Why would you need an air humidifier in your house?

During the long and cold winter months and also during the summer days when you put the air conditioning on, you may feel the air in the house dry. Just as humid air can be bad for your health, the dry air may have the same unwanted effects. In this context, it is important to keep the humidity of the house at the right level which is suited for you.

Dry air can be easily solved with a humidifier. These are devices that make water vapors to maintain the humidity on a room. When they are used correctly, they can improve the air in the interior of the house.

What is an air humidifier?

When the air is too humid, it can help the forming of mold, resulting into health problems and damages for your house. When the air is too dry, the ideal environment for respiratory problems such as allergies, asthma or skin problems is created. A humidifier can be successfully used during the winter in areas with warm weather, where the heating systems are used constantly in houses. Dry air can affect not only people, but also the floor if it is made of wood, and the wooden frames of windows.

Types of humidifiers

Mainly, humidifiers classify in two categories

  • Humidifier that forces air through water pulverizing it in the room
  • The atomizer type, which ‘breaks’ water into particles to create a fog

Humidifiers are recommended for people that live in areas where houses must be heated for a long period of the year, and for people living in areas with a dry climate. These devices can help people suffering from throat pains, headaches and coughs. Generally, a humid house is more comfortable as long as humidity is kept in optimal levels.

Things to consider

All the humidifiers need cleaning. Otherwise, they will be contaminated with mold and become dangerous in the long term. Make sure to follow the instructions of the manufacturer to clean it and don’t use it unless you are sure it is maintained properly.

Ideal humidity

Ideal humidity level in a house must be between 30%-55%. It is why you might want to buy a humidifier which can measure this level, so you can adjust it to the one required by your family.

This level is different in office buildings, where the spaces are wider and it has to be adjusted for tens of hundreds of people’s needs. It is why a home humidifier is smaller and cheaper, but you have to check the maximum surface it can cover.

If you want to buy a humidifier for a newborn, make sure to check with his or hers doctor before buying it. Only this way, you can be sure of the ideal humidity required in the room of your new child, so you could buy the right humidifier. In case your child has health problems are requires an exact level, there are devices with adjustable level of humidity and even with a timer that could set it on and off at different times of the day or night.…

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Review of Vera Bradley’s New All in One Wristlet and Original Wristlet

Vera Bradley is a maverick in the luggage and handbag industry. The company has turned cotton print fabrics into an elite designer line. They cater to a wide audience, however. Teenagers to soccer moms love the extremely well constructed and washable bags.

In an effort to change with the times and needs of their intended buyers, Vera Bradley updates the fabrics every six months and often retires a handbag design in favor of a new one. The wristlet, a popular checkbook sized bag, has been redesigned as the Vera Bradley All-in-One Wristlet. However, the original wristlet was also redesigned as well. So some Vera enthusiasts are wondering which wristlet is the better deal.

The Vera Bradley Wristlet
The regular sized wristlet is a simple bag with one inside pocket and dimensions of 7″x 3 ½” x 1 ¼”. This bag has a 6-inch strap with a trigger clasp. The new design includes an additional hook on the opposite end of the bag so you can quickly transform your wristlet into a small handbag. The trigger clasp also allows you to easily hang it from a larger bag as well. It is big enough for me to tuck chapstick, a cell phone, my small camera and some money, ID, and credit cards.

The biggest drawback to this bag is that there is only one pocket so organization is out of the question. Money and credit cards will just be thrown together and the sole inner pocket does not have a snap or any type of closure.

The Vera Bradley All-in-One Wristlet
The new design in wristlets is an attempt to organize the original by adding pockets and ID windows. The wristlet measures 3″ x 5 ¼” ¾”. This may not seem significantly smaller, but it is. The wristlet has one outside pocket for a cell phone or digital music player and on the opposite side has a clear view ID window. Inside, there are 3 credit card slots and a zippered pocket. There is one slip in pocket for cash or other cards.

The biggest drawback to this design is the size. I used it with an Apple iPhone, my cards, a small amount of cash and coin, and one skinny size chapstick tube. It was overstuffed and I had a hard time closing the zipper. While I like the idea of the organizers, it needs to be bigger for my needs. The zipper also opens all the way around on three sides so anything you do stuff into the middle will fall out when you open it. If you are only carrying cash/cards/phone, this may be ideal. But anything larger than an Apple iPhone and the pocket will not work.

Price Comparison of the Vera Bradley Wristlets
Regular price for the Wristlet is $25. Ebay and other retailers often have sales and you can get these at a better price. Also, the retired fabrics go on sale at Vera Bradley stores and online for 25%-40% off.

Regular price on the new All-in-One Wristlet is $32. Again, go to eBay or other sellers for a better deal.

For the price, I believe you will still get a better deal with the original wristlet. Perhaps the designers will take into account the size and redesign the All-in-One larger. I’ll wait for that.…

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We Need a Book Store in Missouri City, Texas

This article I am writing for my daughter, Carrie. She is an avid reader with many books. We both are book fans. As a matter of fact, I am currently writing my first murder mystery novel. Here is our dilemma: We need a book store in Missouri City, Texas.

As far as I am aware, there are not very many book stores in Fort Bend County. There is a Borders in Stafford, a Barnes & Noble in Sugar Land and a Half Price Books in Sugar Land. What about the 80,000 people who live in Missouri City and the outskirts? We read too!

The parking lot at Barnes & Noble is always so packed that you have to park really far and walk, not to mention the traffic congestion is terrible between Missouri City to Sugar Land. I feel it’s time we start getting more good quality businesses in Missouri City. I would like to see a store of the quality of Barnes & Noble or Borders with a coffee shop. An in-store book club would be nice with authors who come and do book signings, and maybe there should be some live music in the coffee area. My daughter and I would be regulars there. Most of our extra money goes for books anyway.

Unfortunately, I am not currently in a position to do much about getting a book store in Missouri City so all I can do is write about it, but that’s something, right? Maybe this article will plant a seed in the mind of someone who can put a book store in Missouri City.

As Fort Bend County grows, it is getting more time-consuming to navigate Highway 6. If we had some of the same businesses in Missouri City that are in Sugar Land we could keep our tax dollars here instead of going out of the city to shop elsewhere, and it might also help with the traffic in Sugar Land. A book store in Missouri City would also create a few more jobs for our residents.

I have other suggestions for making our beautiful city better. I can’t run for city council because I’m too busy trying to launch a new career and get an education, but I can write about my opinion of what our needs are. People may not agree so they can write their own articles.

If there is anyone out there who wants to start a new business, please give us a bookstore in Missouri City, Texas and my daughter and I will give you our business.…

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Khan Mai Shi

Sorrow and Sadness;

What are these;

Are they nothing;

Nothing more than this;

This Tears full;

Full of Fear;

Pain of the Heart;

May it be nothing;

Nothing as this;

Why then should it be;

Be only this;

This which we call;

We call Fear;

Truly fear is this;

Is this Nothing;

Nothing but as this;

This Dream;

Dream of Sorrow;

Dream of Sadness.…

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Writing Song Lyrics

Writing song lyrics is a challenging and rewarding process. Challenging in the sense that it can take you many hours or days or possibly even weeks to write. Rewarding in the sense that you have accomplished the difficult. I won’t say that you have accomplished the impossible because you haven’t. While difficult, it is far from impossible. Writing song lyrics is a lot like writing poetry. Either you must have a way with words, or you had better have a good book on rhyming with you. Of course, not all songs have to rhyme. It is just easier to get a reaction out of the audience if you do rhyme it. If you feel confident enough to write a song that doesn’t rhyme, then go for it. Confidence is key. Just remember that it had better be a very good song if it’s meant to be successful.

 

If you do not yet have a talent for rhyming, then do not panic or give up. All is not yet lost. There are dozens, possibly hundreds of books out there that were written specifically for rhyming. There is no shame in it. You are not “cheating”. I used to use a rhyming book myself. It is very helpful when you are stuck on tough words. It also helps you become a better writer. I found that the more I used my rhyming guide, the less I needed. All of those hundreds upon thousands of rhymes will eventually stick to. I rarely use a book anymore. I don’t need to, but I advise any newcomers to the game to use one. It will save you a lot of trouble. Be wary though, some of these books are better than others. If you can, pick a book that rhymes sounds rather than words. It is easier to rhyme sounds than it is to rhyme words.

Never forget what I am about to tell you. You can have all the rhymes in the world in your song, but it means absolutely nothing if you do not have some sort of message or story in the songs. You can’t just run things. Every word in your song must have a purpose. If it has no purpose, it will become weak and the audience will be more inspired to reject it. It must have a meaning. It doesn’t necessarily have to have a message, but it must have a meaning. It must have a purpose. That’s really all there is to song writing. Except for the fact that you have to be creative, but I’m sure you are if you are reading this. Happy writing, colleagues.…

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Book Review: Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

Book Review: Story of a Girl

They made us clean our lockers on the last day of sophomore year. I tore down the class schedule I’d taped to the inside of the door at the beginning of the semester and tossed it into the pile of recycling that already included ninety-five percent of the crap I’d busted my ass to do all year. What was the point of all that so-called learning if, in the end, it was going to the trash?

After reading a particularly interesting review at Maw Books Blog, I went to look for a copy of Sara Zarr’s Story of a Girl. This is the hard, bittersweet story of a sixteen-year-old girl named Deanna.

Deanna made a mistake when she was thirteen: she had sex with a seventeen-year-old boy, and was discovered by her father. Now that she’s entered high school, she’s still branded as the school slut, and her father can’t look at her in the eye. It doesn’t matter that Deanna hasn’t touched a boy since Tommy: her mistake seems to have defined her forever.

Deanna has a lot to deal with. Things at home aren’t going well for her: her father’s angry and distant, her mother is tired, and her big brother is a young parent living with his girlfriend and their baby girl in his parents’ basement. Deanna also has two best friends, Jason and Lee. Too bad she has a crush on Jason, while he’s dating Lee.

When Deanna gets a job for the summer, she happens to be working at a pizza place with Tommy, the boy she once was with and who still teases and provokes her. Can she manage to leave her past behind and go on with her life?

I really liked this book. The reader’s made to feel for the main character, a girl who once made a mistake and who can’t let this get past her. A girl who’s made remembering her sorry past every single day of her life. Deanna’s only outlet for her feelings is dreaming that one day she will be able to move in with her brother and his girlfriend, and writing stories in her journal.

Deanna’s story is a search for her own identity, a quest to find out that she is who she wants to be, and not what others think that she is. I’d definitely recommend this book, and I can’t wait to try out some other novel by Sara Zarr.…

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Book Review: Loving God when You Don’t Love the Church by Chris Jackson Foreword by Dutch Sheets

Lets be honest, the church isn’t always your friend. Many Christians love God, but don’t love his people. Why you ask? Because the church has the power to hurt its own parishioners. Gossipers, backstabbers, green-eyed monsters, and evildoers roam in churches like they do on the street. They’re Christians – just not good ones.

 

Victims of bad Christians end up feeling, hurt, angry, depressed, embarrassed, and sour about the church. Loving God When You Don’t Love the Church helps Christians who have been hurt by the church. Jackson tells stories of victimized Christians and uses the bible to help people forgive and move on in the church.

Jackson explains that people are more offended when Christians hurt you because they proclaim to be Christians. They talk about walking in Christ’s footsteps, but they fail. People have a higher opinion (non-believers are the exception) of Christians and when they stumble and hurt someone it’s harder to swallow.

A piece of advice from Jackson – confront the Christians that have hurt you, but do it in a non-aggressive manner.

Loving God When You Don’t Love the Church isn’t a deep reference guide, but it will give you a foundation to work off of in terms of forgiveness.

Dutch Sheets is the President and co-founder of Dutch Sheets Ministries. The ministry is devoted to world revival and passionate prayer. He also wrote Intercessory Prayer and Watchman Prayer. Chris Jackson is executive pastor at Freedom Church in Colorado Springs.

Chosen Books published Loving God When You Don’t Love the Church in 2007. Retail price is $14, but the book can be purchased for $5 on the Dutch Sheets Ministries’ website.

Loving God When You Don’t Love the Church is recommended for anyone in or outside of the church who has been hurt by the church. This book is also recommended for pastors and Christian counselors. It can be a good assist to people that they counsel.…

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The Education of Your Life!

HIgh Above the Appomatox


In the past some Historically Black Colleges and Universities have gotten a bad “wrap” for not being customer service friendly to students. Virginia State University quickly dispatches that myth. University personnel are eager and quick to assist students. Employees working in the registrar’s office, financial aid office and residence life are some of the best employees on campus.

Residence Life, under the direction of Dr. LaVerne Briggs has adopted the phrase “Building community one floor at a time.” Residence Life personnel are committed to providing not only safe and healthy environments, but living and learning centers as well. Residence Educators, Resident Assistants and Graduate Assistants work together to provide programs on a variety of subjects to residents.

Parents can rest assured that their child is well taken care of. There are programs and forums in the residence halls on everything from substance abuse awareness to movie nights! Students residing in the residence halls are in excellent shape as they pursue their respective degrees. Residence halls are equipped with high speed internet connections and cable tv connections in every room. In addition there is a full staff to help with academic advising, mediation and counseling.

If you’re looking for an HBCU that’s at the top of their game, turning out future leaders and gives quality customer service, then look no further. Virginia State University is the place.…

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When Should Freelance Writers Proofread Their Work?

Freelance writers will spend hours crafting their work, drafting assignments, and then correcting their work until it meets with their clients’ requirements. But when would it be best for freelance writers to proofread their work? Should they proofread their work as they go along or wait until they have finished to proofread their writing?

Proofread Gradually

Some freelance writers proofread their work gradually as they go along in the hope that they will be more likely to spot a typo, spelling error or incorrect usage of a word. This works well for some freelance writers, who are then able to spot a mistake and put it right straightaway. But, this method can interrupt and disrupt the creative flow and make the drafting process much more laborious and time consuming.

Limitations of Spell Check

Spell check Software can help freelance writers to craft their assignments. However, spell check Software has its limitations. While it can help freelance writers to spot obvious errors in spelling and grammar usage, relying on a spell check alone to discover all errors in your writing will not work. For example, a spell check will let you know that “threough” is incorrect and offer you alternative spellings such as “thorough”, but the spell check will not pick up on the wrong usage of words such as “their” when you really meant to say “there”. That is why it is important to keep spell check Software in its proper place and not rely on it too heavily to alert you to errors in your writing.

Proofread at the End

Many freelance writers wait until after they have produced the final copy of their work before they start to proofread what they have produced. This is a good method to use, as it means that the bulk of the work has already been done. The final stage of proofreading can then proceed. It is also easier for some freelance writers to spot typos and errors more easily if they wait a day or more after they have finished their work before they start to proofread their writing.

Freelance writers must decide for themselves what proofreading method works best for them and to then stick with that method. Some have great success in proofreading their work gradually as they go along. While this method can help freelance writers to spot errors early on, it can be quite time consuming and disrupt the writing process. Proofreading the completed article or assigment at the end can be a better option for some.…

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