With the rise of environmental consciousness in the general population, thanks to BP’s massive oil spill and attention being brought to the effects of pollution on our ecosystem, several current lifestyle trends take green living one step further. In the past the focus has been on purchasing green products, current lifestyle trends point to living a greener lifestyle.
Some of these current lifestyle trends include conserving energy by staying home, growing some of your own food and being aware of energy consumption.
Staying home is more than just a current lifestyle trend and more than just a way to conserve in tough economic times, part of green living is in using and enjoying what you have. Staying home and finding ways to beautify your yard, or the interior of your home, is a current lifestyle trend. Along with entertaining at home rather than eating out, focusing on spending quality family time, and a return to the home being the heart of your life, spending time at home can help center and focus our lives in a world that seems to be becoming more and more chaotic by the minute. This return to home is a perfect example of the current green lifestyle trend, as it pulls in the awareness of what we have and the desire to enjoy and cherish those things.
Growing your own food is becoming a major trend. Whether growing fresh herbs in your kitchen or having a full fledged growing greenhouse on your property, growing fresh food is no longer just for farmers. This current lifestyle trend is influenced by the desire to have pesticide and hormone free foods and is helped along by a reluctant economic recovery.
What happens when you live a small, rural community where news really doesn?t happen? Why, you create your own of course! And that is just what one man in the small Caldwell county community of Boomer did this past week. A middle aged man who found sitting on his front porch a little boring for his taste day after day decided to get some kicks and giggles by creating a seven foot tall Bigfoot cut out from plyboard. He then placed Bigfoot approximately 100 feet off the main highway, in this case highway 18 from Lenoir to Wilkesboro, and enjoy the show.
A few interested motorists stopped to check out the joke. From the 100 foot distance, the plyboard cut out was quite convincing. The 3-D effects created by an excellent paint job, created a strikingly realistic appearance. When the local newspaper did a story on the joke, the man said he might keep Bigfoot up for a little while just to see what kind of response he would get. He even admitted that the sight from his kitchen window early in the morning still gave him a little jolt every once in awhile.
So this just goes to show that even in the backwoods and the byways, when there is no news sometimes you have to make your own. In this case a good laugh for the entire community, and a better than average day of watching the cars go by for one Boomer resident. So if you are traveling down highway 18 through Caldwell county, don?t be surprised by Bigfoot sightings, and remember he?s only plyboard.
My mom and I got into a discussion recently about my cell phone. I am twenty-six, and I have a very basic cell phone that makes calls, texts, and takes some simple pictures. That?s it. Apparently this is some kind of heinous sin. Smartphones cost the same thing she said, and you have all these apps and Internet available to you all the time. This made me think.
Why do I want that? Who wants to be plugged in all the time? Really? I think people are going to have some kind of back problems from being hunched over their phones all the time. Their kids are going to have deformed thumbs from texting. But seriously, why do we need to be plugged into our technology all the time? I don?t think that is a good thing. They are making TV shows right now about how life will be when we have no technology. It?s meant to scare the public, but there might be more truth to it than they put on.
The world will not come to and end if I don?t know the exact temperature in my location. I can read a map, and I have impeccable navigational instincts because I don?t use a GPS. The dependency on technology makes us think of it as some kind of god. Have you ever heard, ?What if something happened and I couldn?t reach you?? Well getting me on the phone isn?t going to change the situation is it? That?s just silly. So no I don?t need a smartphone, and I don?t want to spend lots of money on new technology. I?ll just use my chisel and hammer thanks.
You don?t necessarily have to be good at playing a musical instrument in order to pursue a career in music. If you love music and seek a job that will allow you to spend all of your time surrounded by music, you should apply for a job working as a music arranger. A career in this field means you?d be in charge of choosing the music that would be used as the soundtrack for television shows and movies.
One of the traits that make for a good music arranger is an ability to work with lots of people. Even though your job will be choosing the music, you don?t get the final say, that?s going to be up to the director of the show/movie. If they don?t think you?ve picked a piece that really captures the scene or helps enhance the moment, you?ll have to come up with another selection.
It?s likely you?ll also find yourself working closely with composers. Paying the royalty on popular songs can wreak havoc on the budget. Hiring someone to compose a piece that?s used exclusively for the show goes a long way towards saving money. The key to working with a composer will be giving them a strong impression about what you?re looking for, and then being able to give them a free rein to come up with the appropriate piece. Good composers will present you with a few different options to choose from.
You need to love and have a strong understanding of all different types of music. Very few shows or movies stick to a single genre. When you have a strong grasp of different types of music, you?ll find that coming up with the perfect piece for a pivotal scene will be easy.
Many people tune into news at least once a day. They want to know what’s going on in the world and then they go on their way. There are other people who never watch news. They live everyday not knowing what is happening around them and not caring as long as it does not bother their life. Watching news everyday is very important and needed if you want to stay in tune to what is happening all around you. There are 5 reasons why you should tune in to news each day.
#1: Knowing what’s happening locally. There is importance in knowing what is happening in your town or surrounding areas. There may be something that you need to watch out for or be a part of. Many people do not like to watch local news because it may bring them fear. There are scary things going on but the good can be what you need to hear.
#2: Knowing what’s happening abroad. Many people become aware of things going on around our world and are able to help in creating better outcomes. There may be help needed for people who have been through a bad storm or fire. Knowing what is happening all over the world gain give you a better understanding of why people are the way they are.
#3: Politics. We have to know what is happening within our government to know how to vote and what to support. Many times we have to make decisions based on where our government is heading and we have to know where we fall on our opinions.
#4: Reviews. Many news channels will give reviews of products, restaurants, and stores. This is great to help people know where places and products stand before they go and try and them.
#5: Recalls. Watching news can help people keep up to date with any product or food recalls that they need to know about. Most news channels will show products of food that has been recalled because of pieces breaking or food making people sick. This is very important for people to stay safe and well.
As many people may know we have once again embarked on the campaign season. With an incumbent democrat, Barak Obama, as president, the republican side of the ticket has begun their quest to assume control of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. While the election is still 17 months away, the race, as well as the debate, is really starting heat up!
For what seems like ages Mitt Romney has held a steady and comfortable lead throughout the majority of the early caucus and primary states. There have been a few notable flashes in the pan in regards to Michelle Bachman and Rick Perry. However, over the past 4 weeks a surprise long shot has ascended like a Phoenix. Herman Cain, better known as the pizza man, as former CEO of Godfather’s pizza, has basically come from nowhere. Considered early on as a token black republican he has recently solidified his standing among the party faithful as well as the newly organized Tea Party, known for their stance on fiscal conservative policy.
So what would be the defining difference between a Herman Cain Presidency versus a Mitt Romney administration? Plenty! While Romney is seen as the front runner and a serious threat to the Obama White House administration, his favor among conservatives is few and far between. His stance on government insurance and gun control along with his wavering views on abortion caused quite a stir in conservative circles.
Herman Cain has risen on the back of his amazingly simple yet straightforward economic plan best known as 9-9-9. That is a 9% business flat tax, a 9% personal income flat tax and a 9% national sales tax. The impact of these reforms, in the minds of the conservative faithful, would inject a serious amount of optimism in an otherwise dead economy.
Over the next few weeks the candidates will continue to exchange verbal pot shots, but you the voter have the final say. Who will you support? What are you looking for in a candidate? The answers will come sooner than you think.
Being stuck at home can sometimes make having fun difficult. This is the case many times with older folks who have mobility issues that make staying at home much easier than trying to leave the house for activities. While you may not think that your grandma is someone who would use the internet for anything, it can be a very useful tool to help keep her keep busy at home.
If you have a grandmother or anyone else in your life that is craving some fun, but cannot make the trip out of the home, you may want to suggest they try online betting as a way to create some excitement. Everyone is sure to find great entertainment from online sports betting no matter what their current hobbies may be. Those who love to watch or play sports may especially enjoy going online to spend some of their free time on betting sites.
The great thing about these kinds of sites is that there are a variety of sports for you to choose from. While many people choose to stick mainly with soccer betting or nfl football betting there are plenty of other kinds of betting that may be more interesting. A great tip for anyone who is new to betting is to start out small.
Take your grandma for example; if she has spent a lot of time at the casino or racetrack and knows a fair amount about horse racing betting then she may not have to start off slow like others. If she is new to this particular form of betting, it may be better to start with small bets to see if this kind gambling is what she likes. You may even come to find out that she knows more about sports than you ever thought possible.
Being able to have fun at home is important for anyone, not just the older generation. Sometimes it is just hard to get out of the house for your recreation time. Take advantage of the internet and all that it has to offer and visit as many sites as you can. Learning more about online betting is not only fun, but you may also have the potential to make some money as well. Talk about a great way to spend time on the internet!
Glee: The Music Journey to Nationals is a short music album but quickly beat out Christina Aguilera’s new album Bionic. Glee claimed the #1 download spot topping well-known artists and longer albums, and it is easy to see why.
This year people all over have fallen in love with Glee. The quirky characters, twisting story lines, and dealing with tough subjects with a mixture of humor and grace has brought many viewers each week. But the number one draw for many, even above the show’s stellar cast, is the music. Each week a musical them is provided to the members of a high school glee club and often their song choices reflect what is going on in their lives. These musical choices and resurrections of old favorites have drawn fans from across demographic lines.
This final album from the season represents the culmination of the glee club’s efforts as they compete in nationals, and it shows. The vocals are strong as always and even if you are not a fan of the TV show, there is a lot to love about this album.
There are six songs on the album and Faithfully, while a well known standard, is covered well and changed enough to make it fresh and new while retaining the core melody and beloved song. Lea Michele always shines with her Broadway trained vocals and she does not disappoint in Faithfully.
Any Way You Want It/ Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’ was a playful song that was done well and while it is not the strongest song on the album, it was full of energy and has spot on vocals.
Are books becoming obsolete? Outdated? A thing of the past? No, not yet. Book sales are still alive and well but a current technology trend is growing in popularity and that is book downloads.
A number of e-readers have been released in the past few years. They have taken a while to catch on but are beginning to grow in popularity. The Ipad, Barnes & Nobles’ Nook, Sony’s digital reader, and the Kindle are making the current technology trend of downloading books explode.
Some protest that these electronic reading devices do not capture the essence of holding a book in your hands, turning the pages and delving deep into the words on the pages in front of you. Proponents of e-readers tout the fact that the words are the same whether on an actual paper page or on a backlit screen. Some of the arguments for this current technology trend are portability, availability and versatility.
E-readers allow for extreme portability. Instead of carrying a number of books in your suitcase for your trip to the beach, one e-reader can contain more books than you are likely to read while working on your suntan. While on business trips, work documents can be downloaded to your e-reader allowing you to bring one device for both work and pleasure. No longer do you have to tote a hardback newly released best seller, it can be easily loaded onto you e-reader for you to peruse at your leisure.
Availability has increased immensely, both for the reading devices and the titles available for downloads. Almost all new releases are now released as a download. While there have been debates as to the release times in order to maintain paper copy book sales, many books are now released as a download simultaneously with their paper counterparts.
Technology is improving and changing by the day, it seems. When I tell my children we did not have cell phones, or the internet in every home when I was younger they ask me if I was super poor. They cannot fathom the concept that these things were not invented or available to the general public in those ‘old days’ a couple decades ago. Now technology is a part of almost every part of our day-to-day lives.
One current technology trend that is further changing the way things have been done for quite some time is music downloading. The days of going to the music store in the mall to pick up a CD of your favorite artist or single are becoming things of the past. While CD’s are still available, downloading MP3’s or other music files is becoming a prevalent way to obtain and share music.
With music downloads you never have to worry about album availability at your favorite store. You do not have to wait in line to check out with your purchase, you do not have to deal with store hour limitations or transportation issues. There is no parking to consider or inept, pushy sales clerks. You can even use gift cards or discount codes to purchase music online.
Downloading can be done at any time of the day, to a variety of devices, and also allows you to mix and match songs of your choice. No loner do you have to purchase an entire album in order to buy a song that was not released as a single. No longer do you have to purchase songs that you don’t like if you don’t want to.
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When it comes to boosting the profits of your company, few would suggest to look at your human resource department. This is a vital department in any organization; however, there are not many things that can be done to streamline this part of your office. There are even fewer ways that will allow you to save money and boost profits at the same time. While it is unlikely that anyone has mentioned looking internally to boost profits, it could be one of the biggest hidden gems in your company.
One way to boost your profits and save a great deal of labor costs is to incorporate human resources software into your human resources procedures. This type of software will allow your employees to have more control over their own information and as a result, will boost employee morale. It has been widely publicized that satisfied employees are much more loyal and productive than unsatisfied employees. This boost in morale will translate into high productivity and higher profits while you are also saving labor costs in your human resource department.
While your human resource department deals with very sensitive information, there are many security measures in place to ensure that unauthorized individuals will not have access to this confidential information. This type of software will allow you to set varying levels of authorization, which will further boost morale because your employees will still feel that their information is safe inside your organization. While few analysts would suggest such a small change would incur such dramatic results, it can be considered the start on the journey to reach your organizational goals. Your employees will thank you for giving them greater access over their personal information and your human resource department will thank you for giving them more time.