What to Know About Coronavirus

The Deadly Virus That Just Entered the U.S. from China


a group of different colors: A coronavirus outbreak has caused hundreds of illnesses and 25 deaths in China, and two cases have been confirmed in the U.S. Doctors explain what you should know.


A coronavirus outbreak has caused hundreds of illnesses and 25 deaths in China. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed two official cases of the infection within the United States.

A person returning to Washington state from Wuhan, China,—where an outbreak of coronavirus is taking place—was diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this week. Today, the CDC said a second infection has been diagnosed in a Chicago woman who returned after traveling to the area. Texas A&M University has also confirmed that “a student may have a possible case of novel coronavirus.”

U.S. health officials are currently monitoring 63 other potential cases across 22 states. Despite a growing number of cases in Asia, the World Health Organization says “it is still too early to declare a public health emergency of international concern.”

This type of coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, was originally thought to spread from animals to people, “but person-to-person spread of 2019-nCoV is occurring,” the CDC says. So, how worried should you be? Here, everything you need to know about coronavirus, its symptoms, and what experts think about its potential impact within the U.S.

How worried should you be about coronavirus?

Hundreds of people in China have been infected with coronavirus and hospitalized, and it’s a little scary that it’s now in the U.S. But infectious disease experts say you shouldn’t panic. “The CDC is really on top of this,” Dr. Schaffner says.

Infectious disease doctors and public health officials are also “very aware” of coronavirus around the country, he adds, and many have implemented steps where patients with respiratory symptoms are now asked whether they’ve recently been to China or have had contact with someone recently who has been to the country. If the answer is “yes,” they’ll be quarantined.

People coming through five different airports in the U.S. are also now being screened for coronavirus, which can help detect cases early. “We have two cases right now and they’re pretty well contained, but we can expect more,” Dr. Adalja says. Despite the headlines, he also stresses that “contacts of the two case patients are being monitored and would only be contagious when symptomatic.”

To steer clear of any possible infection (especially during flu season), he says to practice good hand hygiene and try to steer clear of people who appear to be sick. The CDC also recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China.

By Korin Miller of Prevention Magazine




Lakers bring in grief counselors following Kobe Bryant’s death

By Vincent Frank, Sportsnaut

We were reminded the hard way on Sunday that NBA players are much more than those who provide highlight-reel plays on the court. Following the tragic death of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant at the age of 41 in an helicopter accident, this became all too real.

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One day after the fact, many people are still having a hard time processing the tragedy.

The Lakers are doing what they can to help their employees. That includes the organization bringing in grief counselors to help, both in one-on-one and group settings.

This is the right way to do things. Lakers players will be forced to take to the court against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. No matter what transpires between now than then, they will do so with heavy hearts.

At the very least, some professionals can help the likes of LeBron James and Co. continue with their grieving process.

Bryant was among nine killed in Southern California late Sunday morning, along with his daughter Gianna.

Our thoughts continue to go out to the Bryant family, the Lakers organization and the families of those impacted by the tragedy.


U.K. Garden Idea’s

Planting scheme’s from Jo’s Gardens, an award winning garden design business based near Falmouth in Cornwall.

“Jo’s artistic approach and knowledge of horticulture help her to create beautiful planting schemes that bring her gardens alive.   When the plants are happy in their environment and working in harmony with one another then the garden will flourish and continually evolve through the seasons and years.

From drifts of grasses and perennials to herb gardens, roses and meadows  – please take a look at some of our planting schemes.”

Contemporary plant border, Falmouth

Roses and nepeta smother the top of a Cornish hedge, St. Mawes

Roses and nepeta smother the top of a Cornish hedge, St. Mawes

Gravel Garden, Falmouth

Gravel Garden, Falmouth

Grasses and perennials smother a hot sunny bank

Grasses and perennials smother a hot sunny bank

Lime greens and purples - Ferns and cirsium

Lime greens and purples – Ferns and cirsium

Autumn mix of perennials & grasses

Autumn mix of perennials & grasses

See more planting idea’s at:


The Top 5 Fashion Trends That Will Rule 2020

If nothing else, I am all about fashion. Right ?  Well, maybe you are.  And if you are, you’ll want to read all about this year’s fashion trend because that’s the kind of person you are.  So dive into this year’s predictions courtesy of stylecaster.com:

“Without further adieu, here are the top fashion trends we’re sure will hit big in 2020—and how to shop them now and be ahead of the curve.”

1. Western Wear

Street Style, Spring Summer 2020, New York Fashion Week, USA - 07 Sep 2019


Fashion stylist Courtney Sharp wants us to know that the western trend can’t stop, won’t stop in 2020. “Especially cowboy boots,” she tells StyleCaster. “I think we’re going to see that a lot more, especially in the summer.”

2. Power Suits

Street Style, Fall Winter 2019, Paris Fashion Week, France - 05 Mar 2019


Maybe it’s because the 2020 presidential election is here or perhaps we just love a good co-ord set—either way, the power suit is back, and we couldn’t be more excited. The key is to keep it monochromatic. Shirts are optional. And you win extra points if your suit is oversized and slouchy.

3. Voluminous Silhouettes

Street Style, Spring Summer 2020, Paris Fashion Week, France - 29 Sep 2019


According to Sharp, there’s a high chance that we’re going to see a lot of puffy sleeves and architectural silhouettes. She tells StyleCaster that there will be “a lot of volume in the kind of material—like organza and tulle—and tiered, floofy bits.”


4. Marabou & Ostrich Feathers

Street Style, Fall Winter 2019, Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris, France - 01 Jul 2019



The early 2000s are back, and I’m so ready for it. First, I’d like to start by saying thank you to Maddy Perez from the HBO drama “Euphoria” and her glittery homecoming outfit for this ostrich feather revival.

5. Not Your Average Leather

Street Style, Spring Summer 2020, Milan Fashion Week, Italy - 20 Sep 2019



Tired: black leather jackets. Wired: Literally any other color and style of leather. Leather will be big in 2020, but as an earth-toned overshirt, jumpsuit, or even trousers.

Well that’s it from me.  Oh there’s much more at this web site, for those who are more adventure-minded:


Selling Your Home?

The Paint Color That Can Sell Your House for $6,000 More

Who knew a bucket of paint could be worth so much money?

Sold Home For Sale Real Estate Sign in Front of Beautiful New House.Andy Dean Photography/Shutterstock

Selling your home often comes with small improvements and do-it-yourself adjustments to attract buyers. If you’re in the process of selling your house, you might want to consider a few painting projects—starting with the color of your front door.

A report by Zillow looked at 135,000 photos from old houses across the country to see how paint colors impact sales. They found that homes with charcoal, smoky, or jet black doors sell for $6,271 more than expected. Considering that a door paint job can cost approximately $100 to $400, a bucket of black paint is a stellar investment.

In their study, Zillow also found that tuxedo kitchens—where the upper and lower cabinets are two different colors—sell for more money too. It may be worth it to stage your home with a few of these features, or with these 15 other tricks to help you sell your home faster and at a higher price.

As for the rest of your house, cool and neutral wall colors are a big hit with buyers overall. Light blue bathrooms and taupe-colored living rooms were especially popular in homes that sold for more money. Meanwhile, homes with dark red- or brown-colored walls sold for as much as $2,310 less than expected. A fresh coat of paint over that brown wall you loved won’t cost you much compared to what you’ll gain in the selling process, just like these 31 home improvements that can double the value of your home.

For home exteriors, houses painted a creamy, bright yellow sold for $3,408 less than other homes. Just keep in mind that painting the outside of your house can be an expensive job, ranging from $1,000 to north of $6,000, depending on the size of the house and the materials used.  The biggest tip for selling your home for more is to make friends with your real estate agent. They might even let you in on a few of these 22 secrets your real estate agent won’t tell you.


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Law of Attraction Exercises

Part 2 of a series on The Law of Attraction

While affirmations and visualizations are two of the most important tools at your disposal when working with the Law of Attraction, they are far from the only techniques that you can use to create the life you desire. For example, there are Law of Attraction exercises that specifically target negative feelings and help you work on dismissing them, and ways of stopping self-undermining thoughts before they can emerge and take hold. Meanwhile, there are ways to transform your living space to better reflect your goals and to inspire an optimistic mind set, and social methods that enhance your communication and help you to spread positivity wherever you go.

As well as offering practical guides to using a wide range of generally applicable exercises that enable you to use the Law of Attraction in your quest to get what you want, we will provide details of more specific exercises that target specific domains. After all, the exercise you might use in a search for prosperity differ from those that lead you towards romance, and from ones that focus on career goals. We’ll also give you suggestions for ways to create your own exercises based on some of the affirmations and visualizations you’ve already developed.

The Law of Attraction is no scary science or heavy philosophy – it is all about turning good intentions into positive action. It really is as simple as that. Simple exercises like filling your thoughts, words, and energies with positivity and possibility, knowing exactly what it is that you want and then simply ‘allowing’ the universe to flow.

It doesn’t matter if you are new to the Law of Attraction, a number one fan of the universal laws or the world’s biggest skeptic; if you would love nothing more than to master the Law of Attraction and add a little positivity to your day, or find out what it could do for you – here are a few simple exercises to get you started.

1. Treat The Universe Like Your Personal Supermarket

law of attraction exercisesMake your very own ‘manifesting shopping list’. Every day, no matter where you  go, scribble out lists of what you want from the universe.

Write them on your phone, on scraps of paper or in a beautiful notebook bought specifically for the task. Writing lists like this will help you to get really clear on what it is that you want.

However, the biggest advantage of this exercise is that the more you lose and forget about your lists, the easier it will become for these things to manifest in your life.

When we focus really hard on waiting for something to show up in our lives, our energies can become ones of worry and ‘lack’ – creating resistance.

So, once we have got clear on what it is that we want and forget about our lists, we let our dreams go. This takes all pressure off of the manifesting process, leaving our dreams in the hands of the universe.

Other exercises that embrace your creative visualizations also include using a vision board, creating a focus wheel or even writing a dream journal.

2. Play Make Believe

Taking some time out to play in the realms of your imagination with creative visualization exercises, can prove a fun and simple exercise for raising your feel-good vibrations.

Plus, it helps to tell the universe exactly what it is you wish to manifest in your life.

Try spending 10-15 minutes imagining how your perfect day would go. What would you be doing? What would you look like? Who would you spend your time with? Enjoy exploring the life that you know you are in the process of creating.

3. Manifest Something

Practice manifesting something small, to give yourself confidence and help hone your creating capabilities.

law of attraction exercises

Begin by trying to manifest something small and even insignificant – it could be anything from a distinctive flower to a book.

You want to start small as you need something that you have no resistance to, something you feel no pressure to manifest.

You can try out some of the very simple 10 minute manifestation exercises.

Now, spend a couple of minutes thinking about this item. How will you feel when you have it? How will it feel in your hand? Just relax and let it fill your thoughts for a few moments.

Last but not least, forget about it. Let it go, and rather than worry about whether this thing will show up or not, look forward to it unexpectedly popping up in your life.

Simple beginners’ practices such as these can help to raise your frequency and bring your mind to a place of positivity and better alignment with your goals.

Further still, as evidence of the Law of Attraction begins to crop up in your day-to-day life your confidence will begin to grow, until you are able to begin manifesting even bigger and greater things.

For more in-depth exercises and worksheets to help you manifest more of what you want and less of what you do not, why not claim yourself a copy of the Law of Attraction toolkit?




Note:  I’ve never tried this myself, maybe I will someday.   I don’t endorse something I don’t know much about, or never tried.  Besides, there is an offer to purchase more materials about Attraction on this website.  OK, it’s a business selling a product that maybe you’ll love, or maybe not.  I present this information to you because it’s what I do as a tutor.  I can’t vouch for the content, but it is intriguing enough to pass it along to you