Invasive Species

Are invasive Formosan and Asian termites hybridizing in Florida?

(IUCN)   Invasive species could be a plant or animal and is not native to an area, many invasive species are causing damage to the ecosystem, environment, economy and sometimes, human health.

There are many different non-indigenous introduced species that have adverse effects on the biodiversity in the regions they arrive in.

Non-native plants or animals can and will disrupt an ecosystem’s natural population controls, this puts pressure on the types and amounts of nutrients, shelter, breeding areas, the predators herbivores food supply and this list goes on.


International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Invasive Species” are those that are, outside their natural distribution area, and threaten biological diversity.

Some Native species negatively affect their native zones and adjacent suburban gardens, by over populating

More details… – Breeding system, hybridization, and polyploidy of the invasive plant Fallopia japonica (Japanese Knotweed, Polygonum cuspidatum) and related species, plus information on controlling infestations, other current research, and native plant alternatives.
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    Sometimes not every introduced species has adverse effects on the environment.  A non-damaging example is the common goldfish, although it is found throughout the United States, goldfish rarely have a negative impact.

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    Team Building – Lonnie Shipe

    Build a support team.  Having the right team in place to help you is crucial to your success.  You will be amazed at what you and your team can accomplish when you are all motivated and working toward the same goal.  It is worth the effort to put the right support system in place.  Make a list of some winning people in your circle that you can partner with, exchange ideas with and who can help you get things done.


    Rehearse your victories. Oftentimes we forget how far we have come and the successes we have already accomplished.  Designate a token of achievement that you can carry with you to remind yourself that you are a winner.  It does not matter if it is big or small.  Go back and look at your trophies, certificates, a special note of congratulations or anything that will keep you motivated when you are facing tough life moments.


    An infectious, positive attitude can shift your entire life. Infusing your mind with positive thoughts will cause you to produce more positive results in your life.  Right now you are getting as many opportunities as you think you can have.  You are making just the amount of money you really believe you can.  To break into making what you have only dreamed of and wished for, you must start thinking, believing and speaking like you are already worth that number!  Purposefully infusing your life with a positive perspective will keep you motivated and eliminate all negative sources out of your life.


    What is your greatest passion and how have you been able to develop and sustain it?


    Everyone has a passion, the key is using these passions to help others, ourselves or something to help improve a person’s life.  Being in a wheelchair for the rest of my life is rough but we still must find our passion.


    There are only two emotions: pain and pleasure. And passion is an offspring stream that flows between the two. It feeds-forward into pleasure the lessons it learns from the pain.  The only fundamental wealth we have is that of passion. You can create anything with it.


    I want to help change this situation


    to this.


    Your goals are in terms of ‘giving’, not ‘getting’, ‘grasping’ or ‘achieving’.  Everyone has a passion the key is using our passion to help others, ourselves or something to help improve one’s life.  One of my passions is to help a few students with financial aid, to continue their education.  Hopefully this will be possible not only in the United States but in the Philippines, where my wife and I will retire.


    Another passion is to receive the physical help while living with our family overseas, that I will need when I get older because of my Cerebral Palsy and my spinal cord injury.  But I also want to help a few other people improve their living conditions when we retire to the Philippines.

    Lonnie E. Shipe, M. A. Counseling Education

    Being in a wheelchair for the rest of my life is rough but we still must find our passion.  A passion for helping ourselves along our life journey and certainly a passion for helping others somehow, somewhere, sometime is what we should have.  Helping others, to help put a poor student through college, and I have a passion to get the physical help that I need. But a great powerful passion for me because I am being disabled I need help from others in most every situation is to retire to the Philippines and receive my help and I would still be able to help countless other people.



    Let us be passionate for others.


    Have A Great Blessed Day!


    Lower Stress – Lonnie Shipe

    Lower Stress –

    The idea that having a ‘passion’ for something would be a reasonable justification for making a career out of it is a recent human invention, and it is only been in the past few generations that anyone but the very rich and privileged have had the luxury of considering ‘passion’ as a factor in career selection.


    However, now that we have started down this ‘passion’ path, keep going: quite a body of data is developing that shows the efficacy of passion.  In fact, it seems that when people are personally invested in their work; when it fulfills a sense of personal purpose; when they enjoy doing it – those people are much more likely to be both highly productive and to continue to get better and better at what they do. And, as a side benefit, they report higher levels of satisfaction and lower levels of stress.


    So, if it is beneficial on a bunch of levels to feel passionate about your work, how do you find that passion?  Entrepreneurs often mistake the enjoyment of a hobby, the idea of a ‘hot trend,’ or the possibility of a quick financial gain for ‘passion.’  We have seen repeated examples of all three (and seen all three fail to translate into a good foundation for starting a business).  And these ‘misunderstandings of passion’ do not just happen for entrepreneurs; lots of employees do the same thing: take a job that allow them to focus on something they enjoy as a hobby; or go to work for a company because it seems cool or sexy to them; or go for something that holds out the hope of making a lot of money quickly (sales, or telemarketing, or ‘work at home and make $2,000 a week…’)  While these things may seem attractive in theory, too often they turn out to be the work equivalent of eating a lot of sugar: an immediate high followed by a crash.


    Please get back with me.  What is your passion, helping others, paying off debts, retiring with confidence your dreams, goals and plans could be infinite but we can choose a few to help along our journey?


    Being in a wheelchair for the rest of my life is rough but we still must find our passion.  A passion for helping ourselves along our life journey and certainly a passion for helping others somehow, somewhere, sometime is what we should have.  Helping others, to help put a poor student through college, and I have a passion to get the physical help that I need. But a great powerful passion for me because I am being disabled I need help from others in most every situation is to retire to the Philippines and receive my help and I would still be able to help countless other people.

    Lower Stress

    Let us be passionate for others.


    Have a great day!

    Not Something Ready Made

    Scholarship Fund for the Fil – Am Club

    We are raising funds for the students who wish to continue their education through trade school, junior college, four year college or university.  Scholarship seekers must be active members of the community and the Fil-Am Club of Fayetteville, North Carolina.

    Thank you for visiting my project.  I am in the process of inserting all the exciting details of my project for you to view.  I hope you will please come back soon and donate to my project.  


    Not Something Ready Made

    Focus on the positive things in yourself and in the people around you.  Appreciate what is positive in yourself and others.  This way you become more OK with yourself and the people in your world instead of ranking them and yourself and creating differences in your mind.


    And remember, you cannot win if you keep comparing. Just consciously realizing this can be helpful.  No matter what you do you can pretty much always find someone else in the world that has more than you or are better than you at something.


    Seeing the negative aspects of whichever situation you are in and dwelling on those details is a sure way to make yourself unhappy and to drag down the mood for everyone around you.


    Overcoming this habit can be tricky.  One thing that has worked for me is to kick the perfectionism habit.  You accept that things and situations will have their upsides and downsides rather than thinking that all details have to positive and excellent. You accept things as they are.  This way you can let go emotionally and mentally of what is negative instead of dwelling on it and making mountains out of molehills.

    Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. Dalai Lama

    Limiting life because you believe the world revolves around you.  If you think that the world revolves around you and you hold yourself back because you are afraid what people may think or say if you do something that different or new then you are putting some big limits on your life.


    You can become less open to trying new things and growing.  You can think that the criticism and negativity you encounter is about you or that it is your fault all the time, while it in reality could be about the other person having bad week or you thinking that you can read minds.


    Realize people do not care too much about what you do. They have their hands full with worrying about their own lives and what people may think of them instead. Yes, this might make you feel less important in your own head. But it also sets you free a bit more if you would like that.


    Focus outward. Instead of thinking about yourself and how people may perceive you all the time, focus outward on the people around you. Listen to them and help them. This will help you to raise your self-esteem and help you to reduce that self-centered focus.


    Life can be pretty complicated. This can creates stress and unhappiness. But much of this is often created by us. Yes, the world may be becoming more complex but that does not mean that we cannot create new habits that make your own lives a bit simpler.


    Splitting your focus and having your attention all over the place in everyday life. I replaced that complicating habit with just doing one thing at a time during my day, having a small to-do list with 2-3 very important items and writing down my most important goal on white board that I see each day.


    Having too much stuff. I replaced that habit with regularly asking myself: have I used this in the past year? If not then I will give that thing away or throw it away.


    Creating relationship problems of any kind in your mind. Reading minds is hard. So, instead ask questions and communicate. This will help you to minimize unnecessary conflicts, misunderstandings, negativity and waste or time and energy.


    Getting lost in the in-box. I spend less time and energy on my email in-box by just checking it once a day and writing shorter emails (if possible not more than 5 sentences.)


    Getting lost in stress and overwhelm. When stressed, lost in a problem or the past or future in your mind then, breathe with your belly for two minutes and just focus on the air going in and out. This will calm your body down and bring your mind back into the present moment again. Then you can start focusing on doing what is most important for you again.


    Please get back with me.


    Have A Great Day.


    When Life Gives You Lemons

    When Life Gives You Lemons

    Lemons are vitamin C rich citrus fruits that enhance your beauty, by rejuvenating skin from within bringing a glow to your face.

    One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster, thus acting as a great weight loss remedy.

    Lemon water flushes out toxins and is extremely beneficial for the body.

    Warm lemon water serves as the perfect ‘good morning drink’, as it aids the digestive system and makes the process of eliminating the waste products from the body easier.

    It prevents the problem of constipation and diarrhea, by ensuring smooth bowel functions.

    A glass of lemon juice contains less than 25 calories.

    It is a rich source of nutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin C and pectin fiber.

    It also has medicinal values and antibacterial properties. It also contains traces of iron and vitamin A.

    Lemon, a fruit popular for its therapeutic properties, helps maintain your immune system and thus, protects you from the clutches of most types of infections.

    It also plays the role of a blood purifier. Lemon is a fabulous antiseptic and lime-water juice also works wonders for people having heart problems, owing to its high potassium content.

    So, make it a part of your daily routine to drink a glass of warm lemon water in the morning and enjoy its health benefits.

    Read on for more interesting information on the benefits lemon water.

    Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies

    Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial

    It balances maintain the pH levels in the body

    Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins

    It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile

    It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium

    It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases

    It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid

    It helps cure the common cold

    The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells


    It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute


    It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heart burn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief


    It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne

    It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems

    Aids in the production of digestive juices

    Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session


    Packed with all the goodness, make it a point to begin your day with a glass of warm lemon juice.

    It is cleansing and healing effects will have positive effects on your health in the long run.

    However it is very important to note that lemon juice when comes directly in contact with the teeth, can ruin the enamel on the teeth. Hence, it is advised to consume it diluted and also rinse your mouth thoroughly after drinking lemon juice.


    Have A Great Day! – Lonnie E. Shipe 

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