Insurance dilemma

November 21, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Insurance dilemma

Who would have guessed that having private insurance available to a loved one with a mental disorder would cause such problems.  Services tied into the County are not accessible if your loved one has private insurance.  We are trying to initiate a conservatorship for our son and find that because he is not a consumer of the County of Santa Barbara Mental Health services, they do not want to admit him to their crisis (Puff) center.  He has MediCal and Medicare, but he has never elected to join the County ADMHS group of care providers.  We have used his MediCal and Medicare as a secondary to my husband’s insurance.  

What a dilemma.  Do we remove him from our insurance and further burden and already burdened system?  



School Assemblies by Ramona Moreno Winner

August 31, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Posted in Children's books, Cultural Diversity, Freaky Foods, School Assemblies, Science | Comments Off on School Assemblies by Ramona Moreno Winner
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Lucas and His Loco Beans

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Dynamic, Interactive school assemblies in English and Spanish

Mexican Jumping Beans!

  • Bilingual story of the Mexican Jumping Bean – Lucas and His Loco Beans

    Students hold Jumping Beans

    Students hold Jumping Beans

  • Life cycle of the Cydia deshaisiana – Mexican Jumping moth

  • On-screen presentation of natural environment of jumping beans – Alamos, Sonora, Mexico high desert region.

  • Students get to hold jumping beans to experience the twitching of the larva inside the seed segments.

Freaky Foods From Around the World

  • Bilingual story of foods from different cultures – Freaky Foods From Around the World – Platillos sorprendentes de todo el mundo

  • On-screen presentation showing animals and insects from different parts of the world that humans dine on.

    Teacher Eating Cricket

    Teacher Eating Cricket

  • Discussion on what one culture considers common and what another culture considers unusual.

  • Students/teachers are offered a snack of baked crickets.

Meet Core Curriculum Requirements for Science, Natural History, and Language Arts

Costs:  $300 per assembly – 200 student max per assembly.  If Ramona is already in the area, no travel or lodging fees are charged.

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Professional Recommendations by School Administrators

– Mrs. Winner came to Hightower Elementary School, Plano, Texas and we had a fabulous time. The students thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Winner’s presentation, but I think their most favorite were the jumping beans and the freaky foods. Or perhaps it was watching their teachers eat a cricket, yummy. The students could not stop talking with excitement and had many questions afterwards. I appreciate Mrs. Winner’s taking the time to answer students questions and bringing such excitement and encouragement for writing to our students.

Stacy Lambert, Librarian,, Plano, TX

– The students at Dr. Sue Shook Elementary are “locos” about Mrs. Ramona Winner! Mrs. Winner’s interactive and hands-on presentation was both entertaining and educational. The students were fascinated with the Mexican Jumping Bean and eager to learn about its life cycle. We thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Winner’s visit and her tasty cricket treats were a big hit!  Thank you for sharing your love of reading and writing with our students. I know your visit inspired our young writers to become future authors.

Sandra M Aguirre,, El Paso, TX

– Ramona Winner provides engaging, innovative presentations that include science concepts, humor, and are fast paced and hands-on! Our students and teachers are still talking about how wonderful the assemblies were! Book this author and motivating presenter for your school today!

Patricia Peinado, E.L. Foster Elementary, Ventura, CA

–  I expected a good presentation, we got a GREAT presentation!  The cultural component was exceptional.

Lee Warner, Principal, Lincoln Elementary, Ventura, CA 805/641-5438.

–  Ramona Moreno Winner is truly a winner!  She is an author with more than one talent.  She not only is well written but is also well spoken in a manner that can engage children of many ages.  Ramona’s books are well written and provide an avenue for many teaching opportunities.  The bilingual text expands the usability of the books to Spanish/bilingual programs.  Her creative stories with details and factual text along with a slide show of the books’ origins provide a connection to many fiction and non-fiction opportunities.  We thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Winner’s visit.  A word of warning:  she may convince you to eat a cricket!!!  I did and lived to write about it!

Carol Stanford, Gladys F. Polk Elementary, Freeport, TX, Information Science Specialist  @ 979/730-7200

– Our students and parents really enjoyed Senora Winner at our Parent night. She read, discussed her stories and passed out jumping beans for everyone to hold. She also gave us delicious crunchy bugs to eat; the students thought that was Awesome!

Pam deFiebre, Teacher Librarian, Barnes Elementary School, Beaverton, OR 503/672-3500


What Aging Means to Children

May 29, 2013 at 4:32 am | Posted in Children's books, Elder care, Inpirational, School Assemblies, Tolerance and Acceptance | Leave a comment

Third Grade, 23 Students

I had the opportunity to visit with 23 third grade students and read from my book, The Wooden Bowl, El bol de madera.  Afterwards, I asked students to write their responses to seven questions on aging.  Time allowed for only a few recordings, but all comments are equally important!

What is it about a person that makes you say “that person is old?”

  •  They are clumsy and walk slow and they have rincles and denchers.
  •  How they look and how clumsy they are and there voise is soft.
  •  You think that there old because they can’t function as well as we can, there voice is a bit rough.
  •  Because of what they look like.
  •  He’s walking really slow.  He has a very strong vose.
  •  You think that there old because they are maybe different from you.
  •  He can’t relly wake.  His voys.
  •  They some times look sad, they have cane, they have gray hair.
  •  Elder, grandma, grandpa, hair cane, wheelchair.
  •  Kind of grumpy and not very fun.
  • They shake their hand.  They’re skin in crinkly.  They’re hair is gray, they have no teeth, they have fake teeth.
  • Gray hair, wrinkles, crackels, low voice, slow.
  •  The presn face and they walk slow.
  •  They are shaking a little, and they are bent over.
  •  Their hair is gray, they have wrinkles, they have a cane, their voice craks.
  •  When he or she doesn’t walk fast, or there voice is realy quiet.
  •  When they walk slowly, and have gray hair, they are old.
  •  When I see a person that is old I know they are old when they have white hair, wrinkled skin, and shakey hands.
  •  They have wrinkles on there face.
  •  They have wrinkels and grey hair and there voise is odd.
  •  They walk weird and have a strange vioce.
  •  When they walk slowly.
  •  Their skin is wrinkly.

 Why do people get old?

  •  People get old from age.
  •  His age and what he does or his hair.
  •  People get old because it’s just a natural life cycle.
  •  They have a cane and wrinkly hands.
  •  Because he is living so long
  •  People get old because they are to old of there age.
  •  It is just a life sikl
  •  Because they age, it’s a life cycyl
  •  Because they keep growing.
  •  For the circle of life.
  •  Because they eat to much sugar.  Their bones aren’t strong.
  •  Live a long time, live years.
  •  Cus the perzn number of ags.
  •  They get old by age.
  •  People get old because they grow, time passes, things change, life goes on.
  •  They lived a long life and the get realy tiard.
  •  ?
  •  Because
  •  Because it is the end of there lafe.
  •  So more people can be born and you can live forever.
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  •  They get old because they live lots of years.
  •  Because they grow up and it is the pattern of life.

 How old in years is old to you?

  •  People that re old to me are when they are 70
  •  About when you are 60
  •  To me maybe around 60 and older.
  •  80
  •  69 years old
  •  About 70
  •  70 years old.
  •  Old to me is 79 and older.
  •  70
  •  I don’t think you are old if you are active and fun.
  •  66
  •  80, 90, 100 is  long years.
  •  50 is a hi number
  •  90 years old
  •  In my perspective 70 is old
  •  Ninty nine is realy old for me.
  •  60 is old.
  •  70
  •  99
  •  I think 90 is old.
  •  150
  •  80
  •  65 is old to me.

 Why do people get grey hair?

  •  People take showers a lot and their hair starts to fade.
  •  People get old because how long they have lived.
  •  People get gray hair because they are just getting older and older.
  •  Because they get older every year and time has passed.
  •  Because they are old
  •  People get grey hair because they get old and there hair change color.
  •  They are in the sun a lote.
  •  Because the color fads.
  •  Because the color in their hair fades away.
  •  Because their hair ages and it turns gray.
  •  Because time passes
  •  Because they have bean living a long time.
  •  People have gray hair because the are let it grown.
  •  A lot of years have past.
  •  Their hair gets old, time passes.
  •  Blank
  •  After a while, their hair dies out, and loses its color.
  •  Blank
  •  Because they are old
  •  Because there hair has been there for so long it rots.
  •  Time has pass with new and then old.
  •  Because they get old
  •  Because their old hair gets old.

 Why do people get wrinkled skin?

  •  People ge rincled skin from moving a lot.
  •  They get wrinkled skin because they have lived long and the titnes goes away.
  •  People get wrinkled skin maybe because they have had operations or they are just getting older.
  •  People get wrinkled skin because as they get older their skin turns wrinkly.
  •  They are very old
  •  People get wrinkled skin because there skin gets weaker and weaker.
  •  They have been in the sun.
  •  The skin rinkls because the skin is old and sagy.
  •  Because they get older and when you get older they don’t wear make up and your body gets older.
  •  As you age, you lose moisture in your body and it wrinkles you.
  •  People get rinkley sink because they don’t eat too much.
  •  They are really old
  •  They get wec because they are old.
  •  They get older and their skin gets wrinkly
  •  Their skin gets thinner and then it tightens making wrinkles
  •  Because they don’t have mutch strankth in them enmore.
  •  ?
  •  Because they grow old and their bones stop growing and skin wrinkles.
  •  Because they’re body is old.
  •  Because they move so much when their little but now their old.
  •  Because its dry skin
  •  Because they lived a lot
  •  Because they get old

 How old do you expect to become one day?

  •  I think I will live to be 80
  •  Some where around 100 years
  •  I expect to be about in my 90’s
  •  70
  •  I want to be 16 years old
  •  Some day I want to be 100
  •  96 years old
  •  I exspect to be around 95
  •  100
  •  I want to live until I’m reddy to go.
  •  66
  •  I think I will be 99.9
  •  I will be 40 to 100
  •  95 years
  •  78 – 100
  •  26
  •  I will be 90 years old
  •  95
  •  96
  •  I think 100
  •  110
  •  60
  •  115

 How can you help an old person?

  •  I can hold their arm and walk with them, and help them cary things.
  •  Help them walk or clean up after them.
  •  I can help a old person by picking up something that they can’t pick up, running to grab the phone, and just plain behaving.
  •  I can help an old person by helping them carry their groceries.
  •  By feeding him helping him go across
  •  You help an old person by helping them walk.
  •  Help them get out of the car and help them opin the dore.
  •  Help them in the car and walk, and get around help clean up help get low things on the ground help them get out of bed open the door help them around the house.
  •  Help them cross the street, or help them walk around.
  •  You can cheer them up and have fun with them.
  •  By helping them brig stuff if their sick.  Help them reach stuff that’s really low.
  •  Help them walk
  •  You can help old people you can take care of old people sum time they ned help so you can help old people.
  •  Respect them and be nice to them.
  •  Be nice to them, protect them, have fun with them, give them exersize.
  •  Help cross the stree help eat.
  •  I can help them cross the street
  •  Give them cooked food so they don’t have to cook
  •  By helping them.
  •  I can walk them across the street.
  •  Feed him something that they like.
  •  By taking them to plases
  •  Give them food and take them places they want to go.

Thank you 3rd Graders!

We all learned something from this exercise.  I am grateful that when my bones quit growing and my skin falls around my feet and my hair rots, I will have someone to walk me across the street and feed me.  I know I can count on your generation to treat me with respect!

Freaky Foods From Around the World – Chicken Feet!

March 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Posted in Chicken Feet, Children's books, Cultural Diversity, Freaky Foods, Tolerance and Acceptance | Leave a comment

On today’s menu are chicken feet.  As listed in my book, Freaky Foods From Around the World – Platillos sorprendentes de todo el mundo, many cultures eat chicken feet.Freaky Cover Ä.indd

Here are some reported on Wikipedia:

  • In Trinidad, the chicken feet are cleaned, seasoned, boiled in seasoned water, and left to soak with cucumbers, onions, peppers and green seasoning until cool. It is eaten as a party dish called chicken foot souse.
  • In South Africa, chicken feet are mainly eaten in Townships in all nine provinces, where they are known as “walkie talkies” (together with the head,intestine,hearts and giblets) and “chicken dust”, respectively.[5] They are mostly prepared and eaten in the inner cities and townships. The feet are submerged in hot water, so the outer layer of the skin can be removed by peeling it off and then covered in seasonings and grilled. The name “chicken dust” derives from the dust chickens create when scratching the ground with their feet.
  • In Jamaican cuisine, chicken feet are mainly used to make soup, known as chicken foot soup. The soup contains yams, potatoes, green/yellow banana, dumplings and special spices in addition to the chicken feet, and is slow cooked for a minimum of two hours.
  • Chicken feet are a popular ingredient across Mexico, particularly in stews and soups. They are often steamed to become part of a main dish with rice, vegetables and most likely another part of the chicken, such as the breast or thighs. The feet can be seasoned with mole sauce. On occasion, they are breaded and fried.

Try out this yummy recipe:

Explore the origins of chickens

complements of Wikipedia

Red Junglefowl

Red Junglefowl

Grey Junglefowl

Grey Junglefowl

The Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) is a tropical  member of the Pheasant family. It is thought to be ancestral to the domestic chicken , with some hybridisation with the Grey Junglefowl whose origins are Tamil Nadu, South India.


Tamil Nadu, South India

The Red Junglefowl was first domesticated at least five thousand years ago in Asia, then taken around the world, and the domestic form is kept globally as a very productive food source of both meat and eggs.

The range of the wild form stretches from Tamil Nadu, South India (where it has almost certainly been diluted with cross breeding from domestic breeds) eastwards across southern China and into Malaysia, The Philippines (where it is locally known as labuyo) and Indonesia. Junglefowl are established on several of the Hawaiian Islands, but these are feral descendents of domestic chickens. They can also be found on Christmas Island and the Marianas.Asia

Author Comments

In making my book, I tried a chicken feet recipe from China.  I now see that I did not clip the toe nails off correctly.  I guess I just gave them a little trim!  Ha ha.

Please share with me your recipes on chicken feet or your experience eating this unusual dish.

Foster Grandparents Introduced to Different Cultures

October 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Posted in Cultural Diversity, Inpirational, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Santa Maria Foster Grandparents meet author, Ramona Moreno Winner, and get introduced to different cultures.

A little book with a big message – The Wooden Bowl – El bol de madera tugged at hearts  as Ramona introduced this Grimm’s Fairy Tale that has cropped up in many different cultures.  The Wooden Bowl is about a family who learns to care for a frail grandfather (and ultimately each other) with love and respect.

Things got hopping as Ramona introduced – Lucas and His Loco Beans a tale of the Mexican jumping Beans.  A grandfather takes his grandson up into the mountains and teaches him all about the jumping beans he played with as a child. 

All these books make Foster Grandparents hungry for Freaky Foods From Around the World.  A world-traveling grandmother decides to whip up unusual dishes for her grandson’s class.  On the menu are foods such as beef tongue, frog legs, rat, and among other things, crickets.  Fearless leaders began the sampling until others in the audience got into the action!  Yum!!!

These are fun, educational, bilingual books all grandchildren will enjoy.

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Author visits the Tri-Counties Regional Center’s Foster Grandparents

October 22, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Posted in Children's books, Cultural Diversity, Elder care, Inpirational | Leave a comment
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Ramona Moreno Winner, Author of The Wooden Bowl – El bol de madera, presented her books to an audience of 48 Foster Grandparents in Oxnard, CA on Friday, October  19, 2012.  The book carries a message promoting respect and caring for our elderly.

Ramona’s two other titles, introducing foods from different cultures and the Mexican jumping beans were also introduced as they both build on learning from a grandparent.

Foster Grandparent Program is one of Senior Corps’ (a corporation for national and community service)   programs that connects today’s 55+ with the people and organization that need them most.  The Foster Grandparents in the audience work with children in local schools assisting the most vulnerable students – many with development disabilities in Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Port Hueneme, Simi Valley and Oxnard.

Ramona has been writing and publishing children’s bilingual books since 1996.  Her books have multicultural themes so children can learn about different cultures.  You can visit Ramona’s website at:

With the Wooden Bowl, Ramona wishes to make social change, One Reader at a Time.

Dos Pueblos HS Students get introducted to Global Cultural Trivia

October 12, 2012 at 1:21 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Wes Ratelle’s History Classes at DPHS get a little culture with their history.

Information provided:

  • Origins of the toothbrush- Introduction of Arak tree, Miswak sticks, and countries where still in use.  Antiseptic properties of the Miswak sticks.  The use of boar bristles in early toothbrushes.  The popularity of toothbrushes in our culture after WWII.
  • Birthday traditions.
  • Origins of the hamburger, hotdog/sausage and taco.  The effects of salt on meat, the use of lye on corn to release vitamin B’s.  Early history of Tarter armies and invasion of China and Russia.  Early trade with Germany through which Americans learned about hamburger and hotdogs.  Early corn history in Meso America and how trade affected Europe and Africa.
  • Origins of the tomato and how they were believed to be poisonous by Europeans due to the use of pewter tableware.  Origins of the potato and how the Inca’s ability to freeze dry and store potatoes saved them during potato blights (unlike the devastation of Ireland during the potato famine).  Distribution of both by Spanish conquistadores.
  • Marketplaces and the unusual foods encountered to include rat, tarantula and crickets.

My Global Cultural Trivia book will be released September 2013!

Please let me know what you liked about the presentation. 

Author Sells and Signs Books at Tucson Airport

September 6, 2012 at 12:36 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lucas and His Loco Beans– popular book with travelers

Author Showing Corner, Flip-Illustration of Moth Leaving Seed

Bowl of Jumping Beans Attracts Lots of Attention

  • What are Mexican Jumping Beans?

  • What Makes Them Move?

Author, Ramona Moreno Winner, spent several hours at the Tucson International Airport explaining the magic of the jumping beans to interested travelers!

When traveling, stop by a Paradies Shops Store in your airport and pick up a copy of Lucas and His Loco Beans and several boxes of lively Mexican jumping beans.  Your children will be not only be educated on the life cycle of the jumping bean moth, but entertained for hours!

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September 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Review of Periquito

The Story of Little Parakeet

by Georgette Baker

Little Parakeet goes into the jungle to find his father.  His father is picking mangoes somewhere in the valley.  As Little Parakeet meets other animals, he calls out “Pop.”  He is greeted with laughter and sung:  Little Parakeet, little parakeet, you look just like your Pop, from your feet to your middle from your middle to your top.

Children will love the beautifully illustrated pages and enjoy several opportunities to sing along with the reader as Little Parakeet searches for his Pop.

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Author Visits Phoenix Airport

September 2, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Posted in Book Reviews, Children's books, Science | Leave a comment
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Author, Ramona Moreno Winner, autographs copies of Lucas and His Loco Beans at the Phoenix International Airport, Phoenix, AZ.

Amongst her customers were three elementary teachers, two aspiring authors, a former Head Start administrator, and several children with parents in tow.

Young Cole does a wonderful imitation of a jumping bean.

Victoria poses with Mrs. Winner after having her book signed.

Never too young for jumping beans!

Lucas and His Loco Beans is a good pick-me-up book for back-to-school students.  Meets core curriculum requirements for elementary school Science.  If you are between flights, visit a Paradies Shops Store for an autographed copy and jumping beans.

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