Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, whoever you're with, I wish you a very happy, safe and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

I haven't been working much on my blog or reading yours much the past several months but that doesn't mean I've forgotten you. It just means that I've been pulled in a different direction. I want to fill this next period of my life with acts of sharing more of myself with others. Trying to figure that out these days.

That's me today, December 21st, 2012.
I'm taking a break from working on my book project "This Restless Life" which
is basically a condensing of my blogs from the last three years.
Just in case you're interested, here's the update I sent yesterday to backers of my book project.
Update #4·Dec. 19, 2012·comment
Nearly three weeks have passed since "This Restless Life" book project was successfully funded. The goal is to have the book completed and the rewards out to all of you within the next eleven weeks.
Over the past two weeks, I ordered rewards - greeting cards and post cards made from images that will be in the book. I selected all of the stories from my "A Camp Host's Meanderings" blog that I will build upon in the book. I created more collages that will be pictured in the book.
During the same period, I nursed a cold and dealt with my dog Gingee's flea allergies. In five days, Santa will visit little children around the world. For weeks, months and years to come citizens and policy makers will be wading through matters associated with gun violence in our country. Others will grieve losses from the recent Connecticut shootings along with all the other shootings and killings from years past.
I have been and will continue to seek inspiration from the following quote as I move forward with this project and in my life. "You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." Kahlil Gibran
Thank you each and everyone for the support you have given to me as I do my best to give of myself to others.  Wishing you Peace, Safety and Love this holiday season, Levonne
Back to my blogging pals...
What is your top priority for the new year?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What Do We Say to Our Kids About Recent Violence?

News reports were rampant last week on the internet of a teacher's son clad in black and carrying two handguns that rampaged through a Connecticut elementary school killing 20 small children and seven adults, including his mother. The death toll is the highest from a school shooting in U.S. history since a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007. At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, two teens killed 13 people and wounded 24 in 1999.

If you are interested in seeing a map of the history of the worst mass murders in North American, you can go to

Many RVers are traveling near to and visiting with relatives this holiday season. When visiting with young family members exposed to reports of the violence, there is advice from Family Resource Center at Minneapolis Children's Hospital and Clinics for Family Information Services about how to talk with children.

The following are some guidelines for parents (and grandparents too):

· Be honest about the situation. Give your children information at their own level and put it in context. Explain that even though frightening things happen to children every once in awhile, most children go about their day with no harm. Don't describe unlikely scenarios that would unnecessarily frighten your children.

· It helps to know what information your child is getting. Monitor their exposure to television reports, and help explain what they see if they do watch television. Ask them what they are hearing at school and, if necessary, give them factual information to dispel rumors they are hearing from others.

· Limit the amount of exposure to violent movies, videos, or computer games. The impact of violence for children is cumulative.

· Understand that children of different ages react differently. Younger children may react by showing more separation anxiety when their parents leave them at daycare or school. Older children may present a rough exterior or act out aggressive behavior.

· Provide extra emotional support for your children. Review safety precautions and practice routines of going to and from school with them. Teach your children that they should go to an adult that they trust if they feel threatened in any situation.

· Avoid infecting your children's lives with your own anxiety. If you are feeling overwhelmed by anxiety caused by traumatic events, take steps to deal with your own feelings before your children are affected.

· Be aware of other areas of children's lives that may make them especially vulnerable to fears regarding violence against children. Children who have experienced a traumatic incident in the past, children who are grieving a personal tragedy, and children who are ill are all more susceptible to anxiety regarding other events.

· Children need personal reassurance. Tell them what you are doing to ensure their safety; tell your children what their daycare provider or teacher is doing to maintain safety; and tell children what they can do to enhance their own safety.

· Don't overdo it. Maintain normal routines for eating, sleeping, and play. Keep an eye open for any signs of anxiety.

(Source: Family Resource Center at Minneapolis Children's Hospital and Clinics for Family Information Services, Minneapolis, MN   Permission to reprint above for educational purposes can be found here. )

A major motivation for many to begin an RVing lifestyle is so that regular and long visits can be made to see children and grandchildren. I hope that this post gives a few tips that help during this difficult period of your youngsters' exposure to yet another very violent event in our midst.

How are the youngsters in your family holding up?


Friday, December 7, 2012

Good Friday Morning!

Good Morning Blogging World!
Just wanted to share this picture of one of the resident peacocks here at Petaluma KOA. They are such purty birds!
Mr. Peacock
I'm busy as a bee with getting my book ready for print in February.
How's your holiday season progressing?