Archive for March, 2010

March 31st, 2010

Associates are asked to wash hands after using the public bathroom?

 

Every time I use a public bathroom there is a sign in the bathroom telling the people who work there to wash their hands before returning to the floor. May I ask you, why only the associates? This always bothers me when I use a public bathroom. Doesn’t the health department know that every human being on earth needs to wash their hands after they use the bathroom, no matter where they do it? To me this makes more sense to tell all persons using the bathroom to please wash their hands before leaving the room. We all are handling the door knobs, toilet paper, paper towels, blow machines, sinks, soap and what ever else there is in a public bathroom. We all carry germs on our hands after touching other things. I think the health department needs to look again at this. Think about it. Would you like to touch a door knob after someone who doesn’t wash their hands after doing a poop? I hope the answer to that question is a big NO.

How many times to do you think about touching a door knob after washing your hands and then wondering if that person before you washed their hands? If they didn’t there would be ugly germs all over the door knob. I hope that grown ups carry an antiseptic with them when their little children has to sit on the public toilet to pee pee. If  grown ups are smart they will not sit on a public toilet when the go to the bathroom. Germs are all over that seat.

The way the public leaves most public bathrooms makes me wonder what their bathrooms look like at home. I think people could be much cleaner and more aware of what is going on around them.

I hope you enjoy this conversation and think about the next time you use a public bathroom. Please folks, make sure you wash your hands, no matter if you work there or not. It’s just much more sanitary to do so.

Owner/Author: Pama Lyons

March 29th, 2010

Can E-readers Help the Environment?

Here is an article by Jasmine Greene about e-books. It is hard for me to read books unless I really get into the story. I have read more these past few months than I have read in my entire life time. My friends and I both love having the actual book in hand. You can kick back on your favorite chair and read. Unless you have a lap top, that is hard to do with the E-books. I find myself able to concentrate better with the actual material in my hands than reading from my computer. You can mark the page, which it is hard to do when you are E-book reading. I buy mostly used books on Amazon when I can. Sometimes I need to buy them new. I am all for saving the trees and the environment. If E-booking will eventually play a large part in saving the environment I am all for it. I will always try to do my best to help save our planet. I hope you enjoy this article.

Jasmine Greene:

While books, magazines and newspapers may still attract people who want a physical object to read, many are turning to digital means of reading: e-readers. While the technology has been around since the ’70s, the technology didn’t take off until 2007 with the introduction of Amazon’s Kindle. This technology allows people to have hundreds of books on hand without cutting down any trees or adding to any landfills.

Although E-readers are still a niche technology, selling around a total of 3 million units in 2009, the incorporation of this technology worldwide could make a significant impact on the environment. According to a report done by Cleantech, any carbon emitted by the Kindle in its lifetime is offset its first year of use. In fact Emma Ritch, the author of said report, states: “Any additional years of use result in net carbon savings, equivalent to an average of 168 kg of CO2 per year (the emissions produced in the manufacture and distribution of 22.5 books)” and that between 2009-2012, e-reader purchases and usage could prevent 5.3 billion kg of CO2[Source: Cleantech]. Printed media harvests around 125 million trees per year, and printed books have the highest per-unit carbon footprint (which includes raw materials, paper production, transportation, etc). 25-30% of the books sent out are returned to publishers where they are then either recycled, thrown out or incinerated [Source: New York Times].

Even though E-readers may save trees, the amount of carbon emission during its production is much higher than standard books, about 168 kilograms of carbon dioxide compared to 7.46 kilograms for a book [Source: CNET]. And of course there’s always the problem of electronic waste. Many electronic devices use the highly toxic plastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which can leach out of these plastic products into our groundwater and soil. While Apple has stated that their iPad does not contain any PVC, the Kindle and many other e-readers have not been able to provide evidence of the same [Source: New York Times]. Despite problems with waste, one of the major drawbacks of the E-readers is the fact that they still require electricity from a fossil-fueled power source. To combat this problem, the Korean company, LG, created a solar-powered e-reader that uses thin solar cell technology in order to provide electricity to the device [Source: Tech News World]. Unfortunately, LG is currently the only corporation that has released a solar e-reader.

While there are positives and negatives to the e-reader, in the end if the publishers do not decrease the amount of new books created every year, then the problem will not be solved. Still, the benefits of printed media still outweigh e-readers for various reasons:
1. you can easily lend a book/newspaper/magazine to a friend
2. easier to keep your place and just the tactile sensation of turning the page
3. there is a very large market for used books. Buying used means that you do not kill any trees and leads to smaller carbon emissions…or go to a local library.
All in all, e-readers may become the wave of the future, but there is still a ways to go for them to be truly environmentally friendly.

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Owner/Author: Pama Lyons

March 26th, 2010

Eating Fruit the Right Way!

Eating Fruit

“We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It’s not as easy as you think. It’s important to know how and when to eat.

What is the correct way of eating fruits?

IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS! * FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH..

If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT IS A MOST IMPORTANT FOOD. Let’s say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.

In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil….

So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have heard people complaining — every time I eat watermelon I burp or when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc — actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!

There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice – drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don’t even drink juice that has been heated up. Don’t eat cooked fruits because you don’t get the nutrients at all. You only get the taste. Cooking destroys almost all the vitamins.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

ORANGE : Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene — the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content.. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.

Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer! Can u believe this?? For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.”

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Owner/Author: Pama Lyons

March 24th, 2010

10 Predictions for the Future of the Home

“Along with food, clothing, water, and air, one of the very basic necessities of living ever has been and ever shall be the home. As a fundamental aspect of life itself, shelter understandably must undergo changes both minor and major in order to cozily accommodate mankind’s perpetually shifting needs and wants. Take a peek at current technologies and studies that may serve as veritable crystal balls for what may be in store for future construction projects. Keep in mind, of course, that these are merely predictions and not steadfast declarations. Time will tell whether or not they eventually come to bear fruit or current technologies veer humanity on an entirely unexpected course altogether.

1. Use of sustainable and/or organic materials

Materials engineers, contractors, and architects are already starting to take advantage of recycled, sustainable, or completely organic substances in the construction of new homes. On the synthetic end of the spectrum, for example, Serious Materials has developed an environmentally-friendly drywall known as EcoRock. This revolutionary new invention uses up to 80% less energy during production than the traditional drywall made of gypsum. Made of 80% post-industrial recycled materials – including leftovers from cement and steel factories – it is also 50% more efficient at repelling mold without the use of harmful anti-fungals, produces 60% less dust than traditional gypsum drywall, and does not release mercury into the air. At the end of its life, Serious Materials intends for EcoRock to be utilized as a pH additive in soil or recycled into another generation of drywall. Even if it ends up in a landfill, however, the material decomposes in a safe manner that leaves behind no negative environmental impacts. The company intends to release this hopefully influential new drywall in Alaska and the Western part of the United States in 2010.

Other architects look towards the natural world for inspiration, building upon the previous efforts of Frank Lloyd Wright and other organic architects. Some find creative ways to include the surrounding environment in their designs, building around pre-existing rock outcroppings, tree groves, bodies of water, and other structures. A few cutting-edge architects, however, take this concept one step further by experimenting with the use of nature itself. Magnus Larsson has sent ripples of excitement throughout the industry with Dune – his amazing use of Saharan sand and Bacillus Pasteurii bacteria to construct a 6,000 km wall that prevents further desert encroachment. Mimicking the shape of spacious tafoni, the project sets a potentially revolutionary precedent challenging other architects to design sustainable structures straight from the Earth itself.”

This was number 1 of the 10 predictions. If you liked this, please visit the site and read the rest. Very interesting.

http://constructionmanagementdegree.org/blog/2010/10-predictions-for-the-future-of-the-home/

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March 22nd, 2010

Home Wind Turbines for your Home

This is really cool. Why wait til the government charges you an arm and a leg when you can install your own wind turbines right on your garage roofs. There are so-o-o-o many things that we can do for ourselves to save energy and possibly get paid by the utility companies instead of them charging us. That would be great. Right now I’m also looking into solar shields. Here is a video you can watch on  wind turbines for your home. http://homewindturbine.windenergy7.com/

Enjoy: Owner/Author Pama Lyons

March 19th, 2010

3 Orphaned Bear Cubs Released Into Wild

 

 

 

I thought this story about the momma bear teaching her three cubs how t break in and steal food from houses was very interesting. It just goes to show you that if you need to survive, a mother will do anything to feed her children whether you are a human or an animal.  This story can not be copied so I am putting a link here for you to read. Enjoy:

 http://www.wesh.com/irresistible/22878579/detail.html

When I was 18 I worked on a dude ranch in Jackson Hole ,Wyoming. One day I visited Yellowstone Park. We were driving down a road and everyone had stopped their cars to watch. A momma bear brought her three cubs out to the side of the road. She allowed people to take pictures for awhile. When she was done, she turned around and took them back into the woods. It was an amazing thing to see.

 

Owner/Author Pama Lyons

 

 

March 17th, 2010

Eight of the World’s Most Unusual Plants

I was looking around to see what kind of unusual story I can come up with and this is something that I felt I must share with you. Our world has amazing things going on way beyond our imagination. These plants are truely unbelievable. Take a look and tell me what you think about them. Very scary!

http://www.divinecaroline.com/22167/37205-eight-world-s-most-unusual-plants

This was up dated on July 25, 2008. I hope you enjoy.

Owner/Author: Pama Lyons

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