August 13th Show
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On today's show:
Children's Homework Center
Feel Good Stories!
Raising Men Lawn Care Service cuts lawns for FREE for the elderly, disabled, single parent mothers and veterans. We also bring out young men and women ages 7-17 and teach them the importance and understanding of giving back to the community. We want to show our children (our future) that by helping others they too will receive a sense of accomplishment, self-esteem, moral value and purpose in themselves. The message we want to instill is no matter how young or old, small or tall they are or cultural background they come from, they are capable of whatever they put their mind to. From learning to use a lawn mower or weed eater, blower to racking and piling leaves, whilst developing team work, comradery, leadership, and listening skills, we will achieve our ultimate goal.
Raising Men Lawn Care Service
Feel Good Stories
Today, August 13th, in History:
1942 – Walt Disney's fifth full-length animated film, Bambi, was released to theaters.
1961, Berlin was divided as East Germany sealed off the border between the city's eastern and western sectors in order to halt the flight of refugees.
1969 – The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker tape parade in New York City That evening, at a state dinner in Los Angeles, they are awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Richard Nixon.
1930 – Don Ho, American singer and ukulele player (d. 2007)
More Cleaning for August
I always do a cleaning tip each show, but you may not understand why. At Life with Moxie, we adhere closely to many of the principles of the late, great Stephen Covey. One of the most powerful I believe is the notion of sharpening the saw. If given 5 hours to cut down a tree, use the first 4 to sharpen the saw. That’s what cleaning does for our days. The whole system works better and more efficiently if it is designed and well maintained. Streamlined and organized simplifies everything else you do.
Last week we did home command centers, completely cleaning off our desks, rearrange the big stuff to refresh the energy, getting new folders and matching pencils.
This weekend we are going to get the kids desks ready.
If you don’t have kids at home, I’d like to challenge you to look into donating goods to help local kids get ready.
So not only do we need the supplies, but to be able to really focus when it comes time to focus and attend, to be creative, to learn and we need a dedicated space to support that. This is a great conversation to have with your children as they start getting themselves mentally prepared.
Want to REALLY get into the back-to-school Spirit?!
Shop for someone else!
19th Annual Undy Sunday
Catholic Charities is hosting its 19th Annual Undy Sunday to provide children with new underwear. Undy Sunday will be held on August 8-9 and 15-16 at Collier County churches and synagogues. The community is asked to donate new underwear and socks for needy school-aged children. Also accepted are monetary donations for other necessary school items. To donate or for more information, call (239) 455-2655 or check www.catholiccharitiesdov.org.
Shelter for Abused Women School Supply Drive
Shelter for Abused Women & Children is requesting a variety of clothing and school supplies. Among the needed items are: solid color polo shirts, sneakers or tennis shoes, underwear, socks, pens, pencils, notebooks, backpacks and gift cards to WalMart, Target JC Penney and Old Navy. Items should be new and unused and can be dropped at The Shelter’s Options Thrift Shoppe at 968 Second Avenue North, Naples. For more information call (239) 775-3862.
The Second Annual Giving Back to School event will take place on August 15 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Twinkle Twinkle Little Store. Those interested in donating raffle items for students and teachers may contact Cascio at or by calling her at 239-330-0428.
Commonly needed items are school uniforms and outfits– both new and gently used, shoes, underwear, socks, backpacks, school glue, pencils, composition notebooks, backpacks and other school-related supplies. The goal this year is to support 200-300 local families to procure new backpacks and full supply lists for the upcoming school year.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Store is located at 4172 Tamiami Trail N, Naples,. For more information call (239) 262-5904 or check www.twinkletwinklelittlestoreofnaples.com.
My column "Your Calendar- The Shorthand Story of Your Life" was in the NaplesHerald.com last weekend and it detailed how wildly ineffective we in the US are with our lives, and the social / work structure isn’t helping. We work longer hours, for more weeks, under more pressure and yet are no more productive than other first world countries.
In addition, According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend 3 hours a day in front of the TV and DigitalTrends says we are on our phones for 4.7 hours a day, primarily for social media. So in a 24-hour day, 16 waking hours, 8 hours are effectively completely wasted. Of course what is not accounted for is much of the phone time is logged while waiting at practice or in front of the TV and teenagers are skewing the numbers up.
There is a pop culture quote being circulated around that says, “You have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce”. While technically true its wildly misleading.
As they (her and Jay Z have 80 personal employees) personal assistant, a makeup and hair artist, stylist, chef, housekeeper, nanny, money managers, accountant, business partners, and so on and so forth.
I can only imagine what else I could do if I wasn’t at the grocery store, getting gas, doing school pick up and drop off. The dramatic difference in days aside, she didn’t start out like that, and she did get where she is.
Follow a routine. We all know people with zero routine, they are always complaining about being too busy and wondering why they are always late and frazzled.
A schedule adds structure to your day so you aren’t always wondering what comes next. I already know what is next because I did it yesterday and I will do it again tomorrow.
Get up at least a half-hour before everyone else to set yourself in motion. Nothing harder and more frustrating than trying to get others going when you aren’t even awake yourself. Once school gets rolling, most weeks should begin looking the same.
Parents with kids at home, Do laundry and cleaning on kids awake time, you have better things to do when you are kid free.
Make a list. I have separate notebooks for my business’, home, kids, and then a loose page edition that that is today’s list. Groceries get added to my phone notepad. These notebooks come wth me when I head out so if I get stuck waiting for an appt. I can keep working.
Do the biggest and ugliest task first. You will nearly feel like you have the rest of the day free if you get the worst thing off the list first. Otherwise just the thought of it will be looming until you do it, making with you are doing in the meantime less effective.
Don’t multitask. Apart from the laundry and the dishwasher running simultaneously, multitasking lowers actual performance across the board and makes everything take longer. The best side effect? Lower stress.
Know that your effective level of attention wanes after 45 minutes. If you are doing something difficult (as opposed to mindless, like folding laundry) then you can actually increase your effectiveness by using the Pomodoro technique (is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s) where you set a timer for 25 minutes and when it rings you take a short 3-5 minute break. Then you start back up for another 25 minutes. Doing this is actually shown to increase your mental agility.
Another great spontaneous community effort to make humanity better is A South Carolina elementary teacher is working to help his young students learn how to act like gentlemen, according to a report by WSMV.
Raymond Nelson of Memminger Elementary in Downtown Charleston, SC hosts 60 kids every Wednesday at the Gentleman’s Club, where the children are taught how to dress and act like gentlemen. He works with children who are at-risk children and came up with this idea to help the children.
“I was thinking maybe if I have the boys dress for success,” said Nelson. “When was the last time you saw someone fighting in a tuxedo?”
The club’s motto is “Look good, feel good, do good.”
The children meet with Nelson each Wednesday decked out in their best clothes. Nelson even provides some jackets, ties and vests for the children who do not have some of their own.
“I know a lot of them struggle because a lot of them don’t have men at home, so I just want them to grow up and think of the things that I teach them,” he said. “It helped me to be a better man and I could spread the knowledge to the young boys.”
Every week, the club talks about how to properly shake hands, open doors, make eye contact and address someone older with respect.
Nelson explained he went through a similar program when he was young, which he said helped him become a better man.
Gentleman’s Club has been such a hit at Memminger Elementary that school district officials want other local schools to implement a Gentleman’s club of their own.