Friday, July 31, 2009
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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Painting with a Toddler July 30, 2009 by Catrina McKechnie 
Painting with a Toddler - Associated Content
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My first few weeks have been rewarding, confusing, frustrating and oh so gratifying.
I am writing for Associated Content. I have, to date, published 14 articles. I was also informed yesterday (Wednesday, July 29, 2009), that I was accepted to write for I don't have that information as of now, or I would proudly pass it along.
I feel things are going well. I am learning new things such as SEO (search engine optimization). Also, correcting grammar and punctuation that sometimes, spell checkers do not find.
I am on Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter. Utilizing the social networks has, thus far been a great way of communication. I am able to let my followers know when something is published.
I am still navigating the wide world what is the Internet, I'm learning from others before me and having a lot of fun.
I don't think many people understand that being a writer is within their grasp. This is within my grasp, I must utilize my tools, and friendly resources and I know I will succeed!
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Finding yourself and your own ways and religions is really a thing of the past. Door to Door Religious sales are the thing of today.
Selling Religion Door to Door - Associated Content
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In 1990, J. K. Rowling was on a crowded train from Manchester to London when the idea for Harry suddenly "fell into her head" J.K. Rowling explains, on her website, her personal recollection of the event."I had been writing almost continuously since the age of six but I had never been so excited about an idea before. I simply sat and thought, for four (delayed train) hours, and all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who did not know he was a wizard became more and more real to me."
Harry Potter: The Magic of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series - Associated Content
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He had not been expecting a letter. As he opened the mailbox, he realized, amongst the bills and sales flyers, he had gotten exactly that, a letter.
The Letter - Associated Content
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In the beginning the most troubling obstacle to overcome is learning to trust again.
Single Parent Dating Tips - Associated Content
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I am 25 years old and I have ADHD. ADHD is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD does not define who I am, but ADHD does often define what I do and how I interact with others.
ADHD: Inside My Head - Associated Content
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Every parent, unfortunately, must discipline their child. Disciplining a child can be very difficult; this process is emotional for both child and parent. As a parent maintaining a cool, calm composure is a vital piece to maintaining a proper discipline strategy.
Disciplining a Child - Associated Content
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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Twitter is an amazing tool. I never knew that a tool like this existed. A networking tool designed specifically just to connect people together. I really think Twitter is a fabulous tool that will come in handy. In combination with a Google Toolbar, the possibilities are ENDLESS.
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Brown Bagging It? Healthy Lunch IdeasLooking for some ideas for a bagged lunch? Here are some simple, inexpensive and even healthy lunch ideas for you and your kids.
How to Build Healthy Brown Bag Lunches for Your Kids - Associated Content
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Children Are Individuals, Why Do We Compare One Child to Another?As a first time parent, I know the race is on. Will my two and a half year old daughter meet or exceed expectations and guidelines?Every new and experienced parent who has visited a pediatrician knows of the Milestone charts. Children are expected to do certain things by a certain age or they are considered "behind". Often, being sent through test after test. Many parents find out, after all these tests, that their child is perfectly normal, just not "ready" to be put in the spotlight.
Parenting: What's the Race? - Associated Content
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The Inside Out Playground in Waterville, Maine is a non-profit organization designed specifically for infant through age five. Older children are welcome as well.
Inside Out Playground in Waterville, Maine - Associated Content
Blogged with the Flock Browser describes the definition of perfect as:per-fect {adj., n. pur-fikt; v. per-fekt}-adjectiveentirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomingsIn theory, to be a perfect parent would mean, no mistakes, no flaws, the perfect life and child.Now, lets examine that theory. Is it even possible?
Do You Strive to Be the Perfect Parent? - Associated Content
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Breastfeeding is making a strong comeback, and yet is still considered sexual and taboo. The focus is not the nourishment to the child, the focus is on the women's breast. The breast has become a sexual object. The human breast is designed specifically as a means for nourishment for a child.
The Breastfeeding Debate - Associated Content
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Shopping can be fun. Make your experience enjoyable and show your child love and respect. Constant yelling and demeaning behavior is not really appropriate is any setting, let alone a public place.
Shopping with Your Children, Page 3 of 3 - Associated Content
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This kind of promotion is not the kind at work. This is the kind that lets others know who you are. You are advertising yourself to others. Why? Well, to earn money among other things.
Advertising yourself isn't just about money, but money plays a role. I love to write, for that reason. To write, to me, is a passion, a feeling, a love of a beautiful thing.
Promoting myself is proving to be the biggest difficulty I am facing. I am still new to the Internet in aspects such as advertisement and being found.

So I appeal to you. My friends, and family. Please, If you like my writing, would you tell a friend?
Every person helps. My Associated Content page is what I am seeking to promote. Topics are varying. Please let me know what you think.

Thank you in advance. If you would like to see something written, just let me know and I will do my best to post an article of interest for you.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Overcoming the nay-Sayers and obstacles is the most difficult task.
It is obvious that no writer can make everyone happy. This is the beautiful thing about writing.
Writing is one person's desire to satisfy their soul and initiate conversation or just get thoughts and feelings into writing.
Writing certain thing will inevitably anger some. There is nothing that anyone can do.
I will not change my views or opinions for any one person.
I write what I know and what I believe. I write from my heart. I know this is more than some authors do.
I do not write for money. If I did, well, I would not be writing.
In fact, I write because I have a passion and a desire to be heard. Even if I am not being heard, I am releasing my soul of a burden.
To have so many thoughts running through my head, is almost maddening. Writing releases my mind of these topics.
Simply put, I love to write, and I am glad to share my voice with those willing to read and listen.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
This amazing new world of mine, writing, is fantastic.
I never dreamed I would love writing this much. The internet is a huge help in my success. Without the internet I would be turned down at every corner.
So, where do I go from here? Well, right now, I am writing to learn and advance myself in techniques that others are looking for. I am not a professional yet, so I take it all in. Forums, Help Desks, Editors comments, every single critique, every single search and promotion effort is aiding me in my adventure.
Many fail because they expect and demand success overnight. I neither expect nor demand success at all. I would love for others to look at my writing and say "Hey, I like that".
I don't require to be a household name. The thought is invigorating, but I continue on, creating my portfolio and enjoying my new found success. Not by definition, but in my heart.
As I work hard to become what I have dreamed of my whole life, A writer, I encounter many challenges.
This is, of course, to be expected. As they say, anything worth doing, takes a lot of work, a lot of failures and a lot of disappointments. I am not discouraged.
I am very excited to announce I was published on Associated Content. You can find me here.
As of today I have six published pieces and one in processing. I am enjoying the challenge of learning the correct techniques, the preferred writing content, and researching for my topics.
I have come to understand that this is not going to get me rich, but rich is really a mind state. Rich does not have to be about money. So I ask, am I happy? Yes, I am!
I am doing something I really love. I am writing about my life, my experiences, and my passions.
I don't expect to be the next lead reporter in my local newspaper (they already said no) but I do know that if I continue to work hard and put myself and my hard work out there for everyone to see, someone will find me and tell me they like me.
Realistically there are thousands, if not millions of writers online trying to do the very same thing that I am. If I do not get noticed, that is okay. I know that I have done a great thing, I went for what I wanted, and I am going to fight for it.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
My entire life I have dreamed of being a writer.
There are many things that I am passionate about and intend to share with my friends, family and the world, the beautiful things in my world.
Thank you for taking the time to read, and learn about me.

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