Showing posts from January 31, 2016

New Study Shows Surprising Impact Of Netflix On Your Love Life

Searching for your soul mate? It turns out what shows and movies you watch online can have a major impact on your relationships, according to a new study just released by Netflix NFLX -7.67%.

The study—which consisted of a sample of 1,008 Americans 18-39 years old—found that roughly one third of respondents (27%) said show compatibility was important. 13% said they would ask someone out solely based on if they liked similar shows, with 34% of men being likely to get smitten based on similar tastes in shows and movies. According to a spokesperson for Netflix, the survey results should be accurate with an interval of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

26-Year-Old Went From Living In A Motel To Shark Tank Victory

Shaan Patel grew up in a rugged neighborhood infested with drugs and crime in Las Vegas. He felt ashamed that the tiny budget motel his parents owned and rented by the hour doubled as their home. He attended Clark High School, where a majority of students are disadvantaged and almost a third fail to meet U.S. educational standards in reading and math. Some 40% of students in the district drop out. Patel has come to embrace his upbringing as a “unique part of his childhood.”

The 26-year-old’s humble past only makes his phenomenal victories as a student, entrepreneur and “Shark Tank” contestant all the more inspiring, let alone impressive.

Patel appeared on Friday night’s episode of the ABC hit reality show. He sought a $250,000 investment for 10% of his company, 2400 Expert, an SAT and ACT preparation school. To celebrate his appearance, Patel offered to give away $100,000 in SAT classes. He also offered free SAT books to students for hosting viewing parties in their city. He hoped to br…

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 6, 2016

“Your life is a result of the choices you make. If you don’t like your life, it is time to start making better choices.”

Oh I love this one! I do so agree! This is almost a positive mantra for me as I totally believe that, although life can throw challenges at us that can perhaps throw us off track for a while, it’s up to us to jump over them, smash through them, or push them aside in order to carry on to where we want to be. Nobody else is going to offer to fix our life and why should they? We are all masters, and mistresses of course, of our own journey through life as nobody knows us better than we do. If you want to change something, do it, you want to achieve a goal, then what’s stopping you? Be POSITIVE and the sky is the limit for each of us.


The Disappointed Diner Who Now Feeds 1200 Children Daily

Unhappy with the service he'd received at a restaurant, Darshan Chandan sent the management an email expressing his disappointment. When the management apologized and offered him a free meal, Darshan asked them to feed underprivileged children instead. What happened next changed the course of his life. The restaurant carried out his request and sent pictures of the children they'd fed. "This is the moment that changed me forever. The smile on the faces of those children left me touched. And that is when I decided to do something about it," says Darshan. Today the 31-year-old feeds 1200 children in Vadodara, India.

Massive Crane Collapses In NYC; 1 Dead

Two others seriously injured as crane plunges to the ground in Lower Manhattan

NEW YORK -- A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a Wall Street worker in a parked car and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the rig's lengthy boom fell, officials said.
The mobile crane's boom landed across an intersection, smashed several car roofs and stretched much of a block after the accident around 8:25 a.m. at a historic building about 10 blocks north of the World Trade Center.

"It felt like a bomb," a woman told CBS New York station WCBS-TV.

Robert Harold heard a crashing sound as the rig fell right outside his office window at the Legal Aid Society.

"You could feel the vibration in the building," said Harold, who recounted seeing onlookers trying to rescue someone trapped in a parked car and seeing a person lying motionless on the street.…

What Is Bell's Palsy? CBS Anchor Explains His Diagnosis

New York City anchor Maurice DuBois was shocked when he looked in the mirror and saw his face was "frozen, literally locked up"

Maurice DuBois, an anchorman with WCBS-TV in New York City, is returning to work after being diagnosed with Bell's palsy, a form of temporary facial paralysis caused by damage or trauma to the facial nerves.

After returning from vacation with his family at the beginning of the year, Dubois was taking a selfie with his kids when he realized something was very wrong with his face.

"I looked at the lens, and I can't smile," he said. "I see half my smile isn't happening. So I run to the mirror. I see the face is frozen, literally locked up, not moving. The lines on the forehead, not there."
DuBois said his case came out of the blue, while he was "otherwise, I would say, in pretty good health." He said he did not experience any pain.

About 40,000 Americans suffer from the condition each year, according to the National…

How Married Couples Can Max Out Their Social Security

What's a simple strategy for married couples looking to optimize their Social Security benefits? Ever since Congress changed the rules in late 2015 that apply to married couples, many people have been asking for a simple rule of thumb. So here it is:

Find an online Social Security calculator or qualified retirement advisor who can help you figure the best strategy. The fact is, no one easy rule applies in all situations.
However, popular Social Security calculators can make some general conclusions that apply in many situations. For example, Financial Engines, the large retirement advisory firm, recently updated its free, online Social Security calculator to accommodate the new rules. It's easy to use: Answer a few questions about yourself and your spouse, and it offers recommendations for optimizing your benefits.

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 5, 2016

“Happy are those who take life day by day, complain very little, and are thankful for the little things in life.”

I like to think this applies to me now although, like most people, it never used to. I never took the time to really “see” and appreciate the people around me or the wonders of nature. This only happened when I embarked on my own personal spiritual journey and I am so grateful that my eyes were opened to the wonders and the blessings that surround me every day. I take pleasure in time spent with my family and my friends, and appreciate all they bring to me. I also try, though I’m not always successful, but I’m getting there, in being thankful for all the little things that happen in my life and not to be too negative so much.


Today We're His Family: Teen Volunteers Mourn Stranger's Death

"On the drive to Fairview Cemetery in the Boston neighborhood of Hyde Park, six seniors from Roxbury Latin boys' school sit in silent reflection. Mike Pojman, the school's assistant headmaster and senior adviser, says the trip is a massive contrast to the rest of their school day, and to their lives as a whole right now. Today the teens have volunteered to be pallbearers for a man who died alone in September, and for whom no next of kin was found. He's being buried in a grave with no tombstone, in a city cemetery." Read more about the touching way these high schoolers are stepping up to honor the life and death of strangers.

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 4, 2016

“You must realize that fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand, danger is very real, but fear is a choice.”

This reminds me of the saying that “There is nothing to fear but fear itself”, which I have always thought of as very insightful and very true. However, we all experience fear in different ways and different strengths, i.e. we allow ourselves to be fearful of a situation, either imagined or real, or fear of physical harm being done to us. Often we create our own fear by our own thoughts or actions so surely we have a choice whether to fear or not to fear? So easy to say not to fear but not so easy to avoid doing it. However, all down to choice, so what would you choose?


The Story of Bopsy: The Very First Make-a-Wish Kid

"In 1978, 5-year-old Frank "Bopsy" Salazar was diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors advised his mother, Octaviana Trujillo, to check him in to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. At the time, Trujillo was 26, single, and couldn't afford to put Bopsy on her health insurance. She checked him in anyway. Over the next two years, Bopsy was treated by Dr. Frank Barranco, a physician who the 5-year-old adored and who eventually introduced him to the people who would make his last days count." Read on for the moving story of the first child to have his wishes granted through the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Landmark Deal With Loggers Protects 9Mil Acres Of Canadian Rainforest

Take all of Belgium. Now fill it with wolves, eagles, bears and old growth trees - and then stretch it along an area more than half of the coast of...

Twenty years ago, the Great Bear Rainforest was a marketing term used by environmental activists to refer to a massive slice of the British Columbian coast destined for the lumber mill. But on Monday, loggers, conservationists, and B.C. Premier Christy Clark gathered in Vancouver to happily announce that the Great Bear Rainforest was now one of the largest swaths of protected coastal forest in the Northern Hemisphere. The National Post presents five things to know about this "historic" agreement.

It's really, really, really big.

Take all of Belgium (three million hectares). Now fill it with wolves, eagles, bears and old growth trees - and then stretch it along an area representing more than half of the coast of mainland B.C. That is the piece of B.C. now protected forever from logging - a massive piece of coastal forest star…

School Sends Inspiring Letter With Test Scores, So Kids Know What’s Important

Students awaiting test scores in the mail might have been worrying about how well they did. But when they tore open the results, they received words of reassurance from their school, a life lesson for the future.

Teachers and administrators went the extra mile to remind kids that testing isn’t what matters most in life.

“Inside the envelope is a score,” the letter from the Carrickfergus Grammar School Music Society begins. “It’s a score you’ve been waiting for but it might not be the score you’ve been hoping for.”
The scores are for the “Transfer Test,” an exam Northern Ireland grammar school students take to determine which high school they will attend.

The letter told students that even if they are disappointed in their results, “we won’t feel disappointed ‘in you.’”

The school officials insisted that growing up to be “kind, caring, generous, loving adults who make a positive difference” is more important than test scores.

“Remember, the score in the envelope is just a mark for some tests…

Obama Wants to Spend $1.1Bil to Help Heroin, Opioid Addicts Kick the Habit

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called Tuesday for $1.1 billion in new federal money to combat the growing abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers in the U.S.

The president's 2017 budget proposal will include $1 billion in mandatory funding over two years to increase addiction treatment for heroin and prescription opioids and to make the services more affordable.

Most of the proposed new money — $920 million — would fund cooperative agreements with states to provide more drug-based treatment for people addicted to painkilling opioids such as OxyContin, Percocet, hydrocodone and morphine.

The money would be allocated based on the severity of a state's problem and its strategy to address the issue.

Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan of Florida said he supported Obama's proposal.

"This is a problem destroying lives and families across America that needs to be addressed," Buchanan said in an email statement. "I strongly support efforts to fight the heroin an…

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 3, 2016

“I admire people who choose to shine even after all the storms they’ve been through.”

I really do! They inspire me to believe that I can do the same. If they can cope with all the stresses and problems that life throws at them and learn and move on, well so can I. People like this deserve our admiration for being role models for the rest of us. It’s as if they’re saying, look what we’ve been through, and we’ve coped and survived, so believe that you can too. Also, it helps that they have perhaps gone through a situation that we are currently experiencing, and can offer comfort and advice that there is a light at the end of the very dark tunnel and we just need to get there.


We Are All Homeless

Many of us feel uncomfortable and nervous when we come across homeless people carrying signs asking for money. We cross the street or look away to avoid making eye contact. Designer and artist Willie Baronet started buying signs from the homeless as a way to deal with his discomfort. In 1993, he embarked on a cross-country trip, buying signs from homeless people from Seattle to New York City. Along the way, something in him shifted in the way he felt about the homeless, as he got to know them as people. It was no longer "them and me" -- now it was "us."

Groundhog Day 2016: Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow?

Groundhog Day brings hope that we may not be long for the winter.

Well, it's been that sort of winter.

Punxsutawney Phil's Groundhog Day forecast is now in the books.

"There is no shadow to be cast. An early spring is my forecast," according to his official scroll, that also referenced hover boards and drones, read just after 7:20 a.m. at Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Groundhog Day 2015: Phil sees his shadow, predicts six more weeks of winter
Since he is the seer of seekers and the prognosticator of prognosticators, he'll be right at least on Tuesday, which is expected to be sunny with a high of 46.

#GroundhogDay: the verdict is... Spring!!!!

In the prior 129 predictions, Phil saw his shadow 102 times, meaning six more weeks of winter, according to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.

She’s ‘The Green Reaper’ Changing The Expensive Funeral Game

Death is a natural part of life that everyone must deal with, but when the financial burdens of funeral costs and burial services mount, families are often heaped with an unnatural amount of stress after losing a loved one.

That’s why one mortician in Boring, Oregon decided to make a difference—bringing her big heart and lower-cost biodegradable options to the funeral business in her small town.

Since she opened Cornerstone Funeral Services eleven years ago, Elizabeth Fournier has given hundreds of mourners affordable services, and sometimes foregone fees altogether.

“As long as the mortuary board is happy with me, and I am being ethical I tend to march to my own drum,” Elizabeth told Good News Network. “If a family is truly having a hardship, I have no issue giving services away.”

Elizabeth guesses she has excused over forty parents from paying any money for child burials or cremation services, and has financially assisted over 20 families with regular services. Typical funeral costs in …

New York City Steps Up Mental Health Care and Security for Homeless

New York City is making it easier for the city’s homeless to receive mental health care.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to increase the number of mental health workers at homeless centers. The idea is to let health care workers place someone who needs care into the city’s mental health system as soon as that homeless person enters a shelter for the first time.

Those needing care will be included in the city’s mental health tracking system called “The Hub.” It lets agencies determine the best mental health options for homeless people. Without it, many in the past were simply placed into the criminal justice system instead of getting the health care they needed.

The additional mental health workers, along with additional security officers, will be sent to 27 homeless shelters across the city.

The added security is on top of the 108 “peace officers” the mayor added to 12 homeless shelters last year. Their presence is not only to protect the people in the shelters, but also to combat a …

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 2, 2016

“No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and NEVER GIVE UP!”

We have all had those mornings when we wake up, think about the day ahead, or what went on the day before, and snuggle even further down while pulling the quilt over our head and squeezing our eyes shut. It never works though does it? You’re still wide awake, you know you have to get up and get on with it even though it’s the last thing you want to do. The good thing is though that, usually, not always but usually, things aren’t as bad as we thought and, actually, being up, showered, face paint on (for us ladies and, of course, any men so inclined), dressed, and being ready to face the day isn’t so bad. It’s this positive spirit that keeps us going and anyway, what’s the alternative, ignoring life and all it has to offer, good and not so good? The need to believe that mostly what’s being offered is good is the belief that keeps us going day after day.


Re-Constructing Philanthropy

"The Empire State Building is a marvel, one of the seven modern wonders of the world. Yet when it was built, the most revolutionary change wasn't the architecture or the height, there were two other buildings built nearby, almost as high. The less acclaimed, quantum leap was in the construction practices by which the building was framed. Never before had a building been constructed the way they did it, as fast as they did it." Paul Shoemaker makes a case for a similar radical fundamental change in the underlying practices with which we construct our philanthropy.

Bringing Peace, Hope, and Healing from the Other Side

An Excerpt from Expect the Unexpected

by Psychic Medium Bill Philipps

Psychic medium.

The term conjures images of a flashing neon sign suspended in a dark window of a rundown storefront on a desolate urban street. Inside is a shadowy room flush with metaphysical decor and the faint sound of New Age music. An ornately dressed woman with a deceiving smile sits behind a shiny deck of tarot cards, maybe even a crystal ball. She is anxiously waiting to spew vague claims and suck money from the vulnerable, who are seeking nothing more than a glint of hope to heal their pain or enhance their lives.

At least that’s how I envisioned one — until I discovered that I was one myself. As a six-foot-five-inch, thirty-one-year-old suburban businessman from Southern California with an operatic voice and a degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, I’m pretty confident that I shatter the stereotype. In fact, my entire life story defies belief.

I was the product of alcoholic and drug-addicted paren…

The Truth about Psychic Mediums

An Excerpt from Expect the Unexpected

by Bill Philipps

The biggest misunderstanding about psychic mediums is that we know everything, or should know everything. Trust me, I’ve heard all the jokes. “Why do I need to make an appointment with you? You should already know I’m coming!” Haha! Yes, I get that one, or jokes in the same vein, all the time. They’re old, but I roll with them.

Here are three things everybody should keep in mind regarding psychic mediums:

1.    We are psychic mediums, not God.
2.    God does not want us to know everything.
3.    Your free will can always trump anything we say.

Some people think it would be cool to know everything before it happens. I think that would be devastating to the human race. I don’t see how we would be able to psychologically function if we knew everything that was going to happen before it happened. We would all be worried about what we know is going to occur tomorrow or, even worse, how we are going to try to alter what we know is going to hap…

Signs from Spirit

Signs from Spirit An Excerpt from Expect the Unexpected I firmly believe that my ability as a psychic medium is a God-given gift, and that not just anybody can become one simply because he or she wants to. Trust me, I know many people who have tried, and without success. But I do believe all people have some psychic intuition — more than most know they have — that can be cultivated enough to enable them to receive and recognize signs from spirits. The first step in tapping into that intuition is to set your intention by silently asking the spirits for help when you need it. In other words, pray or meditate. If you are going through a difficult time and are looking for answers or guidance in a particular situation, you first have to ask for help and for signs. That’s the easy part. The second step, which is more difficult but equally important, is to open your heart and mind to receiving those signs.

Daily Inspirational Quote – February 1, 2016

“Allow yourself to hope, to believe, and to trust again. Don’t let a few bad memories stop you from having a good life.”

Allowing a bad relationship, friendship, or work situation, to impact on us so much that it colors our perception of these in our future does us no favors. Better to look on it as a learning curve and realise we’ve learned a valuable lesson and that hopefully we won’t make the same mistake again in the future. It serves us better to have a positive, optimistic outlook rather than being negative and therefore, through our own negativity, prevent ourselves from living fully. Nobody knows what the future will bring but isn’t it to our advantage to welcome whatever comes our way and leave past negative experiences where they belong in the past?


Seven Ways to Help High Schoolers Find Purpose

"One thing nearly all teens agree on is that most of what high school teaches them is irrelevant to their lives outside of school or their future careers. One study found that the most common feelings among high school students are fatigue and boredom. Another study concluded that 65 percent of the jobs that today's high school graduates will have in their lifetime do not even exist yet. But we are still teaching them in the same way that we trained industrial workers a century ago." How do we reconnect students with their passion and purpose? This article offers seven useful starting points.

Geneticists Uncover Major Clue To Understanding Schizophrenia

Scientists say they have broken new ground in the study of schizophrenia, uncovering a potentially powerful genetic contributor to the mental disorder and helping to explain why its symptoms of confused and delusional thinking most often reach a crisis state as a person nears the cusp of adulthood.

Genes associated with the function of the immune system have long been suspected in schizophrenia, but scientists have been at a loss to understand the nature of the link. In a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard show that immune-related genetic variations linked to schizophrenia play a key role in prompting the "pruning" of brain connections in late adolescence.

That pruning of synapses — the connections among brain cells that proliferate with wild abandon throughout infancy and childhood — appears to play a key role in humans' cognitive transition to adulthood. If that process were altered by a slight change in…

The CIA Unveils an ‘X-Files’ Dump of UFO Documents and Photos

One night about 20 years ago I went out for a dog walk with a neighbor, who happened to be a veteran pilot for United Airlines. We got to talking about UFOs for some reason–maybe it was the brilliant night sky, maybe one of those periodic reports about government “cover-ups” of alien visitors. And he, a very serious guy, told me he had seen something he could not explain during one of his regular flights from Chicago to Honolulu. 

“Three orange...somethings,” I remember him saying.  They hovered about a mile off his starboard bow, as in a combat flight formation, and then made a series of abrupt, perpendicular turns before returning to their cruising spots. He radioed ground control about the strange objects, he told me. The response came back that no other aircraft were showing on the radar.  Eventually, he said, the unidentified flying objects zipped away at hypersonic speed. 

The pilot was clearly troubled about the incident, and not by just what he saw. He said other pilots had qu…

New Therapy Halts Progression of Lou Gehrig’s Disease in Mice

Researchers announced that they have essentially stopped the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, for nearly two years, allowing the mice to approach their normal lifespan.

Scientists at Oregon State University say the findings are some of the most compelling ever produced in the search for a therapy to help sufferers of ALS, a debilitating and fatal disease.

“We are shocked at how well this treatment can stop the progression of ALS,” said Joseph Beckman, lead author on this study and professor of biochemistry and biophysics in the College of Science at Oregon State University, and principal investigator at OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute.

In decades of work, no treatment has been discovered for ALS that can do anything but prolong human survival less than a month. The mouse model used in this study is one that scientists believe may closely resemble the human reaction to this treatment.

It’s not yet known if humans will have the same response, but re…

Daily Inspirational Quote – January 31, 2016

“An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place and circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break."

I have had too many experiences of the above to count but I’m still amazed when it happens again and again. I expect you’ve all had times when you meet someone in the most unlikely place at the most inopportune moment who you just know was meant to come into your life, and indeed you into theirs, for a reason that is perhaps not clear at the time. I truly believe that, while travelling along our life path, there are certain people waiting at the side to step in beside us, whether just for a short way or for a long distance or even for the duration of our journey. All are important and all bring something different to share with us, some beneficial and some perhaps not so beneficial but everything has a purpose and a lesson for us so it behoves us to just accept.


The Pollination Project: The Power of Small & Philanthropy

The Pollination Project has a unique approach to philanthropy. It grants small donations of up to $1000 each day, to causes spanning all geographies, all unmet needs, and all issues. The common element for each grantee is that their work spread compassion. Founder Ari Nessel defines compassion, "being this ability to see yourself in others, and others in yourself. Wanting to reduce our collective suffering or collective injustice in existing world, and to co-create more kindness, more generosity, more love, and more connectedness." In this interview Nessel shares more about the origins of The Pollination Project and his own spiritual journey and awakening.