Mosquitos are such pests. They attack MOStly in the morning and evening. They bit and bite and bit and you wish they would just quit bothering you. The word QUIT is in MOS-QUITo.
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At timp tellers we had a presentation on how to come up with scary stories. Here are my notes, part one and two tonight. Part three is next week.
Paige: Start with a setting Part 1
- Start with the setting. You can take a spooky setting or a normal setting and add spooky to it. You can use story possibilities. Select various cards and base your story in that picture.
- If have a picture that occurs in a field, your story might involve aliens (movie: signs) zombies, dreams, scarecrows, Crop circles, long-lost graveyard, man eating corn, a field of bobbies that put you to sleep, killer bees. Paths change and can’t escape.
- Sand castles: almost done, but the tide keeps taking it away, unseen children laughing. Rooms in castle change.
Stephani: Samples of scariness. Part 2
- What scares you: some have horrific nightmares as a child. Here are some brainstorming ideas: Getting lost, drowning, man in mask taps on the windows, being trapped, losing a child, suffocation, fire, being run over, being responsible for someone else death, spiders, being chased, moving in slow motion, can’t fight back, voiceless, falling, isolation, helplessness, losing self, insanity, Alzheimer, family wants to hurt you, violation of trust. Killer doll, Unidentified touch, other possessions take on a life of their own. Child becomes a demon. unknown sounds, addiction, Being poisoned, supernatural, loving something too much that it gives you poor judgement , worms eating you, historical insane asylum, guilt tied to fear, Changing something about yourself that you shouldn’t have done. earwig crawls through your brain, the dark, being left behind, everyone you know is dying, a tremendous storm, guilty. Starvation, identity theft, peaceful creatures turn violent, watching someone who could not be rescued. Stalking, betrayal, decaying bodies, infestations, buried alive, Falling, screeching, think things are real but they’re not; being in the wrong place, falsely accused, violins, loved ones don’t’ remember you. Getting a negative response, buried alive. Being paralyzed, ghosts, A sweet song is turned into an evil slant. object has been moved. (An example of this is a controlling husband a woman ran away from. being confined, claustrophobia,
- Realize he has found her because all the items in cupboards have been organized. Not knowing who to trust. Grandma not being safe any failing strength, revengeful or oppressive ghost, insect biting a rope, an anticipation of something bad happening, bound, loss of freedom, imprisoned, suffocating or being crushed, gas lighting> making someone think they are crazy. Childbirth, and hospital or surgeries going wrong or demented dr. medical staff
- Activity at home: go to folk tales. Book, Outfoxing Fear: Folktales from Around the World.
- You can read a scary story and just use the plot in a whole new way. A girl must travel with a stranger t through a bad storm to help her sister. A stranger is willing to help. The girl is afraid they’ll meet a ghost. Ride with a stranger and in the end, he is the ghost.
- You can also take the bones of two or three stories and combine them (like Lego bricks) to make a new story.
- Find the one story book you know in the library. Then start reading the other books in that area of the library. Scary book section is 398.2.07a1 section.
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Went to a presentation on fire safety and took some notes. Hope this will be of some interest.
- Most popular spot for a fire to occur is in the kitchen. The bathroom is the least likely.
- If you are on fire, stop, drop and roll.
- Fires that occur during the night is when people are the most vulnerable.
- Recommend you have a fire drill to teach your family. Have it on a schedule.
- You have 88% greater chance of dying at home from fire then at work or at school.
- If you go back into a burning house you become a statistic. You usually won’t come out.
- Law of diminishing intent: if you don’t do it now (having your family practice a fire drill or buy the necessary equipment to save your home) you usually won’t do it.
- Children’s under age of 5 or the elderly are the most likely to die. This is due to lack of mobility, etc.
- Misconceptions: 1. People think it will never happen to them.
- Each household will experience 3 fires each decade. Two fires in our lives that we will need to call the fire department.
- Anything plugged in or can generate heat can start a fire.
- Salt or baking soda can be thrown on grease, NOT FLOUR. Also, have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
- Every 6 mo. you should clean the back coils of your fridge and clean of the lint.
- The furnace room is the second most common location for burning.
- The third most popular place is the laundry room. Clean the vent tube. Have an aluminum vent tube. If you have a Samsung washer is a time bomb.
- Fourth most popular is the Bedroom. Kids will start fires in their bedroom. There’s also plugs of electronics.
- You should have smoke detectors in each bedroom. New buildings require a fire extinguisher for each level.
- Fifth spot is the family room. Common threats are Christmas trees, fireplaces, entertainment center (dust and wires)
- Sixth common spot is the garage, often due to paint, mowers, lanterns. Fires get big really fast
- The seventh is the attic.
- The bathrooms the least possible location of fire in a home.
- It takes 2-4 min for a room to burn. The More electronics that are present, the more the danger. Things are made of plastic synthetics and so are more combustible.
- The killers of fires: suffocation from smoke, Super-heated air and smoke inhalation.
- If you hear an alarm, don’t stand. Roll out of bed
- Toxic gasses come from carpet and insulations. Toxins fumes are heavier than air. So don’t crawl along the floor but keep above below the smoke. Maybe door knob level. Test air is about door knob sight.
- Most store bought carbon monoxide alarms lasts 2 years.
- The average day in burn limits for non-3rd degree costs $10K a day.
- Suicide rate of burn victims is very high.
- Flashover is when a fire in the corner makes the room hotter and then suddenly all object in the room will combust.
- Never buy toys from the dollar store: the cheap smoke detectors
- Smoke detectors only detect small particles. They come from white smoke with very small particles. Homes fires burn black and have large particles which the regular smoke detector does not detect very well.
- Alarms should all be metal so they don’t melt.
- You should not be able to move the gage.
- Fire extinguishers you want to get are the ones that have ABC the label It means it will work on all types of fire.
- Fire extinguishers have a shelf life 5-10 yrs. Shake it for every 6 months. (maybe do it each conference weekend.
- Should have extinguishers in multiple locations throughout the house. Have one in the bedroom.
- Sources: national fire protection associations, us fire administration, FEMA, university research, national disaster education coalition.
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I heard an important observation of the Bible reference to Peter walking on water. The scriptures reference three times of the disciples seeing Christ walking on water. Peter asks to join him and Christ reaches out his hand. Peter walks on the water to reach Christ. Then Peter permits himself to become distracted / diverted from his faith because of the storm around him. When Peter fumbles and begins to sink, he called on Christ to save him.
Christ does so and encouraged Peter to have stronger faith.
As we each live to be better Christians this is an opportunity for us to ask ourselves. What are our distractions? Do we concentrate too much of our lives to work, unnecessary diversions, entertainments?
I heard another comment where we show what we value by how much we spend our time with something. If we spend more time on entertainment it shows we value that more than God’s gospel. I can see where I spend too much time on my own diversions over what could better ways to spend my time.
I invite us to read the verses and then discuss as a family, class or group what each our or diversions might be. Discuss how we can enable God’s help to rededicate ourselves to him and his work.
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I was invited by a friend to watch the following documentary. Here are some of my notes. Any misinformation is the fault of the note taker.
- There is an underground culture with the intent to destroy the United States.
- If we lose the constitution and power then evil will divide up our nation.
- The collapse of the USR meant that we no longer had a visible threat of those trying to hurt the US. They are still a current threat.
- How do communists get new people. Find a common ground even though they disagree with you on communism. Stay friends until they are open to your message.
- Democrat Socialists party wants a revolution. Their greatest success was having Berni Sanders as a Presidential candidate. In 1960 Sanders was part of the social legacy.
- Senator Conrad, Joe Biden, Chuck Spencer, Obama were all associated with Radical organizations.
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I will use a visual image. The way you RATE if teams can cooperate is by seeing how well they work together. There are two teams, one is two Os. The other is two Es with the word rate in cOOpEratE.
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I participated in the Utah state story telling conference call. These are some notes on our conversions of where do I find stories ideas.
- Have a basic foundation in folktales and fairy tales
- Read, read, read all kinds of stories
- Look, look, look and become an observer, look for story moments
- Listen, listen, listen and become familiar with other professional tellers through circuit performers at festivals (Donald Davis, Bill Harley, Elizabeth Ellis, Carmen Deedy), radio hosts or guests (Garrison Keillor, Sam Payne), and television personalities (Jerry Seinfeld)
- Write, write, write and think about what you experience could transform into story scraps/ideas and eventually annotate these “bones”
- Storytelling tips
Utah storytelling .org
select storytelling tips.
- we’ve got to find the story. discuss what sources can we find.
- Donald Davis, when he tells personal stories he will focus on a specific year.
- Others have drawn maps of the neighborhood and get ideas.
- Tattle story on family members.
- For family reunions, look up histories in family is stories museum. downtown SLC. still a lot of info up there that have not been digitalized yet.
- Stories of grandparents meeting and romance.
- Some learn a lot of stories on grandparents lap
- Sometimes things have to be changed from reality to make the story but still stay true to the character. make sure you keep them in character.
- All stories are true but some are more true than other.
- Already reading is a great source of story ideas.
- Book the Pen Commandments.
- Get an idea from another articles teller writer and then alter it for yourself
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