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Are you a foot washer?

Are you a foot washer?

In my business I have the pleasure to speak to many different people from a variety of backgrounds and occupations. As one might expect, good conversations will naturally turn to personal philosophy and world views.

A recent conversation with a fellow Rainbow Chamber member veered into the area of our activities in the community and our work with non-profits. Richard summarized his role as, “I am a foot washer, that’s what I was called to do”.

I have special needs because . . .

I have special needs because . . .

I have Autism. I am not like other children. I am not able to filter the sounds, motions, smells and activities going on around me. I do not like to change from one activity to another. I get very frustrated when I'm asked to stop doing what I'm focusing on and move to something else. My teacher (and my mom!) has to give me several advance warnings that a change is coming soon, or I will lose it. It is not a tantrum and I am not misbehaving. I am on overload, and when I am on overload my brain kind of short-circuits and I lose control of my behavior.

I do not like things that happen suddenly. I can't go to a 3D movie because I'm afraid things will pop out at me unexpectedly and startle me. I can't make toast for myself cause I'm afraid of the toaster. You just never know when the bread will pop up and it makes me anxious.

I do not like the way some things feel. I have difficulty washing my own hair or my hands, because I do not like the feel of the soap.

News10's Contributor of the Month: Mark Mazzaferro

News10's Contributor of the Month: Mark Mazzaferro

The self-proclaimed nut of Vacaville has a big job. Vacaville’s Public Information Officer Mark Mazzaferro manages the city’s website, Twitter account, Facebook page, creates YouTube videos, sends out press releases, manages the government TV station, overlooks Vacaville’s emergency radio and a lot more.

Mazzaferro has been with the city of Vacaville for five years, but has worked as a PIO for 12.

PHOTO CONTEST: Father's Day 2011

PHOTO CONTEST: Father's Day 2011

Who's your favorite papa? Upload his photo to MomsLikeMe and tell us about him for a chance to win Papa Murphy's pizzas and a couple's massage from Massage Envy! The entry with the most votes will win.

SLIDESHOW: Father's Day 2011 photo contest candidates

Click here to submit a photo of your father and/or vote for your favorite dad today!

Register now for News10's free Blog U 2.0 June 20

Register now for News10's free Blog U 2.0 June 20

Register now for News10's free Blog U 2.0 session at News10 on Monday, June 20.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the News10 studio at 400 Broadway in Sacramento.

Summer Infant Water Safety in Sacramento

Summer Infant Water Safety in Sacramento

With the beginning of summer upon us, thoughts turn to fun in the sun and water.  For infants and toddlers, that can mean tragedy.  In California, drowning is the number one killer of chidren under the age of four, according to the Infant Swimming Resource of Sacramento.

In addition to providing the safest pool environment possible such as constant adult supervision, fences, covers, and alarms, ISR suggests a program of swimming self-rescue lessons as additional prevention to protect children from accidental drownings.  Children as young as 7 months old learn to hold their breath under water, roll onto their backs and float unassisted.  Older children also learn to swim with their head down, roll onto their back to float, rest and breathe and roll over again to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool to crawl out. 

These skills are taught by certified instructors to assure that a day