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Airsoft For More Practice

Author: From • Aug 26th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
For a short time, my son was involved in an airsoft club in high school. At that time I started thinking that it might be a useful way to practice for shooting real guns. I forgot about it for few years, but recently picked up a Tokyo Marui SIG Sauer P226 airsoft replica. The gun is a very close copy, in ergonomics and operation, to the real thing that I often carry and shoot in matches.

After opening the box, I discovered that the manual is written entirely in Japanese. There are drawings too, but sometimes it's not clear what they are trying to depict. Fortunately I'm pretty familiar with how to shoot a pistol, so some of it was easy to interpret. But other parts of the instructions are less clear. After ordering some propellant and BB's online, it was time to shoot.

I plan to enhance my shooting practice with the airlift replica. I'll be able to work on movement and drawing drills, right in my backyard. Having the "bullets" hitting the target will keep me more honest with sight picture too. A repair center or paper practice target placed over a well-shot out cardboard target ensures the plastic pellet leaves a hole even at distance.

Acquiring this gun took longer than expected. The shipment from Hong Kong was held up by Customs in New York for five weeks. (If U.S. Customs and Border Protection was as diligent about illegal weapons and illegal immigrants as they are with toys, we'd probably be a lot safer. )

My first practice session with the gun was spent working on shooting while moving sideways, a skill deficit I noted at my last IDPA match. I'm looking forward to setting out a barricade to shoot around as well. It's probably fortunate, at least until the trees drop their leaves, that my backyard is well hidden from the neighbors' views.

In the end, I don't know how much more beneficial airsoft will be over regular dry fire practice, but shooting the airsoft pistol is certainly fun. And that's enough reason to try it.

Individual Lemon Cream Pies

Author: From • Aug 26th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

I think some of the best recipes are the ones that are really easy to make with very few ingredients. This absolutely delightful dessert is perfect for parties, family gatherings, or for yourself! Indulge! 


- Individual Keebler ready pie crust
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- zest from a lemon, optional
- yellow food coloring, optional

In a mixer, combine all of the ingredients except lemon zest. If you desire a more yellow color, feel free to add a few drops of yellow food coloring. After blended and smooth pour into mini shells and refrigerate. Enjoy!! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply." - Anonymous

Strawberry Cake Squares

Author: From • Aug 26th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

This very popular cake is always in great demand around here! Made with fresh strawberries, it goes from being a sweet magnificent dessert to health food! :) 


- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 4 eggs
- 4 cups strawberries, chopped small

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 15x10 baking dish. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. In a mixer, blend sugar, oil, applesauce, and eggs. After blended, add flour mixture. Combine flour mixture and add strawberries. Pour into baking dish and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle. If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action." Benjamin Disraeli

Scallops with Warm Corn-Chorizo Salad

Author: From • Aug 25th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Melt-in-your-mouth scallops with this very savory warm salad is sure to delight your palate and keep you coming back for more. I am going to start making the salad by itself to have with other meals or just an egg on top! 


- 2 Tbs olive oil, divided
- 5 oz. sweet Italian chorizo (or your favorite kind)
- 1/2 cup diced onions
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- slightly charred corn from 4 ears of corn
- 6 cups packed baby spinach
- 1/2 lb. fresh scallops
- salt and pepper

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chorizo and cook for 5 minutes. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for 2 more minutes. Stir in kernels of corn (charred or uncharred) and the spinach. When the spinach starts to wilt, remove mixture from skillet to a bowl and set aside. Rinse and pat dry your scallops. Add salt and pepper to the scallops. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and turn up the heat to high. When skillet is very hot, add scallops and sear 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Serve over warm corn-chorizo salad. Enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." - Roald Dahl

Fight McAuliffe Mandated Killing Zones

Author: From • Aug 25th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local
This alert from the Virginia Citizens Defense League highlights the hypocrisy of Governor McAuliffe and his support of gun free killing zones, applicable only to law-abiding citizens. If you are a Virginia resident, please read and take action now.

Late last year Governor McAuliffe put into effect an "emergency" ban on the carry of firearms in state agency buildings (DMV, ABC stores, etc.), banning even those with CHPs.

What was the emergency situation that the ban was addressing?  There was none.  When was the last time you heard of a shooting in a state agency building?  When was the last time you heard about one of Virginia's 421,000 CHP holders committing a violent crime?

Everything the Governor does is based on politics and its associated rhetoric.  The state-agency gun-ban is just another example of McAuliffe putting politics over the SAFETY and RIGHTS of Virginia's citizens!


VCDL urged the General Assembly to clarify that state agencies cannot have any kind of gun ban without the permission of the General Assembly.  Delegate Mike Webert put in HB 1096, a state-agency preemption bill, to do just that.  The bill passed the House by 65 to 33 and the Senate by 21 to 17, but did not become law because McAuliffe showed his disdain for the General Assembly and gun owners by vetoing it.


Emergency regulations cannot be in force forever; they have to be replaced with a "permanent" version.

Your written requests for a public hearing on the emergency regulation earlier this year worked! That's why the Commonwealth is having a public hearing on the permanent regulation.

The hearing is next Wednesday, August 31, from 10 AM to noon at:

Pocahantas Building (a block south of Capitol Square)
900 E. Main Street (northwest corner of 10th and Main)
Richmond, VA

**Carry is NOT allowed, with everyone having to go through metal detectors (McAuliffe, always the hypocrite, sure likes HIS security, doesn't he?)**


This is a hearing, so everyone who wants to speak will be allowed to do so.  There is a sign-up sheet, with names called in the order they are on the sheet.  You will have two minutes to speak. No signs are allowed, but VCDL GSL stickers will be available.

You can simply say, "I oppose this regulation."  If you wish to say more than that, here are some talking points:

1.  Where is the problem this is supposed to solve?  There have been no shootings in Virginia state agency buildings and the ban on concealed carry is even more unreasonable, as CHP holders are the most law-abiding group of citizens in the Commonwealth.

2.  The Governor has no direct authority from the General Assembly to ban guns in state agency buildings.  To that end, this year the General Assembly passed a bill clarifying that the Governor cannot do any type of gun control without the express permission of the General Assembly.  The only reason that bill did not become law is that the Governor vetoed it!  This action ignores the will of the People, as expressed through their elected representatives in the General Assembly.

3.  Since 1960, all but two of the public mass-shootings have been in gun-free-zones, like this regulation creates.  This would make state-agency buildings in Virginia less secure, not more secure!


Click here to leave your written comment opposing the permanent regulation (my comment is the first one on the list).  The title should clearly state that you oppose the regulation:

The written comment period ends on October 21.
The megalomaniac in the governor's mansion is the same elitist who violated the Virginia constitution in an attempt to pad the voter roles for Hillary Clinton. The governor is a political thug who cares only for his leftist comrades, not the people of Virginia.

Useful Infant Nutrition Info

Author: From • Aug 24th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

There is no doubt that food is the one and only source of energy and nutrition for all living beings. The same applies to new born babies and infants also. As a new born baby comes into this world, it totally depends on breast milk as a source of food and nutrition. This is because it contains all the important nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and essential fats. For many mothers who have problems breastfeeding their babies, going in for infant formulas is a good choice. However, before changing the food habits of young babies and infants, one ought to have the right infant nutrition info failing which you could end up with the wrong choice of food.

When To Start Solid Foods

One of the common questions which come to the mind of mothers is when to start the child with solid foods. This would vary from one child to another but the normal suggested age is between four to six months. It would be advisable to take the help of child specialists and doctors and then come out with the right nutrients for infants. For example, it is usual to start off with eggs, mashed vegetables, fruits and other such items as the child reaches four months. You have to keep in mind that baby grows quite rapidly and it is normal to see its weight increases three-fold during the first 12 months.

Breastfeeding And Formula Feeding

It has been proven over and over again that breastfeeding is the best way forward for your new born baby because it prevents against infections, allergic manifestations and development of different types of chronic conditions. However, not all mothers are able to go in for breastfeeding because of various reasons. In such cases, opting for suitable infant formula is the next best option. However this has to be looked at against the backdrop of nutrients babies need and specific requirements.

Ridiculous Myths and Justified Facts about Diabetes

Author: From • Aug 24th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Diabetes is the most prevalent disease across the globe. This is the condition in which person has the alleviated blood glucose levels wither due to the lack of insulin or due to body’s insensitivity towards insulin. Globally, there are 137 million people suffering from diabetes and 54 million people only in United States. Moreover, the disease is known to be the silent killer as it is the 7 th major cause of deaths in the world.

The causes of the diabetes are numerous and it remains mystery what the actual cause of developing diabetes might be. But still, there are different theories and evidences supporting that diabetes can be influenced greatly by genetics, environmental factors, metabolic disorders, lack of physical activity, poor dietary habits, obesity and many others. However the symptoms of diabetes remain to be clear those are:

1. Fatigue

2. Excessive thirst

3. Blurred vision

4. Stomach pain

5. Weight loss

Further, there are two basic types of diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is rare and is found only in children whereas second type of diabetes is very common and it can be developed at any stage of life.

Being a debatable disease, there are several myths that are common among people. Among them, some myths are facts but not all. In order to get the complete awareness about Diabetes, you need to know the common myths about this condition and truth about them.

4 Common Myths and Facts about Diabetes:

1. Myth # 1: Diabetes is Contagious:

Well, this sounds to be ridiculous. Although there are no complete evidences about how and why some people get diabetes but this myth is completely incorrect.

Truth: You cannot catch diabetes from someone else like cold or flu. There are lifestyle factors and genetic susceptibility that plays a major role in onset of Diabetes.

2. Myth # 2: People with Diabetes Cannot eat sweets:

Well this is the common misconception that diabetics have to completely avoid sweets or desserts. Well there is some truth in this myth but it is not 100 percent true.

Truth: diabetes patient can east sweets, chocolates or desserts but in limit. When these sugary foods are combined with the healthy food choices and adequate physical activity, they are safe to use by diabetic patient.

3. Myth # 3: Eating Too Much Sugar Cause Diabetes:

This is the oldest misconception that eating too much sweets or sugar can develop diabetes.

Truth: diabetes is caused by the combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors. However, obesity can cause diabetes and obesity is often caused by consuming too much fat and sugars.

4. Myth # 4: Insulin causes Weight Gain:

Type 2 diabetes requires insulin to be injected by the patient. This injected insulin is thought to increase weight of the patient.

Truth: but the reality is this not true. According to the studies conducted by United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study and Diabetes Control & Complications Trial, insulin far outweighs the risk of gaining weight.

Expressive writing as back pain solution:

Author: From • Aug 24th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Many people suffering from back pain opt surgery as the last solution to end their pain. It is seen that out of 10 as many as 8 people go through back pain in America but surgery does not quite end their pain in most of the cases but tends to make the situation even worse than before.

Dr. Hanscom who is an orthopedic surgeon has written a book named “Back in Control: A spine surgeon’s roadmap out of chronic pain.” He is also currently in practice in Seattle what he tells is that most of the patients who come to him suffering from back pain don’t need surgery at all.

Dr. Hanscom himself has been suffering from a burnout in a severe condition consisting of 16 NPD symptoms and he himself despite being a doctor did not know the nature of the problem and what it will be in the next 15 years.

One of his 16 symptoms was chronic pain. He shared his experience with his patients and explained that he negligently solved his chronic pain back in the year 2003 and after a few years he discovered that he had been fully suffering from Neurophysiologic Disorder (NPD).

The root cause to NPD is anxiety and stress. Because of these two the body comes fully loaded with adrenaline and every organ of the body starts working and responding rapidly Dr. Hanscom explains that an adrenalized nervous system causes up to 30 symptoms.

Some of the symptoms of NPD are migraine headaches, ringing in the ears, burning on the feet, itching on the scalp, migratory skin rashes and post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) and out of those 16 symptoms which Dr. Hanscom suffered these were majorly included.

According to him the pain he suffered was brutal and he explains that at that time he didn’t realize that anxiety was also one of the major manifestations of neurophysiological disorder. He said that he had developed a lot of anxiety inside him and he also explained that overcoming all this anxiety made him a major spine surgeon.

We all know about this theory that when we tend to not think of something we come to think about it more, right? So interestingly the overcoming of anxiety has a lot to do with the burn out rate like about 50 to 55 percent.

People tend to stay quiet and not talk about anxiety but whenever Dr. Hanscom gives out his lectures he always remembers to mention this word and he talks about anxiety only because he has gone though it himself. Mental pain also commonly known as anxiety and physical pain both are processed by the brain in the same part so they are one and the same.

After all the struggles of Dr. Hanscom for a decade and a half he finally discovered how to recover chronic pain he made a system for curing this pain not only the physical one but the mental/emotional one too which is a component of anger and anxiety he himself recovered from it with luck, constant trying and error.

The process he developed is not really new; it actually involves going through different ways of how to allow you to calm down and de adrenaline one’s nervous system. Hundreds and Hundreds of patients have tried this and it resulted in a success and lead to better lives free of pain. This system consists of Expressive writing.

Some effective solution to low carb diet problems

Author: From • Aug 24th, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Are you doing the low carb diet and you are experiencing some problems? Worry not- since to every problem there is solution available. If you are someone who is doing the low carb diet and you are facing some problems- it is because the body, when experiencing new things such as diet can react to the changes taking place. This article will offer you some solution which can help you with your problems regarding low carb diet problems.

Health problems:

  • If you are having bit painful leg cramps- it is only because you have started the low carb diet for the first time and the decreased amount of carbohydrate content is causing this problem.
  • Effective solution: get some food source rich in magnesium. Drink plenty of water ( water has no calories) and also enough salt- these are also another method of supplementing magnesium, so that no more leg cramps are caused.
  • If the problem is not subsiding- consider increasing a bit of carbohydrate level in the low carb diet. Other problems that can occur in addition to this are:
  • Another problem one can face in the beginning of the low carb diet is constipation. The remedy for this is to eat more green vegetables and also more intake of water, like the previous solution. That can easily tackle the problem of constipation. This problem of constipation is caused due to the sudden cut of carbohydrates. However there are also other healthy alternatives of fibre which can be taken to reduce and finally eliminating the issue of constipation.
  • You can also use milk of magnesia to relieve yourself from the constipation problems.
  • A sudden change in the diet can cause bad breath which is caused by acetone. We usually experience this whenever there is a change in the diet. However, a remedy for this is to increase the intake of carbohydrate by a small amount if the problem is not resolved within a week, also alternatively you can chew some sugar free gum or use a mouth freshener to get rid of the problem of bad breath.
  • An increase in heart palpitation. This problem can be tackled by intake of more water. Alternatively you can also visit the doctor for more advice and solution. This usually occurs due to cut down in the amount of carbohydrate from the meal.

These are some of the problems that one can face when starting the low carb diet. As said earlier- the body takes some time to adapt to the new method of food intake, i.e. less amount of carbohydrates. It is because for long the carbohydrates has been a part of the diet- so it takes a bit of time to get used to the cut down. And if one is worried about ketosis- one can always increase the amount of carbohydrate, ideally it should be over 50 grams. However if the problems persists- as advised, one should go to the doctor for further solution.

Everday actions causing back pain

Author: From • Aug 23rd, 2016
   Category: Blog Entries.Local

Everday actions causing back pain

Back problems usually occur, when something wrong happens to our fragile interior, all those bones, joints, ligaments and muscles that keep us together. But an ache in the back can also be caused by various different circumstances, such as fractures in the spine, arthritis, strains, and even so kidney infections.  Let’s discuss some everyday actions that could lead to back pain;

Poor posture:

This problem may be triggered by poor posture, doesn’t matter if it is while standing or being seated, as well if lifting object improperly, even crudely bending. The circumstances, that cause back pain is usually not at all severe. We advise you, to discover more about what provokes back pain.

Sitting long time on desk:

With the change in technical advancements and modern era physical movements on the job have become really less. Most of the people are now sitting in home or in office in front of the computer for the more than 50 hours per week. This situation leads to back pain. As it has already been discussed on Huffington Post Australia by Liddy saying that

“”Most of the problems we see are a result of not just one thing, but an accumulation of stress”

So you need to take regular break from your desk and get yourself some time to walk and relax your back.

Poor sleep position:

If you sleep in really poor and bad position then get ready to get back pain on regular basis. One of the basic reasons for getting back pain is poor sleep position. So you need to analyze your sleep position if you really want to get rid of this back pain problem.

Most commonly, the pain in the back will slowly diminish, in a couple of weeks, or maybe months, time. Although, there are cases with people suffering from long-term back problems, and the pain keeps constantly returning to them.

Preventing back pain

Basically almost your every movement affects your back health, all from the way you sit, lay, the position in which your spine is, while you are standing and if you are lifting objects, properly. Every detail matters. It is advised for you to elude any pressure on your back and to daily ensure its health.

The most basic workout goes a long way, in such matters. For example swimming, yoga or Pilates   are all perfect ways to decrease chances of any pain, since this kind of activity enhance resilience and make your back muscles powerful.

Also, check out the back pain guide for more information on such topics, or find even more out on preventing back pain.

Many victims of back pain decide to take up acupuncture or manual therapy, with a professional therapist, not even consulting first a GP. Even you choose so, you have to go through expensive private therapy, which costs, per appointment, approximately £30 to 50. Spinal surgery is not recommended as the first option. It should be last resort for the patient, only when none other solution is left, spinal surgery is recommended.