Friday, January 29, 2016

Ride Like The Wind: Motorcycle Tips

Ride like the Wind – Tips for Riding in a Crosswind
I’ve been riding motorcycles for over 10 years now. I’ve read all kinds of tips for how to be a better and safer rider. Recently, I realized that in all these years there is one thing I’ve seen with my riding as a problem but never actually looked for a solution.
This past October, on a warm day in the northeast, I decided to take a beach ride on a scenic piece of road that skirts the Atlantic Ocean on one side and a bay on the other. To get there, you have to travel over a high bridge. I’ve never been a fan of riding bridges, but when you add a strong crosswind to the equation, it’s not my favorite way to spend a few minutes.
On the way home I hit the mother of all crosswinds at the peak of the bridge. I did my usual drill, grip the heck out of the grips (wrong), slow down my speed (wrong again!).
So this doesn’t freak me again in the future and to help you, I have done some research. Here are the results to safe riding in a crosswind.

Maintain a safe speed
While my inclination has been always to slow down, the opposite is actually true. It’s all about the engineering of your bike, and it’s called gyroscopic force. In calm winds, you can usually take your hands off the handlebars for a moment and maintain a straight line. The gyroscopic force of the wheels is what makes your bike want to stay on a straight line. In a crosswind, this force can be your friend. To bring the full benefit of the motorcycles gyroscopic force you should maintain a decent speed and not slow down too much. Hang in there at around 55mph on a highway and stability will remain high.
Don’t hang on for your dear life
I mentioned the old death grip. It might make you feel better, but it only hurts. If the crosswind is moving your upper body, a tight grip or stiff arming can effect in a negative way the movement you need for your proper steering.
Reduce your footprint
Finally, something I have done right! In the wind if you crouch down or use your windshield to reduce as much as your body profile as possible you will cut the bike's center of gravity, making you and the bike more aerodynamic.
Use your pegs
When you sit upright weighting the peg on the side that the bike is facing the wind will cause it turn toward that direction. This will counter the force of the wind that is trying to turn it the opposite direction.
Don’t forget to take your luggage and other necessary things along with you. 

Hope these tips have been helpful. I’m ready for a good crosswind!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Benefits of Home Health Care

Benefits Of Home Health Care

If you have a family member who has been injured or who has an illness that prevents independent care, then a home health agency might be a solution. When a home health agent comes to the home, it takes some of the strain off of the family, and you will know that there is a professional entering the home who can provide the proper care that is needed for your loved one.

One of the advantages of having a home health care agent come to the home is that there is someone there in the event of an emergency. It can help give patients and family a peace of mind knowing that they are in the home instead of being in a hospital or nursing care center. It's often an affordable option compared to using a nursing home or an assisted living facility. The family member can remain in an environment where the are comfortable and know of the surroundings instead of being in one room where they aren't sure of where anything is located. 

Home health agents provide personal care that the family might not be able to provide on a regular basis. This care includes bathing, feeding, dressing and making sure medications are given as they need to be for the health of the patient. Some home health care agents will help with any kind of house work that needs to be done in the home, such as cleaning or washing clothes. The person can receive help with meal preparation. If the person is able to get out of the home, then the worker can provide trips to the grocery store or to run other errands that need to be done. The agent can help with picking up prescriptions and other items that are needed if the person isn't able to get out of the home. 

An advantage of a home health care agency is that it promotes healing. If someone is in the home instead of being in a nursing home, then they will usually feel more relaxed. Therapy can be offered in the home as well after an injury or surgery. Most agencies have a site where you can click here for more information.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Contact Pages Matter More On Political Sites

Contact Pages Matter More On Political Sites

Operating a politically-themed site is a challenge. Because of the volatile nature of the subject matter, it's even more important to have a clear line of communication between authors and readers. Once someone reads a political theory or position, they usually have something to add to the discussion. It might be an opposing viewpoint or additional thoughts that expand on the original content. Site owners need to encourage this kind of discussion because it helps create a clearer picture of the specific issue. 

A site that proposes a theory about neoconservatives, for example, needs to have a welcoming and open-minded contact page that explains how to reach the author for further discussion. For example, if the author believes that conservatives discouraged discourse about Iraq war horrors, it should be willing to hear from the other side about the matter, too. By hearing what the opposition thinks, the author can then clarify and continue the discussion with further evidence to bolster his theory. This kind of discourse is great for everyone. As long as it's friendly and helps discussion evolve, it's the best way to reach agreement and decide what actions should be taken to improve everyone's life from this point forward.

A good contact page has a few very simple characteristics. It's straight-forward and friendly. It explains the purpose of the site in general and the owner or owners in particular. Then it goes on to explain how to contact the author or owner of the site in a way that invites people to do so. Most people who write online want to hear from their readers, even if those readers don't agree. Wording an invitation for viewpoints means ushering in comments from dissenters, too, who want to argue an opposite point. Invite them to do so but be respectful in their communication. Once they see that you're open, it's likely that they will also be open to listening to someone who disagrees with them.

Options for contact include inviting them to email, fill out a form, or in some cases even call. The more options for communication the better because not everyone wants to call but many people would email an opinion. Once they've got the method of communication, they can contact the author and help a site grow. A site with a good relationship with visitors usually grows and is useful.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Giving Back With World Vision Gift Catalog! #Giveaway

One holiday gift idea that I have enjoyed sharing with my readers for the past several years is World Vision's gift catalog. What a great way to give back during a season when more and more people are bit by the bug of materialism, and this time of giving turns more into a time of "What can I get?" When you shop the World Vision gift catalog, you are helping someone in need!



I received the Drops of Turquoise Jewelry set for review. This set comes with a necklace, bracelet, and earrings, and each piece is available separately in the catalog. These are handmade by artisans in Delhi, who are given the opportunity to support themselves and their families now. The necklace is honestly something that's more bold and eye-catching than I would normally wear. I tend to prefer the smaller jewelry that really isn't noticed much. However, I'm a turquoise fan, so I decided to try it out-and found that I really liked it! The turquoise adds that western touch I love so much, and I have enjoyed wearing the necklace and bracelet with various outfits. I have received multiple compliments on these pieces too! (I don't have my ears pierced, but the earrings are beautiful too-I'm passing these on to a friend).


World Vision has a large selection of gift ideas that will allow you to not just find gifts for your family and friends, but at the same time, help out those less blessed than ourselves. Jewelry, tote bags, and headbands are just a few of the beautiful handmade pieces you can order-check them out today!!


One of my readers will receive the Drops of Turquoise Jewelry Set!!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Mold Remediation in Washington DC

Mold is a very serious problem that can have negative health consequences for people who are exposed to it on a regular basis. Therefore, it is important to have it removed immediately if it is discovered in your home. However, this is not a job that you will be able to handle on your own. You will need to bring in a professional company to make sure that your mold has been completely removed without any residue remaining behind. Do you think mold is in your home? It is important to act quickly if you suspect this is the case. Here are the steps you should follow.

1. Find a mold inspection and removal company

The first thing you will need to do is find a company that specializes in looking for mold and removing it when they find it. You should find out how long the company has been in business. Be certain that they have plenty of experience. You must be sure they know what they are doing so you will not need to call another company later.

2. Get your home inspected

Now you will need to make sure beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is indeed mold in your home. You will need to hire a professional mold inspection company in order to do this correctly. They will use their equipment to go through your home and look for areas where mold is present in locations that are not easy for people to see. This usually includes the use of devices that are capable of diagnostic and visual inspections. Areas such as attics and crawlspaces will be looked at because these are places where mold is known to grow undetected. The inspectors will be on the lookout for any places where water is leaking into your home and moisture is accumulating. Obviously, mold needs moisture to flourish. This is why it is so important to stop moisture from penetrating your home. For mold remediation near Washington DC, you can visit http://www.moldgone.net/ to learn more information.

3. Get the mold removed

Hopefully, you will not find any evidence of mold in your home. If you do, you will need to set up an appointment to have it removed. The mold removal company will give you instructions about how to handle things and what precautions should be taken. Have your home inspected again in six months to make sure the mold has not returned.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Your Pets Will Love Evanger's Pet Food and Treats!!

I think my Sheltie, Glory, has become one of the biggest fans of my blogging in the past couple months. That's because she's enjoying all the new food, treats, and accessories I've been getting in for review lately! Recently I received a whole box of goodies from Evanger's, a dog and cat food company. This box included an assortment of Evanger's canned dinners for dogs, as well as some treats.


Now, when I say canned dinners for dogs, I mean exactly that. These aren't your run-of-the-mill, cheap-o cans of dog food that look about like bologna that's been shredded in a blender, then packed down in a greasy can. These are grain-free, hand-packed, premium meals for your pet! When you open a can, you can actually tell that the food inside is what it's labeled on the outside! Roasted chicken drummer dinner, braised beef chunks with gravy, hunk of beef, and catch of the day are just a few of Evanger's canned meals that Glory has been enjoying over the past few weeks. 





Glory also likes Evanger's line of dog treats. Their jerky treats are probably her favorite out of any treats I've ever given her - she loves them! I'll give her one, she swallows it down, and sits there with those puppy eyes asking for another one! (Yes, she's very hard to resist!) Anytime I open the package Glory comes running from whatever part of the house she's in at the time, and waits very impatiently for as many treats as she can convince us to giver her!

So this holiday season, don't forget to give your beloved pets a treat too-any dog or cat will love Evanger's lines of canned meals or treats!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Loving Pets Double Dog Diner Review!

Loving Pets is a company many of you may be familiar with. I've had the opportunity to review a couple of their products in the past, and I was excited when given another chance to do so again. This time I actually received two great new products from Loving Pets; the Wicker Dolce Diner in black, and the Osso Dolce Diner in aqua! We also received several bags of their dog treats, but more on those later.



The Dolce Diner is a very nice looking double dish feeder that has a wicker textured base. The medium size has two 28 ounce dishes, so this is perfect for Glory, my Sheltie. My favorite part of this doggie diner is how easy it is to clean. Because the bowls are removable, and the base is made of a heavy duty plastic, cleanup is extremely easy. Wash the bowls in your sink, and just use a damp cloth to clean off the base if needed. It also features rubber feet, which means this doesn't slide around while Glory's trying to lick up the remains of her food!


The Osso Double Diner is also a base with two removable dishes, but this one is a fun dog bone shaped base. The small is a little too small for Glory's needs, but will be perfect for her litter of puppies (due any day now!) when they move up to eating moist puppy food. Again, this is easy to clean-you can actually remove the rubber feet and just throw it in your dishwasher if you want!


Of course Glory's favorite part of this review was the dog treats. We received Puffsters and Waggles, and she absolutely loves both of these! She is especially fond of the Waggles, which are natural chicken skins. She loves crunching down on these treats! The Puffsters are also a hit; these are air-popped snacks available in several flavors: apple and chicken, banana and chicken, cranberry and chicken, and sweet potato and chicken. Glory isn't picky; she likes all the 
varieties! 




If Glory could talk, I'm sure she'd offer a resounding yes if asked to review Loving Pets products again!