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By lemaster 14 Jul, 2017

Here is a post from our most recent the email that went out and it was really received quite well if you'd like to be added to our email goes out about three times a month just send me a note or give me a call. It's all fun stuff.  Jack.     you heard about London's new hot spot?  Over in England, people are

gathering around, taking photos and generally marveling at the sights.  Butyou can bet your bottom dollar they're not parking their cars there.You see, the new hot spot is not a club or a bar. It's an odd area in thecity where you can fry an egg on the sidewalk - favorite pastime of TVmeteorologists - or perhaps have your front door melted.That is what happened to Martin Lindsay, part of his front door and mirrorin fact.  To make matters worse it was a Jaguar XJ.  His car was parked on astreet in central London for only an hour, but he returned to find meltedpanels and the smell of burning plastic.Lindsay was not alone.  Only the day before Eddie Cannon had part of hisvehicle melted after parking in the same area.  'The van looks a total mess- every bit of plastic on the left hand side and everything on the dashboardhas melted.'So what could do this sort of damage?  Vandals with a really largemagnifying glass?  The culprit turned out to be the building under construction on FenchurchStreet, right across the road.  When the afternoon sun  reflected off theskyscraper's glass windows and slightly curved surface, the building itselfacted like a giant magnifying glass.  The same sort of concave shape hasbeen used in the design of solar panels and it works quite well!  The building's owners are spending millions to fix the problem and block the"solar death ray" produced by the newly-christened "Fryscraper".

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By lemaster 14 Jul, 2017
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By lemaster 14 Jul, 2017
Still just Dad:
Remember him in June
How is it that the role of a father has become so much a subject of cultural conversation?
On the one hand, the traditional line of thinking says a father is the breadwinner, strong and steady. On the other hand, the father today can be the homemaker and still be strong and steady, even if he isn't the breadwinner.
Either way, he is still Dad, that parent with the ineffable quality that makes father special in the family and so different from mom.
However you think of Dad, June is the time to thank him for all he's done and remember the love and honor you have for him.
Remember your Pops on June 15 with a hug, a kiss and a word of thanks. After all, your father isn't a cultural conversation. He's just Dad
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By lemaster 14 Jul, 2017
Man's best friend might be the worst driving distraction ever.
It's so distracting that someone even took the time to research the problem. The study by Accident Analysis and Prevention was reported in Johns Hopkins Health After 50 newsletter.
They evaluated 2,000 drivers ages 70 and older.
Researchers found that drivers with pets had double the crash risk as those who didn't drive with pets. Driving with pets results in slowed cognitive performance and delayed response times.
It's dangerous for the pet, too.
If you want to give him a ride, be sure the animal is restrained with a good-quality harness restraint system. Or you could place your cat or dog in a crate.
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By lemaster 14 Jul, 2017
Derek Jeter named one of the world's best leaders
Derek Jeter, 39, has been the captain of the Yankees since 2003. His tenure is the longest of any of the 11 captains in team history.
Jeter is a five-time World Series champion and 13-time All-Star. But, now his leadership is recognized as world class.
The shortstop was named the 11th-best leader in the world by Fortune magazine. Also on the list are pontiffs, politicians, business leaders, investors and humanitarians.
Fortune's Geoff Colvin wrote:
"As he begins his 20th and final season in pinstripes, Jeter remains the type of role-model player that even a Red Sox fan must grudgingly respect...In a steroid-tainted, reality-TV era, Jeter, the son of two Army veterans, continues to stand out because of his old-school approach: Never offer excuses or give less than maximum effort."
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By lemaster 14 Jul, 2017
Spend an hour to gain 20 seconds
In the span of 20 seconds, a person can:
* Begin to be annoyed waiting for an elevator.
* Get bored with a Web page and click away.
* Fall in love with another.
…. And even fall in love with a house.
A new study shows that sellers have just seconds to attract an interested buyer online. Curb appeal should really be thought of as Main Internet Picture Appeal.
The study, by the Institute for Behavioral and Experimental Real Estate at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA., confirms what real estate agents know: The main photograph of the house's exterior is the make-it or break-it feature of online advertising.
According to a new study, internet house shoppers, which these day is just about everyone, actually spend 2 seconds evaluating the main picture. If the exterior view grabs them, they'll spend 20 seconds and in that 20 seconds, all things being acceptable, you have a potential buyer.
That's why it's so important to have a great photos available when you're listing your home for sale. The study shows that 95 percent of interested viewers spend 20 seconds looking at the photo of the exterior of a home, suggesting that people 'try on' a home just as if they were shopping for a suit or a dress. The lining might matter, but appearance is primary.
Experts say the photo should be up to date showing the home as it appears today, and showing how the home looks seasonally.
It goes without saying that the main picture should show the home trimmed and swept and ready for company. The study conclusion suggests that if you need to attract people inside, you'll want to spend some money on the outside. If you want to sell, cut down that shrub you've been meaning to take out. Perk up the flowers, plant that evergreen. Then take the photo. According to HGTV, research show that investing in curb appeal (or picture appeal) often returns the most value for the money.
If you are selling a home in the warm months, it doesn't make sense to feature a photo of your home in all its snowy glory. That picture makes it appear that the home has been on the market for a very long time. You might include a snow shot if the home looks especially fetching in the winter, but make sure it isn't the main picture on the page. For spring and summer, stage your main home picture with pots of blooming flowers or ferns. A best practice is to include a photo of your home that matches the season. In fall, feature a picture of your home with that colorful oak. You can even stage your home for fall with simple mums.
Overall, the house hunter will spend 60 percent of his time on the listing viewing photos. If the main photo catches the viewer, he or she will spend up to 56 seconds viewing all the photos online, according to the study.
Interestingly, the next most viewed photo will be the backyard. The viewer will spend 8.23 seconds on that photo, just a tad longer than the those of the living room, which attracts 8.06 seconds. Finally, the master bedroom, kitchen and the master bedroom all attract just under 8 seconds each.
You should consider the pictures on the Internet as important as what the potential buyer sees in person.
Researcher Michael Seiler found that 76 percent of viewers next glanced at the property description, like the size and number of bedrooms and baths. After the main picture, overall people spent 20 percent of their time on the description and 20 precedent on the agent's remarks.
Entering the home is another pivotal time. The entry or room they see first can make a lasting impression.
What does all of this mean for buyers? It makes them feel lucky! The manicured yard and pleasing entry won't raise the price of the home, but the buyers know from the outset that the property is in good condition.
They can picture themselves living there.
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By lemaster 14 Jul, 2017
Have you even heard of
World Sauntering Day?
Since the late 1970s, June 19 has been designated World Sauntering Day, a time to set aside the endless to-do lists that keep us in a state of stress and purposely go for a leisurely stroll.
It doesn’t matter where we saunter, which means to mosey around, amble, dawdle, or wander. It might be through several blocks of our neighborhood, through a mall to people-watch and window shop only, or through a nearby park or waterfront.
The rationale is to just slow down and really look around with curiosity, wonder and appreciation of our world. Saunter clothing is comfortable and walking shoes are essential.
Bill Rabe, a Detroit publicist and one-time manager at the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island of Michigan, and a few of his friends thought of this event after spending time discussing their hectic schedules that left little time for anything other than more work.
The headquarters of the World Sauntering Society is on Mackinac Island, in the very same Grand Hotel. There, guests can even stroll the 660-foot, 129-year old porch. No cars are allowed on this remote island; transportation is strictly via horse, bicycle or foot.
Sauntering means you don't care where you're going or when you get there, and you never, ever, work up a sweat. You go aimlessly from points Z to X to Y. Now you know what you’ll do on June 19. Put it on your to-do list!
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By lemaster 14 Jul, 2017
Staying Well
Should you be taking
a statin?
Because the guidelines for taking statins hadn't been reviewed for more than a decade, the government and a committee of cardiologists decided to check new research on statin's benefits and the impact of other risk factors for heart disease.
As before, these three risk factors indicated the use of a statin:
* You have heart disease or have had a heart attack.
* Your level of LDL, the bad kind of cholesterol, is 190 mg/dL or higher.
* You have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
No one disagreed with these factors for taking statins. The fourth determining factor is where the American Heart Association and the public disagreed.
* You should take a statin if your risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years is 7.5 percent or higher, according to the new guidelines.
Some critics say this calculator overestimates a person's risk. Others questioned whether statins should even be prescribed to prevent heart attacks in relatively healthy people. And doctors everywhere have been bombarded with questions.
Doctors at Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for Prevention of Heart Disease say if the only risk factor is your age, you may not need to be on a statin.
At Harvard, doctors say a statin can reduce your risk of heart disease, but not by very much, like preventing one heart attack in 140 people with less than a 20 percent risk of heart attack or stroke over five years.
Older statin takers may have side effects such as muscle aches, cognitive problems, sexual dysfunction and increased risk of diabetes.
What else can you do?
Lifestyle changes are a big factor in preventing heart disease. Follow the Mediterranean Diet (light on red meat, heavy on veggies, nuts, fish and olive oil).
Get regular physical activity and exercise to keep your heart strong.
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By lemaster 14 Jul, 2017
Blame brain chemicals
when you feel funny
Feeling funny?
As in humorous?
Are you busting all the jokes at lunch? Zeroing in on that crunchy idea at the monthly meeting?
Yes, if you are feeling funny today you can pat yourself on the head, not the back, because it is a couple of brain chemicals that are making it all work. Researcher Baba Shiv at Stanford's Graduate School of Business has found that two brain chemicals spark creativity. Serotonin and dopamine mix it up in your brain and suddenly you're feeling funny, or maybe clever. Or creative.
High levels of serotonin make you feel calm (low levels make you feel anxious). High levels of dopamine make you excited and engaged (low levels make you bored and apathetic).
Quoted in Inc. magazine, Shiv says these chemicals combine to produce a mental state in which you are calm, but energized.
The question is: How can you get those chemicals in the right mix just when you need them?
Sadly, you cannot swallow a creative pill. But Shiv does recommend some things that sound like grandma's list for happiness: Eat right, sleep right, exercise, and don't drink.
Walk: Exercise helps produce serotonin. In fact, Shiv recommends you walk and talk for 10 to 15 minutes before a meeting. It's a tested method: Computer pioneer, the late Steve Jobs, loved to walk while talking business.
Eat: You can eat protein and shun carbs in the morning. Protein appears to be instrumental in producing those needed creative chemicals.
Sleep: Get deep, restful sleep, unhindered by alcohol and caffeine.
Don't worry so much: Seriously, stress reduces serotonin and makes you closed to new ideas, Shiv says.
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