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Guilty, Your Honor, I whisper.

Have you ever done something so horrible that you would rather hide in a dark closet for the rest of your life than someone finds out you did it? Have you ever done something so bad that even remembering what you did makes you hyperventilate and shiver?

I have. I made too many mistakes in my life. I should have done better.

Sometimes I imagine myself standing before a judge in a long black robe, with my head bowed in shame. I hold tightly to a large bulging sack. The judge in the long black robe says: “Raise your head to answer me. Who are you?” I answer him in a low voice. “I am a mother, wife and teacher.” “Were you a good mother?” asks the judge. I notice his eyes looking into mine impatiently. “No, your honor,” I reply, shaking my head sadly. “I was not a good mother.”

The judge doesn’t say anything, so I continue.

“I did my best, but I made too many mistakes. I brought them to show you. They’re all in this bag,” I explain, straining to bring the bag closer to him so he can see it better. The judge looks at my jacket and mutters to himself: “It looks like this woman has a lot of bricks in here.” Then he sighs and says, “Hmmmm – how do you beg?” “Guilty, Your Honor,” I whisper to him. “Guilty.”

However, the reality is that I carried that huge bag of guilt with me from the moment the officer told me that my teenage daughter, Arlyn, took her own life. I found the biggest sack I could and opened it. Then, I threw bricks of guilt at him, one by one.

In the sack, I placed bricks for every memory I had of the times I had raised my voice to my children. I laid more bricks on the occasions when I punished them for making childish mistakes.

If only I had been more patient

In the sack, I would put bricks for every time I was too busy grading papers or doing laundry or talking on the phone to give my children, the most precious people in my life, my undivided attention.

If only I had kept my priorities straight …

In this sack too, I added bricks for the memories of many times when I had not listened to my children with my heart.

If only I had been wiser

After Arlyn died, I walked around carrying my bag of guilt; it was a painful reminder that some of my actions may have contributed to the depression that led to her death. I didn’t pull the trigger that hot August day, but it felt like I did. For me, Arlyn’s suicide provided tangible evidence that I had failed the most important mission of my life: being a mother. I deserved to have to spend the rest of my life carrying a heavy bag of bricks. This was almost a complete change from the attitude he had before Arlyn’s death. Before August 7, 1996, I had confidence in myself; I had achieved the goals I set for myself, so I thought I knew everything. If there had been a Miss Arrogance pageant, she would have won the crown.

But I fell to my knees when Arlyn died, and I would never be upright again. Any crown on my head was broken. After Arlyn’s death, the world stopped making sense. I doubted everything I had learned, my beliefs and my values. Above all, I saw myself as a great failure in life. So here I was, trying to get by each day, attached to this huge and burdensome bag of guilt that I couldn’t and didn’t want to put down.

Ughhh! My sack of bricks was so heavy – the bricks representing all the mistakes in my life were so heavy that I would need the help of a bulldozer to move them, at least. Most of the bricks in the sack had to do with Arlyn: sins of commission and sins of omission. Arlyn had committed suicide and the guilt I felt consumed me. Every day after waking up, I would stand at the foot of the huge ugly load and look at it. As much as I hated him, I felt connected to him. Sometimes he would reach out and stroke the bag up and down with one hand, never letting go with the other. It was mine.

Day after day, I stood there, clinging to my bag full of guilt bricks. Friends passed by and shook their heads at me. “Let go of your fault, Karyl. It’s not your fault!” they would say, often shaking their heads in disgust. “You are wasting your life,” others would say. “Arlyn wouldn’t want you to wear that jacket forever.” I disconnected them. What Arlyn wanted or didn’t want didn’t matter. She was not here to speak.

Sometimes I would try to explain how much I needed to hold onto the guilt, but they argued louder. So, I closed my ears and turned around. They could not understand. So it was. Life went on for those around me and I was alone. Except I had my bag of guilt to keep me company.

But then one day, for no particular reason, I reached into the bag and pulled out one of the bricks. It was dated July 5, 1996. It said: I went to Germany, so I was not here to take care of Arlyn during her last month of life.

I’ve thought about it. If I’d been here, would I have realized that something was wrong with Arlyn? It is possible that he would have. At the same time, it is more likely that I had not noticed anything.

Arlyn was a master at deception, apparently; He had been hiding his pain for years. So what makes me believe that it would have suddenly changed and became transparent?

Then my tears started to fall. I felt hot tears running down my cheeks. They were for Arlyn: Arlyn, my sweet little girl who was trapped in her own dark world by something beyond her ability to comprehend.

It hurt me a lot to remember. So bad.

But then the tears started falling faster and they felt even hotter against my face. These tears were different; them for me.

I was also trapped in my own dark and lonely world, carrying this heavy load of guilt. I was also trapped by something too complex for me to understand.

Did I really deserve the extra weight of the brick dated July 5, 1996 just because I went to Germany? Was I a terrible mother because I took a vacation that I had dreamed of for years?

In my heart, I knew I hadn’t neglected Arlyn by going on vacation. In my heart, I knew I didn’t need that extra brick to add weight to the overloaded bag.

But could you bear to throw it away? Would the world collapse if I took it out of the bag? I thought for a while as I ran my hands over the brick. It felt rough and hard and cold. Yes, I needed it. No, I did not do it. Yes, I needed it. No, I did not do it. Yes, I needed it. No, I did not do it.

Finally, I placed the brick on the ground next to me and waited. I didn’t hear loud thunder noises; the earth below me did not tremble. I looked at the sack he had been carrying. It really didn’t look any different. I tried to push it; It didn’t feel lighter, but I knew it was. It had lightened the load a bit. I took a step forward and felt a gentle breeze brush my cheek. A butterfly flew by.

Quote of the day:

Guilt is the source of pain; It is the field, the field of revenge, that follows us behind with whips and stings. ~ Nicholas Rowe

There are thousands of varieties of rice available around the world, of which ‘Sonamasuri’ is a very popular rice variety. It is a high-yielding rice variety and is developed from the very famous rice varieties, namely Sona and Masuri. It has acquired both a national and international reputation due to exports to many countries around the world.

Sonamasuri is a premium rice. The two varieties of Sonamasuri, brown and white, are available in the market. It is a medium grain and aromatic rice. It is lightweight and also low in starch. Sonamasuri rice is used in various dishes such as fried rice, sweet pongal, bhaths, and even Idlis.

Sonamasuri brown rice is a healthy option to add to meals. It has bran that provides a natural integrity to the grains. The nutritional value of brown rice is less damaged by the refining and polishing process.

It is a rich source of manganese and an excellent source of minerals such as selenium and magnesium. Manganese is an essential element of an antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase, responsible for protection against free radical damage.

In addition, manganese helps produce energy and is important for the synthesis of fatty acids. Selenium is an important mineral that protects against cancer, as this vital nutrient is incorporated into the active site of several proteins.

Since only the husk layer is removed from the rice grains, the grains are rich in fiber content. It also helps maintain digestive health and prevents problems like constipation. Brown rice has a low glycemic index (GI) and is therefore beneficial for those with diabetes. Brown rice is associated with several other benefits such as lowering high blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attack, and maintaining good heart health.

Sonamasuri brown rice after cooking gives it a chewy texture. To cook, soak brown rice for a few hours before cooking, so that it cooks easily and the rice becomes softer.

Sonamasuri white rice is widely used in India. This version of white rice is healthier than basmati. It is not as polished as the other generally available white rice, especially basmati rice, and therefore retains a bit more nutrients. Most of the calories are obtained from rice due to its high carbohydrate content. The carbohydrate content in Sonamasuri rice is lower and therefore the nutritional value is higher. They provide energy to the body and promote the proper functioning of various vital organs such as the heart, brain, liver, and kidneys. Sonamasuri rice provides a certain amount of protein. It is rice without fat and without sodium. It is the most suitable rice for nutrition and weight loss.

Prepare delicious recipes with organic Sonamasuri rice, both brown and white for a healthy and tasty snack during meals. Organic products are preferred as they are free of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Buy authentic, high-quality organic Sonamasuri rice, both brown and white varieties; Contact the most trusted organic product suppliers in India.

While playing an online game similar to Danger, I was intrigued by one of the categories. It was titled “Seven Letters, One Syllable,” a category of words in which an English teacher like me should have excelled.

Unfortunately, I managed to get only three of the six questions, although all the words were familiar to me. Two of the ones I answered correctly were “stretch” and “straight”, both accompanied by relatively easy hints.

That category is limited to just a couple dozen words, not counting the regular verbs that simply add -to form the past tense. I never realized how rare it is for a one-syllable word to have up to seven letters.

That understanding, for some reason, reminded me of song titles that contain seven words. This category is also quite rare, as most melodies have only two or three words in their titles. Billy Joel reached number one with a seven-word title, “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me” from his Glass houses album.

Here is a list of fifteen other titles that actually contain seven words.

“You have to hide your love” by The Beatles

John Lennon’s acoustic melody endures as one of the highlights of the To help! film and soundtrack.

“Don’t expect me to be your friend” from Lobo

Among the folk singer’s biggest hits, including “Me and You and Dog Named Boo” and “I Love You to Want Me,” this heartthrob resonates as his best moment.

“Is she really dating him?” by Joe Jackson

The new British waver burst onto the scene in the late 70s with this smash hit by Sharp look!, which generates comparisons with his British compatriot Elvis Costello.

“You didn’t have to be so nice” from Lovin ‘Spoonful

John Anderson, his late ’60s folk rock group, had many hits, but this love melody was by far the longest title on his discography.

“Waiting for the end of the world” by Elvis Costello

At the time when Joe Jackson was questioning female taste in men, his British partner Declan McManus was using this tune to close My aim is true one of the best records in rock history.

“The People Who Smiled to Death” by Housemartins

These contemporaries of Smiths and Aztec Camera released just two albums, and this title track is a delightful display of the great sound they managed to create.

“Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll” by Ian Drury and the Blockheads

Almost half of the words consist of the most common conjunction, but all four nouns exude the vibrancy of the British New Wave of the late 1970s.

“White Boots Marching in a Yellow Land” by Phil Ochs

Folk legend’s objection to the Vietnam War continued throughout the 1960s, but none of the protest songs were as blatant as this full-length tune.

“The City That Lost Its Rhythm Supply” by Minus Five

One of the best albums released in the first decade of this century was called Down with Wilco which featured Jeff Tweedy himself on this track and others.

“When You Dance I Can Really Love” by Neil Young

This melody was the perfect way to close After the gold rush, the album that featured the classic title track along with “Tell Me Why” and “Southern Man.”

“I’m trying to break your heart” by Wilco

Jeff Tweedy reached a creative peak Al with tunes like this and others from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

“Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts” by Bob Dylan

The long title is the eleven-minute tale about murder and betrayal, two themes that permeate the iconic Blood on the slopes album.

“I saw a stranger with your hair” by John Gorka

The pioneer of new folk from the late ’80s burst onto the scene with this tragicomic ballad, one of the many highlights from the debut album. He.

“I can’t get it out of my head” by the Electric Light Orchestra

Jeff Lynne finally made it to the Top Ten with this track by The Golden which would soon be followed by a plethora of others throughout the seventies and eighties.

“You can’t always get what you want” from the Rolling Stones

It is a long title according to a long melody, the most enduring song of the group. Let it bleed album.

Let’s be honest; we’d all like to hit the golf ball a bit more. The golf club industry is driven by this fact, and they are continually improving their products by experimenting with different metals and composites to produce their latest golf clubs.

I discovered a few things as I continue on my never-ending journey for more distance and consistent results when I get closer to hit a golf ball. The things I discovered seem pretty obvious to me now, but they haven’t been in the last twenty years. As we get older, we lose some things that we took for granted when we were younger. Two of the things we lose are strength and flexibility. There are other things we lose as we age, but for the purpose of this article, the ability to read the newspaper without wearing glasses or having a full head of hair is not important. Now, I don’t mean the strength of an Olympic weightlifter or the flexibility of a Cirque du Soleil artist. What I mean is the strength and flexibility of the golfer. So how do these two factors equate to a golf tip for distance?

By strengthening specific golf muscles and becoming more flexible, or rather, by not allowing ourselves to lose the flexibility we have, we can increase the speed of our club head. If we combine this along with increasing our stamina, our swing doesn’t get sloppy as our round of golf moves into the last nine. This is as simple as a golf tip for distance that I know of.

How do we use this golf tip to distance ourselves from the busy lives we all lead? First, I have to ask you if you are serious about increasing the strength of your golf specific muscles. Now, are you serious about increasing, or at least maintaining, the flexibility of your golf specific muscles? If you answered yes to those questions and have about twenty minutes a day to dedicate to your goal, then I have a suggestion for you. Personally, I have used the Momentus strength trainer not only to increase my strength, but also to increase my flexibility. The product is designed so that you can use it inside your home to keep your golf specific muscles strong and flexible even during the off-season. By maintaining your strength and flexibility during the winter months, this makes for a very practical golf tip for the distance. When spring rolls around and you’re ready to hit the golf course, you’ll have a leg up on your fellow golfers and they might ask you for your golf tip for the distance.

With the Momemtus Strength Coach, you will also receive an instructional video and booklet detailing the golf swing exercises and lifting exercises that you will perform six days a week for 18 minutes. That is your time requirement, 18 minutes per day. Even if your schedule is packed with work and family commitments, you can get up just half an hour early and do your swing workouts or lifting workouts for the day and you’re on your way to achieving your longer, straighter, and more consistent goals. Flight of the ball from this simple golf tip for distance.

Fist fights on the sand lot

Art Heyman and Larry Brown grew up together: Heyman in Oceanside, New York and Brown in Long Beach. They competed on the playground across the street from Brown’s grandfather’s bakery. Even though they were just kids, this was fierce competition at a very high level. Because of this, only the best young players could play on these uneven courts. Maybe you could never tell that Art and Larry were close friends. Both boys were tough and mean and even then there were fist fights, but there was also mutual respect. In fact, they were hunted by Frank McGuire in North Carolina until they both agreed to play for him. That was until Duke came on the scene. But that’s another story for another day. Suffice to say, this pair was as tough as New York can produce, and a Heyman unleashed was a gruesome prospect for any opposing team. He proved it at Duke for a very satisfied Bubas coach.

The magnificent warrior

In the grim and murderous North St. Louis neighborhood where Chris Carrawell grew up, he recalls three drive-by shootings in one summer, a scenario he said he wouldn’t dare wish on many people. “Learn to defend what is mine” was his eleventh commandment. “My basketball was my thing; I had to fight older guys so they wouldn’t take it from me,” says Carrawell. Carrawell had no one else to defend him as a child. His father didn’t exist, he was the man of the house, and most of the time it seemed that no one cared if he would ever enjoy a shred of success doing something anywhere.

He claims that the only reason he and his siblings were able to pull it off was their mother’s toughness. “She kept us in church, she was very religious,” he says. “Seeing her being there for us every day and staying away from the things you can counteract by growing up in the neighborhood we grew up in. She was the strongest person I know to this day.” And thanks to her, Carrawell became great at the one thing he could excel at above all others: basketball.

He had some serious injuries; one might even have questioned why Mike Krzyewski went after Carrawell for Duke, knowing he might have chronic problems. Perhaps it was the boy’s fighting spirit, his refusal to back down. Well, in any case, Coach K’s gamble paid off and Carrawell became a giant killer. At just 6’6 “and 215, he was assigned to Tim Duncan in college and defended him well. However, he was also the backup point guard and was generally assigned the best perimeter shooter on the other team. In the end, Coach K he called Carrawell “the magnificent warrior”, and it was an appropriate title for a young man who never gave up, who gave his last effort in every game, who had learned to stay calm even in the most pressured playing conditions.

When Daniel stopped crying

Daniel Ewing, a native of Missouri City, Texas, grew up in a large competitive family with some heartless older siblings. When they played basketball games as a family, you would think that Daniel’s brothers would leave him a little lazy, give him a break, a free throw or two. But no way. Ewing was tortured, beaten, pushed and shoved until he ran to his father crying for sympathy. With indifference, his father used to say: “Go back and stop crying …”. So Daniel learned to fight with all his heart for every rebound, every possession, every shot, and in the process, he became one of the best high school players in America. As a shooter and point guard at Duke, Ewing participated in more victories than any other player in the nation. He seemed mild-mannered, but that was in contrast to the extreme effort he put into every game and as team captain for two years.

Competitive as they come

At first glance, Bobby Hurley looked like a short, pale 15-year-old with a smug pout. But woe to the coaches and basketball players who underestimated him on the court. Hurley’s father was a successful high school basketball coach and both he and his son were super competitive. This resulted in some fierce one-on-one games between the two of them while Bobby was still in elementary and middle school. Hurley Sr. was almost inhuman in the little things he did to unsettle Bobby or get him out of his game, to undermine his confidence. Eventually, he could no longer get inside his son’s head and Bobby graduated from the inner city courtyards. Sometimes he was the only white kid on the court. If he lost a game, he was likely to wait at least an hour before getting another chance. In the end, Bobby’s teams almost always won. Arguably, he became the best point guard to ever play for Duke and still holds the NCAA career assist record of 1076. He was good for two national championships.

Some critics act as if only the wealthy and privileged kids who grew up playing on gold-plated hard courts end up at Duke. Or are children just the best brains in the nation. Or are they just the ones worshiping in the massive Krzyewski Shrine perched in the middle of the Durham campus. No. Many of Duke’s best players came out the hard way, fighting their way against equally determined players on concrete driveways and asphalt park courts from the slums of St. Louis to the boroughs of New York City.

One of the great things about menswear is that while trends come and go, like the polyester suit of the 70s and the punk look of the 80s, it always seems to gravitate towards a clean, masculine look. 2011 has definitely brought a major revival of this classic look. In both haute couture and catalogs, you will see men dressed in flattering styles and natural fabrics. The ’90s grunge style is out, and the clean-cut, well-groomed look of an earlier era is back. Along these lines, here are 3 of my favorite menswear trends for Fall 2011.

Colored denim We tend to always think of denim in the sense of “blue jeans”. But colored denim is a big trend for fall and a great way to dress up your regular denim look. It is now accepted that you can wear white jeans, even after Labor Day. Just fasten them with darker pieces, like gray or brown shoes and belt, and a navy blue sports jacket. Gray jeans are a great look for fall. You can pair them with other cool shades like a blue and white striped shirt, camel suede shoes, and a blue denim jacket for a nice, relaxing look. Or for something a little more daring, try the golden yellow jeans. Just remember that this is a bright color, and the rest of your outfit should stay in neutral tones, like tans or navy blue.

Fashion inspired by “Mad Men” Since the television show “Mad Men” became very popular, several different clothing companies have introduced tailored and fitted lines inspired by the pre-hippie era of the early 1960s. Personally, I am looking forward to the men’s line. Inspired by Banana Republic’s “Mad Men” to be released this fall. The reason this particular line works so well is that it offers an updated twist on classic retro styling. This is the key to looking appropriate, not like you’re wearing a costume, while emulating vintage fashion. The key pieces to achieving the “Mad Men” inspired look are slim fit suits, shawl collar sweaters, fine striped trousers, waistcoats and waistcoats. If you are attending a formal event, a classic black silk bow tie is key, and for everyday wear, a nice silk tie with tie accessories is appropriate.

Casual and elegant looks What do I mean by “elegant causal”? Well, it differs from what you think is stylish. For a smart and casual look, start with a casual base. This could be a pair of baggy chinos and a silk-screened cotton polo or T-shirt. Then add an item that you would normally only consider stylish, like a well-fitting sports jacket. For another smart casual look, try a pair of dark jeans and a button-down shirt with the vest of your three-piece suit. Or black jeans with a plain white T-shirt and a tuxedo jacket. You can also make any casual outfit more stylish with an interesting accessory like an antique pocket watch or a nice pair of leather oxford shoes. Celebrities who regularly and successfully sport a smart casual look include Kanye West, Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, and Pharell Williams. Just never mix a blazer or sports jacket with shorts when opting for a smart casual look.

Most families or individuals are overwhelmed by information when it comes to emergency preparedness. There are just hundreds of websites offering emergency preparedness tips, experts giving advice, and authors writing about survival. There are many things to learn and do in a short time.

Don’t be overwhelmed. Instead, we should be grateful that there is a lot of information at our fingertips, which helps us become aware of the situation we may face and gives us advice on how we can avoid that situation.

10 Emergency Preparedness Books You Must Read

If you want to learn how to prepare for emergencies, we offer you the top ten books in which you can learn to prepare.

1. Emergency Food Storage and Survival Manual – Everything you need to know to keep your family safe in crisis situations. This book provides important tips on what you need to buy and store for your family, which can last for days or even up to three months. The book includes 10 steps to creating an affordable home food storage program. The tips included in the book are simple and inexpensive, which is important for families.

2. SAS Survival Manual – Any Weather, Any Situation. This is an updated version of the internationally best-selling SAS Survival Manual. Campers, outdoor enthusiasts, and hikers may find this book very helpful. Readers are taught basic camp crafts and navigation to help them cope with natural disasters.

3. Practical Family Disaster Preparedness Manual. Another helpful guide for families who want to get started with emergency preparedness. Long-term food storage is discussed, as is the selection and use of firearms. Steps are provided that can help families cope with five different deadly natural disasters, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods.

4. 98.6 degrees: the art of keeping your ass alive. Cody Lundin, a naturalist and survivor, who can be recognized by the Discovery Channel’s Lost in the Wild and Dual Survival, wrote this book. It’s fun and straightforward in teaching basic survival skills in all the scenarios the author can cover.

5. How to survive the end of the world as we know it: tactics, techniques and technologies for uncertain times. This book attempts to cover the necessary preparation, whether during a time of terrorist attack, economic downturn, or the spread of disease. The book focuses on amassing the supplies of rights to help you survive unfortunate future events.

6. When all hell breaks loose: things you need to survive when disaster strikes. Another entertaining and informative book from survivor Cody Lundin. Provides the necessary tips when it comes to basic emergency preparedness. The book addresses simple sanitation needs, such as a lack of toilet paper or the disposal of dead bodies.

7. When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Planning and Coping in Crisis Situations. A comprehensive and practical guide to preparing for unpredictable events. This book can be easily understood by families who are trying to learn about food storage, first aid, shelter needs, and give valuable tips to develop outdoor survival skills by sharing real survival stories.

8. Emergency Preparedness and More: Food Storage and Survival Handbook. A comprehensive book covering 3-day and long-term storage food packaging, medical supply kits, water purification, and creating emergency communication plans during disasters and emergencies.

9. When Technology Fails (Revised and Expanded): A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Survival in a Long Emergency. The book provides valuable information on storing food, providing shelter and energy needs, and even crisis management skills. It teaches survival skills and being ‘green’, which can come in handy through good times and bad.

10. Survive! Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere – Alive. Written by Survivorman Les Stroud. The book provides valuable tips on how to survive in the wild, the desert, the jungle, and even during urban disasters. The tips are peppered with stories to drive the author’s point about the value of being prepared.

Why read these books and be prepared?

There are different types of disasters that can disrupt our perfectly stable lives, be it natural calamities, economic instability, or man-made events. Property can be damaged, health can be affected, and the whole family can be traumatized by these events.

However, we can avoid or lessen stress and trauma during these events if we are prepared. Emergency preparedness isn’t just about storing food, water, and necessary supplies. Understanding possible situations and having a plan can help your family cope, such as a meeting or an exit plan.

Involving the family in the entire disaster and emergency preparedness process can increase their awareness and help them deal with their fear. In the event of a natural calamity, your family would be prepared on how to handle things.

See the long, coarse, and widely spaced hair growing around your dog’s muzzle? These are whiskers. This finely tuned and highly sensitive sensory structure is scientifically known as vibrissae. Most animals have whiskers. These hairs not only serve to enhance the appearance of the dog. Whiskers play an important role. The mustache is a touch-sensitive organ that is comparable to the fingertips of humans.

Quite long but sparse hairs that grow on the side of the nose, on the upper lip and on the chin are commonly called whiskers. But did you know that whiskers are not only found in the area of ​​the dog’s muzzle, but also on its forehead? The hairs on the eyes of dogs are also called whiskers, although these hairs are slightly shorter than those that grow on the muzzle. Whiskers are also the first hairs that puppies grow. Except for the size, the whiskers are almost the same as normal hair. The whiskers are more than twice the size of normal hair. The roots are also embedded three times deeper. The root of a mustache is found in the middle of a network of small nerves. The rich supply of nerves in the follicle makes whiskers an intricate receptor. These highly sensitive tactile hairs receive the vibrations from the air currents and send the message to the brain. The dog can sense the presence of a predator or an object in its path. Mustaches are equated with eyelashes. Both send messages to the brain that cause the dog to automatically close its eyes when the whiskers rub against an object. This protects the eyes from damage.

The whiskers serve as a kind of antenna that tells the dog all kinds of information. It is a good navigation tool that is especially useful when the dog is looking for food at night and is more difficult to see. Dogs and other animals grope their way in the dark with the help of whiskers. Whiskers inform the dog about its surroundings. Dog whiskers are also considered an important hunting tool. Of course, dogs are known for their excellent sense of smell, but these highly sensitive hairs help the dog detect prey from several feet away. Dogs are diggers. They track and follow their prey in their burrows. The whiskers let the dog know if the opening is wide enough for him to get through. Scientists also believe that whiskers are excellent indicators of the mood that the dog supposedly uses to subdue and scare off a predator.

If you’re unfamiliar with this breed, you’re in luck. When you meet a wheat for the first time you are amazed by the beautiful coloration of its coat, hence its name, in contrast to dark and penetrating eyes, black lips and a large black nose. These terriers are gentle, outgoing dogs that will instantly become more friends than the typical terrier.

Let’s get to know this breed better by checking the numbers first. Males grow between 18-20 inches tall or 46-51 cm. while females measure between 17 and 19 inches or between 43 and 48 cm. Males weigh between 35-45 pounds or 16-20 kg. while females weigh between 30-40 pounds or 14-18 kg. These measurements directly place the dog in the medium size category.

You can expect the breed to survive for 12-15 years.

The roots of the dog are steeped in Irish tradition. This was not a dog of the upper class of society. By contrast, the Wheaten was bred by and for the average Irishman who needed a shepherd, hunting buddy, or vermin dispatcher. In fact, the breed was not recognized in the UK until the 1940s, and the AKC did so in 1973.

The Wheaten puppy is generally reddish brown in color and stays that way for about 3-4 months. The coat begins to change to the familiar warm wheat color during this time. Complete color transition will occur in 8-12 months. This very soft coat requires regular attention, such as frequent combing and brushing. Combing your hair is actually considered the best method. The coat has a tendency to tangle if left unattended. This becomes more acute if the coat gets wet. Today, the Wheaten is not considered an outdoor dog for this reason.

Also, the coat should be trimmed regularly. This is important for two reasons. As mentioned above, with the tendency to tangle, trimming the coat decreases this result. Second, although the dog does not shed, one of the main advantages of the breed is that trimming removes loose hair. For prospective dog owners who may be allergic to dogs, Wheaten is an excellent choice, for this reason.

Obedience training is very important. The breed has a tendency to jump and can be very excitable. Some consider them the best greeters in the kingdom of dogs. They are not afraid to wonder and will pounce on you as they decide to explore something new in their environment. We suggest that training start very early. They are quite sensitive and tend to reflect the mood of the owner, so positive and optimistic reinforcement is advisable, with a firm repetition regarding training.

The breed is emotionally well balanced and very determined to please. They can be very sociable with other dogs when introduced correctly. As protectors, they can be trusted to bark at unusual noise or visitors. That said, we wouldn’t categorize the Wheaten as a guard dog. They are too inclined to make friends. However, it is exactly this arrangement that makes the breed a wonderful choice for families with children. Their indulgent nature and willingness to romp around the house make them an immediate favorite with little ones.

Moderate exercise is recommended. You can expect the Wheaten to easily fit into your schedule with regards to walks and “play time.”

Separation anxiety can be a problem with Wheaten. It seems like every time you leave, they consider it a final event. It is best not to create unnecessary attention or excitement around the outings. Quit quietly and be sure to provide a reward upon your return to reinforce the desired behavior.

Wheats have very sensitive skin and do not respond well to flea or tick bites. Itchy skin and hot spots can be expected. They are also prone to various food allergies, ironically to wheat, for example. You should consult with a veterinarian for more details. They are also less tolerant of very hot weather. On the contrary, winter games in the snow are highly desirable. However, in general, Wheatens tend to be a healthy, long-lived breed with regular medical care and a balanced diet.

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is an excellent choice for families with children; for those who suffer from allergies or for those who are looking for a faithful friend for life. With moderate exercise, firm but friendly training, and regular grooming, the Wheaten will provide its owner with countless hours of company.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) dropped a bomb in early 2007 that can have a profound impact in the coming years on how we meet our need for cheap food and fuel.

In a report that measured the previous year’s corn crop, the USDA revealed that there was much less corn available than many experts had estimated. We all know what happens when demand exceeds supply. The next day, January 12, 2007, the price of corn soared.

Why should you care?

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the skyrocketing price of corn may mean your food, energy, and housing bills will skyrocket.

You may be wondering, how can a simple grain like corn wreak so much havoc on my economy?

The answer is simple. Corn is not just that yellow grain that we chew every summer. Corn is used as feed in the meat and poultry industries. So expect those protein sources to go up in price. Corn is also used as a sweetener. But the taste can be bitter as the price of cereals, breads and sweets skyrockets.

But most importantly, America’s cornfields have become a new battlefield. And the fighters are those who need cheap food to survive and those who believe that corn is the panacea for high energy prices.

The rise in cereal prices is the result of growing interest in developing alternative fuels. Ethanol, which is derived from corn, is one of the most popular contenders.

Last year, in an article for Fortune magazine, Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, said that demand for corn can have disastrous consequences. “The growing myth that corn is a panacea for our energy problems is leading us into a potentially dangerous global fight for food,” he wrote.

Brown believes that the competition for corn will mean that “cars, not people, will claim most of the increase in world grain consumption.”

Long before the USDA report was released, the price of corn had enjoyed a good rise. After hitting near-record lows in the summer of 2006, a pattern that has occurred almost every summer in the 21st century, corn began to move. By the end of November, the grain had risen more than $ 1, bringing the March 2007 futures price to about $ 3.90 a bushel.

Future traders who saw an opportunity in low prices last year are certainly satisfied. Every $ 1 in move-in price pays $ 5,000 per contract.

But Brown believes that rising food prices will endanger the lives of the world’s poorest people.

Jason Kottle, who blogs at Kottle.org, is concerned that one of the nations hardest hit by rising corn prices is the United States’ neighbor: Mexico. “Corn (maize) was probably first domesticated in Mexico and it continues to be the cornerstone of Mexican cuisine.”

And Mexico imports a large amount of corn from the United States because it is cheaper than local corn, Kottle wrote on his November 7, 2006 blog.

Meanwhile, at Lovecraft Biofuels in Silver Lake, California, Brian Friedman is converting late-model diesel-powered Mercedes Benz cars to run on vegetable oil. And business is booming, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Friedman’s company is driven by the notion that people can free themselves from the energy of the Middle East. But someday, not too far in the future, the owners of those cars may have a rude awakening.

Imagine those alternative fuel vehicle drivers strolling down the aisle of the store looking for food to fuel their car. They hit the corn oil shelf and find that the price has doubled and now they’re paying more for fuel than their neighbors who drive those old-fashioned fuel-injected hot-rods.

Is there a solution?

In my previous article Coverage of Household Expenses: Families can learn the secrets of corporate finance. I make it clear that individuals and families should not settle for higher prices.

In fact, families around the world cannot afford to tolerate inflated prices on food, housing and clothing, much less fuel.

For a free tutorial on grain trading, visit the Chicago Board of Trade website. Click education> publications and then search Introduction to trading CBOT agricultural options and futures.

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