Tom "Taylor" Pyles is a child abuse survivor and the founder The Blue Ribbon Project. He has been a police officer with Annapolis Police Department for over a decade and is assigned as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section.  When not working, you'll find him spending time with his family and out enjoying the countryside on two wheels. 

Every single human being is created differently from others.  What makes you different from your sibling, your parents, your best friend, cousin, or even your twin?  While exterior characteristics may seem similar or the same, like hair texture, eye color, body type, or height, there are fundamental differences in the way that you think, feel, act, process things, and react to things. 

(NewsUSA) – As millions of Americans know, daily commutes can be stressful and monotonous. Couple that with winter weather, and staying alert is paramount–especially as road conditions start to deteriorate.
To that point, you never know when you’re going to need to become a Timely Performance Driver.

Few would argue with the fact that “Life isn’t fair.” Well success isn’t fair either, and believe it or not, that’s great news! If life and success were "fair", then you wouldn't be able to do anything to change your personal success. You'd get what everyone else was getting. The fact is that you CAN change your personal success in ANY area you want.

With the pregnancy bug in the water system, you are bound to know someone who is having a baby, if you aren’t having one yourself. Pregnant women equal shopping time. Here are 5 gifts that any mother will most certainly be appreciative of. The baby shower gift ideas are great for those who are shopping or for mom’s to put on their gift registry.

babyshower11. Diapers, diapers and more diapers. That is quite a bland gift but a very much needed gift. I don’t any mom who will complain about having too many diapers with a newborn at home. To make diapers snazzy you have to dress it up a bit. You can find diaper cakes in lots of gift sites. Some come with as many as 150 diapers, plus booties, bibs and tons of other essentials for baby, but all in the shape of an all so cute cake.

2. Layettes, blankets, socks and burp cloths. Chances are they are going to get tons of these. However, these gifts tend to come in newborn or 3 months sizes which after a few weeks probably won’t serve its purpose anymore. Making this a great gift is if you buy them in larger sizes. After a few months, mom still has brand new gifts for the baby to enjoy. 

3. Pamper products for Mom. The last few weeks of pregnancy are very uncomfortable and can be hard on Mom. Let Mom have the star treatment as well. Once the baby is born, Mom’s 15 minutes of fame are over. 

4. Savings Bonds. A savings bond is a great way to help invest in the child’s future. While everyone is thinking of now you are thinking ahead. It may also help jumpstart parents to jumpstart on baby’s future if they haven’t already.

5. Gift Certificates. You can never go wrong with a gift certificate. Mom and Dad get to choose what they want and you gave them that satisfaction. The obvious choice for a gift certificate would where the registry is set up. If they do not have a registry set up, good choices could include their favorite supermarket (formula, diapers) or baby store. Another gift certificate idea could be a check card gift certificate. It works like a credit card and can be used anywhere. 

Tip: I don’t suggest buying clothing unless the parents-to-be suggested so. Chances are they have already gone shopping and couldn’t resist those tiny adorable outfits.

Drug and alcohol addiction occurs because of 3 factors. The severity of occurance and part these factors play is different in each case.

Why is it that the addiction to drugs and alcohol is increasing everyday? No one asks to become a victim of alcohol addiction or drug addiction, so how does it happen?

It's a great time of year to make a plan for starting your day out right - for both you and your kids!

When spending time in my kid's schools, some of the challenges that children and teachers face are obvious: bodies that can't sit still, bounding energy that can't be managed, sleepy heads struggling to stay awake, eyes moving unable to remain focused on the topic at hand. This is not only a challenge for the teacher, but what about for the child struggling to pay attention and not get in trouble, again?

We took a short vacation this spring and with travel comes lots of eating out. It is a pleasure - not having to cook or clean it up, finding restaurant gems in an unfamiliar city. In many ways it is simpler than at home - meal planning, shopping and cooking. I do enjoy those things when I am not feeling time pressured, but it does get tiresome - 3 meals/day, 7 days/week. Vacation is a time to relax, and being more relaxed about eating naturally happens too.

FosterLink is a program offered by The Blue Ribbon Project. FosterLink is a resource website developed by Foster Youth, former Foster Youth, and various professionals. FosterLink is intended to be an on-line community as well as a resource to find additional information on a variety of topics.

In 2014, 22,392 youth "age-out" from the foster care system when they reach age 18 or age 21 (depending on the state in which they reside). Unfortunately, youth in foster care often do not get the help they need with high school completion, employment, accessing health care, continued educational opportunities, housing and transitional living arrangements. Studies of youth who have left foster care have shown they are more likely than those in the general population to not finish high school, be unemployed, and be dependent on public assistance.

The Blue Ribbon Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization based in Annapolis Maryland. Our mission is to support victims of child abuse, neglect, youth in foster care, as well as adult survivors of child abuse. 

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