Monthly Archives: December 2014

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And So Dear Microsoft… Where is the Template Gallery!?

MS Office

So what is going on with the Microsoft Office products these days? I mean yeah, they are updated and have many new cool productivity tools and features, but … What happened to the template gallery? You see, I think that it is a great dis-service to upgrade/update an application/program and then disable functional features that were staples.

I mean, why tout all these new features, while quietly disabling the functionality of the ones that were previously used? It appears that Microsoft ever so sloppily forgot or cleverly overlooked the extension link, within the programs that attached the office suite to the template gallery. Or, maybe it is just me…

And yes, I have contacted technical support to see if it was just a glitch in my personal software or my computer and I was told, of course, that nope, it is Microsoft….

So I did it the old-fashioned way, I just went to the Microsoft Template gallery online. When I got there I noticed that there are not nearly as many template options as their were in the past, since the big switch in 2010. There used to be the builders, its been so long, I don’t even remember their correct name. Those tools that came with the programs already installed to make creating documents of various types simple and easy, pre-formatted and ready to go…

Now I am faced with having to look else where, and hoping that the open-source rivals will soon over take them in functionality, due to Microsoft’s obvious lack of support, for it’s own product/program design. Build something better, by keeping the things that work and improving on the things that do not. Add new features that enhance the functionality of what is already there and streamline where possible. But don’t create something new that leaves folks longing for what was old. In my opinion that is a product creation fail. You failed to consider your consumers needs, our processes and our functions within your product.

In conclusion, to my rant, it sure would be nice if they would send a quick push-fix to this problem and beef back up the template gallery.

That is all, LOL, ughhh.

 

 

Blessings

A Life of Freedom…

break the chain, no more strongholds...

The new year is approaching and new year’s resolutions will be kicked into action, beginning January 1. Why not give that one last gift? That gift that keeps on giving. The gift of support as well as freedom from addictions or mentalities that keep greatness in life bound.

You may know someone, a loved one perhaps, or a close friend, who is in need of support, but would like an option that will ease them into the process. You may have thought, if only they could speak with this person, or have access to a group of people experiencing the same thing, then maybe they would be able to see that life can be brighter, better, positive, giving, rewarding, endearing and worthwhile.

I have compiled a list of support groups, based off of the 12-Step program format, that are available for those facing addictive tendencies and seeking a way out. The following list is intended to be a starting point for you to research, to see if the program options are viable for those intended. It also serves to show that there is support out there for those who are locked in certain habits and want desperately to be free. Give them the gift of freedom, support, accepting  and understanding community. Please use your own discretion and research each option thoroughly to ensure the best outcome. You can find the following information as well as additional links on the 12Steps.org website, and I am appreciative to them for the service they provide.

Alcoholics Anonymous                           http://www.aa.org

Cocaine Anonymous                              http://www.ca.org

CoDependents Anonymous                   www.coda.org

Crystal Meth Anonymous                       http://www.crystalmeth.org

Debtors Anonymous                              http://www.debtorsanonymous.org

Dual Recovery Anonymous                   http://www.draonline.org

Emotions Anonymous                            http://www.emotionsanonymous.org

Food Addicts in Recovery                      http://www.foodaddicts.org

Gamblers Anonymous                           http://www.gamblersanonymous.org

Liars Anonymous                                  http://www.dailystrength.org/groups/liars-anonymous

Love Addicts                                         http://www.loveaddicts.org

Marijuana Anonymous                          http://www.marijuana-anonymous.org

Nar-Anon                                              http://www.nar-anon.org

Narcotics Anonymous                          http://www.na.org

Nicotine Anonymous                            http://www.nicotine-anonymous.org

Overeaters Anonymous                       http://www.oa.org

Self Mutilators Anonymous                  http://www.selfmutilatorsanonymous.org

Sex Addicts                                          http://www.sexaa.org

Sex and Love Addicts                          http://www.slaafws.org

Sexaholics                                           www.sa.org

Sexual Compulsives                           http://www.sca-recovery.org

Sexual Recovery                                http://www.sexualrecovery.org

Social Phobics                                   http://www.healsocialanxiety.com

Spenders Anonymous                       http://www.spenders.org

Again, it is my desire that you use this information as a starting point for your own in-depth research. You can find the above list as well as descriptions and additional support group offerings at 12steps.org.

Blessings

When Time Stands Still… A Poem

When Time Stands Still… A Poem

by Coach Kenyatte

 children are blessings

 

Time stands still when I drop my children off at school,

and that moment comes as I pray blessings over them and watch as they walk in.

Time stands still when they are playing,

and I watch admiring how they’ve grown and are developing so nicely.

Time stands still when they are active,

and I grab them, to steal a long hug, holding them close and whispering, “I love you so much”.

Time stands still as I watch them converse,

and they engage each other in meaningful, bond strengthening conversation.

Time stands still as I the house falls quiet,

and each person, doing their chores, learns that these tasks are the necessities of life.

Time stands still as I show them my grind,

and I explain to them why I work at it consistently, so they can have the keys to a satisfying life.

Time stands still when I appreciate all God has provided me with, in my children.

Yes, time stands still.

6 of Winter Seasons Most Favored Soups, With Benefits

soup

The winter season is the special time of year that soups, stews and ultra hefty meals are increasingly welcomed, due to their ability to promote, that feel good feeling as well as warmth. I consider soups to be my go-to, in the winter months for the additional hydration properties, as well as their comfort factors. The following list contains researched faves and the benefits they provide. Don’t see yours? No worries, leave me a comment and I’ll check it out, to see about adding it to my list.

  • Chicken Noodle Soup – A post by ABC News, states that, “the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, found evidence the soup contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent a cold’s miserable side effects.”
  • Tomato Soup – Contains vitamins A, E, C, K, essential minerals and antioxidants
  • Miso Soup – Anti-Aging properties, beneficial bacteria for the digestive tract, immune system strengthening to fight infection and cancer.
  • Lentil Soup – Macronutrients, Fiber and Iron
  • Split Pea Soup – Vitamin K, Fiber, potassium
  • Gazpacho – In Diane Parcells’ article, Vegetable Soup Fights Cell Damage, she cited, “Scientists at Tufts University in Boston report that volunteers eating a type of vegetable soup twice a day had lower amounts of stress-related molecules in their blood after just 7 days. The researchers say the beneficial effect was due at least in part to an increase in vitamin C intake.”

 


The Article Garden:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=117888

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Tomato Soup – http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/health-benefits-uses-of-tomato-soup/

Healthy Benefits of Tomato Soup – http://www.boldsky.com/health/nutrition/2012/health-benefits-of-tomato-soup-030976.html

What’s New and Beneficial About Miso – http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=114

Miso Soup: A Delicious Bowl Full of Health and Anti-Aging Benefits – http://www.naturalnews.com/025519_health_anti-aging_soy.html

The Health Benefits of Miso Soup and 2 Easy Miso Soup Recipes – http://veganamericanprincess.com/the-health-benefits-of-miso-soup-and-2-easy-miso-soup-recipes/

Vegetable Soup Fights Cell Damage – https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/food-thought/vegetable-soup-fights-cell-damage

Is Lentil Soup Healthy? – http://www.livestrong.com/article/410170-is-lentil-soup-healthy/

The Advantages of Split Pea Soup – http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/advantages-split-pea-soup-4353.html

Health Benefits of Split Peas – http://www.naturalfoodbenefits.com/display.asp?CAT=6&ID=107

Eat MORE… Winter Fruits!

fruits

With this cold and flu season upon us and the summer months behind us, it can be hard to get ahold of our favorite fruits. Here is a list of the fruits and vegetables that are in season now and oh, soooo good for these cold, icky crud months. I included plenty of links so you can read the total benefits and find out great information on each.

  • Grapefruit – Vitamin A, C
  • Kiwi – Vitamin C, E, potassium and fiber (Find out more about this fruits secret power)
  • Kumquats – Mini citrus fruit with edible peel, high in vitamin C, fiber
  • Oranges – Vitamin C, fiber
  • Pears – Vitamin C, fiber
  • Persimmons – Vitamin A, C, fiber
  • Pomegranates – Vitamin C, K, potassium, folate, copper, fiber
  • Pummelos – Grapefruit family
  • Date Plums – Vitamin A, C, manganese and fiber
  • Passion Fruit – Vitamin C and fiber
  • Red Banana – Vitamin C
  • Red Currants – Vitamin C and antioxidants
  • Cherimoya – Member of the custard apple family, high in vitamin c, fiber and potassium
  • Cactus Pear – High in vitamin C, magnesium and fiber

 


Great site article that I used as my source for the above, details the health benefits of the above fruits as well as providing a more extensive list for winter’s bounty:

What Fruits and Vegetables Are in Season During Winter? http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/whats-in-season-winter

 

 

Blessings

Tis The Season For Hydration…

Fact: Our bodies are made up of 60% water. So it is no wonder that with all the functions our body, alone internally does + the activity that we add to that consumes that water supply. In 2013 alone, it was reported that nearly 75% of Americans are experiencing Chronic Dehydration, per http://www.medicaldaily.com.

hydration

“60 percent of our bodies is composed of water, 75 percent in our muscles, 85 percent in our brains, it’s like oil to a machine,” explained Dr. Roberta Lee. “Because the human body is so unique that it will say ‘I want water’ in food, in any way, shape or form,” said Grace Webb, Assistant Director for Clinical Nutrition at New York Hospital. “People just think that when they start to get a little weak or they have a headache, they need to eat something, but most often they need to drink.” http://www.medicaldaily.com

So now that we have the gruesome statistics, what are we gonna do about it. For years, I have heard people referring to drinking tea and coffee as their water intake, well, now I’m giving you researched facts on the matter.

The following is your list of drinks and foods that truly “count” towards your body’s rehydration levels, apart from water itself:

  1. Fruit – With the biggest water heavyweight champion being … Yep, Watermelon = 92% water…
  2. Vegetables – Depending on the vegetable chosen can be a good source… like lettuce = 94.9% water content.
  3. Tea – The National Health Service, UK, quoted, “Drinking four to six mugs of tea a day is as good for keeping you hydrated as a litre of water,” reported the Daily Mail.”
  4. Fruit Juice
  5. Flavored water – Vitamin Water…

This is just a short list to get you started off in the right direction. Always remember, when in doubt, check it out, Google search it and you will find the best path or method for you. Here’s to maintaining good health!

 

Blessings


Some other great reads on winter hydration:

8 Tips for Hydrating in Cold Weather http://www.active.com/nutrition/articles/8-tips-for-hydrating-in-cold-weather

Winter Hydration: Do you REALLY know the facts? http://nuun.com/blog/2011/11/16/winter-hydration/