Associate Programs

I’ve been reading a lot about associate programs lately, and decided I have to try and get me a piece of this action!

So, I’ve created a web site called Home Improvement HQ. I figure I’ve been through enough home renovation upheaveal to know a little about the subject, so we’ll see how it goes. There’s very little content there yet, but I’ve got some ideas to help with that.

December 16th, 2003

Now Supporting RSS

I’ve added RSS feeds to all of my web sites. If you’d like to be notified of updates to any of my sites, simply click on the orange XML button beneath the menu and copy the URL to your RSS reader. If you’re curious as to what RSS is, this is a good place to start.

I’ll write up an article soon on how to create RSS feeds using CityDesk.

December 14th, 2003

Miscellaneous Books

This page is a collection of books that didn’t really fit in with the New Parents, Kids or Medical/Developmental pages.

Adult novels that involve characters with Down syndrome:

December 3rd, 2003

Medical and Developmental Books

Here are some good educational books that specifically cater to the needs of kids with Down syndrome. They are illustrated with photos of children with DS:

 

This series of books from Woodbine House have been written by specialists in each field, and are fantastic for parents that want to take an active role in their child’s development.

           

More medical and developmental books:

 

December 3rd, 2003

Books For Children And Young Adults

The “Day With Russ” series is very popular, and really shows how kids with Down syndrome really are just like other kids. These are great books for kids with DS, or to buy for a classroom that has a class member with DS. The fact that Russ has Down syndrome is not central to the plot; he’s just another kid having adventures:

   

Similar to the Russ books, this one features a day in the life of Misty, a little girl with Down syndrome. Again, the DS is not central to the story:

There are several childrens’ books involve characters with Down syndrome and other disabilities, and teach tolerance and inclusion of peers who are different:

         

Some books for older children and young teenagers:

December 3rd, 2003

Books For New Parents

When you first hear the news that your baby may have Down syndrome, all sorts of thoughts rush through your head. It’s a difficult experience, and it takes time to come to understand what it will mean for you and your family.

It’s not all bad news, though. The outlook for people with Down syndrome is better today than it has ever been in the past. They have good access to medical care and education, as well as special therapies and living skills programmes.

Below I’ve suggested some books that new parents of a child with Down syndrome will find helpful. If you have a friend who has just been told their child has DS, an appropriate book from this list might make a thoughtful gift.

Books about looking after a child with Down syndrome:

       

Books that describe the experiences of families that have members with Down syndrome:

       

Informational books about bringing up a child with a disability:

   

Inspirational and moving books for parents of a disabled child:

     

It can be hard to explain to siblings and other young children within your family and circle of friends that your new baby has Down syndrome, and what that means. These books can help:

   

December 3rd, 2003

Useful Spam?

Today was the first time I’ve ever received a useful piece of spam email.

To be honest, it wasn’t useful in the way the original sender intended. Some idiot snake-oil peddler wrote to tell me that my web site ‘may not be optimised for the search engines’, and offered to send me a report for a fee. The site they referred to was actually that of artist Louise Moore, who used my free CityDesk template to create her site. It was my included copyright notice that gave the spammers my email address.

I’d never have seen Louise’s site if they hadn’t sent me that email. Check it out – she’s a talented woman!

September 15th, 2003

Sarah Is Born!

Sarah Louise Collins is born

The newest addition to the Collins family!

Our second child, Sarah Louise, was born at 5:05 pm on the 7th of July at the Illawarra Private Hospital in Figtree. She weighed 3.350 kg (7lb 6oz), and measured 50.5 cm (around 20 inches, I think).

Here are the first photos of Sarah, maybe an hour after she was born.

July 7th, 2003

It’s Happening!

Megan went to see Dr Walton today for a regular pregnancy check-up. As soon as he started examining her, he said, “Whoa, Megan! You’re going straight to the hospital!”. Megan rang me at work, and I met her at Figtree Private Hospital at about 3:00 pm.

Things progressed much as they should, and at 5:05 pm little baby Sarah Louise was born!

July 7th, 2003

Renovation Photos

More images are available in the gallery.

May 18th, 2003

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