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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Almost there

I'm within $100 of paying all of the bills that come in on the first. Thank you all for your help, prayers and good wishes!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

One more month till I get on my feet

If I can just get through February, my earnings will catch up with my bills. I've done about $200 worth of writing buyer guides for eBay, but it takes them a month to pay. I get a tiny annuity in March, and then I go on social security in June.

I've been trying to write new books, but I need every minute of my "up time" to try to earn money for the bills now. I can't do much more than a couple hours once a week.

Meanwhile, SSI insists that I am not disabled and I can work, even though I can't earn more than $100 or $200 a month. In fact, most months it's less than $100. I can't work outside my home, and I can't do physical labor. I can't even clean the house. I work for ten minutes, and then I lie down for an hour.

I can't cook or drive a car because the tiniest distraction leads to disaster. I don't walk well, so now I use a walker if I'm going more than half a block. The walker has a seat, so I can sit down when I need to, which is quite often. On a good day, which happens once every week or two, I can go two blocks with the cane and a knee brace.

In the meantime, the HEAP program that helps with winter heating bills has not been funded yet. They expect to have funding in APRIL, to help with WINTER heating bills. That's the government bureaucracy for you.

I have shutoff notices for water, gas and electricity, totaling over $250.

I have a Go Fund Me campaign, but it isn't bringing in much at all. I did get a lot of help in the past, and my family has contributed when they can.

Maybe some of you can help me get through this one final month without losing everything. Prayer will be appreciated, as well as $5 or so. I really need it, or I wouldn't ask.

Tessa Dick
PO Box 1942
Crestline, CA 92325

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Thank you all so much!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Swagbucks where I earn a little and you can too

I make ends meet by using Swagbucks, which I can trade for gift cards or cash.  This web site has kept me going for a while now. I don't make a fortune, but it really pays and I don't have to sell anything. I watch videos, answer surveys and things like that. You can shop to earn points, but you don't have to. It's fun and easy.

I usually get Amazon gift cards and use them to buy things that I need.

Here's the latest team challenge, which can earn me more Swagbucks if you join.

My referral link is this one: Tessa

The holidays are a time to celebrate but they are also a time of giving. There are so many people that don’t have the privilege of a holiday experience they justly deserve, whether it be gifts or a hearty meal. While we celebrate with our family and friends it is important to reflect on all the blessings that have been bestowed on us and remember that we have a duty to help others. That’s why Swagbucks is humbly asking all of you to be Santa’s Lil Helpers this holiday season in their newest Team Challenge!    

For the first time ever Swagbucks will allow us to donate your Team Challenge bonuses to a charity of your choice!  

The season of giving begins Monday, December 14th at 8am PT/12pm ET so get in a giving mood. The Team Challenge ends Friday, December 18th at 12pm PT/3pm ET but you are encouraged to stay in the holiday spirit through New Years of course!  

All members who participate and contribute at least 200 points to their team’s total will be receive a SB bonus. Members of the 1st place team will receive a 40 SB bonus, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 20 SB bonus!  

On Monday, December 21st you’ll receive an Inbox message asking if you want to donate your Team Challenge Bonus to a charity of your choice. If you accept, we will donate your bonus, in your name, to your charity!  

If you are new to the Swagbucks world, make sure to create your free account here. Once you do, you will be able to join the Team Challenge right away and start getting paid for doing your everyday online tasks.      'Tis the season to get Swagging and do some good, so lets have some fun and spread the joy!

Please click this link to check it out:


Thursday, September 24, 2015

book reviews on the way

I will be reviewing a couple books in the near future. The authors gave me free eBooks in exchange for my honest reviews. I sometimes request a token payment of $5, but these two authors did not pay a single penny. The reviews will be posted in the near future, as soon as I finish reading the books.  Please stay tuned.


Thursday, September 3, 2015


I believe that this is worth sharing:

Jacksonville Beach, FL – Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, a national organization dedicated to honoring the sacrifices of military heroes by providing their children with college scholarships and educational counseling, announced Kendra E. Davenport will become the Foundation’s new president.
“Our board and I believe Kendra’s professional experience, proven fundraising track record and deep personal understanding of military family life, uniquely qualify her for the role,” said David Y. Kim, Founder and CEO of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation. “We are excited to have Kendra join the Fallen Patriots family.”
Davenport, who was selected following an extensive nationwide search, brings more than 27 years of nonprofit experience to the leadership role, which she will begin onOctober 1, 2015.
“I am thrilled to join Children of Fallen Patriots in its noble mission,” said Davenport. “I cannot think of a better way to pay tribute to the memories of those who have given their lives in service to our country than to help their children receive a college education.”
As president, Davenport will manage the growing demands on the Foundation to ensure access to education by college-bound children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. It is estimated that nearly 20,000 more children will require assistance in the future. Since 2002, Children of Fallen Patriots has provided more than $9.8 million in total assistance, including college scholarships, supplemental grants and educational counseling to military children.           
“We’re proud of what we have accomplished through the Foundation to date and we recognize that it is poised for significant growth,” said Fallen Patriots Chairman of the Board, Thomas McGann. “Kendra will help us capitalize on our successes and harness the collective support of our Board and key constituents to take the Foundation to the next level.”
Davenport comes to the Foundation from Africare, a Washington, D.C. based organization with annual revenue in excess of $50 million that promotes sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa. At Africare, Davenport served initially as Chief Development and Communications Officer, before becoming Chief of Staff and eventually, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs. Prior to Africare, Davenport served in leadership roles at Project HOPE, the National SIDS Alliance and other national and international nonprofits.
About Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
Headquartered in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation's mission is to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. This includes casualties both before and after 9/11/2001. The organization’s vision of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is to ensure that every such child receives all necessary college funding.
If you are a child who has lost a parent in the line of duty, or if you have a child and have lost a spouse in the line of duty, contact Fallen Patriots at 866-917-2373 for information on enrolling in the program.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Chamber of Horrors Reveals How Science, Technology and Engineering and Math Make Fear Come Alive

You don't have to wait for Halloween to see a haunted house, and this one is also educational. 

Chamber of Horrors, the famed Long Island haunt hosted at Play it Like a Pro, brings fear, mystery and horror to life for over 10,000 guests each year. The team behind the attraction applies science, technology, math and engineering principles to nearly every aspect of the haunt experience, demonstrated a unique way that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields are present in entertainment.

Have you ever watched in wonder as dry ice vaporizes in to cloudy haze? That effect takes places when carbon dioxide transitions from its frozen state, which can only exist below -110 degrees Fahrenheit, to its gaseous state in a process called sublimation where it skips being a liquid altogether. While the food industry relies on dry ice to store and transport perishables, haunted attractions know that dry ice sublimating in water makes for a spooky witches’ brew with slow, wispy clouds of vapor billowing out low to the ground.

Dry ice is just one of many spooky substances. Chamber of Horrors offers a variety of experiences. 
“Haunts are built on a lot of authentic terror and a horrifying storyline, but we rely on good science to make it a world class experience. We use insights about the human senses from a biology perspective and manipulate those with precise chemical and physical processes to produce top-notch special effects,” said owner Marty Arominsky.
Consider, for example, inhibiting reliability of the sense of sight using strobe lighting to make your surroundings appear as if they’re moving in slow motion. The technology of strobe lights that pulse at a set speed are key to the masters of terror at Chamber of Horrors, as the intermittent illumination in a room otherwise devoid of ambient light forces the brain to merge perceived images.
The resulting effect is feeling trapped in spite of moving or believing that an object or person is farther away than it actually is. The induced panic and sensation of inescapability is just a failure of the eye to differentiate images that get momentarily “stuck” on the retina.
“The strobe effect is an old favorite, one that’s been around for a while, but still mystifies guests. It’s truly just a mastery of blending basic light technology with a carefully crafted ambient setting,” said manager Frank Ingargiola.  
One of the more involved engineering feats involved in the Chamber of Horrors experience is the creation of ghosts using lighting techniques known as “Pepper’s ghost.”
This involves constructing the haunt in such a way that an ultra-clear glass material is set at a 45 degree angle to the audience creating a divide between two scenes. The image behind the glass is then cast in a partial reflection to the audience side, creating a transparent, ghostlike image.
“Refraction, reflection and careful construction—it’s an exercise in introductory physics that defies our desire to make anything we can see tangible,” said Arominsky. “We can create a ghostly projection of some gruesome images.”
Beyond the hard science, the entire haunted attraction is driven by fear—an emotion that triggers countless neurological reactions by releasing a chemical cocktail of dopamine, serotonin, and adrenaline throughout the body. The biological and psychological reactions to fear that are very much instinctual and uncontrollable are some of the most critical scientific components at play in the attraction. 
Chamber of Horrors actors know that this is where the root of the fear is—the psyche and the conscious mind that can’t quite make sense of the unknown, unexpected and downright unworldly experiences of a world-class haunt.