Sunday, June 29, 2008

When Your Cat Looks Steadily at You

Talking Cats

There are five basic ear signals. If they point forward and slightly outward, then all is well. If the ears are erect and facing forward, they're wide awake and my explore the source of something it hears. If the ears are twitching nervously back and forth, they're agitated or anxious.

A tail waving quietly from side to side is a sign of contentment or concentrating intently on something. If growling accompanies this, back off! If tail-wagging is somewhere between heavy-duty and half-hearted, this may indicate that your cat is not sure of things. If the tail is leaning forward over the head and looking fluffed up, it means your cat's feeling like "top dog."

When your cat looks steadily at you, giving you several long, slow blinks, it's your cat's version of a kiss! Blink back at kitty the same way!If you get on the same level and speak to your cat while sitting on the floor, your cat will feel more at ease right away [Read more]

Master Class: How To Use Body Language To Attract Women

First off, make sure you maintain eye contact with the woman you are trying to talk to. By having eye contact with her you let her know you are very interested in what she is saying, not only that she will think you are listening, which you should be. Women often say a man has nice eyes, so give her the chance to really see you looking at her and showering her with attention, she might end up saying you have nice eyes, which shows she is interested and attracted.

If she is talking to you, and you are having a conversation, move a little closer but not too close. You still want her to give her personal space, but if you can invade that just a tiny bit, you will give her a sense of what it might be like to be close to you, make sure you have a good perfume on. By doing this you will also be able to exchange scents. Women are very attracted to scents, and every little bit can help.

Flash a nice smile. This can be the first thing you can do from a distance. You don't want to overdo it but a nice friendly smile will make a huge difference. Keep smiling when you approach her and when you start talking to her. Try to keep smiling the whole time, even while talking you can smile with your eyes [Read more]

Live Forever: An Interesting Theory on Aging

Cells use calories from food and oxygen to generate the energy that keeps the body running. It is through this process, that free radicals are produced - molecules that are highly reactive and will attack the replication structures inside the cells. It is estimated that the DNA in each cell will be attacked 100,000 times in a 24-hour period. Fortunately, there are repair systems, but they are not foolproof.

Every time a cell divides, some mistakes are made in the DNA-copying process and these errors accumulate over time. Sooner or later, a cell line will have accumulated so many errors in its DNA, that it may transform into a tumor cell. Many researchers believe that oxidative stress, which leads to a gradual destruction of intracellular structures by free radicals, is one of the major causes of aging. An example of oxidation, is a cut apple which turns brown after a period of exposure to air, or an old yellowed newspaper. Taking antioxidants through dietary sources and as supplements may help in this regard.

The Solution? Dietary Recommendations include [Read more]

What to Do When You're Being Spied on With a Hidden Spy Camera

When you feel someone is secretly spying on you using a hidden spy camera, remain calm. Just go with the flow and act naturally. The people who are monitoring you will quickly split when they realize that you are on to them.

If you suspect that a hidden spy camera is placed in your room, sit still and listen for sounds that spy cameras make as they operate. Contrary to what most people say, even the most advanced spy cameras do not work silently. Listen for these sounds at the dead of the night when everyone is asleep. It will be like listening to the ticks of your clock, except that you would be listening for sounds as the hidden spy camera pans and tilts [Read more]

Friday, June 27, 2008

By Their Fruits Shall You Know Them

Earth Battlefield: Aliens vs Demons

We have blurry pictures. We have marks on the ground. We have fantastic eyewitness accounts of strange assaults on human beings in isolated places.

What we don't have is much in the way of technological evidence, if we're dealing with space travellers. Nothing like the crashed remains of a Cessna. UFOlogists say the Government is keeping these hidden. Given the constant spying scandals that bedevil Western governments, it seems unlikely they could keep a lid on such a sensation for very long.

An interesting alternative explanation is that UFOs are the modern equivalent of fairies, demons, and ghouls. They attack and sport with mortals who stray into their domain. Thus, they leave little in the way of physical evidence; marks on the witnesses bodies and a few scorch marks on the ground!

The overall effect of the UFO phenomenon is discord, upset, dissimulation and dissatisfaction. Nothing good or useful has come of it [Read more]

Digging Your Grave: Four Dinner Mistakes

You’re finally home from work and the urge to get right into dinner and move on to the rest of the things you have to do, so speeding through dinner becomes a bad habit, and you need to break it.

When you eat dinner in front of the TV, you can easily get caught up in mindless eating. Instead of stopping when you have satisfied your hunger, you are more likely to continue putting fork to mouth until a commercial break or the end of a show, because you are not really paying attention to what you are eating, you are paying attention to the screen.

It may seem time consuming to portion out your meal sizes to the ounce, but if you can at least follow some loose guidelines for food portioning, you will sidestep this mishap. Spooning food on to your plate without a real measurement can add up to very large quantities of food [Read more]

Aging Process - Environmental Factors That Damage Your Skin

The sun can be warm, fun and make someone feel happy. Your skin even likes to feel its warmth. In fact, a moderate amount of daily sun exposure is very healthy. However, you must be extremely careful to limit that exposure because the sun is also the number one reason why people age faster than they should.

The sun's rays come down in three ultraviolet rays: UVC, UVB and UVA. The UVC is so far contained in the Earth's atmosphere that it doesn't reach the skin.The other two, however, are a different story. These UV rays dry out and burn the skin, causing the cells to wrinkle. They also break down the collagen in your skin and allows free radical cells to form which cause wrinkles and can even lead to various forms of cancer [Read more]

Listening – The Art of Business Negotiations

A good negotiator will first listen to the other party, and hear their viewpoint. If you are looking for certain price for a job, for example, don't make your demands immediately, but wait until the customer gives an indication of what they expect to pay.

Another quality of a good negotiator is to be able to listen: and not only to listen, but let the other person know that they are listening. Any course of communication will stress the importance of response; even a simple nod of the head is better than no response at all when somebody is trying to communicate with you.

It is important to understand that negotiation is not argument. Instead it is to understand the viewpoint of the other party, before you strike a favorable bargain. If you fail to see things their way, then you will have difficulty in negotiating an outcome acceptable to both of you. Negotiation is not the same as arbitration, where the arbitrator takes a neutral viewpoint [Read more]

Thursday, June 26, 2008

It Ain’t So Sweet

Sweet Killer: Sugar… It Ain’t So Sweet!

Sugar, especially in its refined state, has many detrimental effects on the body. First and foremost, it is highly acid-forming. This means that sugar consumption throws off your pH balance so that your blood and other important become more acidic. The more acidic your body becomes, the greater the likelihood for disease to flourish. It’s no wonder that research has linked sugar consumption to cancer, hormonal disruptions, arthritis, osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, cataracts, and many other degenerative diseases.

Refined sugar is one of the worst poisons you can put into your body. It is known to compromise the immune system response for between 4-6 hours, lowering the body’s natural defenses and making less capable of fighting harmful pathogens.

The manner in which sugar is processed exacerbates the problem. More than 60 chemicals are used in the processing of natural sugarcane’s thick beige stalks into the fine, white granular table sugar that we’re all to familiar with. Many of these chemicals, including bleaches and deodorizes, are still present in the product [Read more]

Recreational Singing May Make You Live Longer

Professor Graham Welch, who is the Chairman of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London has studied developmental and medical aspects of singing for more than three decades said not so long ago that health benefits of good singing are both physical and psychological.

Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and it exercises major muscle groups in the upper body. Singing has psychological benefits because of its normally positive effect in reducing stress through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well being.

Psychological and emotional benefits are also pretty evident when people sing together as a group because of the increased sense of community bonding, belonging and shared recreation pursuit.According to a research conducted by leading singer cum singing teacher, Helen Astrid from The Helen Astrid Singing Academy in London, regular vocal cord exercises are also thought to prolong life [Read more]

6 Proven Ways to Teach Your Child About Money Matters

Cater to the child’s age group when teaching about money. Consider a child’s age when discussing money matters with him or her. Toddlers and preschoolers can learn about money by doing tasks such as sorting coins. They can also be taught about how money can be used to get “things.”

Teach how to save for a rainy day. After a child starts earning money, open a bank account for any income that he or she earns. When the child becomes four-to-five-years old, help them to open their own account in Amish Homes County Ohio or whatever county you live in. After the child saves a sufficient amount, it’s best to invest the money in ways that will earn more interest, such as cash deposits, stocks, or IRAs for children.

Teach children about credit and debt. Today, more and more people in society are falling into serious debt. So it’s important that children realize that indeed, money doesn’t grow on trees. It’s limited, and they should learn how credit cards really work. Games such as Monopoly Jr. teach your kids about purchasing power [Read more]

Toning Your Muscles Electrically

Electronic muscle stimulators are not a new technology. Professional athletes looking for a competitive edge and body builders looking for that extra sharpness to their physique have been using them for years. However, an EMS device can be of practical use to everyday people who want to keep up a fit form simply from the comfort of their living room or home gym. In particular, people who are physically disabled, in physiotherapy or who just need results to appear quickly can benefit greatly from what an EMS has to offer.

Electronic muscle stimulators are not a cheat or a new fangled quick-fix. They were developed over forty years ago in England for enhanced athletic performance as well as for everyday functions in beauty salons, health spas, hospitals, and physiotherapy clinics. Their use has been permitted by the International Olympic Committee for athletes since the early seventies. Through an array of soft rubber pads, gentle electronic impulses stimulate muscle groups into relaxing and contracting. Most electronic muscle stimulators come with a chart or a guide to the optimal placement of the pads to work out specific muscle groups [Read more]

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Place Under The Sun

Men’s World: A Woman’s Place is in the Home

Mum would be up at 6.30 ready to see my dad off to work and then look after four growing boys. By the time evening came around after shopping, cooking, cleaning, ironing and tending our needs my mum and dad were both exhausted. In those days dad was the breadwinner and he had to work 12 hour days 7 days a week just to make ends meet, and mum was a fulltime do everything hurricane.

However the world is a rapidly changing place, everything is at lightning speed and if you don’t keep up you get left behind. This affects us all men and women alike. However I see a huge hole in the workplace that can easily be, and should be filled by more women. What is this hole and why are women possibly better suited to this opportunity than their male counterparts.

It’s the internet and internet marketing. The opportunities are huge, and women from all walks of life can do this and become extremely successful. Some are so successful that they are giving their husbands early retirement and recruiting them into their home businesses. I know of some very young work at home mums who are earning ten times their husband’s salaries. Some in excess of $30,000.00. Per month [Read more]

Forever Young: Truth About Most Anti Aging Skin Care Products

Ingredients to AvoidPurified water is often the primary ingredient in anti aging skin care products and cosmetics of all types. It’s fine, but it doesn’t “do” anything for you. Alcohols of various types are usually listed. Ethanol, ethyl, methanol, benzyl and isopropyl are all forms of alcohol and they are all drying.

The collagen fiber that many companies list as an ingredient in their anti aging skin care product line is derived from cow skin and is ineffective. We all have collagen and elastin in our skin. As we age, we lose collagen due to the sun, the wind and other environmental factors. Cow collagen can not replace what we have lost. It works in injections in sort of the same way that you would blow up a balloon. It does not work in creams.

Parabens are preservatives that a company may still use in anti aging skin care product, even though they have been banned in several countries, because they are believed to drive cancer tumor growth [Read more]

Guru Tips: The Safe Travel Guide

If you ever get that distinct feeling that something is wrong, which often happens on vacation, that is your instinct giving you a warning that you should take notice of. If you are heading out on the town to discover new bars or taking photos at the local fish market, do you really need to carry your passport, traveler's checks, extra cash, credit cards and plane tickets? Just take what you need for the time you will be away and place anything that is valuable in the hotel safe. One easy thing to do to protect your money is not carry all of it around at once or leave it in just one location where a thief can steal everything you have quite easily.

A follow on to this tip is to carry two separate credit cards instead of two from a joint account as this adds an extra security measure should one be stolen; this travel safely tip means this way you are not without a credit card. For some time now, thieves have been perfecting the art of snatching handbags and cameras on straps over the shoulder; but by placing the strap over the head and laying it across the chest, this is much harder to do without cutting the strap. Some of the easiest crimes involve snatch thieves that may actually work in teams; they locate unsuspecting victims who have a bag on their shoulder for instance that can be easily grabbed by a passing cycle or scooter. There are many ways to scam tourists and you are vulnerable when you are on vacation so it is an easy task as these people are very good at what they do [Read more]

Use Your Mind to Get a Desirable Bodyshape

You see, most of us have our own mindsets developed from life experiences and although some of these mindsets served us well at some point in time, many of them are now obsolete and might even be damaging to you. If you think that I am being audaciously ridiculous by suggesting that, then let me ask you a few questions.

a) Do you believe that no matter how hard you try to lose weight, you just can't keep the weight off?

b) Do you believe that your body shape is determined by your genetic makeup and thus you can't do anything to change it?

c) Do you believe that you just do not have the discipline and commitment to get the body shape you want?

d) Do you believe that you are the skinny type and will never be able to gain weight?

If you say YES to any of these questions, then you know what? [Read more]

Monday, June 23, 2008

Modern Diets: Calorie Shifting

What is Calorie Shifting and Can it Benefit You?

Jenny Craig: Tends not to work in the long run, they don't teach the fundamental habits to keep the weight off after the diet program is over. Also, when you start the diet, you are required to purchase pre-packaged meals which can get very pricey.

The Atkins Diet: Promotes heart disease, stroke, and cancer? I don't know about you but I can live without those.

The South Beach Diet: The meal preparation is very complex and it takes a lot of time to prepare. Not for busy people, they don't want to be spending time preparing meal after meal after meal.

The diet Fatloss4idiots claims that it could make you lose 9lbs in 11day using the calorie shifting theory. Is this even possible? Well everybody is different some have lost 8 pounds in 11 days while others lose up to 12 pounds in 11 days. Regardless, those are still some INCREDIBLE results that I haven't seen with any other weight loss program [Read more]

How to Understand Wine Rating Systems

There are several wine rating systems in use that are quite popular. Below is a brief explanation of two popular systems: The Wine Advocate Rating System and The Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine. As you can see by the names of these rating systems that some systems rate only specific types of wine.

The Wine Advocate Rating System is written by Robert Parker and runs from 50 to 100. The ratings are based upon the color, appearance, aroma, bouquet, flavor and overall quality of the wine. Anything over 80 is considered very good and anything over 90 is considered excellent. You know better the cost of a bottle of wine and the wine's ratings [Read more]

Finding Balance Between Making Money And Being Happy

Train yourself to shed off problems at work the moment you leave your office. Use the time you spend traveling home to get rid of residual stress. By the time you enter your home, you should have all your work problems shelved inside a drawer that you can only pull open when you go back to the office.

Do the same thing about problems at home. Problems are better solved when you ponder them on appropriate settings. You should let your family and friends know that you find it easier to function if they’d wait for you to come home before telling you about your worries. Of course, emergencies are an exception.

Time is the most precious commodity of all because it’s something you simply can’t buy. When yesterday gives way to tomorrow, you can never get it back. You must therefore make full use of every moment of your time [Read more]

Power Camping Games to Play With Your Kids

Our hectic schedules are full of business meetings, junior league basketball games, and cleaning—spring or otherwise. A family camping trip can be the perfect getaway to help your family relax and bond. It can include traditional camping activities, such as hiking, bicycling, swimming, kayaking and fishing. But remember that your kids naturally have a “Are we there yet?” attention span, which has become shorter in today’s Information Age. Wherever you camp, including Berlin Ohio, you’ll want to keep your children engaged in activities that will make their camping a memorable experience.

You can center your camping trip around a place that becomes the main activity. This can include a national park, an amusement park, etc. When you return to your family camping tent at the campground, you can use other minor activities that will keep your little ones busy whenever they’re not sleeping [Read more]

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Dad's Home Master Tips

DIY: Dad’s Irate Yelp?

Dads being dads, they like to at least give the impression that no job is too large for them to attempt themselves. Most working class families from the past 50 years will know the horrors of dad’s attempts to wallpaper a room when his wallpapering skills just about stretched to erecting the special table without losing a finger. The arrival of the cavalry in the shape of mum usually saved the day, even if upside-down bamboo prints were something that we had to learn to love.

And we’ve all heard the shocking stories of DIYers drilling straight into power cables and water pipes – often at the same time. And yet they continue, safe in the knowledge that the money they save can be put to better use, like upgrading the home insurance and buying a caravan. Kids growing up today might think that the huge DIY superstores have always been around, but they’re just another symbol of the rise of doing it yourself over the past few decades [Read more]

Buying a Diamond Engagement Ring? Get What You Pay For

Color can be manipulated in several ways. The diamond is shown under a colored light that offsets any yellowness in the stone or is shown against a black cloth backdrop instead of white. The setting of the stone can influence the perception of the color. A white gold or platinum setting contrasts with a yellowish diamond making the yellow cast more obvious, while a yellow gold setting doesn't make the yellow color as obvious. None of these methods are dishonest as long as the seller states the actual color grade.

However some dishonest sellers misstate the color grade intentionally or enhance it. Yellowish diamonds can be made to look whiter by touching the side of the diamond with indelible purple ink which neutralizes yellow. The diamond can also be painted to neutralize the yellow. The "paint" isn't at all obvious, can't be washed off and may take months of cleaning before it wears off.

Diamonds that are two carats don't look twice as big as a one carat stone. The increase in perceived size is only about 50%. A word of warning: Be leery when someone says a diamond spreads 1.5 carats. That doesn't mean it weighs 1.5 carats, just that it looks the same size as a 1.5 carat diamond when viewed from above. That can be achieved by cutting the diamond broader but shallower [Read more]

How to Love the Spouse You Hate

The process begins with you identifying why it would be beneficial to love the spouse you hate. You need to have a good reason why you would benefit from transforming your hate to love. The transformation process continues by asking you to write nice things about yourself. Why? Because if you don’t love yourself, it’s difficult for you to love others.

The divorce rate is sky high in many countries around the world. If only spouses who are considering divorce would go through the process I call “Loving the You Hate.” The process can work with anyone or anything – your job, your boss, even your mother-in-law, by transforming your hate to LOVE. It’s ridiculously simple and contains just 10 questions or steps. Now, let’s look at the process from the perspective of “how to love the spouse you hate.” [Read more]

The Truth and Myth About Morning Coffee

Drinking coffee whether in the morning or in any part of the day can be beneficial and also disadvantageous. There are myths about drinking coffee in the morning. It is said that it can making anyone who drinks coffee in the morning stay alert. There are also recent studies about drinking coffee like the statement that it can release anti-oxidants in the body and other more curative properties.

The so-called “eccentric exercise” is met when the skeletal muscles create a force once it is lengthened. An example of this is when the cup of coffee is lowered from the person’s mouth unto the table. Thus, the biceps brachia muscle acts eccentrically. This study can actually improve the life of persons who are experiencing skeletal muscle pain after they are engaged in an unaccustomed, eccentrically biased form of exercise [Read more]

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Colors That Can Reflect Your Mood

Life Rainbow: Seven Colours That Can Reflect Your Mood

Red is a stimulating and energizing colour. It also enhances self-assurance; what woman in a fiery red dress doesn't exude confidence. Red will produce an illusion of fantasy. It can promote opposition in others ( you have been warned) If you want to be attention-getting, feel powerful and dominate - wear red. The colour also symbolizes love. It is a hot and passionate color. Red is said to increase the appetite, so you may want to keep it out of the dining room unless you're having a dinner party. In the bedroom, red light helps sexual activity, and could lead to active nights.

Orange. This is also the colour of love. It is perhaps a little less serious and a little more fun. Wear it to lift your love life. Orange is a very high energy colour imparting boldness and distinction. Is about being different. Like red and yellow, orange is stimulating. It is an antidepressant and also stimulates the mind. Anyone with a desire to sharpen and add focus and purpose to their life can do with a little orange [Read more]

How Do You Know Your Child Isn't Dating Someone Who is Violent?

According to the Advocates for Youth website, “More than 20 percent of all adolescents report having experienced either psychological or physical violence from an intimate partner ...” Some young people, in violent relationships, have been diagnosed with a mental illness before they became involved with their new partner and in the past have had suicidal thoughts or eating disorders. Others are recovering addicts of drug or alcohol abuse and victims of sexual abuse. Some children involved in these types of relationships have unresolved feelings about their parent's separation or divorce while others are still grieving over someone’s death.

If your child seems to be involved with drinking, smoking, and/or fighting more than usual, chances are they are hiding from their problems. He or she may also begin or start back to thinking about committing suicide or stop taking prescribed medications. This all can be contributed to this new girlfriend or boyfriend’s negative influence over them [Read more]

How to Burn More Calories in Your Workout in 5 Steps

Step one. Please get out of the fancy machine and hit the free weights and cables. There are many things that these machines cannot offer. Although they are highly engineered and are of latest technologies, they still do not train your muscle on balanchaving and coordination. The movement path is fixed and all you have to do is push. But with free weights, you need to balance the weights, focus on coordination, and focus on the power and speed of individual arm and also the movement path. This will burn more calories. Not only that, the muscle is worked more intensely. This will require more calories from the body for muscle recovery.

Step two, add in lunges into other exercises. Most of the time, people think that lunges is used only to work the butt, quads and hamstrings. But not many people know that lunges can be integrated into other exercises to make the exercise more complex and intense. A good example is dumbbell shoulder press with lunge. This exercise works the shoulders, the triceps, the core and the entire lower body. Rather than just sitting down on the bench and pressing the weights upwards, why not add in the lunges [Read more]

Guru Tips: One Secret To Having A Great Career

Would you like to be more passionate about your job? Here's the key:Do more. Instead of being passive and going with the flow, be proactive. Do the little things at work that no one else is willing to do. Believe me. People will start to take notice - especially those in position of power.

Get more involved in those boring business meetings. Who says business meetings have to be boring? Why not spice things up with a joke of the day, or something else of a lighthearted variety. If you change your attitude and become more passionate, it will rub off and have a positive effect on others.

And you'll feel better about yourself, knowing that you are helping others feel better about themselves and their job. You will actually be an inspiration to people.

More importantly, when you develop passion, you'll get more done. You won't have to hide out in the bathroom, doing as little as possible, until it's time to go home. You won't have to waste time scheming about how to get out of an unpleasant assignment, because with your new attitude, there will be no such thing as an unpleasant assignment. Also, you won't be at work daydreaming about your upcoming vacation that's 6 months away [Read more]

Monday, June 16, 2008

Connecting With Women

How to Control Women

Nobody knows it. So men who are unable to control women does not equals to weak and timid guys. It is just that over the years, women are catching up with men in many aspects and it is not a surprise that men are getting increasingly intimidated by powerful women. Despite all these, women have the very same characteristics as those women 100 years back.

Every woman has her soft spot and if you are able to reach out for it, then bingo! You hit the right spot buddy. Tell yourself this, no women is too tough to puff. It all depends on how you approach her and how you carry yourself.It does not mean that you need to be dripping with money in order to get her under your love spell. Not all women are looking for that in men. Women in general love men who are attentive and attention giving. You might be the hottest looking dude in the planet but if you lack the qualities as aforementioned, then you are going to have a tough time connecting with women. As much as you want her to listen to you as you speak, she wants your 100% focus and attention as she speaks about her latest shopping trip [Read more]

Dealing With Risk and Fear

When we tell our life story, we usually convey an image of strength and confidence. But don't be fooled. We're as fearful of the unknown as anyone else. If you think we weren't scared when we packed up and moved to the Caribbean, think again. And if you think we weren't afraid of looking foolish when we wrote our first book, you're wrong. And can you imagine how scared we were when we had to recall thousands of bottles of Sesame Seed Dressing from stores all over the country because of yeast contamination? Talk about fear. We had visions of losing everything. "This is it," we thought. "It's over."

But here we are to tell the tale. And we're here to tell you that fear can be managed and minimized. When we first learned that we had to pull our Sesame Seed Dressing off the shelves, we were standing in our booth at the Fancy Food Show in Washington D.C. talking to the buyer from Macy's: Suddenly, ka-pow! One of our dressing bottles exploded off the shelf. We called food technicians and experts to gain as much information as we could. We needed to know what was going on. We needed to understand all of the dangers and the repercussions. It felt like we had produced toxic waste and the image of people getting sick - or worse - because of something we had done wrong was unbearable. We were instructed to call all of our accounts and tell them to carefully dispose of the dressing [Read more]

Ways to Increase Computer Speed

While an old computer will never operate at the same speed as a newer one, you can help your computer stay as "young & healthy" as possible.

Firstly, make disk cleanup. Whenever you "surf the internet", open attachments, delete files, your computer saves a record of your activity. Many of these files are harmless, and individually are very small. But if you spend a lot of time on your computer, before long you'll take up enough space to slow your computer down a bit. Disk Cleanup is a Windows utility that helps keep unused and unwanted files from taking up extra storage space on your computer. You can think of it as "spring cleaning" for your computer.

Next, defragment your hard disk. Basically, defragmenting is putting files back where they belong. With the files in the proper order, your computer will run more efficiently. It's simple to do. You just need to plan ahead, because if you have a lot of "stuff" on your computer, it could take a while. And it's best not to use your computer while defragmenting.

Try to remove spyware & adware. If you've ever had spyware or adware on your computer, you know how frustrating it can be - strange things happening, your homepage changing, inappropriate popups, unfamiliar icons... [Read more]

Safety Concerns to Watch Out When You Travel

Ever since the 9/11 attacks, a lot of people have been more conscious about travel insurances. Hijacking is covered by it even though the said cover will only be enjoyed by the policyholder AFTER he/she survives the feat.Although some hijackings had bad results, there are some high profile hijackings that were controlled by the authorities.

So, what will your travel insurance cover if this mishap will happen to you? Well, if the hijackers order the pilot to land the plane on an isolated island or another place perhaps and they let you go, lose all your luggage in the process and then get sick or PTSD in the long run, the travel insurance will definitely cover the loss of your luggage and medical treatment.

World Nomads claims that they offer at least 50% off travel agent prices. True! Since for a six month coverage, it’ll only cost you about $240.00. Plus, they’ve got great services in their website. You can download an mp3 guide of the major languages of the world (for conversation purposes) and put it in your iPod! Are there any deals sweeter than this? [Read more]

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Master Class: 10 Simple Tips to Feng Shui Your Home

Feng Shui Your Home Easily

For Feng Shui Beginners, it is not important to get into the details, but they should just stick to the aspects of Feng Shui homes and Feng Shui in bedroom...

Feng Shui uses a design and to choose colors, and other decorating elements, be it the redecoration of a room, a house or even a building. If you use the traditional Feng Shui, then the grid is oriented according to the compass directions. It you are using the western style Feng Shui, then it is oriented according to the entrance or the door that is used.

1. Shoes and slippers should not be left lying around outside the entrance door of the house. Let the place in front of your door be free of any clutter. The chi (energy) that rides with the wind will bring the dirt and the stink of shoes into the house, which causes sickness. Once in the house, the chi looks around for water to stay in. If there is no water fountains or fish tanks, then it will flow away with the wind.

2. The water fountains or the fish tanks in the house should be placed in a favorable direction or area to help your get whatever you want [Read more]

7 Reasons Why People Fail in Life

Being successful is very simple. Just model others who are successful. Talk like they talk, do what they do, and most importantly think like they think. Focus on less, but only on that which is more important to you, whatever that may be. There are certain areas which are equally important to the well being of every human when it comes to success and happiness. These areas are spiritual fulfillment, vibrant physical health, nurturing relationships, and financial wealth.

There are many reasons why people fail to attain the state known as success, or even happiness. Below are seven of the most common reasons in my opinion.

1. Not Knowing What They Want. The number one reason why people are unsuccessful or unhappy is because they do not know what they want out of life. You see, life is a like a blank canvas. It is up to each individual to pick the colors they wish to paint and draw any picture they please. If a person does not choose to pick their colors or picture to paint, they can be certain that someone else who does know what they want will pick it for them.

2. Not Doing What They Know. Knowledge and action are worlds apart. Just because you know that you need to eat healthy and exercise regularly in order to attain vibrant health does not mean that you will do it. [Read more]

How To Have The Life You Want! - The Art Of Receiving

When somebody compliments us we feel awkward, embarrassed or guilty.We do not enjoy Christmas or Birthdays when we are given gifts.When we are given a compliment or a gift we my immediately want to reciprocate without giving time to thank or appreciate the giver. We never quite reach the point of success or reward. If we do have a success we often lose it quickly or Won’t feel good about it.We would rather give a present than receive it.

We hate people making a fuss over us or treating us kindly.We are often rushing around looking after everybody else’s well-being or happiness.Something important is never present in your life – there is always a feel of lack. If you recognized any of these you are not alone. An ability to receive fully is at the heart of most human problems.

It can usually be traced back to a level of guilt and feeling of failure around our original families, where we subconsciously believe we have let our parents and siblings down. This lowers our self-worth and esteem and makes us feel that we do not deserve to have life’s rewards. Obviously the key is to find self-forgiveness and to feel more worthy [Read more]

The Historical Significance Of Sunflowers

The history of the sunflower begins in the Americas, the land to which it is indigenous. The native Indian cultures revered the sunflower – the Incan sunflower was used as a symbol for their sun god and Olmec (Ancient Mexicans) sunflower rituals and temple sculptures are well documented, but perhaps the greatest use of the sunflower was by the Native American Indians.

Archeological evidence has shown that the Native Americans considered the sunflower a special crop and used it abundantly – as far back as 2300BC. The Native Americans formed very close bonds with the earth and all of the abundances arising from it – and the sunflower was considered among the most important of the crops. Buffalo Bird Woman, a Hiditsa Tribe member born in 1839, tells of the importance of the sunflower and described many rituals based around the plant. She also states that the Native Americans believed singing to the sunflower would help it grow.To the Native Americans, the sunflower symbolized strength and endurance, and was a prominent feature in their ceremonies.

The Lakota Indians, during their Sun Dance Ceremony, would wear medallions in the shape of a sunflower head as they danced during the ceremonial event. The Hopi put sunflowers in their hair and commemorated their ceremonies by drawing pictures of sunflowers in their lodges and kivas. The Native American warriors also used rolled sunflower balls as “iron rations” on war marches – being away from home, the nourishment offered by these ancient iron rations apparently “…invigorated the body before battle…” [Read more]

Friday, June 13, 2008

Minimize Food Miles

Why Eat Seasonally?

The first major benefit is an important one in our environmentally conscious times. When we eat a food which isn't in season, it would normally have to be transported to us from a part of the world where it is. This brings up the subject of so-called 'food miles', which measure how far a food has to travel from where it's produced to where it's consumed.

For a variety of reasons - pollution, energy consumption etc - it's better to minimize food miles whenever we can. Seasonal food will generally be produced much nearer to the point of consumption, and so will have a lower impact on the environment than well traveled foods.

A related point is freshness: if food doesn't have to travel as far, it will be fresher when you come to eat it, and it's generally the case that the fresher a food, the better it tastes and the more health benefits it has. This is especially the case with fruits and vegetables, which are often picked well before they are ripe so that they can withstand the long journeys they have to make without going past their best. Unfortunately, this will normally reduce the eating qualities of the food.

With seasonal food usually being more locally produced, concentrating your spending power on buying it will help to keep your local economy ticking over, keeping money circulating within your community, which can only help make the place you live a more pleasant area to be in [Read more]

Breaking the Caffeine Addiction

Caffeine addiction is just as hard to break as any other addiction, if not more because you have it widely accessible and it is legal to have. Prices are cheap and it is around every corner whether it is in a machine, at a restaurant or inside a store. Enter a store and look straight down the aisles, you are sure to see an entire rack of nothing but chocolate candy, donuts and in the freezer side you’ll find soft drinks galore, chocolate shakes, teas, coffee and even chocolate milk. How easy is it just to walk away from all this? It isn’t.

Breaking the caffeine addiction is hard. Items such as a chocolate éclair, candy bars or even chocolate ice cream seem innocent but these too fuel the caffeine addiction. Even something that says it is “Caffeine-free” contains a small amount of caffeine in it, which means you are still using it. Many prescribed medicines contain doses of caffeine in them, so if you are trying to quit you’ll need to let your doctor know ahead of time.

Why would one want to break away from caffeine? One big reason is their health, it is possible to get heart disease or even fibroids from drinking too much caffeine. Some people may try cutting back on sodas that contain lots of carbonation because they rot your teeth. Diabetics normally cut out soft drinks as well as candy and if they were already addicted to caffeine it is much harder to break. Some may do it all at once while others do it gradually depending on the degree of diabetes they have. Another is to lose weight, that’s right if you replace your daily soda with water you can actually lose weight [Read more]

The 10 Most Popular Amusement Parks in the USA

If you are on a holiday with your family and you wish to go to an amusement park for a day or two of fun and adventure, you can get a good idea of the best amusement parks in America by viewing the list below.

At number 1 is Disneyland, a world-famous amusement that has been wowing visitors of all ages for fifty years. Located in California, this amusement park presents eight colorful and delightful lands, each one offering adventure and nostalgia. Here, you can enjoy numerous rides and meet Disney’s most beloved characters such as Mickey and Goofy.

At number 2 is Universal Studios in Florida. This amusement park is perfect for movie buffs and fans of famous American celebrities. Here, you can visit the sets of classic and recently produced films. As an added bonus, you may even have the chance to you’re your favorite actors and actresses.

If you prefer to have fun in the water, you may choose to visit Florida’s Sea World at number 3. With around 200 acres, This is the world’s premier marine amusement park. In Sea World, you can find shows featuring the best aquatic creatures. It also offers water rides and a chance to interact with its marine animals [Read more]

Keeping a Tarantula As a Pet

Although the thought of having a pet tarantula would make some people's skin crawl, there are many people that love the thought of keeping one of these big spiders as a pet. If you are one of them, it is important for you to know how to properly care for a tarantula so you and your pet can both be happy. So, aren’t you thinking about keeping a big, hairy spider as a pet now?

The most important step you can take is to avoid an impulse purchase. Rather, research the type of tarantula you will be purchasing so you can learn about its temperament as well as its needs. You may be surprised to learn that tarantulas can have very different needs, so you need to make certain you know the proper temperature requirements, diet, and humidity levels for your pet tarantula. While some tarantulas are arboreal, which means they live in trees, others are ground dwelling. In order to keep your tarantula happy, therefore, you will need to create a habitat that meets is natural needs.

Now that you know more about your tarantula, it is time to pick out a container in which it can live. Critter Keepers make good choices, though you can use an aquarium as well. Either way, make sure the top is tightly sealed so your tarantula cannot get away. They are very adept at climbing glass walls, so don't think the smooth surface will prevent them from getting out. Also, while you do need to give your tarantula a little room to move about, you don't need to make the enclosure too large. In fact, if it is too big, your tarantula will have a difficult time finding its prey. A good rule of thumb is to make the width equal to about twice the tarantula's leg span and make it as long as about three times its leg span [Read more]

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

What Your Body Thinks of You?

Do You Know What Your Body Thinks of You?

Healthy hair is a sign that you have strong, healthy kidneys. To ensure that you have strong, luxurious hair, take care of your kidneys by:

* Drinking lots of water.
* Avoiding salt.
* Cutting out nasty foods such as coffee, refined sugar, alcohol, dairy and fatty foods.
* Eating more onions, seaweed, salmon, beans and grains.

You can also improve the way your hair looks by increasing your intake of the protein keratin. Hair is largely made up of this protein, which is found in beans, seeds, grains, tofu sprouts and fish.Other hair-healthy vegetables, such as nori, hijiki and arame can be added to delicious soups, salads and casseroles. Many common vegetables, including onions, garlic, carrots and bell peppers, are a great source of silica – another of the main building blocks of hair [Read more]

8 Warning Signs of Financial Doom!

This is the electronic age. If your surprised that checks clear almost immediately, you shouldn't be. There is no significant "float" time any more. "Float" is term used to describe the period between the time a transaction is implemented, and when it clears your account. In the past it has been up to a few days. Now it is almost immediate. Sometimes no longer than close of business on the same day as the transaction.

If you are relying on float time, you're in danger. Banks love to slap heavy fees on bounced checks. Even if they pay the check, they charge you a significant amount for the service. Make sure you know what your balances are. Use MS Money or Quicken to actually balance your checkbook and keep it up to day at least every week. Your savings account has a zero balance. There is no money to access in the event of emergency (without going into debt by using a credit card). The old advice about 3 months income is great, but in many cases just not possible. That being said, you need some cushion to land on if something happens [Read more]

Foreclosing on Mental Health

According to an Associated Press - AOL Money and Finance Poll, more than a quarter of homeowners in the United States fear the loss of value in their homes over the next couple of years. Up until the housing crisis, the increased value of real estate had homeowners re-financing left, right and center; homeowners felt secure and cashed-up.Unfortunately, April's foreclosure filings show a more dismal reality since the housing boom; one in every five hundred and nineteen households received a foreclosure filing this year.

A surge of 65% since last year.Leading analysts warn that the crisis seems to be accelerating; sinking home values, rising foreclosures, an excess of homes for sale, and tighter lending rules, which disadvantage those trying to re-finance, and shut-out those trying to purchase. A survey by the American Psychologists' Association sites that half of the Americans they interviewed identified rent and mortgage costs as significantly high sources of stress [Read more]

Money Merge Accounts: Predators Among Us

We are a society buried in debt, that wants to get out of debt. Now the debt peddlers and predators are coming at us with something called an MMA or "Money Merge Account". They actually have the audacity to try to convince people that they can pay off their mortgage faster with a line of credit and some software.

Unfortunately, they are succeeding in convincing some people.Its like so many things. Too good to be true.Do something for me. Just a favor that will really help you more than me. Take your right hand, extend it out in front of you and look at your palm. Now, take that same hand and hit yourself in the head as hard as you can.

Do this repeatedly while chanting "I will not buy stupid stuff, I will not buy stupid stuff". Don't you feel better?What these accounts do is is use all of your extra income during the course of the month to pay down your mortgage. Let me explain a little better.

Lets examine a $200,000 mortgage at 6% annually. Lets assume you take home $5000 per month and have $4000 dollars per month in expenses - leaving you with $1000 at the end of the month after the bills are paid [Read more]

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Using Nature In An Unnatural Way

Does Our Food Eat Us?

Since early 1990’s scientists have urged the food industry and the FDA, to carry out conclusive studies about the threats that GMOs can pose. Until it is proved that no harm is being done to living beings and the environment and particularly causing no severe health risk, to young children, consumption of such foods can be disaster prone. But unfortunately till date, the FDA has blatantly ignored the warnings and is allowing big corporation to use all of us as guinea pigs while the wallets of the business heads in the biotechnology industry are getting obscenely fat!

Genetically modified foods use organisms, plants or living beings which are not similar, such as inserting a fish gene into a tomato. Using nature in an unnatural way, carrying out mutations of various genes without proper or informed study can be a potential cause of severe health hazards.Numerous studies conducted in the field of genetics have shown that whenever a new gene has been introduced in a plant, the new gene can disrupt the functions of the plants native genes. It can result into altered or mutated DNA.

Sequence of DNA can be deleted, truncated or the gene may be turned on or off, and the protein coded from such a gene in the native plant that is otherwise harmless has the potential to become very toxic. In a case study done on rats which were fed GM potatoes, had smaller hearts, livers, kidneys, testicles and brain, a damaged immune system and a change in the white blood cells. Several rats developed lesions in the stomach. But the most frightening fact is the speed with which these changes start to develop [Read more]

Best Way To Loose 10 Pounds

Stop eating. According to the latest statistical data produced by American Obesity Association, over 64% of adults in U.S. are overweight. If you know that you are one of these obese people, then I am pretty convinced that the probability of your trying out several different diet options is very high. With innumerable diet programs available to choose from, it can be very trying to figure out which diet would suit your body constitution.

I can understand this dilemma because I went through similar times struggling to figure out the suitable one. It's not always easy to spot a good fad diet. There are too many diets advertised and offered that promise unrealistic weight loss just to attract public attention.The strong foundation to every diet is good, well balanced meal plan. If a diet has a poor meal plan not taking care of proper nutrition, it will not work.

The answer to most difficult part before making the choice and starting a fad diet comes from the two questions you are expected to ask yourself. Firstly how much weight can I expect to loose? Secondly will this diet work for my body? Unfortunately, most of the diet websites fail to tell you the complete truth in this regard. I am convinced about this because I have tried many different diets but with no success [Read more]

Truth Of The Food Pyramid Guide

There are variety of diet plans known for weight loss and can be used specifically to suit each and every body type or constitution. The Atkins diet is a popular high-fat and low carb diet. The Glycemic diet, originally developed for people suffering from diabetes is another option available in weight loss diets, meant specially for those seeking to loose weight. The Hamptons diet is a modified version of the Atkins diet which stresses more on nutrition. In recent times the Mediterranean diets are going up in their popularity.

Along with the visual representation of the recommended daily intake of nutrient-rich foods, the food pyramid also suggests a personalized approach to physical activity. Requirement of physical activity varies from person to person depending on lifestyle, food habits, body composition and other things. By accessing the web sites related to food pyramid you can get valuable information explaining the above factors [Read more]

Top 10 Anti-Aging Foods For The Skin

There are many categories of foods. Surprisingly, there is a category of foods known as superfoods. How do we define superfoods? Superfoods are foods that contain high amount of Essential Fatty Acids, antioxidants and fiber. However, superfoods may contain one or more of the nutrients. Studies shown that there are particular superfoods can reduce levels of cholesterol, lower the risk of heart diseases and ensure organs are functioning properly.

The EFAs, antioxidants and fiber are able to provide sufficient nutrients for the body so that cells are able to repair itself and keep the digestive system healthy apart from erasing wrinkles.Scientists have narrowed down the superfoods to the top ten superfoods that are proven to be fully beneficial. They are green foods, barley, acai, allium family, beans or lentils, sprouts, hot peppers, buckwheat, yogurt or kefir and nuts or seeds. These are the top superfoods that have high level of EFAs, antioxidants and fiber that are scinetifically proven against all other types of foods in the laboratories.

Green foods have the power to lower the risk of getting cancers, lower the cholesterol levels and reduce the high blood pressure. Barley is the best source for fiber and it is useful in helping to regulate the level of blood sugar. Acai is full of antioxidants and EFAs. The allium family include garlic, onions, chives, shallots and leeks that have very powerful antioxidants for better liver functions. Beans and lentils are rich in antioxidants and have low GI. Sprouts are rich in protein and vitamin C [Read more]

Monday, June 2, 2008

Uncommon Insurance Claims

Unusual Insurance Claims And Policies

Lloyds of London made a weird insurance policy specifically for the nose – valuing it at Ј3,900,000! Not everyone’s nose is worth that much though, this unusual insurance package was specifically designed for wine maker Ilja Gort of Bordeaux’s Chateau de la Garde, and covers him against loss of both his nose and his sense of smell.

Car policies bring up their share of weird insurance scenarios too. For example, in Denmark, the Danish Automobile Association has two schemes to protect drivers from fines – the speeding insurance, which will cover drivers for up to four offences, of a total of Ј900 (Ј90 per year) or parking ticket insurance, which covers four tickets or Ј182 worth of fines for Ј36 per year.

Unsurprisingly, the Danish Council for Traffic Security is less happy about these strange insurance policies, believing it’ll make fines less of a deterrent for some reason.Not so much an unusual insurance policy, as an interesting stat. According to a poll commissioned by Ann Summers, the British cause Ј350,000,000 worth of damage through energetic sex per year! How does this relate to insurance? Well, who do you think foots the bill for the 10% brave enough to make odd insurance claims after breaking items? [Read more]

5 Benefits Of Drinking Wine

Wine contains anti-bacteria agents and something called procyanidins that both work in wonderful ways in your body to help improve your health. Wine also, being an alcohol, helps to thin blood and let it flow more smoothly through your body. These factors create many benefits that you experience just from drinking wine.Five of the benefits that you get from drinking wine are outlined below.

1. Good heart health. Wine is good for the heart because it helps to thin our blood which allows the heart to work a little less. Additionally, studies have shown that people who consume wine in moderate amounts have lower occurrences of heart disease and other heart problems then people who do not drink wine.

2. Lowers risk for diabetes. Studies have shown that drinking wine helps to reduce the risk for developing diabetes. The make up of the wine and its alcohol base help to extend the function of the pancreas and sweep glucose from the body, allowing a person to avoid diabetes onset later in life [Read more]

Core Strength, It’s At The Heart Of Everything You Do

One day, I was unloading groceries from the back of my car and when I tried to reach for a bag of groceries that was deep in the trunk, I felt a sharp stabbing pain in my back. Now I hadn’t even lifted the groceries I was just reaching for them when this happened-so it had nothing at all to do the amount of weight in the grocery bag. Even though my abs (what I incorrectly perceived as my core strength) were in good shape. I had done relatively less work on other muscles, and very little work on my balance.

So what is core strength? Within the fitness community there is some variance as to what exactly constitutes your core strength. In general, your core strength is represented by a group of muscles that extend from your neck to the bottom of your mid-thigh. And in many cases, they are hidden by other muscles.For instance the transverse abdominis, a muscle that wraps around your spine and provide stability, is located beneath your external obliques, internal obliques which in turn are underneath your rectus abdominis muscles. These muscles are all located around your waist.

In addition there is a group of muscles that are located around your spine that need to be developed in conjunction with your abdominal muscles for good core strength. Similarly your muscles that compose your hip flexors (muscles around your hips); as well as the well-known glutes which need to be worked in order to obtain good core strength [Read more]

Mafia Island

Mafia Island is locate in the Pwani Region of Tanzania and is home to the largest marine park in East Africa. It boasts of the finest unbleached coral in the Indian Ocean and claims to have resident Whalesharks … something that attracts divers from around the world. Islands, sandbanks and beaches personify Mafia’s sheltered deep-water anchorage and the original harbour. The clear, protected waters present fantastic snorkeling, sailing and swimming prospects.

Just beyond the Bay, a continuous reef extends for almost the length of the island, from Tutia in the south to Ras Mkumbi at the northern tip. The history of this dreamy Island stretches back to the 8th century when Mafia played a big role in ancient trade between the people of the Far East and mainland Tanzania. The island is home to an assortment of rare species including green and hawksbill turtles, which now and again lay their eggs on its wrack-strewn beaches. A 200m deep trough off the island is home to tuna and marlin. Its people are primarily fishermen; many also engage in small-scale food cultivation [Read more]

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Reasons You Didn’t Get That Dream Job

Application Unsuccessful: Reasons You Didn’t Get That Dream Job

It would be helpful to know just exactly what you’ve done wrong though, wouldn’t it? 9/10 times, an unsuccessful job application will just be that there was someone that bit more qualified, and there’s nothing that can be done in that instance, except to try again… but if this keeps happening, it may be worth considering some of the following, which are almost universally considered a bad thing on the recruitment circuit. Keep these tips for your job interview and you should do better next time!

A bad reference will most likely kill your employment chances stone dead, and many recruiters will call them at this point in the proceedings, if you’ve included a contact on your CV. Of course, you could put that references are “available on request” in the hope that you can charm them enough that they either won’t check, or will not believe the referee, but the best bet of all is to work hard enough that your contacts will have nothing but good things to say about you!

Increasingly, the idea that workplaces are 100% formal has been greatly corroded, but the chances are that you won’t know until you visit. As for advice on job interview dress code, without a doubt it is best to be overdressed rather than underdressed, so if in doubt, wear a suit – or at least go smart/casual.You should also make sure you are looking your best – it shouldn’t come down to judging on appearances, but the interview panel are only human, and it’s natural to take in these things, even if it’s subconscious. Don’t take any chances, or risk adding to your list of unsuccessful job applications [Read more]

Staying Confident To Achieve Success

If you have a strong vision of what you want, you need to stay confident and focused on that end result no matter what is thrown at you. We never know how long it may take to achieve our goal or what lessons we are to learn along the way. When we do not see immediate results, it is easy to get stuck in the negative and lose faith in ourselves.

STEP ONE: All of us have already accomplished many things along our journey. I challenge you to write at least 100 things you have experienced in the past. Just list them. It can be big or small, obstacles you survived, accolades or anything else. All that you list is a success of some sort. If you don't think you have accomplished much in your life, start by listing successes such as: I bought myself a blanket to cover me when I sleep. To have money to purchase something that will provide warmth is a huge success to a person in a 3rd world country.

STEP TWO: Choose 1 thing on that list and write all the details about it. What you choose to write about should be a large obstacle you overcame or a goal you achieved. Write how you felt before, during and after that experience; what steps you took to resolve it; what lessons you learned; and what blessings came out of it. You will realize how strong and amazing you are [Read more]

Everything Happens For A Reason

When I was 18, I was desperate to be a dancer but got rejected from the only degree dance program in Ontario because my grades were 2% below the cut off. Although I was devastated at the time, it was truly a blessing. A month later I went and trained full time in a professional dance company, 6 hours a day. Within a week, I snapped a ligament in my ankle and damaged my knee; within a month the director heard me singing to myself and cast me to sing in the show; within 2 months, I was accepted into a post secondary diploma program for… singing, not dancing. Since I never had a lesson in my life, it was a big sign. When I applied for university again, I got into the music program on talent despite my grades still being too low. My big rejection forced me onto the path I am still on today… 14 years later. So when things don’t go your way, there may be something far greater for you. Have faith!

Let’s say you and your partner have been trying to get pregnant for over 2 years. Suddenly, a parent gets sick forcing all your energy towards helping them through their crisis. Can you imagine how difficult that would be if you have a small baby? Or maybe there was something you had to learn – perhaps by tending to the sick parent, you gained greater insight and compassion… tools that would make you a better parent when the timing was right [Read more]

Are You A Good Reciever?

Let’s imagine a group of friends, Kelly, John, Larry, Julie and Rebecca, go out for lunch. Larry is just full of compliments...
a) Larry: John, congrats on your promotion at work.
John: Well, I worked 12 hour days for the last 6 months.
b) Larry: Rebecca, your new condo is really great.
Rebecca: Oh well, I am barely making it. Hopefully I can keep up with the expenses.
c) Larry: Julie, your garden is shaping up nicely.
Julie: Thanks and Larry, I love what you did with the living room paint.
d) Larry: Kelly, I love your new sweater.
Kelly: Thanks.
What kind of receiver are YOU? Are you like... [Read more]