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Stress Free Traveling Tips

Going on vacation or taking a business trip does not need to be a stressful experience. There are a few steps you can take to make your entire travel experience enjoyable and, most importantly, stress free.

Preparation is of utmost importance when traveling, if you are able to prepare in advance all that needs to be sorted out then you are less likely to be stressed in the event an unexpected delay or occurrence transpires. I personally do not enjoy leaving with loads of time to spare however I do find it defers anxiety on the event that there is a delay of some sort. Leaving well in advance of the time that is stipulated is a key to traveling safely and stress free.

Preparation also involves ensuring you have all that you need for the journey. There is nothing more stressful than arriving at the airport only to realize you left your passport or ticket at home as a result of rushing to leave. Giving ample time to the preparation period is tedious but rewarding as you ensure peace of mind as you travel.

Checking to make sure you have all that you need should be done the as early as possible or the night before and not at the check in line. Talking of the check in line for airborne journeys it could be wise to ensure comfortable clothing that do not constrict. Also ensure to remember to remove all metallic items so as to go the detector with ease. Being aware of the rules regarding check in items is also necessary so as not to have items that may cause issues with the security personnel.

Having arrived at the airport or station in good time is a major stress reliever and you can now relax as you await departure. Listening to calming music or reading a book may help calm the nerves. Items bought within the check in area are normally allowed onto the plane or vessel therefore you could indulge in a bottle of water or ice tea as you wait.

The actual journey may in many cases be the cause of anxiety for many travelers, fear of flying or fear of the ocean is very common and should be confronted by the fact that accidents are actually very rare in these forms of travel.

Finally take measures to ensure the actual journey is not stressful to fellow travelers, be courteous to others and helpful when you can. If all travelers were polite and helpful journeys would be a whole lot less stressful.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Off Topig | , , , | Leave a comment

Interesting Facts About Niagara Falls

If you’ve been to Niagara Falls, we’re sure that you have great memories of this majestic waterfall and its nearly incomprehensible amount of water cascading over cliffs that makes this one of the most scenic and beautiful places in the world. However if you haven’t had a chance to make it out to Niagara Falls, then this is the perfect time to do so. With summer coming up and the kids on break from school, this is a great time to book a Niagara Falls tour. Here are some interesting facts about this fantastic tour destination:

• Niagara Falls is the oldest state park in the US, established in 1885 as the Niagara Reservation. It was the first part of a line of reservations that eventually became the cornerstone to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

• Frederick Law Olmstead, the landscape architect of Niagara Falls State Park, also designed Central Park in NYC.

• 3,150 tons of water flows over the falls every second. This accounts for 75,750 gallons of water per second over the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 681,750 gallons per second over the Horseshoe Falls.

• The water that flows over Niagara Falls flows at 32 feet per second over the falls, hitting the base of the falls with 280 tons of force at the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 2,509 tons of force at the Horseshoe Falls.

• Niagara Falls generates more than four million kilowatts of electricity, which is shared by the United States and Canada.

• Four out of five of the Great Lakes drain into the Niagara River before emptying into Lake Ontario. These four Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie) make up almost one-fifth of the world’s fresh water supply.

• 140 out of the 400 acres that make up Niagara Falls State Park, are underwater.

• The first person in recorded history to see and describe Niagara Falls at length, was Father Louis Hennepin, a French priest who accompanied LaSalle on his expedition to the Niagara region in 1678.

• In 1885, a horse-drawn carriage ride around the falls would have cost $1 per hour (a tour of Niagara Falls costs a little more today).

• On January 27, 11938, the Upper Steel Arch Bridge, known locally as the Honeymoon Bridge, collapsed under pressure from the build-up of ice in the gorge below the falls. The bridge had been closed for several days in anticipation of the eventual collapse.

• Although Niagara’s Falls are about 12,000 years old, the actual formation can be traced back millions of years.

• The flow of water actually stopped for a few hours over two of the falls on March 29, 1848, because of an ice jam in the upper river. The Falls did not actually freeze over, but the flow was stopped sufficiently to allow people to walk out over the riverbed and recover artifacts that people were able to walk out and recover artifacts that had long been covered by the flowing water.

• The name “Niagara” comes from the Native American tribe that once occupied the region, the tribe was referred to as “Ongniaahra” by the Iroquois Nation that they were a part of.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | America, Travel & Tourism | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Some Health Benefits of Chocolate

While we may have been taught since a very young age that all chocolate is bad for you, it’s okay to indulge your sweet tooth once in awhile, for holidays or otherwise. Chocolate is a universal taste among human beings, and some say that nine out of ten people like chocolate – and the tenth is lying.

Chocolate has such a poor reputation from a health standpoint that this may be difficult to believe, but the truth is that we really don’t need to feel guilty about eating it. Chocolate comprised of 70% cocoa is actually a healthy indulgence. However, the relative healthiness of the chocolate you consume will depend on both the quality and the quantity of the chocolate.

Let’s consider the health benefits of chocolate. You probably feel like you get a bit of a rush from eating chocolate. You’re not imagining it – chocolate contains a phyto-nutrient that acts as an endorphin in humans, producing a pleasurable sensation akin to a “runner’s high.”

Chocolate can almost be considered an antidepressant. This could explain why so many people indulge in chocolate when they’re feeling down. Swiss scientists showed that eating 40g of dark chocolate each day lowered the occurrence of stress hormones in the bloodstream, which helps people manage the effects of stress.

Due to its popularity as a food, many studies have been conducted on the health benefits of dark chocolate, and the results are quite positive. One Swedish study found that after a heart attack, those who consumed chocolate at least twice a week tripled their chances of survival over those who didn’t eat any chocolate.

In addition, a Canadian study showed that risk of stroke was decreased in individuals who ate chocolate once a week in relation to those who didn’t.

The benefits of chocolate are imparted by compounds called flavinoids, which are present in the cocoa. These flavinoids act as a potent anti-oxidant in the human body, protecting our DNA from damage from oxidation. This effect means that chocolate could potentially be considered an anti-aging food.

So don’t feel guilty about eating a little chocolate on Easter, or any other day, for that matter. Of course, it’s still best to eat chocolate in moderation; a full bar every day is too much. You’ll also want to find chocolate composed of 70% cocoa or more, and organic chocolate is great if it’s available to you.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Chocolate, Food & Drink | , , , | Leave a comment

Making Lists, Making Chocolate

I don’t know if you are a list-writing person or not. I am. Not dogmatically. But I always have a bit of paper on the go beside my computer, so as ideas surface, or I remember things I need to do, I jot them down.

Having had a distracting few days in other areas, I’ve not managed to be near the computer much. As a result, the list has grown and as I approach the weekend, I am now able to work through much of it.

Until a few of hours ago, my list looked something like this:

Write new story
Ring Marie re Gig
Email the Chronicle
Finish Song
Buy Licorice Tea
Ring Radio Station
Listen to Demo
Collect Wood
Make Chocolate

The licorice tea will have to wait. We live about thirty five kms from the nearest town, which does not sell licorice tea. And about forty five kms from a bigger town, which does. So the licorice tea will not be scribbled out today. My lists always end up looking like a major artwork of doodles by the time I finish with them and start a fresh one.

I’ve made the phone calls and done the emails. All related to the business side of my music. The song to be finished will be a joy to do over the weekend, as will listening to the demo.

Collecting wood is a fun thing, which I will do later, when everything else is done, wandering paddocks collecting fallen wood. We don’t have a fire place inside, unfortunately. (But the bath goes in next week. Woo hoo!). With friends coming over to jam on Sunday, we will have a fire going outside as the warmth of an Autumn day slides into the chill of an Autumn evening. Beautiful. It is actually blowing quite strongly at the moment as I sit out here on the veranda writing. This is certainly in my favour for collecting fallen wood.

My most favourite thing on the list though is Make Chocolate. I discovered this great recipe in a vegetarian magazine a little while back and have now made about four batches of it. It is such a hit that I must share it here. It is thanks to Vicki Hare, who as it turns out is also a musician ( Thank you Vicki, very much. This chocolate, I must say, goes incredibly well with a beautiful cup of soy chai latte. This is speaking from a rapidly experienced woman in this field.

Vicki’s Chocolate Recipe

1 cup cacao powder
3/4 cup raw cashews
1 tbspn coconut butter
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 tspn vanilla

Blitz it all in a food processor until thick. Press into a tin, mould or shape into whatever you like. Store in the freezer.

Besides the richness and deliciousness of this chocolate, it is also totally animal free. No baby calves were produced then killed, just to keep a cow milking for human consumption. Nope, it is sugar free, animal free, guilt free and totally scrumptious. I ran out of agave nectar during my second round of it, so used maple syrup instead. Agave nectar is a natural plant syrup, low in calories and great for a number of different recipes. It was equally delicious with the maple syrup, though probably a little bit richer, and it has already been rich enough.

I am also slightly unable to stick to any recipe exactly, something about the artist in me that needs to experiment I think, so the consistency of my chocolate didn’t allow for as much moulding as I had hoped on one very creative, ambitious day. I ended up with a container full of blobs, but they tasted fantastic! I also had no coconut butter (coconut oil) in my pantry at the time of the original recipe discovery and, living so far from town, had to compromise. So I raided my bathroom cupboard for some coconut oil that I had from an Indian supermarket for my hair. And it worked just fine! I am pleased to say though, that I now have some top quality, organic coconut oil in my pantry (which I may also end up using on my hair at some stage).

So if you are writing a list today, or adding to an existing one, please do yourself a huge favour and add Make Chocolate to this list. Your taste buds will thank you, the animal kingdom will thank you, and your friends and family will thank you. But most of all, you will thank you. Bon appetite friends.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Chocolate, Food & Drink | , , , , | Leave a comment

10 Ways to Develop Yourself

Do you always look for ways to develop yourself? Successful people always seek to be distinguished in what they do and always look for ways to improve and develop themselves. Ask yourself, what is self-development? How can you develop yourself and your skills?

Self-development means that you should develop your thoughts, feelings, ideas, capabilities, and skills to achieve your goals. You have the capacity to enhance your self in many different ways if you put your mind to it.

Many people who plan to work on projects and specific skills, give up too early if they face obstacles and then they walk away without tangible outcomes. You have to organize your day every morning and decide what you are going to do for this day. Write what you intend to do on a piece of paper and make sure you know what you are going to do each hour.

How to develop yourself

1. Be positive and take the lead.
2. Know exactly what your goal is.
3. Set your priorities.
4. Think of the common good for everyone involved.
5. Try to understand other people’s point of view
6. Think of creative ways constantly.
7. Plan for your life.
8. Develop your visualization skills.
9. Develop your will power
10. Learn to ask right questions.

Set your goals and start to work on them and if you face obstacles in your way, don’t get depressed, face your obstacles and go back to work on your goals. Never say, it is too late to achieve your goals. You have to be ready to confront all the negative situations and obstacles that you face.

Stay thinking in a positive way and resist every negative thought that comes your way. Challenge the impossible and never despair. Do not pay attention to people who criticize you in a negative way. Be confident in your abilities and in yourself. Never say, “I can’t do this.” Studies show that we only use about 10% of what we can do. You have hidden power that was not developed yet, so work on developing that power. Discover your mental power and always think creatively.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Personal-Growth | , , , | Leave a comment

The Differences between LCD and Plasma TVs

The Differences between LCD and Plasma TVs

We all wonder how it is these televisions actually function? The letters LCD is “liquid crystal display,” with crystals shaped like spirals are in between being liquid and solid, they can be rolled and unrolled with the application of electricity. On the display the electricity is implemented to block and unblock colored peices of glass, each one a different color, a blue, red, and green filter. Then you see the image as light shines through this LCD, and it filters the colors.

Plasma screens use fluorescent lights like what you would find in office lighting, but on a much smaller scale. When electricity is passed through the light, it excites the gas inside which reacts with a phosphor coating inside the bulb, creating light. Like LCDs, pixels are made of a red, green, and blue light, but this comes directly from the bulbs.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of these technologies? Since LCD TVs are passing light through the screen, the screen limits light penetration at far angles, making the screen look less dynamic when viewed from the sides. LCD TVs are brighter than Plasma sets, making them a better choice in bright rooms. Also, the surface of a plasma television’s screen will reflect light, making it difficult to see in bright rooms. However, plasma screens experience less bleeding of color in low light situations, and since light levels are controlled directly, plasma displays are capable of much deeper blacks. Plasma uses two to three times more power than an equivalent LCD set. This is particularly true of LED-backlit LCD TVs, as most of the energy used in an LCD television is to power the backlight.

Technological improvements? There are numerous and constant advancements happening in this field, both of these technologies are better and are becoming similar in their performance, taking care of past problems with earlier sets. An example, LCDs used to have some blur in their motion because the crystals could not go off and on quickly enough, now the sets run 120-240hz (times per second) switching so quickly that this issue is no longer around. The processes of building these electronic wonders has gotten so much better that the LCD pricing is getting much closer to the plasma costs.

An improvement from the past on the plasma means there is little chance of experiencing burn in, this is where the screen will develop a darker area if it’s left on the same screen for a long period of time. If you use the same channel constantly or the set is used for video games is usually when this happened. They’ve created new screen coatings which make it good for much longer before the burn in becomes an issue, and there are screen savers which also help.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Computers & Technology | , , , , | Leave a comment

How Do Psychic Medium Readings Actually Work?

Psychic medium readings are actually quite controversial. Does the psychic medium really tune in to peoples spirits that have passed over? In fact even psychic mediums disagree who they actually tune into. Some mediums claim to tune in to god, others will say they tune in to a spirit guide or angel or a higher power.

Now I am not going to give you a definitive answer as I cannot prove it scientifically; however I am going to attempt to open your mind to the possibility. Imaging you are listening to your favourite radio show and you are asked by a person that has no concept of radio how it actually works. Now in layman’s terms you may refer to waves in the air being transmitted then being received by your radio.

However there is a problem you can’t actually step outside and show them these waves, nor say you can feel them or hear them but you know they exist as you can hear them on radio. You may not be that surprised if your technologically challenged friend believed you had some super powers or were in fact crazy to even suggest such an illogical idea, even if it is true.

However these very same waves and the transmitter and receiver were all conceived in the mind before they ever existed. Yet we really do not know lot about our brains true potential.

If a mind can create the technology then is it really that difficult to assume that some peoples’ minds may well have receivers and transmitters other than your traditional 5 senses that you are aware of. Particularly as some animals and insects have sensors that are radically different from our own.

A person may be dead as far as a scientist can prove; however is their essence that made them alive actually gone. Can you really state where your essence is and even what it is or how it works! If we can’t answer these basic questions then we really cannot be sure if it dies when our physical body dies or if it exists forever.

If it does exist forever, as many religions believe, then our mind will be the first to receive a message or create a method to do so.

I cannot dismiss mediumship anymore than radio waves as I have tools to tune in to both, however I can scientifically prove either. However if psychic medium messages were not accurate and relevant to the client then would these type of psychic services still exist. The human race is still evolving, it is possible that psychics today are just showing a glimpse of our true potential.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Psychology | , , , , | Leave a comment

How a Psychic Can Help Your Business

Psychics are incredibly good at reading people and understanding what makes people tick, so how can a business benefit from these gifts.

Example of Psychics Helping Businesses.

Imaging you are writing a book and you want to get some intuitive feedback on what title will get you the most sales. You know doubt have a few titles in mind so who better to advise you how people will react than a psychic.

This is not common knowledge but psychics are frequently called by TV companies to get an intuitive feel on what proposed TV shows are likely to be a hit and worthy of investment.

Did you know that 9 out of 10 new products that are launched into the market fail miserable in their first year, so getting an edge can make a dramatic impact on your bottom line? New restaurants run with the same statistic, what should you offer your customers, where should you do it and how should you do it. When only 10% are successful you need all the help you can get.

Have you considered whether your proposed or existing business partner or employee is a good fit for your business? It may be that you are astrologically not compatible or they have a weakness for gambling, alcohol or drugs that may tempt them to fraudulently remove money from your business.

There are a number of real estate brokers looking for advice on what price is the best price to maximize the most interest in a property while making sure they get the best deal for their client. Get your numbers wrong too often and you are soon out of business.

Investors are another interesting source of psychic consultations. You can crunch the numbers, interview the business owners and do market research however sometime your gut feeling is holding you back and you really need more insight whether you should invest or not.

As you can see from the above all of these are significant financial decisions that could make the difference between success and failure. The psychic comes into their own by giving you a different perspective and open up discussions that expand on analysis of only the facts you have at hand. When you need an edge on your competition then psychic readings may well the edge your competitors have over you that you have not explore yet.

Psychics will not get it right every single time as life has too many variable however if you can just tip the scales a little more in your favor then your business will be transformed when your making more success orientated decisions.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Psychology | , , | Leave a comment

What is an Amethyst

What is an Amethyst?

An Amethyst is a type of quartz often found in jewellery, it is Bluish-purple in colour and is composed of silicon dioxide (SiO2) with small traces of Aluminium and Iron which all merge to donate it its distinctive purple colour. In todays article we will provide some basic information about the Amythest in terms of its value, characteristics and price.

Greek Mythology Background

The name Amethyst comes from the Greek words a- (denoting ?not?) and Methustos (denoting ?drunk?); these terms were used since the Greeks thought that the gemstone protected the wearer from becoming drunk. It was quite usual in Greek times for drinking vessels to be made of Amethysts. For example, many wine goblets were carved from the gemstone.

The story goes that the Greek god of intoxication and wine Dionysus was in a romantic pursuit of a maiden called Amethystos, who refused his advances. The goddess Artemis protected Amethystos by transforming her into a white gemstone; in honour of Amethystos and her longing to stay chaste, Dionysus poured wine on top of the white gemstone making it go purple in colour.

Where is Amethysts Found?

Amethysts are found all around the globe, largely in mines in Brazil, South Korea, Austria, Uruguay, Russia, Canada and Zambia.
Specific Amethysts mining areas in Brazil are Las Vigas, Minas Gerais and Piedras Parado. The Amethysts are normally found in geodes which are hollow rocks that contain crystallized minerals around the inside edge.

Another method is to inspect the mining area for something called a vein, The Amethyst can in specific circumstances grow in veins around 30 feet under the ground. Amethysts are commonly found with a stone called Citrine, so if Citrine is found, chances are Amethyst will also be available.

Amethyst deposits are also found in other countries around the world such as: Bolivia, Argentina, Madagascar, India and Sri Lanka.

How Much Are Amethyst Worth?

The key question asked by many people considering buying an Amethyst is how much do gthey cost and what constitutes a real stome rather than a fake.

Amethysts are considered (along with Diamonds, Sapphires, Rubies and Emeralds) as the most valuable gemstones in the world. However, they seem to have gone down in worth since enormous deposits of the gemstone were found in Brazil – this follows the old adage of increasing volumes resulting in lower price.

Important aspects that characterize the value of an Amethyst include Clarity, Colour, Cut, Size, Individuality and treatments used to enhance the Amethyst.

Clarity, which refers to the number of flaws inside the gemstone, also affects the value of the Amethyst, with a smaller amount of flaws and scratches resulting in a more expensive Amethyst.

In terms of colour, an intensely coloured deep Purple Amethyst is worth more than a dull, pale lighter coloured one. A superbly cut Amethyst will be more expensive than an average cut gemstone.

In terms of size, with Amethysts size does count. The larger the Amethyst the better and the more it is worth. If an Amethyst has unique features such as special patterns or colours, this can additionally enhance its value.

Treatments such as heat, dyeing and coating can also reduce the value of the Amethyst. Natural Amethysts will also be more valuable than those that have been artificially treated and enhanced.

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Off Topig | , , | Leave a comment