Monday, January 30, 2012

Here Vital Statistics And Its Different Uses

Vital statistics is defined as the branch of Biometry, which deals with the data and laws of human morbidity, mortality, and demography. The term vital statistics refers to the numerical data or the techniques used in the scrutiny of the data pertaining to essential events occurring in the given segment of the population. By essential events, we refer to such events of human life as fertility, mortality, marriage, separation, divorce, adoptions, legitimation's, etc. Vital statistics holds much importance and it is extensively used in almost all the spheres of human activity. Some of the important uses of vital statistics are given below:

Study of the population tendency: The vital statistics, as already mentioned above, reflect the changing prototype of the population of any region, community, or country in terms of the figure of births, deaths, and marriages taking place in this world. The division of the population segment of diverse regions by birth and death rates enables individuals to form some scheme about the population tendency of the regions or countries, and the general standards of the living virility of the races.

Use in the public administration: The study of population movement, i.e., population projection, population estimation, and other associated studies together with the birth and death statistics according to the age and sex distributions provides the administration with fundamental tools which are necessary for the overall planning as well as evaluation of the economic and social development programs.

The mortality and fatality statistics of the population also provide guide spots for use by the experts and researchers in medical and pharmaceutical profession. It helps to plan various strategies to control the mortality and fatality rate, and keep a check on both of them to be able secure the right future of the country.

Solutions To Choose The Best For Your Children (Story Books)

Quality, in story books are just as important to kids as they are to adults. Kids books for children need specific elements to make them, pull from the book shelf; favorites. Hidden within every book cover, there must be three main elements to make it a kid classic. Knowing how to choose the best story books for your children is as simple as knowing these three key elements.

Illustrations

Creative, colorful, well rendered illustrations are a must to fuel and expand the visual imagination of any child. Story books full of vividly colored pictures will develop images for further social and private play time fun and imaginary adventures.

Lively pictures will captivate for hours and hours. Each page will be studied carefully while the story is relived in the child's mind, many times over.

Well rendered pictures will also reinforce learning through word picture association by a child repeating the familiar sounds related to simple picture/word labels.

Story Line

A story line that develops curiosity, imagination or suspense will keep your child reading the same story book many times over. Whether it's snuggling into your lap for out loud reading or bed time quiet time, you'll know you have found the perfect story when it's requested over and over again.. These books will remain in a child's mind far into their adult years, as they think back fondly on their favorites to introduce to their children.

Rhyming in a story book also holds a special fascination for children. The silly sing song rhyming of Doctor Seuss books or the cute little poems of Mother Goose have made these story books timeless classics. Why? Not only are rhyming books simply "fun" they help a child to begin learning patterns of speech. As their little minds hear simple repetitious patterns of sounds they begin to understand how those singing sounds, make words.

Rhyming, or simple songs that are included in kids books will also pull the young reader into participating in the reading process. Older children will love to sing along, while the learning first words readers will mimic those familiar sounds as their language skills develop.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Way of the Western Warrior (Kishido)


I thoroughly enjoyed "Kishido: The Way of the Western Warrior" by Peter Hobart. The book can be read pretty quickly. It contains 50 short chapters in 161 pages and then includes a short Glossary of Japanese terms used in the book as well. While the chapters are short, the contain some very important lessons.

The book is a series of lessons that Hobart's martial art master passed to his students while not only teaching martial arts, but teaching virtues embedded in all traditional martial ways. The instructor taught through example that conduct is just as important as ability. He exemplified integrity, dignity, courtesy, chivalry, truth, trust, benevolence, and wisdom. He passed these lessons to his students, and now Hobart has written them down so the reader can blend the philosophical and spiritual concepts found in martial arts with the physical and technical training of their specific art.

The lessons are categorized in five parts: Foundation, Range, Strategy, Harmony, and Void. There are ten chapters in each section, and they cover topics such as: Shoshin (An Open Mind), Junshin (A Pure Heart), Fudoshin (A Determined Spirit), Heiho (Strategy), Gi (Right Decision), Yu (Bravery), Jin (Benevolence), Rei (Right Action), Makoto (Truth), The Dao (Interconnectedness), and Girei (Professional Courtesy).

There are quite a few topics with quite a range of lessons. I think some of the most important are illustrated in the final chapter, those of gi, yu, jin, rei, makoto, meiyo, and chugi; or Right Decision, Bravery, Benevolence, Right Action, Truth, Honor, and Loyalty.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

From God's Hands to My Hands by Dr Ronald B Lumpkin (Book Review)

Principles for Releasing God's Richness

Dr. Ronald B. Lumpkin writes from the premise that every believer is entitled to abundant life and presents a guide to spiritual and financial healing in his book "From God's Hands to My Hands."

Lumpkin shows the reader the steps to take and the conditions to be met to be redeemed from the curse of poverty allowing God to unleash a His kind of faith. He then goes on to share teachings on the Biblical basis for tithes and offerings and the resultant blessings that can be expected when these conditions are met.

If you are like me you will find the concept of "vision casting" exciting and challenging. I was also blessed to realize that "exercising the imagination" can be a powerful tool for demonstrating power in my life as a Christian. Dr. Lumpkin discusses the importance of forgiveness and how this impacts blessing. He explained the sequence of asking and receiving, binding and losing.

The chapter on prayer and fasting was also very helpful. Dr. Lumpkin introduced important insights into how fasting creates spiritual and financial blessing. He explained various types of fasting and also shared a personal testimony of his own fasting experiences.

The book's content and subject matter are well organized with a natural flow of information. Dr. Lumpkin's writing is Biblically based, rich in illustration with related scriptural references. The chapters include a list of cautions and a "to do list" directly related to the material within the chapter. A simple suggested format for a family budget is included as a resource tool.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Choose the Right Home Tutor for Your Child in Singapore

Statistics have shown that the tuition industry in Singapore is reported to be worth $820 million today, up from $470 million in 1998. This shows that the demand for tuition in Singapore is rapidly growing. What could have caused home tuition to become so widely popular in recent years? This is probably due to the competitive education system in Singapore. Furthermore many Singaporeans are what we call "kiasu", which is a Singapore slang "fear of losing". Many parents are concerned with their children's academic results and usually like to compare and boast about their children having good grades. Therefore if you want your child to excel in studies, you need to help him find the right private tutor for him.

Qualifications

The first thing to check when engaging a home tutor is his educational background. A private tutor who is already academically inclined himself will be better at imparting his knowledge to the student. He will also be able to explain the concepts and syllabus in detail to the student.

Experience

The quality of the home tutor can be determined by the number of years of teaching experience he has. As each student progresses at their own pace, an experienced tutor will be able to attend to the specific needs of each student and will be able to know what is the best way to help him. An experienced private home tutor will also be able to provide useful exam tips and pin-point the student's weakness to help him to improve. Finding an experienced home tutor may be a challenging task because the experience of the private tutor is unverifiable.

Home Alone America (Review)


Home-Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs and Other Parent Substitutes, Mary Eberstadt, 2004, ISBN 1595230041

Many books have been written recently telling women that they can Have It All; motherhood and a career. Few, if any, books look at the child's point of view.

Even the best day care centers are little better than germ factories. If one child is sick, which happens frequently, it is nearly guaranteed that all of the other children, and the day care provider, will also get sick. There is also a large increase in aggressive and violent behavior among 3 and 4-year-olds. Pro-day care groups, who the author calls separationists, think that this is a good thing. Getting sick now means they will get fewer illnesses as they grow up, and being an aggressive bully means that they will grow up to be the sort of person not afraid to fight for what they want. (Really?)

A major reason for the epidemic in childhood obesity is the lack of parental involvement. There are no adults around to keep an eye on children as they play in the backyard, or the local playground, so children are told to stay inside and lock the door. Children also go right for the junk food, skipping the fruit, because there are no adults around to teach them otherwise.

Symptoms of conditions like Attention Deficit Disorder include fidgeting, losing things, interrupting, squirming and ignoring adults. These seem to be very close to normal childhood and adolescent behavior. No doubt, there are some children with an actual disability who are really helped by drugs like Prozac and Ritalin. For everyone else, is there some disease or mutation sweeping America causing the "wiring" in millions of adolescent brains to be faulty, requiring such psychotropic drugs?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Plan for a Relentless Improvement (RTO System)

What will be the initial move that you should take in opening a business? Before you run your business, you must perform first quality trainings and assessments. You need a robust foundation to have a good start and eventually, you will have a lucrative business not only today but in more years to come. The RTO system is an authorized organisation that provides assistance for those people who want to obtain fast and unwavering progress in their business. It helps you plan and define your specific goals and achieve them one by one. The objective of this system is to help every individual to gain profits with the quality that they provide in their services. Meeting the standards in the fastest way is the main job of the RTO. Consistency in the progress is another objective. When you plan in strategically, you will lessen the effort and time you devote in your business in order to gain profits. You must learn how to improve your methods in dealing with your business and clients as well so that you will have a far advantage among your competitors. The Registered Training Organisation maintains the quality training, assessments and internal auditing. It assured the quality of the national standards.

Businesses tend to fail because they have not passed the required compliance of the national standards. RTO can deliver qualified trainings and assessments to every person. If you allow your business to be enlisted to become a RTO, you will gain a lot of benefits from it. You can assure the quality of your business procedures. You will know how and where to start operating your business. You will also eligible to apply for a Government funding just in case you will need a monetary support. This is the best solution if your business runs out of funds to be used as a capital. Your funding opportunities are being extended because of the very useful RTO system. It is very essential if you have numerous options to choose in your funding issues. You don't need to run into the bank immediately to apply for a loan just to support your business.

Create Money (Rich Dad Poor Dad For Teens)


Rich Dad Poor Dad for teens is a book written by Robert Kiyosaki for teenagers, who want to learn the secrets about money. Robert Kiyosaki was very successful in business life, which enabled him to retire at his forties. He found a mentor who taught him and his best friend Mike about money and investment at a young age. We will call this mentor Rich Dad and his real father, Poor Dad. His real dad had a good education and job, but he had a wrong way to look at money. I will tell you about things Robert learned.

There are three types of income. The first one is earned income. It is the type of income you get from a job and every week or two weeks you get your salary from it. Poor Dad had an earned income.

The second one is passive income. The money flows in, but your not physically at work. When you write a book every time your book is sold, you receive passive income. You can also receive passive income from businesses you have started, but which you do not run yourself at a day to day basis. Robert and Mike had a business at a young age too. They had a comic library for kids and they could collect comic books that were not sold at the supermarkets in the neighborhood. Mike's sister was hired to run the library and Robert and Mike received passive income. Rich people often earn a lot of passive income and while the money flows in, they can set up a new business or just enjoy their lives.

The third kind of income is portfolio income. When you invest in stocks or other assets like that you have portfolio income. It works the same as passive income, but from this you will receive the money only one time.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Prepare for Microsoft Office Certification

All over the world, if there is one thing that binds all the corporates and their workers together, it's the use of Microsoft Office tools. From writing proposal on MS Word to making PowerPoint presentation and from organizing data in Excel to managing emails on Outlook - using Microsoft Office technologies have become second nature to most professionals.

In fact, why just professionals? Even students at various stages of their academic life make proliferous use of these tools to complete a variety of school projects.

So universal and complete is the use of Microsoft Office suite of software that it's difficult to separate it from a computer system.

Necessary Skill

The knowledge of MS Office has become one of the most essential skills to have on your resume. Employers often expect their employees to be basic to advanced-level users of MS office tools depending on the profile they've been hired for.

So, if your lack of proficiency with Microsoft Office tools is holding you back from conquering the job market, it's time to take corrective action. It's time to start thinking about getting Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification.

MOS certification is the most authentic instrument to validate your proficiencies in the use of one or more Microsoft Office suite of desktop publishing software that includes MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, MS PowerPoint, and MS Outlook.

The certification is recognized globally as a career management tool used by professionals to keep their IT skills current and competitive. No matter where you are in the world, whether you are fresh into the job market or a seasoned professional, having MOS certification is one way of standing out from the crowd!

Beginner's Blues Guitar, David Hamburger (Review)

This method aims to teach blues guitar to beginners or to rock players wishing to acquire knowledge of the blues. It is part of the National Guitar Workshop series and comes complete with a quality CD where the author plays all the book's examples for you.

The book follows two main threads that cover both rhythm guitar and soloing techniques. Both are presented in a very complete and clear manner and are clearly illustrated with examples.

Rhythm Playing

After a short introduction to some blues music theory the book kicks off with some rhythm guitar basics. Building from these you'll learn all about different blues styles such as shuffle, boogie-woogie, Chicago blues, Texas swing, minor blues and slow blues. There are great example songs to get your rhythm chops up to scratch in all of these styles.

Going Solo

The soloing chapters of the book provide an equally complete presentation of electric blues guitar skills. This starts out with an introduction to the blues scales and a number of ways to use them to build licks and solos. The essential blues techniques of hammer-on and pull-off, slides, bends, and vibrato are all given a thorough treatment.

The soloing material is topped off with some signature licks from blues greats such as T-Bone Walker, BB King, Albert King, and Albert Collins as well as advice on improvisation to help you build your own solos.

A Touch Of Class

Not content with an already excellent coverage of blues rhythm and solo playing, the book adds the finishing touches with some great intros, turnarounds and endings that will give your blues playing a classy edge.

You'll also find a final chapter with advice on planning and organizing your guitar learning, as well as recommendations for some backing tracks to accompany your practice.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lots of Family Fun (Get a Telescope)

Almost all of us have loved outer space and the stars, especially when we were kids. We longed to visit the stars and planets. The constellations, such as the Big Dipper, Ursa Major, and Orion fascinated us.

Even as we grew up our fascination with space never went away. We know of course that we will probably never visit the stars and planets but we can do the next best thing: buy a telescope.

A telescope puts the stars and planets almost within reach. You can view Mars and Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. If you have kids this is a sure way to have some family fun time and learn something in the process. Your kids may become so fascinated that they long to learn more. This may inspire them to read and study harder in math and science.

Owning a telescope is a fun and educational thing to do. But when going out to purchase a telescope here are a few things to look for:

Durability

When buying a telescope you want one that will be around for a good long while. And if you have kids this is an even more important factor. Kids tend to sometimes be rough on their items. Besides you want the telescope to last until your child is grown and beyond.

Portability

If you want to take your telescope out and about to the best places to view the stars you will need a telescope that is lightweight, and easy to assemble on the spot. Imagine going on vacation and being able to view the stars from a mountain top or the beach. Or even a large field near where you live.If you intend to use it anywhere but your own backyard, portability is a must.

What Exactly is Singing Success? (Singing Success)

"Singing Success" is a product created by Brett Manning, the renowned singing coach and tutor, that is aimed at anyone who wants to learn to sing. Brett himself reportedly uses the same methods outlined in his product that he uses with some of his top students, such as Keith Urban, Mark Kibble or Hayley Williams. Does that instantly mean, however, that by purchasing this product you can be the next Hayley or Keith?

As with any product, it is important to weigh up just what exactly it is you are buying, how much it will cost and more importantly, will it actually work? Rather simply, you wouldn't purchase a car knowing that it'll work for 3 months before breaking down, likewise, you wouldn't buy a vocal training kit if you didn't think the long-term benefits were worth it.

Any vocal coach will tell you that just about anyone can learn to sing. Singing can be defined as a continuation of natural speech but if anyone can learn sing, can anyone learn to sing well? Like any skills, proper tuition is one of the key elements of success and it must be some comfort to know that the man training you has trained some vastly successful artists.

Brett Manning's Singing Success uses the tried and tested format of CDs and DVDs to help people with their exercises. This, admittedly, is nothing new. CDs for vocal training have been available for many years, not to mention actually going to see a personal teacher.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Gravity As A Spiritual Lesson (Falling)

I'm in danger of sounding like I do nothing but watch TV, but I won't apologise for watching another excellent TV programme - The Wonders of the Universe.

The subject was gravity, and Dr Brian Cox completely blew me away with this simple explanation of a complex force. Gravity means that absolutely everything is falling into everything else, irresistibly and continually following the curves of space time created by the pulls from all the stars, planets and galaxies in the universe. Gravity is by its very nature both creative and destructive. It creates by pulling and holding together the necessary elements for life, but ultimately it destroys too, compressing things down and exerting impossible pressure that eventually crushes to death.

It made me really think about our experience of life. Perhaps on some deeply subconscious level we are aware of this falling, and it makes us uncomfortable as it is beyond our control. Is that why we often feel a need to organise and structure our lives so rigidly and neatly? Is that us fighting the inevitable? And then that set me to thinking about the way we use the word "falling" in day-to-day language. Isn't it interesting that we describe entering physical, mental and emotional conditions as "falling" too? We fall in love, fall asleep, fall apart. Again, giving that sense of inevitability, that we can't control these things but despite our best efforts they happen to us. It also suggests the microcosm/macrocosm in action; these personal everyday experiences are reflecting a greater universal pattern of truth. I wonder if we knew that when we coined the phrases...

People often dream of falling when they're going through a challenging situation (loss of a job, caring for many dependants, studying for exams). Again, it usually indicates subconscious feelings of being out of control, hurtling towards a potentially disastrous end and not being able to do anything to stop it. At the same time we are also drawn to the excitement and exhilaration of falling. You only have to look at the popularity of roller-coaster and funfair rides to see that. There's that thing where a fall can stop time for you, where you become intensely present in the moment and a second seems to last a lifetime. It's almost as if we catch up with ourselves in the process of falling to such an extent that we can stand outside of it. We feel light and free from our physical bodies. It's a sanitised fall to a certain extent - we're securely strapped in, the ride is of a specified length and we know where we'll get off. Oh how we wish sometimes that everything in life was like that! The monster of control raises its ugly head again.

Sell Your Comic Books From the 50's and 60's

FLAME ON!
With the recent interest by hollywood in comic books from the 50's and 60's and 70's and with the blockbuster box office hits like "Spiderman", "The X-men", "The Hulk", "The Punisher" and "The Fantastic Four", just to name a few, comic buyers and collectors have been frantically looking for the best way to get there comics to the market place. One of the main reasons for this renewed interest is that there's a whole new generation buyers that are just beginning to take notice of all things old. Have you noticed all the teenagers that have "found" The Beatles?

So, every collector knows about Comic Con and being able to sell their books to the local store or selling wholesale, retail, placing ads, trying eBay or Yahoo or even direct mail. But, EVERYONE knows about these same avenues so how do you stand out or even appear to be novel in such a saturated market? You need to know what the insiders and big players know. They aren't placing classified ads or renting booths at the local comic book show. No, they don't need to. They have systems and secrets that most comic book buyers and sellers never get in on!


It's Clobbering Time!
They know how to stop looking for buyers and actually have the buyers looking for them! Novel idea, eh? And most of them can do it anytime they feel like it. The big dogs with comic books from the 50's and 60's don't waste their time and money hanging posters on telephone poles or bulletin boards.

Well, Alan Lamont's "Comic Selling Secrets System" finally reveals just how it's done in REAL world of comic book buyers and collectors. Promoting a product that's not sold in stores he takes you through, step by step, the process that teaches you:

How to pick winners before they become "the next hot" item
Comic and Titles that you should have and KEEP
How to package even the most difficult comics to sell so the sell even faster
How to make money GIVING away comics for free
How to get people to buy comics at YOUR price
And much more...

Saturday, January 14, 2012

How To The Internet Is The New College of The Future

If you are physically able to use a computer and and a keyboard then education is yours for the asking. Being disabled should not stop you from getting an education. There is a whole world out there in cyberspace that wants to teach you. Admittedly money could be a problem depending on which country you live in and your government programs. You should pick a subject that you like and most importantly a subject you can do with your disability. Don't try and limit yourself and don't say you can't do it before you even try. But with the internet you have to be able to write so that means sitting on a keyboard and typing the day away and thinking about what to write. If you can do that you'll be set up for life.

If nothing else write a book. If you can write a book and sell it then you will have an income. You should first look at how to sell a book because that is the hard part. On the internet there is heaps of free stuff but you have to work out yourself what is good and what is a waste of time. Very hard to do. Writing a book is the easy part. Selling it is when the problems arise so that is what you have to learn. But it is a good experience.

Anyway nearly everything is free on the internet. I use blinkweb.com for my website and with their website builder you can easily make beautiful websites like and it costs you nothing. Also I am into teaching so Secondlife is the place to go. You can set yourself up and meet in second life to teach. It is an amazing place. I went to an inworld teaching conference and there were avatars everywhere. In second life avatars are real people so when you see an avatar there is a real person there. If you want to set up a shop or a place to teach you will have to pay something but if you just meet inworld it is free. I've been on Secondlife for years now and it has always been free.


3 Important Things To Always Remember (Job Interview Tips)

A job interview can be a daunting experience. One of the big challenges is to come across as being confident even though you are very nervous. For most of us there is a lot on the line when we go for that job interview and if its that dream job then its really important that you put your best foot forward and show them what you are made off. Interviews need not be such a nerve wrecking experience. By following some basic tips you can be calm, confident and completely in control. Lets quickly look at 3 important things that you need to keep in mind at all times.

1. Punctuality
Needless to say, when you are late for your interview you might as well not go. Punctuality is something that is valued by all employers simply because it speaks volumes about your ability to organize your time. Always be prepared for the worse. Plan for that traffic jam and if you use public transport, make sure you plan for the worse. Always arrive 10 minutes early and never arrive 1 hour early.

2. Body Language
As I already mentioned, coming across as a confident person is incredibly important. Your body language will however be an easy way to tell if you are not confident. Try and look people in the eye when you talk to them. Don't twitch with your hands and move slowly and deliberately. Try and relax as nervousness is a trait of someone who is not very confident.

3. Talking About Yourself
Its amazing how most people tend to sell themselves short. We all have this fear of coming across as arrogant and often we sell ourselves short during a job interview. Its important that you speak confidently about your qualifications, your experience and your skills. The important distinction is to not talk up your personality traits too much as that can come across as being arrogant. Talk up your skills, experience and qualifications as much as you can.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Infuse Energy Into Your English Language Class

Well-motivated students learn better. This fact has been well-established for years and has compelled educators to develop different motivational techniques to improve learning outcomes in classrooms. If this is the case in a typical classroom dynamic, it is the same or even more so in the teaching of English as a second or foreign language. As it is, learner motivation is a crucial component in the success of any given ESL/TFL course--whether basic, intermediate, or advanced--because the learning curve that is needed to be hurdled is usually steeper, especially in basic level classes wherein the teacher has very minimal or no proficiency in students' primary language. Without the linguistic connection with their teachers, learners with low motivation will have very low success rates in developing acceptable proficiencies in spoken or written English.

In many countries, the objectives for learning English are clear. Following the tacit acceptance of English as the default language in global discourse, governments around the world have already mandated the teaching of English in early-school curricula. But even beyond this mandate, private citizens and organizations are unilaterally employing native English speakers to further develop the English skills of students, artists, scientists, diplomats, professionals and other segments of the population to keep it abreast with global developments. It is the responsibility of ESL/EFL teachers to identify the learning objectives in each of their classes and discern their students' level of motivation in relation to these objectives. For example, business professionals in Asia and Continental/Eastern Europe would want to learn English because it allows them to collaborate on a global scale, effectively giving them an edge over language-restricted colleagues in the corporate ladder. On the other hand, world travelers need a rich sampling of English conversational phrases in addition to the local language to be able to effectively engage native populations.

Knowing the students' purpose in studying English as a second or foreign language is the first step in developing the appropriate strategies for motivating them to achieve their goals. Without the proper motivation, language students will just waste money, time, and other resources without really developing the linguistic skills they are aiming at.

If you are an English language teacher or tutor who want to succeed in the field, you need to generate value by engaging both driven and under-motivated students. Self-driven, well-motivated students learn fast and often under their own volition. On the other hand, under-motivated learners intermittently encounter cognitive blocks that prevent them from fully appreciating the lesson concepts, much less apply these concepts in everyday communication. It is therefore, the responsibility of ESL/EFL educators to make their lessons sufficiently interesting in order to draw in as much involvement from all learners as possible.

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Biology Book Review)


It's amazing that so few people understand the human body, especially considering that they live within it. It's perhaps the only thing you can truly say that you completely own. Many kids in school do not get an adequate education in biology, which is a travesty considering the full-importance of health care, longevity and living free from disease.

If you are one of the millions of Americans who have received less of an education on this subject than you think you need then may I please recommend an extremely valuable and easy to understand book for you?

"Human Anatomy and Physiology" by Kent M. Van de Graaff, R. Ward Rhees, Patricia Brady Wilhelm; 2001

This work boasts a crash course in biology, specifically human anatomy and physiology. The book is part of the Schaum's Easy Outline series and includes exercise questions, tips for mastering the physiology and human anatomy topic, and everything a student will need to pass a college course or final examine in the subject. The book is jam packed with information from the introduction forward.

Learn about the cell structure, tissue and cellular chemistry of the human body in the first few chapters and then the books goes on to explain the central nervous system and skeletal system, as well as the integration of the muscular components. The cardiovascular system and blood flow from the heart to the other organs. The respiratory system is completely described.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

How To Save Time And Money By Taking CLEP Exams

A group of standardized tests used to evaluate a college bound student's level of knowledge are available in a program called CLEP - College Level Examination Program. These exams are offered in several subjects so students can gain college level credits for information they already possess through job experience or even independent study. Additionally, CLEP is available for a student who has been home-schooled or has studied abroad. The test gives a student an opportunity to demonstrate the subject's knowledge so that he or she might be able to sidestep some undergraduate classes.

Each exam is offered by the College Board, which was created in the US around the turn of the last century and is available throughout the U.S. Nearly 3,000 universities and colleges utilize the testing program as a way to offer college credits. There is a nominal fee to take a test; however, military personnel may take the test free of charge.

The tests are given mostly as multiple choice (with some requiring an essay) tests. The American Council on Education (ACE) has a say on the minimum scores that test-takers should achieve to receive college credit. The CLEP program offers students a way to potentially earn upwards of 12 college credits.

There are over 30 different tests available that fall within five major categories. Business majors can seek to test their knowledge of financial accounting or business law, to name a few. Foreign language competency is assessed for French, German or Spanish. Social science exams include micro and macro economics as well as the history of United States (given in two parts: before and after the Civil War), for example.

A student who successfully passes any CLEP exam can minimize the length of his or her education path required to attain a college degree. Students who do so will then be able to choose higher level courses in their degree programs because they avoid repeating material previously learned. They also have the opportunity to select more diverse courses which balances their education.

Explain Autumn in the Country

Autumn in the Country is one book in the SENIOR STORIES(TM) series of color photography books with simple text designed to stimulate conversation and interaction between seniors with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. The readers will take a visual trip through the countryside to see fall foliage, apple picking, and a country market with apple cider, pots of mums, and piles of pumpkins for sale. The text invites the senior readers to tell what they like along the way, whether they prefer apple pie or pumpkin pie, and whether they´ve ever carved a jack-o´-lantern...Seniors might tell their own autumn memories, or tell a new story about a photo, or just enjoy looking at the images!

Jed Levine, Executive Vice President of the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer´s Association, writes,"Autumn in the Country is a book that can be shared by two people or enjoyed alone. For a person with dementia, these evocative pictures may momentarily jog a memory like the taste of a fresh apple pie or the fun of carving a jack-o´-lantern, reawakening a lost experience. These images of life's pleasures have the potential to stimulate conversation by rekindling warm feelings, which are captured in the pages of this special book."

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Traditional Student in College (Being a Non)

Going to college is a popular option for many people these days, not just high school graduates. Many people have either lost their job, can't find a job, or want to advance their career, and one way to do this is by going back to college. "Non-traditional" students, or older students, are becoming more and more common at different campuses and classes across the nation. While a lot of them didn't expect to be back in college, a lot of them thrive and actually some do better than high school graduates. So, if you have ever thought about going back to college, now may be the time.

There are many advantages of being a non-traditional student. Most have been either out in the working world, or have enough experience to look at college with a different perspective. A lot of older students say they appreciate their education a lot more now than when they first were in college, and most of them say they work harder for their grades than they would have when they were younger. Older students also can apply a lot of their class work to real world situations and it gives them a better understanding than some traditional students.

If funding is a problem, there are scholar ships and financial aid that may be available. The first thing you should keep in mind is that financial aid is available for any and all types of students. If you have any questions about financial aid, your school should be able to help you find the information you need. When it comes to applying for scholarships, you should apply to any and all that you can, even if it has an age restriction. There are a lot of scholarships that don't have any applicants, so even though you may not meet the requirements, you may be the only applicant which means you would probably be granted the scholarship.


Preview: A German Photographer Confronts German History (Susanne Schleyer)

My brother continues to be a great source for new story ideas. Just like he recently linked me up with Bruce Bell, one of Toronto's most well known experts and historians, he recently read about a German photographer by the name of Susanne Schleyer who had just published a new book, "Unterwegs" ("On the Road") with 100 photos and stories from 12 different cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, London, Paris, Prague, Rom, San Francisco, Saint Petersburg, Venice and Vienna.

I started doing some research on Susanne's website and realized that she had done other interesting projects and yesterday I spent two hours on the phone, talking with her in Berlin. Susanne is an interesting individual. She is in her early 40s, and studied art and German philology in Berlin and later photography in Leipzig. From 1990 onwards she has undertaken travels for photography projects to Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Chile, Argentina, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, England, Scotland, Italy and the United States.

For her recent book "Unterwegs" ("On the Road"), Susanne created photos in 12 different cities. Then she selected authors to whom she presented the photos and she requested them to write stories, using the photos as inspiration. The book was just recently published in September of 2005.

The project that fascinated me even more is called "Trilogy - A German History Project", that she did jointly with another artist, Michael J. Stephan. "Trilogy" consists of 3 exhibitions composed of images and sound collages that are each independent but connected. The exhibitions explore German history, sixty years after the end of World War II and the collapse of German National Socialism. With the last witnesses of these times nearly gone, Susanne and Michael set out to search for traces, to come up with a way for asking questions about these times on an artistic and subjective level.

In Part I "Asservate" ("Exhibits" - A German Family Chronicle 1907 to 1997), Susanne explores her grandfather, a family taboo, as he was an official in the NS regime. The exhibit explores 3 generations of German men, her grandfather, her father - a totally apolitical individual, and her brother, all of whom lived in 3 different social orders: the Third Reich, the former communist East Germany, and today's reunified Germany. While working on this project, she realized that this part of history, which was presented in high school as if it was as far removed as the Middle Ages, was much closer and still touched the present.

In Part II "Bueno! Alemanes en Argentina 2000" Susanne and Michael travelled to Argentina to explore the world of German immigrants who came to Argentina before, during and after WWII. In total they spent almost a year connecting with German immigrants in Buenos Aires. These German immigrants encompass a variety of different groups, including Jewish refugees, non-denominational leftists, economic adventurers and outright National Socialists. They are truly a motley collection of victims and perpetrators who have shock-frozen an image of Germany as it was at the time when they left.

Part III "Sologubovka - Russia" is anchored around the consecration of Europe's largest war cemetery in Sologubovka, a small village near St. Petersburg. The five-hectare burial site was chosen by the German War Graves Association, which scouted various cemeteries with the unmarked graves of German soldiers in Russia before deciding on this location. The remains of German soldiers from smaller burial sites in the region were also collected and buried at Sologubovka., which is now the resting place of 60,000 German soldiers, around half of whom have been identified. It is estimated that up to 80,000 will be buried here when the cemetery is completed, making it the largest war cemetery in Russia. This lavish cemetery stands in stark contrast to the one single symbolic grave commemorating hundreds of thousands of Soviet victims that died during Nazi Germany's 900 day siege of Leningrad (the Leningrad Blockade). Incidentally, Susanne Schleyer's grandfather fell in 1941 and was reburied in the Sologubovka Cemetery, closing the loop of the Trilogy..

For all these projects, Susanne and her partner did years of research, studying historical and sociological texts in addition to spending substantial amounts of time on location to produce photos, interviews and sound recordings. These 3 components of Trilogy were produced between 1994 and 2004 and the exhibitions have been shown in various cities in Germany, including Berlin, the Netherlands, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Buenos Aires.

In my upcoming interview Susanne will talk to us about what motivated her to do this enormous Trilogy project, and she will tell us of her fascinating experiences along the way, confronting herself with her own family's history, meeting German and Jewish immigrants in Argentina, and she will share her experiences in Saint Petersburg.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Become a Medical Doctor

There are many reasons why someone might want to become a medical doctor. Perhaps the sciences have always fascinated you, or you have always wanted to help people, or you have seen hospital TV shows and it looks like fun. Or, maybe, you wish to become a doctor for the money and prestige. None of these are bad reasons to become a doctor, but the process is not easy and takes a long time. Make sure you are ready for this before making up your mind on a future career.

The first step to becoming a doctor is obtaining an undergraduate degree. Although most medical schools only actually require 90 undergraduate credits, it is rare that students are accepted without an undergraduate degree. When obtaining this degree, there are certain required courses you will need to take. Some schools offer a pre-med track or degree, which will ensure that you take all of the courses necessary for admission. Although any undergraduate major is acceptable, most MD's have a degree in biology or biochemistry. While in undergraduate, the student should take the MCAT test as well. Once he has taken that and the required courses, he is ready to apply for medical school.

Although every medical school is slightly different, in general, the first year (M1), is spent learning about terminology, basic biology and basic medical sciences. You will learn anatomy, bone structure, cell structure, disease theory and much more. This year will involve intense memorization skills. At the end of this year, an exam is taken. Failure of this exam may expel you from medical school.

Jane Austen Sequels at Their Best (The Novels of Linda Wells)


Author Linda Wells, got her start writing Jane Austen sequels in the world of fan fiction. Her work has been loved by many over the years, and she has developed into a fine author. Her novels, unlike some of the others currently in print, focus on the relationships and complexities between characters as they come up against angst-filled twists and turns in their already complicated lives.

Her first three novels entitled Chance Encounters, Fate and Consequences, and Memory all focus on difficult social structures, which aim to keep Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet apart as they try to fight a deep admiration and growing passion for each other.

In Chance Encounters, Elizabeth and Darcy meet prior to the Meryton assembly at the theater in London. Their first impressions are long-lasting and it paves the way to different kind of relationship between them.

Fate and Consequences, centers on Wickham's successful elopement with Georgianna Darcy. Mr. Darcy and his cousin Fitzwilliam track her down and recover her in the small town of Meryton, where he is immediately taken by the kindhearted, and genteel Elizabeth Bennet. Darcy then struggles with how proper it could possibly be, in light of her ruin, to offer for someone he once thought was well below him socially but now knows that he can not live without.

Memory, her most intriguing novel, is a Regency Jane Austen sequel, which is actually more of a prequel. Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr. Darcy, when she is still but 15 in a London park. Although the two never forget each other, their struggles are many as they try to forget each other and give up their foolish dreams of ever meeting again. They come together once again in the ensuing years as they both fight the demons of the past to secure their love.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

How Is It Compared to Tactical Vests? (Civilian Resistant Vest)

Civilian resistant vest, tactical vest, military vest are just few of the terms we commonly see online when searching for a bullet proof vest. Are there any differences to it? Do they differ in protection? These are the questions that we will tackle further in this article.

All bullet proof vests are actually the same. These vests are designed to protect the wearer from projectile. There may be slight differences from those vests worn by civilians and that of the militaries because of the degree of protection they need. Ostensibly, civilians require lesser protection as that of the armed forces or any other law enforcement agencies. Militaries often face more advance weaponry in their line of work hence their ballistic vest must have resistance capacity tantamount or even stronger than the prevalent ammunition in the field.

How does resistant vest work? Ballistic vest is made from a special fiber. It is like a web densely intertwined together making it very strong to hold high velocity impact coming from rifles. The moment bullets hit the vest, the impact is immediately squandered over the vest area slowly reducing the speed until it eventually stops completely without passing through the fibers.

Layers of these fibers are put together so that stronger resistance and protection is provided to the wearer to reduce impact as much as possible. Although bullets are stopped from penetrating through the skin, it is not a guarantee that wearers will not experience blunt force trauma. They may still experience injury due to the impact but are now safe from life threatening risk.

Basically, all bullet proof vests are made from the same material. By adding plates into the pockets makes resistance capacity variable. Mostly civilian ballistic vest has no added plates while militaries add plates for higher bullet resistance. Hence, you can find vest varying from level 1 to level 4. This is because of the plates added into it.

How To The Top Most Authors Of Spanish Books

English is the main language of Shakespeare and millions of people read his books and get to know his different stories. Spanish is the main language of many people. They have contributed to Spanish literature and their importance is not lesser than Shakespeare. Their hard work is translated in more than 50 languages. These Spanish authors have touched the mind of many readers all over the world. But, to know real story of these authors it is always better to purchase the original books of Spanish authors. To appreciate the work of Spanish authors, you should purchase Spanish books and read those books.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one such Spanish author who is also Nobel award winner and you can have a look at his works as 20th century masterpiece. His one popular book, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a kind of novel that spans through seven generations of only one family. It is a real story about loneliness. Another famous Spanish author is Jorge Luis Borges. He has become more famous for his short works like short stories and essays. Some of the important collections of his works are Tigress and Otro El Mismo. They are the best books of Spanish poetry.