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The Devil and Miss Prym

This book was phenomenally written, as are ALL of Coelho’s books. His writing is touching, inspiring and well advanced in comparison to many of his colleagues. The book battles between good & bad, right & wrong… Above all, his writing inspires me due to his ability to leave me to come to my own conclusions. He thoroughly explains every single person’s story, why they are who they are, how they got to be who they became & what obstacles they each overcame in life. Amazing for anyone willing to accept that there is no ultimate right or wrong & that each being has their own unique destiny & their own reality. Coelho is absolutely, hands down, the best at ensuring that each person’s story & struggle is felt. 

The story line is simple- a man who has been hurt by his own past (I will not provide the history and spoil the book) goes into a quiet village town to test what all human beings ultimately want to know- are humans at core good or evil? A series of unexpected and amazing events leaves you amazed at how the most simple of life’s complexities can leave you questioning life’s grandest concepts the most.

 

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At Home Remedies- Masks & Scrubs

Sugar Scrub:

1/2 cup sugar, full cup of olive oil. Mix together. Apply to skin sparingly. 

Facial Mask:

1 banana, mixed with 2 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt and lemon juice. Blend & apply to skin. 

Oatmeal Scrub:

1/4 apple, 1 packet of raw, unrefined oatmeal, and honey. Mix together & apply to skin.

Sea Salt Scrub:

1/2 cup oil (olive oil, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil), mixed with 1 cup sea salt, & your favorite essential oil (lavender, grapeseed, rosemary, or tea tree)

All of the above can be stored & used as necessary. 

The Why’s & How’s of Large Pores

Pores are openings that appear on the surface of the skin and  a concern many individuals have to accept. Large pores can appear unattractive, increase breakouts, and lead to uneven makeup applications. Although pore size is fixed and determined by genetics, there are ways to make enlarged pores appear smaller. From laser treatments, to at home remedies there are many ways to help clean, tighten and refine pores.

The key to keeping pores looking their minimal size is to keep the pores clear and free of congestion. The more dirt that is clogged in the pores the larger they will appear and the more uneven the skin tone and texture will be. Simple daily and weekly steps at home can help you achieve clearer, firmer and more even skin.

Products containing alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, vitamin C and retinol, a form of vitamin A are wonderful for exfoliating the skin

Daily Cleansing:

For cleansing, the Kellett Polishing Gel Cleanser is phenomenal. It is dermatologists formulated and tested, composed of ingredients that will leave your skin happy. The unique texture of the exfoliating micro beads allows for a gentle exfoliation with each use. This cleanser is gentle enough to use on sensitive skin.

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Kellett Clear Polishing Gel Cleanser

Using a serum after cleansing the skin will help you achieve optimal results. Serums are made of smaller molecules and can penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin. Clinique’s Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum will help pores appear smaller, while Pore Resurfacing Complex will help clear out debris from the skin, making it appear more even. This product is oil-free and suitable for most skin types.

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Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Correcting Serum

Another wonderful way to make pores appear smaller is to use a pore refiner, which will help instantly even out your skin tone and give a matte finish to the skin, with or without makeup. Benefits POREfessional is a light, tinted balm that provides a beautifully refined complexion. A small dab goes a long way to provide oil-free, translucent pore coverage.

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Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional

Weekly Care:

A simple weekly routine of steaming and exfoliating the skin will also help you in achieving a flawless complexion with minimal pores.

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Steaming is a great way to open the pores and allow for maximum product penetration and exfoliation. Start by boiling a pot of water and holding your face over it for 1 to 3 minutes.  For better results, hold a towel over your head.

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EmergenC Vitamin C + Retinol Mask

EmergnC Vitamin C + Retinol Mask is an intensive, clay based mask that gives visible results after a one time use. It helps remove dead skin cells, even out the skin tone and brighten your complexion. Made with kaolin, lemon, green tea and licorise it draws out impurities and makes your overall pore size appear smaller.

9/11: The Fine Line Between Truth and Conspiracy

Over a decade since the ‘worst attack on American land,’ many individuals continue to speculate the events that occurred on that terrifying day of September 11th, 2001. While many individuals accepted that these were terrorist attacks from Islamic extremist group Al-Qaeda, many others continued to question the source and cause of the attacks.  By the end of the decade, Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reported that 9/11 brought forth more conspiracy theories than the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which was the “top event on the conspiracy charts.” (Grossman 2). The basis of this paper is to provide supporting arguments that the main cause of damage to the U.S. Defense Headquarters, more commonly known as the Pentagon, was due to the crashing of Boeing 737 jet. The building was primarily damaged by fire, associated impact, and deflagration.

Since the attack on the Pentagon on that tragic day, there has not yet been any actual evidence that the jet attacked the building, leading conspiracy theorists to naturally question the method wherein the building collapsed, killing approximately 189 of 2600 individuals working at the site (Sommers 13).  One of the primary causes for the damage to the building was instant fire, which was unmanageable and required a day and a half to quench entirely (Sommers 13). According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (N.I.S.T.) website, separate fires broke out throughout the Pentagon, especially on floors 7 to 9 and 11 to 13. The Pentagon was the first building to ever collapse due to a fire alone, and N.I.S.T. explains that other factors contributed to the collapse of the building including:

“Significant magnification of thermal expansion effects due to the long-span floors in the building; connections between structural elements that were designed to resist the vertical forces of gravity, not the thermally induced horizontal or lateral loads; and an overall structural system not designed to prevent fire-induced progressive collapse.”

N.I.S.T. did investigate the possibility of an explosion at the site, however scientific evidence suggests that no thermite or thermate were detected at the site and that an intentional demolition would require explosives on most, if not all, columns and walls. Over 100lbs of thermine would be required to complete this task and it would be highly unlikely that these explosives would have remained undetected prior to September 11th. Additionally, the collapse of the Twin Towers preceding the Pentagon attack damaged the water mains of the building, making the water sprinklers impractical (www.nist.gov). The Airlingron Fire Department had attempted to extinguish the fire by 2pm, however it was far too intense and they withdrew instantly, allowing the fire to spread farther into the building consequently causing more damage than through impact alone (Sommers 13).

Although the damage to the building was extensive some still doubt that the damage to the Pentagon was from the jet, claiming that there were no physical plane parts to prove this. To support this theory, many rely on CNN correspondent Jamie McIntyre’s report from the crash site on 9/11 which states, “From my close up inspection, there’s no evidence of a plane having crashed anywhere near the Pentagon.” N.I.S.T. published a fact sheet focusing solely on conspiracy theories, concluding that they often “depend on circumstantial evidence, facts without analysis or documentation and quotes taken out of context.” (Grossman 4) When McIntyre specified that no debris from the plane was present it was in response to a specific question from CNN anchor Judy Woodruff during a live segment (Mole 37). During the segment there was speculation that the plane may have struck the ground prior to hitting the Pentagon, thus when noted in full, McIntyre’s response makes it evident that he was not implying there was no evidence of the plane at all, but that there was no evidence of the plane hitting the ground first (Mole 37). There are many photos that demonstrate the damage created by the crash on 9/11, and in Popular Mechanics author Allyn E. Kilsheimer describes his own observations at the Pentagon upon arrival:

“I saw the marks of the plane wing on the face of the building. I picked up parts of the plane with the airline markings on them. I held in my hand the tail section of the plane. I held parts of uniforms from crew members in my hands, including body parts.” (Popular Mechanics 2005)

This quote demonstrates what Kilsheimer encountered and dealt with as the first structural engineer to arrive to the site. Additionally, the plane engine along with other major plane parts were discovered approximately 300 ft. away from the crash site, facing the same direction that the plane was headed (Mole 38).

While thus far logical and scientific explanations have been provided as to why the building underwent such extensive damage and why, many conspiracy theorists insist that the building was pre-loaded with demolition and/or deliberately hit with a cruise missile by the U.S. Air Force. The primary logic around this theory is simple: the hole left into the building was only 75ft. wide, while the wingspan of the jet was 124ft. wide (Grossman 2). This is a rational observation to question, and to date no official or credible research is available to confirm why this is so, however an anonymous author publishing a website dedicated to 9/11 research states that:

“We see that the entire left wing damaged the building, and almost the entire wing except for the wing tip entered the building. The right wing just a little past the right engine also entered the building. However the rest of the wing, about two-thirds of the length of the wing, did not. The reason for this was the angle of the wings. The right wing was higher than left; if the wings were leveled, the right wing would have demolished the white construction trailer in addition to the emergency generator next to it.”

The above quote plainly clarifies the damage of the impact and why the hole left behind was not as wide as many were expecting, which was due to the angle of the wings. Although this source is not as reliable as an academic source, it provides a rational explanation as to what the reason was. This is essentially an issue with the Internet being used as a solitary source without academic or scientific research, as some websites may not rely the appropriate information in order to encourage more people to support their cause.

Through the use of the Internet it is fairly convenient for individuals to share their own personal beliefs based on partial facts and impact others researching the same issue, which in turn allows for a wide spread of individuals sharing a common belief (Sommers 14). In 2006, a Scripps-Howard poll of 1,010 adults found that 36% of Americans consider it “very likely” or “somewhat likely” that government officials either allowed the attacks to be carried out or carried out the attacks themselves (Grossman 1). That is a large population of people convinced that their own government would deliberately attack their population to cause mayhem amongst a peaceful nation. It is significant to note that conspiracy thinking is now a normal part of mainstream political media, and a way wherein some of the population choses to deal with a traumatic public event such as 9/11. “We tend to associate major events–a President or princess dying–with major causes,” says Patrick Leman, a lecturer in psychology at Royal Holloway University of London, who has conducted studies on conspiracy belief. “If we think big events like a President being assassinated can happen at the hands of a minor individual, that points to the unpredictability and randomness of life and unsettles us.” (Grossman 4) Sommers and colleagues concluded that conspiracy theories were higher during the Bush administration, but dropped significantly since the election of Barack Obama in 2008.

            September 11th of 2001 has been marked as the worst attack on American land to date, and while there is no denying the immense impact of the attacks, the population appears to have been divided. On one side there are those who believe that the attacks were carried out by Islamic extremists and those who believe the attacks were pre-determined and possibly planned by the United States government themselves.  Conspiracy theories, though often logical, tend to rely on partial or misunderstood quotes, as occurred with CNN correspondent Jamie McIntyre. While the quote often used to defend conspiracy theories does state that there was no plane near the crash scene, it was in a different context, as he was answering a very direct question being asked by CNN anchor Judy Woodruff during a live segment. The damage caused to the Pentagon is often questioned due to the impact and the size of the hole in the building. Although to date no official information is available as to why, anonymous source online believes that it was due to the angles of the wings on the jet. The confidentiality and anonymity of the web can often cause speculation regarding the credibility of the source. This is extremely significant to remember when reading about conspiracy theories online, as conspiracies are often based on partial or misleading information. There are also psychological explanations as to why conspiracy theories are so alluring, concluding that conspiracies, in a way, are a source of national mourning. With the rise of the Internet one would assume that the world would be able to find the truth through common knowledge and evidence, however it is proving to be merely impossible to create a consensus reality and a single version of the truth.

Works Cited:

“Blast and Impact Events.” Pentagon Building Performance Study 2001 . N.p., 11/08/2011. Web. 12 Oct 2011. <www.nist.gov>.

Mole, Phil. “9/11 Conspiracy Theories: The 9/11 Truth Movement in Perspective.” Skeptic. 12.4 (2006): 30-41. Print.

Grossman, Lev. “Why the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Won’t Go Away.” Time Magazine . 03/09/2006: 1-5. Web. 19 Oct. 2011. 

Kilishner, Allen. “9/11: Debunking the Myths.” Popular Mechanics. March, 2005.

Sommers, Scott. “Who Still Believes in 9/11 Conspiracies?.” Skeptic. 13.1 (2011): 13-19. Print.

National Institute of Standards and Technology website. Retrieved at www.nist.gov on October 12, 2011

Discipline, Desire and Discontent

Discipline of Desire:
Desire: A longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment

Discipline: A behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control.

It is almost like black/white. Complete opposites and yet they come together to make something so perfect. Ying and Yang is the sign of prosperity and tranquility, the union of two offset vibes that come together to bleed of comfort and stability. Discipline and desire can bring forth great rewards if you choose to live your life and expand your personal growth past what you see, but get in touch with how you really feel about the things that are going on in your life.

LOVE:

Desire can come in all shapes, sizes, and be hidden in many different forms. Desire can be that woman/man that you see on occasion but every time you get a glance of him/her you feel an overwhelming desire to speak, or to lust over having that moment of clarity that speaks so positively within your fantasies. It could be that one particular food that you desire and no matter where you go, what diet your on, or if that goes against our health you find some way to continuously devour with ecstasy. Even clothing or material objects could be of a lustful desire. That Bentley Coupe, those Burberry boots, or maybe that Fendi bag that keeps you feeling that if you had this one item your life would be complete or at least until next fall comes and the new line is presented.

Desire can be a beautiful addition to your world but you have to know like with all things when and where it is appropriate to let go of your desires and explore it to the depths of its new found land. We are human, YES, but we have a conscious and with this comes our true knowledge of when we should make the right decisions and not be bias when desire steps in.

RELATIONSHIPS:

When you truly love someone, with love comes respect. With respect comes responsibility, and with responsibility comes hard decisions when entering into a relationship or union. Desire seems to always pop up everywhere you turn. The woman that you work with, the man that persists on buying you a drink in the club, the woman that continuously texts you even while knowing you are involved and doesn’t feel that you are that serious about your lover. All these things are tests of the will. Can you control yourself even when you are not in your lover’s presence? How far can you go if not at all? Or how do you know when you are crossing the line. These are all questions that show weakness because deep down inside you know what you would and wouldn’t do, and yet you consistently make the wrong decisions? Which is another example of two opposites coming together perfectly because “consistency” and “wrong” seem to go hand in hand allot of times when we are making these decisions.

Honestly put yourself in your spouse’s shoes and ask yourself if you could be in that moment with them when they take that number, when they engage in over the top conversations, when they get a little loose with their emails would you enjoy watching that? Would you enjoy seeing that other person kiss someone with that SAME passionate kiss that you THOUGHT y’all only shared? Regardless if your heart lies with them is not right to live right even when you could easily live wrong? Its so easy to add someone with no meaning into your life..right? Or is it just “physically” easy but “emotionally” upsetting and confusing? You are free to make your own call. But I can tell you this, the more confusion you add into your life the more confusion you will have with every breath that you take when thinking of that person that you love and care for. Allot of times we take problems and we spread them throughout our day, even mixing them with other outside problems with jobs, car, kids, etc. So next time you think that the grass is greener consider the fact that you cant see how far green the grass goes.

DISCIPLINE:
It is the backbone to your conscious. It is the reason why you kept that weight off, why you are healthier and why you continuously make better decisions and enter into adult hood as smooth as possible. Discipline can open so many doors past the pettiness that you experience day in and day out. Who cares what the next person is doing or wearing or saying? You have lived as long as you lived without even KNOWING that person yet you let them say, do or think for you? So how did you make all of the positive moves you have made so far without their help? Or maybe you are in an mentally abusive relationship? Your their because you haven’t disciplined yourself enough to even know who YOU are so you keep attaching yourself to the one person’s company that DOESN’T change and is always available because you don’t want to discipline yourself to know who YOU are.

Let’s do better everyone. Let’s focus on finding our wants our desires and our limitations so that when we are blessed with something wonderful we can truly appreciate it for everything that it is AND all the doors it can possibly open.

I have made many mistakes in my life but I never have counted them, I only count how many lessons I have learned from them. Appreciate that person that just wants to see you smile TRULY. Not that person who came around yesterday and you think is going to solve your problems.

Character : The aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing.

Character can be negative or positive but at the end of the day it shapes the person that you are. Character can be made up of the lessons you have learned, been honored to be blessed with or that you trudged through. But the point of life is that you take lemons and make lemonade. If you continuously talk about everything bad you have gone through how bad can it honestly be if your STILL HERE conversing about it? Also you have someone that obviously cares if you are TALKING about it with them? So out of this horrible situation your still here talking about it and someone wants to hear and give an opinion about what is bothering you so much? So you have friends who care and good health? Is that not two positive things without even looking at whatever situation is at hand?

Be blessed and be strong because desire isn’t worth loosing stability over. Discipline will help guide you past all the road blocks, and character will continue you on your road to success.