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Tampa has so much to offer for the first time visitor or someone who is thinking of relocating to the area; Tampa Bay beaches have been rated among the best in the state and in the country. Tampa is known as 3 Cities in one. The dynamic tri-city area includes Tampa, St. Clair. Petersburg, and Clearwater which is centrally located on Florida's west coast right on the Gulf of Mexico.

You'll find yourself on the edge of Africa at Busch Gardens as you experience up-close encounters with amazing animals, a safari across the Serengeti, pulse-pounding roller coasters and live entertainment. Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo has been rated the Best Zoo in America by Parents Magazine, and the Florida Aquarium is recognized as one of the top 10 aquariums in the country. Possibly the most anticipated annual event in Tampa is the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, a mock pirate invasion. Held since 1904, Gasparilla now draws more than 400,000 spectators.

The Tampa Bay area is home to professional teams in three major sports – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League, the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball and the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. College football's Outback Bowl is also played on New Year's Day at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium.

The most popular shopping malls in Tampa are West shore and International Mall near the airport. This is like having the New York stores, in your back yard. Also next to the shops is a great restaurant and nightclub area. There are both indoor and outdoor eating areas including a large movie complex.

Every restaurant you can think of is located in Tampa, literally every chain restaurant in located in the Tampa area. To those who are deciding on colleges and universities; the Tampa area is home to 25 colleges and universities with over 138,000 students.

Tampa is about an hour away from Orlando, less than an hour away from Sarasota, and about 2 hours away from Naples. Tampa is such an amazing city to live, the night life of Tampa is like no other city, the lights across the beaches, the bridges, the city is easily a place to call home.

Tampa is also the home of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino one of the 10 largest casino's in the world. There is something for everyone at the Hard Rock Casino, whether you are up to live music, buffet style food, a simple burger, or enjoying your luck with the numerous slot machines and card tables.

Source by Tiffany K. Foster

Most people are aware of government assistance programs like Food Stamps or Medicaid but did you know that there is an assistance program for your phone service? Lifeline is part of a program administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) that provides a subsidy in the form of a discount on your phone service. Lifeline will save you at least $ 10 per month but typically reduces your phone bill by over $ 13.50. In addition to the monthly savings, there is also a benefit called Link-up that will pay half of your activation fees, up to $ 30.

With sustained US unemployment rates above 9% for over a year now, it's not surprising that the number of Americans receiving food stamps is over 40 million and is expected to keep rising. Medicaid recipients total over 50 million. If you're one of these people, you are qualified to receive the Lifeline discount on your phone service.

Food Stamps and Medicaid aren't the only programs that qualify you for Lifeline assistance. Some states follow federal guidelines while others have their own rules. The Federal guidelines require that your total household income does not exceed 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or that you're enrolled in at least one of these programs:

* Medicaid
* Food Stamps
* Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
* Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8 housing)
* Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
* Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
* The National School Lunch Program's Free Lunch Program

Now that you know you qualify, how do you get it? It's easier than you might think. You don't have to go to a special government office and meet with a caseworker. You don't have to change phone service providers if you currently have service. If you currently have home phone service, call your phone company and ask to be put on the Lifeline program. They'll typically ask you to fill out and sign a simple form which you'll need to fax or send to them. The form typically asks for your name and address, and which of the qualifying programs you're enrolled in. Your signature is stating that you are telling the truth. Some states also require some form of proof of the qualifying program like your award letter.

If you don't have working home phone service, check your yellow pages for a local phone company and ask them about their Lifeline home phone service. All of your major carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and Quest offer it as do most of the Competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs). Don't worry about your credit history. If you're eligible for Lifeline, you aren't required to pay a deposit if you're willing to let the provider block any toll calls from your phone. You'll still be able to make long distance calls using a calling card or some other prepaid service.

The Lifeline discount is applicable to just one phone line per household. And, the Link-up subsidy is a one-time benefit. So, it's not a good idea to keep changing providers since you'll only get the $ 30 discount once. You may get away with receiving Link-up more than once by going to a different carrier but it's not legal for you to do so and the form that you sign to get started is your statement that you've never received Link-up before.

The Lifeline benefit can be applied to cellular service instead of home phone. There are a few cellular service providers that offer a "free government cell phone" which is actually the Lifeline program. It typically gives you between 60 and 200 minutes of service per month and a free handset which is your Link-up benefit. But, you can't get the Lifeline benefit for your cell phone if you're receiving it on your home phone, and vice-versa.

So if you're one of the over 50 million Americans receiving government assistance, call your phone service provider now and ask them about Lifeline home phone service .

Source by J John M

In his book, Who Is Jesus Christ For Us Today, James Cone Ph.D., answers this question taking into consideration the dynamic interplay between social context, Scripture, and tradition from a Black perspective.

By the “social context,” Cone refers to the encounter of Jesus Christ in our ordinary everyday existence. It is the experience of Christ in the social world of injustice and oppression: a world of top-dog and underdog. It is the experience of Jesus in the midst of life’s absurdities that motivates one toward exploration of the Christological question, “Who is Jesus Christ for us today?

Cone cautions against assuming however, that the meaning of Christ is derived from or dependent upon our social context. He insists that the Scriptures must also be incorporated into our total understanding of the truth of Jesus Christ. He feels that this is vital because it provides us with reliable data about the Jesus Christ we encounter in our social existence.

Tradition, Cone declares, is “the bridge that connects Scripture with our contemporary situation.” He sees the Black religious tradition as representative of the Black Church’s affirmation of their humanity as well as affirmation of their faith at various junctions in history. This, he believes, provides the Black Church of today with a deeper understanding of the truth of Jesus Christ.

According to Cone then, social context, Scripture and tradition form the theological presuppositions upon which an investigation into the meaning of Christ should begin.

Who is Jesus Christ for us today? Cone poignantly points out that “Jesus is who He was.” The historical Jesus was the truly human Jesus who was also a Jew. His humanness and His identity as a Jew are both relevant and important for the affirmation of faith. Cone stresses that Jesus was not so much a “universal” man, but He was a “particular” man; a particular Jew who came to fulfill God’s will to liberate the oppressed. Blacks could relate to the historical human Jesus because He stood as a symbol of human suffering and rejection. Jesus too, was unaccepted and rejected of men; Jesus too, was beaten and condemned, mistreated and misunderstood; Jesus too, suffered from an unjust social system where the “little ones” were oppressed. Blacks identified with the historical Christ because they believed He shared in their misery and struggles. Without the humanness of historical Jesus, Cone contends that “we have no basis to contend that His coming bestows upon us the courage and the wisdom to struggle against injustice and oppression.”

Secondly, Cone suggests that “Jesus is who He is.” What he seems to be saying is that who Jesus is today is intrinsically related to who He was yesterday. His past existence affirms His present reality that is experienced with the common life. Thus, Blacks believed, not only because of the validity and authenticity of the historical Christ, but also because of their actual experience of the Christ in their everyday social existence. Christ in the present helped and strengthened them in their struggle for liberation in an oppressive society. The experience of Christ in the present enabled them to keep on fighting for justice even when odds were stacked against them. Their view of a just social order was inseparable from their faith in God’s liberating presence in Jesus Christ.

Thirdly, the meaning of Christ is taken further when Cone suggests that “Jesus is who He will be.” He is “not only the Crucified and Risen Lord, but also the Lord of the future who is coming again to fully consummate the liberation already happening in our present.” Black hope, which emerged from an encounter with Christ in the fight for freedom, is the hope that Jesus will come again and establish divine justice. The eschatological hope found in Black faith was not an opiate, but was born out of struggle in their present reality.

Finally, Cone asserts that “Jesus is Black.” He is not referring to a color but a state or experience of oneness. He draws an analogy between Christ’s historical Jewishness and present Blackness. Cone seems to be at least intimating that as the Jews were the elect chosen for divine liberation in history, so are Blacks chosen for liberation through Jesus in the present to be fully realized in the future.

Jesus’ blackness to Cone is both literal and symbolic. In the literal sense, Christ becomes one with the oppressed Blacks. He takes on their suffering and pain. Symbolically, He represents the Black experience.

This book is enlightening and educative in that it sheds a bright light on the subjectivity of Black Theology.

Source by Saundra L. Washington

If you are in the market for cosmetic dentistry, then you are likely wondering how you can possibly choose the dentist for your needs. Considering the fact that there are so many cosmetic dentists out there, choosing the right dentist can seem like a daunting task. The good news is that there are some things you should consider in order to make your dentist choice an easier one. All you have to do is think of your dental insurance, overall cost, and the dentist's reputation for the type of work you want done in order to pick the right dentist.

The first thing you need to take into consideration when it comes to cosmetic dentistry is your dental insurance. If you are fortunate enough to have dental insurance that covers the aesthetic procedure you need, such as braces, then you need to find a dentist who takes your dental insurance. Depending on the dental insurance you have, this one simple thing can significantly lower the number of dentists you have to choose from. Of course, you will need to verify that the procedure you think you will have done is covered by your dental insurance. Then, start calling cosmetic dentists to see which ones take your dental insurance.

If you do not have dental insurance or your insurance will not cover your cosmetic dentistry work, or only a small percentage of it, you then need to consider the overall cost of your dental procedure. Cost of specific dental procedures can differ between different dentists, so be sure to get a quote for the procedure before you make a final appointment to have the procedure done. With certain things like braces, you will have to go in for a consultation before you can get the price figure because every case is unique in that respect.

The final thing to consider when it comes to picking a dentist for cosmetic dentistry is that dentist's reputation for doing the procedure that you want done. For instance, if you want porcelain veneers, you do not want to go to a cosmetic dentist who does not have a very good reputation for putting on porcelain veneers. The same goes for braces and dental implants. You need to pick a dentist who knows what they are doing so you will not need further corrective dental work to fix their mistakes. Once you consider all of these things, you are sure to find the right dentist for your aesthetic dental work.

Source by Chris J. Phillips

The first written history of nursing is contained in the Bible. The Talmud and other writings also mention tending to the ill. In the 5th century BC the Hippocratic Oath was born delineating physician responsibilities and ethics. However, it was far later that nursing became a profession and professional teaching and standards were established.

Starting with the first century AD, tending to the sick was the duty of women in religious orders. As a young child Saint Marcella was heavily influenced by Saint Athanasuis leading her to devote her life to works of Christian charity when widowed after only seven months of marriage. Her palatial home on the Aventine Hill was turned into a center for Christian fellowship and learning. It was during this time that she shared her knowledge of the scriptures and nursing with other noble ladies desiring to live a life of asceticism. For this she earned the title as the very first nurse educator.

This changed in northern Europe with the era of the Crusades during the years 1096 to 1291. Groups such as the Knights Hospitallers of St. John in Jerusalem took over nursing duties. For women, the caring of the infirm became the duty of prisoners or prostitutes. This dark age of nursing saw nurses degraded and tending to the ill or infirm became the most menial of tasks.

This trend was not altered until the middle of the 19th century when pastor Theodor Fliedner founded the Kaiserwerth School for Nursing in 1836 in Kaiserwerth, Germany. Until this point, nurses had little formal training in nursing skills. An offshoot of this school was the Lutheran Order of Deaconessess. In 1850, Florence Nightingale became a student at this institution and forever changed the face of nursing. She was responsible for turning nursing into a profession as she traveled the world sharing her knowledge. In essence, she became the first travel nurse. By the end of the 19th century other schools in Europe had been established to provide nurses training.

After founding the Kaiserwerth School, Theodor Fliedner, along with four deaconesses, traveled to the United States in 1849 to become involved in initiating the first training school in the US at the Pittsburgh Infirmary, later known as Passavant Hospital. They were influence by Florence Nightingale and her philosophy of nursing education; These principles of cleanliness, nurse / patient relationship, disease prevention, continuing education and medical teamwork are still the basis of modern nursing training.

Although states such as New York and Pennsylvania had some nursing teachers on their hospital staff, the Pittsburgh Infirmary became the start of formal nurses' training in the United States. By 1873, three nursing schools had been established in the US based on the nursing philosophy of Florence Nightingale: these were Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing in New York City, NY, Connecticut Training School in New Haven, CT and Boston Training School in Boston, MA.

Florence Nightingale is credited with bringing respectability to the nursing profession, creating a formal nursing training program. One of her students designed her original nursing uniforms using a system of uniforms with differing bands and to denote skill levels. The uniforms were used by all of the student nurses in her school of nursing and were copied by other nursing schools and hospitals. They remained very much the same until the 20th century.

In the United States, the advent of the Civil War emphasized the need for nurses. Dorothea Dix was selected to be the Superintendent of female Nurses by the Union Army in 1861. She in turn recruited others to assist in the care of the wounded. One of these recruits, Clara Barton, went on to establish the American Red Cross.

The following years saw much advancement in nurses training. Dorothea Dix led the fight for improved health care for the mentally ill. The first college level nursing program was established at Columbia University in 1907 due to the efforts of Mary Adelaide Nutting and Isabel Robb.

In the 1980's traditional white nursing uniforms gave way to uniform scrubs. Originally worn solely in the operating room in colors of green or blue, uniform scrubs found their way into all areas of hospital nursing and into doctor and dental offices. Companies such as Cherokee Scrubs and Dickies Scrubs expanded the unisex scrub into a uniform with figure flattering styles for all body shapes and a multitude of colors and prints. Different hospital units took to wearing designated colors to differentiate their work space. Prints became fun and many pediatric prints helped make a child's hospital stay a little less imposing. By the 1990's uniform scrubs had become very popular, as they were easier to work in. Although some nursing schools still opt for traditional nursing uniforms for its students, many now outfit their nurse trainees in uniforms scrubs, saving the traditional white dress and cap for their capping and graduation ceremonies.

Today, the nursing profession has reached new heights of respectability. With an abundance of nursing schools all over the world, care for the sick is not relegated to untrained workers in most modern countries, leading to better health care and better quality of life.

Source by Sally Ryan

If you are in the market for cosmetic dentistry, then you are likely wondering how you can possibly choose the dentist for your needs. Considering the fact that there are so many cosmetic dentists out there, choosing the right dentist can seem like a daunting task. The good news is that there are some things you should consider in order to make your dentist choice an easier one. All you have to do is think of your dental insurance, overall cost, and the dentist's reputation for the type of work you want done in order to pick the right dentist.

The first thing you need to take into consideration when it comes to cosmetic dentistry is your dental insurance. If you are fortunate enough to have dental insurance that covers the aesthetic procedure you need, such as braces, then you need to find a dentist who takes your dental insurance. Depending on the dental insurance you have, this one simple thing can significantly lower the number of dentists you have to choose from. Of course, you will need to verify that the procedure you think you will have done is covered by your dental insurance. Then, start calling cosmetic dentists to see which ones take your dental insurance.

If you do not have dental insurance or your insurance will not cover your cosmetic dentistry work, or only a small percentage of it, you then need to consider the overall cost of your dental procedure. Cost of specific dental procedures can differ between different dentists, so be sure to get a quote for the procedure before you make a final appointment to have the procedure done. With certain things like braces, you will have to go in for a consultation before you can get the price figure because every case is unique in that respect.

The final thing to consider when it comes to picking a dentist for cosmetic dentistry is that dentist's reputation for doing the procedure that you want done. For instance, if you want porcelain veneers, you do not want to go to a cosmetic dentist who does not have a very good reputation for putting on porcelain veneers. The same goes for braces and dental implants. You need to pick a dentist who knows what they are doing so you will not need further corrective dental work to fix their mistakes. Once you consider all of these things, you are sure to find the right dentist for your aesthetic dental work.

Source by Chris J. Phillips

The choice of web frameworks differs from one enterprise to another. Some businesses prefer selecting the right web framework according to specific needs of the project, whereas others opt for open source frameworks to curtail project overheads. But according to the latest framework usage statistics posted on BuiltWith.com, ASP.NET is more popular than several commonly used web frameworks like J2EE, Ruby on Rails, Adobe ColdFusion, and Classic ASP. However, it is still less popular than PHP which is a web programming language. Microsoft recently made several changes to ASP.NET to make it different from, and better than other web frameworks. In addition to being open source and cross-platform, ASP.NET 5 also comes with a number of new features to facilitate development of modern web applications.

Features that Make ASP.NET 5 Different from Other Web Frameworks

Three Different Runtimes

While using ASP.NET 5, developers have option to choose from three different runtimes, ie, Core CLR, full.NET CLR, and Cross Platform CLR. Core CLR enables programmers to run the old and new versions of the code together. At the same time, Cross Platform CLR makes it easier for them to run the ASP.NET applications run on popular platforms like Windows, OS X and Linux. As the default runtime, .NET CLR allows programsmers to create applications that run on existing .NET frameworks. Thus, the developers now have option to choose the runtime according to the application's nature needs and compatibility.

Cloud Ready Configuration

Many enterprises nowadays use cloud platforms to facilitate development and deployment of modern web applications. But developers have to put additional time and effort to deploy projects in cloud. ASP.NET 5 makes it easier for developers to deploy or publish web applications in the cloud without worrying about many configurations. The cloud ready configuration provided by the web framework simplifies the process of migrating and deploying projects in the cloud. The developers can further save time by converting the legacy project into an azure cloud project, and publishing the converted project directly.

A Unified Programming Model

The complex nature of modern websites makes developers use multiple frameworks and programming models together. Most web frameworks require programmers to switch from one programming model to another while developing modern web applications and services. But ASP.NET 5 comes with a unified programming model called MVC 6. MVC 6 includes several frameworks including MVC, Web API, Web Pages, SignalR and Identity. The unified programming model makes it easier for programmers to create a variety of Web APIs and Web Pages without making any changes to the code. At the same time, the developers can further take advantage of a number of new features like improved routing, built-in dependency injection support, and option to create controllers from any class.

A Modular HTTP Pipeline

The latest version is designed with a new and modular HTTP pipeline. The modular pipeline makes it easier for users to host their web applications on various web servers including IIS and other Open Web Interface for .NET (OWIN) -based servers. They also have option to pick only the middleware that needs to run the pipeline for the application. They can further create custom middleware for the application, along with availing security, diagnostics, request routing and similar features provided by the new HTTP pipeline. The pipeline further simplifies the process of migrating the web application from web server to another.

Roslyn Compiler

Nowadays programmers have to make changes to the code at frequent intervals to enhance the application's functionality and performance. So they look for quick and efficient ways to check the see the impact of changes made to the code. Some web frameworks require programmers to rebuild the project to check the effect of changes made to the code. But ASP.NET 5 is designed with Roslyn compiler. The compiler enables developers to check the effect of changes made to the code without rebuilding the entire project. They can now save time by compiling the code dynamically and instantaneously.

Improved Package Manager

The newer version comes with a redesigned package manager that helps developers to install, manage and update dependencies in an easier and more efficient way. The programmers now have option to represent dependencies as packages. They can even use Nuget packages as the point of reference. The simple JSON object provided by ASP.NET helps users to manage the Nuget packages more efficiently. Also, they can avail integrated support while creating and using these Nuget packages.

Support of a Modern Programming Language

Often the popularity of a programming language and a web framework is interlinked. While using ASP.NET 5, programmers are required to write code in C #. But Microsoft has updated C # to make it compete with other modern and mature programming languages. The Roslyn compiler further helps developers to take advantage of the new language features included in C # 6.0. They now have option to take advantage of several new features included in C # like auto-property initializers, primary constructor, calling await keyword inside the catch and finally blocks, exception filters, and string interpolation. The most recent version of C # also makes ASP.NET 5 score over other frameworks.

Updated Visual Studio

Modern ASP.NET 5 development professionals have the option to use an advanced and robust IDE like Visual Studio 2015. Microsoft has updated Visual Studio with several new features to meet the requirements of modern web applications and services. The tools and editors provided by Visual Studio further help programmers to reduce the development time drastically. The latest version of Visual Studio makes helps programmers to create client-side using popular frameworks like Gulp, Grunt, Bower, Bootstrap, AngularJS and Knockout.js. They can now use the IDE to create responsive websites that deliver quality user experience across a wide variety of devices. Likewise, it becomes easier for users to bundle, minify and manage the frontend resources more effectively.

On the whole, Microsoft has completely redesigned ASP.NET 5 to make it score over other frameworks. As an open source web framework, this can be used by enterprises without incurring any additional expenses. At the same time, the businesses can take advantage of its new features to deliver quality and modern web applications within a shorter amount of time.

Source by Pujit Kaul

Founded by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in 1565, St. Augustine. Augustine, Florida, is the oldest city in the United States. Located on Matanzas Bay and a stone's throw from the Atlantic Ocean, St. Andrews. Augustine is a tourist haven, with visitors coming from all over the world to visit Castillo de San Marcos, Potter's Wax Museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, and Flagler College.

St. Augustine also has a number of really special restaurants and eateries that deserve special attention when visiting the city. The Spanish Bakery is located not far from Castillo de San Marcos on St. George Street. Just follow the rich aroma of baking bread. Afterward, stop by the nearby Whetstone's chocolate shop for a snack to take home.

Dinner in St. Augustine is truly a culinary experience. For casual dining and exquisite seafood, find Salt Water Cowboy's on St. Louis. Augustine Beach. Columbia is located in downtown on st. George Street, and offers superb Spanish and Latin dishes in a gorgeous setting. Scarlett O'Hara's, near Flagler College, is a haven for the after-work crowd with drink specials and live music.

For a truly local experience, head out to the southern end of St. Augustine Beach and try the Oasis. It's located almost on the beach and offers up an eclectic seafood and sandwich menu with excellent lunch and dinner specials. They also serve the coldest beer in St. Andrews. Augustine, which during the summer is a factor that merits consideration as temperatures hover in the low 90s.

Of course, there are many other fine restaurants and eateries in St. Louis. Augustine that you should try. For elegant dining, I recommend the Chart House overlooking Matanzas Bay. For boiled shrimp, beer, and Buffett tunes, the Milltop Tavern is the place, with an awesome view of the fort, downtown, and Matanzas Bay.

Choosing a good place to eat in St. Augustine is not difficult, as I frequently visit the city and have tried just about all of them with no complaints. The people are friendly and the locals accommodating, which makes this little city on the bay one of my favorite spots to unwind and relax after a hard quarter or two of graduate school. I just hope they have an opening at Flagler College soon so I can teach there!

SaintAugustine,-Florida&id=539577″>Source by M. Lively

A good friend of mine, that will remain nameless for the purposes of this article, lest I get in a lot of trouble, recently spent many days cleaning through years of accumulation to make room in her garage for a storage facility to house the sales material for her business. A few years ago, I too, moved my office into my home and found the experience one of massive shock.

You really don't know how much "stuff" you have in your life until you have to move or consolidate it. Every time in a while I think we all should go through a phase of simplification. This house cleaning phenomenon can apply to many areas of your life: relationships, animals, failed businesses, old shoes, hand-me-downs, old tools, cars, photos, etc.

In relationships it's called baggage, in everything else it's called junk.

I don't quite know where it all started, I mean, I did not plan to have this much junk / baggage in my life, as I'm sure my friend did either. We just accumulate it. Maybe we feel better surrounding ourselves with the new item / relationship of the moment, but when that moment has passed, all that's left is the item, or heartache. To quote BB King, all of a sudden: "The thrill is gone."

Oddly, this scenario is repeated over and over during different phases of our lives. Why don't we get it in the first place? Or aren't we meant to?

The process would be okay if it were "out with the old and in with the new", but instead it's "in with the new and store the old." Have you noticed all of the public storage businesses cropping up like weeds everywhere? Maybe I need to look into purchasing their stock … hmm.

Well, anyway, as you may have surmised, the problem has to be one of philosophy.

With the two prevailing schools of philosophical thought theorizing that either the universe is controlling your every move through cause and effect (determinist theory) or that you have the ability to do pretty much as you wish (free will theory) leaves us in a bit of a conundrum, ie, feel good about your accumulation of junk, because it's out of your control to begin with and rent a big storage space, or, feel guilty about your excesses and frequently load up the van for a trip to Goodwill, ARC or St. Vincent de Paul.

In my way of thinking, a mixture of these philosophies might be just what the gods have in mind, which is to say, everything in moderation. A modicum of free will thrown in with a dose of determinist values ​​and whala you have a happy human who's not being too controlled, and yet still has the freedom to gleefully clutter up the garage or their life.

Now, if this mass accumulation is the result of too much free will, more than likely the end result comes from boredom, stress or poor financial planning. If it were just a matter of decorating, re-arranging, re-modeling that would be fine, and we would see free will at work.

From the other point of view, I'd hate to think that we're under the controlling thumb of the gods, and they are just trying to satisfy their own need to splurge and we are the currency. There is nothing creative or fun in being used, is there? Could they really be that selfish? Nah.

The whole question of whether we humans actually have free will or we are quietly being led through life by the nose has haunted mankind for centuries. Free will has such attractiveness to it, and determinist seems so negative and underhanded that I can't help but feel we do have a combination of free will and outside control in our lives.

It would make sense that we learn important lessons based on our own decisions, and be controlled when it would make things turn out the way the gods want, right?

But, how will we ever experience the thrill of success or the anguish of failure if we never make a decision that either hurts or enhances our lives?

Another aspect to the flow of our lives is the fundamental need for change. I know many people who hate change, or at least that's what they tell me. But, down deep, I think that change makes life interesting.

Take for instance, changing homes, offices, mates, cars, clothes, toilet paper, or brands of dental floss; we all need to try new things in new ways. It is in this variety that we stay interested in daily life.

These kinds of change, and many more, bring me full circle in my free will debate. How much more mundane can a decision be than changing brands of toilet paper? So, how can the universe be involved in our every movement with the more pressing issues of famine, disasters and disease screaming for attention?

As I make changes in my life, like the recent one to return to college, can they be anything but my choice? Of course, they may fit in the overall scheme of future world events and maybe not. If not, was the choice purely mine? I hope so.

After all, I'm just one of four billion or so humans on the planet, how important can my educational decisions be? Or when contemplating the next trip to Goodwill to assist in a personal cleansing, does the universe really care? Will we ever know? Maybe. Maybe not.

Any way that you look at it it's fun to ponder.

Source by Keith Renninson

Treating the teeth of your patients is not an easy job, especially when you don't have patients knocking at your clinic. Given the competitive state of the healthcare industry, where every dentist wants to make huge bucks, it has become tough for others to create an impact, let alone drive in more clients.

The true benefit, as a dental practitioner, lies when you possess the coveted knowledge of how to market your services, which is why a brainstorming session on dental marketing ideas can help you and your practice immensely. In the end, it all drops down to how well you manage multiple dental marketing strategies using traditional as well as online methods.

Encouraging a relationship based practice
By building a good relationship with current patients, you are increasing the chances of positive word of mouth advertising. That will happen only when you provide the best treatment and care. Satisfied patients, in return will refer your services to their friends, colleagues and relations. To foster this kind of marketing, you need to give 100% to every patient and take care of his / her needs.

Right people for the right job
In marketing sense, this is one of the unique ideas since your staff has the ability to make or break your practice. If you hire the right personnel in terms of dental technicians, secretaries and receptionists, these individuals can provide a great level of customer satisfaction, which is essential in a build up to a successful dental practice. Their attitude, work ethics and communication skills matter a lot.

Drop an Email
Direct mail marketing has been the preferred strategy by dentists for a while now. Send emails to existing and potential patients informing them about your latest innovations. You can also send out newsletters and catalogs to make the most of direct mail. Make sure you have a proper "call to action" that should encourage clients to visit your clinic.

Patient referral program
Reward patients who refer their friends and colleagues to your practice. To commence with, offer them discounts along with an occasional free dental checkup. That way they will feel valued and continue referring. Combine this marketing strategy with promotional brochures to exiting patients.

Advertisements in local newspapers
For some people, especially older ones, newspaper still provides vital information on many things. Place advertisements in the local newspaper to inform them about your practice's existence. A professional designer should creatively design the ad. Briefly write about what your practice offers along with contact information.

A meritorious website
In this competitive era, a web page is mandatory to keep a dental practice up and running. A strong online presence helps establish the practice. When potential patients visit your website, first thing they notice is the design and content. Ensure the content is readable and user-friendly. Same thing applies to the design. Use appropriate color palette to make the design attractive. Have a gallery highlighting patients' 'before' and 'after' photos.

Informative articles
Writing educational articles and blogs and submitting them to various article directories are great ways to generate leads to your dental website. In addition, it gives the readers an insight of your practice and knowledge base. Articles and blogs provide much-required back links that have a positive effect on the website's ranking in search engine listings.

Not using Social media: It's a mistake
We can't leave social media when it comes to creating awareness, can we? Time and time again social media has proved to be a trustworthy and powerful dental marketing tool. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are fast becoming influential avenues to create awareness among potential patients. Dental practitioners and patients are now able to communicate round the clock.

It all depends how you nurture your marketing strategies according to existing competitive scenario. The more you get out of them, the better results will be.

Source by Larry Holman

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