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“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs


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The stories behind how famous companies got their names.
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 I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. –Leonardo da Vinci
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Something healthy~
It's game day! I can't wait to watch my hometown San Diego +Chargers take on the Denver Broncos ... and to devour a plate of Eggplant Parmesan Sliders.


#recipe   #chargers   #broncos   #nflplayoffs   #football   #food   #cooking   #recipeoftheday  
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Time to lose weight this #2014. Eat healthy!
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The cases are ongoing, but there has been a growing concern regarding the health effects of certain energy drinks on children and young adults, who are among the most frequent consumer of the product.
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Advice for Writing

Ever been stumped for something to write? I have, many times. I’ve been around on G+ for a while, and have read some very good posts giving advice on how to have a great G+ experience. Tonight, I’d like to offer some advice on posting, and writing, especially if you are someone like me and at a loss of what to say. Posting and writing an original post are in my opinion, still writing. Even if I never have a published book, I get some satisfaction when I realize I’m still writing something every time I make a post.

I’d just like to pass on my thoughts and maybe see if others find these little tidbits as useful as I have.

If you have an idea about something, write it down

I have often kicked myself mentally when I’ve thought about something I should add to a story, only to remember only that I was going to write it down, completely forgetting what it was that I was going to write down. 

I’ve gotten better at remembering. I think.

Have something written in advance

Like this post. I started it a few weeks ago. I have others waiting in the wings.

Taking into account that cartoonists have their strips written many days in advance, there is no reason one cannot do it with a post. 

When it comes to writing, write whatever is on your mind. 
Make a rant.
Make a comparison.
Write a review.
Write about your favorite memories.
Write about your childhood experiences.

Write about why you like or dislike something, such as a picture, or event.

When making a claim based upon observation, back up your claim with facts. Especially scientific ones.

Be original.

Edit it until you are satisfied. Like I did with this post.

A story doesn’t have to be written from beginning to end in that order

I have had some great ideas for stories that have come to mind, but they exist as beginnings and endings. The ‘in between’ sometimes escapes me.

But that doesn’t mean a middle won’t exist. It will follow in it’s time.
It also doesn’t have to be written from the beginning. It can be written in parts that are later put together. I find this more useful than trying to make it happen from start to finish. Chapter twenty can be written before chapter one.

A story doesn’t have to be very long to be good

Flash fiction is something I have discovered to be fun. It can be fun to try at least once a day. 

Reminds me of creative writing class, and gets the creative juices flowing.

Write at least one thing each day

You don’t have to show anyone. Just write something.
That is still an accomplishment.

Have an Informed Opinion

Do some research to find the facts to back up what you say, instead of going on assumptions, hearsay or guesswork.
Wikipedia is not, and should not be the only resource for information, but has many useful links.

Have a sense of humor

Take the KISS approach:

Step 1: Put on face paint and dress up in garish costumes. 
Step 2: Be obnoxious and loud.
Step 3: Spit blood. 
Step 4: Breathe fire.

I can speak from experience. Don’t try this at home. Let someone else do it instead.

Be Yourself

Say what you want. 
Believe what you want.
In this way, you can be original.

Don’t be afraid to try

No one who has ever tried, wasn’t willing to fail. 
All successful people kept trying until they got it right. 

Write like you're getting paid to do it

There is no greater joy for a writer to get paid for doing what they love.
You may find the way you write may change, because more effort is put into the words. Pretending like this is my job, since I'd like it to be one of my jobs, motivates me all the more.

If there's one things writers are good with, it's imagination.

Take at least one day off each week from the internet

When I was a kid, we had to go outside in order to get the information we needed. We had to check out books from the library, not download them to our tablets. That was the stuff of science fiction back then.

Just because the internet is available doesn’t mean it has to be used all the time. I also remember when internet usage was restricted to a couple of hours per day, or your internet provider would charge some serious overage fees. And we had to connect by phone, through a modem. You kids these days, with your always on connections…

Going to a library and finding books to check out is something that I find pleasant because it gets me out of the house and encourages me to do research and find new authors to read and more subjects to study.

Mostly I just use that day to stop and think, then get started again.
My chosen day is Friday. Until I’m getting paid for what I do, I think Friday is just as good a day as any. 

Thanks for reading.


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150 years ago, today, Abraham Lincoln sparked a "new birth of freedom" with his delivery of the Gettysburg Address. This statue of the 16th president stands tall in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, reminding visitors of his hard work and sacrifice in uniting our great nation.
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USS Abraham Lincoln Sailors reflect on the Gettysburg Address 150 years ago today.
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Why You Should Give a Sh*t About Toilets
The pooponomics of world toilet day

November 19 is world toilet day. It's a day that many of us in more developed nations take for granted, because we have easy access to toilets and clean sanitation. 

But not everyone around the world is so lucky. What if you had to squat on the ground, hoping that nobody would see you? Or wait until night fell to gain a bit more privacy in the dark? Think about what it would mean for your health, your safety, and your well-being.

That's not just a thought experiment for some 2.5 billion people around the world who still lack access to adequate sanitation. And the pooponomics of the situation are very clear, and very disturbing, as this excellent infographic from the +United Nations University Institute of Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) so clearly shows.

Lack of adequate sanitation plays a big role in the fact that, each year, more than 600,000 children under the age of 5 die each year from diarrhoeal diseases, and there are more than 2 billion intestinal worm infections. Lack of adequate sanitation also leads to lower levels of education and inequity for women around the world.

The fundamentals of sanitation are clear:
*Sanitation brings dignity, equality, and safety
*Sanitation is vital for good health
*Sanitation sustains clean environments
*Sanitation is a good economic investment
*Sanitation is a human right

I'm proud that +McMaster University School of Graduate Studies partners with UNU-INWEH in an interdisciplinary, and international, Water Without Borders program. Students in that program are gaining the skills they need to tackle global issues of water, environment, and health head on, and to change the world for the better. You can change the world too.

Help spread the word, and help spread access to sanitation. You can learn more in this outstanding summary report, which highlights the many ways a lack of sanitation affects the lives of millions of people, and particularly women and girls  :

#ScienceEveryday   when it's not #ScienceSunday  


We Can't Wait: A Report on Sanitation and Hygiene for Women and Girls by WaterAid, Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council, and Unilever:

Pooponomics: Sanitation Examination infographic from United Nations University: Institute for Water, Environment & Health
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