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TEDxFSCJ Announces Speakers for Art (Re)Defines Us

Jacksonville, FL – TEDxFSCJ is partnering with OneVoice and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Jacksonville to host a salon that addresses how the many modes of art—painting, poetry, spoken word and historic neighborhoods—contribute to the flourishing of communities. The TEDxFSCJ Salon, “Art (Re)Defines Us,” will take place Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at MOCA Jacksonville.

The theme for this TEDxFSCJ event is to strengthen ongoing conversation about arts, community and public ideals in Jacksonville. Art exercises a tremendous influence over our personal identity and public values. Learning to understand, appreciate and strengthen that influence enriches our lives as individuals. It also helps us take greater responsibility for the character of our communities and determine whether and to what extent our public artistic and cultural spaces embody the principles we profess.

The evening will feature music by The Lyricist LIVE creator Mal Jones, an open mic street party held during the downtown Art Walk, as well as TED Talks, audience discussion and four expert panelists who have made lasting contributions to Jacksonville’s artistic community.

The panelists include:
· Tiffany Melanson
· Ebony Payne-English
· Christina Parrish Stone
· Roosevelt Watson III

The “Art (Re)Defines Us” salon is free to attend. Check-in and live music are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. For more information, or to register, please visit tedxfscj.com.

Identifying Learning Problems

Identifying Learning ProblemsReading, writing, and math are the building blocks of learning. Mastering these subjects early on can affect many areas of life, including school, work, and even overall health. It’s normal to make mistakes and even struggle a little when learning new things. But repeated, long-lasting problems may be a sign of a learning disability.

Learning disabilities aren’t related to how smart a child is. They’re caused by differences in the brain that are present from birth, or shortly after. These differences affect how the brain handles information and can create issues with reading, writing, and math.

“Typically, in the first few years of elementary school, some children, in spite of adequate instruction, have a hard time and can’t master the skills of reading and writing as efficiently as their peers,” says Dr. Benedetto Vitiello, a child mental health expert at NIH. “So the issue is usually brought up as a learning problem.”

In general, the earlier a learning disability is recognized and addressed, the greater the likelihood for success in school and later in life. “Initial screening and then ongoing monitoring of children’s performance is important for being able to tell quickly when they start to struggle,” explains Dr. Brett Miller, a reading and writing disabilities expert at NIH. “If you’re not actively looking for it, you can miss opportunities to intervene early.”

Each learning disability has its own signs. A child with a reading disability may be a poor speller or have trouble reading quickly or recognizing common words. A child with a writing disability may write very slowly, have poor handwriting, or have trouble expressing ideas in writing and organizing text. A math disability can make it hard for a child to understand basic math concepts (like multiplication), make change in cash transactions, or do math-related word problems.

Learning difficulties can affect more than school performance. If not addressed, they can also affect health. A learning disability can make it hard to understand written health information, follow a doctor’s directions, or take the proper amount of medication at the right times. Learning disabilities can also lead to a poor understanding of the benefits of healthy behaviors, such as exercise, and of health risks, such as obesity. This lack of knowledge can result in unhealthy behaviors and increased chances for disease.

Not all struggling learners have a disability. Many factors affect a person’s ability to learn. Some students may learn more slowly or need more practice than their classmates. Poor vision or hearing can cause a child to miss what’s being taught. Poor nutrition or exposure to toxins early in life can also contribute to learning difficulties.

If a child is struggling in school, parents or teachers can request an evaluation for a learning disability. The U.S. Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act requires that public schools provide free special education support to children, including children with specific learning disabilities, who need such services. To qualify for these services, a child must be evaluated by the school and meet specific federal and state requirements. An evaluation may include a medical exam, a discussion of family history, and intellectual and school performance testing.

Many people with learning disabilities can develop strategies to cope with their disorder. A teacher or other learning specialist can help kids learn skills that build on their strengths to counter-balance their weaknesses. Educators may provide special teaching methods, make changes to the classroom, or use technologies that can assist a child’s learning needs.

A child with a learning disability may also struggle with low self-esteem, lack of confidence, and frustration. In the case of a math learning disability, math anxiety may play a role in worsening math abilities. A counselor can help children use coping skills and build healthy attitudes about their ability to learn.

“If appropriate interventions are provided, many of these challenges can be minimized,” explains Dr. Kathy Mann Koepke, a math learning disability expert at NIH. “Parents and teachers should be aware that their own words and behavior around learning and doing math are implicitly learned by the young people around them and may lessen or worsen math anxiety.”

“We often talk about these conditions in isolation, but some people have more than one challenge,” Miller says. Sometimes children with learning disabilities have another learning disorder or other condition, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

“ADHD can be confused with a learning problem,” Vitiello says. ADHD makes it difficult for a child to pay attention, stay focused, organize information, and finish tasks. This can interfere with schoolwork, home life, and friendships. But ADHD is not considered a learning disability. It requires its own treatments, which may include behavior therapy and medications.

“Parents play an important role in treatment, especially for children in elementary school,” Vitiello says. Medications and behavioral interventions are often delivered at home. Teachers can usually advise parents on how to help kids at home, such as by scheduling appropriate amounts of time for learning-related activities. Parents can also help by minimizing distractions and encouraging kids to stay on task, such as when doing homework. Effective intervention requires consistency and a partnership between school and home.

Many complex factors can contribute to development of learning disabilities. Learning disorders tend to run in families. Home, family, and daily life also have a strong effect on a child’s ability to learn starting from a very early age. Parents can help their children develop skills and build knowledge during the first few years of life that will support later learning.

“Early exposure to a rich environment is important for brain development,” Mann Koepke says. Engage your child in different learning activities from the start. Before they’re even speaking, kids are learning. “Even if it’s just listening and watching as you talk about what you’re doing in your daily tasks,” she says.

Point out and talk with children about the names, colors, shapes, sizes, and numbers of objects in their environment. Try to use comparison words like “more than” or “less than.” This will help teach your child about the relationships between things, which is important for learning math concepts, says Mann Koepke. Even basic things, like getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet, can help children’s brain development and their ability to learn.

NIH is continuing to invest in research centers that study learning challenges and their treatments, with a special focus on understudied and high-risk groups.

Although there are no “cures,” early interventions offer essential learning tools and strategies to help lessen the effects of learning disabilities. With support from caregivers, educators, and health providers, people with learning disabilities can be successful at school, work, and in their personal lives.

Article by NIH News in Health, Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Editor: Harrison Wein, Ph.D.
Contributors: Vicki Contie, Alan Defibaugh (illustrations) and Tianna Hicklin.

September 2016 Writers by the Sea

The September “Writers by the Sea” Amelia Island meeting will be held on September 15, 2016, at the Amelia Island Museum of History, 6:00 p.m.

Tell and Sell Your Story
Michael Regina, illustrator and editor, will provide an artist’s approach to: How Art and Illustration Tell and Sell Your Story. Michael Regina is an award winning film editor, painter and illustrator, largely known for his portraits and comics work: The latter have grown in popularity since his online graphic novel, From Death ’til Now, was released. Aside from developing his own projects, Michael has served as an assistant on the last two volumes of Scholastic’s popular series, Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi. Michael received a BFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of North Florida and studied under several painting masters; including portrait artist Kyle Keith. Michael’s comics work is represented by Fine Print Literary Management – www.michaeleregina.com

The event is Free-of-charge to all writers.

A Letter to Those I’ll Never be Able to Thank

Not too long ago I found myself stranded in Los Angeles, California, betrayed by the man I had hoped to spend the rest of my life with. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is NEVER easy to find out that the person you’re with is being unfaithful, but, finding out that the man I am in love with is actually in love with someone else (while I’m 2000 miles away from home visiting him) is probably the shittiest thing that has ever happened to me. I had no where to go, no one to turn to, and no clue of what to do next. All I knew was that I needed to get out of there. We got my airplane ticket transferred so that I could leave early to be with my family and even as angry as I was, I knew that saying “goodbye” was going to be so hard.

He drove me to the airport at 4:30 a.m. the next morning and couldn’t stop apologizing. He seemed upset, but I genuinely don’t think he will ever feel the immense pain that I felt knowing he must have stopped loving me at some point in the few months prior. When I turned away from the car and started towards the entrance to LAX, I lost it. Every bone and muscle and joint in my body hurt and I couldn’t keep myself from sobbing as I retrieved my boarding pass. Thank god for the self-service kiosks! I wasn’t composed enough to talk to an attendant.

I wiped my eyes and tried to breathe as I walked down, what seemed like an endless hallway, towards the start of the security line. By this time it was 5:15 a.m. and there were a total of 12 people going through security, including me and the hipster with a guitar case behind me. I wiped my eyes and continued to sniffle, but stopped crying long enough to find my ID and get ready to hand my pass to the guard. As we got closer, I could hear the short, automatic responses between the guard and people in front of me – it was very clear that he wasn’t happy about being at work so early.

“Ticket?” *beep* “Enjoy your flight. Next!” were the extent of the words he exchanged with the few people in front of me while he scanned their passes. When it became my turn, I mustered up the best smile I could manage and handed over my license and boarding pass. To my surprise, he smiled back and began to make small talk… commenting on the baseball shirt that I was wearing and asking about their star player. This is the kind of conversation that I would generally thrive on! I love sports and I know everything there is to know about Bryce Harper and the Nationals. But this morning was different, it seemed obvious to me that this nice, male security guard, with a beautiful smile, was trying to cheer me up, not caring why I was so upset, but caring enough to make it go away. I’ll never be able to thank him for engaging me in conversation, albeit short and mostly one-sided, I appreciated the effort so much more than I could have let on at the time. Especially when I had rounded the corner to slip my shoes off and we continued to make eye contact. He finally gave me a brief side smile that seemed to say everything was going to be okay, before turning to the person in line behind me and saying, “Ticket?” *beep* “Enjoy your flight. Next!”

I slumped into a seat at my gate and stupidly texted my ex to tell him I made it. It didn’t take long for him to respond, “If it makes you feel any better, I am a mess, the second you walked away I lost it.” OF COURSE THAT DIDN’T MAKE ME FEEL ANY BETTER!

That one text would make me start blubbering like a baby again, enough to startle the woman sitting across from me. I knew I wouldn’t be able to avoid her forever so I lifted my head and made eye contact with her. “Are you okay? Would you like some water? Or part of my granola bar?” She quickly asked me. I smiled, knowing that if I was in her position, I, too would have offered this young, crying girl, the granola bar right out of my mouth.

“No, thank you. I’m just having a rough day.” I proceeded to give her a few details because she seemed interested in helping me in any way she could. She was very genuine and so kind, and she is another person that I will never be able to express my sincere gratitude to. She said some very kind and encouraging words before we parted ways and boarded the plane to Chicago.

I was a mess the whole flight, thankfully the guy next to me was asleep so I didn’t have to worry about explaining myself again. I sat back and tried to escape by reading Amy Schumer’s new book of short essays about her life, unfortunately this didn’t help as much as I anticipated, but I did get a few laughs!

We landed in Chicago and at that time I had a little over an hour before my next flight, the flight home to Jacksonville. I stepped off the jet bridge and started looking for signs leading me to the next terminal when I heard someone say my name. I turned to face the kind woman from the last airport and she said, “Ally…. I have been thinking about you the whole flight and I know that I only got to chat with you for a short time, but I just had to let you know that you are so kind and so genuine and I know you’re hurting now, but you’re going to find someone who is so much better suited for you. I just know it.”

I couldn’t have asked for a better stranger to confide in. I hope I made it clear to her how much I appreciated all of the nice things she said to me, but, I may never know. I may never be able to tell her how much that meant to me and how that encounter would be the only thing that helped me keep my sanity long enough to get home.

My flight kept getting delayed and pushed back due to mechanical issues and weather in the Carolina’s. And progressively I got sadder and sadder. I never asked for help and I don’t think I looked like I needed any, either. I really just wanted to find a bar to sit at and drink my sorrows away, but unfortunately for me, they were all full and had long wait times. We ended up being delayed 6 hours and during that time, I met a very nice lady who was traveling alone to visit her sick sister, she was so thoughtful and never once asked me why I was so sad, but went out of her way to cheer me up, she made sure I was well fed and entertained. We sat together and just talked for hours about nothing important, but she is a third person, from the same day, that I may never see again to thank.

So, thank you kind security officer who didn’t HAVE to smile at me, and thank you dark haired woman who hugged me when we exited the plane – I hope you’re right about me finding someone better, and thank you lady who helped the delay to Jacksonville go by a little faster. You all honestly made light out of such a terrible day for me, probably unintentionally, and for that I am forever grateful. I just hope some day I will be able to return the favor with kind words or a smile to someone who needs them as desperately as I did that day. My faith in humanity has been restored and for this I thank you.

Create Wildlife Habitat in Your Landscape

Master gardener volunteer, Bea Walker, will conduct a presentation on how to create a wildlife habitat in your landscape.

-Learn how to attract butterflies and birds and other desirable wildlife to your gardens.
-Learn the four key requirements to create a wildlife-friendly environment; recommended plantings will be discussed and photos of two local gardens will be featured.
-Learn about the resources and programs available to support your efforts.

Class is free and open to the public. For more information, see the Extension website at http://nassau.ifas. ufl.edu/horticulture/landmatters/landmatters.html, or call the Extension office at 530-6351.

Landscape Matters
Wednesday, September 7, 10 a.m.
Yulee Extension Office, 86026 Pages Diary Road

Tropical Depression NINE 2016… or Something Stronger

While it may seem calm outside right now, and Nassau County’s Emergency Operations Center facebook page says it will activate to a Level 2 (indicating a threat is looming) at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, you need to pay attention to the television and radio for the newest updates on Tropical Depression NINE. Knowing when the National Hurricane Center delivers updates will keep you from wasting hours of precious time in anticipation of the newest news as the system approaches the Florida peninsula. Official updates including the progress and potential track of the storm, watches and/or warnings that may be issued, and the associated maps and graphics are updated every six hours… think 5:00 and 11 o’clock (a.m. and p.m.). In addition, interim updates come out at 2:00 and 8 o’clock. Times are set to the time zone of the center of the tropical disturbance (I think).

It has been quite some time since our last big tropical event, so we may be a bit complacent and lackadaisical while the local media focuses on the pending system. At the time I wrote this, there were no current warnings or watches up for northeast Florida, but, they will likely be issued should the system remain on the current track.

Just to be safe, this may be a good time to open the hurricane kit you have stored in the garage and see what’s in there. Is it possible that some of your emergency supplies may be expired, or were used on your most recent camping trip? I suggest you go ahead and stock up on water, baby food, diapers, and formula, medications and personal sanitary supplies, pet food, extra batteries, and non-perishable foods that will last for three to five days should we experience an extended power outage, or flooded or blocked roads. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit, too.

It is a good idea to have a similar kit packed in your car in case you need to leave in a hurry. Don’t forget food, water, jumper cables, and a map – as signs often blow down. The GPS on your smartphone phone may finally come in handy! This may be a good time to charge those portable cell phone chargers that have been laying around the house since last Christmas, as well.

Make an emergency plan for communicating with friends, relatives, and loved ones. We use someone, not in our geographical location, as a central source for communicating with others. A large portion of our family is located in various parts of Florida, but our oldest daughter is in Chattanooga; she will be our central point of communications.

As the system approaches, it is looking like we may indeed experience sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph as it passes through Northeast Florida. Flooding and flash flooding could be an issue as the depression is expected to produce 4 to 6 inches of rain over Amelia Island by Friday morning, and up to 12 inches in some areas.

If you live in an area prone to flooding, make preparations now such as filling sandbags or moving furniture, vehicles and other valuables to higher ground. You should go ahead and secure items around your home so they don’t become projectiles in the event of high winds. Items to put away or tie down include:

Yard signs (We just had “election day”)
Lawn furniture
Buckets
Children’s toys
Tiki torches
Pool toys
Plants stands and shepherd hooks
Trash cans
Yard art and Landscaping “features”

Watches and Warning
A Watch = conditions are favorable for a weather event to occur.
A Warning = Weather events have been reported by spotters.

Example:
A severe thunderstorm watch would mean conditions are favorable for a severe thunderstorm to occur.
A severe thunderstorm warning means severe thunderstorms are occurring in the designated “warning” area.

The same with a tornado watch vs. a tornado warning. A tornado “watch” means conditions are ripe for a tornado to occur, while a tornado “warning” means a tornado has been spotted in the designated warning area. Tornadoes are very likely when these tropical systems pass over land.

Power outages and wind
Usually our electricity begins to fail when power lines are knocked down by flying debris and falling limbs. With gusts of 20 to 30 mph you can expect dead limbs to fall from trees. With winds of 30 to 40 mph, large trees begin to sway and walking can be tough; lawn furniture will blow around and trash cans will tumble over. At 41 to 50 mph, branches will break off of trees, you may see shingles blow off, and eaves can lift, too. NOAA.gov describes “Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50 – 60 mph” and along with 60 mph winds you can expect windows to blow out and parts of your roof to fly off, and at 75 mph – structures can become compromised and debris being blown around becomes hazardous to people, and everything else in its path. And winds can become stronger if they are funneled between tight areas – such as houses that are built very close together.

Unlike a typical 30 minute summer thunderstorm, where we see strong winds and torrential rains, these tropical conditions can last for several hours.

I’m currently trying to find an “accurate” answer to when the bridges to Amelia Island are closed due to high winds.

Updates to this article may be added as warranted.

Stay safe!

Market Place Celebrates Labor Day at the All American Farmers Market

It’s a holiday weekend at the Fernandina Beach Market Place on North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina Beach, and the farmers market is a landmark you don’t want your Labor Day guests to miss. Perhaps the friendliest farmers market in Florida, this week we are celebrating Labor Day and the American worker, and few will argue there are many harder working professions than the American farmer!

We invite you to join us this Saturday, September 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and visit our produce farmers: Kings Kountry Produce, Boatright Farms, Cabbage Creek Farm, and Bacon’s Select Produce. Farmers are at the mercy of the weather and the industry is constantly changing with new equipment and new technology. What was once considered an industry doomed, the small American farm has began to blossom. Agriculture tends to move in cycles with really low lows, and wonderful peaks of abundant harvest. Having direct access to our local, small property farmers, you can help! Preparing their fields depends largely on their history of supply and demand. Your inquires and suggestions are often seen the following seasons with exciting new crops or perhaps longer seasons for select products. And best of all, you know you are supporting small farms when you make a purchase at your neighborhood farmers market.

Others who labor hard and are found in the Market Place are the ranchers such as A Natural Springs Dairy Farm, and J.D. Beef, an angus beef farm. The fisherman too, have labor intensive jobs such as our friends from Upstream Salmon and Chesser Seafood. The season just ended and Upstream Salmon is bringing a fresh catch of Alaskan scallops, king salmon, and fresh sockeye. Chesser Seafood has promised to bring more local, wild caught shrimp to the market for Labor Day weekend, but you still may want to arrive early, he always sells out!

This week, long time vendor Sonia, with Blue Planet, has been hard at work re-naming and re-branding her company. In her new “Gaia’s Garden” you will notice she is using more fresh herbs in many of her recipes and all of her offerings continue to be organic, handcrafted, gluten free, and raw. She will still bring sun-dried or low temperature dehydrated (unsulfered) fruits, trail mixes and flavored nuts, granola and muesli, a variety of nut butters, and her popular raw sweets like her cookie drops, flat breads, coconut blondies, and peanut butter cacao drops, will also still be available.

Returning this week after a welcomed family vacation is our Amish popcorn vendor. The entire family works together to bring you a variety of heirloom flavors including caramel corn, chocolate popcorn, and kettle corn. They have a large selection of popcorn seasonings, too.

Who doesn’t want to splurge with an all-American pie on a holiday weekend? Well, you can’t go wrong with a delicious dessert from Me, Myself and Pies. Try a rich chocolate French Silk, a traditional Key Lime, Coconut cream, Derby Pie, or the baker’s specialty Buttermilk Pie. He would mot say much about what is in this popular treat, but he smiled when he told me, “it is in the custard family of pies, and made with a lot of love.”

Percy’s Spice Pantry specializes in flavored salts and after sampling the coffee chipoltle BBQ rub, I took it home and used just under a teaspoon in a small pot of homemade black beans and it was absolutely fabulous. Their sriracha and garlic sea salt flavors are great on (Amish, perhaps) popcorn, and the garlic and ginger sea salt is especially good on grilled vegetables.

Another group that works hard protecting our lives, our freedoms, and the American way, are the members of the armed forces. We welcome having members of the American Legion with us at the Market Place this weekend supporting and greeting donors for the OneBlood bus that will be on-site from 9:00 to 1:00. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting oneblood.org/donate-now/ and entering our local zip-code.

While we picnic with our friends, and enjoy the extra time spent with loved ones this holiday weekend, it is important to remember what we are celebrating. Labor Day is officially the first Monday in September and according to the United States Department of Labor it “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

Market Sponsors this week include All American Gutter, and Energy 1 USA, a company that wants to help you live a better life through energy efficient products and the world’s first Probiotic air/surface and object treatment for allergies and healthy environments.

The farmers market is open rain or shine, and of course, your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome, too. For more information please find us on facebook or visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com

God Bless America!

Ettiquette in the Digital, Laser and LED Age

I must admit, I’ve been considering writing this piece for quite some time, but after getting yet another business text after 10:00 p.m. on a Saturday night, I decided it was time to discuss some guidelines and etiquette relevant to the digital age.

Keep Business-to-Business Contacts During Business Hours
Most business hours are Monday thru Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but with social media and digital communication, you can literally “do your job” anytime of the day or night. BUT – when you are communicating with co-workers, keep in mind that business should normally be conducted during business hours.

When my phone goes off at 3 O’clock in the morning, it scares the Hell out of me. I jump out of bed, trip over the dog and stub my toe on the dresser only to find out that a co-worker has finally figured out how to sort data on an electronic spreadsheet. “Yay!”

I also have clients that feel it is acceptable to call me on a Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. – only to find out I forgot to silence my phone at church; neither are okay.

If it is 8:00 p.m. and you call my cell phone you can expect me to have just finished dinner, had a cocktail or two, and I am likely watching a movie, splashing around the swimming pool, or doing household chores. This is not the time to reach me for business.

Using Only a Facebook Event Page for Party Invitations
Not everyone is on facebook, so you may not reach all of your intended guests… enough said.

Texting Thank You Cards
Is it okay to send a text “Thank you” for a gift your received? Only if it is the last gift you want to receive from someone. If I take the time to buy you a gift, even if it was online and drop-shipped in a gift-wrapped box, then I expect you to take the time to either send me a thank you card, or pick up the phone and call me. But call me outside of Monday thru Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., this is a personal call, not business.

Before cell phones and the age of digital communications, laser printers, and LEDs, there was no grey area. You called your friends at home, not at work… and your collegues and co-workers dealt with you at work, rarely calling you at home.

Should You Accept Your Boss’s “Friend” Request?
No, and your boss should be demoted for making such a request.

Using Social Media for important life events
Can I share my friend’s wedding pictures on social media?
This is a tricky one. First – the bride should ALWAYS be the FIRST one to post wedding pictures on social media. IF she is using a professional photographer, you may have to wait days before you can post any pictures.

This is why it gets tricky: if one picture gets sent to a relative who couldn’t make the wedding, or a collegue who was out of town, they ALSO must be informed NOT to share the picture on social media. If just one picture is leaked… well, game over!

This is the same rule of ettiquette for births! NO pictures of the baby should be distributed until Mom says it is okay to do so. Period!

Death announcements should also be handled with a great deal of respect, and restraint, when it comes to social media.

Learn to use the BCC Feature on Mass Emails
When you send an email there are three sections for the intended addressee. One is “To”, one is “CC”, and the other (apparently hidden) is the “BCC”.

“To” is for your intended recipient, usually a single person.
“CC” is for a second, third or more recipient of a group, a “c”arbon “c”opy. Every recipient will see every email address of everyone addressed. This is fine for groups like a family email, or an inter-office message.
“BCC” is “B”lind “C”arbon “C”opy, use this when you don’t want to disclose the personal and private email addresses of everyone on your list. Everyone on the list will receive the identical email, but email addresses won’t be disclosed.

On this topic, it is not cool to add email addresses to a mailing list without permission. Their are anti-spam laws (CAN-SPAM Act) in the United States, governed by the Federal Trade Commission, that applies to all commercial messages, with penalties of up to $16,000, but that is another article entirely.

When to Turn-off or Silence Your Phone
On the airplane
In a funeral
At a wedding
In most hospital rooms
At the theatre
In Church (see above)

However, it may be acceptable to use an online version of the King James Bible while sitting in the pew, just make sure you are not texting friends, checking scores, or especially frowned upon at church: looking at porn.

Many concerts won’t let you use your phone while the main performer is on stage. I recently saw Comedian Amy Schumer and the security guards at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville made sure phones remained off. Is it that the phones are disruptive to other concert goers, or is it about the money? On jaxevents.com, regarding Kevin Hart’s show in April, also held at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, the site said, “• NO PHOTO, NO AUDIO, NO VIDEO! • NO CELL PHONE USE DURING THE PERFORMANCE! This includes, but not limited to, texting, tweeting, talking, photos, and/or video. Patrons who violate these rules put forth by the show, will be escorted out of the venue. NO REFUNDS!”
(Okay, but its going to be very hard to keep them all away.)

GPS Tracking and Lying about your Location
You may not know this, but there is a feature on your phone that lets you track the location of your friends and family. Remember this BEFORE you lie about your location.

I’m sure there are many more topics on this LED Age of Ettiquette that I have left out, so I’ll reserve the possiblity of a Part II in the future. If there are any that I’ve left out, feel free to send me your pet peeves via email or facebook, or private message of course if appropriate.

FSCJ Launches FSCJ Safe Mobile Safety App

Jacksonville, FL – Florida State College at Jacksonville’s (FSCJ) students, faculty, staff and visitors now have access to the new FSCJ Safe mobile app, designed to keep them safe throughout the College’s campuses and centers.

The free app, available to download on Apple and Android devices, offers real-time safety functions and features in one convenient location to help ensure the safety of those on campus at all times. To help users plan ahead and prepare before incidents occur, the comprehensive app provides important information on how to respond to emergencies such as active shooter situations, evacuations, severe weather and more.

Through the FSCJ Safe app, users can report information and receive emergency notices. In addition, the app offers campus maps, helpful resources and options to call 911 or report a tip to Campus Security if a user witnesses suspicious activity.

FSCJ Safe’s features include the Mobile BlueLight function, which allows on-campus users to send their location to and chat with Campus Security dispatch. The feature works similarly to the fixed positioned BlueLight boxes located throughout FSCJ’s campuses.

Using the Friend Walk tool, users can send their location to a friend or Campus Security, who can then watch the user walk to their destination via GPS. FSCJ Safe also provides a list of Campus Security contacts as well as phone numbers for JSO and the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office.

“We continue to strengthen any and all efforts to provide our faculty, staff and students with a safe and secure environment, knowing we cannot predict the unthinkable though believing the more prepared we are, the greater the prevention,” said FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau.

All users are encouraged to submit feedback on ways to improve the FSCJ Safe app through the “About/Preferences” tab. Users can easily locate and download the app in Google Play or the App store by searching “FSCJ Safe.”

Creative Instagram Tips that you Might have Missed

Within the last few years, Instagram is growing exponentially in the social media platforms. If you are involved with a brand or a company, you must use this visual platform. Now, let us discuss some of the creative tips, which you might have missed!

Tag Pictures To Alert The Popular Accounts: There can be many popular accounts which are influential in nature. If the photos can be tagged with their accounts, they can get an auto update through the section of “photos of you”. They can also be tagged in a comment.

Spread User Content: Try curating the user content and attract your audience. User generated content can really be helpful when you are running in a short of new content. The audience will be interested in sharing details about your company and will feel proud to be a part of your success.

Mobile Editing Tools: In Instagram , various mobile editing tools are available. There are many editing tools that are built-in and some of them can be downloaded. All the photo editing tools with unique filters and styles can mesmerize you with their editing features.

Increase Photo Resolution: None of your audience likes hazy or blurry pictures. So the quality of the pictures must be top notch. The resolution of the photo must be increased. Try to increase the number of posts and provide a great user experience to the users.

Increase The hash Tag Limit: You may look into several accounts within your niche to increase the target audience. Huge numbers of Instagram likes can be obtained if you can increase the hash tag limit successfully. Try not to use the general hash tags and customize the tags as much as possible. You may keep the hash tags hidden within the comments. This will make the hash tags stay hidden and will only appear with the comments.

Direct Messages To Influencers And Audience: Direct messages can be sent to the influencers or the audience to gain trust. If the relationship building process is being carried on positively, you can definitely use the direct messaging features for the influencers and the popular accounts.

Trackable Link: Only in the bio section of the Instagram accounts can you find the clickable link. So never forget to make the most of this feature. You can play around with the content in the bio to check which one is working and which one is not working in this section. You can also place a call to action button by adding “click link in bio”.

Unique Hash Tag: You must create an unique hash tag for your brand. This will help in identifying and distinguishing your brand within the competitors easily. The users will easily find your brand and the relevant content if you are using the unique content.

Maintain Consistency Of Brands: Brand consistency can be maintained when you are using a single filter or a single theme. Similar to a logo, the brands can easily be identified with the help of the Instagram content.
If you possess a physical store, never forget to mention the address in your Instagram account. As soon as you are adding the location, you are promoting the business locally through Instagram. You can also arrange a hash tag contest where the participants can create unique hash tags for your brand. Make sure you are investing on giving away prizes after the contest.

Author Bio: Evans Walsh is a social media expert. In this article he is providing some creative tips for increasing the Instagram likes effectively.

Try Muscle Release Oil for a Natural Frozen Shoulder Remedy

The frozen shoulder condition is characterized by pain and stiffness. Shoulder movements are minimized and may be completely still, hence the term ‘frozen’. Frozen shoulder is generally caused by scar tissue forming within the capsule of the shoulder. Without proper treatment, symptoms may last for years.

Symptoms and Phases
Natural treatment solutions such as muscle release oil help to ease pain and make it easier for you to move your shoulder. The main symptoms of the condition are stiffness, pain and restricted mobility within either of your shoulders.

• The first phase of frozen shoulder typically features pain that may last for a couple or more months. Stiffness and limited movement begin gradually and the pain is usually more severe during the night. Pain may also worsen when you place pressure on the affected side.
• The second phase lasts for a varying number of months. Pain may ease but the stiffness and limited movement persist or worsen. All the shoulder movements may be adversely affected; especially the ability to rotate the arm in outwards motion. Since the shoulder muscles are not being used, they may begin to waste away.
• The third phase of the condition usually lasts for one or more years during which stiffness and pain gradually subside. At this point movement will start to normalize.

The symptoms of frozen shoulder make it harder to carry out daily tasks such as dressing and driving. Even simple tasks such s reaching into your back pockets may be interfered with. Your ability to work may also be compromised. The severity of symptoms and the duration of the condition vary among different people.

Importance of Treatment
If the condition is no treated, symptoms may last for a much longer time before they start to subside. In some cases, lack of treatment causes the symptoms to remain for several years. Muscle release oil is a natural frozen shoulder remedy that many people use as a pain reliever.

A significant proportion of adults over 40 are affected by frozen shoulder. Each of the shoulders may be affected but the shoulder that is less frequently used is more vulnerable. In some cases the condition affects the other shoulder.

Muscle Release Oil
The aim of using muscle release oil is to reduce stiffness and pain. This helps to maximize the shoulder movement range while you wait to recover from the condition. Natural remedies are recommended for easing pain and preventing other symptoms.

Muscle release oil is specially formulated to control pain and reduce inflammation in the shoulder. It is always important to use the product appropriately for the best results. Muscle release oil relieves symptoms effectively and you can look forward to your shoulder becoming functional and improving with natural treatment.

Shoulder Exercises
Shoulder exercises prevent the shoulder from becoming stiff and enhance movement as much as possible. These types of exercises should be performed regularly and within your abilities. You can consult a specialist who will advise regarding the most suitable exercises. Lack of movement prolongs the recovery process.