Monthly Archives: April 2013

Breaking News – Mother Goose Gets Hit By Merger Mania

Mergers have taken over the world. My very first bank – Bell Federal – has long merged with LaSalle Bank, and now if I want to talk to someone about my mortgage, I have to call a place I never even heard of before – Troy, Michigan! Here in Chicago, Marshall Field’s has been swallowed up lock, stock and barrel by MACY’S – almost bringing about second Revolutionary War.

Now, just think about what would happen if our beloved Mother Goose friends were also to be bitten by the Deadly Merger Bug. Let’s start off with pretty Little Bo Peep. The same day that she found her sheep, she bumped into her old friend, Goldilocks, and they immediately went to the home of The Three Bears and did some negotiating – and they are now known as the jazz group, Peep, Goldi and the Bears. Now look at poor lean Jack Spratt. He and his hearty wife stopped to chat with Simple Simon as he was going to the Fair. Deciding to merge together, they made lots of dough selling their wares. And what about Old Mother Hubbard whose cupboard was always bare? She moved in with Little Jack Horner while he was relishing his Christmas pie, and they became known as H&H, Horner and Hubbard, and their business grew and grew and she no longer had any worries about feeding Fido. The Famous Three Blind Mice moved in to the cupboard, and made a nice comfortable home for themselves, but they continued to squeal an awful lot.

Little Boy Blue blew his horn one day and was overjoyed to discover that his music had led him to find that frolicsome twosome, Jack and Jill; the poor kids got lost as they trudged up that hill. They got together and created Jack and Jill’s Horn of Plenty English Tea Shoppe. One day the Cat and his Fiddle came over to cheer up Little Miss Muffet, who had fallen off her tuffet and then all got together as they went over to say hello to Old King Cole, who called on his Fiddlers Three and they incorporated themselves as Music a la Mode and played at the king’s fabulous birthday party. After quite a bit of trouble, Humpty Dumpty got himself together and limped over for needed rehab to the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. She worked hard to get Humpty completely back to his old self, and he reciprocated by starting up Humpty’s Bedie-By Service, 24-hour care for tough toddlers.

Best in the Online Music World – Free and Easy Download of Your Favorite Songs

Music is one of the most preferred choices of content in when it comes to downloading on the Internet. No wonder digital music revolution caused by best free online music sites makes for the breaking news in technology news bulletin these days.

All one needs to do is hit the alphabet keys on the keyboard of your PC and type the name of your favorite artist or band and, in just few seconds, melodies by that musician (and related genera of music) will pour out to the desktop. Most of these best free online music sites use the digital compression tools to minimize the volume of music files thus they make it effortless to store and also ensure swift downloading. It is convenient and yet one does not have to compromise in matters of sound quality.

Some of most popular free online music sites

MySpace Music – It is free, and browsers gain instantaneous and direct access to a massive collection of songs. Since the site has legal agreements to exhibit the records of the four chief brands: Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, EMI, and Warner Music Group – so it is completely legal. Zillions of artists already have pages on the site.

Jamendo – It is also a free of charge legal download music site that includes music from new and upcoming artists from all genres of music. The user may explore by genre as well as by country to locate musicians from all across the world. The site also allows the user to write review on the music they listen to. The iRATE in Jamendo aids listeners to come across other music fans on Jamendo who have similar tastes.

FreeMP3Mail – It is one of the most popular free authorized download sites. In this site, the user needs to make an account by furnishing the site email address and password particulars. Whenever FreeMP3Mail posts new complimentary music, the songs or albums are mailed to the user’s email.

There are zillions of such other web sites that we read in technology news bulletins everyday that allow one to download music free of cost. Nevertheless, one must be careful that in the process the website does not put spy ware or virus on your computer.

Latest Craze – Collection of Latest and Popular Online Music Videos

The internet has made its presence felt almost in all areas. In recent years, it has widely captured the attention of all music lovers from all across the world and allowed them watch their favorite music videos online. Online music videos and songs have broken the blockade of language, society and country.

It doesn’t matter, you are looking for jazz song videos, old or the hottest new music videos, video info websites have provided an online platform to find the all kinds of music videos that you love to watch. In fact, videos info sites and video search engines has became the host for a plethora of online music videos both user-generated as well professionally produced. Besides this, these days there are many video info sites that have introduced the concepts like “vote-up”. The concept of vote up or down helps in knowing the popularity of the particular music video.

Online video websites beyond doubt has certainly brought an extraordinary video thrill across the web world. Indeed, one’s personal collection of various music videos seems to be the hottest obsession of internet users, especially among the younger generation.

Why collecting online videos are getting popular?

One of the major reasons is that one can keep a particular video in his or her own personal media collection. This has helped avid music fans who like to keep copies of music videos.

Another key reason for its growing popularity is now people need not have to wait for the music VJ to play their particular song. Besides this, you need not have to wait for long hours to watch your favorite artists perform or pass the time for your favorite music video to appear on the screen. Once you collect video, you have the convenience of watching the music video clips anywhere and anytime. With various video info websites, you have many advantages to enjoy online.

How to collect online videos?

Today the process of collecting music videos is very simple. These social video info sites offer the best way for you to collect your videos and share them with your social circle. It provides you with a personal channel where you can embed the music videos you have found on the web. By embedding those videos you make them viewable and remotely locate media files wherever and whenever you choose.

Collecting online music videos are nothing more than collections of hyperlinks pointing to music files located on websites throughout the Internet. Video websites generally permits you to stream the data in those music files you have found so that you can listen to the music contained in those files. When you press the “play button” associated with a hyperlink on any video info websites, the remote server hosting the song directly begins to stream the data that further allows you to hear and view the song.

Breaking News! The Holidays Are Coming and YOU Can Stay Healthy

Yes, we’ve all been there before – early January comes and we’re feeling sluggish, heavy, bloated, and perhaps a bit guilty. I’m on a mission to revolutionize how we take care of ourselves, all year long. But the best place and time to start is here and now.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the “Festive Season” rolls in quickly after. It can often seem a bit overwhelming, so many events geared around food, seeing family & friends, getting all the work done before you go off work or traveling. Or maybe it’s just tough to be at home with a chill in the air, comforting, warm food in the house, and to NOT overeat.

I’ve put together my 7 best tips on how to care for yourself during these next couple of months – through all of the celebrations and all of the invites. And I’d like to invite you to join me in self-care without deprivation. Yes, I mean it – no dieting, no self-punishment or torture. Let’s aim to get to January feeling great, feeling strong, and feeling nurtured.

7 Empowering Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

1) Be your own friend.

You, whether you fully accept it or not, are a human being, and you have amazing, wonderful qualities. Choosing unhealthy food choices (whether it’s foods that aren’t good for us, healthy foods in too large quantity, or both) is always a sign that you arenot valuing yourself in the way you deserve. Before you make these choices, just take a minute to think about how great you really are – think of your 3 best qualities, nice things you’ve done for someone else lately, and/or what your friends really love about you. And know that these good qualities – they are your truth.

2) Always acknowledge that you have a choice.

The diet industry doesn’t want us to believe that we are powerful enough to make our own choices. They make a heck of a lot of money on the premise that you’re not. Then they get to tell you what to do.

I’m telling you, YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE. You can choose to eat German chocolate cake all day long, you can get up early and go running, you can get drunk every night, or you can base every meal around fresh veggies. All of these have consequences. But know that the choice is YOURS and YOU ARE CHOOSING the results as well. Your friend who wants you to join her in one last piece of pie does not have the power to make you do so – you can say yes, you can say no. You can take the pie home if you want, for later. It’s you who makes the choice. And sometimes, of course, you will join her for that pie. Just make sure YOU choose to do so. It’s totally liberating when we realize that we do have the power of choice.

I don’t care if you say you want to feel great in the morning, and then you gorge yourself on 8 beefsteaks & a cheesecake, and feel sick. Well, really I do care, but it’s not my choice. It’s not something I’m going to do for you. It HAS to come from you. And you need to know you are making ALL of your own choices.

3) Keep drinking.

Water that is, in whatever form works best for you. Carry a water bottle with you if you like, or a thermos & drink herbal tea. Lemon & ginger tea is a great combo this time of year – detoxing, warming & soothing. If you stay hydrated, I promise you, your food cravings will be less – they may still be there, of course, but they will be less.

If you plan on drinking alcohol (and remember it’s your choice), then increase your water intake even more – perhaps have a pint glass of water for every one of booze. Whatever works to remind yourself to drink water. And, of course, remember that if you drink alcohol at all, your judgment will be compromised so you’ll be less aware of what you’re eating. I’m not saying don’t drink, just be conscious of what you’re choosing, so if drinking & losing control is an issue for you, then you can have a plan to be prepared for it.

4) Choose your own guidelines ahead of time.

If I’m going to a big party, event, or gathering where I know there’ll be great food served for hours at a time, I try to tune into myself and the situation before I go. How hungry am I now & how long do I have before I’ll need to eat? What foods am I craving today? Is it a holiday & I really want the foods associated with that day? It helps me to know how long I’ll have before I’m truly hungry, and to keep a mental guide with me in while I’m at the event.

What works best for me is to work out how long it will be before I’m hungry, then to hold off eating until then, and to consciously choose* what will feed me best in that moment. In doing so, I’m not depriving myself and I’m not overeating. I’m making choices, which will help me to satisfy myself and feel good later.

*I know it’s not always easy to consciously choose what you’re going to eat if you’re at a dinner party, but in these cases you can consciously choose to be present & relaxed, and to still choose how much of it you will eat. Just because someone serves you a huge plate of their food, it doesn’t mean you have to finish it.

5) Wherever you are, whatever you eat, eat it slowly.

This one’s quite straightforward. The more you chew your food, and the slower you eat it, the better you will digest it, and the less chance you will eat too much. How slow is slow enough? You can count your chews, if you like, but it’s not the most social of behaviours. Better off, just slow down, and try to be one of (if not the) last ones to finish. If you’re always the first one done, then this especially applies to you!

6) Celebrate & Have a Good Time.

You know you can celebrate by doing other things than eating! In fact, food should play only a small part in a good party. Good conversation, dancing, perhaps walks outside, helping to cook, serve or clean up, playing and making art with children, playing music/singing, offering to walk the dog, offering to get people drinks, helping to decorate or light the fire…the list could go on and on…there are always more ways to celebrate and there are always other things to be done at parties.

7) Make sure you get adequate self-care throughout the whole season, beginning now.

Start taking immune-building herbs today (if you are unfamiliar with this idea, ask a local herbalist or health-food shop). Cold & flu season, combined with overindulgence & stress is just a recipe for illness. Start building your immune system, get regular exercise throughout the winter months (maybe start a new exercise class in November or December, instead of in the New Year), and make sure to treat yourself (at least once a week, if possible) to things like warm baths, body massage or reflexology, healing sessions, quality time with close friends & loved ones. And keep laughing – it’s great for you.