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Richard Cox
Richard Cox

Richard Cox

Business

Richard Cox is a university teacher in international trade and finance. .. 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

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

Beth Shaw
Beth Shaw

Beth Shaw

Health

Beth Shaw is the President of YogaFit, the world’s largest yoga training school. Her third book, YogaLean, will be released this fall, and offers a holistic app.. view profile

Chris Grasso
Chris Grasso

Chris Grasso

Life

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

Barry Bassis
Barry Bassis

Barry Bassis

Arts & Culture

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

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

June Rousso
June Rousso

June Rousso

Health

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

Deborah Asseraf
Deborah Asseraf

Deborah Asseraf

Business

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

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

Bianca Silva
Bianca Silva

Bianca Silva

Entertainment

Recent grad, music journalist, music lover. .. view profile

Liz Leafloor
Liz Leafloor

Liz Leafloor

Science

Liz Leafloor is a Freelance Writer, Copy Editor, and Graphic Artist. She explores mysterious subjects and hidden histories... view profile

Linda Moore
Linda Moore

Linda Moore

Business

I am a freelance writer and enjoy reporting on a variety of topics... view profile

Sheila Kemper Dietrich
Sheila Kemper Dietrich

Sheila Kemper Dietrich

Life

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

Stephen Stapczynski
Stephen Stapczynski

Stephen Stapczynski

World

Stephen reports on Asia & Pacific news and politics. His primary interests include Japanese domestic politics, US-Japan relations, and geopolitics in East Asia... view profile

Anthony Carter
Anthony Carter

Anthony Carter

Sports

Sports News based on NY Liberty & NY Giants currently. NBA Draft on June 26th.. view profile






  • The Era of Niche Micro-Celebrities and How to Connect to Them

    micro-celebrities

    The Internet (and the social media boom) gave us an absolutely unique and amazing phenomenon: The emergence of micro-celebrities. It’s that era of “every little guy can get heard” that we didn’t dare to dream about just a few years ago.

    Moreover, it has given small business owners an opportunity to get a …

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  • The Lost Art of Loyalty

    Every working relationship in business will get tested at some point in time.  (Image Source: LMGHealthcare)

    Early on in my career I was in a management trainee program for a sales organization I worked for at the time and one of the managers truly took an interest in helping me develop.  He was the first real mentor I had.  I learned a lot about leadership and management from him.  He used …

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  • Taking Your Crafting Business Online

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    If you have a creative edge in crafts, now’s the time to offer your talents to the world online. There is a certain level of expectation of those considered artists. If you are known for a certain type of craft, people are going to expect your website to reflect your art and creativity. You don’t …

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  • DISH DIATRIBE for Thursday, July 30th, 2014

    Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Anniversary and Expecting Baby Number Two:

    Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Anniversary and Expecting Baby Number Two: Congrats to 33-year old Alicia Keys who is now expecting Baby number two with hubby Swizz Beatz.  Today is also the anniversary of their wedding day.

    Orlando Bloom Swings and Misses at Justin Bieber:   Boys behaving like boys again. This twosome ended up …

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  • How August Can Make You Rich In The Fall

    How to utilize August to make money in the Fall

    The good news is you’re tan, healthy and learned how to breathe without heart palpitations. The bad news is, the thought of having to hustle and bustle as Fall creeps around the corner has you wanting to run for cover. Below some tips to keep you enjoying the month of August while also getting up …

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  • Harkless Won’t Represent Puerto Rico In FIBA World Cup

     

    Maurice Harkless has decided not to play for the Puerto Rico national team in this year’s FIBA World Cup, The Orlando Sentinel reports. According to Magic insiders, the forward/guard reneged on his commitment to represent Puerto Rico in 2014 because he wants to focus on the Magic.

    The decision should come as no surprise.…

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  • What if Putin was right?

    Following the recent events in Crimea, President Vladimir Putin continues to insist on the neo-Nazi threat, not just in Ukraine but throughout Europe. He expressed these concerns at a meeting with chief rabbis from Europe and Israel, where he reaffirmed that the revival of fascist and neo-Nazi ideas was a dangerous trend that needed to …

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  • Choosing the Right Air Filter for Your Home

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    Between work and being at home, you likely are like most Americans and spend up to 90% of your time indoors. Because you aren’t always able to get outside for fresh air, it is important to bring fresh air inside. To do this, you need to have a good air purifier. Air purifier technology has …

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  • Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Josh Klinghoffer: Why You’ve Never Heard of his Band – Dot Hacker

    JOSH KLINGHOFFER replaced his friend John Frusciante as the latest RHCP guitarist

    In 2010, after Red Hot Chili Pepper fans were left mourning the exit of popular guitarist John Frusciante, it was officially announced that Josh Klinghoffer would fill Frusciante’s shoes.  Did it meet with opposition?  But of course.  Klinghoffer had big shoes to fill.  Frusciante die-harders would never fully embrace any replacement  for the alternative …

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  • Chip Kelly And Nick Foles Impressed With Sanchez At Camp

    QB Mark Sanchez speaking with a reporter after training camp. Anthony Carter/ Epoch Times

    PHILADELPHIA (July 30th, 2014) – On the 4th day of training camp, 2nd year head coach, Chip Kelly addressed the media before camp and one of the questions that arose were what are his observations of QB Mark Sanchez. 

    Sanchez, 27, was brought into the Eagles organization this offseason after being released by the New …

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  • Used Ophthalmic Equipment: What to Look for When Buying Refurbished Equipment for Your Practice

    The ophthalmic industry, much like many other businesses across America, is suffering somewhat financially, thanks largely to the recession and the number of reimbursements for procedures in decline.

    In addition to this, it seems as though the price of ophthalmic equipment is continually on the rise, which means that many ophthalmic practices are now exploring …

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  • Food Cartoning Machines: Investing in the Right Machine with the Customer in Mind

    If you’re operating within the food industry then you’ll understand, as with any product-based service, you need to assess the requirements of your customers and make it your priority to match them.

    Of course, the flavor and quality of your food product is of the utmost importance, but it’s no secret that most consumers make …

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  • Onwards and Upwards: Moving Your Business to New Premises as Smoothly and Efficiently as Possible

    The prospect of relocating your company to new premises is an exciting one, marking the progression of your enterprise and the start of a new era within the business.

    However, once you’ve signed the lease papers and committed to moving office, the reality of the situation can suddenly hit home. After all, any moving process, …

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  • Drew Barrymore’s Half Sister Found Dead DISH DIATRIBE – Wednesday, July 30th 2014

    Drew Barrymore's Sister Jessica Found Dead

    Drew Barrymore’s Sister Found Dead:  This is certainly nothing to make light of.  Former child star turned adult actress, producer director,  Drew Barrymore,  was forced to confirm that her half sister, Jessica Barrymore, was found dead in a car near San Diego.  Drew confirmed the horrible news in a statement to People magazine.  …

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  • The New Dave Chappelle Is Scary

    Chappelle

    OKAY, I SAID IT.  The new Dave Chappelle is scary. 

    No, I’m not talking about his essence.  It’s his new look.  To my knowledge his essence remains the same.   Albeit I haven’t seen his latest stand-up routine, it’s my hope he’s still got that goofy-sexiness I fell in love with way back in the 90′s.  …

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  • The Bravade in Frejus

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    I love going to the south of France. I have been going there every year for the last 6 years and never get bored. This year, I decided to spend more time in Fréjus and other beautiful villages in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

    I and my wife walked around the historic parts of Fréjus to discover …

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  • The Strange Things We Shoot into Space

    Bonsai in Space

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

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

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  • Conversing with Luke Carroll

    Actor and film star Luke Carroll at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on July 9 2014 after his talk during NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week. (Clair Anderson)

    Luke Carroll has a longing for Australia’s acting scene to embrace cultural diversity.

    The actor’s notable career in the Australian film and television industry include playing Indigenous characters in Redfern now, Going Bush, Home And Away, Playschool, The Alice, Australian Rules and Stoned Bros.

    Carroll’s ambition is to take …

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  • Fundraising Ideas for Your School, Non-Profit or Other Group

    fundraising

    Marketing and branding should not be left only to business professionals as tools for selling their products or services. Non-profit organizations can utilize some of these techniques to raise funding for the various causes they serve. Investors, donors and contributors are faced with multiple proposals for funding on a regular basis. Each organization must find …

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  • Simple Everyday Tips for Workplace Wellness

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    One of the worst things about working in an office, a factory, or other job where there are a lot of people is that there are a lot of illnesses. Any time one person has a cold or the flu and goes to work, they spread the illness to their co-workers, who spread it to …

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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 …

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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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  • 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

    girl-eating-grapes-back-to-school

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

    The downfall …

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  • The Strange Things We Shoot into Space

    Bonsai in Space

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

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

    Read More

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

    Imilac Pallasite

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

    Back on Earth, meteorites have …

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

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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

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

    Certainly a powerful symbol, the snake is often seen …

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  • Ancient Ink: Mummies and Their Amazing Tattoos

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

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

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  • Antarctic Ice Collapsing; Sea To Rise

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

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

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  • Shark Attacks; The Australian Story

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

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

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  • World Ocean Day and eight kids

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

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

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    fruit basket

    By Deborah Asseraf

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

    Read More

  • Shrimp Farming; Recipe for Disaster

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

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

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  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    sports

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

    Read More

  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

    lanterns4

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

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

    Read More

  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

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

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

    Read More

  • 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

  • Thomson Reuters Coral Reef Rescue

    Where reefs are healthy, species diversity and fisheries production is high.

    It’s just on a month ago that staff at The Andaman Resort were preparing for the arrival of their biggest ever CSR group to join our coral reef rescue. Community and Social Responsibility (CSR) has become the latest team activity of concerned businesses around the world who realize that they do owe something to the …

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  • Sharks, whales, ivory, and drugs

    Tens of thousands of sharks are now being killed every hour of the day. Photo by Shawn Heinrichs.

    The Guardian reported (4TH April, 2014) that Japan’s biggest online retailer, Rakuten, will stop their whale meat and dolphin meat sales by the end of April after the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to immediately halt its annual whale hunts in the southern ocean.

    Rakuten said it had asked sellers to cancel sales of …

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  • Deep Sea Mining; Digging a Hole We Can’t Get Out Of

    This weird deep sea angler fish lives at abyssal depths that exert pressures of 11,000 pounds per square inch.

    In May, 2013 the United Nations published its first plan for deep sea mining saying companies could apply for mining licenses as soon as 2016. To date the UN’s International Seabed Authority has issued 17 exploration permits with 7 more pending.

    “We are at the threshold of a new era of deep sea mining” said …

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  • Saving the World One Artificial Reef at a Time

    Mini-artificial reef modules become home for juvenile fish, crabs, and small invertebrates within days of being put in the sea.

    Ten years ago on December 26 the third largest earthquake in recorded history created a lethal tsunami that tore through Asia leaving behind an estimated 280,000 dead. It also reached far into the future by destroying coral reefs that are the ‘bread-basket’ of nearly 200 million people in this part of the world. Now artificial …

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  • Leatherback Turtle Slips Toward Extinction

    A huge Leatherback drags itself ashore to lay eggs in a nest of sand it hopes will protect the young from predators.

    I saw my first Leatherback turtle in the Florida Keys long before that string of gorgeous islands became the foundation of endless high-rise buildings. It reminded me of a flattened car; it was huge!

    Leatherback turtles can grow to over 3 m long and weigh nearly 1,000 kg. Its front flippers can reach an amazing …

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  • Climate Change, Me and Polar Bears; A Final Entry

    Am I watching the curtain call for the bears or an apocalypse in the making?

    In my last report about climate change I was looking at the plight of polar bears as their frozen habitat shrinks into oblivion. It’s all very sad but it is after all half a world away. I’m still OK, right?

    Actually it’s bad news for all of us. I live only a few hundred kilometres …

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  • Harkless Won’t Represent Puerto Rico In FIBA World Cup

     

    Maurice Harkless has decided not to play for the Puerto Rico national team in this year’s FIBA World Cup, The Orlando Sentinel reports. According to Magic insiders, the forward/guard reneged on his commitment to represent Puerto Rico in 2014 because he wants to focus on the Magic.

    The decision should come as no surprise.…

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  • Chip Kelly And Nick Foles Impressed With Sanchez At Camp

    QB Mark Sanchez speaking with a reporter after training camp. Anthony Carter/ Epoch Times

    PHILADELPHIA (July 30th, 2014) – On the 4th day of training camp, 2nd year head coach, Chip Kelly addressed the media before camp and one of the questions that arose were what are his observations of QB Mark Sanchez. 

    Sanchez, 27, was brought into the Eagles organization this offseason after being released by the New …

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  • New York Liberty Acquire Swin Cash

    NEW YORK – The New York Liberty announced that they have traded F Delisha Milton-Jones in exchange for F Swin Cash from the Atlanta Dream. 

    Cash is a three-time WNBA champion and a four time All-Star. According to a press release, Cash reunites with HC Bill Laimbeer where they have won two WNBA championships out …

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  • NBA Draft Recap: Numerous Trades

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Media await the first pick of the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Maribel de la Torre/Getty Images)

    BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – In the 2014 NBA Draft, there were several trades back and forth. Here’s the rundown:    

    - The Orlando Magic traded G Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets for Evan Fournier and the rights to (No. 56 pick) Roy Devyn Marble. 

    - The Denver Nuggets traded F Anthony Randolph and (No.11) Doug …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Utah Jazz

    With the 23rd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz select G Rodney Hood from Duke 

    Harris, 6’8″, 215 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    16.1 PPG (Points Per Game)

    4.0 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

    2.1 APG (Assists Per Game)

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Outside shooter

                                 - Great size on the wing

                            

                        

    Quick Facts: 

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Minnesota Grizzlies

    With the 22nd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Grizzlies select G Jordan Adams from UCLA

    Harris, 6’5″, 209 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    17.4 PPG (Points Per Game)

    5.3 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

    2.3 APG (Assists Per Game)

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Mid-range Scoring

                                 - Attacking

                            

     Quick Facts: 

    > Collected 168 steals in …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Oklahoma City Thunder

    With the 21th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select C Mitch McGary from Michigan. 

    Harris, 6’10″, 263 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    9.5 PPG (Points Per Game)

    8.3 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Quick for his size

                                 - Can do damage offensively as a playmaker

                                  – Rarely turns …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Toronto Raptors Selection

    With the 20th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors select F Bruno Caboclo [International]

    Caboclo, 6’9″, 200 lbs. 

    (No Available info/statistics on Caboclo) 

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  • NBA Live Draft Update: Chicago Bulls selection (2)

    With the 19th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select G Gary Harris from Michigan State. 

    Harris, 6’4″, 210 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    16.7 PPG (Points Per Game)

    4.0 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

    2.7 APG (Assists Per Game)

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Strong and Physical

                                 - Versatile offensive game

                                  – Solid ball …

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  • NBA Live Draft Update: Phoenix Suns selection

    With the 18th pick in the 2014 NBA draft, the Phoenix Suns select G Tyler Ennis from Syracuse University. 

    Ennis, 6’2” weighs 180 lbs

     

    Strengths – Quality outside Shooter

    -  Good length

    - Great court vision

     

    Averages last season [Out of 34 games]

    12.9 – PPG (Points Per Game)  * Ranked second on …

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  • NBA Live Draft Update: Boston Celtics selection

    With the 17th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics select G James Young from Kentucky. 

    Young, 6’6″, 215 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    14.3 PPG (Points Per Game)

    4.3 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Good size 

                                 - Light on his feet

                             - Looks over the top of the defense

                            

    Quick …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Chicago Bulls Selection

    With the 16th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select C Jusuf Nurkic from Croatia. 

    Nurkic, 6’11″, 280 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    8.8 PPG (Points Per Game)

    6.0 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Productive big man

                                 - Uses his body

                             - Scores a ton of baskets 

                               - Aggressive shot …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Atlanta Hawks Selection

    With the 15th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select F Adreian Payne from Michigan State . 

    Randle, 6’10″, 245 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    16.4 PPG (Points Per Game)

    7.3 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Long and athletic 

                                 - Solid 3-point shooter

                             - Good rebounder and defender 

                               

    Quick Facts: …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Phoenix Suns Selection

    With the 14th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns select F T.J. Warren from North Carolina State. 

    Randle, 6’8″, 215 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    24.9 PPG (Points Per Game)

    7.1  RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Creative scorer

                                 - Excellent shot-maker from mid-range and around the bucket. 

                             - Pushes the …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Minnesota Timberwolves Selection

    With the 13th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select G Zachary LaVine from UCLA. 

    LaVine, 6’5″, 180 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    9.4 PPG (Points Per Game)

    2.5 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Explosive athlete 

                                 - Versatile offensive game

                             - Very quick in the open floor. 

                         

    Quick Facts: 

    > …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Orlando Magic Selection

    With the 12th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic select F Dario Sarcic from Croatia. 

    Sarcic, 6’10″, 223 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    16.7 PPG (Points Per Game)

    9.7 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Great on the perimeter 

                                 - Exceptional court vision

                             

    Quick Facts: 

    >Played in 2011 and 2012 Nike …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Denver Nuggets Selection

    With the 11th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Denver Nuggets select F Douglas McDermott from Creighton. 

    McDermott, 6’8″, 225 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    26.7 PPG (Points Per Game)

    7.0 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Offensive instincts

                                 - Footwork and fundamentals as a scorer are elite

                             - Superb outside shooter w/ quick …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: 76ers selection

    With the 10th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select F Elfrid Payton from Louisiana-Lafayette 

    Payton, 6’3″, 190 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    19.2 PPG (Points Per Game)

    6.0 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

    5.9 APG (Assists Per Game)

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Superb defensive player

                                 - Excellent penetrator and scorer going to the …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Charlotte Hornets Selection

    With the 9th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets select F Noah Vonleah from Indiana 

    Vonleah, 6’10″, 240 lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    11.3 PPG (Points Per Game)

    9.0 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Tremendous length and strong frame. 

                                 - Solid shot blocker

                             - Ambidextrous when it comes to scoring …

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  • NBA Draft Live Update: Sacramento Kings Selection

    With the 8th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings select G Nik Stauskus from Kentucky. 

    Stauskus, 6’6″, 205  lbs. 

    Average Statistics for 2013-2014 season. 

    17.5 PPG (Points Per Game)

    3.0 RPG (Rebounds Per Game) 

    3.3 APG (Assists Per Game)

                                 Strengths: 

                                – Elite Shooter w/ quick release

                                 - Unlimited Range

                             - Solid Ball …

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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, …

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  • Street Style Paris Fashion Week

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

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  • These Boots are Made For Stylin’

    Photo Marcus A

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

     The …

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  • Jewellery inspired by the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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

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

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

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

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  • The Story of the Swastika Symbol

    Swastika Golden Earrings 18K - Natalia Basdeki

     

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

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  • The Story of the Lotus Flower

    Lotus Flower Necklace

    Hello Everyone!  

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

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  • The Art of Layering your Clothing

    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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  • Red Russia Goes Black

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

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

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

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  • Catching the Wave: NYC’s Arrojo Salon

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

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

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

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  • Jill Stuart Spring 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • A Rock Musical about Nuclear Fission

    A musical about the development of the A-bomb

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

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

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

    Judy Collins singing "Turn, Turn, Turn"

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

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  • Ocean Breeze poem for inspiration

    The breeze is so cool

    like a swirling pool

    with the warm sand

    blowing in on our island.…

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

    Michael Moss and Elissa Klie as Petruchio and Kate

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

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

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

    Highlights from the Singer-Songwriter's 45 year career

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

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  • Love, Birds and Revolution in “The Mapmaker’s Opera”

    Joel Perez (Diego Clemente) and Madeleine Featherby (Sofia Duarte)

    The New York Musical Theatre Festival is presenting “The Mapmaker’s Opera,” an ambitious new musical based on the novel of the same name by Bea Gonzalez. Victor Kazan wrote the book and lyrics and Kevin Purcell the music. There is much to commend in the work despite its flaws.

    The action takes place in the …

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  • Sunlight

    The Poetess 

    The sun is pouring rays of love

    with every shining peace and whisper

    on every leaf glows a prayer

    on every gentle flower a word

    with every fish swims the sound

    every hour baskets of change

    our life flowing into miracles.…

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  • The Portrait of Beauty poem

     

     

    The smile sends a friend

    Into a peaceful descend

    In the flowers gentle colors

    Opens the scent of God’s door

    To our heaven’s floor

    Within faiths beauty

    Is the portrait to summers dynasty.

     …

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  • Tea and Honey

    The tea of summer

    Grows the finest measure

    Planting a masterpiece to joyful days

    Natural ways

    Warmness to inspire

    Dressed in healthy attire

    The honey of summer

    Brings roses of the purest

    Fresh flowers

    Twinkling showers

    Heavens embrace

    A Velvet  lace

    Vibrant towers 

    Of the highest power.

     By: JoyAnne O’Donnell…

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  • Savion Glover’s “OM” Seeks Transcendence Through Tap Dance

    OM (Savion Glover and Company)

    Savion Glover’s dance work, “OM,” begins with a recording of Kenny Garrett’s “Calling,” a jazz piece in the spiritual style of John Coltrane. Then, the stage is filled with votive candles, religious artifacts (a crucifix, a statue of Buddha, and a photograph of Mahatma Gandhi) and the images of famous African-American dancers (Michael Jackson, Gregory …

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  • Gardner McKay’s “Sea Marks:” A Lonely Sailor Finds Romance at Irish Rep

    photo by Carol Rosegg

    If you’re seeking an evening of charm and romance, head to the Irish Repertory Theater where Gardner McKay’s “Sea Marks” has been enchanting audiences.

    This two character play starts an epistolary work, letters back and forth between a man and woman. Colm Primrose (Patrick Fitzgerald) is a fisherman in a remote island in the west …

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  • Verdi’s “Don Carlo” in all its Majesty

    A legendary performance with Gobbi, Vickers and Christoff

    The 1958 production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at Covent Garden is legendary for its combination of remarkable talents, notably the conductor Carlo Maria Giulini, the director of Luchino Visconti, and three of the greatest singing actors of the last century: Jon Vickers, Tito Gobbi and Boris Christoff. Unfortunately, there is no video available but …

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  • Alternative Lifestyles on the Boards

    Photo by Joan Marcus

    I recently had a conversation with two of my colleagues at work. The man was telling about his plan to fly to California with his husband and one-year old child. The woman recounted her experiences traveling with infants. That conversation could not have happened a decade ago and, just as President Obama evolved on the …

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  • Glyndebourne’s “Don Pasquale” with Danielle de Niese

    Alessandro Corbelli and Danielle de Niese prove there's no fool like an old fool

    Gaetano Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” is one of the comic gems of Italian opera. The work premiered in 1843, five years before the prolific composer’s death.  Opus Arte has just released a DVD of the winning 2013 Glyndebourne Festival production.  The main attraction is the star turn by the captivating Danielle de Niese, but other pleasures …

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  • “Rugantino” is Still Enjoyable After All These Years

    photo by Pino Le Pera

    The Italian musical comedy “Rugantino” last played in New York for three weeks in 1964. For the 50th anniversary of the Broadway production, a revival returned to City Center (131 West 55th Street) for three performances (June 12, 13 and 14).

    With a large cast, an impressive revolving set, singing and dancing and a lot …

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  • Zdenek Otava: The Great Czech Baritone

    Recordings by the great Czech baritone

    “Zdenek Otava: Baritone” is a 2-CD/1-DVD set (on ArcoDiva) of a superb singer, who is unknown in the United States. Otava (1902–1980) was a star in his native Czechoslovakia for half a century, but his name doesn’t even appear in any of my reference books on classical music or opera. Perhaps politics had something to …

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  • Race Still Matters, On Stage and in American Life

    Louis Armstrong recalls his life and times in Terry Teachout's play

    There seems to be a new type of play: a show that depicts a show business legend at the end of his or her career, which is also the end of their lives. First, there was “End of the Rainbow” about Judy Garland. This season there have been two about Billie Holiday. First was “Lady …

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  • “Love Duets” from Opera’s Hottest New Couple: Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello

    Husband and Wife Rising Opera Stars Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez Release an album of love duets

    The new album, “Love Duets” (on Warner Classics) is not one of those combinations put together by a record company. The two American singers, soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello, are in fact married. They are both winners of the Richard Tucker Award (Pérez 2012, Costello 2009) and their acting and good looks receive …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

    fruit basket

    By Deborah Asseraf

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

    Read More

  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

    sports

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

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  • How to Naturally Shrink Your Stomach and Trim Tummy Fat

    Sometimes in order to lose weight we need to contract space. Contracting space can mean feeling satisfied with less.  To make yourself “YogaFit,” you must learn to eat less and be satisfied with less. With food LESS TRULY IS MORE.

    One of the best example’s of this is s reducing the desires of  …

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  • The Role of Hydration in a Healthy Immune System

    We often associate drinking water with quenching our thirst and are unaware of its many other benefits to the body.  One of the major roles of hydration is in supporting a healthy immune system.  Our bodies need water to absorb nutrients and oxygenate our cells. Without this nutrient support and adequate oxygen levels, our immune …

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  • What is acupuncture really?

    EM Interview with Abdi Assadi
     
     
    Abdi Assadi has been a  dedicated acupuncture practitioner for 29 years. 
    How did acupuncture come to the US? How does it work?
     
    Join us as we talk about the benefits and inner workings of this often times mysterious practice.
     
     
     
    Abdi Assadi, M.S., Lic. Ac.
     
    www.abdiassadi.com…
     
     
     

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  • Are US Executions Really Humane? Robert Wilbur/Martha Rosenberg

     

     

    As the nation is horrified by another botched execution, a capital defense lawyer in Texas, legal scholar in New York and the former warden of San Quentin work against capital punishment.

     

     

     

    Robert Wilbur and Martha Rosenberg

     

     

    There were only three people in the room: Jeanne Woodford, the chaplain and the man …

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  • Leaky Gut Syndrome

    Leaky gut syndrome or intestinal permeability can result from many factors.  Overuse of non-steroid drugs, such as Advil, Motrin, and aspirin can damage the intestine. Infections also can increase permeability, including bacteria, viruses, and yeast. Sometimes we are exposed to parasites from polluted water. These same pathogens can enter the bloodstream and make us sick. …

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  • Exercise From the inside out. Part 2.

     
     
    Join us as we continue the EM Technique interview with Mark Jackson about the inner cultivation practice of Falun Gong.
    Qi gong or chi gong are ancient internal exercise practices that were once practiced freely in China. This interview discusses what the process of meditation is like and what are some of the benefits you

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  • Osteoporosis: Supporting Bone Health

    Osteoporosis is a condition typically associated with aging where bones thin out and bone tissue deteriorates.   There are a number of causes, but many ways to support bone health.  Acidosis or increased levels of acid in the body is a major cause of osteoporosis.  When we over-consume acid-forming foods, minerals are leached from bones to …

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  • Exercise from the inside out

     
     
     
     
     
    There are many ways to ”exercise”. This interview with veteran personal trainer and Falun Gong practitioner, Mark Jackson focuses on exercise for the inside. What is meditation? What is it like to still the mind? Join us for this candid and enlightening interview on an authentic meditation practice. 
     
     
     
     
    Mark Jackson
    www.newwarriorfitness.com
     
     
    Falun Dafa 
    www.falundafa.org…

     
     
    Through

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  • Cholesterol and Heart Disease Risk

    There have been many recent advances in the role of cholesterol as a risk factor in the development of heart disease.  Most of us have learned that LDL cholesterol is “bad” and increases heart disease risk.   HDL cholesterol is said to be “good” and have health benefits. I think that it is fair to say …

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  • ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET

    Chronic inflammation in the body has many risks. It can damage to our arteries and depress our immune system. There can be an increased the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and auto-immune disease.  Short-lived inflammation is the body’s way of clearing up infections and healing damaged tissues. When it is chronic, it …

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  • Is getting a Black belt really important? What happens after you get it?

    EM Technique interview and demonstration 
    with martial arts master’s Livingston & Everton Kelly.  
     
     
    There is a depth of study that is common to all disciplines and sciences that should also be present when training with a master in the martial arts.
     
    Join us as we continue the conversation and elaborate on understanding the process of

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  • Can You Imagine “Forgetting” You Have a Gun? It Happens All the Time at Airports

     

     

    It is happening more and more. T.S.A. screeners at the airport, in addition to finding hidden bottles of shampoo, are finding guns that passengers “forgot.” It is “a vivid indication of the normalization of casual gun-ownership,” said the New York Times this week. “Airports in states with lax gun laws tend to have the …

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  • 3 Important Health Insurance Facts You Need To Know!

    My recent experiences with health insurance plans have been a big eye opener. I’m not a novice at this, having worked in upper management of corporate behavioral health benefits. Any time you deal with insurance, you are not on a level playing field.   Insurance companies have armies of actuaries and legal staff to ensure that …

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  • ACID-ALKALINE DIET

    Many of us consume foods that are acid-forming in the body. It is not the food itself that is acidic, but how the body processes it.  Consuming too many acid-forming foods can lead to a condition called acidosis.  Dr. Susan E. Brown and Larry Trivieri, Jr., authors “The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide”, write extensively about acidosis. …

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  • What does being a martial arts “master” really mean?

     

    A rare and honest look at the inner realm of martial arts from the perspective of two lifelong practitioners. Demonstration and discussion follows Master’s Livingston and Everton Kelly as they illuminate the ”heart” of a martial artist.   The passion and benefits are explained eloquently touching on the realms of character development and self actualization within

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  • DETOXIFICATION WITH EVERYDAY FOODS

    Our bodies are exposed to so many waste products every day.  They are produced by our cells and absorbed from the environment.  Detox programs are becoming increasing popular.  However, some of them are dramatic and can cause too many toxins to be released at once. If these toxins cannot be processed, they are recirculated in …

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  • English Corner

    Most people who have been to mainland China longer than three months, know about “English corners.” An English corner can be located anywhere, not just in England, ‘normal’ universities, schools or corners. Often when you least expect it, you’ll find yourself trapped in an English corner.

    English corners are where Chinese students practice English. English …

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  • EATING HEART HEALTHY

    Nutrition is increasing being recognized to support the prevention and treatment of coronary disease.  Eating heart healthy can help keep arteries open and strengthen the heart.  It can increase HDL cholesterol and decrease oxidized LDL cholesterol.  Diet also can improve blood supply to the brain (Pizzorno, 1996). These are powerful statements!

    A number of foods …

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  • EATING FOR HEART HEALTH

    Nutrition is increasing being recognized to support the prevention and treatment of coronary disease.  A heart-healthy diet can help keep arteries open and strengthen the heart.  It can increase HDL cholesterol and decrease oxidized LDL cholesterol.  Diet also can improve blood supply to the brain (Pizzorno, 1996). These are powerful statements!

    A number of foods …

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  • Stress and the Immune System

    We live in a stressful world and need to be mindful of how stress can affect our well-being.  One of the key ways is lowering our immunity to foreign invaders.  This makes us more prone to illness and serious disease.  The human body has many defenses against foreign bacteria, viruses, and the like.  When stress …

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  • The Lost Art of Loyalty

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    Early on in my career I was in a management trainee program for a sales organization I worked for at the time and one of the managers truly took an interest in helping me develop.  He was the first real mentor I had.  I learned a lot about leadership and management from him.  He used …

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  • Taking Your Crafting Business Online

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    If you have a creative edge in crafts, now’s the time to offer your talents to the world online. There is a certain level of expectation of those considered artists. If you are known for a certain type of craft, people are going to expect your website to reflect your art and creativity. You don’t …

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  • Choosing the Right Air Filter for Your Home

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    Between work and being at home, you likely are like most Americans and spend up to 90% of your time indoors. Because you aren’t always able to get outside for fresh air, it is important to bring fresh air inside. To do this, you need to have a good air purifier. Air purifier technology has …

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  • Fundraising Ideas for Your School, Non-Profit or Other Group

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    Marketing and branding should not be left only to business professionals as tools for selling their products or services. Non-profit organizations can utilize some of these techniques to raise funding for the various causes they serve. Investors, donors and contributors are faced with multiple proposals for funding on a regular basis. Each organization must find …

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  • Simple Everyday Tips for Workplace Wellness

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    One of the worst things about working in an office, a factory, or other job where there are a lot of people is that there are a lot of illnesses. Any time one person has a cold or the flu and goes to work, they spread the illness to their co-workers, who spread it to …

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  • Conductive Plastics Provide Exciting Possibilities for 3D Printing

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    3D printing has become a trending form of printing all over the world. Barcelona launched a 3D printing cafe named Fab Cafe that has attracted many consumers and tourists. Many believe it won’t be long before you will be able to get some 3D printing done at your local Starbucks. The concept of being able …

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  • Eating the Awesome Artichoke—Hot or Cold

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    Artichokes, once upon a time, were only available in the springtime. Now you can find artichokes available in your local grocery store year-round. Artichokes are really good for us to eat, low in calories, are easy to prepare, great hot or cold and are incredibly satisfying to eat…hence, I call them the “Awesome Artichoke.”

    There …

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  • Online Games for All Ages and Interests

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    Although the internet has rapidly become a place of serious business, it is also an avenue of entertainment. Gaming online is a popular activity for people of all ages from all parts of the world. The widespread selection of games available seem endless. A majority of the games are free to play and include a …

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  • Becoming a Medical Assistant: Could You Already Have What it Takes?

    Becoming a medical assistant is frequently overlooked by many as their career choice, despite of the high demand reported by the Department of Labor. A lack of knowledge regarding the profession is more than likely the reason many aren’t choosing this path. It’s a rewarding profession that doesn’t necessarily warrant education beyond high school. You …

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  • Tips for Women and Men on How to Dress for Any Occasion

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    When you are invited to attend an event, it may be “casual chic”, “black tie”, etc. It can often be difficult to figure out what to wear to certain events, because it seems that fashion rules are changing all the time. The most important thing, no matter what type of event you are dressing for, …

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  • Introduction: Understanding, Earning and Winning Bitcoins

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    Bitcoins have become a popular currency over recent years. Bitcoins were created in 2009 and have since increased in value and circulation. The person or team who invented the Bitcoin remains anonymous and goes by the alias “Satoshi Nakamoto”. Initially Bitcoins were limited to online shopping, but let’s face it, a huge chunk of retail …

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  • Are You Buying Organic or Natural Foods? Learn How to Understand Labeling

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    Many people are turning to organic foods these days, but due to confusing labeling, it can be hard to figure out which foods are actually organic, and which are simply natural foods. After all, it is easy to confuse the terms natural and organic, because one would think that natural is organic. But, they are …

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  • Happy Ghosts & Goblins, Scary Stories for Everyone!

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    In preparation for a trip to Worlds of Fun (thanks to the free tickets we got from my husband’s work), I’ve been watching some YouTube videos and showing the kiddos (they’ve never been to a real amusement park)… One in particular, gave me a flashback. The Worlds of Fun’s Great American Train Robbery reenactment reminded …

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  • Protecting Your Intellectual Property on the Internet

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    With so many people putting things online, it can be difficult to figure out who owns copyrights and how to protect one’s intellectual property. There are many different types of online posts, with the three main types being articles or blogs, photographs and other images, and videos. Anyone who thinks that their work has been …

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  • The Secret to Cooking Corn on the Cob

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    It is that time in the summer when ears of corn are plentiful whether at the grocery store or the Farmer’s Market. This abundance is what makes us love cooking and eating all variety of fresh food. In reality, however, not all fresh foods taste a like. This is particularly true of corn. It all …

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  • One Lincoln, Inspired Cuisine

    Serrano ham with almond crusted dates. It tastes as delicious as it looks. A specialty on One Lincoln Restaurant’s charcuterie plate. Myriam Moran copyright 2014

    “It is Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The wall paper was custom made,” Server Camille Horton explained. In the midst of a brutal Civil War President Abraham Lincoln took a long train ride from Washington to this rural farming hamlet to deliver ‘a few appropriate remarks’ on November 19, 1863. It took him about two minutes. The …

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  • Cathy’s Tuesday Tip: Decorating With Flowers

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    From centerpieces to side tables. I believe flowers are like the icing on a cake. I use them to add bursts of color, create an interesting centerpiece as well as add texture to a space. Greenery is a key element in design and can go a long way to helping a space “come alive”.

    In …

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  • Design Recipe Of The Week: Basic Colors To Achieve Serenity In The Bedroom

    Happy Monday! This week our Design Recipe of the Week is focused on some basic colors to achieve calm in the bedroom. While I personally love color everywhere (my bedroom walls are my signature color Orange), some of you may prefer a more neutral palette. I believe cool grays and warm taupes can be a …

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  • Did You Ever Trust a Chef?

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    Did you ever trust a chef to prepare a gourmet meal for you? Sure, Mom did it all the time. You came home and ate what she prepared. Apart from some radiant dislikes, rarely does the family participate in planning a daily dinner meal in most homes. Even the tradition of all family sitting down …

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  • DIY Gardens for Cooking and Entertaining

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    We are all aware of the phrases “eat local” and “buy local”. Most of us love when this is brought to our attention and will make the choice to do both whenever possible. What may not be so obvious is how to do “DIY” when it comes to growing and preparing some of our own …

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  • Tired of Sending The Same Lame Gifts To Clients?

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    By Deborah Asseraf

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

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  • How Playing Sports Can Help Grow Your Business

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

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  • Thursday Travel to Design: Paper Lanterns

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

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

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  • OO-Tray Restaurant: Unconventional But Delicious

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

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

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  • Lawsuit: Acts of God Foreseeable

    Lawsuit: Acts of God Forseeable

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

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