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The major challenge with how men and women relate is in the realization that intimacy and sex are not the same thing. Sex is the physical expression of the desire, lust and love we feel for another. It lasts, on average, seven minutes. The question is what we are doing the rest of the time to truly connect on a deeper level. Intimacy, on the other hand, is the foundation of relationship, including affection, bonding, care, nurturing, passion, respect and sex, among others.

The breakdown lies in how we express intimacy. Men are more physical; operating on facts, individual accomplishments and the desire to compete. Women, operating on emotions, are community accomplishment-motivated and need to bond. For a women, intimacy is an emotional connection. They feel intimacy when they feel closeness with their partner.

Men express intimacy as time alone with their lover; ability to communicate and understand both physical needs; holding hands/hugging/kissing/foreplay; and deep physical connection. Women express intimacy as daily sharing of conversation and affection; a sensitivity to emotional pain and ability to show emotions; understanding each other’s dreams and goals; and deep emotional/heart/soul connection.

Love is not challenging. It’s the relating that requires understanding and collaboration, and when we learn to navigate within the ABCs of Intimacy, we can weave a loving, lasting and passionate relationship with those we love.

Doctor of Human Sexuality Kat Smith is an Intimalogist (intimacy expert), author and speaker in Dallas. For more information, visit DrKatSmith.com.

 

 

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Many people realize the environmental benefits of wind power: it’s one of the most sustainable, pollution-free energy options available, producing no carbon or emissions. Also, mechanical or production issues with wind turbines don’t result in environmentally devastating spills or accidents. Yet there’s another big advantage of wind power for Texans—savings to the wallet, thanks to the state’s leadership in wind energy advancements.

The U.S. Department of Energy 2014 Wind Technologies Market Report, which contains some of the most recent data available, states that Texas is the leader in wind installation capacity, with more than 14,000 megawatts (MW) installed. The report also notes that wind power purchase agreement costs have reached all-time lows. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Texas leads the nation in wind-powered generation capacity, with more than 18,500 MW; and in 2014 and 2015, Texas wind turbines produced more electricity than the state's two nuclear plants.

There are several reasons behind the growth of wind power in Texas. John Spicer, president of Dallas-based Breeze Energy, notes that Texas has a unique, productive and diverse geography that is conducive for excellent wind energy production areas. Texas also has a well-developed wholesale market structure that allows wind developers to easily sell and deliver the electricity generated. The areas best suited for wind are less densely populated, and many ranchers and farmers on those lands are comfortable using it to produce income. The huge infrastructure investment has also benefited school districts via property taxes.

Consumers researching energy cost comparisons will often find wind power as the most budget-friendly source; they can use online tools GeekYourRate.com and EnergyChoiceExperts.com to filter and search for the lowest rates for plans, including 100 percent renewable energy. Breeze Energy currently has a plan available at 7.6 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for 1,000-kilowatt hours of usage, or 7.1 cents per 2,000-kilowatt hours of usage.

Breeze Energy currently lists the Dallas rate at 7.1 cents per kWh. “Breeze is a growing company, and we try to be very focused on customer value. We don't believe green renewable energy needs be a premium-priced product. We think it should be available at reasonable price to all,” says Spicer. “When you consider that Texas is the number one state for wind production, Texans should reap that benefit, and 100 percent green Texas wind energy is the only thing we sell ,and that promotes efficiency.”

There is political debate around renewable energy and those that express skepticism, but Spicer is optimistic about the future of wind power, noting that the development and construction of new wind farms is still proceeding at a high pace and does not appear to be slowing down any time soon. “Wind turbines continue to become more efficient. Equipment and construction costs have decreased, as well. The wind industry is well-positioned to continue to compete and beat fossil fuels in Texas,” he emphasizes.

The financial industry has also taken notice of wind power’s efficiency. Lazard’s annual Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis report states that for 2016, costs for wind production per megawatt hour ranges from $36 to $51, not including government subsidiaries; a rate lower than coal and natural gas.

Wind power also holds hidden savings to human health and welfare that add up in a big way: wind uses no water, and statistics from the American Wind Energy Association cite that $3.3 billion in annual savings includes key elements such as less sulfur dioxide and nitrogen pollution ($723 million); fewer carbon dioxide emissions (more than $1 billion); and savings against possible fuel price volatilities (almost $61 million).

For more information, call 855-391-9463 or visit BreezeEnergy.com.

 

 

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Kim Serafini, founder and CEO of MindPT, will be the keynote speaker at a Positively Priming the Mind Workshop from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 31 in Dallas. Participants will learn more about the research and technology behind the accelerated learning tool called Mind Power Technology (MindPT) that serves businesses, nonprofits, organizations and entrepreneurs in creating positive results by priming the mind to start each day on a positive note.

Serafini is a leading authority on positive priming and how to accelerate learning and change. This workshop is for coaches, practitioners, doctors, healers, educators, advocates, managers, trainers and others. Attendees will leave with real tools to navigate life more easily and beautifully.

“MindPT is a revolutionary new way to integrate new beliefs and cultivate the mindset and habits of happiness and success,” she says. “Traditional personal growth programs often fail to produce the desired results because they require time, effort and discipline, but MindPT is quick and effortless, based on the latest in neuroscience research and proven, positive psychology principles. It is shared in fun and engaging bite-sized lessons on a desktop computer or mobile app to create fast, enduring results.”

Cost is $49, including lunch. For location and tickets, visit PositivePrimingForSuccess.com.

 

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Earth Day Texas, scheduled for April 21 through April 23 at Fair Park Dallas, is developing opportunities for early stage clean energy-related start ups to pitch to venture capitalists. The E-Capital Summit brings together mission-driven investors, foundations, family offices, incubators, natonal laboratories and cutting-edge early-stage clean technology companies to form partnerships accelerating our future economy.

An E-Capital investment forum, Families and Foundations Investing in Energy Innovation: Texas and Beyond, will be held in partnership with Prime Coalition from 8 a.m. ti 5:30 p.m., April 20. The E-Capital investment forum is a private, invitation-only educational and networking experience for mission-driven investors.

An E-Capital Innovation Expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. between April 21 and 23, featuring cutting-edge clean technologies from early stage companies, national laboratories and universities. Companies supported by members of the Incubatenergy Network and Cleantech Open alumni receive a special discount. Register by February 24 by emailing ECapital@EarthDayTX.org.

By 2040, more than $15 trillion must be invested in clean technology to avert the worst effects of climate change. In 2015, solar energy produced more jobs than oil and natural gas extraction for the first time and the clean technology industry employed more than 8 million people globally. The industry needs a new type of investors to take the lead: the mission-driven investor.

Earth Day Texas is a non-profit organization focused on environmental education and awareness and produces an annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies, products, and corporate practices that are reshaping our world.  This years three-day free event will be held April 21 -23.

 

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As the first therapeutic riding program in Texas, Equest has become one of the largest nonprofit therapeutic riding centers in the country. It offers equine assisted therapy programs and solutions to help more than 1,200 individuals each year overcome their challenges. Equest serves children from 2 and up and adults with physical, cognitive, social/emotional learning disabilities, veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and more than 100 different unique disabilities and challenges.

Equest has provided equine activities and therapies in DFW for 35 years, and in 2012, began serving veterans and their family members through a variety of equine-assisted programs that include mental health counseling, physical and occupational therapy, horsemanship clinics and educational workshops. More than 300 community volunteers work each week in order to provide a safe and effective program.

Afforded optimum nutrition, exercise and a preventative care regimen that maximizes soundness and productivity, Equest therapy horses often remain on active duty for five years or longer.

Locations: Wylie (Rockwall County); and the Texas Horse Park, in South Dallas. For more information, visit Equest.org.

 

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The George W. Bush Presidential Center is the first presidential library to achieve Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for new construction. The LEED building certification program encourages the use of designs, materials and systems that are sustainable, energy-efficient and reduce a facility’s impact on the environment and human health.

At 207,000 square feet, The Bush Presidential Center is the second-largest presidential library and from its inception had a commitment to sustainable development. The library and museum campus, surrounded by a 15-acre urban park, partners with Southern Methodist University (SMU) to provide unique learning experiences for students.

Sustainable LEED features include restored habitat by planting more than 70 percent of site to reduce “heat island” effect using materials with a high solar reflective index; twenty percent recycled construction materials; regionally sourced materials; water use reduced by up to 40 percent, including landscaping; green roof energy systems; 19,000 square feet of solar panels; deep exterior overhangs to shade the building; and located near Dallas Area Rapid Transit (dart) light rail and bus service, with parking designated for low-emission, fuel-efficient and carpool vehicles.

 For more information, visit BushCenter.org.

 

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Ozone is a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin C and is the only one that has the power to detoxify the cells and heal them at the same time. Ozone works on the mitochondria of the cell (the "battery") to "reset" their functioning. When we are young, our mitochondria work at peak efficiency. But after age 35, mitochondrial function begins to decline, leading to degenerative diseases and imbalances in the body. Tuning up the mitochondrial every six months with ozone will keep our body balanced and in great shape.

According to published accounts ozone is anti-tumerogenic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-parasitic, with increased detoxification, regulation of enzymes, reduced inflammation, protection against neuro-degeneration and promotion of apoptosis and longevity.

For more information, call Living Springs Natural Health, located at 6700 Horizon Rd., St. 100, in Heath, at 972-722-4668 or visit LivingSpringsNatualHealth.com 

 

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Zip Car is expanding in the Metroplex by partnering with the University of North Texas Denton Campus and the Dallas Campus to provide students, teachers and staff a smarter, greener way to get around at school, as well as nearby commuters, without having to drive from one side of town to the other.

Zipcar is a monthly subscription service that allows members to rent cars from one hour to seven days. The cars are parked in designated parking spaces. Members reserve a Zipcar in advance and have automated access using a card that works with the car's technology to unlock the door; the keys are already located inside. Alternatively, members can use Zipcar's Android or iPhone app to locate a Zipcar and unlock the doors.

Zipcar charges a one-time application fee, an annual fee and a reservation charge. Fuel, parking, insurance and maintenance are included in the price. Members must be either 18 or 21, depending on location, and have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

For more information, visit ZipCar.com.

 

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The first OsteoStrong location in the Dallas area has opened at 3730 North Josey Lane, Suite 100, in Carrollton. OsteoStrong leverages clinically researched osteogenic stimulation methodology to help people of all ages and fitness levels enhance bone health, balance, overall strength and posture. The scientifically proven system isn’t a prescription, gym or diet, yet it’s so powerful that many clients’ bone density scans show total osteoporosis reversal.

This location will include equipment from Spectrum, the latest technology development created in partnership with John Jaquish, Ph.D., a modern authority in osteogenic loading as a key tool for better aging.

Published data has shown that osteogenic loading sessions done once a week can increase bone density up to 14 percent in one year. This change is significant enough to reverse osteoporosis for most people, or at the very least, greatly slow the progress of weakening bones. OsteoStrong’s proprietary system engages bone and muscle development and delivers some of the benefits of strenuous exercise without risk of injury in 10-minute sessions once per week.

For more information, visit OsteoStrong.me.

 

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Held from April 20 to 23 at Fair Park, Earth Day Texas is the world’s largest eco-conference and exhibition and this year it will include EARTHxFilm. This unique film festival showcases films and other media that explore conservation, climate change and the environment. Highlights include the Eco-Children/Teen workshops and competition and virtual reality exhibits. A new EARTHACK, hack-a-thon, event harnesses thousands of the world’s greatest young minds working to find innovative solutions to environmental issues against a 36-hour ticking clock.

Back by popular demand, Tiny Houses will be seen at more locations and in greater numbers, along with the Earth Day Texas signature Green Speaker Series, including pertinent discussions between engineers, academics, scientists, authors, politicians and environmentalists.

Admission is free. Easy access via DART. For preregistration access to virtual lines, exclusive opportunities, discounts and more, visit EarthDayTX.org.

 

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