Kenneth R. McClelland
: Kenneth R. McClelland
: United states of america
Another Chicken Story: The Stranger Danger
This book is a new resource meant to serve as an introduction to the stranger danger discussion between children and their parents, educators, youth group leaders, or child safety program officers. The Stranger Danger message is an awkward subject to bring up to a child, and because of that, many people simply tell their children that they shouldn't talk to strangers. I believe this conversation needs to be addressed with more than just a few words, especially as children become more mobile with each new school year. While you don't want to frighten the child, parents need to say something to help equip them in case someone they don't know should attempt to lure them away with clever words and a smile. The difficulty with this subject is compounded when some say: 'Even though hundreds of thousands of children are ‘reported missing’ each year in America, only about 150 of them are actually abducted by strangers.' *In the UK, the number of children abducted each year is considerably more than this. No matter how well intended, it’s statements like that that have left some parents with the impression that they needn't worry about their children having an encounter with a stranger who means to do them harm. Statistically speaking, the odds are in their favor, but who would want to make that wager? Such statistics won't mean a thing to the children or to the parents of the 115 to 150 unfortunate children who will be abducted this year. Most of those children will be abused, many will never see their families again, and those who do will never be the same again. "Another Chicken Story: The Stranger Danger,” will open the door to this uncomfortable conversation with children, in a non-threatening way. A story that's told in metered rhyme with colorful characters and illustrations, this simple book will afford grownups an opportunity to discuss what children should do if a stranger approaches them and tries to trick them into helping them or into going somewhere with them. It will also provide an opportunity to explain to the child what they should do if anyone, even if it's a friend or someone else they know and care about, tries to get them to do something that they know is wrong or don't feel comfortable about. Much like a fire drill where we teach children what to do in case of fire, children should likewise be equipped with this life saving information - which we all hope they will never need to use. Kenneth R. McClelland
The Jade Lion
This is a Fairy Tale that's never been told before, about a boy on a 20 year quest for vengeance after his mothers death; the fulfillment of an ancient legend; a bow and sword competition; and his meeting a girl who may get in the way of his plans for revenge.When young Fallon sees his mother and their friends needlessly killed, he vows revenge against the king of the Northern Province whom he blames for their deaths. To help him, an ancient legend has promised the boy two wishes, and he may need them after he meets a beautiful girl who's on a mission of her own; a journey leads the two of them to enter a competition in the courtyard of the king's castle at Shadow Lake. The Jade Lion is the story of bitterness, love, regret, and hope, all tied together with twists and turns that you won't see coming until you're already there. Here is a Sample: "We don't serve no wenches at my inn! But if you've a mind to cook and clean in the scullery, then perhaps I could use the likes a you around 'ere." Keera smiled, her eyes fixed on his and his on her. With a dainty finger she motioned for the innkeeper to come closer, as if to talk privately. A smile was on his face as he leaned across the bar to get closer to her, but the smile disappeared when in one quick motion Keera had his ear in her hand and yanked it hard until his head crashed to the bar where she held him fast. Fear flashed over his face and his eyes closed when she thrust a dagger into the bar with her other hand, only inches from his nose..."            
House Flipping & Home Remodel Journal
With any construction project, one of the keys to success is organization, and the last thing you want to do is carry your project around in a dog-eared notebook or on scrap pieces of paper and post-it notes with crucial phone numbers, measurements, or prices on them. I can just about guarantee that you will lose some of them, and then the hunt begins to try to find the missing information. Well, life doesn't have to be that difficult. Whether you're an experienced house flipper, about to begin your first flip, or perhaps you simply want to remodel your own home, this journal will help you get organized so that you can get the job done efficiently. Beginning with your information; property description; and financial details; you'll then proceed to record the contact information for the various contractors you may need. Next, you'll record the different room measurements that you will need for future referencing and for calculating material needs.For the next step, you will do a walk through of each room, listing what its specific needs are, such as light fixtures, paint, windows, flooring, etc., along with cost estimates for each line item - with another space for writing down the actual costs. As you near completion of the project you will go to each room making a punch list to note what needs further attention before calling the job complete. If this is a house flip - you'll next move into the sales phase where you'll list your total expenses, and list four comps in the area of your property. You'll list your realtor' contact information, the asking price, and the accepted offer, along with the total expenses and profits realized. Once you're all done with the project you'll want to save this journal for future referencing of the contractors you used, so you can recall who you worked well with, and those that you don't want to use again. And lastly, you'll want to retain this for tax purposes... you will be glad you kept this journal.
My Fibromyalgia Journal
This 400 page, one inch thick, one year, personal journal, is for anyone who's been diagnosed with and suffers from Fibromyalgia. This journal can be used to keep a daily record of where you're experiencing pain; what your pain levels are; what OTC or prescription medicines were taken; what types of foods were consumed; or what physical activities were performed on any given day. All of these things can help you or your caregivers in detecting patterns of what may trigger or exacerbate your pain. --- For example, it's not uncommon for certain foods or food groups to increase Fibromyalgia pain in some people. By keeping a record of such dietary matters, you will come to realize what foods you may want to curtail or avoid altogether (such as switching from potatoes to sweet potatoes can help).It also offers you in the latter pages, a place to write notes and also a place to make a list of useful websites or support groups who can tell you what medications or treatments are working for them, perhaps direct you to doctors or clinics they like. You can note holistic options, or even make a list of websites that offer legal guidelines to aid you if you want to apply for SSI disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. --- NOTE: This journal would make a great gift for your friends and family members. Also, I've created another one for those who suffer from Chronic Pain that's not been diagnosed as Fibromyalgia:
The Pandemic Preparedness Guide
REVIEW OF: "The Pandemic Preparedness Guide... is a non-fiction book by Kenneth R. McClelland. The book gives an overview of the different illnesses and situations that could cause a disastrous pandemic. Washing your hands and not standing too close to others are important tips that can lessen your exposure to germs. But what would you do if a pandemic broke out, the country went under martial law, supplies were limited, and the lights went out? The author helps the reader work their way through this question so that if a life-threatening virus were to break out, you and your family could be prepared to survive the harmful consequences. Topics include the common cold, the 1918 flu pandemic, Ebola, bird flu, and more. Overall, the book is written in an accessible manner. The author both expands on common knowledge and highlights what people may not know. The book seems very well researched, going into detail about the science of these diseases as well as their social, political, and economic impacts. There are many external links, but the relevant information from those links are listed right there in the book which I appreciated. At times, there are a lot of numbers and figures thrown at the reader, but that is balanced out by the author's sense of humor and opinions, like criticism of the news media. The book has both Christian (but not overwhelmingly) and American (particularly when it comes to the government) perspectives while also discussing global topics. The book does get redundant at times, but I appreciate that the author usually adds something new every time he returns to the same topic. He accomplishes this by using real-life examples, events, and new stories or by providing enlightening and frightening government documents, laws, and quotes that add further perspective to the topic at hand. It also helps that he is self-aware of that redundancy, really wanting to impress upon the reader that a pandemic is an inevitable reality. The author often urges the reader to become independent, because when disaster strikes you can't just depend on the government to come and save you. Being prepared ahead of time gives you an edge, and you'll be able to save yourself. This includes stocking up on food and ammunition and having an emergency plan in place. Of course, the book goes into much greater depth than that and really makes you consider things you may never have before. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It's filled with practical advice and useful tips. It also brings up several fascinating notions, such as virtual funerals, bioterrorism, and conspiracies involving the pharmaceutical industry. It's a book that really makes you think and become more cautious when it comes to contact with germs. I would recommend this book to those who are interested in the spreading of viruses and how to be ready when chaos ensues." NOTE: This book is not just for those concerned with deadly viruses, but it's also for most any calamity that might befall us as a nation.
The ABC's of African American Inventions
The ABC's of African American Inventions is a fun and informative book which can be used for homeschooling; in traditional classroom settings; as an additional curriculum offering during Black History Month (taking time throughout the month to study the various inventions and inventors mentioned in the book); or to be given as a gift by (or to) family members.   This children's book is rather unique in the genre because it crosses traditional age barriers for such an offering, and while it is similar to other ABC picture books, in that you can use it to teach children the letters of the alphabet, you can also place it into the hands of children of most any elementary school grade level to stir their inventive minds and artistic abilities early on in life.   Additionally, this same book can be given to middle school aged children, and even to high school students, where the idea is not simply to show them the many inventions and inventors, but also to inspire their creativity and stimulate their young minds when they're challenged near the end to imagine their own ideas and draw them out. The inventions that they'll draw onto the provided pages can then be shared with their classmates and with family members. This durable 8.5 x 11" book can also be saved as a keepsake to reference in the years to come, and perhaps to one day share the knowledge inside the book along with the creations that they drew, with their own children.   What is particularly interesting, is that parents and educators who use this to teach younger children the alphabet, or to challenge older children to dream up wonderful new ideas of their own, will also enjoy what they'll discover in The ABC's of African American Inventions, with each irresistible turn of the page.
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