Saturday, 5 January 2013

Whitewater River Rafting 

White water rafting is associate degree exhilarating sport that became widespread within the 1970's and have become wide called a type of brave recreation within the decades to follow. Canoeing became a preferred recreation within the earlier years that was adopted from Native yankee Indians UN agency used canoes and early kinds of kayaks extensively for transportation, fishing and alternative requirements of lifestyle. this way of transportation wasn't restricted to North America, however has been utilised by natives everywhere the globe throughout history. though canoes, kayaks and rafts are employed in varied sensible ways that for many years, it's seemingly that none would have unreal the adrenalized type of recreation that's widespread nowadays.This form of maximum rafting is considerably totally different from canoeing or common watercourse rafting, that involves light and relaxed excursions down peaceful streams or rivers. foam could be a term derived from roaring rapids that have a characteristic white color from the air bubbles at bay underneath water that moves at a gradual and consistent speed. usually foam rapids area unit fashioned once the water from a watercourse originates during a high elevation then quickly descends to a lower elevation. This causes the water to churn and agitate because it crashes into stony watercourse beds and rock coated banks.

Friday, 4 January 2013

History of Whitewater Rafting

It is fascinating to notice that whitewater rafting was one in all the earliest kinds of transportation. it absolutely was not solely used for carrying folks however conjointly for transferring product from one place to a different. However, it became quite well-liked as a variety of leisure activity within the Nineteen Eighties.In 1811, the primary recorded arrange to navigate the river in WY was planned by the land Astorians. whereas making an attempt to boat the stretch below Jackson Hole, the stream was found to be too treacherous and it came to be referred to as ?Mad stream.?The rubber stream raft is believed to own been unreal within the early decennium. it absolutely was 1st created by Lt. John John Charles Fremont, WHO was then serving within the U.S army and poet H. Day. They unreal the rubber raft with the intention of measuring the Rocky Mountains and therefore the Great Plains. though the raft was unreal within the mid-nineteenth century, it absolutely was not till the flip of the century that the primary ever business whitewater trip was undertaken. At first, surplus military rafts were used as boats and it absolutely was solely abundant later that expansive rafts were used.Private firms contend a significant role in augmenting the rafting business. In 1956, one in all the members of the foremost affluent business families of America, John D. altruist designed a resort that introduced one in all the primary floating visits within the country. However, it solely induced a lukewarm response.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Car Trips

Sometimes if a body's traveling a lengthy distance or going somewhere from their close guidance space, it's cheaper to accept a automobile rent choice rather than to use their personal cars to travel somewhere with. several reliable and low cost automobile finance. rent corporations area unit passed throughout massive cities however can in addition be seen in tiny areas. they are generally for transport return airports anybody have flown towards {a place|an space} and need to try and do exploring at the hours of darkness lifetime of your neighborhood area. A bus, train or taxi is different sensible choices they do not forever please take someone on the place they want to travel ahead strategy for automobile travel. several folks want to use the scenic route, journey crushed path that different choices for transportation will not go. transaction a automobile is a superb route to explore areas that different quite the bus is not aiming to haul the crooks to or even a hack rent is far too harmful for accommodate Associate in Nursing excursion like that. corporations that provide automobile you need to rent have numerous sorts of cars and vehicles accessible to their potential customers. you will find typically distinctive packages, relying a person or lady must borrow your sub.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Discover How to Relieve Stress and Return to 'Normal'

A common thing among all people, 'normal' people and those we think of as of having 'problems', is our ability to deal with stress and the emotions that accompany it. I want you think of your stress and emotions as being in a glass. As you visualize your glass, and that you are 'normal' (Of course, you are!), the glass will appear to be about 60% full. On any given day that you find yourself stressed, this glass may get up to 80%, 90%, even 99% full of stress and emotions. Think about what happens when you get even more stressed added? Just like that final drop of liquid that causes the glass to overflow, your emotions now overflow! Now, consider a person that has 'problems' and what their glass looks like. Their glass may be constantly running at 80%, 90%, or 95% full. What does that mean? It means that it takes very little to tip their glass and cause a person with 'problems' to react to stressful situations. And, the reason it seems as though they have a 'problem' in the first place is that they tend to react much quicker that what you or I might.

I'd like to share research with you that validates this comes from. The CIA and many other countries' informational gathering agencies rely on people's emotions to give them away when being interrogated. For instance, when a person is being interrogated, what environment do you usually think of them being in? Usually in solitude, with people who look threatening and intimidating, have a stern look on their face, and a threatening tone in their voice. There may be weapons and torture devices in plain sight. The person being questioned may have been deprived of food, water, and sleep. Loud heavy-metal music may have been blaring for several days. If you were to look at this person's glass, at what level do you think their emotions would be? Right at the top! If just one more drop of emotions is added, it will overflow. So, the interrogators know that when they ask questions, this person will reveal answers through body communication that they cannot conceal now. Why? Because the mind can't hold any more emotion and the body must relieve the mental stress through physical actions. It could be a twitch of an eye, a jerk of the arm, or a sudden movement at just the right time. Once the interrogators get an initial signal that they are close to getting the information they want, they pursue that path vigorously until they get it. The person only returns to operating normally at the emotional level when the stress is taken away.

How does this translate into day-to-day life for you and me? First, I want to share with you that I believe that people are innately good. They may have bad behaviors, but there is a good intent behind the bad behaviors. What does that mean? It means that I believe that people have 'bad' behavior because their 'glass' is continuously at the tipping point and, therefore, it takes very little for their emotions to take over and to create behaviors that seem out-of-place, inappropriate, or just plain 'bad'.

So, let's put this in the context of work. Let's say you have an employee that is underperforming and you haven't been able to find a solution. You spent money on training, you've coached them, and you've given them incentives, but nothing works. What you notice is that every time this person goes to perform work that is fundamental to their job, they start doing busy-work, they make up an excuse to leave, and they blame other people for why they can't perform, or a variety of other acts to deflect your attention from what the real reason is for them not performing well. These actions are no different from a person being interrogated being unable to stop that twitch of an eye, or other physical movements to relieve stress. They are acting out outward signs of inward emotions being processed. It can be for a variety of reasons that they feel stressed at work, but it is evidence that their glass is running at 90%, or more, full and they have a need to release their emotions. The stressors need to be taken away so that they can return to normal.

How about in the home? When a person that has people they love, studies have shown that they will face death and survive for others when they would have given in if the situation just involved them. Yet, why do people who come home to their loved ones after a long day of work and begin yelling at them for what may be a very inconsequential thing? Why would they verbally, mentally, and even physically abuse the ones they claim to love? In reality, they aren't acting out against the people that they love; they are acting out all the other stress they have allowed to build up in them. Once again, these people are running at 90% to 99.9% of emotional capacity. They feel as if they are in solitude, a bright, hot light is being shown directly on them, they feel threatened, and the 'music' in their head is playing loud, strong, and constantly over-and-over. The child that got a bad grade, the one that broke a lamp, the wife that damaged the car; and the husband that lost his job are only the drop of water that makes the glass spill over. They aren't bad people. The stressors just need to be taken away so that they can let their guard down and return to normal.

How can stress be taken away so that people can return to 'normal'? That's a great question! Have hope! People are finding a unique way every day!

Dr. Lewellen, at Transformative Thinking, has over 20 years of expanding the potential of corporations, religious organizations, not-for-profits, families and individuals. He is an expert in organizational alignment and motivation, organization and personal goal-setting, change management, and leadership. He is an expert in organizational alignment and motivation, organization and personal goal-setting, change management, leadership and staff development, and sales management.

Saturday, 6 October 2007

The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce - Judith Wallerstein

This wonderfully researched book examines the lives of children of divorce over a span of twenty-five years. It shows that the challenges for divorced families, especially for the children, are complex and continue to transform society. It states that 45% first marriages break up, that the risk of divorce in second marriages is 60%, and that 25% of people today between ages 18-44 years have divorced parents.

The difficulty of writing this article is that one can only make a few comments on a book and subject, the full consideration of which would take us very far. The first paragraph in the introductory chapter recounts a Sesame Street episode in which Kermit the frog interviews a little bird enquiring where she lived. The bird's response is that she spends half her time happily playing in her mother's nest, and the rest of the time frolicking in her father's nest.

This little story illustrates one of the many assumptions that this book comprehensively dispels. Many parents and policy makers assume that as soon as the marriage is dissolved, and parents attain their freedom from an unhappy union, that their children's lives will exactly be as they were before. This book destroys this notion, and clearly shows the lasting effects of divorce on the children, and how it later shapes and even ruins their lives.

The book represents the voices of these children. They have now grown up, and some have families of their own. They narrate their difficulties in dealing with the loneliness, anger, depression, drug abuse and even the violence in their own lives that followed the break-up of their families. They talk about the unpleasantness of hopping from one nest to another, often having little choice of how to spend their time, and feeling inferior to children from intact families. They are now forcing society to pay more attention at their interests.

The book is written in five parts, like five short stories, with each section demonstrating the very unique challenges encountered by these children. Part one is about Karen James, a child forced by divorce to be a care-giver early in her life and continued to put the needs of others above her throughout her growing years. Her life is compared to Gary, a child of parents who decided to stay together despite their difficult marriage.

Karen's father was a successful dermatologist, and her mother worked in a floral shop. She regularly yelled at husband for not paying enough attention to the family. He also barked grievances at her. The situation got worse when Mrs. James lost her mother in an accident. Her husband became the principal target of her anger, as Mrs. James rapidly sunk into depression. Eventually and inevitably their marriage ended in divorce, as they continued their savage feud with their children looking on.

With her father meeting and marrying someone else, Karen's mother floundered from one relationship to the next. Karen, at a very young age, became a substitute parent for her siblings, and even for her mother. Her own childhood had ended early. She continued this habit of parenting others into her personal relationships: always feeling responsible for the problems of others.

Her story is juxtaposed to that of Gary, who grew up in a home where the parents were unhappy with each other, but toughed it out despite their difficulties. Gary grew up, got married and had a family of his own. His parents had been a model for him of how to keep the family together, their unhappiness with each other notwithstanding.

Part two is about Larry, a child raised in a family blighted by domestic violence, and the rage that tormented his life following the break-up of his parents' divorce. He is compared to Carol, a young who like him witnessed scenes of parental violence without their breaking up.

Part three is about Paula, who suffered from intense loneliness after the divorce when her mother took up studies and continued to work at the same time. Divorce brought about an economic nightmare for both her parents and her mother to make ends meet had to study and work at the same time. This not only led to the loss of structure in Paula's life but also the constant presence of one of her parents. She was both fatherless and motherless.

Part four is about Billy, a vulnerable child with special medical needs because he was born with congenital heart disease. Billy's health made it difficult for him to adapt to the changed family environment. His mother quickly remarried and focused on her new family. His father was pre-occupied with sport and his business. Neither seemed sensitive to the time and attention required for Billy.

Part five is about Lisa, who was raised in a family where every effort was made to ensure harmony. Her parents were determined after the divorce not to worsen their child's suffering and often co-operated with each other. Lisa's case leads to the question: Is not fighting enough? Does absence of conflict between divorced parents protect the child from suffering? However even this did not stem Lisa's rage, even though she seemed to have adapted better than others following her parents' divorce.

Although her father was apparently happily remarried, there was a vast distance between Lisa and her parents than when her family was intact. She had to adapt to the two families, as she continued to hop from one parent to the other. As she grew from a child to a woman in her thirties, she still harboured fears about marriage.

Her life mirrored those of many children of divorce (40% of them) who decide remain single as adults. Some of them like Lisa were co-habiting, others hop from one affair to another, and a few led very solitary lives. Lisa's story illustrates that although the impact of divorce is immediately felt by children, it is in adulthood that they suffer the most: especially when they venture out in search of love.

The book is an eloquent narrative of the aftermath of divorce and seeks to make us understand the long term impact on the children. The authors warn us that though we have a created a world where there is greater freedom for adults that this carries considerable and hidden costs. The authors wisely point out that their book is not a pronouncement against divorce. They are aware of the acute suffering of adults trapped in failed marriages. They are also equally aware that very few adults take the decision to divorce without due consideration.

But they only wish to point out that while divorce may be beneficial to the parents, the consequences for the children are often dire. This book also seeks to assist those who are affected by divorce to rebuild their lives. This book is also for the policy makers: the judges and a whole array of other stake holders in the legal system: it urges them to pay more attention to the interests of children during and following a divorce.

Wisely the authors conclude while it is necessary to improve the post-divorce culture, much more effort must be put in strengthening the institution of marriage.

Wednesday, 14 April 2004

A Book Review: Get Outta My Face by Rick Horne

Rick Horne provides an accurate view of our current situation and how parents and others who work with teens can address the issue of anger.

Both adults and teens are guilty of sinful actions and attitudes. Horne reminds us of this truth and throughout the book uses Scripture to support his suggestions. When talking with teens, we must remember that they are not the only ones who sin. We are not to ignore their sin, but by remembering our own tendencies we can open doors to reaching teens. By determining to glorify God in our interactions, we present a stance that will lead teens to open up and talk.

Horne uses many examples of interactions between adults and teens - some not so good examples and some better following his plan. Our author outlines and then suggests the following plan of action for the parent or others working with the angry teen:

Listen Big
Clarify Narrow
Look Wide
Plan Small
Listening big allows you to identify the "wise wants" that you can use to build a bridge with your teen. By pointing out to your teen that he has wise wants and has succeeded on at least one occasion, you encourage your teen to not give up. This requires you to be a reflective listener, verifying that you understand what your teen is saying. Part of this is watching your teen's body language as well as using your own in a positive way. Alternatively, the teen will say things like, "You don't understand." Or "You never listen to me."
"The purpose in a man's heart like is deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out." Proverbs 20:5

Clarifying narrow requires the firm foundation of the bridge that you have built. Leading the teen to recognize her "wise wants" and that she has the power to choose either wisely or poorly leads helps in clarifying her situation. This process helps the teen to see the relationship of cause and effect in her choices. Obviously, her relationship with Christ will affect how she chooses and how you address her.

"Good sense wins favor, but the way of the treacherous is their ruin." Proverbs 13:15

Looking wide for your teen's solutions means finding exceptions in previous behavior. In the past, he has chosen wisely and thus produced good results. This can provide a pattern and encouragement for future choices.

Paraphrase of Proverbs 30:24-28 "Use opportunities (as ants do), places of refuge (as conies do), ability to cooperate (as locusts do), and perseverance (as lizards do) that your creator has given you." OR "look at the resources God has put in your past and present, and used them to create solutions to the challenges you face now."

Horne gives wise counsel saying that we need to recognize that resistance on the part of our teen may mean we are pushing our own solution rather than allowing him to discover his own.

Planning small reminds us that we must not expect too much too soon. Setting an achievable goal sets the stage for long-term resetting of more achievable goals. These goals must also be specific so they can be measurable.

Once your teen has achieved one small step in the right direction, you need to keep the conversation going by guiding her to continue to make specific, measurable and achievable goals. Finally, in the last chapter, the author reminds us that the ultimate goal is to point our teen to the cross.

Solomon warned young people that "there is a way that seems right to a man, but the end is the way to death." Proverbs 14:12

Rick Horne has done a great job of providing good information for parents and others as they work with angry teens. This book is a must read! Other books by Horne include: Get Offa My Case and Walking Through the College Planning Process All are available through

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Friday, 5 September 2003

How To Earn Money Through Affiliate Marketing

Truth is... there is NO magic button to push and send Affiliate Marketers a tsunami of cash. Wish that were possible but the button only begins to work when YOU do. Most of our problems come with too many shinny objects that someone has persuaded us we must have to be successful.

Guilty as charged. I have more shinny objects sitting around waiting for me than any of us will admit. Don't do it! Save your money. Work with the ones you already have in your holding system.

NO one is going to give you the keys to the vault. IF they had all the answers their bank account would be so full of money they'd be on a cruise around the world or sitting out on the veranda of their private estate. You can be sure they are are NOT think about teaching you how to make money. Believe me, I know them personally, already have the T-shirt.

Now, let's see if we can at least find some value in this message. Affiliate marketing does offer many earning money opportunities, making it one of the fastest growing industries on the web. Billions (with a B) is earned every year. It's attractive and drawing lots of people to seek their fortune but there's plenty of room for you and me as saturation is not possible.

Whatever you choose to do, get yourself a trainer, a teacher, with the knowledge to guide you. It's serious work, not for the weak or shinny object chasers. Affiliate Marketing requires your best effort, perseverance to reach the finish line called success.

Be realistic in your expectations. Set reasonable goals that you want to achieve. Don't begin with the idea of making a million dollars in the next 30 days, it ain't going to happen. Most begin with $1,000 hope for achievement and give it their very best effort. Does everyone make it? Absolutely not! Just don't give up without giving affiliate marketing a fair trial.

Good things are happening in the marketplace. More and more people are discovering affiliate marketing which should lead to greater success. First, choosing the "right" program is step #1 before you can begin your business.

Never, NEVER, try to market a product or software without personal experience, use of the product, or some folks will consider you a fraud. It's like driving a FORD to work and trying to sell a CHEVY to your prospective customers.

Value is the key consideration for every product. Your future customers are not concerned about your commission but your personal testimony of your own successes with the product. IF you can't witness to the value, the money you've made or give me a good reason to buy, forget trying to push it over on someone else. Just good business ethics that pay huge dividends.

If the owner of the product or software fails to make any money then don't expect me to throw my money down the same rathole and lose my money, too. We're looking for something that will thrill our buyers when they follow our lead. I'd never promote an affiliate product without knowing it's proven value.

Affiliate Marketers are looking for the next goldmine, CASH COW, not a blip in the road. How often can you expect to get paid your commissions? Some merchants pay immediately while others hold on for a month or two, not very exciting to be on the wait list.

Also, it's important that you get credit for your referrals. Your merchant's website has to use cookies to track where the customer comes from or YOU will not get credit for all your referrals. Once your referral visits a site you should get all the credits due, however, that is NOT always true. Be sure to read the merchant's affiliate commissions proposal or you may come out on the short end of the deal.

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