Servent Leadership: Self-Discipline

The most basic defining moment demands that leaders resolve the issue of self-discipline, which has serious implications for their future. In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves. Self-discipline was their number one responsibility. “The higher leaders climb up the corporate ladder the greater their burden of responsibility and their need to reevaluate themselves and their whole self.”1 Once you have mastered self-discipline, there is plenty of guidance available on leading others. Leadership of others is the subject of hundreds of books and courses. Self-leadership, however, involves self-discipline, self-regulation, personal growth, and is vital for achievement of our goals, even if we never lead another person. “People have to know themselves and understand their environments in order to adapt and learn.”2

Leaders who do not understand themselves are unlikely to have an accurate view of others or be sensitive to others’ feelings, needs, and attitudes. “To be effective, leaders need insight into their skills and capabilities and how others react to them.”3 Self-discipline – honesty, gentleness, blamelessness, temperance, and vigilance are all qualities that we can control. Self-discipline produces a specific character or pattern of behavior – moral, physical, or mental development in a particular direction. In organizations, just as in the Christian community, there are times when leaders fall away from these characteristics through personal loss or personal sin. Building and developing these characteristics is not something we just learn from a book or hear from a sermon. We must actively and continually engage ourselves in order to focus on self-discipline. “It’s after we have contemplated our own actions, measuring how they align with our values, intentions, and words, that we are most likely to make a contribution of integrity to the world.”4

How does a leader actively engage in self-discipline? Through godly living! Paul states “For Kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” (1 Timothy 2:2). Godliness (or godly) is a key word in Paul’s Pastoral letters which occurs eight times in 1 Timothy (2:2, 3:16, 4:7, 4:8, 6:3, 6:5, 6:6, and 6:11), once in 2 Timothy (3:5), and once in Titus (1:1). It implies a good and holy life, with special emphasis on a deep reverence for God. A true person of God has qualities of a spiritually mature person. This is not a façade to please or impress people but rather the Word of God. The godly person has not only learned doctrine academically, but he has also seen that word applied to his life over a period of years. Godliness does not come automatically, accidentally, or suddenly. It is a process that comes from living in it. It is a slow process that many fail to realize until others point it out. Effective leadership – godly leadership – requires our continual appreciation and practice. Godly living affects our self-discipline as well as how we treat others in the leadership relationship.

Paul provides instructions for godly living by identifying the mystery of godliness. “…we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is savior of all men, specifically of those that believe. (1 Timothy 4:10). This does not mean that God saves everyone but that God is savior of all in that he offers salvation and saves all who come to him through Jesus Christ.

1. Gilbert W. Fairholm, Capturing the Heart of Leadership: Spirituality & Community in the New American Workplace, (Westport: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated, 1997), 6.

2. Manuel London, Leadership Development: Paths to Self-Insight and Professional Growth, (Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Incorporated, 2001), 27.

3. Manuel London, Leadership Development, 2001, 29.

4. Stratford Sherman, Rethinking Integrity, (Leader to Leader, No. 28, 2003), 7.

The Seven Basic Types Of Demonologist

Have you ever done a search on the internet hoping to find someone like the late “Ed Warren” and you Get someone like “Aleister Crowley”?

(This can happen even when you seek “Demonology” course material too beware!)

Part of the problem is the term “Demonologist” can mean different things.

Consider there IS a GRAVE difference between ones who conjures demons, and ones who seek to rebuke them.

It is a professional courtesy to be clear as to what you do, and who you really are. Rather than to tag “Demonologist” and let people assume.

But here we let you define those who tag themselves as “demonologist”, by the knowledge, practices, habits, affiliations… etc.

1) STUDENT DEMONOLOGIST – One who studies a form “demonology”, is a novice or apprentice of a form of Demonology. A “Demonologist” in the field, is not “one who merely studies them”, avoid taking on such titles as to not confuse people. “Apprentice Demonologist”, “Student Demonologist”, and “Student of Demonology” for example are appropriate labels. The ‘prefix’ is key so as to not confuse the ‘learner’ with the “Veterans”, and people who are considered to be top names, and experts in the field. The mainstream public will contact a guy calling himself a “demonologist” not realizing he/she is merely a “student”, “in training”, who is NOT a well seasoned Veteran, and is unduly wearing that label.

People are being mislead and confused.

2) DEMONOLOGY HISTORIAN – A historian, or a “scholar” on the topic. The historian is more the engineer” not apply the knowledge to practical application and solution.

Where #6 and #7 are the “Technicians”, encompassing both knowledge and practical application and problem solving. – Dr. William Bradshaw ph.d, could also be rightfully called a “Historian Demonologist.” My Father Gerald retired form the field work when I was in third Grade

3) BIBLICAL DEMONOLOGIST –

Typically those of Protestant Denominations – This is one who has primarily learned from the KJV Bible as their source of information on “Demons” – This knowledge applies more towards “Spiritual warfare” in temptation stages. Controversially, they often share a belief that “all ghost are demons”, which they cite is scripturally based, although it is not shared with their catholic and orthodox brothers and others. Such individuals often go on to study separately under a “Historian”, and “Religious demonologist”, or a “Catholic or Christian Demonologist”. As to better understand the process of and the ‘legwork’ relating to ‘field investigations’ for cases of paranormal activity, in potential hauntings, infestations and possessions. This is essential because the bible is vague about many facts in spiritual warfare. Many “Biblical Demonologist” also consider themselves an “Exorcist” by default, typically this is more common with individuals who do not belong to a valid and organized (larger) Denomination of faith. As an “Independent” Christian Denomination, it is easy to award oneself such titles without an overseer or church hierarchy, as they are their own ‘Bishop’ or ‘Pope’ and can do what they please…

For those of the Catholic/Orthodox – Along with their Orthodox bibles, this is also including “Sacred tradition”, and the writings of the Saints for their resources. And such individual are considered by the church as a “spiritual warfare ‘counselor”, or a “Spiritual warfare specialist” if they only work to educate the people. They do not use the word “Demonologist”.

John Labriola, Author of “Onward Catholic Solder” Is an example

4) NECROMANCER – Well as you know, this is one who conjures demons to do their own bidding, the black arts practitioners, etc.. This is the more common definition for “demonologist” prior to the introduction of the title “demonologist” into the mainstream before 1990 in reference to a “Ghost Buster”.

5) “SOLOMONITES” – Be especially aware of people teaching this material in their “Demonology course”! OK “Solomonities is my own word for them but, these are ones whom consider the Gnostic text The “Keys of Solomon”, as legit, and expect to do work in spiritual warfare calling demons to do battle against demons. Anything with the likes of “Aleister Crowley”, or “Goetia” associated with it is to be avoid. And are considered as #4, as “Necromancers”. Fans and followers of the book by Michael Laimo. “These Demonologists”, are not “Who ya gonna call”? or want to call… There is a certain level of ignorance in people learning this Demonology from the perspective of the enemy. Yet they believe it applies to Exorcism and Deliverance. Wrong!

“A house divided against itself cannot stand,”” -Abraham Lincoln/Matthew 12:25

“How can Satan drive out Satan?” Jesus (Matthew 12:25-rwefering to exorcism)

“You can not appease one demon, and expect to rebuke another”

The big note about these “Types” are they some of them think they are doing “The Work” from God, but they are really doing it from the perspective of the enemy.

6) RELIGIOUS DEMONOLOGIST – This is the more mainstream title people expect in a “demonologist”. This specific one is the title Gerald Brittle created to describe the unique work that the late Ed Warren did for his book “The Demonologist”. Ed, who was a “Roman Catholic”, wore many hats, as he was an investigator, Parapsychologist, Ghostologist, Demonologist, and was also skilled in interviewing the victims and witnesses. But he also was known to occasionally do house “cleansings” (i.e. forms of “deliverance”). And practice a controversial tactic known as “religious provocation” in order to gather needed evidence to justify a church approved Exorcism. This title more so has passed with Ed’s departure in 2006, however some individuals now tend to use “Religious demonologist” to make them “Non-denomination” Christian. A “Religious Demonologist” typically covers all aspects up to, but not including the actual Deliverance/Exorcism. This is where they then typically enlist in the proper personal, in clergy.

7) Denominational – Specific to a particular faith or legit / organized and known denomination working directly through their church and coming from a perspective related to that faith/denomination. (i.e. “Christian Demonologist”, “Roman Catholic Demonologist”) This individual may or may not also practice what is considered “Religious Demonology” as #6, or merely be an adviser for “demonology” and such related info. Or it may be an embodiment of all 5 of the types listed here. Which does includes #1, because for everyone, the ‘studies never cease’. I have not found that any other of the larger known denominations have practiced using this word “demonologist” prior to 1980. That is, until it became more popular in the mainstream. I think they avoided it as to not be associated with the “Necromancer”, or “Solomonites”, and rightfully so…

a) Roman Catholic Demonologist – All though they might handle cases abroad, the prefix dictates they are under the authority of the church doctrine of their Roman Catholic church and magistrate (i.e. Bishop). (Which means they will not be using “sage”, conducting 3am séances or using other practices against church teachings) It is assumed by default such individuals are somehow recognized by their local diocese in the least their own parish church, although it may not be publicly. The Roman Catholic Demonologist, is what a Religious demonologist is and more. Since he can still move forward in performing to a “deliverance” or (aka minor exorcism) over a person, place or thing. Then they will go to enlist in specially appointed Catholic Clergy “Exorcist”, to take the baton as it is needed. This is usually when it is determined that a higher church authority is needed or the “Roman Ritual” will best serve the situation. Also it is imperative that “Catholic demonologist” need to understand ALL Christian denominations, as to be more effective and to not limit the client based to only the “choir”. NOTE: Currently there is still NO official title in the Roman Catholic church known as a “Demonologist”. The church may only refer to such individuals whom might duly use that title. But that’s about it.

b) Other Denominations – Through their own church they might be a member of a “deliverance team” or prayer group that works with such cases of infestation, possession. Typically led by an ordained minister, for the title “Christian Demonologist”, it is a title used by few. They may sport such titles such as “Deliverance” Minister”, “Faith Healer”, and more recently “Exorcist”. To summarize, these ministers are more often what is describe here as ‘biblical demonologist’ in their knowledge and skills. We also note that they can not represent all denominations, if they so choose, since they do not have access to the sacraments and the Catholic church, which can limit their client base.

Sadly the larger denominations usually stick with their own. So you don’t see a need to be so diverse, they prefer to “preach to the choir”. When going outside the more organized and well recognized churches, it’s a take of good and bad. The good is more diversity, the bad is a question of validity. And many fly-by-night denomination that are spawn every day from ‘Universal Life Church’ bring no more authority of the Jesus/ the church than you or I would have as ‘Laity’.

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As in the medical field, we will always be learning new things, sure!

In life we are always learning, but does that mean we are never to grow up? Or that children should label themselves as a “parent” and act as such with another child? Name Titles keep it proper perspective for “Others”… OK bad metaphor, but is it not a dangerous thing for a med school student to begin to handle patients like an MD?

and… There is a Real problem with the Novice immediately hurling his/herself into a “demonologist’s” field of work.

A kid in bible college or in training is not ready to handle cases alone. He/she simply does not have the knowledge or experience. Especially working on cases of Hauntings involving children and potential possession cases because of the possibility of mental health. (And.. all true demonic cases are dangerous)

It should be understood that people *DO NOT* consider a “demonologist” is one who merely “studies” demonology plain and simple. That might be a Wikipedia definition, but it is not what the mainstream understands. So we have to look at it from the majority perspective, the popular public view. Not from Webster’s dictionary.

Saying “nothing” helps to confuse and mislead people seeking help or advice as to who is the novice or the veteran.

So, in short, the followers of “Crowley”, should not be confused with followers of “Christ”. To all of you out there. Be forthcoming and honest as to your ‘type’, when the label “demonologist” is applicable. Prefix it with the appropriate word so people will not be confused in what you are or claim to be.

© 2013-2105 Kenneth Deel/ Swords of Saint Michael

TMJ Symptoms – 7 Warning Signs of TMJ Symptoms

The temporomandibular joint or TMJ is ball and socket joint responsible for the way your jaw moves, and can be found on the side of your face. Due to TMJ disorders being so common, it is important that you are able to recognize the TMJ symptoms and warning signs so that they can be treated correctly.

Here are the 7 most common warning signs of TMJ symptoms:

1. Headaches

Headaches are by far one of the most common complaints of TMJ disorder. Often, these headaches are so severe that they can easily be mistaken for migraines. However, with TMJ symptoms, TMJ headaches are often felt behind the eyes, the temple area, and the back of the head. In some cases, the pain will also radiate to the neck and shoulders.

2. Tenderness

One of the other major TMJ symptoms is tenderness. This tenderness is often experienced in the jaw area and can be localized to the joint itself or it could radiate up to your ears.

3. Congestion or ringing ears

In the absence of ear infection, congestion or ringing in the ears can relate to a TMJ disorder. Other things that can accompany this, is the loss of hearing, loss of balance, or dizziness. This often happens when the condyle (top of the lower jaw), is too far back, and the disc dislocated forward. The muscle responsible for chewing can go into spasm, causing the above mentioned TMJ symptoms.

4. Clicking and popping

Are you experiencing clicking or popping sounds when you open and close your mouth? These are probably the most common TMJ disorder symptoms known to people. The clicking or popping sound you hear is the condyle (top of the lower jaw), slipping on and off the dislocated disc. In some cases, you may also experience a grating sound. This is caused by bone rubbing on bone. However, only occurs on a later stage when the disc becomes completely deformed.

5. Limited jaw opening

Limited opening and closing of the jaw is yet another one of the most common TMJ symptoms. It is crucial to treat a dislocated disc early on, and not wait until the grating sounds gets louder.

6. Depression

Depression is very common to patients suffering from TMJ disorder. Since most patients fail to understand the nature and cause of their pain, they often tend to feel helpless. Moreover, since most people suffering from TMJ disorder also experience sleeping disorders, the lack of sleep and feeling of not being well rested, adds more fuel to the depression.

7. Sensitivity to light

This is also commonly known as photophobia. A patient experiencing TMJ symptoms, will often feel a pain inside and behind the eye, which can cause the sensitivity to light.

If you are experiencing any of the above TMJ symptoms you could possibly be having a problem with your TMJ, and you should have it seen to before the disorder progresses.

Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things – A Stylistic Analysis of the Novel’s Beginning

The exploration as to how the formal characteristics of a text contribute to the creation of literary effect has given rise to the field of stylistics. Sharing analytical techniques from linguistics and literary criticism, the stylistic method can essentially be defined as consisting of a linguistic description of a certain text, followed by an interpretation in order to fully understand the work, before an evaluation as to assess whether it is of any artistic worth.

Stylistics has its origins in the formalist school, particularly in the work of the Russian linguist and literary theorist Roman Jakobson, who devised a list of language functions for determining the nature of any given text. The most important of these in relation to assessing literariness is the ‘poetic function’, which identifies language that is self-referential, in that it emphasizes the linguistic qualities of words themselves, ignoring other features of a particular work. Jakobson believed that the poetic function was the most prevalent in works which would be considered literary.

The poetic function primarily manifests itself through deviation and parallelism. These involve the foregrounding of language within a text by either deviating from established linguistic norms or noticeable repeating of words, phrases and grammatical structures.

The opening page of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things includes many examples of deviation and parallelism. For example, in the first paragraph there is a complex and abundant use of alliteration and assonance. These are characteristic of parallel structures in text, here referring specifically to the repetition of consonant and vowel sounds respectively. Alliteration occurs with the repetition of the letter ‘r’ in the very short sentence: “Red bananas ripen” and of ‘b’ in the phrase “black crows gorge on bright mangoes”, while assonance is apparent in the reiteration of ‘i’ in the phrase “river shrinks” and ‘a’ in “fatly baffled”. Groups of words with associated meanings and similar phonetic or morphemic structures, called phonaesthemes, are also evident, for example in the words “glittering” and “glistening”.

Reviewing the parallel structures of a text forms part of a descriptive analysis, although to gain a deeper understanding the stylistician has to interpret the meaning of a work through the linguistic choices the author has made. One of the purposes of the repetition in the Roy passage is to subtly make connections between the subject matter conveyed. For example, the alliteration in the phrase “black crows gorge on bright mangoes” immediately juxtaposes the darkness of the crows with the brightness of the mangoes. This use of contrast creates a greater degree of semantic density, as the text becomes suffused with multiple meanings.

The reader may assume that the concept of colour is an important narrative trope in The God of Small Things, a presumption which is given credence through the “red bananas”, the “immodest green” of the countryside, and the “mossgreen” of the brick walls. All these phrases serve to create a vivid impression of the world in which the novel is set.

The employment of imagery and metaphor within a text is considered a form of linguistic deviation. Through a stylistic analysis two notable aspects on the opening page of Roy’s novel illustrate foregrounding through deviation. The first is in the highly poetic line “glittering sunshine that thrilled children snatch to play with”. This phrase deviates from the norms of language use in that it likens ‘sunshine’ to a physical object that can actually be touched. This fanciful description cannot be taken literally so is therefore metaphorical. Later in the passage a house is described as wearing its “steep, gabled roof pulled over its ears like a low hat”. The building is portrayed as if it were a living human being, personified through the use of “wore”, “ears” and “hat”.

The God of Small Things clearly abounds with an elaborate figurative language and advanced linguistic patterning, factors which serve to establish a greater degree of literariness within the text. It is possible to assess its literary worth if a sufficient understanding of it has been acquired through a rigorous interpretative investigation of its stylistic properties.

How to Tighten Your Vagina – Practical Tips and Tricks

I know it is embarrassing to just ask how to tighten your vagina to anyone. Having a loose vagina might be a problem after giving birth to some children and you want to do something about it. Well, I’m glad that you became brave enough to search for the answer because today, I wanted to help you with your problem. You just have to follow certain steps for you to tighten a loose vagina, and enjoy your sex life with your partner more.

Here are a few tips and tricks regarding how to tighten your vagina:

1. Do Kegel Exercises

Before going into how you can do this exercise, I want you to know that Kegel exercises also improve sexual pleasure by giving you more intense orgasms. This is accomplished by making your vaginal muscles stronger and more elastic. In reality, these exercises will not make your vagina smaller. Instead, they make your vagina hole tighter. Well, having said that it also improves your sexual pleasure might make you excited but let’s move on to your real goal which is tightening your loose vagina by learning how to do Kegel exercises.

So here’s what you can do. When you urinate, try to stop it in the middle with the use of your pelvic muscles. Hold it for four seconds and then release it. You can check if you’re using the right muscles (pelvic musles) by using your finger to tighten those muscles. If you feel that squeezing in your finger then you got the right muscles.

You can do this exercise for 5 to 10 times a day. You have to be patient because it may take up to 8 to 10 weeks before something can happen. If you did it for that span of time and still nothing is happening then you can do the following other methods.

2. Use Vaginal Cones

Vaginal cones are a set of tampon shaped objects with different weights. You can start from the lightest one by inserting it into your vagina to hold it in place. When you became successful in holding that 1st vaginal cone in place then you can proceed to the next one. You can do this twice a day for 15 minutes.

3. Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)

Hard to pronounce right? Well, don’t worry about that pronunciation. This is rather a more technical way however to tighten your loose vagina. With the use of electric current, it stimulates the muscles in the pelvic floor. This causes the muscles to contract.

So those are the ways on how to tighten your vagina. Start by trying the first way to tighten your vagina and only do the other ways if the first one didn’t work. I hope that you now learned how to tighten your vagina and have that usual sexual pleasure you always had with your partner before!

Biological Microscopes – Your Key to Understanding Your Biology Lessons

Rare is the student who breathes and eats biology but with the use of biological microscopes, students who have little taste for the subject can learn something useful.

Impressions on the Biological Microscopes

You cannot escape biology; it is a basic lab requirement in grade school, mid-school, high school, and college. The point here is to awaken student’s interest in the sciences or open a new whole world for them and that world is the ‘invisible life’ seen under the microscope. If you have seen those biological microscopes in Toronto shops, and how these are carefully handled, you must start wondering why.

The first time students use a biological microscope, they only understand the entire microscopy process as magnified viewing of living and non-living things. They do not understand the entire principle of microscopy nor do they value the significance of microscopes. From their points of view, a biological microscope is just a microscope and that’s that. But once they handle those microscopes in Toronto shops, they get to know equipment as basic learning tool.

Equipped with technical and electronic functions, the biological microscope transforms into professional microscopes. The next time or the first time you use those microscopes, use it to your advantage. Know the microscope parts and their uses and read up on the microscope illumination to better appreciate the role of the microscope in your biology lab. Visit trusted dealers of microscopes in Toronto to check the microscope brands available and request for a demo to see how well it works.

Understanding Your Biology Lessons

Biology is about observing and analyzing life processes. The biological microscope shows you how the parts of a leaf store and distribute the nourishment it needs to survive. Viewing the tiny parts of the leaf, such as the cell membrane, vacuole, cytoplasm, chloroplast, cell nucleus, and cell wall will not immediately teach you how it works but seeing these things after you have read your biology lesson on plant life, help you understand the biological dynamics of this life form.

By managing the microscope, you go through the drill and understand what you are doing and seeing. Dealers of biological microscopes in Toronto offer only the best when it comes to microscopes because learning biology through the microscope notches up your understanding of the subject.

Your biology teacher would be willing to allow you use of the school lab after classes just so you can study the specimen longer. If there is something you cannot fathom through the microscope, read and keep on reading. This may sound tedious to a high school student who prefers hip-hopping or playing with video games, but then, they have to pass their biology subjects before they can get to the next academic level.

If you want to ace your biology exams or get a good grade, use that biological microscope at the lab often or get one from the in Toronto; it will serve you in good stead for a number of years until you have completed and passed all those biology classes. You can trust the reliability of Toronto biological microscopes and get a fair deal in the bargain.

Contemporary Lighting Fixtures – Getting the Right Design in Lighting

Does contemporary lighting suit your tastes? Many people want to avoid the lamps and lighting fixtures that were in their childhood homes. This includes the lamps made by Tiffany found in so many old Victorian homes and Arts and Crafts bungalows of the early 1900s. You can find contemporary light fixtures for just about any lighting needs your home has, indoors or out. You can find fixtures for every room in your home including the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, and living room. You can also find fixtures for outdoors as well. Why live with the lighting fixtures your parents would love find one that you love?

What makes contemporary lighting different from traditional? The most obvious difference is the clean lines and sleek shape that many of these contemporary light fixtures have. Some are simple white and chrome. Some are colorful and little bit funky. You can embrace both classical and contemporary with certain lighting designs. It is important to know what your taste is before you make any decisions however. Otherwise, you might find yourself replacing your lighting within a couple of years. Moreover, who wants to spend money twice when you shouldn’t?

One consideration when considering contemporary lighting is what style your home is. If you live in an old Victorian, including a contemporary sleek steel fixture in foyer might not be the best idea. If your home is an old Arts and Crafts bungalow, that beautiful pendant shade with Murano glass might not be the best idea either. However, if your home is anything found from the mid-century ranch to just about any design built last decade, contemporary lighting fixtures are good ways to go in your home. You can get great style along with great lighting with these fixtures. Filling functional need with style is always a good idea.

Another consideration when thinking about contemporary lighting is keeping things consistent. Don’t have a Tiffany lamp in one side of the room with a modern sleek desk lamp across the room. Lighting is an integral part of any design scheme. However, it is important to consider the house that you live in as well as the style of furnishings that you have. Mixing contemporary light fixtures within a medieval-themed home would look out of place. You can get a great look with a little thought into what design your whole home should be. While searching for that perfect lamp, remember to keep your whole house in mind.

Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

You don’t have to have your TV or radio on very long before you hear the words “Going Green”. It seems everybody is talking about it and I am no exception. I recently learned that when having a home built there are some simple options that can make your home 23% more energy efficient. Some of these options can be implemented after the home is built, it’s just more cost effective to do it while the home is being built.

Start at the basics… insulation. There are several types of insulation. The one you will want for the most energy savings is Spray Applied Cellulose. This product goes on wet and takes 24 hours to dry. The mixture contains moisture retardant to prevent mold growth in your home for years to come. Spray Cellulose creates a better seal than most insulation and it reduces noise from the outside and from room to room.

The next step in saving yourself some green is Radiant Barrier Roofing. Radiant Barrier Roofing reflects radiation heat. It doesn’t block any other type of heat such as conduction or convection but one thing is for sure…your attic will be 20-30% cooler that your neighbors who didn’t opt for the Radiant Barrier Roofing.

The finishing touch on your energy efficient structure should be Low Emissivity Glass for your windows. Low-e glass reflects radiation and keeps radiant heat on the outside while letting the light pass through it. This will product your paint and furniture from fading as well as saving you money on energy costs during the summer.

Hopefully, in the future, these steps won’t be an option. Hopefully, they will be part of building codes but until then make the best decision for you and your planet.

Understanding the Fire Alarm System in Your Building

The next time you step into your building, I want you to step to the side and take a few seconds to look up at your ceiling, and next to the doors. Take note of the smoke detectors, pull stations, and the red panel that is behind the receptionists desk. Then walk down the hallway and continue scanning for anything on the ceiling that looks like a strobe, horn strobe, and more pull stations at the exits. Finally walk to your electrical room or sprinkler room and you will likely find your Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP).

When you take the key and open the panel you will find the installation date, inspection date, and any repairs that have been performed; notated and placed on the inside of the door. This is a great place to begin your search for who to call if your system is malfunctioning. The installation companies name will be on the top of the installation sticker. They likely have an inspection and service division that can repair your system.

Now that you have opened your panel, you should take note of a few things immediately. First, does the panel show system normal or something to that end? Second, does the panel have a sticker in it showing that it has received its annual inspection this year? Third, take note of the two batteries at the base of the FACP; these batteries should have the month and year of their installation written on them so that you will know when they should be replaced.

HERE ARE SOME COMMON FAULTS AND WHAT THEY MEAN

1. GROUND FAULT – This means that an electrical component is making contact with something that it should not making contact with.

2. LOW BATTERY – This means that your batteries are low, and likely need to be replaced.

3. DIGITAL ALARM COMMUNICATOR TRANSMITTER (DACT) FAULT – These have the ability to dial out or send a digitized message to a central station who will relay the message to a fire station or notify designated personnel in regard to a trouble in your system. This being a trouble means that your fire alarm system is not communicating properly.

4. PANEL BEEPING AND YOU DON’T CARE WHY!!! – This is where prior planning comes in very handy. Call your fire alarm inspection and service company, have them send a technician to your building as soon as possible, they will fix the system for you.

Your fire alarm system has inputs and outputs. Smoke detectors, heat detectors, and beam detectors are common inputs. Strobes and horn strobes are common outputs. When an input detects something that will put it into alarm, such as fire, smoke, or heat, a signal is sent to the FACP. This signal will then be used to send the notification devices into alarm. Meanwhile, if your system is going into alarm, your DACT will be dialing out to the monitoring station who will then notify the appropriate personnel.

If you want specific information about your fire alarm system you can usually download the user manual after looking at your FACP to find out what type of system you have. You can also request owner training from your fire alarm service company.

Anna Kournikova’s Favourites – Learn About Anna Kournikova’s Lifestyle and Personality

Anna Kournikova was so far been the best known female athlete that the world has ever seen. In fact, she is not able to make up as the best tennis player, but she has drawn the whole world behind her because of her beauty and glamour. She gained much popularity through several TV shows, serials and films.

As with any other human in the world, Anna Kournikova also has several favorites and hobbies. Some of the beautiful ex-tennis professional’s hobbies include watching TV, listening to music, dancing, swimming, reading, going to parties, and also she loves to play ice hockey during leisure times. Whenever she happens to visit any country, it is her hobby to collect the popular dolls from that country. She loves to spend her time at the beaches. She also loves animals, art and fashion. Tokyo, London, Paris and New York are her favorite places of visit.

Orange Juice is said to be Anna Kournikova’s favorite drink and chocolate is unsurprisingly her favorite Dessert. Steak and Sushi are her favorite food. Apart from Tennis, she likes to play Basketball, Golf and Hockey. She has her ear for Bush, Elton John and Madonna. She loves to spend her leisure time in the grass. Black is her favorite color and “Overhead” is her favorite tennis shot. Coming to the tennis tournaments, Wimbledon and Roland Garros are her favorite tournaments so far. Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Friends, and Melrose Place are her favorite TV shows, Austin Powers being her favorite movie.

The Best Rug Pad For Laminate Floors

With all the stories about damage to laminate floors, one has to be careful in using the proper rug pad for the type of floor involved. I keep hearing that flooring people advise the homeowner not to use any rubber or PVC rug pad on their laminate floor as this can cause a negative reaction with the floor. Although this may not be the case in all instances, one is better to be safe than sorry.

A good quality jute rug pad is completely safe for laminate floors, prolongs the life of the rug and adds comfort. By a good quality, I mean choosing one that is made of recycled material. There are plenty of these so called jute rug pads on the market that are based of polypropylene, which is another word for plastic.

It is simple to choose the right pad for your laminate floors. First, make sure the description of the item states it as being made from recycled materials. This type of material is usually recycled nylon and wool carpet fibers compressed together to form the pad. Second, since there are various qualities, the best one is what is called a 40 ounce weight. This refers to the amount of material per square yard compressed into the pad. The higher the weight, the longer the pad will last and the more resistant the pad will be in protecting the floor and rug.

When purchasing a 40 ounce recycled jute rug pad and using it under your rugs on laminate floors, you will not have any damage to your floors. This quality should last around 15 years, even more in less used rooms, with very little care. A simple vacuuming once in a while will not hurt and there is not much else to be concerned about.

Your laminate floors are an investment so be sure to protect them with the proper rug pad. If you save a little now with those waffle like non slip pads, you may pay a much larger price in the future to repair or replace your floors.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Inflatable Air Beds

Airbeds have a lot of advantages when compared to normal mattress. Some of the features that make it more preferred are the flexibility, comfort, adjustability and portability. You can easily deflate an air bed, put it inside a carry bag and take it along with you wherever you go, making it more flexible to use than the normal mattress.

For people who are allergic to dust mites and bed bugs, air beds provides a much more comfortable platform for you as the chances of developing dust mites and bed bugs are far much less. Your chances of developing bed sores are less when using an air bed.

Good air beds have adjustable settings. You should be able to adjust the height and firmness settings to your desired level. Just like the insta-bed never flat pump, a built in pump helps adjust the firmness of the bed. This pump contains sensors that trigger it when dropping pressure. Also; raised bed means more comfort and getting out of bed easily. Modern air bed are usually raised which means that you can adjust the height to your desired comfort level.

A good airbed should have a high weight limit. Although an air bed can be used by guests, most people who own an inflatable bed say that it is OK for romance.

Heavy weight does not mean more quality most times. Because it is usually filled with air, it is much lighter than traditional mattress which is a big advantage to many as it becomes easier to carry.

In a situation where there is need for additional mattress but there is no available space to keep them, the inflatable bed comes in handy because once it is deflated it occupies much less space which makes it easy to use as you can easily inflate and deflate any time even if you do not have enough room for your guests.

Although there are a lot of benefits associated with an air mattress, there are also some problems with it and some of these are discussed below.

The major problem with inflatable air mattress is that it starts leaking air over time and a small leak can tarnish your air bed experience. In order to ensure that your new air bed does not have any leak; inflate it and then wipe a soapy wet rag on the mattress. If there is any leak, you should see soap bubbles immediately.

On very rare cases would you find leaks on an air mattress that has just been bought. If this is the case with you then I recommend you act quickly and call the manufacturer immediately to inform them about the newly found leak on the mattress they sent you. Usually they will respond quickly and send you another one within a few days or weeks.

Pump or controller problem is another disadvantage with airbeds. When pump fails or malfunctions, it becomes difficult to maintain air pressure. This can make the bed usable until the problem is resolved. Air mattresses that have their pump embedded deep inside can be difficult to deal with when the controller or pump develops any problem. An air mattress like the insta-bed air mattress has its pump on the side of the bed. This makes it easier to resolve any problem associated with the pump unlike an air mattress where the pump is looked deep inside the pump.

Noise from air pump is another problem with airbeds. About 8% of inflatable bed users complain about the noise. However, modern beds come with much less noise. A good airbed should silently monitor pressure and kick off when the sensors are dropping in pressure without producing any disturbing noise.

How Many Carbs Per Day Do You Consume Or Eat on Medifast?

Before I conducted a lot of research on this diet, I did not realize that it was actually designed to be low in carbohydrates.  It works a lot like the south beach or Atkins diet by putting your body into ketosis and getting it to burn it’s own fat.  But, you don’t have to just eat eggs and meat all the time like many similar diets. There are a lot of dessert and snack type alternatives, which is a good thing.  Yesterday, someone emailed me and asked “Exactly how many carbs can you consume per day on medifast?” I’ll answer this question in the following article.

The Average Amount Of Carbs In A Day Of Medifast Foods: You probably already know this, but you’ll be eating six times per day on this diet – five of these meals are provided by the company and one of them (called the “lean and green”) you make yourself – (based on the medifast guidelines, of course.)

On average, all six meals will provide you around 80 -100 grams of carbohydrates per day.  Of course, it’s best to be on the low end of this range, but there have been times when I have been on the higher end of this and I know from using ketone strips that I was able to stay in ketosis and continue to burn fat.  Here’s a look at the carbs contained in a sample of five meals.

Sample Meals With                              Amount Of Carbohydrates Contained (In Grams)

Cappuccino                                           13

Oatmeal                                               15

Chocolate Shake                                   13

Chili                                                     15

Caramel Protein Bar                            13

Apple Cinnamon Crisps                        8

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Total                                                  77 grams

Adding In The Lean And Green Meal: As you can see, after eating five meals, you’re well under the optimal 85 grams of carbs.  But, you still have your “lean and green” meal to make and consume.   This meal should consist of lean protein or meat (5 – 7 ounces) and up to three servings of vegetables. The company provides guidelines that lists the vegetables in terms of those that are the lowest on the glycemic index and those that are the highest.  However, even high glycemic veggies will work, since you are limiting fruits in the beginning.  As long as you stay with in the “lean and green” guidelines, you still have quite a lot of leeway.  You’d have to consume 23 grams of carbs to go over the guidelines – which is quite a bit.

Hopefully, you can see that this isn’t too painful.  You aren’t limited to pork rinds, bacon and eggs, so you don’t have to worry about your fat and cholesterol.  The foods are pretty decent and you’re eating snack type foods that you wouldn’t normally associate with being low in carbohydrates.

Modern Double Hung Windows

A double hung window is defined as a window that has two sashes, each one capable of moving up and down within the frame. Tilt-out upper and lower sashes are the best features of modern versions of double hung windows. They open by sliding the bottom half of the window up or sliding the top half down. They provide less ventilation. They’re frequently used in bedrooms, bathrooms and many other rooms in a house. Double hung windows are available as new construction or replacement models. Some manufacturers also offer windows with removable sashes.

Double Hung Windows Options

Though available in different materials, homeowners who love the appearance of wood indoors will often install this type of window. Modern advancements have led to the use of other materials, such as aluminum, vinyl, wood and fiberglass. This window comes in a variety of sizes.

Hardware for this windows includes the sash lifts that are fastened to the bottom rail, although they are sometimes eliminated by providing a finger groove in the rail.

They are generally quite hardy, often having a life span of 25 years or more. They have a locking system that secures them against heavy winds or water.

Energy Efficient

Some windows are made with plastic parts, but bronze or other metals are recommended for durability. Double hung windows require precise measurements to eliminate air and moisture leaks. This windows have a built-in structural thermal barrier that dramatically reduces the transfer of heat and cold. Air will naturally rise out of the higher opening, pulling cooler air in the lower opening.

Top 5 Facts About Concrete Pavers

Concrete pavers, also known as paving stones or simply “pavers,” are bricks made out of cement, sand, water, and some aggregate. They have many applications in the home, garden, or business. They are not only a beautiful addition to any home, but also increase the property value – they are thus an investment that benefits one’s personal and financial lives. Here are five little known facts about pavers:

1. Pavers are almost four times as strong as concrete. Even though concrete is one thick slab, the joints in between the pavers, along with the solid aggregate base below, provide extra strength to the whole. They are thus perfect for any applications involving vehicular traffic.

2. Paver installations are near maintenance free. Furthermore, if any pavers need to be replaced due to cracking, staining, or weathering, it is a simple procedure to remove the offending stone and replace it with a new one.

3. While paving stone projects are initially more expensive than those made from other materials like concrete and asphalt, over time they are actually cheaper. Other materials like concrete and asphalt need constant maintenance, and after a few seasons may develop unsightly cracks. Pavers, however, do not crack due to freezing and thawing cycles, and thus retain their beauty through time.

4. There are limitless combination of paver brands, shapes, sizes, and colors. In addition, the patterns and designs that can be created are only limited by the imagination. Unlike with other materials, concrete pavers can be arranged in winding, stately paths with exquisite circular patterns, or can be placed in a standard, rectangular patio. The flexibility of paving stones allows for any artistic expression to complement any house’s theme.

5. They are relatively easy to install, and can be done by the homeowner with the proper instructions. While there are a few things to keep in mind (such as the depth and strength of the base and the pitch, or slope, of the entire project relative to the home), it is feasible for a non-professional to install the pavers, unlike with other materials. This can save the homeowner a lot of money on labor costs.