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21 Ways Expert Authors Can Go Green

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

What Do Writing and Earth Day Have in Common? Green!

You make an impact on the world with your writing, so why not take it a step further by making a positive impact on your environment, too?

Check out these 21 ways to go green with your article writing efforts!

Save Paper

How much paper are you tossing every week? According to the EPA, paper makes up 27 percent of our trash and much of it can still be recycled.*

In addition to recycling paper products, here are 6 tips you can use to save some of that paper from making it to the trash.

Print less by going digital with an eReader (iPad, Kindle, Nook, etc.) for books and other reference materials.
Cancel the delivery of hard-copy periodicals and switch to online-only subscriptions.
Stop junk mail from reaching your door.**
Print less paper by using the “print on both sides” feature of your printer.
Use post-consumer recycled content (PCR) paper (recycled paper).
Get more out of your smartphone or tablet by downloading task reminder apps for notes, lists, and brainstorms.

Conserve Energy

If you practice a little energy conservation, you’ll also practice a lot of wallet conservation. Here are 10 tips to save power and your green:

Turn down the brightness of your screen to a reasonable setting (so you’re not straining your eyes to read the content, but it’s not blazing at full power).
Shut down programs that don’t need to be running in the background, including Bluetooth.
Unplug devices (like tablets and phones) once they’re charged.
Eject any discs that are not being used if you have a CD or DVD drive.
Turn devices on the sleep or standby mode if you’re not actively going to be using it in the next 20 minutes.
Use a power strip and use it to turn off all devices before you leave work for the day or before you go to bed.
Use a desk lamp that utilizes a compact fluorescent bulb and switch off that overhead light.
Turn the thermostat down (60-65 degrees Fahrenheit should still be comfortable) during the winter. Throw on a warmer sweater or a scarf and allow the brisk air to help you stay alert!
Turn the thermostat up a few degrees during the summer and allow your body to acclimate. Don’t sweat the small stuff!
Microwave the water for your tea rather than using the stove to consume less energy.***

Produce Less Waste

Sometimes the best waste prevention is to not have something to waste in the first place! For every item you consider buying or ordering – even if it’s free – consider whether it’s recyclable, how much energy it consumes producing it, and whether you’ll dispose of it responsibly. Here are 5 questions and tips to consider:

Do you have to use the gas? Create a stellar writing space to write at home and make your own coffee/beverage to save the gas from the commute rather than going to coffee shops to write. If you need to get out, don’t drive – walk or bike!
Do you need to waste that cup? At the coffee shop and getting coffee to go? Say “no” to disposable to-go cups and bring your own (clean) travel mug.
Do you really need to use a plastic water bottle? Stay hydrated during your writing session to maintain focus with a reusable water bottle or even go old school with an actual glass!
Do you really want to throw that out? Donate or dispose of electronics properly by recycling them (check with your local recycling facilities how to do this properly).
Do you really need a pen? Choose the classic wooden pencil over plastic pens. Pencils last longer than pens and conserve much more nonrenewable resources to produce.

Dangerous glass fibers in cigarettes worsen lung damage for smokers

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Shocking new research reveals that a specific type of lung cancer many smokers develop comes from tiny tears in their lung tissue caused by microscopic glass fibers, also known as glass wool, found in many conventional cigarette filters. These rips in the epithelial (soft) tissue fuel the development of tumors and cancerous cells due to the constant overload of toxins, namely pesticides, nicotine and ammonia, contained in commercial cigarette smoke.
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Sleepwalker

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Winston Churchill Sleepwalking

Later in life, the stresses on Winston Churchill began to take their toll, sometimes manifesting in extended sleep walking sessions. Typically these did not interfere with his responsibilities as Prime Minister, but on March 22, 1955, all that changed.

He began his day normally, with tea and crumpets, but soon fell into a deep sleep. Despite Clementine’s best efforts to rouse him, he refused to leave his bedroom chambers, bellowing “Winston Churchill naps when Winston Churchill WANTS to nap!” Clementine knew that Winston had to be at a Parliamentary meeting in the House of Lords at five o’clock, so after a few hours, she went to check on him. Much to her dismay, Winston was nowhere to be found.

Worried that he had fallen into one of his “spells,” she began a frantic search. Unfortunately, she was too late. Winston had already left the premises and was en route to the meeting, still fast asleep!

When he arrived at the House of Lords, it was immediately apparent that something was different about Winston. His eyes were shut and his normally jovial demeanor had been replaced with a catatonic trance. Miraculously, he was still able to navigate and managed to make it to his seat, where he proceeded to observe the meeting. As the session was drawing to a close, Winston suddenly stood up and exclaimed “Let’s see you put that in a film, Ms. Riefenstahl!” and promptly woke up.

Embarrassed and confused, Winston struggled to regain his composure, however this incident is thought by historians to be an important factor in his decision to resign two weeks later, on April 7, 1955.

Chocolate Aficionado

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Winston Churchill Bust

Winston Churchill’s love for chocolate was so profound that every year, for his birthday, a special package was delivered from Belgium. The contents of this package? A life-size bust of his own head, made of the finest Belgian Chocolate!

The Cat Farm

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Though never formally trained, Winston Churchill was compelled to sketch a likeness of Mr. Charles Darnay, his favorite cat, as he galloped through the pastures of the Churchill Cat Farm in the Bavarian Foothills.

Dearest Clementine,

I write to you with the most wonderful news! Our vision has finally come to fruition; the cat farm is nearly complete. If you could only see Sydney, Lucie, and of course Mr. Charles Darnay frolicking about, bounding through the vast pastures of the Bavarian foothils, I am quite sure your heart would very nearly burst with elation.

Sweet cat–I kiss your vision as it rises before my mind. Your dear heart throbs often in my own. God bless you darling keep you safe & sound.

With fondest love,

W.

Apple Hat

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

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Winston Churchill’s trademark hat has been a point of much controversy among historians. Some say it was merely empty. This viewpoint has been cast aside with evidence from his wife Clementine’s biographer, who wrote:
“I asked Winston (Churchill) for an apple, and he smiled and reached for his hat, knowingly. He always kept an apple under his hat, just in case” -March, 1949

J6: The Grand Unification of Fitness

Friday, January 15th, 2010

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Winston Churchill’s exercise regimen was specific and rigorous. When war broke out, he wanted his soldiers to be in tip-top shape. His grand unification theory of fitness culminated in a masterpiece known by the code name “J6.” A engineer was commissioned to perfect the desgin and produce a prototype. As dignity was not meant to be compromised, the user remains able to wear his normal daily attire. Due to the secret nature of the project, this is the only photo that remains.

Papa’s Little Fancy Boy

Monday, January 4th, 2010

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Despite being more than five years older than his younger brother, John Strange “Jack” Spencer-Churchill, Winston Churchill was considered to be the handsome son in the Churchill family. His considerable looks are thought by historians to be the reason for Winston’s childhood nick-name: “Papa’s Little Fancy Boy.”

“Not in MY airspace!”

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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Every year, when the bird’s would migrate south, Winston Churchill would stand on the same patch of grass in the palace garden with his shotgun pointed toward the sky. He’d shoot at the migrating birds, shouting after every shot, “Not in MY airspace!”