3 Easy Steps to Buying the right Engagement Ring

Written by Brandon Hopkins

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Honesty is usuallyrepparttar best policy, but on occasion, you will find dishonest people. That goes for all walks of life, and shopping for an engagement ring is no different. Ifrepparttar 140312 diamond or stone you are buying has a pretty price tag, you may want to getrepparttar 140313 values ofrepparttar 140314 ring verified by a third party. You can have someone checkrepparttar 140315 color, clarity, etc ofrepparttar 140316 ring before you have made your purchase.

3. Makerepparttar 140317 deal. Would you pay full sticker price for a car? Most people wouldn't. The same goes for engagement ring shopping. Most prices are negotiable, and you can usually haggle your way to a discount or upgrade.

Don't be afraid to ask if that isrepparttar 140318 best price, and how much of a discount they can give you.

Knowing these 3 easy steps before buying your engagement ring will help you findrepparttar 140319 right ring, get a good deal and be happy with your engagement ring for life!

Brandon Hopkins is the owner of Online Engagement Rings and has been writing about and buying rings for many years. He is available for speaking and writing opportunities and can be contacted through his website at http://www.online-engagement-rings.com.

Wankie the Elephant and the President

Written by Roger Wright

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Kevin Bell,repparttar man who runsrepparttar 140062 zoo---a lifer inrepparttar 140063 business who never really wanted to do anything else, stands inrepparttar 140064 shadow ofrepparttar 140065 big exhibit, a six inch sheaf of lab results clutched in one hand,repparttar 140066 other hand rubbing his temples –Kevin Bell can feel it. Like a wind that blows where it chooses. A life force wrapped in eons of elephant time that drivesrepparttar 140067 giant creature to hide its vulnerabilities. Elephant’s never look sick or weak. That’s how they protected themselves back onrepparttar 140068 African plains. They never showed a weakness.

Right up untilrepparttar 140069 moment thatrepparttar 140070 elephant drops.

So whilerepparttar 140071 elephant is still standing upright---the elephant looks great. Wankie looks fine. But Kevin Bell and every single other member of that small army of care knows about her lung problems. Just like they knowsrepparttar 140072 risks of treatment. So it’s Kevin Bell’s signature that’s onrepparttar 140073 order for that moving van to take Wankie to a zoo in Utah. And he’s ready to accept that. But as he does--a question so loud in his brain that it rings like a steel hammer onrepparttar 140074 bars ofrepparttar 140075 exhibit “What’s best forrepparttar 140076 animal? What’s best forrepparttar 140077 animal, what’s best forrepparttar 140078 animal?” A question ringing out like that bass line now coming fromrepparttar 140079 trainers’s room torepparttar 140080 side ofrepparttar 140081 exhibit

I know a place

Ain’t nobody cryin

Kevin Bell, actually understandingrepparttar 140082 word accountability, keeps repeating that question to himself. He doesn’t realize that he is whisperingrepparttar 140083 question to himself out loud as if by askingrepparttar 140084 question enough times, he could somehow physically willrepparttar 140085 answer to appear.

The air brakes ofrepparttar 140086 semi truck whoosh and groan outsiderepparttar 140087 service entrance. Off torepparttar 140088 side, facing some bushes and unseen byrepparttar 140089 truck driver-- a woman is hurriedly putting her TV make up on, getting ready for tonight’s news report. Rae Lynn Henderson, a name she’s grown comfortable with overrepparttar 140090 past 2 years, had just been text messaged from her boss back atrepparttar 140091 Colorado Springs based PDA (People Defending Animals) withrepparttar 140092 order that if Kevin Bell ignored one more e-mail, it would be alright for Rae Lynn to lie down in front ofrepparttar 140093 semi truck that was takingrepparttar 140094 elephant out tonight.

As Rae Lynn checked her face,repparttar 140095 Secretary of Defense andrepparttar 140096 Vice President, are joined in a secure conference call by a man who’s name never appeared in any news stories, now sitting in a comfortable book filled room of a mansion in Arlington Virginia, ,and byrepparttar 140097 blond crew cut, mirrored sunglasses passenger inrepparttar 140098 lead car of President Bush’s caravan. This quiet collection of leaders were being briefed thatrepparttar 140099 tiny Cessna had been guided in safely byrepparttar 140100 military air power. There was no threat. It had all been a false alarm. A flight instructor innocently wandering off his path inside restricted airspace. All systems go.

A moment of silence onrepparttar 140101 call, andrepparttar 140102 question was asked: “Do we apprise him ofrepparttar 140103 status?” Andrepparttar 140104 man with no name answered calmly from his quiet den in Virginia “I don’t believe that will be necessary.”

And asrepparttar 140105 call clicked off;repparttar 140106 doors ofrepparttar 140107 giant moving van in Chicago swung open and that other small army of caretakers circledrepparttar 140108 ramp to watch Wankie take one more walk up insiderepparttar 140109 truck. And here is whatrepparttar 140110 onlooker would have seen if they had watched. Every single one of those people got to tellrepparttar 140111 elephant that they loved her. Some of them said it out loud, some to themselves, some said it on their faces with their tears. They told her.

And as that love poured out of those people in this imperfect blessed and full of grace world we all live in, another stroller with a wide eyed child came thrurepparttar 140112 front entrance ofrepparttar 140113 Lincoln Park Zoo forrepparttar 140114 very first time. A radio somewhere off inrepparttar 140115 distance plays that bass line

I know a place

Ain’t nobody cryin. . . .

A bass line. Perhapsrepparttar 140116 finest in all of rock and roll soul.

Later that very same night. Inrepparttar 140117 cab ofrepparttar 140118 truck withrepparttar 140119 windows open on a clear, starlit Nebraska highway. The driver feelsrepparttar 140120 load shift. And just asrepparttar 140121 load shifts he too hearsrepparttar 140122 bass line

I know a place

Ain’t nobody cryin. . . .

Like a wind that that blows where it chooses. You hearrepparttar 140123 sound of it.. Wankierepparttar 140124 Elephant goes down.


And they told her that.

Roger Wright's blog is Church Food Chicago. He connects music, politics religion and today's news in strange ways.

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