Published on January 12, 2015
Here’s your seven-day planner for great awakenings:
Monday: You need rewards. How about sex? It’s the heavy artillery of morning motivators and the only trump card that beats the second-most-compelling reward for a hard-working guy: sleeping forever.
“If the biggest reward in your morning is sleeping in, you’ll do it,” says Joseph Rock, Psy. D., a Cleveland psychologist. Poor wakers need to find a reward that can compete with the thrill of the pillow. “Do whatever you like, as long as it gets you going,” Rock says. “Have a meal you like for breakfast, have ‘sex with your wife.” Have sex with your wife over breakfast if that’s what it takes. Just make sure to schedule something every day that’ll motivate you to crawl out from under the comforter. Make one breakfast a week doughnut day (just one, Homer).
Published on December 21, 2014
iN THE HILL COUNTRY NORTH OF SAN Antonio, where the Texas flats give way to rocky bluffs of mesquite scrub, juniper, and live oak, Marco and Pauline Waterreus found their dream house. It was a roomy, wood-beamed ranch with horse sheds in back–the ideal place to put down roots with their four freckle-faced boys and growing menagerie of goats, horses, dogs, cats, hamsters, bunnies, and fish. Now that they were settled, Marco was preparing to leave his civilian job at Kelly Air Force Base and expand his own business as an architectural landscaper. He and Pauline were in love, and life was good. That was in January 1996.
A year later, their dream was history.
One day in November while tinkering with his lawn mower, Marco had trouble loosening a bolt with his left hand. Two months later, he started
Published on November 10, 2014
Cats have quietly crept into the number one spot as America’s favorite companion animal: In the past decade, they have come to outnumber dogs 66 to 58 million, according to the ASPCA. So why, when so many of us choose these amiable creatures to be our “best friend,” do many others-perhaps as many as one in four–continue to regard the cat with suspicion?
Ailurophobia, an actual fear of cats, is caused by an early traumatic experience involving a cat and requires therapy to overcome. But that differs from the general distrust and even disdain for cats that some people harbor.
Folk beliefs about felines are centuries old, rooted in a lack of understanding of the natural universe: A cat in a room with a dying or dead person will steal that person’s soul. If a cat sits with its back
Published on October 3, 2014
When I was growing up, a half dozen farms surrounded my family’s fruit orchards. Now all of those families have ceased farming except ours and one other. The neighborhood children have grown up and dispersed; few have anything to do with agriculture. “I wanted to farm like my grandfather and dad,” one of 4 neighbor’s sons once told me, “but not at the same prices they were getting 30 years ago!”
In the middle of America’s current agricultural crisis–in which less than one percent of the population works full time to grow our corn, wheat, fruits, and vegetables–it is proving difficult for many of the nation’s family farmers to survive, at least in their traditional role as food producers. The age-old remedies for disastrous farm prices–collective price-setting associations, national fraternal organizations like the Grange, and crop-sales cooperatives-have come up short,
Published on September 25, 2014
If it is your first time to experience tax disputes, you need to seek for an IRS debt help so that you will be guided accordingly. Being unable to pay the taxes is very stressful and it can be a lot more challenging if you do not know what to do. So in order for you to settle this kind of problem, you have to gather first all the tax receipts that signify your payments. If you have a copy of your taxes, gather it as well. These important documents will be helpful to you in fixing your tax issues with the government, especially if the Internal Revenue Service failed to document some of your previous payments.
Second, seek IRS debt help from a reliable tax professional. Although there are a lot of public accountants and certified lawyers nowadays, it …
Published on July 18, 2014
have a theory: If women didn’t fib to their husbands, I Love Lucy never could have existed. The loose-with-the-truth, always-in-a-jam redhead lied to her husband, Ricky, about everything from how much she paid for her hats to the ploys she and Ethel devised to meet certain celebrities.
As a marital strategist, Lucy was on to something. Though the Ten Commandments are definitive on the topic of lying, you will notice there is nothing in the marriage vows, at least not in so many words, that precludes occasional straying from the straight and factual. It’s a good thing too. Just as a car needs gas to run, I think the best marriages hum along very nicely on love, caring, consideration, mutual respect, and the well-timed whopper.
Of course, we’re not talking about the sort of lies that would guarantee you a
Published on March 15, 2014
For most of my adult life I’ve had a sport to train for. Motivation was easy: On the days I wasn’t too enthused about working out, I could just think of volleyball. Imagining my opponents sweating and groveling their way to greatness was enough to get me moving. But this year, the women’s beach volleyball’s doubles and four-person tours were canceled for financial and orgarnizational reasons. For the first time in six years, I found myself without a summer tour.
Suddenly I faced a new challenge: making the most of this change. I thought about all the people I knew who had participated in sports in college. What did they do when it was over, when they had to get a “real” job and find the inspiration to stay fit? What could I do to stay positive and motivated?
Published on March 10, 2014
Repairing a Dell RAID 5 can be done manually. As long as you are knowledgeable and skilful when you’re dealing with Dell PowerEdge Servers, it should not be difficult to retrieve all the lost files. You can start by searching a number of Dell PowerEdge specific guides and sources like this one. Simply follow the steps on how repair RAID 5 is done and you will be able to successfully recover the data stored in the disks. If you cannot successfully do this repair manually, be ready to obtain the services of a computer technician. This technician will check the condition of the computer, particularly the redundant array of inexpensive disks. After assessing everything, he will conduct tests that will be beneficial in the retrieval of lost files.
The success of file retrieval will depend solely on how …
Published on January 22, 2014
Counting down toward another New Year, I resuscitate my abandoned list of Things to Do and run my eye over the so-called resolutions I cheerily, and – yes – resolutely, proclaim year after year. The list is in no way unique; indeed, it comprises the standard jumble of platitudes that are enumerated on anyone’s typical inventory: I resolve to follow a healthier diet, watch my weight, get enough sleep, do more good deeds, etc., etc., etc. As with the case of many such lists, mine mainly catalogues ways to rectify some bad habits. If I feel really brave, I add a few items that might, in the words of prayer, “forgive” some unintentional “trespasses.” Then I follow my usual scenario: I methodically write out my resolutions on a tidy lined index card, place it in my purse, and promptly forget
Published on November 13, 2013
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