Sunday, September 21, 2014

Do You Speak English?

Source: https://www.yahoo.com/travel/worst-things-americans-say-on-c1409797717625.html

By Yahoo Travel Editors

We already know this... don't we?

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When we travel, we are, by definition, out of place. But the things Americans say when we travel (especially overseas) sometimes highlight just how out of place we are — and not in a good way. The natural biases we’ve formed at home can come out in the worst, although unintentional, ways.

So to help you prevent an international outbreak of foot-in-mouth disease, here are the Worst Things Americans Say on Vacation.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Birth mothers and birthday thoughts from Madeleine Melcher. Excellent!

Source: http://www.ourjourneytoyouadoption.com/1/archives/09-2013/1.html

By Madeleine Melcher

To My Own BIRTHmother on my BIRTHday...

So here I sit with my coffee, it is September 17th and the cool fall air has just begun emerging in the mornings--my favorite time of year.  A little quiet time when I can collect my thoughts before my sweet darlings get up for school.  It is my birthday.  My thoughts go to all the birthdays before this one, filled with special cakes made by my mom, gifts that I loved, parties with friends and the little train tray my mom would bring to our beds on our birthday ~filled with a special birthday breakfast as she cheerfully came in to sing.  But there is one other person I think of on my birthday…someone I do not even know.  Someone that had a lot to do with the actual day I was born, but who I have never carried on a real conversation with~  my own birthmother.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

If Only 7%

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When you see it in those terms you have to scratch your head and wonder why do we still have orphans and why do we still have so many waiting families - Encouraging everyone to give this some thought.

Today, the Lord to show each of His followers that we can each do something!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

It's Your Second Chance to Enjoy Georgian Culture, Food, Music and Art.

a46c956ff0f82cf325d8b3ca18ef80f5 It's Your Second Chance to Enjoy Georgian Culture, Food, Music and Art: Russian, Georgian, American Food ~ International Fall Festival hosted by Mary of Egypt Orthodox Church in Roswell, GA Saturday, September 20th 11:00-5:30p & Sunday, September 21st 11:30-5:00pm

NAMI Piedmont Tri-County Walk for 1 in 4

Source: http://www.razoo.com/story/Ericka-Kauer-Fundraising-For-Nami-Piedmont-Tri-County-Walk-For-1-In-4

Adoptive families really know the value of accessing mental health services and support. Here's a great chance to support that for families in your own community.

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Did you know that 1 in 5 children are affected by mental illness in a given year? Your support matters to our family and many, many others!

We knew from almost the very start that our daughter, Ava, was different from other kids. As time went on, her struggles became more pronounced. After years of evaluations, she was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and a mild Intellectual Disability at age 9. Her increasingly isolating behaviors threatened to tear our family apart. We were truly a family in crisis. It was then that we found NAMI. At the NAMI Piedmont Tri-County, Family to Family course, we started to understand the challenges Ava faces every minute of every day. The education we received at NAMI Family to Family and NAMI Basics has been life changing. As a result of attending NAMI support groups, we have learned to become better advocates for Ava in the school setting as well as in the community. The caring and generous nature of the many NAMI Piedmont Tri-County volunteers we have met has provided much needed emotional as well as educational support to us.

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5 of the World’s Most Beautiful Alphabets... and Why You’ll Never Learn to Read Them

Source: http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/5-beautiful-endangered-alphabets/

By Felipe Sant'Ana Pereira

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Since the birth of the alphabet in the Near East around 2000 BC, endless writing systems from different languages and cultures have thrived and perished. The classic example is Egyptian, a highly developed civilization whose legacy remains the form of a famous hieroglyphic writing system…which we’ve never been able to fully decipher.

Over the last 2,500 years, the Latin alphabet has become so popular it’s swept away writing systems of peoples once dominated by the Romans. However, more than two billion people still write in other formats, and a few of them display an impressive handmade beauty.

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