“Praying Often” a Devotion by Pastor Ralph J. Mineo

Prayer is an expression of our relationship with God……

There’s a comic strip showing two insects. The smaller one asks the larger one: “What kind of insect are you?” The larger answers, “I’m a praying mantis.” “That’s absurd. Insects don’t PRAY!” replied the smaller one. The praying mantis then grabs the smaller bug by the throat and starts squeezing!” In desperation, the tiny bug says, “Our Father, who art in heaven…”

We DO pray to God in times of desperation, don’t we? That’s actually a good thing. In the Old Testament when Hezekiah, was about to die, he prayed in desperation, and was healed. In the New Testament, a leader of the synagogue, Jairus, came to Jesus in desperation when his daughter was near death. When Jesus was delayed by another healing, the 12-year old girl died. Before long, Jesus raised her to life.

For both Hezekiah and the daughter of Jairus, prayers of desperation led to a “new lease on life.” That doesn’t mean that God will always heal us in this exact way. But it DOES mean that healing comes from God. It DOES mean that, as believers, we depend on God for healing. And so we pray.

When we turn to God, there will ALWAYS be healing. It may not be the healing we ask for, or even the healing that we hope for. It certainly might not happen in our timeframe. But God always heals. It’s what God does! Along with physical healing (including the use of intelligence God gave us, along with the miracles of modern medicine and technology), God always gives us spiritual, mental, emotional, and social healing.

Christian writer Anne Lamott says that her two favorite prayers are “Help me! Help me! Help me!” and “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” We should certainly pray when the life is being choked out of us. We ought to pray in thanksgiving when God’s life and grace is being poured into us.

Christian prayer isn’t some type of magic. The prayers we lift are not some magical formula, a hocus pocus. Prayer is an expression of our relationship with God. I suggest that you resist taking credit for your prayers getting things done. God gets it done! Give God ALL the glory.

At the same time, we ARE talking about Almighty God, who invites us to pray. So never underestimate the power of prayer. Pray in desperation. Pray often. Pray in thanksgiving. Give God all the glory!

Guest Column from State Representative Tim Brown

“Safety in Snow Removal”

Recently, my colleague, Representative Steve Arndt (R-Port Clinton), and I introduced legislation that pertains to snow removal for townships across Ohio. At its core this legislation simply gives Ohio townships the ability to adopt policy pertaining to sidewalk snow removal.


The power to adopt snow removal policy has been in place for municipalities in Ohio for decades.  House Bill 375 extends the same permissive authority to townships (after they notify possibly impacted property owners and conduct public hearings) to either have, or not have sidewalk maintenance requirements.  As townships have continued to grow over the years, many have subdivisions with numerous children, elderly, or handicapped individuals in them who deserve access to and from their property safely on public sidewalks.


House Bill 375 is necessary because many of our children find themselves walking to the bus stop or to school in icy conditions, and are often found walking in the street because some homeowners do not shovel their sidewalks.  Additionally, townships with high traffic areas around store fronts or other popular establishments also have a right to ensure reasonably safe access for all citizens.


Townships are not required under this legislation to implement sidewalk maintaining rules, or fines, it is entirely permissive.  Additionally, they may choose to implement a sidewalk maintenance rule only for certain sections of the township, such as densely populated housing subdivisions, or downtown like areas. The bill leaves discretion to the townships in crafting a policy that works best for them and their local citizens.


This bill is by no means creating regulations requiring all Ohioans to clear the snow from their property, nor is it proposing to fine all residents for failing to do so. It is not the intention of the legislature to create more government regulation or interfere with hard working Ohio families. Simply put, this bill gives township government the same ability to govern themselves as municipalities in order to determine in concert with their local citizens, what policy may work best for them.


In drafting this legislation, Representative Arndt and I have worked closely with the Ohio Township Association to ensure that the policy we create will not have any unintended consequences or inflict undue hardships on township, or their residents. Townships are the heart of this great state, and I am confident that House Bill 375 is a beneficial bill for all Ohioans who work and live in Ohio’s townships.


As always, I welcome the input of everyone across the 3rd House District. If you have any questions, comments or concerns related to House Bill 375 or other state government issues, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (614)466-8104 or Rep03@ohiohouse.gov.

Guest Columnist: Parenting Press–Protecting against Dating Violence

Tip: Protect your daughter or son from dating violence.

Dating violence is a serious problem in the United States, reports Sandy Wurtele, a psychology professor at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and the author of several guides to keeping kids safe.

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If you’re the parent of a middle-schooler, you may not think this applies to you. After all, as far as you know, your child is not dating. What you may not be aware of is what happens at the parties your child attends, or when kids meet after school, at a concert or summer festival. Abuse can be physical, emotional or sexual, and it can occur even if kids aren’t “formally” dating. Girls are as likely as boys to perpetuate partner violence.

To help prevent your son or daughter from being a victim or perpetrator of dating abuse, Wurtele recommends:

  • Talk with your teen about dating being a privilege. Explain that any socializing, and especially romantic relationships, have both rights and responsibilities.
  • Model a healthy, respectful relationship with your own partner.
  • Demonstrate respectful touching. It’s important that you be able to show affection to each family member, and that you honor each person’s requests to stop. If you suspect that a teenager’s refusal to be hugged or kissed results from more than the usual teenage embarrassment, try to determine whether someone is abusing your child. Share this concern with your child, and ask if he or she would like to talk to you or another trusted adult.
  • Clarify to your children that victims of abuse are never at fault. In the movies and television programs you watch, or the books you both read, you may find examples of characters who rationalize their abusive behavior by blaming their victims. You may be able to use these as “teachable moments.”
  • Know the warning signs of dating abuse. These can be as seemingly innocuous as calling a partner an unflattering name or texting the partner excessively.

For more help understanding dating violence, see Wurtele’s Safe Connections: A Parent’s Guide to Protecting Young Teens from Sexual Exploitation.


Guest Columnist: Dr. Missy, Feelings Helper

This week’s topic: Ask kids their views on bullying…..

Ask Kids Their Views on Bullying


What do kids say about being bullied? What do kids think will prevent bullying? How many parents, teachers, principals, school counselors, and adults ask youth about their opinions on the bully problem and the bully solution?


Stan Davis and colleagues asked more than 13,000 5th-12th grade students about how to stop bullying in the 2010 Youth Voice Project. The outcomes are in Davis’ book, Schools Where Everyone Belongs: Practical Strategies for Reducing Bullying.


What Kids Said Didn’t Work


Just walking away and ignoring the bully; telling the bully to stop by confronting; or pretending that bullying doesn’t bother you is not effectual according to the surveyed youth. In regard to peer bystanders, the bullied youth reported that it did not help when peers confronted the bully in either calm or angry ways.


What Kids Said Did Work


What the bullied youth wanted the most was for adults and peers to tell them that the bullying was not their fault. Kids wanted adults to believe them and help them. They wanted teachers to check in with them after the bullying incidents and they wanted encouragement from peers. Bullied students wanted other kids to sit with them, talk with them, and include them.


“Bullies experience a wish for power that is stronger than their empathic sense, so they are willing to hurt others to feel powerful,” writes Davis. He recommends that schools elicit student input and use the “Four Rs” for all students in order to prevent bullying: respect, relationships, resiliency, and responsiveness. Davis is the creator of the website www.stopbullyingnow.com.


Go to www.blogs.greatschools.org and type in ‘What kids say about bullying’ and watch a video by the Fine Brothers. Kids, ages 9 to 14 years, are interviewed about bullying. These youth state that school staff is not dealing effectively with bullying.


“I saw on a Disney channel show it said it’s NOT tattling if you are telling someone about a bully,” writes a child on the website www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org.


The following is a target checklist for children:

Are you called mean names by other kids?

Do other kids ever hit, kick, push, or punch you?

Do kids leave you out of groups on purpose?

Do other kids make fun of the way that you look or act?

Is it hard for you to make friends?

Are you sometimes afraid to go to school?

Do you often feel nervous, anxious, or worried?

Have other kids ever laughed when someone hurt you?

Has anyone ignored you on purpose?

Have you ever felt bad about the way someone has treated you?


“Children should not fight with a bullying child or make verbal or written insults. This could lead to more aggression and possibly serious injury,” experts write at www.webmd.com. They recommend that children tell and talk to adults.


Sherri Gordon, bulling expert at ABOUT.COM lists six things to say to your kids when they are bullied. “It took courage to tell me. This is not your fault. How do you want to handle it? I will help you. Let’s brainstorm how to keep this from happening again. Who’s got your back?”


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) developed KnowBullying, a free smart phone app that provides adults with information and communication support to talk about bullying and build resilience in children.


Parents and adults in the community may learn something when they begin to initiate conversations with kids of all ages about their perceptions of bullying problems and bullying solutions. However, it is the responsibility of adults to keep children safe from being bullied at home, at school, on playgrounds, and in the community.


Dr. Missy, Ph.D., is a feelings helper, child therapist, play therapist, and child trauma therapist. She provides therapeutic services at Affirmations, Columbus, Ohio.







Chowline: Be aware of risks of growing, eating sprouts

” The warm, moist conditions seeds need to sprout into, well, sprouts, whether at home or in a commercial facility, are also exactly the type of conditions bacteria need to multiply rapidly. “

My teenage son has taken a keen interest in healthy eating, and as part of this, he has started growing his own sprouts. I remember there was an issue with raw sprouts a few years ago. Are they safe to grow and eat?  

It’s great that your son is interested in eating more healthfully, and if you do any home gardening, you know how inspiring it is to grow and enjoy your own food.

But raw sprouts do have some inherent issues related to food safety. In the last 20 years, there have been at least 30 outbreaks of foodborne illness associated with different types of raw and lightly cooked sprouts. A 2011 outbreak from fenugreek sprouts in Germany made thousands of people ill and was linked to 50 deaths.

Most sprout-related outbreaks are caused by Salmonella and toxin-producing E. coli, and often the bacteria is traced back to the seed.

And therein lies the problem: The warm, moist conditions seeds need to sprout into, well, sprouts, whether at home or in a commercial facility, are also exactly the type of conditions bacteria need to multiply rapidly. And since any bacteria on the seed is incorporated into the sprout, you can’t even partially remove it like when you rinse other types of produce under running water.

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The opportunity for problems to arise is great enough that public health authorities urge anyone who is at greatest risk of foodborne illness, including children younger than 5, the elderly, pregnant women or anyone with a chronic health condition such as diabetes or cancer, to refrain from eating raw sprouts all together.

If your son is otherwise healthy, the sprouts he grows may not pose a serious health risk. But it might be wise to be on the lookout for signs of foodborne illness, which can strike anywhere from few hours up to eight days after ingesting the bacteria. Symptoms include cramps, diarrhea, fever and vomiting.

In addition, encourage your son to reduce the chance of illness as much as possible by following recommended practices. The University of California has a fact sheet, “Growing Seed Sprouts at Home,” online at anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/pdf/8151.pdf. It includes detailed recommendations for buying, treating and growing sprout seeds to minimize risk. For example, the fact sheet spells out how to soak seeds in a hydrogen peroxide solution, followed by rinsing them and soaking them in clean water. At that point, you can remove any debris or other seed material that floats to the surface — an important step, as, the fact sheet says, most contamination has been tied to that material.

The authors also emphasize the need to carefully sanitize the containers used for sprouting the seed and provide thorough instructions for doing so. However, even with carefully following the steps outlined in the fact sheet, be aware that there is still no way to guarantee the safety of raw sprouts that are contaminated prior to germination.

For more information about food safety, see foodsafety.gov.

Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Martha Filipic, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1043, or filipic.3@osu.edu.

CSX CFO:  Near- and Long-Term Expectations and Strategy

CSX (Nasdaq:CSX) Chief Financial Officer Frank Lonegro today highlighted the company’s track record of success during the energy market transition and updated expectations for company performance at the Barclays Industrial Select Conference in Miami, Florida.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CSX (Nasdaq:CSX) Chief Financial Officer Frank Lonegro today highlighted the company’s track record of success during the energy market transition and updated expectations for company performance at the Barclays Industrial Select Conference in Miami, Florida.

Over the past five years, CSX has grown its merchandise and intermodal business faster than the economy and delivered strong pricing and efficiency gains in the face of a secular decline in coal and shifts in other energy markets. As a result, the company delivered compound annual growth in earnings per share of 4 percent during that period and an operating ratio below 70 percent for 2015.

However, the intensifying coal headwinds and the impact of the strong U.S. dollar and low global commodity prices that impacted CSX in 2015 are expected to further challenge results in 2016. CSX expects coal volume to decline more than 20 percent and most other markets to continue posting year-over-year declines this year.

“Based on the trends so far this year, we expect volume to decline in the mid-high single digits this quarter and to gradually moderate as we move through the year,” Lonegro said. “We expect first quarter earnings to decline significantly, reflecting both this volume environment and the fact that we are cycling more than $100 million in unique items from the first quarter of 2015.”

For 2016, the company continues to target $200 million in productivity savings. In addition, Lonegro reiterated that CSX continues working to further reduce structural resources and to match resources with volume declines near term while also remaining well-positioned to serve demand shifts once the economic challenges begin to subside.

“In this environment, we continue to focus on the things most in our control, including delivering safe, reliable service that increases operational efficiency and supports strong pricing for the value we provide to customers,” Lonegro said. “As we look toward a future with significantly less coal, our strategy includes rationalizing and realigning the network to match decreased demand in some markets and adjust to increases in others, investing in clearance and terminal projects to leverage intermodal growth, and optimizing technology to serve the CSX of tomorrow as we continue to target a mid-60s operating ratio longer term.”

About CSX and its Disclosures

CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company.  It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products.  For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development.  Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides.  It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike.

This announcement, as well as additional financial information, is available on the company’s website at http://investors.csx.com. CSX also uses social media channels to communicate information about the company. Although social media channels are not intended to be the primary method of disclosure for material information, it is possible that certain information CSX posts on social media could be deemed to be material.

Therefore, we encourage investors, the media, and others interested in the company to review the information we post on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX) and on Slideshare (http://www.slideshare.net/HowTomorrowMoves).

The social media channels used by CSX may be updated from time to time.  More information about the company and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/OfficialCSX).

Chowline: Sodium still a concern with pricey types of salt

All salt contains sodium, which is the nutrient of concern when it comes to salt………

My wife recently bought some pink Himalayan salt. Besides being pretty, it’s expensive and isn’t even iodized. Is it somehow healthier?  

Different types of salt might provide distinct flavors. Some chefs and others with refined palates swear by one type or another. Others, though, really can’t tell a difference.

As far as nutrition goes, your instincts are correct. All salt contains sodium, which is the nutrient of concern when it comes to salt. Americans average about 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day, but the recommended level is 2,300 milligrams, or even less — 1,500 milligrams a day for people over 50, African Americans, or anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.

The body needs a modest amount of sodium, but 9 in 10 Americans go way overboard, contributing to high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney stones, osteoporosis and even headaches. In fact, according to a 2010 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, if everyone reduced their sodium intake to recommended amounts, up to 66,000 strokes and 99,000 heart attacks could be prevented annually.

Different kinds of salt might provide varying amounts of sodium, but the levels between them are negligible. It’s important to know, too, that the vast majority of sodium consumed in the American diet comes from highly processed foods. A cup of soup contains up to 940 milligrams of sodium. One slice of bologna has almost 300 milligrams. A slice of bread may have up to 230 milligrams.

That’s one reason it’s so important to read Nutrition Facts labels and examine them for sodium content, or purchase foods with “sodium-free” or “very low sodium” on the label.

You should also be aware that the salt used in processed foods is rarely, if ever, iodized. In the U.S., iodine started to be added to table salt in 1924 to reduce the risk of goiter, which is an enlarged thyroid gland resulting from iodine deficiency. Adults need about 150 micrograms of iodine a day, and most of it comes naturally from foods: fish, including cod, tuna, shrimp and other types of seafood; dairy products; and breads and cereals. Fruits and vegetables also provide varying amounts of iodine, depending on how much is in the soil where they’re grown. So, with a healthful, balanced diet, it’s likely you don’t need the iodine — much less the sodium — delivered from the saltshaker. A quarter-teaspoon of iodized salt provides 95 micrograms of iodine and nearly 600 milligrams of sodium.


To reduce sodium, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:

  • Buy fresh, frozen (no sauce) or no salt added canned vegetables.
  • Use fresh poultry, fish, pork and lean meat rather than canned or processed meats. Check to see if saline or salt solution has been added — if so, choose another brand.
  • Limit your use of sauces, mixes and “instant” products, including flavored rice and ready-made pasta.

For more details, see cdc.gov/salt.

Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Martha Filipic, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1043, or filipic.3@osu.edu.

Guess Columnist–Parenting Tips from Parenting Press: “Parents Needs Friends, Too”

“Parenting is such an all-encompassing and relentless job that you desperately need a few good friends who understand the stresses of parenting”…..

Parents Need Friends, Too

Tip—Having a couple of good friends is a matter of self-preservation.

Are there any parents who think rearing children is an easy job? Parenting is such an all-encompassing and relentless job that you desperately need a few good friends who understand the stresses of parenting and support you.

These people are often other parents, but they don’t have to be. For our author Shari Steelsmith, her sister is one of those people. She has children roughly the same age and, for the most part, instantly relates to Steelsmith’s parenting issues on any given day.

“Once, after a particularly difficult afternoon with my then 9-year-old daughter, I phoned her from the car and whispered into the phone, ‘She’s in the back seat. Can I just drop her off at your house for the rest of the summer?’ My sister laughed and proceeded to talk me down,” recalls Steelsmith.

Therapists Jennifer Brown and Pam Provonsha Hopkins, authors of What Angry Kids Need: Parenting Your Angry Child Without Going Mad, say, “Close friends, extended family, childcare providers, teachers, and coaches can all help create a web of relationships that parents need to avoid making the parenting journey alone.”

This is even more important if you have a child who has special needs, an intense temperament, or you’re struggling with difficult  circumstances such as divorce, deployment, another family member’s chronic illness or bereavement.

Tools—Brown and Hopkins make an important point, “Children need us in so many legitimate ways that consume our physical and emotional energy, it requires us to guard our energy in the places we do have some control.”

This means eliminating or setting firm boundaries in adult relationships with those individuals who are needy or critical. Our children deserve our best; if there is a friend or relative who routinely drains your energy or causes tension, then it makes sense to reduce contact.

The following are a few “Characteristics of a Rejuvenating Friendship” drawn from Brown and Hopkins’s helpful book.

  • Shared values, parenting beliefs, and goals
  • Shared sense of humor about life
  • Trust in each other’s judgment and positive intentions
  • Safe place to complain, brag, and ask for help
  • Freedom to discuss mistakes without fear of criticism

You’ll find more practical tips you can use right now in What Angry Kids Need: Parenting Your Angry Child Without Going Mad by Jennifer Anne Brown, M.S.W. and Pam Provonsha Hopkins, M.S.W.

Reprinted with permission from Parenting Press’s weekly parenting tips, copyright © 2004. www.ParentingPress.com/weekly-parenting-tips.html.

“How Do I Love Thee?” a Devotion by Pastor Ralph J Mineo

After four years of marriage, Elizabeth Barret Browning published what is considered her best work, which includes the well-known verse, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.”……………

Elizabeth Barret Browning was born in 1806 in Durham, England. As a child, she was seriously injured in a riding accident and spent a great deal of her childhood confined to bed. An established poet, at forty years old, she married Robert Browning (an unknown poet at the time). After four years of marriage, Elizabeth Barret Browning published what is considered her best work, which includes the well-known verse, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Other words, perhaps less famous, are these: “The face of all the world is changed, I think, since first I heard the footsteps of thy soul.”

Written as a love poem for the husband who changed her very difficult life, the poem might be translated to the spiritual life. Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ will certainly recognize the importance of “hearing the footsteps” of Christ’s soul, the presence of Christ’s Holy Spirit.

Even non-believers cannot dispute that the footsteps of Christ have changed “the face of all the world.” What Jesus Christ said and did has been important to the world we live in!

Jesus came to change the face of our world. We find ourselves facing difficulties, struggles, and pains in life. God opens so many avenues of help, giving us persons to love and care for us, providing support, encouragement, and help. Let me count the ways! God places divine and holy footsteps onto our soul.

Psalm 27 says it this way: “The Lord is my light and my salvation. The Lord is the stronghold of my life. The Lord will shelter me in the day of trouble. The Lord will set me high on a rock. My heart says, ‘Come and seek his face.’”

Once, when Milward Simpson, former governor of Wyoming, was flying in a plane with his wife, the pilot announced that they were going to attempt an “unscheduled emergency landing.” At that moment, the governor wrote later, he took his wife’s hand and prayed with her a traditional prayer he memorized as a child. This is the prayer:

The love of God surrounds me.
The love of God enfolds me.
The presence of God watches over us.
Wherever we are, God is. Amen.

Guest Columnist: Dr. Missy, Feelings Helper

THIS WEEK’S TOPIC: School “hotspots” for bullying

School “hotspots” for bullying


Bullying in the school environment often happens out of sight from the school staff in bathrooms, hallways, bus, cafeteria or playground. What can be done about these “hotspot” areas?


What can Parents do?


Talk to the principal, school counselor, teachers, your child’s bus driver, and superintendent, about bully zones. Discuss the situation and solutions with your local Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Talk to other parents.


Teach your children the anti-bully buddy system. Students can pair up with friends in these “hotspot” places. Dialogue with your children about the bully zones.


What can School’s do?


“Teachers and administrators need to be aware that although bullying generally happens in areas such as the bathroom, playground, crowded hallways, and school buses as well as via cell phones and computers (where supervision is limited or absent), it must be taken seriously,” according to the American Psychological Association (APA).


How can schools better monitor the “hotspot” areas? Hiring extra adults would mean paying out more money on already tight school budgets. Talk to the students from kindergarten to 12th grade. What would they say about these “hotspot” places?


Some schools have installed video cameras in the hallways or hired police officers while other schools have monitors who periodically check the hallways. Hallways and stairwells are the most common places for school bullying according to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Visit www.nces.ed.gov.


Visit www.herointhehallway.com and peruse the hero patrol at school where “Kids have the power to protect each other in school and can be taught what to do!” While it is important to empower children, the responsibility of protecting students is the job of school staff, parents, and adults.




Verbal bullying by girls often happens in school bathrooms. Do schools of the future need multiple individual bathrooms located near the front office?


APA recommends that students, “Whenever possible, avoid situations where there are no other students or teachers. Try to go to the bathroom with a friend.” Visit www.apa.org.


Buses and Parking Lots

Find information on training for school bus drivers regarding bullying intervention and prevention at the School Bus Safety website. Visit www.nasdpts.org/Operations/Drivers.html.


Would a volunteer program of adult bus monitors help? Would moms and dads who are homemakers volunteer to be bus monitors?




More than 300 schools in 23 cities in the United States utilize a managed-recess approach by providing Playworks coaches on playgrounds. Could retired grandparents be trained as volunteer playground monitors? Overseers could offer several playground activities and allow children to choose what to play. It is a sad when a child stands alone day after day and watches silently as other children play, laugh, and have fun. Purposeful exclusive is a form of bullying.


A School Counselor for every School


“Currently, there is no mandate for school counselors and we recommend legislation that would mandate K-12 school counseling and implement ratios to ensure access to adequate school counseling services,” according to Shawn Grime, the past president of the Ohio School Counselor Association. What about a school counselor for every elementary school? The school counselor could monitor recesses, teach social skills to children on the playground, and intervene in bullying situations.


What can Local Police do?


The South Euclid Ohio Police Department is hosting the Officer Phil Program at elementary schools. Using magic tricks, games and props, children learn how to prevent bullying and respect each other. Visit www.officerphil.com.


What can Students do?


Students at Steele High School, Amherst, Ohio, created an 18-minute video on bullying. It is available at www.links.ohioschoolboards.org/23972.


Educators, parents, and students can read the 2012 electronic version of the Journal of the Ohio School Boards which has several articles on bullying in Ohio schools.


It does take a community to provide bullying prevention and intervention to ensure the safety of our most innocent citizens, our children.

Dr. Missy, Ph.D., is a feelings helper, child therapist, play therapist, and child trauma therapist. She provides therapeutic services at Affirmations, Columbus, Ohio.




Chowline: More fiber: Just what the doctor ordered

Eating an ample amount of high-fiber foods should provide plenty of both soluble and insoluble types of fiber………..

I know it’s important to get enough fiber to help with constipation, but I’ve also read that it can help prevent disease. How does that work?  

New research is coming out all the time about the health benefits of a high-fiber diet, and you’re right, they go way beyond helping to keep you “regular.”

Unfortunately, most Americans consume only about 10 to 15 grams of fiber a day. The recommendation for adults under 50 is 25 grams a day for women and 38 grams for men. Those over 50 should get 25 grams a day for women and 30 for men — still much higher than the average.

Studies have long associated high-fiber diets with a reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes, but two recent studies show even more benefits:

  • A Harvard University study published in Pediatrics indicates that young women who eat the most fiber have a lower risk of breast cancer later in life. The researchers believe fiber helps reduce high estrogen levels in the blood, which are one cause of breast cancer. The reduced risk was significant: For each additional 10 grams of daily fiber intake as a young adult, risk dropped by 13 percent. Fiber from fruits and vegetables seemed to have the greatest effect.
  • A recent University of Nebraska study indicates a high-fiber diet could reduce the risk of lung disease. Researchers studied data from people 40 to 79 years old and found that for those who had the highest fiber intake (at least 18 grams a day), 68 percent had normal lung function and only 15 percent had airway restrictions. For those with the lowest fiber consumption, only 50 percent had normal lung function and 30 percent had airway restrictions. Researchers believe that fiber’s role in reducing inflammation throughout the body may play a role in helping the lungs. In addition, studies have shown that a high-fiber diet changes the microflora in the gut, which could reduce infections and, researchers speculate, may release lung-protective chemicals in the body.

Eating an ample amount of high-fiber foods should provide plenty of both soluble and insoluble types of fiber, both of which provide benefits.

Soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel, which can help prevent fats and sugars from being absorbed by the body, reducing blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Some studies indicate high soluble fiber intake can reduce the risk of coronary artery disease and stroke by 40 to 50 percent.

Insoluble fiber, which comes from a plant’s cell walls, provides bulk to stools, helping prevent constipation, hemorrhoids and chronic diarrhea, and helps with digestion.

To increase fiber intake, eat five to six servings of fruits and vegetables a day, along with a couple of servings of whole grains or legumes. A serving includes a medium-sized fruit; a half-cup of fruit, most vegetables, beans, whole-grain pasta or brown rice; a cup of raw leafy greens; or a slice of 100 percent whole-wheat bread.

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For more on fiber, see the National Institutes of Health web page, www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/dietaryfiber.html.

Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Martha Filipic, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1043, or filipic.3@osu.edu.

“Cycles of Renewal” a Devotion by Pastor Ralph J. Mineo

“Every human being needs the gifts of God for spiritual renewal “……..

“Cycles of Renewal” a Devotion by Pastor Ralph J. Mineo

God created the world, including human beings, with a cycle of ongoing renewal. Nature has a built-in cycle of renewal. The change of seasons is a good example of that. Not too long from now, we’ll begin to feel the renewal of springtime in our area.

The human body also has a built-in cycle of renewal. Food, air, water, and sleep are necessary for the renewal of our bodies. Scientists tell us that all the cells in our bodies are regenerated (renewed) every seven years.

We have the ability to do harm to the cycle. We can do harm to the world God has given us. Improper food, not enough water, and inadequate sleep can do harm to the cycle of renewal for our bodies.

I believe there is also a cycle of renewal for our souls, the spirit-part of who we are. God provides us with spiritual gifts for renewal. By avoiding what God provides, by refusing to follow God’s will, by sinning, we can thwart the cycle of spiritual renewal.

The Pharisees in the time of Jesus pretty much felt that they were spiritually perfect. This elite group of up to 6000 spiritual leaders, would vow before three witnesses to adhere to the “Perfect Law of God.” By following the external laws, which they considered perfect, they would conclude that they were spiritually perfect. Odd thinking if you ask me. Jesus certainly didn’t agree that they were perfect! When you consider yourself perfect, you hinder the God-created cycle of renewal.

Every human being needs the gifts of God for spiritual renewal. The amazing grace of God keeps the process of spiritual renewal moving forward! This grace flows through the gifts of prayer, the fellowship of believers, daily spiritual disciplines, countless ways to remain spiritually balanced.

Ask yourself: “what season of spiritual development am I in?” It’s a good question. You might seek out a spiritual guide to help you answer it. The next question to ask is: “what season of spiritual development is next?”

The world always changes for the better when God’s children make spiritual progress. May the amazing grace of God bring you spiritual renewal. Together we can make the world a better place!