld's Reading Decree

I recently discovered the importance of reading aloud to my daughter's delight. i have been insisting that she become more independent and read quietly to herself.
We have reached a comprise where we do both.
Discovering the LitWorld site has made a positive difference in our relationship and her relationship with reading.

The following statement was designed to be presented (read) on March 9, 2011,


LitWorld's Reading Decree

Today is World Read Aloud Day.

We are uniting our voices in cities and communities across the globe.

We celebrate the power of stories and words to change worlds.

We join our voices for quality literacy education for every child worldwide.

Today 774 million people cannot read or write. They are denied the joy and light of reading every day.

Education is a human right and a means to attaining other human rights that we declare to be universal.

Literacy education improves the health of children and families, spurs economic growth and advances equality.

For many children worldwide, quality education is the difference between life and death, between hope and despair and being able to make the most of one’s potential. This is our opportunity to give voice to the future.

By coming together and raising our voices on this day, we show the world’s children that we support their lives: that they have the right to read, to write and to share their stories to change the world.

Today I pledge my passion for quality education and my support for the cause of literacy. I encourage everyone to take part in this day and this cause.

As a representative of my community, I will continue to advocate for the causes most important to us and I encourage all of you to join me in the fight for our children and all children’s futures.

In observance of World Read Aloud Day, I invite you to take a moment to think about what you would miss most if you could not read or write.

It’s time for all of us to join the global literacy movement. Through our voices we can be free and be part of words changing worlds

Please feel free this information on your blog, website, Face Book page etc.......

Sunday, February 20, 2011

DaySpring E-Cards

Click here to read this pose with music DaySpring E-Cards

by Max Lucado

It's quiet. It's early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.

In a few moments, the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day's demands. It is now I must make a choice. Because of Calvary, I'm free to choose. And so I choose….

No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.

I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical…the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.

I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I'll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. I will be kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I will accuse. I choose goodness.

Today I will keep my promises.
My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My spouse will not question my love.

Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it only be in prayer. If I make a demand, may it only be of myself.

I am a spiritual being… After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Finding a Niche

I am struggling to find my niche. I know that I love teaching and I am sure that I am a good teacher. Finding a teaching job in Northern Ireland and now England is proving to be tougher than I thought. When I move to England I could probably get an agency, that seems to be the standard practice for Foreign teachers. What do I do in the meantime?
I have been attending a pre-business course and I have yet to settle on a business idea that will work for me.
I want something that is online so that when i move again it will be easy to continue with it, but at the same time I am people person. I am passionate about helping people and I cannot see that I can do that only online.
So what do I do? How do I brand myself?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Thank You

Jeandre' raised £54.30 for the British heart foundation.
They jumped rope in the school hall because it was raining.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Jumping Rope for Heart

Jeandre's Sponsorship requests:

I am taking part in a sponsored Jumping Rope event in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Edenderry Primary School. Please sponsor me!

I'd be really grateful for whatever you can spare, because I know how much the nation's heart charity needs our help to continue their life saving work. Everything they do is about saving and improving the lives of people with heart dissease, so it's a really good cause. In addition, my school will benefit too, as it gets to keep 20% of the money I raise.

Only accepting donations up to Thursday,10 February 2011.
If you would like to donate money directly to the BHF please visit their website the link is above.

British Heart Foundation

Jump Rope For Heart is our educational fundraising programme, designed to help children skip their way to health.

This popular programme is recognised as a healthy, fun and challenging aerobic activity that gets children active, while raising money for schools or youth groups and helping fund the fight against heart disease.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Life is a Picture

Life is a Picture
Submitted by: Leanne's Scrap Place
Author: Unknown
I took a little time today,
to reminisce of yesterday.
To review our lives in the past
recorded here in photographs.

As I page through the years,
Sometimes I may shed some tears.
So many faces I have known,
some passed away and others grown.

Sometimes it's hard to realize,
when all spread out before my eyes,
With all the pictures that I took,
our whole lives are in this book.