Monday, December 26, 2022

What Shellz Homestyle Kitchen prepares on Christmas Day

Shellz Homestyle Kitchen shares the scrumptious food that she and her family have on Christmas Day.

Have a Joyous, Healthy, and Safe Christmas.

Monday, December 19, 2022

It is That Time Again - Thank You for Your Continued Support

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Where does the time go? 2022 went by quickly.

We would like to thank you again for visiting our site and sending us your feedback. We also want to thank our contributors who have submitted some great articles.

Whichever holiday you observe, have a joyous, safe, and healthy celebration.

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Even though strict guidelines are being lifted regarding COVID-19 and other variants, please continue to wear a face covering when you are in close quarters, practice social distancing, and wash your hands. When you protect yourself, you are also protecting others.

Our staff is taking a well-deserved break and will return on January 9, 2023, with more amazing posts. If you want to write for our blog, please read our Submission Guidelines. 


Peace and Love,

One World Singles Blog Staff 

Monday, December 12, 2022

Safety tips for Women Who are Traveling Alone

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I traveled alone for the first time to the island of Jamaica. That was back in the late sixties. I was in my early twenties. People always say that God protects children and fools. I am not a religious person, but I never considered myself a fool. But there were things that never dawn on me when traveling to an island I knew nothing about. I was lucky. I met wonderful people and faced no dangers while learning about the people and their culture. Of course, there were no internet or social media back then. To learn about a country, you could rely on friends, relatives, travel magazines, or travel agents.


Traveling solo is on the rise, with more and more women opting to go it alone. There is just something about taking a bold step out of your comfort zone, setting you on the path to learn and experience a different place and culture. Traveling can make you feel more contented by relieving stress and anxiety while exposing you to new things or unique ways of thinking.


Following are some tips that I never thought about, as a woman, when traveling to Jamaica. These recommendations will help make your traveling alone more enjoyable and memorable:


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Plan and research - Before you get on a plane or ship, always do your due diligence and do research on the place you are going to visit. Read reviews on the place and basically, Google the place to have a fair picture of the people, their culture, and local cuisine. That will lead you to make the plans and travel arrangements. In addition, a lot of fear and insecurity about traveling alone comes from not knowing what you are doing and where you are going.


Plan your day - Where are you staying, and how will you move around? If you are visiting a foreign country, plan to arrive during the day and not late at night.


Be subtle - It is important to remain as inconspicuous as possible. Stay under the radar. You do not want to draw unnecessary attention to yourself or make yourself an easy target.


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Read - Study the laws and regulations of the country you plan to visit so you do not find yourself in trouble or doing what is foreign to locals. If the country is conservative, respect the laws and cover-up. The main point of this is to blend in with the locals.


Be vigilant - Successful solo travel as women hinges on common sense and trusting your gut or intuition. Stay vigilant, especially when you are out partying. Leave expensive jewelry at home and do not flash your cash in the streets. It is also important not to trust strangers so easily.


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Do not compromise your safety - By trying to save a quick buck, you may put your safety at risk. An example of this is electing to walk a small distance at night instead of paying for a cab. It is also important to be in a sober state; always be aware of your surroundings. Try to limit your alcohol intake.


Purchase travel insurance - When traveling, anything can happen, so try to be prepared.


Keep friends and family informed - It is always a good idea to keep your friends and family updated on your whereabouts. Send them your travel itinerary, where you will stay, and important numbers on how they can contact you or trace your whereabouts. Have the contact information of your embassy in case things do not go according to plan. If you are staying at a hotel, keep your passport, credit cards, travelers’ checks, cash, and other valuables in an in-room safe.


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Take copies of prescribed medications - If you are on medications prescribed by your doctor, get a note from your physician showing the names and dosages you have to take. Medications that are legal in the USA may be illegal in other countries. Check to see what drugs are illegal in the country you plan to visit and discuss this with your primary care physician or seek advice from a lawyer who specializes in international law.


USA laws - USA laws do not follow you once you leave the United States. Whatever trouble you get into, you are on your own.


COVID-19 - Even though strict guidelines for COVID-19 have been lifted, some countries still have firm rules before entering their country. Check with the country you plan to visit for their policies. 


Monday, December 05, 2022

Scammers Never Take a Break during the Holidays

Regrettably, the holiday season is not just a time of giving. It is an opportunity for identity thieves, computer hackers, and fraudsters to take what they can from unsuspecting victims.

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Many of the swindles are cyber-driven, says Bill Kowalski, a former FBI agent, and director of operations for corporate investigative services at Rehmann. “But thieves also use less-sophisticated tactics to steal money or personal information from consumers while they're shopping in stores or looking to give to those in need,” he says.

Following are several frauds that will be popular this holiday season and tips on how to avoid them:

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Bogus Shipment Notifications

Be aware of e-mails notifying you about package shipments. Kowalski says that scammers send out bogus notifications that prompt people to click on links to track packages and those links contain computer viruses. If you are not expecting any shipments, it is easy to recognize these e-mails as fakes. However, if you have made purchases online, Kowalski recommends going directly to shipping companies' sites to track your packages rather than clicking on links - even those that appear to be legitimate.

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Used Gift Cards

Many retailers display gift cards at the checkout -- and thieves take advantage of this, says Rip Mason, the CEO of LegalShield, a legal services and an identity-theft-protection-provider. They take cards, copy the numbers on them, then put the cards back on the rack. The thieves can assess when the cards are purchased and activated and will drain the cards of all their funds -- leaving the consumer with a card that cannot be used. Therefore, Mason says that if you buy a gift card, ask the salesperson to give you one from behind the counter.

Malware e-cards

Scammers are taking advantage of the fact that more people are sending holiday greetings by e-mail and are sending e-cards with malicious software embedded in them, Mason says. If you receive an e-mail from someone you do not know, do not let curiosity get the best of you. Just delete the e-mail.

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Special Offers

If you receive an e-mail or text message claiming that you have won a prize or gift card, resist the temptation to respond. The sender likely is a scammer trying to get your personal information or money. Kowalski also says scammers will send texts or e-mails prompting recipients to click on links to access information about a retailer's sale or special offers. Go directly to the retailer's Web site or Facebook page to see if it is having a sale.

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Phony Web Sites

If you do a Google search for a popular toy your kid wants for Christmas, there is a good chance that some of the results will link to fake sites or images that have viruses or malware. That is because scammers build sites based on popular search terms. When doing your holiday shopping online, stick with sites you know. Scammers also create sites with Web addresses similar to those of legitimate retailers, Kowalski says. The Better Business Bureau reports that several Web sites have cropped up that include the word “overstock” in the domain name, hoping to fool consumers into thinking they are shopping with, a legitimate online retailer. Always type the Web address of a site you wish to visit directly into the browser rather than clicking on links in e-mails or social media sites. Make sure you have the most updated version of the browser you use, which can flag suspicious sites, and updated virus software on your computer. Look for "contact us" information on sites you visit and make sure "https" appears at the beginning of the URL on the payment page.

Malicious Apps

Be wary of the apps you download on your phone or Facebook page -- especially free ones that you're prompted by anonymous text messages or Facebook posts to download. Be wary of any app that asks for access to your e-mail account or for any personal information because it likely will be malicious. Even legitimate apps might ask permission to access your personal information, from your birthday to your current location to your list of friends. So before you click install, read the list of permissions being requested by an app to make sure it is not asking for information you do not want to provide.

Fraudulent Charities

Scammers hope to take advantage of people's desire to give to those in need during the holidays by sending e-mails or texts asking for contributions. Kowalski says that some are even using copied logos from legitimate charities in e-mails or on fraudulent Web sites. Often you can hover over links in such e-mails and see Web addresses that point to fraudulent sites instead of a legitimate charity's site. Rather than respond to those pleas, visit for reviews of charitable organizations to find a cause that will benefit from your generosity. Do not make large donations in cash and always ask for a receipt.


Cyber thieves are not the only ones taking advantage of consumers. Kowalski says you can easily become a victim if you provide personal information to a sales clerk and someone is listening to your responses. Avoid giving out your e-mail address, phone number, or other similar information that is not necessary to complete a transaction.

Bait and Switch

It may be tempting to get a hot product at a super low price. However, if someone approaches you in a public place offering to sell you, say, an iPad for cheap, you will likely end up with an inferior product, Mason says. Scammers also use e-mail or online auctions to promote products at low prices and often ask to wire payments. The Better Business Bureau warns against sending cash to strangers. In these situations, the consumer sends money but never receives the merchandise. Only purchase from trusted retailers to ensure you are getting what you pay for, Mason says.