Family Dinner Topics: So You’re Spending Time with Family

Family Dinner Topics: So You’re Spending Time with Family

Family is tricky. It’s complicated to describe any family interaction. The thing about this group of people is you can’t choose them, yet you spend most of your life with them. You love them, and then love to hate them too. However, as you grow older you begin to notice more things about your family.

You may notice that you have different likes, opinions, and attitudes from other members in your family. Your parents might have completely different political views. You may have learned over time to avoid all political topics at family dinners. Even if you don’t see eye to eye about politics, you still care about these people and want to be able to have a civil dinner conversation.

Your siblings and you may not agree on each other’s lifestyles...

Privacy Line, Where is it? There’s Something Precious that You’re Giving Up

Privacy Line, Where is it? There’s Something Precious that You’re Giving Up

When you’re younger, you have zero privacy. Your parents bathed you and you more than likely ran around naked in front of family a few times. When you hit puberty, your teenage-self tried closing doors to gain a little bit more seclusion. However, your parents never let you close the door the whole way, or always interrupted at the inopportune times.

When you’re in high school, you had very limited privacy. Between P.E. class and sports practice, you become used to undressing in front of strangers. Then somewhere along the way social media evolved and you grew accustomed to sharing every aspect of your life with your online friends.

Privacy is something we all seem to crave, yet give up every single day. It seems like we are always compromising our security...

Understanding Communication: A Basic Skill that Everyone Needs to Know About

Understanding Communication: A Basic Skill that Everyone Needs to Know About

Communication is essential to survival in the world. It’s a process that is ever changing, just like the world around us. Communication goes further than words. It is symbolic. Our earliest ancestors had to learn how to communicate with each other in order to pass on vital information. If they weren’t able to communicate, how would we know not to eat the poisonous berries, or how to start fires?

Understanding communication is important for all human beings. The ability to communicate effectively can help improve all relationships, including those within a family. Communication is a basic skill that everyone needs to be constantly practicing. There are three basic parts of communication:

Interpersonal communication is the exchanging of information between two people...

Harmful Sun Rays

Harmful Sun Rays

Warmer days are in the forecast and spring weather is here in California. It is time to get ready for the sunshine. Most Californians love the sunshine, and after all, sunshine is guaranteed to the masses by state law. For Californians, sunlight means beach days, hiking, pools, suntan lines, and fun times. Fun in sun is a highlight to the Californian lifestyle. However, we like it to be perfect, not too much, or not too little.

The sun is a friend to most of us. We need it in our lives or else we’d be stuck in a dark, frozen tundra. According to SkinCancer.org, a website geared towards informing the public about skin cancer, there are two types of rays that we need to worry about, UVA and UVB.

UVA rays are most common to us...

When Have Things Gone Too Far? When Dead Bodies End Up on the News

When Have Things Gone Too Far? When Dead Bodies End Up on the News

We all like a little bit of blood and guts in our films. Maybe even a little bit of gore, only if it’s done tastefully. Heroic actions in cinemas need to be contrasted with the ugly, right? What if it wasn’t a featured film with fake blood? What if instead of sitting in a movie theater you’re sitting at home with your family and you’re not watching a movie, but the news instead? You’d probably want to hide your child’s eyes because that is too graphic for them to see without Ironman swooping in to save the day.

How much does the public deserve to see/know when it comes to seeing dead bodies in a public setting? At least with films there are ratings and warnings before the film begins...

Who Needs an Excuse to Go to the Beach? The Benefits of Going to the Seashore

Who Needs an Excuse to Go to the Beach? The Benefits of Going to the Seashore

Summer is just around the corner, or that’s what we tell ourselves. We’re itching to soak up the sun and maybe catch a few waves. We’re Californians, relaxing on the beach is in our blood. We live off of vitamin D and the sounds of crashing waves. True beach bums go year round to relax on the beach, however most of just wait for the perfect summer day.

The beach is super relaxing for most people. That is one of the many reasons why we love the ocean so much. On top of just being relaxing, the beach is also very mysterious to us. The ocean can remind us that 70% of the Earth is covered in water. Not only is the Earth mostly aquatic, but there is so much that we don’t know about the ocean. The mysteries of the ocean continuously amaze us.

The ocean, and beaches aren’t just prett...

Did You Know You Can’t Trust Everything You See Online?

Did You Know You Can’t Trust Everything You See Online?

A part of growing up is learning that you cannot trust everything you hear and see. Just because a person said something, does not mean it is true. This can be a hard lesson to learn, especially since many people want to be able to believe everything they are told. Unfortunately, doing that is not possible.

This lesson becomes even more important when looking at things online. Many people like to think that everything they read online is true, but that is completely false. Anyone can say whatever they like on the internet, which means people can lie online. This is important for a person to know, and in today’s modern world, it is especially important for children to know as well.

As your children begin to grow up and use the internet more, be sure to teach them how to distinguish bet...

Do You Hate DUI Checkpoints? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

Do You Hate DUI Checkpoints? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t

Whenever a holiday that involves a lot of drinking rolls around, you can bet that there will be an increase in DUI checkpoints. With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, you will definitely be seeing more of these checkpoints.

Most people do not like DUI checkpoints, and for obvious reasons. Checkpoints like these slow the flow of traffic and can cause gridlock. When a person has somewhere they want to be, getting stuck at a checkpoint can be understandably frustrating. However, while DUI checkpoints can be annoying, the police officers create them for a reason.

Roughly 800 people are injured by drunk driving accidents every single day, and that is without the excuse of a holiday to start drinking...

Gambling at Home in California: Is It Legal?

Gambling at Home in California: Is It Legal?

For many people, there home is their safe haven and sanctuary. They use it as a place to escape from the world and relax with trusted friends and family members. People like to relax in all sorts of ways. Some people prefer a nice massage, while other prefer playing a game with friends.

Most games are harmless, while there are others that could potentially get its participants into trouble. Games where gambling is involved do run the risk of getting their players into trouble since gambling is illegal in the state of California. Luckily, for most people, playing poker amongst family members and friends is legal. It is when a poker game is run for profit by the host, then it becomes illegal.

Another issue that people may run into, is owning slot machines...

Filing Your Taxes May Be Boring, but It Does Come with Perks

Filing Your Taxes May Be Boring, but It Does Come with Perks

That time of the year has rolled around once again and if you haven’t already, you should consider filing your tax returns. While you may have until April 17th to file your taxes, do not wait until the last moment. That April deadline will sneak up on you, and all the while you will be carrying around the extra weight of knowing you need to file your taxes.

Filing your taxes may not be the most fun thing in the world, but getting them done with is a great feeling. On top of that, knowing that you have a sizable tax return check headed your way is also a plus. Getting an extra bit of cash is always appreciated.

Once you have received your check, you get to decide what to do with it...