Isn’t It Time To Say, Enough, To The Politicians?

How often, in the last couple of years, has the news, frustrated, depressed, irritated, or angered you, and you felt, you’ve had enough, of what’s going on, and the direction, the United States of America, seems to be going? Have you observed how things are proceeding, and asked yourself, why those, supposedly, serving and representing you, appear to rather, be only serving their personal/ political agenda, and self – interest? Why does it seem, so little common sense, is demonstrated, and, perhaps, even less integrity, and ethics? What makes the electorate, continue to vote, according to their prejudices, and biases, or the celebrity, rhetoric and empty promises, of those running for office, rather than for individuals (even if imperfect candidates, but better than the alternative), with experience, expertise, demonstrated judgment, and a degree of wisdom, who offer viable, relevant, sustainable solutions? Isn’t it, about time, we prioritized the common good, and protecting America’s liberties and freedoms (all of them, rather than being selective, and for all the people, not only supporters), and said, enough, to the hatred, vitriol, and polarization, created by certain elected officials?

1. The right, and the responsibility, to vote: In the Presidential election of 2016, when Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but Donald Trump, was victorious, in the Electoral College, and several states, were won, by extremely small margins, more Americans decided to not take advantage of, and their responsibility to vote, than voted for both candidates, combined. Today, we see, many of the non – voters, voicing dismay about President Trump, but weren’t these people, one of the primary causes? Mr. Trump won the election for a variety of reasons, and I believe, some of the principal ones, included: a) many didn’t like Hillary Clinton, and either voted for the victor, because of that, or didn’t vote, at all; b) voters bought – into his empty promises and rhetoric, even though, he didn’t outline any viable plan, or solution; and/ or, c) they shared Trump’s vision of America, and/ or his rhetoric, and/ or his prejudices and biases.

2. Respect for the Office of the President, is different that for the man: We should respect the office of the President, as the highest office, in the land. But, there is, also, a somewhat, fine line, between doing so, and blindly following the individual, serving, regardless of whether, his actions, are in alignment, with the ideals, freedoms and liberties, this nation has always represented! Until/ unless, citizens make their elected officials, responsible, for serving and representing all of us, not only his supporters, and doing so, safely, responsibly, and in accordance with our Constitutional rights, we will only see, worse abuses, in the future. Nothing will change until it becomes clear, voters have had enough!

Are you sick – and – tired, of being, sick – and – tired? If so, stand up for better representation, and tell those, in office, Enough!



Source by Richard Brody

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Preparing For Baby – Tools and Tips For First Time Grandmothers

Preparing for your first grandchild is an exciting process that can be as unique as the childbirth itself for first time grandmothers. Once you recover from the initial shock that “your baby” is no longer baby, it is time to get both mentally and physically prepared to offer proactive support to both mommy and daddy from the beginning to the end of the new mom’s recuperation phase. It is truly more than preparing for baby showers, opening gifts, and sending thank you cards.

Preparation begins with the announcement. From that moment, nothing is the same. My husband and I received our announcement on Christmas day. Our daughter and son-in-law came into the living room of their home to say “the test was positive, congratulations grand mom.” A child was in the wings! The excitement is indescribable. It is one of the many times you realize that it is only through the power of God that such a miracle would be possible.

Months of pre-planning begins. Encouraging the new mom to eat and sleep properly (grand mothers worry–that’s what we do!), initiating baby shower planning details (it doesn’t hurt to send “save the date” cards), helping mom monitor gift registries and coordinating materials that will be useful after the baby arrives. Even the selection of what the mom and baby will wear on their first trip home is reminiscent of the bridal planning process.

Our event planning was even more unique. My daughter lived in another state, so we had to ensure baby shower planning in her home state and new location were coordinated as not to create unnecessary mental or physical stress for the new mom. Additionally, travel for the mom is limited after a certain point. It’s important, therefore, to ensure calendar dates are reviewed with everyone involved in the two state coordinating efforts.

The future grandmother needs to be proactive about getting ready for the level of hands on input and support that will be needed from her before, during, and after the birth. Essential elements of grandmother preparation should include several considerations:

Watching your diet, taking vitamins, starting an exercise program – Why? You could be “actively” involved in the birthing and immediate aftercare process. I was part of the designated support team and, as such, participated in the breathing exercises, hand holding, and offering gentle conversations my daughter needed while experiencing labor pains. In addition to singing songs, and stroking her head with a wet cloth throughout the labor, I rotated with my son in law to maintain presence and support up to the moment of delivery.

Had I not spent time weeks before my visit exercising, getting plenty of rest, and taking vitamins on a regular basis, it would have been a struggle surviving this most strenuous process. Planning a nine month low impact aerobics or walking routine will make a world a difference during a 10-20 hour labor process.

Using recorded music or sounds. Be prepared with a CD player or soothing sound machine. Being able to play your daughter’s favorite music, inspirational messages, or offer other soothing natural sounds can be very helpful in providing comfort during the most strenuous moments.

Taking time to refresh you knowledge about the pregnancy and childbirth process – Especially if you are going to be part of the birthing process, a brief refresher of what to expect would be helpful.. You daughter may look to you at various points of the process for reassurance. It would be helpful if you are able to use terminology she learned during the birthing preparation classes to let her know you are aware and can relate, including up to date information.

Setting aside at least two weeks after the birth to be available or commit to spend time helping both the new mom and her husband during the recuperation and adjustment period is an invaluable gift your daughter will never forget. Sleep schedules, adjusting to feeding, doctor appointments, stabilizing meal schedules, addressing unexpected emergencies, and helping with general lifestyle changes all make a difference between smooth and traumatic transition. The significance of your presence during this time cannot be measured.

Scheduling “readiness” packing. Do not wait until your daughter is heading to the hospital to pack items you may need if asked to stay overnight. Be sure to include dried fruit, juice, peppermints, and other light refreshments you can access during break times.

Our team took turns sleeping and eating during the 17 hours my daughter was in labor. We prepared a kit that included toothbrush, wash cloth, her favorite music, and fresh fruit (unfortunately, hospital vending machines only offer carbonated soda and potato chips–uninviting during the 2-4 a.m. morning hours).

Becoming a grand mother for the first time is a precious gift from God. Participating in the process can mark a moment in your life that can only be matched by the birth of your daughter. Your role will be different this time, but it is important toward enhancing the joy of your daughter and son-in-law’s birthing experience. Congratulations Grandma! Welcome to a wonderful new experience.



Source by Theresa V. Wilson

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3 Trump Characteristics to Better Deal-Making for Small Time House Flippers

Donald Trump can be hated and loved by many. I’m not going to make this into a political discussion by any means. But, love him or hate, there are traits that (especially in his earlier years) that can teach you lessons on becoming a better real estate/mobile home investor

I noticed some interesting things about him when my wife and I watched a couple of episodes of a Trump documentary series on Netflix.

Of course, all documentaries are biased in nature, but this one (surprisingly) swayed on favoring Trump.

Regardless of your political position and view of Trump, the man was a deal-maker.

Especially in his younger days, where he was less of an a-hole towards others (I’m talking about his insults and attacks… which are pretty humorous when you watch it.)

Anyway, this is how he operated when he was first buying up buildings (at least from what I see from his first success: the Grand Hyatt Hotel):

– He contacted the owner of a non-performing commercial building

– Negotiated a steep price (the owner was motivated)

– He knew what price to purchase it for

– Made a good deal with the owner

– Called on investors (he didn’t have the money to buy it)

– Negotiated with the city on a 40-year tax break (imagine the yearly taxes he would have to pay on a billion dollar building in New York?)

– Negotiated with contractors

– Never swayed on his view of the hotel

– Hired the best people for the position (he even hired a woman [gasp!] to the position of head engineer… and this woman was a tough cookie.

– He got the 7-year project done

– He became the expert in hotel construction (niching down is probably one of the best things you can do as a real estate investor)

Anyway, that looks a lot like how people do deals in the SFR business… or even the mobile home business. No matter how big or small there’s a ton of “deal-making” happening behind the scenes. Deal-making is a learned skill. Trump learned it from his father (Fred Trump) when he worked under his father’s commercial apartment business.

“Deal-making” is just what I described above… the art of the deal… which Trump was excellent at. So getting better at “deal-making” starts with a few traits that Trump was all too familiar with:

1. He stuck to his guns (he didn’t let the city bully him from sweeping their original agreement with him regarding the tax break)

2. He had a huge network of resources (He went out of his way to make himself known)

3. He knew more about the subject than the other guy (having the previous experience in the smaller commercial space helped)

4. He had powerful people behind him (the lawyer he had was the most feared lawyer in NY who represented the mafia)… having someone behind you to guide is a big help in structuring a good real estate deal.



Source by Paul Do Campo

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