So You Want To Write A Book

By Charles Williams

They say that everyone has a book in them. They also say that most people die with that book still in them. I decided not to let that happen to me. I didn't make that decision until after I retired in 2001 at age sixty-two. So, you see, it's never too late. It was 2006 and many false starts later before I published my first novel. The road to publishing that book was long and contained many pitfalls along the way. It was also a great learning process.

What I'm hoping to accomplish with this article and those that follow, is to get you motivated to write that book you have in your head. I'm going to do this by giving you the benefit of my experience so you can avoid some of the mistakes that I made creating my book. What worked for me may just work for you and if it saves you steps along the way so much the better.

I'm not going to tell you what to write because you already have some ideas about that or you would not be reading this article. I will only make one suggestion. When you are just starting out as a new writer it is best to write about what you know. That may be a memoir, a how to book in your area of expertise or a fiction novel based on some life experience you have had. Okay you have an idea for a book, what next?

Well first let's get your mind-set in the right place. It helps if you think of your writing as a pleasurable pastime and something you always wanted to do rather than a get rich quick scheme. To help with that here are some statistics, about 500 books per day are published in this country, of those only about 7% make money. Last year, in the United States, only one person in four even read a book. That does not mean that you can't write a best seller, just don't dwell on it. We will get into marketing and publicity later in this series.

Only you know what your abilities are and only you will know if you need help and how much. Personally, I had years of management experience and considered myself a competent business writer. However, creative writing is a little different, I discovered this the hard way and it cost me some time. After messing around with a couple of projects I realized that I did not know the first thing about writing a short story, let alone a book. There were things like, outline, plot, structure, characterization, dialogue and format that I had never even considered.

I found help at my local community college. Almost every city has a university or a community college and they all offer a variety of writing courses. Get a catalog and see what your local college or university offers. Audit a couple of classes to see if they are teaching what you need.
The first class I took was titled "If you can talk you can write". It was a great class and I went on to complete that instructors four course writing series.

The next article will cover good writing habits and what to do when, you think, you have a finished manuscript.

C.D. Williams in a retired U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer and the author of the novel "Palawan." You may learn more about the author and his writing activities at:

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Starting A Free Home Based Internet Business

By Cameron Mitchell

How to generate money without any start-up capitalHow do you generate money without any start-up capital? Is it possible? It is absolutely possible! However, you must have some real "know-how" of how the internet works. Many people believe that they can just build a website and start making money within a matter of seconds, however, it rarely works that way. It is important that you know how the internet truly works before you can start making money without any start-up capital.

There are many free methods out there, but you will have to learn and research them. You can also try selling your personal services. For example, if you are writer, than you may want to put your writing skills up for hire. This is a great way to put your foot in through the door.

What are some Necessities of owning an internet business?There are three highly important things that you will need when it comes to owning an internet business. You will need:

• Know-how
• Confidence
• Persistence
• Optimism
• Organization

These five traits are highly important to any business man and should definitely not be overlooked. You will also eventually need experience so you know what tools to buy, and what scams to avoid. Over-time, you will find yourself making more & more money, with less & less work. This is the beauty of internet marketing.

How to Achieve Ultimate Wealth OnlineBecoming successful on the internet is really not a hard thing to do, but you must be passionate about it. Most people aren't passionate when it comes to making a living online.

Establishing residual income on the internet is highly important as well. When you establish residual incomes, it leaves other places open for the taking. The more residual income you bring, the more money you make, and the more free-time you have. You can either relax and enjoy your life, or you can pursue other business ventures as well.

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Cameron Mitchell is a full-time internet marketing consultant that looks for the best ways to make money online.

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Is Wholesale VoIP A Secure Option?

By Kristen Kiya

Internet has brought about a revolution in the field of communication. It offers diverse communication capabilities which if explored properly can result in substantial increase in the revenue generation capabilities of an organisation. One of the latest offerings of world wide web is VoIP call termination services. Voice over internet protocol or VoIP as it is commonly referred to as, helps to terminate telephony calls using Internet as opposed to optical fiber wires used by public switch telephony network or PSTN.

Due to the numerous advantages which come along with VoIP services, the retail market for the service is booming. In the year 2006, the retail market of U.S. showed a tremendous rise by adding 3.8 million residential users to this sector. This increase in retail segment has a direct effect on the wholesale VoIP segment which has witnessed a definite growth too.

Wholesale carrier services are offered by certain VoIP providers who sell VoIP minutes in bulk to the wholesalers of voice over IP. Venturing into the field of wholesale offers replete opportunities to wholesalers who can maximise their profits by reselling the service.

Anyone who has the complete infrastructure that is required for VoIP call termination can become a VoIP wholesale provider. For instance, you will have to procure servers, switches, gateways etc. One chief criteria for venturing into this field is that you must be operating on a large scale. A vast clientage ensures smooth inflow of profits for your organisation.

One major benefit that wholesalers get is that all of their calls are automatically terminated through the least expensive route. This means that you will save on every call that is being made!

Wholesale voice over IP carriers must ensure that they are getting the routes from the best service provider. For this certain important points must be kept in mind while shopping for a VoIP service provider. With the competition being at the peak right now in IP telephony sector, different voip providers offer very competitive rates. It would thus be advisable to carefully look around in order to find the provider giving the service at least rates. Also quality is one major factor. For this purpose one must do live testing to secure the quality of service being sold to you.

Voice over IP wholesale carriers have a vast market to tap and increase their earnings. So why not make the best use of this splendid opportunity?

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Law Of Attraction - Where's The Money I Ordered?

By Monette Gauvreau

Ok let me start with this statement: It's not the money that you want, it's the freedom that comes with it!

Money is just a pile of paper, the same exact thing as the dead leaves in your backyard. If I was to hand you a big garbage bag full dead leaves and tell you that each of them is worth 1000$, you'd go crazy! So my point is, we're focusing on the wrong thing here. We're wishing and trying to attract the wrong thing. Because it's not the actual money that gets us all excited, it's what we can do with it. Money is just paper to the Universe. It's no big deal!

Picture this if you will: You just lost or quit your job, and you have those huge luxury house payments (which you should be grateful for the house by the way so you can get to keep it!), the dog needs glasses, your daughter wants a cell phone, you just got a brand new membership at the gym and you're tied in a 3 year contract, etc. So obviously, you don't have any money coming in, and wondering what you're going to do about it. Your poor brain is yelling: I NEED MONEY FAST!

So the first thing you're going to do, after learning about the Law of Attraction, is wanting to attract more money into your life, but here's the problem. After reading the list of things that you need, how do you feel about the word "money"? Not too good I assume. The word "money" for many of us brings about a feeling of fear, scarcity, limitations, lack, stress, worry, hard work, etc. How do you expect to attract the things you want in life if those are the feelings you're experiencing?

One word for you: "Stop!!" Oh dear God stop thinking about the money, and start thinking about the things you can buy with money, the bills you can pay, the trips you can plan, the gifts you can buy and the joy of the people who will be happy to receive them, the freedom you'll get of having no debts, paid off credit cards. Wow! Now how does that feel?

The key here is to flow positive energy, and usually, when you think about money, you flow negative energy. Don't go there! It's as if you're trying to bluff the Universe by saying: "Oh money (just paper remember?) makes me feel so good, it brings me joy, I want more of it (still just the paper)", when the Universe darn well knows that money doesn't make you feel good right now, the positive energy is not there. But you won't be bluffing anyone when you say "oh it feel soooo good to have the freedom that comes with having a lot of money, yay!" Now you're on the right track.

Feel good about the whole thing. Those feelings will send out the magnetic vibes that will attract that "want" straight your way with no detours. But feel good you must! Think of it as if you didn't need any money to get what you want in life, all you had to do was feel good about it. Of course the Universe might send money your way for you to do all those pleasant things because that's how society works, but you won't care, because you will get exactly what you want!

See, if you create a want and associate it with a "need" instead of "joy", you'll just get exactly what you ordered: more of "worries because of no money". So unless your idea of money is joyful and fun, forget the whole concept of money and focus on what you can get with money, and I guarantee you that you won't even have time to turn around to see the results. This is truly magical.

You can't order "money" from the Universe. I don't know anybody that's passionate about a pile of paper. For money to come in, you need things you want to buy or things you want to do with that money. Focus on that! You need a stream of positive energy to create some outlets for the money to come in. If you're goal is to pay off your debts, then for God's sake don't focus on the money! That was the problem in the first place!

Focus on how good it feels to have no debts at all and being able to do whatever you want! If you need 30,000$ to build the master bedroom of your dreams, then focus on the bedroom, how you're going to decorate it, the smell of the candles on the night stand, the softness of that silky red comforter, the fun times you're going to have by relaxing in it, and the money will come running your way before you can say "ka-ching!".

Focus and be grateful for what you already have (like your house) and other things that you want, so that you can get more of it! What will happen is the Universe will find a way, either with money or whatever else, because the "how" is not yours to figure out, as long as you're happy!
The Universe sees and uses money as a "way" of getting you to your dream. So don't worry about the money, it will be there, meeting you where your dreams are.

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Family Visits in Boston

By Valerie Wilk

The moment I married a man who had nine brothers and sisters, I couldn't help but wonder what I was getting myself into. Though I don't have anywhere near that many family members, between my husband and me, we have our fair share of sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews who love to visit from every corner of the U.S - especially since we moved to Boston.

With its rich history and fun atmosphere, Boston seems to be our family's hot spot for spring break, summer vacation, or any three-day weekend. And since we're the only ones who live in the New England area, we've quickly learned the best places around town to keep our many visitors entertained.

My sister-in-law and her family recently visited from the Southwest - anxious to experience the beautiful fall landscape of Boston in October. Since she has three little kids, I was so glad we had recently bought a brand new 2008 Buick Enclave - with enough room to seat 7 people comfortably.

Just moments after they got off the plane, we were cruising around the city in the Buick Enclave. Wanting to take our guests to a French brasserie along the Boston waterfront called Sel de la Terre, we headed in that direction. But soon realized we weren't sure exactly where it was! Thanks to the OnStar® Navigation system in our Enclave, we were able to find it in no time and enjoy what we locals like to call the best bread in the whole New England region.

That weekend our guests were treated to all our favorite Boston attractions. From the Revolutionary history of the Freedom Trail to a Boston Red Sox game at the infamous Fenway Park, we hardly let any grass grow under our feet. And whether we brought picnic baskets or a whole lot of Red Sox souvenirs, the Enclave always had room to spare!

One morning we piled into the Buick Enclave for a day trip to Salem, Massachusetts. The kids dressed in their Halloween costumes to take part in this year's Haunted Happenings Opening Parade. I must admit, the drive to Salem was pretty rowdy with a witch, a princess and a Jedi singing The Monster Mash in the back seat. And even though it was a short trip, I was glad we could tune the music towards the back of the Enclave so the grown-ups could enjoy a more comfortable (and a little less noisy) outing.

In Salem, the kids had a blast marching in the parade and everyone enjoyed the haunted houses. We also checked out some of the historical buildings that signify Salem's "spirited" history. It was as fascinating as it was spooky!

As our final event of the week, we left the nieces and nephew with my neighbor and spent the last few days in Providence. Just a couple hours south of Boston - Providence has some beautiful areas, such as Water Place Park and Riverwalk. From Venice-inspired bridges to gorgeous flower gardens and scenic views, it was the perfect getaway for my sister and brother-in-law before they had to head home.

Overall, it was one of the best visits we've had since moving to Boston. And I know everyone (including myself) felt like they were in the lap of luxury thanks to our Buick Enclave. Now it's time to plan for the next family member to come into town, but at least we have the knowledge of the town and the transportation we need to make each visit even better than the last.

About the Author: Valerie Wilk is a newlywed who loves to explore Boston in her Buick and eat all the lobster she can get. As a writer and travel enthusiast, Valerie creates articles for many online publications. For more information about the Buick Enclave visit

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Haggling in China

By Peter Braden

Hopefully during your business trip to China you will have some free time for shopping. Except in the high-end department stores, this involves haggling. In Chinese, this is called "chopping prices" or "talking about prices". It's an art form completely unlike the orderly system of the West. It does have a sort of etiquette, however. Even if you speak no Chinese, you can avoid being badly screwed by playing smart.

Don't feel embarrassed. In China, everything is negotiable. People talk endlessly about their salaries, their rent, etc. as a way of establishing a framework for what is reasonable. In other words, there is great flexibility in everything. You are a fool if you fail to take advantage of it.

Keep on smiling. Shouting belligerently will accomplish nothing. The tone should be almost like teasing, since both you and the merchant are both gently pushing the limits. This is the first and last time you two will interact, so there's no reason to make a scene.

Be ruthless. Start at about 1/3, and generally don't exceed half of the starting price. Don't let the merchant manipulate you with a tale of a starving, gifted daughter who needs surgery on a brain tumor. If they are losing money on the sale, they will not sell. Period.

Shop around. In a given area, most merchants will have more or less the same prices. Establish a baseline by comparing.

Don't let them pressure you into buying more than you want. Just get what you want, for a price you think is reasonable, and be done.

Remember, even old China hands get screwed occasionally. Just don't get too caught up in the moment, and you'll do fine.

Peter Braden, Marketing Specialist,
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Sphynx -The Ultimate Hairless Cat

By Daniel Walch

The cat breed "Sphynx" is recognized by The International Cat Association as an official breed and can make a wonderful addition to your family. Unlike the Peterbald cat with it's hairless body and long whiskers, the Sphynx cat has absolutely no hair, making it easy to care for.

The Sphynx is a very loving and mild-mannered cat, almost perfect as a companion. It never has a problem with hairballs or spit-ups which are common with ordinary cats. The lack of hair makes them a perfect cat for those with allergies, but it also makes them vulnerable to sunburn and cold temperatures. The Sphynx rarely grooms itself so it will need regular bathing; at least once a week. If it isn't bathed, the Sphynx will become very oily and begin to show signs of skin irritation. Regular warm-water baths are essential. In the winter, Sphynx cats are very amenable to wearing pet sweaters or other novelty outfits. They seem as comfortable in clothing as people do. This makes this breed a very entertaining cat to own. Many Sphynx owners have several outfits for their cats to wear.

In the winter, you may want to keep a heating pad or electric blanket available for your Sphynx. Many like to curl up next to a radiator or other heat source as they feel the cold much more keenly than ordinary cats. In summer, be careful that your cat doesn't spend too much time lounging in the warmth of the afternoon sun. Sphynx cats do tend to burn - just like we do!

If you are interested in adopting a Sphynx cat, there are hairless varieties bred in several different colors including pink, blue, black, and the very rare purple. You simply cannot find a more loving and agreeable cat to add to your family.

Daniel Walch publishes articles on business, family issues and psychology. See his blog at

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How to Kill Mold With an Ozone Generator

By Kenneth Brumleve

It is important to kill mold because it is a very hardy organism that can thrive almost anywhere and everywhere that humans live. Mold spores can be found in the very air that we breathe, and are able to reproduce rapidly when they are deposited on surfaces that have a great deal of moisture on them. Even surfaces that you think are perfectly dry may actually have a great deal of moisture because moisture is present in air all the time (except in very arid environments.) It is more likely for mold to grow in places that do not have adequate ventilation, such as enclosed hospital operating rooms and food processing plants with little or ventilation. That is why hospitals and food processing plants routinely use ozone generators (also known as ozone machines) to kill mold.

To kill mold, the ozone treatment team will ask you to remove all people, pets, and even houseplants from the room; that is how strong ozone is at killing organisms. But since your aim is to kill mold, even plants should be physically removed from the room. The room will eventually be fully enclosed to prevent people outside the room from inhaling the toxic ozone.
The second step to kill mold is to remove as much moisture and humidity from the room as is feasible, even going to the extent of using a dehumidifier. The dry room that results will help ozone do its work better.

The team will then use gloves and a mold killing solutions to physically remove any observable traces of mold on your room surfaces (including the ceiling.) Gloves and other physical forms of protection like goggles and face masks are very important so that the team will not be contaminated by any contact with the mold growth.

The ozone level that should be produced will then be determined based on how much time is estimated to be needed to kill mold that remains, the degree of contamination of the room, and how quickly ozone can break down after being released into the room's air. It is believed that a very strong ozone generator should be used for best results in as short a time as possible. A small machine cannot produce the amount of ozone needed to kill mold as thoroughly as necessary.

All ozone generators used should have a built-in timer so that the team will know when the machine has been turned off. It is very important the ozone be allowed to ventilate out of the room air before anyone can breathe it. Remember, ozone, though not nearly as bad as chlorine or fluorine is toxic when inhaled in large concentrations.

If the room is deemed safe to enter again, leave the room occupant-less for perhaps a day then try smelling the air and inspecting the walls again. If you still smell mold or can see them growing on your room surfaces, more ozone blasting sessions might be required. You can also take an air sample using a mold test kit and have it analyzed in the lab to insure the mold has been removed.

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Waters Importance For Weight Loss

By Jared Wash

Unfortunately one of the main reasons people struggle with weight loss and dieting is the lack of water they drink on a daily basis.

Water is the central foundation to every health and fitness goal. You probably know that without water living would be impossible but why is it so important for losing weight?

Not drinking enough water could be the reason you are not losing weight.

Water is the most valuable substance you consume and has a wide variety of essential functions that are the source of life. Let's take a look at a few of the functions water performs in your body and the reasons why it is so important to drink enough water.

• Water makes up 60-70% of your body.

• It assists in digestion, absorption and assimilation which gives you the complete vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from the foods you eat

• Water helps with the excretion of waste from the bowels and kidneys. It will help you to avoid constipation and will relieve stress on your kidneys.

• Controlling your body temperature and keeping your body regulating in different situations and actions is another task water performs in your body

• Reduced head aches and stomach bloating are a result of increased water intake

• Water also makes up 92% of your blood that helps with nutrient distribution.

• Proper hydration will help keep your skin smoother and healthier

• It also Lubricates and heals the joints and muscles.

These are just a few of the important things water accomplishes in your system.

But why is water so important for weight loss?

Many people search for appetite suppressants to curve their hunger when the best way to feel fuller is to drink more water. Your brain treats hunger and thirst the same so when you think you are hungry, your brain could actually be signaling you that you are thirsty. People who do not consume enough water throughout the day usually develop hunger pains more than those who drink enough water. Drinking cold water is the best choice. It not only quenches your thirst but can actually boost your metabolism as the water has to be warmed up, burning calories.

Another thing that you should know is that drinking water consistently throughout the day will keep you from over eating, having cravings for sweets and can accelerate your energy levels the natural way. There are many other benefits as well; these are just a few select ones.

Try it! When you feel hungry drink a big glass of water and wait five minutes to see if you are still hungry. Try always having a bottle of water with you, taking sips every so often and see the affects it has on your appetite. You could also try drinking a large glass of water before eating breakfast to accelerate your metabolism, preparing your body to be a fat burning machine the rest of the day.

Are you drinking enough during the day to keep yourself hydrated?

The average person needs about 6-8 large glasses of water every day. You must also take in to consideration how much you sweat, your caffeine consumption, and amount of daily exercise as these are indicators that you will need to increase your water intake.

If you are not a huge fan of water, eating fruit with high water content is another great way to increase your water consumption without drinking plain water. Fruit with high water content will also fill up your stomach with fewer calories and tons of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients for a healthy body. There are other foods that have a high content of water and most can be easily recognized like some fruits and vegetables but certain diets may limit foods with high water content. In this case you will simply have to drink more water.

Diuretics like coffee, pop, and caffeinated drinks cause the body to lose water and dehydrate the body. By cutting back on these drinks, you will decrease the amount of water you need to consume and your body's absorption of vitamins and minerals will be greater.

Try to always have a bottle of water with you to take sips every so often and see the affects it has on your appetite.

How do you know whether or not you are consuming enough water?

There are several easily noticeable warning signs that your body is not getting enough water and is becoming dehydrated.

• Headaches. Headaches are the most common symptom of dehydration. Water flushes out all the toxins in your body and makes up 75% up your brain. No wonder a lack of water causes a headache!

• Lack of concentration and fatigue. With a built up amount of toxins in your body due to a lack of water, you will see a drop in your energy level as your body is concentration on dealing with the unwanted toxins in your body.

• Constipation. Water in your body will be directed to more vital functions resulting in painful and harder stools from the lack of water.

• Reduced urine output or dark urine. 200 liters of water is passed through your kidney's every day so a lack of water will limit your kidney's filtering ability, resulting in darker urine.

• Dry mouth and bad breath. When not enough water is frequently passing through your mouth to rinse away the food particles, bacteria can create dry mouth syndrome and bad breath over time.

• Skin. Water keeps your skin looking and feeling clear and smooth so if your skin develops dry spots, coloring, and roughness, it could be an indication of you is dehydrating your body.
Final thoughts

If you are serious about becoming leaner and healthier, drinking water is an absolute must. Nothing is more important to your health than drinking enough water, so give it a shot and start drinking more to help you achieve weight loss the natural way and put you on the right tract to a healthier lifestyle.

Have a great day and God bless!

Jared Wash is an author with certifications by ACSM, NESTA, and ISSA in personal trainer, nutritionist, and online fitness coaching for weight loss. His mission with top weight loss site is to guide people away from false lies and myths in the fitness industry while focusing on true health and weight loss cardio workout methods.

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The Role of a Child Custody Investigator

By Brandon Brewer

As custody cases become more and more competitive, parents have begun seeking every available opportunity to gain an advantage on their competition. This can involve multiple strategies, with some being more secretive than others. Hiring a child custody investigator is one way to build evidence against the other parent without them knowing. Since custody hearings take a number of different factors into consideration before making a decision, an investigator can influence the perception of the court across many levels.

Contrary to popular belief, child custody investigators are not just private detectives hired by those who can afford their exorbitant fees. The court system also employs investigators to provide them with a better insight into the daily routines and behaviors of both parents. Since the judge is unlikely to witness either parent's activities outside of the court room, it has become more common for the court to assign an independent party to monitor these things. For that reason it is important for anyone facing a custody hearing to become aware of the role that an investigator plays, and how it may affect the outcome of the case.

The goal of an investigator is to measure the tendencies of each parent while interacting with their child. They look for how the parent relates with the child and what activities they participate in while together. Ideally, the parent would offer enriching activities that promote the social and educational growth of their youngster. It is also observed whether or not the child enjoys these activities. Beyond this, the custody investigator is also looking for any signs of physical or mental abuse that may be occurring. Thus, they are making sure the child has a safe and healthy environment in which they can thrive.

Because a child custody investigator is hired to provide evidence to the court system, their work is typically secretive and very thorough. They may utilize many of the same tools and tactics that are commonly found in detective work. Video surveillance, phone tapping, and constant observation are just some of the ways they collect evidence. In a perfect world, their strategies are unbiased and used only to paint an accurate picture of the parental interaction levels. However, in cases where the investigator is hired privately, there is more pressure on them to produce incriminating evidence against the other party. This can be a tough obstacle for the opposition to face, making it important that they identify when they are being watched.

Custody battles have continued to grow more aggressive over recent years. Not only have parents become more willing to experiment with unorthodox tactics to build their cases, but the court system has also grown more stringent in their approach. This combination has left parents on both sides very little room for error. Because of the pressure surrounding these cases, the use of child custody investigators has risen considerably. At one time they were only used by those who afford to hire them privately, but now the courts are beginning to utilize their services as well. Since the evidence provided by them is so heavily weighted by the custody judge, it is vital for parents to recognize the power that an investigator can have over their case.

The most successful custody appeals happen when the parent takes full control of the process. You should never rely solely on a lawyer to win your case for you. Visit for more resources on how to win child custody.

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Laptops - Leading With Innovation

By Carly Charu

Latest gadgets such as laptops are proving to be useful in different spheres. From busy executives and software professionals to college-going students and busy housewives - people in different areas of work are realizing the benefits of state-of-the-art technology for staying connected on the move. As a natural corollary to this trend, the demand for innovative laptops is on the increase. Leading notebook manufacturers are taking a cue from these trends in customer behavior; they are designing and developing the most sophisticated laptops to satisfy this increasing demand for the same.

The Protege R400 notebook computer can be cited as a case in point. This mobile computing solution brings the knowledge of two leading manufacturers - Toshiba and Microsoft to users. This very high-end laptop is expected to meet the advanced needs of users, very much into mobile computing.The point that can be derived from this example is that the leading industry giants are realizing the huge possibilities that can be explored in this area. Consequently, they are associating with one another to create signature products wherein equal emphasis is given on style and ergonomics. The customers are the ultimate beneficiaries of these efforts. They get to possess and use some of the most sleek looking and sophisticated gadgets, such as laptops and that too at the most industry leading costs.

It can be concluded from this discussion that quite a lot goes into the design and development of the latest gadgets such as mobile phones or laptops. The best brains from different fields are coming together to give an out-of-the-world experience to customers and clients. In all these efforts, the focus is on innovation; the process of innovation is guided by what the customers want. And the end-product is often very much up to customer expectations. Users are in fact, more than happy with the latest laptops and notebooks that are currently available in the market.

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The Biggest Mistake Expats Make

By Patrick Mcgrain

Imagine being broke in a foreign country. The Embassy won't help you with funds. You are down and out and unless you know someone that will help, you are in big trouble and hungry.
Many expats move to the Philippines without the slightest idea of how much money they need. Sure it is cheap to live there, but you still MUST have money.

Many expats are lured to the Philippines because of the low cost to live in a tropical paradise. It is cheap to live in the Philippines, but know what you need and how much money is needed.
Some expats below the retirement age go in hopes of making some kind of a living in a business scheme. Many expats have no back up plan and many more have little funds to draw from in an emergency. These are the expats that are setting themselves up to fail. The only thing they can do is return to their home country and start all over again. A difficult task if you are approaching retirement with no job, no money and no home.

The Common Sense Approach. Before making the move to the Philippines go there for a few weeks on a vacation recon mission. Tour the area that you hope to make your new home. Will you live in a city or a rural province? Research housing cost. You must know what it will cost before making the move. What household items will you need to purchase and how much will it cost. Will you drive a car or use Taxi cabs and Jeepneys. Do you really need a car?

Starting a new business in the Philippines. If you are not a business minded person why do you think you can operate a business in a foreign country? If you will depend on income from a business to live in the Philippines, don't go. That is unless you have enough money to live on for at least one year. Even then, chances of a successful business in the Philippines is very low.

If you are already retired and have a monthly retirement income of approximately $1,000.00 you will be fine. Provided you budget your money. Make sure your health insurance plan will cover medical and medications cost in the Philippines. There are insurance companies that provide expat insurance, do your research. You should always have at least $5,000.00 in the bank for any type of emergency and always have a plane ticket out of the country in case of an emergency.

This Simple little task of maintaining a monthly budget is too easily overlooked and that's a fatal mistake for any expat.

The first thing to do is STOP thinking in dollars and start thinking in PESOS. All too often I hear expats say, it's only a dollar. Big mistake as a dollar here and a dollar there adds up to a lot of Pesos. What many expats spend in just one day in the Philippines is what a Filipino family may spend for an entire month. Many Filipinos work six days a week and make just P200.00 a day or about $4.00 that's only $24.00 a week. You, as an American can not live on that little bit of money.

Monthly BUDGET 2007 Living in a rural province is affordable. However, many rural provinces have only limited services. Husband and wife, Estimated 2007 Home Budget in a rural Camotes Islands province of Cebu. The budget doesn't include the visa costs.

Electric (Monthly Average) $45.00, TV Satellite $20.00, Cell Phone Cards $10.00, Gas LPG (Monthly use)$8.00, Internet Connection $20.00, Motorcycle gas (two bikes) $12.00, Motorcycle maintenance (oil, tires, etc) $8.00, House Maint. repairs, etc $60.00, Food, includes bottled water $200.00, Medical Insurance (two people) $90.00, Daytime Maid $40.00, Monthly Total $523.00

Bottom line. Look before you leap. Take your time before moving to paradise and be sure you have a plan and a budget and stick to both, by doing this you will have a happy life in a truly wonderful paradise.

Patrick McGrain is the owner of Patrick has lived in in Camotes Islands, Cebu, Philippines for over three years with his Filipna wife.

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The Best Boxing Video Games Ever!

By Jalil Dawson

Do the names Glass Joe, Kid Quick and Mr. Sandman mean anything to you? If they do, you are probably a GenXer, a boxing fan, and a former or present video game addict. I am proud to say that I fit all of the criteria. If you can not relate, you will read my words, gain some further insight into the mind of a "child of the 80s," and may even want to buy or rent a video game. If you can relate, you will read this and hopefully join the debate.

Dust off your old PlayStation, plug in your new PS3, read my rankings, and you decide if you agree with them or not.

The Top Five Boxing Video Games of All-Time:

5. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! -
In 1987, the star power of Mike Tyson and the brand name of Nintendo Entertainment's Punch Out joined to form one of the more popular video games in recent memory. It was a match made in heaven, but any fight that involved Mr. Sandman was not too shabby either.

4. Fight Night (2004) -
This game is the natural evolution of Knockout Kings, making it the natural leader in the boxing video game space. Its graphics and fighter directory are unmatched (for now).

3. Boxing (Atari 2600) -
Cheesy? Yes. Primitive. Sure. Classic. Most definitely. Although not the first of its kind, this early entrant into the boxing gaming world was the first credible boxing game. For me, this is where it all started.

2. Knockout Kings -
At the time of the first release of this series, it was perhaps the most comprehensive, visually-appealing boxing video game ever created. Not only were the graphics great, but it was the first game to include a "who's who" of the sport's greatest fighters in the game. Who would win in a mythical matchup between Sugar Ray Robinson and Marvelous Marvin Hagler? Here, you could find out.

1. Punch-Out!! -
This game got its start in the arcade before it made its way into the friendly confines of gamers' homes. It spawned as many sequels as Star Wars, and was the first boxing video game that had true cross-over appeal. The phrase "body blow, body blow" still resonates to this day.

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What Else Do People Use Tea For?

By Tuong Pham

Well, you have heard so much about tea drink and all of its wonders and interesting things. But now, let's switch gear a bit and talk about other uses of tea drink. Tea has many wonderful aspects, so what I'm about to tell you is probably the practical side of tea leaves.

One of the major use of tea leaves besides being brewed and drank is the fact that they can absorb the smell and fragrance very fast. This is disadvantage if you try to drink the tea. If you are a tea drinker and you are not storing tea the right way, the next time you open the lid, a weird smell would punch right to your nose that make you wondering what happend to the fresh tea leaves I just bought three weeks ago...?. That's a very bad thing. But you can use the tea leaves' nature to your advantage. That means you can use tea leaves to remove any smell or odor that you don't want around the house. Not fresh tea leaves, but used tea leaves. You would just probably throw them away, so why don't you use those for something else. Stretch your dollar a little further.

Two suggestions would be the refrigerator and the shoes. Almost everyone has a refrigerator and more than once when you open the refrigerator, you can smell the sandwiches or the half-rotten apple that your spouse of your children ( or roomates) left from last week. That's very uncomfortable. Sometimes, a little thing like an orange juice spill would make the refrigerator smell unpleasant. Well, you can reduce the unpleasant smell by placing a container or a open bag of used tea leaves in your refrigerator. But you should remember to remove the tea after 2-3 days. Don't leave one container of tea too long in the frige, replace the tea whenever you finish brewing the next cup of tea.

Now talk about shoes. You can apply the same thing. But this time, you should use dried tea leaves, not used one. This is common sense, the shoe gives unpleasant smell because of the moisture of the feet or outside ( like the rain). It wouldn't make sense if you then put wet tea leaves into shoe. But if you can leave a tiny bag of dried tea leaves into you shoe for a night, the tea can absorb the odor and leaving your shoes smelling fresh ( and a bit grassy like you just walk on a meadow, but it's still much more pleasant than the "fragrance" from your son's shoes after he had soccer practice...).

Other thing you can do is to use tea leaves to clean the dishes. If you want to try something more interesting, you can take a tea bath. You can just throw some tea leaves into your hot bath just to see if it's anything different. One thing for sure that you will acquire a somewhat grassier fragrance. Who knows, your family would just think you just bought a new perfume...

Mr. Pham is tea enthusiast. He has created Nature Healthy Tea to share his knowledge on this healthy drink. More information on black tea.

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Which Wild Bird Feeder Is Right For You?

By Michael Rasco

Wild bird feeding is a very stimulating and educational pastime that millions of people already enjoy, with thousands more joining them every year. Bird feeders are available in so many varieties that it can be difficult for a new birdwatcher to decide which type is best. Are tube style bird feeders better than platform bird feeders? Or do the bird feeders with big seed hoppers take the cake? Let's explore the topic.

The first thing to consider when choosing a wild bird feeder is what type of birds you would like to attract. Different styles of bird feeders bring different birds.

Tube Style Bird Feeders
You have probably noticed this type of bird feeder hanging from trees in the neighborhood, or in the backyards of friends and family. They are quite common; nonetheless, they are very effective at attracting small songbirds, and are therefore very enjoyable. They consist of a plastic or glass tube with two, four, or sometimes more holes in it. Usually a small perch is attached just below each hole, which is called a seed port. Both ends are fitted with a metal or plastic cap. The top cap opens by flipping, sliding, or unscrewing, depending on the brand and model of the wild bird feeder. This makes it easy to refill with seed or to clean.

Many people call the American goldfinch their favorite bird, which makes the decision to buy a tube style bird feeder an easy one. They will attract many other small birds like sparrows and grosbeaks.

Platform Bird Feeders
These wild bird feeders are just trays of seed on a pedestal. They may be placed as low as a foot above the ground up to several feet. Keep in mind that the whole point is to be able to watch the birds, so placing a platform feeder fifteen feet high might be a bit absurd. Please also note that platform bird feeders are designed with the intention of attracting birds that normally feed on the ground, so one to four feet is the optimum height. A platform bird feeder attracts birds by making food more visible to them, and at the same time providing them with a good vantage point to help them keep an eye out for pesky predators. (By the way, try to keep your pets away from wild bird feeders so they don't fall into that category!) Among the many birds that will visit a platform bird feeder are robins, grackles, and occasionally cardinals.
Hopper Bird Feeders

A hopper style wild bird feeder has a large reservoir that dispenses seed onto a tray or into a feeding slot. This type of bird feeder is popular because it attracts a very wide variety of birds. They are often aesthetically pleasing as well, complementing virtually any yard or garden. They are not the hands-down winners of the Battle of the Bird Feeders; they are not as selective towards particular birds, and they can sometimes be a bit more difficult to keep clean (though that is not always the case).

In the end, the best wild bird feeder is the one that most appeals to you. Remember to keep them clean and filled with seed. Birds need the most help in the cold winter months, but it is okay to keep bird feeders stocked year-round. Pick a bird feeder, fill it, and enjoy the birds. Be prepared, because there is a very high probability that you will end up purchasing another wild bird feeder before long!

Michael Rasco is the owner of, a website committed to providing high quality birdhouses, bird feeders, and wild bird information.

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Learn To Use Your Thoughts And Be Happy

By Kate Loving Shenk

"We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one's own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family.

"The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness."

Dalai Lama : The current Dalai Lama, 14th Dalai Lama Source: Tibetan Lamaism. Regarded as vice-regent of the Buddha & the reincarnation of the previous Lama.

The practice of Mahayana Yoga is not about the elimination of problems, but rather, to enable you to use the problems you experience to train the mind to welcome them; to train the mind to recognize aversion to suffering and surrender to it; and to train the mind to welcome problems and see them as the friends that they are.

The practice of Mahayana Yoga Thought Transformation is mind training that teaches us to see all experience as teachings and lessons; to view all experience as beneficial and supportive.

As I remind myself constantly that my only authority is to my own life, minding my own business, I also lean on the strength of my higher power, Divinity and the angels.

I ask Divinity to teach me to detach my mind from what others say and do except to draw helpful lessons and guidance from them.

I adapt a pattern of only working on myself. I stop interfering with others. I mind my own business.

I didn't cause it.
I can't control it.
I can't cure it.

Peace of mind is an attitude of "Hands Off."

Peace of mind is letting go of all that has gone before.

Paradoxically, the awakened mind, in a state of utter detachment, learns to see that all disturbing thoughts and apparent problems are essential for the achievement of happiness and freedom.

This is what Mahayana Yoga Thought Transformation is all about.

Another practice is to consciously become a Bodhisattva: just love all people and beings, adapting gratitude and appreciation for all the people and all the experiences in your life. It's the act of loving others and yourself with an attitude of service and humility that all the apparent "problems" will vanish from your life.
The single practice of fostering a loving heart immediately stops

all confusion regarding life situations.

Another Mahayana Thought Transformation practice in the face of insurmountable problems is called "taking and giving."

Simply visualize taking all the suffering of other people into your heart and imagine giving everything: your body, your possessions, your happiness, your merit to all the suffering in the universe.

Imagine that whatever problem you are experiencing is due to willingly taking upon yourself the problems of others, thereby relieving them of all their suffering.

In this way, you experience your problem for the benefit of others.

Because you are experiencing your problem on behalf of all those with similar problems as well as every conceivable problem, your experience becomes a purification.

Mahayana Yoga teaches that all sickness and disease is the broom that sweeps away negative karma and obscuration. Thus, when ill, we can say: "The fruit of the negative karma I've created in the past is ripening with this experience of sickness, in this life, at this moment.

"If I were not experiencing the results of my past negative karma now, the suffering I would experience in the future would be much greater. By experiencing it now, I have the opportunity to purify myself."

Thinking like this allows you to live your life with a relaxed and happy mind. You do not get upset or depressed about your health or any problem.

As your mind relaxes, external conditions are not disturbing.

When faced with problems you can say: "If I didn't have this problem, I would become lazy. I would lose this precious opportunity to purify my past negative actions and in the process, develop great virtue."

Also say: "I am experiencing this problem on behalf of all suffering beings so that they may be free of suffering."

Also say: "How fantastic that I am actually able to take upon myself the suffering of all living beings at this time."

Then, when your mental capacity is more advanced, you may actually pray to receive even more of the suffering and problems of other beings.

You may wish that all harms, all undesirable experience, disease, failure: All of it!! comes to me rather than others, thus seeking to experience all the so-called bad conditions on behalf of all other living beings.

Pray in this way: "Please grant me blessings so that I can take all karmic debts, obstacles and suffering of all other beings without exception upon myself, and dedicate my body, possessions and love to them, thus may I lead all sentient beings to bliss."

This is the Bodhisattva path.

The power of Bodhisattva is the best protection you can have, infinitely better than spending life after life after millions of eons protecting yourself with Karate.

The power of atomic bombs is completely insignificant when compared to the power of one good heart.

Nurturing the good heart keeps all enemies away, fostering the migration of friends from the seen and unseen realms.

The obstacles to happiness fall away.

The conditions that once appeared miserable now appear auspicious.

Suddenly everything in life is fortunate and good.

People can't see your mind but what they can see is a manifestation of your attitude in actions surrounding your body and your speech.

So pay attention to your attitude all the time, guard it like a parent caring for a child, or as if you are a guru and your mind, the disciple.

The Bodhisattva way is a process.

A teacher is most certainly needed.

But true happiness is the undeniable result.

Kate Loving Shenk is a writer, healer, musician and the creator of the e-book called "Transform Your Nursing Career and Discover Your Calling and Destiny." Click here to find out how to order the e-book: Check Out Kate's Blog:


The Easiest And Most Effortless Online Jobs You Can Find

By Alan Lim

If you are looking for ways to earn extra cash, there's no need to look far. All you have to do is go online and choose from the myriad of online jobs out there. Don't worry, because the online jobs come in different shapes and sizes. You will certainly find one that suits your financing needs and your available time. If you are just looking for some simple, effortless ways to make money, here are some online jobs that can work for you.

Your time is valuableYour time is important, so make sure not to waste it doing mundane part-time jobs that don't pay well. Instead, spend it making quality money online by doing easy and effortless online jobs such as creating e-mail accounts, reading e-mails, and visiting websites.
How much you earn depends on how fast you work. You can even earn as much from your effortless online job as you're earning from your exacting full-time job!

Your opinion mattersDon't keep those thoughts in! Share them and get paid for your opinions. There are lots of survey sites that are willing to pay you for your thoughts. All you have to do is spend a few minutes taking surveys to make money. Some surveys will require you to evaluate websites in three sentences or less and will pay you up to $4 for each survey you take. Some surveys may take a bit longer to answer, but you will also get paid more for them. The more surveys you take and the more time you spend on this easy online job, the more you will earn!

Your network countsWhen you need some extra cash, it's natural to try to find some money-making ways with whatever resources you have on hand. Well, if you know a lot of people, you can actually make money simply through your social network. Without any start-up capital and with minimal effort, you can earn a lot of money based on how many people you know and can convince to sign up. All you have to do is refer your friends to sites willing to pay you for every referral. You won't have a hard time convincing friends, anyway, since once you refer them, then they will also gain access to the money-making opportunities the websites offer.

You are making an impactIf you are a blogger, you can make money effortlessly simply by offering ad space on your blog. If you think some companies or site will benefit from your reader base, invite them to display ads on your site. It is better to find ads that are relevant and connected to the main topic of your blog. This way, the ads will be targeted to your readers and your readers are more likely to click on them. Some affiliate programs will only pay you if a sale is generated by a link or ad on your site, but websites are willing to pay per click on their link or ad. By selling ad space, you are making money without spending and doing anything. Let your readers and visitors make money for you with each click they make on your site. Sign up with web ads sites such as Google AdSense and BlogAds and start making easy money now!

You matterFinally, because you matter, you can actually make money by sharing your profile online. There are research companies who are willing to pay for your information. You won't find any other online job that values you more. All you have to do is spend a few minutes answering questions about yourself and you can easily make money. Of course, you have to be careful when choosing websites or companies to work with. Make sure you sign up with those that have clauses against disclosure of your personal information or use of it for illegal purposes.

Those are just some of the online jobs that are available to you. You can be sure there are plenty of other jobs on the Internet, if you just look closer. If you think you have some time to spare and you can manage the requirements of the simple, easy, and effortless online jobs above, there's no need to wait. You can start making money immediately.

Do you have a lot of free time on your hands? Make money by doing simple jobs! Find out your options at Online Jobs now

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Exercise The Brain

By Trevor Kassulke

The brain is not a muscle, but regularly "exercising" the brain actually does keep it growing and spurs the development of new nerve connections that can help improve memory. As scientists learned more about the brain and how memory actually worked, they realized that there were things you could actually do to improve not only your short-term memory, but to help recall facts that were stored in your long-term memory as well.

These tips can be as easy as paying closer attention to details, such as when meeting persons for the first time. Nervousness or distraction may mean that you're not really listening when a name is said, making it harder for you to recall it moments later. It is believed that it takes about 8 seconds of attention for a memory to travel from short-term to long-term storage, so quickly glossing over information you are hearing for the first time will only hinder your ability to recall it later.

"Over-learning" is another common technique for strengthening memory. This is what a person does when they repeat a bit of information over and over again - they are over-learning it so that there is more of a chance that it will be stored in long-term memory.

Other techniques can be somewhat complicated - until you learn them, that is. Like driving a car, once you learn the "procedure" you never really need to think much about them after that. Memory techniques become just like memories themselves - once they're burned into your brain, they become a natural process.

There are many different memory claims. For example, researchers say that if you are looking for a quick memory fix, just move your eyes from side to side for 30 seconds. Then we have the claim that chewing gum can help to improve memory and enhance cognitive power. You probably know that a diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and "healthy" fats will provide lots of health benefits. This same diet can also improve memory. There is obviously no one method or technique that will improve memory for everyone. However, it is important to "exercise" the brain, otherwise the adage "use it or lose it" definitely applies to the brain.

The author owns and operates, a website dedicated to improving your memory.

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The Only Way To See Italy

By Andrew J Smith

Would you like to discover the real Italy? Well there is only one way to do it.
Chose a little known and little explored, yet stunningly beautiful region.

My two favorites are Piedmont and Le Marche.

The best though is Piedmont for a number of reasons :

1) The best food in Italy comes from Piedmont - nothing you have ever eaten can prepare you for the culinary paradise that awaits you in Piedmont. Some of the best restaurants at reasonable prices are to be found here. Visit the link at the bottom of this page for my personal selection.

2) Piedmont, despite offering the most beautiful scenery, is never overrun with tourists. You will often have the vineyard covered hills and ancient medieval villages and towns all to yourself - except for the locals of course. Piedmont is home to some of the highest mountains peaks in Europe, the most beautiful lake in Italy, Castles and Monasteries unequaled in Italy and much more.

3) When to go - I love the autumn/fall when the vineyards are russet coloured , the market stalls are weighed down with mushrooms and truffles and festivals abound. If not autumn then May or June are good times.

4) How to visit? Fly drive is ideal. Rent a holiday cottage or farmhouse in the heart of the wine route or on the magnificent lake shores and use it as a base to explore.

For some great books on Piedmont, the restaurant picks I mention above and where to stay check out my secret discoveries here -


How Can You Find A Date? Using the Emotional Language

By Alan Lim

Think of the law of first impression
The law of first impression is utmost and paramount if you in actual fact have to find a date. This should be highly connected to the way you open up yourself to the other party. One of the greatest criteria to judge your sincerity is the manner in which you look at the other. Therefore, looking directly into the eyes of your potential date will be very instrumental. People who have a genuine interest to find a date in others often get in touch with the eyes of the other. You should continually do this while discussing with the other. But watch out against fixing your gaze at him or her for too long, because this may be taken to mean gazing or panicking.

Form a good body language
To find a date equally means to show your interest in a particular person. Thus, sit head-on to that person while talking to him or her. This is presumably taken to mean your entire attention has been given to that person.

Watch out your manner of conversation
In order to effectively find a date, you must interrelate with your intention. To develop attraction, there must be fun and fun goes hand in gloves with conversation. Avoid showering your potential date with lots of question. Be conscious of the type of questions to ask. Ask question which relate to his or her age, environment, interest or hobbies. Keep away from asking too many questions especially when a favorable answer has not been given to the previous one. If you ask more than two question when an answer has not been provided to any of the first ones, you may sound boring. Tell your potential date one of two stories that he or she can possibly participate in, and that can equally bring out an answer to any of your questions.

Avoid alcohol if you intend to find a date
Most people find it uneasy to talk face-to-face to others. They have a tendency to always use alcohol as a defensive mechanism to find a date. When you drink, you become nervous and when you are nervous, you talk and act too fast. You even talk at the top of your voice without you getting to know this.

Finally, always have that believe that the worst can happen even to you when you seek to find a date. It is not an obligation that you must find a date at every meeting. So when you are turned down, take it to be a normal occurrence. Keep in mind that credit does not go to the person who points out where a strong man stumbled or where he should have stood up. It goes to the man who always situates himself in the arena, who fails but never stops trying.

There is a great possibility that you can get a date of your choice if you have the self-belief. Do you instantly want to meet people out there? If yes, log on to Find a Date to discover people who need the love and affection that you have.

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The Action in Attraction

By Joanne Baskin

By now we have all been exposed to "The Secret" and the notion of positive thoughts bringing about positive feelings and energy therefore attracting positive experiences and results into our lives. Some of us have begun to journal about what we desire or have created vision boards. We have implemented daily rituals (such as yoga or meditation) into our lives which bring us to a mindful and present place of focus where gratitude and positive energy are the key principles.
These are the principles we are using in generating the kinds of business opportunities or ideal clientele we want.

So when is all of this supposed to manifest? Herein lays the distinction between the law of attraction and human expectation. Our expectations have been developed as a result of what we have already experienced. Our 'time frames" are merely a product of our own set of rules and predictions based on those experiences. However, they are just that-predictions. This is the "tricky" part because the notion of Law of Attraction infers that a present positive vibration will yield a future positive result. If we are bent on receiving a specific result, our focus becomes on "when and in how long?" At that point, we enter into patterned expectations and generate feelings of disappointment or impatience. These then become negative feelings, therefore negative vibrations. And so it goes ...

It seems then that the only choice we have is to find a way to release ourselves from what will happen to what is happening. What is happening is a reflection of what we have already thought.
What we have thought is translated into actions or behaviors which may or may not be in full alignment with what we want. We need to be inspired to act accordingly to our deepest wants and deepest values. Actions which are "inspired" are therefore those which marry what we feel passionately about with what we do. When emotions and passion begin to underpin our actions, then we are transformed towards creating new behaviors drawing in desired situations and new opportunities!

So what does this mean for your business? If we want to attract more, which inspired actions should we take? Here are some ways you can start the attraction process:

• Ask yourself, "What am I grateful for today in my business?" It may be as simple as, "I love that I have the freedom to set my own schedule!" Write it down or use your response as a meditative affirmation.

• Visualize. See yourself as a model of what you want to achieve and allow your emotions of pride and self-validation generate positive energy.

• Set an intention for the day. Rather than concentrating on objectives and goals, use intention as a flexible and organic stretch towards what you want. For example, "Today I will create new relationships which will take me one step closer to...."

• Look for clues. Conversations, images or thoughts often enter into our minds frequently during the day which we ignore. Make a conscious choice to mindfully ask yourself, "Is there an opportunity here?" or, "Can this person or situation help me in some way?" Our own open and questioning mind can generate a flow of creativity which will attract the right people and right situations.

When we find ourselves stuck in our own set of expectations, our actions then become measured and panic-driven. When we can create a business environment that maintains a flow of positive energy, the actions we take become more instinctive and inspired!

The Action in Attraction © Joanne Baskin 2007. All rights reserved.

Joanne Baskin is a Certified Professional Coach with ignitus Solopreneur Coaching. "ignitus" will help start up and solopreneurs create a compelling business vision, accompany them through their goal-setting while establishing work and life balance.


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Got Leverage In Your Business?

By Sue Seward

What is this concept called LEVERAGE in a network marketing business and how does a person actually get it?

You know, when I started in this profession over 15 years ago, I didn't have much LEVERAGE to speak of. Geez -- I didn't even know what that word meant.

No one talked about LEVERAGE much back then.

All we really heard about was all the 'boo coos' of money you could make in MLM. It was really hyped up as a way to get rich really quick and because of this the Network Marketing industry has been called a pyramid scam by some. Ever heard that before? This skepticism is caused by all the hype. The skeptics don't really understand the industry or that it can be a very lucrative profession when people are taught how to build a Network Marketing business properly!

LEVERAGE is the ability to earn a passive residual income off the business building efforts of other people, even while you're not working.

J. Paul Getty, the oil industry billionaire, said, "I'd rather have 1% of 100 people's effort than 100% of my own." Network marketing guerrillas recognize the power of this philosophy and put it to work for themselves Experiencing it is the icing on the cake! It's the ultimate sign that all your efforts are being multiplied!

To see it happening for other members with your team is even more rewarding.

I recently received an exciting email from a woman with my 'sales force' telling me they just purchased a new home - all because of this beautiful concept called LEVERAGE in her MLM business.

Some people spend so much time boasting about how much money they'd like to make in their business. Unfortunately they don't know how to make it happen. They don't take the time to really understand the importance of true LEVERAGE. They don't understand about having to work really hard in the beginning to build something to achieve the leverage that will give them freedom in the long term! Most of the time it's because no one has actually explained or taught them how to obtain leverage.

This is the KEY concept which separates MLM from most other businesses. The fact that network marketing helps you LEVERAGE your most important asset which is your time!

Here's an example of what happens when you LEVERAGE yourself. You go away on a vacation to a beautiful island with crystal clear blue water and white sand, enjoying your family and friends for several days with no phones, no emails, no cell phones, no business activity whatsoever and when you come back...

You discover that all these new business partners have joined your business team! Your 'sales force' has been multiplying while you were away relaxing on the beach! Then you receive a check in the mail for their efforts because you put in the effort to build this team! I've even heard someone call it 'coconut money'!

What's a business team? These are independent business owners all working for themselves only unlike a traditional business you benefit too!

Doesn't that sound better than YOU doing all the work YOURSELF?

It's the business team you build that makes this powerful force called LEVERAGE possible.
Without a growing business team, you're not only working for yourself, but also all by yourself.
You're doing all the work just like you would be if you were self-employed. Self-employed people have no leverage do they?

For anyone who's read Robert Kiyosaki's The Business School For People Who Like Helping People, he talks about the 'E quadrant' (Employee), the 'S quadrant' (Self Employed and Small Business owner), the 'I quadrant' (Investor) and the 'B quadrant' (Business owner).

When you're in the 'S quadrant' as a small business owner, you're doing all the work yourself or managing employees. Kiyosaki calls the 'S quadrant,' "The home of the rugged individual, the John Wayne quadrant of business."

We have a friend we visited with while on vacation a few summers ago. As a small business owner, he couldn't visit for very long because he doesn't have anyone to work for him while away. He hardly ever goes on vacation and never quits working for more than a couple of days at a time. If he does he loses money!

Unlike those of us in MLM, our friend doesn't have a business team growing while he's away. His business depends on his efforts. He has to manage his employees. He's got no FREEDOM.

If you're the typical 'S quadrant' small business owner you don't have the luxury of leaving your business alone. If you shut the door of your store or you're not there for your service business, what happens? There's no business, no clients, no 'sales force' multiplying, no income because you've got no leverage. No leverage No Freedom!

On the other hand, according to Kiyosaki, "Network Marketing is a B quadrant business."

When you put together a 'sales force' of like-minded business owners, all with the same goal of LEVERAGING their business and their lives, something wonderful starts to happen! The business starts to multiply, multiply and multiply some more. This happens without you even being there! I have a sales force that is literally multiplying on it's own because of the efforts I put in many years ago. There were many people with this sales force that attended a recent company event. I wasn't even present at this event yet still receive a nice check in the mail every single month because of the efforts of these business people! You can literally make money while you're sleeping! There's nothing like having an organization multiplying in Australia. Because while sleeping here in the USA it's the NEXT DAY downunder!

The business starts to take on a force of its own. Everyone knows what to do because the business owner whom you show how to get leverage, in turn shows other business owners how.
This skill continues to be passed down to the next business owner and so on and so forth until the business grows bigger and bigger, multiplying endlessly and continuing to give you leverage!

So, the next time you decide to take your family on a much-needed vacation, you can really relax because you'll be LEVERAGING your time. The 'sales force' you put together will keep on multiplying while you're away giving you FREEDOM to spend time with your loved ones.

We've all heard the saying, "Time is Money," right? LEVERAGING your time puts money in your bank account!

The BIG question people ask is, how do I build a business team like this? How do I build a business that pays a passive residual income for something I do one time? The next BIG question is, how long will it take to get this leverage?

Well, it certainly won't happen overnight. It could happen much sooner rather than later if you find a mentor or coach that has actually created LEVERAGE already themselves. That means you must be teachable and willing to follow a system that will eventually multiply your efforts.
What that means is letting go of total control and the habit of doing it ALL yourself. Doing it all by yourself doesn't multiply and create LEVERAGE. No LEVERAGE No FREEDOM remember?

It's important to give your business time to develop, be coachable, motivated, consistent, determined, patient, willing to constantly learn and grow, do not quit and most of all be a team player. Plug into self-development trainings, books and seminars. That's how you'll get this fantastic concept called LEVERAGE both in your business and this will consequently bring FREEDOM into your life.

Sue Seward

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Sue is a wife, mom, entrepreneur, top income earner with her company, who has been working from home online since 1996. She encourages millionaire mind thinking and shows people how to develop valuable connections online and turn them into lasting relationships for long term business profits. She is also a public speaker and published author of numerous print and electronic articles as well as coauthor of the book 'Build It Big: 101 Insider Secrets From Top Direct Selling Experts'. To find out more about how Sue builds her business online visit

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Looking For An Immense Approach To Get The Love Of Your Life? Try Online Dating

By Alan Lim

Online dating progressively being used more and more and it is comparatively and reasonably priced. You loose nothing in terms of finance. Instead, you stand to make up memorable time with someone, maybe for life.

Are you on familiar terms with the fact there are people wanting and willing to take a date with you?

This information can never be true to you till you get along with online dating. It becomes difficult today to easily seek for company, especially due to the ever busy schedule of every individual, coupled with the lack of trust most people have over online dealings. You might have been looking for someone with the peculiarities that you want and a big shot may equally be looking for you. Online dating may be one and only forum where your profiles can easily be matched. Keep in mind that most people face a lot of impenetrability with the traditional dating method of meeting face to face with others. With online dating, it is very feasible you might have already developed a lot of interest in that person through his or her profile before confronting each other.

Why is online dating such a popular thing today?

The response is straightforward. Most sites involved in online dating are aware of the fact that there is someone out there for every person, and most online daters integrate themselves into this fact. For that reason, every individual must develop some interest in online dating whether your intention is simply for a date of for a life match. It is of no substance what your countenance may be or what type of occupation you are in to. Be courageous, there are people out there just wanting to meet others endowed with the qualities that you possess.

Is online dating a convenient method of dating?

This is a very well-situated method of engagement because the affiliation building is by no means done in haste. This is also suitable especially if you find it ill at ease to meet a company of the opposite gender, and above all if you are not at ease in habitual meeting points such as parks or clubs. This is also true of those individuals who have had sour incidents with this type of dating and who look to online dating as the last option. An added advantage is that this is not a blind date. You are given the prospect of discerning the other's persona such as age, race, occupation, academic standing, whether they are or previously been married with or with no children and so many other traits. You can even view a portrait of your would-be friend or mate before accepting to meet with that person.

Do you want to let others know you are in search of them? Heave off that chilling ideas of being on your own and get a hold on the exact person for you by clicking on Online Dating You will not only be looking for fun, but for a life partner.

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How To Prevent Osteoporosis

By Mitchell C. Adams

Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease in which the bones become brittle and prone to breaking. Though osteoporosis affects all bones in the body, of particular concern are fractures of the spine and hip. A spinal fracture or a fracture of the hip can have devastating consequences ranging from excruciating pain in the back or hip, temporary or permanent immobility, deformity in the bone structure and even death.

This can be prevented to a large extent if the proper precautions are taken at the proper time. A healthy lifestyle that promotes strong bones, particularly before the age of thirty is the best defense against osteoporosis. While the further progress of osteoporosis can be managed to a certain extent, there is no permanent cure.

Here's what you can do to protect your bones and yourself from getting osteoporosis. Remember all four steps work in conjunction with each other and each of them is equally important in the fight against osteoporosis.

1. Make sure you get your recommended daily dose of Calcium. Bones need calcium, to grow and to stay strong. Not getting sufficient calcium can be a major factor in the development of osteoporosis.

2. Vitamin D, which is got from direct sunlight as well as from egg yolks, fortified milk and liver, is used by the body to enhance absorption of calcium. Lack of vitamin D inhibits the body's ability to extract and absorb calcium from foods. Vitamin D3, also called cholecalciferol, is the form of vitamin D that is ideal for health of the bones.

3. Weight bearing exercises, including walking, jogging, stair climbing, hiking and dancing are hugely beneficial to the bones. Individuals who exercised regularly during childhood and adolescence are more likely to have denser bones.

4. Tobacco leaches the calcium from the bones. A healthy lifestyle that includes no smoking or excessive alcohol is a great way of taking care of your bones.

Learn how WolfBerries / Wolfberry and Lycium Barbarum can help you be healthier.

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Total Knee Replacement - Get Ready To Heal

By Paul D Stevens

Surgery for a Total Knee Replacement is a major assault on the body. It creates a great amount of stress and your body's natural defense mechanisms react to the stress. Pain, swelling, and inflammation reactions are to be expected. At the same time your body reacts to the knee surgery, it starts to heal itself. Unfortunately, some of these reactions can hinder the healing and your subsequent recovery. The body's resources are stretched to meet all of their needs.

There are some simple things you can do to ensure you heal from your knee replacement as quickly as possible. They aren't complicated nor do they cost a lot of money. They will require your attention both before, and after your knee operation.

The body's ability to recover from any assault is dependent on a number of things. Adequate rest is one. Most healing occurs at night. Relief from stress is another. Stress, or to be more blunt, the fight or flight response, releases various chemicals into the body that channel activity away from long term care and over to quick response capability. You want to avoid this. The last requirement is the presence of appropriate and correct nutrients so the body can repair tissues and reduce inflammation.

Unfortunately our current diets don't have anything like the variety and quantity of vitamins, minerals and other elements that our ancestors evolved with. Part of the problem is the calorie density of our food. The constant presence of sugar and other carbohydrates provides more than adequate energy for our daily requirements, especially with our reduced levels of activities.
In the distant past, our forbears had to eat a much larger quantity of vegetative material, and even meat (much leaner meat, with significantly less fat content) to fuel themselves up for their daily activities. And those daily activities did not involve turning up the thermostat for heat, or flipping a switch for cooling. All travel was by foot, and the hunt for food, before the invention of agriculture, required steady travel during much of the day. The calories burned by primitive peoples were large, but the benefit was that their diets were varied and their daily intake of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients was significantly higher that we get today.

Certainly you should make a point of eating a varied diet, high in fresh vegetables and quality protein. Dark green leafy salads containing romaine, leaf lettuces, kale, swiss chard and spinach are good. Bright colored veggies like peppers (red and orange as well as green), carrots, tomatoes etc. contain the range of vitamins such as A, C, and E that will assist your recovery.

And don't forget to take your multi-vitamins. Even with your best efforts, you are consuming produce that has been bred to look good in the store, and travel well, not to be nutritious. So double up on your on-a-days. A study involving 11,000 dentists, followed over a decade, identified that the healthiest 10% tended to consume about four times the RDA of most essential vitamins and minerals. Something to consider.

You might also think about starting the day off with a protein shake. A rounded scoop of whey protein powder with some frozen berries and half a banana in a blender is an excellent source of low fat protein and anti-oxidants. Have another shake mid-afternoon, and make your main meals, lunch and supper, slightly smaller than normal. This way you are spreading your nutrient intake out across the day. This is easier on your system.

There are some supplements you can take that will help you in your quest to heal. Two amino acids that you might consider are L-Arginine and Ornithine. These two are considered "non-essential" because your body can synthesize them from other proteins, but studies have shown that under conditions of stress, your body does not produce enough of them.

In particular, arginine and ornithine encourage the thymus gland in the production of more and more active lymphocytes. Lymphocytes play an important role in the body's immune system.

As well, studies have shown that arginine, in combination with lysine (1200 mg each), promotes the release of human growth hormone. HGH accelerates wound healing and slows muscle loss after surgery. If you have liver or kidney disorders, you should not take these supplements without consulting your doctor.

Your system has a major job in front of it. Healing from knee replacement surgery will stretch your systems resources. Provide it with the quality fuel it needs. And it will reward you with a faster, more comlication free recovery.

Paul Stevens is a Certified Personal Trainer and was recently the recipient of a new Stryker Triathlon artificial knee. You can read about his experiences pre and post surgery and take a look at his informative knee replacement links at his blog site:

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Natural Pregnancy Achievement

By Lori Ramsey

Natural pregnancy achievement uses the fertility awareness method along with natural family planning. I think this is one of the best methods to pregnancy achievement. As a mom-to-be you want to give your baby the best start in life possible. In preparing to become pregnant you should do everything you can to insure that you are in tip-top health.

Medical intervention has its place. Without it a lot of women would not be able to get pregnant. But there are natural remedies that can help and these should be looked at first.

Chemical birth control is to blame for many fertility problems. It causes unexplained infertility because it puts the reproductive hormones out of balance. This issue is something that I really want to get across. My primary goal is to help make women aware of this and to show them choices in the matter of birth control and pregnancy achievement. Namely there are natural ways of doing things that are much easier and better for the body.

Birth control pills, birth control shots and patches and even the hormone laden IUD's all contain man-made hormones that can take away fertility for up to 18 months or longer once stopped. This is when measures must be taken to balance the hormones and bring back fertility. There are natural remedies to do this.

Before you start any new remedy please seek the advice of your physician. Arm yourself with the knowledge of what natural alternatives can do for you. There are natural alternatives for many of the prescription ones. Namely there are prescriptions that bring on ovulation and menstruation. Research and find out the natural alternatives to these to try first. Always research about it and make an informed decision.

Begin your journey to natural pregnancy by charting your fertility signs of basal body temperature, cervical fluid and cervical position. This alone will help to determine if you are ovulating and if you may have a hormone deficiency or infertility issues. You can take the natural remedies and note the progress on your chart. Some things will work, some will not. The chart is a wonderful way of seeing the true picture.

I encourage all women on the journey to motherhood to be open minded about natural pregnancy achievement. This is the best way, if possible, to help have a healthy conception and pregnancy. Talk with your physician about your choices. Make the decision that will be best for you and for your baby!

Lori Ramsey writes from her experiences of being a mother of five children. She writes about fertility and pregnancy on her website

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A Parent's Voice of Love

By Barbara Ann Simone

Today I am inviting you to get more acquainted with the LOVE of the Universe that is within you, in order to share Its profound magnificence with your child.

Over the past 30 years, whenever I've spoken to children about the enormous presence of God's Love, I've always witnessed a joyful response. I've never seen any situation-"negative" or "positive"-that did not immediately change for the better when God's LOVE was joyfully spoken about. Why is this? Because LOVE is the most powerful force in the Universe!

Your children naturally feel this Love within them. Younger children are VERY connected to this Love. However, as your children grow into the elementary years, the outside world gives no attention to this beautiful relationship. Is there anything you can do to make up for this lack of reinforcement? Are you comfortable speaking to your child about this profound Love?

Your answer probably depends on how you perceive this LOVE in your life. It may seem easier for you to talk to your children about your relationships with others, rather than your relationship with the Divine. As you grow in your Spiritual awareness each day, you can also grow in how you share this most beautiful, intimate relationship with your children. Modeling this relationship is paramount.

YOU are the Perfect Voice of Love to speak the Truth of God's Love to your children on a daily basis!

So as you pray, show gratitude, and look within for your daily guidance. Then, teach your child to do the same.

Here are some ideas of how you can speak of God's Love in everyday experiences:

• Remind them their bodies are kept healthy by this Love. No matter what medicine you give your children, or how many doctors they visit, remind them of the healing power of God's Love that is CAUSE to their bodies functioning properly. "Rebecca isn't it wonderful how God's Love heals you and keeps you healthy all the time!"

• Remind them that wherever they are, God's Love is with them. AND God's Love is with each family member. This Love keeps each family member safe and happy. "God's Loving guidance is with me all day, the same way It is for our family!"

• Tell them that children who are mean and bully other children have forgotten God's Love.
When children and adults make decisions without remembering God's Love- lots of chaos and hurt can happen! "Joey must have forgotten about God's Love when he behaved that way."

• Remind them of their Inner Power to think LOVE in every situation and feel LOVE for whomever they are with. "If you feel lonely at lunch time, remember you're never alone. God's Love is there with you all the time."

• Remind them often that God's Love is cause for the wonderful family life they experience each day. "God's Love blesses us with such wonderful family times together!"

Remind them to look inside of themselves FIRST, as

questions come up during the day. God's Love is ALWAYS
there to guide them. The more your children rely on the
Divine Wisdom inside of them, the stronger their Spirit will
be! "Don't forget to think about God's Love in your heart and mind before you begin your Social Studies test. That way you will certainly do your best!"

The more your children are joyfully reminded about this Love on a daily basis, the happier they will be. This Love relationship with the Divine knows no limits. Whether your child is 2 or 52, helping to foster this relationship can only bring GOOD.

Barbara Ann Simone, the Spiritual Nanny, has been working with children and their families for 30 years. She is the co-author of a spiritual curriculum called The Masters' Classroom, which can be used by families to share powerful spiritual principles. Her program empowers children from 2-102! She offers a free Spiritual Family Newsletter- plus a free Spiritual Story for children at

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Working From Home - What if Everyone Succeeded?

By Briank Davis

Success in the Work At Home Business arena. Let's stop and think for just a minute. Imagine for a minute that everyone who ever joined or will join a work at home business opportunity, MLM or affiliate program succeeded, I mean became wealthy.

Now I have to admit, I used wish that everyone had success in their home based business or MLM program. But then reality sets in. You see we don't want everyone who decides for a fleeing moment to join a work at home business. Who will fix the roads or build houses or drive the big rigs transporting products? See my point, there would be no one to do the type of work that you and I walked a way from to run a successful work at home business.

Ok, I just spent the first two paragraphs talking about how we don't want everyone to be successful in their work at home business adventure, and you've probably come across ad titles that read something like, "98% will fail", or "only 2% will ever make any money" in a home based business. First wipe that crude out of your mind. Who ever came up with those numbers is an idiot. YES most will fail, but most are not willing to do what it takes to succeed in a work at home business.

One of the greatest things in my mind is playing field in the work at home business arena is level. Primarily affiliate and MLM programs. Yes someone who starts a work at home business who already has a substantial amount of money to invest in marketing may have success faster, but every one has an equal chance, just requires a little more work.

Inclosing, if your thinking about starting a work at home based business, go for it, but remember your success will depend on how much effort you're willing to put into your new work at home business.

Brian DavisIs The Owner of

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