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Dear Readers:

In this July 4th issue, we offer you two articles of different, but valuable, natures. One is by Bonnie Mincu, a certified ADHD coach, "Attention Deficit Disorder and the Fallacy of Waiting for Motivation". Our second article is by Nan Barchowsky, handwriting specialist, "Our Unstable Planet and Handwriting". Both articles shed important light on aspects of our lives beyond merely the apparent topic and we hope you find them valuable and entertaining. We wish you all a very happy commemoration of our Declaration of Independence and hope we can live up to its lofty assertions. As always, thank you for reading our publications.

Michael Leppert

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Destination Science - Summer Day Camps for Grades K-6
By Jennifer Nairne

It may be hard to believe, but summer is quickly approaching. Although a large portion of the country continues to shovel out of record-breaking snowfall, we all know that planning ahead for the summer saves money and a lot of time misspent worrying about it. I would know because I am an expert in procrastination. We take a long break over the hot summer months from "school", but I try to seek out any opportunity to keep learning and education part of our daily routines. Yet I always seem to wait until the last minute to find structured or organized activities for the kids to join. My kids end up participating in programs that cost a fortune (because I waited too long) and fail to engage their interests (because I waited too long). The resulting battles, tears, and money lost over the years have finally made an impression. I have decided this year will be different.

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Attention Deficit Disorder, and the Fallacy of Waiting for Motivation
By Bonnie Mincu, MA, MBA, Senior Certified ADHD Coach

Most Attention Deficit Disorder Adults know that our brain-wiring doesn't respond to what we 'should' do. Unless we're really interested in a task, we have a pretty hard time staying focused on it for any great length of time.

Often we require the stimulus of a looming deadline, or last-minute crisis, to goad us into action. As kids, we probably put off our homework until the last minute because -- until the adrenaline of panic set it -- we weren't able to focus on it.

But what do we do to get motivated when there is no deadline?

I often find myself in conversations with ADD / ADHD Adults who report the strong influence of their mood on their decisions to complete stages in their plans. It's quite understandable to feel un-motivated after your proposal falls on deaf ears, or your manuscript is returned with a 'no thank you.'

When you have a boss to report to -- and you want to keep your job -- the structure of your organization replaces the need for motivation as a driving force. But the downside of spending much of your time at home is there is no one to fire you for not following through. So it's all too easy to let your mood dictate what you get done.

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Mayan Unit Study
By Michael Leppert

The Mayans were, by our Western standards, one of the most advanced native peoples that ever lived. We hear of the Egyptians and their building skills and advanced culture, but until recently, seldom have we heard of the Mayans in this light. They werea fascinating and mysterious people who achieved far more in the realms of math and science than the Egyptians - and were expert builders in their own right. One Mayan structure, The Pyramid of the Sun, has a base as large as the Great Pyramid of Giza!

The ancient Mayans lived in the Yucatan Peninsula area of what is now Mexico and southward to the Central American countries of Guatemala, British Honduras, and portions of Hondurasand El Salvador. Their kingdom’s first period lasted from 1000 B.C. to 900 A.D. This period was lived in the tropical rain forests of the area and included building large pyramids and well-planned communities with other structures where the people lived and worked. These cities were mysteriously abandoned and the Mayans moved north into what is now Mexico and mingled with the Native Peoples there for second Mayan period, which lasted from 900 A.D. to 1500 A.D., when the Spanish defeated them.

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Our Unstable Planet and Handwriting
By Nan Barchowsky, creator of Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting

Natural events on our fragile planet teach us lessons, even to the importance writing by hand plays in our lives. Tsunamis and earthquakes interrupt the electronics that we become ever more reliant upon. War does the same. Tyrants exploit their power by shutting down the Internet. Even messages by cell phones are unreliable.

In these calamitous times we might consider the role of handwriting. Imagine the journalist in the field with perhaps only a cell phone that works (he or she better have some back-up phones, powered up and ready for the next disruption of electricity). A pad and pen will allow reporting events, personal viewpoints and stories, all too detailed for quick cell phone coverage. Those penned notes may even be the base for a future book.

I just read of Western journalists in Tripoli who find themselves at the mercy of pro-Gadafi forces who currently hold the city. They are allowed only to see and hear what that government allows. They are fed propaganda. Secluded as they are, it may be unhealthy to send certain messages via the Internet. But what stories they can pen!

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University of Mississippi High School At Home

The UM-Independent Study High School provides opportunities for students in various circumstances to meet their educational needs. Students come to us because they:

  • are unable to attend a local school because they live in isolated areas
  • are in countries outside the United States and are without access to an accredited high school diploma program from a school in the United States
  • have dropped out of school but want to continue their education and earn a high school diploma
  • have difficulty coping with time and place restrictions of a classroom and want to proceed at their own pace
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