Put in Protected Pockets of Time and Energy – For (and With) Your Family and Friends

Good grief, Charlie Brown! Families are running around like crazy – and it's chaotic, to say the least. Here's my question: Is this the experience that you want your children, nieces, nephews, parents, and friends to remember about any time spent with you, ie, that it's chaotic and crazy? Hmmm …. I think not. So, here are some ideas for putting in protected pockets of time and energy for your friends and family.

  1. If your children or other members of your family are involved in an organized sport, limit it to one per person per season. This is easier on the child and on the rest of the family. Running around like a nut is not building anyone's relationships nor their overall health. Choose one sport / person / season.
  2. Have one day or evening a week that is "off limits" for anything scheduled, at all. Open calendars – heavenly. These open spaces are protected pockets. Everyone needs that – especially as a family. Just be home and eat together, watch a movie, play board games, talk (really … just talk and find out what is happening in everyone's lives), or whatever else would be pleasant and would help build the relationships and the feeling of ahhhh … space.
  3. The "off limits" day refers to you, too. Regardless of whether you are a member of a 'traditional' family or friends group, you need a day / evening where you don't have anything scheduled. It's your protected time. You can rejuvenate and be better for everyone if you have this time and space.
  4. Establish ASO time. Too many families are using all their time pockets for screen time (TV, video games, movie rentals, computer, etc.) and should consider instituting limits. Start with an "ASO" time ("All Screens Off") by a certain

A View From the Streets on Richard Gere's Movie, Time Out of Mind

The most wrenching scene in Time Out of Mind occurs when Richard Gere's character, George Hammond, faces his status in society. He frantically asks his annoying bunkmate, "Am I homeless?" Yes, he's homeless, but it takes him a long time to accept or even utter the word. As his feckless friend points out, "You don't exist."

Scenes in the homeless shelter are painfully realistic. While a roof, bed, and a few square meals are things to be grateful for, the dehumanization of the occupants is often too high a price to pay. Many choose freedom at the expense of their health and even their lives. They would rather be free than remain in regimented, potentially dangerous shelters.

Freedom is a terrible thing to give up. Look past the bottle in Gere's brown bag and try to remember the person his character must once have been. He is likely someone much like yourself.

Hammond is a sympathetic character, even when hints of his past suggest many wasted opportunities. His bartender daughter is none too happy to see him when he shows up at her place of work, hinting for a handout. She angrily shows him the door, yet is clearly torn by his visit. He is, after all, her father. Even his remaining high-priced clothes suggest happier times.

Gere spent many days living on the streets in preparation for the role of George Hammond, being recognized only twice. That's surprising for a man of his stature in Hollywood, whose good looks he maintains as he ages gracefully. It's sobering to think of less-famous individuals we pass by or step over on the streets every day as we go about the normal lives most of the homeless once lived themselves.

One young woman startled Gere himself by giving him her pizza while …

7 Most (and Least) Time Consuming Game Genres

Time… It’s become such a valuable commodity for many of us that we base all of our daily activities around how much time we have to spare. I’m sure we’ve all had to cut something out of our daily routine just because there’s not enough time. When you’re a young adult like me, with a full time job and other responsibilities, it’s honestly quite hard to find time to play video games, which is a pity because I love video games. This list is designed to show you which game genres take the most time to play through, starting with the least.

7. Platformers

When I think of platformers, I think of games such as Super Mario World, Kirby, and Mega Man. These types of games are typically broken down into individual levels or stages that you must complete. Often, you are given the opportunity to save your game after a stage, meaning that you can shut it off afterwards if you are out of time. Also, these types of games are fairly short. Megan can beat Super Mario World in just a couple of hours, whereas I… I’ll get back to you on that.

6. Third-person Shooter/Action

We go from cutesy looking character sprites to hardcore action and destruction. For this genre, I’m thinking of examples like Max Payne and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, just to give you an idea. These games are also broken down into stages commonly referred to as “missions”, and they’re usually longer than your typical Mega Man stage. They’re almost always action-packed, so it can be easy to lose track of time. Luckily, these games are also fairly short. If you’re skilled like anyone but me, you can get through Max Payne 3 in an eight-hour day.

5. Turn-based Strategy games

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How To Play Time Management Games Online For Free

1. First a warning, playing games can be addicting so remember to manage your playing time. Also be sure to download time management games from sites that you trust and always keep your anti-virus program up to date.

2. Check your browser some time management games require the Internet Explorer browser and will not work with Firefox and some other browsers.

3. Decide if you want to play time management games online or download them and then play. Please check our "Times Management Games" section for resources that is updated regularly.

4. Let us look at some of the games that you can play for free online. As you will see there are many time management games to choose from so take the time and try several of them, you will soon find out which one you like the most.

Belle's Beauty Boutique:

'Belle's Beauty Boutique' you must help run a beauty parlor single-handedly. The owner, Belle, needs your help to give all of her customers the treatments they want. Help her wash, cut, shampoo and color a crazy cast of characters. Watch them gossip, flirt, and help Belle realize her dream of creating the ultimate beauty salon.

Big Island Blends:

After arriving on Big Island you discover that the "fortune" you've just inherited is an orchard? Well, what better way to turn your fields into a real fortune than opening a smoothie stand Serve your delicious fruit concoctions to the thirsty inhabitants of Big Island in level after level of fast-paced fun. Then, use your hard-earned money to purchase a wide variety of sparkling upgrades to make your smoothie stand the best on Big Island! Colorful, fast, and fun, try Big Island Blends for a unique taste of the tropics.

Burger Island:

Help our heroine Patty turn around a …

Helpful Tips For Passing The North Carolina Real Estate Exam The First Time

Passing your North Carolina real estate exam the first time is the best way. It costs sixty one dollars to take it again. Spend that money somewhere else besides at the exam site.

The first thing you need to do is study. Study a lot. Study in the morning. Study at night. Put your family on notice that you will be busy studying until the exam. Turn the television off. Turn Facebook off. Turn the video games off. Turn the study lamp on.

Make flash cards. Flash cards are an easy way to study. Take a three by five card and write a question on one side of the card. Write the answer on the back of the card. Write a question like,” How many members are on the North Carolina Real Estate Commission?”. Write “nine” on the back. Make about five hundred of these flash cards. Use the questions in the back of your chapters in your textbook to find questions. Look in the glossary of your textbook for questions. Many of the questions on the North Carolina real estate exam are testing your vocabulary. Look in the glossary. Find a word like appurtenant. Write on the front of the card,” What do we call something that adds value to a parcel of real estate in an auxiliary way?”. Write “appurtenant” on the back. Making the flash cards is half of the learning process. The real value of flash cards is how easy they are to use. You can use them in the car while you are sitting at a red light. You can use them during the TV commercials. You can use them almost constantly. Make yourself some flashcards.

If you go to You Tube there are several videos posted to help you do the math that is …

Top 20 Games Of All Time

20 – Mass Effect

I have never understood the appeal of Star Wars, at least not until I played Mass Effect. The complete immersion into a world a universe that Star Wars fans feel is what experienced after my first two missions.

19 – Minecraft

Yeah, someone’s trying to recreate Game of Thrones continent of Westeros in Minecraft. Yes, someone else made a to-scale replica of starship Enterprise, but I think there’s more fun in making a more humble thing in your private or shared world.

18 – Half-Life

Half Life 2 managed to both create the blueprint for the modern single player shooter and be the genre’s high water mark. It was first and, arguably, still is the best at what it does.

17- Half Life 2: Episode 2

Episode 2 just does everything perfectly. You have an adventure in a mining complex with a hilariously tame Vortigaunt companion, a frantic last-stand against hordes of antlions, an ambush where Combine troops destroy a mansion around you, and finely a battle with a legion of Striders.

16 – BioShock

To this day, horror games remain little more than jump scares and sudden sound blasts, Bioshock’s submerged tomb of forgotten dreams and broken promises consistently cranks out an ambiance far more discomforting than any blood-drenched wall or hulked-out zombie could ever hope for.

15 – Diablo II

I love Diablo II’s esthetic, which makes me feel like I’m living in a miniature model world like the kind once used to create film effects.

14 – Portal 2

It’s funnier and even more endearing than its predecessor, and invests several new types of puzzle that make the Porta gun seem even more amazing.

13 – Quake

Quake isn’t, it’s a phenomenon. Without it, TF2 wouldn’t exist. Perforating Fields with Nine-Inch nails and …