Monday, March 31, 2014

Choosing a Mens Jacket For Cold Or Wet Weather

Choosing a Mens Jacket For Cold Or Wet Weather

Having the right clothing for cold or wet weather is, of course, essential and perhaps the most important item of clothing you need to think about is a jacket. One that keeps you warm and dry but allows freedom of movement is ideal and they come in various materials and styles to allow you to remain fashion conscious at the same time.

There are several things to consider when choosing a mens jacket for cold and wet weather. Leaving design aside for now, you need to think about the material, the hood, the length of the jacket, protective coating and type of fastening.

You also need to consider the type of weather you are likely to be encountering on a regular basis. Is it more likely to be cold than wet and if so, how cold? Or are you more likely to be spending time in the rain? This is important as it will determine the material you choose. In addition, it's worth considering the activity you will be doing, such as walking, running or just getting to and from work and home.

Let's assume you are buying a jacket for cold weather to start, it is for regular activity and you need a certain amount of freedom of movement for walking. You'll want to choose a jacket with a mid-thigh length constructed of a nylon outer layer with a water resistant protective coating and an insulated but breathable inner layer consisting of a material such as down.

This construction will allow air to be trapped and warmed but also allow you to breath, so you don't sweat and lose insulation through being damp. The mid-thigh length will keep you warm below the waist and you should choose one with a two-way zip to allow you to loosen the coat at the waist for greater freedom of movement.

Meanwhile the water resistant protective coating will ensure you stay dry in showers or in the snow.

For more casual wear, you could choose a shorter coat made of wool or cashmere (assuming your budget allows for this!) that buttons up at the front, as opposed to a zip. This is a far more stylish jacket and more suitable for socialising than a full on winter coat. However, this won't protect you from the cold in temperatures below zero, so be aware of that.

For wet weather you'll need a waterproof jacket but do be aware that no jacket, no matter what the manufacturer says, is 100% waterproof! You just want to buy the closest thing to it. Obviously you'll want to avoid wool or leather as a material and look for something similar to the cold weather jacket. Some of the most waterproof materials on the market are Gore-Tex and eVent so any coat boasting these as materials will be a good one.

Whether it is cold or wet weather, you'll want a coat with a hood. One with a good shape, that stays up in bad weather but allows you to turn your head and keep a good view all around is perfect. Try as many coats on as you need to to find the right hood otherwise you'll find you have it down more than up and that is a waste and will ruin the insulating or waterproof properties of the jacket.

Choosing a jacket for its insulating or water resistant properties does not mean you have to compromise on style. There are many designers now producing practical yet stylish coats. Superdry jackets are one example, while Berghaus and DKNY also produce fashionable, useful jackets.

The choice is huge, so have a look around and take your time.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Buccaneers To Sport New-look Helmet In 2014

FOX Sports Florida Girls Wait til you see this thing!! #Fire my G Gerald McCoy joins me live Thurs 8pmEST @NFLNetwork Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) February 18, 2014 What do you think of the upcoming unveiling of an updated helmet and logo #Bucs fans? Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) February 18, 2014 This will be Tampa Bay's first logo re-design since 1997 and its third overall. The original "Bucco Bruce" logo was used from 1976 to 1996. Meanwhile, the current pewter-and-red scheme has been seen during the franchise's best days: seven playoff berths, three NFC South titles, one NFC Central crown and a Super Bowl XXXVII championship. However, recent years have been hard. The Bucs last reached the postseason in the 2007 campaign, and they have posted losing seasons in four of the past five years. Before hiring Smith, they went through three coaches -- Jon Gruden, Raheem Morris and Greg Schiano -- since 2008. Last season was particularly rough, when Tampa Bay went 4-12 and dealt with a divorce from former quarterback Josh Freeman and a MRSA scare that involved three players. It's a time of new beginnings in Tampa. A new coach. A new logo. A new helmet scheme.
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Sunday, February 16, 2014

using Child Stories To Teach The True Meaning Of Easter

There's a lot of controversy about the true meaning of Easter. Some claim that it's actually a pagan celebration in origin. Others lament that retailers, greeting card companies and television are changing Christianity's greatest feast into something with meaning "the size of a jelly bean."

In any case, the most common view about the real meaning of Easter is that it's a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that through this act, sin and death are conquered. Easter also can be seen as a season of joy. The time of sorrow is over. Lent's penitential forty days have passed, and the fifty days of the Easter season have begun. Winter is over and spring is in the air. In times past, it's said that priests would regale their parishioners with funny stories. Easter was truly a time to rejoice. To rejoice that Our Lord has Risen and that one day we too shall pass through death (which has lost its sting) and rise to New Life!

While I am certainly not erudite enough to give you the definitive answer on what Easter means. I believe that it offers many valuable insights about life, no matter what your religious beliefs. In fact, the Easter story is so powerful that it probably offers something even to an open-minded atheist!

One of the biggest lessons from the Easter story, I believe, is the power of forgiveness. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about what forgiveness actually is. In my opinion, it doesn't mean condoning the wrong that has been committed or allowing it to happen again. Moreover, the act of forgiving is not necessarily something you do for the transgressor (although it can be), although its power can transform the transgressor, too. It is something you may do for yourself.

When you can forgive, you can finally be free of the burden of guilt, anger, hatred or resentment. The healing process can begin or finally conclude. You can also let go of the person who hurt you. This makes you stronger and removes the power that person has over you. It's somehow ironic that by not forgiving we allow the person who has harmed us to continue to harm us, even if they themselves are unaware of the long-term damage that is being inflicted. Of course, ultimately, we are responsible. By taking responsibility now for our own interpretation of what happened in the past, we become much stronger - I think that's what people mean when they talk about "self-empowerment".

Teaching children the power of forgiveness is both difficult and easy. It's difficult because forgiveness is an advanced skill that can take a lifetime to master, and because there's so much confusion about what it actually means to forgive. It's easy because children often have fewer pre-conceived notions and see life more clearly than adults do. I'm always struck by how children seem more pragmatic and matter-of-fact than adults.

So, how can you teach something as sophisticated as forgiveness? I like to use children's stories to explore difficult themes like forgiveness. It's easier to understand forgiveness through the lens of other people or even other creatures. Once you understand what the characters in the child story are going through, you can relate it back to your own life or situation.

You can use the choices made by different characters or their attitudes as a jumping off point for a general discussion of forgiveness. If you really want to be systematic about it, you can use an appropriate children's story in conjunction with scripture and a list of prepared questions (a kind of teaching or discussion guide).

I'm not sure whether forgiveness is the main lesson of the Easter story or even a primary message from it. But I am sure that it is a valuable one. And I'm also certain that if we can teach our children how to forgive, that they will be more productive - and happier - human beings.