Friday, October 17, 2014

Chicago River Barge Sinking!

Chicago River Barge Sinking!

Chicago River Barge Sinking!

Posted: 17 Oct 2014 11:47 AM PDT

A construction barge used for transporting soil has sunk in the Chicago river across from 160 N Wacker.

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My #cnnireport story

Posted: 17 Oct 2014 06:11 AM PDT

Image submitted by @christinabennetzen
If you need equipment you have come to the right place #safety #workmen #equipment #yersin #hochiminh #hochiminhcity #saigon #vietnam

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Rage Against Alice Walton

Posted: 16 Oct 2014 09:23 PM PDT

Walmart and low wage workers from across the county marched in solidarity to Alice Walton's new home on the upper east side of Manhattan on National Boss's Day, October 16, 2014. 26 people were arrested for disorderly conduct as seen in the video

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Flight Scare

Posted: 16 Oct 2014 04:00 PM PDT

Trying to fly from DTW to CDG delta 98. 

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The Cafés!

Posted: 16 Oct 2014 04:58 AM PDT

My favorite thing in Berlin is definitely all these wonderful Cafés there are, with great handbrewed filter coffees and delicacies! It's also this hipster feeling that you sense all around the city! I just absolutely love it! This picture was taken during my breakfast at The Barn Café, one of the leading Speciality Coffee Roasters in Germany.

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Sensory Processing Disorder

Posted: 15 Oct 2014 11:15 AM PDT

It's time we had a discussion about Sensory Processing Disorder. What is it? How does it occur? Do you know someone with it? Do you yourself have it and don't know it yet?

Imagine a world where, as a child, not holding onto your parent's hand when you go outside can literally paralyze you in fear. Imagine you are driving down the road, windows are down, sun is shining - but the wind on your face feels like a thousand needles. Imagine not being able to wear socks cause it feels like your feet are being suffocated and you can't wear certain other clothes because they feel like Brillo pads. You can't sit in that chair, you have to sit in this one or else you will completely melt down. Imagine you are in a restaurant. People are talking around you, music is playing, and someone across the table asks you a question and suddenly, you feel so overwhelmed by all the combined sounds that you want to jump out of your skin. This is a day in the life of someone with SPD.

My daughters were born early at 31 weeks. Things were going as well as could be expected. They spent their first month in the quiet, low lighted NICU. They were doing well. Then they came home. The sensory overload they experienced from the drive home, the lights, the sounds all combined and caused their bodies to go into gastrointestinal shock. They started having reflux issues. They started choking and ended up needing apnea monitors. We didn't understand it at the time, but this was just the beginning.

You have kids who are anxious, emotional, picky, particular. Then you have kids with SPD. Whether it be due to prenatal drug exposure, autism disorders, or like our girls, being born premature, it's important to start intervention services as soon as you suspect something is amiss. SPD kids need to be taught, as early on as possible, how to appropriately respond to situations that overwhelm them. Otherwise, they are left to figure out themselves how to self cope. This may include repetitive behaviors, or emotional outbursts. It's not necessarily a behavior problem manifesting, it could literally be your child experiencing sensory turmoil. They may not understand why you are getting upset at them. They may not understand why they are crying about it either. They don't understand why this situation is painful to them, yet no one else. They may say to you - my body just wants to cry...if this is your child, ask questions, seek the council of an occupational therapist. Don't be quick to judge if you see another child acting out in public. Moms of SPD kids need your support and patience, not your criticism.

If your child is diagnosed with SPD, be their advocate for special education services and therapies. They may need more time to acclimate to new environments, new teachers, and changing schedules. They may function better in an environment that allows for slow transitions, a 'safe place' to go when they feel overwhelmed, and consistent routine. You may find that after special testing, other diagnoses come forth. Child anxiety is usually a symptom, not the final diagnoses. The good news is, that with proper support, understanding, and general maturity, many of these issues they experience can be greatly improved upon. Exercise patience with academic achievements and understand that these goals have a different measurement for children with SPD. If your child managed to get on the bus without a meltdown this morning, that was a victory in and of itself. Celebrate those victories and everything else will fall in place in time.

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My #cnnireport story

Posted: 15 Oct 2014 07:25 AM PDT

Image submitted by @maccyb
Yankee Stadium #thebronx #lategram #vsco #toohotinthesun #thosebeersareexpensive

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Dashing Berlin

Posted: 15 Oct 2014 05:40 AM PDT

We stepped into Berlin on a cold and rainy night and we wandered everywhere. We seldom stopped for breaks and after numerous guided day tours on foot we were exhausted. My most memorable experience was not the sights or restaurants but certainly train travel and our exploration at each train stop. Berlin's public transit system will take you almost anywhere you want to go and that is a meaningful journey itself.

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Berlin's iconic Adlon Hotel

Posted: 14 Oct 2014 12:33 PM PDT

Traveled to Berlin in May of 2013. History has always fascinated me and especially living conditions before, during, and after the Cold War/Iron curtain era.


Favorite part was staying at the famous Adlon Hotel which was in the GDR/German Democratic Republic, (East German) side. If walls could talk, the Adlon would tell the most historical and fascinating stories of times before the war, during the war, and after reunification. The Adlon survived the bombing of WW ll. However, after the Russians took over occupation a fire erupted burning a substantial portion of the hotel. It has since been restored to its former glory.


The area in front and slightly to the right of this Hotel was called 'no man's land'. The square (Pariser Platz) in front of the famous Bradenburg Gate was surrounded by barbed wire as well as the infamous Berlin Wall that separated East Germany from West Germany.


This photo is a favorite as it's taken inside the Adlon Hotel as dusk highlights what was once the East German side of the Brandenburg Gate.


Berlin is a city of historical relevance. Good and bad. Everyone should see it once in their lifetime.


Dr. and Mrs. Philip Freedland

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