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No Ties Allowed: Five simple Father’s Day gifts

Dads — the patriarchs of society, the guys who fought refs and umpires for us when we were just in little league and too innocent to defend ourselves, the fellas who took you camping or golfing or bought you a book on investment when you were 15 years old and asked for a car. Once a year, (this year it’s June 15), we celebrate all those tough love lessons. Dads are not always perfect or easy to peg, but we’ve crafted five simple approaches to Father’s Day gifts based on a few common, non-empirically sourced “types.”

 

If your dad is: The original hipster
Gift: Growler

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It’s the gift that keeps on giving. When I was a kid, I never gave my pops a “No. 1 Dad” coffee mug, but now that I’m older I’m all about gifting people beverage containers. If you’ve already been there and done that with the coffee mugs, growlers cost about $12 at most local breweries. Plus: he can fill it as he pleases with the freshest craft beer on tap around the Valley. Heck, maybe you guys can make it a regular father-son/daughter thing to test out a new brew every other weekend.

 

 

 

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If your dad is: Going into the next decade kicking and screaming
Gift: Botox
Have all those years of calling him “old man” has struck him deep in his forehead creases? Help him smooth out that furrowed brow with the gift of botox. Everybody’s doing it. Seriously, it’s the Father’s Day gift this year.

 

 

178281231If your dad is: The man who has everything
Gift: Nostalgia
Your dad wants something? He gets it. His garage is full of gadgets. His office has every book he could ever want to own. His TV is just the right size. He has dozens of ties, socks, polos. He doesn’t need anything and even if you find something totally unique, he’s probably going to beat you to it by three days. But there’s still hope: Give the gift of memories. One of my coworkers gave his dad his first Ironman trophy for Father’s Day, for example. Now, that’s the kind of gift he can’t buy himself.

 

142091190If you dad is: Always polishing his clubs/outdoorsy
Gift: Day at TopGolf
You love your dad. Don’t let him die of a heatstroke. TopGolf just opened its first Arizona location earlier this month — and it’s awesome. It offers seven competitive games, 102 climate-controlled hitting bays, a restaurant, three bars and 230 high-def TVs. TopGolf at Riverwalk is located at 9500 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale — topgolf.com

 

160820358If your dad is: The keeper of life-hacks
Gift: Nothing — no, seriously!
I love giving gifts, but my dad is the best gift-giver I’ve ever met. He gives the best advice and he just always knows exactly what kind of tool or gadget will make your life easier. It’s just not fair to anyone else in my life, and it’s definitely not fair when I have to give him my stupid gag gifts every time a holiday rolls around. Now, he just tells me not to spend money on him. So, I send him a card, give him a call, and try to make sure he feels loved year-round. To the dad who already knows all the life hacks, that’s your best bet!

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Elder Abuse Day Shares Spotlight with Father’s Day

Sunday, June 15th is not only Father’s Day, but Elder Abuse Day too; and Arizona is among the 22 states that do not require a license or certification for in-home caregivers. The lack of regulation in our state means many of our seniors in Arizona are engaging Caregivers who have little to no experience and no formal training in the caregiving profession. What is even more disturbing is the fact that there is no requirement by statute or law that requires Caregivers and or Agencies that employ Caregivers to do background checks, fingerprint clearance card verifications and make sure that that they are in good standing, drug screening, reference verification and caregiver training prior to being hired and going in to someone’s home.

Elder abuse is on the rise nationwide and at the same time we have more and more members of our community finding themselves in the role of a caregiver with no training. Studies show that 1.5 to 1.84 million Americans fall victim to elder abuse annually, and Arizona Adult Protective Services handles approximately 10,000 cases a year in Maricopa County alone. The number is expected to rise, as 1 in 4 people living in Arizona by 2020 will be 60 or older. Cypress HomeCare Solutions a local home care agency that just celebrated 20 years in business is doing everything possible to make our community a safer place. “Aging in place” is what we are focused on because for many of us this will be the only option. Bob Roth, Managing Partner at Cypress HomeCare Solutions says, “It is our duty to make it safe for all aging adults in our community, we owe it to this generation that made our community the vibrant wonderful place that we are all so fortunate to call home. “ Cypress is a results-driven local agency that provides safe, professional care for elders by only employing highly qualified, competent, honest people with a “heart.”

Cypress runs a 50 State background check on every one of their employees, pre-employment drug screen; finger print clearance card must be in good standing, CPR, First Aid, and Caregiver training are all required. If the Caregiver does not have caregiver training, Cypress can provide this for the Caregiver. Being a Family Caregiver comes with a lot of challenges for people. The physical challenges can be limiting but the emotional challenges are even more difficult. Many people find themselves lacking the necessary patience and skills and are simply not prepared to give aid to their loved one, and many experience an increase in stress, which can lead to an abusive situation.

Ironically, 60-90% of elder abuse is inflicted by the senior’s very own family. Dependency, external stress, and social isolation are some of the leading causes of elder abuse. When the need to engage an individual from outside of the family circle, often people look to a home care agency to provide them with the resources to select from in order to be able to care of their loved one. A logical choice but something consumers need to be aware of, there is no regulatory oversight in this trade – no governing body requiring even minimum standards to follow. Cypress HomeCare Solutions and Bob Roth and several other agencies are working feverishly in an attempt to get some kind of regulation in place, there have been 3 attempts in the last 8 years. Clarence Carter, the Department of Economic Service’s Division of Aging and Adult Services Director, explains, “The abuse of vulnerable adults happens in our society more than we’d like to think and often times, because of their circumstances, it’s hard for victims to report what is happening to them.”

Bob Roth sums it up by saying, “When a care recipient opens the door to their home to a Caregiver, they open up their life. Before hiring a home care agency, it is more important than ever to do your research on the company and be sure they are qualified and trustworthy enough to provide care and companionship for the aging adults in your family.”

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Daddy Duties: A father’s role in drug prevention

Let’s face it, the duties of a father are never-ending. Whether you’re a dad or the person that plays dad in your family, providing for and keeping your child healthy and happy are an integral part to fatherhood.

At times, daddy duties can be overwhelming but rest assured: fatherhood is more than the sleepless nights and being the occasional chauffeur to a pack of rowdy kids. Fatherhood is an opportunity to be a powerful influence in your child’s life.

As your child or children mature from childhood to their teenage years and later on into adulthood, they will need you to help, not just provide – but also to help teach them about life and guide them to make good decisions that lead to a healthy, happy life.

So, whether you are a new father or a parent to teens, you’re not alone in this journey. This Father’s Day, DrugFreeAz.org wants to remind fathers of their duty to their children and encourage them to make proactive parenting an integral part of each day.

So, where do you start?

If you look at parenting as a relationship, then the time and interaction spent directly affects the quality of that relationship.

Fathers should make spending time with their children a part of each and every day. Get to know who they are and allow them to get to know you. This means experiencing each other in as many situations as possible. Participate in the little things from bath time to homework and start forming a strong relationship at a young age. And because children begin to recognize their parents’ actions at this time, being a role model is important at well.

According to research from the Partnership at DrugFree.org, children are 50 percent less likely to become involved with drugs if their parents talk early and often about substance abuse.

Try initiating conversation during some father-bonding time; during a game in the backyard or while cooking dinner are perfect times to start conversation with your child. Take the time to talk often to your child about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Use current events and other day-to-day opportunities to start the conversation. Don’t be afraid to talk to them about choices you made in the past.

Other teachable moments include using the following to start conversation:

•    Drug related current events
•    Television, radio and magazines
•    The drive to and from school
•    The drive to and from sports

When children become teenagers they are faced with pressure from their peers and society. DrugFreeAz.org recommends creating a family contract to help set rules, define expectations and keep your teen safe.

Use a family contract to help keep lines of communication open and expectations defined. Set up a contract with rules and discuss the punishments for breaking those rules up front. Also, discuss ways to avoid and handle potential drug and alcohol related scenarios that may put them in a bad situation.

Remember, it’s not a matter of if – but when – your child will be asked to try drugs and alcohol. Prepare your child by talking to them about ways to say “no” before the drug or alcohol-related scenario happens.

No matter how busy your life can get, it’s important to remember parenting is a full-time job. Whether you’re the breadwinner or a stay-at-home dad, being a proactive father and teaching your children how to make healthy decisions should be an important part of your every day.

DrugFreeAz offers parent workshops, webinars and other resources to help provide parents with the tools they need to keep their teen safe and substance free.

For more parenting tips, visit DrugFreeAz.org.

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Spoil Dad This Father's Day Courtesy of Stand Up Scottsdale and Clean Air Cab

Stand Up Scottsdale and Clean Air Cab have teamed up to help someone spoil their dad this Father’s Day.

PCH2-1Clean Air Cab has created an online raffle on its Facebook page giving any one who “likes” the page the opportunity to win FOUR VIP tickets to Stand Up Scottsdale.

The winner will not only have the opportunity to enjoy a laugh with the old man and two friends, but will also receive a $150 gift card, as well as enjoy free transportation to and from the event courtesy of Clean Air Cab.

If you don’t like the odds, rest assured that 25 runners up will receive two tickets to the event.

Stand Up Scottsdale is located in Old Town, and transportation for the winner can be accommodated from Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, and Mesa.

How father of nine feels about Father's Day

How One Father Of Nine Feels About Father's Day

A father of nine, Tom Wells, event chair for DrugFreeAz.org, shares just how he feels about Father’s Day


Mothers’ Day is a widely celebrated event every year. The radio, television, Internet and newspapers are chocked full of advertisements touting the wonderful things to buy mom for “her” day. Huge family gatherings with grandiose spreads of food, all in the spirit of thanking mom for all that she does to keep the family functioning flawlessly. And flowers! All this and more is deserved.

Fathers’ Day … not so much.

It’s interesting to me that the father figure is often viewed differently. I’m sure there are numerous sociological reasons why this is, and these likely lend credence to rendering the importance of the father in the home as “less important.” Not true.

As a father of nine, ranging from toddler to adult, our family has dealt with the challenges of life at every social level; preschool, grade school, middle school, high school, college and life as an adult — all at the same time. Yikes! Our three oldest birth children prepared us for the future to follow with our six adopted children. A very common thread in the lives of foster/adopted little ones was there was no father. Oh, he may have been unidentified and known but nearly always non-existent. This lack of a father in the lives of children can be a significant negative. So, now that I’m done ranting about being a man …

Of all the obvious questions I get from people about our family, the subject that comes up the most (understandably) is about social pressures, specifically related to drugs or alcohol use. Being involved with adoption and a great organization, DrugFreeAZ.org, for a long time, I apparently have the answers for that. Be clear; I don’t. However, I do know this: I have to be involved in my kids’ lives. It is the basis for everything I can and do bring to the table. If I’m not involved with the kids, nothing else is significant.

My involvement is why my influence, voice, feelings, guidance and opinions are heard and understood. My relationship with my children is no different than a relationship with anyone else. The more involved, the closer the friendship and the deeper the trust. There is a certain “given” about a relationship with one’s kids that I get — I’m the dad — but that “given” needs to be nurtured and strengthened just like any relationship. With my adopted kids, it’s really important that they know I care and that I’m there for them.

Ultimately, my wife and I can’t be with our children 24/7, nor should we be. My goal, our goal, is to provide knowledge and understanding to enable our kids to make a good choice when faced with doing so. Whether that choice involves sex, drugs, alcohol or just disrespect for others, if my kids don’t understand the consequences of a bad choice, it’s hard to imagine them making a good one.

It’s really scary — no, strike that — it’s intense in today’s world. Nothing like when I was a youngster. There are so many avenues and potential influences that it’s just not feasible to control them all. More importantly, educating myself on these potentials becomes critical. It’s not good enough to just be aware; I need to know why. I’m into social media because my kids are. I pick my battles wisely and focus on controlling what I can, trying not to be oppressive. But, sometimes I just have to be.

In the end, I’m comfortable that we are providing a road that is potentially a successful one. I’m really not a father, just a parent with a great parent partner. I understand that Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are simply justified by their economic impact. I don’t need a day to be recognized for my efforts; my kids leading healthy and productive lives is all the recognition I need.

Top Google Logos 2004

Top Google Logos 2004


Google’s 2004 Year In Review

January
Google has had an excellent year. At the beginning of the year, Bill Gates famously said, “They kicked our butts” about Google’s domination of and enormous profits on search, but promised a MSN Search engine within a year. Google began the process of going public. Yahoo freaked out and announced its new search engine and plan to dump Google as its results provider the next day. Google released Orkut, which everyone was convinced was the next big thing is social interaction.people to the world’s information and enhance the overall user experience of the web.”

read more: InsideGoogle

    My Top five Doodles from 2004:


    Gaston Julia’s Birthday


    Google Doodles 2004 - Gaston Julia's Birthday

    February 3rd 2004

    Wikipedia.com: Gaston Julia



    St. George’s Day


    Google Doodle 2004 - St. George's Day

    April 23rd 2004

    Festivals & Celebrations: St George’s Day



    Happy Father’s Day


    Google Doodles - 2004 Happy Father's Day

    June 20th 2004

    wikipedia.com: Father’s Day

     


    2004 Athens Olympic Games – Opening Ceremony


    Google Doodles - 2004 Athens Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony

    August 13th 2004

    YouTube.com: Athens 2004 Olympic Opening Ceremony Greek National Anthem



    Happy Halloween



    Google Doodles - Happy Halloween 2004

    October 31st 2004

    HalloweenHowl.com: The Halloween Witch and Witchcraft History



    Google Logos 1998 – 07/June/MMVIII Over 530 Images

    The last image donwloaded was the dedicated to Velazquez, a Spanish Painter, on June 07, MMVIII

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