Archive for May, 2009

Personal safety tips for women – keep this and reread

Posted in Family, Health, Personal, Travel on May 30, 2009 by maryrestaino

Personal safety tips for women

Some 1.9 million women are physically assaulted annually in the United States, and 15 percent to 25 percent of all American women will report a sexual attack or rape at some time in their lives, according to studies conducted by the Justice Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are some tips to help you keep from becoming a statistic:         

  • Always take the elevator over the stairs. And when in the elevator, stand in front of the doors so that if someone gets in that you feel uneasy about, you can step off right away.
  • It is important to be alert to who and what is around you. Talking on a cell phone or listening to headphones makes you easy prey for a predator.
  • It may be your first instinct to lower your gaze as you walk to your destination. But looking straight into the face of potential enemies is the better option. “Eye contact may scare off attackers because they fear you will be able to identify them,” says Mary Ellen Burns, a spokesperson for the Boston Police Department.
  • Experts say that women tend to be sympathetic — fight this urge! History has shown that serial killers and other criminals often play on the sympathies of unsuspecting women to lure them into dangerous situations.
  • Regularly change your walking routine. Plan different routes that you can take and make note of “safe houses” in your mind at intervals along the way.
  • Don’t be afraid to be paranoid and suspicious; it is always better to be safe than sorry. When in a parking lot, look at the cars parked on either side of your vehicle. If a male in a vehicle is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, or if you are parked next to a van, always enter your car from the side opposite the strange vehicle. If the parking lot is dark or deserted, consider going back and finding a friend or guard who can walk you to your car.
  • If you find yourself into a violent situation, the most important thing is to react immediately.
  • If the predator has a gun but you are not under his control, run away. Experts say the predator will only hit you, a running target, four out of every 100 shots. And even then, it most likely will not be a vital organ.
  • Do not let your attacker, under any circumstances, to take you to another location. If he does, the likelihood that you will be seriously injured increases tenfold.

Grand Canyon National Park postcard

Posted in Family, Personal, Travel on May 28, 2009 by maryrestaino


Grand Canyon National Park – as seen from Point Imperial on the North Rim. To send and receive postcards, sign up at

Memorial Day weather

Posted in blogging, Family, photography, Photos on May 24, 2009 by maryrestaino

Clouds this morning gave way to some sun this afternoon in Long Island, NY. It is now 71 degrees at 2:30 with the chance of rain later on.

Great Memorial Day weekend weather

Posted in blogging, photography, Photos on May 23, 2009 by maryrestaino

We are having great weather so far this Memorial Day weekend. It is 68 degrees and sunny, a welcome break from the three weeks or so of rain and cloudy skies.

I took these pictures off of a dock at the end of Cranberry Road, Mastic Beach, Long Island, NY.

Below is a picture of a boat cutting through the water. It is a little blurry because of the wind, I had difficulty holding the camera straight.100_0427

Below is a picture of a fisherman at the dock waiting for a fish to bite. He explained that he was catching Bluefish and that some of the other fishermen were cutting them up and using them as bait.



Summer fun

Posted in Family, Photos on May 22, 2009 by maryrestaino

My kids are getting an early start on the Memorial Day weekend fun. I bought some water balloons, which my daughter and her friend are filling up in the picture below. I can hear them chasing each other around the yard as I write this.


Here are my two sons and a neighbor (the child on the left), taking their video gaming outside.


Together as one, for a moment

Posted in Poetry, Thoughts, writing on May 22, 2009 by maryrestaino

ink blot

If for a moment my soul could leave my body

To enter into your body

I could experience your thoughts and feelings

Allowing me to understand you better

Bringing us closer

Or I may discover secrets I don’t want to know

Clip art courtesy of 

The night

Posted in Poetry, Thoughts, writing on May 20, 2009 by maryrestaino

At night

In the darkness

As the shadows dance

When it’s quiet

I have too much time to think

And worry

When the day breaks

If I listen

Sometimes I hear the train whistle

From far away

Fears and doubts subside

Until the sunset of the new day