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Conceptual thinking is the ability to understand a situation or problem by identifying patterns or connections, and addressing key underlying issues. Conceptual thinking includes the integration of issues and factors into a conceptual framework. It involves using past professional or technical training and experience, creativity, inductive reasoning, and intuitive processes that lead to potential solutions or viable alternatives that may not be obviously related or easily identified.

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I have experienced a delicate situation that involves my wife, her daughter, her live-in companion(the toddler's father) and the toddler. I have a disability that keeps me at home. I have for over 18 months been this child's' babysitter. My relationship to him is Step-Grandfather. I have become very attached to this child as everyone knows and he to me. He calls me Paw-Paw. I don't know if this offends anyone but I really love him.

Now, my problem. My wife have had some heated arguments concerning her grandchild's welfare with her daughter and baby's father. I am not sure if animosity is now in effect with the parents toward us or what. I have always tried to be the mediator but If it has, it has not stopped them from utilizing me as their babysitter. Christmas' day, my wife asked several times for them to bring the toddler by to get his gifts but they wanted her to bring the gifts to the gathering at my wife mother's house, which my wife refused.

My problem is that I wanted to see his eyes light up at receiving his gifts we had gotten him and wasn't feeling to well to travel. It has been 3 days and they still have not brought him to receive his gifts. I am so frustrated at this mess. I literally don't know what to do. My feelings are so conflicted that I am stunned. What should I do?

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Don't let him go without a fight. If it's not your nature to have "hell raising" going on and the child surely recognizes this in you as well. He sees stability in you and a calm atmosphere in which you have created for him. No child should have to settle with a problematic home with many uncertainties. If his parents can't be as good as they can be to him, then you just about have to step in at some point. It matters not that you are a stepgrandpa, only that you realize that you are a grandpa.

He may be being used by the mother and father to seek revenge against the grandmother, whether conciously or not. It does happen. Do your best to communicate with everyone especially him and continue to support him in every way you can. Teach him how to call you on the phone when his parents are arguing and it's upsetting him. He will call you, come to you when he realizes he can and rely on you even though there may be time between visits not because of his choices but others.

I know this because I had to help raise my two nephews and I thank God I see my grandson regularly. I am also disabled and babysit him every day of the week except sometimes on Sunday. He knows how to call me when he needs me and he knows I'll defend and protect him to the death if I have to.....no doubts regarding my loyalty to him and he knows this. If his parents are in an argument, he will call me or my wife and one of us will go and get him.

It's hard to see through the haze that others unnecessarily create but you'll be able to give him his gifts and if you have to do it this way every year, then so be it. You still get to see his joy when he opens his gifts. He will get older and learn how to convince his parents to let you see him. Trust me on this if you can. I wish you the best of luck and remember, teach him how to always be able to contact you wherever you are. You will be needed again sooner than you think and then it will be your turn to make some rules for the others.

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Does it use more electricity to turn lights off and on all the time or to just leave them on?

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If you are constantly starting and stopping a ballast system, it probably makes more energy sense to leave it on. Regular bulbs, however, show minute changes either way so it doesn't matter with them.

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Scientists have managed to create matter out of nothing. Do they know how to destroy it?

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Scientist Can now Create Matter Out of Nothing
By Malcom W. Browne

Scientist Can now Create Matter Out of Nothing
Scientists Use Light to Create Particles

A trailblazing experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in California has confirmed a longstanding prediction by theorists that light beams colliding with each other can goad the empty vacuum into creating something out of nothing.

In a report published this month by the journal Physical Review Letters, 20 physicists from four research institutions disclosed that they had created two tiny specks of matter -- an electron and its antimatter counterpart, a positron -- by colliding two ultrapowerful beams of radiation.

The possibility of doing something like this was suggested in 1934 by two American physicists, Dr. Gregory Breit and Dr. John A. Wheeler. But more than six decades would pass before any laboratory could pump enough power into colliding beams of radiation to conjure up matter from nothingness. The Stanford accelerator finally provided enough energy to do it.

Dr. Adrian C. Melissinos of the University of Rochester, a spokesman for the group, said in an interview that the weaker of the two light beams used in the experiment was produced by a trillion-watt green laser. That in itself fell far short of the needed energy, even though the pulsed green laser is one of the world's most powerful.

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How was the speed of light calculated?

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According to the currently prevailing definition, adopted in 1983, the speed of light is exactly 299,792,458 metres per second (approximately 3 × 108 metres per second, or about thirty centimetres (one foot) per nanosecond). The value of c defines the permittivity of free space (ε0) in SI units as:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_of_light

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Can the smell of urine from an unwashed person be harmful to someone's health?

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For most people most of the time, one's own urine is not likely to be harmful. However, it is not likely to be healthful or useful except for those rare occasions when one is buried beneath a building or lost at sea for a week or two. In such situations drinking one's own urine might be the difference between life and death.

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What is the best way to cool your horse after hunting?

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The normal temperature for a horse is 100 degrees Fahrenheit. When its temperature reaches 104 or 105 degrees Fahrenheit, the horse is considered to have heat stroke, which is an accumulation of body heat due to a failure of the body's cooling mechanisms. When its temperature reaches 107 or 108 degrees Fahrenheit, neurological damage or death can occur.

Owners who work their horses hard in the summer should consider carrying a thermometer so they can take their horse's temperature if they suspect overheating. Horses that are overweight and are not in good shape are more prone to this problem because extra layers of fat tend to retain heat.

The first sign of heat stroke is that sweating stops. Under normal circumstances, the body of a horse that is working hard should be covered with sweat. When anhidrosis occurs, there may be some sweat on the sides of the neck and between the legs from friction, but the rest of the body will be dry. Horses who are suffering from this problem will breath more heavily than normal, and although their bodies are not designed to breath through their mouths, they may try to do so.

If you notice these signs, stop all activity and contact your veterinarian. Then try to get the horse's temperature back down to normal. To do this, you can get the horse to a fan and pour cool water over the body, especially around the head and neck and on the inside of the legs, where the large blood vessels are located. By cooling the blood flowing though these areas, you can bring down the overall body temperature.

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What are some medical signs of schizophrenia?

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Causes and symptoms

The cause of schizophrenia is unknown. Some patients display specific physical abnormalities in the brain that are associated with the disease. These include atrophy or degeneration in some brain areas and enlargement of fluid-filled cavities called ventricles. Schizophrenics also have abnormalities in chemical neurotransmitters the brain normally uses to communicate information, specifically the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin and their receptors. The imbalance in the activity of these communication components is complex, with over-activity in some parts of the brain and decreased activity in others responsible for different symptoms. The symptoms of schizophrenia are divided into three types: the positive, negative, and disorganized symptoms.

Positive symptoms

Positive symptoms reflect the presence of distinctive behaviors. There are many different positive symptoms of schizophrenia. Schizophrenic patients may experience strange or paranoid delusions that are out of touch with reality such as the belief that others are persecuting them, or that others are controlling their minds. Schizophrenic patients may have disturbing or frightening hallucinations. The most common hallucinations are auditory, but may also be visual. Other positive symptoms include sensitivity and fearful reaction to ordinary sights, sounds, or smells, along with agitation, tension, and the inability to sleep (insomnia).

Negative symptoms

Negative symptoms reflect the absence of normal social and interpersonal behaviors. Negative symptoms of schizophrenia are varied. Schizophrenic patients often have a reduction in their ability to experience appropriate emotions, or express their emotions. This reduced expressiveness often leads to periods of withdrawal from others. Patients may also experience a lack of motivation, energy, and ability to experience pleasure. Schizophrenic patients often have poverty of speech, and will not speak readily with others.

Disorganized symptoms

Schizophrenic patients may have confused thinking and speech, which makes it difficult for them to communicate effectively with others. Disorganized behaviors such as unnecessary, repetitive movements are also common.

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Lower back pain from hip to hip and pain down right leg, most of the pain in the back of the thigh and numbness down to the right foot, mostly on the outer side of the foot, sitting causes it to hurt even more hard to get moving after sitting for a period of time??

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If you are having this pain already for more than a couple of weeks you may need an MRI of your lumbar area. The pain generally starts in one location and then progresses to other areas then finally settles in to what you are describing as a possible herniated disk due to the numbness down to the right foot.

I'm not a doctor but have had these problems before which seems to be around L4,5 or L5-S1. I am not trying to frighten you of this but many people go to chiropractor first and this may hurt you more than help. Follow the link down at the bottom. It is a place you can get info on your symptoms and I highly recommend them. This is because I go to them about once every 3 months for injections and i have had surgery there too.

I am only 5 hours away from them but there are other similar facilities, very few, but available. They aren't as expensive as many others can be either. If this is too far away to be practical for you, maybe they have a facility nearby that offers the same help. Good luck. http://microspine.com/

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Why does red mange always re occur in a dog?

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It may be due to a strain that isn't always visible but present when many dogs in an area are or have been infected in the past. I am not sure what causes it but it is curable if the dog isn't permitted to run with the neighborhood strays, etc. Ask your vet about a cure and keep your dog away from others until he is healed. It may take a few weeks but you will see the results if you are diligent about it. Sorry, it's the best advice I can give without knowing more info about your particular case. I hope this helps and good luck.

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