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Posted by David Tellier on 7/18/2019

Just because life “happened,” and you never made it to college doesn’t mean that you can’t be learning and improving all the time. Even if going to school now is out of the question due to family obligations and budgetary restraints, there are still ways to learn, and also earn degrees and certifications from home.

Free and low-cost online classes

Many online schools and universities provide free information access and offer courses that let you learn hobbies, software, and even curriculum for credit.

  • edX offers courses from many of the country’s top institution and even universities from other countries. You can take classes in computer science, languages, business, and even engineering. And these courses are taught by professors from Harvard, MIT, The University of Texas, and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University among other top tier schools.
  • Take low-cost courses from Udemy and choose from over 100,000 classes. Learn at your pace and on your schedule. Hone your skills in design, photography, software, marketing, business, and more subjects. And find courses in non-English languages as well, including Español, Português, Français, and others.
  • Attend an online-only school such as Western Governors’ University, founded by a group of state governors to offer a different form of education. Students take courses utilizing cutting-edge technology in non-traditional school terms to learn differently, master concepts, and earn degrees.
  • You can even study artificial intelligence, robotics, and other ground-breaking and innovative courses through Udacity. Study with industry thought leaders and learn world-class programs.

Also, there are a host of other free courses and classes streaming live on fitness, home repair, cooking, and myriad other subjects. As long as you have access to a device—computer, television, smartphone, you can learn from home.

Even learn a new language through an app on your phone. Duolingo, as one example, lets you learn nine different languages from your desktop, laptop, or phone in a game-type format where you can earn badges and tokens as your scores improve and your language ability develops. Then, top of your skills by logging into Hulu, Netflix, or Prime Video to watch movies and television shows in your new language to hone your abilities. Some online trade schools offer certification so you can make that next career move. With so many options available, you can learn almost anything from home to set you up for life.

If you learn better in the classroom, ask your neighborhood realtor to suggest classes, programs, and offerings in libraries, churches, and other locations in your new area.




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Posted by David Tellier on 4/25/2019

Selecting a cat to become the newest member of your family can be very exciting. Sometimes, the decision can be easy as falling in love with the cute little sight. However, if you are in search of a specific breed, it may be pretty complicated as you will need to put a lot of time and research into it. Some cats may be appealing to the eyes, but they lack the temperament to be with little children. Others may be too vicious and active which may be a problem if you love having a quiet time in your apartment. Below is a list of the most popular breeds of cat, to help you make you make an easy decision:

Persian cats

Persians are fluffy, regal and very, very beautiful. Short and round with a pretty large head, Persian cats require frequent grooming; so choosing one will be a bad choice if you are not ready to put in enough time and effort to keep them looking beautiful. Persian cats are quiet so if you have loud kids, don't get one.

Siamese cats

If you want a cat with a bucket-load of fun, you should get a Siamese cat. They have a short, sleek hair, unique dark points on their ears, tail, and feet that make it look exotic and charming blue eyes that will melt the toughest of heart. Although they have a loud yowling that sometimes can become annoying, Siamese cats are affectionate, full of energy and they don't get cranky if there is another pet in the home. Also, they require little attention. 

Ragdoll cats 

Big, affectionate, and very fluffy, the Ragdoll loves cuddling. They are very docile, so while they’re very playful with children, they don’t do well if they’re in public. If you have stubborn mice doing a lot of havoc while you are asleep, rest assured it will end up going or dead when a Ragdoll gets into your home, because they are excellent hunters. They require moderate training and are very easy to train. 

Bengal cats

A Bengal cat is a cross between an Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat. They are sleek, playful, well-muscled and very intelligent. Do you want a cat that stands out from the rest? This is the cat for you. However, they require a large amount of grooming and attention. 

Domestic cats

These cats are often called tabby or moggies because of the color ratio of their coats. Domestic cats aren’t a specific breed, but rather an amalgamation of different breeds. With that in mind, their temperament varies, but they make lovely pets and are very cheap.

Cats come in different temperaments, shapes, and sizes. So while the beautiful blue eyes of the Persian may seduce you or you may love the intelligence of a Ragdoll, there are other factors to put into consideration before you choose a pet. The payoff with a cat is it will be a companion you and your family will enjoy for years.

Visit the local shelter or consult with the nearest vet and rescue a furry friend for your family!




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Posted by David Tellier on 9/7/2017

Getting a new dog is every child's dream. But dogs aren't just great for the kids, they can be a great companion for an individual or a couple in their new home, or as a way to cope with empty nest syndrome when the kids leave. Whether you buy a puppy or adopt a dog in need of a good home, you'll need to do a lot of training. One of the first mistakes dog owners make is to think that training is something you only need to do until your dog learns the rules. However, training is an ongoing process that will help build your relationship with your dog and keep you both happy. If you're thinking about bringing home a new dog, follow these home training tips to make sure your dog understands the rules of the house and can stay out of trouble.

Have a house meeting

Before bringing your new dog home you're going to want everyone in your home to be on the same page about rules for the dog. Dogs are very intelligent and malleable creatures, but they will learn best and be less confused if everyone is teaching them the same behavior. That means if there's a "no dogs on the couch" rule, everyone needs to enforce it. Similarly, the commands you use for your dog should all be the same within the house. If one member of the family calls the dog by saying "come" and another says "here, boy" they will probably eventually get the idea, but the best approach is for everyone to use the same words, especially when the dog is first learning.

Setting some rules

So you have your new dog... congratulations! Now comes the hard part: not babying them and letting them have their way all the time. You need to teach your dog to respect you and your home. That does not mean your dog should fear you. In fact, having a dog that is afraid of you can lead to many problems including disobedience and aggression towards you and other people. To build trust and respect with your dog it will talk a lot of work (and treats) on your part. Here are some important training tips for training a dog in your home. FOOD As a dog's most important resource, food and water routines are central to training your dog. Dogs are creatures of habit and should be fed at the same time every day. To build good habits, make your dog sit while to give them their food and ten call them over to eat. This will teach them that you are in control and that you can be trusted with their food source. When it comes to table food, avoid getting in the habit of letting your dog eat food that was on your plate. It may seem like a waste, but it is in the best interest of you and your dog to stick to just dog food for the pup. FURNITURE  You may be tempted to let your dog jump up on the couch or bed with you, but by doing so you're giving them permission to show dominance. Get a comfy dog bed or crate for your dog where they will feel at home. This will teach them that you're the boss and help save your furniture from messes. BED TIME It's tempting to let your dog hop up on your bed with you at night to sleep like a cat might. But in doing so, you might be setting yourself up for having a dog who is overprotective of you and pushy when it comes to where he can be. Your dog's crate or dog bed are both safer places for him to be and will help lessen separation anxiety overnight.  




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