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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

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

Carol A. Hoernlein P.E.
Carol A. Hoernlein P.E.

Carol A. Hoernlein P.E.

Opinion

Currently a Licensed Water Resources Civil Engineer in NJ, Carol has also been a political blogger in NJ since 2007, after being elected Councilwoman in 2006. .. 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

Dr. Gerry
Dr. Gerry

Dr. Gerry

Science

is a Malaysian based marine ecologist, Research Fellow and Advisor to the National University of Malaysia, and marine consultant to the Andaman Resort, La.. view profile

Jane Gray
Jane Gray

Jane Gray

World

Jane Gray writes about people who live in between cultures... view profile

June Rousso
June Rousso

June Rousso

Health

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

Chris Grasso
Chris Grasso

Chris Grasso

Life

Chris is a freelance writer who lives to fish... 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

Dennis Adonis
Dennis Adonis

Dennis Adonis

News

Dennis Adonis is a Contributing Writer at The Epoch Times, Yahoo.com, The Oslo Times, CNN, and several other media outfits He is also the Author of 19 books... view profile

Veronica Davis
Veronica Davis

Veronica Davis

Life

Veronica is a wife, freelance writer and work at home mom. Her and her husband live in Missouri with their three boys. .. view profile

Zac Wassink
Zac Wassink

Zac Wassink

Sports

Covering the Browns and the NFL from a Cleveland viewpoint. .. 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

Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs

Cathy Hobbs

Life

As a nationally known interior design, real estate styling and home staging expert, Cathy Hobbs shares tips and insight relating to all aspects of the home... 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

Milad Doroudian
Milad Doroudian

Milad Doroudian

Milad Doroudian is writer, historian, and the Senior Editor of The Art of Polemics Magazine... view profile

James Grundvig
James Grundvig

James Grundvig

Tech

CEO of Cloudnician LLC, a mobile-cloud startup with big data pull. He has 25+ years of engineering-construction experience on projects of scale. .. view profile






  • Top TEN Indicators You Have Become A Jock

    Like many of us in this day and age, I started becoming a jock in my 50s. I decide to make a light-hearted list of the Top Ten Indicators of When You Realize You Have Become a Jock—no matter your age.

    Like many of us in this day and age, I started becoming a jock in my 50s. For the past 30 years I did a better job of watching my kids play sports than I did participating in them. Then I got the bug to live a healthier lifestyle and make the most of the …

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  • ‘Lords of Secrecy’ – Drone Technology’s Impact on Law

    Lords of Secrecy

    Like the runaway BP Oil Spill, the U.S. National Security drone program has exploded in scope, proliferating so many state secrets that it’s corroding the rule of law and undermining foreign policy.

    For BP and its subcontractors they raced to cover up the sprawling disaster. They shredded data, low-balled spill estimates, and sank the truth …

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  • Cav and Pag Together Again, and Still Powerful, at the Met

    Marcelo Alvarez as Canio (photo by Cory Weaver)

    There are no happy marriages in “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci,” but the two one-act operas are permanently wedded together. In fact, the first house in they were paired was the Metropolitan Opera. Now, the Met has unveiled a new production of these two verismo operas, directed by David McVicar and both starring tenor Marcelo Álvarez.…

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  • Asian Air Pollution Causes Super-storms

    The eye of super typhoon Nuri with 300 km per hour winds.

    Last November Category 5 Typhoon “Nuri” roared towards Japan and the Bering Sea with 300 km per hour winds. Incredible video images and headlines popped up all over the internet as well as talk of 50-foot-plus waves and the endangered Alaskan crab fishing fleet. This super-typhoon was so powerful that it changed the entire Northern …

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  • The Ferriero Guilty Verdict: It’s Complicated

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    Complicated

    Yesterday, when the jury in the racketeering trial of Joe Ferriero emerged from 4 days of deliberations after an eight week trial with a mixed verdict, the jury foreman said it was difficult to follow the complicated case without a paper and pencil. I totally understand. A few years back, when Ferriero was …

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  • The Existential Elephant In The Room

    elephantinaroom

    To live. That is the purpose of which our lives consist of. Yet to live in reality, amid facts, amid truths, amid the laws of nature and to understand them infallibly, and utterly. If I wished for a glass of water it would not appear in front of me, yet If I procured one through …

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  • 2015 NFL Mock Draft 6.0: Cleveland Browns

    This NFL mock draft cares not for the “silly season” predictions that have the Cleveland Browns making a noteworthy trade.

    The silliest part of the so-called silly season that occurs before every National Football League Draft is upon us, and thus analysts/fans/random people are linking the Cleveland Browns with just about every move possible. Some …

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  • 3 Quick Ways to Get More Privacy in Your Home

    Finding privacy in your own home should be easy –but often, this task feels more difficult than it should.

    If you have a family or young kids –finding privacy can be especially tricky –but with a bit of creativity, you’ll be able to establish some boundaries and help carve out some time, and space –just …

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  • Forty Years of Black Death

    Dr. Nal Oum is the only medical Dr. to survive the Khmer Rouge Holocaust in Cambodia..Photos credit John Christopher Fine 2015

    April 17, 2015 will mark the fortieth anniversary of the Black Death. The Khmer
    Rouge entry into Cambodia’s capitol city of Phnom Penh. The scourge that
    followed will remain a blot on world history forever. Two- perhaps three million
    people were murdered or starved to death by communist criminals inspired by
    their hatred for the …

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  • 3 Reasons Genetically Engineered Mice Are Vital to Drug Development

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    The mouse is one of the most commonly used animals for drug development research, partly because mice and humans share similarities in anatomy, physiology and disease. According to a recent article by the Stanford School of Medicine, mice and humans share amazing genetic similarity in the way their genes are expressed, validating the importance of …

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  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease that causes painful swelling, typically in our joints and connective tissue.  As an auto-immune disease, rather than attacking viruses or bacteria, the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues, leading to inflammation in the body.  Over time bones may erode and joints become deformed, leading to considerable pain.  Certain …

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  • Welcome to my blog: what you’ll find here, and a call for requests

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    Hi Everyone,

    Greetings from cyberspace!

    I’m delighted to be blogging here for The Epoch Times.

    What follows is a bit about me and my inclinations, and an overview of what you can expect to find here in days to come.

    I’m a medical doctor by training. Thus, all topics health-related fall under my blogging …

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  • Travel to Design: Home Design Tips Inspired by Atlanta

    Traditional Atlanta homes are all about old-fashioned details: huge foyers, classic Southern elegance, and plenty of light, neutral colors, but Atlanta-inspired design can also beautifully incorporate a blend of both old, and new.

    The Dutch Colonial homes found throughout Atlanta are all about making a grand impression. And bringing some Atlanta inspiration into your home …

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  • U.S. Ensuring Security Over Legal and Human Rights Safeguards?

    There has been a great deal of attention paid to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s first visit to the United States this week as head of state. Much of the focus has been on the list of asks Mr. Abadi was slated to request from President Obama, most notably additional support for Iraq’s fight against …

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  • European commercial property investment market seen as attractive

    Knight Frank recently reported that the investment market of European commercial property experienced a strong quarterly end at the close of 2014. In addition to that, they believe that general outlook for the market is high for 2015, which is due in part to the ECB’s (the European Central Bank) recent decision to create …

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  • Massacre at McCauley Memorial

    The 110' long Canadian built WW II tugboat was sunk as a memorial for Danny McCauley killed in a tragic automobile accident. His parents raised money to acquire and clean the derelict ship and Palm Beach County added funds to establish the reef in 75 feet of water. (John Christopher Fine)

    Danny McCauley was just seventeen years old when the Jeep Wrangler he was
    driving left the road and crashed into a wall and trees off Forest Hill
    Boulevard at the entrance to Okeeheelee Park on February 22, 2012. Danny was
    killed in the accident. One year to the day later his parents and friends saw …

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  • Dark Waves Perform at Bowery Ballroom

    Dark Waves at Bowery Ballroom. Photo Credit: Bianca Silva

    Dark Waves performed at Bowery Ballroom back in February in support of their self-titled EP, which was released in September 2014. The Los Angeles based band provided a straight 30 minute set to a packed crowd. They performed several tracks including the introspective  and moody “I Don’t Wanna Be In Love.”…

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  • How to Get More Light in Your Home Office

    While lighting is an often-overlooked part of a space, the right lighting can have a tremendous impact on the overall look and feel of a room. It can also impact your mood, helping you to feel more alert, awake, and motivated.

    A study by the Light Right Consortium found that people who are more satisfied …

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  • CA SB277 Bill Co-Sponsor Called Senior CDC Scientist a “Fraud”

    Richard Pan

    In a tweet sent to over 3,000 followers, California State Senator and vaccine exemption elimination bill co-sponsor Dr. Richard Pan called senior Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientist-turned-whistleblower Dr. William Thompson “another Wakefield fraud.” Pan’s calling Thompson a “Wakefield fraud” was a reference to de-licensed British doctor Andrew Wakefield, who publicized Thompson’s …

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  • You Got Here. How Do You Get To The Next Level?

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    One of the most frustrating marketing truths is this: the same thing can work for a long time. But, if you are looking to jump to the next level, then a new technique is necessary. It doesn’t take much – a form of repetition with variation – but that tiny distinction (as small as it …

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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

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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 …

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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

  • 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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  • American Jails May Be Among the Worst Globally

     

    American jails are often considered to be among the world’s worst. While jails in countries like Argentina, Turkey and Mexico are bad because of low standards, American jails are made worse by capitalism, green and apathy.

    While the well-off avoid jail time, even for serious crimes, the indigent and mentally ill often spend time …

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  • Running for World Peace – The Eco-Slow Way

    Hajime-Nishi, the organiser of the Eco-Slow Marathon in Chiba, Japan on April 4th 2015. He has completed 'only 676' marathons in the last 15 years.

    Hajime Nishi emanated a sense of contentment and peace of mind as he sat down, wearing a deep blue and yellow sports top.

    It was the day before the Eco-Slow Marathon, an event Nishi has organised in Inba, Japan for 5 years.

    The marathon encourages participants to run at their own pace, as slow as …

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  • Why the EU should pay attention to Nigeria

    The EU’s High Representative, Federica Mogherini by European Parliament @flickr

    As Nigerian armed forces, backed by a multinational African coalition, make strides against Boko Haram strongholds in the north while Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) secures the final touches on the new voting system, the international community waits in anticipation ahead of the March 28th presidential elections. Largely fought between incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan …

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  • European Union: “fifth freedom” vs. fifth column

    An energetic handshake between Viktor Orban and Vladimir Putin  (via Wikimedia)

    The EU’s ambitious project for a single energy market, released last week, will not easily overcome resistance from within – not least from an increasingly Russia-friendly Hungary.

    On Wednesday 4 March, European energy commissioner Marcos Sercovic released plans for a European “energy union,” promising to make energy as free-flowing across borders as goods, …

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  • Kids Suffer in Divorce Also

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    Open up any newspaper in almost any area of the country and one of the top ten stories will likely be about how a divorce went bad and ended up with an ex-spouse, children or everyone dead. Divorce can be traumatic and devasting on everyone involved — especially the children.

    In the fifties, people believed …

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  • Africa: The New “Great Game”?

    Francois Hollande by Mathieu Delmestre @flickr

    At the beginning of his term, French President Francois Hollande indicated a desire to embark on a so-called policy of disengagement in Africa, announcing in his first big speech on African policy in October 2012 that “the time of Françafrique is over”. But just a few months later, the President dispatched 4,000 French troops to …

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  • Did Anyone Tell You “You Should be a Model?” Here Are Reasons to Watch Out

     

    Aspiring models — and parents of potential models — will be watching Miss Universe pageant closely on January 25. Possibly the pinnacle of modeling will take place in Miami on that night. Glued to the television will be girls that one day want to be a model as well as parents who think their precious, …

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  • The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer Documentary Opens NYJFF 2015

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    The 24th New York Jewish Film Festival 2015 (NYJFF 2015) Opening Night U.S. Premiere documentary THE MUSES OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER, by Israeli directors Asaf Galay and Shaul Betser, commenced Wednesday, January 14, 4:00pm and 8:45pm at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center. The Q&A session immediately followed with directors Galay and Betser …

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  • Fashion Model Review — Victor Vargas

    Victor at New York Fashion Week (Victor Vargas)

    During my stint as a fashion show event organizer for a make-up artist based in Toronto, I came across people that I’ve never thought would have a significant impact in my simple life. I met ramp models, seasoned chefs, amazing DJs, hip-hop dancers and a skilled photographer. They all had their own unique talents and…

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  • What the Dresden anti-Islam marches say about Europe’s fraying unity

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    For the past 12 weeks, the 96 percent German city of Dresden has been host to weekly marches under the banner of a xenophobic group called Pegida, short for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West. After a massive 15,000-strong protest that took place on December 15 that put Pegida on policymakers’ radars, January …

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  • Problems of Vietnamese labor force

    Globalization is expanding quickly across the globe through the increase of bilateral trade agreements and positive supports of technology advancement. This trend is promoting across-nation investment as well as the labor movements all over the world. Indeed, globalization  brings both business opportunities and challenges to every country. Vietnam is in the same line.

    Known as …

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  • Get a Discount on Stress This Shopping Season – Or Next

    Well, it’s Christmas week. A magical time of year. A recent poll by Gallup shows that the actual days — Thanksgiving and Christmas — are two of the happiest days. In 2013, over 69 percent and 63 percent of respondents reported they felt a great deal of happiness and very little worry on each of …

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  • How to Know Which E-cig Liquid is Best for Vaping

     

     If you’ve just discovered the vaping universe, you know it isn’t difficult to become confused by the selections of devices and accessories available. Take heart. It’s not as hard as you might imagine.

    The central part of the e-cigarette, the part which contains the battery, atomizer and liquid, are all pretty much the same. There …

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  • Hostages: ransom or not, we must always negotiate

    In a recent interview with the New York Times, Barack Obama criticised the French government for paying ransoms to secure the release of its citizens. François Hollande was quick to deny the accusations, without going quite as far as to lift the veil on the necessary secrecy surrounding negotiations to free hostages.

    Judging by what …

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  • French politics: Le fail

    Élysée palace, Paris by Christoph Schrey @flickr

    Recent news of Walt Disney’s €1 billion bailout of Disneyland Paris, aimed at keeping the kingdom of magic alive, raises many questions about France’s persistent financial woes. After all, if even the magical land of Mickey Mouse, which has barely been able to turn a profit throughout its 22 year existence, is unable to stand …

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  • How to Turn Digital Images Into a Home Made Photo Album for Christmas

    It’s the holiday season again and you’re faced with what to give everyone. With tablets, laptops and Smart phones, everyone has already seen the images you’ve taken this past year. But what about great-grandma who may not have a tablet or the technical skills to use a laptop? Could you use a little creativity to …

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  • Prosthetic 3D Printing Marks Medical Advance

    3D printing has advanced past the stage of growing ears on mice. Some body parts are able to be printed up, implanted and function about as good as the original — including arms.

    Five year old Hayley Fraser, from Scotland, was born without complete fingers on her left hand, so her parents went to American-based …

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  • Another Obnoxious List of What I’m Thankful for This Thanksgiving

    Sometimes it seems like folks are getting more selfish by the day.

    Is it just me? Or hav eyou noticed it also?

    Today, back in the US, it’s Thanksgiving. I was brought up in Hot Springs, Virginia believing that Thanksgiving is a holiday about thankfulness, familly and generosit. A day set aside to remember all …

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  • Medical Negligence in the California Spotlight as Physicans Face Mandatory Drug Testing

    A California proposition to randomly drug-test physicians is stealing the thunder from the medical negligence measure it was attached to and drug-reform advocates have risen up against it. Proposition 46, which initially centered on increasing the non-economic “pain and suffering” damages in medical negligence claims and lawsuits from $250,000 to $1.1 million.

    The proposition’s author, …

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  • Baby Pictures, HIPAA Laws and Starry-Eyed Parents

    In medicine, when it comes to bureaucracy gone berserk, things aren’t like they used to be. Cute collages of baby pictures on your doctors wall used to be the rage in pediatrician’s offices. Now, thanks to bureaucrats, they will be seen less and less and, in their place, faceless images of landscapes or make-believe snapshots …

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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

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    “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 …

    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

  • 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, …

    Read More

  • Back to School: Fun Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids

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    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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  • ‘Lords of Secrecy’ – Drone Technology’s Impact on Law

    Lords of Secrecy

    Like the runaway BP Oil Spill, the U.S. National Security drone program has exploded in scope, proliferating so many state secrets that it’s corroding the rule of law and undermining foreign policy.

    For BP and its subcontractors they raced to cover up the sprawling disaster. They shredded data, low-balled spill estimates, and sank the truth …

    Read More

  • Dolphin Breaths Measure the Health of the Ocean

    •	A condensed sample of the dolphin's breath. NMFS Scientific Research Permit No. 15543. [Credit: Chicago Zoological Society's Sarasota Dolphin Research Program.]

    Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, as an indicator species, are the windows into the health of their ecosystem, the ocean.

    But how can scientists pull data from mobile, fast moving, seafaring creatures in their element? And what would a half-century of human impact, from farm and pharmaceutical runoff, to urban sprawl and industrialization look like in marine …

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  • Blogger Outreach Code Of Ethics

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    I will never forget the first time I was approached by a PR rep asking for a blog post about their product.

    At the time, I was not working for my own website but as the primary blogger for another person’s brand. We were primarily news focused, but we did have a section for various …

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  • The Importance Of Security In Big Business

    Cybercrime is currently the biggest threat that is driving organizations and companies to do business with security firms that can protect their data and network. Every year, more and more businesses are being famously hacked, leaving customers and consumers worrying about the information that they hand out to these big businesses.

    It is estimated that …

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  • Research Shows There’s No Slowing the Growth of Online Shopping

    With each passing week, month, and year, it becomes increasingly evident that online shopping is not just part of the future – it is the future. Not only are ecommerce sites launching at incredible rates, but brick and mortar stores are starting to feel the effects. Some sources even suggest physical stores will experience significant …

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  • Old Problem, New Solution: Another Challenge in Detecting Plagiarism

    “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it”

    Benjamin Franklin

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    The food truck industry is growing exponentially and shows no signs of slowing down in the near future. According to IBIS World, the industry is expected to be worth $803.8 million by the end of this year. Not bad if you’re considering joining the ranks.

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    Websites are in higher demand than ever before because of the booming ecommerce market and people’s reliance on using the internet to look up local businesses. The difference between having a good or subpar website can mean the difference between having a very successful business and a mediocre business at best. There are common mistakes …

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    The supply chain is a complex network of companies and individuals that ensure that a product leaves the manufacturer and ends up in the hands of the consumer. As you may imagine, this all looks great on paper but acts of man, the weather and other disturbances can lead to supply chain problems.

    Never trust …

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    Take a good look at them (C) williamhook of Flickr

    It has been a rough week for the ole’ hard disk drive (HDD). Two unrelated but complementary developments have dealt a mortal blow to what we thought about the ubiquitous magnetic drive. On February 15th, a study released by Switzerland’s ETH University to write and retrieve without error information encoded on to strands of DNA. …

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    In our daily lives, there are literally hundreds of breakthroughs in engineering and design that we literally walk past, and even walk on, without even knowing about it. We take these technologies for granted because we see and use them every day. They have become so embedded into our lives that we don’t even notice …

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  • Influencers Help With Online Marketing

    There are at least 200 social media websites. More than 3.063 billion people are using the Internet today. More than 52 percent of them participate on at least two or more social media websites. If you were interested in promoting yourself or your business, then wouldn’t it be wise to reach out to this group?…

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  • Wyatt Jozwowski — Exclusive 1 on 1 Interview

    I have been given the pleasure to interview Wyatt Jozwowski, a high school dropout who is an internet marketing dream kid. He is the owner of DripApps, a search engine optimization (SEO) blog. He discusses underground SEO techniques that are used by some of the most successful SEO‘s. Over 20,000 people are subscribed to his …

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  • Using Your Phone To Increase Business Productivity

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    As a business owner, it’s normal to worry that employees’ cellphone use might create a lag in productivity. However, by incorporating smartphone use into a business model, your employees’ handhelds turn into traveling management desktops.

    Give your office on-the-go power. Here are a few ways to turn your employees’ cellphones into productivity platforms instead of …

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  • Auto Likes For Instagram On The Rise

    There are many different reasons for somebody wanting followers on Instagram. Some people do it for attention while others want to garner attention so they can build their personal brand. There is another reason as well, this is the building of a company’s brand by showing off their latest projects and things of that nature.…

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  • Using Technology To Stay in Touch When Out of The Country

    There was a time when writing letters was the most viable way to stay in touch when a loved one was out of the country. This is because phone calls were very expensive and the internet had not existed as of yet. Now with the advent of many different technologies and programs, staying in touch …

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  • Instagram Marketing: How to Create Awesome Videos for Instagram

    instagram

    Instagram has previously been a platform based almost entirely around images. But videos are becoming an increasingly important part of interaction on the network, and it is now one of the most viewed forms of content there. Marketers are taking advantage of this fact by creating their own high quality video clips to improve their …

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  • Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Scandal Highlights Perils of Privacy in the Digital Age

    Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Scandal

    The biggest news story over Labor Day weekend was the publication of hundreds of nude photos of dozens of A-list Hollywood celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice.  The images surfaced first on the popular image-sharing bulletin board site 4Chan and now can be found virtually all over the Internet. 

    According …

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  • How to Make Money Selling Your Old Media and Tech

    Do you have old tech devices or media like games, music and movies that you don’t use anymore? Too often these products get forgotten in boxes and closets and eventually dragged out to the trash or garage sales. But the Internet provides many additional options for getting rid of these unwanted electronics, and offers a …

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  • Step by Step instructions to Go About Using Windows Movie Maker

    Windows Movie producer is utilized for making motion pictures, snaps and alongside that it is likewise utilized for making the authority presentations. It is not difficult to utilize and side by side it is exceptionally intriguing likewise for the individual who know how to utilize it as a part of a legitimate way. It is …

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  • Asian Air Pollution Causes Super-storms

    The eye of super typhoon Nuri with 300 km per hour winds.

    Last November Category 5 Typhoon “Nuri” roared towards Japan and the Bering Sea with 300 km per hour winds. Incredible video images and headlines popped up all over the internet as well as talk of 50-foot-plus waves and the endangered Alaskan crab fishing fleet. This super-typhoon was so powerful that it changed the entire Northern …

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  • Drowning Paradise; Global Warming Kills the Carteret Islands

    A little Carteret girl faces an uncertain future in a new home victim of a changing climate.

    Global warming is killing the Carteret Islands as tides sweep away a people’s community and culture.

    The last time I wrote about global warming,the collapse of ice sheets and rising sea level several readers contacted me with views ranging from “Stop scaring my children” to “Don’t you know climate change is a hoax”. We all …

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  • Are we killing the Great Barrier Reef?

    The Great Barrier Reef, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World is soon to be listed as World Heritage in Danger.

    I began my research on the Great Barrier Reef way back in the 70’s.

    There didn’t seem to be many fishermen around then and everywhere I looked the coral and marine life was flourishing. It was incredible!

    Yesterday I read a research report by Dr. Matthew Spencer and Jennifer Cooper from the prestigious NIMBioS Institute. …

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  • Witches’ Familiars, Spirit Guardians and Demons

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 …

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  • 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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  • 2015 NFL Mock Draft 6.0: Cleveland Browns

    This NFL mock draft cares not for the “silly season” predictions that have the Cleveland Browns making a noteworthy trade.

    The silliest part of the so-called silly season that occurs before every National Football League Draft is upon us, and thus analysts/fans/random people are linking the Cleveland Browns with just about every move possible. Some …

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  • 2015 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Cleveland Browns

    Hoping the Cleveland Browns will go crazy during the 2015 NFL Draft? If so, you can probably stop reading here.

    It has admittedly been too long since my latest NFL mock draft, and that largely has to do with apathy. Things have gotten so dull regarding the current state of the Cleveland Browns that current …

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  • NFL: Cleveland Browns still like Johnny Manziel

    Fans may not be sold on him, but make no mistake that the Cleveland Browns have to be keen on Johnny Manziel.

    Perception is reality for many sports fans who are on the outside, and the notions that have been floated out there regarding Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel since even before the Browns grabbed …

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  • 2015 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Cleveland Browns

    Honesty alert: I have no idea what the Cleveland Browns are doing, so I am throwing darts with my latest NFL mock draft. 

    Things are a little weird — well, weirder than normal — these days. The Cleveland Browns opened up the beginning of the latest edition of National Football League free agency by doing …

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  • Cleveland Browns pass on NFL free agency again

    The Cleveland Browns are apparently too good for NFL free agency; or something.

    There is a part in A Charlie Brown Christmas when Charlie Brown ventures out to the mail box to see if anybody has sent him a Christmas Card. “Hello, in there” Charlie yells into the mailbox, and the noise of his voice …

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  • Cleveland Browns silent on day one of NFL free agency

    Maybe the Cleveland Browns forgot that NFL free agency started on Tuesday.

    Those running the Cleveland Browns, most notably owner Jimmy Haslam and team general manager Ray Farmer, claimed that the Browns were not going to make a major splash in National Football League free agency this time around. We are only one day into …

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  • 2015 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 Cleveland Browns

    Looking for changes from an earlier NFL Mock Draft? You’ve come to the right place.

    With March 10 less than a week away, it is the final NFL Mock Draft before the new National Football League calendar and free agency open up. Not a lot has gone down since the conclusion of the NFL Combine …

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  • Of Course the Cleveland Browns Should Pursue Ndamukong Suh

    Cleveland Browns cannot let fear keep them from pursuing Ndamukong Suh.

    Give yourself enough time, and you will be able to talk yourself out of just about anything. Maybe, just maybe, the love of your life is not, in fact, your soulmate and the person you should be with until death forever separates you. Perhaps …

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  • 2015 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Cleveland Browns

    The NFL Combine, as expected, changed little for the Cleveland Browns as it pertains to my NFL Mock Draft.

    The 2015 National Football League Scouting Combine has come and gone, and, as most knowledgeable people expected, not a lot has changed as it pertains to the Cleveland Browns. While the Browns still need to know …

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  • 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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  • 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 …

    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 …

    Read More

  • 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, …

    Read More

  • 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’

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    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

    from workchic.com

    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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  • 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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  • Adventure and Relaxation in Cabarete, Dominican Republic

    Outdoor bars and restaurants line the beach and make for a festive nightlife scene in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. (Courtesy of Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism)

    From there, things got a little fuzzy. I’m not entirely sure how we made it to the car, but within 10 minutes, I was at the Cabarete Medical Center. And this is when I received the second biggest shock of the day (the first being the hard fall). I proceeded to receive the best medical …

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    Marcelo Alvarez as Canio (photo by Cory Weaver)

    There are no happy marriages in “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci,” but the two one-act operas are permanently wedded together. In fact, the first house in they were paired was the Metropolitan Opera. Now, the Met has unveiled a new production of these two verismo operas, directed by David McVicar and both starring tenor Marcelo Álvarez.…

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  • Judi Silvano Sings Her Own Songs on “My Dance”

    Silvano sings her own tunes with Mike Abene on piano

    Judi Silvano is a singer whose work I have enjoyed for many years. Her 11th album as a leader, “My Dance” (on JSL Records) confirms that her vocal powers are intact and her imagination as free as ever. She is one of those singers who can animate an old pop song or even cross over …

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  • Everyone Loves Elena in “La Donna del Lago”

    Joyce DiDonato as Elena in  "La Donna del Lago" (photo by Ken Howard)

    Hardly anyone reads Sir Walter Scott’s novels and poems anymore, but he inspired many movies (e.g., “Ivanhoe” and “Quentin Durward” in the 1950’s) and musical works, notably Donizetti’s “Lucia de Lammermoor.” His narrative poem, “The Lady of the Lake,” was adapted into a bel canto opera by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) that was popular for a …

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  • The Art of Elena Obraztsova

    Elena Obraztsova, The Fiery Mezzo-Soprano

    On Monday, January 12, 2015, the great Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova died, at age 77, in a clinic in Germany. Coincidentally, the Melodiya label released a tribute album (distributed by Naxos) in its Stars of the Bolshoi Theatre series titled simply “Elena Obraztsova.”

    Obraztsova was born in Leningrad in 1939 and survived the siege of …

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  • One is Blind and the Other Sees Too Much: The Heroines of “Iolanta” and “Bluebeard’s Castle” at the Met

    Tchaikovsky's opera makes its debut at the Met

    The Metropolitan Opera has a new production, pairing Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” with Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle.” A co-production with the Polish National Opera, directed by Mariusz Trelinski, the two pieces are linked visually and benefit from starring two of the most dynamic singers on the international scene, Anna Netrebko in the Tchaikovsky opera and Nadja Michael in …

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  • Abdrazakov Earns a Standing Ovation at Carnegie Hall

    Russian bass brings the audience at Carnegie Hall to its feet

    Ildar Abdrazakov made his highly anticipated American solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall on January 29th. The Russian bass was accompanied on piano by Mzia Bakhtouridze. The charismatic singer showed off the many facets of his art—from producing a rich sound with a range of colors to conveying the meaning of each piece, from songs …

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  • Pergament’s “The Jewish Song:” A Holocaust Memorial

    A Memorial to the Victims of the Holocaust

    The reissue on CD of Moses Pergament’s “The Jewish Song” (“Den Judiska Sang”) on Caprice brings to light a work that has musical and historical significance. Composed in 1944, near the end of World War II, the large-scale composition (for soloists, choir and orchestra) is described by its composer (in a statement contained in the …

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  • Opera Star Ildar Abdrazakov to Perform at Carnegie Hall

    The great Russian bass will give a recital at Carnegie Hall

    Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov’s international career took off after he won the Maria Callas International Television Competition in Italy during 2000. He made his debut in “La Sonambula” at La Scala the following year when he was only 25 years old and quickly established himself as one of the world’s leading basses.

    He is married …

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  • “Wiesenthal,” the Nazi Hunter, Comes to Life on Stage

    Tom Dugan as Wiesenthal (photo by Carol Rosegg)

    “Wiesenthal” is the one-man off-Broadway show about the Nazi hunter written by and starring Tom Dugan.

    The play takes place in Wiesenthal’s office (the Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna, Austria) during April 2003. It is the last day before the 93-year old retired—he died two years later—and he speaks to a group of visitors about …

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  • “Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression” –The Book and the Singles Set

    Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression

    When I started listening to jazz, I discovered that the one label I could trust was Blue Note Records. The music and even the covers were distinctive. While the label had a number of jazz hits, like “The Sidewinder” and “Song for my Father,” some of my favorite albums were those I picked off the …

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  • The Merry Widow Waltzes into the Met

    Renee Fleming and Nathan Gunn in "The Merry Widow" (photo by Ken Howard)

    Franz Lehar’s 1905 “The Merry Widow” (“Die Lustige Witwe”) is one of the most popular operettas and the new production at the Metropolitan Opera shows why. Two Broadway veterans in their Met debuts are among the reasons for the success of the revival: director-choreographer Susan Stroman (of “The Producers,” “Contact” and “Crazy for You”) and …

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  • H.M.S. Pinafore Sailed Gracefully into the New Year

    Angela Christine Smith as Buttercup (Photo by Noah Strone)

    I spent New Year’s Eve, as I often do, at the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. The troupe was founded by Albert Bergeret in 1974 and is still going strong. The operetta performed was the perennial favorite, “H.M.S. Pinafore” (one of the G&S big three, along with “Mikado” and “Pirates of Penzance”).

    From the …

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  • Gotham Holiday Swing at Town Hall

    photo by Steve Friedman

    Vince Giordano was the host and leader of his band, the Nighthawks Orchestra and they brought the ebullient sound of jazz to Town Hall to celebrate the holidays.

    The band got off to a swinging start with a rollicking rendition of “Jingle Bells.” Then vocalist Molly Ryan came out in a red dress to sing …

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  • The Alvin Ailey Dance Company’s Welcome Return to City Center

    The late folksinger and civil rights activist is honored in dance

    The Alvin Ailey Dance Company’s Welcome Return to City Center

    By Barry Bassis

    Under its current artistic director Robert Battle, the Alvin Ailey Dance Company continues to develop exciting new works and to present high quality interpretations of dances from outside choreographers.

    The program I attended began with Hofesh Shechter’s “Uprising.” This is a testosterone-fueled …

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  • Three Opera Recordings Starring Pavarotti at his Peak: Turandot, Madama Butterfly and L’Elisir d’Amore

    Cover courtesy of Decca

    If asked to name the most popular recording by an opera singer during the past 50 years, the obvious answer is Luciano Pavarotti singing “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot.” Decca was Pavarotti’s label for his entire career and it treats his work with the proper respect.

    Decca has just released three complete operas on Blu-ray …

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  • An Interview with Chris Botti as he Gears Up for 3 Weeks at the Blue Note

    Chris Botti is Spending his 10th Annual Holiday Residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club

    It’s hard to make news playing the national anthem, unless the performer messes up, as when singers mangle the words. Trumpeter Chris Botti performed “The Star Spangled Banner” recently at the New York Giants/Indianapolis Colts game. His rendition was so moving that Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne was caught on-camera shedding a tear. The video …

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  • The Last Days of the Schenk Production of “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”

    These are the last performances of the Schenk production

    Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” clocks in at almost six hours, which may be too much of a good thing. Maybe not. The Metropolitan Opera’s revival has undeniable charm, some laughs and stirring sections, starting with the overture, beautifully played by the orchestra under the baton of James Levine.

    This is the Otto Schenk production …

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  • The Spirited “Barber of Seville” at the Met

    Photo by Ken Howard

    Giuseppe Verdi once called Gioachino Rossini’s 1816 “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville), “the finest opera buffa in existence.” The audience at the current revival at the Metropolitan Opera would no doubt heartily agree. The opera was first performed in the Met’s first season (1883-84) and has lost none of its luster.

    The …

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  • “You Can’t Take it With You” is Revived with Verve

    Two members of the unconventional Sycamore family

    One of the more entertaining plays last season was a dramatization of “Act One,” Moss Hart’s memoir about his early career culminating in his first collaboration with George S. Kaufman. The most successful of their plays together was the 1936 comedy “You Can’t Take it With You,” which won the Pulitzer Prize and was made …

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  • “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion” Recreates the Man and His Music

    John Waters Portrays John Lennon

    “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion” is a modest, but effective homage to the late singer-songwriter.

    The 65-year old John R. Waters doesn’t try to look like John Lennon or imitate his singing though he does approximate his Liverpudlian accent. This is simply a two man show. Waters handles the narrative, the lead vocals and plays …

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  • Top TEN Indicators You Have Become A Jock

    Like many of us in this day and age, I started becoming a jock in my 50s. I decide to make a light-hearted list of the Top Ten Indicators of When You Realize You Have Become a Jock—no matter your age.

    Like many of us in this day and age, I started becoming a jock in my 50s. For the past 30 years I did a better job of watching my kids play sports than I did participating in them. Then I got the bug to live a healthier lifestyle and make the most of the …

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  • 3 Quick Ways to Get More Privacy in Your Home

    Finding privacy in your own home should be easy –but often, this task feels more difficult than it should.

    If you have a family or young kids –finding privacy can be especially tricky –but with a bit of creativity, you’ll be able to establish some boundaries and help carve out some time, and space –just …

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  • Forty Years of Black Death

    Dr. Nal Oum is the only medical Dr. to survive the Khmer Rouge Holocaust in Cambodia..Photos credit John Christopher Fine 2015

    April 17, 2015 will mark the fortieth anniversary of the Black Death. The Khmer
    Rouge entry into Cambodia’s capitol city of Phnom Penh. The scourge that
    followed will remain a blot on world history forever. Two- perhaps three million
    people were murdered or starved to death by communist criminals inspired by
    their hatred for the …

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  • Travel to Design: Home Design Tips Inspired by Atlanta

    Traditional Atlanta homes are all about old-fashioned details: huge foyers, classic Southern elegance, and plenty of light, neutral colors, but Atlanta-inspired design can also beautifully incorporate a blend of both old, and new.

    The Dutch Colonial homes found throughout Atlanta are all about making a grand impression. And bringing some Atlanta inspiration into your home …

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  • European commercial property investment market seen as attractive

    Knight Frank recently reported that the investment market of European commercial property experienced a strong quarterly end at the close of 2014. In addition to that, they believe that general outlook for the market is high for 2015, which is due in part to the ECB’s (the European Central Bank) recent decision to create …

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  • Massacre at McCauley Memorial

    The 110' long Canadian built WW II tugboat was sunk as a memorial for Danny McCauley killed in a tragic automobile accident. His parents raised money to acquire and clean the derelict ship and Palm Beach County added funds to establish the reef in 75 feet of water. (John Christopher Fine)

    Danny McCauley was just seventeen years old when the Jeep Wrangler he was
    driving left the road and crashed into a wall and trees off Forest Hill
    Boulevard at the entrance to Okeeheelee Park on February 22, 2012. Danny was
    killed in the accident. One year to the day later his parents and friends saw …

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  • How to Get More Light in Your Home Office

    While lighting is an often-overlooked part of a space, the right lighting can have a tremendous impact on the overall look and feel of a room. It can also impact your mood, helping you to feel more alert, awake, and motivated.

    A study by the Light Right Consortium found that people who are more satisfied …

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  • Building Information Modelling and its place in Modern Day Architecture

    The speed of which modern day creations and buildings are erected these days is impressive and can be slightly overwhelming to the passer by. The sheer speed that these man made structures are built is very impressive and it makes one wonder how the contractors and architectures are able to work together to seamlessly to …

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  • My Mother is a Hypocrite!

    Dear Kathy,

         I am the mother of a 1 year old boy and 3 year old girl. My children are my life, I literally live for them. I have been home with them since my daughter was born and it’s been a blessing.

         Recently, I was offered a position at an agency I worked at …

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  • I’m Dating a Wildebeest!

    Dear Kathy,

         I am so cried out that I don’t have any tears left. Let me start at the beginning. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea two years ago and I have to sleep with a face mask that provides me with a steady flow of oxygen or I wake up exhausted and nauseous.

         My …

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  • Improve Your Career Prospects

    Dear Kathy,

         I am underemployed and depressed. A few years ago, my career was going well. I was on track to become a senior vice president at a prestigious corporation. I was laid off from one day to the next.

         I am now stuck working at a low paid job far beneath my education and …

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  • Spring Fever: 3 Fresh Ideas for Home Design in 2015

    As we quickly roll into spring, many of us are on the lookout for fresh, new ideas for home décor.

    Without a doubt, 2015 is shaping up to be a year of bold colors and design that makes a statement. Practicality is also a driving force this year, with many opting for design features that …

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  • My Husband is an Alcoholic. Do I Stay or Do I Leave?

    Dear Kathy,

         My husband of 19 years is an alcoholic. Every night after work, he crashes on the sofa in front of the t.v. and drinks beer and wine until he passes out. He doesn’t even bother coming to bed anymore. I don’t remember the last time we had sex.

         My sister thinks I should …

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  • The Epoch Times Advice Column

    Dear Kathy,

         I majored in psychology in college and I want to write an advice column like yours. I love listening to people’s problems and offering them solutions. Can you tell me how you got started and give me some pointers, please? Are there any “do’s” and “don’ts” of which I should be aware? I …

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  • Social Security Nightmare

    Dear Kathy,

         I am in the midst of a Social Security overpayment nightmare. Three years ago, I received verbal authorization from a social security representative to begin drawing my social security benefits while simultaneously working part-time.

         I explained my situation in depth and the representative told me that I could draw my benefits without any …

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  • Kim Kardashian Overstays Her Welcome in Queens

    Dear Kathy,

         My husband’s 12 year old niece often stays with our family during her school vacations. She is very spunky and full of personality. I enjoyed her a great deal when she was younger.

         Nowadays, she’s a mouthy pre-teen who is obsessed with Kim Kardashian. As a matter of fact, her nickname at our …

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  • Amazing Clearance Sales!!

    Dear Kathy,

         I love a good bargain and the mall near me has amazing clearance sales. I shop there a couple of times a week and do all my shopping affordably. I put shelves up in my basement to organize the things I buy including my holiday shopping.

         My family and friends accuse me of …

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  • Travel to Design: The Style of San Francisco

    When you think San Francisco décor, the classic, beautiful Victorian architecture probably comes to mind.

    San Francisco’s beautiful gingerbread Victorian homes are a classic part of the city. Victorian houses are known for their beautiful interiors. Their high ceilings, crown molding, beautiful fireplaces, and huge bay windows encourage a refined and elegant style of décor.…

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  • Boho Chic Throughout the Decades

    I’m sure you’ve seen it.  We all have.  Sipping your coffee on your daily morning sprint to work or school, you’ve chanced a glance sideways to the park benches lining Madison Square Garden and sitting there without a care in the world is the classic city-bred bohemian chic hipster with her crochet crop top, multi-colored …

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  • How Do I Handle My Critical In-laws?

    Dear Kathy,

         My mother-in-law and sister-in-law are two peas in a pod and not in a good way. They are extremely critical and have never learned the meaning of an unexpressed thought.

         They come over, often uninvited, and comment negatively on anything and everything (my parenting, home décor, weight, even my grammar!).

         My husband just …

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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 …

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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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