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Drought Gardening Series, Part 1

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Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian

 

Singing in the Rain!

By Cynthia Brian

 

“Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"”  ~Robin Williams

 

With the imminent drought high on the radar, garden writers from around the Bay Area were invited for a private tour of the Ruth Bancroft Garden (http://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org/) in Walnut Creek to be reacquainted with the beauty of drought tolerant plantings. As Mother Nature would have it, on the day of this special excursion, the skies exploded and the rain came tumbling down. Only six writers, including myself, braved the wind, cold, and drenching downpour.  Clad in my hot pink fluorescent rain coat and boots, I slipped, sloshed, and slid amidst the mud and the puddles admiring the vision and design of the vibrant 106 year young Ruth. Echeverias, yuccas, agaves, aloes, cacti, gasterias, sedums, pines, palms, and eucalyptus glistened in their watery beds adding vibrant strokes of color, texture, and pattern to an otherwise dreary day.

 

As I danced in the much welcomed rain, the thought of returning to the days of water rationing when the mantra was “if it’s yellow let it mellow and if it’s brown flush it down” haunted me. With the winter hibernation over, our gardens awake from their winter slumber. For a gardener, this time of year normally proclaims the perpetual party of planning, preparing, and planting. But with irrigation availability as a major concern, we need to look at ways that we can save our landscape while conserving water.

 

Seventy percent of our planet Earth is covered in water, although less than four percent is fresh and only one percent is potable. Water is a precious commodity and a drought is a gardener’s worst nightmare. But exactly what defines a drought? According to the United States Geological Survey, a drought is defined as “a period of drier-than-normal conditions that results in water- related problems, ... the flow of streams and rivers declines, water levels in lakes and reservoirs fall, and the depth to water in wells increases. If dry weather persists and water-supply problems develop, the dry period can become a drought.” We could decide to turn off the spigot but allowing our gardens to go dry will have negative ramifications including loss of property values, increased heat around our homes, physical and psychological health benefit reductions, loss of recreational activities, decreased air quality, and a larger carbon footprint as we stop growing edibles in our backyards.  Since we can’t change the weather, we need to change how we respond to it. While I’m singing in the rain today, I’m also thinking about the drought of tomorrow. In my two part series, I offer my suggestions to help your garden survive the impending dry season without a water bill that breaks the bank.

 

Part 1-Drought Gardening Series

Preparing for the Drought:

 

CHECK FOR LEAKS

Make sure that your outside pipes are insulated against freezing. When water freezes it expands and pipes often burst. Even a tiny 1/8 crack could spew 250 gallons of water per day. If you witness wet spots, water running along driveways, or puddles, investigate for a leak. Check hose bibs for drips, replace washers, and routinely inspect automatic sprinklers and connections.

 

AMEND THE SOIL

The foundation of every garden is the soil. The ideal soil drains quickly while storing water. For drought toleration, add several inches of rich, organic compost to encourage deep root formation while trapping moisture. Make your own compost by adding kitchen scraps, egg shells, coffee grinds, tea leaves, shredded newspaper, leaves, lawn clippings, fish bones, aged manure, non-diseased weeds, and other organic matter to a bin or pile. Do not use human, dog, or cat feces. Don’t disturb the lower levels of the ground to allow worms and micro-bacteria to do their jobs of aerating and feeding the earth. In a drought, double and triple digging techniques are not recommended.

 

WATER WELL

To stay healthy, most plants need at least one inch of moisture per week. The best way to save your plants as well as conserve water is to water deeply and infrequently.

The penetration of the water encourages deeper roots that are more resistant to drought conditions. A good rule of thumb is to water until the dirt has a hint of shine. Lawns and bedding plants require a drink to a depth of six inches while perennials, trees, and shrubs need closer to twelve. Plan to irrigate either early in the morning or evening when absorption will be maximized and evaporation minimized. Just as humans rejuvenate from a good night’s rest, plants do most of their growing at night. Traditional overhead sprinklers can lose half of their effectiveness to evaporation, run-off, and over spray. Drip and soaker hoses are the best bets for deep soaking to the root zone. Soaker hoses may be covered with mulch making them invisible. When water is restricted prioritize rationing by watering: 

  1. 1.Newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials.
  2. 2.Newly seeded or repaired lawns.
  3. 3.Plants exposed on windy sites or in sandy soils.
  4. 4.Vegetables that are flowering.

 

MULCH

Three inches of much will insulate your plants from the heat, cold, and elements. Mulch keeps the ground cooler, maximizes water retention, reduces evaporation, and improves the appearance of your landscape. Mulch includes pine needles, straw, leaves, wood chips, bark, and even gravel. As it decomposes it becomes compost and enriches the soil. When that happens, it is time for a new top layer of the mulch of your choice.

 

WEED

Weeds steal moisture and nutrition from neighboring plants. Pull or cut down unwanted weeds.

 

STOP FERTILIZING

If you plan to fertilize this season do it now while the weather is still cooler and dew is apparent. Feeding while it is raining is the best prescription for plant wellness. If you fertilize without sufficient water, the roots will burn and the plants will die. Fertilizing encourages new growth and new growth will stress your already stressed specimens. As the weather warms, refrain from fertilizing again until rain is forthcoming.

 

These tips will get you started. Next month, I’ll provide additional information on surviving and thriving during a drought. And if Mother Nature decides to extend the party, perhaps we’ll still be singing in the rain.

 

To receive a complimentary list of drought resistant plants by email, contact Cynthia@GoddessgGrdener.com

 

Cynthia Brian’s Mid Month Reminders

 

  • DEFINE property boundaries and create curb appeal with flowering shrubs.. Numerous new varieties of hydrangea are a good choice, including compact sizes like Strawberry Sundae.
  • POUR chamomile tea around the base of newly planted seedlings to eliminate fungus growth.
  • DISPLAY fallen camellias on a hedge, ledge, or pathway for outside interest that are not pretty enough to float in a vase, but not rotten enough to toss in the compost bin. As the camellias wilt, dispose of them. 
  • EXPLORE the San Francisco Home and Garden Show and experience the exhibits, edibles, flowers, market, and kids gardens from March 19th-23rd. http://www.sfgardenshow.com/
  • FERTILIZE hungry lawns to strengthen roots, resist cold, heat, and high traffic when weather is wet. This feeding will help combat stress of drought.
  • PRUNE fig trees and grapevines. Dry the branches and cuttings to use in your smoker or barbecue this summer to add interesting flavors to your grilled specialties.
  • VISIT The Secret Garden at Macy’s Union Square Sunday, March 23rd-April 6th for a floral wonderland with flowering fashion shows and children’s activities.

http://social.macys.com/flowershow/#/home

 

Think green. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Happy Gardening, Happy Growing.

 

Read blog: http://vapresspass.com/2014/03/06/herbal-supplements-march-garden-budget-health-hints-cynthia-brian/

 

Read more at : https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue0801/Digging-Deep-Gardening-with-Cynthia-Brian-Singing-in-the-Rain.html

 

©2014

Cynthia Brian

The Goddess Gardener

Cynthia@GoddessgGrdener.com

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925-377-7827

Cynthia is available as a speaker and consultant. 

 

 

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Why Studying Abroad is Good for Your Future Career

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It’s always good to prepare for a career early on in life, because the choices one makes—for example, a college course—can definitely have an impact on the opportunities that you’ll be given later on.

 

One of the decisions young adults have to make is the kind of education they want to pursue. Students about to leave school may consider going to a community college or even try out for a renowned University. Some take the plunge and apply for education in another country, and for those who get to experience this, it proves to not only be educational, but also transformative. Being in another country enables students to challenge themselves and discover what they can do away from their comfort zone.

 

Israel remains a popular choice for students looking to expand their educational horizons.

The country is a wonderful place to visit, one of the most exciting cultural centres in the world, but more importantly, it provides exceptional schooling opportunities – the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development recently conducted research that determined Israel was the second most educated country in the world by population, behind Canada. If you’re planning to study abroad in Israel there are plenty of appealing options.

 

Adaptability Training

Adaptability means the ability to change according to circumstance, and the more adaptable a person is, the more opportunities he or she will be presented with in the future. Getting higher education in Israel means that students will be able to learn another country’s culture, language, and customs, which will give them the ability to be able to interact successfully with others. Most college programs in Israel use English as the primary language of instruction, but international students will also be able to learn Hebrew and Arabic. Learning a new language is a challenge in itself, but having a positive attitude and a determination to succeed would pave the way.

 

Employment Gains

Adaptability is a quality many employers and business partners look for, because a person who can adapt to any given situation can easily find solutions to problems, take on new challenges, have a broader understanding of the world, and ultimately see the bigger picture.

 

Individuals who are versatile and adaptable make good strategists in any field of expertise. Having these qualities provide job applicants with an advantage over others who may not have had the experience needed for them to learn these skills. Those who have studied abroad, in Israel and other countries, can easily communicate what they have learned through interaction.

 

Graduates of schools in Israel can easily manage different situations, especially those requiring a cross-cultural perspective. This is an important quality in companies that do business with different countries. For instance, those who had experienced studying abroad have ground-level insights on world economy that those who only studied from books don’t have.

 

Multidisciplinary Exposure

There is a variety of courses in Israel that cater to students’ varied interests. Other than undergraduate and graduate programs in business, economics, history, and psychology, there are also special programs in leadership, entrepreneurship, and diplomacy—ideal courses of study for those who would like to go into international relations.

 

There are also institutions that offer certificates in the mastery of Biblical scripture and Hebrew literature. Aside from these, students also get exposed to the arts, such as dance and music. The multidisciplinary background provides graduates with greater opportunities in the professional setting, and obtaining skills and knowledge from another environment broadens one’s perspective.

 

 

Some of the benefits of studying abroad, in any country, can give students are independence, confidence, and of course, a wider world view. These characteristics are valued in any field, and would definitely give students an edge in their future careers.

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More Than Girl Scout Cookies

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by Jane Fessenden

 

Though many girls begin scouting in elementary school, few continue into middle school, and fewer participate in high school. The large drop out of girls in the organization is largely impacted by the misconception that Girl Scouts is a child-oriented program. 

space.gif Like many others across the nation, Lily, a student at Campolindo High School, claims that she stopped participating in Girl Scouts because she was too old. 

space.gif "When I tell people I'm still in Girl Scouts, they give me this weird look and say, 'really?'" says Linden B., a Girl Scout at Campolindo. 

space.gif Often Girl Scouts is mislabeled as an organization purely for young elementary school girls, consumed only by arts, crafts, and selling cookies. The most public activity is the springtime cookie sales, when Girl Scouts seemingly line every grocery store entrance and street to sell their cookies. "People just seem to know us for our cookies. I'm always asked when cookie sales will begin, if there are any new flavors, and why they are so expensive," Girl Scout Emma P. laments. In reality, Girl Scouts strives to prepare girls for success by exposing them to different experiences and adventures. 

space.gif Since the beginning of the organization, Juliette "Daisy" Low believed that all young ladies should be provided with an opportunity to develop mentally and physically, hoping to bring girls out of their isolated home environments into the fresh air while encouraging them to become involved in community service. Girl Scouts hiked, camped, marched, played basketball, and participated in numerous other activities considered "groundbreaking for girls" in the early 1900s. 

space.gif Today, Low's dream has manifested into a reality with Girl Scouts numbering over 3.2 million girls and adults across America; it is a dedicated community of young girls striving to make a difference in the world for the betterment of society. This goal is met by troops of young ladies across the nation completing their Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. The rigorous process of completing these awards is challenging and those who do complete the requirements represent the best objectives of the Girl Scout community. 

space.gif Having witnessed his female friends go through the award process, Jonathan M., a student at Miramonte High School, says that his perspectives of Girl Scouts has changed. "It's an outstanding organization that instills great life skills in young women." 

space.gif Margot Odell, a Girl Scout at Miramonte, admits that there were crafts in the earlier years, but insists that the organization stands for more robust ideals. "Girl Scouts grows with age, it does not simply remain stagnant. My troop participates in food drives and helps out at homeless shelters. For teens, Girl Scouts is no longer about arts, crafts, and singing but expands its mission to help where needed in the greater community." 

space.gif Although little girls still sell cookies, Girl Scouts benefits female teens, giving us a head start to being successful adult women.

 

Jane Fessenden, a senior at Miramonte High School is a reporter on Express Yourself!(tm) Teen Radio. She is a soccer player for the Lamorinda Soccer Club and a Gold Award winning Girl Scout in a local Orinda troop.

 

As the editor and teen coach for Teen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com 

 

More information about the show at http://www.btsya.com/express_yourself_radio_show.html

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email info@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

 

Read at https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue0801/Girl-Scouts-is-about-more-than-just-selling-cookies.html

 
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Review of Car Locator App

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My Car Locator 

by Alex Pawlkaos

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App: MyCar Locator Free by Nomadrobot 

My Car Locator by Jean Charles Anger

For: Android phones and iPhones

Price: Free

 

Most everyone who has ever parked a car in a large lot, a city street, or any unfamiliar location, has probably had the unnerving experience of forgetting where they left their vehicle. Luckily, there is an amazing app, called 'MyCar Locator Free,' that makes sure that one can always locate their car. It is remarkably simple to use. As soon as you have parked your car, call up the app on your smartphone and your current location will appear on the screen. Then, double-tap the screen, select the box that is labeled "PARK," and your current location is instantly committed to memory using Google's GPS satellites. That is all you have to do to ensure you can find your car when you need to. A neat side feature is that you can record the exact time that you parked, which is useful to avoid getting a ticket for expired meters or parking too long in a lot designated for a specified hour limit. When you are ready to head back to your car, simply tap the app and press the "Find Me" key. MyCar Locator will then map out the shortest distance back to your car with detailed walking directions complete with a map with directional arrows. The GPS feature is so accurate it gets you within 10 to 12 feet of the auto. As you might imagine, this app can also be used to get you back to any location you choose, not just your car's location. It is great for hiking, biking, or finding your way back to a hotel when traveling. Perhaps it would be most useful to find lost keys! 

 

Alex Pawlakos enjoys biking, weightlifting, and tutoring in his spare time. He is a reporter on Express Yourself(tm) Teen Radio and an economics major at UC Berkeley.

 

Read at https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue0801/THE-APP-RAP.html

 

As the editor and teen coach for Teen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com 

 

More information about the show at http://www.btsya.com/express_yourself_radio_show.html

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email info@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

 

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Used Car Buying Guide

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Most people will buy a used car at some point in their lifetime, yet it is one of the easiest ways to lose money quickly. The whole process is a minefield for those who do not know what to look for. And, while there is no substitute for experience, a little knowledge goes a long way.

Where to buy?
After you have done your homework and decided on the type of car you want – a process that should take into consideration the cost of taxing and insuring it, the fuel economy, reliability – the main ways to make a purchase are from a dealer or a private individual. For examples of what a dealer might ask for a popular model, click here.

Popular models
When looking for a used car, you will notice some makes and models are more common than others. Fords and Vauxhalls remain popular buys for families all over the UK, as people recognise and trust the names. They offer a good range, from super-minis, such as the Ford Fiesta and the Vauxhall Corsa, to family saloons, like the Focus and the Astra. Fords and Vauxhalls are generally good value for money as second-hand purchases.

Cars from Volkswagen and Toyota have a reputation for build quality and reliability that is perhaps a step up from that of Ford and Vauxhall. They can also be more expensive, but you should consider your money well spent, as they are less likely to present problems in the future.

Buying advice
Once you have figured out your budget and chosen the car, the next step is to buy it. But what things should you look out for? If you are buying privately, most cars are ‘sold as seen’, which leaves you with few rights once the deal is done.

Find out about the car’s history. Ask to see the service history record to see if there have been any persistent problems, the V5C document to be sure the person selling the car is the registered owner, and the MOT certificate so you know the car has passed one in the last year. Past MOT certificates can also give more information about a car’s history. You can check this information for used cars in the online database.

It is important to perform a thorough visual inspection. Try to avoid viewing the car in poor light or in the rain, as damage will be harder to spot. Check for mismatched paint, as this can be a give away for damage repairs that are not in the car’s official history.

Ask if you can take the car for a test drive. If the seller refuses, ask why. It is unlikely to be a good sign. If everything is in order and you decide to buy the car, it is important to get the paperwork right. Make sure that the logbook is with the car. Complete the new owner’s form and send it to the DVLA, and make sure the seller writes out and signs receipts for both; you should also sign.

Buying a used car can sound like a big risk, and an easy way to lose money. Making sure you do the correct checks and applying a little common sense can help to minimise your risk though.

 

 

 

Winter Fun

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Express Yourself Teens Talk Discuss "Winter Activities"

With the on-air Be the Star You Are!® youth reporters.

Produced by Cynthia Brian

 

How do you keep active in winter. Do you snowboard, ski, ice skate, snow mobile, bob sled, play basketball, do yoga or pilates. Do splash in mud puddles or sit on the couch and watch TV. Studies show that we burn more brown fat in cold weather. In fact, 15 minutes of outdoor exercise in cold temperatures utilizes calories equivalent to one hour of an indoor work out. Hosts Rachel Glass and Youngjoo Ahn interview Henna Hundal about the health benefits of winter exercise while sports reporter Hart Main discloses the cities who may compete for the Winter Olympics in 2022. In eight years these teens will be adults well on their way to successful careers. Don’t pass up the opportunity to work out during wintertime! There are so many ways to engage in fun wintertime activity, from building snow men to surfing to just taking a walk outside. Put down the popcorn, get off the couch, and try anything that keeps you up and out when the cold weather hits. If you want to shave off some extra calories, its time to give winter exercise a shot.

Listen at Voice America: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/76077/winter-activities

 

Listen at Express Yourself! Teen Radio: http://starstyleradio.com/Express_Yourself%21_Radio/Entries/2014/3/11_Sports_for_Winter.html

 

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

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Herbal Supplements, March Garden, Budget, Health Hints

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Are vitamin tablets hazardous to your health? If you are consuming herbal supplements, what’s on the label may not be what’s in the tablet. In Health Matters, Heather Brittany uncovers secrets you need to know.

 

It’s almost springtime in our gardens. Do you know what needs to be done to help your garden thrive? Goddess Gardener, Cynthia Brian, brings her helpful gardening guide to the airwaves.

 

What wants to budget? Probably no one, yet taking a good hard look at where our money is going is necessary for financial health. Learn the surprising and easy ways to help you keep more dollars in your pocket.

 

We talk about being healthy, but what have you resolved to do stay in optimum wellness? Cynthia Brian shares her top secrets for fitness and diet.

 

Listen to the program at the Voice America Network: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/76367/herbal-supplements-march-garden-guide-budget-and-health

 

Listen at Starstyle® Be the Star You Are!® Radio: http://starstyleradio.com/Starstyle_Radio/Entries/2014/3/19_Herbal_Supplements%2C_March_Garden_Guide%2C_Budget_%26_Health.html

 

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The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia's expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather's healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness. 

Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, (http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org) each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.

 

Previous guests and fans of the program on World Talk Radio will always be able to access the archives at http://www.voiceamerica.com/worldtalkradio/vshow.aspx?sid=764.

 

Tune in the Power Hour every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT/70-8pmET at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are and join our empowerment party.

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Olympics in Sochi

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Express Yourself Teens Talk Discuss "Winter Olympics"

With the on-air Be the Star You Are!® youth reporters.

Produced by Cynthia Brian

 

The 2014 Olympic Winter Games awed the world February 7 -23, 2014. This was the first time that the Russian Federation played host to an Olympic event. The Soviet Union hosted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow. Winter Olympics XXII in Sochi, Russia, boasted 87 countries and featured 12 new events in addition to the skating, skiing, bob sleighing, luge, curling, ice hockey, and biathalon. Host Youngjoo talks about indulging in regional foods and saving souvenirs, Sports Reporter Hart Main provided the back story on how countries and cities are chosen, Nerd Word Reporter Jane Fessenden looks at the history of the Olympics beginning in Greece, and Katelyn Darrow discusses her admiration for the Olympics in spreading joy, peace, and a united world. No matter what country you rooted for, every individual athlete is to be applauded for the dedication, hard work, and athletic prowess brought to the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Olympics is a time for the globe to celebrate our shared humanity alongside a healthy competitive spirit.

Listen at Voice America:  http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/75961/the-2014-olympic-winter-games

 

Listen at Express Yourself! Teen Radio: http://starstyleradio.com/Express_Yourself%21_Radio/Entries/2014/3/4_2014_Sochi_Winter_Olympics.html

 

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

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Cynthia Brian's Gardening Guide for March

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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”  ~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations Wake up! The days are getting longer and warmer. Nature is stretching and coming out of its winter slumber. Our flowerbeds are beckoning. The fruit tree buds are bursting with color (some a bit too early) while daffodils and tulips carpet the terrain. Soon it will be officially springtime when the season of outdoor chores officially begins. Even with the six inches of rain of mid-February, a drought is imminent. Be water conscious and conservative. March is the month to aerate, dethatch, reseed, replant, or replace lawns. With water consumption as a major issue of all lawns, consider planting less thirsty turf such as Buffalograss, fescues, zoysia grass, or Bhaia grass as alternatives. St. Patrick’s Day reminds us that green is the color of the month as we hope for the greening of our landscapes and hillsides. ⎫ CHECK out Renee’s Garden online catalogue for the best seeds from their trial gardens. I’m experimenting with their Scatter Garden Canisters and will plant the cover crop mix this summer. Visit www.reneesgarden.com. ⎫ SAVE rain-water by positioning wine barrels or garbage cans under drain spouts. Use a hose to water garden. Don’t use roof water for edibles. ⎫ ENRICH your soil by making your own compost utilizing kitchen scraps, lawn clippings, shredded leaves, coffee grinds, and other plant matter. Spread a layer of two inches to improve your soil, maintain moisture, deter weeds, and feed your plants. ⎫ LOOK for bird nests in low hedges and under shrubs before pruning or trimming. Most nests are hidden and this is the time that moms and laying eggs. ⎫ BUY in bloom cool-growing cymbidium orchids native to the subtropical highlands of Southeast Asia. After the last flower dies, cut the spike to the base. Cymbidiums will re-bloom the following year when kept in cool temperatures with bright light. ⎫ SOW a number of diverse species of nectar rich plants that will bloom at different times of the year to attract bees to work and pollinate. Suggestions include aster, cosmos, gilia, linaria, nepeta, tithonia, monarda, coreopsis, lantana, and lavender. ⎫ EXPERIMENT with growing your own gourmet mushrooms at home. Check out the five-pound bag selections priced at $29.95 each at www.sowtrueseed.com and start enjoying ready-to-fruit inoculated varieties of pearl oyster, lion’s mane, red reishi, and shitake. ⎫ WARD off cancer by planting and consuming parsley, artichokes, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, kale, lemons, strawberries, red grapes, and tomatoes. ⎫ AERATE lawns and leave the plugs on the grass to feed the soil. It’s best to do this when nights are still dewy as warmer climate dehydrates the plugs. ⎫ SPRINKLE laundry detergent on mushrooms to eliminate the fungi. ⎫ WANT instant no fuss made raised beds? Buy galvanized steel tubs meant as horse or cow troughs. Add rocks as drainage, good potting soil, plant. Voila! You won’t have to worry about gopher invasions and these troughs will save on water. ⎫ PICK up a pot of shamrocks, also known as oxalis, and get your Irish on. Oxalis blooms in yellow, pink, and white and can be invasive if let loose in he landscape. ⎫ PLANT sweet peas, flowering shrubs, dianthus, pansies, and leafy greens. ⎫ RECYCLE bricks, rocks, and pavers to keep your landscaping budget in check. ⎫ MIX your coffee grinds and tea leaves in water to give acid loving plants a jolt of energy. Azaleas, rhododendrons, roses, fuchsias, camellias, and gardenias enjoy a sip of java. ⎫ HARVEST tangerines, lemons, and oranges that have not been frost bitten for an extra boost of vitamin C to fight off the flu. ⎫ CUT sprigs of purple lilac vine(Hardenbergia violaceae) for indoor enjoyment. This vine is grows well on fences and screens. ⎫ SALVAGE household items that you don’t want anymore and repurpose them for the garden. Old doors can be made into screens, a metal chair can become a trellis for a vine, paint a dresser to use as a potting bench. Be creative. ⎫ DOWNLOAD garden apps. These recommended apps range in price from $.99-$4.99 are available from the iTunes store: Armitage’s Greatest Perennials and Annuals; Foolproof Plants for Small Gardens; and Purdue Tree Doctor. ⎫ CHECK that all of your tools are sharpened, cleaned, and ready to get to work. ⎫ ADMIRE the bark on trees even as the leaves unfurl. ⎫ VISIT the Ruth Bancroft Gardens in Walnut Creek, a premier dry garden of water conserving specimens specializing in succulents, agaves, aloes, cactus, and a collection of plants from around the world that thrive with minimal irrigation. Tours, events, seminars, music, sculpture, and history are offered. www.ruthbancroftgarden.org. Keep doing your personal rain dance. Be green with garden envy by getting your landscape ready for a beautiful rebirth. Happy Gardening. Happy Growing. ©2014 Cynthia Brian The Goddess Gardener Cynthia@goddessgardener.com www.goddessgardener.com 925-377-7827 Cynthia is available as a speaker and consultant. Read at https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue0726/Cynthia-Brians-Gardening-Guide-for-March.html

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Roman Polanski's 13 year old "girl"

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The Girl, Slim Tricks, 86th Academy Awards

by Cynthia Brian

   

Breaking a thirty-five year silence on her sexual assault in 1977 as a 13 year old girl by the infamous movie director, Roman Polanski, Samantha Geimer, shares her story in her memoir, The Girl, as she reflects on the events of the one day that changed her life and the repercussions that followed in the notorious Hollywood sex scandal. 

 

It’s been the season of movie, music, and TV award shows, glamorous events where both men and women strut their stuff and show their best assets. What are the secrets to dropping pounds fast and nailing the red carpet? In Health Matters, Heather Brittany opens the door to Hollywood’s slimming tricks.

 

Twenty-four categories make up the 86th Academy Awards to be broadcast on March 2, 2014. On ABC at 4pm PT.  Ellen de Generes will be hosting and a 75th anniversary tribute to the magical film, The Wizard of Oz.  Most of the films nominated were also nominated in the SAG Awards, Golden Globes, and People’s Choice. Cynthia Brian will share her favorites, a bit of history, and predict the winners.

 

Welcome to Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!® with your hosts Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on the Voice America Empowerment ChannelOur goal is to seed, stimulate, and support space for positive, meaningful conversations that will get you talking around the dinner table.

 

Listen to the program at the Voice America Network: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/75704/the-girl-slim-tricks-86th-academy-awards

 

Listen at Starstyle® Be the Star You Are!® Radio: http://starstyleradio.com/Starstyle_Radio/Entries/2014/2/26_The_Girl%2C_Slim_Secrets%2C_86th_Academy_Awards.html

 

Buy books by Cynthia Brian at  http://starstyleradio.com/RADIO_SHOWS/Store.html

 

The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia's expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather's healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness. 

Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, (http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org) each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.

 

Previous guests and fans of the program on World Talk Radio will always be able to access the archives at http://www.voiceamerica.com/worldtalkradio/vshow.aspx?sid=764.

 

Tune in the Power Hour every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT/70-8pmET at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are and join our empowerment party.

For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more, visit http://www.StarStyleRadio.com.

Get inspired, motivated, and informed with StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®

Lend us Your Ears!!!

 Make a donation today to Be the Star You Are!® charity http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm

 

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Dealing With Difficult Insurance Companies When Facing a Disability

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The consequences of acquiring a long term or short term disability are paralyzing physically and mentally. There will be a gamut of things you will experience difficulty doing, medical bills will rise and the distressing fact of lost wages only add to the woes. Making claims and receiving your benefits is also going to be an uphill task. Whether you have a self-insured employer or are a policy holder dealing with the insurance giants yourself, receiving a just and fair claim reward from your insurers is a challenge.

How do the Insurers Function to Deny or Reduce Your Claims?

When you are working in a self-insured company, many of us tend to believe that the company we put in so much hard work for will be empathetic to our needs and helpful at this critical stage. But many companies manage to disappoint. The harsh reality is that when an employee becomes disabled for a long period of time, he becomes more of a liability than an asset for the organization. They are not important to companies anymore and accepting and paying their insurance claims would only mean a jerk to their treasury. That is why bad faith practices are seen many times, where your own employer may provide incorrect records or activities of yours which actually weaken your claims rather than strengthen them.

On the other hand, insurance companies that you pay premium for offer the most legally restrictive conditions to facilitate your payment. Though the law lays down that the claimant himself/herself must submit all the medical documents and physician records as evidence of disability, the insurance companies often use their own manipulative techniques to make this evidence null and void.

There will be medical forms that insurers submit to your own doctors, which will have questions whose answers will definitely go against you. They are intentionally framed like that. It is the handiwork of extremely intelligent legal minds. And you need equally competitive minds to see through these and help you receive your claims.

Another common tactic insurers might resort to, to deny your claims, is by keeping you under surveillance. Your activities are monitored by them and if you happen to do something that your medical records say you should not (like taking a jog or lifting something heavy) it will function against you. It might lead to denial or reduction of your claim amount.

Besides these there are certain accompanying medical conditions like fatigue, dizziness or pain along with the disability that are actually a source of great discomfort to you, but are looked at as self-created illusions by insurers. These are often causes of suspicion.

The Importance of Proper Medical Documentation in Insurance Claims

The most essential step in receiving your claims is to have proper medical documentation. Keep complete medical records that establish the severity of your condition and proves how a specific injury or illness paralyses the claimant. The limitations and inabilities you are experiencing due to your medical condition must be clearly conveyed to the court and the insurer. It is this information that will assist you most in receiving your claim.

While the doctor's claims that you are disabled might not be enough to secure you the amount of your claim, the diagnosis, reports of tests, symptoms and reports of functional restrictions will be extremely important in determining the degree and actual prevalence of your disability. This will consequently support your claim for disability.

In this regard it is also important that you take care that you are aware of all the content of your medical documentation before filing for claims as you do not want to be faced with any sudden revelations or alteration of facts from your own physicians and treatment providers.

ERISA Claims

Long term disability coverage is provided to employees as part of their employee benefits plan. And most of these benefits are regulated by a government statute called ERISA or Employment Retirement Income Security Act. Disability cases made under ERISA can be extremely difficult to handle as the ERISA law is ambiguous and verges on unfair many times. The ambiguousness of the regulations of ERISA are fully exploited by the insurers and industry and make receiving of claims even more difficult for claimant. An expert disability claims lawyer can help you navigate through these complex cases.

What A Claimant must be Aware Of

Though insurers are legally bound to examine claims fairly and make equally fair claim determinations, the case is often not so. The frequent incidences of difficulties and denials in insurance claims often include:

Termination of benefits
Hiding of benefits from policyholders
Partial payments on disability claims
Attaching more importance to their own medical examiner's examination over the claimant's treatment records.
Misclassifying illness or injuries or deliberately misinterpreting the severity of the condition
Insisting you are capable of working in another occupation.
Placing significant doubts on the quality of your evidence.

The Importance of Legal Counsel

In these complicated cases, it is absolutely essential that you consult an experienced disability claims attorney who can adeptly handle your case from beginning to end. Putting forth strong evidence that the legal system accepts at every stage of the appeal process is very important and only an experienced attorney can achieve the feat. Also take care to hire a confident attorney with experience of all forms of disability claims cases who works on contingency basis. Legal counsel is an absolute must in these cases, however shelling out large amounts of money for the purpose may deter many for opting for it. So opt for an attorney who takes his remuneration only after he has secured your claim payments for you.

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Fight the Fat

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Express Yourself Teens Talk Discuss "Get Fit"

With the on-air Be the Star You Are!® youth reporters.

Produced by Cynthia Brian

 

It’s time to get healthy, get in shape, and our teen reporters don’t disappoint. At a time when about 12.5 million American kids are dealing with obesity, and schools' physical education programs are being eliminated, the Center for Disease Control released findings that less than 25% of America’s youth ages 12-15 are getting even 30 minutes of exercise a day. Hosts Katelyn Darrow and Youngjoo Ahn gets us ready for balanced eating and exercising regimes. Katelyn, who is an advocate of volunteerism, discovered a fantastic app called Charity Miles that helps you stay on task while earning money for specific charities. New health and fitness reporter, Henna Hendal encourages everyone to find an activity that is enjoyable and stick with it…dancing, skating, jogging…anything that gets you moving. Rachel Glass is getting toned and healthy with her pescatarian diet and regular exercise. Health Beat reporter, Nicole Eubanks doesn’t eat cafeteria food and warns about the high amounts of fat, sugar, and oils in pre-packaged and fast food meals. It’s a new year and health is wealth. Get up, get out, and be healthy.

 

Listen at Voice America:  http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/75869/health-and-fitness

 

Listen at Express Yourself! Teen Radio: http://starstyleradio.com/Express_Yourself%21_Radio/Entries/2014/2/25_Health_and_Fitness.html

 

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

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Seminar on Becoming an Author

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Are you a bestseller yet? -

 

Is your book written yet?

If it is written, is it a bestseller yet?

If it is a bestseller, is it getting you the opportunities you'd dreamed of?

 

Let's make sure this is the year all of that happens for you.

 

For the last dozen years my friend Rick Frishman has hosted an event

called Author101University. I would love you to experience it!

 

New and established authors from around the globe all come together for 4 amazing 

days to learn from some of the world's leading marketing and publishing experts 

so they can become bestselling authors, highly-paid speakers and coaches and respected authorities in their niche.

 

Everyone has a lot of fun and most importantly, everyone walks away with what 

they need so they can grow their success as an author.

 

Come to the next Author 101 University. Here's what can happen for you there...In one weekend, you'll:

 

-- Connect with literary agents who want to represent you

-- Get your new book published or your old book revitalized

-- Make your book a bestseller

-- Learn how to turn your online promotions into huge exposure (and sales)

-- Transform your message into a mega success business

-- Meet and network with amazing people

-- And so much more...

 

Your dream doesn't have to be just a dream.

 

Come to the next Author101 University event in Los Angeles March 6- 9, 2014.

 

 

Get all the details here: 

http://www.webmarketingmagic.com/app/?af=1037551

 
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Crazy Ailments, Garden Resolutions, Body Language Cues

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by Cynthia Brian

   

Do you get cold sores? Are you plagued with stinky feet? Are your eyes constantly dry? Are your nails spotty?  In Health Matters, Heather Brittany prescribes relief for common ailments that drive you crazy.

 

By February, most of the resolutions made on January 1st have been waylaid. February is the perfect month to create our year’s gardening goals. If we do a little at a time, step by step, and commit to success, we will achieve our desires. There is a saying, “by the inch, it’s a cinch.”

 

Does your body language express what you mean? Given the power of nonverbal cues, your keys to success revolve around projecting confidence, credibility, and charisma. Lifestyle and media coach Cynthia Brian gives you a complimentary coaching session on how to be empathetic, powerful and less nervous when you speak.

 

Welcome to Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!® with your hosts Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany on the Voice America Empowerment ChannelOur goal is to seed, stimulate, and support space for positive, meaningful conversations that will get you talking around the dinner table.

 

Listen to the program at the Voice America Network: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/76060/crazy-ailments-garden-resolutions-body-language-cues

 

Listen at Starstyle® Be the Star You Are!® Radio: http://starstyleradio.com/Starstyle_Radio/Entries/2014/2/19_Crazy_Ailments%2C_Garden_Resolutions%2C_Body_Language_Cues.html

 

Buy books by Cynthia Brian at  http://starstyleradio.com/RADIO_SHOWS/Store.html

 

 

The award winning positive talk radio program, StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® broadcasts on the Voice America Empowerment Channel LIVE every Wednesday from 4-5pm Pt/7-8pm ET.  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany are the Mother/Daughter dynamic duo who have been co-hosting this program live weekly since 1998 bringing upbeat, life enhancing conversation to the world. With Cynthia's expertise in interviewing the trailblazers, authors, and experts and Heather's healthy living segments, these Goddess Gals are your personal growth coaches helping you to jumpstart your life while igniting your flame of greatness. 

Brought to the airwaves under the auspices of the literacy and positive media charity, Be the Star You Are!®, (http://www.BetheStarYouAre.org) each program will pump your energy to help you live, love, laugh, learn, and lead.

 

Previous guests and fans of the program on World Talk Radio will always be able to access the archives at http://www.voiceamerica.com/worldtalkradio/vshow.aspx?sid=764.

 

Tune in the Power Hour every Wednesday from 4-5pm PT/70-8pmET at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2206/be-the-star-you-are and join our empowerment party.

For photos, descriptions, links, archives, and more, visit http://www.StarStyleRadio.com.

Get inspired, motivated, and informed with StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!®

Lend us Your Ears!!!

 Make a donation today to Be the Star You Are!® charity http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm

 

Embed StarStyle® Be the Star You Are!® Radio

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Careers as You Grow Up

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Express Yourself Teens Talk Discuss "Growing Up"

With the on-air Be the Star You Are!® youth reporters.

Produced by Cynthia Brian

 

If you are like most of us, you have asked yourself this inevitable question: “What do I want to be when I grow up?” Hosts Youngjoo Ahn and Rachel Glass discuss their interests, their curriculum paths, and their dreams of professions. Teen writer and health advocate, Henna Hundal, talks about her desire to help young people lead healthy, happy lives while they are considering their options for their future work experiences. Caie Kelley, the What’s Poppin’ reporter, gives insights into celebrities who took a risk to become the stars they are. The girls chat about their classes, goals, and how they can get real world experience while they are still young. What will you be and do when you grow up?

 

Listen at Voice America:  http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/75537/what-will-you-do-when-you-grow-up

 

Listen at Express Yourself! Teen Radio: http://starstyleradio.com/Express_Yourself%21_Radio/Entries/2014/2/18_What_Will_You_Be_when_You_Grow_Up.html

 

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

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Careers as You Grow Up

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Express Yourself Teens Talk Discuss "Growing Up"

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Produced by Cynthia Brian

 

If you are like most of us, you have asked yourself this inevitable question: “What do I want to be when I grow up?” Hosts Youngjoo Ahn and Rachel Glass discuss their interests, their curriculum paths, and their dreams of professions. Teen writer and health advocate, Henna Hundal, talks about her desire to help young people lead healthy, happy lives while they are considering their options for their future work experiences. Caie Kelley, the What’s Poppin’ reporter, gives insights into celebrities who took a risk to become the stars they are. The girls chat about their classes, goals, and how they can get real world experience while they are still young. What will you be and do when you grow up?

 

Listen at Voice America:  http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/75537/what-will-you-do-when-you-grow-up

 

Listen at Express Yourself! Teen Radio: http://starstyleradio.com/Express_Yourself%21_Radio/Entries/2014/2/18_What_Will_You_Be_when_You_Grow_Up.html

 

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

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Be the Star You Are!® charity. It's the Season of Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm

 

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Careers as You Grow Up

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Express Yourself Teens Talk Discuss "Growing Up"

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Produced by Cynthia Brian

 

If you are like most of us, you have asked yourself this inevitable question: “What do I want to be when I grow up?” Hosts Youngjoo Ahn and Rachel Glass discuss their interests, their curriculum paths, and their dreams of professions. Teen writer and health advocate, Henna Hundal, talks about her desire to help young people lead healthy, happy lives while they are considering their options for their future work experiences. Caie Kelley, the What’s Poppin’ reporter, gives insights into celebrities who took a risk to become the stars they are. The girls chat about their classes, goals, and how they can get real world experience while they are still young. What will you be and do when you grow up?

 

Listen at Voice America:  http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/75537/what-will-you-do-when-you-grow-up

 

Listen at Express Yourself! Teen Radio: http://starstyleradio.com/Express_Yourself%21_Radio/Entries/2014/2/18_What_Will_You_Be_when_You_Grow_Up.html

 

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email caiekelley@gmail.com. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

For all the latest news on what teens are talking about on Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio embed this code into your blogs and web sites

http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

 

Be the Star You Are!® charity. It's the Season of Giving Make a donation today. http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm

 

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Review of App Wickr

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THE APP RAP

 

By Eric Pawlakos

 

App: Wickr by Wickr Inc.

For:iPhones and Android phones

Price:Free

 

Encryption apps are becoming increasingly popular among a variety of users. This popularity is a result of the increasing body of evidence showing that data transmissions from smart phones can be intercepted and collected.  However, there may be many instances where confidentiality of a smartphone transmission may be of paramount importance. That’s where Wickr comes in handy. Wickr is much more than an app that encrypts your text messages.  Using the most advanced encryption technology, it also allows you to safely and securely send audio, video, and voice messages.  The company can’t see the information you are sending, and when a message expires based on the user’s self-destruct option, it is gone forever.  The transmission leaves no trace, and it can never be recovered by anyone, including Wickr. The person who sends the transmission has complete control over who gets to see what, and for how long. This highly advanced encryption app brings ‘sophisticated security and privacy technologies to everybody.’ According to the company, their app is used by reporters, senators, police, doctors, patients, lawyers, bankers, military, and so on.  For example, insurance companies and hospitals use wickr to ensure that transmission of medical records is kept completely private.  Basically, anyone who has a vital need to ensure their data is only seen by the desired recipient would have a use for Wickr.  Thankfully, it is an incredibly easy app to use.  In today’s information society, where interception of data is a common occurrence, Wickr stands out as a must-have app.

 

Eric Pawlakos is a sophomore at UC Davis, majoring in statistics. He is a member of the UC Davis rugby team, and enjoys playing guitar in his spare time.  


As the editor and teen coach for Teen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com 

 

More information about the show at http://www.btsya.com/express_yourself_radio_show.html

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email info@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

 

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Catering for a Vegetarian isn't the Nightmare it Used to Be

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Once upon a time, vegetarianism was comparatively rare. These days, millions of people around the world prefer not to eat meat, so it’s important to take a look at just how easy it can be to cater for a modern vegetarian. The best way to combat catering for a veggie is to look at a couple of the food types that were traditionally meat heavy, such as these:

Barbecues
We stubbornly refuse to believe that there's a single person out there who doesn't like barbecues. Fortunately, what used to be a meat-dominated event is no longer: there are a whole host of delicious recipes out there for the vegetarian market (
Kraft Recipes are well worth a look). Some of the standouts include courgette & halloumi skewers (even the most ardent meat guzzlers will LOVE halloumi), homemade carrot and sesame burgers, stuffed peppers, classic feta kebabs and hot and spicy sweet potatoes. All of them barbecue friendly, all of them officially delicious.

Curries
Another type of meal that was traditionally dominated by meat, curries have also become more and more vegetarian friendly over the last few years. It's possible to make use of split peas, cauliflower, eggs, lentils, pumpkin, peanuts, sweet and normal potato, eggs and paneer (paneer is an amazingly delicious type of cheese, by the way - if you've never had it, go buy some). All of these ingredients can be used to create any of the standard curries, from a mellow korma to a mega-hot madras.

The substitutes
There's no denying that meat substitute food has come a long way – it wouldn’t be a million miles wide of the mark to suggest that some of the early vegetarian sausages tasted marginally worse than the cardboard they came in. Fortunately, it's now possible to buy realistic 'meat style replacements' for virtually everything, whether it be bacon, steaks, chicken breasts or mince. What's even cooler is that most of the replacements are typically much lower in fat that the genuine meat, meaning that as well as keeping vegetarians happy, you can keep your body healthy.

Cross contamination
When catering for vegetarians, food they eat should not have been prepared using non-vegetarian ingredients and utensils. For instance, chips should not be fried in the same oil that's been used to cook fish or meat. When using hot plates, due care should be taken to ensure that vegetables don't come into contact with meat products. The same goes for both grills and barbecues. Where possible, the best option is to use separate cooking spaces. Finally, it's important to ensure that separate cooking utensils are used for cooking meat and non-meat products. No turning the pepper kebabs over using the same tongs that you’re flipping the steaks with!

How to make it special
Try to ensure that when cooking for vegetarians, you offer a little bit of choice and variety.  It's nice for guests to have a few different dishes to pick from. Also, try going for something a little different: vegetarians all over the world will be grateful if you can think outside the box and not just offer the standard lasagne or bean chilli (not that they're not nice, but it's good to add a bit of variety). The same goes for sandwiches: there is a massive range of options in terms of veggie sandwiches, so there's no excuse for just sticking with either egg or cheese!

If you’d like further guidance on cooking for vegetarians, then this site is well worth a look.

 

 

Debbie Fletcher is an enthusiastic, experienced writer who has written for a range of difference magazines and news publications. Follow her here: @Debbie_Fletch18

 

 

 

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Every Day is Love Day!

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Why Not Every Day?

By Youngjoo Ahn

The romantic nature of Valentine’s Day began with Chaucer and Shakespeare even though the disputed existence of St. Valentine occurred years earlier. Valentines greetings were popular in the Middle Ages but the real market for ready made cards began in 1913 with the creation of Hallmark.  

Today, although Valentine’s Day is touted as being a day celebrating love, in my opinion it is really only about mass commercialism. Last year sales on Valentine’s Day reached $17.6 billion. Storefronts to mobile games to children’s books encourage consumption with pink and red heart decorations and generic sayings of affection.  Sweethearts feel obligated to buy flowers, chocolates, or jewelry to express their love.  

The only people who win on Valentine’s Day are the owners of companies that benefit from a shopping populace. Instead of cherishing loved ones, Valentine’s Day has added a price tag to love. This so-called holiday pressures people to buy gifts for those they care about.

“I think Valentine’s Day is a corporate plot to allow companies to make billions of dollars. I’m not against it because love is to be celebrated. It just doesn’t need all the chocolate and flowers that people associate with it,” senior Ruwan Thilakaratne said. “Show someone you genuinely care about them by writing a letter or spending the day with them.” 

“I think Valentine’s Day is a very commercialized holiday that’s only celebrated to make money. It’s only really fun for little kids and couples,” senior Devin Mottier said. “There shouldn’t have to be a specific day to tell somebody you love them. That’s something that should be expressed without a holiday coaxing it out of you.” 

Because Valentine’s Day has become so commercialized, it often ostracizes those who do not receive flowers and gifts. Being single shouldn’t make you feel lonely and depressed yet the anti-Valentine’s Day, called Single’s Awareness Day or “SAD”, has arisen.  

“Valentine’s Day is a unique holiday where I eat a lot of candy and reevaluate my life as a loner. As a guy, I feel pressured to buy something on Valentine’s Day. If a person is in a relationship, it is mandatory to spend on this holiday,” sophomore Scott Wu said. 

Valentine’s Day has lost its meaning because of commercialization. There doesn’t need to be a holiday celebrating love, especially when celebrating love consists of the obligation to go on a shopping spree. To me, every day is a time to cherish loved ones, showing them how special they are to me without the added expense of chocolate, flowers, and jewelry. 

 

Youngjoo Ahn is a senior at Miramonte High School. In her free time she hosts Express Yourself!® Teen Radio, enjoys volunteering, and reads voraciously. 

 

As the editor and teen coach for Teen Scene for the newspaper, Cynthia Brian has had the opportunity to work with talented teens with attitude and opinions. She shares selected published works. To read numerous articles shepherded by Cynthia, visit www.BTSYA.com. Cynthia Brian also produces Express Yourself!™ on Voice America Kids Network heard Tuesdays NOON PT at http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2014/express-yourself or for photos, descriptions, links, and more visit http://www.ExpressYourselfTeenRadio.com 

 

More information about the show at http://www.btsya.com/express_yourself_radio_show.html

Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio is produced by Cynthia Brian of Starstyle® Productions, llc as an outreach program of Be the Star You Are!® charity. For information on being a guest email info@BetheStarYouAre.org. To make a tax-deductible donation to keep this positive youth programming broadcasting weekly to international audiences, visit http://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

://www.bethestaryouare.org/donate.htm. Thanks for supporting teens!

 

Read at https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue0725/Why-Not-Every-Day.html

 

 

Watch Video with Youngjoo: http://youtu.be/0egCycoXOqQ

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