How to Perform Safe Body Piercing by Following Specific Guidelines

Interested to visit body piercing shops? Nowadays it's been trendier for modern youngsters to get pierced on various parts of their body. Body penetrating has been used among various aged common people ranging from babies to old men and women. Usually in the penetrating shops, the workers used to deliver set of instructions about the operations they need to perform. This will give clear thoughts and ideas about body penetrating. Piercing guns have been used as penetrating equipment to pierce body of all ages. Before involving in piercing, check whether the shop is using standardized guns to do piercing since some unsterilized guns may lead to various infections.

It's quite difficult to perform penetrating on the already pierced ear since piercing has to be done between the correct medium of space. The worker needs to be careful enough to do such operations and should make sure his hands shouldn't be shivering while piercing. Piercing is of many types which includes ear piercing, lip piercing, navel piercing and nose piercing. People have different tastes in penetrating their bodies.

Labret is one kind of penetrating that occurs below the bottom lip and above the chin. It is commonly called as 'tongue pillars'. However labret is also referred as traditional form of penetrating among American north-west coast regions. There are many types of labret takes place based on the positions of piercing in lips. Vertical labret is done on top of the bottom lip with a curved barbell. Similarly snake bites, spider bites and lowbret are the kinds of labret penetrating which takes place on different positions between lower lip and the chin.

If you are looking for body penetrating, you need to consider many facts before penetrating. Self penetrating is seriously not advisable. Even do not allow your friends to do the penetrating operation with the kit since it will lead to various dangerous problems and infections. As mentioned earlier, make sure you go for the standardized shops for piercing your body and ensure sterilized guns have been used for penetration.

While waiting in shops for piercing, have a look at the workers how they perform each and every operations for the customers and how they use every instruments for piercing. Check whether they use separate standardized instruments for each customers or not. Used or unsterilized instruments may cause several spreadable diseases. And also make sure how they interact with customers since convenience is based on interactions.

Before piercing your bodies choose the suitable jewels of correct size which will be apt for your specific body part. Make sure you buy jewels of best quality in order to avoid future infections and troubles. Have a deep research on each penetrated jewels for future use which will give you better thoughts and ideas before piercing. Hope the above said guidelines will be helpful for you to make perfect piercing on your body.

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A Reflection Of The Future Republican Political Party Under Donald Trump

A Now Revamped Republican Party Is On The Horizon That Is Pushing Out Its Past Failures And Putting U.S. Citizens Over Business, Government And Immigrants.

As the new Republican Party forms under the leadership of Donald Trump we must make certain all of our efforts do not go to waste and build a never ending effort that cannot be broken. Taking back our political party that was taken from us is underway. Spokespersons that speak for our efforts must be vetted and maintained in the near Donald Trump voice so when we are ready to step down the next generations of us can keep up the effort that our generation created and put into play.

The purpose of the U.S. Constitution is to maintain a set of rules that allow for citizens within its defined borders to conduct their lives as they see fit freely without hurting others. Over the decades movements within defined groups of citizens have been making strides to alter the meaning of what the U.S. Constitution was set forth to really mean as their group thought has been pushed forward as superior to the creators of the U.S. Constitution. The reality of what the creators of the U.S. Constitution created it to reflect is that all gains in life have to be due to, "Luck".

The only way to govern peoples lives is through "Luck". There's no other way to maintain a persons freedoms. Any passages in law that define what people can have and can't have "Dictates" through a single dictator or a group of communist dictators. The founders of the U.S. Constitution were extremely intelligent individuals and except for technology advances they saw in their time the same issues we see in the presence day and into the future. Any gains in life through acquired skills or social status can only come though "Luck".

One political party winning over the other isn't a win for the prevailing political party unless the prevailing political parties rule is to govern in a way that lets U.S. Citizens decide their own way in life through the luck provided for them by the architects of the U.S. Constitution. Freedom is, "Finding Your Own Luck" and U.S. Citizens can only find luck if they are allowed to build their skills and have the freedom to go out and find their luck.

What is luck you ask? Luck is an endeavor that leads to good fortune that comes your way. There are odds of anyone getting lucky in their endeavors of wanting good fortune or as it's commonly called, "The American Dream". So you have to built your skills in a trade of your choosing. What are the odds of luck coming your way that leads to good fortune if you allow 12 million illegal immigrants into the U.S. overall and an additional 1 million legal immigrants to gain citizenship each year that want some luck and good fortune too? Your odds as a U.S. citizen finding your luck that leads to good fortune goes way down because the illegal immigrants want a chance at your luck also. If you remove all the illegal immigrants and cut back on immigrants gaining citizenship each year the odds of you finding your luck that leads to good fortune improves drastically because the competition to find the luck goes down.

The non libertarian base of the Republican Party fought really hard to get one good candidate out of a flock of 17 candidates, 14 that were extremely bad and 2 that would have been alright. The one candidate that was decided on was in fact in tune with the non libertarian Republican Party base. The non libertarian Republican Party base was in fact leaderless with only very few media outlets to broadcast their voice and having a hard time finding their way without a great media presence to broadcast their voice.

The new Republican Party rising under the leadership of Donald Trump must build their media presence and reject the failed ideology of the libertarian republican leadership that has consumed the Republican Party and came close to destroying it with their constant push to a business run United States. The near death of the Republican Party came from within with the never ending cycle of electing the same old congressional leadership that promotes businesses and their personal wealth over U.S. Citizens financial stability.

A formidable foe that believes persons who live in reality should stand down to the less educated that get themselves elected to live in their non reality was at hand that needed to be put down. They want to create a country based on a communist type government that takes away the large financial gains of persons that have the natural ability for large financial gains to pay for those with less natural mental abilities and very little "Luck" with financial gain. This foe of reality will always go to no ends to achieve and promote their goals as reality that are in fact non reality. The opposition political party imposing their non reality on the population of the U.S. isn't an option. Even though with the heavy losses the opposition political party sustained they march on in the same direction of their non reality agenda. The New Republican Party must grow itself to be the wall against the opposition party's march.

A Republican Party that puts U.S. Citizen personal wealth over business, government and immigrants is the new focus of the Republican Party base to lessen financial hardships that lead to a problematic society that's constantly at odds with each other with the electing of leadership to government that rarely has the answer. The only answer is to get rid of the politicians that are leading us to a failed libertarian business or democrat communist run society and elect representatives that make it easier to find our "Luck" in the economy through acquired skills, knowledge and reduced competition for jobs from outside foreign poverty.

Managed immigration is good in a vibrant economy but U.S. Citizens must always be given the first chance to make and maintain their financial gains in their own economy so financial and social "Luck" within the borders of the United States will increase as poverty decreases.

A new energy exists within the Republican Party at this time with only some that are in rejection of this energy for the reasons of their established ideology being torn away from them. This new energy is rejecting the old failed ways that has created decades of failure and hatred towards the Republican Party of then, that was a political party of self and not for the people.

The Republican Party base propped the established leaders of the Republican Party up under the falsehoods fed to them for the purpose of the old established Republican Party keeping their self gains in constant movement. With the constant failure's of the other political party the old propped up leadership of the Republican Party is being taken down with the opposition political party. A new Republican Party is emerging that is set in the reality of U.S. Citizens first over business, government and immigrants.

Jim Allan's Sea Dogs Beach

Benefits of an Android TV Box

The Android TV box is a useful piece of kit that connects to the TV via the HDMI port to offer most of the features of Android. This type of set up is very flexible and easily connects to most TVs with the right port and is a lot cheaper than a smart TV. Here are a few of the benefits of using the Android TV box:

Endless apps

One of the most appreciated benefits is the ability to use and install the endless apps that are now available on the Android operating system. By visiting the Google Play store using the internet connection, it is possible to install the latest apps related to not only multimedia content, but also audio editing applications, games, books, magazines, sending email, or signing into social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter.

TV support

By connecting the Android TV box to the TV at home via the internet; it is also possible to connect to other devices in the home, such as those that make use of technologies like Airplay, Miracast, DLNA, or others that function with Android. This makes it very flexible to share various types of multimedia with the TV. For instance, it is possible for an Android compatible tablet or smartphone to interact and control the TV while also giving the option to share files with a laptop or even watch a downloaded series or a movie on the large screen. Overall, this type of setup gives a simple gateway to get the internet on the TV.

Great price

The cost of upgrading a standard TV to benefit from all the possibilities of Android is relatively cheap compared to buying a smart TV. Plus, the combined standard TV and Android TV box can offer a lot more than a standalone smart TV.

Regular updates

The Android operating system is updated on a regular basis, which means the latest version of a game, application, or system is always available. Plus, this is usually done automatically so there is no need to keep searching for updates when logged into the app store. This is significantly more convenient than a smart TV which can take a while to receive updates, especially when every brand of TV needs to have its own update created and released.

All in all, the Android TV Box makes it possible to enjoy the connectivity and versatility of Android on a standard TV set up.

Learn more about the Android TV box to expand your home entertainment enjoyment.

How Did the Devil Get My Cell Phone Number?

I am not one easily rattled. When I am rattled, look out for anything can happen.

For the most part, I try to stay calm, cool and collected. Then there are times when I have had enough and I am not going to take it anymore.

When I am rattled about something, it is not small or insignificant. I can swat pesky little bugs all of my life and never get rattled by a bug.

Lately, some things have been developing "in my world," that has me more than a little concern. In fact, it is bordering on the territory of being rattled. Something needs to be done because if I am rattled in this area, look out!

I am not sure, if I am just now noticing it or if it has been here for a while. When I got my cell phone, I was under the impression the only people who would have my cell phone number would be those I gave it to. I am not one to give out my cell phone number to just anybody. If you have my cell phone number, you are in a high-level category of BFFs.

I believe sincerely that the devil has hacked into my cell phone, collected my cell phone number and is selling my number to the most despicable people he owns.

Lately, I have been getting political calls. People trying to interview me concerning the up coming election. They want me to contribute to political polls being evaluated. They want my opinion and they have a whole slew of questions they are going to be asking me.

I know they do not want my opinion because all of these calls are what is called Robo calls. In other words, is not an actual person asking these questions, but rather a machine. If you think for one moment that I am going to carry on a conversation with some machine, you do not have all your wires connected.

How they get my cell phone number, is beyond me. It probably is their close connection with the devil himself.

I have also been getting calls from some company that feels I am in some sort of pain. They call and say I requested on their website this pain solution. Now, what they want to know is it my back pain, or elbow pain, or a knee pain?

I have been so fed up with these calls that I finally said, "I do have a pain in the neck." To which, I got an excited reply as to how they could help my pain in the neck.

You know what's coming. I told them that the pain in my neck was them calling me and if they want to help this pain in the neck go away to stop calling me, for Pete's sake.

I just about had it with this. The question I wrestle with is, should I lie to these people calling me?

For instance. Somebody called me last week telling me they noticed a certain virus on my computer and if I would allow them access to my computer they could fix my computer. Talk about a pain in the neck!

This was about the 15th time this company called me offering to fix my computer. So, I thought if they are going to waste my time by calling me, maybe I should waste their time by trying to get them to fix my computer.

"Oh yes," I said as excited as I could sound, "please fix my computer for me."

Now they wanted me to turn my computer on and so forth and so on. I must confess that at the time I wasn't your my computer I was on my cell phone.

They gave me instructions and I obeyed them, or at least I told him I was obeying him.

"All right," I said, "My computer is on what I do next?" I will confess to you if you promise not to tell anybody, but I did not have my computer on.

Then they gave me instructions that I was to go to a certain website.

"Okay," I said, "I'm there, what do I do now?"

They gave me a password I was supposed to use to get access to them so they could get access to my computer.

"Have you done it yet?"

"Yes, I punched it in and what I do next?"

"Something's wrong," the person at the other end of the phone said. "You must not have put in the right password. Let me give it to you again."

He gave it to me again, which in turn I gave it back to him, again.

This went on for about 20 minutes and the person on the other end of my cell phone was getting very frustrated and borderline anger. I, on the other end of the cell phone, could hardly control my laughter.

By the time he hung up, he was very frustrated and could not understand why it was not working.

After this person hung up on me and I quit laughing, I thought of what David said. "Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert" (Psalms 28:4).

Sometimes giving back what you get can bring you to a certain level of joy you did not have before.

Dr. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, Ocala, FL 34483, where he lives with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. Telephone 1-866-552-2543, e-mail Website is

How Much Do Tragus Piercings Hurt?

One of the initial things many people find out whenever they are deciding to acquire a piercing is often "does this hurt?" Also, more precisely, "how much can it cause pain?" Unfortunately piercings are piercings and that means placing a needle in areas of one's body so as to make one or more holes in which you can potentially wear pieces of jewelry. When having piercings, there's definitely going to be some quantity of discomfort. Nevertheless the total quantity of the pain can vary a great deal based on various factors.

One particular aspect is the skill of one's piercer and just how outstanding they happen to be at completing the particular piercing conveniently, safely but also expertly. Now this isn't really a concern you'll have to be concerned with providing you pick a trustworthy piercing place. You should definitely check that the shop make use of piercing needles and never piercing guns for all the piercings.

One other variable which can often impact the level of pain and discomfort a certain person experiences when getting ones tragus pierced may perhaps be the individual themselves. Pain is truly a very subjective experience and although a touch of pain and discomfort can be endurable to many individuals, other ones might find it extremely difficult to handle. A good deal will depend on the person and their respective pain limit.

The kind of jewelry you chose to have put in when your piercing is completed can sometimes bring about or help save you from a little bit of unnecessary pain and discomfort. A round piece like a captive bead ring could possibly be a bit more tricky to fit when compared with a straight accessory such as a barbell. Therefore it is advisable to go with a straight bit of jewelry like for example a barbell any time you are having your tragus pierced.

The key factor which usually determines just how much pain and discomfort felt due to a piercing often is the site of the piercing. More often than not, a tragus piercing does not hurt very much at all. Nearly all people grade the pain as being 3 to 4 in a scale of 1 to 10, 10 as most unpleasant. For lots of people, the discomfort can be noticed when the needle pierces their skin on both sides of the tragus seeing that the cartilage material inside does not possess any nerve endings. The discomfort can be equal to and in some cases not as much as that experienced when getting your ears pierced, no greater than a bee sting.

A number of people experience a slight dull discomfort or simply a sensation of pressure around or on the tragus shortly after the piercing is finished. This is a sign that the blood is flowing around the area of the brand-new piercing so the body may start the process of healing. It's not really unheard of to see a bit of blood on your piercing soon after but that's nothing you ought to be anxious about provided you keep the piercing really clean according to the aftercare suggestions given to you by the piercer.

Those that would really like a tragus piercing but are particularly concerned about the potential soreness, you should consult with the piercing shop if they numb your tragus for your benefit before hand. Not every piercing place practice numbing, but some do or may on request therefore it is no doubt worthwhile inquiring. Should your particular piercing place not do numbing you could take a look around for a place that can.

Several people claim that you are able to hear a 'pop' when the needle pierces the cartilage of one's tragus however it definitely seems to be a bit of a myth since several people don't hear a thing. So, to conclude, there truly is not a great deal to be concerned about since many individuals who've had a tragus piercing done are really surprised at just how slight this specific piercing hurts. A few people even have to inquire if it's done when it is!
By Lana Small

I Believe Large Retailers Fear Their Employees!

It would seem we've become more of a socialist society than capitalist one, which I think is hurting many businesses' profitability. Today companies in general are rightfully worried about their image as good corporate citizens. A larger part of that has to do with how employees perceive them, not the actual reality of situations that happen. I'm going to share one situation how and why retailers fear their employees.

Most candidates desperate for a job are not totally transparent with their interviewers. Many retailers I know go over with each candidate the needs of the business pertaining to the position. Maybe saying we are looking for those with open availability, we need you to show-up 10 minutes before, and these are the duties and expectations we require daily. Are you able to do these things? If the candidate meets the criteria and agrees a job offer with those expectations is presented for the person to sign. Many have what I call a hidden agenda, wait out their 3 month probation period, and then out of nowhere bring-out their issues. Something along these lines, I'm not sure if I mentioned this to you but I have these health issues. I went to my physician yesterday who has provided me with a doctor's note. I no longer am able to do all my duties, need Tuesday's off for treatment, and because of these health issues require a revised schedule. Now the dilemma begins...

The company hired that employee to work certain hours, explained it in the interview piece, and had them sign the job offer stating all. If they fire the employee because of no longer being able to meet the needs of business could be a huge problem. Maybe be considered possible discrimination, labor board issues because of the doctor's note. The worst part if the employee writes on social media how the company was not compassionate to their issues could be devastating. If you remember at the beginning of this I mentioned we've become more socialist than capitalist, who knows if some group with the same health issues doesn't start rallying against the company. It doesn't matter the company was transparent with that employee, today it is all about perception not reality.

It really is terrible that so many people are having all kinds of health and mental issues today, companies didn't go into business to be non-profit organizations, but to provide jobs and opportunities to those who will help them grow. It's not right that any company should fear the people they pay to work for them, make employee accommodations that effect their bottom lines, and that the public has become so judgemental not looking at both sides before reacting. The problem is also with those employees who do not have those issues now have to pick-up the slack, feeling favoritism, and becoming disengaged, maybe even stress-out work related costing the company even more money. I understand that people need to make a living, but there are too many exceptions simply because employers fearing their employees! By Arnold Nadler

The Winds Of Change

The point of conjecture in this Presidential election is not the bravado of Trump but having this nation regain the stature both nationally and internationally we had decades ago. To do this is to recognize that one of the most questionable tactics by the media today is placing our future at risk. With the most comprehensive push to curb carbon emissions coming from this recent Paris Climate Change Conference one has to wonder considering the Republican Presidential contenders state of denial on climate change will this accord be ripped apart like they are trying to do with the Affordable Health Care Act if anyone of them gets elected? Yet, the media all they are focusing on are opinion polls on who favors who. They are completely ignoring one of the most important solutions to the dangers already in play by our continued consumption of fuels. Energy sources that have only contributed to the acceleration of so much devastation of the earth's environment.

It would make good sense to use this Paris accord as a first step in ushering the changes that are so desperately needed to repair our infrastructure, secure our energy grid against all contingencies, and to implement the fuel sources that will power the world into the future and the third and final industrial revolution. We have the technology, the resources and the availability to ride ourselves of the fuel that powered the first two industrial revolutions. It has been for some time that the only reason why the US hasn't led the world in ushering in alternate green energy sources to power our nation is the enormous amount of money still generated by fossil fuel. It is this blatant greed by the oil conglomerates that have caused so much anguish, misery and devastation all around the world. We continue to see the horrendous atrocities committed by leaders of nations, organizations and individuals who are attempting to capitalize on retaining their hold on oil and the profits that it continues to bring in.

The first step to ensure this nations future is not electing a Trump or any of these bonafide Republican wannabe's. It is done through education and the wiliness of the public to realize the consequences of not implementing sound economic policies. Something the President has tried to do for years but, has been thwarted time and time again by these same Republican's that are stomping the campaign circuit theses days. The time is now while the leaders of many nations finally have come to a mutual agreement to implement available technologies that have a much greater potential for financial gain as well as an environmental impact that will ease the strife of so many millions around the world. Today, we continue to see the horrendous after effects of what global warming has already done to our environment by our reluctance to admit that fossil fuel is the greatest incubator of global warming and all the after effects that are rendering our planet inhospitable.

What has to happen in order to secure that the success of the Paris Climate Change Conference is not in vain is for the United States to first repair the damages of years of economic policies that have only entrenched the Oil industries strangle hold over the economy. This has only resulted in the greatest income disparity gap in history and impoverished the majority of Americans. The Media meanwhile has been complicit with the existing powers that be who continue to control the purse strings of incumbency of too many elected officials.

What to do? Repairing our infrastructure, energy grid, and economy go hand in hand. A total national economic reform agenda, one that will revitalize our nation is imperative to secure this nations future. Having the majority of Americans being able to achieve the "Williams Theory of Economic Evolution" is necessary for the stability of this nation and of every other nation as well. There are ten articles of confederation that when initiated simultaneously will produce the results that accomplishes what so many Americans really need to keep the American Dream alive.

What many Americans are hearing today is that the winds of change are not the kind of winds that produces a resurgence of economic growth but just the opposite. It is essential that we embrace the kinds of change that ushers in the dawn of a new age of peace and prosperity. One, that can only come when we dissolve ourselves of the dependency of fuel sources that by design are instrumental for the continuation of much of the worlds turbulence. The winds of change using energy sources that are now available through the development of new technologies will be the basis for the future of mankind. Together, with the implementation of National Economic Reform's Ten Articles of Confederation that future will be that much brighter for all.

Who Is Responsible For The Demise Of Small Business?

The thing is more of us older and senior people still judge a store by the service they provide. If that is the case, how come we have allowed our friends and families with businesses to be taken over by large corporations? These friends, family, and neighbours were the ones who gave us service, they lived in our neighbourhoods, knew our names, and made sure we received excellent service. These real people didn't have cookie cutter scripted interaction with us, but genuinely interested in their customers. They appreciated our business enough not to annoy us at the end, you know with point cards or up-sells. When we bought something they took us to the cash, put it through themselves no waiting in lines, and sincerely thanked us for the business.

Back in the day a shoes store was a shoe store, not a grocery, drug store, and hardware in one. It was about smaller specialty stores. The people in them knew their products better, so of course they were able to provide service. In the box stores if you're lucky to find someone, they can read the labels as well as you. If something was not on the shelf it was no big deal to go see if any were available in the back. Box stores expect us to come into their 5 football field size stores, find our own stuff, receive no service, pay and be happy their price was lower. The problem is we've become cheap, and still expect the same service for a pair of shoes that cost $20, as one that is $150. We can't have it all, made our bed and now need to sleep in it.

Next time you walk into a box store start getting grumpy about service, lashing out at the one poor associate who makes minimum wage, who is overwhelmed, not trained properly, barely surviving back off. At one time we lived in a democrat society, where a majority ruled, and our governments had no choice but to listen to what we wanted. Obviously we had no concern that large businesses were starting to squeeze out small and medium size ones, and changing our tune from quality products to cheap inexpensive. Free trade was great right, so many people lost jobs in the manufacturing industry, but getting bad quality shoes for $20 was real savings! No problem that unemployment is high, no real worthwhile job creation, the economy is in toilette, and the backbone of any countries economy has always been the small and medium size business. Instead we focus on the environment saving trees instead of people, and complain there is no service when walking into box store that purchase goods from other places. We are not even supporting our own people, and demand service really!

It's time to go back to basics, first people need to be fairly paid, bring back the small and medium size business concept, and have a better economy. Once that is accomplished we can afford to pay for the quality, and the service will be there. The small and medium business even if they had the same products and pricing winning by who has better service! If you're looking for exceptional service perhaps the first place to demand it is from our Governments. Then we can move forward walk into a small neighbourhood business, able to support them, and in return like before obtaining the service we as customers deserve. Box stores herd us in like sheep, and most people can't afford to go somewhere else. The ones most responsible for the demise of small business is us the older and senior people who didn't care about the future! By Arnold Nadler

Those Hard Choices

Already the summer of 2015 has been hit with the resurgence of scorching heat. Form the Southwest to the Gulf states temperatures have already reached well above 95 degrees. Those Republican Climate Change deniers about global warming have to agree this past summer was pretty darn hot. So darn hot it was the hottest summer on record. But, for so many especially those on fixed incomes where their Social Security is the only means of support and the rest of our working poor, which by the way is over 76% of the working population, have seen their electric bills reach a point that hard choices now have to be made to either pay for food or stay cool.

The family of Winston Smith who has three young children and works two jobs making a combined income of just under $30,000 per year is a typical statistic caught up in the cycle of what is now poverty income. He is one of the fortunate ones though for he still is working. The plight of the Smith's is typical of so many families all over America struggling to make ends meet. With so many caught in this cycle of poverty today is a sobering reminder that our governmental officials continue to carry out what looks like a vendetta against it's very own citizens.

Having three young children leaves the Smith family with some really hard choices that have to be made. For Mrs. Smith one hard choice is either working at the only job she could land, that being at Walmart for just $9 per hour or stay at home to take care of the children. But, with the rising costs of day dare today that hard choice of remaining at home to take care of her children really isn't a choice at all. Home being a two bedroom apartment at $850 per month in an area that really is not child friendly is the only place they could find with so little savings. Living in Tampa, Florida where over 9 months of the year where the temperatures remain so hot and sticky means that AC is just as relevant as home heating is in the Northeast, like Maine or New Hampshire.

What makes this situation worse is that the cost of energy has only continued to soar. That cost of energy today is draining the incomes of so many families like the Smith's to the point where there are going to be more hard choices one would not normally have to make if the cost of energy remained stable. The Smith's electric bill within the span of one month went from $120 to $196. When the food stamp program was slashed just last year around Christmas just is barely enough for one weeks worth of food still today at $122 per month. If one does the math considering rent, car insurance, car payment for Mr. Smith to get back and forth from work, extra food and all the other what many call necessities today like cable, phone and Internet there are going to be very hard choices that have to be made just to keep a roof over their head and some semblance of food on the table.

When a recent report came out about how so many Republicans and even some Democrats view a large percentage of the population as having it made in the shade sort of speaking just underscores how out of touch they really are. They have the audacity in dictating laws and policies the have a direct negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of so many millions of Americans. For the Smith's out there hard choices are being made each and every day. For seniors, there again are faced with even more hard choices that have to be made.

When one is faced with rising electric bills not to mention homeowners who have to also pay for water and sewage the increasing energy costs are also reflected on every other utility bill. Take the Smith's and everyone lese on fixed or low incomes hard choices become the norm. Do I rob Peter to pay Paul are the realities in today's economy. Many are caught in this web of juggling bills just to keep from being hungry and homeless. Incomes today for far too many just don't equate to the rising costs of living. A sad reality that is so often overlooked upon when legislatures from state houses and Washington convene to issue policies that consistently prove detrimental to the greater portion of our society.

For the Smith's when they got their electric bill a hard choice had to be made. Faced with the fact that there wasn't enough disposable income to pay for both the electric bill and their entertainment of cable TV the hard choice was made to discontinue the TV just to be able to pay for the energy to run the refrigerator and keep the apartment air conditioning on. The sad reality today is the fact that not only the Smith's but too many others on fixed or have low paying jobs have already made that hard choice. Welcome to the new reality. In so many instances trying to balance their expenditures on necessities just to stave off being out in the cold millions like the Smiths have to compensated each and every month to compensate for the fluctuating rising costs of energy. When the price of energy climbs everything else costs so much more.

The fate of not only the Smith's but for millions of Americans is a constant reminder of what our energy policies have done to the majority of Americas. When policies that continue to favor a select few have rendered millions the inability to gain an financial advantage where those hard choices don't have to be made. The United States does have the availability, the resources and the technology to implement policies that would greatly impact the lives and livelihoods so that the hard choices that are being made now won't have to be made. Does our government have the courage and the will to do what is right and beneficial for all Americans? We shall see especially with this next Presidential election. By Dr. Tim G Williams

I Hate Packing!

I'm a lousy packer.

I love to travel but I have failed to master the intricacies of packing a suitcase. Actually, packing is not the problem; deciding what to take is the real problem. My husband and I went to visit our daughter in New York for three days and I ended up taking the large suitcase better suited for a month's visit.

In retrospect, the real problem is the weather. When we visited our daughter, it was October. That's Autumn, the time of the year when it could be 90 degrees one day and 40 degrees the next. It could be raining; it's even possible to have an early snow storm. So what should one take? Shorts and a t-shirt or long pants and a sweater? Sandals or boots and a winter coat?

There's still another issue: activities. Are we going to stay home most of the time or go out for dinner and the theatre? Will we end up working together in the yard or will we visit relatives? Do I need "at home" clothes or should I bring a nice outfit? Maybe I need more than one nice outfit in case we go out several times; the fashion police frown on wearing the same thing two nights in a row. And, of course, I need shoes to go with each outfit. With all these questions unanswered, there's only one solution: bring everything.

However, we still haven't touched on the other essentials such as make-up and medications. There's dry skin lotion, deodorant, face cleanser, electric toothbrush, regular toothbrush (in case the electric brush runs out of power) and toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, style gel, hairspray and sunscreen. Of course we can't forget daily medications (which seem to have doubled and tripled as we age). I also bring a large bag of "in case I need them" medications. These include Tylenol, an antihistamine, left-over antibiotics (please don't tell my doctor), pain medicine in case someone (God forbid) is injured and in pain, (a prescription I filled but didn't need after a dental procedure), bandages and an antiseptic. I was a Girl Scout at one time and I've always believed in that motto, "Be Prepared"!

I imagine at this point you are probably feeling very sorry for my husband who has to lift my heavy suitcase into the car, out of the car, onto the airline baggage check, etc. Not to worry- I consider this his weight lifting training and believe ardently that my suitcases are keeping him in good shape. But I am also aware that not everyone packs like I do.

For instance, I have a friend who travels a lot and she is masterful at packing. She takes one medium suitcase wherever she goes and has certain clothes that she knows, through trial and error, travel well and can be washed and will dry overnight. I did manage to pack like this once, when we went to Africa on an animal sight-seeing safari. We were limited to one medium bag each, a condition that truly tried my abilities. I started packing three weeks ahead, taking clothes out and putting new ones in; then replacing them again. I do have to admit that having a smaller suitcase and fewer clothes definitely made traveling easier but by the next trip, I fell back into my old habits.

My seven-year old granddaughter was here for a visit and she has a very unique method of packing. She traveled with a small child-size suitcase and my husband and I watched while she unpacked two rather heavy containers of children's hand lotion, two stuffed animals, three small dolls, four bottles of children's nail polish, an iPad, a comb, three DVD's of children's movies, one book, and a folder of math problems to be solved before she returned to school. Our concerns about clothes were quickly solved when her mother entered the room with an armful of t-shirts, skirts and shorts. I was left to wonder what kind of packer she would be as she grew older.

Of course there is always the "I don't need anything but the clothes on my back" kind of packers. They tend to be in their early twenties and in seeing the world mode. A backpack with essentials (bottle of water, one change of underwear, small package of soap and a little money) seems to suffice. When their clothes disintegrate after too much wear, they simply wire home for enough money to replace them. Ah, to be young again - although I must admit I don't remember ever being able to travel this way.

On one trip I was forced to exist with the clothes on my back for three days when the airlines lost my suitcase. Except for a few essentials I purchased at the drugstore, I slept in my underwear and wore the same clothes every day. In some ways, it was liberating. I never had to think about what to wear or what was appropriate. And everyone we were traveling with knew the situation so I received a lot of sympathy. However, I was awfully glad to see my suitcase when it reappeared.

Someone once told me that packing is a metaphor for life. If you take too much, you may be carrying around too much baggage in your head. If you pack light, you've let go of all that old baggage. I don't agree; I think the only baggage I'm carrying around is literally in my suitcase and my problem is simply that I I'm afraid whatever I leave home is exactly what I'm going to need while I'm away!.

But in the end, it's not the things you take with you but the journey itself (I think that's a quote from somebody). Please do not emulate me; take only what you absolutely need and enjoy your family, your travels, and the rest of your life. Travel light, my friends.

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