Showing posts from April, 2014

Is Heaven for Real?

Review by Al Menconi, April 16, 2014 I just watched the best and most politically incorrect “Christian” movie since Charlton Heston Played Ben Hur.    I’m serious! Heaven Is for Real isn’t the typical “Christian movie” where the acting is stiff and amateurish nor does the storyline club you into submission with a hellfire and brimstone message.   No, this well written and wonderfully acted film asks questions as it presents evidence.   Do you believe?   Heaven Is for Real is based on the true story of the four-year-old son of a small town preacher from Nebraska.   The little boy almost dies of appendicitis and when he is being operated on he goes to Heaven and meets Jesus and some people he couldn’t possibly have known from before.   He also shares vivid descriptions of what he saw and experienced.   Is it real?   When he survives the operation, as a normal four-year-old, he doesn’t get excited and blurt out everything he saw.   But his story comes out in little sn

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

 by Cris Rowan, Huff Post PARENTS 3/24/2014 The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010).  Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). As a pediatric occupational therapist, I'm calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years. Following are 10 research-based reasons for this ban. Please visit to view the Zone'in Fact Sheet for reference