How Moving Abroad Changed Us

Posted by admin on May 14, 2015
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machnedAfter eleven months, my wife Jamie and I still wrestle with bouts of guilt and uncertainty about this quest to reinvigorate our lives before we got too old or too stuck for adventure. In a sense, we were following a circle in coming back to this land where I once studied and helped build a Kerry cottage in the 1970s, this transformed place where Jamie and I returned on honeymoon, and again for summer idylls with our young family in the 1990s. We abandoned a bucolic life because it was too static, because Ireland with its blend of quirky romance and growing wealth seemed to promise new opportunities, for me as a 48-year-old writer, and for Jamie who had grown …

The Best Data Recovery: Software Or Repair Services?

Posted by admin on April 30, 2015
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hddrDeleting your data can be very frustrating, whether it was deleted by accident or deleted by you or somebody else on purpose. This can also happen when you decide to format a flash or a USB stick using your personal computer and accidently format one of your partitions instead of formatting the flash. Then there is no way around it, as you have to get data recovery software and it is recommended that you get cheapest available.

Why would cheap data recovery software be better than an expensive one? Simply because when you get cheap data recovery software that you have chosen carefully, you are simply proving to yourself that the expensive ones are no better than the cheap ones. …

Bad Cabbies Make Us Happy There Is Uber

Posted by admin on April 28, 2015
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bcmuhAs my taxi pulled away from Seoul’s Olympic stadium, for some inexplicable reason the driver immediately turned in exactly the opposite direction to where I wanted to go. In his hand were the directions to my accommodation, written in Korean no less, but laughing and muttering and with a vacant stare on his face, he drove on, ignoring my protests. Not five minutes later we slammed into the side of another car at full tilt, injuring its elderly passengers.

It was late at night and the noise of the impact caught the attention of the locals. Lights flicked on all around. People came running from all directions. While I helped to remove the victims from the car, the cab driver …

Snacking Smart Makes The Day Better

Posted by admin on April 20, 2015
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sksmGet the right fuel combo with snacks that pack a punch and will outlast those low-octane candy bars you’ve used in the past.

Power snacks will keep your engine revved up all day. Food is like gasoline for the body. If you feed it cheap, low-octane fuel, you’ll be knocking and pinging all day like an old, worn-out station wagon. If you use high-octane fuel, you’ll have a smooth, clean-running engine, and your body will perform like a turbo-charged sports car.

To get the fuel combination just right, you must combine low-fat carbs, protein, and high-fiber snacks. This fuel mixture enables your body to get the best possible mileage.

If you feel as if someone has flattened your tires and …

Sudden Heart Attacks: Not Just For Athletes

Posted by admin on April 12, 2015
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sdnhattacksWith two Olympic Gold medals and four World Championship titles, 28-year-old pair skater Sergei Grinkov appeared to be in perfect health. Then, on November 20, 1995, while practicing at Lake Placid, New York, Grinkov collapsed. With a massive clot blocking the flow of blood, his heart quivered erratically. Within minutes, Grinkov died.

A few years earlier, Loyola-Marymount basketball player Hank Gathers had led the NCAA in both scoring and rebounding and seemed destined to be a first-round pick for the National Basketball Association. Then, in 1990, sudden cardiac death struck while Hank was playing basketball.

Cases like Grinkov’s and Gathers’ are very rare. Occasionally, however, with no prior warning and no blow or other injury, a young athlete dies from …

Are Vegetables Key To Sustained Good Health?

Posted by admin on April 03, 2015
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vekeytsghBreakfasting on a Danish followed by a vitamin chaser? Eating onion rings for lunch and washing it down with a shake and a handful of vitamins? If you think that your daily vitamin pill will cancel out your nutritional sins, think again. It’s not any single element in food that protects us from disease; it’s the whole food.

And some of the best foods we can eat to protect us from disease are fresh fruits and vegetables. They contain compounds called antioxidants and phytochemicals (chemicals found in plants).

“Oh, great, another story about why I should eat broccoli and cauliflower,” you say. But these chemicals in fruits and veggies could be the “vitamins” of the future.

Green Giants

Why all …

White Cargo Tells Many A Tale Of India

Posted by admin on March 26, 2015
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wcmtoIThe wandering life deprived Felicity Kendal of a formal education and much else; but there were compensations. For her, it was, despite the anxieties and uncertainties, a “magical childhood” – something akin to what Kim knew and what Kipling himself experienced before his traumatic return to England. The sense of joy pervades her evocations of evenings on Chowpatty beach and small-town afternoons spent flying kites, of canvas bedrolls and long train journeys through the great Indian plains (“the moon shining in through the bars of the open window”) – these are things old visitors to India will not fail to recognise.

But then happy childhoods rarely make for good books. We tend to distrust the nostalgic writer who hasn’t known …

The Vietnam Draft Changed Canada Forever

Posted by admin on March 18, 2015
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vdccfAlthough only about 20,000 draft dodgers and deserters remained in Canada after receiving full amnesty in 1977 from president Jimmy Carter, they have had an enduring impact. “We were quite happy to have the Americans come here,” says Pierre Berton, the author of 1967: The Last Good Year. “Those who stayed helped the country — we needed people who were gutsy enough not to fight that stupid war.” Their refusal to go, adds Vance, changed the Canadian perception of military conflict, reinforcing the growing belief in Ottawa that Canada should deploy peacekeepers in foreign lands — but never combat forces. “The presence of the draft dodgers,” says Vance, “forced us to think about our involvement in a potentially unjust war.”…

London: Always The Most Fashionable Choice

Posted by admin on March 10, 2015
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fshcgSUDDENLY, IT SEEMS THAT STYLISH AMERICAN women are invading London. Madonna has replaced the late Princess Diana as the most photographed woman in the country and the fashion plate whose every purchase the press must chronicle. (Her wedding to film director Guy Ritchie was not at St. Paul’s Cathedral, but did receive coverage worthy of a royal.) Vanity Fairs fashion director, Elizabeth Saltzman, has forsaken Manhattan’s Upper East Side for London’s Belgravia. Rose Marie Bravo left Saks Fifth Avenue to bring new chic to Burberry as its CEO. Candace Bushnell, whose New York search for Mr. Right inspired the hit show Sex and the City, has finally found love in Chelsea with Englishman Stephen Morris. Former New Yorker Cosima von …

China: An Interesting Choice For Expatriates

Posted by admin on March 03, 2015
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chiepcomDuring my first visit to Shanghai, I also researched the expatriate community and was shocked to find that there were no practicing SLPs working with children in the entire country! I found several international schools (pre-K to high school) and international medical centers and learned that there was a great need for speech-language services within the expatriate circles as well. Moving to Shanghai would be the perfect and the ultimate challenge for me! I never imagined that I would have an opportunity to be a pioneer in the underdeveloped speech-language pathology world.


I left New York for Shanghai in June 1998 filled with high hopes and idealistic visions. The first few months in Shanghai were a lot more challenging …