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Fabulous Feathers

Feather boa centerpiece (free clip art)

Feather boa centerpiece (free clip art)

If you think feathers are for the birds, think again. The following are just a few of the ways you can bring the natural beauty of feathers into your life:

Today feather boas are enjoying a renaissance in the fashion world. In addition to their use as costumes in the performing arts and in period clothing, boas are finding their way into weddings and onto runways. Of course they are still popular fixtures in Halloween costumes and bachelorette parties, but the availability of high quality feathers such as coque, chandelle, ostrich and peacock is making the boa a must-have for fashionistas. Feathers are also finding their way onto shoes and into earrings, hair extensions, hair pieces and fascinators.

If you’re the DIY type, feathers can be perfect for making jewelry, accenting clothing, and even scrapbooking. Feathers are also ideal for decor ranging from photo frames to stunning object d’art. Need a little light in your life? Take a clear mason jar and place a plastic, non-flammable tea light in the bottom. Fill the jar with feathers of your choice and voila! You now have a beautiful decorative light perfect for a romantic dinner or quiet evening in.

Feathers aren’t just beautiful, they’re also functional. Consider these uses:
• Quills. Long before there were ball point pens, people wrote with ink and quills made from turkey, peacock or guinea feathers. Channel the spirit of Shakespeare and write your next missive with a quill.
• Placemats. Available in peacock, pheasant and guinea, feather placemats add elegance and sophistication to any table.
• Flies (for fishing). Feathers aren’t just for frivolity. Fly fishermen (and women!) use feathers to make their own lures. Rooster, duck and guinea are popular feathers used for fly tying.

No matter how you use them, feathers are a soft, sensual, beautiful option.

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2015 Concerts and Tours Heating Up

rock concert (free clip art)

rock concert (free clip art)

The way your favorite artists sound on your computer or music player is nothing compared to the way those artists sound in person. While some blanch at spending money on expensive concert tickets, going to those shows is a simple way to support your favorite artists. Some of the top artists of today will join together for some of the hottest shows of the upcoming year. Whether you’re a traditionalist who loves classic rock, or you prefer the more popular music of today, now is a good time to learn more about the hottest tours and concerts of 2015.

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac gained a new legion of fans after an episode of the television series “Glee” centered on the band’s music. Singer Stevie Nicks later brought more attention to the band after appearing and singing on “American Horror Story: Coven” before coming back to the band. Fleetwood Mac now features the same original lineup that recorded a series of hit songs years ago. Though the band went on tour in 2014, their fans clamored for more. After selling out venues across the country, Fleetwood Mac announced plans to go back on tour.

Billy Idol

Jordan Kurland and others who appreciate the sounds of the late 1980s and early 1990s can look forward to seeing Billy Idol back on tour. Best known for songs like “White Wedding” and his white blonde hair, the singer will hit the stage in 2015 for a concert that many believe might sell out. Though Idol performed throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, he also took some time to focus on his family and his personal life, but the singer is now back with a vengeance. Opening up for Idol are the bands Tropical Depression and Little Man.

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks is the top selling country music artist of all time. He recorded a series of hit songs and set records that artists like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift have yet to break. After trying to cross over into the pop music world, he returned to country and spent several years recording before retiring to spend time with his wife, fellow artist Tricia Yearwood, and his family. Jordan and anyone else who has a fondness for country music will see Brooks tour the country in 2015. Garth Brooks, Billy Idol and Fleetwood Mac represent some of the top concerts and tours for the upcoming year.

Did you remember to set your clocks back?

Fall back (free clip art)

Fall back (free clip art)

The best thing about having to change our clocks back one hour in the fall is that on Sunday morning, when you wake up, you don’t feel so rushed to get dressed and go somewhere. I often wonder how many people forget to change their clocks and end up going to church an hour early that day! Or how many people still don’t remember over the weekend and end up getting to work on Monday an hour early! That’s one mistake I haven’t made – yet!

I understand the whole reasoning behind changing the clocks in the fall, and one of the most important one is so that the kids waiting by the road in the morning for the school bus are not waiting in the dark, but I wish that we would just keep the clocks at Daylight Savings Time and be done with it. Life would be much easier for so many people! As far as I’m concerned, schools should start much later in the morning than they do anyway! That would solve that problem!

Tips for Your Online Dating Profile

online dating girl (free clip art)

online dating girl (free clip art)

Dating today is nowhere near the same as it was decades ago. Today, instead of likely meeting someone while at school, work, or through friends, many people are taking their dating lives to the Internet. The popularity of online dating websites like Match.com and eHarmony.com, as well as the popularity of dating apps like Tinder, has grown tremendously over the years. In fact, more than 41,000,000 people have tried online dating.

When you use online dating, you’re asked to create an online dating profile. This profile is what other users will look at to determine if they want to meet you. Usually, communication is started between you and a prospect to determine if you have anything in common that warrants a real date, and real dates are set forth from there if desired.

online dating boy (free clip art)

online dating boy (free clip art)

Since your Internet dating success rate is based mostly on your profile, you’ll want to ensure you create one that makes you attractive to potential suitors. Here are some tips to help you create the best online dating profile.

Talk about yourself.

Although this may seem obvious, many people use their online dating profile to discuss the person they want to meet instead of themselves, and this is a big no-no. If you want someone to be interested in you, it’s important to talk about you. It is okay to mention what you’re looking for, but be sure the majority of your profile discusses you instead of what you want.

Be positive.

music (free clip art)

music (free clip art)

Most online profiles will ask you to list likes and dislikes, and if your dislikes far outnumber your likes, you may turn off potential suitors. Being too negative can have a negative impact on your love life. After all, if your entire profile is one big complaint, nobody will want to meet you in real life and listen to Negative Nancy all night long.

Instead, be positive. Talk about what you love to do and what you like to do. If there is something you don’t like, try turning into a positive. For example, if you hate a certain genre of music, talk about the type of music that you do like instead. This will be much more attractive.

Look your best, but in a real way.

Because most people make snap judgments based on the picture they see, it’s important that you put a decent profile picture on your profile to make you attractive to suitors. However, it’s also important that you don’t lie. For example, if you’re 40, putting a picture of yourself from when you were 21 is not a good idea. The individual who wants to meet you for a date will be very disappointed when you don’t look like your picture.

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selfie (free clip art)

Take a real picture of yourself and put it on your profile. Do your best to make yourself attractive, such as by doing your hair, wearing makeup, and smiling. (Hint: This would be a good time to visit the dentist to give you the best smile, such as through teeth whitening or dental implants.) By using an attractive yet realistic picture of yourself, you’ll be more likely to impress the individual you date in person.

Gender gap

I was reading an article in the Time website about the myth that boys are better than girls in math. It reminded me of an anecdote my aunt told me about when she went to high school back in the early ’70s. She signed up for a class in functions, one of the most advanced math classes her school had to offer. She had already aced Algebra I, II, and Trig. The next course to take was functions. So she signed up for it. Her teacher was a man who announced on the first day of class that he believed that girls should not be in his class, that they were taking up seats that boys should be in. He warned them that he had never passed a girl in his glass, and never WILL pass a girl. He told them all to drop his class immediately or they would flunk. He said he would never answer any of their questions and never grade their tests – they would be given automatic “Fs” on everything.

Well, my aunt went to the school counselor and the school counselor said there was nothing they could do; he was the only functions math teacher they had. She was advised to stay in the class. She had a step-brother taking the same class and they did their homework together. They turned in their homework (with the same answers) and her brother got “As” and she got “Fs.” The teacher DID give her “Fs” on all of her tests, even though she had the same answers as the ones who got As. Going back to the counselor, again she was told there was nothing she could do but drop the class!

Can you imagine? To this day my aunt is bitter about this; that jerk ruined her GPA which ruined her chances to be the class valedictorian and a fully paid scholarship to the college that she wanted to go to. She will never get over how that jerk ruined her chances to pursue the career of her dreams. I don’t blame her, I’d be bitter too! People say not to let these things “ruin” your life, how CAN you NOT let them ruin your life? How CAN you let go of this kind of resentment that someone ruined your chances to have the ONE career you wanted to have? I don’t know the answer to that, do you?