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March 24, 2019 at 2:42pm
March 24, 2019 at 2:42pm
#954879


How The Greatest Group On The Internet Will Change You


Change is good. It can be frightening, but it is a good thing. Transition To Success will change you, and your business, in ways you can’t even imagine.

Confidence is key to running a successful business. You have to believe, even during down times, that your business is the best. During times of flux in your business keeping your confidence strong can be a struggle. Putting your business into the hands of Transition To Success will give you back the confidence that your transition has taken away. You will believe again that your business is the greatest.

Businesses in transition many times have to change the type of clientele that they deal with. This can give you butterflies in your stomach, but it can be very exciting. Letting Transition To Success help you transition to a business you love will give you the opportunity to meet and connect with so many people as you attract those new ideal clients that you need.

Your creativity can be let loose. For those new clients, you will be crafting new and exciting programs. Transition To Success will help you tap into that creativity and help you create the programs that your ideal clients really need and will buy. I have a resource package-my Foundation Package-which is the ultimate starting point for creating the programs that suit your new clients and will have them anxious to buy from you.

You will, again, be able to dream. With your transition taken care of, you can start concentrating on the future. Plan your trips, plan what you want to do for your kids. If you thought changing your business would halt your progress, Transition To Success is there to show you this is not the case.

These are just some of the ways working with Transition To Success can help. What do you want to accomplish and dream of?

March 23, 2019 at 12:34pm
March 23, 2019 at 12:34pm
#954816


March Flowers


I love Daffodils,
So delicate and pretty,
But what are Jonquils?
I will have to find out if a jiffy.

March 22, 2019 at 12:39pm
March 22, 2019 at 12:39pm
#954747


Thank God the U.S. election is only next year. Donald Trump has brought the United States to brink of being a laughing stock. From coast to coast I am sure that there are many who regret ever voting for him. The man has an ego the size of Antarctica. He is a representative of suspicion and doubt. Inside I feel so sorry for the people of the States right now, and I can only point the finger at the leader of the country. I hope that the country comes out on the high side after next year's election and not end up brown at the edges from the beginning of another fire.


March 21, 2019 at 2:09pm
March 21, 2019 at 2:09pm
#954695


I believe in being realistic and recognizing our limits, but that does not have to stop us from trying. It is exciting to try new things and trying to improve yourself, and you never know, you might surprise yourself. Keep your limits in mind but don't let their existence limit you. At least, that's what I think.

March 20, 2019 at 12:28pm
March 20, 2019 at 12:28pm
#954645


I am planning a few things this Spring.
First, I am doing on Facebook challenge right now which, I think, will be opening a few doors for me in terms of selling more things in my Facebook group. I will be concentrating on creating a program which teaches how to create a Facebook group and selling it. My contacts in the challenge seem to need a training like this.
On a personal level, I will be starting my garden soon. The weather is beginning to warm up, and I am hoping that I can plant soon. I like planting from seed with Miracle Grow, and I am excited about planting some berry bushes as well. I will be buying bushes which are already started and placing them along my fence.

March 19, 2019 at 11:31am
March 19, 2019 at 11:31am
#954588


The Town Council of Torbay has made plans to raise awareness for Epilepsy. March 26 is Purple Day For Epilepsy. The Council passed a motion at their last General Meeting declaring March 26 officially Purple Day For Epilepsy in the town of Torbay. There is no news yet about what actions will be taken to recognize the day each year.

March 18, 2019 at 1:42pm
March 18, 2019 at 1:42pm
#954532


For any artist inner equilibrium is very important. Life gets the way a great deal, though. I have put aside a certain time in the day to write-the morning as soon as I turn on my computer after breakfast. This is how I keep my equilibrium. I don't let the noise from the rest of the world get into this period of the day. I just concentrate on creating. For me, a routine is the way to keep the space for my writing clear in my mind.

March 17, 2019 at 12:57pm
March 17, 2019 at 12:57pm
#954473


Family Businesses


Here is a link to a story about how to handled transitions in family owned businesses. I hope it is helpful. https://home.kpmg/xx/en/home/insights/2017/09/the-challenge-of-change-in-a-famil...

March 16, 2019 at 12:23pm
March 16, 2019 at 12:23pm
#954428


Giant pandas are cute animals and very interesting, to say the least. Here's what I found out about them.

1. A giant panda is much bigger than your teddy bear.

Giant panda looks cuddly and cute when you search photos on the internet. But it's much bigger than you think.

An adult panda weight more than 45 kilos (100 pounds), and can be about 1.5 meters (5 feet) long!
2. Giant pandas are good at climbing trees and can also swim.
giant panda climbing tree

Giant pandas can't stand and do kung fu moves like Po in Kungfu Panda. But they are good tree climbers. They can climb trees from 7 months old.

Giant pandas are bears, and like other bears, they can swim.
3. Pandas go from pink to white and black (or brown).

Pandas are born looking like baby badgers — fur-less, pink, and blind. The iconic black and white colour comes later, after about three weeks.

Not all giant pandas are black and white! A few are brown and white, but these are very rare.
4. Pandas have so many fans because they look cute.
baby panda

"The looks of a teddy bear" are what makes pandas so popular. Pandas appeal to our "cuteness receptors" because they have large, front-facing eyes, and are extremely furry, so we therefore think of them as cuddly and cute.

This was the subject of a recent BBC1 study by scientist Gordon Buchanan, and this is why almost all of us like pandas.
5. Pandas are "lazy" — eating and sleeping make their day.

As about all a panda does all day is eat and sleep, you are best to get up early for a visit to a panda park, so you see them when they are active.

One reason for pandas being rare is that breeding is not high on their list of priorities. And with only a one-day window a year for a female to conceive naturally, it is hardly surprising that pandas are an endangered species.
6. An adult can eat 12–38 kilos of bamboo per day!
panda eating bambooGiant pandas' diets are 99% bamboo.

A 45-kilo adult (and pandas can reach 150 kg in captivity) spends as long as 14 hours eating. And it can eat 12 to 38 kilos of bamboo a day.

Pandas' favorite food is bamboo shoots. If you do the Panda Keeper Tour, which I can personally recommend, you too can eat bamboo, although what you eat will be cooked for you first. (Read more about Panda Keeper Tour below.)
7. A panda Can Poop 28 Kilos per day!
giant panda dung

Pandas can poop as much as 28 kilos/day. In the past the undigested bamboo pieces in the poop were made into picture frames and bookmarks — no, apparently they did not smell!

Panda's poop points in their direction of travel, so they can be easily tracked in the wild. Unfortunately, historically this led to them being more endangered, but now it aids researchers.
8. Pandas have carnivorous teeth, but they eat bamboo and fruit.
giant panda

Since giant predators like sabre-tooth tigers are no longer around, pandas didn't need to be as fast, and turned into vegetarian specialists to avoid becoming extinct themselves.

We all know them as eating only bamboo, but they like some fruit too, and can eat meat. One panda park we visited had a photo of a panda devouring a vulture.

Although they still have sharp teeth and the digestive tract of carnivores, they don't have the energy to chase anything, so their prey would virtually have to land in their lap, or be injured and too slow to escape.
9. You can see panda babies in August.
pandaLovely panda cubs

Pandas are usually born in August, because the panda's mating months are March to May and gestation is 3 to 5 months.

Females mainly produce two offspring, but only the stronger one survives in the wild. In the research bases in Chengdu, the other twin is hand-reared, and swapped regularly with the mother so she can raise two cubs each pregnancy. Some of the money you pay in entrance fees funds this successful project.
10. Prehistoric pandas lived up to 2 million years ago.

Fossils of pandas have been dated between 1 and 2 million years old. Once pandas were widely distributed across the whole of China. Now they only live in the wild in remote areas of China's Tibetan foothills.
11. Pandas have 6 toes to grasp bamboo.
panda pawsPanda paws

Pandas have a 6th "digit" on the heels of their fore-paws. With their extra "thumbs" they can manoeuvre the bamboo into fat cigar shapes for efficient eating.
12. Strange behavior! Pandas like to lick copper and iron.

"Pandas are said to have a predilection for copper and iron. They really seem to enjoy licking every scrap of food from their metal bowls, even turning the bowl in their two dexterous paws. An ancient reputation as a licker and eater of copper and iron came from a liking for dishes or cooking pots in dwellings of Chinese peasants."

— from "The Giant Panda" by David Taylor, an interesting source if you want to know more.

Imagine you were living in a remote mountain dwelling, and the first time you see a giant panda, with claws and teeth as big as your fingers, is when it has come to your house to eat... You'd probably be terrified and let it lick your pots!

Another strange behaviour, but with a modern twist, we witnessed, is them enjoying "fruit lollipops" — fruit frozen in a metal dish of water to cool them down in the heat of summer in Chengdu.
13. The only panda in the West — Chi Chi in London
Panda Chi Chi in the 1960s in London ZooPanda Chi Chi in the 1960s in London Zoo

Chi Chi the giant panda lived in London Zoo from 1958 to 1972. She was bought for £12,000 (now pandas are rented for up to a million dollars a year!). I remember going to see this panda as a child. That's probably when my love for them started. That, and a panda teddy that was as big as me!

Once the most famous panda was the one on the WWF logo (still World Wildlife Fund in the US and Canada, or World Wide Fund for Nature elsewhere), which you may not know was designed after Chi Chi, the only panda in the West in 1966, when the logo was founded.

All giant panda cubs born in captivity to foreign zoos, when lent out, are the property of the Chinese Government and have to be returned.

March 15, 2019 at 11:15am
March 15, 2019 at 11:15am
#954375


I can't believe that such unpleasant, violent things happened on the date in history. It's rather disturbing. I hope that we can keep March 15 peaceful from now on, but with the attack in New Zealand, I don't think that will happen, yet.


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