Plan Ahead to Beat the Holiday Blues

Some people take the season head-on, putting up the holiday decorations before the Thanksgiving dishes have grown cold. Others go with the flow and brave the mall crowds at the last minute. Some just wish the whole season would go away. No matter what your style, a little planning and preparation will make it easier to cope with holiday stress.

“The key is to be proactive,” said Ron Bale Ph.D., staff psychologist at Community Memorial Hospital and a private practice since 1979. “If you know that the holidays are a difficult time for you, get together with a close friend and bounce some ideas off them.”

The temptation to overdo is a lot stronger during the holidays. There are so many choices and so many expectations that it’s easy to overeat, overspend or simply run yourself ragged trying to keep up with the festivities. Decide ahead of time how you want to celebrate the season. Share your plan with your family or a friend who can help you stick with it. Read More “Plan Ahead to Beat the Holiday Blues”

How To Recover Lost Files From A Crashed Disk Drive

comuterThis article takes a fresh look at some different ways to recover lost files from a hard drive that has crashed. Each approach has its own associated cost and benefits, with each being suited to certain types of faults.

The first method you could try involves removing the internal hard drive, installing it in an external HDD case and attempting to read the contents via a second computer. These type of external drive casing devices are widely available in computer peripheral shops. They are often used by people who wish to swap their existing drive for a new one, and still get some use from the old drive as an external storage device. However, if your drive crashes then these cases can become useful for extracting the drive and attempting to read it via a second computer. Read More “How To Recover Lost Files From A Crashed Disk Drive”

Apply head to keyboard. Repeat.

I HATE COMPUTERS. I should (theoretically) be able to make a remote desktop connection from my laptop at a client’s site to my desktop computer in the office. Three times today I have been able to do this, and others have been able to also connect on their accounts.

RANDOMLY and whenever I actually NEED the connection for something urgent, it doesn’t FREAKING WORK. I wait an indeterminate amount of time (anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours) and then it works again.

ANGER. RAGE. FRUSTRATION. Know what this is? It’s called ICARUS FLYING TOO CLOSE TO THE BLOODY SUN. I should have just kept the old technology setup with the aging laptop and all my files right here on this computer, instead of naively assuming the NEW technology would be better. Read More “Apply head to keyboard. Repeat.”

How to Value Your Support Staff

You don’t need to go to a business school for your MBA degree to know that need to value your support staff. The best managers truly listen andmba-stuff-value respond to their support staff. As I am considering taking an MBA course (I am choosing one without the need for a good GMAT score) I’m interested in what separates good from great managing practices.

During my pre-MBA  course we talked about one cardinal factor, it is the degree to which the practice operates like a true team, which boils down to the physicians being attentive to the perspectives of their staff, and both the physician and support staff displaying genuine levels of mutual support. What sounds simple in theory has a way of not working so well in reality, with the end result that many potentially excellent medical practices fall a degree or two short of the bar.

Support staff are the canaries in the coal mine of medical practices. Patients who meet the same friendly smiling face from the nurse, clerk, or assistant as on their last visit, will feel like they’re getting care at a great practice. If your practice has a revolving door support staff, then odds are high that neither you nor your patients are being advantaged.

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New To New York

Emily Carr once referred to Canada as something “sublime” that you are born into, a “great rugged power that you are a part of.” From my very beginning, I understood what she meant: I was a west-coast Canadian. Most of my west-coast Canadian towns were small: White Rock, before it was a haven for wealthy downtowners, and islands two steps off Vancouver Island and one away from being completely unknown. During these defining years, the places I lived had an average of about 3,000 occupants, provided you didn’t count summer residents (and you never should).

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Challenging My Body Will Challenge My Mind

I remember a time when my thighs were their own entities. Over the last few years they have slyly transformed into buegs. For those of you new to the term, it’s the cankles of the north. I’m still considered petite by many, but I know I’m not as healthy as I should be right now. My body fat percentage is too high, and the fact that my bad knees are aching is telling me I am carrying more weight than I should.

I have two options, be content with myself or choose to make improvements. I’m going to make improvements. My husband and I will be starting P90x soon, and I’ll be reporting my progress (or lack thereof) on this site. To truly make the life you want I strongly believe you have to bring your body and your mind to a good place.

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Arriving and Enjoying New York

Airport #1
Going through Pearson was easy as pie. Customs was nothing – my fears of being fingerprinted and having to answer a circle of questions were never realized. The dude at customs glanced at me asked what i was doing in America then before i could answer stamped my passport.
The biggest struggle was with the metal detector. I had no idea I had so much metal on me. I had to remove my boots and belt then have every pocket searched. So it goes.
The de-icing machines (picutred) are like something out of a science fiction movie. They move as if they are elephants
WestJet really is as good as everyone says it is.
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Wonderful Things Happen In Our Life

It’s that time of the week again folks where we can discuss all of the wonderful things happening in our lives right now.
Please share your wonderful “things” in the comments and I’ll mention them in next weeks post.

1. England are through to the knockout stages of the World Cup – I never thought we’d get there but by some freak miracle we managed to do it. Huge congratulations to the USA for topping the group, didn’t realise you guys were so good at football.

2. I got up at 5 am this morning. Trust me, this is a good thing although it didn’t seem like it at the time. There was a fly buzzing around my head and annoying the hell out of me – I got so frustrated that I just got up instead of trying to get back to sleep. I got to see all the wildlife in my garden, including hedgehogs and rabbits, and I managed to see my dad when he got in from work at 6am which I never do. I won’t be making my 5 am wake ups a regular thing, but maybe once in a while because it gave me the kickstart that I’ve needed. Read More “Wonderful Things Happen In Our Life”

Can A Student Advise A Successful Company?

productiveSemester two is upon us and it’s going to be hell on earth. OK, slightly dramatic, and it’s fine so far but ask me in a few weeks when we get our assignments. I’m not actually at university until tomorrow but today was my first day at “the Office”

You might wonder how did I get there? It’s a great story about how helping other (good) people you can help yourself. I was involved in creation of small tests for people who want to get their HSE diploma http://mycareertools.com/ged-online-classes/ and got recommneded by the owners of this website to their friends who run “the Office”. And I am entirely grateful and tell you helping other good people pays off. But going back to my story.

On Friday night Chiefy e-mailed me and told me to come in this afternoon to start work – I asked what time, and if I needed to bring my laptop. Read More “Can A Student Advise A Successful Company?”

Positive Learning Impact – The Power of Tuition

An increasing number of teachers are turning from classroom teaching to tuition in search of a more fulfilling experience in their chosen vocation. With increasing class sizes and renewed demands on teachers to provide a standardized approach to all pupils in their classrooms, those teachers who wish to work with students in a different way feel stifled and frustrated.

Working with students using methods that dont find a place so strongly in the curriculum and general syllabus can offer teachers a way to explore their creativity and find ways to stimulate their students learning that are tailored to individual preferences.

Benefits for tutors

When subject experts decide to take on the role of imparting their knowledge to others, teaching is the natural step from learning to sharing what has been learned. By training as a teacher, there is an expectation that it will be all Dead Poets Society and students will be encouraged and inspired.

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