April 2010 - Posts

Boy Sent to Russia Alone
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 5:28 PM


Last week, the news was saturated with stories of a 7-year-old boy from Russia who was adopted by a woman from Tennessee and then sent back to Russia because she no longer wanted to parent him.

Russian authorities are furious with this act and are threatening to suspend all adoptions to US citizens, due to the outcome of this incident. Other incidents related to US adoptions are also being weighed in the final decision on adoptions to US families.

The Tennessee adopted mother, said that she feared for the safety of herself and her family, and that is why she chose to have the young boy sent back to his country. The boy’s adopted grandmother put him on the plane to comply with her daughter’s wishes. One of the concerns with keeping the child was that he would follow through on threats of “burning down the house.” They were in fear for their safety and stated that the child is violent and has severe psychological problems. These were problems that they were not made aware of when completing the adoption process.

Weeks to come should shed more light on whether the boy could have been helped to deal with any issues of instability, right here in the U.S. The problem is not necessarily that he posed a danger and needed to be helped by professionals, but that he was put on a plane to Russia alone, knowing that he is more than likely mentally unstable. The flight to Russia isn’t exactly “short and sweet”, and is wearing on a young child.

The U.S. State department is weighing in on the matter as well and more will be revealed after the investigation.

It is amazing that such a young child could prove to be such a threat to a family who went through such an ordeal just to get him. You certainly can’t give birth to a child and then “send him back” once you realize that he has psychological problems. Let’s see how this all works out.

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Dealing with Pollen
Monday, April 12, 2010 9:38 AM

Pollen is in the air and it is thicker than ever this year! Living in north Florida has many advantages. One is that our winter season has ended and, although it was a cold one, we are now happy to see beautiful flowers in bloom and more people are getting outdoors to enjoy the great Florida sunshine!

The downside is that because we had such a cold winter, the pollen didn’t begin to release during the late part of winter like it normally does. So at the first sign of spring, the warmth literally caused the pollen count to explode! Allergies are flaring up that never existed before. People have itchy eyes and throats, headaches and are literally choking on the high pollen count. Cars are consistently blanketed with the fine yellow “dust” and be careful not to brush up against anything outside because it will easily come off onto your clothes. I can’t remember seeing pollen blanket our area like this before: cars, grills, driveways, mailboxes, everything!

A local meteorologist says that we can expect to start seeing relief around mid-May, which isn’t the greatest news because we would like to see it before then, that is about a month from now. For those with severe allergic reactions, hang in there, we’re in for a long, miserable season.


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Worst Cars List
Monday, April 12, 2010 9:25 AM
I have often heard growing up that American made cars are the worst cars to buy. They aren’t built to be reliable and when I look at the makes and models of most cars I pass on the road, see in my neighbors’ driveways or see at restaurants and grocery stores, they are not American made.

I have been wondering for years why that is, but never asked more about it or looked into it. Then today, I see a story on a popular news website titled “Worst-Made Cars on the Road”.  The bad thing about this list is that it still confirms that a lot of American made cars are not up to par: Cadillac Escalade (suv); Chevy Aveo (compact) and Colorado (pickup truck); Dodge Nitro (suv) and a Ford pickup truck.

How awful! Why is it that foreign made cars are rated superior to these brands? As a woman, I guess I never cared to look into this, but after reading such an obvious report,  it’s hard for me to ignore.

Do you own one of these models? Have you ever had problems with Chevy, Ford or Dodge?

Now I’ll admit that I have never owned a vehicle by one of these makers, mostly because of what I heard about them over the years. However, I was one of the crazy people who got a Hyundai back in the 90’s and hated that car more than any I have ever had! On an outing with my family yesterday, I saw a beautiful, sleek, black car that really caught my attention and it turned out to be a Hyundai! They are still around and seem to be doing much better than the last time that I checked them out.


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