Tours Travel

Tourist in the South Island

in Hawaii

Writing is hell, especially in Hawaii, where it tends to turn paradise into purgatory. So on the sunniest days I try to finish writing before lunch, then load my kayak into the trunk of my car, rush to India Bazaar for a veggie curry, and then paddle out of Ala Way Harbor (easy parking) , looking for green sea turtles and listening to NPR on my waterproof Walkman. I return to the shore at sunset, shower nearby at Ala Beach Park, and on the way home stop for a beer at Manoa Market and talk skiing and swimming with my carpenter friend on his way to Vail.

A perfect day

I’ve written something, I’ve exercised, I’ve seen maybe three green sea turtles, and probably a few dolphins, and always a brown booby perched on the marker buoy a mile from the harbor. All of this has happened near Waikiki, but I haven’t seen any tourists.

The fact that I have forgotten about tourists all day, none in the restaurant, none in the port, none in that particular beach, nor in that bar, is not that remarkable, even in a place that receives 6 million visitors per year. Tourists always work under time constraints and are unwitting victims of profitability; so they stick together, travel within a narrow range, and tend to stay where they are once they arrive. This is the result of both accident and design; it is a favor and it is also a conspiracy. The tourists are contained, partly for their own benefit, partly for the benefit of the locals. By staying in one place, there is no risk of them disrupting the flow of local life.

So there is a kind of voluntary apartheid that keeps tourists and locals apart. I find it strange that this is so, because the locals know where it is best to party and how to avoid being overcharged. Perhaps the strangest aspect of being a resident of a tourist haven is the way they seem to lead parallel lives.

All my life I have lived in places considered first class tourist destinations, in Africa, in Southeast Asia, in England and now in Hawaii; however, during all that time I never had much to do with tourists; I barely saw these birds of passage. They never visited my school in the jungle in Malawi: they were bitten by insects and burned by the sun 200 miles away, on the pebbly beaches of Lake Malawi. (In Africa, only tourists bask in the sun; everyone else, nationals and Peace Corps volunteers, stay in the shade.) In Uganda, while I was teaching at university, tourists were driving around game parks in Land Rovers, fruitlessly searching for endangered species. . Tourists in Singapore shopped, while we residents enjoyed the fun club life of the island state. I lived in South London for eighteen years, but tourists rarely filtered south of the Thames, favoring its seedy charm and glorious parks. They were excited about The Phantom of the Opera or the Crown Jewels; I never saw them, never felt the need to.

island of oahu

For my last four years on the island of Oahu, the story has been the same, visitors and locals enjoying separate pleasures. They are not hated; if anything, they are patronized and pitied by the locals, because they seem so innocent, inhabiting a small corner of the island in a timid foothold. Hawaii is a culture of great mockery, but nobody makes fun of tourists; there are local Filipino jokes and Samoan jokes, but rarely do you hear someone say Did you hear the one about the tourist? Most of the local residents are quietly grateful for the revenue. Tourists stay in Waikiki quite a bit, and to them Oahu is the glitter of that mile-long street, its wall-to-wall hotels, T-shirt shops, and (with a few notable exceptions) nonchalant restaurants, slapstick entertainment, and lovable Polynesian food. kitsch

Arts Entertainments

Customer Service Tips for Your CNAs: Dress and Grooming

Helping clients get ready and dressed is part of a nursing assistant’s job. Do the CNAs in your workplace know how important this daily task is to your clients? Do they use dressing and grooming activities as an opportunity to observe their customers? By sharing the following information and tips at your next CNA training meeting, you can give your attendees a different perspective on self-care.

Look Good… and Feel Better!

At first glance, getting ready for the day is so clear and easy that we often don’t think twice about it. We just get dressed, brush our teeth, comb our hair, and do all the other chores we need to do to stay presentable. Now imagine if:

  • Your arm was stiff and you couldn’t put your shirt on.
  • You couldn’t reach back to close a zipper or hook your bra.
  • Her legs ached and she couldn’t bend down to put on her socks or shoes.
  • Your fingers were bent from arthritis and you couldn’t tie your shoelaces.
  • You couldn’t remember how to put your clothes on, or in what order.
  • Your arms were shaking so much that you couldn’t brush your teeth, comb your hair or shave.

For people who are physically or mentally challenged, dressing and grooming tasks are often difficult to accomplish alone. Sometimes they may take out their frustration on the people around them.

That’s where you come in. With your help and encouragement, your clients won’t be put off by their appearance or embarrassed that they can’t dress themselves in private.

A dozen benefits of good preparation

  1. Letting your customers choose their own clothes gives them a sense of being independent and in charge.
  2. Encouraging customers to do their best while getting dressed builds team spirit and gives them a sense of belonging.
  3. Allowing your clients to do as much as they can for themselves helps increase their self-sufficiency.
  4. Expressing your approval when dressing and grooming gives customers a sense of being valued.
  5. Looking good boosts each client’s self-esteem and can even help a bad mood go away!
  6. Dressing your clients helps protect skin from injury and maintain proper body temperature.
  7. Making sure your clients’ clothes fit well keeps all of their body systems unrestricted.
  8. Brushing your clients’ hair promotes a healthy scalp and strong hair.
  9. Daily mouth care prevents the onset of painful mouth conditions and protects the mouth from oral diseases.
  10. Keeping your clients’ nails trimmed with no ragged edges prevents nicks and cuts that can cause infection.
  11. Reporting toenail changes helps your clients receive care from a podiatrist as needed. This can prevent complications for people with diabetes, heart conditions, or poor circulation.
  12. Moving your clients’ joints and muscles during the grooming process helps maintain body movement and prevents contractures.

keys that matter

Dressing and grooming tasks give you daily opportunities to look for clues that trouble may be brewing. For example:

  • Be aware of customers’ facial expressions. Clients may tell you that they are not in pain, but their faces may reveal the true story.
  • Clients put on and take off their clothes several times a day. As you help them, look at their entire body and note any areas of redness, rashes, bedsores, or other skin changes.
  • Report any unusual body odor. A strange smell can be a symptom of an illness.
  • Some health conditions cause the body to swell. Watch for signs of swollen hands (like tight rings) and swollen feet (like shoes and socks that are suddenly too small).
  • As you brush or comb your client’s hair, check for lice. (Head lice can happen to anyone, no matter how young or old, dirty or clean, rich or poor.) Look for white eggs known as “nits.” They look like little bits of dandruff, but they don’t wash off or come off. Instead, they stick firmly to the hair strands.
  • If you take care of nail care, look for white or yellow areas on your fingernails and toenails. Your client may have a nail fungus.

Dress up and grooming challenges

For confused customers, grooming and dressing involves many steps and the use of many different skills. It can be a very confusing time. Clients with dementia may be more cooperative if you give them something to do. Let them help you by putting toothpaste on a toothbrush, holding a sock while you put on a shoe, or folding washcloths while you brush your hair.

Consider using a “mirror technique” when helping confused customers. For example, hold a toothbrush and pretend to brush your teeth to help a client understand how to do the task on their own.

When clients have shaky limbs, sit down and talk with them for a few minutes before beginning care, as certain types of tremors improve when clients feel relaxed. Encourage them to support one arm with the other when doing tasks like shaving or brushing their teeth.

To help customers with vision problems feel in charge, educate them on clothing styles and/or colors and guide their hands to where toiletries are stored. Talk when you’re coming and going to keep them aware of their surroundings and to let them know if they’re alone or with others.
Keep in mind that many people with arthritis suffer from “morning stiffness.” Your joints may be especially swollen and painful during morning grooming and dressing chores. Encourage your arthritic clients to dress their legs and feet first, as this requires the most energy. Ask them to sit down for most of the dressing and grooming process to save energy and prevent them from having to bend over as much.

If a client asks for a pain pill before getting dressed, let the nurse or family member know that the client is in pain and needs attention.

Remember that some of your clients may be silent about their pain because of fear, beliefs, or cultural heritage. Be sure to look for nonverbal signs of pain like:

  • Clench or grind your teeth.
  • Rubbing or holding a part of the body.
  • Crying.
  • Losing interest in your appearance.
  • Changes in blood pressure (usually higher).
  • Perspiration.

As you assist your clients with personal care, remember that it is your duty to notify your supervisor when you know, or suspect, that a client is in pain. Every client has the right to pain relief!

Security issues

Keep in mind that some of your clients may find it safer and easier to get dressed while lying down, especially when it comes to pulling up their pants. If a customer is weak on one side, encourage him to wear the weaker side first.

Report frayed cords on grooming devices like hair dryers or electric razors to keep you and your customers safe.
Consider using a “buddy system” when serving customers who have a history of being combative. This is not so you can “huddle up” with the customer, but so you can stay safe while doing customer service.

Remember that some people feel dizzy when their body temperature drops. Help your clients maintain an even body temperature by dressing them appropriately for the weather and keeping them out of drafts.

Be sure to adjust your clients’ clothing when seated in wheelchairs to prevent the wheels from pulling on clothing.

The bottom line

Remember that everyone has the right to participate in their own care. Therefore, encourage your clients to be involved in their personal care. Even if they aren’t strong enough to dress themselves, they can probably wash their faces or comb their hair.

It takes patience and understanding to step back and let your clients “do it for themselves.” However, allowing your clients to be as independent as possible when it comes to dressing and grooming can positively affect their health and improve their overall quality of life.


Repossession of old computers and electronics at Best Buy, Costco and Staples

Costco Exchange Program

In its effort to become a leader in electronics recycling, Costco has partnered with Gazelle is a leader in the online electronics reuse and recycling business. What you need to do is fill out an online form on the Gazelle website about the electronic equipment you are recycling. Gazelle will give you a quote for your item, and if you agree, you can print a free shipping label online. They’ll even send you packing material for shipping your old electronics. As long as the value of your device is at least one dollar, shipping is free. If they determine that your electronics have no resale value, they will recycle them responsibly and free of charge. Right now they recycle laptops, cell phones, LCD monitors, MP3 players, digital cameras, and gaming systems. They do not recycle faxes, printers and televisions at this time. The recycling service is only available to members.

best buys

Best Buys has a well-organized recycling page on its website. They have set the highest standard for responsible recycling and these standards are posted where the public can easily see and read them. They recycle a wide range of electronic equipment such as televisions up to 32 inches in size, cell phones, monitors, DVDs, laptops, etc. There’s a $10 charge for TVs, monitors, and laptops, but Best Buys will do that. give you a $10 gift card to make up for that. They accept desktop computers without the hard drive or can remove it for a fee of $19.99.

For large electronics like TVs over 32 inches and refrigerators, they have a shuttle service. All Best Buys stores have a recycling kiosk by the front door where you can drop off ink cartridges, smartphones, CDs, DVDs, batteries, cell phones and Best Buys gift cards. You may bring up to 2 items per day per household.

Best Buys has a trade-in program for gently used electronics. The procedure for an exchange is very clearly written step by step on their website. You can take your used electronic device to a store or send your stuff through the mail. You will receive a Best Buy gift card for your device. For in-store trading, they only accept certain items, such as Apple laptops, iPods, laptops, and mobile phones. They take much more electronic equipment with their online exchange programs. For the online transaction, you will receive a gift card within 14 days.

For TVs larger than 32 inches, they have a free shipping service if you buy a replacement set. You can get large TVs and refrigerators for a fee if you didn’t make a purchase.


Office technology recycling

The Staples website states that you simply bring your old office electronics and accessories to any Staple store for recycling. All brands of office technology are accepted, regardless of whether it was purchased from Staples. Dell branded office technology is accepted free of charge. All other brands of office technology such as laptops, desktops, printers, scanners, faxes, etc. are charged $10. Staples has a wonderful ink cartridge recycling program where you take up to 10 empty ink cartridges and get paid $3 per cartridge per calendar month per customer.

Personal Electronic Recycling

Staples recycles used electronics for free through Collective Good, a nonprofit organization that donates used electronics to charity. Devices such as cell phones, PDAs, pagers, and chargers are recycled free of charge. Staples also recycles rechargeable batteries in cooperation with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation.


Which of these three electronics vendors has the best recycling policy? The answer is very clearly Best Buys. Their website has a well-organized recycling page that is easy to understand and use. Their commitment to recycling is shown and reflected in the standard they have posted on their page. They recycle a wide range of electronic equipment, including bulky ones like refrigerators and old computers, mostly for free. They have an online and in-store trade-in program for gently used electronics for which you get a Best Buys gift card.

Costco has a good point in that you can trade in your unwanted electronics for a Costco gift card. But they don’t recycle bulky electronics like TVs and printers. The good thing about Staples is that they recycle a much wider range of electronic equipment and you don’t have to buy it at a convenience store. And it is convenient to recycle with staples because you can take it to any of their stores.


How to Hire a Maid in Singapore

Hire the service of a cleaning agency. You can hire the service of an authorized agency in Singapore. All licensed agencies are given a license number which you can check through the Ministry of Manpower website. The cleaning agency will clearly inform you of the breakdown of fees and the cost involved.

Select your desired maid profile. The agency will provide you with biographical data on domestic workers available for employment. You can review their biographical data and select some that you think may meet your needs. Some agencies can arrange an interview with your desired foreign workers via webcam or phone, even when you are not in Singapore. You will need to make an appointment with the cleaning agency to set up an interview.

If you have any expectations for the domestic helper, let the agency know so they can provide you with the most appropriate biographical data for your consideration.

Attend the Employer Orientation Program (EOP). You will need to attend a 3-hour Employer Orientation Program (EOP) if this is your first time hiring a domestic worker. This program helps you understand your role and responsibilities as the employer of a domestic worker.

You can take the EOP in the classroom or take it online.

Classroom EOP: $28-$30.

Online EOP: $40.

Work permit application for the selected domestic worker. The cleanup agency will process and request the required work permit and paperwork with MOM on your behalf. Please note that all employers are required to purchase personal accident insurance for their domestic helper. The agency will process all of this on your behalf and it is usually already included in their service packages.

Documentation, airport maid pick-up and medical check-ups. This is usually done by the cleaning agency. All first-time domestic helpers must attend a 1-day orientation program within 3 days of arrival in Singapore. The Installation Program (SIP) helps educate them on safety precautions and life in Singapore.

Documentation work with MOM must be done within 14 days of arrival and fingerprinting and photography must be done within 7 days of work permit card processing submission. If all goes well, the maid can collect the work permit card from her in 1 week.

Requirements to Hire a Domestic Employee or Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) in Singapore

1. Employer must be 21 years of age or older.

2. It is not an unliquidated insolvent.

3. Have the mental capacity to fully understand and fulfill your responsibility as an Employer.

4. Have the financial ability to hire, maintain and care for the FDW in acceptable accommodation (subject to approval by the Ministry of Manpower).

Home Kitchen

Laugh your way through your kitchen makeover or build versus destroy – who will win?

After living in our house for 30 years, I took a look at my closets one morning and casually mentioned to my electrician husband that I thought it was time for a remodel. Her reaction to him, unsurprisingly, was that he wasn’t doing any renovations on the house! And more, there was NOTHING wrong with the cabinets as they were.

Being stubborn, I pushed and pushed to see if he would be conducive to me hiring a contractor to remodel our kitchen cabinets. Depending on the mood, I was met with either silence or a brick wall of negativity, punctuated with the occasional moment of nonchalance. Unfortunately, their periods of indifference tended to occur when it was impossible or impractical to contact a renovator, and the windows of opportunity quickly passed.

Through the winter I continued my search, getting nowhere… fast… In the spring, I thought I had found a way out. One of my sons was hell-bent on starting a business and he had the ability to make me new cabinet doors. Using “he needs the job” as my excuse, I happily measured and drew up my new kitchen plan, discovering along the way that the carpenter who built our original cabinets was a master at correcting his measurement errors by making adjustments accordingly. at the opposite end of the work from him.

I started dismantling the kitchen in earnest, looking first at the upper porcelain cabinet that divides the kitchen from the dining room. My husband was not in favor of taking it down, but he agreed to help me check it out to see if it was practical and wouldn’t involve major structural damage to the roof. He pushed and pushed a bit, then left to get a ladder out of the garage to investigate further before committing. As soon as he was out of the room, my trusty crowbar slid under the edge of the first door and pulled it clean off… NO! of the hinge of it. When he returned, it was already too late to make decisions. All the doors were stacked on the ground and the frame was falling off. Fortunately, my haste didn’t lead to waste and the rest of the demo went off without a hitch.

Starting in March, I was hoping to finish before the summer, but everything that could go wrong did. My son’s business was too busy to do my doors, the weather was atrocious so I was chopping wood in my dining room. I am still (a year later) finding sawdust in cracks and crevices. I ordered doors from another company and patiently… YES, CORRECT! he waited for them to arrive. Let’s not discuss how much these doors cost me… by the way.

I have two electricians in the house, neither of whom seem to know how to work around the house. After several weeks of politely asking for the lights to be plugged in, I lost all patience and my temper took over. I assembled the light fixture in the dining room and then climbed up on the dining room table to try to connect it to the ceiling light box. Note here that you need to twist 2 wires together (twice) and then put a connector over the twisted ends of the wire. Not difficult at all if you don’t have to hold a 20 pound lamp. Here I am standing holding the light in one hand and failing miserably to twist the wires with the other. I wasn’t going to give up, I was going to win this battle, I was going to show those electricians that I didn’t need them! I searched the room for a solution to my problem, considering and discarding various ideas.

I finally had a moment of enlightenment! Appropriate actually, for the situation I was in…

I grabbed the lamp with both hands, balanced it on my chest, hooked the bottom of the lamp to the front of my bra, and then used both of my free hands to turn on the light. They say necessity is the mother of invention, now I know why. There can be no father of invention, he does not wear a bra! Imagine a 52-year-old woman, just over 5 feet tall, standing on a table, legs akimbo, with a lamp sprouting from her chest! She’s not exactly the statue of liberty, but definitely an enlightened woman.

Siding and door installation continued, not fast, but definitely steady. Every day it was done a little more, with a few steps forward, a couple of steps back. We ate more takeout than I care to admit, with the sink and stove unplugged life just wasn’t the same. I used a microwave and a hot plate, hoping the uninspiring diet might inspire some offers of help to speed things up, but to no avail. So I went on alone. He ate more sawdust than food, his hair was dyed with drops of wood stain, and his skin gleamed with layers of varnish. But I prevailed.

Each stage I completed renewed my faith in my stubbornness, if not my ability. The placement of crown molding led to challenges beyond imagination. How can you measure an angle at one end of a 12 foot board, when you have to hold the other end in place? It’s not easy, but again, just like the lamp, I stood my ground and more or less won. Duct tape, you say?

When it came time to top off my new cabinets with countertops, I was faced with a myriad of options, some expensive, some more expensive, and some scarily expensive. Money wasn’t the only consideration, but she dreaded spending large amounts of precious money on a dark granite countertop and then finding out that she hated the dark countertop. I wouldn’t want to rip out a $7000 countertop just because I hated it! I compromised by installing porcelain tile in a granite/marble pattern, which was about the same look at a quarter of the price. And I love it!

I used epoxy grout on my countertop, and that led to a real comedy of errors. Nobody warned me that epoxy sets EXTREMELY fast, so I wasn’t prepared to be alone in the middle of grouting and having my tools encased almost solidly in a very expensive bucket of grout. It looked beautiful, but I had to order another batch of grout to do the second half. I didn’t even dare to take a bathroom break, I was in a race against time as I wasn’t getting a third batch of grout if I could help it. Those last 3 or 4 tiles were done at breakneck speed with one eye on the clock and the other on the hallway to the bathroom so I could warn those coming of the probability of death if they blocked my path as soon as I finished the last tile. . . Nobody darkened my door, luckily!

Once the tiling was done, all that remained was to install the sink, which my friend who is a plumber did. He wasn’t impressed with how little room it had left him to work with (he had moved the dishwasher to make room for a slide-out recycling bin) and colored the air with his adjectives, but he got the job done! It was quite entertaining to have him cursing and complaining all the time!

Putting the kitchen back together went relatively uneventfully, except, of course, when I got home to find my poor husband with the microwave partly in and partly out of the cavity he had so carefully measured, and it was stuck. . literally. ! After several tries we finally got the microwave out and replaced with just some swearing!

But I persevered, and now that the kitchen is exactly how I imagined it, I can laugh at the pitfalls and problems I encountered along the way!


Toyota Fortuner 3.0 4WD Automatic


The prominent automaker Toyota has been quite busy with the SUV segment as it could do a good business in this segment. Despite its vigorous business in this segment, the Fortuner sat idly by when other models like the Rexton, CR-V, Yeti and Santa Fe sold like hot cakes on the market. The company did nothing to improve the sale of its SUV to stay in contention. As of late, the company has finally given its top-of-the-line 3.0-liter 4WD variant an automatic gearbox so vehicle lovers can finally have a capable Fortuner without having to change gear while driving. Is it enough to keep the great Toyota relevant in a sea of ​​modern competition? We have to wait and see.

look and feel

When the company decided to renovate the structure, Fortuner received some minor visual adjustments to make its exterior appearance look better. Changes implemented include slightly smoked headlights and taillights, and the addition of chrome bezels on the fog lights. It also has new dark gray 12-stud alloy wheels to add to its curb appeal. Additionally, the refreshed model also comes in an all-new Mica Gray color.

Interior design

The facelifted model’s interiors now come in all black themes with some wood stain on the dash and door pads. The look is simple and rather subdued. However, Toyota makes up for it by making sure there are plenty of conveniences for customers. There is plenty of room in the middle row. The only drawback is that customers would have to fold down the third-row seats to get to the massive storage area in the rear of the vehicle.

vehicle specifications

The new vehicle has cruise control and automatic xenon headlights with windshield washers for driving in dark and rainy conditions. It also comes with a reversing camera, electrically adjustable driver’s seat and a new touch screen for the dashboard. The much-talked-about dash houses a navigation infotainment unit that features voice control. This feature is a bit slow to respond to adjustments made. Installations inside the SUV use AUX, USB and Bluetooth connected options. Under the hood, the revamped vehicle comes with a 3.0-litre engine that can produce a power of 171PS and a torque of 343Nm. Although the engine is smooth and punchy, it is still quite loud inside the cabin. With this engine specification, it can reach a speed of 100 kilometers per hour in 12 seconds. It also comes with a 5-speed torque converter which is similar to the one found on the 4×2 variant.

Digital Marketing

A Working Actor’s Guide to Success

Tired of going to auditions and not getting the jobs? Read these helpful tips from The Call Back King to increase your chances “dramatically”.

Early in my career I went to every audition and casting call I could find. He was determined to learn and succeed as an actor. The problem in those days was that I didn’t have a clear understanding of the whole audition process and that was only reducing my chances of getting the jobs.

Once I understood the process, things started to happen. I remember one time an agent told me that he should focus exclusively on getting a second chance, instead of focusing on getting the final job. That was powerful advice and at the same time difficult to understand.
I’ll try to summarize some of the basics that have helped me land more than 80 commercials as a leading man in less than 10 years. I’m sure you’ll find it easier to land that next role.

Here it is:

-If they gave you a script, read it at least 20 times. Memorize your part and know it as you now your name.

-Present to the casting office at least half an hour before the time of your call. Sit by yourself and study your script some more until you’re called in.

-Bring a professional photo and resume (PR). Make sure you have all of your personal information, as well as the information of the agent who sent you to the audition.

-Dress appropriately for the role, but be careful not to go overboard with props and clothing. Keep it simple but accordingly.

-When you go into your shift, walk straight to the mark in front of the camera and wait for the casting director’s instructions.

-Say your name (blackboard) looking directly at the camera. If they ask you about your profiles, turn first to the left keeping your head straight and looking at the horizon. Then turn right and do the same. Finally he looks back at the camera. This process should not take more than a minute.

-Enjoy your performance, which I’m sure you will after reading that script so many times.

-Focus only on getting a call (2nd audition usually in front of producers and decision makers) and not on getting the final job.

This will improve your chances next time.
Good luck!

Health Fitness

Healthy foods: are they or are they not?

Any food or drink you mention, over the years you can find stories saying it’s good for you or will kill you faster than a bullet. Look at butter, trans fats, eggs, wine, coffee, chocolate, red meat, fish, fruits, vegetables… it’s all the same story. It just seems that there is no food that is healthy. So what do we do and how do we live knowing that everything we consume can kill us? The answer is amazingly simple.

Butter, Eggs, Meats, Cholesterol & Trans Fats: As a child, there was a lot of effort to reduce or eliminate cholesterol in the diet. Butter (along with milk, cream, cheese, meats, etc.) is at the top of the list of the 10 most despised foods. It became common knowledge that margarine was much better than butter. People everywhere, including medical professionals, were touting the health benefits of swapping butter for margarine. Now that more research has been done and more studies have been produced, it turns out that the trans fats in most margarines will kill you, if we are to believe the media. Our politicians seem to think so, because trans fats are becoming illegal. Will someone tell me what’s worse for me, so I can decide what to put on my fat-free, salt-free, low-carb toast? All the other stuff tastes like plastic, and besides, I know that once I switch to one of these other things, there will be a study to prove that it’s the worst thing ever.

To add insult to injury, new studies are revealing things we never knew about cholesterols and animal products. It is true, for example, that cholesterol problems are not only due to poor eating habits… genes have a lot to do with it. Some people can eat much more cholesterol without harm. Some of us produce unhealthy amounts of cholesterol despite a strict diet. Thanks Dad! There are drugs for that! Now, some cholesterols are good. Some other fats are good. We are also finding that strict avoidance of animal products leads to protein deficiencies. Large amounts of soy products can help with that, but then there’s the problem of sodium. Sure, we can load up on seafood, but we could die from heavy metal poisoning and too much sodium. So, at least until the next series of studies is published, animal products are back on the menu.

Drinks, wine, coffee, etc.: In my life, wine has been good and bad for you several times. This topic is so old that even the Bible says that wine is bad, good and even medicinal. In the 2,000 years since the Bible was written, science appears to have proven all three of the claims about wine and other spirits to be correct. First, they say they are “empty calories,” cause weight gain, destroy the liver, and lead to addiction. Then, they say it’s good for relaxation and stress reduction. Finally, it is full of antioxidants, so it helps fight cancer and slow down aging. Coffee, they said, causes high blood pressure, but now they’re finding all kinds of benefits in coffee. Tobacco, one of our most evil inventions, is even being found to help prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Sure, cola, with or without sugar, will kill you now, but who’s to say they won’t discover that it cures heart disease in years to come. In fact, they’ve already found that caffeine helps with migraines and asthma. Green tea is the holy grail of the faithful health drink, but in five years, I have no doubt they’ll find some disease to blame.

Chocolate: My favorite food deserves a segment of its own. I still don’t know why it’s not in the new food pyramid. Everyone knows the evils of chocolate. The fats in it will clog your arteries, leading to heart attack and stroke. The sugars in it will make you obese, leading to diabetes, blindness, kidney failure, cancer, heat stroke, stroke, and worst of all… weight discrimination. There is no end to the evils of chocolate.

But wait! Chocolate has been found to be good for you…especially dark chocolate without sugar. In addition to stimulants to help you stay alert and control your appetite, chocolate produces a feeling of relaxation, useful for managing stress and mild to moderate anxiety and depression. Long known as the sweet of love, recent studies show that chocolate actually causes the body to release the same chemicals that are released during sexual activity. Now you can have that pleasure and excitement without all the small talk or expensive dinner. Thats not all! Chocolate is also rich in antioxidants, which is why it helps fight cancer and aging.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: Long known as the healthiest foods, these garden produce aren’t out of the woods either. Many healthy staples, like carrots, contain dangerously high levels of carbohydrates. All fruits are guilty of this. Avocados are very high in fat. Celery and soy products are high in sodium. Most of the fruits and vegetables were grown with pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Some are genetically altered. The jury is still out on whether these methods are harmful… many reports suggest that they are. Even “organically” grown ones aren’t completely safe, as we recently discovered with spinach.

How to have healthy food: Well, this can be pretty depressing. So what do we do? If we stop eating or drinking everything that has been reported to be bad for us, it only takes 3 days to a few weeks to die… from starvation and dehydration. That’s because everything, according to some report, is bad for us. According to Patricia Zifferblatt of the Better Life Institute, “A little won’t make your eyes droop.”

Really, let’s drop our food cravings and eat a regular, balanced diet from all the food groups. Unless you suffer from alcoholism, have a drink from time to time. Have some chocolate… I eat a serving of sugar-free dark chocolate almost every day and am losing weight while keeping my blood glucose and fats in the normal range. Enjoy a good steak or a plate of pork ribs from time to time. You can eat healthy and still have these things. Food is more than fuel for the body…it’s also fuel for the soul. If you plan to stay alive, then live!

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Creative problem solving using the wizard flow technique

Have you ever wished you could slip into a knowledge stream and access troubleshooting information out of the blue? Here is information that will speed up the process for you on how to do it.

Many years ago, “Elaine”, one of the first and very mysterious mentors, told me that she trained magicians. She said that all of us are wizards if we choose to declare ourselves as such.

We all have an inner wisdom that is available to us at will with practice. It brings out our creativity to solve problems and activates our natural intuition.

My subsequent research led me to produce and host a variety of television programs on the subject of the mysterious powers of our minds. This also included a stint as a special reporter on the subject for KTTV TV in Los Angeles and its network of stations in the US.

I later taught a class at the UCLA Experimental College on the subject of our mental powers and continued to train others in seminars and through personal training. I have since enabled these skills and techniques as “Your Inner Wizard” (YIW)

Elaine was right. When you start working with YIW, discoveries and creative breakthroughs will abound. One of the results is a flow of information that can be very beneficial to you and those around you.

One of the most important elements of this work is what I call a “Wizard Flow”. This is a single stream of unedited, unrestricted information that can last for seconds or even hours.

Your mind becomes like a search engine, silently searching for information that pertains to this power within or yours. It spills out into what can sometimes feel like a fire hose of information on the subject at hand.

When I first discovered this, I was very young. They asked me for advice and it was like a switch was turned off in my mind. I started talking about some ideas and then it flowed quickly and without much thought on my part. In fact, as he spoke, I realized that these were new ideas to me and seemed to come from knowledge I didn’t have, or at least didn’t know I had.

First, let’s examine a couple of creative problem-solving techniques that are common today:

Brainstorm – This is a great concept. It is usually in a group where everyone agrees that they will be open to all ideas and no idea should be withheld or discarded. Everyone allows the back-and-forth brainstorming to continue until something workable takes shape. You can then focus on that in the same way, etc., until you achieve the desired creation.

This can get creative for everyone. However, he often slows down from overthinking. Whenever an idea is preceded by the statements; “What do you think about this…?” However, “Here’s an idea…” etc., your creative powers are already hampered with too much time between the verbal and mental flow process.

Teams: It has become a popular corporate philosophy to have people work together as equals. In some models, no one is the “boss” and everyone’s contribution is considered equal.

Teams are also often seen as idea generators.

Teams are more of a work execution plan after someone, usually management, has had the idea. They generally do not generate much creativity.

The idea of ​​a Wizard Flow is to allow a free flow of information. Unlike brainstorming, when you enter this flow, you are receiving information with a progression of ideas or direction. This can be done alone or with others.

It’s like creativity without thinking, or at least the conscious reality of thought. You have done it before many times, but you may not have realized it. Sometimes it lasts only a few seconds. I call the result of these moments, AHA’s.

Have you ever had an idea or expressed something new and wondered, “Where did that idea come from?” We all have. But you can be more purposeful with this internal tool, your Wizard Flow.

There are two main ways to use your Wizard Flow. First, for yourself. Whether speaking into a recorder or writing. Talking is usually the best method, as it only slows down your ability to speak clearly enough to be understandable.

The second way is when you’re working on a solution or trying to create some sort of breakthrough with another person.

For example, when working with coaching or consulting clients, I can fall into this flow, which is noticeable by the way the meter on my voice changes. This is different from an instruction or suggestion.

I was recently working with a client in Europe helping her create her next book and series of online courses. Suddenly I switched to a flow of about two minutes that included this tip; “Write a statement of your beliefs.”

As he said it, I realized that he had never suggested this before nor did he know exactly why he was doing it now. But there she was.

He further stimulated our conversation and realized that it was exactly what he needed as a creative breakthrough to formulate his new work. Once she wrote his statement, she had multiple breakthroughs, both creative and personal.

Your wizard flow can be as short as a few seconds or minutes. When you’re alone it can last for hours. The importance is to recognize it and allow it.

The first step to creative problem solving, and this means solutions for your daily coping, is first to be aware that you have a basic intuitive side. Use the intuitive click method to activate that (which you can find below in the YIW special report).

When activated by the simple awareness that you have this ability, you will often find a free flow of thoughts and ideas. You can tell when your Wizard Flow is in motion by how you feel when these thoughts and ideas come up.

You will often feel like you are seeing or hearing yourself doing this, almost as if you are on the outside looking in. It’s not a trance or anything weird, but it can put you in an altered state of consciousness.

Don’t let that term put you off. When he watches television, he is in a very disturbed state and often gives his mind to “them”. That should scare you!

When I started writing about my experiences with this job, the writing went on for hours in a continuous flow that made me lose all awareness of time. In fact, I thought less than an hour had passed. More than three hours had passed. My creative output exceeds what I would normally write in days, all in a few short hours.

The tremendous creativity that is within you and linked to your subconscious, and who knows where else, is a joy to experience.

“The only job that we have been given when we came to this earth is to create. Everything we do is a creation, from a job, to children and thoughts.

We all create all the time, it’s all we do.” From the book on overcoming rejection, “How to Take No for an Answer and Still Succeed.”

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How to safely remove moles

moles They are small growths that can appear anywhere on the skin. They come in a variety of colors such as dark blue, black, and a pinkish flesh color, although brown is the most common color. They grow in groups or alone. Their shape also varies and they can be flat, raised or round.

Everyone has moles. Scientists believe that the number of moles on your body is determined by genetics. Unfortunately, no one knows what makes them appear. There is also no known method to prevent them from appearing, although some believe that they develop with increased sun exposure. Fortunately, moles are rarely cancerous. However, if you have a mole that changes suddenly or has an unusual appearance, it’s a good idea to have it examined by a specialist.

Finding a mole can be a traumatic experience, especially when they are in a highly visible place like the neck or face. This makes them not only physically painful, but also emotionally painful. They make us feel self-conscious and ashamed to go out in public and be around other people. Trying to cover them up with makeup or magic potions only makes them worse. And even if they go away for a while, they almost always come back bigger, swollen, and even more painful than before.

But we are in the 21st century and science is finding new cures and treatments all the time. This article will discuss some of the most popular treatments on both sides of the scientific community, including surgery and natural alternatives.

Let’s start with the surgery. This is probably the most expensive and most painful course of treatment available. The surgeon uses a sharp knife to remove the mole or makes an incision and removes it. Scars often result from this type of procedure, so be prepared to spend money not only on mole removal, but also on scar removal afterward. It is also possible to get an infection or numbness and swelling below the extraction site. Your doctor will probably prescribe antibiotics as a precautionary treatment.

Surgeons also use lasers, especially when the mole is malignant and deep. The procedure is less painful and anesthesia is usually not needed. Fear is kept to a minimum. Recovery time is about 2 weeks as the scab that was created when the mole was removed needs to be covered and then fall off. Keep in mind that laser removal is the most expensive of all treatments and is not usually covered by insurance.

There are many home and folk remedies that have proven to be very effective. Unfortunately, there is a lot of ms information out there. While researching this article, I came across many strange techniques, such as wrapping a lock of hair around the base of the mole to cut off circulation. The author promised that the mole would end up falling off in a few days. I asked a friend of mine who had a couple of moles in the past if this seemed to work. She laughed and admitted that she had tried it herself. The problem was that every time she tied the lock of hair around her mole, the lock would break when she squeezed it!

There are, of course, other more reasonable home remedies that work well. These involve rubbing one of the following ingredients on the mole every day until it disappears. For example, you can make cauliflower juice in a blender and rub it on your mole until the skin begins to peel off naturally.

You can also make a paste of garlic and apply it as a poultice at night. Peel 6 large garlic cloves and put them in a garlic press. Apply the pressed garlic to the mole and cover with a bandage at bedtime. If you are married, you will probably be sleeping alone until the cure occurs. Remove the bandage in the morning and repeat at night as needed.

Excellent results have also been reported using pineapple juice, castor oil or honey at night and then soaking the mole in hot water 5 or 6 times during the day. At night, spread one of the above on the mole and rub until completely absorbed. Cover with a bandage and wash the next morning. Continue the hot water baths throughout the day. Repeat as needed.

Remember that each person is different and so are moles. If a remedy doesn’t work, don’t give up. Keep trying. I am sure that you will end up finding the perfect treatment that will remove all your moles once and for all.