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by Andrew Hodges posted Sep 19 2013 7:46AM

What Color do you wear the most?  I'm a Blue and Purple kind of girl 

Ladies wearing red are feeling strong and inciting action.

Orange--Ladies choosing orange are feeling enthusiastic and daring.

Yellow--Yellow is for an energetic, youthful mood. It's unexpected and unpredictable in a fun way. Wearing yellow on your nails is fresh and joyful.

Green—Ladies who go green are feeling earthy and in-touch, with a dash of spunk.

Blue--Navy blue is an emotional category. It lets people know you're edgy, sophisticated, and an authority in your field.

Purple--Creative types love purple's base colors, calming blue and energetic red. Lavender is for embracing the ultra feminine side and to be flirty.

Black--Black nails are a year-round accessory for expressing the inner wild child. It stand for being rebellious, non-conforming, mysterious, and unrestrained.

by Andrew Hodges posted Sep 17 2013 9:20AM

Check out a list of things guys do that annoy other guys:  and see if you're doing any of theses!! 

Yesterday there was a discussion on about the things men do that make other men angry.  Here are the top eight . . .



1.  Suddenly turning into a stereotypical alpha male as soon as women are around.


2.  Blocking another guy when he's successfully talking to a woman.  I think we all know what the REAL term for this is.


3.  Hitting on someone else's girlfriend right in front of them.


4.  Leaving public restrooms a disgusting mess.


5.  Talking or bragging about cheating on their wife or girlfriend.


6.  Being racist, sexist, or homophobic, and just assuming you'll be on board.


7.  Trying to have sex with women on the first date . . . then holding it AGAINST them if it happens.


8.  Complaining everywhere you go because there aren't enough women . . . then not talking to women once you move to another place.

by Andrew Hodges posted Sep 12 2013 8:47AM

1. Sitting--Even if you regularly exercise, long periods of inactivity are unhealthy. A study found that people who reduced excessive sitting to less than three hours a day could add two years to their life expectancy.

2. Sleeping too much--Sleeping too little is of course bad for your health, but sleeping too much can be harmful as well. A review of sleep studies showed that people who slept more than nine hours a night were at a 41% higher risk for heart disease than those who slept seven to eight hours a night.

3. Staring at a screen--Research found that spending more than four hours a day in front of a screen, like watching TV or surfing the Internet, can increase risk of heart attack and stroke by as much as 113%. Another study found that lowering screen time to less than two hours a day could add almost 2 years to their life expectancy.

4. Taking medication for non life-threatening illnesses--Taking medication for things like insomnia or anxiety could lower some people's life expectancy. A study found that people not taking those medications had about a 5% lower mortality rate than those taking medication.

5. Lacking a sense of humor--Laughter has a long list of health benefits. It helps boost the immune system, reduces stress, and provides an emotional release. Laughing also burns calories.

6. A long commute--Not only does commuting take up lots of time on a daily basis, it could also be taking time away from your total life span. People with commutes longer than 30 minutes die earlier than others. Long commutes mean less time for exercise and sleep — both of which contribute to a longer and healthier life.

7. Stressing out—Stress can actually damage our DNA. Compared to non-stressed people, people with chronic stress have shorter telomeres — the regions responsible for protecting and connecting the ends of DNA strands, so our genes don't degrade over time.

8. Not having sex--Having sex not only relieves stress, it burns calories and may even increase your life span. A study found that women with enjoyable sex lives lived almost eight years longer. And men who reported a higher frequency of orgasms had a 50% reduction in mortality.

9. Eating Poorly--Things like processed foods, too much red meat, and not enough fresh fruit and vegetables all contribute to serious health problems. Excessive red meat leads to higher cardiovascular disease and cancer mortality.

10. Being anti-social--Isolation and loneliness can take a toll on your body in the same way stress does. People who rated themselves highly valuable in their friends' and family's lives were more likely to live longer than those who rated themselves lower.
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by Miguel Fuller posted Sep 12 2013 6:21AM
In my forever quest to not have a heart attack, I'm always researching new facts about the foods I'm putting in my mouth. Most of the time I just want to put cheese fries with bacon in my mouth, but I can't. Found this interesting article from Woman's Day about five foods that are actually healthy.

1.  Steak.  Red meat got a bad rep because it's high fat.  But not all of it.  If you choose the right cut of lean beef, like top sirloin, you've got a steak packed with protein, iron, B-12, and zinc.  And try to get grass-fed beef, which is the lowest in fat.

2.  Potatoes.  The anti-carb movement basically wrecked potatoes for everybody.  But there's nothing bad about them if you watch your serving size, and prepare them right.  They have a ton of nutrients . . . especially the skins.

3.  Canned Vegetables.  You always hear that canned vegetables have lost all their vitamins, so don't bother with them.  But actually, studies show that frozen and canned vegetables are just as healthy as fresh ones.  Plus they're way cheaper.

4.  Eggs.  Everybody blames eggs for heart disease and bad cholesterol.  But eggs are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and protein.  Research found that having one egg a day doesn't hurt you.  Just take it easy with your five egg omelets.

5.  Pizza.  If you do pizza right, you have a powerhouse of whole grains, veggies, and protein-rich dairy.  Start with whole wheat crust, load it with vegetable toppings, use low-fat mozzarella, and you're set.

by Holly O'Connor posted Sep 10 2013 12:17PM

We're gonna talk about the situation in Syria! I have three main areas to cover:

1. A little background on Syria to understand what's happening now

2. The use of chemical weapons

3. How the US factors into this mess

Area 1: Some background

Syria is currently in a massive civil war. It's messy, it's confusing, and people are dying by the thousands. Basically, the Syrian government WAY over-reacted to some peaceful protestors a couple years ago and started killing those protestors without mercy. Eventually the protestors took up arms and thus began the war that’s happening now. Recently, the Syrian Government used chemical weapons against these rebel forces…aka, their own people.

Also, you should know that Syria basically has two allies: Iran and Russia. We’ll talk more about how Russia factors in later.

Ok. So Syria has been in this civil war for 2 years now but we’re suddenly hearing all about it because of their use of chemical weapons. Why is this such a big deal? That brings us to... 

Area 2: The use of chemical weapons

All's fair in war- except the use of chemical weapons. The world pretty much has a gentleman's handshake in place NOT to use them, ever, because of the damage they cause civilians. There isn't much good that comes from using them in battle, since they can't be contained to just military strikes. If you use chemical weapons, military and civilians alike are affected without bias. So it's because Syria went ahead, broke the world’s deal and used chemical weapons that the US and United Nations are so upset.

Another tidbit about chemical weapons- the state of the gentlemen's handshake on their ban is fragile, and depends on NO ONE using them, EVER. So if one country breaks the deal, it opens the door for other countries to use them.

Now let’s talk about the 3rd area: Why is there talk about the US getting involved in this mess?

President Obama wants to send some missiles over to Syria. Not to try and fix the horrible war or try to help the people there, but to warn the Syrian government (and anyone else) that the use of chemical weapons won't be tolerated.

In order to do this, Congress would have to OK it. It’s not clear right now if they would, and here’s why 

Many US politicians and members of the public are concerned that ANY military action in Syria would draw us into a long war and cause more hate against the US.

However, as of yesterday, Russia got involved by asking Syria to hand over their chemical weapons (remember, Russia is one of Syria’s only allies…so Syria will take advice from them.)

And as of THIS morning, Syria has AGREED to hand over their weapons—so at the moment, no military action is planned. President Obama says the threat of action will remain until weapons are actually handed over, and of course they will be watching the situation carefully.

*Side note: when we say Syria will “hand over” their chemical weapons, it means they will put the their chemical weapons sites under international control.
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