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Wednesday, October 29, 2008


1. If you want your dreams to come true,
don't oversleep.

2. The smallest good deed is better
than the grandest intention.

3. Of all the things you wear,
your expression is the most important.

4. The best vitamin for making friends
5. The 10 commandments are
not multiple choice.

6. The happiness of your life depends on
the quality of your thoughts.

7. Minds are like parachutes...
they function only when open.

8. Ideas won't work
unless YOU do.

9. One thing you can't recycle
is wasted time.

10. One who lacks the courage to start
has already finished.

11. The heaviest thing to carry
is a grudge.

12. Don't learn safety rules
by accident.

13. We lie the loudest when
we lie to ourselves.

14. Jumping to conclusions
can be bad exercise.

15. A turtle makes progress when
it sticks its head out.

16. One thing you can give and still keep your word.

17. A friend walks in when
everyone else walks out.


18. The pursuit of happiness is
the chase of a lifetime!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


  • Success in the classroom depends on effective note-taking and note studying techniques.

What is effective note taking?

  • The central feature of good note taking is listening and distilling important information—not writing down everything that is said.

Preparing to take notes

  • Suggestions on how to prepare to take notes:
  • Identify the instructor’s as well as your goals for the course.
  • Hint: You can get an idea of the instructor’s goals by looking at the course syllabus.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Why Changes Occur in Your Sex Life

When in a committed, loving relationship, sex can be an aspect that brings you even closer together.

Due to the bond sex creates between you and your partner, you will feel like at that very moment in time, there is nothing in the world that can make you feel closer.

However after a number of years of being together, the sex life of many couples slowly diminishes, as they find themselves having sex less frequently. Through no fault of their own, this slowdown occurs for a number of reasons, and with the added stresses and strains of life thrown in the mix, they find themselves in a place they never imagined they would ever be.

So why does this happen to so many couples, especially when you consider the fact that early on in their relationship, they more than likely could not have gone five minutes without putting their hands on places that should only be touched in private! The fact of the matter is that the stresses of life create changes in people that go unnoticed until at times too late. However it is important to state that even at if you do find yourselves at this point in your relationship, it is never too late to rekindle the flame on your sex life.

General Stress

Living in an uncertain economy places a great deal of stress on couples. Furthermore, with interest rates and inflation soaring through the roof, those who were financially ‘getting by’ are now struggling to make ends meet. This added pressure that couples are now faced with means that couples are having to work more, which means less time spent at home, which leads to less time spent together, and may ultimately lead to less sex.

As you may be working more, not only will you be spending more time at work as opposed to home, when you are home, you will more than likely be feeling a lot more tired, which simply adds to the problem. A key to tackling this issue is to improve your general fitness. This may include going to the gym; going for runs around the block; or dusting off your purchased home gym equipment, and making use of it.

Although all these are great ways to improve your general fitness, a just as good way to improve your fitness is through sex itself. Not only will it help you burn unwanted calories, you will more than likely enjoy it a lot more than taking a run around the block, where the only sounds you’ll be experiencing here are the sounds coming from your iPod!

Bringing up Children

Although children are a welcomed addition to a family, their presence automatically changes the shape of your sex life. From pregnancy to the time they leave the nest, you find yourselves putting them before your lives. Gone are the days where you could spontaneously surprise your partner, making love to them on the dining room table, as sitting at the other end of it, is probably your 14 year old son or daughter looking over at you in great disgust!

However, having children doesn’t mean your sex life has to stop. Make use of family and friends that welcome the idea of baby/ child sitting. Not only can you rekindle the flames and spontaneity in your relationship, it gives you both time alone to catch up on other things you may have unintentionally neglected.

Communication Goes a Long Way

Communication is the key for any kind of relationships survival. Some couples inadvertently take each other for granted, and talk at, rather than communicate with each other. Routine occurs to everyone, and although humans get content with this fact, it is important that you keep the lines of communication open, as if you’re not comfortably communicating with each other, you will find yourselves going off into different directions, and finding little time for each other.

Whether experiencing difficulties finding time for each other due to bringing up children, or just through the general stresses and stains of life, if you keep talking you will at least make sure you’re both still on the same page. This is the starting point to getting your sex lives back on track.

Tips for Good Life

Focusing on three good things that occurred each day is proven to increase levels of happiness and decrease feelings of depression.

To experience this for yourself, each night before sleep recall three good things that happened that day. Do this for one week. A good thing need not be something dramatic, just something positive. In addition to recalling each good thing, review what might have caused that good event.

Researchers doing this study found that positive effects continued for up to six months, primarily because the study participants found three good things so satisfying they continued it on their own beyond the study period.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

7 Benefits of Reading Fiction

Is your life so busy you re wondering how you are going to
find time to read more, especially when it s just for
pleasure ? Having trouble justifying it, even to
yourself? Leisure activities like reading are often the
things that slide when life goes into overdrive. And
that s sad because it s an activity that can make life
richer and more enjoyable.

A lot has been written about the benefits of reading for
and to children. However, there is very little about the
benefits to adults in engaging in regular reading. Let me
assure you that the benefits for adults do exist and are
many and varied.

Some of these include:

1. Providing an escape from the day-to-day
Fiction is a great way to take a quick immediate break, to
be instantly transported into another world. Today you
could be in America, in the deep south with Alice Walker s
The Colour Purple , tomorrow in the Australian bush with
Tim Winton s Dirt Music , next week in downtown London
with Helen Fielding s Bridget Jones Diary and next month
in Ireland with Jim O Neill s At Swim, Two Boys . There
is no limit to the places fiction can take you.

2. Relaxation
There is something about stopping to focus on words
arranged for our reading pleasure that is instantly
relaxing. Maybe it s staying still, something that doesn t
seem to happen often enough. Maybe it s knowing that we
are stepping into a secret world that we have to relax
enough to enter. Then there is the words themselves. The
beauty and rhythm of language has the ability to calm and
relax us.

3. Stress relief
Taking your mind off your own problems, even for a few
minutes, can have a therapeutic effect and be a timely
circuit breaker. This is so effective that the National
Health System in the United Kingdom has introduced a
Reading and You Scheme . The scheme encourages mental
health patients to read more as part of their therapy for
reducing stress and overcoming anxiety, depression and
social isolation.

4. Stimulates the right side of your brain
Reading opens your mind to new possibilities. It stretches
your imagination in new and wonderful directions and takes
your mind on a wonderful journey through others lives.
What would you do if you were Jo Becker in While I Was
Gone by Sue Miller? Would you tell your husband and three
daughters about a grisly crime that happened when you were
a university student? Or would you try to pretend it never

5. Entertaining
Fiction is capable of provoking many and varied emotional
responses it can make you laugh out loud, it can make
tears spill onto the page, it can be edge-of-the seat
terrifying, it can make you blush with embarrassment, it
can challenge your core beliefs. There is a world of
emotion in every story and you as the reader get to be part
of it.

6. Enjoyable
Reading is a deeply satisfying pursuit. The expression
curling up with a book evokes a warm and cosy image and
feels luxurious if you don t get to do it often.

7. Rejuvenating
Reading is an easy and quick way to nourish your soul
because it is for the most part a solitary pursuit. And
being alone, or at least alone in your thoughts, on a
regular basis is crucial to maintaining a sense of self.
As I m sure you know, it s easier to give to others when
you feel fulfilled and your needs are met. Even just a few
minutes of reading can keep you going throughout the day.
Of course, you know you ve read something special when you
find your thoughts continually re-visiting it.

Reading is like exercising mental and physical benefits
flow from a regular routine.

So don' t feel guilty about taking time out to read. Its
good for you!

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