Saturday, December 12, 2015

Parents and Teachers - Cerebral Cinema Has Changed For Easier Access

Cerebral Cinema is getting a revamp. With so many movies reviewed, and more to come, we added categories for easy use. The blog archives is a longer process and many may forgo the earlier reviews out of convenience of page browsing. Having the movies categorized allows for the reader to find recommendations in a category that they find interesting. The home page allows for one page access to the archives and simplifies ease of access.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Do We Live In A Lottery System Model Of Care?

For many years, it has occurred to me that public policy has taken to a lottery system of care approach to solving problems. What is meant by Lottery System? Simply, we tap into people's willingness to gamble on risk in order to support the perception that they put a few extra dollars in their pocket by supporting such a system. Here are a few examples:

Healthcare: Our Healthcare model is prioritized by risk. Prior to Obamacare, it was much worse. Yet, today we set premiums based on risk factors. For example, the young pay the least to insure themselves whereas the older adults will pay more. If you are not likely to need emergency care, you also opt for policies that have minimal risk for exposure to a serious incident by charging high deductibles. If you get lucky enough, you will never need to pay them. The entire system has lottery deadlines an protocols to receive care making it difficult for providers and those needing care to solve healthcare problems for individuals.

Education: Our model of education is similar. Charter Schools have a lottery system in some cases. Living in a neighborhood with a poor performing school, you can enter a lottery requesting a new school. There are deadlines for yearbooks based on income eligibility in high school. Academic achievement can be improved through a lottery process of prep classes. Some qualify, while others do not. Post secondary education has a similar process. Some affirmative action programs can lottery a person in a program or lead to your denial. High demand programs are sometimes use a lottery process to enroll a students. Missing student aid and scholarship deadlines can be a huge mistake.

Social Services: The system of care is based on knowledge of the odds. Miss a HEAP date, no help for you. Fill out a form wrong, wait another month to apply. Missed the date for signing up childcare assistance, you can not apply again. Rent assistance, HUD, and Food Assistance. All have elements of a lottery process.

There are many more examples. We lottery almost every service in this country. Would it not be simpler to streamline the process. After all, we spend billions supporting a lottery system of care. Why not directly target money to impact programs universally without mandates and complicated lottery measures? Is there a better system of care than the one we have now. Lottery systems are expensive and ineffective. After all, a dollar and a dream is just that, a dollar an a dream.

Decency Publishing Is Proud To Annouce The Additon Of Dads Helping Dads

Dads helping Dads is our newest blog. The blog will consist of inspirational stories and tips for dads who are struggling with fatherhood after divorce or the ending of a relationship with the biological mother.

The Fatherhood crisis in our country is one that can be greatly improved by outreach and support for fathers. Many organizations are starting to reengage dads. This blog will provided helpful links to connect dads to the resources necessary to maintain a positive relationship with mother and child.

There will also be parenting tips and helpful resources for domestic care of their home. The site is also interactive and hopefully dads will reach out to each other as the blog develops. If you would like to contribute to the site, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Check Out Inner Tapestry And Support A Great Organization

Decency Publishing is now featuring some of the articles through an online partnership with Inner Tapestry. Here is a brief bio of the magazine:

Inner Tapestry supports people in the discovery of holistic wellness, spiritual wisdom, and the celebration of life!
We have been a print publication for the past 15 years as Inner Tapestry Journal reaching tens of thousands of devoted readers and are now expanding our reach globally through the blessing of digital media. We are excited to offer interesting, informative, and uplifting articles, programs, and events. Inner Tapestry is brought to you by The HeartGlow Center, a 501c3 public charity dedicated to conscious living. Our content contributors are talented writers, teachers, artists, and best selling authors from across the world, all who donate their time and talents for the cause and for your education and enjoyment. Inner Tapestry is always FREE to read thanks to the support of our charitable sponsors, advertisers, affiliates, and kind people like you!

I have been friends with Dr. Snyder for 30 years. She is truly an inspiration and I look forward to working with her.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Enrichment Programs For Schools

Decency Publishing is proud to announce that we will be offering enrichment programs for schools. The focus will be character education, tolerance, and best practices for preventing bullying. We will expand our offerings at a later date. The link for our class offerings is available on our links.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Cooking It Up With Dad - Encouraging Fathers One Meal At A Time

Cooking It Up With Dad is a relatively new blog that has joined Decency Publishing. Overall, the reception has been very positive. The goal of the blog is to encourage families to cook and eat together. No box foods and hurried eating. Just home cooked meals and the warmth of a family conversation.

Cooking It Up With Dad also tries to encourage fatherhood involvement. 26 million children come from homes without a father figure. I hope the blog can be an inspiration for dads to get actively involved in their child's life. (Well beyond cooking)

Food provides warmth and comfort. Research has shown that kids look to their dad as a protective layer for warmth and comfort. Over the coming months, we will be reaching out to fatherhood groups across New York State and the region to help inspire new dads to get in the game.

So, Cooking It Up With Dad is about cooking, and a whole lot more.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Positively Genesis

This project is an important one for me. Most people have a band or artist they grew up with that means a lot to them. I am no exception. for years, I have worshiped Genesis. Since 1983 when I saw them live in Syracuse, they have been special to me.

I love every incarnation of the band. And over the years grew tired of the debates regarding Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins. So I met a man from England online who inspired me to do something positive about the group. (Thanks John Wilkinson)

I created a facebook page and blogs to provide almost 50 years of history. It will take me months to get this fully up and running. However, the concept is a go. I am very excited. The link for both pages to get you started will be included on our publishing site.

Herm Sherwood Sitts releases 3 new books on Amazon - Hardcopies coming soon!

Herm Sherwood Sitts added 3 new books to his already impressive collection of literary offerings. Be sure to check out his new books along with his current library. Just go to Amazon and search for the author. You might be surprised how many books he has to offer.

Also - Herm will begin to donate a percentage of his profits to the Community Action Partnership of Madison County. His book Thirteenth Street Bridge is one of he offerings. Stay tuned for more information as we develop more offerings.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Please Check Out the Syracuse Vegan Examiner

Upstate New York is home to many people on a vegan diet. However, as you may have guessed, it is not easy being green. For this reason, we strongly suggest you check out the Syracuse Vegan Examiner and the talented writings of a local author. The link is on the right. A great resource to check out if you are a vegan or contemplating becoming one.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New author joins Decency Publishing

Another author has joined Decency Publishing. This will be our first adventure with a ghost writer. His works are fascinating. They explore the possibilities of intelligent life from another world and evidence that they have been to our planet. This is an extremely intelligent person and I will be introducing a blog to get folks excited about his book.

Monday, January 19, 2015

A New Book On Amazon From Herm Sherwood-Sitts

Herm Sherwood Sitts writes short stories about growing up in Upstate New York. The stories are based during simpler times. We will be publishing and promoting his short stories over the coming weeks. As books get published, we will update our website. Congrats Herm.

Herm has a large library of literary works. We are going to work with Herm and help promote his books. He also would make a great guest lecturer for a classroom or small groups. As he stories are enjoyed by young and old.

Note: Herm has many books on Amazon. Be sure to check them out. He is also available for guest lectures. He is also an accomplished artist and has children's books. Contact me at for more information.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Please Check Out My Newest Blog - Cooking It Up With Dad

This week starts a new entry that I am extremely proud to share with friends and family. My son Caden is entering the world of publishing. He is sharing our family recipes for all to see. There will be fun cooking tip and recipes. We may even have some videos down the road.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cerebral Cinema For Kids

I am excited to announce a companion blog for kids and parents will be released on January 7th, 2015. Cerebral Cinema For Kids will compliment the blog Cerebral Cinema. This blog will offer unique learning opportunities for parents and kids. This will also be a great resource for educators and Home Schooling parents. Our first post comes out today!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Decency Publishing Announces New Partnership

Bethany Hawkinson will be joining the Decency Publishing team. She is our new editor. This will greatly improve our publishing projects for 2015. Bethany is an accomplished writer and editor. Welcome aboard!