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President Ford Birthday Illustration by Mina Tocalini

President Ford’s Birthday

To commemorate President Gerald R. Ford’s 107th birthday on July 14, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation is hosting events virtually this year due to COVID-19, including Facebook Live videos of the annual wreath laying ceremony and a panel discussion regarding the first-ever children’s book about President Ford.

The commemoration begins with a Facebook Live of the wreath laying ceremony at 9 a.m. July 14, at the Gerald R. Ford and Betty B. Ford burial site on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. The ceremony is a combination of two traditions. The first, a long-standing presidential tradition of observing each deceased president’s birthday, during which the sitting president sends a wreath to be presented by a military officer. President Donald J. Trump’s wreath will be placed by Brig. General Paul Rogers. The second is a personal tribute established by first lady Betty Ford in 2007, which includes the presentation of a wreath from the Ford family. The family’ wreath will be placed by President Ford’s nieces and nephews. Following the ceremony, the Army Chorus will honor President Ford with a virtual choral tribute. The ceremony is available for public viewing on the Foundation’s Facebook page at 9 a.m.

In addition to the wreath laying ceremony, a children’s book about President Ford will be released to the public. “Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story,” written by Lindsey McDivitt, tells the story of President Ford at various stages in his life, from his early childhood years and his years at the University of Michigan, to his years in the Navy, Congress and then his presidency in the 1970s.

To celebrate the book’s release, the Foundation will host a Facebook Live panel discussion on the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation’s Facebook page. The panel discussion begins at 7 p.m. with McDivitt, and Mike Ford and Steve Ford, sons of President Ford and Betty Ford. The virtual discussion features the Ford brothers candidly sharing some of their fondest childhood memories of their parents and the lessons they learned from them. McDivitt shares her inspiration behind “Truth and Honor,” and the importance of providing high quality children’s books that teach history and provide role models. The panel presentation will be archived on the Foundation’s DeVos Learning Center website to be viewed any time.

Video trailers of “Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story” are available on Vimeo. “Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story,” is now available online and in select book stores, including Schuler Books. To purchase your copy online, visit: Amazon.com and Sleeping Bear Press.

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation fosters increased awareness of the life, career, values, and legacy of America’s 38th President.  It does so through activities designed to promote the high ideals of integrity, honesty, and candor that defined President Ford’s extraordinary career of public service. The Foundation promotes the ideas, values, commitment to public service and historical legacy of President Gerald R. Ford and further promotes greater civic engagement and recognition of integrity wherever it exists in the public arena.  It supports permanent and changing exhibits designed to promote historical literacy; conferences; educational outreach and other programs, both scholarly and popular, including at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.

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Gerald R. Ford Virtual Storytelling

In anticipation of this summer’s release of the first children’s book about the life of President Gerald R. Ford, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation will release an exclusive three-part virtual storytelling experience through the eyes of award-winning children’s book author, Lindsey McDivitt, on June 29.

“Truth and Honor: A Sneak Peek with Author Lindsey McDivitt,” is a mini online series available through the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum’s DeVos Learning Center. It offers audience members a glimpse into McDivitt’s inspiration behind her new book, “Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story,” which will be released on President Ford’s 107th birthday, July 14.

The upcoming book takes a look at President Ford’s life journey from his childhood and collegiate years, to his years serving the military, Congress and then on to become the nation’s 38th president. In the three-part online video series, McDivitt, who spent most of her life near the Mississippi River or the Great Lakes, details how she researched real-life experiences and major milestones from Ford’s life for the book’s inspiration.

“Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story” is intended for children ages 6-10. It will be released as a hard-cover book and as an e-book by Sleeping Bear Press, an independent children’s book publisher based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Amazon.

Mindfulness and Meditation for Children

Breast Cancer Survivor & Yoga Nidra Facilitator Helps Children Live Happier With New Book

Children from all walks of life are exposed to stressful situations daily and learn to think in a way that creates anxiety. Some suffer hardships or see family members go through medical challenges, while others may be exposed to violence or substance abuse. Even children who come from privileged homes with intact families face challenges, whether it be parents who push them too hard, bullies who tease them at school, or online videos that send the wrong messages. All of these events can create insecurities and fears, which today’s youth don’t know to handle. Learning mindfulness techniques can help children be more resilient in the face of stress and help ease their worries.  

How can we teach them?

By using a how-to storybook that introduces children to mindfulness techniques for easing anxiety and promoting happiness.

The Dolphin’s Secret: A Meditational Journey for Children by Meryl Best Lowell introduces children to Yoga Nidra—an ancient form of guided meditation which incorporates a sequence of mindfulness techniques—and encourages them to add it to their lives in order to feel calmer and happier. The book weaves how-to steps into the whimsical story of Meri, a beautiful mermaid, and her friend Aloha, a dolphin. Using The Dolphin’s Secret, parents and teachers can lead children ages 4-8 in these exercises as they lay down before naptime or bedtime.

“When children are scared, tired or sad, sometimes they act out in undesirable ways,” says Lowell. “The easy relaxation techniques incorporated into the story of Meri and Aloha will help caregivers as they guide children through ways to better manage themselves when they have these feelings. Not only can the story be used for entertainment when a child is feeling tired, but it can also be referred to in scenarios when a child is upset, and a parent or teacher needs to take action to calm them and stop the behavior from escalating.”

About Meryl Best Lowell

Lowell began practicing guided meditations while undergoing chemotherapy treatments for a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. Once treatments were complete, she checked off a bucket-list item and went swimming with dolphins in the Bahamas– a life-enhancing and transformational experience. Later while on a hike, she was inspired to incorporate the mindfulness techniques of Yoga Nidra into a book for children- and of course, use dolphins among the characters.

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“Two Reasons Why I Won’t Report My Child Abuse”

Excerpt from The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook By Steve Simpson

“The first reason is I know that I could be better in school. I know I mess up at home. The clothes I wear. The way I have my hair. The attitude I have. The trouble that I get in. I bring it on myself. If I were a better person these things probably wouldn’t happen to me. Ever since I can remember, I have been told by my parents that all the problems at home are my fault. People have it worse than I do.” These are the thoughts of many who are being abused and the first reasons why they won’t report it.

What I discovered was that even children who do fantastic in school, never get in any trouble, and do everything “right” still get abused by their parents or abusive adults in their home. Their parents even called them the same names as me and they were model children. I’ve found it has nothing to do with the way I act at all. It has nothing to do with who I was. It has nothing to do with the children. It has to do with the adults. Child abuse and discipline have nothing to do with each other. People who abuse children do it because of their own sickness, be it alcoholism, drug abuse or other problems they have.

“I knew my father or my mother’s boyfriend had no right to abuse me but I always felt that my mother would get in trouble for it.” This is the thought of many abuse victims and the second reason why they don’t report it. Even though they are getting abused they still try to protect the non-abusing/co-dependent parent. What I offer to those children is you would not so much be getting your parent in trouble, but you would be getting them help. Most authorities get them to go to therapy, which would stop that parent from allowing abuse to themselves and others in the future, therefore making their life better. So by protecting yourself you’re actually not getting anyone in trouble but protecting them and getting them help as well. Even the abusive adult could end up getting help as a result of you reporting it. Nobody should abuse you, period!

If you are being abused in any way, sometimes the abuse looks like it’s becoming less frequent. Don’t be fooled by this. It could suddenly pick up again and get worse. It will not stop unless you do something to stop it. Speak to a teacher, guidance counselor, school social worker or psychologist. Counselors from community centers and sometimes even people from local churches will know what to do and how to get you help. You can call Child Protective Services for your local area. Nobody should be abused in any way. You are no exception. You are worth getting help.

Approximately 5 children die a day as a result of child abuse. For those who suspect child abuse whether it be a relative or neighbor, it always amazes me how people will call 911 simply because someone parked in the wrong spot or put the garbage out on the wrong night, yet they won’t get “involved” in possibly saving a child’s life or at a minimum their childhood (not to mention the problems they will have as an adult as a result of their abuse). As responsible people we are already “involved”.

If you suspect child abuse it probably does exist. Don’t make excuses or protect and enable the abuser. Protect who you are supposed to protect, the children.

 

About Steve Simpson
Steve Simpson is a child advocate, child abuse survivor and media commentator who just released The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook — a small guide that is modestly tucked inside in all four of his YA adventure novels which covers most of the topics plaguing young people today—suicide, bullying, sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, self-worth, being the child of an addict, living in a dysfunctional home, surviving school and more. Simpson was even recognized by President Barack Obama, former New York governor David Paterson and the County Executive of Nassau County for his efforts on behalf of abused children.

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

For Your Stud

G-SHOCK MR-G – sleek, stylish arm candy. Perfect for the guy in your life. As seen, retails for $6200. Handcrafted in Yamagata, Japan, the limited edition luxury MR-G GPS Hybrid Gold Hammer Tone timepiece is the second collaboration with third generation master metal craftsman Bihou Asano, who individually hammered each bezel and band of 300 watches using the traditional Japanese Tsu-i-ki technique. Each timepiece features a titanium case and bracelet band, non-reflective sapphire crystal, GPS satellite synchronization system for accuracy, Multiband 6 and Tough Solar capabilities.

ACouplePuns
High quality paper goodies that are equally cute, as they are clever. All cards are illustrated by the owner and entrePUNeur, Angelica Hanley. She “draws” inspiration from pop culture, things she loves and places she travels. A card for every imaginable occasion, ACouplePuns delivers sweet messages accompanied by disarmingly darling drawings on superb card stock that is scored, folded and packaged by hand!

Barrow Watches
Masculine in style, classic in simplicity. The Barrow Modello Coal features a worldly, clean design that scoffs at basic smart watches too many people are wearing. Included is an additional free strap with each watch, meaning you can easily smarten things up when day turns to night. Swiss movement, sapphire crystal glass, a solid steel case, and all comfortably priced, sets Barrow apart from other brands that are less than.

Bubba Essential Bags
Fashionable yet functional! Bubba bags have a shiny or matte quilt fabric with strong reinforced stitches. They are water resistant and repels light rain or simple spills. The large center compartment fits up to 15″ laptop or tablet and the adjustable straps are padded for easy wear comfort.
Their main line of backpacks includes the Classic Collection and Matte Collection. Both contain bags that come in regular and mini sizes. Bubba Essential Bags are Canadian-born and designed, but after a successful distribution throughout the world, Bubba is approaching the U.S. first with distribution on Amazon. Find them available for purchase at www.amazon.com/bubba. They’re also taking social media by storm on Facebook @bubbabags, global spanish instagram @bubbabags and U.S. instagram @bubbabagsusa.

Grand Trunk
Have an adventurous guy in your life? Upgrade his travel gear with the Cozy Pillow and Blanket Bundle Pack! The pillow had a portable Carry Bag with drawstrings for easy storage and the blanket had a cozy foot pocket to keep it in place on a plane or in a hammock. Definitely snuggle worthy!

Hippy Feet
By offering basic skill training in inventory management, packaging, shipping and sales, Hippy Feet is able to give homeless youth an opportunity to transition out of homelessness, into the workforce, and back on their feet. In addition to employment opportunities, for every pair of socks sold, another pair will be donated to a person in-need. All products are made in the USA using environmentally friendly materials.

Dreampad
Designed to help with falling and staying sleep, the Dreampad offers highly researched sleep technology hidden within a comfortable pillow. It works by triggering the body’s relaxation response, resulting in a more relaxed state of mind which is conducive to sleep.

Mistymate
MistyMate®’s full line of personal misters gives you the ability to take continuous mist wherever you go. The misty operates without batteries, motors, electronics or fans enabling them to deliver high-pressure mist with virtually “no moving parts”. Perfect for anyone your active Valentine!

For your Gal

Lavish Leathers
Arm candy is old news! It’s all about ear candy! LL is constantly adding new styles to their collection – keeping a devoted follower of fashion trends perfectly equipped from season to season! All items are handcrafted and are truly like no other.

Leaders Cosmetics
Leaders Cosmetics brings you the best in Korean sheet masks by combining innovative technology with proven natural ingredients. Every formulation is developed by a group of 15 leading dermatologists – providing pure, natural and effective skincare that you can trust. Leaders empowers women to take care of themselves from the inside out with skincare products and formulations that work in just 20 minutes of “me time”.

Sur La Cote
These stunning Mallorca Pants are inspired by balmy summer nights and picturesque views found in this Spanish destination. High-waisted, fitted through leg with flare from knee. Cut slightly short for our petite gals. Thick waist band to flatter and smooth in just the right places.

Sips by™
For the Love of tea! Warm up your sweetie all winter this Valentine’s Day with a personalized collection of tea, delivered monthly. Each box is personalized to her tea preferences, features 4 unique tea brands totaling 15 cups of tea at only $15 a month. Sips by™ is an Austin-based brand started by tea lovers who want discovering tea to be fun, personalized and affordable!

nyl Skincare
Keep her skin looking fresh and dewy with nyl Skincare! A collection of all-natural products handmade weekly in a kitchen — not a factory. nyl focuses on delivering clean, yet effective products that won’t harm you or the environment. Free of toxins, animal products, parabens, and petroleum products, everything nyl makes is vegan and cruelty-free.

Sunshine and Glitter
The Sunshine & Glitter’s Gypsy Collection is made with Biodegradable glitter ready for partying from day into night. Beach Gypsy SPF 30+ offers Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB protection with 80 minutes of water resistance and Biodegradable glitter. As the sun goes down, Day is Done After Sun is a gorgeous glitter aftersun with nourishing aloe and cooling lidocaine in case you needed some cooling.

Uncommon Green
These beautiful Stemmed and Stemless Maps Champagne Flutes which are available in EVERY U.S. City/Town and 1000+ iconic Topographic Map locations around the world. The glasses are the perfect way to say I love You—celebrate her with a glass featuring the map where she grew up, met her partner, went to college, got married, etc. The glasses feature an intricately designed map which is etched entirely around it and extends from top to bottom, achieving a striking effect that makes any beverage more fun to prepare, serve, and drink. Stumped on the perfect gift to get your guy? These glasses come as Rocks and Pints too!

Nic D’Andrea’s Miss Bracelet collection
Empower your favorite gal pal and do a whole lot of good with the stackable favorite, Nic D’Andrea’s Miss Bracelet collection! You can feel good about giving a gift that gives back, too! New for 2019, a proceed of each sale collection will go towards, Girls Inc. Girls inc works towards encouraging and supporting healthy and active lifestyles at their more than 1400 sites in 400 cities across the USA and Canada.

The Comfy
The Comfy is the “As Seen on Shark Tank” solution to staying warm and cozy wherever you may be. It’s a blanket…it’s a sweatshirt….it is just awesome and SO warm!!!! Curl up on the couch, pull in your legs (and/or arms) and find out what The Most Comfortable Thing You’ll Ever Wear is all about.

Perfect Balance World
Perfect Balance World has done what no one else has – they’ve built balance into their clothing by adding “landmarks” which show the yogi where to place their hands, feet and arms while doing yoga poses. These landmarks are designed to help them perfect their yoga poses and stay in them longer. When using the landmarks, they will never slip out of their pose again – they gain the Perfect Balance.

Whine Down Time
This cheeky children’s-style book for adults shows the realities of mom life. Whine Down humorously captures the hiccups in every woman’s parenting journey, and how to find time for self-care in the middle of chaos.

For your Sweetheart with a Sweet tooth!

Dave’s Sweet Tooth
So long dusty chocolates in a tacky heart shaped box! Real butter, sugar, milk chocolate, and hand sliced almonds prepared with love, one batch at a time, every time. And, naturally gluten-free! Made the old-fashioned way, creating handmade toffee without the use of machines, microwaves, or assembly lines. Using the very best ingredients remains a priority and a promise.

Yummy Cupcakes
What better way to show your loved one how special they are then with cupcakes in a jar!The only hard part is deciding which ones you like best! They make the sweetest gift and have a gluten-less line to choose from.

Chocolate Pizza Co.
Melt their heart with Chocolate Pizza Company. Express your love exactly the way you want with this unique, delicious treat! Add your own words to this heart-shaped delight with an impressive candy avalanche border to create something they won’t be able to find anywhere else!

Blendtique
Is your Valentine a Wino? Blendtique Wine Company is a fun, hands on wine experience. You can create and design a personalized wine blend from the comfort of home. For the first time, you –the enthusiast- can take part in the winemaking process, not simply to taste, but to blend, experiment, and even package a wine created thoughtfully by you, for you.