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    Genealogy Research Tips – Using Spanish Surnames to Extend Ancestral Lines

    One of the most difficult research tasks in genealogical research is ascertaining the surnames of the wives and mothers of our ancestors. This is particularly difficult among English speakers where the spouse generally takes the surname of the husband upon marriage. There are methods to obtain these surnames, but most of them are very time consuming; and in many cases, one ultimately finds the female surnames almost by accident. However, for those who have ancestors among the Spanish speaking nationalities, the task is much easier. In the Spanish surname system, a child’s complete name carries both the surname of the father and of the mother. I am giving below some…

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    Micro-Preemies – Blessing or Burden, Part II

    About a year ago, my husband, a hospital pharmacist for more than forty years, came home from work with a story that broke my heart. He told me about a baby weighing one and a half pounds whose mother had been replaced by the state of Texas. This tiny mite, a girl no bigger than my thumb, not only had the ordinary obstacles faced by such babies for whom the decision to implement life support had been made for them, but had to go through withdrawal because her 14-year-old mother was addicted to crack cocaine for whom I also feel badly. More than anything else, I wished that child peace…

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    What is an Auntie? Is it Different Than Aunt?

    Do you have an Auntie? I hope so because everybody deserves to have someone in their lives who will encourage, support and think they are wonderful. Many people have asked me about my title of Auntie Artichoke. Whose aunt am I? Do I have many nieces and nephews and they call me Auntie Artichoke? Actually, I do have relatives, but the title of Auntie has nothing to do with blood lines but rather spiritual connections. It is an honorary title that is given to a woman who has a great influence in the life of others. This title implies strength and an ability to see the best and encourage good…

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    What Can You Expect When You Visit a Prison?

    Visiting a prison doesn’t have to be complicated if you have the right information. Life is messy. Sometimes people make terrible mistakes and end up in prison serving a sentence. Sometimes those people are our very own loved ones. Nobody expects them to serve a prison sentence when they are young and idealistic, but sometimes their life circumstances and/or life choices lead them to spend months or years in a prison. Often times receiving a visitor is a very happy occasion for an inmate and one which can help lift their spirits and allow them to continue forward. There are a few things you should know before you try to…

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    Go Green, Stay Clean, Save Cash

    Keeping your home green and clean not only will lead to a healthier, more eco-friendly lifestyle, but will save you money in the long run. Why spend hard-earned cash on toxic cleaning agents when you can use simple and safe ingredients to do the same job? There are healthy and effective alternatives, and chances are, you already have many of the basic ingredients on hand in your cabinet or cupboard. Lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar are three of the most cost-effective, efficient and non-toxic cleaning agents available. Each has many specific uses but they also work quite well in combination. Lemon juice – use lemon juice to clean brass…

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    Planning a Successful Garage Sale

    If you want to make tons of money at your next garage sale, you’ll need to do some advance planning. The best garage sales require some serious work, but it’s sure to be worth it at the end of the day when your cash box it full. Follow my tips and you’ll have an incredibly successful garage sale. 1. Pick the perfect location. If you have a really small yard, an extremely long driveway, or there simply isn’t a lot of car or foot traffic, then you may want to hold it somewhere other than your home. Check around with friends and co-workers and see if they want to participate.…

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    Top Overseas Moving Companies Can Be Found With the Right Approach

    Folks just detest being forced to move things around. Good thing, families may at present obtain the services of overseas moving companies to perform this tiresome job for them. These services don’t solely specialize in the delivery of household goods. They’re likewise believed to be experts in the boxing and loading of property that other people regard treasured. The various kinds of services that are introduced to people are supplied to suit their individual demands. Folks are not easily gratified with all kinds of moving services. A plain error will get them complaining and requiring their money back. Additionally, they won’t use that same service once more. This is why…

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    Living in the Country – Happily Ever After

    Believe it or not, many people still enjoy the country life and country living. For some it is the simple feeling of connecting with their roots and their farming ancestors. Others are idealists and entrepreneurs in their own right, spearheading the move from city to country life all on their own and then there are some who just find the inexpensive lifestyle to enticing to pass up. The majority of people automatically associate country living with farmlands and the raising of cattle, sheep, chickens or some other variety of livestock; and while many people who make their permanent residence in the country do own a horse or two, or maybe…

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    Check Your Court Records With Free Background Checks

    One of the most important types of background checks that will be done against you will be those that include your criminal backgrounds. If you have any type of criminal background, this will affect the outcome of your application for employment or various other things. Even if you don’t have a criminal record, you could potentially risk the problems of a marked criminal record if something has been recorded incorrectly on your report. All it takes is your name and social security number for this information to be brought up to the employer. This is potentially damaging to you, even if it is just mistakenly. To find out what is…

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    Airborne Chemicals – 5 Ways to Avoid Volatile Organic Compound Chemicals

    We are exposed daily to hundreds of products that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These compounds emit chemicals which vaporize at room temperature (65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit). Breathing these vapors is a major health risk. Some examples of products that contain these compounds are paint, varnish, wax, solvents, household cleaning supplies, building materials, copiers, and printers, glues, photographic solutions, new wood furniture, upholstery, pressed wood furniture, new carpet, second hand cigarette smoke, moth balls, gasoline and diesel fumes, and the list goes on and on. It is obvious from the list above that is almost impossible to completely avoid many of these products. Here are 5 ways to minimize…

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