Happy National Eat Outside Holiday

Happy National Eat Outside Holiday

 

Today is the last day of August! Summer is almost over, yet you can’t get enough of the great outdoors. The sun is bright and warm, the weather is great. National Eat Outside Day couldn’t come at a better time.

Happy National Eat Outside Holiday
Happy National Eat Outside Holiday

People have been eating outdoors since the days of the caveman. Nowadays, people eat most, if not all, of their meals indoors. Eating outdoors has become more of a special event, than a regular occurrance. National Eat Outdoors Day, is an opportunity to change that, if only for a day.

Celebrating this special day is very easy. Find a picnic table, a park bench, or an outdoor restaurant. You can also spread a blanket out on the lawn. Use one of these special places to eat all of your meals, snacks, popsicles and ice cream, outside in sunshine and fresh air. You will be glad you did!

Did You Know? Sidewalk cafes first appeared in the early 1900’s in Manhattan in New York City.

Origin of National Eat Outside Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We searched every picnic table and outside eatery that we could find, but have not yet found the creator of this very special day. We are certain he or she is outdoors eating somewhere.

We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a “National” day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.

 

Flush the Fat With Smart Food Choices

Flushing the fat? As crazy as the concept might sound, the Fat Flush Plan can help you reshape your body while detoxifying your system. This low-carbohydrate, three-phase diet regimen was created by nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S.

Phase 1 of the plan, called The Two-Week Fat Flush, lasts 14 days and is designed to jump-start weight loss. Phase 2, The Ongoing Fat Flush, helps you continue to lose weight, and Phase 3, The Lifestyle Eating Plan, focuses on maintenance.

The Fat Flush Plan was designed to increase metabolism, flush out bloat and to boost the fat burning process. At the core of the plan is the commitment to promote a balanced lifestyle and encourage simple healthy habits that seem to have gone by the wayside in our modern and hectic everyday life. Every aspect of each phase of the plan is focused on accomplishing this goal: helpful essential fats, amounts of protein, antioxidant-rich vegetables, moderate amounts of fruits, calorie-burning herbs and spices, cleansing diuretic beverages, exercise, journaling and even sleep are addressed.

The Two-Week Fat Flush is based on an average of 1,100 to 1,200 calories daily, and is designed to jumpstart weight loss for dramatic results. It will transform your shape by accelerating fat loss from your body’s favorite fat storage areas – your hips, thighs and buttocks.

The Ongoing Fat Flush is the next step for those individuals who have additional weight to lose but who also want to pursue a more moderate cleansing program and enjoy a bit more variety in food choices while still losing weight.

This part of the program is designed for ongoing weight loss, with approximately 1,200 to 1,500 calories each day. This is the phase that will be followed until you reach your desired weight or size.

The Lifestyle Eating Plan is your maintenance program for lifetime weight control. This phase offers over 1,500 calories daily, providing a basic lifelong eating program designed to increase your vitality and well-being for life. You’ll add up to two dairy products and up to two additional friendly carbs.

Phase 3 friendly carbs include more choices from a variety of starchier veggies and nongluten hypoallergenic grains. Foods are always introduced one at a time to make sure there are no allergic reactions and you’re your body tolerates the food well.

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Happy National Dog Holiday

Happy National Dog Holiday

 

The National Dog Day has two goals: to honor dogs, and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. It’s an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of dogs in our lives.

This day is intended to honor dogs for all that they do for us. In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs help us out in countless ways. They are watchdogs for our safety. They lead the blind. Dogs aid in search and rescue, and they seek out bombs and drugs.

Happy National Dog Holiday
Happy National Dog Holiday

The second goal of National Dog Day is to rescue dogs in need. On occasion, dogs need us to save them from homelesness and abuse. The goal of the National Dog Day foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year. Lend a hand to help a dog in need today, or any day.

Origin of National Dog Day:
National Dog Day was created by the National Dog Day Foundation. Their motto is “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time”.

President George W. Bush, a dog owner himself, sent a letter to the foundation in support of National Dog Day.

 

Selecting A Great Dog Gift
by Teresa James

You can have lots of fun selecting a dog gift for someone who absolutely adores dogs. And you’ll be happy to know that no matter what size budget your working with there are lots and lots of wonderful gift ideas to choose from.
In fact you may have so many great choices that you could easily become overwhelmed.
So let’s start by learning how to narrow down the flood of choices a bit. Narrowing the choices to match the gift to the person will get you well on your way to selecting that perfect dog gift.
Tip #1 – Determine How Much You’re Going To Spend
Deciding how much you’re going to spend on your dog gift is definitely going to narrow your choices.
But this is a good thing . . . because wonderful dog gifts are available in almost any price range.
And by narrowing your options based on price, you’ve just made your gift selection search a lot easier.
Tip #2 – Decide Who The Gift Is For
Is your gift for a current dog owner? If so . . . would you like the gift for the dog owner or for their dog?
If you’re dealing with a bona fide dog enthusiast . . . either type of gift is appropriate and would be welcomed.
You’ll want to think about starting with what you know already about the person as well as their dog.
Deciding if the gift is for the person or the dog will help narrow the many choices even further.
Are you buying a gift for a dog caregiver? Maybe for your dog sitter, dog walker, dog groomer or veterinarian or anyone else who you trust enough to care for your beloved pet?
Is the dog gift for someone who is actively involved with dogs? Or are you looking for a gift for someone who just loves dogs, but doesn’t own a dog right now?
Tip # 3 – What’s The Special Gift Giving Occasion?
Is there a special occasion coming up that calls for a dog gift?
Special occasions such as birthdays, holidays, get well wishes, pick me ups and pet loss condolences or memorials are all good reasons to give a dog lover a gift.
And there are times you may give a gift just because you care. What category does your dog gift fit into?
Some gifts can be personalized to special occasions with imprints, photos or amusing accessories.
A gift that is customized for the special occasion will be really welcomed and show that you put extra thought into your gift selection.
Tip #4 – How Does Your Dog Lover Express Their Fondness For Dogs?
To select a great dog gift you’ll need to know a little about how your dog lover likes to express their passion or fondness for dogs.
Does he proudly wear dog breed clothing, display dog art prints & posters or like to collect dog figurines and other dog related knick-knacks?
Or maybe she likes to pamper her special pooch. Buying her little dog all sorts of treats, dog carriers, designer dog clothes and elegant dog jewelry.
Tip #5 – Don’t Overlook Your Dog Lovers Other Interests & Hobbies
You may find that the perfect gift is one that combines a favorite hobby or interest with their love of dogs.
If your dog lover is a big sports fan maybe he would like a dog clothes outfit that reflects his favorite team.
Any dog gift with team colors and logos on them will be a hit when his friends come over to watch the big game. If you don’t think his pooch would like to wear a dog shirt, a dog bandana might be a better choice.
Do you need to get a dog gift for a dog lover who plays golf? Then she would probably love some dog breed golf club head covers.
They can really add a sense of fun and style while protecting their valuable clubs.
The choice of dog lover gifts seems endless, but now that you know how to narrow your focus you’ll be able to pick great dog gifts every time.
Just think about who you need the dog gift for, and have fun. The best gifts are the ones that make the moment special and get us all to smile.

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Happy Kiss Holiday

Happy Kiss Holiday

Happy Kiss Holiday for all of you! Kiss and Make Up Day is a great way to end a spat. Everyone has an argument, a fight, or a tiff once in a while. Family, friends, lovers, no one escapes without an occasional fight. Today is a day to end the fight, kiss, and make up. Oh, what fun this day can be!

Happy Kiss Holiday
Happy Kiss Holiday

Today is a day to end the fight, be it a short spat, or a long standing feud. C’mon, get over the issues, and resolve your differences. Then, kiss and make up. After all, making up can be oh, so sweet. For lovers, it is the best part of the fight. Some might suggest that the kissing and the making up part makes fighting worthwhile.

A Piece of Blarney Stone 10 ways to empower your communication

The Blarney Stone is a historical stone, or actually part of the Blarney Castle in Ireland where it was believed that kissing the stone can grant you the gift of gab. Yeah, it seems strange in this day and age, but who are we to question tradition? It’s not like I’m saying that Santa Claus doesn’t exist (OOPS!).

There is so much to know about conversation that anyone, even I, could ever realize. You can go though watching talk shows; radio programs; clubs dedicated to public speaking; ordinary conversations; certain rules still apply when it comes to interaction through words. It may sound tedious, I know, but even though it’s your mouth that’s doing the work, your brain works twice as hard to churn out a lot of things you know. So what better way to start learning to be an effective communication is to know the very person closest to you: yourself.

1. What you know.

Education is all about learning the basics, but to be an effective speaker is to practice what you’ve learned. My stint as guest at every Toastmasters’ meeting I go to taught me that we all have our limitations, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn to keep up and share what we know.

 

2. Listening.

It’s just as important as asking questions. Sometimes listening to the sound of our own voice can teach us to be a little bit confident with ourselves and to say the things we believe in with conviction.

3. Humility

We all make mistakes, and sometimes we tend to slur our words, stutter, and probably mispronounce certain words even though we know what it means, but rarely use it only to impress listeners. So in a group, don’t be afraid to ask if you’re saying the right word properly and if they’re unsure about it then make a joke out of it. I promise you it’ll make everyone laugh and you can get away with it as well.

4. Eye Contact

There’s a lot to say when it comes to directing your attention to your audience with an eye-catching gaze. It’s important that you keep your focus when talking to a large group in a meeting or a gathering, even though he or she may be gorgeous.

5. Kidding around

A little bit of humor can do wonders to lift the tension, or worse boredom when making your speech. That way, you’ll get the attention of the majority of the crowd and they’ll feel that you’re just as approachable, and as human to those who listen.

6. Be like the rest of them

Interaction is all about mingling with other people. You’ll get a lot of ideas, as well as knowing what people make them as they are.

7. Me, Myself, and I

Admit it, there are times you sing to yourself in the shower. I know I do! Listening to the sound of your own voice while you practice your speech in front of a mirror can help correct the stress areas of your pitch. And while you’re at it you can spruce up as well.

8. With a smile

A smile says it all much like eye contact. There’s no point on grimacing or frowning in a meeting or a gathering, unless it’s a wake. You can better express what you’re saying when you smile.

9. A Role Model

There must be at least one or two people in your life you have listened to when they’re at a public gathering or maybe at church. Sure they read their lines, but taking a mental note of how they emphasize what they say can help you once you take center stage.

10. Preparation

Make the best out of preparation rather than just scribbling notes and often in a hurried panic. Some people like to write things down on index cards, while other resort to being a little more silly as they look at their notes written on the palm of their hand (not for clammy hands, please). Just be comfortable with what you know since you enjoy your work.

And that about wraps it up. These suggestions are rather amateurish in edgewise, but I’ve learned to empower myself when it comes to public or private speaking and it never hurts to be with people to listen how they make conversations and meetings far more enjoyable as well as educational.

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Happy Wind Ride Holiday

Happy Wind Ride Holiday

Ride the Wind Day is a carefree day to soar above the earth. You can catch a ride with the breeze, or float along slowly like a gentle, late summer cloud. Date When celebrated : August 23 rd

Summer will soon be over.

Catching the drift of this day is easy. Just relax, and let the wind carry you away in whatever direction it is blowing. Leave your troubles and worries behind for a spell, as you waft in the air.

Here are some great ways to enjoy Ride the Wind Day :

  • Fly in an airplane
  • Fly a kite
  • Parachute
  • Hang glide
  • Take a motorcycle ride
  • Hope in a sailboat, and go for a ride
  • Just kick back and enjoy one of the last days of summer

Isn’t it Time You Started to Fly?

by Damien Senn

I am going to begin this article by sharing a shocking fact….
Did you know that if you opened the door on every single budgie cage around the world (and we are talking a lot of cages here…) fewer than 5% of our imprisoned feathered friends would actually embrace the window of opportunity provided and fly away!
Hard to believe I know.

Most would choose to do exactly what they’ve always done. Spend a bit of time moping around on the swing, maybe the odd moment glancing into the mirror and the rest of the time keeping a close eye on the rise and fall of the bird seed.

 

Happy Wind Ride Holiday
Happy Wind Ride Holiday

I bet you could just imagine the dialogue being squawked around the enclosure as well. Chances are you’d hear priceless banter such as

‘There is no such thing as being as free as bird….squawk’
or ‘Those sparrows have all the luck…squawk, squawk’
or from the really disgruntled budgies….

‘it’s all my parents fault that I was born inside a cage….squawk, squawk, squawk!’
So what has this got to do with leaving your job and starting up your own business I hear you ask?

Your Cage Door is Always Open!

Well the most important thing for you to realise is that the door of your employee cage is always open. Whether you stay or whether you fly away is completely your own choice. It has nothing to do with your boss, nothing to do with your irritating co-workers, customers or suppliers and everything to do with you.
You have to accept responsibility! This will not only make you feel a lot happier and more empowered, it will also provide you with the seeds of your great escape.
Start Taking Day Trips Outside of Your Cage!

If you have made the decision that you would like to leave the confines of paid employment, experiment with leaving your cage on day trips. Don’t worry, you don’t have to fly off for good just yet!

Take a day off here and there (a sick day if you have to!) to experience what it would be like to be your own boss for a day or two! Spend time planning your new business venture and start taking the small steps necessary to make it a reality.
Experiment with the piece of mind that you can always return to the safety of your cage, bird seed and water at the end of the day.
Make the Decision to Leave Your Cage for Good!

Return to bird seed I hear you cry!

But I’ve just spent the entire day eating these delicious, wriggling worms that I pulled out of the ground all by myself!
Chances are when you start to experience how good it feels on the outside you are not going to want to go back to your old way of life as an employee! If this is true for you, start making bigger plans that will help you leave your employment cage for good.
Freedom is a mindset!

It is important to understand that Freedom is a mindset. As soon as you make the decision to be free you will be.
Similarly, it is important to understand that being an entrepreneur is also a mindset.
If you make intelligent use of your free time, find a hungry market for your good or service and develop the confidence necessary to go out on your own, soon you’ll flying, singing and eating worms to your hearts content.

 

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Happy National Spumoni Holiday

Happy National Spumoni Holiday

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Spumoni is an Italian ice cream, originating in Naples, Italy.

Here is an easy recipe:

  • Spread pistachio ice cream into pan and smooth the top.
  • Place the mix into the freezer until semi-frozen, about 20 minutes.
  • Stir vanilla ice cream, chopped cherries, almonds, brandy, and almond extract until combined.
  • Stir in food coloring (if using) to desired shade of pink.
  • Enjoy!

 

Have some Spumoni ice cream! Celebrate Spumoni Holiday!

Thoughtfulness

by Henry Ramsey

Of paramount importance and relevancy to true and lasting human accomplishment is the way we deliberate between short term gain and long term accomplishment. The overriding consideration must be our degree of thoughtfulness. Thoughtfulness means an honest examination of the desired objectives over time.

Corporations dominate the landscape.

The majority of us toil in increasingly meaningless, stressful and time demanding occupations, with credit and consumption heralded by the mass media our reward. A relentless barrage of commercial miasma invades our psychic at every venue, branding their version of morality into the fabric of our daily lives. Image makers, indiscriminately selling manufactured desire, have elevated the irresponsible personality to social prominence, even hero worship.

Without intervention, and none appears likely, the declining circumstance of all our lives will continue to deteriorate as greed and intolerance perpetuates itself.  We have abdicated our intuitive duty to build a more sustainable existence by giving power over our lives to the purveyors of fear and greed.

In a perverted antithesis to the quest to find relevancy and meaning in the world,

mass media advertising is providing manufactured identity, through product worship, to target audiences, most egregiously to the young and searching. Mass marketers cater to moral insecurity and foster irresponsibility through aggrandizement of inane idols. They endorse and promote immediate gratification and intimidation through peer pressure.

They supplant the quest for substance and meaning with drivel and triviality. In attempts to appear righteous they unabashedly employ insidious public relations tactics to play on emotion or loyalties. The absurd and demeaning circumstance of popular culture shows how much we hunger for access to meaning within ourselves, and how far short we have fallen in attempting to find it.

 

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Happy World Mosquito Holiday Celebration

Happy World Mosquito Holiday Celebration

On this day in 1897, the link between mosquitoes and the transmission of malaria was discovered by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross. Date When Celebrated : Always August 20 th

Happy World Mosquito Holiday Celebration
Happy World Mosquito Holiday Celebration

Ross also identified that the female Anopheles mosquito transmits the disease. In 1902, Ross was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for his discovery.

World Mosquito Day commemorates the day when the relationship between mosquitoes and malaria was identified. Malaria is an infectious disease caused by parasitic protozoans.

About 1,500 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States each year. The vast majority of these cases are travelers and immigrants entering the U.S. from parts of the world where malaria is common.

The goal of this special day, is to raise awareness of causes of Malaria, and to to learn methods of prevention. With the knowledge that mosquitoes carry other diseases, most notably the dangerous Zika virus, it is even more important today, to be aware, and to understand the necessity of avoid coming in contact with mosquitos.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine celebrates World Mosquito Day annually, since the 1930s,. They hold exhibitions and parties designed to entertain and to inform people.

Did You Know? At least two million people die each year from malaria and other mosquito born diseases.

 

The Origin of World Mosquito Day:

Sir Ronald Ross declared the annual observance of World Mosquito Day. He did so shortly after his discovery of the linkage between mosquitos and malaria.

Sir Ross wanted that people would have the educational importance of knowing that mosquitoes transmit malaria.

 

MosquitoES Control: Options

by Leon Chaddock

Mosquito control is an ongoing problem. They are annoying creatures and they can also spread disease. Find a way to control them at least at any area. It seems as if there is no easy way to do this. Mosquito control is something that many people, around the world, deal with every day. The question is, how do they do it?

Options To Consider

There are many options to consider when it comes to mosquito control. Of course, in each area of the world, there are various types of mosquitoes as well as laws that tell you what you can and cannot do to them.

Here are some options that are possible to consider depending on the area.

• The control of mosquitoes can be implement with wide assortment of natural methods. You can use deterrents such as citronella or other plants to using natural pest control products in the area, there are many things that you can do naturally.

• Use of pest control products. This may be fly traps and fly tape.  The person can use chemicals that will, in effect, kill off the mosquitoes in the area. While chemicals are really the most powerful option, many do not like them because of how dangerous they can be to the environment.

 

Have present that Mosquito control is quite necessary in one form or another.

 

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Happy National Potato Holiday

Happy National Potato Holiday

Date When Celebrated : Always August 19 th

Potatoes are one of the largest vegetable crops in the world. They were first cultivated in Peru, around 5,000- 7,000 BC. Pardon the broad estimate, but records were sparse back then, often written on the inside wall of a cave. While most potatoes grow to about the size of your fist or less, the largest potato ever grown, weighed in at 18 pounds, 4 ounces. Now, that’s a whole lot of french fries! National Potato Day is a day to celebrate and enjoy a few potatoes. The versatile spud can be enjoyed in some way for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and as a snack. While it can be eaten raw, it is usually cooked, boiled, baked or fried. It is used in countless recipes. Americans can’t seem to get enough of them.

Happy National Potato Holiday
Happy National Potato Holiday

In celebration of National Potato Day, make certain to include potatoes at every meal today, and for snacks, too!

Happy National Potato Day!

Related Day: National Potato Chip Day

Origin of National Potato Day:
Our research did not uncover the creator, or the origin of this day. This day was most likely created by the food industry, or perhaps a home gardener who enjoys growing and eating potatoes..

Like many other food related holidays, this is referred to as a “National” day. We did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.

 

How to Keep Food Fresh Naturally

Learn how to keep your food fresh using other fruits and vegetables.

How many times have we brought food and then forgotten about it only to remember it because it begins to stink? Against this, you cannot do anything, but you can ensure that your food lasts longer and keeps fresh.

How?

There are many things you can do, such as regularly clean your refrigerator and regularly check the food in there and also that you keep in the cupboards or anywhere else. But its not just about checking them. This cannot prevent anything. All you will be doing is throwing away food items before they stink up the entire kitchen. So, what can you do to keep the food fresh?

Practical List of Tips for Ensuring Food is Cleaner and Fresher:
1) Spread some cloves on and around the marble surface of your kitchen, and also spread some cloves under the sink.
Why?
The Cloves keeps ants away.

 

2) Place some bay leaves inside your bags of dough, rice and the rest of the packs that insects prefer.

Why?
Bay leaves keep insects and other such lice away from food products. By placing bay leaves inside the packets, we ensure that insects do not reside there. But please remember to change the bay leaves once every three months.

 

3) Place half a potato in the refrigerator.

Why?
If there is any kind of bad smell from food or cooked items, the half potato will absorb it. To make sure that this works, remember to exchange the potato every three days.

 

4) Store eggs with the pointed side down.

Why?
Storing eggs with the pointed side down keeps them fresh for a longer period.

5) Place a few cubes of sugar in the jar where you store American cheese.

Why?
When you place two or three cubes of sugar with the American cheese in an air tight jar, the sugar absorbs the moisture and prevents the cheese from getting bad.

6) Do not store tomatoes and cucumbers in the same draw.

Why?
Tomatoes give out gases that cause cucumbers to rot faster so make sure that you keep these two apart.

7) Do not store apples along with the rest of the fruits and vegetables.

Why?
Apples give out certain gases that cause fruits and vegetables to rot.

8) Place slices of apples or raw potatoes in the bread compartment or jar.

Why?
By adding a few slices of raw potatoes or apples with the bread, you ensure that the bread remains fresh for longer than usual.

9) Store radish in a vessel along with some water.

Why?
You should store radish in a vessel along with water because water will keep the radish fresh and crisp for a long time. For the same reason, if the radishes have shriveled, place them in a jar of cold water. Water will restore the radish to its previous splendor.

Conclusion:

Here, I have presented only a few of the more practical actions you should follow to ensure that the food you and your family consume remains fresh and tasty.

 

 

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Happy Bad Poetry Holiday

Happy Bad Poetry Holiday

Date When Celebrated : Always August 18 th

According to Wellcat.com, the creators of this day, the intention is to gather a group of old high school friends, and write some really bad poetry. Then, send the poetry to your old high school teacher. Wow!, That sounds like a lot of fun……Bad Poetry Day is a day to create some really bad verse. But, why you ask? Perhaps, the answer is simply “because you can”. Maybe, it exists to allow us to better appreciate good poetry. Or, perhaps it is to be written to irritate someone……

Happy Bad Poetry Holiday
Happy Bad Poetry Holiday

Today’s Poem dedicated to you, the reader:

So, you’re a poet
But you don’t know it.
Try writing some verse
But, don’t be terse.
After it’s writ,
It will read like……….

Walt Whitman is probably turning in his grave.
Happy Bad Poetry Day

Origin of Bad Poetry Day:
This special day was actually created by the good folks at Wellcat.com. They have created a number of special days and have actually copyrighted them so they can profit by it. Dontcha just love America!?

 

My Left Brain Wrote This Article

You may have heard that your left brain, or rather the left hemisphere of your brain, is different from your right brain. What are the differences, and how do you use both more effectively?

The terms “left brain” and “right brain” refer to the left and right hemispheres of your brain. They each tend to process things differently, as explained in the following two paragraphs. However, the following are generalizations.

They hold true for over 90% of right-handed people, and only 70% of left-handed people. In the cases where they aren’t true, the division of labor and processing styles is usually still there, but reversed, with the right side handling the things that most people’s left side handles, and vice-versa.

The left brain processes thing more sequentially and systematically than the right. It is more rational, or at least more logical, analytical and objective. It tends to look at the parts more than the whole. Finally, it was learned early on in studies of the hemisphere that the left side handles speech for most of us.

The right brain is the “artists” brain.

The right brain handles thing in more random and subjective manor. It is generally responsible for “hunches” and other intuitive processes. It looks more at wholes, and is best at pattern-recognition, making it the “map reading” part of the brain.

How distinct are the two halves of your brain? Consider the amazing experiments involving people who have had the corpus callosum cut. This surgery is performed on epileptics to reduce the incidence of seizures. It isolates most of the right hemisphere from the left hemisphere.

In a typical experiment, a divider lets a subject see two objects – say, a cup with the right eye and a lemon with the left. Asked what they see, they’ll say “a cup,” because their left brain process both language and information from the right eye.

When asked to write down what they see, however, using their left hand, they’ll write “a lemon,” because both their left hand and eye are controlled by the right side of the brain.

The two hemispheres normally work more closely together. These split-brain experiments show how distinct the two sides really are, though.

Many people think that there is some benefit to getting the two sides working better together, as they each have their strengths. Some claim that meditation accomplishes this, and there is some evidence at least for the balancing of electrical activity between the two sides during a meditative state. Alternately, you could develop whichever hemisphere seems weakest in you.

Left Brain Right Brain Dominance

You will usually favor one style or another of thinking, and this may be an indication of the dominance of either your right brain or left brain. It seems likely, for example, that the choice between joining the debating team or the art class in school would have something to do with which side is dominant.

You may have noticed that left-handed people, who presumably have a more developed right hemisphere, are more often artists.

What if your left brain is dominant

If your left brain is dominant, and you want to work on developing your right brain? You could try singing, a right-side activity. By the way, those who stutter often don’t stutter singing, because singing is handled differently than regular speech (right brain versus left brain). Writing or, even better, reciting free-form poetry and studying maps may help as well. These are not proven to be beneficial to “right brain development” by scientific studies yet, but there is no danger in experimenting in these areas.

To stimulate and strengthen the thinking processes of your “left brain,” talk about things as logically as you can. Picking apart an argument or something you read, and analyzing it can exercise this part of the brain too. Again, there is little hard evidence as to the effects of these specific exercises, but talking or working on your analytical skills are safe things to do, so experiment freely. Writing this article is almost certainly a left brain activity, by the way.

To be more “whole brained”

In your approach to things, work on your weakest areas, using some of the tips above. Try to also bring both sides into whatever you do.  Your artistic work could include more analysis. Can these practices really help balance your thinking? Time and more research will let us know, but it seems likely, and it seems equally unlikely that more fully using your right brain and left brain will hurt you.

 

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Happy National Thriftshop Holiday

Happy National Thriftshop Holiday

National Thriftshop Day is a day for a real bargain.

Thriftshops is an old term for stores that sell items deeply discounted merchandise. It’s not always the highest quality, but the price is right. You know these stores better today as discount department stores and dollar stores.

Date When Celebrated : Always August 17 th

Happy National Thriftshop Holiday
Happy National Thriftshop Holiday

Watch for sales and specials today at Thriftshops in celebration of National Thriftshop Day. If you are a store owner, create a sale around this special day, and watch your August sales sizzle!

 

The Origin of National Thriftshop Day:
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. Without a doubt, a thrift shop somewhere started this special day. It most likely originated when a Thrift store promoted a summer sale.

Thank your granddad for donating that plaid button-up shirt
‘Cause right now I’m up in her skirt
I’m at the Goodwill, you can find me in the Uptons
I’m not, I’m not stuck, I’m searchin’ in that section Uptons

Your grammy, your aunty, your momma, your mammy

I’ll take those flannel zebra jammies, second-hand, I rock that motherfucker
The built-in onesie with the socks on that motherfucker
I hit the party and they stop in that motherfucker
They be like, “Oh, that Gucci. That’s hella tight.”
I’m like, “Yo, that’s fifty dollars for a T-shirt.”
Limited edition, let’s do some simple addition

Fifty dollars for a T-shirt – that’s just some ignorant bitch. Shit

I call that getting swindled and pimped. Shit
I call that getting tricked by a business
That shirt’s hella dough
And having the same one as six other people in this club is a hella don’t
Peep game, come take a look through my telescope
Tryna get girls from a brand and you hella won’t
Man you hella won’t

Goodwill… poppin’ tags… yeah!

I’m gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I – I – I’m hunting, looking for a come-up
This is fucking awesome

I wear your granddad’s clothes
I look incredible
I’m in this big ass coat
From that thrift shop down the road
I wear your granddad’s clothes, damn right
I look incredible, now come on, man
I’m in this big ass coat, big ass coat
From that thrift shop down the road. Let’s go

I’m gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket
I – I – I’m hunting, looking for a come-up
This is fucking awesome

Is that your grandma’s coat?

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Happy National Airborne Holiday

Happy National Airborne Holiday

Big thinkers have pondered the concept of airborne soldiers for hundreds of years. After the invention of the hot air balloon in 1784, Benjamin Franklin wrote to a friend that “ten thousand men descending from the clouds” could “do an infinite deal of mischief before a force could be brought together to repel them.”

Happy National Airborne Holiday
Happy National Airborne Holiday

It’s a unique greeting and response between Army paratroopers, the “soldiers of the sky.” They are considered three-time volunteers, first volunteering for military service, then volunteering to jump from a plane, and finally volunteering for combat on a recurring basis, often with little advanced notice.

The first official Army jump took place on August 16, 1940, when 48 soldiers became the Army’s first parachute test platoon and the first American paratroopers. The 29th Infantry Regiment conducted its first jump at Fort Benning, Georgia. Sixty-two years later to the day, President George W. Bush issued a proclamation designating August 16 as the day to honor the nation’s airborne forces with National Airborne Day.

Big thinkers have pondered the concept of airborne soldiers for hundreds of years. After the invention of the hot air balloon in 1784, Benjamin Franklin wrote to a friend that “ten thousand men descending from the clouds” could “do an infinite deal of mischief before a force could be brought together to repel them.”

Though the U.S. military considered the development and use of Airborne forces in WWI, it wasn’t until November 1942, that members of the 2nd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, conducted America’s first true combat jump, leaping from a C-47 aircraft behind enemy lines in North Africa.

Since then, airborne tactics have played a vital role in conflicts throughout history and around the globe, including D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, the invasion of Southern France, and conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. They are also often an important element of peacekeeping operations, like in Panama, Grenada, Desert Storm, Haiti, Somalia, and the Balkans.

One of the most famous of U.S, airborne operations was “Operation Neptune,” part of the Normandy landings on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Airborne forces were tasked with securing the flanks and approaches of the landing beaches in Normandy, and, though widely scattered by poor weather and poorly marked landing zones, the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions succeeded. They secured the western flank, though with heavy casualties; all together, airborne casualties in Normandy totaled around 2,300.

Key to the effectiveness of airborne forces is the element of surprise, since paratroopers and other airborne forces are inserted into areas not easily reached by land. Though they are defenseless in transit, they appear with speed and surprise, a tactic that can shift military advantage against the enemy. They can also be effective in re-opening a landing zone that has been damaged by the enemy, dropping in to secure and repair a landing strip.

Paratroopers often are dropped with a limited number light, non-armored vehicles and guns, so their presence must be quickly supplemented with additional ground forces, or be resupplied often by air. In World War II, paratroopers were dropped with light motorcycles for transit, and after the Korean War, larger vehicles light enough to be dropped by parachute were developed, such as the M551 Sheridan tank.

Around the U.S. and even in some combat zones, soldiers and civilians will pause on Aug. 16 to celebrate the history and impact of U.S. airborne forces. Paratroopers from the past and present will gather to reminisce, while air displays will celebrate the combat jumps that have helped put American boots on the ground in the harshest of conditions. They will share their stories, remember brothers they’ve lost, and honor the spirit of the airborne combat soldier.

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