Seven Persuasive Tools

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) is arguably the most powerful memorial in the world. Maya Lin’s choice of chronological order for name arrangement may be the primary element of that power. In making that choice, she engaged six of the seven persuasive tools identified by B J Fogg, in his book, Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do. Click here for the full article.
Dr Bret Wilson

Health News You Can Use

Research shows over and over that exercise is good for you. Most people would understand that exercise builds muscle tone, improves cardiovascular health and helps maintain a healthy weight. However many people do not realize that exercise can have a positive effect on memory and mood. We may realize that a walk after a stressful meeting helps to “blow off steam”, or that we sleep better after exercise. A recent study discussed the benefits of exercise for depression and mood gives indications of long term effects of maintaining mental and emotional health. Click here for the full article.
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Conquering your FEAR

As I was sitting at my computer thinking about my article for this month..Bing you have an e-mail from Debbie Allen, International Business Speaker and author of "Confessions of Shameless Self Promoters" . I had many topics rolling around in my head I wanted to write about this month but I had not narrowed it down to one. So I decided to take a break and read her thoughts for today. Click here for the full article.
Boomer and the Babe

Albert’s Hair

Do you remember that picture of Albert Einstein? You know the one that is a close-up with his wild hair all askew? The caption was “a bad haircut can make you look really dumb.” That’s the way it is with Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or any other short missive you publish, no matter how you distribute it. Click here for the full article.
Kas Winters

Explore outdoors with your Children

What a delightful time of year to explore outdoors with children! Plant something. Put seeds in the ground or in pots. Add cheerful color to your surroundings with floral bedding plants. Let your child or children dig in dirt or sand. Play with toy cars and empty cardboard boxes, sticks and things. Build cities in the dirt. Our children made many dirt towns and even turned themselves into mud monsters more than once over the years. They loved every minute of it. Fortunately, kids are washable. Click here for the full article.
Dr Peggy Marshall

April Showers bring May Flowers

I am in Ohio and spent the holiday with family. The flowers are blooming everywhere as they have had above average temperatures for the past two weeks. However, we are supposed to have rain tonight and it reminded me of the old say “April showers bring May flowers”. My coach hat turns that comment into we need to nurture what we want to grow. Here’s the question for you-what in your life are you watering? Click here for the full article.
Becky Campos

Trans Fats

My March blog generated the most questions I have received since I joined Discover the Region as a health and wellness blogger. Those in the sphere of my life continue to call with questions about the foods that I recommend for simple health. Click here for the full article.
Dr Bret Wilson

Posture and Aging

I may be reveling my age, or that I watched to much TV as a kid, but I remember a commercial for hand lotion or dishwashing soap, that compared 2 sets of hands. The commercial asked the viewer to guess which hands were the older, trying to make the point that the product kept your skin looking young. Well certainly looking at someone’s hands is one way to guess their age, but I use a more obvious one – posture and movement. Think about the last time you noticed someone “walking like an old man”, or perhaps you thought that of your self, momentarily straightening your posture and then quickly falling back into the same bad habits. Wii Fit from Nintendo uses posture and balance to help determine your “age”. Click here for the full article.
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Jodie Wilson Twitter Client Pooped on Me!

One fine day I was enjoying myself, surfing the net, sending tweets (twitter messages) and building my friends and followers lists. As a result, I began to receive e-mails from some of the other twitter users. The emails had interesting and provocative topics about increasing search engine optimization (SEO) and building your business on the web. Because, I own a website and do most of my research from my computer, I started reading some of the advertisements that were sent to me. The problem was the emails were outside of the safe confines of Twitter, and they were from sources I was not familiar with. ( I should have heeded the warning I give to my grandchildren, “Stranger / Danger!”) I went to read more about a product and it attached keyword launch advertisements to my computer. Suddenly, PLOP right on my computer, I had contracted not the swine flu but a spyware/adware virus. Click here for the full article.