August 2, 2012

Wow, who wouldn’t like to create good fortune? But as always, it’s true, there isn’t such a thing as a free lunch… it takes time, effort, brains and guts to grab those chances that you’re ready for. To show that you’re ready for them and then do it. Show no fear! Good luck.

June 13, 2012

Why having an older father helps you live longer.


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Older fathers are said to be more tolerant, affectionate and spend more time with their children.

And it seems they give their offspring another benefit – longer lives.

Scientists say children of older fathers and grandfathers are more likely to live longer.

They found those with older fathers had longer telomeres – tiny ‘caps’ on the ends of chromosomes that protect against the ageing process.

The researchers measured the telomere length of DNA in the blood of 1,779 young Filipino adults and their mothers and determined the ages of the children’s fathers and grandfathers.

They found an individual’s telomeres lengthened not only with their father’s age at their birth but also with their paternal grandfather’s age at their father’s birth.

Each year a man delayed reproduction increased the length of the telomeres. The increase roughly equalled the amount of annual shortening observed in middle-age adults.

The findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest delayed paternal reproduction could increase their offsprings’ telomere length over time, which could promote long life.

Telomeres have been called the ‘chromosomal clock’ because they seem to be central to biological ageing, with longer telomeres a sign of being biologically younger and healthier.

Professor Chris Kuzawa, an anthropologist at Northwestern University in the United States, said telomeres shorten with time in most cells – but they lengthen in sperm.

A previous study found those with shorter telomeres were three times as likely to die from heart disease.

Professor Kuwaza said: ‘The effect of the age of paternal ancestors on telomere length could allow increases in life expectancy under demographic conditions of low mortality and delayed reproduction.’

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June 13, 2012

The problem with people having patience with you is that you’ll never know when it’s going to end; so you’re constantly on tenterhooks searching for signs of the patience waning and the impatience waxing. No doubt if the person is a newcomer to the land of patience they’ll suddenly jerk out of it giving you a jolt out of the blue too. There won’t be any nice warning signs at all. That’s the scary part: the Jekyll and Hyde feel.
As for any times impatience is a virtue? Apparently a short burst of stress helps to boost the immune system! And also the adrenalin rush can push people to achieve higher, more and faster – just like in competitive sports. People don’t know what they can do until they reach the brink of the precipice and are forced to make that decision without too much over-thought and second-guessing: they just grab the bull by the horns and run with the decisions. However, impatience will lead to chronic stress amongst those that surround you and chronic stress not only impairs the immune system but is also reponsible for many ailments. I won’t be surprised if people start to become allergic or even systemically intolerant of stress in the near future!! *tongue-firmly-in-cheek*

June 13, 2012

Why sharing a bed is good for your heart.

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Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh in the U.S. believe sleeping next to someone helps lower the stress hormone cortisol, perhaps because it encourages feelings of safety and security.

Prolonged periods of elevated cortisol have been linked with an increase in cytokines — proteins involved in inflammation that can trigger heart disease, depression and auto-immune disorders.

Sleeping together has a protective effect by lowering the levels of these proteins.

Sleep is a critically important health behaviour that we know is associated with heart disease and psychiatric wellbeing,’ says lead researcher Wendy Troxel, assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology at the university.

‘There is extensive literature showing that married people — happily married people, in particular — live longer, happier, and healthier lives than their unmarried or unhappily married counterparts.

‘We also know sleep is critically important for health and wellbeing, and it happens to be a behaviour couples engage in together, so it stands to reason it may be an important link with their health.’

Sharing a bed is also thought to boost levels of the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin, known to induce bonding feelings.

Recent studies have shown oxytocin’s vital role in health. Scientists at Malmo University Hospital in Sweden found it can affect digestion.

Those with lower levels had poorer gastric motility — the process by which food is moved from the stomach to the intestines, therefore slowing down digestion.

Levels of the hormone have been found to be lower in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, says Dr Hamilton.

‘Oxytocin has also been shown to reduce inflammation. While inflammation is a necessary part of the healing process, too much of it, which can accompany bacterial infections or chronic stress, is damaging to the body.

‘It’s well known, for example, that inflammation plays a role in many types of cancer.

‘Meanwhile, a number of recent studies have shown how oxytocin can affect the heart.’

For example, a study from the University of North Carolina asked 59 women who were married or had partners to keep a diary of the number of hugs they received over a set time.

The scientists then analysed levels of oxytocin in the blood. The women who’d received the most hugs had the highest levels of oxytocin — and the lowest blood pressure and heart rates.

‘Indeed, oxytocin is like a natural angina medication,’ says Dr Hamilton.

‘Angina medication is basically nitric oxide, which expand blood vessels. Oxytocin helps the body produce nitric oxide itself.’

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May 24, 2012

“Titanium”–David Guetta featuring Sia

Published on 20 Dec 2011 by davidguettavevo | #34 on the YouTube 100

What is “Titanium”, apart from being a chemical element with the symbol Ti and atomic number 22?

|“Titanium” is a ballad which draws from the genres of pop, house and urban-dance. The song’s lyrics are about inner strength. Sia’s vocals on "Titanium" received comparisons to those by Fergie and the song was also musically compared to Coldplay’s work. Critics were positive towards the song and noted it as one of the standout tracks from Nothing but the Beat. "Titanium" attained top 10 positions in several major music markets, including Australia, Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number one, becoming Guetta’s fifth number-one single on the chart and Sia’s first. The song’s accompanying music video premiered on December 21, 2011 but does not feature appearances by Guetta and Sia. Instead, the video focuses on a young boy, played by actor Ryan Lee, with supernatural powers.| – from


Titanium has a low density and is a strong, lustrous, corrosion-resistant (including sea water, aqua regia and chlorine) transition metal with a silver colour.

May 24, 2012

It’s not too late… give your dream a shot!  Here are some great examples of older inventors.  Mind you, young, tech-savvy multi-billionaires really are a current era invention, so I’ve no problems nodding towards the older generation for inspiration and mentorship.  However, things had to progress and young industries had to be taken forwards and that’s where the younger generations stepped in and kept things apace.  It’s encouraging both ways: notable and lasting accomplishments by the young and refreshing ideas from the old.  Read the above blog post to see what’s been invented by the middle age and beyond.

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

We hear a lot about inventors in the technology area who have had phenomenal success at a very young age.  But that doesn’t mean inventors with more mileage under their belts can’t be ultra successful as well.  Some of the most revolutionary or popular products were the work of people who were at least 40 years old.

You have a cell phone, right?  Martin Cooper invented it when he was around 45.

What about TV movies and shows?  Do you “TiVo” them to watch later?   Thank Mike Ramsay who, along with Jim Barton, co-invented this digital video recorder when he was 47.

Are you a fan of Kentucky Fried Chicken?  Colonel Harland Sanders pioneered this “finger lickin’ good” favorite when he was in his 60s.

Do you make sandwiches with Pepperidge Farm bread?  Margaret Rudkin began baking it when she was 40.

Here are a few other items whose creators were 40 or older:

Segway Personal Transporter – Inventor Dean Kamen was around 50…

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May 24, 2012

What to do if asking for yourself is too much for you?  That, in essence, is what networking is: it is between the two people present at the event.  The questions being answered are: what can you do for me, and what can you give me?  Whereas there is another option which has been going on for years without a label or a name: netweaving.  Netweaving is where you introduce two others because there is benefit to be had with that new relationship… and then you never know what might blossom and land on you too.  In effect, it’s working on the pay it forward effect i.e. what goes around, comes around.  Of course then, there is the usual things to be careful of, that is users, takers and people who forget who brought them to the party.  But, having said that, there are a lot of people who would benefit from netweaving instead of the immediacy of networking.  Treat it like a future investment…

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

By Lynne Strang, Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

If you’re someone who doesn’t like schmoozing at cocktail parties to make business contacts, listen up. Bob Littell has a method for meeting other professionals that may suit your style.

Twelve years ago, Littell, principal of Atlanta, Georgia-based Littell Consulting Services, Inc., came up with a concept he calls “NetWeaving.”  It’s a “Golden Rule,” or “Pay It Forward,” form of networking, where people focus on putting others’ needs first.

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Here’s how it works:  You have two contacts who you think would benefit from meeting each other.  Through a virtual or some other type of introduction, you help them exchange bios and arrange to meet in person.  When the two parties get together, synergy occurs and a new partnership forms, or they find other ways to help each other.  They follow up with you later, to let you know the outcome of the meeting.


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May 24, 2012

Why not start your own business?  What’s stopping you?  Is your dream big enough to fuel you and provide for you?  Well, it appears that the myth of security within corporate jobs combined with the lull of the mundane within that coporate structure puts you to sleep so you don’t awaken to the sound of your own drums.  So why aren’t your own drums beating that much louder so that you may awaken and start marching to your own beat instead of someone else’s?  It appears it takes quite a bit of reality to push people to the edge and face setting up their own business as a true venture, even advenuture.  Think about it.  At what point have you accumulated enough, experienced enough and satisfied yourself enough that starting up a new enterprise is the better option for you to live your life?  Be aware, that with each passing day you let your daydream pass you by is another day you don’t live your life as you please… in the parting words of Mike’s blog post:

“Otherwise, your passion will be nothing more than a fantasy that you daydream about that mocks you on moments you are honest with yourself.

Don’t waste your life.”

Micro Business Solutions

In my prior post about May 24, I discussed how I came to start my business.

IT TOOK ME GETTING FIRED!!  Then, it took subsequent insulting job offers that made me so mad I was no longer afraid.  Finally, I was going to show them, now.

But why did it take me so long to get there?  I had wanted my own business since I was 17.  Now, I was 33.  That was 16 years.  Why?  Why had I spent almost half my life waiting?  Why did I have to be shoved off the cliff to take control of my own life?

The answer is twofold: 1. The Myth of Security and 2. The Lull of the Mundane.  I will cover these two in this post.

1.  The Myth of Security.  We are fed the line that we should go to school, do well in school, get a good…

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May 24, 2012

How do you evaluate yourself when you are the boss, the leader, the manager and the hourly worker?  With great honesty it seems.  If you set up your small business to shirk dealing with a boss, then you’re in for a nasty wake-up call… because, now that boss is you and you’ll come to understand some of the temprament, mind-set and ‘down-sides’ your ex-boss may have showered upon you.  Being honest with yourself is difficult at the best of times, but this blog post helps put your first foot in the right direction of self-evaluation when you are the boss yourself.

Micro Business Solutions

Do you remember your corporate days when you got evaluations?  Maybe, for some of you, it has not been that long.  For others of us, it has been years.  Did any of you give evaluations to subordinates?

In case you did not notice, there were usually differences between the evaluations of lower-level employees and supervisors and those of upper management.

Hourly employees and supervisors were typically evaluated in a  task-oriented manner.  How well did they do the jobs assigned to them?  Did they do it the company way?  Were they on time?  Did they get along with other employees?  Did they have a good attitude?  Were they cooperative with management?  Their reviews had to do with how they got the job done.

Those in upper positions were typically reviewed differently.  They were judged based on something called “objectives.”  Objectives are a different word for goals–goals assigned by the company.  Typically…

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May 24, 2012

Have you ever wondered how to get the best out of advisors? How do you quiz the advisor… who is the advisor on advisors?  Ever suffere from decision-paralysis or information overload?  Well, it’s well worth doing a little prepartory work: here are some insights to follow.

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