Join Me in the Pathways to Housing Auction




Pathways to Housing Auction




Please join me again to support Pathways through their yearly auction.

"Pathways transforms the lives of people experiencing mental health and other life challenges by supporting self directed roads to recovery and wellness in an atmosphere of dignity, respect, choice and hope.  Housing First: Our Housing First projects work collaboratively with state and local agencies to place people experiencing chronic homelessness into permanent, independent housing. Our support teams offer a range of services to assist people to reintegrate into their home communities and to sustain housing."

"Pathways Vermont was initially founded with a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop Housing First services.  The Housing First model was developed by Dr. Sam Tsemberis in New York City during the early 1990s. Housing First differs from other housing programs in its belief that the first step towards resolving chronic homelessness is to immediately house individuals in independent apartments."




"All funds raised from the Auction for Access will go towards providing programming that supports self-directed roads to recovery and wellness in an atmosphere of dignity, respect, choice and hope. We envision a world where all will have access to compassionate care and services, without preconditions or judgement."









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How to Create Image Match Games for Better Learning by Jesse Bluma



How to Create Image Match Games for Better Learning




I want you to make cookies, a mole', or tomato, corn, and avocado salad with only written directions.  No pictures.  No diagrams.  No video.  How well could you successfully create the dish?

It is key to provide a variety of materials, images, and experiences to increase your learning, no matter if it is learning to cook, learning history, employee training, or anything else.  A diversity of readings, photos, videos, games, and spiraled repetition supports learning and discovery.  Keep this in mind when attempting to learn something and when planning to assist others.       

Education, learning, and discovery is vital to our personal growth and more.  As Thomas Jefferson stated, "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."

We remember and understand better when we see images of concepts, people, places, and ideas.  Tables, plots, maps, art, and videos increase our understanding and create new connections within our thinking.  This gives us the ability to group information, link to prior knowledge and skills, and better recall the information later.  

A match game is an excellent tool to increase understanding and provide better instruction.  A match game can be made for any topic, idea, or skill, including cooking, writing genres, safety, holidays, religious lessons, etc.  This is a fun way for teachers, parents, employers, and others to review items with their students, children, or employees.    




How To

Create an image match game by first providing a few picture clues of the topic and/or related to the topic.  Then provide four to five possible answers with the possibility of multiple correct answers.  Double check the answer(s) are correct.  Next, provide the correct answers for each.  Discussion is also key to reanalyze the images and understand the correct answer(s).  See "Match Game:  Medieval China, Japan, and Europe".






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The Spotlight Campaign: Masters of Self-Renewal by Jesse Bluma



The Spotlight Campaign





ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

 Our ideas, our creations, our spirit, and our great actions have always been key.  I know what it’s like to create something, the hard work it takes to accomplish goals, and to stand with others.  I know with my readers we share an elevated approach to food, information, and inspiration.  Liberating food and taste is the mission.  It is a holistic approach to living well and freeing our taste in food and much more.  Pointe Viven reflects my spirit and its clients.  It is a dynamic community of liberating food and taste.

 Over the years it has been terrific to meet, spotlight, and feature creators, doers, and inspirational figures.  I know no matter where I am, where I visit, and with whom I meet I will learn something and be re-energized by their endeavors.  Each month join me in spotlighting the famous, the not so famous, the local celebrities, and those you believe have earned a thank you, a congratulations, and the recognition.




Each month a new theme will be chosen, so be thinking of those people you know exhibit the traits.  Often the trait is something not so measurable, rather it is shown through the mundane, certain instances, and moments that surprise you.  This is your opportunity to join me and take part in the campaign.

In March we celebrated great generosity.  Those that exhibit the utmost in encouragement, kindness, sympathy, and turn it into action.  Those individuals making great strides in liberating their lives and the lives of others through generosity.




April:  This month we are spotlighting masters of self-renewal.  We are looking for those that perpetually learn, reform, and refocus.  Those that self-assess and model the best in conscious living.  As Psalm 51:10 urges,  "A clean heart prepare for me, O God, And a right spirit renew within me."  

This month let us celebrate those individuals making great strides in liberating their lives and the lives of others through renewal.  Tell us the person you wish to spotlight and why.







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Tutti-Fruitti Jelly Bean Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies by Jesse Bluma



Tutti-Fruitti Jelly Bean 
Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies





Enjoy these ample size cookies topped with Tutti-Fruitti Jelly Belly beans.  An excellent choice for parties, dessert buffets, baby showers, and Easter.  Created with organic and quality ingredients.







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Pecan and Caramel Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies by Jesse Bluma



Pecan and Caramel Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies





These cookies will battle for your attention.  Top with homemade vanilla bean ice cream 
and then enjoy these ample size treats at your next birthday, event, or holiday.  Created with organic and quality ingredients, including chocolate chips, caramel, and toasted pecans.  






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Rosa Brillante | Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies by Jesse Bluma



Rosa Brillante | Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies





Enjoy these ample size cookies topped with shimmery bright pink candy coated chocolates.  An excellent choice for parties, dessert buffets, baby showers, and Easter.  Created with organic and quality ingredients, including chocolate chips, sweet cocoa, crushed walnuts, and premium candy.







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Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with Raspberry Balsamic Reduction by Jesse Bluma



Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with 
Raspberry Balsamic Reduction





The hit of just the right amount of chocolate chips and raspberry.  These overindulgent cookies drizzled with raspberry balsamic reduction are perfect for your next birthday, event, or holiday.  Made with organic and quality ingredients. 







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