Thursday, August 31, 2006

Back to School, Back to Work? Make Thinking Easier

Here is a tip I meant to pass on to a friend who was telling me about her child's difficulty in school.

Try some of the techniques described in Tony Buzan's book:

This book introduces a number of learning methods that schools never seem to teach......... As a matter of fact, I'm not sure if schools really DO teach students to LEARN. I know that most of my experience in school was just getting various subjects tossed at me in a variety of manners, depending on the personality of the teacher.

I remember my first attempt at studying. I was in a contest to see who could get the highest grade and I had a fearsome opponent! I decided that I had to "study". So I brought all my books home and holed up in my bedroom.......and became overwhelmed at the massive amount of information in front of me. ( I came in second)

The techniques that Tony Buzan teaches could have transformed my entire scholastic career. Unfortunately I only learned them in the final year of university. Oh well.

Now the good news is that once I learned the techniques, I had great skills to help me in the rest of my life. Public speaking became easy. Studying became fun. Thinking opened up my mind in whole new ways.

So whether you have a child heading off to school, or are heading off yourself, or are just a student of life, the skills that Tony Buzan introduces can help smooth the way.

Hope this tip helps,


Thursday, August 24, 2006

More Money, More Time, More Energy, More Life

I'm about to tell you the simplest and most effective solution to getting more of everything you want.

I know everything you are thinking. I thought that way as well...and to be honest, I battle with all those little voices you are hearing on a regular basis. And if you have read my "personal secret" post in my other blog Ethical Income Opportunities you will know that I have had a lot of things shaved off of my life. And that getting more is quite hard for me.

However; I have found someone who has developed a program that is one of the best I have ever come across. And it is free. No, really! It is actually free. Forget all this " buy now and try it out for 6 weeks" kind of stuff. He gives you a life changing program that others would sell for thousands of dollars, for free.

I can see you are like me and wondering what the catch is. Well, there are two catches. The first one is that he is counting on the fact that you will be so amazed by the results in your life, that you will want to purchase a couple other programs. And the second catch is that his name is Mark Joyner . He doesn't really need the money. He has retired a few times already, simply by following his own advice. This is one of those personal mission products. ( I'm going to give you a bit of a warning later on so please read to the end)

Mark took his military training and his successful business practices and developed a course called "Simpleology: the simple science of getting what you want "

What I like about this course is that it is PRACTICAL!

This is NOT a course that just gives you pages and pages of recycled garbage.

This is a course that:

  • chops every lesson into easy chunks that can easily be fit into your day.
  • video lessons as well as pdf lessons
  • worksheets to make following the lessons easy and convenient
  • daily and weekly inspirational reminders
  • an ebook and convenient separate files for extra worksheets
  • a place to meet with other students online

So what do you want out of life?
Is it worth 15 minutes a day to make it happen?
Think hard about this.

Believe it or not, most people would rather be miserable than devote 15 minutes a day to change......and I think you know why.....change is scary. Another man I respect, Ken Roberts, has said that the key to success is to act in spite of your fear. Mark's System works, but only if you apply it.

Well, the decisions is yours. Everybody has their own timing. Just remember this post ( add it to your RSS feed) for when you feel the time is right for you. And if you are curious about this life changing free course, just click on this link to Mark's Introduction.

Thanks for reading this....hope it helps,


P.S. Here is the warning. Mark Joyner has been so successful, that a lot of people like to use his name to sell their own products ( many of which are pure air). It is a bit like someone attending a thousand seat luncheon with Bill Gates as the speaker, and then claiming that they " had lunch with Bill last week".
Simpleology is a fantastic free course. It will give you the skills and life habits to make your dreams come true. I can vouch for it. And yes the advanced courses will catapult you into the life you desire; but by the time you finish the first course, you will already know that.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

My Miracle Gizmo of the Year!

OK I'll admit it. I'm a trade show junkie. And every year I'm on the hunt for some "miracle product". This year it came to me without every getting near the fair. I've fallen in love with this product.....and now the hard part begins......convincing Mary that there is actually space on the counter for it.

Soda Club USA

Soda Club USA

What a great idea! I drink a lot of water, and have been getting tired of flat boring drinks. I don't like regular pop because of all the sugar, and to be honest I find that, in some drinks, I like a lot less flavor. Especially if I am drinking a lot.

And yes, I know that I can just add a squeeze of lemon, etc.; but there is nothing like a bit of fizz.

Mary does a little mixing. She takes a can of club soda and mixes it with a regular flavored drink. The problem is that two cans are now open and going flat by the minute. Even if she uses bottles, the fizz is gone in a hurry. And to be honest I've noticed that she is slowing down on this technique and that the bottom of the fridge is still loaded with unused club soda.

The great thing with this gizmo is that you can adjust everything! Flavor, carbonation, sugar or Splenda......

Well, you heard it hear first....the campaign is on.

Wish me luck!


Friday, August 11, 2006

Do it yourself toilet repair

TOILET WARS!!!!!!!! OK, every couple I know has this little game going on. NO NO not Toilet Wars; but rather, some ongoing war over something trivial. For some it is underwear on the floor, or maybe an annoying sucking of the teeth...and on and on. I think you get what I mean. If you have experienced it, you know right away.

With us, it is the toilet. Mary hates our toilet. I can't figure it out, but I suspect it is just the first battle toward a complete bathroom renovation. Now, I have no deep feeling toward our toilet, but I have been pricing out bathroom renovations......and we are talking serious vacation money coming out of circulation! So as I sit down for my daily meditation, I ponder the relative value of a sleek porcelin beauty under me, or a trip to wine country. I think you can guess the outcome so far.

So Imagine my horror when our big beige beauty started hissing away the other week! Luckily, Mary was out of town and I was given an opportunity to get a quick toilet fix into place. Last year the old flusheroo just about did itself in by developing a leaking valve. I was sent around to the hardware stores to price out a replacement......not a toilet valve replacement, but ( yes you guessed it) a complete toilet replacement. I won that battle by discovering that you could buy all sorts of spare parts for toilet valves at plumbing supply stores ( yes they do sell to the public) for just a few dollars. I popped in a new flapper and it was happy times at the ol' WC.

But this time things looked serious. The toilet valve in the tower looked like it was gone. Now you can get a new tower for about $10, which is very cheap. The expensive part is installing the thing. I knew that I could do the job, but also knew that it would be messy, and that there was a chance of chipping the tank, which would be a death sentance for my old buddy. Mary was due back soon, and I knew just what would happen if she caught me midstream in repairs.

Then a flash of intuition hit me. Why not try some " Jig-a-Loo" ? This stuff has become my new best friend this summer. I have been trying it on all sorts of things. I'm not sure if it is just silicone lubricant in disguise, but it sure makes things move easier. Well to make this long story short. I tried it as a toilet repair kit in a can. I sprayed the top of the tower while I depressed the float bar a few times. And yes it worked! The toilet stopped hissing and has never hissed since. I guess that the Jig-a-Loo worked its way into the toilet valve, or perhaps it just lubricated the hinge. What ever it did, it worked. The ol' flusheroo has been saved. I'm ready to fight another day. And we are planning our next vacation to wine country.

Life is bliss.

'till next time


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P.P.S. Thanks for your responses to this post. One common comment was that those pucks that go into the tank seem to wreck the flapper. This is why a new toilet will start to leak in a few months. Yes there are flappers that say they are "resistant" and there are pucks that say that they are "safe", but I have quit using them. Instead, I pour a little enzyme cleaner in the tank every now and then. It keeps the scum and gunk from forming, and cleans the interior water flow areas. The cleaner I use is Pink Solution . Thanks again for your feedback!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Senior Abuse?

I've got to get this out of my system. What kind of garbage are we dumping down the throats of our seniors and sick? Have you looked at the nutritional label on these meal supplement drinks that are universally recommended to our weakest loved ones? I just did and was shocked.

Here is the background story, and a solution I have found.

My spouse's father is battling cancer. Like many sick and elderly people he was losing weight and appetite. The doctors, and friends all recommended getting some Ensure to supplement his diet. And I will admit that I too thought it was a good idea. But then I started doing some looking around and found quite a few information sources who showed how cancer cells love sugar and that one powerful cancer fighting technique was to cut out the sugar. So out of curiosity I looked at the label on a can of Ensure and found that it is mostly sugar! I'm sure this can be said of many other brands, but Ensure is the one everybody around seems to buy.

I then tried to find out what other nutrient values it had, and am sorry to report that there wasn't much there. ( Please check this out for yourself) I felt that my recommendations were basically poisoning my Father-in-law. I had to find a better product. After more research I discovered that a greens formulation would give him outstanding nutrition in a condensed and easy to manage form. After all, a glass of greens may look a bit ugly, but it is easier than trying to munch down a tableful of food, or juice a basket of groceries.

But then I found out that green formulations are like most other get what you pay for.
I found one company who is quite fanatical about their quality. They make the Greens Plus product. However, it is a bit pricey, so I recommended it, but kept on looking. And I found an outstanding product sold by another name I trust; proHealth. I've told a bit of their story in another post. Their price is better, and you get the bonus of knowing you contribute to a great cause.

Here is a link to the product:
Ultimate Greens by proHealth

Update: After a bit of a struggle because of the old " the doctor told me to take the Ensure" mentality, he tried it and found he actually like the flavor. Appetite and energy have improved as much as can be expected at this stage of health. As I have said... It is not how much time we have in this life; It is how much enjoyment we can squeeze out of it. This gives him the energy to wring out a few more drops.

I hope this story can help some of you out there. Sorry for being so long winded.