Juan De Valdes Leal – A Spanish Creative Figure

Revolutionary Spanish artist Juan de Valdés Leal was a painter, etcher, engraver, and architect. He was born on May 4, 1622 in Sevilla, Spain to a Portuguese father. Valdés received his early education in the city of Cordova, Spain. Antonio del Castillo was his teacher and mentor. Valdés continued his studies under Castillo until 1653.…

Duplicate Bridge Scoring

Learning how to score at bridge makes it easier to understand the bridge bidding system. Once you know how to score you will understand why it is better to play in hearts/spades/NT than diamonds or clubs and why players will continue bidding to the 4, 5, 6 or even 7 level instead of stopping at…

Christmas Assembly Ideas

What are your options? 1) Trawl the net. Its hard work and over and over you find things that you have done before or are unsuitable, 2) Ask colleagues. Decide to put some PPA time over to coming up with a few ideas between you. 3) Buy a book! 4) Ask the kids to come…

Hammer Toes and Foot Pain

When the toe of a foot gets bent on the middle of the digit, there arises a condition that is commonly referred to as Hammer toe. This condition targets the second, third and fifth toe of the foot most often. However, it should clearly not be confused with another condition known as “mallet toe”, which…

Book Review – The Kiss by Sophia Nash

From the very first page you are drawn into The Kiss with Ms. Nash quickly turning things around so that you’re off on adventure you didn’t see coming. This is the story of Georgiana Wilde and Quinn Fortesque, childhood companions separated for many years until family business brings Quinn back into Georgiana’s life. After a…

French Neoclassical Painter – Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

A French ‘Neoclassical’ painter and a vanguard of ‘Modern Art,’ Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres was born on August 29, 1780 in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne. His unsuccessful painter and sculptor father, Jean-Marie-Joseph Ingres, though could never carve out a niche for himself, nevertheless, became Jean’s early inspiration for music and drawing. The encouraged artist came up with…

General Tips for Chandelier in a Dining Room

Mounted fixtures have a dual purpose. They don’t just illuminate a room; they also provide aesthetic appeal to it by bringing beauty and personality into your room. Unlike lamps that one can move around, chandeliers are more permanent. Hence, proper positioning is required for these luminous adornments to work well and look good. The first…

The Pros and Cons of Spade Terminals

Introduction ‘Should I use spade terminals to connect my speaker cable to my audio equipment?’ That’s the question that a lot of people are asking themselves. Visit any kind of audio-visual forum or website on the internet or pick up any kind of specialist audio magazine or newsletter and you are sure to come across…

I Strained My Neck Shoveling!

Yep, you read that correct. Not a lower back injury but a neck injury. The mechanism is the same but I wanted to address neck pain in this article. The fact of the matter is: you can strain any muscle or joint doing just about any activity. In this example a patient of ours was…

Stair Lift Reviews – 7 Points to Consider

Here are seven quick tips that will help you when you are shopping for the best home stair lift for your family. Use this information to help you better understand the industry and how the lifts are made. AC units are the most dependable available. Most offer both AC and DC (battery) but you’ll be…

3 Sentences to a Great Elevator Speech

YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH First, let’s define the term. An “elevator pitch” is a really concise way of describing what your company does. It’s usually 90 words or less and was given its name because you should be able to tell someone exactly what you do while you’re on an elevator together – about 30 seconds.…

Vibration Plates – Do They Work?

Many people are sceptical about vibro plates given their rather rapid rise to fame lately. So, vibration plates, do they work? After searching around, you are likely to discover there are a lot of positives about their use and not that many negatives. Therefore, I guess that the general consensus is that they probably do…

The Best Wood Cook Stoves

A discussion ensued with a call from a potential client. She stated that I had so many items on my website that are all Amish, why did I not have any wood cook stoves that the Amish currently use and a lot of people will want. The striking blow to me came from her was…

Solar Cookers

A speeding bullet shot from a firearm travels towards you at somewhere between 1000 to 3000 feet per second. If we blink 20-30 times per minute, that equates to roughly once every two seconds. Hopefully a person standing within 1000 feet of you is off target, because the bullet will be long gone by the…