Posts By Sandra Langel

How to practice non violent communication

Nonviolent Communication or NVC is a four step method used for clear, empathic discussion. NVC is designed to find a way for everyone involved to get what really matters to them without the use of guilt, humiliation, shame, blame, coercion, or threats. Many schools use it as part of their anti-bullying programs because it is useful for resolving conflicts, connecting with others, and living in a way that is conscious, present, and attuned to the genuine, living needs of oneself and others.

First and foremost, this type of discussion begins with an observation without judgment. Therefore, one must learn to say, “I see the laundry has not been finished,” instead of, “You did nothing all day.” Seeing the laundry still in the machine is a fact, accusing the person who had not completed it of doing nothing all day is a judgment.

The next step is for the observer to either explain why the observation bothers them or to guess as to why he or she saw what was seen. For example, “I see that you are punching the pillow. Are you angry?” or you could say, “The lion is trying to get out of his cage. I’m scared.”

This step is difficult because you need to learn how to name emotions without moral judgment so that you can connect in a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation. The idea is to perform this step with the aim of accurately identifying the feeling that you or the other person is having in that moment. There should not be any shame for their feelings or otherwise trying to prevent them from feeling as they do. Remember, feelings are sometimes hard to put into words.

The belief is that when needs are met, happy, pleasant feelings result and when they are not met, unpleasant feelings are created. By tuning into the feeling, you can find the underlying need and by stating the need, both parties have clarity about what is alive in both of them at that moment.

Bear in mind that needs have a special meaning when it comes to nonviolent communication. They are common to everyone and not tied to any particular circumstance or strategy for fulfilling them. Therefore, wanting to go somewhere specific with someone is not a need. Neither is the desire to spend time with him or her. In both cases, the need is companionship and can be fulfilled going other places with other people.

Finally, ask clearly and specifically for what you want right now. Do not try to hint or state only what you do not want. For it truly to be a request, and not a demand, you must allow the other person to say no and/or propose an alternative. You must take responsibility for getting your own needs met, and let the other person take responsibility for theirs.

When using this as a school anti-bullying program, the facility must realize that it will take time to implement as everyone involved must practice and become used to solving issues using these steps.

Industrial and traditional Ethernet switches

Ethernet is the standard for wired networking and, along with Wi-Fi, is the most common type of connection computers use in a local area network or LAN especially for general purpose office networks. It began as a single cable that made it possible for multiple devices to be connected to one network. Ethernet has a simple and effective design. With high-speed options and a variety of media types to choose from Ethernet is efficient and flexible. Today, an Ethernet network can be expanded as needed.


Ethernet switches involve the use of a port looks like a regular phone jack, but are a little bit wider. These ports can be used to connect one computer to another, to connect your printer and computer, or they can be used as an external DSL or cable modem. It is a fast and cost-effective way to transmit data.

Commercial Ethernet Switches

There are two distinct types of Ethernet switches, traditional and industrial. Traditional or commercial Ethernet switches come in three different varieties. They are unmanaged, managed, and smart. An unmanaged switch comes ready to use right out of the box. There is no installation or configuration needed. A smart switch comes with some manageability that is able to be done without an IT professional. A managed switch is one that can be configured based on each companies needs. It is the most expensive and requires professional installation.

Industrial Ethernet Switches

In addition, industrial Ethernet switches are also available. They allow manufacturers to improve plant efficiency while keeping operational costs low. This is due, in part, to the fact that it has better bandwidth, as well as both advanced connectivity and reliability than standard Ethernet. In addition, industrial Ethernet switches are designed to operate in plant floor environments as the specifications allow for extreme temperature, shock, and vibration that commercial switches cannot handle.

Difference between Commercial and Industrial Ethernet switches

If a website does not load correctly or you get an error message on your computer screen, you can simply hit the refresh button. In a factory or manufacturing plant, a small problem could turn into a major disaster and the company cannot wait for someone to notice the problem. In other words, there is no refresh button to fix it. However, when a business uses networking switches, the switch can sense an error and automatically stop a process. This prevents wasted time, product, and money.

Additionally, industrial internet allows for specific manufacturing data to not only be correctly sent and received, but also sent and received on-time. That is when the data is needed to perform a specific operation. For example, a cereal box filling plant using this technology is able to send filling data over the network to ensure the boxes are filled correctly. When a box is full, a “stop filling” command is sent over the network.

Another reason why companies are adopting industrial Ethernet is because it is possible to build a network of devices that can continue to communicate even if a cable is broken or unplugged, or if one of the network switches fails. This is important both for reliability and safety.





Types of dentists

When you go to see your general dentist, he or she may recommend that you see a specialist. If that is the case, then you better ask which one because there is a myriad of them to choose from.  The four most common types of specialty dentists are orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists, and pediatric dentists. You could also be sent to an oral pathologist or a Prosthodontist.

A doctor that focuses on straightening teeth, correcting bites and ensuring that teeth sit where they should within the jaws is known as an orthodontist. Those in this profession provide treatments including braces and mouth guards and may sometimes involve the surgical repositioning of teeth. This type of treatment tends to start in childhood. However, adults may seek treatment for cosmetic reasons.

Periodontists are specialized dentists that diagnose and treat gum diseases. Your dental office may refer you to a periodontal office if you suffer from bleeding gums, are in need of a deep root cleanings or are not in the habit if visiting the dentist regularly. Periodontists also do dental implants and have techniques that help to regenerate bone and tissue that is lost to disease.

Those that have damage, injury, decay, infection, or inflammation on the inside of a tooth are referred to an endodontist. Based on the level of damage, those in the field of endodontics might perform root canals, inlays or onlays, or surgery in order to try and save your tooth, the goal of anyone who has experienced trauma or injury to the mouth.

While children can be seen by a general or family dentist, many parents choose to have their kids seen by a pediatric dentist. Those in this profession see patients from toddler age into the teenage years and ensure that a child’s teeth are developing correctly.  A pediatric dentist may be the first to notice when a child needs orthodontic treatment. These specialty dentists are also charged with educating both parents and patients about the prevention of dental disease and good dental hygiene.

An oral pathologist is an oral health care provider whose main focus is the study of the causes of diseases that alter or affect the oral structures of the teeth, lips, cheeks, and jaws, as well as parts of the face and neck. In order to do so, these doctors examine and provide a diagnosis of the biopsy, tissue, or lesion sent to them by other oral health care providers.

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the repair and/or the replacement of missing teeth.  Those in this profession do so on a much larger scale than that of a general dentist. You may be sent to one if you need artificial teeth, also known as dentures, gold or crowns ceramic or caps, to replace any missing or extracted teeth. The prosthodontist can also replace teeth by using dental implants. Moreover, there are specially trained prosthodontists who work with patients that have head and neck deformities. Those that do this work replace missing parts of the face and jaws with artificial ones.

Ideas for covering your windows with blinds, shades, or shutters

Windows are the prime focus of most rooms. Therefore, whether you select blinds, shades, or shutters, they should be both functional and decorative.  There are at least a million different ways you can dress up your windows.  You can match the furnishings in the room or make a bold statement and find something that is different, but complementary.

Blinds, shades, and shutters allow you to choose what you want.  Simply tell the salesperson selling the Hunter Douglas blinds what you are thinking and he or she can help you pull it off.


Be sure to know your budget and stick to it.  Window coverings of any type can be expensive. Therefore, it is best to do your homework before you go into the store so that you have an idea and a price line.


Once you have a budget in place, determine your decorating style.  You do not have to match the décor of your home exactly. However, you do not want to clash, either. If the rest of your home is chic, keep your window coverings that way.  The same is true if you like modern, classic, or casual and comfortable.  Unless you are going to change all of your furnishings, do not use a different style on your windows.


The next thing you need to decide on is how much elbow grease you are willing to put in.  Only you can decide what you are willing to do when it comes to maintaining your home. While blinds need to be dusted weekly, drapes have to be taken down and professionally cleaned before they are rehung.


The type of room you are outfitting with new window coverings, as well as where it is in the house determines the amount of light you want to come in and the amount of privacy you need.   You will need room darkening shades if your child’s room is on the sunny side of the house and he or she still naps.  However, you can let the sun into your kitchen.


If you have small children, then you need to be aware that some blinds may not be safe for them.  If you choose to install them in your home, be sure to either cut the strings so that they do not become choking hazards, purchase a kit, or ask the manufacturer to send you a retrofitting kit so that your child does not become entwined and hurt.  You can also buy blinds that do not have cords.


Finally, to truly get the look you are going for, you can double up on the window coverings. For example, you can put shades or blinds on the inside of the window and then cover them up with drapes or curtains.  Even just adding a valance gives a room a new look.


Regardless of what you choose, know that it is an investment and you will have to live with it.  Therefore, you should not rush into any purchase.  Be sure that it is what you want before installation is complete.

Differences between residential and commercial property management software

Whether you own an apartment building or an office building, keeping it up and full of tenants can be time consuming and stressful. Often, people that own real estate that they do not personally live or work in, hire an outside property management company to do this for them. The best property managers use property management software to make their jobs and their lives easier.

There are a number of differences between residential and commercial properties and therefore there will be differences in the software that is used for property management purposes. Obviously, residential properties are those where people live and commercial properties are used for business and to (according to “make a profit.”


However, under that definition, there is a fine line. As the owner, or for the owner, if you are the property manager, you are making money off of the property that you rent out. Therefore, apartment buildings and condos can be classified as commercial properties because you are using them to make a profit.


One of the biggest differences between the two types of property is the tax rate. Commercial properties are taxed at a much higher rate than residential properties are taxed. This is done to make it easier for people to be able to afford homes. Therefore, having the right commercial property management software is essential so that the IRS does not come knocking on the door wondering where its money is.


The right online property management software can help you set the proper tax rate as commercial property tax rates are based on a formula that includes the total income generating capacity of the property at its “highest and best” possible use. In English, that is the most money that can possibly be produced in the building. That number is taken into consideration along with its relation to the actual income that is being derived from the property at the time of the assessment. Again, for those that do not speak tax code, that is how much profit the building actually makes.


To further complicate things, these numbers are generally set or believed to be set quite high. Landlords and property managers alike feel as their property is over assessed at values that are much higher than they should be. They believe that this is done in order to have them pay more in property taxes than they believe they should have to.


In addition to taxes, negotiating commercial leases is much more complicated and difficult than negotiating leases with individuals in a rental property. Again, property management software, like the one available through Unit Assist can help you with both of these and any other issues that arise, regardless of property type.


Call them, try it out, and find out just how much easier your life can be with the right program to help you with the everyday tasks that come with owning and/or running a property. A 30-day free trial is available along with tech support that will remain free for as long as you use the software.

Advantages of using a virtual office

The office as a specific location where people get together to work is not for everyone and thanks to technology, it does not have to be. In fact, telecommuting and virtual offices have come into vogue. While most people still take homage in the traditional office settings, there is a growing population that believes that as long as the goal is achieved, it does not matter where you get it done.

If you are interested in becoming part of the virtual office workforce, here are some excellent arguments either to convince your boss or to go rogue.


  • Decrease your carbon footprint. Less commuting means less pollution.
  • Better efficiency. Less commuting means more time working.
  • More family time. Less commuting means more time with family.
  • Happier employees. Less stress from commuting and more time with family leads to more content workers. More content workers are less likely to leave. They are also less likely to call in sick.
  • Saves on rent. With fewer employees in the traditional office, you can scale down the size of the office even while hiring more people. The cost of virtual office space, as well as executive suites, is considerably less that a regular office. So, even if you open several satellite offices, money will be saved.
  • Better class of employees. People that can handle working in a remote location are more dedicated and better at time management. They know how to handle work independently and are better able to meet deadlines.
  • Larger pool of potential employees. Without having to worry about a long commute, you are now able to handle those with disabilities. In addition, you do not have to worry about hiring people from out of town and having them move. Now, they do not have to.


However, you need to be aware that a virtual office is not all sunshine and rainbows. If you are not in a physical office, you are less likely to be promoted. In addition, you decrease the amount of socialization you are privy to and can get lonely, especially if you are at home and not in an executive suite with others. Teamwork goes out the window and there is also an increased chance that there will be miscommunication between you and your coworkers.


Having to rely on technology can also be a problem. Your computer, phone or the internet could go down or it could be hacked. Computer viruses are common and this set up is not for everyone. You need to weigh the pros and the cons before deciding if this is the direction you want to go in.


If you do decide to work in a virtual office or executive suite, check out Office Evolution Holladay. They have everything you need to get started and be successful. Whether you are just starting out or trying to make an impression in order to grow your business, they can help. Call, click or stop by and check them out.

Why purchase a butane extractor over a CO2 extractor

There are currently several different extraction methods being used in the cannabis industry. Two of the most popular are the CO2 extractor and the BHO extractor. The two create vastly different products and the choice between them is usually a personal preference along with the costs related to them.

What most people know as “dabs,” “wax,” or BHO, marijuana concentrates, are made with a butane extractor. This process is popular because butane is an inexpensive solvent. The safest type of butane extraction system is one that is known as closed-loop. The butane gas is trapped, recycled and reused in a controlled, sealed environment.


The best way to explain how this machine works is to watch a barista at Starbucks make your drink. They are similar. When you use a coffee or espresso machine, the water passes through the ground coffee beans. By doing so, it strips them of their oils which contain the caffeine, flavor, and aroma which is then filtered into a highly concentrated solution.


When you use a closed loop butane extractor, the extractor places the cannabis in a column that has a filtration screen at the end. This is much like a coffee filter in the example above. Like the water in the coffee machine, the butane passes through the marijuana and strips the plant material of its cannabinoids and terpenes.


The resulting product from using a butane extractor is dependent upon the quality of the plant material that is used. This is due to the fact that butane will also pull mold, mildew, and even naturally-occurring plant waxes into the concentrate. Some of it can be toxic when vaporized.


BHO also has some residual amount of butane left in it because it does not completely evaporate. However, you are more likely to blow up or burn your house down from carelessness than you are to die from the trace amounts of butane in your concentrate. Furthermore, the THC content in these concentrates can reach up to 80%. This makes BHO is a popular remedy for chronic pain and other incurable symptoms.


CO2 extractors are much more expensive than closed loop butane extractors and are therefore less popular. Furthermore, they are not available for consumer use. They must be used with a chemist on hand in a special environment specifically set up for this extraction method. Those that use CO2 extractors are required to work with closed systems in specially-designed, vented rooms.


However, when they are used, the result is an amber colored liquid that can be used in a vapor pen or added to an edible. Many users state that it is less flavorful and is less enjoyable to use than the concentrates that result from a BHO extractor.


Regardless of which type of extractor you use, be sure to read the directions and get instructions so that injuries and accidents are kept to a minimum. Be sure to follow the laws of your jurisdiction, as well.

Difference between PR and advertising

Simply put, advertising is media that is paid for while public relations media is earned. This means that when it comes to PR, you have to convince reporters and/or editors to write a positive story about your client.  It then appears in the editorial section of the magazine, newspaper, TV station or website, while advertising appears in the “paid media” section.  Therefore, the story generated through PR has more credibility because it was independently verified by a trusted third party, rather than purchased.


With advertising, you tell people how great you are.  With publicity, others sing your praises.  Furthermore, while advertising reflects senior management’s view on what a consumer or business-to-business buyer should think is important, PR, on the other hand, depends on understanding the who, what, when, where, why and how of engaging in the discussion.  Those that work in public relations often excel in storytelling and present a perceived problem along with their client’s unique solution (the product or service they provide).


Another huge difference between the two methods is the price.  Advertising can be expensive when you figure the cost of the space or time along with the creative designs and production costs.  In addition, most advertisements need to be repeated several times before the consumer is influenced.


However, with advertising you have full control, while with PR, you have no control over how the media presents your information, or if they decide to use it at all.  The media is not obligated to cover your event or publish your press release just because you sent it to them.  Furthermore, an ad can run for as long as you are willing to pay.  You can only submit a press release once and the exposure, if any, is only circulated once. The same press release will not run three or four times in the same magazine, newspaper, or blog.


Most people know that when they are reading an advertisement, a product or service is trying to be sold to them.  However, when someone reads a third-party article written about your product or views coverage of your event on TV, they see something not paid for and, therefore, view it differently than they do paid advertising.


Advertising executives show their creativity by creating ads for their clients.  Those that work at a PR firm searching for new news to release to the media and being able to generate buzz.  One way to do this in advertising is to gear the advertising toward your target audience.  On the other hand, PR execs must have a hook and an angle that gets editors to use the information you send them for an article or to cover your event.


When it comes to writing styles, advertising uses buzz words to motivate people to buy or use your product or service.  When it comes to public relations, writing should be done strictly in a no-nonsense news format.  Any blatant commercial messages in will cause your information to be disregarded by the media.


Medical Marijuana Delivery Service Jobs

More and more states are legalizing pot, at least for medical use for various chronic conditions.  This, in turn, has led to the creation of new jobs in new categories.  Therefore, if you live in a state where cannabis is legal and you are looking for a career change, you may want to look into becoming a part of a weed delivery service. If you like to cook or have a degree from a cooking school, you may want to look into becoming an edible creator.  Not everyone smokes or vapes.  Many people choose to consume their products in foods.  This is especially true when it comes to children who suffer from chronic illnesses and cannot smoke or vape.  This career is competitive, so it is best if you are able to come up with a new food or a new way to infuse the pot into a food.  Before long, customers will be eating out of your hand, literally. Another lucrative job in the marijuana delivery business is the concentrate processor.  Concentrates such as oils, dabs, waxes, and shatter are becoming more and more popular.  This is because they are stronger than traditional dry herbs that are smoked.  This position generally requires a background in chemistry and can be dangerous if proper precautions are not taken. Along those same lines, any businesses dealing with marijuana, including delivery services needs a trimmer.  This person is in charge of cultivating the cannabis plants, trimming them and ensuring that customers get the most for their money.  This job can be tedious at times, but is incredibly rewarding. Of course, a medical marijuana delivery service is going to need delivery people.  Generally, the only things needed for this position are a clean license, a reliable mode of transportation, and an ability to get along with others. Like any other business, a cannabis delivery company is going to need people to work in the office.  This includes those that specialize in accounting, marketing, and secretarial positions as well as those involved in checking that all of the customers have identification, prescriptions, and have gotten permission from the state to legally purchase marijuana for medical use. These businesses may, depending upon location, need someone who is knowledgeable in state law and regulation so that the company remains legal.  Furthermore, the company is going to need someone who specializes in information technology because most of the transactions will take place over the web.  Even if they do not, the company should have a customer database and a database of suppliers.  In addition, like other businesses both in and out of the cannabis industry, the accounting and other business including product management will be handled via computer. If you like growing things or have a background in botany, you can get a job as either a pot farmer or a seed harvester.  Obviously, the pot farmer grows the product.  The seed harvester, on the other hand, is a bit more specialized and can help with the legal aspects of selling marijuana.

Social media and dental SEO

Dental SEO or search engine optimization is the ability to improve your placement in the results that are returned when someone uses a site like Yahoo or Google to find a dentist.  There are a variety of ways to do so, including the use of the social media sites Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in order to get people to your website.  In addition to getting more clicks on your website, likes and shares can also help to boost your rating on the various search engines.


Search engine optimization is important because studies have shown that most people do not get past the first three links that are returned.  If they do go past those few results, they do not get past the first page.  If you want more patients, you need to improve your standings on the various search engines.

Therefore, it is important for your posts to be relevant and interesting so that your friends and followers are more likely to like them and share them with others.  Both of those actions can increase the number of friends and followers you have as well as increase the traffic to your website.  The more friends and followers you have the more people there are to like and share your posts.  Hence, your dentist SEO will improve.


Since one of the best ways to ensure that your posts create interest is to include a picture or video you should link your Facebook and Instagram accounts.  This will allow you to post on both sites at once and include the all important picture.  It will also give more of a spotlight to your clients as many of your pictures will be of them, as long as you get permission.


Another way you can focus on your patients while on social media is to hold a contest.  This will ensure that they share it with others.  Who, in turn, you hope will share it with even more people.  However, do not go broke purchasing a prize.


When you are not focusing on your patients’ new beautiful smiles, another way to boost dental SEO is to post tips for maintaining a healthy mouth and jokes about dentists, just to name a few.  You can also post links to your blog, which should be a part of your web page.


The one thing that you do not want to overdue is full-on promotion posts.  After all, you do not want to be the commercial; you want to be the show, the main event.  If you must post a promotion post, be creative about it so that it is interesting and eye-catching.


Finally, you can post to Instagram three times a day and to both Twitter and Facebook up to three times a week.  Any more than that and you will be seen as annoying.  Any less and you will be seen as inconsistent.  Either way, you will either lose some of your current followers or lose potential followers who could have turned into patients.

Accessories for your dab rig

You have been using your vapor rig for quite some time and you know it was a great investment.  You have noticed that some of your buddies have some great accessories that make the experience better in a variety of ways.  There are many options to choose from and you are not sure which ones to invest in because they are all good in their own way.


If you have issues cleaning your dab rig because you are hesitant to shake it with alcohol and salt then you need a silicone cleaning cap.  This small piece prevents spilling and covers both ends of the rig.  Therefore, it will not be dropped and broken.

When it comes to the more thorough cleaning that should be done when you are done using the rig, you should use 420 cleaner.  It is the best thing to use when it comes to dealing with reclaim.


Another good idea in vapor rig accessories is an extra dabber.  This is because it never hurts to have an extra dabber, especially if you have already lost one or two.  Without a dabber, you could end up burning your fingers and that is an instant buzz kill.

You could also invest in a banger.  They come made of the same materials as your rig and consists of a joint that is connected to a small tube that leads to a cup-shaped attachment. The banger is attached to the rig near the cup that is then heated to an optimal temperature. Put the concentrate in the cup and inhale the vapor through the tube that connects the cup to the joint. Bangers are built for optimal airflow and can provide for a tastier dab.  Time and practice will allow you to become more astute at using a banger which may seem awkward, at first.


For both your every day dabber, as well as for any extras you may have, it pays to purchase a cover to put on it.  Buying a cover to put on the end of your dab rig prevents it from becoming disgusting as dabs tend to attract hair, dirt, dust, and anything else that was in your pocket with it.  No one wants to smoke lint.


If you are worried that your vapor rig may suffer or be broken due to mishandling, then you may want an oil-slick pad.  This pad not only protects your rig, it also gives you a place to put your product while you enjoy and partake.


Whether you buy one of these things or all of these things, you are going to need a way to keep it all together.  A great way to do that is through the use of a dab station.  Many come with an attached anti-lock dome that has a separate joint.  This makes it so that it does not get stuck as it is reattached.  It also has a place for jars and a separate nail storage area so that it does not need to be left in the rig.