Building Relationships – Brick By Brick

“Relationships – of all kinds – are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.” -Kaleel Jamison

I have noticed a great surge of house-building in some of the villages in the area. Not long ago there were fields and open spaces. Now there are houses and people. I am making this observation, not because I am necessarily against this development, but because the speed at which it happens amazes me. Where sheep and horses were grazing a few months back, now there are families and singletons and retired people all living together in a new community. New contacts are being made every day and, hopefully, all the inhabitants of the new homes are beginning to forge relationships with their neighbours.

We humans are beautifully designed to be able to interact with other humans, as without each other we are unable to survive. In a talk I heard recently, we were told of a social experiment many years ago where children in an orphanage were denied any human contact and interaction. Although their basic needs were met, the building up of relationships with their carers and their peers never took place. Most of the children died prematurely. There is much evidence, scientific and anecdotal, which points to our need to build relationships with those people we come into contact with, in both our private and professional lives. If this does not happen we suffer.

Building and maintaining relationships is an ongoing process, but one we sometimes forget to address. All business is about people, as is life. What are you like at building good relationships with others? How can you focus your efforts on putting the building blocks in place to develop new relationships, as well as to add value to your existing ones?

Who do you want to build a relationship with? Where do you want the relationship to go? Do you and this person have common goals? Are you open to new ideas that might help you move forward? Successful people have the ability to develop relationships that last, usually because they are prepared to commit time and energy to them. Are you?

Do you have any bridges to mend? Relationships involve negotiation and compromise. You do not have to agree with everyone, but being able to acknowledge differences and then move forward in spite of that is a great quality to have. Have you been avoiding someone because of your differences? Can you see a way forward that will be mutually acceptable? Are you prepared to make the first move?

What is you relationship with yourself like? Do you treat yourself with the utmost respect and consideration? If you have difficulty doing this, then it may also be hard to treat others in that way. Do you have a good support network of friends? Friendships can help to extend your life. With friends your immune system is likely to be stronger. You are less likely to suffer from anxiety and other similar complaints and your stress levels will be reduced. How would you like to be treated? Treat others in the same way. Aim to leave a positive impression everywhere you go..

Relationships cannot thrive unless we continue to work at them. Are you willing to invest time and energy in building your relationships? Show interest in the people you spend time with. Practice ‘Active Listening’, where you are really making the effort to take in what they are saying to you by stilling the chatter that often goes on inside your own head. Get to know them by asking them about themselves and their lives. Show consideration and appreciation to those people who have helped you or who have done a good job by remembering to say ‘thank you’. Forge links where you can.

Are you currently putting time and effort into relationships which are draining you? Relationships are anything but static. They are constantly changing and evolving. Sometimes, however, a relationship will have run its course. Questions to ask yourself are: ‘Is this relationship mutually rewarding?’, ‘Are both parties benefiting from it?’, ‘Is there any enjoyment in the relationship?’, ‘Is it repairable?’, and if it is, ‘Will the benefits of putting in the effort outweigh that effort?’

Relationships have a lot to do with how we interact with each other. How do you communicate with everyone you come into contact with? Are you cheery? Grumpy? Non-committal? Enthusiastic? Try some new, positive approaches. How do you think about other people? If you are thinking negatively about someone they can usually sense it. Change your way of thinking and see how others react to you. Start a conversation with someone new. Introduce yourself at meetings, conferences and social events, even at the bus-stop! Ask them about themselves. Every person you meet is important.

Have you considered that other people don’t quite see and experience the world in the same way as you do? It is easy to assume that they do, but you are most likely wrong. Be creative in how you connect to others. How can you put yourself on the same wavelength as them? How do they communicate? As well as the words they use, notice the other signals – the eye movements and the body language. Imagine you are that other person. What do you need to do to be able to see things from their perspective?

Building successful relationships requires the building of trust through integrity and consistency, as well as open, honest and good communication. Never make a promise you are unable or unwilling to keep. Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings, and encourage others to do the same. Trust can’t be bought, but it certainly has to be earned.

What can you offer? What are you bringing to the relationship?

Apartment Hunting Tips – Rental Apartment Decorations

For those currently living in rented apartments, the options for decorating your living space in a way that is personal to you is pretty difficult. Because you are restrained in doing what you want, you will therefore never quite feel like in your own home. For instance, the apartment you have rented with be colored in white and thus, residents often feel like being a sort of traditional place, where there is not much modernization or decoration done. The impersonality that such places convey force the person living in the apartment to have to settle with those options and thus frustration might arise. Because of the existing restrictions and the fact that there might be stipulations in the contract, your hands are practically tied from doing any kind of decoration.

Reviewing the Stipulations in the Contract with Great Care

Those living in rented apartments should carefully read the guidelines in the contract for any kind of stipulations, obligations or fees to be paid if you are considering to redecorate a little your living space. Make sure you carefully read through the contract because doing things such as decoration, installing or shelving things might not actually be allowed at all and thus you would find yourself in a dangerous situation. Decorating in whatever manner your living space might make you liable to paying some fees for having done so, therefore it is best to assess the costs involved and make sure the contract does not terminate itself once you tread in the wrong place.

Standard decorating options such as being able to hang picture are acceptable only in the condition that the original paint does not suffer. There are some existing policies regarding that you can hang out on a wall and what you might not. There are also some guidelines regarding the idea of ​​sticking up holes. Renters who still feel not at ease with these facts above, could for instance talk to the building manager and ask him or her whether it is possible to do what you are wanting to.

Nonetheless, the leasing agent might tell you that you can in fact do some minor modifications in the apartment and thus you might obtain permission to decorate little on your own in there. You would then need to ask for some sort of legal documentation and have the leasing agent sign the permission so that you don; t depart from stipulations in the contract. Thus, you will encounter no problems during the final evaluation of the living place.

Reversible or Irreversible Modifications?

At a time being, renters in a certain building might attempt to perform some decorations and take some decision in the apartment. It is highly vital to take into consideration whether the modification you are going to make can be reverted back or not. If the action is reversible, then you will obtain with much more ease the permission to paint the apartment or make a modification in it. While painting can be without any difficulty reversed, there are some issues concerning movements that can not be reversed. In these cases, you would not be normally granted permission to do anything, but it would not worth trying.

Modifications that can not be brought to the original state of things, such as the removal of walls, or the addition of fixtures to places in the apartments are not usually granted permission for. It is not generally considered to be OK to modify something in a rented apartment that is not your own. Therefore, major modifications to a rented apartment are not usually performed because the renter has to abide by certain requirements and then be granted access. Therefore, one could for instance look for reversible solutions instead of trying to impose such major modifications in the apartment.

Security Deposit Considerations

Renters pay sometimes security deposits, before even being granted access to the apartment. Such a security deposit is usually collected to protect the property from suffering any damage under the renter and the leasing agent have come to a conclusion regarding the prices and conditions and have settle down .the security deposit ensures that the leasing agencies will still perform some minor changes before you start to move in and also, it will ensure that you can cover the repairs yourself of the apartment if something unexpected happens.

Flat Stomach Exercises

There are literally hundreds of different exercises out there, and just as many different contraptions available to help you in your routines. Take heed however not all flat stomach exercises were created equally, and some are just plain foolish. Fortunately the old adage of “if it seems to good to be true it probably is” holds true in this scenario.

There simply is no quick way to get six pack abs, and of course there is no way to get them without exercising, so if you are unafraid of a little sweat lets take a look at some of the flat stomach exercises that work well, and some that are a definite waste of time and money.

The age old crunch is a mainstay of personal trainers across the globe, no one likes doing them, but unfortunately they are one of the best flat stomach exercises around. There is the one bonus however; crunches are cheap and easy to do. They require no special equipment; just a little willpower, a clean space, and some time every day. Unfortunately because crunches are some of the most hated flat stomach exercises you may want to take out a little “insurance” to make sure you follow through with your workouts. Working out with a friend is always a good strategy, having a workout buddy will help to keep you motivated and on task with your flat stomach exercises. This person can act like your exercise warden, making sure you stick to the plan; and in return you can do the same for them. If you are friendless, or just don’t have any buddies interested in flat stomach exercises then you may want to look in to a personal trainer at a health club. This is definitely a pricey option; however if you are serious about your flat stomach exercises and getting fit then it is well worth the investment.

If you do not have the money to plunk down on a personal trainer for your flat stomach exercises then you may want to consider renting or buying a workout video or DVD. These act to some extent like a personal trainer and are good at keeping the semi motivated on task. If you have no motivation you will most likely just ignore the video and sit on the couch, but if you only need a small push towards doing your flat stomach exercises then an exercise video is a cost effective solution that should definitely be given consideration.

Most of the gadgets out there that are supposed to help you with your flat stomach exercises are a waste of money. Few actually do anything, and the ones that do are not effective enough to make the cash worth while. The only gadgets that actually aid flat stomach exercises are the ones that help the user maintain a proper form while doing crunches. These help to prevent the user from straining their neck or back while attempting flat stomach exercises, but no not really effect the intensity of the workout. However if you are a relative novice to flat stomach exercises then you may want o give this category of equipment a shot just to help teach you proper form and prevent injury. Everything else however is just a gimmick and should be approached with caution.

There is no get fit quick solution, and tedious flat stomach exercises are really the only way to go if you are looking for those elusive six pack abs. With a lot of work, proper form, and the dedication to follow your flat stomach exercises you too can look hot in a bathing suit.

Motorcycle Mania and Helmet Laws

In Florida, it is shocking to see motorcyclists without helmets. In the jurisdictions in and around Washington, DC wearing a helmet is mandatory.

My immediate reaction is concern for the guy's safety. I do not ride motorcycles; my mother thought it was too dangerous. Moms are usually right. The common sense of this is obvious: You can get hurt – badly – or killed riding a motorcycle without a helmet.

Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson magnificently conveyed the feeling of an easy life and freedom from convention in the 1969 movie, Easy Rider.

Motorcyclists tenaciously rally around the freedom sentiment, and argue that their right to self-determination is at issue when the matter of wearing a helmet is discussed. The problem is that these arguments do not consider the bigger picture.

Personal freedom is a small part of a picture that includes the social costs imposed on society by motorcycle accidents. A United States Center for Disease Control study (2010) showed that the social costs of motorcycle accidents are billions of dollars. These costs include lost worker productivity and the enormous medical costs that can accrue to the public because of the staggering level of care that can be required to attend to someone who has suffered a catastrophic injury.

There is a strong analogy between helmet laws and the requirement that people wear seatbelts in cars. The costs of their medical care to the rest of us are so large that it makes sense to impose safety laws.

Statistically, riding a motorcycle is a dangerous thing to do.

The number of motorcycle accidents continues to increase as a proportion of all vehicular accidents, and motorcyclists are much more likely to be injured or killed in a collision than is someone riding in a car or truck. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, a motorcycle rider is 18 times more likely to die in a collision than is someone in a car, and far more likely to suffer serious injuries. Some 80 percent of motorcycle collisions result in serious injury or death, and the fact that the motorcyclist might not have been at fault is of little comfort

There's an old ER joke: What do you call a motorcyclist who will not wear a helmet? An organ donor.

A common kind of serious injury associated with motorcycle accidents is head injury. Traumatic brain injuries, such as the closed-head injuries that result when an impact causes the brain to hit the inside of the skull, cause over one-third of the injury deaths in the United States. Since motorcyclists are often thrown off of their bikes in a collision, such injuries are ten times more common in motorcycle accidents than in other vehicle accidents.

Studies have shown that the number one way to prevent these serious injuries is the most obvious one-wear a helmet! Motorcyclists should make sure that the helmet they choose has been approved by the Department of Transportation. If it has, it will have a sticker on it saying "DOT." Heavy riding boots, gloves, vests, and long pants can also help protect riders if they do crash.

I came across the perfect one-liner to address the common sense issue here:

"If you have a $ 10 head, get a $ 10 helmet."

Motorcycle crash statistics (NHTSA 2010) show that helmets are about 29 percent effective in preventing crash fatalities. That is, on average, riders wearing a helmet have a 29 percent better chance of surviving a crash than riders without a helmet.

Statistics also show that:

  • Helmet use among fatally injured motorcyclists is below 50 percent
  • More motorcyclist fatalities are occurring on rural roads
  • Half of the fatalities are related to negotiating a curve prior to the crash
  • Over 80 percent of the fatalities occur off roadway
  • Undivided roadways account for a majority of the fatalities
  • Almost 60 percent of motorcyclist fatalities occur at night
  • More riders age 40 and over are getting killed

A higher proportion of crashes involving large bikes (500cc or bigger) result in death rather than injury – riders of large motorcycles make up 42 percent of all casualties but 69 percent of deaths. This is, at least partly, a result of riding patterns. Small motorcycles and scooters tend to be used for 'around-town' riding, where speeds are low, whereas large bikes spend a much greater proportion of time on the open road and travelling at higher speeds

The Laws

  • Laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 19 states and the District of Columbia
  • Laws requiring only some motorcyclists to wear a helmet are in place in 28 states
  • There is no motorcycle helmet use law in 3 states (Illinois, Iowa, and New Hampshire)
  • Where there are helmet laws, often they only require younger riders, ages 17-20, to wear a helmet
  • When a state requires motorcycle operators and / or riders to wear a helmet, the helmet must, at a minimum, comply with the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Motorcycle Vehicle Safety Standard.

Only half as many states require helmet laws as required them in the 1970s. This largely reflects the efforts of grass-root motorcyclists who, state by state, have pushed the issue of personal liberty.

According to Rick Schmitt, from an organization called, there have also been efforts to stop helmet laws at the federal level. Every time an effort is made to restore any kind of a federal helmet mandate, which was in effect in this country in the '70s and in the' 90s, motorcycle rider groups have been effective in defeating those efforts promptly.

The images and warm feelings evoked by Easy Rider attract me. I think I will continue to stay off of motorcycles, allow others the pleasures, and hope they will wear helmets.

Eight Little Things Not to Forget When Building a New Home

Building your own home can be exciting yet nerve racking experience. Paying attention to detail throughout the construction process will help streamline the process and increase your ultimate satisfaction with the home. Here are eight little things not to forget when building your new home.

Ample High Performance Lighting – Be sure to install ample high output energy efficient lighting in high use areas. This rule absolutely applies to kitchens and bathrooms. If installing recessed lighting, be sure to several lights through out the kitchen or bathroom to avoid shadows. Chandeliers, track lighting, fluorescent lights or under cabinet light will all work fine. Just be sure to install plenty of them in high use areas.

Insulate Your Garage – Most builders only install insulation within interior walls of the home that face the outside of the house. Generally, builders do not insulate the exterior walls of your garage. Forget this tip and your garage will be hotter in the summer and colder in the winter. Have your builder insulate the exterior facing walls of your garage before the drywall is installed. Better yet, do it yourself to save some money.

Electrical Outlets Under Eaves – If you like to install lights during the holiday season on your roof line, be sure to install electrical outlets under the eaves to simplify installing the lights. Also be sure to install a switch to turn the lights on or off from inside your home near the front entrance. When you are up on that ladder on a blustery winter day, you will be thankful you can just plug the lights in with minimal extension cords and flip the lights on or off with a switch from inside your home. Speaking of holiday lights, install an outlet near the mantel of your fireplace too.

Double Coaxial Connections in Wall Jacks – Given the popularity of high definition televisions and digital video recorders, be sure to run two coaxial cables into each wall jack where you may want a TIVO or DVR unit. This will allow you to record one show and watch another simultaneously. Forget and you will need to drop that second coaxial line later which can be very tricky after drywall is installed.

Gas Line In Utility Room – Even if you plan to use an electric clothes dryer, it may be prudent to install a gas line into your utility room to allow for a gas clothes dryer in the future. Although gas prices are on the rise, if you have a large family and do many loads of laundry each week it may be cheaper in the long run to use gas. If you do not add a gas line in the utility room, an electric clothes dryer will be your only option.

Seal Your Garage Floor – Consider sealing your garage floor before moving into the home. Concrete sealer is available in do-it-yourself kits that will protects your garage floor from deterioration caused by road salts and prevent stains due to oil and other fluids. It also adds to the aesthetics of the garage and may make your home more marketable when you sell in the future. You might also consider a drain in the floor of your garage.

Ample Height for Shower Heads – This may seem like a no brainer. However, if you forget to raise your shower head to a comfortable height during construction, you will have to squat or bend over while you should be relaxing under a nice warm shower.

Automatic Pool Water Filler – When installing a pool or spa, remember to hook the pool fill line into your sprinkling system so you can automate adding water to your pool. This is especially convenient in the south where water evaporation rates are high in the summer. This will allow you to set one zone of your sprinkling system to add water to your pool. You then simply tell it to run 10 or 15 minutes once a week.

The character of your home will often shine through in the details. Paying attention to the details, such as those noted above, will help increase your satisfaction with your new home and should help simplify your lifestyle.

Power Tool Batteries

Power tool manufacturers now offer many more cordless power tools than before, so the demand for power tool batteries has gone up as well. Power tool batteries vary by brand. Some of the most popular brands are DeWalt and RYOBI. Black & Decker is also another favorite. Power tools are built with a specific design of power usage that cause batteries to differ greatly from tool to tool, and from brand to brand. A new cutting edge lithium ion power tool battery has recently been released on the market which will make power tool batteries even more effective. The invention of cordless power tools has made construction and other tasks involving power tools much easier.

Specific brands have their own specific batteries. DeWalt Tools have a specific battery serial number for their different tools. For example, a certain DeWalt tools use an 18V whereas other will use an 9.6Volt. DeWalt battery serial numbers begin with the letters DW followed by 4 numbers. Black&Decker has a long list of batteries as well, ranging in voltage from 9.6Volt to 18Volt. RYOBI brand power tools have a much smaller list of batteries than does DeWalt or Black&Decker, and none of these batteries can be interchanged between brands. However, brand makers have started making batteries interchangeable between tools so consumers can purchase a package set of a good variety of tools, that all use the same interchangeable, rechargeable battery. For example, RYOBI has a set that includes a saw, a drill, and a flashlight that all use the same 18Volt battery. These sets usually come with two batteries so the user will almost always have a charge battery in stock.

Cordless power tools and power tool batteries have been improved greatly in design since they were first released. Higher voltage batteries make cordless power tools more powerful and weigh less. This enhanced design makes power tools more user friendly, more ergonomic, and easier to get into hard to reach spaces.

Most current power tools use a NICD batteries. However, a new lithium-ion battery has recently been released for Black&Decker that is said to last ten times longer than traditional lo batteries. It is also said to charge to 90 percent capacity in 5 minutes. Lithium ion batteries used for power tools are only 3rd in demand behind laptop and cell phone batteries. The release of this new battery be very useful to users because they do not suffer from the same memory effect that is found with NICD batteries.

Cordless power tools have changed the way many people work. Higher voltage allows batteries to work much better and last much longer. For the price of powertool batteries, upwards of $50, users want to get the most for their money. The release of the new Lithium Ion batteries will only further enhance cordless power tools.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Unknown Fact

When we are in the airport, a lot of times we can see the pilots and cabin crew walking by us and begin admiring their glamorous career on board the aircraft, but do we know who is the one responsible for the maintenance aspect of the aircraft that they working on? That person is Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, he is the one responsible to make sure that an aircraft is save to fly, to carry passengers or cargo's from one point to another point.

All aircraft maintenance engineer must have a license from local aviation authority to exercise his privilege which is to certify that an aircraft the he had inspected is fit for release to service.

How to become an engineer? Well, first of all you must have an interest on the aircraft itself because if you do not like it or feel that there is nothing special about an aircraft then it will be more likely that you will not pass the exam or test to get the license. Practical knowledge is essential as it will make it easier to answer the questions in the license exam.

There is a lot of aircraft maintenance engineer training school that offering course to become an aircraft maintenance engineer, in fact Malaysia Airlines as well as Air Asia does have their own training department to recruit new aircraft maintenance engineers.

Training normally will took around 4 to 5 years, Malaysia Airlines for instance will provide an allowances to the trainees that join their training program however they will be bonded for few years once the trainee succeed his training program and established as licensed aircraft maintenance engineer.

Aircraft maintenance engineer can be divided into few categories, it can be Line Aircraft Maintenance Engineer or Base Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, apart from that they furthermore can be divided into trades that they are rated which is either Airframe Maintenance Engineers, Engines Maintenance Engineer, Avionics, Electrical or Radio. Aircraft Maintenance Engineer can be multiple trade as well. Normally Airframe Engineer will hold Engine license. Electrical, Avionic and Radio Aircraft maintenance engineer normally has all 3 rating with them.

Line Aircraft Maintenance Engineer normally attached in front line of service as they handle the aircraft for departure or in transit in the airport terminal while Base Aircraft Maintenance Engineer is the person who will inspect an aircraft when it is in the hangar for major inspection.

For trade classification, Airframe Maintenance Engineer will responsible to the defect or inspection related to the airframe part of an aircraft which is the fuselage, flight control, hydraulic, air conditioning system, including the passenger seats and so on. Engine Maintenance Engineer for the engine and auxiliary power unit of an aircraft, same goes for other trade. However only Airframe and Engine rated aircraft maintenance engineer has the privilege to release an aircraft back to service (flight) as a whole, for instance if there is a defect of electrical component, electrical maintenance engineer will rectify it however he will only certifying whatever job he did, before the aircraft can fly, the airframe and engine engineer then inspect the aircraft base on the inspection procedure laid down by the manufacturer and then certify that the aircraft is safe to fly. Certification will be in a form of signature plus the approval number from authority or company, stamped or be wrote down on the aircraft legal document which will be on board. One copy of the signed document will be leave on the ground before the door of the aircraft close for departure.

Once he put his signature in that document, he is responsible for the safety of the aircraft, the passengers, the cargo as well as the crews. Anything happen to the aircraft, licensed maintenance engineer that released the aircraft for flight will be the one that will be called by the aviation authority for an investigation. Base on this information I'm sure know the readers will realize who has the biggest responsibility once the aircraft lift off from the ground.

What Are Some of the Symptoms of Retinal Detachment?

Retinal detachment is a serious condition which needs immediate medical treatment. This basically occurs when the retina begins to pull apart from the back of the eye, although the causes of this are various and in many cases cannot be prevented. When the retina starts to detach, it is important to seek immediate treatment so that it can be rectified or at least halted.

There are several different treatments available for retinal detachment, and each of these will be used in specific circumstances and depending on the severity of the detached retina. Your doctor or eye specialist will be able to advise on the correct one in order to stop vision deteriorating further and even to put the retina back in place. Vitrectomy surgery and scleral buckling surgery are the two operations used to treat retinal detachment.

The earlier treatment is sought the better the prognosis. For this reason, it is a good idea to know the symptoms of detached retina so that medical help can be found right away. Here are some of the main signs that people suffering from the condition may notice, all of which should be taken seriously.

One of the first signs of retinal detachment is that there is an increase in the number of floaters in the eye. Floaters are little specks that can appear in the field of vision. Having some floaters and their appearance is not always indicative of a serious condition, although an increase in the number of these can signal a detached retina.

Indeed, the specks can be a symptom of failing vision and blood in the eye which comes with retinal detachment. The increase in the presence of floaters can be either a sudden or a gradual one. It is always a good idea to keep an eye on how many floaters you have and observe if this changes significantly over the short term or long term.

Another major symptom of retinal detachment is seeing flashes of light in the eye. These flashes of light occur when moving the eyes or the head. Often, flashes of light can be seen in the peripheral vision. Due to this, it is not always easy to spot these flashes of light, but they are more visible when you are in a dark room or against a dark background.

In some cases, the symptoms of this condition can occur very rapidly. This can be in contrast with the appearance of floaters or flashes of light, which may appear on a more gradual basis. In the case of a sudden detached retina, there are some very serious symptoms that occur.

These can be described as a curtain appearing over the field of vision. This amounts to a darkened section in the eye that appears almost like a shadow. Again, this is more likely to occur in the outer field of vision, and can be missed by some people who to experience this particular symptom.

Of course, retinal detachment is a condition that grows worse over time, and the shadow will grow larger and start to seriously affect vision. The same is true of floaters and flashes of light, which may suddenly appear or just get worse over a longer period of time.

It should be noted that, generally, there are some symptoms which are not common with retinal detachment – these include experiencing pain in the eyes. Although many people associate eye pain with eye problems, in this case it is not indicative of retinal detachment and instead is probably linked to something entirely different, although you should still see a doctor.

It is worth noting that a detached retina will normally occur in one eye at a time only. However, it is true that people who are suffering from this condition are more likely to suffer from it again in the opposite eye. If you have already suffered retinal detachment in one eye, make sure that you are aware that it could occur again in the other one.

What Material Makes the Best Insulation?

Heating and cooling requirements account for 50% to 70% of your home energy costs. Most homes – even new ones – do not have adequate insulation or ductwork.

The benefits of properly selected and installed insulation include lower energy bills, natural resource conservation and increased at-home comfort. If you are wondering, “What material makes the best insulation?,” you need to understand the related concepts of heat transfer and R-values.

Types of Heat Flow in Your Home

Heat flows into, out of and within your home in three ways: conduction, convection and radiation.

* Conduction is the transfer of heat through materials, such as exterior walls and ceilings.

* Convection is the transfer of heat from one part of your house to another via air flow.

* Radiation is the transfer of heat in a way that does not depend upon any intermediary materials (medium) at all. Radiation heat passes easily through most traditional insulation materials – and even happens through empty space!

Factors that Affect Your Choice of Insulation Materials

Factors that will affect the selection of the right insulation for your home include:

* take into account climate, building design & size, your living habits, and budget

* use higher-density insulation on exterior walls or in cathedral ceilings

* install attic vents to reduce moisture content and keep the attic cooler in summer, thereby lowering heating bills

* where protective gear and follow all manufacturer instructions

* putting together a solution that consider all three types of heat transfer

What are R-Values?

To understand the types of materials available to you for insulation against conduction and convection, you need to understand something called an R-value. This is a rating that indicates a material’s ability to resist heat flow; the higher the R-value of the insulation, the better it will resist heat transfer. Therefore, you should purchase your home insulation based upon R-value rather than on its material weight.

Best Materials for Reducing Conduction and Convection

Here are the four primary types of insulation for reducing heat conduction and convection:

1. Rolls and bats, or blankets: these are flexible products made from mineral fibers such as fiberglass and wool. These are available in widths suited to standard spacing measurements between home wall studs, as well as in the spaces between attic or floor joists.

2. Loose-fill insulation: this type of insulation is made of fiberglass, rock wool, or cellulose in the form of loose fibers or fiber pellets. It is blown into the spaces to be insulated using pneumatic equipment. The blown-in material does a great job of conforming to cavities and attics. Therefore, it is ideal for when it is tough to use other types of insulation due to the contours of the inside of the attic.

3. Rigid foam insulation: Rigid foam is more expensive than fiber insulation. However, when higher R-values are needed, rigid foam is ideal. Its R-values are about 2 times higher than other types of insulation of a similar thickness.

4. Foam in-place insulation: This type of insulation can be blown into walls and reduces air leakage when blown into cracks and door frames.

Best Materials for Reducing Radiation

The four types of insulation materials mentioned above are excellent for preventing heat transfer via conduction and convection, but they have zero effect on radiation. For that, the best material available is radiant barrier foil. This form of insulation is almost paper-thin as compared to other types of insulation, but in terms of insulation ability it is a real power player. In fact, radiant barrier foil reflects a full 97% of radiant heat from hitting an object – something that fiber and foam-based insulation products cannot do at all.

Radiant foil looks a bit like metallic paper. In some cases, it is perforated to allow the passing through of moisture. It is available in rolls of varying lengths, depending upon your insulation needs.

In terms of a comprehensive insulation solution, radiant barrier foil works best when used in conjunction with one or more of the types of insulation mentioned in the previous section. Together, these types of insulation can effectively work together to insulation against all three types of heat flow.

The Best Body Care Products

Have you ever checked what those strangely named ingredients are in your body care and beauty products?

Recently I came to realize that I have no idea what those ingredients are and I better find out instead of maintaining the silly attitude that if it is on a shelf in a shop, it must be a good enough product without any harmful effect. Yes I know, cigarette and alcohol have a harmful effect on the human body and yet you can buy these in any shopping center, even at little shop of the service station. That those are harmful is common knowledge, isn’t it? But just because we did not hear about the toxic ingredients that can be found in most shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body lotion, day cream and nigh cream, and cleansing clean and the list goes on, it does not mean that they aren’t harmful.

The following ingredient were all included in the anti-bacterial hand wash I used six months ago, and ironically it made skin on my hand dry and cracked:

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidoproyl Betaine, Lactic Acid, Cocamide MEA, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Salicylate, Glycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzophenone-4, Poloxamer 124, Lime (Citrus Aurantifolia) Juice, Lime Oil, Cl 47005, Cl42090

What are these?

Sodium Laureth Sulfate is a surfactant and penetration enhancer. When it is used in combination with other chemicals, it can form nitrosamines, a deadly class of carcinogen.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine is a surfactant and foaming agent. According to Wikipedia, it was voted Allergen of the Year in 2004 by the American Contact Dermatitis Society.

Lactic Acid is a penetration enhancer.

Cocamide MEA is a hormone-disrupting chemical

Fragrance this one word covers nearly 4000 different ingredients. Most of these are synthetic and are cancer-causing.

Sodium Benzoate is a preservative that promotes cancer.

Tetrasodium EDTA is a surfactant and hormone-disrupter

Poloxamer 124 – surfactant

Sodium Salicylate or salicylic acid is a penetration enhancer.

Cl 47005 or acid yellow 3 is a cosmetic and food colorant

Cl 42090 or FD&C Blue No.1, Acid blue 9 is a colorant that is also an allergen

The beauty companies that uses these in their products will tell you that the amount they use is so small that it can not possibly hurt you. Only they forget, that other products can also includes these, and many little amount adds up to a lot.

I have learnt these from Samuel S. Epstein’s book: Toxic Beauty. It is a must read to everyone, who care about what goes into their body.

Learning about these ingredients made me rethink the meaning of the ‘best body care product’. For any beauty product to have a chance to get into this category, it must be absolutely toxins free and deliver the positive improvements it is designed to do.

A Grocery List of Low Fat Foods

A quick reference or handy guide can be helpful, when you have made a decision to eat right.

A reference could be a grocery list of low fat foods, a chart or a meal plan.

I use a chart called Michi's Ladder with five tiers. It is a grocery list of low fat foods, a list of carbohydrate foods and a list of protein foods that you can choose from.

This list is just a guideline, but it allows you to decide from a variety of food. This list is also separates all of the foods that listed into five groups called tiers.

If you only ate from tiers 1 and 2, you would have a near-perfect diet.

Hear are a few items from tier 1 and 2

Good fat foods

  • Avocados
  • Buffalo
  • Cereal, whole-grain
  • Coconut oil, unrefined
  • Eggs, whole
  • Fish, cold water (salmon, mackerel, sardines)
  • Fish, fresh water
  • Flaxseed Hemp seed
  • Olive oil
  • Olives
  • Ostrich
  • Venison, free-range
  • Beef, lean ground
  • Seef, sirloin
  • Coconut
  • Cottage cheese, low-fat
  • Duck, free range

Good Carb foods

  • Apples, with skin
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Bran Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Cucumbers
  • Garlic, fresh
  • Granola, raw, no sugar
  • Kiwifruit
  • Hummus
  • Pears with skin
  • Brown Rice
  • Spinach
  • Yams

There are fats that you will want to avoid. Here are some tips.

More about Fats

Avoid saturated and trans fats in red meats, full-fat dairy foods, and processed foods. Learn to read labels.

Avocados, raw nuts, flaxseeds, and olive oil are great sources of essential fatty acids. Just keep portions very small. Fat is extremely dense and has more than twice the calories per gram as protein and carbs.

What you eat has a direct effect on every thing from the way your body works to your mood to the amount of fat your body burns or stores.

There are fats that you want to avoid and are located on tier 5 of Michi's Ladder. Here are a few.

Bad Fats

  • Bacon
  • Baked beans
  • Regular ground beef
  • Chicken a la King
  • Chidken, buffalo wings or nuggets
  • Chips, potato or corn
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon bun
  • Coffee, mocha, frapp, etc.
  • Cookies
  • Cream cheese Creamed beggies
  • Creamer, nondairy
  • Coughnuts
  • French Fries
  • Gravy
  • Hamburger, fast food
  • Hot Dogs
  • ice cream
  • Nachos
  • Oniion rings
  • Pastries
  • Pies
  • Potato skins, fried
  • Potpie
  • Refried beans, w / lard
  • Creamy Salad Dressing
  • Sausage
  • Tater tots
  • Toaster Pastries

You do need fat in your diet, you just need to make sure that you choose the right kinds.

Here is a great tip that I tell my class that is sure to speed up your metabolism. It is only two rules long. It only works if you are eating foods from the top two tiers of Michi's ladder.

  1. Never let yourself get hungry
  2. Never let yourself get full

Magnesium Citrate

Magnesium citrate is the citrate salt of the element magnesium. It is a commonly used therapeutic drug and is prescribed as a laxative. It is retailed under the names Citrate of Magnesia, Milk of Magnesia, Citronesia and Citroma. Magnesium citrate is available for intake in the form of powder, which can be dissolved with water. It is also available in the form of tablets. It has the greatest effect when it is taken with water or juices on an empty stomach.

Magnesium citrate can attract water from tissues. Once in the intestine, it can attract enough water to induce the bowels to defecate. Thus, magnesium citrate is used to treat constipation as well as rectal and colon problems. Since magnesium citrate stimulates the bowel to perform their task of egesting waste, it is not advisable to prolong its use. A prolonged usage of magnesium citrate may cause disruption in the natural metabolism of the bowels and the person may become dependent on laxatives.

The effect of magnesium citrate sets in within 30 to 180 minutes of its intake. If there is no effect even after this time, then the doctor must be re-consulted, as the problem may be something other than diarrhea.

Magnesium citrate is not advisable for children below the age of 6 years. The prescribed dosage for adults is 11 to 25 mg, while for children it is half of that. There are no old age related problems with magnesium citrate; hence, it can be safely taken even by the elderly in proper doses.

An overdose of magnesium citrate may cause acute and protracted diarrhea, but no hazardous effect on life. A very high dosage may cause dizziness, headaches, difficulty in swallowing, skin rashes and even blockage of the intestines. If there are any of the above symptoms, then a doctor must be immediately consulted and drug use must be stopped.

Magnesium citrate is a very harmless drug if taken in the correct dosage. It does not impair driving, swimming and other such activities. However, alcohol may interfere with its functioning. Though magnesium citrate generally does not interfere with other drugs, it is advisable not to take it within two hours of consuming any other drug.

People with kidney problems should not consume this drug. Especially pregnant and lactating women should steer clear from magnesium citrate. Magnesium citrate can enter breast milk and thus into the body of the embryo. Magnesium citrate is not prescribed for people with heart ailments and those who have suffered anal fissures in the past.

Better Food Plots – 10 Steps For Success

1. The most important step before planting food plots is to test your soil. Taking a soil test will determine what your pH level is. There are different types of soil samples available. Some samples need to be sent into a lab for analysis and some do not. Antler King Trophy Products offers a test kit that takes less than 20 minutes to perform and do not need to be sent into a lab. This test offers a quick and accurate reading of the pH level in the soil. A pH of 6.5 to 7.0 is preferred and any pH level less than 6.5 should have lime applied to the soil to raise the pH.

2. Once you know the pH, you can determine if and how much lime you will need to add to raise the pH. When applying lime, think of lime in tons rather than in pounds. For example, if your pH is at a 6.0 and you want to change the pH to a 7.0 you will have to add 5-8 tons of lime per acre to change the pH. Lime is available in different forms and some are easier to spread than others. Pelletized lime is in the form of a pellet and is very easy to spread. Most broadcast spread spell lime very well.

3. When determining where to plant food plots do not overlook anything. Ideal spots can be small natural openings or logging roads. Normally the smaller ¼ or ½ acre plots are better than a larger 2 or 3 acre spot. It is important with a food plot location that you put it in an area where wildlife will feel comfortable feeding in it.

4. Before planting a food plot, always make sure the plot will receive adequate sunlight. Lack of sunlight can hurt the success of a food plot. 4-5 hours of direct sunlight per day is required for proper growth of any food plot. If planting on a logging road and the canopy is to heavy to allow the sunlight to penetrate, try cutting back the canopy to all for more sunlight to reach the ground.

5. For the ideal food plot program, try to plant both annuals and perennials. Annuals are plants that need to be planted every year, whereas perennial plants can last multiple years on a single planting. By planting a combination of annuals such as Antler King’s Honey Hole and perennials like Antler King’s Trophy Clover Mix will give the deer a preferred food source for every month of the year.

6. One of the most common mistakes people make when planting food plots is planting the seed too deep. Seeds like clover, chicory, rape, and turnips need to be planted at less than ½ inch deep. Larger seeds like soybeans, peas, rye or oats can be seeded up to 1″ deep. One of the best methods for covering small seeds is to either use a cultipacker or roller on the seed. Otherwise use a light drag such as a chain link fence or an old bed spring to cover the seed.

7. Watch the weather. Moisture is required for seeds to germinate and start growing. Try to avoid planting during dry periods. Normally the spring and/or fall periods are better for planting for proper moisture levels. Planting in the middle of the summer is risky due to lack of rainfall and normally not recommended.

8. Using the right fertilizer on different food plots is very important. Some plants need nitrogen and some do not. For example, when planting a legume, like clover or soybeans it is important to use a lower nitrogen fertilizer such as 5-10-30 or 9-23-30, or even 0-0-60. On the other hand when planting brassicas (rape, turnips, kale) or cereal grains (rye, wheat, oats) you can use higher nitrogen fertilizers like 19-19-19 or 13-13-13.

9. Build an exclusion cage. An exclusion cage will let you know how much of your food plot is being consumed. Putting an exclusion cage in a food plot is easy to do. You can use chicken wire or something similar. A small 2 foot cage that will not allow animals to eat in that spot is all that is needed. Over time, if the plant growth inside the cage exceeds the growth outside of the cage, then the wildlife is consuming the food plot. That is exactly what you want.

10. Once the plots are established, proper maintenance such as mowing and spraying may be necessary. Occasionally mowing on certain plants is beneficial for a couple reasons. Perennial plants like clover, chicory and alfalfa benefit from being mowed throughout the growing season. Mowing these plants once or twice a summer will help rejuvenate the plants and stimulate new growth. Secondly, mowing will keep weed growth minimized. Most weeds can not recover from being mowed once or twice in the summer and will die off.

Why Raising the Bar Doesn’t Always Work

“The secret of success: Get up early. Work late. Strike oil.”
– John D. Rockefeller

We always hear that we need to “raise the bar” to be more competitive and more successful. That term “Raise the bar” is a metaphor borrowed from the sports world, meaning to constantly strive for better, farther, faster. And that’s a great aim to have. But is that the way life really works?

Let’s say you want to be a champion high jumper.

I’ve written a bestselling book called “How to Be a Champion High Jumper” so you ask me to coach you. On the first day of training, you run onto the practice field, all motivated and ready to go.

As you’re getting yourself psyched, I set the bar at 7 feet high, because that’s the level the world’s best high jumpers compete at. So you’re standing there looking at the bar waaaaaay up there.

I say, “Come on, you can do it! Think positive! Get motivated!”

You, being the trooper you are, and not wanting to disappoint me, take a few steps back, then run as fast as you can, jump up with all your might… smack!

Not even close. You miss the bar by a mile.

“That’s okay!” I say, clapping my hands. “You’ll do better next time.”

You gamely try again and again. I try to keep you “motivated” through affirmations, visualization and positive reinforcement. But you miss that damn bar every time.

Is this method ever going to work?

Of course not.

Yet, how many of us are doing this to ourselves every single day?

For example, let’s say you have a goal of making a million dollars a year in your business. What if you make half a million this year? Would you feel you had a bad year? Like you didn’t succeed?

Or would you say, “Hey, half a mil is pretty darn good!”

While it may sound simplistic, many people set themselves up to fail simply because their internal bar of success is set too high.

Sometimes, our bar is so high that even when we DO accomplish something meaningful or significant, it’s never good enough.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. But the great news is that all of this is completely within your conscious control.

That means, no one’s setting the bar but you. No one’s telling you that’s it’s “not good enough” but you. And no one needs to change their mind but you.

One of my clients called me because she was reading my Afformations book with her daughter-in-law. My client had made millions of dollars in network marketing and was highly respected in her industry.

She told me that at one point in the book, she started crying because it was so emotional for her.

I asked her what part made her cry. She said, “When I read the Afformation, ‘Why am I enough?'”

Here was this highly successful person – someone others looked up to, even envied because of her success. Yet she herself didn’t feel good enough, even with all that “outer” success. Her bar really needed adjusting.

That’s why I often tell my clients to LOWER the bar.

Here are some examples of what I mean by raising the bar:
“I need to close more sales.”
“I need to finish writing my article.”
“I need to make a million dollars by the end of the year.”
“I need to lose 20 pounds.”
“I’d better not make a mistake.”

Yes, these are all fine things to shoot for. But what happens if you DON’T meet them? And what is your plan to achieve them in the first place?

Without a plan, all you have are more excuses to beat yourself up.

So, here are some examples I give my clients to LOWER the bar:
Listen to your prospects more than you talk at them. This will naturally increase their trust in you, which over time will lead to more sales.
Write the first 100 words of your article. Then, write the next 100. Then the next. Pretty soon, you’ll be done.
Take a course on smart ways to invest your money. Then, follow a strategic plan to grow your money.
Exercise for 15 minutes a day, every day.
Give yourself permission to make mistakes and learn better ways of doing things.

What can you do to lower the bar today, this week, and this month?

Sometimes all it takes is granting yourself the permission to do so: permission to lower the bar, permission to be human, and permission to succeed.

Learn to Scuba Diving

There are many different ways to learn to scuba dive. A friend or partner teaches someone in a pool. Others jump off a boat and descend holding hands with an instructor. (The French system). “Batem”.

Some join a scuba diving club or sign up for a scuba diving course at their local dive shop. The best way to get a ‘taste’ for it and having the greatest chance of having a safe enjoyable diving experience is at a holiday resort. Preferably on a tropical island holiday resort. Mauritius Island in the Indian Ocean is surely one such place – Diving Mauritius. The calm clear water, the relaxed atmosphere and your own relaxed state of mind will all contribute to the success of the experience.

Before signing on and paying your money for a full open water certification diving course. Participating in an ‘easy diving lesson’ or ‘resort course’, as it is also known would be the answer. An ‘easy diving course’ or ‘resort course’ usually starts at the pool and consists of a lecture or discussion by a certified instructor explaining about the pressure, the equipment, and everything that will happen on the dive. He will also go through all the basic skills that will be demonstrated and practiced in the pool. “Seeing hearing and doing is the best way to learn.”

After all is well understood the students go into the pool with full scuba gear donned. At a standing depth in the pool the instructor will group the students in a semi-circle so that they can a see well what he is explaining. After some breathing exercises and regulator recovery at the surface the instructor will get all the divers to kneel on the bottom of the pool breathing and getting used to being underwater. The instructor, followed by the students having to complete each of the skills, will demonstrate some basic skills. The students need to complete mask clearing, regulator recovery and some basic buoyancy control skills. These basic skills are required to ensure the safety of the divers, as well as giving them confidents to participate in an open water dive. The instructor them allows the students to swim around at the bottom of the pool getting comfortable with the equipment and used to the feeling of weightlessness and breathing underwater.

Directly after the pool lesson is completed while the student divers are comfortable, confident and relaxed from having had such a great time in the pool they go directly to the sea to complete a safe controlled open water dive. The sea dive is usually from a boat in crystal clear water to shallow sites that are perfect for beginners.

After the student divers have completed and enjoyed their first open water scuba dive. They surface with big smiles on their faces. The instructor will debrief them and explain how they may improve their diving knowledge and skills by doing a full certification open water scuba diver course.

This is by far the best way to learn to scuba dive.

Prodive Limited is a professional scuba diving company at the Casuarinas Hotel at Trou aux Biches, Mauritius. They offer easy scuba diving courses, full certification courses (PADI), diving excursions, private dives and exclusive dive charters.