Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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January 16, 2013

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A New Year, New Tools!

In a few weeks, Bookshare will release two new innovative features that will help you get books quicker and easier.  You will love the capabilities to organize, share, and read books more simply.  Stay tuned for some big announcements!

You can learn more by signing up for one of the webinars below.  And if none of these dates or times work for you, you can still sign up and we'll send you a recording of the webinar.

Bookshare - Quicker and Easier Than Ever!

Date:    Tues, Feb 5, 2013
Time:    1:00 PM EDT, 12:00 PM CDT, 11:00 AM MDT, 10:00 AM PDT
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Date:    Wed, Feb 13, 2013
Time:    3:00 PM EDT, 2:00 PM CDT, 1:00 PM MDT, 12:00 PM PDT
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Date:    Thurs, Feb 21, 2013
Time:    4:30 PM EDT, 3:30 PM CDT, 2:30 PM MDT, 1:30 PM PDT
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In order to take full advantage of our new tools, your students will have to have their individual memberships set up. Get a jump on things now and make sure your students are ready with their own Bookshare memberships. It's easy.  Learn how now!

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January Webinars

Don't miss out, there is still time to sign up for our January webinars.

Bookshare Advanced for Active Members
Date:    Tues, Jan 22, 2013
Time:    4:00 PM EDT, 3:00 PM CDT, 2:00 PM MDT, 1:00 AM PDT
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Bookshare Live Support with our Membership and Tech Support Teams
Date:    Thurs, Jan 31, 2013
Time:    4:00 PM EDT, 3:00 PM CDT, 2:00 PM MDT, 1:00 PM PDT
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NEI Animation: Amblyopia - YouTube
This National Eye Institute video looks at amblyopia, a condition often referred to as lazy eye.

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My Trip to the Georgia Aquarium- Part 1

My Trip to the Georgia Aquarium- Part 1

by Renee Walker
You ever have something so exciting to say that it was too long to say all at once. Well, my trip to the Georgia Aquarium with husband and friends was just that. It was so exciting that it just didn't all fit into one column on Homeschool Mosaics. I had lots of touches. Some were soft. Some were smooth. Some were squishy. Some were icky, but they were all fun. Join me over at Homeschool Mosaics to read all about the fun, but you have to come back next month to get the full story. It was just too much fun for one telling! Let's go read all about the trip to the Georgia Aquarium.

My Visit to the Georgia Aquarium, Part 2

Renee Walker posted: "It is time for the second installment about my trip to the aquarium. I hope you have fun reading about it, and it can bring encouragement that life after loss or with challenges can be full of love, learning, and fun. http://homeschoolmosaics.com/my-vi"

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National Rare Disease Day - Logan Daily News: News Briefs: LOGAN — Thursday is National Rare Disease Day and one local family is asking everyone to wear


"When things look bad, remember, God is good"

Good morning, what a beautiful day that our Father has given us. Thought I would share this with, we have so very much to be thankful for, have a bless day and give thanks to the Shepherd!!

Never Alone, Never Lacking - Psalm 23-25; Acts 21:18:40
"The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack." (Psalm 23:1) The Lord watches over me and takes care of all my needs. I'm not missing one thing that is absolutely essential (Philippians 4:11). I'm grateful to wake up in the morning and especially appreciative if I have something to eat and possibly someone to speak with. It's always wonderful when my body and mind cooperates as well. I'm simply thankful for being in a relationship with my Lord.
"He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters, He renews my life; He leads me along the right paths for His name's sake." (V2-3) Even despite all of the chaos and detours of life, God, my Good Shepherd, gives me rest in my spirit, fresh oil for my soul and keeps me on the path that will fulfill the call He has chosen for me. Knowing that I can count on Him keeps my mind at peace (Isaiah 26:3)
"Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff - they comfort me." (V4) God's got me. There is no room for fear in my life. No matter where my path leads I know that He is there and that I will ultimately be alright. There's more to life than just the short time we are given here on planet earth. His rod and staff keep me on a short leash. They help keep my mind focused on kingdom issues that are important to Him so that I do not get sidetracked by temporal earth bound problems.
"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live." (V5-6) There will be no enemies present in heaven; therefore, I must conclude that God will cause even my enemies to be at peace with me here in this present time. Even though they may set me up, God will allow them to see my victory and there will be nothing they can do to deter it. In the end, God will prevail.
My relationship with the Lord will continue to increase and as a result His love and kindness will not only be present but will overtake me. God is a God of too much, my cup is not only full but overflowing, hallelujah. The comfort and anointing of the Holy Spirit will constantly be with me. I will always be able to find the remnant of God in His house. I will not only dwell in His presence here with my family in Christ but into eternity where I will experience the fullness of knowing Him.
Father, thank You for allowing me to know You. I pray to bring many into a relationship with You. Guide me and give me the ability to convey to the masses how wonderful You are. I pray that Psalm 23 will be a reality to all those in the Body of Christ. Teach us how to stand and walk out Your word. I give You all of the glory and honor and praise. I am grateful. In Jesus' name I
If we want peace, we all must pray and work for justice.

God Bless,
Checo W. Yancy

"When things look bad, remember, God is good"

Purple Hat

Passing the Purple Hat to You 
 honour of women's history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck  who lost her fight with cancer. Pass this on to five women that you want watched  over.. If you don't know five women to pass this on to, one will do just  fine. 

IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma  Bombeck

(written after she found out she was dying from  cancer).

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of  pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for  the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose  before it melted in storage.

I would have talked less and listened  more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet  was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in  the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone  wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time  to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have  shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would  never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my  hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn  with my grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching  television and more while watching life.

I would never have bought  anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was  guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months  of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the  wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a  miracle..

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have  said, 'Later... Now go get washed up for dinner.' There would have been more  'I love you's, more 'I'm sorry's.' 

But mostly, given another shot  at life, I would seize every minute; look at it and really see it; live it  and never give it back.. STOP SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF!

Don't  worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what 
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love  us...

If you don't mind, send this on to all the women you are grateful  to have as friends.
Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier.

Please send this to five phenomenal women today in celebration of  Beautiful Women's Month.
If you do, something good will happen--you will boost  another woman's self esteem.
IN MEMORY .. . .. .. ...
These are the colours that represent the different  cancers.

All you are asked to do is keep this circulating, even if  it's to one more person, in memory of anyone you know who has been struck by  cancer.
A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another  Candle.
Please Keep The Candle Going!

Appropriate Snack

This is one of the snack I have been sharing with the teachers of children with severe-profound disabilities. These dissolve very easily and I have suggested using the tops of Mi nute Maid juices to sprinkle in a few pieces of cereal and encourage pincer grasp use. They are delicious without being too sugary sweet. I rcently found banana flavor, too. They were about $1.00 in Dollar General and Family Dollar stores.

Let's Cure Leber congenital amaurosis

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Leber congenital amaurosis: Gene Therapy

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Your article "Walk With a Blind Person" has been viewed more than 1,000 times.

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We wanted to let you know that the article Walk With a Blind Person that you started on wikiHow has been read more than 1,000 times. Having your article read by so many people is a great accomplishment. Congratulations!

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LVB Show (Low Vision Bureau Official Podcast) posted a new episode on PodOmatic...

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The Land of Opportunity

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Subject: The Land of Opportunity

Dear Kathy ,

AFT President Randi Weingarten's most recent New York Times column, "A Great Opportunity for the Land of Opportunity" calls for the swift passage of commonsense, compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform.
"[President Obama's] powerful call for Congress to 'get this done' brought members on both sides of the aisle to their feet and made it clear that, after decades of congressional inaction and presidential timidity, comprehensive immigration reform finally has a solid chance to pass.
"Whether it's the realization that a nation made great by immigrants has a moral imperative to live up to our American values of democracy and opportunity, or because it's sound economic policy, or because it's just the right thing to do for hardworking families, reforming our immigration system makes sense."
There are countless reasons that our elected officials should act to reform our current system. Read more in President Weingarten's New York Times piece and pledge to stand with us in support of commonsense immigration reform that will only strengthen America.

In unity,
Kris Havens
AFT Communications Director

Notification of Upcoming Exxonmobil Pre-Employment Wage Testing

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Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 5:38 AM
Subject: Notification of Upcoming Exxonmobil Pre-Employment Wage Testing

If you know somebody interested in taking the exxonmobil employment test see below

ExxonMobil will be hosting wage pre-employment testing sessions in the Baton Rouge Area from March 21-23, 2013. Testing sessions will be held at 7:00 am & 1:00 pm at the Lod Cook Conference Center on the LSU Campus. 
If you know someone who is interested in testing, please advise them to apply using the directions below.  Test registration for Baton Rouge is not yet available, however applicants who have selected Baton Rouge as a test location will receive a direct email once registration is available.  Testing slots are limited and are filled on a first come, first serve basis.
Please follow the steps outlined below to apply:
1.   Log on to our website at:  www.exxonmobil-employment.com
2.   If you are an existing user, enter your user ID and your password.
      If you are a new user, follow the instructions listed on the site to create an ID and password.
3.   Complete the Test Location Preference form to indicate "Plant/Refinery/Pipeline-Baton Rouge, LA"
4.   Return to you Home Page to view your status under "Next Steps."
5.   Click on the highlighted link to schedule a test when available.
Once a test slot has been successfully booked, a confirmation screen is received.  Please remember to print the confirmation documents for your records.  

Events for NOAH

Events at the National Organization for Albiniosm and Hypopigmentation

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Fwd: Only 2 Weeks to Essay Contest Deadline

You can WIN A TRIP TO NEW YORK when your students enter our 2012-2013

Sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation

225 CASH PRIZES for students, totaling $23,000!

Deadline for submitting essays is FEBRUARY 13TH,
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Help your students earn LOTS of great prizes by entering them in Stossel in the Classroom's essay contest, for students aged 13-18! And we have super prizes for teachers, too!

ESSAY TOPIC: In John Stossel's TV special and book of the same name, "No They Can't," Stossel makes the case that free people and free markets do a better job of solving problems than government. Do you think he's right? Why or why not? Please write a 500-1000 word essay on this topic, illustrating your position using a recent example of a problem private individuals solved where an attempted government solution failed OR a problem government solved where private individuals' attempts had failed. You must include at least one reference to John Stossel's "No They Can't" book or TV special.

225 students will receive CASH PRIZES totaling $23,000.

1st and 2nd place students will also win an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for themselves, a chaperone, and the teachers who submitted their essays to see a live taping of STOSSEL.

Teachers whose students receive at least an honorable mention will receive an autographed copy of John Stossel's newest book, No They Can't.

Each teacher may submit an unlimited number of student essays (500-1000 words) on our web site between now and the Feb. 13th deadline.
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