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HousTone Records Signs “The Desiree”

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HousTone Records Signs “The Desiree”

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[Houston], [Texas] – October 15, 2021 – HousTone Records LLC, a Texas-based independent record label announced that they have signed Desiree McKinney, also known as“The Desiree” to a multiple-year, marketing and distributing agreement.
The Agreement includes the re-release of her first two CD’s, “A Square’s Daughter” and “The Desiree.” The first single and video from her 3rd upcoming album, “414”, titled “Not without My Permission”, drops on November 1, 2021.

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“The Desiree” is branded as an alternative hip-hop artist. Just like a majority of artists, the last three years have been very stressful for her. Due to restrictions on live music during the pandemic, she had enough time to write and record material to fill several albums.
At “HousTone Records, we look at The Desiree” as a 4 Tool Star: Singer, Actor, Writer, Model.  She is yet another special talent from Houston, TX, which has long been a hotbed for talented artists, many being female.

“We believe “The Desiree” is well on her way to continuing that trend; we “Struck Gold” with the signing, says Jed Minnon, A & R Manager. http://www.houstonerecords.com

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One of the key elements in HousTone Records´s platform is that all artists agree to record two Top 10 well-known cover songs for every CD that the record label releases.This allows the artist we partner with to be judged by listeners of  music and songs they may be familiar with and then explore the artist’s original music.

Press:  Jay Free, Beat Writer @ WRUSA

“I recently did an interview with “The Desiree’s” Publicist, Mary A. Hartly, and found out that she was hard at work. She has been rehearsing with her band for live shows later in 2021 and shared with me the show’s song set-list.

Desiree’s singing style reminds you of the sultry vocal styles of  “Aaliyah”“Annie Lennox” and “Lauren Hill”; 

but the distinctive tone and control made it clear that it’s her voice that creativily sang the different stories she performs.

Looking at the songs she has selected to perform on her upcoming dates, I understand why I made that comparison back in 2020.” says Jay Free, entertainment beat writer, Waiting Room USA Magazine
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For Additional Information:
Contact Information
4110 Almeda, # 8305
Houston, Texas 77288
Email: Info@housToneRecords.com
The Desiree General Information:
Email: info@desiree.net
PH: 713-454-7582
FAN TEAM Email: dangelsteam@thedesiree.net
You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube
For more information on this story, visit https://houstonerecords.com/product-category/album/ & https://thedesiree.net/music/album/, http://www.thedesiree.net , http://www.desireemckinney.com
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Exercise in our Fast Paced Lives

Exercise in our Fast Paced Lives
March 21, 2021

As soon as we hear or read the word exercise, the first thing that comes to our mind is crunches, weight lifting, push-ups, pull-ups and other such workouts that make us drip. But, this not what exercise is all about. Such workout or weight training does help us in building our physique, but not everyone has enough time or mental strength to persevere for weight training, especially in this fast paced life.

Working out in a gym helps you to reduce the stress hormones and stiffen your muscles to look good and improve your sex appeal. However, in this fast paced life most of us are not able to find enough time to fit gym in our busy schedules. An early morning walk in the park followed by light stretching or a sweltering jog is the need of the hour for all such individuals. This will help you cope up with stressful situations in life and look at the world with a new perspective. Physical well being is the first step to happiness and our complete well being.

Exercise is defined as any activity that is responsible for the well being of our body, mind or soul. Exercise could be anything from a walk in the park to a whole-hearted laugh, as they relieve us of the stresses accumulated in our mind and body.

Physical exercise plays a vital role in our well being, however that is not enough, for most of the exercises are meant for strengthening our muscles and physical well being, but what about our mind and soul? Yoga is a form of exercise that results in the well being of our mind and soul along with the physical well being.

Yoga can be performed by individuals of all age groups and can even heal most of our ailments which is not possible with any other form of exercise. It improves the flexibility of our muscles, relieves stress and takes us closer to our inner self or conscience. It makes our spirit pure and genteel. Yoga involves various deep breathing techniques, light physical exercises and meditation. It is an ancient Indian technique that was mostly adopted by ascetics or yogis which made them live longer and healthier lives. People have realised the importance of yoga lately and groups from all over the world are involved in its promotion.

For the individuals who can never find time to exercise, yoga is the way to go. It is performed for 15-30 minutes daily with not even a single drop of sweat and will leave you feeling fresh and healthy unlike weight training exercises that leave you feeling drenched and tired. Even the aged can easily perform yoga and will benefit a lot from it. Although, it involves professional training for at least a month to be able to perform it on your own in the appropriate manner.

Another form of exercise is ‘laughter’. More and more people are accepting this fact and are opting to laugh instead of dripping at a gym. “Laughter is the best medicine”, is a doctor’s favourite quote, but hardly any follow. Laughing hard can have the same effects as that of jogging and other stretching exercises. A laugh reduces the stress level instantaneously, though it’s not easy for each of us to develop the habit of laughing when we are stressed, but it can be adapted with perseverance and would definitely prove to be helpful.

It a nutshell, exercise is a must for every individual and must not be limited to its physical form, but extended to its mental and spiritual forms as well.

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Long Term Wigs-Weaves Sewn-Glued Maintenance Points: Most Important; TIME

Long Term Wigs-Weaves Sewn-Glued Maintenance Points: Most Important; TIME

Editorial:
Waiting Room USA SR. Editor
February
26, 2021

Why Women And Girls Should Think Twice About Keeping Substitute Hair Attached To Their Scalp For Extended Period Time, And The Needs For Mobil Hair Salon’s Serving Black & Brown Under Privilege Communities.

Unknown to many, wearing wigs has been a part of the world’s different cultures since time immemorial. In ancient Egypt, both males and females wore wigs made either from human hair, sheep’s wool or vegetable fibers, depending upon their social status. There were a number of benefits for Egyptians from shaving their heads. First it was more comfortable in the hot Egyptian climate not to have hair. Secondly, a bald head helped avoid the danger of an infestation of lice, which was a problem at that time.

However, it appears that Egyptians preferred having “hair” which resulted in the creation of wigs that gave the appearance of hair. The new wigs also protected the Egyptians’ bald heads from the brutal sun. Wigs became part of daily wear for the Egyptian people indicating a person’s status as well as their role in a society or politics. Woman’s wigs were adorned with braids and gold, hair-rings and ivory ornaments making them more stylish than men’s wigs.

Ultimately, the more elaborate and involved the wig was, the higher the social rank. One of the earliest documented users of wigs was the Egyptians. Since ancient Egypt is so hot and humid, most people, especially their royalty, shaved their heads and donned massive wigs to keep their shiny heads cool. These Egyptian headdresses and wigs are now iconic and representative of the rich culture of Southern Ethiopia and Northern ancient Egypt.

Egyptians were not the only people sporting wigs, but we can also look to the Roman empire and other ancient cultures like the Phoenicians of ancient Greece, the Assyrians of the Mesopotamian, and even ancient Jews of Israel have wigs engrained into their heritage. Wearing a wig could represent your status in high society or show how much power and influence one has over the others. The term “crowning glory” was coined by these ancient people who looked to wigs as part of their daily lives.

Today, in modern times, people wear wigs to look beautiful, boost their self-esteem, and even go as far as signifying their new persona’s. Today’s famous wig wearers include Cher, Lady Gaga, The Kardashians, as well as many male actors in Hollywood, etc.

Of course, seeing these celebrities wearing beautiful hair wigs and extensions have inspires many ordinary people who also have the desire to have the same kind of beautiful hair but without the finances to maintain the upkeep that leads to keeping their wigs on for far too long, longer than what is recommended leading various health issues.

Hollywood has many ladies feeling the need to look like celebrities when even the celebrities themselves don’t look like their dolled-up selves all the time, as to why you see many wearing shorter hair daily which was easier to up keep. Keep in mind wigs and extensions should be use the same as caps and hats, changing them to keep new persona, the same thought should be used when wearing wigs and extensions, the pandemic for women of color took away that options (lack of funds).

Wearing wigs and getting weaves isn’t cheap by any means. So before you go and empty your pockets on a new weave or hair extension, here are some side effects to wearing a wig every day or wearing it for far longer than the recommended 12 hour period every. The epidemic economic impact force many women to use a variety of methods to extend the time frame for keeping wigs and hair extensions attached to their scalp.

Recently in the news; the story where a young lady use Gorilla glue spray to hold her hair in place and ended up having to have a Plastic Surgeon to removed the glue to save her hair follicles, all because she did not have the funds to purchase another wig after being laid off due to the pandemic restrictions, which effected young women of color, especially African American, who are struggling to maintain the look that makes them happy and helps with their self-esteem with limited funds.

Another True story 12/30/2020; a young female sports fitness athlete that require her a professional attractive appearance, and restrictions on gyms severely limited her income for over a year, even though she wanted too remove as her wig weave started shedding badly. With no funds to buy a replacement are set up and a stylist to have it removed she did what she had too. Most African American especially women during the pandemic very little money was available to her for anything except food and lodging.

With her health declining due to issues with keeping the weave in, she sought the help of a friend to try and remove it on her own, where she ran into serious problems as the wig was attached using two methods, sewing and weave glue to keep it in place. After removing the wig, she found that she had to overcome other challenges; the new hair growth had become tightly matted (dreads) around the sewn and glued parts, and because it had not been shampooed are condition smiler to steel wool.

It was her hope that she could salvage the new length of her hair and start out fresh with a new natural look; sadly that did not occur. Over the next 3 days struggling with the aftermath of removing the wig she ask a neighbor to assist/ help her try and untangle the damaged hair using concentrated conditioners the neighbor finally suggested a beautician. The matted hair had to be cut out, which affected her emotionally, something she still has issues with.

 

We decided to release this article to shed light on a major problem that the epidemic restrictions that has not been given any attention. Hair Salons and Beauty Shops, had to close leaving 90% of their regular customers with little are no options for the regular maintenance of their; which adversely affected those in minority community more than any other community.

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Tiny Houses, Micro-Apartments: Yes Or No?

2013-WRThere seems to be a new movement growing n the USA; people, especially in big cities, are downsizing and starting to live in very small apartments and houses. Primarily, it is an economical decision because rent rates tend to be very high in large cities such as New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and smaller dwellings look like a good option for budget-conscious renters. Moreover, it seems to work the best for single people who spend most of their time at work and socialize outside. Many of the buildings with micro-apartments offer communal amenities such as gyms, media rooms, and outside recreational areas which provide the tenants with an opportunity to meet their neighbors and socialize.

Is it a movement which will catch up? Worldwide, people live in places which are much smaller than what an average American is used to, especially in such countries as Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, India, Japan, and China. But, the question stands whether the American public ready for such a downsizing? As such, there were many reports which claim that living in small quarters might lead to depression, substance abuse, and domestic abuse; moreover, children who grow up in smaller places might develop learning disabilities. According to Susan Saegert, a director of Housing Environments Research Group, children who live in small apartments “can end up becoming withdrawn and have trouble studying and concentrating.” However, such claims need to be studied more because the experience proves them otherwise. After all, school children of Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and other countries routinely outperform their American counterparts in all the school tests; and the lack of space does not seem to adversely affect them.

Moreover, life in smaller places can also mean being more environmentally friendly because one simply spends less energy and leaves smaller carbon print when living in a micro-apartment. If the culture of competing with Joneses was considered outdated, many of Americans might have well agreed to live smaller because it would save them money and effort. – Becky Kospanova

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New Year Resolutions

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The advent of New Year stirs the desire to improve their lives for many people. As such, many imagine themselves thinner, healthier, and generally happier than they were in a previous year. Psychologists agree that it is productive to set goals: attainable, self-improving, and realistic. After all, it is in a human nature to want to improve things and what is the better time than the start of a New Year? However, when did the tradition to set New Year resolutions start? And, more interestingly, what are the most popular goals people generally set for themselves?

The tradition of making New Year resolutions traces centuries back. Historical research shows that ancient Babylonians, Romans, and Greeks made New Year resolutions to help the poor, pay their debts, and be better citizens. The goals of modern people seem to be more egocentric. Generally, people resolve to do the following:

1. Improve themselves physically (lose extra weight, eat more healthily, start going to the gym, abstain from alcohol and cigarettes, etc.)
2. Improve themselves mentally (think positive things, be nicer to immediate family, laugh more, enjoy life and surrounding beauty to a full extent).
3. Improve finances and career (pay the debts, apply for a dream job, perform better at a current job, obtain the long-sought promotion, or establish own business).
4. Get better education (develop a new hobby, learn a foreign language, start reading more, get a college degree, take some classes at a local college).
5. Volunteer (donate their time and effort to a worthwhile cause, help those in need, and get involved into community).
6. Improve themselves socially (meet new people, make a new friend, become active socially, travel).
7. Improve themselves spiritually (attend church more often, pray more, reflect on life).

Interestingly, recent research shows that in previous decades people were more concerned with doing good deeds for others, but nowadays people are more self-involved and mostly concentrate on themselves. Even then, most people fail to follow on their New Year resolutions; according to a study conducted by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol, as many as eighty-eight percent of people do not fulfill their resolutions, although initially fifty-two percent of people have absolute confidence in their eventual success.

However, there are ways to achieve success with New Year resolutions. For example, it helps to set them in steps—instead of generally resolving to lose extra weight; it is more productive to say “no” to a pound or two per week. More importantly, it is always easier to do things for others; it fulfills your sense of civic duty, it makes you feel better, and it makes a world a better place. Why not make this year a year to help others?
– Becky Kospanova

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Veterans Day Discounts 2020

Veterans Day Discounts
2020
Veterans Day 2020 is on Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 2020. This Veterans Day discounts list will continue to be updated as we learn of more nationally available Veterans Day discounts, meals or
other ways businesses and organizations want to give back to Veterans.

These Veterans Day discounts, free meals and other programs are being shared so that Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors are aware of all resources available to them.

Due to COVID-19, some organizations are now offering discounts to Veterans all the time instead of their regular Veterans Day discounts. These adjustments help Veterans take advantage of the
discounts offered while avoiding the usual Veterans Day crowds.

A new section at the bottom of this story will list all the year-round Veterans discounts. *The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products and services on part of VA. Verify information with the organization offering.

Not sure where to start with VA? Download the VA Welcome Kit or call VA411 at 800-698-
2411.

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The Struggles & Happiness Of A Mail Order Wife, Part 1

The Struggles & Happiness Of A Mail Order Wife
by Sirron Kyles And Irish Andrade

Part 1- The Struggles (Rough childhood)

My name is Peony Chen. I turned 21 years old four months ago, and today, I am meeting the man I am marrying. His name is Christian Wells. He is an educated middle-aged man from Scotland. He says he is 41, but the photo he sent the agency didn’t look like it. He has blonde hair and blue eyes. It’s every Asian woman’s dream to find such a man. Our circumstances might have been not so ideal, but we have been talking for a year through emails, phone calls, and on Whatsapp, so I am more comfortable now than when it first started.

Growing up, getting even the basics has always been a struggle, but both my mother and father managed to make ends meet. You see, our family of four live in a 300 square feet public rental housing flats in Kowloon Bay. The rent is Two Thousand Hong Kong Dollars a month. It’s almost impossible to find housing this cheap, so we are lucky. My parents met when my father was on a business trip to mainland China in 1992. He was a construction worker in a small-time company, and my mother was selling cooked food for takeaways in a small canteen for employees. My father ended up staying in China for a long time, and after saving up some money, they moved to Hong Kong in 1999 and got married. I was born in the same year. I was their beautiful pride and joy. My father named me Peony after the lovely flowers he took care of when he worked as a gardener for a big financial firm in Hong Kong. While they reveled in their joy on the birth of their daughter, the money that they saved for their big move didn’t last. My mother went back to work a few months after my birth.

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About The Graphic Novel Comic Book, The Extraordinary Adventures Of “GirlRO’S”

Pre Order The Graphic Novel Comic Book, The Extraordinary Adventures Of “GirlRO’S” Alert

Press Release:
October 10, 2020
by Jjay Free, Entertainment Beat Writer, Waiting Room USA Magazine Interviewing Writer & Artist Of  Graphic Novel Comic Book, The Extraordinary Adventures Of “GirlRO’S” Set For Release November, 2020

 

 

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Eradicating Systemic Racism Worldwide, How?

By Jennifer Simpson

“We hold this truth to be evident, that all men were created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable gifts. Among which are right to life, liberty, and personal happiness.”
Declaration of Independence.

We Want Equality For All

This statement above is the founding block upon which America was built. An ideal environment in which everyone can live without fear of discrimination of race, gender, or skin color. A free community of some sort. A world where there is no racism.

Unfortunately, racism is still very much in the system. Racism has threatened to overshadow the much-contained goodness in the declaration of equal rights of men. Not only in the US, but the problem of racism is a global cancer that threatens to shake the world to its core.  At the center of it all is the colored community.

Fight For The Rights Of All

Just so we are clear, racism is an idea or a mindset that makes us see the negative in others. Consider the scenario of a man walking into an occupied hall. If you accord him with suspicion or negative characteristics based on, say his skin color, without ever meeting the man, then chances are that you are a racist.

The evil of racism manifests itself wit these officers

It then follows that the evil of racism manifests itself in our thoughts and extends its arms to workings in our society. In the World we live in today, the manifestation of racism and inequalities is represented in our government, education, leadership position, and sport: a smear and a constant reminder of our nation’s ugly era of systemic racism and slavery.

What is systemic racism? Continue reading Eradicating Systemic Racism Worldwide, How?

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Mail Order Bride: A New Chapter or A New Fraud?

Mail Order Bride: A New Chapter or A New Fraud?

Mail Order Bride Asia Organization

by Reine Wong

The presence of the First Lady Of The US, a former model like many of the applicants that apply to become a mail order bride has grown in popularity,

Waiting Room USA editors decided to publish this article about the subject as the first of several that will be posted over the next month.

In the twentieth century, mail order bride was a trend for women who live in developing countries seeking for a marital relationship with men from developed countries. Originally, women from developing countries consider being a mail order bride as an efficient way to immigrate to a country with better economy, thus they can be exposed to more opportunities to change their overall life quality.

With more and more new technologies taking over the world, you might think that the subject of this mail order bride business must’ve faded away, unfortunately, no matter how much more upgrades we seem to already have, there are still people, especially women who struggle with their daily life. Women in such cases can barely feed their family, let alone enjoying any privilege from this digital world.

Mei just turned into 20 this year, and she has been working as a cashier in the bistro downstairs of her house. She doesn’t like Hong Kong, it’s too crowded and she has to pull so much efforts to fight a corner for herself. When her mind has time to drift away at work, she often thinks to herself “I wish I was born in America, I’d have so much more freedom and chances in life”. And then life played a trick on her, because soon after, she found out about “Happy Marriage”. Continue reading Mail Order Bride: A New Chapter or A New Fraud?

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Too Busy for a Friend?

2020 Class Will Always Be Know For The 2020 Vision They Have Before Them

Too Busy for a Friend?
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One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down.

It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as The students left the room, each one handed in the papers. That
Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual.

On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. ‘Really?’ she heard whispered. ‘I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!’ and, ‘I didn’t know others liked me so much,’ were most of the comments.

No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn’t matter.. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another. That group of students moved on.

Several years later, one of the students was killed in Vietnam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student. She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature..

The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher was the last one to bless the
coffin.

As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her. ‘Were you Mark’s math teacher?’ he asked. She nodded: ‘yes.’ Then he said: Mark talked about you a lot.’

After the funeral, most of Mark’s former classmates went together to a luncheon. Mark’s mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher.

‘We want to show you something,’ his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket ‘They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it.’ Continue reading Too Busy for a Friend?

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Congratulation Bandleader Ludlow “Bingie” Lloyd Mckenzie

 

Congratulation Bandleader Basses, Ludlow “Bingie” Lloyd Mckenzie

Press Release July 10, 2017
by Valaie Flact

“Reggae Wellness Expo & Music Festival Mission Focus Is Honoring And Recognizing Unsung Jamaican Music Pioneers & Providing Exposing For Jamaica’s Next Generation Of Music Stars Each Year At The Annual Event. “RW” Mission Is To Always Be A Beacon And Champion Of Encouragement For Reggae Music Workers.”

The 2017 Honor Goes To Legendary High Symbol’s Band Leader Basses, Ludlow “Bingie” Lloyd Mckenzie.


Jamaica is commonly known as the Reggae Capital of the world and home to many great well known reggae bands and even more great reggae singers. Behind every great reggae vocalist’s live show, there was always a great bandleader that help bring their music to life.

“Bingie” has been bandleader for hundreds of these act over the last 20 years, unlike the stars he played behind, many outside the reggae arena have no knowledge of his achievements over that time.

In 1987 Mckenzie form the band “FM Force Band” with Sanchez as lead singer, Sanchez left the band in 1988 to pursue a solo career. Afterward He decided to changed the name of the band to (High Symbol Band).High Symbol Band with original members consisting of members: Ludlow “Bingie” Lloyd’ Mckenzie-(bandleader/bass), Bernard’ Powell-(drums), Elana Lewis-(guitar), Noel Davy-(keyboards),Garth Gray-(keyboards).

Current band member are Ludlow “Bingie” Lloyd Mckenzie (bandleader/bass player), Bernard Powell(Drummer), Philip Porter(Guitarist), Everton “Bubbler” Bryan(keyboardist1), Theodore Bernard(Keyboardist2) Duhaney ‘Singing Green’ Green(Led Singer) and Kenton Boyd(Engineer)

“Bingie” has toured extensively in the Caribbean, Mexico, where he is revered as an icon in Cancun, US, Central America, Europe and beyond.

Sure he was the bandleader for acts that performed before Nelson and Winnie Mandela in Kingston National Stadium, or at the Bob Marley Song Celebration in Australia and if you ever saw any of the acts listed below performing live, its a good chance “Bingie” was the bandleader. Continue reading Congratulation Bandleader Ludlow “Bingie” Lloyd Mckenzie

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Choosing “Acupuncture” Over “KemeTones” Is Like Choosing Pain Over No Pain

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Press Release

June 2, 2017

story by Erica Modell

KemeTones © is the Kemetic (Indigenous Ancient, African, Egyptian’s) approach to using Sound Vibrations as Healing Therapy

Definition of Therapist: One specializing in therapy; a person trained in methods of alternative Health care treatment and rehabilitation, without the use of chemicals or surgery

Tchiya Amet El Maat, Natural Health Therapist and Wellness Coach, Specializing in Kemetic Healing and Egyptian Yoga is one of those Therapist that provides therapeutic treatments using Acutonics© tuning forks.

KemeTones © is the Kemetic (Indigenous Ancient, African, Egyptian’s) approach to using Sound Vibrations as Healing with Acutonics©. Acutonics is similar to Acupuncture, except tuning forks are use to direct sound energy vibrations to the same area most Acupuncturist used to stimulate “acupoints” without the pain of the insertion of fine, sterile needles into different areas of the skin.

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Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1997, the US. National Institutes of Health (NIH) documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions. Continue reading Choosing “Acupuncture” Over “KemeTones” Is Like Choosing Pain Over No Pain

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People Living Alone: Good or Bad?

People_Living_Alone_1One of the telling features of modern world is that a person can live perfectly comfortably by himself or herself. Historically, people lived together as a large family for many reasons: poverty, food, safety, traditions, money, inheritance laws and such. In many parts of the world—Asia, Africa, some parts of Europe and Latin America— these reasons still play a big role in making people live together. However, most people in Western countries have long abandoned the notion of living together in order to gain some benefits; instead, they prefer the convenience of living alone. Is it a good or bad thing?

Living_Alone-elderlyApart from being a philosophical question, living alone seems to be a practical question for many in Western world. However, first we have to define what it means to live alone. According to most researchers, it means literally living alone: there is no spouse, children, parents, or other relatives living with a person in question in his/her house. It is understandable. Given contemporary economic conditions, many people have to move frequently around the country or world to find a job. As such, close proximity to their families and friends often becomes impossible. A person has to establish a single household. According to Eric Klinenberg, the N.Y.U. sociology professor and author of the book Going Solo, in the 1950s about 22 percent of Americans households were single; nowadays the number is about 50 percent. The increase in single households is quite astonishing.

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There are some obvious explanations. People are no longer ostracized because of living alone; it is becoming a norm. Moreover, compared to the 1950s, many women became quite capable of living by themselves, thus escaping centuries-old paradigm of being tied up to their husbands or families. As such, number of single households has increased. Moreover—thanks to modern technologies—most of us are now connected through the web, which gives us an illusion of being together with our families and friends, though virtually. Continue reading People Living Alone: Good or Bad?

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Literacy in the USA

children_learning-zbbjrxIt is undeniable that being literate is one of the most important things a person needs to achieve in order to have a normal existence. From everyday things such as reading food labels, medication information, or household bills to more complex tasks such as reading and comprehending books and more difficult texts,  reading enables a person to lead an independent and, hopefully, fulfilling life.

kids_working_togetherThe US Department of Education and National Center for Education Statistics differentiate between three types of literacy, “Prose literacy is the knowledge and skills needed to perform prose tasks (i.e., to search, comprehend, and use information from continuous texts, such as paragraphs from stories); document literacy is the knowledge and skills needed to perform document tasks (i.e., to search, comprehend, and use information from non-continuous texts in various formats, such as bills or prescription labels); and quantitative literacy is the knowledge and skills required to perform quantitative tasks (i.e., to identify and perform computations, either alone or sequentially, using numbers embedded in printed materials).” As such, according to their statistics dating from 2003, 22 percent of adults (those who are 16 or older) in the USA perform below basic in quantitative literacy, 14 percent of adults are below basic in prose literacy, and 12 percent in document literacy. Continue reading Literacy in the USA

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