On April 19, 1971, as a prelude to a massive antiwar protest that would include 200,000 demonstrators, Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin a five-day demonstration in Washington, D.C. The generally peaceful protest ended on April 23 with about 1,000 veterans throwing their combat ribbons, helmets and uniforms on the Capitol steps, along with toy weapons.
On April 20, 1923, Tito Puente, the bandleader and percussionist who helped popularize Latin dance music in America, is born in New York City. During a career that spanned six decades, "El Rey" (The King), recorded more than 100 albums and won five Grammy Awards.
On April 21, 1980, Rosie Ruiz, age 26, finishes first in the women's division of the Boston Marathon. Eight days later Ruiz was stripped of her victory after race officials learned she jumped into the race about a mile before the finish line.
On April 22, 1915, German forces shock Allied soldiers along the Western front by firing more than 150 tons of lethal chlorine gas against two French colonial divisions. The Germans, perhaps as shocked as the Allies by the devastating effects of the poison gas, failed to take full advantage, and the Allies held most of their positions.
On April 23, 1961, Judy Garland plays Carnegie Hall in what has been called "the greatest night in showbiz history." The concert took place on the one night a week that Broadway performers have off --; Sunday night --; and the audience was therefore a friendly one.
On April 24, 1863, the Union army issues General Order No. 100, which provided a code of conduct for Federal soldiers and officers when dealing with Confederate prisoners and civilians. It became the standard for international military law.]]>
Fortunately, it doesn't have to be complicated. You can follow these five simple steps to keep your mind bright:
• Change: By the time you reach retirement age, your brain has mastered many tasks. You have to think of creative ways to surprise it. So change is vital to brain health. Change your routines, change your environment, make new friends, have different conversations, listen to different music and try new foods.
• Think: Don't let your brain get bored. Stimulate it with lots of new, refreshing information. Read articles, visit museums, study a new topic or take up a new hobby. Try learning a foreign language or a musical instrument.
• Move: Experts agree that aerobic exercise has the greatest benefit in terms of helping your brain stay young. Encourage important blood flow to the brain by doing at least 2-1/2 hours of moderate aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) each week. Start where you can and gradually build up from there.
• Eat smart: Keep those arteries --; in your heart and your brain --; from getting clogged with fat by eating plenty of fruits, veggies and whole grains. Stick with healthy fats such as those in nuts, avocados and olive oil. Include plenty of lean protein and fiber to round things out. Try to fill half your plate at each meal with fruits and vegetables. They're full of anti-oxidants and supply important nutrients. Avoid white flour, generally found in breads and pastries.
• Be happy: Humans are social creatures. The brain is designed to interact with others and derives great benefit from close relationships. When you're happy, your brain is happy. When you're stressed or depressed, your brain releases a chemical called cortisol. Cortisol in small doses is useful for alertness and concentration. When it lingers, however, it attacks the cells in the hippocampus, where memories are formed. Getting plenty of sleep is also important for relaxing and renewing the mind.]]>
The challenge, however, is that with more two-income families, increase in single-parent households, and busier work and school schedules, finding the time and the creativity to make kids' birthdays extra special is difficult.
Here are some simple ideas to help your child feel special on their big day:
• Start the celebration early. While the child is sleeping, sneak into the bedroom and decorate with balloons and streamers. Cover the floor or stuff the closet with balloons. Form a trail of confetti that leads from the bedroom to the breakfast table.
• Provide surprise birthday wishes throughout the house. Hide birthday wishes in unexpected places. Using soap, craft a birthday greeting on the bathroom mirror, the kitchen window or the rear window of the car.
• If there are siblings or other relatives in the house, have them wait on the birthday child. Even the family pet could wear a special birthday hat.
• Consider dining at the fancy table in a room reserved just for special occasions. There you can pull out all the stops to make your child feel special.
• Get creative with the food you serve, its color and how you serve it. Instead of making the child wait to open presents, start the day by opening at least one very special present.
• Communicate what's special about your child. This is the time for letting your feelings show. Take turns going around the table and let everyone in the family give one reason why the birthday child is special.
• Pack school lunches as normal but take a few extra minutes to wrap the birthday child's sandwich in gift wrap. Imagine your child's smile as he or she unwraps the most special sandwich at the lunch table.]]>
On April 12, 1914, the Mark Strand Theater opens to the public in New York City. The Strand was the first of the "dream palaces." It seated 3,000 people and boasted a second-floor balcony.
On April 13, 1970, disaster strikes 200,000 miles from Earth when oxygen tank No. 2 blows up on Apollo 13, the third manned lunar landing mission. The crippled spacecraft continued to the moon, circled it, and began a long journey back to Earth, parachuting safely into the Pacific Ocean on April 17.
On April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic fails to divert its course from an iceberg, ruptures its hull and begins to sink. The Titanic was divided into 16 compartments that were presumed to be watertight. Because four of these compartments could be flooded without loss of buoyancy, the Titanic was considered unsinkable.
On April 15, 1959, Fidel Castro visits the United States. The trip got off to an inauspicious start when it became clear that President Dwight Eisenhower had no intention of meeting with Castro. Instead, Eisenhower went to the golf course to avoid any chance meeting.
On April 16, 1947, multimillionaire and financier Bernard Baruch first coins the term "Cold War" to describe relations between the United States and the Soviet Union, a war without fighting or bloodshed, but a battle nonetheless.
On April 17, 1960, Eddie Cochran, the musician behind "Summertime Blues" and other rockabilly hits, is killed when the taxi carrying him from a show in Bristol, England, crashes en route to the airport in London, where he was to catch a flight home to the U.S. He was 21.]]>
A fixture in Albuquerque for more than 32 years, Chavez continues to practice the trade that his father, Noah, began in a backyard shop. "My father was an upholsterer for 40 years," says Chavez. "Ours is a family tradition of quality craftsmanship, a tradition proudly passed down from one generation to the next."
While some homeowners may choose to get rid of their old furniture to make room for a new purchase, Chavez --; who sees the beauty under faded, flattened cushions, torn fabric or scratched wood --; advocates for restoring and beautifying the original design and fine craftsmanship to tired fine furnishings. "While mass production has made new furniture more affordable to purchase, most items built this way are designed to last only five to eight years," he says.
Whether it's a prized family heirloom or a steal found at a yard sale or online, Chavez guides customers through the entire upholstery process, including choosing the color, texture and fabric that works best for the piece, as well as other furnishings it will share space with in your home.
Reupholstering is an intricate practice, explains Chavez. "The process involves stripping the entire piece to the frame, repairing any structural damage, and re-gluing the construction of the item," he says. "Quality reupholstering also includes cleaning, touching up the wood, and re-tying springs or replacing the webbing, if needed, all of which is completed before the upholstering process even begins."
Chavez also creates custom furnishings for local hotels, restaurants, hospitals and casinos --; and reminds customers that he can do the same for their home. "If you have a room that is shaped in such a way that a traditional piece might not fit, or if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind piece, I can create furniture from the bottom up that will both fit your special needs and be uniquely yours," he says.
Involved from the initial meeting with a customer to the completion of a job, Chavez takes pride in the quality of each job that his team completes --; and guarantees complete satisfaction, he says.
Your experience with CJ's Upholstery begins with an in-home consultation and a discussion of which fabrics work best to fit your lifestyle. Customers are also invited to visit his workshop and examine an impressive selection of quality fabrics, textures and prints.
"What's important for our customers to know is that we've been here for years, and we're not going anywhere," says Chavez, emphasizing his commitment to his customers and his craft.
CJ's Upholstery offers a free pick-up and delivery service so you don't have to worry about how to get your furniture to his shop. Chavez says that a typical turnaround is two to three weeks, depending on the complexity of the job.
Chavez attributes much of CJ's Upholstery's success to word of mouth, explaining that nearly 90 percent of the company's business comes this way. Chavez says he's careful to let his customers know how grateful he is for their support.
Chavez runs CJ's Upholstery the same way runs his personal life --; with a strong commitment to family and community and high morals and values. Chavez and his wife, Debbie, have two teenagers, and he spends his spare time coaching his daughter's softball team. He also likes being able to give his customers a little "something extra" at no charge --; perhaps throw pillows made with extra fabric, or cleaning and repairing wood trim.
CJ's Upholstery can provide you with the utmost level of customer service and satisfaction, whether it's making an old piece just like new or creating a new custom piece for your home or business. Chavez encourages customers to visit the company's website at www.cjsupholstery.com to see a gallery of his work, samples and special offers.
Customers are also invited to visit the CJ's Upholstery workshop at 7822 4th St. NW in the Village of Los Ranchos, which can be reached at 898-7300. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday hours are by appointment only.
7822 4th St. NW Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
"Window treatments aren't as straightforward as they used to be," says Mason Thompson, owner of All About Blinds and Shutters LLC in Albuquerque. "Currently, there are hundreds of options and fabrics to choose from."
With a wide selection of window treatments --; from roller shades and honeycombs to wood blinds, shutters and draperies --; by recognized brands like Hunter Douglas, Kathy Ireland Home by Alta®, Carole Fabrics, Timber Blinds and Norman Shutters, Thompson claims the professionals at All About Blinds and Shutters can tackle any project, no matter the size. "In just eight years, we've evolved into one of the largest window treatment companies in central and northern New Mexico," he says. "We can help you achieve the home of your dreams."
All About Blinds and Shutters boasts an experienced team of installers who've honed their skills in the local marketplace for the past 20 years, along with a talented in-house group of design consultants who can help create the window coverings you desire. "We're not your typical blinds company," says Thompson. "Our designers are professional interior decorators. There's no better way to get the right window treatments for your home than with the help of a professional designer."
"Customers are shown the full selection of our inventory in our state-of-the-art design center," continues Thompson. "Then we find out any special needs they might have, such as safe systems in a child's bedroom or products that can easily be operated on out of reach windows."
Installations done by All About Blinds and Shutters are a breeze, says Thompson. "With the utmost professionalism and attention to detail, you'll be able to enjoy your beautiful new window treatments without having to call a separate contractor," he adds. "For the do-it-yourselfer, we'll also make sure that you're prepared to complete the project easily and simply."
All About Blinds and Shutters is the highest-rated window coverings business in the metro area, according to Angie's List, the country's leading provider of consumer reviews. And as recipients of the coveted Angie's List Super Service Award for the past three consecutive years, the company proves that exceeding customer expectations 100 percent of the time is possible. "It's about understanding the customers' ideas for function and design, then providing the right solutions," explains Thompson. "And now with the introduction of our Easy Pay, in-house payment option, you can have the window coverings you've dreamed of on almost any budget. It's never been more affordable to have beautiful window treatments."
How do All About Blinds and Shutters' customers feel about their experience? Read what they have said about their involvement with the company:
• "Mr. Thompson brought sample books to our home and also showed us examples of window treatments on his iPad. He measured our windows, listened to what we wanted and made recommendations. We never felt rushed." --; Susan F.
• "Mason was extremely kind and patient and it was obvious he not only had a love of wood work, he also was very knowledgeable and experienced in this area." --; Gianna M.
• "One thing that impressed me was that he advised me to buy a slightly less expensive shutter than I had originally chosen. I believe he truly has the best interest of the customer at heart." --; John F.
• "One of advantages to using this veteran-owned business is that this former U.S. Marine takes pride in the attention to detail in his work. Not only did he do the job well, but he worked quickly, cleaned everything up and was very courteous. I was definitely happy with the services rendered." --; Ethan T.
• "Prompt, professional, and pristine." --; B. Hadas
• "Patient, fantastic and totally professional." --; T. Sheehan
• "I contacted All About Blinds through their website and received a prompt reply. The installation was done timely, very professionally, and cleanly! Everyone who visits our home notices the shutters and are amazed at the beauty of them and the difference they make. We had expensive shades and/or nothing on these windows and doors. With our new shutters, the two French doors are breathtakingly beautiful --; quite the professional decorator touch!" --; N. Elson
• "Great service, advice, consultation, product, timeliness, maintaining communication, and installation. I won't consider going anywhere else for window treatments." --; G. and T. Sprouls
• "Joy was very knowledgeable about the Hunter Douglas products and was very pleasant. Our order was delivered and installed by Matt, who did an excellent job with installation." --; F. Blackgoat
• "Professional consultation with attention to small details. The installer, Ken, was also prompt and professional. We were extremely pleased with this company and highly recommend this vendor. They deliver a quality product and were a pleasure to work with." --; R. Martin
Thompson is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and a founding member of the Center for Veterans Enterprises.
Customers deserve excellent service and beautiful options when shopping for window treatments, and at All About Blinds and Shutters they will get both. Visit the company's website at www.BlindsNM.com for window covering ideas, or check out their design center at 7200 Montgomery Blvd. NE to view working samples of blinds, shutters and draperies. To schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with one of their talented designers, call 883-0019.
"When you love what you do, it shows," says Thompson. "And at All About Blinds and Shutters, we prove it every day!"
All About Blinds and Shutters
7200 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling plumbers and technicians have more than 300 years' combined experience in all facets of the trade. And now, under the leadership of owner Matt Gonzales and company principals Anthony Giannini and Larry English, the company has expanded to be a one-stop shop for new and existing residential and commercial jobs, including a new in-house electrical division and a newly acquired GB-98 general contractor licensure.
"One call --; that's all it takes for all your needs in your home or your business," says English.
Locally owned and operated, Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has grown carefully --; but exponentially --; during the past six years.
On the residential side, division principal Giannini says that no matter what the size or scope of a homeowner's needs, Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling can take care of the job. If you'd like to get optimal performance from your furnace, replace worn-out pipes, or swap your evaporative cooler for a high-efficiency central air conditioning system, his team of professional, educated and licensed technicians can meet with you to accurately diagnose and install a solution to fit your home's needs, Giannini notes.
"And if maintenance of your plumbing, cooling and heating systems in your home is not something you want to do, service contracts are also available on the residential end for all brands, ensuring equipment that performs at tip-top efficiency for maximum savings," adds Giannini.
And rather than offer just one manufacturer's brand of equipment, Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling encourages several brands that have been selected for their quality, longevity, safety, parts availability and overall lasting value. As a result, they proudly offer packaged or split heating and cooling systems from Carrier, Bryant, York and Rheem --; representing quality and reliability for any budget. Weil-McLain boilers are urged for water-based heating systems. Standard water heaters from Bradford White or Rheem, and tankless versions from Navien and Rinnai, are featured. American Standard and Kohler provide wise artistic choices for plumbing fixtures, while Moen or Delta provide reliable finishing touches in faucet hardware.
English is the principal at Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling who handles the company's commercial division, which encompasses new construction, remodels and service/maintenance of office and retail buildings, apartment complexes, and other large-scale businesses. "We handle larger jobs such as fire sprinkler systems, low-temperature refrigeration, utility work, and general commercial and industrial maintenance," he explains. "We can also create a service contract to ensure that businesses' systems are operating at the highest level and efficiency."
"Now, more than ever, it's incredibly important to do the proper maintenance on commercial building systems," continues English. "It will save the property owner money, time and aggravation when we are able to come in and do the recommended maintenance work that will keep those systems working their best."
As is expected in a field rapidly being changed by new technology, training is ongoing at Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling. All employees attend in-house classes on a regular basis, says Giannini. Technicians are hired only after a tough application process, which includes referrals from other service industry professionals. New technicians then go through a rigorous 90-day monitoring period that helps ensure they come out with a consistent attitude of self-improvement, he adds.
Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling stands behind its 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. Repairs and installations remain under warranty for one year; the warranties on parts and equipment extend for five to 20 years, depending on the product.
Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling won Albuquerque The Magazine's "Best of the City" for the plumbing company category in 2013. The company has also earned the Angie's List® Super Service Award, given to the top 5 percent of contractors in any given market.
To learn more about Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling --; "Where Quality & Reliability Meet" --; visit their website at www.abqplumb.com. There, you'll be able to read customer reviews, learn more about common plumbing, heating and cooling issues in your home, as well as energy efficiency and other topics, on their blog, and how the company can earn your trust and confidence with their open communication policies.
Call Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling today at 796-5880 to make an appointment.
Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling
6145 2nd St. NW
Your digital world can get just as messy as any other area of the home with all the photos, emails and documents you're creating and storing. Your inbox is a great place to tackle first considering the average person will receive more than 10,000 emails this year, according to The Radicati Group Inc. All those emails could take hours to sort; however, with a few email tools, you can easily, and quickly, unclutter and organize your inbox. Try the following tools to make your email spring cleaning easier:
• Mass delete unwanted emails: The first step most users should take when cleaning their inbox is to get rid of emails that they don't want.
• Categorize emails, making it easier to access when needed: By creating categories based on topics that commonly appear in your inbox such as coupons, calendar related activities or personal conversations, you can then archive email to keep yourself organized and find emails quickly.
• Create folders so you can automatically file away emails and easily find in the future: You can take this a step further and let your email service do the work for you by creating rules that move email to folders as soon as they hit your inbox.]]>
On April 5, 1859, naturalist Charles Darwin sends his publishers the first three chapters of "On the Origin of Species," which will become one of the most influential books ever published. Knowing the fates of scientists who had published radical theories and been ostracized or worse, Darwin had held off publishing his theory of natural selection for years.
On April 6, 1950, a train plunges off a bridge into a rain-swollen river in Tangua, Brazil, killing 110 people. Days of torrential rains had undermined the bridge's foundation, but there was no warning system to stop the train. The locomotive and five cars fell into the river. The remaining 17 cars somehow stayed on the tracks.
On April 7, 1776, Navy Capt. John Barry, commander of the American warship Lexington, makes the first American naval capture of a British vessel when he takes command of the British warship HMS Edward off the coast of Virginia.
On April 8, 563 B.C., Buddhists celebrate the commemoration of the birth of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Gautama Buddha was born as Prince Siddhartha, son of the king of the Sakya kingdom, located on the borders of present-day Nepal and India.
On April 9, 1939, Easter Sunday, more than 75,000 people come to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to hear black contralto Marian Anderson give a free concert. Anderson had been scheduled to sing at Washington's Constitution Hall, but the Daughters of the American Revolution denied her the right to perform because of her race.
On April 10, 1963, the USS Thresher, an atomic submarine, sinks in the Atlantic Ocean, killing the entire crew when it unexpectedly plunged to the sea floor 300 miles off the coast of New England. A subsequent investigation revealed that a leak in a silver-brazed joint in the engine room had caused a short circuit.]]>
The book combines personal stories from the author's parenting journey with her blog readers' own tales of living life hands-free. There also are plenty of practical tips (for example, changing your computer or phone home screen to a picture that will remind you to re-evaluate if you need to be constantly checking the device) and catchy mantras woven into each chapter. These are supplemented with reflection questions that the reader can use as a guide to ponder how to manage technology challenges.
"Hands Free Mama's" main message is to provide ways to encourage us to be more present for meaningful moments in our lives, which Stafford calls "sunset moments." Although the book's title references parenting, the non-parent will find plenty of ways to use the book's tools to connect with the loved ones in their life, whether they are children or not.
Hands-Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!, by Rachel Macy Stafford. Published by Zondervan, hardcover, $15.99.]]>