Surprise…It’s Family Day


©Crystal S. Kauffman

©Crystal S. Kauffman

Today, I got to hang out with my youngest niece and nephew for several hours yesterday. I had a wonderful time with them, as we played and spent quality time together. We were missing a few kids and adults, but we made the most of the time we had together. I couldn’t believe how much everyone has grown up and changed over time. We have to get together more as a family.

I love the many smiles!

XOXOXO

Aunt-Crystal 🙂

Confederate Battle Flag: Heritage or Racism?


confederate flagRecently, the controversy of the Confederate flag, has led to racial tension with many supporters on both sides. However, for many southerners this flag represents their forefather’s sacrifice. For some African-American’s it symbolizes their ancestor’s fight to end slavery and become free Americans. However, for many southerners, the flag has become a part of their family’s heritage. Many southerner’s proudly display the Confederate flag, as a symbol of heritage not hate.

Over the years, the controversy has boiled and caused most southern states to remove the flag. America’s colorful history should never be forgotten, since it represents a time when two nations couldn’t agree. So, many people do not see the Confederate Battle Flag, as a part of the south’s changing heritage. The flag was called the “Southern Cross” or “the cross of St. Andrew” (Brunner, 2007) and has been a proud symbol of the south’s heritage. During previous centuries the flag has been flown, next to the American flag and their state flag.

However, some say it is a “shameful reminder of slavery or segregation” (Brunner, 2007), for many African-Americans. According to the Southern Poverty of Law Center, many hate groups have begun using this flag to represent hate. But, not all southerners see the flag as a symbol of hate. Instead, they see it as a part of their heritage their ancestors died for. Whether it is wrong or right, we should never forget the men that died fighting for a cause they believed in. However, we shouldn’t allow hate groups to use this flag to further their own hate and prejudice.

For years, the civil war raged on and at the end of the struggle, we all became one nation of Americans. Do you know if one or more of your ancestors fought in the civil war? What side do you think they fought on? Would you be proud of them or embarrassed by their choice? Did you know that there were many African-American’s, who proudly fought alongside of the Confederate troops?

The Confederate flag should fly for those, who died in the belief that they were trying to make America better. But, out of the ashes of the civil war, America became one nation under God. Furthermore, as Americans, we should be proud of our history and learn from it, as we grow. In the 21st century, the Confederate Battle Flag shouldn’t be discriminated against, because of the behavior of extremist. Therefore, we should not blame the flag for its misuse, because the flag is not the enemy.

References:

Brunner, B (2007) Confederate Flag Controversy

Retrieved of the World Wide Web on August 25, 2007

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/confederate1.html

Build an Illness Support System


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Have you recently been diagnosed with a chronic disease or medical condition? Are you looking for a support group, online or locally, to find a shoulder to lean on? There are several types of support groups to choose from, no matter what condition or disease you have. Many groups offer individual help in a local location and some are located on the Internet. However, you must be sure to that you choose one, which will benefit your personal needs.

Online Support Communities

Did you know there are thousands of different support communities on the Internet? They are usually open twenty-four hours a day and can be accessed from any home computer. This way, the families that are unable to visit a local group in their town, due to their condition or circumstances. Many groups offer several types of services and resources for patients and their loved ones. Before signing up, be sure to talk with the members and see what they think.

Local Support Groups

Have you asked your doctor about local support groups in your town? These types of groups will help you deal with your diagnosis or condition? In addition, you could talk to other patients or nurses, because someone will know about an existing group. After you find a group, be sure to talk to the members, in order to learn more about their mission. Unfortunately, most groups usually meet once a week, so you may want to have a separate support system.

Professional Counseling

Sometimes you will need more support than any type of support group can offer, so it is important to find a psychologist. They can help in ways a support group can not, since you may need medicine to help with depression or anxiety. Ask your doctor to refer you to someone he trusts or talk to your church minister about your needs. However, be sure to pick one that you feel comfortable talking to. This is important, because you will be discussing personal things with them.

Family and Friends

Are you close to your family and friends, who live near you? Do you have friends that will drop everything, if you need them? If, so lean on them throughout this frightening time and allow each of them to help you in any way you need. However, if you not close to your family, then it is important for you to lean on members of your support group. That is why it important to look for a group with members you can trust, just in case you need a shoulder to lean on.

Conclusion

Today, there are many avenues for a patient and caregivers to find support for those, who suffer from a chronic illness. Start by researching the best options that are available to you and your family. Be sure to find someone that you trust, no matter what kind of support you need. It is important for you to find a group that allows you to feel comfortable. Therefore, you will find the right support system, which you will need to make it through your journey against your illness..
Previously Published in 2007

©2007, Crystal S. Kauffman

Who is Author Crystal S. Kauffman?


Who is Author Crystal S. Kauffman?

 Crystal’s Corner

=Author CSK 2015-bAuthor Crystal S. Kauffman (Imogen Rayne) is her online pen name since 1995, when she first adopted it. She enjoys spending time with her husband, her mother, my dogs, and my kitties. Mrs. Kauffman cherishes every moment she gets with her two beautiful children, who now following their own dreams. Mrs. Kauffman inspired each child to develop their talents with hard work. She taught them to use their imagination and create their own art. She knows that her teens have the most beautiful souls and they are her inspiration for writing. In addition, she lives in beautiful Jacksonville, FL. with her family. She is a twelve year cervical cancer stage 2B survivor; who is an advocate to get people talking about GYN Cancers. She also cares about many other causes, so keep checking my website/blog to see what I am up too.

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Author’s Corner    

Mrs. Crystal S. Kauffman writes something every day and keeping up her studies. She writes lyrics for songs, poetry, and short stories that are generally featured on her blog. She really enjoys studying ancient history, particularly the Bible era, which fascinates me. Sometimes, Mrs. Kauffman will write articles about news or whatever pops in her mind. She enjoys writing devotionals and has articles for sale as web content. Mrs. Kauffman is skilled in communications and she teaches new writers how to develop their story. Contact Author Crystal S. Kauffman for quotes by email: laughatcancer@gmail.com

Support Your Local Author

Support Your Local Author

Advice Corner

I would like to teach others that there is an author in everyone. Everybody has a story to tell. My best advice for new writers is to just writing, but make a plan first. The story will lead you and you may touch someone with your words. The new writer will find out this is a journey of blood, sweat, and tears. However, when someone reads your book, you will still be humbled. Take a chance and show others all about your story or write an awesome fictional tale.

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For sixteen years, I have studied all aspects of writing and encourage others to use their skills or Talents given by God. She writes informational articles on most standard topics, how-to-articles, short stories for children, essays for college, and upcoming novels. My education consists of studying at the Institute of Writing for Children and Teenagers in 2006, University of Phoenix: Associate Degree in 2008, Bachelor in Communications in 2011. I enjoy helping to teaching people to learn how to express themselves through communication on the internet. I have published a song, poetry collection, and a novel…working on more! I love to do freelance projects, so on your next writing project…Contact Author Crystal S. Kauffman

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New Novel Corner:

Ana’s Stand’s by, Crystal S. Kauffman

Anas Stand Front CoverLet Ana inspire you to take your own stand against bullies, school violence, and violence period. This book is perfect for teens and adults. One Click Your Copy Today. READ Ana’s Stand ON KINDLE UNLIMITED! Follow this young girl’s journey to freedom from persecution. Crystal S. Kauffman is a new author, so tell me what you think on my reviews. This book is Christian Fiction, Drama, Urban Fiction, Romance, Inspirational, and Crime Fiction. This book gives a glimpse inside the violence that teens deal with everyday. See what your children maybe dealing with whenever they are at school. The school bullies, racists, and other types peer intimidations are not acceptable. Let Ana inspire you or your teen to stand up in your community and make a difference! Be the change you want to see and that one ripple you will make shall become a flowing river.

Buy or your own copyAna’s Stand!

Sharing Corner

Please take moment to share with your friends. This book is perfect for any home, school, or public libraries. I am looking for reviews as well, so contact me to review this amazing book. Thank you ZitrO Publications for taking a chance on publish my novel and allowing people to read it. If you have not got your copy yet, then take a moment to One Click Your Book Now!

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Thank you for stopping by,

XOXOXO

Author Crystal S. Kauffman

Do You Want Free Kindle E-Books? Then, Listen Up!


Keep all your e-books in one place and access them anywhere.

Keep all your e-books in one place and access them anywhere.

Do you like reading different kinds of e-books? Do you have a Kindle application on your computer, tablet, or smart-phone? If so, you are going to love this blog post! There are many ways to obtain free Kindle e-books, by independent authors. Personally, I love reading the free e-books by these talented individuals.

In addition, you can meet them on Facebook or other social networking sites and give them an HONEST REVIEW of their book. They love hearing from their fans, so with that said, take a moment to review their e-book on Kindle as well.

This way other readers may decide to read the author’s e-book based on your opinion. These talented authors may be looking to make their own mark in this fast-paced, yet exciting career. Their e-books can catch a reader’s attention, which can help their career explode into a best-selling novel. However, a poorly written book can end or break their new career. As a reader, you are able to let the author know your opinion of the story they have written.

Be gentle though, because some author’s work on their novel for many years and feel deeply connected to the characters. Once they independently publish their masterpiece, they begin looking for readers. If you are already a fan, you can help them by placing their book information and link in to groups and on pages that allow this kind of posting.

Authors of any kind are thrilled to know that they have one fan or many fans. They look at it as their devoted fans are reading their work and falling in love with their characters. Most authors will run a promotion, in order to reach more potential fans. Sometimes, their e-book will be free or offered for a reduced price. Therefore, take advantage of these deals and discover a new author today, which may become your favorite author.

Here are three pages or groups on Facebook to get you started. Additionally, once you are on Facebook, use the search engine to search for free e-books or similar keywords.

  1. Free Kindle Books Daily-https://www.facebook.com/kindlebooksdaily?ref=br_tf
  2. Free Kindle Book Club-https://www.facebook.com/groups/freekindlebookclub/
  3. Book Junkies’ Club-https://www.facebook.com/groups/Bookjunkiesfreebies/

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