Time to spruce up and clean up what Winter left in its wake! Here's some IN and OUT "MUST DO's":
Home ownership brings a wake-up call to Mid-Southerners…you don't call the maintenance staff to do your home repairs…you have to call upon yourself!
As fixing it yourself or knowing who to call to get it fixed requires an understanding of the priority order of the repair items that are brought to your attention. Repairs done before they become mandatory will keep your money in your pocket! Here's a 3 PRIORITY checklist to keep in mind:
Many high-cost repairs can be avoided by monitoring the functions of many items in your home as a standard course of awareness and taking action before minor problems develop into devastating outcomes. Being alert and attentive to minor repairs can save you significant dollars throughout the years.
Think you've outgrown your home? Think again.
Many a homeowner before you who has sold and moved primarily for more living space, has had a rude awakening upon completing the tally of the costs: moving, real estate commissions, possible repairs prior to sale, and closing costs, to name a few. Calculating necessary major appliance & furniture purchases for the new home needs to be included in you cost itemization.
Ask yourself these questions before you list your property:
If the answer is "YES" to all of the above, consider securing estimates from local contractors and crunch your numbers. You may be pleasantly surprised that your current property is where you still want to call home! Read on to get some tips on Remodeling.
We've all heard the stories of friends and colleagues who have gone through the Remodeling adventure; however, the short-term frenzy it may have created most likely resulted in more living space and a sense of pride and accomplishment.
If you're considering remodeling, here's some hints and what to anticipate in the process:
WHAT?? Read on…
How do the Chinese terms "chi" and "sha" relate to harmony in your home? There has been considerable reference to these Chinese definitions of energy in relationship to homes over the last decade, and we have researched this concept and found it quite remarkable in its concept. Some of our observations are here for your information and enjoyment.
This isn't all that mystifying, as we can all recall entering a particular home and feeling comfortable and content in the pleasant atmosphere there. Whether planned or not, there was some "Feng Shui" that was going on.
The basic idea is that there are two primary energy flows: "chi" (positive energy) and "sha" (negative energy) which can be developed in a floor plan and/or in the location and placement of furnishings and décor throughout the home. One schooled in this practice would say that the "chi" energy had balanced, peaceful "flow"; whereas, the "sha" was subdued by "chi" being predominant.
Career specialties abound today, and Feng Shui is a discipline in which there are practitioners of this ancient art of Placement. Although we Westerners may not take the Eastern beliefs inherent in to Feng Shui to heart, we have all sensed the tranquil calm in a home with harmony to it.
In Feng Shui, every corner area of a home signifies one of the following:
The front entry to your home represents the entry to your life and your relationship with that which is outside of you/your home. All practitioners' analyses begin with this entry concept. Isn't it interesting that so few of us enter our homes through the front, obvious entrance? Hmmm…could there be something to this?
Upon entering, there should not be anything which would initially detract from the flow of energy one would desire. In other words, good Feng Shui allows the evolving of the experience visually to you as you move through the home, and creates an atmosphere for the slow, fluid development of an even greater awareness of the harmonious home which is representative of you.
The following are some of the more predominant priorities of practitioners:
Some homes have stairs at the front door; some have lovely views upon entry. Don't despair. The flow of colors, your wall décor, and "chi" placement of furniture can overcome many obstacles. You'll be pleasantly surprised how much information regarding this art, which to many is a way of life, is available on the internet. Search away at your heart's content and you may find as we have, that it's an excellent parallel lesson in life itself being lived to the full!
Do ItYourself.com is referred to as
"The World's Most Visited Home Building and Home Decorating Site"
OFFICIAL MEMPHIS WEBSITE FOR VISITORS…
SPONSORED BY MEMPHIS CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
The U.S. Department of Labor has some
very interesting information on our great Mid-South!
Area News & Media; Education; Entertainment; Education: K-12 & Colleges!
The Official Website for Memphis, Tennessee…also in Spanish!
The Official Site! Take a virtual tour of Graceland and more…
and listen to your choice of an Elvis song as you visit!
Take a virtual tour of the Zoo!
This is the independent site by Memphis' own Curtis Johnson of "The Astors" fame. It gives updated News and Information about the development of the new STAX Museum-Music Academy on the original site of the beloved STAX Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee…as those who "blazed the trail" in the Music of Memphis carry on its traditions today!
The Memphis Rock 'n Roll Museum features the Smithsonian Institution's
Rock 'n Roll: Social Crossroads exhibition.
Search your Ancestry, Yellow Pages, & Public Records!
For EVERYTHING Memphis!
The 4 themes are Creativity, Memorable, Opportunity, & Mission.
Don't miss the Featured Traveling Exhibit!
The Volunteers! - COLLEGE FOOTBALL, TENNIS, BASKETBALL, & MORE!
The Tigers! - COLLEGE BASEBALL, BASKETBALL, & FOOTBALL & MORE!
The Rebels! - OLE MISS OFFICIAL ATHLETICS PAGE!
Make YOU the ONLY YOU Out There!
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As such, we wanted to address this most rapidly-growing financial crime of our times and give you a few hints on how to protect yourself. We are informed that the Social Security Administration received an excess of 30,000 complaints of ID misuse in 1999 alone. The majority of these were related to identity theft.
If you have concerns, here's some contacts who can help you do something about it!
Various creditors have designed identity security programs in an effort to minimize the problem. American Express reportedly is formulating a "password-based security mechanism." Visa can acquaint you with its program, called "Verified by Visa." The development of the UCAF (Universal Cardholder Authentication Field) and the SPATM (Secure Payment Application) by Master Card has reportedly experienced great success in protecting both consumers and merchants. Their SDPTM (Site Data Protection Service) is designed specifically to provide security to merchants.
Be circumspect regarding the disclosure of your financial data. Make certain YOU are the only YOU out there!
Check out "Today at The White House," the West Wing section, and much more!
President Bush said: "My call…is for every American to commit at least 2 years - 4,000 hours over the rest of your lifetime - to the service of your neighbors and your nation."
All Americans can find information on programs coordinated through the USA Freedom Corps such as the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Learn and Serve America and the newly-created Citizen Corps, or they can find local opportunities with a service organization. However or wherever they serve, all Americans who give of their time in service to others are answering President Bush's call to service.
Letter from President Bush on the Launch of the New FirstGov Web Site:
"Welcome to the government of the 21st century…FirstGov is the "Front Door" to my Administration's e-Government Initiative. Simply put, our goal is to make your government more accessible to all Americans…FirstGov helps you cut through governmental red tape to find online services that matter to you.
In the past, FirstGov was a site that provided information about the government. Now it is a site that provides solutions for people. So visit the FirstGov web site ... come back again ... and tell your friends. Thanks to this web site, your government is now just a click away."
President Barack Obama
Citizen Corps is a component of President Bush's USA Freedom Corps initiative that will create opportunities for individuals to volunteer and participate in community emergency preparation, prevention and response activities.
Find your Senators by State…or alphabetically by name.
Check out Bill details, Senate history and more!
Your House of Representatives Directory, Committees, Bills,
and the Legislative process itself!
LEARN FIRST-HAND WHAT "THE FED" IS & DOES!
An interactive Federal Reserve System economic education web site using Flash technology!
The year 2002 is the Centennial Year for the United States Census Bureau!
Check out People, Business, News, and don't miss the AMERICAN FACT FINDER!
You'll also find in-depth statistics on homeownership!
The United States Department of Commerce also sponsors a Program with a wealth of information called http://fedworld.ntis.gov/
Want to know what's going on in the U. S. Congress?
In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, The Library of Congress has
placed the United States Congress on the internet!
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Region IV
serves Tennessee & Mississippi; Region VI serves Arkansas.
Their mission is "Helping People Before, During, and After Disasters."
Know what services are available to you as a citizen!
THE AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE for Public Policy Research states that it is "…dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of freedom-limited government, private enterprise, vital cultural and political institutions, and a strong foreign policy and national defense-through scholarly research, open debate, and publications."
The Institute was founded in 1943 and is located in Washington, D.C. As one of America's largest and most respected group of scholars in many fields, their research is in "…economics and trade; social welfare; government tax, spending, regulatory, and legal policies; U.S. politics; international affairs; and U.S. defense and foreign policies."
At the following web site, www.infospace.com/info/index.htm and find a wealth of government links as follows when you reach their site:
Don't fail to check out the following links while you're there:
THE 12 MILLION BOOKS, MAPS, MUSIC, SOUND & VISUAL RECORDINGS, COMPUTER FILES, & MANUSCRIPTS OF THE OF THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF CONGRESS IN WASHINGTON, D. C. is now online! www.catalog.loc.gov
Don't miss the Memphis Public Library's World Wide Web Searching & Subject Guides!
This web site has online data available back to 1800!
You can search for old headlines, songs, television shows, birthdays, and more!
Choose the date and Enjoy!
AltaVista's wonderful translation tool…
to and from English in many different language modes.
If you are unfamiliar with this site, get ready to search newspapers, 4 almanacs, history, law, ancestry, and specialty research portals with one of the most complete multiple databases out there accessible through their "Super Search!"!
Pick a world region…Pick a destination…
A travel website with much more than travel!
People magazine online!