How to Remove a Stuck Ring

Last year, I ran across an article on a safe way to remove a tick.  Today, I ran

Medically Safe Way to Remove a Stuck Ring

Medically Safe Way to Remove a Stuck Ring

across a British video that shows a medical way to remove a stuck ring from one’s finger.  I found this to be very informative, and just had to share.  I hope you find this information as useful as I did, and I hope you will browse other areas of my blog.

Have a blessed day!

Brian Raines


CONSUMER ALERT: How to Read a Bar Code

Have you ever gone to a store and picked-up a box and looked at the bar code and wondered what all those lines and numbers meant? I think we all have. Today, I want to deviate from my typical topic of health and wellness and share a bit of information with you I received from a friend of mine.

Always read the labels on the food you buy! No matter what the front of the box or package says, turn it over and read the back…very carefully!

With all the food and pet products now coming from China , it is best  to make sure you read labels at the grocery store, and especially Walmart when buying food products.

Many products no longer show where they were made; they only give where the distributor is  located. It is important to read the bar code to track the origin of the package.

How to read Bar Codes ….. interesting!

If all this is a concern to you, then this information may be useful. It is also a great way to “Buy USA” and “CANADA” and not from CHINA!

The whole world is concerned about Chinese-made “black hearted goods”.
Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China?  If the first 3 digits of the bar code are 690 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN  CHINA.  If the first three digits are 471, then the product is Made in Taiwan .

This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public; therefore, we have to RESCUE ourselves. Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products “MADE IN CHINA “, so they don’t show from which country it is made. However, you may now refer to the bar code – remember if the first 3 digits are:

690-692 … then it is MADE IN CHINA
00 – 09 …  USA    &  CANADA
30 – 37   FRANCE
40 – 44  GERMANY
471 …  Taiwan
49 …. JAPAN
50 …  UK

BUY USA & CANADIAN MADE by watching for “0” at the beginning of the number. We need every boost we can get!  Was this helpful? Share this blog with your friends!

Product Made in Taiwan with 471


The stone fence of the old Vierevi cemetery of...

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On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just

inside the cemetery fence.  One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts

and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts.

 ‘One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me,’ said one boy.  Several

dropped and rolled down toward the fence.

 Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle.  As he passed, he

thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery.  He slowed down to

investigate.  Sure enough, he heard, ‘One for you, one for me, one for you,

one for me…’

 he just knew what it was.  He jumped back on his bike and rode off.  Just

around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along.

 ‘Come here quick,’ said the boy, ‘you won’t believe what I heard!  Satan and

the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls!’

 The man said, ‘Beat it kid, can’t you see it’s hard for me to walk.’  When

the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery.

 Standing by the fence they heard, ‘One for you, one for me.  One for you,

one for me.’

 The old man whispered, ‘Boy, you’ve been tellin’ me the truth.  Let’s see if

we can see the Lord…?

 Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to

see anything.  The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the

fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.

At last they heard, ‘One for you, one for me.  That’s all.  Now let’s go get

those nuts by the fence and we’ll be done…?

 They say the old man had the lead for a good half-mile before the kid on the

bike passed him.


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8 Tips for Better Blogging in 2011

Blogs have become hugely popular. From Hollywood stars to corporations, everyone has one.

Though everybody is aware of the power of blogs, not everyone knows how to best use blogs to

work to their advantage. Here are some tips on how to make blogs more effective.

1. Post Regularly: Many blogs are created on a personal whim and without adequate

thought. After a couple of initial posts, the blogs are forgotten and rarely updated. This

signals laziness and disinterest in blogs to the visitors. This can be quite damning for a

corporate blog. Make sure that you blog regularly. Not only will visitors benefit from this

but you will also get Search Engine Optimization benefits by updating your blogs


2. Make Posts Web Friendly: Reading online is quite different from reading a book.

Attention span is less and readers do not “deep read”. Make your copy easy to read. Your

posts should be concise with short sentences and minimal punctuations. Any call to

action buttons should be placed at the top since the probability of readers reaching the

end of article is very small in a webpage.

3. Guest Posts: The Internet is not an island. The more connections you make the better it is

for you. One way is by writing for industry specific blogs. Guest posts on those blogs will

get you inbound links back to your blog. This will be a huge SEO benefit and you will

find a good number of visitors coming your way from these guest posts. Another benefit

is that guest posts will get you more recognition in your industry and establish you as

some sort of an authority.

4. Answer Comments on your Blog: Blogs are meant to be interactive. Just posting is not

the end of the work. Read and reply to reader’s comments. Share your blogs on twitter

and other social networking sites. This will make your blog posts more widely read.

5. Link to other Sites: Many bloggers are scared of linking to other blogs. They think that

people might follow those links and leave their blog. Search engine bots may follow

outbound links, abandoning your site. By linking to other relevant blogs, there is much

greater probability of other bloggers also linking to you.

6. Make Loyal Visitors: Repeat and loyal visitors are bedrock of any successful blog.

Encourage your visitors to sign up for free newsletters or subscribe to your blog.

7. Make your Blog easy to access: Make your blog easily accessible on your main business

site. Mention it in all of your marketing literature, newsletters and promotions. Also,

promote it through SEO just like you do for your websites.

8. Create Enticing Titles: In this age of short attention span, the most enticing and attention

grabbing headline will get most readers.

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My Yard Burned Today!

When I was in high school, and living in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina (Dillon County), about this time every year, we would set our yard on fire. We had sod, and someone told us we were supposed to “burn our yard” and it would make the grass thicker and greener.  I grew up in the Upstate of South Carolina, and people in the mountains never carried out this annual tradition; however, I noticed a lot of black yards when we moved south. As a matter of fact, most people in the Upstate do all they can to keep their grass from growing too much or too fast.  Does burning the yard work? Who knows! I know this comment will probably get me in trouble; but, in my opinion, people in the lower part of South Carolina tend to have more manicured lawns. Now there are exceptions to that of course!

Well, I now live back in the Upstate, and several years ago, we brought in a landscaper, and he told us we needed to put down Zoysia sod. I immediately thought of the burning yard tradition. I will admit, the sod is beautiful in the summer; however, it turns brown in the winter if you don’t over-seed it with rye grass, which I don’t do.  Along with the new sod, came an irrigation system. Boy, I sure wasn’t expecting those water bills that first year! Did I mention I installed a pool that same year? The water company calls me Mr Raines!  We now have control over that situation.

Back to my yard burning story. Today was a very nice, rather warm day. I thought, “why don’t I burn my sod!” So…while my wife was at the office this afternoon, I struck the match.  The fire started slowly, and was very manageable.  Then, I started noticing cars stopping in front of my house….everyone was looking at me as if I were crazy!  One guy stops and asks, “do you need some help?” I said, “with what?”  He said, putting out that fire.”  He looked at me pretty strange when I told him I had in fact deliberately set this fire. He said, “why did you set your yard on fire?”  Naturally, I didn’t have time to carry on a conversation….I have a fire to fight! 

I live near the airport. I noticed a few low-flying planes. Not long afterwards, I hear sirens in the distance.  I had already turned on the irrigation system to help me keep the fire under control. Trust me, everything was fine…..and, under control.  You guessed it!  Fire engines start pulling into my drive. Then, all the volunteer firemen (we live in a small town, I think they actually like the excitement).  I told one of the firemen that everything was just fine. I actually asked him why they were here? He said, “someone called and said your place was on fire.” I politely told him that I set this fire, and it was under control. So, he said, “this is a controlled burn?” Yep, I said. You got it…then he said, “why you burnin’ your yard?”  Oh gees, not again!  They all left, and I started cleaning up to go inside. That’s when my wife drives in. She said, “I met the fire trucks as I was coming home.” I said, “really?” She said, “Brian, they weren’t here were they?” I proceeded to tell her they were; however, I never called them and they weren’t needed.  (I didn’t remind her about the time she cleaned the fireplace and threw ashes in the woods, and later had a visit from the same crew)! Now, that was a fire!

Anyway, enough excitement for me for one day. Maybe I need to stay inside in my office and work, and leave the yard work to someone more “experienced” in yard burning! Now, if you drive by my place this summer, and my grass is all beautiful and green, I can assure you, I will attribute it to my good-ole’, low-country yard burning. Then again, if my yards stays very black as it is now, I may have a problem! Anyway, thanks to the guys at the Liberty Fire Department for their quick response. It is comforting to know they are there when you need them. Now, I wonder who called in that fire??

Have a blessed evening!

Brian Raines

P.S. When I’m inside working, I work as a recruiter for a green-technology company. I help folks set-up home-based businesses. Who might you know that could use an extra $1000 each month working 10-12 hours part-time from home? Have them give me a shout.

Two-Job Preachers!






When I was a young boy growing up in rural South Carolina, my father was an Ordained Pastor with the Assemblies of God.  I never remember my dad pastoring a church that had over fifty members on the membership roll.  He always seemed to lead very small congregations, and he felt that is where God intended him to be. 


Now, I attend a church that has a membership of over 5000 people; however, you know the story, we’re blessed if 2500 of those people show-up on a typical Sunday morning. Attendance does improve at Christmas and Easter, right?


This past Sunday, my Pastor said that he read a recent survey that stated only 2.3% of Christians tithe 10% of their income. This blew me away!! No wonder Pastors have to work two jobs just to provide for their families! Small congregations just cannot afford to pay a Pastor a full-time salary. So, what is a minister to do?  A colleague of mine, Bob Giddens, recently posted an “Open Letter to Ministers,” on his website. I am reposting his letter here.


An Open Letter to Ministers…..


Have you heard of the second baby boom (check on the Web using Echo Boom)? Births in the US picked up significantly in 1980 (3.5M per year) and continued high through 2005. One hundred million new Americans were born…a very positive development. The most senior of these boomers turned 30 in 2010. They are workers, consumers, taxpayers, idea people, and churchgoers.


Consider the connection between this influx of youth and the outlook for the protestant ministry. We have 300,000 protestant congregations in the US…one church for each 1,000 people in our population. Projecting ahead, these new boomers will translate into 100,000 new churches over the next 40 years.


This isn’t theory. Just as the post World War II baby boom sneaked up on us, this one has too.


The skyrocketing smart phone industry tells the story as a commercial indicator.


Even in a recession, iPhones and similar products are incredibly hot. A societal transition of this magnitude cries out for contemplation. What doors are closing? What new doors will be opening?


If you’re in ministry, there’s a 90% chance you’re bivocational. A quarter of a million of our ministers are so classified and 4,000 or more new pastors hear that calling each year. This march of progress never ends. What do America’s pastors do as occupational sidelines? Our friend Tom used to sell automatic garage doors. Let’s say he made $200 per deal and one sale per week. That couldn’t put a new car in the garage when his teenagers turned 18, nor could it cover three college educations. Many bivocational ministers do handyman work and remodeling—but jobs are harder to come by in the current economy. Ministers do real estate work, car sales, insurance, carpet cleaning, small business ownership, wage employment, salaried employment, Home Depot/Walmart work, computer tutoring, tax preparation, and what have you. Other pastors rely on a spouse’s income. Less than 10% are with a church that can pay full time compensation.


Pastor Dan his wife Debbie found a permanent solution. They joined the right network marketing company 14 years ago and developed a career building system that was right for them personally. Starting with zero experience and very little money, they built a substantial part time income in six months and were sitting on top of the world in two years. They applied their skills and worked hard (we don’t offer free rides or easy money).


The results: A high six-figure income, security for the future,

a comfortable family, and they still pastor their church.


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Pastors are ideally qualified to do professional network marketing. They minister to people’s needs, which is also what network marketing leaders do. Pastors understand how recruiting helps an organization grow and remain strong; they have organizational and communications skills; they do problem solving; and they have a Servant’s heart.


Don’t let other network marketing experiences turn you sour on this new proposition. Our career building system is based on honesty and accuracy. We don’t promise the moon, nor do we suggest that money is made without work. We promise a good company, worthy products, and a career-based compensation system. The timing benefit associated with the new baby boom is just a bonus.

Within a few years after the recession ends, inflation will hit every church and every

individual. We urge you to get a head start on preparing for it. By the time double digit inflation hits you can be secure like you never imagined possible. Your ministry will not be compromised.



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Brian Raines