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Surviving The Day Job Six Easy Lessons

(category: Writing, Word count: 141)
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Before I became a full-time writer, I had a job counting envelopes. Not colored envelopes or large manila envelopes, mind you, but white #10 envelopes. I had to count them in series of a hundred. Even now I can see them flashing in my eyes as I flipped through them, blinding myself as though I were looking out at a blanket of snow polished by the sun with dilated pupils. At the end of the day I'd leave the office with spots in my eyes.

Why I had to count envelopes for six hours a day, I don't know (I blocked out most of the experience, I do remember however that the temp agency who gave me the assignment thought it was a perfect introduction to the work world for a recent college graduate

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Environmental Protection Vision And Confusion

(category: Environmental, Word count: 409)
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Many environmental protection lawsuits turn on the question of who has standing; are the legal issues limited to property owners, or does the general public have a right to intervene?

Environmental protection law is a body of law, which is a system of complex and interlocking statutes, common law, treaties, conventions, regulations and policies which seeks to protect the natural environment which may be affected, impacted or endangered by human activities.

One of the earliest environmental protection lawsuits to establish that citizens may sue for environmental and aesthetic harms was Scenic Hudson Preservation Conference v. Federal Power Commission, decided in 1965 by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The case helped halt the construction of a power plant on Storm King Mountain in New York State.

The Environmental Movement has three main roots: Conservation of natural resources, preservation of wilderness and the movement to reduce pollution and improve urban life.

Some people are skeptical of the environmental movement and feel that it is more deeply rooted in politics than science. Although there have been serious debates about climate change and effects of some pesticides and herbicides that mimic animal sex steroids, science has shown that the claims of environmentalists have creedence, that we are indeed experiencing human-induced climate change, and that there are serious side effects in the over-application of pesticides and herbicides.

Largely due to this political critique and confusion, and a growing concern with the environmental health problems caused by pesticides, some serious biologists and ecologists created the scientific ecology movement which would not confuse empirical data with visions of a desirable future world.

However, the environmental movement today persists in many smaller local groups, usually within ecoregions, furthering spiritual and aesthetic values which Thoreau or those who rewrote Chief Seattle's Reply would recognize.

The visions and confusions, however, persist. The new tribalist vision of society, for example, echoes the concerns of the original environmentalists to a degree. And the more local groups increasingly find that they benefit from collaboration, e.g. on consensus decision making methods, or making simultaneous policy, or relying on common legal resources, or even sometimes a common glossary.

Despite all the political talk and dispute among environmental groups; we can all agree on one thing: Each individual must take good care of mother earth while he or she is here - a borrowed time that eventually is passed on to the next generation.

Thank you for your time.

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Coaching Celebrities

(category: Celebrities, Word count: 770)
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I've kept the same cell phone number for the past 7-8 years. I've lived in NYC, NC and now Florida and in all that time, I've never changed phone numbers. Nor will I. Sure, it's inconvenient for my mom who lives across town to have to dial a NYC phone to get me and I'm only a few miles away, but for me it's worth it.

I have clients that still call me periodically for coaching that used this cell phone years ago. They like knowing that I'm just a call away if they need me. Several of these clients would probably have names that you might recognize, and don't use a coach on a regular basis, but if the need arises, they know I'm there.

I've spent a large part of my career working with and for celebrities. Whether I marketing for them, do PR for them or consult and coaching with the them, I've made a part of my career working in that market. As a result, I've gotten to know many agents, publicists and Event Planners.

I also coach individuals in business. Right now, it seems that a large bulk of my clients are in new jobs, businesses or about to make a transition. I don't work by contract, only on an as needed basis. Some of my clients show up every week. Others are clients that are only once a month. I'm flexible because my clients are busy. So am I, and I'm fine with them rescheduling with me a day in advance.

I started coaching this way because the high profile clients that I served couldn't meet on a regular basis. They were traveling or unavailable at normal business times so I made allowances for them. As my business and experience grew, I found that working with high profile types was going to be different than a traditional client that may be.

I work on a project basis with many of these high profile types. Some of them are high level executives, besides celebrities and I'm there as a personal consultant that they call upon for many different issues. Most of them found me through the communication coaching that I provide and we've kept the relationship going through the years. Whenever they call I merely write it down and keep a log. I usually bill once a month. On projects, I'll estimate a cost for the project and always try to come in under the estimate.

I have clients that will fly in for the day and for that, my fees are a bit higher than on the phone. It's a concentrated coaching session that can deal with family issues to creating a work out schedule or recreating a brand or speech. We've discovered projects to create that they can market and we've written the outline of books.

I noticed right up front that celebrities are keenly aware that people try to make a buck off of them so I actually charge them less in some cases. Regardless, overestimating the bill is the way to go, and they always appreciate the financial break. I learned this early on when I had a repeat customer and I sent a bill that she questioned. She didn't feel that I had put in that much time with her so I told her that I had struggled with the bill myself because the project was so "off and on". So, I told her to rip up my invoice and to pay me what she thought she should. I got a nice check in the mail that was just a little bit less than I had originally charged and it had a nice note attached. It was definitely the right decision because I've continued to coach this person here and there over the last many years.

Coaching high profile types are a great gig if you can get it. But don't make the mistake of holding to your exact requirements or you might lose a client in the process. The ones that I know appreciate my willingness to be flexible with my schedule and to reschedule if something else comes up. I'm fair with the money and I always try to deliver more than promised.

I love the coaching people who are successful, energetic and ambitious. They never refuse a challenge and they're always up for new ideas. They appreciate others who are hard working like them.

That is why I keep my cell phone number the same. Being available to these people is the name of the game.

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Sports Collectibles And Memorabilia

(category: Sports-Recreation, Word count: 328)
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Collection of sports memorabilia or sports collectibles, antique or modern is restricted by two factors: the money available and the space to be occupied. Once having decided on these basic factors, then it becomes a personal affair. The collectors taste may lead to Basketball Memorabilia, Baseball Memorabilia, NASCAR memorabilia, Golf Memorabilia, Football Memorabilia, Bobble Heads, Diecast Collectibles, Hero Posters, or innumerable other factors. Acquisition of an admired piece may also lead to a determination to get some more of the same, or to find out what the admiration is actually about.

The encyclopedia definition of sports collecting would be like this: "The hobby of sports collecting is about acquiring particular sports items based on a specific sporting interest of the collector. Such sports assortments of sporting things are frequently highly systematic, attractively displayed and carefully cataloged." Sports collectible (or collectable) maybe defined as a manufactured product designed for people who are interested in collecting them. 'Sports Memorabilia' the term is usually referred to items related to sporting that are directly connected to a recent or historical sports personality or sporting event. There are plenty of people who collect these sports memorabilia and collectibles.

The collection varies on the choices of the individual collector; it could be about just about any subject including sports memorabilia & sports collectible. Depth and breadth of the collection may also vary. At times collectors prefer to concentrate on a particular subtopic within the area of interest, for instance Baseball collectibles of the New York Yankee, Football memorabilia of the Dallas Cowboys, Basketball memorabilia of the Los Angeles Lakers, posters of heroes such as Lance Armstrong, NASCAR memorabilia of Tony Stewart, Golf memorabilia of Tiger Woods, Bobble Heads for any sport & Die cast figurines of fire trucks. At times some others have a preference to keep a general collection, collecting any Football memorabilia, Basketball memorabilia, Baseball memorabilia, Golf memorabilia, NASCAR memorabilia, Hero Posters, Die cast collectibles or Bobble Heads.

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The Beauty Of Oregon

(category: Vacations, Word count: 368)
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Have you ever wanted to be in a place where you can be in the ocean and near the woods at the same time? The kind of climate that you can have a rainy day and then a sunny day - a cold day and then a hot day? Have you wanted to visit a state in which you can have all of these things and feel safe, secure, and at home, all in the same moment? You should plan your next trip to Oregon.

The best Oregon vacation spots are mostly found all along the Columbia river and the other areas in that vicinity. They include Crater Lake National Park and Mount hood, two places that you should plan on spending a considerably large amount of time. If you are there in the summer, there are other travel attractions that include driving tours of the Oregon coast which go along Highway 101, or seeing the Oregon Caves National Monument, Hell's Canyon, or the Newberry Volcanic National Monument. Also, all along the coast in Oregon, you can visit small towns and take part in their summer festivals.

The beauty in Oregon is found in the coast lines. Nowhere else are you going to be able to be this close to nature that you can touch it. One of the greatest things about Oregon is that you can travel through any different type of weather in an given day. Because of the ocean you are going to get cold and rainy days but you are also going to get days that are full of sunshine and warmth. And because of the ocean, even the cold and rainy days aren't quite that bad.

If you want fun, you should visit one of the bigger cities in Oregon. Oregon and the entire corner of the United States have long been a cultural hot spot for the best musicians are artists of our time. If you are traveling through Oregon, you are going to be able to find yourself in many different situations in which you are going to be exposed to local music and art, in ways that are going to absolutely astound you. Stopping into caf

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Liposuction Sucking Money Out Of Your Bank Account

(category: Beauty, Word count: 477)
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Statistics show the stress of life and poor food choices are leading to ballooning weights. Liposuction is a popular method of reducing weight, but it will also reduce your bank account.

Liposuction: Sucking Money Out of Your Bank Account

A big consideration for many people who are looking to undergo plastic surgery is the expense. All procedures that fall under this type of surgery are usually not covered by health insurance. When deciding to have plastic surgery, you'll need to know how much you will be spending. The expense of liposuction is especially important, as it is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures.

Liposuction is a procedure used to remove unwanted fat from areas of the body that cannot be treated by other means. The fat is vacuumed out through a small tube called a cannula, which is worked through a tiny incision in your skin. One of the first considerations in the expense of liposuction surgery is the area you are going to have worked on. Depending on the size of the area and the amount of fatty material needing to be removed, the price will vary. Most of the time, the more removal required, the higher the price of the liposuction. This is usually because it takes more time.

The expense of liposuction will also be different depending on the number of areas you want to have addressed. The first area in a liposuction procedure will often be the most expensive, with additional areas being less expensive because you have already paid for the facility, instrument, doctor and other fees.

Also to be factored into the expense is where the liposuction surgery will be performed. If you need to have your procedure done in a hospital versus in the plastic surgery office, there will be additional fees for the use of the hospital facility, and recovery rooms for the duration of your hospital stay. The expense of liposuction will also depend on what part of the country you are in. Some doctors in bigger cities or more popular plastic surgery areas will charge more money than surgeons in other locations. Frankly, it is because they can get it.

Finally, you want to find out what is included in the fee. Many doctors offer a "flat fee" that covers the procedure as well as pre-operative appointments and post-operative checkups. Other doctors will bill these items separately, so when pricing procedures, be sure to keep this in mind. One doctor may seem more expensive than the other, but if everything is included, it might actually even out.

In general, the expense of liposuction should run from $2,000 to $7,000. These figures, however, can vary wildly depending on what exactly is to be done and the part of the country you are in.

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Daddy I Forgive You Book Review

(category: Book-Reviews, Word count: 349)
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This true account of domestic sexual abuse does not horrify the reader with graphic details of incest - rather it shares the repercussions of it. C.J.Wilke's personal reactions, her recovery and interactions with family members are well documented here.

In the beginning, the survivor is counseled into finding something healthy to hold on to their sanity. For some, like the author, this crutch becomes religion; many find a passion for task, craft or artistic endeavor - for others, their hate and anger are the only things that keep them alive.

Her experiences show us that it is most important for the survivor to gain the right kind of friends. To a survivor with a desire to resist succumbing to the incredible haunting emotional and physical distresses, a good friend can help them make the first steps to recovery. A friend that shows the survivor as a valuable person worthy of friendship can be a huge healing step. Rather than friends that bring further harm and insult which only increase the victims suffering. The difficulty is having the skills to recognize the friend who really cares, as opposed to the one who 'cares' to the extent as what you do (or might do) for them. Recognition is only one part of it, however. One must also have the skills to deal with the situation and take on the terrifying aspect of change.

For C.J., getting married and changing her name was part of her healing process. She married a good, loving man who was also her best friend. By shedding the family name and taking her husbands', she felt like she was refreshed, no longer the victim. Her difficult task was only beginning as she tried to learn to forgive herself. Once she had done this, she could deal with her family, as long as her strong husband was by her side.

If I was to say one thing about this book it would be that it is a very moving tale, because of its authenticity.

Publisher: Publish America, Inc.

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The Most Important Sports Betting Article Ever Written

(category: Sports-Recreation, Word count: 809)
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One of the most common questions that I get is where in God's name (no pun intended) do Wise Guys and sharp players get so much information? Just as the only way to Carnegie Hall is Apractice, practice, practice", the only way to win in sports handicapping is Ainformation, information, information".

All you need to get that information is to merely live, sleep, and breathe sports handicapping. Well maybe forget the sleep part. Siestas are really is not much of an option in sports soothsaying. An endless supply of coffee is indispensable apparatus as well. Also make sure that your insurance company covers marriage counseling.

Are you still with me? If so, you are ready to be a Wise Guy.

Do handicappers and high rollers really have "inside information"? In reality it depends on how loose your definition of "inside information" is. Didn't Bill Clinton utter that same line or something to that effect?

Anyway, Wise Guys and the few legitimate handicappers out there do have the time, resources and knowledge of where and how to find useful information and data that 99 accurate breakdown of how a game ended.

For college, the logs the sequence of scores that they sent, so one can get a decent idea of heartrending endings, especially when cross-referencing with the game recaps.

This also applies but with different criterion in baseballChow much the bullpen was used etc, but that is for a future article. Many sites give pitch-by-pitch breakdowns as provided by Stats Inc.

In the NBA especially and this occurs more often than one thinks, I just get giddy when I read that a few players thought their upcoming opponent ran the score up or was shown up by a gratuitous windmill slam dunk or something to that effect. This is especially true if the team that feels they were shown up was on the road in the referenced game and is playing home in the upcoming game.

Also certain beat writers especially in the NFL and college football can be outstanding giving accurate unit versus unit breakdowns. But Wise Guys have the experience to distinguish as to who the heck knows what they are talking about and who is blowing smoke

I regret that for several years was a must-visit for college football as they broke down literally every Division I game. However they have reduced that feature. Sadly I guess the budget limited the quantity down to the marquee games and quite frankly the quality seemed to go with it.

They also were one of the best sites scrutinizing the NCAA Basketball Tournament. I noticed that ESPN Insider picked up the slack during the 2003-04 bowl season. The gambler can only hope they have the updated write-ups for the Big Dance match-ups that had.

As mentioned in previous articles, one of the big keys to handicapping games is spotting deceptive final scores in handicapping or how and why teams really lost. That is why any true handicapper must own a satellite dish. I won't leave home without it. Well I guess that's why I don't leave home. It is also invaluable as far as scouting mismatches in personnel match-ups.

Sports gaming posting boards are good vehicles for gamblers to share information.

In a perfect world the best sites would be not be moderated but in places like the sports gambling newsgroup and other sites flaming takes precedence over content and forces valuable contributors to go to the refereed sites.

Much like distinguishing from amongst the good beat writers and the unqualified scribes, one must differentiate between the posting board participants who provide quality and accurate insight and those who cannot.

Utilizing the best databases is essential to triumphant prognostication. There are many out there, both free and pay sites.

Computer Sports World is best for baseball, for both the NBA and college hoops. With 10-16 game schedules for college football and the NFL one must as we have stated have the ability to look beyond the mere data. Not ignore it mind you but an aberrational game here and there can dilute the statistical significance of football raw numbers.

Feist's site has some good databases but Covers and others made them obsolete. Chalk Gaming, which like StatFox, is now syndicated at has quality information and for those who very much like to ride hot teams, they can rank teams in different categories over the last five or ten games.

There, you now know the trade secrets. All you need to do is invest 35 hours a day, 10 days a week, 60 weeks a year. America's greatest sports service the Dream Team at GodsTips, anchor of has done it successfully for years and so can you.

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How The Law Of Attraction Can Help With Your Depression

(category: Time-Management, Word count: 790)
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If you are one of the millions of people the world over who are suffering from depression you may be able to take the first steps yourself to get better.

More and more people are suffering from depression for many years despite wanting to get well. Many different medications are on the market to help persons with an ongoing depression. The person who is suffering from this is in many cases a victim of physical or mental abuse. It is therefore very difficult for the person to be able to get better without professional help.

Due to the new public awareness about the Law of Attraction and about how we are fitting into this world of unwritten but very powerful laws, some people have tried to make the first steps themselves to the way of recovery by employing the Law of Attraction in their lives. You may have heard about it. It is been aired on TV shows like Oprah and Larry King Live. You can find many books even in good book stores about the Law of Attraction and how it can work for you. The knowledge of the Law of Attraction has been known for thousands of years. Only a few people have known this in the past and those who applied it have increased the quality of their live experience. Just now many more people have got to know about this wisdom of the ancient world and have learned to it works for them.

No doubt when suffering from depression a person would like to feel better and get some relief. There is help available and doctors, nurses and experienced therapist are specially trained to help you deal with depression.

But now you can help yourself along with professional therapy to get better. When knowing about the Law of Attraction we find out that the universe only respond to our feelings not to the spoken words. So we may say to ourselves I hate the way I feel and I wished I could be happy and feel better. Or we may feel that we do not care anymore about life. When you feel this way you will unknowingly get more of the same feeling. The universe will respond and bring to you more of the feeling that matches with yours.

To feel better and to help with depression you need to make it a regular routine to meditate. Meditation is very important as this will connect you with the powers of the universe. To help yourself with the secret of the Law of Attraction you need to meditate daily. The universe can give you what you need to become better and to make your life a success. Depressions can be in your past by applying this knowledge and by being determined to help yourself.

When doing meditations you will soon begin to notice a difference in yourself. This will help you to become a person that is able to take control. Eventually you can make your own life and live it the way you really want to.

You are the creator of your own experiences in life. You will discover the secret of people who have been successful in live. Some of them have been known for their extra ordinary accomplishments.

You do not have to suffer from depressions for the rest of your life!

Here are some special ways that you can meditate:

When meditating sit in a comfortable chair and close your eyes. You can play some low sound effects if you like. There are tapes or CD's available in many stores or even online.

This may help you to relax and to become in tune with the universe. You can sit in a room with lights and only candle light if you prefer.

You also need to do this when things are quiet around you so that you can truly meditate without distractions.

Try not to think about anything and if you do gently dismiss your thoughts. You may have to do t his kind of exercise several times before you can do this and become totally quiet during your meditations.

Your goal is to become in tune with the universe. You will be able to learn more about your own self and about the secret person inside of you. The universe will respond and give you what you are asking for! With the Law of Attraction true happiness and a life without depression can be yours. Learn to unleash the powers of the universe when meditating daily. There is a way out for you! With the Law of Attraction you will be able to attract peace, harmony and well being into your life!

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