Minnie Mouse Parties Bring Out the Kid in Us All

Fun Minnie Mouse invitations can be made at home for a Minnie Mouse party. Just trim black construction paper to match Minnie’s face and ears and attach a red and white bow! Everyone will know the theme immediately upon opening the envelope. Use a white gel pen or marker to write the invitation information on one side.

There are so many decoration possibilities for a Minnie Mouse party. With the variety of pictures, posters and figurines of Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse that so many people have in their own collection, there may be no need to purchase decorations at all. Just use what the guest of honor may already have to add flavor to the room or borrow from friends and relatives. And of course, don’t leave out Minnie’s friends Pluto, Donald Duck, and Goofy.

For a fun party game purchase or rent Mickey and Minnie Mouse costumes for the Minnie Mouse party. Divide the guests up into two teams and line them up 20 feet from the costume. Have each kid run to the costume, put it on and run to a specified adult to take their picture. Then each child must return to the costume spot, remove the costume and run back in line to tag their next team member. The winning team is the one who gets all team members pictures taken and removes the costume first. These photos will make for great party favors or a great memory to enclose in a thank you card.

Self Esteem, Weight Loss And Self Confidence

Little self-confidence and low self-esteem are among the most frequent problems associated with obesity or over-weight. Up to a point, such feelings are the normal consequences that accompany eating disorders. Remember that your body as such is not responsible for your eating problem. The stages of all self-improvement processes take you to accepting what you are as a whole. Let’s see what it is to be done in order to increase your self-confidence.

1. Control your thoughts!

Stop projecting negative attitudes towards your body. By respecting your body, you respect yourself. Every time you feel criticizing yourself, kill the treacherous thought in the bud. Leave it behind, the same way you eliminate a bad dream or memory.

2. Use positive appreciation!

Congratulate yourself on every success in your life and behave like a winner. Think like a fighter who is not afraid to accept and deal with challenges. Use the following positive assertions at least several times every day.

I congratulate myself for the way I look.

I am totally pleased with my performance today.

Despite general expectations, I handled the situation admirably well.

I feel free of all prejudices against myself.

3. Dare to try things that you’ve always wanted to do!

Want to learn   swimming ? Well, what’s stopping you? I’m sure there are things you’ve always wanted to do, but you didn’t have the courage to try because you lacked the confidence or felt shy because of your weight. Eating in public could be a challenge for someone who thinks all the eyes are watching her or his next bite. Well, the thing is that such scenarios are only going on in your mind. Stay natural, behave naturally and everything will seem a lot more comfortable and secure.

4. Feel confident in your personal value!

Though many people have to live on with the burden of an unsuccessful past, it is up to you to free yourself from past failures and begin a new stage of personal affirmation. Get into the habit of keeping an inner council with yourself at the end of each day. Analyze how much you’ve trusted your instincts, skills and abilities during the specific activities you were involved in. If you’re not pleased with the outcome and you think you could have done better, don’t linger on guilt or frustration. Let such feelings go and focus on being more confident in the future.

By keeping a close watch over your accomplishments, you discover and know yourself a lot better. Trust me, if you do that, there are big surprises waiting in stock for you. People are pretty amazed when they compare past performances with the unexpected potential that exists in them.

The mirror game

Make a habit of looking in the mirror in the morning after you get out of bed. I know the hair is disheveled, the eyes puffy and so on, but this is not the point of the exercise. When you see yourself, act as if you met a friend, say “Hi”, smile and add something nice directed at your person.

Don’t rush into thinking that this is silly! It is a proved fact that such games or exercises increase self-awareness and are self-esteem boosters. Doing so for a longer period of time will help you understand that you don’t live with your body but in it, and the extra kilos you’ve been resenting so much, don’t define who you are. You ARE that friendly, cheerful soul!

Live a joyful life!

If you have accepted the challenge of self-improvement while trying to apply the “laws of happiness” to your life, you may have come to rediscover the joy of living. It is not uncommon to hear people talking about attracting joy; is joy something to be created at will? My answer is a big YES; your personal choices are the ones that really determine joy!

Joy does not only refer to the moment you laugh from the bottom of your heart because of something funny. By joy, we also mean the sheer bliss of life and the ability to appreciate it all the time. Let’s take a look at a conclusive example of what it means to “enjoy living”.

When you go to work on a sunny day pay attention…Do you see smiles on faces or looks towards the clear sky? Do you take the time yourself to watch a simple tree that shivers in the warm wind? Smiling at a flower, a bird or a clear day is what enjoying life is about. This is the way to be happy every moment of your life. Truly, sheer happiness comes in small things.

Hear ye – Announcements Shouting the Times of our Lives

It is easy to get bogged down with day-to-day activities only to throw together last minute announcements to honor the milestone. Announcing a wedding of a couple that eloped or had a private wedding ceremony is a terrific way to include friends and family who were not at the event. Remembering to include those who are close to the couple makes announcing the wedding personal to those receiving the announcement.

Often the announcement is pre-printed on cardstock and sent out like every other boring wedding invitation. Spice it up. For a couple that eloped to the Caribbean to get married, send a small pouch of sand along with a picture of the couple announcing the wedding. The sand need not be from the Caribbean itself, but will definitely get noticed by those opening the package. To announce the wedding of a couple who got married in Las Vegas, make sure to include some poker chips along with a message and photo of the couple on their honeymoon.

To announce the birth of a member of the family, do not stick to ordinary cards noting only the birthday, height and weight of child. Maybe include a list of a few fun facts for the reader to enjoy. For example, times baby woke up during the first night – seven, dirty diapers dad had to change – eighteen. These put a little comic relief for the struggling parents and will definitely be noticed and talked about at the next gathering of friends. Remember, you’re not just announcing the birth of a child; you want the person who opens the announcement to feel a bond with the parents and the new child.

Overprotective Parents

Overprotective parents generally want to protect their children from harm, from hurt and pain, from unhappiness, bad experiences and rejection, from hurt feelings, failure and disappointments.

When you hear them explain it like that, it sounds admirable to begin with, but look closer and think about what experiences their children are prevented from having.

It is difficult for these parents to admit the reality of their fears for their children – fears that often include statements like, “Watch out – you’ll fall“, when at a playground, or “Be careful, you’ll have an accident “, while riding their bicycles.

Overprotective parents envision fear in most situations and by putting this fear on their children, they are creating fear filled, anxious, emotionally retarded children.

In recent years, a new name has been coined to describe parents who continually hover over their children, particularly in regards to school.

Helicopter parents!

They are so named because they hover closely around their children, rarely letting them out of their reach.

For growing, knowing children, the embarrassment caused by this helicopter behaviour from their parents can be excruciating.

Journey to Independence

From the minute they are born, children begin the long journey towards independence. So it stands to reason that parents begin the long journey of letting go!

Over protective parents create continuous situations from which their children struggle to escape, until eventually there is no escape as the fears have become part of the pattern for the child’s way of thinking.

This type of parenting or smothering rather than mothering, is ineffective and fails to instill virtues and values such as responsibility,courage, self esteem, self respect, confidence in your child.

Instead it gives children the message that they can’t be trusted and that they are incapable of normal events that other children handle with ease. What a message to give them!

If you recognise yourself as a fear filled, overprotective parent, hovering like a helicopter over your children, do try to get professional help to identify for yourself where your patterns are based.

Responsibility Undone

My youngest daughter rode over five miles each way on her bicycle to school as a nine year old. She chose to ride with a group of older children, and always confidently enjoyed the experience.

A group of mothers, who drove their children to school, confronted me one day, asking if I felt it was wise for her to ride, given that she crossed some quite busy roads. I felt undermined and began to question, within myself, whether it was, in fact, a sound decision.

Obviously, this translated into fear and anxiety, and was experienced as such by my daughter, because she stopped me in my tracks by declaring, “Mum, I’ve always loved going to school on my bike, but now I don’t feel safe anymore because you’ve started worrying about it “.

Out of the mouths of babes! Needless to say, I let go my fears and gave her back a sense of trust and responsibility. She continued to ride to school for many accident free years.

Encourage Your Children

Encouraging them to explore, conquer, climb, and master new activities provides the means for tremendous growth and learning both for them and for us as parents.

In order to become responsible, confident, assertive, independent adults, children need opportunities to explore their environment both physically and emotionally without continuous interference from their parents.

We can often feel fearful watching our children playing on play ground equipment, climbing, or learning to   swim  or skate, but this needn’t be translated into fear for them.

Let Go……

Let go and allow your children to fall, make mistakes, experience rejection, feel jealousy and suffer defeat.

Let go and watch them grow in confidence, skill, responsibility and emotional intelligence as they learn from all life has to offer them.

Let go your attachment to be an overprotective parent and find constructive ways to release yourself from your fears before you give them to your children. Get professional help if your fearfulness is acute.

Exercising for Diabetes Sufferers

Exercise is often recommended in treating type 1 (insulin-

dependent) and type 2 (noninsulin- dependent) diabetes ~ both as a stand-alone activity and in combination with diet and drug therapy. For people who are heavily dependent on medicines, exercise cannot replace drugs but it does contribute to normalizing the glucose metabolism.

Exercise helps diabetes sufferers in many ways. Weight is easier controlled when exercising regularly. Blood sugar level, which is a major concern for all diabetes sufferers, is lowered, thanks to exercise. Additionally, exercise lessens the probability of a heart disease, which is also very wide-spread among diabetes sufferers.

Also, regular exercise helps to improve one~s overall condition and this way reduces the risk of long-term complications. Regular exercise can even prevent diabetes in people who still have not developed it but are susceptible to it.

Despite the numerous advantages of exercise, do not underestimate the risks. Let your doctor decide if taking exercise is recommendable for you and if yes ~ what kind of exercise will be less risky. One of the dangers for diabetes sufferers are that exercise might change your reaction to insulin or might lead to an abrupt drop in blood sugar level, which is another risk for you.

In addition to the general advice for exercising, there are some tips, which for diabetes sufferers are especially important to follow. For them wearing comfortable shoes (and

clothes) is a must because the occurrence of a single blister on the foot might lead to a serious infection that requires time and drugs to heal.

Special attention should be paid to drinking enough water and any kinds of liquid in order to avoid dehydration.

Dehydration during exercising occurs because the body evaporates liquid in order to keep cool and if you do not drink water while exercising, you will get dehydrated, which is bad for your blood sugar level.

So, what kind of exercise is recommended? Exercise can be any physical activity ~ from cleaning the house, to regularly climbing the stairs, to strength training. It all depends on the physical condition.

Generally household chores that take 20-30 minutes a day and do not require much effort reduce the daily insulin requirement and are risk free. Also, many doctors usually recommend aerobic exercise ~ walking, jogging, bicycling, or aerobics.

If you have problems with the nerves in the legs or feet, then chair exercises, bicycling, or   swimming  can be a wise choice, because they do not strain the lower limbs. If you do not have problems with the lower limbs, then you can undertake walking or jogging.

If you are young or do not have diabetes-related complications, even strength training is OK. However, it is mandatory that your doctor approves strength training. Even better, exercise only in the presence of a personal instructor! Strength training exercises make one~s muscles to more actively demand glucose and have a positive effect on the glucose metabolism. Besides, strength training minimizes the lean mass and helps in keeping weight under control.

Keeping Dinosaur Eels (Bichirs) In Tropical Freshwater Fish Tanks or Aquariums

Dinosaur eel

The dinosaur eel is the common name for the Grey Bichir, Polypterus Senegalus, though it is a fish and not an eel. There are more than a dozen species of this fish but the Grey Bichir or Senegalus Bichir is the most common and is popular among aquarists. This Bichir is covered in dark grey horizontal bands that become paler as the fish grows. Some Bichirs can reach over three feet in length, although most species, including the Senegalus Bichir, grow to around one foot.

Natural habitat

In their native habitat they can be found in lakes, rivers, floodplains and swamps in Africa, especially the Congo River and Nile. They are capable of surviving in waters with low oxygen content and can move in search of food or to find other wet areas in their home dries in time of drought.

Characteristic features

The misnomer of dinosaur eel (hereafter referred to as Bichir) comes from the prehistoric appearance of this elongated fish. Its snake-shaped body is covered by thick, bone-like scales made of an enamel-like substance called ganoine, which resembles the now extinct earliest ray-finned fishes. It has a distinctive series of up to 18 dorsal finlets, each one with a sharp spine, which are erected when it is agitated. The fleshly pectoral fins, which control the slow movement of the fish, are attached behind and below the gill openings. It is also able to travel over land using its strong pelvic fins. Bichirs can also breathe air via a lung-like modification to their swim bladder. Other characteristics include a pair of blowholes, a long lower jaw and external nostrils which protrude from the nose to enable the Bichir to hunt by smell since its eyesight is poor. Females tend to be larger than males, while adult males have thicker dorsal spines and broader anal fins.


Bichirs are predatory and essentially carnivorous and will attack and feed on small fish that are easy to swallow as well as slow-moving fish. They will also eat insects, crustaceans and frogs. Since they are nocturnal they will feed mainly at night.


After a series of energetic twisting movements, the male Bichir fertilizes the eggs by enveloping the female’s genital opening with his anal and caudal fin. He then scatters the eggs using thrashing movements of his tail. It is difficult, however, to get Bichirs to breed in captivity. Some aquarists have noted that even if a male and female are present, the male is often unresponsive and will not fertilize the eggs the female releases.

Aquarium size

Due to the length Bichirs grow and their need to breathe air, it is important they are housed in long tank aquariums that are not too deep, possibly even a fish tank table. Aim for an aquarium that is at least three times the adult size of the Bichir you have or plan to purchase. Choose fish tank aquariums that are no more than eighteen inches deep and do not fill completely with water. This is important as Bichirs need to be able to breathe from the air and therefore have to be able to swim quickly to the surface and back to the bottom where they dwell.

Being able to use oxygen from the air enables Bichirs to survive out of water for several hours. Given this and the fact that they have the instinct to move out of one place in search of food in another, it is recommended to have a tight-fitting lid on your aquarium!

Aquarium decor

A thin layer of soft sand or gravel is fine as substrate. Bichirs also like hiding places, especially as they prefer to stay out of the light during the day. So it is much more enjoyable for them to have robust plants, rocks and tunnels which allow them to display more natural behaviours. Plants attached to wood work best as Bichirs tend to displace plants rooted in the substrate because of their size and when searching for food.

Water conditions

As they are tropical freshwater fish, Bichirs require a temperature of 75-85 F. They like a pH of 7 or slightly below and prefer water that is a little hard. Of course, it is important to perform frequent water changes to ensure the quality of water is good in your tropical freshwater aquariums.

Aquarium lighting

Bichirs are nocturnal so they will be typically lethargic during the day and active at night. Rather than switching the aquarium lights off complete, provide the semblance of a natural nightfall by installing a blue moonlight bulb so you too can experience some action from your Bichir!


Being carnivorous, Bichirs love to be fed baitfish, mussels, shrimps and bloodworms. They will also readily accept frozen foods. Some aquarists have tried to encourage them to take dry foods by only supplying them until their hunger overcomes them, and have found they can adapt OK. However, I would mention that this is not their natural diet.

Tank mates

Given the large size of Bichirs and their predatory nature, it is extremely important to match them with suitable tank mates. Do not keep them with fish smaller than three inches which can provide a ready meal! It is better to match Bichirs with bigger fish as they will not bother as much with fish they cannot swallow. Siamese Tigerfish, Angelfish, large Barbs, Cichlids and Knifefish are possible tank mates. It has been observed that suckermouth Catfish tend to suck on the skin of Bichirs which irritates them and so it is not advised to keep both types of bottom-dwelling fish. Also avoid matching them with overly aggressive species. In a very large fish tank it will be possible to keep several Bichirs together, provided they are around the same size. They should generally tolerate each other, apart from fighting over the food!

To keep or not to keep?

Bichirs are interesting specimen fish but do be aware of all the issues involved in keeping them, especially the size of the tank and the other tropical freshwater fish you have or plan to have. Bichirs also cost more to keep than other fish, though they are a very hardy breed. Keeping Bichirs in a suitable environment requires careful planning!

How to Increase Sperm Naturally

There are some couples who just can’t get pregnant after many attempts within the span of one year. When the problem is identified to be with the man, it is referred to as male infertility. According to statistics, male infertility accounts for a third of reported infertility cases.

A man is diagnosed to have male infertility when there is a problem with his ejaculation or his sperm count. Ejaculation is when semen is released through the penis during orgasm. When the man can’t properly release semen to get the woman pregnant, he can be suffering from: erectile dysfunctions, premature ejaculation, retrograde ejaculation (wherein the semen is pushed back into the bladder), or complications from surgery or radiation therapy.

A low sperm count (or no sperm at all) may be caused by severe mumps infection, hormonal disorder, hereditary factors, or infections. It can also be triggered by wearing tight or restrictive underwear, excessive use of tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs, and exposure to radiation or poisonous chemicals.

A man’s sperm may also be “abnormal,” which is said to be malformed and has a short life span. Thus, the sperm couldn’t “swim” correctly. This is brought on by abnormal development or inflammation of the testicles and swollen veins in the scrotum. This condition heats the inside of the scrotum and may critically affect the sperm production.

If you have concerns regarding male infertility, you should see a doctor immediately, especially if you tried getting pregnant for already a year. A physical examination may pinpoint the exact or underlying problems that may be causing the infertility and treat them early on. The examination would take into account your medical history, a culture of fluid from the penis, a blood test (to check for hormone problems or infections), and a semen analysis (to check the number and quality of sperm). More testing may be necessary, depending on the results.

Kids Apparels

Kids’ apparel is a booming industry in India. This is again an emerging outlet in India as western markets are much advanced. This is truly a selective clientele (kids) as they outgrow clothes very soon. Foremost factors to be regarded in kid fashion are comfort clothing and trendy wears.

Fasteners like zippers, buttons, hooks or press buttons need to be tagged well. The clothes should allow an airy feeling and allow easy removal. Adhering to climate changes, the fashion in kids wear is aligned accordingly.

Clothes range from full length pants, culottes, Capri’s, shorts, leggings, skirt-pants, tights and cycling short pants for leg wear. Tops come in full sleeves, sleeveless and other varieties in puff, bell or loose sleeves. Fusion wear does great business in kids wear.

Accessories too are a high demand market. Kids love all that is required by the adults. Goggles, kerchiefs, wrist watches, hair clips, belts and shoes are specially tailored for the kids section. Kerchiefs can be bright coloured or cartoon printed. Girlie stuff includes hair clips, bracelets and pretty shoes in soft pink and other whites. Boys in the making of men demand sterner stuff with faux pas rugby shoes, gloves, caps-hats, sun glasses and tough weather jackets.

Festival time like Dushera and Christmas line the markets with bright little ghagra cholis, lehengas and strappy cholis. Christmas is Santa time with red colours and furry caps. Winter time brings with it ponchos, sweaters, little stoles, head gears and kid gloves in comfortable wool.

Interesting designs in   swim  wear complete with head protection and funny float toys as hampers. An emerging section also includes typical body suits of action heroes and other animal/bird clothing for fancy dress functions.

Birthday apparels come in tuxedos, pretty frilly frocks in blue and pink, traditional ghagras in fusion pastels, gentle embellishments with pearls and thread work. Blazer suits and coat pants for trendy young men too.

Shoes offer a huge range in sneakers, black leathers, canvas and soft inner linings. Shock resistant and easy Velcro fittings for added comfort.

The Great Gatsby – An Analysis of Love

“If love is only a will to possess, it is not love”. America in the 1920’s was a country where moral values were decaying. Every American had one objective to achieve: success.

Francis Scott Fitzgerald, the author of The Great Gatsby, presents realistic image of American life in the 1920’s. His characters, like many people of that period, only care for money; becoming rich is their main objective. As a result, their relationships, no longer based on love, fail.

All of the relationships in the novel are failures because they are not based on love, but on materialism.

One example of a failed relationship in The Great Gatsby is the adulterous affair between Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson. This affair is based on mutual exploitation. Tom uses Myrtle for sex; Myrtle receives gifts and money in return. Tom Buchanan, a resident of East Egg, is “old money”, so he looks down on everyone who is not from his class. Thus, he treats Myrtle as if she is trash. Myrtle Wilson, the wife of poor George Wilson, has become disenchanted with her 12 year old marriage of her husband’s lack of success. Her desire for a better life is evident when she relates her first meeting with Tom:

“It was on the two little seats facing each other that are always the last ones left on the train. I was going up to New York to see my sister and spend the night. He had on a dress suit and patent leather shoes, and I couldn’t keep my eyes off him, but every time he looked at me I had to pretend to be looking at the advertisement over his head. When we came into the station he was next to me, and his white shirt-front pressed against my arm, and so I told him I’d have to call a policeman, but he knew I lied. I was so excited that when I got into a taxi with him I didn’t hardly know I wasn’t getting into a subway train. All I kept thinking, over and over, was ‘You can’t live forever; you can’t live forever” (Fitzgerald 42).

Myrtle even believes that Tom will leave Daisy and marry her. In reality, Tom does not even see Myrtle as a person but as a sexual object. This is made clean by his degrading treatment of Myrtle at the party, especially when he breaks her nose for having the nerve to mention his wife’s name:

” ‘Daisy! Daisy! Daisy!’ shouted Mrs. Wilson. ‘I’ll say it whenever I want to! Daisy! Dai – ‘ Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand” (Fitzgerald 43).

The pathetic nature of their relationship is reinforced when she dies. After a fight with George Wilson, Myrtle runs away towards a golden car that she thinks is Tom’s. The golden colour of the car symbolizes money , the wealth that Myrtle so desires. Apparently, the car is driven by Daisy, another symbol of materialism, and what happens has a symbol of significance:

A moment later [Myrtle] rushed out into the dusk, waving her hands and shouting … The ‘death car’ as the newspapers called it, didn’t stop … Myrtle Wilson, her life violently extinguished, knelt in the road and mingled her thick dark blood with the dust … The mouth was wide open and ripped a little at the corners, as though she had choked a little in giving up the tremendous vitality she had stored so long (Fitzgerald 143-44).

The nature of the relationship between Tom and Myrtle is best symbolized by the expensive dog leash Tom had bought for Myrtle’s puppy. It reflects the fact that Tom is the master, the one who controls his “pet” with money. As the master, Tom is free to do as he pleases. As the “dog”, Myrtle receives gifts for proper behaviour. The unequal status of Tom and Myrtle reflects the failure of their relationship, which, given its adulterous nature, was doomed to fail from the inception.

The Buchanan marriage is also a complete failure. It is the war that separated Daisy and Gatsby, and his absence is one of the reasons she married Tom. However, the most important factor was his money and status. Tom is from a rich family. He can give Daisy everything she wants. The wedding ceremony proved this:

In June [Daisy] married Tom Buchanan of Chicago, with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville ever knew before. He came down with a hundred people in four private cars, and hired a whole floor of the Muhlbach Hotel, and the day before the wedding he gave her a string of pearls valued at three hundred and fifty thousand dollars (Fitzgerald 82).

That is a marriage of convenience -not love- is apparent on several occasions in the novel. For example, while Daisy was giving birth to their only child, “Tom was God knows where” (Fitzgerald 23). Furthermore, Tom’s philandering begins only after 3 months of his marriage. A newspaper account of Tom’s accident mentions that the chambermaid he was with her broken arm. Of course, Daisy knows Tom ways too well; she even offers him her “little gold pencil” so that he gets the number of a “pretty but common” girl he is interested in at Gatsby’s party, although Tom pretends to want to switch tables for another reason. The fact is that their marriage is founded upon wealth and power; that is what keeps them together, and what reveals how barren a marriage it is.

Gatsby is the one who tries to separate Tom and Daisy. It is Gatsby’s dream to be reunited with Daisy, to go back to the past, and to marry Daisy. This is his incorruptible dream, as Gatsby tells Nick: “‘Can’t repeat the past?’ [Gatsby] cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!'” (Fitzgerald 117).

After reuniting with Daisy, Gatsby begins an affair that is made possible because he is extremely rich; Daisy is a materialist that can be lured by money. When they first reunite, Daisy shows little true emotion. It is only when he shows her his huge mansion and expensive possession that Daisy displays strong emotion. For example, as Gatsby shows her his expensive clothes from England; “Suddenly, with a strained sound, Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily” (Fitzgerald 99).

When the affair between Gatsby and Daisy is discovered, Tom and Gatsby confront each other over Daisy. In this crucial event, Daisy reveals her true view of her affair with Gatsby – that it was simply a way of filling in her empty days, an entertainment. It is also revenge for Tom’s many adulterous affairs. Deep in her heart, she is not determined:” ‘Oh, you want too much!’ [Daisy] cried to Gatsby. ‘I love you now – isn’t that enough? I can’t help what’s past.’ She began to sob helplessly. ‘I did love him once – but I loved you too'” (Fitzgerald 139).

Having betrayed Gatsby twice already, Daisy now betrays him for the final time – unwilling to face the consequence of Myrtle’s death, Daisy and Tom conspire to frame Gatsby for the accident. Gatsby is then killed by George Wilson, as Tom has led him to believe that Gatsby is both Myrtle’s lover and killer.

In the end, this relationship fails because Daisy values nothing but materialism; she does not even send a flower to Gatsby’s fueral.

Love is essential in a relationship. However, materialism is essential of the relationship presented in The Great Gatsby. Those relationships are failures because they are founded on the physical rather than the spiritual. Fitzgerald shows that any relationships based on materialism will fail in the end.

Learning To Type With Typing Games Is Child’s Play!

Anyone who doesn’t know how to type in this day and age is at a distinct disadvantage. Kids and adults must learn to type to stay competitive at work and at school. Typing games are personalized software that teaches typing at the learner’s own pace to decrease frustration and boredom. No more tedious drills as typing games help everyone learn to type at home or at school.

It is important to consider your students’ age and interests when shopping for typing games. You can find typing games that utilize the popular cartoon character of the day for younger children, or you can find more sophisticated games that are perfect for older students. By having something age appropriate, you are more likely to find the children actually playing the games.

Next, see if you can find something the students can play with little teacher direction. This is particularly helpful if you are going to use the typing games as rewards during free time. You may be busy helping other students or grading papers when the students are on the computer. Of course, if you are going to use the games in a traditional typing class, you may not need them to be quite so self-sufficient.

When your students are playing the typing game you have chosen, do spend some time monitoring them to make sure they are using correct typing techniques. Some of the typing games that are aimed at younger kids can be done with one or two fingers, without using the keyboard correctly. If the students are using the games this way, they might as well not be using them at all, because they are learning improper techniques while using the educational software.

Another type of software to look for is a typing education program that combines games with traditional typing drills. With these programs, students are rewarded with typing games after learning a new typing skill. This combines the fun of the game with the educational component of the typing drill. Typing software can help students learn to type on their own. Many programs will adjust to the students’ learning level, challenge to the next skill level and track progress. Adults can even use these programs to improve their typing speeds on their own.

Typing games are a great way to introduce typing in a home school setting as well. The goal of teaching typing is not necessarily to go through a traditional curriculum, but rather to make sure your children are able to type correctly and quickly. If your state requires a grade for typing, many of the typing games on the market that are designed for older children do evaluate their progress as they type their way through the game. This evaluation can easily be translated into a grade if needed.

Are there any cons to using typing games in your classroom or home school setting? If they are used correctly, there really are no negatives to this type of educational software. Typing is a skill that is only learned through repeated practice. There is no amount of study that your students can do to improve their typing speed. It’s easy to acquire typing skills by practicing the exercises in typing game software. Typing games provide a fun, stimulating way to practice. Not only that, but typing is an absolutely necessary skill in today’s job market. No matter what career path your students choose to follow, being able to type well and quickly will be considered an asset.