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Saturday, October 30, 2010

music Nat King Cole – Smile


About This Track

“Smile” is a song, originally used as an instrumental theme in the soundtrack for the 1936 Charlie Chaplin movie Modern Times. Chaplin composed the music. While some believe the words were written by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons. Recorded in 1954 by Nat King Cole. (Wikipedia) 

thanks Isaiah

“Secret shoppers” help improve the real patient’s experience

Health Care Mystery Shoppers

New Emphasis on Customer Service in Medicine

“Secret shoppers” help improve the real patient’s experience

| A middle-age woman flips through dog-eared magazines in the teeming waiting room of a doctor’s office. A man in his 60s arrives at a hospital emergency room describing the symptoms of a possible heart attack. And a patient recently diagnosed with breast cancer telephones a busy urban teaching hospital, confused about which specialist she should consult.

Although these sound like real medical encounters, they’re not: The patients are fake. Each is a “mystery shopper” hired to report back to management about whether their experiences meet the standards of the hospital or medical practice that hired them. Their work is aimed at improving your experience in the hospital, clinic or doctor’s office.
For more than half a century, mystery shoppers, also known as secret shoppers, have been fixtures in retail, hotel and banking businesses, surreptitiously scoping out how customers are being treated, where service falls short and why patrons may be fleeing.

Now, as competition for patients has intensified, customer service has assumed new importance in health care, too, and the ranks of mystery patients have swelled—although statistics documenting their number and use are sketchy at best.

How it works

Medical mystery shoppers generally focus on customer service rather than clinical skills, and they operate in much the same way. Most fill out detailed checklists and submit descriptions of encounters with everyone from telephone schedulers who are sometimes rude, to receptionists who ignore them to pursue long personal conversations, to doctors who are abrupt or who fail to wash their hands.

Some hospitals, among them Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, deploy their own employees instead of hiring outsiders. Either way, the use of medical mystery shoppers is usually designed to “improve customers’ experiences so that’ll improve the bottom line,” says John Swinburn, executive director of the Dallas-based Mystery Shopping Providers Association, which has 150 member companies in the United States. “It’s very much about quality control.”

Swinburn estimates that revenue from the total mystery shopping industry will approach $1.5 billion this year. No one knows what percentage of that money is from medical shoppers. But, he says, “anecdotally, there does appear to be quite a lot of recent interest in medical shopping.”

The American Medical Association, the nation’s largest doctors’ group, has considered the practice of medical mystery shopping, but has not taken an official position.

Swinburn and officials of mystery shopping companies say shoppers must be careful to avoid diverting care from those who really need help.
That possibility is of paramount concern to Richard C. Frederick, M.D., a veteran emergency room physician who opposes the practice, which he regards as inherently dishonest and bad for morale because it breeds mistrust.

“Truthfulness is a core medical issue,” says Frederick, vice chairman of the emergency department at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. Mystery patients may tie up scarce resources that real patients need, he says.

“I think that’s particularly unconscionable,” says Frederick, who teaches a course in medical ethics. He says in his emergency room “we have 42 beds and it’s not unusual for us to have 60 to 70 patients” waiting to be seen.
Nancy Berlinger, deputy director of the Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute in Garrison, N.Y., says she finds the use of mystery patients less problematic in settings outside of hospitals, such as doctors’ offices. But Berlinger has reservations about the practice because it is based on deception.

“Are we trying to play a ‘gotcha’ game or improve health care?” she asks. “And is there no other way we can understand what is going on?"

Scripts to follow

Barbara Gerber thinks there is not.
She is the founder and president of Devon Hill LLC, a La Jolla, Calif., firm that specializes in medical mystery shopping. Gerber, who sometimes sports disguises including a wig, has undergone lab tests and a mammogram. In her work for hospitals and medical practices from Montana to New Jersey, she gives detailed scripts to the two dozen people she regularly hires as sham patients and may send three people in to do a “shop” of the same place.
Gerber said she got the idea for medical mystery shopping after a bad experience as a hospitalized patient in the mid-1990s. She advises hospitals to alert their staffs in advance that mystery patients will be visiting “in the next weeks or months.”

“Once you tell the staff you’re doing it, it’s not really deceptive anymore,” she says.

While Gerber says that her shoppers do not routinely disclose who they are because it creates too much consternation, Jodi Manfredi, manager of health care client services with the San Diego-based firm TrendSource, said her contractors may reveal what they are doing if a patient comes in with an urgent problem.

Unlike Gerber, Manfredi said her contractors do not focus on care, but rather on experiences with the staff. “We focus on interpersonal skills, on doctors’ listening skills and whether they seem rushed,” she says. “Many patients will leave a practice because of the experience with the front office staff.”

Shoppers’ pay

Manfredi, who specializes in shopping dental and cosmetic medical practices, said mystery shoppers are paid anywhere from $25 to $200 per session, depending on the length or complexity of their assignment; hospitals and medical practices typically pay between $20,000 and $100,000 for a series of mystery shopping services, which include recommendations.

One hospital’s experience

At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard University teaching hospital in Boston that recorded nearly 700,000 outpatient visits last year, eight secret shoppers regularly assess staff performance by posing as patients on the telephone and in visits to its 51 waiting rooms.
The center employs its own shoppers, including those who telephone the hospital and have more than 100 scenarios they use—posing as a 55-year-old woman calling to make an appointment for a bone density test, a jogger experiencing heart palpitations who needs to see a cardiologist, and a woman newly diagnosed with invasive breast cancer who says, “I’m not sure what I’m looking for, can you help me?”

“We want to provide the kind of care each of us would want our own families to receive,” says Mark Zeidel, chief of medicine at the hospital and a champion of the program, which, he says, has “engaged our staff” and improved efficiency. “It is amazing how often calls get dropped and people can’t find the right person,” he says.

Shoppers get results

Hospital officials point to the tangible improvements they say are largely attributable to the use of mystery shoppers: Appointment waiting time has been cut from an average of 12 days to five, and telephone customer service ratings have improved. Waiting room ratings increased from 78 percent in 2007 to 90 percent in 2009; Zeidel says visits to outpatient clinics have increased 35 percent since the program was launched.

Sherry Calderon, manager of ambulatory services at Beth Israel, says: “I really feel like this kind of regular checking has driven change here that nothing else has.”

Sandra G. Boodman, a former staff writer for the Washington Post, writes regularly about health for the Post and Kaiser Health News.

Trick orTreat said the hospital!

Auto accident? Insurance will pay? You hurt all over?

Smile!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your hospital bill is $12,000.00 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now you still have the doctors and clinics to pay also!

Payments you say? 
It all has to be paid in one year, so take the full amount and divide it by 12 :)

A limited income and you wanted help?
Well, you do have a broken arm and ribs!

Free at last, free at last.

 Surf your way to free food, lodging and other deals on the Internet.

Free at last, free at last. Thanks to the Internet, more and more stuff is free at last.

Nothing excites my Inner Miser more than the thought of getting something for free. More than once, I've nearly crashed the car when I've seen something along the road with a homemade "FREE!" sign next to it. It doesn't matter what it is, I automatically hit the brakes.

I've scored some terrific free stuff over the years, but my bragging rights pale in comparison to those of my friend and fellow cheapskate Kate Easlick of Benzonia, Mich. In the rolling countryside, Easlick lives in a delightful little home she has proudly decorated with an array of furniture and other housewares that she's nabbed for free (or pennies on the dollar) from friends, neighbors and Internet sites such as Freecycle and Craigslist.

But it's Easlick's house — not her furniture — that has my Inner Miser more than a little green with cheapskate envy. You see, when she was looking to build a house on the lot she owned, she posted an ad in the local newspaper asking if anyone had a house they planned to demolish. Her proposal: Give me your house — for free — and I'll move it to my lot. Sure enough, clever Kate now lives in a small but very comfortable house she got for absolutely free, having paid about only $6,000 for the cost of moving it a couple of miles to her piece of property.

OK, so maybe everybody can't score a free house, but the Internet has opened up a whole new world when it comes to free stuff. Here are some of my favorite sites:

Free Money: The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) is a nonprofit organization with a website ( that can help you find money that might be due you or your family members from sources like forgotten bank accounts, inheritances, utility-bill refunds, security deposits and so on. NAUPA says that about one out of every eight Americans is entitled to unclaimed assets (I was one of them!), with claims averaging about $1,000. Searching for and recovering funds through NAUPA is free; beware of any companies that try to charge you money to do the same thing. Also, check out to search for unclaimed savings bonds.

Birthday Freebies: Birthdays sting a little less when you discover all of the freebies you're entitled to on your special day. From free meals and free ice cream to free gifts and entertainment — check out this list and you'll wish you had more than one birthday in a year.

Free Software: Many websites, including and, offer free software downloads. For example, provides a free alternative to expensive Microsoft Office software. Does Bill Gates know about this?

Free Audio Books: Download free audio books on the nonprofit website These are recordings of books that are found in the public domain (i.e., no longer covered by copyright) and they're read by volunteers, but the quality is generally quite good.

Free Kiddie Meals: includes a nationwide directory of thousands of restaurants where kids can eat for free when accompanied by an adult. It's a great way to treat the grandchildren to a nice meal out.
Free Samples: The Internet is of course loaded with sites offering free product samples and other free stuff, but beware of rip-offs and cons. Some of my personal favorites for free samples are:,,, and
Free Foreign Languages: "Habla cheapskate?" Learn a wide range of foreign languages with the help of the free online audio and visual teaching tools provided by the BBC.

Free Lodging for Travelers: And last but not least, is a nonprofit network of more than a half-million people around the world who will let you sleep on their couch (or, often, in a spare bedroom) while you're traveling. Couch Surfing may not suit everyone's travel tastes, but I've used the Couch Surfing network extensively in my travels — as do more and more 50+ folks like me. I've found it to be a great way to meet local people and see the world on a shoestring budget. Check out its website and you might just get hooked like I did.

Jeff Yeager is the author of The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches and The Cheapskate Next Door. His website is and you can friend him on Facebook at JeffYeagerUltimateCheapskate or follow him on Twitter.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Buffalohair, Joe and the UFO, A Book Review

Buffalohair, Joe and the UFO, A Book Review

Joe and the UFO, A Book Review

What would you do if by chance a UFO crash-landed in your back yard? In the case of Joe Lucky, an impoverished farmer on the brink of foreclosure, that is exactly what happened one shimmering night. Interestingly enough the back drop for Joe and the UFOSouthern Colorado region noted for exterrestrial and paranormal activity since time immemorial. Out of a quaint little science fiction story evolved an epic journey into the human experience as I read this wonderful piece written by Daniel Sanchez Leonetti.

Joe and the UFO truly was a journey for not only Joe Lucky but for the reader as well. I was thrust into the culture of Southern Colorado with colloquialisms, culture and history only found within this region. From humor and joy to the darkest of human emotions Joe and the UFO spanned the human persona. The characters came to life as they faced very real tribulations associated with an exterrestrial encounter. Heartwarming at times and ruthless as well, Joe and the UFO offers the reader an opportunity to introspectively examine their own emotions if poised with the situation that faced Joe Lucky and the other characters within this well written folktale.

You don’t have to be a UFO aficionado to appreciate this story for it’s a human tale and in some way a reflection of the era we live writhe with tumult and uncertainty. For the UFO aficionado this tale is a vindication of the realities that not only lay in the stellar beyond but within the souls of man. Joe and the UFO is bound to be a classic for within its pages is a lesson that all of mankind should heed.

The book is available at:

Your Devil’s Advocate


NY PIX Morning News Blog – WPIX-TV

NY PIX Morning News Blog – WPIX-TV

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

People sell poison and other people eat it ! Alarming!

Part of  the Night Shade family and when it gets sun burned!

Fired Green Potatoes

Are You Watching Out for Your Kids?

From LOSING IT! With Jillian Michaels
Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Are You Watching Out for Your Kids?

I hate to break it to you, but there are so many toxins in our environment nowadays that your kids are exposed to chemicals and endocrine disruptors on a daily basis. I know — scary, right? Luckily, they have YOU to help do something about it. Now, you can't change everything, but as parents, you do have a great deal of power over what your kids put in their mouths and on their skin. You probably know you need to feed them the best quality food you can afford, but what about the quality of the clothes, toys, and diapers you buy for them? Here are four important steps that you can take to help clean up their environment. 

Clothing and bedding: Make sure your kids' pajamas, bedding, pillows, and mattresses do not contain polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), a class of flame-retardant chemicals. They pose potential health risks to children — they've been linked to thyroid disruption, learning and memory problems, hearing damage, decreased sperm counts in later years, and birth defects. Choose organic bedding and clothing that's free of these chemicals, and your body, your kids' bodies, and the planet will be much happier. 

Toys: The phthalates DEHP and DINP are added to plastics to make them flexible. But they pose a health risk to you and your children because they are endocrine disruptors. Many manufacturers and stores have pledged to remove phthalates from their toys, but if the recalls on toys from China tell us anything, it's that we can't be 100 percent sure about the products we buy. Instead, choose unpainted wood and organic fabric toys. 

Bottles and diapers: Don't put endocrine disruptors directly into babies' mouths or on their bottoms. Instead, use glass bottles and unbleached diapers, such as Seventh Generation chlorine-free diapers or gDiapers.

Lice shampoo: You don't want to pour toxic pesticides on children's heads. Adopt a "no nits" policy and do regular screenings: Use a lice comb and get the nits out before they develop into lice. If your children do get lice, find a gentle anti-lice shampoo with natural ingredients, and prevent recurrences by sprinkling a few drops of tea tree essential oil on their heads every day. 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Health: taking care of a broken arm

Health: taking care of a broken arm

Taking care of a broken arm is not difficult. Use these tips to help someone recover as quickly and comfortably as possible.

Broken bones, especially broken arms, are a very common occurrence especially among active children and teens. Fortunately, taking care of such a fracture is not as complicated as one might think. Simply having a few facts about the injury, first aid and treatment is all it takes to help someone recover as quickly as possible.
Is It Broken?
Usually, it is quite obvious that a bone has been broken, but if there is any uncertainty look for these signs:
1. There is extreme pain in one area of the arm.
2. The arm cannot be moved normally, or there is great pain with movement.
3. Deformity or swelling is obvious when compared with the other arm.

What To Do Next
Once a fracture is suspected, get the person to a physician quickly. You can also take these first aid steps to help ease the pain in the meantime:

1. Try to keep the arm motionless using a homemade splint or sling if necessary. A sling is the easiest because all you need is a cloth wide enough to support the arm, with ends long enough to be tied comfortably around the neck.

2. Keep the arm elevated above heart level to keep swelling to a minimum.

Also, even though it might seem to make sense, never try to put a fractured bone back into its normal position, even if it has torn through skin and is exposed. Instead, keep the injured area clean and covered and head for the emergency room.

At The Doctor’s Office
There are two basic choices for treating a broken arm-internally or externally. External usually involves either a cast or splint and internal typically some type of surgery.

One of the most important things you can do to aid the doctor in choosing the best treatment is to be able to provide detail about what caused the break. If the physician knows that it was caused by a fall or snap instead of crushing, it can help with proper diagnosis. This also means faster treatment.

Besides inspecting the site of the break, the doctor may also take X-rays and reset the bone, both of which might require anesthetic. Because of this, it would also be a good idea to be able to explain any sensitivity or unusual reactions one may have to anesthetic.

Getting a Cast or Splint:
Your physician may use one of many types of casts or splints depending on the amount of support needed during healing. Most are made of either a fiberglass material or plaster which wraps around a softer cloth layer that is closest to the skin. A patient may have a single cast or splint throughout the healing process or it may be altered gradually as swelling goes down. A cast or splint may also be applied after surgery to help support the mended bone.

Caring for a Cast or Splint
In order for a cast or splint to do its job, it must be cared for and used properly.

1) In the first few days after application, continue to elevate the injured area to ease swelling and minimize pain just as was done when the injury first occurred. An ice pack can also be applied for a few minutes at a time throughout the day, as long as a thin barrier like a towel is between the pack and the cast.

2) Keep all areas of a cast or splint dry at all times. Cover with a plastic bag while bathing and dry gently with a hair dryer if it becomes damp. Check for damaged or softened areas daily and report problems to your doctor.

3) Never try to put powders or anti-itch treatments inside the cast. Never try to scratch inside.

4) Be aware of any tingling, numbness, unusual swelling or skin irritations that are beyond what your physician has prepared you for. These symptoms may mean the fit needs to be adjusted. Contact your doctor.

Rehab and Recovery
Recovery may take a few weeks or several months depending on the severity of the break. One of the earliest signs of healing is a decrease in pain. However, the arm will not be ready for normal activity just yet.

Keep these tips in mind to make sure there is full recovery:

1) Never remove a cast or other appliance by yourself unless instructed by your doctor.

2) Do not expect to return to regular activity immediately after a cast is removed. Joints and muscles will be weak from non-use. Try easier tasks first.

3) Follow prescribed physical therapy routines. You may be directed to see a professional, or your doctor may instruct you to do exercises to do at home. Both programs are designed to bring your arm back to full function gradually.

Finally, here’s a simple trick to jog your memory if you need to deal with a broken bone and don’t have a quick reference handy. Just remember S.E.T.-stabilize, elevate, and talk to a doctor as soon as possible.

The Women’s Conference 2010- Jillian Michaels

The Women’s Conference 2010- Jillian Michaels

Monday October 25

The Women’s Conference 2010

Hey, rock stars! I’ll be joining this year’s lineup of powerful, inspiring women (including California’s First Lady Maria Shriver) tomorrow at The Women’s Conference 2010 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Driving, Left Hand Turns

Driving, Left Hand Turns

October 23, 2010

Left Hand Turns

In some countries, if you want to make a left hand turn across traffic on a two lane highway, you are expected to pull off onto the right-hand side of the road, put your left-hand turn signal on, then wait for traffic to clear before making the turn. Watch to see how other people are making left hand turns, and be aware of cars on the side of the road with the left turn signal on.

16. Left-Hand Turns
You’re pulling out of a business driveway and want to make a left turn onto a busy street. The road has a special center lane designed for making turns.

To ensure center-lane safety:

After the traffic clears in the lanes nearest you, enter the center lane — and wait for traffic to clear in the far lane. Once you are in the center lane, turn on your right — hand turn signal.

Do not drive in the “shared left-turn lane.” It is neither legal nor safe.

Highway Hint
As you merge, watch out for vehicles entering the special turning lane in front of you as well as behind you.

My Driving Pet Peeves

Item 8: Do you have to slow down in a left hand lane before you pull into a left-hand turn lane???

Chances are, people are travelling at a good rate of speed behind you in that left lane – PULL INTO THE TURN LANE and then slow down, before someone winds-up in your trunk.

Tips On Driving

Left-Hand Turns You’re pulling out of a business driveway and want to make a left turn onto a busy street. The road has a special center lane designed for …

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Tutorial: How to Make a Left Turn While Driving

1. Drive straight, approaching your desired lane at a 90 degree angle.  2. Slow down until your left side view mirror is aligned with the entrance to the desired lane.
3. When a break in oncoming traffic allows, cut your steering wheel to the left and gently accelerate.
4. Two thirds of the way through your turn, when the nose of your vehicle is nearly aligned with the path of your lane, release your grip on the steering wheel while continuing to accelerate, allowing the tires of your car to steer themselves back into a straight forward position.
5. As your vehicle gently aligns itself with the path of your lane, return your standard grip to the steering wheel and accelerate as necessary to achieve the prescribed cruising speed for your lane.
Note: DO NOT start your turn before arriving at the entrance to your desired lane, thereby approaching at a 45 degree angle and cutting across the oncoming lane adjacent to your desired lane, as you risk a collision with vehicles in that lane!!! I mean, for crying out loud, what is wrong with people in this town?? Twice in as many minutes… come on.

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The Safe Driver

Driving safely, observations while driving, driver education

Parent Teen Training Guide Driving Skills

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New Teen Drivers

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Driving: Older People’s Health Issues: Merck Manual Home Edition

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Driver Education: Another way that older drivers can help maintain or even improve their driving skills is through driver re-education programs. Several organizations—such as the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and American Automobile Association (AAA)—offer such programs to help older drivers adjust to the challenges of driving in old age. In addition, taking such programs can lower insurance rates. AAA offers RoadWise Review, a CD-based software program that older drivers can use to assess functional abilities for driving. It can be obtained through local AAA chapters.
Older drivers may also benefit from programs designed to ensure that their “fits” them properly. For example, they should have the proper distance from their steering wheel and proper seat height. Adjusting mirrors can help drivers compensate for blind spots. See, for example, AAA’s CarFit, which is offered at many sites across the country.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Biggest Loser Season 10 : Ep. 5

Season 10  :  Ep. 5
In their first challenge as blue team vs. black, the teams race through food stations in downtown Los Angeles, answering food trivia questions that come with a physical challenge penalty if they choose the wrong answer.

Tales from the night shift, Round 2 | View From The Cop

 View from the cop:

 • Cars are driving down the road with no lights — all night long. Bars should post a sign reminding you to turn on your lights in the parking lot as you leave. Apparently at some point, the darkness around your car as you drive isn’t a tip that your lights aren’t on.

Tales from the night shift, Round 2 | View From The Cop

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Jillian Michaels Apparently my first Go Daddy Commercial

Jillian Michaels Lots of posts today. Apparently my first Go Daddy Commercial is up on You Tube!

Toning Arms with Easy Exercises

Toning Arms with Easy Exercises

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

licensed 16 year old driver in Missouri?

When can a licensed 16 year old driver in Missouri drive with more than one non family passenger?

A driver in the State of Missouri can have more than one non family passenger when they are over the age of 17. 

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How to Driving at Night. – Smart Motorist

October 20, 2010

How to Driving at Night. – Smart Motorist

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Night Driving

Since your ability to perceive and judge distance is severely impaired at night — the human eye requires light to see —   An estimated 90 percent of all driver decisions are made based on what they see. While your eyes are capable of seeing in limited light, the combination of headlights and road lights, with the darkness beyond them, can cause several problems for your vision.  Therefore, car drivers must take extra precaution to avoid an auto accident during the night.

If one of our clients is involved in a night driving car accident,  want to know if there was any lighting or illumination where the car accident occurred (e.g., street lights or other lighting and also how powerful it was).  We also look for any additional visual obstructions which contributed to the car accident.  And, many times, our attorneys actually go out to the scene of the car accident and recreate the conditions that led up to the crash.

Nighttime Car Accident Statistics

Car accident statistics are jarring at night.  Despite 60 percent less traffic on the roads, more than 40 percent of all fatal car accidents occur at night.

Sunlight provides the strongest light source.  When it goes down at night, there are a variety of man-made lights that help drivers safely navigate the roads.  Our eyes will adjust to lower levels of light (pupils dilate in darkness and constrict in brightness), but they have difficulty functioning properly when switching from bright to dark, or vice-versa.  This can happen quite a lot on the roads at night when you look directly into the headlights of oncoming traffic.

Driving either just before sunrise (dawn) or immediately after sunset (dusk) are also very dangerous time periods on the roadways, and many car accidents occur during these times.  The problem is that while the sky is still well lit, the roads begin to get dark.  This causes a disparity between light and dark and can cause vision problems for drivers.

Drunk Drivers & Drowsy Drivers More Likely at Night

are more likely to be on the road at night.  Nighttime drivers need to be vigilant and on the look-out for these major auto accident causers.

another added danger on the roadways at night as people are generally winding down their days and growing sleepy.  Drivers that fall asleep at the wheel, or even ones that are dazed and unobservant, can cause fatal car accidents.  As car accident lawyers, we recommend that if you find  yourself growing weary, stop at a rest stop or well-lit parking lot and take a quick nap.  Even a short nap replenishes you better than the temporary relief that you will get from caffeine, loud music or opening the windows.

Car Accident Lawyer’s Night Driving Safety Tips

1.  Allow for enough distance to stop. We recommend that you gauge this distance using your headlights.  Low beams should allow you to see up to 160 feet away, while high beams should illuminate about 500 feet in front of you.  Make sure that, if and when you must brake hard, that you can brake within those distances.

2.  Keep your dashboard lights at a safe low setting. Since the contrast between bright and dark will impede your vision, limiting the brightness in your car should help you see at night and avoid car accidents.

3.  Keep your windshield and windows clean. Limiting the glare from other headlights is very important.  A dirty windshield will not help in this regard.

4.  Limit distractions. Since your vision will not be as good as it is during the day, your reaction times will also be slower than normal.  This is why you should focus your attention on the road even more than you would other times.

There are many potential dangers that you will face on the road late at night.  As car accident lawyers, we hope that you will always drive carefully regardless of the road conditions.  These tips should help you successfully navigate the nighttime roads and reach your destination safely.  Just remember to take your time and drive safely, and you will avoid a potential wrongful death car accident.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Why You Should Love Yourself (& Your Body)

Jillian Michaels

@JillianMichaels LA
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Why You Should Love Yourself (& Your Body)

Health + Fitness

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Jillian Michaels, Wellness Expert
By Jillian Michaels
“They would like you to write about your own struggles with body image as a child.”  And thus the subject of my blog for this years Women’s Conference was born.  The only thing that struck me as odd was the “as a child” part.  I’m a full grown 36-year-old woman who still occasionally wrestles with body image issues.  Don’t we all, to one degree or another?

The world is subjective and we see it through our mind’s eye.  For that reason, our life’s experiences and memories shape or “warp” our vision. This occurs on multiple levels, ranging from personal to professional, but by far the most insidious and potentially dangerous problems this can cause surround our physicality.  At the least, body image issues erode self-esteem, and at the worst, they can give way to potentially fatal eating disorders. 

The pressure to conform starts practically in utero and comes at us from every direction throughout our lives.  Be it family pressures or societal expectations, the moment we are brought into the world, the programming begins, and the rules are laid down.  “We behave this way, look and appear that way, talk when and as instructed” and so on.

We are by nature social creatures.  We crave conformity and harmony with the population – like it or not.  And who wouldn’t?  No one wants to be ostracized and face the painful punishment of rejection.  For this reason we strive to achieve the idea of perfection that society has impressed upon us.  Looping endlessly in the vicious cycle of hope, self-consciousness and self-loathing.

Who hasn’t looked in the mirror and dissected themselves or engaged in a severe verbal bashing? “My body is so gross.  I hate my fat knees.  I wish I were tall instead of short and dumpy.  My hair is thin and stringy.  My jiggly arm fat makes me sick.”  Blah blah blah. We’ve all been there to one degree or another and felt the sting of this ritual.

So now what?  Where does this leave us and how do we change?  Who is the enlightened soul that has evolved to the point of tossing off all of our cultural suppositions and basically telling the powers that be where to stick it? The answer to that is no one -- or at least I certainly haven’t met her yet.

In fact, quite the opposite ends up happening. What begins as society's imposition ends up our own doing.  Often we collapse under the pressure into submission, falling in line, adopting and propagating these provincial ideas of beauty.

So in actuality, the realization that we have become the problem empowers us to be the solution.  In the immortal words of President Truman, “The buck stops here!”  We must say no to this pernicious dogma and stop taking part in the endless spiral of judgment and loathing that we subject ourselves and other women to. 

We have to create awareness and be conscious of when we engage in this destructive behavior and conversely choose to implement an attitude and actions that are nurturing and life affirming.

When you catch yourself analyzing and criticizing – STOP and immediately pay yourself a compliment.  Celebrate the differences among women and appreciate beauty in all shapes, colors, and sizes.   Do something nice for yourself like getting a manicure pedicure.  Smile at a female co-worker instead of “hating her 'cause she’s beautiful.”  Glance over a list of all your accomplishments and all the things about you that your proud of.  And so on.

While this stuff might sound trite like a cheesy new age platitude, the truth is that it works.  Not overnight.  It takes time, diligence, and desire, but doesn’t everything that’s worth fighting for?  We have a responsibility to ourselves and to our daughters to send a different message, rewrite the rules, and change the game.  It’s up to us to set a new example, lead the way and then support and encourage others to follow suit.

Now, repeat after me “I’m smart, I’m beautiful, I’m funny and doggone it – people like me.” – Stuart Smalley.
Jillian Michaels is a New York Times best-selling author, a trainer and the life coach on the NBC hit series The Biggest Loser, and the star of the NBC show Losing It With Jillian.

Her DVDs, Yoga Meltdown, 30-Day Shred, No More Trouble Zones, and Banish Fat Boost Metabolism, are consistently top sellers on Amazon. In addition, she has two video games — Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2009 and Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2010. Her website is

Jillian Michaels will be speaking at The Women’s Conference 2010. Watch the webcast of her breakout session on Tuesday, October 26 on

Sunday, October 17, 2010

i was in a car accident last night, my left arm is fractured

sorry they took me to the hospital to take x-rays and cat scans

i was in the turning lane and waited for all traffic to pass. both lanes were dark, no head lights. i turned to go across

 and there was a big explosion and then a jarring  the air bag broke in my face and i was thrown back, smoke was pouring into the car.

 i was trying to get my seat belt loose. suddenly young men were running and trying to get my car doors open. i tried to open my door it would not open for me, so hit buttons  and then finally got seat belt loose. young man got my door open finally. they said we have to get her out of here. they got me out and put me on the grass along side of road. i thanked them.

 then a young woman came and sat with me holding my hand , i thanked her for sitting with me, she talked with the fireman, gave me her good wishes and left . as the fire man came to talk with me, asked my name, where i hurt and gave me my purse and reading glasses so i could give him number to call my son. he said he could call on his cell phone.  i then asked him if any people were hurt, in other car i could then see with all the lights shining on it.  if they were all right, he said nothing life threatening . i said thank gd i am glad of that  .

 a medic came with kit  and asked if i wanted to go to a hospital. i said if my son was here, he would tell me yes. then they put a neck brace around my neck.

other fire men asked what i remembered . i think a small police woman also was there for a second and took my drivers license  that was the last i saw of them or heard from them.

 i threw up all the way to hospital and while there and on the way home. i hurt every where but mainly my face on cheeks and left arm at wrist. i was still gripping steering wheel tightly once the car exploded.

  my right ankle was cut open also, yes both ankles, my arm , stomach , face, lower back, were the first hurting as i tried to get out of seatbelt.

as  i sat on grass they were trying to get my car horn to stop so they could hear each other. my headlights were still on but the left side of car was crushed. if i had been on that side, i would have been killed

 i do not have ice but it is so cold in here i guess that helps. have to put it on for 10 to 20 mins at a time, every hour or 2, for the next 3 days ! then back to 2 different doctors one for arm another one for a complete body check up. oh i am starting to really hurt now so back to bed i go.

hummm my collar bone is now hurting


Friday, October 15, 2010

Biggest Loser, Bob is Vegan! What a surprise that was! :)

Season 10  :  Ep. 4|1:25:43|
The contestants face their first temptation in the form of cupcakes, one of which represents a potentially huge prize for the winner that could grow more valuable each week.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Senior citizens brace for Social Security freeze

The government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through a second straight year without an increase in monthly benefits. This year was the first without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation started in 1975.

"I think it's disgusting," said Paul McNeil, 69, a retired state worker from Warwick, R.I., who said his food and utility costs have gone up, but his income has not. He lamented decisions by lawmakers that he said do not favor seniors.

 Rivkah says:
Even my rent went up ! Now I wonder if I will have heat or food this winter. I always put food last on my list when paying bills. Heat comes in second to last. Sigh ......  Can I get food stamps or go to a Food Bank? No, They say just those on disability payments can get help there. Wow, their monthly amount is so low , they all must be homeless now!!!!!! 

I know when I was injuried my young son found a part time job. He had $10.00 a week left over and he shared $5.00 of it with me. It was interesting to see us with College Students looking over the cheapest buys at the stores. They bought a lot of boxed noodle soup. I bought a lot of rice and tea:)

I would try to find work I could do but even sitting  my body would freeze up from the pain. The body tried to stop me from hurting myself, so would go stiff as a board. It was like I was acting in trying to move any part of my body. The bosses would stare with disbelief and then fire me, saying you can't do this work!!

I sold everything of value to pay rent, even my wedding rings. My son felt so bad about that! He wanted to get them back but I said 'No ! ' As we would just have to do it again the next month, plus paying extra to get them back each time.

So it was a few years before I was old enough where I could draw on my, who had past of cancer, husband's Military Air Force SS. Income. He had said when our son was born, ' Our son is taking my place, as I will not be here to take care of you.' Wow, how true that was during that time! 

Thank You both!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

New foreclosure defense: Prove I owe you – A Lawyer said, Can you Prove you own the note?

New foreclosure defense: Prove I owe you – A Lawyer said, Can you Prove you own the note?

From Ann’s Survival Journal at Buffalohair-Jage Press

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Finding a Job or Starting your own Business

Jobs, Employers, and Job Search Resources –

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