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How to Earn Money at Home – $25,000 Overnight



Bored of cooking? Well if you don’t mind we can transform your kitchen into a bank! Yes we can. Hey we are not suggesting you to make a restaurant in your backyard but instead we would suggest all house wives of ways by which they may earn money sitting at home. I just found out that many people search for the answer of ‘How to make money at home’, on the internet. Well they really do not understand that they can make money in their kitchen itself by making some candies.

Just in case you do not think it is a worthy option, let us inform you that people make profits in turns of thousands of dollars from the business. There are many alternatives that you have; you may either prepare gift candies or normal candies. To be very frank gift candies would be a better option, as it is more costly than the conventional ones so you get to make a higher profit; but it should depend on the area of your business and its marketing policies. Extra effort too is not required, just like you cook in the kitchen you would even now cook but the only difference is that you learn how to earn money at home.

The best thing about this is that there is no investment involved. You earn money working from home, being your boss and maximizing your profits. What else can a person demand from their business? Try it out once and if proper marketing is done, you may even earn up to $25,000 overnight! So what are you waiting for, rush to the kitchen and start making money!


My Space Is Misplace – It’s Looking Like a Shoebox!




When we are disorganized it makes a statement. It speaks to others who we really are. Some individuals cannot help being disorganized, it’s their nature. That’s what they think! Just like we can be taught to do something, we can also be untaught. Being organized takes steps. Small steps!

Don’t try and do a large job all at once. The job or task will not get completed. Small areas such as bathrooms or closets need the most cleaning and constant shifting. Smaller spaces are the ones that need more attention because they have a high volume of traffic in and out.

Start with the smallest area in your life first. It could be a closet. Organize your closet with the seasons. For the spring season, prepare your closet space with only spring and summer clothes. Pack away the fall and winter. We want to organize the shoes the same. With hats and scarves, hang your scarves in their own area in the closet. Put the hats in hat boxes. Try and keep from putting anything in your closet space that isn’t being worn. This creates clutter. Once we have mastered small spaces, then we are ready for larger areas in our lives.

With closet space, we want to eliminate things not being used. It makes life easier. Lets get to cleaning and make life easier! Life is not suppose to be complicated! It’s suppose to be fun! There is more to life than cleaning all the time. When we learn how to organize different spaces, then we don’t have to spend a lot of time cleaning but managing. We are mostly frustrated with our lives simply because there is too much clutter! We can get a handle on organization when we learn how to be good managers over what we possess.

Some vehicles look like the owners live in them! This is another area that can be kept clean and organized. Keep the restaurant paper out of the seats by throwing the fast-food paper away after use. The car has a air fresher hanging in the rear-view mirror, but the car isn’t clean. The car is washed on the outside but the inside is not clean! Cars have to be kept clean. They drive better when they are maintained.

The most simple areas in our lives are the most polluted in our lives! Clean it up and live clutter free. Right now!

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Fishing Fridays Radio Interviews Bernie Schultz Over a Million Dollars in Prize Money




I’m excited today because today we have Bernie Schultz.

Bernie is a native Floridian with more than 30 years of experience competing at the highest level of tournament fishing.

– With two US and two Canadian titles, he has won well over a million dollars in prize money.

– In addition to competing on the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bernie Schultz serves as a consultant to many of the biggest brands in fishing, including Shimano, Rapala, Mercury Marine, Power Pole, Garmin, and others.

– He also serves as a columnist for several major fishing publications, including Bassmaster, Florida Sportsman, Ontario’s Just Fishing, and Inside Line.

Welcome, Bernie.

How you doing, Mike? Good to meet you.

All right, yeah. Great. Tell us, what are you up to today?

Oh, I got a few renovations going on at the house. I’ve got a little bit of a down period between tournaments, and we’re doing a kitchen remod. That sounds pretty boring, I’m sure, to your listeners, but that’s what’s going on at our house today.

What’s your next tournament?

Next tournament is on Lake Hartwell. It’s on the Georgia-South Carolina border. It’s right on the state line, and it’s a fabulous fishery. That’s in the first part of April. Then we leave directly from there to Winyah Bay, which is on the coast just north of South… what is it? Charleston.

Okay, gotcha. How long have you been fishing?

Well, I’ve been fishing tournaments over 30 years. I’ve been fishing my entire life. Even as a really young kid I was on the water. My grandfather and my mother were kind of the inspiration for me. We lived on a lake in Sanford, Florida. That’s where I learned to… I mean, I learned the basics there.

Nice. So it was your grandfather and your mother?

Correct, yeah. My dad didn’t fish, but dad always made sure there was water nearby and that I had a boat. My grandfather was a fisherman, and my mom was exposed to that early on. That’s where I got it, was through them.

Wow. Tell us, how did you start fishing competitively? From when you were a kid and you were just doing it for fun, and then all of a sudden you decided to start fishing competitively?

Well, I kind of backed into it, Mike. I was a student at the University of Florida, and one of my instructors was in a bass club. We figured out pretty early on during the class that we both fished and that we had a common interest, and then we started fishing together. He encouraged me to come to a bass club meeting, and I did. As a guest, I was invited to fish in a tournament, and my first draw was Shaw Grigsby, of all people. That kind of hooked me at that point. I mean, I’d been fishing long before that, but that was my first exposure to competitive fishing.

Your first exposure to competitive fishing, and you get partnered up with Shaw Grigsby.

Yeah. Pretty strange turn of events, but… And we’ve remained friends to this day. Shaw was a great angler when I got involved with the club. I knew how to fish, but I didn’t understand the mechanics of tournament fishing. It’s a completely different thing. I mean, fishing under the clock with the pressure of money on the line, and at this level, with sponsors and media and fans, it really changes the whole way you approach the game. Fishing for fun is… you know, that’s one thing, but when you start a career in competitive fishing, you figure out pretty quickly that there’s a big transformation.

Well, let me ask you. This is always interesting to our listeners, is, what’s the biggest problem, or what’s the biggest challenge you found when you got into competitive fishing?

When you go fishing for fun, there’s not a lot of pressure. When you’re fishing for survival, for your income, for raising your family, or for the companies you represent, it puts a lot of pressure on you. I think the biggest challenge is staying up with the fish and managing all those pressures. Fish move. You know, most tournaments are multi-day events, so it’s not like you can go out there for one day, and whatever happens that day determines the outcome. Most tournaments are three to four days long at the level that I compete at. That kind of takes the luck factor out. You have to be consistently productive over those three or four days. With all the pressures that I mentioned earlier, it becomes a challenge. Like I said, fish move around. You got to stay up with the fish, and things change constantly.

Yeah. You know, when it comes to tournament fishing, I understand experience plays a big part of it. What did you learn over your career in competitive fishing that’s helped you to succeed?

You know, it’s just a matter of time on the water, and you start picking up things. I mean, you learn tricks and techniques, and you learn how to use all the lures that are applied to different depths and types of cover. You know, bass are cover-oriented creatures. They like to be around things, usually. That doesn’t mean they’re not free-roaming. There are free-roaming fish. There are schooling fish that just travel chasing bait fish. But for the most part, bass are cover-oriented, structure-oriented. They relate to something. It’s the lessons I learned throughout my career trying to figure out how the bass are relating to key structures or features of a body of water that kind of has helped me survive.

Right. Let me ask you, when you’re going into a tournament, especially at your level, and you know it’s going to be a multi-day event, do you put together a plan of attack for each day, or one plan of attack for all four days?

Well, ideally, you want a single plan to work throughout a three or four day event. But you know, like I said earlier, fish have fins, and they use them. I mean, they move and they do different things. Their mood changes. Weather constantly changes. Even if you have stable conditions, the fish sometimes make a dramatic change in their habits. So you know, it’s constantly adapting and trying to figure out what the fish are going to do next. Usually, there is some consistency with minor variations, but there are some days when it’s dramatically different, where you have to scrap what you’re doing and start from scratch.

You know, and I always ask this of the people that we interview, is do you have a set limit of how much time that you’ll work a specific plan, and if it’s not working, then you move on right away? Or are you one of those anglers that’s more of a feel kind of person?

It is definitely by feel. I think that speaks for most guys. I mean, try to give your game plan every opportunity to work, but at some point if it becomes futile, you just have to scrap it. That’s what separates a lot of anglers on the water in how successful they are in their careers, is how well they adapt. You have to adapt constantly. As the sun gets higher, the water begins to warm, or if you have a cold front come in during the hours of competition, things are going to change. If the barometer changes, if there’s current flow that’s… You know, like if you’re fishing on a reservoir and they start running water through the turbines to create electricity, that generation puts fish in key places, and you have to adapt and find out where those key spots are. It’s always adapting and trying to adjust to whatever the situation brings.

What do you find is the hardest part about implementing your plan when you have wildly changing variables?

Just staying up with it. Timing. You know, so much of fishing successfully in tournaments is keyed on timing. It’s knowing where to be and when to be there, and having the right approach of the right lure, the right presentation. I mean, it could come down to casting angle. There’s so many variables. It’s incredible to try and take all that in and try and process it. I know I may make it sound a little harder than it is, but sometimes it is that challenging.

When you’re going through your tournaments, and the variables are changing and you’re kind of making changes as you go, are you taking notes as you go, or are you one of these guys that just keeps it in your head?

It’s in my head. Very few guys keep notes. I mean, there are guys that keep logs after an event’s over with, and maybe they record things at night after they’re off the water, but I don’t think you’re going to see any high-level tournament competitor stop what he’s doing to write down any notes during a competition.

Do you rely on your electronics?

Absolutely. I run Garmin electronics, and I’m using the new Livescope. It’s incredible what you can see underwater with that thing. I can actually see fish swimming beneath the surface with my electronics. I can see them approach a lure. They’re that good. I can make a cast, I can see my lure fall through the water column, and I can watch fish react to it. It’s incredible what you can see with electronics now. I rely heavily on the GPS aspects of them as well.

That’s amazing. What have you learned that’s made you better since you’ve started and as you’ve gone along over the last 30 years?

You don’t have enough time for that, I can tell you. I mean, it’s a constant process. If you’re not learning, you’re falling behind. This sport is constantly evolving. The technology, the equipment we have, and the strategies. I mean, that’s not to say that old tricks don’t apply. They do, and they work well. At times, it’s the old-school tactics that work the best. But anymore, the level of competition is so high and so skilled and so evolved that you really have to be on your game, and electronics is a big part of that.

Right. I think in any sport, technology is really playing a bigger and bigger role every year.

Absolutely. Absolutely. I mean, any sport, I think that speaks to.

Yeah. Lastly, as we come to the end of our interview, I want to ask you… I always ask these two questions. What is your most successful fishing secret?

It’s not a secret, but the best advice I can give your listeners is time on the water. The more time you spend on the water, the more exposure you’re going to have to what’s going on, the elements, the habitat, and how the fish are relating to all of that. Sitting in an armchair watching fishing shows on TV, that’s not going to get it. You’ll learn some basic things, but until you’re on the water applying what you know and learning by trial and error, you’re not really going to progress as quickly. So get out there and spend some time on the water and get to know what’s going on.

Nice. Second question. What’s your most successful or your favorite fishing lure or bait?

That’s tough. I have several. As far as lures, the convention term lure and plug, probably a Rapala Original Floating Minnow would be my first choice. It’s so versatile. It’s shaped like a minnow. It’s buoyant, but it can be worked beneath the surface as well. It’s a really good tool. Then a Yamamoto Senko. It’s a soft plastic worm. Most of your listeners, I’m sure, are very familiar with that. I really like those a lot. Then probably for a third choice would be a Hildebrandt spinnerbait, a tin roller, a bait that I designed for them. Those three baits are probably my most confident go-to lures that I can recommend.

Nice. I’d like to thank you for being on our show.


But before we go, of course this is professional fishing, so do you have anything that you want to promote? If you do, tell our listeners what it is and how to get it.

Well, you know, anybody at this level of the game is supported by companies, both marine, tackle, and sometimes companies that aren’t involved in the sport directly. Non-endemics is what we refer to them as. I have a sponsor page. You can find all the sponsors that support me there. They’re the biggest brands in fishing. I mean, I’ve got Ranger, Mercury, Motor Guide, Garmin, Hildebrandt, Rapala, Fuji Rod Components, T-H Marine. I mean, I’ve got a lot of companies I represent out there, and I’m probably not going to get them all in.

You can learn a lot from what I write and what I share through those websites, those publications. There’s also an index for antique angling. If guys like old lures and they want to learn about them, I have an index of antique lures on my website.

Bernie, that’s a lot of great information for our listeners. Again, I want to thank you for being on our show.

Yeah, man. Any time. Just give me a shout. I’m happy to help.

All right, great. Hey, good luck in the Elite Series this year.

Thank you, sir. You have a good day.

All right. Take care.

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Tips for Shopping for a New Snowboard




Its snowboarding season again. If your snowboard has been in storage most of the year, then it may not be in the best shape. Maybe it’s time to get a new snowboard? Or maybe you just want to get a new board to try out some tricks or to take on that half-pipe you’ve always had your eye on? If so, here are a few tips to make your decision easier:


The most important consideration you will make when choosing a new snowboard is the terrain you will be snowboarding on. The most popular type of board is an all-mountain board. These boards are great for beginners and just about any level of experience. All-mountain boards can handle the backcountry, but are also great for groomed runs and boarding parks. For most boarders, this is the type you will choose. There’s also the freestyle or park board. These boards are shorter and more flexible, making them great for doing tricks. Freestyle boards are not as stable, so are not recommended for beginners. If you have big feet or are a big person in general, then you can choose a wide board. This board simply gives you extra room for your wider feet, thus eliminating any drag that overhanging feet can cause. If you want to speed your way downhill, then consider a freeride board. This board is stiffer, allowing more speed and stability. There’s also powder boards, which are made specifically for handling deeper snow that is off trails or outside of parks.

Camber or Rocker

Like with skis, snowboards have an arc, generally called the camber or rocker. A rocker board works great in deeper powder and is easier to turn and control. A camber board has more spring and edge control, thus making it faster.

Importance of Boots

Many people don’t realize the importance of good snowboarding boots. It’s especially important to get a new pair of snowboarding boots to go along with your new board. The boots you choose will determine whether you are comfortable on your snowboard or whether you’re in pain, so don’t be stingy with this purchase and splurge if you can. If your feet are in pain, you simply can’t enjoy yourself on your snowboard! When in the store, try on the boots with the snowboard and give it a few minutes so your feet can feel how comfortable it will be for you. Choose boots that will fit nicely with your snowboard but, most importantly, are comfortable for you.

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Therapy Documentation Software – Is it Easy to Transition From Paper and Dictation?




With all the negative aspects of keeping paper records, why is it so hard for a rehab clinic to convert to an electronic therapy documentation system? Paper is expensive to store, leaving even small practices with walls of paper files that must be filed, pulled, copied, faxed, stapled, and re-filed. As for a disaster recovery plan . . . there just isn’t one!

But the thought of letting go of “something to write on” brings about the fear of the unknown. How will we get the existing paper in the new system? Can I still make copies of insurance cards? What if we need something signed? It’s hard to imagine the scenario where you will NEVER need a folder to store paper.   Those challenges are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to outpatient rehabilitation software. Be wary of software systems that claim an easy transition from paper to their “PT software in a box.” If you are looking to grow your practice, an out-of-the-box system is not for you. When you expand from one to two clinics . . . everything changes.   Given the specialized needs of physical therapy documentation, the software you choose can make or break the transition from paper to electronic medical record. And once the software is in place, it needs to grow with you . . . and be able to handle more than one location.   Things to consider are . . .  

  • The customer support capacity of the company. Do they have an American support staff that is knowledgeable about the software and your specialty? Are their existing clients satisfied? Are they available both during business hours and after hours (24 X 7). Always ask for references for any Physical Therapy Documentation software that is being used in a clinic similar to your own.
  • The industry focus of the software and integration capabilities. Be sure your physical therapy software company has a clinical knowledge base that is kept up-to-date with the most current regulatory mandates while facilitating the complex payer process. This is an outpatient physical therapy software system used by large clinics in the United States.  Select Physical Therapy, NovaCare Rehabilitation, to name a couple.
  • The ability of the software to pay for itself in a reasonable time. Return on investment can never happen fast enough. However, it is reasonable to expect a complete ROI within 12 months or less.

The medical records kept by a family practitioner are different than those required for a physical therapist. So your PT software documentation system needs to reflect a PT knowledge base that incorporates clinically relevant verbiage that is specific to an outpatient physical therapy clinic. Your physical therapy software must be able to document the necessary clinical data that will facilitate the method of care, while at the same time, satisfy the needs of the referring physician, payer, employer, and the patient. Most important to your bottom line, it should take the documentation through to an accurate claim so payment can be received without delay. 

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Helpful Tips and Facts on Educational Toys




All of us went through our childhood. It is a milestone in our lives where in we are a little less care free and we tend to do the things within our comfort zones. Playing has a considerable impact in our lives. Now, that some of us has assumed the role of a parent, we must understand why kids must play and how they will play as well as how to develop the cognitive faculty of our kids through playing. Read along to find some helpful tips and tidbits about playing and educational toys for our children.

*Playing and Development – The connection in between.

Playing is a very significant factor in the development of our personalities and personhood during the childhood years. Playing can be a perfect method where in kids can practice being a grown up. During plays, children can assume adult roles and grown up responsibilities. Children can have the chance on how to act like adults without the “real responsibilities and risks” o being an adult. They can explore on how to react and interact to situations in conformity to what the society approves and what is right and just. In order for our kids to enjoy playing, toys are available for them to use. These toys are the tools which children use while playing. Anything that a child can safely play with can be a toy.

*Educational toys for a more worthwhile playing

Toys are available in toy stores in shopping centers and department stores. Parents would want to maximize the playing times of their children where in they can develop motor skills as well as the social skills of a child. In the last several years, parents have considered honing the mental and cognitive skills of their children to make playing times a more worthwhile leisure activity. With the desire of the parents to provide the best for their child, an educational toy is more preferred on top of all the wide array of toy options in the market.

*Educational toys in a nutshell

All of us know what educational toys are, but we often wonder what an educational toy is in its strictest sense or definition. Are there any standards to define that a toy can be considered as an educational toy? There is no concrete definition for an educational toy. However, what we came to know about educational toy is that it is a type of a toy which can help the kids to play and learn something while playing. What kids learn with educational toys can benefit them with something which can be of use to them in the future as they grow older. Learning while playing is possible but parents must be present during play times to guide their kids while playing. Parents must control the course of play to keep it educational for their kids.

*Educational toys can work wonders with your child

Educational toys are among the most preferred playing tools for children simply because it can make wonders with how our kids grow up. These types of toys will help kids realize some of the salient points in relating with others, conforming to the rules and strengthen personal beliefs and principles of children. These educational toys can help them comprehend how things work and in solving simple problems, these toys can also develop the movement of the kids in terms of synchronicity of movements as well as physical stamina. Educational toys can help your kids develop their imagination; define the differences among objects and persons.

We have learned a lot when it comes to educational toys. Thus it is best we keep ourselves abreast to helpful tips and facts on educational toys. We can assume our parenting roles in a less stressful way and we can enjoy quality time with our kids through worthwhile play.

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How to Design a Magic the Gathering Sneak Attack Deck




What is Sneak Attack: Sneak Attack is a combo deck that utilizes the namesake card to cheaply bring out powerful creatures for a swing. Once the initial casting cost of 3R is paid, you can pay R to bring a creature card out of your hand with haste to swing at your opponent. However, the selected creature must be sacrificed at the end of turn. While this may sound like a downside, creature cards selected for this deck are either reshuffled, returned to hand, or even have benefits for being sacrificed. You may also win once a creature has successfully attacked.

To go for speed, or not to go for speed: Considering that Legacy has Force of Will, comboing as soon as possible is a huge risk of card disadvantage. General rule of thumb: “With big risks come big rewards”. If you sneak out the right creature early successfully, you can discard your opponent’s hand or kill them in one turn. If you fail, then you’ve spent your hand to lay down an enchantment and little or no land.

If you’re on the play and can combo out, by all means do so. Winning the game is enough of a risk to take with Force of Will being the only commonly played answer to a first-turn bull rush. However, once the opponent lays down his first land, you leave yourself open to Pithing Needle, Swords to Plowshares, or even Fog.

Delaying the Sneak Attack reduces the explosive power of the deck but increases the stability and vice-versa.

What are basic cards you should run:

Lands/Mana Accelerants:

  • Ancient Tomb – The best, most stable option for two-colored lands in Sneak Attack unless you run Serra Avatar.
  • City of Traitors – An alternative to Ancient Tomb, trading lessened stability for lack of damage repercussions.
  • Crystal Vein – Versatile in that if you can go off early, you’ll have the two mana. If you can’t, then you have a stable source of a colorless mana.
  • Dwarven Ruins – Like Crystal Vein, except producing R mana and entering the battlefield tapped.
  • Sandstone Needle – ETBT (Enters the battlefield tapped). However, provides two R mana twice before being sacrificed.
  • City of Brass – Taps for all colors at the cost of 1 life.
  • Seething Song – Trade 3 mana for 5 mana.
  • Rite of Flame – Accelerant that gets better as more copies enter the graveyard.
  • Desperate Ritual – Trade 2 mana for 3 mana.
  • Simian Spirit Guide – One-time R mana at the cost of RFGing this card from hand.
  • Elvish Spirit Guide / Summoner’s Pact-Fetchable mana acceleration as well as minor deck thinning. Red is more vital than green however.
  • Tinder Wall – Blocks + provides mana for when you’re sneaking.
  • Dark Ritual – Trade 1 mana for 3 mana; however, it’s black.
  • Cabal Ritual – Trade 2 mana for 3 mana (5 with threshold); again, black mana though.
  • Pentad Prism – Accelerates/fixes mana, best used for 3+ color decks.
  • Mox Diamond – Accelerates mana, but requires a land to go to the grave. Run it if you have plenty of lands to throw away (25 at least).
  • Chrome Mox – Accelerates mana at the cost of 1 colored card in your hand.
  • Ruby Medallion – Reduces the cost of R spells, meaning your rituals produce more R, your Sneak Attacks cost less, and you have more mana to Sneak Attack.

Color-Specific Utility Cards

  • Stifle – Stops the EOT sacrifice trigger on Sneak Attack, keeping the creature in play.
  • Trickbind – Same as Stifle except with split second.
  • Magus of the Jar – Fetches more cards to use with Sneak Attack, but also does the same for the opponent.
  • Rite of Consumption – Fling for B, plus provides some padding with life.
  • Recurring Nightmare – Swaps creatures in play for creatures in the graveyard.
  • Shallow Grave – Returns creatures from the graveyard to the battlefield for another swing.
  • Fling – Deal direct damage with a creature you’re going to sacrifice EOT anyway.
  • Blazing Shoal – Provide that last extra bit of oomph for the killing blow.
  • Final Fortune – Couldn’t deal lethal damage this turn? Try again next turn.
  • Gamble – Red tutor, while risky, provides a way to stick to mono-red in Sneak Attack.
  • Through the Breach- One-time Sneak Attack.
  • Weird Harvest – Search for creatures you want to sneak out.
  • Kavu Lair – Get a one-time draw for sneaking out a powerful creature.
  • Regrowth – Return a spent card to your hand.
  • Berserk – Double the power of a creature for a fatal swing.
  • Survival of the Fittest – Search for critters to sneak out.
  • Living Wish – Allows you to run a creature toolbox.
  • Xantid Swarm – Guarantees you to not get a Sneak Attack countered.
  • Academy Rector – Search for a Sneak Attack enchantment.
  • False Prophet – Clear the field of creatures when this card leaves play.
  • Serum Powder – Increases the chances of getting a godly starting hand.

Bread and Butter Creatures

  • Magus of the Jar – Refill your hand with more accelerants and creatures.
  • Hoverguard Sweepers – Bounce up to two creatures to swing in again next turn, including itself.
  • Sakashima the Imposter – Take a hint from Extended combos and use Sakashima to copy nonlegendary creatures.
  • Body Double – Use this to copy a spent creature, or try copying a Phage the Untouchable in your graveyard for the win.
  • Dragon Tyrant – Double-striking + firebreathing can boost this up to 20 damage.
  • Crater Hellion – Clear the board of creature swarms
  • Dragon Mage – Restock your hand and your opponents; considering your hand would be spent, this gives you an advantage
  • Bogardan Hellkite – Deal 5 direct damage and
  • Kilnmouth Dragon – With a handful of dragons, this has the potential to be a 20/20.
  • Rorix Bladewing – Cheap dragon to sneak out as well as being able to be hardcast.
  • Arc-Slogger – A backup win condition should the Sneak Attack attempts fail.
  • Weatherseed Treefolk – Returns to hand after sneaking out.
  • Genesis – Reuse spent creatures with this in your graveyard.
  • Symbiotic Wurm – Swings for damage and leaves behind saprolings.
  • Penumbra Wurm – Swings for damage and leaves behind a powerful creature.
  • Thorn Elemental – Swings for full damage despite despite being blocked.
  • Tornado Elemental – Like Thorn Elemental, except with one less P/T and a flyer-clearing ability.
  • Woodfall Primus – Destroys two noncreature permanents with Sneak Attack courtesy of persist.
  • Serra Avatar – One of the pioneers of the Sneak Attack deck, getting this out early enough kills your opponent.
  • False Prophet – Clears the board once it leaves play. An alternative to Crater Hellion.
  • Academy Rector – Tutors for Sneak Attack or Survival of the Fittest.
  • Progenitus – Usually a guaranteed 10 damage.
  • Nicol Bolas – Another pioneer of Sneak Attack, discards your opponent’s hand when it goes through.
  • Angel of Despair – Blows up a permanent when it enters play.
  • Darksteel Colossus – 11/11 trample that goes back in your library, nothing too special.
  • Sundering Titan – While this may end up destroying your mountains, this will also hurt your opponents land base greatly should they run basics.

Some types of Sneak Attack decks to try:

Straight Mono-R Sneak Attack– No cute tricks, just accelerating into Sneak Attack to bring out creatures.

Mono-R Sneak Attacking Dragons – Amplify Kilnmouth Dragon as much as possible, and bring out a Dragon Tyrant should that not be enough.

Survival Sneak Breakfast – Use Survival to get a Phage the Untouchable in your graveyard, then Sneak Attack out a Body Double for the win. Academy Rector would work great here in addition to control elements.

Flinging Progenitus – Sneak attack out a Progenitus for 10 damage, then Fling it at your opponent for an additional 10.

Reanimating Sneak Attack – Use reanimation after sneaking monsters out for another round of beats.

Sneak Attack is the perfect deck for players who like to take high risks and win in the beginning rounds of a game.

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12 Tips for Cocker Spaniel Potty Training




So you have finally brought home the puppy you have always wanted. Once the excitement wears off, you will quickly remember that Cocker Spaniel potty training is extremely important. If you do not properly train your puppy, the entire house could end up needing the carpets replaced or the wood floors sanded and re-stained. That is certainly not something that you want to go through.

One of the first things you will want to do is to make sure that everyone in the family is on the same page regarding the training. There has to be one method for training and one way to handle corrections. This is the only way to make sure that your little puppy is able to potty train quickly. For example, everyone needs to know that you are using positive reinforcement, not negative reinforcement. Cocker Spaniels are happy pups by nature. They like to play so patience will be required. The Cocker responds very favorably to positive, gentle and sensitive handling.

Decide whether or not you want to teach your puppy to use a puppy pee pad in the house or whether you would like the puppy to be trained to go outside. Cocker Spaniel potty training is easy to do, once you know what it is that you are trying to achieve exactly. You also have to make sure that you are always being consistent. You want to make sure that you are staying on top of the training process in order to not cause delays.

When your puppy goes to the bathroom in the right location, make sure that you are offering positive reinforcement in the form of a treat or lots of verbal praise. When your puppy starts to have an accident, simply pick him up and place him in the designated spot where it is okay for him to eliminate. Eventually, your puppy is going to catch on and will learn where it is his can go in order to please you.

Here Are a Few Tips and Things to Look for in Cocker Spaniel Potty Training

1) Be aware of your cockers body language, watch for signs that suggest your dog is getting anxious by roaming around in circles or sniffing from spot to spot. An erratic behavior is also a good signal to look for.

2) Puppies need to go potty more often. Take the pup to the desired spot for potty as soon as it wakes up, right after a short nap, after meals, after play time, after being crated and just before you retire for the day.

3) Cocker Spaniels are a gentle and sensitive breed by nature. During cocker spaniel potty training they respond best to positive reinforcement. Praise your dog after it has emptied itself. Reward him with a treat right after. Be consistent and your puppy will associate good behavior with the treat and praise.

4) Signal training to alert you when your pup wants to go out can be accomplished my hanging a bell or chime at his or her level on the way out to the potty area. Ring the bell or chime with its paw. Then go out quickly. The pup will learn this little trick fast. Just be consistent.

5) Do not let your dog roam the entire house during cocker spaniel potty training. This will make it easier for you to spot signals the dog may be exhibiting and avoid accidents.

6) It is very rare that a Cocker Spaniel will go against its house training. Medical problems and or health issues can lead to unexpected accidents.

7) Cocker Spaniels don’t like being along. If you do not crate your dog while you are away for three to four hours you can expect to come home to a soiled area. This is mainly due to separation anxiety. Sometime leaving a radio turned on helps while you are away.

Living in a high rise has its own challenge. You can teach a small dog to go potty in a litter box. Use the same tips as above for being aware when Mother Nature is calling. Stay with your Cocker until it has emptied itself. Reward your dog with treat and plenty of praise.

9) Puppies need to go more often than adult dogs. Take the pup to the designated area after napping, eating, drinking, playing and after waking up in the morning. The pup will soon get the idea. Don’t forget to associate good manners with plenty of praise and a treat.

10) If you have an older dog with a potty problem, it is best to start from the beginning and retrain your dog. Be on the lookout for signals that indicate that you dog may want to relive its self. Keep the dog under close watch for signals.

11) Consistency and positive reinforcement will work wonders and make you the proud owner of well heaved house broken Cocker Spaniel. Remember all family members must be on the same page with the Cocker Spaniel potty training.

12) Don’t expect an overnight miracle and you won’t be disappointed. Potty training can take months to deeply embed the behavior. You should start to see results in as little as two weeks. Being consistent will shorten the time. If you waffle on the training it will take longer.

Positive Crate Training for House breaking

There is also the option of crate training for Cocker Spaniel potty training. With the right size crate, you will find that your puppy will not go to the bathroom in the crate. This is because he does not want to go where he sleeps. As soon as you take your puppy out of the crate, take him to the spot where he is allowed to go. Stay there until he does and then when he does, make sure that you are giving him a lot of extra praise. It is important to make sure that you are always keeping the crate as a positive place for your puppy to be. Never send your Cocker Spaniel to the crate as a punishment as this could cause him a lot of emotional distress that will make the entire training process just that much harder.

Getting Help with Cocker Spaniel Potty Training

If all else fails, you might want to consider seeking a little additional help. There are plenty of places that offer house breaking classes for a reasonable price. Even though this is something that you can still master on your own, it might be a little easier to get that tiny bit of additional help. Depending on the personality of your dog and how consistent you are with the Cocker Spaniel potty training, your puppy could be trained in a matter of a couple of weeks. The less consistent you are with the training, the longer the entire process will take.

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Alzheimer’s Preparedness – Ready, Or Not? Chapter 1




You and your family may already be walking with Alzheimer’s disease or you may have a friend, neighbor, relative or colleague who is – in either event; having a basic knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease will help you understand the challenges and sympathize with the choices that those who travel with Alzheimer’s face on a daily basis.

As of now, there is no known cause and no known cure for this disease. Even as I write these words, I hope that for many who read this book several years from now, these words are no longer true – that the cause has been discovered and a cure has been developed.

This book doesn’t even begin to touch the surface of all of the elements that comprise Alzheimer’s disease, but rather it contains a few of the things that you need to know to “hit the ground running” should Alzheimer’s disease ever touch you or your family on a personal level. The information contained here will help you put together your own Alzheimer’s preparedness kit which will give you the capability to identify and effectively COPE with the various changes that comprise Alzheimer’s disease and also SEE that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It hopefully will give you a better sense of direction, be able to lessen a lot of frustrations as well as fears, but most importantly, it will make an Alzheimer’s journey go a lot easier.

It will introduce you to many tips, tricks, hints and helpers that will make a caregiving experience go smoother and easier, while also providing essential caregiver support.

Even if Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t invade your immediate family, chances are it will challenge a friend, a neighbor, a relative, a colleague or someone you advise on a professional level. The more you know about Alzheimer’s Disease, the better equipped you will be to offer sensitive support, secure in the knowledge that you know what to say and when to say it – what questions to ask and which ones to leave alone – what type of assistance is needed and have the courage to offer it. In other words, you can be the voice of HOPE that will help others COPE and also BE the light at the end of someone else’s tunnel.

Alzheimer’s is a sneaky disease – many times the first signs are so small that we explain them away so that when the full force of the situation arrives, we are stunned, shaken and sent scurrying to find help, courage and options.

Why? Because we aren’t prepared. Being prepared for Alzheimer’s Disease just makes sense. Being prepared for Alzheimer’s Disease makes awareness earlier, acceptance easier and any actions or decisions we have to take or make more effective and more educated.

Let’s get prepared!

Be Prepared-

Chapter 1 – Life Favors the Prepared

When we think of preparedness, we can’t help but think of the Boy Scouts because their motto is “Be Prepared.” Basically, this means being prepared both in mind and body to think out beforehand any accident or situation that might occur so that we know the right thing to do at the right moment and are willing to do it! In other words, we need to prepare our brain to plan for and be prepared to cope with difficult situations should we be faced with them.

For instance, we all practice some type of preparedness each and every day. This category of preparedness is what we can refer to as: “Basic Cautionary Preparedness.”

We keep an extra set of keys to the house or the car. Why? Because we were locked out or heard of someone who was and what a hassle it was to get in again. Often just being caught unprepared once or twice will catapult us into a preparedness mode.

• We have extra food on hand in case the kids or the grandkids stop by around mealtime.

• We have an umbrella in case it rains – not because we are afraid of rain, but because “wet” isn’t the look we wear well.

• We have sunscreen, bug spray and hand sanitizer handy at all times.

• We have a spare tire in the trunk as well as a blanket or two and some granola bars in the glove box just in case we get stranded in the snow.

• Backups of all shapes and sizes. We only have to lose our information once for this to take root in our mind.

• Maps or a GPS system for travel, because stopping and asking for directions makes Jack and Jill turn into Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

The next level of preparedness that we are adept at is on a more intermediate level and this is what we do to protect ourselves, our family and our assets. We will call this: “Protective Preparedness.”

• We have home insurance in case our home is damaged or destroyed.

• We have auto insurance in case we are in an accident.

• We have health insurance for everyday situations or life threatening emergencies.

• We have life insurance to provide security and protection for our families.

• We have disability insurance to get back on our feet or sustain our family if we can no longer be the provider.

• We practice financial and estate planning to protect our assets.

The third level is for the events that may sculpt or shape our very existence. This preparedness is: “Life Changing Preparedness”

• Floods – we are prepared to heed an evacuation order.

• Storms- We have evacuation routes, meeting places, emergency survival kits and we know the safest places to be if we are caught inside or outside.

• Fire – we know how to file out quickly and calmly and have an escape route mapped out at home. We know that the air is better close to the floor, the words “stop-drop and roll” are etched on our brain, and we have a predetermined meeting place outside to account for all family members to prevent running back into a burning building to hunt for anyone.

We have all of this knowledge and information about these “possible” events and situations that “could” happen, even though we fervently hope they don’t; and most of the time, they won’t.

Why then, don’t we prepare for one of the most life altering challenges that we or someone close to us “may” or “may not” experience? That challenge is Alzheimer’s disease.

We wouldn’t jump without a rope, or try to fly without a plane so why try to deal with Alzheimer’s disease with some type of preparedness plan?

Next Chapter – Chapter 2 – Is There an Elephant in Your Room?

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A Pavlovian Approach To Dog Training




All animals, humans included, can be trained to respond in a particular way to a particular stimulus.

Consider your reaction to a police siren, a bell, a Stop Sign. When you experience these stimuli you react in different ways but always in the way you were trained to behave for each stimulus. The siren is a signal to pull over or get out of the way, a bell to pay attention or stop or start something and a Stop Sign to stop at. You were conditioned over time to react this way.

An American physician, William Twiteyer observed that when he tapped the front of a knee there was a reflex “jerk” in the leg. He then observed that the knee jerked when he appeared to tap it but didn’t. He is the first to have recognised a conditioned reflex. Ivan Pavlov, a Russian scientist, read this paper and investigated the matter further. He, Pavlov, is best known for his research with dogs salivating at the sound of a ticking metronome which came out of his research. Behavioural Psychology and the animal behaviour movement was well under way.

In Pavlov’s experiment he would set a metronome ticking at the same time as presenting food. After a period of time the dogs began to salivate on hearing a metronome when no food was offered to them. Pavlov’s experiment showed that the response was due to conditioning.

Dog training is no more than conditioning. As the master in the relationship with our dogs we need them to behave as is appropriate for different scenarios. With good training we can ensure our dogs are safe and do not trouble other people or animals.

While the average suburban pooch doesn’t need the level of training of working dogs – farms, police, security, seeing-eye – it is important that the correct techniques are used for the animal.

How do you know what is the correct technique?

The first rule is that any technique that causes injury to the animal must be eliminated from your choices. Remember that injury can be either physical or psychological or both.

The second rule is understand that each animal is unique and what works for one dog may not work for another. Trainers who have a variety of tools and techniques available to them will usually get the best results. A flexible approach will enable you to move into different regimes of training for different dogs with ease.

The third important rule is to ensure safety for yourself and your dog and any other onlookers or dogs around at the time of training.

The initial training should be fun for both you and your dog. Ensure you have addressed the safety aspects of your training and you may need to wear protective gear if your dog has an unpredictable and volatile temperament or muzzle and tether them until you’re confident they are safe to work with without such constraints. Remember that they do have sharp teeth and claws and that part of your training for them will be to stop them biting and clawing at you; this behaviour is mostly because they want to play with you.

Dogs, like most animals, react to confidence and trust but you must be able to clearly display this, as pretence will almost immediately be picked up by the animal.

Begin with play and socialisation of your young pup or immature dog (up to about 6 months). More mature dog’s will require a different approach because you will at first have to gain their trust which may be difficult if they have had a poor history and start to life. If you have had the dog since it was a puppy but “let it run free” you’ll probably already have it’s trust and will be able to get into basic training.

Feeding time is a great place to start. Dogs realise you are the leader of the pack and when being fed, most, will be ready to take your basic commands.

Ensure you have plenty of rewards as you train and know your commands, signals or clicks before you start a lesson.

Training Schedules and lesson plans are useful and enable you to track and monitor the results compared to the plan. The monitoring will tell you quickly what your animal is responding to and give the opportunity to better manage the social and growth of your four legged friend.

I hope you’ll Join with me and My dog in a happy relationship and set your Sight on having the best trained dog in your neighbourhood.

Good luck and enjoy your work with your dog no matter what their age they love to learn.

P.S. – You can teach an old dog new tricks

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The Difference Between Acol Bridge And American Standard Bridge




You’ve decided that you want to learn to play bridge. Every year thousands of people take up playing bridge – it’s fun, it’s sociable, it’s a challenge. But there are several different bridge systems. How do you decide which system to learn and what are the obvious differences?

There are two main systems that are played. Acol bridge and American Standard bridge. As a general rule, Acol is the system that is played in the UK, Ireland and Australia, whilst American Standard bridge is widely played around the world.

A wee aside – when I started learning I was convinced that Acol was an acronym and that each letter must mean something. It isn’t and they don’t! It’s named after the road in London where it’s originators used to meet and where they developed the system.

Many people learn to play bridge by attending classes. If you are going to join a class, then you probably won’t have a choice of which system to learn. If you then progress to joining a local bridge club, again you probably won’t have a choice and your club will play whichever system is widely used in your country.

It gets a little more complicated if you want to learn to play bridge online – and if you intend to join an online bridge playing community. Some sites offer a choice of systems. Some don’t. So it might be worth doing a little research and identifying the site where you want to play before signing up for your online lessons.

So what are the main differences?

The most obvious difference, lies in one part of the initial bidding. This makes it easy to decide which system is being played. It’s the point range required for an opening bid of 1NT (one No Trumps). In Acol bridge an opening bid of 1NT means you hold a balanced hand with 12 – 14 points. In American Standard bridge the same opening bid would mean your hands is balanced but contains 15 – 17 points.

The points are worked out in the same way. Before the bidding commences each player adds up the points in their hand. They count 4 points for each ace they hold, 3 points for each king, 2 points for each queen and 1 point for each jack.

The next difference comes if a player wants to make an opening bid of 1 of a major suit. There are four suits in a pack of cards, spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs. They are ranked in that order, with spades and hearts being the major suits and diamonds and clubs being the minor suits.

In Acol bridge a player will make an opening bid of 1 of a major suit if they hold 4 (or more) cards in that suit. So an opening bid of, say, 1 Heart, tells your partner than you hold at least 4 cards in that suit.

In American Standard bridge it is most common to play 5 card majors. In other words, an opening bid of 1 of a major suit tells your partner than you hold at least 5 cards in that suit. If a player only holds 4 cards in either major suit they will commonly make a minor suit opening bid – which just tells their partner that they don’t hold a 5 card major.

In AS bridge it is common to include length points when valuing your hand. This means adding one extra point for each card held above four in a suit. Acol bridge players rarely include length points. Both systems offer the opportunity to add shortage points (additional points for short or void suits) for some bids. AS players would then count shortage points instead of length points.

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