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Five Ways to Eliminate Stress

March 12th, 2011

stress-management-reduction.jpgOften it is easy to feel overwhelmed by stress. What can be done when we finally want to take back control and try to eliminate some of our stress? It comes as a surprise to many people that there are several things that can be done to battle stress that are right under their fingertips.

Breathe. It’s good to remember to breathe, but sometimes you need to do more than that. In many situations, stress can be altered by something as small as the amount of oxygen in our bodies. A fantastic exercise that can help is called the “4-7-8 Breath.” It was developed independently by several different cultures all at different times as a relief for stress and has been researched by various stress management experts. Basically, the 4:7:8 is a ratio of the parts of the breathing exercise. Breathe in for a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 7, then exhale for a count of 8. The amount of time on each beat is not important, only the ratio that you use. There are other breathing exercises like these that can help your body feel less stressful.

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Vegetable Gardening: What Vegetables to Plant Together or Separate

March 11th, 2011

vegetable-garden-variety.jpgVegetable gardening is not rocket science and everyone should try his or her hand at this rewarding activity, but a successful garden requires some planning. In the layout of your garden, you will want to place companion plants together, while separating inhibiting plants. Avoid shading smaller plants while organising your produce for particular watering needs. Grow a harmonious vegetable garden and reap the rewards.

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What to Include in an Effective Written Job Description

March 10th, 2011

job-description.jpgAs a small business owner/operator you must define the specific functions of each job position you have in your organization. This helps you focus on the main duties you wish an employee to perform in a specific job function. The written job description also serves as a guide to employees, who can see on paper what their essential duties will be.

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Hawaii TV Shows

March 8th, 2011

tv-shows-in-hawaii.jpgSince being discovered by Captain Cook, Hawaii has attracted visitors seeking a peaceful paradise in the sun. Those unable to visit can watch movies and television shows portraying Hawaii, the next best thing to being there. Hawaiian Eye, Hawaii Five-O, and Magnum P.I. became popular television shows set in Hawaii.

Hawaiian Eye was the first television show set in Hawaii, although it was filmed in a California studio. It was a great help in promoting tourism to the tropical Pacific islands, which became a state in 1959 when the show began. Hawaiian Eye continued until 1963. The series revolved around a group of detectives working for a security agency, which had an office within the big Hawaiian hotel where they provided security. A singer and part-time hotel employee was played by actress Connie Stevens, a role that made her famous. Stevens stayed for all four seasons along with actor Robert Conrad. Troy Donahue starred in the last two seasons. Hawaiian Eye was produced by the same folks who produced 77 Sunset Strip, with both shows filming in the same studio.

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How to Find the Best Art and Design School

March 4th, 2011

college-of-art-design.jpgThere are many quality art schools that offer a diverse range of subjects and programs, from traditional drawing and painting to graphic design, multimedia, and digital visual effects. If you’re looking for an art school that will help you achieve a highly successful career, it’s not always easy to know which one is the best. Many schools demand a high level of dedication and commitment from their students, and in return will offer the opportunity for academic excellence, a rewarding student experience, and a highly respected qualification at the end of the course.

Selecting the best school will ultimately come down to the one that will best serve your individual goals and needs, including what art specialty you want to pursue and what your career goals are. It is best to research each prospective school you are interested in for more information and visit their open days to get a feel for them. Talk to current students and faculty, and ask questions.

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Calcium Supplements for Bone Density

February 28th, 2011

calcium-types.jpgCalcium supplements are used to prevent or reverse osteopenia and osteoporosis. These are conditions where the bone mineral density, or BMD, is lower than normal. If osteopenia worsens, it is called osteoporosis. When the density of a bone is less than normal, or porous, the bone becomes weak and is more susceptible to breakage. Osteopenia and osteoporosis can occur at any age in both men and women, especially if there is not a balanced diet and exercise. Before taking a calcium supplement, ensure its safety with a health care provider.

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Health Care and Language Skills

February 27th, 2011

skills-for-health-care-providers.jpgWhen considering learning an additional language to potentially enhance your personal marketability for employment, health care is definitely a field to consider. There are many good reasons that a person with multiple language skills is desirable in a health care setting. From routine care to emergency situations, a multi-lingual person can be a critical component in providing quality care to a patient.

With the ever changing cultural fabric of our country, it is very common to encounter people who are not fluent in the English language or do not speak it at all. While a language barrier may be inconvenient in some circumstances, it can become critical if a person requires medical treatment and they are unable to understand or convey information to a health care provider. The problem becomes even more urgent if that particular person is involved in an emergency situation that requires them to make an unscheduled trip to the hospital, and there are no friends or family around to help with translation. This is an example of where a multi-lingual person could be of great benefit to both the patient and the health care provider.

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How to Manage Your Twitter Lists

February 24th, 2011

When you go to the Twitter homepage and log in with your username and password, you will see a tab at the top of the screen called “Lists.” Lists function like miniature timelines. You can create different lists and populate them with your favorite Twitter users. This way, you have the ability to view tweets from only certain groups of individuals.

To get started, click on the “Lists” tab and then select the “Create a list” option. A pop-up window will appear, prompting you to choose a name, description, and privacy type for your new list. Keep in mind that names are used to differentiate your lists, so pick one that relates to the type of Twitter users you plan to include. For example, you might want to create a list called “Celebrities” or one called “Athletes.” You do not have to enter a description for your new list, but if you plan to share it with other people, you may want to write a quick sentence explaining the purpose of the list. Before you finish creating your list, you must decide whether to make it public or private. Public lists will be visible to all Twitter users, and people will also be able to follow your list if they like the group you created. If you do not want others to be able to see the contents of your list, choose the private option. When you are done, press “Save list.”

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How to Optimize Your Free Dropbox Account

February 22nd, 2011

dropbox-account.jpgFor most of us, the idea of shelling out $100/year to Dropbox for an upgraded account and 50GB of space seems a little pricey. That type of option is fine for businesses that need a lot of space, but the rest of us fall into the category of needing more than the default amount of free space, but less than the whopping 50GB that comes with a premium account. There are plenty of ways to get bonus space on your Dropbox account without putting any money forward.

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Paper Craft Supplies for Design

February 21st, 2011

paper-craft-supplies-organization.jpgIf you are a crafty person, then you will have craft supplies. There are thousands of different crafts that use paper as their primary medium. From the popular scrapbooking hobbyists to greeting card designers, paper is a part of many crafts. However, as a true paper crafter knows, you need quality paper craft supplies if you are going to have a quality product.

There are several hobbies that revolve around paper supplies; scrapbooking, handmade paper, cards, and invitations all require that the paper craft supplies used are durable and of good quality.

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The Importance of Hydraulic Fluids

February 16th, 2011

hydraulic-oil-engines.jpgA very important element in any industrial hydraulic system is the hydraulic fluid. It is a means for transmission of energy, a sealant, a lubricant, and a heat transfer medium.

This industrial petroleum base fluid is more complex than ordinary oil. Commonly, paraffin compounds present in oil crystallize at low temperatures. This process increases viscosity of the fluid and accumulation of deposits. Exposure to air induces oxidation, carbon formation, acidity, and poor lubricity. Metals such as copper and lead present in the system aggravate this oxidation process at high temperature levels. Accumulation of air bubbles reduces lubrication and causes erratic operation. Hydraulic systems operate with high pressure, thus the components of the pumps are prone to welding along mating surfaces.

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