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They also had their lives up-ended.

Yup! You did not ask for your folks to get divorced. Despite all of the arguing, yelling, and slamming of doors, they were still your parents! For better or worse. You were one of the 'lucky ones', you thought, because you did have an intact family. No one needed to know what happened behind closed doors!
Well, they divorced. And now your custodial parent has remarried. Some 'jerk' or 'bimbo'. And, to make matters worse, they brought with them into your home, their kids from some other relationship. You're supposed to become a family like that show from the olden days: The Brady Bunch. - Well, that will never happen, you vow!

Newsflash! These kids didn't ask for their parents to split. Or, for their custodial parent to marry yours. Did they have a choice as to where they lived? And with whom? I think not!
Do you really imagine that they relish the idea of sharing a home, even a bedroom and bathroom with you?

So what should you do? How about begin by realizing that you owe it to your parent to make an effort to get along with these stepsiblings. How? Try showing respect and common courtesy. Talk with them about how difficult this situation is for you. Ask them how they feel. (Don't assume that you know what's going on inside of them.)
Take things slowly. Think of it as growing a friendship with someone who might well be in your life longer than your first high school crush or your current best friend.

Down the road, you might discover some common ground. Perhaps end up confiding in them. Having fun together. Realizing that they are not 'the enemy'.

No one likes his or her life upended. Let alone having a move forced upon them.
So help yourself, these new kids, and the rest of your new family to adjust to your new reality. (If you end up never liking them, remember that eventually you will each move on with your own lives, having only to be civil at the holidays or other 'family special occasions'.)

'Nuff said.

10 Foods You'll Never Buy Again After Knowing How They Are Made

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'I HAVE A DREAM' - An important piece of history and our lives, now.

Click here: Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream Speech

Massive Open Online Courses

These free, online courses are offered in 1,000's of topics. Offered largely by institutions of higher education, including the likes of MIT.
Learn a bit about them from the videos below. Then, Google 'MOOC'.
It might be something that will lead to great and positive changes in your life!

What is a MOOC?
By Dave Cormier


Success in a MOOC
By Dave Cormier



2017 Garey High School Christmas Celebration Concert Highlights

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Salpointe Catholic High School 2017 Annual Christmas Video

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Hanukkah Song Mashup - Dance Spectacular! - Elliot Dvorin | Key Tov Orchestra - שירי חנוכה

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The Maccabeats - Candles on the Sill - Hanukkah

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A Sensitive Topic

Everywhere you look these days you will see or hear something about the men who have been abusing women whom you thought would never be the target of predators. Famous actresses and singers. Even males have been sexually abused.
Harassment knows no bounds.

You will not always be able to avoid sexual harassment. Yet, you should avoid putting yourself in dangerous situations, if you can.
Pamela Anderson is an actress of TV and film fame. Years back, many teens had her poster from the original Baywatch TV show on their bedroom wall. Yet, who knew back then that she had been sexually abused by both genders, when growing up. Despite that and knowing how painful an experience it is, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually, Ms. Anderson also knows that you need to practice some 'common sense'.
You wouldn't want to leave your car keys in the ignition with the windows open while you go shopping at the mall, because you recognize signs of potential problems. Use your 'Spidey' sense in other areas of your life, as well.

Remember 'Stranger Danger' that parents taught you? Warning signs of pedophiles seeking to prey on children? Well, even when you become older, an adult, there are often warning signs that could possibly protect you. - Ms. Anderson, for example, says that if someone invites you to a meeting, at night, in a hotel, then opens the door attirted in a bathrobe, the odds are that they have more than work on their mind. - Likewise, strangers online who vow to always love you, even though you have never even met, are probably planning to harm you in some way.

Bottom-line, realize that sometimes things happen that we cannot foresee. But, there are also often signs of danger that are tempting to ignore: Don't.


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10 Things Body Language Says About You

The level of accuracy presented here might be disputed by some. I personally believe that much of it is probably 'right on'.
What do you think?


Give It A Second Thought

You've completed approximately 2 months of college. It's been a tremendous adjustment for you. And, perhaps not an easy one. Or one that you have yet to meet, successfully.

Some of you have found the stresses of being on your own to be overwhelming.
You have to be certain to eat. You need to do your own cleaning and laundry. Then there are classes to attend, homework and studying to do, and choices to make. Choices such as: Staying up late or going to bed in order to be rested. To party or not to party. Whom to hang out with. Do you drink alcohol or not? Take drugs or not? Have sex ort not? Getting along with a roommate can be a hassle.

Weight gain or loss is a big issue for many students, especially freshmen. Avoiding anorexia or bulemia can be awfully difficult. Just as not giving in to binge eating can be.

Dating is often considered to be a rite of passage for college students. But, what if you truly are not ready or interested in doing so. There's a huge amount of peer pressure in this and other areas of your life.

What can and should you do about these pressing and life-altering issues? Well, one thought would be to communicate with your folks. Yet, for many of you, this can be or at least feel impossible. So, perhaps you should look into the college counseling center. Don't think that there is a stigma to avaoid. You would be surprised by how many of your peers have gone that route. - For some of you, there is a peer counseling center handy. I remember being a college peer counselor back in the... Well, we'll skip that. But the fact is that free or sliding fee scale services are available at almost any college/university. Also, don't overlook any religious counseling that might be available for you. - Then, there are free/inexpensive health centers in almost every college town.

The choice is obviously yours to make. I simply urge you to consider your stress levels and what counseling might help you with. - I wish you the best in life.


Stalking is a serious problem for many of you. It should not be taken lightly.
Check out this advice offered by the U.S. Justice Department.

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Separating Job Scams From Legit Job Offers

College expenses are high. And loans can 'swallow' future earnings, if you are not careful.

So, it's natural to try checking out online/work from your dorm job opportunities. But you really need to be careful. Extremely few (emphasis on the words 'extremely few') of these offers are legit.

Take a few minutes to watch this video. It could save you time and money!!

8 Tell-Tale Signs of a Job Scam

No Such Thing as a 'Perfect Body'

Every gal, guy, woman, and man should read and see this.

Advice for the College Student - Follow or Not - Your Decision

The 8 Habits of 4.0 Students


Please Don't Give This Away

Okay. You've heard this before. And you dismissaed it as 'Those girls were just being foolish. Their boyfreinds were jerks. But my boyfriend really loves me." --  He loves your body. He would never betray you. He wanted the sexy and nude photos of you so that he could always think of your warm body and hot passion for him, alone.

Well, the many Burrillville High School girls who sent their guys nude photos have discovered that the very personal photos appeared in Dropbox where many boys got to gawk at them, at you.

Never allow yourself to disrespect who you are. Whether or not you want to hear this, you have not had enough life experiences to know true love. In time you will be there! But not yet. The same goes for guys at this age. - It's okay to date, now. But nude photos and sex should not be on the table. Not yet.

By the way, you guys can be duped just as easily. So that the above advice applies to you, as well. Heed it, please. For your own sake.

Following are a very few of the many known instances of this problem. And they are only the tip of the iceberg.




'The Dark Side of the Sun'

So, it's beach weather, at last! And, you're ready for some serious sun.

While it's great to get the rays, you need to be very careful no to burn. And more than that, even tans can lead to serious problems. - Don't believe me? Well, you could check out the American Cancer Society that states more than half of the million new cases of skin cancers diagnosed each year are the result of too much outdoor tanning. Even dark skinned people can get skin cancer as a resault of too much sun.

Dear 16-year-old Me

The following advice is from the media-acclaimed book, TEENS! IMPROVE YOUR LIFE - DON'T OVERLOOK THE OBVIOUS, available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers!

Personal hygiene matters.
And, should.


Will prepare you
For only part of adult life.
Personal experiences
And the advice of others
Will help to fill the gap.


If you want a pet
Do not expect your parents
To be it's primary caretaker.


By Russell Irving

You're right!
Parents do 'owe you'. - A number of things, based upon your state's (or other government entity's) laws, as well as morally.

But, that said, there are limits. And, guidelines that they are entitled to establish. - No different in theory, than the limits that you set with others in your life, now, and will continue to do in your future.
But first...

You do deserve parental respect. - How much and when depends in part upon your behavior. As you might disrespect a parent for ignoring you, doing drugs, yelling, ignoring all of your requests,... They have the right to ignore at least some of your expectations when you act out. Or, otherwise show them and siblings, disrespect.

Your parents are not obligated to tolerate bad behavior. But, they should not abuse you, as a consequence of it, either. (If you are abused, seek help from an adult professional.)

Parents (gulp!) do not owe you an iPad, expensive sneakers, an Android phone, a flat screen TV in your bedroom... If they give it to you, then show appreciation. And not simply a mumbled, 'Thank you.'
Parents might choose to spoil you, but the rest of the world will not. So, your folks do you little good when they give in to all of your requests, demands, or desires.

Everyone has stress in their life. So, as you want them to hear about your crappy day or the guy or gal who dumped you, ignored you, threw a slushy at you,... They might appreciate it if you cut them some slack when they had a lousy day. (They don't have to burden you with the details.)
Now, what is stressful and worthy of your time or theirs does not have to make sense to either one of you. But, because it is important to them or you, it is important. Period.

If they turn down a request, know that pouting, yelling, or otherwise throwing a temper tantrum is not likely to make them change their mind or believe that you are maturing.

Having step-siblings might 'rot', in your mind. But, realize that they did not choose you or your parent, either! They might well wish for their 'old', intact family.
So, instead of treating them like dirt, try being nice. It might take a bit of doing. Especially, if they were the ones who had to give up their old home and neighborhood friends in order to live with you and your biological parent.

Unless required by law, parents do not owe you a free, college or vocational school education. If they do provide one, be ever so grateful and don't blow the chance. (Unless there are real, serious reasons to drop out. And, speak with them about it first/ get some professional guidance.) Especially in this economy, consider such things as getting scholarships, working part-time (yes, non-losers do this), living at home, or going to a less expensive college.

Think about your requests for material goods. What might your folks have to sacrifice in order to buy them? If they use credit cards, the item will ultimately cost them more $ in the long run. Will they forgo clothes for themselves or medicine or... simply so that you can have the latest high-tech toy or outfit?

Don't think for a moment that I'm recommending that you live a life that 'sucks'.
I simply want you to think of your family and parents' obligations to you... And, yours to them... In a different light than you probably have thought of them, before.
Because grasping 'reality' now and developing skills to deal with it can serve you so well in your future life.

'Nuff said!

Breast Implants and Labia Surgery for Graduation??

What's wrong with your body? Are you too short? Too tall? Your nose too big? How about your breasts? Even your labia?
Well, I know that some of you will be graduating, soon, and have asked for the gift of plastic surgery. Perhaps some of your friends have had it done. Perhaps others have suggested it to you. Or, you simply look at models and media stars and have decided that in order to succeed in life, including romantically, you need to go under the knife (as they say).

Well, I'm here to ask you to reconsider that. No one needs to remind hat the money spent on the surgery could get you some other things that you desire or even go toward furthering your education or that first apartment. But there are also great risks to your life. Yes, some have died after the surgeries. But, more often than that, the surgery can go wrong. All you have to do is use Google, Bing, or some other search engine to find out. YouTube has it's share of women whose face or form appears disfigured or simply gross, Then there is the fact that some breast implants have to be replaced approx. every 10 years! Imagine having to go through that financially and physically, again and again!

Allow me to share a little secret. Men don't only want a woman with large breasts. I know! That's what a lot of teen boys will say they want in a woman. And, maybe at that moment they think that they do. But, the reality is that for every build, there is someone who will desire you. I remember back in college there was a student who had very small breasts. And, most of her friends seemed to be fairly 'well-endowed'. Yet, she was very popular with the guys. One day, someone in our group of friends asked her if she was self-conscious about her breasts. She quickly responded that she had been for years. Then one day, her young brother blurted out that he knew why they were so small: So many guys wanted to hug her that they didn't have a chance to grow!
Now, we can laugh at that, but the reality is that She was popular. Because of who she was. And, the fact is that many people prefer someone who is not large. While others do. Look at models and movie stars. You will find a large assortment of shapes and sizes.

Now, for the labia. You would be hard-pressed to find many women who are pleased with it's shape or size. But, other than juvenile guys, men who are inlove could care less about how it looks. And, do you or should you be obsessing about it? Really! And, I know that some of you are concerned because you want to sext photos or videos of yourself. Well, don't! It's stupid and demeaning. Plus it can be dangerous or have serious consequences. Think of the stars and teens whose photos that they thought would only be seen by a boyfriend, somehow gets shared online or throughout a school. Aside from the fact that many teens are being charged with sharing  pornography and have to register as sex offenders. All, in all, a simply terrible idea.

A prom to remember: Teens battling cancer dance night away


Teen dads: the reality show we need | Cameron Logsdon | TEDxUNO

Check out this heartfelt talk by a teen father. Young men whom often do not have a 'public'/media voice.

Check it out here.

Who Would Have Thought?

Of course, social media and competitions can be great! But, there is also a darker and very seriously dangerous side to these, as well.

Too many teens are playing a bizarre, 'stamina activity' involving ordinary erasers. The idea is to see if you could recite the alphabet (or something else) while rubbing away at your skin. The person with the biggest wound is the person who will win the challenge.

How about not giving yourself serious, potentially life threatening wounds (that can become greatly infected), and keep those erasers as a symbol of school life before Delete keys could wipe away an incorrect answer?

Talent! It's Everywhere!


And: Sofie Dossi: Teen Contortionist Captivates in Shining Performance - America's Got Talent 2016

And: Incredible Boy Plays Street Piano in New Orleans

And: Reluctant Teen Singer Goes Viral

Check out this SPRING BREAK 'GUIDE' !

Spring Break Dangers Are Many
Please Do Not Take Them Lightly

College students, nationwide, traditionally, look forward to letting loose during that annual time known as 'Spring Break'.
Now, far be it from us to want students stressed out and unable to relax and have some fun. However, the type of fun makes all the difference in the world.
Aside from the obvious warnings about rape, drug & alcohol abuse, reckless driving... There needs to be caution exercised about where one goes to vacation.

The U.S. State Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and Stratfor (a global intelligence business), among others, continue to warn Americans about the dangers of traveling to Mexico.
Yes, much of the violence appears to be tied to the drug cartels and political power. Yet, innocent foreign travelers have not been immune from falling victim to some of the horrors that have spoiled much of Mexico's beauty and centers of attraction. Acapulco, Cancun, and other tourist locales cannot be looked at as being perfectly safe.
So please, use common sense. Wherever you choose to go.

Please Don't Make This Impulsive Decision, Possible Mistake

It's started! College decisions arriving in the mail.
Do you open the envelope? Are you correct in judging what thin or thick envelopes mean?

Well, for many of you, there will be a decision to make: Do you go to that gorgeous, far-from-home campus? The one with the cute guys, sexy girls, with a great night life... Or, commute to the local university that can be reached by bus/subway, and means that you won't be partying in your house?

Well, let's think about it. 4 or 6 years at an expensive/country club-type of school or the same time at an 'okay'-sort of one?
#1 Do you want to carry a lot of student loan debt? Think about your career path's earning's potential. If your chosen path likely pays $35,000 to $40,000, how long will it take you to pay off a total of $100,000 versus $40,000?

#2 Will you earn more by going to an expensive, privae college than an inexpensive state one? Well, studies seem to show that with few exceptions, students of similar skill levels, motivation, and potential, will earn approximately the same amount of money over time.

#3 "But the private school is giving me a scholarship whereas the other one is not giving me much in the way of financial aide!" But, is that aid guaranteed for the entire time that you plan to attenbd school there? What happens if your GPA drops, or you become injured and can no longer play sports, or you want to change your major?

#4 Will there still be a large shortfall to make up, even with the large financial aid package?

#5 Yes, the fancy school has lots of nightlife to offer you. But do you have the will power to ignoe it enough times so that your studies do not suffer?

#6 Often, many or most students at expensive colleges come from families where money is of little or no shortage. Even with financial aid, would you be able to afford a proper room and board situation? How about sufficient spending money to enjoy that night life/recreational time with the others? Would you be ordering a cup of soup while they order a 3 course meal?

#7 Are you aware of the famous people who went to state or similar, reasonably-priced colleges? - Ones such as: Sam Shepard, the playwright and film director. - Oprah Winfrey, the 'One-and-Only' billionaire, TV star, movie star, and so much more! - Jim Lehrer, network news anchor. - Billy Crystal, comedian and actor. - Debra Reed, Chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy. - George Lucas of Star Wars fame. - Marillyn Hewson, CEO, Chairman, and President of Lockheed Martin. - Dr. Phil McGraw, talk show host, author, jury consultant. - Michael Jordan, basketball star. - Eileen Collins, the first female pilot and first female commander of a space shuttle mission. - The list could go on and on...

Bottom-line? Think carefully when faced with this decision. Think of all those who came before you and are living in their parents' basement or struggling for years to pay off a great debt that could have been avoided. Think of how many great professors and facilities there are in less-expensive colleges. Just take a deep breath and think long and hard before making your decision.

'Nuff said!

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There are many, many videos and books and articles covering techniques for memorizing all sorts of information. Well, this is one of the best of them. It has had approx. 5.5 million views on YouTube. Imagine that!


Whatever your or your family and friends' views of President Trump,
he is the current and 45th American President. Watch history in the making.

The 58th Presidential Inauguration of
Donald J. Trump (Full Video) | NBC News

Instagram's Terms of Service Policy Explained

Most adults do not understand what websites' Terms of Service or Privacy Policies mean. In general or for them, personally. And, they would be shocked if they understood what they have agreed to.

So, don't be surprised by what you might not understand, yourself, regarding these policies.

Jenny Afia, a lawyer based in London, has decided to help Tweens and Teens to understand at least one of the most popular website's Terms of Service. The policy is over 5,000 words long!

Check out Ms. Afia's explanation of these terms here.

Tips on how to grow long, healthy nails
Author: Donna Kelly

Let's be honest, a beautiful set of, long, natural healthy nails looks classy and sexy. Immaculately manicured long nails say a lot about your personal style and confidence. We know growing long, healthy nails can be a challenge. Our simple tips show how you too can have a beautiful set of long natural nails.

First a quick biology lesson:
Your nails grow from the area under your cuticle called the matrix. The matrix is the living part of the nail. Your cuticle is the layer of skin that protects the matrix so the cuticle is very important for nail health and growth. As new nail cells grow in the matrix, older nail cells are pushed out toward your fingertips and become hard and compacted. Heredity and health determine how fast nails grow but nails typically grow about 0.1 millimeter a day, which means that it takes a fingernail about four to six months to fully regenerate. Healthy nails are smooth, without ridges or grooves. They're uniform in colour and consistency and free of spots or discoloration.

Did you know: Nails grow faster in the summer than in the winter, nails on your dominant hand grow faster, and men's nails grow more quickly than women's, except when a woman is pregnant when nail growth speeds up.

How long should my nails be ?
This is obviously very much a matter of personal choice but a couple of things to bear in mind:

The optimum practical length for your nails depends on your activities and your lifestyle. In general the nail tip should extend no further than one third of the body of the nail.

Nails break less often when they are all of equal length and shaped square, oval, or round.

Tips on growing, long and healthy natural nails:
Long nails tip 1: Don't use your nails as tools.
Rather than using your nails use other parts of your hand, or a pen, to perform tasks like dialing the phone. Don't pick, poke or scrape with your nails and especially avoid opening soft drink cans with your nails.

Long nails tip 2: Wear gloves.
Detergents are particularly harsh on your nails and can cause splitting and peeling. Wear gloves when washing dishes or cleaning. You should also wear gloves when gardening to protect your nails from infection and prevent dryness, damage, and loss of natural oils.

Long nails tip 3: Don't bit your nails or pick at your cuticles.
Aside from the obvious reason of biting shortening your nails these habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your nail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter the nail bed and cause an infection. Remember your nails grow slowly so an injured nail retains signs of damage for several months.

Long nails tip 4: Look after your cuticles.
The cuticle is a barrier that keeps bacteria from the nail matrix, where new cells are generated, so it should not be cut or trimmed. On the other hand you do want to keep cuticles from becoming overgrown, which suffocates nail growth. If your cuticle has grown out on to the nail plate, after sufficiently softening your cuticles in warm water, very gently use a cuticle pusher to push your cuticles back. As well as pushing your cuticles back this will help to remove dead skin and debris that may have accumulated. Hold the cuticle pusher at an angle, and use tiny circular movements, so that you are as gentle and careful as possible and do not damage the cuticle. When you have finished doesn't forget to moisturize your hands.

Long nails tip 5: Look after your nails.
Trim fingernails and clean under the nails regularly. Use manicure scissors or clippers and a nail file to smooth nail edges. Never pull off hangnails - doing so almost always results in ripping living tissue. Clip hangnails off, leaving a slight angle outward.

Long nails tip 6: Caring for brittle nails.
Trim brittle nails after a bath, or a 15 minute hand soak in bath oil, and then apply a moisturiser. Don't use nail polish remover more than twice a month. Instead, touch up the nail polish. When you do need to use a nail polish remover avoid those that use acetone, which dries out nails. Also consider using a nail strengthener and growth formula.

Long nails tip 7: The role of diet.
Unless your diet is deficient in protein and vitamins dietary changes that supposedly strengthen nails won't work. Your nails can however offer telltale signs of dietary problems such as:
Lack of vitamin A and calcium causing dryness and brittleness.
Lack of protein, folic acid and vitamin C causing hang nails
White bands across the nails caused by protein deficiency.
A lack of sufficient hydrochloric acid causing splitting nails.
Insufficient intake of vitamin B12 leading to excessive dryness, very rounded and curved ends and darkening of nails.
Insufficient zinc causing development of white spots on the nails.
Red skin around your cuticles can be caused by poor metabolism of essential fatty acids.
If you are concerned that your diet may not be balanced and healthy you should consult a medical or nutritional professional.

Long nails tip 8: Moisturise your nails.
Nails need moisture just like your hands do. Rub lotion into your nails when moisturising your hands. Be sure to apply moisturiser each time you wash your hands 

Long nails tip 9: Use coloured nail polish.
Use coloured nail polish while you are growing your nails. If you prefer a softer look, try a sheer shade. Coloured nail polish helps you become more aware of your hands and how to use them in a way that keeps your nail polish undamaged and hence your nails protected. It also makes chips easier to spot so that you can make immediate repairs.

Long, beautiful natural nails take commitment and special care to grow and maintain. Be patient, the average nail takes 3 to 6 months to grow.

Frequently asked questions:
My nails are weak. What can I do to strengthen them?
Unfortunately, if you have naturally weak nails then it's probably hereditary and you can't permanently change them. You can, however, do things to make them stronger. Try a nail strengthener and growth formula. Many women are confused about how to use these products, so here are a few tips:
Make sure you apply a thin coat. Because you'll be applying it daily you don't want it to build up too much. If you're at the very beginning stages of growing out your nails only use a strengthener and growth formula on your nail plate and apply it every day. Once your nails start to protrude, and you want to apply nail polish, use the strengthener and growth formula as a base coat and as a top coat.

Why do I have ridges in my nails?
Ridges or corrugations (referred to as beau's lines) in nails occur when nail growth is uneven, usually because of illness or injury. Gentle buffing can minimize ridges. A Ridge Filler will also help to level the nail surface, smoothing out shallow ridges and other imperfections. 

What causes my nails to turn yellow and how can I get rid of the yellow stains?
Darker coloured nail polish can cause a chemical reaction between the nail polish's coloring agent and the nail plate. This can cause nails to develop a yellowish color. While it is different for every person this reaction can occur in a matter of days or within weeks of wearing the nail colour. To prevent nails from yellowing always use a base coat before applying nail polish. Not only will this prevent staining but it can also extend the life of the nail polish. For already yellow nails soak nails in a solution of 1/2 cup of water and the juice of one lemon for up to 15 minutes, once a week

Why are my nails so flaky around the cuticle beds? What causes this?
Unless you have an allergy to something you are handling it is likely to be dryness which is the cause. It is important to correct this since, as mentioned, cuticles are very important for nail health. You should regularly moisturize your cuticles, and hands.

My nails can grow, but after a while they begin to peel and stop growing. What can I do to stop this?
Many women want long, well-shaped nails, but the stresses of daily life and work may make them a challenge to grow. Your nails could potentially benefit from additional protection when they reach more vulnerable lengths. A nail strengthener and growth formula could assist.

What causes thin nails and what can make them stronger?
When your general health is good and you are not handling strong chemicals that might affect the nails, it is likely to be heredity that produces thin nails. Your nails could also potentially benefit from a nail strengthener and growth formula.

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Avoid 7 common mistakes
that will kill your college application

Author: Chelsea Hackett

Getting into college is harder than ever! There are more qualified applicants than ever before and U.S. colleges and universities are seeing record numbers of international applicants. When students apply for college, they are competing against the best applicants from the entire world for limited spaces!

College admissions officers tell us that the strength of the college application is the only way a school can decide between two equally qualified applicants. Students have only the pages of the application to convince college admissions officers why they deserve a place in the incoming freshman class.

College Application Training students know how to avoid 7 common mistakes that will kill your college application:

#1: Thinking of the personal statement as an essay, not as a "personal marketing statement." Remember, these 500 words are the only opportunity you have to completely separate yourself from the rest of the competition. Think of it as a commercial or a movie trailer. Your job is to make the college admissions officers want to "buy" the product – You!

#2: Failing to highlight your personal strengths and particular areas of interest. Many students undersell their accomplishments because they don't think the accomplishments are good enough. Or they do not want to seem like they are bragging. Anything that you have worked hard to achieve should be mentioned…along with your gratitude for your accomplishments.

#3: Failing to proactively address obvious weakness on your record. College admissions officers are looking for reasons to quickly eliminate applicants since it makes their job easier. If you don't proactively address your weaknesses, admissions officers will think that you don't see them as weaknesses, or that you don't care. Either way, you will immediately get put in the "reject" pile. By proactively addressing a weakness, you have a chance to show personal growth and maturity.

#4: Trying to fit yourself into a preconceived mold of a school. College admissions officers are looking to build a diverse and balanced freshman class. Be yourself and be honest about why you want to attend a particular school. Remember, there is no perfect candidate. If you try to be like everyone else at the school, why should you be admitted? Besides, you may just have that special something that the admissions officers are looking for. So don't hide it!

#5: Making basic mistakes such as misspellings and grammar errors. This is the easiest rejection for college admissions officers. A student who submits an application with mistakes must not care enough about getting in to that school. Make sure another person proofreads your application since computer programs often do not catch usage errors. And never forget to sign the application!

#6: Failing to meet deadlines and actively manage the application process. This includes both hard (external) deadlines for the application itself, and soft (internal) for each part of the application, such as requests for recommendations or transcripts. Don't wait until the last minute to complete the applications!

#7: Not creating a compelling story in your personal statement. This writing sample is different than your school assignments. If you structure your personal statement without a compelling "hook," or reason for the admissions officer to read further, you risk getting lost in the crowd. Remember, college admissions officers read thousands of personal statements. What is the "hook" you use to interest the reader?

The successful students of College Application Training have learned how to avoid 7 common mistakes that will kill your college application.

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Sexting, Blackmail, and More...

Sexy! And, they want You!!
They approached you on social media and things started slowly. You established a 'friendship' of sorts. Then, they asked for a photo... Perhaps of your face. They responded about how beautiful or handsome you are. From there, things progressed. Perhaps they offered to send you a photo or two. Boy, were they built! In return, they asked for some sexy photos or videos of you. Sometimes, the request involves nudity or sex acts of some sort.

The problem is that the person on the other end is often no who you think they are. It's probably an older person. Usually, but not always, a man. Then, the blacmail begins. They might request money from you or your parents' credit card info. Other times, they ask for more and more inappropriate photos or videos.

This problem is an international one. Infac, the Unied Kingdom has had almost 1,000 reported instances of blackmail related to the Internet. They believe that this number represents a gross under-reporting, due to embarassment and fear of others' reactions, especially those of family members/other loved ones.

Sadly, there have been reports of suicide, as a result of the blackmail.
Be wise!! Don't exchange sexy or other inappropriate photos, videos, or emails. It's not really cool.
If you find yourself the victim of blackmail, let your parents or guardian know. And, inform the police.

Finally, if you have gone ahead and trusted someone on the net (or even in your local school) with sexy images of yourself, just stop. And realize that negative fallout from doing it would not be 'the end of the world'. Even if it feels as though it were! So, don't do anything foolish.

IMPORTANT! The following videos should be watched with your parent/guardian. It contains very sensitive material. Produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Viewed on YouTube over 2 million times.
Again, please watch with your parent/guardian.

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The Sextortion of Amanda Todd - the fifth estate
Click here: Teen Shares Sexting Story, Tells Parents 'Don't Be Naive'

Teen With Cancer Is Spreading Joy Around Hospital With Chemo Care Packages

From this INSIDE EDITION piece: When you're diagnosed with cancer, people will give you gifts but most of them aren't very practical. "You end up using none of it," 19-year-old Kyla Pokorny told InsideEdition.com. "It's very nice, but I found stuff that is a lot more helpful." So for Christmas, she wanted to put together survival bags for young cancer sufferers. Things that soothe the body and occupy the mind, things that she wished someone had given to her. She has started a GoFundMe page to help finance her holiday project.

Please watch this. And share it with your parents/guardian/teachers/religious leaders.


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FREE College Tuition?

I figure that many of you are thinking that 'This dude is wasting my time! I know about scholarships. But I might not be smart enough or get enough of them.'

Well, there are a number of colleges, albeit a small number, that offer free tuition. And, yes, there are 'catches'. Some of them require you to work on campus in any number of positions. And, not only in the cafetaria. Others might require residency in a particular area. Regardless of conditions, these 20 colleges do offer free tuition to some students. And, there might be others!

By the way, many students will read about these colleges, but relatively few will probably try to take advantage of the programs that they are offering. So, on your mark, get set, GO!!!

20 Tuition-Free Colleges (by Affordable Schools)

VOTE if you are eligible to do so.

And, check out this video for what most people do not understand
regarding how the President and Vice-President are really chosen.

Oral Sex Is Not That Safe, After All

So you think that you found a safe way to have sex without risking a pregnancy? Well, you might be trading one serious issue for another one. A deadly one!!

Oral cancer rates are not only on the rise, but men tend to get it at a rate 3 times that of women.
As far back as 2005, the number of teens engaging in oral sex was approximately 50%. Many of you see it as a way to satisfy your sexual desires while avoiding the risk of an unwanted pregnancy. Some of you believe that avoiding intercourse save syou from getting a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD).

Unfortuantely, oral sex comes with it's own serious and occasionally deadly risks.
STDs are spread through oral sex as well as penis-vagina intercourse. And, not only that, but oral cancer can be a very real risk and outcome.

What am I suggesting? Ideally, I would prefer to see you wait until you were older and in a commited relationship. Think about that option. Give it serious consideration. Because the odds of pregnancy, an STD, or worse from risky sexual behavior isn't really worth a bit of fleeting pleasure. There's plenty of time for that orgasm when you are older and an adult!

'Nuff said.

Can Oral Sex Increase Your Risk For Cancer?

The 21 Sentence Essay

By: Patrick Alexander

The 21-sentence-essay is an incredibly useful format for formal essay writing. If you have trouble writing essays, or are simply interested in ways to organize thoughts efficiently, follow this easy to use rubric and you can’t go wrong.

The idea is to write an essay in exactly 21 sentences. Three sentences for the Introduction, five sentences for each of the three Body paragraphs, and three sentences for the Conclusion. This amazing structure teaches concision and precision, and also gives a powerful feel for how "flow" works in essay writing.

Let’s break it down. There are three parts to any formal essay: Introduction, body, and conclusion. The 21 sentence essay minimizes these parts down to their core essence.
The introduction starts with a broad statement, something attention grabbing. The second sentence introduces your topic and narrows it toward the final sentence: the thesis statement. The thesis statement is where you state the purpose of your paper, and give three points relating to this thesis. It is the final sentence in the introduction, and is the narrowest of the introduction sentences.

Example Introduction: "Writing essays can be one of the most challenging aspects of school. The 21-sentence-essay gives one an easy rubric to follow. Using this format improves one’s writing by providing structure, keeping relevant information prominent, and encouraging thoughtful word choice."

The body is where you support your thesis, with five sentences in each paragraph. Since you have already stated your three points in your introduction, it should be fairly apparent what your three body paragraphs are about. So what do the five sentences look like?

The first sentence introduces the point to be discussed. The next three sentences are supports for that point, explaining why and how they relate to your thesis. The final sentence is a wrap-up and transition to the next point.
The body paragraphs should follow the same order as they were introduced in the thesis statement, and they should be presented in ascending order of impact. In other words, leave your best points for last!

Example Body: "Providing iron-clad structure improves essay writing. Essays need structure in order for thoughts to flow logically. When readers can’t follow a point, they are not persuaded by an argument. When a writer has a simple format to follow, it removes much of the anxiety surrounding outlining. This rubric’s structure also allows a writer to keep relevant information prominent."

The conclusion is easy. It is simply your introduction in reverse. First comes a restatement of your thesis. Second comes a broader statement about your topic. End with a snappy final line.

Example Conclusion: The 21-sentence-essay makes writing easy by providing a simple structure, showcasing relevant information, and encouraging word choice. Once you master this format, you’ll never worry about essays again! Writing doesn’t have to be intimidating; it can also be fun!"

Remember that this format is useful even when writing longer papers. Adding extra body paragraphs, providing quotes and facts within the body, and dividing large research papers into sections are all good ways to expand on the 21-sentence-essay format.

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Believe It Or Not...

IT IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD! Trust me on that! I've been there. And over many years deeply understand the 'Truth' behind that opening phrase.
What am I talking about? Being dumped. When the person whom you gave your heart, soul, and possibly your body to decides that 'it just isn't working out'.

Well, I had my share of excruciatingly painful 'dumps'. Sometimes the pain was so strong that I felt I could actually die from it. And there were times when I simply wanted to curl-up and avoid the world. There were times when I wanted to see if my former 'love of my life' was seeing someone else. If they were, I wanted to know who it was. Even 'stalking' them occasionally entered my mind, but that would have been kinda 'crazy', even if it was one of several natural responses.

The reality is that rarely do we ever marry or stay forever with our First Love. Especially when that happens when we are teens or in our early 20's. - Dating is designed to help us determine what we want and need in a lifelong partner. All the while that  we are growing and maturing, ourselves.

If you knew me when I was a teen and even in my early college years, I was basically the nerd who was socially awkward. And when I went on a rare date, I would either come on too strong or be too shy or too talkative.
I was also a virgin which even back then was sort of unusual, at least for college-age students.

During college years, I was finally given some advice by friends and developed a stronger sense of myself. I became nore confident and paid better attention to my appearance and mannerisms.
Over the years I dated a modest amount. Too often 'falling in love', usually only to be dumped. Experiencing once again the familiar pain that I thought I had left behind in my teen years.

I eventually became known as the area's 'Singles & Relationship Expert'. I dated more frequently and occasionally became the 'dumper'.

Finally, I met the woman who would eventually become the 'Love of My Life'. We have been married, faithfully, for decades.

Why do I share all of this? So that you realize that it is not the end! So, hang in there! Life does get better!!

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for Jews.

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Shana tova! - Happy Rosh Hashanah

To our Jewish friends, we wish a Happy and healthy New Year.
If you do not know about Rosh Hashanah, following are some sites that will hopefully explain what it is and what it's importance is in the lives of Jews, worldwide. (Plus a music video and a directory of services streaming, worldwide!)




From Bullied to Part of the 'Solution'

Natalie Hampton knows first-hand how it feels to be left out of everyday school-life. And being bullied. You'd never know that by looking at her because she does not fit 'the stereotype' of a bullying victim or someone whom others would not immediately invite to their lunch table.But this simply reinforces the reality that there is 'no type' of victim, per se. She was attacked both in cyberspace and in the physical world.

Well, Natalie is now a Junior at a high school where 'community' is the norm, but not necessarily 'everything'. Anyway, she created an app called 'Sit With Us'. (For the iPhone and iPad.) The app allows for students to become 'Ambassadors'. They post where they are sitting during lunch and that there is an open seat/s that those who feel as if they were 'outcasts' can sit. Those without a seat can use the app to find these 'Ambassadors' and begin to become a part of a community.

Check out the app. Realize that even without the app, you can simply invite those 'lost souls' during lunchtime.
'Nuff said.

Tips For Succeeding In High School Chemistry

Author: Robert Bell

High school chemistry and high school physics are two of the toughest courses students encounter in high school. Fortunately, there is more help than ever for students struggling with high school chemistry class. There's no denying that high school chemistry is a hard class, but there are several reasons students do poorly in chemistry, and many of these reasons can be conquered.

One of the top reasons students struggle with high school chemistry is procrastination. Keeping up with the reading, vocabulary, and problems is half the battle when it comes to high school chemistry. Putting off work or reading causes students to fall behind, and it is difficult to come from behind and do well in high school chemistry.

High school chemistry students also experience difficulty if they do not have a good grounding in mathematics. Algebra and geometry help tremendously with understanding high school chemistry. Unit conversions, chemistry problems, and calculating molarity, pressure, temperature, and other properties will be covered in high school chemistry, and students with a better math background will have an advantage.

While practice and preparation are essential for mastering high school chemistry, there is danger in becoming over-reliant on study guides and help books. Reading these books can supplement the main chemistry text used in the class, but there is no substitute for reading and understanding the high school chemistry textbook first.

Another essential study practice for high school chemistry students is working practice problems. Again, using the main textbook from class is important. Sometimes when a particular type of chemistry problem is troublesome, extra practice from similar problems in study guides can help. But mastering the techniques and problems presented in the high school chemistry class is necessary first.

Part of high school chemistry comes down to plain memorization. When students balance chemical equations - particularly on a test - there is not time to look up items like molecular weight for common elements like oxygen and hydrogen. These things require memorization. Techniques used by high school chemistry students to aid in memorization include flash cards, having a friend or parent ask questions for practice, or using computer software and games to test memorization skills.

While memorization is important to learning high school chemistry, it is not the same as understanding the reasoning and fundamentals of chemistry. There is simply too much material, even in high school chemistry, to memorize. Knowing what to memorize in high school chemistry is as important as the memorization itself.

The beginning of memorization and understanding in high school chemistry starts in note taking. Taking notes in class and paying attention can be a difficult balance at times, but practice improves this. Class notes, including notes written on homework papers, are excellent memory prompts and should be a regular part of participation in a high school chemistry class.

Listening to the teacher seems so obvious as to not require mentioning, but it is vital in the hard sciences to listen to the teacher. If for no other reason, listening to the teacher in high school chemistry will often let students know exactly what concepts will appear on tests, and in which forms, such as fill-in-the-blank, equations, multiple choice, or essay questions.

Succeeding at high school chemistry requires a multi-step approach: practice, memorization, reading, paying attention in class and good note taking.Need help with high school chemistry get your chemistry questions answered for free at http://www.mychemistrytutor.com/forums/

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Teen Heroes Can Be Found Anywhere,
Including During A School Crisis

Many of you are probably aware of the horrififc school stabbing incident, in PA. - A teenage student went on a stabbing spree through his school.

Some stuents ran away. Some hid and took 'shelter in place'.  
Some saved the lives of others. There were those who called 911, pulled a fire alarm, or took the hand of a friend as they fled the building. Another hero was Brett Hurt who pushed his friend, Gracey Evans, aside and took a knife wound to his back. Instead of fleeing, Gracey in turn helped stop the bleeding of a fellow classmate who had a major wound.

The fact that some students ran for their lives does not make them cowards. We all react differently to a crisis. And, everyone involved with that horrific day has had their lives altered forever.

If you or someone you know has witnessed a beating, a bullying, a crime, and done nothing to stop it. You can still do something about it: Talk with a counselor, your parents, clergy... Because that would also be a heroic deed. But, as always, the choice, the decision is yours to make.

25 Things I Wish I Knew Before Freshman Year at College♥


Risky Behavior Often Leads To Dire Consequences

Yea! You've made it! You're now officially a college freshman and probably 18 or older. An adult in the eyes of many government laws and in your own mind.
Few constraints exist when you are in college. You're ofen on your own. But as a famous superhero's guardian once said (paraphrased): With independence comes great responsibility.

Much has been made in the news lately of sexual crimes committed against (mostly) women. And of drinking and drugs that got out of control. And of fatal car accidents. Abductions. Dating violence. And, unfortunately, much more.
Also unfortunately is the slant that these stories often take: That the victim or even the instigator should not be responsible for their part in the devastating situation. People like me are often accused of  'blaming the victim'.  - However, there is a difference. We ask the 'victim' to take responsibility for indulging in risky behavior.

Yes! There are risks in everything that we do! Crossing a street. Eating dinner. SAtudying at the college  library.
Yet, not all risks have equal odds for dire consequences.
Think about these examples:
* Crossing the street while texting and not observing traffic. Perhaps the driver coming your way is drunk or texting and therefore not seeing you.
* Leaving the door to your dorm room open with money onyour bed or a tablet/laptop resting on your desk. No one should take it but, what's to stop them?
* Leaving your drink (alcoholic or not) on a table while you make a restroom pitstop. What would stop an a__hole from dropping adrug in the drink?
* Being drunk and going off to a bedroom with someone you just met (same sex or otherwise). Rape is inexcusable. But putting yourself in a dangerous position...
* Professor leaves test answers on her desk. Yes, others might have checked them out. But your act of cheating is on you!
* Your folks gave you a credit/debit card. You see great bargains on clothing or technology. So you burn through your month's food allowance. Your folks do not owe more money for nourishment.
* You decide to go to the library late at night by yourself. You think that you're too old to need a 'babysitter' (having a security guard) take you back and forth to your dorm. And you get mugged or worse.

Hopefully, you get my point. Yes, you are older and probably wiser than you were in high school. But that does not mean that you have little if anything to learn about being a successful adult.
Think about this... 'Nuff said!

Girls Guide: College Edition- Classy vs Trashy- Self Respect + Party Safety Tips

Some things to consider.

(Note: This video expresses a very strong set of opinions. While we tend to agree with much of what is said here,
we do not agree with everything. Likewise, you need to draw your own conclusions.)

A 'Real Guide' To College Life

Okay! You've arrived, at last!
You're a grown-up, college student. And, boy, do you ever expect to spread your wings. Flying off in many directions, without your parents/guardians there to micro-manage your life. Or, to know if you sort of, kinda, stretch your boundaries beyond anything you have done before.

"But, relax," you think. You have common sense. You won't get into any tricky or dangerous situations.
Well, I hope that you are correct! - That said, allow me to share some real warnings about matters your guidance counselor and other adults probably did not mention. Or, if they did, you nodded your head and then blew them off.
Well, I have no vested interest in you personally, so my advice is based on reality, not hypebole. After you digest it a bit, it's up to you to do 'whatever'.

#1 Freshman Weight Gain - Most adults believe that freshmen typically gain 15 pounds during that first year. Between the meal plan which might or might not be decent, late night pizzas, junk food, and booze, weight gain does appear to be common. But many studies put the average weight gain somewhere between 5 and 10 pounds.  Whatever the average is, realize that you should pay modest (not obsessive) attention to your weight.

#2 Anorexia/Bulimia - An all-too frequent problem among high school students, some of you might find yourself obsessing over your weight for any number of reasons (stress among them). If you find yourself heading down this road, male, as well as female, get some help at the guidance center or community health center in the town. 'Cause you don't want to be controlled by food. Stopping is very difficult, but not impossible. But extremely difficult without some professional help.

#3 Fraternities/Sororities - There are certainly some great ones, from what I can tell. However, hazing can not only be brutal, but deadly. And, that is not an exaggeration. - Hazing is about power and humiliation. It frequently involves sex acts, real or simulated. Alcohol poisoning has truly claimed many lives. The degradation can last a lifetime, psychologically. It seldom is fun for the one going through it.

#4 Pregnancy - Many a  promise is made in the heat of passion, horniness, and drunkeness. Most of the promises mean s__t! Likewise, a girl can say that she is on the pill and not be/forgot to take it. Guys can say that they will pull out before ejaculating, but virtually no one has that control, and all you need is for one of those 'little guys' to... An unwanted/unplanned-for pregnancy has ended many a co-eds college plans. Same for the guy who must now get a real job and support this child.

#5 Rape - It is real. Happens much more frequently than you will ever want to believe. - Females often face a difficult time getting  either law enforcement or the college administration to believe that the sex was not invited/otherwise, consensual. Guys, you can be automatically believed to be guilty in some locations. Fortunately, there is a Federal movement underway to rectify problems in this area. But the first and most important step involves you not getting into dangerous situations, if you can help it. (And, you cannot always help it... Understood.) Guys, you can also get raped.

#6 Drugs - There are even more drugs available than there were in high school. The problem is that they are as dangerous here, or even more so. A lot of what is out there is not 'pure', meaning it gets mixed with such ingredients as pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Even 'the good stuff' has led to some students getting addicted, dropping out due to poor grades, becoming 'junior dealers' in order to pay for their habit, or trading sex for that next high/fix. - Don't think this is drama or hyperbole. Trust me. I used to work in that field and things have only become more dangerous, in many ways.

#6 Drugs, Continued - Never leave your drink or food alone. There are those who will slip something in it. Perhaps in order to have sex with you, against your will. Perhaps to simply watch how you deal with it. For 'laughs'. The only thing is that the results are seldom funny for the person taking them.

#7 Social media stupidity - Being blunt, your Facebook, SnapChat, Twitter, and other postings will likely be seen by not only the college administration, but by future employers and potential spouses. - Don't believe me? Then do a little bit of Google-ing. See the many instances where that SnapChat sexy photo was saved and forwarded before it was deleted. Check out the guys and gals who lost jobs because even though they kept their Facebook page private, someone else at the party posted photos of you with a bong or having a threesome or vomiting from too much booze. - What is on the Internet pretty much stays there.

#8 Sexting - What a stupid idea! Try to think about how many people students date before settling down for good. (Very rarely is it ever with your college lover.) Those photos will surface, in all likelihood. (Even movie stars such as Jennifer Lawrence is learning this the hard way!) - By the way, depending upon the age of the person in the photos, someone might be charged with 'child pornography'and have to register as a sex offender, for life.

#9 Missing classes - Have some fun while at college, by all means. But remember that you are there for an education that will hopefully lead to a promising career and an income that will support you in the lifestyle that you wish to experience.

#10 The Counseling Center - Almost every college has an on campus counseling center. Please don't worry about a stigma being attached to it. Because you would be amazed by the number of students using it. But, if you can't get past the worry of being 'found out', then virtually every city and college community has a health center where you can go and pay nothing, in many instances. - Remember that it is the s'trong' person does seeks help when they need it.

#10 Don't forget family  - Or others whose support over the years, emotionally and financially, have helped you get to where you are, today.

Okay. Enough of this. Now, go have a great year!
'Nuff said.

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