Brainwave-Sensing Headsets Give Better Security For Computers   

Brainwave-Sensing Headsets need better security from hackers who can guess users passwords by monitoring their thoughts,according to scientists. Electroencephalograph(EEG) headsets allow users to control robotic toys and video games with the mind. Researches at the university of Alabama at Birmingham in the US found that a person who interrupted a video game and logged into […]

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          Team Leader - Salt - Salt - Wales   
High energy cocktail based venue. Fabulously presented business in the heart of the bay facing the waterfront.... £7.78 an hour
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          Line Chef - Salt - Salt - Wales   
Salt is a high energy cocktail venue based in the heart of Cardiff Bay facing the waterfront. The business has a beautiful bar area with great mezzanine layout... £7.66 - £8.86 an hour
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          Assistant Manager - Salt - Salt - Wales   
Salt is a high energy cocktail venue based in the heart of Cardiff Bay facing the waterfront. The business has a beautiful bar area with great mezzanine layout... £19,000 - £21,000 a year
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          jojo siwa bows £3.50 @ Claires Accessories   
Found by good_day

Quite a few bits of jojo siwa stock in Claire's accessories at Freeport Braintree, bows £5 with 30% off making them £3.50! Absolute Bargain if you've got little girls that are after these! Also have some necklaces and keyrings
          Ο κίνδυνος φτώχειας και η ανισοκατανομή εισοδήματος απειλή για την κοινωνική συνοχή    
Ο κίνδυνος φτώχειας και η ανισοκατανομή εισοδήματος απειλή για την κοινωνική συνοχή
ΑΝΑΛΥΣΗ ΤΗΣ ALPHA BANK
Πολλαπλές και πολυεπίπεδες επιπτώσεις τόσο στην οικονομία όσο και στην κοινωνική δομή έχουν ο υψηλός κίνδυνος φτώχειας και η μεγάλη εισοδηματική ανισότητα που καταγράφεται στην Ελλάδα.
Τις σημαντικές οικονομικές και κοινωνικές επιπτώσεις από τον υψηλό κίνδυνο φτώχειας και την άνιση κατανομή του εισοδήματος, παραθέτει η Alpha Bank στο εβδομαδιαίο δελτίο για την πορεία της οικονομίας. Αναλύοντας τα στοιχεία από τις σχετικές έρευνες που δημοσιοποίησε η Ελληνική Στατιστική Αρχή, η Alpha Bank σημειώνει ότι η διεύρυνση των κοινωνικών ανισοτήτων και του ποσοστού φτώχειας σε συνδυασμό με την ανεργία μπορούν να προκαλέσουν διαταραχή στην κοινωνική συνοχή.
Σημειώνεται ότι η Ελλάδα κατέχει το δεύτερο υψηλότερο ποσοστό κινδύνου φτώχειας μετά την Ισπανία, στους νέους ηλικίας 20-29 ετών αλλά το σχετικά χαμολότερο ποσοστό στους συνταξιούχους.  Το υψηλό ποσοστό φτώχειας που παρατηρείται στου νέους είναι συνδεδεμένο με το πολύ υψηλό ποσοστό ανεργίας των νέων, τόσο στην Ελλάδα όσο και στην Ισπανία. Το  ποσοστό ανεργίας των νέων ηλικίας 20-29 το 2016 ανήλθε στο 31,4% στην Ισπανία και στο 37,7% στην Ελλάδα. Όσον αφορά στο ποσοστό των συνταξιούχων που βρίσκονται σε κίνδυνο φτώχειας, παρατηρείται ότι η Ελλάδα καταγράφει το χαμηλότερο σχετικά ποσοστό σε σχέση με τις υπόλοιπες χώρες της ΕΕ.
Συγκεκριμένα, όπως προκύπτει από την ανάλυση της Τράπεζας, οι επιπτώσεις του υψηλού κινδύνου φτώχειας και η ανισοκατανομή του εισοδήματος, είναι:
  • Στρεβλώνει τη συναλλακτική διαδικασία, καθώς αυξάνει το ποσοστό των νοικοκυρών που δηλώνει δυσκολία στην αποπληρωμή των υποχρεώσεων εντός προθεσμίας, είτε αυτές αφορούν στην εξυπηρέτηση δανείων, είτε στην πληρωμή παγίων λογαριασμών. Σημειώνεται ότι σύμφωνα με την ΕΛΣΤΑΤ, το ποσοστό των φτωχών νοικοκυρών που δυσκολεύεται να αποπληρώσει έγκαιρα τις δόσεις των πιστωτικών καρτών και δανείων, ανέρχεται σε 85%, τους πάγιους λογαριασμούς σε 62,3% και τα ενοίκια για την κατοικία ή την δόση του στεγαστικού δανείου σε 63,4%.
  • Θέτει σε κίνδυνο τους δημοσιονομικούς στόχους, καθώς εξασθενεί τη δυνατότητα των νοικοκυριών να καλύψουν τις φορολογικές τους υποχρεώσεις, ενώ έχει ως αποτέλεσμα την συσσώρευση των εκκρεμών φορολογικών υποχρεώσεων των ιδιωτών προς το δημόσιο.
  • Περιορίζει την οικονομική ανάπτυξη, καθώς επιδεινώνει τη διαρροή του επιστημονικού δυναμικού στο εξωτερικό (brain drain) που παρατηρείται τα τελευταία έτη. Τελικώς, η χώρα στερείται καινοτόμες επιχειρηματικές ιδέες, εισφορές στην κοινωνική ασφάλιση και φορολογικά έσοδα.
  • Οδηγεί στην υποεπένδυση σε ανθρώπινο κεφάλαιο (under-investment in human capital), καθώς μεγάλο μέρος των φτωχών νοικοκυριών αδυνατεί να χρηματοδοτήσει έξοδα σπουδών εκτός του τόπου κατοικίας.
  • Η διεύρυνση των κοινωνικών ανισοτήτων και του ποσοστού φτώχειας, σε συνδυασμό με την μακροχρόνια ανεργία και την υψηλή ανεργία των νέων, μπορεί να προξενήσει διαταραχή στην κοινωνική συνοχή.





          New Voices - 1 week on   
I thought some of you may be interested in my New Voices journey so far.

I'm on Team Jessica - so my mentors are Jessica Hart and Meg Lewis. I feel so incredibly lucky to have these women helping me. Even if I go no further, making it to the Top 10 has been worth it for the experience of working with Jessica and Meg.

After the initial euphoria of receiving my Top 10 email, I received my feedback on my chapter about a day later. As all I had written was the first chapter (the perils of entering something brand new), I then asked lots of questions as I wanted to make sure my h/h conflicts were strong enough, and that my plan for the external plot was on the right track. As it turned out (not surprisingly) both my conflicts and plot needed some tweaking, and I've got no doubt that my story is stronger thanks to Team Jessica brainstorming!

I've finished Chapter Two, but it will need some further revisions following Meg and Jessica's feedback.

So far I've found this past week pretty overwhelming. This opportunity it SO incredibly huge that it is scary to think what I'm throwing away if I screw this chapter up :(

But - I wouldn't swap it for anything in the world :) All I can do is my best, I suppose!
          I just discovered something mildly terrifying (New Voices related)   
Look!

Heidi Rice's blog that says the New Voices top 10 have been chosen

The Top 10 will be announced on Monday. For some reason I had thought the announcement was on Wednesday, not Monday. Argh! It is no longer reassuringly far off.

In other news, I'm home! My holiday is over :( I'm currently in a strange exhausted-but-can't-sleep limbo,  after arriving home this afternoon from London. That's 13 hours London -> Singapore than a stop over, then 5 hours Singapore -> Perth. It's about as pleasant as it sounds. In London it is currently 3pm, so I guess I'm experiencing my first bout of jet lag - lucky me :)

New Voices entries are, however, brilliant to read when your brain is too mushy to comprehend an actual novel - a chapter is perfect. So, back to reading (and eventually, I hope, sleeping) I go...
          Bill Maher Wants to Make Summer Great Again   
The comedian says that America has reached peak stupidity all the time, rendering the summer months pointless.

“Real Time” host Bill Maher went on an epic rant about the decline of summer in America during his “New Rules” segment Friday.

“Someone has to tell me how summer, the time of year when we traditionally give our brains some rest, can retain its specialness if stupid season now runs on all year round,” Maher said while taking a break from the panel discussion.

“How can you feel good about earning a vacation for your mind if we’ve retired from the job of think all together?” he asked.

Overcome with nostalgia, Maher noted that people used to enjoy their summers by reading trashy novels on the beach, watching “stupid” movies and disregarding any dress code.

Now people play Candy Crush on their phones and dress ridiculously all the time.

“We have now ruined summer because America insists on being peak stupid at all times,” Maher said.

“Our president is Donald Trump,” he added. “He’s on vacation all the time. Everything he does is trivial. How is my guilty pleasure time of year supposed to out do that?”

“Before the internet, the only escape from work was the summer vacation,” he continued. “But now escaping work is as easy as closing the office door and typing the words Pornhub.com.”

To end his rant, Maher gave his audience a call to action, demanding they took back summer.

“We have to get summer back. We got to be able to enjoy stupidity again. Hard earned respectable stupidity. That’s what my goal is in the age of Trump,” he said.

 

 

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          Reading the Office of Legal Counsel on Emoluments: Do Super-Rich Presidents Get a Pass?    

 

I wrote last November that the Foreign Emoluments Clause “is on its face a national security provision designed to the protect the country from officers too enmeshed with foreign interests.” If the Justice Department’s recent court filing is to be believed, that protection is exceedingly limited. This new position marks a decisive break from the more conscientious approach long espoused by both the Comptroller General and the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC).

At the heart of the emoluments controversy is President Trump’s refusal to liquidate his business holdings. He has instead maintained ownership of the Trump Organization, a multibillion-dollar umbrella company with thousands of domestic and international investments, and placed the assets in a revocable trust managed by his sons Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump. Trump now faces three lawsuits alleging that he is profiting from his business empire in violation of the Constitution. Three days after his inauguration, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government accountability watchdog group, filed the first suit in the Southern District of New York. This month, two more complaints were filed by the attorneys general of Washington D.C. and Maryland and 196 congressional Democrats, in federal district courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia, respectively.

All three suits center on the meaning and scope of the Foreign Emoluments Clause, which provides that “no person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept any present, Emolument, Office or Title of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign state” (U.S. Const. art. I, § 9, cl. 8). Citing Trump's business dealings with state governments and federal agencies, such as its lease on the Old Post Office Building that now houses the Trump International Hotel, two of the suits also allege violations of the Domestic Emoluments Clause. This provision applies specifically to the president and provides that he shall receive “for his Services” a fixed compensation during his tenure and not “any other Emolument from the United States, or any of [the states]” (U.S. Const. art. II, § 1, cl. 7).

Serious procedural challenges like standing notwithstanding, given the House and Senate’s failure to address head-on the risks posed by Trump’s financial conflicts pose, the lawsuits could prove important in forcing a much-needed conversation: Is Trump taking in profits in violation of the Constitution? And just as critically, are future presidents entitled to pull a Trump—or does the Constitution dictate that they, like Jimmy Carter, must sell their family peanut farms as a condition of taking office?

No Article III court has ever rendered an opinion on how either Emoluments Clause should be interpreted, though the Supreme Court has offered interpretations of the term “emoluments” as it appears in Foreign Emoluments Clause-related statutes periodically enacted by Congress since 1881. Because of the limited judicial precedent, the internal memoranda from the Comptroller General and the Office of Legal Counsel that have been made public over the years are among the most important sources of guidance we have on emoluments issues. And though these memoranda do not directly address the question posed by the Trump business empire, making some amount of inference and legwork necessary, in critical respects they quite clearly contradict the sweeping defense that the Justice Department put forward this month in its 70-page motion to dismiss the CREW case against Trump.

The key issue in these suits—once you get behind a set of justiciability questions that may prove dispositive—is what constitutes an emolument (though with respect to the Foreign Emoluments Clause there’s also some disagreement about what kind of entity constitutes a “foreign state”). In plain English, we are looking at an exotic presidential twist on the biggest and oldest challenge to enforcing any anticorruption law: What counts? Do the forbidden “emoluments” cover only goodie boxes, blatant quid pro quo arrangements, and employment-related compensation? Or are the profits that Trump enjoys by way of his business transactions also prohibited when they come from foreign states and domestic government entities? And if the latter, more expansive definition is the appropriate one, are the profits prohibited only when the take is in excess of  “fair-market-value”—and if so, does that definition serve as a meaningful limitation when at issue are luxury goods whose value or sales may be inflated by the fact that Trump is president and the products are prominently branded with his name?

Predictably, the dispute has taken the form of a battle for the original meaning of “emoluments.” An array of historical materials support both a limited and broad definition. The two possible interpretations are well summed up by the Oxford English Dictionary, which provides two definitions dating back to the Founding: “1. Profit or gain arising from station, office, or employment . . . . 2. Advantage, benefit, comfort.”

The Justice Department, like Trump’s lawyers at Morgan Lewis, latches onto the first definition  to argue that “the Emoluments Clauses apply only to the receipt of compensation for personal services and to the receipt of honors and gifts based on official position.” That is, President Trump is precluded only from receiving benefits in exchange for services provided to a foreign state in his official capacity as president, or—and this is crucial, given the subject matter of the OLC opinions—services provided “in a capacity akin to an employee of a foreign state.”

The plaintiffs in the three suits, on the other hand, argue for the much more expansive definition. Marshaling its own set of historical evidence, CREW asserts that emoluments are "anything of value, including money, permits, approvals, tax benefits, any other benefits, and anything else monetary or nonmonetary, regardless of whether it is given in exchange for goods or services, and regardless of whether it is part of a transaction at, above, or below market rates."

A close examination of the relevant Comptroller and OLC opinions reveals that the current Justice Department is reading the Emoluments Clauses too narrowly, while CREW and the other plaintiffs are reading them too broadly. None of the opinions approves the receipt of benefits that can even arguably be attributed to the prestige or influence conferred by an office, and together they do not support the Justice Department’s claim that presidents may, as a categorical matter, collect profits from business transactions with foreign entities and domestic government entities as long as fair value is extracted on both sides. But notwithstanding the plaintiffs’ hard pull in the other direction, the opinions also suggest that presidents may in limited cases accept certain fixed benefits—as I will explain, these might be pensions from the U.S. state that used to employ them or money damages from a foreign country against which, in a past life, they successfully won a judgment. The key is that those benefits cannot be subject to foreign or domestic government manipulation or adjustment in connection with the presidential office.

This happens to be a sensible position that accords with what the opinions repeatedly underscore as the purpose of the Emoluments Clauses and the ultimate touchstone for interpreting their meaning: “to prevent corruption and foreign influence” and to bar “payments which have a potential of influencing or corrupting the integrity of the recipient.”

 

Why Language About Emoluments Is Easily Misused

A threshold issue before turning to the OLC literature is the confusion created by cherry-picking historical materials without consideration of their factual context. For example, in its motion to dismiss, the Justice Department followed the lead of some scholars in pulling some Supreme Court language that suggests the term “emoluments” applies only to salary and other duty-related benefits. Most notably, in Hoyt v. United States, 51 U.S. 109 (1850), the Court defines emoluments as “every species of compensation or pecuniary profit derived for a discharge of the duties of office” (emphasis added).

But in Hoyt, the Supreme Court was specifically asked to decide what constitutes an “emolument of office” per a statute governing Treasury Department collectors in their official capacity; the case did not require the Court to consider or rule on the existence of emoluments of other kinds. This is a key point for purposes of properly construing any Comptroller or OLC opinion that cites Hoyt and regurgitates its definition of “emoluments.” These opinions, like Hoyt, have to be read with an eye to their facts: they do not assert that “emoluments” must derive directly from discharge of duty; rather, the kind of emoluments at issue in those opinions was the kind derived for discharge of duty. As a consequence, the reliance on Hoyt in these opinions does not serve as evidence of a limiting principle for emoluments in general.

In short, as pointed out by the plaintiffs and by assorted scholars, the proper question for purposes of discerning the historical scope of “emoluments” is not whether the term could be interpreted in a restricted way, to refer only to benefits derived from discharging the duties of an office, but whether it was necessarily so interpreted at the time the Emoluments Clauses were drafted. As John Mikhail has painstakingly documented, the answer is no—and we don’t have to look at secondary sources, however authoritative (e.g., Black’s Dictionary) to draw that conclusion. Consider, for example, some of the constitutions ratified during the first of two major waves of state constitution-making in the Founding decade. Several included “common benefits clauses” that used the word “emoluments” in a way that simply defies narrow interpretation. The Pennsylvania Constitution (1776) provides: “That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection and security of the people, nation or community; and not for the particular emolument of advantage of any single man, family or sett [sic] of men, who are a part only of that community[.]” Very similar language appears in the Virginia (1776), Vermont (1777), and New Hampshire (1784) constitutions. Far more elaborate historical arguments demonstrating the broad uses of the term have been presented elsewhere: see here, here and here. The bottom line is that there is an abundance of primary Founding-era material making use of the broad definition of emoluments, so it is wrong to use language from fact-bound case law to assert that the term is an inherently limited one.

 

The Plaintiffs Define “Emoluments” Too Broadly

Does that mean, as plaintiffs assert, that all types of benefits conferred on the president by foreign countries and U.S. states are prohibited emoluments? According to the Comptroller and OLC opinions, clearly not.

A number of opinions explain that officers do not need to forego fixed benefits to which they are entitled for reasons manifestly unrelated to and uninfluenced by their office. This is a common-sense interpretation of the Clauses that avoids rigidity for rigidity’s sake, where denial of benefits would do nothing to serve the Clauses’ anti-corruption, anti-influence purpose.

For instance, the Comptroller and the OLC each independently concluded that President Ronald Reagan could collect ordinary retirement benefits from California, where he had served as the state governor, without violating the Domestic Emoluments Clause’s prohibition against the receipt of “emoluments” from a State. In its 1983 opinion, the Comptroller determined that President Reagan’s pension from California “cannot be construed as being in any manner received in consequence of his possession of the Presidency.” Coming to the same conclusion in its earlier 1981 opinion, the OLC also noted that “those [retirement] benefits are not emoluments in the constitutional sense” and their receipt does not “violate the spirit of the Constitution.” To support its reasoning, the OLC in turn relied on a 1964 opinion (not published) where it similarly decided the estate of President Kennedy was entitled to the naval retirement pay that had accrued during his presidency. Interpreting the Foreign Emoluments Clause “in the light of its basic purposes and principles,” it concluded he could receive payments to which he was entitled as a matter of law “prior to his taking office.”

The same principles support allowing officers to collect on certain kinds of money judgments, even from foreign powers. In a 1955 opinion, the Comptroller decided that an attorney in the Justice Department could receive a lump sum payment and lifetime annuity from the German government for his wrongful removal from the judgeship he held before he emigrated to the United States, as provided by German indemnification legislation. The Comptroller reasoned that those payments did not constitute emoluments from his former office, but rather “represent damages payable as a direct result of a moral and legal wrong.” Turning to its “spirit of the Constitution” analysis, the Comptroller had no trouble determining the payments were not problematic: they were “obviously . . . not intended to influence him as an officer of the United States,” were made under laws not specific to him, and were not payments voluntarily made by the German government but rather mandatory indemnification required by the Allied powers. In a 1954 opinion on the same matter, the OLC came to a slightly different place—the payments were not permitted to the extent they amounted to German retiree benefits—but like the Comptroller, it found that damages intended to redress injury were not prohibited emoluments.

Note what these opinions have in common: they generally allow the officer in question to collect payments or benefits that, patently, have nothing to do with and cannot possibly have been affected by his U.S. office. That 1983 Comptroller opinion put it best, and contains a line worth repeating: President Reagan was entitled to his pension because it “c[ouldn’t] be construed as being in any manner received in consequence of his possession of the Presidency.”

Applying this general rule, it makes sense that presidents are permitted to invest in U.S. Treasury bonds; and the rule also explains why wealth management solutions like blind trusts have long been accepted as workable resolutions to problems of conflict of interest. But it certainly doesn’t provide clearance for all profits derived from discretionary, “fair-market-value” transactions where the president is obviously and individually on one end of the sale.

 

The Justice Department Defines “Emoluments” Too Narrowly

A key move in the Justice Department’s brief is to rely heavily on a point of dubious significance: it asserts that “in every published OLC or Comptroller General opinion in which proposed conduct was determined to involve prohibited emoluments, the determination involved an employment relationship (or a relationship akin to an employment relationship) with the foreign government.”

If you think about it, there’s at least one common-sense explanation for the limited precedent: In general, the government employees on whose behalf these opinions were sought probably didn’t own hotel chains, lucrative licensing agreements, or hundreds of trademarks from which they derived significant foreign-based or domestic government-based income. Their thing of value, as civil servants, was their skill set, and thus the relevant question was whether they were constitutionally permitted to lend out that skill set to foreign governments or organizations with foreign state ties for payment.

A 1986 OLC opinion written by then-Deputy Assistant Attorney General Samuel Alito cuts against the assertion that whether the profit in question is derived from employment or personal services should be, by itself, dispositive. There, Alito determined that a NASA employee could indeed accept a fee for reviewing a PhD candidate's thesis for an Australian university. To get to this conclusion, Alito made two significant moves. First, uncertain as to whether a public university should be regarded a "foreign state," Alito instead decided to turn to the features of the proposed consultancy and consider whether they "raise[d] the kind of concern . . . that motivated" the prohibition’s enactment. This marks a functional, purpose-driven approach to the question of permissible benefits. Second, he suggested the following facts weigh against finding the fee a prohibited emolument: (1) the NASA scientist was not selected because of his position with the U.S. government, (2) the fee was an ordinary amount given the service to be rendered, (3) there was no reason for the officer to have "direct contact" with the university officials, and (4) the consultancy was "limited both in time and in substantive scope," and no "continuing relationship" was anticipated.

Note that the fact the scientist would be acting in an employment or personal services capacity did not automatically render the payment an emolument. This is the key takeaway from this opinion, and it is at odds with the Justice Department’s claim that employment is the make-or-break issue when it comes to determining whether a benefit or payment is an emolument. Second, consider the implications of the first and fourth points Alito highlighted. The scientist’s selection for the job and associated payment had nothing to do with his U.S. office, which is not a conclusion that can be readily drawn about the services purchased by foreign and state government employees newly flocking to Trump International Hotel. It may suggest the permissibility of accepting profits from truly routine transactions by truly routine hotel customers, including some government diplomats—but this possibility is undercut by Alito’s reference to the extremely limited nature of the permitted relationship and transaction in question.

The Justice Department is understandably leaning hard on the idea that an emolument must be received specifically as a function of office or employment. After all, without this very specific qualification, its argument for the permissibility of accepting profits from ordinary transactions falls apart. Two OLC opinions make this clear.

A 1982 OLC opinion determined that the Foreign Emoluments Clause barred an employee of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from working on his leave time for an American firm contracted by a Mexican government agency to review the design of a government-owned nuclear power plant. And a 1993 OLC opinion concluded that law firm partners serving as non-government advisors on the Administrative Conference of the United States could not accept partnership earnings “where some portion of that share is derived from the partnership’s representation of a foreign government” without triggering the constitutional prohibition. In the 1993 opinion, the OLC actually dismissed the argument that the conference member was not subject to the foreign government's “control” as “not decisive.” Instead, the OLC concluded that the portion of partnership profits the conference member would receive "would be a function of the amount paid to the firm by the foreign government," such that "the partnership would in effect be a conduit for that government." Acceptance of that portion of income was therefore a prohibited emolument (OLC reconsidered this opinion in 2010, but only with respect to whether the members held an “Office of . . . Trust” for purposes of the Foreign Emoluments Clause).

In these opinions, the OLC simply did not care that there was nothing out of the ordinary about the payments in these cases from a transactional or fair-market perspective. This runs contrary to the crux of the Justice Department’s argument for the innocuousness of Trump’s business-related foreign and domestic government income.

The textual kicker in all this is that even accepting the Justice Department’s insistence that “emolument” is best read to mean “profit arising from an office or employ” (Barclay’s A Complete and Universal English Dictionary on a New Plan (1774)), it doesn’t follow that all ordinary business transactions are okay: What if those transactions are, in number or value, enhanced by the prestige of the president’s office? Couldn’t the profit thereby derived then constitute “profit arising from an office or employ”? [Update, 5:17 pm: This is a line of argument that Marty Lederman compellingly and more thoroughly details here.]

It is to prevent this reading that the Justice Department argues that prohibited benefits must arise not just from the office but from the provision of services pursuant to that office. But this argument relies on a stunted conception of the power that an "Office of Profit or Trust" confers. To lift an example wholesale from Ben Wittes: If Trump owned a nondescript hotdog truck outside the White House that charged the same price for hotdogs as any other foodtruck and sold them to some incidental foreign customers, that would not be problematic under this definition of emoluments. If the truck were Trump-branded and either charged inflated prices or enjoyed inflated sales because Trump is president, and Saudi potentates lined up to put cash in his register, that would seem to constitute impermissible “profit arising from an office,” as a textual matter and in view of the historic Comptroller and OLC perspective.

At base, this is what plaintiffs are claiming—that the profits Trump is enjoying “aris[es] from” his office—so “aris[e] from” may be a definitional phrase the Justice Department is interpreting too narrowly. Trump’s status as the most powerful man in the world affects his business transactions, which are self-branded to boot. Not only is he enjoying booming business at his exclusive properties, in part thanks to foreign guests reportedly seeking to get in the president’s good graces, but he has also won Chinese trademark protection that, according to plaintiffs, he would not have received had he not become president.

Finally, on a practical note, notice the perverse upshot of the Justice Department’s fixation on employment and personal services as the place where the river divides. This assertion that payment for goods and business-related services is permissible but payment for employment and “personal services” is not means that a president can’t profit off his brain or body when it comes to cash from foreign sources or U.S. government entities, but can, without limitation, profit off the brains and bodies of those he can afford to employ in his private capacity. It’s what you might call a constitutional free pass for super-rich presidents.

The Comptroller and OLC opinions do not support such a result. They repudiate it.

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Ultimately, the Justice Department’s view of emoluments marks a departure from the public Comptroller and OLC opinions in at least two critical respects. First, the new position is a clear abrogation of the practical “spirit of the Constitution” analysis on which the Comptroller and OLC have consistently relied to ensure a stringent rather than forgiving interpretation of what constitutes an impermissible benefit or undue influence (see, e.g., 1955 Comptroller Opinion, 1981 OLC Opinion, 1983 Comptroller Opinion; see also OLC 1962, noting “the sweeping nature of the constitutional prohibition”; OLC 1980, citing 1902 Attorney General Opinion stating the Foreign Emoluments Clause is “directed against every kind of influence by foreign governments upon officers of the United States” and the “prohibition should be given the broadest possible scope and application”). Second, the Justice Department’s quite specific argument that the president can profit from employing people to do business with foreign countries and government entities in the United States amounts to a strange carve-out, one that allows extremely wealthy officers with people in their employ to cash out as they wish on the advantages that the prestige of their office confers, without any consideration whatsoever of the sources of that cash. This interpretation is flatly at odds with executive branch tradition: I have yet to see a single opinion that has permitted an officer to collect profits even arguably enhanced by the power of his office, much less categorically benefit from discretionary, price-indeterminant transactions that foreign governments and U.S. government entities may enter into at will.

Note the issues I did not address here. What is not (yet) a point of debate in these particular lawsuits is whether these constitutional provisions apply to the president at all. The Domestic Emoluments Clause applies to the president by its express terms, and in its recent motion, the Justice Department doesn’t dispute CREW's claim, or the OLC’s preexisting determination, that the more obliquely phrased Foreign Emoluments Clause applies to the president as well (and notwithstanding the occasional argument to the contrary).

In addition, as the suits proceed in federal court, we can expect much of the legal discussion to focus on jurisdictional hurdles. There’s a strong argument that the courts don’t have a role to play, and that presidential corruption rising to the level of an emoluments violation is a political question whose resolution properly lies with Congress. Though the congressional suit spearheaded by Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representative John Conyers, Jr. alleges that Trump has failed to come to Congress for requisite permission in accepting foreign emoluments, Congress’s best recourse be impeachment proceedings. (Or if it so chose, Congress could avail itself of a lot of options short of impeachment, but in the words of Charles Black, Jr., circa 1974, “what an enormous if.” Recall that the House of Representatives has the power to demand Trump’s tax returns but has not exercised it.)

But as for the substantive question of whether the Comptroller and OLC of yore would have signed off on the Justice Department’s blessing of all monies flowing in by way of business transactions, the answer is “no.”


          Radically Distinct Radio with Jenn Morgan - Be Your Most Powerful Brand: Mary Draeger On Breaking Rules, Taking People As They Are And Living Without A Filter   
EpisodeJenn sits down with actress & model Mary Draeger to talk about navigating life when you have no filter between your brain and your mouth, taking people as they are, and a very interesting conversation about the dynamics of the women's bathroom.
          Re: BOGLEHEADS CONTEST Mid-Year Report   
I, for one, wouldn't mind losing to madbrain. His/her guess of 36,000 is currently in last place, but a lot can happen in 6 months!
          GeekList Item: Item for Geeklist "The Culling Forty: (Nashville,TN 37075) ends 7/12/2017"    

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          Heart Roasters   
Is it possible to be too serious about coffee?  The first time I visited this roastery and cafe located at 2211 East Burnside, I observed one of the staff doing a pour-over.  She had a look on her face not unlike a lab technician extracting a newly discovered cancer cure from a DNA helix.  She spent what seemed like an eternity oh-so-slowly pouring hot water over perfectly ground and measured coffee.  When the pour-over was finished, she deeply inhaled the resulting coffee's aroma.  Then she walked away and came back a minute later to once again inhale with zen-like focus.  Another minute passed, and she inhaled again.  I never saw her take a drink.  Maybe she never did.

All that seriousness apparently pays off, because Heart makes really good coffee.  And the space they offer for drinking it will appeal to those who favor a clean retro-modern aesthetic.  It's a bit hard to describe, but their custom colored (and gorgeous) espresso machine offers some clues:


The baristas take their time getting the best out of this machine, which features gauges and paddles for each group to precisely control pressure and water flow.

Not all of the machines make coffee at Heart.  They also have a 1970's stereo with real speakers playing interesting music at listening (rather than background) volume.  There's even a turntable, but it seems to be used mostly as a place to rest iPods.
  
If you order an espresso, you will have your choice of a couple single origin beans.  The Kenyan I had on a recent visit was deep and raisiny.  A double shot is $3, which seems at the north end of reasonable, and looks something like this:


It will be delicious, and the perfect thing to sweep the cobwebs from a foggy brain on a rainy afternoon. 

          Skobbler’s ForeverMap 2: Fully-Featured Offline Navigation App With Bicycle Routing   

ForeverMap 2 is one of those great apps that should be a no-brainer download for any even moderately frequent map user. Unlike either the standard iOS Maps app or the Google Maps app, ForeverMap 2 can download and store custom maps on your device — allowing you to use the map and accompanying navigation features […]

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          Connecticut Brain Injury - Home Support Services - ABI Resources LLC - Connecticut   
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          Trump's Brain   
Through all my years of blogging, I have purposely refrained from political satire.  Well, times are
          Lantus doesn't agree with me?   

Hi everyone!

I'm new to the forum and pretty new to T1D - I was diagnosed on May 21st, 2017. I had a pretty typical experience leading up to that day (hospitalized with DKA, A1C 12%, weighed 85 pounds as a 19-year-old 5'6'' female), although since then it's been anything but.

I was put on 8 units of Lantus at night and 2 of Humalog with meals to start off, and I immediately had a severe reaction to the insulin. My legs, arms, and face swelled up to the point where it was painful to move, and it's only slightly gotten better over a month later (doctors confirmed it's an extremely rare reaction to starting insulin therapy). I'm also exhausted yet can't sleep at night, and have awful "brain fog". I'm up to 110 pounds now (I've always been around 105 naturally), which is healthier, but I don't want to gain too much more weight. These side effects only appeared once I started taking insulin. I've done extensive bloodwork - my liver, thyroid, kidneys, heart, cholesterol etc. are all textbook.

The thing is, I could live with all of this if my blood sugars were well-controlled. However, I'm typically at 13-16 mmol/L in the morning, drop down to 8-12 during the day, and go high again at night. My endo told me to increase my Lantus dose, and I'm now taking 20 units at night. I'm taking a lot of Humalog to correct (25 units some days) but it's never more than a temporary fix. The side effects get worse every time I increase my Lantus, and I'm actually getting worse overnight/morning readings with the higher dose. I am getting a Dexcom G5 next week, so that should give me more insight about what's happening throughout the day.

I'm meticulously counting carbs (~50g a day - I was already low-carb before diagnosis), walking after meals, and correcting when needed, but my TDD has just skyrocketed without any improvement in my "baseline" blood sugar readings. I know it seems counterintuitive, but it feels like I had better readings and less side effects on a lower TDD (~20 units compared to ~45 now). Is it possible that Lantus just doesn't agree with me? I'm just very frustrated with the whole experience.

Thanks!!


          Tamara Holder: ‘The Women in Donald Trump’s Life Probably Have Smaller Minds Than His Small Hands’   

During Saturday’s “AM Joy” on MSNBC, attorney and former Fox News Channel host Tamara Holder said the women in President Donald Trump’s life have brains smaller than the president’s hands because they do not stop him when he criticizes other women. “I think that the women in Donald Trump’s life probably have smaller minds than his small hands,” Holder told host Joy Reid. She went on to say Trump has surrounded himself with “very, very weak-minded women who are afraid of him” and can only defend him rather than speak out against him. “He has continued to surround himself, Donald Trump, with very, very weak-minded women who are afraid of him. We are seeing Donald Trump explode from very, very far away. Imagine the fear that these women have when they’re up close and personal with him. You can’t fight fire with fire if you’re standing right next to it. It’s going to explode and you’re going to blow up. So, this is why he has surrounded himself with women who can’t do anything other than defend him — kind of defend him, just not say anything.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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          What We're Reading: Conan's Twitter Buddy and New York in Pixels   
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          Neuroinformatics Intern - Ontario Brain Institute - Toronto, ON   
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) is a provincially‐funded, not‐for‐profit initiative seeking to maximize the...
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          [uhindsv46]:When the Golf Ball is Struck - POCO空间(POCO.CN)   
If you were about to engage in a static activity, static stretching might well prepare you for it. If you are about to play a round of golf, dynamic stretching is necessary to get your parts moving and ready to perform. For example, putting your foot up on a bench best way to improve your golf swing, bending forward to touch your toe and holding that position for 30 seconds would be considered a static stretch. However when you golf swing stroke, if you put your foot on the bench, bent forward and then rotated your torso back and forth mimicking the rotation needed for the golf swing, this would be considered a dynamic stretch.
 
Static stretching has been shown to actually "deaden" a muscle neurologically for a time. You could also think of this as the muscle being "put to sleep" which is not ideal for increasing sport specific performance. As you stretch for a prolonged time, the brain is not able to effectively monitor the change in length due to a disengagement of the system which links muscle length to movement. You may have noticed a slowed reaction time or feeling "out of sync" if you have done a number of static stretches just prior to dynamic activity.
 
The loft on the club is referring to the angle of the club face. The higher number of the club means more loft and more arc when the ball is struck. A shorter armed person may need that additional loft as where a longer armed person would overdo it if they use a club with too much loft.
 
Through experience, we play in all aspects of our lives retain control your golf club, releasing unrestricted enthusiasm. It is passion that reveals our true inner self along with the authentic nature of our being. Passionate involvement allows us to live our lives to the fullest and move past the restrictions of caution, that often hold us back.
 

When faith and trust are exercised to the fullest capacity we begin to align with an acceptance of our ability to succeed. Sensibility is activated and actions respond in an effortless best shot at improving your game, positive outcome. We just let it happen with no need for thoughtful control. When we fully realize the power of the force within us when the golf swing path is wrong, the experiences of golfing adventures continue to expand.

 
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          [uhindsv46]:Remember to Build Your Golf Swing - POCO空间(POCO.CN)   
There are number of things to consider if you land in a sand trap. One basic rule you must always follow, is that you cannot touch the sand before you make contact with the ball. Doing this will invoke a penalty in the way of an extra stoke added to your score. Also, when you get in the sand beside your ball, make sure that you hover your club above the ball.
 
One of the basic rules to good putter swing technique, is keeping the head of the putter square to the ball when you strike it. Keeping the head of the putter square when striking the ball, will ensure a straight shot.
 
When your hand is placed under the golf grip (facing the sky), or on top of it (facing the ground), you will in all probability alter the swing plane direction as you swing back away from the ball. Remember to build your golf swing around the design of the golf club which means that your rest it on the ground and point it towards your intended target. When you swing it away there are two basic but very important stages that your golf club should travel through.
 
It is unobstructed visualisation directed unhindered to the brain which in turn sets the body in motion. Pure and simple.
 
If you raise your left heel during the backswing, place it back firmly on the ground at the beginning of the downswing and maintain both feet in this position throughout impact with the ball. They are the foundation of a smooth, solid swing. This will start the weight shift back to the left side. The left hip now starts the downswing, pulling the hands, arms and club down to the midpoint position.
 

What do the hands do? After they have ensured that the club begins the swing on the correct path, they help lift the club to the top of the backswing, but after the first few feet the club moves away from the ball, it is primarily the body that moves the club. From the top of the backswing, the hands do nothing more than hold onto the club for the rest of the way.

 
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          Energy Alchemy Series   

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          NeuroCharger 2.0   

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          Bettendorf Woman Starts Online Boutique   
BETTENDORF, Iowa  —  An Iowa woman made a career move, jumping between two different industries. Denise Hynkta of WQAD talked to the creator of Harper and Sky, an online boutique based in the Quad Cities. “We want people see see these photos and know Harper and Sky is about making women feel good, and if we can put that in a picture, then we’ve done a good job,” said Natasha Funderburk. Now the brains behind the camera and the boutique, Natasha spent 12 […]
          01/07/2017: FRONT PAGE: Chocolate could fight dementia, claims study   
ALEX WALKER They found chocolate increases the amount of blood in a particular area of the brain known as the dentate gyrus, which is crucial to memory. Neuroscientists Professor Michele Ferrara and Valentia Socci, a PhD student, said it was an...
          01/07/2017: FRONT PAGE: More time for baby’s family   
CHARLIE Gard’s parents said they have been given more time before their baby son’s life support is switched off. Chris Gard and Connie Yates wanted 10-month-old Charlie, who suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage, to undergo a...
          BosGuy brain teaser   
Each Friday morning I post a riddle to get you to think outside the box and exercise your brain. If you are stumped, share it with a friend or colleague and see if you can figure out the answer together. I’ll … Continue reading
          Martha Braine, wife of Alexander McKilligan   
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          Potion Bottles   

I had a crazy thought on New Years Eve – Halloween Potion Bottles. I know crazy lady. What can I say? I was tired. But look how it turned out. Pretty Great! So… after I made a note in my calendar (didn’t want my tired brain to forget) I went to Pinterest. I didn’t find […]

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          Comment on TLS #225: How to sync your heart + brain waves for more healing, alignment & less stress with Howard Martin by Cynthia Taylor   
I am OBSESSED with your podcast Jess, and I loved this episode. Howard was a delight to listen to and the techniques he shared are awesome. Thank you for the brilliant work you put out into the world.xx
          Comment on TLS #225: How to sync your heart + brain waves for more healing, alignment & less stress with Howard Martin by Colene E   
I teach workshops to companies on lots of topics, but one of my favorites is generational differences in the workplace. One of the things that I love to talk about is the dynamics between Baby Boomers and Millennials. In some research Millennials are called "echo boomers". They have so much in common in life experiences and events that were happening during their formative years (war, culture shifts, perspectives, etc.). It makes complete sense to me the Howard would feel a deep connection with millennials and vice-versa.
          Russians were holocausted by Bolshevik Jews   
Russians were holocausted by Bolshevik Jews
I am part Russian and will continue to expose the Jews behind the New World Order.  The same tactics and death camps are here in america just waiting to be used.  we know from the apocalypse they will "behead" Christians that is why there were 30,000 guillotines sent to these FEMA camps.  You may ask why beheading?  This is where the "organ harvesting" business comes into play.  It is not conspiracy folks get your head out of the sand.  The Jews are now saying their Messianic Era will start in about 5 years or so hence why I warn you that Antichrist Maitreya is about to arrive onto the scene.
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Below is a excerpt from the book, ‘under the sign of the scorpion’ which describes some of the methods of torture and mass murder the Jewish Communists (Bolsheviks) sadistically inflicted onto the Russian Christian people. I warn you, you will be horrified. This is the real holocaust that happened in the 20th century, the Russian Holocaust, carried out by blood-thirsty and demonic bolshevik jews. I highlighted the parts I found to be most gut-wrenching in red.
Here it must be pointed out that the Cheka was under the control of Jews, according to documents now available. Much of this was known already in 1925. The researcher Larseh wrote in his book “The Blood-Lust of Bolshevism” (Wurttemberg, p. 45) that 50 per cent of the Cheka consisted of Jews with Jewish names, 25 per cent were Jews who had taken Russian names. All the chiefs were Jews. Lenin was well informed about all those serious crimes. All of the documents were placed on his desk. Lenin answered: “Put more force into the terror… shoot every tenth person, place all the suspects in concentration camps!”
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Lenin incarcerated people without any sentence, despite the establishment of revolutionary tribunals, as was the case in France under the Jacobins. Lenin actually claimed that the concentration camps were schools of labour. (Mikhail Heller and Alexander Nekrich, doctors of history, “Utopia in Power”, London, 1986, p. 67.) Lenin also claimed that the factory was the workers’ only school. They did not need any other education. He emphasised that anyone who could only do simple arithmetic could run a factory. Just like the terror of the Jacobins in France, the Jewish Bolshevik functionaries used barges to drown people in. Bela Kun (actually Aaron Kohn) and Roza Zemlyachka (actually Rozalia Zalkind) drowned Russian 110 officers in this way in the Crimea in the autumn of 1920. (Igor Bunich, “The Party’s Gold”, St. Petersburg, 1992, p. 73.)
The unusually cruel Jewish Chekist Mikhail Kedrov (actually Zederbaum) drowned 1092 Russian officers in the White Sea in the spring of 1920. Lenin and his accomplices did not arrest just anyone. They executed those most active in society, the independent thinkers. Lenin gave orders to kill as many students as possible in several towns. The Chekists arrested every youth wearing a school cap. They were liquidated because Lenin believed the coming Russian intellectuals would be a threat to the Soviet regime. (Vladimir Soloukhin, “In the Light of Day”, Moscow 1992, p. 40.) The role of the Russian intellectuals in society was taken over by the Jews. Many students (for example in Yaroslavl) learned quickly and hid their school caps. Afterwards, the Chekists stopped all suspect youths and searched their hair for the stripe of the school cap. If the stripe was found, the youth was killed on the spot.
The author Vladimir Soloukhin revealed that the Chekists were especially interested in handsome boys and pretty girls. These were the first to be killed. It was believed that there would be more intellectuals among attractive people. Attractive youths were therefore killed as a danger to society. No crime as terrible as this has hitherto been described in the history of the world. The terror was co-ordinated by the Chekist functionary Joseph Unschlicht. How did they go about the murders? The Jewish Chekists flavoured murder with various torture methods. In his documentary “The Russia We Lost”, the director Stanislav Govorukhin told how the priesthood in Kherson were crucified. The archbishop Andronnikov in Perm was tortured: his eyes were poked out, his ears and nose were cut off.

In Kharkov the priest Dmitri was undressed. When he tried to make the sign of the cross, a Chekist cut off his right hand. Several sources tell how the Chekists in Kharkov placed the victims in a row and nailed their hands to a table, cut around their wrists with a knife, poured boiling water over the hands and pulled the skin off. This was called “pulling off the glove”. In other places, the victim’s head was placed on an anvil and slowly crushed with a steam hammer. Those due to undergo the same punishment the next day were forced to watch.
The eyes of church dignitaries were poked out, their tongues were cut off and they were buried alive. There were Chekists who used to cut open 111 the stomachs of their victims, following which they pulled out a length of the small intestine and nailed it to a telegraph pole and, with a whip, forced the unlucky victim to run circles around the pole until the whole intestine had been unravelled and the victim died. The bishop of Voronezh was boiled alive in a big pot, after which the monks, with revolvers aimed at their heads, were forced to drink this soup.
Other Chekists crushed the heads of their victims with special headscrews, or drilled them through with dental tools. The upper part of the skull was sawn off and the nearest in line was forced to eat the brain, following which the procedure would be repeated to the end of the line. The Chekists often arrested whole families and tortured the children before the eyes of their parents, and the wives before their husbands. Mikhail Voslensky, a former Soviet functionary, described some of the cruel methods used by the Chekists in his book “Nomenklatura” / “Nomenclature” (Stockholm, 1982, p. 321):Related image
“In Kharkov, people were scalped. In Voronezh, the torture victims were placed in barrels into which nails were hammered so that they stuck out on the inside, upon which the barrels were set rolling. A pentacle (usually a five-pointed star formerly used in magic) was burned into the foreheads of the victims. In Tsaritsyn and Kamyshin, the hands of victims were amputated with a saw. In Poltava and Kremenchug, the victims were impaled. In Odessa, they were roasted alive in ovens or ripped to pieces. In Kiev, the victims were placed in coffins with a decomposing body and buried alive, only to be dug up again after half an hour.” Lenin was dissatisfied with these reports and demanded: “Put more force into the terror!”
All of this happened in the provinces. The reader can try to imagine how people were executed in Moscow. The Russian-Jewish newspaper Yevreyskaya Tribuna stated on the 24th of August 1922 that Lenin had asked the rabbis if they were satisfied with the particularly cruel executions. The Ideological Background of the Terror Compare the crimes mentioned in the previous chapter with the Old Testament account of King David’s massacre of the entire civilian population of an enemy (“thus did he unto all the cities of the children of 112 Ammon”). He “cut them with saws and with harrows of iron” and “made them pass through the brickkiln”. After the Second World War, this text was changed in most European Bibles. Now, many Bibles state that the people were put to work with the tools mentioned and were occupied with brick-making – something the inhabitants had been doing continually for several thousand years already. (This is found in II Samuel, 12:31, and in I Chronicles 20:3.)
The Jewish extremists’ serious crimes in Russia were committed in the true spirit of the Old Testament (King James’ Bible): * The god of the Israelites demands the mass-murder of Gentiles (i.e. goyim = non-Jews), including women and children. (Deuteronomy, 20:16.) * Yahweh wishes to spread terror among the Gentiles (Deuteronomy, 2:25). * Yahweh demands the destruction of other religions (Deuteronomy, 7:5). * The Jews may divide the prey of a great spoil (Isaiah, 33:23). * The Jews may make Gentiles their slaves (Isaiah, 14:2). * Those refusing to serve the Jews shall perish and be utterly wasted (Isaiah, 60:12). * Gentiles shall be forced to eat

their own flesh (Isaiah, 49:26).


Returning to the Bolshevik terror: in order to control the people’s hatred of their Jewish torturers and executioners, people suspected of having an anti-Semitic attitude were also executed. Those in possession of the book “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” were executed on the spot. At the end of March 1919, Lenin was forced to explain: “The Jews are not the enemies of the working classes… they are our friends in the struggle for Socialism.” But the people hated precisely this Socialism and those who practised terror in its name. Vladimir Ulyanov’s passion was to kill as many people as possible without thinking of the consequences. Of course, he never wondered whether it was really possible to build a state on violence and evil.
Lenin showed the same kind of thoughtlessness by the Yenisei, where he had loaded his boat with so many dead rabbits with crushed heads that it sank under the weight. In August 1991 the state-ship Lenin had launched, sank. What else was to be expected? In the beginning of the 1920s there were already 70 000 prisoners in 300 concentration camps, according to “The Russian Revolution” by 113 Richard Pipes at Harvard University, though in reality there were probably many more. It was in this manner that Lenin built his GULAG archipelago.
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see also – 

do americans face a red terror

the genocide you never hear of

judaism is communism

THE VICIOUS JEWISH PARTISANS OF WW2 

HELLSTORM: THE RAPE AND MASS MURDER OF GERMAN WOMEN AFTER WWII

 CENTRAL BANK SCAM EXPLAINS WORLD MALAISE 

time to start defending christianity

Great Anti-Bolshevist Exhibition (1937)

Secret Behind Communism –  The Ethnic Origins of the bolshevik revolution

jewish murderers of the russian revolution
 

The Jewish Butchers Behind Communism 

Jewish Quotes from the New World Order

  This was my talk with Scottie Spencer from Smoloko.com



          Man Shoots Daughter While Teaching Gun Safety   
A man who was supposedly teaching his two sons about firearms safety allegedly pulled the trigger of his pistol and fired a shot that killed his young daughter. (Source.)

What a shame. I have to wonder if drugs were involved because I find it difficult to believe anyone could be that stupid unless under the influence. I mean that not so much that he may have accidentally and negligently fired the shot but that he allegedly repeatedly exercised extremely poor judgment in handling the pistol leading up to the fatal shot. His actions seemingly paved the way to her death. The nine year old son reportedly said the father had pointed the gun at him and at his brother repeatedly, this allegedly during a lesson about firearms safety. Then he reportedly shot his daughter and claimed he did not know the gun was loaded! It is mind boggling to think someone not under the influence of mind altering drugs was as brainless as to do all that.


My condolences go out to the rest of the family.


Be careful out there,
Glenn B

          This Popular Island Destination Is Exporting Monkeys for Cruel Experiments   
Mauritius is one of the world's largest suppliers of non-human primates for inhumane medical experiments.

Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean, is a dream holiday destination for tourists from all over the world. It is famous for its beautiful beaches, lagoons, tropical climate, heritage sites, lush forests and wildlife. Yet, this idyllic location is also infamous for a sinister reason—the cruel exploitation of its population of monkeys. Mauritius is one of the world’s largest participants in the cruel trade of supplying non-human primates for experiments. In 2016, 8,245 long-tailed macaques were exported from Mauritius to the USA, Canada and Europe with 3,522 imported by the USA, the largest importer of monkeys from Mauritius.

In Mauritius, the long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) lives freely. However, the species is not considered indigenous, despite having been well-established on the island for about 400 years. Although the species is listed on Appendix II of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), there exists no legislation to protect the primates of Mauritius. Instead, they are widely persecuted and exploited.

Historically, monkeys were trapped in the wild to be shipped overseas. Following international condemnation of the trade in wild-caught primates, tens of thousands of primates are now held in farms across Mauritius. Many of these animals were captured from the wild and are now imprisoned in these farms and used for breeding. Denied their freedom in the lush foliage of their jungle homes, these individuals spend their lives behind bars, on concrete. Their offspring are transported as ‘cargo’ in small wooden crates on airplanes to laboratories around the world to feed the international research industry.

Tourism is a key pillar of the economy of Mauritius and contributes significantly to the economic growth of the island. Mauritius is also promoting the island’s image as a green, eco-friendly tourist destination. The reputation of Mauritius as a country where the environment is valued is being put at risk by the export of monkeys for cruel experiments. Added to this is the introduction of recent regulations that will, for the first time, allow such experiments to be carried out on the island itself. The main species to be used in the research will be the country’s population of long-tailed macaques.

It cannot be argued that the economic benefits of the monkey trade and potential revenue from experiments are more important than tourism. Even a brief glance at the figures shows this controversial trade, worth less than 2 percent of Mauritian export, is economically insignificant compared with the income that Mauritius receives from its tourism industry. It is well-established that if a country develops a reputation for unkind treatment of animals, it has a very strong negative effect on tourism.

An additional factor to consider which is equally puzzling is that Hinduism is the largest religion in Mauritius. The country has the third highest percentage of Hindus in the world after Nepal and India. Lord Hanuman, the monkey god, is one of the most popular idols in the Hindu religion and is worshipped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion. The trade in primates on Mauritius clearly is contrary to the very concept of Hindu culture and society which emphasises the spiritual equality of all living beings.

There are concerns that the introduction of animal experiments to Mauritius is primarily to provide a new market for the primate breeding companies and a reaction to problems with airlines refusing to transport primates for research purposes, moves to impose tighter restrictions on the import of primates within the European Union and a growing public concern about the use of primates in research. Animal researchers and companies may be looking to travel to Mauritius to carry out research that would not be allowed to take place in their own country.

A glance at the new regulations governing the experiments shows that substantial sections have simply been taken from EU and UK legislation, but this has not been consistently done, so there are significant gaps and contradictions. For example, there is no provision for governmental inspections of laboratories. Nor are there any rules in the regulations about the housing, environment and enrichment to be provided to animals. Furthermore, transparency and accountability appear to be absent because, although there is a requirement for researchers to submit records to the government, there is no provision for the government to subsequently put such information into the public domain. 

The long-tailed macaque is the most widely traded primate species for research worldwide and the most widely-traded mammal on the CITES database. In the laboratory, these primates may suffer substantially, including the effects of poisoning (such as vomiting, internal bleeding, weight loss, organ failure and even death) after being forced to consume large quantities of chemicals or drugs in toxicity tests or face being subjected to major brain surgery, their skulls cut open and devices implanted into their brains.

Examples of recent research carried out on long-tailed macaques in the USA makes disturbing reading: 1) experiments that have attempted to mimic traumatic military injuries; 2) forced addiction to recreational drugs such as alcohol and cocaine; 3) injections with phencyclidine (PCP or ‘angel dust’) and 4) forced inhaling of cigarette smoke several hours a day (for some monkeys it was the equivalent of a person smoking four packs of cigarettes a day).

The development of alternative methods to using animals is a growing and pioneering field. There is now a wide range of more human-relevant and humane approaches and animal tests are being replaced in areas such as toxicity testing, neuroscience and drug development. These alternatives include cell, tissue and organ cultures; methods using chemistry, computers or imaging machines; and ethical and highly effective studies using human volunteers.

Cruelty Free International is dedicated to ending this cruel exploitation of the Mauritius monkeys. We believe that the focus for Mauritius should instead be on these new technologies for non-animal experiments and we are urging Mauritius to become a forward-thinking country that adopts humane and cutting-edge alternatives. Mauritius’ image abroad is already tarnished because of its role in the cruel international trade in monkeys for research. Allowing animal experiments to take place will have a further negative impact and likely result in further widespread protest.

Our campaign has received widespread support from around the world, including in Mauritius, by scientists, wildlife experts, politicians and socio-cultural groups as well as members of the public. Indian politician Maneka Gandhi and internationally renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall have also voiced their concerns.

There are three actions you can take to support our campaign to protect the monkeys of Mauritius and let government officials know that what they are doing is unacceptable:

1. Send an email/letter to the Mauritius Embassy in Washington:

mauritius.embassy@verizon.net

washingtonemb@govmu.org

H. E. Mr S. Phokeer

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Mauritius Embassy

1709 N. Street, NW

Washington D.C. 20036

2. Send an email/letter to the Minister of Tourism in Mauritius:

mtou@govmu.org

The Hon Anil Kumarsingh GAYAN, SC

Minister of Tourism

Ministry of Tourism

Level 5, Air Mauritius Centre

John Kennedy Street

Port Louis

Mauritius

3. Sign this petition.

 

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          BYKI Irish iPhone App   

BYKI French was one of the first iPhone apps I bought - when the Irish app came out, I bought it straight away. BYKI's online software which has been around since about the early 90s. The BYKI website promises you'll be able to 'learn <a language> fast, know it forever' using their system. If only Big Smile

DIALECT

The BYKI Irish app aims to teach you 1000 words and phrases. I'm not an expert on identifying dialects - I can only say it's not Ulster - e.g. 'Dia duit' is pronounced 'Jee-ah Guh-widge' not 'Jee-ah Ditch' as you'd more commonly hear in Ulster. You'll learn 'Conas atá tú?' for 'How are you?' instead of our more common 'Cad é mar ata tú?'

HOW IT WORKS

BYKI teach with their 3 step process, which involves:

1 Look through flashcards with images and text.

2 Test yourself - look at the Irish and see if you can get the English

3 Test yourself - look at the English and see if you can get the Irish

4 QUIZ

Yes. It's actually a four-step process. They must think that three steps sounds better than four!

In step one you see the text, an image and hear the Irish spoken. Steps 2 and 3 show you the Irish/English and you tap to reveal the answer, telling the app whether or not you got it correct.

Finally, there's the quiz. I use this as a test quite often - I go straight to the quiz to see how I do. If I'm awful, I'll do the set from scratch. If I'm 100%, I'll mark the list off as learned. I also use this to quick revise lists I learned a while back.

Problem 1 - the lists

BYKI's language lists are frustrating. You only get to download a maximum of 91 lists - with about 10 words in each. That's sort of fine, I guess, except that there's no real reason for this limit. And the lists are not always grouped the way I would group words - e.g. You might be asked to learn 'go raibh maith agat' in the 'at the bank' list. It's not that I might not want to say 'go raibh maith agat' at the bank - it's just that I'd rather learn that word in a list of 'polite stuff' and learn another money word or phrase in the bank list. You can't really tell what you'll get in a list.

Problem 2 - Learning what you already know

You can't delete words you know and keep words you don't. So if there's a list of 10 words and you already know 'dia duit' and 'slán', you'll still have to sit through repeated exposure to 'dia duit' and 'slán' when you'd rather be pushing your brain with new stuff. EVERY app I've used has this problem, so it's not a big BYKI failure - but still - being bored when learning is death to the retention process.

Other useful features on BYKI French
Twitter search

Real-time Twitter search of words and phrases from within Byki for iPhone. I loved this feature in BYKI for French - it's so interesting to get random real-life usage of French phrases. Doesn't work so well for Irish - even obvious words like 'slán' frequently don't have results. Guess we all need to tweet more as Gaeilge!

Download User Language Lists

I know you can donwload lists from over 5,000 user-created lessons, but this feature never seemed to work for me - kept crashing and I gave up. Perhaps it's more stable now, but you've still got the problem of figuring out which of the 5,000 lists are any good. Would be better if BYKI would either create new lists for us to download, or star extra-good or popular lists from the user-generated lists.

Extend your app with BYKI deluxe

If you buy BYKI deluxe (currently about £35) you can create your own language lists and download them to your phone. There's a free trial for this - and it's a similar feature to Mental Case, which I'll be reviewing later. Great feature, I guess, if you've the time to sit and make your own lists. I certainly don't.

Neat controls

BYKI offer great settings control - you can turn off the English voice that so irritates a lot of users, so you just hear the target language. You can change the scores, either to mark off word sets you know and don't need to learn, or to cheat and make yourself feel better. You can change the quiz settings from Irish-English and vice versa (I prefer the harder English-Irish setting).

Stats

It's got a nice little stats option, which will tell you how many sessions you've had, number of learned cards, number of learned lists and total time spent learning.

VERDICT?
I highly recommend BYKI as one of the best language apps I've found. It could do better, but few apps compare. It's well worth the money.
Costs: £4.99 sterling

Want to try BYKI before you buy? I can't find a 'lite' BYKI Irish app, but I found 15 BYKI languages - a free app that introduces you to different languages using the BYKI system.

Anyone else tried BYKI and liked it?


          7/2/2017: BUSINESS: Top tips for clearing your debt   

Pay off the small debts first The most sensible strategies mathematically don’t always work because the human brain isn’t logical. Therefore strategies that trick our brains into thinking we’re making inroads can actually lead to greater...
          Comment on Coconut Oil Is Still Healthy, Despite AHA Claims by Kay   
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          Study: Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Protects Memory & Capacity To Learn, Protects Against Alzheimer’s Disease   
Extra-virgin olive oil consumption protects against the loss of memory and lean ring capacity, and also against the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain (markers for Alzheimer’s disease), according to new research from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM). The new findings are detailed in a paper […]
          The Truth About The Placebo Effect   

The placebo effect. We’ve all heard the name, but few of us understand just how potent it really can be, and fewer still understand what it truly is. Do our brains have the power, as we will discuss in this article, to essentially trick us into recovering from illness?   What is the Placebo Effect […]

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          Re: The Friday Five: February 20, 2015   

I am horrified that, no disrespect to Chaka Kahn, but I meant to say Cheryl Lynn sang on Toto's "Georgy Porgy." Still tough shoes to fill, and embarrassing that it took a day of nagging doubt on my part for this brain fart to register. Get Real indeed.


          QE: Quantitative Election   
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          Learning Spanish Words is Easy If You Use This Method   
Learning Spanish words is easy when you have the right mindset. Today I'm going to show you a really easy way you can remember Spanish words. No boring studying, just some fast exercises that will burn the words permanently into your brain.
          Amazing Monsoon Destinations in Asia   

Envision the cool rainstorm breeze shaking you in a sleep with you tucked into a comfortable cover tuning in to the sound of the raindrops against your window. The storm is a wonderful time. The clean and warmth settle and the rain divine beings remunerate our understanding with showers of help. With splendid, fluorescent greens all around that increase the draw of nature, the outside entice us to investigate, meander and delight in their appeal. Rainstorm mean hot cocoa and vivid umbrellas, petrichor and flying creature tunes. Goodness what a wonderland it makes! In the event that storm had a home, it would be South East Asia. This piece of Asia gets changed into a rich, green Utopia in the downpours. So whether its virgin rain-woodlands of Malaysia or the paddy fields of Indonesia, storms in Asia will make you go gaga for life in all its magnificence.

India

Rainstorms in India are frantic, tremendous and genuine in the meantime. They bring eminent grins, impromptu bewilderment and wash this magnetic scene with lavish green tints. All finished India, individuals experience the sweltering warmth of summers with just a single expectation in their brain; that the rain divine beings will be sufficiently caring to seem early. Such a great amount of relies upon the storms; the products, the celebrations and even the economy! What’s more, kid do the petitions work! At the point when the downpours come, they change the geography of this great country into something that is appropriate out of a legendary children’s story. A portion of the best places to visit in rainstorm in India are:

Kerala:

Rainstorm are caring to Kerala and favor this land with uncommon sights and scenes. Despite the fact that downpours are very substantial in this piece of the nation, they carry with them fabulous normal magnificence and a new breath of air, living Kerala up to the name divine beings claim nation.

Monsoon

Goa:

Goa is a heaven in downpours. The coconut trees move in a glad daze and the ocean is thundering and swelled with water. Despite the fact that you cannot take off to the shoreline amid this time, youll need nothing more except for a sluggish watercraft ride on the backwaters to appreciate the mysterious view. Can’t go to the shoreline in rainstorm? Try not to stress there are numerous different things to do in Goa in Monsoon.

Karnataka:

Karnataka winds up plainly splashed in excellence amid the storms. Waterfalls in Karnataka are an incredible sight in the times of July-August. Make a beeline for Coorg to sentiment in the midst of the espresso manors and waterfalls or to the compelling Jog falls in Shimoga area that move in jollity amid the downpours.

Monsoon

Meghalaya:

Home to Cherapunji and Mawsynram, the wettest places on earth, storms have an exceptional importance in this state. Shillong, encompassed with valleys, decorates perfect waterfalls and an all encompassing perspective of the moving slopes. North-east India with its untouched magnificence and virgin backwoods is genuinely a rain-darlings paradise.

Monsoon

Indonesia

At the point when there are storms in India, Indonesia is generally dry with light, discontinuous downpours that don’t come in the method for investigating this shocking nation. Indonesia, once the underdog of tourism, has since demonstrated that it offers amazing open doors for travel and touring. From one viewpoint Sumatra will entrance with its superb Lake Toba and on the other Bali will urge you to absorb its warm sun and delicate sands. That is the reason April to October is the best time to visit Bali . Jakarta is ending up being a shopaholics dream work out as expected and the Ayer islands are ideal for scuba jumping and snorkeling. Indonesia is unassuming, beautiful and brimming with conceivable outcomes!

Monsoon

Thailand

Thailand has an overwhelming rainstorm which is for the most part packed in its terrain. Storms shed the breathtaking exterior of Bangkok and despite the fact that the downpours here come to put it plainly, overwhelming spells, theres no chance you can avoid its appeal. The more secure spots to visit in Thailand amid the downpours are Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao where rain is less an aggravation instead of an enhancer of excellence. Prepare for amazing offers on lodgings and shopping amid this time and excellence like you have never experienced!

Monsoon

Malaysia

Malaysia is a standout amongst the most energizing rainstorm goals in Asia. It has everything; a virgin rainforest, stunning scuba plunge destinations, liberal retail treatment and even a world well known Orang-utan recovery focus! Amid the conventional storm period of whatever is left of Asia, Malaysia’s east drift is as yet dry which implies that its reality class shorelines are as yet available. So you can pick your enterprise: trekking, shake climbing, scuba-plunging or shop-bouncing! Malaysia is an explorers dream-work out as expected whenever of the year.

Monsoon

Singapore

Favored with two rainstorm, clamoring Singapore does not stop for any season! The main motivation to make a beeline for Singapore amid rainstorm is its observed Great Singapore Sale which offers mind blowing rebates, giving you a chance to look as chic and all around prepared as the Singaporeans so easily do! So go to this garden city to make the most of its total and find the incalculable liberalities and shocks anticipating you!

Monsoon

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          10 ways you're wasting money at the supermarket   

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • You may not realize it, but there's a strategy to grocery shopping that will save you lots of cash.
  • Shopping on Wednesday nights is best.
  • Never shop hungry. In fact, chewing on mint gum is a good idea while shopping.


If you're anything like the average American, your grocery shopping strategy probably consists of opening the fridge, noticing it's empty, and then stocking up with whatever you need, even if none of the items on your list are on sale. As you probably guessed, this shopping method will not be kind to your bank account.

While you may have heard of extreme couponing, there are less exhausting ways to save money at the supermarket.  

Here are the mistakes you're making when you shop for groceries, and how to fix them:

Coming in without a list

Meal prep is key here. If you plan your meals for the week ahead of time, you'll walk in with a plan and be less likely to stray from your list by compulsively grabbing pricey snacks or random ingredients that will sit in the back of your pantry unused. 

Going to the store hungry

This is probably a no-brainer, but always eat a meal before going to the supermarket. Nothing good comes out of a shopping trip when you're starving. Another tip from Lifehacker suggests chewing mint gum while you shop so you're less likely to fall victim to the store's scent marketing tactics (yes, that actually exists).

Being too lazy to use coupons

coupons

We're not suggesting you make coupon-clipping a competitive sport like those extreme couponers, but there are several insider tips you can learn from them. The Krazy Coupon lady advises buying your groceries at multiple stores to find the best discount, and to remember that certain chains take competitor coupons. She also suggests downloading money-saving apps like Ibotta and Checkout51. 

Shopping on the weekend or in the morning

Believe it or not, there are better days and times to shop. Most people do their grocery shopping on a weekend so they can prep ahead of time, but mid-week is when products with short shelf lives like meat and dairy go on sale. Plus, there are more discounts as the day wears on and stores need to get rid of perishables. Your best bet is to shop on a Wednesday night, says Lifehacker. 

Ignoring sale cycles

Sales at supermarkets aren't random; they run in 12-week cycles. Stop being shocked at the price of meat when you walk in the door by learning the ebb and flow of sale cycles. You can see an example of a month-to-month sale calendar from Krazy Coupon Lady here. Another tip is always buy produce that's in season: it's cheaper and usually fresher. 

Not buying in bulk

There's a reason why Costco is so popular. Buying in bulk is (generally) cheaper. The best items to buy in bulk are non-perishables like paper goods (toilet paper, napkins, paper plates, etc.), and cases of water, according to Spoon University. 

Buying everything in bulk

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Just because you can buy almost anything in bulk, doesn't mean you should. After all, you'll probably waste a lot of food and your house will start to look like an episode of "Hoarders." If you always check unit prices, you'll find that certain foods like cereal or frozen foods are cheaper in smaller rather than larger quantities, Quick and Dirty Tips advises.

Buying all brand names

Certain products can't be replaced by the generic store brand like Oreos, Coca-Cola and name brand ice cream. But who cares if you're buying Kleenex or "Generic Tissue?" Household cleaning products are perfectly fine to buy off-brand as well. 

Not knowing how much your food should be worth off-hand

Quick! What's a fair price for a gallon of milk in your neck of the woods? If you don't know off the top of your head, you may be paying more than you should. Lifehacker suggests keeping a price book so you don't fall for fake sales where overpriced products are going for what looks like a great deal, when they're actually discounted to a normal price. 

Looking at shelves that are eye-level or above

Here's a little-known tip: cheaper items are usually stocked on the bottom shelves, whereas your expensive items will be stocked at eye-level. Why? Unless you're in the know, the average consumer will unknowingly spend more just by shopping by line-of-sight. 

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          Comment on Observing World Oceans Day as a Landlubber! #dawnhelpssavewildlife by Dana White   
This is so fascinating, and upsetting of course! Thank you for sharing your personal story. Those always stick in my brain better than facts and figures!
          SAHM Diaries (1)   
Cacophony of sounds in your head. Day, night, in, out, asleep, awake - do this, do that, finish this, complete that. Never a moment's rest, not really.

Pretending to sleep so the 2 year old will sleep, all senses on high alert for the baby's cries from the next room. Does that count as rest?

Lying on the side in a precarious position while feeding the baby so she can sleep, but you? Not so much. The arm and shoulder go numb, the back hurts, but at least the baby sleeps, the sweet little darling.  Drifting off into fitful slumber just to dream of death and ghosts, demons and angels, past and present...hectic, busy, raucous - even the dreams. Not a moment of rest for the tired brain.

Now hear the alarm go off - shut it off, quick, before it awakens the baby - now hear the horrendous creaking from upstairs as some one gets up for Fajr.
Fajr! Oh dear - have I missed it? Hurriedly check sunrise time on MuslimPro, feel guilty about not being up sooner. Eventually...gradually...shuffle out of bed, out of toasty warm room, into icy cold bathroom.

Back in the room, finish praying...ah, bliss! What now? Get dinner started so you have time to exercise later? Or breakfast and some scribbles?

Scribbles win.
Always.



          Thoughts   
A deluge of thoughts pours down upon me, drowns and suffocates me. Thoughts, too many of them; scattered, overcrowded; look how they overflow out of my brain like a tangible thing.

But where to collect them? What utensil, which device is deep enough, strong enough, to endure them? What will hold them without breaking, bear them without cracking?

More importantly, who will truly understand? Will someone even care? Who wishes to be burdened with another's torment?

With no end in sight, where to go, what to do, I wonder.

Plaster a smile on that face, girl, and get on with life. That's what.

          Trump launches crude attack on TV news host   

President Donald Trump on Thursday ridiculed the brains, looks and temperament of a female cable television host whose show he says he has stopped watching. His latest crude broadside against a woman's appearance set off a storm of protest from Republicans and Democrats alike and did nothing to advance his struggling policy agenda.


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          101 ways to annoy people   

    1. Sing the Batman theme incessantly.
    2. In the memo field of all your checks, write "for sensual massage."
    3. Specify that your drive-through order is "to go."
    4. Learn Morse code, and have conversations with friends in public consisting entirely of "Beeeep Bip Bip Beeep Bip..."
    5. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
    6. Amuse yourself for endless hours by hooking a camcorder to your TV and then pointing it at the screen.
    7. Speak only in a "robot" voice.
    8. Push all the flat Lego pieces together tightly.
    9. Start each meal by conspicuously licking all your food, and announce that this is so no one will "swipe your grub".
    10. Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 98 copies.
    11. Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
    12. Sniffle incessantly.
    13. Leave your turn signal on for fifty miles.
    14. Name your dog "Dog."
    15. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions "to keep them tuned up."
    16. Reply to everything someone says with "that's what YOU think."
    17. Claim that you must always wear a bicycle helmet as part of your "astronaut training."
    18. Declare your apartment an independent nation, and sue your neighbors upstairs for "violating your airspace".
    19. Forget the punchline to a long joke, but assure the listener it was a "real hoot."
    20. Follow a few paces behind someone, spraying everything they touch with Lysol.
    21. Practice making fax and modem noises.
    22. Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and "cc:" them to your boss.
    23. Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
    24. Invent nonsense computer jargon in conversations, and see if people play along to avoid the appearance of ignorance.
    25. Erect an elaborate network of ropes in your backyard, and tell the neighbors you are a "spider person."
    26. Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with the prophesy."
    27. Wear a special hip holster for your remote control.
    28. Do not add any inflection to the end of your sentences, producing awkward silences with the impression that you'll be saying more any moment.
    29. Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears.
    30. Disassemble your pen and "accidentally" flip the ink cartridge across the room.
    31. Give a play-by-play account of a persons every action in a nasal Howard Cosell voice.
    32. Holler random numbers while someone is counting.
    33. Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way."
    34. Drum on every available surface.
    35. Staple papers in the middle of the page.
    36. Ask 1-800 operators for dates.
    37. Produce a rental video consisting entirely of dire FBI copyright warnings.
    38. Sew anti-theft detector strips into peoples backpacks.
    39. Hide dairy products in inaccessible places.
    40. Write the surprise ending to a novel on its first page.
    41. Set alarms for random times.
    42. Order a side of pork rinds with your filet mignon.
    43. Instead of Gallo, serve Night Train next Thanksgiving.
    44. Publicly investigate just how slowly you can make a "croaking" noise.
    45. Honk and wave to strangers.
    46. Dress only in clothes colored Hunters Orange.
    47. Change channels five minutes before the end of every show.
    48. Tape pieces of "Sweating to the Oldies" over climactic parts of rental movies.
    49. Wear your pants backwards.
    50. Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints by the cash register.
    51. Begin all your sentences with "ooh la la!"
    52. ONLY TYPE IN UPPERCASE.
    53. only type in lowercase.
    54. dont use any punctuation either
    55. Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.
    56. Pay for your dinner with pennies.
    57. Tie jingle bells to all your clothes.
    58. Repeat everything someone says, as a question.
    59. Write "X - BURIED TREASURE" in random spots on all of someone's roadmaps.
    60. Inform everyone you meet of your personal Kennedy assassination/UFO/ O.J Simpson conspiracy theories.
    61. Repeat the following conversation a dozen times: "Do you hear that?" "What?" "Never mind, its gone now."
    62. Light road flares on a birthday cake.
    63. Wander around a restaurant, asking other diners for their parsley.
    64. Leave tips in Bolivian currency.
    65. Demand that everyone address you as "Conquistador."
    66. At the laundromat, use one dryer for each of your socks.
    67. When Christmas caroling, sing "Jingle Bells, Batman smells" until physically restrained.
    68. Wear a cape that says "Magnificent One."
    69. As much as possible, skip rather than walk.
    70. Stand over someone's shoulder, mumbling, as they read.
    71. Pretend your computer's mouse is a CB radio, and talk to it.
    72. Try playing the William Tell Overture by tapping on the bottom of your chin. When nearly done, announce "no, wait, I messed it up," and repeat.
    73. Drive half a block.
    74. Inform others that they exist only in your imagination.
    75. Ask people what gender they are.
    76. Lick the filling out of all the Oreos, and place the cookie parts back.
    77. Cultivate a Norwegian accent. If Norwegian, affect a Southern drawl.
    78. Routinely handcuff yourself to furniture, informing the curious that you don't want to fall off "in case the big one comes".
    79. Deliberately hum songs that will remain lodged in co-workers brains, such as "Feliz Navidad", the Archies "Sugar" or the Mr. Rogers theme song.
    80. While making presentations, occasionally bob your head. like a parakeet.
    81. Lie obviously about trivial things such as the time of day.
    82. Leave your Christmas lights up and lit until September.
    83. Change your name to "AaJohn Aaaaasmith" for the great glory of being first in the phone book. Claim it's a Hawaiian name, and demand that people pronounce each "a."
    84. Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
    85. Chew on pens that you've borrowed.
    86. Wear a LOT of cologne.
    87. Listen to 33rpm records at 45rpm speed, and claim the faster speed is necessary because of your "superior mental processing."
    88. Sing along at the opera.
    89. Mow your lawn with scissors.
    90. At a golf tournament, chant "swing-batabatabata-suhWING-batter!"
    91. Ask the waitress for an extra seat for your "imaginary friend."
    92. Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn't rhyme.
    93. Ask your co-workers mysterious questions, and then scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter something about "psychological profiles."
    94. Stare at static on the TV and claim you can see a "magic picture."
    95. Select the same song on the jukebox fifty times.
    96. Never make eye contact.
    97. Never break eye contact..
    98. Construct elaborate "crop circles" in your front lawn.
    99. Construct your own pretend "tricorder," and "scan" people with it, announcing the results.
    100. Make appointments for the 31st of September.
    101. Invite lots of people to other people's parties.

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    Playing the NCEL Pick 3 lately has been like listening to an old Crystal Gayle song that is broken and just keeps repeating ..... I've got to tell you I've been racking my brain, hoping to find a way out. I've had enough of this continual rain, change is a comin', no doubt ....It's been a too long time, with no peace of mind, and I'm ready for the times to get better ....

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              2001 Awards (NAAR)    

    In 2001, NAAR broke new ground in terms of the amount of money committed to autism research and the number of projects funding. It also marked the first time the organization funded projects in Israel and Ireland, and included In 2001, NAAR committed approximately $3.1 million to fund 28 pilot studies, fellowships and programs, including its largest investment to date in a single project: The Baby Sibs Study – a collaborative, multi-site research program taking place in Canada and the U.S. Also in 2001, NAAR played a key role in funding and establishing the first annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), the first international, interdisciplinary conference focusing on autism research.

    Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D.
    University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
    "The Influence of HOX Genes and Cranial Nerve Abnormalities on Impaired Facial and Vocal Expression in Autism."
    One-Year Award: $47,358

    Dana Boatman, Ph.D., & Barry Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.
    John Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
    "Evaluation of Auditory Processing in Low Functioning Children with Autism."
    Two-Year Award: $85,606
    Research Partner: The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc.

    Linda Brzustowicz, M.D. & Christopher Barlett, B.S.
    Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
    "Localization of Genes Negatively Influencing Language Acquisition."
    Two-Year Award: $89,606
    First Year Research Partner: The Sidgmore Family Foundation

    Edwin Cook, M.D.
    The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    "Linkage Disequilibrium Fine Mapping of 15q11-q13 in Autism."
    Two-Year Award: $99,605
    First Year Research Partner: Solving the Mystery of Autism Foundation

    Louise Gallagher, MB MRC Psych
    Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
    "The Molecular Genetics of Autism: Linkage Disequilibrium Screen in the Irish Population."
    Two-Year Award: $99,101
    First Year Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education

    Jeremy Goldberg, M.D.
    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)
    "Investigating Serotonin Receptor Function and Brain Structure as Potential Endophenotypes of Autism."
    Two-Year Award: $89,368

    Andrew Grayson, Ph.D, C. Psychol.
    The Open University (United Kingdom)
    "Facilitated Communication: A Systematic Observational Research Project Involving Fine-Grained Video Analysis and Eye Tracking."
    Two-Year Award: $93, 532.
    Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

    Karl Herrup, Ph.D.
    Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
    "CNS Pattern Formulation and the Etiology of Autism."
    Two-Year Award: $99,000

    Christine Hohmann, Ph.D.
    Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
    "Serotonin as Regulator of Cortical Development and Function."
    Two-Year Award: $90,702
    First Year Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education

    Huang Chi-ming, Ph.D.,
    University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
    "Synaptic and Cellular Abnormalities in the Maturing Autistic Cerebellum."
    Two-Year Award: $99,880
    First Year Research Partner: Autism Society of America Foundation

    Jeffrey Hutsler, Ph.D.,
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    "Cortical Organization and Synaptic Culling in Individuals with Autism."
    Two-Year Award: $99,902

    Ami Klin, Ph.D., & Jocelyne Bachevalier, Ph.D.,
    Yale University Child Study Center, New Haven, CT
    "Studies of Social Visual Pursuit in Non-Human Primates with Mesiofrontal-limbic Lesions Previously Shown to Offer a Successful Animal Model of Autism."
    Two-Year Award: $91,730

    Jennifer Levitt, M.D.
    University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, CA
    "Cortical Complexity and 1H MRS Studies of Communication in Autism."
    Two-Year Award: $97,044

    Elena Maestrini, Ph.D.
    University of Bologna, Bologna (Italy)
    "Search for an Autism Susceptibility Gene on Chromosome 2q."
    Two-Year Award: $80,340
    First Year Research Partner: Autism Society of America Foundation

    Henry Markram, Ph.D.
    Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
    "Altered Inhibitory Microcircuits in Autism."
    Two-Year Award: $96,800
    Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

    Daniel McIntosh, Ph.D.
    University of Denver, Denver, CO
    "Core Affective Processes in Autism."
    Two-Year Award: $99,237

    Lisa Monteggia, Ph.D.
    Utah Southwestern Medical Center, St. George, UT
    "Analysis of the Role of the Methyl-CG Binding Protein in the Pervasive Development Disorder, Rett's Syndrome, Using Genetically Modified Mice."
    Two-Year Award: $100,000

    Stewart Mostofsky, M.D.
    Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
    "Examination of a Deficit in Procedural Learning in Autism."
    Two-Year Award: $88,968
    First Year Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education

    Rhea Paul, Ph.D.
    Southern Connecticut State University & Yale University Child Study Center, New Haven, CT
    "The Development of Prosody in Young Children with Autism and Related Conditions."
    Two-Year Award: $97,024

    Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.
    Duke University Center for Human Genetics, Durham, NC
    "Web-based Genetic Educational Efforts for Autism and Related Disorders."
    One-Year Award: $41,912

    Judith Innes Piggot, MRCGP, MRCP
    Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
    Roland D. Ciaranello, M.D.
    Memorial Fellowship in Basic Research
    Two-Year Award: $100,000

    Samuel Pleasure, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
    "The Role of WNTS in Hippocampal Ventricular Zone Development."
    Two-Year Award: $92,384

    Timothy P.L. Roberts, Ph.D.
    University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
    "Neural Correlates of Phonological Processing in Autism: An MEG Investigation."
    Two-Year Award: $96,273
    First Year Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

    Neil Smalheiser, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of Illinois, Chicago, Chicago, IL
    "Circulating Reelin in Autism Spectrum Disorders."
    Two-Year Award: $89,320

    Kathleen Sulik, Ph.D.
    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
    "CNS Dysmorphogenesis in a Mouse Knockout Model for an Autism Syndrome."
    Two-Year Award: $100,000

    Paul Thorsen, M.D., Ph.D.
    Danish Epidemiology Sciences Centre at Aarhus University and Odense University Hospital, Denmark
    "Risk Factors for Neurodevelopmental Disorders: MMR Vaccine & Childhood Autism."
    One-Year Award: $25,000
    Research Partner: CIBC World Markets

    Steven Zalcman, Ph.D.
    UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
    "Cytokines, Monoamines and Stereotypical Motor Activity."
    Two-Year Award: $96,170

    Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, M.D., Susan Bryson, Ph.D., Peter Szatmari, M.D., Wendy Roberts, M.D.
    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)
    "Identifying Early Markers of Autism: A Longitudinal Study of Infant Siblings"
    Two-Year Award: $99,993
    First Year Research Partner: Autism Society of America Foundation

              From Cyborgs to Hacktivists: Postfeminist Disobedience and Virtual Communities   
    by
    Carolyn Guertin
    2005-01-27

    For many the term postfeminist might call to mind the vanilla pleasures of metrosexuality, webcams, online soaps, and blog culture, but, for me, a 40-something cyberfeminist scholar, curator and some time activist, the politically-minded feminist texts I work with are in fact dyed-in-the-wool postfeminist ones that occupy a different place on the postfeminism continuum from those more loudly-lauded, lighter confections. Usually given a bad rap by the media, postfeminism has been accused of being antifeminist, whereas it is instead what the next wave of second wave feminism has become. Its name is not a marker or movement that intends to imply that feminism is dead and gone, any more than Donna Haraway’s “postgender” and N. Katherine Hayles’ “posthuman” mean the death of those old shoes. As Ann Brooks puts it in Postfeminisms, “the concept of `post’ implies a process of ongoing transformation and change” (1). Postfeminism is that indicator that shows us the organism formerly known as feminism has grown into something far more complex than its liberal origins would lead us to expect.

    In the late 1980s and early 1990s, second wave feminism, which had spoken predominantly from and to a position of white middle class privilege, began to fracture to include a broader chorus of voices, classes, and races. Postfeminism or, more exactly, postfeminisms have expanded to include a multitude of situated perspectives within the context of postmodern thinking, and have swelled to embrace the new emphasis on what Michèle Barrett identified in 1992 (the year that the World Wide Web was born) as “fluidity and contingency” - features that are the trademark stock in trade of the cyber age. Barrett believed feminism’s paradigm shift to be the result of a new interest in culture that in turn gave rise to a whole new collectivity of subjectivities. It is no accident that this shift coincided with the advent of a technology that foregrounded networked communications. It was only a few years earlier, in the fledgling days of the personal computer back when the Internet was still a vehicle predominantly for hackers and technogeeks, that Haraway first articulated a politics of connectivity for women in the context of these new technologies. In her “Cyborg Manifesto” Haraway’s half-woman, half-machine revels in the confusion of body boundaries and fractures all sense of an originary unity or simplex gender through embracing the cyborg as a model: a being who revels in discursivity, multiplicity, hybridity, and perversity. As the Web has evolved, it has become something of a gene pool for creative explorations of sexualities, subjectivities and identities - and has proved to be as liberating for men as for women in that regard. Cyberfeminist scholar Sadie Plant even argues for the feminizing influence of technology in a connected age. Without a doubt, though, this new technology’s most important role has been that of facilitating communication.

     “cyberfeminism is post-feminist” (76) Cyberfeminism was born at a particular moment in time, 1992, simultaneously at three different points on the globe. In Canada, Nancy Paterson, a celebrated high tech installation artist, penned an article called “Cyberfeminism” for Stacy Horn’s Echo Gopher server. In Australia, VNS Matrix (Josephine Starrs, Julianne Pierce, Francesca da Rimini and Virginia Barratt) coined the term to label their radical feminist acts and their blatantly viral agenda: to insert women, bodily fluids, and political consciousness into electronic spaces. That same year, British cultural theorist Sadie Plant chose the same term to describe her recipe for defining the feminizing influence of technology on western society and its inhabitants.

    -Judy Wajcman

    Connectivity has been called the genius of feminism by theorist Robin Morgan (53), and this genius is being realized in electronic spaces and texts in more complex ways than in any other medium to date. Connectivity is the poster child of the postfeminist universe, which is why the first cyberfeminist collective, VNS Matrix, chose the image of the matrix - the cosmic womb - as its symbol The Australian collective VNS Matrix announced its inception with a rallying cry called the “Cyberfeminist Manifesto”:
    __________
    We are the modern cunt
    positive anti-reason
    unbounded unleashed unforgiving
    we see art with our cunt we make art with our cunt
    we believe in jouissance madness holiness and poetry
    we are the virus of the new world disorder
    rupturing the symbolic from within
    saboteurs of big daddy mainframe
    the clitoris is a direct line to the matrix
    VNS MATRIX
    terminators of the moral code
    mercenaries of slime
    go down on the altar of abjection
    sucking the visceral temple we speak in tongues
    infiltrating disrupting disseminating
    corrupting the discourse/we are the future cunt
    (http://www.obn.org/reading_room/manifestos/html/cyberfeminist.html)
    __________
    Its separatist nature bears a resemblance to philosophies put forward by hackers.
    . Another cyberfeminist collective, the Old Boys’ Network, defined its local chapters as “nodes” that “collide, disintegrate, regenerate, engage, disembody, reform, collapse, renew, abandon, revise, revitalize, and expand” (OBN FAQ 7). These structural and mechanical concerns are not accidental. Postfeminisms do not inhabit a network; they are the network of feminist discourse in virtual space and they are at their best when they are helping to forge communities of practice. In its incarnation most familiar to ebr ‘s readers, the electronic, hyperlinked text is both a narratological structure and the means of navigation in space and time. In the webbed space of hyperlinked fiction, the pregnant gaps between the nodes are at least as important as the textual nodes themselves. The nodes exist in conjunction with the dynamic space of the journey and cannot be discussed in isolation. So with the newest literary forms of the postfeminist universe. They cannot be separated from the communities and material praxes that they both engender and nurture on and off the Web.

    In the cyberfeminist corner of the postfeminist universe, girl gamers such as Brenda Laurel and Mary Flanagan immediately spring to mind; so too do techno-performers such as Laurie Anderson and Coco Fusco, and new media artists such as Mez or Olia Lialina, but the most important and distinctive Web-native postfeminist form is, I would argue, hacktivism. The term was first coined in 1998 The rallying cry of hackers has long been “information wants to be free.” to describe an emerging hybrid form that united the best attributes of peaceful social protest - activism - and tech-savvy online civil disobedience - hackerism The term “hacktivism” has been attributed to a Toronto-based hacker who goes by the handle of Oxblood Ruffin.. It is a solution-oriented form of political action that inserts bodies and media-based dissent into real time material concerns. It should not be confused with its adolescent and illegal cousins, cractivism - code cracking, vandalism, data blockades (DDos) and the loss of digital data - or cyberterrorism - acts and agents of wanton destruction including worms and viruses. One of its trademark features is that the Web cannot contain hacktivism’s flows, allowing it to spill out into the world in the form of political protest at WTO and G8 events, for example, and in books, pamphlets, net.art, and performance art.

    Hacktivism as a praxis was born in December 1997 when Critical Art Ensemble Critical Art Ensemble has been very much in the news lately since one of its members, Steve Kurtz, a professor in the Department of Art at SUNY Buffalo, was arrested on 12 May 2004 and charged with bioterrorism under the American Anti-Terrorism Act. These trumped up and widely protested charges have resulted in the FBI appropriating CAE’s materials and equipment used for testing for the presence of genetically- modified DNA - the tools CAE uses in creating their political art. member and software engineer Carmin Karasic was so appalled by the events of the Acteal Massacre - 45 Zapatistas were murdered at the hands of the Mexican government - that she set out to create a Web interface that would perform political protest as an aesthetic act. Three other Critical Art Ensemble members joined her in forming a new collective they named the Electronic Disturbance Theatre. (The group’s name is drawn from the concept of civil disobedience first proposed by Henry David Thoreau.) Their electronic civil disobedience engine is named FloodNet; funded by RTMark and launched in September 1998, it is Karasic’s brainchild in her war against injustice. Filling the browser page with the names of the dead, this activism tool “would access the page for Mexico’s President Zedillo seeking bogus addresses, so the browser would return messages like “human_rights not found on this server” (Cassell). Unlike the attacks launched by cracktivists, no damage is done by this software agent. When the Electronic Disturbance Theatre alerts its “online activists to `commence flooding!’” they visit EDT’s website and click on FloodNet’s icon (Harmon). The software then directs their browser to the target, and cues the same page to load over and over again.

    As a postfeminist work, it is no accident that FloodNet must function as a community-based performance:

    FloodNet’s action only drew its validity from the number of people showing support. “It was only actualized through thousands and thousands of participants,” she remembers. “It was meaningless without the masses.” Popular support transforms a random act of vandalism into a show of presence, Karasic argues. “This is an important difference between the single hacker/hacktivist who takes down a server with a single script” (qtd. in Cassell).

    Similar to the disruptive aestheticization of codework by the Dutch trio jodi.org, Karasic sees her collectivity interface as something more closely akin to “conceptual art” than to cyberterrorism (Harmon). No one and no data are harmed in these `attacks,’ but websites are effectively shut down while the protest is being transmitted.

    Advancing human rights through the electronic media is also the purview of another collective, a cyberfeminist one called subRosa. It is currently comprised of Laleh Mehran, Hyla Willis, Steffi Domike, Lucia Sommer, and Faith Wilding. It was also formed in the fall of 1998 - around the same time that Karasic was vowing to respond to Mexican excesses with FloodNet. Donna Haraway was the first to identify science as one of the most insidious cultural forms women needed to address to regain control of their bodies; subRosa follows in that tradition. subRosa uses its art to critique “the relationships between digital technologies, biotechnologies and women’s bodies/lives/work” (Griffis). The goal of these hacktivists, akin to the Electronic Disturbance Theatre’s, is the creation of communities, what they call “female affiliations that respect difference and create productive projects in solidarity with others who are working on similar ones” (Griffis).

    Embracing bell hooks’ definition of feminism as that which seeks to eradicate ideologies of domination (qtd in Griffis), subRosa undertakes projects of activism and public education on topics as wide-ranging as eugenics, Frankenfoods, stem cell and cloning research, and Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). Seeing their purpose as a pedagogical one, they launch inclusive electronic campaigns, publish pamphlets and books, and travel out into (particularly third world) communities to perform their topical art. These are what they call resistant projects, tactical cyberfeminist ones, and situational information theatre: “As cyberfeminists and artists we are using the framework of participatory performance as an information theatre of pedagogical art that models various tactics for intervening and commenting on the seductive representations of the flesh machine” (subRosa). One of the keys to their successful distribution of information is their willingness to mix media and cross boundaries, producing their art and materials in a plethora of formats contextually situated for their audiences. Like FloodNet’s participatory form, subRosa’s mode of information distribution is reproducible, for it argues “[i]n the digital age, resistant cultural producers can embrace recombinance for subversive ends” (subRosa).

    All of this may seem somewhat removed from the electronic book and literary traditions, but when postfeminisms meet the new media they encourage these kinds of pleasures in the confusion of boundaries between bodies, texts, technologies, politics, and cultures. In a hyperlinked age when the only true path through a text is a personal journey, the many roads of postfeminism show that comminglings of radical politics and material concerns are alive and well in both the virtual and real worlds. How effective these hacktivist actions are is difficult to measure, but they are remarkable as tools for global mobilization and peaceful protest. It is clear that they are very effective at allowing women’s voices to be heard.

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    Postfeminist Artists and Groups

    Electronic Disturbance Theatre. http://dpa.ntu.ac.uk/dpa_search/result.php3?Project=290

    Flanagan, Mary. The Adventures of Josie True. http://www.josietrue.com/

    Fusco, Coco. Coco Fusco’s Virtual Laboratory. http://www.thing.net/%7Ecocofusco/

    Karasic, Carmin. FloodNet. http://www.thing.net/~rdom/ecd/ZapTact.html, http://www.xensei.com/users/carmin/wlajfa/pledge1.htm, and Karasic’s Homepage: http://www.xensei.com/users/carmin/

    Lialina, Olia. http://art.teleportacia.org/

    Mez. The Data][h!][Bleeding Texts. http://netwurkerz.de/mez/datableed/complete/index.htm

    subRosa. http://www.cyberfeminism.net

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    Works Cited and Consulted

    Barrett, Michèle and Anne Phillips, Eds. Destabilizing Theory: Contemporary Feminist Debates. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1992.

    Brooks, Ann. Postfeminisms: Feminism, Cultural Theory and Cultural Forms. London and New York: Routledge, 1997.

    Critical Art Ensemble. http://www.critical-art.net/

    Critical Art Ensemble Defense Fund. http://www.caedefensefund.org/

    Cassel, David. “Hacktivism in the Cyberstreets.” AlterNet. 30 May 2000. 16 June 04. http://www.alternet.org/story/9223

    Griffis, Ryan. “Tandem Surfing the Third Wave: Part 3, interview with subRosa.” YOUgenics. 2003. 16 June 04. http://yougenics.net/subRosaInt.htm

    Haraway, Donna. “The Cyborg Manifesto.” Simians, Cyborgs and Women. New York: Routledge, 1991. [1985] 149-181.

    Harmon, Amy. “`Hacktivists’ of All Persuasions Take Their Struggle to the Web.” New York Times on the Web. 31 Oct 1998. 16 June 04. http://www.thehacktivist.com/archive/news/1998/Hacktivists-NYTimes-1998.pdf

    Hayles, N. Katherine. How We Became Posthuman. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1999.

    jodi.org. 17 June 04.

    metac0m. “What is Hacktivism?” thehacktivist.com. Dec 03. 16 June 04. http://www.thehacktivist.com/hacktivism.php

    Morgan, Robin. Demon Lover: On the Sexuality of Terrorism. London: Methuen, 1990.

    Old Boys’ Network (OBN). “FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions.” 16 June 04 http://www.obn.org/inhalt_index.html

    Plant, Sadie. Zeros and Ones. New York: Bantam, 1997.

    subRosa. “Tactical Cyberfeminism: An Art and Technology of Social Relations.” 16 June 04. http://www.artwomen.org/cyberfems/subrosa/

    VNS Matrix. “Cyberfeminist Manifesto.” 1992. 17 June 2004. http://www.obn.org/reading_room/manifestos/html/cyberfeminist.html

    Wajcman, Judy. TechnoFeminism. Cambridge and Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2004.

    Wray, Stefan. “Electronic Civil Disobedience and the World Wide Web of Hacktivism: A Mapping of Extraparliamentarian Direct Action Net Politics. Nov 1998. 16 June 04. http://thehacktivist.com/archive/edt/wwwhack.html

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    No grandparents also means no parents or aunts/uncles because they don't want to leave behind their older parents. Very clever.
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    Excellent thread on the travel ban and the definition of bona fide relationship of who is allowed in and who is not. Sinister as fuck. But not surprising coming from these mfers. https://twitter.com/AnandWrites/status/880850350873300993
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    Obama is not a fighter. He clung to the fatuous notion that the Rethuglicans could be reasoned with. We needed Churchill, we got Chamberlain. :mad:
              Comment on Red Rover, Red Rover, send Republican Women with Brains over by pm317   
    Whoever the mastermind behind putting Trump up to this, had figured out how to stoke racism, sexism, bigotry, all the wrong stuff within the Republican party and Trump was a perfect vehicle. I didn't think there were enough such people to elect him but again, whoever were the mastermind, figured out the swing state electoral politics to a tee also. Good people were robbed in broad daylight. This thing has not been talked about at all. Why didn't Obama administration or the Democrats do more to respond to voter suppression projects like crosscheck, gerrymandering, or voter ID laws when it was happening?
              Comment on Red Rover, Red Rover, send Republican Women with Brains over by pm317   
    I think the psychologist on that thread was looking at why/how he is so fucked up. Mom or other female caregiver is brought up because of his (odd) statements about certain women and bleeding. He is not normal and why bleeding. I suppose instead of such attempts at analysis, we could simply conclude he is a crazy dumbass who shouldn't be where he is today. At the other end of the spectrum, we have a NYT editorial today that is legitly comparing him to George Washington, Eisenhower, and even Nixon and trying to say he is worse. He is not normal.
              Comment on Red Rover, Red Rover, send Republican Women with Brains over by Sweet Sue   
    Good lord, how terribly Freudian we're all getting. I guess I missed the moment when Sigmund's- "What Do Women Want?"- tarnished reputation was restored. Why do we always blame Mom? Maybe, Mrs. Trump was a physical and emotional victim of her abusive husband, Frederick Christ(!) Trump.
              Kenji Darvish of Golden Bomber: "That pissed me off. Why would shop employees tweet that?"   


    1: Egg ★@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:28:36.63 ID:???0.net
    There has been no end to instances of celebrities being tweeted about our photographed when seen out in the street, and Kenji Darvish has expressed his anger on his blog after experiencing a similar fate.

    July 8, Darvish updated his blog: "Apologies for this late night update... I just got pissed off". Darvish did not mention the name of the restaurant, the person, and the tweets in question, but he said: "I was just eating at a restaurant a while back, and I'm not sure if that guy was a staff member, but it seems that person tweeted the events as they went on; in full detail".

    "It didn't seem like anyone noticed me at all... Where were they watching me from? Scary!". "To think that the food was actually good. How should I put it, this just left me with such a bad aftertaste. Actually, it gave me a bad impression.".

    Not just celebrities, but intrusion into one's privacy is generally not accepted. "Why would shop employees tweet something like that? Weren't they taught not to do such a thing? I have experience in customer service and I really don't get this. I don't think I can eat out in peace anymore. It's all so troublesome." "Stress! I'll go run for a bit."

    Other Twitter incidents involving celebrities are Junichi Inamoto and Miho Tanaka's date before they got married in 2011, which turned into a huge media circus. Recently, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Ebizo Ichikawa both complained about being pictured without permission last month. Akemi Darenogare and Hachimitsu Jiro also complained about similar incidents soon after.


    http://ks.c.yimg.jp/res/chie-ans-241/241/539/224/i320



    2 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:29:36.88 ID:ocmPSHW6i.net
    こいつらスッピンでいたとしてわかるのか?
    Can people even recognize these guys even without makeup on?

    http://ks.c.yimg.jp/res/chie-ans-241/241/539/224/i320
    5 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:31:07.22 ID:JXkS4JQ60.net
    家で飯食えよ
    Just go eat at home
    6 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:31:16.10 ID:KbBROl140.net
    >一体なぜ店員がそういう事をつぶやくんだ

    バイトなんでw
    店に忠誠心ないんでw安い賃金だからその憂さ晴らしw

    > Why would shop employees tweet something like that?

    Because they're part-timers w
    They have no sense of loyalty towards the shop they're working for w And their pay is cheap, so that's just them releasing their stress w

    http://articleimage.nicoblomaga.jp/image/64/2013/8/5/850273c0278e50ad364d88ff8d94040e9bde7e851377862358.jpg

    55 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:45:18.82 ID:TLPICXX30.net
    >>6
    これはあると思う
    I think this is one of the reasons
    304 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 10:05:59.12 ID:cZ2Ui2J+0.net
    >>6
    確かにwww
    バイトだから に他ならないな しゃんとした社会人ならこんなことはしない

    You're right www
    Looks like there's no other reason than "because we're part timers". Any proper member of society wouldn't do such a thing.
    307 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 10:08:03.82 ID:ilLytq280.net
    >>6
    周りにひやほやされたいから
    憂さ晴らしとか自分を正当化したい戯れ言

    Because such people want others to pay attention to them. "Stress release and diversion"? That's their nonsensical way of trying to justify themselves.
    313 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 10:09:47.12 ID:foz+MFfB0.net
    >>6
    バイトだから? バイトだからじゃねーよ
    人間としてどうしようもないやつだからだろ!

    Because they're part-timers? It's not because they're part-timers. It's because they're just helpless as human beings!
    512 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 12:02:42.79 ID:0Wt1R9iJ0.net
    >>6
    店に忠誠心ないって? 時代変わったなあ 40代だけどバイトの時でもそんなことおもったことないわ
    No loyalty to the store employing you? Times sure have changed. I'm in my 40s, but not once have I thought that way even when I was a part-timer.
    691 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 16:38:01.43 ID:E2TBBjW00.net
    >>6
    こんな奴は結局バイト先すら失うんだがな
    People like this will eventually lose places to work at
    581 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 13:44:25.32 ID:D3Ck4OxF0.net
    >>6
    働く前はそう思ってたなぁ
    バイトしてて客がいっぱい来るのは嫌な事だって、楽が一番だって でも実際働いたらバイトしていっぱい客が来るのはもうかって楽しい事だって分かった

    That's what I thought too before working. I thought, "I don't want a lot of customers coming, I want to be at ease". But when I started working, I also realized how fun it was when you started earning more the moment you had more customers.
    598 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 13:59:57.35 ID:m30USX/C0.net
    >>6
    これだな
    バイトの意識なんて正社員以上にピンキリなのに

    This. The awareness level of part-timers is much more varied than that of regular employees.
    701 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 17:16:34.33 ID:s9WVa2H70.net
    >>6
    違うでしょw
    店に芸能人来ちゃった!ツイートして注目浴びちゃう俺! 
    ってのを期待しちゃってるんでしょw

    Wrong w
    The guy was just expecting something like "A celeb came to the store! Imma tweet about it and get attention!"
    784 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 22:00:55.18 ID:XbvnlhaX0.net
    >>6
    不正解
    何も考えてないだけ

    Wrong.
    The guy just isn't thinking about anything.
    833 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/09(水) 01:39:52.21 ID:kp9rUrW30.net
    >>6
    これだ!
    This!
    839 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/09(水) 02:06:10.21 ID:G9HD38Gw0.net
    >>6
    只のRTファボ乞食だからだよ
    That person is just looking for retweets and favorites









    10 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:32:25.02 ID:mGGzW5Pm0.net
    嫌なら芸能人やめちまえ
    If he doesn't like it then he should stop being a celebrity

    20 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:35:06.36 ID:hJfOY7MW0.net
    >>10
    お前どんな育て方されてきたんだよ
    How were you brought up?





    11 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:32:30.42 ID:hLPPN6iz0.net
    写真を撮るのは商品価値の盗用として肖像権の侵害にあたるのはわかった
    それでこういった実況は何の侵害になんの? プライバシーの侵害って法的にまだ弱いんじゃなかったっけ知らないけど

    I understand that when someone takes your picture, it's like a violation of your image rights. Then what do you call this one? I'm not sure, but I don't think there are enough laws being enforced for the protection of personal privacy.
    13 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:33:04.98 ID:obVUJKBw0.net
    特定まだ?
    Anyone pinpointed this yet?
    16 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:34:06.33 ID:cykeX+p00.net
    金儲けのために週刊誌がやるのはよくて素人はアウトってことか
    So this means that tabloids can do things like this so they can make some profits, but amateurs aren't allowed to, huh?

    25 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:36:58.21 ID:im4iIvU70.net
    >>16
    そうですねw
    Yer right w









    18 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:34:20.53 ID:zl3v4uMR0.net
    バイトだからだろ
    Because that guy must've been a part-timer
    21 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:35:53.49 ID:lb/6WgLE0.net
    お店どこよ? こういうのって伏せてると回り回って他の店にも迷惑掛かるんだからどこの店か書けっての
    Which store is this? If he keeps on holding back such information, it will just cause trouble to the other stores so he should write the name of the store already.
    22 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:36:10.40 ID:b+ulpMxv0.net
    飲食やアパレルの底辺バイトに情報漏洩は御法度だとか言っても理解できないんじゃね 客商売の意識がなく自分がいかに楽しく稼ぐかしか考えてないもん
    Maybe those bottom-feeder part timers at diners and apparel stores can't understand it even if you tell them that they're not supposed to have information leaked out. They probably don't have any customer service awareness, and are only concerned about having fun by themselves.
    29 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:38:24.65 ID:QtSrlpzQ0.net
    ゴールデンボンバーとかもう消えかかってるじゃんw
    話題にされただけ良かったじゃんw

    But Golden Bomber are pretty much has-beens already w At least he made the news with this w
    31 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:38:46.29 ID:F9/Yir730.net
    お前らに興味ある層がそういう脳みその奴ばっかりだって事だろw 普通の社会人はあんたの顔なんて知らんと思うよ
    It just means that this is how the brains of people who are interested in these guys work w Normal people of society don't even know what he looks like.
    33 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:39:19.77 ID:5ge7UwCW0.net
    結局、ツイッターってバカを助長させる道具じゃないの?
    百害あって一利なし・・・

    So Twitter is just a tool that further promotes stupid people? You've got all to lose and nothing to gain...
    36 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:40:48.18 ID:Ntf/esTx0.net
    嫌なら芸能人を辞めれば良いだけ
    なんで店員のせいにしてんだよ
    タダで宣伝してくれてるんだから逆に感謝しろよアホ

    If he doesn't like things like this done to him, then he should just quit being a celebrity. Why does he have to blame the restaurant staff? This dumba$$ should actually be grateful since he's getting free publicity.
    37 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:41:36.25 ID:A1WvG1bK0.net
    プライベートてあのメイクしてないよな。
    スッピンでよく分かったな、

    I guess he doesn't wear that makeup in his private affairs. I'm amazed that people recognized him without any makeup on.

    44 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:42:56.78 ID:JRJjxJcH0.net
    >>37
    すっぴんもたびたび曝してた まったく謎というわけじゃないよ
    He did show off his no makeup look every once in a while. It's not a complete mystery, you know.
    http://p.twpl.jp/show/large/o8iDU











    38 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:41:43.58 ID:GFLM+VrH0.net
    まあこういうのって表裏一体ではあるよなあ
    アンチがいるうちが華みたいなもんでつぶやかれてるうちが華というか 10年もしないうちに見かけてもつぶやかれなくなるだろうし

    Two sides of the same coin. You're still good as long as you still got haters, and you're still good as long as people are still talking about you. I don't think anyone would be tweeting about seeing him in public 10 years from now.
    39 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:41:50.87 ID:EBi00qdm0.net
    芸能人とかじゃなくて客の情報書き込むなよ
    This isn't just about celebrities, don't write any info about your customers
    41 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:42:08.06 ID:JRJjxJcH0.net
    有名人がきたらそれをつぶやいてはいけない
    というルールあるのか? ないだろ? 欠陥SNSの仕組みの不備なんだよ

    Are there really any rules saying that you can't tweet about a celebrity coming to your shop? None, right? It's all shortcomings of SNS.
    48 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:43:22.04 ID:FYqIl6vs0.net
    で、こんな事わざわざブログに書いてどうすんだ、店名晒すわけでもなし 信者の「可哀想、抱いて!」のコメントが欲しいだけか
    What's the point of him writing something like this on his blog? It's not like he's even revealing the name of the restaurant. He probably just wanted comments like "Poor thing, hug me!" from his fans.
    51 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:44:06.68 ID:CZyaeSunO.net
    一般人ならまだわかるが店員がこれはないわ
    バカッターって何か利点あるかね?

    I'd understand it if a regular person tweeted, but a restaurant staff? Does Bakatter really have any merits?
    52 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:44:07.91 ID:xVn67lmj0.net
    半年に一回は問題になるのに後を絶たない不思議
    Things like this escalate into huge issues at least once every 6 months, but it never comes to an end. Such a mystery.
    68 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:48:09.03 ID:BxRLTIvWI.net
    2~5年後はどうすんの?ヨシキ、真矢はドラムが上手いから生き残ってるが コイツは何の芸もないから引退か
    So what is this guy planning on doing in 2~5 years time? Yoshiki and Shinya are still around because they're good at drumming, but he can't do anything so he'll probably retire, huh.
    75 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:49:05.95 ID:UvC4j/zHI.net
    海外なら呟かれるだけでその場は何事もなく飯を食えた事に感動するが 日本のクレーマー芸能人にとっては呟く行為もクレームの対象になる
    Overseas, people would tweet about the celeb and people would just give a wow and then let it go as if nothing happened, but Japan's complaining celebs seem to have this right to complain about tweets as well.
    79 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:50:13.18 ID:DdMqVx620.net
    でもこれ考えないと同業他社に悪用されるおそれがあるな 客で紛れ込んで店員のフリして行えばいいわけでしょ さっき↓こんなの見て怖くなったわ
    I think this should be given some more thought, or else, rival companies might use this to their advantage. They could mingle with the other customers, and do something similar while pretending to be that restaurant's staff, right? I saw this one below a while ago and made me scared.



    826 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/07/09(水) 01:25:34.36 ID:vu4zANY30.net
    >>79
    つながれてしまったオペレーターが可哀想でならないな…
    I can't help but feel sorry for the operator who got connected to the call...








    80 :非通知さん@アプリ起動中@\(^o^)/:2014/07/08(火) 08:50:25.87 ID:a8rHf9Ht0.net

    1: :発狂くんφ ★@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:15:05.08 ID:???0.net
    Actor Takeru Sato (25) and model/actress Kanna Mori (26) were spotted together late at night. Sato was seen looking at the face of the woman he was with at a dining bar past midnight recently. The woman she was with was the stylish and sexy Mori who was in Shomuni 2013. The 2 were having drinks called "Kitty", a mixture of red wine and ginger ale.

    Takeru Sato is called the number one "co-star killer" in the industry, and has been previously linked with Satomi Ishihara (27), Atsuko Maeda (22), and Ryoko Hirosue (33) -- all of whom have been his co-star at some point in his career. Sato, however, has never been cast alongside Mori in the past.

    "Takeru-kun has a lot of friends from within and outside his agency, and has a lot of common friends with Kanna-san. The two suddenly got close to each other as they kept bumping into each other at parties and such. 
    Kanna-san was raised in a family that constantly moved locations so she has a frank personality and can easily get along with anyone. And not to be fooled by her beautiful looks, she's like one of the men as she never gets ashamed to eat yakiniku or ramen by herself, has strong resistance to alcohol, and never holds chit-chats about love and romance which every other girl loves to do."  - (common friend of the two)


    This actually isn't the only time the two were caught spending time together. There have already been reports that the two started getting close to each other around the time Josei Seven reported about Sato and Hirosue's illicit affair.

    "Takeru-Kun was so sad at that time since he couldn't see Hirosue anymore, and was really down. Takeru-kun then sent a message to all his friends via SMS and LINE to gather them as he was the type who'd vent out all his frustrations and complaints, but everyone was busy and they couldn't make their schedules meet. 

    Kanna-san though, would always come whenever Takeru-kun called -- whenever, wherever just to hear him out. Kanna-san even started saying 'Let's invite Takeru-kun over!' when she's at her own gatherings with her friends." - (common friend)

    And it also seems like Sato has been showing a side of him to Mori which he has almost never shown to the other women he's been with.

    "Takeru-kun has always been the type who wanted his partner to fawn on him, but he's the one fawning over Kanna-san. Kanna-san is an extremely positive-thinker who basically has the mindset that 'I'm really blessed and happy right now' so she never dwells on any problems. That's why Takeru-kun forgets all his troubles whenever he talks to her and finds comfort in her." - (common friend)


    http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/imgs/0/a/0a87a4e3-s.jpg






    2 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:16:02.90 ID:mMigMke60.net
    電王となつみかん
    Den-O and Natsu Mikan

    http://blog-imgs-15-origin.fc2.com/c/a/3/ca3/DCD432.jpg
    3 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:16:26.36 ID:7YcbwM6o0.net
    身長同じくらい
    They're probably around the same height
    4 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:17:36.55 ID:R8we68xt0.net
    さすがヤリチン
    As expected of the man-whore
    7 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:19:12.67 ID:4SLYIgW5O.net
    ちんこが乾く暇が無いな
    No time to even let the wiener dry, huh
    8 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:19:13.15 ID:PltXSi/d0.net
    脳内共演
    They were co-stars in his head
    9 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:19:58.52 ID:9Z7m4Iwy0.net
    アミューズだからやりたい放題なんだろうな
    He's from Amuse so he probably gets to bang all he wants
    10 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:21:53.49 ID:PltXSi/d0.net
    まあでも気持ち悪いおっさんよりはずっといいよ
    こいつが年取ってきたら気持ち悪くなる

    Well, I guess this is much better than some disgusting old geezer. But this guy will be gross when he grows older.
    12 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:23:31.73 ID:b9z+/7AXO.net
    電王と夏みかんが付き合うならディケイドはコハナと一夜を共に

    あれ?

    If Den-O and Natsu Mikan are together, then Decade and Kohana should spend one night together...

    Hm?


    http://www.sirmiles.com/decade/images/14_32.jpg

    17 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:27:12.28 ID:ln1tL65U0.net
    >>12
    環季ちゃんもう15歳なんだし問題あるまい
    Tamaki-chan's already 15 so there's no problem



    13 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:24:49.10 ID:ax9SkGcvI.net
    セフレかな
    森カンナもいろんな噂あるよな

    Maybe f*ck buddies? There seems to be a lot of rumors going on about Kanna Mori.
    16 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:26:38.93 ID:uBSLVXsw0.net
    森カンナはエロそうな顔してるよな。AV女優だったらツタヤで新作でも借りるわ
    Kanna Mori's got a saucy-looking face. I'd be off to Tsutaya to rent her new video if she were an AV actress.

    http://wadai-barutanmeijinn.blog.so-net.ne.jp/_images/blog/_8de/wadai-barutanmeijinn/E6A3AEE382ABE383B3E3838A-f668e.jpg
    18 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:27:48.72 ID:ex78kH710.net
    だから何?って思うような記事だね
    It's an article that would make you go "So what?"
    19 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:27:53.87 ID:hKXB+65s0.net
    26なのか
    30代だと思ってた

    Oh, she's 26? I thought she was already in her 30s.
    22 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:31:20.39 ID:7AnCy9p10.net
    誰?
    Who?

    26 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:33:12.38 ID:xDHG78WT0.net
    >>22
    流石にそれはないわ
    Oh c'mon you've got to be kidding
    27 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:35:10.87 ID:Ow4JclZI0.net
    >>26
    サマーオレンジさんのほうじゃないの
    This guy is probably asking about who Summer Orange-san is



    23 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:31:38.33 ID:Wy7lzqom0.net
    またかよ暴走ちんぽw
    もはやビョーキだな

    This runaway d!ck-brain again? w
    Must be some sort of disease already.
    24 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:32:08.64 ID:8/f1mexu0.net
    パッと見倉科似のやつか
    それにしても佐藤健ってそろそろニューセックスプリンスの称号与えてええんちゃうかw

    Oh, the girl who looks like Kurashina at first glance. Whatever the case, I think we should already be giving the title of "the new sex prince" to Takeru Sato w
    29 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:37:55.18 ID:8+17E8re0.net
    森カンナってはんにゃの金田と付き合っていたんじゃないのか?
    Wasn't Kanna Mori dating Hannya's Kanada?


    http://livedoor.blogimg.jp/imgs/0/1/019e127e-s.jpg

    33 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:44:16.90 ID:IXkECrON0.net
    >>29
    > 森カンナってはんにゃの金田と付き合っていたんじゃないのか?

    古い話だなw いつまでも付き合ってるわけ無いだろw

    > Wasn't Kanna Mori dating Hannya's Kanada?

    That's really old news w There's no way that they'd be together forever w
    49 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:10:36.70 ID:TB1TpwoO0.net
    >>33
    古いかどうかもわかんないくらい 森カンナといえばはんにゃ金田という印象しかない
    But the only image I had was Kanna Mori = Hannya Kanada regardless if that's old news or not



    30 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:39:32.25 ID:RBakFLrg0.net
    仮面ライダーについて語っただけだろ
    They were probably just talking about Kamen Rider
    32 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:44:14.92 ID:M7xck1240.net
    保田圭にしか見えん
    She just looks like Kei Yasuda to me

    http://www.smahoto.jp/use/watashi/images/32/img_01.jpg
    39 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:52:57.45 ID:Jl5BUxUj0.net
    女の方は保田圭に似てるよね
    The girl looks like Kei Yasuda
    38 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:51:55.31 ID:Km4IRabv0.net
    前田のあっちゃんを生ゴミ扱いするくらいモテるからな
    He's so popular with the ladies that he gets to treat Acchan Maeda as raw garbage

    http://img5.blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ybi/1/b6/6c/yatsurugi319/folder/1060084/img_1060084_46358523_5?1355799462
    35 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 09:50:02.12 ID:zRsLV94h0.net
    夏みかんが電王に喰われてしまった
    おのれディケイド!

    Natsu Mikan has been devoured by Den-O!
    Why you, Decade!

    57 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:23:11.38 ID:06nB8NsE0.net
    >>35
    www
    wwww



    45 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:03:03.90 ID:DoJe8jkN0.net
    なつみかん、電王の世界に迷い込んで釣られちまったのか
    おのれディケイドぉぉぉぉ!!

    Natsu Mikan got lost in the Den-O world, and got caught! Why you, Decaaaade!!!
    46 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:03:07.19 ID:cM4kFiuP0.net
    こういう仕事メインの人みたいになってるなwwwww
    Seems like this has become this guy's main line of work wwwwww
    47 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:08:47.54 ID:pxoz5LlZ0.net
    石原さとみの後にこんな保田圭みたいなのでいいのか?
    すきやばしの帰りにカッパ寿司よるみたいなもんだろ?

    Is he fine with someone who looks like Kei Yasuda after having some Satomi Ishihara?
    It's like eating at Kappa-zushi after having a feast at Sukiyabashi!


    http://www.sanspo.com/geino/images/20120430/oth12043005030000-p4.jpg
    48 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:10:03.47 ID:csY2zWwE0.net
    美女?? 元モー娘。の保田そっくりだけど
    Pretty?? But she looks exactly like ex-Morning Musume Yasuda.
    54 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:16:28.93 ID:Z7hJHTCJ0.net
    最近佐藤健のさげ記事醜いね
    These Takeru Sato-bashing articles have been horrible these days, huh
    55 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:17:01.53 ID:UOdq8FBq0.net
    チビだからなんか許せるな
    チビだから

    He's a squirt so I can somehow sympathize with him. Because he's a squirt.
    59 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:23:31.01 ID:yshzSwYBi.net
    友達とのただの飲み会だったらしいのに佐藤の事務所は佐藤をモテモテに見せたいのか
    I heard that it was just one of those drinking parties with their friends. Does Sato's agency want to make it seem like he's so popular with the ladies?
    60 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:24:17.91 ID:bjRWN1xRO.net
    佐藤イケメンだけど、下からカメラ撮ってて笑った時歯の裏側が見えてめっちゃ汚かった。
    Sato's an ikemen, but when the backside of his teeth was seen in a low camera angle shot, it looked really dirty.
    62 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:28:18.10 ID:zG0hapYG0.net
    ものすごいイケメンというわけではなく、モデルみたいな長身でもないが、 これぐらいが一番モテるのかな?
    He's not a super ikemen, nor is he tall like a model. Is this the type that's extremely popular with the other sex?

    65 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:32:56.93 ID:7AnCy9p10.net
    >>62
    外見はイマイチだけど、女に好かれる性格?振る舞いなんだろ 淳だって不細工チビでもモテたろ
    His outer appearance may not be all that, but it's probably his personality and his actions which women find irresistible. Even Atsushi's small and ugly but he was extremely popular.



    63 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:28:27.66 ID:SLgo2kzJ0.net
    イメージだけど芸能界のヤリチンってどこかでドカンと手痛い罰をくらうイメージだわ イッサしかりお塩しかり いくら事務所が強くても落ちるときは落ちる
    This is just an impression, but I feel that these man-whores of the industry will someday get hit bigtime. Just take a look at ISSA and Oshio. No matter how strong one's handlers are, when it's time to fall, then it's time to fall.
    64 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:32:24.53 ID:zG0hapYG0.net
    ISSAは昔、上原多香子とか柴咲コウとか大物軒並みいったから「師匠」って感じだった。
    お塩先生はモー娘。全部食いと奥菜あたりがすげーなと思った。 砂糖先生は、大物といえば広末くらいか。AKBも全部食いまではいかなかったし。

    ISSA felt like a "master" who went from one big name to another, from Takako Uehara to Kou Shibasaki. I thought Oshio-sensei was amazing when he helped himself to everyone from MoMusu and Okina. The only big name that Sato-sensei had was Hirosue, and he wasn't able to conquer everyone in AKB.
    71 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:43:16.30 ID:c9xVPILb0.net
    ただ、キラーって割には飯食ったり集団で遊んでる程度のスクープしかないような
    本当にコマしてるんだろうか

    He may be called a "killer", but the only scoops they seem to be getting out of him are just about him dining together and hanging out with his groups. I do wonder if he's really laying his fingers on them.
    74 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 10:49:50.04 ID:u3wSfkxH0.net
    森カンナはショムニで本田翼を圧倒した美貌だからな 吉高と親友らしい
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              tUne-YaRds // FIYA   

    Cast: Ray Concepcion

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              Credit cards are going the way of fax machines   

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    This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here.

    The modern smartphone is a remarkable device. A single device that fits in your pocket can do all the tasks that once required cameras, camcorders, GPS devices, watches, alarm clocks, calculators, and even TVs.    

    But the next change might be the most radical of all—it could eliminate the need to carry cash and credit cards. 

    The growing importance of the smartphone as the go-to computing device for every digital activity is having a profound effect everywhere you look, but it’s only the biggest story among many exciting developments in the world of payments:   

    • Apple Pay was first out of the gate, but now mobile wallets are everywhere you look—Android Pay, Google Pay, Chase Pay and even Walmart Pay are making smartphones a real alternative to carrying credit cards. And the potential for mobile wallets to limit a merchant’s fraud liability could help them really take off in acceptance for small businesses.   
    • As consumers move more purchasing online, gateway vendors that can act as a front-end processor for online businesses are seeing explosive growth.   PayPal-owned Braintree grew 111% YoY in the number of cards on file in Q4 2015, while Stripe and Klarna now have multi-billion dollar valuations.
    • Mobile Point-Of-Sale (mPOS) startups like Square and ShopKeep have pioneered a whole new payments niche—accepting payments via tablets and smartphones.   Coupling their transactions capabilities with new apps can revolutionize a small business’ inventory management, marketing, loyalty and even payroll.   
    • Mobile Peer-to-Peer payments in the U.S. are forecast to grow from $5.6 billion in 2014 to nearly $175 billion by 2019 as consumers increasingly skip the hassle of writing a check or going to an ATM.   But smartphone vendors like Apple could cripple the dominant player of 2016 (Venmo) if they make a serious push to own the space.   

    If your job or your company is involved in payment processing in any way, you know how complex this industry is. And you know that you simply can’t understand where the next big digital opportunities are unless you know the key players and roles in each step of the payments “supply chain:”   

    • Acquirers
    • Processors
    • Issuers
    • Card Networks
    • Independent sales organizations and merchant service providers
    • Gateways
    • Hardware and software providers

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    • Why new players and innovations like prepaid cards, store cards, and PIN debit transactions are gaining market share and creating new opportunities.   
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              Comment on Podcast 123: Shield Yourself from Worry, Open Items Carefully, and Use Clothing to Influence Your Attitude. by Lori Fenton   
    The one piece of clothing that seems to most impact my frame of mind is my BRA! And its not just about fit or comfort. (No, this isn't an unsolicited endorsement for a particular sponsor.) There's really no better feeling than taking off my bra at the end of a long day and once I do, chances are not much else is going to get done. It's like an off switch for my brain and body. But leaving it on tells me I need to stay engaged for something. I'm a lark so my energy level at the end of the day is already a challenge. If there's some chore I must get done at home in the evening then the bra stays on until it's done.
              Le nouveau parfum   
    Wenn man einen fast vier Minuten langen Werbeclip für ein Parfum anschaut, ohne einmal das Parfum zu sehen und danach beste Laune hat, dann hat jemand seinen Job gut gemacht. Dieser Jemand wäre dann Spike Jonze: https://youtu.be/5tuHIhXyxrI Die Musik ist von Sam Spiegel & Ape Drums feat. Assassin (“Mutant Brain”)
              Modern technology is changing the way our brains work, says neuroscientist Dr Fiona Kerr, System and Neural Complexity Specialist with the University of Adelaide.   
    Does technology impacts the brain and decision making? According to The University of Adelaide’s Neural Systems and Complexity Specialist Dr Fiona Kerr, the answer to the question is yes. Technology affects our attention, our social connectivity with other people and our sleep cycles. We live in a society where all aspects of our lives are driven [...]
              The Laura Longley Show: Howard Martin of HeartMath Shares The Pursuit of Happiness: Keys to Feeling and Living Better   
    GuestWe hear all the time about the pursuit of happiness, but for many stress, money worries, and health issues take a toll on our ability to sustain a positive outlook on life. Perhaps it's not about pursuing happiness but rather creating it. New research has identified that the heart-brain connection plays a critical role in our resilience factor and in achieving happiness. Howard Martin, author of The HeartMath Solution and Executive Vice President and founding member of the HeartMath organiza ...
              The Laura Longley Show: A Healing Conversation with Candace Pert, PhD. Changing Neuroreceptor Mapping from Pain to Pleasure   
    GuestDid you know that every time we have an emotional reaction, a chemical reaction is taking place in our brains that creates that emotion? Tune in to my conversation with Dr. Candace Pert to learn about the body/mind/spirit connection and how science and spirituality are two sides of the same coin. We'll be discussing ways that you can move from pain emotional and physical to pleasure through changing your neuroreceptor mapping those chemical reactions in your brain.
              Find Professional References through Facebook   

    So, you have a dream company you want to work in? You are constantly looking for people to connect with from your dream company. But, I hear a lot of people complaining that “I don’t have references to get a job there”. Well, if it was 5 years ago, that would be a fate you had to accept. But, at the age of Social Media, there is no reason in admitting it. So, if you don’t have any references or don’t know who you can connect to, then it is your fault.

    Find Professional References through Facebook

    You really can use social media like Facebook find professionals references for:

    • Job or career,
    • Business opportunity,
    • Joint venture opportunity,
    • B2B Networking,
    • B2B Lead Sourcing, etc.

    Last time, I gave the idea (that I am also going to give you) to someone, he found that his sister-in-law (bother’s wife) had her brother-in-law (sister’s husband) working in the company he was seeking references for.

    You are probably wondering how this is possible. To tickle your brain, here are some ideas:

    • You probably saw the “Find Friends” feature where Facebook suggests you to add more people that might be your friend
    • On each un-connected Facebook user’s profile you can see how much mutual friends you have
    • Each mutual friend has some kind of a relation with that specific user
    • You know that Facebook also suggest you to add colleagues working in same company
    • Now, what would happen if you could find people by company and also could see their mutual friends?

    So, I think you got the idea.

    Professional References from “Find Friends” with Other Tools Links

    Getting your feet wet to find a professional reference is not quite easy. You have to apply certain tricks. You might have seen the find friend feature in Facebook. If not, then go to the URL mentioned in the image below:

    Find Friends Link in Facebook

    If you go to the page, you will see some list of other ways to find your some friend suggestions:

    Find Friends Page in Facebook

    If you click Other Tools, you also can see the options to search people by the companies you work in:

    Other Tools Options on Find Friends Facebook Page

    If you click on the link of the company, e.g. marked red in the picture (http://www.facebook.com/find-friends/browser/?type=work&id=102777693132451&ref=ff), notice that the URL has specific number (in bold). Now, if I take this number and use it after Facebook.com like this: http://www.facebook.com/102777693132451, it takes you to the Facebook Community or Fan Page of Grameen Solutions. But, the URL of the page looks like this https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grameen-Solutions/102777693132451. Now that you know the number trick, you can go on searching for people that are working in a specific company using http://www.facebook.com/find-friends/browser/?type=work&id=THE_PAGE_NUMBER.

    This is not always so straight forward. First, you need to find all possible pages that are available in Facebook belonging to that company. The phenomenon of having many pages for the same company (in the image below) happen because, many people do not use the exact match spelling for the same company.

    Grameen Solutions Facebook Pages Search

    When you click the community pages (the page with briefcase icon), you will find the number of the page that you can use to search for professionals working in your desired company. But, some pages uses vanity URLs like: http://www.facebook.com/grameenphone. In that case, finding the number of the page becomes hard. But there is a trick. Go to the vanity URL page and right click and get the URL of any image on the page:

    Right Click to Get Facebook Page Number from Page with Vanity URLs

    e.g. from http://www.facebook.com/grameenphone if you right click and copy the location of the image, you’ll see that the location is https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/373042_135237519825044_132091699_n.jpg. The bold numbers you see in the middle of the image file name is the page number, which you can use to find other people from the same company. If you need to confirm if the number is real, then try to see if http://www.facebook.com/135237519825044 takes you to http://www.facebook.com/grameenphone.

    Professional References from Find Friends Browser

    Now, I might have made this a bit complicated, but the trick I mentioned above is the best way to find all possible people or connections that belong to your dream company.

    However, there is also a shortcut way. Just go to http://www.facebook.com/find-friends/browser/ and in the employer section, search for the name of the company in all alternative spelling that people used. If the page is popular, after typing some text, Facebook will suggest you some name of the pages or companies. But, in cases where there are too less people in a company, you might not find that listed in the employer search suggestion. In that case, go back and use the previous trick again.

    Find Friends Browser

    Now, you have the list that shows you people that are working in a specific company. Even though, you still have a problem. Because, they are not your friends in Facebook. But, the mutual friends suggest that they are friends of any one or more of your friends. So, use the mutual friends to learn more about the person working in the company and use them to get introduced. If you have a healthy number of Facebook friends, then I am sure that you will find at least one distant relative in a large company. It was actually not much possible even 5 years ago. But, in the new age of social media, use the strategy to benefit you, your career, and your business.

    Professional References from Existing Friend List

    Oh sorry, one thing missed. What if you already had friends from desired company and want to see which friends are from that company? Then the best way to do it is by going to your profile and then to Friends from Facebook. At the top, like the image below, you can search friend by Workplace. Select that and start typing the name of your desired company. You will find friends that are connected to the company. 

    Find Friends Working in Specific Company

    One last thing, when you see the list of friend suggestions or the list of friends from a specific company, don’t guess that all of them are currently working there. Facebook tries to show all past and current workers in your suggestions. So, try to see their profile individually. Another thing is, you can get the maximum benefit from this trick, if you have a large number of friends in Facebook. So, be more open and helpful to others to make more friends in Facebook as well as in real life.

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              Working Memory Modulation of Frontoparietal Network Connectivity in First-Episode Schizophrenia   
    Abstract
    Working memory (WM) impairment is regarded as a core aspect of schizophrenia. However, the neural mechanisms behind this cognitive deficit remain unclear. The connectivity of a frontoparietal network is known to be important for subserving WM. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, the current study investigated whether WM-dependent modulation of effective connectivity in this network is affected in a group of first-episode schizophrenia (FES) patients compared with similarly performing healthy participants during a verbal n-back task. Dynamic causal modeling (DCM) of the coupling between regions (left inferior frontal gyrus (IFG), left inferior parietal lobe (IPL), and primary visual area) identified in a psychophysiological interaction (PPI) analysis was performed to characterize effective connectivity during the n-back task. The PPI analysis revealed that the connectivity between the left IFG and left IPL was modulated by WM and that this modulation was reduced in FES patients. The subsequent DCM analysis confirmed this modulation by WM and found evidence that FES patients had reduced forward connectivity from IPL to IFG. These findings provide evidence for impaired WM modulation of frontoparietal effective connectivity in the early phase of schizophrenia, even with intact WM performance, suggesting a failure of context-sensitive coupling in the schizophrenic brain.

              Global and Local Connectivity Differences Converge With Gene Expression in a Neurodevelopmental Disorder of Known Genetic Origin   
    Abstract
    Knowledge of genetic cause in neurodevelopmental disorders can highlight molecular and cellular processes critical for typical development. Furthermore, the relative homogeneity of neurodevelopmental disorders of known genetic origin allows the researcher to establish the subsequent neurobiological processes that mediate cognitive and behavioral outcomes. The current study investigated white matter structural connectivity in a group of individuals with intellectual disability due to mutations in ZDHHC9. In addition to shared cause of cognitive impairment, these individuals have a shared cognitive profile, involving oromotor control difficulties and expressive language impairment. Analysis of structural network properties using graph theory measures showed global reductions in mean clustering coefficient and efficiency in the ZDHHC9 group, with maximal differences in frontal and parietal areas. Regional variation in clustering coefficient across cortical regions in ZDHHC9 mutation cases was significantly associated with known pattern of expression of ZDHHC9 in the normal adult human brain. The results demonstrate that a mutation in a single gene impacts upon white matter organization across the whole-brain, but also shows regionally specific effects, according to variation in gene expression. Furthermore, these regionally specific patterns may link to specific developmental mechanisms, and correspond to specific cognitive deficits.

              Dissociating the Neural Basis of Conceptual Self-Awareness from Perceptual Awareness and Unaware Self-Processing   
    Abstract
    Conceptual self-awareness is a mental state in which the content of one's consciousness refers to a particular aspect of semantic knowledge about oneself. This form of consciousness plays a crucial role in shaping human behavior; however, little is known about its neural basis. Here, we use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and a visual masked priming paradigm to dissociate the neural responses related to the awareness of semantic autobiographical information (one's own name, surname, etc.) from the awareness of information related to any visual stimulus (perceptual awareness), as well as from the unaware processing of self-relevant stimuli. To detect brain activity that is highly selective for self-relevant information, we used the blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) adaptation approach, which goes beyond the spatial limitations of conventional fMRI. We found that self-awareness was associated with BOLD adaptation in the medial frontopolar-retrosplenial areas, whereas perceptual awareness and unaware self-processing were associated with BOLD adaptation in the lateral fronto-parietal areas and the inferior temporal cortex, respectively. Thus, using a direct manipulation of conscious awareness we demonstrate for the first time that the neural basis of conceptual self-awareness is neuroanatomically distinct from the network mediating perceptual awareness of the sensory environment or unaware processing of self-related stimuli.

              Functional MRI of Human Eyeblink Classical Conditioning in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders   
    Abstract
    Prenatal alcohol exposure has been linked to a broad range of developmental deficits, with eyeblink classical conditioning (EBC) among the most sensitive endpoints. This fMRI study compared EBC-related brain activity in 47 children with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), partial FAS (PFAS), heavily exposed (HE) non-syndromal children, and healthy controls. All of the children had previously participated in two EBC studies conducted as part of our longitudinal study of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Although learning-related behavioral differences were seen in all groups during the scans, controls showed more conditioned responses (CR) than the alcohol-exposed groups. Despite lower conditioning levels relative to controls, the exposed groups exhibited extensive cerebellar activations. Specifically, children with FAS/PFAS showed increased activation of cerebellar lobule VI in session 2, while HE children showed increased activation in session 1. Continuous measures of prenatal alcohol use correlated with learning-related activations in cerebellum and frontal cortices. Only controls showed significant cerebellar activation—CR correlations in the deep nuclei and lateral lobule VI, suggesting that these key regions supporting EBC may be functionally disorganized in alcohol-exposed children. These findings are the first to characterize abnormalities in brain function associated with the behavioral conditioning deficits seen in children with prenatal alcohol exposure.

              Palmitoylation of cdc42 Promotes Spine Stabilization and Rescues Spine Density Deficit in a Mouse Model of 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome   
    Abstract
    22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) is associated with learning and cognitive dysfunctions and a high risk of developing schizophrenia. It has become increasingly clear that dendritic spine plasticity is tightly linked to cognition. Thus, understanding how genes involved in cognitive disorders affect synaptic networks is a major challenge of modern biology. Several studies have pointed to a spine density deficit in 22q11DS transgenic mice models. Using the LgDel mouse model, we first quantified spine deficit at different stages using electron microscopy. Next we performed repetitive confocal imaging over several days on hippocampal organotypic cultures of LgDel mice. We show no imbalanced ratio between daily spine formation and spine elimination, but a decreased spine life expectancy. We corrected this impaired spine stabilization process by overexpressing ZDHHC8 palmitoyltransferase, whose gene belongs to the LgDel microdeletion. Overexpression of one of its substrates, the cdc42 brain-specific variant, under a constitutively active form (cdc42-palm-CA) led to the same result. Finally, we could rescue spine density in vivo, in adult LgDel mice, by injecting pups with a vector expressing cdc42-palm-CA. This study reveals a new role of ZDHHC8-cdc42-palm molecular pathway in postsynaptic structural plasticity and provides new evidence in favor of the dysconnectivity hypothesis for schizophrenia.

              Dynamic Patterns of Brain Structure–Behavior Correlation Across the Lifespan   
    Abstract
    Although the brain/behavior correlation is one of the premises of cognitive neuroscience, there is still no consensus about the relationship between brain measures and cognitive function, and only little is known about the effect of age on this relationship. We investigated the age-associated variations on the spatial patterns of cortical thickness correlates of four cognitive domains. We showed that the spatial distribution of the cortical thickness correlates of each cognitive domain is distinctive and depicts varying age-association differences across the adult lifespan. Specifically, the present study provides evidence that distinct cognitive domains are associated with unique structural patterns in three adulthood periods: Early, middle, and late adulthood. These findings suggest a dynamic interaction between multiple neural substrates supporting each cognitive domain across the adult lifespan.

              Improvements in Attention and Decision-Making Following Combined Behavioral Training and Brain Stimulation   
    Abstract
    In recent years there has been a significant commercial interest in ‘brain training’ – massed or spaced practice on a small set of tasks to boost cognitive performance. Recently, researchers have combined cognitive training regimes with brain stimulation to try and maximize training benefits, leading to task-specific cognitive enhancement. It remains unclear, however, whether the performance gains afforded by such regimes can transfer to untrained tasks, or how training and stimulation affect the brain's latent information processing dynamics. To examine these issues, we applied transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) over the prefrontal cortex while participants undertook decision-making training over several days. Anodal, relative to cathodal/sham tDCS, increased performance gains from training. Critically, these gains were reliable for both trained and untrained tasks. The benefit of anodal tDCS occurred for left, but not right, prefrontal stimulation, and was absent for stimulation delivered without concurrent training. Modeling revealed left anodal stimulation combined with training caused an increase in the brain's rate of evidence accumulation for both tasks. Thus tDCS applied during training has the potential to modulate training gains and give rise to transferable performance benefits for distinct cognitive operations through an increase in the rate at which the brain acquires information.

              Correlations Between Personality and Brain Structure: A Crucial Role of Gender   
    Abstract
    Previous studies have shown that males and females differ in personality and gender differences have also been reported in brain structure. However, effects of gender on this “personality–brain” relationship are yet unknown. We therefore investigated if the neural correlates of personality differ between males and females. Whole brain voxel-based morphometry was used to investigate the influence of gender on associations between NEO FFI personality traits and gray matter volume (GMV) in a matched sample of 182 males and 182 females. In order to assess associations independent of and dependent on gender, personality–GMV relationships were tested across the entire sample and separately for males and females. There were no significant correlations between any personality scale and GMV in the analyses across the entire sample. In contrast, significant associations with GMV were detected for neuroticism, extraversion, and conscientiousness only in males. Interestingly, GMV in left precuneus/parieto-occipital sulcus correlated with all 3 traits. Thus, our results indicate that brain structure–personality relationships are highly dependent on gender, which might be attributable to hormonal interplays or differences in brain organization between males and females. Our results thus provide possible neural substrates of personality–behavior relationships and underline the important role of gender in these associations.

              Peripheral Interventions Enhancing Brain Glutamate Homeostasis Relieve Amyloid β- and TNFα- Mediated Synaptic Plasticity Disruption in the Rat Hippocampus   
    Abstract
    Dysregulation of glutamate homeostasis in the interstitial fluid of the brain is strongly implicated in causing synaptic dysfunction in many neurological and psychiatric illnesses. In the case of Alzheimer's disease (AD), amyloid β (Aβ)-mediated disruption of synaptic plasticity and memory can be alleviated by interventions that directly remove glutamate or block certain glutamate receptors. An alternative strategy is to facilitate the removal of excess glutamate from the nervous system by activating peripheral glutamate clearance systems. One such blood-based system, glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT), is activated by oxaloacetate, which acts as a co-substrate. We report here that synthetic and AD brain-derived Aβ-mediated inhibition of synaptic long-term potentiation in the hippocampus is alleviated by oxaloacetate. Moreover the effect of oxaloacetate was GOT-dependent. The disruptive effects of a general inhibitor of excitatory amino acid transport or TNFα, a pro-inflammatory mediator of Aβ action, were also reversed by oxaloacetate. Furthermore, another intervention that increases peripheral glutamate clearance, peritoneal dialysis, mimicked the beneficial effect of oxaloacetate. These findings lend support to the promotion of the peripheral clearance of glutamate as a means to alleviate synaptic dysfunction that is caused by impaired glutamate homeostasis in the brain.

              Early Activation of Experience-Independent Dendritic Spine Turnover in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease   
    Abstract
    Synaptic loss is critical in Alzheimer's disease (AD), but the dynamics of synapse turnover are poorly defined. We imaged dendritic spines in transgenic APPswe/PSen1∆E9 (APP/PS1) cerebral cortex. Dendritic spine turnover is increased far from plaque in aged APP/PS1 mice, and in young APP/PS1 mice prior to plaque formation. Dysregulation occurs in the presence of soluble Aβ oligomer and requires cellular prion protein (PrPC). APP/PS1 mice lack responsiveness of spine turnover to sensory stimulation. Critically, enhanced spine turnover is coupled with the loss of persistent spines starting early and continuing with age. To evaluate mechanisms of experience-independent supranormal spine turnover, we analyzed the transcriptome of young APP/PS1 mouse brain when turnover is altered but synapse density and memory are normal, and plaque and inflammation are absent. Early PrPC-dependent expression changes occur in synaptic and lipid-metabolizing genes. Thus, pathologic synaptic dysregulation underlying AD begins at a young age prior to Aβ plaque.

              Foxp2 Regulates Identities and Projection Patterns of Thalamic Nuclei During Development   
    Abstract
    The molecular mechanisms underlying the formation of the thalamus during development have been investigated intensively. Although transcription factors distinguishing the thalamic primordium from adjacent brain structures have been uncovered, those involved in patterning inside the thalamus are largely unclear. Here, we show that Foxp2, a member of the forkhead transcription factor family, regulates thalamic patterning during development. We found a graded expression pattern of Foxp2 in the thalamic primordium of the mouse embryo. The expression levels of Foxp2 were high in the posterior region and low in the anterior region of the thalamic primordium. In Foxp2 (R552H) knockin mice, which have a missense loss-of-function mutation in the forkhead domain of Foxp2, thalamic nuclei of the posterior region of the thalamus were shrunken, while those of the intermediate region were expanded. Consistently, Foxp2 (R552H) knockin mice showed changes in thalamocortical projection patterns. Our results uncovered important roles of Foxp2 in thalamic patterning and thalamocortical projections during development.

              Pilocarpine-Induced Status Epilepticus Increases the Sensitivity of P2X7 and P2Y1 Receptors to Nucleotides at Neural Progenitor Cells of the Juvenile Rodent Hippocampus   
    Abstract
    Patch-clamp recordings indicated the presence of P2X7 receptors at neural progenitor cells (NPCs) in the subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus in hippocampal brain slices prepared from transgenic nestin reporter mice. The activation of these receptors caused inward current near the resting membrane potential of the NPCs, while P2Y1 receptor activation initiated outward current near the reversal potential of the P2X7 receptor current. Both receptors were identified by biophysical/pharmacological methods. When the brain slices were prepared from mice which underwent a pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus or when brain slices were incubated in pilocarpine-containing external medium, the sensitivity of P2X7 and P2Y1 receptors was invariably increased. Confocal microscopy confirmed the localization of P2X7 and P2Y1 receptor-immunopositivity at nestin-positive NPCs. A one-time status epilepticus in rats caused after a latency of about 5 days recurrent epileptic fits. The blockade of central P2X7 receptors increased the number of seizures and their severity. It is hypothesized that P2Y1 receptors after a status epilepticus may increase the ATP-induced proliferation/ectopic migration of NPCs; the P2X7 receptor-mediated necrosis/apoptosis might counteract these effects, which would otherwise lead to a chronic manifestation of recurrent epileptic fits.

              vlPFC–vmPFC–Amygdala Interactions Underlie Age-Related Differences in Cognitive Regulation of Emotion   
    Abstract
    Emotion regulation is a critical life skill that develops throughout childhood and adolescence. Despite this development in emotional processes, little is known about how the underlying brain systems develop with age. This study examined emotion regulation in 112 individuals (aged 6–23 years) as they viewed aversive and neutral images using a reappraisal task. On “reappraisal” trials, participants were instructed to view the images as distant, a strategy that has been previously shown to reduce negative affect. On “reactivity” trials, participants were instructed to view the images without regulating emotions to assess baseline emotional responding. During reappraisal, age predicted less negative affect, reduced amygdala responses and inverse coupling between the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) and amygdala. Moreover, left ventrolateral prefrontal (vlPFC) recruitment mediated the relationship between increasing age and diminishing amygdala responses. This negative vlPFC–amygdala association was stronger for individuals with inverse coupling between the amygdala and vmPFC. These data provide evidence that vmPFC–amygdala connectivity facilitates vlPFC-related amygdala modulation across development.

              Dopamine is Required for Activity-Dependent Amplification of Arc mRNA in Developing Postnatal Frontal Cortex   
    Abstract
    The activity-regulated gene Arc/Arg3.1 encodes a postsynaptic protein crucially involved in glutamatergic synaptic plasticity. Genetic mutations in Arc pathway and altered Arc expression in human frontal cortex have been associated with schizophrenia. Although Arc expression has been reported to vary with age, what mechanisms regulate Arc mRNA levels in frontal cortex during postnatal development remains unclear. Using quantitative mRNA analysis of mouse frontal cortical tissues, we mapped the developmental profiles of Arc expression and found that its mRNA levels are sharply amplified near the end of the second postnatal week, when mouse pups open their eyes for the first time after birth. Surprisingly, electrical stimulation of the frontal cortex before eye-opening is not sufficient to drive the amplification of Arc mRNA. Instead, this amplification needs both electrical stimulation and dopamine D1-type receptor (D1R) activation. Furthermore, visual stimuli-driven amplification of Arc mRNA is also dependent on D1R activation and dopamine neurons located in the ventral midbrain. These results indicate that dopamine is required to drive activity-dependent amplification of Arc mRNA in the developing postnatal frontal cortex and suggest that joint electrical and dopaminergic activation is essential to establish the normal expression pattern of a schizophrenia-associated gene during frontal cortical development.

              Dynamic Changes in Cortical Effective Connectivity Underlie Transsaccadic Integration in Humans   
    Abstract
    Due to saccadic eye movements the retinal image is abruptly displaced 2–4 times a second, yet we experience a stable and continuous stream of vision. It is known that saccades modulate neural processing in various local brain areas, but the question of how saccades influence neural communication between different areas in the thalamo-cortical system has remained unanswered. By combining transcranial magnetic stimulation with electroencephalography, we found that saccades were accompanied by dynamic changes in causal communication between different brain areas in humans. These changes were anticipatory; they began before the actual eye movement. Compared with fixation, communication between posterior cortical areas was first briefly enhanced during saccades, but subsequently peri-saccadic information did not ignite sustained activity in fronto-parietal cortices. This suggests that the brain constructs a spatially stable and temporally continuous stream of conscious vision from discrete fixations by restricting the access of peri-saccadic visual information to sustained processing in fronto-parietal cortices.

              Changes in Brain Activation Associated with Spontaneous Improvization and Figural Creativity After Design-Thinking-Based Training: A Longitudinal fMRI Study   
    Abstract
    Creativity is widely recognized as an essential skill for entrepreneurial success and adaptation to daily-life demands. However, we know little about the neural changes associated with creative capacity enhancement. For the first time, using a prospective, randomized control design, we examined longitudinal changes in brain activity associated with participating in a five-week design-thinking-based Creative Capacity Building Program (CCBP), when compared with Language Capacity Building Program (LCBP). Creativity, an elusive and multifaceted construct, is loosely defined as an ability to produce useful/appropriate and novel outcomes. Here, we focus on one of the facets of creative thinking—spontaneous improvization. Participants were assessed pre- and post-intervention for spontaneous improvization skills using a game-like figural Pictionary-based fMRI task. Whole-brain group-by-time interaction revealed reduced task-related activity in CCBP participants (compared with LCBP participants) after training in the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, anterior/paracingulate gyrus, supplementary motor area, and parietal regions. Further, greater cerebellar–cerebral connectivity was observed in CCBP participants at post-intervention when compared with LCBP participants. In sum, our results suggest that improvization-based creative capacity enhancement is associated with reduced engagement of executive functioning regions and increased involvement of spontaneous implicit processing.

              Cholinergic Surveillance over Hippocampal RNA Metabolism and Alzheimer's-Like Pathology   
    Abstract
    The relationship between long-term cholinergic dysfunction and risk of developing dementia is poorly understood. Here we used mice with deletion of the vesicular acetylcholine transporter (VAChT) in the forebrain to model cholinergic abnormalities observed in dementia. Whole-genome RNA sequencing of hippocampal samples revealed that cholinergic failure causes changes in RNA metabolism. Remarkably, key transcripts related to Alzheimer's disease are affected. BACE1, for instance, shows abnormal splicing caused by decreased expression of the splicing regulator hnRNPA2/B1. Resulting BACE1 overexpression leads to increased APP processing and accumulation of soluble Aβ1-42. This is accompanied by age-related increases in GSK3 activation, tau hyperphosphorylation, caspase-3 activation, decreased synaptic markers, increased neuronal death, and deteriorating cognition. Pharmacological inhibition of GSK3 hyperactivation reversed deficits in synaptic markers and tau hyperphosphorylation induced by cholinergic dysfunction, indicating a key role for GSK3 in some of these pathological changes. Interestingly, in human brains there was a high correlation between decreased levels of VAChT and hnRNPA2/B1 levels with increased tau hyperphosphorylation. These results suggest that changes in RNA processing caused by cholinergic loss can facilitate Alzheimer's-like pathology in mice, providing a mechanism by which decreased cholinergic tone may increase risk of dementia.

              Dorsal Forebrain-Specific Deficiency of Reelin-Dab1 Signal Causes Behavioral Abnormalities Related to Psychiatric Disorders   
    Abstract
    Reelin-Dab1 signaling is involved in brain development and neuronal functions. The abnormalities in the signaling through either reduction of Reelin and Dab1 gene expressions or the genomic mutations in the brain have been reported to be associated with psychiatric disorders. However, it has not been clear if the deficiency in Reelin-Dab1 signaling is responsible for symptoms of the disorders. Here, to examine the function of Reelin-Dab1 signaling in the forebrain, we generated dorsal forebrain-specific Dab1 conditional knockout mouse (Dab1 cKO) and performed a behavioral test battery on the Dab1 cKO mice. Although conventional Dab1 null mutant mice exhibit cerebellar atrophy and cerebellar ataxia, the Dab1 cKO mice had normal cerebellum and showed no motor dysfunction. Dab1 cKO mice exhibited behavioral abnormalities, including hyperactivity, decreased anxiety-like behavior, and impairment of working memory, which are reminiscent of symptoms observed in patients with psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. These results suggest that deficiency of Reelin-Dab1 signal in the dorsal forebrain is involved in the pathogenesis of some symptoms of human psychiatric disorders.

              Inside Fargo, America's Most Undervalued Tech Hub   
    By Fortune
    Editor's Note: Congratulations to the many Fargo-area businesses mentioned in this article. Many of them have participate in ND Commerce programs such as Innovate ND, Centers of Excellence and Centers of Research Excellence, Research ND and the North Dakota Development Fund.

    It gets 50 inches of snow a year and is so cold that its bikeshare moves inside for the winter. But its homegrown tech community is on fire.

    The morning of Nov. 12, 2014 was well below freezing in Fargo, the largest city in North Dakota. By the time Shawn Muehler took the stage before an audience of 150, the theater, located just a few blocks west of the Red River, had warmed up. Entrepreneurs, students, professors and business leaders shuffled down the aisles with free cups of coffee. For the audience, it was time for Fargo’s 1 Million Cups, a robust startup community-building initiative from the Kaufman Foundation that’s a kind of church for entrepreneurs. For Muehler, it was time to talk about drones.

    Standing on stage with one of his drones, Muehler—a Fargo native, Air Force officer, and seasoned pilot—had six minutes to present his business idea, the result of several months of white-board calculating, late-night brainstorming, and endless code tinkering. He described the collision risks found in an airspace that is increasingly crowded with aircraft and drones. The software that he and his small team of pilots, developers, and engineers wanted to build, he explained, would create a safety net for drone pilots, enabling them to track their unmanned vehicles in real time using existing cellular networks.

    Muehler’s presentation was followed by vigorous applause and a round of questions. As is tradition at 1 Million Cups, the entrepreneur was asked one final query: “How can we as a community help you succeed?” And so he answered. Within five days, Muehler tells Fortune, he had five funding opportunities from people in the community. The ensuing $500,000 seed investment allowed him to double his workforce and move to a larger office downtown.

    Last spring the company, now called Botlink, launched the beta version of its drone-tracking application, which it says is the world’s first commercially available drone safety and control platform. In June, Botlink announced a joint venture with Fargo’s power management company, Packet Digital, to raise $15 million on the same day that it co-hosted Fargo’s inaugural Drone Focus Conference. By this fall, the company had launched its first product: a piece of data-processing hardware that’s compatible with every drone on the market.

    When I visited the Botlink office in September, the staff had just returned from a drone conference in Las Vegas where they’d run out of brochures the first day and flummoxed some West Coast startups who didn’t realize they had competitors in Fargo. Half-empty containers of drones now littered the floor around the reception desk, making the office look like the home of a robot family unpacking from a long trip. In the workshop down the hall, a plane with a 14-foot wingspan sat on a desk, and Muehler, wearing a Batman t-shirt, was one of the first to tell me what makes Fargo special.

    Well before I arrived in Fargo, I’d heard about Silicon Prairie—the Heartland’s version of Silicon Valley—with noteworthy startup activity in larger cities like Omaha, Des Moines, and Kansas City. I knew Fargo was on the eastern border of the state, far from the oil activity in the Bakken region. I’d read that it’s home to the country’s third-largest Microsoft  MSFT 0.65% campus and nearly 30,000 college students. The average age of Fargo residents is 31. Its unemployment rate is among the lowest in the nation. I had already grasped enough about this city of 105,000 to easily dismiss the Siberia-esque picture painted in the 1996 Coen brothers film of the same name. I envisioned a burst of Technicolor popping from a vast expanse of plains.

    The tech scene that I visited in September was markedly different from the one I had first heard about in 2013. Two years ago Emerging Prairie, a startup news and events organization, was beginning to establish itself; today it co-organizes wildly popular events such as 1 Million Cups, TEDxFargo, and a monthly gathering called Startup Drinks. Thanks to local startup Myriad Mobile, which spun out of a student-run incubator, Fargo has begun hosting the annual Midwest Mobile Summit. A nonprofit has started offering coding classes for women. Meetups have launched for hackers, gamers, developers, geeks, and even bitcoin enthusiasts.

    Fargo companies are also beginning to appear in the national spotlight. Intelligent InSites, which provides tracking real-time operational intelligence for the healthcare industry, is experiencing explosive growth. So is Appareo Systems, a leader in electronic and computer products for the aerospace and defense industries. A handful of gaming companies have surfaced in the area; one is developing a virtual reality horror game and another is building a woodland survival adventure game called On My Ownfor Xbox One. A team from North Dakota State University has engineered an affordable, 3D-printed prosthetic arm. Two locals have started a funeral webcasting service. Another startup has developed an autonomous tractor.

    With all of this activity, how does a place like Fargo end up as one of the most undervalued, overlooked tech communities in the United States? That’s why I wanted to meet Greg Tehven, the executive director and co-founder of Emerging Prairie and affectionately known as Fargo’s ambassador, when I visited the city this fall. On a warm Sunday afternoon, I found him at a community lunch for new Americans, set up for several hundred on a basketball court on the west side of town. Characteristic of the region, the wind blew like it was trying to prove something; strong guests sent naan cartwheeling across curry vegetables and off paper plates. Young Bhutanese girls danced barefoot on the asphalt in sequined dresses the color of Gerber daisies.

    Tehven is a soft-spoken, dyed-in-the-wool millennial, a fifth-generation Fargoian who grew up on a farm and came of age during the Buffalo Commons era, when people debated a proposal to let buffalo take over the Great Plains. Tehven left Fargo for college, wandered around, felt unfulfilled and returned, determined to build the type of community he wanted to call home. Today, he travels around the country speaking about community-building and teaches social entrepreneurship in India.

    “Barriers are being eliminated to contribute to the community here,” he told me. “People who have moved away know they can come back here and do things quickly.” He talked about a radically inclusive culture that has an extraordinary speed of trust. In economic terms, what’s happening in Fargo is that a magnetic downtown is attracting and retaining talent. But Tehven contends that it’s really about love.

    “It’s about increasing the amount of love in our community,” he said, noting that it’s hard to be successful on your own. “There’s a co-dependence here.” He said people need each other, whether it’s for harvesting crops or recovering from a flood. If emotional support is absent, innovation will falter.

    The next morning, I met Tehven at Prairie Den, a new coworking space in the center of town, above a Chinese restaurant called King House Buffet. Until this summer, it was run by Minneapolis-based CoCo, but they didn’t last a year, Tehven said, because they didn’t embrace the philosophy of giving before getting. Shortly after they left, the space was resurrected as the Den, a funky, art-filled workspace that’s home to Emerging Prairie and a couple start-ups. Hearing the story of this rebirth made me think of the new growth that quickly emerges in forests after controlled burns.

    One of the reasons Emerging Prairie was created was to act as a publicity machine for locals who think it’s uncouth to celebrate one’s own achievements. The organization, which is in the process of becoming a nonprofit, now has a staff of four, including a writer, Marisa Jackels, who produces daily stories about the startup scene. She never runs out of content. Tehven has each new staff member read Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City by Foundry Group co-founder Brad Feld.

    If Fargo had to limit itself to a single story, it would be that of Great Plains Software, a fledgling startup built by North Dakotan Doug Burgum over nearly two decades and acquired by Microsoft in 2001 for $1.1 billion. Today, Microsoft is located on the south side of town and has grown to four buildings with more than 1,500 employees—the company’s third-largest campus in North America.

    Burgum went on to found Kilbourne Group, a downtown redevelopment company, and co-found Arthur Ventures, a venture capital group that’s investing in software companies out of a $45 million fund raised in 2013. He’s as close to a godfather as the humble Fargo community will allow. Incidentally, it wasn’t until well after a conversation with a community leader named Joe—who started a downtown farmer’s market, worked on Uber-friendly legislation and is now building a giant mobile sauna—that I found out he was Burgum’s son.

    Burgum said Great Plains employees focused on service and had a lot of humility and gratitude; he sees that today in the dozens of startups that employ Great Plains alumni. Like others, he told me that the region’s land and history play a role in today’s technology growth.

    “Every farmer and rancher is an entrepreneur and tinkerer and inventor,” he said, “and there’s some of that DNA here. You wouldn’t have ended up here if you weren’t a risk-taker—moving your family from Sweden to a new land with no electricity and very little infrastructure.”

    Shane Waslaski, president and CEO of Intelligent InSites, also grew up in the state and said the strong tech community in Fargo can be attributed to a pioneering spirit and an “altruistic desire to nourish each other.” Tenaciousness and perseverance are rooted in the heritage, he said.

    From Prairie Den, Tehven and I walked around downtown, popping into offices and meetings unannounced and intercepting folks on Broadway and Roberts Street—as was his plan. I was reminded of the familiarity and ease with which students can have impromptu and rich conversations while walking across a college quad. Time and again, talking to Muehler and other entrepreneurs, I heard stories that made it easy to root for the underdog that is Fargo. I found a level of enthusiasm typically reserved for young political candidates offering hope and promising change. More than once, I saw someone get choked up talking about the place they call home.

    We ran into Drew Spooner, a baby-faced serial entrepreneur who started the Hammock Initiative and speaks deadpan about the health benefits of swaying. He now has sponsors and a national following. Then we ran into the woman behind Unglued, a shop selling locally made crafts; and one of the brewers behind Fargo Brewing Company, which makes Wood Chipper India Pale Ale. Much of the day, Tehven, wearing jeans and flannel, walked around with a cup of coffee in his hand. He told me there’s a sense in Fargo that if you talk about something enough, it will become real—whether it’s a hammocking craze or a spontaneous tailgate party.

    Among the challenges in a town with so much startup activity is making sure the entrepreneurs have enough support to get over the first-generation hump and maintain momentum even when the initial spotlight fades.

    “In cities like San Francisco, Boston, New York, there’s a lot of experience and expertise,” said Miguel Danielson, another Emerging Prairie co-founder. “That’s great for entrepreneurs because it’s scary to do alone. So a lot of what we do at Emerging Prairie is try to bring these folks together.” He lovingly describes Fargo—remote, hundreds of miles from Minneapolis and Winnipeg—as a Gilligan’s Island of sorts. “You’re stuck with the folks you’ve got in the immediate vicinity, so you better be nice to them,” he said, adding that in a small place, he feels especially blessed when he finds others with common interests.

    Danielson grew up in Fargo and left for college and Harvard Law School. If it weren’t for the startup culture—which is helping Midwestern communities fight brain drain–he may never have returned. After practicing in Cambridge for several years, he opened Danielson Legal in Fargo, specializing in technology law, and he created Fargo Startup House, where entrepreneurs can live for free.

    In the next five years, Danielson predicts a more robust Fargo tech scene, with a few wild successes and some wild failures. When the city sees its first exit success story of this new era—someone who starts with nothing and ends up with hundreds of millions of dollars—he said that will be “one that looms in the minds of people forever.”

    At the end of my day in Fargo, I returned to Prairie Den. Spooner was setting up hammocks for an evening event. An Emerging Prairie Tweet read, “We sway while we work.”

    That night, I watched a video of Tehven’s TEDxFargo talk. He was speaking at the Fargo Civic Center in 2014, outside of which sits a stone slab with the Ten Commandments.

    “The Coen brothers were wrong,” he told the audience. “It isn’t a place of barrenness. It isn’t a place of cold. It’s a place of the most amazing people in the world.”

    The following week I had dinner back home with a friend who works in the technology industry, and I told him I thought he should move to Fargo. Yes, it’s a place that gets an average of 50 inches of snow a year, and it’s so cold that the bikeshare moves inside for the winter. But there’s a lot going on there, I told him. Shortly thereafter, I woke up from a dream in which I was on my way back to Fargo. In it, I was with someone—perhaps my tech friend—and felt a sense of urgency. Eager to find housing, I sped westward, not wanting to miss out.

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              NDSU Team Succeeds in New Pacemaker Technology   
    By The Daily Republic
    An eclectic team of medical personnel, animal experts and electrical engineering professors and graduate students recently gathered on the North Dakota State University campus to test a prototype for a cardiac pacemaker that works without wires or batteries.

    The group was able to "pace" a sheep's heart by transmitting radio frequency energy--much like what comes from your cellphone--from an antenna into a tiny microprocessor in the sheep, without contact with the animal.

    "A lot of things in medicine are going to get rid of wires, get rid of batteries," said Dan Ewert, a professor in NDSU's Electrical Engineering department, who led the experiment.

    "It's an exciting development," Ewert said.

    According to the Journal of The American College of Cardiology, 2.9 million Americans received permanent pacemakers between 1993 and 2009, and the number continues to grow steadily.

    They're often needed in patients who have a slower than normal heart rate or have a problem with the heart's electrical system.

    The weak link in current pacemaker technology is the wires or leads going from the pacemaker into the veins of the heart.

    "Over time, if they break down, we have to replace them," said Dr. Christopher Pierce, a cardiologist and electrophysiology specialist at Sanford Health in Fargo, who was not involved in the recent experiment.

    Pierce said sometimes the wires themselves become infected and have to be removed through a laser procedure.

    Ewert and an electrical engineering faculty colleague, Ben Braaten, have obtained a patent on their wireless, battery-less technology through NDSU and together formed Krisara Engineering in an effort to establish a start-up company in the valley.

    Despite the successes, Ewert said the two have so far been unable to make that leap, so the technology "sits" in the NDSU Research Foundation.

    The technology's incubation

    The two first teamed up in 2009, when Ewert hired Braaten at NDSU for his acumen with radio frequency energy. As a chair of the electrical engineering department at the time, Ewert said he wanted faculty and students to work together on unique ideas and develop new things--then "plow that back into the state's economic development."

    Ewert and others began assembling "scholar teams" and "super teams" of people from inside and outside of NDSU to brainstorm the technology further.

    The process of bringing a new medical device to the market is a long and expensive one--taking it from concept to product development to human trials--before it can be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

    At one point down the line, Ewert said the NDSU-borne technology caught the interest of one of the biggest medical technology companies in the country--but for a number of reasons which he didn't want to disclose, a partnership never came to fruition.

    However, the two applied for and secured a venture grant from the North Dakota Department of Commerce, designed to help move university-developed technology into the marketplace.

    "Dan took the biomedical side--the compliance side--getting the animal ready, and I took the technology side--built the prototypes, looked at the complications for safe power and worked on the procedure to implant the electrodes," said Braaten, assistant professor in electrical engineering.

    The grant helped propel the technology to where it is now.

    "Without that money, this would still be on paper," said Ewert.

    The experiment

    The implantation of the pacemaker took place on the NDSU campus on March 19, with a retired surgeon from the VA Medical Center leading the surgical aspect of the experiment. Dr. Mark Jensen has a keen, personal interest in the project. He was born with a rare heart defect, has a family history of heart disease and is due for a pacemaker himself due to an abnormally slow heart rate.

    He knows wireless technology is the future for pacemakers.

    "I want to make this thing work!" Jensen said in an interview with The Forum in February.

    Joining Jensen was an operating room nurse, veterinarians, engineers and NDSU animal handling specialists.

    At first, things looked bleak.

    "When we started out, we had 2 percent efficiency," said Sajid Asif, an NDSU graduate student who was part of the project.

    But after working around the clock on a redesign, the group tried again.

    "The energy is coming from outside the body, and we're able to pace the heart that's existing inside that sheep--this was the first time that we did it," said Ewert.

    The group has a ticker-type strip to show--almost a souvenir of their work.

    "What you see on the left here is the heart normally beating," said Jared Hansen, another NDSU grad student, as he pointed to the paper strip.

    "Then when we start pacing, you see these large spikes," he said.

    The second part of their experiment involved fashioning a smaller, flexible antenna-- one that could be attached to the skin.

    "Something closer to what you might wear," said Braaten.

    The pacemaker electrodes themselves will be made smaller as well, with as many as six in all being embedded in the outside of the heart.

    "Similar to the smallest Tylenol gelcaps--and once we show that in an animal model, the next step is to go to human testing," said Braaten.

    The next level

    Human testing of a medical device requires a huge financial investment.

    Industry giants Medtronic and St. Jude Medical Center, both Minnesota-based companies, both have wireless pacemakers currently in use in human clinical trials, mainly outside of the U.S.

    But unlike the NDSU prototype, each contains batteries and each is placed in a single chamber of the heart, which limits the type of heart problems it can remedy.

    Ewert thinks those factors are what make the NDSU technology better.

    No matter which technology catches on, it appears wires are on the way out, and Dr. Pierce, who's placed thousands of pacemakers over the years and removes broken pacemaker wires from patients every few weeks, thinks that will be a good thing.

    "It would reduce the bulk of foreign bodies that can get infected or block up veins," said Pierce.

    Ewert and Braaten are chomping at the bit to take their version of the technology to the next step.

    "We have the team assembled, we have the technology, we're where we need to be," Ewert said.

    He said it's an indication of the sheer level of talent that exists at NDSU and in the state of North Dakota.

    "There's only a handful of people in the world who can do what these guys are doing," Ewert said, "and we just happen to have them here."

    NDSU Team Succeeds in New Pacemaker Technology - The Daily Republic 

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              Impact Dakota Announces Lean Product Development Workshop   
    By ND Commerce
    Impact Dakota will host two lean product development workshops May 4 at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo. The workshop is open to company owners, chief executive officers, presidents and engineering managers
     
    The workshops will focus on “Lean Product Development”, providing companies with innovative ways to design and produce products for market. The workshops will also teach participants how to integrate lean tools with product development in their company.
     
    “This workshop gets company leaders engaged in examining their product development activities and process through ten “lenses” of best-in-class Lean Product Development methods,” Tony Richards, CEO of Impact Dakota said. “Participants will leave the conference with a number of Lean Product Development tools that can help their company,”
     
    Registration is available online now by visiting www.impactdakota.com or by contacting
    Dan Halverson, Impact Dakota at 701-328-5472 or danh@impactdakota.com. Cost for the workshop is $99.
     
    Ed Maier, a product development expert, will lead the workshop. Maier is a Certified Lean Product Development Master Instructor, an Innovation Engineering “Trained Brain”, Business Growth Coach and Systematic Inventive Thinking Method Coach. He also has extensive training in Technology Driven Market Intelligence and Technology Scouting methods.
     
    Lean Product Development is the application of lean principles to product development. Lean Product Development speeds the time to market by eliminating the root causes of time-consuming and expensive design changes. In reducing the time, Lean Product Development also helps reduce the costs and risks involved in product development.
     
    About Impact Dakota
    Impact Dakota was established in 2001 and is dedicated to helping companies improve business results through continuous improvement, innovation, and the development of people. The success of Impact Dakota is measured by the benefits and impacts realized by the companies served. Through an independent 3rd party project follow-up process, companies have reported $459M in benefits and impacts and 2,733 jobs created or retained from 678 improvement projects.
     
    Impact Dakota is an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership – the nation’s largest business assistance network dedicated to developing domestic manufacturing and related industries. For more information, visit www.impactdakota.com.

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               Words in the brain’s language: An experimental investigation    
    Setola, Patrizia and Reilly, Ronan (2005) Words in the brain’s language: An experimental investigation. Brain and Language, 94 (3). pp. 251-259. ISSN 0093-934X
               Brain Tissue Oxygen: In Vivo Monitoring using Carbon Paste Electrodes    
    Bolger, Fiachra B. and Lowry, John P. (2005) Brain Tissue Oxygen: In Vivo Monitoring using Carbon Paste Electrodes. Sensors, 5 (11). pp. 473-487. ISSN 1424-8220
              Grand Forks Air Base Manages Dual UAS Operations   
    By Bill Carey
    ?Grand Forks U.S. Air Force Base in North Dakota recently managed the simultaneous operation of two unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in unrestricted airspace, the first such feat in the U.S., the Air Force said. Officers at the base said they are now developing procedures that would accommodate simultaneous operation of three or four UAS.

    Controllers with the 319th Operations Support Squadron on August 1 managed two U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) MQ-9 Predator Bs operating in close proximity to each other after the Federal Aviation Administration authorized the base to host simultaneous UAS operations within its tower airspace. At the time, a University of North Dakota (UND) student pilot contacted the tower to conduct a practice approach, bringing a manned airplane into the traffic pattern with the unmanned Predators, said Lt. Col. Jonathan Castellanos, OSS commander. The base serves as the radar approach control for nearby Grand Forks International Airport, a public airport and home to UND’s 120-aircraft training fleet.

    “The difference between manned and unmanned [aircraft] is that the tower controllers have to provide visual separation for the unmanned. You have to sequence them in,” Tech Sgt. Bianca Jakeman told reporters during a recent briefing at the air base. “We used to be able to have only one UAS in tower airspace at one time. We used not to be able to mix civil aviation and UAS.”

    Grand Forks AFB is an Air Mobility Command base that lost its mission of supporting KC-135 tankers in the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process. It now hosts a detachment of
    A Customs and Border Protection MQ-9 awaits permission to launch as another passes by at Grand Forks AFB. (Photo: U.S. Air Force) the 119th Wing of the North Dakota Air National Guard, which operates the MQ-1 Predator, and the 69th Reconnaissance Group, an Air Combat Command tenant unit that operates the RQ-4 Block 20 and 40 Global Hawk. It is also the UAS training base of the CBP, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security that operates the MQ-9 Predator for border surveillance. MQ-9s stationed at the air base transition to mission altitudes through a temporary flight restriction area.

    “The biggest lesson we’re learning is in the development of our procedures,” Castellanos said. “We started with a blank canvas and we developed safe procedures for one [unmanned] aircraft, to make sure that we knew exactly what the aircraft was going to do at different points in its flight plan. Then we sat down and put a lot of good brains together to figure out how we can bring two aircraft into that same airspace and deconflict them if the worst-case scenario happens—the worst-case scenario being lost link, meaning they have no control and they’re flying on their scheduled flight plan until they receive that link again from the satellite.”

    The base is considering developing procedures that would accommodate three or four simultaneous UAS flights, although “we’re not there at this time,” Castellanos said. 

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               The interleukin-1 signalling pathway in astrocytes: a key contributor to inflammation in the brain    
    Moynagh, Paul N. (2005) The interleukin-1 signalling pathway in astrocytes: a key contributor to inflammation in the brain. Journal of Anatomy, 207 (3). pp. 265-269. ISSN 0021-8782
               Near-Infrared Spectroscopy for Brain Computer Interfacing    
    Coyle, Shirley (2005) Near-Infrared Spectroscopy for Brain Computer Interfacing. PhD thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.
              Dalrymple Congratulates State Hospital on National Award   
    By ND Governor
    Gov. Jack Dalrymple today congratulated the North Dakota State Hospital, which is part of the N.D. Department of Human Services, on being nationally recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures. The award was given by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health organizations in America, for exemplary performance in providing evidence-based clinical measures that are shown to improve patient care for hospital-based inpatient psychiatric services.  

    “Congratulations to the entire staff at the North Dakota State Hospital for being named a national Top Performer,” Dalrymple said. “The services provided here help individuals with mental health needs that require a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise. We are proud of the work done by the State Hospital and proud these mental health services are readily available for North Dakotans who need them.”

    As a Top Performer, the State Hospital achieved a performance rating of 95 percent or more for each accountability measure including appropriate admission screenings, patient safety practices, creating and implementing patient care plans, and appropriate usage of multiple anti-psychotic medications. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice and is reported annually to The Joint Commission.  

    The State Hospital is the primary provider of inpatient mental health and addiction treatment services for a 26-county area in the state.

    “This national recognition validates the quality services and care provided at the North Dakota State Hospital in coordination with the regional human service centers and other behavioral health service providers,” said Maggie Anderson, executive director of the N.D. Department of Human Services.
     
    For the current biennium, the state invested more resources through the Department of Human Services to enhance behavioral health services across North Dakota. This includes additional funding for acute care and rehabilitation needs due to traumatic brain injuries, residential treatment services at the Robinson Recovery Center, transitional living programs and long-term residential programs for individuals with mental illness and/or substance addiction issues, mental health case management services, medical detox services, and community-based high-risk sex offender treatment in coordination with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  

    “We understand that what matters most to State Hospital patients and their families is safe, effective care, which contributes to better outcomes and supports recovery,” said Alex Schweitzer, superintendent of the hospital.  “The credit goes to our staff who work hard to provide positive patient outcomes every day, and that is why this recognition means a tremendous amount to staff and the entire organization.”

    As part of its award, the State Hospital was recognized in The Joint Commission’s Improving America’s Hospital’s annual report, and on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website at <a href="http://www.qualitycheck.org">www.qualitycheck.org</a>.

    The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.  They evaluate and accredit more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

    For information about the North Dakota State Hospital call 701-253-3964, ND Relay TTY 800-366-6888, or visit <a href="http://www.nd.gov/dhs/locations/statehospital/index.html">www.nd.gov/dhs/locations/statehospital/index.html.
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               Multi-timescale measurements of brain responses in visual cortex during functional stimulation using time-resolved spectroscopy    
    Lebid, S. and O'Neill, R. and Markham, C. and Ward, T. and Coyle, S (2005) Multi-timescale measurements of brain responses in visual cortex during functional stimulation using time-resolved spectroscopy. SPIE Proceedings (5823-5827). pp. 606-617.
               Harnessing brain power at NUI Maynooth    
    Ward, T. and McLoone, S. and Coyle, S (2005) Harnessing brain power at NUI Maynooth. The Engineer's Journal, 59. p. 82.
               A Mechanical Mounting System for Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Brain Imaging Studies    
    Coyle, Shirley and Markham, Charles and Lanigan, William and Ward, Tomas (2005) A Mechanical Mounting System for Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Brain Imaging Studies. In: Proceedings of the SPIE, 2005, Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland.
               Fast Robust Subject-Independent Magnetoencephalographic Source Localization Using an Artificial Neural Network    
    Jun, Sung Chan and Pearlmutter, Barak A. (2005) Fast Robust Subject-Independent Magnetoencephalographic Source Localization Using an Artificial Neural Network. Human Brain Mapping, 24 (1). pp. 21-34.
              Genes Linked to Memory Identified, Opens New Avenues to Brain Research    
    More than 100 genes linked to memory were identified by a research team from UT Southwestern Medical Center. This could open new avenues of research to

               Defect in Non-Coding DNA can Trigger Neurodevelopmental Disorders   
    Neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) like schizophrenia, autism and bipolar disorders encompass a wide range of disabilities associated with the functioning of the brain.

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              Mobile phones can cause brain tumours: Italian court rules   
    Mobile phones can cause brain tumours: Italian court rules

    In a landmark ruling, an Italian court has acknowledged and ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone can cause brain tumour.

    The court’s ruling came after a plaintiff identified as Roberto Romeo alleged that excessive, work-related use of mobile phones caused him to develop a tumour in the brain.

    Romeo, 57, had testified that his work duties forced him to use a mobile phone for 3-4 hours of each working day for more than fifteen years.

    Lawyers Stefano Bertone and Renato Ambrosio, who represented Romeo in the court, said, “For the first time in the world, a court has recognised a causal link between inappropriate use of a mobile phone and a brain tumour.”

    The court agreed with his claim and awarded the 57-year-old a state-funded pension of around £400 per month.

    The ruling was made on 11th of April but only made public on Thursday. The ruling is, however, subject to a possible appeal.

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              Elon Musk’s new firm to merge human brain with machines   
    Elon Musk’s new firm to merge human brain with machines

    Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has founded another tech firm called Neuralink, which aims to create a much more sophisticated artificial intelligence by linking human brains with computers.

    Neuralink will focus on using the neural lace technology where humans and machines will be able to interact with each other without using any physical interface.

    The so-called neural lace technology works through implantation of electrodes into the brain, which allows people to communicate with machines. Such a blend will allow people to upload as well as download their thoughts as well. It will also improve humans’ cognitive skills in addition to their memory.

    Mr. Musk’s SpaceX is meanwhile working on an ambitious plan to take humans to Mars. The new technology would likely be of great help in achieving that goal.

    Philip Rhoades, who founded a body-freezing cryonics lab & a brain preserving firm called the Neural Archives Foundation, said, “I am convinced that I need to become a virtual person (via mind uploading) sooner rather than later … I don’t care if your average Facebook user thinks it’s all crazy...”

    Electrode implants in the human brain are already used in several people diagnosed with neurological disorders like epilepsy and Parkinson’s. However, these implants aren’t as complex as Mr. Musk envisions them to be.

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              Who wants to brainstorm?   
    It's Christmas break for me. Three weeks of no classes, holiday parties, and no homework.

    And I'm bored.

    Oh, yeah. I'm straigtening up for company and cooking, but I find myself in my idle time reachinf for some chips or cookies (because standing up calories don't count, right? 211 )

    So, I find playing the wii and walking my dog aside form my normal workout are good distractions, but what are some other fun things to do around the house? All ideas...
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              Noninvasive Brain Stimulation for Depression - The Devil Is in the Dosing.   

    Noninvasive Brain Stimulation for Depression - The Devil Is in the Dosing.

    N Engl J Med. 2017 Jun 29;376(26):2593-2594

    Authors: Lisanby SH

    PMID: 28657865 [PubMed - in process]


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              Comment on Julianne Hough Back To Showing Off Her Workout Body in L.A. by Spanglylovesheels   
    Plus Julianne is Mormon. Who knows what kind of weird shit is in her brain about sex.
              An ExoArm For The Elderly   

    Prosthetic and assistive technologies have come have come a long way in recent years. When there are not only major medical research organizations, but individuals getting on board designing tools to improve the lives of others? That’s something special. Enter a homebrew essay into this field: ExoArm.

    Attached to the body via what was available — in this case, the support harness for a gas-powered weed-eater — which distributes the load across the upper body and an Arduino for a brain, ExoArm designer [Kristjan Berce] has since faced roadblocks with muscle sensors meant to enable more instinctive control. …read more


              What, Where, and When – Optimizing Content for Social Media Marketing   
    ...today is almost a no-brainer. The question is not “if,” but “how?” Your overall goals of social media marketing probably fall in line with creating online visibility, connecting with your ...
              UWFi v WAR (5/27/96)   
    This was the first UWFi show in the interpromotional feud with WAR. I've seen some stuff from that feud, like Tenryu/Anjoh and Tenryu/Takada x2, but never a full show. UWFi was kind of on its last legs at this point and would close its doors indefinitely by the end of the year, but apparently this show drew 15,000 at the Budokan and I would not have expected that.


    Kiyoshi Tamura v Kazushi Sakuraba

    Tamura's last match in UWFi before heading to RINGS. I don't know if the story about him working this as a big fuck you to the company/Takada is true or not, but it was certainly a RINGS match more than a UWFi one. The matwork especially is very RINGS; super fast sprawling and tumbling and jockeying for position. They only use one rope break each and mostly work to a stalemate, but it's the kind of shoot style matwork that's my absolute favourite matwork in wrestling. It's not quite the highest of high end RINGS, but you could see they had something brilliant in them and probably would've produced it if Sakuraba went to RINGS rather than Kingdom/MMA. There was one bit where Sakuraba was shifting his weight to get into position for a cross armbreaker, trying to force Tamura's hands apart. He leaned back to break the grip, but Tamura used Sakuraba's momentum to roll backwards and essentially wind up with side control. Finish was so good. Sakuraba comes in close and throws an uppercut, so Tamura moves in to close the distance and they sort of wind up in a clinch. I'm not sure if Sakuraba tried to throw another palm strike inside or Tamura just grabbed an arm, but one second they were standing in the clinch and the next Tamura had rolled him into a perfect cross armbreaker. Tamura was about to go on a run where he legit had a handful of the best matches ever done in the style, and this was a nice way to cap off his time in a promotion he'd pretty much grown out of.


    Hiromitsu Kanehara v Akira Nogami

    I did not know Nogami ever worked shoot style. Or this approximation of it, at least. They don't use the points system and there's a nearfall of a German suplex, so I guess it's a mishmash of shoot/pro. For five minutes I thought this was pretty tidy. Kanehara has big time strikes and tries to kick Nogami's leg in half and Nogami sells it like he has half a leg. Kanehara goes for a big KO shot, but Nogami ducks it and hits a German for a nearfall,which is about the most headway he'd been able to make up to that point. He then tried to follow up with another, because why wouldn't he, I guess? but Kanehara rolls through into a kneebar and Nogami has no choice but to tap. Perfectly fine.


    Naoki Sano v Kenichi Yamamoto

    Man this ruled. I don't know why, but these two do not like each other and we get an awesome start with Yamamoto charging in straight away flinging slaps and Sano pump kicking him in the face. While the last match was like a UWFi/NJ match this was more Battlartsy. Naoki Sano was fucking awesome at the pro wrestling, man. He's always able to incorporate pro style moves into a shoot style setting in really cool in organic ways. In this he applied what was basically a scorpion deathlock, then transitioned into an STF/choke, then into a regular crossface. Yamamoto stood him up and planted Sano right on his neck with a backdrop, but then got ahead of himself in the stand up and Sano OBLITERATED him with a spinning back kick. This hit flush in the face and I was stunned Yamamoto was able to get up. Well, Sano just dropped him again anyway, this time with a couple ugly looking powerbombs, eventually hooking in a choke for the submission. Six minutes of badass, that's what this was.


    Tatsuo Nakano v Koki Kitahara

    How about this for a lumpy undercard dream match? This was like some parallel universe Dark Tower shit because both guys are basically each other if their career trajectories happened to be swapped. Nakano works SWS/WAR? He's Kitahara. Kitahara does shoot style and ends up in a Takada promotion? He's Nakano. To be fair, though, I actually didn't expect Kitahara to be as fun in this environment. I mean, it isn't really a shoot style match as opposed to a pro style match with shoot style trappings, but it was a neat enough amalgamation and I liked how Kitahara handled himself. The early mat exchange was nice and solid and once again Nakano ends up with a bloody nose. It must be made of mashed potato. Pretty soon they start smacking each other in the face real hard and my Clone Wars theory is confirmed as Kitahara's nose also gets opened up, though this was at least a result of a nasty looking knee and not just breathing, which is what I assume did for Nakano. Nakano hits a German and Kitahara no sells it like "*I* am the lumpiest here!" and roundhouse kicks Nakano in the head. This was yet another fun six minutes.


    Yoji Anjoh & Yoshihiro Takayama v Hiromichi Fuyuki & Gedo

    Anjoh cuts an amazing promo before this starts. I don't even know what he's saying but he's wearing a dress shirt and beige chinos and you can tell he's being a condescending prick to the ugly homeless WAR guys, making these "I'm soooo scared" gestures while Takayama laughs at his little buddy's mean jokes. I'm not sure it's particularly smart business practice for a shoot style fed to have this on the same card as Tamura/Sakuraba. Like, this is not shoot style at all. At times it even felt a bit like a wink wink nudge nudge comedy match. But I'll be fucked if I didn't enjoy lots of it. Anjoh and Tak started out sort of dismissive, poking fun at the tubby WAR dudes and Gedo's ring gear. Fuyuki wants a Greco-Roman knuckle lock so Tak holds his hand way up and Fuyuki can't reach it. Anjoh is one of my favourite shoot style guys but he's such an awesome smug little carny that he makes this kind of match his home as well. He and Takayama were like a pair of all-star high school receivers welcoming a ragtag secondary that could barely run the length of themselves. So the secondary started being dirty fucks and kneeing the all-stars in the balls. I love how vocal Fuyuki is in the ring. He does this shrieking thing as he goes to hit someone and it makes him sound like a wildman. Anjoh mocks him for it so Fuyuki hits him with a fire extinguisher and we get a heat segment on Anjoh who blades and everything. Fuyuki punches him in the cut and team WAR work full on heel. At one point Fuyuki brings in a pair of Y-fronts or something and puts them on Anjoh's head, and Anjoh wrestles the rest of the match with these blood-soaked Y-fronts on his head. It was...strange. As was the finish. I have no clue what that was about at all. This was basically a WAR match that happened to be taking place in UWFi. There was nothing UWFi about it other than the initials on Anjoh's singlet.


    Shiro Koshinaka v Masahito Kakihara

    This started out great with Kakihara rifling off a big slap and Kosh dropping him with a brutal, side-of-the-head brainbuster. For the most part the match continued in that vein. One thing I've liked about this show is catching a glimpse of some shoot style guys working a bit of pro style. Sano's obviously always been awesome at it and I'd seen Anjoh work it plenty of times. Takayama had one of the best heavyweight runs of the 00s. But it was cool seeing Nakano do it, and it was cool seeing Kakihara do it too (though I suppose you could argue UWFi always had some pro style elements). He only had six minutes to work with (lot of 5-6 minute fights on this card), but he made the most of it. He threw down with lots of nasty palm strikes and lariats, so Kosh was almost forced to grab a front face lock just to contain. Kosh has been around the block more than once, his age is starting to show a bit, but he knows how to handle a young guy getting chippy. The hip attacks are still treated as a big deal even if they maybe look a touch ridiculous in a shoot style setting, but we've been over that already and I don't want to keep harping on it. Finish was nasty and yet probably only the third nastiest version of it done on this show.


    Nobuhiko Takada v Yoshiaki Fujiwara 

    I liked this while it lasted, but it had a bummer of a finish that I assume was unplanned. There was lots of Fujiwara playing defence in this and it was pretty great, which should be unsurprising because nobody has ever been better at playing defence than Fujiwara. Takada caught him with a leg kick early and I love how Fujiwara tried to nonchalantly walk it off, but he couldn't hide that dead leg limp and the crowd picked up on it. Takada tried to force the issue on the mat and there was one bit where he almost grabbed a triangle, and Fujiwara was wheezing and drooling trying to fight it. Fujiwara went down at the end like he'd punctured a lung, but this was just starting to pick up when it happened. Going by Takada's reaction it wasn't supposed to end like that after nine minutes.


    Honestly, I had fun with this. The main event was underwhelming, but it was cool to see that match-up in '96. There were really only two matches that you could say were proper shoot style, but I wouldn't be surprised if UWFi had started to mix shoot and pro style at least as far back as the interpromotional deal with New Japan (I may end up finding out if I stick with this). There's only so much you can do when you're bringing in guys that don't normally work shoot style. The quasi-shoot/Strong Style thing they seemed to be going for worked okay, though. The tag was pretty much 100% WAR, but then I'm not sure you could expect anything else based on the participants on the WAR end. Tamura/Sakuraba was excellent. RINGS (or Pancrase) was probably the next logical step for Tamura. UWFi had passed him by at this point. Or he'd passed it.
              Whiskey & Wrestling 500!   
    500 posts! I did a W&W 400 entry for the 400th post, so I'm keeping up traditions for this, the 500th post, six and a half years after I started this blog. Six and a half years! That's longer than my entire high school life! And they thought I wouldn't amount to anything. Here's some humble pie to you, Mr. Campbell, ya baldy wee prick. Never doubt this boozehound!

    Like with the 400th post, here are four of my favourite matches of all time.


    'Macho King' Randy Savage v Ultimate Warrior (Career Ending Match) (WWF Wrestlemania VII, 3/24/91)

    One of the best pieces of melodramatic pro-wrestling soap opera nonsense ever done, from pre-match to post-match and everything in between. This just feels like a huge deal from the very start. Warrior eschewing his usual sprint to the ring for a deliberate walk, the tentative beginning, the crowd heat -- it's big time. Savage was amazing in this, to the point where it feels like one of the best performances ever in a WWF ring. You know he's responsible for the layout, which was great, but it was everything else he did that ruled, all the little touches and movements. His reactions to Warrior shrugging off blows, spitting on him out of belligerence, the way he bides his time and capitalises on Sherri's interference. He fought like a man whose career was really on the line, even trying the throat across the barricade spot that he used to injure Steamboat way back, which was an awesome callback. Warrior isn't great or anything, but I thought he held up his end fine, even if he was still only the third best participant in the match. I loved the bit where he caught Savage coming off the top and just dismissively stood him up and slapped him. It was one of those matches where even he, this nutcase from another universe who talks to space deities, saw the gravity of the situation. Warrior kicking out of the multiple elbow drops annoys some people and I get that, but the way it happened here didn't bother me if for no reason other than it led to wild beady-eyed Randy Savage facial expressions. Warrior making his comeback and hitting the gorilla press and big splash...only for Savage to kick out; it was like your modern day WWE epic, except fresh and organic. Plus that leads to Warrior asking Kang and Kodos for guidance, threatening to walk out because his gods have abandoned him in his greatest moment of need, and that is legit one of my favourite spots in any match ever. It's completely ridiculous and goofy as anything, but I love it. I also loved how Savage jumping him only served to piss Warrior off, snapping him out of his trance and giving him the sign he needed. His gods hadn't left him. It was just their way of telling him his job wasn't done yet. Trial by adversity! Or, you know, whatever. AND I've always loved the finish. It's a moment that's stuck with me ever since I was a kid. I remember watching it and just being flabbergasted that Warrior was so casual about it. The way he hits the shoulder tackles, Savage completely dead on his feet, one foot on the chest, arms raised, back on top of the mountain. Then of course there's the post-match, which has one of the most iconic moments in WWF history. Sherri, who was a phenomenal she-devil all match, puts the boots to Savage while even Heenan thinks it's all a bit too much ("Sherri, come on, he tried his best!"). All the stuff with Elizabeth, grown-ass adults weeping in the crowd, it's Vince's perfect vision of sports entertainment. And on this night he nailed it all ends up.


    Kerry & Kevin Von Erich v Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts (Badstreet Match) (2/12/88)

    This is what World Class was great at. There was a bunch of tags on the DVDVR Texas set that felt pretty ragged, not necessarily unstructured but certainly more back and forth with frequent momentum swings, rather than your traditional southern style tag in the Rock n Roll Express/Midnight Express vein. It didn't hold me back from liking those matches, but it maybe held me back from loving them. I'm a fan of the traditional southern tag structure, and the World Class take on it was a little messy. Sometimes that worked, though. Throw a couple Von Erichs in with some Freebirds and give them a leather belt, something special was gonna happen. World Class excelled at the ten minute bar fight. You knew straight away this was gonna be wild because Kevin was actually wearing boots for a change. He kept them on for about five minutes before taking them off and hitting people with them. Gordy was also rocking gigantic makeshift kneepads that looked like things a carpet fitter would wear. This was one of my favourite Gordy performances because he worked like a big surly bastard and just smashed guys to bits. He really walloped Kerry with a chair, suplexed him on the floor and generally wasn't in any mood to let the Von Erichs take over the match (as was their wont). There was this great bit where he hit a piledriver on Kevin and sat there cackling like a maniac afterwards. Kevin obviously potatoed everybody and whipped them with belts and bonked them with cowboy boots. At one point he nailed Gordy in the head with a belt buckle and you could tell by Gordy's reaction ("oh, motherFUCKER!") that it stung. Finish isn't great, but if you're gonna throw out a Badtreet match for being too out of control then I suppose this ticked all the boxes.


    Pentagon, Blue Panther, Psicosis & Fuerza Guerrera v Octagon, Rey Misterio Jr., El Hijo del Santo & La Parka (AAA, 6/18/95)

    It's been ages since I've watched any AAA trios (or 8-man tags). It was through AAA that I first started getting into lucha, with things like the Gringos Locos/Santo feud, Rey/Psicosis and Rey/Juventud. I guess it's pretty cliche now, but I was familiar with those guys, so like a lot of people at the time they were my gateway. There isn't a ton of AAA I'd have much interest in re-watching now, but there's some stuff I've watched recently enough to know it's still for me. I'd like to watch the 3/95 trios again to see how this compares with it, but this still feels like one of the best matches AAA ever had. The tecnicos were unstoppable in that primera. Park's footwork and preening had Panther tangled up in the ropes and Fuerza scrambling to keep up. Santito took on all comers at once and made them all look foolish, especially Fuerza who we know was never, ever above playing the fool. Rey was a jumping bean. Octagon...well, Octagon mostly kept out the way, but when he did take centre stage he never balked. You don't get much matwork in a 90s AAA trios/8-man; it was a promotion having a red hot run built on flash and highspots from Pena's creations. I guess that's why a lot of it doesn't hold up quite so well today, now that we're at the point where the highspots have been topped by things more audacious, but sometimes you get a match where everything just clicks and it's not the highspots themselves that draw you in. This had some real bite to it, so all the tecnicos' flash in the first caida felt like it was intended to either humiliate or hurt. Rey Jr. wasn't just running guys in circles for the sake of it, he was doing it to let them know they couldn't keep up. The rudos couldn't handle him and Rey was letting everyone know it. "The spots had substance" is one of those blanket terms you could apply to anything to explain why it made sense (I'm positive I've used that line plenty of times before myself), but this really felt like it had more to it than your standard AAA trios. You had the highspots, you had the flash, but it was the way they held it all together with the animosity that elevated it. That animosity of course led to the rudo beatdown, because there was only ever going to be so long before they'd had enough. There aren't many better beatdowns in a AAA trios than this. Psicosis was determined to cave Santo's skull in with a chair, Fuerza was fouling everyone he could and Park was made to pay big time for the early grandstanding. And when Panther finally got his hands on Misterio, little Rey couldn't bounce away from that ass beating. When the tecnicos make their comeback we get one of the best Santo rampages you'll ever see. He went fucking berserk on Psicosis, hammering him with a chair then wrapping it around his head and throwing him into the post. The cherry on top was the dive train, with Psicosis' utterly insane tope suicida being the pick of the bunch. If you had me come up with an all time AAA top 10 this would definitely be there.


    Yoshiaki Fujiwara v Super Tiger (UWF, 9/11/85)

    I don't remember if this was their best match together, but all of them were great so I guess it doesn't really matter. I did remember Fujiwara being incredible in the whole series, and yeah, he was incredible in this match. I wouldn't necessarily say it was a carry job, but Sayama was there to kick hard and full force kneedrop Fujiwara in the head. Other than that you watch this for the Fujiwara. Their dynamic was always pure striker v grappler. That was the thread running through all of their bouts. Fujiwara doesn't want to stand up with Sayama, and why would he when he's the grandmaster of submissions? Sayama has quick feet and isn't in Fujiwara's league on the deck, so he has no reason to want to take it there. It's the simplest shoot style dynamic you can get (behind the Ikeda/Ishikawa "smash each other in the brain until we forget basic motor skills" dynamic, I guess). Fujiwara does a few feints early on and the crowd picks up on this by chuckling, which I love because it's Fujiwara being a carny and everyone appreciates that. He then takes Sayama down and completely dominates him. Sayama cannot do a thing and Fujiwara knows it. The half crab is one of those dogshit early shoot style holds that would often bring a match to a halt, but watch Fujiwara work it in this match to completely opposite effect. He works the kneebar initially, transitions into the crab, uses his own foot to kick Sayama's other leg out as he's trying to alleviate pressure. He leans back on it and MAKES Sayama try and fight out. When they go back to the kneebar - another hold that could be lifeless - Fujiwara makes a point of covering his face with his free hand because he knows Tiger will try and kick him to get free. Sure enough Tiger tries to heel him in the face, but Fujiwara has it scouted. It's that attention to detail that makes him the king. After about ten minutes of this Sayama finally scores a knockdown, then hits a jumping kneedrop with his entire body weight coming down on Fujiwara's head. When Fujiwara gets back up he forces Sayama into the corner and motherfucking cracks him with a closed fist, and things only escalate from there. Sayama's kicks are thrown with more venom and when they connect Fujiwara is feeling them. He isn't catching them like he was at the start, they're getting through his defence and dropping him for 8 and 9 counts. Fujiwara throws headbutts and Sayama rubs his head and looks at Fujiwara like he would love nothing more than to cave his face in. Finish is typical Fujiwara. You let your guard down for one second, leave yourself open even a little, he'll make you pay. Nobody is better at the out-of-nowhere submission than Fujiwara. This was a master at work and I now feel like I need to watch this entire series all over again.


    So there we have it. Whiskey & Wrestling's 500th post. Here's to five hunner more!
              Massage Therapist - Massage Envy - Nashua, NH   
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              Good afternoon   
    Well, I woke up very tired today at 4:45 am. I suppose it was from spending the day doing my daughter's taxes for her. It must have just buckled my brain in knots. She has to file federal, state, 2 cities and 2 school districts. So federal and state are pretty much easy. But figuring out what the business is in each city and each school district, when you are not familiar with either can be a whole day event, trying to understand the instruction for each one. UGH! Oh well, I managed. ...
              Troiano "Fret Fever" (1979) -AOR-   


    Label : Capitol Records


    01 - South American Run (Roy Kenner & Domenic Troiano)
    02 - Ambush (Domenic Troiano)
    03 - We All Need Love (Domenic Troiano)
    04 - It's You (Domenic Troiano)
    05 - It's Raining, It's Pouring (Domenic Troiano)
    06 - Give Me A Chance (Domenic Troiano)
    07 - Your Past (Domenic Troiano)
    08 - Fret Fever (Domenic Troiano)
    09 - Brains On The Floor (Domenic Troiano)
    10 - Victim Of Circumstance (Dave Tyson)
    11 - Achilles (Domenic Troiano)
    12 - The End (Domenic Troiano)


    Produced by Domenic Troiano for Pasqua Music Productions, Ltd.
    Engineered by Mike Jones with the assistance of Hugh Cooper
    Recorded at Sounds Interchange, Toronto
    Nov - Dec 1978 Jan. 1979
    Thanks for The Voices : Fred Boyer, Bob Boyer, Lisa Dal Bello, Shawne Jackson, Colina Phillips & Eddie Schwartz
    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound / New York, U.S.A.

    Paul DeLong : Drums & Percussion
    Domenic Troiano : Guitar, Lead & Background vocals
    Dave Tyson : Keyboards, Background vocals & Percussion
    Bob Wilson : Bass & Background vocals
    Roy Kenner : Lead & Background vocals
              State Representative Ponders Challenge To Senator Warren   
    Whitman State Representative Geoff Diehl had his supporters on the campaign trail in Braintree Saturday, working to drum-up support for a possible run for the U. S. Senate in 2018.
              How to make us flux: Scores/scripts/instructions   

    I didn’t start reading or writing poetry until I was in my mid-twenties. I didn’t study avant-garde art or literary history/criticism until after college. I did, however, read Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit sometime during my John Lennon phase in junior high, so though I wouldn’t have known the word, I’d been fluxed to a certain degree. Though Grapefruit is, well, kinda hippy-cheesy, I do think that it ‘holds up’ as an exemplary model of a book that transcends its avant-garde context, something that (like Joe Brainard’s I Remember) achieves that rare mode that can be understood and mind-opening to kids and aged seen-it-all’s alike.

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              Over a year, surprised the account still exists   
    Depression is a funny thing (funny weird, not funny haha).
    It's been a truly crappy week. One of my good friend's (and Knight's) father passed away. He ran down to Florida to take care of his mother, and although it was mostly expected, it doesn't make the loss any easier. He's back home now, and looking for distractions to occupy his time until next weekend's memorial service at which point he fully expects to lose it completely.
    In addition, and on a much smaller scale in the grand scheme of things, my wife and I made the decision to put our cat to sleep yesterday. This has been a long time coming. Earlier this year, the cat started having bowel problems. She couldn't control when or where she had a movement. We took her to the vet and we were told that she had an infestation of fleas and a tape worm. My wife gave our cat the necessary medicine and started bathing her weekly. This went on for several months. Then, after seemingly no improvement, we took her back to the vet the day before Pennsic. We weren't sure during this visit if we were going to put her down, or if there was something else we could do (although we were leaning towards putting her down). The vet told us, that the flea medication that we had used the first time wasn't the best for the job, and because the fleas weren't dealt with, there was still a tapeworm(s). This made us feel like we hadn't truly tried our best to fix the problem. So, we then bought several doses of Advantage flea control, and we were given another dose of medicine for the tapeworm. Well, it's been three more months. The cat (Mia was her name) continued to get worse. She lost more weight, and continued to have problems making messes all over the house. She wasn't able to keep herself clean and because of this, she smelled horrible. We couldn't trust her not to make a mess wherever she was, and frankly, it wasn't like we wanted to get close to her because of the smell. She ceased to be a pet about a month ago (if not longer). So, when I got paid this week, we decided that we could afford to properly put her down. We took her to the vet yesterday, and at about 2:00 pm she went to sleep one last time.
    I wept like a little girl.
    Mia was one of the first things we did when we moved into our house together. Less than two months after we moved in, I decided I wanted a pet. So, the week of thanksgiving in 1998, my wife and I went to the Humane Society and started looking at cats (I wanted a dog, but my wife had never had a pet, and cats are generally easier to care for), we found Mia. Actually, she found me. As we were looking through all the cages of cats, when I looked at Mia's cage, she threw herself at the front of the cage just wanting me to pet her and love her. My wife knew at that moment that it was over, the choice had been made, and there wasn't much she was going to do to change my mind.
    It's funny because over the years, Mia became more her pet than mine. Mia had a little bell on her collar, and it was the constant noise of that bell and her movements that told us we were never alone in the house. I know it's corny, but it's how I felt. She had always been a part of our home, and now she's not, and that's taking some getting used to. As I walk, when I hear my keys jingle in my pocket, there's a part of my brain that wonders if it's Mia coming around the corner. Of course she's not, but that doesn't stop my brain from trying to figure out if she is.
    In the exam room yesterday, I was "mostly" okay, right up until my wife told Mia that she should rest now, and then she told Mia to go find Brick, and play with him the way she used to. For those that don't know, Brick was my Rottweiler who we lost to bone cancer 7 years ago. Mia and Brick used to "play". We would throw a ball for Brick, and he would run across the living room to get it. On the return trip, Mia would reach her paw out from the stairway door and trip Brick as ran back to us. It was hysterical watching a 10 pound cat trip up a 135 pound dog. Well, when my wife conjured up that image, I truly lost it. My wife then explained that in her mind, both pets were still part of our family, and on some level, the family would all be together again someday. That's more spiritual than either of us normally gets, but it was a nice thought.
    There are other things going on in my life right now, some good, some bad. I have a thesis topic. I don't know that I'll finish it. The SCA is neither good nor bad right now. Work is work. However, tonight, I really wanted to type up some memories of Mia. It's been over a year since I typed up one of these "sign posts", but I thought this deserved one.

              Harga Condotel Di Bandung “The Kalyana” Condotel – Newton Condotel Concept   
    Harga Condotel Di Bandung “The Kalyana” Condotel –
    Newton Condotel Concept
    http://prorumah.com/ Hotel Wisata, lokasi “menyepi”, tenang dan nyaman, hotel bisnis, akses mudah lokasi stategis di pusat kota bandung

    NEW CONCEPT PROPERTY INVESTMENT 2013
    Condotel Di Bandung The Kalyana 1

    Contact

      • Periode tes market Oktober 2013
      • Harga 600 juta per unit
      • Transaksi 16 Oktober -30 November 2013
      • Jaminan PPJB 5-15 Januari 2014
      • Program ini adalah program titip jual selama 6 bulan denganjaminan PPJB atas nama investor atau konsumen
      • Return 5- 15 persen dalam maksimal 6 bulan
      • Jika unit terjual maka investor langsung dapat return dan modal kembali mulai bulan 1 sampai sampai ke bulan 6 dengan rincian return jika unit terjual pada bulan :
        • Desember 5 persen
        • Januari 7 persen
        • Februari 9 persen
        • Maret 11 persen
        • April 13 persen
        • Mei 15 persen
      • Promo pemesanan 2 unit sekaligus dapatkan langsung cash back 2 persen
      • Promo pemesanan 3 unit sekaligus dapatkan langsung cash back 3 persen
      • Semua promo ini berlaku sampai 5 Februari 2014.
      • Modal plusnya,  return kembali dan bisa masuk berkali kali selama unit masih ada.
      • Sistem antrian tercepat, siapa  yang tercepat daftar maka investor itu yang akan mendapat lebihndulu sesuai unit terjual.
      • Potensi sangat besar untuk repeat order, dengan jaminan PPJB  langsung dari Developer.

    BUYER (Konsep Kepemilikan)
    Condotel Di Bandung The KalyanaCondotel terbaik di Bandung dengan harga preselling hanya khusus sampai dengan tanggal 30 Desember 2013 harga Rp 850.000.000 (delapan ratus lima pulu juta rupiah) per unit dengan luas gross 30 m2 untuk tipe Superior (tipikal). Selanjutnya potensi kenaikan harga jual 5 – 10% per bualan. Sebagai info bahwa, program reguler penjualan Condotel Kalyana Bandung, dipasarkan mulai 1 (satu) Januari 2014 setelah harga preselling.
    Program Buyer
    1. Return masa tunggu 0.5 – 1% per bulan selama 24 bulan (per 3 bulanan) atau maksimal 24% sesuai cara bayar.
    2. Buyback option 100% untuk tunai keras pada tahun ke 2
    3. Freehold Property strata title hak milik
    4. Potensi payback di tahun ke 15 sebesar 100%, unit tetap milik anda, dalam bentuk polis asuransi kerjasama dengan agency office PT. Sun Life Financial Indonesia
    5. ROI tahun ke :
      1. Sebesar 7%
      2. Sebesar 8%
      3. Sebesar 9% semua tahun dibayar dibelakang sesuai masa operasional
    6. Bagi hasil 45% untuk investor dari groos income (asumsi operasional expenses = 55%)
    7. 21 Voucher/point free stay annualy, detailnya :
      • 1 Voucher/point dihitung untuk hari biasa
      • 2 Voucher/point dihitung untuk weekend
      • 3 Voucher/point dihitung untuk hari besar nasional atau keagamaan
    8. Dikelola oleh operator Golden Tulip Essential – Hotel Management
    9. Mendapatkan hadiah mobil langsung tanpa di undi, dengan rincian sbb :
      • Transaksi tunai keras 3 unit mendapatkan All New Daihatsu Xenia
      • Transaksi tunai keras 8 unit mendapatkan All New Honda CRV
      • Transaksi tunai keras 20 unit BMW Seri 320D
    10. Potensi harga naik 30 -50% dalam 6 (enam) bulan !!

    Project Description
    Developer : PT. Gracia Griya Kencana
    • Lokasi : Jl. Terusan Buah Batu, Bandung
    • Land Size : 19.000m2
    • Building Size : 29.972 m2
    • Hotel Management : Golden Tulip Essential
    • Bintang : 3+ with MICE
    • Architect : F-Architect
    • Status Kepemilikan : Strata Title
    • Jumlah Lantai : 22 Lantai
    • Total Unit Kamar : 302 unit
    Tipe Unit : Superior (30 m2)
    FACILITIES :
    • Ballroom
    • Meeting rooms
    • Lobby lounge
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming pool Olympic size
    • Whirl pool
    FIXTURE AND FURNITURE - SUPERIOR, DELUXE, JUNIOR SUITE, SUITE
    • Bed with side table
    • Sofa
    • Working Table
    • LED TV 32″
    • Wardrobe
    • Minibar
    • Luggage rack
    • Safe deposit box
    • Toilet amenities
    • Room amenities
    ROOM MATERIAL – SUPERIOR, DELUXE, JUNIOR SUITE & SUITE :
    • Wall : Bata ringan, finish HPL dan Wallpaper
    • Floor : Granite Tile
    • Ceiling : Gypsum
    BATH ROOM :
    • Wall : Granite Tile
    • Ceiling : Gypsum water resistant
    • Sanitary : TOTO
    SELLING POINT :
    • Lokasi dekat dengan akses pintu Tol Buah Batu
    • Lokasi dekat dengan Trans Studio Mall
    • Lokasi terletak di area business district
    • The Kalyana merupakan bagian dari mix used development
    • Dikelola oleh operator Golden Tulip, yang merupakan operator nomor 2 terbesar di Eropa
    • Merupakan hotel yang didukung oleh MICE business (Ballroom dan Meeting Rooms) untuk menjamin tingkat occupancy baik saat weekdays maupun weekend
    The Best Concept of Hotel Meeting
    1. Ballroom & Meeting Room
    Ballroom dengan kapasitas 1500 orang dan ruang meeting dengan kapasitas 750 orang
    Meeting Menu : Healthy meeting, relax meeting, fun meeting
    a. THE MENU HEALTHY MEETING
    Senam brain gym
    Fresh Food
    Energiser Juice
    Low Fat dessert
    min 15 person
    max 150 person
    special room available
    b. THE MENU RELAX MEETING
    Aromateraphy Room
    sweet tooth dessert
    living room Style
    Special request
    music
    min 10 person
    max 35 person
    special room available
    c. THE MENU FUN MEETING
    Special games
    Unformal sitting
    arrangement
    Special
    documentary
    unlimited capacity
    special room
    available

    d. BALLROOM
    2000 Meter Persegi
    Ballroom
    Bose Sound Sytem
    (Concert Quality) Hi Tech Equipment
    48 Par Lighting System &
    Acrylic Stage
    Akan Menjadi Ballroom
    Favorit Di Kota Bandung
    e. ROOM
    Definitely a Resort Way!
    warm & comfort
    High Quality
    matress by King Koil
    High pressure shower
    ipod docking
    coffe maker
    body shop
    amenities

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    Roi Kalyana
    stok unit condotel kalyana bandung


              Dad's butt seeks your dick - 60   
    Not gen so don't ask. Can host or travel in Braintree area will suck you first. Cum wherever you want.
              Actual Playback topseller    
    • 'Himmelblaue Augen (Single Mix)' in style of 'Zimmermann, Anna-Maria'
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    • 'Gold von den Sternen' in style of 'Mozart (Musical)'
    • 'Ich sterb für dich' in style of 'Mai, Vanessa'
    • 'Love On The Brain' in style of 'Rihanna'
    • 'Feuerwerk' in style of 'Weiss, Wincent'
    • 'Flieger' in style of 'Fischer, Helene'
    • 'Schunkelmedley (Live)' in style of 'Münchner Zwietracht'
    • 'One Moment In Time' in style of 'Houston, Whitney'
    • 'Junge, komm bald wieder' in style of 'Quinn, Freddy'
    • 'Wozu sind Kriege da' in style of 'Lindenberg, Udo'
    • 'Wir werden uns wiederseh'n' in style of 'Höhner'
    • 'Die wilden Jahre' in style of 'Maffay, Peter'
    • 'Heimat es' in style of 'Paveier'
    • 'Dorfkind' in style of 'Dorfrocker'
    • 'Ohne Dom ohne Rhing ohne Sunnesching' in style of 'Domstürmer'
    • 'Tinte (Single Version)' in style of 'Zimmermann, A. & Petry, Achim'
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    • 'No Roots' in style of 'Merton, Alice'
    • 'Unter den Wolken' in style of 'Toten Hosen'
    • 'Nur mit dir' in style of 'Fischer, Helene'
    • 'Was soll das?' in style of 'Grönemeyer, Herbert'
    • 'Samba Pa Ti' in style of 'Santana'
    • 'Simply The Best' in style of 'Turner, Tina'
    • 'Macho Macho' in style of 'Fendrich, Rainhard'
    • 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' in style of 'Pink Floyd'
    • 'Enjoy The Silence' in style of 'Depeche Mode'
    • 'Born To Be Wild' in style of 'Steppenwolf'
    • 'California Blue' in style of 'Orbison, Roy'
    • 'Tulpen aus Amsterdam' in style of 'Telkamp, Mieke'
    • 'I'm So Excited' in style of 'Pointer Sisters'
    • 'Stand By Me' in style of 'King, Ben E.'
    • 'Vogel der Nacht' in style of 'Remmler, Stephan'
    • 'Tainted Love' in style of 'Soft Cell'
    • 'Time After Time' in style of 'Lauper, Cyndi'
    • 'If I Had A Hammer' in style of 'Lopez, Trini'
    • 'Let It Be' in style of 'Beatles'
    • 'What A Feeling (Flashdance)' in style of 'Cara, Irene'
    • 'Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht' in style of 'Deutscher, Drafi'
    • 'Que Sera' in style of 'Day, Doris'
    • 'An der Nordseeküste' in style of 'Klaus & Klaus'
    • '99 Luftballons' in style of 'Nena'
    • 'Rhythm Is A Dancer' in style of 'Snap'
    • 'Blue Eyes' in style of 'John, Elton'
    • 'I'm Still Standing' in style of 'John, Elton'
    • 'I Could Have Danced All Night' in style of 'My Fair Lady (Musical)'
    • 'Guten Morgen' in style of 'Alpenoberkrainer'
    • 'Surfin' USA' in style of 'Beach Boys'
    • 'Alles nur geklaut' in style of 'Prinzen'

              2017 Midifile topseller    
    • 'Chöre' in style of 'Forster, Mark'
    • 'Mich hat ein Engel geküsst' in style of 'Krause, Mickie'
    • 'Jetzt erst recht!' in style of 'KLUBBB3'
    • 'Hulapalu' in style of 'Gabalier, Andreas'
    • 'Herzbeben' in style of 'Fischer, Helene'
    • 'Despacito' in style of 'Fonsi, Luis :Daddy Yankee'
    • 'No Roots' in style of 'Merton, Alice'
    • 'Das Leben tanzt Sirtaki' in style of 'KLUBBB3'
    • 'Flieger' in style of 'Fischer, Helene'
    • 'Shape Of You' in style of 'Sheeran, Ed'
    • 'Du schaffst das schon' in style of 'KLUBBB3'
    • 'Wenn sie tanzt (Single Version)' in style of 'Giesinger, Max'
    • 'Love My Life' in style of 'Williams, Robbie'
    • 'Johnny Däpp (Ich will Malle zurück)' in style of 'Büffel, Lorenz'
    • 'A Mann für Amore (Single Mix)' in style of 'DJ Ötzi'
    • 'Holz' in style of '257ers'
    • 'Bonnie & Clyde' in style of 'Fantasy'
    • 'Wolkeplatz' in style of 'Miljö'
    • 'Sofia' in style of 'Soler, Alvaro'
    • 'Human' in style of 'Rag'n'Bone Man'
    • 'Warum hast Du nicht nein gesagt' in style of 'Kaiser, Roland & Kelly, Maite'
    • '80 Millionen' in style of 'Giesinger, Max'
    • 'Leev Marie' in style of 'Paveier'
    • 'Nur mit dir' in style of 'Fischer, Helene'
    • 'Feuerwerk' in style of 'Weiss, Wincent'
    • 'Geboren um dich zu lieben' in style of 'DJ Ötzi & Nik P.'
    • 'Don't You Know' in style of 'Kungs :Commons, Jamie N'
    • 'Unser Tag' in style of 'Fischer, Helene'
    • 'Stääne' in style of 'Klüngelköpp'
    • 'Wo die Stääne sin' in style of 'Klüngelköpp'
    • 'Himmelblaue Augen (Single Mix)' in style of 'Zimmermann, Anna-Maria'
    • 'Hallelujah' in style of 'Cohen, Leonard'
    • 'The Sound Of Silence' in style of 'Disturbed'
    • 'Auf uns' in style of 'Bourani, Andreas'
    • 'Ich sterb für dich' in style of 'Mai, Vanessa'
    • 'Love On The Brain' in style of 'Rihanna'
    • 'Unter den Wolken' in style of 'Toten Hosen'
    • 'Die immer lacht' in style of 'Lasch, Tanja'
    • 'Sing mit mir!' in style of 'Höhner'
    • 'Ich werde lächeln wenn Du gehst' in style of 'Berg, Andrea'
    • 'Wir sind im Herzen jung' in style of 'Rossi, Semino'
    • 'Eine ins Leben' in style of 'Pizzerra & Jaus'
    • 'Bad Ideas' in style of 'Alle Farben'
    • 'Die Nacht von Freitag auf Montag' in style of 'Wackel, Peter'
    • 'Can't Stop The Feeling!' in style of 'Timberlake, Justin'
    • 'Don't Be So Shy (Filatov & Karas Remix)' in style of 'Imany'
    • 'Castle On The Hill' in style of 'Sheeran, Ed'
    • 'Viva La Vida' in style of 'Fischer, Helene'
    • 'Rockabye' in style of 'Clean Bandit :Sean Paul & Anne'
    • 'Dä Plan' in style of 'Querbeat'

              Singlecharts CH    
    • 'Despacito' in style of 'Fonsi, Luis :Daddy Yankee'
    • 'OK' in style of 'Schulz, Robin :Blunt, James'
    • 'Wild Thoughts' in style of 'DJ Khaled :Rihanna & Tiller'
    • 'Shape Of You' in style of 'Sheeran, Ed'
    • 'Súbeme La Radio' in style of 'Iglesias, Enrique :Descemer'
    • '2U' in style of 'Guetta, David :Bieber, Justin'
    • 'Attention' in style of 'Puth, Charlie'
    • 'Something Just Like This' in style of 'Chainsmokers & Coldplay'
    • 'Symphony' in style of 'Clean Bandit :Larsson, Zara'
    • 'Sign Of The Times' in style of 'Styles, Harry'
    • 'Galway Girl' in style of 'Sheeran, Ed'
    • 'There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back' in style of 'Mendes, Shawn'
    • 'Unforgettable' in style of 'French Montana :Swae Lee'
    • 'Ist da jemand' in style of 'Tawil, Adel'
    • 'Thunder' in style of 'Imagine Dragons'
    • 'Believer' in style of 'Imagine Dragons'
    • 'Mama' in style of 'Blue, Jonas :Singe, William'
    • 'It Ain't Me' in style of 'Kygo & Gomez, Selena'
    • 'I'm The One' in style of 'DJ Khaled :Bieber, J. & Quavo'
    • 'Swalla' in style of 'Derulo, Jason :Minaj, Nicki'
    • 'Your Song' in style of 'Ora, Rita'
    • 'Malibu' in style of 'Cyrus, Miley'
    • 'Issues' in style of 'Michaels, Julia'
    • 'Skin' in style of 'Rag'n'Bone Man'
    • 'Be Mine' in style of 'Ofenbach'
    • 'You Don't Know Me' in style of 'Jones, Jax & Raye'
    • 'Mask Off' in style of 'Future'
    • 'No Roots' in style of 'Merton, Alice'
    • 'Know No Better' in style of 'Major Lazer :Scott, Cabello...'
    • 'Human' in style of 'Rag'n'Bone Man'
    • 'Hulapalu' in style of 'Gabalier, Andreas'
    • 'Legendary' in style of 'Welshly Arms'
    • 'Strip That Down' in style of 'Payne, Liam :Quavo'
    • 'Stay' in style of 'Zedd & Cara, Alessia'
    • 'Humble' in style of 'Lamar, Kendrick'
    • 'Bad Liar' in style of 'Gomez, Selena'
    • 'Golden Age' in style of 'Kelly, Michael Patrick'
    • 'Tuesday' in style of 'Yeter, Burak :Sandoval, D.'
    • 'Chained To The Rhythm' in style of 'Perry, Katy'
    • 'No Promises' in style of 'Cheat Codes :Lovato, Demi'
    • 'Me Enamoré' in style of 'Shakira'
    • 'Rockabye' in style of 'Clean Bandit :Sean Paul & Anne'
    • 'First Time' in style of 'Kygo & Goulding, Ellie'
    • 'Slide' in style of 'Harris, C. :Ocean, Fr. & Migos'
    • 'Crying in the Club' in style of 'Cabello, Camila'
    • 'Chantaje' in style of 'Shakira :Maluma'
    • 'Way Down We Go' in style of 'Kaleo'
    • 'Bon Appétit' in style of 'Perry, Katy :Migos'
    • 'Call On Me' in style of 'Starley'
    • 'Scared To Be Lonely' in style of 'Garrix, Martin & Lipa, Dua'
    • 'Felices Los 4' in style of 'Maluma'
    • 'Green Light' in style of 'Lorde'
    • 'Solo Dance' in style of 'Jensen, Martin'
    • 'No Lie' in style of 'Sean Paul :Lipa, Dua'
    • 'Castle On The Hill' in style of 'Sheeran, Ed'
    • 'Slow Hands' in style of 'Horan, Niall'
    • 'Hot2Touch' in style of 'Jaehn, Felix :Hight & Aiono,A.'
    • 'Vente Pa' Ca (Versión Salsa)' in style of 'Martin, Ricky :Maluma'
    • 'Feuerwerk' in style of 'Weiss, Wincent'
    • 'El Amante' in style of 'Nicky Jam'
    • 'September Song' in style of 'JP Cooper'
    • 'Now Or Never' in style of 'Halsey'
    • 'Good Life' in style of 'G-Eazy & Kehlani'
    • 'Passionfruit' in style of 'Drake'
    • 'I Feel It Coming' in style of 'Weeknd :Daft Punk'
    • 'Alone' in style of 'Walker, Alan'
    • 'Sofia' in style of 'Soler, Alvaro'
    • 'Love On The Brain' in style of 'Rihanna'
    • 'Herzbeben' in style of 'Fischer, Helene'
    • 'I Don't Wanna Live Forever' in style of 'Zayn & Swift, Taylor'
    • 'If I Wasn't Your Daughter (Acoustic V.)' in style of 'Lena'
    • 'Duele El Corazon' in style of 'Iglesias, Enrique :Wisin'

              Touring w/Monophonics (San Francisco Soul/Psych/Rock)   
      Recently I've been lucky enough to tour with Monophonics, a great San Francisco-based Soul/Psych/Rock sextet.  Their recent album "In Your Brain" was released on Ubiquity Records, the same label as my band Ikebe Shakedown.  We toured The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Germany and had a blast, they're great dudes.  Tomorrow we start a US run from Wichita to Buffalo - no rest for the weary!

      Here's a video of Aretha's classic "Baby I Love You" from The Blues Garage in Isernhagen, Germany (I solo a bit after the 3:30 mark), and part of Sly Stone's "Underdog" from a wild club show in Paris.



              Tips to Building a “Better Breakfast”   
    Tips to Building a “Better Breakfast”
    Below are my Favorite Tips to Building a Better Breakfast…

    Tip 1: Timing is Everything!

    Make sure to enjoy a full complete breakfast as soon as possible after waking up! Preparing and eating your breakfast within 45mins max after waking up is best! it allows your metabolism to rev up and tell you body and brain your ready to go! Bring on the Day! Skipping breakfast by all costs is a NO NO! if you over ate the night or meal befor...
              Comment on Caption Competition 132: Baku driving | Caption Competition by Nunu   
    A picture of the f1fanatic driver of the week - having lost both eyes and brain pointing at stroll - this must be the next candidat...
              Time to Rethink Marijuana   
    When arguing for enforcement of its federal status, Chris Christie stated that marijuana is a gateway drug. Although Christie’s statement may be true, he neglected to mention that alcohol and tobacco have similar effects on the brain.
    A recent Study was done in the journal of school health by a team of researchers from Texas A&M and the University of Florida which examined data from 2,800 us 12th graders in order to find out which substances teens typically used first. Their findings showed that the vast majority of students used alcohol prior to even Tobacco or marijuana. They posted their results in their paper entitled “Prioritizing alcohol prevention.”
    We should also look at the effects of countries and states that have legalized marijuana use. For instance since the legalization of marijuana in Holland there have been fewer young pot smokers, therefore, fewer instances of the gateway effect. A 2010 report from the rand institute entitled “What can we learn from the Dutch Cannabis Coffee Shop Experience” found that the gateway effect was less so in the Netherlands verses countries that had band marijuana. If marijuana is legal in Holland with few instances of the gateway effect, why would it be any different if we legalized it here? I hope you will consider this and end the prohibition of marijuana that plagued this country for years.
              Time to Rethink Marijuana   
    When arguing for enforcement of its federal status, Chris Christie stated that marijuana is a gateway drug. Although Christie’s statement may be true, he neglected to mention that alcohol and tobacco have similar effects on the brain.
    A recent Study was done in the journal of school health by a team of researchers from Texas A&M and the University of Florida which examined data from 2,800 us 12th graders in order to find out which substances teens typically used first. Their findings showed that the vast majority of students used alcohol prior to even Tobacco or marijuana. They posted their results in their paper entitled “Prioritizing alcohol prevention.”
    We should also look at the effects of countries and states that have legalized marijuana use. For instance since the legalization of marijuana in Holland there have been fewer young pot smokers, therefore, fewer instances of the gateway effect. A 2010 report from the rand institute entitled “What can we learn from the Dutch Cannabis Coffee Shop Experience” found that the gateway effect was less so in the Netherlands verses countries that had band marijuana. If marijuana is legal in Holland with few instances of the gateway effect, why would it be any different if we legalized it here? I hope you will consider this and end the prohibition of marijuana that plagued this country for years.
              The Enchantment of Pandora - Walking On A Cloud   
    Yesterday was quiet a day...I firstly received news from my GP that blew my mind, I was not expecting to have an A1c result of 5.8 - but I did - I went in to that appointment with the expectation of it to reflect positively that the NR and Lantus were/are working together to bring my results down and it more than did that. Now I can't wait to hear from my Endo's registrar to see what my Endo thinks of it; but if my GP's reaction is anything to go by, I think he'll be just as thrilled.

    After the Doctor I had to test my bg and was also due for morning tea, which was about an hour late, I found this interesting cafe. When I tested I was having a hypo, my second one for the day so I ate the jelly beans and waited for fifteen minutes...relieved that it had gone up to normal I continued on with my morning tea and flipped through the newspaper. Then by the time I got home, I was almost due for lunch and again tested to find I was having another hypo...bloody h3ll how is this happening...my third for the day and in that 24 hour period I had five, one more and I would have to go to hospital. Not only was it alarming to be having my third hypo for the day, it was also the lowest I've been and quiet seriously the next step from there is hospital.

    The Eating Disordered part of my brain has being taking the diabetes information and distorted it so I was getting a f%!^ked up interpretation of the information. When my eating disorder gets information on that all the information I was focussing on was carbs and sugar...cutting the carbs down to almost nothing and not having any sugar at all...so I was eating yeah, but I wasn't getting anything from the food because Ana was in-charge. It's kind of hard to explain, but was still restricting myself and controlling things but in a different way but the same disastrous results and I could have ended up in hospital yesterday.

    My lantus dose has being cut back, as Ana also liked me to have basically no sugar in my blood stream at all so I was trying to get as low as I possibly could without having an actual hypo. No more. So this morning I was 4.6 and I have to get happy with being under 100 instead of 'fine lining it' chasing the sweet spot. The hypo's I had before - getting into trouble - were quiet serious, it was like I was 'drunk' like if you didn't know I am diabetic you would assume that I had being drinking as I was unsteady on my feet and really nearly fell over, shaky as all heck and I was freezing cold [still am today actually] but I had a chill down the length of my spine like my spinal fluid was freezing cold, I was not in a good way at all.

    My eating, well the last few days had being alright, but as I've just said Ana has being in charge so while I was eating it wasn't the best. So now I have to make sure I eat without being restrictive and get enough energy from the food. So last night I made a baked dinner with pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot and chicken drumsticks and I even left the fat on the drummies...I was thinking of everything that Kit and Mike have being telling me and so I left it on and ate it too. After having the baked dinner my bg was 5.7 so I was pretty pleased with that and inspired me to take better care of myself. I technically, should not have had a hypo after the Doctor appointment yesterday as I ate a normal breakfast without restriction; then for morning tea I ordered a soy latte (i shouldn't have really had milk as it's a carb but I treated myself as I coffee only when out] I had to have the jelly beans and then had the biscuits I brought from home for morning tea [I have to take them with me as I cannot buy gluten-free & egg-free biscuits in cafe's here] so I don't know, it's in the past now I'm looking forward and learning from this whole experience. I hope this makes sense.
              Want To Lose Weight? Try This Diet Now   


                Why is weight loss such a popular issue? Let me put it a different way. Popular diets have always been the craze but none of them ever work. Why even bother looking at this one? But like with most things, there are often two sides to a story. In this case, it’s the stigma around popular diets.
                If you’ve briefly checked out that link, you’re probably a bit cynical (even I am) given how cliché losing weight through diets and failing has become as a New Year’s Resolution. The fact that one link has thirty different diets also brings into question if any of them work. I get it.
                Before I get into why you should try this diet, I think the more important point is to establish my credibility, if only a little, right now. From my perspective, it’s not the popular diets that don’t work. It’s the people doing the popular diets that don’t work. 
                No, I’m not saying they’re dysfunctional when I say they don’t work. I mean they pick up the diet, throw it away, and pick up a new one faster than you can do with gum. That’s really the problem here. Nobody’s following through with the plan. How can you tell whether the plan isn’t working if not enough people perform it correctly?
    Let’s modify our approach a bit. I’ll get to the actual part about the diet soon, but there’s something even more important to losing weight. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (a part of the NIH), the most important part of losing the weight might not actually be the diet you choose, but how you cultivate and maintain good habits. 
    Check out this list of some of the things that this NIH sponsored institute suggests towards getting to a healthy weight.
           This one’s a bit repetitive, but realize the role of changing your behaviors on weight loss
           Set goals that are attainable. The must be specific, attainable, and forgiving.
           Break down a bigger, long-term goal into a set of progressive and smaller short-term goals.
           Set up a reward system for your success (not with food obviously)
           Keep track of your caloric intake and expenditure
           Avoiding doing things that tempt you into eating or having similar thoughts
           Eat slowly. The signal that you’re full takes at least 15 minutes to travel to your brain, so you might be over-eating a little without realizing it.
    Hopefully after seeing so many examples you’ve now developed a general sense of why it’s not just about the diet. Your behaviors like your sleep cycle or the intensity and duration of your exercise play an equal role towards your goal of weight loss as the food you eat. 
    The Actual Diet
                This diet’s named the Three Day Military Diet. In any case it’s a pretty ironic name because the diet has nothing to do with the military or three days. The first claim is pretty self-explanatory, the military doesn’t use it. The second one is about sticking to things.
                You see, the three day part actually doesn’t just last three days. It’s a two part process. First, you begin by fasting. Your caloric intake will drop to 1000 to 1300 calories per day for three days. The next four days you will (or attempt to) eat normally. You keep on doing this over a few weeks or months until you see results. 
                To be quite honest, the diet itself is harder than the part about forming good habits, since you’re basically forming a bad habit. You’re modifying the metabolic rate of your body by sending it confusing signals about the availability of food on certain days.
                That confusion for your body probably isn’t exactly the healthiest thing in the world. But if you really want to lose weight fast in a way that isn’t complete starvation, the three day military diet might hold some merit.
    You might also want to consider the mental consequences. Personally, it’d be very hard for me to eat about fifty percent less than the recommended 2000 calories per day (that’s everywhere on labels) for three days and then eat “normally” for the rest of the week. 
    In any situation, if you take away anything from this piece. It’s that weight loss is a gradual process that happens over time due to your own sustained efforts. Only sustained, consistent efforts at the diet outlined above along with good habits will eliminate weight reliably.

              Comment on Mind-Field: Eight Ways to Identify Religious Brainwashing (Part 1 of 8) by Steve Smith   
    Cults misunderstand what Jesus meant when he said that we should hate our mother, father, brothers, sisters, and children. He meant we should put God first, not that we should cut off all contact with our loved ones if they happened to disagree with our religious beliefs or practices. Even if someone disagrees strongly with us, we should be able to interact with them and agree to disagree. But cults have a black-and-white, all-or-nothing mentality. Because they are ultimately based on fear, any disagreement seems like a threat to their leader and that's why shunning is so common in these groups. I am sorry that you have experienced this. I pray that there will be restoration and healing.
              Comment on Mind-Field: Eight Ways to Identify Religious Brainwashing (Part 1 of 8) by John doe   
    Seeing this first hand,, was not that hard to figure out what was hapoening,, its just not being able to fight back so i can get my loved one out of this web,,, i feel like i did when i was a kid and lost one of my siblings,, the depth of my loss is something that could never be measured,, ,, its a living and daily torture,, Cruel and Unusual punishment,,
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    Mary Galbreath 71, Brainerd, June 27. Visitation: June 30, 2017, 4-8 PM, Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Pierz. Service: July 1, 2017, 2 PM,...
              Having your smartphone nearby may impair cognition   
    New research tests the so-called brain drain hypothesis, according to which the simple presence of one's smartphone can take up cognitive resources. - Source: www.medicalnewstoday.com
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    Former Rams quarterback part of group developing brain monitoring technology.
              Baby Brain Development   
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              Comment on Professor disagrees with Elon Musk’s Mars colonization plans by baddata6   
    Peabrain dog: Well, you are correct in some ways for the first time (probably since you were born). I did not serve in the military because I was designing things for the military which prevented me from joining. Because the US government will not take anyone making or designing parts for the military to enter the military because they are needed more by the government and the military doing the job they were trained for. Whereas people who are only eligible to dig ditches like you are taken no questions asked along with smart people. This is not your country, you have nothing good to say about it, this is a capitalistic country and you hate it as proved by your replies to this post, and all reading these posts will understand that, because you're not fooling anyone. (Quote) "It can be said more accurately that capitalism is fine until you run out of other people's blood, sweat, and tears. So you hate capitalism and this country is capitalistic. So take your own advice and go to Russia it's not capitalistic. Keep making a fool of yourself us conservatives love it. Keep squirming! Man. this is fun!!!
              Comment on INTERVIEW: Why I insisted my son must study in Nigeria – Former Uganda Vice President by Manuel Tobby   
    This is too deep and complex for the brain of the Nigerian online warriors. This is APC, PDP or biafra issues Na!
              [敏儿好学]:[转载]美少女萌系手办相关网站整理 - POCO空间(POCO.CN)   
    好东东,留着备用呢。原文地址:美少女萌系手办相关网站整理作者:镜花水月

    玩PVC的离不开PVC情报站,当然我们78的新品区报道各类新品已经是非常迅速了,不管新品还是展会都面面具到。不过由于目前没有这种相关网站的整理贴,小弟在此将这些网址整理一下,很多网站也是我经常去的。方便大家查找各种资料,当然这里大部分都是日文网站,对日语不熟悉的还是多关注78的新品区与萌区相关帖子就好。

    如有死链或补充请在下面跟贴,我会相应做修改与补充,整理不易,转贴请注明出处,谢谢合作。
    萌系PVC厂商官方网址大全
    这里列出了大部分生产美少女系PVC的厂商,按字母顺排序,日文名就不标注了,尽量翻译成英文名或中文让大家看的更明白。
    网址均亲自测试可用,部分网址由于河蟹原因国内可能无法访问,待测试。
    ART STORM/Lilics http://artstorm.co.jp/
    R-line http://www.rline.jp/
    eye-scream http://www.p-japan.co.jp/eyescream/01top.html
    AIZU企画 http://www.aizupro.co.jp/
    uplark http://www.uplark.co.jp/hobby/
    atelier-sai彩 http://www.atsai.co.jp/
    amiami(制造商)http://www.amiami.jp/product/amiami/
    amie-grand http://www.amie-g.jp/
    alter 阿尔塔 http://www.alter-web.jp/
    ALPHA×OMEGA http://www.alphaomega-web.jp/
    alphamax http://alphamax.jp/
    Wave http://www.hobby-wave.com/
    A-label http://www.a-label.jp/
    EVOLUTION?TOY http://evolution-toy.com/
    eb craft http://www.enterbrain.co.jp/hobby/ebcraft/
    orchiseed http://www.orchidseed.co.jp/
    岡山PVC制造 http://shop-voltage.com/
    海洋堂 http://www.kaiyodo.co.jp/
    GigaPulse http://www.gigapulse.co.jp/
    Gift http://www.gift-gift.jp/
    chara-ani キャラアニ http://www.chara-ani.com/
    goodsmilecompany 奸笑社 http://www.goodsmile.jp/
    griffon enterprises http://www.griffon.co.jp/
    kurushima製作所 http://www.kurushima.com/
    clayz http://clayz-online.com/
    寿屋 http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/
    科乐美KONAMI http://www.konami.jp/th/figure/
    CM's http://www.cmscorp.jp/
    ZIGZ TOY http://zigz.jp/
    SKYTUBE http://skytube.jp/
    spring http://www.spring-c.com/
    SEGA 世嘉 http://segaprize.com/
    solidtheater http://www.solidtheater.co.jp/
    sol international http://www.sol-i.co.jp/
    大气工業 http://www.daikikougyou.com/
    toypla http://www.toypla.com/
    toy work's http://www.toys-works.com/
    FOX出版 http://www.foxcomic.com/
    New line http://www.nbj.co.jp/newline/
    native http://www.native-web.jp/top.html
    banpresto 眼镜厂 http://www.banpresto.co.jp/japan/amuse/
    beat http://beat-hobby.com/
    ぴっころ堂 http://piccolo.sytes.net/

    pinkcompany http://pinkco.net/
    First-class http://www.f-class.biz/
    Phat company http://phatcompany.jp/
    FREEing http://www.freeing.co.jp/index.html
    PLUM http://www.pmoa.co.jp/
    pleasant angels http://www.ps-angels.com/
    penguin parade http://www.penguin.bz/
    volks 造型村(造孽村?) http://www.volks.co.jp/
    maitan http://www.maitan.jp/
    MAXFactory http://www.maxfactory.jp/
    movic http://www.movic.jp/
    musasiya http://www.mu6348.jp/hobby.html
    MegaHouse http://www.megahobby.jp/
    YAMATO http://www.yamato-toys.com/
    UART http://www.uartstudio.com/
    レジーニャ!(resinya) http://www.resinya.com/
    和風堂玩具店 http://www.enterbrain.co.jp/hobby/wafudo/

    以后我会接着补充原型师博客,twitter网址,秋叶原日本桥新闻站,手办购物站,手办摄影相关站,手办论坛等整理情文章,敬请期待。

     
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              Flashy Black Thoroughbred Mare   
     Night Moves 15.2hh 2011 Thoroughbred Mare JC: Kissin Abbey Abbey is a well built mare for a rider looking for a shorter mount that can still hold a longer leg. She is quiet and willing and athletic enough for the discipline of your choosing. Complete with three good gaits, a willing personality and a good brain, she is the entire package. She is working well undersaddle, over poles and working on lateral movements. She is TIPS registered. Safe, sane and sound. Trailers well, good for the farrier, no vices. Can be ridden by a JR/Am.

              Looks and Brains   
     Light My Fire 16hh 2007 Thoroughbred Mare Shine is novice friendly as well as the willingness and ability to be a competitive mount. Perfect for a Jr/Am or adult ammy looking to move up. Three quality, rideable gaits. Legs yields, shoulder in and changes. Works well over poles and small courses to 2'6. Ready to move up. Easy 3' ability. Bold and quiet. Easily a 3 ring horse. Good off the leg and seat. She is happy to go English and western. She is registered with TIPS. Safe, sane and sound. No vices. Serious buyers only.

              If memories ring true   
    They have the saying "saved by the bell" but is all that ringing really saving us from something or just inching us along in God's big plan for our lives....



    I've been thinking about it a lot lately, not so much as a bell ringing but more like the phone... all the phone calls that we answer in life that hold an unknown outcome in that split second of rushing to answer it. Most of us don't give it a second thought. The phone rings and we answer but really we never know when a simple thing like answering the phone is going to change life as we know it....

    The last year or two has been full of ringing phones that ended up altering our lives and the outcomes have left me at a loss for words to write on this little blog you are reading. It's not that I haven't had a lot to say. If anything I have had so much to say that I haven't been able to simplify my thoughts to get them out in word form. And the more time that passes, the harder it is to come back. I didn't even really think anyone would miss my ramblings but I got a card in the mail (yes that ancient for of communication that is being lost in our society!) that proved me wrong. It was a from a friend that isn't on facebook (good for her! lol) and she was writing to say that she missed my blog writings. I had left her wondering if I'd ever learned how to use my loom, had our fairy garden grown and  how our animals were doing, including our newest addition Rudy ( I'll fill you in on him soon I promise!) . It got me to thinking of all the blogs that I have followed thru the years and the people behind them that I felt became like friends... only to have them leave their blogs sometimes unannounced and I've missed them....

    And so, I sit here wanting to catch you up on all the phone ringing that has changed our course in the last year or so. I really don't mean to remember things in such detail but my mind just does it. It is something I am trying to let go of so maybe in writing it down I will be able to. Through everything we've had in the last year, I just hope that my actions have in some way been able to be a testimony to God. I don't know how I'd have gotten thru any of this without Him...



    Really it began over two years ago when I was driving my girls to book club. My cell phone rang and I saw that it was my half- brother ( I don't like labels but to help explain family dynamics I will use them just this once.) My biological father had collapsed at work and was at the hospital. I remember the exact part of that road because I won't use my cell while I am driving so I had to pull over to talk. That call was a big one...

    Then came the call that we had to move... in 6 weeks... with 48 eggs in the incubator and a small hobby farm to relocate. God was SO good in that whole situation. He had everything worked out in such detail...

    There were numerous ringing of phones in regards to my father, like the one when he called to tell me it was brain cancer, and the one asking for prayers as he was having unexpected brain surgery while we were on the road traveling a few months later....

    There was the call that we had lost my Great Aunt Sis and unfortunately so many more calls about family friends that are no longer with us either...

    The biggest collection of phone calls started last spring... It was my daughter's 10th birthday and it was a beautiful sunny day. Yet again, I got a call from my brother and my father had had a stroke....

    A month later, I was sitting at my sewing machine working on puppets having a wonderfully quiet morning to myself as the girls were still in bed. The phone rang and my life would never be the same. My aunt called to tell me that my father had a brain bleed and that this was it.... The phone call I got later in the day from my brother only confirmed it... my father was gone...

    This is when I think I lost the words to write. I've been keeping my thoughts and feelings mostly to myself... well, myself and God. There's been a lot to talk about, just him and I. I wasn't sure how to move on in this blog space. I couldn't just pretend that this didn't happen but I didn't know how to explain it either. My thoughts and feelings run so much deeper than I could ever explain and the family history is anything but cut and dry. :)

    Last fall came the call that our 16 year old niece was in car accident and that her life was ended all too soon and then just over a month ago we got the call that we were needed in KS for my husband's grandfather... we made it in time to spend his last two days on earth with him before his passing too...

    I'm not telling you all of this to ask for pity, but I have to acknowledge the events of the last year so that I can somehow leave them there... in the past... so I can move on to the new plans God has for us.



     I need to move on...the last year has been so full of grief and loss and I don't want to focus on that any more. Today is another beautiful day that God has given us and I want to live it to its fullest and in a way that gives Him all the  glory.... to live in a way that pays tribute to all the people we have loved that aren't here any more.... to live in a way that that would make all those people proud... to give thanks everyday for those amazing people and for the memories we have of them....



    Today is a new day and I am glad...




              Serendipity   
    Thanks to the generosity of a friend, and the newest treasure to be added to my insanity of crafting tools, I have been doing a lot of research on how to get started in the new-to-me art form of weaving. Along the way, I've found some amazing blogs, chat groups and other resources, not to mention some wonderfully patient people in some of my other crafting groups that have been great about answering questions and pointing me in the right directions for more information about my particular loom. I am still terribly overwhelmed but feel like I am at least moving in the right direction now! :) It's amazing how many weavers there are out there and like knitting, is not the dying art that I thought it was! It seems to me, you just have to know where to look! :)

    While getting started in my search, I threw out the question to one of the Waldorf groups that I belong to and I asked if there were any weavers in the group. That thread led to a conversation with a gal (who I consider to be a lost long friend now, although we've never met yet!)  about how I got into spinning and how this loom came to be mine. She made a simple comment about wishing she'd be gifted a spinning wheel someday with an "lol" and the conversation went on its way about more fiber related topics. As soon as I saw her comment it was like there was a large floating light bulb hovering above my head and the electricity just made it's connection. If I had been a cartoon I imagine it would have been a comical moment! :) 



    You see, I had bought some vintage books from this gal, and she had purchased some wood toys from me... and we had conversed about Waldorf groups in PA after she noticed my picture of downtown Pittsburgh thinking that I lived there too (I had taken it on a recent trip)... so I knew that she was from PA also so I took a stab in the dark and asked what part! The stars aligned and she was about 1 1/2 hours from my mom! Perfect! Again, a cartoon moment would have been a view inside my brain to see the gears turning and another light bulb moment! 



    You see, a few years ago, when I decided I wanted to take the leap and get a spinning wheel, my mom was gifted one on my behalf from a friend of hers that had rescued a wheel from a dumpster! Gasp!!! I know, who could possibly do such a thing!!?! Right? Right about the same time, I happened on to mine and while I would have loved to have had the one from my mom, we live on opposite sides of the country! The shipping to get it here would have been more than I paid for mine here!



    To make a long story short... I got my mom and my long lost friend in touch with each other via chats on Facebook, they were able to meet up half way and that poor neglected spinning wheel has finally found its way to its forever home!! This gal kept sending me emails of thanks and how excited she was but really I think I was just as excited as she was!! I have felt terrible that the wheel has been sitting in my mom's basement just taking up space but couldn't bring myself to have her get rid of it considering she didn't know anyone that would give it the love that it so truly deserved. So instead... it just sat... The thought that I could pay it forward the kindness and generosity that had been paid to me in the form of a weaving loom absolutely made my day!! 

    A week or two later, while checking the mail, we received a mailer that I wasn't expecting... but I recognized the return address label to be from PA... now here's the freaky part...
    Inside that mailer was the sweetest heartfelt thank you card and these two vintage books. She already knew of my love of vintage books but she had NO IDEA about my collection of Little Golden books or my youngest's obsession with Eloise Wilken (the artist in the book)... and there is no way of her knowing that we also collect the books in "The True Book" series! As I pulled the books out of the envelope, my two girls were clammering to get over the seats yelling "Let me smell them! Yes, I have done my job when they rate there books on whether or not they smell old!  lol When I told her about it she said that it was Seredipity (one of my favorite words!!) and that we were are kindred spirits... Funny how two people can connect and form a friendship with an entire country between us. 

    As I read her reply about us being kindred spirits, it made me think of Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables  

    "Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world"

    Life Lessons from Anne of Green Gables








              MRI's Are Used To Find Hidden Brain Injuries   
    A CT scan is another typical type of scan. This supplies a somewhat less clear image than an MRI scan when utilized alone to scan a client. It is most often used to scan the brain as it can offer a clear picture
              Cultural Alzheimer’s: The American Church Has Forgotten Who She Is   

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    The post Cultural Alzheimer’s: The American Church Has Forgotten Who She Is appeared first on Freedom Outpost.


              Journey Round My Brain – Part 3: England   
    My ongoing attempt to figure out what is going on in my head
              The Bait of Satan - Chapter 3 - Book Discussion   
    The Bait of Satan, Chapter 3 - How Could This Happen To Me?

    In Chapter 1 of The Bait of Satan, we learned that there are 2 different groups of offended people: 1) Those who have truly been mistreated and 2) Those who perceived they were mistreated, but actually were not. In Chapter 3, we focus on those who have truly been mistreated by taking a look at the life of Joseph (Genesis 37-48).

    Joseph was brutally sold into slavery by his brothers. Joseph was their father's favorite son and because of that, they were jealous of him. His brothers were also upset about Joseph's dreams in which he claimed they bowed down to him.

    As a slave, Joseph was separated from his family, forced to go to a foreign country and made to endure prison and many years of hardships before God's plan for him as 2nd in command to Pharoah was fulfilled.

    Joseph was reunited with his brothers many years later when they were forced to go to Egypt for food during the famine. What if Joseph had stayed offended at his brothers instead of forgiving them? Had he chosen to kill his brothers, he would have murdered 10 of the 12 patriarchs and wiped out the lineage to Jesus. (Imagine how happy that would have made satan!) Joseph would have fallen out of the will of God and would have fulfilled the will of the devil.

    Since Joseph was wise enough to realize that it was God's will for him to be 2nd in command in Egypt in order to save the lives of his family and many others, he did not hold offense against his brothers. Instead, he blessed them by keeping them alive during the famine and giving them the best land in Egypt.

    The bottom line is that nobody, no man, woman, child or devil can keep you out of God's will for your life. Only you can, through offense and disobedience. Stay obedient and submitted to God and free from offense and God will make sure that His plans for you are fulfilled.

    Chapter 3 - Key Points/Bible Verses:

    Genesis 50:19-20 - Joseph recognizes that God turned the evil his brothers did into good.

    1 Kings 22:27 - Prisoners in Joseph's day suffered by just getting enough bread and water to survive.

    Psalm 105:18 - Joseph's feet were hurt with fetters and he was laid in irons. It was not a fun situation to be in.

    Genesis 37:20 - Joseph's brothers deliberately set out to destroy Joseph and his dreams.

    Matthew 5:44 - Joseph blessed those who cursed him and did good to those who hated him when he forgave his brothers and took care of them during the 7 years of famine.

    Genesis 45:5-8 - Joseph tells his brothers that it was not they that sent him to Egypt, but it was God. God wanted Joseph in Egypt to become 2nd in command to Pharaoh which would allow him to save his brothers and family from starvation during the famine.

    Psalm 105:16-17 - The psalmist also confirms that it was God who sent Joseph to Egypt.

    1 Corinthians 10:13 - God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able to resist. He will provide the way of escape.

    James 4:7 - Resist the devil and he will flee from you. We resist the devil by not becoming offended.

    Day 5 and Day 6 - Devotionals:

    Days 5 & 6, in the devotional at the back of the book, cover Chapter 3 of The Bait of Satan.

    Day 5

    From the following list, rank your normal responses to offense from 1 (most likely response) to 5 (least likely response):

    I get mad: 2
    I immediately forgive: 3
    I get even: 5
    I work hard at forgiving the person: 3
    I get away from the person: 2
    I seek to be reconciled: 3

    Consider the story of Joseph (read Genesis 37-48.) How do evaluate Joseph's words and actions?

    (Each statement has a horizontal line.)

    One the first line, it says "He became offended" at the far left of the line, and at the far right of the line it says "He forgave." I put an X above "He forgave."

    One the second line, it says "He blamed others for his circumstances" at the far left of the line, and at the far right of the line it says "He trusted God." I put an X above "He trusted God."

    One the third line, it says "He sought revenge" at the far left of the line, and at the far right of the line it says "He sought to be reconciled." I put an X above "He sought to be reconciled."

    Write a prayer asking God for the wisdom of Joseph to avoid taking offense and to trust Him instead of blaming others or circumstances for difficulties in life:

    Dear Father, Help me to be content and loving no matter what situation I am in. Help me to trust that You always have a perfect plan for my life. Help me to learn from my circumstances and not to blame others. In Jesus' name. Amen.

    Day 6

    Read Genesis 45:5-8 and Psalm 105:16-17. Jot down all the reasons why God sent Joseph through his trials.

    Genesis 45:5 - God sent Joseph to: Preserve life.

    Genesis 45:7 - God sent Joseph to: Preserve future generations and save lives.

    Genesis 45:8 - God sent Joseph to: Become a ruler of Egypt, 2nd in command to only Pharaoh.

    Psalm 105:16-17 - God sent Joseph to: Go before his family to prepare for the famine.

    Think of the greatest problem you have faced in the last year. Describe it in one sentence.

    One of the biggest problems I faced in this past year is losing my luggage on the way to the Denver airport when leaving for a trip to Alaska.

    Now complete these sentences:

    My response to the problem was: I was upset, but I dealt with it the best I could by replacing almost all my luggage in Seattle. It would have been easy to blame others in this situation, but I immediately recognized that blame would not solve the problem and that things sometimes happen that I don't understand.

    God's plan was: At this time, I don't know what God's plan was, but I felt that losing my luggage was an attack by satan since we were going on a Christian cruise. We had such a wonderful time on the cruise and it was such a blessing to us, that it's easy to see why satan would have not wanted me to go.

    What I learned about myself was: By God's grace, I can get through any situation that He puts before me.

    Write a prayer thanking God for having a good plan for your life and for working for good all the circumstances of your life:

    Dear Father, Thank you for having a plan for my life. Help me to remember that whatever my circumstances are, that your plan for me will prevail so long as I am obedient to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

    Chapter 3 - My Thoughts

    Joseph has always been one of my favorite people in the Bible. I have always admired how he lived his life with integrity and godliness no matter what his circumstances were.

    As I get further into the study on The Bait of Satan, I am beginning to feel like my brain is in need of reprogramming. Our culture here in the United States is extremely "me" oriented. Through television, movies, and books, we've been taught from a young age on to focus on our own wants and needs and feelings, to put ourselves above others. However, to do that, to put others first before ourselves and to not hold offense, seems to be against our culture and go against our very nature.

    Several times this past week, I caught myself getting easily offended in situations where I went out of my way to do something for someone else and it doesn't seem to get appreciated. The closer I am to that person, the more upset I tend to get. The good thing is that I am catching myself and recognizing what I am doing. I am working on not expecting anything out of others, and let me tell you.... it's hard!

    Are you finding that you are recognizing your offense with others as soon as it occurs? How are you handling it?

    This past week, I went through a very difficult situation with our school district. Through the grace of God, everything turned out perfectly in the end, but it is very likely that a person or two in the district might not be too happy with me and they are people that I will need to deal with for the next few years until my son graduates. I am determined to put this situation behind me, to not hold offense with these people and to treat them kindly when I have contact with them.

    What kind of offensive situations have you dealt with these past few weeks? How are you dealing with them?

    If you'd like to learn more about the life of Joseph, one of the best resources I know is a series called "God Meant It For Good: The Life of Joseph" by David Jeremiah of Turning Point.

    This is truly one of my favorite studies and something that I have listened to time and time again. It is a very thorough study and very inspiring. The teacher and preacher, David Jeremiah, is a very articulate speaker. Through his illustrations and explanations, he brings Joseph and the Bible to life.


              Comment on Why Modern Architecture sucks by Larchmonter445   
    Watson is the most effective voice on YouTube. The Cult of Liberalism that has taken control of the West's "governance" is a Tyranny. UK, US, EU all subsets of Globalist Liberalism are tyrannies. With the Tyranny are all aspects of Cult manifestation, a complete devastation of prior culture, art, psychological harmonies and knowledge. The Cult must debase all. No different than the ISIS freakoids breaking up ancient archeological and religious sites. They rampage through academia, Constitutional order, sovereign borders—whatever is foundational and normal. Inherent to modern deconstruction of social norms is the godless separation from Nature and Human Values. They particularly hate individuals of accomplishment, families, small congregations and communities, cohesiveness and conviviality. They must have namelessness, separateness, soullessness. They use techniques all Cults use that produce Stockholm syndrome clinging to the Cult as the only balm from the despair they create. Authority of the Elites in the Cult (Government especially) is idolized and protected as if a Queen in a Hive were under attack. All drone bees cluster in defense, regardless of the danger. We saw this with Obama (the ultimate Queen Bee). We see it everywhere with the EU being protected, NATO being protected, every construct to be worshipped with no option for all or any to challenge or criticize or compete. You will be destroyed! Israel, the concept, is unassailable. America the Exceptional, is unassailable. EU, the marvel, is unassailable. Globalism. Liberalism. Multiculturalism. Bezos. FaceBook. Zuckerberg. Google. All unassailable. The Pentagon. 17 Intelligence Agencies. Zionism. Khazaria. Unassailable. Consistent Conservatism. Saint Mike Pence. Unassailable. Billionaires. Millionaires. Unassailable. All objects of Cult Behaviorism. Then along comes a singular mind like Paul Joseph Watson and he busts the Cult with his four minute rants, and the free minds of the world shout in joy as the Truth destroys the Hive, piece by piece. Great for you to post this video, Saker. Thought provoking and deserving of an honor in the Vineyard. Think Free and Live Free. A perfect opening statement for July 4th weekend. Fireworks for the brain and soul of all humans outside the Cult.
              Comment on Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/06/28 … Open Thread by Bro 93   
    July 1, 2017 there is fantastic Opportunity for a most lovely human future, with a firm foundation laid this week! In less than one week, despite desperate satanic maneuverings of demonic forces (transparent to more millions of awakened persons that has ever existed in the past record of human existence......) ever since November 9, 2017............... it is possible that in Hamburg July 7, 8.....?...Trump and Putin will bury the danger of our species sacrificing itself to the Fear and Loathing paradigm of the occult master magicians of Empire who yet seek to bedevil Humanity. There is also a sobering Danger: Despite 16 years of investigations by scores of highly qualified independent investigators, the perpetrators of 911 still go free. What happens to these demons if Trump, Putin and Xi agree that the New Terrific Trio (tenors, most likely.....) are calling the tune and not the Occult Conductor of Satan's Chorus of Demonic Minions of Empire???? What are they REALLY capable of to majorly mess up the next 6-7 days???? I submit: <b> Almost ANYTHING you can imagine!</b> Therefore, the absolute highest state of alert and heightened consciousness is called for, right now! I'm optimistic but realistic: relax our guard and we are likely to be snuck up on and either blown up or strangled, and robbed of the Historic Opportunity. Now, on 911. That's the wake up call that has over 50% of formerly dead asleep Americans rubbing the sleep out of their eyes and wondering what kind of a bad dream they've been unconsciously living. I've read several books on the subject. I still maintain that the deepest vein of gold (truth metaphor, not $) is the spiritual insight inherent in the ritualistic aspects of the crime: A kabbalistic/freemasonic "manifestation " ritual intended to drive "spirit" of the USA (and human consciousness, in general......) below the foundations of WTC and bury it there, for the unfettered reign of Fear and Evil Control Through Fear and Unconsciousness. At the same time, I have tried to keep up with new developments and insights. For example, Saker's comment the other day that we was "100% certain" that the Russian leadership has been fully aware of the essentials, for a long, long time. I haven't had time to read Judy Wood's work or <b> everything written on the technical aspects of the crime </b>. Collateral Damage I and II were fantastic, on the finaincial/strategic (the attempt to "buy up" Russia's oil and gas giants with half a trillion of criminally created and hidden liquidity, courtesy of the Magnificent Masonic Magic Stunt nearly 16 years ago. However my uneasiness and vigilance regarding what the demons will pull THIS WEEK led me, this very morning, to an article that ties up more of the loose ends <b> on the technical means by which the crime was conducted </b> than anything I have seen so far. So let me share that with you, Guardian Angels: https://jamesperloff.com/2017/06/30/911-simplified/ <b>"Yes, Virginia, there really were hijackers on the 9/11 planes—but not the ones we were told."</b> ESPECIALLY answers the question: What happened to the planes and passengers of 11, 175 and 77??? that I have never yet, until this morning seen addressed by those that insist only a missile could have hit the Pentagon (and I now think....same thing was done with WTC 1 and WTC 2 cloaked in holographic images of planes...) but mostly avoid even raising the question: Where did Flight 77 and its passengers go??? I would only go a little farther: The hijackers (I can fully handle <b>considering...at length....</b>without either naive belief or rigid brainwashed scepticism) most likely were Mossad, as Perloff amply lays out not just the possibility, but the high probability. But the agency is older than Israel, and Israelis also need and deserve to be freed of it as much OR MORE than Americans need and deserve to be freed of that evil. IF they continue waking up, are increasingly vigilant, and do not succumb to fatigue or fear.
              Comment on Qatar crisis from the Iranian view: Waiting for a feudal revolution, still… by twilight   
    Hilarious- just hilarious. Naive fools were always told that the local stooges the British recruited to do its bidding in various Empire nations were 'independent' and 'working in the interests of the locals'. The Roman Empire did the same in lands it conquered, soft kidnapping sons of local bigwigs, taking them back to Rome for an 'education' and returning them to rule over their people after the brainwashing was complete. There is no such thing as Qatar in the sense any of you undertstand a nation. After the Turkish Empire collapsed (assisted by the British in the 19th century to prevent a disasterous power vacuum, the British mostly inhereted the ex-Turkish lands in the Middle East. The British identified useful leading families/tribes, paid to have their kids given the best British school/military education, and sent them back to rule for Britain. Qatar is merely a geo-political support system for British and American military bases, and the main British intelligence bases in the region. GCHQ taps all local electronic traffic there (and obviously gives the results to the NSA as well). Local 'politics' is never ever allowed to interfere with the needs of the ***real*** rulers- the British. So when you read dribble about a 'dispute' between Saudi and Qatar, it is simply a GCHQ/MI6 psy-op, and you should be asking for what purpose the propaganda lie is being disseminated at this time. Did you take 9/11 at face value? Then why are you foolish enough to take this psy-op play at face value? Press-TV is the least acute newswire on the planet. In reality it doesn't exist as a true newswire but is a collection of very naive volunteers in various nations, and these naive volunteers show a remarkable alignment with establishment crafted 'anti-establishment' psy-op movements (like Corbyn in the UK). The real focus should be on the absolute promise the USA has made to go to war with Iran. Every other target has been successfully ticked off the PNAC list. Iran is the last cos Iran is the biggest and most difficult target. And Iran leads to the USA using nukes for the first time in public since WW2. Iranians think themselves masters of diplomacy. Asm them how well that worked out last time when the Mongols came knocking, and mass murdered every last child woman and man in major Persian cities. Diplomacy and 'clever' words can do nothing when your enemy has infinite military resources, and controls 99.99% of the world's media output. Iran dangles by a thread, and that thread is the reluctance of the people of the UK and USA to countenance a war of the type a US attack on Iran would be. But the people can and are manipulated. Their instinct for peaceful co-existence can and has been overcome (go see histroy). For sure Iranians are teflon coated when it comes to terror smears- not being arab or sunni helps greatly in this instance. But the monsters are never going to stop. A 'pawn sacrifice' with Qatar may not work, but it has a very real chance of doing so. Events in Qatar can be controlled by the Deep State down to the last dot and comma. This is not something they can do with the direct Iranian narrative. Fools claim the USA tries to 'provoke' Russia. This is never ever the case. But the USA certainly tries to provoke non-Empire power targets. The greatest 'thinkers' the Deep State can recruit are paid bilions of dollars to come up with scenarios that can lead to war with Iran. The bizzare Qatar play is one of these scenarios in motion. An essential part of this play is that dim bulbs on our side take the 'facts' at face value. And too many dim bulbs on our side still try to learn things by reading the 'serious' zionist newspapers, or listening to the 'serious' analysis programming on the BBC etc. The Deep State propaganda has a million forms, with a whole ton of rubbish aimed at people who consider themselves 'informed' and 'independent' of mainstream political views. Take nothing that ever comes from any type of Deep State propaganda outlet at face value. Do a bit of research and go discover how many news outlets you currently 'trust' originated from the BBC/MI5 World Service- when the BBC correctly anticipated the coming impact of the internet, and started to craft 'national' news outlets using people that had had a long history of working at the World Service. This stuff isn't hidden or secret- it just doesn't get much exposure. But the BBC, by its very nature, cannot hide its trails. The BBC (via its many tentacles) is at the heart of the fantasy version of current events in the Middle East. Never forget that so deeply is the BBC embedded, it was a BBC journo who accidently announced the collapse of WTC7 building on 9/11 (the one not hit by a plane) ***before*** it happened. The BBC actually, as a major psy-op, encourages fools to mock it. What you laugh at, you don't think to fear. It's why political satire has always been a massive part of the British poltical system (which the Yanks inhereted). Yet in hopeless nations you get sent to prison for mocking the leaders there. What you laugh at you don't think to fear. And when you don't think, the monsters win.
              Comment on Seymour Hersh leaks the true story about the pseudo-chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun (MUST READ) by Franz   
    This Hersh article with its many, suspect dark dimensions and glimmers of truth, published in the notorious Zionist lugenpresse 'Welt am Sonntag' in occupied Germany, as well as the many splendid and not-so-splendid comments it engendered on The Saker site, made me think of a poem. I know that poetry is usually sent to the cafe and I will post it there too, but this particular poem seems to capture the call heavy labor which everyone here has chosen to undertake in the quest for truth. Until a critical mass of people within a nation become aware of the enormity of seeking for, let alone finding, the Truth, yet do so, that nation will fall, through a death spin, to oblivion. It is only by enough minds pursuing the quest that a nation is upheld in time and space. <b>A Little Learning</b> A little learning is a dangerous thing ; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring : There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. Fired at first sight with what the Muse imparts, In fearless youth we tempt the heights of Arts ; While from the bounded level of our mind Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind, But, more advanced, behold with strange surprise New distant scenes of endless science rise ! So pleased at first the towering Alps we try, Mount o’er the vales, and seem to tread the sky ; The eternal snows appear already past, And the first clouds and mountains seem the last ; But those attained, we tremble to survey The growing labours of the lengthened way ; The increasing prospect tires our wandering eyes, Hills peep o’er hills, and Alps on Alps arise ! Alexander Pope
              Comment on Wordbrain Minotauro soluzioni by Madeleine   
    Grazie a tutti dopo " minotauro 15 " Madeleine.
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              Vlad Miller replied to Vincent Granville's discussion Interesting Math Brain Teaser   
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              SANGRE DE MUERDAGO / NOVEMTHREE - Braided Paths split LP - €16.00   
    AV!027 SANGRE DE MUERDAGO / NOVEMTHREE Braided Paths split LP (2014) A1 Sangre de Muerdago - A Xustiza Pola Man A2 Sangre de Muerdago - Saudades A3 Sangre de Muerdago - Unha Ofrenta de Ósos A4 Sangre de Muerdago - 53º 40,6 N 008º 06,3 E B1 Novemthree - Embracing the Storm B2 Novemthree - Need B3 Novemthree -This is My Home B4 Novemthree - Othala B5 Novemthree - The Serpents Skin Sangre De Muerdago is the brainchild of Pablo, creative musician known for his past in many crust bands for almost two decades, such as Ekkaia, Cop on Fire, Leadershit or Ursus among others. Sangre De Muerdago puts together the four winds to create a world of fairy-like reality. They come once again from the depths of the woods calling up our oldest memories and melodies, and giving the quieter and more melancholic Galician Folk from the late 70s and early 80s a new dimension, where nature, folk tales, old wisdom, mysteries and love get together to bring us to a world of ancient musical enchantment. Hailing from the woods of Tacoma, WA, Novemthree has been releasing small-run CDRs, 7”s and tapes since early 2000’s, crafting gently dark and dreamlike tunes of psychedelic-fringed folk music with verses inspired by a longing for a connection with Nature, the sense of solitude and peace in the vastness of the cosmos, meandering reflections on life and loss. After all these years, the time has come for a long-due vinyl release. For this best match split LP each band has created and recorded brand new songs to dance together on a beauty invocation, on a feast of passion that will awake our sleeping "self", our true soul. Avant! joins forces with german Sick Man Getting Sick, french Boue and Pablo’s own imprint Música Máxica to release a one-time pressing of 500, coming in thick gatefold sleeve & printed innersleeve, with dedicated artwork courtesy of domestic artist and friend BlutTanzt. Stream one track by each band!
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              That Thing Called Trust.   
    Current Mood: Tired, and perhaps a little under-the-weather.

    Current Song: from Saher by Jagjit Singh (it's that kind of day).

    So I started off writing an entirely different blog post, and then it turned into this one. Lately, this has been in the forefront of my mind.

    Yesterday, while having a conversation at some point, my sister said, "It's really hard to trust people."

    It took me as a bit of a surprise actually, because of all the people in my family, she is the one that is most likely to trust someone. I'm the spiney one with the thick armour. I might have been lead armadillo in some previous life.

    This isn't always a good thing, by the way. I've grown up like that. I'm suspicious of people in general (not in the needs-to-be-sedated way). I take apart social responses and relationships and reconstruct them so I can understand them. I would make a fantastic editor because of my proclivity to deconstruct on a regular basis.

    Another among my long journeys. When you look at the very root of my trust issues, therein lies the key. It's more about being able to trust my responses rather than other people. I know myself well enough, but given an ambiguous situation, dealing with myself is more of an issue than dealing with another person. I don't know how I'll react. How my brain will wrap around the situation, what I'll say.

    I've been lucky this year to be exposed to so many new people, many whom I've met through social media, and never in real life. Many have become good friends. This has gone some ways towards allaying my fears.

    I also realize that I have never fallen apart to a point where I haven't picked myself up again. Something must be working inside. Some part of my being (probably the deconstructive/reconstructive one) puts me back together again.

    I still have to learn to trust others. I think it goes hand in hand with learning to trust myself. I realize not everything can be trusted, but I also realize that giving someone or something the benefit of the doubt, is a form of respect. And respect I can do.
              Event Roundup: Camps and Operas   
    Current Mood: Fairly awake despite having quite the late night.

    Current Song: Ave Maria (I was singing a bad rendition in my dream, and it's carried over to waking life).

    This week has been most eventful in a long while. It's not often I'm out and about at more than one event. Being an introvert, I need plenty of time to recover. This week however, I attending two events that I thought to share with you.

    On Monday, I went to something called Foreign Policy Camp. See this post if you want to read what it was. It's always a little bit intimidating to hit up an event without a wing person, but I seem to be getting more and more used to that. It's also very intimidating when there are many people in some very expensive looking suits attending. I'm always afraid of saying something stupid.

    I attended two sessions - one in the morning, and another after lunch - during the day. The first one was about the Global Supply Chain and ethical and sustainability practices in the private sector. For those of you who know, I covered some of this in my thesis. We had wonderful facilitators in Steve Williams from SAP and Esther Speck from MEC. I learned about how sustainability practices are part of their business cases, and that is the way in which they ensure that it isn't just a side project. During the recession, they've been able to maintain many of these practices without letting them fall away. Regulation of these practices seem to be both internally driven as well as by consumers. Both speakers made a great case for sustainability having other benefits such as retention, morale and productivity. I learned a ton from people who actually employ these practices, and it was great to see a real business case rather than a hypothetical one to put things in perspective. I think we're on our way here, people!

    My afternoon session was completely different. What a change! John Monahan, a wonderful facilitator from the Mosaic Institute led a session on the role of diasporas in creating Foreign Policy in Canada. Basically it was in the form of a breakout session where we answered fundamental questions. I guess the general mindframe of the group seemed to be that diasporas are first and foremost canadians, meeting Canadian values. As such, they shouldn't be cherry-picked as experts on the country of origin. It's isolating, probably some form of tokenism, and highlighting a difference that may not necessarily be present. For instance, if someone told me that I'm the expert on East Africa and what do I think of Canada's engagement, I wouldn't know what to say. I've been in this country long enough to have become Canadian. My ideas on how that engagement might occur may offer some new insights, but I wouldn't by any stretch of the imagination by the resident expert on the topic. It was an important thing to realize, especially in the wake of some of Canada's recent interactions with Asia-Pacific and Central Asia. Again, lots to think about, as Canadian Foreign Policy moves to evolve in the next decades. All in all, a wonderful day of meeting new folks and engaging my brain in some much needed intellectual calisthenics!
    You can read this article written in The Mark on Global Citizens by John, for further reading.

    And now for something Completely Different!

    Last night, I attended Vancouver Opera's show for Norma with one of my dearest friends, Michael, as my date for the evening. The show was spectacular. For those of you who may have been perusing the papers as of late, you'll notice articles about Norma popping up everywhere. One of Vincenzo Bellini's famous Bel Cantos this two-act opera concentrates on the central character Norma, a druid priestess, who has a husband Pollione. Pollione falls in love with a virgin of the temple, Adalgisa, and chooses to leave Norma. This doesn't go over so well. And in short, the gates of hell open up.

    This would probably be one of my favourites now, along with Aida from many years ago. The depth of character and richness of sound portrayed by Hasmik Papian, who plays Norma was unsurpassed. Richard Margison, who plays Pollione has a beautiful tenor voice. My favourite parts of course were the stunning duets performed by Norma and Adalgisa. And the big bang choral number was a wonderful ending to the night. I've been the opera before, a handful to times, and this is by far one of the most captivating ones I've seen in a long while.

    Thanks to Vancouver Opera's Opera Under Thirty Program, we got fabulous seats. I'm always a little disappointed when I don't see young folks at the opera. There are great programs such as this one out there to encourage young people to go and see the arts, and I really encourage you to take advantage of them (before you hit your 30's and have to pay full price! Gasp!)

    All in all, a wonderful week, with wonderful new learnings. Sorry for the rambling. I hope I've satisfied my fellow policy nerds as well as my fellow art lovers. I shall write again next week. Until then, stay well :)
              DARK DAY - Hands In The Dark 12" - €14.00   
    Dark Entries continues to work in reverse chronological order to re-issue Dark Day’s debut single “Hands In the Dark.” Dark Day is the minimal electronics brainchild of Robin Crutchfield following his separation with no wave band DNA. For the first incarnation of Dark Day, Robin recruited Nina Canal from The Gynecologists and later UT on guitar and Nancy Arlen from Mars on drums. . They recorded two songs for a 7″ single, released in 1979 on Charles Ball’s Lust/Unlust label. Off-kilter jerk-like guitar and energetic acrobatic tom-tom tumbling fuse with queasy lurching keyboards and “cold medicine” vocals. This single stepped away from no wave towards what was going on in the U.K. with The Normal, Robert Rental and Throbbing Gristle. After this single Dark Day would regroup with Robin on synthesizers and vocals, Phil Kline on guitar, Barry Friar on drums and guest Steven Brown of Tuxedomoon on saxophone to record the “Exterminating Angel” album. In 1981, the song “Trapped” was released as a 12″ EP backed with “The Exterminations (1 Thru 6).” For these six instrumental tracks, Robin went back into the studio with the master tapes, flipped them over and played them backwards. Altering track assignments, speed and reverb effects, he rode the faders in and out, creating short “exterminations” of the original songs. The result is Crutchfield’s favorite Dark Day release. All songs have been remastered from the original reel to reel tapes for vinyl by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley. The vinyl comes housed in jacket featuring a self-made cartoon of Robin Crutchfield to announce the release of the 7″ in 1979. Each LP includes a double sided 11×17 fold-out poster with lyrics and photos and song notes by Robin and Nina Canal.
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              THE FEELING OF LOVE - La Peur Est Une Illusion: Singles 2006-2008 LP - €10.00   
    LAST COPY!! The Feeling Of Love - La Peur Est Une Illusion: Singles 2006-2008 LP (La Face Cachée) €13 Compilation of the early 7"s & unreleased tracks. Brainchild of Frenchman Guillaume Marietta, the three-piece have become known thanks to their brand of schizoid-devil-synth-blues awash in a sonic pastiche of late 80s Jon Spencer, White Light/White Heat and Sonic Youth. Equally as known for their ridiculous song titles (I Am Nothing But A Drunk Pussy, I Hate All Bands, The Right Bitch At The Right Place) as they are for their remarkable live performances. A savage best-of!
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              I Want to Strangle my TA   
    As you may or may not know, I recently started my education again and have quickly become disillusioned with the entire institution.



    This first class is so banal I want to scrub my brain with comet cleaner and bleach. My fellow “students” wouldn’t know a spell-check button if it leaped up and bit them in the ass, they cannot seem to communicate in anything other than rudimentary Neanderthal text slang, nor can they form coherent sentences.



    If I read their posts out loud in a Russian accent, they may on occasion make some sense. The “Instructor” (and I use the term loosely) has not ever actually responded to a discussion directly, as in, give actual personal feedback.



    NO.



    He posts only links to YouTube Videos, I’m serious. Not a single OUNCE of personalized direction to a single student. Never once address the complete and utter mutilation of the English Language that takes place from EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY CLASSMATES.



    EVERY.

    SINGLE.

    ONE.



    I think I am the ONLY student who is seeking an actual degree and not “Homeland Security” or “Medical Billing” dime-a-dozen online degree programs.



    Then, the TA marks me down for; get this, not INDENTING Paragraphs.



    1.) This is online discussion and never is it stated that is a requirement.

    2.) In fact your PDF on “Paragraph Guidelines” never mentions it; the document itself does not have indented paragraphs.



    When you marked me down you cited that I was expected to know that you follow antiquated APA guidelines and the Purdue OWL method. Another University’s guidelines. How was I supposed to magically obtain this information when it is not presented in any instructions or your own universities PARAGRAPH GUIDELINES PDF DOCUMENT?



    You also marked me down for a “Failure to provide personal examples of my key points.”



    How did you expect me to do this when I am LIMITED to two paragraphs? That is rather inhumanly possible to do. I gave you a concise and to the point THREE paragraph essay (I already went over the limit and that was nearly the death of me frankly.)



    So I protest my lowered grade and you frankly insulted me with this sentence describing how to provide detail in 2 paragraphs:



    “This compels the writer to be specific and concise, which is an important skill to learn.”



    I believe I have this concept understood. Especially, and I hate to sound arrogant, when I am just beyond frustrated, but in dealing with the online classroom environment so far and the terrible spelling, grammar, chatspeak, and similar nightmares of mutilated English language skills that I have encountered in just a few weeks I’m beginning to question my choices in choosing Ashford. The standards don’t seem particularly high if what I have seen so far is anything close to the “norm”. So sufficed to say I was rather shocked that I was being marked down for demonstrating restraint and “being concise and to the point” when the comparative “curve” is anything but.



    Compared to my classmates written communication skills, I feel like I’m in a room full of chimps that can maybe “sign” for a banana after they fling POO at that janitor.



    Not to mention your god damn enrollment ”cheerleader” calls me every fucking day to “check my progress” and I tell her point blank I think I’m in a room full of morons, the teacher is absent and not earning his paycheck, the TA is grading on standards NOT DISCLOSED and I’m seriously considering yanking myself out of your university completely.



    I’m paying for an education I am NOT receiving and if I have to look at one more post in comic sans with a person who cannot spell the word “you” or “step” or another BASIC three or four letter WORD correctly I will stop being politically correct and giving people HONEST feedback that will NOT be sugar coated anymore.

    Or I will simply tell you to shove my financial aid up your ASSES, call Sallie Mae and revoke my approval of funds and sue you for breach of contract. Because I am certainly not learning a damn useful thing in this BOGUS introductory class of nothing but COMMON SENSE bullshit. I am ready to gouge my eyes out with a spork if I have to read one more post that reads like Ralphie Parker’s “Theme” on the Red Ryder BB Gun from a Christmas Story. I expect that kind of essay from a ten year old, NOT from a working professional adult who should have cultivated communication skills beyond that of a forth-grader!







    At least Ralphie knows how to spell. He shames every single one of my classmates in that department.



    Why yes, I’m slightly pissed off can you tell?
              Comment on The SPLC: Another favorite academic primary source falls apart by Rusty Writer   
    If we accept the claims in this article, it still leaves out the most important point: After 40 years of 'change' claims, every major, decades-old Christian ex-gay ministry from the US to Australia closed forever. Leaders admitted no Christians had changed from homosexual to heterosexual. This confirmed what every medical association had long explained: sexual orientation is not a choice. "Pray away the gay" and "pay away the gay" therapies failed totally. Reparative gay conversion therapy, which was never scientific or medical (religiously based in spite of denials) was proven in court (JONAH case) to be consumer fraud. The supreme court affirmed this ruling by deciding not to even hear the appeal of the gay-curing quacks who the medical experts said healed nobody and harmed many. Brain scans show differences for homosexuals vs. heterosexuals with fetal brain scans showing those areas of difference begin to form in utero. Science has gone way past the original gay gene theory, discovering the role of epigenetic markers and hormones which interact with genes in the development of sexuality. But, what is the alternative explanation to being born gay? Freud's 1890's speculations that childhood traumas determine sexual orientation. One would expect compassion from those who hold this position since traumas like rape do great harm, more than a child can deal with. Yet, sadly this has not been the conservative stance.
              Movie Blog: Rats, Brains, Secrets And Cigarettes   
    Addiction Incorporated, despite its dull and archaic-tasting title, is an engaging documentary about the science suppressed by the smoking industry and the people’s struggle to uncover the truth about what the arrogant, intimidating, obscenely rich tobacco bigwigs knew and withheld about the addictiveness of cigarettes.
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    A brainstorming session organised by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) mouthpiece Organiser on 'Politics of violence in Kannur' here on Saturday turned out to be a lukewarm affair with representatives of major political parties, except the BJP, ...

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              5 Ways to Slow Down Your Summer   

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    Come September, it’s as common as back-to-school ads; people everywhere remark on how quickly the summer flew by.  With May we entertain summer visions of lazy days spent reading, swimming, and relaxing, and before we know it the summer has passed by in a flurry of activities and social engagements.  Wouldn't it be nice if we could slow things down a little this summer? We think so, too.  That’s why we’ve come up with the top 5 ways you can stretch out and calm down your summer: 

     

    1. Change it up.  You know how summer days, holiday vacations, heck – even afternoons seemed to last an eternity when you were a kid?  That’s because everything was new to you and your brain was working on turning those experiences into new memories.  When faced with new and different events, our brains tend to perceive them has having lasted longer.  So that means that driving to an unfamiliar part of town to eat lunch at a new restaurant, followed by a hike on a new trail is likely seem to stretch out that day more than the same old-same old routine.
       
    2. Unplug and be present.  If there’s one surefire way to lose great chunks of time, it’s likely to be lounging on your sofa, phone or tablet in hand, surfing articles or playing games.  Sure, it might feel relaxing, but it’s definitely not an effective way to stretch out and enjoy your summer days.  Instead, dedicate a couple of afternoons and evenings per week to being screen-free, and being completely present with your loved ones.  Play a board game.  Go on a nature walk.  Find a new recipe (in an actual cookbook) and make a dish from scratch. 
       
    3. Practice smart self-care.  Let’s face it.  If you’re tense, anxious, or fatigued on an ongoing basis, then that will become your personal theme for the summer, causing your days and weeks to blur together in a flurry of stress.  However, if you can approach your summer days from a place of relaxation and contentment, then that’s the direction your days will follow.  Be sure to keep regular appointments with your Elements Massage therapist during the summer weeks.  Doing so will help you to maintain quality sleep patterns, a lower level of perceived stress, and loosened muscles that are ready for fun.  Plus, if you’ve got kids around, by doing this you’re sending them a valuable message of the importance of quality self-care.
       
    4. Focus on the quiet.  Have you ever noticed how easy it is to fill our environment with constant stimuli and noise?  This summer, why not spend an hour simply listening to the outdoor sounds of birds, squirrels, and dogs?  Bonus points if you catch a sunrise or sunset while doing so.  Time will creep by slowly, and for once you’ll be so glad it does.
       
    5. Try a DIY.  Have you always wanted to build a birdhouse?  Or perhaps make a few mosaic-style stepping stones for your garden?  Trying your hand at creating an item for your home or yard is not only fun and frugal, but the finished product can really set apart this summer from the rest, as you’ll look back on your summer creation for years to come.

     

     

     

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              How to Handle Tax Day Stress   

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    It’s often said that Tax Day is, for many, our least-favorite day of the year.  If finances and employment are stressful for you on a regular basis, then it makes sense that you’re not a fan of the one day in the year that shines a big, unforgiving spotlight on those very issues.  In fact, 69% of us blame our stress on financial issues, and 65% of us blame it on our jobs.  So really, for many people Tax Day is like the equivalent of a root canal, flu shot, and food poisoning all in one day.  Given the subsequent anxiety and tension that often comes from this day, there’s a decent chance that at this very moment you could use some ideas for healthy ways to manage your stress. 

     

    1. Stop stress responses in their tracks.  Recognize how you tend to process stress, ideally before it hits head-on.  If you often resort to binge behavior like overeating, drinking too much, or smoking, try to consciously derail those behaviors by not allowing yourself to purchase your vises, and letting your loved ones know what you’re trying to stay away from.  Be intentional about putting healthier stress-busting practices into place before the stressful moments set in.  For example, set up regular walking or running dates with a friend, or regular appointments with your massage therapist.
       
    2. Find the reason underneath.  What is it that gets you worked up about Tax Day?  Is it the worry about not having enough money?  Is it anxiety about not being organized enough?  Make an ongoing commitment all year long to set yourself up for success.  Treat yourself to a new receipt organizer, or an appointment with a financial planner to discuss how much of your income needs to be squirrelled away so you don’t owe anything come April 15th
       
    3. Nourish your inner calm.  Did you know that stress can weaken our immune system?  Don’t respond to stress by eating the traditional “comfort foods” like macaroni and cheese or sweets.  Instead, load up on antioxidants like those found in fruits and vegetables to give your immune system a boost.  (Bonus tip: dehydration can cause production of the stress hormone cortisol.  So drink up to stay healthy and stress-free!)
       
    4. Grade your stress.  Do you have actual, concrete reasons to stress, or are they cases of the “what-ifs”?  Centuries ago, Michel De Montaigne famously said, “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.”   While this quote has made people chuckle over the centuries, excessive worry is no laughing matter.  Worry has actually been linked to a greater tendency toward dementia, lower IQ, premature aging, and shrinking brain mass.   Plus, it can put strain on your relationships.  If your stressors are more abstract than in-front-of-your-face reality, say a hearty adios and focus on the issues, and the blessings, in your life right now.
       

    Tax Day stress doesn’t have to be inevitable.  Make a commitment to yourself now to be straight-A-student prepared for next year, with receipts and paperwork in order.  For now, get some stress-managing techniques in place, pronto.  One of the most effective ways to battle stress right away is with an appointment at Elements.  With your YOUtopia program, you can let your massage therapist know that you’re stressed, and where you’re feeling tension, and then simply lie on the table and let him or her do the rest.  Tax Day is a reality, but it doesn’t have to get the best of you.


              Spring Growth and Renewal Is Not Just for Nature   

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    The winter months are officially behind us, and SPRING has sprung.  All fussy springtime snowstorms or unseasonable heat waves aside, spring was made official on Monday.  We are always happy for spring’s arrival for so many reasons; the budding trees, the greening grass, and the slowly warming weather are so wonderful.  But what we really love is the spirit of renewal and growth that comes with spring. 

     

    If you take a minute to look around and notice the transformation happening around you, you can’t help but be in awe.  In fact, we think that nature can be a really great source of inspiration for your own springtime renewal and growth.  Let’s take some cues from nature, and see how we can SPRING into action. 

    1. New blossoms and buds.  See that tree over there?  Right now it’s churning with its efforts to create new leaves and longer branches.  What we see on the surface is only a fraction of the miracle that’s happening inside.  We can be like that, too – constantly planning new ways to grow and produce, and our heads always churning with new life and ideas. 
       
    2. Winter coats, buh-bye.  We should do as well as the animals shedding their thick fur coats.  They’ve got the right idea – why carry around what will only make you hot, confined, and uncomfortable during the summer?  Maybe your extra is a few pounds of your own “winter coat” that need to be shed through exercise and healthier eating.  Or perhaps your extra involves a relationship that needs to be gently released.  Your extra could even be a bad habit that’s been weighing you down.  Examine what’s been feeling heavy and unnecessary, and consider whether it’s something you can shed this spring.
       
    3. Speaking of animals . . . they’re waking up.  Similar to the bear that’s been out of commission for a few months, maybe you have some waking up to do.  Like maybe you can stand to wake up to gratitude about being so blessed.  Or maybe you can wake up to the fact that it’s time for a change.  Or, in a more literal sense, perhaps it would be good for you to wake up a little earlier each morning.  Starting the day with some quiet time for prayer, meditation, or soul-nourishing reading could be a game-changer with how you feel for the rest of the day.
       
    4. Babies abound (awwwww).  Many animals have mating cycles that bring about an influx of new births around this time of year.  Babies – be they human, bird, or mammal – have a way of making us want to be a little gentler, speak a little more softly, and smile a little more.  And, really, who in our lives wouldn’t benefit from us adopting those habits on more permanent basis?
       
    5. And then there’s the rain.  Nature just knows that come this time of year, some additional moisture is in order.  How else to feed and fuel all of the new life waking up and developing?  And as for you – how’s your own water intake?  Without proper hydration, your brain function, energy level, immune system, digestive system, and temperature regulation all suffer.  Knock back a few extra glasses every day to keep you properly fueled and performing at your best.

     

    Springtime growth and renewal at Elements means that we are committed to nurturing all aspects of YOU and your health.  Through our Youtopia program you can be a key player in your own wellness.  Whether it’s being able to get matched with a massage therapist who is just right, or getting a massage that is focused on the areas that YOU need, we care that your massage is all about you.  Let springtime become your favorite season for a whole new reason: a whole new you. 


              Don’t Leave Your Health To Luck   

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    If you consider yourself healthy, chances are you work for it.  No matter how much “luck o’ the Irish” you’ve got running through your veins, good health doesn’t simply happen.  It’s not something you’re born with like curly hair or long toes.  Good health is about daily, intentional choices that you make.  However, even the healthiest among us can get in a rut or lose sight of our health intentions.  With March being National Nutrition Month, we thought it fitting to talk about good nutrition.  Not just eating plenty of veggies (although that is a great idea), but developing and maintaining good “nutrition” for all aspects of your life. 

     

    Nutrition for your mind

    Feeding your mind well will help you to reach your intellect potential.  So what is healthy “food” for your brain? 

    • Maintaining healthy, close relationships, and fixing broken ones
    • Developing and maintaining spiritual connectedness
    • Taking up a new hobby or interest
    • Cleaning out the excess STUFF around you.  Yank those ill-fitting clothes from your closet.  Clear out the junk from your garage.  Open home space = Clearer mind

     

    Nutrition for your soul

    • Ditto on the close relationships.  A 2002 study conducted by Seligman and Diener found that those who reported being the most happy were the ones with “strong ties to friends and family and commitment to spending time with them.”
       
    • Volunteer.  Talk about a win-win.  Not only does volunteering help to address a societal need, but there are huge benefits for you as well.  Volunteering can help you reduce stress, keep depression at bay, and keep you mentally stimulated.  And the more you do it, the more you reap the positive rewards.
       
    • Get out.  Drive to a nearby hiking trail, scamper down the path a bit, and just breathe.  The vastness and beauty of nature can help put your issues in perspective.  And then there’s the inevitable gratitude that results from seeing such majestic beauty.
       
    • Seek out therapy.  Massage therapy, that is.  Between the aromatherapy featured in our oils and the feel-good hormones released through the massage, you’ve got a “therapy” session that can’t be beat.  And this kind of therapy comes complete with immunity-boosting, sleep-promoting benefits, too. 

     

    Nutrition for your body

    • Exercise.  This one is a bit of a cheat answer, because exercise actually stimulates your brain, lifts your mood, and is great for all parts of your body.  Get your 30-45 minutes in, 3-5 times per week for maximum results.  You’ll also notice a difference in your energy, your skin, and your muscle tone.
       
    • Quality in, quality out.  Focus on the quality of your food, versus the quantity.  Less white, processed food, more rich whole grains.  Protein, fiber, lots of colorful produce, and plenty of omega-3’s will keep you feeling satisfied, energized, and fuller for longer.  And after eating well for a few weeks, you’ll notice that what you offer to others around you will be of higher quality, too. 

     

    St. Patrick’s Day may be the “luckiest” holiday of the year, but when it comes to nutrifying your entire body, soul, and mind, luck has very little to do with your success.  A few simple steps and tips, and you’ll feel nourished and lucky all year long.

     


              Can Massage Help With My Heart Health?   

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    Come February every year, we’ve got HEARTS on our mind.  However, we’re not thinking about frilly, pink, chocolate, or paper ones.  Rather, we’re talking about the life-giving, tireless organ that beats about 100,000 times a day just for you, every day.  Your heart – the fist-sized pump in your chest that is responsible for sending blood and oxygen to all parts of your body deserves to take center stage once in a while.  This is why we’re always glad when American Heart Month rolls around.  And, given that heart disease is responsible for about 1 in 4 deaths in the United States, it makes good sense that we all take this opportunity to spread the word, spread the heart love, and maybe learn a thing or two about how to best take care of our tickers.

     

    We all know that good heart care includes regular exercise, good food, and low stress.  However, did you know that massage also happens to be great for your heart?  (As if massage needed another item to add to its already mile-long list of benefits.  What a show-off.)

    • Under pressure?  Massage has been proven multiple times to effectively lower blood pressure.  In just one study (found here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18315516?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum ) 263 study participants received a 45 – 60 minute massage.  After the massage, their blood pressure dropped an average of 10mm Hg, and their heart rate dropped an average of 10 beats per minute.  The fact that massage can bring about results this drastic without the use of medication is awfully impressive.
    • We’re a little stressed out.  And our heart pays the price.  Too much stress can lead to cardiac arrhythmias, which prevents the heart from pumping effectively, therefore causing an insufficient blood supply to reach the brain and other organs.  Regular massage can reduce this effect, leading to greater heart and organ health. 
    • Are you sympathetic?  Our nervous system has two modes – sympathetic and parasympathetic.  In sympathetic mode we’re in “fight-or-flight” mode, causing our blood vessels to narrow, heart rate to rise, and breathing rate to elevate.  This stress response also causes or stress hormone cortisol to rise.  Massage can move our nervous system from sympathetic to parasympathetic, which is our bodies’ resting response. 
    • Certain circulation.  Poor circulation can mean trouble for heart health.  The health of your arteries relies on proper circulation, and lack thereof can lead to heart disease.  Massage is a great promoter of whole-body circulation, leading to more efficient blood flow and waste elimination. 

     

    Clearly, massage ranks high on the to-do list for heart health.  Consider the little steps you take now to ensure good health a great investment. If you can do a few easy (and, let’s face it, pleasurable) things like getting a massage now to possibly lessen any symptoms of illness, or other health problems later, isn’t it worth it?  Not only that, we love the fact that doing this simple act can improve quality of life both now and later.  We wish you a happy American Heart Month now, and a happy heart for years to come. 

     

     


              Integrative Reflexology® 101   

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    When you think of reflexology, what comes to mind?  Questionable storefronts in strip malls?  Claims that your kidneys are connected to your pinky toes?  Far-fetched pseudo-medical fiction?  What if we told you that reflexology is, in fact, a valid and valuable wellness practice?  What if reflexology is not only just something you should think about trying, but ends up becoming a vital part of your own wellness self-care?  Feel like you need some schooling on the topic?  Yeah, we thought so.  Read below to get the facts about reflexology, and why Integrative Reflexology® is a great “must-try” for your next appointment at Elements Massage™.

     

    • Reflexology, by definition, is the treatment of conditions and ailments by massaging points on the hands, feet, and head that are thought to be linked to other parts and functions of the body, such as the organs and systems.

     

    • Your feet, where much reflexology is centered, contain more nerve endings per square inch than any other area on your body.In fact, the sole of your foot contains over 200,000 nerve endings.Your feet and ankles also contain roughly ¼ of the bones found in your entire body, and over 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments.No wonder we want you to take care of your feet!

     

    • It is believed that reflexology was first performed by ancient Egyptians, around 2400 B.C.There is also evidence that it was in practice in early Japan, China, and India.Reflexology has gained popularity in the US over the last 30 years or so, and continues to grow as more people embrace this form of massage as a necessity for good health.

     

    • A few of the hundreds of examples of how different areas of the body can be positively affected by reflexology:
    1. Your four smaller toes contain paths to your sinuses
    2. The tip of your big toes are linked to your brain
    3. The area under your baby toe is linked to your shoulders
    4. The ball of your foot, under your big toes, contains a path to your heart

     

    • Having the art of reflexology performed on you during a massage can bring about an increase in energy and a deep relaxation simultaneously.It can also improve digestion, help cure sleep disorders, reduce chronic pain, help relieve allergies, and reduce depression.

     

    Elements Massage™ is proud to feature Integrative Reflexology® at our studios.  Integrative Reflexology® is a unique and exciting wellness practice that combines the ancient art of reflexology with the full-body massage that you’ve grown to love at Elements Massage™ .  By combining these two healing practices into one massage session, you’re sure to have a superior experience, and are really getting the most out of your appointment.   Integrative Reflexology® is especially beneficial for those who experience swelling in their ankles, legs, or feet; or those who are in great need of an extra dose of relaxation. 

     

    If your New Year’s Resolutions include putting your health and wellness at the top of your priority list, then making an appointment at Elements Massage™ for an Integrative Reflexology® massage is a great first step.  Feel free to contact your closest studio if you have questions about this, or any of our types of healing massage.  May 2017 be your healthiest year yet. 


              Want to Avoid Holiday Stress?   

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    Endless shopping mall traffic.  Long, winding lines at every retail location.  Harried postal workers.  Impossibly-long to-do lists.  ‘Tis the season indeed.  In an otherwise lovely season of joy and giving, holiday stress can sometimes sneak its way into our best intentions and get the better of us.  And while you really want to be sipping hot tea and watching the snow fall, you’re instead frantically tracking your online shopping deliveries and fake-smiling your way through an acquaintance’s ornament exchange party (your 3rd this month). 

     

    It’s no secret that stress is not kind to the body.  Ongoing stress can disrupt your sleep, compromise your immune system, raise your blood pressure, and cause headaches, not to mention what it does to your muscles and tendons.  If you need some stress-handling tips, pronto, we’ve got some great ideas for you to use right away.

     

    • Sniff some citrus.  If you’ve always loved the scent of oranges, lemons, limes, or grapefruits, it’s for good reason.  Research has shown that some citrus scents can raise norepinephrine, a mood-boosting hormone.  You can get your aromatherapy fix by snacking on plenty of the healthy fruits, of course.  Otherwise, you can experiment with essential oils.  You can make your own room spray or body spray (recipe idea here http://helloglow.co/natural-air-freshener/), or use an essential oil diffuser in your home.  

     

    • Hit the road – on your feet, that is.  The rhythm of your footsteps during a brisk walk can have a meditative affect, and help you mull things over in a different, more relaxed way.  Not only that, the dose of vitamin D you’ll get from being outside, no matter how weak that winter sun is, will serve as a mood and energy booster as well. 

     

    • Less is more.  Less shopping, fewer social gatherings, and more calm quiet can greatly reduce your perceived stress level.  Be okay with RSVP’ing a polite “no, thank you” to a couple of your less-loved holiday season invites.  And then, that night, when you’re relaxing on your couch with your comfy clothes on, you’ll be oh-so happy you did. 

     

    • Change it up.  If your yearly neighborly kindness act of baking loaves of bread for your entire cul-de-sac (or co-workers, or church group) is feeling a little burdensome this year, feel free to change it up.  There’s no shame in swapping out the homemade for a tasty store-bought snack.   Or, instead of spending hours baking, cooling, and packaging your treats, consider a quick impromptu coffee hour gathering.  Face-to-face time with your friends can be the best stress-buster around.

     

    • Get those knots out.  Keeping up with regular massages during the holiday season can do wonders for your stress level.  Your massage therapist will work to soothe, smooth, and lengthen muscles that get so easily knotted up by stress and tension.  If your shoulders aren’t all bunched up and tight, you’ll feel better mentally as well as physically.  Plus, massage helps to combat anxiety and stress at its root – your brain.  Massage can release stress-busting hormones that can make us feel better almost instantly after lying down on the massage table.

     

    As you’re rushing around, focusing on the gifts and kindness you can bring to others this holiday season, don’t forget to lavish some kindness on yourself, too.  You deserve it, and after taking care of yourself you’ll even more energy to spend with your loved ones, celebrating what these holidays are truly about.


              3 Reasons Why You Need to Book Your Next Couples Massage   

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    Couples massage may be something you’ve seen depicted in movies, heard advertised around Valentine’s Day, or even seen, and skimmed over, on our menu of massage options.  In this massage experience you and a loved one are in the same room, and receive individual massages at the same time, from two different massage therapists.  If you’ve never considered booking a couples massage, let alone received one, you’re not alone.  Sadly, it’s one of the most underutilized massages on our menu.  However, there are some great reasons why you should consider this unique, exceptional massage experience for you and someone special for your next appointment . . . AND why you might rethink who the other half of your “couple” should be.

     

    • Getting a massage with your significant other is often a no-brainer.  After all – why wouldn’t you want your loved one to experience the same euphoric, relaxed feeling you get after your massages?  A few other good reasons: romantic couples who try new things together bond more closely, and will continue to grow together in other ways, too.  Also, putting aside your busy schedules and prioritizing each other in this way can make you both feel valued to each other.  Lastly, massage possesses the incredible ability to bring recipients into the present moment.  With couples experiencing stress about matters of the past or worries about the future, being able to ease into the present moment together is both therapeutic and refreshing.  And, receiving physical healing at the same time as this emotional comfort is double win.

     

    • How about having this wellness experience with a dear friend?  While you may initially feel a little embarrassed about getting undressed in the same room as him or her, rest assured that complete discretion is totally feasible when one of you enters the room first, gets undressed, and fully covered (eye area included), before the second friend enters.  A couples massage can be a great time to catch up on each other’s news and talk through thoughts and issues.  Or, you can simply relax and be silent, relishing in the knowledge that you and your friend are coming alongside each other in your quest toward your health and well-being.

     

    • When it comes to siblings or other family member, you guys have shared everything.  Whether it’s been clothes, snacks, the bathroom, or just the same eclectic relatives, sharing is simply a part of who you are, and the story you have together.  Experiencing this integral part of your health routine together is a great way to share a part of yourself with a family member.  And when you’re looking for a special gift for a family member, especially the one who’s a little hard to shop for, why not give them a doubly-wonderful gift – the gift of your time, and the gift of a relaxing massage.  They’ll never forget the experience, we promise.  Heck, with a little planning, your family can make getting a massage together part of a wonderful gift-giving tradition. 

     

    Have more questions about couples massage?  Your therapist, or other staff at Elements Massage, will be happy to answer all questions you might have.  We urge you to give couples massage a try – you might be surprised at the bonding connection you and a loved one will experience. 


              Does Aromatherapy Help With Anxiety?   

     

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    It’s the obsessive thoughts.  Or the overwhelming worry.  The sweaty hands and heart palpitations, and even the fear of making small talk at a party are often telltale signs.  Even though you haven’t slept well for days, you still feel way too wired to fall asleep.  It can also manifest itself into chronic bowel irritability – yikes!  If you suffer from regular anxiety, then these symptoms are uncomfortably familiar to you.  Writer and politician John Lubbock once said that “a day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.”  Anxiety is life-altering, and can make the sufferer miserable – you know this all too well.  Do you also know that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in in the United States?  A whopping 40 million adults experience chronic anxiety; that’s 18% of our population, or one in every 5.5 of us.   

     

    Unfortunately, most people who experience anxiety either don’t treat the illness at all, or resort to prescription drugs immediately, without considering alternative therapies.  The prescription drugs, while effective in treating anxiety symptoms, are not without their own set of symptoms.  Many people report experiencing cognitive difficulties and dizziness.  And, ironically, the withdrawal symptoms of many anti-anxiety medications actually include anxiety.   

     

    If you are one of the millions of anxiety sufferers, you may be yearning for a safe, all-natural possible anxiety aid.  If so, and if your doctor agrees, consider trying aromatherapy.  Unclear about what, exactly, aromatherapy is?  When you get your massage, and enjoy the scents of eucalyptus, citrus, lavender, and other botanicals used by your massage therapist, you’re reaping the benefits of aromatherapy whether you realize it or not.  The scents of the oils stimulate nasal nerves, which then in turn send impulses to the areas of the brain that control emotion and memory.  The affect the fragrances have on you depends on what oil was used, as each oil has specific influences on your mind and emotions.   

     

    For anxiety specifically, sweet orange, lavender, and bergamot are very effective.  Other oils to try include lemon, Roman chamomile, rose, sandalwood, and clary sage.  To enjoy their scents and experiment their efficacy on your anxiety, try using an oil diffuser to disperse the scent throughout a room.  Or try making a simple room and body spray by mixing three ounces of water, one-half tablespoon of vodka, and 15-40 drops of your desired oil(s) in a four-ounce glass spritzer bottle.  Shake well before each use, and spray in the air or on your body to help keep anxiety at bay.   

     

    Keep in mind, too, that massage helps tackle the physical ramifications of your anxiety (think: near-constant jaw-clenching, balling of fists, shoulder-hunching – ouch!) If you have specific needs, requests, or questions about which of our oils or oil blends might be optimal for you, just ask your massage therapist.  The best part of incorporating aromatherapy into your daily arsenal is that it is completely safe, natural, and is void of side effects when used properly.  And considering that anxiety costs the United States around $42 billion per year, it seems that a less-expensive, all-natural, totally accessible anxiety fix is in high need.  Consider regular massage your health insurance, preventative medicine, and an ongoing fix for your stress and anxiety.  And because Elements studios use only high-quality oils for your massages, you can be sure that we are an impactful piece of your mental health, physical health, and overall wellness.  


              Is Prenatal Massage Really Necessary?   

    If you, or someone you’re close to, are expecting a child, you are all-too familiar with the dull aches and sharp pains in the feet and back, the swollen limbs, and fatigue that comes with pregnancy.  It sometimes seems that new pregnancy symptoms can develop just as rapidly as the baby growing inside.  Sure, with the added weight to your body, a nice foot rub at the end of the day would be lovely, but should you really seek out a prenatal massage from your massage therapist? 

    Let the morning-sick, puffy-ankled expectant moms of the world shout out a resounding, “YES!” 

    Massage happens to be an extremely valuable tool in your prenatal arsenal.  Need to be convinced?

    • The parasympathetic system, which helps to regulate food digestion, lower heart rate, and lower blood pressure, is stimulated by massage.  When in parasympathetic mode, even sleep quality is better.  Last we checked, every single one of these things are on a pregnant mom’s “yes, please” list.
       
    • As the body gradually gets used to what is essentially carrying a low-slung front pack 24 hours a day for months, the muscles strain, knot together, and compensate to support the growing baby.  Not to mention the havoc this wreaks on a previously-pretty posture.  A prenatal massage can soothe and unknot strained muscles, and keep the posture in alignment.
       
    • When pregnant women experience the swelling of their ankles, feet, or hands, it’s often caused by poor circulation due to a heavy uterus putting extra pressure on major blood vessels.  Massage prompts healthy circulation of the blood and increases circulation of the lymph system, which carries tissue waste out of the body.
       
    • Massage reduces cortisol and norepinephrine, hormones associated with stress, and increases serotonin and dopamine, dubbed the “feel good” hormones.  This is important for everyone, but becomes even more significant with pregnancy.  Studies have shown that a great amount of persistent stress in a pregnant woman can lead to an earlier delivery, lower birth weight, and even differences in the baby’s brain development. 
       
    • In yet another case of “life isn’t fair,” it happens that the immune system of a pregnant woman becomes compromised so the woman’s body doesn’t reject the growing fetus as something “foreign.”    Massage is a great, natural way to bolster the immune system.  It promotes the strength of the natural “killer cells” and decreases T-cells. 

    A quick note about prenatal massage safety: Some massage therapists will prefer to wait to perform a massage until after the first trimester, when the risk of miscarriage lessens.  This is more of an issue of therapist liability than of massage safety.  Also, because there are some significant differences between standard massage and prenatal massage, do see a therapist who is familiar and experienced with prenatal massage.   As always, consult your regular physician before you schedule your massage and be sure to voice any questions or concerns to the staff at Elements.  We care about your wellness, your baby’s wellness, and always want your massage to be the most therapeutic as it can be, no matter your stage of life. 

     


              The Wonderful Benefits of Our Massage Oils   

    There are so many aspects of a massage that make it great. There is the calming music, the comfortable massage table, the expertise of your massage therapist, the knowledge that you’re doing great things for your body and mind, and the SMELLS. Whether the scents of the massage oils used by your therapist are noticed by you right away, or they linger in your subconscious, they are no accident, and do way more than just smell great. Here we will take you through all of the great oils we offer, why we use them, and how they can benefit you. 

    • Eucalyptus: since ancient times, this oil has been used to relieve congestion and headaches.  It also has a cooling effect on the skin, and is used to treat pain. It is a strong disinfectant for skin, and stimulates the immune system.    
    • Lavender: perhaps the most popular essential oil scent, the benefits and uses for lavender are impressively expansive and varied. You may already know that lavender helps to promote relaxation, but did you also know that it can relieve anxiety and depression, fight insomnia, and treat respiratory problems? When applied topically, it can disinfect skin, bring pain relief, and improve blood circulation. 
    • Our Vitality blend is rejuvenating and calming. We use many different botanical oils that have a cleansing, refreshing effect on the body.  We include geranium, which has a lovely, stress-reducing fragrance, and can ease inflammation and lower blood pressure. We enjoy the bergamot in this mixture, which creates a feeling of energy and joy, and can increase circulation.  The sage that is added to this blend is uplifting, and helps to combat mental fatigue.
    • Our Radiance blend includes a distinct touch of pine, which has a stimulating effect on the mind.  Pine has also been used to treat skin conditions and reduce inflammation. We incorporate citrus into this blend, which has a wonderfully positive effect on mood, elevates feelings of well-being, and brings energy. Vetiver is also added, which emits a cooling effect on the body, and can help ease insomnia, increase libido, and is antiseptic when applied topically. 

    Essential oils have been used for medicinal, therapeutic purposes for thousands of years in Rome, Greece, Egypt, India, and China, but only became popular in the United States in the 1980’s.  Experiencing aromatherapy through massage is a great way to begin to appreciate essential oils. You get the combined benefit of a therapeutic massage, the healing properties of the oils’ effects on your skin, as well as the benefits of breathing them in. While scientists are sometimes unclear as to how or why aromatherapy is effective (some say that the oil scents stimulate areas of the brain and influence mental, physical, and emotional health), the effects of essential oils are tried and true. If you’re not sure which oil or oil blend is the right one for you, discuss the options with your massage therapist. Give each one of them a try (but maybe stick to just one per massage),


              The Wonderful Benefits of Our Massage Oils   

    Lavender Massage Oil

    There are so many aspects of a massage that make it great. There is the calming music, the comfortable massage table, the expertise of your massage therapist, the knowledge that you’re doing great things for your body and mind, and the SMELLS. Whether the scents of the massage oils used by your therapist are noticed by you right away, or they linger in your subconscious, they are no accident, and do way more than just smell great. Here we will take you through all of the great oils we offer, why we use them, and how they can benefit you. 

    • Eucalyptus: since ancient times, this oil has been used to relieve congestion and headaches.  It also has a cooling effect on the skin, and is used to treat pain. It is a strong disinfectant for skin, and stimulates the immune system.    
    • Lavender: perhaps the most popular essential oil scent, the benefits and uses for lavender are impressively expansive and varied. You may already know that lavender helps to promote relaxation, but did you also know that it can relieve anxiety and depression, fight insomnia, and treat respiratory problems? When applied topically, it can disinfect skin, bring pain relief, and improve blood circulation. 
    • Our Vitality blend is rejuvenating and calming. We use many different botanical oils that have a cleansing, refreshing effect on the body.  We include geranium, which has a lovely, stress-reducing fragrance, and can ease inflammation and lower blood pressure. We enjoy the bergamot in this mixture, which creates a feeling of energy and joy, and can increase circulation.  The sage that is added to this blend is uplifting, and helps to combat mental fatigue.
    • Our Radiance blend includes a distinct touch of pine, which has a stimulating effect on the mind.  Pine has also been used to treat skin conditions and reduce inflammation. We incorporate citrus into this blend, which has a wonderfully positive effect on mood, elevates feelings of well-being, and brings energy. Vetiver is also added, which emits a cooling effect on the body, and can help ease insomnia, increase libido, and is antiseptic when applied topically. 

    Essential oils have been used for medicinal, therapeutic purposes for thousands of years in Rome, Greece, Egypt, India, and China, but only became popular in the United States in the 1980’s.  Experiencing aromatherapy through massage is a great way to begin to appreciate essential oils. You get the combined benefit of a therapeutic massage, the healing properties of the oils’ effects on your skin, as well as the benefits of breathing them in. While scientists are sometimes unclear as to how or why aromatherapy is effective (some say that the oil scents stimulate areas of the brain and influence mental, physical, and emotional health), the effects of essential oils are tried and true. If you’re not sure which oil or oil blend is the right one for you, discuss the options with your massage therapist. Give each one of them a try (but maybe stick to just one per massage), and figure out your favorite. And then just lie down, breathe deeply, and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the aromatherapy. 

     


              5 Reasons Massage Makes a Great Father's Day Gift   

    great gift idea for fathers day

    Want to celebrate your best friend? Your sister’s birthday?  Make Mother’s Day that much more special? Massage, massage, and massage, right?  It’s a no-brainer.  And for Father’s Day?  You’ve got that protocol down as well – a barbecue utensil, maybe some cologne, and handmade cards from the little ones. The truth is, even if you didn’t get him anything, he probably wouldn’t raise a fuss. However, considering that this is the guy who probably taught you a thing or two about throwing a ball, riding a bike, and James Bond movie appreciation, you want to make sure his day is a special one. 

    Because he took care of you for all of those years, why not make sure he’s taken care of, physically and mentally, also? What? You’ve never considered treating Dad to a Father’s Day massage? We think it’s just the thing for Dad. (Hint-hint: great idea for your hubby as well! We’re guessing he wouldn’t complain about a couple of hours away from the kids’ “endless love.”)

    Here are the top 5 reasons that a massage is THE gift for the dad in your life:

    1. His mood.  Kick his feel-good hormones up a notch, while helping his stress levels to recede. Massage does that. It has been proven to raise serotonin and oxytocin (his “all-is-right-with-the-world” hormones) and lower cortisol (stress) hormones, that are linked to weight gain.
       
    2. His athletic prowess. Or, at least, his athletic ambitions.  Massage can improve range of motion and flexibility as the therapist works on muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments. For true therapeutic relief, receiving several massages on a regular basis will be even more helpful. Not only that, but massage can help muscles recover faster. This means that even with all that time throwing little ones in the air and playing tag, or playing golf and doing yardwork, your weekend warrior can have a little shorter “oh my aching back” recovery time. A big win for him AND you. 
       
    3. His pressure. Blood pressure, that is. If his tends toward the too-high levels, massage may help. Studies have shown that those who receive massage can experience a decrease in blood pressure readings. A pill-free hypertension aid?  Yes, please. 
       
    4. His posture. Whether due to age or too much hunched-over screen time, he can start to lose his straight spine and shoulders. If not corrected, improper posture can lead to strains and injuries in other muscle groups, feet, and permanent posture damage. Massage helps to elongate muscles to allow proper posture. Bonus: standing up straight helps us to feel more confident, have increased feelings of dominance, and feel more self-assured. An Ohio State University found that participants standing upright felt more confident, while slumped-over felt more unsure of themselves. 
       
    5. His health. Massage increases circulation, improves the immune system, and can even reduce depression. As far as already-present health issues, massage can help many of those, too. Many folks with health conditions such as carpal tunnel, arthritis, and fibromyalgia can feel relief from the painful, irritating side effects of these health issues when they seek out regular massage.

    While the cologne, travel coffee mug, and homemade “I.O.U.” coupons are great gifts, and surely treasured, doesn’t it make more sense to give him the gift of physical wellness and emotional health? You’ll both be glad you did.

    Purchase a gift card here.


              Top 5 Reasons Why Massage is Beneficial for Women   

    All the moms in the group: raise your hands if you’ve scheduled your kids’ dentist, orthodontist, pediatrician, and allergist appointments for the next year, but have no idea when your own check-up is even due. Women in the workforce: how many lunch breaks have you sacrificed because a friend needed a chat or a ride, or a supervisor needed that report “right now?” If you have parents, neighbors or friends who count on you for help, chances are, you put their needs ahead of your own health endeavors in a heartbeat. As women, we tend to wear our mile-long list of obligations (and resulting exhaustion) like a badge of honor. In actuality, letting our own health take the backseat is doing a disservice to our loved ones. Not taking care of ourselves sends a message of self-unimportance to those looking up to us, and makes us less effective in support of those we care about.

    For the last 17 years, the US Department of Health and Human Services has implemented and recognized National Women’s Health Week. The week-long observance runs May 8th through May 14th this year, and serves as a nation-wide encouragement to women to make their health a priority. While massage is beneficial for everyone, we’d like to zero in on the health benefits of massage for women in particular.

    1. Sleep on it. Massage has been proven to improve quality of sleep. Proper rest is vitally important for all of us. Sleep becomes even more important, and hard to achieve, if you’ve entered, or are about to enter, menopause or peri-menopause. 
    2. Your immune system will thank you. With the wide array of germs that you come in contact with on a regular basis, your immune system could use a little bump. Because, let’s face it, when the many hats you wear go down for the count, it’s not pretty.
    3. Feeling stressed? We’ve got a massage for that. In a 2010 study reported by The New York Times, participants who received regular Swedish massage experienced decreases in cortisol (stress hormone) levels, and increased oxytocin (trust hormone) levels.
    4. Let it flow. Massage improves blood circulation, which benefits everything from your muscles and arteries to your organs. Proper circulation will help your memory stay sharp and your brain remain strong. It even helps your skin to be healthy.
    5. Massage helps keep the aches and pains away. If you’ve been the unlucky recipient of your dad’s arthritis, your mom’s scoliosis, or the constricted tendons that landed all over your family tree, you’re all-too familiar with the daily tightness and pain that comes with these body maladies. Receiving regular massage can help keep your muscles, joints and tendons loose and more supple. It can improve your range of motion and help to lengthen muscles contracted by knots and tight spots.

    Not only do we extra celebrate women this week, but we’d like to also honor you by being a key player in your quest for improved health and wellness. We know that taking steps toward maintaining your own health will ensure that you, and others, are enjoying your very best self. 

     


              How to Fight Stress During National Stress Awareness Month   

    You’ve got your yoga studio schedule memorized. Relaxation-inducing essential oils line your cupboard.  Your online music selection features a litany of soothing instrumentals, you could keep an elevator filled with harp music for weeks. You know, and regularly dole out, various deep-breathing techniques (“sniff a flower, blow out a candle”). And . . . still. Somehow, as self-care savvy as you are, the ugly effects of stress still seem to worm their unwelcome way into your daily life. Whether it’s snapping at your bank teller, stress-eating your way through the entire two months of Girl Scout Cookie season, or simply lying awake at night when every anxious thought has a way of ballooning to near swollen hysteria, stress takes a toll. If you find yourself feeling the stress vibe, you’re in good, albeit frazzled, company. The Huffington Post in 2014 estimated that a little over 1 in 4 of the 2,500 participants surveyed had experienced a “great deal” of stress in the past month. And statisticbrain.com reports that 77% of us “regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress.” Given that April is National Stress Awareness Month, we thought we’d offer a fresh look at stress, and some tips to combat its ugliness.

    Is it worth it?

    Perhaps you’ve heard that famous quote by Mark Twain dozens of times: “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” Well, as is often the case with old, classic, cliché quotes, this one rings truth loud and clear. In this case, it’s a genuine proven point. The Huffington Post actually studied this phenomenon, and found that a full 85% of participants’ worries never came to fruition. That’s a lot of stress-eating, tense back muscles and furrowed brows for no reason. Is it possible that some of your reasons to fret are simply not worth it? It’s very possible, in fact. Exciting research shows that it’s actually possible to “re-track” your brain’s train of thought. Our mind tends to travel in ruts – the old and familiar thoughts over and over. Digging a new worry-free track can take a lot of work and repetition, but in the end your body and mind will thank you.  (More information on rewiring anxious thoughts here: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/01/09/how-to-train-your-brain-to-alleviate-anxiety/)

    Preemptive stress reduction

    While learning how to head off tension before it gets too far is a valuable technique, sneaky stress still has a way of getting to us – our quality of sleep, our shoulder and back muscles, our blood pressure, our digestive system and our mood can all take a beating when we feel worried or overwhelmed. Luckily, our body is remarkable at repairing itself; this repair is greatly aided and accelerated by massage therapy. Massage is a well-documented tool in reducing so many of stress’ side effects.  During a massage, what you feel is your therapist working to smooth out knots and kinks. What you won’t tangibly feel is your circulation and immunity improving, your blood pressure lowering, your mood rising and your cortisol being lowered. 

    Until we all become masters at obliterating stress before it can take root, or learn to simply not worry about things, it’s nice to know that we have a worthy stress-opponent in our arsenal. Learning to not rely on other, less healthy ways for dealing with stress is difficult, but is an endeavor that’s worth your time and effort. Plus, we’re thinking you could use an extra excuse to put down that package of Thin Mints.


              4 Habits to Keep You Happier and Healthier into Your Golden Years   

    Aaahhh, the golden years.  The idyllic-hazed lifestyle of cozy cardigans and slippers.  Quiet afternoons spent reading and napping are interrupted by only the occasional game of bridge or slow shuffle around the park.  Chamomile tea is sipped every afternoon before a 4:30pm dinner, and then it’s a rousing dose of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune before heading off to bed. (We’ll pause here while any retirees reading this can finish wiping away tears of laughter at this description.)   

    Chances are instead that the fit person with the kettle bell next to you at the gym, the youthful grandma chasing her 5 grandchildren around the zoo, and the artist featured on the walls of the hipster coffee shop are just a few of the nearly 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day.  Retirement does not have to be a 20-year sedentary siesta, but can be, for many people, an exciting phase of life that allows new ventures and a more active social life. 

    However, like most good things, working your way to a healthy, fulfilling retirement takes planning and habit-building.  Below we’ve laid out 4 habits that are worth building now to ensure happier, and healthier, golden years.

    1. Make a friend.  Or even better, several.  Seniors with strong social interactions are less likely to experience depression, anxiety, or high blood pressure, and can have a stronger immune system.  Studies have found that those with friends are generally happier and healthier than those without.  Exercise or art classes, volunteer sites, church activities, and common-interest groups can provide a bounty of friendship potential.
          
    2. Be purposefully active.  Aside from the endless, gold-star list of other reasons why physical activity is great for you (including that it reduces stress, keeps your immune system in check, and helps keep you at a healthy weight), exercise can be a crucial piece to your physical functioning as you age.  Fear the thought of no longer being able to dress or bathe yourself?  Rush University Medical Center in 2011 found that retirees who are more active (and social!) have a greatly decreased risk of becoming disabled.  It’s apparently a tough battle to win, as during that very same year, CBS reported that retirees spend an average of 43 hours per week watching television.  Yikes!
       
    3. Get on that hobby horse.  Remember how you’ve always wanted to learn to make pottery?  Or learn German?  Or paint with watercolors?  Not only will your work-free schedule allow you the time to take up a new hobby, but your mind and emotions will thank you for it.  Given that the age that most people retire happens to coincide with the age that most people start to experience age-related brain decline, developing several mentally demanding hobbies will help stave off depression, as well as keep your mind sharp and active.
       
    4. Take time to take care.  With all of the exercise, socializing, and hobbies you’ll be doing, don’t forget that taking care of yourself via regular massages continue to be vitally important for your physical and mental well-being. Retirees who receive regular massages tend to sleep deeper and longer, leading to better brain functioning and a greater sense of well-being.  Massage can also help prevent painful age-related conditions involving the joints, back, and neck. 

    Retirement will include more downtime and relaxation for sure (okay, watch a complete season of “Seinfeld” if you must), but these golden years should not be purely a multi-decade catnap.  Developing these few healthy habits now, and keeping them strong into retirement, will make your retirement years much more golden.


              Leap Into Those Extra-Day Dreams   

    couple playing on the beachIf you were granted a gift of an extra hour that was yours, free and clear, with which to do whatever you wanted, what would you do?  What about an extra six hours? How about an entire day? It doesn’t take long for the brain to start spinning with options and ideas, and before long, we’ve got an arm-length list.  Would you sleep? Enjoy a lengthy hike? Cuddle with a loved one? Maybe you’d finally play that board game that your kids got last Christmas? The anomalous Leap Day is right around the corner – one of the rare times when it really does feel like the whole world is given an extra day. While it’s possible that many folks will not get to fill their extra day fantasies, given that February 29th falls on a Monday, this day can help us to examine our priorities, and how well we are, or aren’t, living them out in our day-to-day. How we envision our own “perfect” day is usually an indicator for what we’d like to see more of in our lives.

    If you would choose to slumber the whole day away, you’re likely not alone. A 2013 Gallup poll reported that 40% of Americans are getting less than the 7 recommended hours of sleep per night. If you’re one of the unrested masses, perhaps it’s time to take a fresh look at your evening schedule. Can you squeeze in a bedtime that is even 20 minutes earlier than your usual? Or if it’s the quiet calm of sleeping that you crave, can you devote the last 15 minutes of your day to an electronics-free, on-your-own meditation or prayer session? If every day feels like a too-tall order, perhaps commit to 4 days a week of granting yourself some extra rest.

    If, in your extra-day dream world, you’re up to your elbows in movies, crafts, and games with your family members, that’s a sign that perhaps some quality family time is in order, pronto. Considering that unadulterated family time is often better in smaller doses anyway, maybe ponder some ways to amp up your family’s quality time together on a regular basis a few times a week. Hint: with family time, the key word is intentional. It’s easy to have everyone in the same room, but be mentally miles apart in their own little screen-induced la-la land. Dinners together, evening board games or outdoor walks are enjoyable, easy ways to reconnect with your most-loved ones.

    Did your mind immediately start moving toward a day of practicing some long-overdue self-care? If things like going for a long walk, getting a massage and re-reading your well-worn favorite book are on your extra-day list, it sounds like it might be time to pay more attention to taking care of YOU.  If you’re on a regular massage schedule with your massage therapist, decreasing the time between massages by even a few days can be a welcome, healing change to your routine. Aside from this, think about ways that you can incorporate “stolen luxuries” to your day. Can you grab an extra 10 minutes of your lunch hour to simply sit outside, enjoying the sun and sounds? Can you throw your responsible eating plan to the wind once a week, and indulge in a stop at your favorite gourmet ice cream shop? As long as you’re responsible most of the time, treating yourself to some decadence is not only fun, it’s also good for your willpower long-term. Holding yourself to permanent perfection standards pretty much ensures that you’ll overindulge in the near future, while allowing some grace for splurges will make your good efforts seem a little easier.

    A whole day to do whatever you want is fun to daydream about.  Although it may not be possible to devote an entire day to doing whatever you want, incorporating some sought-after aspects of your life that currently seem in short supply can make the regular days seem like ideal days.


              Couples Massage + Valentine’s Day = a Healthy Gift you Both Deserve   

    couple's massageYou know the day is coming.  All those red and pink flowers and pastel-tinted conversation hearts can’t be wrong. Valentine’s Day is upon us, and you and your sweetheart are wondering just how to celebrate. You tick off the ideas, one by one. Dinner out?  Too crowded and busy.  Movie theater?  Sounds okay, but a little boring.  Stay in and binge on cashew chicken and Netflix sitcoms?  No way, buster. Your loved one is worth a little care, a little pampering, and deserves a Valentine’s Day that expresses how great you think he/she is. Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered. What’s a solution that is a gift and a date idea, all rolled into one? One that will even improve your quality of life? It’s clearly time to book an Elements couples massage for you and your honey. 
    (Bonus: If you’re swinging it single this year, no big deal. How much fun would it be to grab your mom, sister, or girlfriend for a special “Gal-entine’s Day” celebration that will renew and refresh you both?)


    During a couples massage, you will both be in the same room, on two separate massage tables, with two certified massage therapists. You like deep pressure, and want focus on your lower back, while your partner needs intense work on their legs?  No problem. Your massage will be catered to your needs, just like it always is, and your partner’s will be catered to them. You’ll be allowed to chat, or you may choose to simply enjoy the silence.


    So WHY does a couples massage make for the perfect Valentine’s Day experience?

    • A couples massage is a great way to introduce a partner who may not be familiar with massage to how amazing it can make you feel. Sometimes a massage newbie might feel a little nervous or insecure about the experience, and having a loved one there will make them feel more reassured. Plus, after they experience one for themselves, they might be even more supportive of your own massage regime.
       
    • Couples who branch out a little from the norm and try new things together, grow in new ways together. An effective way to bust the complacency that can sometimes come with long-term relationships is to develop new interests together. It’s even better if this new experience is one that is therapeutic and rejuvenating.
       
    • You know that bright, euphoric feeling you get during and after your massage? Massage releases the “feel-good” chemicals in your brain, making you feel happier and more affectionate. Sharing those fuzzy feelings with your partner only increases the bond you have together.
       
    • It’s therapy, but of a different kind. As your massage therapists each work to lengthen your muscles and soothe your knots, your breathing will slow, your minds will relax and you’ll each find that your stress is reduced. You and your sweetheart will both feel cared for, which may allow you both to let go of any little, nitpicky things couples bicker over, and just enjoy each other in your soothed state.
       

    What will happen when both halves of a couple are relaxed, de-stressed, and content?  Sounds to us like the backbone to a truly memorable, healthy, and happy Valentine’s Day. Here’s to your best life, your best love, and starting a tradition of well-being that you both deserve.


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              Reducing the Stress of Getting Through Finals   

    As summer settles in and academic years wrap up in the last few parts of the country, stress levels for both students and their parents can be elevated as everyone is crunched for time studying for finals, finishing class projects and preparing for all of the activities associated with the end of school. To help manage this commonly stressful school transition time, parents and students can turn to the following quick and easy tension-easing tips.

    Manage Time, Manage Stress

    When students get into the crunch time of finishing final essays and studying for their last exams, proper time management can help minimize stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. While all-night study sessions aren’t the best strategy for studying for finals, if your kids find themselves cramming in extra study hours, Olcott says to make sure they’re taking regular breaks to give their brains time to digest the information they’re taking in. For every hour of studying, schedule 10-minute brain and body breaks so your kids can step away from their studies to stretch their bodies and relax their minds.

    “Your brain has two tiers of memory – short term and long term,” explains Lori Olcott, massage therapist at Elements Highpointe. “When you fill up your short-term memory, then you need to give it time to soak in and move into your long-term memory. This approach can help kids perform better because they’ll have a stronger grasp of what they’re learning, instead of taking in everything quickly and losing it as soon as they regurgitate it on the test.”

    Another big component of proper time management is making sure your kids get a solid amount of restful sleep leading up to their exams or turning in a challenging academic project. Getting good, adequate sleep can be crucial for reducing the mental and physical stress of preparing for finals.

    “More and more studies are coming out showing how important a full night of sleep is to your body’s health, your body’s ability to cope with stress and your brain’s ability to retain information,” shares Olcott. “Getting enough sleep is so crucial for both parents and kids during this time of year.”

    Breathe In Calming Clarity

    The pressure to excel, the uncertainty of where your kids are going to rank in grades and test scores, and the stress of going through the lengthy process of getting your kids into college or limited-admission private or charter schools can really weigh down a family this time of year. Olcott believes that trying to keep things in perspective is one of the most important stress-relief practices for both parents and kids.  She also suggests setting up calming elements in your house to help reduce stress and anxiety.

    Encouraging your family to take a few deep breaths at the breakfast table before starting off your day or setting up 10 to 15 minutes of scheduled downtime right after school before studying can help clear any tension that might have built up throughout the day. Additionally, using natural aromatherapy scents in your home such as lavender to calm and soothe or mint to promote focus and clarity may help to maintain a more stress-free environment at home and while studying.

    Exercise to Increase Memory, Promote Better Grades

    Most would agree that exercising is beneficial to your total health and wellness. But your brain is no exception when it comes to exercise positively influencing capability and performance. In fact, experts believe that a moderate amount of intense exercise can improve your memory and may even help your kids score better academically.

    Twenty minutes of intense exercise three times a week can not only help your kids get physically fit, but academically stronger. And incorporating active breaks during study sessions may even lead to more effective study habits as well.

    “When kids take breaks while they study and move around, it gets blood moving around and tissues are nourished as fluids move throughout the body after long periods of sitting,” explains Olcott. “Getting out and exercising can also help stimulate blood flow that helps to bring the brain back in line and receptive to the information your kids are studying.”

    Encourage, Support Your Kids’ Efforts

    Many kids carry around a lot of stress this time of year because they are worried about letting their parents down by not performing to the high standards they think will make their parents proud. It’s always important to encourage and support your kids, but during high stress times like the end of the year make it a point to tell them that you have faith in them and you know they will do their best.

    Olcott advises parents, though, against doing the work for their kids and letting them off the hook if they don’t actually put in the proper time and work needed to be successful.

    “Encourage your kids and let them celebrate their victories.  But don’t let them slough off the consequences, either,” says Olcott. “As parents, it can be a real challenge to find the middle ground sometimes of helping out your kids and letting them discover lessons on their own.”

    Keep your household’s stress in check by incorporating some of these anxiety-and-tension-reducing suggestions into your kids’ study routine. Helping your kids minimize and release their stress will not only help with improving their performances as they close out the end of school, but it also can help instill healthy habits for your kids and your family that can carry on throughout the year.


              Massage as a Career: What Does It Take to Be a Great Therapist?   

    Massage TherapistAs holistic healing becomes more popular in our society and as individuals turn to more rewarding initial and second careers, the massage therapy industry is seeing a solid flow of students, graduates and therapists in the massage field. The American Massage Therapy Association® estimated at the beginning of this year that there are 300,000 to 350,000 massage therapists and massage school students in the United States. And, the U.S. Department of Labor in 2012 reported that it expected employment for massage therapists to increase 20 percent between 2010 and 2020.

    Colleen O'Connor, massage therapist for nine years and studio owner at Elements Louisville East for seven years, believes that it takes a mix of solid massage technique, business sense and client intuition to successfully approach massage therapy as a career.

    Adopt the Ability, Attitude to Learn, Grow

    The first step to starting out in a career as a massage therapist is similar to many other industries in that you need to choose the appropriate education, hands-on training and testing paths that will lead to earning all of the requirements in your specific field. The AMTA reported this year that there are more than 360 accredited schools and programs in the United States and the average amount of initial training for massage therapists is 642 hours.

    The specific certifications and training requirements for massage therapy typically varies from state to state.  So make sure that you research what is required in the state you choose to practice in before embarking on the journey of becoming a massage therapist.

    “You shouldn’t dive into becoming a massage therapist without doing your due diligence,” advises O’Connor. “It’s important to find a school that fits your philosophies and how you envision receiving your training. Visit the schools, audit the classes, talk to teachers and call graduates to see if they were able to go out and get a job after graduating.”

    Even after you finish your preliminary massage education, the best therapists that O’Connor has seen excel in the industry are those who are dedicated to growing their toolbox of knowledge through ongoing training and experience. The type of people that O’Connor looks for when hiring new therapists are those who have positive attitudes toward lifelong learning and training, as well as those who are accountable, dependable and willing to work through the Elements service path.

    “It’s attitude more than aptitude that makes a difference to me when I’m looking to bring new therapists on board,” says O’Connor. “As long as you have a good foundation and understanding of how the muscles run throughout the body and a good working knowledge of anatomy and physiology, we’re willing to bring people in and train them on how to succeed as a therapist.

    "One of the things I love about being a studio owner is watching my therapists grow and becoming more confident in themselves as they progress through their careers.”

    Gather In-Depth Knowledge of the Internal Body

    The art of massage therapy can lead to therapeutic transformations for clients and therapists.  But gaining an interest and expertise in the scientific side of the anatomy and physiology of the human body is what can lead to extraordinary results.

    Massage therapists not only need to have in-depth knowledge of  how the body’s muscular system functions and connects, but also realize how all of the interconnections associated with the nervous system, circulatory system and overall body mechanics work together as well. And, O’Connor says it’s important for therapists to understand that they don’t fix conditions, but rather help facilitate the healing process for both the mind and body.

    “The idea of massage is great.  But when you actually see how massage works with a client who wasn’t able to bend over when they came into the studio but then leaves a session being able to tie their shoes, that’s an amazing feeling as a therapist,” shares O’Connor.

    “It’s very powerful to be able to provide that type of experience for our clients and to see the direct results of your efforts as a therapist.”

    Dedicate Yourself to Happy, Healthy Clients

    A career in massage therapy is about having a vision and passion for helping facilitate the healing process for people’s mental and physical ailments. But what some may not realize is that your success as a therapist also hinges on your ability to build clientele and manage the business aspects of massage.

    The bottom line is if you don’t have happy clients, then you can’t make a living in massage. And typically the side of your brain that is passionate about the practice of massage is different than the business-minded part of your brain.

    Both when you start out and as you progress through your massage therapy career, it’s important to adopt a strong business sense so that you can make the proper decisions that will lead to health and happy clients, as well as the growth and prosperity of your career.

    Becoming a great massage therapist starts with setting the foundation of a solid education and dedication to growing your business as you help heal your clients. If you take all of these elements into consideration, you will be well on your way to setting yourself up for a successful career in massage therapy.


              Five Daily Tips to Thrive Therapeutically   

    As the stress of work, family, relationships and personal obligations pile up, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by everything that goes on in your daily life. Before you know it, you can get caught up in a vicious cycle of negative feelings, habits and attitudes.

    To keep your emotional and physical health grounded, it can be helpful to maintain a healthy perspective by focusing on daily therapeutic approaches that can lead to better overall health and well-being. Whether you’re a busy mom or a stressed-out executive, everyone can benefit from pushing out the unhealthy aspects of your life one day at a time with the following five therapeutic tips. 

    SweatSweat It Out 

    Sweating can be one of the most therapeutic remedies for relieving stress and tension while increasing energy levels and positive attitudes. But many people believe they need to set aside an hour every day for cardio or strength training workouts to get the best results.

    When it comes to exercising for the purpose of relieving stress, just five to 10 minutes of any level of activity can do the trick says Shannon Lemire, massage therapist at Elements Needham. Going for a 10-minute walk either outside or on the treadmill can be enough time to download your brain from a busy day and revitalize your spirits. 

    “I think you should approach any new activity little by little so you can set yourself up for success,” explains Lemire. “Anything you do, whether it’s exercising or eating healthy, should be about feeling good about what you’re doing and doing it in small pieces, rather than trying to go about it in really big ways and getting discouraged along the way.”

    Leave Out the Junk

    Most people would agree that soda, chips, sugary treats and desserts can be classified as traditional junk food. But eating refined and processed foods is fueling your body with junk food as well.

    As the old saying goes, “you get out what you put in.” So if you’re fueling your body with junk food, then you will more than likely experience unfavorable results both physically and mentally.

    Food not only can affect how your body looks and feels, but it also can contribute to people’s stress and whether they can handle what comes their way during the day. Lemire suggests removing junk food from your diet one day at a time by swapping out one processed food with one fruit or vegetable each day. 

    “If you’re not eating enough fruits, vegetables and ingredients from nature, then you’re going to wake up most days not feeling great,” explains Lemire. “You also aren’t preparing yourself to function 100 percent throughout the day.”

    Breathe In and Out

    Breathing is simple enough. You do it all day, every day without even thinking about it. But when you’re stressed or busy, your breathing patterns can become short and shallow, which can lead to tension from holding in your full breaths.

    A good daily tension and stress release tactic is to take a minute or two out of your day to focus on deep breathing.  If you work at a desk, it can be as easy as backing your chair up, putting your screensaver on, turning your phone off and just sitting quietly inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. 

    “I’m a big fan of getting in touch with your breath,” shares Lemire. “The simple act of deep breathing will get your stress levels down from a 10 to a three or less in no time. It’s a great quick stress reliever that anybody can do at any time.”

    SmileThrow Out a Smile 

    A smile can speak volumes when it comes to influencing your attitude and the feelings of others around you. When Lemire feels down or is having an off day, she tries to think of one thing that makes her smile to bring her back to a more happy and positive place emotionally. And, when she sees clients come in for a massage not feeling well, the simple act of smiling at them can help lighten up their day. 

    “I’m a big believer in positive thoughts,” explains Lemire. “The simple act of smiling not only makes me feel better, but 100 percent of the time it helps my clients feel better. And it’s nice to see them smile back, too.”

    Take Time Out for Yourself

    The biggest excuse that most people lean on for not being able to live a therapeutic lifestyle is not having enough time during their busy days to focus on their personal health and well-being. In the grand scheme of life, though, if you want to start living a better one then you have to start taking five minutes for yourself each and every day.

    Just like you spend a few minutes daily brushing your teeth, schedule a few minutes of downtime every night before you go to bed to wind down, drink a cup of tea and just let yourself go. Or before you get out of bed in the morning, snooze your alarm for an extra few minutes to stretch out your body from head to toe, take a few deep breaths and set your intentions for the day.

    Taking these few minutes at the beginning and end of your day can lead to making a big difference in your overall approach and attitude toward all areas of your life. 

    “You can always do something for as long as you brush your teeth,” says Lemire. “If I put an exercise like stretching or deep breathing into my phone and time it, it motivates me more and keeps me going. Just make it a priority to take a break and stop for a few minutes to check in with yourself.”

    Daily therapeutics are not only good for promoting a healthy heart and soul internally.  Taking time for yourself can also carry over to being able to better handle external situations in your life like work, relationships and family.

    Start out today taking five minutes to relax and rejuvenate your mind and body. It’ll only be a matter of time before you start feeling healthier and happier.


              Five Daily Tips to Thrive Therapeutically   

    As the stress of work, family, relationships and personal obligations pile up, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by everything that goes on in your daily life. Before you know it, you can get caught up in a vicious cycle of negative feelings, habits and attitudes.

    To keep your emotional and physical health grounded, it can be helpful to maintain a healthy perspective by focusing on daily therapeutic approaches that can lead to better overall health and well-being. Whether you’re a busy mom or a stressed-out executive, everyone can benefit from pushing out the unhealthy aspects of your life one day at a time with the following five therapeutic tips.

    SweatSweat It Out

    Sweating can be one of the most therapeutic remedies for relieving stress and tension while increasing energy levels and positive attitudes. But many people believe they need to set aside an hour every day for cardio or strength training workouts to get the best results.

    When it comes to exercising for the purpose of relieving stress, just five to 10 minutes of any level of activity can do the trick says Shannon Lemire, massage therapist at Elements Needham. Going for a 10-minute walk either outside or on the treadmill can be enough time to download your brain from a busy day and revitalize your spirits.

    “I think you should approach any new activity little by little so you can set yourself up for success,” explains Lemire. “Anything you do, whether it’s exercising or eating healthy, should be about feeling good about what you’re doing and doing it in small pieces, rather than trying to go about it in really big ways and getting discouraged along the way.”

    Leave Out the Junk

    Most people would agree that soda, chips, sugary treats and desserts can be classified as traditional junk food. But eating refined and processed foods is fueling your body with junk food as well.

    As the old saying goes, “you get out what you put in.” So if you’re fueling your body with junk food, then you will more than likely experience unfavorable results both physically and mentally.

    Food not only can affect how your body looks and feels, but it also can contribute to people’s stress and whether they can handle what comes their way during the day. Lemire suggests removing junk food from your diet one day at a time by swapping out one processed food with one fruit or vegetable each day.

    “If you’re not eating enough fruits, vegetables and ingredients from nature, then you’re going to wake up most days not feeling great,” explains Lemire. “You also aren’t preparing yourself to function 100 percent throughout the day.”

    Breathe In and Out

    Breathing is simple enough. You do it all day, every day without even thinking about it. But when you’re stressed or busy, your breathing patterns can become short and shallow, which can lead to tension from holding in your full breaths.

    A good daily tension and stress release tactic is to take a minute or two out of your day to focus on deep breathing.  If you work at a desk, it can be as easy as backing your chair up, putting your screensaver on, turning your phone off and just sitting quietly inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth.

    “I’m a big fan of getting in touch with your breath,” shares Lemire. “The simple act of deep breathing will get your stress levels down from a 10 to a three or less in no time. It’s a great quick stress reliever that anybody can do at any time.”

    SmileThrow Out a Smile

    A smile can speak volumes when it comes to influencing your attitude and the feelings of others around you. When Lemire feels down or is having an off day, she tries to think of one thing that makes her smile to bring her back to a more happy and positive place emotionally. And, when she sees clients come in for a massage not feeling well, the simple act of smiling at them can help lighten up their day.

    “I’m a big believer in positive thoughts,” explains Lemire. “The simple act of smiling not only makes me feel better, but 100 percent of the time it helps my clients feel better. And it’s nice to see them smile back, too.”

    Take Time Out for Yourself

    The biggest excuse that most people lean on for not being able to live a therapeutic lifestyle is not having enough time during their busy days to focus on their personal health and well-being. In the grand scheme of life, though, if you want to start living a better one then you have to start taking five minutes for yourself each and every day.

    Just like you spend a few minutes daily brushing your teeth, schedule a few minutes of downtime every night before you go to bed to wind down, drink a cup of tea and just let yourself go. Or before you get out of bed in the morning, snooze your alarm for an extra few minutes to stretch out your body from head to toe, take a few deep breaths and set your intentions for the day.

    Taking these few minutes at the beginning and end of your day can lead to making a big difference in your overall approach and attitude toward all areas of your life.

    “You can always do something for as long as you brush your teeth,” says Lemire. “If I put an exercise like stretching or deep breathing into my phone and time it, it motivates me more and keeps me going. Just make it a priority to take a break and stop for a few minutes to check in with yourself.”

    Daily therapeutics are not only good for promoting a healthy heart and soul internally.  Taking time for yourself can also carry over to being able to better handle external situations in your life like work, relationships and family.

    Start out today taking five minutes to relax and rejuvenate your mind and body. It’ll only be a matter of time before you start feeling healthier and happier.


              Relax, Repair, Rejuvenate with Swedish Massage Therapy   

    Swedish MassageSwedish massage is one of the most well-known massage techniques in the industry, but it may not always get the credit it deserves when it comes to repairing and rejuvenating both your mind and body. Often overshadowed by the more in-depth and specific modalities such as deep tissue, trigger point and sports massage, Swedish massage techniques have pioneered the power of touch to relax, heal and rejuvenate for hundreds of years.

    “Swedish is a lighter massage that is all about relaxing,” explains Kayla Spicer, massage therapist at Elements Wilsonville. “I like to start out slow and then get deeper as I listen to the body. You should always start with Swedish strokes in any massage because you have to warm up the tissue before you can ever think about going deeper and correcting a certain condition.”

    Relax with Long, Steady Strokes

    The cornerstone of Swedish massage is using long, rhythmic strokes to help the brain and body relax in tandem. Its relaxing, therapeutic nature is one of the many reasons that Swedish massage continues to be one of the most requested and delivered therapy modalities in studios across the country.

    There are five basic strokes attributed to Swedish massage, all of which can be used in the same session to relax and unwind your mind and body. The Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals describe Swedish techniques to include:

    • Effleurage – Repetitive gliding strokes the therapist does with their palms, thumbs or fingertips.
    • Petrissage – Kneading, squeezing or pressing motions used to release muscle tension and reduce knots.
    • Tapotement – Rhythmic tapping motion used to release tight muscles and relax muscle spasms.
    • Friction – Deeply penetrating circular motion used to stimulate nerves and relax muscles.
    • Vibration – This relaxing technique increases blood flow, which helps to promote pain relief and deep relaxation.

    “Being able to relax with a Swedish massage is amazing,” says Spicer. “This type of massage is a great jumping-off point for someone to get introduced into massage.  But it’s also great for people like me who can heal better and more effectively when they’re totally relaxed and able to turn off their brain.”

    Repair Stressed Muscles with Tender Loving Care

    Although considered a gentler touch therapy, Swedish massage is a powerful tool for relieving tense muscles and relaxing tight areas throughout your body. This technique also can help improve your immunity by moving lymph fluids and releasing the body’s natural feel good hormones that can help you heal. You can get many of the same physical benefits of massage with Swedish that you can achieve with other deeper modalities, says Spicer. It all just comes down to what clients need and what level of pressure they can handle.

    “I think that everyone can benefit from massage, but not everyone is willing to go slow, go lighter and focus on the relaxation part,” says Spicer. “There’s a misconception that in order to help someone physically, you have to go in deep to break up adhesions and work the muscles. Sometimes, you can get more benefit by going slow and having a lighter touch. With Swedish massage, the muscles relax and allow you to get deeper so you can do the healing work you need to do.”

    Rejuvenate the Mind and Body with the Total Package of Swedish Massage

    Swedish massage has continued to provide positive results throughout the years for promoting health and wellness for both the mind and body. Studies such as A Preliminary Study of the Effects of a Single Session of Swedish Massage on Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal and Immune Function in Normal Individuals have even found that only one Swedish massage therapy session can positively benefit biological effects on immune functionality and hormones associated with the nervous system.  After only a single 45-minute Swedish massage, the study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that adults experienced an improvement in the immune system by increasing lymphocytes circulation, as well as a decrease in the stress hormone cortisol and other associated nervous system hormones.1

    “I really enjoy Swedish because it allows me to work in a relaxing and therapeutic way,” shares Spicer. “Using all of the different Swedish strokes, you can make a real difference for people both mentally and physically. Swedish isn’t just a basic massage technique. It’s all about using different rhythmic strokes to help the brain relax for a while and allow the body to begin the healing process.”

    If you’re like most people in today’s society that have trouble relaxing and tuning out all of the daily distractions, then Swedish massage may be the best answer to help you unwind, release tension, and start feeling better both mentally and physically. As the building block to most other massage modalities and the basis for typical education in the massage therapy industry, Swedish massage is readily available at almost every massage studio in the country. Just like with any massage, though, it’s important to choose a licensed therapist who listens to your needs and adjusts the pressure appropriately so that you can enjoy all of the mental and physical benefits of a healing touch.


              What Are Some Common Signs of Stress?   

    Danny P.
    Elements Westford

    "There are many indicators that can signal stress in your life and body. Beyond those physical signs of sore and stiff muscles are many physiological and emotional indicators. One of the first is feeling rushed and not having time to get everything done. Waking up at night thinking or worrying about unfinished tasks. Feeling like you have more problems, accidents and things going wrong in your life. You find yourself having no patience with coworkers or family. You find it hard to let go of frustrations. There are also other physical problems such as aches, pains, headaches, insomnia, high blood pressure and fatigue."

    Mandi P.
    Elements Glendale

    "Stress can manifest in many different ways.  Our mental health, as well as our physical health, can deteriorate from chronic stress patterns.  Some of the minor complaints of stress include the inability to focus, trouble sleeping and muscle fatigue, leading to worse symptoms such as extreme weight gain or loss, anxiety or depression if the stress isn't managed."

    Brittney P.
    Elements Centennial

    "Signs of stress are different for everyone but some general ones are headaches, tension, gastrointestinal issues, teeth clenching or grinding, body tension, emotional changes, fatigue, loss of interest, and being scatter-brained."


              Besides Regular Massage, What Else Should Be Part of a Good Holistic Wellness Program?   

    Holistic WellnessSharon D.
    Elements Westford

    "A healthy eating habit, yoga, meditation, stretching, exercise and water should be as important as your massage. Making a few of these a part of your daily life will substantially enchance your well-being."

    Danny P.
    Elements Westford

    "Eating healthy, such as consuming fruits and vegtables on a daily basis, is a wonderful way to keep up your wellness. Also exercising regulary, possibly yoga or meditating, and a positive outlook on life should all be part of a good holistic wellness program."

    Steph P.
    Elements Centennial

    "Chiropractic care, acupuncture, meditation/breathing techniques and regular exercise should also be part of a good wellness program."

    Paul B.
    Elements Centennial

    "I feel that allowing yourself time every day to meditate and clear your mind can help you to have a healthier well-being."

    Tayler W.
    Elements Wilsonville

    "Monthly massage is a BIG part of anyone's holistic wellness program.  Also important is daily stretching and a mindful diet. Try to stay away from preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and fast food which can leave one feeling less energized.

    "Feeling good physically is important; but keeping your mind going is important, also. If you've never done meditation, give it a try. There are many easy beginner follow-along videos on YouTube. Reading a little bit every day works your brain out, too."

    Bonnie V.
    Elements Wilsonville

    "Exercise, stretching, and meditation are great things to do as well since they move both your body and your mind.  It is also very important to do things that make you happy.  Having a good outlook on life is the best thing you can do to prolong your health."


              Lighten the Load on Childhood Stress   

    The stresses that children experience today can quickly pile on as daily homework, school projects, sports competitions and family expectations weigh them down. With overloaded schedules and big ambitions for college scholarships, childhood years are becoming less about just being a kid and more about dealing with all of the pressures to perform your best in all areas of your life.

    “Kids definitely feel more pressure today than they did before from their parents, school and other family members,” says Natasha Williams, massage therapist at Elements Glendale. “If kids are good at something and their families realize it at an early age, some parents then put a lot of stress on those kids to do well and keep up the gift they were given. I think this leads to kids not being able to truly enjoy what they’re good at now because parents have the tendency to push them more than they should.”

    To help lighten the load of stress that children experience at home and throughout their daily lives, it’s important for parents to be aware of the signs of stress and implement healthy lifestyle habits to give even the busiest kids time to relax, unwind and just be a kid.

    Identifying Signs of Stress in Your Child

    As a parent, you always want to do your best to protect your child from negative experiences. But when it comes to stress there will always be daily internal and external influences present that can add extra pressure to your children’s lives.

    While stress may not always be a bad thing if it encourages and motivates a child to tackle a challenging task or experience, it’s important for parents to keep tabs on whether situations or events are causing undo stress and overwhelming feelings in their children. The American Psychological Association offers parents the following tips to help recognize stressful signs and behavior in your children.

    • Be Aware of Negative Behavior Changes: Common changes can include irritability, moodiness, withdrawing from activities, complaining about school, being worried, crying, unusual sleeping and eating behaviors.
    • Know that Feeling Sick can be Caused by Stress: Headaches and stomachaches before certain events or situations can signal stress in children if they’re otherwise healthy.
    • Take Note on How Your Child Interacts with Others: If a child starts acting out or behaving differently at school, during sports or at a friend’s house, stress may be a driving factor for the change in behavior.
    • Listen for Key Words that Describe Stress: Kids may not always know what it means to be stressed so they may use other words like worried, confused, annoyed or angry to express feelings of distress.
    • Offer and Ask for Support: Keeping the lines of communication open between you and your children are important to helping them deal with the stressful situations they face on a daily basis. But, if stress is quickly taking over your child’s life, make sure to seek help from a professional who can help with developing strategies and techniques to overcome the difficult situations that can be fueled by a stressful lifestyle.

    “From my personal experience, my four-year-old son really gets frustrated easier than he normally would when he’s feeling stressed out,” shares Williams. “If kids get cranky and tired easier that’s a good indication that they’re irritated or stressed about something. If my son is a little irritated then I just ask him if he’s all right and touch base with him about what he’s feeling.”

    Let Kids Be Kids

    Times have changed for kids over the years.  But that doesn’t mean that the basic concept of letting kids be kids is an outdated theory. In fact, it is even more relevant today for parents to remember that kids are only young once so it’s important to encourage them to stick to the basics of playing, running around and growing their imaginations as only can be done without the distractions of constant technology, screens and other attention-robbing devices.

    Williams also encourages parents to take a step back and reflect on the happiness of their children and whether they truly enjoy the activities they are involved in.

    “Having fun should be the number one priority for kids and their parents,” advises Williams. “A lot of people who put a lot of pressure on their kids don’t realize that they’re really stressing them out. As long as kids are having fun playing sports or doing an activity, they shouldn’t be worried about wining or stressing out about doing well.”

    Relieve Daily Stresses with Scheduled Downtime

    Just like adults, children need regular breaks from their busy school and extracurricular activities in order to relax, recharge and return to a more stress-free environment. Instead of scheduling trips and events during school breaks, make it a point as a family to stay home for a day every now and again without anything planned.

    Letting your children hang out, play with their toys, kick a ball around in the backyard or just spend time with their siblings and neighborhood friends allows kids’ brains time to unwind for the day and recuperate from their busy daily schedules.  

    “I believe kids today are more stressed out then they were in past generations because back then it was all about playing and just being a kid,” explains Williams. “Now, there’s a bunch of things in school and life that parents put a lot of pressure on their kids about. It’s important for parents to keep in mind that whatever their kids are doing, they should be having fun with it. Always put that first.”

    Williams also suggests that parents bring their kids in for regular 30-minute massages to help children feel relief from the mental and physical stresses of school, sports and family. Williams provides massages to kids who play football and need muscle relief from putting their bodies through rigorous training. She also can help children relax and unwind with a massage that focuses on relieving common tension that kids can carry in their upper back, neck and shoulders.

    Parents can help make their children’s lives more fun, fulfilling and less stressful by not only being aware of how stress can affect your children, but also by making sure that kids are given the time and opportunities to play without a purpose, grow their imagination and have fun. Take a break for your kid’s sake and the whole family can reap the benefits of spending time together unrushed and stress-free.


              Lighten the Load on Childhood Stress   

    Children At PlayThe stresses that children experience today can quickly pile on as daily homework, school projects, sports competitions and family expectations weigh them down. With overloaded schedules and big ambitions for college scholarships, childhood years are becoming less about just being a kid and more about dealing with all of the pressures to perform your best in all areas of your life.

    “Kids definitely feel more pressure today than they did before from their parents, school and other family members,” says Natasha Williams, massage therapist at Elements Glendale. “If kids are good at something and their families realize it at an early age, some parents then put a lot of stress on those kids to do well and keep up the gift they were given. I think this leads to kids not being able to truly enjoy what they’re good at now because parents have the tendency to push them more than they should.”

    To help lighten the load of stress that children experience at home and throughout their daily lives, it’s important for parents to be aware of the signs of stress and implement healthy lifestyle habits to give even the busiest kids time to relax, unwind and just be a kid.

    Identifying Signs of Stress in Your Child

    As a parent, you always want to do your best to protect your child from negative experiences. But when it comes to stress there will always be daily internal and external influences present that can add extra pressure to your children’s lives.

    While stress may not always be a bad thing if it encourages and motivates a child to tackle a challenging task or experience, it’s important for parents to keep tabs on whether situations or events are causing undo stress and overwhelming feelings in their children. The American Psychological Association offers parents the following tips to help recognize stressful signs and behavior in your children.

    • Be Aware of Negative Behavior Changes: Common changes can include irritability, moodiness, withdrawing from activities, complaining about school, being worried, crying, unusual sleeping and eating behaviors.
    • Know that Feeling Sick can be Caused by Stress: Headaches and stomachaches before certain events or situations can signal stress in children if they’re otherwise healthy.
    • Take Note on How Your Child Interacts with Others: If a child starts acting out or behaving differently at school, during sports or at a friend’s house, stress may be a driving factor for the change in behavior.
    • Listen for Key Words that Describe Stress: Kids may not always know what it means to be stressed so they may use other words like worried, confused, annoyed or angry to express feelings of distress.
    • Offer and Ask for Support: Keeping the lines of communication open between you and your children are important to helping them deal with the stressful situations they face on a daily basis. But, if stress is quickly taking over your child’s life, make sure to seek help from a professional who can help with developing strategies and techniques to overcome the difficult situations that can be fueled by a stressful lifestyle.

    “From my personal experience, my four-year-old son really gets frustrated easier than he normally would when he’s feeling stressed out,” shares Williams. “If kids get cranky and tired easier that’s a good indication that they’re irritated or stressed about something. If my son is a little irritated then I just ask him if he’s all right and touch base with him about what he’s feeling.”

    Let Kids Be Kids

    Times have changed for kids over the years.  But that doesn’t mean that the basic concept of letting kids be kids is an outdated theory. In fact, it is even more relevant today for parents to remember that kids are only young once so it’s important to encourage them to stick to the basics of playing, running around and growing their imaginations as only can be done without the distractions of constant technology, screens and other attention-robbing devices.

    Williams also encourages parents to take a step back and reflect on the happiness of their children and whether they truly enjoy the activities they are involved in.

    “Having fun should be the number one priority for kids and their parents,” advises Williams. “A lot of people who put a lot of pressure on their kids don’t realize that they’re really stressing them out. As long as kids are having fun playing sports or doing an activity, they shouldn’t be worried about wining or stressing out about doing well.”

    Relieve Daily Stresses with Scheduled Downtime

    Just like adults, children need regular breaks from their busy school and extracurricular activities in order to relax, recharge and return to a more stress-free environment. Instead of scheduling trips and events during school breaks, make it a point as a family to stay home for a day every now and again without anything planned.

    Letting your children hang out, play with their toys, kick a ball around in the backyard or just spend time with their siblings and neighborhood friends allows kids’ brains time to unwind for the day and recuperate from their busy daily schedules.  

    “I believe kids today are more stressed out then they were in past generations because back then it was all about playing and just being a kid,” explains Williams. “Now, there’s a bunch of things in school and life that parents put a lot of pressure on their kids about. It’s important for parents to keep in mind that whatever their kids are doing, they should be having fun with it. Always put that first.”

    Williams also suggests that parents bring their kids in for regular 30-minute massages to help children feel relief from the mental and physical stresses of school, sports and family. Williams provides massages to kids who play football and need muscle relief from putting their bodies through rigorous training. She also can help children relax and unwind with a massage that focuses on relieving common tension that kids can carry in their upper back, neck and shoulders.

    Parents can help make their children’s lives more fun, fulfilling and less stressful by not only being aware of how stress can affect your children, but also by making sure that kids are given the time and opportunities to play without a purpose, grow their imagination and have fun. Take a break for your kid’s sake and the whole family can reap the benefits of spending time together unrushed and stress-free.


              What's the Best Massage to Get for Stress Relief?   

    Naomi Y.
    Elements Glendale

    "I would have to say Swedish, relaxation and cranial.  Everyone is different.  One client of mine likes deep tissue to relax, while others prefer the lighter Swedish."

    Bonnie V.
    Elements Wilsonville

    "When one is looking to relieve stress the best type of massage for you to receive is all dependent on what type of pressure you like.  If you like deep work and find it relaxing then get a deep tissue.  If you prefer a lighter touch then Swedish is for you.  If you had a week where you really just need for your brain to turn off for a while and do not mind a unique light massage then you should try lomilomi, a Hawaiian-style massage.  But in the end if you want to relieve stress then get what seems best to you."

    Nadine R.
    Elements Centennial

    "I would say I love hot stone because it melts my muscles and gives me a longer period of loose muscles between massages."

    Angel W.
    Elements Florence

    "The primary goal of the Swedish massage is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart.

    "The craniosacral rhythm is felt as a wave motion moving side to side. When an area is restricted or blocked, the rhythm sometimes feels jittery, uneven, or irregular. Using an extremely light touch, therapists hold areas that are restricted or not moving correctly and follow the movement of the fascia and/or energy and patiently wait for restrictions to let go.

    "Reflexology reduces stress by generating deep tranquil relaxation, helping the body balance itself and allowing healing energy to flow."

    Merrissa P.
    Elements Acton

    "If you are mainly looking to relieve stress most people look for a whole-body, deep-pressure Swedish. However, some people would also benefit from cranio-sacral or a chakra balancing session to ground themselves and let go of any negative energy or tension in their body.  It is important to find a massage that truly benefits your individual needs. Everybody has different needs that require different modalities of massage to achieve maximum results. Some may also benefit from myofascial release or trigger-point therapy to balance the body."

    Danny P.
    Elements Westford

    "In my opinion, Swedish or hot stone can be excellent relievers of stress. Moderate pressure and long, slow strokes make for a very relaxing experience. Every client is different, though, and it's really catered to what they need to fully relax and fight stress."


              Release Pressure, Tension, Pain with Reflexology Treatments   

    When most people think about a true therapeutic experience, they often opt for a full body massage to relax and rejuvenate their mind, body and spirit. But what they might not realize is that the simple act of focusing on the reflexology zones in the hands, feet and ears can help elevate their state of relaxation and recovery to new levels.  

    Reflexology dates back thousands of years as a preferred bodywork treatment for promoting relaxation and healing specific pain, ailments or conditions. By focusing on the body’s nervous system and connective energy meridians located in the feet, hands and ears, the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals believe that reflexology is an effective method for addressing common conditions that massage helps as well as an effective technique for addressing health concerns that aren’t typically accessible with regular massage, including problems with internal organs or body systems.

    “There are hieroglyphics of reflexology so the practice has been around for a lot longer than most people realize,” explains Paul Banks, massage therapist at Elements Centennial. “There are also strong links to Chinese medicine and Native American medicine. I’m a big believer in reflexology because it really works. I add reflexology into all of my sessions as an extra relaxation component because it’s good to help you relax and let everything go.”

    Get Into the Zone

    Massage therapists who use reflexology during their massages focus on applying pressure to a certain place on your foot, hand or ear that corresponds with the specific zone and area of your body where you are feeling pain or discomfort. The overall premise of reflexology is that your body is divided into 10 vertical zones that run the length of your body, says Banks. Each of your fingers and toes represent one of the zones, connecting the nerve endings in your extremities to relieving pain in the corresponding area of your body. Reflexology also can help stimulate body energies and optimize organ functions.

    “The main philosophy of reflexology is that the meridians of the body’s 10 zones are connected throughout the entirety of the body,” explains Banks. “Once you begin to understand and study a reflexology chart, you begin to see how everything is connected and how it’s a natural way to relax your mind and body.”

    According to the Maine Council of Reflexologists, there are approximately 7,200 nerve endings in each foot, 2,500 in each hand and 435 in each of your ears that correspond to every part of your body. These nerve endings also are responsible for sending messages to the brain about the specific area in the body that is stressed or in pain so that the brain can respond by producing endorphins to naturally heal the area of concern. Overall, the most common areas in your body that reflexology can help improve include the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic system, as well as sensory stimulation, biomechanics and relaxation responses.  

    Hands and Feet Connect the Body and Soul

    Our hands and feet might be the furthest extremities from the core of our body, but they are two of the most important areas to focus on during a massage to promote relaxation and healing throughout the body. Using simple kneading strokes and applying pressure on various areas of the hands and feet can help increase the circulatory functionality of the body, increase relaxation and decrease pain in corresponding zones that align with specific areas on the foot and hand.

    The soles of the feet and the palms of the hands tend to hold the majority of the sensory areas for reflexology work. It is these areas that Banks focuses on during his sessions to give his clients an extra relaxation component during their massage session.

    “People wonder if it is coincidental that I’m rubbing a certain area on their hands or feet and they end up feeling relief in other parts of their body as a result,” shares Banks. “But, reflexology really works and I’m a big believer in its positive effects for my clients. I have repeat clients who come in for a massage session and say that whatever I did last time with their hands and feet really helped in the other areas of their body where they were feeling discomfort.”

    The Power of the Ear Relaxes and Alleviates Chronic Pain

    In addition to helping clients feel relaxation and relief through pressure points on their hands and feet, Banks also likes to focus on the earlobes to help relieve tension and stress in the eyes, mouth and head areas. The earlobes are a key area to helping calm down your mind and body’s stress levels.

    If you’re feeling uptight or stressed out, Banks suggests rubbing your earlobes to calm yourself down and start enjoying the basic relaxation results of reflexology. He also has had great success with using reflexology in this area to help alleviate the pain associated with chronic headaches and migraines.

    “Every time I have a client come in with a headache, I’m able to get rid of it for them by using reflexology techniques,” explains Banks. “In fact, I’ve had clients who have suffered from migraines and after I’ve given them a reflexology treatment it has significantly lessened the severity of the pain. They also don’t get migraines as often.”

    As stress levels continue to rise throughout your daily life, finding techniques and strategies to help calm your mind and body is important to your longevity and outlook on life. Reflexology is a therapy option that can help to enhance the relaxation benefits of a regular massage while stimulating your body’s natural energy zones and connective properties. Give a little more focus to your hands, feet and ears during your next massage therapy session and reap the benefits of a truly therapeutic healing experience.


              Release Pressure, Tension, Pain with Reflexology Treatments   

    When most people think about a true therapeutic experience, they often opt for a full body massage to relax and rejuvenate their mind, body and spirit. But what they might not realize is that the simple act of focusing on the reflexology zones in the hands, feet and ears can help elevate their state of relaxation and recovery to new levels.  

    Reflexology dates back thousands of years as a preferred bodywork treatment for promoting relaxation and healing specific pain, ailments or conditions. By focusing on the body’s nervous system and connective energy meridians located in the feet, hands and ears, the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals believe that reflexology is an effective method for addressing common conditions that massage helps as well as an effective technique for addressing health concerns that aren’t typically accessible with regular massage, including problems with internal organs or body systems.

    “There are hieroglyphics of reflexology so the practice has been around for a lot longer than most people realize,” explains Paul Banks, massage therapist at Elements Centennial. “There are also strong links to Chinese medicine and Native American medicine. I’m a big believer in reflexology because it really works. I add reflexology into all of my sessions as an extra relaxation component because it’s good to help you relax and let everything go.”

    Get Into the Zone

    Massage therapists who use reflexology during their massages focus on applying pressure to a certain place on your foot, hand or ear that corresponds with the specific zone and area of your body where you are feeling pain or discomfort. The overall premise of reflexology is that your body is divided into 10 vertical zones that run the length of your body, says Banks. Each of your fingers and toes represent one of the zones, connecting the nerve endings in your extremities to relieving pain in the corresponding area of your body. Reflexology also can help stimulate body energies and optimize organ functions.

    “The main philosophy of reflexology is that the meridians of the body’s 10 zones are connected throughout the entirety of the body,” explains Banks. “Once you begin to understand and study a reflexology chart, you begin to see how everything is connected and how it’s a natural way to relax your mind and body.”

    According to the Maine Council of Reflexologists, there are approximately 7,200 nerve endings in each foot, 2,500 in each hand and 435 in each of your ears that correspond to every part of your body. These nerve endings also are responsible for sending messages to the brain about the specific area in the body that is stressed or in pain so that the brain can respond by producing endorphins to naturally heal the area of concern. Overall, the most common areas in your body that reflexology can help improve include the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic system, as well as sensory stimulation, biomechanics and relaxation responses.  

    Hands and Feet Connect the Body and Soul

    Our hands and feet might be the furthest extremities from the core of our body, but they are two of the most important areas to focus on during a massage to promote relaxation and healing throughout the body. Using simple kneading strokes and applying pressure on various areas of the hands and feet can help increase the circulatory functionality of the body, increase relaxation and decrease pain in corresponding zones that align with specific areas on the foot and hand.

    The soles of the feet and the palms of the hands tend to hold the majority of the sensory areas for reflexology work. It is these areas that Banks focuses on during his sessions to give his clients an extra relaxation component during their massage session.

    “People wonder if it is coincidental that I’m rubbing a certain area on their hands or feet and they end up feeling relief in other parts of their body as a result,” shares Banks. “But, reflexology really works and I’m a big believer in its positive effects for my clients. I have repeat clients who come in for a massage session and say that whatever I did last time with their hands and feet really helped in the other areas of their body where they were feeling discomfort.”

    The Power of the Ear Relaxes and Alleviates Chronic Pain

    In addition to helping clients feel relaxation and relief through pressure points on their hands and feet, Banks also likes to focus on the earlobes to help relieve tension and stress in the eyes, mouth and head areas. The earlobes are a key area to helping calm down your mind and body’s stress levels.

    If you’re feeling uptight or stressed out, Banks suggests rubbing your earlobes to calm yourself down and start enjoying the basic relaxation results of reflexology. He also has had great success with using reflexology in this area to help alleviate the pain associated with chronic headaches and migraines.

    “Every time I have a client come in with a headache, I’m able to get rid of it for them by using reflexology techniques,” explains Banks. “In fact, I’ve had clients who have suffered from migraines and after I’ve given them a reflexology treatment it has significantly lessened the severity of the pain. They also don’t get migraines as often.”

    As stress levels continue to rise throughout your daily life, finding techniques and strategies to help calm your mind and body is important to your longevity and outlook on life. Reflexology is a therapy option that can help to enhance the relaxation benefits of a regular massage while stimulating your body’s natural energy zones and connective properties. Give a little more focus to your hands, feet and ears during your next massage therapy session and reap the benefits of a truly therapeutic healing experience.


              Massage Provides Mental, Physical Treatment Options for Children with Autism   

     

    Autism is a condition that has been around for decades, but society is just recently becoming more familiar with it as diagnosis and awareness continues to increase in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 88 American children is diagnosed with autism.  And studies show that the condition is four to five times more common among boys than girls. More than 2 million people in the U.S. are affected by autism and government statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10-17 percent annually in recent years.

    While each person with autism displays different characteristics and degrees, some of the most common are difficulty with social interaction, language and behavior. Autism symptoms often can be described as having a lack of attachment, a disassociation with the environment, distractibility, hyperactivity and a negative emotional response to touch sensations.

    “Children who are held more and get more touch are the children who are more likely to survive and thrive, when compared to children who don’t have that physical aspect in their lives,” shares Fallon Oresick, massage therapist at Elements Westford. “When it comes to autism, it comes down to the same thing.”

    Even though adverse responses to touch are common from people with autism, the power of deep touch through therapeutic massage can be an effective approach for helping relieve common physical and mental ailments associated with the condition. Massage also can be a helpful remedy for parents and caretakers to connect with an autistic person, as well as help release the stress and tension associated with autism.

    “Parents may not think about using massage with their autistic children because when they try to touch their child, they automatically back away,” says Angel Wossum, massage therapist at Elements Timonium. “But with massage it’s all about the type of pressure you use. Massage can help relax the mind and body, which can result in sleeping better, staying more focused and staying on task.”

    Deeper Massage Leads to Better Mental, Physical Benefits

    Touch is such an important aspect to living a healthy and fulfilled life.  But it’s often lacking in the daily lives of children with autism. Since lighter touch tends to overstimulate and aggravate an autistic person, a moderate to deeper pressure massage with joint compression has been found to more effectively calm down, relax, and ground hyperactivity and sensitivity.

    “Massage is about relaxing and bringing a child with autism back down to earth,” says Oresick. “It’s going to help improve their quality of life by helping them work through their emotions and moods, as well as regulate their breathing to help them relax more. Instead of having children overstimulated by everything that’s going on around them, massage gives them a designated time to just relax and tune into themselves. It also can help them realize that touch isn’t bad and that it’s actually something that feels good and is good for them.”

    In addition to the behavioral and mental benefits of massage, deeper pressure also is used to get the joints moving around so autistic children can experience physical relief in their often tight leg and feet muscles. Research has shown that many people with autism have a tendency to walk on the tips of their toes or balls of their feet, causing tight and tense calves and feet. Using deep pressure massage techniques with joint compression and stretching can help relieve pain in the lower extremities.

    Calm, Collaborative, Total Body Approach Key to Success

    Therapists approach massage a lot more gradually and include a lot of communication with the child and the parents before, during and following the massage. In the beginning, sessions may only last 15-20 minutes. As the child becomes more comfortable to touch and to the massage experience in general, then the sessions can be eventually extended. The biggest factors to get the most out of the massage experience is to use a therapist who values the importance of building trust with the child, as well as the parent’s willingness to continue the massage techniques at home in between appointments, says Wossum.

    “It’s important to take the time to gain the child’s trust by educating them about touch and talking to them about what’s going to happen during the massage,” explains Wossum. “Part of the routine that’s been developed is that you don’t just target one area. The way that the brain works and the way that it can be overactive, you have to work on each side of the body -– front, back, both arms and legs. It has to be basically a full body massage or the signals in the brain won’t feel complete.”

    Power of Touch Helps Connect Children with Parents

    Regular, routine massage treatments in the studio are important to help treat children with autism.  But it’s also imperative for parents to keep touch consistent in their everyday life. At home, if parents are able to continue massaging their child on a regular basis, even if it’s just their shoulders, legs and feet, that will help them experience better, quicker results.

    In-home massage also helps to reconnect the child with his/her parents by introducing the power of positive touch into their relationship. Some techniques that Oresick and Wossum suggest parents try at home include running a toy car up and down the back of the arm or leg, giving them the option to massage their own arms and legs, or showing them on yourself what you’re going to do and have them repeat it on themselves so they can become more comfortable with letting you massage them.

    “The majority of the time parents are in the room observing during the massage so we are teaching the parents what they can do at home,” explains Wossum. “It can be a bonding moment for the parents as well. A lot of the time, the parents haven’t been able to have that type of touch with their children so when they see this method works, we educate them so they can continue doing it at home too.”

    At the end of the day, using massage to help with the unique situations and circumstances associated with autism comes down to re-educating and re-conditioning parents and children on proper touch techniques so that they both can thrive from the benefits of this basic life necessity.

     

              Massage Provides Mental, Physical Treatment Options for Children with Autism   

    Autism is a condition that has been around for decades, but society is just recently becoming more familiar with it as diagnosis and awareness continues to increase in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 88 American children is diagnosed with autism.  And studies show that the condition is four to five times more common among boys than girls. More than 2 million people in the U.S. are affected by autism and government statistics suggest that prevalence rates have increased 10-17 percent annually in recent years.

    While each person with autism displays different characteristics and degrees, some of the most common are difficulty with social interaction, language and behavior. Autism symptoms often can be described as having a lack of attachment, a disassociation with the environment, distractibility, hyperactivity and a negative emotional response to touch sensations.

    “Children who are held more and get more touch are the children who are more likely to survive and thrive, when compared to children who don’t have that physical aspect in their lives,” shares Fallon Oresick, massage therapist at Elements Westford. “When it comes to autism, it comes down to the same thing.”

    Even though adverse responses to touch are common from people with autism, the power of deep touch through therapeutic massage can be an effective approach for helping relieve common physical and mental ailments associated with the condition. Massage also can be a helpful remedy for parents and caretakers to connect with an autistic person, as well as help release the stress and tension associated with autism.

    “Parents may not think about using massage with their autistic children because when they try to touch their child, they automatically back away,” says Angel Wossum, massage therapist at Elements Florence. “But with massage it’s all about the type of pressure you use. Massage can help relax the mind and body, which can result in sleeping better, staying more focused and staying on task.”

    Deeper Massage Leads to Better Mental, Physical Benefits

    Touch is such an important aspect to living a healthy and fulfilled life.  But it’s often lacking in the daily lives of children with autism. Since lighter touch tends to overstimulate and aggravate an autistic person, a moderate to deeper pressure massage with joint compression has been found to more effectively calm down, relax, and ground hyperactivity and sensitivity.

    “Massage is about relaxing and bringing a child with autism back down to earth,” says Oresick. “It’s going to help improve their quality of life by helping them work through their emotions and moods, as well as regulate their breathing to help them relax more. Instead of having children overstimulated by everything that’s going on around them, massage gives them a designated time to just relax and tune into themselves. It also can help them realize that touch isn’t bad and that it’s actually something that feels good and is good for them.”

    In addition to the behavioral and mental benefits of massage, deeper pressure also is used to get the joints moving around so autistic children can experience physical relief in their often tight leg and feet muscles. Research has shown that many people with autism have a tendency to walk on the tips of their toes or balls of their feet, causing tight and tense calves and feet. Using deep pressure massage techniques with joint compression and stretching can help relieve pain in the lower extremities.

    Calm, Collaborative, Total Body Approach Key to Success

    Therapists approach massage a lot more gradually and include a lot of communication with the child and the parents before, during and following the massage. In the beginning, sessions may only last 15-20 minutes. As the child becomes more comfortable to touch and to the massage experience in general, then the sessions can be eventually extended. The biggest factors to get the most out of the massage experience is to use a therapist who values the importance of building trust with the child, as well as the parent’s willingness to continue the massage techniques at home in between appointments, says Wossum.

    “It’s important to take the time to gain the child’s trust by educating them about touch and talking to them about what’s going to happen during the massage,” explains Wossum. “Part of the routine that’s been developed is that you don’t just target one area. The way that the brain works and the way that it can be overactive, you have to work on each side of the body -– front, back, both arms and legs. It has to be basically a full body massage or the signals in the brain won’t feel complete.”

    Power of Touch Helps Connect Children with Parents

    Regular, routine massage treatments in the studio are important to help treat children with autism.  But it’s also imperative for parents to keep touch consistent in their everyday life. At home, if parents are able to continue massaging their child on a regular basis, even if it’s just their shoulders, legs and feet, that will help them experience better, quicker results.

    In-home massage also helps to reconnect the child with his/her parents by introducing the power of positive touch into their relationship. Some techniques that Oresick and Wossum suggest parents try at home include running a toy car up and down the back of the arm or leg, giving them the option to massage their own arms and legs, or showing them on yourself what you’re going to do and have them repeat it on themselves so they can become more comfortable with letting you massage them.

    “The majority of the time parents are in the room observing during the massage so we are teaching the parents what they can do at home,” explains Wossum. “It can be a bonding moment for the parents as well. A lot of the time, the parents haven’t been able to have that type of touch with their children so when they see this method works, we educate them so they can continue doing it at home too.”

    At the end of the day, using massage to help with the unique situations and circumstances associated with autism comes down to re-educating and re-conditioning parents and children on proper touch techniques so that they both can thrive from the benefits of this basic life necessity.


              Make 2014 the Best Year Yet   

     

    The new year brings about a time to look toward the future and expand your horizons while exploring yourself and the world around you. It’s about more than making resolutions and setting goals.  It’s about freeing yourself of unrealistic expectations and adjusting your mindset to be happy with the person you are today and excited about the possibilities of new opportunities in the future.


    As you roll into 2014 with endless potential to make a better life for yourself, make sure to focus on the people and things that truly matter to you. If you need help embarking on the new year with a positive attitude and worthwhile approach, the following simple yet effective tips are a good place to start for turning this into the best year of your life.

    Be In It for the Long Haul

    Setting goals to start off the year is a good way to focus your actions and reconfirm your commitments. But, living the best life you can takes more than making a one-year commitment that expires when you buy a new calendar.

    Becoming truly happy with who you are and where you are going in your life requires making a lifetime attitude adjustment. It means making the decision to engage in daily behaviors that will help you get to where you ultimately want to be both mentally and physically. And, it includes surrounding yourself with the right influences and positive people who will support your endeavors.

    “By making little changes every day, it changes your mentality,” says Kayla Spicer, massage therapist at Elements Wilsonville. “It’s not just about doing things. It’s about changing your brain and how you think. You have to get it in your head that it’s not just a short-term thing. It’s a long-term commitment to yourself.”

    Get Outside of Yourself

    The new year can lend itself to being a self-serving time with the main focus being on what you can do to better yourself and fulfill your life’s dreams. However, some of the best fulfillment and sense of accomplishment can be achieved when you focus on the needs of others.

    “Stepping outside of yourself and treating others the way you want to be treated can be powerful,” shares Spicer. “I’ve had times in my life where I’ve had to get outside of myself. Instead of asking people to help me, I started helping others. By taking this approach, it ended up helping me.”

    Spicer suggests that even the simplest acts of offering to bring a neighbor dinner or watching their kids for an hour can make a positive difference in other people’s lives as well as yours. If you’re lucky, they may offer to return the favor. But, if they don’t, it’s OK because you still know you were helpful to someone else, which can be fulfilling all in its own.

    Turn Regrets into Opportunities

    Everyone has done things that they aren’t proud of or said things that would be better left on the tip of the tongue. But to move forward in the best way possible, it’s important to not dwell on the past and learn from your mistakes.

    If there’s something in your life that you’ve severely neglected or wish you could do over, then it might be a good time to change your thought process for the new year to include these little life lessons. If you haven’t had the best relationship with a friend or family member, something as simple as an apology can make a big difference in turning the tides of your friendship. Or, maybe you need to show them with your actions that you’re going to try harder to do better moving forward. Often it can be more effective to show someone you truly care with actions rather than with just words.

    “You can’t live in the past; you have to keep moving forward,” shares Spicer. “In order to continue moving forward, you have to keep taking baby steps. Even if you just focus on one little thing each day, you’re still going in the right direction.”

    Celebrate Your Small Victories

    Rejoicing in your accomplishments, efforts and victories -– whether they’re big, small or somewhere in-between -– may be one of the most important aspects to living a fulfilling life.

    If you score a personal best in a sporting event, close a big deal at work, or even just spend a day to rejuvenate yourself with a walk in the woods, take the time to reflect on it and give yourself credit for a job well done. Even if you didn’t do something as well as you wanted, you can still appreciate the lessons you learned during the experience and apply your new found wisdom to when you try it again.

    “Take all of your small victories and continue to add them all up until you realize that you have a lot to be proud of,” advises Spicer.

    When you think about what it might take to make this year the best yet, it can seem a little bit overwhelming at first. But by keeping it simple and focusing on these basic guidelines, living a great life that you’re proud of can definitely be attainable. Carpe diem, live for what matters most to you and make today the first day of the best year of your life!


              Make 2014 the Best Year Yet   

    The new year brings about a time to look toward the future and expand your horizons while exploring yourself and the world around you. It’s about more than making resolutions and setting goals.  It’s about freeing yourself of unrealistic expectations and adjusting your mindset to be happy with the person you are today and excited about the possibilities of new opportunities in the future.

    As you roll into 2014 with endless potential to make a better life for yourself, make sure to focus on the people and things that truly matter to you. If you need help embarking on the new year with a positive attitude and worthwhile approach, the following simple yet effective tips are a good place to start for turning this into the best year of your life.

    Be In It for the Long Haul

    Setting goals to start off the year is a good way to focus your actions and reconfirm your commitments. But, living the best life you can takes more than making a one-year commitment that expires when you buy a new calendar.

    Becoming truly happy with who you are and where you are going in your life requires making a lifetime attitude adjustment. It means making the decision to engage in daily behaviors that will help you get to where you ultimately want to be both mentally and physically. And, it includes surrounding yourself with the right influences and positive people who will support your endeavors.

    “By making little changes every day, it changes your mentality,” says Kayla Spicer, massage therapist at Elements Wilsonville. “It’s not just about doing things. It’s about changing your brain and how you think. You have to get it in your head that it’s not just a short-term thing. It’s a long-term commitment to yourself.”

    Get Outside of Yourself

    The new year can lend itself to being a self-serving time with the main focus being on what you can do to better yourself and fulfill your life’s dreams. However, some of the best fulfillment and sense of accomplishment can be achieved when you focus on the needs of others.

    “Stepping outside of yourself and treating others the way you want to be treated can be powerful,” shares Spicer. “I’ve had times in my life where I’ve had to get outside of myself. Instead of asking people to help me, I started helping others. By taking this approach, it ended up helping me.”

    Spicer suggests that even the simplest acts of offering to bring a neighbor dinner or watching their kids for an hour can make a positive difference in other people’s lives as well as yours. If you’re lucky, they may offer to return the favor. But, if they don’t, it’s OK because you still know you were helpful to someone else, which can be fulfilling all in its own.

    Turn Regrets into Opportunities

    Everyone has done things that they aren’t proud of or said things that would be better left on the tip of the tongue. But to move forward in the best way possible, it’s important to not dwell on the past and learn from your mistakes.

    If there’s something in your life that you’ve severely neglected or wish you could do over, then it might be a good time to change your thought process for the new year to include these little life lessons. If you haven’t had the best relationship with a friend or family member, something as simple as an apology can make a big difference in turning the tides of your friendship. Or, maybe you need to show them with your actions that you’re going to try harder to do better moving forward. Often it can be more effective to show someone you truly care with actions rather than with just words.

    “You can’t live in the past; you have to keep moving forward,” shares Spicer. “In order to continue moving forward, you have to keep taking baby steps. Even if you just focus on one little thing each day, you’re still going in the right direction.”

    Celebrate Your Small Victories

    Rejoicing in your accomplishments, efforts and victories -– whether they’re big, small or somewhere in-between -– may be one of the most important aspects to living a fulfilling life.

    If you score a personal best in a sporting event, close a big deal at work, or even just spend a day to rejuvenate yourself with a walk in the woods, take the time to reflect on it and give yourself credit for a job well done. Even if you didn’t do something as well as you wanted, you can still appreciate the lessons you learned during the experience and apply your new found wisdom to when you try it again.

    “Take all of your small victories and continue to add them all up until you realize that you have a lot to be proud of,” advises Spicer.

    When you think about what it might take to make this year the best yet, it can seem a little bit overwhelming at first. But by keeping it simple and focusing on these basic guidelines, living a great life that you’re proud of can definitely be attainable. Carpe diem, live for what matters most to you and make today the first day of the best year of your life!


              Show-Stopping Massage Depends on Positive Strokes   

    Nerve StrokesJust as the opening and closing scenes of a play can dictate how you feel about the entire production, the beginning and end of a massage can be the most memorable and important parts of the entire experience. One of the leading factors that determines whether you have a massage that connects and balances your mind and body can often fall into the hands of a touch technique called the nerve stroke.

    The nerve stroke –- a light finger-tracing touch over the skin in a downward movement along the body -– can be one of the first techniques debuted during a total body massage experience. But once you have settled in, started to relax and the therapist begins lengthening muscles and releasing your tension, this important touch technique can be quickly forgotten. Although short in duration in the overall context of a 60- or 90-minute treatment, these short feathering motions that signal the start and end of a massage to your mind and body can hold great significance to the success of your session.

    Act 1: Massage is More Than Just the Muscles

    When you think about all of the emotions and body systems that play a part in the overall massage experience, the leading role always goes to your body’s muscles. However, the understudy who can make or break the performance of your mind and body’s health is the nervous system. Both of these leading roles in your body work together during a massage to connect and balance your mental and physical health.

    “In massage, you aren’t just getting out all of the knots,” explains Brittney Haas, massage therapist at Elements Chandler West. “You’re opening up muscles, letting blood in and allowing the nervous system to have clear communication between the brain and the muscles. Light touch in the first 30 seconds of a massage works to stimulate your body.  And after that it can put you in a deep state of relaxation.”

    To introduce your body to the start of a massage, a therapist may gently slide his or her fingertips over your body to dial into your muscle tension, body positioning and energy systems (aura and chakras). These gentle nerve strokes also can help increase the body’s blood flow and stimulate the nervous system to begin the process of healing and rejuvenation during the massage session.

    “A huge part of massage is nerve stimulation,” says Haas. “Just from the first light touches of a massage you’re stimulating the nerves. If you leave your nerves stagnant, you aren’t going to get the best results. If your nerves are more stimulated, you’re going to have faster response times and keep everything working better for your mind and body.”

    Act 2: The Best Closers Get the Most Applause

    As you near the end of your massage, all of your different body parts may feel scattered and disconnected as your legs, arms, neck and back have all been treated and manipulated separately throughout the session. To help reconnect and rebalance all areas of your body and bring your wandering, relaxed mind back to the present, therapists will wrap up a massage with finishing nerve strokes that will typically include running fingertips along the length of your body.

    This important closing act helps bring together all of the benefits of massage, while preparing your mind and body to re-enter into the real world feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. The ending nerve stroke can make or break an award-winning massage experience.

    “Using nerve strokes at the end of a massage is a nice way to finish up the body from head to toe and bring everything together,” explains Haas. “During a massage, your nerves are firing.  But the nerve stroke at the end helps to calm everything down and helps your body better respond to everything that we just did in the massage.”

    The Encore: Keeping the Mind and Body Running Strong Long After the Curtain Call

    After you slowly get up from the massage table, your focus on relaxation and rejuvenation shouldn’t abruptly end at the studio. To leave a lasting impression on your mind and body of what it feels like to be loose, relaxed and unwound, it’s important to schedule downtime at home after your massage so you can continue to consciously focus on healing your mind and body.

    “When we finish a massage with light nerve strokes, the body is ready to keep healing long after the massage ends,” advises Haas.

    Haas doesn’t recommend going back to work or heading to the gym following a massage, but rather taking time out for yourself. In fact, she gives the following health and wellness post-massage tips to all of her clients:

    • Let your spouse know that he/she has child duty during the night of your massage so you can spend the evening having quality “you” time.
    • Hydrate your body with adequate amounts of water throughout the remainder of the day.
    • Recover and repair your mind and body with meals that include healthy nutrients and vitamins.
    • Take a warm, hot bath before bed to allow the heat to work into your muscles and support overall relaxation. If injured, follow the bath with an ice pack or Biofreeze on the injured area.
    • Go to bed early to let your mind and body fall into a deep state of relaxation.

    An award-winning massage features a cast that includes a mix of nervous system stimulation and muscle relaxation at the beginning, middle and end of a massage, as well as incorporating lifestyle habits that will support the body’s ability for continuous healing after the conclusion of the session. The simple, yet effective, nerve stroke is a small, but powerful, act to connecting, rebalancing and rejuvenating your mind and body’s internal systems.


              Dealing With the Pain in Your Neck   

    From getting stuck in traffic and burning the midnight oil at work to battling crowds during the holiday shopping season, life is full of pains in the neck. While these common situations can cause major annoyances in your daily life, when you feel an actual real pain in your neck that shoots, dulls or pounds throughout your head, neck and shoulder area, the result can be debilitating if not taken care of appropriately.

    To help alleviate neck pain associated with tight and sore muscles, it’s important to understand the reasons that can lead to the pain so you can better treat and prevent the discomfort.

    Identifying the Leading Causes

    Neck pain is a common condition that bothers many Americans.  But according to a January 2012 report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention women are more likely to experience neck, face or jaw pain and migraines than men. Overall, 17 percent of adults experience migraine or severe headaches, while 15 percent experience pain in the neck area.

    According to Brittany Valdes-Pages, massage therapist at Elements Centennial, the leading causes of neck pain have to do with how you treat your body on a daily basis. Sitting too long, especially in front of a computer, is one of the biggest culprits as you tend to compromise your body’s mechanics by favoring one side over the other.  And leaning forward too much can cause neck and eye strain.

    Stress associated with overcommitting yourself and not taking time out of your busy schedule to relax and unwind also can cause neck tension and pain, especially when you hunch up your shoulder blades or clench your teeth and jaw area. And, vigorous, repetitive activities such as competing in sports can cause pain due to overworking your muscles and overcompensating for weak muscles in your body.

    “I have a lot of clients who sit at the computer all day long and they have a lot of pain in their neck and shoulder areas,” shares Valdes-Pages. “A lot of people carry so much emotion and tension in their muscles that they don’t realize is even there until they start feeling the pain.”

    Preventing the Pain

    One of the most effective approaches to preventing pain throughout your body, but especially in your neck, is to make a concentrated effort to give your muscles and mind adequate time to relax and recuperate. When you pound your muscles non-stop and never give your brain a chance to unplug and unwind, you are triggering your mind and body to fight back by inflicting muscle pain and strain. To help combat the battle of neck pain, Valdes-Pages suggests the following pain prevention strategies:

    • When working at a computer, check in with yourself every hour to drop down your shoulders and readjust your body alignment.
    • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body and muscles hydrated.
    • Stand with your back to a wall and place a tennis ball behind your neck.  Rub it up and down gently to keep adequate blood flowing throughout your neck.
    • Take magnesium supplements before bed to relax your muscles and unwind your mind.

    Treating the Pain

    While regular massage therapy is an excellent remedy for treating pain in the neck, there are things you can do on your own to help relieve common neck pains.

    One of the most important things to keep in mind when you’re stretching is that the goal should be to gently readjust your muscles to help them release the tension that has piled up over the course of your daily activities. Some basic exercises that Valdes-Pages suggests to her clients include rolling your head around slowly, dropping your shoulders to relax the muscles in your upper neck, and bending your neck forward and to each side for 15 seconds in each direction.

    “It takes a while for people to get into a routine.  But being diligent about stretching and having a therapist show you the right stretches is so important,” advises Valdes-Pages. “Muscles are like people. You have to be really nice to them, soothe them and not just go in for an attack.”

    In addition to stretching, Valdes-Pages also recommends using a combination of hot and cold treatments to soothe the neck area. In the morning, you can apply a cold therapy like Biofreeze to the painful area and then follow up in the evening by applying heat to the same area to get the benefits of both approaches.

    “Heat on the neck at night is a really effective and therapeutic way to relax your muscles,” Valdes-Pages said. “There are two spots on the base of your neck right above the point of the shoulder blades that react really well when stimulated with heat.”

    Neck pain is a common ailment for many Americans, but that doesn’t mean you just have to grin and bear it. Through a combination of stretching, body mechanics awareness, heat/cold therapies and regular massage, neck pain can be treated and maybe even prevented. Don’t ignore the pain in your neck, but rather readjust your daily activities to address it.


              What Makes a Massage Therapeutic?   

    Therapeutic MassageAngel W.
    Elements Florence

    "Meeting the client's needs for that visit.  Therapeutic to one person can be quiet and relaxing and time away from the busy world.  Another person needs that tension, knot or injury worked on to get relief so they can get back to their normal way of life.  Just like beauty, therapeutic is in the eye of the beholder.  Therapists need to ask what they can do to make that person lying on the table feel great and want to tell everyone they come in contact with who helped them get there."

    Jenny P.
    Elements Louisville East

    "When the massage has a positive effect on your physical, mental and emotional well-being!"

    Matt S.
    Elements Westford

    "In my opinion, almost everything is therapeutic about a massage. The simple contact with a client immediately releases healthy chemicals from the brain, thus helping them to relax. Blood flow is increased, tension is released, and lots of harmful toxins trapped in the muscles are also released. All of those things help your body stay healthy and keep your mind in a more peaceful place."

    Brittany V.
    Elements Centennial

    "Massage utilizes the sense of touch to provide healing of mind, body and spirit. It's very beneficial for the relief of tension and a wide variety of ailments."

    Daryl L.
    Elements Greenville

    "I think all modalities can be therapeutic because touch is very powerful.  Some clients may not get a lot of affection or nurturing touch in their lives. This is where massage can bridge the gap between the two in a professional way. Massage can also be therapeutic in freeing the mind from something that was traumatic in a person's past, rejuvenating the body from old and new injuries and renewing their spirit to allow a person to experience what true wellness is all about."


              Early Birds or Night Owls: Who Gets the Best Sleep?   

    Everyone knows that you need good sleep to function properly. But does it really matter whether you sleep under the light of the sun or the glow of the moon?

    Social trends and many experts agree that the benefits of sleep tend to lean more toward the early birds. But, it might surprise you that being an early bird doesn’t necessarily mean getting up before the rooster crows at the break of dawn.

    Night Owls Glow in the Moonlight

    On the surface, you might think you can get more work done during the quiet, late hours of the night and lead a normal life if you adopt night owl sleeping patterns. But, it actually can be difficult for night owls to get into a regular sleep/awake pattern due to the physiological make up of your body and the general way that society conducts itself.

    According to Chana Dufur, massage therapist at Elements Costa Mesa, everybody’s internal clock is set when you’re born to sleep at night and be awake during the day. So, night owls who go to bed past midnight are naturally defying the way that their internal clock was initially programed. In fact, various studies have shown that people with late-night tendencies actually run the risk of living less healthy lives than their early bird counterparts. For instance, researchers have found that night owls have a higher risk of high blood pressure, poorer quality of sleep, are less active and tend to smoke more.

    “The brain is never quite sure what it’s supposed to be doing when you try to sleep during the day,” Dufur explains. “There are a lot of bad things that can happen when you don’t get enough sleep. Depression can start setting in, weight gain pursues and stress levels increase.”

    Another important factor associated with sleep patterns is the natural rise and setting of the sun. When you sleep during the day, you aren’t getting the good nutrients you need from the sunlight and you aren’t getting the proper social interactions your brain needs from having people around you. It also is inevitable for night owls to have to break their sleeping patterns when they have to schedule appointments for things like doctor visits, in-person meetings and conversations, as the majority of businesses typically are open during daytime hours.

    Early Birds Shine in the Sun

    While researchers and common attitudes suggest that those who go to bed earlier tend to lead healthier lifestyles of productivity, energy and a decreased risk of disease, early birds still need to establish good sleeping habits such as rising no earlier than 5 a.m. and minimizing distractions before bed. Dufur’s rule of thumb for setting proper sleep patterns is to schedule eight hours of sleep every night and to set a bed time that falls between 9 p.m. and midnight.

    To prepare for a good night’s rest, Dufur suggests:

    • Taking the television and all electronics out of your bedroom. It’s harder to get to sleep if you’re distracted by bright screens and real-time alerts.  
    • Minimizing strenuous physical activity up to two hours before going to bed.
    • Focus on relaxing and letting go of stress well before your bedtime. If you have a lot on your mind, write down your thoughts and leave your list somewhere outside your bedroom.
    • Rub lavender on the bottom of your feet to relax your body and lower your heart rate.

    “Nobody can keep to a tight sleep schedule.  So that’s why you just have to strive to go to bed between 9 p.m. and midnight,” Dufur said. “If you eat right, sleep right and exercise right, then you are doing all of the important things you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

    Hit the Sweet Spot for a Good Night’s Sleep

    Whether you prefer burning the midnight oil or welcoming the sunrise each morning, it is most important to rest well and get an adequate amount of sleep each night. The National Sleep Foundation guidelines advise adults to log between seven to nine hours of sleep per night. However, sleeping enough seems to be a challenge for many Americans. According to an international survey released just last month, the U.S. reported sleeping 30-40 minutes less per night than all countries polled, with the average person only getting 6 hours and 31 minutes of sleep each night.

    If you find yourself falling short on sleep, you may want to catch a catnap to revive and rejuvenate your tired mind and body. While it’s not a good idea to try to make up for old sleep that you’ve missed by sleeping for hours during the afternoon, a quick 20-30 minute nap may be what you need to re-energize and boost your alertness. Experts believe that the best napping strategies include sleeping in a slightly upright position for no more than 30 minutes between the times of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

    Sleep is a vital ingredient to a healthy lifestyle, but it can be the first one to go missing when life gets busy. Lay the foundation for healthy sleep patterns by going to bed at a reasonable time and maintaining an average of eight hours of shut eye each night. In the end, what really matters is that we all have a good night of sleeping right so that exhaustion doesn’t end up biting us during the daylight.


              The Long and Short of How Stress Affects Your Health   

    Are you often cranky, lethargic, irritable and unhappy? Do you have consistent headaches, neck pain, tense shoulders and tired back muscles? If this describes your normal disposition then you more than likely are feeling the effects of living an all-too-common stressed-out lifestyle. If you don’t start taking steps to break down the stress in your life soon, then it can ultimately lead to breaking you down both mentally and physically.

    Physical Stress Cramps Your Body

    One of the most popular places for stress to set up camp is in the neck and back areas. Kym Northey, massage therapist at Elements Glendale, identifies that one of the biggest culprits for physical stress is constantly sitting in front of the computer and plugging in to electronic devices.  

    “Whether it’s for our jobs or not, we are horribly addicted to sitting in front of the computer for long periods of time,” Northey says. “I tell my clients to keep a timer by their desk and set it for the top of the hour. When the timer goes off, get up, walk around and take a much-needed break.”

    By sitting too long with your neck and shoulders hunched toward a screen, stress solidifies in your neck and back muscles leading to headaches, pains and strains. Physical stress from sitting and staring at a computer also can show itself in your body in the short term by affecting your lower back, legs, feet and eyes. When ignored or prolonged, physical soreness and stiffness in these areas can lead to arthritis, loss of motion and muscle fatigue.   

    “You have to get blood flowing and moving throughout your body, but especially through your legs and feet if you sit all day for your job,” Northey advises.

    After a long day of working in the office or the home, Northey also suggests relieving daily muscle strain and tension by incorporating the following at-home stress remedies to close out your day.

    • Rub a frozen water bottle along the bottom of your feet. Releasing pressure points in your feet is a good way to help release stress.
    • Massage the top and back of your legs to get circulation moving when you have your legs propped up to watch your favorite television show.
    • Rub a tennis ball along your neck, shoulder blades and spine before bed to help loosen common tight and tense muscles due to stress.

    Mental Stress Messes with your Mood and Body

    Heated discussions with family or co-workers, long to-do lists and an overscheduled lifestyle might be business as usual in your daily life, but all of the individual pressures you face each day can quickly pile up into a huge heap of mental stress. Mental stress tends to show itself in your attitude toward yourself and others, as well as the way you communicate and interact with the people around you. It also can affect your body physically by flaring up muscle tension in your neck, shoulder blades and at the temples of your forehead. In the long term, mental stress can lead to insomnia, ulcers, internal organ issues, depression and anxiety.

    “A lot of people depending on their lifestyle and job have a high-strung personality and their body can show it,” Northey says. “If you live a stressful lifestyle for a long time, your body will use up every natural resource it can until eventually you end up with severe internal issues.”

    Healthy Lifestyles Stress the Importance of Taking Care of Yourself

    Ultimately, it is up to you whether you are going to be a victim of stress or if you are going to take the proper steps to break its vicious cycle. The first step to winning the fight is to take responsibility for the stress in your life and become accountable for minimizing it. The simple act of taking time out for yourself on a regular basis can lead to making big strides toward living a healthy and stress-free lifestyle. By taking a break on a regular basis, you are making it a point to step away from your hectic life, even if it’s just for a few minutes, to relax and release built-up tension.

    “Everybody is horrible at making time for themselves, even me,” shares Northey. “I have kids and I understand how you are busy taking care of everyone else. It’s important, though, for people to make time for themselves.”

    Northey suggests implementing the following regular habits into your lifestyle to begin the process of taking care of and time out for yourself.

    • Get out and walk around the block each morning or night to move the muscles in your body and get away from the world. Turn off your phone and just tune into taking time for yourself both mentally and physically.
    • Leave stress from your job at the office by not bringing work home. At the end of each day, write a list of everything you want to focus on for the following day and leave it on your desk. This can help minimize worrying about work situations during your off hours.
    • Schedule regular massage therapy sessions to heal and repair your body by relaxing your muscles and mind. When the body is massaged, it stimulates the release of chemicals in the brain that can help reduce stress and anxiety.

    Get on a path to a healthier, happy lifestyle by breaking the pattern of a stressed-out existence. Replace the people and things that are stressing you out with activities and habits that support taking time out for yourself and regularly releasing the tension that builds up throughout your day.


              Four Tips for Harvesting a Healthy Lifestyle   

    The busy and chaotic holiday season will soon be knocking on your door as pumpkins and costumes will be lining your entryway in just a little more than a month. Start clearing out the cobwebs and clutter of unhealthy habits as the Harvest Moon rises this week to make way for a set of new routines that will balance your mind and body.

    As you fall upon the season of transition and change, harvest the following four healthy habits to build the foundation for a more calming, energetic and fulfilling lifestyle.

    Shut Down Early
    Access to information, services and communication with others across the world in today’s always-on-the-go society is on a continuous 24x7 cycle. Although technology has eliminated a resting period for companies worldwide, it still is important as an individual to shut down your brain and rest your body for consistent periods of uninterrupted sleep each night.

    Getting enough rest can reap bountiful rewards such as increased attention spans, more energy and positive attitudes. But, getting to bed at a reasonable time each night also can make a difference in your ability to function and perform at your best on a daily basis. Earlier bedtimes are especially important this time of year as kids and parents are getting back into the school groove and facing earlier wake up times then they did during summer break.

    “I used to be a big night owl.  But now that I have a stepson and a baby on the way, I’ve had to adjust my sleep habits,” said Gabe Vela, massage therapist at Elements Louisville East. “You can’t be in a good mood for everybody if you are wasted during the day because you didn’t get enough sleep.”

    As the sun sets earlier this time of year, adjust your bedtime by 15-minute increments each week for the next month so that you are getting to bed a bit earlier by the time the fall season is in full swing. Consistent bedtime routines of relaxing, spending quality time with your spouse and turning off technology well before your head hits the pillow also can create an atmosphere that supports more restful sleeping patterns.

    “It’s so difficult to lie down in bed and let your thoughts go, especially if you have distractions all around you,” Vela said. “It’s good feng shui to ditch the TV, get rid of your books and only have what you need in your bedroom to sleep.”

    Meditate to Motivate Connectivity
    You might think that you need your phone by your side at all times and eyes glued to a screen to stay connected in today’s technology-driven environment. However, Vela believes that one of the best ways to connect to yourself and the important people in your life is to disconnect regularly from daily noise and tune into the power of meditation. Sitting still and relaxing for just a few minutes each day can improve your sense of connectivity to your well-being and those around you.

    To begin incorporating meditation into your daily schedule, Vela suggests setting aside 15 minutes of quiet time each day for two weeks to clear your mind and senses. During your designated meditation time:

    • Sit in a quiet room.
    • Light incense with a smell you enjoy, but choose a fragrance that doesn’t have any meaning or attachment to your life.
    • Play calming music that you enjoy, but doesn’t have any connections to feelings or events in your life.
    • Simply focus on breathing in through your nose and exhaling through your mouth as you practice detaching from your thoughts and feelings.

    Move Yourself Daily
    After driving kids to/from school, working at a desk all day and sitting through hours of meetings, the first thing your mind probably wants to do after a long day is park yourself on the couch to relax and unwind. However, your aching muscles and tight body are in great need of some type of physical activity after sustaining a daily sedentary lifestyle. Walk for 20 minutes at lunchtime, run around the park before work or do a yoga class in the evening. Just make it a priority to be active on a daily basis to feed the health and wellness of your mind and body.

    Disconnect from Screens and Technology
    Instead of reaching for the remote to close out your day in front of the television, pull out a board game to play with the family or turn to your spouse for engaging face-to-face conversation. By getting back to the basics of human interaction and connection, you can build stronger relationships with your friends and family. Whether it’s during dinner or before heading off to bed, schedule at least 30 minutes of technology-free time for everyone in the family. This "technology time out" can help re-focus your thoughts on the present, re-connect you with your family and re-boot your system to tackle the challenges that the new day will bring.

    “Sometimes you have to flip the script and turn the tables on yourself to get the results you are looking for,” Vela advises. “If you’re busy-minded, you may need to sit down and relax. If you’re lazy and unmotivated, you may need to get up and get moving.”

    Make it a point this fall season to transition your current habits into healthier, more fulfilling practices. Harvesting a healthy lifestyle that focuses on the well-being of your mind and body can be beneficial for both you and your family.


              Should I Talk During a Massage?   

    Talking During a MassageJeff W.
    Elements West Chester

    "As a client I find it more relaxing to engage my therapist in conversation to develop a rapport with them.  As a therapist I am 100% comfortable if my clients are talkative or silent.  I know that clients will sometimes “babble” to help themselves become less nervous and to defrag their brains if they had a stressful day or week."

    Linda L.
    Elements Louisville East

    "All people have different ways of relaxing.  If talking is your way of relaxing then by all means talk.  However, you should never feel like you HAVE to talk.

    "A massage is therapeutic to aid you in returning to your own wellbeing, balancing out stress in your body, unwinding, returning to homeostasis -- the perfect place that our body would like to be, except our environment prevents perfection.  The best we can do is strive to get as close as possible.  A massage is your time for yourself; do with it as you are comfortable."

    Jes S.
    Elements Glendale

    "The therapist should talk about things only related to the client’s massage. Every therapist has been through a code of ethics class and is educated in what they are allowed to share about themselves. But we can always listen."


              Can Stress Be Beneficial?   

    Meredith M.
    Elements Timonium

    "Endocrinologist Hans Selye did some amazing research on stress. He coined the terms "eustress" and "distress" for positive and negative stress, and created the General Adaptation Syndrome theory on stress. Interesting how we do in fact need a healthy amount of stress!

    "For those who are having trouble managing their stress I suggest not only a massage and meditation but communicating about our stressors. There are also a lot of great self-help books and literature on this subject. Awareness is key."

    Suzanne M.
    Elements Chandler/Ahwatukee

    "Yes, in certain situations stress can motivate us to get tasks done.  Too much stress, or constant stress, can be harmful."

    Jessica D.
    Elements Timonium

    "Speaking for myself personally, I feel like stress actually makes me perform poorly in whatever task it is that I am trying to accomplish. Granted, I get things done faster; but not necessarily better.

    "That having been said, I know for many people stress is an excellent motivator, increasing the heart rate, therefore increasing blood flow to the brain and therefore increasing cognition. I guess I am just strange because I am usually already motivated from within to do things."


              The Guide to Being a SMART Grad   

    As the pomp and circumstance of college careers come to a close for thousands of graduates and they begin preparing to trade in hard-earned degrees for salaries with benefits, landing the best job in town can have a lot more to do with character than valedictorian status. When selecting the best employee comes down to the wire, companies are looking for someone who will fit into the company’s culture, who can grow within the company and can hit the ground running with new ideas and innovation. Companies today are looking for a SMART grad -- someone who is Steadfast, Mature, Articulate, Resourceful and a Team player.

    Steadfast: Employers don’t have the time or interest to worry about if you’re going to show up for work or if you're going to do a good job. They have to trust their employees to get the job done correctly and on time. As such, today’s grads need to show up for work committed to doing their best every time, being available when needed and trusted to finish projects as expected.

    Mature: The days of goofing off in class and watching the latest online prank videos instead of listening to your professor need to be long gone when you enter the workforce.  Being on time to work each day, not calling in sick, being responsible for your success and conducting yourself in an overall mature manner with your co-workers and managers are all prerequisites to succeeding in a positive work environment.

    Articulate: Communicating your point in a clear and concise manner, both verbally and in written form, is very important in any work environment. Whether it’s contributing to a brainstorming meeting, crafting internal and customer e-mails or pitching an idea to your boss, you won’t be taken seriously if you can’t speak what’s on your mind appropriately.

    Resourceful: Being able to take a project that you are assigned and run with it is important to the success of today's grads. If you don't know all of the answers to a problem or project, being able to ask the right people the right questions or find the appropriate information from the appropriate source is an important skill for successfully excelling in today’s fast-paced companies.  

    Team Player: Team players know when it’s time to be a leader and when it’s more appropriate to be a teammate. SMART grads value teamwork and focus on fulfilling their individual responsibilities in order for the team to succeed. It's important for today’s grads to be able to work well with fellow co-workers, bosses and other departments to finish a project that meets expectations on-time.

    New graduates need to keep these top five characteristics in mind throughout the process of interviewing, starting a new job and excelling as a top-performing employee. SMART grads translate into becoming valuable employees who set themselves up to succeed and enjoy the benefits of being a highly sought-after asset for the top companies in the industry.


              What's the Best Thing I Can Do to Get a Good Night's Sleep?   

    Chana D.
    Elements Costa Mesa

    "The best thing that someone can do to get a good night's sleep is take a nice hot bath and infuse essential oils to help induce a relaxed state of mind. Try to disconnect from your day leave work at work and don't focus on the tasks of the following days. Try to soak for at least 15 to 20 minutes to allow oils to take effect. By rubbing lavender on the bottoms of your feet this will help you get restful sleep."

    Carmen R.
    Elements Medford

    "The best things you can do for a good night's sleep are to drink a glass of milk, stretch and take a hot shower."

    Cheryl P.
    Elements Louisville East

    "Some of these are things your mom used to say to you and some are a bit more scientific.  But hopefully all will point you in the direction of a better night's sleep.

    "Keep your bedroom cool -- no higher than 70 degrees.

    "Establish a bedtime routine and stick to it. Don't change the time you go to bed when you can help it.

    "Stop working at least an hour before your bedtime, but preferably two. This will help your brain get quiet and settled enough to allow you to fall asleep and stay asleep."

    Gabe V.
    Elements Louisville East

    "Don't drink coffee after 2 p.m. Remove your TV from your bedroom. Get up earlier.  Stop eating and drinking at least an hour before bed.  And meditate for at least 15 minutes.

    "These are all things I have done and do.  I used to think I was a night owl and now I'm in bed and asleep every night at a reasonable hour."


              What Stresses You Out Most About Tax Season?   

    Suzanne M.
    Elements Chandler/Ahwatukee

    "What stresses me out about tax season is watching how stressed my husband gets about completing the returns."

    Amy O.
    Elements Chandler/Ahwatukee

    "My biggest stress is waiting for the refund."

    Lori W.
    Elements North San Antonio

    "Personally, I don't get stressed out about tax season because I do my taxes early. I don't like to put things off. And it's nice to get a refund. If I had to pay then I would be stressed."

    Gretchen T.
    Elements Louisville East

    "Every new year brings the stress of tax time. I scramble to find my receipts and rack my brain that I have remembered all my expenses. Each passing week has taxes as top priority. With a busy schedule it is easy for this stressful task to get bumped off the list. I find myself in March and realize the clock is ticking. After sealing the envelope with my yearly taxes accomplished I feel the stress fade away. Now it's time for a massage!"

    Misha D.
    Elements Louisville East

    "Surprises.  Tax laws change often enough to keep me on my toes, wondering if I paid everything correctly throughout the year.  The stress of not knowing if I should expect to pay or expect to receive money is definitely elevated around tax season."


              Set the Stage for Aging Gracefully   

    Aging gracefully is not just a lifestyle – it’s a mind-set that focuses on connecting your mind, body and spirit for overall health and wellness. In order to embrace the golden years as a healthy and active senior citizen, it is important to take care of yourself today by adopting consistent massage, nutrition and exercise habits so you can live tomorrow and the years to come feeling restored, vibrant and pain-free.

    Industry trends show that senior citizens are taking a more holistic approach to their health and well-being needs as they age. According to a recent study from the AARP and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Americans aged 50 and older are discussing the use of complementary and alternative products and practices such as herbal or dietary supplements, meditation, massage therapy, chiropractic care and acupuncture with their health care providers.

    The survey found that just over half (53 percent) of people 50 and older reported using Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) at some point in their lives, and nearly as many (47 percent) reported using it in the past 12 months. Herbal products or dietary supplements were the type of CAM most commonly used, with just over a third (37 percent) of respondents reporting their use, followed by massage therapy, chiropractic manipulation, and other bodywork, used by around a fifth (22 percent) of respondents. Nine percent of respondents reported using mind/body practices, while 5 percent reported use of naturopathy, acupuncture and homeopathy.1

    Revive and Reinvigorate Your Body and Soul

    As today’s baby boomers jump into the next stage of their lives as retirees, golfers, travelers and pool loungers, they are turning to massage therapy for a deeper sense of mind and body relaxation, restoration and circulation. Therapeutic massage is a medically proven method for supporting overall health and wellness. The benefits of massage for senior citizens can include:

    • Improved range of motion and decreased low-back pain.
    • Increased circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
    • Exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles.
    • Reduced swelling and scar tissue.
    • Reduced recovery time from injury/surgery.
    • Reduced stress, the cause of nearly 90 percent of today’s diseases.
    • Released endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller, thereby reducing the need for medications.
    • Stimulated lymph flow and support for the body’s natural process of detoxification.
    • Enhanced production of T-Cells to boost your immune system. 2

    Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to wait until you are stressed or injured to get a massage. Any time is a good time for a massage. Massage is like a health-supplement or preventative care for a person's body and mind. A regular monthly massage is a great way to cope with physical or emotional stress and to keep it from causing discomfort or harm to your body.

    Protect Your Skin

    If it’s not properly protected from nature’s elements, your skin can be the first body part to show signs of aging. Experts agree that consistently using sunscreen throughout the year (even during the winter months when the sun may be hiding behind clouds, but skin damaging rays can still be present) is one of the most important steps you can take to help your skin look as young as you feel. There are many make ups and daily moisturizers available that include SPFs of 15 or more to provide constant skin protection throughout the day.

    Another element to consider when it comes to protecting your skin is increasing the humidity levels in your home, especially during the winter, to help prevent dry, chapped skin. Using a room humidifier while you sleep and/or using a house-wide humidifier system not only helps to increase the smoothness and softness of your skin, but it also can help with reducing wintertime nasal congestion and discomfort.

    Massage also can help promote healthy skin and immune systems by stimulating and activating a body’s circulation. This mind and body relaxation technique can directly benefit skin by enhancing tissue elasticity, improving circulation and joint flexibility, as well as boost a body’s immune function, alleviate life-shortening stress and create a greater sense of self.3

    Fuel Your Body

    Fueling your body with adequate amounts of whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables is important for healthy bodies at any age. According to the National Institute on Aging, to eat well, it’s best to incorporate foods that are high in nutrients (vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fats), but low in calories. When determining how much to eat, it’s important to take into account age, gender and activity level. The National Institutes of Health advises that women over age 50 should consume 1,600-2,200 calories per day depending on activity level, while men should consume 2,000-2,800 calories per day.4

    Additionally, an often forgotten fuel for our body that is important to maintaining healthy skin and bodies as we age is drinking an appropriate amount of water each day. A recent study has found that people who drink 17-34 ounces of water daily are 36 percent less likely to develop high blood sugar or diabetes. The study suggests that when you’re dehydrated, your brain pumps out more hormones that tell the liver to produce glucose.5

    So, how much is 17-34 ounces of water? Many water bottles have liquid measurements on the side and large ones will hold approximately 32 ounces of water. Fill up your water bottle at the beginning of the day and make sure it’s empty before going to bed. This will help you keep track of consuming the appropriate amount of water for a healthy and hydrated body.

    Get Your Move On

    Staying active as you age is an integral component to looking and feeling good throughout your golden years. Physical activity not only keeps your body fit and strong, but it also can help maintain mental strength and sharpness as you age. To get started, most cities or local organizations have senior citizen-specific fitness courses and/or activities that you can enroll in. Some popular senior citizen exercise activities include yoga and pilates to strengthen muscles, personal training to achieve specific total body goals or swimming for low impact cardio and full body workout.

    In addition to participating in common exercise regimens, incorporating therapeutic massage into your activity plan can help keep you more mobile and pain-free. Massage not only tones muscle tissue, but it also supports joint lubrication to promote ease in movement.

    To age gracefully, it’s important to approach your overall health and well-being in a holistic manner that connects your mind, body and spirit. By taking an active approach to regularly scheduled massage, nutrition, skin care and exercise routines, you are preparing for the next stage of your life as a happy, healthy and active senior citizen. Call Elements Therapeutic Massage today to start your journey of aging gracefully.

     

    Sources: 1 AARP, NCCAM. Complementary and Alternative Medicine: What People Aged 50 and Older Discuss With Their Health Care Providers. Consumer Survey Report; April 2010. 2 Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, Healthy Aging, Body Sense, Spring/Summer 2009. 3 Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, Healthy Aging, Body Sense, Spring/Summer 2009. 4 National Institute on Aging, NIH Senior Health, Eating Well As You Get Older; May 2008. 5 Men’s Health Magazine, November 2011.


              Bust through the Resolution Rut by Focusing on Overall Health, Well-Being in 2012   

    With the hustle and bustle of the hectic holidays in your rear view mirror, the never-ending possibilities for a healthy and happy new year are on the horizon. To grasp the unlimited potential the New Year can bring, people can be as frantic about New Year’s resolutions as they were on Black Friday racing to purchase the top toys on last year’s holiday guide.

    Statistics show that almost half of American adults make one or more resolutions each year. Although many resolutions fall to the wayside shortly after the journey begins, research shows that making resolutions can be useful, as people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than those who do not.

    Make Resolutions Likely to Stick

    The key to making resolutions that you can live by is to keep it simple. Write down two or three goals at most and set benchmarks for achieving the goals so you can enjoy incremental successes along the way. According to a resolution list from the U.S. government, many of the most popular resolutions fall within the category of overall health and well-being.2 Whether your resolution this year addresses reducing stress, increasing fitness, losing weight or improving sleep, the following tips will help you combat the resolution rut and keep you on the road to achieving overall health and wellness for the New Year.

    Start Your Mornings with a Dose of Mental Health and Physical Relaxation

    To establish a lifestyle routine focused on healthy living and well-being, it is important to start your day with some easy and simple mental health and physical relaxation exercises that focus on preparing you for whatever obstacles you may have to tackle during the day. By combining stretching/yoga poses with meditative breathing and positive thinking, you are well on your way to the road of living a restored and vibrant life.

    • Clear the Mind and Relax Your Body: Before rolling out of bed to greet the morning sunrise, take a few minutes of long, deep breathes to clear out the cobwebs from the night before and prepare your mind for a productive, stress-free day. By focusing on the positive aspects of what you plan on accomplishing for your day, you are setting yourself up for a happy and healthy mental wellness day. Research from the Mayo Clinic has indicated that health benefits from positive thinking may range from increased life span and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease to lower rates of depression and distress, better psychological and physical well-being, and improved coping skills during hardships and stressful times.
    • Balance Your Body, Balance Your Life: To get your day started off on the right foot, begin your morning routine with some quiet meditative and muscle relaxation time. In as little as five minutes, you can loosen your back, neck and leg muscles with common yoga moves such as child’s pose, downward dog and standing tree.

    Power Down Your Brain at Night to Reset and Revamp Your Mind

    Ending your day on a relaxing note will promote overall health and well-being by creating an environment focused on recharging your mind and body. At least an hour before going to bed, make it a habit to turn off all technology – television, phone, e-mail, Internet, social media, music, etc. This will help you power down your brain at night to prepare your body for a restful and fulfilling night’s sleep. Another key component to resetting and revamping your mind is ensuring that you allow yourself an adequate amount of sleep each night. When you get home from work, set your alarm clock for whatever time you need to go to bed to ensure 7-9 straight hours of shut eye. When the alarm goes off at night, you should be in bed ready for sleep. An adequate amount of sleep will help you have a more energetic, productive and healthy attitude during the day.

    Refuel with Weekly Appointments with Friends and Fitness

    Work, family and personal everyday commitments can leave your mental tank empty and craving some “ME” time. Refuel your tank by picking one stress relieving activity that you enjoy and schedule it on your calendar on a weekly basis. This could be as simple as reading a book/magazine for an hour, arranging a coffee date with a friend, volunteering or playing racquetball. By taking time out for yourself on a weekly basis, you are fueling your tank of self worth and demonstrating not only to yourself, but to your friends and family, that your mental health is important enough for you to set time aside each week for emotional and mental fulfillment.

    Similarly, it is important to fuel your body by incorporating fitness activities into your weekly routine. Physical activity not only helps your body’s fitness levels, but it also is an excellent source for preventing and managing stress. Whether it’s taking your dog for a 30-minute walk, going for a jog, biking the kids to/from school, taking fitness classes or swimming laps, consistent activity is good for not only relieving stress in your muscles/body, but also the stress in your mind.

    Restore and Revitalize with Monthly Massage Therapy Sessions

    To keep your mind and body aligned and working in sync, monthly massage therapy sessions are important to restoring and reinvigorating your overall health and well-being. Massage therapy addresses a variety of health conditions, the most prevalent being stress-related tension. Some of the most common massage therapy techniques include:

    • Deep Tissue Massage: Focuses on chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems or recovery from injury.
    • Swedish Massage: Focuses on relaxation, stress relief and overall health and wellness.
    • Hot Stone Massage: Specializes in easing muscle tension without deep pressure.
    • Trigger Point: Focuses on highly localized muscle knots where the body holds tension and carries stress.

    As you sit down to make your resolutions this year, it is important to focus on reasonable and attainable goals that are easy to incorporate into your everyday life. By using the daily, weekly and monthly tips in this article, you will be well on your way to not only making resolutions that will stick with you throughout the year, but also help you establish a well-rounded lifestyle focused on overall health and wellness. Resolutions are a journey, so enjoy the ride this year to a healthier and happier you. Call Elements Therapeutic Massage today to begin revitalizing your health and well-being for the New Year.

     

    Sources: 1 University of Scranton. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Volume 58, Issue 4, 2002. 2 USA.gov, Popular New Year’s Resolutions, October 2011. 3 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, May 2011.


              Add Massage to Your Summer Training Regimen for Increased Health and Wellness   

    Do hill repeats, long runs/rides, brick workouts or lap swims fill your summer training calendar? Are your upcoming weekends full of family hikes, golf tournaments, beach volleyball games or family camping trips? If so, then regularly scheduled massage therapy sessions should be an essential element to your active lifestyle. Whether you are a seasoned marathoner, weekend warrior, activity enthusiast or your ultimate goal is to finish your first 5k, incorporating massage into your summer routine will not only revive your health and well-being, but get you to the start (and finish!) line healthy and happy.

    According to 2010 research published by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, massage to support a healthy lifestyle dates back to early civilization and it is a common technique today for the management and prevention of sport injuries*. Massage also has been used to successfully increase flexibility and provide a greater range of motion.

    To prepare you for your active summer lifestyle, we offer the following tips for feeling restored, pain free and vibrant as you trade in your suit and high heels at the end of the workweek for athletic gear and fun-filled weekend adventures.

     

    TREK DOWN THE TRAINING TRAIL

    Just as every training program lays out a master plan for you to succeed in your big summer race, event or tournament series, don’t forget the most important element to any training schedule – regularly scheduled therapeutic massages to repair your tired, tense muscles and relax your training-focused, wired brain. A highly skilled massage therapist can be an extremely valuable member of your training team by helping you reduce the risk of injury, flush out toxins from your body, lengthen and stretch tight muscles and minimize the longevity of injuries.

    Experts agree that if you treat common overuse injuries (sore ankles, tight back, sore shoulders and tight hamstrings, for example) with massage as soon as you feel the first muscle tweak or pain, you will be more likely to keep your training schedule on course, while setting up your body and mind for a successful summer event.

    Suggested Massage Techniques during Training: Deep Tissue Massage or Sports Massage


    LOOSEN UP PRE-EVENT JITTERS

    Before you lace up your shoes and pack your gear for your big summer event, prepare your muscles for the strain and intensity of the planned activity by scheduling a therapeutic massage 2-3 days prior to the event date. The goal of this massage is to release tension in your muscles without leaving them sore, as well as reduce any pre-event stress or anxiety so that you can maintain a positive mental focus on race day. Your massage therapist will loosen any last minute muscle kinks and warm up muscles to prepare you for a successful event.

    Suggested Massage Techniques Prior to Event: Swedish Massage


    CELEBRATE YOUR EVENT SUCCESS

    You’ve trained hard, raced hard, played hard and now it’s time to treat yourself to an after-event massage. Instead of waiting in a 25-person deep line for an on-site post-event massage that only lasts five minutes, schedule at least an hour long massage for the day or two following your event. The goal of this massage is to help your muscles recover from the strenuous activity, as well as improve your body’s range of motion and reduce any spasms or cramping that may have been caused by the event. You will be better hydrated 24-48 hours following the event and will have more time to enjoy the fruits of your labor as your mind and body relax and unwind through the healing touch of a highly skilled massage therapist. 

    Suggested Massage Techniques Following the Event: Deep Tissue Massage

     

    Elements Therapeutic Massage looks forward to partnering with you this summer to help you achieve your goals of living an active, vibrant lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule a monthly massage and begin experiencing the Elements difference.

    *J Strength Cond Res 24(7): 1917-1924, 2010.


              Massage Meets Science: Single Session Yields Significant Biological Benefits   

    (Sept. 20 from AOL News) -- Massage therapy can trigger positive changes in brain chemicals, leading to reduced levels of stress and anxiety among the lucky recipients of a rub-down.

    That a massage offers vital relaxation benefits should be no surprise to devotees. Indeed, massage therapy in the United States has skyrocketed in recent years: Nearly 9 percent of American adults enjoyed at least one massage last year.

    But the perks go beyond aromatherapy lotion, essential oils and the inevitable bliss of a veritable 60-minute cat-nap. A study out of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center concluded that two kinds of massage -- a lighter touch and a more vigorous Swedish massage -- instantly reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

    And while some of us prefer the pain-for-gain massage style, recipients of light massages also enjoyed a jolt of stress-relieving oxytocin hormone.

    Dr. Mark Hyman Rapaport, the chairman of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai -- and a self-professed skeptic where alternative medicine is concerned -- called the results "very, very intriguing and very, very exciting" in an interview with The New York Times.

    Despite the popularity of massage, solid study on its potential health benefits remains limited.

    Research within the last decade, however, has suggested that massage therapy might offer mood-boosting effects, and pain relief, for terminal cancer patients. Not to mention the relief of chronic back pain and a speedier recovery from some sports injuries.

    Even Dr. Oz is a fan.

    "All of our surgery patients are offered the treatment -- I call it 'service with a smile' -- and it's a mandatory weekly prescription I give myself," the doc, who was the director of the Cardiovascular Institute at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, told CNN in 2007.

    And of course, celebrity athletes such as David Beckham are also reported to have a fondness for full-body friction (though his establishment of choice may be of debatable repute).

    Meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health, which backed the Cedars-Sinai research, is also sponsoring other studies into the role massage might play in promoting better health.

    Schedule a therapeutic massage at Elements today!

    Source: http://www.aolnews.com/surge-desk/article/massages-meet-science-single-session-yields-significant-biologi/19641238


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              The In Between   

    Sometimes life moves from one phase to another so seamlessly that you don’t even notice the change. You go from the being the house with babies and toddlers to the house with school age kids before you even know it. Then suddenly you look around and realize that Little Tykes, Lego, and Playskool have been replaced by Apple, textbooks, and stinky sneakers. 


    So often you only notice the passage of stages once they’re gone. The firsts are always noted; first tooth, first day of school, first sleepover, first time driving a car, first date… You don’t, however, notice the lasts. Eventually you start to think, when was the last time you cut up someone’s meat? Picked up one of your children? Gave them a bath? Washed their laundry? These lasts were not marked. They were not properly mourned. One day you picked up that last child, that last baby of the family, for the last time. Seems like that should have been noteworthy. But it was not. It slipped by unnoticed.

    Then there are times the delineation from one phase to another is so stark that it’s jarring. How is it that that child who just yesterday was lining up his matchbox cars all in a row is now a husband? How can it be that that child who used to stick his pencils in the flame of the candle every time you left the room is now a firefighter? The kid you were afraid to let drive your car is now paid a lot of money by a city municipality to drive their million dollar firetrucks? How is it that the baby who would give you pouty lip and watery eyes every time you left her in the church nursery is now off to college without a backward glance, taking care of her own business and handling her own life? How is it that the baby of the family, the one you watched like a hawk to keep safe, that child you spent hours in the ER with over the span of her life praying as she fought off yet another anaphylactic reaction, is now applying to nursing school because she wants to be the nurse in the ER instead of the patient? These things are startling.


    In 26 years my children have gone from helpless little cherubs to competent adults. I, however, remain the same; a little wiser hopefully, and a littler rounder to be sure, but overall the same. The passage of these 26 years did not have such a stark a change on me. I am still the same mom who worries when they’re not home. I’m still the mom who becomes enraged when someone slights one of her babies. I don’t even care if they’re all technically adults now. I will fight you.  I’m the same mom who wants to make sure they’re taking their vitamins, eating a healthy diet, drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, not working too hard, and going to church. The difference now is that those things are no longer my job.


    So what is my job now? I’m not really sure. My kids used to jokingly call me Motherboard after the character in the show CyberChase who is described as ‘the relaxed and benevolent ruler of Cyberspace who lives in Cyberspace Control Central’ That was me. I was the (mostly, I hope) benevolent ruler of my control central. The center of the house. The knower of what’s for dinner, all the phone numbers, dates on the calendar, whose turn it is to feed the dogs, and when they last had a tetanus shot.


    I know the next phase of life will be fun. Different, but fun. Empty nesters. Dave and I will have the ability to flit about from here to there without an act of congress to set it all up. I won’t have to hold everyone’s schedules in my brain, just mine and Dave’s. I assume at some point there will be grandchildren. I can’t wait for this. I’m going to ROCK the grandma thing. I had to teach and train and discipline my own kids. It’ll be my kid’s and their spouse’s job to do the hard bits of parenting. Grandma just gets to play and read the books and make the cookies. I’m going to love that.


    But we’re not there yet. Now we’re in the In Between. Not quite at the foot loose and fancy free daysof the empty nesters. Not at the eat ice cream and read books with the grandbabies phase. I’m not sure I like the In Between phase. It’s incongruent. Happy but sad. Exciting but scary. You don’t really have any say anymore. You have zero control. The stakes are much higher when they make mistakes, but you can’t do it for them. You want them to go and make their way in the world, but also not leave the nest. You want them to go serve the Lord, but not too far away please and thank you. The job in this In Between phase seems to be that of a cheerleader. You cheer and encourage when your team is winning, and you cheer and encourage and silently beseech God on behalf of your team, when they’re losing. Either way, your job is only to cheer. 




              Two New Books to Check Out   
    Some of you may have noticed that there have been a lot of new book releases in the past few weeks, and you can expect a couple more as Yomtov starts appearing around the corner. One book that I was very excited for and that I have begun reading is Rabbi Yechiel Spero's new book from Artscroll, "A Touch of Purity." I only jumped onto the "Touched by a Story" bandwagon a year ago but I've already become an enthusiastic fan of the stories. Rabbi Spero's latest book is about Elul and Tishrei and all the messages associated with those times (i.e. Teshuva, davening, etc.) As someone who learns better through stories then pure mussar seforim I really appreciate Rabbi Spero's books, especially those that are about certain times of year or other themes, like his book on Tisha B'av which has given me something meaningful to relate to on that day the past two years, as well as his books of Tefillah. I haven't gotten all the way through "A Touch of Purity" yet since I want it to last me through Yom Kippur, but I have finished the section of Elul and if the rest of the book is as powerful as the first section I would recommend this as inspirational and timely reading for those of you looking for a good book/sefer on the Yomim Noraim. Each story is followed by a short d'var Torah that gives the story an extra boost to help make its point. I'll admit that sometimes I skip the d'var Torah and go straight to the next story, but everything written in this book is worth reading.


    The second book that I've been reading, which I picked up yesterday, is a book from Feldheim on Jewish medical ethics titled "The Value of Human Life." It is based on a series of lectures that were delivered at the first ever Jewish medical ethics conference that took place two years ago in Switzerland. I actually took a class on Jewish medical ethics a year ago which drew me to this book but its relevance is for all of us as it is fascinating and pertinent to the times we live in. In todays world we are constantly hearing about issues like stem cell research, organ donations, prolonging the life of people who are brain dead, and many other health related issues. "The Value of Human Life" has articles written by some of the biggest names in Jewish medical ethics, including Rabbi J. David Bleich, Professor Avraham Steinberg and Professor Abraham S. Abraham. I think that understanding the issues discussed in this book will help us to be more educated on these relevant issues and will give us a Torah perspective to maintain when reading about them in the newspapers. This book is reader friendly and truly fascinating for anyone interested in reading it.

    Wishing you all a K'siva V'chasimah Tovah!

              Overactive scavenger cells may cause neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's   
    For the first time, researchers have demonstrated a surprising effect of microglia, the scavenger cells of the brain: If these cells lack the TDP-43 protein, they not only remove Alzheimer's plaques, but also synapses. This removal of synapses by these cells presumably lead to neurodegeneration observed in Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.
              NEW Ground Neuro Coffee!!   
    Better Coffee, Better Brain.

    As you all know, I’m a huge fan of Neuro Coffee as part of morning ritual because of it’s health effects on the brain. Make new neurons and save the one’s you already have just by drinking your regular morning brew. Too easy! It’s time for an upgrade. I knew this was coming but had to […]

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              New 2018 Specialized Epic - Ten Things to Know   
    New 2018 Specialized Epic - Ten Things to Know

    Whether it's at a cross country world cup, marathon race or multi-day stage race, it’s rare not to find a Specialized Epic and it’s owner on the podium. This was the first cross country full suspension platform to be ridden to a World Championship win, and has seen plenty of accolades since. For 2018, the Epic gets lighter, faster and a little smarter too, here are ten things to know about this cross country race weapon.

    1. Lessons learned from the Epic Hardtail

    First seen on the new Specialized Epic Hardtail released in 2016, the new Epic benefits from big advancements in carbon lay-ups and geometry better suited to tackle the forever more challenging courses.

    The carbon lay-up improvements are perhaps the benefit of having legendary carbon bicycle engineer, Peter Denk, on staff. The Epic Hardtail was Denk’s first bike for Specialized and has no doubt played a helping hand in all carbon models released since.

    2. No more Era, the Epic is for all

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    As seen earlier today with the release of the new Tarmac, Specialized’s research of over 40,000 digital fit points through its partnership with Retul has shown that there’s not as much difference in fit between men and women as first thought.

    As a result, Specialized is moving away from women’s specific frames and instead will offer one frame design for both genders. That’s not to say women’s-specific bikes are done though, as Specialized will continue to offer Women’s Epics with gender-specific contact points and suspension tunes designed to give a better ride experience straight from the shop floor.

    3. A Smarter Brain

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    One of the key aspects to the Epic’s success over all these years has been its auto-locking Brain suspension. This suspension remains locked out and firm until an impact from the wheels releases it. It’s a system that’s been well proven for its efficiency until the furious pedaling of cross country and marathon racing.

    For 2018, the new Epic gets a ‘Brain 2.0’, made in collaboration with RockShox, it’s designed to be even more reactive and smoother than its predecessor. The new Brain sits closer to the rear axle (actually mounts underneath) for improved bump responsiveness. There’s also an updated oil flow path for more consistent damping performance.

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    4. A Lighter Frame

    With a new carbon layup and a new mold, the 2018 Epic sees some significant weight removed. Specialized hasn’t published a number for the S-Works frame (using FACT 12m carbon), but claims the Pro, Expert and Comp Carbon frame below (FACT 11m carbon), saves up to 525 grams (size dependent).

    5. Geometry Refined

    Sticking with 29er wheels across all frame sizes, the new Epic features geometry that’s more aggressive than before. All four frame sizes on offer now feature a 69.5 degree head angle, one degree steeper than the previous Epic.

    The frame’s stack is now slightly shorter and there’s a longer reach too. The chainstays now 10mm shorter too, down to 438mm across all sizes.

    6. Custom Fork Offset

    With the head angle slackening out and the reach growing, Specialized has taken a bold step and created its own custom fork offset. Interestingly, this arguably goes in the opposite direction of most 29ers, with less offset being chosen.

    As a result, the new Epic features a fork with 42mm offset, something creates a higher trail number (94mm). That’s 10mm more than the previous Epic. On paper, this should give the bike an impressive straight-line stability but may come at the cost of agility. It’s something we’re eager to test out ourselves.

    Learn more about fork offset and trail in our complete guide to bicycle geometry (sorry, it can be a dry read!).

    7. Threaded Bottom Bracket, 30.9mm Seatpost

    Sometimes it’s the small details that are the most impressive. For example, the new Epic goes back to a threaded bottom bracket shell. This ensures easy serviceability and creak-free riding without having to resort to expensive bottom bracket bearing designs.

    Likewise, the new Epic makes use of a relatively common 30.9mm seatpost, with the obvious benefit being that it’s ready to accept a dropper seatpost.

    8. Still Room for Two

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    The last iteration of the Epic was one of the first full suspension mountain bikes to allow the easy carrying of two water bottles. The new Epic continues this and is well ready to continue Specialized’s war against hydration packs.

    9. There’s an Alloy Version

    In addition to the S-Works FACT 12m and FACT 11m frames, budget-conscious racers will be pleased to hear that an alloy version of the Epic will be offered too. Made from Specialized’s M5 premium aluminium with D'Aluisio Smartweld technology, the new metal frame benefits from the same improvements in geometry and suspension.

    10. Pricing and availability

    Below is the expected American range and prices. Exact time of arrival for these bikes is yet to be confirmed.

    • S-Works Epic XX1 Eagle – $10,100 (Men’s and Women’s available)
    • S-Works Epic Frameset & Fork – $3,000
    • Epic Expert – $5,200 (Men’s only)
    • Epic Comp Carbon – $4,000 (Men’s and Women’s available)
    • Epic Comp (Alloy) – $2,900 (Men’s only)

    With the new Epic so near, why not find yourself a bargain on a 2017 cross country race bike? The BikeExchange marketplace has a number of amazing deals on previous year Specialized Epic’s from across the country.


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              Comment on Millita breakbarrel rifle: Part 1 by Siraniko   
    B.B. and all, It is with a sad note that Wing Commander Sir Nigel Tetlington-Smythe had passed away last 24th of June. He had an accident the previous week and suffered a very serious brain injury. I found the notice here: http://angryangryguncompany.blogspot.com/ Siraniko
              UI/UX Designer - Groomefy - New Delhi, Delhi   
    _*Job Description: *_ > Experience: 2-3 years; Participate in brainstorming and project planning to shape the design of Groomefy App and related requirements ₹3,60,000 - ₹4,80,000 a year
    From Indeed - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:15:16 GMT - View all New Delhi, Delhi jobs
              Vans Vault x Brain Dead   

    El espíritu de la subcultura ha inspirado la nueva colaboración entre Vault by Vans y Brain Dead. Este colectivo creativo de artistas, músicos y diseñadores de todo el mundo fundado por Kyle Ng y Ed Davis se con la marca californiana. Este verano presentan la colección cápsula de nueve piezas que incluye ediciones exclusivas de calzado, ropa y accesorios. Esta edición de clásicos Vans en tonos desgastados de rosado, verde y amarillo añaden diseños gráficos pensados especialmente para la ocasión.

    Brain Dead se describe a sí mismo “no como un individuo, ni una idea, sino que se encuentra en el espacio que hay entre las personas". Esta idea fluye a través de toda la colección enfatizando la estética disruptiva a través de las clásicas zapatillas Vans que en esta ocasión poseen referencias simbólicas de post-punk y skate.


    El mundo post-punk se deja ver por toda la colección gracias a los gráficos que enfatizan el enfoque visual de una subcultura atrevida y descarada . Los pictogramas de Brain Dead, como casi siempre satíricos, se llevan todo el protagonismo destacando sobre el color suave del calzado. La colección cuenta con tres versiones de lujo de las icónicas de Vans, incluyendo Old Skool LX en verdeEra LX en rosa Classic Slip-On LX en amarillo.





              Comment on MiniLD #74: CoopJam by lebrokholic   
    Looking for volunteers to create a 3d mobile puzzle game based on gravity forces (just imagine Portal but w/ different mechanics). Random details: - Unity game engine - Single player (however, might include multiplayer if there will be nice coop puzzles created) - Android, iOS (might be PC and OSX btw) - Minimalistic graphics (e.g. Mirror's Edge) Some of the roles you might like are: - Creative designer (to brainstorm and design puzzles) - Level designer (to implement puzzles in Unity) - 3D artist (to create 3D stuff) - Composer (audio is everything for a good atmosphere) Feel free to ask me more or join my team. I am reachable via lebrokholic@gmail.com or http://facebook.com/timazhum
              Soporte técnico en Sitio - BrainUp - Lomas de Chapultepec, D. F.   
    Cerrar los tickets asignados en tiempo y forma a través de los medios establecidos. Soporte Técnico en Sitio*.... $7,500 al mes
    De Indeed - Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:40:53 GMT - Ver todos los empleos en Lomas de Chapultepec, D. F.
              Angry Birds and Minecraft are Math and Science? + a giveaway   
    This is a sponsored post by Zaniac. I have been compensated for the event I attended and also for sharing it here on my blog. I am also part of the Mom it Forward blogger network


    We all want what is best for our kids/grandkids and sometimes just being aware and informed of the tools available can be half the battle. Let me share with you one of these amazing resources.
     With Summer on the Horizon have you thought about what to involve your kids in to keep their brains engaged and learning? Do your kids like Angry Birds, Minecraft and Robotics? Hey, mine too! 
    Did you know that all three of these have ties to Math and Science? I didn't but when I heard that Zaniac was tying 3 things together that my kids already LOVED with educational stuff I knew I wanted to check it out. 
    Zaniac is new to me. I had never heard of it and when they offered to host my whole family to come and experience Zaniac I was in! I love finding resources that can help my kids and get them excited about learning and activities that engage them so much they don't even realize they are "learning". Sneaky, sneaky. That is exactly what we found. My kids went right for the Lego Robotics room. The instructor took them on a journey of everyone figuring out how to make this robotic vehicle make it around the track by programing in the right angles, length of time, etc. All my kids from my little to my oldest were participating.


    Zaniac ignites imagination through their STEM programs. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering an Math. They have after school programs, summer camps, Spring break camps and Parents Night Out when everyone gets a break and fun night!
    They also offer homework help and one of their services is Math testing. They can test your child and help you understand where they at and how to best help them.


    Not only were the kids engaged but me as a parent got involved with another parent and blogger. We jumped into a fun but simple math game with the kids swatting at the answers to multiplication, addition and subtraction problems. Seriously! Can learning math facts look more fun??



    And if you need more proof of engagement take a look at this candid shot I got. He was really into navigating the angry bird through the maze and programing the computer to tell it what to do so he could get it right.


    What I really loved was knowing there is a resource out there that wants to give kids the opportunity to excel in the STEM areas. They are relating to what the current interests are that are already in their everyday lives. What a cool job right? And what a cool opportunity for your kids(s) too!

    Zaniac wants to give YOU the opportunity to experience how they can Ignite your child's Imagination too by giving away a free 6 week Zaniac program of choice to 2 lucky readers ($299 value each).
    Programs are:
    Minecraft
    Lego Robotics
    Chess
    Touch Typing
    Computer programming

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Good luck!!  

              Summer Learning/Boy Books   
    Almost every year I've had a small easy plan for the kids to keep their brains "warm" all summer long.  Some summers we have started strong and eased up, which is ok, and others I just didn't have the energy to add it to my things "to do".  This summer I made sure Andrew (13) and Patrick (9) had a plan.  

    In the past I've used Summer Bridge books.  I wanted to make learning more personal this year so I asked Andrew what he would like to do.  He is reading the entire Harry Potter series  (I really wanted him to finish the vocab book that came home almost unused but we made a trade-off.)  He's been wanting to read them all again, but didn't have time during school.  He has a book light and reads before he falls asleep.  I also found this short language lesson that he is doing every day in Spanish.  I would LOVE to add one other daily short video lesson (history or Catholicism?) for him, if you have any suggestions let me know please!

    For this guy, we picked out a bunch of books-he has told me he likes biographies, or fiction or fact about dogs.  I went to work and found some of our old favorites and new ones too.  A workbook is NOT a way to this kid's heart, so I went the heart route (except with math.)

    We are reading these great books together (just finished Henry Ford and loved it).  I read one chapter, he reads another.  

    We've always loved Who Was books:

    Who Was (Is)-

    Childhood of Famous Americans-another favorite around here:




    I also bought this book for him to read at night by himself.  It's hard for to find books at his level to read on his own without struggling and that aren't silly.  This one is great so far, I'm on the lookout for more like this.

    For writing work, we are taking his favorite book ever, and choosing a dog, drawing a picture, and writing 3-4 factual sentences about the dog in a blank book I bought at Target a couple years ago that summarize the dog's traits.

    I originally bought this math book that a friend suggested to me (and I really do like-the pace it moves and practice it gives is perfect for us) but we took a small break to finish the next one and really practice math facts.

    So far this has been great. It introduces "tiers" very slowly and with a little "trick" to teach each number.  Math facts are so easy for some kids to learn and so hard for others.  For me, they were torturous.  I still remember standing in the living room with my dad or mom while they flashed me cards and it would take me so long.  I didn't have the memory or concentration for it and it just stressed me out so much I couldn't think straight.  I hate flashcards to this day-and math.  I just read a very interesting theory on math required to be done quickly and how that creates math hatred and is unnecessary how some of the smartest mathematicians work very slowly and struggled with timed tests.  Our school doesn't do that and uses a very different math program that I love (and would have helped me understand as a child), but they still need to know facts of course as we move on to multiplication.





              Summer Our Way   
    It's funny how at a certain point in time along the mothering journey, one just accepts the way they are and finds what works for them.  No comparisons, or panic, or feeling left behind or out of the loop.  It took me years to get there, and lots of experimentation and failure and acceptance of who I am and what works for my family.  I know right now there are lots of moms looking on Pinterest for elaborate job charts and summer bucket lists and what have you. (Ugh, that Pinterest-love/hate.)  To do or not to do summer camps/library clubs/nothing/tech turn-offs/family trips/play-dates/no play-dates etc.  So many choices we have to filter through!

    We moms, as our children age, have to be fluid and flexible.  But we MUST be kind to ourselves-sometimes, even often, we must do what works to keep us calm and settled and not burned-out by July 15th.


    1. Be aware of babies and toddlers schedules and do not feel guilty keeping those schedules.  Some babies and toddlers are very flexible and snap back easily from disruption, and others MUST have that nap every day at exactly this or that time.  Some toddlers (kids!) can withstand a late bedtime, some can't.  I have one child who wakes up at the crack of dawn every day, I swear he would if he went to bed even at 3 a.m.  He can't "catch up" on his sleep.  It's ok to plan days around this and keep a tight schedule even though it's summer.

    2. Chores.  There are so many elaborate systems of allowances and chores.  Elaborate and overwhelming and maybe they work for some people, but try as I might, they did not for me.  They just created one more thing to keep track of, to remember, to argue about with kids.  I don't pay for anything but cutting the lawn, and every day I write on a piece of notebook paper a few simple jobs. My mom did this for all of us my whole childhood.  We woke up, ate breakfast, did jobs and then were free to run.  No stickers or rewards or financials.

    3. Technology. It's easier for me to just turn it all off.  Yes, there can be a withdrawal from TV.  (The littler kids don't have other tech, the older kids are busy enough with work (this is the key to teens in the summer!).  I have put up reminders on the TV about not turning it on, or asking first.  Once they hear no enough, they give up, we just have to be strong and outlast.  That doesn't mean on a rainy day I just might say yes to a movie, or a favorite show or sporting event, that just means I've learned I don't want it used as a constant fall back to boredom or the way we start our day out.

    4. Play dates with little ones were hard and unnecessary unless there are neighborhood-no-drive playing. This gets so much easier when they are older-before that siblings are enough.  Also playdates are supposed to make my life easier because the friend is really easy, respectful, resourceful and not hyper so I choose carefully.


    I do know it's hard to keep little ones home and older ones busy.  This is where Lego projects or elaborate craft projects or books or some sort of "goal" or fun fall back activity comes in for us when those "but I'm so bored" comments start. (My kids and the neighbor kids built an entire dog house out of wood scraps last summer!)  It is worth it's weight in gold to invest in anything like this.

    5. Food and laundry=priorities.  Food prep (simple meals) and a plan for dinner and a load or two of laundry every day.


    6. Low expectations. No cute bucket lists for me.  I tried one year and it felt like another to-do list.  I refuse to be held accountable for anything we didn't do, which might just be nothing, who knows? But for me, it's so much better to throw a surprise in than feel like we all disappointed ourselves.

    7. Routine.  Setting a lose routine for summer days help enormously.  Ours is up, breakfast, whatever school work I've assigned (which is another post and very simple things like a page of a Summer Bridge, or whatever we've decided together for the summer, and then jobs).  I try to plan week by week what is going on and where we need to be when, if we go anywhere.

    7. Self care.  Summer is full throttle for me and long long days.  Some summers were full on survival mode for me and they were hard!  What would have helped?  A little exercise, a healthier eating plan, even hiring someone to clean or just feeling less guilty about take-out.  Creating some way to feel a little more control of days where schedules changed constantly especially with teens and I felt like I was caught in the storm instead of the EYE of the storm where everything swirled around me and I remained still.  I needed to set more boundaries all the way around. To do that, we have to have time to exercise or meditate, or sit by ourselves, or read, or get up really early to get a hard start and a plan-anything.  Even a teeny tiny bit helps.  It also helps to write this reminder and hang it inside my bathroom cabinet so I don't get so caught up that I forget the essentials.

    And sometimes we just have to know and accept that we are in a hard stage and it will get better.
    The recognition that mothering, especially a large family, or new baby, takes a lot of energy, and brain space,and can be stressful, is so important.  Taking non-swimmers to the pool is stressful-we are "on" 100% of the time. Going from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. (or later) is stressful.  Doing it yourself with no outside help is stressful. Going on a family vacation can be stressful. The goal is to make it as non-stressful as possible depending on OUR own stress meter, no one else's.

    It is up to us to learn about ourselves and our children and set the way we want our days and weeks to look accordingly.


    I say probably once a day "I love summer!", and I really mean it.  I am so grateful I get to be home and not in a yucky office,  I love what summer means to me-ice cream and pools, and books and green grass and easy meals and bike rides and more ice cream.  I have the fondest memories of my summers growing up and we seriously did "nothing" but play every day with neighbors, and ride bikes on our gravel road and swim wherever we could find a pool and drink from the faucet and eat tons of hotdogs and corn on the cob and read so many library books for three months straight.  It was the best ever.
              Almost Here   
    We've been counting down the days till school is over-at least I have two boys that have been counting and one that will probably be a little sad to leave, if he would ever admit that.  We have a fun summer planned-I think I have found the right balance of short morning camps a few weeks for the boys, and lots of down time where they can swim and play and hang out.  Hopefully lots of hard work for the older ones. It won't be a perfect balance I'm sure, it never is, but hopefully after this many years of parenting I have a better chance of finding that happy medium. Some years with babies it's better to do nothing, other years it works to find those activities to wear them out and get them up and at it in the morning.

    Andrew ran and won class president.  It is interesting how some kids just have the guts and desire to do these things and others do not. So far there has been a little pattern in our family. He was so nervous the day he had to give his speech-he said the nervous feeling was 1000 worse than the play and he felt sick all day and couldn't eat lunch.  

    Of course (I'm saying that because it seems like these types of kids work this way?) he didn't have his speech written, typed or practiced till an hour after bedtime the night before.  (I bite my tongue because procrastination makes me so stressed!) I had already fallen asleep putting Janey to bed and I woke up in the middle of the night with that feeling of forgetting something-I realized I felt this awful guilt for not working on it with him or listening to him speak.  What if when I woke up he hadn't finished it or it wasn't ok?  I know everyone else was either tired or busy (exam week, Jeff working a bunch) so he was on his own (and in line for computer time to boot) that night.

    That morning, I saw the draft on the table and read it and just had a good laugh. It was perfect, 100% him all the way through.  Once again I am reminded of one of the benefits of having a big family, minus the guilt we moms always feel when it doesn't seem like there is enough of us to go around-there is really a rare chance that I get to helicopter parent or smother anyone.  It's a big lesson in DIY for the kids.  

    Here's the second half of a rough draft-it's a boy-version of Summer Wheatley's Napoleon Dynamite speech-Flaming Hot Cheetos vs. Bonne Bell dispenser?  Maybe that's why I adore it.

    I waited with trepidation at the end of the day-he had instructions to borrow a cell phone as he was riding with friends around town right after school-and PLEASE let me know if he had won or not.  I had butterflies that hour before and then was so happy for him.  And I let everyone in the family know, and then I thought about the kids running for student council that didn't win and felt a pain in my heart.  

    This is what I have found with the kids growing up-we moms all feel each other's pain-the pain we feel when our children face an obstacle or a set-back.  I've had enough of them-from dating break-ups (the worse both ways), to not making anything (team, etc) for years, to the big game loss, etc.  We are all in this together.  As many joys as there are in the younger years, after jr high we moms really ride an emotionally rocky road sometimes.  I always say, "I've already been through this once when I was growing up myself, why do I have to go through it all over again?"  Six times!  There is so much joy in the moment and then letting go and saying little prayers during the hard stuff.  We feel their joy and their pain as moms.  I want them all to be ok.