Making the Most of a Power Outage

A recent series of rainstorms left my home without electricity for 2 days. Being without power certainly made me realize how dependent I am on it. No lights, no landline phone, no computer, and only intermittent cell phone service left me feeling as primitive as it's possible to feel during a suburban blackout. Here are a few observations about my experience that may help you be prepared for a power outage:

  • Have backup lighting ready to spring into action . Whether it's candles (be sure to know where they are, the matches, and a candle holder are), flashlights (keep fresh batteries on hand and know where they are) or a lantern (keep kerosene or the appropriate fuel on hand, or, if It's electric, keep it charged), do not wait until you need it to think about backup lighting. My husband and I keep our electric lantern charged at all times, and we know exactly where it is. It was great to be able to grab it as soon as the lights went out. It allowed us to navigate our way to the generator, which kept our sump pump, refrigerator, and a very popular lamp working.
  • Keep your cell phone charged . Although we had only sporadic ability to talk on our cell phones, texting worked just fine, and allowed us to keep in touch with friends and family members. My husband and I both have phone chargers in our car as well, should the need to recharge ever come before the electricity does.
  • If you have a gas-powered generator , keep plenty of backup gasoline on hand. Of course, store it safely in a well-ventilated area. We went through quite a bit of fuel for our generator, and given that the gas stations near our home were all closed because of the power outage, it would have been quite inconvenient to have had to make frequent trips to a far-away open gas Station to refill our gas cans. We had enough gas on hand to get us through the first 18 hours.
  • Be creative on how to make the most of the darkness . I discovered that the chore I go out of my way to avoid, dusting, was actually fun when done with a flashlight. Now if I could only convince future visitors to my home to keep the lights off, I would never have to dust! With no electronic distractions, like email, I got talked up on a few other chores as well: I emptied the dishwasher, put away the clean laundry, and prepared the grocery list. I also found it easy to make time to read – that's something I do not typically do. I planted myself near the coveted generator-powered lamp and plowed through a book I'd been trying to get to for a long time.
  • Do not stress about not being able to check email . Because most cafés and coffee shops in the area that normally have free internet access were without power, and I was not willing to drive around searching for a place that was open, I did not check email for 2 days. When the power came back on, I had 198 new email messages. Although I thought I was very efficient with my email processing before the outage, having such a huge backlog really made me be purposeful and decent as I handled each message. I plowed through them in about 3 hours, whereas they normally might have taken me at least twice as long.

Although it was certainly inconvenient, being without electricity for a couple of days gave me the opportunity to break from routine and enjoy the serenity of being "disconnected" for a while. After all, with no TV, computer or other electronics, it was easy to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading, and yes, even dusting. While I do not wish for you to experience a power outage, here's hopping that if you do, you're well-prepared and can weather the storm with a good book (and dust cloth) in hand.

Wishing you simplicity, harmony and freedom.

69 Dirty Talk Messages to Crank Up Your Texting Life

The ability to text message from ANYWHERE on the planet is something new, and gives relationships something they’ve never had before…the ability to keep our relationships exciting, even if we are separated from our lovers.

Now the hard part is trying to be creativity and erotic on your own. While sometimes it just rolls off the tongue, and thinking of what to say is quite easy. Other times, you might receive a sexy message and be dumbfounded on how to respond.

Below is a list of dirty talk messages that should be used when you can’t see the person you want, and your goal is to make them think OBSESS about you and the fact they can’t have you right now.

Some of these dirty talk messages are fun, some are serious, so use them wisely and don’t randomly use them. Sometimes humor when you’re having a seriously sexy chat can spoil the mood.

1. Hi. I’m horny.

2. I just thought about how awesome you are. And how awesome I am. Let’s hook up!

3. If you were the new burger at McDonalds you would be the McSexy!

4. You’re so f’n sexy!!

5. I want you right NOW.

6. The thought of you is turning me on!

7. Can you send me a picture so I can show Santa what I want for Christmas?

8. I can’t wait to see you later

9. You are SO hot

10. I love your body

11. I’ve been thinking about you ALL day

12. You make me want to do BAD things to you…and myself;)

13. I’m so h*rd/w3t right now

14. I would give anything to be with you right now!

15. I’ll be waiting for you later…naked;)

16. You can do whatever you want

17. The fact I can’t have you right now makes me want you MORE

18. What would YOU do to ME?

19. I’ve never been so turned on by someone!

20. I’ve NEVER wanted someone like I want you

21. You’d look so hot going down on me:)

22. No one does me like you!

23. I want you so bad I don’t notice anyone else

24. I’ve never met someone who turns me on like you!

25. You have the nicest a$$ on the planet, is it real?

26. Hey I just realized this, but you look a lot like my next girlfriend/boyfriend!

27. What are you wearing?

28. Your body makes me happy

29. I’m not wearing any underwear… maybe I can wear you later

30. Hello, I’m a thief, and I’m here to steal your heart.

31. Can I please be your slave tonight?

32. Do you know, your hair and my pillow are perfectly color coordinated?

33. God must have been in a very good mood the day we met.

34. I think I could fall madly in bed with you.

35. I want to melt in your mouth, not in your hand.

36. I wonder what our children will look like.

37. I’d like to name a multiple orgasm after you!

38. I’ll cook you dinner if you cook me breakfast.

39. I’ve got a condom with your name on it.

40. Picture this, you, me, bubble baths, and a bottle of champagne.

41. What do you like for breakfast?

42. Why don’t you surprise your roommate and not come home tonight???

43. Will you marry me for just one night?

44. Can I buy you a drink, or do you just want the money?;)

45. Don’t be so picky… I wasn’t! Just kidding, I love you

46. You want me. I can smell it.

47. Damn…..your ass is fine! Want to come see mine?

48. You’re like pizza. Even when you’re bad, you’re good.

49. I would lose my wallet just to see you right now

50. I’m in one of those ‘you could do whatever you want moods’ too bad you’re not here

51. Got any raisins? (No.) Then how about a date?

52. Milk does the body good, but damn how much did you drink?

53. Do you sleep on your stomach? (yes/no) Can I?

54. You so fine!

55. I say we Déjà vu last night all over again later?

56. Hi. My name is (name). I’ll be your play toy tonight.

57. Are you a virgin? (No.) Prove it!

58. My bedroom has a very interesting ceiling…

59. So what did you think of me last night? Pretty fantastic eh?

60. You’re on my list of things to do tonight.

61. OH GOD! OH GOD! Just practicing;)

62. Do you know how to use a whip? hehe

63. I’m drunk:)

64. Didn’t anyone tell you that you wanted to sleep with me??? I thought you knew!

65. Hey babe, wanna get LUCKY!?

66. Your place or mine?

67. You *will* come home with me tonight (Jedi mind trick)

68. I’m gay, think you can convert me?

69. I’m just looking for a friend with benefits (Uhm?) No not sex. A car, nice stuff, etc. Get your mind out of the gutter.

As always we had a lot of fun putting together this list. We know that we’ve missed some GREAT dirty talk lines so please feel free to comment some of your favorite messages.

Foundation Repair – Bottle Jacks Are BAD!

For many people foundation repairs are a necessary evil when they are having settling or having problems with their home. Most are not up to speed on the technical aspects of structurally repairing their homes foundation or foundation, so they look through the phone book or go online and look for a repair expert in their area. With little knowledge or research a foundation repair contractor is chosen based on price or convenience. This is where problems can start, the lack of knowledge is the enemy of quality workmanship.

Quality foundation repair contractors have years of experience and a host of quality products and employees at their disposal so that they can apply the best solution to your homes unique situation. The bad contractors base their business on price and convenience. They are able to install their pier systems very quickly and inexpensively because they are adapting your situation to their foundation repair solution and equipment. No thought is given to the real factors involved with structurally stabilizing a foundation or foundation.

These real world factors include:

Structural weight

Structural elevations

Structural strength of the current foundation

Pier system capacities

Synchronized lifting

Soil properties

Drainage and water runoff

One of the simplest methods to see if you are receiving a quality foundation repair is to inquire about the equipment to be used on your repair. Many low cost, fly-by-night contractors use simple bottle jacks (car jacks) is drive pier sections into the soil. They will then use these same car jacks in an attempt to stabilize your home. This should throw up a red flag to all homeowners. If the contractor will not spend money on quality, engineer approved equipment they most likely will not repair your home in a quality, engineer approved manner.

While a relatively simple way to filter out poor installing contractors, it is a good rule of thumb to narrow down your choices. Simply put, bottle jacks are great for temporary support of cars, beams and trailers but when being used for foundation repairs they can cause damage to a homes foundation. Bottle jacks have no pressure gauge to regulate the pressure being applied to a foundation, only a crude mechanical means for adjustment. Bottle jacks have a very small head or saddle, which presses against your foundation when the mechanical pump is depressed. This greatly increases the stress on a foundation causing cracks and possible ruptures in the footing or wall. Increasing the square inches of contact area greatly reduces the applied force on the foundation. Most quality foundation pier systems accomplish this by using a steel bracket with a large surface area for the feet to rest on attached to a specifically designed hydraulic cylinder.

The lack of a pressure gauge is another deficiency of bottle jacks. With now means of measuring the force applied to the foundation there is no way of knowing if the foundation can sustain this force. Quality structural repair systems have a gauge and valve to measure and limit the hydraulic forces applied to your home. When lifting a structure, multiple heavy duty hydraulic cylinders and valve banks are used to complete a synchronized lift. This way the foundation is supported and lifted evenly, as not to apply unequal forces on a structure.

It should now be obvious why engineers and quality foundation repair contractors do not implement bottle jacks to repair your homes foundation. So when you start your research for a foundation repair contractor start with this one easy filter and narrow your choice from there.

The Awesomeness of Owning Freezer Mugs

Ever wondered how freezer mugs work? What is it in these mugs that make them function the way they do, like keeping your beverage cool and refreshing long after removing them from the refrigerator? Basically, these mugs are containers with a double-side wall, filled with a certain type of gel-a mixture of propylene glycol and water-at the core, which serves as an antifreeze. The antifreeze works by keeping the mugs’ freezing point lower than what it usually is, so in effect, the liquid contained in it is kept cold for a longer time. While it is similar in many aspects to the freeze preventive used in automobiles (ethylene glycol), propylene glycol is considerably less toxic, so the freezer mugs are still kept safe even in cases of accidental leakage.

Freezer mugs come in a variety of styles. You can find them in the form of a beer mug, a wine glass, or even a tumbler. You can also find them plain clear or frosted, or even with colored gels inside, depending on your preference. These mugs can also be made from different materials, such as plastic, glass or acrylic. But whatever the material your mugs are made from, it is important that they are well taken care of. Habitual use in environments of very different temperatures can shock the mugs and cause them to crack, so it is important to know how to properly store them.

To care for your mug, wash it in lukewarm water by hand and place it in the refrigerator for an hour to cool it down. Remember not to leave it soaking in the water or to use a dishwasher to clean it. Afterwards, move the mug to the freezer and put it in an upside down position, out of the direct path of the air inlet. By the time you need to use the freezer mug, take it from the freezer and wrap a dry towel around it. You are now ready to use your freezer mug again.

As a whole, users of freezer mugs seem to have a good review on it. For them, the mugs work just great, in terms of keeping their favorite beverages cool and fresh as it does not water the drink down. Also, it saves them from ice and all the hassles that come with it, as it is able to keep the cold temperature longer. Indeed, there are so many benefits from keeping your own freezer mugs.

When shopping for freezer mugs, it is highly recommended to buy them online by bulk because online markets offer the best selection for the best prices. You can even choose your favorite sport team on your mug! Happy drinking!

Why Sign Language Is Good for Your Baby/Toddler

Babies who cannot communicate effectively tend to throw tantrums. In case you are not able to guess why the child is distraught, the situation gets helpless as it makes the child inconsolable. Teaching your child to use signing can allow your child to communicate what they want, providing a bridge to the spoken word. Know that babies and toddlers are able to understand far more than they can express. Hence sign language is the much needed skill to articulate speech until the age of 10-12 months when auditory skills are underdeveloped.

Right time

You can begin demonstrating when your child can hold your gaze for a couple of seconds i.e. when the child is between the age of 6-8 months. Start with three to five signs, using eye contact and saying the word out loud. Add additional words when you begin to make progress.

Allows two-way communication

It helps reduce the guesswork of understanding your infant’s thoughts, allowing a better understanding between you two. Remember you’re not formally “teaching” signs as such, just adding simple gestures which are easily linked to the objects. It doesn’t really matter what the sign is, as long as you agree on its meaning.

Vocabulary and Language skills

When you are teaching your child sign language, do it by saying the name of the thing out loud and many times as you show your child the thing. This repetition may help to expand your child’s horizon of both auditory and visual vocabulary and language skills.

Reading & Spelling proficiency

Research supports that children who learn sign language in infancy have better reading and spelling skills. As sign language is a visual language, it involves using the visual and attention skills which are very important skills in both learning and social interactions.

Increased memory retention

This practice stimulates and engages children of different learning styles. When children use sign language, they are learning visually, verbally, and kin aesthetically all at the same time.

Motor skills

Teaching to use this language can support in development of your child’s fine motor skills. Your child gets to practice fine motor skills as they learn to sign back to you.

Stimulate brain development

When learning sign language both the left and right hemisphere of the brain are used compared to learning a spoken language, which only uses the brain’s left hemisphere. Signing children are also found to have higher IQ at a later stage.

Children are all different and may or may not show an interest in signing

Visual attention skills and Joint attention skills

Teaching using and understanding signalling requires a child to utilize his visual and joint attention skills, both of which are very important skills in both learning and social interactions.

10 Questions To Ask Before You Choose A Roof

Choosing the correct replacement for an aged roof – or identifying the best choice for a new building – is no easy task. The perfect roofing solution for one building may be the worst choice for another just down the street. That's because no two buildings are precisely alike, even if they are closely resembled each other. So how do you choose a new roof, given all the choices in the marketplace? You can start by asking a series of questions, before you choose the roof, the roofing contractor or the manufacturer.

1. What is this building's mission statement?

Before calls are made to roofing contractors or manufacturers, the first item to address is the company's mission statement as it relates to the building.

Whether you are building new facilities or managing existing properties, you want to be confident that the roofing systems you select deliver the performance you expect. More often than not, the building itself dictates the appropriate roofing system specification.

You need to know as much about the building and its future as possible. Does the company plan to keep this building as part of its real estate assets for the next 10 to 20 years? Are there any plans to expand it in the near future, or to change its use? What are its current and future occupancy, insulation requirements, aesthetic priorities and even the maintenance schedules for rooftop equipment?

These and other mission statement issues will help shape answers to types of roofing to consider and how much of the capital budget is really needed for the job.

Start your questions with what is the building going to be used for. If it's a building, maybe you only need a basic roof. But, if the facility has a special use, such as an airline reservation center with computers in it, then your considerations for roofing options are quite different.

For example, as more companies move toward operating 24 hours daily, seven days a week to satisfy global customers, the data center must never spring a rooftop leak. Water on computer systems generally spells disaster.

A special set of concerns arise for cooling-dominated climates. Does the roof contribute to air conditioning savings and address other key issues? Is it part of a total energy program? There is a growing concern about urban heat islands. Reflective, white roofs have become of interest in those areas for a few reasons. They keep the building cooler, reduce air conditioning costs and also minimize the heat-loading of the surrounding environment.

2. What physical and other elements influence the roofing system selection?

After identifying the goals and mission of a facility, it's time to evaluate the building itself. You need to begin by looking at the building's location and the attributes of its surrounding area. You need to examine building codes, weather trends, topography – even the direction the building faces.

The physical characteristics of the building are also critical: size, shape, design, height and age.
You also need to look at the construction materials used to build the facility and the location of HVAC and fire protection equipment, particularly if either or both of these are partially or wholly housed on the rooftop.

When it comes to roof replacement, you need to list the attributes of the roof area itself. It's best to detail the roof's size, shape, slope, deck construction, edge detailing, protrusions, rooftop access and existing roofing system. Along with this basic information, you need to find out why the original roof is no longer adequate.

3. What flexible-membrane roofing options are available?

SPRI, the association that represents sheet membrane and component suppliers to the commercial roofing industry, identifies three major categories of membranes: thermosets, thermoplastics and modified bitumens.

Thermoset membranes are made from rubber polymers. The most common is EPDM, often referred to as "rubber roofing." These membranes are well suited to withstand the potentially damaging effects of sunlight and the common chemicals found on roofs. They are easily identified on the rooftop. Just look at the seams. Thermoset membranes require liquid or tape adhesives to form a watertight seal at the overlaps.
Thermoplastic membranes are based on plastic polymers. The most common is PVC, which is made flexible by adding plasticizers. Thermoplastic membranes have seams that are most commonly formed using heat welding. Most thermoplastic membranes are manufactured with a reinforcement layer, usually polyester or fiberglass to provide increased strength and dimensional stability.

Hypalon thermoplastic starts as a thermoplastic, but cures over time to become a thermoset. Like other thermoplastics, Hypalon materials are heat sealed at the seams.

Another thermoplastic hybrid is thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), which combines the attributes of EPDM and PVC. TPO membranes do not cure after exposure to the elements and remain hot-air weldable through their service life. Most TPO membranes are reinforced with polyester, fiberglass or a combination of the two, but unreinforced TPO membranes are available.

Modified bitumen membranes incorporate the formulation and prefabrication advantages of flexible-membrane roofing with some of the traditional installation techniques used in built-up roofing. Modified bitumen sheets are factory-fabricated, composed of asphalt which is modified with a rubber or plastic polymer for increased flexibility, and combined with a reinforcement for added strength and stability.

4. Which type of membrane and attachment system are best for the building?

Many factors determine the best system for a particular building. For most buildings, there are a number of options and advantages that need to be weighed against the facility's mission statement. The decision should not be made only on the basis of cost. Other important considerations for membranes are building height, wind exposure, anticipated roof traffic and aesthetics.

The attachment system also depends on the specific building's characteristics. If the roof deck is able to withstand the weight, a ballasted roof may be the best option. But, if the slope of the roof is greater than 2 inches every foot, this system may not be appropriate. There are other limitations to ballasted systems, such as roof height, proximate to shorelines and other high wind zones, and the availability of ballast.
A steel or wood deck that easily accepts fasteners makes a good substrate for a mechanically fastened membrane. These systems can be designed to provide the necessary resistance to known wind forces and are not subject to slope limitations.

Another alternative is the fully adhered system, in which the membrane is attached to the prepared substrate using a specified adhesive. Depending on the membrane, the adhesive may be solvent- or water-based or asphalt. The finished surface of an adhered roof is smooth.

For those concerned with building aesthetics, colored membranes can make an attractive contribution to the building's appearance.

5. Does all roofing material delivered to the job site bear the UL label?

If not, specify that it must. This is the only way you can guarantee that the roofing materials installed on your roof are the same materials tested by Underwriter's Laboratories. Additionally, be sure that the roof assembly you buy or specify, which includes the insulation, is UL-classified and -labeled. Using an insulation other than what was tested with the roofing membrane may void the UL classification. If the UL Building Materials Directory does not list the roofing system you are sold, insist on verification of the classification in the form of a photocopy of the UL's letter of approval.

Make sure that the product you are getting is the actual product that was tested. You do not want something that is similar but not equal. Look for the label at the job site and make sure all components of the system were tested together. You want the membrane tested with the insulation that you are using on your building.

6. Does the system require a wind uplift rating?

Wind uplift damage can be extensive and expensive. Accepted as an industry standard, American Society of Civil Engineers Standard 7-95, "Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures," can be used to determine the wind zone of the building. Wind uplift testing, such as that at Factory Mutual or Underwriters Laboratories, can be used to determine that the selected roof system meets or exceeds the local wind uplift requirements.

7. How much does the completed system add to the dead load weight of the roof structure?

In choosing any reroofing option, the facility executive should be aware of the load-bearing capacity of the roof deck to make sure the right flexible-membrane option is chosen. In new construction, savings in structural steel can often be achieved by installing one of the lighter flexible-membrane systems.

A ballasted thermoplastic or EPDM roof may require in excess of 1,000 pounds per 100 square feet, while a mechanically attached or fully adhered thermoset or thermoplastic membrane weighs 33 pounds per 100 square feet. A lighter system often allows you to reroof directly over your existing roof, while the heavier ones may require you to tear off the old roof and begin anew. But weight is only one consideration in the selection of a roof membrane and attachment system. A ballasted roof may be the best choice for a given facility. Facility executives must confirm that all relevant considerations, including weight, are taken into account in the decision-making process.

8. What are the expertise and financial strengths of the roofing contractor you are considering?

Roofing contractors need to be chosen with great care. The introduction of new roofing materials and application techniques within the past 10 years has led to many changes. A professional roofing contractor should be familiar with different types of roofing systems, to help you make the best decision for your facility, based on your budget.

Ask the contractor if his or her company is a member of a local, state, regional or national industry association. Contractors involved in professional associations generally are better informed on the latest developments and issues of their industry.

Insist the contractor supply you with copies of insurance certificates that verify workers' compensation and general liability coverages. Check that those coverages are in effect for the duration of your roofing job. If the contractor is not properly insured, your company, as the property owner, may be liable for accidents occurring on the property. Also check your state's licensing requirements and find out if the contractor is bonded by a surety company.

The installation of different roofing systems varies significantly. Education and training are the most important elements in the installation of roofing systems. Make sure the roofing contractor you choose has had detailed and ongoing training on the system being installed.

One rule of thumb is to find out if the contractor has installed at least 100,000 square feet of the system you want in the past 18 months. Also, make sure the contractor is approved by the manufacturer to install that specific system.

The quality of workmanship is crucial to good roof performance. The National Roofing Contractors Association offers a professional roofing selection guide. In addition, many manufacturers have approved contractor programs with specific qualifications that roofers must complete before approval.

9. What is warranted and by what?

There are two basic categories of roofing warranties. The contractor's warranty typically covers workmanship. The manufacturer's warranty covers at least the materials, though many cover additional items. Even if the manufacturer's warranty is broad, it will not completely protect you if the roof is improperly installed.

Carefully read and understand any roofing warranty offered and watch for provisions that would void it. For example, it's nearly impossible to avoid all ponded water. Ponded water can be caused by a clogged roof drain or deflection of the roof deck in between the support columns. Proper roof maintenance can help ensure that the warranty remains valid. Be aware of warranty language that voids the guarantee.

Most professional roofing contractors will offer periodic maintenance inspections throughout the year. These inspections help ensure your project complies with the standards specified in the warranty. A typical maintenance program consists of a detailed visual examination of the roof system, flashing, insulation and related components to identify any potential trouble areas.

More important than the warranty, however, is getting the right flexible-membrane roof on your building in the first place. If the roof is correctly designed and installed to meet your facility's needs, building codes and geographical considerations, and the warranty covers those needs, you probably will enjoy the benefits of a flexible-membrane roof many years after the original warranty expires.

10. After the roof is installed, what after service and educational programs are available for the facilities management team?

Seminars offered by roofing industry associations like SPRI and manufacturers can be invaluable ways for the building's roofing team to expand their understanding of commercial roofing system types, installation processes and maintenance considerations. Specific courses are available to help building owners and facilities managers Learn more about various roofing systems, materials and components; Insulation and accessory products; Elements of roof design; Contractor selection; Warranties and maintenance considerations.

Transform Your Room With Faux Wood Beams

You'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between real wood ceiling beams and high-quality polyurethane look-alikes. If you want the look of real wood beams without the hard labor of installing and finishing them, faux wood beams are the ticket. You can get them in lots of styles and prefinished colors to suit your taste, from rough and rustic to smooth and shapely.

Faux beams are a fraction of the weight of wood, so one person can easily lift the largest beam, and two people can safely maneuver them during installation. You cut them with ordinary woodworking saws, and they attach to the ceiling with adhesive and a few screws.

Here's how easy it is to install a ceiling beam.

What You Need

  • Beams and matching wood filler, available online for shipment to your door (Google "faux wood beams")
  • Short pieces of 2×4 to use as mounting blocks
  • 3-inch screws or anchors for attaching 2×4 blocks to ceiling
  • 2-inch screws for attaching beam to blocks
  • Construction adhesive such as Liquid Nails Poly or PL Premium Poly

Overview

The ceiling beam has a U cross section, open along the top where it rests against the ceiling. To install the beam, you first cut short wood blocks that fit inside the U and screw these to the ceiling. Then you apply adhesive to the top edges of the beam, slip it over the blocks and screw the beam to them.

Step By Step

After you've planned where the wood beams will go, just follow these simple steps to install each beam:

  1. Measure the inside width of the ceiling beam and cut 2×4 blocks to fit. You need about one block for each 4 feet of beam.
  2. Mark where the beam will go on the ceiling using a pair of chalk lines or strips of painter's tape.
  3. Attach the 2×4 blocks with screws or anchors every 3-6 feet along the lines you've marked. Then you can dust off the chalk line or remove the painter's tape.
  4. Mark the beam for cutting. If the wall and ceiling do not form a right angle, transfer the angle using a sliding T bevel. If the beam extends from wall to wall, mark it about 1/8 inch longer for a snug fit.
  5. Cut the faux wood beam to length. Use a power miter saw, manual miter box or any sharp, fine-tooth woodcutting saw for a smooth cut. Dry-fit the cut beam to make sure the length is right.
  6. Apply construction adhesive along the open top edges of the beam.
  7. With a helper, slip the beam over the blocks, hold it snugly against the ceiling, and screw it to each block on each side. Countersink the screws slowly.
  8. Fill the screw holes with matching wood filler.
  9. Climb down the ladder, sit back in a comfortable chair and admire the new dimension you've just added to your room.

Tips for Great Results

  • If possible, position each 2×4 block on a ceiling joist. Then you can use plain screws to attach them securely and not have to bother with plastic or metal anchors.
  • Cut the ceiling beam slowly long so the ends fit snugly into place against the walls.
  • Apply the bead of adhesive toward the inside of the wood beam so it does not squeeze outside the beam. If some adhesive does squeeze out, carefully wipe it away. Or, to avoid smearing, let the adhesive harden first and then cut it away with a razor or utility knife.

More Dimensions

You can do much more than attach faux wood beams to the surface of the ceiling. You can enclose the open side and ends of the beam for a completely solid look from all angles. You can suspend beams from point to point to simulate ties or trusses. You can use them vertically to simulate support posts. And you can use faux wood beams and accessories outdoors as well, for everything from decorative headers and corbels to freestanding pergolas.

Exciting News For North Cyprus Property Owners! Marina Development Approved

North Cyprus Apartment owners will be excited to learn that the construction of Port Cyprium Marina, the first profession marina in North Cyprus, near Kyrenia will be going ahead!

North Cyprus boasts beautiful beaches, scenic landscapes, and picturesque villages. The recently opened 18-hole international standard golf course in Esentepe, one of the most stunning golf courses in the Mediterranean region has contributed significantly to the growing popularity and increasing property prices in this area.

Property prices and tourism are set to climb even higher when the development of the first fully serviced marina in North Cyprus, Port Cyprium Marina progresses. The Marina will provide 542 berths for yacht owners; Additionally a range of leisure and sporting facilities for those living in and around Esentepe.

The facilities will include:

  • A diving school
  • A sailing school
  • Full boat lifting, repair and servicing facilities
  • Excursion and leisure cruise boats
  • A private beach
  • Bars, restaurants and shops
  • Gym and Spa
  • Bowling green
  • 2 tennis courts
  • A sports club (also open to the public)
  • The design of the project is based on the rich culture and heritage of Northern Cyprus. This provides residents and visitors with an authentic experience, offering a unique lifestyle combined of comfort and leisure.

    The development of the marina will make this region of North Cyprus one of the most popular and highly demanded resorts available. It will invite a wealth of tourism and a high quality lifestyle to North Cyprus.

    Introduction of the new marina means investing in North Cyprus apartments is a great opportunity not to be missed!

    Cruise Terminal Adventures – Norwegian Star Review

    We scheduled a repositioning cruise on the Vision of the Seas from Los Angeles to Vancouver, BC and I had checked the website and found that NCL was offering a one-night Dinner & Dance cruise from Vancouver, BC to Seattle, WA for an unbelievable rate In a Balcony Cabin. Score!

    This trip proved to be an adventure for a one-nighter. I am going to try and keep a light tone to this review but it was nasty, as several thousand cruisers can attest to.

    We disembarked from the Vision of the Seas at the Balentine Cruise Terminal and waited 40 minutes for a taxi with several new friends that we made on the Vision and then took 45 minutes for what should have been a 5 minute taxi ride to Canada Place Cruise Terminal . Traffic through the city was horrendous. While we were driving through the Gastown there was a gentleman dragging a suitcase whose rollers had broken down the street, we actually passed him however while we were sitting on the street watching the traffic basically go now he passed us and finally disappeared, if we did Not have all the luggage we did it was quite obvious that walking was much faster than driving. We should have realized at this point that we were in deep do-do.

    We arrived at Canada Place Cruise Terminal, checked our bags, and found a line of around 1,000 people. We were trying to figure out whether this was our line or the line for one of the other ships when we found a Port employee and were told that all ships went through the same line, we were then informed that we could not get in line and Had to wait an hour or two because our ship had arrived late. We should have realized that this was the second sign of cruise terminal hell on earth.

    We headed out of Canada Place foraging for food and coffee and found a food court across the street where we wrestled a black bear for a table and set ourselves with some natural Canadian Mexican food to wait out our hour delay.

    An hour later we wandered back to madness. Think I'm kidding? I'm not. We took the underground tunnel into Canada Place and found the route via Elevator to the Cruise Terminal. The doors of the elevator opened and we found ourselves in the middle of an even longer line. I do not like line cutters myself, so we followed the line, over the river, through the woods, up the hill, over the dale, around the corner, in front of the hotel, up the steps, down the walkway, to The front of one of the ships. If you have never been to Canada Place imagine a huge building, bigger then some sports stadiums, long enough that two of the large cruise ships can park right next to it, one in front of the other and you can get an idea of ​​how long This line was. I would guess that there were a good 4,000 people in front of us in line at this point.

    Needless to say, people were getting testy and annoyed; We actually stand in one spot for almost an hour. I may have been imagining this, but at one point I believe the line started doing the "can can" and a conga line formed as well, at least I think it did, until I clicked my red heels together and wished to go home and Found myself standing in line again. Finally the line started moving again and about 3 hours later we were admitted down a stairway into the 2nd basement level. Comments about dungeons abounded and several people in line thought it may be possible that we were being led to the bottom of the ships to row or shovel coal.

    At this point thing started moving quickly, we were rushed through security, the line moved briskly through customs, enough that we felt a breeze, and we were finally to the cruise line desk, got our door keys and was directed to the ship.

    NCL is very conscious of the possible health issues on the ship as we were required to clean our hands with hand cleanser before we could board the ship.

    We got to our cabin and our bags were already there, they had been party for some time, the garment bag asked us where we had been and did we have any vodka with us. The carpet bag was balancing on a rail trying to be a tight line walker; Fortunately it did have good balance.

    We found our swimsuits and hobbled to the elevator for a quick trip to deck 12 and the blissful relaxation of the hot tubs. When we got to the pool deck we were amazed by how large the ship really was with a nice large pool with 2 water slides and 4 hot tubs. The outside diner was active and the food smelled great.

    After soaking in the hot tubs we went back to our cabin and placed reservation for dinner then wandered the ship for a bit, it really was a nice ship. We then directed to the main showroom for the production show "Cirque Pacific".

    "Cirque Pacific" was like most Cirque shows, best enjoyed when you are under the influence of something. Fortunately I did have some pharmaceuticals with me, too bad they were in my cabin. The show started with an announcement that smoking was not permitted in the auditorium, then them filled it with smoke, I know, show smoke, but still. I suspect that the smoke was a symbol of the state the director and choreographer where in when they put the show together; I seriously suspect they had smoked some happy grass beforehand. I had never seen hula girls doing river dance, women in blenders, and a character that looked like it belonged in "Tron" being representative of things from the Pacific region, but there they were. In reality the show was interesting and had some good high points and some of the performers were terrific, but Tarzan boy was just a little over the top. * Winks *

    We had Dinner in the "Endless Summer" restaurant, which was TexMex cuisine, it was as good as any TexMex restaurant that we had ate at earlier, with good flavor and plentiful portions.

    We then went to the Casino, where we did what most people do, which is donate. But it was run professionally and while it was only open for a short time it was a good place to play.

    Finally we decided to hit the rack. A little disappointed how difficult it was to get ice as none was left in the cabin and no steward returned our calls.

    The next morning we had breakfast in the main buffet and it was about normal buffet fare. All guests on the ship were expedited departure, which meant we had to carry a weeks' worth of luggage off the ship ourselves, but we did get quickly and were outside in Seattle in a matter of minutes.

    While this was only a single day exposure to NCL it was a positive exposure with the exception of the madness at Canada Place. So hopefully we will be on one of their ships again in the future.

    Try Writing an Email to Someone in the 1700s Writing Style – They Won’t Know What to Make of It

    Creative Writing is not as easy as it looks. Many people like to read historical fiction novels and read letters that one character writes to another. Indeed, in the old days, folks write a lot different than they do today. Can you even imagine writing a letter to someone in the style of writing used in the 1600s or 1700s? Well, maybe you might have a go of it and see what you come up with.

    For instance, just so you get a little taste of the style to refresh your memory, below is a creative writing practice letter to a creative writing coach.

     

    Baroness of Barbuda,

    I sincerely hope this letter finds you well and do hope it meets its destiny, as there are far too many ships lost this time of year due to the frightful Hurricane Season. I find it unfortunate that you hath reduced me to no more than a rich guy, merely because our family founded the first colonies. I dare say you are wonderfully blessed by God to have the benefits of news, as it rarely finds its way to the North. We have magnificent wild turkey here, however no chickens, such a delicacy one can only dream for.

     

    Perhaps by the grace of God we may soon have such pleasures of the plate. Indeed, there will be a trading vessel coming by next season here and our last corn harvest was good for this time of the year. Could I be so bold as to suggest that you have the local natives messenger your writings to the editors of news, as your time is valuable and you must attend to more pressing matters of running your Kingdom.

    With the grace of God, I bid you a warm farewell,

    Sir Lance-a-Lot of Articles

     

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    As you can see it’s not easy to weave a letter of this type into a fictional historical story, but that is not to say it cannot be done. Would one consider this a good try? Hmm? Well, it’s okay, it’s a start, you see,

     

    I am attempting to write a little historical fiction here, as it seems creative writing is not my forte, well unless it is Sci Fi. So, I figure I better get some practice?

    Can an online article writer write fiction as well as articles for article marketing, even if most of what they write is non-fiction? Some say that writing is writing and once you can write well, you can then work on your creativity aspect. In my case, most everything I write is non-fiction:

    Futurists Concepts

    Business

    Industry

    Politics

    Op Ed

    Philosophy

    Science

    Energy

    Etc.

    So, if I am going to write historical fiction, well I am going to need a coach and start talking to an eminent achiever creative writing genius. Now you might want to know what advice I would give to you in writing historical fiction, I would say the best way to get the hang of the era is to read actual writing from the exact period in which you will be creating your scene and characters in.

     

    Soon you will notice how flowery the personal letters were back in the day? It’s like everyone who was anyone back then could write well, today folks only do text messaging. It is really interesting to read the collection of letters, papers, documents that led us to the present day, amazing actually. Once you do a little studying on the particular era, then you can begin practicing and getting a feel for it. It’s not easy, but it may not be as difficult as you think.

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    The Ultimate Mormon Theological Contradiction’s Reliance on the Ultimate Mormon Destiny

    The convoluted story of Mormonism, as it exists in the 21st Century, is very similar to the duplicitous birth and use of a computer generated document fraudulently represented to be a real copy of, for example, a birth certificate, marriage certificate, or other public document originally created on paper and electronically scanned into a PDF document. Such an illegitimate computer generated document, a total fraud, is craftily created by its maker in superficial layers made from other previously created documents that preexisted the fraudulent generated document. For Mormonism began officially in 1830, but its real origins began in the minds of Joseph Smith, Jr., his mother, Lucy Mack Smith, his father, Joseph Smith, Sr., his brother, Hyrum Smith, and, in all probability, his third cousin, Oliver Cowdery, around the year 1820. Supposedly, in that year, Joseph Smith, Jr., the fourteen year old son of a failed farmer in up-state, Palmyra, New York, independently decided to pray to his deity in order to be led to the church that he should join. According to the tale told by the boy, Smith, he went, in his fifteenth year, to a wooded area near his father’s farm and supposedly prayed. This was, allegedly, done in the spring of 1820, and Joseph Smith, Jr. came away from the woods to originally tell certain people, first his mother, father, and brother, that he had received a vision in which an angel came to him and instructed him to join none of the existing Christian churches. In Lucy Mack Smith’s biography of her son, Joseph Smith, Jr., she wrote that “Joseph had told her that an angel, named Nephi, appeared to him in his first vision.” This was actually the first of seven versions of what Joseph Smith, Jr. referred to, from 1820 until 1843, as his “first vision.” There was actually an eighth version of the “vision story” that was culled from all seven of the very different versions of Joseph Smith, Jr. by his successor, Brigham Young, in 1848, which is the version used by the LDS Church as its current official “missionary version”

    In the immediate years following 1820, very little is known from historical records about the activities of the family of Joseph Smith, Sr., except for testimonies from neighbors in Palmyra, New York that, as a collaborative team, Joseph Sr. and Joseph Jr. derived their main income by “money digging” through the use of a “seer stone” that Joseph Smith, Jr. found while digging a water well. The Smiths represented themselves to their neighbors as possessing the occult means of locating buried treasure through “folk magic and sorcery” by the use of the white oval-shaped “seer stone.” According to sworn affidavits from reputable men of the Palmyra community, between the years 1820 and 1830, and later, as well as from the journals and diaries of respectable men and women who knew and associated with the Smith family, the recorded facts reveal that Joseph Smith, Jr. took to wearing a Jupiter talisman around his neck around the year 1819, which he continued wearing until his fatal lynching in 1844. The neighbors and friends who wrote about Joseph Smith, Jr. stated that Joseph wore the talisman for mystical power while using the “seer stone” to find buried treasure. According to the existing records, the young Joseph Smith and his father were not credited with finding any buried treasure, but according to the legal records of Manchester County, New York, Joseph Smith, Jr. was accused of criminal fraud in 1822 by one of his neighbors, who had paid him money to find buried treasure on his land. According to the court record, available on the Internet. Smith was accused, tried, convicted of criminal fraud, and fined for committing the crime.

    Then, suddenly in 1823, came the story, reportedly proffered by only Joseph Smith, Jr., that another angel, named Moroni, appeared to him at his family farm in his room while he was sleeping. Again, supposedly, young Smith told his mother, father, and brother, about the angel, and Lucy Mack Smith later wrote that the angel Nephi had again appeared to her son. Supposedly, Joseph Smith, Jr. had no association with his third cousin, Oliver Cowdery, until around 1828, even though Cowdery lived and worked as a school teacher in another town not more that 45 miles away from Palmyra. Yet, this is not believable based upon the sudden and close relationship that the two young men later assumed, and the fact that Joseph Smith, Jr. did not disclose to the public the family relationship that Cowdery and he had shared. According to the then, eighteen year old Smith, the second angel told him about golden plates buried in a hill not far from the family farm, and that time would go by before he would be allowed to possess the golden plates, from which would come an original 588 page book, “The Book of Mormon,” about the Hebrew (Jewish) origin of the Native American Indians. In addition to the accounts of “money digging” and a conviction for criminal fraud during the years following Smith’s first alleged vision in 1820, it is also recorded that the young Smith joined the Methodist Church in Palmyra, New York, and became romantically involved with Emma Hale, who eventually became his wife in 1827. Between the time that Joseph Smith, Jr. was, supposedly, visited by the second angel, in 1823, and the year of his marriage, in 1827, the very charismatic and imaginative young man had four years to work with his mother, father, brother, and third cousin, Oliver Cowdery, to develop on paper a plausible narrative about the discovery, retrieval, and purported translation of the golden plates that the second angel, supposedly, allowed him to possess just shortly after he was married. He also had enough time to work, primarily, with his very literate cousin, Oliver, to prepare and write a rough draft of what would be publicly known, in 1830, as the “Book of Mormon.” Oliver Cowdery’s educational level, and profound deductive, intuitive, and scholarly abilities, which placed him in, probably, the top fifteen percent of the most intelligent men in the nation at that time in history, allowed him to later become a successful practicing lawyer, and Joseph Smith, Jr.’s charismatic influence over other people, his proven ability to read and write well, and his access to the holdings of public libraries in the towns of Palmyra and Manchester, are facts that promote the secretive collusion of the two men, from 1823 until after 1828, in the writing and production of the first and final drafts of the 1830 “Book of Mormon.” Yet, in the formal official history of the Mormon Church,written by devout Mormons after the lynching and death of Joseph Smith, Jr., in 1844, the dubious official version of events, from 1820 to 1830, makes it seem that Joseph Smith, Jr. and Oliver Cowdery were complete strangers when they, supposedly, met sometime in 1828; when, according to the Mormon version, Cowdery accepted Joseph Smith, Jr. as a prophet, became his scribe, and assisted him in the translation of the “reformed Egyptian language, which was allegedly the language used in anciently inscribing what was written upon the golden plates, which were not actually witnessed by the anatomical eyes of the purported witnesses who testified that they saw the plates.

    What happened subsequent to April 6, 1830, after the “Book of Mormon” was published earlier that year and when the Mormon Church was officially established on that date, is pretty much a matter of consistent historical record, which clearly serves to concretely oppose the theological, doctrinal, and historical claims of the Mormon Church hierarchy. The first sinister layer of the fraud was the, basically, Trinitarian, “Book of Mormon,” into which Joseph Smith, Jr. placed a portion of the Christian theology contained in the New Testament; that is, the nature of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Primarily, God is identified in the original 1830 edition of the “Book of Mormon” as the traditional Trinity. In the original unchanged 1830 edition, 1 Nephi 11:18-21 reads,

    “And the angel said unto me, behold the Lamb of God, yea even the Eternal Father! And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore,it is the most desirable of all things. And he spake unto me, saying, Yea, and the most joyous to the soul. And after he had said these words, he said unto me, Look! And I looked, and I beheld the Son of God going forth among the children of men; and I saw many fall down at his feet and worship him.”

    In contrast, the very different 1 Nephi 11:18-21, from the current 1981 edition of the “Book of Mormon,” reads as follows:

    “And he said unto me: behold the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the son of God, after the manner of the flesh.) And it came to pass that I beheld that she was carried away in the Spirit for the space of a time the angel spake unto me, saying: Look! And I looked and beheld virgin again, bearing a child in her arms. And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?”

    The 1981 edition the “Book of Mormon” was changed grammatically and textually to reflect the changes in Mormon theology made after 1830, primarily after 1835. Around February 1835, the oneness of God the Father and Jesus Christ was radically changed in accordance with the radical change in what Joseph Smith, Jr. made in 1835 to his 1820 “first vision.” In that year, the 29 year old Smith changed his story to say that, instead of one angel, named Nephi, two separate personages appeared to him in the woods, God the Father and his son Jesus, in tangible bodies of flesh and bone. This fleshly distinction between God the Father and God the Son made the textual change in 1 Nephi 11:18-21, of the original 1830 edition necessary. Yet, the substantial composite Trinitarian orthodoxy of the original 1830 edition could not have been substantially changed throughout the entire “Book of Mormon, in its later editions, without the presence of flagrantly noticeable contradictions. Hence, the oneness and spiritual nature of the Godhead was retained from the original 1830 edition in such verses as found in Alma 18:24-28, as shown below:

    “And Ammon began to speak unto him in boldness and said unto him: Believest thou that there is a God? And he answered, and said unto him: I do not know what that meaneth,. And then Ammon said: Believest thou that there is a Great Spirit? And he said, Yea. And Ammon said: This is God. And Ammon said unto him again: Believest thou that this Great Spirit, who is God, created all things, which are in heaven and in earth? And he said: Yea, I believe that he created all things which are in the earth; but I do not know the heavens. And Ammon said unto him: The heavens is a place where God dwells and all his holy angels.”

    Other verses, such as that those found in Alma 11:44, shown below, reveal the original Trinitarian focus of the “Book of Mormon.” This pragmatic reconstruction of Mormon theology was well defined by Dr. Thomas G. Alexander, the Lemuel Redd Professor of Western History at Brigham Young University, in his 1980 “Sunstone” publication, “The Reconstruction of Mormon Doctrine.” I spoke with Dr. Alexander by email, and in a telephone call, wherein he told me that official LDS Church magazines had refused to publish his lengthy and scholarly paper for doctrinal reasons, and that he had wanted the truth about the changes in Mormon theology and doctrine published for the benefit of the rank-and file Mormon Church.

    “Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, bother the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but everything shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body,and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ, the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.”

    Furthermore, the revealing verses in Mosiah 15:1-4 show even, more so, the oneness of the Father and the Son Jesus as God in conformity to the Trinitarian theology of the King James Version of the Holy Bible used by Joseph Smith, Jr. in his “Book of Mormon.”

    “And now Abinadi said unto them: I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people. And because he dwelleth in flesh, he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son– The Father because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and the Son– And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.”

    How could anyone reading this, in conjunction with the other cited verses, derive another conception of the Godhead than that of a Trinitarian oneness in entity by reading the foregoing? Moreover, in 2 Nephi 31:21, the inseparable Trinity of the Godhead is again succinctly stated:

    “… And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen.”

    Therefore, the clarity of the obvious changes made in the first edition of the 19th Century “Book of Mormon,” by the same men flawed and fraudulently-minded men who had collectively authored it, for the purpose of accommodating a very noticeable change in Mormon theology, cannot possible be ignored.

    Yet, the fatal contradiction surreptitiously made by the 19th Century Mormon leaders, who subtly replaced Trinitarian monotheism with pagan polytheism, came in 1835 when Joseph Smith approved and canonized the “Lectures on Faith,” which were produced in the Mormon School of the Prophets in 1835 in Kirtland, Ohio. The double-mindedness of Joseph Smith, Jr., depicting his exclusively human efforts, was evidenced in his attempt to validate, in the “Lectures of Faith” the Book of Mormon Trinitarian theology while, at the same time, he was also preparing to introduce polytheism to the Mormon people through his fraudulent and devious production of the Book of Abraham from the Joseph Smith Papyri. The plurality of Mormon gods, with a capital G, was first introduced in Smith’s fraudulent Book of Abraham, while in 1835, the “Lectures on Faith” became the entire doctrinal section of the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants. The Doctrine and Covenants as they currently exist in the 21st Century were regarded by the Mormon Church as the “Covenants” section of the “Doctrine and Covenants” from 1835 to around 1925. In other words, the “Lectures on Faith” were, supposedly, the recognized doctrines of the LDS Church for over 100 years before the “Lectures of Faith” were quietly de-canonized around the year 1925.

    The foregoing true factual history of Mormonism was first explicated in former-Mormon Fawn Brodie’s classic biography and history of Joseph Smith, Jr. in her book “No Man Knows My History.” Brodie was a niece of Mormon Prophet David o. McKay, and spent the first thirty years of her life in

    the confines of active Mormonism, until she became convinced that Mormonism was not Christian. The modern world-wide Mormon missionary scheme was devised, in its original canned-form around the year 1950 in order to effectively conceal, from mainstream Christianity, all of the true pertinent facts about the real theology of Mormonism, a theology that was concocted in the mind of Joseph Smith, Jr., and his close associates, from 1835 to 1844, refined under the theocratic rule of the succeeding Mormon prophets, Brigham Young and Lorenzo Snow, in the Utah Territory’s Mormon theocracy, from 1851 to the late 1890s, and introduced surreptitiously in a necessary fabricated facade created by the Mormon hierarchy when Mormonism made its debut in Christian America as Utah was ushered into the Union as a state on January 4, 1896.

    Now, 121 years later, if, per chance, you, a Christian believer in the sacred truth and reliability of the Holy Bible, ever open-up the door of your home to two-or-more men or women (late adolescents or people much older) representing the Mormon (LDS) Church, you can rest assured that those particular men are Mormon elders (holders of the Mormon Melchizedek priesthood) and that, both, the men and women have taken blood oaths in some Mormon temple (there are now 155 operating Mormon temples around the world) to do everything humanly possible to enhance the financial holdings and social, political, and ecclesiastical influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. These men, or women, who will be knocking on your door, are full-time Mormon missionaries, from a continual world-wide force of approximately 90,000 such young missionaries, 18 to, approximately, 25 years in age, who presently spend two full-years of their lives preaching Mormonism somewhere in the civilized world. Every young full-time Mormon male missionary will be neatly dressed in white shirts and ties and will be wearing a small black name-tag, with white lettering, identifying them as “elders” of the Mormon Church. The young women will be wearing similar name-tags identifying them as “sisters.” There are also senior couples, men, senior Mormon “elders,” and their wives, who spend two years preaching the Mormon gospel full-time.

    These young full-time Mormon missionaries, especially those tens of thousands within the United States, are, at first glance, extremely persuasive in maneuvering you in their smiling cajoling fashion into accepting and believing that they are representing the one, and only, Jesus Christ, Savior and Redeemer of the world, and his “restored” gospel. As for the senior couples, they are taught at their mission training centers to portray a grandfatherly/grandmotherly demeanor to win the Christian’s confidence. In fact, the first words out of their mouths, the young and the old, when you open your door to greet them, will probably be their “true” representation of Jesus. Their prime objective is for you to be so impressed with their seemingly “Christian” demeanor that you are emotionally ensconced, and feel compelled to invite them into your living room, offer them seats, and allow them to present to you, over a future period of around four-to-six weeks, six scripted, memorized, and rehearsed segments of Mormon theology, doctrine, and history, called “discussions.” Hopefully, you have previously received by regular mail, by email, or directly from a Christian friend, a copy of an official LDS (Mormon) document entitled “Lesson 21 – Man May Become Like God,” from the 1984 39-lesson LDS Melchizedek Priesthood Personal Study Guide, “Search These Commandments.” This particular document was proclaimed and extolled by the 1984 LDS First Presidency, comprised of the Mormon Prophet, Seer, and Revelator Spencer W. Kimball and his three Mormon apostle counselors, N. Eldon Tanner, Marion G. Romney, and Gordon B. Hinckley, as canon LDS theology, scripture, doctrine, and commandments, which means that the substance of “Lesson 21 – Man May Become Like God” was, and is currently, regarded as canon LDS theology, scripture, and doctrine, from the time it was first accepted as such by the Mormon hierarchy throughout all time.

    These young, and old, missionaries will tell you in their six scripted discussions a fabricated fraudulent story of the origin and rise of the Mormon Church in the 19th Century, very different from my foregoing summary of Mormon history, and will try and make you believe that the one-and-only Gospel of Jesus Christ, spoken of by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 1:1-10, disappeared from the earth and was “restored” by Joseph Smith, Jr. in 1830. They will tell you everything but the factual truth about Joseph Smith., Jr, Oliver Cowdery, and the other principal characters in the origin of Mormonism; and only about a basically Mormon Trinitarian theology of supposedly revealed in the 19th Century apocrypha, supposedly translated by Smith, the “Book of Mormon.” They will swear to you that the theology and doctrine contained in the “Book of Mormon” is the official theology of Mormonism, and the keystone of the Mormon Church.

    But, hopefully, you have already read “Lesson 21 – Man May Become Like God,” and know and realize the truth about the real canon theology of Mormonism, and are prepared to ask a most important question to those Mormon missionaries during their first fraudulent presentation, or discussion; a question that those elders or sisters, will, in all probability, answer falsely. Your question is, “What is your ultimate destiny as worthy elders, and sisters, of the Mormon Church?” I know what 9-out-of-10 of those young Mormon male and female missionaries will say in response to that question. They will say that their ultimate destiny is to be in heaven with God. How do I know this? Well, I was one of those frenetic missionaries for over twenty years of my life, doing part-time for twenty years what those full-time missionaries do for two years. For those years, from 1970 until around 1990, I worked very closely with hundreds of those full-time missionaries sitting with them in the homes of Christians delivering those six fraudulent discussions to hundreds of prospective Mormons. I must have heard that question posed by Christian Mormon investigators at least a hundred times.

    And, of course, when a young pimply-faced Mormon missionary says that he, or she, just wants to get to heaven to be with God, the unwitting Christian investigator presumes that such a humble wish is as Christian in doctrine, in accordance with the Holy Bible, as the goal of any person claiming to be a devoted Baptist, Methodist, or Lutheran. Yet, if you have read “Lesson 21,” you know that the ultimate destiny of a Mormon elder is NOT to humbly be in heaven with Jesus, to worship at his feet, but, rather, to be as great as his father-god, with a capital G, by becoming a Mormon father-god, with a capital G. Yep! That is the ultimate destiny of, supposedly, all worthy Mormon elders in accordance with what Joseph Smith, Jr. stated as canon Mormon doctrine in 1844, in what was called the “King Follett Discourse,” fourteen years after he published his Trinitarian, almost Wesleyan, theology in the Book of Mormon. Mormon prophet Lorenzo Snow became famous in Mormon circles for creating the perfect couplet for describing the mortal ascension to Mormon godhood, with a capital G. He wrote, “As man is, God once was, and as God is man may become.” In fact, he, before he died, produced a poem that didn’t make it to the height of American poetic eminence, but was highly venerated in the shadowy realm of LDS theological literature by devout Mormons as their mantra for their ritual polytheism and the celestial pagan parenthood emanating from Mormon father/mother-godhood, with a capital G. You see, a Mormon father-god cannot create anything without the assistance of his goddess-wife. It is almost like a scenario from Greek mythology. Snow’s poem goes as follows, as it is depicted as the essence of “Lesson 21.”

    Has thou not been unwisely bold,

    Man’s destiny to thus unfold?

    To raise, promote such high desire,

    Such vast ambition thus inspire?

    “Still, ’tis no phantom that we trace

    Man’s ultimatum in life’s race;

    This royal path has long been trod

    By righteous men, each now a God:

    “As Abra’m, Isaac, Jacob, too,

    First babes, then men-to Gods they grew.

    As man now is, our God once was;

    As now God is, so man may be,–

    Which doth unfold man’s destiny.

    In one of the well-known Mormon hymns, “Come, Let Us Renew,” the third verse is, supposedly, the words of Jesus to a devout Mormon who has attained exaltation, or the highest degree of Mormon heaven, through his earthly works. In the words of that verse, the poet has Jesus offering his throne to the worthy Mormon, which is not what the true Christian want in their relationship with God, and which Jesus is not going to do. True Christians want to be with Jesus in heaven, and worship at his heavenly throne, though his divine grace, but to never to sit upon Jesus’ throne. In the Mormon temple, the men and women who receive their ritual “endowments” are told that they will be gods and goddesses, with a capital G, and will inherit thrones, principalities, and powers to eventually be able to create their own saviors, just like Jesus Christ. Yet, according to the Apostle John in the Book of Revelation, Jesus will never relinquish his throne to anyone. Please note the verse below:

    “I have fought my way through;

    I have finished the work that thou didst give me to do.”

    Oh, that each from his Lord may receive the glad word:

    “Well and faithfully done;

    Enter into my joy and sit down on my throne;

    Enter into my joy and sit down on my throne.”

    In the singular scripture in the New Testament of the Holy Bible, in Revelation 4:10, the words of Jesus’ Apostle John are very clear and understandable, and the adverse pagan theology and doctrines of Mormonism are contrasted with Christian truth.

    “The four and twenty-four elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

    Therefore, the ultimate contradiction that has existed in Mormon theology since 1835 is clearly shown to be one in the same with the ultimate destiny that is summed up in “Lesson 21 – Man May Become like God” as the transformation of Mormon elders and their wives into father-gods and mother-goddesses, with a capital G.

    How to Make the Most From Your Planned Loft Conversion

    If you need extra space at home, a loft conversion can help. An attractive loft conversion can make your property not only look and feel stylish, but free up a lot of extra space around the house.

    There are a lot of great things you could do with a conversion, like create another bedroom or sometimes a brand new office and this guide will tell you how you can get the most out of it.

    The first step to consider is exactly what you want to use the space for. It's important to sit down with an experienced planner and decide what you want from the room. A new loft conversion could be a bedroom for you, the kids or guests so by planning who it'll be for you'll get a better idea of ​​it needs to be designed or what should go into it.

    If you're planning a conversion for a new office, it's important to consider where you'll put your desk for starters and you'll also have to make sure you have room for a lot of sockets for a computer and other items you might Find around an office.

    You can make extra space within your new space by considering inbuilt storage. It's very unquestionably that your loft will be a perfect square or rectangle, so the little corners and hidey-holes are perfect for storage space. You might even consider in-built storage wall.

    Another factor to consider is how you will actually reach your planned conversion. Most will require some form of stairway entrance so it's important to carefully plan how this will work so that you do not lose too much landing space on the floor below or so that you do not restrict the size of your conversion.

    Loft conversions are given to overheating if they are not managed properly, so having opening windows is almost a requirement to ventilate the space. Watch out if your conversion is sun-facing, it's a good idea to buy some thick and sturdy blinds to prevent too much sunlight from entering.

    Regardless of how you plan your new loft conversion, it's essential to enlist the help of an expert. A conversion requires a lot of planning and expertise and many will require some form of planning permission, which could be problematic for your potential conversion. If your new bedroom / office space / workout area is not built correctly it could well cause a lot of problems for the rest of your building.

    How to Start an Affordable Web Business

    Starting a web business has got to be one of the most affordable ways to go into business (if you would). Why's that so? Simply because it will not burn a hole in your pocket and because you have control over just about every aspect of the business (eg colors of your "shop", etc). Let's do a simple case study on how one can get started (assuming you have not gotten your own domain / business yet).

    For starters, you definitely need your own domain (blog hosted businesses do not quite cut it do?) So that's where the first $ 10 goes to (payable each year). With that done, you'll need a web hosting account which is really pretty affordable as well going at the rate of $ 10 / month on average. That's just about it really (assuming you do not pay others to do design and coding).

    Finally, I would really recommend that you signup for some email marketing solution such as GetResponse or Aweber as that would allow you to build a relationship with your prospective customers. This is a must have (IMHO) if you're marketing your own products.

    So in summary, here are the figures payable for your 1st year:

    * Domain Registration – $ 10 / yr

    * Web Hosting – $ 10 / mth (or $ 120 / yr … often you'll get better prices if you prepay for a year)

    * Email Marketing Solution – $ 17.95 / mth (or $ 145.40 / yr)

    Grand Total …. (drum roll pls) – $ 275.40 / yr

    Your needs will certainly grow over time (if you're doing the right things) and that's a good thing is not it? And when that happens, you'll probably need dedicated web hosting, etc.

    As for those of you who are wondering what happened to costs for web design, etc, I left that out because it's pretty easy and simple to get decent web templates / logos for FREE. Granted, some of you would want unique site designs and logos and have never done graphics with Adobe Photoshop before. Well if that's the case, then you would need to fork out a little more depending on who you decide to pick to design for you.

    As I end this writeup, think about how little it cost to start having your own web business (with your own domain too) for less than $ 1 a day. So if you have not got your own web business yet, what are you waiting for? =)

    Furniture Arrangement for Decorating Living Rooms or Family Rooms

    Focal Point

    One of the most important things to consider when deciding on placement of furniture in a Living room or Family room, is to decide on a focal point for the room. The first thing to consider is the architectural focal point which would be a window, a fireplace, major door such as French doors or sliding glass doors. You can also create a focal point with a large, major piece of furniture such as an entertainment center. Once you have decided on your focal point, everything else in the room will be placed based on the focal point.

    Seating placement

    Now the largest piece of furniture will need to be placed opposite your focal point. This can be placed on an angle especially if there are any angles in the walls or ceiling. You do not need to place furniture against the wall unless the room is very small. Actually, placing the furniture away from walls tends to make the room feel larger. From this point on everything else in the room will need to be placed according to the placement of the first piece of furniture and in line with this first piece.

    Usually the largest piece of furniture is a sofa and the next piece may be a love seat or large chair which would need to be placed at right angles with the sofa to form an “L” shape. Other chairs would need to be placed diagonally opposite this grouping but at right angles to the sofa. In this way seating is arranged in convenient conversation areas. If a room is very long, more than conversational area can be created.

    Tables and other furniture

    Once the seating is established the end tables and coffee table can be placed accordingly, usually with an end table between the sofa and love seat or chair and another end table between the other chairs in the room. The coffee table should be placed in front of the sofa with enough space to comfortably walk between the sofa and table. Be sure to leave enough space to walk through the room, but not straight through. There should be more of a weaving, zig-zag traffic pattern through the room, but all tables should be within easy reach of the seating furniture so that drinks may be to be placed on them and they can be comfortably reached without having to get up.

    Other furniture items such as tables, bookcases, piano, chests should be placed on walls appropriate to the size of the furniture and spaced around the room so they are balanced and not too many heavy pieces are on one side of the room. Area rugs also help to anchor a room and define an activity area such as a conversational area or dining area. In choosing an area rug, be sure to select one large enough to encompass all the furniture, or at least the front feet of the seating arrangement.

    Lighting

    The next task is the selection of lighting. Table lamps, floor lamps, hanging lights can be used, but need to be chosen to fit the space and size of the area. If tables and other furniture have been placed correctly, the placement of lamps should be appropriately spaced diagonally throughout the room providing evenly balanced lighting.

    Artwork

    Once furniture and lighting have been established, artwork and decorative items can be hung on the walls. The most important thing to consider when hanging wall art is the size and shape, and how it relates to the furniture it is hanging over or the wall space. The size and shape should be similar to the furniture it is hanging over. For instance, you would not hang a tall vertical picture over a long horizontal sofa. You could hang two pictures side by side that are related as long as the frames do not go beyond the outside horizontal dimensions of the sofa. The artwork should be tied to the piece of furniture so that it extends the dimensions of the furniture up or to one side.

    Groupings of small pictures can be arranged into a gallery as long as the overall shape is similar to the piece of furniture it is related to and does not extend beyond the horizontal dimensions of the furniture. These can be spread out on the floor in order to achieve the best arrangement. If walls have an angle at the ceiling or a staircase angle, wall hangings should follow the same angle. The best place to hang a mirror is on the opposite wall of a window so that it reflects the natural light into the room.

    Accessories

    The last thing you do in decorating a room is to arrange the accessories. These are art objects that you set on tables or shelves. This would include flower arrangements, small pictures, books, candlesticks, glass or pottery objects, etc. When you arrange a group of accessories start with the tallest item first and work down to the smaller items. Keep sets and like items together rather than separating them, and arrange in an asymmetrical grouping rather than a symmetrical one like the same candle stick on each side of a mantel. Use heavier items on heavy pieces of furniture and lighter objects on smaller furniture. Also, when placing items on shelves or in cabinets place heavier items on the lower shelves and lighter items on the higher shelves.

    Using all the guidelines mentioned above should help you arrange a comfortable, inviting, and relaxing room for owners and guests as well.