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DOGGGGGGGGGGGGGMy dog has got no manners.

I think he’s very rude.
He always whines at dinnertime
while we are eating food.
And when he’s feeling thirsty
and wants to take a drink,
he takes it from the toilet
instead of from the sink.

He never wears a pair of pants.
He doesn’t wear a shirt.
But worse, he will not shower
to wash away the dirt.

He’s not polite to strangers.
He bites them on the rear.
And when I’m on the telephone,
he barks so I can’t hear.

When I complained to Mommy,
she said, “I thought you knew:
the reason that his manners stink—
he learns by watching you

by Bruce Lansky 

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The best remedy for scorching hot weather is a tall glass of something ice cold. You might not immediately think of coffee or tea in the summer, but you’ll find plenty of ways to serve them up nicely chilled.
1. Iced Cafe au Lait
A simple iced coffee recipe, heavy on the milk. A quick iced coffee recipe is very handy in the summer. No reason to go without your coffee just because the heat is up.
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2. Thai Iced Tea
A creamy iced tea, with some spicy hints. An iced tea recipe for all chai fans. Only a couple of spices, but enough to make a delicious impact.
3. Classic Lemonade
Lemons, sugar and water. The most simple lemonade recipe, and yet so refreshing. Your drinks don’t have to be complicated to be refreshing. Make up a jug today, and relax on the patio.
4. Cinnamon Caramel Iced Coffee
Add the cinnamon before brewing to give this recipe spicy touch. You’ll need to stir well to blend in the caramel syrup.
5. Sparkling Jasmine Iced Tea
A sparkling iced tea, flavoured with jasmine and brown sugar syrup. A change from the ordinary, with a sweet and floral flavour.
6. Thai Iced Coffee
A very smooth recipe for an iced chai coffee. The spiciness of chai isn’t only for tea, you know. It’s a simple blend that won’t take you forever to put together. Spice up your coffee today.
7. Ginger Lemonade
Fresh ginger gives traditional lemonade a new flavour. Be careful though, the ginger is a very potent ingredient. Ginger lemonade goes well with a summer lunch of Asian cuisine.
8. Italian Chocolate Soda
A sparkling drink with a hint of chocolate and cream. Even with the heavy cream, this is a very refreshing recipe for the heat of summer.
9. Suada Over Ice
You can’t go wrong sticking with the basics. Its just espresso over ice, with enough sweetened milk to mellow it out.
10. Boston Iced Tea
A wonderfully tart recipe for cranberry iced tea. The name comes from the cranberry bogs in the Boston area (so I’ve been told by a few readers). Regardless, it’s a very refreshing drink for a summer’s day.

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KIDS IN SUN

Avoid risks like skin damage and cancer, or melanoma, this summer by seeking shade, wearing shirts, hats, sunglasses – and, of course, sunscreen

 

When another bleak Michigan winter is done, families are eager to soak up the warm weather. But not so fast. Several hours of fun in the sun can lead to a lifetime of damaged skin, premature aging and skin cancer, or melanoma, dermatologists warn. Understand the risks – and how to avoid shield your children from them.

The risks

Aside from skin cancers, long-term sun exposure is responsible for changes in the skin’s texture, color, blood supply and development.

“The majority of sun damage occurs during childhood,” says Dr. Linda Stein Gold, director of clinical dermatology research at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. “Children can still have fun, but it’s important to protect them in the sun.”

The American Academy of Dermatology, or AAD, estimates that kids get 80 percent of their total sun damage by age 18.

Several factors increase the skin cancer risk: fair complexion, family history of skin cancer, multiple or atypical moles and excessive exposure to UV radiation. The AAD says several bad childhood sunburns may lay the foundation for skin cancer and recommends keeping infants under 6 months out of direct sunlight.

Melanoma accounts for only about 4 percent of skin cancer cases but causes the majority of skin cancer deaths. However, when caught early and treated early, most patients do very well. Melanoma is the No. 1 cancer for young adults ages 25-29, and the second-most common cancer for ages 15-25.

Think location

You don’t have to sunbathe to damage your skin. Participating in outdoor sports can cause overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, which can lead to skin cancer, as well as premature aging. Baseball, golf and tennis players often are played during the midday sun, when the sun’s damaging rays are the strongest.

Indoor tanning beds also carry a risk. “It’s important that teens avoid tanning beds,” says Stein Gold. “They have the same UV light that causes skin cancer and wrinkling, which will make you look older.”

Protection vitals

“Make sure you protect your child’s skin,” says West Bloomfield dermatologist D’Anne Kleinsmith. “They’ll thank you for it later.”

Dermatologists use a series of S’s to remind their patients about sun safety: seek shade, slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, and wear sunglasses.

  • “Seek shade,” especially in the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • “Slip on a shirt” reminds people to use protective clothing to guard as much skin as possible when outdoors. Newer sun protective fabrics are lightweight and provide coverage.
  • “Sun protective clothing is great, even while swimming,” says Stein Gold. “Also, wear hat and sunglasses for full protection.” Kleinsmith adds that the type of hat counts: Wide-brimmed styles provide shade to sensitive areas like the ears and neck, and the material makes a difference, too. “Tighter weave fabrics block more sun,” she says.
  • “Slop on sunscreen” means apply a generous amount (about a shot-glass full) before going outdoors and reapply after swimming, toweling dry or sweating. Use sunscreen even on hazy or overcast days. Stein Gold recommends sunscreens with a minimum of SPF 15. “Also look for those with UVA and UVB coverage,” she says. “Reapply every two hours, and more frequently if swimming.”

What about vitamin D?

Among dermatologists, there is some discussion about the risks versus the potential benefits of sun exposure. Vitamin D is produced in the body by exposure to sunlight. Although our bodies need vitamin D to build and maintain strong and healthy bodies, most dermatologists do not recommend getting vitamin D from natural sunlight exposure or from artificial indoor tanning lights.

“The American Academy of Dermatology feels that you should get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin supplements,” Stein Gold says. “Don’t seek the sun.”

The AAD believes that getting vitamin D from a balanced diet including vitamin D-fortified foods and beverages, or from vitamin supplements and practicing sun protection, is a healthier alternative. Good dietary sources of vitamin D include fortified milk, cheeses and yogurt, fortified cereal and oily fish like salmon and tuna.

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SUNMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Staying cool during a long, hot summer can be pricey. But before you turn on the A/C, read these tips on ways to keep costs down during a heatwave.

Beating the heat doesn’t have to mean cranking the A/C — air conditioning is really hard on the budget, not to mention the power grid. This summer, consider these 12 frugal tips to keep you cool in the hot weather — they’ll not only save you money, but will make your home greener too.

1. Get grilling
When it’s hot outside, using your oven or stovetop can make your house even hotter. Stop sweating in the kitchen and make use of your barbecue whenever you can. You can use the grill for everything — even pizza. 
2. Adjust your thermostat
Try not to leave the AC running when you’re not home. There are other ways to keep your house from heating up too much (see below). Also, consider saving the air conditioning for the very hottest days of summer — and use it sparingly, such as turning it off when you’re sleeping.

3. Change your filters
If you have central air, make sure you give your system a once-over and change the filters so that it runs more efficiently and pumps clean air through your home.

4. Keep the curtains closed
Keep your windows curtained or shuttered during the heat of the day — that will also help the air stay cooler when the sunshine is at its peak.

5. Use fans
Ceiling fans and portable fans will keep the air circulating through your home so that it stays cooler and fresher.

6. Cover the vents
If you are running AC, make sure you cover the vents in rooms you don’t use to push the cold air where you want it — especially at night. Covering the downstairs vents can make your upper floors cooler when you’re sleeping.

7. Camp out
Hot nights can be the hardest part of summer, so why not get out of your upstairs bedroom and sleep somewhere cooler? Set up camp in the backyard or in the basement — if you have young kids, you can also make it fun by pitching a tent and making it like a camping trip.

8. Use cold showers
Bring down your body temperature before bed by taking a cold shower or bath. It will help make you more comfortable and help you get to sleep even on the hottest nights. To get super cool before bed, stand in front of a fan to dry off instead of using a towel — that gives your body an extra chill that will keep you cooler for longer.

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9. Peg out
Your dryer makes your home even hotter, so use your clothesline instead. Pegging out can also help cut your electricity bill. And you get an added bonus — clothes dried outside smell so much better.

10. Get a pool (kiddie that is)
Every kid on my block had a Mr. Turtle Pool when I was growing up — kid-sized pools are a great way for your little ones to keep cool. Adults and pets can also cool their heels in the cold water when they need it. If your kids are too small to play safely in a kiddie pool, then turn on the sprinkler to cool them down.

11. Have lots of cold ones…
Keep yourself well hydrated with cold, icy beverages, preferably non-alcoholic — while a cold beer or two goes down smoothly on a hot day, the alcohol can leave you dehydrated and feeling even worse.

12. Make homemade popsicles with the kids
Packaged popsicles and ice creams are expensive — enlist your kids in helping you make popsicles of their own. You can also make your own cones and drumsticks — they taste better than the ones you buy at the store.

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