Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Gold Investors Should Relax

Why Gold Investors Should Relax

The recent 25% correction in the price of gold per ounce has a lot of bullion investors wondering if the bull market in gold is over. I'm going to provide you with a little bit of historical gold trivia that I hope will reassure you that the fundamental reasons for owning gold bullion, as a safe-haven investment, are still valid . . .

If the gold bull market were over, we would have:
1. Low inflation
2. Healthy banks
3. Stable housing prices
4. A new, major oil discovery
5. Increasing job creation
6. A falling unemployment rate
7. A fiscally responsible government
8. A strong dollar due to a balanced budget and a shrinking deficit

I don't see any of the above happening anytime soon. Do you? [Read more]

Do You Live Your Life As an Amateur?

An amateur never figures out what his/her life goals are. An amateur never takes time to discover their values, much less to embody and live them. An amateur never makes their goals into the #1 priority focusing on them daily and putting them first. An amateur never assesses or addresses their "weaknesses". If you think of like as a game, do you play like an amateur or like a pro? Here are some ideas to get out of amateur league living.

Decide that you are going to live like a pro and go for what you really want. This means a commitment to excellence, to doing your best, to give up second rate performance. Pros are almost always clear on their goals. When they start, they may not know the whole process necessary for success, but they start the work anyway, knowing they will learn along the way. Taking the time to make goals, assess progress regularly, and alter the plan as you go is the sign of a pro.

A pro considers their deepest values when they make their goals. If you're going to devote a major part of your time to something, doesn't it make sense that it is in alignment with and supports your values? [Read more]

What is the Difference Between Yoga and Qigong?

Yoga has its origins in ancient India and has been in practice for centuries. Yoga essentially means “to sum up” or “to combine”. To put it in simpler words it implies to connect oneself with the inner soul. When one does so, inner peace is achieved. This health exercise is beneficial for nearly everyone irrespective of the age.

People who practice yoga sit or stand in a position as told by the person who guides them while on the other hand some people do it on their own with the help of books and other resources. Meditation, slow rhythm, and positive thinking are the basic building blocks of this therapy. Any human being irrespective of health status can enjoy the benefits of the yoga. In modern days Yoga has caught the fancy of many and has even found acceptance amongst celebrities.

Samurai warriors and fighters who took part in swordfight in feudal china often needed something to calm their unfazed mind. In their quest to find a solution they stumbled upon the fact that the body of human is the store house of energy. They explored various dimensions in which humans can direct their energy and unleash it. This technique primarily stressed on the rhythm of breathing pattern. Further on, this technique was refined and remodeled after various qigong masters. People who follow this therapy are guided to swing their body slowly and gently as if they are in a slow motion dance. Qigong masters believe that energy moves in our body and if we could tap it then health and strong body can be achieved [Read more]

5 Things Debt Settlement Companies Are Not Telling You

Credit card debt relief is a burgeoning business and credit card debt relief companies are throwing a lifeline for those battling with insurmountable credit card debts. You may do your own credit card debt settlement if you have the time and energy to do all the planning and the credit card debt negotiation. If not, get a professional to do the grunt work.

Getting professional help from a credit card debt relief company may cost, but you no longer have to worry about haggling and negotiating with credit card companies. A credit card debt settlement expert does the job effectively since their company has a working relationship with credit card companies and has insider information on the industry's trade secrets.

But before you eagerly knock on the doors of credit card debt relief companies, know what you are putting up with because not all credit card debt settlement companies are going to reveal their dirty secrets. Here are the shocking truths [Read more]

Monday, September 29, 2008

Do You Feel Free?

Do You Feel Free?

Do you believe that someone has to give you your freedom? Do you believe that you can be free only when you have others' approval? Is your sense of freedom dependent upon what others think of you?If you believe that your freedom is dependent upon another or others, then you will wait forever to be free. You will feel free when you decide that you are going to do what feels right and loving to do for yourself, regardless of what others think.

How do you reach a place where you are willing to trust yourself enough to follow your own inner guidance rather than be limited by others? How do you come to a place where you are willing to experience others' disapproval in order to be true to yourself? [Read more]

Obama’s Plan to Tax the Poor

There are two other major ways that Obama plans on taxing the poor. One is by raising taxes on corporations and second is by making businesses pay for insurance for people who do not work for their companies. Both of these programs will significantly impact the poor and especially the poorest of all Americans.

Obama like many Democrats, is relying on the general lack of understanding of how taxes work. They want you to think that they are taxing someone else. There is only one group of Americans that pay taxes, that is the individual tax payer. Yes, you can tax companies and corporations but they are not the ones who pay the taxes. The taxes are paid by the people who buy their products or use their services. If you raise taxes on businesses they have no choice but to add the cost into the prices of their products or services. If they do not they go out of business. Below is an example of how taxing corporations affects prices. For the example I will use food because everyone including the poorest of the poor has to buy food [Read more]

How to Get Your Child Moving!

Your children also need you to get out there and join them. Throw the ball around, take a walk, go for a family bike ride, set up one of those portable basketball hoops in the driveway or walk up to the local playground. Children learn by doing and watching what we do. If we sit on the couch and watch television after we send them outside, we are not sending a consistent message. Most children’s faces absolutely light up when Mom or Dad join them outside in their games.

If you are not into playing games, then just step outside and sweep the sidewalk. Be out there with them for at least a little while. Maybe you could spend an hour a day all week pulling weeds out of your flowerbeds while the children play. They may join you for a bit while you work, but be prepared for them to wander off to play.They need to explore their environments and spend some time close to nature. No, you don’t have to go camping or fishing if that isn’t your thing. Take a walk by the edge of the retention pond and look at the minnows. Talk in a hushed voice when the egret lands so you don’t disturb his dinner [Read more]

College Trick 1: How To Help Your Hangover

An alcohol hangover is associated with a variety of symptoms that may include dehydration, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness,difficulty concentrating, sensitivity to light and noise, erratic motor functions, trouble sleeping, and lack of depth perception. Many people will also be repulsed by the thought or taste of alcohol during a hangover. The symptoms vary from person to person, and occasion to occasion, usually beginning several hours after drinking.

Of course you are reading this because you are randomly bored, but i assure you , after reading this you will be fully prepared for what may happen any crazy night of the week at college. This will definently make your next day a hell of a lot better. This formula has helped me multiple times in my college career, and i hope it will help you too.Vitamin B12 and Dehydration are 2 main causes to why you feel so bad in the morning. In order to stop these from happening there are acouple of premeditated things you can do in your drunk stuper before you get to sleep [Read more]

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The "Toilet Stoppages" Of Life

The "Toilet Stoppages" Of Life

There are times in life when you're making great progress on your goals, gaining momentum, developing direction and suddenly find a major blockage. There's nothing you can do but deal with it. No amount of complaining, crying, protesting, whining or ignoring the blockage will change the fact. You must stop what you are doing and deal with it. You could try ignoring it. You could pretend it's not blocked and keep using it. You could even leave it for someone else to fix...and live with the stink. If you want to solve the problem and get right back to making progress, you will have to take the actions that get your life unblocked.

Whatever you do, don't ignore the problem. It is likely that doing so will only lead to a nasty mess on the floor, or a big stinking unresolved problem to be dealt with later. Make sure that you handle the problem as quickly as possible. Every life has unexpected "toilet stoppages" in it. Don't let it be an excuse to stop making progress. Don't choose to ignore it and end up with a stinking mess or overflowing sewage. Just deal with it! [Read more]

Why Ghosts Stay Around After Their Death, And 5 Ways You Can Avoid Making the Same Mistake

Several things happen once you leave your body. First, very few people - other than a few psychics - can see, hear or interact with you. So your existence becomes very, very lonely. Second, after you die you can hear others' thoughts and feel their feelings. This might be entertaining in the short term, but in the long term it's demoralizing. (Think about the amount of greed, hatred and suffering in the world.) And third, your life is over at this point. There's nothing left for you to do here and your life becomes empty and depressing, which is crazy-making.

Ghosts don't consciously choose this miserable life, no more than the living consciously choose to live tragic and depressed lives. But, like the living, they end up in this sad existence because they haven't faced the challenges and spiritual lessons of their lives. Here are 5 ways you can avoid making the same mistake with your life [Read more]

7 Hot Christmas Gifts For a Man Who Has it All

If he has everything, why not give him absolutely nothing as a Christmas gift! This gift of nothing comes in the shape of an empty wrapper labelled with the word 'Nothing' and a short description. Nothing happens once opened and nothing can be exchanged for it. Let's just hope he has a sense of humour!

His name and a message can both be printed on the bottle, making this Christmas gift both personal and unique. Note that this kind of gift derives its personality from the message on the bottle, because a simple bottle of champagne would be more suited for a friend rather than a partner as a Christmas gift. If he enjoys the finer things in life then this may just be the present for him. Should he be more of a wine drinker than one of the options in number 3 may be more suitable for him.

Such an experience can include a racing along a track in a super fast Ferrari or even flying a plane. He could be enjoying a scenic view from a helicopter ride or tasting a plethora of wines in a Vineyard with you by his side. For less adrenaline, a relaxing day at the spa is also an option. Intangible gifts like these avoid them from lying around and collecting dust. Despite being very atypical Christmas gifts, they are unforgettable activities that are bound to make his day [Read more]

Trying to Make a Cat Into a Dog

There's something seriously askew when we cannot accept the basic nature of others in our life. Here are some things to consider. Perhaps the issue is that you never noticed the basic nature of the cat. You've spent a lot of time with them, but somehow (perhaps because you wished it so) you convinced yourself that the cat was a dog.

There are those who delude themselves about the nature of things from the beginning. They prefer to live in fantasy rather than in reality. They end up with lots of knocks on the head (or heart) doing this, but somehow they just keep repeating the pattern. Some people accept others as they are at first, then later decide who they are is not adequate or acceptable. This can have a lot of causes...it can be a "rejection game" meant to allow them to feel superior. It can be a way to create distance. Perhaps they were desperate for attention and company at first, then wake up one day finding fault [Read more]

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Removal of Anger

Energetic Healing for the Removal of Anger

The true purpose of anger is to stimulate us to take action. The more that we can be present in us with our feelings and express them in some way we release anger with greater ease.

The problem is that most of us were not taught to be present with our anger in some way or form. Some of the more common themes that we create of a distorted view of anger are: good children don’t get mad, a dominating force over us to create submission, or confronting anger with more anger.

The first step in breaking out of your own cycle is the realization that it is your own creation. The people that influenced you to be a certain way did not create you or your limitations. Some though had very few choices but to express anger by suppressing or dominating. It is important not to judge you as wrong for what you have chosen [Read more]

Teenage Bodybuilding

There are several things that all teenagers should realize before jumping into teenage bodybuilding, and under no condition should any teenager use steroids. While the body is still growing, teenagers need to make sure to work out safely in a way that won't permanently injure their bodies. Bodybuilding is a great healthy activity for young people when it is done right.

But for teenage bodybuilding to be done right, there are many different truths, or realities, that teens must be fully aware of. Still Growing: During the ages of 14-18, and sometimes even longer, a teenager's body is still growing and filling out. Because of this it is especially important to avoid work out programs that have a risk of severe injury. This is true of any athlete, but particularly bodybuilders since they are working to bulk up as their bones and muscles are still growing. Safety should always come first, there's no sense in getting a permanent injury, especially if it could have been easily prevented.

Stay Away from Supplements: Some combinations turn out to be deadly (see Creatine and Ephedra), most are loaded with caffeine that could cause heart problems, and if you have a smart diet with the right proteins, carbs, and work outs then you don't need any extra help. Stay away from anything that isn't natural and work on the good habits that make champion teenage bodybuilders [Read more]

4 Bald Celebrities Who Look Awfully Good

Perhaps it would be comforting to know that even celebrities can suffer from hair loss. There are some celebrities that simply choose to go bald and flaunt it rather than go worrying and going through numerous treatments.

Patrick Stewart—best known for his role in Star Trek, is a multi-awarded actor (both on film and stage). Stewart has never been ashamed of his baldness, in fact, he was even included on the list of Sexiest Man on Television on the 1992 TV Guide.

Bruce Willis who wouldn’t be able to recognize this hot and sexy action star? He starred in many unforgettable films such as Armageddon, Pulp Fiction, Sin City, The Sixth Sense and the Die Hard series. His hair noticeably receded in the late 90’s. He eventually shaved the rest of it and started a trend among white males as did Michael Jordan among the African-Americans [Read more]

Three Common Relationship Mistakes to Avoid

The more you worry about it the more he thinks that you're changing. He thinks that maybe you're not interested in him anymore because you seem to be distant and always thinking about something else. Then he holds back and when he does, you think that maybe he's not interested in you anymore. You start questioning him over the little things he does. His calls are not as frequent as before and he visits you less often. He thinks you're worried over nothing so he'll step away from the relationship thinking that that's the best solution.

Not knowing how his mind works. It's easy for women to assume that they're in an exclusive relationship after a few dates. He, on the other hand, thinks that he's just having a grand time with a wonderful woman.

Making the “big mistake.” Thinking about your needs, but never about his own, is the big mistake. Although meeting our needs first is our basic nature, this won't work in a relationship. You have to take the limelight away from you momentarily and focus on what his needs are. Do this and you're sure to benefit from it in the future [Read more]

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Don’t Feel Guilty if You Forget

Memory Improvement – Don’t Feel Guilty if You Forget

While you read this article, you recognized instantly and on the spot hundreds of different letter combinations that form words. How else could you possibly make it this far if you did not remember the meaning associated with each letter that makes up word?

Think of facts about your favorite sport or hobby? What else quickly comes to your mind? These thoughts probably came in the form of pictures to your mind. You are remembering.You remember the days of the weeks and the standard concepts of time. How is it that you don't forget these ideas? Easy. You live with them and apply these ideas on a daily basis. Memory improvement does not have to be so challenging.

You can remember an old high school buddy from 10 years ago, even if you saw him in the African Sahara because you associate certain characteristics with him.

However, you may pass the same stranger every day on your walk to work, recognize his face and never learn his name. Then one day you may come across him in a city far away and you begin to wonder just exactly where did you see him last. He looks familiar you will think to yourself [Read more]

How To Develop The Habit Of Saving

Now I am going to tell you something, which will probably surprise you - NEVER TOUCH THE MONEY! No, I am not crazy, but this is one of the peculiarities of life - it is no good saving the money for a rainy day or emergencies, because you will find that an emergency will crop up fairly regularly - you'll just never create wealth. Most people consider a birthday, Christmas, new car etc. as an emergency - your funds will never mount. If you have a specific goal towards which you are moving, you should set up a separate account - a new car savings account for example - BUT NEVER TOUCH YOUR WEALTH BANK!

But what if you are already living to the limit, up to your neck in debt with unpaid bills. With no spare cash how are you going to save 10% of your income? If this is the case, and I've been there myself, you have to start saving something maybe 1% of your income, or put your loose change in a jar and invest it in an interest account at the end of each month. Any time you receive a bonus - Christmas, birthday money etc., invest it once again. It doesn't matter how small the amount, once you start saving and it develops into habit, good things WILL begin to be attracted to your life [Read more]

Why Relationships Become Boring and How to Spice Them Up!

We slip into the Dead Zone when we are avoiding our emotions – when we have switched them off in the belief that they will hurt us or get us into trouble. In a relationship it is part of what Dr. Chuck Spezzano, founder of the Psychology of Vision, has termed Independence. When we are independent we have disconnected in our relationships and dissociated from our emotions in the belief that we can be happy and successful without relying on other people. In a romantic relationship this happens when there is something so horrible in our minds that we hide it away so nobody can see it.

The only problem is that these hidden feelings are still very much present in our subconscious mind and will create all sorts of problems for us. If you are in a relationship that seems dead and boring ask yourself what is it that is not being expressed in the relationship? What is it that you and your partner are afraid to talk about? There will be some secret, fear or piece of guilt that is shutting you both down.

Relationships can easily turn into inadvertent conspiracies where both partners unconsciously agree to avoid dealing with the problems that stand between them. This is often because either partner feels that to reveal their concerns, resentments or pain, will drive away their partner. There are some things we have not even shared with the people closest to us and it is these things that eventually create deadness in a relationship [Read more]

How to Bond With Your Children

If you want to see your younger child’s eyes light up, plop yourself down on the floor while he or she is playing. Young children live for the opportunity to include their parents in their games. While it is good for them to spend time playing independently, it is equally important for them to have a few minutes of time to just play. Young children need spend time playing in a way that does not impose rules on them. They need the freedom to create rules themselves. This type of play may be more challenging for parents as most of us have forgotten how to play, but give yourself time and opportunity, follow your child’s lead and you will catch on.

For tired parents of young children, a snuggle on the couch after the dinner with a favorite book will go a long way toward helping you reconnect with your little one at the end of the busy day. Think of this time as an investment in your children’s future [Read more]

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wedding Superstitions

Common Wedding Day Superstitions

Everything the bride says while opening presents will come back to her on her wedding night. It could be good to be careful with this one . . . you never know! Having the same phrases repeated on the wedding night could be a good or bad thing, depending.

For good luck, the first gift opened should be the first gift used. There are a few superstitions surrounding the gifts given at a bridal shower, such as the giver of the third present opened will have a baby.The whole wedding outfit must not be tried on until the actual day of the wedding. This common superstition is due to the fact that it was thought to bring bad luck on the bride. If she put on all her wedding garb before the wedding . . . she might not be married after all!Green, yellow, pink and red wedding dresses are considered bad form. According to an old marriage rhyme, these four colors of wedding dresses would bring assorted miseries on the married couple`s life and they wouldn`t be happy [Read more]

You Are Not on Your Own, Universe Assists You

Your mission will take more than one day to conclude, even more than one year. It is your life work, steadily unfolding as you progress on your path. It’s quite normal that you are in need of assistance on this journey. This can be received from friends, family members, professional counselors, training courses, education programs, effective aid, contacts, books, …You are not supposed to complete your mission entirely on your own. Your mission is connected to the mission of the people around you. Each of them also has their mission, and part of it may well be to assist you! Ask for help, and don’t carry the false belief that you need to do this on your own.

Do not let this happen. Remember that you are a social being living in a social context, able to help others and receive help from others. Everybody else is here with a specific purpose. Part of that purpose it to help you! Without other people receiving your help, your mission would be meaningless. In the same way, your needs give meaning to the mission of others. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance when you need it! [Read more]

Mom's Guide to Saving Time

Make a plan and write it down. Make it a habit to write a daily list of things to do and things you need. Life gets so busy sometimes especially if you have kids. It is going to be helpful to have those lists handy. You can easily save an extra trip to the store if you have a list of things to buy. You can also figure out how you can run all your errands so that you do not have to drive back and forth. Try to shop in the evenings when stores are less busy. There is no need to waste an hour standing in line when you can do something more productive with that time. Don't care to stand in line? Try shopping online.

Plan your meals. You can use a blank monthly or weekly calendar to list down your meals for the upcoming week. Once you have the meals figured out, it will be easier to come up with a shopping list based on the meals. Keep your planned meals posted on the refrigerator door so you know what needs to be prepared. Even if it is tempting to sway off the planned meals, do your best to stick to it - you can save lots of money this way and keep with in your budget [Read more]

How Safe Are Teeth Whitening Gels?

The dilemma that people face is the perceived added safety of having a procedure carried out professionally by a dentist, against the possible major cost saving of a home treatment. Will the home teeth whitening product be as effective and will it be safe to use? Is it easy to follow the instructions and if you do, are there any possible side effects? What are the arguments?

In order to provide a safe product for home use, especially in over the counter products, the teeth gel supplied is of a lower concentration than you would get in a professional treatment. So one question that people ask is, with less of the active ingredients, can they produce worthwhile results? But there is also a kind of conspiracy theory, questions this.Do unscrupulous manufacturers add more of the bleaching agent than they admit to, so that their product will work? It is even suggested that abrasive materials are added that can be potentially damaging to tooth enamel. I think that both of these theories can be discounted. As long as you stick to properly licensed products you should be safe. The penalties for such practices, from major fines and lawsuits, to withdrawal of the product license, would be too costly to contemplate [Read more]

Slow Death By A Thousand To Do’s

Slow Death By A Thousand To Do’s

Are you demoralized on an ongoing basis because the To Do list grows as fast on one end as it shrinks on the other end? Does it seem like your To Do list is a stack of items about two feet high, and consumes all your time? Do you wonder if there is any meaningful way to manage your To Do list and not be "run" by it?

Consider the "Rotating To Do List". The concept is that you always organize your To Do list with the highest priority items on top, and handle the most important items first. It’s called a rotating To Do list, because the most important things naturally rotate to the top of the list, and off the list when accomplished.

Unimportant items naturally rotate off the bottom of the list when you realize they do not need to be done. Items rotate up and down the list according to their importance.

Maintaining focus on accomplishing highest priority items first gives a great feeling of satisfaction and competence. It eliminates the negative feeling of being constantly bogged down in minutia. It helps us make progress on the things we consider most important. Doing that makes us feel like winners rather than losers to To Do trivia [Read more]

Fear Of Conflict Drives Us!

Can you recall a time when you did not say something you needed to say because you, "Didn’t want to fight"? This many be one of the most common human experiences. When people say or think "I don’t want to fight", what do they really mean? They probably mean that they had childhood experiences where they expressed their truth and it led to a dramatic scene of conflict. Now they connect telling their truth with unpleasantness. They also mean that they expect the other person to be unhappy with what they need to say. It’s likely that in the past they have lived with "anger addicts" whose explosive tempers created a fearful atmosphere.

They mean that they’ve not been able to separate those childhood scenes from present day. They also mean that the fear has become so entrenched that they don’t even want to attempt communicating their truth. Probably they don’t think they have the right to express their truth. Lastly, they mean that they don’t have the skills to express themselves, and don’t know how to learn them [Read more]

Improve Your Brain's Health With These Tips

Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Having a healthy lifestyle means that you don't drink too much alcohol, you are not a chain smoker, or you don't expose yourself to too much stress. The brain is said to be the most vital body organ and any activity that threatens its existence is not good at all. Quit anything that can kill your brain cells. If there is one thing that must be done, it is all about maintaining a lifestyle that will promote the brain's long life.

Eat the right food at the right time. There are a number of foods which are enlisted in the three groups of balanced meals. Anything that you take into your body must be brain-friendly. It is the food which fuels the brain so that it can carry out its task. Throw away any garbage food that you keep in your cupboard or refrigerator and put in the necessary ones that can take care of your brain. Exercise your brain. A dull mind has no brain prowess. For your brain to stay active as well as alive at all times, an effective way to do that is by administering brain teasers. Put your brain at work so it gets accustomed to performing its task [Read more]

Things to Remember During an Interview

Here are some common job descriptions explained that can aid a sales job applicant specify which job is right for them. Having a successful sales career has a starting point. Successful entrepreneurs today, built the skills, attitude and character by starting off somewhere and being excellent in that field. This is where the first job description is all about, the sales representative. A sales representative is usually in charge of calling customers and building relationships with them. They usually find the need, promoting products, assisting and advising customers and taking orders from customers. Often times, this is the starting point of a sales career.

This is for people who will be getting in sales jobs. When considering a company one should always look at the company’s integrity. Remember that in a sales job interview you will be like an ambassador. You will be introducing products and services that aim to help people improve their lives. Ask yourself, am I willing to sell products that won’t really provide the best service for the people? If you are not sold out to the products you are selling and if you know with complete honesty that it won’t really help people, then don’t do it. The purpose of business is to serve and provide excellent services [Read more]

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Woman Becomes Fat in America

Skinny Asian Woman Becomes Fat in America and Writes Diet Book

I began to reflect back on when I was growing up in Asia. I was a skinny girl with a big appetite. Meals would last for an hour and I usually ate two to three plates of food in addition to mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks and also supper. I then began to realize that American food was the culprit.

I was a skinny girl when I first came to the United States twenty two years ago. But after several months of eating American food, I gained 25 pounds.

For two years, I fought to lose the weight. I read at least a dozen weight-loss books; I tried diet patches, fat reducing creams, diet pills, diet tea, Slim-Fast, and everything that was on commercials at the time. The expensive diet patches and fat-reducing creams showed no results even though I applied them religiously. The diet tea gave me diarrhea for a few days, and I lost a couple of pounds. Then it lost its power, and my stomach didn’t react anymore. Consequently, I gained back the weight, most of which was probably water anyway. Slim-Fast was just like any regular milk for me.

I would stay full for an hour, and then be hungry again. It could not substitute for a regular meal. Diet pills were a scary experience. They made my heart beat so fast, I thought it was going to explode. I also followed the directions in the many diet books I bought, but the result was always yo-yo weight loss; I would lose 5 pounds, then gain back 7 pounds. It was very discouraging [Read more]

Making Love and Logic a Lifetime Habit

My dad had his own special parenting program. It was called "My Way or the Highway." When I complained to my childhood friends that my dad bossed me around and made a household slave out of me, I was told how lucky I was because that's what loving parents were supposed to do. When he said, "Sit down and shut up," I sat down and shut up.

Needless to say I grew up knowing nothing else and tried to use the same techniques on my own child. Unfortunately, when I said, "Sit down and shut up," my kids didn't sit down and shut up. They said, "We're calling Social Services. We have rights." The parenting style my dad used so effectively didn't work on kids a generation later. I also had a hard time getting his style to work for me as a classroom teacher. I was fortunate enough to discover some new skills that worked better. But they only worked when I remembered to use them. Unfortunately that wasn't often enough. I was getting frustrated [Read more]

Teenangers and Substance Abuse

In fact, most parents who care about their children see their kids growing up to become decent members of society who will hopefully be happy and successful in their life. The sad truth is that many teenagers do become involved in things they should not, such as drugs. It could be alcohol, it could be a prescription drug or it could be a street drug. What it is does not matter; what does matter is what encourages these kids to start taking such things in their bodies. Some do it because they like the high and they keep taking it because they can’t stop, others do it because they are trying to hide from a world they have no control over.

Many teens will often turn to substance abuse because they feel it is the way to deal with the stresses and/or abuse they are suffering at home. It could be both, or just one or the other, but both play a significant role in pushing teens toward substance abuse. The sad part in all this is that in many cases this could have been avoided. It starts with the parents communicating with their child. Parents should be talking to their kids and taking part in educating the child in what is and isn’t a good idea. Parents should be encouraging their kids, supporting them and ensuring that if things are going wrong the child knows that their parent is there for them to talk to [Read more]

What Does Life Do For an Encore?

As a human being do our eyes behold what few have ever seen or have we hardly seen anything at all? Do we see life as it should be or as it might be? Are we a large gathering of copyists? Are we complete outsiders to the position of being human? Are we here to trust in our instincts, instinctively care for the Earth or are we here to slip into the effects of our mind and cobble the body of the dreamer back together? Perhaps we are here to pass our accomplishments on to some other world where failure is later accepted.

Does life reveal passwords of truth hidden in crumpled up papers stuffed in cardboard boxes only to star in tomorrow's trash bundles? Are the secrets of life standing awkwardly over us or do they fly past us as memorable experiences that scant our mind two or three days and then are forgotten? Is the mystery of life shot off in emails, dropped off in manila folders, diagrammed stiffly on tables or is the mystery of life given to us as history in walls torn down as timely symbols?

One day filled with covered wagons and the next day jotting jazz on a map of trumpeting icons life remains under the microscope of reality's researching eyes. Camera-shy about gravity and cautious of schemers life presents a world premiere of utopian visions in real world consequences. A fearless dedication to dance with its visions life is a space of readable presentation where we are never quite sure just what is proven fact and if human beings are artists judging on fact or if human beings have in fact turned life into a laboratory realm for judging souls [Read more]

Friday, September 12, 2008

Treats That Can Kill Pets

Treats That Can Kill Pets

While you may be aware of the adverse affects that these foods have on humans, you may not realize just how devastating they can be to your pets. In fact, in many cases, foods that are simply unhealthy for humans can be downright dangerous to pets. Here is a look at just a few of them.

Alcohol is potentially lethal to humans, and the same is true when it comes to pets. Since pets are smaller than humans, they are more easily affected by alcohol. As such, even consuming small amounts of alcohol can be quite dangerous to pets. So, you should never purposely provide your pet with alcoholic beverages and you should take certain steps to make certain your pet cannot get into your alcohol.

The artificial sweetener xylitol may help humans enjoy tasty treats without the potential negative side effects associated with eating sugar, but it can be quite dangerous for your pet to consume. Xylitol is found in many sugar-free products, including candy and gum. If a dog eats a significant amount of these products, it can experience a number of different reactions that can be quite severe [Read more]

Hey Creditors: Stop Harassing Me!

Unfortunately, because many people are made to feel guilty when they owe money, they think that a creditor has the legal right to hound them until they pay their bills. Fortunately, however, Congress has passed a number of federal laws, most important of them being the FDCPA (Fair Debt Credit Protection Act) which hold that regardless of the status of your delinquency, the amount of money you owe, or how overdue it may be, you do have certain rights. Primary among them is the right to not be harassed by a creditor.

As many collection agencies operate by attempting to scare or intimidate a person who owes money, you need to know that you are not required to enter into any agreements or discuss your financial situation with a collection agency representative who calls you on the telephone. These agreements are often unfair and place a debtor in a sever disadvantage, but many are too tired of receiving harassing phone calls, or to scared after they have been harassed for so long, and go ahead and sign these agreements anyway [Read more]

3 Tips on How to Get Her Phone Number

Some women are friendly, but they are hesitant to give their phone numbers. Most of them are just being careful and some claim that they want to avoid being labeled as "too-easy". But in reality, women consider the phone number exchange as a commitment rather than an act of friendliness. Read these 3 tips on how to get her phone number and your dating life would never be the same.

The first tip on how to get her phone number is to know when to ask for it. You don't really expect a girl to give her number seconds after introduction right? When you have known her for a long time (and we're talking minutes here, let us say, 30-45 minutes), then it is a good time to ask for her number. If you feel that the attraction is present, then it will boost up your chance of having her number. One of the hardest things on how to get her phone number is the idea of whether she's single or not. You must try to find out by asking her in a subtle manner [Read more]

Diet Without Exercise is a Recipe For Failure

Our bodies were created to live a rugged, active, lifestyle while eating moderate amounts of natural foods.Though we may not live a rugged lifestyle, we most assuredly live a hurried lifestyle. When it comes to developing a lean, fit, muscular body many people don't believe they have the time, motivation, or discipline to exercise on a regular basis. Many of these same people however will rationalize that they can lose the weight by way of dieting alone.

There are many diet programs that even make this part of their advertising campaign, telling you that you can lose the weight without any "streneous exercise." Many people will buy into this idea as a simple way to lose weight. Just buy their pre-packaged diet food, eat it, and you will lose the weight, right? [Read more]

Monday, September 8, 2008

Internet Highjacks Your Kids

Don't Let the Internet Highjack Your Kids

Would you consider letting your 13 or 14-year old daughter go to an unsupervised costume party to hang out with strangers? I'm talking about people you’ve never met, people of any age, people who are all wearing costumes, people who can pretend to be someone they aren't?

It is estimated that there are over 750,000 adults cruising these sites every day looking for vulnerable kids. When they find one who has self-esteem problems or strong needs for approval or a sense of belonging they start asking innocent questions such as, "Do you like this band? Can I help you with your homework?" Before long the questions turn to, "Do you want to go private?" Then they set out to meet this kids.

In a recent sting operation, agents were able to trace a child whose profile only gave information about her name, school, and the name of her soccer team. It only took the team 30 minutes to know where to find her. She thought she was being safe [Read more]

Practice Sex for Long Life

Sex improves the immune system of our body. Having sex twice or thrice in a week increases the amount of antibody called as Immunoglobulin A (IgA) in the body. Increase in the level of antibody IgA makes you resistant to the common cold and other seasonal infections like sneezing. It also helps to increase your resistance to typhoid.

Sex prevents Headache in women. Migraine headaches are observed more in women because of not making sexual intercourse. Because of the sexual arousal and intercourse the increase in the level of corticosteroids and endorphins is observed that prevents the migraine headaches in women. Same effect was observed in men also.

Sex keeps your weight under control by burning the unwanted calories. Performing sex for thirty minutes burns the same calories that you burn by doing one hour of workout. As the calories are burn your weight remains in control and you are safe from the diseases like obesity [Read more]

Can Erectile Dysfunction Excercises Help Me?

Many medical professionals believe that exercise is important in helping a man achieve and maintain an erection. Since an erection depends on unimpeded blood flow to reach its full potential, regular exercise can help keep arteries open and possibly contribute to better, longer-lasting erections. And when a man is in better physical shape, he also may have more stamina, an important factor in sexual performance whether he is using an ED drug or not. And a better, longer performance can have a positive impact on self-esteem and self-confidence.

As good an idea as exercise in general is, though, there are specialized exercises that some men believe can make a particular difference in helping with erectile dysfunction. These unique exercises can be done quickly and easily at home, and don’t require any equipment.

Men whose erectile dysfunction is the result of leaking veins may find help in special exercises known as Kegel exercises. These exercises are sometimes recommended to help women who live with urinary incontinence, and were originated to help control incontinence in women after childbirth. In Kegel exercises, the pelvic muscles that a man uses to stop urination in mid-flows are contracted and relaxed. By working on strengthening these muscles, it is believed that some men may eventually be able to achieve erections without using other means, such as ED drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra [Read more]

Ten Ways to Protect You and Your Home From Ghosts and Negative Energies

Smudge Your Home Every Week - Smudging is the process of burning sage and other herbs to purify the energy of a room, a building or even an individual. To properly smudge, open a window in the room you are clearing. Light the end of the smudge stick and begin to walk around the room, moving the smudge stick in the areas of the room that feel thick, negative or uncomfortable for you. As you smudge you want to hold the intention of clearing away all negative energies.

Burn Candles with an Intention - After you smudge you want to burn a few candles, and infuse each candle with an intention. For example, you might say as you light a candle, "I intend for my house to be filled with love and kindness." Burn black candles to dispel negativity and burn white candles to infuse purity and protection. This will raise the energy of any room. Candles and smudge sticks are available at my website, Their Way Home. Clean Out the Clutter - Everyone has a little bit of clutter in their busy homes, but too much clutter (particularly the kind that never goes away) creates a chaotic, stagnant vibration that can affect your ability to think clearly. Ghosts love chaos and stagnation because it reflects how they feel.

They feel right at home around it. Schedule a couple of days every so often to organize your home and office. And never, ever store boxes of 'stuff' under your bed. It will ruin your sleep and can potentially give you bad dreams. Put chunks of rose quartz under your bed instead. It will surround you with love and sweet dreams [Read more]