New York’s Housing Works Bookstore Cafe: Book Shop is Part of Foundation Working to Combat Homelessness

Located on the cobblestone Crosby Street in SoHo, near the intersection of Prince Street, is New York’s bookstore with a cause, the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. The used bookstore is a part of the organization Housing Works, which is dedicated to helping and raising awareness about New York City’s homeless, specifically those living with HIV/AIDS.

Housing Works is Addressing the Problem of HIV and AIDS in New York

In a city where the HIV rate is significantly higher than it is nationally, there is a great need for attention to the problem. Many do not realize the extent of HIV and AIDS in New York City, and Housing Works endeavors to tackle the unfortunate fact that many New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS are also homeless and without proper health care.

Housing Works, in addition to helping provide health services for those in New York living with HIV/AIDS, has several apartment complexes reserved for their clients throughout the city. One way Housing Works funds these essential services is through the Bookstore Cafe.

Inside the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

The wood floors of the bookstore cafe are well-worn by the shoes of the many patrons who visit each day. Shelves crammed with books, CDs, VHS, and other materials line just about every wall space there is. Winding staircases lead up to the mostly nonfiction section, packed with memoirs, biographies, books on culture studies and pop culture, and even a foreign language section.

The cafe, at the back of the store, is the perfect place for patrons to go and sit with a cup of coffee while reading their books of choice. Tables are situated at locations throughout the back half of the bookstore, between the bookshelves and the book displays featuring staff recommendations, fusing cafe and bookstore rather than dividing …

Which Medications Make Children Sleepy?

As most parents will know only too well, certain medications which can make children feel sleepy or snoozy typically include both cold medicines and allergy treatments. In Baby & Toddler Sleep Solutions For Dummies, Lavin & Glaser identify medications which can result in a child feeling sleepy as follows:

  • diphenhydramine (antihistamine)
  • dextromethorphan (over-the-counter cough suppressant)
  • ibuprofen (painkiller)
  • trimethoprim (antibiotic)
  • immunizations

The antihistamine diphenhydramine is a very sedating type of medicine, which is also actually available in another form, as a sedative, for helping people sleep. As with all forms of medication, it is best to talk to the doctor about any side effects causing concern and never discontinue or adapt a medication dosage without first consulting the child’s paediatrician.


Medication Side-Effects in Children: Action to Take

While some forms of medications can be switched for less sedating forms, many will need to be continued, despite causing a child to feel sleepy or drowsy. An example of this is in the case of immunizations, where the protection such treatment offers is often potentially life-saving, yet can result in children feeling shattered for a day or two following a vaccination. Lavin & Glaser recommend the following action may be helpful, if a child is suffering bad side-effects:

  • diphenhydramine – discuss alternatives, newer antihistamines
  • dextromethorphan – discontinue use if child very drowsy
  • ibuprofen – discuss alternative, acetaminophen
  • trimethoprim – discuss alternative antibiotics
  • immunizations – seek medical advice if child suffers extreme reaction

In particular, in the case of children suffering from drowsiness as a result of taking the antihistamine known as diphenhydramine, talk to a doctor about switching to a more modern form. The more modern forms of antihistamines, which include loratadine and fexofenadine are specifically designed so as not to make the user feel drowsy.

As highlighted above, medications which may …

Reality Television Addiction

Taking a peek into someone’s life via reality television is a new addiction that seems to encompass a lot of people these days. Why do we find others so captivating? Could our lives be so dull that we will spend hours watching the routines of others to see if they have something we do not? It’s a valid question as reality television seems to be the most watched television in this millennium.

The trouble with reality television is that even though it entertains the masses it affects the lives of those that take part in the process. With the recent dissolution of Jon and Kate’s marriage or the tearful sob story of Heidi being tortured on “Get me out of here I’m a celebrity” it begs to make one think about how the constant scrutiny of cameras on you and your family nonstop can cause a break down in the lives of the pseudo-celebrity everyone finds entertaining.

What a sad thing to see a family like Jon and Kate Gosselin’s fall apart and over the intense media that has infiltrated their lives and the lives of their children. People get fame hungry and want more attention and don’t think of the repercussions it will have over their relationships and families. I have watched repeats of the Jon & Kate plus 8 show to see what all the excitement was about to find that the more Kate wanted the fame the more Jon pulled away. The children have been in the limelight their entire lives and don’t know any different, they react to the cameras as if they are close family members. How will they react when that attention is gone from their lives? The thought of these eight beautiful tender children being scrutinized and made as pawns in the entertainment

Summer Heat Wellness Tips

While the summer can be a very fun season for everyone, it can also be dangerous as well. The heat of the summer can cause people to get sick. They can become dehydrated, ill, dizzy, nauseous, or even have heat exhaustion or a heat stroke. This can be a horrible thing for people to go through, and sadly, it can be fatal to some.

It is very important to avoid getting sick like this from the heat. But how can you do that? You do that by keeping hydrated and cool in the summer. Here are a few tips to help you keep hydrated, cool, and healthy this summer. These tips can go for you, your loved ones, and even your pets, as you want everyone to have a healthy summer.

Drinking Water. 
You should always be sure to drink enough water during the day, especially in the summer. If you are going to be outside for a long period of time, then you should definitely be sure to have water with you. Drinking enough water in the heat will keep you from getting dehydrated, which can lead to you getting sick. So make sure you are drinking the amount of water your body needs!

Playing In The Water. 
Playing in the water is another way to keep cool so that the heat does not get you sick from the heat. In addition, this can also be a very fun thing to do. You can run through the sprinklers, have a water battle with others (using water guns, water balloons, or the hose), and go 
swimming in the pool.

Dress Cool. 
Dressing for winter when in the summer can make you sick from the heat, so when it gets too hot, you should dress cool. This can include dressing in

A Politician

A politician may be defined as somebody engaged in politics, and politics is concerned with public affairs, public life, public issues, or public activities.

As a society, a community or a nation, the need to organize ourselves to provide services to our people is always there. We do such organizations by either selecting or electing people whom we think have the vision, wisdom, honesty, decency and the altruism to take charge of such noble responsibilities. The uphill battles begin as soon as the doors-of-nominations are opened to fill those positions. Battles in whatever form you can think of – war-of-words, fist fighting, weaponry fighting, ‘spiritual’ fighting, etc, gradually tear the fabrics of our societies. These fights are sometimes so intense that they overshadow the real issues at hand. Agendas on the political manifestos are never short of beautiful, lofty, and inspiring “I-will-do-for-you” projects and programs .

Campaign platforms are many times painted with divisions, violence, segregations, blood, etc. A process that is always corrupted from the beginning with campaign donations from individuals, interest groups or lobbyists, organizations, etc, mostly for their personal aggrandizements. People whose votes matter the most, and who are supposed to be focus of whatever projects or programs that are designed, and supposed to be implemented or executed are immediately forgotten once the platform for campaigns are dismantled and shelved for another round of false promises and lies. The agendas of the society are torpedoed and trampled upon by the agendas of the lobbyists, greedy fat-cats, interest groups, the politicians and their henchmen. Power that supposedly belongs to the people is hi-jacked by a very few, and whatever socio-economic needs and services that are needed in their various communities are largely forgotten. Rat race to truck-away the limited resources of the nation or community, to satisfy egoistic

Homeless Doll – Political Indoctrination or Important Social Commentary?

Andrea Peyser New York Post column caught my eye today. As a mother of a 10-year-old girl, anything with American Girl dolls in it is a must read. While I share Ms. Peyser’s distaste for the price and often cultish nature of the entire American Girl empire, I was somewhat surprised by the tone of her recent article on new American Girl doll Gwen. Gwen Thompson is part of this year’s “Girl of the Year” collection. Each year, for those of you without a daughter between the ages of 4-14, American Girl) introduces a “Girl of the Year” doll. As with all American Girl dolls, these dolls come with a story and many times a collection of one or two friends.

The girl of the year this year is Chrissa and her story is focused on the issue of bullying. In the course of this story we meet two additional dolls, Gwen and Sonali. Gwen is a girl whose father left the family and they are now living out of a car, homeless. Peyser’s column quickly highlights the ways in which she believes that this story line for a doll is inappropriate suggesting that it will lead young girls to believe that men are bad and women helpless. She goes on to call doll a tool of political indoctrination although I am unclear as to the political message that parent company Mattel may have been trying to send.

As I mentioned, I have my own set of concerns about the American Girl culture with its overpriced dolls and catalog of accessories, many of which come in around $100 too. Had Peyser led with the irony of a company that hocs $100 dolls promoting awareness of homelessness and economic hardship, she would have earned a loyal follower in me. However in

Homeless Politicians

Have you ever talked to the homeless? A strange idea to most of us that are too busy with our lives. Many of the homeless had normal lives once. Some where store managers in places like south Chicago, Boisey Idahoe and even Lincoln Nebraska. Others had once thriving business’s that are now just a memory. Most had wives and children. Many children are now homeless along with their parents.

On a hot day they will sit and talk about their former lives. Now that they are homeless practically no one will hire them. So sitting and talking about better times is the bulk of their entertainment. Like most americans many are intellegent and have opinions about the news of the day. The talk ranges from obscure topics like comic books of the eighties to solar flares. It is not the deranged talk of uninformed as many in the press would have you believe. These people once ran companies where managers, sales people in short ordinary Americans. The only diffirence between them and you is the sadness. After they talk about their former lives they often walk away dispondent. A dazed look on their faces as they ask themselves again how did this happen to me? They still can’t believe with all of their skills they are now in a homeless shelter. All over America this is happening. Brave people are dealing with being homeless.

I wish our politicians had the guts that these people have. The soft bellied Politicians that sent American jobs overseas are responsible for this. The politicians that to this day let big oil bleed us dry with high gas prices are responsible for this. The politicians that gave billions of dollars to wealthy companies for no reason are responsible for this.

I have a solution. Elections

How to Study Economics

Of all your new course mates, perhaps about 70% of them have graduated from high school having studied something related to economics. This only indicates that before the semester even begins, you are already at a disadvantage. Before you think you are never going to do better than these people and resign to just scraping a pass in every unit, take a look at these quick tips.

Build Up a Solid Foundation Quickly

Not having the basics does not necessarily imply that you will always be a par below the rest – it just means you have a whole lot of catching up to do. This requires discipline and extra studying outside of your usual tutorial classes and self-revisions. Once the semester begins, it’s going to be piles and piles of assignments so the best strategy is to get going before it even starts.

Visit the library and pull out economics books. Ask your older siblings or friends for advice. Go on the web and simply Google something like “How to study economics;” there are tons of useful guides out there. If possible, look up simple econ questions and attempt them on your own. With a solid foundation, it saves you the shock you will get when the uni professor starts handing out those baffling assignments (which will, by the way, most likely count towards your final grade).


Draw the Graphs and Charts: Practice, practice, practice!

Economics is all about the graphs. You are going to be drawing graphs all the time, so you need to get very comfortable with them. Remember those essays you did back in school? Well, over here instead of churning out paragraph after paragraph, we use graphs to do the storytelling.

In economics, it is all about the axis, curves, notations, what shifts where, what

How to Do a Close Reading: Writing Literary Analysis Essays

Once high school students make the leap to the college academic environment, they may be faced with terms that aren’t completely clear to them. Close readings seem to be one of these pesky concepts, as it’s easy to fall into summarizing a text without “reading closely,” as it were.

Close readings sound far more difficult than they are. Sometimes referred to as literary analysis (though there are many variations of literary analysis), close reading essays are actually easier to write than straight-up research papers because they normally only require a primary text. Depending on the class and professor, literary research essays usually require at least two or three secondary sources. So, close reading papers should be approached with an optimistic attitude.

What is a Close Reading?

Simply put, a close reading is exactly what it sounds like. Professors aren’t looking for summary; on the contrary, most professors will cringe if presented with a summary. Close readings (especially in lower level college composition classes) rarely demand that students write more than 5 to 10 pages, usually less.

Given the name, close readings mean that the student should be looking at a very small portion of a text, generally. Pick a paragraph, a page, a chapter; it is very unusual for a 101 or 102 English professor to ask for more than that, as they want to see a student’s ability to completely tear apart a passage. That is a close reading in a nutshell: the tearing apart of a passage or a small section.

Pick an Angle for Literary Analysis

There are many facets of literature to focus on while writing a close reading paper. They tend to be buzzwords of sorts around English classes: themes, imagery, tropes, language, metaphor, tone, etc. While it may be tempting to try and tackle

Book Review: How to Be Cool by Johanna Edwards

How to Be Cool follows Kylie Chase, a “cool instructor” who helps the insecure and socially inept become confident and more socially knowledgeable.


Despite what people may have heard, everyone has insecurities. Some people have so many, however, that they want to shed their old skins and completely transform into someone new, someone more sociable and intrepid, someone…cool. What if there was someone that could help, someone who specialized in “coolness” that could create this transformation?

Meet Kylie Chase

Kylie Chase can help. She is a bona-fide “cool instructor” who makes a living from helping the dissatisfied and socially awkward turn into trend-setters. Seemingly undaunted, Kylie is well-versed in pop culture, fashion trends, and anything else required for the great metamorphosis that is turning “cool.” But how satisfied and confident is Kylie herself?

A Hidden Past

As it turns out, Kylie isn’t as intrepid as she seems. Before she became the knowledgeable instructor of the highly popular How to Be Cool classes, she was far from cool–dorky, insecure, and seventy-five pounds heavier. And underneath all the size-eight glamour, Kylie is still uncertain at heart. She still loves Star Wars, she still has two left feet, and most unfortunately, she still really, really cares what people think, far more than a cool instructor should.



A Steady Unraveling


When Kylie’s apartment burns down in a fire, she has nowhere to go but her parents’ house, which has a great impact on her self-confidence. (Kylie is Not Thirty–or twenty-nine–and one of her “cool rules” is that no one should be living with their parents after the age of about twenty-six.) Her parents don’t make her look too cool, either–her father is still enforcing the same rules she had to live by when she was a teenager, and her mother, a size-two former