Riding the Elevator

An elevator speech, also known as an elevator pitch, is a succinct and engaging articulation of what you do designed to engage the listener. It is called an elevator speech because the time is limited to the length of the average elevator ride – 30 to 60 seconds, the same length of time as the average commercial. It boils down to first impressions and engaging a potential client.

Your elevator speech is the tool you use to make an initial connection between you and a potential client, therefore they need to be able to directly relate it to their own situation. It should include, what you do, who you do it for and the benefits they receive in a very succinct and concise manner.

Simply stating you are a Virtual Assistant is an option and may likely bring positive results. However, you will get a better response from individuals who may be afraid or intimidated by the fact that they don’t know what it is, and do not want to feel stupid or embarrassed, if you use an elevator speech. If you just say you are a VA, these individuals will likely either end the conversation or change it to a direction they are more comfortable with. Remember you want to connect with the potential client and their situation.

In order for your elevator speech to be effective it must not only be succinct but also roll off your tongue and sound very natural, not rehearsed! In order to accomplish this you need to practice saying it out loud, not just reading it to yourself. A good way to fine-tune it is to say it front of the mirror, practice with family and friends or leave it on your voice mail. Does it flow? Do you sound confident? Does it need to be changed? Practice it until you get it right.

Here are a couple of examples:

I’m a Virtual Assistant and I develop collaborative relationships with entrepreneurs supporting them in the administration, growth and success of their businesses.

I’m a Virtual Assistant providing strategic administrative and collaborative support for business owners who want time to focus on the growth and success of their businesses.

Remember that it’s what you do, who you do it for and the benefits they receive.

Homebuilding: Installing Sill Plates

When building a house, installing the sill plates correctly

will determine how straight and square the finished product

will be.

Hopefully the concrete contractor did his job and left you

with a reasonably straight and square foundation. A good

concrete contractor can make a framing contractors job of

building a house a piece of cake. Even if the foundation is

slightly out of square, a good framing contractor can adjust

his sill plates and correct the problem.

When laying out the sill plates, snap chalk lines on the

biggest square of the foundation. This will usually be the

main part of the house. After snapping the front or back and

one side, check for square. This is easily done by using

the 3-4-5 method. Measuring 3′ from the corner on the side,

and 4′ from the corner on the front or back. Make a pencil

mark on the chalk line at these dimensions. Measure the

distance between these two marks on the diagonal and if

perfectly square will equal 5′. If it is not square, adjust

the shortest of these two lines so that your measurement

equals 5′.

Once squared these lines can be used as a reference point to

square and keep parallel other sections of the houses

foundation, like a garage or sunroom. By using the biggest

square portion of the house, your work will be more


After your chalklines are all snapped, your ready to lay the

sill sealer and sill plates. The sill sealer is put on top

of the foundation wall first. This material comes in two

forms. One is very similar to fiberglass wall insulation

except thinner and with the same kraft paper backing. The

other is a 1/4″ foam similar to laminate flooring

underlayment. Both materials come in widths to accommodate

2×4 and 2×6 sill plates. I prefer the foam sill sealer for

its ease to work with and what I feel will keep drafts and

moisture from penetrating under the sill plate better. Both

sealers are installed butting up to the chalk line to the

inside of the foundation wall. Both are pushed down over

the anchor bolts till it pops through the sealer.

The exterior finish determines the placement of sill plates

on the foundation wall. If the exterior finish is siding,

the sill plates will finish flush with the outside of the

foundation wall. In this case I like to measure in the width

of my sill plate, 3 1/2″ for a 2×4 and 5 1/2″ for a 2×6. If

the exterior finish is brick, the sill plate will be 4 1/2″

from the outside edge of the foundation wall.

Holes must be drilled in the plates to install them over the

anchor bolts. These 2x plates are usually required to be

treated lumber to resist rot. To locate the bolt hole in the

2x, put the plate up against the anchor bolts. Using a speed

square or a combination square, put the square on the edge

of the 2x and against the anchor bolt. Hold your pencil

against the squares edge with the lead 1/4″ away from the

blade of the square and draw a line. This will give you the

center of the 1/2″ anchor bolt along the length of the 2x

plate. to get the center off the edge of the plate, measure

from the chalkline to the center of the bolt. This will give

you the location to drill the holes in the plate. Drill a

3/4″ hole in the plate. This allows some wiggle room to drop

the plate over the anchor bolts which are not always

straight up and down.

Once the holes are drilled in the plate, bolt it down with a

washer and hex nut. Continue the process by butting the next

plate to the one just put down and locate the next set of

holes, putting the sill sealer down ahead of the plates. Toe

nail all joints where the plates butt one another.

This is an important step when building a new home. By

installing the sill plates straight and square, it gives a

solid reference to follow when framing the rest of the


(c) Mike Merisko www.sawkerfs.com

Multi Fuel Stoves

Multi-Fuel stoves are termed as those stoves that give out heat through not so conservative modes. Several years ago, the only option for people to generate heat from the stove was by using wood as a fuel. But, with the introduction of LP gas and electricity, there are other options introduced by way of different fuels for use; one can now use pellets, bio-diesel, corn and other similar products to generate heat for various reasons such as cooking, heating home and water.

Multi-Fuel stoves are enabled to only use one type of fuel while some of the other stoves are able to generate heat using different variants of fuel resources. However, the best thing about the multi-fuel stove is that it offers its users several options and hence, you will not find yourself struggling with wood for the stove.

The Multi-fuel stove can be used as the main source of generating heat in the house or to cook for the family, or as a secondary source of heat for some parts of the house only. The fuel costs will diminish once you start using the different kinds of fuel options available to you.

These Multi-fuel stoves are available in different sizes and images possible. They are manufactured to fit like any other old-fashioned fireplace. The different kinds of finishes that one can choose from are diverse. You might want to opt for a design for the primary function being cooking or to look like a wood-burning fireplace. If you are the kind who is interested in cooking on a stove that is made using the fireplace methodology, then you will find cooking a lot fun with the new Multi-Fuel stove.

The moment you let go off fuel sources that you have always known of, and start using the latest variants, you will end up saving a lot of money and helping to conserve frugal resources for the future. These stoves mainly use fuels that are not dependent on fossils and hence can be renewed easily.

Find out the options that are available to you in the Multi-fuel stoves and you will be able to decipher the best model for your home needs. You will certainly find the one that is tailor made for your requirements.

A Review of Aroma Rice Cookers

I love rice. I enjoy it for breakfast, with sugar and cream and a few raisins for flavor. I enjoy it steamed at dinner, as the bed for steamed carrots and crunchy snowpeas. But I do not like rice that is overcooked and sticky. If it tastes mushy, I simply can’t eat it. And nothing is more aggravating than having a mouthful of rice that is undercooked, with crunchy little bits getting stuck in your teeth. But with an Aroma rice cooker, having perfect rice every time is the easy part.

Before I bought my Aroma Cool Touch rice cooker, I took the time to shop around a little, and read the reviews. They do well against the competition, and are often compared to more expensive brands, such as the Zojirushi rice cooker. Amazingly, it is lower priced, but performs just as well as it competitor, and is preferred by many people who have used both.

The Aroma ARC-998 is an 8 cup rice maker that excels. Not only is it super easy to use, and able to prepare a variety of dishes such as soups, stews and steamed vegetables, but the Aroma rice cooker manual even has recipes for a wide variety of dishes that you may not have thought were possible. Don’t confuse an Aroma Rice Cooker with ordinary kitchen appliances that can perform only a single task, because these machines make cooking all types of meals easier and less complicated.

Another item that is often praised in rice cooker reviews, and one that is equal to the Zojirushi rice cookers, is the removable cooking pot, all the more easier to clean because of its non-stick surface. On the outside an Aroma ARC-998 is covered with stylish brushed stainless steel and black trim, giving accent to your kitchen without being imposing. And an Aroma rice cooker pulls ahead of the pack with its patented cook system, which channels excess moisture away from rice, keeping it as light and fluffy as if it were just cooked for hours.

I can’t tell you that this is the best rice cooker you could buy. But I can say that it has proven its value to my family, time after time. It has brought more variety to our meals along with better taste and healthier eating. These are priced right, too, intended to be a perfect fit in any kitchen, regardless of your budget. Try one out for yourself, and you’ll immediately understand what makes an Aroma ARC-998 rice cooker one of the most popular machines of its type available.

Is Hardwood Floor Installation a Good Investment?

Hardwood floors are a great investment for your home as their results are only positive and do not result in stains that will never come out of a floor clothed with carpet. With hardwood floors, the rules are simple and easy. You can walk around with your shoes on or have your kids eat in any room and only have to worry about damping a rag to remove any smudges that may have been left. The cleanup does not involve multiple sprays and vacuums to work out an impossible drip of mud that left your shoe.

Hardwood floors display a sort of beauty that the human eye cannot help but admire. The natural feel of the wood creates a homey feel that is sure to increase the value of your home. When one looks to buy a home they tend to admire the look of the homes with hardwood floors, rather than carpet or tile, which makes your home more likely to sell if you decide to put your house up for sale.

Unlike carpet, if your floor has any problems such as scratches or markings that may have accumulated, the problems can be fixed easily. With stained carpet, the entire area would need to be ripped up in order to replace the carpet opposed to a plank of wood being replaced to return your home to its original state.

Hardwood floors can be one of the best investments for a home, as they will affect the overall appeal of the area you decide to renovate.

How to Write a Sales Territory Plan

What are the critical steps in writing a successful Sales Territory Plan?

You may be wondering, “Where do I start?” The key is asking the right questions to harness the insights you need to create a winning plan- that can be used in your quarterly business review. Use this checklist as a guide.

1. Analyze your Territory/Business

Start with what is going on in your territory/vertical market.

  • What are the key trends in your geography/ market?
  • Who are your top prospects and customers?
  • What are customers buying?
  • Based on your conversion rates, how much business do you need in your funnel?
  • What is the gap between what you need in your funnel and what you have now?

2. Understand what Drives Customers to Buy

You must understand why they are buying or not buying your products.

  • What are the characteristics of your high-payoff customers/prospects?
  • Are there verticals that you are winning in more than others? Why?
  • What “pain” or business issues do you solve?
  • What compelling events drive the purchase?
  • Are there specific products/services that you are selling more than others? Why?
  • Why do they not buy your products/services?

3. Clarify your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT)

Conduct a SWOT analysis that examines:

  • What Strengths will you build upon? For example, a unique business model or capabilities.
  • Which Weaknesses do you need to respond to? This includes the strengths of competitive and alternative solutions.
  • Which Opportunities in your marketplace will you take advantage of? How do you uniquely meet your buyers’ compelling needs?
  • What Threats in your selling environment will you defend against? Consider competitive moves, changes in technology, industry and regulatory standards.
  • What is your unique selling (value) proposition?

4. Determine your Objectives

Consolidate the above trends into a few powerful objectives. Write specific, measurable goals (i.e. ‘I will add 5 new accounts in this vertical market’).

  • Which vertical markets or geographies will you focus on?
  • Based on the characteristics of your high-payoff customers/prospects, which accounts/opportunities will you concentrate on?
  • What products/services/capabilities do you need to highlight in your plan?
  • At your average selling price, how many opportunities do you need to add to your funnel?

5. Develop Strategies to Accomplish yourGoals

Generate the top strategies to succeed.

  • How will you further penetrate current accounts?
  • What is your strategy to leverage current successes?
  • What will you do to generate new leads?
  • How will you improve your conversion rates?
  • Where do you need to improve your selling process?

6. Engage the Resources you Need

Enroll the people and gather the knowledge you need.

  • Which internal resources have the skills/connections you need?
  • Who inside the account can help you win?
  • Are there external resources that can support you (partners, people “in the know”)?
  • What additional product/industry information do you need? What sources can provide it?
  • How could you improve your selling and territory/account management skills?

7. Create and Work your Plan

Use your plan as a guide to proactively produce your intended results.

  • What are the high-leverage actions?
  • Which resources are needed for each task?
  • What are the due dates and key milestones?
  • Do you take action and fine-tune the plan on a regular basis?
  • Are you engaging your management, internal and partner teams?

“It’s not the will to win that matters… everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

– Paul “Bear” Bryant

Creating and implementing a well thought-out plan is the key to success!

Why is My Handrail Damaged? Home Maintenance and Protection Tips

There are plenty of homeowners, building contractors and other people who are involved in the new home building process that do not have any idea, how the products that they are assembling can deteriorate or suffer from wood rot damage. Here's a couple of home maintenance and protection tips that can save homeowners a couple of bucks.

If your wood handrail is located on the exterior of your home, you need to pay attention to what I'm about to say. If any moisture accumulates around your wet handrail, sits on the handrail for a long time, before it finally evaporates or soaks into the wood, or if your wood handrail is not painted and maintained properly, you could be paying a home repair person, to repair your neglected wood handrail.

Whether you live in a moist climate or a dry climate, extreme weather conditions can wreak havoc on almost any kind of wood. If you're wood handrail is located in a shaded area, it is going to be susceptible to wood rot, if there is any moisture around it or on it.

The shade will prevent the moisture from evaporating and this will give it more time to soak into the handrail. The more moisture that will be absorbed, the better your chances are that your handrail will soon start to rot, collect moss and even toxic mold.

Now what about a dry climate or a handrail that is directly exposed to the sun for long periods during each day, if not maintained properly, the wood could actually start to crack as it starts to lose all of its moisture.

Dry and moist climates can affect wood handrail's. Here's what I would like to suggest, make sure that you paint your wood handrails on a regular basis. In other words, as the paint starts to flake off and you start to see the bare wood, it's time to paint your handrail. It does not get any simpler than that, make sure that you maintain your wood handrails and you will not have to pay anyone for a while to repair them.

Essential Baby Safety Checklist

This checklist addresses safety issues in and around the home. You do not have to change everything in your house – but be aware of the dangers!


o Gate for stairs, you may want to consider a gate at the top and one at the bottom of the stairs

o Make sure the bars of the banister rail are not too far apart

o Socket covers

o No poisonous / prickly plants, ie Swiss Cheese Plant

o Non-skid matting under rugs

o Protective caps on edges / corners of tables

o Lockable window handles

o Security glass in door panels


o Cleaning chemicals, plastic bags, bin liners, batteries etc stored out of reach in lockable cupboard

o Do not put harmful substances in old drinks bottles or food containers

o When cooking, always turn pots and pan handles towards the back of the hob

o Cupboard door and drawer safety catches

o Do not leave the leads from kitchen equipment trailing over the edge of the work surface ie kettles

o Unplug kitchen equipment after use

Utility Room

o Always store heavy machines in a safe place

o Beware of trailing cables

o All chemicals should be stored in a locked cupboard

o Best of all: lock the door!

Bathroom and Toilet

o All medicines should be in a locked cabinet

o Adjust the hot water thermostat so that a child can not be scalded

o Non-slip mats in the bath and for the bathroom floor

o Cleaning chemicals should be stored in a locked cupboard

Child's Bedroom

o Shelf units and wardrobes should be screwed to the walls

o Try to find furniture without sharp edges

o Put heavy objects on the lowest shelves

o Put toys where they can be easily reached

There is a lot to consider when you want to make your baby's environment safe and there are some essential rules which we all have to keep in mind. There are some, like having a safety catch on a drawer, which may not always be essential (provided the drawer does not contain any harmful things). Too much caution does not help your baby's confidence and development. Every baby goes through a phase of 'clumsiness'. They open and close every door and catch their fingers; they open and close drawers and again catch their fingers; they pull themselves up and hold on to furniture until they see you and wave. What happens? They lose their balance and fall! They need to experience this in order to prepare for life. They have to learn the hard way, unfortunately. Mother Nature makes sure that they learn not to injure themselves in the future. So do not worry about a few tears. By leaving them to explore their environment independently, it will strengthen their coordination and confidence.

Equality In Art

Racial equality has long been a sensitive topic in the United States but typically when the issue arises, the conversation typically centers around career opportunities, salaries or political aspirations. Recently, the debate has been resurrected in the world of art. In many instances it's not the artist that is frustrated, in fact, in many cases the artists have long since passed away. Instead, it is the people who appreciate this art that seem to be disappointed and seeking a more visible stage for the pieces to be appreciated by the world.

American artists of African descent pre-date even the official formation of the United States itself. Early black artists were often actually slaves and many of their works were not framed and hung in a gallery, but rather they were portraits of their master's family or hand-crafted items created for use by their masters. In fact, the ability to paint portraits could lead a slave to having special privileges or even allow him to barter for his freedom. In today's society it's difficult to imagine the amount of pressure that was endured by these men. Although many artists are self-critical and known to possess an inner drive to improve their skill, it's impossible to think that any duress felt by an artist today could match that felt by a man who's very freedom depended solely on his willingness and ability to hone his self-taught skill to the very highest level. This may explain why many in the inner circles of the American art scene feel so strongly that African American art has yet to receive the recognition and respect that it deserves.

Some of the first widely recognized African American artists included Patrick Henry Reason (1817-1850) of Philadelphia and Joshua Johnston (1765-1830) of Baltimore, who were both well-respected portrait artists. These men gained both recognition and respect for their craft in a time when many African Americans struggled to even make a living in a society dominated by whites. There is no doubt that the hard work and success of these men helped pave the way for hundreds of African American artists that followed.

One such artist was Edward Bannister, who experienced his own hardships and persevered to find success. Edward Mitchell Bannister (1828-1901) was actually born in New Brunswick, Canada, but he experienced the racial inequity in the United States first-hand when he moved to Rhode Island in 1871. Although he founded the Providence Art Club and received praise from numerous artists that appreciated and respected his work, he did not immediately receive the respect and admiration of everyone in the art world. In 1876, he became the first African American artist to receive a national award when he won first prize at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition.

However, he would later recount that the experience was not exactly pleasant when he went to claim his prize. Neither the officials nor the bystanders were happy to be questioned by the colored man or respond to his inquiries about the prize winning painting. Those that paid any attention to him, glared and made rude comments about why it mattered to him which painting won the prize. It was only after he explained that he was the artist that their attitudes changed and the official apologized. Experiences like this one nearly 100 years after Patrick Henry Reason began painting portraits for wealthy families help frame the cultural environment that many African American artists weathered in an effort to utilize their ability and make a living. More information on For African American artists visit the Smithsonian Institute online at Http://www.si.edu/ .

In 2007, over 200 years after the first African American artists developed a reputation for their talents and works of art, hundreds of pieces are displayed throughout the country from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to the Chicago Art Institute to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC However, few people could actually name an African American artist. Their works span the history of our country covering major turning points in the development of the United States such as the Civil War and the civil rights movement. The artists themselves have experienced their own movements, most notably the Harlem Renaissance which introduced African American art of all kinds to all ethnic groups. It is because of these facts that many art historians feel the art community around the world has been missing out on a large piece of American history that was documented through the works of African American artists.

Factors That Affect Choice Of Electrical Wires

Electrical wiring is used in practically all kinds of settings with all kinds of requirements. The truth is that a wire that is perfect for one application may not be the best choice for another application. But because they are in a wide range, you will always be in a position to select the best for the wiring project you have and any specific requirements there could be. Here are some of the factors that affect your selection.

Labeling – If you are keen enough, you will find that electrical wires have letters on them. These usually represent insulation types. For instance one labeled H means that it is heat resistant whereas one labeled HH means that is highly heat resistant. T could indicate thermoplastic insulation, N for nylon coating that is resistant to gas and oil damage and W could indicate that the wire is suitable for wet conditions. They could come with multiple letters to indicate the different properties. If you are not too sure about the kind you are about to buy, get professional help or make enquiries and go through reviews to find out the specifications.

Wattage load, ampacity and gauge – They are very important considerations to help you get the correct wire for the correct application. Wattage load indicates how much wattage it can accommodate, ampacity stands for the amount of electricity that can flow through the wire and the gauge is simply the size of the wire. These aspects are mentioned on appliances, making it easier for you to know which wires to go for. You can of course get assistance from an electrical technician if you are not too sure about the interpretations to help you find the most suitable one.

Size – Every application will come with a certain size that is suitable for installation. Wire gauge is what determines the size with the most common wires being sizes 10, 12 and 14; the higher the number the smaller the wire size. The size of your wire is important because it can affect the amount of power it can accommodate.

Color codes – When it comes to electrical wires, different colors serve different purposes. Black ones are commonly used for outlets and switches whereas red wires may be ideal for switch legs. Bare copper and green wires are for grounding whereas whites are always neutral. Some are best for all kinds of internal wiring, especially in appliances; your application should help you choose the correct color code.

Wire type – Electrical wires come in different types including triplex, panel feed, main feeder, single strand and nonmetallic sheathed wires. Your application again will determine which wire type is most suitable. When buying your wires, you can always get a professional help you with the selection and probably even with the installation of whatever you are working on. Wrong wire use could have serious consequences and they are what you should be trying to avoid.

Englyn Milwr – Solder's Lamenting Thoughts

Englyn Milwr, (pronounced en-glin mee-loor), is a unit of three lines in which the end words rhyme. The three line format is referred to as a tercet rhyming pattern. This poem is of Welsh origin and generally has a theme of war. It is called the "Soldier's Englyn." Each line has seven (7) syllables and there is no limit to the number of stanzas the poem may have. This form is thought to have derived from the inscriptions on the Roman tombs in Wales. This style consists of three seven-syllable lines that rhyme. There exist eight types of Englyn poetry of which Englyn Milwr is only one type. The eight types of Englyn poems are as follows: Englyn milwr, Englyn penfyr, Englyn unodl union, Englyn unodl crwc, Englyn cyrch, Englyn proest dalgron, Englyn lleddfbroest, and Englyn proest gadwynog. The following is an example of the Englyn Milwr:

Soldier's Lamenting Thoughts

A soldier waved in passing

Heading for the front laughing

He was old and joints aching

By his wave I heard him say

Pray for me on this great day

That I may come back this way

One passed with a bandaged head

He had a pocket with meds

His army shirt was in shreds

One held me close to his chest

He seemed stronger that the rest

Saying they will do their best

Their echoes left me a song

I know they could not be wrong

They were singing very strong

Bombs dropped, men died, side by side

Loved ones at home wept and cried

In battle armies collide

One day I sat by the way

A soldier smiled that day

Going back the other way

He served his time on the lines

He gave me the blessing sign

Knelt, prayed and left me behind

Understanding the Xbox360 Mod Chip

The Xbox 360 mod chip is a device used in playing backup or import games on Microsoft's Xbox 360. Majority of 6th and 7th generations of game consoles integrate hardware-based systems to ensure that the users will only play officially approved games.

It is generally requires advanced technical knowledge in order to install. However, most are usually connected to the game console's motherboard. For this reason, when you purchase an Xbox 360, it does not contain any kind of manual for installation.

Installation depends largely on the kind of mod chip you buy. However, the three most popular installation options are the pin-header installation, wire installation and solder-less installation.

According to experts, the pin-header installation is the most efficient and easy-to-understand method compared to other installation techniques. When you buy, it is usually shipped with a free set of pins. The pins, which are called "pin headers", are designed specifically to be plugged into the holes of your Xbox 360's motherboard.

The installation is the best method for beginners, who have no soldering experience whatsoever. Although you will need to fuse the pins into the motherboard, the process is not as difficult as you expect. You only need to connect them into the motherboard and attach it into the pin header once it is in place.

When you have connected the pin header into the motherboard, your Xbox 360 mod chip can now interface with the game console's hardware. Once you have connected the Xbox 360 mod chip into the pin header, a wire should be soldered into a small area (called a d0 point) in your motherboard. Usually, this step takes time because the given area is so small that soldering may become difficult. However, be patient since the holes are designed to fit this wire.

Whether you choose the pin-header, wire or solder-less installation, it is important that you have the right tools. This will ensure that you will install the Xbox 360 mod chip accurately and correctly. With the right tools, such as a low-wattage soldering iron, even if it is your first time to install the mod chip, the installation process will be pretty straightforward and effortless.

Secure Sockets Layer

The word SSL is an acronym which stands for Secure Socket Layer. It is a mode of communication between net clients; the browser that one uses to access the internet and the server on which the site is located. It happens to be not just any type of communication but an encrypted one. The encryption come in different types commonly known as bits. The good thing about this type of communication it allows a user to have a safe connection to a server therefore nobody may listen into it no matter how good they are at hacking. Take it like this in your office you have a personal assistant who directs important calls to you. They may listen into the conversation but the moment you press a special button their line goes dead.

An SSL connection can only exist in an environment that has conducive factors. That means an SSL connection may exist on a website but people can still listen in on the communication due to lack of factors that help the security of the communication. Many times has one landed on a site an a message appears on the toolbar of their net client. The message usually reads something like "This page contains both secure and nonsecure items." Or "Page contains unauthenticated content" This usually means that somewhere in the page's source there is an actual linking connection which may lead to another page. Something like "http://www.site.com" instead of using relative paths to lead where intended.

The purpose of an SSL is to secure communication therefore any page which is intended to appear under SSL connection should not have an actual connection to another page that is located in a different server.

Is it OK to Break Open Fish Oil Pills If You Have Trouble Swallowing?

Is it OK to break open fish oil pills? Some people have trouble swallowing pills and capsules. They might have trouble with just about any pill or capsule.

Here is the answer, with a few tips on what you should know about fish oil, and breaking open capsules and pills.

Why breaking open a fish oil pill is harmless

The fish oil is inside a soft shell made of gelatin. The gelatin is there to hold the oil; you don’t need it otherwise. So it’s perfectly OK to break it open and pour the oil onto food or whatever makes it easy to swallow. You can throw the gelatin away.

This is very helpful for a person who has trouble swallowing pills.

This is also great for small children. Fish oil is by far the best source of omega 3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids are very important to the healthy development of babies and children. The brain is more than 60 percent fat, and the most important fat is DHA (Docosahexenoic Acid) found in rich supply in fish like mackerel, anchovies, tuna, salmon and a few others.

So it’s simple and easy to break open the gelatin and pour the valuable omega 3 oil into juice or formula or mix it into the food of a child.

Why this might be a bad idea for other supplements

A fish oil pill is NOT really a pill, it’s a capsule — a soft shell to hold the oil. A pill (or a tablet) is actually a hard little thing, like an aspirin, for example. For most pills, there’s nothing wrong with breaking them into two pieces (or even more than two).

If that makes the pill easy to swallow — or you just want to take half a dose — it can work just fine.

When is it NOT just fine?

Well, there are some great supplements that come in pills that are coated with enteric. Enteric-coated pills or tablets are made that way for an important reason. Enteric coating protects the pill from breaking apart in the acids of the stomach.


Because there are some important nutrients that are destroyed or damaged by stomach acids. Carnosine is one example of a valuable nutrient that is badly damaged by stomach acid. For this reason, any enteric-coated pill should not be broken open.

But it’s just fine to break open a fish oil pill.

You get your essential omega 3’s, and that’s a great thing for your health.

If You're in a Hole, Stop Digging

If you find yourself in a difficult situation, do not continue doing what you are doing. Although, it might seem like simple advice that should be common sense, remember common sense is not. It is based on life experience. If we have not had the experience, we might not know how to handle it. We may be under the illusion that if we keep on doing what we are doing things will change. They will not. Doing the same thing and expecting things to be different is the definition of insanity. If you are not getting the results you want, it is because you are not doing the right actions. Stop doing what you are doing and do something else, anything else. Just remember, if you are in a hole, the best thing to do is stop digging and create a plan for getting out of the hole.

When life is not going our way, the first thing to look at is our actions. Stop and ask yourself what you are doing to create the situation. It might seem like you are an innocent victim, but the truth is there are very few innocent victims. Most of us, when given the opportunity, can figure out what part we are playing in creating what we do not want in our lives. It can be something like staying in a job we hate, or letting a friend treat us poorly, or not standing up for ourselves. More than likely we are doing something or allowing something to happen that is not serving us. Stop! Give yourself the opportunity to take a few steps back from the situation and access what is really going on. If you can not do this on your own, seek help from a professional or trusted friend. Often, others can see what is not working in our lives and what the cause is better than we can. Once you figure out what you need to do differently, do it. Knowing what to change and not changing it does not help you.

Where are you continuing to dig yourself into a deep hole? Perhaps you continue to overspend creating more and more credit card debt or perhaps you are not taking the steps that will enable you to seek a better job. Whatever you are doing that is creating a deep hole, stop, decide what actions you are doing that contribute to the situation and change it. Awareness is the first step. The next step is to take action.