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Rock Collecting: A Hobby That’s Hard to Resist

Rock collecting is a fascinating hobby for kids and adults alike. While rocks are common, cheap, and found everywhere, the variety is huge.

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Rock collecting is a fascinating hobby for kids and adults alike. While rocks are common, cheap, and found everywhere, the variety is huge. Collected rocks can be displayed in many ways, from rock gardens to neatly kept showcases, making rock collecting a versatile hobby.

Holding a Rock

The Three Types of Rocks

When rock collecting, you will soon find out that rocks can be categorized as one of three types.  A sedimentary rock formed when sediments, such as sand or silt, were pressed together under their own weight or the weight of water, and eventually became solid. An igneous rock is one that was formed by volcanic activity. The third type of rock for rock collecting is the metamorphic rock, which is like a sedimentary rock which has been changed through intense heat and pressure.

Looking at Rocks

Minerals, Gems, and Crystals, Oh My!

Another type of rock collecting is collecting minerals, gems, and crystals. Pure minerals are not technically the same thing as rocks, but they fit well in rock collections. Minerals include things like pyrite, also known as fool’s gold, and quartzite, which looks almost like a diamond.

For some people, rock collecting consists of saving a pretty rock from different places they visit and keeping it as a souvenir. If these rocks are large, they can be used to outline the driveway or start a rock garden. If they are small, they can line a windowsill. Label them with a fine point marker if desired. Include the date and location the rock was found.

The souvenir type of rock collecting does not require much scientific investigation but identifying rocks and minerals does. The different types of rock can sometimes be differentiated easily. For instance, sedimentary rocks often look like particles glued together.  Sandstone is a common example of this. They also sometimes have visible flat layers.  Metamorphic rocks, on the other hand, sometimes have layers, but those layers have been bent so that they are no longer lying flat across the rock.

Rocks

The Most Exciting Finds

When rock collecting, the igneous rocks make some of the most exciting finds. Obsidian is an igneous rock that looks like a broken piece of black glass. It is shiny and hard and was used to make arrowheads in the past by Native Americans. Pumice is another interesting igneous rock which is porous, making it so light that it will float. This stone is used for cleaning and rubbing calluses off people’s feet.

Keep in mind when rock collecting that different regions of the world have different types of rocks. In the American Midwest, for instance, there are many sedimentary stones, but metamorphic and igneous rocks are less common. In the Appalachians, on the other hand, you can find metamorphic rocks such as gneiss and schist. Wherever you live, though, you are sure to find rock collecting a hobby that’s hard to resist!

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Distance Dating: It’s Time to Connect

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No matter what your age, height, weight or physical appearance, there are thousands of people out there eager to meet you. Whether you are looking for a short-term, long-term, serious, casual, platonic, romantic, or even an exclusive WhatsApp just looking to talk relationship there are many options out there.

If you are on-the-market again after a relationship has ended, or are swamped with work and have no time to go out and meet anyone, you need apps and virtual meetups to open the door to the dating scene for you.

How to Get Started

Couple PPE Heart

The good news is that all you need is a phone to get started. The first thing to do is find an online dating site that fits your needs. There are the large sites that offer many extras like live video chat and even match you up with ladies using your profiles. Also, a lot of sites that cater to special interests like religious preferences, outdoor enthusiasts, sexual orientation, and many more. You need to choose one or two that will meet your needs, and see if it’s a good fit.

Showcase your Personality

Nerdy Personality

The next thing you need to do is write a killer profile that is honest. Upload a recent photo of yourself that accurately represents yourself and shows you at your best. Whether that’s having fun with friends and family, or at a cool event, use photos to showcase your personality.

When you join an online dating service, you are looking for someone you can potentially spend the rest of your life with. In order to find a good match for you, you have to be completely honest about yourself when writing an online profile.

Stay True to You

Girl Keep it Real

The best way to begin writing your profile is to be genuine about your personality and interests. A witty joke can go a long way, and a write-up that is longer than a sentence or a vague statement. Many people appreciate a well-written profile — a blank profile is a faux-pas. If you’re not much of a writer and feel intimidated about filling out a profile, enlist the help of a friend who can accurately help you express yourself, your hobbies, and keep your profile true to you.   

Never lie about your appearance, age or profession. The truth will eventually come out, and you will miss opportunities with potential suitors and get a bad reputation. The idea of online dating is to find someone who appreciates you for who you are — if you lied in your profile, then your first date will go horribly wrong.

Put the Past Behind You

Last of all, once you have met someone and have decided that you are committed to each other, delete all your online dating profiles. Keeping your online profiles can be dishonest, and make you appear available.

Once you have done this, you will be ready to start connection with women near you. Be sure to respond to messages from women you’re interested in and don’t leave them hanging too long or they’ll lose interest — the two day waiting rule is way outdated. Don’t get carried away writing longwinded messages, or it may put people off.

Stick with It

Phone Connection Love

If you’re feeling frustrated with the online dating process, try to stick with it for a while. If you give up after a month and haven’t found anyone, you may be closing yourself to future dating possibilities. New people join online dating services daily and at least half of them are ladies that you could meet.

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America is Free, But Healthcare Isn’t

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]America is a free country, a wealthy country, a capitalistic country, a democratic country, American citizens have rights that citizens of many other countries have never known. Yet, despite all our wealth and all our rights, many Americans are sick, very sick. Chronic illnesses and disease are at epidemic levels and a lack of healthcare is a very real issue for most.

 

 

There are various reasons for not having health insurance, but the main reason from which all other reasons stem is money. Many people just do not have the money it takes to pay for a substantial health insurance policy. People can generally get a good deal on health insurance if they purchase it through their employers, but not everyone is employed or works for a company that offers health benefits, and individual health insurance policies are much more expensive than the group insurance policy rates employers offer.

Health care is expensive, and health insurance is supposed to help cut the cost of health care; however, while health insurance does help us pay for health care, is heath insurance itself too expensive? For many, the answer is yes. If you work for an employer who doesn’t offer health insurance, are self-employed, or just otherwise can’t afford health insurance, don’t give up, let’s look at some options that may be right for you.

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There are a variety of options when choosing health insurance, however, the main purpose of health insurance is to provide the “insured” with financial coverage that will help pay for the cost of care during thee sickness. Health insurance may also cover things such as hospital beds, lab tests, medicine, surgeries, x-rays, and more. Health Insurance will pay the cost of medical expenses due to sickness, illnesses, accidents, and childbirth. Each health insurance policy is different, and it is recommended to determine what types of services will be covered when choosing and comparing health insurance plans. The most common type of Health Insurance is Private Sector Health Insurance. Health Insurance varies from life insurance in a few ways. First, health insurance is purchased annually, and there is no guarantee that premium costs will not rise with each renewal policy.

Before you can qualify for medical insurance, you will more than likely need to undergo a series of routine tests. These tests will screen out any underlying conditions that may require you to need more medical services. Based upon the results of the tests, you may or may not qualify for medical insurance.

Unfortunately, many today are facing life without any insurance at all. There are many plans available and many different service providers and brokers that offer a wide variety of health care coverage to qualified individuals. For those who cannot afford to pay the premium cost of health insurance, they may qualify to receive government insurance through their state. The two programs run by the United States government are Medicare and Medicaid. Some local counties may also offer free healthcare to uninsured people through programs that are either federally funded or working on grant monies.

Many people are discovering that they cannot afford the premium price of the healthcare plans that are offered by their place of employment. This does not mean that they have no options available. The first step in determining whether you can afford your company’s health care insurance is to speak with your Human Resource department and see if there is a plan that they offer that meets your needs. You also have the option of researching several insurance brokers and agents online. This is a great way to find a free quote and get in touch with different brokers easily. By simply filling out a small questionnaire over the Internet, you will then receive a return phone call by brokers or agents who are interested in signing you to a policy.

It is important that you choose your health insurance plan carefully. Your plan is a legal binding contract and you have many rights to medical services and covered costs once you enter into this agreement. You should know your rights and understand the terms of your policy plan. Since most people agree that quality health insurance is the most important benefit that companies offer their employees it is necessary that you take the time to read the literature that pertains to your policy plan.

To get started on finding health insurance options that may be right for you it is extremely important to speak with knowledgeable professionals. Do your research of course, but always take the time to speak with knowledgeable professionals, they are there to help you. Call the number below to connect with health insurance professionals in your area.

 

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Why Gender Reveal Parties Need to be Fully Cancelled

Even though gender-reveal parties have been proven to be horribly outdated, the trend is still continuing to grow. In a recent report from CBSNewYork, gender reveal parties are going to unnecessary extremes, some with even dangerous outcomes like a Philadelphia couple who shot pink fireworks at their guests by accident.

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Gender Reveal Party

I’ve never been to a gender reveal party, and I hope to never get invited to one. Even though gender-reveal parties have been proven to be horribly outdated, the trend is still continuing to grow. In a recent report from CBSNewYork, gender reveal parties are going to unnecessary extremes, some with even dangerous outcomes like a Philadelphia couple who shot pink fireworks at their guests by accident. NYPD Detective Joe Giacalone even claimed that there was another scene where alligators were involved. These incidents continue to prove what we all know: society has a long way to go to smash gender norms.

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What is a Gender Reveal Party?

The gender reveal party is a party thrown to announce a baby’s sex to friends or family. The reveal comes as a surprise, and usually includes pink and blue colors, like slicing into a cake that is either blue or pink, or setting off smoke bombs with pink or blue smoke or smashing piñatas with pink or blue inside.

Why are Gender Reveal Parties Harmful?

Even with all the information and resources available about gender, these parties are still gaining in popularity. If you think that throwing one of these parties is harmless, there is a number of reasons why they are problematic.

Reverse Gender Roles

Sex and Gender Are Two Different Things

First, a person’s biological sex has no impact on their gender. Gender reveal parties don’t consider that a future child could be trans, non-binary, intersex, or any other expression of gender. Cisnormative parents don’t always consider this factor, and many are still uncomfortable talking about it. Gender is not determined by genitalia and these types of parties only reinforce that incorrect assumption. You can read more from Bitch Media’s article Pistols or Pearls Gender Reveal Parties are a Sham.

Children Reverse Gender Roles

Reinforcing Gender Roles

When children grow up, many parents can encourage a gender identity that is closely aligned with the child’s biological sex. However, many children’s biological sex may not match their gender, and this can be distressing for them. Many children get bullied for not conforming to society’s gender expectations and throwing a gender reveal party only encourages gender norms. The major downside to these kinds of parties, or even finding out the sex of a baby, is that people are placing gender roles onto children before they’re even born. For more information about the gender binary, check out SexInfo Online.

Other Ways to Throw a Party

I would encourage you to avoid throwing a party altogether. If for some reason you really must have a gender reveal party, here is a fun alternative. Why not throw a “My Baby Doesn’t Have a Gender” party?

An Alternative Party

Many people these days twisting society’s expectations when it comes to marriage and have alternative weddings, so why not do the same for a gender reveal party. The article 3 Ways That Gender Reveal Parties Can Be Harmful — Plus 3 Awesome Alternatives from Everyday Feminism suggests instead of biting into pink or blue frosting, that guests should bite into a rainbow cake. We all know that a rainbow celebrates LGBTQ+ pride, so that adds an extra amazing touch. The same can be done with balloons when it comes to the décor of the party.

Throwing a party with this theme allows for thoughtful discussion about gender with your friends and family. In addition, make sure guests know to bring gender-neutral gifts.

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Get Educated

There is enough information out there to know that gender reveal parties are a thing of the past. It’s time to put an end to these parties and start thinking more progressively so we can respect everyone’s gender.

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