Erasing F…A…T…I…G…U…E

Erasing     F…A…T…I…G…U…E

~Carmen Schwartz

Stumbling through your daily life, with your family and career both being in a fog because of the fact that sleep is just not coming to you, is a horrific thing for the mind and body. The brain will slow from fatigue; it will become half it’s worth and make your anxiety rise WLA_metmuseum_Bronze_statue_of_Eros_sleeping_7right along with the depression that will set in from your body aching because you are beyond tired.

Energy and motivation are gone when you become fatigued. And, unfortunately, it isn’t just a ‘tired’ issue you have to deal with; the more fatigued you become, the more likely that thyroid problems, anemia, or even depression will grow to be far bigger problems in your life that will have you heading to the doctor for help.

What many do not understand, choosing to blame their exhaustion on work, family, or life in general – is the fact that fatigue is all about a person’s habits. It is your fault that you are fatigued, because of the daily habits you have set in place for yourself that the body and mind simply can not deal with. You need to allow both to be able to operate and operate well.

To do this, everything from fitness (Xist Fitness) to healthcare in the form of relaxation (MassageLuXe), to the keeping up of your body’s outer layer that must be protected (FaceLuXe), all of these issues need to be addressed. You need to get back on the road to good health, and that starts by going to sleep.

Everyone remembers high school – even if we definitely do not want to. Back then, when we were young, the alarm clock went off or, more likely, the parent came in and announced that we better get out of bed, and we groaned. Rolling over, we covered our heads with the blanket and tried to pretend that it was Saturday and the rest of the world was simply wrong. As adults, we do still want that ten minutes more of sleep, and we do want it to be Saturday instead of Monday. But as adults, we not only want that – we need it. Hence, that is one thing about humans that never changes no matter what the age. BUT, when you have grown up and are living the adult life, if it actually hurts to get out of bed in the morning (aches, pains, headaches, etc.), then personal daily habits need to be changed ASAP.

The statement to eat right annoys most, because it is said constantly. But…think about that. If something is said constantly, perhaps it’s really true. Foods that are loaded with iron or magnesium will most definitely aid the body in taking away that fatigue and allowing you to sleep. When you are low on energy, these two minerals hit the blood full-force. They help maintain blood pressure, and they ensure that your aches and pains are minimized, because your body is finally getting the source of energy it needs. YES, eat your vegetables!

Light is another thing to take under consideration. The sun’s Vitamin D is powerful and really needed by the mind and body. However, having an overabundance of light in a bedroom when one is trying to sleep is a no-no. Yes, in big cities there is a great deal of light at night; however, that is what shades and curtains were made for.

Melatonin, is the magic ‘ingredient’ that sends us into dreamland and lets our bodies and minds get much-needed rest. But that melatonin is extremely light sensitive (think vampire walking the Mohave Desert at 9:00 AM). The darker the world is around us, the more melatonin we get, and the easier it is to fall into sleep and get that much-needed rest. And before you ask: a dark room is not dark when a television set is on. A television screen shoots out the fluorescent rays making sleep far more impossible. Besides…there is NOTHING on TV you’re missing.

There are other minerals to have on hand, but the reality of the situation is that fatigue must be cured in order for your health to improve. Take away the aches, pains, and dumb-down that constant anxiety by getting some much-needed zzz’s.

This is your life…live it well!

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The NCAA Offers Memorable Battles for 2014

The NCAA Offers Memorable Battles for 2014

 ~Amy Lignor

Okay…not debatable, this is one NCAA season that most everyone will remember. There have been surprises, chokes, major upsets and eye-rolling, from the Sweet 16 to the Elite 8. And March Madness has definitely been ‘mad.’

 

basketball-sport-ppt-backgrounds-powerpointOne of the biggest upsets actually came on the women’s side of things, when Duke was too busy yapping about their amazing season which placed them, apparently incorrectly, in the same region as UCONN. Of course, while they were so upset about this, they lost their very first game in a total surprise before ever reaching a battle with UCONN. Enough said when it comes to ‘keeping a real eye on the ball, coach.’

 

But there were also other games played that brought surprise to NCAA fans out there. And one even brought in the law when it came to Tucson, Arizona. Sixteen people were arrested on Saturday evening because of the anger they decided to display. Anger that would be on the level with the old NFL Raiders team.

 

Everything from bottles to beer cans and containers to firecrackers, believe it or not, were actually thrown at officers of the law when the NCAA game came to an end between the Wildcats and Wisconsin. Surprisingly for the Wildcats they suffered a dramatic loss in overtime to Wisconsin (64-63), with Wisconsin definitely earning their right to play in the Final Four.

 

Now, this was not an issue of a Number 1 seed being taken down by, say, a Number 14 seed in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. This was, rightly so, a tough match-up between the No. 1 seed in the West Region (Arizona) and the No. 2 seed right behind them on the record books (Wisconsin).

 

Apparently, however, that did not seem to be a thought in anyone’s mind as hundreds of people decided to block a road on the University of Arizona campus. Once there, the people absolutely refused and ignored the requests made by the law to move, choosing instead to attack with what was in their possession. What the crowd did not remember in their haste was the fact that police are actually given permission to lob objects back at you that will make sure you spend the night in jail for your actions that included, in this case; property damage, resisting arrest, and more.

 

The first game that sent someone to the Final Four on Saturday was far less loud. Florida earned their spot, beating Dayton in the South Region (62-52).

 

Now, the Final Four will begin for the men this coming Saturday, April 5th, and chances are the noise and anger will have died down by then in order for everyone to enjoy the games; whether it be under the roof of a stadium or sitting in the recliner at home. (where, by the way, you can throw a beer can at the television set with no worry about backlash from the law.)

 

So who are the others adding to the final quartet? On Sunday…the East region sent another UCONN powerhouse to the Final Four, as they defeated Michigan State in what looked to be a fairly easy win. While the Midwest brought Michigan and Kentucky together with Kentucky coming out the champion at the very end of a very difficult match-up.

 

When it comes to the girls…chances are they will be the quieter part of the NCAA Final Four. What it looks like to many is a grand ending between Notre Dame and UCONN – the two teams with the perfect record seasons will ‘duke’ it out for the big prize. (No offense).

 

Connecticut went up against BYU, which was their first real test when it came to match-ups, and pulled away with yet another double-digit win of 70-51. Mosqueda-Lewis had yet another stellar performance with nineteen points gathered, along with other players who ended-up with double figures as well. This became the 43rd-straight win for the Huskies, as they now face Texas A&M tonight in order to reach the Final Four goal for their seventh straight year.

 

Notre Dame is also one away from its fourth straight trip, playing Baylor tonight in order to move forward and eventually, according to the President of the United States, get to the end and play UCONN for the whole darn thing. According to the Prez, the UCONN Huskies (women) have it in the bag. However, with all the surprises that have happened thus far, counting on anything would be a big mistake.

 

Until Next Time, Everybody,

Amy

De Niro-Cusack Crime Caper Comes to DVD

The Bag Man

DVD Review by Kam Williamsthe_bag_man_2014_movie-1280x800

 

De Niro-Cusack Crime Caper Comes to DVD

 

At first blush, The Bag Man reads a lot like The Transporter, the 2002 action film about a courier hired by a mobster to deliver a mysterious package without opening it. After all, the title character of this adventure has been asked by a crime boss to pick up a bag for him without examining its contents.

However, besides sharing that basic premise, the two pictures don’t have all that much in common. Where The Transporter is a special-effects adventure peppered with car chases and pyrotechnics, The Bag Man is a relatively-cerebral affair, a multi-layered mystery featuring unpredictable twists and turns as a well as a femme fatale with inscrutable intentions.

At the point of departure, we find a powerful gangster named Dragna (Robert De Niro) aboard his private plane where he’s giving very precise instructions to the protagonist. Jack’s (John Cusack) assignment is to take possession of an ostensibly priceless satchel and then wait for Dragna inside Room 13 at a seedy motel located somewhere in the country.

Of course, this proves easier said than done, when a cornucopia of colorful characters commence to covet the very valise he’s been asked to protect. The fun starts when Jack’s shot in the hand by Bishop (Danny Cosmo), the gangster who just handed him the package.

Then, while checking in, he alarms the paraplegic desk clerk (Crispin Glover) by assuming the suspicious name “Smith” and by paying in cash. Next, he has to deal with curious cops who have decided to stake out the premises.

But his biggest challenge of all is presented by Rivka (Rebecca Da Costa), a gorgeous damsel-in-distress on the run from a couple of goons herself. Will the scantily-clad stranger in need of a knight in shining armor be Jack’s undoing?

That’s the burning question for the balance of the madcap, high body-count adventure once the two opt to join forces.

An intriguing enough whodunit to keep you guessing, thanks to a decent script and game performances by De Niro, Cusack and newcomer Rebecca Da Costa.

 

Very Good (2.5 stars)

Rated R for violence, sexuality and profanity

Running time: 109 minutes

Distributor: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Behind-the-Scenes featurette.

 

To see a trailer for The Bag Man, visit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKBLfwVEKP8

 

To order a copy of The Bag Man Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00I4583Y8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 

Bittersweet Expose Explores Redheads’ Rough Lot in Life

 

Being Ginger

Film Review by Kam Williams

Bittersweet Expose Explores Redheads’ Rough Lot in Life

Everybody knows blondes have more fun, but what about redheads? They have the least pleasure according to Scott Harris, the 524513_592806237429473_382731484_nproducer, director and primary subject of Being Ginger. In this bittersweet expose, the ostracized underdog explores his plight in particular as well as that of his fellow, so-called “Gingers” in general.

We learn that the 31 year-old filmmaker has apparently been saddled with low self-esteem ever since being mercilessly teased about his hair during his formative years. He sets about illustrating that point by confronting one of his former schoolteachers who, rather than stepping in to stop the torture, had joined in the bullying.

The inept educator even admits on camera to having threatened to hang Scott on a hook, if he didn’t stop blubbering, so that his classmates could pummel him like a piñata. As a result of such repeated mistreatment, the poor boy ended-up an adult lacking in self-confidence, especially when it comes to the ladies.

Scott claims women don’t find redheads appealing due to a basic look which is more goofy than virile. Consequently, he’s never been in a long-term relationship. Convinced that his soul mate must be out there somewhere, he decided to shoot a movie chronicling his desperate search for the girl of his dreams.

To that end, Scott looks for Ms. Right everywhere he goes, whether in a nightclub, on a college campus, at a redhead convention, online (at www.DateGinger.com), or by boldly walking down the street wearing a sandwich board advertising that he’s available. Which, if any, of these approaches works? Far be it from me to ruin the resolution of a delightful documentary’s denouement.

Actually, as a black man born with red hair and freckles, what I found far more thought-provoking was the question of whether I might have been emotionally scarred during my own childhood in a way similar to Scott. After all, I’d often been referred to as “Carrot Top” and “Kraut” as a kid, and was not particularly popular with the opposite sex.

Ultimately, I’ve come to the conclusion that those hair-related nicknames never bothered me as much as being the brunt of racial epithets. And I doubt that most females are so superficial as to reject a guy out of hand just because of his hair color.

Nevertheless, I don’t want to minimize the trauma Scott suffered since he did such a fine job, here, of illustrating the source of his angst. Ronald McDonalds of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your Cheetos-colored coiffures!

 

Very Good (3 stars)

Unrated

Running time: 69 minutes

Distributor: Garden Thieves Pictures / Quad Cinema

 

 

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Spring Turkey Hunting Opens Across the Nation

 

Get the Lead Out!

Spring Turkey Hunting Opens Across the Nation

Turkey hunters who rise to the challenge this spring of shooting their way to claim a grand slam turn to the leader in performance shot-shell ammunition to make their victory happen.

 

Magnum Blend by HEVI-Shot is the ultimate choice for the ultimate sport. With an incredible line of products that are non-toxic Hevi_Metal_12g_3_Frnt 2and safe to use on both public and private lands, HEVI-Shot ammo provides more knock-down power at extreme ranges, superior pattern density and superior downrange energy.

 

When it comes to the spring turkey season, hunters are looking for the new, best and most reliable ammunition out there. Discipline, dedicated skills and specialized equipment are necessary for the turkey hunter, but the sport doesn’t have to be costly. The type of ammunition hunters select depends on both the size of the birds being hunted and the distance to their targets.

 

With Magnum Blend in their pockets, turkey hunters are packed with reliable, and easy-to-use turkey ammunition across a wide MELVERN-WILDLIFE-AREA-HOSTING-1ST-ANNUAL-YOUTH-SPRING-TURKEY-HUNT_frontimagecroprange of needs. The company’s unique Pattern-Density™ Technology, combined with the latest in high-density shot, allows every hunter to experience incredible patterns at all distances..

 

And armed with high-performance HEVI-Shot Choke Tubes at the end of their barrels, a turkey hunter just can’t miss! Manufactured to exacting specifications, these tubes are created from premium 17-4 stainless steel. Built to handle all lead, high-density and steel pellets, stellar results are certain from all-performance hunting loads.

 

Choke Tubes 3 up Black Background 2Developed from the ground-up, the HEVI-Shot Choke Tube Systems feature internal axial scoring — a design proven at the National Wild Turkey Federation World Still Target Championships to dramatically tighten patterns. And the systems are optimized for all popular turkey and waterfowl shotguns: 12-gauge in ten different configurations for turkey and waterfowl, including chokes for the A-400 and the new A5; and 20-gauge in five different configurations for waterfowl and turkey.

 

Constantly striving to produce the best in ammunition, turkey hunters will be getting the job done right this spring by choosing HEVI-Shot!

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World’s First Tow-Behind String Trimmer for Riding Lawn Mowers

 

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World’s First Tow-Behind String Trimmer for Riding Lawn Mowers

 DR Power Equipment, the company that revolutionized grass and weed trimming in the 1980’s with their iconic DR Trimmer/Mower, has introduced something just as exciting this spring. It’s the world’s first Tow-Behind Trimmer/Mower for riding lawn mowers, a new and exceptionally easy way to trim while you mow!

Often the process of caring for a large lawn includes two steps:  mowing the bulk of the lawn with a riding lawn tractor, and then  going around the property again on foot to trim weeds and tall grasses with a handheld trimmer. With the new DR 6.25 Tow-Behind Trimmer/Mower, property owners can complete both steps at once, mowing the lawn while trimming those hard-to-reach Dr 6.25 pull behind trimmer  2areas. The machine’s spring-loaded trimmer head deflects automatically around obstacles such as walls, fence posts, mailboxes, and rocks, leaving a neat and even trim within a half-inch of these surfaces.

 

The DR 6.25 Tow-Behind Trimmer/Mower joins two other DR Tow-Behind Trimmers, giving large property owners plenty of options for choosing the tow-behind trimming option that’s best for them.

 

DR also offers the 7.25 All-Terrain Trimmer/Mower which tows behind ATVs, UTVs, larger lawn tractors, and utility tractors.  At Dr Trimmer Mower 7. 25  2a hefty 262 lbs., it is designed for mowing particularly rugged off-lawn terrain. Like the 6.25 model, it features a spring-loaded trimmer head that deflects around obstacles with ease. For mowing remote fence lines, roadside ditches, around structures, and up close to rocks and trees, it is a great time-saving solution.

 

3 point Hitch Trimmer Mower  2For tractor owners, the DR 3-Point Hitch Trimmer/Mower harnesses the power of your tractor for easy trimming. Introduced last summer, this model is the ideal tool for tractor owners with long fence lines, roadside ditches, or pond edges to maintain.

 

Joe Perrotto, President and CEO of DR Power Equipment’s parent company, Country Home Products, says of the new Tow-Behind Trimmer/Mower line-up: “DR reinvented the string trimmer, and we’re really excited to be taking it to the next level this spring with the tow-behind models. We think they will be invaluable tools for customers with long fences and large properties who want an easy trimming solution.”

 

For a comprehensive buyer’s guide including all of DR Power’s Trimmer lineup, click here.

 

 

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LANDMARK – Adventure Science on American Prairie Reserve

 

Bringing Adventure-Science to the American Prairie

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From Marco Polo to Lewis and Clark wide open grasslands have long inspired adventurous spirits, and voyages of discovery. However, very few of these vast landscapes still exist unaltered. Only the steppes of Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Patagonia and the Northern Great Plains of America have never been plowed and shelter remnants of their original biodiversity. Beginning in January 2014 Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) and American Prairie Reserve (APR) are partnering on an adventure-science wildlife study on the prairies of northeastern Montana.

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The Reserve across the seasons. Photos by APR.
Since 2001 APR has been working to create the largest protected wildlife area in the Continental United States. National Geographic has called the Reserve “one of the most ambitious conservation projects in American history.” When complete the area will be larger than Yellowstone National Park and contain many of the species present when Lewis and Clark first crossed the plains, including the nation’s largest herd of free-roaming bison.  Currently the Reserve covers 270,000 acres and is used by more than 60 mammal species and 250 species of birds either as a home range or a migration corridor. Among the diversity of animals that call APR home are many of North America’s native and iconic species including bison, pronghorn, sage grouse, prairie dog, bald eagle and mountain lion.

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Sage grouse lekking. Photo by APR.
ASC has partnered with APR to begin Landmark,  a multi-year adventure-science project to collect a broad set of wildlife data. The collected open-source data will help inform APR management decisions on the Reserve. Landmark is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in one of the most exciting American conservation projects since the founding of the National Parks.  To help cover the rugged terrain of the Reserve we need motivated adventurers with excellent outdoor skills, interest or experience in field science, and the desire to spend time under the big sky in one of the most wild and remote parts of the U.S.

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The beauty and vastness of the Reserve. Photo by APR.
Landmark crews will consist of six-person teams of adventurers. Crews will have the opportunity to spend a month exploring and collecting data on one of the most uncharted sections of the American Great Plains.  During this time they will traverse the Reserve on foot, skis, snowshoes and mountain bikes and participate in projects including setting wildlife transects, maintaining camera traps, mapping prairie dog colonies and identifying sage grouse leks. A month of service on the Reserve is an opportunity to pursue adventure in an iconic American landscape with a group of like-minded people.Landmark crew members will have the opportunity to use their outdoor skills to contribute to the creation of a wildlife reserve on par with Yellowstone or the Serengeti and see tangible results of their efforts in their lifetime.

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APR will eventually be home to the largest free roaming bison herd. Photo by APR.
Want to participate in one of the largest conservation efforts in American history? Join Landmark and use your skills and passion to protect one of the last remaining sanctuaries of its kind in the world. Not sure you can do it? All it takes is a passion to make a difference, backcountry travel skills, and a commitment to adventure.  ASC will help with the data collection skills by providing on-site training in non-invasive wildlife tracking, GPS use, camera trapping and scientific wildlife observations. Apply today!

Watch this short film to learn more about the American Prairie Reserve. 
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How to Find Nesting Florida Sandhill Cranes

 

How to Find Nesting Florida Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Crane Sitting on Nest

Sandhill Crane Sitting on Nest

Now is a great time to search for nesting Florida sandhill cranes.  Most Floridians know that cranes are cherished members of our communities since so many can be found in our urban areas.  They are very social birds during the off season congregating in large groups but pair up for nesting season.  Many cranes are currently sitting on nests and some clutches have already hatched.  As you are driving through your neighborhoods, take the time to scan the nearby ponds and lakes for cranes sitting on nests.  You may also find adults feeding colts (baby cranes) right in the grass on the side of the road.

Sandhill Cranes are quite easy to spot because they are such large birds usually standing up to 4ft tall.  They also have a red, heart-shaped crown which stands out like a red flag.  When you spot a nest, look for little orange fuzzballs.  The female lays between 1-3 eggs (usually 2) and will incubate for an average of 30 days.  The best time to witness and photograph the cranes is right after the eggs hatch because the family stays near the nest.  The

Brand New Sandhill Crane Family

Brand New Sandhill Crane Family

chicks become active soon after hatching, so you may well witness the chicks sparring, popping in and out of the adult’s feathers or even swimming. Within a week, the family will be walking several miles a day foraging and feeding the young.  If you discover an active nest, it’s best to keep a safe distance and allow the birds to get become accustomed to your presence.

Our Florida sandhill cranes are quite tame.  This is great for bird watchers and photographers but not so great for the cranes because many are killed by cars as they forage on the sides of roads or while attempting to cross them.  Cranes can become quite aggressive with humans due to feeding which has led to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission making it illegal to feed them.  So, please remember not to feed the sandhill cranes if you are lucky enough to find a nest or family and use caution when approaching them.
For those wishing to view more wildlife images, feel free to visit:  Marina Scarr Photography.
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Sandhill Crane Colts -  Sibling Rivalty

Sandhill Crane Colts – Sibling Rivalty

Sandhill Crane Feeding Colt

Sandhill Crane Feeding Colt

Kam’s Kapsules: For Movies Opening March 28, 2014

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Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening March 28, 2014

 

BIG BUDGET FILMS

 

Noah (PG-13 for violence, suggestive content and disturbing images) Russell Crowe plays the title character in Darren Aronofsky’s (Black Swan) intriguing reinterpretation of the Biblical parable about a righteous patriarch recruited by God to build an ark in the face an impending flood. Co-starring Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone and Nick Nolte.

 

Sabotage (R for sexuality, nudity, drug use, gory violence and pervasive profanity) Action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the commander of an elite DEA task force which finds itself being taken down one-by-one by a ruthless drug cartel.  With Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Olivia Williams and Harold Perrineau.

 

 

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

 

Boys of Abu Ghraib (R for torture, violence, sexuality and pervasive profanity) Unlikely-buddies drama about an American soldier (Luke Moran) stationed in Iraq who befriends a wrongly-accused, prison detainee (Omid Abtahi). With Sean Astin, Sara Paxton and John Heard.

 

Breathe In (R for profanity) Home-wrecker drama about a beautiful, British exchange student (Felicity Jones) whose arrival in the States proves problematic when she brings the head (Guy Pearce) of her host family to the brink of breaking his marriage vows. Cast includes Ben Shenkman, Amy Ryan and Kyle MacLachlan.

 

Cesar Chavez (PG-13 for profanity and violence) Reverential biopic pays tribute to the life of the soft-spoken, Chicano labor leader (Michael Pena) who dedicated his career to securing a living wage for migrant farm workers. Supporting cast includes John Malkovich, Rosario Dawson and America Ferrera.

 

Finding Vivian Maier (Unrated) Shutterbug retrospective showcasing the 100,000+ photos shot on the streets of Chicago by an unassuming nanny (1926-2009) who never even developed most of her negatives. Featuring Phil Donahue, Mary Ellen Mark and John Maloof.

 

 

Hide Your Smiling Faces (Unrated) Atmospheric coming-of-age tale, set in rural America, examining the effect of a friend’s (Ivan Tomic) mysterious death on a couple of carefree young siblings (Ryan Jones and Nathan Varnson). With Colm O’Leary, Thomas Cruz and Christina Starbuck.

 

Jews of Egypt (Unrated) Middle East documentary retracing the 1956 exodus from Egypt of Jews due to escalating tensions in the region generated by the Arab-Israeli conflict. (In Arabic and French with subtitles)

 

Locker 13 (R for violence) Supernatural thriller revolving around the overnight janitor (Jason Spisak) at an Old West theme park who finds himself facing a life or death decision after delving into the mysteries surrounding his locker. With Tatyana Ali, Ricky Schroder and Curtis Armstrong.

 

Nothing without You (Unrated) Crime thriller about a psychiatric patient (Emily Fradenburgh), accused of murder, who enlists the assistance of her court-appointed shrink (Keith McGill) to prove her innocence. Featuring Joshua Loren, Will Crawford and Kate Bringardner.

 

The Raid 2 (R for sexuality, profanity and pervasive graphic violence) Action-oriented sequel, set in Jakarta, finds detective Rama (Iko Uwais) now facing a gang of formidable thugs while trying to rid the police department of corruption. With Julie Estelle, Yayan Ruhian and Donny Alamsyah. (In Indonesian with subtitles)

 

Refuge (Unrated) Dysfunctional family drama about a youngster (Krysten Ritter) who does her best to care for herself and her siblings after they’re all abandoned by their parents. Co-starring Brian Geraghty, Logan Huffman and Julie Garrett.

 

Road to the Open (PG for mild epithets and mature themes) Buddy dramedy about a guy (Phillip DeVona) who tries to help his reclusive best friend (Troy McKay) out of a rut by entering the two of them as a doubles team in a national tennis tournament. Support Cast includes Michelle Gunn, Eric Roberts, Judd Nelson and John Schneider.

 

Finding Beauty in Your Own Backyard

Finding Beauty in Your Own Backyard

~ ZZ Troutski

  People are investing more money into maintaining and recreating the back of their house than anything else when it comes to the home improvement realm. This is a great thing. Not only does enhancing the backyard bring a great deal of extra resale value to the property, but it also allows you to enjoy the Great Outdoors without actually having to climb, fish, hunt, hike, etc.. In other words, you can live the outdoor life and read a book on your stunning patio Pollinating Splendor- Roadtrekin.comsurrounded by your amazing flower garden all at the same time.   Some home improvements do not necessarily mean more money for the owner in the future. Some are simply decorative that the homeowner wants so they can use it far into their retirement years. But when it comes to the world of landscaping, improvements are extremely desirable and definitely bring in the return on investment that you’re looking for.   One improvement has become extremely debatable in this world. There are people who believe that having a smaller lawn with less vegetation and flowers means more money. The upkeep is far easier to do. However, depending on the location of the property, many home seekers are looking, dreaming and focusing on only putting offers down on properties with the big backyard. They want the lawn, they want the huge beds of flowers, with perennials and shrubs used as borders so that the ‘real’ outdoors is just a step away.   Trees are also a huge thing on the list for buyers. They want the old, mature trees that have been around for a good, long time. They want the shade, they want the look, they want that piece of nature as part of their property. Not to mention, trees appreciate over time.   Another huge selling point for a house, as well as a true beauty spot for the homeowner, is having that ultimate patio in the backyard. Whether the lawn is small or amazingly large, that patio, deck, or porch is something that can not be set aside. Being able to relax in the outdoors takes away stress and tension that comes along with daily life, so if you’re looking to get started on a home improvement project, pick the perfect spot to sit and stare out at that landscape you can not do without.   Your backyard is truly a sanctuary. The animals that will love you extra for all the food, shade, and ‘homes’ you provide them are not the only ones that want that sanctuary. There are many ways to make the sanctuary of your dreams, from installing a fountain to extra bushes to creating a small pond that can be filled with fish and call out to the birds that fly by.   Making the right choices, depending on location, is also a must when it comes to landscaping needs. When the polar vortex hits, or the storms actually never seem to end, winter white is not exactly the most colorful or relaxing look for the home. Seeing as that you can’t change Mother Nature (although you would really like to), make sure that your yard is colorful at all times. Flowering shrubs can be added that thrive in the cold months, as well as ornamental grasses.   But let’s be honest, here. Some outdoor projects will just be a ton of fun for the warm weekends ahead; while others will most definitely need a five-year plan to make sure you get exactly what you’re dreaming of in the long run.   And even though there are many professional landscape designers out there, enhancing and beautifying the backyard can most definitely be a DIY project that will bring some fun into the household.   It is absolute magic to watch the backyard become a colorful, stunning, relaxing sanctuary – so make sure to enjoy every minute of it. Because after everything is said, done and planted, you will be loving it for a good, long time to come.