How Often Does Child Sexual Abuse Get Reported?

Not nearly as often as it should. Most child abuse victims never report the crime or get help in coming to grips with this life-changing trauma. They move into adulthood with a broken heart and low self esteem. Much misbehavior and acting out can be traced to an incident which occurred which left the child feeling confused, betrayed and angry. In an attempt to cope with the confusing reality of what has happened to them, many children develop survival skills or behaviors that will help them to cover up what they are really feeling. Families, friends and society sometimes see and judge the problem behavior when it is actually a symptom of the internal pain which has never been addressed. …

Aviation History Themes: From the Documentary "To Fly" to Charles Lindbergh

THE SMITHSONIAN DOCUMENTARY “TO FLY:” Perhaps the quest for speed and distance and the conquest of air had not initially been intended to change our self-perspective. But it ultimately achieved this. When the first balloon had risen from the ground in 1783 in France, it not only signaled the dawn of aerial flight, it also provided the foundation of man’s first external perspective of himself-as if he had removed himself from the ground’s gravitational lock and looked back at himself for the first time. Conversely, this act was not without repercussion. The balloon’s gentle brush with the church steeple not only demonstrated the need for greater lateral control, it also became the first time an actual “intruder” from above had …

Disciplining a Child by the Carrot and Stick Approach

Disciplining a child is difficult. Many ways have been suggested. One way to discipline our children is by the carrot and stick approach. "Carrots" are privileges that have to be earned or incentives that will motivate them to do complete their task. These rewards are such as watching television, playing a computer game, or going outside to play with their friends. "Sticks" on the other hand, are punishment or disciplinary actions for work not done or when a child disobeys his or her parents. This punishment does not mean caning the child. It can be carried out in different ways, for instance, a time-out, grounding, or removal of a privilege like watching TV. A time-out works well on older children. …

One Second After – A Book of Surviving an EMP

One second after is a book by William R. Forstchen about the aftermath of a nuclear bomb being detonated over the United States causing a massive EMP that takes out the power grid. It all starts with the main character John Matherson after all power goes out in a small town. John realizes rather quickly that this isn't an ordinary power outage but the effects of an EMP as not only is power out but electrical devices no longer work, nor do most new cars. One John realizes this many things begin to happen in the small town they live in. Hundreds of travelers are stranded on the freeway and everyone is wondering what is going on. Almost immediately some …

Catholic Self Defense

Note: I wrote this essay regarding the development of Tekkenryu jujutsu. However, I think it is applicable for all methods of self defense. It may also explain why martial arts are the way they are. Catholic, by definition, means universal or "broad minded". I could pull out STACKS of manuals, syllabuses, films, and related research material that cover an ENTIRE range of unarmed combat. Some methods advocate wrestling as their base, others use boxing or savate. Some jujutsu and judo while others call their systems "rough and tumble" or "all in", and there is even a system based on American SPORTS. I have an old manual on YOGA for self defense. The material ranges from current to OLD, some very …

What Goes in a Survival Kit?

I guess most of us have thought about putting a survival kit together. According to the Federal Government these are the basic items you need. Water, one gallon per day per person Food, 3 day supply per person (non-perishable) Flashlight, with extra batteries Radio, hand crank or battery powered Dust mask Whistle Moist toweletts Pliers or wrench to turn off utilities Local area maps Can opener Prescription medication Baby food (if you have infants) Pet food and water Water proof container for documents (insurance policies, bank info, cash, ID, etc) Extra clothing Household bleach (for disinfectant) Fire extinguisher Liter or matches Feminine products Eating utensils (paper plates, plastic knives and forks) Pen & paper Playing cards and games About a …

Automobile Emergency Kit, Winter Travel Life Saver or Waste of Money?

Most of us have experienced a flat tire, engine trouble, dead battery, or maybe even an accident. As untimely, and troublesome as these events can be, they are usually manageable. Can you image trying to deal with one of these events in the frigid cold of winter? Can you and your family deal with or even survive without an Automobile Emergency Kit in one of these situations? Have you ever considered how long it would be before help would arrive? An Automobile Emergency Kit is recommended by the Colorado Department of Transportation, and many others, to ensure you are prepared for the unexpected, especially during winter travel. According to a study by Daniel Eisenberg, PhD and Kenneth E. Warner, PhD, …

Travelling From Gatwick Airport to Central London

Gatwick Airport is located about 45 kilometers south of Central London and is the city’s second largest and second busiest airport after Heathrow, despite only operating with one runway. Gawtick Airport is popular with charter airlines and many Londoners take cheap flights to Europe from here. The two major airlines operating from Gatwick Airport are British Airways and easyjet. Aer Lingus, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Ryanair. Passengers arriving into Gatwick will find a variety of options for getting into Central London as the airport is well serviced by many forms of transport. Rail Several trains run between Gatwick and London, the most well-known and fastest being the Gatwick Express. This service runs direct with no stops in between and takes about 30 …

Travelling to the Oman and Staying in Muscat Hotels

If a person wants to travel to the Oman, there are different modes of travel out of which he can choose what suits him the most. If they are citizens of any European country or industrial powers like Japan, United States, Malaysia or China then a one-month visa can be issued to them at any terminal (sea, air or land) upon arrival. Once having arrived there, initially one can reside in any of the Oman hotels, the best of the lot being the Muscat hotels. Speaking of Muscat hotels, being the capital, the city offers the finest of options. However Muscat holidays are not very frequent and popular especially for citizens residing in Western countries. The conditions applying to obtain …

The Road From Vungtau To Dalat – Travelling By Road In Vietnam

We were driving around probably not too sure where to go. We must have been heading to Saigon when I saw this sign post on the right saying Dalat. I had heard the name. It was an old French hill station far to the north of Saigon. It had the good reputation of an agreeable place to go. It brought to mind tales of one of the old British hill stations of the RAJ. Simla? Anyway my curiosity was roused and I asked PB if she had been there and she said no. I turned right and off we went. We were able to come to these decisions without any discussion which was good. On the other hand we didn’t …