Wednesday, September 30, 2020

4 Negative Health Consequences of Using Chewing Tobacco

 Tobacco has been around a long time, used by natives of America long before the arrival of Europeans, and then introduced to the European world in 1492 with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in South America. Since then, many forms of it have been used by people, including dip, chew, cigarettes, pipes and cigars. As the world was made aware of the long-term negative health consequences of smoking through studies and media, alternatives for cigarettes were developed and made available, such as e-cigarettes, which use e-juice like that sold at However, popular equivalents for chewing tobacco, a smokeless form of tobacco, have not been developed. Chewing tobacco carries its own associated health risks that should be kept in mind. Here are four of them.

1. Causes Cancer

Chewing tobacco, and other forms of smokeless tobacco, have been found to contain chemicals known to cause cancer, including nitrosamines, which are known to cause cancer in animals and may cause it in humans. Metals, hydrocarbons and even radioactive materials capable of causing cancer are examples of more harmful chemicals in smokeless tobacco. Many other harmful chemicals and substances are present in chewing tobacco and other smokeless tobacco forms. Smokeless tobacco is associated with mouth, pancreas and esophagus cancer.

2. Causes Addiction

Smokeless tobacco like chewing tobacco is highly addictive due to the presence of an addictive substance. Due to its addictive nature, it may also lead users down the road to smoking cigarettes, which are just as harmful as smokeless tobacco, maybe even more so.

3. Causes Other Diseases

Cancer is a major life-threatening illness that can be caused by chewing tobacco and other smokeless tobacco. However, it is not the only one. Chewing tobacco also causes mouth problems, including precancerous lesions called leukoplakia that have the potential to become cancer, dental and gum disease, cavities, stained teeth and degradation of bone and gum. Chewing tobacco and other forms of smokeless tobacco have also been linked to heart disease and stroke; they have been proven to raise your heart rate and your blood pressure.

4. Causes Pregnancy Difficulties

Pregnant women who use chewing tobacco and other forms of smokeless tobacco experience an increased risk of pregnancy difficulties. Such difficulties include stillbirths and miscarriage. There is also an increased risk of babies carried by those using chewing tobacco having low birth weight. 

Smokeless tobacco products like chewing tobacco are not harmless by any means. They get less exposure than cigarettes but bear similar risks. So consider the associated health risks before you buy that chewing tobacco.

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Ways Your Snow Blower Shop Can Help You Get Ready for Winter

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay 

inter is just right around the corner and if your snowblower is not ready to run, you will be using your back muscles to shovel it out of the way. There is a lot of things that go into getting that snow blower ready for winter. You may find that you just do not have the time necessary to perform the work yourself. So, it will be necessary for you to enlist the services of a snow blower repair shop. There are many types of snow blower problems that you might need help with before you're ready to tackle the first big snowstorm of the season. 

There are many things that a repair shop can help you with that will get you ready for the winter season. They can do all of these and more with little effort.

  • They can change the spark plug on the engine. This includes making sure the new one is properly gauged and inserted into the slot. They will also make sure that the connecting wire is properly installed and secured.
  • They can inspect your belts on the blower. They will check for cracks and tears in the unit. Without a belt, the blower will not function properly. They will also make sure that the belt has the right tension applied to it. 
  • Your blower will also get a paddle inspection. This means that they will look over the paddles that move the snow to the blower unit. Any paddles that do not work well will need to be replaced. 
  • They will also check the shave plate. These are the parts of the paddles that scrap the snow from the ground.
  • They will also adjust the skid shoes. These are the adjustable parts of the snow blower that allows you to set the auger to a correct level. 
  • You will also find that they will replace any shear pins that are damaged. 
  • An oil change is probably why you took the blower into the shop in the first place. They can do it quickly and you will not have to dispose of the oil. 

The only thing that you might have to do is fill it up with gas and stabilizer. Your local shop will be able to tell you what stabilizer you should use. They might even have some available for you to be able to buy. But they are vital to helping you get your blower ready for winter. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

#ScoobyDoo and #Shaggy’s favorite holiday is upon us - Happy Halloween Scooby Doo!









BURBANK, CA (July 8, 2020) – When Crystal Cove is terrorized by a swarm of feisty flying jack-o-lanterns, Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang are back in action in Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! a brand-new animated film that arrives on DVD October 6, 2020, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Happy HalloweenScooby-Doo! features Bill Nye the Science Guy and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, as they join everyone’s favorite teen sleuths in a thrilling, action-packed Halloween adventure the whole family can enjoy together. Happy HalloweenScooby-Doo! will retail for $19.98 SRP (US) $24.98 (Canada).  


Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! will also be available to own on Digital for $14.99 SRP (US and Canada) on October 6, 2020. 


Scooby-Doo and Shaggy’s favorite holiday is upon us! With fake monsters and candy galore, Halloween is heaven for these hungry foodies going door-to-door. But this year, their sweet holiday turns sour when the neighborhood pumpkin patch is infected by toxic ooze, creating high-flying jack-o-lanters, and a king-sized pumpkin leader squashing everything in its path. It’s up to Scooby-Doo and the gang as they team up with their pals, Bill Nye the Science Guy and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, to solve this mystery of gigantic proportions and save Crystal Cove! 


Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! is an entertaining new, Halloween-themed adventure that delivers all the spooky-fun you would expect from Scooby-Doo!”, said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family Marketing. She added, “It’s a great family film that’s packed with humor, fun plot twists and eye-catching animation. “Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! is a captivating new mystery that every Scooby-Doo fan will want to add to their collection.  


Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo! features the familiar voice talents of Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo/Fred Jones, Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers and Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley.  The film also stars Cassandra Peterson as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Bill Nye as himself. Happy Halloween Scooby-Doo! was executive produced by Sam Register (Looney Tunes Cartoons). The film was written, produced and directed by Maxwell Atoms. 





Happy HalloweenScooby-Doo! will be available to own on Digital on October 6, 2020Digital allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital is available from various retailers including Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, Xbox and others. 


About Warner Bros. Animation 

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBA’s current series include Animaniacs for Hulu, Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix, Aquaman: King of Atlantis, Gremlins: Secrets of the MogwaiJellystone, Little Ellen and Looney Tunes Cartoons for HBO Max, Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders for DC UNIVERSE, DC Super Hero Girls, Teen Titans Go!, ThunderCats Roar and Unikitty! for Cartoon Network, Bunnicula, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, New Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who?, The Tom and Jerry Show, Wacky Races and Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! for Boomerang.  WBA’s full-length theatrical film, Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, was released in summer 2018. As home to the iconic animated characters from the DC, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films — including the DC Universe Movies — for DVD, Blu-ray® and digital media. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, a BAFTA Children’s Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents’ Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation). 


About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees. 

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.” 

How To Celebrate Halloween During A Pandemic

As October nears, this pandemic is still prevalent and the safety of our families is always on the forefront. How can we celebrate Halloween with COVID? Their social and emotional wellness can be affected by not being able to participate in a festivity that creates so much happiness and connection. 

Parenting expert, guidance counselor, licensed educational psychologist, and board-certified behavior analyst, Reena B. Patel (LEP, BCBA) addresses how to ‘Halloween' during pandemic!
Here are a some of Reena's tips to help accommodate a traditional Halloween during this pandemic. 
  1. Decorate the inside and outside of your house. If you haven't before, this is the year to start.     
  2. Create a month of Halloween countdown. Why not? We do it for Christmas too. Make a countdown calendar and for each day have a Halloween surprise ready to share with your child. Example : an Halloween coloring sheet, candy corn puzzle, pencils, stickers. Nothing small that represents and leads up to the big day.     
  3. There are some companies that participate in themed activity boxes. Yes some are subscription plans, but you can even get one for the month of October. A fun way to do the open box surprise and see what arrives at your door 
  4. Connect with your child’s school and see what the teachers have planned. Volunteer to help your school create some fun Zoom Halloween activities. A week of Halloween Zoom costume dress up is a great example. 
    Get Baking! Baking is such a fun, creative way to interact with your child. 
  5. Have Halloween themed reading nights and movie nights
  6. Host a virtual pumpkin carving party    
  7. Plan a small social distance safe house party, get together with a small group of family and close friends. , include a fun halloween pinata

Virtual Learning Safety Tips - Here are remote safety tips courtesy of the experts at Safe Defend.

Photo by Thomas Park on Unsplash

Douglas B. Parisi. Director of Training, Safe Defend

Sometimes we forget to take precaution during remote learning because we’re physically at home, but experts say families should make safety a priority, even as kids partake in virtual classes.

The student should be online with their back to the wall


Most cameras reveal more information in the background than is often considered by users.  There are numerous stories of students, workers, or family members being embarrassed based on stuff left on the floor, open closets, reflections in mirrors, or pictures on a wall.  This is easily avoided by turning the camera to face a wall. Natural settings should be the go-to when it comes to background.  Lakes, buildings, trees, and other identifying landmarks can reveal a location – which poses threat.  Several media personalities have had their home addresses revealed by a simple comparison to Google maps.  Another issue is the unintentional photo bomb (parents in the background, younger siblings streaking, or distracting animals). Limiting distractions will only enhance the learning environment for everyone.  If allowed, students can easily create a background to avoid all the above. 

Students should not be in their own room

The camera reveals too much about the private life of our children.  Messy floors, laundry, items left out or other revealing items (such as medications) should not be in view.  Having the camera in the bedroom creates too many opportunities for something like this to happen. 

Students and parents need to know how to use the camera/microphone switches for on/of

A parent should always ask their child to mute the microphone when speaking to them.  Also, parents need to be cautious when speaking in case the microphone is on. Saying things like; ‘I’ll be back in a few hours’ or ‘Enjoy the week, I’ll be on a trip through Wednesday’ can alert unknown observers to the possibility of an empty house. 

Also, students should always log out after class, even when the teacher ends the meeting.

Remind Your kids that everything is permanent

Students should be reminded that everything they type or do is being recorded.   They may feel that no one is around, but that’s not the case.  Bad habits like nose picking, thumb sucking, etc will be captured.   While schools do their best to keep this private, it is always possible one of the other students is secretly recording the classroom. Even a harmless gesture could be taken out of context, so students should refrain from saying/typing anything that is questionable.

Hacking is a problem

There have been incidents of meetings being hacked by outsiders- many times perpetrators post inappropriate sexual or violent images, makes disparaging comments about school personnel and spouts racially inflammatory language.   Much of these incidents are due to the lax security at the onset of the virtual learning experience.

Staff is instructed to post links on websites and send mass emails with multiple log in credentials depending on the class enrolled. Most of these problems have been addressed but there will still be breaches. Talk to your kids about leaving a meeting if this happens. As a precaution, students should be told never to share any links or emails from the teacher.      

Even if they think the recipient is a friend or classmate, all requests to ‘send me the link’ should be directed to the teacher.  And finally, when using any shared/public computers, make sure not to save username or password information.


Monday, September 28, 2020

Book #Giveaway - Hunger Of The Pine by Teal Swan - ENDS 10/12

Hunger of The Pine by Teal Swan

Aria Abbott has never had a home. Drifting through the foster system for most of her life, she finally finds herself in a situation so unbearable that she has no choice but to run away. Sleeping on the streets pushes Aria beyond any suffering she has felt before; the only thing worse than seeing no escape is the knowledge that no one in the world cares enough to try and find her.

Enter Taylor, a homeless young man with a charismatic smile and a dream of fame, fortune, and the sunshine of LA. Swept up in his energy, Aria and Taylor board a greyhound bus and never look back.

In this bright new world, Aria will discover a whole community of people living in the shadows, in the margins of society. As Taylor follows his dreams, Aria follows her heart. But she will discover that it isn’t always clear who you can trust, that strangers can be kind, or treacherous, or sometimes as familiar as your own reflection, if you’re willing to look hard enough.



Question: Tell us what your new book, Hunger of the Pine, is all about?

Teal Swan: Hunger of the Pine is my first fiction novel, and is a poetic novel about life on the 
streets in America. The book centers on Aria Abbott, a teen in the foster care system. She has 
been placed in a Christian foster home where the father is molesting her and her delinquency 
problems have turned her into the 'scapegoat' of the family. When the tension between her and 
her foster parents rises, she runs away and begins her life on the streets of Chicago. She soon 
meets Taylor, another homeless youth who is dreaming of fame, fortune and the sunshine of L.A.
Together they board a Greyhound bus and never look back. In this bright new world, Aria will 
discover a whole community of people living in the shadows, in the margins of society. As 
Taylor follows his dreams, Aria follows her heart. But she will discover that it isn’t always clear 
who you can trust, that strangers can be kind, or treacherous, or sometimes as familiar as your 
own reflection, if you’re willing to look hard enough.

Q: What was your inspiration behind the writing the book?

Swan:  As far as I know, no one has ever written a poetic novel about life on the streets of 
America. I wanted to highlight homelessness through descriptive writing and used a main 
character as a lens through which to see a snapshot. I also wrote it because I feel that we as a 
society -- especially in America -- need to look in the mirror at homelessness and see that it is a 
problem caused by many systemic failures within society. For this reason, there are many 
'reasons' someone ends up on the street. And we aren't really solving those reasons. People are 
complex, and it we need to see them with more compassion and understanding. And, it is with 
this 'understanding,' rather than labeling people good or bad, that we may see the root cause of 
behaviors and accurately resolve that root cause.

Q:  You have written a lot of wonderful non-fiction books. Why did you decide to take the 
leap into fiction?

Swan:  I want people to feel the raw reality of a side of life that they might never have 
experienced themselves by using descriptive writing to emotionally put them there. I am a 
descriptive writer first and foremost. My other books are informational, which I love, but they 
were not an opportunity to exercise my skills as a writer . Descriptive writing is a whole other 
beast than writing non-fiction that is engaging yet informative. It is to convey an emotion  or 
sensory experience with words instead of to convey a concept for the purpose of comprehension. ​
I want people to love the writing in and of itself, and remember it for the writing, and for their 
experience learning about homelessness as well as.

Q: Why did you decide to tackle the topic of youth homelessness?

Swan:   A Great many people don't relate to homelessness or the issues surrounding it. But a great many do and those people are drowning in the feeling that they were just born to suffer. I wanted to show the reality of homelessness and make it relatable to those who don't understand it. But I also wanted to insert some answers and hope into this novel for those who do. To be 'real' it had to be a mixture of "this is too much to surmount" and "you can surmount it". It needed to be tragic but also inspirational. And people who relate to these characters, especially the main character will not have thought of themselves as a protagonist.. as significant...As someone capable of love and triumph and of finding belonging and love... until now!

Q: What do you think society can do to help the homeless population? 

Swan:  The issue of homelessness is not an easy one because so many systemic factors within society contribute to it. This means there is not a one size fits all solution. For example, the failures within parenting and beyond that the foster care system cause youth homelessness. Society's complete lack of care for the mentally ill and the fact that there is literally nowhere for them to get help if they don't have money, contributes to homelessness in the mentally ill and veterans. The fact that a person on social security is not getting enough money to afford both food and housing and often medications causes senior citizen homelessness. The lack of prioritization within society when it comes to understanding and finding solutions for the needs of those who are in need, create this multivariable factor scenario where suddenly a great many people are on the street. It's time to see the broken-ness of our system and stop thinking things are being taken care of by 'someone else' when they are not.

Q: What do you hope readers take away from A Hunger of Pine and Aria’s story?

Swan:  I want people to feel the raw reality of a side of life that they might never have experienced themselves by using descriptive writing to emotionally put them there. Also, a better and more empathetic view of the homeless population. We tend to be so uncomfortable with homelessness that we compartmentalize it and tell ourselves that we could never be in the same position... That homeless are like a 'breed' of people or another species unto themselves. Understanding this why  behind homelessness actually makes it impossible for us to keep this 'separation' alive. To keep them marginalized. When we stop seeing people as "other", when we relate to them, we suddenly have the motive to do something because we identify with them instead. I wrote this book to create this identification, understanding and relatability so as to close this perceptual gap.

TEAL SWAN is an international speaker, best-selling author, and a survivor of severe childhood abuse. Today, having integrated her own harrowing life experience, she inspires millions of people around the world towards truth, authenticity, freedom, and joy. Swan  is also the author of six internationally published books, the creator of hundreds of frequency paintings, as well as the popular "Ask Teal" YouTube series, which currently has more than 80 million views and almost one million subscribers. She is also the owner and founder of Teal Eye LLC, a company focused on bringing self-empowerment and healing back to the individual. In conjunction with her vision of creating positive world change, Swan founded HEADWAY FOUNDATION, a nonprofit company that enables ideas, goals and ventures that are aimed at positive world change by ending suffering. In the years to come, Headway Foundation will encompass programs, centers, scholarships and products that better our world; such as in the areas of justice reform, education, environmental endeavors, end of life care, health, parenting, integrative medicine and food industry reform. Headway Foundation seeks to create the changes within our society that will create a better life for all beings who call this earth their home.

Swan was born with a range of extrasensory abilities, including clairvoyance, clairsentience, and clairaudience. It was  because of these abilities that she ended up being targeted to become a victim of abuse. In her own words: “Without the abuse and suffering I experienced, I would be someone who could give you a lot of esoteric information about the universe at large, but who would have no real grasp on the reality of human suffering or how to heal it. I would have only had ½ of the picture of human existence. The gift of my own suffering is that I now have the full picture and that has drastically changed both what I teach and the way that I teach.”

For more information, visit and connect with Teal on Facebook, Instagram,  YouTube and Twitter .


Tips and Tricks for Celebrating with Kids or Teenagers

Although you might know exactly what to do to make your partner or friend feel special on their big day, it can be even harder to celebrate with kids and teenagers. Whether you want to help them to enjoy their own milestone or simply want to get them involved in your own celebration, here are some top tips to make sure that everyone has a great time.

● Give them a personalized gift

One of the most effective ways that you can celebrate with both kids and teens is to get them a thoughtful gift to commemorate the occasion. Gifts always go down a treat, and will allow your children to have a physical reminder of their achievements in the future. In order to find a gift that kids of any age will love, you consider looking for unique birthday gifts from The Gift Experience. Their personalized selection of items is perfect for those approaching milestone birthdays, such as their 18th or 21st, with tumblers and photo albums that you can engrave with their name and age.

● Allow them to invite friends

Although you might want your celebration to be a family occasion, your kids, and particularly teens, will be much happier if they are given the option to invite their own friends. In order to keep them out of your hair, you could host a teen party or create a teen-friendly zone where your kids can hang out with their mates and enjoy themselves away from the adults. However, you should never force them to celebrate with you, and if they want to party all night with their friends and other loved ones, then you should give them the choice to do so and plan your own celebration for another time.

● Enjoy their firsts with them 

There is nothing better, though, than celebrating their big day with them. Whether you decide to attend your child’s graduation, or go with them to the pub for their first legal drink, being there with them will help you to create memories that will last a lifetime. 

● Give them your attention

Most importantly, as a parent, you should give them all of your attention on their big day. For instance, you may choose to take them out on a one-on-one trip without their siblings or other relatives, or decide to take them on a vacation or day trip that they have been dreaming about. This will help them to feel noticed by you for what they have achieved.

● It’s all about the little things

However, although you might want to go all out and plan something huge for your beloved children, it is all about the little things that you do to make your kids feel special. For instance, you might consider taking a commemorative photo with them which you can hang on the wall or gift to them. You might also think about decorating the house and gardenin bunting, balloons and other celebratory items to make ensure that their big day stands out from all the others.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Just Released as a Perfect Halloween Haunt

 Genesis: Fourth Thriller/Romance in a Book Series

Atlanta Author Releases Her 4th  Book in Time for A Full Moon on Halloween


ATLANTA  (Sept. 24, 2020) – Atlanta-based Author Anne Schlea just released her fourth book in a series designed to deliver that prickly spine, cold wintery chill that comes with this time of year, particularly for Halloween.   Released on Sept. 16,  Genesis, available at is a fiction, paranormal fantasy that is part thriller, part romance in the Retribution Universe series.


“I’ve always held a fascination for ancient places and artifacts imagining what kind of stories they could tell, and the secret mysteries of the unknown. I invite readers to come live in this fantasy world full of other world beings for a while,” said Anne Schlea, author of Genesis, The World of the Fallen and The Retribution Universe Series.


Here is an excerpt from the new book:


Genesis – New Release: Sept. 16, 2020 - The Old One is the first of the vampires.  She takes the human Daniel under her wing, bringing him along on a journey that leads to the origin of the vampires. 

Daniel landed in Berlin, Germany, over a year ago because he kept the wrong friends.  Little did he know that he’d come to love the old city, his job, and his life in Europe.  Now that Aiden has arrived, a quiet, red-headed, refuge from a war back in the states, Daniel is settling into a domestic life he never dreamed he’d have.

The arrival of The Old One, the mother of all vampires, turns Daniel’s domestic happiness on its head as she drags him away on an adventure through archeological sites of Europe, America, and Egypt on a hunt for origin of vampires.  

Can Daniel, an ardent agnostic, walk through the birthplace of religion without questioning himself?  And can he win the heart of a woman so destroyed by her past that she barely has hope for the future? 

About the Author

Anne Schlea was born and raised in Northwest Ohio where she spent much of her childhood on her Grandparent’s farm.  She graduated from Woodmore High School and then went on to Berry College in Rome, Georgia, where the first chapters of the Retribution Universe began to take shape.


Anne is an avid reader with over three thousand books in her personal collection.  As a teen, she read the entire paranormal fiction and romance sections of her local library.  Today, Anne lives in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, a short drive from the Appalachian Mountains, with her husband and her cat.  She loves visiting wineries, making music, running her business, and hanging out with her Siamese cat, Rosanna.