4 Water Related Things to do in Baltimore

4 Water Related Things to do in Baltimore

A visit to Baltimore opens up a world of adventures, whether it involves seeing sharks in action or boarding a pirate ship. Make the most of your trip by hanging out near the water. You won’t want to venture past the harbor once you realize how much you can do.

Paddle a Little, Drink a Little

Taking a water tour in Baltimore is a bit different from what you experience elsewhere. Here, you can up the ante and book a Paddle and Brewery Tour. Enjoy the tranquility of paddling on calm waters, which will also provide you with some fitness perks before you reach your destination: a brewery.

Most tours take you on the Monocacy River. You can choose between a canoe or a kayak. The ticket price includes a lovely picnic lunch. That’s the ideal complement to your brewery tour, which can take you to any number of local breweries and microbreweries, such as the Barley and Hops Microbrewery. Your visit there comes with delicious appetizers and the opportunity to sample six beers. After that, have a leisurely picnic and then enjoy paddling back to your starting point.

All Aboard a Boat Tour

Want to become a pirate for the day? Climb aboard an Urban Pirates tour, which will take you around the Inner Harbor in the coolest pirate ship you’ve ever seen. Just don’t try to steal anyone’s booty, or you might get thrown in the brig. For a less threatening option, American Sailing Tours offer a beautiful nighttime sail that’s a treat in warm weather.

You can look into water sports, too, if you book with Watermark Harbor Cruise. There are yachts to book to taste the richer side of life. During your visit, check into charter companies that provide lessons, as well. You could learn to sail while you’re in Baltimore. Research hotels near the Maryland Science Center, which is in the Inner Harbor, and you can enjoy being in the center of all the harbor activities.

Get Hands-on at the National Aquarium

Baltimore’s National Aquarium is a draw all its own. It’s the place to go for anyone who loves aquatic life and enjoys a relaxed, educational walk through a spacious aquarium. Take in the dolphin shows and marvel at the smart, graceful mammals. Are you bold enough to put your hands on a jellyfish? You can try your luck at the aquarium. The rainforest feature is another favorite. All in all, you can get up close and personal not just with fish and aquatic species, but also birds, reptiles, amphibians, sharks, and marine mammals.

Experience History at the Harbor

Going back to the Inner Harbor, why not view a living museum? Baltimore doesn’t have a maritime museum because the section of the Inner Harbor devoted to historic vessels serves the same purpose. From a tall ship dating back to 1854 to a submarine from World War II, you can buy tickets to tour as many ships as possible. There’s a lighthouse in this area of the harbor, which is free to visit.

Baltimore has treasures hiding in every corner. What water-related activities will you try?

Placing Importance in Emergency Operations Centers

When it comes to the seriousness involved with disease outbreaks, an important key to ensuring the situation is properly managed are Emergency Operations Centers. Set up both virtually and physically, these centers are placed as a measure to prevent the further spread of such diseases. By monitoring the population, and separating those who may be ailing from those who are not and following the appropriate protocol, these centers play a huge role. Emergency Operations Centers also decrease the likelihood of large-scale panic in a highly populated area where these things are likely to occur. By use of their expertize, team members within the centers work to stop the spread of both disease and fear among the populace.

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Soak Up American History At Jackson Hole

When you hear the name of Jackson Hole, WY, you probably imagine a picturesque area well-known for its ski resorts. But Jackson Hole is so much more than a one-season town. It’s a location that’s rich in history and a part of the fabric of American history. There’s so much more to see and do here than simply come for the powder. Visiting during the warmer months rewards you with the beauty of the Rockies in all of its green glory and snow capped peaks. Here are some of the things you should know about the history of Jackson Hole.

The Natural Bounty of Jackson Hole

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Native American tribes used to spend their summers in Jackson Hole hunting the abundant wildlife in the area. The named tribes that came through were the Crow, Blackfeet, Shoshoni, Bannock, and Gros Ventre. The evidence of their habitation is well-documented through the artifacts that they left behind, but they were far from the first humans to travel through the region. Archaeologists and the like have found artifacts that date back to the prehistoric era which shows that Jackson Hole has been attracting visitors for thousands of years. Make sure to stay at one of the many hotels in the area that are near the Historical Society and Museum for an immersive experience in American history.

Lewis and Clark Expedition

The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through the area on their journey west to document the unknown areas of the Louisiana Purchase. A member of the expedition, John Colter, returned to the mountains as a scout for a fur trading company. John Colter was thought to have entered Jackson Hole in 1807-08 while headed to Crow territory. There he persuaded the tribes to trap beavers for their pelts for use in the hat-making industry.

The Mountain Men Era

Colter’s “opening” of the Jackson Hole area brought in the mountain men who trapped animals for their pelts. Jackson Hole got its name from David Jackson, one of the mountain men. John Colter spent the winter of 1829 on the shores of what is now Jackson Lake. Jackson’s partner, William Sublette, called the area Jackson’s Hole and the name has stuck ever since.

The mountain men thrived in the area until around 1845 when the fur trade in beaver pelts for hats declined in favor of silk hats. Native Americans returned to their summer hunting grounds.

The Hayden Expedition

William Henry Jackson took the first photographs of Jackson Hole which led to the creation of Yellowstone National Park, but it didn’t include Jackson Hole. It was not until 1950 when the federal government enlarged Grand Teton National Park to include Jackson Hole National Monument. The monument itself was created in 1943 as a result of pressure from John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who purchased the land to protect it from development.

There’s no bad time of year to visit Jackson Hole whether you’re looking for ski slopes or the beauty of the Rockies in the summer. Jackson Hole’s natural beauty takes the breath away in any season while you walk in the footsteps of those who came before.

5 Great Co-Working Spaces In Minneapolis

In an economy full of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and online business owners, the idea of co-working space has become very popular. In Minneapolis, many co-working spaces exist where you can pay a monthly fee to access an office environment, rent conference rooms, and enjoy office perks. The options in Minneapolis provide great opportunities for business owners and entrepreneurs who sometimes require an office environment but do not want to deal with the overhead costs of a private office space.

Industrious Minneapolis Downtown

Industrious is a 20,000-foot co-working space for individual workers. It’s located on the 28th floor of Minneapolis’s RBC Plaza. You can rent a private office for just you or one for up to 12 people. This is a great spot for traveling workers to get office perks and Wi-Fi for a few days while you’re away from work for business. Free printing, a coffee and bar lounge, and local treats for you to purchase are some of the other amenities.

WorkAround Shared Office Environment

The WorkAround Shared Office Environment is a co-working space with private desks in a shared environment as well as small conference rooms. It’s quieter than coffee shops and many open-floor-plan office buildings. Plus, if you’re a member, you get access to services such as accounting and marketing. A kitchen is another perk that freelancers and entrepreneurs will love because you can make your own lunch and save some money.


FLOCK is a co-working space in Minneapolis geared toward creatives. The indoor environment is less like an office and more like a coffee shop, with comfortable chairs, intimate tables, and cool furnishings. The 6,000-square-foot space attracts designers, programmers, photographers, and more. Choose a spot at a long table and see what other creatives you meet, or find a quiet corner to hang by yourself. This dog-friendly environment also has storage lockers for your convenience.

Minneapolis Central Library

The Minneapolis Central Library was built in 2006 and is a large facility with lots to recommend. Meeting rooms are available if you need a co-working space for just a few days on a tight budget. Reserve the meeting room through the library’s website, and be sure to enjoy the art and adaptive technology opportunities that the library has to offer. Save yourself a commute — book a Minneapolis hotel near the library.

Restore Collaborative

Restore Collaborative is another co-working space designed to entice creatives. You can rent a co-worker desk, book conference rooms, and gain access to lots of cool amenities like free coffee and Wi-Fi. Seating is open at community tables or on couches. The space also has talking booths in case you need to have a quick one-on-one or meet an interesting business contact while in the co-working space.

Minneapolis’s co-working space options are expanding, and finding one that fits your business needs and your personal style is becoming easier. Consider one whether you’re traveling to Minneapolis and need the space for a few days or are looking for a long-term commitment at a co-working office space.

Jacksonville Airport Opens Aviation History Museum

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) has started the earliest phase of its new exhibit, an aviation history museum, named “Jacksonville Takes Flight: North Florida Aviation History from 1878 to 1941.”

Exhibiting aviation milestones and memorabilia from the era when Florida was meagerly populated, and Jacksonville was the state’s “big city,” it makes a center of attraction of the airport. Allowing the travelers to view aircraft movement on the ramp, it beautifully conveys much more about the area’s aviation history.

The exhibit starts its glorious story with phase I on Jan. 28, 1878, when a hot air balloon holding one man was visualized floating a “mile high” over the city at 5 p.m. It ended on the eve of World War II when the military formed bases bigger than most Florida cities.

Phase II of the gallery exhibit will embark at the end of World War II, and bring to a close with the most recent accomplishments. At the 50th anniversary celebration of JAX at its current location in 2018, this phase should be completed.

Along with a wall mural comprising highlights and photos of significant events in Jacksonville’s aviation history, seven cases demonstrate a variety of aviation artifacts. Interactive display monitors are also provided to the travelers to reveal more interesting information about our area’s long term relationship with aviation.

Located next to the center courtyard food court, “Jacksonville Takes Flight: North Florida aviation history from 1878 to 1941” also has a great window for viewing modern day airfield activity. Visitors are welcome to take pleasure in the pre-security museum situated next to the center courtyard food court that is open daily from 5am to midnight.

When you’re flying out of Jacksonville International Airport, you’ll encounter several attractive parking lots with 24-hour services, shuttle service, and a full range of amenities. Stop worrying about airport parking and take a glance at the aviation history of Florida.

Beware of Forex Scams

Forex (foreign currency exchange) is a relatively unregulated market with high potential for gains as well as high potential for loss. These two factors, high potential for gain and soft regulation, have attracted swindlers from all over the world. These scam artists use the allure of Forex to steal millions from unsuspecting investors. Let me start by showing an example of a current Forex scam.

All it takes is a couple minutes on Google and I quickly find a few Forex scams. Take this one for example: The company has bought Google ad space and their site shows on the first page of my search. The website reads “Guaranteed 200% Interest Per Month”, Minimum Deposit: $5000, Maximum Deposit: $999,999, Investment Length: 30 days; Fast Withdrawals!” To the novice Forex trader it sounds great. All I have to do is send them my money and I will soon be making 200% per month – wow!

If you continue reading you find that they use a lot of flowery verbiage to explain HOW they trade. They talk about “security” of funds and the “stability” of their company. On the ‘About Us’ page they have headlines like “Professionalism”, “Reliability”, “Trust”, and my personal favorite “Process Ability”. Under ‘Process Ability” they write: “Correct prediction of reversal of exchange rates outflow by using timely analysis of our department, received news, their processing, and also positions’ control during technical and fundamental analysis;”. It only takes 5 seconds of reading this site for a REAL Forex trader to see the scam. But to the unsuspecting person, who has heard of the huge potential in Forex, this sounds like a dream come true.

So how does the Forex newbie avoid Forex scams and find real Forex products?

  1. First off, remember the saying “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” There is NO such thing as guaranteed returns in Forex let alone a guaranteed 200% per month. Forex can be VERY profitable but it is NOT easy and there is rarely weekly consistency. If you see a Forex company including automated Forex systems making such claims – beware.
  2. Two. Research the company presenting the opportunity. In the case we discussed a moment ago, it only takes a quick look at the company’s website registration to find out there are inconsistencies in the story. The website was registered in July of this year but the company claims to have started in June. Also, they provide false business contact information in their site registration.
  3. Never give up control of your money. In Forex, you NEVER should have to send your money to someone other than a fully regulated Forex broker. If you decide to have someone manage your funds for you, you still maintain control of your funds and your Forex account.
  4. Speak to the people behind the Forex opportunity. Many Forex opportunities are completely legitimate. If an opportunity is legitimate the company will be more than willing to speak with you directly. Never invest in any Forex product without having contact with the individuals responsible for that product.
  5. Does the company disclose the risks involved with trading Forex? Forex is a risky investment. If a company refuses to acknowledge that, they are misleading you. It doesn’t matter whether you are considering a Forex managed account, an automated Forex trading system, Forex education, Forex trade signals, or any other Forex product. If they are offering you something to do with Forex, they MUST disclose the risks of trading Forex to you.
  6. Don’t let emotion get the best of you. There is something exciting about the possibility of making 200% per month guaranteed. This excitement often blinds people from reality. They want to believe SO bad that something is real that they overlook the obvious.

Forex is a legitimate investment opportunity. Thousands of Forex traders make a significant living trading the Forex market everyday. However, don’t let yourself get sucked into the Forex scams that seem to be too good to be true. Because they are. Use common sense and the tips I’ve provided above to avoid being the next victim of a Forex scam.

Your Food Relationship – Achieve Your Diet and Fat Loss Goals Faster

Food – none of us can go without it! But how does the way in which we think about food impact our diet? Are you someone who just sees food as body fuel, or do the different tastes, textures and nutritional values of food excite you? In today’s health conscious world, I would think that most of us fall into the latter group. If you want to achieve your diet goals quicker, then you need to clearly understand you relationship with food.

Eat and Burn

In its simplest form, food gives our body the calories it needs to run on a daily basis. When there are too few calories, the body looks to its own reserves. When there are too many calories, the body puts them away in storage (i.e. as body fat). On a purely mathematical level, so long as we burn as much as we consume, we are not going to produce excess body fat. So yes it is possible to eat junk food and stay thin but we also know that what food we eat can be as important as how much food we eat.

Food Fanatics

Not all foods are created equal. It would be nonsense to say that a caramel flapjack and an organic apple containing the same number of calories are of equal health benefit. At the ‘eat and burn’ basic level then yes they might provide our body with the same number of calories but substance is surely just as important. We have all learned that the organic apple is bursting with healthy goodness, whilst the flapjack will be laden with sugar and other nutritional nastiness.

The food world has gone crazy over the past few years. Every other program on television is a cooking program. But why are we so obsessed? It is just body fuel at the end of the day…

I have to admit, I am a modern day ‘foodie’. I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen and I strongly believe in the health benefits of natural food. In my eyes, there is nothing wrong with this, food has the fantastic ability of making us happy so let’s take advantage. However, you need to be aware of your root relationship with food. There is definitely a risk of obsessing over food. Such obsession may manifest itself as punishing yourself for eating ‘junk’ food, a lifetime of calorie counting, or possibly worse. We each have unique relationships with food and to get the most from food we should strip away the layers and get to the bottom of what and why. Why did you have to eat popcorn whilst watching that movie yesterday evening? Why did you have to drink alcohol when socialising last week? It is good to sit back and think about our food choices so we understand why we made them and can enjoy those choices instead of feeling guilty about them!

Strategies to Avoid Food Obsession and Achieve Your Diet Goals

As we are dependent upon food for survival, all of us have a relationship with food.

Here are a few ideas to help you find out, change, and nurture your food relationship.

  • Make a Black, Grey, White list of foods you commonly eat. Black for the least healthy, White for the most. Then keep it in your kitchen, making sure that your cupboards are full of those foods on the White list (typically fresh fruit, vegetables, unsalted nuts and seeds, whilst trying to cut out those on the Black list (basically anything processed containing sugar, as well as alcohol and if you follow the Paleo diet, then all grains too). To take things further, you can keep a score board to measure how many food items from each colour group you are eating – monitoring your results forces the truth upon you, so there is nowhere to hide!
  • Work out what type of food personality you are. Do this by clearly identifying what you enjoy about food. For me, I know that eating healthily will make me feel happy but so does the odd treat. I have a soft spot for beer and ice cream (not together though!), so I indulge in these things every now and again. It may be that you enjoy a certain type of cuisine, or need to eat every two hours. Being aware of your food personality will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses in your diet, which you can then address sensibly instead of obsessively.
  • Be wise about food availability – possibly the most important factor in keeping a healthy diet is to always have the healthy food readily to hand. Most people resort to less healthy foods because they are so accessible. A little bit of effort on your part and healthy food can be fast food in any hectic lifestyle. Prepare your healthy food in advance and keep stock levels high (i.e. always have fresh fruit and vegetables at the ready).
  • Equally, if it isn’t in your house in the first place then you can’t eat it! If you don’t have very strong willpower, avoid the lethal step of bringing junk foods into your home. Too often I have picked things up and thought it would be saved for a rainy day but the evenings are full of temptation and before you know it that treat is in your belly. I know that keeping sweet food in the house can undo my healthy eating, so it’s best kept out most of the time.

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Life Insurance: Getting Coverage While Young

We all know that life insurance is important, but with so many options available, it’s hard to decide which plan is right for you. With this helpful life insurance quiz, you’ll learn what you need to know about life insurance policies so you can figure out which policy best fits you and your needs.

When you start the quiz, you’ll learn what leads to higher monthly life insurance premiums; who the policy benefits if you pass away; the best time for you to buy life insurance; why some life insurance policies require a medical exam; the biggest downside to getting life insurance through your employer; the best way to check the stability of an insurance carrier; and who guaranteed-issue life insurance policies are designed for.

Additionally, you’ll learn the difference between term life insurance and whole life insurance, which one has a lower monthly cost, the biggest benefit of whole life insurance, and what happens when a term life insurance policy expires but you’re still living.

During the quiz, you have 60 seconds to answer questions about life insurance policies. Along the way, you’ll see how many Americans knew the answer to each question, and you can cheer people on who answered the questions correctly. When you’re done, you can share your score on Facebook and find more articles for further reading about life insurance policies.

Take this useful quiz today so you can learn what you need to know about life insurance policies, and have the peace of mind knowing you have the right policy for you.


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What is Fashionable?

Fashion is fitting into the scene and making one look the best that he or she can look. Fashion is the norm of clothing, cars, homes, and yes, even pets. Fashion is fashionable. What is fashionable though?

Fashions change all the time. There are some constants about fashion though. The outfits should fit appropriately and be flattering. The vehicles should be safe and clean. The homes should be comfortable and personable. The pets should be well cared for. Now that we know the constants, how does one achieve these constant fashions?

Fashionable outfits typically sport the name of a high end designer. This is not necessary though, since in other parts of the world, say the Philippians, fashionable pants include the Levi pant line. This is considered an expensive brand in the United States, but in other parts of the world, it is. Fashionable clothing is clothing that fits well and compliments the body of the wearer. Fashionable clothing does not show too much skin or appear to be too tight. Fashionable clothing does not restrict movement, but rather enables the individual to be as comfortable and natural as possible.

Fashionable cars are much like fashionable clothing. What is expensive in one country is not in the other. In America, the BMW is considered one of the most expensive cars on the market. In Bosnia, everyone drives a BMW and people want the Ford Taurus. How is that for luxury and fashion? A fashionable car is a vehicle with personality and is clean at the same time. There should be plenty of the driver in the car and plenty of car to be seen. Dirty is never fashionable and clutter is much like dirt.

Fashionable homes are sketchy. Everyone wants a home. Homes in themselves are fashionable. A fashionable home is a home that is well put together with general themes for each room. The living room should not have lawn chairs. The dining room should not have a weight bench. The kitchen should not be storage room. Fashionable homes are all about themes and cleanliness.

Fashionable pets are scary. While it can be “fashionable” to have a specific breed, it is far more ‘fashionable” to have a healthy and happy pet. Remember though, pets are for life, not for fashion. Once you get a pet, you are in a till death-do-you-part relationship with that pet. Think before you purchase.


How to Help Your Child Break Into Showbiz

So you’ve been told your child is a natural performer, but how do you get from compliments to credits? While the entertainment business is a tough one to break into, there are a few initial steps towards employing your child’s creativity which you can take long before you start seeking representation.

Step One – Be Honest. Every parent is probably a little biased about their own child’s talents and looks, but showbiz isn’t for everyone. Taking an unbiased look at your child to find out if s/he has what it takes is possible. Just remember that the more honest you are with yourself about his/her current abilities, the more likely s/he is to succeed in the long run. Children In Film offers an online assessment quiz in their KidStart program.

Step Two – Get Organized. Organization is extremely important in your path to success. Balancing your child’s career and schoolwork along with the regular demands of having a family and a life of your own is a challenge. Getting organized involves having a cell phone with voicemail, setting up a post office box or permanent address and keeping a detailed datebook or PDA Scheduler. There are also important records and documents you must obtain such as work permits and blocked trust accounts.

Step Three – Take Photos. Photographs are the most important tool for you child’s success. If your child is five or under, or if you’re just beginning to shop for agents, snapshots are suitable. All too often people spend money on professional headshots before acquiring an agent and then have to have them redone at the request of the agent.

Step Four – Take Classes. Enrolling your child in acting classes, workshops and other specialty classes like dance or voice is an excellent way to prepare them for future auditions and roles. Classes are also a great place to network and gain exposure. But remember this: a class is a service you pay for in order to improve your child’s skills. It is not a guarantee of work, representation or immediate success. Going to school does not guarantee that you’ll get into the best college; it’s just a good start.

Once you’ve completed these steps, you’re ready to build a resume and seek representation.