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Tarpon Fly Fishing in Florida

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Fly fishing for trout? Salmon? Bah! For a different experience, it is all about tarpon fly fishing in Florida.

There are a lot of different types of fishing experiences. There are also many ways of gauging the success of any fishing trip. To many anglers, the number of fish that you have in your live well, cooler, or stringer is the way you measure a successful trip. To others it is the enjoyment of the external surrounding environment and the immersion into nature that makes the experience successful. To others, it is the sport. It is the challenge of taking a large fish on light tackle. Fly fisherman understand the idea of ​​challenge.

Tarpon fly fishing in Florida is a good example of the idea of ​​sport. Many people have compared this form of fishing to hunting. The tarpon is a saltwater fish that comes to the shallow offshore flats and coastal rivers to feed. Many tarpon grow up to 8 feet long and some can weigh as much as 200 pounds. The top of their mouth, where the hook must be set, is covered by a bony plate that some have described as being a bit like concrete.

The tarpon is usually bought in the coastal waters of the Florida Keys in a small skiff. The fisherman stands in the front of the skiff and the guide positions it to intercept schools of tarpon that are moving in from deeper waters to feed. The fish are swimming fast, bearing down on the ski in small schools of giant fish. The fisherman must make an expert cast to drop a fly in the path of the oncoming fish and hope one stops to strike it. Then the hook must be set in that bony upper mouth. In most cases, the fish will throw the hook rather quickly.

If the hook is set, the challenge has really just started. The tarpon is a feisty fish. It may be one of the hardest fighting fish pound for pound anywhere. It will make long wild runs and then suddenly pull with stubborn bull dog tenacity. And they will jump. The tarpon is known for their high arching jumps that can set the fisherman's heart to racing wildly. In fact, it is common to ask the returning fisherman how many fish he "jumped" rather than how many he caught.

It is really the catching that is important in tarpon fly fishing in Florida or along the coastal waters of the other Southern states in the tarpon's range. It is the hunt that is the thing that draws the fishermen. The flesh of the tarpon is bony and not good eating and in many places the fish is protected and catch and release is the norm. It is the human being against the denizen of the sea that this is all about, not putting food on the table.



Source by Richard Chapo

Fly fishing for trout? Salmon? Bah! For a different experience, it is all about tarpon fly fishing in Florida. There are a lot of different types of fishing experiences. There are also many ways of gauging the success of any fishing trip. To many anglers, the number of fish that you have in your live […]

Considerations When Working With A Young Horse/Pony

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If you want a relationship with your animal you have to address the problem of approachability. One of the best ways to achieve it, is to have patience and devote the time. An old ‘horsey’ saying is, ‘never put a novice owner with a novice horse’, however it all depends on the willingness of the novice owner to accept help and guidance and in my experience, it can work.

Young horses have a very poor attention span and can only be ‘worked’ for short periods of time. This includes both physical and mental training time. You must never loose your temper as frustrating as it can be. Learning can be a very complicated thing for a young horse. Everything you do must be exaggerated and all signals clearly given. It’s a good idea to get verbal commands established as early as possible. Use them in every day tasks whilst handling.

When entering a young horse’s stable, remember where their eyes are situated. Horses, although having increased fields of vision over man, cannot see directly behind them. Make sure you talk to him/her to reassure them as you enter the stable. Being scared to death by a jittery horse first thing in the morning accompanied by flying feet are not recommended! This will upset both you and the horse and will require a period of time to recover. Settling time for your horse may be needed, and usually a coffee and short break for the owner dissipates the adrenaline! Near misses, or should I say near hits! have caused me to literally shake for minutes afterward. Remember that most young horses will also lie down during the night, but they are capable of sleeping standing up. Approach them with caution, talking softly as you go.

Make it a part of your daily routine to run your hands all over your youngster; they are born not knowing about touch, this is something they have to learn. Do not be surprised if they don’t take to kindly to it in the early stages. This is where your voice is one of the best tools of the trade. Speak quietly, emphasis how good they are verbally and become your own horse whisperer! Try not to give titbits from the hand, as a youngster will see this as a food supply, and will be anxious to nibble at every opportunity. Bites hurt, and body/leg contact is painful too. Those legs are built from mostly bone and tendon and in the eagerness to obtain food, the slightest knock from even a young horse on the shin can render you incapacitated for a good few minutes. Be aware! always feed from the floor, that’s where the pasture normally lives!

Young horses will go through a period of nibbling & biting, this will sometimes coincide with teething, A sharp verbal “NO” should be used if this happens. If the animal insists on biting, you should ‘smack,’ usually a gentle tap, under the bottom jaw, do not do so to the side of the face as this will make the animal “head shy” and will cause you problems later on. Personally, I prefer the “NO” with a slightly raised voice and a stamp on the floor as the animal goes to bite. Horses naturally stamp the ground in nature to convey disagreement. This biting phase is one that they will quickly grow out of, so patience again, is the key to success.

When you are leading your youngster, always try to have a loose lead rein. Your horse will become dependent on you, if you’re constantly ‘hanging off his head’. Show him that it’s OK for him to walk under his own speed. This is where voice commands can be taught, ‘Walk on’, ‘Whoa’, ‘Stand’ are common. The more you use them, the quicker your horse will associate the command to the behaviour. Once again, a kind encouraging voice should become a habit for you too. Never make harsh or loud commands at this stage (not until later on anyway!). Allowances must be made for the age of the animal. Young horses never seem to know where their feet are. I always think they would make great break dancers, so always wear a good pair of steel toed boots if possible, you will get trodden on at some point, so please accept it and protect yourself. Riding hats also. You only have one head!

You will need to teach your youngster how to pick his feet up, I know they do this naturally but they will also have to learn how to do it on command. Stand at the horses shoulder facing the tail, gently slide your hand down the front leg to the fetlock joint and squeeze and pull upwards, putting a little pressure behind the knee with your elbow. With larger horses you may also need to apply a ‘lean’ with your hips to take pressure off the leg your trying to pick up. Pressure will be needed. The first few times your youngster will do everything in his power to make you let go. Try not to. If you do have to let go, do the process again, you want him to accept the fact that you have his foot in the air. Cradle the hoof with your left hand, if your right handed, and pick his feet out with a ‘hoof pick’. The rear legs hold a little more danger, and you will feel like you’re on the end of a short bungy rope the first few times you attempt it! Always try to stand as close as possible to the horses leg, there is less distance for the momentum to build if he does try to kick you, and he probably will. Again, use the soft tones of your voice to calm him (even though you will probably want to scream at the top of your lungs!). This should be done every single day, sometimes before turning them out and definitely when you fetch them in from the field. This is essential as you will be able to remove stones, thorns, etc. that he/she may have picked up. This is also good training for when the farrier comes to trim his feet, you don’t want the reputation of having a horse without any basic manners. Personally I would not put shoes on a young horse until he is about 4-5 years old. This enables their feet to develop & grow naturally. Your farrier will advise you on this.

There will be days when you think that nothing seems to be going to plan. That the ten steps forward you have achieved seem to have high tailed it out the back door. Don’t give up. It’s the ‘learning curve’, we all have them, animals and humans alike. Some horses learn quickly, others seem to take an age, “it is just one of those things”.

When leading, teach your horse to match your pace, walk slowly, walk quickly, you should always be at his shoulder. Teach him to walk backwards. Stand square in front of him, push your hand into his chest and say “Back” using pressure from your hand and a pressure on the lead rein. When he has gone backwards three paces, stop, and walk forwards. This again will not happen straight away, and the execution will be all over the place, but keep doing it. Once the association is there, the hand will no longer be needed and the lead rein will do the work for you.

Teach him how to move through a gateway correctly. The horse should walk through the gate and turn around to face you. Only when he is calm should you remove the head collar. Lots of youngsters will treat a gateway as a ‘big spooky unfamiliar gap’ that has to be taken at 90 miles an hour. Again, take time to show him otherwise. Being towed across a muddy field is fun to recount at the bar, but not really a story you want to tell!

Most youngsters when they have accepted you touching them, will have pleasurable ticklish spots. Take time to find them. They can be very, very useful if they show anxiety or are frightened by events such as a thunder storm etc. These sensitive areas can also be deployed when the dreaded vet calls with those weird smells and nasty spiky things!

These are the very basic things to do with any youngster. The daily contact will reap so many good rewards. Remember that what you do correctly at the early stages in the horses development regimes, will help to make an animal that is a pleasure to be around for many years.

Yes, I did say daily contact. Horses, in my opinion, are the most maintenance dependent animals in the world. So, the next article in this series is concerned with the minimal daily tasks in order to tend and provide good care for your newly found friend.

I wish you much enjoyment and success in your new relationship with your horse

Steve Sandilands



Source by Steve Sandilands

If you want a relationship with your animal you have to address the problem of approachability. One of the best ways to achieve it, is to have patience and devote the time. An old ‘horsey’ saying is, ‘never put a novice owner with a novice horse’, however it all depends on the willingness of the […]

Let It Be Fun

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Children love to have fun. It's why they love computer and video games. They're fun. It's why they like to watch television shows and movies.

If you mention the word "exercise" to them, all thoughts of fun disappear from their minds. Exercise is push ups and jumping jacks. Exercise is endlessly jogging around an oval track. In other words, it's boring.

It does not have to be. It was not when we were kids. Of course we did not have all the cool gadgets kids have now so we had to find something to do that was fun. Most of our outdoor games were very vivid in nature. They still are, they just are not played as often.

Making it fun : Take the bikes to the park and let the kids ride them on the paths. As long as they are polite to walkers those paths are just as useful and the kids are infinite safer than riding on the streets.

Find an organized sports team that the children are interested in. Our area offers baseball, softball and water polo. The schools add volleyball, basketball and football. This will do more than provide exercise, it will teach team spirit and fair play.

The memories I enjoy the most when it comes to this topic is when adult family members joined in the games. My parents would sometimes play and older cousins ​​as well. I can still hear my mother yelling "Do not you ring my tomatoes!" When we'd get into a horseshoe match. (The pit was right next to that part of the garden.)

Getting involved helps bring the family closer together. It teaches that adults like to have fun and that this sort of thing is life long. It's well worth the time.



Source by Mary Bodel

Children love to have fun. It's why they love computer and video games. They're fun. It's why they like to watch television shows and movies. If you mention the word "exercise" to them, all thoughts of fun disappear from their minds. Exercise is push ups and jumping jacks. Exercise is endlessly jogging around an oval […]

Training Like a Manual Laborer

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Being a laborer for over 30 years and training for the same amount of time I have a different outlook on training. For years I earned and still do earn a living with my physical and mental toughness. I have to keep myself in shape to continue to feed my family. In 30 plus years doing manual labor I have never hurt my back or ever missed work because of injury on the job.

I do not always lift with my legs, and never look or worry about form I just do my job. I bend, I twist, I climb, I lift and carry all day long.

It is rare for someone to go and work as many years I have and throw in years of training and not have the body already broke down. One thing is I take care of myself, I eat well and I have a different mindset then most men doing labor work.

I hear it all the time on sites about bad backs, and I'm getting old (Most are younger than me) I can not lift things like that anymore. Why is it these guys continue to do a job they physically struggle to do?

The reason is because for years they have heard from others just like them that when you get older you can not do the same things you once did. Bullshit! At some point you will probably have a decline but these guys just listen to all before them. I have heard it for years, wait til your my age and I have been listening this since I was 18 I do not hear it much anymore because of my age.

I get tired of people who will chime in tell you how "They know a guy" or "My Dad" or My Grand dad "there will always be exceptions but do not include me in the general labor population, because I do not follow The standards of the basic man.

I decide how things will go, not history. People hate that I act like this and can care less and I am living proof so until someone can prove me wrong I will continue to train like I always have. Training to win in life, training for honor, training for survival is the reason I continue to push my mind and body. The minute we decide we no longer need an advantage is when we will start to lose our edge. Once you feel it no longer matters you are right, you have already lost the edge!



Source by Johnny Grube

Being a laborer for over 30 years and training for the same amount of time I have a different outlook on training. For years I earned and still do earn a living with my physical and mental toughness. I have to keep myself in shape to continue to feed my family. In 30 plus years […]

7 Step Procedure To Fix PS3 Yellow Light of Death And PS3 Red Light of Death

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The PS3 Yellow Light of Dead (or YLOD) and the PS3 Red Light of Death are probably 2 of the most common faults afflicting the PS3 console.

In this article I will briefly explain the sequence of indicator lights on the PS3 console that you need to look out for that confirms that your console is suffering from the Yellow Light of Death or the red indicator fault; why these faults occur in the first instance; and how to effectively mitigate, avoid or troubleshoot your way out of a potentially catastrophic failure of your game system that can end up costing you at least a couple of hundred dollars to fix.

It’s unfortunate but true, PS3 faults are a common occurrence with the blinking Yellow Light fault probably being the most serious and widespread problem. It is thought that many of the problems occurring with the PS3 console is largely due to a design flaw, making it vulnerable to failure.

PS3 Yellow Light of Death

If the power status light on your console flashes or blinks from green to yellow and back to green, this is known as the “yellow light of death”. If what you experience is a power status light that flashes red after using your console for 3 or more minutes and then shuts down, then you are likely to be experiencing the red light of death.

It’s widely believed that the main cause of the Yellow Light of Death is due to the processor getting so hot during heavy use of the console that the tiny solder points on the GPU liquefies and over time loses its connection with the motherboard.

Older PS3s tend to be more vulnerable to YLOD and it’s believed that this may be due to them having older less efficient processors that generate more heat than the newer PS3 models. The official line from Sony however is that the yellow indicator warning light can be caused for a variety of reasons, without giving any further explanation

What we do know from the many PS3 owners that have experienced the YLOD fault is that the only repair that seems consistently to work involves opening up the PS3 console and using a heat gun to heat up the CPU / GPU and direct chipsets.

However, in a limited number of cases, the YLOD warning may be due to a faulty power supply preventing the console from properly booting up. To determine what is causing the YLOD, switch the console off and allow it to cool down for at least 20 minutes. Then turn the console on and listen closely for the fan. If the fan powers on briefly and then switches off again, you are likely to have a problem with the motherboard. If you don’t hear the fan on start-up, then the likely problem is with the power supply.

PS3 Red Light of Death

The red light error may also be caused by overheating but equally it may also be because of a major hard drive failure. Depending on how often you use your PS3 and how well you look after it, a hard drive ought to last on average at least 3 to 5 years.

Of the two YLOD is the more serious as it tends to indicate an internal fault needing a professional repair. A flashing red indicator light on the other hand is often the precursor to more serious internal problems. So if you are experiencing a red warning light, all is not lost. In fact even if you are getting a yellow warning light, you may still be able to recover you PS3 system if you catch it early enough.

Since we know that many of the problems that arise with the PS3 are due to overheating especially if the console is being used for long periods of time, here are some of the things that you can do to prevent serious damage:

  1. Ensure that the air vents on console are not obstructed in any way.
  2. Allow at least 4 inches of clearance on all sides of the PlayStation 3 for adequate ventilation.
  3. Remove the PlayStation console from any cabinets, away from other stacked electrical equipment and don’t tuck it into corners of the room as these areas promote heat build up.
  4. Check for dust on and around the air vents as well as inside the console, as this can choke your PS3 of air, preventing it from cooling down, which itself can lead to fan failure.

7 Steps For Retrieving YLOD and Red Light of Death PS3 Errors

If your PS3 is not functioning because of a possible YLOD or Red Light error issue, here is a brief outline of what you can do to recover your PS3 console:

  1. Shut down the PS3 console and all peripherals
  2. Disconnect the console and allow to cool down in a well ventilated location.
  3. Safely remove all dust and perform a “PS3 Fan Test”.
  4. Reconnect cables, ensuring that you check all cables and connections that they neither loose nor damaged.
  5. Perform “PS3 Safe Mode” and reboot your PS3 system – particularly relevant if your PS3 is failing to boot up.
  6. Check PS3 system settings and ensure that you have the latest software download update.
  7. The final troubleshoot procedure is what’s called a PS3 heard drive reset, which simply involves removing the hard drive cassette and reinserting it.



Source by P Brains

The PS3 Yellow Light of Dead (or YLOD) and the PS3 Red Light of Death are probably 2 of the most common faults afflicting the PS3 console. In this article I will briefly explain the sequence of indicator lights on the PS3 console that you need to look out for that confirms that your console […]

Plush Toys – Protecting the Copyright, Trademark and Patent

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If you have ideas for unique plush toys, it’s just right to do everything to protect them. Plush toys are very profitable and if you don’t cover all bases to protect your ideas, “enterprising” individuals will take advantage of it. They will be doing it “legally” because you didn’t do the things to lawfully protect them. The last thing that a toy inventor would want is to see his cute plush toys displayed somewhere and he’s not the legal owner of it.

There are three things that you can apply for to protect your plush toys ideas – copyright, trademark and patent. So what can you personally do to protect them? Here are the things that you can do to protect your unique plush toys’ copyrights, trademarks and patent:

o Copyrights

Copyrights protect the overall look of your toy. For cuddly plush toys, it protects its “cuteness”. It will shelter the way the face looks, the proportion of the body and the likes. The toys features are probably the most important factor to protect since they are the most obvious and your selling point. Copyrighting is automatic – the moment you put your idea onto paper or even a napkin from the neighborhood deli, it is legally protected under copyright. However, it’s better if you can document it so that it will be easier to enforce. How do you document it? A lot of people believe that mailing yourself a copy of your idea via snail mail is the way to go. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work. The best way to protect your plush toy ideas is to keep a note of all the relevant information that proves you as the owner of the idea. A notebook would do. Just take note of all your ideas and when you thought of them. You can add additional information about how you thought of the idea and where you thought of them. To further enforce it, keep notes of all witnesses. Just like in any legal proceedings, witnesses can win your “case” for you.

o Trademarks

Trademarks protect your toys’ names and logos. Basically, your toys’ branding is protected. Your unique stuffed doll should have distinctive names so you can do things to protect them. An example of a trademark is the name Barbie. No one can use Barbie for a name because you will be violating its trademarks. This is a little expensive and not all toys should be covered by it. The best way is to ask for legal advice from a lawyer to see if it makes sense to apply for trademarks in your own case.

o Patent

This is the most expensive among the three. Aside from being expensive, this is also the hardest to get. As an inventor of cute plush toys, it’s good to know that you probably won’t need them. But like trademarks, it’s best to ask for legal advice from a lawyer.

So check to see what applies to your stuffed dolls to know how you can protect them. It will be one of the best things you’ve ever done as a toy inventor.



Source by Rob E Bishop

If you have ideas for unique plush toys, it’s just right to do everything to protect them. Plush toys are very profitable and if you don’t cover all bases to protect your ideas, “enterprising” individuals will take advantage of it. They will be doing it “legally” because you didn’t do the things to lawfully protect […]

A Review of the Sportcraft TX5.0 RC Treadmill

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I love walking, especially out doors, but there are times in winter when it’s just too darn cold. So, recently I bought the Sportcraft TX 5.0 RC Treadmill. Here’s my review and why I’m glad I bought it.

It’s great that I can now enjoy a good walk workout in the comfort of my own home and the features of the Sportcraft TX5 treadmill are really good. I talk about the best ones below.

Out of all the features of the Sportcraft treadmill, the best one is that it can easily go from its horizontal walking position to a vertical position so I can easily store it: I live in a small town house so space is an issue for me. Mind you, the Sportcraft machine does look quite stylish so leaving it set up and on display won’t embarrass a style-conscious person.

The display panel that comes with the Sportcraft TX5 is fantastic as it gives me lots of information. Not only does it show the miles and steps I’ve walked; it also shows the calories, heart rate, time and speed. There’s a quick mode button that lets me change the speed as well; It’s real easy, you just use the “+” or “-” signs to slowly increase or decrease speed in increments of one tenth of a mile.

Although it is a cheap machine, I’ve found I can also use it for running, though I have to admit I don’t run on it all that much. When I do run, I find the remote control to be very useful as it allows me to easily change speed without touching the display panel.

I’m a bit of a safety nut and one reason I’d put off buying a treadmill was because I was afraid I’d fall off – I had visions of my legs and arms being mangled. But, the Sportcraft TX5.0 RC has banished those fears. It comes with a safety cord that attaches to you and a sensor on the panel so if you should fall or slip, and the cord is not connected to the sensor, it stops automatically.

What I liked, and my husband loved, was the low price of the machine at just under $250. My husband found setting up the Sportcraft treadmill a breeze. The manual that came with it was easy to follow.

If you are looking for a treadmill, I would highly recommend the Sportcraft TX5.0 RC Treadmill. My husband doesn’t use it though as he’s an ardent runner; it isn’t really suitable if you take running seriously. But, for walkers like my self I think it works just great.

My review of the Sportcraft treadmill is a little short; I’ve just mentioned the things I liked most about it. The display console of the machine is just about right, the remote control makes operating the treadmill easy and I really like the safety cord. To date, I’ve had hassle free walking on this machine and am getting the workout I need.



Source by Robin Cassidy

I love walking, especially out doors, but there are times in winter when it’s just too darn cold. So, recently I bought the Sportcraft TX 5.0 RC Treadmill. Here’s my review and why I’m glad I bought it. It’s great that I can now enjoy a good walk workout in the comfort of my own […]

Secrets of Frequent Lucid Dreamers – Developing a Lucid Mindset

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Why do some dreamers immediately take to lucid dreaming, while others struggle to achieve lucidity even once? I thought about this question recently when interviewing a young Norwegian woman, L. Salvesen, for The Lucid Dream Exchange. She claims to have about fifteen hundred lucid dreams a year. For most of us who average three or four lucid dreams a month, fifteen hundred per year sounds incredible!

She’s not the only person, though. Over the years, I have met a number of ultra-frequent lucid dreamers, on-line and in person. Curious about their ability, I began to search for some common characteristics – something to explain this high frequency. I noticed how they often assumed everyone dreamt lucidly, and felt shocked to learn this was not the case. In some cases, their frequent lucid dreaming could be traced back to persistent childhood nightmares where they learned how to achieve lucidity to deal with nightmare scenarios. In other cases, their frequent lucid dreaming seemed connected to certain waking mental habits.

Recalling my carefree college days studying behavioral psychology and reading Carlos Castaneda, I went from 3 to 8 lucid dreams a month to a high of 30 lucid dreams per month at my peak – all of which I nicely charted as a budding behaviorist. Some of this increase I could attribute to the use of the MILD technique. But decades later, when I began meeting ultra-frequent lucid dreamers, I began to feel a bit deflated, quantitatively speaking. How did they achieve lucidity so frequently?

Then a mini-epiphany came to me.

One day, reading an email from an ultra-frequent lucid dreamer, and feeling a tinge of envy mixed with curiosity I responded, “How? How do you become lucidly aware in almost every dream?” The lucid dreamer wrote that she had a consistent habit of asking herself repeatedly, “What was I just doing?” This mental habit carried over to her dreaming awareness, such that in the dream she would pose this exact question to herself, “What was I just doing?” Searching her mind, she realized she had been preparing for sleep, so therefore, she must be dreaming!

At that moment, a little light went on in my brain. Ultra-frequent lucid dreamers develop a lucid mindset.

A lucid mindset means a persistent mental habit of re-examining one’s perceived environment or state of awareness. Whether it involved memory or vigilance (e.g., Am I safe here from nightmares?), these ultra frequent lucid dreamers repeatedly checked or analyzed their current situation.

For some, numerous nightmares apparently reinforced the need to differentiate waking from dreaming, and allowed them to become highly attuned to dream state cues that would prompt lucid awareness. This habitual need to examine their state (waking or dreaming) naturally led to lucid dreaming, as a positive way to handle nightmares. Done with consistency over time, a lucid mindset developed, which became an unconscious and routine part of their dreaming life.

As for the lucid dreamer who consistently questioned herself to remember her last action, we find another type of lucid mindset. Here, she performs not so much a ‘reality check’ as a memory check that leads to a reality check! Her questioning leads her to re-examine more thoroughly her environment or current state, and she becomes lucid. Whatever the underlying motivation, certain habitual mental patterns lead these ultra-frequent lucid dreamers to examine their perceived environment or current state more closely.

So how can you use this knowledge to become a more frequent lucid dreamer? How can you work towards developing a lucid mindset? Or do you have a touch of a lucid mindset already, which you just haven’t noticed?

The secret is simply this: establish a persistent mental habit that makes you re-examine your environment.

For some people, it can be as easy as deciding that each time, you walk through a door, you automatically think, “What is this place? Where am I?”

Once you establish this persistent mental habit, it will naturally carry over to your dreaming. Suddenly in dreams, you will be thinking, “What is this place? Where am I?” — and your conscious examination will prompt you to realize, “Hey, this is a dream!”

Then you’ll be on your way to becoming an ultra-frequent lucid dreamer….



Source by Robert Waggoner

Why do some dreamers immediately take to lucid dreaming, while others struggle to achieve lucidity even once? I thought about this question recently when interviewing a young Norwegian woman, L. Salvesen, for The Lucid Dream Exchange. She claims to have about fifteen hundred lucid dreams a year. For most of us who average three or […]

Paper Towels – Effect on the Environment

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Paper towels seem like a brilliant invention. What’s more convenient than disposable towels that you don’t have to clean or use again? Just buy new ones and throw the old one away. What we may not think about when using paper towels are the extreme waste that they create, and what their effects on the environment truly are.

Paper towels were first invented as a way for medical facilities to prevent the spread of germs. In the beginning, these disposable products weren’t as popular as they are today, but that changed fast. Paper towels soon were used in households all over America, and the waste started piling up.

The Effects of Paper Towels

Paper towels, like any paper product, are made from trees. That means every time you use a disposable towel, you’re using the inside of a tree to wipe down your counters and surfaces. In your lifetime, you’ll probably use thousands and thousands of rolls, which will is the equivalent of an entire forest. Imagine a local forest that you’ve walked through being completely cut down just for paper towels!

It’s Not Just Trees That Are Being Consumed for Paper Towels

Paper towels use a whole lot more resources than just trees. First, the trees have to be grown to make the product. These might be grown on a farm, or more likely, they’re just cut down. This requires heavy machinery which uses fuel, and man power to get the job done. Those trees must then be transported to a facility to be cleaned and processed. The process will use more resources like oil, and especially water.

Next, the product will be transported to a packaging facility. From there, they will make their way to a warehouse to be distributed, then to the grocery store, then to your home. Imagine the amount of fuel used to transport these trees! This means the less disposable towels and paper products you use, the less trees will be cut down.

Paper Towels in Landfills

Landfills are filled with disposable paper products like diapers, napkins, printer paper, notebooks, tissues, and paper towels. There is no way to recycle or reuse disposable many disposable paper products like sanitary napkins and diapers (not to mention it isn’t sanitary!). What happens to these paper products? Eventually, paper products biodegrade. The amount of time that paper towels take to biodegrade varies, but typically it is about one year. The thicker the towel, the longer it will take to break down into the environment. Perhaps the biggest problem is that the paper isn’t the only thing in paper products, and also that we are using paper towels faster than they can biodegrade into the environment. We’re using our resources faster than we can replace them, and the waste is piling up even faster.

Chemicals in Paper Towels

Paper towels aren’t exactly just trees. To increase absorbency, they’ve been subjected to dioxins and other ingredients (the process isn’t disclosed on the roll of paper towels). They are also bleached to give them their white color. The dangers of chlorine bleach have been well documented. Infants and toddlers are especially vulnerable to the effects of chlorine bleach. To reduce their exposure to these chemicals, limit the use of paper plate and towel usage. Instead, use regular plates, cloth napkins, and products that can be washed and reused.

Why We Need Trees

Trees give us oxygen, and filter our air. Since the Industrial Age, the world has been producing emissions that have been polluting our atmosphere. Trees are one of our only hopes to help clean the air, and we’re cutting them down much faster than we can keep up with replacing them. Trees also help to filter ground soil and water, and provide much needed shade for our homes. Wildlife also depend on trees for their existence. Overuse of trees will result in the extinction of some species, will trickle up to the human species in one way or another. As we face the unwelcome prospect of climate change, it’s essential that we keep as many trees as we can to help reduce emissions and to filter the air that we breathe. The United States is the biggest user of disposable paper products, using 50% more than Europe and 500% more than Latin America. Despite the awareness of disposable paper product consumption, consumption continues to increase, which makes it even more important to spread the word about going reusable.

Packaging Waste

Like most every other product created today, disposable products are wrapped in an outer shell of plastic, increasing their overall wastefulness. The outer wrapper has no use other than to contain the product. After opening the product, it’s thrown away. It cannot be recycled. These thin plastics take thousands of years to photodegrade into the environment. Unlike biodegradable items, this means it will never truly disappear, just become smaller and smaller, and eventually work its way into our waterways and drinking water.

How to Decrease Consumption

To decrease your use of paper towels, try using a reusable towel instead. Wring out the towel and rinse it off as needed, washing the cloth in the washing machine when necessary. You’ll be amazed at how fewer times you’ll be taking out your trash simply by going reusable. It’s a great feeling to have a lighter trash load! If you live in a town that charges per bag of trash, that’s another potential savings for you. For apartment complexes and condos, this could mean stable fees and rents due to the stability of the cost of dumpsters and dumper rentals. In other words, the savings could pass to you.

The Cost Savings of Going Reusable

Going reusable isn’t just great for the environment, it’s great for your wallet. The cost savings quickly add up. The average cost of a package of paper towels is well over $1 per roll. A typical family probably uses a couple of rolls per week, maybe 3-5 even. This can really add up! That’s around $3-5 per week, and many trees per week, too. It’s hard to justify cutting down a few trees per week just to wipe down your counters, isn’t it? By going reusable, you’ll immediately realize the cost savings. As opposed to the disposable variety, reusables can be used again and again. The other benefit of going reusable is that you won’t have to lug around the towels in the grocery store. They take up a lot of room in the grocery cart and the store! Reusables take up a fraction of the space and can be stored right underneath your kitchen sink.



Source by Danielle Nihill

Paper towels seem like a brilliant invention. What’s more convenient than disposable towels that you don’t have to clean or use again? Just buy new ones and throw the old one away. What we may not think about when using paper towels are the extreme waste that they create, and what their effects on the […]

Do Women Love a Bigger Penis Head Or a Big Penis Base?

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One of the questions men who undergo one form of penis enhancement or the other have is whether to focus on a bigger penis base or a bigger penile head. All men know instinctively these days or maybe not instinctively. I think more like the influx of porn on the entire media outlets has given men the message that penis size truly does matter. Women nowadays have actually begun to speak the truth concerning sex issues of which a small penis size is one of the three top causes of sexual frustration in women.

So which do women actually prefer? Is it a big penis head or a big penis base? There are a large number of men who would prefer a big penis head to a big base. But is the head actually more important than the base? Let’s analyze this from the pleasure achieved during sexual intercourse angle and leave out the issue of sight. At the entrance on the vagina, the clitoris is located and if you are the type of man that pays attention to the needs of your woman, you would agree with me that the stimulating your woman’s clitoris is a very easy and stress free method of giving your woman an orgasm and relaxing her before you penetrate her. With a big head, once it is in it stimulates only deep inside of the vagina walls, Although women love the feeling of deep penetration, most women achieve vaginal orgasm only when their clitoris are stimulated simultaneous while being penetrated. And that’s why a bigger penis base gives more pleasure than a big penis head.

If you are unfortunate to be born with both a small penis base (shaft) and a small penis head, you must be feeling a little overwhelmed right now knowing you do not have the penis size that makes sex extremely enjoyable for your woman. Before you start getting depressed, let me share some good news. Penis enhancement is now possible without surgery. How? You may ask. A combination of Penis enlargement exercises and penis enlargement pill would give you a bigger penis in a few weeks time.

I used to feel very insecure about my penis size, most especially my flaccid size, which was very tiny. But as of now I am 8.5 inches in length and 6.5 inches in girth. How did I achieve that? By engaging in a quality penis enhancement exercise program and taking a herbal penis enhancement pill. These two work wonders as they both stimulate penile growth internally and externally. Are you tired of your small penis? Then do something about it.



Source by Temitayo Olatunde

One of the questions men who undergo one form of penis enhancement or the other have is whether to focus on a bigger penis base or a bigger penile head. All men know instinctively these days or maybe not instinctively. I think more like the influx of porn on the entire media outlets has given […]