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Lincoln, a History

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 in Hodgenville Kentucky. He was raised in a log cabin in a poor family on the western frontier. He was home schooled and despite his poor chances of an early education he went on to become the 16th president of the United States.

He is one of the most famous presidents in American history. Much of this is due to his spirit. He was determined to succeed despite his humble beginnings and he was a self educated man and an attorney before he became the President of the United States.

Another reason for his fame is due to the fact the he was the President and a major political figure during one of America’s most bloody times, the Civil War which was a time of great political unrest both morally, constitutionally.

Lincoln was a leader in the war against slavery in his political career. He also modernized the economy of his nation and strengthened the national government during his career.

He is responsible for many acts to end slavery including using the army to protect run away slaves, the Emancipation Proclamation and his push to get the thirteenth amendment to the US constitution through the senate which permanently ended slavery in the United States.

He is also famous for his many quotes of wisdom, some of his more famous ones include:

“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

“Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”

“No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.”

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution.T.hat must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

This is just a collection of his more famous quotes which are still shared today and considered profound words of wisdom even in our modern world.

Abraham Lincoln died by assassination on April 15, 1865. He had served as the President for just over four years. He was shot by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play with his wife at Ford’s Theater.

His life has been a great and inspiring example of a man with the true spirit of patriotism and American Ideals of freedom and equality.

Medical Discoveries to Reduce Enlarged Pores

The pores of our skin have many important roles to play in the health not only the skin itself but also the health of the body overall.

Besides performing the all important task of producing sweat the oil glands of the skin also are used as a cleansing mechanism to flush toxins from the body.

Many people are plagued with pores that become enlarged from excess sebum. There are several techniques now days that can help shrink enlarged pores.

One of these techniques involves use of a laser called a fractional laser. This laser is very effective at shrinking pores as it mechanism involved putting pressure on the skin and squeezing the pores to tighten them. It also helps to resurface the skin which additionally reduces pore size through the process of the upper layers of the skin peeling off and revealing smaller pores beneath.

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Other techniques and products are also available for pore reduction such as pore minimizers. These are over the counter products that contain natural plant extracts as well as pore tightening ingredients and even pore cleansing ingredients such as salicylic acid that are quite effective at cleaning out pores, reducing the size and even preventing black heads and acne breakouts quite effectively.

Keep in mind that any pore tightening technique you employ to continue to recieve the pore reduction effects proper care and nourishment of the skin is very important to ongoing results. Wearing sunscreen daily is very important because photo aging can cause pores to become enlarged as well as the skin thinkens from sun exposure.

As the skin ages it also loses collagen and this loss of collagen adds to the pores also sagging and becoming larger because they lack the support and integrity they need to keep from stretching and sagging. Fractional laser is very effective at increasing collagen production in the skin. This is an anti aging technique that is currently very popular right now. Celebrities swear it takes years off your face.

Here is a video review about Fractional Laser:

Older types of laser treatments actually would many times cause the pores of the skin to become larger, but the fractional laser has shown time and time again to be very effective in reducing pore size.

If you suffer from aging skin or enlarged pores then the Fractional laser might be the solution you are looking for to resurface the skin, increase collagen, and ultimately give your skin a younger glowing complexion.

Cellulite; what it is and a History of the term

As a woman of course, I am always interested in medical treatments that are both safe and effective for any condition. Today I am going to talk about a subject that many women struggle with, including myself; cellulite.

What is Cellulite?

This is an important question because without knowing what something is it would be much harder to find out what causes it and most importantly, how to cure, treat, and prevent it.

So according to Wikipedia, cellulite  (also known as adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, gynoid lipodystrophy, and orange peel syndrome) is the herniation of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue that manifests topographically as skin dimpling and nodularity, often on the pelvic region (specifically the buttocks), lower limbs, and abdomen.[1][2] Cellulite occurs in most postpubescent females.[3]

I found it very interesting that cellulite is actually a herniation of fat. Many people consider cellulite to be a skin condition but it is in fact more of a muscle issue doctors are finding out.

For example, Joey Atlas, Women’s body Enhancement Specialist and creator of the Naked beauty Symulast Method describes in his work out routines, which are geared specifically toward getting rid of cellulite on the hips, thighs, and butt, describes the cause of cellulite to be a muscle issue. He describes in his video about how to get rid of cellulite that when the muscles in this are are not worked regularly they actually atrify and the fat surrounding them does not have the support structure it needs to be plump and firm. He explains this lack of support as the cause of the bumps and dimples that occur when one gets cellulite.

Further information from wikipedia:

The term (cellulite) was first used in the 1920s, and began appearing in English language publications in the late 1960s, with the earliest reference in Voguemagazine, “Like a swift migrating fish, the word cellulite has suddenly crossed the Atlantic.”[4] Its existence as a real disorder has been questioned,[5]and the prevailing medical opinion is that it is merely the “normal condition of many women”.[6] One cosmetic company has noted its historical place in industrialised societies as an “inappropriate term used by women to describe curves which they judge to be too plump and not very aesthetic”.[7]

Cellulite is thought to occur in 80-90% of post-adolescent females.[8][9] There appears to be a hormonal component to its presentation. It is rarely seen in males,[1] but is more common in males with androgen-deficient states, such as Klinefelter’s syndrome, hypogonadism, postcastration states and in those patients receiving estrogen therapy for prostate cancer. The cellulite becomes more severe as the androgen deficiency worsens in these males[citation needed]


The suggestion of it’s being a hormonal issue, or the fact that it may be related to hormonal issues makes perfect sense to me because I do not know any men who have cellulite.

Anyhow, what are your thoughts? Some people think it is a skin issue so they buy creams, but I personally have never had any success with cellulite creams. Post your thoughts and suggestions below.

A History of Singing

I love to learn about singing, and the history of singing is of course of interest as well. Here is a brief history of singing.

Richard Wagner said : “The human voice is really the foundation of all music; and whatever the development of the musical art, however bold the composer’s combinations, however brilliant the virtuoso’s execution, in the end they must always return to the standard set by vocal music. “

I think this is a great introduction to a history of music and singing. According to Wikipedia;

“the first recorded mention of the terms chest voice and head voice was around the 13th century, when it was distinguished from the “throat voice” (pectoris, guttoris, capitis—at this time it is likely that head voice referred to the falsetto register) by the writers Johannes de Garlandia and Jerome of Moravia.[9] The terms were later adopted within bel canto, the Italian opera singing method, where chest voice was identified as the lowest and head voice the highest of three vocal registers: the chest, passagio and head registers.[10] This approach is still taught by some vocal pedagogists today. Another current popular approach that is based on the bel canto model is to divide both men and women’s voices into three registers. Men’s voices are divided into “chest register”, “head register”, and “falsetto register” and woman’s voices into “chest register”, “middle register”, and “head register”. Such pedagogists teach that the head register is a vocal technique used in singing to describe the resonance felt in the singer’s head.

However as knowledge of physiology has increased over the past two hundred years, so has the understanding of the physical process of singing and vocal production. As a result, many vocal pedagogists, such as Ralph Appelman at Indiana University and William Vennard at the University of Southern California, have redefined or even abandoned the use of the terms chest voice and head voice.[10] In particular, the use of the terms chest register and head register have become controversial since vocal registration is more commonly seen today as a product of laryngealfunction that is unrelated to the physiology of the chest, lungs, and head. For this reason, many vocal pedagogists argue that it is meaningless to speak of registers being produced in the chest or head. They argue that the vibratory sensations which are felt in these areas are resonance phenomena and should be described in terms related to vocal resonance, not to registers. These vocal pedagogists prefer the terms chest voice and head voice over the term register. This view believes that the problems which people identify as register problems are really problems of resonance adjustment. This view is also in alignment with the views of other academic fields that study vocal registration including: speech pathologyphonetics, and linguistics. Although both methods are still in use, current vocal pedagogical practice tends to adopt the newer more scientific view. Also, some vocal pedagogists take ideas from both viewpoints.[7]

The contemporary use of the term chest voice often refers to a specific kind of vocal coloration or vocal timbre. In classical singing, its use is limited entirely to the lower part of the modal registeror normal voice. Within other forms of singing, chest voice is often applied throughout the modal register. Chest timbre can add a wonderful array of sounds to a singer’s vocal interpretive palette.[12] However, the use of overly strong chest voice in the higher registers in an attempt to hit higher notes in the chest can lead to forcing. Forcing can lead consequently to vocal deterioration.”

The health of ones singing voice is critical to their success if they are seeking ways to learn how to sing high notes safely. What I mean by safely is that they be able to reach the high notes without putting unhealthy strain upon or even damaging the vocal chords from improper use.

I have been singing high notes safely and successfully for many years now and it can be learned. Many people believe that singing high notes and singing well is only an inherited trait, but this is not true. The voice can be trained as history has shown, though genetics certainly help, many great singers have had their voices trained.

Read this review of Singing Success by Brett Manning today

Health Facts About Skin Resurfacing

Information is available about skin resurfacing that may be of interest to those suffering from skin conditions such as scars, wrinkles, stretch marks, brown spots, age spots, as well as many other skin conditions.

The practice of skin resurfacing can be traced back to the Egyptians. Kings and Queens were said to use Alabaster and Pumice as abrasives to remove rough spots and skin blemishes.

Use of skin resurfacing techniques in modern times has been in use within the United States as well as many other third world countries for many years. There are many techniques used in the skin resurfacing industry including dermabrasion, laser resurfacing, and chemical peeling,

Skin resurfacing is defined as the process of removing the layers of the skin slowly and over the process of time to improve and in many cases even to completely eliminate skin imperfections such as scars, brown spots, age spots and premature wrinkles.

The different techniques used to resurface the skin are applied using different techniques.

One of the most common techniques it dermabrasion which is the process of using micro beads to abrade or rub away the skin. This technique is invasive and used to be more painful and could even cause infection. Modern techniques however have improved the procedure and results are much more effective with less side effects and down time as compared to ten years ago.

Dermabrasion can be performed by a doctor or at home. Many at home treatments and do it yourself kits are now available for this technique.

Laser resurfacing such as the famous Fraxl lazer are common techniques used by famous celebrities and include the process of burning the skin with a laser so it sheds and produces more collagen which has proven to help reduce the aging of the skin and more especially in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Many Hollywood celebrities have raved about the great results that they have achieved as a result of laser resurfacing.

The other method used to resurface the skin is Chemical Peeling. This includes the process of applying a strong chemical to the face to chemically burn the skin. After the skin is burned it will die off and turn brown then it will begin to shed from the face.

It takes about five to seven days for the dead skin cells to die off and un attach themselves from the skin. As the skin heals from the chemical burn it also naturally produces more collagen to help with the healing process.

TCA Chemical peeling can be done at home with the right instructions as well as performed by a doctor.

If you are interested in doing TCA peeling at home then I suggest you check out this youtube video about at home chemical peeling before you begin

The different options that are available for skin resurfacing make it easy for anyone who is looking for a safe way to remove skin blemishes to find the perfect solution.