Health and Fitness

Collecting Native American Pottery

Native American pottery is fun to collect. There are so many different pueblos, and each one has its own style of pottery. While collecting the pottery, you are also learning a lot about Native American art and culture. This form of art has been practiced for thousands of years. Yet it is constantly improving as modern artists are experimenting with new techniques and designs. You can purchase antique pottery or modern versions, and each has its pros and cons. Of course, the older pottery is much more expensive, if it is in good condition, because of the value as an antique. But the newer pottery can be just as beautiful or even more so. It is important to collect what you like and can afford. The first thing you should do is visit some websites and look at photos of Native American pottery. When you see enough good quality pottery, you will train your eye to recognize what is good. Be sure to read some books on the subject as well. If you can visit New Mexico or Arizona, be sure to visit some of the pueblos where the pottery is made.

Shogi - An Introduction To Japanese Chess

Shogi is commonly referred to in English as "Japanese Chess" because Shogi and Chess share some common characteristics and are both thought to have derived from the Indian game of Chaturanga. The first couple of things Chess players are likely to notice about Shogi are the size of the board and the number of pieces. Chess players who are used to playing with sixteen pieces each on an 8 x 8 board may be surprised to find that Shogi is played on a 9x9 board and that each player starts with twenty pieces. Also, whereas in Chess the pieces stand upright like soldiers, in Shogi they lie flat on the board and are wedge shaped, with the sharp end of the wedge pointing forwards so that the players can tell at a glance whose side each piece is on! The rank of a piece is indicated by its size and by one or two Japanese characters painted on its upper face. When a player advances a piece to the 7th, 8th or 9th row of the board it may be possible to promote it by turning it over, depending on which piece it was that the player moved.

Ticket Brokers and Economics 101

There is a rule of business within free societies that governs the price you will pay for the commodities you desire, be it sports and concert tickets or any other commodity. That rule is basic Economics 101 "Rule of Supply and Demand". If the demand for tickets to particular sports, concert or theater event is greater than the amount of the pre-printed tickets, the price of the tickets will sell for above face value. However, even with ticket brokers, at times the price for the ticket will be discounted below face value because the demand is low and the broker has an inventory of tickets he or she needs to liquidate. Additionally, ticket brokers provide a convenient service to customers by often times having an inventory of tickets with prime seating. These tickets may have been sold to the broker by a season ticket holder who could not attend. Or, someone may have purchased the tickets with the intent of attending the event and something came up that prevented them from being able to attend.

The Key A Fairytale - Chapter 3 - Broken Wings Part 5

"What do you mean, 'mistaken identity?' Was Maradin lying about who she was?" "In an indirect way, yes, she was lying without knowing it. You see; it was not Maradin that you were in love with; the real object of your affection was something deep inside of her cleverly disguised as Maradin. You momentarily confused this maiden with the Source, with the Reality, as humans tend to do. "Maradin is not the Reality, she is merely an instant of existence, and therefore an illusion of Reality. In order for you to experience existence, to experience Maradin's existence, she must be constantly changing. You crave constancy, King, but fall for the tricks of existence every time! "The beauty of her form, the part of her that attracted you, will change and eventually age. Then, that initial, intuitive intoxication you felt which was little more than a glimpse of the Reality within her, will fade, and unless you understand how all of this works, you will be forever disappointed.

The Buddha In Me Part One

The tick-tock of the wall clock, in the study, as if not ready to fall behind, kept a harmonious rhythm with John's heart-beat, during his walk to and fro. John Christopher did seem to be in a dilemma, as reflected on the contracted skin of his forehead. The ultimate step, emanating from the lingering duality, whether he could leave his wife and son, was being delayed, perhaps, due to the realization that he loved them more than anything else in the world. John had read many times that Lord Buddha had renounced all the worldly pleasures. This belief had made him strong enough to come out of the situation in which the family ties endeavored to confine him."The Enlightenment! The Enlightenment! " The Buddha in him was about to burst forth. Moreover, what else remained there to be seen in life? Hadn't he had his share of life, with all that money, the girls, rich materialistic achievements? It was about eight years before he had been to Nepal, the land of peace and beauty, teeming with splendors of Mother Nature.

The Buddha In Me Part Two

Having come back to New York, he insisted on having a separate apartment, away from his father's luxurious villa. But he decided to enter his father's business. John's father had many showrooms all over the country. It provided John many opportunities of travelling around. The father was not less pleased to have his son beside. The Jaguars, Ferraries, Datsuns, Toyotas, etc. had always enchanted John. In the third year, John met a girl named Florence, a tall blonde, with dreamy blue eyes. She was a waitress in a nearby restaurant at Park Avenue. John often visited the place whenever he used to be in his New York office. It was a comfortable small restaurant near ABN bank. Born of an Italian mother and an American father, Florence was beautiful enough to turn many heads when she walked along the street. Introduction to offering of a drink led to a date one evening, to be followed by many repetitions, to ultimately culminate in the bed, in John's apartment, which stood witness to the promises made between John and Florence, on the seventh occasion of the dating.

Modern Architecture - Beauty Or Beast?

To keep pace with population explosion and to provide each and every one with a space to live in, the style of modern architecture was adopted. The technique adopts the form of simplification and eliminates the ornament form of building styles. This style of conserving space was conceptualized in the early 1920s. Modern architecture was followed by many powerful architects and architectural pedagogues. But this method gained its popularity only after the Second World War and now it is the dominant architectural style. The method of modern architecture owes its popularity to three greats namely Le Corbusier of France together with L.M van der Rohe and Walter Gropius of Germany. L.M van der Rohe and Gropius were the managers of schools in Europe which was related with harmonising craft and tradition in addition to industrial technology. Architects involved in international style adopted the style of simple design and unornamented buildings to accommodate maximum living space within minimum dimensions.

How to Help Your Child Break Into Showbiz

So you've been told your child is a natural performer, but how do you get from compliments to credits? While the entertainment business is a tough one to break into, there are a few initial steps towards employing your child's creativity which you can take long before you start seeking representation. Step One - Be Honest. Every parent is probably a little biased about their own child's talents and looks, but showbiz isn't for everyone. Taking an unbiased look at your child to find out if s/he has what it takes is possible. Just remember that the more honest you are with yourself about his/her current abilities, the more likely s/he is to succeed in the long run. Children In Film offers an online assessment quiz in their KidStart program. Step Two - Get Organized. Organization is extremely important in your path to success. Balancing your child's career and schoolwork along with the regular demands of having a family and a life of your own is a challenge. Getting organized involves having a cell phone with voicemail, setting up a post office box or permanent address and keeping a detailed datebook or PDA Scheduler.

The Sentimental Dickens

Charles Dickens, perhaps the greatest writer of serialized novels of all time, was at times criticized for being too sentimental. Considering where he came from and all he had to overcome in his life, especially at such a young age, shouldn't the more sentimental aspects of his writings be embraced and used as a tool to dissect the various themes and characters of his work? An interesting aspect about Dickens and his start is that his story isn't the typical rags-to-riches type. When a young boy, his family wasn't rich but well off enough to prevent young Charles from worrying about where he would find the next few shillings required to support his family. I guess his is what would be considered a moderate-wealth-to-rags-to-riches story. Taking into consideration the resentment Dickens stated he had for his mother, for having him continue on with his job that kept him pasting labels on jars for ten hours a day, even once the family was well enough out of financial trouble, it is easy to understand why a little sentimentality might be something that he wanted to inject into his stories, consciously or not.

Riddle of the Great White Shark

When I was in Vietnam, 1971, in Cam Ranh Bay, I spent sometime along the shores of the South China Sea. I met old man, one evening; I was but twenty-three years old he was in a nearby village that the South Vietnamese and North Vietcong used, the South by day, and the North by night. I had drank in the village before, even though it was off limits simply because of this, and if I'd get too drunk, I'd stay the night, and in the mornings I'd jump over the fence, and run back to my company. It was several miles always, but I had good lungs. Well, this one even an old man perhaps seventy or more sat in an open aired hut, there were other folks there, but I was the only US Soldier present. He asked if I had ever heard of the 'The Riddle of the Great White Shark?' I was drinking Saki, bought him a shot, it is a strong kind of wine for sorts, I said "No, " and added "Why?" (It had seemed he took a liking to me, and I to him.) "If you are interested in the riddle, buy me another drink and see me tomorrow just beyond the village here, on the shore and I will show you something.

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