Bearpaw Boots – An Affordable Alternative to Uggs and Emus

For some time now women have been purchase Uggs and Emu boots, not only do they look stylish but they are comfortable as well. However, there are a new range of sheepskin boots available which look just as great and which are more affordable than the ranges offered by Uggs Australia and Emu Australia. The boots that we are in fact talking about are the ones known as Bearpaw boots.

If you were to go to sites such as Amazon you would soon discover that the boots that this company make are some of the most popular selling ones. Of all the styles that Bearpaw has produced the ranges which are proving most popular of all are the styles known as T410 and M410. Each pair has a suede outer lining and inside they are lined with soft sheepskin.

The natural lining in these boots as with those made by Uggs and Emu help to keep your body temperature at a constant level. Plus these boots enable moisture to escape so no matter how long you wear them for your feet remain dry, warm and cozy.

There is one difference however between these styles of boots and those made by Uggs and Emu including styles such as the Emu Bronte or Ugg Classic Crochet Tall. The boots that Bearpaw have made come with a thermo plastic rubber sole and again this helps to ensure that whilst being worn your feet remain cozy and warm inside them.

As with any style of sheepskin boots you can purchase today these ones are so comfortable that many women choose to wear them without putting socks on first. But not only have Bearpaw created a wonderful array of boots for women to wear they also have plenty of wonderful styles for children and men. However, now we will take a closer look at the two styles that seem to be proving the most popular.

1. Bearpaw Model T410 – This style of boot has an outer suede covering and the height of the boot from the arch is 12 inches. Most women tend to wear these boots with a great pair of jeans or a casual skirt and although some prefer to wear them at their full height. Other women tend to fold the top of the boots over in order to expose some of the boots best feature its sheepskin lining.

These boots are perfect for wearing in cold weather (although not wet or snowy conditions) as the rubber soles on them provide ample grip as you walk along. As well as being comfortable these boots come in a number of different colors including sand, chocolate, chestnut, and nutmeg and of course black.

2. Bearpaw Model M410 – Again this style of sheepskin boots has a suede outer lining, but the length of these is slightly less than the T410 version. In fact the height of this particular boot is only 10 inches in length from the arch of it. As with the other style we discuss in this article these look great worn with jeans or even a long denim skirt of Boho skirt.

Again these boots come with the rubber soles so that the offer you plenty of traction when you wear them and even in cold weather, although not wet or snowy they are suitable. What makes these particular boots stand out from the ones we have mentioned as well as the similar styles created by Uggs and Emu is you have more choice of colors. Along with the neutral colors like sand, black, chestnut and chocolate this range comes in Light Pink and Navy.

If you do purchase a pair of Bearpaw boots then before you wear them for the first time it is a good idea to use a good quality suede protector on them. There are plenty of different ones now available and using this will help to main the look and feel of your Bearpaw boots.

Selection of Job or Business in Astrology

Determining the nature of your profession or the sources of income is a very tough task for any astrologer. Selection of profession between job and business is very important decision of life. There are many astrological factors which need to be considered.Astrological readings can also suggest whether you can enjoy smooth success in your job or business ventures.

Ascendant: whatever is the field education, marriage or profession the strength of ascendant and its lord play very important role.

10th house/lord: 10th house and its lord from ascendant/Moon sign/Sun signs are pivots for determine the profession and business. Authority, power advancement and ambitions, business affairs in general, one’s rank, social status and profession of a person, name, fame foreign land, sources of livelihood self respect and self control are indicated by 10th house.

3rd house/lord: indicates courage and initiative for professional life, risk and speculation taken in life. Sometimes it indicates over confidence of the native.

5th house/lord:represents knowledge, education, intuition and intelligence of a person. Besides high position it indicates risk and speculations taken in professional life.

6th house/lord: indicates loans from bank or financial institutes, funds rising and the employees working under the native.

7th house/lord:represents professional relationships and business partnerships, independent skilled professions.

9th house/lord: this is house of luck or fortune of the native; it also indicates distribution or circulation of money, dignity of a person, foreign travels, and government favors.

11th house/lord: this is house of gain and income in one’s life.

Planetary transition: the nature of the profession also depends on the planetary period of major periods /sub period of a horoscope. The Dasha/Antradasha of the native forces him for change in profession in a very drastic and dramatic way. Through the strong and favorable Dasha/Antradasha, even a weak and ill placed planet can bless the native with success in profession and career.

Job/business influencing astrological factors:

Job/service:

  • If lord/sign or planets placed in 10th house are strong, indicates surety of service.
  • If number of fixed signs planets are more than number of planets in common or movable signs in a horoscope the native will chose the profession which demands patience, peace, tolerance and stability like Government jobs, medical profession or in achieves.
  • If the planets of common signs are more than the planets of fixed and movable signs in a horoscope the native will have different sources of income like as a teacher he can chose property dealing or as a profession he may own his own consultancy firms, tuition centers etc.
  • Lord/sign of 10th house are weaker in strength than the lord /sign of 7th house, profession of advocate, doctor, and professors are indicated.
  • If lords /signs of 10th and 7th houses are equally strong indicates the native will have individual business along with his own service. Like a doctor doing private practice along with his own service or the person will start his own business after retiring from the job.
  • If the lord of 10th house is strong but placed in 6th/8th/12th house or of medium strength the person will work in an autonomous institutes or private sector.
  • Sun/Mars/Saturn favorably influencing the 10th house, and lord of 10th house is in a strong position indicates profession of doctor.
  • Lords of 3rd/6th/10 and Jupiter are strong indicates profession of advocate.
  • Moon and Mercury influencing 10th house indicates writer or journalisms as profession.
  • Strong mercury and Jupiter influencing 10th house denotes writer or poets.
  • Moon and Jupiter aspecting 10th house indicates gazette officer rank job.
  • Moon placed in 10th and Jupiter posited in 5th house indicates very highly ranked position.
  • Lord of 11th placed in 10th house or their lords exchanges signs/houses indicates very good administrator.
  • Lord of ascendant and 10th placed together or lord of ascendant and 10th house is a same planet the person will work excellent work from his own hard earned money.
  • Jupiter as lord of 10th placed in trine indicates highly acclaimed position of the native.
  • Sun placed in 10th house from ascendant/Moon or lord of 10 is posited in the Navamansa of Sun indicates appreciation from government but if Sun is debilitated/ malefic/ill placed indicates unscrplous means of earning.
  • Lord of 10th is Mars or lord of 10th posited in the Navamansa of Mars indicates police, army, and wrestling as profession.
  • Mercury is the lord of 10th house or the lord of 10th goes in the Navamansa of Mercury indicates service in banking, writing, education, astrology art and crafting.
  • Mercury in ascendant and Jupiter in 9th house indicate government services.
  • Lord of ascendant placed in quadrant and aspected by lords of 2nd/5th indicates government job.
  • Sun having favorable aspects of Saturn indicates government job, manager authority and high authorities power of a person.

Business:

  • Lords/signs of 4th and 7th houses are weak but lord/sign of 7th house are very strong indicates sound business abilities of the native.
  • If numbers of planets in movable signs are more than the number of planets in fixed or common sign in a horoscope indicates the best qualities the native will have as a businessman like he will have initiative and capacity to make decisions, intelligent, alert and will possess the quality of leadership
  • If any or all planets like Mercury, Jupiter and Venus placed in quadrant to Moon indicates independent venture.
  • Mercury, Jupiter and Venus and Moon are placed in 2nd/12th from each other indicates independent or self ventures.
  • Jupiter is placed in 3rd house and Venus is placed in 11th house from Moon indicates the native will start his own business.
  • Lords of 2nd and 11th exchanges houses indicates very good business abilities.
  • Mercury related to 10th house indicates, business skills.Malefic influence over 10th house indicates laziness of the native.
  • All the planets placed in quadrant indicate money earned from agriculture.
  • If 7 planets posited in ascendant and 7th house, indicates business of transportation, wood, cartwheel etc.
  • If any malefic planet placed in quadrant having no benefic influences and Jupiter posited in 8th house indicates excellence of business in meat, poultry and fisheries.

What Makes A Tribal Tattoo Design Distinctive?

Tribal tattoos are extremely popular, but the truth is that the term covers a wide range of designs. Their origins, as the name suggests, can be seen in artwork and tattoos of tribes from the past. However, nowadays tribal tats have taken on their own distinctive look in the Western world.

Defining Characteristics of Tribal Tattoos

Tribal designs are generally bold, black lines that are formed in a number of different abstract shapes. They are made of various symbols depending on the tastes of the wearer, and some symbols may carry a deeper spiritual meaning than others. But there are no rules – tribal tats may also be colored or feature detailed shading: they’re no longer limited to black.

Types of Tribal Tat Designs

Aside from the more modern designs described above, you may also see the following types of design:

Celtic Tattoos: Celtic tattoo designs may be considered tribal in their own right, though many of the traditional bold tribal tattoos are now incorporating elements of Celtic artwork, such as detailed knots.

Historic Tribal Designs: Modern tribal designs may have their history in real life tribes of the past, but the artwork has certainly changed. Historic tribal tat designs will actually be based on a specific tribe, such as the Aztec or Maori people. These may look completely different from the tribal tattoos of today. Many people choose these kind of tattoos to represent a close bond they may share with that particular tribe.

Other Images: In themselves, tribal designs are abstract. However, they are now being used as a creative way to fill in the body of more recognizable images, such as those of animals, stars and so on.

The truth is that inspiration for tribal tattoos can come from anywhere. Whether you want to show off your cultural roots by replicating a type of tribal tat from the past, or simply prefer the bold statement that a modern tribal designs can make, more and more tattoo artists are now specializing in this kind of tattoo design.

Yin and Yang Food – How Does it Affect You?

Did you know that Yin and Yang, the principle at the heart of Chinese philosophy, applies to Chinese food and cooking as well? In Chinese medicine, all food can be divided into four Qis: Hot, warm, cool and cold; or yang, mild yang, mild yin and yin respectively.

In general, yang food improves blood circulation and warms us up, but too much yang food (or eaten during the wrong season e.g. summer) will induce constant thirst, hot flashes, night sweats and constipation. In contrast, yin food quenches thirst, cleanses our systems and cools us down, but if eaten inappropriately it will lower our metabolism and weaken our bodies. In particular, according to traditional Chinese, pregnant women are traditionally advised not to eat yin food (e.g. crab, watermelon) as it may increase the chance of miscarriage.

So what are some examples of yin and yang food?

Grains and Beans

  • Mild Yang (warm food): glutinous rice, black rice, barley, sago, sorghum
  • Mild Yin (cool food): wheat, barley, green beans, buckwheat, millet
  • Right in the middle: Rice, corn (maize), sweet potato, sesame, soy beans, rice beans, oat, long beans, sweet peas, kidney beans, mung beans, lentil, broadbean

Meat and Dairy Product

  • Mild Yang (warm):beef, lamb (mutton), chicken, shrimp, lobster, mussels, goat milk
  • Mild Yin (cool): duck, abalone
  • Yin: duck egg, crab, clam, octopus, squid, escargots, raw food
  • Just Right: chicken egg and egg white, pork, scallop, fish, cow milk, yogurt

Fruits and Nuts

  • Mild Yang (warm): peach, almond, dates, lychee, long yan, lemon, papaya, pine nut, walnut, chestnut, cherry, mango
  • Mild Yin (cool):apple, pear, orange, strawberry, pipa
  • Yin (cold): Persimmon, pomelo, banana, starfruit, kiwi, water melon, sweet melon
  • Just Right: plum, pineapple, grapes, olive, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut milk, peanut, hazelnut

Vegetables

  • Mild Yang (warm): spring onion, garlic, leeks, coriander / parsley, onion, pumpkin
  • Yang (hot): pepper
  • Mild Yin (cool): tomato, celery, egg plant, choy shum, spinach, asparagus, artichoke, cauliflower, tofu (including soy milk), gluten, lotus root, winter melon, cucumber, mushroom, needle mushroom
  • Yin (cold): bok choy, arrowhead, water spinach, watercress, bamboo shoots, seaweed, straw mushroom, bitter melon, water chestnut
  • Just Right: carrot, potato, taro, mushroom, turnip (very mild yin), black fungus (very mild yin)

Other Food and Ingredients

  • Mild Yang (warm): spices such as young ginger, clove, dill, rosemary, sage, turmeric, thyme, horseradish, cayenne, nutmeg, wild pepper, cumin, star anise; stimulants such as alcohol, coffee, black tea and other caffeinated drinks; red sugar, ginseng
  • Yang (hot): Cinnamon
  • Mild Yin (cool): green tea, honey, beer, chrysanthemum tea, mint
  • Yin (cold): Soy sauce, soy bean paste, salt

How Does This Apply To Us?

According to the Chinese, each of us are born yin, yang or somewhere in between. For example, if you always crave for spicy food you may have a “yin” body; and if you love watermelon anytime in the year you are likely a Yang.

Your health condition can also indicate the yin-yang balance of your body. Constant cold hands and feet? A Yin; Get soar throat easily and have a quick temper? A Yang. Seasonal and geographic variations will also affect our preference on yin and yang foods.

The Advice

  • When cooking yin food (applies to most veggies), add yang ingredients such as garlic, spring onion, ginger and coriander.
  • Eat seasonal food: let the nature guide us how to eat.
  • Balanced diet: if we eat a wide variety of food, the yin and yang will balance out.

How to Kill Bed Bugs – Tips On How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs Quickly And Easily

Many of us were put to sleep with the saying, 'good night, sleep tight, do not let the bed bugs bite' as children really, but have bed bugs were? Bed bugs are not as bad as everyone thinks they are, of course. They do not carry vicious diseases or imply uncleanliness – bed bugs can be picked up without you ever having to do anything but they are certainly a great deal harder to get rid of than they are to get. Luckily, learning how to kill bedbugs is not hard to do at all, and many of the things that you might have heard about their dogged tenacity to make your life miserable is not true at all.

If you want to know the truth about how to eliminate bed bugs, put the mop and bucket down. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs do not give a care in the world about the cleanliness of their surroundings. They are easily submitted through clothing, luggage, boxes, and other vehicles from location to location and that is how they survive. Many people try the approach of just abandoning the awards for a while, in hopes that the bed bugs will be gone when they return but unfortunately they are known to live up to a year without a host to feed off, so you might have to truly abandon your residence for that tactic to work.

A way to kill bed bugs more easily without having to move out of your home is to completely eliminate them; this can be difficult as these little creatures can hide just about anywhere, from behind the light plate on your wall to under your pillow and mattress, and seal up all cracks and crevices in the home – even the area between the wall and the molding where the floor meets the wall. Sealing up these areas decreases the likelihood of the bed bugs finding a place to lay low until the air clears – literally.

After everything has been sealed and exposed, there are a few methods you can use to get rid of bed bugs but the most practical by far is steam cleaning. Most professional exterminators will use steam cleaners to kill the bugs as they can barely survive at temperatures above 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat kills the bugs, and after that it is just up to you to clean up the remains and make sure you do not ever have to deal with the bed bug problem ever again.

After the bugs have been killed, the problem is no longer how to kill bed bugs but how to keep them gone. If things are done right, rarely do bed bugs re-surface but it is important to always keep an eye out for them when you are traveling, even if you are staying at the Ritz-Carlton or the Waldorf-Astoria. After all, bed bugs do not discriminate and they have a tendency to travel great distances just to make the lives of human beings a tad bit more trying.

The Use of Moxa For Shingle Pain

I have been studying Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture – and find that it has contributed to the welfare of my family, friends and clients.

The use of moxa for minor ailments has been seen to be very effective in ridding the body of local discomfort.

What is Moxa?

Moxa is the use of the wool from a family of chrysanthemum – artemisia vulgaris – made into a cigar shaped cylinder or pressed into cones of different sizes which is lighted and burns slowly giving off vapour and heat which can benefit certain health issues. Unlike acupuncture, it is totally non invasive and acts like a heat pack but much more localized.

Here it is useful to mention that artemisia annua is also used for therapeutic purposes – generally termed ‘artemisinin’, it is extremely useful for virus attack such as in colds and flu. As a culture we have become used to ready made pills (in fact ready made anything) – that is what is wrong as we have given away responsibility for health to someone else. With some research we can all use natural products for personal therapy – too much reliance is placed on the ‘mystical’ skill of someone called a practitioner.

Treatment

The area around the shingle lesions is very sensitive and so any treatment needs to be gentle. The object of using moxa for shingle pain is not to use acupoints but to stimulate the area around each lesion with heat.

For example I recently used moxa treatment for a shingle issue in the left scapula area on a family member. A standard moxa stick was moved around and between the lesions starting from the left side of the spine – treatment duration was around 10 minutes and was done twice in two days.

The technique is to place the moxa at points around each discrete lesion and move it around at 2-2.5cm(1″) intervals each time the heat is ‘felt’.

Placing and using the Moxa stick

Here is a quick primer on how to use moxa. Be careful.

Hold the Moxa stick as you would a pen. I prefer to unwrap the outer paper sheath for a few centimeters (an inch or so) at the end to be lit leaving the white tissue paper protecting the bark. Hold the moxa stick over a candle or other flame until it smoulders – don’t burn it, but just use enough flame to light the bark, then you may blow on it until it glows in one small spot – that is enough as it is lit.

Now hold the stick over the back of your hand and feel the heat from various distances – you will find that for regular moxa the ideal distance above the skin is about two to three centimeters (1 inch).

While using moxa always talk to your patient to gauge the feeling of heat they are getting. Instruct the patient to say ‘hot’ when they feel the skin is quite warm but before any burn takes place – do not burn the patient. Keep alert and your eyes on the area that is being treated. When your patient says ‘hot’ move the moxa stick to the next point (or away from the skin).

As long as you pay attention to what you are doing no harm will be done. However you must remember that the moxa is burning at red heat – that is around 600 degrees C (around 1100 deg F) give or take. So you must pay attention to what you are doing or you may burn the skin and deeper tissues.

Moxa Treatment Summary

Just after the moxa treatment most of the pain was gone. The next day and for some months now, all pain is gone and the family member has not suffered with any further pain or discomfort from the viral attack on the nerves in this area – it is quite remarkable.

This is a non invasive and safe treatment but I recommend that it be done by someone who has studied the moxa technique. If you decide to try it, practice on yourself if you feel that you are responsible enough to use this technique. Once familiar with using the moxa you can then try the technique on others, with care. Do not leave the lighted moxa unattended – make very sure it is extinguished – use a thick ceramic vessel for this purpose or just place in water if desired – however it will not be useful again until dry.

The family member also took an increased dose of lipoic acid for 3-4 days at 1200mg per day which helps with peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain outside the spinal column). There is more information on lipoic acid as a component of CoQ10Sport from the website if desired.

Reference:

1. Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Cheng Xinnong (chief editor), Foreign Languages Press, Beijing, China

2. acupuncture-services.com

Important Tips For Laminating the Paper to Wood

Lamination is the process that the two materials will be united to be one. Laminating your paper to wood is the technique that is very useful for displaying the photographs or even other essential documents. Glue is one of the easiest ways in laminating the paper to wood. Paper is the tricky material to work with just like the laminate material, as it will be fragile, and the glue may eat away at it over the time. The non-acidic glue of the archives is the great type to work with when you are laminating paper, as it will keep the paper from yellowing or even aging quickly. Here is more information for you.

For the first step, you can sand a wood piece with the 220 grit sandpaper in order to remove all rough edges. After that, wipe the wood with the damp cloth when you have finished in getting rid of the dust. Then, wait for your wood to dry.

For the second step, you need to put the acrylic medium glue at the back of your paper and also position it on your wood board. The acrylic medium glue will hold the paper to the several of surfaces and can also be used in creating the texture. If you cannot find the type of this glue, your can use an acid-free liquid glue.

For the last step, you should paint the surface of your wood with the layer of your acrylic medium glue. You can use the smooth, downward strokes in applying the glue. You need to wait for it to get dry and then sand it with the 220 grit sandpaper in removing the bubbles. After that, paint the other layer over the surface and then wait for it to get dry. Remember to sand it in removing all bubbling in the surface.

Quality Plantation Shutters – How to Tell the Good From the Bad – Part 1 of 3

Plantation shutters can be purchased at almost every price imaginable. If you’re not a professional in the shutter industry, how do you distinguish between high-quality and low-quality products? There are a number of factors you can use to compare plantation shutters before making a commitment. In this article, we will explain how to tell the good from the bad.

Only wood plantation shutters will be discussed, since shutters made from MDF, composite, and polymer materials are different enough from wood plantation shutters in design and construction as to make fair comparisons impossible.

Telling High Quality From Low Quality

Let’s compare two typical plantation shutter panels to illustrate the differences between higher and lower quality shutters.

Visualize this: both panels are 12″ wide by 21″ tall. They’re made from the same Basswood, and have 3-1/2″ louvers. Even with these elements being identical, you will see some surprising differences in the design, construction, and components of the imported and the custom-made shutter.

Good Design Means A Better Fit With Your Window

The first difference between these two shutter panels is in the number of louvers they have and the overall louver area. The higher-quality shutter has 5 louvers, while the lower-quality shutter has only 4. The reason has nothing to do with aesthetics, but with how the shutters were designed. One is a true custom-made shutter that was designed and manufactured for a specific window; the other is known as “cut-to-fit.”

This design difference is the single most important factor in understanding a shutter’s quality. Here’s why:

The factory that makes the lower-quality shutters makes them to predetermined sizes; in this case, the heights of the shutters are made in 3-inch increments. So the factory makes shutters that are 18″, 21″, and 24″ tall. If none of these dimensions fits your window’s measurements exactly, the U.S. distributor takes a shutter the next size up and cuts it down to fit your window. This means the shutters have to be designed with taller rails and wider stiles so these pieces are large enough to cut down. For most customers, the result is a shutter with a larger area proportionally of stiles and rails, and a smaller area for the louvers. Fewer louvers mean less light and a more restricted view.

In contrast, the higher-quality shutter is customized to fit the window right from the start. Each shutter is designed to fit the measurements of a specific window in your home. In this sense, it’s like a suit that’s been tailor-made for its owner from the cutting of the fabric to the final fitting. The result is a more balanced shutter and a brighter and airier window.

While the cut-to-fit technique is less expensive, the overall lower quality is obvious even to the casual observer.

The Right Hinge Makes A Stronger Shutter

Two basic types of hinges are used on shutters: butt and non-mortise. When you unfold a butt hinge, it can resemble a butterfly, with the left flap the same size as the right one. With butt hinges, the two flaps fold together (or “butt up”) against each other.

In contrast, the left and right pieces of an open non-mortise hinge aren’t the same. Flaps on a non-mortise hinge fold one-above-the-other or one-inside-the-other. With non-mortise hinges, the two flaps are each only half the height of the hinge.

For butt hinges to fit properly, the edge of the shutter has to be mortised, or chiseled out, so that the hinge is counter-sunk into the shutter and its surface is flush with the surface of the shutter. In contrast, non-mortised hinges (as their name implies) do not require this sort of modification to the shutter.

It’s less expensive for manufacturers to use non-mortised hinges, since they don’t require mortising. However, non-mortise hinges are weaker than butt hinges, since each hinge flap is only half the size of a butt hinge flap. Weaker hinges may hold up well for a few years, but quality plantation shutters are made to last for decades.

Two Layers Are Better Than One

When plantation shutters are finished with paint or clear topcoats, some manufacturers try to save money by applying just one layer of topcoat over a stain, or only one layer of paint over primer. High-quality shutters have at least two coats of each.

A painted plantation shutter with only one coat of paint will have a rougher feel than one with two or more coats. And stained shutter will have a richer luster if a second layer of clear coat is applied.

Buy A Quality Shutter…But Don’t Buy More Than You Need

There are literally thousands of shutters on the market today. Most of them display a mix of high-quality and lesser-quality characteristics. Buying quality is important; but buying more shutter than you need is a waste of money. Hopefully you are now armed with the information to shop knowledgeably for the quality shutters you need and want for your home and lifestyle.

A Brick Wall

Direct Answers – Column for the week of August 18, 2003

Two years ago I divorced, and there is still a lot of hostility.

My former husband has been served with due papers for not paying child support. He says I am sending him to the poorhouse, but I have no recourse but to contact the court when the payments stop. He continues to blame me, even though two sentences have explained it is the court which determinates when attempted charges are filed.

My children require the necessities of life, which I provide, but he says the children are my responsibility and not to contact him, even if they become ill. He only interacts with them on scheduled weekends, and many times the weekends are cut short.

The home he purchased with his girlfriend includes a built-in swimming pool and two Jacuzzis. Last summer he asked me how it feels to work, and he explained he makes enough money his girlfriend gets to sit by the pool all summer. His girlfriend looks like a glittering Christmas tree with all the jewelry she wears.

I have tried to talk to him, but he says he is not listening and then belittles me. He buys food and clothing for his girlfriend's children, but he tells me I have messed up our children's lives and dress them in rags. That is not true. They are really great kids doing well in school.

I need some ideas how to try and talk to him to get my point across. How do I communicate my concerns to him?

Marlene

Marlene, you have communicated your concerns to him. He does not care. Your ex-husband does not want to support any woman he is not sleeping with, or her children. Your children have lost a father figure because their father does not see himself as their father.

There is another danger here. Children often respect the bad parent and respond to what that parent wants, while disrespecting the good parent. It is not simply that they pick up the difficult parent's attitude; they think by placating him that they will get a father response out of him. But the end result is they may blame you.

Do not waste time thinking you will ever get through to this man. You are being emotionally battered and so are your children, which is a good reason to minimize contact with him.

His obligation to his children comes from the state in the same way the state determinates which side of the road to drive on or when to pay taxes. Let the state enforce this obligation and do not explain or apologize for it.

Wayne & Tamara

Overreaction

My best friend lives across the street. Her daughter and mine play together all the time. Our husbands are best of friends, and we watch over each other's home when we are out of town.

When she got a part-time job, I started baby sitting her daughter. I had an interview one evening and left my daughter and hers with my husband. I was gone one hour. The next day she called me and told me all of a sudden she does not trust my husband with her daughter.

My husband is an elementary school teacher and loves children. This has upset me and hurt my feelings. She does not call now, and I wish I knew what she was thinking. Should I call first?

Christa

Christa, your neighbor is mad, and the question is why. If something actually occurred, she likely would have acted immediately.

She could be angry because for an hour she did not know who was watching her child, or because you did not share news of your interview with her. For the former, you can apologize. Tell her you did not think. Your husband watches children more than you do, and it did not dawn on you to let her know.

Finally, do not put yourself or your husband in this position with her again.

Tamara

Instructions To Preserve Redwood Outdoor Furniture

Good preservation techniques for outdoor wooden furniture add extra life to them. Unlike metal-bodied exterior furniture, wood exterior furniture tend to be sensitive to humidity, sunlight and cold weather. Manufacturers of them recommend their owners should bring them indoors during winter months and cover them lest they should sag, twist and decay ever.

But, if anyone owns redwood outdoor furniture, such as wooden tables, picnic tables, etc., they do not worry a bit, because the internal properties of the redwood logs are far better than other popular logs. Redwood exterior furniture qualifies to outlast metal-bodied outdoor furniture in every way.

They can last for decades in year-round weather without maintenance too. Such furniture generally lasts for ten to forty years, even under harsh year-round outdoor conditions. Here, one thing that matters most is wherever you have chosen quality redwood. Being outside through years is no doubt rough on any wood's finish. Their surface may absorb ultra-violet rays, pollution, and get affected due to the constant changes in temperature and moisture. They may also oxidize.

For this reason, most wood furniture other than redwood types just does not hold up and the surface color slowly changes towards silver patina. This even leads their finish to fade extremely. But, redwood outdoor furniture owners who have furniture like park benches, garden benches, picnic tables, garden swing, kids' swing, etc. do not need to worry about weather effects. Nor do they require replacing their sets when they are made of redwood.

Despite the fact that redwood outdoor furniture severely requires stringent caring, owners of them insist on following some regular types of preservation techniques. Here are a few instructions that can help reserve the wood finish.

Instruction # 1:

The first and foremost thing that you need to keep in mind is start out with the best quality outdoor woods. Not all their varieties are made for the wear and tear of the outdoor weather. Pine, teak, oak, etc., for example, are simply not made to handle the elements. But, redwood, cedar, etc. are dependable and recommended for their natural ability to repel bugs, moisture. They are excellent wood varieties for outdoor use.

Instruction # 2:

You may bring the furniture indoors during a very cold, rainy or snowy winter months. This is just recommended for those who are fussy about their exterior wood furniture. But, frankly speaking, redwood logs after having been seasoned for decades do not require such kind of preservation. However, you can even pull the furniture benefit the covering or overhang of the redwood garden pergolas to protect them.

Instruction # 3:

Cover outdoor furniture properly by pulling the cover tightly over every piece of furniture. Then, tuck it under a covered area to make sure moisture does not saturate into them. Remember that not all covers are alike, either. So, make sure that you are using the one that is itself best valued. Redwood patio covers are rated as the best overall covers and the best value.

Instruction # 4:

Treat the wood on regular basis. Although the owners of the redwood outdoor furniture do not have to do it, they can use high quality wood stain to keep the furniture preserved and looking fresh. But, follow the instructions of your manufacturers. Keep in mind that such higher quality wood furniture does hardly require treating regularly. They have in-built property that can guard them against any kind of inclement weather.

Alexander Zass Isometric Exercise – His Secret Isometric Exerciser Revealed!

Have you heard about Alexander Zass? He was also known as the Amazing Samson.

Do you know about Alexander Zass isometric exercise?

Zass was best known for his feats of strength. To many he was considered… AMAZING!

Most people thought that he obtained his strength by weightlifting but in fact, unlike other strongman of the day, he refused to do any feats of strength that required lifting weights. This infuriated the weightlifting community of his day.

For they were firmly convinced that this is how he developed his incredible strength and ability to burst chains wrapped around his chest.

Here’s a little background on this amazing strongman.

Alexander Zass was an old-time strongman, born in Poland in the 1800s, but later on his family moved to Russia.

As a young boy he was motivated to build his strength when he saw circus performers and the incredible feats that they performed. He began by climbing trees and fashioned some homemade barbells and dumbbells to begin working out with. As he became older, he began working out with some of the great Russian strongman of the time.

In some of the books he wrote, specifically Samson Systems and Methods he expounded on his idea that in order to have true strength you need to have what he called… Tendon Strength.

He felt that you needed to develop your connective tissues, the tendons, first rather than concentrating on the muscle fibers. He concluded that the best method is to use is what today we call isometric exercise.

Most of his conclusions came about as a result of his imprisonment during World War I. He escaped so frequently that the guards had to change him inside his cell. He practiced and learned how to break his chains. Later on he would use these chains to maintain his strength and physical conditioning by using them in his isometric workouts. And so he developed Alexander Zass isometric exercise.

Later on he would publish a training program in instructional course that detailed his use of isometrics employing a chain like exercise device.

Here are some of his feats of strength that he performed:

* Lifted a 500 pound girder with his teeth

* Carried a small horse

* Caught a woman fired from a cannon

* Had several professional boxers hit him in the stomach

But his most exciting demonstrations or in having himself wrapped with chains and then bursting them in front of individuals and of course bending steel bars.

People in London were astonished with his incredible feats of strength and several newspaper articles were written about him. This created a boom in sales of his books in instructional courses on Alexander Zass isometric exercise training.

Benefits of New Balance Running Shoes

Of late, many fitness enthusiasts take to running. New Balance’s running shoes traditionally has the reputation of backing runners. The New Balance Company, which started off as a foot and arch support manufacturer in Boston in the early 1900s, soon became a running shoe corporation by the 1970s.

Today, many New Balance shoes are getting the attention of runners. Their running shoes are made of synthetic material, suede, mesh, or a combination of these materials. Name any model of New Balance men’s or women’s running shoes and they come with amazing shock absorption and durability. The patented N-ergy cushioning technology that goes into every pair reduces the impact on the body as the foot hits the ground and thus minimizes the stress on the foot, ankle and legs. They are lightweight allowing for comfort even during long distance running.

While many of its competitors manufacture off shore, New Balance crafts a majority of its running shoes in the United States. As the only brand to make shoes in a variety of widths, New Balance has earned a name for specializing in shoes with softer soles that appeal to long distance runners. It has the distinction of providing shoes to Greg Meyer, American winner of the Boston Marathon.

New Balance has a wide variety of shoes designed especially for runners with feet that need greater stability, particularly facing the problem of pronation or supination. As one of the first companies to design shoes for runners, New Balance has shoes for trail runners as well. These feature cushioning and control technology and they have sole and upper designed for off-road performance.

Participants in fast races can surely depend on New Balance running shoes. These special shoes are super light weight meant for racing at distances from 5 km to marathon races. Top class material and world’s number one technology go into the making of every pair.

Give Your Man And His "Wand of Light" A Special Treat With a Lingham Massage

Most women want to know how to give a great hand job, but did you know that by giving him a lingham massage you’re not only giving him ample pleasure, you’re also advancing his inner health, revitalizing his whole body while giving him a spiritual experience?

Sounds like a pretty fancy way to give a hand job but lingham massage is no ordinary sex practice. This sensual couples massage is a Tantric practice, derived from the Kama Sutra, an ancient Indian philosophy that involves sexual behaviour, expansion of consent and awareness.

In Tantra, Lingham is the word for penis that loosely translates to ‘wand of light’ and the reason this tantric male massage differs from a regular hand job, or sensual lower massage, is that its purpose is to actually prolong arousal before ejaculation. This is done by continual stimulation of the Lingham where sexual energies are built up with massage then progressively slowed as he nears his sexual peak.

What Is Lingham Massage?

You may be wondering why you would want to defer ejaculation for as long as possible but the benefit of Lingham massage is that with practice men can develop controlling techniques to extend their lovemaking, which is great news for you. And they can also learn how to separate orgasm from ejaculation, which can make them multi orgasmic, which is great news for them!

And although many people have the mistaken belief that Tantra and Lingham massage is purely for erotica, its meaning is in fact much deeper than that. Although Tantric male massage definitely has a strong sexual element, its true purpose and remarkable benefit is that it actually heals and rejuvenates the body using sexual energy.
With so many nerve endings on the Linhgam corresponding to other parts of the body, it is believed that many common ailments can be cured by a good Linhgam massage.

So the next time your man starts flashing his wand of light around, don’t just give him a regular sensual lower massage, surprise him by giving him a Lingham massage.Not only will it calm him down, the different sensations of highs and low’s of sexual pleasure will not only refresh him but also give his whole body a re-boot so to speak.

Nude Full Body Massage – Steps For A Lingham Massage

Lingham massage is all about putting him in to a deep relaxation to shift impurities in his system while promoting circulation. To achieve this you need give him a nude full body massage for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Use cold organic oils such as almond, sesame or olive, rather than essential oils and create a sense of calm by playing soft music and lighting candles.

Have him lie face down and start your male tantric massage at his head moving down the length of his body using varying strokes of speed and pressure. Spend time focusing on massaging his buttocks. Not many men are used to being touched here and with the dense muscle mass of this area, massaging them will relieve tension and send him in to a deeper relaxation in good preparation for the Lingham massage.

When you are satisfied that you have done enough, ask him to turn back over again and position yourself either to his side or kneeling in front of his slightly bent opened legs.

NUDE MALE MASSAGE

Begin to massage his inner thighs, pelvic bone and his perineum. As he starts to become aroused encourage him to slow his breathing by breathing in through his nose and slowly out through his mouth.

Slowly drip oil down the length of the lingham and on to the scrotum. Gently massage his testes in circular motions and give him a sensual lower massage by massaging the linhgam around the head and the shaft. With your fingers wrapped around the head, use varying strokes to massage from the head to the base and back up again.

Remember that the point of the lingam massage is not to orgasm.
Do not worry if the Linhgam goes hard and then soft during your massage, this is actually the most desirable result. Hardness and softness are at opposite ends of the pleasure spectrum, which makes for a succession of pleasure peaks and troughs like riding a blissful wave.

If you think that he is going to ejaculate hold off and allow the lingham to go soft again. You can go back to massaging his inner thighs or other parts of his body before bringing your attention back to the lingham.

When he eventually ejaculates gently move your hands away then cover him to keep him warm. After such an intense experience, he will need to rest quietly for five to ten minutes.

The ultimate goal of linhgam massage is to heal while connecting with your lover and the devine. With practice and time not only will it increase your mans sexual pleasure it will also deepen your bond as lovers.

The Features and Benefits of Revolving Doors

There are now many door options available to architects when designing commercial, public or educational buildings. These can be manual, automatic, or a combination of both, but the underlying needs and requirements are likely to be the same e.g. effective, safe, and easy for the user. Revolving Doors made their first appearance in a New York Restaurant in 1899 but there’s Patent evidence to suggest that a Philadelphia resident actually thought of the idea over 10 years earlier. So why over 100 years later is this idea still so relevant and so widely used?

The Features

Revolving doors essentially consist of a series of 3 or 4 panels which are also known as wings or leaves. These panels are attached to a central vertical shaft around which they rotate. The whole structure is enclosed in a cylindrical structure and the panels are spaced in such a way that in normal operation the door is never really open i.e. there is no clear direct passage from the street into the building which can bypass the panels. The panels and enclosure generally incorporate glass for safety as well as aesthetic reasons. The glass allows people to see others using the door and to regulate their movements accordingly.

Automatic versions have a powered central shaft and use sensors to stop and start the door in potentially unsafe situations. There is generally a speed control feature, and the doors themselves can be folded back to create a clear space through the opening for emergency situations or for moving large objects in or out of a building. The direction that the doors revolve actually differs in different counties. For example the predominant movement of UK revolving doors is clockwise with a right hand side entry. In Australia and New Zealand however the situation is reversed. In U.S. in the 1940s a fire in a popular Boston nightclub meant that lives were lost because there was only one revolving door as an exit. Since then revolving doors have been made collapsible, and a hinged door of equivalent capacity is generally placed next to the revolving door. This other door also assists with disabled access.

The Benefits

These doors have an obvious aesthetic appeal and can enhance the look of a building. They provide energy and they save money. This is because they are never actually open as they allow people to enter and leave a building. This means that valuable heat is not lost, and any air conditioning balance is maintained. In very tall buildings the revolving doors stop the effect of air being sucked up and down through the building through the vents and doorway depending on the different temperatures inside and outside. These doors are very effective at keeping a regulated flow of people in and out of a building which enhances safety, and they are easy for people to use particularly if they are carrying bags and other objects. Their one way operation means that they can also be very useful for security where certain areas can’t be bypassed or avoided or where a certain direction flow is necessary e.g. airports.

Porch Swings

Porch swings have been popular pretty much since they were invented. One of the draws of having a house with a porch is the opportunity to hang one. They are often associated with happy and simple times that are best spent hanging out at home with friends and family.

Choosing one, however, can be a somewhat daunting task. After all, there are so many kinds available. They are available in plastic, metal, wicker and wood. They can be installed to the rafters on the porch or come with their own stand. The swing can have cushions or be a simple seat. They come in different sizes and colors and prices. How do you choose the right one for your family?

The two most popular types are wicker and wood and the wooden ones can be made from cedar, pine, teak, oak and maple woods. Of these, the white oak is the strongest wood, but it is also heavy. Cedar is the strongest and the lightest. Cedar is also the most durable wood.

The physical features of a swing can vary a great deal. The depth of the seat, the back's angle and, if the seat or back is slatted the space between the slats can be very important. The construction of the joints can also vary between swings. Typically the depth of the seat is usually between eighteen and thirty six inches. There is no "standard" seat depth. It can also usually fit between one and three people, but it depends on the seat depth and the seat length.

When choosing your swing, here are some things to keep in mind:

Because there is no standard seat depth, its seat is chosen based on personal preferences. Do not be afraid to sit in any of the swings you are thinking of buying.

When choosing it might be tempting to get the largest one available. You probably have visions of everyone managing to fit on swing together, but the more people that it is designed to hold, the stronger the supports need to be. Typically a two-seater is recommended to start with.

Always check to make sure that its joints are bolted or screwed together. Stay away from one whose joints are collected together because bolts and screws are meant to keep something together for a long time. Nails always come loose.

You will want to think about what kind of an installation process you need to accommodate. If your porch has exposed joists, then you will have a much easier time of installing it. You need to find out how much weight your porch's joists can hold.

The porch swing is a must for any porch. Choosing one can be a long process if you do not know what to look for.