June 30

Ancient Spring Rituals Involving Music and Rhythm

ae20Yes, the ancient Spring rituals probably included chanting, drumming, dancing/movement. Many anthropologists and ethnomusicologists believe that early humans’ attempts at what we now call music, came from their attempts to imitate the sounds of nature. The wind through the pines and the palms, the waves lapping the shore, the babbling brooks, and the gentle rain. Then there are the beautiful bird songs, the crickets chirping, and all of the cicadas.

Recently, I’ve been marvelling once again about the glorious beauty of Spring, and how a few little bulbs can keep coming up year after year after year! The flowers and trees in Louisville, KY have truly outdone themselves this year and every time I step outside my home, my breath is taken away by the beauty of the white Bradford pear trees, the golden forsythia, and the gorgeous tulips and daffodils. I’m assuming that these plants have been popping up for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, but did you know that music, singing, dancing, and rhythm have also been an integral part of Spring festivities?

For thousands of years, people have celebrated the return of

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June 20

A Rainbow of Book Club Personalities

ae19“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” Abraham Lincoln

There are many types of book club friends. Different book personalities (and I mean book personalities not daily personas) that make a book club so entertaining and thought provoking. Every book friend brings an interesting spin at discussion time. Some personalities are down right funny and others take some time to adjust to. Even with the ‘rainbow’ of reading personalities let this be your pledge,”We will always be good listeners, non-interrupters, respectful of comments, and finally, embrace our book natures”. If you follow that oath you will find at the end of the rainbow ‘reading as a group’ pot of gold.

Classifying the book type:

The Classic Austen: Prefers to read only novels from the 1800’s

The Flower Child: Wants to change the world in their reading and picks books that, well, will change the world

The Debbie Downer: Likes novels with no HEA (happy ever after)

The Fighter: Will fight to the end to get their book choice picked

The One Hit Wonder: Only loves one or two authors and be damned all others

The YA’er: Can’t seem to grow

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June 14

How to Become a Model 4 Versatile Tips

ae18When you are first starting out, you will face a very intense competition. It is about how to keep up with others, how to keep up the pace, and most importantly and I cannot stress this enough, is how you have to be different from others, in a good way. If you are outstanding and unique, chances are, you are more likely to be chosen for projects. So the following are some pointers as to how you can become a model, hopefully a versatile one.

1) Keeping fit and staying in good shape

You cannot always eat what you want to eat; you need to ponder about your diet to make sure you stay in shape. A few pounds heavier could shun off potential projects and that is the last thing you want. Modeling agencies and their clients look for models who are fit and in shape, so that they will be suitable to appeal to the big crowd. Moreover, keeping fit and maintaining a good shape will increase your versatility in landing projects. You could be on a fashion runway, sporting commercial and even

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June 4

Making a Portrait Cast With Life Casting

ae17Making a life cast of any part of the live human body is a complex and interesting project. However, a life cast cannot get more intricate, and therefore more enjoyable, as making a portrait cast.

This is a three dimensional cast of the head, shoulders and chest of a person and is also called a bust. It involves an elaborate and multifaceted process that calls for a lot of experience and skills. Life casting artists first try their hand at various life casts and make numerous face casts before even attempting to make a portrait casting!

How to do it?

Portrait casts require special care because the artist is making a mold of both the front and back of the model’s face. They have to carefully capture the exact shape and dimensions of the nose, ears, eyes and chin. Extra caution is required so as not to disturb or harm the model in any manner whatsoever.

Generally, alginate is the mold making material of choice for life casts. It has to be reinforced with a shell mold of cheese cloth and plaster bandages that will make the mold

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May 30

Choosing and Making the Most Out of Your Event Space

ae16If you are planning to host a few friends or colleagues for dinner or an official event, it is wise to look for an ideal venue that you can rent. Here are some of the primary factors that you should consider when looking for an event space.

Cost

Different facilities charge varying prices to use their amenities. Hence, it is wise to compare prices to find the one that best fits your budget. Keep the venue cost low to allow more room in your budget for beverages, entertainment, food, and other miscellaneous expenses. You can also save money by being flexible on the date, as there are certain days of the week when some facilities charge low prices.

Food

If you intend to serve food, consider looking for a facility that has a kitchen to reduce your expenditure on dining. In most cases, facilities that do not have a kitchen hire a catering company or allow clients to bring in their own food or caterer. Other amenities that you should consider include an internet connection, audio-visual equipment, and clean up services.

Capacity

Your selected event space should accommodate all your

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May 21

Leaders and Artists More in Common Than You Think

ae15Creating art has a lot in common with authentic leadership. This article delves ever so lightly into how two deep subjects display many of the same characteristics.

To begin with, the path to true leadership is a journey that begins with attaining an understanding of who you are really. The ethical leadership of others requires that you first understand your own values and perspectives, your own vision, your own mission in life. In creating art, in order to ultimately produce quality work with meaning, a similar journey must be undertaken. You must know you—your own values and perspectives, vision, and mission to ensure that the art you are producing is grounded in authenticity and that you are pursuing truth, whatever that means to you. In visual arts like painting, are you just copying a scene from nature or how someone looks to you, or are you capturing light, shadow, color, texture, and value to express meaning beyond superficial appearance? In music, are you repeating someone’s song to sound like them or are you searching for your voice and bringing out the emotion from deep within,

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May 14

3D Printing With Polymers The Stereolithography Way

ae14Stereolithography is a unique process of creating three-dimensional objects with a computer within a few hours. It is also called 3D printing, 3D layering or additive manufacturing.

It employs a novel technique to create a solid object in its entirety. The base is a drawing (CAD) and the computer uses the drawing to create the three dimensional object. The computer literally creates the object layer by layer and this is why it is also called additive manufacturing.

How it works?

A liquid polymer – like polyurethane resin or silicone rubber – forms the base for forming the solid plastic object.

The technician has to first design a CAD drawing of the desired object. The computer will then break up the CAD program into layers before ‘printing’ it on the material.

Indeed, the computer literally prints (or paints) the cross section pattern of the base of the object using the desired polymer in the vat. A thin layer is formed which quickly hardens when exposed to the computer-controlled laser beam. The computer again traces another layer of the object and the liquid polymer hardens quickly enough on laser contact.

In this

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May 4

Finishing Our Wicker Baskets Using Unique Products

ae13Stake Basket

    • Choose eight long, medium willow shoots to serve as the basket’s “stakes.” These are the vertical pieces that form the structure of the sides of the basket.

 

    • Use your knife to sharpen the end into points. Insert a stake alongside each of your spokes, pushing each one down into the weaves as close to the center as possible.

 

    • Bend the stakes so they are pointing upward toward the sky.

 

    • Use knife, to trim the spokes back so they’re level with the edge of the weaves, then tie the stakes together at their tips to keep them in place.

 

    • Weave two rows of three rod wale. This weave requires three weavers, which are woven among the stakes to set them in position. Find three long, thin shoots. Sharpen the ends into points.

 

    • Insert the shoots into the base of the basket on the left side of three consecutive stakes.

 

    • Now do two rows of the weave as follows: Bend the far left weaver to the right in front of two stakes.

 

    • Pass it behind the third stake and out to the front. Take the next far left weaver and bend it
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April 28

Emotional Time and Space Grid

ae12The nature of all emotion is as a smooth progression of one emotion leading to another by increases or decreases in volume or intensity. More or less of one emotion leads you into the next nearby emotion above or below it.

In general, everyday experience carries us through an ebb and flow of emotions within a limited range. But under those rare circumstances, human emotion gets rattled by an intense personal experience that changes the smooth ebbing and flowing and turns it into a jagged, tumultuous mental environment.

This is what makes art, in all its forms, a focal point in all cultures because it expands the normal range of our emotional experiences through our perceptions. If the art possesses just the right formula it disturbs the landscape of consciousness and activates the mind’s scanners.

As these scanners detect the source of disturbance and focus on it, attention begins to pool and collect in that area and reverberates. Attention pours into that starting point and will rise into a stretched wave, suspended across time, as the mind continues receiving a constant stream of information. The wave rises

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April 22

Intensity of Emotion in Art

ae11The intensity of emotion is best expressed by using the dynamic methods of an art form. Every creative subject has its own formalized approaches for dynamic usage, but in general dynamics are tools we can use as options for increasing or decreasing the amount of emotion flowing between artist and audience.

The flow of emotion through art is a two-way flow occurring between two terminals – the artist’s mind and the audience’s mind. The flow is smooth when the emotional impact sends a feedback signal that is regular and consistent, but rough and jagged when inconsistencies cause disturbances to the balance of smoothness. Both of these effects change by manipulating the types of emotions in question with their artistic dynamic equivalents.

The emotional impact of a dynamic component can be altered in one of two basic categories: suddenly and gradually.

A sudden impact will manifest as a punch or direct influence with no subtlety about it, but sometimes it will occur as a harmonious and seamless emergence within a work of art. In contrast, a gradual emotional impact will usually seem to come from a far distance

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April 14

Artistic Decisions and the Flow of Energy

ae10Indecision

Indecision stops the flow of creative energy and prevents an artist’s vision from taking shape. It fills us with low-order ideas and points us in numerous unproductive directions.

Fear causes indecision and paralyzes us from moving forward. It prevents us from committing to specific ideas and making efforts in certain directions. Fear leads to second-guessing, doubts about our abilities, undermines our desire for creative expression.

The creative clog in our minds caused by indecision and fear eventually overflows and becomes a dispersal of creative thought that wastes good ideas and motivations in solid artistic directions.

Challenging artistic creations that have a daring edge to them can sometimes shock us and cause us to hesitate from bringing them to completion. Fear of transmitting this shocking effect to others and the way we imagine their resultant opinions about our new ideas, which could be our best work is another form of artistic indecision, which stems from the fear of hurting or offending others with ideas, manners, or through the violation of a societal norm.

Decision

Decision opens our mental valves to allow the flow of creativity to fill our works of

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April 4

Art For All to Enjoy

ae9I think sometimes we people in the arts take ourselves way too seriously, sometimes we think way too highly of ourselves. Yes we’re creating something, yes we can do great things with God’s guidance and help. And always with his help. Some of us leave out God altogether, some of us think we’re smarter than God, heck some of us even say we created God and not the other way around. Whatever, but anyway.

And yes, the world is a better place because of art. But that doesn’t mean everyone is going to like what we do, what we profess to be ‘art’. That doesn’t mean that we should expect everyone to applaud our efforts. Sometimes a fair amount of crap passes as art, because it is different, because it challenges industry standards and in some way disturbs the mind. But there should always be a standard, there must always be form and substance. If not, then it’s just a lifeless disaster, a blob of mess, not art, be it in whatever format.

And it certainly doesn’t mean that we are better than anyone else because

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March 30

Why Everyone Loves Twisted Balloons

ae8OK, come on, just admit it. Everyone loves balloons. Kids love them. Adults love them. You love them too, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article, right? Some people love balloons openly and passionately while others love them deep down, but bring a balloon artist into the picture, hand adults some balloon sculptures, and all of a sudden you have adults talking to their neighbor with their balloon character just like they did when they were eight years old. These little bubbles of joy have a tendency to bring out the kid in you.

It makes sense really. Think back on the parties and events you went to when you were a kid. What do you remember? If you’re like me it’s usually not much. What sticks with us are the things that made that time different, special, or more emotional than the rest of life’s experiences. Balloons were unique, fun, and something you didn’t experience day in and day out. When you did encounter them they were items of wonder and amazement, and they were a blast to play with. Even something as simple

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March 21

Difference Between Mold Making and Casting

ae7Molds and casts have emerged as popular and accepted art forms for reproducing a sculpture, artwork or almost anything else. Indeed, using the basic techniques of mold making and casting, it is possible to recreate just about anything in its entirety. A variety of products and materials can be used based on the requirements and it is even possible to replicate the live human body. You can easily create a spitting image of a person’s face, hands or any other part you wish!

However, a layperson often gets confused between the two terms of mold making and casting. The following explanation will shed clarity on the methods and help you to understand them:

Mold making: A mold is nothing but a negative or reverse impression of an object or sculpture. It accurately captures the surface detail of the object right down to every fold and undercut.

Molds can be made with different materials such as clay, wax, plaster, moulage, polyurethane rubber, silicone rubber, thermoset mold rubber, liquid latex rubber and more. Plaster bandages yield rough form molds and are generally used to make supportive shell molds. Body

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March 12

The Psychology of Haunted Attractions

ae6Creating a haunted attraction isn’t just about profits. For a lot of haunt owners, a haunted attraction is a work of art. It’s an opportunity for self-expression. Many haunted attractions are immersive works of art with a spectrum of experiences for the senses. But there are psychological principals that haunt owners can incorporate into their works of art to make them even better for patrons. Because when it comes to haunted attractions, the details often go unnoticed.

When people get really scared, parts of the brain shut down. In a crisis situation, like when a person is attacked on the street for example, the victim may actually lose their eyesight temporarily, or they may go deaf very briefly. In an emergency, the brain will shut down sense information that isn’t useful. So, in a dim environment, a person may experience tunnel vision, or lessened vision due to trauma or fear. In a situation that doesn’t offer any auditory cues regarding a threat, like a really loud environment, a victim may simply “go deaf” and have no memory of auditory data during a fearful event. A

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March 3

Hypnosis and Haunted Attractions

ae5Most people spend a fair amount of their lives in a trance state without ever realizing it. Being hypnotized is a common experience and in fact, a pleasurable one for most people. It’s a state of consciousness in which the brain is oscillating between 7-10 Hertz. Haunt owners can create more intense experiences by recognizing the fact that their patrons may be somewhat suggestible inside their haunted attraction. Many patrons naturally go into a trance first thing as they enter the haunt without ever realizing it.

There are ways to encourage people to go into trance without having to actively hypnotize them. For haunted attraction owners, encouraging trance can be as simple as overwhelming patrons with a lot of sensory stimuli. Patrons should see, hear, smell, and touch things that are unfamiliar to them all at once. This is an experience that’s easy to create in a haunted attraction, which is why most haunt owners can assume that a fairly high percentage of their patrons walk through their haunts in state of trance.

So, as a haunt owner, how can you use your patron’s suggestible state

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February 27

The Value of Magic for Connecting With People

ae4As a magician I have found the magician’s art to be an excellent tool to assist in developing rapport in many situations. Corporations, schools, motivational presenters and organizations that help people at risk, can enhance their ability to connect with their audience by including magic tricks as they present their message.

Many magicians specialize in children’s shows, for which the demand is very high. Many just present shows as entertainment, however, the potential for including life lessons within the presentation is huge and provides a vehicle for the magician that wants to make a difference to the lives of the young, at an age that they are shaped a great deal by their experiences and those that make an impression on them.

There are numerous magicians that specialize in this type of show and they are always in demand. If this is a format that you wish to pursue, develop a message and develop a show that uses effects that pertain to and illustrate the life lesson that you want to convey. The underlying message must be simple, clear and easy to grasp. A show built

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February 17

Top 10 Amazing Libraries Of 2016

ae3For book lovers, libraries are the most wonderful places in the world. If you enjoy reading, you should never miss visiting the legendary reading areas that not only look wonderful but also house some rare collections of books from around the world.

#1 Admont Abbey Library, Austria

If you are religious, you will fall in love instantly with the Admont Abbey library in Austria, the largest monastery library. It was built in 1776 and it houses 70,000 volumes of monastery literature. When you look up at the ceiling, you will find numerous frescoes that depict human knowledge including Divine Revelation.

#2 The Royal Library of Copenhagen, Denmark

This library nicknamed as Black Diamond is the largest library found in the Nordic countries. Right from the first Danish book printed in 1482, this library holds almost all the books ever printed in Danish. Unlike conventional libraries, this is located at the waterside, allowing students to relax with a book in hand soaking up the sun.

#3 Trinity College Library, Ireland

This library of University of Dublin and Trinity College is the only library in Ireland called as copyright library. All books

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February 12

Essay A Walk in the Moonlit Light

ae2Approximately every poet of the world has described moon light in his poetry. Poets have written different rhymes on the beauty of moonlit light. It has a pet scene for the lover of arts including literature, artist, painter etc. It is one of the beautiful heavenly bodies. It adds beauty and splendor to the darkness of night. It shows that moonlit light is an integral part of the universe. Moonlit light looks like a lake of silver which exercises a peculiar fascination on our hearts and minds. Walk in a moonlit night has its own charm and beauty. It is really a refreshing and interesting experiences for us.

Walking in a moonlit night is pleasant and delightful. It releases our tensions and gives pleasure. It also elevate our spirits, brighten our souls and refresh our minds. We cannot enjoy the walk under the burning sun and at night since it is dark. The atmosphere remains calm and quiet during moonlit night which makes out walk peaceful. Moreover, the cool air, the cool and soothing beams of the moon, kisses every object of nature, present a

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February 3

Why Should You Take the Family to a Trampoline Park for a Weekend Outing

ae1Weekends are meant to have fun. So, you should not stay put inside the home and rather go out and enjoy the best times of the week. You should take the family out on an outing to a place where every member can get something to feel engaged and excited at the same time. Rather than taking the family to the same place over and again, you should rather look for something new this time, something not tried earlier. You can try trampolining as it enables a range of unique and energetic activities that will suit each and every member of the family.

Trampoline parks are one of those rare places to offer something for every member of the family. So, be it kids, teens or adults, all will find something to look up to and something to enjoy. Kids love being to these parks and they can spend many non-stop hours having unlimited fun. Similarly, adults get a chance to bring the child in them out in the open. Age hardly matters at such parks as people of any age group can leverage the

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