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10 Facts about Your Heart – The Most Amazing Machine ever Created

In the truest sense of the word, the heart is not really a machine. However, if you look at how it was designed and its effectiveness, you might agree that it’s really one of the most phenomenal machines ever created.  Considering February includes Valentine’s Day (symbolic of hearts), it’s only fitting that it’s also heart health awareness month.  So, FirstLantic thought it was important to share some interesting facts about this small organ that has such a huge impact on every part of our body.  And hopefully, it reminds us all of why we need to take good care of it. The human heart weighs less than 1 pound. However, a man’s heart, on average, is 2 ounces heavier than a woman’s heart and a woman’s heart beats slightly faster. On an average day, the heart beats about 115,000 times and pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood.   Just imagine if your average car could go that far without refueling. If you were to stretch out your blood vessel system, it would extend over 60,000 miles. The reason that heart cancer is incredibly rare has to do with the fact that heart cells divide much less frequently at a certain point.  Since it's during cell division that cancer-causing mutations can occur, without active cell division, cancer occurrence is extremely rare.  The other distinguishing feature of heart cells is that, like nerve cells in the brain that fire incessantly, heart cells are metabolically active every minute of life. That constant activity means that these cell types rarely get a chance to "put themselves into a resting state and devote their resources to dividing." The iconic heart shape as a symbol of love is thought to come from the silphium plant, which was used as an ancient form of birth control.  Also, many [...]

February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Diet, Fitness, Health|

Five Women Changing the World

It’s probably a given that most of us could name five famous women in entertainment off the top of our heads.  And yet, while the U.S. is desperately trying to encourage more girls to embrace the STEM fields, how many of us could name five female scientists, doctors, technologists, or mathematicians that are at the top of their game?    Having experienced first-hand how COVID-19 has completely uprooted our lives, maybe we all should have a greater appreciation for women working tirelessly to solve some of the world’s other most significant challenges like climate change, disease prevention, and how to use technology for good.  In our blog this week, FirstLantic is pleased to spotlight five amazing women changing the world. Jennifer Doudna Jennifer Doudna earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Pomona College and her Ph.D. in biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology in 1989 from Harvard Medical School.  She is recognized as one of the most outstanding living scientists.  Her ground-breaking invention of technology for editing genomes allows scientists to make ultra-precise edits to DNA in cells.  This has the potential to cure both genetic deformities, as well as diseases like cancer and HIV.  Ms. Doudna is the recipient of numerous accolades and awards, including being elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003, the National Academy of Medicine in 2010, and the National Academy of Inventors in 2014. She was also elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) in 2016. In 2017, Ms. Doudna was awarded the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement, and in 2020, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Desiree L. Narango Desiree Narango grew up in Baltimore, where she learned to love nature as a child while exploring urban parks.  Ms. Narango went on to become a wildlife ecologist earning a Ph.D. [...]

January 25th, 2021|Categories: Business, Careers, Technology|

Six Lesser-known Facts about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On the third Monday of January each year, we celebrate a holiday dedicated to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  He is the only other American besides George Washington to have his birthday commemorated as a national holiday.  In 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill that created a federal holiday to honor him.   Dr. King is inarguably one of the most influential figures in United States history.  And although revered for his commitment to Civil Rights and non-violent protests, including the well-known March on Washington in 1963, there are many other fascinating aspects about his short life that are not as well-known.   In honor of his birthday, FirstLantic shares six lesser-known facts about the iconic leader who died at only 39 years old. King entered college at the age of 15. He was an incredibly gifted student and skipped both grades nine and twelve before beginning college at Morehouse, following in his father and grandfather's legacy. After earning degrees from both Morehouse and Crozer Theological Seminary, Dr. King received his doctorate in systematic theology at Boston University. He often referred to the city as his second home. King was the youngest person at the time (and remains the youngest man) to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He gave his full prize winnings (over $54,000) to the Civil Rights Movement's furtherance. King was imprisoned almost 30 times, charged primarily with civil disobedience, although all his protests were peaceful. He also was imprisoned once in Alabama for the dubious charge of driving 30 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. King’s mother was also murdered. His mother, Alberta Williams King, was playing the organ at a Sunday service at her Baptist Church when a man shot and killed her and a church deacon.  The man said that he had [...]

January 18th, 2021|Categories: charity, Holidays|Tags: , |

The Definitive Resource Guide for Small Businesses

Starting and running a small business is not for the faint of heart.  It requires long hours, lots of determination, and above all, passion.  And things that can be difficult even during the best of times have been magnified exponentially during COVID-19.  Businesses are forced to deal with a whole new set of challenges in a pandemic world. As a small company that has just celebrated its 20th anniversary, FirstLantic has experienced the ups and downs firsthand.  From that sense of accomplishment when your business succeeds to the pressure of growing and evolving, we can relate.  We also realize how crucial it is for small businesses to access available resources.  The problem is that many smaller enterprises don’t know where to begin.  That’s why FirstLantic has put together this comprehensive list to get you started. We have you covered with everything from how to find legal documents to creative ways to secure financing.  Many of these programs are free of charge, and others are priced moderately to make them accessible to smaller enterprises. Business Advice for Entrepreneurs Sometimes you need expert advice, and other times, you may only need reassurance that you’re on the right path.  The list below includes useful informational resources.  Of course, there’s only so much time in the day when you’re an entrepreneur.  So, pick a few that you find to be the most helpful and set aside 30 minutes a day to catch up on all things small business. Home Business Magazine: Online magazine with resourceful articles, podcasts, business spotlights, and guides My Own Business Institute: Programs, certifications, and course for the home-based business entrepreneur from Santa Clara University Power Home Biz: Website filled with resources, tools, tips, and advice for home business entrepreneurs Entrepreneur: Online and print magazine with insights from entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial [...]

January 12th, 2021|Categories: Business|Tags: , , , |

The One Resolution We Can All Keep

Every year millions of people around the world make resolutions most of which are broken by the end of January.  So, what if this year we all made just one resolution and stuck to it. What if our one resolution was to treat everyone we meet with respect and dignity.  What if we speak in a civil tone even if we disagree with each other.  What if we appreciated another political viewpoint even if it’s wildly different from our own as long as it wasn’t destructive or violent in nature.  And what if we went out of our way to be nice to another human being that was lonely just once a day or even once a week. Now, this may sound a little utopian but it’s really simple if you think about it.  It’s a heck of a lot easier than cutting out chocolate cake or running two miles every day.  So, if it’s so simple, why has it become so hard?  Why has the discourse in this country become so mean spirited?  Why do people feel they have permission to say things online about someone that they would never dream of saying to someone’s face.   Why has the bar been lowered so much? Many people blame it on public figures.  But the reality is no one can really make us mean.  We become that way all on our own.  We may excuse ourselves by saying “well if they do it, why can’t I do it?”  Remember that old expression that your mom probably told you once or twice “if someone else jumped off a bridge, would you follow them?”  Let’s remind ourselves of that the next time we give ourselves permission to say something nasty.  It doesn’t mean that we can’t voice our opinion but there is a [...]

January 5th, 2021|Categories: charity, Mental Wellness|

Pay it Forward All Year Long

Many people give back during the holidays whether they volunteer at a soup kitchen, contribute to their favorite charity, or provide a gift basket to a family in need.   However, after the new year, many of us go back to our regular routine and feel like we’ve already done our part.   And while the holiday season's effort is much appreciated, many people will need help long after the festivities are over.  2021 will be a very different year for millions of people. The pandemic has left much of our service economy in a terrible state, along with the workers that gained their livelihood from restaurants, retail stores, hotels, etc.   There are direct results for every business that closes, and then all the other trickle-down effects.  For example, when a restaurant goes out of business, the chef, the waiters, hosts, and busboys lose their jobs.  However, many other companies are affected, like the cleaners, the linen suppliers, and even the service repairmen.  So, this year if you are well enough off to still have a job, and your life is relatively stable, think about ways big and small that you can help those less fortunate.  FirstLantic has five ideas for giving back in 2021.   Volunteer at a local food bank: When the holidays' end, unfortunately, food insecurity does not.  Nearly one in four families have experienced food insecurity this year.  Even before COVID, 10.5% of all U.S. households experienced food insecurity at some point during 2019.  In a country where over 40 million tons of food go to waste each year, that is unacceptable.   Find out how you can help. Write a letter or call a single friend or family member: Many people feel lonelier after the holidays are over.  Perhaps they were lucky enough to have some family or [...]

December 29th, 2020|Categories: charity, Loneliness and Isolation, Pets|Tags: , |

Ten of the Best Educational Gifts for Grandkids

You’re the best grandparent that you can be, and you’re always willing to go the extra mile for your grandkids especially during the holidays.  So, when it comes to gift-giving you want to be creative and find something unique that they will remember.  Why not give a present this year that will not only give them joy but stimulate their mind as well?  FirstLantic has ten suggestions for educational gifts that will keep on giving throughout the year by stimulating your grandchild’s curiosity and sense of wonder.   STEM subscription boxes – With Little Passport’s monthly subscription packages, children learn and explore science, technology, engineering, and math all while having so much fun they don’t realize how much new information they are absorbing. They are taught things like how robots move, and how video games are made.  The hands-on activities are perfect for kids of all ages. Puzzle Gears Pendulum Clock Kit – Watch your grandkids Build a fully functional, fully mechanical, fully amazing pendulum clock! The detailed, illustrated instructions make the building process into an incredibly fun D.I.Y. experience.  And seeing the final result of a functioning clock gives kids a real sense of accomplishment. ThinkFun Circuit Maze Electric Current Brain Game This brain and puzzle game uses real electrical circuits. The goal is to light up designated LED lights indicated in each of the 60 increasingly difficult challenge cards by forming circuits using pieces or components on a board to let electricity flow where it’s needed. In the process, while your child learns basic electricity concepts and hopefully stimulates his or her interest in electrical engineering or physics. Please Don’t Feed the Hardware – These kits use familiar hardware to show children how to build adorable animals from high-quality steel, non-toxic, painted parts. The kits are designed to [...]

December 14th, 2020|Categories: Grandchildren|Tags: , , |

Flexible Jobs for People Over 50

COVID-19 has undoubtedly given us all a lot of food for thought.  Many people have started questioning their long-term work situation and are dreading the possibility of going back to a rigid 9 to 5 schedule along with a lengthy commute.  In fact, one of the few positive side-effects of the pandemic may have been the opportunity for us all to slow down, spend more time with our family, and have a more flexible work and life balance.   If you find yourself in this situation, you may want to think about jobs that offer more flexible hours and allow you to work from home permanently.  And for those over 50, there are jobs out there that are perfect for people who have life experience and are looking for flexibility.  FirstLantic has put together some ideas that you might want to consider if you find yourself starting to think about a change. Personal Coach The good thing about aging is that you have already experienced the many ups and downs of life and work and have gotten through those trials.  Why not take that experience and help someone else who is finding themselves challenged?  It could be helping someone with their physical fitness or giving career advice, or it could even be helping a working mom find a way to balance her career and home life.  Think about things that you are good at and use it as an opportunity to help someone else improve their life by learning from you. Professional Services Were you an accountant or in human resources in your previous life?  Maybe you were the official organizer and took care of all the administrative duties?  The fact is that many small businesses require people with professional experiences such as marketing, bookkeeping, HR, or admin, but they often [...]

December 8th, 2020|Categories: Careers, Retirement|Tags: , , |

Ways to Stay Close to Grandchildren When You Are Physically Distant

Probably one of the hardest things about this pandemic is being forced to quarantine away from loved ones physically.  And while wearing a mask can be tiresome, it's merely a minor inconvenience.  Whereas missing out on seeing your grandkids grow up is something altogether different.  It can be downright painful.  However, although you may be physically distanced, that doesn’t mean you have to be emotionally distanced.  Thank goodness for video chats!  But why stop there?  Why not try a few projects that can help you stay connected and have fun in the process?   FirstLantic has some ideas that can bring you and your grandkids together even while you are physically apart.   Make a scrapbook – Because everything in our life is digital these days, physical scrapbooks or photo albums seem to be a thing of the past.  However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t revive them and have some fun in the process.  Try this project – ask your grandchild to make a scrapbook of milestones in their life to date i.e., when they won that baseball trophy, when they played the lead in the holiday play, or their graduation from first grade.  If they don't have physical mementos like photos, then ask them to draw a picture or write something to describe the event.  Then you reciprocate and do the same thing.  It’s a great way to give them a peek of what you were like when you were younger.   They will have fun looking at those old photos of mom and dad as toddlers or a picture of you when you turned 21, got your first car, or at your wedding.  Again, the idea is to have fun, so don't stress if you can't find the perfect physical remembrance.  Write something about it instead or print out [...]

December 1st, 2020|Categories: covid 19, Loneliness and Isolation|Tags: , , |

Let’s Get Cookin’ – Five Simple Thanksgiving Recipes

For most of us, this Thanksgiving is probably going to be very different than in years past.  Less travel, smaller gatherings, a slower pace, and maybe a little simpler.  And while it may be different, that doesn’t mean it still can’t be enjoyable.  After all, a slower pace is probably what most of us need anyway.  So, why not get back to basics with your Thanksgiving dinner as well?  FirstLantic has gathered five simple recipes from and that are sure to hit the spot whether you’re cooking for yourself or for a few family and friends.   1.Never too Stuffed for Stuffing Ingredients: 2 baguettes, country, or sourdough bread (1 pound) 8 tbsp. butter, plus more for baking dish 1 large onion, diced (about 2 1/4 cups) 4 stalks celery, thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 c. freshly chopped parsley 1 tbsp. freshly chopped sage, minced 1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves, minced 1/2 tbsp. freshly chopped rosemary Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 4 c. low-sodium chicken (or vegetable) broth 2 large eggs, beaten Get the directions 2. Smashing Mashed Potatoes Ingredients: 3 lb. potatoes (about 4 large, combo of russets and Yukon Golds) Kosher salt 1 stick butter, plus 2 tablespoons for garnish 1/2 c. milk 1/2 c. sour cream Freshly ground black pepper Get the directions 3. Yummy Cornbread Ingredients: 1 1/2 c. yellow cornmeal 3/4 c. all-purpose flour 1/4 c. light brown sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. kosher salt 1 c. whole milk 1/2 c. buttermilk 2 large eggs 3 tbsp. butter, melted and cooled slightly Get the directions 4. Green Bean Casserole – Yes, Please! Ingredients: 2 (14.5 ounce) cans green beans, drained 1 (10.75 ounces) can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 (6 ounces) can French fried onions 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese Get the directions 5. Butter Them Up with Soup!  Butternut Squash Soup Ingredients: 2 pounds butternut squash, [...]

November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Cooking, Entertainment|Tags: , |
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