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Katherine Smith
Katherine Smith

Katherine Smith

Life

is a licensed marriage and family therapist and divorce mediator. With 4 graduate degrees and 5 children, her experience is personal as well as professional. For advice on life issues, send questions to AskKathyMFT@gmail.com... view profile

Tommy Wyher
Tommy Wyher

Tommy Wyher

Business

Tommy is a native of the great state of Florida and has been a part of numerous startups, some successful and some not so much... view profile

June Rousso
June Rousso

June Rousso

Health

June Rousso, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and holistic health counselor in N.Y.C. with a focus on dietary and lifestyle changes to support health. .. view profile

Jerry Nelson
Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

World

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist. American by birth and now based in South America, Jerry covers social justice issues globally... view profile

John Christopher Fine
John Christopher Fine

John Christopher Fine

Life

is a marine biologist with two doctoral degrees, has authored 24 books, including award-winning books dealing with ocean pollution... view profile

Sheila Kemper Dietrich
Sheila Kemper Dietrich

Sheila Kemper Dietrich

Life

Sheila is the Founder and CEO of Livliga. She created Livliga and the VisualQs philosophy out of a desire to embrace and share a healthier lifestyle. .. view profile

Martha Rosenberg
Martha Rosenberg

Martha Rosenberg

Health

Martha is a Chicago-based health writer and author of the expose "Born with a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks, and Hacks Pimp the Public Health." .. view profile

Chris Grasso
Chris Grasso

Chris Grasso

Life

Chris is a freelance writer who lives in Florida and loves the sunshine... view profile

Deborah Asseraf
Deborah Asseraf

Deborah Asseraf

Business

Deborah Asseraf is founder & CEO of Popcorn Productions, a company that explodes awareness for businesses through highly tailored campaigns. .. view profile

Dennis Adonis
Dennis Adonis

Dennis Adonis

News

Dennis Adonis is a Contributing Writer on Information Technology at The Epoch Times, Yahoo.com, Huffington Post, and CNN. He is also the Author of 19 books... view profile

Anthony Carranza
Anthony Carranza

Anthony Carranza

Business

Digital and social media journalist reporting on the latest happenings on the web. Existing contributor to Social Media Today and Examiner... view profile

DJ Miller
DJ Miller

DJ Miller

Tech

DJ Miller is an accomplished tech writer and blogger. In his spare time he writes

Fantasy sports articlesview profile

Jake Crosby
Jake Crosby

Jake Crosby

Health

Epidemiologist and graduate student at University of Texas School of Public Health, Editor of Autism Investigated www.autisminvestigated.com.. view profile

Janet Walters Levite
Janet Walters Levite

Janet Walters Levite

Entertainment

is an Optioned Screenwriter and Film Crtiic / Entertainment Writer for The Guardian Liberty Voice. She resides in New York City... view profile

Justice Pretorius
Justice Pretorius

Justice Pretorius

Business

I have been a writer for article 3.com for the last eight months and during that time I have written over 1400 articles which have been viewed 195,000 times. .. view profile

Barry Bassis
Barry Bassis

Barry Bassis

Arts & Culture

Barry has been a music, theater and travel writer for over a decade for various publications. .. view profile

Miles Young
Miles Young

Miles Young

Travel

Travel Duder covers vacations, destination, travel tips, hotels, gear and everything else an adventurer needs to know... view profile






  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    fruit basket

    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

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  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    sports

    Recently, I attended a networking event that decided to get cute with introductions. They asked guests to say their names, what they do and a fun fact about themselves. I was total stumped. Working 16 hours a day leaves few hours left for more than chores, eating and sleeping. Panicked, when my turn came around …

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  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    lanterns4

    Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

    During the Chinese New Year, thousands of paper lanterns are lit to welcome …

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  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    OO-TRAY Restaurant in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The name derives from a French word, spelled phonetically, that means different. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “The food we serve is different. It’s all about having fun,” Yoel Sanchez said. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His family moved to Miami, Florida in 1991, then to the Keys in 1998, where Yoel attended high school. He worked in restaurants to earn money. Yoel’s father is in the stone crab and lobster …

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  • Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    Lawsuit: Acts of God Forseeable

    In what promises to be a landmark court case, Farmers Insurance Co. has filed a class action lawsuit against some 200 communities in the Chicago Area. Farmers at the heart of its argument is claiming that local governments know or should have known the rise in global temperatures would result in heavier rains. Local governments, …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    fruit basket

    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

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  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    sports

    Recently, I attended a networking event that decided to get cute with introductions. They asked guests to say their names, what they do and a fun fact about themselves. I was total stumped. Working 16 hours a day leaves few hours left for more than chores, eating and sleeping. Panicked, when my turn came around …

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  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    lanterns4

    Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

    During the Chinese New Year, thousands of paper lanterns are lit to welcome …

    Read More

  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    OO-TRAY Restaurant in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The name derives from a French word, spelled phonetically, that means different. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “The food we serve is different. It’s all about having fun,” Yoel Sanchez said. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His family moved to Miami, Florida in 1991, then to the Keys in 1998, where Yoel attended high school. He worked in restaurants to earn money. Yoel’s father is in the stone crab and lobster …

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  • Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    Lawsuit: Acts of God Forseeable

    In what promises to be a landmark court case, Farmers Insurance Co. has filed a class action lawsuit against some 200 communities in the Chicago Area. Farmers at the heart of its argument is claiming that local governments know or should have known the rise in global temperatures would result in heavier rains. Local governments, …

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  • 30 Years Of Nobel Peace Prize To Solidarnosc and Walesa Whose Dream Has Yet To Be Fulfilled

     Mr Zenon Kwoka, Interfactory Strike Committee, assists Solidarnosc leader Lech Walesa carried by the Gdansk shipyard workers in August of 1980. / Photo Courtesy of Mr. Zenon Kwoka/ Private Archives

     

    Exactly thirty years ago this month Lech Walesa, leader of the Solidarnosc movement, won the Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, it was the Nobel …

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  • World Cries for Personalism Not Capitalism

    The high rate of prolonged unemployment is a symptom not an essence of the problem, which will lead to civilizational failure. Personalism, which is based on new economic paradigm is an answer. 

    Dr. Norman Bailey belongs to a small group of economists, who warned against the current financial crisis. He does not argue that the …

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  • Ladies And Gentleman, Whoever Among You Heard About Judge Clark?

     Photo: “Nobody else helped the President so much to change the history by breaking the Evil Empire like Judge Clark”
    Judge Clark (in the middle) next to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger talking to President at the White House. December 1983. (Courtesy of Ronald Reagan Presidential Library)

     

    The closest friend of President Ronald Reagan, …

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  • Not As Good As Dongding Oolong

    Back in the days, in Hong Kong, I used to have weekly tea sessions with Mr. Liu.

    In one of our first sessions, I brewed him a Taiwanese Oolong called Dongding Oolong, which he really, really liked. I can’t remember how he described it at that time, but he was so elated by it that …

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  • The Unfathomable Pu-erh

    Tea+side+2-2007+Dayi+Silver+Peacock+B

    “Pu-erh” tea is the classical music of tea. It has depth, complexity, purity, and a spiritual dimension. It is one of the few things that actually gets better with time, as it evolves rather than decays. Long-term stored Pu-erh can increase in value multiple times and is called a drinkable antique. And it surely tastes …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    fruit basket

    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

    Read More

  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    sports

    Recently, I attended a networking event that decided to get cute with introductions. They asked guests to say their names, what they do and a fun fact about themselves. I was total stumped. Working 16 hours a day leaves few hours left for more than chores, eating and sleeping. Panicked, when my turn came around …

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  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    lanterns4

    Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

    During the Chinese New Year, thousands of paper lanterns are lit to welcome …

    Read More

  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    OO-TRAY Restaurant in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The name derives from a French word, spelled phonetically, that means different. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “The food we serve is different. It’s all about having fun,” Yoel Sanchez said. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His family moved to Miami, Florida in 1991, then to the Keys in 1998, where Yoel attended high school. He worked in restaurants to earn money. Yoel’s father is in the stone crab and lobster …

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  • Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    Lawsuit: Acts of God Forseeable

    In what promises to be a landmark court case, Farmers Insurance Co. has filed a class action lawsuit against some 200 communities in the Chicago Area. Farmers at the heart of its argument is claiming that local governments know or should have known the rise in global temperatures would result in heavier rains. Local governments, …

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  • Back to School: Fun Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids

    girl-eating-grapes-back-to-school

    Packing lunch for your kids is a good way to make sure they’re getting something they like and something that’s healthy for them. Yes, school lunch programs have made progress. But some schools are still very much lacking in their food’s nutritional value. Plus, it is often much cheaper to make your own. 

    The downfall …

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  • Big Marijuana Is Growing At An Alarming Rate With Technology

    The business of big marijuana will make millions of dollars across the US and the world this year. Colorado is expected to generate 70 million dollars in tax revenue alone with the number of actual sales being exponentially higher than that. The estimates for the total impact on the economy is giant and this is …

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  • How to Make More Money with Your Small Business

    Your small business might be earning you just enough money to pay the bills at the moment, but what about those hopes and dreams you first had about it buying you the car you’d always wanted? The holiday of a lifetime you wanted to take your family on? Thankfully, your small business does have potential …

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  • The Sony Xperia Z3 vs. iPhone 6: 4 Things Sony Does Better

    The iPhone 6 is getting all the headlines these days. Apple announced the phone sold more than 10 million units in its opening week—a personal best since the first iPhone in 2007. The iPhone 6 is grabbing so many headlines, in fact, that it’s easy to miss a dark horse in the smartphone race. Samsung …

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  • Top 5 Things to Remember When Making Money Online

    Probably most people in today’s generation have at least thought about ways and methods by which they could make some money online. Not only does money-making online seem like the way forward and the way of the future, but it also seems pretty straightforward when you first think about it, and most people think they …

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  • Planning for the Successful Roofing Project

     

     

    It is true, no matter how excellent the initial roof quality and no matter what the guarantee is, or even how pretty it may look, eventually a building is going to need a new roof, or at least, some roofing repairs and updates.

     The axiom applies to all home maintenance and roofs are …

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  • The Need For Creative Business Solutions in this High Cost Economy

    The cost of doing business can be daunting, especially in high-cost metropolitan areas like Los Angeles and New York.  The idea of owning one’s own building (versus rent) sounds appealing until the receipt of the property tax bill.  Fortunately, there are options for doing business in a successful manner that is the least detrimental to …

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  • The Biggest Marketing Trends This Year

     

     

    It’s been a successful year for many in business. Christmas parties will be full of seasonal joy and goodwill. The bar bill shall be as high as profits. And why? Because they’ve taken full advantage of the marketing trends this year.

    We’ve seen plenty of change as the technological age continues to transform …

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  • Stock Market Behavior During the Holidays

    Even weeks before Thanksgiving, it’s safe to say that Christmas is in the air. All you have to do is walk into a store before you see its tinsel-y footprints everywhere: wrapping paper, music with prominent jungle bells, eggnog. The season is fast approaching and there’s nothing you can do about it. Because of the …

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  • 6 Home Maintenance Tips You Should Always Remember

    Home maintenance is something we often tend to overlook – after all, there are so many little things to do, and they are all supposed to be done regularly. It is very easy for one or two of them to slip your mind from time to time, and then you get caught in some emergency, …

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  • Angel Di Maria Moves to Manchester United

    Some of the latest news out of the Manchester United camp involves the transfer of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid to the popular English team. How do fans and sports experts feel about the transfer and what Angel Di Maria will bring to the table? Continue reading to learn more.…

    A New Record for

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  • The Best Suburbs to Live in Barcelona

    Are you searching for the ideal place to live in Barcelona? Somewhere conveniently located so you can easily access all that the city has to offer, yet quiet and relaxed at the same time? If so, the suburbs of Barcelona are where you should explore. If you base yourself in one of Wimdu’s holiday apartments

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  • 5 Ultimate African Honeymoons for 2015 – Ker & Downey Africa

    Leading luxury African safari company, Ker & Downey Africa has selected its top 5 ultimate African honeymoons for 2015. Featuring private islands, intimate bush camps and boutique hotels, it is a selection of honeymoon experiences that showcases Africa at its best.

    No. 5.    Island Bliss and Kiss in Mozambique – Bazaruto and Benguerra Islands

     …

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  • Benefits of Buying Twitter Followers

    Social media has been developing at an alarming rate and doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon. There are multiple platforms that each serve their own unique purpose with one common traits. They help people express themselves and be heard which was previously not available during previous years. Twitter is one of …

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  • Web-Design Decisions of the Coming Year

    The year is drawing to a close, and it means that it is time to look at new web-design decisions that came to life in 2014 and estimate their chances of staying on top in the coming year. So let’s get down to business.

    1.     Responsive Design is a Must

    Several years ago responsive design …

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  • The 2-Faces of DDoS Attacks

    DDoS has recently been making waves around the online business community. Although all types of DDoS should be taken seriously, not all threats are created equal.  Let’s take a look at the major categories of DDoS, and determine the most pressing security issues facing your online business.

    Bark and Bite

    The first category of DDoS …

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  • Social Media As A Tool In Raising Money For a Charity

    Social media has taken the world by storm and is not going anywhere anytime soon. Many people use social media to vent and others to stay up to date with what is happening with the world. Nonprofits and charities have started to get into the social media game as we have seen unlike any other …

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  • Thinking Clearer – How to Improve Your Brain Function

    According to the popular idea, we only use about 10% of brain functionality. Most neuroscientists say it is an exaggeration, but one thing can be said for sure: the majority of people really don’t use their brains to the best of their abilities, never reaching the state of complete clarity that should be, more or …

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  • The Best Online Courses You May Benefit from

    Although distance education receives some criticism from more conservative educators, nobody can argue that in combination with modern technology it creates possibilities that were unthinkable even a couple of decades ago. Today you can literally master a completely new set of skills, a new job without leaving the comfort of your home – and, what …

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  • How Your Phone Might Soon Take the Place of Your Wallet

    In this era of instant gratification, it is not surprising that purchasing groceries, buying last-minute gifts, taking the train, and other similar financial-related activities have become much easier and faster. Thanks to contactless payment systems, all you need to do is tap your credit card, debit card, or pre-paid card, and you’re good to go. …

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  • Why Is It So Important to Choose the Perfect Conference Venue?

    There’s a lot that goes into planning a conference, from determining your budget to promoting the event. But in the end, the most important choice that you will make during the planning process is what conference venue you will use.

    Why is it so important that you choose the best conference venue for your event? …

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  • Witches’ Familiars, Spirit Guardians and Demons

    witch feeding familiars

    The folk lore of the wicked witch and her diabolical familiar is a well-known and often repeated tale. When the seasons change and the nights get long it’s not uncommon to see images and symbols of a dark-cloaked witch with an evil black cat or toad at her side. This is a fantastic archetype of

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  • Extraordinary: Woman’s Missing Brain Surprises Doctors

    Neon Brain

    When a 24 year old Chinese woman approached doctors complaining of nausea and dizziness, none of them could have expected what an extraordinary case they were dealing with. A brain scan revealed something shocking– part of the woman’s brain was missing.

    The young woman had lived normally for two decades, but had experienced dizziness and …

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  • Cloning: The Science of Resurrection

    The science of cloning mammoths and other animals. Credit: Leafloor, Deriv: (Flickr,  Rob Pongsajapan), (Flickr,  Sergei Golyshev)

     

    What do woolly mammoths, pandas, and John Lennon have in common?

    Someone out there wants them cloned. And depending on how quickly science and biotechnology develops, that might come about sooner rather than later.

    Cloning is the process of creating an exact genetic replica of an organism. We have cloned animals in the past, …

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  • Forget Killer Robots, It’s the Rise of the Cyborgs

    T1000 Cyborg at Universal

    There’s an old curse which says ‘may you live in interesting times’. 

    Cursed we are then, for living in very interesting times, especially in the innovative fields of robotics, neuroscience, and biomedical technologies. As we hurtle toward the potential disaster of a robot apocalypse, we should examine the upside of the ongoing cyborg revolution.

    It’s …

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  • Is Biofuel the Answer?

    There are now millions of malnourished children in Africa. Taking away there crops will drive many to starvation.

    The UK Energy Research Centre claimed (2009) that oil production was likely to peak before 2030 and possibly as early as 2020. We are facing a time when oil becomes increasingly expensive as resources dry up. Scientists in Kuwait predicted in 2010 (the latest prediction) that world conventional crude oil production will peak in 2014; …

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  • Incredible Things That Have Fallen From the Sky

    Raining Cats and Dogs

    Humans in their hectic, day-to-day lives are often too busy rushing about to pause and reflect; to stop, look up, and gaze at the beautiful sky. But perhaps we should pay more attention to matters above, because history shows that when we least expect it, strange things can fall out of the sky and change

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  • Ancient Remains: Iron Age Necromancy on the Bones of the Dead?

    Burial mound, Denmark

    In 2012 ancient remains were discovered in a bog in Denmark – not an uncommon occurrence. However, after examining the bones, archaeologists were startled by what appeared to be a brutal desecration of the skeletal remains. The macabre discovery tested what we thought we knew about the rituals and beliefs of Iron Age man. Archaeologists

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  • The Strange Things We Shoot into Space

    Bonsai in Space

    It’s official – humanity loves shooting things into space. Over the course of human space exploration we’ve shipped many strange things into our upper atmosphere and beyond in the name of curiosity, discovery, and science.

    This was demonstrated most recently through the art exhibit, Exobiotanica. Japanese artist Azuma Makoto launched a large helium balloon into …

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  • Falling Stars and Black Stone: Humanity’s Worship of Meteorites

    Imilac Pallasite

    NASA’s Curiosity rover recently discovered a massive metal meteorite on the surface of Mars. The first encounter of its type, the two meters (6.5 feet) wide iron meteorite has been named ‘Lebanon’, and scientists are eager to examine the find. It is the largest ever discovered on the planet.

    Back on Earth, meteorites have …

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  • Ring of Skulls: Ancient and Modern Sacrifices to the Water Gods

    Neptune Carving

    The macabre discovery of a ring of children’s skulls buried in the earth around lakes in Germany and Switzerland has revealed an age-old tradition of making offerings and sacrifices to the water gods.

     

    Archaeologists from Basel University, Switzerland found the skulls of children forming a protective ring around the settlements in what they believe …

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  • Snakes With Beards and Other Strange Serpent Tales

    Bronze bearded serpent

    The snake is one of the oldest and most pervasive mythological symbols in the world. There are as many creation myths about snakes as there are religions and cultures, and as many interpretations to the meaning of the serpent as there are stars in the sky.

    Certainly a powerful symbol, the snake is often seen …

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  • Ancient Ink: Mummies and Their Amazing Tattoos

    Mummy of the Ukok Princess/Siberian Ice Maiden. Tattoos line her arms. (Wikimedia Commons)

    Tattoos have played a role in the lives of prehistoric and modern man alike. Societal status, art, religion, and medicine all create a tradition in tattoo design that spans across centuries and around the globe. Depending on the times and culture, body art was considered to be lowly and barbaric, or a signifier of very …

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  • Antarctic Ice Collapsing; Sea To Rise

    The West Antarctic Ice Sheet, pictured here is collapsing. Early predictions are for a 3 metre rise in sea-level.

    Just over a month ago I was sitting somewhat bewildered at my desk and rereading two research papers about the antarctic ice collapsing. I had known about sea level rise for many years now but this was big news; the enormous West Antarctic ice shelf was melting and breaking up on a slow slide into …

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  • Shark Attacks; The Australian Story

    Andrea Lynch was one of the lucky survivors of a Florida shark attack. She required 100 stitches to repair the damage done by a Bull Shark.

    I’ve spent the last 40 years in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef and shark attacks were always a big concern. During the ‘early days’ I saw so many sharks that I included them in my census work just because they were all around me. In many places, sharks of all species averaged about …

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  • World Ocean Day and eight kids

    With bamboo from the rainforest and grim determination, eight children set out to show the rest of the world what Ocean Day was all about.

    Another year had passed and concerned people were celebrating World Ocean Day on June 8th. We all depend on a healthy and clean ocean for our very survival and the latest scientific research is painting a dismal picture of things to come. Most of us know we need to act to turn around the damage …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    fruit basket

    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

    Read More

  • Shrimp Farming; Recipe for Disaster

    Shrimp trawling is one of the most destructive fisheries in the world.

    In my last post I was talking about one of the world’s most destructive fishing methods; bottom trawling for shrimp. This is the way most wild shrimp are caught and it has created an environmental disaster in terms of destruction of the seabed and what lives there. Bottom trawling has to end if we are …

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  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    sports

    Recently, I attended a networking event that decided to get cute with introductions. They asked guests to say their names, what they do and a fun fact about themselves. I was total stumped. Working 16 hours a day leaves few hours left for more than chores, eating and sleeping. Panicked, when my turn came around …

    Read More

  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    lanterns4

    Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

    During the Chinese New Year, thousands of paper lanterns are lit to welcome …

    Read More

  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    OO-TRAY Restaurant in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The name derives from a French word, spelled phonetically, that means different. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “The food we serve is different. It’s all about having fun,” Yoel Sanchez said. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His family moved to Miami, Florida in 1991, then to the Keys in 1998, where Yoel attended high school. He worked in restaurants to earn money. Yoel’s father is in the stone crab and lobster …

    Read More

  • Cleveland Browns Week 11 NFL power rankings

    The 2014 Cleveland Browns are one of the more positive stories in the National Football League. A team that has largely been a NFL laughingstock is in first place in the AFC North standings in the middle of November, and northeast Ohio is the center of the sports universe thanks to the Browns and to …

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  • Cleveland Browns Week 10 NFL power rankings

    The Cleveland Browns once again impressed and disappointed against a lesser opponent, this one being the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the first Sunday of November. Cleveland’s offense failed to produce touchdowns in the first half, and the defense of the Browns could not deal with the combination of quarterback Mike Glennon and rookie wide receiver …

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  • Cleveland Browns Week 9 NFL power rankings

    The Cleveland Browns have been on a roller coaster ride as it pertains to results and to their spots in weekly NFL power rankings. A Sunday after the Browns lost to a winless Jacksonville Jaguars side, Cleveland struggled at home against the 0-6 Oakland Raiders. It all worked out for the Browns in the end, …

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  • Week 9 NFL power rankings

    Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are playing like the two best quarterbacks in the National Football League. Yes, it is still the year 2014. You haven’t gone back in time. The two will meet again this coming Sunday for what could be an early NFL Game of the Year candidate.

    Can we fast forward past …

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  • NFL: Raiders at Browns preview

    The Cleveland Browns will be looking to avoid a second-straight loss to a winless team, this time the Oakland Raiders.

    It all went wrong for the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. What was supposed to be the start of a run that ended with Cleveland at 6-2 crashed and burned right out of the gates, as …

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  • Should Browns have Brian Hoyer on a short leash against the Raiders?

    Cleveland Browns can’t afford to be all-in on quarterback Brian Hoyer.

    One bad game.

    That is what some would say of the performance had by Cleveland Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer last Sunday in the team’s 24-6 loss to what had been a winless Jacksonville Jaguars side. Hoyer and the rest of the Cleveland offense …

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  • Cleveland Browns Week 8 NFL Power Rankings

    How quickly things can change in the National Football League.

    The Cleveland Browns were flying high a week ago following a dominating performance against division rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers. Any good feelings Cleveland fans had as a result of that victory were erased this past weekend when the Browns failed to show up against the …

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  • Week 8 NFL power rankings

    If there was any doubt about Denver Broncos superstar Peyton Manning being the greatest regular season quarterback in the history of the National Football League, he erased those questions from conversations on Sunday night. Manning now holds the record for most career NFL touchdown passes, and he is somehow seemingly improving with age. The Broncos …

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  • NFL: Jaguars beat Browns 24-6

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer will have to wait some time before he cashes in on any National Football League contract.

    Hoyer had the worst outing to date of his professional career, the Cleveland offense was dreadful, and what was a winless Jacksonville Jaguars team stunned the Browns and the football world to the tune …

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  • NFL Preview: Browns at Jaguars

    The Cleveland Browns are big road favorites to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars this coming Sunday.

    This is a rarity.

    Truth be told, both teams have been National Football League laughingstocks over the years. That trend may be coming to an end. Jacksonville has a promising rookie quarterback who could be the answer to the franchise’s …

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  • Week 7 Fantasy Football Start or Sit

    National Football League Week 7 fantasy football start or sit advice.

    Week 7 fantasy football start or sit: Start QB Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

    It’s a perfect storm going Romo’s way this Sunday. The New York Giants are the walking wounded both physically and emotionally. Romo is a good fantasy football quarterback when at home, …

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  • Cleveland Browns Week 7 NFL power rankings

    The Cleveland Browns routed hated AFC North rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time in over two decades. Veteran quarterback and hometown hero Brian Hoyer is playing well and keeping rookie Johnny Manziel on the sidelines. The defense of the Browns finally had a good game. Cleveland is at 3-2 and looking like a …

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  • Week 7 NFL power rankings

    How about them Dallas Cowboys? The clock has been turned back, as Dallas is responsible for the best team in all of the National Football League. That is represented in NFL power rankings following the Cowboys going out west and earning the biggest win the franchise has achieved in years.

    Week 7 NFL power rankings

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  • Jets CB Dee Milliner Suffers Achilles Tear

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 22:  (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT)    Dee Milliner #27 of the New York Jets greets fans after a game against the Cleveland Browns on December 22, 2013 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Browns 24-13.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

    The Jets’ secondary narrows with another loss to an inadequate and vulnerable position. 

    Jets second year cornerback, Dee Milliner underwent an MRI on Monday and tests confirmed that Milliner has a season ending torn achilles tendon – with rehab expecting to be about six to nine months. 

    Milliner exited in the first quarter of Sunday’s …

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  • Week 6 Fantasy Football Studs and Duds

    Conventional wisdom advised against starting Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in Week 6. Newton had been inconsistent throughout the campaign, and the belief was that he was not fully recovered from ankle and rib injuries that he had suffered before the start of the regular season. Add in that Newton and the Panthers were set …

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  • Cleveland Browns crush Pittsburgh Steelers 31-10

    The 2014 Cleveland Browns are playoff contenders in the middle of October.

    Fans and analysts alike said the same about the 2013 edition of the Browns before quarterback Brian Hoyer suffered a torn ACL on a Thursday night during a game against the Buffalo Bills. Hoyer is healthy and playing well this fall, the Browns …

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  • NFL preview: Steelers at Browns

    It’s not just you if it seems as if it was long ago when the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers were true rivals. While the Steelers have dominated the so-called new Browns since 1999 — winning the Super Bowl on two occasions in the process — the Browns have been National Football League laughingstocks. It …

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  • Fantasy Football Week 6 Start or Sit

    Week 6 of the 2014 National Football League regular season brings with it multiple dilemmas for fantasy football owners. A plethora of first-choice running backs will be sidelined because of injuries. You could also find yourself without your WR1 or your TE1 because of injuries or Bye weeks.

    Even casual fantasy football owners don’t need …

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  • Cleveland Browns Week 6 NFL power rankings

    The Cleveland Browns made National Football League history in coming back from a 25-point deficit to stun the Tennessee Titans at Tennessee. Last Sunday’s game involving the Browns and Titans was a tale of two halves, during which the Browns played like the worst team in the NFL and then like a true postseason contender.…

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  • Week 6 NFL power rankings

    The top young quarterbacks in the National Football League can still learn a thing or two from Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. 

    Manning and Brady put on shows during Week 5 of the NFL regular season. Both made history while helping guide their clubs to victories, turning back the clock to a time when there …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    fruit basket

    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

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  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

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    Recently, I attended a networking event that decided to get cute with introductions. They asked guests to say their names, what they do and a fun fact about themselves. I was total stumped. Working 16 hours a day leaves few hours left for more than chores, eating and sleeping. Panicked, when my turn came around …

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  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

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    Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

    During the Chinese New Year, thousands of paper lanterns are lit to welcome …

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  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    OO-TRAY Restaurant in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The name derives from a French word, spelled phonetically, that means different. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “The food we serve is different. It’s all about having fun,” Yoel Sanchez said. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His family moved to Miami, Florida in 1991, then to the Keys in 1998, where Yoel attended high school. He worked in restaurants to earn money. Yoel’s father is in the stone crab and lobster …

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  • Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    Lawsuit: Acts of God Forseeable

    In what promises to be a landmark court case, Farmers Insurance Co. has filed a class action lawsuit against some 200 communities in the Chicago Area. Farmers at the heart of its argument is claiming that local governments know or should have known the rise in global temperatures would result in heavier rains. Local governments, …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    fruit basket

    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

    Read More

  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    sports

    Recently, I attended a networking event that decided to get cute with introductions. They asked guests to say their names, what they do and a fun fact about themselves. I was total stumped. Working 16 hours a day leaves few hours left for more than chores, eating and sleeping. Panicked, when my turn came around …

    Read More

  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    lanterns4

    Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

    During the Chinese New Year, thousands of paper lanterns are lit to welcome …

    Read More

  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    OO-TRAY Restaurant in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The name derives from a French word, spelled phonetically, that means different. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “The food we serve is different. It’s all about having fun,” Yoel Sanchez said. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His family moved to Miami, Florida in 1991, then to the Keys in 1998, where Yoel attended high school. He worked in restaurants to earn money. Yoel’s father is in the stone crab and lobster …

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  • Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    Lawsuit: Acts of God Forseeable

    In what promises to be a landmark court case, Farmers Insurance Co. has filed a class action lawsuit against some 200 communities in the Chicago Area. Farmers at the heart of its argument is claiming that local governments know or should have known the rise in global temperatures would result in heavier rains. Local governments, …

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  • Street Style Paris Fashion Week

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    Street Style is the new runway,  where the fashionistas shine and those with creative style get to show their best, on the streets of Paris. If your looking for something classic and understated or if your color is black then save it for next year and think outside the box! Fun is in the air …

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  • These Boots are Made For Stylin’

    Photo Marcus A

    My editor thought I lost my style mojo when I said CAT was a fashion-forward footwear brand and that there was a CATfootwear fashion show hosted by King’s County Distillery in Brooklyn NY. After I directed her to the CAT footwear website, her disbelief turned into: “Oh my words, these are good.” Reputation saved.

     The …

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  • Jewellery inspired by the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull

    Brooch and Necklace -   Handcrafted wood -   Sterling Silver - Gold 18K

    When I was little, my teacher brought me a present, the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull and it was one of the best books I ever read. It talks about freedom and the way back to your true self, which is by my understanding limited by the illusion of this material world we live in. I …

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  • Breaking with “Tradition” — Who Pays for the Engagement Ring?

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    Once upon a time, if a man wanted to propose marriage to a woman, he would buy her a diamond engagement ring worth two months’ salary, get down on one knee, and propose to her. Diamonds were thought to symbolize eternal love and commitment. And therefore, they were the perfect center stone of such a …

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  • The Story of the Swastika Symbol

    Swastika Golden Earrings 18K - Natalia Basdeki

     

    The Swastika symbol 卍  has long been a powerful and positive symbol in a multitude of cultures spanning the globe. It is a symbol of wealth and good fortune and has always been used as a symbol of light and wisdom. Can be found in China, Greece, Peru, India, Japan and many other areas …

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  • The Story of the Lotus Flower

    Lotus Flower Necklace

    Hello Everyone!  

    Let me introduce my self, I’m a sensitive artist from the microscopic jewellery world! Through this blog I will share with you my small creations and the stories behind them. Through my art, I aim to make people happy, remind them of some lost cultures and values, and bring them back to the …

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  • The Art of Layering your Clothing

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    Being able to layer your clothing is not just a easy way to stay stylish, it is incredibly practical. When you are in-between seasons as we all are, knowing you can wear a multitude of fine layers perfect for the climate that will not bulk you out is great.

     How many ways to layer? Many, …

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  • The Life of a Personal Stylist

    Aim to have a wardrobe filled with colour, pattern & texture

    When you go to a party and people ask what you do for a job, do you get a standard next question? As a Personal Stylist I do. Men often say “Is there really a market for that?” Women “wow, cool, but what is it that you actually do?” Both regularly ask if they are …

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  • PROJECT NYC 2013 has Soul with PROJECT Sole NYC

    STYLEBOOK from Sole NYC within PROJECT NYC 2013, is ready for a look. From the very vibrant to the very comfortable, Sole has you covered..…

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  • PROJECT NYC 2013, Heats up New York with Men’s Fashion

     

    The 90 degree heat isn’t the only thing hitting New York City these days.
    PROJECT NYC 2013, the Menswear Fashion  buyers mart, will heat up Pier
    94, Sunday, July 21st. 

    Lucky  there is  the Hudson River nearby to cool down the scene.

    PROJECT NYC 2913, will house three “destinations for retailers and
    wholesalers alike …

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  • How to Buy an Engagement Ring

    A bride shows off her wedding ring after just recently being married in this file photo from 2010. (Henry Lam/The Epoch Times)

    Let’s take the ring out of bewildering. Rather, the process of buying an engagement ring should be about discovering a woman’s style and translating that into a unique, lovingly chosen ring that she will proudly wear. Here are some money-saving and time-saving tips to help you get on the right track this engagement …

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  • Red Russia Goes Black

    Models pose during the Russian Fashion Industry Presentation and Reception at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation on Feb. 6, 2013, in New York City. (By Kris Connor/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK—Having immigrated to the States at the height of the Cold War, the last thing I thought I would be attending is a showcase of up-and-coming Russian designers at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation.

    Yet there I was, awed by the resplendent setting of the consulate, attending the Russian Fashion Industry Presentation …

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  • Catching the Wave: NYC’s Arrojo Salon

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    NEW YORK—I’ve never been a person to complain about my hair. 

    I’m fortunate to have hair that more or less does what it is told even in bad-hair-day conditions. It is naturally straight with long layers, not too thick or thin. 

    If I want a wave, I’ll let my hair air dry with it wrapped …

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  • Jill Stuart Spring 2013

    Jill Stuart lace gowns, Spring 2013. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

    NEW YORK—With her Spring 2013 collection, Jill Stuart stuck with what she does best—feminine, lady-like frocks that do everything to enhance the female form.

    The color palette resonated with monochromatic looks of nudes, champagnes, blushes, and of course, black.

    She briefly departed from those colors with a sea-foam Grecian goddess creation and a silver sequined …

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  • Super Saturday Raises $3.6 Million for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

    Kelly Ripa and her daughter, Lola, enjoying the Ferris wheel at Super Saturday. (Andrew Walker/Getty Images)

    WATER MILL, NY—Every summer, hundreds descend to an open field in Water Mill, N.Y., to shop ’til they drop in the name of charity—specifically the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF), the largest private nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to funding ovarian cancer research.

    Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Super Saturday is …

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  • Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s “The Bells of Dawn – Russian Sacred and Folk Songs”

    Dmitri Hvorostovsky Sings Russian Sacred and Folk Songs

    Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky is one of the world’s leading opera singers. While he excels in Verdi—he will be appearing in “Un Ballo in Maschera” at the Met later this season—he is at his best in music of his homeland.

    Hvorostovsky has made many recordings of Russian music of various types, including opera, art songs …

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  • Richard Tucker Gala Delivers Despite Some No-Shows

    Dario Acosta Photography/  Richard Tucker Music Foundation

    At the beginning of the Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher Hall, the late tenor’s son Barry Tucker announced some cancellations. The most disappointing was Anna Netrebko, who sent a note saying she was not going to appear because she had just played Lady Macbeth in the Verdi opera the night before and she found …

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  • Stunning Talents at Town Hall: Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, with Cameron Carpenter and Judy Collins Later This Month

    The  Nonesuch album cover of the bass and mandolin stars

    What happens when two geniuses square off? As Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer demonstrated at their Town Hall concert, the result is beautiful music.

    Thile and Meyer are MacArthur “genius grant” winners. Thile plays the mandolin with occasional guitar and Meyer the double bass with occasional piano. They are each composers of distinction and are …

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  • Love and Death in the Met’s Doom-Ridden “Carmen”

    Don Jose Warning Carmen to Love Him or Die

    Sir Richard Eyre’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera is not for the faint of heart. Even before the music starts, the audience is placed on notice that they are about to witness a tragedy by the jagged red line, like a stab wound, across the curtain. The main reason for the enduring …

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  • Love Blossoms and Fades at the Met’s Vivid “La Boheme”

    Photo courtesy of Cory Weaver

    Is romance dead? Not at the Metropolitan Opera as long as it is still presenting the Franco Zeffirelli production of Puccini’s “La Boheme.” The Met has been phasing out some of Zeffirelli’s productions (with mixed results) but it is wise to keep this one, which has been satisfying audiences since 1981.

    The combination of Puccini …

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  • Mysticism in Music—”Dreams & Prayers” by A Far Cry

    A Far Cry's "Dreams & Prayers

    A Far Cry is a self-conducted chamber orchestra, made up mostly of graduates of the New England Conservatory. The Boston based group, founded in 2007, has started its own label, Crier Records, and has a debut release, “Dreams & Prayers.”

    The imaginative program was conceived by one of the violinists in the group, Miki-Sophia Cloud. …

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  • Jane Bunnett’s Cuban Jazz and The Cookers’ Hard Bop at the Blue Note this week

    The Canadian flute and saxophone player forms a formidable group with Cuban female jazz artists.

    The Blue Note (131 W 3rd St, NY, NY; 212-475-8592) is one of those jazz clubs where you can wander in any night and find top-notch jazz musicians. In fact, I’ve met people from around the world who do just that.

    My most recent visit was to catch the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band. The group …

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  • Trumpeter Alison Balsom’s “Paris” Honors the City of Love

    The English trumpet star plays works connected to the City of Love

    Alison Balsom is about as famous as any trumpeter in classical music today. The English virtuoso has received a number of honors; she was named Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year 2013 and has won three Classic BRIT Awards, including the Female Artist of the Year award in 2011. The fact that she has movie …

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  • A Spanish Recital by an American Beauty: Corinne Winters Sings Songs of Spain

    Corrine Winters Sings Spanish Love Songs

    Soprano Corinne Winters has been garnering acclaim in opera houses and concert halls around the world. Her debut album, “Canción amorosa—Songs of Spain” (on GPR Records), is devoted to Spanish love songs. The Spanish word “duende” is defined as “the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm.” It could be used to describe the …

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  • Joyce DiDonato Uncovers Bel Canto Gems

    Joyce DiDonato Shows Why She is a Great Singer of Bel Canto arias

    The title of Joyce DiDonato’s new Erato album is “Stella di Napoli” (Star of Naples). The title is appropriate since no opera star today shines more brightly than this mezzo soprano. The collection brings together arias from the early days of bel canto. Her earlier collection of bel canto arias, “Diva, Divo,” won a Grammy …

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  • Duke Ellington’s Rare Bethlehem Albums Are Available on CD

    30 Years of Duke Ellington Hits

    By the mid-1950′s, big band jazz was in decline. Duke Ellington (1899-1974) kept his group together with money from his music royalties. (During his lifetime, Ellington composed more than 3,000 songs.) He signed a deal to record two albums for the Bethlehem label in 1956. “Duke Ellington Presents” and “Historically Speaking” were the two LP’s …

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  • Christopher Tin’s Masterful Work on the Theme of Water

    The large scale choral work  describes water in all its forms

    “The Drop That Contained the Sea” is an ambitious work by Chinese-American composer Christopher Tin. It is also successful, artistically and commercially. The CD (on the composer’s own label, Tin Works) debuted as number one on Billboard Music’s traditional classical albums. Tin has won two Grammy Awards, one for his 2009 classical crossover album “Calling …

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  • Netrebko Sings Divinely as Verdi’s Giovanna D’Arco

    Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo as Father and Daughter

    The life of Joan of Arc has inspired countless works (of varying quality), including plays by Schiller, Shaw, Anderson and Anouilh and films by Dreyer, Bresson, Fleming and Preminger. The play by Schiller inspired Verdi’s opera, “Giovanna D’Arco” and was one of the sources of Tchaikovsky’s opera, “The Maid of Orleans.” The Schiller play and …

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  • Remembering One of Spain’s Leading Sopranos: Pilar Lorengar

    A new set featuring the Spanish soprano singing opera and songs

    Pilar Lorengar (1928-1996) was a leading opera singer for over three decades. The one time I saw her in person was at a Promenades concert at Lincoln Center.  (For these summertime concerts at Philharmonic Hall, now known as Avery Fisher Hall, the seats were removed and replaced by small tables and chairs.) My family was …

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  • George London’s Artistry in the Opera House and in Show Tunes

    The Great American Bass-Baritone Singing Show Tunes and Wagner Arias

    Bass-baritone George London (1920 –1985) was born in Montreal to Russian Jewish immigrants. When he was 15, his family moved to Los Angeles and he attended Hollywood High School and then Los Angeles City College, where he enrolled in an opera workshop. In 1947, he toured as a member of the Bel Canto Trio with …

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  • A Rock Musical about Nuclear Fission

    A musical about the development of the A-bomb

    “Atomic” is a new off-Broadway musical about the creation of the first nuclear bomb.

    The show has a book and lyrics by Danny Ginges and Gregory Bonsignore, and music and lyrics by Philip Foxman. “Atomic” was first performed in Australia. The New York production has a new cast of top-flight performers but they fail to …

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  • To Everything There is a Season: Remembering Pete and Toshi Seeger

    Judy Collins singing "Turn, Turn, Turn"

    As Pete Seeger lay dying at age 94 this past January, his wish was to have friends visiting his hospital room sing folksongs to him. And he certainly would have been pleased at the concert presented by Lincoln Center as part of its Out of Doors Festival in honor of Pete and Toshi, his wife …

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  • Ocean Breeze poem for inspiration

    The breeze is so cool

    like a swirling pool

    with the warm sand

    blowing in on our island.…

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  • A Boisterous Production of “The Taming of the Shrew” at Baruch

    Michael Moss and Elissa Klie as Petruchio and Kate

    Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” is a difficult play to present effectively and the production presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center and TGW Acting Studio and directed by Thomas G. Waites is uneven.

    The play begins with a sort of prologue in which a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly (Joshua Walter) is tricked into …

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  • “Essential James Taylor” – Highlights from the Singer-Songwriter’s 45 Year Career

    Highlights from the Singer-Songwriter's 45 year career

    An unknown 20 year old with a history of psychiatric and drug problems arrived in London in 1968 and within days was recording his debut album for Apple Records. The label was founded that year by the Beatles and it was an artist-focused label, reflecting their tastes and those of Peter Asher (formerly a member …

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  • Why I Hate the Holidays

    Dear Kathy,

         I hate the holidays. I’m depressed more and more as they get closer. I have a hard time even leaving the house in November and December because the decorations in the store windows give me anxiety.

         Let me explain. I grew up in a large extended family and we did the holidays in …

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  • Top 10 Ways to Fight The Battle of the Bulge over the Holidays

    There's no need to undo an entire year of healthy habits and weight loss over the holidays. Just follow these Top 10 tips to avoid the pitfalls (photo by LivligaHome).

    Thanksgiving is the launching pad for more than a month filled with holiday parties, cocktails, festive holiday foods and celebrations. As a mother of 3 and inventor of Livliga and Kidliga, elegant portion control dishware for adults and children, I know there is no need to undo an entire year of healthy habits and …

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  • Thanksgiving Nightmare

    Dear Kathy,

         My daughter and I had a lot of problems getting along when she was a teenager. I have always treated her like gold and bought her everything she ever wanted, even things I couldn’t really afford. The words “thank you” never crossed her lips and she berated me on a regular basis when …

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  • Rent-a-Riad and souk up the atmosphere

    “No you must not go there, is mosque – you cannot enter. Where you want go?” asked a street seller, standing at the cross roads of a maze of alleyways, from which I had selected a dead end! I had intrepidly decided to make my way through Marrakech’s old medina and souk in search of …

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  • The Gem Steakhouse and Saloon

    Gem server Nate Rickman pouring wine from a good selection of house and bottled offerings. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    The television series ‘Deadwood’ portrayed Al Swearengen as a cold blooded killer. When he arrived in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1876, the camp was a violent, illegal settlement. Miners invaded lands protected by treaty with Native Americans in quest of gold. Placer gold was found by prospectors that accompanied George Armstrong Custer’s expedition in 1874. …

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  • How to Save Money On Your Glasses And Contact Lenses

    Many times a trip to the optometrist can leave your wallet empty without you feeling like you received much in return. The business of glasses and contacts does not always have to be expensive as there are many places where rebates are given. There are also programs that you can be a part of that …

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  • WhatsApp’s Read Receipt Blunder (And Update)

    whatsapp-update

    Isn’t if funny how the smallest things can lead to enormous problems? WhatsApp found this out the hard way when they rolled out a new feature that let users see if and when their text messages were received and whether or not they were read. While it seems like it would be a helpful thing …

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  • How Not To Kill Your Family on Thanksgiving

    Dear Kathy,

         Every holiday my mother, step-father, brother, and sister spend the day with my family. It is sheer hell and I am dreading the upcoming winter holidays.

         I am fine with my parents joining us, but my siblings drive me right over the edge. My sister is in her 40′s and single. She feels …

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  • Negotiating Differences in Libido

    Dear Kathy,

         I’ve been married for 13 years and we have two children together as well as one child each from previous relationships. The kids get along well with one another and we have a happy family. I guess it’s more accurate to say that I thought we had a happy family.

         Three months ago, …

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  • Tips on How to Effectively Build a Muscular Body

    These days, you can’t look anywhere without seeing a barrage of what seems to be the image for the perfect male body on billboards and on television. Everywhere you look, there are celebrities with their perfect abs on display. This makes it easy to forget how difficult it is and how much effort it takes …

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  • What To Think About When Buying A Car

    Unless you have the money to do so, the best option is to buy a second-hand car rather than a brand new car. However, there are several reasons why people don’t like to buy used cars, such as the fact that there is a lot of mileage on them in most cases, wear and tear …

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  • 3 of the Best Cities for Entrepeneurs and Startups

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    The U.S has always been regarded as the land of opportunities. It’s a country that has rewarded the innovative and forward-thinking, providing strong resources and a stable environment to entrepreneurs or start-up founders who are looking to take their brilliant ideas to greater heights. However, even with available resources such as grants, tax breaks, federal …

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  • Funeral Service For a Chihuahua?

    Dear Kathy,

         My cousin’s pet dog died a few days ago and she called yesterday to invite me to his funeral service. I love my cousin dearly, but this feels weird to me. I think she should be talking to a therapist about her situation if she’s that upset, not having a whole service as …

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  • How Do I Deal With My Daughter-in-law?

    Dear Kathy,

         I am so upset that I don’t have the words. My only son married a girl who has made him miserable for the past 6 years. I told him over and over again to break it off with her, but every time they broke up they wound up getting back together.

         She gave …

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  • How Michael J. Swanson Became an Advocate for Trial Lawyers

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    When most people think of lawyers, they don’t often associate them with the most upstanding citizens. The animal to which most lawyers are commonly compared is, of course, a shark, and the comparison is rarely favorable. To Michael J. Swanson, however, not all lawyers are created equal. The CEO of Advocate Capital, Inc. and author …

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  • Protect Yourself – Medicaid and Healthcare

    Healthcare organizations such as Medicaid and Medicare find themselves losing millions of dollars each year to scams and theft by fraud. If you’re covered by such an organization, make sure that you take the necessary steps in order to protect yourself and make sure that you don’t become a victim of any fraudulent practices. While …

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  • Discover Your Inner Superhero: Start Your Week In Review

    Week In Review personal progress reports are a revolutionary way to become less overwhelmed and gain a sense of accomplishment in your career.

    “I’m NOT a lazy bum! I DO make great strides each week! I’m NOT taking one step forward and two steps back in all areas of endeavor!”

    That’s the sound of the New Me echoing through my brain. I, like many professionals, had previously had a tendency to look at the daunting list of tasks …

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  • New York City’s Fall Fashion Trends

    It seems as if just yesterday the sun’s vibrant rays were shining onto the city’s bustling sidewalks while New Yorkers avoided the sweltering heat by donning crochet halter tops, gold-studded sandals, and denim cut-off shorts, while fetching sunhats and beach gear in tow. And suddenly, with the blink of an eye, crunchy leaves have begun …

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  • Ideal ‘hub-and-spoke’ allows Icelandair expansion

    “Connectivity” was the buzz word tripping off the tongues of Mr Helgi Már Björgvinsson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Icelandair and Andrés Jónsson, General Manager for the airline in the UK, when I discussed the carrier’s plans and strategies for the forthcoming year at World Travel Market 2014.

    The airline is concentrating …

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  • Thyme-infused Cardamom-Orange Oatmeal Cookies

    Holiday Cookie

    Our taste buds love to be tantalized. The more tantalizing the flavors are the more satisfying we find them. That is why I love experimenting with flavors and discover new combinations that I find delicious. This is particularly true of cookies and muffins. Treats and desserts tend to be more about the “sweet” than about …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

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    By Deborah Asseraf

    So you’ve got your drill down, on your client’s birthdays (or their kid’s birthday depending on how savvy you are) you ship off a basket of fruit, bottle of wine or a table book. A gift so bland that whether you were sending it to someone you’ve met yesterday or your cousin …

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  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

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    Recently, I attended a networking event that decided to get cute with introductions. They asked guests to say their names, what they do and a fun fact about themselves. I was total stumped. Working 16 hours a day leaves few hours left for more than chores, eating and sleeping. Panicked, when my turn came around …

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  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

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    Originating in China and Japan, paper lanterns are often associated with celebration. They are usually made out of thin, brightly colored paper and bamboo or a collapsable metal frame, with a bulb or a candle placed inside, resulting in a beautiful glow!

    During the Chinese New Year, thousands of paper lanterns are lit to welcome …

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  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

    OO-TRAY Restaurant in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. The name derives from a French word, spelled phonetically, that means different. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “The food we serve is different. It’s all about having fun,” Yoel Sanchez said. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His family moved to Miami, Florida in 1991, then to the Keys in 1998, where Yoel attended high school. He worked in restaurants to earn money. Yoel’s father is in the stone crab and lobster …

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  • Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    Lawsuit: Acts of God Forseeable

    In what promises to be a landmark court case, Farmers Insurance Co. has filed a class action lawsuit against some 200 communities in the Chicago Area. Farmers at the heart of its argument is claiming that local governments know or should have known the rise in global temperatures would result in heavier rains. Local governments, …

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