Saturday, April 30, 2022

A Hammock For Everyone - Get The Right One For You

 Puerto Rican Flag Hammock

A hammock is like a bed. It is a piece of furniture used by a person for rest and relaxation. The difference between them is the fact that a bed usually comes with a frame shaped like a rectangle underneath a mattress. A hammock is bed that is hanging or suspended in the air tied between supports like two trees made up of heavy netting or a canvas. The important question remains whether or not all hammocks regardless of the material used for weaving can give the same level of comfort.

Q. How Do I Know What Type Of Hammock To Buy?
A. There are generally 3 types of hammocks. These are namely known as fabric, Mayan and rope style hammocks. One or two of these kinds are suitable for either indoor or outdoor use. The other can only be used indoors while the other only good if it is used outdoors. By being able to determine exactly where the hammock will be installed, the person will be able to make the right decision of what type of hammock to purchase.

Q. How Can I Be Sure The Hammock I Buy Will Fit Within My Budget?
A. As mentioned earlier, there are 3 types of hammocks. The price of the hammock one wishes to purchase will greatly depend on the type of material used. The price of the material used dictates the price of the kind of hammock one wants to buy and if one has limited budget, one won’t be able to buy the hammock made out of the best material since it is expensive. However if one is rich and money is no object, then that person will not have a problem picking the most expensive and luxurious hammock available.

Q. How Can I Tell If The Hammock Will Support My Weight?
A. Again, this goes to the type of material used. A fabric hammock is made out of thick rope and can take a beating of up to 450 lbs. A hammock made out of canvas can only accommodate 5 to 20 lbs. because of the closed weaving. A Mayan style hammock is very sensitive and can only hold less than 10 lbs.

Q. How Can I Tell When My Hammock Needs Maintenance?
A. The strength of the hammock is dependent on the material used in making it. A fabric hammock made out of thick rope as mentioned before requires heavy maintenance since it is susceptible to mild or dew especially in a fairly wet climate. A canvas on the other hand because of its material is very durable and thus requires little maintenance. A Mayan hammock is like a fabric hammock in the sense that it is very sensitive and can tear easily which would require high maintenance in keeping this kind of hammock in shape.

Q. Which Hammocks Are OK To Swing Or Rock In?
A. The material used in making a hammock makes it either heavy or lightweight. Fabric hammocks are weaved by hand and are usually made of heavy material making it a challenge to move from one place to another. Canvas hammocks are lighter since water bounces of the material making it easy to relocate. Mayan hammocks like Canvas are also lightweight making it easy to transfer.

Q. How Can I Tell What Hammocks Are Comfortable?
A. Fabric hammocks are designed with small spaces in between them. The backside to this is that it doesn’t conform to ones body and there is usually an imprint visible in ones back when one gets off the hammock. Canvas hammocks on the other hand don’t leave any imprints. The only drawback is that this too does not conform to ones body during use. The most comfortable hammock of the 3 is Mayan since this type of hammock conforms to the shape of anyone who uses it.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Shopping for a Holiday Home in the Sun

 Buying Real Estate in the Sun

At this time of the year when the days are short and the skies are grey, focus tends to shift towards the glorious summer months when we can escape the daily commuter grind and the realities of the 9 – 5 and take a couple of weeks out to lie on a sun drenched beach somewhere.

But why take just two weeks away when you could own a holiday home in the sun, vacation in it whenever you wanted to and even let it out for an earnings supplementing rental income?

If you’re one of the increasing numbers of people considering buying real estate for investment purposes, why not combine your investment with pleasure and buy a holiday home abroad?

Buying real estate overseas needn’t be a complicated or stressful experience; with this ten step guide to buying property abroad you’ll find the whole process a breeze - and you’ll be lying next to your very own swimming pool soaking up the summer sunshine before you know it.

  1. Country – you may already have had your perfect holiday overseas and know exactly where you’d ideally like to own a holiday home in the sun, if on the other hand you’re still undecided about which country to buy a second home in you should factor at least the following considerations into your country based research to determine which nation ideally suites your requirements: - weather, property prices, accessibility, stability and things to do.
  2. Location – having decided on a country the next challenge is to find the most suitable area of the country to target for your holiday home search. Think about whether you want to be close to the coast, inland, in a city, away from the crowds, in the thick of it or on a desert island.
  3. Property Type – apartment, detached villa, bungalow or rural retreat – which property type suits you and also, if you’re thinking about renting out your holiday home in the sun, which type of property will be easiest to let?
  4. Budget – how much money have you got available to you, how much money will be required in fees and taxes when buying overseas? Think carefully about how much of your budget you can allocate to buying a property and then stick to that figure, do not be tempted to over extend yourself as this could get you into difficulties and even prevent you from having the funds available to travel and holiday in your brand new property.
  5. Assistance – because you’re buying in a foreign country you may encounter language barriers, different legal systems and a whole new buying process therefore it is wise to employ the services of a real estate agent and essential to secure the services of a lawyer who can guide and protect you throughout the purchase process.
  6. Management – whether you intend to let out your holiday home or not you will probably require the services of a good management company to make sure your pool is clean, your roof never leaks and no one tries to break into your home. Take recommendations locally from other people who have their second homes looked after by a third party and don’t be afraid to ask a property management company for references.
  7. Income – if you’ll be letting out your home in the sun for an income find out about any taxation you will be liable for on that income and also about any deductions you can take from your liability to reduce your overall taxation burden.
  8. Investment – if you’re interested in holding property overseas for investment purposes look into the buoyancy of a market and ensure that the real estate market is capable of sustaining an investment property – some overseas real estate markets are stagnant and difficult to realize a capital gain from.
  9. Insurance – because your property will either be vacant for long periods of time or occupied by people unknown to you it will be important to have insurances in place for the building and the contents.
  10. Enjoyment – and last but not least, once you’ve secured your holiday home in the sun save as much money as possible so that you can enjoy your home as often as possible and for as long as possible! After all, you deserve the time away from work.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Ladies And Gentlemen, Start Your Careers! Automotive Technicians Wanted

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It can be a challenge to land a prime spot on a race car pit crew. Yet vehicle dealerships across the country are scrambling to find qualified automotive technicians for their own "pit crews"-even with salaries of $60,000 to $90,000 or more, depending on the market and the technician's level of training. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the auto industry will need 35,000 new technicians every year through 2023.

Lucrative But Overlooked Careers

With that in mind, an unusual contest is getting into gear with the purpose of increasing awareness about this lucrative and rewarding yet often-overlooked career, and support training opportunities for future technicians. It's called the No. 29 Goodwrench Expertise Challenge. And it is a challenge. "Historically, being an automotive technician has been depicted as a dirty, dead-end kind of job," said Peter Lord, executive director, GM Service Operations. "That old stereotype could not be further from the truth. Today's cars and trucks are very sophisticated-the computer technology in them alone, for example, is nearly 1,000 times more powerful than what took the Apollo mission to the moon."

"Dealerships need trained, qualified technicians because they know that satisfaction with vehicle service and repair work is closely tied to how customers view their vehicles and the dealership."

The Challenge benefits automotive technician training like this: If driver Kevin Harvick's No. 29 car wins two out of 12 selected NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races beginning May 28 with the Coca-Cola 600, GM Goodwrench will set up a $200,000 scholarship fund to encourage Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES) high school students to continue their automotive technical education by attending GM Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) colleges. AYES is a nonprofit business and education partnership that creates automotive technology career opportunities for promising young men and women at automotive dealerships. It was founded in 1995 by former GM Chairman Jack Smith as a way to address the growing need for technicians.

Spreading The Word

"There are thousands of NASCAR fans-and others-who are ideal candidates for a career as an automotive technician," said Larry Cummings, CEO of AYES. "The Expertise Challenge is a fun and engaging way to help spread the word about these great career opportunities."

Students enrolled in GM ASEP two-year programs earn while they learn, rotating their time between classes and interning at GM dealerships and other GM service centers. There are 66 GM ASEP participating schools in 38 U.S. states, 15 in Canada and one in the People's Republic of China. Successful students graduate with an associate's degree, and either are ready for or have passed their National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification test. More than 2,000 students are currently enrolled in the program, and there are more than 14,000 graduates.

If Harvick and the team meet the Expertise Challenge by winning two of the 12 select races, GM Goodwrench will award 29 Grand Prizes, which consist of an all-new 2007 Chevy Avalanche, a $1,000 GM vehicle maintenance certificate and a trunk full of Reese's products.

Program Rules Available

If only one race is won during the promotion, two lucky winners will be awarded an all-new 2007 Chevy Avalanche, a $1,000 GM vehicle maintenance certificate, and a trunk full of Reese's products. They will also donate $25,000 to the GM Goodwrench Scholarship Fund. If no races are won during the promotion, the promotion will still give away an all-new 2007 Chevy Avalanche, a $1,000 GM vehicle maintenance certificate, and a trunk full of Reese's products to one lucky winner, and provide a $25,000 donation to the GM Goodwrench Scholarship fund.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

The Best Hidden Gem Golf Courses in Puerto Rico

 Puerto Rico Flag Golf Ball

Puerto Rico is all about sun, sea, sand, and the leisurely lifestyle of being on vacation! If you’re a golfer, chances are you’re well aware of the thriving resort scene in PR and the amazing golf that comes with it. 

But there are a few hidden gem golf courses in Puerto Rico that aren’t quite the usual ones you may expect. There are the lesser-known courses we highly recommend playing a round on if you have some hours to spare! 

El Legado Golf Club 

Situated on the southeast coast, surrounded by mountains and looking out over the sea, El Legado Golf Club is a spectacular 18-hole, par-72, must-visit golf course! 

The course features wide fairways that are sparsely lined with trees and use the land's natural contours. The greens are fast, with gentle slopes, and have strategically-placed bunkers. 

Fortunately, the layout of the course is not only challenging and fun but is also very forgiving of errant shots. The holes are varied and golfers will love the 11th hole, which is a short 186-yard, par-3 and is a great opportunity for a birdie. 

The big hitters will love the 9th hole, which is a long 595 yards, par-5 (bogey beware), but will find the prevailing strong winds to add to the challenge. 

It’s important to note that the course may be quite dry, as some parts of the southern coast only receive about 36 inches of rain per year! However, it’s still pretty and perfectly playable. 

Make use of the driving range, which also has some practice greens, to warm up before your round of golf. 

After your round, pop into Guamani Restaurant & Bar and try their Mofongo con Carne Frita. It’s absolutely delicious and an excellent way to finish your day! 

Bahia Beach Resort & Golf Club 

Don’t let the beauty of Bahia lure you into a false sense of security, as this course is more challenging than it first appears! 

Golfers may feel like they’re the only ones playing on the course, as the natural routing weaves through the jungle and around saltwater lagoons. The course features fast greens, undulating fairways, strategically-placed bunkers, and a number of water hazards. 

There are a number of memorable holes on the course, but golfers will love the 5th hole, which is a long 568-yard, par-5. This hole demands strategy, good club choice, and accuracy for a good score. 

You can choose to walk this beautiful course, as its length is easily managed and you’ll get full views of the scenery. Alternatively, you can use a golf cart, which is GPS-enabled and will get you through the course a bit quicker if you’re short on time. 

After your round of golf, stop in at Seagrapes restaurant and try their cobb salad or the red snapper. The ideal way to fuel back up after your exercise on the course! 

Punta Borinquen Golf Club 

Located at the northwestern tip of the country, this gem of a course plays right alongside the ocean from the top of a cliff, affording golfers magnificent views at any time of day. 

You’ll find wide-open fairways which are suitable for both juniors and experienced golfers. However, it is quite undulating, rather hard, and there’s very little rough, so your ball is likely to roll a fair bit. 

Sand traps are carefully-placed throughout the holes. The greens are fast and tricky to read, so you’ll need to be precise and patient. There’s also constantly a coastal wind, which may be mild or could be wild, it just depends on the day. 

Holes 6, 9, 10, and 11 offer the most spectacular views, but be careful because a wayward ball will be lost forever! 

Caguas Real Golf & Country Club 

Caguas Real Golf and Country Club is a real hidden gem. This public course is absolutely gorgeous, and while there’s no sea view here, the course is completely surrounded by mountains, giving it a tranquil, hideaway feeling. 

The course starts off a little slower, but don’t let the quiet front 9 fool you. On the signature 4th hole, you tee off of an elevated tee down to the fairway more than 30 feet below, which then goes into a dogleg. 

It’s a thoughtful course that’s every bit as beautiful as it is fun to play. The green fees are also extremely reasonable so if you’re in the area, it’s well worth the visit. 

About the Author

Jordan Fuller is a retired golfer who has played on golf courses across the world. When he’s not working on his game on the course or driving range, he’s researching and writing for his own website, Golf Influence

Monday, April 18, 2022

Exercise for Diabetics

 diabetes and exercise

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

The two most common forms of diabetes are referred to as Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes, also known as adolescent diabetes, differs from Type 2 in that the body stops producing insulin altogether. Type 2 diabetes is generally diagnosed in older adults and occurs as the body stops producing enough insulin or the individual becomes resistant to their own insulin.

With either form of diabetes, we lose our ability to adequately utilize sugar. Blood sugar levels increase due to the body's difficulty in transporting sugar into the cells and out of the blood stream. There are various ways to lower blood sugar levels including exercise, diet, and medications.

Exercise is a very important part of diabetic management for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. For the Type 1 diabetic, regular exercise helps to maintain insulin sensitivity, helps prevent accumulation of excess weight, and increases the use of glucose by muscles, thereby lower blood sugar levels. While there is currently no way to prevent Type 1 diabetes, it may be possible to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

Exercise and Preventing the Onset of Type2 Diabetes

Things to consider when attempting to prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes are regular exercise, supplementation with vitamins and herbs that help prevent insulin resistance, and proper weight control.

Exercise not only helps directly in diabetic management by lowering blood sugar levels and maintaining insulin sensitivity, but also helps minimize many of the complications that can arise in a diabetic individual. Studies have shown that walking for 30 minutes per day can substantially diminish the possibility of developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetics tend to develop circulatory problems and exercise can certainly help lower blood pressure and improve circulation throughout the body. Since individuals with diabetes tend to have poor blood flow to their lower extremities and feet, better circulation is of great benefit.

There are some risks associated with exercise, but the potential benefits greatly outweigh the risks. Since exercise does lower blood sugar levels, people with diabetes should measure their blood sugar both before and after exercising. Since your body uses more sugar while exercising and makes you more sensitive to insulin, there is a risk of blood sugar becoming too low and causing hypoglycemia.

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Let Others Know You are Diabetic When Exercising

When exercising it is important to let others know that you are diabetic. They should be informed what to do in case of hypoglycemia. You should always carry candy or fruit juice to treat low blood sugar levels should they occur. During and after exercise sessions, you should pay close attention to how you feel since rapid heart beat, increased sweating, feeling shaky, or hunger can signal that your blood sugar levels are becoming too low.

Exercise is a critical part of diabetic management and treatment. Exercise helps blood sugar control when the muscles use more glucose and the body become more sensitive to insulin. Exercise also helps to prevent and minimize common diabetic complications including heart problems, high blood pressure and circulatory deficiencies. All diabetics should include a regular exercise program as part of their overall management plan.

Friday, April 15, 2022

Puerto Rico Casinos


The Condado Plaza Hotel Resort and Casino

Popular Puerto Rico Casinos

The commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a territory of the United States, is a popular vacation destination for people all over the world, and Puerto Rico casinos fit in well with the whole exciting and glamorous image. Visitors to Puerto Rico give a high rating to its hotel casinos, and consistently call them some of the most exciting gaming places to visit along the Caribbean.

Puerto Rico casinos are strictly regulated by the local government, and are only allowed to operate in hotels. This is a big plus for vacationers, since it means that almost every major casino comes with luxury accommodations, top-notch entertainment, and some of the finest dining anywhere.

Some of the most popular Puerto Rico casinos are located in San Juan, a major Puerto Rican port and arguably the most popular resort spot for those vacationing in the area. The Condado Plaza Hotel Resort and Casino in San Juan offers patrons luxury ocean-front accommodations in a beautiful island setting, with a casino that is opened twenty-four hours per day. The Condado Plaza casino consists of 12,500 square feet of gaming space, with 400 slot machines and several gaming tables, live entertainment, and a restaurant and lounge. The Radisson Ambassador Plaza Hotel and Casino San Juan offers a smaller casino than the Condado at 9000 square feet, but it is no less luxurious or exciting. Along with the top-rated accommodations offered by the hotel, the casino gives patrons a choice of 500 different slot machines to play at, plus several tables offering such games as blackjack, roulette, several different types of poker games, and craps.

Hotel Casinos

Other famous hotel casinos in Puerto Rico include the Holiday Inn Ponce and Tropical Casino, located in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and the Mayaguez Resort and Casino located on the west coast in the city of Mayaguez. The Ponce and Tropical casino resort is located high up on a mountain, and offers patrons a spectacular view of the historic city of Ponce as well as the beautiful Caribbean ocean. Visitors rate the twenty-four hour casino as fun and exciting, and say that it is a treat to play at the slot machines or table games while enjoying the music coming from the piano bar. The Mayaguez Resort and Casino offers patrons exciting gaming in the form of slot machines and video poker machines, as well as table games such as baccarat, blackjack, roulette, and craps.

With all that there is to do on vacation in Puerto Rico, the variety of outstanding Puerto Rico casinos to choose from is just another added benefit that makes this vacation destination memorable.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The Coffee Bean


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The Coffee Bean

Coffee is a beverage, served hot or with ice, with or without cream and sugar, prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant. These seeds are almost always called the coffee bean. Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in adults today.

The coffee bean, itself, contains chemicals which are mind-altering (in a way some find pleasing) to humans as a coincidental result of their defense mechanism; those chemicals are toxic in large doses, or even in their normal amount when consumed by many creatures which may otherwise have threatened the coffee beans in the wild.

A coffee bean from two different places usually have distinctive characteristics such as flavor (flavor criteria includes terms such as "citrus-like" or "earthy"), caffeine content, body or mouthfeel, and acidity. These are dependent on the local environment where the coffee plants are grown, their method of process, and the genetic subspecies or varietal.

Arabica Coffee Beans

Some well-known arabica coffee beans include:

* Colombian - Coffee was first introduced to the country of Colombia in the early 1800's. Today Maragogype, Caturra, Typica and Bourbon cultivars are grown. When Colombian coffee is freshly roasted it has a bright acidity, is heavy in body and is intensely aromatic. Colombia produces about 12% of the coffee in the world, second only to Brazil.

* Colombian Milds - Includes coffees from Colombia, Kenya, and Tanzania, all of which are washed arabicas.

* Costa Rican Tarrazu - from the Tarrazu Valley in the highlands outside of San José, archetypal estate coffee is La Minita.

* Guatemala Huehuetenango - Grown at over 5000 feet in the northern region, one of the most remote growing regions in Guatemala

* Ethiopian Harrar — from the region of Harar, Ethiopia

* Ethiopian Yirgacheffe — from the area of the town of Yirga Cheffe in the Sidamo (now Oromia) region of Ethiopia

* Hawaiian Kona — grown on the slopes of Hualalai in the Kona District on the Big Island of Hawaii.

* Jamaican Blue Mountain — From the Blue Mountain region of Jamaica. Due to its popularity, it fetches a high price in the market.

* Java — from the island of Java, in Indonesia. This coffee was once so widely traded that "java" became a slang term for coffee

Coffee Bean Varieties

Some coffee bean varieties are so well-known and so in-demand that they are far more expensive than others. Jamaican Blue Mountain and Hawaiian Kona coffees are perhaps the most prominent examples. Often these coffee beans are blended with other, less expensive coffee beans and the suffix "blend" added to the labelling, such as "Blue Mountain blend" or "Kona blend" even though they only contain a small amount of the coffee bean mentioned.

One unusual and very expensive variety of robusta is the Indonesian Kopi Luwak and the Philippine Kape Alamid. The coffee bean is collected from the droppings of the Common Palm Civet, whose digestive processes give it a distinctive flavor.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Cardiovascular Training for Excellent Health


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Aerobic Exercise

Everyone on the planet has to have aerobic exercise. A healthy constitution and quality way of life requires it. It has a lot of perks and will make you perform improved in all areas of your life. So why should you do aerobic exercise?

Aerobic exercise is beneficial to you by developing the lungs to be stronger by boosting levels of oxygen to the body and the heart by helping it to use that oxygen more efficiently. The word aerobic translates to with oxygen, or with air. Exercise that is less intense and longer in duration is aerobic. With aerobic sessions, an athlete implements the same big muscle area in a steady motion for between fifteen and thirty. A maximum heart rate of about sixty to eighty % is the goal to maintain. Swimming, cycling, light running, and walking are some examples of aerobic exercises. These exercises should be able to be done without someone breathing hard. If you cannot carry on a short conversation while working out, you may be moving it up a level by anaerobically exercising.

Muscle Groups

Muscle groups get extra blood and oxygen from the body during an aerobic exercise session. Halting all of a sudden in the midst of an aerobic session is not a wise move. This can lead to dizziness and muscular cramping. After a fairly intense work out, a cool off session is usually a wise idea. Moving in place for a few minutes is a good idea if somebody gets too exhausted during a work out session. Anaerobic exercise is different from aerobic in that it is usually shorter in time span and greater in intensity. With anaerobics the body wears down faster and muscles build more quickly. Football, soccer, skiing, basketball, and weight lifting are sports considered anaerobic exercises. Sprinting or running is another example. Anaerobic exercise will escalate the chances of the body being sore.

Working a certain group of muscles for a specific amount of time to reach your target heart rate is the point of aerobic exercise. This exercises the heart out better and has the body expend more calories. The aerobic curve is something some people will often hit. This is when you begin working out and elevate your intensity to the max then slow down gradually. Keeping a continuous heart rate is more efficient. The lungs and heart endure longer and work more efficiently when they are trained. People who perform aerobic exercise on a steady basis will have to exercise longer to achieve their target heart rate as their stamina increases. People that are only beginning will achieve their target heart rate quickly until their body gets adjusted to the exercise.

Benefits of Aerobic Exercise


Aerobic exercise has so many benefits that it is strange to imagine that we often fail to take the time to do it for ourselves. It controls and lowers body fat, expands our whole endurance, gives us more energy, aids our resistance to tiredness, develops our muscles, and increases our lean body mass. It also aids us mentally by lifting mood, lowering anxiety, reducing depression, reducing tension, and making us sleep better at night. Who can't benefit a bit from all that? These are advantages that people would all use.

An aerobics class might be a good beginning for people who want to reap the rewards of aerobic exercise and aren't sure how to begin. In an aerobics class, you can do higher or lower intensity exercise. The class instructor should be able to show class members how to do these moves either way. How much you carry your limbs up during the aerobic session is how the intensity is measured. Athletes must perform at the level of intensity pertaining to their level of fitness and the frequency of their exercise sessions.

This type exercise is without a doubt essential for cardiovascular fitness even though it may be a little hard at first. A good body requires regular cardiovascular sessions and is a continuous process. People who have already achieved good cardiovascular condition can keep this by exercising a minimum of three times a week. Four to five intervals a week should be the intervals of people who are attempting to lose weight and elevate their level of health.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

What Is Tarot Astrology?

Tarot Cards

Tarot Astrology

Tarot astrology is the system through which a reading of the cards in a tarot deck help you through troubled times by offering a reflection on your past, present and future. Tarot is closely associated with astrology as each card relates to a planet, element, or astrological sign.

Tarot cards are used for divination, often known as fortune telling. But, many psychologists have used them as well, feeling that the cards often make patients delve in to how they feel about themselves. This is done through the subconscious. For example, let’s say you know work is not going well, but you do not allow yourself to think about it. Getting a tarot card reading that shows you need to change occupations is not really telling your future so much as it is making you face what is really going on in your life.

Tarot Card Deck

A tarot card deck consists of 78 cards that fall into two distinctive parts. The first part is called the Major Arcana. This part of the deck has 22 cards, 21 suitless cards referred to as trumps and one card called The Fool. It is believed that these cards represent different stages of life that we go through. Many are recognizable such as the Magician (associated with the planet Mercury), the Lovers (associated with the astrological sign Gemini), and the Death card (associated with Scorpio).

The other 56 cards are in the Minor Arcana. Arcana is taken from the Latin word “akanum,” meaning secret. The Minor Arcana is divided into four suits, just like regular playing cards. The four suits are the Cups, the Wands, the Swords, and the Pentacles. Each of these cards represents a certain element of the Earth and is associated with certain astrological signs. The Cups represent water and are associated most closely with Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. The Cups stand for emotions, spirituality, and the unconsciousness. The Wands represent fire and are associated with Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. The Wands stand for action, creativeness, and personal growth. The Swords represent air and are associated with Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius. The Swords stand for the mind, intelligence, and knowledge. The final suit, the Pentacles, represents earth itself and is associated with Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. The Pentacles stand for the physique, bodily experiences, and practicality. In addition to the four suits, there are also Court cards including the King, Queen, Prince, and Princess for each suit.

The Minor Arcana

The Minor Arcana cards provide more details to the Major Arcana cards. The Major Arcana gives an individual direction and information about their personal life and emotional and mental state. The Minor Arcana cards offer additional guidance in areas such as relationships, activities, failures, and successes. The Major Arcana cards are seen as more spiritual while the Minor Arcana cards are seen as material.

Over the years, the interpretation of the cards has evolved. Modern decks of tarot cards are much more expressive that then earlier version, due in part to the pictures being more closely associated with their meaning. Tarot readers prize their cards and often will not let others touch them as they are viewed as sacred tools of their trade. Many card sets are often viewed as works of art because of the detailed pictures on each one.

Tarot Reading

Tarot Card Readings

Finding a psychic for a tarot reading is easy. If you are looking to visit a psychic in person, check in your local Yellow Pages under Psychic. If you live in a remote area or are leery of visiting a psychic in person, you can also get tarot card readings online. If you use your favorite Internet search engine to search on “free tarot reading,” you will find many sites appear. If you are leery that free readings might not be as accurate as paid reading, you can also find online psychics who will charge to do a reading. Some psychics will base their charges on how many questions you wish to ask about the reading while some will just charge a flat fee for so many minutes.

Whether you get a tarot card reading online or in person, there are several things you should keep in mind. The tarot card reading should not scare you, but rather give you a better understanding of yourself. They will help you with not only what your future holds, but also what is presently going on in your life. You should leave the reading with a positive attitude and feeling enlightened.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Basic Understanding of Astrology & Horoscopes


Astrology existed since time began. Through the study of the planets and signs of the zodiac your future can be forecasted and an understanding of your real self can be known. This is commonly known as horoscopes.

At your exact time of birth all the planets, the moon and sun are in a certain pattern, this can be thought of as a birth chart or natal chart and can be used to discover your personality and pathway. Some see this chart as an interpretation of the life that is to be lived before you and the challenges that you will have to overcome. As your main reason for your existence is to learn and gain experience the birth chart can help explain what these experiences will be. It can also explain lessons to be learned and issues that will need to be faced in certain areas of a person's life. But what ever these may be it is important to remember that all of the lessons and trials you will experience are there to aid you in your growth and further you in life's experience.

You will also be able to see strengths that you have to aid you, these strengths are normally in areas you have already mastered and like the new strengths you acquire in this life will be there to help you forever.

Through the use of the information contained in your horoscope you can also obtain information on why you behave the way you do and why you are drawn to certain types of work and people.
By understanding your self better you can make greater use of the things you are good at performing and have a more in depth idea of the things you don't. This can be of great benefit in showing us the right path rather than us taking years to find it ourselves.

A horoscope can never show how you are going to "play" this hand. While you usually have freedom of choice or free will, the horoscope does reflect natural inclinations that you have to live with, lessons you have to learn, issues to be faced, and problems to be solved.

The horoscope can also be useful when you require a better understanding about others around you. You can discover just what makes them act the way they do and whet would really make them happy. It can also be interesting to find out why they act the way they do. While astrology can provide incredible keys to understanding, but it doesn't provide clear and simplistic answers to any problems with which you may be dealing.

What ever your use of the horoscope and astrology, the information will give you an insight into a world that you may have little knowledge of and provide a valuable source of information. In continuing you can take various paths depending on the information you seek and the time you wish to spend on it.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Florida Puerto Rican Parade and Festival



After a couple of years of interruptions by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2022 Parade and Festival returns to its original date in April. It will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022, along Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando. The parade is dedicated to the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico’s second-largest city well-known as the “Pearl of the South.” It is located on the island’s southern coast highlighted by its historical and cultural downtown. Throughout the years many Poncenos have achieved notable recognition in and out of Puerto Rico. It is the home of a rich musical and performers history, and the hub of economic activity in the southwest of the island.

The theme of the Parade is “Education…Pathway to the Future” and will highlight educational professionals that constantly strive and are committed to educate and develop opportunities for the community, specifically our youth.

Florida Puerto Rican Parade and Festival

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Why You Need To Keep A Household Budget

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We work hard to earn a living. We should make sure we spend the money we bring home wisely. That’s where a household budget comes in. It’s a good tool to see at a glance what we have coming in, what’s going out (and what that money is paying for) and if there’s anything left at the end of the month to put into savings.

Before we dive into exactly what a budget can do for us, let’s consider for a minute what will happen if we’re not tracking income and expenses. We may end up spending more than we’re making in a given month (or two, or three). Over time that can put us into some pretty hot water financially. We may also spend a lot more than we’d like to believe on things like eating out, going to the movies or new clothes.

Having a budget gives us more control over where we want to really spend our hard earned cash. Maybe that’s dinner and a movie, but maybe it isn’t. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an actual choice?

It Tracks Where Your Money Is Going

A budget simply tracks your money. You record where the money comes from each month (your income) and then write out everything you spend it on, starting with your regular monthly bills like mortgage or rent, car payments, utility bills etc. What’s left after all the bills are paid is your discretional income.

Helps You Identify Things You Waste Money On

Having it all in front of you in black and white helps you identify things you’re wasting your money on.

It makes you reconsider if you really want to spend well over $200 a month on Cable TV or $150 on your large cell phone plan. Or how about that yearly magazine subscription to something you no longer read? Go through your expenses and reevaluate if this is REALLY how you want to spend your pay check.

Allows You To Be Proactive About Savings

Saving money without a budget is hard. We go in with the best of intentions at the beginning of the month, but somehow there isn’t anything left at the end of the month.

A budget gives you a chance to be a bit more proactive. Set aside some money for savings at the beginning of the month, even if it’s just $20. Put it in the budget as a regular expense, just like you do with your other urgent bills. If you need to, open a separate savings account so you’re not tempted to spend it.

Ensures You’re Not Spending More Than You’re Making

Most importantly, your budget will keep you on track and help you make sure you’re not spending more than you’re making. And I don’t have to tell you that that’s pretty important for your financial wellbeing.