Improve The Odds

Written by Carole Lipari

What arerepparttar statistics on successful online matches? No one really knows since making a connection onrepparttar 132566 Web is such a private and personal matter. From articles inrepparttar 132567 media and success stories spread by word of mouth in chat rooms and forums, we know that many couples are getting together inrepparttar 132568 real world - some even making a lifelong commitment. But for each success story, there are at least a few online relationships that didn't makerepparttar 132569 transition to offline. These tips may help you stackrepparttar 132570 deck in your favor and improverepparttar 132571 odds.

Keep It Local Althoughrepparttar 132572 Internet allows us to meet people from all overrepparttar 132573 world,repparttar 132574 best chance for making a successful online to offline transition is to start with someone inrepparttar 132575 same geographic area. The stories of couples who got together (and stayed together) despite thousands of miles between them may be romantic but they are few and far between. While some singles seem to seek out a long distance relationship, they might actually be seekingrepparttar 132576 comfort thatrepparttar 132577 built-in obstacles provide. Online-only relationships can be great for those who are looking for fantasy but if you are seeking a real offline relationship, best to start with someone relatively nearby.

Make Communication A Two-Way Street Just as in real life where opposites often attract, many online couples have a "talker" and a "listener". The listener asks questions, offers advice/support and will hang on every word fromrepparttar 132578 talker. Sounds great in theory to have someone you can tell all your troubles to, share your successes with and who will be there for you whenever you have time to sit down atrepparttar 132579 computer. The problem is once these one-sided couples leaverepparttar 132580 online world and have that first date,repparttar 132581 talker knows virtually nothing aboutrepparttar 132582 listener. It's better to give up a bit ofrepparttar 132583 spotlight and get to know your chat partner now so you don't end up seated acrossrepparttar 132584 table from a complete stranger later.

Keep It Honest How tempting it is to stretch or hiderepparttar 132585 truth from someone you only "see" online! Trading photographs is a good start but trading information is important too. Of course you shouldn't give out personal information to just anyone online - it isn't smart or safe to do so - but if you are involved enough with someone to consider meeting them away fromrepparttar 132586 computer, it's important to be honest about yourself and your life situation. We've all heardrepparttar 132587 stories of couples who spent months online together only for one half to find outrepparttar 132588 other is older, younger, married or even a different gender than what they always claimed to be. So keep your own end ofrepparttar 132589 conversation honest and pay close attention to what you're being told (and especially what you're not being told). When that little voice in your head tells you someone is too good to be true, they just might be. Don't let wishful thinking keep you from askingrepparttar 132590 important questions or trusting your instincts.

Another Look At Evolution

Written by TrysDan Roberts

The Sinking Of Noah's Ark

The following is an excerpt from The Sinking Of Noah's Ark - a novel that examines humanity's past, present and future.

As a child, Noah was taught that when one dies, there is a long tunnel with a brilliant light atrepparttar end of it. No one knows what happens when you go throughrepparttar 132563 light, but it is assumed heaven is on theother side. Noah imagined that it was a place much like McDonalds Playland. Asrepparttar 132564 years went by, he realized it was unlikely that Mayor McCheese and Grimace were onrepparttar 132565 other side waiting to embrace him.

Where Noah actually ended up was as far fromrepparttar 132566 glorious afterlife as one can get. His last memory as he toppled downrepparttar 132567 hill was shielding his eyes, with no final thoughts or regrets, just darkness. When he uncovered hiseyes, he found himself inrepparttar 132568 last state he expected to be in - alive.

After a brief period of confusion, Noah managed to pull himself together. He looked around to find himself in a foreign room. Upon careful examination of his surroundings, he realized that it was a courtroom.

He was not familiar withrepparttar 132569 courtroom, as it lacked any features identifying it with any known justice system. There were no flags of countries, no pictures of presidents or monarchs. Except for a luminous coat of faded gray paint,repparttar 132570 walls were completely bare. When studyingrepparttar 132571 walls, he could have sworn there was white trying to force its way through.

Noah discovered that he was sitting inrepparttar 132572 witness chair. It was wooden,with a red velvet-cushioned seat. Torepparttar 132573 left of his seat wasrepparttar 132574 jury box, but no jurors were present. The judges bench was located to his immediate right,but no judge presided. In front ofrepparttar 132575 judges box was eitherrepparttar 132576 defense or prosecutors table and it too was empty. Directly in front of him, he noticed another table, which he also believed to be eitherrepparttar 132577 prosecutor or defense table. The only difference here wasrepparttar 132578 presence of a man seated atrepparttar 132579 table,looking down at a pile of papers.

What was so startling aboutrepparttar 132580 man was that Noah was sure he was not there when he first opened his eyes. After a moment of dreadful silence,repparttar 132581 man proceeded to push his chair out, stand, and slowly walk toward him. As each shoe scuffedrepparttar 132582 bare wooden floor, a low, intense echo was released. A shifty smile materialized.

The stranger was wearing a long black robe, completed by a pair of shiny, black shoes. His hair, jet black and combed back on his head, revealed a distinct receding hairline. His facial features looked as if they had been perfectly chiseled from fine stone. There were few signs of aging, but Noah guessed byrepparttar 132583 distinguished aura surrounding him that he was about fifty.

Asrepparttar 132584 man approached, his eyes grabbed hold of Noahs eyes. He had never seen eyes so dark before. They were as black as coal. When looking into them, it was as though he was looking at nothing;repparttar 132585 darkness stretched on forever. Noah could not speak. He could only stare foolishly at his menacing smile.

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