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  • PokerStars Continues Growth in Emerging Markets

    PokerStars.com is continuing its dominance of the online poker world through growth in emerging markets, according to a new study commissioned by the Internet portal.  Internet-based Texas Hold’em has seen high growth in Eastern Europe and Asia the past few years. Recently, China, South Korea, Russia, and countries of the …

  • Surviving Mercury Retrograde in 2013

    CAUTION: MERCURY RETROGRADE AHEAD by Sandi Bois Whether or not you are well versed in astrology, you have probably heard the term Mercury Retrograde (MRx). Because we are about to experience yet another MRx in late February into March 2013, it seems a particularly appropriate time to REview the significance …

  • The Tradition and Ritual of Ash Wednesday

    Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Its exact date varies as it is a movable fast, but it is 46 days before Easter. The 40 day period of Lent is meant to symbolize the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert being tempted by Satan after he …

  • Tips for Savoring Your Cigar

    Cigars are a bit like fine wines.  Each one is individual with different sizes, shapes, textures and flavors.  Cigars are more about the enjoyment and relaxation of the experience, then about smoking.  Cigar smoking is a savory part of the finer things in life. A tip for beginning cigar smokers …