March 20, 2002
A few weeks ago I got a rather long letter from a reader (a
work-outside-the-house mom) who wanted to work at home, and
wondered what advice I could provide. And then the following
week, a letter from a stay-at-home mom who wanted to bring in a
little extra money while the kids were at school.
I didn’t answer these letters right away, because, quite frankly,
I didn’t know what to say. It wasn’t until I got another plea
from another mom wanting to stay home that I got on the Net and
starting searching for some answers.
I was skeptical of most of what I found. Some companies seemed
slimely, and others just plain illegal! I was concerned because
there are so many scams out there, and I didn’t want to steer
The story has a happy ending though, because I finally found Lesley
Spencer, the founder and director of HBWM, Inc — which stands for
Home Based Working Moms. Their company slogan is “Committed to
bringing moms closer to their children.” Pretty cool, right?
Her organization publishes a Mom’s Work-at-Home Kit to help parents
turn their passions and hobbies into viable home-based businesses.
From soup to nuts, the Work-at-Home Kit has everything needed to
select and start a home-based business.
So, if you’ve ever dreamed about starting a business from your
kitchen table (or home computer) that will give you the freedom to
stay home with your kids, here’s the information you need to get
started today: HBWM’s Mom’s
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As a Californian, my life has been punctuated by earthquakes. My earliest temblor memory is the 1971 Sylmar quake. On that auspicious day I began my first job as a high school graduate. In the 1994 Northridge earthquake, my mother lost the house I grew up in. Perhaps the rest of the country wonders why we live here, but at least our quakes deter some from moving here.
Exploratorium: Life Along the Faultline
Created for the ten-year anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, Life Along the Faultline offers earthquake science, advances in structural engineering, personal perspectives, and a look back to the great San Francisco shake of 1906. Best click for students and teachers is the tiny link to Activities in the lower left-hand corner. I especially liked the “become a human seismometer” experiment.
FEMA for Kids: Earthquakes
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in charge of helping people before and after a disaster. Their colorful site uses stories, photos, rap music, games, experiments and quizzes to explain earthquakes and earthquake preparedness to elementary students. The entire site is excellent, but if I had to choose my favorite sections I’d pick Earthquake Legends (folklore from around the world), and the experiments listed under “Jess and Sam’s Earthquake.” FEMA also provides free educational pamphlets and posters if you call or write (sorry, no email orders accepted.)
How Stuff Works: Earthquakes
“We only hear about earthquakes in the news every once in a while, but they are actually an everyday occurrence on our planet. According to the United States Geological Survey, more than three million earthquakes occur every year. That’s about 8,000 a day, or one every 11 seconds!”
How Stuff Works explains the science of earthquakes in their ten-page site for middle and high school students. Look in the Lots More Information page for links to additional How Stuff Works articles on seismographs and building quake-proof structures.
PBS Savage Earth: The Restless Planet
PBS brings science to life with the use of Flash animations and QuickTime video to explain the how and why of earthquakes. If a still picture is worth a thousand words, how is movie worth? Plenty, because this concise site (only five pages in total) sure explains a lot. Beyond the primary article, three sidebars cover learning from earthquakes, predicting quakes, and engineering quake-resistant buildings. Other chapters at Restless Planet explore volcanos and tsunamis.
USGS Earthquakes for Kids & Grownups
U.S. Geological Survery neatly divides their site into separate sections for kids, grownups and teachers. Kids should visit for the puzzles and games, science fair ideas, and the online activity links. Grownup goodies include virtual earthquake fly-bys and will be of interest to middle and high school students. Teachers will delight in the grade-sorted link directory that spans from kindergarten through college-level.
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Copyright © 2002 Barbara J. Feldman
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