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To Be Successful You Have To Try
Posted:Feb 25, 2021 1:38 pm
Last Updated:Feb 25, 2021 8:29 pm
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What I like about this quote is that in order t.o achieve something you must believe in yourself.

Once you start, your intentions motivate you t.o take action and later on t.o keep pushing yourself t.o succeed. Your dream becomes less of a dream and turns more into reality.

Think about it. How would you accomplish something if you didn't at least try?

There really is no sure formula for success. It can be as unique as those attempting t.o be. There are lots of examples from business, entertainment, science, medicine and sports. Here are a few examples of those who were not successful at first but kept going:

Harland David Sanders:
Better known as Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame, Sanders had a hard time selling his chicken at first. In fact, his famous secret chicken recipe was rejected one thousand and times before a restaurant accepted it.

Thomas Edison
In his early , teachers told Edison he was “too t.o learn anything.” Work was no better, as he was fired from his first jobs for not being productive enough. Even as an inventor, Edison made one thousand unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Of course, all those unsuccessful attempts finally resulted in the design that worked.

Fred Astaire
In his first screen test, the testing director of MGM noted that Astaire, “Can’t act. Can’t sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little.” Astaire went on t.o become an incredibly successful actor, singer and dancer. He kept that note in his Beverly Hills home t.o remind him of where he came from.

Babe Ruth
You probably know Babe Ruth because of his home run record ("7" during his career), but along with all those home runs, for decades he held the record for strikeouts. When asked about this, he simply said, “Every strike brings me closer t.o the next home run.”


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Is Your Brain Your Biggest Sex Organ
Posted:Feb 24, 2021 1:10 pm
Last Updated:Feb 25, 2021 5:49 pm
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Often you hear, the brain is the biggest sex organ. Did you know it isn’t a muscle? It’s mostly fat, but mental exercise will help keep it in shape. So in that spirit, here are some brain teasers t.o give your problem-solving and reasoning skills a workout.

No cheating. No calculators. Just have fun. You will have to scroll down for the answers. Good Luck!

Counting Digits

How many times does the number five occur in the numbers from one t.o one hundred?

The Long and Short of It

Six neighbourhood : Lynn, Bobby, Delta, Charlotte, Walter, and Zenia had their height measured. Walter is taller than Delta but shorter than Zenia. Lynn is taller than Bobby but shorter than Delta and Walter. Bobby is not the shortest. List the in order of height from tallest to shortest.

Which Family Member Texted?

Sarah receives a text message from an unfamiliar number, so she texts back, “Who is this?”

She received this puzzling response: “It’s one of your female relatives. Your mother’s mother is my father’s mother-in-law.” Even assuming that this information is true, it doesn’t help Sarah pinpoint an individual, since there are two relationships it could describe. What are they?

Animal House

How many pets live in my house if all of them are snakes except two, all are hamsters except two, and all are rabbits except two?

Word Mystery

Lois and Helen, are two widowed sisters, living together out in the country. Their habits never changed: up at dawn, breakfast, some housework and gardening until lunch. In the afternoon, Helen napped while Lois watched her shows and Helen never watched TV. Then Helen would clean the vegetables for dinner and Lois would cook. In the evening, they’d read before bed. One night before they turned in, a storm knocked out the power. Everything was pitch-black, and Lois began to panic. “What should we do?” she cried. Helen just smiled and kept reading. Why did Helen stay calm while her sister did not?

He likes steak. She likes Fish

Sam enjoys steak so much that the probability that he’ll have it for dinner on any given evening is one in three. The favourite dish of his wife, Mary, is fresh fish. The probability that she’ll have it for dinner on any given evening is one in two. Because Sam and Mary always dine together, they’ll never have steak and fish on the same night. On average, how many times in a thirty-day month will they be having either steak or fish?

Answers
Twenty times. The digit five appears ten times as the last digit and ten times as the first digit

The correct order by height is Zenia, Walter, Delta, Lynn, Bobby, Charlotte.

The relative could be either a sister or a first cousin.

There is one of each, for a total of three.

Helen can't see, she is blind.

There are twenty-five nights when they will be eating either steak or fish.
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Doing This Does Not Make You Shine Brighter
Posted:Feb 23, 2021 12:22 pm
Last Updated:Feb 25, 2021 7:04 pm
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The world is full of so much anger and negativity. Yes, it has always been around but lately, it seems worse than ever.

Look around you and it is everywhere.

I have heard and seen comments on pretty much everything: the way people look, on the way people write, on their photography, on what food they eat, on what they wear. It’s an infinite list.

Calling someone fat won’t make you any thinner.
Calling someone dumb doesn’t make you any smarter.
Calling someone ugly doesn’t make you any more beautiful/handsome.
Ruining someone else’s day won’t make yours any better.

While it is difficult, remember that negative comments say more about the person making them, than the person they are intended for.

The fact is that you do not make yourself better hurting someone else’s feelings.

Use your words and actions t.o be kind and lift someone up. You and everyone else will be better off for it.


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It Is The Little Things That Matter Most
Posted:Feb 22, 2021 11:33 am
Last Updated:Feb 25, 2021 12:59 pm
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Here are some of the little things that I think matter most:
* Saying Thank You.

* Apologizing when you know you are wrong.

* Showing up on time.

* Letting the person who seems rushed, cut in front of you.

* Listening without interrupting.

* Learning and using people's names.

* Treating everyone with politeness, even those who are rude t.o you; not
because they are nice, but because you are.

* Tipping generously.

* Knowing your limit and staying within it.

* Giving freely. Go through your things and give freely t.o those in need.

* Being empathetic but don't presume you know..

* Giving someone a sincere compliment.

* Holding doors open for others.

* Smiling at others for no apparent reason.

* Sharing your knowledge / expertise.

* Avoiding gossip. Do not initiate or add to it.

* Reaching out t.o a person who has made a difference in your life.

* Being open t.o other people and their points of view.

* Being kind t.o yourself. Make peace with your past mistakes.

* Being a mentor.

* Volunteering.

* Following your dreams and encouraging others t.o follow theirs


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Being A Mother Is Forever
Posted:Feb 21, 2021 11:58 am
Last Updated:Feb 25, 2021 1:03 pm
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No matter their age or what they have accomplished, you still worry about your . You never stop thinking about them or wanting the best for them. Perhaps I didn't fully understand this until I had my own.

My brothers and I were very different personalities, as well as in our interests, our strengths and our ambitions. My M.O.M. had her hands full adopting to our needs.

Like many people, when I was a , she and I went through some rough patches. However, after I started working full time, our bond became closer when we took a two week vacation together. I came back with a renewed respect for her and all that she had been through. I also knew that no matter what, she would always be there for me.

Even when I was married, every morning, she would phone me at work at the same time. It didn't matter if we had spoken the night before, she would still phone t.o touch base. Those moments were "our time'.

I would give anything to have those moments again.


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Setbacks Lead to Stronger Comebacks
Posted:Feb 20, 2021 11:56 am
Last Updated:Feb 25, 2021 1:06 pm
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W.h.o. doesn't love a great comeback story? Hollywood does. So does the sports world. There are also many examples where individuals overcame incredible setbacks and are better and stronger.

Personally, in every difficult situation or adversity, I have been through, I recovered, stronger, wiser, more resilient and able t.o take on whatever happened next.

Here are some situations/events that are considered amongst the greatest comebacks:

Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln grew up in meagre circumstances, failed at business twice and had what most considered a nervous breakdown. He lost when he ran for Congress, lost twice when he ran for the Senate and lost as a vice-presidential candidate. He then went on t.o be elected the sixteenth president of the United States

The Boston Red Sox
They won the very first World Series and won four more "". However, they did not win another world championship for eighty- years! In the "2004" ALCS , they lost the first three games against the New York Yankees. No team had come back from such a deficit. But they did and then beat the St. Louis Cardinals in four games straight!

The Buffalo Bills
They recovered from a thirty-two-point deficit against the Houston Oilers in "93" and won the game in overtime. It was considered the greatest postseason comeback professional football has ever seen.

The Cleveland Cavaliers
They are the first NBA team t.o overcome a three game to zero deficit and win the championship. It was also the first major sports championship any Cleveland sports team had won since 64.

Robert Downey Jr
He had great success at an early age including an Academy Award nomination for the film, Chaplin. He then was arrested numerous times on drug-related charges. He was on probation, served jail time and court-ordered drug rehabilitation. After five years of setbacks, he decided t.o have a comeback and successfully started in the Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes franchises and has become one of the most popular actors in Hollywood.
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Things We Remember From Childhood Books
Posted:Feb 19, 2021 11:39 am
Last Updated:Feb 25, 2021 1:08 pm
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Madeline L'Engle said, “You have t.o write the that wants t.o be written. And if the will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for .”


’s books are full of timeless advice. Often we forget they are as we become hardened by experience. We find explanations for why things are the way they are and we lose our sense of wonderment.


Those books we enjoyed as often will be put on shelves .to gather dust until our or grandchildren discover them.


Often, it takes the simpleness of a story meant for little ones to remind us of what is really important. We should treasure them.
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Healthy Choices For Women Over Fifty-Five
Posted:Feb 18, 2021 12:51 pm
Last Updated:Feb 25, 2021 1:10 pm
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Women face unique health issues beginning at age fifty and throughout the rest of their lives. Heart disease, osteoporosis, breast cancer and diabetes occur more often in older women than in women.

Your family health history can influence your health risks in the years ahead. So can your lifestyle before and after menopause. Here is some interesting information about what you need more of and what t.o cut out when you reach this age:


Heart Disease, Not Breast Cancer Is What Women Should Worry About
Heart disease is actually the top killer for women. Each year, heart and stroke kill “31,000” women in Canada, according to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Women’s heart health risks increase after menopause, yet just one in five women believe heart disease is the greatest threat t.o their health.


Heart Attacks Are Different
For women, the most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort, but they are more likely t.o experience shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and back or jaw pain.


You Are Not The Only One
Millions of women can’t control the “gotta go” feeling (urge incontinence) or leak during exercise or when they sneeze or cough (stress incontinence), and this risk increases after menopause. It’s common but not normal, and any leaking of urine should be evaluated and treated.


Your Sleeping Position Matters
Stomach and side sleeping positions can cause wrinkles over time, and this effect gets worse as you age thanks t.o the natural thinning of your skin, according t.o a study in Aesthetic Surgery Journal. Most sleep wrinkles can be seen on the forehead, lips, and cheeks. If you can tolerate it, sleeping on your back can slow down development of wrinkles.


You Really Are What You Eat
Plan a healthy diet rich in good fats, dark leafy greens, berries, and fish. Diets that limit carbs can also boost brain health. Your brain needs healthy fats, and fewer sugars and carbs.


Stick To A Bedtime
Most of us haven’t had a real bedtime since childhood. However, getting adequate sleep is highly underappreciated as a health issue, and setting and sticking to a regular bedtime can make sure you are getting enough. The Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least seven to eight hours of sleep nightly.


You Can Still Get Pregnant
If you haven’t officially entered menopause, you can still become pregnant, and you may need t.o use birth control. Menopause is diagnosed when a woman hasn’t had her period for straight months. Most women enter menopause at age fifty-one.


Exercise Regularly
Weight training can greatly increase your overall muscle, ligament and tendon strength as well as bone density. This improves a woman's balance and ability t.o walk. Strength training, lifting weights or exercising against resistance, can also prevent or slow bone-weakening osteoporosis. Strength training also can lessen arthritis pain. Women who are physically active are less likely to develop adult-onset diabetes. You do NOT have to get in Ten Thousand Steps!


Falling Is A Real Risk
It’s not just the elderly who are in danger of falls and fractures: research finds falls become more common after the age of 40, particularly in women. Falling is more dangerous than you think: it is one of the leading causes of hospitalization and mortality in the elderly, according the Centre for Disease Control.

What lifestyle changes did you make as you got older?


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Lets Talk About Emergency Preparedness
Posted:Feb 17, 2021 12:54 pm
Last Updated:Feb 25, 2021 1:12 pm
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In the event of a major disaster, experience has shown us that it will likely take three or more days for emergency services such as police, fire, ambulance, and other outside assistance to reach many neighbourhoods. the services we most take for granted (gas, electricity, water and phone) may be disrupted for days. No community is without risk

Emergencies and natural disasters are usually unpredictable. A little preparation could mean the difference between life and death during those times. With all that has happened the past year and throughout this winter, I felt it was appropriate t.o share these suggestions for how t.o be ready:

Outlet-free Chargers
Smartphones and laptops will still work when the power is out—as long as you’re prepared. Having a juiced-up portable battery or small generator will keep you in touch with loved ones and with any emergency updates.

Cordless Radio
Gathering around the radio might seem like a thing of the past, but it could prove vital in an emergency situation. It allows you t.o get in touch with what’s going on locally. You won’t miss any important messages warning you not t.o leave—or t.o get out fast. Make sure you have a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio so it can work when the power is out.

Medications
Sometimes, the way medications are dispersed now, we have just a very small supply available. In a disaster, it might be hard to replenish those supplies. Talk to your doctor about writing a larger prescription so you have a couple of weeks work on hand if you can’t reach the pharmacy.

Lantern
Handheld flashlights are convenient t.o carry and store, but their beams won’t light up a room the way your lamps do. In addition t.o battery-powered flashlights, pick up a lantern, which can brighten up a larger amount of space.

Batteries
If you’ve been using your phone as a flashlight and haven’t touched an actual torch in years, don’t be surprised if the batteries in your backups have worn out or corroded. A pack of extra batteries never hurts.

Non-perishable Food
Stocking up on food is a no-brainer if you know you won’t be able t.o get t.o a grocery store, but you might be surprised by just how much food t.o keep on hand. The Red Cross recommends keeping two weeks worth of food available in case you’re unexpectedly stuck at home, or enough t.o last three days if you’re evacuating. Get creative and stick with foods you actually want t.o eat.

Pet Food
Don’t forget your furry friends when you’re stocking up on food. Keep at least two weeks' worth of dry food on hand so your pets can stay healthy and safe.

Extra Propane
If your home’s electricity or gas isn’t working, the oven and microwave would be out of the question. Keep extra propane on hand so you can fire up a BBQ or camping stove.

Water
H2O seems like a given, but if anything goes wrong with your local water system, you’ll need t.o have a backup. As a rule of thumb, make sure you have a gallon per person per day, ideally enough to last two weeks. If you don’t want t.o leave jugs of water sitting around all the time, fill clean, empty soda bottles or a large water dispenser when there’s a storm coming.

Cash
Don’t assume you can rely on plastic during an emergency. Card readers might not work, and ATMs could run out of money during a natural disaster, so keeping backup bills on hand could be a lifesaver. Talk to your family about how much you can afford to keep out of the bank and where the safest place in your home for it is.

Tool Kit
Even if you’re not used to making your own repairs, a toolbox could be a vital resource during an emergency situation. A basic toolkit with items such as a wrench, screwdrivers, and a hammer can help you fight back when your home and supplies are under stress.

Copies of Important Documents
It’s always a good idea to keep original copies of important documents like homeownership papers or insurance information, but keep a backup on hand too. Leave hard copies in a safe space (away from the originals), or save them digitally in a password-protected file in the cloud.

First-Aid Kit
A well-stocked first-aid kit is critically important. The Red Cross recommends keeping bandages, an instant ice pack, antiseptic wipes, scissors, and more.

Just-for-fun Items
When you’re rushing t.o pack your bags for an evacuation, a few non-essentials can actually be some of the best things for your mental well-being. Pack a book, a ’s favourite stuffed animal, or playing cards. Letting yourself relax a bit will help normalize the situation and take your mind off the stress.

How prepared are you t.o handle an emergency or natural disaster?




@ Reader's Digest and St. John Ambulance
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If You Fall in Love
Posted:Feb 16, 2021 11:47 am
Last Updated:Feb 25, 2021 1:01 pm
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Fall in love with someone who deserves your heart. Not someone who plays with it.

Fall in love with someone who loves your smile and would do anything t.o see it.

Fall in love with someone who isn’t shy t.o kiss you in public.

Fall in love with someone who is proud to introduce you t.o their friends and family.

Fall in love with someone who will never take you for granted.

Fall in love with someone who doesn’t just say the right things. They do the right things.

Fall in love with someone who would never do anything t.o hurt you.

Fall in love with someone who loves and accepts you for your flaws and scars and thinks you are perfect just the way you are..

Fall in love with someone who wants t.o wake up beside you every day.

Fall in love with someone who tells you every day that they love you.



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Toxic Positivity
Posted:Feb 15, 2021 1:04 pm
Last Updated:Feb 25, 2021 1:55 pm
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I am one who believes in the power of positive thinking. After all, looking on the bright side is an understandable way t.o cope with difficult situations. I have seen firsthand, the consequences of being the opposite can have. However, unrealistic optimism can actually make you unhappy, unhealthy and you can come across as a jerk.

I decided t.o take a closer look into why being positive can have a negative side

Toxic positivity is a term bouncing around the internet lately, Loosely defined, it’s a forced optimism, a desire/need t.o shut down negative emotions as soon as they show up. It’s usually not the positivity itself that’s toxic. It’s the incessant need t.o feel happiness or to appear happy, that can be counter-productive.

When we insist on telling others t.o look on the bright side, all we’re doing is invalidating their experiences. People dealing with something difficult don’t necessarily want t.o be told what t.o do. What they want is for someone t.o be there and t.o listen

We can’t expect our lives t.o be endlessly positive. We need t.o learn how t.o accept our negative emotions. Humans are flawed. We get jealous, angry, resentful, and greedy.

The relationship you have with yourself is often reflected in the relationship you have with others. If you can’t be honest about your own feelings, how will you ever be able t.o handle someone else expressing real feelings to you?

For example, don't say t.o someone, “It could be worse.” You should say, “That sucks. I’m so sorry you’re going through this.” Another bad phrase is “If I can do it, so can you!”. A better option is, “Everyone’s story, abilities, limitations are different, and that’s okay.

I am sure you can think of other examples that just grate on your nerves when you hear them.

Instead of practicing toxic positivity, aim for balance and the acceptance of both good and bad emotions rather than all-or-nothing thinking. You and those around you will benefit.

Reference: Chatelaine, various websites

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Want to play dirty Scrabble?
Posted:Feb 13, 2021 11:59 am
Last Updated:Feb 25, 2021 8:03 am
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I love word challenges and have played Scrabble since I was in grade school. Besides chess, it is a game that really brings my competitive nature.

A friend and I were chatting recently, and he recalled how I routinely trounced him, whenever he would bring out the game. T.o beat Covid boredom and try a new way t.o be victorious, he suggested these new rules for his version of Dirty Scrabble:

>Players must sit two metres apart
>Dirty words score double points
>Letters can be traded for sexual favours.
>Vibrators allowed!
> First person to orgasm and score one hundred points wins!

I almost spit out my tea and couldn't stop laughing. I promised to get back to him.

Since I do love the game, I thought I would dig a little into it's history and share some of what I found out.

Starts First
Most players know the games has One Hundred tiles. Which player goes first is determined by the person who picks the letter closest t.o A.

Who invented Scrabble?
No, not a writer, teacher, or librarian. Actually, it was Alfred Mosher Butts, an out of work architect from Poughkeepsie, New York. He used elements from anagrams and crossword puzzles. He designed the letter distribution by studying the front page of the New York Times.

Qi is one of the top words to win at Scrabble
The top words t.o win at Scrabble include qi, za, phoney, retinas, xu, zlotty, hook, gyoza, bingo, and amigo.

Hundreds of words are added to the game each year
Merriam-Webster adds hundreds of words to each new edition of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. For example, it is now officially O.K. to use the word O.K. now.

Men and women play Scrabble for different reasons
A study in Psychological Research showed that men and women play the game t.o meet different needs. Men focus their energy on practicing anagrams and evaluating the game while women are more apt to play Scrabble as a hobby.

If you play the Scrabble robot, you will never win
Attention Super Scrabble players if you are getting bored playing with mere mortals: try playing against a robot equipped with AI and a camera. The robot wins every game but doles out consolation prizes.

Scandals in Scrabble championships have happened
Every once in a while, players get caught cheating. Scandals include a player smuggling in a pocket full of blank tiles and another hiding a “G” in another player’s pocket.

In my lifetime, I have played Scrabble hundreds of times. Several years ago, I began playing it online against international challengers.

Yesterday, while cleaning out a closet, I found my original board game. I dusted it off with a renewed appreciation. Dirty Scrabble was starting to sound a lot more interesting


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