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My Hometown August 6, 2010

Posted by americanex in Uncategorized, USA.
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I was born in Cleveland, a very large city in Ohio. When I was eight years old, my family moved to a small town in the suburbs called Painesville. I lived in Painesville for 15 years.

I love the city of Painesville. It is a quaint, small town with a lot of spirit. I recently found a video about Painesville. I would like to share it with you.

Click on the link below to see my home town! It will bring a video on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTVZN4n8gxg

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Hot Weather Can be Dangerous August 6, 2010

Posted by americanex in Interesting about nature, Uncategorized.
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We love summer…we love to swim, play outside, go to the park, go fishing…you name it! Summer is fun. Summer is also hot, and that is wonderful as long as it is not too hot.

During the month of July, and so far in August, the weather has been very hot. The temperature each day has been 36 to 38 degrees centigrade. That is hot! And when the temperature is that high, you must be careful not to have  heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

When it is hot, we sweat. Sweating cools our bodies down. If it is really hot and humid, sweating may not be enough to cool us down and maintain our normal body temperature. Our internal organs, such as our kidneys, can be damaged if our body temperature rises too high. This is called  heat stroke.

Heat stroke can happen from being in the hot sun too long or being exposed to very high temperatures without a chance to cool down.

You will know you have heat stroke if:

  • you have an extremely high body temperature
  • your skin is red, hot and dry
  • your pulse is rapid
  • you have a throbbing headache
  • you are dizzy
  • you feel like throwing up
  • you are confused or faint

If you think you have having a heat stroke, find a cool place to sit down. If you cannot be someplace with air conditioning, find a place in the shade. Stay in the sitting position; loosen your clothes, put a cold wet rag on your head. Find a doctor and get medical help.

Heat exhaustion is also dangerous. It happens when you spend too much time in the heat and you don’t drink enough fluids.

You will know you have heat exhaustion if:

  • you are dizzy
  • have a headache
  • feel like throwing up
  • have stomach cramps
  • your breathing is shallow
  • your skin feels cool and clammy
  • your muscles are trembling
  • you are sweating a lot

Again, find a cool place to sit down. Loosen your clothes and drink cool water. Sit quietly until you feel better.

The most important things to do in such hot weather is to drink plenty of water or fruit juice; stay out of prolonged direct sunlight especially during the early afternoon when the sun is hottest; find ways to cool down a few times during the day; and do not over exert yourself during the heat – take everything just a little slower.

That’s why they call it, “The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” You can have lots of fun, just be careful in the heat.

I don’t want school to start! August 6, 2010

Posted by americanex in Peace Corps, Uncategorized.
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During the summer months, we have English Clubs at our Library every other week. This week, one of the topics we discussed was school and if everyone was happy to see it start. There were many groans and moans at the mention of school. One of the students said, “I don’t want school to start. I cannot wait to be done with learning!”

We may get finished with school after high school or after we attend a  university, but the fact is, we are never done learning. All our lives we continue to learn new things, no matter how old we get.

When we graduate from the university and go to work, we have to learn how to do our job. When we get married, we might have to learn how to cook and sew. When we have children, we have to learn how to keep them safe and healthy. And if you travel, you may have to learn a new language.

No, we are never done learning new things!

I recently went to a Language Camp put on by the Peace Corps. I spent a week in Russian classes trying to learn more about the Russian language. It was frustrating and difficult, but well worth the effort.

I was not alone. There were 50 other Peace Corps Volunteers with me, people of all ages – some my age, some younger and some much older. Take a look at some of the photos below.

At camp, we combined learning with fun. We watched Russian movies, read Russian books, sang Russian songs and played Russian games. Learning became fun.

Because we will be learning new things our whole life, the best thing you can do when you have something you need to learn is to try to make it enjoyable.

Here are a few ideas:

  • If you are learning how to cook, make something you like to eat.
  • If you are learning how to swim, do it with someone you like and they will make sure you have fun.

If you are learning English:

  •  talk to your friends in English
  •  watch a movie in English
  • listen to music in English
  •  play cards and say the numbers in English
  • make up your own games such as seeing who can name the most things in a room in English
  • draw a picture of your house and label all the items in English
  • make a “memory” game by writing the English names for farm animals on paper and then the Russian names for the same animals. Turn the papers over and mix them around. See if you can match the English words with the Russian words by remembering where each word is.

The important thing is….

Have fun while you learn and you will never tire of learning!

Below are the photos of Peace Corps Volunteers having fun while they learn:

Playing football and only talking in Russian with your team mates.

Watching Russian movies with friends.

Drawing posters in Russian.

Playing games - guess what we are in Russian - a coffee pot!

Listening to Russian music and trying to guess the names of the songs.