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Monday, February 27, 2017

30 Ways To Productivity – Life Hacks

"Productivity is calculated on the ratio of output and input. The greater the output the more productive you are and vise a versa.  Here are some easy to follow tips to enhance your productivity":


Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy NewYear 2017!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!

Monday, December 12, 2016

9 Early Signs Of Parkinson’s Disease You Should Never, Ever Ignore

Symptom #1: Shaking And Tremors
Symptom #2: Slowness Of Movement
Symptom #3: Stiffness
Symptom #4: Trouble With Balance
Symptom #5: Loss Of Facial Expression 
Symptom #5: Dragging Feet Or Shuffling Walk 
Symptom #7: Muffled Speech 
Symptom #8: Difficulty Thinking Clearly
Symptom #9: Trouble With Automatic Functions  

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

10 Ways to Search Google for Information That 96% of People Don't Know About

Here are some ways to search for things on Google that you don't know about.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Episcopal Flag

For the history about the design for the Episcopal Flag from the Geranium Farm's "A Few Good Writer's" in case you missed seeing it on the Farm page: Check it out from the original link here.

Friday, October 28, 2016

7 Signs Your Upper Respiratory Infection is Actually Pneumonia

It's that time of the year again!
 1. A fever reaches 101 degrees or higher, there's a greater chance that URI has developed into pneumonia.
2.  Your heart beating faster than normal. Anything over 100 beats per minute is considered a rapid heart rate. If it persists, seek medical attention.
3.   A tightening of the chest and pain. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. The pain is a signal that the URI has developed into something more serious.
4. A cough is consistently wet and rattly, this could mean that the URI has turned into pneumonia. If you have a cough that keeps bringing up mucus and doesn’t bring relief, you may have pneumonia.
5. If mucus being produced by your cough is tinged with blood or has a rusty color, this is a potential sign that the discharge is coming from deep in the lungs, which indicates a lower respiratory infection such as pneumonia. Let your doctor know about this change as it may require a different course of treatment.
6.  Chills are a sign of fever and that the body is working overtime to regulate temperature. This is a sign that an upper respiratory infection has developed into pneumonia.
7. If your breathing becomes shallow or labored, you may have pneumonia. This is a serious symptom that may require a nebulizer breathing treatment in order to open the lungs. Consult your physician immediately to avoid further issues from oxygen deprivation such as lightheadedness, blood flow issues, or losing consciousness.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How to Make Yourself Truly Happy

Friday, August 26, 2016

25 Ways to Say 'No' to Your Kids Without Actually Saying No

"If you've ever found yourself in a scenario with your children in which their whining and crying is coming at you from every direction and you're spitting a million noes at them, you know that's typically an inefficient way of communicating. It's hard to say "no" to our kids, but sometimes we simply have to.
For example, instead of screaming, "No," if your child is asking for candy before lunch, offer them a choice to have one piece now or a few pieces after they eat all of their meal. Or if your child is throwing Legos across the room at your head, tell them that's not how to play, it's making you sad that they're hitting you, and offer to help them build something or show them how to play correctly.
This definitely takes more time, but using one of these positive alternatives to no (tweaked to fit your situation appropriately) will help you and your children to communicate much more efficiently overall.
Here, 25 ways to say no without actually using that dreaded one-syllable word."
1. Let me show you how to do it.
2. I know you want to, but we can't right now.
3. I can help you.
4. Let's take a minute to think about this.
5. That isn't going to work.
6. Maybe some other time.
7. Let's do this instead.
8. Tell me more.
9. That's not how we are going to do it.
10. I can't let you.
11. Let's try something different.
12. Can you show me how we are supposed to do that?
13. Come away from there.
14. That isn't yours - let's find yours.
15. What is our rule?
16. I'd be disappointed if you did that.
17. Is there another way to do that?
18. That's not the best choice.
19. Not right now.
20. What do you think the answer is?
21. You know better.
22. I wish we could, but we can't.
23. How about this?
24. There's a better way to do that.
25. That isn't safe.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Fake Charities

Carol Stone from Ways of the World here on the Geranium Farm, gave us a heads up on this one from Charity Navigator which I had recommended in the past before you make a donation.

Check out the list here before donating any of your hard earned money: 

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