Grand Canyon Tours

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If you’re planning a holiday to the Grand Canyon, there are a myriad of things you should know about the many tours you can go on. Simply follow these six tips, and you will be able to plan an enjoyable tour you’re sure to enjoy.

# 1 – Decide Where To Begin Your Tour

The first thing you need to decide is where you will start your tour to the canyon. Both primary starting points are at the South Rim, which is in Arizona, and Vegas. If you choose a Vegas tour, you can visit the West Rim or the South Rim. If you start from a town in Arizona, you’ll tour the South Rim.

# 2 – Pick On The Rim To See

Next, you’ll need to decide which rim you’ll go see. There are a couple of options. All excursions to the West Rim originate from Las Vegas since it is only 120 miles from there. That’s why it is the best rim to see if you will be in an Arizona city.

If you don’t know which rim to go to, consider what you would like to experience in the canyon. Is visiting the Skywalk important for you? Do you want to soak up beautiful views of nature? Do you wish to tour the National Park? By deciding what you want to do, you will know which rim you need to visit so you can do it.

You want to purchase your tour beforehand. The canyon tours are extremely popular, so they fill up quickly and sell out. That’s why it is a good idea to reserve your tour at least one week ahead of time. It’s even better to reserve a Vegas tour two weeks beforehand. This is particularly true for all the helicopter tours. In actuality, you might want to reserve your tour the same time you make reservations for your hotel in Vegas, that way you won’t forget.

# 4 – Book On The Internet

Be sure to keep this tip in mind. I keep up with the latest trends for getting the best discounts on these tours. This is the best means to do it now. The best deals on tours are found online. That is because you get to use the low online rate. Plus, you’ll get to cut out the booking fees.

# 5 – Establish A Budget

By knowing your budget, you can narrow down the tours to the ones that you can afford. You’ll need to pay the most for a helicopter tour, and the bus tours are the least expensive. Tours by raft and plane fall between the two extremes. In addition, the air tours come in two varieties, the air-only tours and the landing tours. However, if you want to take a landing tour, you will need to depart from Vegas. Flying down to land on the canyon floor is exciting, but the only way you can do that’s to have a landing tour from Vegas to the West Rim.

# 6 – Understand Your Cancellation Policy

You don’t want to skim over the cancellation policy. If you buy from a company other than the reputable ones I recommend, you may wind up in trouble if you will need to cancel your tour. Therefore, buying from a recommended company is a fantastic idea because you’ll have peace of mind if you change your travel plans, since you’ll be protected by a 48 hour money back cancellation coverage.

By following these six tips, you’ll have the ability to plan out a fun-filled Grand Canyon tour that fits within your budget. No matter what tour you choose, you will see beautiful scenic views you will never forget.

The silver lining of Trump

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Trump may well prove to be the best thing that has happened to the people of the western world for quite a long time. While I am not a supporter of Trump as his values are the opposite of mine I celebrate the effect he is having on people (albeit unintended on his part).

Since Trump won the presidency I really like to follow the news while driving. The news has become so exciting. Why? Within the Trump said/did headlines are inspiring stories of individuals taking a stand. They’re standing up, saying no that isn’t right nor just, and taking Opossum Poop. Since the announcement of Trumps withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord the stories on the news have leaped to a new level of inspirational, and additionally, these stories are carrying the majority of the information airtime.

It began with the Travel Ban on some Muslim Counties. Individuals and organisations alike are suing the administration. The judiciary standing in their own power and wisdom put a hold on the travel ban. The scientific community realising that to guarantee change happens and protect efforts to reduce climate change, the earth and the environment they have to get involved in politics and have voted into congress. They are organising in-depth training for those willing to run for election. Majors from a number of cities are thinking for themselves and making their own decisions. Daily my inbox is filled with requests for donations by environmental and other groups all fired up and fundraising to take the government to court.

Now European leaders are choosing not to be involved with Trump regardless of the power, wealth and influence of the usa. These are only a handful out of many cases of people making the choice to stand for truth, justice and what’s right and good.

Adhering to a Professor of Environmental Studies yesterday talking about Trump’s potential decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord create the most astonishing claim. He said as his initial response”Despite the decision of the US government the US Society will still back the Paris Climate Accord”. Notably he did not lament or criticise Trump, he did not bother, he was only focused on what could be done in spite of Trump. This is an amazingly bold statement and to me is symbolic of a real turnaround in human nature.

Now with the Trump announcement that”He” is pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Accord – the news is filled with people, organisations, cities, large companies all speaking about their commitment to continue supporting the Paris Climate Accord no matter Trumps decision. The news hasn’t been so inspiring as it is today. Trump is sparking a fire in people to stand in their own wisdom and power, galvanising and doubling their responsibilities to help bring about a world that is clean and green.

People, Our Nature and Earth will be the winners. Being faced with the disregard for the welfare of this world has electrified people to care more than ever before. Trump has generated an unparalleled dedication at an entirely new level to caring for our planet. This will hopefully bring about a long-term shift in living in harmony with nature, caring for the water, the air, the earth, our planet. It could even create a competition to see who can leave the lightest footprint on the ground.

Just as wild fires are needed every sometimes to burn away the old wood, rejuvenate and seed in the new beginnings of a new forest, so too is the uncontrolled flame of Trumps ego and self centeredness sparking a fresh start in the western world. Individuals are opting for justice and truth, balance and harmony and locating within themselves the determination needed to stand their own power and wisdom.

People learn and grow by hardship. Adversity and negative scenarios give us the opportunity to find within ourselves the ability to push back on the negative and rise up to become more then we ever could be before. Additionally we can discover what we really want, what is most important to us by being faced with exactly what we don’t want. Trump is giving the people this chance, a chance even the best president couldn’t give.

This time in our history appears to indicate a fork in the road. I’m reminded of Hopi’s Prophecy Rock which has gained such prominence in the past two decades as a dire warning to humanity. “The brief line that contributes to the straight Path of Life is your last chance for people to return to nature before the upper road disintegrates and dissipates.” Trump and his ways represent so perfectly the top left hand street that disintegrates. The perfect hand path brings humanity back to nature”The little circle over the Path of Life, following the last opportunity, is the terrific Purification, after which corn will grow in prosperity again when the excellent Spirit returns. And the Path of Life continues forever… ”

Trump provides us in the west the litmus test of the Prophecy Rock Life Path. It appears many people are overwhelmingly choosing the right path over the one represented by Trump, of selfishness, greed, substance focus and self-interest. They’re choosing the path of nature, integrity, truth, justice, stability and balance.

Trump is helping individuals to gain their own freedom, to genuinely individuate out from the mindless following of authority and we can no longer be beholden come what may to”authority”.

This is a revolution and development going on in the consciousness of the people of the west.

To understand exactly how important the evolutionary change is that is happening now, we have to look back at how deeply ingrained was the need to obey authority within the psyche and unconscious of humanity.

Thankfully Stanley Milgram gave us a step that we compare ourselves to. Revealing that we actually are changing.

Milgram wanted to understand why people followed orders and carried out horrendous acts of warfare. “The Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures was a series of social psychology experiments conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram. They quantified the willingness of research participants, men from a diverse range of occupations with varying degrees of education, to comply with an authority figure who instructed them to do acts conflicting with their private conscience; the experiment found, unexpectedly, that a very significant proportion of people were ready to obey, albeit reluctantly, even if seemingly causing serious injury and distress.” Wikipedia. While some eventually said no, even the majority of these people still applied the electrical shock a number of times before they said no and stopped.

Only a very few awesome individuals said NO quite quickly. Sadly nobody explored what these folks were doing within themselves that made them so different from the majority. This type of experiment has been demonstrated many times with similar or even higher% results. The requirement to comply with”authority” has been deeply hardwired into our subconscious.

Just 56 short years on and thanks to Trump people in the west are standing up to so called”Authority” because that authority isn’t acting in integrity with the best interests of all and Earth. All this is being done in a calm and proactive way. That is singularly amazing. I call this a massive paradigm shift in consciousness.

This change isn’t happening in everyone nor does it need to. All that’s needed is enough people to create the 100th monkey effect for these changes to become generative.

Trump has no power on his own. The only real power comes from RELATIONSHIP. Relationship – with those who carry out his wishes, the White House community, the organizations that implement the rules, the worldwide community and the People. Stress and bullying is no-longer a currency that works, only relationships that are respectful, co-operative, co-creative, based in integrity and for the greater good will do. Without these relationships he is powerless.

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Stealing Fire

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To students of mythology, particular characters from the myths, legends and folktales of the many cultures are often known as the gods, sometimes as culture heroes, sometimes deities or higher spirits disguised in animal form. Mankind has learned exceedingly useful lessons and contains usually ascribed that new knowledge to these beings; some noted person or creature, typically a deity in some form or other, because society’s cultural mythology. These mythical benefactors that have brought these practical benefits to men are usually placed among the gods or at least at some level above the great unwashed. They’ve been the teachers and culture personalities to mankind.

In these cultural mythologies throughout the world it is often the senior deities on high (sky gods) who bestowed gifts on mankind transforming human culture from the nomadic hunter-gatherers to settlers and a more civilized culture. Presents like agriculture, arts & crafts, the domestic sciences, trades, technology, etc.. Then there’s fire.

From the historical record, all else being equal, likely the human discoverers of passion of the many cultures across the world would be among the best remembered of those benefactors. This would naturally be the case, for no greater good has touched person’s physical life than fire. The usefulness of fire (heat and light) would have been obvious to Blind Freddy and it should not have been difficult to figure out what was fuel (wood, leaves, dry grass, etc.) and what was not fuel (stone, sand, etc.); the challenging bit would have been coming across fire, or having flame encounter you, to keep it under control and in continuous supply – not letting it go out. The next step would have been figuring out how to artificially make fire.

But that is not what the mythologies relate. Mythologies don’t tell us that humans themselves discovered fire; found its uses; how to tame fire and how to make fire without immediate benefit of Mother Nature. No, mythologies tell us that fire was given to us directly, not by the senior gods, but by junior deities, in defiance of the seniors.

Mythologies often are suggestive that the senior gods did not for a variety of reasons depending on the society/culture and the source (who’s telling the tale) want to give humans the gift of fire. This brings up anomaly number one – fire is a natural part of our terrestrial environment so it can not be kept from us! Oddity number two is what is the big deal about fire anyway? It’s not like giving a five-year-old a loaded gun! Were the senior gods worried we were then going to attack them with flaming arrows such as Indians attacking a covered wagon train?

However, lesser deities, middle management from the pantheon of gods, often trickster gods, sometimes cultural heroes, sometimes spirits disguised as animals often thought humans should have the gift and benefit of passion. And that means you have many close universal tales of those beings steading fire from their superiors and giving it to us mortals. Theft or trickery, the use of deceit of some sort, is almost inseparably connected with people acquiring fire as related from cultures all over the world. Oddity number three is why these lesser deities were of the contrary opinion that humans should have fire (keeping in mind we would should have obviously had it anyhow ). Anomaly number four is even being of that opinion why centre management deities would act so defiantly against the directive of their betters. When you defy the top brass you know you’re not going to get off lightly. Some, like Prometheus suffered through repeated grievous physical torture by authority of Zeus for giving us mortals fire, which makes his (and together their) mutiny all of the odder. Prometheus’s theft of fire is remembered even now via the symbolism of the Olympic Flame or Torch.

However, the central oddity is still the first one. Consider the case of Zeus and Prometheus again. The Greeks, way back before Methuselah was in diapers, must have known about and used the use of fire.

If the story of the theft and present of fire through Prometheus were the be-all-and-end-all of the’how mankind acquired fire’ narrative, then it could probably be dismissed as pure fiction.

Prometheus is not the only case study of grabbing a hold of fire from senior management. Prometheus, the classical fire giver, is most commonly known in literature. But while Prometheus is associated with the Mediterranean area, the deity Maui belonged to the length and breadth of the Pacific Ocean.

Of all the helpful gods of Pacific mythology, Maui, the mischievous Polynesian, is beyond question that the protagonist into the largest numbers of countries scattered over that broad expanse of land, including Hawaii. Maui is of course connected with the theft and gift of fire.

However, Hawaii is also a society that holds in amazement the strong and somewhat fickle goddess Pele. Hawaiians can’t be ignorant of passion. Molten lava sets fire to things! Does that make Maui immaterial?

It would naturally be supposed that the Hawaiians living in a volcanic country with ever-flowing fountains of lava could connect their fire myths with a few volcano when relating the story of the origin of fire. But like the rest of the Polynesians, Hawaiians discovered fire via Maui instead of naturally in rivers of molten rock.

Polynesians must have brought their fire legends and fire habits with them when they came to the Hawaiian islands of active volcanoes.

Then there is the Maori narrative of fire’s origin, again starring Maui.

Mahuika is a Maori fire deity. It was from her that Maui obtained the secret of creating fire. Maui, discovering that fire was lost on the earth, resolves to find Mahuika the Fire-goddess and learn the secret art of obtaining fire. He visits her, and being a trickster deity, tricks Mahuika into giving out with all the technical information. His tricks of course make her angry and, although he obtains the secret of fire, he barely escapes with his life.

Ditto that of Botoque of the central Brazilian tribe the Kayapo.

It’s worth noting that in many myths not only was firing stolen, but birds indicated by black or red spots one of their feathers were related to the theft. In Brittany the gold or fire-crested wren steals fire and is red-marked while so doing.

The indigenous natives of North America have near identical tales.

The animals of the North American Indians are represented as stealing fire. Some swiftly-flying bird or fleet-footed coyote would carry the stolen fire to the house of the tribe. We’ve Cherokee mythology say the Spider stole fire; tribes of the Pacific Northwest and First Nations peoples relate that fire has been nicked from the Coyote, Beaver and/or Dog and contributed to humans; according to a Yukon First Nations people, Crow stole fire from a volcano; in accordance with the Creek Indians, Rabbit stole fire; ditto that in Algonquin mythology – firing was stolen by Rabbit; them rabbits or hares also stole fire and gave it to the Ojibwas in accordance with their own myths.

Tore of the Mbuti in Zaire is the local version of Prometheus. The different Bushmen of Africa such as the Pygmies of the Congo stole fire from their God. The Dogons of the Mali have Nummo spirits (heavenly blacksmiths) and one of their first ancestors nicked a piece of the sun in their smithy.

Oddity number five is that the individual writers of those mythological’theft and present of fire’ tales – if myths they really be – could have realized, must have realized, that fire was a natural element of the human environment and for that reason the’gift of fire’ was an unnecessary present and for that reason the theft from the lesser deities was equally unnecessary as was the limitation by the senior sky gods in the first location. If a modern day author wrote such illogical claptrap they simply would not get published.

Anomaly number six is the reason why in mythologies from diverse parts of the world have the seniors deciding to withhold fire from mankind; their juniors or other lesser beings humanised animals beating them and stealing fire from them and giving it to us terrestrials. It is an unlikely enough story that, okay, may appear once like in Zeus and Prometheus, but not independently over and over again. So, either we have an outstanding anomalous set of improbable coincidences, or else the story is truly real and thus not mythology in any respect.

Now perhaps the’gift of fire’ describes not so much to real fire as to rather the gift of making fire, as in how to (i.e. – rubbing two sticks together or striking together two rocks to create sparks). While that idea is more philosophically akin to the gods giving those other gifts of civilization to humanity, that’s not what the mythologies describe. What is described is fire in its pure form that is given out, post theft by lesser gods, not how to create fire.

Analysis: The upshot of all of this is that the theft-of-fire mythology is not myth but really real. However, the restrictions of the seniors and the defiance of the juniors suggest that fire wasn’t the real concern . Somehow fire was substituted for something different. That’s a something that’s not a natural part of the human environment and that is something that if given to humans might be akin to this five-year-old holding a really real loaded pistol – or worse.

So if fire at the hands of us primitives is not really a big deal, and since the’gods’ could not prevent us from discovering and using fire under any set of circumstances, what might the real concern be? It needs to be something along the nature of fire – bright and hot and difficult to control; something which at the hands of people might prove a threat to the gods. Nuclear power and weapons appear to be just a tad too unlikely. We need something between a wonderful campfire and Hiroshima/Nagasaki. What about ordinary explosives or thermal weapons as the real’fire’ which has been stolen and given to humankind?

Explosives per state were probably not what was meant by fire. That’s a bit too late in historical terms for explosives to have been a present from Prometheus and all those others.

However, the use of heat for a weapon, thermal weapons, can be dated back to at least the eighth and ninth century BC. That is historically more like the age we would like. And how do you quickly and easily generate heat? The actual bit here is that it is not just pure fire which is used as in flaming arrows or burning a wooden fort, or burning plants and fields (scorched earth policy), but flame or heat augmented by substances and then moved to where it is needed.

For example, a whole assortment of heated substances, from water to sand to several petroleum-based compounds (oil, pitch, bitumen etc.) could be dumped on enemy personnel or hurled onto various constructions, fortifications, even ships at sea to be able to destroy or serious harm them.

When it comes to ancient naval warfare, finding and utilizing a chemical substance that burns while floating on the water, well this could be heaven-sent as it had been. Such substances forms what today is usually referred to as’Greek fire’ though Greek fire appropriate, however, was not invented until roughly 672 AD, again a bit too late for Prometheus.

In addition, various sulphur-based substances and quicklime are useful as toxic/blinding agents. There are always smoke bombs that may be employed as well.

In short, it was not fire that the senior gods wanted to keep out of our grubby little paws, but the use of thermal weapons via the use of chemicals and various chemical properties useful in warfare, incendiary mixtures, the basic ingredient being heat first and foremost, heat usually supplied by fire.

The unanswerable question is why the reluctance on the part of the senior gods to provide humanity fire, or far more likely something similar to fire but much more dangerous like thermal weaponry technology, and the counterpart unanswerable question why therefore the seemingly intense opposition to this policy from other so-called lesser deities and cultural heroes? The one thing that makes sense is that the seniors were opposed because it was akin to giving a child a loaded pistol. The opposition on the other hand guessed it was probably inevitable we would figure it all out for ourselves anyway, and giving the technology to us sooner rather than later after stealing it in the first place from higher power gave the powers-that-be some type of control – the child with the loaded pistol was supervised.

Tornado Safety Tips

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Tornadoes are terrifying and destructive events that can change your life in an instant. Discover 3 simple steps in”How to Survive a Tornado 1-2-3 Guide” that can improve your family’s odds of surviving the next big tornado.

1. Create a Family Plan

Talk beforehand with family members about your designated place to wait out the tornado. If you don’t have one of these the next best place within your house would be on the lowest floor, closest to the center of your home, away from any glass or windows. A hallway or bathroom that is toward the center of your house is good. Ducking and covering your head in the bathtub will help to protect you from flying debris.

Periodic tornado drills are an excellent way to prepare your loved ones, especially children, beforehand for a tornado.

If you’re outdoors try to find a building to take refuge. Steer clear of windows, automobiles and any downed electrical lines.

Know what the terms Tornado Watch and Warning imply so that you can act accordingly. A “Tornado Watch” is issued to inform the community that they need to be on the lookout of a possible tornado and a “Tornado Warning” is issued when a tornado was really picked up on radar. If there is a tornado warning issued in your area it is your sign to take cover immediately.

For active weather alarms and tracking of any storm in advance please see NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

If you live in a mobile home, it’s wise to find a nearby shelter to take cover as mobile homes are even more vulnerable to damage from the high winds of a tornado.

Try to remove as much external storage as possible. Secure little structures, such as sheds, to their foundations.
3. Have Your Tornado Survival Supplies Ready

Keep emergency supplies on hand such as a Tornado Survival Kit and sufficient food and water to last for a few weeks.

Maintain an emergency portable radio on hand, preferably one that does not require batteries so that you can keep up to date on the path of this tornado.
Pet Safety During A Tornado

Many times when we are preparing for a disaster we forget to plan for our small four-legged friends. They’re an important part of the family and their needs need to be looked after as well.

Make sure that your pet has a collar with its identification on it. Even better, get your pet micro chipped.

Make certain that your pets’ medication is all filled.

Put your pet in a hard carrier cage while you are riding out the tornado in your designated spot.

Make certain that your pet is on a leash if you go outside after the tornado has passed. There’s likely to be many downed electric wires and many dangerous objects from the flying debris of the storm.

Maintain a Pet First Aid Kit on hand in case your pet is injured during the tornado.

If you’re separated from your pet be certain you go in to your local shelter and leave your pets information. Someone may recognize your pet and be able to return him/her back to you.
Your odds will be greatly increased of surviving the next major tornado by creating a family program, preparing your house and gathering all of the essential lifesaving survival supplies before the disaster occurs. Therefore, don’t delay. Get prepared!

Hurricanes in the Caribbean

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Hurricanes are so important to the history of the Dominican Republic, the term itself has its origins there. The native Taino people called the fierce tropical storms passing through the Caribbean,”hurakans” that is believed to have been derived from the Inca word for their God of Evil. When the Spaniards arrived in the late 15th century, they had never encountered such a fierce and mighty storm so they had no title for it in their own language. Therefore, the native word hurakan, quickly became integrated into the Spanish language. The Taino had no written language so the Spaniards just sounded it out phonetically. The word”hurricane” is the anglicized spelling of the Spanish version of the word.

Historically, September is the most active month followed by August. The peak of the season falls somewhere between late August and early September. However, you should keep in mind that a number of the deadliest Category 4 and Category 5 hurricanes have manifested themselves earlier in the season. In other words, it is not possible to predict for sure when the biggest hurricanes of the season will hit.

The Dominican Republic shares the big island of Hispaniola with Haiti. On average, Hispaniola gets a direct hit by a serious hurricane about every 23 years. However, close calls are far more frequent. Hispaniola gets brushed by at least the outer rings of a serious hurricane about every five years. Moreover, it is fairly common for the Dominican Republic to be pounded with tropical storms during the hurricane season. This is why so many people planning a visit to the Dominican Republic are worried about the weather but I will get back to this point later.

The intensity of hurricanes in the Caribbean area are classified by the Saffir-Simpson hurricane intensity scale. The evaluations are based on the maximum sustained wind speeds in the wall of the hurricane. This means the average rate of all of the winds averaging a minute or longer. Wind gusts associated with hurricanes which last only a few seconds can, and usually are, even faster in speed. The Saffir-Simpson intensity ratings are meant to serve as a rough guide to the possible wind damage and storm surge (the wall of ocean water the storm pushes inland) a hurricane can deliver. Here are the classifications:

Category 1: wind speed 74-95 mph, storm surge 3-5 ft

It’s important to remember that hurricane strength increases exponentially, not linearly, as you go up the scale by a Category 1 hurricane to a Category 5 hurricane. In other words, a Category 4 hurricane isn’t just 4 times as intense as a Category 1 hurricane, it is about 255 times as intense!

Although it’s important to know about the different kinds of hurricanes, it is also important to realize that it these classes can sometimes be misleading when it comes to the amount of damage they may impose. There are times when a Category 1 hurricane can wreak as much havok as a Category 3 or 4. In these cases, you have to look at other factors besides wind speed. By way of instance, a slow moving Category 1 storm may dump far more water into a place than a fast moving Category 3 hurricane. All this extra water can cause rivers to flood, bridges to topple, dams to break, etc.. The size of the population of an area and how sound the infrastructure is also very important to how much damage a hurricane can cause. If there are a whole lot of people around which weak buildings, a Category 1 or 2 hurricane can be completely devastating.

We should also talk about tropical storms. Tropical storms are defined as well organized storms with an eye which has maximum sustained wind speeds ranging between 39-73 mph — in other words, essentially a baby hurricane. The power of these tropical storms shouldn’t be under-estimated just because they don’t get called a”storm” in modern terminology. Odette is an example of a tropical storm that did considerable damage — in fact, as much as some hurricanes have caused. In 2003, Odette hit the Dominican Republic at 60 mph. As a result, 85 percent of the banana crop was destroyed as well as many other crops. More than 60,000 homes were lost throughout the region and 8 individuals were directly killed by the tropical storm. So, you can see a tropical storm is nothing to sneeze at! Needless to say, when the Taino likely talked about”hurakans,” they did not make such a differentiation between tropical storms and hurricanes because they are really on the same continuum.

The first voyage of Christopher Columbus to the New World in 1492 was made in the month of September, usually the busiest month for hurricanes. But he and his crew enjoyed quite pleasant weather on that first voyage and never encountered a hurricanes. Just think how different history might have been if he had! Now that is one for the alternative novelists to take into account! In Columbus’ second and third voyages that he and his team did encounter hurricanes.In fact, early Spanish colonies on Hispaniola, such as Isabella named after the Queen of Spain, were totally destroyed by hurricanes. However, it was the fourth voyage of Christopher Columbus that produced the biggest hurricane recorded in those early years of Spanish conquest but the history books have been lacking in pointing out the importance of this hurricane (see below).

In July of 1502, on his 4th voyage to the New World, Columbus noticed a veil of cirrostratus clouds growing, an oily swell coming from the southeast, and several other signs he took for a storm coming. He sent a message to Ovando, the Spanish Governor of Hispaniola, to warn him not to send out the Spanish fleet of 30 gold boats that were due to depart for Spain. He also asked for permission to dock his ships in Santo Domingo. Ovando was not a fan of Columbus and mocked his request and sent the fleet of 30 Spanish gold ships in their merry way. As they had been traversing the Mona Passage between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, 29 of the 30 ships sank, killing everybody on board and dropping the enormous fortune of gold. Columbus and his men rode out the storm on the south side of Hispaniola with the hills to guard against the worst portion of the storm and survived it by the skin of their teeth. Historians believe this hurricane was probably a strong Category 3 or Category 4 hurricane. Some historians called it the”Columbus Hurricane” because he called it.

There have been many terrible hurricanes and fierce tropical storms in the Dominican Republic over the years — far too many to list them all here. However, I’d like to mention a few of the more notable ones.

San Zenon was a Category 4 hurricane which hit the Dominican Republic in 1930. It is widely considered among the deadliest Atlantic hurricanes on record. It hit Puerto Rico first but the brunt of the damage was to the Dominican Republic. It was a Category 4 which was just under a Category 5 in relation to wind speed with150 mph winds. 2000 people died and it basically leveled Santo Domingo. All communications were lost and there was heavy looting. San Zenon was a really broad hurricane and its aftermath spread out over a 20 mile radius.

Thinking about the path of destruction that San Zenon left reminds me that when the Taino people referred to a”hurakan” that they weren’t just referring to the actual physical event but also the devastation it leaves in its wake. The lost lives, the injuries, the downed trees, the ruined plants, the ruined structures, the flooding… all of this would have been contained from the Taino definition of the word hurricane.

Another hurricane that will never be forgotten in the Dominican Republic was named David. It’s one of the biggest cyclones to be born off the coast of Africa. It was a Category 5 hurricane and it hit August 31, 1979. The wind speed of this devastating hurricane was clocked at a whopping 175 mph!! 70% of all of the crops in the country were destroyed. 200,000 homes were lost. More than 2000 people were killed and every major river in the country was flooded. Entire communities were isolated and the consequences were felt throughout the whole country, even though the southern area was hardest hit.

Another very memorable storm was George which struck September 22, 1998. This one dumped more rain than any other in modern history. Crops were destroyed, pastures for livestock were ruined, and food had to be brought in from outside the nation or the people would have starved.

Sometimes the smaller Category 1 hurricanes can cause a whole lot of harm and hassle if they hit in just the right place. This is definitely true for Jeanne which hit on September 17, 2004. This Category 1 storm affected the very popular tourist area of Punta Cana and other areas on the east shore. Bridges were removed and travel became impossible for some time.

Most tourists to the Dominican Republic aren’t from areas that are hit by hurricanes in order that they may not have a great understanding of what to do when they hear that a hurricane is coming. So, here is some advice on what to do If you are visiting the Dominican Republic during hurricane season. First, you shouldn’t worry too much about hurricanes. Yes, they can be enormous but the probability of a direct hit to your area is extremely low, even in the peak of hurricane season, AND the infrastructure is much better today. In other words, if you are staying at a modern hotel, it is build to withstand hurricanes. Second, do not forget that the resort operators and tour operators have been through hurricanes before and they’re well prepared. They know precisely what to do and they have contingency plans for dealing with every possibility. They also have back up satellite communication devices in case the principal communication goes down as well as plenty of emergency supplies. Therefore, you’ll be safe if you heed their instructions.

The good news about hurricanes is that you get plenty of warning when they are coming, unlike other natural disasters like tornadoes that can hit with hardly any notice. The hotel operators on the Punta Cana coast and south coast of the Dominican Republic are especially well prepared for big weather events. When they get word that a hurricane is coming, and this will happen more than 24 hours in advance, they will execute their hurricane plans immediately. Furthermore, the buildings around the Punta Cana shore are the most modern and hurricane proof of any you’ll find anywhere in the entire Caribbean. They’re built with concrete blocks and steel rods and designed to withstand high speed storm force winds.

Robots that clean

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A robot vacuum cleaner is an artificially intelligent unit that automatically cleans your house. The device comes programmed to operate by itself to give your house a clean look.

Who wants the vacuum cleaner?

The unit is excellent for different kinds of people. In case you’ve got a physical handicap this unit is excellent for you. As it doesn’t require a lot of your involvement, it’s ready to get rid of dust and grime thus keeping your house clean. The unit is also great for you if your house has lots of hard surfaces and shorter carpet lengths. Research demonstrates that the robots are not able to work on carpets that are too thick because the very small wheels can’t traverse the carpet.

Experts recommend the units to individuals with small apartments. The vacuums aren’t designed to handle large rooms thus you shouldn’t go for them if you have a 10 bedroom mansion. If you have a one bedroom apartment you can go ahead and purchase the unit. In addition to the cost of conducting the robot vacuum cleaner going up once you have many rooms, you also place the unit at the chance of failing when you do so.

Looking at the device features

The robot vacuum cleaner has a number of fascinating features that include:

Sensor technology: The detectors permit the units to negotiate its way around the house. The technology differs with the make and manufacturer of the vacuum cleaner. There are a few that use the infrared sensors while others use laser-guided scanners. The more advanced the technology, the more expensive the unit is and the better it works.

Remote control: There are some units that come with a remote control which allows you to control the unit from the comfort of your seat. Others have a phone app which lets you not just direct them around the house, but also schedule the cleaning at different times of the day. When buying the units, go for a unit with a smart functionality. This is to allow automatic house cleaning.

The units come with different types of brush types. There are others that have turbo brush bars. There are others who have sweeper brushes that come in handy in directing dirt to the path of the vacuum cleaner. When making the purchase, you should research and find the right brushes to your floor.

Did You Know There Are Coloring Books For Adults!?

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Would you like to color? If you haven’t done so you may want to try your coloring techniques on a new hobby called coloring for adults. Its popularity started out as way of occupying your idle time while traveling or waiting your turn to get an appointment at the physician’s or dentist’s office.

This new craze has gone beyond its use for doodling or a form of activity for relaxation, or an activity for the elderly. Hobbyists are finding this to be an enjoyable activity and are using their finished art pieces in craft projects.

Individuals that are contemplating art or find they have a potential or interest in learning how to draw and color find this new hobby interest is assisting and building their confidence to advance their art training.

The first book we purchased had 39 pictures of mandala drawings. A small box of basic coloring pencils started our adventure. We worked together with the primary colours of red, orange, San Marcos Wildlife Removal, blue, green, violet. Black, white, and some other tints that were in the little box. The first starting stage began with the methods of our elementary school years. The instructions included the colour wheel which we began paying attention to after getting bored with the basic colors.

As you follow suggestions for cool and warm colors one begins to understand how colors offer contrast or compliment each other. The psychological side benefits of tranquility and immediate rewards encourage learning.

The mandala drawings, which are circles filled with geometric patterns, alter their appearance with selected colors. There may be three of you coloring and each of you will have a different kaleidoscopic view due to the color choices made by each person.

If you are anything like me, I started downloading free examples provided by artists situated Online. Selecting landscaping, animals, people, and objects allowed me to experiment and gain a better understanding of colours.

The benefit of working with colored pencils:

Clean and dry
Purchase coloring books
Download from the Internet
Make your own drawings or sketches
No added equipment or accessories
there are various sizes of boxed colored pens available. We started with a small box and learned how to mix colors to increase tint variety. Later we bought larger boxes to get more variety, but still found that we like mixing colours to get the hue that’s just right for the job.
Coloring is a fun hobby; try it, you might like it.

Economics, Old School

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The theories of the classical school, which dominated economic thinking in Great Britain until roughly 1870, focused on economic freedom and economic growth, stressing laissez faire suggestions and rivalry that is free.

In assessing the functions of Rockledge Bat Removal free enterprise, the rudiments of a labour theory of value along with a principle of distribution were introduced by Smith. Ricardo expanded upon both suggestions in Principles of Political Taxation and Economy (1817). In his labor principle of worth, Ricardo stressed the significance (i.e., cost ) of items produced and marketed under cut-throat circumstances will be proportionate to the labour expenses incurred in making them. Ricardo fully realized, nonetheless, which over brief periods cost depends on demand and supply. This idea started to be fundamental to classical economics, as did Ricardo’s principle of distribution, which split national product between 3 community courses: wages for laborers, earnings for owners of funds, and rents for landlords. Taking the minimal growth potential of any national economic climate as a certain, Ricardo concluded that a certain public course could acquire a larger share of the comprehensive product only at the cost of another.

These combined with other Ricardian theories were restated by Mill in Principles of Political Economy (1848), a treatise that marked the culmination of classical economics. Mill’s office related abstract economic theories to real world social factors and thereby lent new authority to economic ideas.

The labor theory of value, for instance, was used by Karl Marx, who worked out many of its rational ramifications and combined it with the idea of surplus worth, which was created on the premise that man labor alone generates all worth and hence represents the single source of earnings.

A lot more significant were the consequences of classical economic notion on free trade philosophy. Possibly the most significant was Ricardo’s basic principle of relative advantage, which says that each and every nation must concentrate on the creation of those commodities it’s able to deliver most effectively; everything must be imported. This idea means that whether all nations were taking advantage of the territorial division of work, total world output will invariably be bigger than it’d be if nations attempted to be self sufficient. Ricardo’s comparative advantage notion became the basis of 19th century international trade theory.

Online Social Safety

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The advent of the internet has brought the world closer and made it possible for to socialize with your social circles right from your mobile device or PC. Moreover, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter etc. have made it easier than ever to keep the folks who matter to you updated about the happening in your life. It’s no wonder then, that almost everybody has a presence on those platforms. But while this is the positive side of the online social world, there’s also another more negative side to all this.

A recent poll by Cybersecurity firm Norton by Symantec conducted in 2017 shows that online harassment is growing in India, with 80 percent of the surveyed users admitting to have encountered some form of it. Online harassment can manifest in many forms. We’ve listed some of the most common ways in which you can be harassed online and also some ways in which you can protect yourself against these dangers:

Identity Theft:

If you’re on Social Media, chances are that you’ve got personal information – such as your photos, details of your educational background, your relationships – floating around. This provides online fraudsters the opportunity to take this information and use it to commit frauds or unlawful acts. By way of example, fraudsters obtain private details such as your Aadhaar card number or personal information like email ID and then uses it to carry out fraudulent or illegal activities, landing you in trouble. Sounds scary? It is.

Cyber Stalking:

Have you ever taken a look at the Message Requests you receive on your’Other Folder’ on Facebook? If yes, and particularly if you’re a woman, you would have definitely received upsetting messages from strangers. This is just a very basic level of cyberstalking and has been known to escalate very easily. Not just strangers, but there’s an increasing number of cases of cyberstalking by acquaintances, friends, and family as well. Not only can this be very annoying and frustrating, but can also lead to a situation where it becomes menacing and frightening. And it can easily happen to anyone.

Media Liability:

Most of us consider our Social Profiles the place from where we can express our opinions. It sounds benign, but it can land you in serious legal trouble. By way of example, if you create a podcast/blogs and somebody hacks into it, manages it and sets out content that is defamatory, infringes on any intellectual property or results in an invasion of a person’s rights of privacy then you may land in legal trouble.

So how can you protect yourself?

Some fundamental practices you can follow to avoid such scenarios are:

Set strong passwords and do not share them with anyone.

Check the privacy settings of your social profile and make sure that you’ve enabled the setting which prevents unconnected individuals from viewing your information or downloading your images

Never share sensitive details like your phone number, address or email address on your social profile, and if you do, make sure that they are hidden from the public

Do not engage with strangers, however familiar they seem.

Censor yourself while posting via your social profiles.

When these steps will keep you protected to some extent, anti-social elements that want to cause harm will always find a way to do so. In case you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation online, you should report the incident or the consumer who is causing trouble for you. You can also lodge a complaint with the Cyber Cell if things get out of hand. Our Individual Cyber Safe Insurance will ensure that the financial setbacks you could incur due to this event get minimized.

Clarity Is Key

Becky lived in an apartment with two or three roommates, and she wanted a space of her own. Faced with all the choices available to her, she kept saying,”I am so confused.” She was afraid she was going to make Raccoon Poop the wrong decision, get trapped somewhere she didn’t want to be, or miss out on something better. So she didn’t pick anything different and even when her roommates changed, she remained where she was.

Clarity is vitally important for you to understand what you would like. Once you are clear on your goal, you can focus on it and proceed in that direction. Clarity is necessary that you have success in any area of your life. If you don’t understand what you would like, you will just drift along and get the results of the average of your own thoughts.

Without clarity, you’re in a perpetual state of confusion. This causes insecurity and stress, which only creates more turmoil. You run around in circles and don’t get anywhere. You might look at one choice after another, and all of the possibilities you face produces more chaos for you.

But the only person who is generating your confusion is you. By affirming that you’re in this state, refusing to commit to a path, or letting yourself get overwhelmed by options, you’re contributing to the challenge. You are giving your subconscious mind the message to keep you scattered. The underlying issue might be that you are trying to avoid responsibility, afraid you’ll make a mistake, get stuck in a circumstance, or fail.

Believe it or not, uncertainty is a selection. It’s a decision not to decide. As soon as you whittle down your options, and choose a direction, it clears away the fog. It may become evident that you don’t wish to go that path. That’s fine. It is possible to remain open to other possibilities and change your mind. But do not change it too much, or you’ll end up back in the mists that clouded your mind in the first place.

When you choose a track and decide to keep on it, the haze clears away, and you can see a little way forward. Take one step, then another. Now, you don’t need to know where you are going to wind up. It’s enough that you have chosen to move in a direction. Because when you are moving, your subconscious can direct you.

Initially, any direction is far better than being stalled. Thus, even when you’re unsure about what you want, pick a path. As you’re moving, you’ll discover exactly what you would like and do not want. Write down your goals or goals. This prompts you to be more specific in what you desire. Then read them daily. Ask yourself,”What can I do now that will move me in their direction?”

As soon as you’ve decided, do not second guess yourself. But don’t be distracted by a shiny, new idea or opportunity that leads you into another direction without some reason. The diversion is a mirage and simply an old habit trying to avoid change. If you get uncomfortable, it’s only the old custom of confusion trying to lure you back into its lair. Stay on track, and confusion will fade away.

As you build your commitment to your own decisions, you’ll gain confidence which you can make wise ones. Your inner self will direct you to make ones that take you in your own optimal path. Trust yourself, since you do have the knowledge inside to make the proper choices for your best good.

Can You Save Money At DD?

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Dunkin coupons can get you a good deal more than simply doughnuts – believe it or not, and they could in fact get you as close to a full meal as possible all in one convenient location. After all, the doughnut chain also offers bagels, muffins, breakfast sandwiches and some of the best coffee in the food industry.

How can it be that a doughnut shop can provide such an extensive menu? It all began with the chain’s increased emphasis on marketing its coffee, which after all deserved a wider audience. The favorite of fast food goers in addition to food critics, Dunkin Donut coffee was-and nevertheless is-surprisingly good, so you’ll probably need to store your Dunkin’ coupons for a cup or two! In actuality, so proud is the donut chain of its coffee products which in 2003, it saw fit to add coffee cup to its logo. Stuart Critter Control.

Dunkin coupons are naturally welcome additions to breakfast. Some of the most popular items on the breakfast menu are egg and cheese sandwiches and its numerous variations, cheese and ham sandwiches, and omelets.

Making all of these discounts even more enticing are numerous promotions that provide you fun and entertainment in addition to many ways to save money off your purchases. Game pieces are provided on the chain’s coffee cups for instance, and children who want to try out their hand in the kitchen can do this with simple to follow recipes that will let them create their own doughnuts in the home.

The Meaning Behind Unicorns

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Most people believe they know what a unicorn is. A horse with a horn, right? Few people can seem to agree on the specific look of a unicorn. Among those people, there are people who think that unicorns really exist and those who think they are fanciful creatures intended only for children. Even the personalities of unicorns are unclear.

Most modern people believe the unicorn is merely an imaginary creature looking like a horse with a single horn protruding from the forehead. The unicorn is usually white, though black is also another common color. It’s also said that a unicorn might just be ridden by a virgin, as it signifies purity. But this is far from the only view of what a unicorn is.

Unicorns are not simply viewed as being horses with horns. Historically, Dead animal removal near me the unicorn appears as a creature looking much like a goat or a deer. Sometimes the unicorn is represented with aspects of lions, like a lion-like tale. In certain cultures, unicorns have similarities. Unicorns were occasionally also seen as being large animals, with big feet and a clumsy appearance, looking more like a monster than a monster of elegance. The unicorn is most commonly represented with cloven hooves.

Unicorns are thought of as beautiful and graceful, but there is much more to them than outward charm. It is mostly believed that unicorns are loners and rarely associate with their own kind, being solitary animals. Unicorns are thought to be pure of spirit, this being the reason just a virgin is able to tame them. Generally unicorns are thought to be benevolent, being very gentle in nature. By some accounts however, unicorns are thought of as ferocious.

The unicorn is a mythical creature and as is the case with most legends, perspectives of the authentic nature of unicorns have changed much over the years. Most commonly, the unicorn is regarded as a magical creature. They’re also thought to bring good fortune. A unicorn’s horn is thought to cure illness and toxin and to provide protection against evil.

The unicorn appears all around the world. In medieval Europe, it appears as a symbol of purity often representing Christ and love. Early Mesopotamian art has unicorns present. Unicorns are believed to be referenced in Jewish folklore as well as in the Bible. In Chinese lore that the unicorn is named K’i-lin and in Western mythology Kirin.

Many people do think that unicorns exist today and one way to know a unicorn is nearby is to discover a white feather. Others believe that they once did exist on the planet but no longer. Some of course also believe that unicorns never did exist, but are merely a creation of human imagination.

French Fries Are Amazing

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In this article I would like to share with you how you can make the best hand cut fries you have ever tasted! There are so many procedures to making hand cut fries and everybody argues about which way to go. Twice cooked or cooked once, what size to decrease the fries,rinse or not to rinse, what temperature the oil is, what sort of fat or oil to use, what sort of potato to use, what kind of salt, and a few of the main points french fry enthusiasts debate about.

I am going to share with you a few different methods including my personal favorite Port St Lucie Critter Control but I will let you find out your personal favorite in your own:

I like to use a routine Idaho Potato washed but not peeled. You can cut them with a knife by creating 1/4″ pieces and then cutting 1/4″ inch sticks out of the slices but if you intend on doing fries frequently invest in a fry cutter. All it takes is to pull down the lever and collect the cut fries below them. At this point lots of people decide to rinse them under cold water for about 15-20 minutes to get rid of some of the starch and stop them from sticking together. I feel this takes away from the taste of the potato and never rinse but feel free to try both approaches out and see for yourself. You can prevent un rinsed potatoes from sticking by shaking the basket and stirring with tongs during frying.

To blanch just fry the french fries at 250F for about 5 minutes and distribute on a sheet-tray and cool in the refrigerator. Then fry at 350 to crisp them and get color. This method gets a crispier fry but I believe that the blanching process takes away the flavor of the potato.

For Single Cooking fry the french fries at 350 for about 10 minutes and be sure they’re cooked inside. The french fry won’t remain crispy as long (like boardwalk fries), but the flavor is clearly better and tastes like a potato as opposed to just a crispy rod of something needed to be drowned in ketchup: several French fry places such as my favorite, Thrashers Fries, will not even give you ketchup with there amazing fries. Just Cider/Malt Vinegar and Some Sea Salt makes the perfect fry!

Fry in Duck fat, although its relatively expensive if you happen to have made duck confit recently you may have a lot leftover. Duck Fat makes amazing fries.

Make it gourmet and finish the chips with fleur de sel (french sea salt) and truffle oil.

End it with Parmesan, finely minced fresh garlic, and chopped fresh thyme.

As a Marylander I must have Old Bay in my fries

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I Will Gladly Pay You Tuesday For A Hamburger Today

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The Hamburg steak as it was called in the 1800’s was served on the voyages from Germany into the USA. The meat patties were cooked and served on two pieces of bread. To attract many of the sailors and European visitors to their eating stands sellers. They would offer the Hamburg style steak on the menu.

With Hamburg steak firmly embedded the American culture in the late 1800’s claims of how it served in today’s standard is based on Congress woman Rosa DeLaurao.

This is a disputed fact. We’ll give you a few more names and areas of the Hamburger in america.

Fletcher Davis of Athers Texas sold burgers from the cafe in the late 1800’s before taking them into the World’s Fair in 1904.

Frank and Charles Menches vendor at a county fair ran out of their sausage sandwiches and began using beef instead. It was recorded this happened in Melbourne FL Bat Removal 1892 at the Summit County Fair in Akron Ohio.

In 1885 Charles Nagreen currently called hamburger Charlie who made sandwiches that were easy to eat while walking in the Seymour Fair that he was only 15 years old at the time.

In 1995 Governor Frank Keating proclaimed that the first true hamburger on a bun was created and consumed in Tulsa Oklahoma.

With 40 billion served up in the United States alone has truly become America’s favorite sandwich. It may not have ever occurred because in 1906 Upton Sinclair’s Journalistic novel “The Jungle” detailed the unsavory areas of the meat packing industry in the usa. Ground beef became subject to much scrutiny because it was easy to add meat scraps, fillers and preservatives

It became the direct way for today’s fast food hamburger success. The White Castle restaurants gleamed with cleanliness bringing the hamburger reputation along with it.

The combinations that have come with the hamburger are endless with ideas being created without end. Lots of you have your own favorite recipe for the beans of your choice.

So next time you pull into your favorite fast food restaurant, fire up the grill or put one on the George Forman grill you’ll know a little of the evolution on the Hamburger.

That is some fantastic information regarding ground beef and how our food always has a little history behind it.


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No, they were not discovered in Melbourne FL Raccoon Removal China by explorer Marco Polo. They didn’t appear in the castle dining room of a French queen or king. And they weren’t served at one of Thomas Jefferson’s White House soirees. Unlike some stories, their creation was no collision. Ruth Graves Wakefield, owner and chef of the Toll House Inn restaurant in Massachusetts, served a butterscotch cookie that her customers adored. Wanting to expand her repertoire, one day she chopped up a Nestle’s chocolate bar and added the pieces into her cookie batter, producing the first toll house cookie. A perfectionist and first-class baker, she tweaked the recipe before she discovered the perfect combination, and thus the nation’s most popular cookie was created. The Nestle Company bought the exclusive rights to the recipe two decades later, securing both their company’s and the New England cook’s place in the history books.

The Toll House Inn, which was situated on the highway between Boston and Cape Cod, was a regular stop for famous citizens, among them the Kennedy family, and has been known for their excellent food, especially their desserts. Ruth Wakefield, along with her husband, featured good old home cooking, and Mrs. W. had a background in home economics, which she put to use daily in the Inn’s kitchen.

During WWII, although chocolate was rationed, Nestle developed a clever marketing ploy which encouraged homemakers to do their part for the war effort by baking cookies for our boys in uniform and sending them overseas. It had been as successful as rolling bandages and knitting socks, and the people lapped it up. Nestle chocolate skyrocketed as they rolled out their chocolate morsels, made specifically for baking Toll House cookies, with the recipe printed on the back of each morsels package. Following the war, baby boomers happily grew up on homemade chocolate chip cookies, and servicemen returned home to one of their favourite wartime treats.

Since its humble beginnings from one simple recipe, an entire industry was spawned, with hundreds of variations and combinations. The Cookie Monster surely did his part to promote biscuits to youngsters, especially the chocolate chip variety heading the list. A young entrepreneurial homemaker called Mrs. Fields sold pricey gourmet cookies throughout the country’s shopping malls. David’s Cookies and Famous Amos rode the wave during the explosion of cookie recognition, each featuring their unique version of the chocolate chip cookie. Online sales abound for these cherished treats, and dozens of brands line grocery store shelves along with many different chip tastes and sizes.

A recipe that even a kid or adolescent can handle, pre-made dough may also be bought, ready to bake, for those unwilling to begin from scratch. What can compare to freshly baked cookies, and these high the hit parade in aroma and simplicity. Many future chefs and bakers cut their teeth on this popular recipe, no doubt sneaking tastes of uncooked dough when mom wasn’t looking.

In the Northeast, Ruth Wakefield was a renowned cook and cookbook author and would definitely have her own show on the Food Network were she alive today. And she wasn’t just a one-trick pony. But who would have thought a simple fresh cookie would secure her place at foodie history and be right up there with apple pie?

MmMmMmM Wedding Cake

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The wedding cake has always been important to the wedding party. In ancient Roman times, bread was broken above the head of the bride, representing good luck for the couple. As time passed, different foods replaced bread and were stacked, the happy couple expected to lean over it and kiss before dismantling and functioning. The contents evolved into buns and small cakes or pastries, sometimes even meat pies which were consumed as part of their meal. However, the symbolism has pretty much stayed the same, that of fertility and good fortune, as the newlyweds ceremoniously cut the cake and share with each other before their guests.

Contemporary cakes are often not edible but only disguised cardboard or styrofoam, elaborately decorated, then whisked off to the kitchen where a simple sheet cake is cut and served to the unsuspecting guests. Traditionally the top layer, often called the groom’s cake, is saved and consumed at a later date, or may be different entirely. At some weddings, the cake is composed of tiered cupcakes for easy serving, or displayed on an elaborate “sweet table” of desserts in which the guests can help themselves. Vero Beach Wildlife Control.

During the Victorian era in Britain (1800s) the royals and elite class took the wedding cake into a new high (literally) with sweet white and cake icing as a status symbol of the wedding couple, exemplified by the lavish display served at the 1871 wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Louise, which took three months to complete. One must wonder how well it held up literally throughout all that time and was it still edible. Apparently so, as portions of the original were auctioned off decades later. 1 buyer described the feel as “firm,” an understatement to be certain. Although most royals prefer a lavish but somewhat traditional cake, elaborate reproductions of palaces and historical landmarks have been prominently featured at some elite children’s weddings.

No longer the traditional white cake or fruitcake (preferred by Brits) the modern cakes have developed into spectacles of artistry, with unique themes, sculptures, photographs and even replicas of the bride and groom themselves. They are carrot cake, chocolate or cheesecake, with colorful icing and decorations of any taste, and frequently come with a price tag far surpassing the bridal gown. Specially trained pastry chefs compete on Food Network and have their own companies which create wedding cakes exclusively.

Possibly, the most famous wedding cake ever belongs to the character Miss Havisham in Charles Dickens’ legendary novel Great Expectations. The jilted spinster, left at the altar, spends the rest of her life in her bedroom wearing her wedding gown, the rotting wedding cake display, covered with cobwebs. Although not so dramatic, here are some famous modern-day cakes which deserve mention:

Actress Grace Kelly’s celebrated marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco showcased a six-tiered wedding cake at their reception in 1956, also depicted a three-dimensional replica of Monaco’s Pink Palace, her soon-to-be new home.

When a radiant Elizabeth Taylor carved to a five-tiered white cake at her lavish first wedding to hotel heir Nicky Hilton in 1950, it was topped with traditional wedding bells, created by the pastry chef in the chichi Bel-Air Country Club in California. Imagine the lucky bakers who were commissioned by Elizabeth Taylor and Zsa Zsa Gabor. Although the cakes got smaller and smaller with each subsequent union, they still had a terrific repeat business from each of the two actresses.

In the 1947 royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth, soon to become Queen of England, the 500-pound fruitcake (a standard British popular) stood 9 feet tall. It required 660 eggs, 300 pounds of dried fruits and nuts, and three-and-a-half gallons of Navy rum. (And some people complain when we receive a measly two-pound fruitcake at Christmas.)

Prince Charles and Diana’s five-foot tall cake was adorned with marzipan Windsor coats of arms and was so vital to the royal celebration a duplicate copy was made, in the event of an accident. (Kind of like “an heir and a spare.”)

When Kennedy daughter Eunice married Sargent Shriver, she had to stand on a step ladder to cut the cake, it was so tall (which brings new meaning to the phrase “standing up for a wedding”).

Created by the pastry chef at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, he proudly proclaimed the layers of his masterpiece were filled with apricot marmalade and liqueur-flavored Bavarian cream, then glazed with fondant icing, topped off with marzipan roses.

Donald Trump and Melania’s cake cost $50,000 and could not be served to the guests because of the amount of wiring used to keep it intact. (Author’s note: I do not know about anybody else, but it seems so delicious that I would have gladly picked out the cables and devoured it.)

No question, the wedding cake has developed into an art form, where creativity and ingenuity know no boundaries. If you can dream it up, and absorb the cost, you’ll find a willing and gifted baker to create it. Indeed.

Grill Dessert Recipes

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Desserts are the cherry at the peak of every complete menu. From Critter Control Vero Beach FL simple dinners to large gatherings, dessert is the part that everyone looks forward to. The same goes with having a backyard barbecue. You don’t need to bake beforehand to serve some candies, make them using your own grill!

Try these decadent grilled dessert recipes – your guests will surely approve!

Smoked Pineapple With Coconut Sauce

1 pineapple, sliced
1/2 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp coconut rum
1 tablespoon cream of coconut
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
To prepare the sauce, pour the coconut milk, coconut rum and cream of coconut in a pan and cook over moderate heat. Add the cornstarch and continue stirring until the mixture has thickened. Stir in the butter and blend until smooth. Set aside to cool. Thread pineapple pieces onto skewers then cook on a pre-heated grill over moderate heat until grill marks appear, about 4 minutes per side. Serve with coconut sauce.
Grilled Nutty Berry Quesadillas

What you need:

4 pieces 6-inch flour tortillas
12-15 pieces strawberries, halved
Whipped cream
Spray grill grates with cooking spray then grill flour tortillas for 3 to 4 minutes each side or until grill marks appear. Remove from heat. Spread a tortilla with Nutella then scatter half of the strawberry halves over it. Top with another flour tortilla and slice into 6 pieces. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Drink quesadillas topped with whipped cream.
Grilled S’mores Bowl

What you need:

16 bits graham cracker squares
16 pieces jumbo marshmallows
4 milk chocolate bars, divided
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup caramel pieces
Layer the graham crackers, jumbo marshmallows, mini marshmallows and chocolate bars in a large round aluminium cake pan. Top with caramel pieces (and more chocolate bits if desired). Place the cake pan over a skillet (indirect heat) and cook, covered, until marshmallows melt, about 2 minutes. Remove from grill and serve straight away.
The grill is not only used to cook steaks, hot dogs and hamburgers and any other tasty grilled meal. You can prepare an entire menu with your grill from appetizers to desserts. These decadent grilled desserts are easy to make and both adults and children will love them! Try them at your next cook out and you are guaranteed to seem like an expert griller.


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Leo – Personality Overview

People born under the sign of Leo (23rd July- 22rd August), represented by the lion, can be, since their sign indicates, leonine indeed. This fire sign falls in the northern hemisphere’s Summer and Leos certainly tend to get a glow and a warmth about them. Leo babies often grow up to be kings and queens of the societal jungles and often enjoy a fantastic game of cat and mouse with those to whom they are drawn. As well as being hunters these lions can be like little kittens. They have an endearing, kid like charm and enthusiasm that can last long into old age and is positively infectious. On the other hand, these regal rulers can be limelight hoggers and care seekers and will probably show their fiery side if things are not quite to their exact specifications. Madonna is typical of her Leo star sign!

Leo is ruled, unsurprisingly, by the sun. All sun signs who have the sun notable in their birth chart are go-getters capable of Critter Control Palm Bay FL enormous concentration and full of ambition. In a Leo, who’s ruled by sunlight, this can, at its worst turn into or be perceived as ruthlessness. If a Leo has you marked out as a potential mate there’s often little hope of resisting them! The Leo lover can be quite demanding and Leo guys are known for a degree of selfishness when it comes to pleasures of the flesh. Leo lovers are full of energy and enthusiasm and, being the attention junkies that they are, can be prone to exhibitionism.

Leo – The Romantic Approach

When all is said and done a Leo spouse will be great fun. They are dynamic, spontaneous and die hard romantics. A Leo loves – make that needs – attention. Keep your eyes on your Leo alone and don’t be shy of public displays of affection. Like all cats those lions like to indicate there land so expect plenty of demonstrative displays in return when you are out and about together. Leos can be fiercely jealous but it will be of those that they see as competition and these optimistic, glowing souls can be too trusting. Plenty of flattery will go done well and as much as they love to show off a lovely Leo will want you to show them off too. Publish your Leo to your friends and family and this lion will adore you for it.

When it comes to love Leos can be a little traditional and even – dare I say it – a bit shallow. A Leo lover is very likely to become bored if you can’t keep up the romantic momentum. Cinema outings for two must be to see a romance, costume drama or romantic comedy. You can see whatever you like with your friends but a date is a date and has to be romantic from begin to finish.

Leos like to be spontaneous themselves but do not always appreciate surprises – they like to look their best at all times as they know the entire world is looking right at them. Be prepared for a Leo to walk right out of a fabulous restaurant when he or she thinks the lighting is unflattering. A Leo will love a surprise dinner date but only in the event you spring the surprise a few hours ahead of time. Leo people, just like the lions of the Savannah, can be very set in their ways. You may find that if you and you lovely Leo find a watering hole or restaurant that meets with their approval (and by default, yours, according to the Leo in your life) you will not only become regulars but the waiter will place your lion or lioness’ sequence through the chef before you’ve even sat down.

Leo – The Perfect Present

What a Capricorn cutie might dismiss as cliché that a Leo lovely will simply adore, darling! A note on buying fragrances for a Leo. They will have their favourites and will be unlikely to detract from them. Buy a Leo the wrong perfume or aftershave and the chances are you’ll be having a lovers’ tiff at the very least. Leos are drama kings and queens. It’s easy to learn what scent your spouse prefers as Leos love talking all about themselves. Tell them how wonderful they always smell and then, just ask!

People born under the sign of Leo are not governed by the sun but they actively seek it. If you’re thinking of purchasing bath products for a Leo think tropical. Fruit and floral aromas of the Summer will bring a smile and if they are packaged beautifully will find a place on Leos perfectly ordered toilet shelf. Leos love display. If you feel like creating a spontaneous show of affection with a gift try a huge bunch of sunflowers – one stem won’t cut it with a Leo whose motto could be, “more is more.” Chocolates infused with orange oil or jewelled with berries are another great option.

In actuality, jewellery is a great love of Leo girls though subtlety is not. Go for high quality statement piece with sparkle and/or intricate patterns. Leos like to put on a display and their appearance is hugely important to them. Purchase a Leo man a bright silk tie in summery colours and bright, beaded or embroidered Indian style scarves for ladies. Spoil your Leo partner, and yourself, with indulgent spa treatments that will make you both feel and look a million bucks.

The History Of Race Engines

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Are you aware that race cars should have extremely powerful engines in order to be winners? Aside from the aerodynamics which have been implemented and the modifications, the engine is what makes the car the ultimate winner.

Let’s start off with the famous Formula One Ferrari. One of the most famous engines in the F1 was the Ferrari V10 F1.

The Porsche Flat 6 is another racing vehicle that left an impression on the world. It was a 2.0 litre air cooled engine. The latest version of the Porsche has received impressive results by winning many races through the years.

The Porsche Flat 12 has one of the largest engines in the racing industry. There are two flat six engines packed into this vehicle. It’s a 4.5 litre engine that has 1500 horse power. You can imagine how cramped the Animal control near me motorist must have been to make space for this gigantic machine.

The Mazda R26B 4-rotor might have been one of the craziest versions from the racing industry. Having entered 21 races and just winning one may be a strange statistic. This one race was the LeMans and it made an impression as it was the only car that was not a traditional piston engine and it was a unique marque.

The BMW S14 was the start of this M-series. Winning the championship but winning no races, it was only a 2.5 litre engine with only four cylinders.

The Audi R10-18 TDI has been through many changes over the years but always had a memorable engine. Originally, this model was a petrol engine which had ten cylinders. However, the manufacturers decided to place a diesel engine with twelve cylinders and two turbos. Now, that is an amazing amount of power in just a single race car. Not even Formula One cars have a V12 Engine.

Ever race car has to be equipped with the best mechanical and electrical parts. Races are there to prove the standard of the vehicle before hitting the city streets. Racing cars also test how well an engine can cope under extreme conditions such as heat, rain and snow.

Rubber should withstand friction and heat over long periods of time and track day is the opportunity to test it.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer support. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, one of the largest brands nationally.

Dare To Dream

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My granddaddy once said that when our DREAMS are large enough that the odds don’t matter. That’s right! Dare to dream and do not be afraid to dream with your eyes wide-open.

You see, any dreaming is better than no dreaming. However, dreaming with Orlando Animal Removal your eyes wide-open is way more powerful than most people realize. The dreaming we do at night with our eyes closed shut usually results in us waking up back into our old fact, in precisely the same place, where not much has changed.

Dreaming with our eyes wide-open, something that some may call daydreaming or visualization, will many times wind up creating a consciousness that’s much closer to what we want our reality to be. You see, at night we’re just dreaming without taking action. Dreaming during the day, however, happens with our eyes wide-open. We are awake, and because we are awake we can consciously move toward our dreams.

I’m sure a great deal of us know people who are dreamers. And the funny thing is that lots of people talk about these dreamers such as their dreaming is a negative thing. Dreaming isn’t a negative thing. Quite to the contrary my friend, daydreaming is a really positive thing, and so are dreamers. And the bigger the dreams, the better! Now, I’m not saying that we all should walk around all day with our heads in the clouds. In reality, most of us know that we have to get our job done, and do what we have to do, right? However, we are not working all day, nonstop. And when we are not working, what is wrong with daring to dream?

We can still be that great person that we used to dream about when we were younger, more imaginative, and more daring. Now adolescents, go learn, lead, and put the way to a better world for all of us. And once more, thanks in advance for all that you do, and everything you will do…

Confidence Boosters Are Great!

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Each of us is unique and we all have our own talents and strengths, few nevertheless actually develop their strengths and use them to gain confidence in there-selves and to generally better there-selves.

You have probably been told you are naturally gifted at something you enjoy doing, yet you let your abilities remain silent as you don’t have the confidence or belief to take action.

Some may even become so accustomed to their regular they inherently think they don’t have any skills or abilities beyond those they use regularly. To develop your strengths you will need to keep working at them, over-time you will strengthen these talents and will therefore naturally gain confidence in yourself.

Set Goals

If you set goals you are going to have Daytona Beach Wildlife Control targets to work towards to keep you inspired. Grab a pen and paper and make note of those things you want to accomplish and set a time frame on these accomplishments. It’s important to set small and realistic goals especially to begin with, setting unrealistic goals and failing to meet them will only damage your self-confidence.


If you are taking on a new challenge then it may be a wise to do a little research. Let’s say you wanted to learn how to meditate, then it would be smart to learn the fundamentals first, find what tools you can online and make a commitment to learning on a daily basis. Remember the main purpose behind any activity is to fortify your strengths.


Assessing and developing your strengths is not an overnight process! Developing your strengths will need discipline and patience which many struggle to keep long-term. Try to think of it as a journey rather than a process. As you progress you will celebrate new milestones and naturally gain confidence in yourself and your skills.

Believe in yourself

This is where you are going to concentrate on your self-confidence. Your confidence can be your best asset in having the belief to have new challenges and succeed in those struggles. If you have the self confidence and confidence in achieving your goals then you’re already half-way there!

* The biggest battle is in the mind, learn to counteract the negative and self-destructive ideas and replace them with positive thoughts.

* Remain focused on maintaining a positive mindset and developing self-confidence.

Heal Your broken Heart

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Listen, when you are trying to learn how to manage a broken heart, times are merely difficult. We could probably run through a hundred different things off the top of our minds, but would it really do you any good? All you would end up doing is becoming more depressed, stressed out, and a little pissed off too. So let us just work on how to deal with a broken heart now.


From time to time, your work is the best thing required to combat a broken heart. It allows you to remain focused on your life at hand, with no all revolving around your previous relationship. One thing to note though is that this may also be a bad omen as well. Bear in mind, your connection with someone wasn’t the only one you had and there are friends out there who would love to help.


To tell the truth, if you enjoy playing video games whether on or offline, they are the best ways to lose that broken heart feeling. 1 minute you feel miserable and the next you want to kick the bad guys butt. Whatever game you’re playing it is a great escape from reality. Unfortunately at some point in time you’ll need to return and when you do the feeling could be worse. Video games just put everything in a standstill until you’re done.

#3. Exercise

There are a lot of people out there who feel the best approach to Daytona Animal Removal understand how to deal with a broken heart is by exercising. All the stress you suffer from a previous relationship can lead to a chemical imbalance in the body. However, a fantastic walk, jog, or complete exercise will alter the body overnight. Hopefully both emotionally and physically.

#4. Your Favorite Hobby

After looking at the first three, some of them could be considered your main hobby. However, when things are tight and people are worried, they frequently turn to their favorite pastime. It can be shopping or shooting a few basketballs down at the park. Then again you might like to work on model trains.

Getting the News

It is never easy going through a break up with someone. It is even worse when you must mend a broken heart. While everything sounds like bad news today, the good news is your friends are waiting. We just ask you do not get into all the unconventional extra curricula’s across the way. Drugs, alcohol, gambling, and everything else similar is only a short lived replacement. Plus, it might hurt the rest of your life as well.

Instead, allow the person know you are just fine without them and better yourself. If they see or hear you sulking, it will just make them feel like they were in control the whole time. We’re pretty sure that you don’t need that at all. Eventually it will all subside and you will be helping someone else work out how to deal with a broken heart.