We joke around about how it takes a kid to open a child-proof cap on a bottle of pills, but kids are really talented little beings – especially the ones born into technology!  They amaze me!

Today is KID INVENTOR’S DAY!!!  We old folks tip our collective hats to the younger and more technologically savvy in the world.  What inventions have kids come up with?  Well, I wondered about that too.  Here are just a few examples of what kids have invented.

  • Snow Mobile
  • Toy Truck
  • Crayon Holders
  • Magnetic Locker Wallpaper
  • Trampoline
  • Superman
  • Waterskiing
  • Television
  • Popsicle
  • Earmuffs
  • Braille
  • Calculator

Children are the most valuable asset we have.  Their imaginations run wild with creative thinking and if they are properly encouraged, the sky is the limit to what they can accomplish.  I suppose it’s because they are not yet saddled down with the responsibilities that adults have.  They are still free to explore and learn, compose and extract and experiment to their heart’s content.

A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.  – Author Unknown

There are many more inventions that are not listed here.  Every day the patent office receives applications for new inventions from young people.

It’s one thing to invent and have all the pieces available – but it’s quite another to invent when you have to scrape and scrounge around for parts you need!  That is wonderful and shows great ingenuity to be sure!

 Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.  – Rabindranath Tagore

If you have a child or grandchild, today is the day to encourage him / her to be inventive and creative.  Ask if there is something in particular they would like to improve or change.  If it seems like something unimportant to you, don’t let on.  Just be there to support the dream.  The final result may surprise you.

Inventors come up with solutions to life’s little inconveniences.  Back when I was in school we decorated our lockers with a lot of scotch tape.  Today there is magnetic wallpaper just for lockers!  Man, why didn’t I think of that?  Wink!  😉





Today is NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY!!! What advantages are there to pedaling your way to the office instead of driving your car?

1. Save hundreds of dollars. How much do you spend going to the gym? Think about it. You drive to the gym (my car uses gas, I’m guessing yours does too), park in the closest stall to the door (admit it – you do), then do your workout and on the way home, you swing by the Dunkin’ Donuts (coupon in hand), scarf the donut down with a coffee chaser and hope your husband doesn’t smell it on your breath.

OK – I may have embellished. But the point is, if you do your workout on the way to work, you can come home and enjoy the rest of the evening with your family. The Dunkin’ Donut sign won’t be calling your name either.  You’ll be too tired to give in.

2. There is a psychological benefit to exercise. It’s been proven that exercise is the best way to relieve stress. Imagine feeling on top of the world and ready to get crackin’ once you step into the office! When you get into a car to drive to work there is always the rush hour traffic and some bozo who doesn’t have a clue what they’re doing, or they are texting, putting on make-up, painting their fingernails or eating their fast-food breakfast all while driving! Those are the people who cause road rage in me. For some reason they are the ones that found me every morning on my commute to work. So, riding a bike could cut all that. Just make sure some idiot doesn’t hit you. Jus’ sayin’…

3. You could be the “Cool Co-worker! Admit it, if you rode your bike to work, you would be the “cool” co-worker! There’s a pride factor involved in this too. How great would it make you feel to accomplish the ride, do the work, then ride back home again? I’d be flyin’ high, I’m tellin’ ya! That would be awesome!

I always wanted to be the “cool” co-worker. The only time they thought I was cool was when I brought some of my husband’s homemade cinnamon rolls into the office. Then I got blamed if any of them gained an ounce. Oh well… I just bring ’em. If you eat ’em, that’s on you. Literally.  Wink!   😉




What do Winston Churchill and type 1 diabetics have in common?  Combat against an enemy.  Churchill’s enemy was, of course the Nazis – but the enemy of type 1 diabetics is blood sugar.

I’ve met some truly amazing people in the Diabetic Online Community (DOC), and one of them is Richard Vaughn.  He’s agreed to share his story today.

I was diagnosed in 1945, a few days after my 6th birthday. After 67 years of type 1 diabetes, I have very good diabetes health. Still no diabetes related complications, except some mild nerve damage. I hope that the research being done on long-term type 1 diabetics, in Boston, will help explain my success story.

I don’t have any “secret”. I do the same things that many type 1 friends have done, but my routine seems to have worked better for me than it has for so many others. The research in Boston is attempting to find why us long-term, healthy type 1 diabetics have been so successful. The participants in the study are Joslin medalists, all of whom have had type 1 diabetes for at least 50 years. I participated in that research in 2009. The research is ongoing, and began in 2005. There have been almost 800 participants thus far. More than 100 medalists will be meeting in Boston this year, on May 10 and 11. There will be an update given on the type 1 study. I can’t wait to see what they have found!

The truly amazing thing about Richard is that he has managed his Type 1 Diabetes quite well and has absolutely no complications!  I must say this intrigues and inspires me.  I need to know what he does differently! 

One of the first characteristics I notice and admire about Richard is his optimism!  Every time we chat he has such an upbeat attitude and is so positive about everything – even Diabetes!  He’s encouraged me to keep going several times when I’ve just wanted to throw my hands up and surrender.  If there is one thing that he is not…  it’s a quitter!

He reminds me of the fact that he was diagnosed as a young child and does not remember much before his diagnosis.  I, on the other hand, was diagnosed at 21 years of age.  I remember thinking, “Oh great – now my life won’t ever be fun again!”  I was wrong – life is fine.  I just need to adopt a better attitude about it!

Richard offers all of us in the Diabetic Online Community (DOC) much-needed  help and support.  He keeps us all encouraged to keep going.  I really appreciate all of the assistance he has given me. He was born in 1939.  Insulin had only been around for a little over 20 years!  In his upbeat and uplifting book, “Beating The Odds:  64 Years of Diabetes Health” (available at, he outlines the challenges of managing diabetes using only urinalysis and a rather inaccurate nutritional guide that dictated sugar control as opposed to carbohydrate control. 

It’s a great book and definitely on my “you gotta read this” list!  Click on the link in the right margin to order the book.  It’s paperback and costs $12.50. 

We glean so much wit and wisdom from this retired college professor from upstate New York.  I must admit, most days I just chat with Richard to get a good laugh.  There are times I need the wisdom he offers, but I can always use a good laugh! 

When I was chatting with him about this post, I asked if he had a blog.  He said yes he does, but said he wasn’t very good at blogging.  I wrote back with a big LOL because it cracks me up when someone says they can’t blog – but they can write a book!  Wow.  He’s actually the second author to say that to me.  Maybe that’s why I can’t write a book – because I can blog.

I know I’m not alone in wishing Richard continued success in his journey with Type 1 Diabetes.  He is truly a blessing and a source of encouragement for all of us.  

I want to leave this bit of advice with Richard and all diabetics:

Keep calm and carry on.  – Winston Churchill

Thank you for all you do, Richard!  Well done!!!  🙂