December is Coming

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. Proverbs 19:17 (KJV)

December is coming, and with it the season in which most charities receive the majority of donations for the year. If you are thinking of donating to a charity, you can verify their legal tax exempt status from the government web site You can verify how much money they received each year and how they spent it by downloading their form 990’s from You may also find more information on them posted on the charity site

We also publish this information (and more) here in our 501(c)(3) Info, at top center of your computer screen, and we have just posted summary financials for FY2010 as of last week (in the menu at top, click Money).

If you are thinking of donating to a worthy cause this year, please consider the many, many unemployed workers in this area and consider a generous donation to Adult Life Training, Inc. to help us help these citizens learn computer job skills so that they can get employed again.

Heart Disease in African American Women

Our focus is providing computer job skills training so people can get a job, but occasionally we feel that other good information should be passed on to those who see our comments for their safety or to improve their quality of life.

This web site ( provides an abundance of information important to one demographic we serve, mature women of African descent.

More than 41million women have a form of cardiovascular disease (stroke, heart disease, or congestive heart failure) in the United States. More than 450,000 of these women die each year from this condition. Coronary heart disease is the number one cause of death of women 65 years and older.

African American women are predisposed to heart disease because they have the most risk factors … Women can reduce their risk for heart disease just by knowing the risk factors and taking steps to reduce their individual risk.

If you are a woman of African descent, or know one that you care about, we encourage your review of this information.

Decorating for Winter

We decorated for winter today. Photos attached. Lots of hand-crafted snowflakes and pilgrim hats. Barbara got the white table covers, Leroy and Ernest hung the white streamers, Donna, Barbara, and Melvina crafted the snowflakes and attached them to white yarn while Leroy hung them up. In all, a fun diversion from our usual training and a good choice as half the class was absent from sickness or other circumstances.

WordPress anti-spamming defenses

I was asked if WordPress recorded IP addresses in connection with the anti-spamming. Yes. There are a large number of “plugins” available to expand WordPresses capabilities, including screening new registrations and catching spamming. Here is a screen cut from one of my sites showing one of the reports.

Anti-Spamming report for new registrations.

Anti-Spamming report for new registrations.

You can click the thumbnail for a bigger look. There are many such reports. WordPress is a very robust platform to build your blog site.

I ran a test on the site to see if there were any privacy issues, and it came back that there are none. You can see that report also on the Privacy policy page (top menu). My policy is to not track honest people while preventing the criminals from making the site unusable with their disgusting spam or disclosing subscriber email addresses to them. Sometimes spammers will visit sites just to get a list of active email addresses, which they then abuse. The Chinese and Russians see nothing wrong with abusing freedom of information and openness that way — it suits their purpose.