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Choosing the Right Replacement Canopy For Your Gazebo

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There is a gazebo sitting out in the yard, with no canopy on it because the original one that came with the gazebo is ripped and torn after years of wear and tear, and the frame is still in excellent condition. What do you do? You can either throw the gazebo away and fork out $300 to $500, maybe even $1,000 or more for a new gazebo OR buy a replacement canopy top to fit your existing frame. Sure, buying a new gazebo may sound like a good idea, but throwing away the old metal frame of the old gazebo, which is probably not that old to begin with, is not environmentally friendly. Plus, that is a lot of money to pay every couple of years for a new frame. So, the only practical, environmentally friendly, and cost effective solution is to buy a replacement canopy. Not only will you have a new top for your gazebo frame, but added years of enjoyment and fun for you and your family.

There are a lot of replacement canopies to choose from, and it all depends on the type of frame you have. Today’s gazebos come in all shapes and sizes, and the trend seems to be that gazebos are getting bigger. It is very rare nowadays to find an 8 x 8 square gazebo. Today, gazebos come in all shapes and sizes, straying away from the traditional square shape, and offering rectangular, hexagon, and round shapes. With various gazebo shapes retail stores provide, the style is just as important. Detailed scrollwork on the canopy such as leaves, flowers, and lattice work give the gazebos a unique look, as if the gazebo itself is another room where you can relax or entertain guests. The ability to customize and add furniture and other decor creates an extension of the family living room, only it is outdoors.

Which canopy is right for me?

As every gazebo is different, so too, are the replacement canopies for it. All of our replacement canopies that we manufacture are made specific to that gazebo. The first step in determining which replacement canopy you need is with a model number (also known as style number, SKU number, etc.). This model number can either be the manufacturer’s model number or the model number the retail store assigned to the product. This is the gazebo’s identification number. The model number can be found on a tag on the underside of the original canopy or on the netting set. The instructions manual also include the model number. Most think the model number is etched on the frame of the gazebo. That is not the case, and should be a suggestion to manufacturers, as that would be the easiest place to find the model number.

If you do not know or have the model number, the store from where the gazebo was purchased narrows down the many different types of gazebos you will funnel through to determine which replacement canopy will fit your …

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How to Use the LET GO Model to Achieve Forgiveness

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You can master the art of forgiveness over time and through practice, by implementing the LET GO Forgiveness Model. You will learn how to move through its five stages, from feeling victimized and disempowered, to being fully connected with your inner purpose and free to create happiness and experience joy.

There is not a definite time frame in accomplishing the steps of LET GO. It depends on how profound your loss is, how willing you are to forgive, how motivated you are to move on, and how ready you are to give up destructive behaviors. Completing this process may take weeks, months or even years. But once you choose to follow the steps of LET GO and achieve forgiveness, you will enjoy the rewards of a fresh beginning with a lighter heart and strengthened hope.

The five steps of the LET GO Forgiveness Model are:

1. Lament the harmful events.

2. Emote safely.

3. Tell your real losses.

4. Get clear about your needs.

5. Open yourself to fulfillment-appropriate actions.

1. Lament the Harmful Events. Focus more on what was done to you than who did it. Speak about the harmful events that took place and name the physical, material, emotional and spiritual harms they caused for you.

2. Emote Safely. This phase may be challenging, because you must allow yourself to experience all the pain-related emotions caused by the harmful experience, as they arise. Make sure you do this with safety. In other words, give yourself space and time to emote, and surround yourself with people you trust. Avoid further harm by not making yourself vulnerable to people who do not care. Be gentle with painful emotions. When they are intense, rest and sleep well. Do not strain yourself when you are in emotional pain. Respect your need to emote and make this phase of LET GO as safe as possible.

3. Tell your Real Losses. Once you have allowed yourself to emote safely, it is time to tell your real losses. These are the current financial and physical damages caused by pain-driven actions, which are within your control to recover. In this step, you must answer two questions:

a. How is my pain affecting my current relationship with my finances?

b. How is my pain affecting my attitude toward my physical health?

Now, name your current pain-driven behaviors and how they damage your financial and physical health.

4. Get Clear about Your Needs. In this step, you are called to identify what needs you must fulfill in order to recover your emotional and spiritual losses caused by the harmful experience. Such losses may be your innocence, trust, enthusiasm, love, hope, power, sense of control, faith in justice, sense of security, etc.

Answer the following question as concisely as you can by identifying the emotional and spiritual losses you suffered and expressing them as needs that you must fulfill:

What spiritual or emotional loss did this harmful experience cause in me that I need to give back to myself?…

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Book Review – RESOLVE: A New Model Of Therapy by Richard Bolstad

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Copyright: 2002

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

Richard Bolstad’s book RESOLVE: A New Model of Therapy is excellent on several levels and is highly recommended for anyone interested in advancing the science of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) or the use of NLP is psychotherapeutic practice. It is extensively referenced, citing research, other NLP developer’s ideas, and non-NLP models of change. This is not a book focused on NLP “pyrotechnics” (his term), rather it is integrative and practical. Bolstad makes connections between NLP and other models of psychotherapy. He presents a perspective on the utility of NLP as an explanatory model, as NLP concepts are useful for explaining what therapist from many orientations do. His RESOLVE model is essentially a well articulated synthesis of the use of the NLP in the context of an NLP informed psychotherapy model.

The book provides a historical perspective on NLP and psychotherapy. Bolstad makes the point that NLP’s roots and assumptions have connections with other forms of psychotherapy. He devotes a chapter providing a clear, science based, linkage between NLP and how the brain functions. Bolstad discusses several aspects of the model (representational systems, submodalities, emotional states, etc.) and relates these to what has been learned in recent years about neurological functioning. For instance, his discussion of the state-dependent qualities of neural encoding and the implications of this for intervention was fascinating.

Bolstad makes the point that research into NLP is still needed to make it more useful for psychotherapists. He notes that since the earliest NLP writings this need has been recognized, “but it was 20 years before the field of NLP itself began to respond effectively to this need.” He goes on to describe several studies published over the last ten years that examined the use of NLP in psychotherapy that found positive results. But research supporting that NLP is successful “in a general sense” has not been enough to draw a great deal of attention to it among psychotherapists. He also notes that few attempts to link NLP techniques and those used in other models of psychotherapy have been made since NLP’s inception, with a notable exception being Practical Magic: A Translation of Basic Neuro-Linguistic Programming into Clinical Psychotherapy by Stephen Lankton, published in 1980. Bolstad notes that it has been more than 20 years since Lankton’s book and “both NLP and psychotherapy have evolved.” Clearly Bolstad feels that more attention to the use of NLP in psychotherapy is warranted. A major accomplishment of this book is to systematically address how NLP fits into psychotherapy as it is practiced today. Among other things, he advocates the incorporation of NLP interventions into the context of the therapist preferred modality to speed the achievement of many specific results.

In my estimation one of the critical points Bolstad makes relates to what type of information constitutes data supporting the validity of NLP as a change technology. While advocating more clinical research, he also contends that “Because much of NLP is a metadiscipline (a way of …

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5 Factors Worth Consideration While Choosing Your Ideal First Model Trains

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There are several factors that you should consider when constructing a model railway layout. These include model trains scales, price, power, and tracks among others. However, the main factor worth consideration, if you want to get your train up and running in no time is the model trains scales. This is the ideal way to begin the construction of your new train set.

The term scale refers to the real measurement of the model in comparison to its prototype. The reason why these trains' scales are so important is that they actually determine the size of your train set as well as its overall cost. The scale is usually confused with the gauge. This should not be the case as the term gauge simply means the distance separating the two tracks.

If you are a newcomer, choosing the ideal model trains scales used in your model layout can be such a daunting task. It may just be the hardest decision that you are yet to make. To land the ideal scale that you will use in your model, you need to consider the following factors.

1. The type and popularity of the model trains scales

There are over 45 varying model trains scales that you can choose from. So, it is only logical that I let you know about the common ones and the cases in which they are most suitably used. These include:

The G-Scale

The G-Scale is the most common large scale used for trains that are still considered as models rather than miniature trains. It is also commonly preferred for garden railway layouts because it is durable and offers great detail.

Scale: 1:22

Gauge: 45mm

The 0-Scale

The 0-Scale focuses more on the detail rather than the operation. The popularity is as a result of being used in several children toys as a result of its durability and large size. The large size tends to make the layout smaller than the train, but this is no big deal to first-time hobbyists. Most of this type of model trains scales feature three-rail standard racks and run on AC current. An advantage of using the scale is that it has quite a good variety of accessories. This makes the process of model railway building more fun and enjoyable.

Scale: 1:43

Gauge: 32mm

The H-Scale

Also known as 00-Scale in Britain, the H-Scale is the most popular scale used by beginners. This type of model train scales has several run sets. The scale is quite large that it can accommodate custom detailed scenery, but that will require a relatively large area for the layout. It can also be used on a reasonable platform size. This scale is ideal for those looking to use a huge variety of supplies and accessories.

Scale: 1:87

Gauge: 15.5mm

The N-Scale

This type of model train scales should also be checked out. The scale allows you to make reasonably sized layouts and still have adequate scenery space. A disadvantage of the scale is that it …

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Sterling Silver and Brass – The Most Common Jewelry Making Metals

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If you are going to be making metal jewelry your are going to use sterling silver or brass at some point. Do you know what the difference is between sterling silver and silver? Or what an alloy is? If you are going to use these jewelry making materials for any project, from making brass charms to coin pendants, you should know their characteristics.

First, lets take some time to understand what an alloy is. Both brass and sterling silver are alloys. Alloys consist of two metals in combination, such as sterling silver (silver and copper), are called binary alloys. A combination of three metals-gold, silver, and copper-forms 14-karat gold, is a ternary alloy. There are also 4 metal and 5 metal alloys called quaternary and quinary alloys.

Sterling silver is an alloy created by combining.925 parts if pure silver and.725 parts pure copper. You may sometimes hear about Mexican silver. This is an alloy that is.950 parts pure silver and the rest copper. Both types of silver are subject to oxidation when heated. In normal conditions the alloy (sterling silver) reacts much faster to oxidation than the pure metal (silver). The normal oxide that is produced on the metal when heated is a sulfide film. Other oxides that silver alloys produce are cupric and cuprous, because of the presence of copper in the alloy.

The melting point of sterling silver is 100 degrees less than pure silver at 1640 degrees Fahrenheit. When the metal hardens, it can be returned to a soft working stage by annealing.

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc with the zinc being in percentages anywhere from between 10 to 40 for different degrees of hardness. Though brass is a hard metal, it is extremely malleable. Brass is a yellow color when cool and a salmon color when molten. The melting point of brass ranges from 1600 to 1849 degrees Fahrenheit.

Brass is used for primarily inexpensive jewelry and trophies, especially with the sky rocketing price of gold and silver in today’s market place.

As you use jewelery findings like brass charms, sterling silver bead, brass coin pendants and more you make want to customize them to fit your needs. As your jewelry making skills expand, so will the complexity of you jewelry designs. Even though you will be purchasing prefabricated jewelery findings, you may want to customize them to suite your needs. By understanding their properties, you can do so.

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Bullyland Europasaurus Dinosaur Model Reviewed

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Bullyland Prehistoric World Europasaurus Dinosaur Model

It is not often a dinosaur gets named after an entire continent but there are three instances that spring to mind. Firstly, there is Antarctosaurus (although its fossils have not been found in Antarctica), secondly, there is Australovenator, whose fossils do come from Australia and now we have Europasaurus, a long-necked dinosaur from Germany.

Fossils from Lower Saxony

A Dutch amateur fossil collector exploring a limestone quarry in Lower Saxony came across the fossilised remains of approximately a dozen dinosaurs in 1998. It was thought that all the dinosaurs represented babies, as the bodies ranged in size from under two meters long to a fraction over six meters in length. These were herbivorous Sauropods, a group of prehistoric animals that includes the mighty Brachiosaurus, classification and Apatosaurus, yet since these fossilized skeletons were so small it was thought this must be the fossilised remains of a crèche of youngsters. Only when a researcher from the University of Bonn, who was conducting research into how quickly baby Sauropods grew, examined the skeletons was it discovered that the fossils of the larger individuals represented adult animals. A new genus of Late Jurassic Sauropod was established and Europasaurus holgeri came into being. This dinosaur was officially named and described in 2006.

A Miniature Sauropod Dinosaur

The fossils of Europasaurus were found in marine deposits. It seems this small member of the Dinosauria, one of the smallest members of the Sauropoda assigned to date, was a dwarf form. Land cut off from the mainland of Europe formed an island chain about 154 million years ago, the islands continued to shrink as the sea level rose and populations of dinosaurs marooned on these shrinking landmasses had to adapt to environments with fewer resources. Over many generations, the huge, long-necked Sauropods that were the ancestors of Europasaurus evolved into miniature versions. Being smaller these dinosaurs needed less food to sustain them, a good thing when on an island with limited food resources.

The Europasaurus Dinosaur Model

The replica represents the known fossil material well. It shows the longer forelimbs compared to the hind-limbs, so typical of a Brachiosaurid Sauropod. The model has been nicely painted with a light tan color on the flanks with darker stripes and spots – excellent camouflage for a forested environment. The dinosaur model measures around twenty-five centimetres in length so it works well to the scale of other, larger figures representing much larger Sauropod dinosaurs.

Domed Skull of a Brachiosaur

The model makers have been careful to depict their dinosaur model with a domed skull, just like other Brachiosaur replicas made by Bullyland of Germany and it is great to see a German dinosaur being made by a German company.

"Europe's Lizard"

As for being named after a continent, Europasaurus means "Europe's Lizard", a reference to the European fauna known to have existed at the end of the Jurassic geological period. The species name honors the Dutch fossil collector who first found the fossils of …

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Latest SUV Model: The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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Most car models come with all-new features that are introduced based from their own predecessor's characteristics. For the case of 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport, it is being released with even more strength and is distinctive among the other two models Evoque and Range Rover. It may share some common DNA with those, but what make it stand out are the unique parts it does have, giving a big impact on the look and the feel of it.

The 2014 Range Rover Sport is a luxury for the new era of sports SUV enthusiasts. It is being said to be established as a desirable and sustainable powerhouse British brand. When compared to its previous model, it is known to have more aerodynamic at eight percent and having an achievable Cd 0.34 drag figure. The luxury of it is so obvious with its progressive and bold design of the exteriors. That's not yet even talking about the interiors and engine powers.

Giving a bold highlight on the model's DNA, the key elements it does have are the horizontal feature lines of the body, the wheel arch graphic that's so powerful and the rocker molds which are designed to be unique. And not to forget, it comes along with the clamshell bonnet showing the brand's signature. The new model that is being introduced to us for 2014 is a lot lighter, more comfortable and fun to drive along than the rest of the older models.

Let's take a closer look at the features:

Eight-speed automatic all-wheel drive
New engine platform and styling
340 horsepower supercharged engines from V-8 to V6
New aluminum unibody
7 seating capacity
Lighter weight
Less fuel consumption
LED front and rear lamps

Most customers come for different design options, and they can expect to see various interior themes with 11 varied colors. They could as well decide for a seat color they want. There are 4 options of interior aluminum finishes and 3 options for the real wood veneers. Customers can pick any of the 3 choices of headliner colors. What's nice about this model is that it gives one the chance of not having too many other people owning the same color of the same model, and that's because there are 19 exterior color paint options with 3 different exterior accent varieties. The roof can be any of the Santorini Black, Corris Gray or Indus Silver.

Shifting back to its performance rather than just the look and feel, these Range Rover Sport cars are very easy to operate and intuitive. Its acceleration allows it to traverse the toughest terrain or lets you enjoy the simplicity of the smoothest roads. And more to that, let's not fail to mention that its off-road capabilities are excellent due to the fact that it can even go and wade through around 33 inches of water. Isn't that amazing?

While the back seats at the third row are designed for limited use, families who go for a long road trip bring …

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Tips For Buying a Model Steam Engine Kit

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Model Steam Engine kits are on the list of toys and collectables. In these toys, water is heated up in the boiler for producing steam to move the engine. In the market, you can buy different types of model steam engine kits, such as model trains as well as the stationary ones. Let's know more about these systems.

Stationary Engines

Some collectors are into stationary engines that comprise small engines. Mostly, they are used for educational purposes. Moreover, they are available in various materials like steel or wood. However, brass is the most commonly used for making the boiler. The reason is that brass is cost-effective and can work well in lower temperature and pressure of the little stationary engines.

For bigger models, steel is another popular choice. Some stationary engines have LED lights that show the production of the steam power. Other models are called low temperature models and offer added safety.

Pre-Milled Kits

When buying a stationary model steam engine kit, you should first find out if it is machined or pre-milled kit. In a pre-milled kit, the parts are already threaded, drilled, milled and turned. This means that the user can complete the kits with different tools, such as files, spanners and screwdrivers. These kits are popular and don't require you to be at a workshop to complete the kit.

Locomotives

As far as the popular goes, scale model locomotives are on top of the list. These models look quite similar to the original steam powered trains. Moreover, they are available in a lot of sizes, such as small models or large garden railways. Users can ride on these locomotives.

Scale

The sale of a locomotive defines the main features of a model steam engine kit. Therefore, it's important to consider its scale since the available space will determine the right size for the track and the engine. Given below are some of the most commonly used options:

Scale:

It's also known as O gauge, which is the smallest scale as far as locomotives powered by steam are concerned. They emphasize fine details. Therefore, collectors and hobbyists like them a lot.

However, O scale is not commonly available unlike other scales. Since this scale is not popular for operation and running of the engine, it's not so popular.

OO scale:

In the UK, OO scale is also very popular. These model steam engine kits are cost-effective and durable. Therefore, they are an ideal choice for those wanting to use their locomotives on a regular basis. Moreover, this scale does not focus on realistic appearance and scales.

G scale:

Lastly, G scale is another great choice as far as model train scales are concerned. Since these are big and durable, people use them outside, especially in garden railways. Since they are produced on a large scale, you can find tons of G scale engines on the market in the here and now.

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What is the Best Metal For Body Jewelry?

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Two of the most common issues with body piercings are allergic reactions and infection. Correct care and cleaning of piercings are crucial, but the type of metal in the piercing jewelry you choose is also very important. The following are the top 3 best metals for body jewelry, and two choices that you should stay away from.

THE 3 BEST METALS FOR BODY JEWELRY:

#1 Implant Grade Titanium

Titanium is by far the metal of choice for body piercing jewelry, and can be safely used for initial piercings. Implant grade titanium G23 (Ti6al4v-ELI) is the type of titanium used in surgical implants, is biocompatible, resistant to body fluids and nickel free. Titanium is also stronger and lighter than steel, which gives us body piercing jewelry that is both durable, comfortable and nearly without scratches. Titanium is an expensive metal, but well worth the slightly higher price. Titanium body jewelry is beautiful, it lasts, and will look (just the same after many years of wear.

#2 Surgical Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is the most common metal for body piercing jewelry, and is just behind titanium when it comes to biocompatibility. 316L or 316LVM are the only two grades of stainless steel that are considered safe for wearing in healed piercings. Keep in mind that even the best grades of stainless steel do contain nickel and may cause problems for those who are allergic to nickel. Some countries have banned the use of stainless steel for initial piercings, and it is best to steer clear of stainless steel altogether until after your piercing is completely.

#3 Gold

Although it is beautiful, gold is not the best choice for body jewelry, especially for initial piercings or long term wear. Because gold is a softer metal and is made with metal alloys, there is a somewhat higher risk of irritation or infection. Gold jewelry is beautiful, but should only be worn in healed piercings, and with care. Replace gold body jewelry with titanium at the first sign of irritation.

NOT RECOMMENDED:

Sterling Silver: Do not purchase any body jewelry where the part that threads under your skin (barbell, banana, ring) is made of silver. Sterling silver tarnishes when it comes in contact with body fluids, can easily harbor bacterial growth, and can contain allergy-causing metals such as nickel. Body jewelry where a sterling silver “charm” that is attached to or dangles from the end of the steel or titanium bar is perfectly fine, so long as you aren’t allergic to silver jewelry. Just make sure that the part that is inside your body is made from a more biocompatible metal.

Mystery Metal: Scary. Any “costume” or “plated” body jewelry is a bad idea, and so is poor quality stainless steel. Stick with the top 3 choices above to be sure your piercing stays irritation and infection-free.

Remember that a body piercing jewelry is placed inside you, and should be treated more like a surgical implant than a piece of costume jewelry. Although it may …

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Authority Figure Vs Role Model

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The other day I read an email where someone was referred to as an authority figure. Now, while they are in a leadership role, I had never considered that they had “authority” over me. When I, in the past, had been in that role I had never thought of it as a position of authority either. I had, however, thought of it as being a role model.

As adults many of us have experienced authority issues in our past. We have had many people in our lives exert authority over us for a variety of reasons. In the case of our parents it was probably to keep us safe, or teach us the family rules, or to stop us from doing the things that they feared would cause us some type of damage. Teachers needed to keep us under control, after all they were surrounded by potentially unruly children. They were also responsible for teaching us the rules.

For most of us, this was probably the last time we were benefitted in any way by someone having authority over us, and yet it certainly isn’t the last time anyone tried. Employers, partners, and many others who believe that being in a position of leadership means being the boss of, have attempted to enforce authority over us.

I remember in a class I took in college the instructor told us that a traditional Native American belief is that “no man has the right to tell another man what to do.” I would add that no adult has the right to tell another adult what to do. You may be thinking “what about my employees” or “what about this other group that I am somehow responsible for?”

After we reach a certain age, probably around 18, we are from then on mostly responsible for ourselves. We can vote, we must assume responsibility for our choices, and many of us eventually become responsible for others (children, partners, aging parents, employees… ) We know that we’ve had issues around authority (and possibly still do) and yet we seem to seek out those whom we ourselves can boss around.

What I would like to suggest is that we shift from this perspective of authority and instead approach our relationships from the position of role model. Role models are examples of appropriate behavior. They teach others by showing them how it’s done. I know that as a teacher of adults they have always responded to me as a role model much more enthusiastically then they ever would as an authority figure. And I am much more comfortable as a role model as well. As a role model I can approach life with integrity and honesty. I can be fair and compassionate. An authority figure is more of a “do as I say” position. They often must make decisions that will disempower others. Role models teach people what to do and then hold them accountable; authority figures tell people what to do and then punish them if …