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To Speak Softly or Roar Loudly? That is the question

Women, did you want a paycheck during the most recent recession? You’d better use a gentle tone; your job was on the line. Want your rights? Speak softly (and give the big stick to the man sitting next to you).

Between the weekend’s Jobs section of the New York Times and a mid-week discussion over lunch with Suraya Pakzad, a strident women’s rights activist in Afghanistan, I got the message loud and clear: if women want to be heard, we need to watch our words. Our lives (and livelihood) depend on it.

As most people know, in the United States, women comprise a majority of the workforce. Yet according to a recent Corporate Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum, “women employees are usually concentrated in middle-level or even entry positions and remain still hard to find in board or senior management positions in most industries and countries… barriers to women in top jobs included a ‘lack of role models.’ Others included the ‘general norms and cultural practices’ and ‘masculine or patriarchal corporate culture.’

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Immigration And Why Feminists Should Care

In America, some years ago, thousands of people gathered on the National Mall to demand comprehensive immigration reform from the Obama Administration. Now with Trump on the throne, things seem only to get worse. Anyway, this rally was not covered very extensively in the press as most focus was on the historic vote on health care reform at that time. Regardless of the unfortunate timing, folks from around the U.S. had converged to show their support of a change to the broken immigration system. Those demanding change cited the separation of families, the backlogs in legal applications, and the exploitation of immigrant workers.

But why should feminists care about immigration, even now when under President Trump, more and more children seem to have lost contact with their mothers at all…!?

As with most rallies and marches, a lot of grand rhetoric and sweeping comments served to stoke the crowd and give fodder to the news headlines the next day. I believe that can be effective on a grand scale, but my personal connection between equality for women and equality for immigrants lies in the quiet life of one woman.

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Are You Overworked?

Chances are your vacation is long overdue. Try finding the time to steal away to a state park, much less to Paris or Rome. The office refuses to let you go. One in six professionals chooses to accumulate vacation days instead of using them, according to a new study from Oxford Health Plans.

Those brave souls who do manage to escape the clutches of the office may leave in body, but most remain connected via satellite. An amazing 83 percent of UK and U.S. workers who vacationed for seven or more days last summer remained in contact with their offices, according to Accenture.

Technology was the leash. Sixty-one percent of vacationers brought mobile technology with them. Of the 16 percent who brought a laptop, 61 percent checked work-related email. Of the 56 percent who brought a cell phone, 61 percent left the number with someone at work. (What were they thinking?) Thirty-three percent checked their voice mail, and of those, 62 percent returned calls.

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Einstein, Billy and Friends – Great British Footballing Fish

It is a few years back, but this was then Britain’s fishy footie squid – sorry, squad

Let’s hope Britain will do well in Russia. We wish our squad the best of results, but let go back a few years and check out this squad.

Bert Trautmann, Sol Campbell, John Scales, Mark Fish, Graham le Roe, Paul Shoals, Steve Guppy, Prawn Wright-Phillips, Jamie Pollock, Connor Sammon, Hugo Rodallega…

Sure, it is a few years way back now, but we were desperately hoping that footballing fish Einstein’s career hasn’t come to a premature end. In case you missed it, the talented Einstein’s path through the beautiful game was imperiled by a sudden illness. As reported in the Daily Express, Einstein’s problems looked a little more serious than a temporary loss of form – he found himself stranded on the bottom of his tank, unable to swim, let alone kick a ball. It took a hand-made tubular lifejacket to put him back on his fins again.

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Looking for Odd Jobs in Britain – Professional Mourner

So you’ve completed your academic education. You’ve earned your degree! And what now… Why not be a professional mourner?  It’s not hard. All you need to be able to do is turn on the waterworks and convince everyone else you are beside yourself with grief now that this excellent person has departed the mortal coil.

Professional mourning has a distinguished history and is practiced all over the world. In Britain, according to John Walsh in a well-respected newspaper (associated with The Independent), witchy women attended funerals of strangers  to “wail over the body in an open coffin.” This happened routinely when Walsh’s Irish forbears on the Atlantic coast signed them up to perform this important and edifying task. These ladies were known as “keeners.”  Sometimes, the distraught widow would comfort herself with a small dram of tipple well away from the mad cacophony.

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The Art Of Calligraphy

Calligraphy is often considered more of an art form than simple letters on a page. It is usually best for formal invitations, official documents, and even works of art. If you are interested in learning calligraphy, you should know the basic tools you will need, as well as techniques that are most often used. I wrote this post to set some young student on a career path that may be unusual, but pretty interesting!

 

Calligraphy Pens

The essential tool for this art form is the pen, and there are many options when it comes to this. You can use a cartridge pen, which lets you change out nibs. Wider nibs are creating larger letters, whereas narrower nibs will be resulting in smaller print. With a cartridge pen, you can also switch out the ink, allowing you to change colors whenever you want. You can also choose a dip pen, which is exactly what it sounds like — a pen that you dip into a small pot of ink when you want to write.

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Operation Get Serious!

First off, I want to make it aware that this is the first time in a long time that I’ve blogged again. Yes, please go ahead and stand on your toes and give me a round of applause, I surely deserve it!

It’s not like I have anything major to talk about, but I did say once I found out more about the government honors thing I’d tell you all about it. So, yeah. Today, I and a bunch of others who were nominated received a pass to go to the counselor’s office instead of the last period of the day.

I was angry because I had a test to take in that class, but it turned out I didn’t have to take that test. Anyway, we all met in the faculty dining room. The lady told us what it was all about and it’s a very good thing to be a part of I must say and it will get me for a couple of weeks across the pond. Look out America, here I come!

 

So basically GHP or should I say Government Honors Program is when teachers nominate select students based on academic achievement, passion for a particular subject and everything of the like. Now, typically it’s expected that you get nominated for one subject. Fortunately, I was nominated for three subjects: English (Literature), Science (Chemistry) and History.

I was shocked to find out of all the people were there, I was the only one to have three nominations. Unfortunately, we can only select one of the subjects to focus on. Well, once you choose (if you have a choice) your subject of expertise, you have to submit an application. Well, I did and I hope this also helps to get my student loans consolidated. Continue Reading

Debt Consolidation Loans

What is a Debt Consolidation Loan?

When you are buried under loans from several lenders, your life becomes a constant run from one lender to another. You need to pay interest and installments on time to each of them. What if you only had to deal with one lender? If this could happen, life could be much easier, despite the fact that you would still be under debt and need to make monthly payments.

This is the entire concept of the consolidation loan. You consolidate various loans into a single loan and deal with only one lender. The money that you receive from this loan is used to pay off your other creditors.

What are the Benefits of Debt Consolidation Loans?

The advantages of this loan are that they are unsecured and come with a lower interest rate. If you want interest rates to be lower, you can pledge one of your assets against it. Mainly, these loans are used by people to gain better rates of interest. If the term of the loan is longer, your monthly repayment amount reduces even further.

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What is online mediation and how to use it

Mediation has been a popular alternative to lawsuits to resolve disputes, especially those involving small amounts of money. For businesses, conflicts between state and international laws have made dispute resolution costly, no matter how big the transaction.


St. Louis retiree David Hubert couldn’t have been happier to score a replica of a $3,000 Charles Eames leather chair on eBay – for only $450. When it arrived, he tore open the box, pulled away the bubble wrap, and immediately sunk into the chair to ease his bad back. “As soon as I sat in it, I could tell…whoa, this isn’t right,” he says.

“It had a bad mildew smell – I mean, a really bad mildew smell.” Distraught, Hubert emailed the seller to demand that he either pay to clean the chair or take it back. The seller refused. “He basically stonewalled me,” Hubert says. So Hubert filed a grievance with SquareTrade, a San Francisco-based startup that helps resolve disputes on eBay.

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Powerful traits of successful entrepreneurs

Let me start this post with a couple of concepts I have discovered over the years.

Concept #1
We are what we think. The Law of Attraction guys say it this way: The only thing that stands between you and everything you want is your mind. It’s so true and it may be hard to believe, but I am a GED graduate and I try everything to improve my confidence. I failed at high school because there was nobody to help me with my self-confidence so I had a bad image of myself.
It’s all water under the bridge now but I remember how hard it is to think about yourself positively and being able to accomplish what you want.

Concept #2
What we talk about, comes about. Dickinson translation: What you speak into the Universe is what controls your life. We are controlled by our positive or negative self-talk.

Truth: The true power we possess does not come from prestige or place in life, it comes from what we think and how we speak. For the entrepreneur (and everyone else), true power comes from within. With this being said, let’s dive into the four verbal traits of the powerful entrepreneur:
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