Protect City’s Trees

thBY1L06LDI live on Elm Street, its name after the abundancies of elm trees you can find on my street. It used to be elm trees as far as the eye can see. I have seen pictures of my street before they started building on it, it is beautiful. The forestry was amazing. Even now along the street are line with elm trees. My street look like those streets you see in the movies, tree lined streets with gorgeous Tudor style houses. Luscious green grass that looks like a thick, plush rugs. It is nice.

What I love most about our street and the trees that aligned is watching their leaves change colors when the season changes. Their brilliant colors is enough to take your breath away. Listening to the rustling of the leaves during a warm summer breeze, when I am relaxing underneath their shade. On the other hand, the taking shelter during a warm summer rain. It is magical.

A few months ago there was a tree cutting accident. Someone was pruning the trees, on Oak Boulevard, closest to the street and miscalculated its fall direction. The tree Oak tree fell into the street unto a fire hydrant. This closed the street down for a few days. Until a tree, Service Company came out and took care of the tree that laid across the street. They residents were lucky that no one was hurt and there were really only minor damages done.

Last month in our city council decided to address every street that are lined with trees.   That means that Oak Boulevard, Maple Drive, Birch Street, and my beloved Elm Street will be trimmed, prune, and in some cases cut down. When those that live in the city found out that, the city council has plans on felling fifteen hundred trees throughout the entire city, the people living in my city, including myself, started to organize. Requesting that the city try to reduce the number of tree that are to be cut down. Understanding that yes, some trees need to be taken care of, I mean tree care is important, but is felling necessary in every instance.

This little conflict between the council and the ones that elected them brought it into reality how our trees are in peril. With the many different disease and insurance claims, many sites are opting to remove the problem by removing the trees. This is a cheaper and quicker resolution than taken care of the trees and maintaining routine tree trimming and pruning. Especially considering the economy, we are currently living in. It has really affected the finances of most cities across the country and they are trying every way known to man to reduce cost and save some cash.

After some campaigning and discussing, everyone was able to come to an agreement. Something that will see the cites thousands of dollars and allow our streets to keep their charm and pleasing appearance. I do not think the city council did not realize how much those trees meant to people. That in many cases they were the deciding factor that caused many people to choose to live in our city instead of somewhere else that may have less expensive but less cute.

Youth Sports Programs: Is it Really Worth It?

th2DRCXTZELast week I was watching a program on cable television, I do not remember which station it was, however they were talking about organize sports and children. In particular young children. Like pre-school until middle school age children.

For years, well if I am honest, my entire life I have always believed and wholeheartedly supported youth organized sports. As something for children to do instead of sitting around having idle time. Go outside, run around, move a ball around in some fashion, bond with other children. Just have a great time. Shoot, I and my siblings all participated in organized sports from the time we were able to walk. From hockey, football, and soccer to volleyball, golf, and basketball. Even know I am still a great fan of each and every one of those sports activates.

However, with that being said. This program brought some things to light that I never considered. Such as when a child is made to do a very specific action like kick, a soccer ball or defend a goal.   In repeated form such as in practice or training. His or her limbs, muscles, and joints are not being allowed to develop as they were created to do. To me it seems that running, jumping, skipping, whatever is all the same, right? Who cares if there is a direct purpose such as scoring a goal or defending a basket? Right?

Wrong. If you believe what they say. After some extensive research of a group children over a period of like fifteen years, they discovered those that waited later on in life to join any type of organized sporting endeavor were better develop physically. That their range of motion, flexibility, and health of bones and joints was far greater than those that were put into organized sports early in their lives.

So much so that those that did not experience the world of youth sports, when they became young adults and started competing in the schools and community athletic program. Those children were able compete and compete well. They exceeded against their counterparts seven to three with the males and five to two with the female subjects.

Apparently, there is a reason for a child to have a natural knack and affinity to playing. You know good old fashion playing, that may include but not limited to climbing trees, skipping rope, running in circles. Whatever kids would normally do without any provoking. This allows their tendons to stretch, it develop their muscles, and it will even increase their range of flexibility. All from random acts of playing. This allows them physical being to become agile and strong that can later on withstand the stresses of organized sports.

This all got me to thinking about my own children.   Rather or not, they will be participating in the local youth athletic programs or if I should wait until they are older. After hearing some of my stories from my young days in sports, I know they are anxious to start. Nevertheless, I do not know now. I have no idea what to do in regards to my children playing on a sporting team when they are in preschool or kindergarten. However old they start playing kids around here.

I will tell you what this is something to consider. I will definitely give it some more thought.

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Always Use the Best

th5ZDC3SAVWhenever I need a tree service, I always choose the best one around, Wichita Falls Tree Service. They are great. They offer great services, their consistent, reasonable, and they well mannered. Enchase time I have done business with them they have left me on great terms. Unlike some other tree services in the area that will go nameless.

Another that I love about Wichita Tree Service is they always have time to answer all and any of my questions. Like when is the best to prune, how do I bring more life into my begonias, which fertilizer is the best that is available on the market? Every time they have given me great and reliable answers, which have always proved to be true.

When I asked them about tree trimming, they gave great answers and taught some things that I did not know. Such as how important the equipment is in doing any job. That each chainsaw and shears have a purpose and best used. That when we do not use them for their intended purposes or we do not take care of them and keep up their maintenance then we run a great risk of causing damage. Whenever a person or business is setting out to do a little tree, trimming equipment is super important.

They also stress to me how important safety is in their business. That anything could go wrong.   To not wear safety gear and practice upon all safety tips and training is just plain dumb. My words no theirs. One of the people told me about their safety training classes. Informing how intense and hands one they are, and how they have save many of them from great danger and possible death. He told me that they must return for a briefing at least once every, and more than once if you have had an accident on the job.

He ensured me that there has not been an on the job accident in over three and a half years. Which I thought was amazing.

I was also told about how you must trust your crew. Without trust, you have nothing in that line of work. It is so dire. Being around sharp and dangerous equipment such as chainsaws, and having falling trees, branches, and limbs you have to be able to trust your coworker. If you do not believe that the person you are working with will have your back then you begin to over think you, work witch comes with unnecessary hesitation and second-guessing. Those moments are the ones that define a safe workday from an unsafe workday.

Finally yet importantly is communication. Like with any relationship communication is the backbone to a good one. This is no different. You must be able to clearly and effectively communicating. No matter if, you are on the ground or seventy feet above ground in a tree. Be bold and be clear. That is their motto.

As you can see, I have a great relationship with my tree service team. They have been taking care of my yard and many of my friends and family yards and trees for many years. As long as I am living in this area, I will keep using them. What can I say, I only like the best.

Let’s bring books back into these kids’ lives

th (24)I remember as a child enjoying story time and trips to the library. Hearing the encouragement to develop and perfect the imagination. To this day one of my most enjoyable moments are when I am enraptured and enraptured by a great plot and a twist of a great narrator.

Yes, it was because of this encouragement that had made me the person that I am. Without it, I do not know if I could maintain a blog. Writing and books go hand and hand like peanut butter and jelly. Reading my entire life has created a love and need for the written word, which has transcend onto this wonderfully delightful blog.

It has been determine that those children of the United States’ educational system are reading of course but it seems that it is less and less fiction as the time goes on. I mean children adore a great story, becoming wrap into the great world of the imagination. Think about how many teachers love introducing young children to their favorite writers and life lessons. I bet it is why many teachers have started teaching in the first place. What better way to get a bunch of kindergarteners to sit still and read. Without the aid of action, pack adventure.

There have been a researching panel that look into our educational system and took surveys from teachers. It was uncovered that with the raising of standards and expectation fictional stories have been shoved away to the side. Focusing on more non-fictional text to teach such things as reading, grammar, and vocabulary. For years fictional story was the go to text for teaching, I mean they literally dominated the educational arena. Lately this has not been true; their strength over the system is becoming less with each passing year.

My people, myself included, believe that stories are necessary in encouraging kids to read and learn. Especially in those early years of development. Curating themes such as war, love, fear, and faith. I have learn so many life lessons and interactions from the many stories that I have read.

One of my brother’s struggle with reading when he was younger. Therefore, my parents started writing and narrating books to him that centered on him and his life. They literally put him into the story. Along with me, my other siblings, and other family and friends. This did the trick, he learned to read with efficiently and later he became a novelist. He writes young adult fiction that is focused on young adult males. All because my parents decided to create a story that, he could not help but become engrossed in. In addition, it work greatly.

I cannot believe that they are taking away fiction stories and novels from our children education system. I agree that standards need to raise and we should teach our children to become great members of society. Our children are greatly lacking as a whole in the competition and competency in comparison to the global world. Nevertheless, must their imagination suffer? Novels and stories develop character and a moral compass. They teach us how to behave and what to expect. They also give us a break from our mundane lives.

Tips for this Winter

thVMJC89SIThe weather this winter can be hard on your home just as it is on your body and skin. With the temperature going up and down, the building and melting of snow and ice, and those horrible windy days that turns a thirty-seven degree feel like it is sixty below zero! Those that live in Michigan know exactly what I am talking about.

All of this wear and tear on your home makes it harder for your heating and cooling system to work efficiently. It turns a regular furnace into a workhorse. This mean for the consumer a higher energy bill. To give your home, furnace, and more importantly your pockets a break there are a few things that you can do to reduce all of these elements. Most of these things can be done by anyone but a few will require the assistance of HVAC technicians at

Insulate those walls

In order to ensure that your home is comfortably and efficient heated it must be insulated. The entire home should not be neglected. However, this can be quiet expensive and time consuming. If you are unable to afford to insulate your entire home a great place to start is the attic. An attic that is not insulated is like having a house without a roof. Just wide, open spaces. Do not allow that dear heat that you are paying so much for escape. When you are insulating or having it insulated it should be sat least twelve inches thick. For those that have their home insulated every year check out your attic insulation. You may have a family of squirrels ripping the insulation and creating nests in your attic.

Buy an energy efficient furnace

It is ideal to have Lansing HVAC replace your old clunky furnace with a brand new energy efficient one. Try buying and installing one that has an annual fuel utilization efficiency value of at least ninety five percent. This is usually market by that lovely energy star label that we all know and love. It is well known that homeowners spend more than fifty percent of the budget towards heating cost. Investing in an energy star furnace is smart for both your home and your wallet.


This is the first defense between your home and the outside elements. If your life in home without siding consider having some install on your home. If you are living in a brick home, you are sitting pretty. It is naturally efficient, fireproof, you do not have to worry about rot or mold, and it is easy to maintain. A few other materials that your home can be made of that makes it wonderfully efficient and law maintenance. Other than siding and bricks are metal, engineered wood, and fiber cement.

Keep those gutters clean

Maintaining your gutter greatly affect your omen efficiency. In order to keep those ice buildups and cooling your home down by keeping them clear. By cleaning, those out you do not have to worry about it becoming clog repeatedly by the refreezing of melting snow and ice.

I hope these tip help keep your house warm and your money in the bank.

Sports gave me the greatest lessons in my life

th7UGBY64EI have always been very active. As a kid, I have been in football, soccer, baseball, golf, tennis, and a summer of skateboarding. I really love sports. I think they provide a great learning platform for people especially young people.

Many lessons that I benefit to this day I have learned on a field or court. How to lose with grace and how great it feels to win. The benefit of working hard and giving a hundred percent. How to operate in as a team. It develop a completive edge in my life but it also taught me how to take pleasure in others triumphs. Sports have been a great learning tool for me in my life. More so than any other endeavors that I have been a part of, it is really is amazing.

It still surprise that on all the teams that I have been on and all the athletics that I have participated in my favorite team sport is not a team sport. Yes, you are part of a team and you compete as a team but it is not like some sports that require you to work with others in order to play. I mean it is not like football or soccer. My favorite team ever is my old cross-country team.

Yes a cross-country team. I realize that many people do not consider it to be really sporty. Due to the lack of physical contact and all. With that being said, it was some of the hardest and grueling workouts. I was able to be competitive with the opposing team, my fellow teammates and more importantly myself. Running cross-country prove to myself that I can overcome any obstacle. That I can be determine and enduring when times are good and when they are bad. It taught me to dig deep and always give that extra oomph.

What is crazy that I have never felt or learn such great things as I did running the miles, which at the time seem to last forever? Those that run understand that, this was especially so when first started running for sport and not just for fun. Let me tell you, those days, those first days, were horrible. It was backbreaking and extremely hard.   There was many times where I felt like quitting, just giving up. It is a wonder why I did not. I really do not know why I continued for so long, I never was a runner. Not really anyway.

I had so much fun on that team. We did have some much on and off the course.   When I look back some of my favorite high school moments involved those teammates of mine. The time we ran to our coach’s house to look at his wedding photos. On the other hand, when we teepee one of our school rival’s school. Another great memory when we all had Mary-Kay makeovers. Yes, it was such a fun time in my life.

The bonds that I made and life lessons that I learned will last me a lifetime. Whenever I feel as though I cannot get through something or that it is too hard to finish I reflect on those moments. It inspires me to keep going. That in no time I will be improving and winning. My determine spirit is directly related to those moments on my high school cross-country team.