It is terrific to spring into action by taking advantage of cloud based storage technology. Storage mediums for computers have changed drastically and over the course of the past twenty years. When I purchased my first computer 20 years ago, we used 5 inch floppy disks for storage. Later the floppy disks dropped in size to 3 inches. Later there were jazz drives, portable hard disk drives, compact discs, DVDs, SD card and flash drives available as storage options. Today cloud based storage options are all the rage. Cloud based storage is a way of referring to storage systems that internet based.

 

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One of the advantages of cloud based storage systems is that in addition to having storage on your device of choice, you have the ability to access your files anywhere you have internet access. More »

It is a well-known fact that our bodies are 75% water. That water is used and must be replaced everyday.

Almost everyone has heard the expression, “You never miss the water until the well runs dry.” On two occasions over the past two years I have found this expression to be true. Two years ago I was feeling sick to my stomach, my head hurt, I was dizzy and was having trouble breathing. I had no idea what the problem was. It turned out that I was dehydrated.  A year later, I was taking medication because I had a bronchial infection. I took a pill without water and my throat was severely burned as a result. These two incidents both required medical attention and treatment. In other words I was extremely ill because I had not been drinking enough water. I was then and am still embarrassed that living in one of the richest countries in the world, in a home I owned with a perfectly good running water system, yet I was sick because I did not drink water. More »

Most people  their lives trying to figure out a way to make their mark on the world. It is human nature to want to leave a mark beyond, to have a history worthy of note. My husband Darren says people leave a mark and make a place in history through their children. I think we leave a mark by the good deeds we do for others.  Here are some of the ways I have attempted to leave my mark on the world:

  • married a man I loved and built a life that shows others that anyone can find and keep a spouse
  • raising four children to be independent, strong and kind Christian people
  • helped a woman who always dreamed of starting a blog to get her first article up and out to the world
  • helped a young man wrongly charged with murder to get a fair trial and be found innocent of all charges
  • helped businesses to secure financing so they can provide jobs for others
  • co-founded a website and Facebook group to encourage women to tell their stories and make their marks on the world

It is my strong and fervent belief that everyone in the world is born with something to offer, something to contribute to the world. Sometimes things happened that prevent people from making their contributions, from leaving their mark in a good way. The world will be a better place if we encourage people to make their mark on the world in a positive way. Today think about the mark you want to leave on the world, the record you want to leave behind and get started on action to make it happen. More »

It is now the last day of the year, the major gift giving holidays are almost over. However, the need for gifts never ends. Most people who gave gifts to their children are amazed that the piles of gifts that costs so many dollars and so many hours of work are sitting on the floor in the middle of the room and the children are claiming to be bored.  As a result, many people are wishing they had spent their money differently this holiday season.

If you are one of those people, I suggest you check out Oxfam America. More specifically, I encourage you to check out the gifts at Oxfam America Unwrapped.  These are gifts that will be appreciated by the recipients nd their families, long after the gift is received. In addition, you can give these gifts all year long. They will always be the right size and they will always be in style. Check out a few of the interesting things you can give:

 

Goat          Plant a vegetable garden        Building tools        Books for kids

   Goat $50                                Veg. Garden $30           Building Tools $25           Kids Books $25

 

Honey bees      Help start a farmers' market           A school meal program for one child         A couple of goats

Honey Bees $18          Start Farmers Mkt $25     Meal Program $35           Two Goats  $100

 

These are those wonderful types of gifts that keep giving. That is the wonderful thing about Oxfam America Unwrapped gifts is that they are gifts that make life better in a real and easily recognizable way. More »

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