Reading from afar

Dear Heloise: I wanted to tell your readers something I just found out about. My brother was DEPLOYED OVERSEAS and missed his nephew. One day, we got a package from him with a book and DVD. I played the DVD for my son. My brother was reading the book, showing the pages and talking to his nephew. It was amazing!

The program is called United Through Reading. Any deployed military member can use the service at select USO sites. Service members select a book and record themselves reading it, and the package gets sent to loved ones. It has made such a difference. Please spread the word. – Shawna in Texas

Happy to help! I know what it’s like when you are very young and a parent or family member deploys. When my father would be gone, he would tape-record a “letter” for the family. Oh my, to hear my Daddy’s voice made it feel like he was with us and somehow safer. We would record a message back for him to hear us! Readers, check it out! You and your loved ones will be glad you did. – Heloise

P.S.: How I wish I had one of those tapes now!

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

Email: Heloise(at)Heloise.com

TRAVEL HINT

Dear Heloise: I chaperoned for my child’s summer trip. It was a long drive, and much of the driving was going to be at night. We were carpooling with about eight autos and were afraid of getting separated. We all had maps, directions and cellphones, but we each put a battery-operated push light that goes on a wall on the dome of the auto. It is easy to turn on and see from another car. And they aren’t bright enough to cause a problem for other drivers. – Mom in Jacksonville, Fla.

DOGGIE DOORMAT

Dear Heloise: Our two small dogs can bring in a lot of grass and dirt. I keep a special doormat by the doggie door just for them. – M. Coats, San Antonio, Calif.

EIGHT GLASSES A DAY

Dear Heloise: I try to drink eight glasses of water a day, but had trouble keeping track. I cleaned out a plastic water jug and marked on the jug where to fill it with enough water. Every night I fill the jug up to the line and put it in the refrigerator. Now I can keep track. – Nadine B., Knoxville, Tenn.

NO ITCH

Dear Heloise: I recently got into some poison ivy and had it all on my forearm. The itching was terrible! I cut the toe off an old sock and slipped it over my arm once I had applied medication. It kept me from scratching the spot and spreading the poison ivy. – Jammie I., via email

KIDS TABLE

Dear Heloise: For family gatherings, I set aside one table, and I cover it with butcher paper and set out cups of crayons. The kids love to sit there and color while the adults talk. – A Reader, via email

Reading from afar

Dear Heloise: I wanted to tell your readers something I just found out about. My brother was DEPLOYED OVERSEAS and missed his nephew. One day, we got a package from him with a book and DVD. I played the DVD for my son. My brother was reading the book, showing the pages and talking to his nephew. It was amazing!

The program is called United Through Reading. Any deployed military member can use the service at select USO sites. Service members select a book and record themselves reading it, and the package gets sent to loved ones. It has made such a difference. Please spread the word. – Shawna in Texas

Happy to help! I know what it’s like when you are very young and a parent or family member deploys. When my father would be gone, he would tape-record a “letter” for the family. Oh my, to hear my Daddy’s voice made it feel like he was with us and somehow safer. We would record a message back for him to hear us! Readers, check it out! You and your loved ones will be glad you did. – Heloise

P.S.: How I wish I had one of those tapes now!

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

Email: Heloise(at)Heloise.com

TRAVEL HINT

Dear Heloise: I chaperoned for my child’s summer trip. It was a long drive, and much of the driving was going to be at night. We were carpooling with about eight autos and were afraid of getting separated. We all had maps, directions and cellphones, but we each put a battery-operated push light that goes on a wall on the dome of the auto. It is easy to turn on and see from another car. And they aren’t bright enough to cause a problem for other drivers. – Mom in Jacksonville, Fla.

DOGGIE DOORMAT

Dear Heloise: Our two small dogs can bring in a lot of grass and dirt. I keep a special doormat by the doggie door just for them. – M. Coats, San Antonio, Calif.

EIGHT GLASSES A DAY

Dear Heloise: I try to drink eight glasses of water a day, but had trouble keeping track. I cleaned out a plastic water jug and marked on the jug where to fill it with enough water. Every night I fill the jug up to the line and put it in the refrigerator. Now I can keep track. – Nadine B., Knoxville, Tenn.

NO ITCH

Dear Heloise: I recently got into some poison ivy and had it all on my forearm. The itching was terrible! I cut the toe off an old sock and slipped it over my arm once I had applied medication. It kept me from scratching the spot and spreading the poison ivy. – Jammie I., via email

KIDS TABLE

Dear Heloise: For family gatherings, I set aside one table, and I cover it with butcher paper and set out cups of crayons. The kids love to sit there and color while the adults talk. – A Reader, via email