Sears Surrenders to Amazon With Kenmore Appliance Deal

As recently as 2003, Kenmore — a private brand owned by Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) — held a 27% share of the U.S. appliance market. However, with customer traffic and sales in a long-term downward spiral at Sears, Kenmore’s market share has plunged. Kenmore’s very limited distribution outside of Sears stores has clearly had a dramatic impact on its sales.

In this episode of Industry Focus: Consumer Goods, the team discusses Sears Holdings’ recent decision to start selling Kenmore appliances through (NASDAQ: AMZN). This desperation move will introduce the Kenmore brand to a new set of consumers, which could boost sales. However, in the long run, it will further undermine the viability of Sears’ struggling retail franchise.

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Marijuana Stock Investors Have to Like This Recently Approved Amendment in the Senate

When it comes to outperforming industries, few, if any, can hold a candle to the legal-weed industry. Over the trailing 12 months, the average marijuana stock with a market cap in excess of $200 million is up more than 300%— and it’s not hard to understand why if we look at the two catalysts behind pot stocks.

To begin with, there’s been a rapid and well-defined shift in how the American public views marijuana. In 1995, the year before California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis for compassionate use, a mere 25% of the public favored the idea of legalizing weed nationally, per Gallup. Last year, according to Gallup, favorability toward legalization was up to 60%, an all-time high.What’s more, a Quinnipiac University poll from April showed that favorability toward legalizing medical cannabis was up to an overwhelming 94%.

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How Texas Roadhouse Is Thwarting the Weak Trends in Fast Casual

In this Market Foolery segment, host Mac Greer, David Kretzmann of Supernova and Rule Breakers, and Ron Gross of Motley Fool Total Income find a happy story in a troubled segment of the restaurant industry. While quick-serve and fine dining have been recovering, fast casual, by and large, has not. So what are the secrets of success for this mass-market steakhouse?

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50 Awesome Inspirational Photography Quotes

As many of you who read my blog will notice, I love using quotes to make a point. The funny thing is that I rarely quote photographers. After noticing that, I thought it was time to remedy this and share 50 of my all time favoritephotography quotes.

Hope you enjoy them!

Leave your favorite photography related quotes in the comments. I’d love to read them.

50 Awesome Inspirational Photography Quotes

The Monastery in Petra with stars

The Monastery with a star filled sky in Petra in Jordan

1- Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

~ Aaron Siskind

2- Photography is a language more universal than words.

~ Minor White

3- Photography is for me, a spontaneous impulse that comes from an ever-attentive eye, which captures the moment and its eternity.

~ Henri Cartier Bresson

4- Kodak sells film, but they don’t advertise film; they advertise memories.

~ Theodore Levitt

5- The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.

~ Ansel Adams

Dead Vlei, its name means dead marsh inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia

6- Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure.

~ Tony Benn

7- Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the ‘ah-ha’.

~ Ernst Haas

8- Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

~ Cecil Beaton

9- You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.

~ Unknown

10- If the photographer is interested in the people in front of his lens, and if he is compassionate, it’s already a lot. The instrument is not the camera but the photographer.

~ Eve Arnold

Young Monk in Myanmar

Young Novice Monk in Myanmar

11- Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.

~ Marc Riboud

12- A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.

~ Diane Arbus

13- There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.

~ Ansel Adams

14- When people ask me what equipment I use ~ I tell them my eyes.

~ Anonymous

15- When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I’d like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph.

~ Annie Leibovitz

Fiery sunset in beautiful Dubrovnik Croatia.

16- Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase.

~ Percy W. Harris

17- Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.

~ Yousuf Karsh

18- The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.

~ Andy Warhol

19- The best camera is the one that’s with you.

~ Chase Jarvis

20- Buying a camera doesn’t make you a photographer. It makes you a camera owner.

~ Author Unknown

21- Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.

~ George Eastman

The 9/11 memorial lights in New York City

The 9/11 memorial lights in New York City

22- Anyone can shoot chaos. But the most perceptive photographers can make compelling pictures out of uninteresting moments.

~ Alex Tehrani

23-Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.

~ Don McCullin

24- I never have taken a picture I’ve intended. They’re always better or worse.

~ Diane Arbus

25- To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.

~ Edward Weston

26- A good photographer records; a great photographer reveals.

~ Skyler Reid

Literally the crack of dawn overlooking the Roman Forum in Rome, Italy

27- If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph.

~ Bruce Gilden

28- I guess I’ve shot about 40,000 negatives and of these, I have about 800 pictures I like.

~ Harry Callahan

29- Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.

~ Duane Michals

30- Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.

~ Matt Hardy

31- What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.

~ Karl Lagerfeld

Vendor going to market in North Vietnam

32- The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.

~ Annie Leibovitz

33- Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.

~ Unknown

34- Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.

~ Peter Adams

35- If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.

~ Jim Richardson

36- I am not interested in rules or conventions. Photography is not a sport.

~ Bill Brandt

Ta Som Temple, Angkor, Cambodia

Ta Som Temple, Angkor, Cambodia

37- You just have to live and life will give you pictures.

~ Henri Cartier Bresson

38- It doesn’t matter if you’re photographing a porter in a market in Marrakech or you’re photographing the king of Morroco. You have the same sympathetic approach to everybody. You be nice to everybody, basically.

~ Albert Watson

39- When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their soul!

~ Ted Grant

40- If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.

~ Jay Maisel


Dusk in Lofoten, Norway

41- Photography, as we all know, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.

~ Arnold Newman

42- A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.

~Dorthea Lange

43- Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.

~ Imogen Cunningham

44- It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.

~ Alfred Eisenstaedt

45- The camera should be used for a recording of life, for rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself, whether it be polished steel or palpitating flesh.

~ Edward Weston

Golden Macaque in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China

Golden Macaque in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China

46- A lot of photographers think that if they buy a better camera they’ll be able to take better photographs. A better camera won’t do a thing for you if you don’t have anything in your head or in your heart.

~ Arnold Newman

47- Photography is a strong tool, a propaganda device, and a weapon for the defense of the environmentand therefore for the fostering of a healthy human race and even very likely for its survival.

~ Eliot Porter

48- The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth.

~Edward Steichen

49- What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.

~ John Berger

50- My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.

~ Steve McCurry

Maligne Lake Boathouse

Maligne Lake Boathouse in Jasper National Park in Canada

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Top 5 Tips To Stay Healthy In The Summer Heat

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July and August are much anticipated months in Toronto. The summer season is short- optimizing your health can help you make the most our our short but ever so sweet summer.

Here are the top 5tips from naturopathic doctors in Torontoto help you stay on your A-game.

1. Continue to supplement with vitamin D

You are probably thinking that because the sun is out longer, you are getting more vitamin D.

However, how much vitamin D your body synthesizes from the sun depends on a few factors: how much time is spent out side and at what time of day, the amount of skin exposed to the sun and the colour of your skin.

In order to get a good dose of vitamin D from the sun you need to be outside, in minimal clothing (bathing suit), when the sun is high in the sky.

You are synthesizing vitamin D in your skin if your shadow cast by the sun is shorter than your height.

If you have darker skin, you require more time in the sun to get the same amount of vitamin D as someone with lighter skin.

2. Get lot’s of vitamin N

You’ve never heard of vitamin N? It’s vitamin nature! Summer is a great time to get outside.

Time spent in natural settings:

  • Improves mental health.
  • Provides an opportunity for cognitive rejuvenation.
  • Reduces blood pressure.
  • Reduces cortisol our stress hormone.
  • Increases our parasympathetic tone- the rest and restore part of our nervous system.

3. Hydrate with water

We inherently need more water in the summer. Our bodies lose more water in the warmer months- we sweat more, and for some, consumption increases of diuretics like iced coffee and alcohol (patio season!).

Aim to drink 2-3 litres of water daily with these tips:

  • Start each morning with a big glass of water (option to add lemon).
  • For every cup of coffee or alcoholic drink have one big glass of water.

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4. Take advantage of the local harvest

Local produce is in abundance during the summer months. Local food tastes better and it’s better for you and the environment.

Bite into summer by purchasing local food at:

  • Farmer’s markets.
  • Basket programs.
  • Grocery stores.
  • Farm stands outside the city.

5. Take it easy

With all of the additional daylight hours summer brings, schedules can fill up as we make the most of our short summer.

It’s important to open up some time to relax and reset.

After a busy weekend or travel make time to take it easy by:

  • Working from home (if possible).
  • Plan an additional day off as a home reset day.
  • Saying no when necessary.

If you’re curious to learn more about this subject or would like to consult with one of our NDs feel free to book a visit or contact us.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Marnie Luck, N.D

Annex Naturopathic Clinic

572 Bloor St W #201, Toronto, ON M6G 1K1

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Trump, Solar, and The Wall: What It Means for Solar Stock Investors

A few words from President Donald Trump about putting solar panels on the proposed wall at the U.S.-Mexico border sent solar stocks sharply higher on Thursday. SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) and Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ) led the way, but First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) was also up as the whole sector seemed to be a bit cheerier being on Trump’s good side for once.

I first saw the idea of the “Solar Wall,” if you will, floated by SunEdison co-founder Jigar Shah on LinkedIn and it’s not at all a crazy idea if the wall is actually built. Unproductive space on the top or sides of the wall could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in electricity each year and pay for part of the wall’s cost. Trump says they’re working out the details and that makes it worth looking at how big the solar opportunity is on the wall and why Mexico and Canada could be the real winners if it’s built.

Could solar panels like this end up on the wall with Mexico? President Trump seems to like the idea. Image source: Getty Images.

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Is Amazon About to Disrupt Procter & Gamble?‘s (NASDAQ: AMZN) recently announced acquisition of Whole Foods Markethas other retail stocks running scared. Companies like Wal-Mart and Target Corporationdropped close to 5% the day of the announcement. On the other hand,Proctor & Gamble(NYSE: PG) shares were up just a bit on the day.

Does that make any sense? Not in my book. P&G’s 65 consumer brands are facing a battleif Amazon attacks the grocery aisles with the same gusto it has used for its other merchandise. Keep in mind P&G sells about 44% of its products in North America and 15% of its products directly to Wal-Mart Stores.

Amazon Presto laundry detergent. Image source: Amazon.

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