Tragedy in Dallas Texas with Drug-Related Deaths

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in News |

Although Texas has a lower rate of drug-related deaths than the national average, this means nothing to the parents and family of those who die as a direct consequence of drug abuse and addiction. Dallas, Texas lies in an area of massive drug trafficking and dealers certainly manage to find their buying public in the city. These drug dealers create and contribute to addiction in people of all ages.

Violent Crimes in Dallas Texas

One detective in the Dallas area has stated that as many as 85 percents of the cases he has dealt with in his career were about drugs. Both the victim of the Dallas crime and the suspect in the case were high in the greatest percentage of the incidents. They both were doing things they would not normally do unless under the influence of the drug.

An example of the horror that substance abuse can create is one recent news report from Dallas, Texas. Two brothers were shot and killed in a drug deal gone wrong. Now their parents are left with a void in their lives. In another report, a young man was stabbed in his car and left to die.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital. These were all needless murders, sparked only by the greed of drug dealers and the addiction of those who had to feed that greed out of the necessity of their cravings.

Addiction Destroying Lives

These young people were not naturally bad people. But they certainly were driven to drastic lengths by their desire for that next fix. And it led them to death at an age where death should yet be a long way off. Any dreams these boys had as children evaporated when they began abusing drugs. Addiction came to absorb them and ruined their lives.

Whether fatal shootings, robberies or dangerous driving while under the influence of drugs, the crime rate is positively affected in a city where addiction runs rampant. The emotions and attitudes of an addict are greatly affected, and violence can become second nature.

When kids from moral homes and families with high values, who would never steal or lie, get addicted, things change. The next thing you know, they are only a step away from incarceration. They lie to their families and steal from anyone to get that next fix.

Addicts are so affected by their addiction that they don’t realize what is happening to them until it is too late. One girl said that although she used to be euphoric, involved in her school’s activities, working for extra money and enjoying her friends, she turned into someone completely different, sitting all day in one room getting high.

Getting Help for Addicts

Cravings for the drug of choice will take over life, and the person so addicted will end up getting involved with others so like-minded. They end up not caring about anything else but getting high. It often takes the efforts of others to get them to agree to go into a drug rehab. Sometimes it is simple, because when confronted with what their life has become, an addict will have the reality come crashing down and consent to receive help.

However, sometimes it is necessary to get professional intervention. The addict just “knows” that he is going to be an addict for the rest of his life. There is nothing further from the truth, although many drug rehab programs state that addiction is a disease that can’t be cured. Addiction CAN be solved. It is a matter of finding the right drug rehab program – a successful one that will have the highest chance of providing lasting recovery.

Ms. Hines runs Solution to addiction centers, founded with the purpose of helping addicts discover truly sustainable recovery so they can live happy and productive lives once again.

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Creating a Modern Landscape Design That Your Neighbors will Envy

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Home and Garden |

Have you ever thought about the plans and design ideas that have created our landscapes? The things we see every day during our commute to work, our walk to lunch, and our stroll through the park, all have very intentional designs. It’s interesting to think about the importance of landscape design and why it matters in our everyday life. Landscape design brings both personality and functionality. It exists everywhere, including our own yards. Here are three ways that landscape design matters.

1) Livability

●      When implemented, landscape design makes a space feel livable. Landscape design sets the tone and ambiance of an area. A yard or garden without any thoughtful landscape design can start to feel cluttered, disorganized, or unwelcoming. Before you start planting your garden and arranging your yard, consider how you want your garden and yard to feel.

 

●      Having a focal point in a yard or garden is a helpful way to create a consistent theme and bring different aspects together. Unique metal yard art is a simple and elegant way to add a new element. Yard art as a focal point will enhance the landscape design, comfort, and livability of your yard.

a modern landscape design idea

2) Functionality

●      Landscape design also is important for the functionality of a space. As people, we appreciate the convenience and efficiency in most aspects of our life. Consider these factors when designing your yard or garden. It might be nice to have a sitting area in your garden so you can comfortably enjoy your outdoor space. You can add a decorative storage area to keep your gardening tools nearby and convenient. These small aspects of landscape design can greatly improve the functionality of your garden!

 

3) Visual Feel

●      While livability and visual feel are closely related, visual feel refers more to the aesthetics and cohesiveness of art within your garden. A garden is natural and earthy, but it is often disrupted with poorly planned man-made elements. Rather than having man-made pieces be a “disruption” it is important to have the natural and added elements work well together. This creates a visual feel of connectedness to nature, which is important.

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Google SERP’s Make A Giant Leap Sideways

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in News |

If you search for products online, you may have noticed that Google has removed the paid advertising links on the right-hand side of search engine return pages or SERPs. Google provides free generic searches for anyone, and the company’s reward for its service is that it also displays paid advertising related to each keyword or key-phrase search. These ads are pay-per-click or PPC advertisements that any business owner, blog publisher, social media maven or organization can buy based on searching terms called keywords. Google’s paid listings are called AdWord campaigns. When Internet searchers type in keywords, Google returns a results page with a mixture of organic or generic search results and paid listings.

Google used to display paid listings at the top and to the right-hand side of its organic search list for each viewer query or Internet search for products or information. However, on February 19, 2016, Google leaked information that it would no longer place ads on the right-hand sidebar, which many analysts and SEO companies had already been seeing off-and-on for some time. In fact, the company’s official statement confirmed it had been testing the new layout for some time and would continue tweaking its design for businesses.

[1] The new SERP will look something like this:

• All listings will appear in a vertical list, and more room on the right rail will be available for product listings, Knowledge Panels,screenshot of sidebar ads removed from Google in Feb. update and further information about each listing.
• Google will display four paid ads at the top of organic returns for “highly commercial queries,” but otherwise continue its practice of listing three local or informational paid listings above-the-fold.
• All text listings, including paid and generic, will be limited to 11.
• Google will replace the text ads on the right with three new paid text ads at the bottom, effectively sandwiching the organic results.

Google had recently changed its practice of listing seven paid text ads at the top of return lists by reducing the number to three, which was big news for many SEO service marketers and its most significant search engine competitors Yahoo and Bing.

What Google’s Changes Mean for Marketers and Consumers

Digital marketing usually consists of generic strategies, paid campaigns, social media promotions, reputation management, press releases, link building and many other initiatives. Google’s new layout, which is probably the company’s response to increased mobile marketing, makes listings easier to read on smaller screens. The changed format should strengthen PPC advertising campaigns by making text ads more visible to people using phones to conduct searches. Critics and cynics are quick to point out that busy people on-the-go are now just as likely to click on a paid ad in a vertical list as they are to click on a SERP listing. The changes could be a blow to organic searches and a blessing for Google’s advertisers. Some people never click on paid ads because these listings don’t always match their search terms as precisely as generic listings.

References:

[1] Searchengineland.com: App Indexing & The New Frontier Of SEO: Google Search + Deep Linking
searchengineland.com/app-indexing-new-frontier-seo-google-search-deep-linking-226517

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