Gardening 101 – Why Install a Landscape Edging?

Gardens and landscaping provide aesthetic value to your home. Placing different kinds of plants and flowers in front, around or even in your backyard give a refreshing and cozy feel to your house. Gardens take out the harshness and coldness associated with modern urbanity and instead bringing a splash of color to the surroundings. But many shy away from keeping a garden because they fear that they do not have time or the patience for maintaining it. But these problems can easily be solved because there are ways to make maintenance of gardens easier. Installing a landscape edging is one such move. Installing this accessory make it easier for owners to cultivate and enjoy their gardens.

A garden could be first fixed by a landscape artist but when the owner's left on his own for the garden's maintenance, problems arise. One of the difficulties associated with gardens is the problems with delineating spaces and grass. There are certain areas where grasses and plants grow out of place, and so they tend to cross over walk ways and other spaces in the garden. This problem can be solved by installing a landscape edging around areas in the garden where plants and grasses are concentrated and arranged. Landscape edgings can either be simple trenches or pieces of tile, brick, plaster or plastic embedded into the soil around the landscape arrangements. They help define the spaces in your garden.

Because landscape edgings help define and differentiate spaces in your garden, you can now take care of it with ease. Landscape edgings help you determine the areas where grasses and other weeds are not expected to grow and you can now make moves to take control. There are edgings designed to conform to the edges of conventional law mowers. They are designed so that the mower can use them as "tracks" making it easy to mow hard to reach grasses near the edgings. They also ensure the health of your plants because edgings prevent the spread of weeds if placed around plant beds. If they are deep enough (in the case of trench-type edgings) or deeply embedded (in the case of tile or plaster edgings), the long roots of weeds called stolons can not reach the soil in your plant bed. These stolons, if uncontrolled, would grow into new grass blades. Therefore, placing landscape edgings would spare you from the hassles of spraying herbicide often or worse, getting down on your knees and pulling them out.

Besides these benefits, landscape edgings also provide aesthetic value to your garden. Trenches could be otherwise plain, but choosing bricks, tile or even plastic edgings with different designs and shapes will give your garden a good aesthetic boost. There are many kinds available in the market and so you can certainly find the one that's right for your budget and needs.

Good and Bad in Gaming

Gaming is one of the biggest hobbies and even careers in the world. People play games for fun or learning while others record videos about the games. In this article, I will focus more on gaming itself and not so much the side of how to make gaming videos. Gamers come in all different ages, genders, religions, locations and shapes. The backgrounds of people who are gamers make gaming that much more fun.

Backgrounds of gamers can play a part in the type of games that people play. There are all kinds of combinations for different categories relating to the type of games and type of gamers. You really need to look at the game’s website to get all the pertinent information prior to buying.

There are many online platforms where you can buy games from such as Steam or Humble Bundle. Those sites will give you the description, videos by the company, pictures, user and non-user tags, reviews, website, company and their social account(s). Be aware the game’s website might not show you everything you need to know. As a minimum, a gaming company will show a short sales pitch description, small amount of pictures (5 at best), one or two videos by them and their social accounts. The most they will provide is an informative description, their social accounts, user reviews and videos by them.

Let’s dive right into what is perceived as negative about gaming. The majority of the negative things about games come from the real-life people on those games, the type of games and the types of games for the wrong person. A game can be poorly made but it’s not always the case where the game itself is bad. It could be where it was the wrong type of game for the wrong person. This is where the categories come in. Maybe a game has a bit of violence. That doesn’t make it bad; it just makes it the wrong type of game for a seven year old. Or maybe you bought a puzzle game for a person who loves action type games. So the action loving person won’t enjoy it, but that doesn’t make the puzzle game bad!

The types of games are endless from nudity, drugs and alcohol, horror, gambling with money and more. These different types are wrong for youth gamers as well as wrong for people who don’t like seeing such things.

Gaming has good and bad sides just like everything else. The key is how good and bad are those sides. For example, some games have a bad side with players that like to fight a lot. This is common in games. Understand for a lot of gamers this is not a big deal; however, for youth who are new to the game or even gaming in general this can be frustrating. There are times when you want to avoid the bad sides all together. There are times when the good outweighs the bad. If this happens and there are no problems with the game itself; then the bad side is just that one little fly in your room which is no big deal. Caution: If the bad outweighs the good, I would strongly recommend avoiding that game.

Another aspect that people will nag a game developer or creator about is representation. Should I say, a lack of representation which is not limited to race, body type and message in the game. If you are able to customize your character, then of course you will not have a problem with representation. There is a problem in some games where they don’t represent strong and smart females, minority females and males, big, small, tall, and short females and males. Notice how I didn’t put “males” after female for strong? That’s because males in games are ALWAYS represented as strong and smart.

In games that show a male strong and smart, he will mostly likely be white, tall, thin, movie star looking and buff. You will rarely see him be a minority, short, chubby, not buff, nerdy looking, while still being strong and smart. You see this even LESS for females. Some females in games are also white, tall, thin and strong while showing skin like no tomorrow. You only see THESE females in MMORPG games (Massively Multiplayer online Role Playing Game) though. RPG games are meant for fantasy worlds where you mostly fight people and monsters. Of course the females’ stats will be strong but they won’t look strong.

In most games, when they add a character for you to play they always add a white male first, then a white female, then a black male, and then a black female. They don’t even really add people who are mixes of races or in between. When it comes to the black characters they only add one shade of “black” or “African American” and not every black person on earth is that shade.

In games, the majority of the characters are always thin and tall. You don’t really see characters that are short and thin, tall and chubby, short and chubby, etc. There are a lot of people who aren’t thin and who aren’t tall.

Then lastly, there is the mental message that goes with the gender, race, and body type. What do I mean by the mental message? Some games send an indirect message about that character being strong and smart or something else. While for other games it can be a mental message either on purpose or not. For example, in the game you play and you see a minority female who is short, chubby, nerdy looking and her traits are to be a goof ball, naive, and dumb. It could send a mental message to you that people that look like her are just like her. They’re not smart, they aren’t thin, and are not tall. They did poorly in school, etc. etc. So you start thinking those things based on not only seeing this in that game over and over again, but when it happens in other games too.

The worst part is NONE of these things are true. Yes, some people aren’t thin, tall, and maybe not that bright; but not EVERYONE is like this! You do have short chubby minorities who are smart as all get out! You have all kinds of combinations of people who ARE smart! Of course, all these things about gender, race, body type, and messages aren’t just in gaming; they’re in movies, TV shows, ads, etc. What’s interesting is that some of the creators who make the games, movies, TV shows, ads, etc., are minorities themselves and they make up the population of the earth. (Search “world population by race 2016” and click the first three links if you don’t believe me.)

Quick disclaimer: I AM NOT BASHING ANYONE! Yes, I was shouting that. This section of the article is telling you what I know, read, hear and experience in gaming.

If you don’t believe me go look at today’s TV shows, movies, ads, and games. A show to look at for good representation is Milo Murphy’s Law. Two games to look at as a reference for good representation are OverWatch and Atlas Reactor. Now in these fields it has gotten better for representation specifically gender, race and just now starting body type (specifically in this order). Some games even add robots and creatures as playable characters to avoid having problems with representation. This removes the problem of users wanting a character to represent their actual or preferred gender, race, or body type because now there is a character most users can agree on. After all, you can’t please everyone.

Alright, now that I ranted and got the bad stuff out of the way; let’s get into the good parts of gaming! You have gamers as young as three years old and as old as 90+! No matter your age, race, gender, religion, culture, or location gaming can be good for anyone. Gaming can not only be fun, but beneficial and educational.

A benefit with gaming is it can help youth have more confidence in themselves and be more social. If they play an online multiplayer game and talk to other players around the world, this can help then get used to talking to other people besides family and they gain confidence in what they’re saying. They can go from an introvert to a social fanatic! It can happen fast or slowly. Even if it’s not a game but a place for gamers, artists, fashion designers, car enthusiast, etc. to chat; it will still help them be more social. Keep in mind though, typing to someone and then voice chatting to someone are two different experiences. Youth can be very social when typing but very shy when voice chatting.

This is how I am. Before I was shy when talking to people I didn’t know whether it was online or offline, now I’ve become more comfortable with it because I know how to handle myself and have confidence in myself. But when it comes to voice chatting online, I’m the quiet person on the chat. Counterproductive right! You might even forget I was in a call with you! Before when the people at the bank said “Hi” I wouldn’t say anything, now I actually respond and say “Hi. How are you?” After that I don’t really expect to talk with them so I’ll be quiet again lol. See what I mean? After socializing, in general, over time you get better at it and become less nervous and more confident in yourself.

Another benefit with gaming is team work. Sometimes in games the only way to win or accomplish a goal is to work with one or more players. In certain games, players are allowed a task can be accomplished with only one player, but it might be harder unless you have more players than yourself. Other times certain tasks can’t be accomplished with one player and need two or more. There are times you make a group with your friends or family to finish the goal. Other times you can make a group with people you didn’t know.

This is where it can get tricky. If it’s a game where you can make a group that’s invite only, you’d just invite your friends or family. You can strategize with them, you’d be more comfortable talking with them, and you’ll all agree to work together. If it’s a game where there is no group system but you can still work with others, aka free for fall, and you can talk with them there may still be a goal that can only be completed with multiple players. Do you have to play with other players you’ve never talked to before if your family and friends can’t join you and you really want to complete this goal?

This isn’t a bad thing though! This is where you not only become more social but you learn how to work with other players you’ve never met before. If you always play with your family and friends you both already know how to work together, how the other thinks, etc. But if it’s someone you’ve never met it can be a little difficult. Me and my brother grew up doing everything together without really having any friends, maybe colleagues and associates but not really friends. So we were very used to knowing what the other wanted or how they played etc. But when we actually got two friends, it was very difficult to agree on many things. So if you play and work with other people now it will be easier later. Me and my brother have improved our skills to work with others.

Another benefit is patience which ties in with team building and socializing. After all, in order to get better at something you not only have to keep doing it but you have to have patience while doing it. There are many times in games where you have to wait. Just like reading is in everything, you have to have patience for everything. In games you always have to wait for something. You need to have patience for finding something, something to finish cooking, something to finish dying, your friends to come back from going afk (Away From Keyboard), the next wave of monsters to come, the next level to open up, etc. etc. I had to have patience when writing this article! So gaming can help you have more patience in gaming and everyday life.

Another benefit is hand and eye coordination. When you’re gaming you have to pay attention to what’s happening on your screen while also pressing your controller or keyboard button to do more things on your screen. If you want to move your character in that game, you have to use your keyboard and mouse or a controller while still looking at your screen. It’s like learning how to type. Most of the time you’re supposed to learn how to type words and sentences while looking at your screen without looking at your keyboard. This same thing applies to gaming. You have to be able to press the needed keys in order to accomplish that thing you’re trying to do while looking at your screen. After all, if you’re pressing your keys but not looking at your screen, how are you going to know if you’re doing it right?

Now, this one is a benefit and educational benefit – memory. Games can help improve your memory. How? Let me tell you. Take what I said above about typing. The people who can look at their screens and type without looking at their keyboard have something called “muscle memory”. When they want to make a certain letter appear on screen they just have to press that key and they don’t have to look at the keyboard because they have press that key so many times they themselves and their muscles remember where that certain key is. You have muscle memory already. Don’t believe me? Take a look at your keyboard right now. You see where all the letters, numbers, and symbols are right? The letters are not in alphabetical order. So whenever you tried to type your name or something on a digital keyboard where the letter were alphabetical; Did you take you longer than usually to type that word and was it weird and confusing? It was. I’ve done it. You know why?

When you type or text to someone you know the word you want to make appear on screen and you remember where the keys are. Maybe you can’t tell them in order if someone asked you but if they asked you to type a word you’d be able to type it because you know where the keys are. For me I know how to spell certain words when I’m typing but maybe not how to spell it verbally. This is because I’m seeing the word being spelled in front of me. Technically when we type to each other we’re spelling out words and then reading them in our mind. But when you speak out loud you don’t see the words you just hear them. Sure, when you read text on screen you hear them in your mind, even right not you hear these words I’m typing, but you don’t verbally hear them and you’re seeing each letter make up that word. When someone spells something wrong you immediately notice it because it’s not spelled right and you read it. When someone speaks something you don’t read any letters, you only hear the word.

So games can help you build up muscle memory and mind memory. If you can store items in game you have to remember where you put it, or if you need a recipe to make something you might remember the recipe, or maybe you remember a detail about something important, or maybe you remember the way through a maze or the way home. Some games are even built just to help improve your memory or the only way to keep progressing is remembering certain facts. My mom can type without looking at the keyboard but struggles with trying to walk in games.

So now let’s get into the educational benefits. One educational benefit is math. Now, the game doesn’t have to have a goal to teach you math in order for it to have math. The point of going to school is to get an education! Not socialize, but you still might make friends. So this applies to all games. The game doesn’t always have to have a goal of J but it might include J. Its goal might be X but it might still have J. In some games you can build houses and use recipes to make items. How big do you want your how to be? 30 blocks X 10 blocks X 60 blocks? Did you understand what I just said? Let me say it differently. 30 blocks on the X axis (left and right on the ground), 10 blocks on the Y axis (up and down on the ground), and 60 blocks on the Z axis (up and down in the air). This is how you’d build a house, using math, in a game called Minecraft. With these coordinates it means your house will be a rectangle with a very tall roof. Let’s use Minecraft again for this next example.

If you want to make 4 swords for example, what do you need? You need wood and iron. How much wood? How much iron? We’ll start with the handle. You need two sticks to make the handle for one sword. One wood log can be turned into four wooden planks, take two and you can then make four wooden sticks. You want to make 4 sword handles. So how many wooden logs do you need? One. For the sword itself it takes two pieces of iron. You want to make 4 swords, so how much iron do you need? Eight. See? Depending on what you’re making and how many of that thing the recipe can call for lots of resources or just a few.

Another educational benefit is problem solving. There are lots of games with puzzles or none but it can still include problem solving. A good game for example is Scribblenauts Unlimited. In this game you go to make different places solving people’s problems to make them happy which gives you an item to cure someone. In order to solve their problems, you have to use adjectives and nouns to solve the problem itself or make something to solve the problem. The best part is you can solve that problem many different ways and no way is the wrong way. Some games even change based on your choices and we call these “paths”. Some paths can change, stay on the same route, or end. So you need to solve each problem the best way otherwise you may choose the wrong path or a path that ends.

Another educational benefit is reaction timing. If you don’t want to die in a certain game your reaction to something could be the deciding fact of your survival or grave. The more you test your reaction timing the faster you will get and soon you’ll be able to react to things quickly. This can come from games with combat like MMORPGs, shooters, and PvP (Player V Player).

You do a lot of these things in games without even knowing it! When you play that game you just have to do A, G, M, and S to do whatever it is you’re trying to do, without knowing in the real world those skills are technically called B, H, N, and T and used in 3, 6, and 9. See? So you just have to get used to applying those skills in the real world.

Some games are better for certain ages or interests. Some games are meant for little kids, some are for teen and young adults, and others are for adults. Then there are games just for people interested in robots, cars, fashion, princesses, ice skating, etc. So the games could have the same benefits, but those benefits might be better for certain people than others.

Some games are being used in schools or college, as tests for robots and even to teach certain topics. I recently got a game that will teach me how to read and write the Japanese characters while surviving in a game world. Some people who don’t speak English now know it enough to talk to English speakers just by playing or watching games in English! If you find someone who knows how to speak, read, or write a little Japanese; ask them if they have watched Anime. Most English speakers know some Japanese because they play or watch Anime things.

So when you see your youth or grandparents playing some games, don’t think it’s bad. It could be helping their memory, problem solving skills, math skills, or they may be learning another language or learning more about a topic.

As you read, there are good and bad sides to gaming. I recommend you just have fun and be safe while gaming. There are plenty of games out there for every type of person and more games are still coming. Games can help you improve and teach you skills you not only use in game, but you will use in school and in the real world. Games can help you get sharp and stay sharp. Have fun gaming and y’all stay safe!

Perfect Partners – An at Home Business Plan

Being a woman who is a wife and who works at home, it is important to be able to separate the two. The term "balance" is thrown around like jabs currently found on daytime and late night political TV ads and comments, but balance may not be the correct term when we are talking about working at home and "life" at home. Obviously, or maybe not obvious to everyone, we work so that we can live, not the other way around. If two married people are not on the same page on this one, this maybe an early indicator that there may be problems down the road. Work many times is used as an escape or an excuse not to be at the home, but at the end of the day, you know the old saying "On your death bed, no one ever says" I wish I would have spent more time At the office. "

Working away from home, it may considered easier because you are away from your home environment, and have the ability to separate the two. Stay at home or working from home women and men do not have this ability, so how do they handle it? Here are some ideas:

First off, let us take a step back and understand that family comes first, no matter what. So if work at home is getting you frustrated, and you or your spouse is seeing acting out and elevated levels of stress, you need to step back and realize you are working BECAUSE of the family.

Secondly, scheduling. Scheduling on a board or calendar at home so everyone is clear what things are happening and when. Also important to plan weeks in advance so there are no surprises as to where the kids are, which picking up the kids, or who is or is not going to be home to cook dinner.

Third, get away! – If you can not "escape" to the office to get away from the screaming kids, or stress at the house, simply ask or subtly demand that you need to take a few hours "somewhere else" to regroup and refocus. This is obviously best for everyone involved! Ideas that are ideal for this are the library where it is quiet, a cyber cafe so you can stay "plugged" in if you need to, or even your Church if you are a member

Fourth – (and my personal favorite) WORK TOGETHER! If you or your spouse / partner. My husband and I work together on my business at home, and find that although we do not see eye to eye on everything, we have a lot to talk about and find working together and setting and reaching goals is very rewarding as a couple.

Chasing Your Dreams!

Friends, it is always a power of your dreams and a motive to move ahead, which is required to move ahead and to be successful in life. Does it sound, impractical; Let me share with you, something practical and real.

Some real time facts:

1.Out of the first four stores FW Woolworth opened, three failed. When he died, he was worth more than $ 20 million.

2.Einstein was 4 years old before he could speak.

3.Isaac Newton did poorly in grade school and was considered "unpromising".

4.Beethoven's music teacher once said of him, "As a composer, he is hopeless."

5.Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.

6.Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because he "lacked imagination, and had no good ideas".

7.Thomas Edison's teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. Later, he tried 1,600 different materials before settling on carbon as the filament for the electric light bulb.

Some Themes

1) Victory Against Cancer

In October of 1996, Lance Armstrong, America's greatest cyclist, received the news. He was hero both in USA and in other Countries. He was called the "Golden Boy of American Cycling", and felt like nothing could stop him.

Something did. He was unable to finish a race in 1996 due to excruciating pain. He was rushed to hospital to find the cause.

That month Lance underwent several tests, and the diagnosis was testicular cancer. The cancer had spread to his lungs and his brain. After undergoing three immediate surgeries, his chances for recovery were 50/50. The man, who had everything, was now hoping to have one thing, LIFE.


With the support of his family and friends, and his unstoppable attitude, Armstrong started to improve. The chemotherapy started to work and he started to once again think about racing. Some thought he was crazy. He was battling cancer, how could he ever think about ever racing again.


He did more than just thinking about it. He did it. Armstrong began training only five months after his diagnosis. He did not feel cursed, but lucky. He was given a new perspective on life. Armstrong realized how lucky of a man he really was.

Now that he beat cancer, Lance Armstrong took on the next big challenge, the Tour de Frances. Not only did he race well, he won.

Some were unsure if could survive cancer. He did. Some were unsure if he could train again. He did. Few thought he could win again. He did.

2) Amitabh Bhachan

Background: Born in the family of a schoolteacher. After his graduation, he joined some bank and started working there as a Clerk. Always wanted to be in entertainment industry (Radio, Television, Movies, Advertising etc) but was not aware of means and modes to enter into it.

Struggle: He left his job and moved to Mumbai (We all call this city as "City of Dreams"). Appeared for a "Voice Test" in All India Radio but got revised. He was informed that "His voice is not soft and smooth" something that people like to listen to. He continued with his struggle … for months and years. No production house was willing to sign him. No act was was willing to work with him. Got few movies but all flopped. Rejected and deleted he was all set to leave that city. Believe me … he was at railway station … boarding on the train on his way back to his hometown and there he met one producer … who immediately signed him for his next venture … that movie was super hit and Hernce, Amitabh Bhachan … became "an overnight success".

Struggle Continued: Although he becomes a "Super Star" but that was not an end of his struggle. In 1981 … he met with a fatal accident and he struggled with his death … for his life … for more than two weeks. There were other few small accidents he faced … that I can ignore at this point of time.

Last Struggle: Then, came 1996 … and he organized "Miss World Contest" in India. Show was good … but he became bankrupt. No body was willing to get associated with him. People started considering him as "a lost force" … "an old horse" … people thought that it is an end of his career. That was the time when for him each new day was worse than the previous one.

And Now: In 2000 … he bounced back … probably with more energy … more passion and more dedication. As per the BBC ratings … in 2000 … they declared him as the "Best Actor of the Century" … above the likes of Jim Carrey … Charlie Chaplin. Now, his voice is the one that everyone likes to listen to. Today, at 64 … he is one of the busiest actors … that we have. He repaid all his debts and today he is worth of 50 Million USD.

His Motto: "Believe in yourself and things will work for you."
His Strengths: Do not give up, High Determination, Very Hardworking, Humble, a great learner and have passion for work.

3) The Dream Behind Wendy's

As a young boy, Dave Thomas did not have the easiest childhood. He was an adopted child, and was never able to meet his birth parents. The relationship he had with his adoptive father was difficult to say the least. This did not stop the young Dave Thomas from dreaming. At the age of eight, he dreamed that one-day he would own the best restaurant in the world. His his surroundings, Dave Thomas had a dream, and knew it would be realized, someday.


Through hard work and persistence, this young boy learned much about the restaurant business by working in them at a very young age. He was passionate about his goal, and worked diligently to secure his attainment. As opportunities presented themselves, Mr. Thomas jumped. He was able to start his own restaurant and take a giant step closer to his dream and that was the foundation of Wendy's chain of Restaurants. This did not, how ever, come to him on a silver platter.


Dave Thomas invested everything he had into the first Wendy's restaurant, not knowing whether or not it would be successful. He could have lost it all, but that did not stop him.


Today, Wendy's is a $ 3.5 billion dollar company, and Dave Thomas is a man who had a dream, and did everything possible to make it come true. A boy with a dream is a powerful thing. Add to this equation persistence and passion, and you have an unstoppable force.

4) They Said It Could not Be Done

They said it could not be done. Many scientists also agreed that it was physically impossible. No one could ever run the mile in less than four minutes. No one ever has, they said, and no one ever will. Roger Bannister must have been absent that day in class, because on May 6, 1954, he ran the mile in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds.

This feat ended the world's nine-year quest for the four-minute mile. After Bannister's sub four-minute mile, other's also added their names to the list.

Once someone proved they could accomplish the impossible, other's found they could also. Could this be happening today? Many people today can tell you this or that that will never be done. They may even tell that your dream is impossible.

Roger Bannister provided them all wrong, and so can you.

5) Sonia Gandhi

Background: Born in Italy. Got married into the India's Most Powerful Family … "The Gandhi's". She was never interested in politics. All she wanted was peaceful life … away from the glare of media and power. Probably, that is the reason that for most of the time, she used to stay out of India … with her family.

Destiny: But her destiny had something different in store for her. In 1984 her mother-in-law Late Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi got assassinated … followed by the assassination of her husband Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. Her dreams crashed … right in front of her. She had choices … to move out the country … or to stay out of "Power Game".

New Dream: Till 1999, she stayed in self-imposed exile. And then joined Congress … India's Oldest Political Party. That time this party was not into power … they were sitting in opposition. She saw a dream "to get her party … back into the power". But it was not easy. Her own party members had doubt on her credibility. The opposition went on to call her as "Bitch" … "Dumb Doll" … "Anti National" … "A woman who is planning to sell this country" … they were not ready to accept her. ..and what not.

Reaching the Goal: In 2004 … she single handedly won General Elections for her party. And she was unanimously elected as the leader of the party and hence Prime Minister of the Country. But the opposition was planning all India stir, saying that they will not let "an Outsider" to become the Prime Minister of the country. She, she sacrificed her post and decided not to become the Prime Minister and nominated Dr. Man Mohan Singh for the post of Prime Minister. As per the list announced by Forbes last Week, "Sonia Gandhi is the world's 13th Most Powerful Woman".

Her Motto: "Do not give any chance to other's to point their finger's at you"

Her Strength: Approachable, Connectivity with people at lower level, A great strategist and planner.

6) Successful people do it in spite of, and not in absence of, problems.


Wilma Rudolph was born into a poor home in Tennessee. At age four, she had double pneumonia with scarlet fever, a deadly combination, which left her paralyzed with polio. She had to wear a brace and the doctor said she would never put her foot foot on the earth.


But her mother encourage her; She told Wilma that with God-given ability, persistence and faith she could do anything she wanted. Wilma said, "I want to be the fastest women on the track on this earth." At the age of nine, against the advice of doctors, she removed the brace and took the first step the doctors had said she never would. At the age of 13, she entered her first race and came way, way last. And then she entered her second, and third and fourth and came way, way last until a day came when she came in first.


At the age of 15 she went to Tennessee State University where she met coach by name Ed Temple. She told him, "I want to be the fastest women on the track on this earth." Temple said, "with your spirit nobody can stop you and besides, I will help you."


The day came when she was at the Olympics and at the Olympics that you matched with the best of the best. Wilma was matched against a woman named Jutta Heine who had never been beaten.

The first event was the 100 – meter race. Wilma beat Jutta Heine and won her first gold medal.

The second event was the 200-meter race and Wilma beat Jutta a second time and won her second gold medal.


The third event was the 400-meter relay and she was racing against Jutta one more time. In the relay, the fastest person always runs the last lap and they both anchored their teams. The first three people ran and changed the baton easily. When it came to Wilma's turn, she dropped the baton. But Wilma saw Jutta shoot up at the other end; She picked up the baton, ran like a machine, beat Jutta a third time and won her third gold medal. It became history: that analytic women became the fastest women on the earth at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

This story teachers us that successful people do it in spite of, not in absence of, problems.


At the beginning, everything appears to be impossible, but those who are dare enough and bold enough to take that first step, they have done well in their career as well as in life. It is very easy to put blame on external factors. I can only say, life your life, as if it is your last day and work or do things, in a way as if the whole world is watching you.

I will be looking forward to your comments and feedback.

Have a great time and a fantastic week ahead and yes, pleaseee, pleaseees do take care of your good self.

Solutions For Laptop Crashes During Startup

Some laptop users usually don’t know they are experiencing laptop crashes. To know whether your laptop is crashing, check out for the following that occur during startup of your laptop:

– the laptop keeps rebooting on its own

– as you start up, a blue screen with a lot of information on it keeps appearing

– laptop keeps freezing during the startup process

– you keep experiencing error messages during the startup.

Now you know some of the signs to watch out. So what are the solutions to this?

One, you can run a system program known as CHKDSK utility program. This is a program that usually comes with the operating system (very common in Windows operating system) for checking problems with the hard drive. It mainly gives a report on the bad sectors that exist on the hard drive. If there is a large chunk of bad sectors it means that the hard disk is crashing at an alarming rate.

After you have run the CHKDSK utility, contact a data recovery company for the necessary recovery services of your data. When the hard disk is failing, there is a high probability of losing your data. Therefore, you should switch off your computer immediately and get the services of a data recovery expert. Continuing to run your computer when the hard disk is failing is risky because overwriting of information may occur and you may end up losing your data permanently. The recovery expert will request for your hard drive, diagnosis of the problem will be done, a report on the same will be given and then once a go-ahead is given, your data will be recovered. It’s that simple.

NB: Don’t try recovery on your own because you could worsen the situation. This is because you may not know what is wrong with your hard disk.

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Symptoms Of Severe Sinus Disease

Sinuses are mucous filled cavities in the head which help reduce the weight of the skull, insulate it and resonate the voice. There are four sinus cavities, the sphenoid, the ethmoid, the frontal and the maxillary. Sinus infection is the inflammation of the lining of these cavities due to an infection or allergy. Severe sinus disease can also create life threatening situations.

A normal sinus infection can last from ten days to three weeks. A severe sinus disease can go up to three months. There are several symptoms associated with sinusitis. Some of them are low grade fever, headache, jaw pain, facial tendness and swelling. Bad breath and bad taste are also common in case of sinusitis.

Bad taste is caused due to infected post nasal drip which flows into the mouth through the nasal cavity. The tiny hair like structures called cilia which line the nasal cavity push this mucous into the throat. The mucous is swallowed. The acids in the stomach destroy the harmful bacteria present in the mucous.

Although sinusitis is fairly easy to diagnose, doctors also prescribe tests like MRI, CT scan and X-rays to confirm it. The beginning of sinus is exactly the same as that of a common cold, but if the cold refuses to go away after five to seven days, a patient should see the doctor because this could be the beginning of a severe sinus disease.

Sinus can be cured by medication. Certain cases of severe sinus disease may also require surgery. Acute sinusitis can also cause temporary blindness, double vision or blurred vision.

A typical character of sinus is a greenish yellow nasal discharge which is filled with pus and is also blood tinged at times. Although fever is a symptom associated with sinus, it occurs in very rare cases. Toothache which increases on bending is also common in case of sinus.

Sinus should be cured as early as possible. Allowing the sinus to aggravate can cause unnecessary complications. For example, infected mucous entering the lungs can cause life threatening situations. Severe sinus disease can also cause discharge of blood from the nose which can be life threatening. Here, a doctor should be consulted at the first sign of sinus symptoms.

A Construction Company Is The Best Option For Home Renovation

It is not difficult to understand why people keep renewing their homes. There are those who renovate for additional space, and there are those who repair because of the house's deterioration and there are some who refuse to give the house a make-over. A newly renovated house becomes new and there are many advantages derived from repair and remodeling.

But before you renew your house, it is important to decide whether you would have a contractor do the restoration or you would just find employers to do the repairs. There are many advantages in having a contractor do the remodeling of your house. First, you are sure of the professionalism and expertise of a construction company. The architects and engineers, as well as the foreman and labors have adequate training and experience. With a contractor, once the price for the whole job is agreed upon, you know how much money you are supposed to raise. Furthermore, the construction company can give you a definite time duration for the job.

A home owner will surely find pleasure in a newly renovated house. It will bring freshness and new energy to all the dwellers. Watching the progress of the renovation can bond the members of the family, perhaps each one voicing out his or her opinion. And the family will have to look forward to everyday for any new additional improvement.

Renovation of a house always results to its face-lift. When you add space, maybe a new room for a new addition to the family, the house will assume a new look. When the house is deteriorating, any repair will result in a new facade. Renovation can also mean modernization of the abode. Maybe, you can adopt a new flooring, that which is the current trend. Mere repainting of the house will already make a big change in its appearance.

The renovation also cleans your house. It adds appeal and aesthetic value. Moreover, the economic value of the house zooms up. For instance, if the house is mortgaged, a renovation can increase its value and would entitle you to additional loan. Maybe you can even borrow additional funds equal to your partial expense on the remodeling. Most of all, the life span of the building will be extended.

But before you start fixing your home, be decent on who will undertake your home's restoration. You must be able to discuss your plans with an architect and engineer. Most importantly, your commissioned contractor, should you engage one, must be trustworthy and with good reputation on home building. Bear in mind that your renovation entails a big expense and you should get your money's worth.

What’s Wrong With My Waffles? Here’s How to Make Great Waffles

Do you love waffles, but the ones you cook at home are…well…blah and tasteless? Do your waffles turn out limp and chewy? Help is on the way. You can make great waffles. All you need is a good recipe (pretty simple, actually) and a few tips on waffle making procedures.

Most all waffle recipes contain the same basic ingredients. Flour (or pancake/waffle mix), sugar, salt, milk, eggs. The many varieties of waffles comes from the additives to the batter, or toppings added when served. Other than that, they are basically the same.

So what makes some waffles bad, some good…and others great? Technique and a few little secrets. There are only a few tips you need to know. But, they will make a difference in your waffles.

The Batter

Tip 1:

Many recipes call for a little oil in the batter. Some do not. You should always put about 1/2 tablespoon of oil (cooking oil/vegetable oil) in your batter. It helps develop the outer crust. It does not matter if you make your waffles crisp and crunchy or if you like them soft like pancakes, the oil is needed.

Tip 2:

Do Not Beat The Batter Vigorously! This make tough, chewy waffles. Gently stir the batter only long enough to thoroughly moisten the dry ingredients. Do not worry about small lumps in the batter. You will never know they were there after the waffles are cooked.

Your Waffle Iron (Griddle):

Tip 1:

This may seem to be a “no brainer”, but I have seen so many people pour their batter in a waffle iron that they turned on 2 minutes earlier. The batter will not rise properly in an iron that is not fully up to temp. You will get heavy, flat waffles. So, always turn on your waffle iron before you start making your batter. Allow at least 10 minutes before you pour in the batter. I once saw the cook at a restaurant (know for it’s great waffles) do exactly this. It was right after opening and he chose to serve flat waffles rather than wait for the griddle to get hot).

Tip 2:

Do not use cooking spray on your waffle iron. Yes, I know it is so convenient and it seems to work well to prevent sticking, but every manufacturer of waffle irons I have checked with advises against it. They maintain that it will ruin the non-stick surface of your griddle over time. Instead, you should use a vegetable oil (solid Crisco works best). Just take a basting brush or a paper towel and cover the surface lightly with oil. Your waffle iron will last much longer and, in the end, you will have less problems with sticking. Also, I believe it produces a better crust on the waffle.

Vanilla and Sugar:

Tip 1:

Unless you are making some exotic jalapeno, salsa sauce waffle, always add a touch of sugar and a little vanilla to your batter. Many recipes do not list sugar or vanilla in their ingredients. But it will add that little extra “something” you can not identify…and it is so good.

Tip 2:

No matter what kind of waffles you are making, always add beaten egg whites. You can add the yolks or not, but beaten egg whites are essential to light waffles. The egg whites should be beaten until stiff (like whipped cream). Then gently fold the egg whites into the batter. Your goal is to incorporate the eggs without deflating them.

Here’s a simple, basic recipe that will produce good waffles. You can, of course, add ingredients to make blueberry, pecan (like Waffle House), strawberry, peanut butter or a dozen others.


2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk- Plus additional as needed

3 egg yokes, beaten

3 egg whites beaten stiff

2 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoon cooking oil

1/2 tablespoon vanilla


1. Heat Waffle Iron and grease liberally with cooking oil (Crisco)

2. Combine all other ingredients except eggs. Mix well

3. Beat egg yolks and pour into flour mix.

4. Beat egg white in separate bowl until stiff peaks form (looks like whipped cream)

5. Gently fold beaten egg white into flour mixture. Do NOT over mix

7. Add additional milk, as needed, to obtain proper thickness of batter. Should pour easily, but not be watery. About like syrup except a little thicker.

8. Pour 1/3 to 1/2 cup of batter into center of hot waffle iron and bake until steam stops coming from edges of iron. Amount of batter depends on the size of your waffle iron (you will have to experiment)

Makes 6 nine inch waffles

Use these tips and watch you’re family rave about your great waffles.

Creating Successful Grand Opening Flyers

Grand opening flyers have been used to generate excitement along with a flood of traffic to a new business for decades now. You have the ability of spreading the word about your products and services to each household in your community in a relatively short period of time. However, there are critical steps you need to take when advertising grand opening flyers. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

There has been many times where I saw a new business trying to advertise their grand opening flyers using some lame "copy shop" type of printing method. Not only does this portray you as being cheap, your potential customers will wonder how the quality of the product or service will be when they make their first purchase. Remember, when you advertise your selling your brand. Take the time to hire a professional graphic designer. Create a logo that separates you from the competition. After all, you deserve a better flyer than one that has been printed on bright orange paper with no graphic images of your gorgeous products.

You have weeks to celebrate the grand opening of your business. Take advantage of the once in a lifetime opportunity and advertise your flyers each week for as long as you are legally allowed to do so. There is a reason behind this strategy. Consumers have no idea who you are or what you have to offer. In addition, you are trying to convince then to choose your new products and services over your competitors. It will take a while before people are convinced enough to take you up on your offer. Think about this when your estimating the budget for your grand opening flyers.

You are the new business on the block. No one knows what your specialty is, who you are, or where you come from. People like to buy from people they know and trust. Leave some space in your grand opening flyer to talk about your self. Are you from the city or state you are conducting business. What type of skills do you have that make you better than the competition? Talk about these things in your message to give people a brief introduction and do not be scared to show a picture of your gorgeous face somewhere in the flyer. Remember, people respond to faces.

These are the basic elements you need to know when creating grand opening flyers. Keep it simple by hiring professionals to do the job. Not only will you feel better about the image you are creating for your new business. The results will show up in your sales year-after-year. Here's the successful launch of your new business!

Outdoor Wall Lighting – Shed Some Light

In today’s economy more and more people are staying home. They aren’t vacationing as much or traveling much. They seem to be spending more time dressing up their homes. They are enhancing the ambiance of their outdoor area and spicing it up with wall outdoor lighting.

The first impression people have of a home is what they see from the outside. Most homeowners go through a great deal of expense to present the exterior of their homes as an extension of themselves. From exquisitely tailored landscapes to a perfectly tended garden, selecting the right outdoor wall lighting mix will help accentuate these efforts.

Outdoor wall lighting flanking your front door and post lights on your walk way will brighten the entrance to your home and creates a feeling of comfort besides adding curb appeal. With just a flick of a switch you can instantly add radiance to your surroundings.

It is functional and essential for providing security from intruders and the biggest excitement is the entire artistic aspect. Like any creative work the options abound.

Fixtures come in a wide variety of styles for various functions. Some are very plain while others are pieces of art. Nearly any material can be used so long as it can tolerate the heat, weather and keeping with safety codes. Some choices you have are exterior wall sconces, Lanterns, post lighting and chandeliers. Sconces are the most traditional way to welcome your guests. An outdoor wall hanging lantern completes the look of your entry way with that old world feel. Pier mount adapters allow you to install your post on the walls surface. Chandeliers are becoming more popular especially for gazebos or enclosed porches.

There are many options for the fixtures themselves. Like casual, transitional, contemporary, modern, old world, gothic and rustic. You can add features such as light sensing, motion detecting, timers and dimmer switches. Dimmers are often over looked but they allow you to reduce lighting when you don’t need it. A dimmer switch can double the life of the bulb, saves energy and money.

The hottest new trend is using energy efficient bulbs. There are fixtures that use fluorescent bulbs, low voltage bulbs and there are designs like dusk-to-dawn motion sensors. Another trend is using solar lights. They do not require wire installation and are very energy efficient. They do cost more but they will never add to your electric bill. This is an investment that pays off in value for your home.

Most homeowners opt for pure white light but some like the hint of hues. Warm tones like yellow or red introduced properly can make the landscape come alive and green lighting makes the foliage look greener.

With so many options available it allows the consumer to shed light on their own design personality. Think about key visibility and home security when developing a new layout. It is not a matter of how many outdoor wall lights but where you place them on your premises. The interaction between light and shadows can be a very tough task to take on. The way light and shadows play off each other can create a palate of moods depending on the location of the light fixture. These will enhance your colors and details of your creative decorations. This will let you enjoy the exterior surroundings after the sun goes down.

Create warmth, add a little drama or simply brighten your walkway. With a little imagination you will achieve the look you desire.

Heart Attack – Now No Longer a Distress

1. The most herculean Medicine: Food

I have personally followed a plant based diet for years now and it has done wonders to me. I would like to share few basic tips that could script a new beginning in your life. One thing that is worth mentioning here is for those who are skeptical about their age related to this barrier, age has nothing to do with this.

Be it 90 or 30 or even 20, you can follow it blindly. All we need is compassion and exuberating self- confidence to fight against this disease.

a. Have at least 5 cups of veggies a day.

It has been observed that some people are unshackled from the blind dependence that they tend to put on weight if they eat frequently. However the irony is that having eight or more servings a day would reduce the risk of this barrier by 30%as compared to those who consume one and a half servings or fewer. So it is recommended that you have at least 5 cups of fruits and vegetables a day. Let me mention here you can opt for berries – any berries like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries. These are excellent choices. For people who are simply bored of having fruits and vegetables on a daily basis- just chop them and prepare a green-based juice (with the fruits) in a blender. Believe me you will feel mint fresh.

b. Say Goodbye to monotonous life and make a welcome comeback

Our life style has undergone a sea change in the last few decades. Daily routine thrives primarily on sedentary work. Many of us would be surprised to learn that almost 75% are likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a cluster of problems that raise heart disease risk. So stop being a sederholmite and practice as much physical activity as you can. Design an Itinerary of small bouts of physical activity each day and do keep yourself motivated engage in some household chores.Walk as much as you can. As we all know that “Walking is a man’s best medicine”. In addition to this, going out for a brisk walk early in the morning while listening to bird’s chirp against the backdrop of a sunrise is in itself an exhilarating experience. You will feel energized and this also increases production of happy hormones. After all a happy heart is a healthy heart.

c. Make daily dose of this nutrient mandatory in your routine: “YOGA”

Empower your life with streaming yoga practices. Patients who are victim of the most prevalent heart rhythm perturbation- atrial fibrillation, practiced yoga for three months had fewer episodes. Many experts have reported that people who exercise daily even for 20 minutes, had lower resting heart rate and blood pressure compared to those who didn’t do the exercise.

So friends gear up yourself to make sure that you do not suffer from this disease or else be ready to face the music.

“What’s the world for if you can’t make it up the way you want it to be”.

A Good Scope and Great Accessories Make the Perfect Gifts For a Marksman

As we grow older we become increasing difficult to buy for – what do you get a person who already has everything? If someone special in your life is a hunter, marksman, or rifle enthusiast, you may be in luck finding that perfect gift.

NcSTAR Scopes and accessories make affordable and thoughtful presents. These high quality items are on the wish list of every rifle enthusiast.


A premium scope makes the difference between a hit and a miss. Shooters may continue to improve their skill with practice, but they are always limited by their tools. The proper scope will always give a shooter the extra advantage to make more accurate shots more often.

In fact, most of the world’s best marksmen actually have more respect for their scope than their gun. Given the choice between an OK rifle with a great scope, or a great rifle with an OK scope, they’ll take the great scope any day.

Why is this? Because scopes ensure that you’re firing at the right target and in the right way. If you can’t see where you’re shooting, you shouldn’t be shooting.

Choosing the Right Scope

High quality scopes are able to improve your marksmanship by allowing you to see the target as though it were closer than it actually is. In a way, the right scope should make it feel like your target is directly in front of you, rather than a ways off. Depending on your distance you are going to need a greater or lesser degree of magnification in the scope that you purchase.


There is an art to selecting the right magnification when purchasing a scope. You do not want too little, or your shot will not be improved. However, you do not want too much either. Your target, through the eye of the scope, should look like it is directly in front of you. You don’t want it to appear as though you’re looking at it through a microscope.

Using a scope with too high of magnification reduces your accuracy because it provides you with a compressed image of your target or perhaps only a piece of the target.


Magnification also reduces available light, which can impair your vision when light is already at a premium. After you have selected the right magnification, you want to ensure that your light is not going to be compromised.

One solution is to look for a scope that is equipped for light gathering. For example, the NcStar Mark III Scope 4-16×50 Illuminated Green Rangefinder Reticle has a build in tactical SunShade and 30 mm Tube maximize light gathering. A scope with similar features will ensure that you are not sacrificing visibility for magnification.


Coatings are very important features of scopes. A proper, high-quality coating will ensure that the scope can function effectively in fog and rain, as well as in bright and dim sunlight.

Scopes are available in single and multi-coatings.

Of course, it is also important to understand that while coatings are a very important component of a scope’s quality, they are not the only important feature. A high quality coating, on a low quality scope is not going to provide optimal results.


The right tool for the right job is an important adage that every good marksman lives by. NcSTAR offers a range of accessories that will enhance the proper functioning of you scope and further improve your shot. Here are some of our favourites:

Best Gift Under $10

We recommend the NcSTAR Sun Shade. Available for many of NcSTAR’s scopes the sun shade improves visibility and ensures a more accurate shot.

Best Gift Under $30

We recommend the Anodized Aluminium Hand Guard Grip. Designed for comfort and durability, this hand guard grip ensures a non-slip surface.

Best Gift Under $50

The NcSTAR Wrench Tool. This Armorers Wrench has everything you need. One streamlined tool that does all of the jobs and eliminates the need for a cumbersome and large wrench set. You may not be able to carry a whole wrench set with you, forcing you to delay upkeep until you return home. With this tool you are able to keep your rifles and scopes functioning at their best by ensuring that you always have a high quality and effective wrench on hand.

Best Gift Under $100

We recommend the Universal Laser Bore Sighter Set. Another fantastic, compact tool set, the Universal Laser Bore Sighter Set is equipped with arbors for almost every calibre and includes everything needed to sight.


Most scopes require a supply of energy from a battery. Never wanting to be left in a lurch, most seasoned marksman carry a supply of batteries with them. These affordable and small items are usually less than $5 and make a great addition to gifts and stockings.

Of course, it is important to select the right battery for the right scope. For example, Red Laser scopes require an AG13 Alkaline Type Batter. Red Dot Sights and Illuminated Scopes will take a 3-volt CR2032 Lithium Type Battery. Finally, Green Lasers will take a CR123A Lithium Battery.

Lifetime Warranty

All NcSTAR optics that are purchased from BLJ’s Defense come with a lifetime warranty. This means that all defects in materials and workmanship, no matter when they arise, will be covered for repair or replacement.

The Final Word

A high quality scope and accessory kit enhances a marksman’s natural skill and talent. BLJ’s Self Defense offers a vast array of NcSTAR Scopes and accessories. With unbeatable prices and a lifetime warranty on most NcSTAR products, BLJ’s Self Defense is a great place to start your gift shopping for that special marksman in your life.

Tarot Meditation

In the following we will provide instructions about how to perform one easy but powerful tarot cards meditation technique. At first glance, meditation and tarot are two disciplines far apart from one another. This, however, need not be true. Our meditation can benefit from using the tarot cards since they are strong and potent visualization objects. On the other hand, tarot card practitioners can use meditation as a tool for discovering new, previously unknown, relationships between the cards and their symbols.

Here is a step by step guide into a relatively simple but efficient tarot meditation method. The goal we are trying to achieve is to project our consciousness into one selected Tarot card at a time.

  1. The duration of your tarot meditation is up to you, but it should not exceed 10 minutes in the beginning phase.
  2. You should use only the Major Arcana Tarot Deck. More precisely, you should start with The Fool, Card number 0 and successively go through all the Major Arcana up to The World, Card nr. 21. After a month, if you feel like doing it, you can extend the meditation time to a maximum of 30 minutes.
  3. It is not unimportant what tarot deck you use in this type of meditation. Take a look at our suggestions for online purchase of tarot decks.
  4. Position your card in front of your eyes. Adjust the distance, so that you can observe all the details without any effort.
  5. Gaze at the Tarot Card for a couple of seconds. Then close your eyes and mentally try to reproduce what you have just observed. Open your eyes again and notice the differences between your mental image and the card itself.
  6. Repeat step 4 several times, while gradually increasing the gazing period, and equally, the period where you visualize the card with your inner eye. Remember that your complete meditation should not exceed 10 minutes.

While doing this exercise, it is very important to teach yourself to be a neutral observer. No involvement, no projections, no tensions of any kind. Just be there and look at the image on the selected Tarot card with ease and in total relaxation.

After some time, you will see how (provided that you managed to be sufficiently relaxed) it takes virtually no effort from your side to see the exact copy of the Tarot card you have just gazed at projected on your inner screen. When you have mastered this step, you will have completed the first phase of this tarot meditation.

After this beginner’s level, you are ready to take on another step. Now, we will try to make the inner image more vivid and alive. We will try to transform it from being a 2D image into a 3D real live object. If done properly, the frame of your selected tarot card will become a window (or a portal) into another world. This world will be filled with light, color, objects and figures. In meditation, you should do the same thing: be there and observe this vivid image in peace and calm.

Yet another, more advanced stage would be stepping through that portal, and entering (projecting yourself into) that created live image. It can be an astral or mental projection, but it need not be. You will be there, and you will be observing the environment. You are passive, but you are conscious and observing.

What will happen afterward, depends on the individual features of the person doing this form of tarot meditation. Maybe, you will realize some new relations between a given pair of symbols, or new activity among the figures of the Tarot Card. Use all your senses to discover the hidden meaning of the symbols. When this inner image becomes more real than the external image depicted on the card, you have established the most important prerequisites for symbolic communication.

At the end, it is important to terminate your meditation properly. You should reverse the steps in the following way.

1. Extract yourself from the inner image.

2. Reduce it from a 3D to a 2D image.

3. When this image has become similar to the one depicted on the card, focus on recording your inner meditative experiences. Best way is to write them down, or verbalize them in some way. By doing this last step after each meditation session, you will establish a bridge between your normal superficial consciousness and the deeper levels of your psychic. Thus, the benefits of this tarot card meditation exercise will be expressed through your ability to access and understand your sub-conscious content more easily. And, the fact is there is hardly any self-growth and self-realization without getting to know and dealing with the deeper levels of your own being.

How Does PreConstruction Investing Fit My Portfolio?

You would have to be living under a rock to not know what is happening in the American real estate and mortgage markets. Some believe we are only seeing the beginning of a long term run of debt turning bad, devaluations in real estate class assets such as residential properties, massive foreclosures imminent, and worse than all, a serious drop in consumer confidence, which drives the rest of the economy. It’s a pretty sure bet that, for many, Santa won’t be bringing much this year.

If the entire real estate industry were to be placed on a black background with the lights turned off, there would still be some glowing in some areas of the US and beyond. The lights would be in markets where appreciation is flat, or somewhat growing. It would be in certain asset classes, such as commercial, and luxury construction in certain markets. The picture is not as bleak as our friends in the media would have us believe. Remember, they have newspapers and ratings to account for, and bad news always attracts more people.

One group that has been doing its homework and finding the asset classes that are still performing is a 400 member preconstruction buying club. This club has a huge hammer in negotiating its deals with developers to get better prices and terms than any individual could get on his or her own. Developers in high-end projects, where buyers in that price range are not affected by economic conditions as much as the general public, get to start building when they have met their pre-sales requirements. The club’s partners give the developer those presales from the first day of marketing, which stimulates the rest of the market.

A good way to learn about how this asset class is performing is a visit to

Ways to Instill Creativity in Children

There are many people who are born with creative skills and yet do not make use of this ability in their lives. This could be because a number of them were not encouraged to show their creativity when they were kids. However, since time has changed greatly, parents should encourage their children for creative thinking by recognizing their capabilities. Creativity offers a number of benefits to children such as enhancing their coping skills, increasing their thinking power and makes them capable of solving problems. Parents can foster creativity in their kids by providing them a number of resources including a suitable environment, ideas, art supplies, foam board, coloring books and so on. There are many other things which parents can do to support creative thinking in kids.

Parents and teachers are the ones who can help children make good use of their abilities. Children should be provided with an environment that will allow him to be himself and explore new things. If a child is given crayons and paper and left in his room undisturbed, he will get all the time in the world to put his imagination on paper. This is the way parents can identify the capability of their child. Parents also need to provide children with unique ideas and if possible, involve the child in decision making processes.

Moreover, a child should not be felt pressured and should be given enough time to explore the possibilities. Hobbies such as painting and reading should be introduced as the parents input are essential in developing a kid’s creativity. As a child grows, it is essential to remove things like coloring books from his pastimes. Coloring books does not offer much to enhance a child’s creativity as it simply contains creations of some other person. A child should be encouraged to draw his own pictures and color them. Moreover, children should not be criticized for their drawing as it can diminish his capabilities. It is always important to encourage them for what they have created to boost their spirit.

Clay can also be used to encourage creativity. However, adults are required to supervise kids when they are using such things and they need to make sure that the child does not start putting clay in his mouth. Paint also gives great pleasure to children to mix out the different colors and experiment with them. While playing with the different colors, when a child has made a new color, he will feel encouraged to try mixing new colors and see the results of each mix. They will be able to learn the color theory better with an adult’s supervision.

Creative kids have a lot of advantages over the non creative ones. Creativity helps them to develop a wide range of solutions to problems and these kids are often the cleverest ones. They are more curious regarding things and are willing to learn new things everyday. Moreover, children will develop interest in many different areas and this will be helpful in their studies and their learning abilities will be enhanced as well.