3,000 Teen Deaths from Texting and Driving

Originally posted on Luigicappel's Weblog:

A study done by the Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center in New York, revealed that drinking and driving resulted in the death’s of 2,700 teens in the US, compared to 3,000 from texting and driving.

How about a quick, honest but anonymous poll:

I was listening to the Peggy Smedley Show this morning while cleaning the bathroom and enjoyed some great interviews in her Distracted Driving Month series. The topics were great, everything from the value of reversing cameras through to why car manufacturers are putting social media technology into their cars.

Anyway, a subject that peaked my interest was comparisons of factors impacting on or causing accidents.Talking or texting on the phone is one that that police and others who examine the results of motor accidents look for by default these days.

Peggy quoted a study (can’t remember which university) where they found that people with a blood alcohol level…

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You are invited to be a guest…

Originally posted on Greatpoetrymhf's Weblog:

You are invited

to be a guest

with your blog, photo, music, art

on http://greatpoetrymhf.wordpress.com

in celebration

of the full moon eclipse and 97K viewers all time.

Kindly send me a link to the article, poem or photo, music , art  you would like to share.
10157366_577408455691226_4943205236720771969_nThe link can be sent to MaryHelen Ferris on Facebook,https://www.facebook.com/maryhelen.ferris
or private message on Empire Avenue empireavenue.com/GR8LISTENER
Also, submissions and links can be sent to
bethevoicegiveachoice@gmail.com with subject line Celebrate.
All submissions will be accepted until  May 10th, Mother’s Day in Canada
except any content that is not family friendly.

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Send your stock soaring at [X]PendaPalooza 14

Sheri Fresonke Harper:

Time to get going

Originally posted on Empire Avenue:

Send your stock soaring at [X]PendaPalooza 14

[X]PendaPalooza was one of the first (maybe THE first) community-driven events at Empire Avenue. As you probably know, the community has organized 13 of them!  Now that the players have taken the reins, let’s celebrate with an [X]panded [X]traordinary[X]PendaPalooza 14!
[X]Panded  On April 25, 26, and 27 players will converge on the Avenue for a frenzy of buying. Big players run LOTS of missions to give away eaves and shares. New players build wealth by selling shares and doing missions.  Everyone can network and connect at  the [X]PendaPalooza community and at related special events.
[X]traOrdinary  For the first time, the Empire Avenue Leaders Community will co-host the event with the original founding community, [X]Bar.  Omar Habayeb is back to organize the event. EAVLeaders will run special missions, flash contests, and organize fun events…

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FREE Lindt Excellence Bar @ ShopRite from 9/22 – 9/28!

Originally posted on Dorky's Deals:

ExcellenceLindt Excellence Bars are on sale for $1.99 this week (9/22-9/28) at ShopRite

Watch a short video on Lindt’s Facebook Page then print out a $2.00 off 1 product coupon

Enjoy your free chocolate :)

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What makes a fictional character sympathetic?

Answer by Sheri Fresonke Harper:

A sympathetic character is one where the reader willingly goes inside the character's mind.

Most books start with the character thwarted in some way. A sympathetic character offers a compelling portrayal of how that character faces adversity.

Note: the save a cat idea is appealing but only if their character likes cats and the cat needs saving. Make sure the character acts on their wants almost immediately.

Some of the things to think about:

1) can most people relate to what the character wants and their willingness to sacrifice themselves in order to obtain the goal? Is it a worthy goal?

2) what is the mind set of the character? is it positive? or negative? do they whine or seek their own solutions? are they active or passive?

3) how does the character grow? does the main character set aside awful experiences and take on an improved state of being?

4) does the character seem believable? do you know people like this?

5) how different from the run of the mill is the character? if your character is too much like everyone else, why go there? If your character is odd in some manner, does the reader learn about that oddness?

Sympathetic characters feel emotions, recognize the needs of their bodies, and react to the world around them. Is the character portrayed with enough sounds, smells, sights, touches, tastes and reacting?

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