Has Nature Found A Way To Dispose of Aquatic Trash?

Many of you know of the massive amounts of trash that have somehow built up over the years of humanities wasteful mindlessness.  Some scientist have discovered bacteria living and eating the plastic.  Here is an excerpt from the article…

“Nature may have found a way to dispose of the huge amounts of plastic garbage, which has been increasingly accumulating in the oceans. A small bacteria feeding on it has been discovered. This may be a boon or a bane for the aquatic environment.”

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Making Great Tea

Often times when people make tea, they tend to make it the wrong way.  Ever notice how some people’s tea is just strong and others are kind of so so?  There are things you want to watch out for when making tea.

– Never ever boil your Tea.  Tea is not meant to be cooked, it’s meant to be Steeped or Brewed.  You’ll want the temperature of your water to be just before the Boiling put.  For me, this is often the number 4 on my stove nob.  Turn it on high, then turn it down once the bubbles start to appear in the bottom of the pot.

– Don’t cook your Tea too long.  A lot of people cook their Tea way too long.  This causes bitterness in the Tea and makes it unbearably strong.  We don’t want this.  We want a full flavored Tea and not have the bitterness.  Set your timer on the stove and turn over the tea bags half way through the cooking time.  I recommend 6-8 minutes.  For a full flavored Tea that’s not overpowering, go for the 6 minute mark.  If you like your Tea a little stronger, go for the 8 minute mark.

– Never add sugar to Cold Tea.  It just doesn’t work.  Maybe a little, but Sugar best dissolves when the water is still warm.  Therefor, you’ll want to add the Sugar to your Tea when the water is still hot.  Right after you take the Tea bags out and turn off the stove.  This ensures that the Sugar gets mixed into the Tea and you get the most out of your sugar.

I like to use 1 Family size Lipton Black Tea bag to make a Gallon and the Tea turns out just fine with this Method.  I also add 1cup of sugar to my Tea, often times, this is plenty for most people.  You can adjust the sugar according to how much Tea you’re making, 1qt, 1/2 gallon, etc.

Keep to these simple tips and you’ll be making great Tea every single time.

Optional: (Lemon or Lime)

Enjoy the “19 New Ways to Enjoy Sweet Tea” article from Southern Living by clicking on the image below.

Sweet Tea

Learning A Language

There comes a time in someone’s life, when they decide to learn a language.  Languages can be a lot of fun to learn, but challenging at the same time.  What’s the best way to go about it?

Many companies offer courses on speaking a foreign language.  But is this really the best way to learn?  Sure, they might offer Voice, Visual, and Hands On learning, but is Software really the best way to learn a language?

What about College course material?  Many Colleges offer and even require one to learn a foreign language, or two, or three, etc.  Depending on your degree.  But is College really the best way to learn?

Perhaps the best way to learn a foreign language, is to immerse yourself into the culture.  What Culture?  Well, the culture who’s language you want to learn.  If you want to learn Japanese, you’ll need to immerse yourself in Japanese Culture.  The only way to do that?  Go to Japan.

Why is Total Immersion important?  The thing is, software and audio courses can only get you so far.  In other words, you might be learning how to pronounce a word, but what if you’re not accurate?  People might look at you funny when you’re trying to speak to them.

Some languages, like Chinese, are tone regulated.  In other words, the tone that you speak in, may actually mean an entirely different word/phrase.  Most of the time though, it’s usually different ways of saying something.  Like we have different levels of love, they might have different tones for love.

So, rather than make a fool of yourself, you might want to consider taking an immersion course, or even just traveling on your own.  It’s never too late to travel and you may as well do it while you’re still young.

For those of us who can’t quite afford to travel, at least yet, there is always the courses to use.  I for one find myself having trouble learning certain words, so I have no clue if I’m right with the pronunciation or not.  What about you?  What’s your biggest challenge when learning a foreign language?

It’s All About Initiative

Life in general is all about Initiative.  Do you have the drive necessary to make it happen?  Are you living life the way you want to?

I’ve started writing on my novel again.  That takes initiative.  If you have a story you want to write, you need to plan it out and get started writing.  Don’t wait too long, you’ll never get it done.  Trust me, I know.

I’ve had the idea to write this novel for several years now.  I could have been a published Author by now if I had that Initiative.  Hopefully, it won’t be that far off, now that I’ve started the initial stage.

There’s another area in my life that needs work though.  Exercise.  I just lack the drive that I need to make it all happen.

I often find my self laughing (on the inside) at people who drive around the parking lot looking for a parking space.  I can park out of the way at the end of the isle and walk into the store, before most people can park their car.  Seriously?  Yet, at the same time, I lack the drive to get motivated for exercise?

So, here’s what I’m going to try.  I’m going to make a poster board.  It’s going to be filled with things I want, people I want to be like, women I’d like to date, etc.  Why?  This is to hopefully give me the motivation I need to actually be someone.  To get up and go.

I’m also going to be starting a community of my own.  I’m going to be looking for certain individuals (who are already well on their way) to help jump start the community.  If you’d like to be a part of this community, let me know.  It will probably be forum based.

Keep plucking away at life and it will reward you.