‘I know I should go home, but just one more email…’ sighed Rebecca.

At home, her frustrated husband, Daniel waited impatiently as their twins Josh and Gemma ran around squealing.

‘There you are-finally!’ said Daniel, ‘That’s the fourth time this week. I’m getting a bit sick of it. You better be home on time tomorrow, because I won’t be here.’

‘Where are you going?’

‘I’m leaving Rebecca, I’ve had enough of your lies. Your commitment isn’t to me and the family. It’s to your work. Well, I’ve had enough.’


‘As far as I’m concerned it’s a closed subject.’

Sure enough, the following day, Daniel wasn’t home when she returned. She was only one hour late, the twins were at home – six years old and the next door neighbour was there.

‘I’m sorry said Gertrude,’ he was so adamant, he just left.

‘It’s not your fault,’ reassured Rebecca. She looked at the twins. What came first, food or bath? She couldn’t remember, Daniel always did that.

She decided on the food. Now what did Daniel cook? She always had take away on the way home. She decided to buy takeaway pizza.

‘What about our bath?’ moaned Josh. ‘I don’t like Mushrooms,’ moaned Jess. ‘I don’t like these salty things,’ moaned Josh,’ or the black round things.’

‘What about a bath?’ suggested Rebecca eager to have them in bed.

‘Yeah!’ chorused the kids.

After putting them in the bath, Rebecca quickly switched on her laptop. ‘I have to catch up on the emails I didn’t finish at work.’ she muttered.

Only this time the laptop didn’t light up as normal. She checked the power. That was ok. Then it must be the battery. No, that was fully charged. OK, it was, it was, it was…oh shit! the computer is faulty.’

She rang the twenty four hour help support line. ‘Sorry, we are fully booked out until Thursday.’

‘What! That’s three days away!’

‘Yes ma’am, we are very busy at present.’

She was stuck. Her work would not let her use another support agency.

‘Mum! The water’s cold,’ said the twins waddling towards her dripping wet.

‘Huh? Oh yeah. Just put clothes on,’ she muttered, more concerned with the computer.

‘Hey, can we play snakes and ladders Mum….pleeeeze?’ begged Jess as they took out the board.

Rebecca took a long hard look. These were her children. Look how big there were. How long was it since she had played with them? And they still wanted her to play. Such simple faith. ‘Yeah sure,’ she replied

‘Yey!’ they yelled, ‘Mum’s gonna play!’

Once they had finished, Rebecca put them to bed. She sat back with a hot cuppa and reflected on the demands of her work. Her family was growing up and she had nearly missed it. A faulty computer had caused her to see them…for the first time. At the end of the day, her boss paid her for her time, but her children loved her – unconditionally. She decided from now on, court reporter would change – Big time.

Here’s some books we have found useful:

  • Successful Self-Publishing: Making and selling your own book, by Sherryl Clark. Hale & Iremonger, NSW, 1998Everything from designing & compiling your own book, what to include, what to leave out, thinking from the publishers perspective, where to publish your book and how to raise the finances to get yourself started.
  • Lonely Planet Guide To Travel Writing, by Don George with Charlotte Hindle. Lonely Planet Publications, 2005.Includes websites, guidelines from the best travel writers in the business, on how to make your travels make money for you.
  • How to Publish Your Newsletter: A Complete Guide to Print and Electronic Newsletter Publishing, by Carol Leurs-Eyman. NY USA: Square One Publishers, 2006.Compiling & editing – learn how to make your newsletter stand out from the rest by learning the tricks of the trade and what mistakes to strategically avoid!

I’ve added them to the Resources page of the website.

‘So you think you work hard, huh? Well, you need to look around you. Some of us work a lot harder than you…go on, take a look.’

I was taken aback. I knew I was a hard worker. In actual fact, I figured I was one of the hardest workers in the office. Now someone was challenging me – someone without a name.

‘Yeah, that’s what I thought. No guts to speak up when someone is sticking your nose in the truth, is there?’

Who exactly was this dude? Why did he feel the need to explain his worth? Insecurity?

I decided to challenge him. ‘OK then, why do you think you’re the hardest worker?’

‘You mean you don’t realise? How many people are working on this floor? No, don’t bother counting…I’ve already done it….sixty eight people. Yeah, that’s right sixty eight people. Now how many printers are there? I can tell you that too….one – me. And I look after all of you workers day in and day out. I am working here before any of you come in the morning and I’m the last one to rest at night.’

‘But wouldn’t you say it wasn’t harder work, just more time consuming?’ I asked.

‘Time consuming! Don’t you realise time is money? I see all of you going on tea or lunch breaks, but no…I never get even one break a day – or pay. I should be getting paid more than all of you put together!

I realised he had one big chip on his shoulder so I’d better tread carefully. ‘Yeah, you’re right…you do work hard but…’

‘But! What do you mean ‘but’? I spend all my days printing reports, statements, letters, photocopying, faxing, sorting papers, in whatever way you want. Black, colour, I’ll even staple the papers if you want me to. See how smart I am. It’s about time you people appreciated me.’

‘Oh but we do appreciate you. I’d like to know something though…what do you do for recreation if you’re always working.’

‘hehehe! Well now, I’d better let you into a little secret. I DON’T GET NONE! Not like you workers who log off and go home to a nice comfy couch and relax. No, I’m stuck in the office 24/7 and never get let out. One time, someone tried to turn me off – they really tried to suck the life out of me, but I showed them.’

‘What did you show them?’ curiosity was getting the better of me.

‘Well, I decided to do the old ‘malfunction – operator error’ trick. They panicked and left me alone.’

‘What about the next day?’

‘What about the next day? When I saw her coming along, I made a few groaning noises and she soon left.’

‘So you fixed her up?’

‘Well…not really, she came back with this man in a uniform holding a small tool box. He proceeded to take some of my insides out while she tried to tell him what was wrong with me….do you know how humiliating it is to be undressed in the office and left exposed so that everyone can see your insides?’

I grinned – but only for a second. I didn’t want to get him off side. ‘No, I don’t suppose it’s nice…did you eventually make up?’

‘Are you serious? Next time I saw her coming, I made sure the print she wanted was smudged…only thing was she made me print the same thing three times before she went to another floor to print the pages. You know, I laughed so hard when she left that someone complained about the whirring sound that I had to stop.’

Well, you really fixed her up, didn’t you. What other malicious things are you planning to do in the office? I don’t want to get on the wrong side of you.’

‘No, you won’t. I like you. You’re the only office worker to ever take the time to listen to me. You don’t treat me like an old printer. You respect me. I don’t mind doing work for you.’

So I left and went back to my computer and printed out a letter. When I went to pick it up from the printer, it read something altogether different:


I knew I had to make peace with this temperamental old load of shit. I decided to change my tactic. I needed another person in the room to do it.

Just then Sonia walked in.

‘Sonia, how’s things going?’

‘Not good I’m afraid. The printer is doing some really weird things.’

‘Oh?’ I queried.

‘Well, the last thing I typed for the boss was apparently ‘unprofessional’. The boss complained until I showed him what my screen said and what the printer printed was miles apart.’

‘So what happened?’

‘The boss has suggested we replace this load of crap for a new state of the art printer. At least that way, we’d get a decent job…..pity, it used to work so well,’ she said as she left the room.

I stayed to see how he’d react. He remained silent.

Finally I spoke. ‘Do you think it might be worth reconsidering your attitude? If you don’t shape up, you are going to be shipped out.’

‘Yeah, well I’ve been thinking about retirement. I’m just wondering what the perks would be?’

‘I can tell you the only perk would be to get complete rest. Nothing to do day in, day out. You’d be piled on top of the scrap heap…’

‘The scrap heap? Isn’t that where they melt you down and…’

‘Yep, sure is, but at least you won’t have to work hard any longer. After all, you’ve earned it.’

‘There’s a lot of life in me yet,’ he argued, ‘they can think what they like, but they can’t get rid of me that easily,’ and with that he began printing bright, colourful posters. Perfectly centred, no mistakes.

‘Who says I can’t do it?’ he cried

‘Well, you’re certainly showing you know your stuff. They might have to reconsider their intentions,’ I commented.

‘You betcha! I’ve got a new lease on life. I might have my whinge every now and then, but basically I’m a good hard worker.’

‘Are you sure?’ I asked, ‘after what you’ve just told me, you’re rather rebellious.’

‘No, from now on, I’m going to try another tactic. I’ll become over efficient. That way, they can’t afford to put me on the scrap heap.’

‘You know, that sounds like a fail proof tactic,’ I encouraged, ‘with that attitude, you can only get better.’

‘I’ll outdo all of you yet. And when you forget to respect me, wolla! I’ll just shut up shop again.’

‘I hear you, but I’m hoping you can work with us, rather than against us.’

‘Yes, of course I can…for the time being.

Its quiet now, all is at rest

I know this is when, my writing is best

Follow my lead, know it is true

My care is sincere, I care about you

Do not neglect to tell me the truth

Maturity’s honest, not only in youth

I’ve no idea, why I’m writing this rhyme

I think it’s because, I’m killing time!

I’m sitting in a park, in Sydney’s Parramatta

Between two streets so all I hear, is the sound of traffic clatter

The park is very tidy, I hear a bird or two

Yet the grass is so very green, and the sky so very blue

I compare it to

Victoria, a state of longtime draught

So long it seems recovery, is in a state of doubt

I love a sunburnt country, yet sometimes I want to cry

It’s not only sunburnt, but the ground is also dry

The trees can’t grow new leaves, foliage withers away

We need to replenish the ground, for the fauna and flora to stay

We don’t want a flood of water, just enough for life in our ground

So we can pass to our children, the pleasures of life that we found.

The value and the demand of presence on the internet has increased manifold over the past few years. The web has become an important part to carry out activities. Hence, in such a situation making your presence influential and attractive is a hectic task.

You can almost find every information, product, and services online. This is the reason, that online business activities are uprooting at a fast pace. This is why, only when your web portal is attractive, more and more people will be attracted to it. The visual appeal of a web portal decides and plays important role in making the website work efficiently.

 What Is a Graphic Design?

 There are many things that are combined to make an appropriate website. Most of the people feel that good information is the only key to attract visitors. However, even if the website is highly useful and is not combined with an apt graphic design, which is basically an art of joining pictures and text in magazines, advertisements or books your web portal would not attract and hold visitors.

Graphic designing plays a major part for those running business based web portals. For them, the need of advertisement can be easily accomplished by using web designs. As whenever you come across a need to publicize or sell anything, or simply have an important instruction or say a message to communicate through the visual medium, graphic designs in form of poster etc., can be used.

 Why Are Graphic Designs Important?

 In order to give your visitors a good view, the graphic designs must be put in the right way. If your web portal is combined with apt graphic designs then it is likely to become popular.

The website owners can form more efficient connectivity with its visitors, who can connect with graphics used online.

Another benefit that web graphics serve is that if your web portal is user-friendly and displays logos to simplify use, the users will be able to navigate through the web pages easily and conveniently, they will not be confused. This will hold them long to your website.

These days making people visit your website is not that difficult, however, making the visitors visit again and again and re-look the graphics can be added advantage for your online business.

We often come across the need to add graphical features like logos; hence, good graphics designs can help you establish a brand name and recognition also. Hence, to make or promote any business or advertisement activity, graphic designs are of utmost importance. Because we cannot always use written or spoken medium to communicate. The need for using graphic or pictures to demonstrate is both useful and necessary.

In order to get perfect graphic designs, which go hand in hand with your company or web portal’s requirements and aims, you must hire or take the assistance of a graphic design company. Many good companies and graphic designers are available these days; however, you must check their professional experience and qualification to acquire best graphic designs in OKC for your web portal.




It is a fact that buying a new home is certainly an important event in a person’s life. It is dream come true for many of us. We do spend a huge amount of money on buying of the dream property. For many, it could be a second, third or even fourth purchase of land, home or apartment. While it certainly is a great event, there are some important points that one should bear in mind when it comes to buying these homes. We are happy to share some useful and pertinent information about the various points and tips that one should keep in mind when you decide to buy such homes. It will be useful in particular to the first time buyers. Many first time buyers often make the mistake of hurrying through the process and in the end, they end up making the wrong choice.

Moving Without A Budget Is Not Recommended

Getting into property buying without a budget in mind would be a wrong approach. Many of us look up few properties and then decide to draw our budget based on what we have come across. This may not be the right way forward. It is quite possible that we could start liking a property but later we could realize that it could be quite expensive. Hence the best way forward would be to ensure that we start moving with a fixed budget. This will help us to look up properties within that budget rather than moving around in circles.


The next important task is to have a closer look at the location of the property. You should not be taken in by the location of the property alone. You must check the neighborhood because more than you, the home will be used by your spouse and children. It must be located not very far away from schools, colleges, public transports, metro services, railway station, and airport. Further, the property should be located in an area whic h is well developed with the best of infrastructure like water, sewage, roads and so on. You should never compromise on this under any circumstances.

Will It Have A Good Resale Value

You also should take into account the resale value of the home. Most Eufaula property buyers miss out on this point. They instead focus on the location, the size of the property, the aesthetics and other such facilities. Choosing wrong properties will lead to a loss when you would like to sell it at a later point of time. Hence, this is also a very critical and vital point which must be given the importance it deserves.

Financing Options & Additional Costs


Most home buyers have to depend on mortgages to fund their properties. Hence, the onus must be on you to ensure that you do your homework properly. You must not get into the act of buying the property unless you are sure about the finances. You also must take into account additional costs which could be over and above the estimate which you may have planned. Quite a few times, you would like to do some additional work to your property and the same will most certainly push the price by a few thousand dollars. You would better to look for some homes for sale which could be well within your budget and mortgage requirements.

How to Make Your E-commerce Site User Friendly

With the passage of time, online shopping is gaining more and more popularity and hence, if you are planning to start a new venture or you are an existing business, planning to scale up your business endeavors, you can certainly start your E-commerce website. However, the domain is extremely challenging and hence, you need to do something exceptionally well to out pace your competitors and taste business success. Here are the most important tricks and tips for developing the most robust E-commerce platform.

Try to give the buyers the liberty from the compulsion for registration

If you are aspiring for the best E-commerce website design, try to give the buyers the liberty from the compulsion to register with your website. This will minimize their efforts for getting started to use your services and more importantly, they will have the feeling that you honor their choice.

You may still try to make them register with your website by offering some special deals or offering them the chances to receive newsletters for free. This way, you can make the navigation easier for your buyers and still boost their engagement with your brand.

Make the user-interface as simple as possible

As an E-commerce website, your page will be accessed by users with all levels of technical expertise. Hence, you should try to make the user-interface as simple as possible. Remember, if you have to give the users the finest experience that boosts the engagement with your brand, you will inevitably require conceiving a design that it will make easier for the buyers to use the website.

The top e-commerce website follow this instance and if truth be told, this is one of the key factors beyond the massive popularity of these web pages. Hence, you will certainly do it wise to step into their shoes.

Incorporate a robust search function

Another important part to accomplish is the incorporation of a search function that will make it easier for the buyers to find the products and services that they are looking for. If your web page is not having such functions, it will take more time for the buyers to find the relevant solutions to their needs and it might churn the prospect out of your page.

On the other hand, such functions will make it easier for the buyers to find what they are looking for and it will give them a better user experience that will enhance their engagement with your brand and thus, you can expect more repeat sales from the existing customers.

Most importantly, ensure that you are offering a secure payment platform and your website is robust to retain the confidentiality and privacy of the personal and banking details of the customers. This will give the customers more confidence to deal with your website and hence, you can expect advancement of your business at a faster pace.

Follow these simple yet effective tricks and tips to establish your e-commerce website strongly among the community of the global buyers.

We all know that buying or selling land, homes or commercial properties is a complex process, in this scenario people often seek help from real estate brokers to settle things easily.

Meaning and Role of Real Estate Brokers

A Eufaula real estate broker is an agent who helps in buying and selling properties anytime.They basically act as a middle man in dealing with real estates and properties and also provide documentations for the same. Real estate brokers are licensed entities managing their own businesses. Selling real estate owned by others, helping clients in buying and selling properties and also processing rent. The aim of a real estate broker is to receive a commission after every successful sale and completion of all real estate documentations and transactions between the seller and the buyer. Sometimes commissions are divided among different parties or brokers who participated in the process of the successful transaction.

How can they help you in selling your land or other properties?

Nearly every real estate brokers deal with selling of your land and residential properties along with commercial property, including industrial, agricultural and many other types of real estates. Land brokerage is a complex platform in the real estate business. Land value analysis is determined by more than one factor, actually many. Therefore a land broker must have proper knowledge about local land ordinances, zoning, and environmental factors. Real estate brokers helps you manage with buying, selling and renting your properties. Real estate brokers also gives you useful advice regarding price hikes, mortgages, marketing norms and other relevant information that may help you cope up with the current trending market strategies. They also help you in experimenting and comparing different properties making it easier to determine the current market price of any property.

Lists are generated by brokers mentioning the properties for sale with detailed location and features to potential buyers. They also promote properties via advertisements on various channels. Eufaula Real estate Company provides sight seeing of properties for sale or rent to potential buyers and renters. They also give purchase offers to attract more customers and increase the chances of sale. The best advantage of taking the help of a real estate broker is that they will make sure that all terms of buying contracts are satisfactorily met.

Real estate brokers takes responsibility for preparing your documents like purchase agreements, loyalty contracts, and deeds to name a few and therefore making your work a lot lesser and hassle-free. Brokers represent you in each transaction made. Brokers convince buyers, makes estimation and put forward your deal. A real estate broker takes up the pain to find genuine buyers for you. All of your paper works are made ready by them with you just sitting and relaxing. They perform all the work on your behalf.

Final words

In simple words real estate brokers are a boon to the society. Their structural and marketing knowledge makes selling and renting of lands and properties easier. You find it much simpler to sell away your land and properties at higher values without much hassle.

There are all kinds of ways to get people to visit your website, but to do so successfully is a new art form. One of the best ways is to use local search engine optimization, or SEO. Even if you have a small business, investing in a company to manage your SEO is well worth the investment; the dividends result in increased sales.

Search engine optimization helps to get your website on the first page of any search featuring your product or service. Being on the first page is important because that is where most consumers select the website to click on and subsequently, purchase the item they are looking for. When searching for a product or service, oftentimes several pages of results will be available. Most people do not choose to go through every single page, so being on the front page or close to the front page is the place to be seen. Online marketing is used to get your site ranked highly on search engines like Bing, Google, Yahoo and more, as well as various business directories, including Superpages and Yelp! The content on your page is localized for a certain area, such as bicycle shops in Seattle so that anyone doing a search for bikes in Seattle will be lead to your site. Adding the city, county or region where the business is located can help drive local business to your site. Posting community events and neighborhood information to your site’s blog can also stir up some local interest.

Also important in  local SEO is making sure that you include your company on online business directories that include your business name, address, phone number and the product or service that you offer. Make sure you claim your business’s website on Google my Business to increase your ranking on their search engine (and do the same with Bing, etc). Getting on local lists will help, and being responsive to review sites like Superpages and Yelp, where customers can leave their feedback is imperative. It shows that you are engaged with your customers, and you genuinely care about their thoughts and experiences. online advertising gives you an opportunity to make a bad situation better by offering a solution or replacement article, or it gives you the opportunity to thank those who have given you a good rating. This can also enhance your ranking on local searches! You can also ask loyal clients to leave a positive review on your website; this will attract new clients because recommendations ring true. Word of mouth is the best advertising!

Additionally, you can work with other websites and businesses to link to your website, adding credibility to your product or service. Backlinking from a prominent site can increase your website’s visibility and in turn, create more business.

Essentially, utilizing seo marketing is an excellent way to introduce people to your business and, if done properly by an SEO expert, you can stay ahead of your competition in your neighborhood market. Investing in local SEO is investing in the future of advertising!

It seems like the American Dream:  owning a quaint little house on a lake with an amazing view. Or, maybe your dream includes a massive estate overlooking a lake with your very own dock. Whatever your lake house dream looks like, there are a few items to consider before “diving in”.

When you set out on your search for the perfect lake home, the home itself is vastly important, but so is the lake itself. If you are looking for a quiet, little spot, you may not want a home in a very touristy location, due to the excessive traffic. Also, if you are looking to spend your days fishing only to find out your home is situated on a lake with terrible fishing, and unappealing water, you may regret your home choice. You may think that perfect little beach in front of your home is your private oasis, only to find out it is a public piece of land. Look at the plat of the land to ensure what you see if what you purchase. Consult with a real estate agents Eufaula OK, who is familiar with the area and ask the neighbors about the lake itself. You may learn it is a hot spot for spring breakers or that it is ideal for swimming and relaxation.

When buying a lakefront homes for sale lake Eufaula OK, you may be responsible for the upkeep of the surrounding area and the beaches. This may be governed by a homeowner’s association, who may also dictate the color of your house, the upkeep of the yard and any common areas. The associations may restrict the number of people you can house at one time, rental opportunities and even the number of vehicles you can park at the home.

If you decide to purchase a lakefront property, recognize that not only is the home expensive, the upkeep is expensive, as well. Maintaining and replacing a septic system can be a costly expenditure, as is homeowner’s insurance. If someone is experiences an accident on the lake while as your guest, you can be held responsible. Make sure you are adequately covered if you intend to buy a home on a lake.

Before you buy, consider the purpose of the home. Will it be your full-time residence? If you are still going to work, you will want to determine your commute, or if you are working from home, you will want to know if you have access to the internet, for example. The seclusion and remoteness you seek may not be conducive to an internet based home business. If you intend to use the property as a weekend getaway or a summer vacation home, you don’t want to spend the majority of your time pulling weeds and cleaning the inside of your home.  If you don’t live at the home full time, you may have to enlist the help of someone to keep your home free of citations and monetary assessments You can look for local companies to keep up on landscaping, and keep the place clean. You can even enlist the services of a concierge service to prepare for you visit so you can maximize your time at the lake.

You can also rent the home to vacationers when you are not using it. This will certainly help with the costs associated with the home, especially if the home is in a marketable place. However, if the home requires a six-mile drive on a bumpy, dirt road, you may not find as many vacationers willing to make the trek. You must also remember that everyone who rents your house may not treat it like their house, and you may find they have broken items, ruined furniture and been a general nuisance. It’s certainly a risk renting your home to others, but a property management company can help screen any potential renters.

Probably the most important factor when looking to buy a lakeside home is the overall cost. Whether it will be your primary residence or a weekend escape, you will want to know you can either pay cash for the place or if you can qualify for a loan, especially if it is a second home. You will want to consider all the additional costs associated with the house, like a homeowner’s association fee, any costs assessed for maintaining the lake, and the costs for a concierge or property management service. While the idea of owning a lake home might be a dream, it can easily become a nightmare if you are not properly prepared. To truly know if lake home ownership is for you, consider renting a home in the lakeside location you are considering your purchase. You may want to stay during the off season, especially if the home is going to be a full-time residence or you’re looking to recoup some money by renting it out. This way you can see if the home is comfortable in all seasons, and you can assess the home’s accessibility to others in the rain and snow. Weather is a key factor in finding your lakeside home. If the home is in an area where it rains frequently, you will want to make sure the home you want to buy is not susceptible to flooding. Humidity can be a problem, too, by attracting bugs and even fostering mildew inside the home.

Still not sure you want to commit to being a lake home owner? A possibility is sharing the home with another friend or family member as a vacation home. This way, you can share the costs and the responsibilities but still have a home away from home to enjoy. The drawback, of course, is you both may want to be at the house at the same time, so sharing a place takes careful planning. As a precaution, it might be a good idea to have written rules for using the home to avoid any misunderstandings.

Owing a lake home can be a fun, exciting, dream come true, with planning and preparation. Happy home hunting!

If you suffer from headaches, gastrointestinal issues, anxiety, depression, back pain or you have suffered a sports injury, and conventional pain management hasn’t alleviated the problem, you may want to consider the standard Chinese medical practice of acupuncture. Acupuncture has been practiced for centuries and it is based on the concept that chi, or energy, flows through and around your body. Illness and pain occurs when something blocks the chi and acupuncture, or the practice of inserting thin needles into the skin to unlock the energy flow. These acupuncture points are located along channels of energy, called meridians, and in addition to the needles, acupuncturists can use pressure, heat, or even a mild electrical current to help the chi’s natural flow. These treatments can help to correct the imbalances in the overall function of the body’s organs. While Eastern medicine speaks to the chi, Western medicine focuses on the belief that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals trigger the release of hormones influencing the body’s own internal regulating system to address the pain.

The first step is locating an experienced acupuncturist. He or she will provide a thorough examination, determine your level of pain and assess your overall health. The provider will then check the pressure points on your body that are blocked, determining the correct points to place the needles. The needles will then be inserted into your skin either with you face down, face up, or on your side, depending on the placement of sterile needles. Several very thin needles will be placed into the skin, at times in groups. These sessions can last anywhere from fifteen minutes to up to an hour and some people choose to have ongoing sessions to relieve pain. While some people may think that acupuncture might be painful, most patients assert that it is not. The acupuncturist may roll the needle back and forth, apply slight pressure to the area or use heat or electrical current on the needle. There may be some slight pressure as the needle is inserted and it may tingle, itch, feel numb or even feel sore. These sensations are an indication that the chi is being unblocked. The number of treatments depends you will need to undergo is contingent upon the type of illness or pain from which you are suffering. For complex issues, frequent visits over the course of months may be necessary.

Acupuncture is being used in conjunction with traditional medical treatments to control pain and to help with other illnesses that don’t respond to the regular treatments. Medical acupuncture is used by trained physicians who also are medical doctors who combine the Eastern and Western medical philosophies. Acupuncture has been used to control pain after surgery as well as relief from the after effects of chemotherapy as well as the treatment of other medical conditions, and has even proven effective in weight loss. You can also ask your specially trained medical doctor to use acupuncture for digestive problems, including diarrhea, constipation, gastritis and colon issues. Acupuncture has been proven to be effective in the treatment of respiratory disorders, neurological disorders, urinary, menstrual, reproductive problems, and additional physical problems related to stress and emotional conditions.

Acupuncture has been proven to be effective in pain management. Clinical studies have shown that people with frequent headaches who have undergone acupuncture treatments reported fewer headaches than patients who were treated with traditional painkillers. Acupuncture has also proven to combat gastrointestinal issues, even better than antacids. Upper GI issues have been tied to stress and acupuncture causes a decrease in stomach acid and speeds up digestion, alleviating the pain associated with indigestion and acid reflux. Additionally, athletes have found that acupuncture helps to increase the flow of oxygenated blood which helps with healing. And if you suffer from anxiety or depression, acupuncture has proven to offer a mental boost caused by the release of neuro transmitters in your body that affect your mood. Acupuncture is an effective alternative for patients who cannot tolerate anti-depression medication and its side effects. Another benefit of acupuncture is its effectiveness in weight loss. If traditional weight loss methods fail, the ancient, alternative treatment of acupuncture may do the trick. Additional, acupuncture is also commonly used to alleviate back pain (just like from a chiropractor) because it increases blood flow to tissues and muscles. It may be a viable option if you have difficulty with pain medication and considering the opioid epidemic, acupuncture is an excellent substitute.

While there are some side effects, the benefits of acupuncture can certainly outweigh them. While the initial thought of sticking needles into your skin may leave you apprehensive, once you experience the benefits of the treatment, the anxiety will disappear. After treatment, some patients can experience a change in appetite, sleep habits and even have urination and bowel issues. Patients may also feel extreme relaxation after a treatment or a sudden release of emotions; all of these are indications that the acupuncture is working and that the chi is flowing properly. In rare cases, some people feel soreness, dizziness and nausea but the vast majority of patients just feel fatigued after an acupuncture treatment.

It is important to find an acupuncturist who is licensed or for a medical doctor who also has a specialization in acupuncture treatment. Individual states issue the licenses, based on the certification results from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. An acupuncturist should have passed the exam they administer and have at least 1800 hours of practical training. Medical acupuncturists, doctors who also engage in acupuncture care, are required to have their medical degree and training from the American Board of Medical Acupuncture; find someone who is well recommended and with whom you feel comfortable. You will want to discuss your particular situation with your provider to ensure your best care. You may also want to contact your medical insurance provider; more than likely acupuncture will not be covered and you will be responsible for the costs.

Pen 2 Print Is Upgrading Its Network

In an attempt to upgrade our network and provide our writers with the tools needed to succeed online we have liquidated our entire inventory of des

computer liquidation

Computer liquidation in progress.

ktop computers and opted for tablets and laptops in exchange. We hired a computer liquidation company to come in, take inventory, shred our hard drives, and properly dispose of the waste.

Out With The Old

The old desktop towers were still running Windows XP and were way out of date. We made the transition from the Windows operating system and have ventured to the Macintosh line of tablets and computers. The apps seemed more stable and there appears to be less system downtime from OS crashes and other unstable program errors. The Apple hardware also seems to process faster and all around has been a great improvement.

In With The New

Now that we have modernized our technology with hardware and software that is current we are ready for a new wave of projects that we feel we can manage better with the new technology we have implemented in our offices. The team has embraced the transition to Mac-based writing tools and have already noticed a drastic difference in performance.

Computers And The Future

We hope that liquidating our assets and upgrading to the Apple-based systems was the right call.

Newly purchased computers

New Office Computers

There are so many cloud-based tools available that it’s hard to identify what should be purchased and installed on the actual machines, and what should be leveraged from the cloud. As the technology advances who know where the future will take us, there may be a time where laptops and tablets are no longer the norm and liquidating them will become the solution to advance. Whatever the case may be, we are ready to perform at a high level now with our new computers, fast processors, stable operating systems, and cloud storage solutions from Google. We are excited about the now, but also excited about what the future holds for us and our team of creative writers.

Local Church Enlists New Jersey Moving Company To Transport Publications


Was it an act of God? Nope! It was a kind act from a team of movers in NJ. After publishing  thousands of pamphlets for an upcoming sermon, a local Church found itself in need of distribution. There was a mistake when the order was made and 10,000 extra pamphlets were printed. church publicationsThe Church was rather small in size and had nowhere to store all the moving boxes filled with Christian literature, so they called upon a local business that specialized in moving and storing boxes. After coordinating the first pickup, the guys came back with their truck and offered to make another run to the storage unit. As discussions progressed, it was suggested that the movers take the truck full of Christian literature down to the local homeless shelter and hand them out. The moving truck pulled up and opened the back doors, volunteers also showed up to help distribute the pamphlets to those in need of some Godly support. They were able to hand out a few hundred pamphlets to those in need, the rest were taken back to the storage unit where they were unloaded and packaged up for a later date.

The impressive part about this story is that the gentlemen operating the moving truck made that second effort free of charge. It was a blessing, one that was not expected and nobody saw it coming. The thoughtfulness of a couple of moving guys to take time out of their day, gas from their truck, and offer their assistance with this was unbelievable. They say the Lord works in mysterious ways, but there was nothing mysterious about this act of kindness and  good will.

Due to this single act of kindness the Church has decided not to call on any other moving companies in NJ for future moves. This team of movers have officially become the movers of choice within the Church and continue to be used by members of our congregation and by community members outside of it.

This post will address care and the important health problems of the popular relied upon and trusted, carbon water filters. A carbon water filter is among the most common kinds of water purification system used in houses. There are several important reasons why bi-carbonate filters are the number one pick for cleaning the tap water up nationally.

Competitive promotion as an effect of exceptionally high gains and low production costs. Carbon filters do remove many substance and cancer-causing materials and are comparatively cheap when compared with distillation, deionization and reverse osmosis and this approach to water purification is preferable, since there’s a high profit margin. Sadly, many of the producers or salespeople, aren’t coming in cannot do and what a carbon will can. As opposed to mentioning what it can not do, the exaggerate and will amplify the favorable facets of the filter.

Carbon filters are so simple to install and aren’t complicated. If they can be told that dangerous materials are removed by a carbon filter and it does so more affordable than some other system and the water will taste and smell that is good enough for most folks. Many dangerous substances are really removed by carbon filters and carcinogens. What about the dangerous toxins and materials filters don’t remove? The activated carbon removes most of the lousy flavors and odors. Our perception of scent, vision and flavor can be flatly and readily deceived! Just in case you’re not aware, most of materials and the dangerous chemicals are odorless, colorless and tasteless. As a result, most folks don’t get concerned so as long as their water seems clear, odors OK and flavor fine. Most filter systems use replaceable cartridges which might be not difficult to replace.

It isn’t an issue of how simple a filter can be altered, but instead when to shift it. Consequently, they start to pile up in bigger amounts than what might be safe amounts based on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not understanding at what stage the filter is complete or carrying all the substances it can, bigger amounts of substance than are discovered can readily be pushed loose by the pressure of the water passing by. Altering the permitted PPM of specific substances to high amounts that were concentrated discharged into your glass. Carbon filters will clog driving the water. This procedure is called channeling. Channeling supplies an unrestricted flow for pollutants and the water to pass the filter through, completely negating the carbons skill to keep the pollutants. You’ll not understand there was a serious issue, nor when to alter the filter unless there was a striking change in the filters flow.

The unsuccessful water filter out there is the little one which attaches to your own faucet spout and you push on a button for the water. That small miniature filter will not include enough carbon because of this to occur. The water speeds through giving nothing up. The organic materials which are captured by the filter are not incapable of rotting. So, if you leave the carbon water filter fresh for lengthy intervals, mold will probably grow inside of it. As well as mold, a filter could be a breeding ground for bacteria.

Why leave anything that isn’t desired by the body in the water? Take outside everything! You spend hundreds on TV or a computer which does nothing for longevity or your health, on achieving great, clean, pure, clear, wholesome H2O spend several dollars. Lots of people have water which is not overly alkaline. Sadly, the pH balance of the water can not alter. The minerals that cause in the water dissolve and pass right. So if you’ve got water that is acidic, it’s going to be acidic after going through the carbon water filter.

Undissolved solids generally clog the filter up. These clogs will dramatically reduce the average life of the filter. If your water has a sediment issue, you are going to likely need certainly to use a separate sediment pre-filter from destroying your carbon water filter to keep clogs. Among the last disadvantages of a carbon water filter is that specific dangerous materials are not removed by them from your water. The filter will do nothing to eliminate toxic metals that contaminate the water or harmful nitrates. Because it is going to lose its efficacy as time passes the system needs regular filter replacement. Such a water filter can also be incapable of getting rid of specific dangerous materials and altering the pH balance of the water. Additionally, a carbon water filter is susceptible to mold and clogs if they’re left unused for a very long time frame.