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Power of WordsWhat has Writing Taught Me

I think that every author tends to grow personally and intellectually with every work he creates. Obviously, any kind of factual writing requires a great amount of research and understanding of the topic. This lends itself to becoming a more well rounded individual and intellectual, but these kinds of lessons are really the most insignificant part of the learning process. I have grown much more personally than intellectually because of my writing and teaching pursuits than I would have ever thought. That’s why I always encourage my students to write for the fun of it. Here are a few things that my career as an author has taught me.


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1406700715SA_teachersWhy Education is Important

A lot of the time I have trouble with my kids and my students trying to convince them just how important a good education is and as time goes on it just keeps getting more and more important.

Not too long ago you could graduate from high school and work at the local factory, get a good paying job to support a family on, and retire with a pension where you could live comfortably in retirement. Most of those jobs are now gone and the days of not needing a good education to be successful are gone.

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Schools Education - appleLessons Learned Teaching

I know that they say teaching is about instilling knowledge and information into your students, but I must say, I learn just as much from my students as they learn from me—maybe even a little more!

Over the years I have learned countless lessons from my students that I appreciate dearly. Being a teacher has taught me so much that I wanted to go over a few of the most important things I have learned from the classroom.

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A healthy person can live life to the fullest. If one is physically fit, he is also capable of being emotionally and mentally healthy. In the busy and modern world we live in, it could be very easy to forget about staying fit because these days, what is fast and convenient is what is easy. If you are hungry and running out of time, you can just grab a snack at a fast-food chain or cook instant meals. Taking time to exercise is also not a priority. People, who, despite their busy schedule maintain a healthy lifestyle, are truly admirable.  They are the people who know the value of good health. They know that everything they have been working hard for will all be wasted if they will only get sick later in life.

Change of Mindset

If a person were used to an unhealthy lifestyle, which includes unbalanced diet and lack of physical activity, it would be quite a challenge to make him change. What it takes is for him to change his mindset. Healthy habits have to start early in life. Most of us start being concerned with our health only when we feel something wrong about our body. All the food you take starting from your childhood will all accumulate later in your life, meaning, if you do not eat healthy, the bad effects of the food you take shall manifest soon. Therefore, if you want to live longer and enjoy life, it is better to start today. It helps if you take inspiration from someone who were just like you, but decided to switch to a healthier lifestyle.

Starting Easy

Staying fit and healthy despite busy schedule is possible. You need not enroll in a gym immediately for you can start at home or your office for a regular physical activity. Set days of commuting or biking for work instead of driving. At home, you can buy exercise equipment such as rowing machine. You can use this while listening to music or watching TV. This offers an aerobic exercise that burns calories and conditions your upper and lower body. It can help you lose weight if you want to. Check out this review about the best rowing machine by clicking here.

If you have diet-related medical conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, consider lap band surgery. In this procedure, a band is placed around the stomach to make you feel full easily and thus limit your food intake. Losing weight helps you look better but more importantly; this will prevent you from suffering from life-threatening illnesses. For more information about lap band surgery, click here.

Knowing is good, sharing the knowledge is even better. That is why I love teaching. I take pride when students learn from lessons I taught. There is an unexplainable sense of fulfillment from seeing expertise being passed on to other people.

Aside from teaching, one of the ways to acquire knowledge is taking on worthwhile hobbies. Look for something you love, be good at it and share it to others. One of the hobbies most recommended by people who have done it, is traveling. The thrill of going to a new place you have not visited before and the bliss of discovering beautiful places, people and culture is worth the expenses you will spend. Meeting people along the way and exchanging ideas is also a great learning.

When traveling, I make it a point to discover a piece of a place's culture such as music. I have listened to countless songs of different types and took pleasure in the magic of it. Through time, I have decided to learn to play music and started looking for music teachers. I eventually found one and learned to play the guitar.

I am a fan of The Guitar Lesson Guru, I love teaching my students how to play the guitar. I love sharing the skill that was shared to me, especially such beautiful art like music. It is even more enjoyable playing music with my students.

In today's world young people enjoy a variety of things that the previous generation did not have the luxury to enjoy. Most of these things relate to technology. It's easy to discover a hobby through technology. It's even easier to learn through technology. But sometimes technology brings us closer to the rest of the world but further away from our loved ones. Gone are the days when kids meet up, form a band and play in their garage. Nowadays, kids chat and bash each other's electronic music online. They develop hobbies negatively.

Music is also greatly affected by these changes. Just like how everyone can learn to play guitar using the technology such as the internet, this medium also has jeopardized not just the commercial value of music, but also the integrity of the musicians. Gone are the days of intricate guitar patterns, replaced with the metallic scratches of modern electronic music like auto-tuned songs. Gone are the heartfelt lyrics replaced by hate, insecurity and greed. Meeting people does not also require travel, you just have to open an application on your phone or computers and you get to meet people and hopefully learn something from them.

For me, teaching does not just happen in class, it happens when you tell a stranger on the internet about your hobbies and your views. Teaching also happens when I tell someone how lovely a song is and they ask me to teach them how to play it. Teaching is when you discover something you have not experienced before and pass it on to other people who will eventually love it.

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Not all of us are fortunate enough to land a job that is related to our field of study. Job mismatch is very common in the workforce. But on the other hand, those who work in the industry related to their fields are sometimes not content with their jobs and seek employment in other industries that are not at all related to their expertise.

The healthcare industry is one such industry where people of different professions can get into, with additional years of studying and specialization. Many people go back to university to study nursing and medicine. But these two fields require more years of having to study, and some cannot afford to take time off to focus on getting a degree.

Professionals, including teachers, may find work in the healthcare industry, providing they undergo the necessary and required months or years of study to secure a license or certification. Phlebotomy and ultrasound technology do not require as much time as studying nursing and medicine to complete, but are nonetheless indispensable professions in the healthcare industry.

Phlebotomy is the drawing of blood using medical needles. Blood samples are then stored, categorized and used for laboratory tests to determine the health condition of patients. Phlebotomists can assist surgeons during operations to draw blood on patients, to general practitioners to draw blood samples for laboratory testing, etc. Phlebotomy does not take years to study. You only need a few months to complete the course and you will be handed a certificate indicating that you are now a certified phlebotomist. Take a look at phlebotomyeducation101.com and find out its salary and career opportunities.

Ultrasound technology is not a very complicated course and teachers can definitely dabble in this profession, as they only have to operate an ultrasound machine. Ultrasound technicians or sonographers make use of specialized ultrasound machines that they use on patients’ different body parts to determine their internal health. Gynecologic sonography determines the gender of a baby inside the womb. Ultrasound technology takes about two years to complete an associate degree and four years for a bachelor degree in ultrasound sonography. Teachers can take the associate degree so they can work as ultrasound technologists after only two years. Visit this website and find out about the salary of being a ultrasound technician.

Phlebotomy and ultrasound technology are not the only healthcare professions that teachers can take up. They can also become healthcare administrators. Administrators are the ones responsible in ensuring that the healthcare facility is running smoothly and that patients are taken care of the way they should be. They do not require medical specializations to become one, so it is easier for them to land a job in healthcare administration.

Sadly our society is getting more and more unequal as the results of the financial crisis bite deeper. Unemployment is everywhere, more than 50 million people are on food stamps and so many people are struggling from day to day.

There is a rise in bankruptcies, small value loans such as payday loans and installment loans are becoming more and more popular and more and more people are turning to financial counselling.

This is an indictment on our society. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. We even reward the rich, for example when they run a bank and cause a financial crisis we just give them tax payers money as a reward rather than putting them in jail.

We need to do something to help the poor in our society. So many people are struggling financially and it's important to try and help them out of the hole they are in.

In so many cases it's not their fault. They are usually ordinary hard-working people but who have been caught up in the entire credit crisis thing. For many people the value of their home has collapsed and they can't raise any money against it. For others, particularly older people, it's a reduction in the value of their retirement portfolio which has had the result that they are forced back into looking for work.

For others it's a reduction in working hours or pay.

We have thousands of people who are even living in their cars.

There is a big rise in the number of people with credit problems. Bad credit is an issue for people who are looking to borrow, although this can be addressed.

All of these issues are things which can be addressed by government if it is prepared to put in the time, work and finances. There should be a place in every town where financially distressed people can go for independent advice about managing their finances better.

Rather than giving taxpayers money to the rich, when they stuff up, we should be using it to support the poor who are suffering from the problems caused by the rich.

I believe that we have an obligation to everyone in society. Whether they be rich or poor, old or young, educated or uneducated, working or unemployed. Everyone, no matter how down and out they are has a right to be protected by the more powerful in our society.

It's time for the government to step up and take responsibility for those who are less well off than themselves.

I don't know who's going to do it. There doesn't seem to be many politicians around who are willing to even consider this issue. They are more interested in sending troops to Iraq than they are interested in helping our own citizens who are facing serious stresses in the life from issues caused by others.

I don't know who will address it but someone has to address it. If it's left to get worse it will be bad for all of us.

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So, you are planning for an adventure away from home. If you are tempted to leave for a vacation without travel insurance, think again. Although a travel adventure is supposed to be an entirely happy experience, you cannot stop something bad to happen if it is bound to happen. What you can do is to prepare for the unplanned and the unforeseen by booking for a travel insurance along with the travel package itself.

Travel insurance can provide cover for a great deal of things:

  • Illness. You never know when or where a medical emergency will occur. If you are away from home, especially if you are traveling overseas, you need sufficient medical cover that will keep you well when you get ill. Travel insurance may also help cover the costs you may incur if you need to make last-minute cancellations in case you got ill.
  • Unexpected weather. You usually book your travel package ahead of time. If in case it is timed with an inclement weather and you simply need to cancel, you will never have to worry about losing the money and effort you spent for booking. The necessary arrangements may be made so you will be able to enjoy your planned vacation at another time when the weather is not in the way.
  • Lost Luggage. Losing your luggage and your other personal possessions during your travel could squash your idea of the perfect getaway. With travel insurance, baggage coverage specifically, you will be able to purchase all those you have lost without paying them out of your own pocket.

Travel insurance also covers for many other circumstances that you might encounter in the course of your trip. It is important that you talk to a credible insurance agent, who will walk you through the options available as well as their costs. Travel insurance varies widely. Getting a specific coverage comes with a price. Visit this website and read more about travel insurance reviews.

Some travel insurance types include non-refundable insurance, baggage insurance, health care insurance, trip cancellation and interruption insurance, flight insurance, and credit card coverage among others.

If you are travel-savvy, purchasing travel insurance is seen as a nice supplement to regular life insurance policy. It is a smart investment, especially if you usually invest on big-time trips and luxurious vacations. For the most part, your travel insurance will give you the peace of mind that will allow you to enjoy every destination, every adventure, and every experience that you set off yourself to.

You can also find out more about seniors travel insurance by clicking here.

Some of the things happening in America now are worrying me seriously. I see so many problems emerging that I'm getting very concerned about.

It seems to me that social problems are leading to all sorts of other issues. Everybody has seen the gun massacres that have happened over the last few years, the school shootings among them. I'm sure that this will only get worse.

It seems to me there's a number of issues here. One is the growing divide between the rich and poor and the resentment that this causes. Another, probably related, is the greed of so many people who are wealthy but who just want more.

For instance I think it's high time that we did something about the gun laws. I can't believe that people in America carry around loaded weapons in the streets. However every time this issue is raised the NRA are able to defuse it until it goes away, until next time.

That's because of course the NRA is made up of wealthy people who make lots of money selling guns. They just want to make more money, they don't care about the people that the guns kill.

We should make sure that the right to carry guns is finished. Of course some people will still be able to do so, for instance licensed hunters, but in all cases they should use an accredited gun safe, there's plenty around, you can even get safes for scoped rifles. No one has an excuse to have an unsecured gun in the house.

And our politicians have got to step up to the plate. I find it appalling that our politicians are in the pockets of the lobby groups. It's not just the NRA, there's so many other lobby groups out there who have financial interests in maintaining the status quo and every time our politicians attempt to change something that might harm their financial interests they kick up such a fuss, and have such political power, that they can stop it.

The government has got to stop supporting the rich when they make mistakes. When bankers stuff up and bring us to the edge of financial ruin they should be made to pay, not given taxpayers money. Many of them should end up in jail instead of getting taxpayers money.

The financial crisis impacted so many people so negatively and yet the wealthy people who caused it just got richer.

I think society in America is becoming more unequal, or unjust and more unfair, and if it keeps going this way we will see more people shot in the streets by individuals who are so resentful of their lot in life.

Something has to be done about it. I don't know what, I'm not a politician and I don't have any power to do anything, but something has to be done about it.

Our politicians need to stand up and take responsibility. Otherwise we should vote them out. We the citizens should do something about it if our politicians don't. Remember that when the next election comes.

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One of the major impacts of the recession happening globally is the fact that it becomes harder to find jobs these days. Companies tend to lay off employees to cut down on their expenses. The alternative to this problem is to have your own business, more conveniently at home. Although many would be skeptical at the thought of failure, it is worth the shot at success and the benefits it could offer in the long-term.

A lot of people have been successful at their home based businesses. Many of them started out as part-time until they were able to stand on their own. Here are some of the benefits of putting up your own home based business in case you are entertaining the idea. Find out more here on how to make money from home! Click here.

Earning Potential

The earning of a home based business depends on your performance. If you want to increase your profit, you may need to give as much of your time as possible to your business. In normal setting, you would need a promotion just to have an increase in salary. In home based business, you simply need to be more consistent and industrious.

You are Your Own Boss

Having a home based business means you have all the freedom to schedule your working hours. Imagine the hours you spend on traffic everyday if you are an office employee. You can re-channel these hours to a more productive home based business. Since your work hours are flexible, you can give that much time with your friends and family especially if you have children.

Minimum Spending

Since you are operating mainly in your home, you only need to invest on a few resources like for example an Internet connection. That means that your investment is pretty cheap for the potential profit you are about to have. This is one of the most advantageous things about home based business since you no longer need a business location that needs separate electric bill, maintenance as well as rent. Also, with home based business, you simply lower your taxes, and there is no need for business travels and other sort of office expenses.

All it takes to have a successful home based business is determination, hard-work and good management skills. There is no way you will fail in this field for as long as you have the proper mindset and drive to succeed.

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Being overweight or obese in itself does not kill a person. However, the side effects of being too heavy and carrying excess fat can wreak havoc in one's system and cause a person's internal systems have problems. In the case of being overweight, there's diabetes, which in turn affects almost all of the organs of the body. It attacks it slowly and damages the organs such as the heart, kidney, liver, eyes slowly until the damage can no longer be reversed.

Lap Band Surgery

Several decades ago, lap band surgery or gastric bypass was invented to help morbidly obese people lose weight really fast. These are people who have a great amount of visceral fat, or fat in the midsection. This is said to be the killer fat and is also said to be responsible for heart attacks, fatty liver problems as well as gall bladder stones. The idea behind it was that since people were having trouble controlling what they ate; it would be better to shrink the stomach so that the person will have no chance to overeat. Find out more about lap band surgery through this website, lapbandguide.net.

A lap band is inserted surgically around the stomach entrance. This sort of closes the mouth of the stomach and reduces its size. As you may very well know, the size of a person's stomach expands as long as you keep filling it with food and beverage. If it's clamped down and made small, the amount of food that you put in there will be reduced dramatically. For one, it's smaller, so you'll already feel full even if you've taken in only a bit of food.

Not a Permanent Solution

The downside to the lap band surgery is that it is not permanent. The problem with a quick fix is that it did not teach the person the right way to go about losing weight. A lot of the time, after a person has lost weight and the lap band is removed, the weight resurges. Since his or her stomach is now on full capacity again, the same problem with overeating and bingeing is encountered.

Alternative Solutions to Losing Weight

It would have been more effective if there was one on one nutritional coaching and counseling while the patient still had his lap band on. The values of exercising and doing strengthening exercises cannot be underscored. Instead of just doing the weight loss mechanically, each person should be taught how to manage their own weight by making healthier choices and lifestyle changes instead.

Aside from lap band surgery, gym membership is the first choice! For more information about choosing the best gym that is right for you, visit gymsguide.com.au.

Everybody knows that the economy is bad right now. President Obama keeps telling us everything is fine, the Federal Reserve keeps printing money and telling us everything is fine and the newspapers keep telling us everything's fine. But unfortunately you and I know that this isn't true. Everything is fine and it's getting worse.

We are the ones who have seen the value of our houses plummet. We are the ones who are out of work. We are the ones who have lost half the value of our retirement savings. We are the ones suffering.

And as a result of these difficult economic times there's been a huge rise in the number of companies offering small value loan products to financially stressed people. These products are loans such as installment loans for bad credit, like this one.

Unfortunately the current economic circumstances have seen a massive rise in the number of people who are struggling financially. People who were getting by comfortably in the past are now having all sorts of financial problems. This could be because, for example, they are out of work or have had their working hours reduced.

Some of these people are retirees who have seen the value of their retirement nest egg decimated and who have been forced back into low paid work. Some of these people are just unable to get by at all.

There's been a steep increase in the number of people suffering from credit problems. Issues of bad credit are now affecting tens of millions of people and people with issues to do with their credit score are forced into non-mainstream loan products.

These non-mainstream loan products are usually for extremely small amounts of money, commonly under $1000, and attract very high rates of interest and fees. Often when you work out the interest rate on these loans as an annual percentage they are way over 100% per annum, or even much higher.

This proliferation in small value loans companies is an indication of where our society is heading. There is a growing gap between the rich and the poor, and the poor are those who will need to turn to high interest small value loans just to get by.

Bankruptcies are also on the rise. Many people cannot even keep their family afloat without turning to a small loan like an installment loan.

I don't know where our society is headed but I don't like it. I like to see everyone having a fair chance. I like to see everyone able to support their family. I like to see everyone employed. I don't like to see anyone forced into financial stress.

It's a sad situation and one which, in my view, is caused by some of the richest people amongst us who control the banks. It was the banks that caused this problem in the first place and it was the taxpayer who had to bail out these people who caused the problem.

Something needs to be done about this because in my view this is not how our society should work.

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We always want to make sure that we have a fall back in case an emergency happens to us or to any of our family members. This is the reason why people get an insurance policy – to protect them from unexpected medical costs. Perhaps this same principle should apply to pets as well since they too must be treated like they are part of the family.

Pets also have needs that must be provided for as much as like our own that is why they too have the right to have insurance.

What Does Pet Insurance Do

Insurance does not only protect your pets, but can protect you as well. This is why it is essential that responsible pet owners must take action and avail of an insurance for their beloved animals. It is always good to be prepared so that when an emergency comes - whether it is an illness or an injury - you can simply bring your pet to your veterinarian. The good thing here is that it can be treated right away without you having to shell out a lot of money. This is how it works: when you have a pet insurance, you can get as much as an 80% reimbursement of all your expenses from the insurance company.

As a pet owner, you need to get insurance for your pet for your own peace of mind. The last thing you want is to have to worry when your pet gets sick or when it gets lost, dies or gets stolen. Another good thing about it is that when your pet causes accidental harm to another pet or a person, the insurance can cover for that too so you do not have to get stressed about your emergency funds getting depleted.

How to Start Insurance Hunting

It is a must that you check all the available policies so you can select the kind of package that will suit you and your pet best. It is always good to be ready rather than be caught unprepared.

Some people are discouraged from getting pet insurance because they say it adds up to the monthly bills; but it is important to remember that you will feel its benefits when the situation already presents itself. When the unexpected happens, you will be thankful that your pet has an insurance to save you from so many hassles and costs.

There are different payment plans available so you can easily choose which one is easiest on your pockets.