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Over the summer we worked on several projects for people wanting their old videotapes put onto DVDs or audio cassettes put onto CDs.  The newer formats are less likely to break and are more easily copied for sharing with other family members.  If you have your wedding video or shots of your children on VHS tape, get it transferred to the DVD format before something happens to them!  Don't put it off - call me now!!!

These are tough times for small businesses and schools, but you still have the same needs for training staff.  Video is a very cost-effective way to provide that ongoing training.  It provides the same message every time at a time that works for your staff.  It can be put on a DVD or on your website for 24-hour access, from anywhere in the world.  Let us help you create that training.

Get Out of Your Slump

If you find that you are suffering from neck soreness and tightness, shoulder pain, headaches, or even migraines, you may need to examine your posture. Researchers have found a definite link between poor posture and headache frequency. Poor posture can lead to muscle tension and spasms. Because your head can weigh up to ten pounds, any imbalance found on top of your neck and shoulders will lead to spinal and muscular tension, resulting in muscle tightness. This pain is then referred to the back of your head. Research into the causes of migraines has shown a connection between neck pain and these types of headaches as well. Doctors believe that irritation in the neck and upper shoulder area can trigger migraines.

Many people are genetically and structurally predisposed to migraines. However, if you find that you are having headaches at the end of the day, you may need to evaluate your posture. In clinical trials, people who did posture and strengthening exercises reduced the frequency of their headaches.

 It only takes a few simple steps to improve your posture. Start by "checking-in" to evaluate your posture several times a day. If you find you are slumping or slouching, focus on aligning and lengthening your spine. When walking, try to maintain a tall posture, stretching your spine up through your back, shoulders, and neck. Try imagining a string at the top of your head that you can pull up to balance your head over your shoulders and to straighten your spine.

When at work, sit tall without hunching over. Regular breaks away from your computer will help you release stored tension. Incorporate some simple stretching routines into your day. For example, you may try stretching your neck by tilting your head from side to side and then forward and backward. To stretch your shoulders, pull them towards your ears, and then drop them down in a relaxed position, repeating this several times. By improving your posture and using some concentrated relaxation techniques, you can reduce the chance that you will leave work with a stiff neck, tight shoulders, or an aching head.

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Preventing Falls

As you or your loved ones get older, you begin to be concerned about the potential of an injury-producing fall. Simply getting older is not a cause of falling. There are many other factors that can lead to this type of injury. In order to reduce the risk of falling, keep these tips in mind.

Keep in Shape
A regular program of exercise can keep you strong and healthy. It improves coordination and balance and reduces weakness in your muscles. Ask your doctor about the best exercise program for you.

Make Your Home Safe
About half of all falls among the elderly happen at home. Remove items from walkways that are tripping hazards. Never leave anything on stairs. Make sure that these areas are well lit and have handrails. Throw rugs should be secured with carpet tape or removed. Place frequently used items within reach. Place non-slip mats in the shower and tub. And don't forget to wear shoes that have a non-slip sole, fit securely, and have good support.

Talk to Your Doctor
Have your health care provider review your medication. Some medications, or combinations of drugs, can lead to drowsiness or dizziness. Be sure to tell your doctor about any over-the-counter drugs you are taking as well. You should also have your eyesight checked frequently by an eye doctor.

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Funny Epitaphs

Talk about getting the last laugh! These epitaphs are from actual tombstones around the world.

Here lies a man named Zeke.
Second faster draw in Cripple Creek.

Poems and epitaphs are but stuff:
Here lies Robert Burrows, that's enough.

Here lies Lester Moore.
Four slugs
From a forty-four.
No Les
No More.

Here lies Ann Mann,
Who lived an old maid
But died an old Mann.

Bill Blake
Was hanged by mistake.

Rab McBeth
Who died for the want of another breath.

Here lies the body
of Jonathan Blake
Stepped on the gas
Instead of the brake.

Sacred to the memory of
my husband John Barnes
who died January 3, 1803
His comely young widow, aged 23,
has many qualifications of a good wife,
and yearns to be comforted.

Harry Edsel Smith
Born 1903 - Died 1942
Looked up the elevator shaft
To see if the car
Was on the way down.
It was.

First a Cough
Carried Me Off
Then a Coffin
They Carried Me Off In

Here Lies Jane Smith
Wife of Thomas Smith
Marble Cutter:
This Monument Erected
By Her Husband
As A Tribute
To Her Memory.
Monuments of this style
Are 250 Dollars.

Here lies
An Atheist
All dressed up
And no place to go.

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Green Living Tip

An old showerhead can use up to three gallons of water per minute. Newer models reduce that rate to less than two gallons per minute. If you want to reduce your water usage, consider replacing the showerheads in your home. Choose one that delivers the water in multiple small streams rather than in a mist for maximum efficiency. Avoid compound designs with multiple showerheads in one unit.

Theo's Corner

Scaredy Cats and Frightened Fidos

Halloween is a fun holiday, as long as your family stays safe. This includes your furry friends. To keep your pets comfortable and safe, instead of scared, keep these tips in mind.

1.  Unless your pet really loves wearing a costume, skip it this year. Putting on a costume can cause undue stress. If you are dressing your pet up, make sure the costume is safe. There should be no parts that restrict his ability to breathe, meow, or bark. Also watch closely for allergies to the costume material.

2.  Costumes for pets, children, and adults often have small decorations on them. Make sure that nothing is on your or your pet's costume that could cause your animal to choke.

3.  During trick-or-treating activities, keep your pet in a separate room away from the front door. All those costumed goblins and ballerinas can cause your pet stress. This also will keep your cat or dog from escaping out the front door.

4.  Remember that the candy is for humans only. Chocolate especially is very dangerous for dogs and cats. The artificial sweetener xylitol is also harmful. If your pet does ingest something toxic, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Cancer in Your Pet

A cancer diagnosis for a pet often catches pet owners by surprise. It can sometimes be hard to detect cancer in an animal early enough for effective treatment. There are some things you can look for, however. These include:

  • A growing lump or sore that fails to heal

  • A drastic change in your pet's appetite or weight

  • Unusually strong odors coming from your pet

  • Any discharge or bleeding

  • Difficulty swallowing or chewing

  • An unwillingness to exercise

  • A significant change in temperament or energy level

If you see any of these signs in your pet, be sure to talk to your veterinarian as soon as possible. While it may not be cancer, any delay in treatment can make treatment more difficult.

Treatment for a pet with cancer can be expensive. Bone cancer is the most expensive cancer to treatment, with an average cost of $2,300. To help you cope with the financial aspect of this disease, consider getting pet insurance while your pet is still healthy. Most pet insurance policies cover benefits for the diagnosis and treatment of cancerous conditions, including radiation treatment and chemotherapy. You can get individual pet insurance, but be sure to check with your employer first. More than 2,000 U.S. employers offer some type of pet insurance as an employee benefit, which can help reduce the cost.

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