Category Archives: General Life

Why the Theater is Important

Nearly every city or town in the United States has a theater. These venues are usually reserved for plays, musicals, and concerts that are too small for a full-sized arena. These venues are extremely important because they provide a location for acting to be presented in its purest form.

Social Events

The theater is, and has always been, a social place. Once you arrive, you can meet and mingle with like-minded people. You can also plan to meet your friends at the venue and go out for drinks after the performance. A visit to the theater is only the start of a night out on the town.

Reflect on Ourselves

Depending on the theater, the play being shown causes us to reflect on ourselves. There is something special about seeing the powerful performance of a well-written play. This can actually be life changing for some people, as it opens them up to new ideas that they otherwise might have ignored.

Contribute to Education

When schools get involved and take children to the theater on field trips, it helps contribute to the education system. This can also promote literacy by encouraging children to read the stories that they have witnessed firsthand. You never know, the next generation of playwrights could be inspired at a local venue.

It’s all about comfort

I’ve never been a slave to fashion. I’d prefer to be comfortable! I love the comfort of my hush puppies shoes – whether they are “in” or not. I can remember that they were the very first pair of shoes I ever bought that didn’t hurt my feet! I’ve been a loyal customer ever since! My favorite style are what my friends all called “desert boots.” Looking for the “real name” of the style all I can find is that it is called a suede boot. Regardless, it was the most comfortable shoe in the world! 

Patagonia fleece is another one of my “comfort” items to wear. It is so soft and warm and cuddly. When I wear fleece I don’t want to take it off! And lately I’ve traded in my old fashioned shoulder strap purse for a leather backpack purse. I really like being able to sling it on my back, (which evenly distributes the weight) and stop fussing with the strap sliding off my shoulder! Yes, casual comfort is definitely my style!

Raising an Adopted Child: How to Defray the Costs

Raising a child is expensive, but adoptive parents have additional costs to worry about, including adoption fees and sometimes counseling to help the family adjust to the new addition. Organizations want to encourage people to adopt, so there are ways to lower your out-of-pocket costs. Request assistance for living expenses from an adoption support center and learn all about your options.


There are numerous foundations that provide financial assistance to adoptive parents. The qualifications for applicants differ for each one. For example, there’s a homestudy grant for adoptive parents that plan to homeschool their children. Let an adoption support center help you navigate the available grants so you can apply for all those for which you qualify.

Tax Credits

You can spread a federal and some state adoption tax credits over a period of up to five years after you adopt the child. This is especially helpful if you could use a little extra cash for food, clothing and housing costs as your child grows as opposed to when you’re trying to pay one big adoption fee. What you can’t get through tax credits, you may also be able to ask for in a low-interest loan.

Adoptive parents don’t only qualify for help when adopting the child. They can also get assistance as they raise their children. Take advantage of these so you can save more for your child’s future.