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Debbie Sharp Loeb, teacher by training but full-time mom to a disabled son, craftsperson, bead artist, great cook, creative homemaker & terrific spotter of cool new products for everything under the sun, presents Hodgepodge: recipes, household hints, stories about children, friends & relatives, cool stuff, music, & much more.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

12 Foods With Super-Healing Powers

1. Kiwifruit
2. Cherries
3. Guavas
4. Beans
5. Watercress
6. Spinach
7. Onions
8. Carrots
9. Cabbage
10. Broccoli
11. Kale
12. Dandelion

To read the article about these items go to:

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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Monday, June 25, 2012

17 Quotes That Inspire Us to Change the World


Wednesday, June 20, 2012


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"TravelPod lets you share your trips using your own online travel blog (also known as a travel diary, travel journal or travelogue). You can post travel blogs from previous trips or use TravelPod for your ongoing trips. By updating your travel blogs while you travel, you can share your adventures with everyone back home."

"Because your travel blog is on the web, your friends, family and other visitors interested in your travel blog can view it (if you would rather keep your travels private, you can also choose to password protect your travel blog). You can even have TravelPod notify friends and family through email when you write a new entry. It's an easy, exciting and interactive way to document and share your travel adventures!"
"The site has evolved over the years based on your feedback to make it the most feature rich and easy to use travel blog site there is. Best of all, TravelPod has always been free, and still is today! TravelPod was built by travelers for travelers, and wasn't conceived to make money but rather to provide a free service to fellow wanderers."

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Friday, June 15, 2012

Museum Free Days

Would you like to visit your favorite museum for free? Many museums have free days! You can check by city and even create a calendar for the month. Go to:


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How Long Does It Take To Decomopse?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

11 Quotes To Help You Feel Less Alone


Monday, June 11, 2012

Underheard in New York

Over 100,000 homeless people live in New York City and 8,000,000 people walk by them everyday. They need food, work, and housing but first they need someone to listen.
Twitter accounts were setup for 4 homeless men at the NYC Rescue Mission and they were given cell phones to tweet their experiences. Watch the video and see what happened.  


Friday, June 08, 2012

A Visit with Sister Jane

Last week my brother and I went to see Sister Jane from the Good Shepherd Home, Cameroon, West Africa, at the Community of St. John Baptist in Mendham, NJ ( where she is staying in the states, while trying to raise money and more awareness of the needs of the orphaned children she cares for. As some of you already know I teamed up with Elizabeth Geitz with "Clip a Dollar for Epilepsy" to help those in the Home for Special Needs Annex in Batibo, but this is not enough. There is little education or understanding of epilepsy in Africa.
Sometime ago I had met with representative from the Epilepsy Foundation of NJ and was able to obtain from her materials not only describing the types of seizures, First Aide, books for children, but also an informative video. Sister Jane was so happy to receive these materials. She even called a sister who cares for Christian, the young boy with seizures pictured in the "Clip a Dollar" campaign to tell her of them and then put me on the phone so I could briefly tell her of my experiences with my son with his seizures, medications, etc., things that neither she or Sister Jane knew about.
Sister Jane told me more stories of children with seizures which broke my heart as they are outcast by their families and villages. So much need for education and medication!
If you have not looked into the "Clip a Dollar" campaign please click on the link above and check it out. Every dollar's a little hug you can give to help these orphaned children to let them know someone is thinking of them.
 P.S. - I also brought her some more Little Dresses!
 Oh, there is one more picture I wish I had captured. After we loaded all the materials back in the box and went to leave we asked Sister Jane if she wanted us to carry it anywhere for her. She said no problem. She raised the box up onto her shoulder and headed up the stairs!

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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

25 Things Every Kid Should Experience

Love this article. Wish I thought of it!

Here's the link:

Here's the List:

1-Being part of a team -"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." ~Babe Ruth

2-Camping - "The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man."~Author Unknown

3-Chores - "All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today."~Ralph Ransom

4-Snow- "A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship."
~Markus Zusak

5-Farm Life- "Growing up on a dairy farm, you certainly learn discipline and a commitment to purpose." ~Mike Johanns

A lemonade stand - "Once you decide to work for yourself, you never go back to work for somebody else."~Alan Sugar

7-Flying a kite - Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against, not with the wind."
~Hamilton Wright Mabie

8-Bowling - "Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain." ~Martin Mull

9-The fair - "Go to the Fair, Templeton. You will find that the conditions at the fair will surpass your wildest dreams." ~via "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White

10-Cooking - "Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all."
~Harriet Van Horne

11-Fishing - "Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers."~Herbert Hoover

12-Horseback riding - "No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle."~Winston Churchill

13-Giving - "I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."
~Maya Angelou

14-The library - "To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one." ~Chinese saying

15-A family reunion - "Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!"
~Albert Einstein

16-A live stage production - "The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life."~Arthur Miller

17*-The beach - "Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone." ~Anonymous

18-Caring for a pet - "The dog was created especially for children. He is the god of frolic."
~Henry Ward Beecher

19- Helping fix stuff - "The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty as the son who neglects them."~Confucius

20-A friendship with a special needs child - "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." ~Albert Einstein

21-Riding a train - "If God had intended us to fly, he would never have given us the railroads."
~Michael Flanders

22-Being in a wedding - "Twenty-three is the best age [to get married] because you know the person FOREVER by then."~Camille, age 10

23-Gardening - "I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation." ~Phyllis Theroux

24-Learning to swim - What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? ...when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning - what do you find? That you can swim? Well - life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live!~Alfred Alder

25-A slumber party - "I believe in angels, the kind Heaven sends. I am surrounded by angels, but I call them my best friends.~Anonymous

*If you're from Jersey, #17 would be "The Shore"!

Wow, I 'm only missing a couple from this list!
Off the top of my head I'd like to add: A family road trip, visiting a zoo, museum, school trip, building a fort/treehouse/snowfort, love/attention from a grandparent, aunt or uncle, riding a bike & roller skating, sleeping in a tent in the backyard  . . . . .

 . . . . and what would you like to see on this list? Email me and I'll add it to the post.


Friday, June 01, 2012

What Speed Do You Read?

From the Staples website a quick, fun reading speed test.
Just read the provided text as fast as you can, and then answer 3 comprehension questions

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