Archive for December, 2015

Christmas Message

My daughter, Charissa Sims, has published a book, Kinley the Water Dragon, which would make a great Christmas gift for kids aged three to seven. Copy and paste the URL to go to her website:

This is a fantasy book that teaches kids the importance of water in the world. It is about a young dragon in the Himalayas that is raised by hawks in a village suffering a drought. Kinley has a dream of a big lake and decides to leave his village in search of water! He discovers that he is a water dragon and that bringing water to the world is his true purpose. He meets many friends and challenges along the way, including fairies and other dragons until he finally reunites with his dragon mom, brother and sister! The story is meant to teach children about water conservation and the importance of water in the world. It is also a story of accepting others for who they are and finding your purpose in the world.
Check it out:
Charissa Sims is an entrepreneur and first time children’s author.
She is passionate about water conservation and helping educate others about ways to conserve water and funds projects that provide water for people around the world. She has her own ergonomics consulting business and loves to meditate and empower women. Mrs. Sims is a mother of two children and lives with her husband and family in Los Angeles, CA.


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Equal Parenting in the UK and the US

With the holidays approaching we should all recognize the fact that millions of parents around the world will miss seeing their children due to parental alienation syndrome and/or shortsighted family court decisions. While American males (along with Australians) are generally considered to be among the “wildest and craziest” on the planet, it is noteworthy that only British dads have caught the media’s attention for their death-defying feats to bring attention to our cause.
The Scotland Yard expert cited brought us a statistic very similar to American ones: “90% of UK gang members grew up in fatherless homes”. In the US this is often seen as mostly an African-American issue but the author here quite rightly notes that there’s been a 40% hike in suicides for ALL British men in their 40’s.
This statistic correlates quite well with last month’s Princeton University study which found that death rates for white Americans aged 45-54 climbed one-half percent per year from 1999-2013, in stark contrast to the previous two decades when the death rate had fallen 2% per year for the same group.
The authors of the Princeton study took their data from the CDC, who said that the greater number of deaths was due to drugs, alcohol, suicide and liver damage.  The Princeton researchers were both economists, which no doubt led to them attributing this steep increase in death rates to economic factors alone.
Perhaps these two economists should interview Mr. Daubney of The Telegraph to get to the root of what I like to call a “jurigenic disorder”. Fatherless kids might also be the basis for a question for this week’s last presidential debates before the holidays.

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Explaining Terrorism to Children

This week we all witnessed the worst terrorist event in the nation since September, 2001.
Photos of the victims showed that the local community was clearly one of immigrants and children of immigrants. It’s appropriate then to listen to the sage advice from another immigrant, Dr. Manny Alvarez, who has been active as a volunteer for autism and Alzheimer’s and professionally has been noted for his OB-GYN work in drastically reducing the rate of early-term deliveries.
Dr. Alvarez I’m sure has great empathy for the San Bernardino victims and their children in that his own childhood included a birth in Batista’s Cuba and being taken in by an American foster family while he waited five long years for his father to be released from one of Castro’s prisons.

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