Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Peaceful Day with Little Duck

Little duck in the water

Swimming in the lake

Watching life go on.

Looking for her mother

Seeking out her father

In the morning sun.

Quiet fills the air

No sense of despair

Just enjoying peace.

Swimming towards the beach

There’s her mother

There’s her father.

Life is grand

Waddling in the sand.

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An Overview of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company: Rolling the Industrial Revolution

While Goodyear rubber may not have been the decisive factor in the industrial revolution, its revolutionary manufacturing process for rubber tires served as the foundation for distributing the ever increasing product of the emerging industrial market and carried this nation through two world wars, to its eventual standing as a world super power. From its humble beginning as a manufacturer of tires, the Goodyear Tire Company has expanded to a multi billion dollar corporation with many diverse products. Founded in 1898, it has integrated itself into the modern world.

“The founding of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in 1898 seems especially remarkable, for the beginning was anything but auspicious. The 38-year-old founder, Frank Seiberling, purchased the company’s first plant with a $3,500 down payment – using money he borrowed from a brother-in-law. The rubber and cotton that were the lifeblood of the industry had to be transported from halfway around the world, to a landlocked town that had only limited rail transportation. Even the man the company’s name memorialized, Charles Goodyear, had died penniless 30 years earlier despite his discovery of vulcanization after a long and courageous search.

Yet the timing couldn’t have been better. The bicycle craze of the 1890s was booming. The horseless carriage, some ventured to call it the automobile, was a wide-open challenge. Even the depression of 1893 was beginning to fade. So on August 29, 1898, Goodyear was incorporated with a capital stock of $100,000. (Goodyear)

David Hill, who purchased $30,000 of stock, became the first president. But it was the dynamic and visionary founder, hard-driving Frank Seiberling, who chose the name and determined the distinctive winged-foot trademark that remains an integral part of the Goodyear signature, a symbolic link with the company’s historic past.” (Goodyear)

Goodyear’s Tires easily falls within the family of products classification. On their Website, when I click on the Market’s they cover I see Tires, an Automotive Aftermarket with such products as belts, hose, tensioners, and air springs, Industrial Products such as Airsprings, Hose, Hydrolic, Conveyor Belts, Power Transmission, molded Transportation and finally, Rubber. According to Goodyear’s Website “Goodyear is one of the world’s leading tire companies together with its U.S. and international subsidiaries and joint ventures”. But according to Wikipedia, “The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company is the third largest tire and rubber company in the world after Bridgestone and Michelin. And further, according to CNN Money, “Goodyear is -one- of the world’s largest tire companies. The company manufactures tires, engineered rubber products and chemicals in more than 100 facilities in 29 countries around the world”.

Goodyear’s website is pretty much easy to navigate. Its design is easily handled by both Internet Explorer and Firebox type Browsers and its lean (i.e. not too flashy but bright and simple). It gives me the sense that the company and by extension, its product line, is robust, simple and reliable while at the same time, keeps rolling with its product line. I had the option to select a menu based on where I located (the US in this case) but for comparison purposes, I also selected to explore the European Section, Germany and the United Kingdom in specific. Here I found details about their line of European products and services, was easily able to navigate the relevant menu’s again and at the end, found myself spending hours reading about the company’s History; I then used Google to supplement, to see if there was any negative aspects to what appears to be a company with a solid product line.

All things being equal, I reasoned that there had to be some bad I could find on the company and while I am sure if I would have more time I could unearth some more negativity, all I could find at this juncture was a Grinch survey (and some news articles):” Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is the Grinch of the Year 2006, say voters in the sixth annual Jobs with Justice (JWJ) contest to name the nation’s worst corporate malfeasor. (

From a social responsible standpoint, Goodyear’s Blimp supports Disaster Relief and thus tries to appear a bit involved. “The Goodyear blimps routinely display messages encouraging donations to support the victims of Natural Disasters. The blimps’ electronic sign often provides telephone numbers or website addresses for the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and other relevant organizations active in disaster relief efforts.” (Goodyear)

I have looked upon the sky and have seen had a ‘close encounter” with Goodyear’s blimp (GoodyearBlimp). I have driven cars sporting the Goodyear tire as they crept off the lot. Every time the subject of tires would roll across my life, with the expectation of Firestone, it is the first tire company I think off. I attribute this to the blimp, the tires already installed on some new cars and of course, years of television advertising, coupled with the disaster Firestone was in the news for. ~ DrAT

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American Idol's Forgotten Stars (and the Albums They Released)

As is expected, a big stir always follows the Top 5-6 contestants on American Idol. But there are some pretty good things about being one of those voted off relatively early in the competition; the rest of the world has had a chance to see what you can do. Record companies, producers, and everyone else from the entertainment world sits on the sidelines, like professional sport recruiters-waiting for their chance to pounce on those who have been booted off. As such, there are literally tons of American Idol participants-the “Forgotten Ones”-who have gone on to release albums. Many of these albums you have never heard of. Many listeners express remorse that these projects have remained so obscure over the years. Clearly, Hollywood’s Big Guns are aiming for the names that will make CDs (or MP3s) fly off of shelves. But if you’re one of those who likes to stray off the beaten path, here are some selections that you probably have missed.

American Idol Contestant: John Stevens (Season 3)
Album: Red (2005), Maverick Records
Album Highlight: “This Love”

Along with powerhouse singer Jennifer Hudson, Season 3 brought us John Stevens, the red-haired teen with a voice that revisited the Rat Pack’s finer days. Listen to his album, and you really will think that you’re listening to a much older singer. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Clearly, this young man embodies the kind of vocal maturity that has been lost on many in his generation. One highlight of the song is “This Love” a subdued, yet dreamy cover of Maroon 5’s original on the Songs about Jane album.

American Idol Contestant: Sanjaya Malakar (Season 6)
Album: Dancing to the Music in my Head- EP (2009), The Label Record Co. NY
Album Highlight: ” Rainy Days”

Sanjaya Malakar is perhaps the contestant that many viewers were happy to forget. But even though he was the butt of many American Idol jokes, it was clear that many celebrated his voice. He’s enjoyed a punctuated stint in reality TV world. But most are unaware that he released an EP in 2009. The disc contains some of the fluffy production that you might expect. “A Guy Like Me” begins with Sanjaya’s syrupy vocals and some sensitive urban production-but then takes an abrupt turn with a rock-tinged edge that is more intrusive than “shocking.” The same occurs on “Quintessential Lullaby” a song that might have been dreamy and exotic, if not jammed with more forced guitar work. “Rainy Days” just might be Sanjaya’s most coherent song on the EP. With more focused production, the young singer might have garnered a more respectful audience.

American Idol Contestant: Jasmine Trias (Season 3)
Album: Jasmine Trias (2005), Universal Records
Album Highlight: “All I Need”

American Idol’s first Filipino finalist charmed millions with her voice, in Season 3. But after her dismissal from the show, she landed in the Never-Never Land of the music industry. Her self-titled album released in 2005, was packed with different producers-which is quite evident upon listening to the project. As a result, her sound travels from Britney-esque pop to re-fashioned torch songs, to MTV Party-to-Go club anthems. Jasmine Trias can definitely sing. Her voice actually rivals some of today’s renowned pop tarts. But without production that supports her vocal strengths, the project falls on deaf ears. An interesting highlight is her cover of Mary J. Blige/ Method Man track “All I Need”–not as raw as the original hip-hop song, but an interesting attempt, nonetheless.

American Idol Contestant: George Huff (Season 3)
Album: George Huff (2009), (self-released)
Album Highlight: “Free”

George Huff was one of the most likable American Idol contestants. Never without a smile, it seemed impossible to put a damper of Huff’s parade. His mature singing style was likened to Luther Vandross, amongst other notable R&B singers. And his self-titled Christian album is no different on George Huff; he provides audiences with what he does best. The album is filled with the kind of bright production that you’ll find on many top-notch gospel albums. George showcases great vocal control-a delight for those who enjoy Christian music.

American Idol Contestant: Nikki McKibbin (Season 1)
Album: Unleashed (2007), Maverick Records
Album Highlight: “Cry Little Sister”

Harkening back to American Idol’s first season is Nikki McKibbin, a magenta-haired contestant who garnered her own edgy following. She went on to release Unleashed in 2007, an album that is obviously true to her roots. Her voice remains steady and clear on all the tracks. But one could say that the work’s overall sound is a bit dated, and has probably been buried amongst all the rock albums that emerged from the 1990’s grunge era. Her cover of “Cry Little Sister” (ala The Lost Boys film) is a creative one, even if the intro is a tad “watery.”

American Idol Contestant: Michael Johns (Season 7)
Album: Hold Back My Heart (2009), Downtown Records
Album Highlight: “Feeling Alright”

This Australian singer wowed American Idol judges in Season 7 with this smooth, soulful voice. But we all know that it takes more than a dashing audition to snag a permanent position on the AI stage. Johns offers an honest and direct approach to the music on this work, taking to the piano on several tracks. It’s definitely the stuff great independent film soundtracks are made of. Part bluesy, part soft rock, Michael Johns definitely subscribes to his raspier octaves to make a statement. “Feeling Alright” has a Michael Hutchence (INXS) feel to it. (An accidental homage?) As does “Little Bear” and “Hold Back My Heart.”

American Idol Contestant: Allison Iraheta (Season 8)
Album: Just Like You (2009), Jive Records
Album Highlight: “D is for Dangerous”, “Friday I’ll Be Over U”

Allison Iraheta, American Idol’s Salvadorian rock princess proves that with some smart and thorough production, pop/rock albums can be a success. Just Like You does a good job of highlighting Iraheta’s powerfully edgy voice. But it is the tricky arrangements that really showcase her ability to catch the ear, and stand out from all the wannabes. “Friday I’ll Be Over U” offers a refurbished throwback 80’s sound, while “D is for Dangerous” exercises some pretty daring chord changes.

American Idol Contestant: Elliot Yamin (Season 5)
Album: Elliot Yamin (2007) Fight for Love (2009), Hickory Records
Album Highlight: “Free”, “Alright” (2007)/ “Cold Heart” (2009)

This is the singer who was most compared to Stevie Wonder on American Idol. And it is obvious that recording on his own has afforded him the opportunity to stretch his vocal chops. Elliot Yamin has actually released two albums. The first, self-titled CD appears to be more of a representation of his core style. “Free” is a song containing juicy background harmonies that highlight his soulful, raspy voice perfectly. “Alright” offers a go-go inspired dance vibe. Fight for Love contains slicker production on many of the tracks. Songs like “Cold Heart” provide a bit more instrumentation for Yamin’s voice to play with. But both works are appear to have been well thought out.


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8 Basic Elements of a Sales Copy

Selling is the main skill you have to apply if you are going to generate more income for your business, and this applies online, too. The truth is that a lot of people hate selling. Sales copy is actually needed to persuade the reader to make a purchase, to ask for information about a service or product. Basically, it is aimed to encourage the reader to take an immediate action.

You have to put yourself in the potential customer’s shoes before starting to write down a sales copy. Your sales copy is like an individual letter trying to convince your prospect to purchase your product or service from you.

Since you are going to write your own sales copy, you may want to follow the AIDA (Attention, Interest, Desire, and Action) model.

Get Their Attention
You can do this with an attractive headline that will get your reader’s attention instantly and your readers will keep reading the rest of the sales copy

Get Their Interest
Your sales copy should actually keep your the reader involved, engaged from one paragraph to another comfortably.

Create Desire
At this point, you must tell your readers how exactly he/she will benefit from your product.

Call to Action
Don’t presume that your readers know what to do next. You may want to ask your readers to take certain actions.

Now, I will cover each and every element of sales copy in details.

You must have a headline at the beginning of the sales copy, because this is the first thing your reader is going to look at. Your headline must be catchy so that it will grab the attention of your readers.

This part should summarize your sales copy and emphasize more on the benefits.

Addressing the problem
You can start by telling the story of your reader’s problems, how frustrating it is and then slowly uncovering the solution.

Reveal your benefit
Tell your readers how they will benefits from your product or service. Don’t just mention the features of your product, please emphasize more on benefits.

Give testimonials
Build your credibility and trust in the eyes of the reader by showing some testimonials from your current customers.

Make some final offer
The best offer is usually an irresistible offer, price, terms, guarantee and gift.

Call to action
You sales copy must guide them to fax you, call you, or click the order button on your webpage.

Extra notes
You may want to use P.S. to emphasize more on your irresistible offer, benefits and your guarantee. Give the reader the most compelling reason why they must purchase your product or service.

That’s all the 8 elements you must apply into your sales copy. One thing you must know is no matter how good your product, if you cannot communicate that to your potential buyers, and convince them to buy your product, you will not make it.

You don’t have to be a professional writer to produce sales copy that work. All you need to know is how to sell to people.

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5 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism and Lose Weight This Year

With so many diet trends and weight loss programs on the market these days, it can be really confusing to know what works and what doesn’t work, what’s safe and what’s not. Many people fall into the trap of believing that there is a quick-fix for weight loss. This new year, make a resolution to obtain permanent weight loss through healthy methods. No more quick-fix diet fads and unhealthy programs!

While there are many products available with claims of being an easy method, there are only a few ways to guarantee weight loss. Burning more calories than you consume (by exercising), consuming fewer calories than your burn (by dieting), and boosting your metabolism (getting your body to burn more calories while at rest and during exercise). A person who is very active and is used to moving and using their body all day long is sure to burn more calories than someone who is sitting at a desk all day. Even while the person who is active all day is resting, their body is still burning more calories! Here are some great ways to increase your metabolism and get your body burning calories all day long!

1. Get Active – Try to incorporate more activity into your daily life. Whether walking to lunch, taking the stairs, or parking further away in a parking lot, try to get as much movement in as possible.

2. Eat throughout the day – This will prevent your body from having energy hi’s and low’s. It also gives your metabolism a steady stream of fuel so that it doesn’t have to store up energy (fat) for later.

3. Lift Weights – Bodies that contain more muscle use more fuel than bodies that contain more fat. Muscle is living, moving human parts that need fuel to operate. Fat stores are just that – stored fat, that is just sitting there waiting to be used. Converting your fat to muscle is a great way to boost your metabolism.

4. Drink Water – Help keep your body processes moving at full speed! Drinking water also keeps your organs functioning and moving, which also burns more calories.

5. Don’t do Fad Diets – They will only wreck your metabolism. Your body becomes confused when you starve it and then pig out. Yo-yo dieting causes your body to question when you will eat again, and begin to hold on to as much stored energy (fat) as possible.

The new year is a great time to make resolutions to change your way of life to a more healthy one. Aim for permanent weight loss and increases in metabolism. This will help you to keep the weight off longer and enjoy the process much more.

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An Unprecedented Election

Never before has one vote meant so very much to so very many.

The 2008 Presidential campaign was perhaps the campaign to beat all campaigns. It was more like a sporting event than a presidential election; complete with fans, cheerleaders, fouls and penalties. People showed up at the polls in record proportions for the primaries as well as the general election.

It was an election where the Democratic candidate was sure to win, no matter who that candidate ended up being Remember the last 8 years? ‘Nough said. It was also an election that no matter who won, they would go down into history as the first of their race or gender respectively to be introduced to the Oval Office.

Each Candidate had their own cheering section on YOUTUBE, thanks to a brilliant young group of people that call themselves “Barely Political,” who produced an informative, yet hot and hilarious video by “The Obama Girl,” entitled, “I Got a Crush on Obama” and Taryn Southern with her video, “Hot4Hill.”

This in and of itself was an unprecedented first. Never before had hot chicks made videos supporting their candidates in a fashion that made politics seem like fun. Never before had a hot chick campaigned for someone using underlying sexual overtones as her markers- and least of all, never had it been done from one female to another.

If Barack Obama won, he would be the first Hawaiian to win the white house, as well as being the first black president to sit in the Oval Office. If Hillary won, she would be the first female to win the Whitehouse and the first former First Lady to be president Though Mrs. Roosevelt was more actively involved in the administration of the nation during the final days of the Roosevelt presidency than Mr. Roosevelt was.

During the primaries, the Democratic Party changed the rules of voting at the Democratic Convention, prohibiting any state to vote early. Florida and Michigan voted at the accustomed time anyway, and the Democratic Party refused to count the votes cast in those two states. The party gave both states the opportunity to hold a costly re-vote. Both states declined and neither was counted.

This was another first. Never before in American history has any state ever been openly and publicly disenfranchised, much less 2 states in the same election.

Hillary Clinton carried Florida in the primaries which would have given her enough votes to win the nomination. Since the Florida and Michigan votes didn’t count, the then little known Barack Obama won the primaries and the nomination by a narrow margin.

Initially the popular opinion was that Rudy Giuliani would win the Republican nomination. Whether it was because his own daughter came out in support of Barack Obama, or for some other reason, Rudy dropped out of the race; but not before Barely Political made their video of hot chicks getting into pillow fights over Obama and Giuliani.

John McCain, a former POW from Orange Park Florida ended up with the Republican nomination. Anticipation skyrocketed as he waited until virtually the last minute to announce his running mate: Sarah Palin.

This ticket once again put the election into the historical spotlight. If Obama won, we would have the first black president and the first president from Hawaii. If McCain Palin won, we would have the first female vice president and the first vice president from Alaska sitting. Either way, this election would go down in history.

Slowly the McCain/Palin ticket lost momentum as the novelty of the “Gosh darn,” “Girl next door,” wore off and people started hitting the poles to vote early in real politics.

Oddly enough, though it was the Democrats who disenfranchised Florida and Michigan for voting early in the primaries, it was the Democrats who were pushing people to get to the poles as early as possible for the general election.

Despite Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s “God Damn the United States of White America” speech; in spite of the fact that Obama was an admitted pothead in his own autobiography, a fact that no-one even questioned, much less challenged during the entire campaign; Regardless of all the lies and fabrications surrounding Obama about his religion and national loyalty because of his not so common name: BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA; despite the accusing tones and angry stares of some Southern Blacks aimed at whites because they assumed that white folks would rather vote for McCain than for a “Brother,” simply because McCain is white; in spite of all of this, it was a no brainer from the beginning that the Democratic ticket would win this election simply because a vote for the Democrats was a vote against G.W. Bush.

And now, racing into the finish, Barack Obama has an unprecedented lead of 15 % points against his opponent. Normally, this close to the finals the margin narrows; but this time, America has made her wishes unquestionably clear.

Never before has one vote meant so very much to so very many. Never before has one face truly represented the entire nation. At long last, every child in America can go to sleep at night honestly believing that their dreams are truly within reach without regard to race, religion or even gender.

Congratulations Mr. Obama. It seems that you have won the opportunity. Now the eyes of the entire world will be upon you, in hope, in defiance, in looking for answers, trusting and mistrusting, playing Monday morning quarterback with the decisions that you make.

Congratulations Mr. Obama. You have won the opportunity, now what will you do with it?

Congratulations Mr. Obama.

Congratulations Mr. President.

Check out some of these videos from “Barely Political.” They are hot yet informative, stylish, classy and yet funny all rolled together in the same work. Way to go MIMMS!

***Warning, not for the prudish or frigid at heart.

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Are You Practicing Good Netiquette?

The use of common courtesy when communicating online or in email is called netiquette, (net etiquette) or socially acceptable behavior when navigating Cyberspace. How we speak to others in our emails reflects who we are as individuals–our credibility, professionalism, values and work ethic. Nothing is more off-putting than someone who comes across as rude, curt, or arrogant in an email. So, how do we avoid being perceived as insensitive and unprofessional in our email correspondence? Here are a few tips.

  1. Don’t Yell or Scream. Did you know that typing in all caps is considered yelling or screaming online? Most people are used to reading things in lower case letters with a capital letter at the beginning of sentences or when using proper nouns. If you wish to emphasize a particular word or phrase, capital letters may be used, but do so sparingly.

  2. Fill in the Subject Line. Ever received an e-mail where the subject box was left blank? You’re not sure whether to read the email or to delete it. Most people will delete it unless they personally know the sender. Filling in the subject box with a clear and concise description of what your email message contains increases the chances of your message being read and acted upon.

  3. Offer A Friendly Greeting. When writing a personal message, it’s okay to begin your emails with a salutation such as “Hello” or use the person’s first name. Check with your company’s netiquette department for the use of salutations when addressing business correspondence. In any case, be considerate of the person who will receive your email. Think about how you would like to be treated and then use greetings that express who you are.

  4. Always, Always Spell-Check. What a wonderful invention–Spell-Check! Resist the urge to push the Send button before you have had a chance to re-read your message at least twice and check for spelling or grammar at least once. Your goal should be to consistently produce email messages that are readable and actionable!

  5. End on a Good Note. Thank your reader in advance for responding to any request(s) you have made, and close your emails with an appropriate courtesy such as: Regards, Sincerely, etc. You may have a special phrase you like to use that gives the reader a clue to your personality. For example, when sending emails to my needlepoint buddies, I use the phrase, “Happy Stitching”.

  6. Respond Promptly. I know that most, if not all of you are extremely busy and most likely receive lots of emails on a daily basis. However, responding promptly to those emails is the courteous thing to do. Always respond as quickly as possible (within 48 hours), unless there is an emergency. If you are going to be out of town and will not be checking emails, you may choose to use an auto response message that lets your reader know when to expect a reply.

  7. Watch Your Language! Under no circumstances are you to use foul or crude language in your emails. There is no excuse for this type of behavior. No matter how rude or crass someone may be to you in an email, you should rise above this and respond (if appropriate) in a courteous manner without name-calling or sarcastic statements. Make your words as clear, direct and objective as possible. If you mistakenly offend someone or have misinterpreted a message, offer a sincere apology. Remember to never assume what the sender means. Instead, take it at face value.

These are just a few tips on email netiquette. For additional information, contact your company’s Information Technology department, Help Desk, or browse the Internet for more articles and advice.

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7 Tips for College Career Centers Using Twitter

Contemporary college career centers are using Twitter to connect with college students, employers and other career resources in the recruiting community. Although many career centers have joined the Twitterverse there are still thousands debating the value of Twitter for their career center. As one career center director told me a few weeks ago, ‘We really don’t have the manpower to jump on every new thing that comes along.”

As a former career center director myself, I often think about how valuable Twitter would have been for the two centers I managed or in the others where I managed employer relations. Maybe I am biased, because I am somewhat of a techie, but I believe Twitter gives new options to college career centers who want to meet students where they are. Hopefully, these 7 tips will help college career centers evaluate the benefits of using Twitter in career planning service delivery.

Use Twitter to Inform Students; not Stalk Them
Like with any other social networking tool, career center staff cannot be shocked or surprised by what students will say on their Twitter timelines. Your goal as a college career center is not to stalk your students or make judgments about what they say or don’t say on Twitter.

Twitter lists help college students catalog information

College career centers can use Twitter to make lists of other Twitter sites they believe to be pertinent for college students.. Lists from college career centers using Twitter could include for example New Grad career advice, Job Search Tips, Resume tips, Healthcare Employers, On-campus employers etc. With Twitter lists, career centers help students gather information in meaningful ways.

Share information about career workshops and events via Twitter.

Twitter is a great way to give college students current, up to the minute information about career workshops. As a former college career counselor myself, I know how difficult it is to market career workshops to students. Using Twitter to countdown to the event beats flyers that are soon forgotten.

College students will help to market career center services using Twitter

When I do career workshops on college campuses, I ask students as they arrive, to tweet about the workshops to their friends. I can typically expect several more students to walk in up to 15 minutes after because they received a tweet from a fellow student in your session.

College students can tweet questions during workshops

As career professionals we know that there are always students sitting in the workshop with questions that they don’t ask. I have encouraged students to tweet questions to me @HBCUCareerCntr while I am doing the workshop. The first question I ever received from a college student during a workshop via twitter was “What do you tell the employer, if you were fired from a job?” It’s typical of the type of question a workshop participant might want to ask without raising their hand.

Twitter helps students read and research other career information

Consider Twitter to be just like the career library in a career center; only bigger. Career centers can even tweet about which career books, magazines or resources are available in the career center. Students can click on links in tweets, re-tweet to college friends in their major or “favorite” a tweet for later research.

Career centers use Twitter to connect with employers who don’t recruit on their campus

This is one of my favorite uses of Twitter, especially because I managed employer relationships for two career centers before. Career centers are always seeking ways to expand the number of employers who recruit students and alumni for jobs and internships. However, companies select target schools from which to recruit based on a variety of factors. Some of these factors include travel budgets or number of potential applicants from desired majors. Twitter can help career centers establish relationships with companies that are not coming to their campus. For example, if a college has a small Hospitality program, it might not make business sense for Sodexho to come to your campus to recruit. However, a career center, can follow @SodexoCareers on Twitter and share relevant information with students.

Twitter is just one more tool that college career centers can employ as part of a broader marketing strategy to engage students in the career planning process. It doesn’t solve every challenge of helping students with career planning.

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A Review of Vilfredo Pareto's The Rise and Fall of Elites

Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923) was an Italian sociologist, who, in his 1901 treatise, The Rise and Fall of Elites, foretold the ascent of socialism as a ruling doctrine in the decades to come. Pareto, to his credit, does not even remotely consider socialism capable of achieving the existential and moral utopia that its advocates espoused. Moreover, he extensively attributed socialism’s rise to “the sanction of the victim,” a concept that Ayn Rand would discover explicitly a half-century later. Pareto’s general analysis of human nature and his starting premises are severely flawed; nor does he pretend to attempt to justify them. Nevertheless, many of his observations correspond with the reality of events in politics, economics, and the general society.

Pareto’s groundwork for the treatise is immensely shaky; his basic premise with respect to human nature is that people’s motivations are inherently irrational and based on sentiment rather than logic, and that any reasons that individuals ostensibly present for their actions are in fact post-rationalizations. To this my response to Pareto would be a paraphrase of Rand: “If you do not consider people capable of genuine rational judgment, do not check their premises, check yours.” Certainly, some individuals, perhaps most of those who lack a systematic worldview, do act on whim and impulse, and Pareto may well have been one of them, which might have led him to attribute his own inner state to all others. Indeed, he had not presumed to use rational thought to justify the very premise about people’s sentimental motivations! He merely stated that the matter is out of the scope of the given treatise.

If anything, sentimental motivations in the less rational of men are what leads to the downfall of elites and what had led to the rise of socialism. Pareto observes that, for the greater part of a society’s existence, it is dominated, politically, culturally, and economically by a certain paradigm of men and ideas-this elite usually possesses at hand the police power of the state and the means to maintain some manner of order within the society, for good or for ill. He does not state whether this monopoly on force is necessarily abusive or whether it can be employed in a just and limited sense; he merely asserts that an elite holds this monopoly during its tenure. The elite lays claim on certain resources (rightfully or wrongfully, using production or force) and its ability to gain those resources and maintain its position depends on the degree in which its willingness to employ force to protect its claims corresponds with its asserted claim. This is a value-neutral proposition for Pareto in that it can be actualized for good ends or for ill ones. A business elite in a capitalistic society could use the retaliatory police power of the state to punish arsonists that attack the factories of entrepreneurs or to persecute thieves of its property; a socialist elite, on the other hand, can use force to unjustifiably coerce some into sacrificing the fruits of their produce to “needy” others, something for which Pareto repeatedly and eloquently demonstrates aversion and loathing.

How does an “old elite” lose its dominance and become replaced, after a brief turbulence, by a “new elite?” Pareto cites conditions in which, though the old elite’s claims to resources remain the same as prior or expand, the elite is less willing to defend those claims. Citing the French aristocracy of the late 18th century and the bourgeoisie of his own time as examples of this, Pareto clearly refers to the principle of the “sanction of the victim,” though he could not have known this concept by name. With a rising “religious-humanitarian impulse” in the general culture (and Pareto rightfully recognized socialism to be just another religion in worship of the State), the old elites become prone to exercising uncommon generosity, mercy, forgiveness, and even aid to the very forces that would depose them! Pareto cites endless examples of the bourgeois business elite of the late 19th century offering financial aid to Socialist causes, agitating for coercive “moral improvement” of the society, and requesting that punishments for delinquents, criminals, and murderers of their time should become virtually non-existent. Amid this “moral softness” and subservience to sweet-sounding credos, the old elites still hope to claim their former share of resources, except no longer by honest production, but by exploitation of government favors, including subsidies, trade barriers, and connections with the rising promoters of newly fashionable causes. They seek a little temporary security by conceding to their enemy the battlefield of ideas, resources, and policy. Pareto brilliantly illustrates why they are bound to lose.

Here are two armies, A and B, confronting each other. In A, there is no discipline whatever, little courage, no vigor, no faith in their own flag. These people do not even dare say clearly that they are fighting against B, but wish to pretend that they are at peace in the midst of war. They raise subscriptions to provide arms for B and are unwilling to spend a penny for their own. They prate and lose themselves in vain talk, they bring grist to their mills and seek to get something out. The best soldiers desert their own camp and go over to that of B. On the other hand, the men of B know what they want and they want it strongly, they maintain discipline, they have faith in their flag, they hold it high, they say very clearly that they want to defeat army A, that they want to disperse and destroy it. They are tied together in a close group and each one of them is ready to make any sacrifice for his comrades and for the flag. They never dream of aiding the enemy, they procure arms for themselves and not for others. Their number grows constantly. Then you would be asked: “On whose side do you think will be the victory?” Would you be in doubt what to reply?

In contrast to the old elite, the rising elite does not give tacit sanction to the forces and principles opposing it; hence its vigor, intensity, and endurance in pursuing a reform of the social order. Yet, the victory of the new elite does not necessarily mean the actualization of the principles for which it rallied the lower rungs of society; after victory the elite becomes more rigid and establishes its own hierarchy; in the case of the socialist elite, as history has demonstrated, it has been a hierarchy of favor-mongers, bureaucrats, special interest group leaders, and flowery orators who manage to say nothing at all in an hour’s speech. This elite was on the rise at different times in different countries; what Pareto observed in France from 1880 to 1901 took place in the United States from 1929 to circa 1969, as Ayn Rand observed the tacit compliance with which the American middle class and business leaders surrendered the battlefield of ideas and the moral high ground to a coalition of New Dealers, global altruists, and screeching hippies that today dominates the intellectual institutions of this country.

Nevertheless, if Pareto’s theory is to be extended to today’s conditions, the socialist/hippie elite is clearly in decline. No more does it arouse college campuses in waves of violent activism; no more do its youngest heirs champion “saving the world” (though the hippies could only have ruined it), but rather they seek to pay ritual homage to left wing principles in order to get acceptance into elite academic institutions and thus “get ahead in life.” Gradually, the young elites are falling prey to the rising doctrines of materialism, self-interest, and prudence, which are to overturn all remaining vestiges of socialism. Government continues to expand and redistribution of wealth continues to occur, but this more due to cultural inertia rather than any deliberate, devious, and coordinated scheme from the New Deal or the Great Society. In the meantime, a growing, vigorous, dynamic, principled, and broad-based ideological backlash is emerging; it covers multiple constituencies, as Pareto said in well might; from the neo-conservatives to the libertarians to the Objectivists, the advocates of limiting government, liberating free enterprise, and making more room for individuals to exercise their own self-responsibility, are colorful, creative, industrious, and vocal personalities. The spokesmen of the leftist elite, on the other hand, are bland, predictable rehashers of the same credos they had espoused forty or even seventy years ago. They have nothing new to offer, and are gradually themselves being infused with bits of free enterprise materialism in their personal lives, if not their explicit statements.

It needs to be recalled that Pareto is not a critic of elitism and does not see elite dominance as the equivalent of an oppressive government. There is no reason why an elite cannot be commercial, meritocratic, non-coercive, and productive in proportion to the values it receives. The prospect is ripe in the coming decades for establishing that “natural aristocracy” which Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers predicted to emerge in a free market of goods and ideas. Pareto’s recipe for the survival of an elite is a balance of “consolidators” and “innovators” within it, of those who would wish to preserve existing prerogatives and those who would seek to expand into new realms. Without sufficient membership in either category, an elite either grows stale and repressive, or falls prey to the trend that would displace it. A meritocratic elite, by not confining membership to a select group existing by virtue of birth, race, gender, nationality, or connections with authority, would admit anyone into its ranks who is sufficiently productive to have made a name for himself-there would be no formal initiation process, nor a hierarchical ladder to climb. The elite would be self-made, and self-perpetuating through voluntary association.

If Pareto’s unfounded touches of cynicism concerning the sentimental motivations of all men can be ignored, and rational principles can be employed to secure the ascent and maintenance of a free-market natural aristocracy, it may well be that a setting of eternal stability, growth, and liberty is at hand.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

5 Tips on "Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween Party" Only at the Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Every Halloween Walt Disney World throws a Fun for Family Halloween party, “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party”. This special event party is on select nights in September and October. The party is a hard ticket event, meaning you will need to purchase a separate ticket for entry.

The “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” is held at The Magic Kingdom, which after 7pm is transformed into a fun spooky playground for trick or treaters of all ages. Families are encouraged to dress in their favourite character costumes. Please note to choose costumes that are not obstructive to the child’s view or that may be offensive to other park guests. Seen around the park are families dressed as The Incredibles, Fairy Princesses and Princes, Pirates, Alice in Wonderland & friends and many more Disney characters.

Upon entering The Magic Kingdom, everyone with the “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” hard ticket is given a wristband, allowing them entry to the party. Don’t forget a cast member will provide you and your children with Trick or Treat bags for all the candy that you’ll be receiving. You are able to enter The Magic Kingdom with your special ticket after 4pm the day of the party. The party begins at 7pm, around dusk. Besides the over abundance of candy handed to you as you Trick or Treat around the special marked locations around The Magic Kingdom, there are Character Dance Parties, Happy HalloWishes – Fireworks spectacular, Special Disney Character Appearances, Mickey’s “Boo-to-you” Halloween Parade (twice nightly), Face Painting for children in Toontown and Disney’s Villains Mix and Mingles.

Disney puts on an amazing Halloween parade; especially since you can see your favorite characters dressed up in their Halloween costumes! This is a Must see: fifteen minutes before the parade precedes, the Headless Horseman rides down the path of the parade, the excitement has begun. The floats in the parade feature Disney Villains as well as your much-loved Disney friends. There are two parades, the first parade is Very crowded, but the second parade has fewer spectators. Review your “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” guide map for exact times.

“Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” is a fun spook-tacular special event that is Not to be missed. Prepare to go earlier rather than closer to Halloween. It can get crowded, however the average wait time for most rides is about 20 minutes.

Have a Blast! Share your candy loot with family and friends and most of all, remember “All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney

Tips to take from “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party”-Spooky Fun filled event at The Magic Kingdom!

Tip #1

Buy your ticket Early! Halloween night sells out Fast! Purchase your tickets online at, at the park ticketing kiosks or by calling (407) WDISNEY.

Tip #2

Do not miss Mickey’s “Boo-to-you” Halloween Parade. Best standing area is in Frontierland or on Main Street. Get there Early!!!

Tip #3

“Happy HalloWishes” firework spectacular! The sky lights above Cinderella’s Castle with beautiful purple, orange and white sparkling fireworks. The Halloween firework spectacular starts at 9:30pm. Music is piped in to make the fireworks more memorable; sing along to all the popular Disney Halloween songs as you gaze upon the magical sky. Best location to view the “Happy HalloWishes” is anywhere around the circle in front of Cinderella Castle. Get there early and stake your place!

Tip #4

Book a hotel on property since the party lasts until midnight. Your tired feet and kids will thank you for staying on property. The Contemporary is located minutes from The Magic Kingdom via monorail. Don’t forget to book your character breakfast in the morning!

Tip #5

Bring your Disney PhotoPass! Most of the photo opportunities with the characters have a Disney photographer taking your photo with the characters or Disney props *Cinderella’s carriage. Utilize this PhotoPass during this special event and throughout your stay at the Walt Disney World.

3 key features about the PhotoPass:

1. Smile, reuse the pass at every park.

2. View your photos online at

3. Shop! Purchase your prints and save on your 1st order!

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5 Tips for River Fishing: You'll Catch More Fish Than You Ever Thought Possible

For more than two decades I have been river fishing for all manners of freshwater fish, from rainbow trout to smallmouth bass and in my time on the river I have learned some tips and techniques that have helped me catch fish consistently in rivers all across the Untied Sates. In this article I will outline 5 of these tips for river fishing so that you can add them to your repertoire and begin catching more fish than you ever though possible.

Before we begin, I think it’s important to point out what I consider to be river fishing. To me, the term “river fishing” has always meant standing in the river that you are fishing, in other words wading in the river that you are fishing, so wading and river fishing go hand in hand as far as I am concerned and the following tips are obviously best suited for fishing in this manner.

Wear A Fishing Vest – Rather than investing in a tackle box, instead spend that money on a fishing vest. A fishing vest is literally a tackle box that you wear on your back and is a “must” for river fishermen. This way all of your gear, terminal tackle, and bait are within easy reach at all times, which makes you a much more efficient and effective angler.

Drift Fishing is an Effective Technique – When river fishing you want to utilize a technique known as “drift fishing” which simply means allowing your bait or lure to drift naturally with the current of the river that you are fishing. Drift fishing is an incredibly effective river fishing technique that should be employed by anyone who is river fishing while wading.

Have An Effective Bait Carrier – One of the best baits that can be used while drift fishing are live worms and having an effective way to carry and access said worms on the river is of the utmost importance. This is where an effective bait carrier comes in to play. If you fish with worms, one of the best tips for river fishing that you will ever get is to use a bait bag. By keeping your live worms in a bait bag your bait is literally “at your fingertips” at all times, making baiting up and re-baiting a breeze.

Be Mindful Of Your Shadow – You need to be mindful of your shadow when wading in the river that you are fishing because there are few things that will “spook” a fish like a shadow that is out of place and/or moving. Fish are very conscious of their surroundings and when something is “out of the ordinary” they tend to get “spooked” and when a fish is spooked it will tend not to bite.

Be Mindful Of The Moon – The phase that the moon is in has an incredible impact of the activity level of fish, therefore you want to pay attention to the phase of the moon so that you can be on the river at the most favorable times. For example, fishing will tend to be much better when the moon is full at night as opposed to in its waning crescent. Be mindful of what phase the moon is in and plan your fishing trips accordingly if at all possible.

The aforementioned tips have been helping me catch fish while fishing in rivers for many years and I am confident that they will do the same for you. Add one or all of them to your river fishing repertoire sooner rather than later and you will almost immediately start catching more fish.

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African Cichlids: 7 Tips for Setting Up Your Tank

So, you’ve decided to trade in your goldfish and guppies for a more exotic, aggressive, and often more beautiful species of fish: African Cichlids. Before you head out to purchase your fish, follow these 7 tips to ensure a happy and healthy environment for your new aquatic pets.

1. Always get a large enough tank that gives your fish plenty of room to swim around, and create “lairs.” A 55 gallon tank should be the minimum, although it is possible to set up a successful 30 gallon cichlid tank. Cichlids are notorious for digging out places to hide, which they will defend from the other fish in the tank. For this reason, it is better keep them in a long tank, instead of a deep one. This gives you more room to decorate the tank, and the fish have more room to create and defend a lair. The “one-inch of fish per gallon of water” rule is not recommended with cichlids. They tend to grow pretty large, some even up to 12 inches or larger, and many are very aggressive. In a 55 gallon tank, expect to have around 5 to 8 fish max, depending on their size, temperament, and the number of possible hiding places they have.

2. Do not mix African Cichlids with any other kind of fish. Cichlids need a different kind of water temperature and pH than normal aquarium fish, and they are aggressive and will kill the other fish that occupy the tank.

3. Try to acquire cichlids that are all around the same size. Cichlids have a pecking order, and the largest male usually runs the tank. He will pick on the smaller fish often, and eat them if he can. Having all your cichlids around the same size will lessen the chance of any of them getting eaten or picked. They will also be able to defend themselves better.

4. If you are thinking about setting up an African cichlid tank to encourage breeding, try to have one male for every two or three females. And get these fish from different sources to discourage inbreeding. The obvious place to purchase fish is from the pet store, but you do have other options. Try going to your local fish store, attend fish auctions, or check out online fish auctions. These places often specialize in Cichlids, and the quality of the fish is almost always superior to the “fish mill” fish available at your local pet shop.

5. When decorating your tank, skip the live plants and go for plastic. Cichlids love to uproot real plants and chew on them. Save the $30 you were going to spend on live plants and buy fake ones. There are many real-looking fake plants on the market today, and their variety far exceeds the live ones available. Don’t forget the little weights they sell to weigh the plants down, as this will save you hours of sticking your hand in the tank to replant them.

6. When choosing gravel, always buy the special substrate for cichlids that raised the pH of the water. It is usually crushed up coral and shells that have buffering capabilities to maintain a higher pH, and save you from having to add chemicals to adjust the pH. There are a lot of arguments about whether to use sand or gravel for African cichlids, but gravel has two important qualities: it is a lot easier to clean, and the fish like to move it around to make hiding places. If you want to add some color to the gravel, since the cichlid substrate is usually white, just mix one or two bags of colored aquarium gravel into it.

7. The most important thing any cichlid owner should do before they add any fish to an aquarium is to research the habits and aggressiveness of the particular kind of cichlid they are considering. Cichlids have varying degrees of aggressiveness, and it is better to keep highly aggressive cichlids with other highly aggressive cichlids, and keep the quieter and less aggressive cichlids with other cichlids of the same temperament. This will reduce stress in your tank, and give all the fish a chance to thrive.

There are a lot of things to consider when starting an African cichlid tank. They require a lot more work and attention than a regular tank, but they are very rewarding. There is nothing better than turning off your lights, turning on the aquarium lights, and just sitting and watching your cichlids interact with each other and their environment. Good luck with your aquatic adventures, may they provide you years of enjoyment.

DuHamel, Douglas

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A Review of Special Effects Hair Dye and a How to Guide for Achieving Vibrant Beautiful Color

“Colors are the smiles of nature.”
-Hunt, Leigh
1784-1859 British Poet

Why not make your hair smile? You dress to impress, you cloth yourself in your personality and let it shine to humanity, but are you letting social stigma prevent you from looking how you want? The general public often stereotypes those with unnatural colors in the locks, “punks” or “trash” and think quickly of anti-establishment youths ruining the structure of organized society. Why is that? I’d say it has much to do with the quality of dyes these people have chosen. Koo-laid and cheap knock off Halloween tricks produce sub-par fake and unattractive results, leaving hair looking unprofessional and frankly simply mock-able. Certainly not the rainbow of natural looking perfection you expected. What child hasn’t dreamed of looking like his favorite cartoon character beaming in green hair? Now you can have it. Colored hair that looks just as if you popped out that color, with special effects dye.

Special effects hair dye is an all natural vegetable based alternative that lasts longer than any other brand I’ve tried, without leaving hair unhealthy and fried. It comes at an affordable price and is easy to use. Not to mention all variety of colors, special effects hair dye has more than 30 colors, some of which even glow under black light for the party types delight.

Special effects hair dye also seems to remedy one of the largest issues experienced by the rainbow hair colored fan, skin dying. Nothing ruins a good hair dye job worse than having a blue forehead, scalp, ears, neck, hands, and bathroom to match your new stunning hair. Most dyes are difficult to remove from skin and surfaces. They are meant to dye and that is just what they do, however I’ve found special effects hair dye easily washes off skin within the first 24 hours even with just water, let alone an alcohol based make-up remover. And for your dye site? Even dried on for days it cleans up as easily as a spilled soda. I have no idea how special effects hair dye does it, but I love it.

I also love that optimal color can be achieved by literally sleeping with special effects hair dye in your hair because it doesn’t sting, stink or itch. It feels no different that a leave in conditioner would, and because it’s vegetable based it won’t literally eat hair or damage hair to do so. Which leads us to the combined half of my special effects hair dye review, the rough guide of how to achieve vibrant color with special effects hair dye.

If your hair is of a darker shade (I’m talking anything other than an extremely light blond) your going to want to either bleach the color out, or if the word bleach makes your healthy hair scream for mercy, you can also dye it a white blond. Either way I recommend using a hair treatment kit (ex/ juicio kpak hair repair) or heavy leave in conditioner immediately after dying/bleaching and then waiting a few days before dying with color.

Why? Any type of dying can have a negative effect on hair, treating it at this stage helps hair from being damaged, and healthy hair always looks better no matter the color. However dye sticks better to unwashed, unconditioned hair which is why you’ll want to wait 2-3 days without washing your hair again before applying color.

Now the fun part.

Tools of the rainbow:

Special effects hair dye color (or colors) of your choice
Shower cap
Sink or place to wash out hair

A comb or applicator brush (special effects hair dye does not come with applicators but you can buy them at most beauty supply stores for mere dollars(they are reusable), or use your fingers if your aim is not exact color coverage.)

Some sort of dish: If you plan on using two colors, with special effects hair dye this is similar to painting a picture, a pallet helps.

If your dying your hair one solid color it literally is as easy as saturating all hair, placing the shower cap on, going to bed and washing with plain cold water, no shampoo or conditioner, in the morning. (cold water makes dye last longer, as well as the longer you leave dye on the brighter it often becomes) You can wash it within the next day after the dye has had more time to set in.

Before going to bed you may also want to take a warm wash cloth or alcohol make up remover and insure any bits of dye that got on tips of ears or the back of the neck, etc. are washed off. Some people also find it more comfortable to place a bandanna over the shower cap to stop that annoying plastic crinkle.

I’m not going to lie, every time you wash your hair your color will change slightly and you will see dye coming off in the soap while you shower. This does not mean don’t shower. In my experience special effects hair dye will last about 2 months even washing every other day. By that time your roots would be showing and you’ll likely want to re-dye anyway.

If you plan on doing two shades a friend makes the process far easier. You simply select strands you want which color and paint/place the dye on them, cap and follow the above stated directions.

Special effects hair dye is that easy to use. Costs at most beauty supply stores (or ebay if your cursed to live in a remote area like Alaska as I am) about 7-15 dollars. And the best part, is just it’s really fun to use while producing saloon quality results. So let your hair smile too, embrace childhood fancies and go colorful today.

Extra after closing:

If you don’t like your results, or for any reason end up needing to make hair a natural color again. ( I had this happen for a new job once) Washing hair with dish soap will quickly strip color. Repeat until color is severely faded, use a deep conditioner and then re-dye a more natural shade. There are products which claim to remove dyes and strip all color, but they ravage hair, far worse than even bleach would. Fair warning though the newer your special effects hair dye job is, the harder it is to remove.

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Alabama Bar Exam: A Basic Guide

Preparing to take the Alabama Bar Exam will consume most of your time for the three or four months leading up to it. To study effectively you will need to know what is on the test, as well as what is expected of you as an Alabama Bar Candidate. This article will cover these issues and provide you with information that you will need to successfully navigate your way through this process of preparation.


In the state of Alabama the State Bar of Admissions Office handles the Alabama Bar Exam. Attorney candidates in this state should therefore contact this organization for current qualification requirements, registration materials, study guides, and current fee information.

State Bar of Admissions Office
PO Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101
(334) 269-1515 phone number

Alabama Bar Exam Format

The Alabama Bar Exam is held during the last week of February and during the last week of July each year. It is divided into three separate days of testing. On the first and second day of the Alabama Bar Exam attorney candidates will take the Multistate Essay Exam and the Alabama Essay Exam. The Alabama Essay Exam generally covers the following Alabama Civil Litigation topics: (1) statutory and equitable remedies, (2) dispute subjects to arbitration, (3) abatement, survival, and revival actions, (4) statutes of limitation, (5) choice of forum, (6) pleadings and pleading stage motions, (7) parties and joinder, (8) discovery, (9) pre-trial disposition, (10) jury considerations, (11) motions in limine, (12) sequence of proceedings, (13) preservation of error, (14) burden of proof, (15) judgment as a matter of law, (16) verdicts, (17) post-trial motions, (18) judgment enforcement, (19) Alabama appellate jurisdiction, (20) Alabama standards of review, (21) Alabama appellate procedures, (22) Alabama extraordinary writs, (23) claim and Issue preclusion, (24) pre-judgment seizure, and (25) accountability of parties and counsel.

On the third day of the Alabama Bar Exam attorney candidates will take the Multistate Bar Exam, as well as the Multistate Performance Test. The Mutlistate Bar Exam is a multiple choice test which is made up of 200 questions that cover general legal topics. The legal processes and laws that are covered in this part of the exam will not be state specific, but will instead be those things that are used throughout the country.

Study Tips for the Alabama Bar Exam

It is important to understand the pace at which laws change in the state that you want to sit for the bar exam. To ensure that you will be using the most up-to-date state laws and statute it is a good idea to visit the Alabama State Bar Admissions Office website for the latest topics and laws that will be covered in the exam.

In the Alabama Essay Section of the Alabama State Bar Exam the following topics are usually covered, so you will need to make sure that you are familiar with them and their applications in Alabama.

1. Preliminary Considerations and Litigation Planning, including: Statutory and Equitable Remedies, Declaratory Judgements, Specific Performance, Rescission and Reformation, Trade Secrets and Covenants Not to Compete, Prejudgement Seizure, Attachment, Garnishment, Detinue, Equitable Defenses, and Miscellaneous topics such as: constructive trusts, equitable liens, equitable mortgages, and subrogation.
2. Disputes Subject to Arbitration including Alabama Arbitration Law and Federal Preemptive of State Arbitration Law.
3. Abatement, Survival, and Revival of Actions
4. Statutes of Limitations
5. Choice of Forum and Jurisdiction
6. Pre-trial Practice Topics including: Pleadings and pleading stage motions, parties and joinder, discovery, and pre-trial disposition.
7. Trial topics like: jury considerations, motions in limine, sequence of proceedings, preservation of error, burden of proof, judgement as a matter of law, and verdicts.
8. Post-judgement proceedings topics such as: post-trial motions, and judgement enforcement.
9. Alabama appellate practice topics like: appellate jurisdiction, standard of review, appellate procedure, and extraordinary writs.
10. Collateral issues such as: claim and issue preclusion, pre-judgement seqizure, and accountability of parties and counsel.

The following references should be used to prepare for items 1 through 10 above:

1. Preliminary Considerations and Litigation Planning (Code of Alabama)
2. Pre-Trial Practice (Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure)
3. Trial (Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure 38-40 & 42-52; as well as Alabama case law.)
4. Alabama Appellate Practice (Alabama Code 1975 subsections 6-640)
5. Collateral Issues (Alabama Rule of Civil Procedure and Code of Alabama 1975).

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A Beginner's Guide for Picking the Family Dog

The one thing that most folks spend very little time on, when choosing a new four legged friend for the family, is the proper fit between family and dog personality. There are some general guidelines that might make this process less time consuming One need not spend long hours researching breeds to get an idea of which breed suits your particular family.

If you have very young children, remember that tiny breed puppies tend to be very fragile and little hands tend to be loving but rough. These children might do better with a mid-size dog. Cute does not always equate with the best pet for your family. All puppies are cute to some people. For instance, if you are not fond of the look of the adult dog, don’t buy that breed puppy.

There are some general personality traits for each breed of dog. An example of this is a Terrier type dog This type of dog tends to be tenacious and a rugged independent animal. Terriers were bred to bring rodents to ground for hunting and protecting the farmer’s grain. They have to be willing to keep with their prey in order to do their job. The personality trait that makes them so suited to catching rodents at all costs makes them a little more difficult to manage and train.

Scent hounds like the Beagle make great pets, if you don’t mind having to work around their single minded nose oriented personalities. They tend to catch the scent of other animals and pay less attention to you. This makes for great hunting abilities, but not always great obedience. However, be aware that Beagles will also howl on a night when the moon is full. Also be aware that beagles, not unlike any other hunting dogs, require lots of exercise.

The Golden Retriever is a hunting dog, but not a hound. They tend to have long puppy hoods which in some ways is an enduring trait. While they have sweet natures and make great childhood pals, the slow maturation can become a bit tedious to the trainer.

The herding dogs like the Collie make wonderful pets and, for the most part, are wonderful around children. Remember that the Collie has a double coat, as do many of the herding breeds, which means they shed and need to be groomed often. Collies are highly trainable but can be very single minded.

Companion dogs, such as the Chihuahua, are mostly smaller breeds. They are bred, as the name implies, as companions for humans. If not trained well, they can develop a snappy nippy side. They tend to be high pitch barkers. If you have youngsters under 5 years old, please remember that these dogs can be fragile. Hence these dogs can be injured easily by small overly affectionate hands.

Bare in mind that long hair dogs will need more grooming to maintain healthy good looking coats. Non-shedding breeds, such as Poodles and Bichons, will need hair cuts and lots of grooming.

One toy breed, the Bichon Frise, is a favorite with children. Their sweet cherry natures make them the perfect companion for children of age 7 and up. Although they often require a lot care, they also tend to be less of a problem for children and adults with dog allergies.

For the sake of the child and the puppy, remember that no child should be left unsupervised with a new puppy.

A little research goes a long way toward a happy union of family and chosen pet. Once you have settled on a certain breed, then you can do research on that specific breed if you like. Don’t waste your time on every breed. Try not to make your choice on color and size alone. Remember, as was stated in the beginning of this article, all puppies are cute.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Own an External Hard Drive If You Own a Computer

If you own a laptop, netbook, notebook, or desktop computer, there is at least one accessory that would be in your best interests to own: an external hard drive and the following are several reasons why.

Back-up Important Files

If you own a computer that holds the only copies of very important, sensitive and irreplaceable files, stop reading this article and go purchase an external hard drive right now! External hard drives allow you to back-up important files and data and will help you keep important files if your computer crashes, is stolen, or if your files become corrupted on your computer.

Extra Storage Space

Owning an external hard drive isn’t always about serious issues like backing up important data; sometimes you just need extra hard drive space and an external hard drive is the perfect solution to your lack of hard drive space woes. An external hard drive can help provide extra storage space for music files, videos, pictures, and other files that you can’t hold on your current internal hard drive.

Easy Data Transfer

During times when you need to swap files or easily transfer large files from one computer to another, an external hard drive can really come in handy. External hard drives will allow you to store more files than flash drives and will allow you to transfer files on different computer with different operating systems, regardless of if you have a network established or not. In addition to allowing computers to easily share files with one another, an external hard drive will let you share files with other devices as well. Gaming systems, media streaming devices, and even some internet routers will allow you to share and stream your external hard drive’s content.

Your Data Will Survive Longer than Your Computer

I bought my first external hard drive in 2004 – a 160GB hard drive that cost around $200 at the time – and since 2004, I’ve changed computers four times, while being able to keep the same important files. Computers evolve and become obsolete quickly, but regardless of what new technology hits the computer scene, hard drive space will always be equally important and your external hard drive just might outlast your personal computer.

For more, read 6 Great Laptop Accessories that All College Students Must Have , Netbook Accessories You’ll Need Whenever You Buy a New Netbook , and The Best Ways to Save Money Before and After Buying a Computer

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An Overview of the Weighted Average Cost of Capital

The cost of capital is a fundamental element in a firm’s financial decision making. When deciding on the optimal capital structure, firms allocate a certain percentage of cost on debt and cost of equity to finance their assets and provide a return on investment (ROI) to their shareholders.

If a firm has only common stocks, then the cost of capital is the required return on equity (ROE). However, the required rates on return are different because the risk undertaken for different classes of assets is different. Therefore, the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) is the weighted average cost of debt and equity that reflects the average riskiness of all the firm’s assets. In other words, WACC measures the capital discount of a firm’s debt and equity and represents the rate that a firm is expected to finance its assets. Since different classes of assets may be more or less risky than the average, the WACC should be adjusted accordingly to reflect the riskiness of capital budgeting projects. Therefore, WACC is the minimum return that the firm must earn based on its existing capital structure to satisfy its shareholders for owning its assets and bearing the risk of ownership.

WACC Components

WACC is calculated taking into account a firm’s capital structure with its after-tax cost of debt and cost of equity. Equity may include both common and preferred stocks. Debt may include stocks options, pension liabilities, and government subsidies.

a) Cost of Debt

The cost of debt is the effective rate that a firm pays off its debt. Usually, in capital budgeting calculations the cost of debt is computed as an after tax cost, after interest expenses are deducted. This facilitates the comparison with the cost of equity. The cost of debt provides investors with an idea about the firm’s riskiness as riskier firms typically have higher cost of debt.

b) Cost of Equity

The cost of equity represents the return that investors expect for owning a particular asset and undertaking the risk of ownership. To better illustrate the cost of equity, we assume that an investor requires a rate of return of 10% for owning an investment in company X. The current price of the stock is $12 and the dividend to be paid is $0.50. In effect, the investor requires $1.2 on his $12 investment. This means that the stock will have to appreciate by $0.70 so that, combined with the $0.50 from the dividend, gives the investor the 10% cost of equity.

How the WACC is calculated

WACC = (E/V × Re) + (D/V × Rd) × (1 − Tc)


E = the firm’s equity,
D = the firm’s debt
V = the firm’s total value (debt + equity)
E/V = the percentage of financing that represents equity
D/V= the percentage of financing that represents debt

Re = cost of equity
Rd = cost of debt after tax
Tc = tax rate

To calculate the value of each component of the WACC we assume that the weight of financing is the market value of the component divided by the total value of all components. Market value is preferred over book value because book value is difficult to be determined and also may be fundamentally different than market value thus significantly altering final figures.

The market value of equity (E) is calculated by multiplying the price per share by the number of shares outstanding (including preferred stocks if issued).

The market value of debt (D) is typically fairly close to the firm’s book value, particularly for firms that are more or less stable in credit rating.

The cost of equity (Re) is calculated using the CAPM model (capital asset pricing model). CAPM takes into account risk-free rate, market return and the firm’s beta to calculate the cost of capital for the firm in relation to the rate of return on its assets.

The cost of debt (Rd) is calculated after interest rates are deducted.

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A Short Earth Day Poem: Keeping the Enviroment Helthy and Clean

We should all take care of what we got,
Including the enviroment which can rot,
We must continue to keep it clean,
So that we can have fun and play in the spring,
The enviroment is an important in so many ways,
So let’s all remember to celebrate Earth Day.

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8 Affordable Friendly Family Restaurants in Nashville

Nashville is full of restaurants that cater to musicians, college kids, and young professionals. How about restaurants that cater to families? There are few and far between but the ones that are family friendly are worth while. Here are 8 affordable family friendly restaurants in Nashville.

Pancake Pantry
Although the line to get in this pancake palace can tend to be around the block it is surely worth the wait. Pancake Pantry has been around since 1961 and is well known for its delightful and varietal pancakes which include Caribbean and sweet potato. If you’re not a pancake lover there are many other delicious menu options to choose from such as club sandwiches, omelets, and soups. The overall atmosphere is family style, cozy and reminds me of a quaint diner. The service is not the greatest but the food is delicious and satisfying. The prices are reasonable.

This cozy family owned restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This Greek American inspired establishment has been featured on the Food Networks “Diner’s Drive-Ins and Dives.” The best part about this dining experience is the friendly atmosphere the service and overall food quality. From salads sandwiches, to burgers you will enjoy this tasty delight. The portions are large and beyond satisfying while the prices are affordable for all.

I Dream of Weenie
This “restaurant” was voted best hot dog by the Nashville Scene and I couldn’t agree more. This is a fun way to share some quality time with the family. Did I mention that you should bring a blanket? I Dream of Weenie is actually a food cart that resides on a huge lawn that is perfect for picnicking and enjoying an outdoors day with your loved ones. This is extremely affordable and has variety options for meat and veggie lovers.

This casual kid friendly environment has great outdoor patio seating. If you are not the outdoorsy type then the indoor atmosphere is fun and eclectic with pictures of celebs and décor that looks like a college dorm exploded. A fun food menu is available for the whole family. Chicken in a basket fried, grilled, or buffalo style are just a few friendly options. Prices are affordable and they even offer free ice cream.

12 South Taproom & Grill
This artsy environment is a daytime family friendly spot. The menu offers everything from tacos to pizza to satisfying sandwiches. The food is fresh and fabulous. The atmosphere is bright and happy. Although they are open in the evening there is more of a grown up hipster atmosphere when the sun goes down.

Baja Fresh
This Mexican Grill has been around since 1990. This restaurant is casual and cozy which is perfect for a fun family excursion. Just like the name says everything is made fresh. What better way to dine out with your family then to eat healthy and feel healthy? You can sink your teeth into a taco, burrito, soup or salad for an affordable price.

Pizza Perfect
This is one of the best pizza joints in Nashville. The atmosphere is very reminiscent of a New York style pizzeria. Pack in a booth with the whole family and it will make you feel like you are in the Big Apple. Not only is there pizza to die for but they also offer other delicious options such as subs and spaghetti. Bon appétit.

Family Wash
You may deterred by the fact that this establishment is also a bar but I promise you it is extremely kid friendly. Its eclectic atmosphere is adorable and comfy. The “Shepherds Pie” and “Chicken Pot Pie” are a family favorite but if you are a vegetarian do not fear they also make a delicious veggie pie as well. The menu is reasonably priced and pretty basic.

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Trust Everything You Read in Travel Guidebooks

A travel guidebook is a must-have commodity on any foreign excursion, or is it? What are some of the reasons why you should not trust everything you read in a travel guidebook?

Some Travel Writers Have Not Been There!

Readers often assume that the travel writers who have gushed for page after page about how wonderful Madagascar is to have spent a substantial amount of time living or travelling around the country sampling the local culture, cuisine and living as a local. But the truth of the matter is that many travel writers have not actually set foot inside the country they are writing about as “experts.”

Rather than actually spending any time in the travel destination, some writers rely on “desk updates” by using the phone, Internet, books or interviewing others who have been to the destination to gather their information for the travel guidebook, none of which is completely accurate or full-proof. Some publishers never actually ask writers to verify their information, but will accept it at face value.

Authentic “Insider” Tips Are Hard to Come by

If you are looking for unique insider tips on your destination, do not expect to always find what you are looking for inside your travel guidebook. Travel guidebooks are notorious for getting it wrong when it comes to cultural norms, the eating habits of locals and how locals behave. So-called “authentic” eating and watering holes are normally put into travel guidebooks that cater exclusively to tourists, rather than locals. Such establishments are usually much pricier than areas where locals gather to relax and eat.

Where Are All the Negative Reviews?

Look closely at travel guidebooks and one thing you will quickly notice is that it is difficult to find a negative review. A savvy traveller will want to know which establishments to avoid, how to blend in well and make the most of their trip. But instead of candid reviews, what you will find is information stating that all restaurants are “top notch”, every beach is “to die for” and the locals are “the friendliest people in the world.” But is this all really true?

Remember that writers are trying to sell books, which is why you will find nothing but the best of everything in a travel guidebook and reviews you read will all be pretty PC. A good rule of thumb is to research individual hotels, restaurants and other establishments that are not mentioned in travel guidebooks by going to TripAdvisor and other sites to look for reviews from people who have already frequented these establishments for an impartial review.

Travel guidebooks are not all bad, but they can be misleading if you accept everything you read at face value. Some travel writers have never actually been to the destination they have written about, which hardly makes them an “expert” to rely on for accurate information. It is also difficult to come by authentic “insider” tips in a travel guidebook until you have visited the destination and found out the truth for yourself. Finally, it is difficult to come across a negative review in a travel guidebook, as many writers are more concerned with selling books, than they are in providing accurate, impartial information.


Yahoo! Travel, 10 Things Travel Guidebooks Won’t Say, by Sarah Morgan.

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3 Ways We Overeat and Don't Even Know It

By Erin Whitehead,

We all laugh when we see those commercials where people in a fine-dining establishment discover that they’re eating fast-food fare. We all think that there’s no way we would be fooled by a $5 meal being served on fine china. But after reading Brian Wansink’s book, Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, I discovered that most people are tricked by these types of cues. The book is a fascinating look into why we eat what we do and why we eat as much as we do. Subtle cues in our environment play a role in our choices and consumption, from plate size to package size. The author takes what his studies have found and gives ways to apply the knowledge to your eating. A few highlights I found!

Fascinating Find #1
I fall into the same traps that many people do when it comes to eating , such as finishing a meal even when I’m way past the point of full. When French women were polled about how they decided to stop eating a meal, they reported that they stopped eating when they were no longer hungry. Chicago women typically stopped when they ran out of a beverage, their plate was empty or a TV show was over.

Take home message: Rely on internal cues, not external cues, to decide when to stop eating.

Fascinating Find #2
The more convenient a food, the more likely you are to eat it. A study of secretaries that placed a dish of chocolate in three places-on the desk, in a drawer or across a room-showed that in a day, the typical secretary ate nine Hershey’s Kisses when they were on the desk, six when they were in a drawer and only four when she had to walk across the room for them. The secretaries reported that having the distance between them and the candy gave them enough time to pause and ask themselves if they wanted it.

Take home message:
Keep fruits and veggies at arms’ length and sweet treats a good distance away.

Fascinating Find #3
Package size plays a role in how much we eat . When people were given a half-pound bag of M&M’s, they ate an average of 71 candies. When given a one-pound bag, they ate almost twice as many in the same amount of time, at 137 M&M’s. According to the book, the size of the package gives you cues as to what is the norm to consume.

Take home message: Don’t let package size fool you. Repackage a jumbo box of treats into smaller baggies or containers and serve them in smaller dishes. (Interestingly, as I was writing this and much to my shock/dismay, my hubby finished off a 2-liter of Coke that he just bought the night before. He said when he drinks out of cans it makes him stop. But this 2-liter had no end point…until it was all gone.)

This book had hundreds of interesting facts and studies and will open your eyes about how your expectations can affect how much you put in your mouth. In one anecdote, sailors thought lemon Jell-O was cherry Jell-O just because it was red. Food with descriptive names-succulent Italian seafood filet-sell better and are rated higher than non descriptive names. This book is guaranteed to make you more aware of your eating world and give you tips and tricks to make smarter choices. It might even help you trick children into liking their veggies. Power Peas, anyone?

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A Review of Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken Parmesan Dinner

I am a big fan of chicken Parmesan and when I spotted Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken Parmesan Dinner in the frozen meals section of my local grocery store, I could not resist it. I decided to purchase this low cal healthy meal, try it out and write an unbiased product review all about it. Here is what I discovered!

Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken Parmesan Dinner costs around three dollars and the price does vary from store to store. I loved the menu of this dinner! It has a seasoned chicken breast and spaghetti with marinara sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, and also many spices along with bell pepper, onions and tomatoes. I love all of those ingredients. I could not wait to taste this dinner!

Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken Parmesan Dinner is low cal, low in saturated fat, high in protein and fiber rich. It gives me a creative healthy frozen meal choice and I appreciate that. This meal is perfect for microwave cooking and that is how I chose to prepare it. I only had to vent the corner, cook on high in my microwave for five and a half minutes. I then let it stand in the microwave for two more minutes. This dinner smelled fantastic!

When I tasted the chicken Parmesan part of this meal, I loved it. The chicken breast is tender and seasoned perfectly. It is delicious. The spaghetti side dish is a real treat, in my opinion. It was filled with spices, tomatoes and very tender. The sauce in this meal is excellent and the cheeses really top this dinner off well. Eating healthy never tasted so good. I am an Italian food lover and I loved this meal. I would like to see some mushrooms added to it. Still, overall, I had few complaints. The portions could be a bit larger.

Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken Parmesan Dinner is hearty and very filling. It makes a great quick lunch for me. It is so easy to prepare. This meal equals five weight watchers points. I discovered that this dinner is a part of the Smart Ones Bistro Selections dinners line. It is indeed bistro quality. I rate this meal four and one half stars out of five stars. I will be buying it again.

Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken Parmesan Dinner has only 290 calories in it. 50 of those calories are from fat. It has 5 grams of total fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 1.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, 40 mg’s of cholesterol, 630 mg’s of sodium, 35 grams of total carbs, 4 grams of dietary fiber, 5 grams of sugars and 26 grams of protein. This meal does contain soybeans, milk and wheat ingredients.

I enjoyed trying Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken Parmesan Dinner and writing a product review about it. For more information, you can visit the website or This healthy low cal dinner is a winner! Dieting tastes good with this one.

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A Guide to Leftovers: Take Out and Homemade Foods that Taste Better the Next Day

Open your fridge and chances are bound that you are to be confronted with leftovers. Leftover food is a blessing when it comes to food preparation (click here to see a slideshow of the best leftover dishes). Using leftover food will save you valuable time cooking in the kitchen, in addition to saving you money versus just throwing them out. If handled correctly leftover food can be used in an exciting new dish. Whether you are an experienced cook or someone who can’t use a stove, “A Guide to Leftovers: Take Out and Homemade Foods that Taste Better the Next Day” is article you don’t want to skip. In it we explore the best take out and homemade leftover food.

Leftover Take Out

Take out Pizza
If you haven’t discovered it already, refrigerated take out pizza is an excellent tasting leftover. Cold take out pizza makes a great breakfast. Cold take out pizza is also easy to grab on your way out the door to work.

Take out Chinese Food
Any good take out Chinese restaurant will serve a heaping portion of food. Not only will it taste great the night that you order it, take out Chinese food makes a great midnight snack or meal the next day. Some leftover Chinese take out food that tastes great when cold are: crab rangoons, chicken fingers, boneless spare ribs, lo mien, and of course pork fried rice.

Take out Mexican and Indian Food
Both take out Mexican and Indian cuisine use a lot of spices. Take out Mexican foods such as enchiladas and burritos are easy to eat cold or reheated. Take out Indian dishes on the other hand often involve a heavy rice component (think stir fry), and are generally better when reheated. Both take out Mexican and Indian cuisine are two spicy leftovers that are sure to quickly become favorites in many households.

Homemade Leftover Food

Homemade Meatloaf
Homemade meatloaf is one of the most versatile dishes to use when it comes to preparing original meals with leftover food. One option is to make a homemade chili. Cut up the meatloaf, add a can of kidney beans, tomato sauce, and a few spicy ingredients like chili powder and hot sauce, then let it simmer in a crock pot.

Leftover meatloaf can also be used to make the comfort food classic shepherd’s pie. Just add a layer of frozen vegetables on top of the ground up meatloaf, top it with mashed potatoes, sprinkle on some cheese, and bake it in a casserole dish for half an hour.

Leftover meatloaf is the main ingredient in many other great homemade dishes you can make, such as tacos, meat balls, sloppy joes, and casseroles.

Stews and Soups
Both stews and soups make fantastic leftover food because when you refrigerate them they have time for the liquid to thicken. After being reheated, homemade stews and soups will taste more flavorful.

Homemade Turkey Dinner
One classic use for a leftover homemade Thanksgiving turkey dinner is to make turkey sandwiches with stuffing and cranberry sauce. Not only are turkey sandwiches quick and easy to make, they are delicious. Another idea is to make enchiladas, substituting the often used chicken with turkey.

Homemade Roast Beef Dinner
Like turkey, homemade roast beef is another great item that goes well in a sandwich the day after. Another great option is to use the meat to make a homemade meat pie, which leads us to…

Homemade Meat Pies
Be it chicken pot pie, or a French meat pie, homemade meat pies in almost always taste better the day (or two!) after. Some may prefer to eat them cold, while others like to heat them up in a toaster oven or microwave. One great trick is to add hot sauce to leftover homemade meat pies.

Homemade Pasta
There is a reason why leftover pasta tastes better the second day. People generally cook their pasta and sauce separate from each other, and only combine the two on a plate when serving. When the pasta and sauce are combined and sit over night, this gives time for all of the flavors to infuse into the pasta, similar to how people marinate chicken or steak. Many restaurants will cook the pasta and sauce together for a few minutes just for this reason.

Homemade Lasagna
Homemade lasagna tends to taste better as a leftover for the same reason as pasta does. However a major difference between pasta and lasagna is that lasagna tastes fantastic while cold, and does not *have* to be heated up again, while most pasta dishes will. Making homemade lasagna from scratch takes plenty of work, so make sure that the next time you make one there is plenty for leftover food the next day.

How to serve leftover food
An important thing to remember about leftover food, be it take out or homemade, is that they should be severed differently then the night before. Eating the same meal two days in a row can be boring, and it is important to make sure that there is variety with your leftover food. This can be as easy as two new side dishes, or adding new spices and other ingredients to the leftover food themselves. No matter how you decide to serve it, giving new life to your take out or homemade leftover food will save you money and time.

What is your favorite leftover?

Do you have a special leftover recipe?

Comment below.

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