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Live Smart in the Real World

Tuesday, April 16, 2013



I cannot watch the news today.
I overdosed on the Boston Marathon news yesterday.
Last night the firehouse sirens echoed in my area (from miles away)
and I could not get back to sleep.
Right now I am dying for ice cream,
but I will stick to my apples and peanut butter.
I am still amazed at how many people can obsess about yesterday’s tragedy
yet make no backup, in case of emergency.
What to do, where to go, who to call,
what to do if you cannot reach that person, or even basic first aid.
And never mind the slim odds of being in THAT type of tragedy…
there are plenty of EVERYDAY situations where you need a PLAN B.
I remember not being able to contact people on 9/11….
What do you do when you cannot reach that person?
Or when your cell phone won’t work.
Even in the home, a lot of people need to be taught what to do in the event of a fire, or someone going unconscious, or basic everyday emergencies.
And if you have kids…would they know what to do?

And I do not like crowd events.
But listening to the TODAY program,
they had a guest speaker who offered sound advice.
Stay away from trash cans, containers, glass,
stand near brick walls if possible, know a way in and a way out.
Be aware of what is going on around you and Have a plan of action.
Live in the real world.

IT IS a different world since 9/11…that’s life.
In today’s world you need to be smart about how you use your technology, how you travel, info you share about yourself, info you publicly reveal (stuff that may have personal info embedded in it), and what people are capable of doing. People need to know how to handle things, before…during…and afterwards, so that you can prevent or deal with problems.
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MONTREAL12 9/9/2013 1:32PM

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EFFRAYECHILDE 5/6/2013 9:23AM

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KALEWINE 4/22/2013 1:00PM

    It's sad that we have to be so careful about our personal info. But you give some great advice. emoticon

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TERRI289 4/20/2013 10:58PM

    Excellent blog....

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JOYCRN 4/20/2013 9:42AM

    I was IN Boston but am not afraid! My thinking is more in line with PENOWOK's, that God is in control and I can trust in Him even when hurting. Today I will run with other Vermonters in support of Boston and those who were injured at the finish line, and thank God for the many responders, police, doctors and nurses that give their lives to help people. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 4/19/2013 12:26AM

    That is some VERY good advice. Thank you for posting this!


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LIVELYGIRL2 4/18/2013 11:58PM

  I think your saying what some are thinking.... and yes, we should be aware of our surroundings and have some emergency plans.

We have drills at church for earthquakes and getting out for disasters . They have various security and plain dressed police. They did it before they had to and had those cameras certain places. It's disturbing they would have to.

But I also think one could make too many rules and hoops for somethings. We should be sure we use common sense and wisdom, and not get paranoid. I WISH they didn't some of this stuff, but know it seems more reasonable than it used to. emoticon

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ALIDOSHA 4/18/2013 4:47PM

    Appreciate your comment but somehow feel I cannot totally agree with your advice. I tend toward JUSGETTENBY42's opinion. We should be on the watch but still living our normal lives. Not become kind of prisoners in our homes or paranoiac any time we go out.

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DJSHIP46 4/18/2013 11:14AM

    emoticon I read a facebook post from a young friend this morning who proclaims that she will never live anywhere that the populations is over 50K... the fear is suffocating... emoticon

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AMANDACOETZER 4/18/2013 9:31AM

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NCSUE0514 4/18/2013 5:27AM

    May God bless all those affected by this tragedy and turn the hearts of those who would do such an evil act.

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JAMER123 4/18/2013 12:22AM

    I see that sign on a daily basis and don't like it!! Glad that it isn't just on my site.
Thank you for a good posting!!
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CLAYARTIST 4/17/2013 11:47PM

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MARYJEANSL 4/17/2013 11:47PM

  You are absolutely right. Spot on.

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CHARTHESTAR 4/17/2013 8:55PM

    I saw that too- that people are spying on me.

I 'people watch' sometimes, I also notice what people do- just because I do not because I am spying on them.

Now- I do believe there are some people that are being spied on- but I don't think any of those people are normal

Plus- I don't have anything to hide. doesn't bother me. Got over being self conscious when I had my daughter. Then again with my boyfriend.
then again for myself. Let them look. I have other things to concern myself with -than what someone opinion is of me.

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LINDAK25 4/17/2013 8:24PM

    I definitely agree with you!

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ANGELN325 4/17/2013 7:48PM

    This is so true! Awesome blog!

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SANDYLH1 4/17/2013 7:37PM

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SUSIEMT 4/17/2013 5:16PM

    Good Job! Thank you!

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FISHINGLADY66 4/17/2013 4:56PM

    You are so right. Why can't other people see this? emoticon I was surprised when I saw the " 2 People Are Spying on me? too". I don't dare click on it to find out who. Think I'll just go delete my cookies.

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JIBBIE49 4/17/2013 4:31PM

    emoticon Wonderful to see you featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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SHOAPIE 4/17/2013 4:28PM

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JUSGETTENBY42 4/17/2013 4:27PM

    I will not give into being afraid because then they win. I'll continue to go where I want to go and stay aware.
Being from New York I grew up being taught to be keenly aware of my souroundings, I will continue to live my life this way.
My advice is do not stay home because then they have you on the fear factor!!!!

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KARRENLYNN 4/17/2013 4:07PM

    Well said and good points to remember.

Karen

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CICELY360 4/17/2013 2:38PM

  good blog

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NEWTINK 4/17/2013 1:36PM

    The world is different but I refuse to walk around scared to death over the horrible tragedy ... hugs to all affected

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PATTISTAMPS 4/17/2013 12:33PM

    I hear that, loud and clear! I am already obsessing about the Paul McCartney concert next month, and the cruise in June... Time to get OVER it!!

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SJKENT1 4/17/2013 12:21PM

    Very good advice and reminders -- thanks

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IAMAGEMLOVER 4/17/2013 11:58AM

    It is a crying shame when you can't go somewhere and just plain enjoy yourself without having to think about your safety. This is what the world has come to. It is not the way it is suppose to be. When I was a girl we walk a little over a mile to school. We were just short of being able to take a bus. My Mom kissed us good-bye and sent us to school. She never had to worry about did we make it to school. Were we abducted, or shot at school. We even walked home and back to school for lunch. There were no cafeterias. We walked down the street to a friends house as long as Mom knew where we were and what time we were to be home.

I have a 17 year old niece. I really hope she never has children. I wouldn't want them brought into a world like this. She says the same thing. I don't want kids, I couldn't do that to them, I am not that selfish. Amen, Brianna.

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ABUFFKIN 4/17/2013 10:56AM

    I refuse to live a life of fear, but there is definitely alot to be said for being cautious and careful in the world we live in today. We really do have to stay alert and pay attention to our surroundings.

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SORLANDO21 4/17/2013 10:34AM

    Feel better and try to enjoy the apples :) It is unfortunate that there are so many scumbags in the world :(

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SIMONEKP 4/17/2013 10:05AM

    good advice

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ROBB1N 4/17/2013 9:57AM

    It's sad we have to plan ahead for tragic situations.

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DIANNEMT 4/17/2013 9:45AM

    My kids always knew what window to use to get out of the house and where to meet. Good advice about the trash cans and glass. I just stay out of crowds if I can--don't like them.

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LIFETIMER54 4/17/2013 9:44AM

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GRIZ1GIRL 4/17/2013 9:43AM

    Great ideas!

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KANOE10 4/17/2013 8:15AM

    Good advice. I cannot keep watching the rehash over and over. It is awful.

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PENOWOK 4/17/2013 8:01AM

    Yes that is good advice. I know that God knows how many hairs are on my head and when I will take my last breath. I trust that the last breath will be exactly the day and second he has ordained for me, so I will not live in fear, but I will pray for those who are in fear now because of the horror they have just had in their lives!

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JANEMARIE77 4/17/2013 7:40AM

    a great point all the sadness all the pain and do nothing change nothing what is the point thanks for the info

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