Reduce Worry

Reduce Worry

Are you someone whose mind is always busy. Do you relive events of your day in your mind? Do you wonder and worry about what tomorrow will bring? It can be hard sometimes to shut your mind down and relax enough to fall asleep. You may find yourself tossing and turning as your mind fights sleep. There are many ways to relax your mind and reduce your worry long enough to relax and fall asleep. The key is finding the way that works for you. Your goal is clearing your…

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The Hardest Thing about Being A Mother

The Hardest Thing about Being A Mother

What is the hardest thing about being a mother? Well, before my son was born I thought the hardest thing about being a mother was waking up 10 times in the middle of the night to calm a crying baby. Or maybe not having any free time to do anything I wanted. Or possibly it’s the extra weight that you gain, or the stretch marks, or the sore nipples after breastfeeding, or the lack of sleep… The list in my head went on and on. However, none of these things…

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Leave Alec Baldwin Alone

Leave Alec Baldwin Alone

Yet another “news” story that drives me nuts. What is the fascination with Alec Baldwin’s marital and family problems? I am all for knowing a bit about the entertainers that show up on the big small screens, but diving into their problems is not what I consider news or even remotely entertaining. Are we just so enthralled by peeking into these famous peoples’ lives? Do we get a kick out of seeing that yes, even famous people have problems? Maybe deep down (or perhaps not so deep) we want to…

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Winter Driving Isn’t Rocket Science

Winter Driving Isn’t Rocket Science

Winter has finally arrived in full force where I live. Some of you may have already had some big snowfalls, but yesterday was the first here in the Rocky Mountains for us. I enjoy all seasons really, so winter is neither good nor bad for me. I like the cold, I enjoy snow and I even enjoy driving in snow. I know, something is off in my head you are thinking. What I don’t enjoy is the drivers that have no sense about how to change their driving styles for…

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Creative Statistics Revisited

Creative Statistics Revisited

The top headline on CNN today made me feel the need to revisit my comments about how statistics are creatively used, primarily in popular news reporting. First, I need to ask you to put aside your feelings about the war in Iraq – this is not a discussion on whether we should be there or whether we should have ever gone there in the first place. I am not asking your opinion of whether troops should be pulled out right away or any of that. What I am asking is…

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Traveling Long Distance With Kids

Traveling Long Distance With Kids

I am currently traveling to the merry land of Disney for a family vacation, so we are getting plenty of “quality” time in the car on the trip there. Quality, of course, is a loose term to describe the periodic calm between the kid’s grumpy phases from so many hours in the car. I really have nothing to complain about, and I have a new appreciation for what my parents went through. These days we have electronic crutches to help get us through the long distance drives with kids. Sure,…

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Lowering the Legal Drinking Age?

Lowering the Legal Drinking Age?

Rach, the “teen” My hall has had five kids go to the hospital in the first six weeks of college. Everyone who lives in this hall is underage. Still, every weekend a group of us meet in the common room and we all walk together to the frat that’s having the best party. Clearly, underage drinking is a problem on my campus. But we’re not alone, this happens at almost every college. We have had lots and lots of meetings and assemblies on how to take care of a drunk…

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Another gold mining project gets environmental approval in Burkina Faso

Another gold mining project gets environmental approval in Burkina Faso

Canadian-junior Roxgold (TSXV: ROG) jumped another hurdle in its pursuit to become a gold miner in Burkina Faso with approval of its environmental and social impact assessment of the Yaramoko gold project. It’s not a shocker but nonetheless importantly pushes Roxgold closer to construction of its Yaramoko gold project in Burkina Faso, where near 10 mines have been approved and built in as many years. Yaramoko increasingly looks like it will add another notch to Burkina’s pro-mining permitting performance in the past decade or so. John Dorward, Roxgold President and…

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Hot Air Balloons, the Internet and the Future of Your Business

Hot Air Balloons, the Internet and the Future of Your Business

Let’s go on a journey down the proverbial rabbit hole to the not-so-distant future of telecommunications– a future where network servers float in the clouds (I mean physical, made-from-water-vapor clouds) on hot air balloons, flying drone Internet access points whiz overhead in third-world countries, privately-owned satellites receive and transmit every “like” and “follow”, and a cackling Mark Zuckerberg is swimming in a vault of gold coins like a hoodie-loving Scrooge McDuck. This is the future that has been laid before us. (Seriously. Google and Facebook actually have plans for these…

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Neither Shaken Nor Stirred, How Bond’s Brand Stayed True While Changing

Neither Shaken Nor Stirred, How Bond’s Brand Stayed True While Changing

We’ve been on a James Bond kick recently, and with Skyfall breaking the record for biggest Bond film opening weekend, it’s worth discussing how the brand has evolved. More than once in my relatively brief advertising career, I’ve heard the words “It should be sort of… sort of James Bond-ish.” or “You know Double-O seven s%@*, man.” The iconic character that became a brand has evolved into an adjective. And this is the greater truth. After almost 60 years of being in existence, the James Bond brand is one of…

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